White River Valley School District--November, 2020
ORANGE CODE continues as District Practices Virtual Face-to-Face Platform
This week all three WRVSD buildings practiced for a virtual platform program that might accompany a Red GC ranking. Students and teachers worked through Google Meets to allow face-to-face virtual communication should it be needed. We appreciate the help from our parents and students to help test-drive the virtual platform.
Parents and patrons can follow the districts active and total Covid-19 cases through our district website at www.wrv.k12.in.us. Click on Covid Scoreboard to get both the current cases and the total cases (since August 11th).
WRVSD Raises Well Over $1,000,000 in Grants for 2020
School districts can apply for other grants as they are made available. We have had a very successful past year in this area...raising over $1,000,000 for additional program resources for our school district. Grants are written through a competitive process in most instances, and WRVSD has been very fortunate to earn a number of additional revenue opportunities. Grants are very specific in nature and most are based on potential program offerings and specific resources.
This year, WRVSD has earned the following financial and equipment grants:
*USDA Kitchen Equipment Grant--$36,000 (WRV ES Kitchen Equipment Upgrades)
*Regional Opportunity Planning Grant--$130,000 (Ready Schools Program Initiatives)
*Regional Opportunity Initiative Ready Communities Grant--$102,000 (Precision Machining)
*Regional Opportunity Initiative Ready Schools Implementation Grant--$250,000 (Project-Based Learning Programs, Collaborative Learning Spaces, Wolverine Enterprises, Trauma-based Discipline Professional Development)
*Indiana Title 4 Innovative Programs Grant--$40,000 (Wolverine Enterprises)
*Indiana Department of Education Digital Learning Grant--$50,000 (Project Lead the Way Programs in Biomedical Sciences and Computer Science)
*Indiana Governor's Office--GEERS Grant--$169,491 (Student/Staff Technology Equipment)
*Homeland Security Safe Schools Grant--$35,000 (School Resource Officer)
*Indiana Criminal Justice Institute Safe Haven Grant--$10,000 (TBRI Professional Development)
*Greene County Community Foundation Communities Grant--$25,000 (Wolverine Enterprises)
*Greene County Community Foundation Covid-19 Relief Grant--$10,000 (Recover Student Fee Deficits)
*Federal E-rate II Internet Construction Grant--$268,611 (Complete Worthington Internet Line)
*State of Indiana Technology Grant--$28,000 (Complete Worthington Internet Line)
*State of Indiana Matching Technology Grant for Internet Construction--$28,000 (Complete Worthington Internet Line)
*State of Indiana Workforce Development "Next Level Programs" Planning Grant--$5,000 (Wolverine Enterprises)
Our WRVSD private grant award earnings amount for this past year is $1,187,102. These grants help us to provide programs and equipment to our students and staff at absolutely no cost to the taxpayers of our district. We appreciate the work of school staff as we continue to look for ways to supplement district revenues to build unique program offerings and opportunities for our students!
School Board to Study Facilities Improvement Plan; Public Input Welcomed
*November Public Session Board Meeting--6PM
*Education Fund Additional Appropriations Hearing--6:50PM
*Board Public Work Session to Discuss Facilities Planning--Following the Hearing (approx 7PM)
These three meetings are open to the public. Face coverings are mandatory.
Wolverine Enterprises Are Nearing Launch
The advanced manufacturing production program--led by Mr. Charles Hancock and student manager Garrett Sloan--is already up-and-running. The program is taking orders on rocking chairs and TV tables. If interested, community members can contact the program at email@example.com.
The Agriculture Power and Production businesses are also online. The two businesses are led by Mr. Sam Zuckschwerdt and student manager Mattie Thrasher. Lettuce and eggs are being produced on the production side. Orders can be made through calling 812-659-2274 Ext. 437 or by email via firstname.lastname@example.org. On the agriculture power side, welding projects and other small agricultural-based projects can be completed. If you have needs in this area, don't hesitate to contact Wolverine Enterprises.
Wolverine Precision Machining is under the direction of Mr. Matt Birt and student manager Jadon Rogers. This business is already online and producing projects of all types using design processes and our own CNC machine and other design equipment. If you have needs in this area, please don't hesitate to contact this division at Ext. 437 or email@example.com.
Other areas launching soon include Wolverine Frozen Feast, led by Mrs. Betsy Misner and student manager Lexi Fulford; Wolverine Printing Services, led by Mr. Matt Birt and student manager Wesley Axe; and Fine Arts and Design, led by Miss Jessica Pemberton and student manager Shawnnee Easterwood.
This unique "hands-on" learning program is teaching students direct skills in the individual programs, soft skill development that local businesses are coveting, creative problem-solving skills that students will need to be successful in life. We look forward to being able to hold an Open House soon to help showcase our new program and give the community an opportunity to experience our offerings.
Wolverine Enterprises is under the direction of an Executive Board that includes local business participants, school board members, and school staff.