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Publication of Baugo Community Schools: Winter 2021

Superintendent's Message: Thriving in Our New Normal

Baugo Community Schools continue to thrive, in spite of the pandemic. As I listen to the struggles that many school districts face across our nation with returning to in-person learning, I marvel at our commitment to ensuring learning continues. Teachers continue to brave the uncertainty of the virus and parents adjusted to virtual learning when we were faced with no other option in November. Since January 4th, we have settled back into routines that look and feel relatively normal. We recognize that there is a new normal in schools today and behaviors like mask wearing and social distancing will likely not end soon. Still, our community is doing Its best to ensure school is an engaging place for our students. During the pandemic, Jimtown High School has seen an increase in graduation rates, dual credit completion, and AP pass rates. Our junior high robotics team claimed a regional championship and competed in the state Purdue/Fort Wayne virtual competition. Our elementary and intermediate buildings have been recognized by iReady for continuous learning greater than 93% during the pandemic. Our K-12 school counselors continue to address the social and emotional needs of our students with an eye on career and college readiness. Baugo Community Schools honors our promise to nurture, encourage, guide, and instill hope in each child as we educate them today, to prepare them for tomorrow.

Get the Baugo Community Schools App

Baugo Community Schools is excited to announce that we now have an app available in both the Apple and Google Play (android) store. The app has links to our calendars, including athletics, as well as other important information such as mealtime, enrollment, the e-learning portal, our IHSAA TV channel for athletics and more! Check back often for new content!

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STEM in the Classroom

Mrs. Kaler’s 1st grade classroom recently began using materials provided by a grant from the LEGO Foundation to learn about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The daily and weekly lessons focus on problem solving, cooperation, and simple engineering. Here, students are working to create a design with movement. Students also have a small set of LEGOS for daily “Brain Break” activities and a take-home set to demonstrate to parents.

Heading in the Right Direction in 2021!

Jimtown Elementary is starting 2021 with the start of something new! We are declaring the 29th of each month "Baugo's Promise Indiana Day." We will celebrate by asking the students and staff to wear their Baugo Promise shirts and each student will receive a prize!

Baugo's Promise Indiana is a CollegeChoice 529 Direct Saving account. The money saved in this account may be used for college, trade school or apprenticeship programs. By opening a 529 direct saving account you will give your student a head start for a successful future. We have a wonderful opportunity for you. When you enroll your student into a Baugo's Promise Indiana account, $25 will automatically be deposited in to your student's account. You can personally set up automatic deposits into this account or you may choose to make individual deposits. Family and friends may also contribute to your student's account. Sign up your student today and help support their future!

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Jimtown Intermediate Teachers are Keeping Students Connected to Education & Classmates

Jimtown Intermediate School teachers have been asked to go above and beyond throughout these past nine months. During much of November and December, they have continued to exceed expectations as Jimtown Intermediate went full-time virtual for the first time this year. Teachers have set up interactive classrooms where direct instruction occurs for over three hours daily. Teachers have also made themselves available throughout the day for one-on-one and small group instruction. Creatively, teachers are providing ways for students to do all their work virtually through Socrative, SeeSaw, and TeacherMade. Teachers in every respect have had to “recreate the wheel” in terms of educating students remotely. They have created ways for students to interact with each other with Jamboard, Flipgrid, and GoogleMeet break out rooms. Teachers have created ways students can better interact with their learning as well, through Boomcards, Flocabulary, and Iready. Our teachers have done a phenomenal job and continue to work hard to give each student the best education in this environment. Much of what they have done and provided for our students is helping in so many ways to keep our Jimtown Intermediate School students engaged and growing in their education.

Covid-19 Has Forced Some Changes to Winter Athletics

Based on an order from the Elkhart County Health Department, all schools in Elkhart County will be under some very serious restrictions until further notice regarding attendance at winter sports and extracurricular events. We are happy and feel fortunate at this point that our kids are still going to have the opportunity to play. Some things have to change in order to get this current spike under control. Authorities are rightly concerned about large groups gathering indoors in gymnasiums all across the county and state. Until further notice, attendance at all winter sports activities are limited to a maximum of four members of each player’s immediate family. Go Jimmies!

Transportation Team Pushes On & Pitches In!

The Baugo transportation department has been rock stars as they adapt daily to the needs of Jimtown Schools. Whether they are transporting students, distributing meals, or maintaining buses, we couldn’t do it without our drivers. We appreciate their flexibility and dedication to keep our Jimmies moving!

Jimtown Jr. High Robotics Club are Tournament Champs!

The Jr High Robotics team claimed the Tournament Champion award in a virtual tournament on November 21st and advanced to the Purdue Fort Wayne Championship Tournament. In addition to building an autonomous robot from Legos to solve challenges on a game table, the team is interested in developing an ultrasound device that will help motivate people to exercise by allowing them to see the results of their exercise after each workout session. We wish the team luck as they continue their journey.

Technology Department Shines

The technology department has been hard at work to keeping all the students and teachers up and running. Mrs. Stose is set up to help anyone that needs Chromebook repairs at JJHS.

Operations Staff Goes Above and Beyond

Larry Newland, one of our custodians at the high school, has been hard at work helping the community. Larry helps pack and distribute food to those in need here at Jimtown. Larry is also a retired Marine and plays a big part in the Elkhart area Marines when it comes to giving back to the community! Thanks Larry for all your hard work!

JHS Lilly Endowment Scholarship Winner!

A BIG congratulations to JHS Senior Camri Garretson! Camri was selected to receive a Lilly Endowment Scholarship, which will cover her entire college tuition to any Indiana college or university. This scholarship is highly selective and competitive, so being named one of three winners in Elkhart county is quite an accomplishment. We are confident Camri will be successful in the future. Way to represent Jimtown High School!

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First Seniors to Complete Health Science Education CTE Pathway

Jimtown High School's Health Science Education CTE Pathway is in its 3rd year and exciting things are happening. This year's Seniors will be the first to complete the Jimtown High campus-based program--and they have much to brag about!

This group of remarkable Seniors have completed a series of dual credit and high school-based college credit health sciences courses to include Medical Terminology, Health Science Education-I/Introduction to Health Careers, Basic Life Support (BLS) Training, Anatomy & Physiology and Health Science Education-2/Senior Capstone. The courses include classroom learning, simulation lab with hands-on technical skills training and internship, work-based learning opportunities.

This month we are proud to feature Huda AlTimeemi, Lizzie Kallimani, Emma Deak and Christopher Maldonado. These four students will begin two challenging Electrocardiography courses through Ivy Tech in the Spring Semester to round out their Senior Capstone. This past Fall semester, they worked on patient care technical skills and phlebotomy. Very impressive!

Go get it, guys! We are so very proud of you!!

Jimtown Alumnus Highlight

Welcome New Board Member Chris Carithers

Mr. Carithers is a 1990 Jimtown graduate and has lived in Jimtown all his life. Chris has been married to his wife Nichole for 17 years and they have three kids ages 17 (Nicholas), 14 (Aiden) and 9 (Bella) who attend Jimtown.

His vision for Jimtown is to make sure we have a high graduation rate and help prepare kids for college or trade school. In addition, he hopes to make sure our teachers and administrators have the tools they need to make this happen.

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Board Meetings

The Board of School Trustees generally meets on the 2nd and 4th Monday of the month at 7:00pm at the Educational Service Center. A calendar of meetings can be found on the district website at