CSCSHC Community Newsletter September 7, 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'd like to first thank our teachers and staff for an incredible first month of school. We appreciate how much work you put in to helping students succeed each and every day.

As a number of our extra and co-curriculars are swinging into high gear this month, I would also like to recognize all of the parents and community members who volunteer so much of their personal time for all of our band, choir, athletics, and all other extracurricular programs. Your students and this administration are both grateful for your hard work and commitment to our school district!

Finally, good luck to all of our Dragon teams in action this weekend (weather permitting). Our Dragon football team plays for the Boundary Rail trophy tonight at Mt. Vernon. Cross Country runs in the Whiteland Invititational tomorrow. Tennis and Girls Golf both compete in their conference meets tomorrow, while volleyball plays at Greenwood and Girls Soccer hosts Roncalli. The Marching Dragons perform tomorrow in the Lions Club Parade. Good luck everyone and Go Dragons! I hope everyone has a chance to see our student athletes in action this weekend!

New Palestine Intermediate Gaga Pit Fundraiser

Our New Palestine Intermediate team is fundraising to buy a Gaga Pit for our students to enjoy during their recess time. What's a Gaga Pit, you ask? Check out this intro video from one the many companies who produces Gaga ball pits:

If you're interested in supporting the gaga pit fundraiser, click here.


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.

ILEARN is Coming Soon

The state of Indiana will soon move away from ISTEP testing for all schools. Starting this spring, ISTEP will be replaced with ILEARN for grades 3-8. Beginning with the class of 2023, Indiana high school students will take the ILEARN test. This test will not be required for graduation like ISTEP due to the state's implementation of Graduation Pathways for the class of 2023 and beyond. Beginning with the class of 2023, high school students will no longer take an ISTEP test for English and Math for graduation. Current NHPS students will still take the ISTEP.

We'll have more to share about Graduation Pathways in the coming weeks and months. In the meantime, for more info on how ILEARN is different than ISTEP, see this brochure from the Indiana Dept. of Education:

RemedyLive coming to NPHS

New Palestine High School is happy to announce a visit from RemedyLive On September 11th. RemedyLive is a high-energy presentation tailored for students that encourages them to talk to a trusted adult so that their secret struggle, whatever it is, does not have the final say on their future.

Parents are also invited to view the "Understanding Your Teen" presentation at one two evening events. The presentation is designed to give parents and guardians insight to their teens' secret struggles and how they can best support them. Dinner will also be provided and students are welcome to attend. Parent Presentations are: Monday, September 10th from 6:30-8:30 pm at Hancock County Public Library in Greenfield and Tuesday, September 11th from 6:30-8:30 pm at NineStar Connect in Greenfield. Please make sure to RSVP for one of the parent nights if you interested in attending. See the flier above for more details.

Get Involved

Are you interested in ways to get involved with our school district? We have a number of volunteer opportunities available for various PTOs, clubs, or events across our district.

Consider joining a booster club, like Band Boosters!

Check out our new Get Involved page for opportunities to help our students and community!

SCE Mobile Zoo

The Barnhill Nature Preserve Mobile Zoo made a stop at Sugar Creek Elementary Thursday so our SCE students could learn more about the animal kingdom across the world.

The Mobile Zoo gave students the opportunity learn about, interact with, and ask questions about animals from around the globe, including armadillos, bearded dragons, tortoises, hedgehogs, and a kanagroo.

Little Dragons Pre-K Fun!

Our Little Dragons Pre-Kindergarteners are having fun learning how to express themselves visually. Mrs. Perkins' class spent this week learning how recognize and recreate shapes and colors found in nature.

Interested in learning more about our Pre-Kindergarten or Developmental Preschool program? Visit our Little Dragons Early Learning page!

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.

Connect with us!

Visit our Facebook page by searching "Southern Hancock". Keep up to date with the latest district news on our blog at southernhancockschools.wordpress.com. Follow us on twitter @SouthernHancock.


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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