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Knox, North Judson-San Pierre Schools Ready for New Year

 Summer is almost over for students attending area schools.

Knox Community School Superintendent A.J. Gappa said the staff is nearly ready for the start of school.

“Everybody is trying to get everything ready,” said Gappa. “The building administrators are getting things going. We have some professional development days this week for all of the staff members. New teachers are coming in Friday and all staff members will report on Monday, Aug. 11. We also have back to school night from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in each of the buildings. Parents can come in and meet the teachers and see what the classrooms are like and get going from there.”

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The Crossing Set to Open Next Week in Knox

The CrossingStarke County’s newest school is set to open on Friday, Aug. 1. The Crossing has leased the old Sears retail location south of Knox on U.S. 35 for it’s alternative school. The mission statement on the Goshen-based nonprofit organization’s website says The Crossing believes in “empowering struggling students to become contributing members of their communities through academics, job training and faith-based mentoring.” Continue reading

N.J.-S.P. Revises Budget Adoption Calendar

Michael Shireman, Jim Menis, Larry Lambert Marsha Reimbold and Patricia Goin

Michael Shireman, Jim Menis, Larry Lambert
Marsha Reimbold and Patricia Goin

The North Judson-San Pierre School Board has revised its budget adoption calendar. The corporation was selected as part of a state pilot program and as a result cannot adopt a budget until Oct. 15. The Starke County Council will conduct a public hearing on Monday, Aug. 18 on the school corporation’s general, debt, pension and transportation funds. The next day the school board will meet in special session to adopt the 2015 Capital Projects Fund and Bus Replacement Plan. Continue reading

NJ-SP Board Studies Alternative School

Superintendent Lynn Johnson

Superintendent Lynn Johnson

North Judson-San Pierre school officials like the idea of the proposed Crossing alternative school but aren’t quite ready to commit to it. Superintendent Lynn Johnson says Knox and Oregon-Davis are also looking at the hybrid program for students who have fallen through the cracks.

“It’s really to focus on kids who have dropped out of school. The cost is really their enrollment, their ADM, Annual Daily Membership, we get for them re-enrolling at our school. They would be our students on paper, but they would go to The Crossing,” said Johnson.

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NJ-SP Board Votes to Extend School Day, End School in May

Superintendent Lynn Johnson

Superintendent Lynn Johnson

North Judson-San Pierre students will trade a slightly longer school day for an earlier start to summer vacation after action this week by the school board. Starting April 9, classes will dismiss at 3:05 each afternoon instead of at 2:35. Superintendent Lynn Johnson says this was the most workable of the options offered by the state to make up missed instructional time.

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NJ-SP Board to Discuss Budget Reductions, Alternative School

Superintendent Lynn Johnson

Superintendent Lynn Johnson

North Judson-San Pierre School Board members are faced with the formidable task of slashing $1.2 million from their budget. That’s the amount of money the state is cutting from the corporation’s general fund due to a decline in enrollment. Discussion of proposed budget reductions is one of several items on the agenda for tonight’s school board meeting. Superintendent Lynn Johnson previously told WKVI news that the general fund is 85 percent salaries and benefits. Options Johnson previously mentioned include not filling vacancies created by retirements or resignations, reductions in force, non-contractual salary freezes, increasing class sizes and reducing or eliminating extracurricular activities.

Board members will also discuss The Crossing, which is the proposed Starke County Alternative School. Other agenda items include approval of the 2014-2015 school calendar, the superintendent’s contract and facility fees for the upcoming school year. The N.J.-S.P. School Board meeting starts at 7 p.m. CDT in the central office meeting room.

School Officials Meet to Discuss The Crossing Alternative School

The CrossingIt’s the goal of school leaders and community members to ensure that every child has a successful chance at achieving the maximum amount of learning possible in order to make every child a productive member of society.

While a majority of students achieve that, others fall through the cracks. Home lives may be disruptive which leads to unsuccessful learning and bad life choices, or a child may not have what it takes to learn in a traditional school setting. The Crossing alternative school takes those struggling kids and helps them succeed in becoming a successful student.

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Knox School Board to Meet, Public Meetings Scheduled This Week for Balanced Calendar Discussion

The Knox Community School Board will meet tonight with a light agenda.

The board members will receive an update on the results of the NWEA test as well as a presentation on the Biomedical Science course addition at the high school.

The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. CT in the administrative office in the Palmer Wing of the Knox Elementary School.

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NJ-SP School Corporation Facing $1.2 Million Cut

Superintendent Lynn Johnson

Superintendent Lynn Johnson

The North Judson-San Pierre School Board has some tough decisions to make as they face cuts in their General Fund of more than 12 percent. Superintendent Lynn Johnson explained the corporation is suffering from a $1.2 million reduction in their General Fund caused by the reduction in revenue caused by their decreasing Average Daily Membership.

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RoboNinjas at PHS Continue to Push Toward World Championships

The robotics team at Plymouth High School continues to push forward in the championship as they now head to the Indiana State Championships on Saturday, March 1, to defend their title as the 2013 Indiana State Champions. This past Saturday, Feb. 15, the RoboNinjas, comprised of Josh Kuhn and Kennedy Schnieders, traveled to Warren Central where they competed against 85 other teams from Indiana in a VEX Robotics Competition.

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NJ-SP Releases Snow Make-Up Day Information

North Judson-San Pierre High School

North Judson-San Pierre High School

The North Judson-San Pierre School Corporation this week released information regarding weather-related school cancellations and the days that those cancellations will be made up. The release indicated that Monday, Jan. 6 was a scheduled teacher workday and was reported to the Department of Education in June as a non-instructional day, with no loss of a snow day but no waiver; and Wednesday, Jan. 8, school was closed with a teacher make-up day scheduled for that day. This day is not waived and must be used as a snow make-up day.

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Missed School Days May Affect School Calendars

If below-zero temperatures and accumulating snow keep up in the Kankakee Valley, days may be added to school calendars this May.

When school officials generate a school calendar for the year, several days are built into the calendar to be used as school make-up days. These are days in which students may have off if weather-related school closures are not needed.

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Financial Aid Night Scheduled at NJ-SP Schools

A financial aid night is set for Monday, Feb. 10 at 6:30 p.m. CT in the North Judson-San Pierre High School library.

A college representative will discuss the financial aid process with parents and students. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, form will be reviewed. The application must be completed online this year.

The deadline for the federal processor to receive the FAFSA is March 10.

If you have any questions, call North Judson-San Pierre High School Guidance Director Colleen McCarthy at (574) 896-2158 ext. 225.

Several Area Schools Considering Balanced School Calendar

Superintendent Lynn Johnson

Superintendent Lynn Johnson

A number of area schools are considering the possibility of implementing a different school calendar than has been the norm for more than a century. North Judson-San Pierre School Superintendent Lynn Johnson told WKVI that she presented the school board with a presentation for the 2015–2016 school calendar using the “balanced calendar” system which stretches breaks out over a school year.

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NJ-SP School Board Honors Two Teachers

Superintendent Lynn Johnson

Superintendent Lynn Johnson

The North Judson-San Pierre School Board recognized the efforts of two teachers who have gone above and beyond the call of duty. Superintendent Lynn Johnson said Leslie Hampton and Chrystal Ingram received the Bluejay Way awards in light of their dedication to the success of the corporation.

Johnson said Leslie not only teaches the course for Family Consumer Science but she has also been managing the PowerSchool system for the corporation.

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NJ-SP to Purchase Two New 72-Passenger Buses

Superintendent Lynn Johnson

Superintendent Lynn Johnson

The North Judson-San Pierre School Corporation will soon be toting kids around in style, after the approval for the purchase of two new 72-passenger buses. Superintendent Lynn Johnson told WKVI that the school board approved the bus bids to purchase the new buses after they received three bids, but only two of the bids came back with trade-ins.

Johnson said allowing the trade-ins was vital, as two buses were ready to be cycled out and the extra money would go a long way financially – especially since the buses will cost a total of $157,000.

Midwest Transit submitted the lowest bid, which the board accepted.

NJ-SP Schools to Undergo Technology Upgrade This Weekend

Superintendent Lynn Johnson

Superintendent Lynn Johnson

The North Judson-San Pierre School Corporation is moving toward the future as they plan to undergo upgrades to their network infrastructure this weekend. Superintendent Lynn Johnson said that because of the increase in technology being used by students, teachers, administrators and everyone else on a daily basis, the networking infrastructure in place throughout the corporation is no longer able to suit their needs. Because of that, the corporation must undergo the upgrade in order to keep up with the demands of technology.

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Students Nearly Abducted in North Judson

Parents who have children in the North Judson-San Pierre School Corporation are being warned of a possible child predator.

Two children were reportedly approached outside of their home as they were waiting for the school bus Monday morning. The girl stated to officials that she and her brother were reportedly grabbed by a short man wearing a black coat and a gray mask. They were put into a black, four-door car and driven to a field near the town park where they were released within minutes. The pair were not harmed.

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NJ-SP Math Teachers Recognized for Curriculum Mapping Efforts

North Judson-San Pierre High School

North Judson-San Pierre High School

The North Judson-San Pierre School Board recognized the efforts of math teachers who are stepping outside their comfort zones and embracing curriculum mapping. High school assistant principal Kevin Cox says it allows the standardized tests administered by the state to guide what they teach.

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NJSP Students to Hear Presentation on Farming Technology and Innovation

North Judson-San Pierre High School

North Judson-San Pierre High School

The animal science students from the North Judson-San Pierre High School will hear from Dr. Megan Nemechek of Rensselaer Swine Services in a presentation in which the students will learn how farmers are using innovation and technology to grow healthier food.

The presentation will be Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 8:35 a.m. at the high school where Dr. Nemechek will highlight how ongoing advancements in agricultural science are helping farmers raise better food while using fewer natural resources than ever before. She said farmers use 41 percent less water and 78 percent less land to raise pigs than they did 50 years ago.

Indiana’s pork industry contributes more than $3 billion to the state’s economy each year.

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