November 2015 District News

Posted on October 28, 2015



The IAPSS Communications Committee has made a commitment to publish at least one news article from each of our 8 Districts in each of our monthly newsletters. Districts are certainly not limited to one article and additional articles are welcomed. The purpose of District News is to share the many good programs and activities that are occurring everyday across the State of Indiana in our public schools.  When submitting an article please give contact information so any member wanting to know more about a program or activity in a school corporation will know who to contact. Remember that pictures are welcome!


District 4

West Lafayette Community School Corporation   West Lafayette is home to the West Lafayette Community School Corporation and to the main campus of Purdue University and its 38,788 students.  Forty percent of West Lafayette School Corporation’s (WLCSC) enrollment is comprised of international students from nearly 90 countries.   In June 2009, a diverse group of 40 WLCSC stakeholders (teachers, staff, administrators, parents, community members, business partners, and Purdue representatives) met for three days to develop the WLCSC Mission, Belief Statements, Strategic Parameters and Objectives.   The WLCSC Strategic Plan is not just a document. It is a vision of the school district’s future as defined by the school, business, university and community stakeholders who participated in the process. “Our mission is to engage students in a world-class educational experience that prepares them to be well-rounded, innovative, creative, productive and adaptive citizens who will shape our global society.”   The district’s strategic plan has made a difference. Listed below are the academic achievements accomplished by the students, parents, staff, and leadership team of the West Lafayette Community School Corporation. It is indeed a partnership.

  • Indiana Four-Star School District (meaning that all schools received four stars from the Indiana Department of Education– 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014


  • Among Indiana’s top graduation rates – 97.5% in 2012, 99.4% in 2013, and 98.5% in 2014


  • 2014 US. News Rankings:

State Ranking: 4th Stem Education: 72nd in the Nation National Ranking: 370th in the Nation

  • College Board AP District of the Year Award


  • Recognized five years in a row for the highest AP public school test scores by the Indiana Department of Education


  • One of the highest percentages of students named National Merit semi-finalists and finalists in the state – 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014


  • West Lafayette High School named “Best Overall Academic Performance” school in Indiana by BusinessWeek magazine


  • West Lafayette High School named “A Best Buy” by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce


  • Three Rhodes Scholars have been named from West Lafayette Community Schools
    • Mohit Agrawal – 2011
    • Decker Walker – 2004
    • Michael Warren – 1990

Clay Community Schools

The Clay Community School Corporation is enjoying tremendous success. Each of our seven elementary schools received an “A” from the DOE. Jackson Township Elementary was named a National Blue Ribbon School. In July, we welcomed Mr. Jeff Fritz, a CCS veteran of thirty-two years, as our new superintendent. Clay Community Schools welcomes and values the support of our community. This past summer we partnered with the United Way and the Clay County YMCA to bring a Kindergarten Camp to our incoming kindergartners. We also partnered with the Hamilton Center on a grant that provides training and ongoing assistance in the area of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports. Our school corporation continues to emphasize the positive aspects of technology in the classrooms as evidenced through our 6th through 12th grade student laptop program.   In terms of the physical plant, Clay Community schools is embarking upon a Secondary Building Renovation Project that, if all goes as desired, will result in tremendous improvements in Clay City High School, North Clay Middle School and Northview High School.

Additionally our students are experiencing successes in all arenas. The Clay City and Northview High School bands have consistently earned top spots in their competitions. Including this year, the Northview Marching Knights have qualified for thirty-one state finals. Clay City High School students won the STEM related Ivy Tech Spartan Match. Northview High School’s Volleyball team captured Conference, Sectional & Regional championships and were the Semi-State runner’s up. Northview’s football team completed an undefeated regular season. Northview’s Cam Trout earned All-State honors and a spot on the Indiana All-Star team in cross country.


District 5 Mill Creek West Elementary School will be the first NET ZERO school in Indiana! Mill Creek Community School Corporation Hendricks County, Clayton, IN Mill Creek West Elementary School, Amo, IN After years of increases in the cost of electricity, MCCSC entered into a GESP (Guaranteed Energy Savings Program) with Johnson-Melloh Solutions, Indianapolis, IN to make our utility budget certain. JMS was a major player in the solar project at the Indianapolis International Airport. The cost of electricity in power cents per KWh was 1.9c/kWh in 1975 and presently 10.1c (532% increase)! By adding LED lighting and solar power, our rate will be maintained rather than the expected increases from our provider. We entered into a 15 TELP (Tax-exempt Equipment Lease Plan) with a financial provider. Our lease payments will be made from our CPF coupled with rebates and savings resulting in a savings in year one! In addition, our electricity bills have already experienced a decrease, since the lighting retrofit, in comparison to the same time period last year! While solar power may be new to Indiana and schools, it has been a viable source of renewable clean energy dating back to late ‘70s. As we are always looking for ways to save money and reduce expenses, solar power has a very “bright” future. We look forward to being able to power all of our schools in the future! Jim Diagostino Superintendent Mill Creek CSC 317-539-9200 Andy Cooper and Jami Krynski Project Development Account Manager Renewable Energy Provider Johnson-Melloh Solutions 317-536-6106

District 6

Nettle Creek School Corporation Students Represent Themselves Well In Indianapolis!   Hagerstown High School students who are involved in the Model Legislature program under the guidance of social studies teachers, Mr. Tim Arnold and Mr. Glen Meek, hosted a day-long workshop at Hagerstown High School for area students. At this event, high school teams from around the region elected officials, proposed legislation, discussed issues, and spent the day experiencing first-hand the joys and challenges encountered daily by our state and local government officials.  As a follow-up to the day’s activities, Nettle Creek School Corporation student legislators spent a day at the State House in Indianapolis meeting people and seeing places in the building that few others have an opportunity to see. Bill Doering, Superintendent  Randolph Eastern School Corporation   We recently had 26 teachers apply for and receive grants through the Randolph County Community Foundation.  These grants were up to $500 each and the teachers wrote them to purchase items for the classroom and/or their students.   This picture show them receiving their awards.  We had the largest number of applicants and recipients in Randolph County!  We are so proud of our teachers and are looking forward to seeing how they use their grants to help our students! Lisa Smith, Superintendent Randolph Southern Supt. Glenda Ritz visited Randolph Southern School Corporation on Friday, October 30.  Mrs. Ritz toured our facility, visited each classroom, read a book to our student body, and participated
in a short convocation.

District 6

Muncie Community Schools


MCHS’s MCJROTC Detachment Named as “One of the Nation’s Best”

Muncie Central High School has been recognized by the US Department of the Navy as a Naval Honor School due to the high level of performance of the Marine Corps Junior ROTC program under the direction of Marine Instructor, Robert Harber and civilian instructor, Tim Cummings. This ranks the MCHS program as one of the best in the nation. MCS is excited to share this honor with the cadets and instructors who earned it.

Earning the designation of Naval Honor School brings MCHS a nice letter and plaque to display. More importantly, however, our students become eligible to compete for “Honor School” nominations to attend our military service academies. These nominations are not available to the general population and they provide our students with an opportunity that other students don’t have access to.

MCHS’s Unarmed Drill Team

The MCJROTC program provides leadership and decision making training as well as familiarization with military subjects ranging from close order drill and physical fitness to military history. Students who complete the MCJROTC program who enlist in any branch of the military are allowed to do so at an advanced rank. The MCJROTC program had a 100% high school graduation rate for its participating seniors last spring and those seniors received more than 70 academic awards.

The MCJROTC program has provided more than 3600 hours of community service to Muncie and Delaware County as well as competing in nearly thirty extra-curricular activities including academic team, rifle team, and the physical fitness team.


Muncie, IN. The Muncie Central High School Business Club hosted the 5th Annual Etiquette Dinner and Professional Dos and Don’ts Style Show on Friday, November 6 at 7:00 pm. The event was held at the Ball State University Student Center in Cardinal Hall.

“The purpose of this event is to prepare our students for professional dinner events they will attend after high school graduation. Some of our students will be attending dinner events for scholarships, job interviews, or fundraisers. Whatever the event, we want our students to be prepared – to be educated in proper and professional etiquette.”

The style show was presented by Muncie Central’s Business Club members and members of Alpha Kappa Psi, a professional business fraternity at Ball State. The Business Club is sponsored by Mrs. Lisa Letsinger. The style show which focused on the dos and don’ts to professional dress was emceed by Mr. Dale Basham. Teaching proper dinner etiquette is addressed during the event; therefore, this is a “teaching” dinner.

To assist with the learning, business and/or community members were invited to attend. The goal is to have 4-6 students sit with 1-2 business and/or community members.

Muncie Central shows growth in its Advanced Placement Performance.

Muncie, IN. Muncie Central High School continues to show tremendous growth and improvement in most areas of its Advanced Placement performance. Advanced Placement curriculum is designed by university faculty and presented within high schools around the country. A culminating exam is given in the spring. A high performance on the exam is recognized by the majority of colleges and universities for college credit. Students at Muncie Central may choose from 17 different AP courses. In Calculus alone, more than 65% of the students taking the course scored above a 3, the score reflecting a passing performance. According to information released by College Board, the average score of 3 or above across the state of Indiana was 48%. Five Muncie Central students scored a perfect 5.

Muncie Central has seen an increase in student participation in AP courses over the past 5 years. In 2011, only 289 AP exams were administered. That number has grown to 430 last year, an increase of 49%. This year, nearly 600 exams will be given. That is an increase of 39% since the merger of the two high schools. This outstanding number reflects the academic rigor and challenge that students are willing to take on to remain competitive in the post-secondary market. The performance has also improved over the past 5 years. There has been a 38% growth in students earning a passing mark. Nearly 1/3 of all students who complete an AP exam earn college credit. That is slightly below the state average. However to insure that the students continue to receive the highest level of instruction and this performance continues to increase, all AP teachers attended the AP Institute at Ball State University over the summer.

Congratulations to all students and teachers who choose to take on the challenge of AP

“MCS Chief of Security and Operations Achieves NASRO Practitioner Status”

Muncie, IN. Chief of Security and Operations Charles Hensley successfully achieved the status of National Association of School Resource Officers Practitioner. This designation identifies a person as one of the elite School Resource Officers in the nation. A Practitioner indicates a school resource officer with a high degree of commitment to NASRO, the local school community, and the young people served therein. School Resource Officer Practitioners will be looked to nationally as a source of information and advice from other SRO’s across the United States.

The qualifications of a NASRO Practitioner are as follows:

 Basic and Advanced NASRO School Resource Officer certification

 NASRO National Conference Training certification

 Certified Instructor in Two Areas of focus

 Law Enforcement Experience: Full Time Officer 33 years 1977-2010 and Reserve Officer 3 years 2012-2015

 School Resource Officer Experience: 26 years Northside Middle School, 1.5 years Muncie Central High School, 2.5 years Chief of Security and Operations Muncie Community Schools

 A Minimum of 160 Hours of certified law enforcement or NASRO related courses with certificates: I had 803 credentialed and certified hours.

The Muncie Community Schools (MCS) serve approximately 6000 students from Muncie and the surrounding area. MCS provides a range of diverse opportunities for children as well as adult basic education. For more information about MCS events, programs or services, please contact Ana Pichardo, Director of Communications at 765-747-5210 or Follow MCS on Twitter at @MuncieSchools and like us on Facebook at

Union School Corporation


Mr. Allen Hayne, Superintendent

Union School Corporation 765.853.5464, Ext. 1001

Union Rockets Virtual Academy is Accepting Enrollments!

Modoc, Indiana — Union School Corporation is currently accepting enrollments for their newly launched Union Rockets Virtual Academy.  The program is open to students in Kindergarten through 12th grade across the state of Indiana. Union Rockets Virtual Academy is tuition-free and provides the flexibility of online learning with a comprehensive list of benefits only a public school district can offer.  Students enrolled in Union Rockets Virtual Academy are exposed to a rigorous curriculum and are supported by Indiana-certified teachers who provide individualized support to address students’ developmental goals. Students can participate in extracurricular activities and athletics, have access to district facilities, and graduate with a Union School Corporation diploma.

Union Rockets Virtual Academy provides each enrolled student with a Cyber School in a Box™, which includes a laptop computer, printer/scanner, textbooks, live teacher support, and technical support.

Additional information and applications can be found at:


765.853.5464, Ext. 1001 or


 District 8

Milan Community Schools


Milan Community School Corporation just finished up its INeLearn Instagram takeover. MCSC spent the week telling their 1:1 story with pictures on the @INeLearn Instagram account. [

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@INeLearn is turning over our Instagram account so that districts, schools and teachers can share their story of being 1:1. We want to see pictures of what you’re doing in the classroom, how you are preparing your stakeholders, when your staff is getting professional development, and more. Let’s tell the story of 1:1 together!

Every week, we are inviting a different guest educator to post captioned images on our Instagram account. Our goal is to get different 1:1 programs from all across the state involved in this great opportunity to showcase what a week in the life of digital learners and leaders is all about. Show us how it works and why you are doing it!

Jennings County School Corporation


Jennings County Superintendent Dr. Terry Sargent was recently featured on the WFYI (Indianapolis) October 3 broadcast in conjunction with American Graduate Day, a live seven-hour multiplatform nationwide broadcast dedicated to celebrating individuals committed to keeping students on the path to graduation. Dr. Sargent was asked to participate as a result of Jennings County Schools’ significant success in recent years at improving their graduation rate and lowering their high school dropout rate.

The PBS program spotlighting the success of Jennings County Schools will be rebroadcast on WFIU Bloomington on November 10 (7:00 PM) and November 12 (4:00 PM).


Lawrenceburg High School’s Early College Program is growing.


For the past four years, students at LHS have had the  opportunity to take college courses offered through Vincennes University.

Some students are even able to earn their Associate  of Science Degree in general studies, allowing them to graduate from high school well-prepared to pursue higher education or enter the workforce.

Even students not working towards an associate degree can earn college credit by taking classes.  These credits, from Vincennes University, transfer to other major colleges and universities, such as Xavier, University of Kentucky, Indiana University, Purdue University, University of Cincinnati, and Wright State University in Dayton.

VU’s Early College Program offers over 40 courses in subject areas ranging from English to math to foreign languages.  Students have options to take classes  taught by an LHS teacher, or online, distance education classes taught by a VU professor. LEC also has on-site tutors available to help students, particularly with math and English.

The flexibility and options allow students to find the route that will work best for them as they pursue their career and educational goals.

And the program is growing!  In 2015, 3 students graduated with their associate degrees.  That number could be as high as 11 for the class of 2016

Tonya Mathis, M. Ed.,Assistant Dean of Instruction

Vincennes University @ Lawrenceburg Early College,Southeastern Career Center

100 Tiger Boulevard,Lawrenceburg, Indiana  47025


This year Lawrenceburg High school has a new program, Job’s for America’s Graduates (JAG for short). JAG is a state-based, national non-profit organization dedicated to preventing dropouts among young people. JAG students receive adult mentoring

while in school and one year of follow-up counseling after graduation. JAG student are exposed to colleges and careers through guest speakers in the classroom and field trips. Students will spend time working on scholarships, college applications and preparing for job interviews. There are currently 118 JAG programs in Indiana.

Lawrenceburg High School’s JAG program currently consists of 26 juniors and seniors. This semester JAG students have been working with the Clearinghouse, helping collect food items. The students are also preparing for the JAG Regional Career

Development Conference which will be held in January where they will be competing against other JAG students in the region. Students will gain valuable skills by participating in competitions such as public speaking, financial literacy, employability

skills, and career presentation. For more information about the LHS JAG program you may contact April Pearson, JAG specialist at [ tel:812-532-0800 ]812-532-0800 or [ ]

The article is from April Pearson, LHS JAG Teacher.

Scott 2

Scottsburg Middle School named Apple Distinguished Program

Scottsburg Middle School​ is pleased to announce that it has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished Program for 2015–2017 ​for its technology-integrated instructional program. The Apple Distinguished Program designation is reserved for programs

that meet criteria for innovation, leadership, and educational excellence, and demonstrate a clear vision of exemplary learning environments.

Kristin Nass, SMS Principal, explains “This is a wonderful tribute to the hard work and dedication of our teaching, eLearning, IT, and administrative teams and it highlights the fact that our kids have incredible learning opportunities at SCSD2.”

The selection of Scottsburg Middle School as an Apple Distinguished Program highlights our success as an innovative and compelling learning environment that engages students and provides tangible evidence of academic accomplishment. This is the second

consecutive Apple Distinguished honor for the school. SMS students have 1:1, 24/7 access to iPads that serve as a tool to help them learn, create, and collaborate. Teachers blend best practices to deliver live instruction that includes 24/7 content access, digital workflow, and multi-media demonstrations of learning. For more information on the award or the program, contact Kristin Nass at [ tel:812-752-8926 ]812-752-8926.