November 2016 District and State News

Posted on October 31, 2016


District 8

Brown County High School

The following photograph is the result of a very special day that some of our young ladies from Brown County High School experienced at Purdue with their amazing Engineering teacher, Mr. Townsend.


Mr. Christopher Townsend, Engineer Teacher at Brown County High School just spent the weekend taking these incredible young women to the WOWiT (Windows of Opportunity for Women in Technology) conference at Purdue University.  WOWiT is a single day event put on by Purdue to expose female students to different career pathways and areas of interest in the world of Technology and Engineering. The young women attend sessions put on by each of the majors of study in the Purdue Polytechnic college. They also took a campus tour, enjoyed a nice lunch, and listened to a presentation about admissions at Purdue. The young women really enjoyed this event this year.  We are thrilled for the opportunities that are offered within the Technology and Engineering programs at Brown County High School and anticipate that these young women will pursue incredible careers based on this foundation!

The students in the photo are as follows (left to right): Brittany Miller (Senior), Solei Garland (Junior), Gabrielle Bethards (Freshman), Shelby York (Sophomore), and Chloee Robison (Freshman).

Laura A. Hammack, PhD., Superintendent, Brown Count Schools

District 6

Muncie Community Schools

October 28, 2016

Mr. Michael Long Recognized by the Muncie-Delaware County Chamber of Commerce for Excellence in Public Service

Muncie, IN Michael Long, current president of the Muncie Community Schools Board of Trustees, was awarded the Excellence in Public Service Award on Thursday evening at the 122nd Annual Chamber Meeting. The purpose of this award is to recognize an individual, employed or appointed by a governmental entity, who has made a significant contribution to the well being of Muncie and Delaware County.

Mr. Long has been an outspoken advocate for improving pre-school services throughout Muncie. He has championed that cause and ensured that the expansion of pre-school services became a clear objective of the MCS Strategic Plan. He was an inaugural member of the BY5 steering/advisory committee. He then served as one of the task force co-chairs. Carrie Bales, Executive Director of BY5 had the following to say about Mr. Long:

“Michael Long brought a unique perspective to the meetings, as his role on the Muncie Community Schools Board of Trustees, as an administrator in a church operated early childhood program and as a parent. His input was invaluable as we began to determine what the vision and goals of BY5 would be for the community.”

Mr. Long has been a key champion of improving operations and services at Longfellow Elementary by being an advocate of the MP3 Program that partners BSU students to learn about the community in which they are teaching. The MP3 Program has shown significant improvement in IRead3 and ISTEP+ results.

According to Yvonne Thompson, City of Muncie’s Executive Director of the Human Rights Commission;

“Michael Long is a true leader, mentor, and role model, to Whitely, Muncie,and the State of Indiana. His service to Muncie Community Schools (MCS) includes service as PTO President at Longfellow Elementary; he has devoted countless hours as a school and community volunteer. Mr. Long believes in empowering parents with the necessary tools to help their children succeed and in responsible budgeting and spending for MCS.”

Mr. Long facilitates communication and partnerships among governmental agencies and the business community. He has worked to ensure BY5, Ball State University, the Concerned Clergy, as well as other government agencies to ensure that we are reaching the needs of all our children and their families.



October 28, 2016

Southside Middle School SWAGGER Recovery Team Recognized by the Muncie-Delaware County Chamber of Commerce for Outstanding Contributions to Education

Muncie, IN The Southside Middle School SWAGGER Recovery Team was recognized at the Muncie-Delaware County Chamber of Commerce 122nd Annual Meeting for their Outstanding Contributions to Education. The purpose of this award is to recognize a teacher, administrator, organization, or company that has made significant contribution to education or workforce development in Muncie and Delaware County. “Students Who Achieve Good Grades Earn Respect.”

The Southside Middle School “Students Who Achieve Good Grades Earn Respect” known as SWAGGER Recovery Team, led by Mrs. Kelli Turner, consists of teachers J.D. Craft and Kris Berry, instructional assistant Marwin Strong, Student Assistant Coordinator Kim Conner, counselors Lisa Rose and Marla Campbell, and assistant principals Phil Seale and Don Cowper.

The program began during the 2015-2016 school year to address the climate at Southside Middle School. This alternative program focuses on helping students with the most severe behavior problems become successful both academically and behaviorally. Within the first weeks of school, SMS faculty could see the climate improving. During the first year of the program, students not only made improvements in their behavior, but also improved academically.

Muncie Central High School, Northside Middle School and South View Elementary have implemented similar programs for the 2016-2017 school year to assist in continuing to reduce discipline issues throughout the school corporation.

Overall, MCS discipline incidents were reduced in 2015-2016 by more than 20% from the previous year, probation referrals were down 42%, and Child Protective Service referrals were reduced by 50%. Southside Middle School’s reductions exceeded the district average

. PRESS RELEASE Steven M. Baule, PH.D, Superintendent Ermalene M. Faulkner, Chief Academic Officer Deborah Williams, Chief Financial Officer DiLynn Phelps, Interim Director of Human Resources

2501 N. Oakwood Drive, Muncie, IN 47304 ~ Phone: 765-747-5211 ~ Fax: 765-747-5341

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

Anderson Community Schools




High School seniors who are dedicated to learning, leading and performing are eligible. Students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 (B average) or better. Applicants need to be proven leaders and role models within their school and community. Applicants must also perform in at least one of the 43 school sponsored sports recognized by the International Olympic Committee in the Summer and Winter Olympic Games or the National Federation of State High School Associations.


Please join Anderson Community Schools in congratulating Tracy, and all Wendy’s High School Heisman winners for their hard work and dedication – on and off the field.



Anderson High School teacher, Cary House has spent the past year researching the life of Private First Class Worth H. Jackson as part of the “Understanding Sacrifice Program.” On November 11, 2016, Mr. House’s eulogy for Private First Class Worth H. Jackson along with his lesson plan, titled “Taking the High Ground: Overcoming Monte Cassino and the Gustav Line”, will be published on


This year long professional development program focused on fallen heroes of World War II buried or memorialized at an ABMC cemetery in Southern Europe and North Africa. In July, 2016, House joined 17 other educators who traveled throughout the southern regions of Europe. Using their research, teachers created lesson plans, Fallen Hero profiles and eulogies honoring the heroes of WWII.


Mr. House believes that education should be visual, engaging, entertaining and interactive. His philosophy of teaching is to make history come alive. As a teacher he strives to connect the curriculum with the student on a personal level.


Please join us in congratulating Mr. House on his dedication to his students as well as all the brave men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country.


For more information on the exciting things taking place at ACSC, please visit us online at


The Understanding Sacrifice program is a partnership between National History Day®, the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC), and the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media.

Anderson Career Center

Fall Advisory Board Meeting

The Anderson/District 26 Career Center held their Fall Advisory Board Meeting Wednesday, November 16th.  Business and community partners joined Career Center instructors to discuss current programs, future programs, internship opportunities, and program needs.  Business leaders from Technoplast, the City of Anderson, XADS, Allmacks Automotive, WorkOne, Conexus, Fredericks, Inc. Construction, Berkshire

Hathaway Realty, Madison County Humane Society, Stephenson Construction, Amazing Graces, and many more were represented.  Additionally, post-secondary representatives from Ivy Tech Community College and Anderson University were in attendance.  Advisory Boards are a vital component of Career Center program success!  We are grateful for the support and guidance of all Advisory Board Members!

The Can Crusher Project

The Advanced Manufacturing class recently completed the automatic can crusher project.  The project consisted of crushing a can with automated pneumatic cylinders and a complex electrical circuit.  Most students designed and wired double reciprocating circuits that allowed one cylinder to crush followed by another cylinder used to eject the can.  Students were responsible for the design, construction, and execution of this project!

Course and Career Fair

Wednesday, December 7th


Anderson/District 26 Career Center

  • Tour Career Center programs!
  • Interact with Career Center instructors, staff, and students!
  • Meet post-secondary representatives from Ivy Tech, Anderson University, Purdue Polytechnic, Harrison College, the military, and more!


Advanced Manufacturing


Auto Collision

Auto Service

Building Facilities

Computer Tech Support



Criminal Justice

Culinary Arts &

Dental Careers

Early Childhood Ed

Education Professions




Fashion and Textiles

Fire & Rescue:

Fire fighting I & II

Health Sciences II: Nursing

Health Sciences: (Medical)


Housing & Interior Design




Vet Careers



Project Lead the Way (PTLW) Biomedical Sciences allows Richmond High School students to investigate roles of biomedical professionals as they study the concepts of human medicine, physiology, genetics, microbiology, and public health. Students engage in relevant hands-on activities to learn content in the context of real-world cases.

One of those real-world cases happened last month as Richmond High School students were given a chance to watch a live knee replacement surgery. In collaboration with COSI (Center of Science and Industry) and the Ohio State Medical Center, the surgery was seen by RHS biomed students.

RHS sophomore Kelsey Mullins said, “I enjoyed watching the knee replacement procedure. It was really cool. It had me holding my knees the whole time. Since I play softball and basketball, I realized that I need to take better care of my knees. I don’t want that to happen to me.”

RHS biomed teacher Heidi Hisrich tweeted questions to COSI as the students watched the procedure on a projection screen in the RHS 3rd floor lecture hall.

“Students had the closest opportunity to a hands-on experience that is available for surgery.  They were able to ask questions and receive immediate feedback,” said RHS assistant principal Rusty Hensley.

The Richmond High School biomedical program provides opportunities to develop highly transferable skills in collaboration, communication, and critical thinking, which are relevant for any coursework or career.

Mrs. Hisrich and her students are very excited for next spring’s surgery…a kidney transplant.