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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: 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 cmoore@newpal.k12.in.us
  • 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 aschwyn@newpal.k12.in.us.
  • 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.

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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.

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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:

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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 wanderson@newpal.k12.in.us.

CSCSHC statement on student walkout 3/14/18

The school district has issued the following statement regarding the student walkout that took place earlier today, Wednesday, 3/14/18:

A number of CSCSHC students chose to participate in a student walkout this morning. The district believes that this particular form of protest is part of the First Amendment rights that all Americans, including students, are entitled to.

Supervision was provided for students that chose to participate and also for students that did not participate. Additional security was provided in and around our campuses to ensure that all students were safe while this walkout occurred.

The walkout took place without incident and students promptly returned to class after it concluded. We commend the students that elected to participate for a thoughtful and well-organized civic engagement.

Board Business: March 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.

Below is a summary of the board’s regular March meeting and a subsequent special session regarding the district’s facilities:

Commencement Date Set

At Monday night’s regularly scheduled Board of Education meeting, the board approved

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a commencement date. We hope you’ll join us Friday, May 25th at 7 p.m. in the gym at NPHS to celebrate the Class of 2018.

 

 

Field Trips Approved

The board approved field trips for DCMS band & choir to Kings Island on May 30th. Additional details on those field trips will be distributed to parents at a later date.

A trip to cheer camp at Ball State for our NPHS Cheerleaders in July also received board approval.

Donations

Several community donations were approved, including a $50,000 anonymous donation to be contributed to the turf field installation project. The board also approved a $1,950 check from Forum bank to the DCMS athletic department. That donation will be used to upgrade basketball chairs at New Palestine Junior High with new logos.

Neighborhoods Against Substance Abuse presentation

Four NPHS students presented on their contributions to Neighborhoods Against Substance Abuse. Connor Dobbins, Grace Voelz, Jordan Reid, and Lincoln Roth also showed a video that they helped create. The video is intended to help stop underage drinking in Hancock County.

Math Leadership Group

Curriculum Coordinator Brian Dinwiddie spoke about Math Leadership Group, which is a curriculum partnership with Warren Township. Math Leadership Group allows Southern Hancock elementary teachers to examine their math instruction processes to better meet student needs. This group will become math leaders within our district tasked with helping their Southern Hancock peers and colleagues to improve their teaching practices. In 2018-19, this group will become exclusively for CSCSHC staff, which will allow the curriculum to be more tailored to the needs of CSCSHC students.

Special Session on Facilities

Following the regular meeting, the board held a special session to hear a presentation from the Skillman Corporation regarding a facility study on all six of the district’s school buildings and what repairs or additional construction those buildings may need.

This presentation was intended to offer options and recommendations for building maintenance in the years to come. These recommendations, along with a number of additional options, will be considered by district administrators and the board at a future date.

Suggestions were presented for the district to proceed with 15-year maintenance plans for all of the district’s schools. These recommendations included how and when to replace certain items in each of the buildings, varying from roofing and flooring to systems like HVAC and water distribution.

The focal point of the presentation was New Palestine High School. A part of the current high school building was built in 1954. Four additions were made in the 1960s. Nine additions have been built in all. Those original areas of the building now make up the academic wing of the High School.

Skillman Corporation recommended that the board consider a maintenance, repair, and replace plan at the high school to meet the current curriculum and student circulation needs. Due to additional graduation requirements that will soon be implemented by the state of Indiana, space for additional classrooms and other required instruction areas will become an issue at the high school. Additionally, due to the age of the building, the study recommended structural updates and modernizing critical systems.

They stated that there are areas where cosmetic and systemic updates are most appropriate. These areas include the south end containing the natatorium, main gym, and auxiliary gym and the north end containing the auditorium. Skillman Corp. told the board that those areas do not need to be replaced. The facility study recommended to the board that they evaluate how to best use funds in the older portions of the buildings. That may include potentially tearing down portions of the building in between the north and south ends and rebuilding them.

The study concluded that a new high school is not necessary.

The board will examine and further discuss this study at future meetings to create a maintenance plan for all CSCSHC facilities. This study was only a recommendation and no decisions have been made regarding the information presented.

NPHS students & staff help sew durable hygiene products to be delivered to third-world countries

New Palestine High School teachers Caroline Clayton and Tina Boehm are working with a group of NPHS students and a local church to create something special for those in need in other parts of the world.

Clayton & Boehm were inspired by this article written by Anne Smith recently in the Greenfield Daily Reporter. A Greenfield church started the Days for Girls initiative to sew sanitary napkins for those in developing countries. Women in some parts of the world do not have access to hygiene products. Because of this, many young girls miss school each month, fall behind, and eventually quit school.

Clayton, Boehm, and our NPHS students hope to keep those girls in school longer to help them make better lives for themselves. The reusable kits they create will give those women access to these products, which will be reusable for long as three months.

Clayton and Boehm felt compelled by the article to contribute to the program. While school was out of session for Presidents Day on Monday, the teachers and several NPHS students joined the church’s sewing group to help create and package these kits.

Mrs. Clayton says that she hopes to be able to move some parts of the project to NPHS, so the students can participate in this project on a regular basis.

The packages created on Monday will be delivered to Haiti in three weeks.

CSCSHC announces Summer Enrichment camps for 2018

The school district is happy to announce a full slate of exciting learning opportunities through our 2018 Summer Enrichment Program.

We have a dozen engaging, challenging camps to offer in a variety of subjects for students that will be in grades K-8 in 2018-19.

To see a list of our available camps with descriptions and age ranges for each, please click here.

If you have any questions about Summer Enrichment, please contact Community Relations Director Wes Anderson at wanderson@newpal.k12.in.us.