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CSCSHC Community Newsletter februARY 23, 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

With school safety on all of our minds following last week's tragic school shooting in Florida, I want to take a moment to say thank you to our incredible teachers, staff, and administrators for their hard work in ensuring the safety of our students. Their commitment helps keep your children safe while they are in our schools each day. I also want to thank all of our parents for instilling and reinforcing a sense of responsibility in your children. We are so appreciative that our students are not hesitant to report things they see or hear in our schools, which provides an extra level of security. Finally, thank you to our local, county, and state law enforcement officials. We are grateful for their partnership in the creation of our safety protocols and their participation in the day-to-day operations of keeping our buildings safe and secure.

ISTEP testing begins next week for our students. Make sure to get plenty of rest, eat a healthy breakfast, and show up ready to succeed! Good luck to all of those taking the test next week. We know you'll make us New Pal Proud!

Finally, I'd like to extend my personal congratulations to the teachers, staff, and students of New Palestine High School for being named a Four Star School by the Indiana Department of Education once again. This is a very prestigious honor that requires an incredible amount of hard work and dedication. Thanks for all that you have done to earn this incredible award yet again!

- Dr. Lisa Lantrip

Days for Girls

We'd like to recognize two of our NPHS teachers and some of their students who have taken on a great project to help those less fortunate.

NPHS teachers Caroline Clayton and Tina Boehm were inspired by this article written by Anne Smith last month in the Greenfield Daily Reporter. A Greenfield church started the Days for Girls initiative to sew sanitary napkins for women in developing countries. Women in some parts of the world do not have access to hygiene products. Because of this, many young girls miss school each month, fall behind, and eventually quit school.

Clayton and Boehm took a group of NPHS students to learn about and participate in the program on Monday. They hope to bring a part of the production process to NPHS soon. The kits they helped create Monday will be delivered to Haiti in three weeks. Great job everyone!

New Palestine Junior High School Update

Work continues on New Palestine Junior High. Principal Jim Voelz and Community Relations Director Wes Anderson took a tour of the building on the district's Facebook page last week. Check out the progress here. Since our tour, additional progress has been made:

LEFT: Framing has begun in the new cafeteria area. When school was held here previously, this area was two computer labs. The framed-in area in the photo will serve as a storage area near the cafeteria. RIGHT: Paint has started on ceilings in the hallways. In the video linked above, you can see that this paint is similar to the paint on the ceiling in the building's new media center.

Jim and Wes will have another Facebook Live tour on Monday, so keep your eyes peeled!

New Palestine Intermediate "Meet the Principal" Night

As our 7th and 8th-grade students prepare to move from Doe Creek Middle School into New Palestine Junior High, our 5th and 6th-graders prepare to move into DCMS, which will be renamed New Palestine Intermediate School.

At last week's meeting, the school board approved New Palestine Elementary Assistant Principal Vincent Meo as the new principal at NPI. We invite all of our 4th & 5th-grade parents to meet Mr. Meo on Wednesday, Feb. 28th at 6 p.m. in the library at DCMS. Tours will be offered, so we encourage you bring your student along so they can see their new school.

We know many of you have questions about the plans for NPI. Mr. Meo and our administrators are working as quickly as they can to make decisions regarding curriculum, transportation, and other programs. We'll have several Q&A sessions and forums to address every concern you may have throughout the rest of the school year. Please hold your questions until then.

Sugar Creek Carnival

Bring the family and enjoy fun, games, and food for the Sugar Creek Elementary Carnival tomorrow, February 24th, from 2 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. This year's Carnival includes 42 carnival games/stations and a Cody Cafe. An auction is available both at the carnival and online (view it here) with TONS of great items to bid on. Face painting for the kids will be offered along with a rock wall to climb, obstacle course, and a bounce house, too! Be sure to check out an educational hands-on program provided by naturalists from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources in the theater.

Cabaret Show Choir Concert

Join us at NPHS tonight for our Cabaret Show Choir performance!

This special evening of entertainment is a fundraiser for the NPHS Show Choir program. All seats are $5 and all proceeds will go to support the Show Choirs at NPHS. Act 1 will feature a series of variety acts and Act 2 will feature performances of the 2018 Competition Show for Crimson Heat and Diamond Sensations. The show starts at 7 p.m.

SCE Visons Choir to sing at IUPUI

Our Sugar Creek Elementary Visions Choir has been selected to sing the National Anthem before IUPUI's Senior Day men's basketball game against Northern Kentucky on Sunday at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum. The game starts at 1 p.m.

Tickets are available here. The game will also be streamed online on ESPN3.

Math Bowl Competition

Nearly 200 mathletes from several school districts competed in the Math Bowl last night at Sugar Creek Elementary. 4th, 5th, and 6th-graders from all three of our elementary schools competed. Typically, students across the state compete at several locations across the state simultaneously. Unfortunately, due to some school cancellations in the northern portion of Indiana, not all schools participated. They'll be competing either tonight or tomorrow. Because of this, we can't share our students' results just yet, but we're still #newpalproud of an awesome job last night! Go Dragons, Bulldogs, and Coyotes!

Pre-Kindergarten Enrollment

We want to thank our parents and community for a great turnout at our Little Dragons Pre-Kindergarten Roundup last week. We are still accepting applications for both our half-day Pre-K and our full-day Pre-K Plus programs. Spots are filling up fast, so please download our packet here and turn it in at NPE soon to guarantee your child's place in the Little Dragons program.

Summer Enrichment Camps

Summer Enrichment is officially here! We have 12 different learning opportunities across a wide variety of subjects for your incoming K-8 graders this summer. Want to learn more? Click here.

Sugar Creek Father/Daughter Dance

We want say thank you to all of our Sugar Creek parents and the SCE PTO for an incredible night last weekend at the Father/Daughter Dance. Our families had an incredible time and they looked great doing it!

Photos: Ginay Bowman

Kindergarten Roundup

For students that will be 5-years-old on or before August 1, 2018, we'll be hosting our Kindergarten Roundup night on Thursday, April 5th from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Please bring your child's birth certificate and immunization records when you come. Feel free to bring your child with you so they can see their future classroom! For more info on Kindergarten Roundup, click here. If you aren't certain which of the district's three elementary schools your child will attend, please see this map of our district.

Kelso Stadium Fundraiser

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

Connect with us!

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

Questions?

Have any questions or concerns about our schools? Email our Community Relations Director Wes Anderson at wanderson@newpal.k12.in.us.

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