Students and Families
We hope that everyone has gotten off to the start they wanted this semester. It finally looks like the weather is turning south make sure that you keep an eye out for unexpected changes to the APDs and school activities. We will try to alert you the night before if we are on a delay or cancelation. Below are instructions for signing up for Text notifications, if you are using a new phone or want to double check to make sure we have the correct phone number on file please contact Thomas Sutherlin at

In this week’s newsletter we will be trying to cut down on your mailbox clutter by including the Counselor Corner so make sure to read to the end!

This week’s topics: Outside Course Petition, Drone Program, APD and Ag Updates, Yearbook information, Testing information, and Guidance Meetings. 

IATS Outside Course Petition

Beginning this semester, students taking courses outside of IATS will need to have pre-approval of the course by the student’s guidance counselor and Principal. Students will have the opportunity to earn up to 16 Credits from outside programs towards their High School Diploma. Courses taken prior to the 2019-2020 Spring semester will NOT count against the 16 credit total. High school credit will NOT be granted to courses taken without the completed and signed “Petition for Outside Credit” form.  Questions may be directed to Mrs. Hagen at

IATS Outside Course Petition

Please have forms in by January 24th, 2020. 

IATS Drone Program

Calling all aspiring drone pilots. IATS is Launching the drone certification program for students grades 9-12. Classes will meet online Wednesday-Friday from 11:00am – 12:00pm EST beginning February 3rd, 2020. If you are interested in participating in this new and exciting program please contact Mr. Marsh at

APD Information

It is important to remember that the school Active Participation Days are an integral part of your enrollment at IATS. While it is understood if you have to miss an APD, we hope that absence does not happen often. If you are absent, it is your responsibility to replace those educational hours and submit them for verification. APD’s are held on the school farm campus as well as off-site locations. Students are responsible for their own transportation and meals. APD admission costs for students, if any, are covered by IATS.

Upcoming APD’s

All APD’s will take place on Tuesdays from 9 AM-3PM unless otherwise noted in emails and on the school calendar. If you are attending an APD at the Morgantown Farm campus, the hours are EST, while the St. Joe College campus in Rensselaer is CST.

  • Morgantown Farm Campus- 1982 S. Morgantown Rd., Morgantown, IN 46160
  • St. Joe College Campus- Core Building Lecture Hall, 1498 South College Avenue, Rensselaer, Indiana 47978

The table below outlines the APD’s for January.

SCHOOL APD 1/21/2020 9:00 AM 3:00 PM Farm Safety Morgantown Farm/St. Joe College Campus
SCHOOL APD 1/28/2020 9:00 AM 3:00 PM Ag Machinery and Drones Morgantown Farm/St. Joe College Campus

Please always dress for the outdoors and the weather, as students may at any time be in a variety of activities or locations on the farm.

Bring your own lunch- students are not allowed to leave the campus during the lunch break.

Attendance will be taken at every APD.

SCHOOL APD 2/4/2020 10:00 AM 3:00 PM College Visit and Farm Tour Vincennes University
SCHOOL APD 2/4/2020 10:00 AM CST 2:00 PM CST Livestock Tour Hummell Livestock

Sign-Up Genius links will only be used this semester for off-site APD’s.

Please click here to choose your APD location for 2/4/20 (instructions and driving directions are included in the sign-up genius link):


AG Class Updates

Mrs. Wolfe has emailed a MyCaert Student Manual to all of her classes. Please check your emails to find this manual which explains how to access MyCaert for agriculture classes, as well as how to proceed through the class, submit quizzes, and complete assignments.


For questions regarding agriculture classes, please contact the appropriate teacher:

  • Mrs. Wolfe- Agribusiness, Food Science, Middle School Exploratory Agriculture, and Introduction to Agriculture (
  • Mr. Wamsley- Natural Resources, Plant and Soil Science, Animal Science (

Yearbook Orders Extended

IATS is doing its first yearbook!  A survey was recently sent out asking if you’d be interested in purchasing a yearbook.  Now that we’ve determined enough interest, we are asking that you let us know if you intend on purchasing a yearbook by completing the order form by February 1, 2020.  The yearbooks will be approximately $40, but the actual cost will be determined once the number of ordered yearbooks is finalized.   In addition, please let Sarah Haag know if you or someone you know might be interested in purchasing advertising space in the yearbook!  Our yearbook staff will contact the people and organizations on that list with all of the details!

Send us your school photos!  Using the ReplayIt app or website, share your memories and moments by submitting your own school photos to the yearbook!  Upload your photos from FFA, robotics, aviation, or drone classes!  Send in pictures of APDs, Farm Week or other school related social events!  Basically, if the photo is from an IATS gathering, we want to see it!   You can find the app in your app store, or you can go online to  When you register, be sure to put in our school’s name, so all of the photos you upload will be sent to our yearbook staff!  Who knows?  Your memories might just be featured in the first Indiana Agriculture and Technology School yearbook!

School Related Text Messages

Our school utilizes the SchoolMessenger system to deliver text messages, straight to your mobile phone with important information about events, school closings, safety alerts and more.

You can participate in this service just by sending a text message of “Y” or “Yes” to our school’s short code number, 67587.

You can also opt out of these messages at any time by simply replying to one of our messages with “Stop”.

Counselor Corner with Mrs. Hagen

Individual Guidance Meetings for Grades 7 thru 11

As a guidance counselor, I am obligated to meet with each student and their parent/guardian(s) once per year to talk about each student’s plans for post-secondary life and the important factors that will contribute to getting them there.  Beginning in February, I will be holding individual guidance meetings with each student and their parent/guardian(s) for this purpose.  In each of these meetings for all students at IATS, we begin or continue a “Graduation Plan.” I will ask each student to think about their career interests and guide them through the steps that will get them on the road to life after graduation. We will talk about their study habits, class performance, grades, diploma track (for high schoolers), career and college interests, standardized testing and their 4-year course plans.  This will culminate into scheduling classes for the 2020-21 school year and a plan attaining goals for their future.

We will begin scheduling meetings in the next few weeks!  These meetings are mandatory, so please respond to our emails with meeting details.


One of the most frequent questions I get as a guidance counselor is when and how should students prepare for and take the SAT and ACT. The challenge is that every student has unique circumstances and aspirations, so the individual guidance offered will vary.

My suggestion is that all juniors take their first SAT with Writing test on March 14, 2020 and their first ACT with writing on the February 8, 2020. This is to ensure that students have a real score in time to know how they did and what they may need to do to reach their desired scores for their senior applications. The general recommendation is that students would use their PSAT results along with any free resources to prepare for these winter tests.

SAT AND ACT TEST DATES AND REGISTRATION DEADLINES ARE FAST APPROACHING.  Now is the time to register.  Please remember that you are responsible for registering for the tests you plan to take.

SAT test dates are March 14th, May 2th and June 6th.  The deadline to register for the March SAT with Writing is February 8th. For registration deadlines and to register go to

ACT with Writing Registration deadline for the February 8th test was January 10th.  If you’ve missed this deadline you can register late for an additional fee until January 17th, TODAY, at The last three ACT test dates for this school year are April 4th, June 13th and July 1th.

Please be sure to use the IATS school code of 150012 when registering for these tests or we will not receive their scores.

We then expect and strongly recommend students and families review the student’s scores and become familiar with how these scores relate to a student’s admission chances and scholarship opportunities for the schools and programs they are considering. College Board ( and Learn More Indiana ( are two resources that can provide families with realistic options for college admissions and opportunities.


There are many different ways to prepare, both free and at cost. The best approach is to develop a long-term plan using a combination of coursework and practice tests. The key ingredient to improving results is the use of practice tests.

Please note that doing nothing is not advisable. Depending on the amount of improvement that is needed or desired, may we suggest a number of options to prepare for and take additional tests in the spring of the junior year? Test Prep is an option, not a requirement for all students. The hope and goal is that students will do the necessary preparation and take the appropriate tests by the end of the junior year so they are in a good position going into their senior. If necessary, students may need to prepare for and take another test their senior year.

  • ACT Online Prep – An online resource to help students prepare to take the ACT test, featuring real questions from previous tests:
  • As a partner with the College Board, Khan Academy will offer “official” SAT practice at no cost. Students will be able to link their PSAT scores to practice materials in order to create a personalized learning plan for each student based on test performance. To begin the linking process, students must:

1) Log in or create a Khan Academy account:

2) When prompted, agree to link the Khan Academy and College Board accounts. Students will then be directed to

3) Sign in or create a College Board account

4) When prompted, hit “Send” to authorize account linking

5) Students may then start working on Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy