White River Valley School District

Spring Edition--2021

WOLVERINE NEWS is a publication of the White River Valley School District. Any questions relevant to content may be directed to Dr. Bob Hacker, Superintendent of Schools at 812-659-1424 or bhacker@wrv.k12.in.us.
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Class of 2021 Prepares to Graduate Friday

Ceremony Open to the Public--May 28th at 7:30PM

On behalf of my classmates, I would like to invite everyone to White River Valley High School's 31st Commencement Exercises on Friday evening, May 28th at 7:30PM in the school gymnasium. It has been a tough last few years for our class, and we are super excited to get to have our ceremony inside and out of the elements. It is a school event, so masks will be required. Doors will be opened at 6:45 sharp. Families are asked to sit together and practice social distancing. We hope that you will join us!


Hannah Halt--President

Class of 2021

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WRV Elementary School Welcomes Guthrie as New Principal

The White River Valley School District Board of Education named Mrs. Rachel Guthrie as the new elementary principal at its May 17th regular meeting. Mrs. Guthrie has been the assistant principal at University Elementary in Monroe County Schools for the past two years. She has seventeen years of experience as an elementary teacher at various grade levels. She has taught in the Richland-Bean Blossom School Corporation and the Mitchell School Corporation. She has a great deal of experience, and WRV is very lucky to bring her on board.

Mrs. Guthrie is married (Troy) and has a son; they reside in Ellettsville.

Mrs. Guthrie replaces Mrs. Jill Staggs who will be returning to the classroom for the 2021-22 school year. Mrs. Guthrie can be reached at rguthrie@wrv.k12.in.us.

WRV to Launch New After School Program in 21-22

Program to Address Learning Recovery and Homework Help

The WRVSD Board of Education recently approved an after school program at all three WRV schools for the 2021-22 school year. Students will have the opportunity to get extra academic and social-emotional help outside of the regular school day. The program will be run from 3:10 to 4:50PM. The district is using Federal ESSER funds to finance the program, which will include bus transportation to each of the three district buildings as pick-up spots at the completion of the day. The program will be offered Monday though Thursday with two staff members helping to keep students improving towards academic success.

WRV recently offered parents a survey to see what kind of interest there might be in such a program and well over seventy percent of our parents said they would support their student in utilizing the extra academic help. This pandemic has caused some disruption in student learning, but all students are able to attend the program as necessary. We believe this will be a strong option for students to keep moving forward academically.

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Wolverine Enterprises LLC Earns Statewide Attention

WRV Receives Conexus Internship Funds; Students to Receive Checks in July

WRV HS is receiving statewide recognition for its new student-run businesses program. The Indiana State Secretary for Talent Development, Blair Milo, visited WRV in April to view the program first hand and went away impressed with the creativity and imagination of our students and teachers as they have developed quite an entrepreneurial project-based learning program. Mrs. Milo reported on her visit to the Indiana Economic Development Commission. Students have developed products and services in six different areas, including Agriculture Power and Production, Advanced Manufacturing Furniture-Making, Print Services, Precision Machining, Family and Consumer Science Frozen Foods, and Fine Arts pottery, candle-making, jewelry-making and art. The enterprises are tied together by an innovative business logistics team that oversees marketing, ordering, and billing.

"I am so proud of our teaching staff for being able to implement such an innovative program in the middle of a pandemic. The students have really taken ownership with product design and production. I believe this program has amazing potential to develop the local talent and help launch new business efforts in Greene County down the road," states superintendent, Dr. Bob Hacker.

Program Director, Katelyn Thomas recently reported to the Board of Education that WRV has received notification from Conexus, a manufacturing benefactor out of Indianapolis, that it has received $12,000 in internship funds to pay students for their experiences in the program. Students will receive checks in July for their hard work during the Spring semester with some students working into the summer.

We congratulate the 2020-21 student CEO Edan Martin and student CFO Katryna Zimmerly for helping to lead the program in its first year. Wolverine Enterprises has built industry partnerships to date with Owen County State Bank, Metal Technologies of Bloomfield, and BlueBay Bakery in Bloomington and will be looking to further partner with businesses as we gain experience. The program was developed through a Ready Schools grant from the Regional Opportunity Initiative Inc. and other grant help from the Indiana Department of Education and the Greene County Community Foundation.

If patrons are interested in products and services or in helping out a particular business, please contact Katelyn Thomas at kthomas@wrv.k12.in.us.

WRV WILL offer Virtual Education Opportunities into 2021-22

WRVSD will continue to offer students opportunities to learn virtually in 2021-22 due to concerns related to the coronavirus. In order to utilize this program, parents must meet with the building principal and complete an application and contract. Building principals will then submit the application to approval from the superintendent and school board similar to the out-of-district transfer application.

If this is a program you are interested in, please contact the building principal:

High School--Mr. Doug Lewis dlewis@wrv.k12.in.us

Middle School--Mr. Jason Walton jwalton@wrv.k12.in.us

Elementary School--Mrs. Jill Staggs jstaggs@wrv.k12.in.us or Mrs. Rachel Guthrie rgutherie@wrv.k12.in.us.

WRVSD does believe that students learn best when in-person learning can take place between the teacher and student.

McCammon, Myers Head to Retirement

WRVSD salutes Mrs. Jackie McCammon and Mrs. Susan Myers as they retire at the end of the school year. Both are teachers at White River Valley Elementary Schools. Mrs. McCammon has taught for 36 years; Mrs. Myers for 33. Both have had such a positive impact on our community in working with our elementary students over three decades each. Both individuals will be honored during Friday evening's commencement.

CONGRATULATIONS to both as they move into a new chapter!

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Senior High Jumps 5'2" to Advance

Congratulations to WRV senior Jailyn Lundy! She advanced to the IHSAA State Track & Field meet at Indianapolis Ben Davis High School on June 5th by virtue of her second place finish at the Bloomington North High School Regional. Tremendous job, Jailyn!

On the boys' side, Andrew Ellett has a chance to advance in the disc and Max Hostetter will compete in the 400M Run. We wish both of these young men the best of luck at Bloomington North in the Regional Meet!

White River Valley School District: WE GROW DREAMS!!

Reserve your spot in one of our innovative classrooms for the 2021-22 school year. Call 812-659-1424 for more information. BE PROUD WOLVERINES!!