Cat Tracks

2019-2020 Edition

*1st Student Day is Friday, August 16*

School Hours are 8:25am-3:17pm

*A note from Superintendent Gaff*

There are Great Things happening at CN!

Central Noble focuses on providing meaningful, enriching opportunities to prepare today’s students to become tomorrow’s leaders. Some of the unique opportunities include outdoor education programs, problem-based learning at all levels, state of the art technology integration (iPad’s and MacBook’s), maker space and robotics labs at all buildings as well as various extra-curricular programs.

The District is comprised of three buildings: Central Noble Primary (K-2), Central Noble Elementary (3-5), and Central Noble Junior-Senior High (6-12). The small school environment, centered on student mastery, allows students to receive individualized learning opportunities. To meet the diverse needs of our students, Central Noble is a member of the Northeast Indiana Special Education Cooperative and the IMPACT Institute. Partnerships with the Impact Institute and multiple universities allow our students to begin to receive post-secondary credentials as a jump-start toward a future meaningful career. These, along with other community partnerships, have allowed us to maintain a small-school feel while providing big-school opportunities.

CN has a continuous focus on preparing our graduates to meet the needs of the ever-changing world around them. Through the creation of Portrait of a Graduate, the district has created a pathway for student success. A concentrated effort on application of academic standards, character education, and 21stcentury skills, along with community partnerships, allows Central Noble students to compete for highly sought-after employment and entrepreneurial opportunities.

Central Noble Schools is an open enrollment school corporation. If you would like more information about the available opportunities at Central Noble, please contact my office at 260.636.2175.

It is a Great day to be a Cougar!

Troy Gaff, Superintendent

*2019-2020 T-Shirts are now Available!*

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The new Cougar Nation Pack Member tees are available for purchase!

The tees can be purchased at each school's Open House/Back to School Night on August 15th or at Central Office Monday-Friday.

Youth Sizes S-L $10 each

Adult Sizes S-5XL $15 each

#cnproud wristbands ($1 each) and Stadium Seat Cushions ($5 each) also available!

Get yours before they're gone!!

*Open House & Orientation*

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*NEW!--New to CN Jr/Sr High Student Orientation*

New for 2019-2020 is a New to CN Student Orientation!!

Any Jr/Sr High level student (grades 6-12) that will be new to the Corporation are invited to attend a New to CN Orientation. Here, those students will be able to meet with guidance to discuss scheduling, have a more personal tour of the building, purchase CN spirit wear, be able to meet with foodservice and much, much more to get acclimated to your new surroundings!

Parents and Students who are considering the move to Central Noble Jr/Sr High are also encouraged to attend.

Please share this information with any family you know who may be new to the School!

Who: New to CN Jr/Sr High Students and Parents/Guardians

When: August 12: 9am-7pm

Where: Gym Deck (Enter through Door 1)

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*Free/Reduced Lunch Benefits*

You can apply for Free/Reduced Lunch Benefits two easy ways:

1. Visit to apply online (recommended)

2. Pick up a paper copy at the School or Central Office (must be the original yellow paper only)

What to know about Free/Reduced Lunch Benefits:

**You must reapply for benefits each school year

**Benefits from the previous school year are only valid for the first sixty (60) days of the new school year-you must submit your new application during this time

**If you do not submit a new application or do not turn it in within the first sixty (60) days and your benefits lapse, you are responsible for any meal charges during that time

**A la Carte purchases at the Jr/Sr High are NOT covered by Free/Reduced Benefits. You are responsible for these purchases

Did you know that the Free and Reduced Lunch Program is a Federally Subsidized program that has no cost to the School District? Actually, it HELPS the district. Much of the Federal funding that the district receives is calculated based on Free and Reduced numbers.

*Meal Cost & Payments*

Standard meal costs for the 2019-2020 School Year are as follows:

Elementary Breakfast: $1.40(Full Pay) $.30(Reduced)
Elementary Lunch: $2.50(Full Pay) $.40(Reduced)
Jr/Sr High Breakfast: $1.60(Full Pay) $.30(Reduced)
Jr/Sr High Lunch: $2.80(Full Pay) $.40(Reduced)
Additional a la carte items are available for purchase at the Jr/Sr High. These items do NOT apply to free/reduced rates. All a la carte purchases are the family's financial responsibility.

Adults are also eligible to purchase School Breakfast or Lunch at the rates below. No Free or Reduced rates apply to adult purchases.
Adult Breakfast: $2.15
Adult Lunch: $3.10
Additional a la carte items are available for purchase at the Jr/Sr High.

Payments to lunch accounts can be made in several different ways, as follows:
1. Online at (recommended for quickest application to student account)
2. In person at the school office where you student attends
3. In person, or over the phone at Central Office

Low balance and negative balance notices are sent via email. You will receive a notice at $10.00, then $3.00 left in the account and then at $-3.00 and at -$10.00. You are also able to view lunch balances through your PowerSchool parent portal. Due to processsing time, we recommend you make payments toward the account before it reaches $10 left, to ensure your student is able to purchase a standard meal.

Please understand students are NOT allowed to charge more than 2 meals on a negative account. If an account is negative, they will not be eligible to purchase a standard meal. They will instead be served an alternative meal of a sandwich, fruits and vegetable and a milk.

Please see below our School Board Policy regarding Negative Lunch Balances:

Significant negative lunch account balances shall not be permitted. A significant negative lunch account balance is any balance owed in excess of $10.00.

If a student has a significant negative lunch account balance, s/he shall be provided an alternate meal, the cost of which shall continue to accrue to his/her negative lunch account balance, and his/her parent(s) shall be contacted to collect the outstanding charges. The alternate meal will be a low-cost alternative to the regular reimbursable meal and shall meet USDA nutritional standards or the Smart Snacks in Schools Regulations so that it qualifies for reimbursement under the National School Lunch/Breakfast Program.

Furthermore, if a student has a significant negative lunch account balance, the student shall not be permitted to charge any à la carte food or beverage items.

*School Buses*

**Riding the bus to school is a privilege, not a right. A full list of Bus Rules & Safety Tips is available on our website by clicking the Documents Tab under Buses or downloading below.

**Our bus fleet now includes 2 buses with seat belts. Please download and review the Training Guide below with your student. This form is also available on our website by clicking the Documents Tab under Buses and will also be distributed to all registered bus riders in August. Students who are on a bus with seat belts, whether during their full-time route, a shuttle, field trip or athletic event, are required to wear their seat belt at all times. There are NO EXCEPTIONS to this rule. Should students not abide by this rule bus privileges may be revoked.

**Please be READY AND WAITING for you bus each day. If your child misses the bus, parents are responsible to provide transportation to or from school. Due to tight routing schedules, the driver will not be able to re-route to come back for students who miss the bus.

**A Transportation Change Request must be completed for any long-term or permanent change in bussing. This form is available on our website under the Buses tab, by CLICKING HERE, or physical copies are also available at each school office. Please note that changes can take up to 48 hours to take effect, so plan accordingly.

*Textbook Rental/Class Fees*

Invoices for classes will be sent out early this fall. Students who quality for Free/Reduced Lunches may also qualify for Free textbooks. Please be sure to submit your federal lunch application to see if you quality AND have the textbooks section marked.

If you have questions about book fees, please contact the Treasurer at your child's school.

Once invoices are mailed, a due date will be noted. If you are unable to pay in full by that date, you can make payment arrangements by contacting the school treasurer where the student attends.

*Immunization Requirements*

Please look over the Nurses Corner information page below regarding required immunizations to enroll in school. Nurses can be contacted with any questions regarding the requirements or how to submit a waiver beginning August 14th.

*Student Contact Information*

Please be sure to update your contact information, anytime there is a change, with the school office. If you move, get a new (or additional) phone number or even change your email address, it's vital that we are aware.

Our goal is to keep you informed! Help us do that, with accurate contact information.

*Impact Institute*

(HS Juniors & Seniors Only)

Central Noble will continue to provide transportation to the Impact Institute in Kendallville.

Transportation is provided to any Impact student who needs it. The bus leaves from Door 1 at the Jr/Sr High at 7:20 a.m. each day, and will return at 11:10 a.m.

Impact Classes begin on Wednesday, August 14. Cosmetology also has 4 dates prior they are in session: August 5, 6, 7 & 9. The bus will run as normal on ALL dates.

Remember--If Impact is in session on a pre-scheduled date that Central Noble is not (such as Spring Break), the bus will still run as normal for students to attend. The only time the bus will not run is on a delay, weather closing or pre-scheduled day off that coincides with an Impact Closure, such as Winter Break. If you have questions about if the bus is available, please speak with the Bus Driver or Guidance.

*When Central Noble is delayed OR closed, the Vocational Bus will NOT run.

*When East Noble is delayed OR closed, there are NO AM sessions, even if Central Noble has not delayed or closed.

Printable PDF's of both the standard and Cosmetology calendars are provided below. Specific questions regarding Impact courses and schedules should be directed to either Impact directly or through the Guidance Office.

*Delays & Closings*

Delay & Closing notifications are available in the following ways:

1. Social Media. Follow us on Instagram (centralnobleschools), Twitter (@CentralNoble) & Facebook (@CentralNobleSchools). Delay & Closing information typically hits social media outlets before the local news and radio get it posted.

2. School Messenger. Central Noble utilizes School Messenger for mass texts, phone calls and emails to parents regarding delays, closings and other vital or emergency information throughout the school year. Remember---if you have a change in your phone number(s) or email, you need to update it with the school offices in order for it to be updated in School Messenger to continue receiving these alerts.

3. News & Radio. Delay & Closing postings are distributed to :

*TV Channels: Wane TV (Channel 15), ABC 21, NBC 33

*Radio Stations: K105, WMEE, WOWO, WAJI/WLDE & WAWK

*Laptop & iPad Service Agreements/Insurance Information*

Specific questions regarding the Service Agreements or Fees should be directed to the Technology Department by calling 260-636-2175.
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*School Supply Lists*

Download a printable PDF of your school's supply list! Supply lists are also on the school website under each school's homepage.

*2019-2020 Calendar*

The School Calendar is always available on the Central Noble website under the What's Popular tabs.