The Star Newsletter

March 2018

Dates to Remember

End of Third 9 Weeks: March 9

Spring Break: March 26 - March 30

February's Newsworthy Classrooms

3D Printing

Students at Western Boone Jr.-Sr. High School have been busy creating with the school's two 3D printers. To print an object, students first have to create 3D models using various 3D modeling software. Once a model has been created, students send their design to the 3D printer to create.

"3D printing is an innovative new technology and I'm thrilled that our students have access to a 3D printer through our Makerspace. Students have been excited to watch their objects being created in front of their eyes." - Ms. Skibbe

"Prior to 3D printing , students were creating 3D images on computers using software. They could see their design, even rotate it and add lighting. By using a 3D printer, students are able to create an object of their own design, then they are able to actually produce a 3D prototype of that design. Now they can feel the design and the textures on it. Next year in POE, the intention is to have students design their own working parts for the marble sorter project." - Mr. Gray

"The 3D printers are really neat and practical. It is a great learning experience on how to design parts and receive a finished product." - Josh Wright

"The 3D printer is the best thing that I could ever play with to make useful stuff." - Owen Kiplinger

"The 3D printer is an amazing piece of technology that is a wonder to learn about. It is just amazing that you can make almost anything and I can't wait for what the future holds for us in the realm of 3D printers." - Joseph Huber-Connors

Ecology Club Shoe Drive

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Western Boone Jr.-Sr. High School raised a record-breaking number of shoes for this year's Reuse Heart and Sole Annual Shoe Collection. With over 970 pairs of shoes collected, Western Boone also earned the top collection spot for Boone County. Western Boone's participation was led by members of the Ecology Club, which is sponsored by Mr. Brunty.

"Western Boone participated in the annual Reuse Heart & Sole Shoe Collection program sponsored by The Boone County Solid Waste Management District. The drive asked students and staff to bring in any shoes. These shoes are distributed to those in need of shoes in Central Indiana. We collected 970 shoes this year and we were the top collector for the entire county. Mr. Pierce was instrumental in our success as he and his students collected over 500 shoes for the cause." - Mr. Brunty

"It was really fun to take part in this drive. We collected about 950 shoes, which beat out our past record of 600. I did most of the collecting for Mr. Brunty and the Ecology Club; I think I collected about 550-600 of the shoes that were donated. It was fun to do that work, and to see all of the teachers and classes that were participating. They would be excited to have shoes for me, or I could remind them to bring in shoes and tease them about forgetting for the 4th day in a row. I am proud of how well the drive this year, especially with the student body for bringing in so many shoes. I am glad I was able to do as much as I could for the drive, and I hope that future years can do as well as this year." - Riley DeLong

"Being able to take part in a record-breaking year for the shoe drive was a great experience. Breaking the old record by 520 shoes and collecting the most shoes in Boone County felt good because it really felt like we were making a huge impact." - Dalton Brown

WeBo Art Gallery

Counselor's Corner

WEBO school counselors have been busy working with your students to discuss their schedules. A list of classes will be sent home with each student before Spring Break for your final approval. Any schedule change requests must be made in writing by April 13 so that we can finalize our schedule and staffing for the 18-19 school year.

Seniors planning to attend higher education should be busy with scholarship applications and the FAFSA. Students should review the senior newsletter regularly for new scholarship postings. Many deadlines are approaching. In addition, the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) must be filed by April 15 to be considered for financial aid (Please note: some colleges have earlier deadlines, so check with your school of choice).

Students who are enrolled in the 21st Century Scholars Program are reminded to continue working on their Scholar Success Program requirements. See Mr. Pelley if you need assistance. Parents of 7th and 8th grade students are reminded to enroll your student in the 21st Century Scholars Program if you meet income requirements. Enroll your child online at or contact Mr. Pelley.

LOL of the Month

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