CSCSHC Community Newsletter September 21, 2018

Welcome to the CSCSHC Community Newsletter. This bimonthly publication is intended to keep you up-to-date with all that is happening in and around the school district. We want to share all the great things our staff and students are doing in our classrooms and community. We look forward to sharing our stories of student success, achievement, participation in arts and athletics, and a commitment to philanthropy. We are "New Pal Proud" of our students for achieving their personal best in pursuit of excellence!

Message from the Superintendent

I would like to start by recognizing our students and staff for their participation in Culture of Kindness Week. We strive to work closely with our parents to teach students values like compassion, empathy, and sensitivity. Our students have pledged to help us keep kindness at the front of their hearts and minds at all times.

I hope our students, parents, and community have a fun and safe homecoming this evening. Good luck to our Dragon football team tonight! Good luck also goes out to the Marching Dragons, who host the New Palestine Invitational at Kelso Stadium tomorrow. Our NPHS volleyball and soccer teams are also in action tomorrow. Go Dragons!

- Dr. Lisa Lantrip

New Palestine Invitational Marching Band Competition

Please join us at Kelso Stadium tomorrow as our marching band hosts the New Palestine Invitational. Field turf upgrades to Shepler Field have made these types of contests possible for our band and other extra and co-curriculars.

Competitions begin at noon. Bands from ten different schools will be performing. The NPHS Marching Dragons perform at 2:45 p.m. Please join us to cheer on our Dragons!

Culture of Kindness Week

Thank you to all CSCSHC families for participating in this week's Penny Wars fundraiser as part of Culture of Kindness week. We have chosen to pair our Culture of Kindness week with homecoming week to help raise awareness of doing the right thing for others. For instance, our Penny Wars fundraiser, run by students in Mr. Large's Service Learning Class at NPHS, benefits Imagination Library.

Imagination Library is a program created by the Hancock County Community Foundation that provides an age appropriate book to all qualifying children who are residents of Hancock County. Books are delivered monthly to the home of any enrolled child.

If you or someone you know would like to enroll in Imagination Library, please click here.

We want to share a few photos from Culture of Kindness Week featuring our students and staff. Each of the normal homecoming dress-up days had its own theme related to kindness, such as acceptance, responsibility, or positive attitude.

NPI Coloring Our Community Service Project

Through the Innovation Arts period at New Palestine Intermediate, students have the opportunity to choose a subject matter they are passionate about. One of these offerings is a Service Learning class. NPI's Service Learning group has chosen to start the Coloring our Community service project. They will be collecting new or used crayons and un-used coloring books through October 15th. Your donations will be repurposed into care packages for children who staying at the Hancock Hope House shelter. See the video below for more:

Our NPI kids will be collecting donations at tonight's homecoming football game. Before you come to Kelso Stadium, check your drawers and closets for any extra crayons or coloring books!

Foster Parents Wanted

Foster parents are an important part of any community, including ours. More than 2,000 children in Indiana are in foster care.

If you might consider becoming a foster parent, please see the flier below for an informational meeting from Bethany Christian Services about foster parenting.

Staff Active Shooter Training

Please be aware that our staff will receive active shooter training on Monday, September 24 at New Palestine High School.

You may note an increased police presence in and around NPHS that evening. This is not cause for alarm. We routinely offer this type of training to our staff in the interest of student safety.

Monday's training is closed to the public.

School Safety

At CSCSHC, we want to be as transparent as possible about student safety. While specific safety procedures or policies need to remain private, we still want to keep you informed of the work our Safety Committee does to keep your kids safe each day.

Please visit the School Safety page on our website here or by visiting www.newpal.k12.in.us and clicking the "District Information" tab.


If you’ve received a letter from our district stating your student still needs updated vaccinations, they must be completed and updated records returned to your child’s school upon return from fall break. Students will be unable to attend school starting October 15th unless immunizations are completed. If your child is still needs immunizations, contact your medical care provider or the Hancock County Health Department at (317) 477-1125. Medical exemption and religious objection criteria is listed below:

  • Medical Exemption: A medical exemption is a physician’s certification that a particular immunization is detrimental to the child’s health. It must state in writing that the child has a medical contraindication to receiving a vaccine and must be resubmitted to the school each year. As true medical contraindications to immunization are vaccine-specific, medical exemptions must be written for each vaccine that is contraindicated.
  • Religious Objection: A religious objection must state that the objection to the immunization is based on religious grounds. Each objected immunization must be specified. The objection must be in writing, signed by the child’s parent, and delivered to school. There is no requirement of proof. The written religious objection must be resubmitted to the school each year.

Want to see more cool stuff from our classrooms?

Our teachers are tweeting tons of photos of fun, engaging lessons happening in our classrooms each and every day! If you want to see more about how our teachers provide instruction in our classrooms each day, be sure to follow us on twitter @SouthernHancock.

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Have any questions or concerns about our schools? Have an event you'd like covered in our newsletters? Email our Community Relations Director Wes Anderson at wanderson@newpal.k12.in.us.

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