NJ-SP School News
Published: April 24, 2015
By: Anita Goodan, WKVI
The North Judson-San Pierre High School principal attributes the uptick in the graduation rate at the corporation to the efforts of determined students, staff, and counselors.
The rate has only gone up slightly each year for the past few years, but Annette Zupin told the school board this week that it means a lot to see students improve. Zupin believes an 11 percent increase in the graduation rate between 2013 and 2014 is due to the determination of students to graduate. The graduation rate was at 84.7 percent in 2013 and 95.8 percent in 2014. The school board members are hoping for the same or better results this year.
Zupin also credited the counselors for creating an avenue to direct students in the right direction, so they get the help they need to pass End of Course Assessment tests. She believes the A+ credit recovery program at the school helps students who are failing in English/Language Arts. Students who may not have strong English/Language Arts skills can utilize the program to strengthen those skills and it’s available online. The online course is offered in addition to a classroom course for help. A separate English remediation class is also available.
Published: April 23, 2015
By: Anita Goodan, WKVI
North Judson-San Pierre students can attend summer school classes that have been offered in the past, or they can take new classes.
Superintendent Lynn Johnson said summer school classes will be meet Monday through Thursday starting June 8th and continuing through June 25th.
Jumpstart to first and second grade classes will be offered, along with a bridge to middle school course. These grant-funded courses will help students in those grades ease into the start of the new school year.
IREAD will be available for students who did not pass the standardized test this school year. Eligible students are undergoing additional remediation during the school year. Students can retake exam this summer.
Students in the second through fifth grades can participate in a two-week Summer Enrichment Program, and the Starke County Youth Club will also have enrichment programs for students.
A new program, Supervised Agricultural Experience, will be offered in a five-week setting for high school students.
The USDA Summer Food Program will return. Any resident ages 18 and younger may eat a grab-and-go breakfast and a nutritional lunch at the North Judson-San Pierre Schools for free. Dates and times will be released at a later date.
Johnson stresses most of the programs are grant funded. More information is available to students at any time.
The school board members approved the listing of summer school programs presented to them Tuesday night.
Published: April 22, 2015
By: Anita Goodan, WKVI
The state legislature hopes to give more funding for schools, but according to North Judson-San Pierre Schools Superintendent Lynn Johnson her corporation will still see a cut in funding.
She says the schools that are growing, or increasing in enrollment, will see an increase in funding. She explained to the North Judson-San Pierre School Board last night that the corporation’s enrollment is declining which means a cut in funding.
The House and Senate are still attempting to finalize a budget. The House has its school funding plan while the Senate plan differs in numbers. Either way, Johnson said, the school corporation will not see an increase in its budget.
“In the House plan, 177 school corporations will receive more money, 58 will receive less and that includes us,” said Johnson. “This cut with the House plan is less than the Senate plan, but it’s still a reduction. It’s just less of a reduction. In the Senate plan, 88 schools receive gains and 40 receive cuts including us. We would receive less money.”
Johnson indicated that North Judson-San Pierre is listed as one of the top 10 districts to receive cuts.
The board still needs to cut more money in this year’s budget. In August, it was recommended that the board will need to cut $483,973 for 2015. In 2016, it is recommended that the board cut and $805,504. The board reluctantly approved the reductions as presented.
Johnson has called for a public meeting to discuss the proposed school funding, budget reductions, revenue and expenditures, plus revenue and referendum is scheduled for Thursday, April 30 at 6:30 p.m. CT in the high school auditorium.
“There will be an opportunity for questions and answers. I don’t know if we’ll have every answer, but if we don’t we will find out. I want the community to have an opportunity to speak freely. It’s a hard time. We will all make the commitment to do what we need to do for our school. We’re going strong, and we need to stay strong.”
Published: April 22, 2015
By: Tyler Maffitt, WKVI
The second round of the ISTEP test will be administered starting next week in area schools.
Students took the first portion of the test in March of this year – which covers English, Math, and for some students: Science and Social Studies. ISTEP is used to help measure student performance in a handful of subject areas.
Knox Community School Corporation will begin round two of ISTEP testing on Monday, April 27th according to their school calendar. North Judson-San Pierre and Oregon-Davis Schools will also be starting the second round of the test on the 27th. Exactly how the tests are administered, however, is left up to the local school corporation.
Eastern Pulaski Schools in Pulaski County and Plymouth and Culver Schools in Marshall County will also give the test to students in 3rd through 8th grade beginning on April 27th.
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.
Academic Super Bowl
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 Schedule on the North Judson-San Pierre School website. This provides you with the fall, winter and spring schedules for boys and girls sports from the 6th grade through the high school level.
You can also find ticket prices, cancellations and postponements, scores and results, and other NJ-SP high school sports related information.
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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