South Putnam Middle/High School

October 2018 Newsletter

Mark Your Calendars

Our drama and music departments have collaborated in the musical You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Come support our students on either October 6 @ 7pm or October 7th @ 2pm.

National Honor Society will have their Induction/Tapping Ceremony on October 8 @ 7pm. There will also be a meeting for all National Honor Society members on October 10 @ 8am.

The South Putnam MS/HS Music Department will be having their first ever Fall "Pops" Concert on October 24, 2018 @ 7pm. Come out for a night of music ranging from Jazz to Hollywood and Broadway!

Natural Resource Day at the Putnam County Fairgrounds

The entire 7th grade attended the Natural Resource Day at the Putnam County Fairgrounds. They rotated through 13 different stations learning about topics on biofilters, water quality, forestry, entomology, bats, energy, soil, water safety, and wildlife. Local representatives gave the talks at each station.

From the desk of Principal Schimpf

The one constant is change, and one of the most important things we can do is teach our students how to deal with change in a positive fashion. From state requirements and accountability tests to new gym floors and student schedules, this semester we have faced some challenges. After the break ahead we will be shuffling some classes to address personnel moves. Please know that we have made attempts to place students into classes where they will find the most success. If you have questions please feel free to contact the office and we will be happy to discuss any concerns that you may have.

South Putnam Student Ambassadors

Congratulations to the following juniors for being added to our Student Ambassadors:

Taylor Montgomery

Abigail Teipen

Aubrey Hill

Karl Egold

Levi Girton

Our returning senior members from last year are listed below.

Nick Theis

Alex Faudree

David Lorimer

Allison Hochstetler

Whitney Boswell

Lily Scholarship

Congratulations to Helen Eaglin and Aidan LeBlanc for their great representation of South Putnam. Helen is a finalist for the Lily Scholarship, while Aidan made it to the Semi-Finals.

Robotics and Computer Science Receive Grants

The Sherman and Maria Fund of the Putnam County Community Foundation awarded the Computer Science and Robotics programs a grant for the purchase of some Micro:bits and accessories to assist in teaching microcomputer concepts in the classroom. The Micro:bits will be used in computer science classes to investigate how to incorporate sensors into everyday items, and to teach basic robotics. Robotics Club will be using a Micro:bit robot platform for their competitions this year, as they prepare to navigate a maze autonomously with their robot.

The Bloomington Robotics Club provided the South Putnam Robotics Club with a grant for a new VeXnet Bundle. This bundle of parts includes a new cortex and controller – the brains and the navigation for the VeX robotics system. South Putnam will use this bundle in their upcoming competitions to compete against several regional schools in robot hockey.

September 2018 Students of the Month

6th Grade - Danae Cline

Danae is great to have in class. She is very kind, respectful, and hardworking. She gets along with everyone. She is very active in her community as well. She plays softball for the 12U Smoke softball team, in involved in FCA, is a member of the 6th Grade Student Council, and is a member of the New Providence Church Youth Group. She also loves to play basketball and volleyball.

- Mr. Laney

7th Grade - Annabelle Lundy

Annabelle is kind and she helps in the class. She helps struggling students to stay on task. She helps with whatever we need to do in class. She is a real treasure.

- Mrs. Gillum

8th Grade - Megan Frazier

Megan has shown a great deal of growth in my class in terms of her comfort with public speaking. As part of my class one of the standards we address is leadership and communication by participating in different speeches, presentations, and written activities. This has pushed Megan to become a better speaker and she appears to be less fearful of these types of situations. Megan has also accepted feedback and applied it to her presentations very well, which has made her a joy to work with and a very coach-able kid. I appreciate every time I see her present, even though I'm not sure she feels the same. I can't wait to see how far these new skills will take her in the future.

- Ms. King

9th Grade - Trevor Vanihel

Trevor has been nominated for his outstanding performance in both Computer Science I and as a Tech Center TA. As a Tech Center TA, Trevor has taken the initiative in learning chromebook repair, and assisting other students with technology issues. He has been eager to learn more about the systems that we use daily, and how he can help support them. Similarly, in Computer Science, Trevor has completed all assignments well in advance of the deadline set forth for him. He has then proceeded to work on advanced projects, while taking the occasional break to assist classmates that are struggling with content. Trevor exemplifies the type of student that all teachers hope to have, and effects positive change in my classroom.

- Mr. Smith

10th Grade - Kennedy Langley

Kennedy has done an excellent job of staying focused and positive in a difficult AP class. She keeps up on her readings and helps other students. She asks good questions and is very respectful to everyone. I appreciate her energy and her desire to succeed.

- Mrs. Henry

11th Grade - Michael Stewart

Michael is a wonderful person and student. Not only is he always working hard but he is one of the nicest and most respectful students that I have taught. He is always kind, and I can only hope that my boys grow up to be like him.

- Mrs. Dickson

12th Grade - Grace Carr

Grace didn't slack off her senior year. She is taking many challenging classes and working hard to prepare herself for college. She has an admirable work ethic. She has high goals for herself, and I have no doubt that she will achieve them. I am so proud to be her teacher.

- Mrs. Hodge

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September Teacher of the Month is Mr. Laney

Congratulations to Brad Laney our September Teacher of the Month. Mr. Laney does great work for our students and his efforts do not go unnoticed.