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Board Business: July 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 July 16, 2018 regular meeting and budget session:

The board recognized the 2018 IHSAA Class 3A State Championship New Palestine Dragons Softball team at Monday’s meeting. The Dragons won their second consecutive state title last month in West Lafayette by defeating South Bend St. Joseph. Senior Ashley Prange was named Indiana Miss Softball. She also received the Indiana Gatorade Player of the Year Award and was named an All-American. Congratulations to the Dragons on an incredible season and a state championship!

The IHSAA Class 3A State Champion Softball team with CSCSHC Board of Education Vice President Bill Niemier (left).

The board approved a new Assistant Principal for New Palestine Intermediate School. Megan Welch will join Principal Vincent Meo in the NPI administration.

New NPI Assistant Principal Megan Welch


Welch comes to Southern Hancock from Brownsburg Community Schools. She is an IU graduate and previously worked as a 5th and 6th-grade teacher. Megan and her husband Josh have two young boys.

A number of donations to the district were approved, including a drum for the New Palestine Junior High band and cash donations for the New Palestine High School band and athletic department. Money from sponsorships for the district’s Applemania teacher development conference last month was also approved.

NPHS Principal Mr. Fessler and Band Director Mr. Humphries received approval for a field trip for the marching band to attend the Mid-States Finals Competition in Kings Mills, OH in November of this year.

The board approved a new year-long contract with Aramark for food service in all six CSCSHC schools. The contract

In a special session held after the conclusion of the board’s regular meeting, Assistant Superintendent Robert Yoder presented the first reading of the district’s budget for 2019. The budget requires a number of levels of approval. The initial version of the budget is first heard by the board in the summer, then voted on by the board before being sent to the state for approval. This budget will be the subject of future board meetings in the months to come.


Back to School Events Calendar

Here are a few important events happening around the district leading up to the start of the 2018-19 school year. Keep this list bookmarked as new events will be added as they become finalized.

CSCSHC partnering with the New Palestine Area Chamber of Commerce for “Welcome to New Palestine Night.”

Date: July 17, 2018
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: New Palestine High School

New Palestine Junior High Community Open House:

Date: July 22, 2018
Time: 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
Location: NPJH

New Move-In Student Registration Dates:

  • Brandywine Elementary, New Palestine Elementary, Sugar Creek Elementary, New Palestine Intermediate: Tuesday, July 24 from 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.
  • New Palestine Junior High and New Palestine High: Tuesday, July 24 from 12 p.m. – 7 p.m. AND  Wednesday, July 25 from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Bus Garage Open House

Are you interested in becoming a bus driver? Come to our bus garage open house to learn more! Join us on July 25th  from 7 a.m. – 9 a.m. or 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Our transportation staff will be answering questions have packets to help you get the process started.

New Palestine Intermediate Locker Days:

July 30-August 3 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Meet your Teacher Night:

  • BWE: August 3rd from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • NPE: August 3rd from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • SCE: August 3rd from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • NPI: August 3rd from 5:00 p.m to 6:30 p.m.

New Palestine Junior High 7th Grade Picnic and Open House

Date: August 3rd
Time: 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Location: NPJH

New Palestine High School Dragon Fresh Start (Freshman Orientation)

Date: August 2
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: NPHS Cafeteria

New Palestine Junior High Back to School Night (Parents run through their child’s schedule and meet teachers):

Date: August 8th
Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: NPJH

New Palestine Intermediate Parent Nights:

  • August 16th from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. for 5th Grade Parents
  • August 23rd from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. for 6th Grade Parents

Board Business: June 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 June 11, 2018 regular meeting:

The board recognized the 2017-18 Community Leadership Academy, which completed the academy course last month. The CLA is offered during the school year by district administrators to help parents and community leaders understand the intricacies of school administration and forming curriculum.

2017-2018 CSCSHC Community Leadership Academy with School Board President Brian McKinney (left).

The school board approved a request by Superintendent Dr. Lisa Lantrip to enter into an agreement with the town of New Palestine to share the cost of an additional School Resource Officer for the school district. This officer will work jointly for the district and for the town but will be on campus at CSCSHC school buildings at all times while school is in session. The district is grateful to the town of New Palestine for helping us with this upgrade to our security force. Student safety is always our number one priority and this agreement will help the district increase our ability to protect all students in our school buildings.

New Palestine Junior High School teacher Fred Fox was appointed as the school district’s representative on the Hancock County Library board.

Dr. Lantrip requested to be the district’s appointee to the Town of New Palestine’s Redevelopment Board. That request was approved.

The board approved a donation of a flute to the New Palestine Junior High band department. The board also approved a field trip for the New Palestine High School band to Yellowstone, Montana in June of 2019.

The board approved school breakfast and lunch prices for 2018-19. Student breakfast will cost $1.80. Elementary and Intermediate lunch will cost $2.85. Middle and High School lunch will cost $3.50.

Director of Instructional Services Miles Hercamp updated the board on a number of grants the district has applied for and received to help boost our curricular and technological offerings for students. These grants are critical to providing your student with a connected, innovative, and authentic education at Southern Hancock. In all, the district received over $750,000 in grant money for educational purposes in 2017-2018. Included in the grant presentation was a discussion about the Department of Homeland Security’s Safe Schools Grant, which provides $50,000 to Indiana school districts for improving technology in school buildings or hiring School Resource Officers. CSCSHC uses this grant money to pay a portion of one School Resource Officer’s salary. All additional money for School Resource Officers and security comes from the district’s budget.

Community Relations Director Wes Anderson updated the board on the district’s Communications Plan. Mr. Anderson showed the board how the school district communicates with parents, students, staff, and other constituents living within our district boundaries. Mr. Anderson also showed the board the district’s plan for new branding and logos, which will debut to the public next month.





New to New Palestine? Here’s how to enroll at Southern Hancock

This information is ONLY for families that have recently moved into our district and need to register their students at Southern Hancock. For any other students, please visit our enrollment page. Registration information for our returning students will be available in July.

For those families that are new to our district and live within our district boundaries, please use the map below to determine which of our three elementary schools your child will attend.

District Map

All 5th and 6th-grade students will attend New Palestine Intermediate School. All 7th and 8th-grade students will attend New Palestine Junior High. All 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th-grade students will attend New Palestine High School.

Be sure to withdraw from your previous school prior to registration.

2018-19 New Student Registration:

New move-in parents should download this form for registration for 2018-19.

When completed, parents may either send this form via email to Amber Rush at, drop off at the Administration Office at 4711 County Rd 500 West in New Palestine, or come to your child’s future school on one of our walk-in registration dates.

Please also attach or bring the following for registration:

  • A copy of your student’s transcript (if available)
  • Birth Certificate
  • Immunization Records
  • Proof of residency (this must be a driver’s license, bill, anything that is official from your home purchase or rental agreement.)

Additional Documentation as it pertains to your student:

  • IEP or 504 Plan for students who are enrolled in Special Education or have a 504 Plan.
  • Health Plans from the previous school for any medical conditions that we will need to be aware of and plan for.

Walk-in registration for students NEW to Southern Hancock Schools for 2018-19 will be held on three dates: Tuesday, July 10, Tuesday, July 24 and Wednesday, July 25, 2018.

  • All CSCSHC schools are open for walk-in registration on Tuesday, July 10th from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. NOTE: High School students will not receive a class schedule on this date. Instead, they will receive a time to meet with a counselor to set up a schedule.
  • Brandywine Elementary, New Palestine Elementary, Sugar Creek Elementary, New Palestine Intermediate: Tuesday, July 24 from 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.
  • New Palestine Junior High and New Palestine High: Tuesday, July 24 from 12 p.m. – 7 p.m. AND  Wednesday, July 25 from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
If you are a new move-in family and have questions about enrollment, please contact Amber Rush at

Board Business: May 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 May 14, 2018 regular meeting:

The board has approved school start times for 2018-19. Below is a chart showing each building’s bell schedule for next year.

Building                                                AM Bell                PM Bell

New Palestine High School             7:30 a.m.                2:20 p.m.

New Palestine Junior High              7:45 a.m.                2:35 p.m.

New Palestine Intermediate           7:50 a.m.                2:40 p.m.

Brandywine Elementary                 8:50 a.m.                3:35 p.m.

New Palestine Elementary             8:45 a.m.                3:30 p.m.

Sugar Creek Elementary                 8:45 a.m.                3:30 p.m.

New Palestine Intermediate students will operate on a schedule similar to that of NPHS and NPJH.

The district considered two main transportation options:

  1. The first option would have NPI students operating on the same transportation schedule with NPHS and NPI students. This option was approved by the board Monday night.
  2. The second option would have allowed NPI students to operate on a similar schedule to the elementary schools. However, the transportation logistics required to make this option viable would have forced NPI to operate on a bell schedule 45 minutes shorter than any of the district’s other buildings. Additionally, in this option, NPI students would have spent more than 30 minutes longer on the bus each day under this proposed option. In the interest of maximizing instruction time for our students and minimizing time on the bus, the district recommended and the board approved placing NPI students on a similar schedule to New Palestine High School and New Palestine Junior High.

For more information about how this decision was reached, please watch this video with CSCSHC Superintendent Dr. Lisa Lantrip, Transportation Director Bob Martin, and Community Relations Director Wes Anderson:

In other news, the board recognized students Ethan Fairbanks and Alex Mohr along with New Palestine High School teacher Mr. Large for their work in creating and organizing the Hancock County Meets the Candidates Forum earlier this month. Ethan and Alex gave a brief presentation about how the forum related to their Advanced Business Management class taught by Mr. Large.

New Palestine Elementary Principal Katy Eastes was recognized for receiving the IASP District 10 Elementary School Principal of the Year. Sugar Creek Elementary teacher Jamie Inskeep was also applauded for her selection as an Indiana University Armstrong Teacher Educator.

Donations to various programs within the district were approved. A $50 donation to New Palestine Elementary in memory of Marietta Taylor was approved. The Doe Creek Middle School STEM team received a $1,000 grant from the Indiana Pacers STEM Fest 2018 through a partnership with Conexus. Additionally, a number of private donations were approved to the Doe Creek Middle School band.

Two field trips requested by NPHS Athletic Director Al Cooper were approved by the board. The NPHS Cross Country teams will attend a Cross Country Camp held at McCormick’s Creek State Park on July 23rd, 24th, and 25th. The NPHS Cheerleading team has received permission to compete in the National High School Cheerleading Championships, which will take place from February 7-11 in Orlando, Florida.

NPHS Assistant Principal Adam Barton presented the district’s 2018-19 student handbook, which was approved by the board. The handbook will be available to parents at registration time.

The board approved a new rubric for teacher evaluation. Director of Instructional Services Miles Hercamp told the board that the district’s curriculum team worked with teachers to create a new rubric that will be more focused more on goal-setting and growth for teachers and students. Teachers will set personal goals for themselves as instructors while also focusing on goals determined by student data and student growth.

Construction of a new restroom and concession stand facility at the NPHS football field has been approved. This building will be larger in size than the previous structure and better designed to handle high traffic flow during Dragon football games. The plans include an estimated 400% increase in the number of restrooms than the current building. Construction on the turf field project is expected to begin this week. Part of that construction work will include new concrete in the south end zone. Once that concrete work is completed, construction on the new building can begin. Both the field and the newly-approved restroom and concession stand facility will be completed by the start of football season.

The board approved all student instructional fees for the 2018-2019 school year. More information on that will be available at registration.

An update on the district’s Early Childhood Programs, including Little Dragons Pre-Kindergarten, was provided by Special Education Director Marcia Piercy, New Palestine Elementary Principal Katy Eastes, and Special Education Coordinator Joanna Mulligan. They shared details about our Pre-K curriculum, preschool, and special education programs in our early childhood programs.

Mr. Hercamp and Curriculum Coordinator Brian Dinwiddie updated the board on district’s progress in implementing additional programming regarding innovation and STEM into the district’s curriculum. Mr. Hercamp showed a recently produced video about the district’s three elementary schools’ selection as beta test schools for Google Expeditions AR:

Mr. Cooper presented a report outlining the district’s new guidelines for heat exposure. Recently, the school district partnered with Community Health Network to craft new guidelines based on new laws passed by the Indiana legislature. The district’s new guidelines have been slightly adjusted to comply with that legislation. These guidelines help athletic trainers make educated, informed decisions about the best interest of athletes and other extra-curricular participants on hot days. Additionally, the state now requires that all athletic coaches receive training on heat exposure.


Information for future New Palestine Junior High parents

Did you miss our Tuesday night meeting for future parents of New Palestine Junior High students?

Here’s what was covered:

  • Administrators Principal Jim Voelz, Assistant Principal Craig Moore, Guidance Director Amanda Schwyn, and Athletic Director Chris Yount introduced themselves.
  • Principal Jim Voelz says construction at New Palestine Junior High is on schedule. We look forward to welcoming your students for the 2018-19 school year!
  • Asst. Principal Moore provided an update on how safety and discipline will be handled at NPJH. If you have questions about either of those issues, contact Mr. Moore at
  • Our DCMS Student of the Month program was introduced. Two SOTMs are selected each month and treated to pizza by Mr. Voelz and Mr. Moore. Those selected have the opportunity to attend an Indianapolis Indians game at the end of the year. Mr. Moore also discussed other positive behavior programs that your student will have the opportunity to participate at NPJH.
  • Ms. Schwyn spoke about some ways that she forms relationships with the students that she will counsel. She is available to help you locate resources for academic help or community resources that your family may need. Contact her at
  • Mr. Yount introduced the athletics program. All students wishing to participate in athletics must have a physical on file dated on or after April 1st, 2018.
    • Physical Night will be held May 14th from 6p-8p at NPHS. The cost is $20.
    • All athletes will have impact testing conducted to help with the future diagnosis of concussion. More information about that will be sent home in the future.
    • Visit the Doe Creek Athletics website or follow them on twitter @BucksDC for the latest info.
    • An apparel sale for new NPJH apparel is open until May 3rd. Order here.
  • Teachers presented about some things to know about changes for your child as they move to Junior High:
    • Students will rotate between classes roughly every 50 minutes.
    • They will have opportunities during passing period to get a drink, use the restroom, or visit their locker.
    • Lunch will be slightly different in the junior high. Students have lunch choices and can sit wherever they choose in the cafeteria.
  • Your child’s first day as a junior high student:
    • Learn how to use your locker!
    • Introduction to changing classes with a bell system
    • Learn your schedule and where to go at what time
    • Meet your new teachers!
  • How to communicate with your teachers:
    • Email is the fastest way.
    • Call your teacher / leave a voicemail
    • Back to School Night will be held in August
    • Parent/Teacher Conferences are held in October
    • Weekly parent email from administrators
  • Technology things to know:
    • Students bring their laptops home daily. They are responsible for bringing it to school each day and making sure it is fully charged.
    • PowerSchool is how our school communicates grade information. Both parents and students have access. We encourage parents to check it often to check on their student’s progress.
    • Canvas is our online learning environment. Teachers can plan lessons and give assignments through Canvas. You’ll learn more about that at the start of next school year.
  • New Palestine Junior High Open House will be held August 3rd from 5:30-7:00. Mark your calendars for this opportunity to visit your student’s classrooms, practice their schedule, try out their locker, and meet their teachers. We’ll also have additional opportunities to tour New Palestine Junior High during the summer.
  • How to Stay Organized:
    • Throughout the year, your student will create a system that helps them keeps their various classes organized. Teachers will provide help with creating a system if needed.
    • Students are not allowed to carry backpacks or purses during the school day.
    • Locker clean-out will take place every nine weeks.
    • The supply list requests three 1″ binders. Some students may prefer larger. That’s ok! For reference, here is the supply list for the previous school year. NOTE: This list has NOT been finalized for 2018-19.
    • Some students prefer to stay organized on paper. Others prefer to do so with an online calendar. Either one is fine! Encourage your student to create a system that works best for them.
  • Extracurricular clubs at NPJH
    • NP Life, School Play, Student Council, Talent Show, Pep Band, Jazz Band, Archery, Spell Bowl, Yearbook, Science Club, Robotics, and Show Choir are some of our extracurricular offerings.
  • Unified Arts at NPJH
    • Students take Health for one nine-week period each year.
      • The curriculum includes substance abuse prevention and bullying prevention.
    • Band and Choir will be a new experience for your students at NPJH.
      • Both band and choir will meet every day during the school year
      • No previous experience required!
      • There are multiple extracurricular options offered through band and choir.
    • Physical Education
      • Class meets every day for one 9-week grading period.
      • The curriculum includes basic knowledge of sports as well as participation in some STEM-centered projects.
    • Art
      • Students have art for every day for one 9-week grading period.
  • Traditional curriculum:
    • Social Studies
      • 7th-grade social studies is a trip throughout the world, concentrating Geography, History, Culture, and Civics/Government.
    • Math
      • The curriculum will build upon topics previously learned with a focus on Algebra. Further curricular needs will be determined by testing completed this year by your 6th-grader.
      • A scientific calculator is recommended.
    • Science
      • DCMS/NPJS is a STEM-certified school.
      • Science class will continue to develop skills necessary to move on to high school level science courses with a focus on physical science.
    • Language Arts
      • Students continue to develop reading comprehension skills, grammar, and vocabulary skills.
      • Students have opportunities to visit the Innovation Center at NPJH (it’s more than a traditional library!) for additional reading options.

Board Business: April 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.

The School Board held a public hearing concerning a new lease that the district will use to execute bids, contracts, and work for general maintenance in many of the district’s buildings. This lease will be used to pay for necessary upgrades to building systems across CSCSHC. The board also approved Assistant Superintendent Bob Yoder to seek bids for the work that the lease will pay for.

The board approved two new assistant principals for the school district. Ginger Jimenez was named Assistant Principal at New Palestine Intermediate School.

New Palestine Intermediate Assistant Principal Ginger Jimenez

Jimenez will join Principal Vincent Meo at NPI starting in 2018-19. Jimenez comes to Southern Hancock from Noblesville Schools, where she served as an elementary teacher and learning specialist. She lives in Noblesville with her husband Danny and three sons, Dylan, Cameron, and Elijah.

Kayleigh Fosnow was approved as the new assistant principal at New Palestine Elementary. She will replace Mr. Meo, who left the position after being named principal at NPI.

New Palestine Elementary Assistant Principal Kayleigh Fosnow

Fosnow comes to Southern Hancock from Indianapolis Public Schools. She has experience teaching Kindergarten, second, and third grades. She has also served as an Assistant Principal at IPS.

The board approved a number of field trips across the district, including a New Palestine High School Boys Basketball trip to Mishawaka and an NPHS Girls Soccer trip to Anderson University. Several robotics teams had trips approved to the Vex Robotics World Championships in Louisville later this month. Doe Creek Middle School and Sugar Creek Elementary will both send teams to compete. The NPHS Robotics team will also travel to Louisville for the competition as spectators.

Director of Safety and Instructional Services Miles Hercamp provided an update on safety and security in the school district. Included in this report were updates on new safety programming offered to staff, training practices that have been implemented, and an update on the status of the district’s safety plans. As of this spring, the district now has individualized safety and security plans for each of the district’s buildings and for the corporation as a whole.

Superintendent Dr. Lisa Lantrip updated the board on enrollment numbers at New Palestine High School and how that may affect out-of-district transfers. Due to the number of teachers, class sizes, and the number of available classrooms at NPHS, the district has limited space to accept transfers from out of the district. Depending on the number of applications received, Dr. Lantrip may choose to close some or all grades at NPHS to out-of-district transfers before the July 20 deadline.

Mr. Hercamp also unveiled a new Learning Model for the school district:

CSCSHC’s new Learning Model. Implementation will begin in 2018-19.

This learning model has been created by the district’s administrators and curriculum team. Implementation will begin in the 2018-19 school year. Curriculum Coordinator Brian Dinwiddie says the model is a unifier that allows the district to filter how resources are allocated, instructional strategies, or even programming decisions.

“Southern Hancock Schools are committed to an innovative, authentic, and connected learning experience for each of our learners,” Dinwiddie said. “Our learning model will help to provide us the direction we need to move forward each and every day.”

We’ll have more about the new Learning Model in the weeks and months to come, including how this will affect your students in the classroom.

Questions or concerns about the board meeting? Contact Community Relations Director Wes Anderson at