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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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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

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School Registration Beginning Soon at John Glenn Schools

school-kidsIn one month, students will be back in the classrooms.

The John Glenn School Corporation will open doors on Tuesday, Aug. 12 for students. The elementary schools will begin with instruction at 7:53 a.m. and dismiss school at 2:45 p.m. ET. Students in the middle school will start the school day at 7:55 a.m. and with a 2:50 p.m. dismissal and high school students will begin at 8 a.m. and dismiss at 3 p.m.

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Boys Golfers Participate in Sectionals

 It was a very successful day for our area boys golfers in Sectional play yesterday. The John Glenn Falcons placed 3rd as a team at the South Bend Riley Sectional which advances them to next week’s Regional. Tyler Prentkowski was the meets medalist shooting a 68. The Falcons finished just 3-strokes behind Penn High School for 2nd place overall. In other sectional golf action Adam Gruenig led the Winamac Warriors to a 4th place finish in the Logansport Sectional. While the Warriors did not advance as a team, Gruenig was the medalist for the meet shooting a 78. At the LaPorte Sectional, Austin Howell of South Central was the leader for the 7th place finishing Satellites. Howell shot an 82 which was good enough to advance him as an individual to the Regional round.

The golf Regional rounds will be played next Thursday and Friday. Adam Gruenig and Austin Howell will be competing at Lafayette Jefferson, while the John Glenn Falcons will be at Warsaw. Both of those Regional rounds will be played on Thursday, June 12th.

Local Schools Awarded Money through Secured School Safety Grant Program

 More than $9 million was approved in grant funding for several local schools through the Secured School Safety Grant Program.

The program gives matching grants to school corporations that request funding to conduct a threat assessment, purchase equipment to restrict access to the school or expedite the notification of first responders, or employ a school resource officer.

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U.S. News Awards Medals to Several Area Schools

badge-national-rankingsThe Kankakee Valley boasts some of the best high schools in the state, according to recent rankings by a national publication. John Glenn High School in Walkerton ranks 17th on the 2014 U.S. News and World Report list. The magazine awarded the school silver medal. Students there have an opportunity to take advanced placement tests, and 36 percent do. Of the school’s 611 students, 85 percent are proficient in English and 84 percent are proficient in math. Knox Community High School earned a bronze medal from U.S. News and World Report. The publication notes 25 percent of the 606 students enrolled take AP courses and tests, 77 percent are proficient in English and 69 percent are proficient in Algebra. Continue reading

Indiana School Superintendent Names Indiana Four Star Schools

 Indiana’s Four Star schools for the 2012-2013 school year were announced Tuesday.

Among the 331 schools named, four local schools achieved the status. Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz announced that John Glenn High School, Kingsbury Elementary School in LaPorte, Webster Elementary School in Plymouth and Tri-Township Consolidated School Corporation in LaCrosse reached Four Star School status.

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Schools May Be Able to Waive Snow Makeup Day

Indiana Department of EducationSchools that canceled classes due to the extreme winter conditions may not have to make up the day of missed instruction. “The Elkhart Truth” reports that State Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz has authorized schools to apply for a one-day waiver from the required 180 days of instruction. The waiver was initially offered after school districts across the state canceled classes on Monday. However, the director of the office of accreditation for the education department told the paper that the waiver will be offered to schools on Tuesday as well. He says the waiver means that schools can escape the “very severe financial penalty” they would otherwise incur by canceling one day of instruction. The waiver has only been used a few times in the past several years to offset instructional days lost due to severe weather. School districts typically build in makeup days in the event of snow, but if they miss more days than they have built into the calendar they’re forced to extend the school year into summer vacation in order to meet the state’s requirements.

Falloween Fest Kicks Off This Weekend in Walkerton

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John Glenn is gearing up for their annual Falloween Fest, kicking off Sept. 13 and running through Sept. 15 at 201 John Glenn Drive in Walkerton. The John Glenn School Corporation has a number of events planned for the weekend, including activities for the entire family and fundraising efforts by school organizations, community groups, civic groups and area churches to raise money for college scholarship for the school corporation’s students.

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John Glenn High School Senior Awarded ICOO Scholarship

John Glenn High School senior Cole Kaser is the recipient of the Thomas J. Deniston Memorial Scholarship presented by the Indiana Conservation Officers Organization.

Kaser is planning to pursue a degree in conservation law enforcement at Vincennes University this fall.

The Indiana Conservation Officers Organization awards six scholarships a year to students seeking a college degree in conservation law enforcement or law enforcement. Kaser was one of those six state-wide recipients this year.

John Glenn Student Attends Twelve Years With Perfect Attendance

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For 12 years, John Glenn student Rafael Castro has been getting up every school morning and making his way to school – every day. In fact, he has not missed a day of school since he began attending kindergarten at St. Patrick’s School in the fall of 1999, although he admits it was his mom’s goal first.

It wasn’t until he got to high school that he made it a goal of his own, when he determined that he could accomplish it. When asked if he came to school sick at any time he agreed he had, but never to the point of not feeling well enough to do his work or participate. He believes attendance is important and feels fortunate to have good health. Rafael is hopeful that future employers will take note of his attendance record, and that it will give him an edge in landing a job someday.

He will be recognized at a school-wide award ceremony today in front of the entire student body.

J.E.S.S.E. Co-op to Reorganize

The J.E.S.S.E. Co-op is reorganizing. Rochester schools recently pulled out of the special education cooperative that administers more than 80 different special classes and resource programs which leaves 9 school corporations in our area participating in the program.

With the withdrawal of Rochester, Knox Community School Superintendent A.J. Gappa said the majority of the financial services will now come out of Plymouth Schools.

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John Glenn Spell Bowl Team Heads to State

What would you do if you were a school Superintendent and there was a high school coach who qualified for the state tournament 25 out of 25 years?

You’d probably recommend him or her for a raise. Well John Glenn’s High School Spell Bowl Team has qualified each year that Paul Hernandez has been coaching them. Of those years, they have been state champs in their class 15 times.

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Local Marching Bands to Perform in Semi-State Competition

The Knox Redskin Brigade performs during Regional compeition at Chesterton

The Knox Redskin Brigade and the John Glenn Marching Band will be performing in the Semi-State Marching Band competition in Class C tomorrow at Decatur High School in Indianapolis.

John Glenn will perform at 5:20 p.m. ET and the Knox Redskin Brigade will perform at 5:46 p.m. ET. Awards for all of Class C, which contains 20 bands, will be at approximately 6:12 p.m. ET. 10 bands will advance to the State Finals which will be on Saturday, October 29th, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Regional Marching Band Competition to Feature Local Bands

The Knox Redskin Brigade will be performing in the Regional Marching Band competition tomorrow at Chesterton High School at 1:49 p.m. CT. Knox will be in competition with the John Glenn Falcon Pride band in Class C. John Glenn will play at 1:10 p.m. CT.

Plymouth will be performing tomorrow at Lafayette Jefferson High School at 6:35 p.m. ET. If the bands advance from the Regional competition, students will perform in the semi-state competition and then on to State competition at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Knox Redskin Brigade Advances to Regional Competition

The Knox Brigade Marching Band will be moving on in the Indiana State Marching Band contest. The band brought home a Gold rating on Saturday to advance to the Chesterton Regional on October 15th.

The theme of the performance is “By the Waters Edge.”

The John Glenn Falcon band also received a Gold rating and will be advancing to the Regional competition.

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