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Community Update for November 27

Dear ISA Families,


Welcome back!! We hope that the Thanksgiving holiday provided an opportunity to rest and reconnect with family! With three grade level travel experiences concluded, we have three weeks remaining in the first semester! We encourage our entire community to recommit to finishing the semester strong! Our first semester exams begin for students on Tuesday, December 13, 2022!


As we begin the push to the end of the semester, we will also continue looking ahead to the ISA Class of 2027! ISA will host our next shadowing day on Friday, December 2, and participate in the Final NEISD High School Magnet Night at Garner Middle School on Monday, December 5! ISA’s Ambassador Team will be in the cafeteria from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Send your friends who are interested in ISA to visit and learn more about what it means to be a Globie! The Lottery Application for the ISA Class of 2027 is available HERE!


Our Campus PTSA would like to share the following updates with the ISA Community. Click HERE to learn more!


Looking ahead, the window for First Semester Exam Exemptions will open on Monday, December 5, at 7:00 a.m. through Wednesday, December 7, at 4:30 p.m. Students will be able to access the Exam Exemption Application through Skyward: Student Access. Students are invited to review THIS handout to assist in accessing the exemption application process. 


NEISD Exam Exemption Policy contains important differences from previous years. This year, student’s attendance will be considered in the eligibility criteria. Key pieces of the policy of which to be aware:

  • Attendance data prior to August 22, 2022, will not be included in the eligibility criteria for First Semester Exam Exemptions, 

  • Absences due to COVID-19, will not count against a student to determine eligibility, and

  • Absences due to illness--documented as “X”--that might eliminate a student from consideration may be appealed, and ISA encourages families to continue to keep students home if they are not feeling well.

The Fall Semester Exam Schedule will begin on Tuesday, December 13, 2022. Please contact Steve Magadance at or Delia Gauna at with questions.


On Monday, December 12, ISA seniors will have the opportunity to take senior portraits on-campus in the PERC. This opportunity will also serve as this year’s yearbook photo. The deadline for ISA seniors to take their senior portrait is December 17. Portrait appointments are still available at the Prestige Studio, and the deadline for portraits to be included in the yearbook is in January 2023.

Finally, last Friday, November 18, 2022, marked the end of the 6th week of the second grading quarter. Progress reports will be posted in Skyward: Family Access by the end of the week!


Have a great week! 




Steve Magadance and the ISA Faculty