The Star Newsletter

February 2018

Dates to Remember

Midterm: February 2

Snow Makeup Days: February 19 and 20

January's Newsworthy Classrooms

WeBo Radio TV Goes Live!

The Radio/TV class in partnership with Perfect Cut Productions produced the school’s first multi-camera LIVE stream during the Winter Homecoming basketball game on January 19th. The class partnered with former student Evan Richardson, a 2009 graduate of Western Boone High School. Evan was part of the National Runner-up team for Skills USA in 2008 while part of the Radio/TV class. After graduation, Evan transistioned to IU where he majored in telecommunications. He later went on to create a production company based out of Chicago where he works today.

In an effort to give back, Evan and his business partner spent the day working with Western Boone’s current students as the class planned, set-up, and produced both the girls and boys varsity games against Danville.

Junior Kollin Brunes along with Sam Wilkinson provided the play-by-play, Crawfordsville High School senior Hailey Leonard was the events director. Ona Smith, Peyton Pitman along with Jake McGee and Ashley Johnson provided the camera work. Senior Logan Skelton was the technical director, which switches from camera to camera during the LIVE production.

Instructor Matt Foxworthy was proud of how the students performed under the pressure of a real world event. The students stepped up and represented Western Boone well.

Foxworthy hopes to continue providing more LIVE streams throughout the year and in years to come. “We are excited to provide a mulitcamera LIVE stream for this year’s graduation.” Archived and future LIVE events can be found by searching for webortv on YouTube.

The Western Boone Radio/TV class is a vocational class offered to juniors and seniors from North Montgomery, Southmont, Crawfordsville schools along with Western Boone.

Interested students are encouraged to see their counselor for more information on enrolling in next year’s class. The Radio/TV class offers dual credit college credits and is a great option for students seeking a Technical Honors Diploma.

WeBo's College and Career Readiness Coach

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The hard work and effort taken to win the Lily Grant has paid off with a new position at Western Boone Jr.-Sr. High School. Mr. Clayton Randolph has been added to the WeBo staff to be the College and Career Readiness Coach and will be available to students on Tuesday and Thursday and every-other Friday. Through this position, which is split with Northmont Schools, Western Boone will be able to develop relationships with local businesses and industries to help students get internships, job shadows, or jobs directly out of high school. He will be working closely with companies in Montgomery, Boone, Hendricks, Marion, and Hamilton county.

"Everyone at Western Boone has been really friendly and willing to help so far, it's been a fun environment. My goal for the students of Western Boone is to find companies that will offer careers for kids and offer advancement in places they can continue to earn more and grow." - Mr. Randolph

Mr. Randolph is currently seeking businesses that would be interested in participated in a career fair for students at Western Boone. Anyone with interest should contact Mr. Randolph at: or 765.482.6143 x3050

Reading Your Student's NWEA Results

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Students in grades 7-10 have received their NWEA Winter Test Scores, so you may be wondering what all of those scores mean. Below is a breakdown of the different terms and indicators you need to know:

  • Term: FA17 is the Fall of 2017 test and WI18 is the Winter of 2018 test
  • RIT: A student's RIT score indicates the level at which the student was answering questions correctly 50% of the time
  • RIT Growth: How much a student's RIT Score increased or decreased from the Fall to Winter test
  • Growth Projection: How much a student's RIT Score should grow from the Winter to Spring test
  • Percentile Range: Where your student ranks nationally compared to other students in his/her grade

Aside from seeing how your student is progressing with grade-level content, you can also see if they are on-track to pass ISTEP+. Students are considered on-track to pass the ISTEP+ test if:

  • 7th Grade Reading RIT: 215 or higher
  • 7th Grade Math RIT: 231 or higher

  • 8th Grade Reading RIT: 220 or higher
  • 8th Grade Math RIT: 234 or higher

Counselor's Corner

It has been a busy time in the school counseling offices. We were excited to see so many parents at our scheduling information night. If you were unable to attend, the presentations will be uploaded to the Guidance tab of the WEBO webpage in the next few days. Students in grade 9-11 heard presentations on Thursday, January 11 about class options. Junior High students will be working with Mr. Pelley on January 17. Please note the following dates in the scheduling process:

  • January 19 Schedule request forms and honors applications due (parent signature required)
  • February Individual student advising (if you would like to be part of this meeting, please make note on the bottom of your student’s schedule request form)
  • March 22 Class schedules distributed to students
  • April 13 Class schedules due back with parent signature of approval or written change request

Students will be working with school counselors in homeroom block on January 17. Topics include 4-year course planning, academic success, PSAT scores, resume’ building, and scholarship applications.

LOL of the Month

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Mr. Webb and Mrs. Swisher won the Staff Homecoming crowns during the winter sports pep session.