Principal's Desk

Can you believe we are already in the month of February? As we continue through our founding year, we continue to feel such joy and gratitude for the opportunity to do this work in a community we love with kids and families that we love.  We know that great kids know other great kids.  As we begin to work on our expansion efforts to 7th-10th grade next year, we welcome you to recommend any of your close friends and family members to complete a 2017-2018 Student Application. Additionally, we will be looking to expand our Founding Staff--recommend any teachers you know to apply to join this amazing group of people.  There are lots of amazing events on the horizon for family and kids--hope to see you in the school soon!

Ms. Kirley 




In December, Steel City Academy announced our partnership with New Horizons Inc, a Gary based family support agency. In our mission to provide boundless opportunities to our students, we recognize the need to for a continuum of social-emotional support for students and families. Ms. Claude Ann Poupolos--affectionately known as Ms. P--is our school based social worker. This Gary native brings knowledge of our community, and her professional expertise to our school. We are fortunate to have her join our team, to provide confidential 1:1 and family counseling. If you would like to learn more about how this partnership will be serving our students and families, do not hesitate to call (219.750.1010) or e-mail Ms. Poupolos.


Clockwise Left to Right: Squads Get Competitive & Show Out with Holiday Helpers 

We set a goal of 500 non-perishable items to help feed families in Northwest Indiana this holiday season, and we easily exceeded that. EVERY squad contributed to the overall school total of 683 cans! There are two squads that dominated on the leaderboard, Alcorn State University (ASU), and Indiana University. ASU collected over half of the food items for Grade 9, and Indiana amassed over 30% of ALL donations. Special shoutout to Ms. Wells and Coach Kelly. #RegionMatters #Power

Winter Quarter Gear & Flame Week was Pretty Awesome

We are bursting with gratitude for community partners sharing their gifts & wisdom with our students.  Thank you  Lorrell K (Black Lives Matter NWI - Gary & Everybody Counts), Dr. Virgil Woods (First AME Church), Taurean King (Soulful Experience ), Jessica Renslow & Samuel Æ Love (Miller Spotlight), Bill Healy (NPR), Dr. Desiree Simpson (LiveArts Studio), Summer Moore (The Times of Northwest Indiana), Kamal Minkah (Minkah Martial Arts), Crystal L. Franklin (I Am Dancin' for My Life Project), Sharon Mallory (SMD Financial), Harry Vande Velde (Southshore Leadership Center), Jacquelin Baker (Teach For America Chicago-NWI) ; and private citizens: Davina Frazier, Nora Albert, Diego Benitez, & Kerry Reidy! Please search hashtags #GearAndFlame #WeAreSteelCity on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram for a full recap of the week! We would be remiss if we did not thank our partners at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Indiana for their facilities support during this initiative. 

End of Season Coup

In what may be their first and last victory, Staff (ages 25 and better) closed out our inaugural basketball season by defeating students 40-36. A huge thank you to our coaching and athletic staff that made the first season of Flame and Lady Flame Basketball possible. 

Steel City Academy is growing!  We have opened enrollment for the 2018-2019 school year. If you know a student who deserves boundless opportunities, check out the application process, and apply today!
Save the Date
It's almost time for Steel City Academy's Spring Gear & Flame Week, March 6-10! We are looking for a variety of options for mini courses, projects, and workshops. Please e-mail or call Ms. Boulware for more information.

Tickets are on sale now ($10) for the Steel City Sweetheart Ball. Put on your finest attire and join us for an evening of elegance on February 17th. E-mail Ms. Wells for more details. 

Celebrate Black History Month with the Steel City Family at our Movie Night, February 24th 6-8PM, featuring "Selma." Concessions will be sold to raise funds for end of year trips for 7th and 9th grade. Bring your friends and family!  

Do you work in construction? Do you know a local contractor? Steel City is planning some renovations this spring and summer. We will have the project out to bid in February. If you know someone that should know about this project, please email their contact information to our Director of Operations, Robert Hart.


Margaret Vernon
 Megan Henning
Thomas Terry
Kerry O’Brien
Duffy Magesis 

 Help send our deserving students on end of year trips, including a 9th grade trip to Washington D.C.! Donate here.
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