SCH Weekly

Scott E. Miller, Superintendent

Issue 7 - February 20, 2020

Dear SCH Family,

Yesterday we had our first meeting regarding our process and procedure for defining the identities our new schools. There will be a survey coming out in the next week or two that I will share with all SCH team members and students. All who feel compelled to fill out the survey may do so. Ultimately, we will use all of this survey data to bring consensus on the identity of the schools. If you would like to learn more, visit the SCH YouTube channel to see a recording of yesterday's meeting.

- Scott

Food & Nutrition

New Faces in your Kitchen!

We wanted to take the opportunity to inform the entire SCH community of the following changes that go into effect Tuesday, February 18th. It is in the very best interest of the schools/students/staff that we are making these changes and we appreciate your support and patience while we make them. If your school is listed below it would be wonderful if everyone's new "home" schools could welcome the transferred staff member(s) with open arms.


Transfers Out:

  • Brenda Rivera (Cashier/Kitchen Helper)

Transfers In:

  • Iesha Corder (Kitchen Helper)


Transfers Out:

  • Kelly Lupo (Acting Kitchen Manager)

Transfers In:

  • Tina Callahan (Kitchen Manager); This is especially nice since Edison is Tina’s “home” school during our summer meal program
  • Josie Villa (Cook)


Transfers Out:

  • Ericka McClendon (Kitchen Manager)

Transfers In:

  • Merci Lopez (Kitchen Manager); returns from her leave on Monday 2/24; Next week Andrea Maldonado, Training & Catering Manager, will be the acting Kitchen Manager


Transfers Out:

  • Tina Callahan (Kitchen Manager)

Transfers In:

  • Kelly Lupo (acting Kitchen Manager)


Transfers Out:

  • Merci Lopez (Kitchen Manager)
  • Josie Villa (acting Kitchen Manager who is normally a Cook)
  • Iesha Corder (Kitchen Helper)

Transfers In:

  • Ericka McClendon (Kitchen Manager)
  • Brenda Rivera (Cook)

Hammond Academy for the Performing Arts

HAPA will be taking part in a new musical works-in-process initiative. This new musical GIRLHOOD is a new musical developed exclusively through an agreement with the producers so our students can drive change and reconfigure works within the performing arts. PLEASE come check us out.

APPLY today for HAPA. Applications are due THIS FRIDAY. We hope you will consider applying!

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Health Services

Get Ready and Get Healthy.

SCH annual Wellness Screening starts Monday, February 24th until Wednesday, March 4th.

Getting regular checkups and having preventive tests are among the most important things you can do for your health. Early detection can help prevent you from becoming a victim to adverse health conditions such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and other major health concerns. It is important that you know your numbers and understand the importance of annual screenings and health care examinations. This screening is for everyone, regardless of your age. It you start early you can prevent early. It is not too late to register and participate. Remember if you are on SCH insurance there is no out of pocket cost to you.


  • COST: All employees, spouses and dependents age 18+ are eligible to participate, however those that are on the PPO or HSA plan will have no out of pocket cost.
  • CONVENIENT: Screenings take place onsite!
  • NO LONG WAITS: Quick appointments, quick results!
  • PREVENTION: Participants are able to prevent the onset of disease by seeking treatment based on their results
  • CONFIDENTIAL: Results are private, never shared with your employer!
  • TREND ANALYSIS: Track the progression of your health year over year as you participate!
  • COMPREHENSIVE: The 37 panel test can identify early warning signs of various conditions
  • PHYSICIAN CONNECT: Send results right to your personal physician


Onsite appointment scheduling:

Go to

  • Screened with CHC Wellbeing before? Enter your user name and password in the Individual Login box. If prompted to do so, enter the program code 4274Sch487 Then, click on New Screening Available to start registration
  • First time screening with CHC Wellbeing? In the ‘New Participants’ box, enter the program code 4274Sch487
Follow prompts to complete registration and your Health & Lifestyle Survey.

Need help? Call 866-373-4242. A CHC Wellbeing representative can answer any questions or help you sign up by phone.

Human Resources

Wishing a very Happy Birthday to all the staff members who have birthdays this week!

Jeffery Allard, Jasmine Baker, Cherita Bell, James Bigham, Stephanie Bondi-Smith, Wynette Brown, Crystal Broz, Bobbie Burns, Norma Carreon, Bonita Cieslak, Chrissy Cole, Romans Delgado, Daniel Downs, Lori Evanich, Okeisha Howard, Laurie Hudgens, Arthur Latiker, David Lewis, Janet Magallanes, Nathalie Martinez, April Massa, Windy McClean, Jeannette Melcic, Adrian Moreno, Lucinda Murphy, Alicia Myers, Leigh Neace-Coffey, Tina Neyhart Patteson, Lindsay Palko, Linda Palumbo, Elizabeth Perez, Veronica Prieto, Jill Ranzy, April Scott, Betty Serwacki, Janice Smith, Erica Stotts, Denise Szany, June Tiller-Craig, Jamie Trubach, and Obdulia Villanueva

Language Development Program

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Special Education

Trump Budget Calls For Cuts To Disability Programs

By Michelle Diament | February 13, 2020 (Disability Scoop)

President Donald Trump is proposing cuts to countless programs benefiting people with disabilities, advocates say, touching everything from Medicaid to employment and autism treatment.

Trump unveiled his $4.8 trillion budget proposal this week for the 2021 fiscal year that starts in October. The president’s budget is unlikely to be rubber-stamped by Congress, but essentially serves as a wish list outlining his priorities.

Trump is seeking reductions to Medicaid, food assistance, state councils on developmental disabilities, university centers on developmental disabilities and protection and advocacy programs, said David Card at the National Disability Rights Network.

Trump would do away with a supported employment program and eliminate funding for an Autism CARES Act initiative to train health professionals to screen, diagnose and treat those with autism, officials at the Autism Society of America noted.

The budget plan would chop respite care funding in half and includes a $48.56 million cut to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, which tracks the prevalence of autism and other disabilities.

“This budget requires tremendous sacrifices from those with the least ability to sacrifice,” said Christopher Banks, president and CEO of the Autism Society of America. “The president’s budget dramatically reduces the funding for vital supports that assist those with autism, negatively impacting the quality of life and opportunity for our community.”

Amid the cuts, Trump is calling for an extra $57.8 million for vocational rehabilitation, an amount that is specified by law for inflation.

The proposal also includes $100 million more for Individuals with Disabilities Education Act grants to states, but Card at the National Disability Rights Network called that figure “minuscule.” He also pointed out that there is no extra money in the proposal for programs serving infants, toddlers and preschoolers with disabilities.

However, unlike his previous budget proposals, Trump is not requesting cuts to federal funding for Special Olympics.


Under your keyboard. In your desk drawer. On your monitor. Inside of a cabinet door. Does the post-it note with your password live in any of these locations? If so, remove it and destroy it! If you MUST write your password down, do it somewhere safe - if your phone is locked with a code or pattern, use the notes app on that instead - or use a password manager!


Transportation Gets in Step with PBIS

By 2020-2021, SCH Transportation department will have developed and implemented clear discipline procedures that align SCH Code of Conduct”. This is the goal that transportation employees began working toward on the recent E-learning day. Employees learned some history regarding the SCH Code of Conduct and discussed why it is important that the transportation department has clear expectations for students. All employees were led in an activity where they identified behavior expectations based on the principles, Be Safe, Be Responsible, and Be Respectful. Below you will see a timeline of action steps and the behavior matrix outline that employees will be working on.

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SCH Events

Monday, February 17th

  • President's Day (No School)
  • Hess ES - “Make it a Good Night Monday” live read aloud on Facebook - 7 p.m.
  • Morton HS - ISTEP Retest (all week)

Tuesday, February 18th

  • Clark MS/HS Boys Basketball vs. Lake Station - 5:30 p.m.
  • Edison ES - Soccer - 3:15 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Edison ES - Chorus - 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.
  • Gavit MS/HS Boys Basketball @ River Forest - 5:30 p.m. & 7 p.m.
  • Hess ES - Fair Haven Presentations
  • Hess ES - ASCA Advisory Council Meeting - 3:30 p.m.
  • Irving ES - Purdue Nutrition Class for Parents - 9:15 a.m.
  • Lincoln ES - Book Fair (All week)
  • Lincoln ES - Playworks Training at the Admin. Center - 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Lincoln ES - Survive Alive Tour
  • Morton HS Boys Basketball vs. Lowell - 5:30 p.m.
  • O'Bannon ES - Environmental Club - 3:15 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Wednesday, February 19th

  • Gavit MS/HS Boys Basketball vs. Lighthouse - 5:30 p.m. & 7 p.m.
  • Edison ES - Cheerleading - 3:15 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
  • Edison ES - Black History Dance Rehearsal - 3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Edison ES - Girl Scouts - 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Edison ES - Math Side-by-Side
  • Harding ES - 2nd Annual Student STEM & Pasta Cook Off Night - 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Hess ES - Fair Haven Presentations
  • Hess ES - Parent Curriculum Workshop - 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Irving ES - Yearbook Pictures
  • Lincoln ES - Playworks Training at the Admin. Center - 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Lincoln ES - Survive Alive Tour
  • Morton HS - Meeting with the Principals - 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Morton HS Boys Basketball @ Clark - 6 p.m.
  • O'Bannon ES - Chess - 7:40 a.m. to 8:40 a.m.
  • O'Bannon ES - PTA Meeting - 3:30 p.m.
  • Wallace ES - Valentine's Day Dance - 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Thursday, February 20th

  • Edison ES - Soccer - 3:15 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Edison ES - Brownies & Daisies - 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Hess ES - Fair Haven Presentations
  • Hess ES -Science Fair - 3:30 p.m.
  • Irving ES - H.O.M.E. Parent Meeting - 9:15 a.m.
  • Lincoln ES - Professional Development - 8 a.m.
  • Lincoln ES - 4th/5th Grade Trip to Chicago Wolves
  • Morton HS Boys Basketball vs. BNI - 5:30 p.m.
  • Morton HS Boys Swimming @ Lake Central - 5:30 p.m.
  • O'Bannon ES - H.O.M.E. Meeting - 2 p.m.
  • O'Bannon ES - Girls Basketball - 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.
  • O'Bannon ES - Chess - 3:25 p.m. to 4:25 p.m.

Friday, February 21st

  • PTA Founder's Day Banquet
  • Clark MS/HS - State Wrestling Tournament (Indianapolis)
  • Edison ES - Basketball - 3:15 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Gavit MS/HS Boys Basketball vs. Clark MS/HS - 5:30 p.m. & 7 p.m.
  • Hess ES - Coffee Cart Friday
  • Hess ES - Team Data Digs
  • Morton HS - Day of Appreciation and Wellness - 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • O'Bannon ES - PTA NUT Day

Saturday, February 22nd

  • Wrestling State Finals @ Bankers Life Fieldhouse (Indianapolis) - 8 a.m.
  • Boys Sectional Swimming @ Lake Central - 9 a.m.

SCH Highlights of the Week

Clark MS/HS


Congrats & Buena Suerte (Good luck) to Senior Andres Larios on advancing to State this Friday! Andres placed 3rd at Semi-State and will wrestle on Friday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse - home of the Indiana Pacers/Fever!

Please come out & support our Pioneers!

And follow updates & highlights @

Black History Month

As part of our Black History Month celebration, LDP has prepared a poster with information about 21 African-American Latinos and their contributions to our nation and culture, in Spanish and English. Feel free to go through the hallway of the second floor and take pictures, it can be a good resource.

Eggers MS

The Eggers’ Middle School Science Olympiad Team competed on Saturday, February 8th, in a Regional Tournament held at Purdue Northwest along with 11 public and private schools in our region. The students worked hard over the past few months to represent our school and competed in several events. Arie'l Valladay and Trinity Collins (pink ribbons) won 6th place medal in Density Lab! Ireland King and Keelin Kizman (yellow ribbons) won a 4th place medal for Reach for the Stars! Other members include Edgar Calzada, Alyssa Fullilove, Dayanara Gallarzo, Marlene Navarro, Braelynn Norwood, Kayleigh Rodriguez, Daniel Sanchez, Isabella Sosa, Maribel Valez, and Vargas.

Gavit MS/HS

Congratulations to Mrs. Talley and all of our band members who competed at ISMAA. Nine of our members brought home a medal.


Flute Solo - Audrey Wigsmoen

Flute Solo - Kennedy Bryant


Clarinet Quartet - Angela Almanza, Ritesha Quamina, Amyah Washington, and Jeffrey Wheeler

Flute Trio - Adalid Alvirde, Rebecca Araiza, and Lilliana Martinez

Morton HS

Morton High School’s Black Student Union was created this year to create a space where students can learn more about Black History, make positive changes in the school and community, have more representation and awareness for black culture and issues, and more. The Black Student Union, along with the Morton HS Advanced Choir, Jazz Band, and tech crew, put on an AMAZING Black History Month program Wednesday, February 12. The program was written and directed by Morton/HAPA student, Trisheena Harris. There were student actors, dancers, singers, rappers, and musicians. We are SO proud of them!!

Scott MS

Scott Middle School was very excited to participate in the Nationwide Positive Prevention Initiative "No One Eats Alone". The program works to prevent bullying before it starts by teaching students to lead the movement to change the culture of the school. Our scholars got to know one another as they talked about promoting a positive school atmosphere.

A special thank you to our Student Ambassador, Chloe Januszewski, for her help in ensuring all of our scholars felt welcome!

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