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CSCSHC Community Newsletter FEBRUARY 8, 2019

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 again like to begin this newsletter by saying thank you for your flexibility and patience on the bad weather days that have resulted in school delays or E-Learning Days. I encourage you to keep plans in place for these kinds of days as the winter moves into spring and we enter severe weather season. Delays and closures are still possible. Please also have plans in place for an early dismissal, which the district will use as a last resort if particularly bad weather is predicted with students already at school.

Finally, good luck to all of our students participating in competitions this weekend. Our band, show choir, robotics, competition cheer, and boys basketball teams are all in action this weekend. Good luck to NPHS wrestlers Christian White and Noah Wright who compete in semi-state at New Castle on Saturday. Go Dragons!

- Dr. Lisa Lantrip

Did You Know?

Attendance is a factor in how the district and each individual building's federal accountability grades are calculated. This change is a result of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

The federal grades use an attendance calculation for each individual student. A student is considered a "model attendee" if they miss less than eight days in a school year. The percentage of model attendees makes up the district's attendance rate for federal grades. The district needs you to send your students to school to keep our accountability grades up!

NPHS Renovation Forum

Thank you to our community for a great showing at our first NPHS Community Forum earlier this week.

Those in attendance had an opportunity to hear from members of the district's construction team (made up of construction management, architects, bond counsel, and financial advisers) about the district's recently conducted facility study. This study found that while there were areas of need at high school, other areas were still usable and did not require much renovation. After the presentation regarding the study, community members were asked to provide suggestions and feedback about what they would like to see included in a potential renovation project for NPHS.

Don't worry if you couldn't make this opportunity. We'll have additional information out soon about the project and additional ways for you get involved as more details are available. In the meantime, visit our info page about the project here. Please also see this story by GIANTfm about this week's forum, which features an interview of Community Relations Director Wes Anderson.

ILEARN is Coming!

For many students in our district, standardized testing will change from ISTEP to ILEARN. ISTEP English and Math still exists for our 10th-grade students.

ILEARN is a computer-adaptive test required by the state of Indiana. A computer-adaptive test will provide each student with different questions based on how previous questions have been answered. Throughout the course of the test, the difficulty is adjusted based on the individual student's mastery of a particular subject.

Our staff has been hard at work this year preparing for ILEARN. Be on the lookout for information from your student's school about when each grade will begin testing. Click here if you would like more information about ILEARN.

The state of Indiana has produced this video with more information about ILEARN:

The state has also produced these two videos about standardized test assessments:

Happy Valentine's Day!

Our Brandywine Elementary Sign Club would like to wish each and every one of you a Happy Valentine's Day!

Pre-K Roundup Set for Feb. 12

If you have a child that will be 4-years-old on or before August 1st, you are invited to our Little Dragons Pre-Kindergarten Roundup on Tuesday night.

Our program offers a fun and engaging environment for learning that helps prepare your child for Kindergarten. Please join us at Roundup at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 12th for more information about our program. Enrollment forms will also be available that evening.

NPJH Dress Sale

Our 12th Annual NPJH Formal Dress Sale is happening tomorrow! Join us Saturday, February 9th at NPI. This yearly event offers new and gently used formal dresses and wedding gowns. A number of vendors will also be in attendance. Please join us from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. tomorrow.

New art will be rotated into the displays at the start of each month.

NPJH Earthquake Structure STEM Project

As part of being a IDOE STEM Certified School, New Palestine Junior High creates building-wide STEM projects to incorporate STEM across multiple parts of the curriculum. Earlier today, NPJH students were finishing up their earthquake-resistant structures in science class:

Students were asked to use straws, pins, and cardboard to create a tower that was at least three feet tall.

They also had to "purchase" their materials using a budget. If students did not make an appropriate plan and create an accurate budget, they may not have had enough of one specific material to finish their project. This is where the math and engineering phases of STEM came into the project.

Groups were asked to first draw a blueprint for their projects with a description of the various methods and techniques they were planning to use during construction.

After construction, the structures had to withstand a 10-second earthquake (from a shaker table) with sandbags on top of the structure.

Great job to all our NPJH students and staff on a fun, challenging STEM project!

February Parent Cafe

The district is excited to announce our February Parent Cafe on Parenting in a Digital World.

Our YMCA Before and After School Care Program is Hiring!

Are you interested in fulfilling work with students? The YMCA is hiring for our before and after school child care programs.

Employees of our child care program receive a free YMCA membership and free child care for your school-aged children. Interested? Check out the flier below.

Substitute Teachers Needed

Are you interested in becoming a sub in our district? We're hiring! Check out this flier for more information or visit our Employment 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.

Questions?

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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