DuneNews

Duneland School news for parents, students and teachers

March 14, 2019 Vo. 53 No. 17

Duneland School Corporation to host series of Public Meetings

Planning for the Next 50 Years of Serving Our Community and Students


The Duneland School Corporation will host a series of meetings for the purpose of sharing information about the District with the public. Duneland School Corporation representatives will be present to offer general information on the state of our schools as well as answer questions that the public might have regarding the proposed referendum.


On February 4, 2019, the locally elected Duneland School Corporation Board passed a resolution establishing that the Corporation will pursue a referendum that would, if passed by the voters residing in the Corporation, allow for a continuance of the referendum tax rate not to exceed $0.22.


2019 PUBLIC MEETING SCHEDULE


  • THURSDAY, MARCH 21 at 2:00 p.m. at Duneland Admin Center, 601 W Morgan Ave, Chesterton

  • WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3 at 2:00 p.m. at Westchester Public Library Baugher Center, 100 W. Indiana Ave., Chesterton

  • TUESDAY, APRIL 23 at 7:00 p.m. at Liberty Intermediate Library and Media Center, 50W 900N, Chesterton

Duneland Schools Celebrate National Breakfast Week

The Duneland School Corporation School Nutrition celebrated National Breakfast week this past week. Each of the Duneland Schools offered special breakfast menus with some having giveaways and special community guests from the Chesterton Police and Fire Department.
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JA for a Day at Yost Elementary

Chesterton High School and Junior Achievement (JA) of Chicago participated in a JA in a Day program at Newton Yost Elementary School on March 5, 2019.


The 23 CHS cadet teacher students taught 18 grade K-4 JA programs to over 300 Yost students. This collaboration allowed the CHS students to fulfill their required senior service hours as well as gain valuable teaching experience to fulfill requirements for the cadet teaching program. It also allowed Newton Yost Elementary to participate in a whole-school JA program. The CHS students will also be eligible for scholarships through Junior Achievement’s High School Heroes program. Junior Achievement provides programs that teach financial literacy, responsibility, and entrepreneurship to students in grades K-12.


CHS cadet teachers participating at Yost were Fatima Ahmad, Anna Anton, Victoria Balon, Shelby Bullock, Karissa Carter, Audrey Clinkert, Melina Condie, Anthony Frencl, Sarah Kaiser, Hannah Lange, Haydn Malackowski, Hannah Manske, Madelyn Matthys, Emma Olson, Evelyn Pabon, Priscilla Sabourin, Caroline Scheidt, Kaitlyn Shideler, Ariana Smith, Madeline Smith, Madison Torok, Chad Whelan and Mackenzie Wielgos.


For more information, please contact Kris Engel, JA Operations Manager, at kengel@jachicago.org. For more information about the CHS cadet teaching program, contact Elena Nelson at enelson@duneland.k12.in.us.

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Duneland Education Foundation grant awarded to CHS

The Duneland Education Foundation (DEF) awarded Chesterton High School with a grant for their new Alchemy Project. Alchemy Project is an interactive event for staff and students to explore and understand the differences and similarities of our diverse community. Photo above, left to right, are Colleen Grimes, executive director of DEF; Michele Daily, CHS counselor; and Olivia Lyons, student facilitator.
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Celebrating '50' Years: Film documentary highlights the formation of the Duneland School Corporation

Join the Duneland Historical Society in a viewing of a documentary film made for the 50th anniversary of the Duneland School Corporation (DSC) on Thursday, March 21 at 7 p.m. at the Westchester Public Library Baugher Center, 100 W. Indiana Ave., Chesterton.


Tom Smith, community and 50th Anniversary committee member, spearheaded this project with the help of co-committee member Michele Stipanovich and Chesterton High School teacher Matthew Waters. The film features interviews with many former DSC teachers, staff, and others involved in the formation and early years of the corporation including Bertha Still, Pat Mitchell, Jim Ross, Tom Smith, Dan Keilman, Jim Ton, and more.


All Duneland Historical Society monthly programs are open free of charge to the public. Memberships are available at the time of this program. Call 219-983-9715 for more information.


(Pictured above, front row, left to right: Bertha Still, Pat Mitchell and Bonnie Gaston. Back row, Michael Harris, Chuck Messler, Jim Ross, Garry Nallenweg and Tom Smith Absent from photo are Ken Miller, Dr. Dan Keilman, Jim Ton, Mike Trout and Vince Arizzi.)


The video is also available to view at https://www.duneland.k12.in.us/Page/1258

Special Education Vendor Fair on April 10

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THIS SUNDAY: CHS Bands to host Mattress Fundraiser

What: Third Annual Chesterton High School Band Mattress Fundraiser

Where: Chesterton High School Gymnasium

When: Sunday, March 17 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

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Corporation Art Show continues through March 31

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Representative art work from students in grades 1-12 will be on display at the Corporation’s annual exhibit at the Chesterton Art Center, 115 S. 4th Street in Chesterton.

Click here for more info.

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New CHS Alumni Association now accepting memberships

Duneland School Corporation (DSC) officials and Chesterton High School alumni have announced a newly established official Chesterton High School Alumni Association to be a fully-integrated, volunteer-led alumni association.


This association will work to advance DSC by building a strong community of alumni, both current and future, through programs, services and communications and by providing alumni with positive, lifelong, and meaningful engagement and volunteer opportunities wherever they may live and work. This alumni association will support the Duneland Schools and its goals, and strengthen the ties between alumni of Chesterton High School and all former township schools (Jackson, Liberty, Westchester and parts of Pine Township) that make-up the Duneland School District, and the community. Read more...

FOR YOUR INFORMATION


FRIDAY: The end of the 3rd grading period will be on Friday, March 15. Report cards will be available on student portfolio tabs on the Skyward Family Access Parent Portal by the end of the day on Friday, March 22.


Spring Break will begin at the close of the school day on Friday, March 22. Classes will resume on Monday, April 1.


No Open Swim: There will be no open swim at the Chesterton High School Pool during the Spring Break holiday on Wed., March 27. Open swim will resume on Wed., April 3.


The 2019-2020 Duneland School Corporation Calendar is now available on our website. Visit our website at www.duneland.k12.in.us


April 3 eLearning Day cancelled: Duneland School officials have decided to eliminate the Wednesday, April 3, 2019 eLearning day from the 2018-2019 school calendar. This decision means that students will now attend school on Wednesday, April 3rd and will not stay home for an elearning day. Read the whole story here.


Scholarship Information: Scholarship information can always be found on the CHS College and Career Center site: https://www.duneland.k12.in.us/site/Default.aspx?PageID=786


Chesterton Pop Warner 2019 Registration: Chesterton Pop Warner will host registration for their football and cheer program for ages 5-14 on March 21 (early bird discounts) from 6-8 p.m. Additional registration dates will be on April 6 from 9 a.m.-Noon; April 19 and April 25 from 6-8 p.m.; and again on May 4 from 9 a.m.-Noon. All registrations will be hosted at the Duneland YMCA in Chesterton. For more information contact Mike Casselman at 847-373-8153 or email mike@pascalenginc.com


The Duneland Exchange Club will host the 28th ANNUAL YOUTH TALENT SHOWCASE on Saturday, April 13 at 6 p.m. at the Chesterton High School Auditorium to benefit the Natural Helper Program at CHS.


Youth Theatre Programs: The Memorial Opera House in Valparaiso is calling out to all theatre kids to its 2019 Limelights Youth Theatre Program. For more information click the link.


CHS Cheer Tryouts: Chesterton High School co-ed male & female cheerleading team tryout dates for the 2019 – 2020 school year will be as follows:


  1. A CHS Cheer Parent/Callout Meeting: This MANDATORY meeting for parents will be hosted on Monday, April 1, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. in the CHS Cafeteria (enter through Door 31).
  2. A CHS Cheer Clinic will be hosted on April 15-17, 2019 from 3:30-5:00 p.m. in the CHS Field House. This clinic is MANDATORY in order to attend Tryouts.
  3. CHS Cheer Tryouts will be on Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 3:30 p.m. in the CHS Field House. There is NO set end time.


If you need further information or have any questions, please contact Mickey Hanley, CHS Cheer Assistant Coach at mhanley@duneland.k12.in.us

Chesterton High School Student Are Ready to Vote...Are YOU?

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Front, left to right, registering to vote is Finn Babjak and Austen Jones with Student Action Leadership Team members, back, Holly Kittredge and Danny Schmiegel at their Voter Registration Station at Chesterton High School.

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Please take the time to register to vote


We encourage all our parents and community to confirm that they are registered to vote. Many potential voters do not realize their status as a voter may have gone inactive. After the November 2016 election, voters who did not cast a ballot in a 2014, 2015 or 2016 election, or take any action to correct their address, had their registrations cancelled. We encourage all voters to check your status to make sure you voice is heard. You can use the website or QR code located in the flyer above.


The school referendum will be on the May 7, 2019 ballot. Registering to vote is the first step to ensuring your voice is heard.

Register TODAY!

CHS partners with Junior Achievement for JA in a Day program

Chesterton High School and Junior Achievement (JA) of Chicago participated in a JA in a Day program at Newton Yost Elementary School on March 5, 2019.


The 23 CHS cadet teacher students taught 18 grade K-4 JA programs to over 300 Yost students. This collaboration allowed the CHS students to fulfill their required senior service hours as well as gain valuable teaching experience to fulfill requirements for the cadet teaching program. It also allowed Newton Yost Elementary to participate in a whole-school JA program. The CHS students will also be eligible for scholarships through Junior Achievement’s High School Heroes program. Junior Achievement provides programs that teach financial literacy, responsibility, and entrepreneurship to students in grades K-12.


CHS cadet teachers were Fatima Ahmad, Anna Anton, Victoria Balon, Shelby Bullock, Karissa Carter, Audrey Clinkert, Melina Condie, Anthony Frencl, Sarah Kaiser, Hannah Lange, Haydn Malackowski, Hannah Manske, Madelyn Matthys, Emma Olson, Evelyn Pabon, Priscilla Sabourin, Caroline Scheidt, Kaitlyn Shideler, Ariana Smith, Madeline Smith, Madison Torok, Chad Whelan and Mackenzie Wielgos.


For more information, please contact Kris Engel, JA Operations Manager, at kengel@jachicago.org. For more information about the CHS cadet teaching program, contact Elena Nelson atenelson@duneland.k12.in.us.

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(Above) As part of his participation in the Junior Achievement (JA) for a Day program, Chesterton High School senior and cadet teacher Chad Whelan teaches Yost fourth graders about entrepreneurship at the school.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Thursday, March 14, 2019

WIS 5 Pi Day

LIS Book Fair & VIP Lunches

LIS Book Fair & VIP Lunches-Media Center

4:30 p.m. CMS 7A Girls BB Conf.-B. Franklin

4:30 p.m. CMS 8A Girls BB Conf.-H

6 p.m. BA PTO Meeting-Cafe

7 p.m. WIS 5&6 Choir/Orchestra Concert-Gym B

Friday, March 15, 2019

End of 3rd Grading Period

DSC Art Show begins Gr. 1-8@Chesterton Art Ctr.

9 a.m. BR 4 Music Program-BR

10:30 a.m. BA Box Tops & Frozen Friday-Cafe

1-2 p.m. BA 4 VIP-Cafe

1 p.m. BR 4 Music Program-BR

Saturday, March 16, 2019

CHS Show Choir Competition

Sunday, March 17, 2019

10 a.m.-5 p.m. CHS Band Mattress Sale-CHS Cafeteria

Monday, March 18, 2019

LIS Turtle Week (thru 4/22)

2:30 p.m. JA PTO Mtg. - Media Center

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

BA Music Performance-Cafe

3:30-7 p.m. BA/BR/YO 4 Instrument Fittings for Orch-CMS

3:30-7 p.m. WIS 5 Instrument Fittings for Band-CMS

5:30-8:30 p.m. Exchange Club Youth Talent Showcase Auditions@CMS

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

3:30-7 p.m. LES/JA 4 Instrument Fittings for Orch-CMS

3:30-7 p.m. LIS 5 Instrument Fittings for Band-CMS

5:30-8:30 p.m. Exchange Club Youth Talent Showcase Auditions@CMS

6-7:30 p.m. DSC Grades 1-8 Art Show Reception-Chesterton Art Ctr.

6 - 9:30 p.m. CHS NHS Induction Ceremony-Aud.

7 p.m. BA 4 Music Program-CMS

7-8:45 p.m. CHS Open Swim-Pick up at 9 p.m.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

LES Spelling Bee at 9 a.m. -LGR

2 p.m. DSC Public Meeting-Duneland School Administration Center

Friday, March 22, 2019

3rd Grading Period Reports Available

LIS Turtle Olympics-Gym

Monday, March 25, 2019

NO SCHOOL-Spring Break thru 3/29/19

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

4:30 p.m. CHS Girls JV SB-Hobart

4:30 p.m. CHS Girls V SB-Hobart

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

NO OPEN SWIM

4:30 p.m. CHS Girls JV SB-Lk Central

4:30 p.m. CHS Girls V SB-Lk Central

Thursday, March 28, 2019

5 p.m. CHS Girls JV SB-Griffith

Friday, March 29, 2019

5 p.m. CHS Girls JV SB-Hanover Central-H

5 p.m. CHS Girls V SB-Hanover Central

Monday, April 1, 2019

CLASSES RESUME

4:30 p.m. CHS Boys V BA-Hammond Gavit

7 p.m. CHS Concert Orch ISSMA Preview Concert-CHS

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