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Celebrate Smart This Graduation Season

Graduation season is in full swing, with more ceremonies tonight and parties throughout the coming weeks to celebrate the class of 2014. Oregon-Davis High School Principal Tim Pletcher is finishing his first year at the school. He recently shared a personal experience with members of the student body about a former student he taught and coached at South Bend Washington High School who was killed by a drunk driver.

“You guys make decisions, you go out, you have a good time, you have fun, and I always tell you the only thing you can control is yourself, your decisions,” Pletcher said. “Well, here’s a kid who was making decent decisions. He was hanging out with his friends. They were enjoying a moment. He was on his way home, but because somebody else made a decision it affected him, and affected his family, his friends, a community and a school.” Continue reading

FOP Raises Money for Shop With a Cop

06-04-14 FOP pictureMembers of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #129 raised more than $2,400 at their first golf outing fundraiser on May 31. A total of 32 golfers participated in the event. All the proceeds raised go to the annual back-to-school Shop With A Cop program. It allows underprivileged school-aged children from Oregon-Davis, Knox and North Judson-San Pierre to accompany a police officer to Kohl’s in Valparaiso before school starts in order to buy school supplies and clothes. Kyle Hinds with the Hamlet Police Department says the local FOP plans to continue the golf outing in the future due to its success this year.

Oregon-Davis SADD Students Recognize Don’t Text and Drive Awareness Week

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This car shows the result of a person texting and driving

The Oregon-Davis organization, Students Against Destructive Decisions, or SADD, are raising awareness about the dangers are texting and driving this week.

The school resource officers are helping the students in learning the dangers of texting and driving. The officers have a course for the kids to drive to show what impairment is caused when a person texts and drives at the same time. Students will have to maneuver a golf cart through cones while texting to complete the course.

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Oregon-Davis Kindergarten Roundup is April 16

Kindergarten roundup for prospective Oregon-Davis students for the 2014-2015 school year is Wednesday, April 16.

Children must be the age of five on or before Aug. 1 in order to be eligible for kindergarten. Parents and children must attend registration as basic skills assessments will be conducted and forms will need to be completed.

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Oregon-Davis Balanced School Calendar Meeting Rescheduled

Oregon-Davis Jr./Sr. High School

Oregon-Davis Jr./Sr. High School

Oregon-Davis parents are invited to a community meeting tomorrow evening at the school to learn more about the balanced calendar approach several school corporations are considering.

A free spaghetti dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. in the high school cafeteria prior to the informational meeting at 6. The district’s technology plan will also be covered, and other topics will be discussed as well.

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Oregon-Davis School Board Hires New High School Principal

Oregon-Davis Jr./Sr. High School

Oregon-Davis Jr./Sr. High School

The Oregon-Davis School Board members approved the employment of a new high school principal during their meeting Monday night.

Superintendent Dr. Steve Disney said a search team was formed which consisted of faculty members, administrators and the superintendent and they all reviewed 26 applications that were submitted for the position. They screened the applicants and chose 10 to return for the first round of interviews. From there, four were selected to present plans to the committee that pertained to leadership of the Oregon-Davis High School and its future. Three were then selected to present those plans to the committee and the school board.

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Oregon-Davis Schools On Lockdown Following Weekend Threat

Oregon-Davis Jr./Sr. High School

Oregon-Davis Jr./Sr. High School

A local school is on lockdown today after officials discovered some disturbing graffiti in a boys restroom over the weekend after a basketball game. Oregon-Davis Superintendent Dr. Steve Disney says school officials met yesterday with officials from the Starke County Sheriff’s Office and are taking the incident very seriously. He says officers from the sheriff’s department are at the school and all students are remaining inside the building.

Disney says the campus will remain on lockdown throughout the day. He stresses that school officials cannot take any threats lightly in this day and age. Disney adds that he wants parents to be aware of what’s going on and says he understands if they want to keep their children home today. The graffiti incident remains under investigation by the Starke County Sheriff’s Office. Stay tuned to WKVI throughout the day for more on this developing story.

Indiana School Corporations Attend Cincinnati Teaching Conference

More than 400 national, state, and local education leaders – including U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan – met in Cincinnati last week for a two-day conference on transforming the teaching profession.

More than 100 school districts from 41 states sent teams to the event, and one of the two Indiana school corporations to send representatives was Oregon-Davis. Superintendent Dr. Steve Disney, Teacher Association President April Max, and School Board President Chris Lawrence attended along with a team from Ft. Wayne.

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Oregon-Davis to Offer Free Lunch

The Oregon-Davis School Corporation will be participating in the USDA Summer Food Program this summer.

Free lunch will be offered to all children ages 18 and younger at the Oregon-Davis Elementary School cafeteria beginning June 11 through July 13, from 11:30 a.m. to noon. If you are 19 and older, you will be charged $2 per lunch. You don’t even have to be a part of the Oregon-Davis School community. Everyone is eligible to participate without residential or financial stipulations.

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O.D. Tax Levy Passed; What’s Next?

Oregon-Davis Jr./Sr. High School

Now that the Oregon-Davis property tax levy has passed, what’s next?

Superintendent Dr. Steve Disney said that he’s relieved that the levy passed and now he and the School Board are looking forward to enjoying the end of the school year on a positive note and planning for the 2012-2013 school year. State budget projections are a little vague at the moment, but Dr. Disney is confident that with the passage of the referendum the numbers will fit their needs in order to successfully manage the school. The corporation continues to operate off of its Rainy Day Fund to conduct everyday business.

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Oregon-Davis Students to Hold Mini Relay for Life

The Oregon-Davis students will host a Mini-Relay to raise money in the fight against cancer.

Students will be collecting money from now until the day of the event, May 18th. The students will walk on the school grounds in the abbreviated version of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. The Mini-Relay will be an all-day event complete with music, games, class banners, and luminaria bags decorated by the students in memory or in honor of a family member or friend with cancer.

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Michael Dorn Addresses Students at Oregon-Davis and South Central Schools

Michael Dorn

What would you think the chances would be of a child being successful if he had been violently assaulted both physically and sexually in his youth? What would you think the chances of a successful life would be of this same child who was also diagnosed as being dyslexic after suffering in the classroom?

If I told you this person has written 26 books and is the premier expert in school safety and anti-bullying techniques you’d probably be amazed.

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O-D Kingergarten Round-up to be Held Wednesday

Kindergarten Round-up at Oregon-Davis Elementary School will be held on Wednesday, April 11 from noon to 6 p.m. CT.

Parents should bring the student’s birth certificate and immunization records at the time of registration. Children who turn five before August 1 should attend. Parents who cannot make it on this date can arrange a time to come in by contacting the school at 867-2711.

Oregon-Davis School Corporation is an open enrollment school district and accepts any students in the State of Indiana.

Lily Endowment Scholarship Winner Announced

Katelyn Schwenk

A full four-year Starke County Lily Endowment scholarship winner has been announced.

Katelyn Schwenk, an Oregon-Davis Senior, will receive full tuition to the Indiana college of her choice and a $900 yearly stipend for required books and equipment.

Katelyn is the daughter of David and Bonnie Schwenk and she plans to pursue a degree as an Addictions Counselor. She is President of her class and the National Honor Society and she was also the captain of the Lady Bobcats Varsity Girls Basketball team, plus many other activities.

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Inheritance Tax Repeal Appeals to Farm Bureau Members

Members of the Starke County Farm Bureau attended the organization’s annual meeting this week and heard Director of State Government Relations, Bob Kraft, talk about legislative successes this year.

Kraft talked about the success in the repeal of the inheritance tax.

“Probably the most noteworthy was the passing of the Inheritance Tax repeal,” said Kraft. “This has been a priority of Farm Bureau for years and years. All of a sudden all of the chips fell where they needed to and the Inheritance Tax will be phased out beginning in 2013.”

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Starke County Youth Club Radiothon Scheduled for May 4th

The Starke County Youth Club is getting ready for its annual WKVI Radiothon fundraiser to be held May 4th.

The Director of the SCYC, Irene Szakonyi, said they recently had their annual evaluation.

“We had our annual evaluation this year, and our results were phenomenal,” she praised. “All of our sites were visited by the state, and out of all possible points we only missed two. It’s fantastic! We’re proud of our staff and kids.”

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Oregon-Davis Public Information Meeting to be Held March 20

Oregon-Davis Jr./Sr. High School

On Tuesday, a public information meeting will be held at the Oregon-Davis School at 6:00 p.m. CT to inform the public of what they can expect if the proposed tax levy does or does not pass. Terry Minix, President of the Oregon-Davis Education Political Action Committee, says one crucial point that he feels needs to be stressed is that even if the referendum does not pass, the school will remain open but will likely be forced to merge with a local corporation.

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