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

Board Business: February 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 February meeting:

Principal named for New Palestine Intermediate School

New Palestine Intermediate Principal Vincent Meo

CSCSHC is proud to announce a new principal for New Palestine Intermediate School. The Board of Education approved the selection of Vincent Meo at Monday’s meeting. Mr. Meo has been the assistant principal at New Palestine Elementary for the past three years. He was previously a teacher in third, fourth, and fifth grades at NPE for 18 years.

Mr. Meo lives in New Palestine with his wife, Raya, and their two daughters. Mr. Meo will head New Palestine Intermediate School starting next school year. NPI will move into the building that is currently Doe Creek Middle School. All 5th and 6th-grade students will attend NPI starting next school year. We would like to invite our current fourth and fifth-grade parents to meet Mr. Meo at Doe Creek Middle School on February 28th at 6 p.m.

CSCSHC Director of Transportation approved

CSCSHC Transportation Director Robert Martin

The Board of Education also approved Robert Martin as the district’s new Director of Transportation. Mr. Martin comes to New Palestine after working in a similar position at Shelbyville Central Schools.

Mr. Martin graduated from Morristown High School. He has previously worked for Disney, AT&T, Roche, and operated his own business for ten years. Mr. Martin lives in Shelbyville with his wife, Darla, and his two daughters.

Turf Field Approval

Due in part to the generosity of the New Palestine community and their fundraising efforts during the Laying the Foundation commemorative brick project for Kelso Stadium and Shepler Field, the Board of Education approved a bid for a new turf field at New Palestine High School. The approval of the bid will allow the administration to sign a contract to begin work on the field later this year. The project is expected to be completed in time for the 2018-19 school year.


A rendering of how Shepler Field might look after completion.


The Laying the Foundation fundraiser will continue. The district plans to use additional donations to renovate other parts of Kelso Stadium. If you would like to purchase a brick as part of the fundraiser, click here.

Summer Enrichment

The Board of Education approved 12 Summer Enrichment programs for the summer of 2018 Innovative, challenging summer programs will be led by CSCSHC faculty members. A variety of offerings will give your children the opportunity to learn in unique ways. For more information on the programs and registration, click here.

Brandywine Elementary Renovation 

The Board of Education approved a contract for HVAC work at Brandywine Elementary this summer. With this approval, contractors will complete necessary upgrades to the HVAC system at BWE after the current school year.

New Palestine Elementary HOSTS program seeking additional volunteers

The Helping One Student To Succeed program at New Palestine Elementary is seeking additional volunteers to help expand the popular program to include more students.

H.O.S.T.S. volunteers spend about an hour with two separate NPE students one day each week during the school year as a reading tutor. Research shows that one-on-one tutoring can benefit students significantly, particularly in reading!

No prior tutoring experience is necessary. All necessary materials are provided.

Varying time commitments are available. Our full-time volunteers work one hour once each week. Positions for substitutes that would be available as needed are also available. H.O.S.T.S. meets between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. Monday-Thursday each week.

We are looking for energetic, passionate volunteers to interact with our second and third-grade Dragons! Parents that stay home during the day or have Pre-K or Kindergarten students that attend school in the mornings would be excellent volunteer candidates! Volunteers must pass a background check before participating in the H.O.S.T.S. program.

Help us grow our H.O.S.T.S. program to give more children the reading help they need!

Any interested volunteers should contact H.O.S.T.S. Coordinator Kendra Olin at