NJ-SP School News
Published: October 22, 2014
By: Mary Perren, WKVI
North Judson-San Pierre School Board members raised a question about the balanced calendar during their meeting last night. The proposed calendar moves the start of school to the first of August, adds longer breaks in the fall and spring that can be used for remediation if necessary and ends the school year the first of June. The first semester would still end in December before the two week Christmas break as it presently does.
Board members wondered what the earlier start to the school year would do to high school students who work for Pioneer detassling corn during their summer vacations.
Questions have also been raised about youngsters in 4-H who compete at the Indiana State Fair in August. Superintendent Lynn Johnson says she will talk to the other superintendents in the area about possibly starting school two weeks later and getting out in mid-June. She noted that would push the end of the first semester into January. However, students would still have some time to review lessons before taking final exams.
Extending the year into June would also accommodate the state-mandated I-Read exams, which are given to third graders in March and with re-tests in June. If school is still in session, the corporation could avoid the expense of summer school.
Johnson told the board she’s talked at length with Knox and Oregon-Davis Superintendents A.J. Gappa and Greg Briles. The corporations are part of the same vocational and special education cooperatives and share other resources like occupational therapists, so the superintendents want to make sure their calendars line up as closely as possible.
The North Judson-San Pierre School Board could vote on the balanced calendar at their Nov. 18 meeting. Johnson wants to hear from the public one more time before making a final decision. However a date for another presentation has not been announced.
The fourth grade will be traveling to Fair Oaks Adventure Center on Friday, October 1oth. Fair Oaks is an agri-tourism destination unlike anything else! They will visit a dairy museum and experience dairy in a new way. Farming lifestyle and riding a cow bus will be part of the fun and exciting day! The new "Pig Adventure" is a state-of-the-art technological experience they will squeal about. The students are excited about this fun and educational trip!
Many times in our fast paced lives we don’t get a chance to read our Student Handbook. We will be putting excerpts from the handbook in weekly.
Arrival/Dismissal Information for Kindergarten through Grade Five
Parents who need to talk with a teacher outside of a P/T Conferences should call and make an appointment. Parents should leave a message on the teacher’s voice mail or e-mail them.
Research shows that parent involvement in education is connected to student success at school. When teachers and parents work together, the results can be powerful.
But parent-teacher relationships are like any other—they require good communication. At the start of the school year, make a point to:
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In Reading we are learning about the parts of a flower. The non-fiction story called “Flowers” is very informative about how flowers grow and all the parts of a flower. Our vocabulary words are stem, petals, seeds, buds, fruits and bloom. We learn and grow together! In math we are making comparisons of length, capacity, weight, and temperature of objects. Ask your child to identify at home which object is shorter, longer, taller, lighter, heavier, warmer, cooler, and what holds more.
Now that summer is over and school has started, it’s time to help your child get back into the swing of things.
One way to do this is to help your child work on her listening skills. Research shows that the ability to listen is one of the most important skills children need in order to be successful in school.
To help your child strengthen her listening skills:
Parents make the difference!
The first grade enjoyed their day at the Garwood Apple Orchard in La Porte this week. They took a wagon ride through the orchard and learned the correct way to pick an apple. They picked apples to fill their bags. They watched to see how apples are sorted and packed. They also enjoyed some apple cider, fresh baked donuts, and a picnic lunch. Yum! Each child brought home a small pumpkin. What a beautiful and fun day!
Fifth Grade students just finished reading Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls. They watched the movie and enjoyed movie theater popcorn. The students compared and contrasted the book to the movie. To their surprise the book was much better than the movie.
The HealthLink Mobile School-Based Health Center will be here on Oct. 14 & 21 to finish those students whose are receiving dental services.
Looking for information about Academic Competitions at the Elementary, Middle School, and High School levels? You can find information listed on the North Judson-San Pierre School website by clicking on the following link ACADEMIC COMPETITIONS.
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