Kids Closet Ministry’s Pack-A-Backpack Event is Back!

pack a backpackStarke County students who receive either free or reduced lunch during the school year have a chance to receive a backpack full of free supplies tonight or tomorrow at the North Judson United Methodist Church fellowship hall. Continue reading

Kids Closet Receives a Plethora of Supplies for Upcoming Back-to-School Event

pack a backpackKids Closet Ministry annually provides school supplies to underprivileged children in Starke County with their Pack-a-Backpack event. Community members get the chance to contribute during their school supply drives. This year while Kids Closet was posted outside the Dollar General stores in North Judson and Knox they received an ample amount of supplies from weekend shoppers. However it was the donations from two other local foundations that helped provide the new backpacks for all the donated supplies. Continue reading

Mosquito Samples from Several Indiana Counties Test Positive for West Nile Virus

westnilevirusThis summer’s above average amount of rainfall has been ideal for mosquito breeding. According to state health officials, West Nile Virus has been confirmed in almost 10 Indiana counties. The virus has only been spotted in mosquito samples and no avian or human infections have been reported or confirmed thus far. Continue reading

Summer Food Service Programs Soon to be Available at Local Schools

summerfoodservicesStudents are typically thrilled when summer break finally begins but individuals who rely on school meals for breakfast and lunch could be feeling bitter sweet about the end of the school year. Luckily, the Summer Food Service Program has a mission to make sure no Hoosier goes hungry.

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Starke County Youth Club Honors IU Health Starke Hospital

radiothonIU Health Starke Hospital’s investment in the youth of the community has earned them recognition from the Starke County Youth Club. Executive Director Irene Szakonyi presented IU Health Starke Hospital President Craig Felty the Aim High Award in recognition of the hospital’s top pledge of $5,000 during the recent radiothon. The daylong fundraiser on WKVI raised $41,000 for the club. It provides after school and summer enrichment programs for students from Knox, North Judson-San Pierre and Oregon-Davis schools at sites throughout the county. Continue reading

O-D Students Perform Well on ECA Tests

 The End of Course Assessment (ECA) test results at Oregon-Davis Schools have the administration excited about the progress the students are making in Math and English/Language Arts. The ECAs are taken at the end of the school year to measure student growth.

Superintendent Greg Briles boasted the efforts of the 10th grade students.

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More Oregon-Davis Students Choosing Career Path

 Oregon-Davis students have stepped up efforts to join vocational programs for the next school year.

Superintendent Greg Briles said there were two or three students involved in vocational programs last year. Eighteen students will be participating in Auto Tech, Cosmetology, Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education, Graphic Imaging, Health Science, Precision Machining, and Welding in the 2015-2016 school year.

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Wireless Infrastructure Upgrade Leads Summer Projects at O-D

Oregon-Davis-Jr_Sr-BuildingSome extensive projects will be in the works this summer at the Oregon-Davis School Corporation.

Thanks to the federal E-Rate Program, Superintendent Greg Briles says the wireless access and switches will be upgraded in both school buildings.

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O-D Stages Mock Crash, Teachers Talk Candidly About Drunk Driving

Oregon-Davis teacher and coach Wes Radke was the first to arrive at the site of the mock crash staged in the high school parking lot.

Oregon-Davis teacher and coach Wes Radke was the first to arrive at the site of the mock crash staged in the high school parking lot.

You are free to choose, but you are not free from the consequences of those choices. That’s the message Oregon-Davis Middle School language arts teacher Angie Radke shared with high school students there after a mock drunk driving crash in the school parking lot. Radke’s best friend, Brooklyn Boo, was killed by a drunk driver in 1998, a week after their junior prom at North Judson-San Pierre High School. Continue reading

Starke County Youth Club Programs Help Bridge Achievement Gap

The Starke County Youth Club’s after-school programs help bridge the achievement gap for students. Executive director Irene Szakonyi says that’s disparity in performance levels among groups of youngsters. Research indicates children who come from low-income homes don’t perform as well on standardized tests as their more affluent classmates, nor do they get as good of grades. Szakonyi says 60 percent of children served come from low-income homes and start kindergarten behind their peers as a result. Continue reading

Starke County Youth Club Programs Benefit Children and Parents

The Starke County Youth Club’s after-school programs offered at sites around the county benefit more than just the students who take part in them. Executive Director Irene Szakonyi says they serve as a bridge between school and home for youngsters, for whom the most critical hours of the day are between 3 and 6 p.m. School is out, but parents aren’t home from work yet. Szakonyi says that’s the most common time for a child to be the victim of or the perpetrator of a violent crime. Continue reading

Starke County Youth Club Executive Director Elaborates on After-School Offerings

The Starke County Youth Club provides a strong mix of academic and enrichment activities to youngsters who take part in after-school programs at sites across the county. Executive Director Irene Szakonyi says the day begins with a little bit of decompression time and a healthy snack.

From there she says the focus shifts to homework. Continue reading

Starke County Youth Club Radiothon Set for Friday

Mark your calendars, and get your checkbooks ready. The 8th Annual Starke County Youth Club Radiothon on WKVI will take place this Friday. Executive Director Irene Szakonyi  says the organization has been serving youngsters with after-school, summer and recreational programs since 2001.

“It really is a wide variety of activities and projects to meet kids where they are, keep them learning, support working families and build community,” Szakonyi said. Continue reading

Oregon-Davis School Board to Discuss Make-up Days

Oregon-Davis School Board members (seated) Andrea McIntosh, Shirley Budka.  (standing) Christopher Lawrence, Kurt Hayes, Lee Nagai

Oregon-Davis School Board members (seated) Andrea McIntosh, Shirley Budka. (standing) Christopher Lawrence, Kurt Hayes, Lee Nagai

The Oregon-Davis School Board will discuss make-up days when they meet tonight.

Students need to make up days of instruction due to weather-related school closures this winter. Three days were built into the school calendar and six days were missed.

In addition to make-up days, the Oregon-Davis School Board members will discuss area school calendar dates. The board will consider an agreement with Five Star for Technology Services for the 2015-2016 school year.

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Starke County Humane Society Benefits from OD Chemistry Experiment

Oregon-Davis High School Chemistry 2 students visited the Starke County Humane Society on Friday, April 10.

Oregon-Davis High School Chemistry 2 students visited the Starke County Humane Society on Friday, April 10.

The animals at the Starke County Humane Society are the beneficiaries of an Oregon-Davis High School class project. Chemistry 2 students applied the principles of stoichiometry, which is the study of the amounts of substances involved in reactions, to baking. Continue reading

Starke County K9 Performs Routine Sweep at Local School

K9 handler Rob Olejniczak and Terror perform a search

K9 handler Rob Olejniczak and Terror perform a search

The Starke County Sheriff’s Department K9 did a routine sweep at the Oregon-Davis School Corporation on Thursday morning.

Handler Rob Olejniczak took K9 Terror around the corporation to search for possible drugs in lockers and the parking lot. No evidence of any illegal drugs was found.

Starke County Sheriff Bill Dulin and the officers are appreciative of the school’s effort to keep Starke County a safe environment. Principal Tim Pletcher and School Resource Officer Frank Lonigro were also recognized for their efforts.

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Ancilla Schedules Financial Aid Night at Oregon-Davis

College financial aidAncilla College officials will be at Oregon-Davis High School tonight to share information about applying for college financial aid. They’ve scheduled a presentation about completing the FAFSA at 6 p.m. and will remain to help parents and students complete the form. It’s due March 10 and must be submitted in order to be considered for any federal grants, low-interest loans or scholarships. Continue reading