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Bomb Threat Reported at Culver Community Middle and High School

A bomb threat was reported at the Culver Community School Corporation today, according to School Superintendent Dr. Vicki McGuire. A note was left inside a restroom stall at the middle and high school building. Continue reading

Culver Community High School Gets Money for Project Lead the Way

PLTW_Logo_Vertical_187-295Culver Community High School students will have an opportunity to prepare for college thanks to the generosity of the Culver Redevelopment Commission. They gave the school corporation $50,000 to cover the cost of equipment for participation in Purdue’s Project Lead the Way curriculum. Continue reading

Majority of Culver Community School Corporation Parents Say Yes to Balanced Calendar

Culver Community School CorporationThe Culver Community School Corporation received balanced calendar survey responses from families, students and faculty members this week. A total of 780 responses were recieved with 75 percent of the surveys saying yes, they would like to see a balanced calendar implemented.

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Culver School Board to Review Balanced Calendar Surveys

Culver Community School CorporationThe Culver School board will be discussing the balanced calendar survey results from students’ families tonight. On Nov. 3rd a public hearing was held with Rochester Community School Corporation representatives to discuss the pros and cons of being on a balanced calendar. Continue reading

Vocational Program’s Fate Hinges on Balanced Calendar Adoption

At least one of the popular trade programs offered through the North Central Vocational Educational Cooperative could be in jeopardy as participating corporations weigh the pros and cons of a balanced school calendar. Kyle Elliott is instructor for the building trades program based at Culver Community High School. He says students from Knox and North Judson-San Pierre are also enrolled in the program. If the three schools are on different schedules, Elliott says it will put kids and parents in a really tough situation. Continue reading

Public Balanced Calendar Presentation Scheduled Tonight at Culver

CalendarSeveral area school corporations are considering the adoption of a balanced school calendar for the 2015-2016 school year. The Rochester Community School Corporation already has one in place. Officials from that corporation will present information during a community meeting this evening at 6 p.m. EDT at Culver Community High School. North Judson-San Pierre Superintendent Lynn Johnson says the proposed schedule would still provide the state-mandated 180 instructional days with more breaks during the school year. Summer vacation would be eight weeks instead of 10 due to the proposed earlier start of school. Continue reading

Culver Community School Corporation Applies for State Grant

CulverHSThe Culver Community School Corporation is seeking a $52,747 grant from the state for retention incentives for highly effective teachers. The purpose of the state grant is to increase the academic achievement of all students by helping schools and districts improve teacher and principal quality and effectiveness. Evaluations of the teachers determine who receives part of the grant as a bonus. Continue reading

Balanced Calendar Public Forum Set for Culver Community Schools

Culver Community School CorporationCulver Community Schools will host a public forum on Nov. 3rd at 6 p.m. ET to discuss the pros and cons of a balanced calendar. Rochester School Corporation Superintendent Janna Vance, plus a principal and a teacher from the school will be at the Culver High School auditorium to talk about the balanced schedule. Continue reading

Another Vocational Program in the Works

The Starke County Economic Development Foundation (SCEDF) is looking to bring life back into the vocational building on the Oregon-Davis school campus to begin an automation robotics and equipment maintenance program as an extension of vocational programs through the SCILL Center.

According to Ron Gifford, the SCEDF will assist in seeking a way to fund the program full-time and to acquire equipment. A pilot program started this year with several students in the eighth grade through the tenth grade enrolled in the program.

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Marshall County Safety Commission Meeting Tuesday


Marshall County Safety Commission members are expected to meet tomorrow to discuss safety plans for the upcoming winter season and more. EMA Director Clyde Avery explained that his portion of the meeting will address the plan in place when significant winter weather is forecast. Avery will make sure that the school emergency plans are up to date with current contact information plus critical components such as communications, command and management, emergency notification, public information, and other needs. Continue reading

ISTEP Scores Mixed for Area School Corporations

Indiana Department of EducationIndiana students overall showed improvement on their ISTEP scores in both math and language arts. Scores released yesterday by the Indiana Department of Education indicate 80.7 percent of students passed English, compared to 79.5 percent in 2013. Math scores went up from 83 to 83.5 percent statewide. Continue reading

Back to School Immunization Requirements

aAre your children up to date on their immunizations? Before school starts, you must be sure they are. Continue reading

Local School Receives a Four Star Rating from the Indiana Department of Education

!!!Indiana Department of EducationCulver Community Schools received the highest honor that the Indiana Department of Education offers for their 2013/14 school year. Recently the school received an unexpected letter from director of accreditation at the IDOE. Continue reading

Area Track Athletes Compete in the State Finals

IHSAAIn the Girls State Track Finals yesterday the Kankakee Valley was well represented. Culver Community High School had four girls competing in five events, while North Judson was represented by the school’s record holder in shot put. Kayla Shaffer (Culver) finished in 14th place in the 100m dash, while teammate and fellow senior Denisha Brown (Culver) finished in 24th. In the 200m Dash Shaffer finished in 15th place. Brown then went on to place 27th in the long jump competition. Shaffer and Brown were also two members of the 4×100 relay team which finished in 19th place. The 4×100 team was rounded out by Mickella Hardy and Justine Dexter. Hardy also competed in shot put where she finished 15th overall. Caitlin Dvorscak of North Judson also competed in the shot put where she placed 20th.

Congratulations to all of our area athletes on a job well done representing the Kankakee Valley at the State Finals!

Culver Community School Board Hires Assistant Principal/Athletic Director

CulverHSA familiar face at Culver Community High School will be back next year in a dual role. Speech teacher Luke Biernacki  is the new assistant principal for the middle and high schools and and athletic director for the entire corporation. The Culver Community School Board hired him last night after a brief executive session. Superintendent Dr. Vicki McGuire says combining the administrative roles will allow for more dedicated academic accountability by the principals, as well as working on improving graduation rates. Biernacki says the opportunity is a perfect fit for his career goals.

“I’ve had my administrative license for a couple of years and been looking to move up,” he said in an interview after the meeting. “I’ve always wanted to move up with this corporation. It’s been a wonderful experience for the past six years. What I love most is the people I work with and the students and the community. It’s the best I’ve ever seen, and I look forward to continuing to work with them.”

Biernacki adds he wants to continue to meet the students’ needs and provide them the best possible experience. He’s also looking forward to working with new Culver Community High School Principal Brett Berndt and coaches as he transitions into his dual role.




Culver School Board Calls Meeting to Hire New Administrator

CulverHSThe Culver Community School Board appears poised to hire a combination assistant principal and athletic director for the middle and high schools. They’re meeting Tuesday, May 27 at 7:15 p.m. EDT at the administration office for that purpose. Culver Superintendent Dr. Vicki McGuire stresses the schools will remain separate. She says the corporation is just combining the administrative roles in order to save money. The meeting is open to the public. It will follow an executive session, presumably for the purpose of reaching a final decision. Final action on all personnel decisions must take place during a public meeting.




Culver Community School Corporation Hires High School Principal

Culver Community High School will consider moving to a "balanced schedule".

Culver Community High School will consider moving to a “balanced schedule”.

The Culver Community School Board has hired a new high school principal. Brett Berndt will take over that job July 1st. He replaces Albert Hanselman, who recently took a job as the director of the North Central Vocational Educational Cooperative.

Berndt previously served as dean of students at Culver Community High School.

Superintendent Dr. Vicki McGuire says the corporation is now looking to fill the combined position of assistant principal and athletic director. Whomever they hire will serve in that capacity at the middle and high schools. McGuire stresses the schools will remain separate. She says the corporation is just combining the administrative roles in order to save money.

Applications are currently being accepted. McGuire says the school board hopes to approve a hire at their June 16 meeting.