News From Terre Haute, Indiana

August 30, 2012

ACROSS THE WABASH VALLEY: Aug. 30, 2012


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It’s that time of year again when for many parents and children a new school year is just beginning. The children are going back to school and so are the parents. While the parents won’t need a backpack or a supply of pencils, they are an integral part of their child’s education. Parents and teachers work best as a team to ensure the children have all the necessary tools to make school a success, and fun. It is a parent’s enthusiasm that inspires children to do their best. It is a parent’s involvement that is one of the biggest indicators of a child’s success. It is a parent’s nurturing and guidance that allows children to develop a true love of learning. The new academic year will bring with it many new challenges, as well as many new rewards. There will be new teachers to meet, new books to read, new friends to meet and new skills to master.

— Kindergarten teachers



Dixie Bee

Both students and staff at Dixie Bee hit the ground running to start the 2012-13 school year. It was great to see our old friends and meet so many new ones in our classes. The first week of school was spent getting to know one another and reviewing our school goals and classroom rules. Our Open House night was a huge success with the rooms and halls buzzing with excitement.

We have new faces among our faculty. Mr. Carty, Mrs. Light and Mrs. Redman are enjoying their retirement, knowing that their classrooms are in able hands. We all miss them but we know that they are having a wonderful time in their retirement.

Susan Cox has joined our staff with 20 years of experience in teaching. Cox is a former first-grade teacher at Deming Elementary. She and her husband have three children. She is teaching third grade. Krissi Dillion is in her 10th year of teaching. She came to us from Chauncey Rose where she taught sixth-grade science. She taught at Fuqua and in Rockville. Her husband is also a teacher in our school system. Dillion is our new fifth-grade teacher. Shawn Hawley comes to Dixie Bee from Chauncey Rose where he taught music. He has been teaching for 13 years, which includes time spent teaching at Vincennes University. He loves music and he loves teaching in our third grade. Surely his class will get to see him perform. Jennifer Hendrix has taught in the Vigo County School system for 10 years. She has been a Reading Recovery teacher and most recently was a reading teacher at Gibault. Hendrix is teaching first grade this year. Both of her children attended Dixie Bee and she is very excited to be a part of our school. Jason Thomas is another new fifth grade teacher. This is his first year of teaching, but he knows about being an educator as his wife is also a teacher. He graduated from Indiana State University after working for several years in construction and at Pfizer. He has two children and he is excited about joining the “Bee Family.”

Missy Hopper was at Dixie Bee several years ago, and then she went on to Honey Creek, not as a teacher, but as a student. She says that her goal was to come back to her grade school as a teacher and it finally happened this year. Hopper has two children that are now Dixie Bee students, just like their mom was. Hopper is one of our second grade teachers. Judy Fendrick joined our “hive” when we realized that our hive had grown, especially in the first grade. She spent a very busy weekend getting her room ready for her new classroom. She graduated from ISU and has been teaching for seven years. Her children also attended Dixie Bee and her youngest son is now in our kindergarten. She enjoys family time, reading, running and playing sports.

Melissa Thompson, a former teacher, is returning as a teaching assistant in special education. Not only did she attend Dixie Bee, and student teach at Dixie Bee, but now her children are also students here. Her husband is a math teacher and the swimming coach at South. Andrea McConkey has changed jobs at Dixie Bee, but is not new to our school. She is now a teaching assistant in the special education department. Jennifer Ramsey, special education teaching assistant, is in her first year at Dixie Bee and we welcome her.  Frank Dowen has returned to Dixie Bee on the custodial staff and we are all glad to have him back, making sure that our building is spic and span.

We are so very fortunate to have added staff to serve our students in the best way possible. We know it will be a great year.

Both students and staff at Dixie Bee hit the ground running to start the 2012-13 school year. It was great to see our old friends and meet so many new ones in our classes. The first week of school was spent getting to know one another and reviewing our school goals and classroom rules. Our Open House night was a huge success with the rooms and halls buzzing with excitement.

We have new faces among our faculty. Mr. Carty, Mrs. Light and Mrs. Redman are enjoying their retirement, knowing that their classrooms are in able hands. We all miss them but we know that they are having a wonderful time in their retirement.

We are so very fortunate to have added staff to serve our students in the best way possible.

— Judy Kraly,

Resource Room teacher



Fayette

We are off to a rockin’ start here at Fayette Elementary. The summer went by so fast, but we are back and ready to learn. We were so lucky to have a Back to School Bash, sponsored by the Fayette Elementary School Community Organization. It was great fun for the students to get together and meet their teachers. It was also a great opportunity for the teachers, both returning and new, to meet each other and the students. We hope this is a tradition that will continue for many years to come.

We have some new faces around our school this year. Mrs. Enyeart is the new Media Center Specialist, Miss Chew is the new art teacher, and Mrs. Kastigar is back to teach kindergarten.

— School staff



Franklin

Welcome back to school, Franklin Falcons. We have had a wonderful start to our new school year with the addition of Mr. Turpen and Miss Meier to our third grade and Mrs. Turpen and Mrs. Drake to our preschool program. There are some of the same faces who may be teaching different grades or teaching in a different classroom.

Franklin’s annual open house was a huge success with many parents, grandparents, former students and neighbors in our building to help welcome the new school year.

Please remember to check Franklin’s web site for calendar items and updates by going to www.vigoschools.org and following the links.

— School staff



Fuqua

The week of Aug. 6-10 found teachers at Fuqua catching up on what their colleagues had been doing over the summer and sharing stories, but most of their time was spent in their classrooms preparing lesson plans, arranging the room, and putting up bulletin boards. At the end of the week they were tired, but felt a great sense of pride and satisfaction for they knew they were ready to welcome their incoming students for the first day of school the following week. The week of Aug. 13-17 Fuqua welcomed parents to grade level meetings. Kindergarten parents met on Monday evening, fifth grade parents met on Tuesday evening, first and fourth grade parents met on Wednesday evening and second and third grade parents met on Thursday evening. The evenings began with Mrs. Harris (principal), Ms. King and Mrs. Deakins (Title I) and Mrs. Childress (PTO president) providing information about the school, their role at the school and how to become involved. It was then the classroom teachers turn to inform parents about their individual classrooms. Open house for the entire school was Aug. 20. The attendance by the families was amazing. This is a wonderful indicator of how involved the parents are in their child’s education. The 2012-13 school year is off to a fantastic start and we are confident it will only continue to get better.

—Mrs. Deakins, Mrs. King

Title 1 Reading Teachers



Riley

The 2012-13 school year at Riley promises to be the best yet. It started quickly with an emergency evacuation on our first student day. Staff and students performed flawlessly with the help of the Riley and Honey Creek fire departments; the Vigo County Sheriff’s office; Ohio Valley Gas Company; Dr. Dorene Hojenki, Office of Homeland Security; Mr. Hayes and Mr. Weir from VCSC Facilities and Maintenance; and Central Office representatives. The high point of the day, besides being given the “All Clear” notice, was picnic lunch served on the parking lot by our very own Superintendent Tanoos, Mr. Lentes, Officer Shahadey, Mr. Fennell, Mr. Steward, Mr. Klippel, Mr. Carter, and Mr. McKinney. Our first school day this year will not soon be forgotten.  

Another exciting news item from the home of the Racers is that we have been chosen to receive a new canopy, designed by Mr. Matthew Piker, founder of and designer for Majeur Won. The design complements our building beautifully, and it is especially gratifying that Piker urged our school family to be an integral part of the project. At our town hall meeting, he made it clear that any and all comments and suggestions are welcomed and will be considered. Piker, an outstanding product of the Vigo County School Corp., is giving back to our community in an unbelievably generous way, and we thank him for allowing Riley to be part of this ambitious endeavor. Artistic renderings are on display in our foyer; comments on the project should be directed to matther@majuerwon.com. Information about Mr. Piker’s company can be located at www.majuerwon.com, or facebook.com/majeurwon.

— School staff



Terre Town

Captain Cash Says … “It’s never too early to save.”

“Captain Cash,” a new elementary curriculum designed by Purdue Extension, is setting sail in your community. It’s never too early for children to learn how to become eager earners, savvy savers, wise spenders, and careful borrowers. This financial literacy program will engage children in money-smart activities and start them down the road to financial fitness.

Terre Town Elementary School has partnered with Purdue Extension Educators to bring “Captain Cash” into the third grade classrooms. Each student will participate in four class sessions, as well as take home parent newsletters with suggested at-home games and activities that focus on earning, saving, planned spending, and wise borrowing of money. Each session introduces money-related vocabulary words and teaches money concepts that are based on Indiana Academic Standards for math and social studies.

If you want to learn more about “Captain Cash” in your school, or embark on a money voyage of your own, contact Sarah Gaughan or Katarina Walker at (812) 462-3371. Remember, good financial habits start young.

— Purdue Extension,

 Vigo County

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