Lion's Roar Newsletter

March 17, 2023

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Students and Staff of the Month!

Each month, students and staff are nominated from each school and recognized at the School Board meeting. Congratulations to our March winners!

Updates from the Superintendent

Let the Construction Begin!

Construction has begun at Memorial Gymnasium and the Laughin Center! The project was started on March 6th, and it is expected to be completed in mid October.
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Community News

Sports Opportunities for Youth!

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Arlington Elementary

Grandparents Day

Arlington Elementary celebrated our grandparents by inviting them to shop our book fair with their grandchildren and enjoy cookies in our cafeteria. We are grateful for these people in our community and in our students lives!


Our second and third grade classes celebrated the end of I-Read testing and 100% attendance during testing week with cookies from Mrs. Mastin. Way to go 2nd and 3rd graders!!!

Our staff was encouraging them every step of the way with their matching shirts!

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Milroy Elementary

Family Friendly School

We are so excited to announce that Milroy Elementary School has been recognized by the Indiana Department of Education for "EXCELLING" as a Family Friendly School. Below you will find the certificate of recognition and letter from the IDOE. Our staff works hard at being the best it can be. This is just one way to recognize our students, families, community members, and staff members on the great work we are all doing!

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Walking Path in the Works!

We are so excited to be putting in a walking path! We have it carved out and gravel placed. It will be blacktopped in the spring! We're looking forward to completing a rock garden and other various sections to enhance the walk. Our students have enjoyed helping us with each and every step during Project Based Learning!

Upcoming Donuts with Grownups

Haven't had the chance to eat some yummy donuts with your student yet? Don't worry; there's still time! Milroy will be hosting another Donuts with Grownups Friday, April 14th! Keep an eye out for the sign up sheet your student brings home!

Art Supplies Donations

We are in need of some supplies for our art classes! If you have styrofoam egg cartons or 16oz soup or vegetable cans, please send them in with your students! We are also in need of plastic bottle caps to make a bench for our walking path!

Making Stepping Stones

We had so much fun last week making our own stepping stones for the walking path! Many students were able to paint their stones to their liking while a few even got to experiment with making the designs in the concrete Mr. Soendlin and Mrs. Nash mixed and poured for us!
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Volleyball Fun!

Our Cardinals Volleyball team put their skills to the test last Friday! They played against the teachers in front of the entire school! We had so many students participate in volleyball that we even had two teams! One of the teams even managed to beat the teachers!
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RES East

IREAD Rally!

RES East rallied around their 2nd and 3rd Grade IREAD students! We know they did their best and we are so proud of all of them!

RES West

I-Read Encouragement

Our 2nd and 3rd grade students were greeted with encouraging words from their 6th grade friends as they prepared for the IREAD test.6th grade students took just a few minutes to jot down words of encouragement.
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Little Engineers

Our 1st graders in Mrs. Schroeder's class read "Rosie Revere, Engineer" this week and it inspired them to be their own engineers. First graders built their own loop planes and had a contest to see who could throw their play the farthest.
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Attendance Stars

RES has worked on improving our attendance each 9 weeks.

These students missed 3 days or less for the last 9 weeks. We recognized over 176 students for excellent attendance for the 3rd nine weeks!

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Just Dance!

BRMS Athletic Department hosted a dance on Friday, March 10, to raise money for spring athletic gear.


Behind the scenes at the FFA District 9 Event from Friday, March 10. BRMS Students that placed include:

1st place- Advancing to State!

Kendra Jacobs, Kenna Palmer- Discovery Hort Demo

Kendra Jacobs- Discovery Extemporaneous Speaking

Lexi Hill, Allie Kuhn- Discovery Plant and Soil Demo

Annabeth Chastain- Discovery Creed

Lily Miller, Marley Clark- Discovery Food Science Demo

3rd place

Olivia Callahan- Discovery Animal Science Demo

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Learning About the Holocaust

8th graders at BRMS just finished up a 12-week research unit on the Holocaust. Students chose a Holocaust-related topic, conducted research using primary and secondary sources, selected a research question, and wrote their thesis statement. After conducting their research, they wrote expository essays with in-text and complete citations. As a final part of their project, they created visual aids and used those during oral presentations. Their dedication and hard work resulted in spectacular lessons on their topics.
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Oh, Baby!

FACS Class is working on their infant care unit by getting some experience with our RealCare Baby simulation.
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Speech Team

Congratulations to Lanea Adams and Coach Hannah Lemmons! Lanea competed in the Hoosier Crossroads District Speech meet and is the Runner-Up in Informative Speaking. She qualified to attend the National Tournament in Arizona this summer. Lanea's picture will be added to our Speech Wall of Fame! She is our first Speech National qualifier in two decades!

The RCHS Speech Team had a great day at the state tournament!

Key Club Officers and Student Executive Board

The RCHS Key Club Officers and Student Executive Board were recognized at the Board of Trustees Meeting for Rush County Schools. There is not doubt that RCHS is bless with amazing student leaders! Pictured from left to right are: Gabby Pavey, Alexis Mahan, Jasmine Cooper, Natalie Cooper, Heaven Denney, Aiden Philpot, Megan Alexander, and Eli Bridges.
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RCS School Board Meeting Live-Streamed by Lions Live

Mr. Jacob Bentley and RCHS Lions Live students live-streamed the Rush County Schools Board Meeting at the invitation of Mr. Jameson. Thank you for giving of your evening to share the happenings of the meeting with our school-community!

If you missed it an would like to see the recording, visit the Lion's Live YouTube page linked below!

Exploration into Work and Careers Day

On March 1st, our students were able to explore their future work and career options. We partnered with Rebecca Jennings of Eastern Indiana Works to provide a day of activities for our 8th-12th grade students to explore careers and post secondary education.

Some of the businesses represented were Rush Memorial Hospital, Chances and Services for Youth & INAEYC, INTAT, Henry Community Health, Emerson, GEO Group, SD Barnes Construction, Howden Roots, Rushville Fire Dept., Rush Shelby Energy, and Knauf Instulation.

There was also military representation from the US Marines, National Guard, and Air Force.

Representatives from IU East, UNOH, UIndy, Ivy Tech, Duncan HVAC Supply, and Austin Maggard (IBEW, Line Crew) were in attendance.

The Class of 2025 spent the afternoon meeting graduation requirements of community service hours. Ten students went to the Mahoning Valley Christian Camp to help clean up and prepare for summer camp. 138 students stayed at Memorial Gymnasium to bundle and prep 15,000 diapers for distribution at local food pantries and other agencies. From the Bottom Up and director Jeri McCorkhill had materials sent to the gym, and the master assembly line prepared 1,000 bundles!

Many, many, many thanks to the Rush County Fair Board and staff, Rebecca Jennings and Eastern IN Works crew; Jeri McCorkhill, the army of volunteers meeting with students and explaining their crafts, Mary Roller of Ivy Tech, Tony Augsberger, Hannah Augsberger, and the Mahoning Valley crew, and the administration and staff of RCHS for making this day a tremendous success!

Medical Intervention

Medical Intervention students stained cancer cells to study cancer cell morphology. They compared these to normal cells. This week students have been studying the molecular mechanisms of cancer cell development (all with ABBA playing in the background).

They also got the chance to work with DNA microarrays in the lab!

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Studying Genetics

Biology 1 students researched genetic disorders and presented them to each other in a gallery walk. Excellent work! Great questions!
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2023 I-STAR Winners!

Indiana Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (I-STAR) this year was held at Connersville High School on Wednesday, March 8. I-STAR is a student and teacher recognition program which includes eight different high schools (including RCHS). This award is open to the top 10 percent of the seniors in each high school. Three seniors are selected from each school based on their application. The focal component of the application is the selection of a teacher, counselor, or administrator who the student believes has made the strongest contribution to the student’s individual and scholastic development. The student-applicant must submit a written explanation of why the educator was selected for this honor.

Congratulations to the student and staff I-STAR winners from RCHS!

Audrey Gulley (student) chose Mrs. Joni Fenimore (math teacher),

Araceli Leon (student) chose Ms. Amaranta Kemple (Spanish teacher),

Kelby Roberts (student) chose Mrs. Holly Wagner (agriculture teacher).

We are super proud of these teachers and students! Go Lions!

From left to right: Mrs. Holly Wagner, Kelby Roberts, Mrs. Joni Fenimore, Audrey Gulley, Ms. Amaranta Kemple and Araceli Leon.

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Lions Gymnastics Regionals

So proud of our Lady Lions, Coach Philpot & Coach Tackett!!! Congratulations on a terrific season!!!!!!

Rushville FFA

DIX Leadership Events Results! We had students compete in 27 events last week! We won 12 events, placed 2nd in 5 and placed 3rd in 4 events! And have Jenna Lawler slated as the district secretary! A huge thank you to the community members who helped us prepare!

Happy Pi Day!

Happy Pi (3.14) Day from the RCHS Math Faculty!
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Key Club

RCHS Key Club Officers enjoyed a luncheon presentation to the Rush County Kiwanis! Natalie Cooper, Jasmine Cooper & Aiden Philpot spoke about the recent Key Club Indiana District Leadership Convention, the club’s activities & future plans with the Kiwanis!

Learning About Our Local Agricultural Businesses

Our Agribusiness students started a series of field trips to learn about local Agricultural Companies. Our first stop was Homan in Milroy. Thank you to Greg Brown for sharing about the company, telling us about employment opportunities and teaching us about inventory decisions.

Trip #2 was to Fraley Implement. A big thank you to Bart Fraley for sharing with us. His advice on resumes, valuing math skills, and learning a skill was fantastic. We enjoyed learning about how Fraley’s grew over the years and it’s strong commitment to community.

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Understanding Our Bodies

Human Body Systems students are working to understand the nephron, filtration, and kidney function by making clay models. “Out here making nephron loops!”- direct student quote.

International Chess Club

International Club and Chess Club meetings on the same day = awesomeness!
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Making Molecule Models

Mr. Bitner’s classroom was redecorated! His chemistry students created molecule models to enhance their understanding.


Thank you to the RCHS Climate Team for organizing a wonderful show up celebration! Students with 98% attendance or above played bingo during SRT. Drinks and snacks were provided by the booster club and prizes (including prom tickets, parking passes, and more) were won!

Painting Fun

RCHS staff painted tiles for a mosaic going up on the walls in our cafeteria during our faculty meeting Wednesday.
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A Lion's Live You Can't Miss!

You will not want to miss out watching this jam-packed edition of Lions Live! It includes:

· Prom Guest Forms Due 3/17

· Updates from Dr. Keeley regarding renovations at the gym, Laughlin Center and throughout the school district!

· Dodgeball Tournament Info

· March Madness Do’s and Don’ts

· Cheerleading Tryout Info

· The Weather

Check it out at the link below!

2022-23 Wooden Legacy Award

Cinda Rice Brown, the former girls’ coach at Rushville, is one of the 2022-23 honorees from the Hoosier state as nominated by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association. She is among 61 winners from 31 states in an NHSBCA program coordinated with the Wooden family.

The award honors scholastic basketball coaches from around the country who are educators and have achieved excellence on the floor, in the classroom and in the community that further embody the characteristics and legacy of the late John Wooden. The criteria for the award are rooted in the ideals of education, longevity, character, service and excellence.

Brown, 76, is a 1964 graduate of New Salem High School in Rush County. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University in 1969 and a master’s degree in 1976. She played basketball, softball and field hockey at IU and was presented a belated “I” letter for those efforts in 1998.

She went on to teach and coach at Rushville for 31 years, the last 25 seasons as an IHSAA basketball program. She was the first Indiana girls basketball coach to achieve 400 victories, and she was the state’s all-time winningest girls’ basketball coach with a 448-109 record (in IHSAA games only) when she retired. Brown was inducted into Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in its inaugural women’s class in 2002.

Brown began coaching in 1969, initially directing basketball, tennis, golf, volleyball and gymnastics teams in Girls Athletic Association programs with basketball moving to IHSAA direction for the 1975-76 season. In 25 seasons of IHSAA competition, her basketball teams won 21 sectional titles – including a state record 18 in a row from 1980 to 1997 – as well as eight regionals and three semi-states. Her teams qualified for the State Finals in 1981, 1985 and 1993, the ’81 team finishing as state runner-up.

Her teams also won or shared 18 conference championships – 13 in the South Central Conference, including 10 in a row from 1979-88) and five in the Hoosier Heritage Conference. Brown coached in the first Hall of Fame Classic in December 1984, finishing as runner-up, and her teams also played in the Classic in 1989 and 1993.

She was the Indiana All-Star assistant coach in 1981 and the Indiana All-Star head coach in 1987, her 1987 squad being just the second Indiana team to sweep Kentucky in the home-and-home series that dates to 1976. She coached four players who were chosen Indiana All-Stars in Melissa Kilgore (1983), Noelle Young (1984), Missi Nelson (1988) and Jennifer Marlow (1995). One of those, Nelson in 1988, also was honored as a Converse All-American.

Brown was a 13-time SCC Coach of the Year, a three-time HHC Coach of the Year, a two-time Hoosier Basketball Coaches Association district Coach of the Year and a six-time Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association district Coach of the Year. In 1984, she also was an IBCA district Coach of the Year, the Indiana High School Coaches Association state Coach of the Year and the nominee for the National High School Athletic Coaches Association national Coach of the Year. In 1996, Brown was named Channel One National Coach of the Year.

Over her career, Brown served on the board of the NHSACA, IHSCA, the IBCA and the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame. She also was a longtime member and district coordinator for the ICGCA’s poll committee. She also worked as an on-air analyst for girls’ basketball State Finals radio and television broadcasts and Indiana All-Star telecasts while an active coach and after her retirement.

In addition to her 2002 induction to the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame, Brown was presented with the ICGSA Marian Archer Award in 2003, served as a welcoming speaker at an NCAA Women’s Final Four banquet in 2005, was recognized as an Inspiring Woman by the Indiana Fever in 2009 and founded the Jack and Cinda Brown Basketball Mental Attitude Scholarship in Rushville in 2010.

On Jan. 9, 2016, Rushville recognized Brown by naming the court at its Memorial Gym as the “Cinda Rice Brown Court.” Most recently, in 2022, Brown contributed to an IHSAA video marking the 50th anniversary of the Title IX legislation, “Title IX: 50 Years.”

Brown has remained active in sport herself, winning a number of competitive golf championships over the years while serving on the board of the Indiana Women’s Golf Association for six years and its president in 1995. She recorded her first hole-in-one in 2017 and a second hole-in-one in 2022.

Since retiring as a coach, Brown also has resumed playing tennis, her Super Senior Team winning the Midwest Championship in 2011 and competing in the national competition that year in Arizona. She also has competed in running events, winning many age-division races and participating in 10 consecutive Indy Mini-Marathons. In addition, she enjoys biking, roller blading, kayaking and water skiing.

Brown is the widow of the late Jack Brown, who passed away in 2010. She has two step-children as well as three step-grandchildren with another on the way. Brown and companion Dan Pierce enjoy winters in Florida and summers in hometown Rushville.

Greg Wooden, grandson of John Wooden, wrote a letter to each winner of the Wooden Legacy Coaching Award in that stated:

“Our family cannot express how excited we are that you are receiving the NHSBCA Wooden Legacy Coaching Award. My grandfather, John R. Wooden, devoted his life to making an impact in the lives of others through the game of basketball. His passion was teaching, and there was no group that he was more passionate about that subject than coaches.

“The fact that you are receiving this award is a testament to a long-standing commitment you have made as a teacher/coach within your community. You are receiving this award because you embody many traits that my grandfather felt were vital to success.

“I know that if my grandfather was here today, he would feel that it was an honor to meet you and congratulate you on your success. In his memory, our family wants to do that for him. We appreciate you, and the commitment you have made to success. We could not be more thrilled that the NHSBCA has incorporated this award and could not be happier that you are its recipient in its inaugural year.”

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RCHS Happenings

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Please see the attached school newsletter.

Prom guest forms are due today: Friday, March 17.

National Honor Society forms are due today: Friday, March 17.

Good luck to all of our teams/students in action!

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