ENSC Parent Notes
January 13, 2014
Welcome to 2014
We did have a few winter related issues last week. ENHS and ENMS both experienced frozen water pipes which broke and caused water damage. A huge thank you to our custodians, maintenance staff, Bill Knox, Brian Leitch, Sandy Scare, Kevin Alison, Lisa Laur, Andy Deming, and Steve Peterson for their help in cleaning up the areas. Help provided by Kendallville Fire, Police, and Parks and Recreation is much appreciate also!
Updates on ENMS Project
Please keep in mind, no decision has been made yet as to which direction the district will go on the facility. Discussion and investigation continues on building a new building and full renovation.
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We do have five make up days built into our current calendar. We will use January 20, February 17, and May 9 as make up days for Wednesday - Friday of last week. IF (and that is a huge IF) we do not miss any other snow days this school year, we will use May 16 and 23 to make up Monday and Tuesday of last week even if our waiver request is approved. It is highly unlikely that we will not have any additional cancellations. But....you never know.
I am sure you are asking why we would consider making these days up. I believe every day of instruction is valuable for our students and if we are able to make up these days without adding days on to the end of the school year, it is beneficial and impactful for our students. When we begin to extend the school year for make up days, students are less focused and attendance is lower. The best time to make up snow days is before testing is complete! By the time we reach June, all testing is over (ISTEP, iREAD, ECAs, AP). In addition, other issues are created as we near the June 7 graduation date.
In my opinion, it is highly unlikely that we will not experience additional cancellations!
January 15 School Board Meeting
This Week's Super Hero
Avilla Elementary is proud to honor Amy Mosley as this week’s Super Hero! Amy assists teachers and students in the area of technology and oversees our lab, as well as working with teachers to enhance the use of technology in the classroom. The lab no longer is a “standalone” place where kids “do” technology, but a place where students bring their own equipment and use it to create! A current project she has undertaken is teaching code to Kindergarten thru sixth grade students! It is very exciting to see students using these tools to create their own work! Additionally, she collaborates with each grade level to infuse the use of technology into the classroom so that students are using available technology on a daily basis as a part of the leaning process. Amy also sends out a weekly update as to what is occurring with Avilla students and the use of technology. We are very appreciative of her efforts and congratulate her on being named the Super Hero of the week!
Winter Storm of 2014 Heros
Anxious to Return!
By the way, the school year is just a few days short of half over!