MSD Wabash County

August 2020

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Graduation Ceremonies Celebrate Class of 2020

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On Sunday, July 19, both Northfield and Southwood held graduation ceremonies for their class of 2020. Due to the gathering size limitations, each graduate was allowed two guests for the ceremony.

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!

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Building Renovations Revealed

Over the past year, both Northfield and Southwood Jr/Sr Highs have undergone extensive building updates. The original plan was to offer in-person tours once the project was completed; however, due to COVID-19 restrictions, we invite you to take a virtual tour instead!
MSD of Wabash County Building Projects 2019-2020

2020-2021 School Year Kicks Off

Throughout the summer, the MSDWC Covid-19 Task Force worked towards safely reopening our schools. While a virtual option has been made available for the first 9 weeks, 94% of our students have chosen to return to in-person learning.

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!

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CAR Program Holds Summer Graduation

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On Sunday, August 23, the MSDWC Credit Alternative Recovery (CAR) Program held its second graduation ceremony, when 15 students received their high school diploma. The CAR Program continues to expand throughout the state of Indiana, giving students the opportunity to earn their diploma despite the difficult circumstances they've encountered.

Northfield Welcomes Mr. Jay Snyder as New Principal

Mr. Jay Snyder was announced this summer as the new Principal of Northfield Jr./Sr. High School. Mr. Snyder has spent his entire career with MSDWC, starting as a 6th grade teacher at LaFontaine Elementary for seven years, then as a History teacher at Northfield for four years, and most recently as the Principal of Sharp Creek Elementary School for the past ten years.

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!

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