Parent Connect September 9, 2016

Valedictorian/Salutatorian Information & Feedback

The district's three high school Principals and Counselors, Administration and School Board are currently studying the transition from Valedictorian/Salutatorian awards to possibly honoring the top 10% (distinction) and top 5% (highest distinction) of a graduating class, beginning with the Class of 2020. Click here to watch a short, informational video and complete an optional feedback form. Your voice is important to us!

Jeffersonville High School JROTC Student Awarded Silver Valor Award

On September 6th, the Board of School Trustees recognized the heroic efforts of Jeffersonville High School student and Air Force JROTC cadet Charles “Jarrett” Letson. In May of this year, Cadet Letson saved a man’s life by performing CPR when this individual was unconscious on the floor and had stopped breathing. The incident occurred while Cadet Letson was working at Staples and he responded without hesitation to a cry for help. He assessed the situation, contacted 911, and then performed CPR until first responders arrived. Colonel Benning, Senior Aerospace Science Instructor at Jeffersonville High School, nominated Cadet Letson for the Silver Valor Award, the second-highest award a JROTC cadet can earn, which he was awarded on Friday, September 2.

Charlestown High School Football Homecoming

Indiana's longest running high school football Homecoming Parade was held on Thursday, September 8th. The parade traveled from the Charlestown High School parking lot, down Monroe Street to Main Street where the parade stopped for a pep rally at the Charlestown City Square. Pirate football will host North Harrison tonight at 7:00 p.m. with Homecoming festivities taking place during halftime. Go Pirates!

Thank You to the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana

Community support is key to the success of our school district. The district would like to thank the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana for their financial support of Alignment Southern Indiana in the amount of $15,000. Alignment Southern Indiana is a concept that will bring together community organizations and their resources into alignment so that their coordinated support of our area's youth has a positive impact on public school success, children's health and the success of the community as a whole.

The Community Foundation also awarded the district with the Southern Indiana Assist Grant in the amount of $1,400. The Assist Grant will be used to purchase Project Discovery materials for students working on obtaining employment after high school with either a diploma or a certificate of completion. These hands-on materials prepare students for a variety of job skills. Thank you to the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana!

Digital Citizenship Event at New Washington Middle/High School

The DC Superheroes of New Washington High School, a newly formed student led team whose mission is to promote digital leadership in the school community, are being called into action to host a digital party on Wednesday, September 14th with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office as their trusty sidekicks. They invite all New Washington community students and parents to encounter the latest technology and travel virtually through space and time with Google Cardboard. Not only will the Clark County Sheriff’s Office also will be present to answer questions and promote cyber safety, but they are providing food! So get here in a flash to the DC Superheroes Headquarters at New Washington High School from 7:00-8:00 p.m. Bring your mask, but no need to dress up. “With great power comes great responsibility,” and the DC Superheroes will show you a great time! “It is not our abilities that show who we truly are. It is our choice.” Make a choice to be super and come to the digital party!

Kentucky Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education

Back-to-school season is in full swing, and among those back in session is the Advanced Manufacturing Technician (AMT) program sponsored by a group of local manufacturers taking action to address a critical shortage of workers. Delivered through Jefferson Community and Technical College, the two-year, work-and-learn program began its second year with 40 students on Aug. 16, doubling in size from the previous year. The program is offered through the Greater Louisville Chapter of the Kentucky Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (GL KYFAME).

The AMT program is designed to fill the pipeline of mid-skill manufacturing workers, which is critical to area manufacturers who are unable to find enough skilled workers to fill their open jobs. Members of GL KYFAME, a partnership of regional manufacturers with the common goal of creating a pipeline of skilled workers, sponsor students for the program by providing them with paid employment and on-the-job training and mentoring for three days a week. Students spend the other two days a week in class at JCTC. GL KYFAME’s first cohort, launched in August 2015, had 10 students. Cohort two is now a total of 28 students.

At the end of the five-semester program, each student will graduate with a certification as an Advanced Manufacturing Technician (AMT), an associate’s degree in Applied Science in Industrial Maintenance Technology and two years’ work experience. Because students are paid employees, they have the ability to graduate with little to no educational debt. After they graduate, students can continue their education or may have the opportunity to begin full-time employment with a sponsoring employer.

Another unique aspect of the program is its attention to both manufacturing knowledge and workplace behavior. During lessons in professional competencies, students are taught how to adhere to industry standards concerning how to present themselves and behave within a professional environment. “Employers see these competencies as critical to a person being able to succeed in the workplace,” said JCTC FAME Instructor Gerald Sexton.

"The program is very career driven. It's setting you up for your whole life basically," stated Dheaven Hoke, Jeffersonville High School graduate. "The fact that there's a group of top manufacturers in the area that are helping guide this program gives us a foot in the door over most people. In terms of job security, it promises tons of potential," stated Evan James, New Washington High School graduate.

There are currently 15 local manufacturers serving as sponsors for the program, including large companies such as Ford Motor Company and GE Appliances (see complete list of sponsors below). Debbie Anderson, GL KYFAME’s Manufacturing Career Pathway Accelerator, said the number of companies sponsoring students has more than doubled since the first year of the program.

“Area manufacturers are seeing the value of the AMT and investing in it. They drive every aspect of the program from recruiting students to developing course requirements,” said Anderson.

GL KYFAME is currently recruiting for the Fall 2017 AMT class. They’re looking for recent high school graduates and those interested in pursuing a career in advanced manufacturing. Recruitment counties and areas include Jefferson County, Bullitt County, Oldham County, Spencer County and Southern Indiana. For more information, visit

Sponsors of the AMT program include: Atlas Machine and Supply, Bigelow Tea, Cardinal Aluminum, Clariant Corporation, Dana Driveshaft Manufacturing, LLC, DDW, Ford Motor Company, GE Appliances, Lantech, Linak, nth/Works, Paradise Tomato Kitchen, Republic Conduit, Sabert and Universal Woods.

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