Publication of Baugo Community Schools: Fall 2020
Superintendent's Message: Making One Voice
Welcome JHS Principal Tim Pletcher!
Mr. Tim Pletcher is excited and proud to be the new principal here at Jimtown High School. He has over 21 years experience in education, and this is his 8th year as a principal--serving in that capacity at Oregon-Davis Jr/Sr High School and Clay High School. Tim and his wife, Ann, have been married for 28 years, and they have three children, ages 28, 19, and 17. His wife is super supportive of his passion for education and as such, you will see her just about every time you see him. Go Jimmies!
"What's Good" at Jimtown High
It's the What's Good!?!? Initiative. Students and staff are encouraged to participate and share something exciting, good news, or just give a shout out or thank you. We have a bulletin board where the various messages will be displayed, and we hope to fill it up soon. So often communities forget to celebrate the good, and this effort should remind us that there is so much to be grateful for.
Jimtown High School Welcomes Head Coach Cory Stoner
Homecoming Week was capped off with a Jimmie Victory
8th Graders & Kindergarten Collaboration
Our 8th grade Language Arts students created digital informational picture books based on topics a kindergarten class shared with them. The 8th graders researched the topics and put the information with kid-friendly explanations and lots of visuals into a book they created on Mystorybook.com. They then used Screencastify to narrate the books for the children. The kindergarten teacher was then sent links for the Screencastify videos, so her students can see the pages as they have it read to them by the author. Check out an example below.
JJHS Science is possible regardless of location
Virtual and Live teaching is far from easy. However, teachers continue to find the best new methods to reach each of our students. The Jimtown Junior High Science department discovered a hidden gem. We are so thankful for the support of our administration for purchasing a license to "Explore Learning". This program offers "Gizmos" that allow students to do science hands-on - virtually. So far, our students have measured mass using a triple beam balance, measured volume using graduated cylinders, and practiced graphing skills, all from home. We are looking forward to seeing Pangea split apart, how earthquakes happen, structure of an atom, how DNA makes changes in Genetics all through a great computer program. These are visual, hand-on lessons that would not be possible for our virtual students, without this program. We look forward to using the program to allow our virtual students to learn science with the best hand-on activities we can find.
Alaia-Therapy Dog in Training
Fall Fun Field Trip at Jimtown Elementary
On Friday, October 9th, JES had a fall-themed, on-campus field trip! The students spent the day going on a nature walk, trying apple cider, picking a pumpkin from the baseball field “pumpkin patch”, and so much more. It was so nice to watch our students and our staff enjoy a beautiful day of pure fun!
If you visit Dunkin Donuts on Nappanee Street anytime soon, give them a big “thank you” for donating over 1,000 munchkins for our kiddos! We are so grateful.
When I Grow Up
For JES, College Go Week ended with “Future Friday” where our students were encouraged to dress for their future career/job! It is always so much fun to see what the kids come up with, and what they hope to be one day. Here you will find our future medical professionals and future law enforcement! We are so proud that our students are exploring career pathways K-12!