In the Know!

Welcome to the corporation’s new blog site. Follow this page and be “In the Know” and up-to-date with accurate school information. Contact Wes Anderson at wanderson@newpal.k12.in.us with any questions you would like to ask that would also be beneficial information for others to know. Thank you for your interest and support of Southern Hancock Schools.

Board Business: September 7, 2021

This blog post is intended to keep you up to date on the happenings of the Board of School Trustees of the Community School Corporation of Southern Hancock County. Please read below for a recap of the board’s meeting on September 7, 2021.

Monday’s meeting began with consideration of a field trip for 8th-grade students at New Palestine Junior High. The annual trip to Cincinnati was approved. The trip will be on May 20, 2022.

Three donations were approved. The National Christian Foundation donated $1000 to the NPHS athletics department. David and Lisa Post and Rikki Goldstein donated $1000 to the NPHS robotics team. A second donation to the robotics team from Estes Design and Manufacturing in the amount of $500 was also approved.

The board approved three advertisements related to the 2022 budget. In accordance with state law, public hearings regarding the budget, capital projects plan, and bus replacement plan must be held. These hearings will take place at the board’s next meeting on Monday, September 20, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. at the CSCSHC Administration Office. You can read the public notices regarding these hearings on the district’s legal notices page.

An amendment to the district’s student handbook was approved. Due to the district’s requirement for masks, language in the handbook was amended to reflect current COVID-19 mitigation protocols.

Eleven policy changes were heard in a first reading. Many of these changes include updating language due to changes in state or federal law or removing some sections of policies that may be redundant or contradictory with other policies. All 11 policies will be heard again in a second reading at a future meeting before a vote to adopt is held.

The board’s next meeting will be held on Monday, September 20, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. at the CSCSHC Administration Office.

Board Business: August 2021

This blog post is intended to keep you up to date on the happenings of the Board of School Trustees of the Community School Corporation of Southern Hancock County. Please read below for a recap of the board’s two meetings on August 9, 2021.

Monday’s regular meeting began with approval of a field trip for the New Palestine High School winter guard. They will travel to the International World Championships in Dayton, OH on April 7-9, 2022.

The board heard two informal comments from members of the community. Matt Hook spoke to the board regarding contact tracing guidelines. Jill Jones spoke to the board regarding concerns related to state-required vaccinations and exemptions.

The board’s second meeting was a special session for review of the 2022 budget. The board heard from Assistant Superintendent Bob Yoder regarding estimated allocations for next year’s budget. This session is held to help the board understand what the budget will look like. The budget review is the first step in a process related to the board’s approval of the budget later this year.

The board’s next meeting will be held Tuesday, September 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the CSCSHC Administration Office.

CSCSHC Pick Up and Drop Off Procedures for 2021-2022

Each CSCSHC school building’s car line procedures and times are listed below. Please be familiar with our building procedures before arriving on the first day of school on August 3.

Brandywine Elementary

BWE’s carline will dismiss students into the building at 8:35 a.m. each morning. The morning bell will ring at 8:55 a.m. The afternoon bell to dismiss students for the day will ring at 3:35 p.m.

New Palestine Elementary

NPE’s carline will dismiss students into the building at 8:30 a.m. The morning bell will ring at 8:50 a.m. The afternoon bell to dismiss students for the day will ring at 3:30 p.m.

Sugar Creek Elementary

SCE’s carline will dismiss students into the building at 8:25 a.m. The morning bell will ring at 8:45 a.m. The afternoon bell to dismiss students for the day will ring at 3:30 p.m.

New Palestine Intermediate

The procedures for NPI are different in the morning and afternoon. This map describes the morning procedure:

This map describes the afternoon carline procedure:

NPI’s carline will dismiss at 7:35 a.m. The morning bell at NPI rings at 7:50 a.m. 

The afternoon bell to dismiss students will ring at 2:40 p.m. In the afternoon, each car picking up students should pull up to the next available cone in the line to help NPI staff coordinate getting your student to your car. Please see this video for more instructions on how this will work:

New Palestine Junior High

The NPJH carline will dismiss students into the building at 7:15 a.m. The morning bell will ring at 7:45 a.m. The afternoon bell to dismiss students for the day will ring at 2:30 p.m.

New Palestine High School

The New Palestine High School carline and parking procedures have changed for 2021-22 due to the renovation project. Please see these photo diagrams and the video explainer below.

The morning bell rings at 7:30 a.m. The NPHS car line will be dismissed at 7:05 a.m. Student drivers will be dismissed to school at 7:15 a.m.

In the afternoon, the bell will ring at 2:20 p.m. 

Board Business: June 2021

This blog post is intended to keep you up to date on the happenings of the Board of School Trustees of the Community School Corporation of Southern Hancock County. Please read below for a recap of the board’s regular meeting on June 7, 2021.

Monday’s meeting began with a public hearing regarding a general obligation bond for $1.8M. A public hearing is required by Indiana law prior to the adoption of a resolution approving the bond sale. This bond sale will be used to purchase additional buses, facility upgrades at Sugar Creek Elementary and New Palestine Junior High, and the purchase of additional technology equipment for teachers and students. The board also approved a reimbursement resolution for the bond.

One donation was approved by the board. A $1,000 check was received from an anonymous donor to be used for teacher appreciation at New Palestine High School.

The 2021-22 district student handbook was approved. The handbook will be available for students and parents on the district’s website soon.

A number of contracts related to special education were renewed at Monday’s meeting. An agreement to provide services for deaf and hard-of-hearing students in the Northwestern Consolidated School District of Shelby County was approved. An agreement with Curtis & Livers Consulting to assist the corporation with data reporting was approved. An agreement for the district to utilize services from the Indiana School of the Blind and Visually Impaired was also approved. Finally, an agreement with Soliant Health to provide the district with any emergency staffing assistance was also approved.

The board also approved the deposit of the 2021 Supplemental Local Income TAP Distribution into the Rainy Day Fund. This money comes from income taxes in addition to what the district is budgeted to receive in estimated tax revenue. Each year, any supplemental distributions provided to the district are typically placed in the Rainy Day Fund.

The board passed a number of required resolutions related to final approval of the general obligation bond mentioned above. Now the bond is approved, the corporation can begin selling bonds to raise the revenue to complete the projects as described above.

Finally, the board approved food service prices for the 2021-22 school year. While breakfast and lunch will remain free for all students for the upcoming year, the district must still set these prices for reimbursement purposes. Student breakfast and lunch prices will remain unchanged for the upcoming year.

The board’s next meeting will be Monday, July 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the CSCSHC Administration Office.

Board Business: May 2021

This blog post is intended to keep you up to date on the happenings of the Board of School Trustees of the Community School Corporation of Southern Hancock County’s meetings. Please read below for a recap of the board’s regular meeting on May 10, 2021.

Monday’s meeting began with recognition for two groups. New Palestine High School senior Aubrey Campbell was celebrated as an Indiana Association of School Principals Academic All-Star. NPHS math teacher Lisa Hardin was recognized an influential teacher in Aubrey’s academic career.

New Palestine Education Foundation President Gary Halliburton recognized Judge Vivian Sue Shields, Mrs. Darlene Seifert, and Mr. Al Cooper as the three winners of the NPHS Distinguished Alumni Award.

Three field trips were approved. A previously approved field trip for NPHS Cheerleading to Purdue University was canceled. In its place, the board approved a field trip to St. Mary’s College in South Bend on June 6-9. The NPHS girls soccer team will travel to Purdue University’s soccer camp on July 12-14. The NPHS band’s field trip to Walt Disney World on April 4-9, 2022 was also approved.

Fourteen board policies were heard in a second reading. Due to changes in Indiana code or other requirements, some board policies require periodic updates. The board reviews these changes annually. Policies have two readings before approval. These fourteen policy changes were first heard during the April board meeting. After the second reading, all policies were approved.

The 2021-22 District Student Handbook was heard in a first reading. The handbook, which contains pertinent information on school guidelines and policies, is approved annually by the board. Similar to all policies, the handbook must be heard twice by the board before a final vote. The handbook will be heard again at the board’s June meeting for a final vote of approval.

The board approved an alternate elementary assignment for the new Thorp Farms neighborhood. Thorp Farms is located on the northeast corner of Co. Rd. 500W and Co. Rd 200 E, near Centennial. Like its neighbor Centennial, Thorp Farms will be assigned as a Brandywine Elementary neighborhood.

Assistant Superintendent Bob Yoder requested approval of a renewal of the district’s contract with Aramark for food services. Each year, the board considers a renewal of the agreement to provide food service to all schools in the district. The board approved the renewal.

Mr. Yoder also requested approval of a bid to replace the roof on the natatorium at New Palestine High School. The board approved a bid for Foster Contracting.

A preliminary bond resolution for a General Obligation Bond for $1.8M. This bond sale will be used to purchase additional buses, facility upgrades at Sugar Creek Elementary and New Palestine Junior High, and the purchase of additional technology equipment for teachers and students. The board also approved a reimbursement resolution for the bond. This is required by law and clearly states the timeline for which the district intends to repay the bond sale.

Director of Student Services Katy Eastes provided the board with an update on the district’s special education programs. As part of this update, CSCSHC will not continue their contract with Mt. Vernon Schools for the FISH program. These students will return to CSCSHC for the 2021-22 school year.

Director of Instructional Services Miles Hercamp provided the board with an update on the district’s professional learning community (PLC) program. PLCs are staff meetings held on Wednesdays, the district’s early release day each week, to analyze data and work collaboratively to improve the district’s curriculum and instructional techniques to meet the needs of all students.

Two members of the public provided comments to the board at the end of the meeting. Dr. Dan Stock chose to speak to the board regarding medical studies regarding Indiana’s mask mandate. Mrs. Jill Jones chose to request the district stop providing student COVID-19 information to the Indiana State Department of Health. Mrs. Jones also requested the district reevaluate contact tracing protocols.

The board’s next meeting is scheduled for Monday, June 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the CSCSHC Administration Office.

Registration Information for 2021-22

Welcome to Southern Hancock! We are excited you are interested in becoming a part of our school family!

New Move-In Families:

Families who have moved into our district may register their children for the 2020-21 school year at any time. Please contact your child’s future school or call the CSCSHC Administration Office at 317-861-4463.

Families who expect to move into the district for the start of the 2021-22 school year may enroll beginning on May 3, 2021. A link will be shared here for new move-in families at that time.

Out of District Families:

CSCSHC is currently accepting Out of District Transfer applications for 2021-2022. Click here to download the transfer application packet.

Applications will not be considered unless all required information is included. The review process for applications will begin on March 1, 2021. It may take up to 30 days to process your application.

Once completed, please return your application to the CSCSHC Administration Office. Send via email to Amber Rush at arush@newpal.k12.in.us or send by mail to PO Box 508, New Palestine, IN, 46163.

You cannot complete any other student registration until your application is approved.

If you have questions about the enrollment process, please contact us at registration@newpal.k12.in.us.

Returning Students:

All returning students will be asked to complete re-enrollment in July. Please do not complete any of the forms listed on this page if your student already attends Southern Hancock.

Kindergarten Registration:

Any student who will be 5 years old on or before August 1, 2021, is eligible to enroll in Kindergarten at Southern Hancock. There are two steps to complete your pre-registration:

1. Click this link to submit a pre-registration form for your future student. After submitting the form, you will receive additional instructions via email.

2. Sign your child up for an assessment given to each student before they begin schooling at Southern Hancock. Use these links for each school:

If you are unsure which of the three elementary schools your student will attend, please consult this map.

Any questions about Kindergarten should be directed to your child’s future school:

Brandywine Elementary
413 E 400 S.
Greenfield, IN 46160
317-462-7396
Principal: Austin Theobald 

New Palestine Elementary
4801 County Rd 500 W
New Palestine, IN 46163
317-861-5287
Principal: Kayleigh Fosnow

Sugar Creek Elementary
2337, S 600 W
New Palestine, IN 46163
317-861-6747
Principal: Jan Kehrt 

Pre-Kindergarten Enrollment:

Students must be 4 years old on or before August 1, 2021, to be eligible to enroll in the Little Dragons Pre-Kindergarten program. To register your student for Pre-K, please follow these steps:

  1. Click this link for the pre-registration form. NOTE: At this time, we are only accepting students for the afternoon Pre-K program. There is no availability in the morning Pre-K program.
  2. You are required to provide your student’s birth certificate and immunization records to New Palestine Elementary, 4801 S 500 W, New Palestine, IN. You may email them to nloman@newpal.k12.in.us or bsellers@newpal.k12.in.us or drop them at the school.
  3. A $160.00 non-refundable deposit is due at the time of registration. Parents may pay their deposit online by clicking this link or bring cash or check to New Palestine Elementary.  
  4. A locked drop box will be available at the front of our building beginning the week of March 1 for a secure drop-off of documents and/or payment. 
  5. Additionally, parents will need to set up a PowerSchool account and complete other online forms to finish the registration process. An email will be sent to you with instructions.  
  6. Your registration will not be accepted until all steps above are completed.  

Click here for an Information Summary of our Pre-Kindergarten Program.

Board Business: April 2021

This blog post is intended to keep you up to date on the happenings of the Board of School Trustees of the Community School Corporation of Southern Hancock County’s meetings. Please read below for a recap of the board’s three meetings on April 13, 2021.

Monday’s meetings began with a special session meeting for board training. The board receives training regularly from the Indiana School Boards Association. This training is critical in helping our board stay current on issues facing public education in Indiana.

At the conclusion of the special session, Monday’s regular board meeting was held. Two donations were approved at the meeting. A $1,000 scholarship for the New Palestine High School science department was approved in memory of Alex Black from her parents, Thomas and Carolyn Black. They wish this sponsor this scholarship annually. $1,171.67 in contributions in memory of NPHS student Cameron Thompson for the special education department from miscellaneous donors was also approved.

The board approved the 2021-22 support staff handbook. This document is provided to all employees with a number of policies, protocols, and procedures for employees at Southern Hancock.

Fourteen board policies were heard in a first reading. Due to changes in Indiana code or other requirements, some board policies require occasional language changes. The board reviews these changes annually. Policies have two readings before approval. The policy changes will be heard again in a second reading in May before a vote to approve them.

At the conclusion of Monday’s regular meeting, the board held an executive session. This session was held to consider a job performance evaluation for an individual CSCSHC employee. Per Indiana code, these types of meetings are closed to the public.

The board’s next meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 10, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. at the CSCSHC Administration Office.

Board Business: March, 8, 2021

This blog post in intended to keep you up to date on the happenings of the Board of School Trustees of the Community School Corporation of Southern Hancock County’s meetings. Please read below for a recap of the board’s regular meeting on March 8, 2021.

Monday’s meeting began with a public comment from Southern Hancock parent and community member Jill Jones. Mrs. Jones presented a statement requesting the district reevaluate the COVID-19 requirement for students to wear masks at school. After the statement concluded, the board thanked Mrs. Jones for her statement and informed her the mask requirement in our schools comes from Governor Eric Holcomb’s Executive Order 20-48 requiring all Indiana students in grades 3-12 to wear masks while at school.

One donation was approved at the meeting. Kelly’s Quality Painting donated $375 to be used for unpaid lunch debt at New Palestine High School.

Two field trips were approved. The NPHS cheerleaders will travel to the Purdue University Cheer Camp in June. The NPHS baseball team will travel to Jasper for a tournament in May.

The board approved a date for Commencement for the Class of 2021. Graduation ceremonies will be held on Friday, May 28 at 7 p.m. at Kelso Stadium. Ticket information and rain dates will be shared with seniors and senior parents in the weeks to come.

New curricular resources for Language Arts and additional course offerings from Unified Arts were adopted for New Palestine Junior High School for the 2022-22 school year. Beginning next year, Language Arts programs will use McGraw Hill Study Sync for curricular resources. Nine new Unified Arts programs will be offered at NPJH. Advanced Art, App Developers, Art History, Exploring Music, Exploring World Cultures, Green Architecture, Automatic and Robotics, TV News and Podcasting, and Wellness will all be available to students for 2021-22.

Instructional fees for the 2021-2022 school year were approved by the board. This information will be available on the district website later this spring. 

The board approved a bid for the traffic improvement project at New Palestine High School to create a new entrance and exit from campus to Co. Rd. 450 W. Construction on the new drive is expected to begin in a few weeks.

Finally, the board received its annual update from the Hancock County Public Library. The school corporation is proud to have a great partnership with the library and is grateful for the opportunity to provide every Southern Hancock student with a library card to be used at any county library location.

The board’s next meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the CSCSHC Administration Office.

CALL TO ACTION: Parent Toolkit for Legislative Advocacy on HB 1005, SB 412, and SB 413

The Board of School Trustees of the Community School Corporation of Southern Hancock County has submitted an open letter to Indiana legislators regarding three bills with the potential to negatively impact public education in Indiana. Please see below for information on these bills from the Indiana School Boards Association and a toolkit to help you contact legislators to tell them to vote NO on these bills.

House Bill 1005 and Senate Bill 412 would create education savings accounts (ESAs) that give selected parents who withdraw their children from public school the equivalent of a taxpayer-funded debit card loaded with a share of state per-pupil funding. This money could be spent at the parent’s discretion on a variety of educational services and products, including private school, home school, tutors, and therapy. This would cost Southern Hancock roughly $6,000 per student. 

Indiana lawmakers have also proposed spending more money on the school voucher program to allow upper-class families to send their children to private school at taxpayer expense. Voucher eligibility would expand to cover a family of four earning $145,000 annually (about double the state’s median family income) and a family of five with an annual income of $170,000. 

Senate Bill 413 would also increase school voucher award amounts using taxpayer money. Voucher amounts for some students would jump from 50% all the way to 90% of the per-pupil funding the local school district would have received for the student. Indiana already spent more than $1 billion on the school voucher program over the past decade. 

Our school administration is concerned about the future of school funding in Indiana due to proposed expansions of the voucher program. We encourage our parents and community members to contact legislators and encourage them to stop significant expansions to Indiana’s voucher program.

Tools for Contacting Your Legislators:

Explainer from the Indiana Coalition for Public Education on how vouchers take money from public schools

–   Talking points download from Indiana School Board Association

–   Form letter to send to legislators

–   How to contact legislators by phone or email

–   Text of House Bill 1005

–   Text of Senate Bill 412

–   Text of Senate Bill 413

–   Additional Information on Indiana’s School Choice Program