MSD Wabash County
Graduation Ceremonies Celebrate Class of 2020
This year's ceremonies felt quite different in many ways, including spaced out seating, no band playing music, hand sanitizer applied before and after receiving diplomas, face masks scattered throughout, and post-ceremony celebrations taking place in the parking lot. Yet with all the unusual aspects, the sense of gratitude that this important milestone could take place was apparent.
Congratulations Class of 2020!
Building Renovations Revealed
2020-2021 School Year Kicks Off
On Tuesday, August 11, after being closed for five months, MSDWC students returned to the school buildings! Each school's principal states their students are doing a great job of wearing face coverings at required times and adhering to social distancing protocols. Overall, there's a great sense of joy that students can be together once again!
CAR Program Holds Summer Graduation
Northfield Welcomes Mr. Jay Snyder as New Principal
As someone that knows the community and its people, Mr. Snyder hopes to provide connection and stability. He admits leaving Sharp Creek is very bittersweet as he loved working there.
“I didn’t ever want to leave Sharp Creek, but I felt like it was the right time. I know these kids and their families, and I want to serve them well. I’m looking forward to interacting with all these kids I had in elementary at a different stage of their lives. I plan to stay at Northfield for as long as I can.”
When asked about his vision for his new role, Mr. Snyder says he wants Northfield to become the place that everyone wants to be; a place where parents know teachers and staff care about their kids.
“I fell in love with the small, close-knit atmosphere of Northfield. I have a special place in my heart for this school. I want to celebrate the culture of the small school where we’re able to know and care about every kid. We’re going to do everything we offer well and aim to be the best.”
Joel Martin Joins MSDWC as Sharp Creek Principal
With the transition of Jay Snyder to Northfield, the Sharp Creek Elementary position became available. Mr. Joel Martin was selected to fill that role.
Mr. Martin brings 14 years of teaching and 18 years of administrative experience to his new position, most of which was spent in the Oak Hill School Corporation. A 1983 graduate of Oak Hill High School himself, Mr. Martin also holds a bachelor’s degree from Huntington College in Social Studies Education, a Master’s in Administration and Supervision, and an Education Specialist Degree, both from Ball State University.
“I am thrilled at this opportunity and look forward to developing relationships with the staff and students. I have heard nothing but positives about the Sharp Creek staff and I look forward to learning from them.”
When asked about his vision for Sharp Creek, Mr. Martin stated, “Certainly Sharp Creek has shown well as an ‘A’ school and we wish to continue the tradition of working hard daily to meet the needs of individual students ... academic needs as well as other needs. I have no doubt after spending time with the interview committee that there is a full commitment at MSDWC and Sharp Creek Elementary to keep students as the first priority. It is a pleasure to join a team-oriented corporation and school building staff. The possibilities are endless as we work to encourage students to Dream Big and Work Hard.”
Southwood Teacher Named Indiana's Outstanding Biology Teacher
The National Association of Biology Teachers recently announced Mrs. Reena Markstahler as the recipient of the 2020 Outstanding Biology Teacher Award for Indiana. Each year the NABT awards one teacher per state with an Outstanding Biology Teacher Award. These teachers are nominated by their peers, and must submit an educational philosophy essay, lesson plan, video of that lesson, and four recommendation letters. It's a tough and competitive process!
Mrs. Markstahler just began her 18th year at Southwood Jr./Sr. High School, where she currently teaches AP Biology, Biology I, and Anatomy/Physiology. Congratulations Mrs. Markstahler!
Happening Around our Schools
The Southwood Varsity Volleyball Team celebrates a victorious point during their season opener.
Twenty Northfield seniors put their personal mark on their parking spot for the year.
Southwood Elementary Kindergarteners begin learning their letters. On M-M-Monday they wore M-M-Moose ears!
The Northfield Jr High Girls' Cross County Team celebrates winning the Wabash County Championship!
The Metro North kindergarten classrooms celebrates the tenth day of school with a special visit from Zero the Hero!
Southwood Elementary Robotics team members celebrate the end of the 2019-2020 school year by climbing on Unger Mountain at Southwood Jr/Sr High.