ICES Named a 2021-2022 Purple Star School

By
Spotlight
November 17, 2021

blue ribbon badgeIsland Creek Elementary School is proud to have been recognized by the Virginia Department of Education and the Virginia Council on the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children as a 2020 Purple Star school. The Purple Star designation is awarded to military-friendly schools that have demonstrated their commitment to meeting the needs of military-connected students and their families.

We earned the Purple Star recognition though a commitment to meeting the needs of military students by providing resources and programming on issues important to military families, such as academic planning and transitions between schools, districts, and states.

The average military family relocates 6-8 times while children are in grades K-12. Recognizing the impact that every move has on each family member is key to implementing services and resources to help them acclimate to their new surroundings. 

Our parents participate in a new family welcome meeting to orient themselves to the school community. An additional meeting is held specifically for our military families that provides them with information about community resources, connects them with current Island Creek ES military families, and helps new families connect with each other. 

Island Creek Elementary School works to ensure its military students and families are supported and valued throughout their time at the school. We host annual Veteran’s Day activities throughout the school that brings community and family members together in recognition of the service and sacrifice of military members and their families. 

We are excited and proud to display the Purple Star in the our lobby.