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  • Josiah Payne

Hello Friends!


It's been some time since we connected. I apologize for the long hiatus. I've been dealing with debilitating headaches that have caused me to avoid computer screens as much as possible. However I am on the mend and wanted to touch base with you all.



This semester has, so far, been a real roller-coaster of emotions. I was so fun to celebrate 1504's second consecutive Clash of the Halls victory. The guys worked incredibly hard during the competition and really managed to capture the sense of community we have tried to maintain despite having to interact on a strictly virtual basis. Following clash, I was excitedly preparing for students to return to campus and was absolutely crushed when it was announced they would not be coming back after all. Their presence here is sorely missed by the RC staff. As always I, and the rest of the RC's, will continue to do our best to support students no matter where they are. The news that the seniors will be returning to campus for the final week did a great deal to lift my spirits and I cant wait to have them here and get to hang out with them one last time.


Speaking of the last week, it is approaching very quickly. If you are the paren


t of a senior, please check in with them regarding their service hours. We want to make sure every senior has their required 200 hours logged prior to graduation. I will be checking for submissions daily from here on out to make sure that service hours are kept up-to-date.


Finals and APs are almost upon us. Students who are taking APs should check them against their finals schedule. APs take precedence, and finals should be rearranged as early as possible. Students should discuss this with their teachers.


As always, if you have any concerns regarding your student or questions about anything at all. Pleas feel free to reach out to me.


It remains a privilege to work with the young men of 1504C++ and it is my hope that each of them will finish this semester on a high note.


Be well and stay safe. I catch up with you again soon.


~


Josiah


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Hello Parents, Friends and Family!


As we head into the month of March, I know many of you likely have questions regarding the reopening of the academy. At this time, I may not have all the answers you seek (but don't be afraid to ask). I encourage you to keep an eye on your emails and look out for further communication from the Student Life Department. There's a lot to process for everyone and I ask that you please be patient as we go through this process.


As for programming, there are two major programs for the month of March that bear highlighting. First of these programs will center around educating students on menstruation and the mestrual cycle and will take place on March 11th. The second, nn March 18th, will focus on teamwork and what good teamwork looks like.

In regards to social programming the 1504 RCs plan to have some game nights, streaming nights, live events, and a cooking night. Please encourage your students to come out to any social programs as it will help them build friendships and feel connected to the group.


Finally, Clash of the Halls is happening this year. However, we are doing it virtually over Zoom. For those who are new to the game, Clash of the Halls or COTH is a campus wide competition between the halls. Many of your students will be involved in various Clash related events. I encourage you to have a conversation about what those events look like and how they are contributing to their Hall community.


Thank you all for everything you do at home to make your students' success at IMSA possible and the support you give to us as a staff. You are the real MVPs!

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  • Josiah Payne



Hello Everyone!


I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and found time for rest and relaxation.


Second semester is officially underway and our students are hard at work diving into their new classes. The Sophomores tell me they are looking forward to this semester now that they have some experience under their belts and have found a groove. The Juniors are ready to tackle that back end of what is usually the most hectic year at IMSA. Our Seniors are already looking toward graduation and will likely have to fend off some senioritis as they try to stay focused and finish strong.


Coming up this week in our Thursday programming, we will be hearing from some of our most successful Seniors on how they manage their time and resources, create routines, and tackle challenges for maximum productivity at IMSA and beyond.


This Friday I will be hosting an online party game night for all of of the 1504 students to come together for some wholesome fun.


Previously...

Almost two weeks ago now, we held a discussion as a wing of the riot that resulted in the storming of the US Capitol Building on January 6th. It was an excellent discussion and we heard some great insights from many of our boys as they processed the events, discussed its causes and consequences, and talked about finding ways to promote healing in what has been a tumultuous time for our nation.


Last Thursday evening the 04 RCs held an Among Us game night for the hall. Only about 10 students came but, we had a great time.


Quick Reminder:

Parents of Seniors, your student needs to log a total of 200 service hours in order to graduate. Please check in with them regarding their progress in this matter. If they have hours that have not yet been logged, please encourage them to submit those hours through Helper Helper asap so that we can update their totals. I and the other IMSA RC are more than willing to help students find service opportunities if hey are short on hours.


Until next time!


Josiah

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