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N.J.-S.P. Superintendent Talks Test Scores, School Letter Grades

posted Feb 10, 2017, 8:28 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library

Posted on February 10, 2017
Author Mary Perren, WKVI 

ISTEP test scores don’t tell the entire story of the North Judson-San Pierre School Corporation. Superintendent Dr. Annette Zupin says unfortunately though they provide a side-by-side comparison of school districts.

“It’s frustrating. I don’t like that, but that’s reality. So we have to do better on the test. It disheartens me that we have legislators and people who think that the test score defines a school and a student. I’m totally against that philosophically. However that’s the way it is now, so we’ve got to do better on the test.”

Zupin says N.J.-S.P. is taking steps to do just that.

“Our school improvement plan addresses that. We are changing the amount of time that we spend on math, in particular. We’re devoting more time to that, so we can’t ignore it.”

Zupin adds standardized test scores are just part of the overall letter grade for schools and corporations. The graduation rate and number of dual credits students receive are also factors.

“Our test scores were not very good last year, and yet we did not fail. I attribute that to those multiple measures. So all the work that went into helping students graduate, and those dual credits, that helped us. You can’t dismiss those good things that we do. It just doesn’t have the same weight as the test.”

Zupin says N.J.-S.P. offers students individual attention and gives them access to both remediation and high ability classes. Additionally dual credit courses, for which students receive both high school and college credits, are taught by teachers. N.J.-S.P. has also offered online credit recovery for the past 10 years.

Starke Commissioners Approve Use of GIS Data

posted Feb 10, 2017, 8:22 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library

Posted on February 10, 2017
Author Mary Perren, WKVI 

The North Judson-San Pierre School Corporation’s plans to revamp their bus routes cleared a procedural hurdle during Monday’s Starke County Commissioners meeting.

They agreed to let school officials use the county’s geographic information system data free of charge. School officials are looking to make their routes as efficient as possible in an effort to reduce expenses.

N.J.-S.P. Adds Agriculture Vocational Class Block

posted Feb 9, 2017, 8:29 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library

Posted on February 9, 2017
Author Mary Perren, WKVI 

The North Judson-San Pierre School Corporation is launching a new vocational program for area students in the fall. Superintendent Dr. Annette Zupin says N.J.-S.P. has sent students to Knox and Plymouth for various vocational programs over the years.

“It’s not about competition. In my mind it’s not about seeing how many buses you can send into the next district. It’s about how can these small schools with declining enrollment, with declining population – how can we offer quality education for all of our students, and the vocational programs are perfect for that.”

Zupin says N.J.-S.P.’s vocational offering is an extension of one of the corporation’s most popular areas of elective study.

“We are offering ag courses and industrial arts classes in the area of woods and small engines at North Judson-San Pierre. So if Knox students interested in agriculture or woods or small engines, if they are interested they need to talk to their guidance counselor and see about enrolling in this block of time.”

Zupin adds N.J.-S.P. is looking at a total of 14 students for the fall program launch. She notes it may take a little while for the new offering to catch on with students from other corporations.

“Right now the norm is that Knox offers those vocational courses. This is kind of a new thought process in that you can travel over to North Judson. We’ve had students in the past do that. They came over for one period. Now we’re offering it. To me it’s just more cost effective and time effective having that block of time.”

Students are in the process of scheduling fall classes now, so Zupin says it’s too early to say how much interest there is in the program from outside the school district.

N.J.-S.P. Superintendent Touts Corporation’s Strengths

posted Feb 8, 2017, 8:18 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated Feb 8, 2017, 8:18 AM ]

Posted on February 8, 2017
Author Mary Perren, WKVI 

The North Judson-San Pierre School Corporation is promoting its strengths as part of its strategic plan implementation. Superintendent Dr. Annette Zupin says one recurring theme from both current students and alumni is the close-knit nature of the community.

“They like that the teachers know them and know their strengths and their areas of needs. ‘They know me, so they know how to help me. I know who to go to when I need something.’ That is an advantage of a small school. It’s an advantage of a community that’s tight knit and is like a family, and that is like this community.”

Zupin adds N.J.-S.P. also has an excellent agriculture/industrial arts program. It includes wood classes, which many schools have dropped.

N.J.-S.P. also offers 16 girls and boys varsity sports, along with both remediation and high-ability courses. Zupin says both are available, despite staffing reductions.

Additionally, Zupin says N.J.-S.P. has offered online credit recovery for several years. Also she says the corporation’s dual credit courses, for which students can earn high school and college credit, are taught by teachers. Many corporations offer dual credit courses online.

Zupin adds the strategic planning committee’s first goal is to make sure residents of the corporation know about the good things happening at N.J.-S.P.

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 Aug 16, 2016, 2:46 PM ]

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

NJ-SP School Calendar

2016-2017 Balanced School Calendar

posted Apr 22, 2016, 10:21 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated Feb 22, 2017, 11:42 AM ]

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 Dec 14, 2016, 2:32 PM ]

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.  

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. 

Girls Sectional Alignments 2015-2017:  

Boys Sectional Alignments 2015-2017:  

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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