CSCSHC Community Newsletter January 11, 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

Welcome back for the start of our second semester. I hope all of our Southern Hancock families had a enjoyable and restful holiday break.

As we return for the start of 2019, we are celebrating the state's release of the 2017-18 graduation rates for Indiana schools. While we proud that our 96.3% graduation rate is well above the state average and the highest in Hancock County, we are never satisfied. Our teachers, administrators, and staff are hard at work refining our processes and curriculum to help each and every student be successful. I would also like to thank you, our parents, for all that you do with your children to prepare them to take on any challenges the world may bring.

If you would like to view the IDOE's data on graduation rates, you may do so by downloading this spreadsheet.

- Dr. Lisa Lantrip

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Reminder

There is no school on Monday, January 21st in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Summer Enrichment Camps are Open!

The district is proud to announce 12 Summer Enrichment camps for our K-8 students, including four brand new camps that we are offering for the first time.

If you or your child is interested in one or more of our fun, educational camps, click here for more information about Summer Enrichment.

Art for Everyone Returns!

New Palestine High School’s Community Education Program is pleased to announce that an old favorite class will be making its return this winter. “Art for Everyone” is a class designed to offer members of our community the chance to explore various areas of art.

This class will be taught by long-time Southern Hancock Art Educator Clyde Gaw, and examples of art areas being offered include pottery, acrylic paints, paper mache, and calligraphy. This class will meet Wednesday nights for six weeks from 6 pm. - 8 p.m. at New Palestine High School, room 1222. The first night of class will be Wednesday, January 30. Cost of the class is $70 per student. The class will be limited to the first 15 students to register.

For additional information or to register for this class, please contact Mr. Gaw, at 861-4417, ex. 2111, or at cgaw@newpal.k12.in.us.

February Parent Cafe

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

Parent Cafes are intended to allow parents to have conversations with each other and counselors about issues they might be encountering at home or believe their child may be experiencing at school or in other places. If you are interested in joining the conversation, RSVP by visiting this link.

Inclement Weather Guidelines

With snow in the forecast this weekend, we encourage all parents and students to familiarize themselves with our guidelines for how we decide to delay or close school for the day. Please visit the Inclement Weather Guidelines page on our website to learn more about how these decisions are made.

Our goal is always to make decisions about delays or closures as early as possible so that our parents can seek alternate child care if necessary. In some cases, conditions may change between the time decisions are made and the start of school. In the incredibly rare event that conditions deteriorate rapidly throughout the course of the school day, the administration may elect to dismiss school early. We encourage parents to have a contingency plan in place for early dismissal should such an unlikely event take place.

Updating Your PowerSchool Information

Please double check the information you have in your student(s)' PowerSchool Contact Information. The information in these areas is how we communicate with you. PowerSchool collects all the information listed in your student(s)' parent contacts and then forms mailing lists that we use to send out important updates like statements or delay/closure notifications.

If you aren't receiving these emails right now, please visit your Parent PowerSchool Portal and click this button.

In this screen, you can see what phone numbers and email addresses you currently have listed for your student and update them accordingly.

Sugar Creek H.O.S.T.S Program Looking for Volunteers

2018-19 is the first year for our Helping One Student to Succeed reading tutoring program at Sugar Creek Elementary. We are in need of volunteers for our program. Check out this video about SCE's H.O.S.T.S. program:

For more on H.O.S.T.S. or other ways to volunteer within our district, please visit our Get Involved page.

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.


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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