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N.J.-S.P. Revises Contract With The Crossing

posted Jul 26, 2016, 9:00 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library

Posted on July 26, 2016
Author Mary Perren, WKVI 

The North Judson-San Pierre School Board last week approved an amended agreement with The Crossing alternative school. The Knox-based campus opened in 2014 and was billed as an option for students who have been expelled from or dropped out of public school or who have otherwise fallen through the cracks to complete high school.

The faith-based school offers a mix of classroom and vocational training. Participating students run a micro-business of refurbishing and selling furniture in order to learn job skills. The Starke County Crossing is located in the former Sears building on U.S. 35 next to Save-a-Lot.

The N.J.-S.P. School board agreed in April of 2014 to send four students to The Crossing. Superintendent Dr. Annette Zupin says they were obligated under that contract to pay for four slots, even if they weren’t filled.  Last week they revised that to a “pay-as-you-go agreement” with the school. Zupin says there’s no limit on the number of students North Judson-San Pierre can send to The Crossing and adds the corporation will be billed accordingly.

N.J.-S.P. is one of several area school corporations that send students to The Crossing.

N.J.-S.P. Maintenance Staff Prepares for Incoming Students

posted Jul 25, 2016, 9:07 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library

Posted on July 23, 2016
Author Mary Perren, WKVI 

The reconfigured North Judson-San Pierre Schools are almost ready for students, according to information shared with the school board Tuesday night. Director of Facilities Wilbur Collins says the original coolers in the high school cafeteria have been replaced, and a new rubber roof with a 15-year warranty is now in place over the high school office. The roof it flat, and that is a perennial problem spot.

Collins also told the school board the 6th grade lockers have been moved from the middle school to the elementary, which will house kindergarten through 6th grades this year. Classrooms for 6th, 7th and 8th graders are ready in their respective buildings. The school board voted earlier this year to combine the middle and high school into North Judson-San Pierre Junior-Senior High and relocated students into the high school building.

Also a computer lab in the shop hallway at the high school has been rewired to double its capacity. It can now hold 30 students at a time instead of 15.

As of Tuesday, Collins said 85 to 90 percent of the facilities had been cleaned and were ready for the start of school. Teacher work days are scheduled Aug. 2 and 3. Aug. 4 is the first day for students.

N.J.-S.P. Superintendent Backtracks on Elementary School Closure

posted Jul 25, 2016, 8:59 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library

Posted on July 25, 2016
Author Mary Perren, WIVK 

The North Judson-San Pierre School Board will revisit plans to close the current elementary school building at a future meeting, according to Superintendent Dr. Annette Zupin. It will open as a kindergarten-6th grade facility when school starts next week following action by the board at a special-called May 9th meeting. Seventh and 8th grade classes will meet at the high school.

During that session they also voted unanimously to move N.J.-S.P. Elementary School to 950 Campbell Drive, effective July 1, 2017. That’s the address of the current middle school building, which is adjacent to the high school. The minutes of that meeting state “The 2017-18 school year will be the first year that the elementary begins conducting elementary educational services from this location.”

Then-interim Superintendent Dr. Robert Boyd said later in the meeting, “Our goal would be to, we’ve already implemented a serious look-see at it as soon as school is out and then do some planning on how quickly can we  retrofit that building to accommodate appropriately elementary youngsters. Chalkboards are too high, toilets are too big. We’ve got to do some work.”

During last week’s school board meeting, Zupin said no decisions have been made yet about the elementary site.

“We don’t know what is going to happen with the middle school in 2017-18. We don’t know, but we do know that we can’t just let it sit and deteriorate. So we want to make sure that everything is OK so that when we know what is going to happen with that middle school that we’re ready for it. We’re going to use the geo bonds that Dr. Boyd worked on obtaining for us to do that,” Zupin said.

WKVI News sought clarification from Zupin via email late last week and received this response.

“As the new Superintendent of NJ-SP I want to take some additional time to assess the infrastructure and organization of the middle school and elementary school before making any major and crucial decisions. At the Aug. 16 school board meeting there will be an action item on the agenda to approve a motion that moving NJ-SP Elementary School (K-6) to the NJ-SP Middle School on July 1 is only an option.”

Zupin continued, “During the next several months we will look closely at enrollment, classroom space/size, and special programs to help make a decision as to how to best utilize the current middle school.”

N.J.-S.P. Board Adopts Statutory Gangs Policy, Discusses Bullying

posted Jul 21, 2016, 9:50 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library

Posted on July 21, 2016
Author Mary Perren, WKVI 

The North Judson-San Pierre School Corporation now has a state-mandated criminal gangs and criminal gang activity policy on the books following action Tuesday night by the school board. Superintendent Dr. Annette Zupin says the final draft was a collaborative effort between area administrators, including N.J.-S.P. Interim Superintendent Dr. Robert Boyd.

“This policy includes a statement prohibiting gang activity. It prohibits retaliation against those who report the activity. It defines criminal gang, and it talks about the procedures, reporting that to the principal,” Zupin said.

She also explained the difference between bullying and conflict.

“When two students are having conflict they both participate in poor choices, saying things and doing things that they shouldn’t be, and we need to resolve those conflicts. Bullying is one-sided, continual harassment that’s intended to hurt someone.”

Zupin says the schools deal with both issues.

“You can’t ignore conflict because it’s not bullying. However, how we approach it is different, and that’s because of state statutes saying that we must approach bullying in a different way. So reporting of bullying is reported, and we have to investigate in that way. And we do have to make sure that it is bullying and not conflict.”

Zupin says in order to ensure accurate reporting of bullying instances to the state, students who are bullied or their parents need to notify school officials of every instance. She also suggested the principals hold public seminars to discuss bullying after school starts.

N.J.-S.P. Discusses Transfers, Announces Strategic Planning Process

posted Jul 20, 2016, 9:08 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated Jul 20, 2016, 9:22 AM ]

Posted on July 20, 2016
Author Mary Perren, WKVI 

The North Judson-San Pierre School Corporation lost a net of nine students to other corporations* during the 2015-16 school year, according to Superintendent Dr. Annette Zupin.

“We had 18 coming in from other districts, and just another breakdown there 12 at the high school, two, four. And we had 27 going out. So we are minus nine,” she told the school board last night. “We don’t want to be minus. It’s not minus 30, it’s not minus 60, but it’s still minus, and so we need to figure out why are they doing that, what can we do for this to be even or plus.”

Zupin adds those numbers don’t include so-called “regular mobility kids” who move in and out of the district. They are students who either live in the district and choose to go elsewhere or who commute from another district each day.

She’s in the process of putting together a strategic planning group to help market North Judson-San Pierre, increase community morale and improve communications between the school corporation and the community.

Zupin wants the group to come up with additional objectives. For starters she wants them to explore marketing strategies, fundraisers for school programs, establish and maintain focus on long-term planning for future growth and commit to a positive approach to success.

“I need parents, community members, staff members, board members, business leaders in town. I need diversity, not just one type, so I’m looking for diversity there. I would like representation from all of the townships. I think that would just help in making sure we get a pulse from all the areas, and so there’s a place on the application that will say ‘what township do you live in?’ And then I’m really looking forward for representatives who want to take a positive approach. If you really want to be positive about change, then this is the way to do that.”

Zupin is accepting applications for the strategic planning committee through the end of August, with a tentative first meeting in mid-September. Visit http://www.njsp.k12.in.us/blue-jay-strategic-planning.html for an application and more information, or stop at the central office during business hours.

* 2015-16 North Judson-San Pierre Transfers

North Judson-San Pierre High School
12 Incoming                           7 Outgoing
7 from Knox                           5 to Knox
2 from West Central             2 to LaCrosse
1 from Kankakee Valley
1 from LaPorte
1 from LaCrosse

North Judson-San Pierre Middle School
2 Incoming (Knox)              8 Outgoing
                                                5 to Knox
                                                2 to LaCrosse
                                                1 to West Central

North Judson-San Pierre Elementary
4 Incoming (Knox)              12 Outgoing
                                                6 to St. Peter Lutheran School
                                                4 to Knox
                                                2 to Wantatah

N.J.-S.P. Officials Discuss School Board Transition

posted Jul 19, 2016, 8:30 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library

Posted on July 19, 2016
Author Mary Perren, WKVI 

The North Judson-San Pierre School Board will announce at their Aug. 16th meeting what process they might favor in terms of transitioning from an appointed to an elected board. Members held a work session last week with members of the Bluejay Nation Pride group and their attorney to discuss the process.

Elected school board advocate Matt Bailey says his group will move forward with a petition to bring the question to the voters if the school board does not take action. However, Bailey’s attorney Todd Wallsmith says such a petition must contain the specific plan to structure and elect a school board.

Several questions remain, including whether the board would have three, five or seven members and how districts would be drawn to ensure fair representation based on population.

Should the school board agree to the transition, they could have a greater say in answering those questions.

The current board members want time to discuss the issue, and may schedule some public forums to gather input. None have been set at this time. Residents can also email board@njsp.k12.in.us with their input. Members ask that they include addresses and telephone numbers with any correspondence should follow-up be warranted.

As such the discussion of an elected versus appointed board is not on the agenda for tonight’s N.J.-S.P. School Board meeting. Items for discussion during the 7 p.m. session include final approval of a state-mandated criminal gangs and gang activity policy, discussion of the technology coordinator position and salary and a secondary crossing agreement.

2016-2017 NJ-SP Elementary School Supply List

posted Jun 22, 2016, 11:05 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library

N.J.-S.P. Sets 2016-17 School Meal Prices

posted May 20, 2016, 9:26 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library

Posted on May 20, 2016
Author Mary Perren, WKVI 

The North Judson-San Pierre School Board this week approved breakfast and lunch prices for the 2016-17 school year. Student breakfasts will increase from $1.40 to $1.50 per meal. Adults will pay $1.75 per breakfast.

Student lunches will go up by 20-cents at both the elementary and the junior/senior high school. Elementary students will pay $2.30 per tray, and junior/senior high students will pay $2.50. Adult lunches will cost $3.25 each.

Interim Superintendent Dr. Robert Boyd says the prices are “in the ballpark” with other area corporations. He adds they are more expensive than Knox due to economies of scale.

2016-2017 Balanced School Calendar

posted Apr 22, 2016, 10:21 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library

Homework Hotline 2015

posted Aug 10, 2015, 4:20 PM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library

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.

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