TERRE HAUTE —
• Davis Park
Geology Rocks. Third grade students at Davis Park have donned their hard hats and are exploring the world of Rocks and Minerals as part of their Earth Science Unit.
Earlier this year, third and fourth grade teachers attended a two day Minerals Education Workshop for Educators sponsored by the Division of Reclamation, Indiana Department of Natural Resources. At this workshop teachers participated in several hands on activities designed to be used in the classroom. These activities included identifying rocks and minerals, making toothpaste, birdseed mining, chocolate chip mining (a favorite.), and exploring and mapping coal seams using Play-Doh. On the second day of the workshop teachers were given a tour of a surface mine which allowed them to see reclamation and mining methods presented earlier actually being used. Students are currently using and enjoying the rock and mineral identification kits teachers were given, along with other tools, posters, and videos, as they continue their explorations.
— Third Grade Teachers Teresa Chagares, Ashley Hemmings and Heidi Kinkade
• Dixie Bee
The last month of school quickly crept up on the students and teachers at Dixie Bee Elementary. In the month of May students are finishing up I-STEP, I-READ, and various end of the year assessments and projects, but May also has one of the most anticipated days for students: Field Day.
This year, Dixie Bee had Field Day on Friday, May 11. The intermediate grades (3rd through 5th) had the morning events. There were 13 stations for each class to rotate through. The games were mostly partner or team based and required students to work together to successfully complete a task. One of the most entertaining events to watch was called “Green Eggs and Ham.” Students were divided into 4 equal teams. They then were put into pairs. The first set of partners had to run to a hula hoop to pick up the green eggs and ham. Each partner had to place an egg (a small green ball) between their knees and then place the ham (a poly spot) between the partner’s shoulders so that they were not touching it with their hands. They had to run back to the starting line and pass the ham and eggs to the next pair in line. The next group then returned the eggs and ham to the hoop the same way and then ran back to the next pair. This continued until everyone had a turn.
The primary classes had the afternoon shift. They also had 13 stations to complete. The most popular station was probably the “Hop on Pop.” Each class was divided into 4 teams. The first person in each group was given a Hoppy Ball. Students (and some teachers) had to hop on the Pop down and around a cone and back to the start. They then passed the Pop to the next person. This continued until everyone had a turn.
Thankfully, Dixie Bee’s Field Day was on a beautiful sunny day. Thanks to our P.E. teachers, Robin Harden and Brian Lonneman, and several parent volunteers it was a huge success. Students are already looking forward to next year’s Field Day.
Mrs. Stephanie Woodring
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• Farrington Grove
The last few weeks have been very eventful for Farrington Grove as the school year is wrapping up. The fifth grade students were able to raise the funds to go to Springfield, Illinois on Turner Motor Coaches. This was a fun and relaxing way to travel to learn about one of our most famous presidents, Abraham Lincoln. The fifth graders traveled to New Salem Village, where Lincoln had once lived. Next, they traveled to his tombstone and got to rub the nose of the Lincoln statue to see if it changed their luck. Last, they ended up at the Lincoln Presidential Museum where they got to see two great special effect movies about Abraham Lincoln, play and dress up like the people in his time in Mrs. Lincoln’s Attic, and walk through exhibits containing artifacts of his life. This was an awesome learning experience for all, and we would like to thank the parents that made this journey with us.
Tiger Pride Night was Thursday, April 26th where all classes were opened up to showcase student writing and work throughout the school. The fifth grade also held their Living History Museum that night where students “came” to life. Each student researched a person in American history. With this research, the child dressed in costume and prepared a speech to bring their American hero to life as visitors dropped change in buckets. The funds raised helped go towards field trips. The night was a huge success and our fifth graders really did shine that evening. We were very proud of their hard work and effort.
The Tiger Fest was then held May 4th. A good time was had by all with food and games. The PTO did a great job in preparing and organizing this fun event for our families and community.
Our newest event added to our busy May was our first talent show here at Farrington Grove in many years. Mrs. McCombs and a committee of teachers held try-outs for any students who wanted to display some Tiger Talent. Over 60 children/groups decided to give it a try and show off their talent. The talent show was a huge success and hopefully will be the first of many for Farrington Grove in the future.
Now, it’s down to the wire and fifth graders and kindergartners are preparing for their graduation ceremonies. The kindergarteners are moving on into first grade as our fifth graders are getting ready to move on to middle school. With memory quilts, class speeches, and fifth grade scrapbooks, we find ourselves counting down the days until that graduation ceremony. Congratulations to all of our graduates at Farrington Grove. May you have a wonderful summer and continue to learn and grow with your seeds planted from Farrington Grove.
— Submitted by Fifth Grade Teachers Linda Biggs, Angela Foster and Donna Rockwood
Union Hospital, Franklin Elementary’s Partner in Education helped to make our annual trip to Dobb’s Park even more special by providing every student with a t-shirt, water bottle and jump ropes to help promote fitness. Union Hospital also evaluated each student for their Healthy Report Card. Students were able to visit the two museums and walk the trails at Dobb’s Park.
Franklin’s Family Picnic Day was a huge success. Thanks go out to all who helped to make this day so special. It was wonderful to see so many parents, grandparents, friends and neighbors come to our school and have lunch with their special person. Seeing our playground filled with students playing with the adults who came to have lunch with them was a fantastic sight.
— School staff
Riley Fourth Graders are back in business. The fourth grade students have been learning about economics and it is paying off. The students learned about goods, services, products, supply, demand, profit, making and saving money, and making good economic choices. The students became entrepreneurs and created items to sell at school. They completed jobs at home to earn money. The money earned was used to buy supplies to make their products. Students then calculated their estimated profit. We had a variety of products such as bracelets, cookies, beverages, sports cards, bookmarks, and much more. Each student’s profit was combined and was given as a donation to the Terre Haute Children’s Museum. It is our hope that the Riley Fourth Graders learned as much about giving as they did about Economics.
— School staff
• Terre Town
Can you believe it?! The 2011-12 school year has almost come to an end! This has indeed been an enriching and fulfilling year at Terre Town Elementary School. The fine students of Terre Town have definitely achieved many educational goals this year and will continue to accomplish much, much more as they continue to grow both physically and academically.
As this school year draws to an end the Tigers have several exciting events planned. They will be having special field days devoted to each specific grade level. There will be a fabulous “Celebration of Successes” to highlight the numerous achievements of the amazing students at Terre Town. In addition to the “Celebration of Successes” there will also be a very important event to recognize the graduating 5th Graders. This special program will, of course be bittersweet because the faculty and staff will be so very proud of their 5th graders but also so heartbroken to let them go.
Once again the Terre Town faculty, staff, and students want to take this opportunity to say again how very proud they are of both Mrs. Linda Kaperak for winning the WTHI Golden Apple, and Mrs. Cinda Taylor for being the 2012 Excellence in Education recipient for Terre Town School. The Tiger community continues to rise to the highest levels of excellence! Go Tigers!
— School staff
Martinsville Elementary was chosen by the Illinois PBIS Network as a great location to invite local Illinois legislators to visit and experience first-hand the positive impact of PBIS. The PBIS Network invited Illinois state and federal legislators encouraging them to visit Martinsville. The principals of each school nominated have given approval to have their schools included on this list and are eager to show visitors the positive impact of PBIS. Martinsville Elementary was the only school in Clark County who was nominated for such an honor. The nominated schools, along with the Illinois PBIS Network, welcome you to visit and personally experience the successful impact of PBIS.
The following criterion was utilized by the Illinois PBIS Network for determining the schools to be included in the list.
• Be nominated by a PBIS Technical Assistance Coordinator.
• Exhibit a school climate that represents PBIS implementation.
• Clearly display school rules throughout the building.
• Show visible evidence of student recognition programs.
• Exhibit staff involvement with PBIS.
Congrats to the hardworking staff of Martinsville Elementary.
— V.L. Norton, Martinsville Elementary Principal
Martinsville Elementary Honor Roll-4th quarter ending May 16, 2012
High Honors: Aubrey Hook, Jacob Ligget, Shyann Morecraft, Olivia Seaman, and Madison Youngblood
Honors: Hayden Connelly, Nicholas Craig, Cherish Hicks, Jalee Martin, Elizabeth Osborn, Samantha Parker, Briar Robison, Makhayla Skinner, Karyzma Smith, Ty Toner, Destanee Truelove, and Ashlei Wiley
High Honors: Morgan Cribelar, Johnny Fussell, Mallory Price, Tyler Reynolds, and Ryan Seymour
Honors: Rachel Goldsberry, Ravven Hays, Olivia Marcum, Kolin Pennington, Emma Plummer, Colton Propst, Bethany Sewell, Boyce Snearley, and Curtis Wiley
High Honors: Rebecca Blanchard, Garrett Branson, Mavy Gard, Erica Hardway, Taylor Hester, Mikayla Jodry, Cherub Mohler, and Madolyn Wilhoit
Honors: Caitlyn Claypool, Aaron Fry, Jessica Goldsberry, Blake Graham, Braden Hook, Harlie Lawrence, Sierrah McLaughlin, Grace McNeil, Shiana Medsker, Dalton Rollings, Jason Smith, and Audria Truelove
Perfect attendance for the 4th quarter--March 8-May 16, 2012
Kindergarten: Ashley Callahan, Emily Callahan, Marcus Craig, Victor Herrera DeLaRosa, Jake Lehman, Abigail Martin, Victor Morgan, Aubrey Schollenbruch, and Charli Tanner
1st Grade: Korbin Baird, Garhett Black, Mason Boone, Jacob Clement, Kendra Knauer, Tei Kupferer, Alex Lowry, Kennedy Phillips, Carli Propst, Luke Schollenburch, Reese Toner, Marissa VonBehrens, and Leslie Paige Zachary
2nd Grade: Tori Ellington, Eathan Hissem, Lyla Kannmacher and Madison Koutsoumpas
3rd Grade: Gavin Baird, Tristen Huckaba, Cela Kupferer, Katie Lehman, Alaina Morgan, Emily Parcel, Jay Sewell, and Carly Zachary
4th Grade: Cherish Hicks, Aubrey Hook, Samual Keller, Olivia Seaman, Karyzma Smith, Ty Toner, Ashlei Wiley and Madison Youngblood
5th Grade: Emma Plummer, Colton Propst, Julia Seaman, Bethany Sewell, Madison Toner, and Curtis Wiley
6th Grade: Rebecca Blanchard, Caitlyn Claypool, Maverick Gard, Blake Graham,
Austin Hissem, Cherub Mohler, Dalton Rollings, Jason Smith, and Andrew Stout
Perfect Attendance for the 2011-12 School Year
K: Charli Tanner
1: Korbin Baird, Marissa VonBehrens, and Paige Zachary
4: Olivia Seaman
5: Julia Seaman
6: Dalton Rollings and Jason Smith
— School staff
TERRE HAUTE —
• Davis Park
Bruce’s History Lessons: Morse’s telegraph and its impact as a ‘game changer’
This week (May 24) in 1844, Professor Samuel F.B. Morse sat in the Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C., surrounded by members of Congress, who had come to witness history.
High schoolers attend automotive, welding skills competitions
Area high school students put their skills to the test at the annual Automotive Skills and Welding Skills competitions on April 18 at Ivy Tech Community College—Wabash Valley.
Riverton Parke presents concert, music awards
The Riverton Parke Jr.-Sr. High School Music Department presented its annual Spring Concert on May 13 in the school gymnasium.
Turkey Run senior awards and honors
Turkey Run High School seniors were honored at an awards program May 13. Scholarships and departmental and activity awards were presented.
South earns national yearbook design honor
The Terre Haute South yearbook, Uaxactun, has been recognized for excellence and featured in the 2013 Gotcha Covered Look Book, Volume 11 celebrating the best-of-the-best in yearbook design and coverage.
Vincennes University Dean’s List
The Vincennes University Dean’s List for Spring 2013 includes students from the Vincennes campus, Jasper campus, Aviation Technology Center in Indianapolis, military bases, and other extended sites.
4 more honored as Four Star Schools
In addition to the three Vigo County schools (Terre Haute South Vigo High School, Dixie Bee Elementary and Fayette Elementary schools) that were announced earlier, four more Wabash Valley schools were recognized as Indiana Four Star Schools.
Bruce’s history lessons: Truman’s decision to recognize Israel
This week (May 14) in 1948, at the direction of President Harry Truman, the United States recognized the existence of the newly formed state of Israel, which had declared independence earlier that day. It was, Truman later stated, among the most important decisions of his presidency.
- Reunion listings: May 16, 2013
Chances and Services for Youth to participate in food program
The Chances and Services for Youth recently announced plans to participate in the Summer Food Service Program.
South Latin students compete at convention
Terre Haute South Vigo High School Latin students competed with other Indiana schools at the recent state convention at ISU.
Southwest Parke School Corp. receives eLearning grant
Southwest Parke Community School Corp. has received an Imagining and Creating eLearning grant for the 2013-2014 school year through the Indiana Department of Education.
- Newsmakers: May 16, 2013
Otter Creek competes in regional Academic Super Bowl
The Otter Creek Academic Super Bowl teams competed in the regional Academic Super Bowl competition on April 27 at Sarah Scott Middle School.
Riverton Parke FFA teams compete at April 16 contest
Two Riverton Parke FFA Parliamentary Procedure Teams competed at the section competition for the Parliamentary Procedure Demonstration Contest on April 16 at the Indiana FFA Center in Trafalgar.
Parks offering summer day camp
The Terre Haute Parks and Recreation Department is now accepting registrations for its summer day camp.
State recognizes counties for improving college success
Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers recognized 26 Indiana counties for working to increase the percentage of Hoosiers with education beyond high school. The counties are members of Indiana’s College Success Coalition, a statewide network focused on improving college access and success.
College Challenge program earns accreditation
Indiana State University’s College Challenge program for high school students has earned initial accreditation from the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships.
ISP offers youth an up close look at law enforcement
Most television viewers have seen at least part of a CSI or Law and Order episode. These shows seem to have spurred a new interest in law enforcement and forensics. For more than 40 years the Indiana State Police have been giving young people an up close look at law enforcement through its youth camps program.
Goals, Pride & Achievements: May 16, 2013
Alyssa A. Barnes of Clinton graduated from Purdue University on Sunday.
She has a bachelor’s degree in hospitality and tourism management, with a minor in psychology.
Woodrow Wilson students collect funds for animals
The leadership team from Woodrow Wilson Middle School sponsored a week of giving to collect funds and supplies for the Terre Haute Humane shelter.
Riverton Parke academic bowl team finishes strong
The Riverton Parke English academic bowl team finished as runner-up at the state finals competition on May 4 at Purdue University, and the social studies team swept through all of its last eight questions without a miss to finish third in the contest.
Turkey Run High School names top 2013 students
Kaleigh Basan has been named valedictorian and Jeff Woods and Kendall Davies are co-salutatorians for the Turkey Run High School Class of 2013.
Graduation ceremonies will be in the high school gymnasium at 11 a.m. May 25 with 36 students receiving their diplomas.
Bruce’s history lessons: Spring Cleaning 2013
Time for my annual “Spring Cleaning” column, in which I address reader issues and answer “Frequently Asked Questions.”
Moats gets ISU Rankin Award
Indiana State University has honored Katelynn Moats of Terre Haute with the Rankin Memorial Distinguished Senior Award in recognition of her contributions to the betterment of the university.
Turkey Run to honor seniors
Turkey Run High School will hold its senior awards and recognition program at 7 p.m. Monday in the ELC room. A reception will be held from 6 to 7 p.m.
The program for freshmen to juniors will be held at 1:32 p.m. May 16 in the high school gymnasium.
Honey Creek math club earns gold status
Honey Creek Middle School has received Gold Level Status as a participant of the 2013 MATHCOUNTS Club.
Riverton Parke students bring home art awards
Students from 15 schools in west central Indiana competed in the 34th annual d’Arlier Trust Spring Art Show on April 19-25 in Veedersburg. Four Riverton Parke High School students won a total of nine awards in six of the show’s 20 categories.
Parke Adult Tutoring Service awards mini-grant
The Parke Adult Tutoring Service has awarded a mini-grant of $270 to Riverton Parke English teacher Mike Lunsford to purchase reading materials for his students.
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