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The Indian Community School cultivates an enduring cultural identity and critical thinking by weaving indigenous teachings with a distinguished learning environment.

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makerspace open house

Parents, perhaps you have heard your child(ren) talk about Makerspace? Come try your own hands-on experience during parent-teacher conferences. Find out how to turn play-doh into a keyboard, or play music using a banana. Old books? Let’s see what we can do to make them new! 

ICS Makerspaces is NEW and provides students with the opportunity to authentically collaborate, communicate, think critically and create. We would love to have families join in! Hands-on learning will take place with two activities including circuit boards and repurposing old materials. Makerspace is located upstairs in Room 212 (the old K-1 Artroom), during Parent-Teacher Conferences on Thursday, October 24th (closing at 7:30 for clean-up).

ICS Makerspace Open House
October 24, 2019 from 1:00 pm to 7:30 pm

makerspace open house 2019-10-21T12:01:40+00:00

manoomin camp returns!

This is our second year of holding Manoomin Camp and we are really looking forward to it! Our students and staff will have the opportunity to learn about wild rice harvesting from Dylan Jennings and Jason Schlender of the Bizhiiki Culture & Dance Company. Students will have hands-on experience with all of the steps, including roasting, dancing and winnowing our precious food that grows on the water. Howah!   CLICK HERE to learn more. 

Students will enjoy Manoomin Camp September 12th & 13th
Manoomin Cook-off for the Community is on September 12 from 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm.

manoomin camp returns! 2019-09-02T21:05:44+00:00

the first day of our 50th year!

We started our school year in the best way we know…  we greeted each student with a warm “welcome back” and the ICS Board of Directors smudged them as they walked into the school. After a warm breakfast and time to get settled into their new classrooms, we gathered together as a school, for a Spirit Pole teaching provided by Dylan Jennings and Jason Schlender of the Bizhiiki Culture & Dance Company.

the first day of our 50th year! 2019-08-28T14:26:07+00:00

ics-ent summer 2019 news report

It’s been a fun-filled summer school for the ICS Exclusive News Team who learned how to:

  • Plan and conduct a video interview
  • Plan and put together a newsletter
  • Learn the different roles of news reporting
  • Use our language to introduce ourselves and to sign off a broadcast
  • Take photographs using professional camera equipment
  • Design logos, t-shirts and thank you cards
  • Have fun • Respect one another • Try new things
ics-ent summer 2019 news report 2019-07-19T22:45:36+00:00

living in two worlds… ics connects students with culture

Mark Powless strolled the grounds of the Indian Community School in Franklin as its end-of-the-year powwow unfolded.

Drums pounded and dancers swirled in the afternoon light as parents, students, teachers and community supporters joined the festivities earlier this month.

Powless is a member of the Oneida Nation and the director of Our Ways, the school’s cultural curriculum. READ MORE HERE

living in two worlds… ics connects students with culture 2019-06-20T20:18:06+00:00

Congrats FRC Raffle Winners!

We would like to thank all who participated in the Family Resource Center raffle. These funds help support FRC programming here at the school.
Congratulations to the winners!

Pendleton Blanket – Dylan Moon
Radisson Green Bay Stay & Play – Pattie Severinsen
Summer Fun Package – Rhoda Larson
Family Day in the Dells – Dick Jones
Kroger $100 Gift Card – John Serrano
Kwik Trip $100 Gift Card – Crystal Bailey
Date Night Package – Jessica Larson
Restaurant Package – Kerry Lanaghan
Car Wash Package – Alexandria Lange

Congrats FRC Raffle Winners! 2019-06-20T21:11:41+00:00

“sew close” to our goal!

Family members and community members have been coming to ICS every Saturday  to sew or have been sewing at home and sending to us for our 372 students since January 5th!  Only 4 ribbon skirts and 17 ribbon shirts or vests to complete by our end of the school year pow wow on June 7th… we’d love your help!

“sew close” to our goal! 2019-06-20T20:18:44+00:00

a VERY COOL PLAY for ics students

Announcing a VERY COOL STUDENT PLAY about our 50-Year History!

WE’VE EXTENDED REGISTRATION TO JUNE 4TH!

Ty Defoe, an ICS Alumni and award-winning theater artist, is writing and directing a play for our students to perform and to teach other students about the amazing story of how we came to be as Indian Community School!  Mr Defoe will be working with students going into grades 6, 7 and 8, as part of the Summer School programming here at ICS.

Play practices will take place each afternoon beginning July 8 and ending on July 25. We want an early start on the play so that we are ready to debut it in time for Indigenous Peoples Day, October 14, 2019. ICS Students who wish to participate in this play MUST enroll in Summer School – registration is due June 4th, so hurry!

Parents can download the ICS Summer School schedule by clicking here. 

 ABOUT REGISTERING YOUR ICS STUDENT FOR SUMMER SCHOOL

Please review all of the sessions and then complete the ICS Summer Registration Forms that are included in the packet (pages 10-13). Return your completed form to ICS by JUNE 4TH, 2019. We will confirm your child’s participation by June 6, 2019, and forward transportation information soon after. If you have questions regarding registration, please contact Mr. Dropik at 414-525-6189.

a VERY COOL PLAY for ics students 2019-06-02T14:10:47+00:00

Summer School

Summer School Registrations Extended to June 4th!

At Indian Community School, we believe that learning and growing happens all year long!

This summer, we’re excited to offer a variety of experiences that will continue to foster academic excellence, cultivate an enduring cultural identity and nurture the Sacred Gifts inherent in our children.

TO REGISTER YOUR ICS STUDENT FOR SUMMER SCHOOL

Please review all of the sessions and then complete the ICS Summer Registration Forms that are included in the packet (pages 10-13). Return your completed form to ICS by June 4th, 2019. We will confirm your child’s participation by June 6, 2019, and forward transportation information soon after. If you have questions regarding registration, please contact Mr. Dropik at 414-525-6189.

Summer School 2019-06-02T14:14:06+00:00

Spring Social Dances

ICS parents and families are invited to join us for a series of Haudenosaunee social dances to celebrate Spring and the arrival of warm winds!  If you’re unfamiliar with traditional Haudenosaunee social dances, this is a wonderful opportunity to come watch and learn!

Monday, May 6, 2019: K4 through 2nd grade, 1:30 pm – 2:55 pm

Friday, May 17, 2019  : 6th through 8th grade, 1:30 pm – 2:55 pm

Monday, May 20, 2019 : 3rd through 5th grade, 1:30 pm – 2:55 pm

Social Dances will be held in the Gym

Each social dance begins and ends with the Thanksgiving Address recognizing the life-sustaining gifts from the Creator. Our students will do their very best to express gratitude to all of creation as they sing and dance. Everyone is encouraged to wear ribbon skirts, ribbons shirts or vests, moccasins and a big, bright smile!

For more information, please contact Our Ways at 414-525-6144 or by emailing auwilliams@ics-edu.org.

Spring Social Dances 2019-05-02T11:40:51+00:00