The Cougar Connection

A Corporation Wide Newsletter

~From Mr. Gaff's Desk~

Unfortunately, the dog days of winter did not scare the groundhog back into his hole before he saw his shadow. The winter months can be difficult. As we drudge through the most difficult months of the school year, stay persistent. As the winter blues begin to set in, I would encourage you to add some variety to your classroom. As you begin to get sick of the monotony, so do the students. Make your classroom a place where students want to be, rather than, have to be.

Over the next few months, as difficult decisions are made about instruction, curriculum, scheduling, and leadership, I challenge you to make decisions based solely on what is best for the kids. As adults, we often forget about how our decisions can positively or negatively impact the students. It is natural to gravitate toward convenience. Please remember, what is best for kids is not always what is most convenient for adults.

Finally, I had the opportunity to work through Gallup Strengthsfinder training with several members of the district leadership team. Through the training, participants identified their top 5 strengths. Please take the time to discuss the process and the strengths of your building leaders. My strengths are restorative, competition, relator, activator, and achiever. Click here to view a description of the 34 strengths themes.

Thanks for all you do.


~Drug Free Noble County Grant~

The Corporation has been awarded a Drug Free Noble County Grant to begin implementing random drug testing among students for the 2017-18 School-year. The award of $1500 will be used for training and swab tests and will be requested yearly to continue the program. Congratulations to David Worman and Jamie Howard for their work on this grant!

~WeCare Clinic~

2017 WeCare TLC Wellness-January

Metabolic Support: Thyroid Self Test

Click here to view the step by step flyer to perform a Thyroid Self Test

Congrats to the Varsity Wrestling team for advancing 10 members to Regionals!

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~Upcoming Events~

*Friday, February 3: Girls Basketball against Bremen

*Saturday, February 4: 8th Grade Incentive Trip to Swiss Valley

*Wednesday, February 15: Pep Band plays at IPFW Basketball game

*Tuesday, February 21: School Board Meeting @Wolf Lake Elementary

*Tuesday, February 28: Varsity Boys Sectionals Begin @Westview

~Lily Endowment Planning Grant~

The Corporation has received a Lily Endowment Counseling Initiative Planning Grant for $26,500! A special thanks to David Worman for presenting the information to submit for the grant, Jamie Howard for assisting in the intitial writing, and to Pat Leffers, Michele Thiele, Shawn Hoover, Geoff Brose and everyone else involved in the ongoing hard work of the 2nd Phase. The planning grant will be used through May to compile data for a competitive submission to award the Guidance Department over $100,000 per year for the next 4 years. Good Luck!