DUNLAP — All eyes were on the sky on a windy, cloudy May afternoon at Concord Intermediate School.
GOSHEN — It was fitting that my final school visit for my “Classroom Chronicles” column was to a massive all-school celebration.
ELKHART — A student who cannot read on grade level by third grade is four times less likely to graduate by age 19 than a child who does read proficiently by that time, according to a 2012 study by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
DUNLAP — A tiny piece of mineral sat in bins at each of the lab stations in the Concord Junior High School science classroom, and it was up to students to determine whether the object was quartz or calcite.
ELKHART — As soon as Principal Marci Brubaker stomped on the green “start” button, Michael Jackson sprung to life.
NAPPANEE — NorthWood High School’s science academic team hit a huge milestone this month by winning the school’s 20th state championship through the Indiana Academic Super Bowl.
MIDDLEBURY — I was not the only visitor to Heritage Intermediate School when I stopped by the school on May 16 — not by a long shot.
GOSHEN — Two fourth-grade classrooms marched down the hill from Chamberlain Elementary to Home Again Consignments on a warm morning in early May.
DUNLAP — The Concord High School Speech Team earned more points in the state tournament this year than ever before in the program’s 60-year history — and the students aren’t stopping there.
MIDDLEBURY — I have vivid memories of running up to the doors of Park Forest Elementary in Pennsylvania each summer to pour over the sheets of paper taped to the doors that would reveal who my teacher would be the following school year and what friends would share my classroom with me.
MILLERSBURG — Students and teachers at Millersburg Elementary aren’t afraid of getting their hands dirty to learn.
ELKHART — As the principal of Mary Beck Elementary read personal essays from student teachers who had spent time in her school this year, tears welled in her eyes.
ELKHART — As school budgets have been slashed in Indiana and across the country, music and art programs are typically the first to get the ax.
NEW PARIS — The school’s mascot may be a bulldog, but that’s not what the students at New Paris Elementary most identify as — instead, New Paris students are “neurosculptors.”
DUNLAP — Many Elkhart County schools have annual carnivals or festivals organized by PTOs to raise money for the school, but few have lasted as long as Concord’s Ox BowZaar.
MIDDLEBURY — The principal of Northridge High School and I go way back — although we didn’t realize it until we sat down last week in his office to talk about why he loves his school.
ELKHART — Less than 10 years ago, Elkhart Memorial High School’s graduation rate was just above 60 percent — more than 15 points below the state average.
ELKHART — Just before 3 p.m. Tuesday, more than 20 high schoolers arrived at Beardsley Elementary. Many of them were wearing letter jackets, marching band T-shirts or other Elkhart Central High School apparel.
ELKHART — You would not expect Pinewood Elementary, Elkhart’s largest elementary school, to give off a calming vibe. With more than 700 students enrolled at the school, you’d expect the hallways to be loud.
When I visited Elkhart Central High School last Thursday morning to learn about the Early College initiative there, I reached the halfway point on my Classroom Chronicles tour: 28 schools down, 27 to go.
ELKHART — I’ve visited more than 25 schools so far this year, and student work lines the hallway in nearly every one of them. Outside of their classrooms, teachers display the best artwork and the best writing prompts.
ELKHART — The construction project at Woodland Elementary that came as a result of a public referendum nearly two years ago is now complete. Although it was designed to be a security upgrade, Principal Jonathan LeVan said the project offered so much more than security — it’s helping with aca…
BENTON — As the manager of the basketball team, Bryson Plett helps the Fairfield Falcons practice almost every day, and he’s there to cheer them on during games.
ELKHART — The transition from elementary school to middle school is a challenge for students, and the transition from middle school to high school is not much easier.
ELKHART — When I walked into a prekindergarten classroom at Hawthorne Elementary, the students were pretending to be doctors and patients.
GOSHEN — Model Elementary’s principal loves walking into a classroom and having to scan the room for a few seconds before finding the teacher.
MIDDLEBURY — Inside Northridge Middle School there is a large bronze plaque that hangs on the wall and lists the names of every student and staff member that attended or worked at the school in 2014.
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