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South Dearborn Schools Registration PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, July 01, 2013 7:18 PM

South Dearborn Schools, K·12, will be open for registration for the 2013-2014 school year on the following dates:

Aurora Elementary School, Dillsboro Elementary School, Manchester Elementary School and Moores Hill Elementary School will register on Thursday, July 18 from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

The following book fees will be charged for grades K-6:
Kindergarten = $ 22.15
Grade One = $ 72
Grade Two = $ 55.95
Grade Three = $ 50.55
Grade Four = $ 29.35
Grade Five = $ 29.60
Grade Six = $ 39

South Dearborn Middle School students will have open enrollment on the following dates:
Tuesday, July 16, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Wednesday, July 17, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Thursday, July 18, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday, July 19, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

South Dearborn High School students will register as follows:

New student and new re-enrollment students: Monday, July 22 or Tuesday, July 23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Pay book bills/make class changes- Grades 9-12: Wednesday, July 24 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. or Thursday, July 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Book fees for grades 7-12 will be determined at registration based upon courses taken by individual students.

All book fees reflect a reduction of $50 per student due to contributions from the South Dearborn Schools Endowment Corporation riverboat gaming revenue.

The first day of school for all South Dearborn students will be Wednesday, July 31.

Johnson grant/award winner PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, June 12, 2013 8:32 PM

Roy Johnson, Agricultural Science Instructor at East Central High School, is the 2013 Educator Grant/Award winner of the newly-created Dearborn County Retired Teachers Foundation, Inc.

An instructor of Agricultural Science at East Central High School, Johnson has already helped his students construct raised garden beds made of 2” x 10” non-pressure treated pine lumber.  Summer crops have been planted and will be harvested when school resumes in August. Future plans will include FFA students in the maintaining of the garden plots.

Speaking to the retired teachers at the Dearborn County Retired Teachers Association get-together in June, Johnson spoke of the need to teach students and their families where and how they get the food which they so often take for granted. He commented that it only takes a small plot of land to reap very big rewards in terms of taste and nutrition.

The project is exciting for Johnson as it gets students outside. Some of his students have never really done any type of physical labor. He said, “We live in a nation where a majority of the citizenry no longer knows how to feed itself. Students will be learning to grow their own food. This is a concept that has been lost in our nation of mass-produced ‘non-local’ food.

Over 90 percent of the food consumed in Indiana is imported from other states.”

The project does not stop here. In addition to building the garden beds and planting the crops, other students will be involved in his landscape design classes.  Culinary Arts students of fellow teacher Brenda Osman will be utilizing the food produced in their cooking classes.

A native from Dearborn County, Johnson graduated from East Central High School where he is now employed. He has a passion for the work that he does with his students. This is the type of quality education which the Dearborn County Foundation seeks to recognize with its awarding of its annual Grant/Award.

Central Elementary School awards the Marge Wells Kindness Award for the 27th year PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, June 12, 2013 8:31 PM

On Monday, May 13, Central Elementary School awarded the Marge Wells Kindness Award. The Marge Wells Kindness Award began in 1987 when a car accident claimed the life of a third grade Teacher, Marge Wells. Marge was a person who demonstrated many wonderful qualities. It is because of her love of teaching and her dedication to her students and families, that the Marge Wells Kindness Award was formed.

Each year, every third grade teacher nominates a student from their classroom who demonstrates the qualities that Marge Wells is remembered for: Well mannered, helpful, hardworking, kind and considerate, respect for people, things, and nature, patient and cheerful.

The nominees for the 2013 Marge Wells Kindness Award were: Alyson Galey, daughter of Karl and Debra Galey; Jackson Karsteter, son of Chris and Tawnya Karsteter; Bristal Cendro, daughter of Rafael and Kendra Oberting Cendro; Shakia Salter, daughter of Steve and Jennifer Salter; Payten Rosemeyer, son of Ashley Munt; Elizabeth Heine, daughter of Andy and Rachel Heine; and Lexi Billingly, daughter of Paul and Mary Billingly.

The winner of the 2013 Marge Wells Kindness Award was Alyson Galey. Alyson received a trophy, a framed certificate, her nomination letter, and her name engraved on a plaque along with the past twenty six recipients. The nominees also received a framed certificate along with their nomination letter.

Honored guests, either present or mentioned, at the ceremony were past recipients and their families. Past recipients were: 1987-Keisha Todd Kaffenberger, 1988-Jennifer Frye Balsley, 1989-Jerad Lebretton, 1990-Amy Rupp, 1991-Jason Hall, 1992-Casey Moreillon, 1993,Heather Dausch, 1994-Nate Thomas, 1995-Dustin Combs,1996,Ricky Richardson,1997-Traci Vinson, 1998-Victor Chandler. 1999,Alisa Stough, 2000-Louis Burlage, 2001·Garrison Koehler, 2002-Jessica Sizemore, 2003-Tyler Ballard, 2004-Jodi Offutt, 2005-John Mancarella, 2006-Cara Wissinger, 2007-Emily Emery, 2008-Kelcey Mucker, 2009·Zach Cosby, 2010-Kaylee Cunningham, 20ll-Ariei Calion and 2012-Katie Kinnett.
Other honored guests were the second grade staff and students from LPS.

3 S-D DI teams go global PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, April 18, 2013 5:41 PM

It was an exciting weekend for Sunman-Dearborn school teams at Destination Imagination's Indiana State Finals, as all six Sunman-Dearborn teams placed in the top three, said DI team manager Sheree Barrell.

Three teams won first place, two teams won second place and one team won third in competition Saturday, April 13, at Hamilton Southeastern High School, Fishers.
The three first-place teams now head to the University of Tennessee to compete in Global Finals, said Barrell. They will meet and compete with other teams from around the country and the world.

What is Destination Imagination? It is an exciting, community-based program, open to all school-aged children, she said.

“It builds creativity, problem-solving and teamwork skills,” she said.Teams of five to seven students work with adult team managers for six to seven months devising a solution to a challenge: an open-ended problem with a set of rules.

“Team members write scripts, compose music, build sets and structures, create technical devices, fashion costumes, construct a set, choreograph their performance, and respond instantly to given situations,” explained Barrell.

First places
The elementary team, The North Dearborn Ninjas, chose a non-verbal challenge which is very difficult, said Barrell, explaining this also is their first year in DI.

This team consists of six second and third graders from NDES: Abby Bowling, Michael Hamon, Katie Messmer, Erin Pottschmidt, Lilly Scholle and Leah South, said Barrell. They performed a skit for the “In Disguise” Challenge. The skit could not contain any words, and had to be about someone/something changing their identity or personality and using a disguise.

“They had to include a decorative and morphing mask in their skit,” said Barrell. “The kids created a skit about a bully that changed his ways and made some friends after he realized that being a bully was no fun.” They created a classroom setting out of 100% recycled materials using old boxes and paper tubes. Each member created his or her own mask for their skit.

They placed first at the regional level and first at the state level competitions, said Barrell.

The Sunman Dearborn Middle School/Intermediate School team, which goes by LAME, OK (their initials,) chose an outreach community service challenge: project Outreach Real to Reel and helped the Heart House, local homeless shelter in Aurora, said Barrell.

Most of this team has been doing DI for years: Lucy Brush, Ashley Craig, Molly Graham, Emily Smith, Olivia Barrell and Karen Robbins.

“They worked hard to raise money and items for the shelter. They held a Christmas party for the children at the Heart House and bought lots of Christmas presents from their fundraising projects,” said Barrell.

In their challenge, they had to film, edit and present a documentary movie about their project and also include a press conference during their presentation, she said.

They built an elaborate set of a city that changes into a future city where Lady Gaga is the president!

They also made an Ice Chamber that housed two “frozen team members” who thawed out before our eyes, said Barrell.

“The whole experience gave them a new understanding of the hardships that some people face and how to help make a difference,” she said. They, too, placed first.

The East Central High School team, MANABS, are all seniors and have been working together as a team since elementary school: Megan Campbell, Angie Bittner, Natalie Pottschmidt, Brandon Kline and Sydney Raftery.

They chose the Improve Challenge: Change in RealiTee, said Barrell. They had to use tee shirts, markers and create an improvisation skit about the world that has undergone a dramatic change overnight.

Not only did they earn a first place, “they were so funny they had the judges laughing very hard,” said Barrell. “They even have a 'following' of other teams that come to study them to so they can improve their own team's skills,” she said.

All of the seniors are going to college next year and feel that their experience in DI has definitely broadened their horizons and given them great thinking and communication skills, said Barrell.
Global Finals is the culminating event of every Destination Imagination season, she said. In May, over 1,200 teams from teams from 45 states, seven Canadian provinces and 13 countries gather to showcase their Challenge solutions.

Over 15,000 people attend Global Finals to celebrate creativity and have fun.

This does have great expense, said Barrell, asking folks to “please help these awesome kids get to Globals!”

The teams are fund raising with Snappy Tomato Pizza Night in Bright Thursday, April 18, Wednesday, April 24, and Friday, April 26, said Barrell

“Please come out and support us,” she said, thanking Snappy Tomato Pizza for all its support.
There are other fund raisers and grants in the works, and if there are any companies that would like to donate and sponsor the team please contact Jean Schmeltzer, DI coordinator and SDIS teacher at jschmeltzer@sunmandearborn.k.12.in.us or Barrell, SDMS/SDIS team manager at haveahearttoday@gemail.com.

The two S-D teams placing second: ECHS team Awesome Opossums, project Wind Visible; and S-DIS team Let's Band Together, team In Disguise. ECHA team Duct Tape Junkies placed third with Twist-O-Rama.

Novel inspires students to help other kids PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, April 18, 2013 5:40 PM

Students in Nancy Lillie’s class at Sunman-Dearborn Intermediate School were inspired to help other kids after reading  the novel, Maniac Magee, by Jerry Spinelli.  

The story is about an orphaned boy who ran from one place to the next, trying to find a place to belong.  It explored themes of homelessness and of racism. 

His athletic feats and his boldness made him a legend.  At one point, an elderly gentleman gave him a bag so he could carry his things.  This was something he had never had and became a precious item to him.

The 3T Project (Totes for Tots and Teens) is a real-life connection to this story.  

This organization began because children who were removed from their homes, for safety and/or health reasons, would have to pack their few belongings into garbage bags, making the child feel that they were to be “thrown away” instead of being taken to a safer place. 

3T collects backpacks, suitcases, and totes for children to help solve this problem.  

Sixth-grade teacher Patty Pierce’s adopted son, Anthony, informed S-DIS of the program last year and held a drive.   

He agreed to work with the class this year, and students collected a total of 20 bags.