The Star Newsletter

September 2018

Dates to Remember

Midterms: August 31

Labor Day: September 3

eLearning Day: September 26

August's Newsworthy Classroom

WeBo FFA Recognized as Two Star Chapter

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Western Boone's FFA chapter was recently recognized as a Two Star Chapter by the National FFA Organization. This award recognizes WeBo's chapter as one of the best in the country based on criteria set forth by National FFA which includes leadership development, community relations, and agriculture advocacy. WeBo's chapter will be recognized at the 91st Annual National FFA Convention this October.


"We are extremely proud of our students for all of their accomplishments involved in receiving this award. This type of thing does not happen overnight, and it takes a lot of hard work from our members. We're also very proud to have Western Boone recognized on the national stage." - Mr. Terhaar


"Our chapter has grown tremendously in the last couple years. I just became president and our numbers keep getting stronger and the group of kids keep getting better and better as they come in." - Austin Bush

New Faces at WeBo

Western Boone is proud to introduce eight new teachers added to the WeBo staff this summer. Many of these new staff members have ties to Western Boone and have already been great additions to the school. The Boone County Sheriff's Office has also hired a new School Resource Officer to work at Western Boone full-time. Read the introductions below to get to know our new staff members.

Mr. Baird

Business Teacher

"As a Western Boone graduate myself, I am very excited to be back home. I have taught at two other schools, but I have always had it in mind that I would like to end up here someday. After living in Lafayette for eight years, my family moved back to the area so that our kids could attend schools here. It is a wonderful school that has a very supportive community. As both a dad and a teacher, there is no place I would rather be."

Mrs. Baker

Band Director

"I'm thrilled to be a part of the WeBo team and look forward to exploring the wonderful world of music with my students!"

Ms. George

English Teacher

"I am excited to be back at WeBo! I am looking forward to an amazing year for the school and the community. Best of luck to everyone this year. Go Stars!"

Mrs. Gutierrez

Math Teacher

"I am so excited to work with such great students and staff at Webo! I can tell there is a huge sense of community here and I'm so glad I get to be a part of it!"

Ms. Hout

FACS Teacher

"I am thrilled to be a part of Western Boone. I feel the school is well organized, friendly and represents a very positive atmosphere."

Miss Knecht

Spanish Teacher

"I am enthusiastic about being here at WeBo teaching in the community that has given me so much! I cannot wait to get to know all the students and staff and make our stars 'GLOBAL' in the Spanish classroom!"

Mrs. Plunkett

Science Teacher

"As a Western Boone graduate myself, I am very excited to be back at WeBo and working with the great students in our school."

Mr. Randolph

School Resource Officer

"I am excited to be here in the school after many years of working road patrol. I look forward to the interactions with students and staff as well as keeping a safe atmosphere for all."

Mrs. Sanders

Math Teacher

"I can't wait to see my Stars shine both in and outside of my classroom!"

Counselor's Corner

There are a lot of exciting things coming up in the school counseling department. Information will be distributed to students on Thursday, September 6 for the following events:


Grade 8 (all)—JobSpark field trip—Tuesday, September 25—This event allows students to explore hundreds of careers in a hands-on format.


Grade 9 (all)—Local Industry Field Trip—Wednesday, October 10—Students will have the opportunity to hear from professionals and tour area businesses.


Grade 10 (all)—Manufacturing Day Field Trip—Thursday, September 20—Students will visit Major Tool and Machine to hear from a variety of professions.


Grade 11 (by sign up)—NACAC College Fair Field Trip—Thursday, September 20—Students will have the opportunity to attend workshops and meet with representatives from colleges and universities from around the US.


Grade 12 (all)—STAR Day—Wednesday, October 10—Seniors have already received information about STAR Day, an opportunity to participate in the event of their choice (college visit, job shadow, service project…). Forms must be returned to school by October 3 to be excused from school.


In addition, students in all grades will receive materials from the Indiana Commission for Higher Education and Learn More about preparing for life after high school. Be sure to ask your child about this information!



DID YOU KNOW?

Western Boone offers a food pantry for area families. The pantry will be open on Thursday, September 6 from 4-5pm.

WeBo Art Gallery

WeBo Information

eLearning Days

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Western Boone County Community Schools will be participating in the Indiana Department of Education's eLearning opportunity. This means that students will not attend schools on eLearning Days, but will instead complete activities on their computers from home. For more information, please read the following documents:


Parent eLearning Information

Student eLearning Information

Bringing Connectivity Home

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Western Boone Jr.-Sr High School students have the opportunity to check out mobile hotspots to have wireless internet at home. Western Boone has purchased 12 mobile hotspots that students check out through the Media Center.


POLICIES FOR CHECKING OUT A HOTSPOT:


Students can check out a mobile hotspot for three nights. After three nights, the device must be returned and not checked out again by the same student for three days.


The hotspot must be returned to the Media Center BEFORE SCHOOL on the day it is due.


If hotspot is not brought in on its due date, it will be shut down so that it no longer provides a connection.


OVERDUE HOTSPOTS:

  • $1.00 per day fine
  • 1st Overdue less than 3 days = warning
  • 2nd Overdue = Loss of borrowing privilege for the remainder of the quarter.
  • Overdue more than 3 days = Loss of borrowing privilege for the remainder of the quarter.


Mobile hotspots are for academic use only and should be used appropriately. All internet traffic is routed through Western Boone filters.


If lost or damaged, the student who checked out the device is responsible for repair/replacement of the device (approximately $170).


Students cannot check out mobile hotspots over extended breaks.