NJ-SP School News

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N.J.-S.P. Kindergarten Countdown Gets a Financial Boost

posted May 23, 2016, 8:30 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library

Posted on May 21, 2016
Author Mary Perren, WKVI 
North Judson-San Pierre Elementary School’s Kindergarten Countdown program got a boost recently. The Northern Indiana Community Foundation donated $6,000 to the corporation for the program.

It will run July 18-29 and will offer up to 20 incoming kindergarten students a chance to get familiar with the school and its structure. Slots are typically offered to youngsters who have not had exposure to preschool. N.J.-S.P. will base registration on a parent survey taken during last month’s kindergarten pre-registration.

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.

N.J.-S.P. Principals Outline Transition Plans

posted May 19, 2016, 8:49 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library

Posted on May 19, 2016
Author Mary Perren, WKVI 

Students finishing fifth grade at North Judson-San Pierre will be the oldest in the school for two consecutive years as part of the transition to a kindergarten through 6th grade elementary. The school board recently approved the move, along with the consolidation of the middle and high schools into North Judson-San Pierre Junior High.

Elementary Principal Mike McBride says the school will look the same except for some small cosmetic changes and adds 6th grade will become the transition level. He says 6th grade students will have lockers with locks in the hallway by the gym. That’s also where their classes will meet. McBride says 6th grade students will change classes, but a bell system will not be used. The three 6th grade teachers will teach all of the core areas. He adds the specials schedule will include 6th grade art as well as times for advanced level courses like choir, band and art.

Grade levels will be combined at lunch and recess in order to go from six to four lunch hours. McBride says 1st and 2nd grades will be combined and kindergarten and 3rd graders will eat together. So will 4th and 5th grade students. The 6th graders will have their own lunch and recess period. Cafeteria space will be limited, so McBride says parents will not be able to eat lunch with their children except on special occasions.

Academic and sports teams and social activities such as an end of the year 6th grade dance will still be offered.

Dr. Annette Zupin told the school board she will continue to oversee the transition to a combined junior/senior high school as she segues from her role as principal into the superintendent’s job. She says 7th and 8th grade students will still have a mix of core classes and electives. They will be taught separately from high school students except in rare instances when a middle school student is taking an upper level class.

Zupin adds the 7th and 8th grade students will have a separate lunch period from their high school peers, but everyone will be on the same bell schedule. The 7th and 8th grade lockers will be in a separate hallway. High school activities like prom and winter ball will remain off-limits to middle school students, but the student council will be comprised of 7th through 12th grade students to reflect the new composition of the school.

Zupin says N.J.-S.P. officials have spoken with their counterparts at Oregon-Davis, West Central and Caston about combined facilities. All have assured them things will fall into place within the first year. Despite those assurances, Zupin says middle and high school officials will be extra cognizant when school starts.

Businessman Pushes for Elected N.J.-S.P. School Board

posted May 18, 2016, 9:18 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library

Posted on May 18, 2016
Author Mary Perren, WKVI 

A North Judson businessman and his wife are leading the charge to change the makeup of the North Judson-San Pierre School Board.

Matt and Becky Bailey have three children in the school system and promised during last night’s board meeting to support new Superintendent Dr. Annette Zupin “100 percent.” However, he says many people in the community have legitimate concerns about things like school ratings. Bailey says two employees he hired altered their relocation plans when they saw the school’s grades on real estate websites.

He also pointed to the number of families who have, quote, “cut and run” from N.J.-S.P. for various reasons. Bailey says the ones who have stayed behind want to see real change in the form of an elected school board.

He asked all of the board members to consider unanimously voting for an elected school board at a future meeting, as that is the easiest route to transition.

“If not then it would be the process of us doing the petition and getting it on the ballot for a vote, and then going through the appeals if it goes to that point. We are financially prepared to do that, and we feel that we have a group to put the time and energy in to make that happen,” Bailey said.

He asked the school board for formal consideration of his request at their next meeting. It’s scheduled Tuesday, June 21st at 7 p.m.

New N.J.-S.P. Superintendent Talks Goals

posted May 18, 2016, 9:10 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library

Posted on May 18, 2016
Author Mary Perren, WKVI 

Newly-hired North Judson-San Pierre Superintendent Dr. Annette Zupin faced her detractors during last night’s school board meeting amid their announcement of plans to affect change within the corporation.

She acknowledged the challenges of the budget and declining enrollment before addressing criticisms of the high school’s academic standings offered during last week’s public hearing on her contract.”

“My naysayers used the word ‘failed.’ Failed in their minds, but remember, we’ve never received an F, and we currently stand at a C, and we keep working. I do want to talk about failure and success. Failure to me means simply not trying. Success means giving it your all every single day at everything you do,” Zupin said.

She adds N.J.-S.P. didn’t emphasize “the test” until a few years ago because they didn’t believe it defined a student. Zupin says they’ve been forced to change due to the heavy weight state officials put on standardized test results when it comes to grading schools.

She also cited academic and athletic successes, including a 90 percent graduation rate and 18 Lilly Endowment Scholarship recipients since 1999 while acknowledging a weakness in math at the secondary level.

“We need to improve the students’ confidence in math and their mastery, and we’re working on that. I know that actions speak louder than words, and so I’m asking all of you, and my naysayers, to please watch my actions. I really pledge to work with and for you to make us proud again.”

Zupin says her immediate priorities are to help select the new junior/senior high school principal and finish the reorganization plans for the combined facility. She also intends to focus on community outreach.

“I know we have community morale issues. I know you want information. I know one of the pieces of information you want are where are students going, and where are we getting students from. I am in the process of obtaining that information for everyone. That should give us a start in how we market our school. I’ve heard that continuously in our meetings.”

School Board President Pat Goin said Zupin truly is the best candidate and has the desire, motivation and drive to help the corporation move forward. She challenged everyone in the community to turn negative comments about the schools around and put the positive back in the community.

2016-2017 Balanced School Calendar

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

Upcoming Events @ the NJ-SP High School

posted Jan 28, 2016, 1:51 PM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated May 2, 2016, 11:07 AM ]

May 11, 2016 - Senior Trip to Indianapolis @ 7:45 AM - 6:30 PM

May 13, 2016 - Bluejay Honor Breakfast

May 14, 2016 - Rustic Romance Prom with pictures starting @ 5:00 PM held at Amish Acres

May 18, 2016 - National Honor Society Senior Dinner @ 6:00 PM in the HS Cafeteria

May 25, 2016 - Senior Awards Night @ 6:00 PM in the Auditorium

May 27, 2016 - Snow make up day

​June 5, 2016 - Graduation @ 2:00 PM in the HS Gymnasium

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.

2015-2016 Balanced School Calendar

posted May 21, 2015, 9:45 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library

Academic Competitions

posted Sep 15, 2014, 12:01 PM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated Jun 12, 2015, 11:59 AM ]

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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