Fall Edition--November, 2022

News and Events from White River Valley School District

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WRVSD Receives Grants for STEM/Innovative Programs

Indiana Department of Education Recognizes Current District Initiatives

The White River Valley School District has recently authored and received three grants for its innovative programs. In July, the district received a $175,000 grant from the Indiana Department of Education's Career Pathways Division through a 3-E Grant.

3-E Grant

Explore, Engage, and Experience grants are designed to give students in grades K-12 opportunities for career studies and work-based learning engagement opportunities. The grant received by WRVSD will run over the 2022-23 and 2023-24 school years and will help fund a number of innovative programs, including WRV High School's Wolverine Enterprises LLC student-run businesses program, increase the amount of industry certification that our students can earn before graduation, the implementation of work-based learning at the middle school level, the addition of additional opportunities for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) activities at WRV Middle School and WRV Elementary School, and the use of Xello Careers Software programs in grades K-12 to help students with career exploration and help build each student's individual talent set. The software will help supplement our increased career exploration curriculum.


WRVSD has been the recipient of two separate $25,000 grants that will increase the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) opportunities for students at White River Valley Middle School. Jacob Graham, the district STEM coordinator, Megan Cargal (MS technology teacher/STEM assistant), building administrators, and central office personnel worked together to plan additional curriculum opportunities in STEM for our students, including 3-D design and printing, glowforge design and printing, and additional work-based learning projects that will give our students great "hands-on learning experiences.

These grant awards help WRV in supplementing dollars for equipment and materials that we could not afford on our own. Over the course of the last five years, grants have brought an additional 1.2 million dollars to the district budget.

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Graham, Cargal named Regional Opportunity Initiative Inc. STEM Fellows for 2022-23

Two WRV Middle School teachers have been selected by the Regional Opportunity Initiative Inc. as Indiana Uplands STEM Fellows for the 2022-23. Jacob Graham and Megan Cargal (pictured above) applied for this professional development opportunity after being nominated by building principal Jason Walton. Both teachers are highly involved with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) curriculum design and implementation of special curriculum offerings for students at White River Valley Middle School. As STEM Fellows, both teachers will receive guided professional development to build a stronger STEM environment for our students at the middle school. They also receive a small stipend for being involved in the program.

WRV Elementary 3rd Graders Score County Best in 2022 I-READ Literacy Testing

98 Percent Passing Mark Beats State Averages As Well

WRV Elementary School principal, Mrs. Rachel Guthrie is pleased to announce that after receiving last Spring's test results that WRV students lead Greene County in this statewide literacy benchmark. Students are tested on reading and literacy skills in April. Ninety-eight percent of WRV 3rd grade students passed the benchmark test. Students and teachers are to be commended for their work as the state average for passing was only 81.6%.

"I was really happy for our students and teachers. We have worked very hard to build a strong literacy curriculum. Teachers have been very purposeful in their curricular approach, and our students have responded beautifully. I am really proud of them," responded Mrs. Guthrie.

Every third grade student in Indiana is required to take the literacy test with mandatory remediation for those who don't pass. Students have a second opportunity to take the test in order to qualify to move to grade four. The I-READ 3 Test is one of the new school ranking categories in the soon-to-be-released Department of Education School Dashboard.

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WRV Wolverine Enterprises LLC Recognized by Indpls. Conexus Group; Set to Hold Annual Open House on Friday, November 4th

White River Valley High School's innovative Wolverine Enterprises LLC Program presented in Indianapolis on Wednesday, November 2nd at the first Conexus Student Industries Council. WRV High School was one of only eight districts around the state asked to present their unique student-run businesses program. Members of the student logistics team created a presentation and power point explaining the program and its operation and delivered it to over 250 manufacturing industry leaders, educators, and student leaders. Conexus is a not-for-profit organization based in Indianapolis that helps build talent development for business and industry across the state.

Wolverine Enterprises was represented by members of the logistics team. Pictured above are (from left to right) senior Michael John Solliday, Student Chief Executive Officer; senior Mattlyn Hollingsworth, Student Chief Operations Officer; junior Max Hostetter, logistics; senior Wesley Sludder, Student Chief Financial Officer; and senior Brayden Teepe, logistics. WRV was also represented by faculty program director, Ms. Katelyn Thomas, Faculty Chief Executive Office, Mr. Justin Scheller, Faculty Chief Financial Officer, Mrs. Jade Bridges, Principal Mr. Doug Lewis, and Superintendent Dr. Bob Hacker.


The Wolverine Enterprise LLC will present its annual Open House to give students, parents, community partners, and WRV patrons an opportunity to come and view each business's products for purchase and ordering services. The event is open to the public and each Enterprise business will be available. We appreciate the work and services that each wing of the business presents. Each business has a faculty leader and a student manager and staff. The following business and products/services are available:

Agriculture Production and Power: Mr. Sam Zuckschwerdt

(Welding, Small Engines, Vegetables, Plants, Specialty Projects)

Precision Machining: Mr. Matt Birt

(Plasma Cutting, 3 Axis CNC projects, Specialty Services Projects_

Advanced Manufacturing--wood working: Mr. Charles Hancock

(Porch Swings, Rocking Chairs, End Tables, Special Projects)

Frozen Feast: Mrs. Betsy Misner
(Desserts, Cookie Dough, Ice Cream, Single Family Meals)

Fine Arts Productions: Miss Ann Drappo

(Jewerly, Pottery, 2-D and 3-D artwork, Candles)

Print Production and Services: Mr. Justin Scheller

(WRV Spirit Wear, Embroidery projects, Specialty Signs, and Printing Projects)

We look forward to hosting our local community on Friday, November 4th from 4-6:30PM.

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Fall Sport Wrap-Up Highlighted by Volleyball Sectional Title

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WRV had a successful Fall Sports season in a number of athletic ventures, leading off with a sectional championship. The WRV HS volleyball team, under Coach Angie York, won the Clay City Sectional Championship...the first since 1996. The team was led by seniors All-SWIAC Kylie Palmer and Casey Baker along with All-SWIAC freshman Evelyn Abrams. The team didn't lose a single set in sectional play before falling to Indy Lutheran at the Edinburgh Regional. Palmer also earned All-State Academic honors!

The WRV soccer program had a great Fall with all teams recording winning records at all levels. The boys varsity team, coached by Matt Settles, finished a sectional runner-up with a 12-5-1 record...their 4th consecutive winning season. Junior Dalton Fulford was named as WRV's second program All District playerr after leading the team with 30 goals. Michael John Solliday was named Academic All-State as the team's lone senior. The girls varsity team tallied an 8-4-2 record under Coach April Settles. The team was led by lone senior Lanie Vestal. This was only year two for the girls' program, so tremendous strides were made. Both middle school teams won conference championships at Jasper...the girls' team going undefeated to do so. WRV Soccer has a bright future ahead.

Jake Antibus and Lukas Wilhoite qualified for the cross country Regional...advancing through the always tough Brown County sectional with state power Columbus North. Antibus also earned All SWIAC honors. The team was led by two seniors, Brandt Driscol and James Moore. Driscol earned Academic All State honors.

The WRV HS tennis team was young and inexperienced this season as the team didn't have any seniors. The team played hard and gained valuable playing experience for the future.

Renovation Work Continues at WRV HS and WRV ES

Work continues to be completed on renovation projects at two WRVSD schools. New locker room renovations have been completed at the high school with a new HVAC system, gym roof and drainage, and south gym parking lot nearing completion. At the elementary school, a new HVAC system is well on its way to completion along with a new cafeteria and warming kitchen. The old cafe will be renovated into three new classroom spaces. All work should be completed just after the first of the year. A new pre-kindergarten playground was completed last month. Students, teachers, and staff have been patient as work has continued throughout the first semester. We look forward to the work being completed and opened to students.

WRV Drama Department to present THE LION KING this weekend!!

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Junior After Prom Parents Hosting the Harlem Wizards vs. Local Hoosiers on November 12th!

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White River Valley Schools promote academic achievement through giving students outstanding experiences in the innovative teaching of a RIGOROUS and RELEVANT CURRICULUM, and the building of EMPLOYABILITY SOFT SKILLS through POSITIVE INTERACTIONS with peers and staff. WRVSD graduates are prepared to ENROLL in post-secondary school opportunities, ENLIST in military opportunities, or become EMPLOYED in a chosen career path.