CSCSHC Community Newsletter May 18th, 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

Our hearts are heavy today with news of another school shooting. Our thoughts are with the students and staff in Sante Fe, Texas. As is always the case after an incident like this, we will continue to work closely with local, county, and state law enforcement agencies to review our safety plans and protocols. With this being the end of National Police Week, I would also like to extend gratitude to our School Resource Officers from the New Palestine Police Department and the Hancock County Sheriff's Office. We appreciate your efforts to keep our students and staff safe.

I am also thankful for our parents and students for making this a memorable and wonderful 2017-2018 school year. Thank you to all members of our teachers and staff for making this a great school year. Good luck with your finals next week and good luck to the Class of 2018. Go out into the world and make a difference!

- Dr. Lisa Lantrip

School start times for 2018-19

The Southern Hancock Board of Education approved start times for 2018-2019 at its regular May meeting on Monday night.

For a full list of times for each building, please read our board recap at this link.

To explain the methodology behind how the bell schedules were set, please see this video with Community Relations Director Wes Anderson, Transportation Director Bob Martin, and Superintendent Dr. Lisa Lantrip:

District Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to Brandywine Elementary's Kristie Satterfield on being named Southern Hancock Teacher of the Year!

Brandywine teacher Kristie Satterfield pictured with Southern Hancock Board of Education President Brian McKinney.

The award was announced at the district's annual End of the Year Celebration Thursday night. Congratulations also go out to all of our building Teachers of the Year:

TOP LEFT: NPHS Teacher of the Year Sarah O'Brien. TOP RIGHT: DCMS Teacher of the Year Jaemala Smith. BOTTOM LEFT: SCE Teacher of the Year Jamie Inskeep. BOTTOM RIGHT: NPE Teacher of the Year Delia Floyd.

We'd also like to say congratulations and good luck to all of our retirees across the district. Thank you for your service to Southern Hancock Schools and the New Palestine community!

TOP LEFT: DCMS retiree Steven Parry. TOP MIDDLE: DCMS retiree Mark Uhl. TOP RIGHT: NPE retiree Rocky Thayer. BOTTOM LEFT: SCE retiree Kim Tarplee BOTTOM MIDDLE: Transportation retiree Brenda McNamara BOTTOM RIGHT: Transportation retiree Carla Lynch.

We'd also like to say thank you and good luck to Heidi Wrigley and Pat Shields from New Palestine Elementary, who are also retiring at the end of this school year, but could not attend last night's celebration.

Summer Enrichment Camps

There are only a few days left to register for our Summer Enrichment camps! Registration will close on Wednesday, May 23rd. Our camps offer a multitude of learning opportunities for your incoming K-8 graders this summer. Click here to see our list of offerings and to register for one or more of our camps.

Email Community Relations Director Wes Anderson at wanderson@newpal.k12.in.us with Summer Enrichment questions.

Veterans Memorial Dedication

The New Palestine Band and Crimson Heat choir both had the opportunity to perform at the New Palestine Veterans Memorial Dedication on Saturday.

The band commissioned a new arrangement of the Star Spangled Banner created by composer Eric Whitacre. Saturday's performance was the debut of this new arrangement. Last week, the band had the opportunity to Skype with Whitacre before their big performance.

NPHS Band Director Shawn Humphires (left) and the NPHS Band speaking with composer Eric Whitacre via Skype.

The video below, produced by the American Legion Department of Indiana, provides you with a recap of Saturday's dedication.

For more information and photos from the dedication, click here to visit the American Legion Department of Indiana.

Brandywine Sign Club

Mrs. Bandy at Brandywine Elementary has spent one day a week with a special group of young students in her building.

One of our BWE students has a hearing impairment. Her classmates wanted to be able to communicate better with her, so Ms. Bandy started a Sign Club at Brandywine. Check it out here:

Accessible Educational Materials Tools

CSCSHC was one of eight Indiana districts to receive a state grant this year to be used for tools to help with Accessible Educational Materials.

The district now uses three of these tools: Snap and Read, Co:Writer, and uPAR. These tools can improve achievement for students of all ability levels with reading comprehension and written expression. For students, these tools can mean the difference between learning barriers and learning opportunities. Check out these two videos about our AEM grant.

Summer Fitness Program

The school district is happy to offer a community Summer Fitness class at New Palestine High School through our Community Education program.

Class will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the high school cafeteria. The class starts Monday, June 4th and continues until Wednesday, June 27. The class will cost $25.

For more information and to register, visit our Community Education page.

NPE Fundraising Efforts

Thanks to some incredible fundraising efforts at New Palestine Elementary this year, the school has been named a Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Champion of Change and a Riley Red Wagon School.

As you can see in the photo above, NPE raised nearly $10,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. All schools that raise more than $5,000 are named Champions for Change Schools.

Mrs. Purciful's class raised the most money. They earned an party catered by Olive Garden. Mrs. Shepler's class and Mrs. Gore's class were the next highest fundraisers. Both classes won pizza parties for their hard work.

The school also raised enough money to become a Riley Hospital Red Wagon School for 2018-19. Schools can qualify as Red Wagon Schools if they fundraise $1 for every student in their building.

Congrats NPE on a job well done for a worthy cause!

NPJH Update

Furniture is slowly being moved in at New Palestine Junior High. Student and teacher desks have arrived. Cafeteria tables are also installed.

Crews delivered the furniture for our fun and engaging Innovation Center on Friday. Check out the cool stuff your kids will have to enjoy next year:

Kelso Stadium Fundraiser

Construction on the new turf field at New Palestine High School began today. Crews removed the uprights and will soon begin excavation work.

We are still accepting applications for commemorative bricks for the new Kelso Stadium and Shepler Field!

Please note that if you would like your engraved brick in place by the season-opening football game against Kokomo, your order must be submitted by JULY 15th.

Each brick will be custom-engraved with a message of your choice and displayed inside the stadium. Proceeds from this fundraiser will be used to assist with renovations inside the stadium, including a new turf field. Click here for more information or to download a form to reserve your own brick.

A rendering of what the new Shepler Field at Kelso Stadium will look like.

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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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