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!
STEM in the Classroom
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!
Jimtown Intermediate Teachers are Keeping Students Connected to Education & Classmates
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.
Operations Staff Goes Above and Beyond
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!
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.