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Posted on August 25, 2016
Author Michael Gallenberger, WKVI
The North Judson-San Pierre FFA Chapter will be getting some national recognition this weekend. It will be featured on “This Week in AgriBusiness,” a weekly television program covering agriculture-related news.
N.J-S.P. FFA sponsor Emily DuVall says the recognition is part of a national contest sponsored by Nationwide Insurance. “It’s called the 2016 Nationwide FFA Chapter Tribute contest, and basically you set up an online profile and then people in the community and from the school go and vote,” she says. “And whoever has the most votes by December 15 wins.” The grand prize is $1,000 for the winning chapter, with a second-place prize of $500 and $250 for third place.
On top of that, DuVall says once a week, one of the FFA chapters registered in the contest is recognized on national television. “They look at each of those chapter profiles, and they select one to be featured on RFD-TV’s segment called “This Week in AgriBusiness” and our chapter was selected for that,” she says. During each episode’s one-minute FFA Chapter Tribute segment, co-host Orion Samuelson gives a brief profile of that particular chapter and some of its accomplishments.
North Judson-San Pierre is scheduled to be featured on this weekend’s program. It may be seen on cable channel RFD-TV at 7:00 a.m. CDT Saturday, 5:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Sunday, and 8:00 a.m. Monday. Episodes are also available online at www.agbizweek.com.
To cast your vote in the FFA Chapter Tribute contest, visit NationwideSupportsFFA.com.
The North Judson-San Pierre FFA Chapter will be featured on RFD TV's news segment this week!
Air times are (all times central) 7:00a.m. on Saturdays, 5:00a.m. and 5:00p.m. on Sundays, and 8:00a.m. on Mondays. RFDtv is viewed via satellite on either Dish Network Channel 231 or DirecTV Channel 345. You can check the television airing schedule on RFD-TV at www.rfdtv.com.
You can also vote for our FFA chapter everyday so we have the chance to win $1,000. Vote everyday until December 15th at www.nationwidesupportsffa.com
Posted on August 23, 2016
Author Mary Perren, WKVI
The North Judson-San Pierre School Corporation’s annual budget hearing before the Starke County Council will take place during their Sept. 12th meeting. The school board last week authorized the submission of the budget to the council for review. They also approved the advertisement of the 2017-19 capital projects and bus replacement plan in “The Leader” and the “Pulaski County Journal.” State law requires it be published in both counties since townships from both comprise the school corporation.
The corporation is looking to use money in its budget reserves to make upgrades to some aging infrastructure needs like boilers and lighting. In May the school board hired Indianapolis-based Performance Services to evaluate the middle/high school building and offer recommendations. Superintendent Dr. Annette Zupin told the school board last week they should have bids for the work by the end of the month and will be able to review bids in September. She adds several local contractors have submitted bids for the work.
Posted on August 20, 2016
Author Mary Perren, WKVI
The North Judson-San Pierre School Corporation has a couple of new policies in place for students who ride school buses.
Superintendent Dr. Annette Zupin says the athletic department transportation policy will bring some uniformity to the sports traveling protocols.
“A student athlete who chooses to participate in high school team sports will be required to travel by bus to and from the event. That allows some time for the team to be together and the coach to do some reflecting afterwards and preparing before,” Zupin told the school board. “A student athlete who chooses to participate in high school individual sports, tennis or golf, or any junior high sport athlete will be required to travel to the event by school bus, but not necessarily back.”
Zupin adds the athletic director and coaches do understand there may be extenuating circumstances and will evaluate those on a case-by-case basis. The school board adopted that policy unanimously at their Tuesday night meeting.
The other policy involves the consumption of food on the bus traveling to and from school. Zupin says it’s now prohibited due to the number of students with food allergies. She says students can still bring their lunches to school but cannot eat or drink on the bus, because exposure to allergy triggers could be detrimental.
Parents have been notified of that policy change via School Messenger and a notice that was sent home with students.
Posted on August 19, 2016
Author Mary Perren, WKVI
The school year is off to a good start at North Judson-San Pierre, according to the two building principals. New Middle/High School Principal Jim Polite told the school board Tuesday enrollment is up by 14 over projections. Polite adds he was pleased with the tone of the initial staff meeting.
“The goals of setting high academic and conduct standards for students, the importance of consistency with enforcing policies. Exploring opportunities to expand the use of technology, and building positive relationship with students was stressed,” Polite said.
The staff also spent time discussing the importance of embracing change during the transition to a 7-12th grade school.
“This is a new chapter in the history of N.J.-S.P. schools. I reminded the staff that we’re setting the stage for future success by how we all approach this current school year and how we are all willing to adapt to this new 7th through 12th configuration,” Polite said.
N.J.-S.P. Elementary is now a kidnergarten-6th grade school. Principal Mike McBride says he’s very pleased with the leadership the 6th grade students are showing and with everyone’s adherence to the Bluejay Way.
“They’re all treating the staff and each other with respect and caring, so that’s always a good thing,” McBride told the school board. “Of course you know there’s always a honeymoon period, so a few will start to test you, but I feel really good about where we’re going to go from here for the rest of the year.”
McBride adds nearly 80 students are enrolled in kindergarten at N.J.-S.P., which made for some large classes. Rather than have 26 to 27 students per teacher, McBride says they’ve added a fourth section of kindergarten without an additional charge to the corporation’s general fund. That was done by transferring Sharon Fields from Title 1 to kindergarten teacher and rearranging the special schedule so teachers can provide Title 1 coverage.
Posted on August 18, 2016
Author Mary Perren, WKVI
The North Judson-San Pierre School Board is keeping options open with regard to the future of the elementary school building. It’s currently a kindergarten-6th grade school with 513 students enrolled. The board has discussed moving the elementary school into the now-vacant middle school building at the end of the current school year. Superintendent Dr. Annette Zupin told the board Tuesday night the corporation isn’t clear yet how it will be used after this year.
“I’m asking for a motion for the approval of relocation to 950 Campbell Drive to be an option only,” Zupin told the board Tuesday night. “We need time to assess the needs and enrollment this year before making a decision.”
The school board approved Zupin’s request unanimously without additional discussion.
Posted on August 17, 2016
Author Mary Perren, WKVI
The North Judson-San Pierre School Board wants more input from the public before making a final decision about whether future boards should be elected or appointed. They’ve posted a N.J.-S.P. Community School Board Input Google survey on their website to gauge input from all residents of the district. Those without computer access will be able to complete it at the junior/senior high school media center on Aug. 31 from 6 until 7 p.m. and Sept. 6 from 7 until 8 a.m. It will remain on the site through Sunday, Sept. 18th.
Additionally a public hearing is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 12 in the high school auditorium to give residents a final chance to weigh in. Each person will have three minutes to speak and will only be allowed to speak one time.
The board will meet in executive session on Monday, Sept. 19 and Tuesday, Sept. 20 prior to their regular monthly meeting to review the data and discuss next steps prior to announcing their decision at the 7 p.m. meeting.
Matt Bailey has led the charge to transition from an appointed to an elected board. He says the easiest and least expensive route is for the board to vote to change. Doing so would also give them the right to write a transition plan.
If they choose to maintain the status quo, Bailey is prepared to move forward with the necessary petition to bring the issue to a vote.
The entire elected versus appointed school board discussion from Tuesday’s N.J.-S.P. School Board meeting will air Sunday at noon CDT on WKVI’s Kankakee Valley Viewpoints program.
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