Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

 COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS
  
Jan. 27, 2021: Watch the debut of our Zoom video webinar series "Community Connections," with Superintendent, Aaron Johnson, and 4 panelists - Directors of Instruction, Karen Finter Chrissy Miga, K-12 Social Studies Curriculum Supervisor, Kim Cristal and Supervisor of Counseling, Student, Equity & Wellness, Joe Jackson. They outline the District's efforts on Equity, Diversity & Inclusion and take questions from parents/guardians. Our next Community Connections is scheduled for March 23, 2021.

 INDIGENOUS PEOPLE'S MONTH
 

Nov. 30, 2020: As Indigenous People's month draws to a close, the West Irondequoit CSD is proud to share with our community a Land Acknowledgement that was approved by the Board of Education on Nov. 19, 2020. It states:

West Irondequoit Central School District acknowledges the Indigenous People of this region and that this school (or district building) sits on the ancestral homelands of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. It is on these ancestral and treaty lands that we teach, learn and live.

The WICSD continues to develop its cultural competency through the leadership of Ms. Kimberly Cristal, our K-12 Social Studies Curriculum Supervisor with student leaders, Ethan Riester and Tyra Oglesby. We will recognize year-long opportunities to celebrate and foster understanding through Cultural Heritage Months. Throughout the year, student coalitions will:

  • Create space regularly for members of groups such as Student Council, Mosaics Club, Amnesty International and more, to share their perspective.
  • Find opportunities for students to authentically experience elements of cultures outside their own.
  • Bring awareness to acknowledge the diverse cultures at Irondequoit High School and throughout our district.

Planning and implementation began with Latinx and LGBTQ+ awareness in October. The coalitions will be planning activities to celebrate Black History Month in February and to plan additional cultural heritage celebrations throughout the remainder of the year. 

UNIFIED SPORTS EARNS HONOR!
Our Unified athletics program (bowling and basketball) was recognized at the Nov. 5 Board of Education meeting for a special honor. IHS was honored nationally in August and named one of just 9 schools statewide as a "Special Olympics Unified Champion School." That designation means West Irondequoit demonstrates a commitment to inclusion by meeting 10 standards of excellence. Unified Sports bring together students with and without intellectual disabilities as one team. Congrats to all from IHS and in our district for this honor. READ MORE.

SOCIAL STUDIES INSTRUCTION

CONVERSATIONS ON RACE

 

COALITION FOR EQUITY AND DIVERSITY

STAMPED: The Irondequoit-wide book discussion

  • The Irondequoit Public Library, the Town of Irondequoit, and the East Irondequoit and West Irondequoit school districts will hold a Community Book Discussion online on Aug. 18. It's based around the award winning book Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds. Find out more or sign up. 
 Link to pic of stamped cover