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Railroad Township Advisory Board Votes Privately on School Board Member

posted Jun 21, 2017, 8:29 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library

Posted on June 21, 2017
Author Mary Perren, WKVI 

The Railroad Township Advisory Board chose a North Judson-San Pierre school board member last night, but there are questions about how the process was handled.

Advisory board members selected Susan McCormack to replace outgoing board president Pat Goin, who did not seek reappointment.

However, they did not take the vote in a public meeting, as required by state law. Instead, they recessed, went next door to discuss the four candidates, came back and announced their selection.

When audience members objected, the advisory board president defended their action and said they would redo the vote if necessary, but for now McCormack’s appointment stands.

She previously served on the LaPorte School Board.

Cassandra Hine, Megan Korous and Deb Wappel also sought appointment to the school board.

Four N.J.-S.P. School Board Candidates Interviewed by Railroad Township Board

posted Jun 15, 2017, 8:21 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library

Posted on June 15, 2017
Author Michael Gallenberger, WKVI 

The Railroad Township Board heard from four candidates Tuesday who’d like to represent the township on the North Judson-San Pierre School Board.

Cassandra Hine is an attorney specializing in family law. She told board members she’s seen the effect the local school corporation has on the community. “Actually, I currently have a case where a mom lives here in San Pierre, and her former significant other lives in Valparaiso, and a guardian ad litem was involved in the case, and did an evaluation of who should have custody of this child,” Hine said. “And one of the factors in her evaluation in ruling for the father to have custody of a two-year-old girl was the Valparaiso school systems far exceed the school systems here in this county.”

Megan Korous has two children at N.J.-S.P. When it comes to deciding how to prioritize taxpayer money, she said it’s important to adjust to students’ unique learning styles while preparing them for the workforce. “I think we need to look at different types of teaching and making sure that all children are being taught to how they learn, and making sure that there are classes available for not only those kids that are high learners, if you will, but also the kids that maybe are more hands-on, book work isn’t for them, but they need something after high school,” she said.

Susan McCormack has prior experience serving on a school board. She said her six years on the LaPorte School Board have prepared her for just about anything that could come up at N.J.-S.P. “LaPorte Community School Corporation is a much bigger corporation than this,” she said. “So I’m hoping that this would not be as big of a job as that was, and believe me, it was a big job. We had 10 board members and two alternates, and we went through the process of replacing the superintendent three times, and I served as board president, as well as a couple of other positions on the board.”

Deb Wappel is a former N.J.-S.P. teacher. She’s been following the school board for the past couple years and has been looking for ways to get more involved with the corporation. “I have applied many times at the schools,” she said. “Most recently, I met with the school board president and vice-president and offered to work for the school system for one dollar a year, as a communications manager/director/liaison because there have been many, many bad feelings in the community because of the referendum and the elected school board thing. So I’ve done everything I can to try to help, and I feel like this may be my last effort and chance to make the difference.”

When asked how they’d deal with complaints from angry parents, Korous, McCormack, and Wappel all said they’d refer them to school staff first to go through the proper chain of command. Hine said she would gather all the facts, and address concerns in public, during a school board meeting. However, most of the candidates emphasized the importance of listening to parents’ concerns.

When it came to how they’d prioritize money, Korous and Wappel both talked about increasing vocational training, while Hine opposed sacrificing arts and sports programs for the sake of boosting test scores.

The Railroad Township Board will meet Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. at the old San Pierre Elementary School to appoint a new school board member. That person will replace current N.J.-S.P. School Board President Pat Goin.

Summer Food Service Program

posted May 24, 2017, 9:24 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library

7/17-28/2017 Kindergarten Countdown @ NJ-SP Elementary School

posted May 17, 2017, 1:41 PM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated May 17, 2017, 1:42 PM ]

North Judson-San Pierre Elementary School will be having Kindergarten Countdown running July 17-28, 2017 for incoming kindergarten students. Children receive a book each day they attend, as well as have lots of fun and learn about the school. Registration is still open - if you know someone with an incoming kindergarten child, have them contact the school office at 574-896-2128.

2017 - 2018 School Calendar

posted Jan 25, 2017, 1:41 PM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library

*School Activity Calendar

posted Aug 1, 2016, 10:31 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated Apr 24, 2017, 11:44 AM ]

The information shown here is subject to change at any time.  

NJ-SP School Calendar

Homework Hotline

posted Aug 10, 2015, 4:20 PM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated Sep 9, 2016, 12:35 PM ]

Homework isn’t always easy. That’s why the Homework Hotline is here to help. It’s a free math and science tutoring service for Indiana students in grades 6-12.

Tutors are Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology students who major in math, science or engineering—which means they’re more than equipped to help with virtually any math or science homework problem.

Student privacy is always protected, and students are never asked for their last name or phone number. The Homework Hotline is funded by Lilly Endowment Inc. and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

The program is certified by the National Tutoring Association.

Athletic Schedules for NJ-SP

posted Nov 16, 2013, 10:53 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated Apr 28, 2017, 8:33 AM ]

When does the boys/girls (insert sport here) start?  Who's their first game against?  Where will it be played?  

Well, my first response to that would probably be to ask you, "Are you referring to Varsity, Jr. Varsity, Freshman, 7th & 8th grade, or 6th grade?"  So to make it simpler, we are giving you a link to the North Judson-San Pierre Athletic Department on the North Judson-San Pierre School website.  Or just go to http://www.bluejaysports.org/main/calendar to see what's happening. 

You can create a fan account and receive alerts when sports schedules change due to postponements or cancellations. Go to www.bluejaysports.org to create an account. The school website has detailed instructions!  

You can find out what is going on each month by visiting http://www.bluejaysports.org/main/calendar.  In order to see information about the month or season you will need to "Select Teams".  This will open up a window where you can select the SPORT - ie:  football, basketball, swimming, baseball, volleyball, etc, or leave it on ALL SPORTS; then select a LEVEL - ie: varsity, jr. varsity, 8th, 7th or leave it on ALL LEVELS; finally select GENDER - ie: boys, girls, or leave it on ALL GENDERS.  Click on ADD and then VIEW SCHEDULE.  You will then see everything that is scheduled for the items you chose.  You can change the information you see at any time just by changing the items you select. 

The calendar can be arranged by Day, 5 Days, or Month.  You also have the option of choosing a particular Season which will open a window giving you basically the same options as under "Select Teams".   You can click on each event to get more information - ie:  time, date, location, which school/schools are part of the event (golf, track).  

If you don't have a smart phone, or would just prefer to access a website, use http://www.bluejaysports.org/main/calendar  to view the athletic schedules. 

Liberty Elementary Fundraising Activities

posted Nov 16, 2013, 9:48 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated Aug 18, 2015, 3:03 PM ]

Labels for Education

Campbell's Labels for Education is a program that helps schools obtain free educational merchandise in exchange for proofs of purchase collected from eligible Campbell brands.  You can help by saving and forwarding proofs of purchase to your local school. School's will redeem them for FREE merchandise such as computers, software, physical education equipment, musical instruments, library books or even a minivan, from Campbell's Labels for Education.

Box Tops for Education

With your help, over $300 million has been raised for our schools through the Box Tops for Education program since 1996. All that clipping has resulted in much-needed supplies for over 90,000 schools across the country. Learn how you can raise money for school, and get those earnings even higher.  One can truly make a different.  So, turn those shopping trip into easy cash for your school, and encourage friends to do the same! Just look for the Box Tops logo on hundreds of products like Cheerios®, Hamburger Helper® and Kleenex®, in almost every aisle of the store. All you need to do is clip and send them to your school’s Box Tops coordinator — each one is worth 10¢ for your school.

Tyson A+ Program

Tyson Project A+™ label redemption incentive award program is sponsored by Tyson Foods, Inc. The program is designed to help schools earn extra money quickly and easily. The money may be used in any way the school chooses.  Parents, school faculty members, and others in the community clip and save labels from Tyson® products that feature the Tyson Project A+™ label. The labels are collected at a participating school, and the school can then redeem them for cash.  In your grocer’s freezer section, look for Tyson® products that display the Tyson Project A+™ logo on the package. 

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