Welcome to the new

By |May 4th, 2016|News|

Nearly 10 years ago I started working here at the Ionia County Intermediate School District and quickly noticed our website was a little behind the times.  When I wasn’t fixing computers I began work on a new website that would eventually go live in 2008.  That hand coded design received a few face lifts […]

“Beyond the Horizon” What’s Next for Your Young Adult Child?

By |May 3rd, 2016|News|

By Daisy Cook, Transition Coordinator
Beyond the Horizon was a workshop hosted by the Community Transition Council (CTC) on April 21, at the Right Door (formerly CMH). The main goal of the Council is to inform parents and community members about transition related topics.  In past years there has been a housing summit describing various […]

Maximizing the Impact of Instructional Consultation Teams

By |May 3rd, 2016|News|

By Renee Thelen, Planner/Monitor
During the 2015-2016 school year, our Instructional Consultation (IC) Teams around the county have been focused on maximizing their impact by taking more group and whole class cases.  This allows the teacher requesting assistance to utilize the collaboration time with their case manager to develop strategies that will meet the needs […]

YAC Global Youth Service Project Addressed Childhood Food Insecurity in Ionia County

By |May 3rd, 2016|News|

By Deb Wagner, Director of Grants & Special Projects
The Ionia County Youth Advisory Council project called PACK’ed (Prepared, Assembled by Caring Kids) by YAC took place on April 20, 2016. The YAC, a youth-led organization, engaged in direct service activities benefiting IM Kids 3rd Meal.  During the school year, IM Kids 3rd Meal provides […]

The 2016 Michigan Victory Games

By |May 3rd, 2016|News|

By Jim Lóser, Assistant Superintendent Special Education
The Ionia County Trailblazers Disabled Sports Team will be competing in the 40th annual regional games: The Victory Games. The regional games will take place at MSU on May 19th and go through to the 22nd. This year we will have 16 athletes competing: Alan David (Lyons), Ryan […]

Friend of Education Awarded to IM Kids Third Meal

By |April 29th, 2016|News|

The Alpha Upsilon chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma (DKG is an international organization that promotes excellence in education.) presented their Friend of Education award to IM Kids Third Meal, a feeding program working to provide food insecure children in our communities with an evening meal.  The group is committed to ending childhood hunger in […]

Freedom Acres Spring Newsletter

By |April 20th, 2016|News|

Happy Spring!  We are all ready for a warm breeze and plenty of sunshine.  This school year has been moving swiftly, and I can hardly believe that we are in our last three months.  I continue to be amazed at the progress our students are making.  I believe this is because our staff is […]

April is Autism Awareness Month

By |April 1st, 2016|News|

Did you know April is Autism Awareness Month? You might be wondering how you can help. If you like walking in the spring sunshine, free food, fun and prizes we have an exciting event (click here!) for you to partner in.
Each April the ICISD ASD Team plans and hosts an Autism Awareness walk at […]

Ionia County YAC Awards Grants to Address Youth Issues

By |April 1st, 2016|News|

Ionia County Youth Advisory Committee consists of high schools students from each of the five high schools in Ionia County and Lowell High School. The committee completes a needs assessment every two years on local youth needs. They use the information to select grants for organizations addressing these needs within the county. This year […]

MSTEP!! A “New” State Assessment

By |April 1st, 2016|News|

This April students across Michigan will begin the second year of the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP). It is meant to be an online assessment measuring how much students know and can do. New learning standards require new ways to measure the students’ knowledge. That’s why in 2014-15, Michigan replaced the 44-year-old […]