Volunteers for H.O.S.T.S. Reading Tutoring Program Needed

CSCSHC is excited to continue and expand our H.O.S.T.S. volunteer reading tutor program to all three of our elementary buildings for the 2019-2020 school year and we need YOUR help!DSC_5205

Research shows that one-on-one tutoring makes an impact. Come make a difference in a child’s life by being a one-on-one reading tutor for just one hour per week.

H.O.S.T.S. meets during the school year at Brandywine Elementary, New Palestine Elementary, and Sugar Creek Elementary.


Mentors work on reading skills with one second-grade student and one third-grade student for 30 minutes each. All materials are provided and no training is necessary. Mentors choose which day of the week and how often they mentor.  Mentors can also choose to be a substitute only.

During the 2018-19 school year, every third-grade child enrolled in the H.O.S.T.S. program passed the IREAD-3 reading assessment test. Your help can make a difference!

If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please contact Community Relations Director Wes Anderson at wanderson@newpal.k12.in.us.

Board Business: June 2019

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 June 10th, 2019 regular meeting.

Monday’s meeting began with the graduation of the 2018-19 Community Leadership Academy. This group of parents and community members meets monthly during the school year to learn more about the inner workings of our school district. We would like to thank all of those who agreed to participate and in the Community Leadership Academy and showed a willingness to learn about the operation of our school district.

Members of the 2018-19 Community Leadership Academy with School Board Secretary Dan Walker (second from left) and School Board President Bill Niemier (third from left).

The board approved Austin Theobald as the new principal at Brandywine Elementary School. Theobald was most recently the principal at Rushville Elementary School East. He has also served as an assistant principal at Shelbyville Central Schools. Theobald has over ten years of experience in special education and grades three and four. Theobald is a previous recipient of the Shelby County Educator of the Year Award. Theobald is a Shelbyville native and enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, reading, fitness, and being outdoors. The community is invited to a Meet the Principal Open House with Mr. Theobald on Wednesday, July 17th from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at Brandywine Elementary.

Three donations were approved at Monday’s meeting. Covance donated $200 to Mrs. Rund’s tower garden project at New Palestine Intermediate School. $575.60 was donated by the Fairview United Methodist Church. This donation is to be used for unpaid lunches for Brandywine Elementary students. The American Legion donated $2,000 to be used for history scholarships for students.

The board also approved the deposit of the 2019 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. Typically at this time of year, a supplemental distribution is provided to the district and this money is placed in the Rainy Day Fund.