Archive for September, 2014

We are so excited to introduce our new Imagination Playground at HIS. Imagination Playground (or “blue blocks” as we call them here on campus) is an innovative, interactive tool that encourages children to create and build objects like rocket ships, houses, robots, animals, and anything else a child can imagine. The activity is open-ended and child-driven, and encourages gross motor development, critical thinking, social development and movement. Perhaps the best thing about blue blocks is that they can be used by children of all ages. The soft foam blocks are safe for preschoolers to play with and sophisticated enough for middle schoolers to build complex structures.

Check out our students with blue blocks in action. (more…)

photo[1]Towanda Foster describes her teaching philosophy in one word – Inspire! Her students agree that she’s inspirational. In fact, one first grade student was so inspired by her, he stopped every day to pick a fresh flower before class. That student’s mother said it warmed her heart to know that he loved school and his teacher so much.

Mrs. Foster says teaching was always the path that made sense for her. “During my youth, I volunteered assisting with a first grade teacher who lived in my home community.” she said.  “I also assisted with a young choir group. I have always volunteered with children. Teaching was the next logical step for me.”

Mrs. Foster earned her bachelor’s degree from Jacksonville State University and this is her 11th year as a teacher. She says the thing she most looks forward to this year is getting to know all of the HIS students and families. A little known fact about Mrs. Foster, she once recorded a CD with one of the Temptations. She enjoys watching Lifetime and Hallmark channels with her chihuahua Angel and her cat Bell. She also describe herself as an avid reader, calling To Kill a Mockingbird her favorite book.


Back to school – by Sydney

September 8th, 2014



Seventh grade student Sydney reflects on her first few weeks of school.

I am so excited for the new school year with all the great classes, projects, field trips, and learning experiences.  I’ve gone to this school for years and it just keeps changing, with renovation to the school campus and curriculum.  There is a gre

at new variety of electives that give you many choices of interesting activities.  I can’t wait for the fun field trips and projects.  I really think this year will be full of fun new curriculum.  Although I have gone to this school for a long time, I can’t wait for the new experiences and friendships.

This school year I feel has started really great with our new classes and interactive learning.  One of the new renovations was the interactive notebooks we have been using in some of our classes that really draws your attention to your education.  Another is our use of technology with google classrooms which makes it a lot easier to do your assignments and communicate with your teachers.  The new changes, though very different, are helpful and really great for an interactive education.


First week of school – by Aidan

September 3rd, 2014



Fifth grader Aidan reflects on his first week as an HIS student. 

When I came  to HIS this year, I asked some kids “what did you enjoy about the first week of school?” Lynus told me how he enjoyed the fun things we got to do and new experiences. As for a new kid like me, many kids were helping me with my schedule and I was very thankful. Charlie said he liked meeting new teachers. Also, Hudson enjoyed getting new lockers and seeing his friends. I think everyone at HIS is happy to be back.