If you have a current or rising senior, please check here for important information pertaining to your son's senior year and graduation. Information can also be found in the IA Handbook.
A Senior Fee of $500.00 will be charged to offset the costs of graduation and to fund a variety of activities to celebrate the Senior Class throughout the year. This fee will be broken into two payments: $250 is due in November and $250 in January. These payments will be billed through Alpha Accounting.
For graduation, the Senior Fee will cover: cap and gowns, diplomas, diploma covers, graduation sword, cords, stole, embroidery, and venue rentals for baccalaureate and graduation ceremonies. Per an agreement with our photographer, each family will also receive a digital copy (usually a thumb drive) of the professional photos taken during the baccalaureate and graduation ceremonies, including family photos taken after graduation. This may change if this agreement changes or another photographer is necessary.
Iron Academy will make an effort to hold one senior celebration event per quarter, which will be paid for by the Senior Fee. Students will also receive a yard sign and a class T-shirt, included in this fee. Parents may be asked to donate time or supplies to help make these events successful.
The Senior Fee will not cover optional items such as yearbooks, graduation announcements, class rings, letter jackets, school pictures, Senior Trip fees, additional class T-shirts/spirit wear, etc.
"The Bible can seem almost like a mythical book. Unfamiliar names, places, and a history very different from our own. With the popularity of The Chronicles of Narnia and The Lord of the Rings, the Bible can be read with a similar type of allegory. A life so different from our own, yet we know there is something important to be gleaned from these stories.
The Bible is filled with real people, who lived in a real time, place, and cultural context. St. Jerome said there are five Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and the land. To walk the land of Israel, to see, touch, smell, sweat, and feel what the disciples of Jesus would have felt profoundly changes a person. To see King David as a historical figure on the run for his life from King Saul, despite God anointing him to be king. To read his Psalms in the desert and to hear his cry, being human has not changed in 3,000 years, nor has our God.
To experience the reality of the Bible is to embrace the reality of God's Word. Our trip to Israel follows the rabbinical model of discipleship of experiencing to understand. We will walk through the life of Jesus and some key OT stories. The goal of our time together in Israel is to kindle a desire of God's Word and to experience the reality of God engaging our world today, just as He did in the lives of those Biblical characters we read about. Seeing the story in context helps us embrace our time in history and our opportunity to be a part of building His kingdom now and for the rest of our lives." - John Farwell, Athletes in Action Israel Tour Guide
Every graduating senior has the option of attending the Senior Trip to Israel. This trip is usually scheduled in May, right before graduation. John Farwell, who teaches the 12th grade Bible Class in preparation for the trip, is the tour guide. The trip is approximately 10 days, and the cost will vary each year due to price fluctuations in airplane tickets, hotel bookings, etc. Parents are welcome to attend with their son.
Each individual is responsible for the cost of the trip and for meeting the payment deadlines. Deposits are non-refundable per airline and travel agent policies. Should a student or parent need to cancel their plans to attend, Iron Academy will try to refund payments, but may be unable to do so depending on airline, travel agent, hotel, and other company policies outside of our control. Iron Academy does not profit from the trip.
Each year, Iron Academy will attempt to provide ideas and opportunities for students to fundraise towards this trip. The success of the fundraisers is dependent on student and parent involvement to help with organization, donations of supplies, and overall participation. Students will earn a portion of the total money raised during a fundraiser based on the number of hours worked. These funds can only be used for the trip. Students who are not attending may fundraise on behalf of a classmate. Should a student choose to, or be unable to, attend the trip after participating in fundraisers, his funds will be redistributed, at the discretion of Iron Academy leadership, to a staff member or classmate who will be attending.
Graduation for the class of 2021 is tentatively scheduled for June 7, 2021. A baccalaureate service will be held around the same weekend.
Seniors are required to wear a white, button-down dress shirt, black dress pants, Iron Academy tie, belt, and dress shoes under their cap and gown. This will be required for senior photographs and the graduation ceremony. Attire is expected to be wrinkle-free, presentable, and neat looking. Gowns and stoles should be wrinkle-free for the graduation ceremony.
- Senior Breakfast
- Senior Lunch
- Senior Sunset
- Senior Celebration
Class T-shirts and clothing will be available around the start of the second semester. The senior class will be asked to give input on the designs, slogan, etc. Each senior will be given one T-shirt, paid for through the Senior Fee.
OTHER CLASS MEMORIBILIA:
Jostens (link to catalog coming soon)
Senior Yearbook Pages: Please email photographs of your son for these special pages to email@example.com by the end of April. Otherwise we cannot guarantee a page in the yearbook.
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