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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.

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Board Business: September 10, 2018

This blog post is intended to keep you up to date on the happenings of the Community School Corporation of Southern Hancock County Board of Education meetings. Please read below for a recap of the board’s August 28th meeting.

Monday night’s Board of Education meeting began with recognition for Assistant Superintendent Bob Yoder, who was recognized by the Association of School Business Officials with their 2018 Pinnacle of Achievement Award for the renovation process at New Palestine Junior High School. The Pinnacle Award is given to outstanding school business officials who complete projects with original solutions that maximize resources and enhance student achievement. By maintaining the NPJH building for several years during its closure, the school district was able to renovate and re-open the building for significantly less cost to our taxpayers than building a new school from the ground-up.

Several donations were approved for the New Palestine High School competition cheer team and the New Palestine High School Robotics Team.

This school year’s 6th-grade field trip to Dayton, Ohio and the National Museum of the United States Air Force was approved. The trip is scheduled for May 15, 2019.

The district’s 2019 budget was approved by the board. Last month, the district publically advertised the budget in alignment with state guidelines. The board held a public hearing regarding the budget at the August 27 meeting. The budget was unanimously approved.

Administrators from each school presented their building’s individual School Improvement Plan (SIP). An SIP is required for all public schools in Indiana. They include a significant amount of data research about a number of factors including attendance, grades, standardized test scores, and an analysis of curriculum. Administrators then use the gathered data to establish goals and objectives for student growth and overall school improvement. The board received SIPs from administrators at all six CSCSHC buildings at Monday night’s meeting.

A number of policy changes were put up for a first reading at the meeting. The majority of these policies were already on the district’s books, but required some adjustments. These policies will be read at a future meeting for a second meeting before being subject to board approval.

Asst. Superintendent Bob Yoder provided an update on enrollment to the board. CSCSHC’s enrollment has increased slightly from last school year to just over 3,700 students K-12.

Director of Instructional Services Miles Hercamp provided the board with an update on the delays in the release of ISTEP data. Due to a scoring error by Pearson, who the state of Indiana uses for ISTEP scoring, the public release of Indiana’s scores has been delayed.

Per board policy, an update on fundraising efforts by all district booster and fundraiser organizations is required on a yearly basis. An update was provided to the board on how much money each of those organizations has raised in all CSCSHC buildings.

Board Business – August 27, 2018

This blog post is intended to keep you up to date on the happenings of the Community School Corporation of Southern Hancock County Board of Education meetings. Please read below for a recap of the board’s August 28th meeting.

The CSCSHC school board’s second meeting of August was a brief one focused mainly on the 2019 budget.

At the start of Monday’s meeting, a public hearing was held regarding the school’s advertised 5-year Bus Replacement and 3-year Capital Project plans. There were no public comments during the hearing. Both plans were approved by the board and will go into effect next year. Additional information details of the 2019 budget will be discussed in future board meetings later this fall.

Additionally, the board approved a $1,000 donation to the New Palestine High School Robotics program.

The next meeting for the CSCSHC Board of Education is September 10.

Hancock Regional Hospital hosting conversation on vaping Tuesday night

We would like to let all parents know about an important event put on by Hancock Regional Hospital Tuesday night in New Palestine.

HRH’s Tobacco Initiative Coordinator Brandee Bastin will offer a presentation on e-cigarettes, vaping, and marketing tactics targeting the youth of our community.

This event will be held at Cross of Grace Lutheran Church at 3519 S. 600 W., New Palestine on Tuesday, August 21st from 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

For more information on this event, please see this flyer: VapingFlyer

Board Business August 2018

This blog post is intended to keep you up to date on the happenings of the Community School Corporation of Southern Hancock County Board of Education meetings. Please read below for a recap of the board’s August 13, 2018 regular meeting.

The board recognized New Palestine High School Head Baseball Coach Shawn Lyons for accolades received after an excellent 2017-18 season for the Dragons. Coach Lyons was selected as a coach for the North/South All-Star Game this summer and was also named HHC Coach of the Year.

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NPHS baseball coach Shawn Lyons (left) and NPHS Athletic Director Al Cooper.

Donations were accepted for the district’s Apple Mania professional development conference that was held in June. Donations for the NPHS Cheer Competition team and the NPHS Robotics Club were also approved.

Three field trips were approved. NPHS Principal Keither Fessler and Mr. Greene received approval to take NPHS students interested in future military service to the Hoosier National Forest, where they will learn more about day-to-day life in the military.

New Palestine Junior High Assistant Principal Craig Moore and Mr. Darley presented this year’s 8th-grade field trip to Cincinnati in May of 2019. Students will visit the Cincinnati Zoo, Newport Aquarium, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, and Great American Ballpark, home of the Cincinnati Reds. This field trip was approved.

Sugar Creek Elementary Principal Kari Shelton and Brandywine Elementary Principal Dr. Rhonda Peterson received approval for the annual district-wide 4th-grade field trip to southern Indiana in May of 2019. Students from all three elementary schools will visit the George Rogers Clark Memorial in Vincennes, the Lincoln Boyhood Memorial, Corydon, and Marengo Caves.

Assistant Superintendent Bob Yoder received approval from the board to advertise the district’s 2019 Budget, Capital Project Plan, and Bus Replacement Plan. More on these items can be found on the district website in the days to come.

Safety Director Miles Hercamp and Community Relations Director Wes Anderson updated the board on new district safety initiatives, including changes in student drop-off and pick-up, changes in visitor procedures, changes in fire drill procedures, and guidelines for the new handheld metal detectors offered by the state of Indiana. Due to the requirement that the district’s safety plan remains private, many details of these procedures were not discussed at the meeting. You can learn more in this interview Mr. Anderson conducted with Mr. Hercamp from earlier this month:

Transportation Director Mr. Martin presented about bus route times through the first week of 2018-19.

Mr. Martin’s data showed that nearly 75% of 1908 total students in grades 5-12 ride the bus less than 30 minutes from home to NPHS in the morning or from NPI to home in the afternoon. 2018-19 bus routes for grades 5-12 are running roughly equivalent to both the first week of school in 2017-18 and the first week of May of 2018-19. Elementary routes are running approximately four minutes quicker in the morning and ten minutes quicker in the afternoon.

 

Questions About Bus Stop Information

We know many of you have questions regarding our Infofinder bus stop routing software.

Community Relations Director Wes Anderson sat down with Transportation Director Bob Martin to get your questions answered.

If you login to Infofinder and still do not have:

  • A stop listed for your student
  • A stop for one of your children, but not others
  • A pickup time, but no dropoff time (or vice versa)

Please use the “Contact Us” form on the top left of the Infofinder page:

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Additionally, transportation staff will be at Meet the Teacher events in all schools on Friday night. Please visit their table if you have questions. Additionally, please continue to check your information between now and Saturday evening.

If on Sunday, you still do not see full or correct information, please contact us after 12 p.m. at the bus garage at 317.861.4654

Transportation Procedures for 2018-2019

As we begin the 2018-19 school year, we want you to be aware of some changes in transportation procedures in our district.

RouteFinder Software

Newly available for this year is a website that allows you to get information about your school bus route, pickup times, and dropoff times with just the click of a button. Please visit this link and then enter your address. You may access this link on the district website in either of these locations:Untitled-2

This link is also available on the “Parents” tab at the top of the screen and on the Transportation page, found under the “Departments” menu in the red bar.

Once on this page, enter your address and you will receive stop information for your home for each school building where you have a student. We encourage ALL parents to check this information prior to the start of school if they intend to have their student ride the bus. In the morning, all NPI, NPJH, and NPHS students will be listed under “New Palestine High School” as that is where all three routes technically end. NPI & NPJH students will be shuttled from NPHS in the morning. Information for our three elementary schools will be listed separately.

If the information for your stop is different on the site than the postcard you received in the mail, please know that the information on the site is the most current and accurate information we have. In the event of a discrepancy, please use the information on the site instead of your card.

In the event you have an issue with incorrect information or no stop is listed for your address, please use the “Contact Us” form indicated below. Our Transportation Department will be happy to address that issue promptly.

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Bus Food & Drink Rules

In the interest of safety for all Southern Hancock students, including those with food allergies, we request that students do not eat food while on our buses. Water will be permitted, but we also request that any other drinks (soda, juice, sports drinks) be kept inside our students’ lunchboxes until they arrive at school. Thank you for cooperating with this request.

Transportation Change Form

Also new in 2018-19 is a procedure for having your child transported to or from a different address than your home address. In the interest of student safety, we now require a Transportation Change Form to be on file for each additional in-district address you would like your student to bused to.

This form MUST be signed by a parent or guardian and delivered in person to your child’s school office. Please allow our Transportation Department 48 hours to process this change. Once a Transportation Change Form is on file for your child, we are happy to accommodate same day bus changes to the address listed on the form.

Please check with your school’s office about a potential cutoff time when those same day changes will not be accepted. To guarantee that each child is put on the correct bus, our staff may not be able to grant a last minute request.

If a Transportation Change Form is not on file, we cannot make a bus change on the same day and/or over the phone.

You need a Transportation Change Form if:

  • Your child will be bused to or from an in-district daycare.
  • You would like your child to be bused to an in-district family member or friend’s house.

You Do NOT Need a Transportation Change Form if:

  • You are coming to pick up your child
  • Your child will not be riding the bus to or from school
  • Your child is involved in an extra-curricular activity before or after school

Our number one priority is to make sure that all children are taken to the proper address in a timely and safe fashion. Thank you for your cooperation with these new policies.

As always, if you have questions, do not hesitate to contact Community Relations Director Wes Anderson.

 

Dropoff, Pickup, and Bus Procedures for 2018-19

This post is intended to help you learn about new processes for dropping off or picking up your students at our CSCSHC buildings in 2018-19. Some of these procedures have changed from 2017-18. Please take extra care in studying the maps in this post before using one of our carlines at a Southern Hancock school building.

Community Relations Director Wes Anderson spoke with the principal of each building where procedures are changing in the video below. Please see the video for a more detailed explanation of each building than the post below contains.

 

(If you would like to skip ahead in the video to your specific building, please go to the following times: NPJH 00:55, NPI 6:30, SCE 12:30, NPHS 18:20, Buses 23:30.)

New Palestine High School

In the interest of student safety, district and NPHS administrators have decided to close gates in the NPHS parking lot to deter drivers from using the lot as a through street. NPHS Parking LotPlease note that drivers must exit the lot in the same direction they entered due to the closure of gates, indicated in yellow on this map. All visitors who plan on entering the building are encouraged to enter from US 52 and park in the northern portion of the lot.

Drivers dropping off or picking up students may do so from either direction, however, they must exit the same way they came in. Please note the U-turn loops in the map above.

Staff and students are encouraged to enter from 500W and park in the southern portions of the lot. Staff will continue to park in the area shaded in purple. Students will continue to park in the areas shaded in blue. There is additional parking available in the brown areas for students and staff to use after entering from US 52.

NOTE FOR NEW PALESTINE ELEMENTARY FAMILIES: All traffic going to NPE must enter from 500W. There is not a way to access NPE or the administration building by entering the NPHS lot from US 52.

New Palestine Junior High

All traffic entering NPJH for carline drop off or pick up must use the southern-most entrance into Sugar Creek Elementary. NPJHDropOffThe carline will form at the end of the sidewalk on the west side of NPJH and then stretch backward from there into the SCE parking lot. This process is the same in the morning and afternoon. At 7:15 a.m., carline dropoff will begin. No students will be allowed inside NPJH before 7:15 a.m. Carline pickup in the afternoon will begin at approximately 2:40 p.m.

After a student has been dropped off or picked up, the driver will make a U-turn in the northern portion of the carline area and then exit using the middle road between NPJH and SCE. Please note that for safety reasons, this middle road has been changed to a one-way street. SCEOneWayPlease take note of this change and use this middle road as an exit only.

Bus parking at NPJH will be on the south side of the building near Doors 11 and 12 as indicated in the map above.

New Palestine Intermediate

NPI will use two different procedures for drop off and pick up.

In the morning, car riders may enter from the NPJH side on 600W (the blue loop in the map below) or from the NPI front entrance on 200N (the green loop in the map below.)NPIAMDropoffAt 7:30 a.m., dropoff will begin. Upon completion of student drop off, drivers must exit the same way they came in.

In the afternoon, pickup will only go in one direction. This is due to an increased number of buses and concerns about traffic backup on 200S.

Doe Creek Campus Traffic FlowDrivers picking up students in the afternoon may ONLY enter from the NPJH side on 600W. Cars will pull into the northern-most loop (the green loop in the morning) and wait for dismissal. After pickup is complete, all traffic must exit to 200S.

Buses at NPI will enter from 200S and use the east side of the building to pull into the southernmost parking lot in the morning and in the afternoon, as indicated in the map above. As buses exit the lot after drop off in the morning and pick up in the afternoon, please be courteous in allowing them to exit the lot and begin their routes.

Sugar Creek Elementary

While there are no changes in the dropoff, pickup, or bus procedures at SCE, we would like to encourage drivers to be mindful of additional traffic around the campus this year compared to previous years.

SugarCreekDropoffAll carline traffic must enter from 600W on the north side of NPJH. Carline will form on the east side of NPJH. Please note that, unlike past years, this area is now a working parking lot. SCE’s car line will likely begin to form within 30-45 minutes following the start or end of the NPJH school day. Please be mindful and respectful of pedestrian traffic in this area while forming the carline.

After pickup or dropoff, drivers will exit through the “middle road” between NPJH and SCE. As a reminder, this road is now a one-way street and is exit only.

New Palestine Elementary and Brandywine Elementary

While there are no direct changes to drop off, pick up, or bus procedures at NPE or BWE,  NPE parents should be aware of the changes at NPHS noted above that will restrict their ability to use the high school parking lot as a through street. All NPE traffic must enter from 500W near the administration building. There is not a way to enter the NPHS parking lot and drive to NPE.

NPE morning drop off map:NPE AM Dropoff.001

NPE p.m. pick up map:

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BWE drop off & pick up map:

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If you have additional questions about drop off or pick up procedures, please contact Community Relations Director Wes Anderson at wanderson@newpal.k12.in.us.