ENSC Weekly Notes

June 1, 2015

The End of the 2014-2015 School Year

Hi All

This week holds the last five days of the school year. For some staff members, you may be saying, "I can't believe the year is over already." For others, that statement may be, "Finally, it is over." As a district, we had many more challenges this year than over previous years and they began as early as the second day of school.

While these many challenges are vivid in my mind, what also stands out are the excellent accomplishments that occurred throughout the school year. Each of our staff members, regardless of your role, provide outstanding support to our students daily and attempt to make every day special for every student. We have had amazing music programs; beautiful art displays and programs; successful athletes; inspiring field trips and guest speakers; students who received awards from across the state; district recognition at the local, state, and national levels; visitors from across the state to learn more about technology in our district; teachers who have presented at a variety of state and national conferences, and a visit from State Superintendent Ritz.

Along with this list of events/accomplishments throughout the year, I can also add the unlimited opportunities you have provided to our students that contribute to an appreciation for life long learning and contribute to lasting positive memories of school.

In that list of accolades, you didn't read anything about test scores. Our focus as a district is on students...not test scores. Which do we want? High test scores, or students who leave ENSC with the ability to be successful in life, learning, career, and family? I vote the latter. Obviously, striving for students to achieve at their highest level means improved test scores. So, we can have both. However, our center and focus is always on our students as individuals!

The focus on the whole child vs. test scores means East Noble School Corporation does it "differently." This statement reminds me of a popular and iconic TV show theme song that was aired weekly from 1975 - 1983. (Yes, I realize that is before some of you were even born.) Lavern and Shirley!

Give us any chance, we'll take it
Read us any rule, we'll break it
We're gonna make our dreams come true
Doin' it our way

Nothin's gonna turn us back now
Straight ahead and on the track now
We're gonna make our dreams come true
Doin' it our way

There is nothing we won't try
Never heard the word impossible
This time there's no stopping us
We're gonna do it

On your mark, get set, and go now
Got a dream and we just know now
We're gonna make that dream come true
And we'll do it our way, yes our way
Make all our dreams come true
And we'll do it our way, yes our way
Make all our dreams come true
For me and you

Yes, "ENSC is going to do it our way." We will continue to do what is best for students and provide a quality education that focuses on the whole child. You are an important part of what we do for our students. Thank you for all you do for our students every day. Thank you for sharing your talents with our students to ensure they are successful and have the tools and skills they need to be successful in life, learning, and careers.

Enjoy your summer!

Dates to Remember

  • June 5 - Last Student Day
  • June 7 - ENHS Graduation, 2 p.m.
  • June 8 - Last Teacher Day
  • Online Registration for the 2015-2016 School Year Opens - Monday, July 13.
  • Walk In Registration for new students and if needed by current students - Wed., July 22
  • Elementary Transfers will be determined by July 29
  • Free Kindergarten Health Screening (Sponsored by the Kendallville Lions Club) - Thursday, July 30, 5:00 p.m., South Side Elementary
  • Start of a New School Year - August 4
  • Back to School Night for All Buildings - August 4
  • First Day of School, Thursday, August 6

1028 Hearing Rules

As you all know, ENSC held a 1028 Hearing to set a budget for the proposed middle school. We are now under certain communication constraints until either no petition is filed (deadline is June 26) or the election on November 3. In a nut shell, below is a reminder of the rules:

ENSC employees may not promote a "yes" or "no" vote during school hours, using school equipment, or school facilities.

Staff members may not initiate conversation about the middle school with families or students during school hours. You may answer any kinds of questions with "factual" information during school hours when asked by students and/or families.

ENSC employees may promote the middle school project outside of school hours in any form; however, you may not use school equipment or school facilities.

There have been questions about the T-shirts that promote the middle school. These shirts may be worn outside of school hours and off of school facilities. If a staff member purchased a shirt for their child, the child may not wear the shirt to school on a school day; however, they may wear the shirt any other time or place.

If you have any questions about what is "acceptable," please feel free to ask me anytime.

Summer "Stuff Happens"

While you are off from school during the summer, ENSC doesn't come to a stop. Please be sure to periodically check your email throughout the summer for any updates and announcements!

Thank you!!


Avilla Elementary Notes

OUR kindergartners wrapped up their animal research projects with a visit to the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo this week. Students enjoyed a morning walking around the zoo and learning even more about the animals housed there. Students were able to see the animals they had researched and learn about ones they had not researched. Afterwards, they enjoyed a picnic lunch and played at a nearby park. Thank you to all our chaperones! We couldn’t have done it without you!

OUR third grade had Market Day where each student provided either a good or a service. They came up with their own idea, created a commercial to advertise their good or service, and learned how to budget their money. The students were responsible for paying bills for their business such as rent, utilities, electric, and a business set-up fee. They learned what it takes to be a business owner. After they earned enough money to pay their bills, then they were able to shop at market day. Of course, the students had to decide if they wanted to close their business to shop or remain open to make money. Market day was a great experience and the students had so much fun doing it!

OUR 5th grade designed and made prosthetic devices that would mimic a human leg. They studied muscles and bones and researched qualities of prosthetic devices prior to starting work on their devices. Groups of students worked together to plan their prosthetic device, decide what materials to use (had to use supplied they could bring from home – not purchased) and how to assemble the leg. As they made their devices they worked together to solve how to fix flaws in their design.

OUR students also completed a variety of tasks to demonstrate their understanding of key language arts skills and concepts through a series of activities related to their novel, Bud, Not Buddy, and social studies standards related to economics. Students were able to choose from a variety of activities to demonstrate what they had learned, including making a 3-D model of “Hooverville” or creating a board game complete with directions and rules.