Baugo Schoolhouse

Corporate Publication of Baugo Community Schools: Fall 2019

Superintendent's Message

Baugo Community Schools has built a strong reputation for academic achievement, parent involvement, and community engagement. We recognize the important role that schools play in building community pride. We understand that when we increase school engagement our community is a better place for our children. We appreciate the confidence afforded us and welcome the greater community to be a part of the Baugo Community Schools. Please take time to read through this edition of the Baugo Schoolhouse and learn for yourself why Jimtown is such a special place.

-Byron Sanders, Superintendent, Baugo Community Schools

Sharpe Stadium Dedication - September 13, 2019

The Board of School Trustees passed a resolution on July 22nd to name the new stadium in honor of Coach Bill Sharpe. The dedication ceremony included the reading of a dedication proclamation from the board and the unveiling of a dedication rock and plaque. Bill Sharpe coached the Jimmies for 27 years. His teams earned four state championships, six semi-state titles, 10 regional titles, and 17 sectional titles. He was inducted into the Indiana Football Hall of Fame in 2004. Coach Sharpe reminded us that, "...It's amazing what a group of people can do when nobody cares who gets the credit...".

Welcome to Knepp Field at Sharpe Stadium

Jimtown Junior High 8th Grade attends Manufacturing Day

Manufacturing Day is a national celebration meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. The event gives businesses an opportunity to open their doors and show what manufacturing is, and what it isn’t. Negative perceptions of the manufacturing industry are a significant recruitment challenge and our young people have limited access to accurate information about this pathway. By working together, businesses can address the skilled labor shortages they face, connect with future generations, and ensure the ongoing prosperity of the community. Elkhart County Manufacturing Day is implemented through a partnership with HEA, and all seven Elkhart County School Districts and more than 75 local businesses. Our JJHS 8th grade participated in this event on October 9th with organized lessons taught the week before and a post activity after the trip.

Jimtown Elementary Students Walk Into Their Futures at Bethel University

On September 26th, over 600 students, staff and parents set out to explore higher education at Bethel University for our 2nd annual “Walk into my Future.” This event is designed to give students a positive experience on a college campus. The staff and students at Bethel led exciting group activities and gave tours of the campus to our Junior Jimmies. From the very beginning of their education, we want our students to see college as an option. By visiting local colleges, trade schools and universities throughout their years at Jimtown, students will see continuing education as a real possibility.

Baugo Community Schools also wants to partner with parents to begin saving for college or trade school. By helping to set up College Savings Accounts and making the first $25.00 deposit, we want to help fulfill the promise of preparing every Jimtown student for college or trade school. Thanks to Teacher’s Credit Union, Promise Indiana, and Baugo Central Office for sponsoring and supporting this event.

Jimtown Intermediate Fall Festival

Several years ago, Jimtown Intermediate decided to create an event which took place in the fall that allowed the community to have a safe and welcoming place to participate in some fall activities. Mrs. Brubaker sat with the PTO at JIS and mentioned her interest in developing some sort of event. The JIS PTO ran with the idea and what they have continued to do for the last several years has been absolutely amazing! The Fall Festival took place on October 18th this year. As always, it was extremely well attended and there was fun to be had for all the family. There was a trunk or treat, games, book fair, a potions lab, treat walk, a craft fair in the gym and a costume contest. This event has been a great opportunity to engage our community as well as give our high school students and staff a chance to serve and meet our kiddos. Huge shout out to JIS PTO for continuing to make this event such a success.

Champions Together at Jimtown High School

Students at Jimtown High School understand the importance of community. They know that all students have something to contribute, and they work to make sure everyone feels included.

This is evidenced through student events like last spring’s Champions Together event chaired by a then Junior, Clay Campbell. Clay is involved in the IHSAA Student Advisory Committee, and he used these resources to help start a Champions Together day of bowling for students with special needs in our district.

This event started with a lunch of pizza, then JHS student volunteers traveled with their Champion Buddy to Signature Lanes bowling alley, where they bowled together for nearly two hours. Students had an ice cream treat, then headed back to school.

In order to fund this event, Clay presented his idea for the event to all schools in the district, as well as several businesses. Through the generosity of business sponsorships and staff Jeans Week fundraisers, he was able to make this day happen.

So many students want to be involved this year, Clay is finding other ways for student volunteers to buddy with these students with special needs, including visiting during homeroom and another event this spring.

Health Sciences at Jimtown High School

Recently added to the menu of Career and Technical Education courses at Jimtown High School are three Health Care Specialty courses, Health Science 1, Health Science 2 and Medical Terminology. These courses allow our students to move into any of the following concentrations: Certified Nursing Assistant, Pre-Nursing, Dental Health, Emergency Medical Technician, Veterinary Careers, Medical Assisting and Sports Medicine, as well as internships in the healthcare field.

The instructor for these courses, Mrs. Gibson, works hard to give students at Jimtown High School exposure to as many different health careers as possible. Pictured is a physical therapist who had students try some of the activities she does with her patients.

Students who complete these courses will have hands-on experiences and a strong foundational knowledge of Health Science and Medical Terminology, preparing them for a high demand career in the medical field.

Jimtown Alumnus Highlight

Mrs. Talandra Neff (Johnson), Class of 1992

After graduating from Jimtown High School, Talandra earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University in 1996, a Masters of Education at Indiana University South Bend in 2008, and an administrative license from Bethel University in 2013. Today, Mrs. Neff serves as an Assistant Professor of Special Education at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Indiana. Talandra and her husband have five children. Talandra credits Jimtown with providing her a foundation that helped her become a critical thinker. She values the importance of community that Baugo Community Schools fostered and believes that her Jimtown education still helps her to strive for inclusive excellence.

Board of School Trustees

Board Meetings

The Board of School Trustees generally meets on the 2nd and 4th Monday of the month at 7:00pm at the Educational Service Center. A calendar of meetings can be found on the district website at