October 2015 District News

Posted on September 30, 2015



The IAPSS Communications Committee has made a commitment to publish at least one news article ffrom 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 1

donors choose

The fourth graders at Triton Elementary School were super excited to receive their SLED (Science Learning Through Engineering Design) project supplies funded by donorschoose.org ! We appreciate those individuals and businesses who support school projects and activities through this site. pictured are fourth grade students:Nick S., Cole S., Raven J., Anthony S., Macie H., and Danica C.

Thank you,

Donna Burroughs, EdS., Superintendent,Triton Community School Corporation

100 Triton Drive, Bourbon,IN 46504

Phone: 574-342-2255    FAX: 574-342-8165

Attica Consolidated School Corporation

Attica Consolidated School Corporation recently held four public screenings of Reject, a film on ostracism and bullying.  In conjunction with National Suicide Prevention month (September) and Bullying Prevention month (October) Attica Consolidated Schools included their school community in the four viewings of Reject.  Kipling Williams addressed ACSC’s faculty on his research Wednesday September 23rd, 2015 that was featured in the film.

Derek Marshall, Superintendent, Attica Consolidated Schools

205 E Sycamore St, Attica, IN 47918



District 2

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District 5

Wayne Township:  Superintendent’s Update

September 2015

We Are Wayne – Dr. Jeffrey K. Butts, Superintendent

What does success look like less than two months into the school year?

We save many of our celebrations of success for the spring. Ben Davis High School holds its Seniors’ Choice and Top 30 celebrations. Ben Davis University High School recognizes its Elite 18 seniors. All three of our high schools, along with our Adult Education Program, hold graduation ceremonies. But throughout the year — even just several weeks in — students succeed, and we take note.

During the months of August and September, we honor our students who achieved straight A’s during the previous school year. In 2014-15, that added up to more than 800 students. Whether you’re a first grader or a senior in high school, earning the highest grades possible for an entire school year takes commitment on the part of the students and their families. One of my favorite activities of the year is offering each of these students the opportunity to accept their straight-A trophy or plaque at a ceremony attended by their families and principals and our school board members.

Success in MSD Wayne also looks like this: a senior at Ben Davis University High School, Rosa Ramos Ochoa, daughter of an immigrant single mother, getting to sit at a roundtable discussion with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Rosa told her story of struggle and achievement so compellingly that she became the focus of a local media report on Secretary Duncan’s visit to Indianapolis. Rosa’s story is one of many about MSD Wayne students who work hard, beat the odds, and find a pathway to success. We don’t have to wait for graduation day to see these successes — they are evident throughout the year.

To ensure our students continue to achieve at high levels, we are implementing what we call the Wayne Habits of Success. Students are learning about attributes such as persistence, thinking flexibly, and managing their impulsivity. Our students will never take a standardized test on these skills. Mastering these habits, however, will bolster those students on their journey towards college and career readiness.

Families inside and outside our boundaries continue to recognize the avenues for success our school district has to offer their children. This is reflected in our student enrollment numbers, which have increased once again this year. Nearly 300 more students are enrolled in MSD Wayne schools this fall than last. Whether they live within our district boundaries or come as transfer students, they are drawn to our many opportunities for learning. These include a preschool that has achieved the highest possible national accreditation, three high schools where our students earned a total of 31,000 dual credits last year, and consistently strong elementary and junior high schools.

We know that the strength of our schools depends on the strength of our community. In the weeks ahead, our residents will have the opportunity to shape our community’s future by going to the polls. I encourage our voters to take the time to learn about the candidates who will be on the ballot November 3. Many of you will likely vote at a polling place located inside one of our schools. Exercising our civic responsibility is one way to create an even stronger community, and therefore, stronger schools.

Before Election Day arrives, we’ll get our first two-week break of the school year in mid-October. We’ll be working hard until then to make our first quarter a great start to another year of success for our students.

District 6

Centerville Schools

October 6, 2015

The 42nd annual Eastern Indiana Model Legislature met five times this year with the final meeting at the Indiana General Assembly in the Indiana State House.   Five East Central Indiana schools, Centerville, Hagerstown, Northeastern, Winchester and Union County, participated in this simulation of the Indiana General Assembly. The model legislators write and debate bills, participate in political party organization and platform building, elect their party leadership, elect a Governor and Lt. Governor, and learn parliamentary procedure.   Leadership this year in the Eastern Indiana Model Legislature was: Governor Ryan Ball, Centerville; Lt. Governor Kristin Wingate, Winchester; Speaker of the House Levi Baldridge, Winchester; President Pro-Tempore of the Senate Seth Castleman, Centerville; Most Outstanding House Republican Cheyenne Heath, Union County; Most Outstanding House Democrat Corrin Dillon, Centerville; Most Outstanding Senate Republican Nick Arnold, Hagerstown; and Most Outstanding Senate Democrat Madilyn Coomes, Centerville.


Some of the bills signed into law by Governor Ryan Ball were (1) A bill requiring all schools in Indiana to drug test athletes, by Autumn Lawhorn, Northeastern. (2) A bill requiring school buses to have a camera on their stop arms to catch motorist passing buses while stopped, by Madilyn Coomes, Centerville. (3) A bill that would require that anyone who obtain or renewed their driver’s license would be automatically registered in Indiana to vote, by Nick Arnold, Hagerstown. (4) A bill to allow schools to apply up to a five day waiver whenever there is sufficient evidence that weather conditions would prevent the safe travel to and from school, by Levi Baldridge, Winchester. (5) A bill to prevent minors from living with convicted child molesters even if they are the molester’s biological children, by James Persinger, Union County.

South Adams High School

News Release

> Last week, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recognized South

> Adams High School (Berne & Geneva, IN) and 334 other schools as

> National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2015 based on their overall academic

> excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student

> subgroups. These schools demonstrate that all students can achieve to high levels.


>SAHS was recognized as an Exemplary High Performing Schools and is

> among the state’s highest performing schools as measured by state

> assessments or nationally normed tests. Student subgroup performance

> and high school graduation rates are also at the highest levels.

> “This honor recognizes your students’ accomplishments and the hard

> work and dedication that went into their success,” Duncan said in a

> video message.

> (https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=iDhvIhG62uo )

> to the awardees. “Your journey has taught you collaboration,

> intentional instruction, and strong relationships in school and with

> your community. You represent excellence—in vision, in implementation, and in results—and we want to learn as much as we can from you.”


> Teachers Tina Miller, Michael Baer, Principal Trent Lehman, and

> Superintendent Scott Litwiller will represent SAHS at a recognition

> ceremony on Nov. 9-10 in Washington, D.C.



>Scott Litwiller, Superintendent

> South Adams Schools

> (260) 589-3133

>”Inspiring Students to Reach for the Stars!”


District 7

District 8

Batesville Community School Corporation receives grant for new dual language immersion pilot program

BCSC is first ever Indiana public school district to offer students classroom immersion program in Mandarin

Batesville, Ind.—Sept. 25, 2015 – Batesville Community School Corporation has been awarded just over $87,000 in grant funds to create a new dual language immersion pilot program focused on English and Mandarin Chinese. The district will be the first public school system in Indiana to create a curriculum that immerses students in the Mandarin and English languages.

The grant, awarded by the Indiana Department of Education, enables BCSC to research and develop the pilot, dual-language immersion curriculum during this school year. It will be implemented in fall 2016 with kindergarteners at Batesville Primary School.

The program enhances the district’s focus on Mandarin, a language growing in popularity in schools across the country. A course was added to the curriculum at Batesville Middle School in fall 2012 and to Batesville High School in fall 2014. Members of BCSC staff traveled to China over the past two years and hosted educators and students from the country as part of a “sister school” partnership program.

“This is great news for our district, as it is part of our 2020 Vision to have all students learn a second language,” said Jim Roberts, BCSC superintendent. “We may be located in rural Indiana, but we are always thinking globally for our students. We believe it’s important to introduce diverse cultures to our students as we prepare them for a global workforce. The earlier we introduce foreign language to our students, the greater the impact it will have in their overall academic development.”

The benefits of starting a dual language Immersion program for BCSC students go beyond just learning a second language, said Melissa Burton, BCSC director of student learning.

“Students who learn a second language before adolescence have increased cognitive abilities in many areas including creative, divergent, and logical thinking, as well as improved overall verbal skills,” Burton said. “Students in a dual language immersion program develop a greater understanding of other cultures and approach issues from multiple perspectives.”

Heather Haunert, principal at Batesville Primary, said the immersion program offers unique opportunities for students and the district. “We are hopeful this will be the start of an ongoing interest by our youngest students to learn a new language and our district can be a pioneer in the development of a curriculum in which other Indiana schools can utilize in the future,” Haunert said.

The mission of Batesville Community School Corporation to educate all students in a tradition of academic excellence, preparing them for productive and responsible citizenship in a global community. For more information about BCSC, please visit our website: http://bcsc.batesvilleinschools.com/