Here at ISPA we love having events in which we can get together, not only for the staff and the students but also their parents so we can all get to know our other and show off how great small community comes across over all. An event that does this perfectly is Open House. This year it took place on a Wednesday, the night of September 27th, starting at 5:30 PM. First, as soon as you walked in, in the halls there were tables set up where you could receive activities information and more. Then you were directed to the cafeteria to see Dr.Blanco's introduction, as well as the PTSA presentation, and before entering you'd receive a wondeful greeting by the spirit squad. With a packed house, the night began with the parents being introduced to school policies, rules, and students. Then, the PTSA continued the night by discussing a little of what they do, who they are, and their great importance to the school. The greatest thing about open house is that it almost gives parents the opportunity to see what a day in the life of their child is like. Parents follow their childs schedule and get to walk from class to class and with this, meet and interact with their teachers, get a look at what is done in class and how it goes. Similarity, they get to ask questions and just overall gain an understanding more of what their child does on a day to day basis. Along with spending a few hours in the life of their child parents were also able to buy ISPA sweatshirts as well as the new "I am ISPA" shirts for their kids. They were also be introduced to some student activities and clubs. It was overall an amazing interactive night full enjoyed by everyone who attended.
On October 12th 2017, over 70 colleges from all over the nation came to gather at International Studies Preparatory Academy coming from many different states including ISPA’s home-state, Florida, with schools including Miami-Dade College, Florida International University (FIU), University of Florida (UF), University of Miami (UM), and more. Here, students were called down by grade level to show up to the different booths of their favorite universities to talk to their representative, most of which were students currently studying at these schools. The alumni were given the opportunity to ask questions related to any particular academic requirements needed to get accepted at any of the universities including grade point average (GPA), Community Service hours, Advanced Placement (AP) courses and exams, SAT and/or ACT scores, etc. Many students asked about the topics they wished to major in whether it is engineering, any sciences, mathematics, arts, business, etc and if the schools offered any programs like a going-abroad program, a research study program, or a summer internship program to get hands-on experience at still a young age. This college fair was very much beneficial as for some students it motivated them to work harder in school to better prepare themselves for college in order to stand out from the many different students and be accepted into their top favorite universities and for most students this was a way to learn about the different colleges that you may soon be applying to since most students are not well aware of the colleges present in their home state as well as among the country and abroad overall. Even though the fair is now over, the students are still up-to-date about the schools that visited ISPA having taken home some booklets and having signed up to receive e-mails from the schools they were interested in. In fact, students may then receive useful notifications informing them on special events including when the next open house is, etc
Breast Cancer Awareness
When it comes to important annual events, ISPA is always participating. Our school acknowledged that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and had a Breast Cancer Awareness week which was held from October 9th to October 13th. Breast cancer is a type that cancer that develops as a lump in the breast and this week is held to raise awareness of the disease and to donate to their respective charities. The American Cancer Society states, “Breast cancer starts when cells in the breast begin to grow out of control.” Breast cancer is a disease that occurs mostly in women and barely ever in men. The known current treatments for breast cancer are chemotherapy, and surgeries depending on how severe the tumor is. On Friday October 13th, 2017 ISPA allowed the students to wear a pink top or a pink ribbon in support of Breast Cancer Awareness. That Friday I was not surprised seeing many people wearing their pink shirts and/or ribbons because we have students that want to spread awareness. Even if you won’t wear anything pink, it is important to spread recognition. By talking about breast cancer, it helps future generations grasps the importance faster. Not only does it help breast it a better known disease, but if money is raised, then, it can help scientists and researchers find a cure or a better treatment plan for patients all around the world. For instance, the Breast Cancer Alliance and Breastcancer.org are just one of the many charities that try to look for new treatments, preventions, and new information about this disease. There are also many support programs such as the Breast Cancer Resource Center. Finally, I think Breast Cancer Awareness is also a great way for people to learn to help people even if they don’t personally know them.