Portrait of Oge Denis Jr.A new school year presents opportunities for various beginnings—new classes, new faces, sometimes new courses, and often new materials or even new teaching platforms. Summer and vacation can be great healers; and as we approach the opening day of a new school year, let’s build on this energy in moving forward. Newness alone, however, cannot produce transformation. We ourselves must be willing to be caught up in the rebirth that is possible with each new year. Starting a new year gives us the opportunity to make new plans, design new strategies, and implement new ideas. There is a special kind of joy and satisfaction in planning lessons and activities for a new class; for although the subject or grade level may be the same, the students are new, and they appreciate the planning that is done for them. Whether one’s responsibility is administrating, supervising, teaching, preparing lunches, maintaining a building, or managing an office, there is always room for improvement and for new ways to do a good job even better. This year, as in the past, we must concentrate on the processes that spur continuing advancement: evaluating what we have, determining what we can do to improve, and identifying what we need to make those improvements. Irvington High School continues to close the achievement gap and focus on academic and cultural excellence.

Irvington High School is proud of its resilient faculty and staff who have been working tirelessly to maintain the continuity of education for each scholar. Despite being in the midst of a global pandemic, each member of our community, consisting of parents, faculty and staff, and scholars have broken barriers to adjust to a seemingly impossible situation. Throughout this pandemic, I know you have been challenged to seek normalcy, but I echo the words of our Superintendent of schools Dr. Vauss that IPS and IHS faculty and staff will do everything possible to help you (our scholars) continue to receive an education that is equipped with superior learning experiences while keeping you safe. 

ChromeBook distribution will take place on September 8, 9, and 10. There will be a cost for chrome books if it is in disrepair or lost for a cost of $150. All student schedules will be released on September 1, 2021 to students who do not have holds on their account (for example: if you retrieved a chrome book and did not return it– a “hold” has been placed on your school account. This means you will not be able to receive a schedule, access to online classes, participate in extracurricular activities until we receive the missing chrome book). 

Again, I look forward to this school year as we paint new traditions in moving forward building our community one student at a time.