NESC Newsletter- NOVEMBER
AN INNOVATIVE EDUCATION FOR A BETTER TOMORROW
NESC Wonder Lab
The NESC Wonder Lab was a busy place during the month of October hosting Wonder Wednesday's for our K-6 students and their parents or adult friends. This month the focus was on electrical circuits. Participants had to opportunity to work together and complete different task using Snap Circuits or Makey Makey's.
October was also the month we had our Annual Girls' STEAM Night Out. K-6 girls and their favorite gal pal came out and participated in various STEAM activities set-up in all of the different Labs here at the Wonder Lab. A few of the activities included: cardio drumming, creating shape monsters, cracking Halloween secret codes and coding robots. The Boys' STEAM Night Out will be in December - date/time will be announced soon!
Wonder Lab Coordinator
Northeast North Elementary
Northeast North Elementary was surprised by the great pumpkin fairies. Over 250 pumpkins were placed in the gymnasium for students to choose from. Students were careful to take their pumpkins home to enjoy for the season.
“These pumpkins are great for pie making and painting,” said Corrina Houser, coordinator of the pumpkin patch.
“This is a great tradition that was started a few years back. We are grateful to all those that make it possible,” stated Principal McKillop.
NENE McTeacher Night!
On October 17 the NENE teaching staff members headed to Sullivan McDonald's to serve dinner from 5-7. Teachers greeted families/customers at the counter and took their orders. Mr. McCammon worked with the McDonald's employees to learn how to ring up McChickens, Big Macs, and Happy Meals. Ms. Benham handed customers drinks and meals in the drive-up window. Mrs Drappo became the French fry queen as she made up over 100 boxes of potatoes for the customers. Mrs. McKillop and Mrs. Secrest were the lobby ladies by wiping tables, mopping floors, and emptying trash. Twenty percent of sales that night will be donated to the school!
“We appreciated all the families and community members that came out to support NENE,” said Ms. Benham.
Fire Prevention Week!
Fire prevention week was celebrated at NENE! The Thunderbird Fire Department visited school and showed off their equipment to K-6. Fire fighters shared their job skills and training that was required to do the job! Students also learned about checking smoke detectors at home and having an escape route in case of a fire at their residence.
The Great ShakeOut!
NENE students participated in the nationwide earthquake drill at 10:20am on October 20th. Thousands of people practiced dropping, covering, and holding on. The drill is important so that students know what to do if the earth would start to shake. Students are encouraged to get under their desks and hold on to protect their bodies in case of falling items during a quake.
Indiana sits near two powerful fault lines, one of which has historically produced life-threatening quakes. The New Madrid Seismic Zone and the Wabash Valley Seismic Zone are two of the largest fault lines in the Central United States. Although neither has produced a significantly damaging quake in many years, that doesn't mean they aren't capable of doing so.
It’s important to do drills so that all are safe during emergencies!
Too Good for Drugs!
Heather Irvin of Mental Health of America, West Central Indiana presented the "Too Good For Drugs" Program to the 4th and 5th grade students at Northeast North Elementary during Red Ribbon Week. The week long program focuses on goal setting, good decision making, emotions, relationships, peer pressure refusal skills, as well as, the effects of alcohol, tobacco and drugs on our brain and body.
Northeast East Elementary
Deming Park Field Trip!
The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade high ability students from NEEE and NENE attended a pottery class at the Torner Community Center located in Deming Park earlier this month. Prior to the trip, students learned about various techniques and tools associated with pottery. They also picked out templates to serve as the base of their decorative mask. Upon arrival, students found things in nature to help create texture on their pottery piece. Once inside, the instructors led the students through the steps necessary to create their decorative mask. The masks were glazed and fired in the kiln. In a few weeks, students will be able to see their final product. We had a great trip and our students are excited to experience a different form of art next month as our theme for this school year is "Exploring the Arts."
NEEE 2nd Grade Teacher
North Central Jr/Sr High School
Winter Ball for Grades 6-8
North Central Junior High will host a “WINTER BALL” on Friday, December 16, 2022 from 6-8 PM.
This will be a “formal” dance for 7th and 8th graders as well as 6th grade students from NENE and NEEE. The cost is free and will include the a DJ, a photo booth, snacks, and drinks. All students must be a student of NESC to attend.
Thank You, Mr. Scott!
Mr. Dave Scott recently had his 80th birthday where he asked for monetary donations to the NCHS Beta Club instead of birthday gifts. Mr. Scott presented the gift to the NCHS Beta sponsor, Ashley Bement, and co-sponsor, Kathy Myers. Also pictured are his granddaughters and NCHS Beta Club members, Grace and Maggie Scott.
NCHS seniors took part in the Senior Symposium on November 1st. In order to prepare for the realities of job interviewing, NCHS seniors were interviewed by local community members. A big thank you goes out to all those who took time from their busy work schedules to participate in this annual event!
Team of Mercy and Suicide Awareness
Team of Mercy Representative, Lisa Stepro, spoke to the North Central High School health classes on October 5th. Lisa, who has herself suffered the loss of a loved one who died by suicide, shared her story with the students, informed them of the warning signs of suicide, and explained to them how they or someone they care about can get help if they are struggling.
According to a recent Tribune Star article, Team of Mercy executive director, Cristina Crist, stated that Team of Mercy is really concentrating on the youth because it is the 2nd leading cause of death in ages 14-35.
Lisa gave each student a resource card containing essential information for anyone who may be struggling or know someone who is struggling. It includes the National Suicide Hotline Number which is 1-800-273-8255. Reaching the National Suicide Hotline has recently become much easier and can now be reached by simply dialing 988. The resource card also contains the National Text Helpline number, which anyone struggling to cope can use, by texting HELP to 741741. The Team of Mercy number is also included.
Anyone who is struggling to cope, knows someone who is struggling, or would like Lisa to speak or do suicide awareness training may contact Team of Mercy.
Warning signs listed in the resource include the following:
● Talking about wanting to die or kill oneself.
● Looking for a way to kill oneself, such as searching online or buying a gun.
● Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live.
● Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain.
● Talking about being a burden to others.
● Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs.
● Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly.
● Sleeping too little or too much.
● Withdrawing or feeling isolated.
● Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge.
● Displaying extreme mood swings.
The good news is help is available and suicide is preventable.
You can help a loved one, a friend, or yourself.
National Suicide Prevention Number: 988
National Text Helpline: Text HELP to 741741
Team of Mercy Number: 1-855-225-5550
NCHS Health Teacher
Enjoy Retirement, Connie!
After many years of service to NCHS, Connie Lewis has decided to hang up her apron and enjoy life with her family. Connie, please relax and take it easy for a change! We wish you all the happiness and good health during your retirement! Thank you for everything!
"We Care" Closet!
North Central Jr/Sr High School would like to introduce to our students, parents, and guardians our new “We Care” Closet. This idea originated at a teacher’s meeting in a discussion about our students' needs and developed into what we believe will be an amazing way for us to help our “kids." Because we care, we have created a “closet” that includes any item that they might need. Whether it is clothes, shoes, hygiene products, school supplies, or even food for snacks at school or weekends at home, we will have it all, and it is FREE!
With the help of some very generous donors, we hope to be able to fulfill the needs of all of our students, no matter what they are. If a student has a need, there are two ways they can make a request. Pictured is a card they can fill out and place in the box, both of which are located on the bulletin across from the main office. The other way is to use the link provided and fill out the Google Form. This information will be kept confidential and the student should choose, either on the card or on the Google Form, how they would like to receive the items they request. If a student has a need that is not listed, they may simply write it on the card or include it in the Google Form. Students may request items as often as they have a need. Once we get the request from the student, it should be filled within a couple days depending on inventory. Please do not be afraid to ask if you have a need - because we CARE!
Principal, North Central Jr/Sr HS
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