PARENTS’ PARAGRAPHS for KOUTS Elementary, Middle & Senior High Schools

PARENTS’ PARAGRAPHS
for KOUTS Elementary, Middle & Senior High Schools
Volume 48 Number 31
October 23, 2014
Elementary Grades K-5
Visitors Lunch
Daily $2.15/Weekly $10.75
Middle/High School Grades 6-12
$3.10
Daily $2.25/Weekly $11.25
(choice not available to elementary)
VISITORS: To reserve a lunch you must call the school by 9:00 a.m.
MONDAY
10/27
NO
SCHOOL
FALL BREAK
TUESDAY
10/28
Tacos
Lettuce/Cheese/Salsa
Refried Beans
Fresh Fruit
MILK
WEDNESDAY
10/29
French Toast Sticks
Sausage Links
Tatar Tots
100% Fruit Juice
MILK
Grave Markers
Vampire Teeth
Freaky Sludge
Devil’s Delight
MILK
FRIDAY
10/31
Popcorn Chicken
Gold Fish Grahams
Mashed Potatoes/Gravy
Applesauce
MILK
Choice
Pork Tenderloin
Choice
Glazed Chicken
Choice
Witch’s Brew
Choice
Pizza Bosco
Calendar
Friday
Saturday
Oct. 24
Oct. 25
Monday
Tuesday
Oct. 27
Oct. 28
Wednesday Oct. 39
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Oct. 30
Oct. 31
Nov. 1
All Day
12:30 PM
5:00 PM
4:00 PM
All Day
4:30 PM
8:25 AM
4:30 PM
3:00 PM
4:00 PM
THURSDAY
10/30
Fall Break – No School
IHSAA Girls Volleyball Sectional @ Marquette HS (Tent)
IHSAA Girls Volleyball Sectional @ Marquette HS (Tent)
Lions Club Chili Supper
Fall Break – No School
Start of 2nd Nine Weeks
HS Spell Bowl at Benton Central
Late Start Wednesday – School Starts at 8:25 AM
HS Spell Bowl Home
MS Halloween Dance until 5:00
Picture Retakes
Music Boosters Ham & Turkey Dinner (cafeteria until 8:00)
Veteran’s Day Program
Kouts Middle/Senior High School will have its annual Veteran’s Day program again
this year. The program will be on November 11th at 10:00 AM at Kouts Middle/Senior
High School. We would like to invite all local veterans or citizens who are currently
serving in the military. The Veteran’s Day program will take place in the PAR
gymnasium. Veterans should report to the school office or PAR gym between 9:30
and 9:45 that morning. Please RSVP to the school office (phone 766-2231).
61st Music Boosters Ham and Turkey Dinner November
The Music Boosters annual Ham and Turkey Dinner is Saturday, November 1st from 4:00 to
8:00 PM. The funds raised this year will help pay for new equipment as well provide
additional funding for the Kouts Band/Choir trips being planned for next year. The
dinner serves between 1500 and 2000 people every year. This is the 61st annual
dinner. Dine-in and carry-out are available. You can purchase tickets from any
middle school or high school band or choir member. Tickets may also be purchased
in the school office.
Kouts Athletic Hall of Fame
The Kouts High School Athletic Hall of Fame will recognize new inductees during the
upcoming basketball season. Athletes are selected for their contributions to the Kouts
High School Athletics while they were students at Kouts High School. The recipients will
be selected by an anonymous committee. The fourth group of inductees will be
recognized and honored at the home boys’ basketball game against Knox on February
7, 2015. All nominations for this year’s inductees must be received by the athletic
director by November 1, 2014. Nomination forms are available through the Kouts High
School Athletic Department or on the Kouts High School website. Athletes selected to
the Hall of Fame must have been out of high school for at least 10 years.
From the Guidance Counselor
The Indiana Youth Institute has created "Trip to College Alerts" which sends texts to keep students, parents,
and teachers on track for College and Career Planning. These alerts are tailored to the student’s grade in
school. You can receive texts with reminders about test and application deadlines, and helpful tips about
financial aid or alternatives to the traditional college route. To join the Trip to College Alerts, text the word
"grad" plus your high school graduation year (example, seniors text grad2015) to 69979 (standard
messages & data rates apply). You can also find more in-depth college or career planning guidance at
TripToCollege.org.
The week of October 28-31, Kouts School will be recognizing Red Ribbon Week. This week was started in
response to the murder of DEA Agent Enrique Camarena who had been working to uncover a
multimillion dollar narcotics operation in Mexico. The red ribbon is a symbol of the commitment
by the National Family Partnership to raise awareness of the killing and destruction caused by
drugs in America. During the week, there will be different activities the students can participate
in, as well as dress-up days. Following are the dress-up days and themes: TUESDAY: Too
Smart to Start (dress “smart” and/or wear glasses, no sunglasses) WEDNESDAY: Love Yourself:
Be Drug Free (wear red), THURSDAY: Stay in the Game: Play Drug Free (sports wear), FRIDAY: I Have
the Power to Be Drug Free (superhero gear).
Porter County Conference Recognizes Fall All-Conference Athletes
Several fall athletes from Kouts High School earned PCC
all-conference recognition this fall. Grant Hamstra and
Jay Heinold received all-conference recognition in cross
country this year. The top 15 runners in the meet earn allconference. Kouts had 9 soccer players selected allconference by the conference soccer coaches. Alex
Sanders, Nate Anweiler, Jake Hamann, and Doug Satoski represented the Mustangs while Miranda
Birmingham, Tiffany Tratar, Gabby Rogers, Gracie Birmingham and Joslyn Hemdal represented the Fillies
on the PCC Girls All-Conference soccer team. Alex Garavalia and Trevor McCormick earned all-PCC
representing the Mustang volleyball team, and Lauren Dowdy and Hannah Maier represented the Fillies
Volleyball Team. At the championship game last Friday night Megan Heinold was awarded the Mental
Attitude award for volleyball from the conference coaches as well. Congratulations to all of these fall
athletes.
Science Club, Science Club, Science Club!
The Kouts High School Science Club will begin their Fall Fundraiser with
Nature’s Vision on Thursday, October 23. Nature’s Vision was selected for
their wide variety of top quality environmentally-themed products and
commitment to customer satisfaction. This brand new catalog features over
150 items to choose from and includes something for everyone. These
fashionable products will help promote environmental awareness at our school and in our community. The
100% preshrunk cotton shirts are available in a wide variety of styles including Organic, Animal Planet, and
Tie Dye tees. Nature’s Vision donates to environmental organizations that are dedicated to protecting the
Rainforest, preserving nature and ensuring a sustainable future for our planet. Sales will continue through
Friday, November 7. You can support our fundraiser by placing an online order as well. Go to
naturesvisionfundraising.com, click on “SHOP NOW” and enter the organization code 48916. We plan to
use the funds from this fundraiser to add to the Science Club scholarship fund, support the Kouts Secondary
Science Fair, and assist in the funding of an overnight trip to the Indianapolis Zoo. Please help make our
sale
a
success!
For
more
information,
contact
Andrea
Clinkenbeard
at
[email protected]
Caring for Katie
As mentioned last week, Kaitlyn Reasoner, one of our beloved 6 th grade students, is hospitalized at the
University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital. We are encouraged by the fact that she is making small
signs of improvement, slowly but surely. We will continue to pray for recovery, rehabilitation, and
encouragement for both Katie and her family. As a show of our community’s support, a prayer service will
be held at Cornerstone Community Church in Kouts on Tuesday, October 28 at 7:00pm. Everyone is
welcome!
We have received a tremendous outpouring in response to the gift card collection for the Reasoner family
which began last week. Gift cards can be dropped off in either office at the school. Thank you to everyone
who has so generously supported this family.
From the Desk of Mr. Stoner
I cannot believe the first nine weeks is over and fall break is here. This year is going by so fast for me. I
have seen and learned much during my first nine weeks as the principal. I have learned most students love
Music Mondays and the trivia challenges that go with them. I have learned that when we focus on an end
goal we will rise to the challenge as a team. I have seen that when we challenge our students academically,
most will rise to the challenge. I have seen that students are open to new challenges like the robotics team,
computer programing, AP Lit twitter chats, collaborating with each other and students from other schools,
and the list goes on. I have seen our students and staff willing to help out current and past students in need.
I have talked with parents that want the very best for their students, whatever that might be. I have seen
what I have already known, and that is Kouts MS/HS is a great place to be every day. Thank you so much
for the support you give to me and the staff every day! Have a great four day weekend and see ya on
Tuesday.
Everything you ever needed to know about
KOUTS MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL’S
2015 YEARBOOK!
1. How to Order
Visit WWW.YEARBOOKORDERCENTER.COM and either search by school or enter school code 3370.
2. When do I get my book?
Because we want to be sure that there is coverage of every school event, we work the entire year to finish
the book. You will receive your 2015 yearbook in September of 2015.
3. How much is it?
Ordering early will SAVE YOU MONEY!
BOOKS
November 1-December 31: $45
January 1-March 31: $50
April 1-May 10: $55
A limited number of books will be available at distribution for $60.
4. You can personalize it!
ONE LINE NAME PLATE
Available November 1-March 31 for $5
ONE LINE NAME PLATE w/ 1 Mark
Available November 1-March 31 for $7.50
ONE LINE NAME PLATE w/ 2 Marks
Available November 1-March 31 for $9
TWO LINE NAME PLATE
Available November 1-March 31 for $7
TWO LINE NAME PLATE w/ 1 Mark
Available November 1-March 31 for $10
TWO LINE NAME PLATE w/ 2 Marks
Available November 1-March 31 for $12
Welcome to Wild About Cheerleading—a Day with the Cheerleaders!
Dear Parents and Campers,
This year’s KHS Cheerleaders are excited to be hosting a Mini Cheer Camp. Grades first through fifth are all invited
to participate in this event. The camp will be held on Saturday, November 15, 2014 from 9:00-12:00 in the balcony of
the new gym. Cost for this event will be $25 per child. While at camp, the girls will learn proper stretching technique
and cheerleading skills such as jumping and stunting. In addition, they will learn several cheers which they will
perform at a ball game. Finally, they will learn valuable teamwork skills as well. Each girl will receive a t-shirt and
bow to commemorate the day. The campers will also have a chance to win prizes, play games, and have fun!
Campers will need to be dressed in comfortable clothes and shoes because camp will be a lot of work, too! In
addition, girls should wear their hair tied back and should refrain from wearing jewelry.
In addition to the fun-filled camp day, mini camp participants will actually get to be a part of a real ball game. They will
get to sit in the Pep Block and also perform their cheers during the junior varsity half time Kouts game on November
15. Mini camp cheerleaders will be expected to wear their commemorative t-shirts and bows, black shorts, and tennis
shoes to the game. Hair again should be pulled back, and no jewelry should be worn.
The attached form needs to be completed and returned to the school office or Mrs. Flanigan by October 23. No late
forms will be accepted. Checks should be made out to Kouts High School.
The KHS Cheerleaders are looking forward to spending this exciting day with everyone!
Camper’s Name _____________________________________
Address ____________________________________________
T-shirt size
Child
Adult
S
S
M
M
L
L
Grade Level __________
Phone _______________
XL
I, ____________________________, hereby allow my child to participate in the Mini Cheer Camp.
Please check one of the following:
__________________ My child does have medical coverage.
__________________ My child does not have medical coverage. I release the school from any responsibilities in
case of an accident during this camp.
KMS KEEP THE DATE!
Friday, October 24
Fall Break - NO SCHOOL!
Monday, October 27
Fall Break - NO SCHOOL!
Tuesday, October 28
Red Ribbon Week - Dress-up days all week
“Too Smart to Start”
Dress smart/wear glasses (no sunglasses)
Wednesday, October 29 “Love Yourself: Be Drug Free”
Wear red - this counts as class competition!
Thursday, October 30
“Stay in the Game: Play Drug Free”
Wear your favorite sports team apparel
Halloween Dance 3-5pm in the New Gym
Admission: $2 with costume, $3 without
Friday, October 31
“I Have the Power to be Drug Free”
Wear your favorite superhero apparel
Picture Re-takes
PLEASANT TOWNSHIP ANGEL TREE
The Pleasant Township Trustee office will have an angel tree at the Kouts Public Library. If you
would like your child’s (children’s) name placed on the tree, please fill out the information below. NO
NAME WILL APPEAR ON THE ANGEL TREE-ONLY A NUMBER, AGE AND BOY OR GIRL. ALL
INFORMATION IS KEPT CONFINDENTIAL. QUESTIONS CALL TRUSTEE Jean Oehlman 7663216 OR Lorraine 766-3031 or 219-508-0641
Please fill this form out and return it to the Pleasant Twp. Trustee
Post Office Box 548, Kouts, IN 46347
PLEASE REMEMBER THIS IS FOR PLEASNAT TWP. RESIDENTS ONLY
****Please return by November 17, 2014****
*Please check all you wish to be included on:
_____Angel Tree ____Toys For Tots ____Holiday Food Basket
Parent Information: (We must have this information)
Name:___________________________________________________________________________
Address: ________________________________________________________________________
Phone #: _________________________________________________________________________
*********************Please be considerate by not requesting “big ticket” items************************
NAME OF CHILDREN (FROM INFANT THROUGH HIGH SCHOOL)
*Child’s Name:________________________________________Age:_________Sex:___________
Clothing Sizes:
Shirts:______________________________Jeans:____________________________________
Shoes:_____________________________
Gift ideas, hobbies or interests of child:
________________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________________
*Child’s Name:________________________________________Age:_________Sex:__________
Clothing Sizes:
Shirts:______________________________Jeans:____________________________________
Shoes:_____________________________
Gift ideas, hobbies or interests of child:
________________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________________
IF MORE ROOM IS NEEDED FOR ADDITIONAL NAMES PLEASE ATTACH
ANOTHER SHEET OF PAPER.
Elementary Echoes
Kouts Elementary
Volume 8, Number 9
www.epcsc.k12.in.us/kes
Coming Soon...
Little Caesar’s Fundraiser
Top Sellers Recognized
Today..…………………………………………….Quarter 1 Ends
Oct. 24, 27……………………………….No School—Fall Break
Oct. 28..........................................Art Club—Gr. 5, 2:45 PM
Oct. 31..Picture Retakes/Classroom Parties/ Report Cards
Red Ribbon Week to Be Observed
Red Ribbon Week will be observed next Tuesday, October
28, through Friday, October 31, with a different theme
each day:

Thursday, October 23, 2014
Tuesday—“Too Smart to Start” Dress “smart”
Congratulations to the top-selling students; each student
will receive a Wal-Mart gift card: 1st Place—third grader
Hannah Peterson ($50), 2nd Place—fifth grader Elyse
Bagnall ($40), and 3rd Place—second grader Madalyn King
($30). The girls sold 43, 42, and 28 pizza kits, respectively.
In addition, congratulations are offered to the two
random winners, kindergartners Aidan Miller and Rory
Winder. Each student will receive a $20 Wal-Mart gift
card. (The winners are shown below.)
and/or wear glasses; no sunglasses, please.

Wednesday—“Love Yourself; Be Drug-free” Wear
red clothing to show your commitment.

Thursday—“Stay in the Game; Play Drug-free”
Wear sports apparel to show your commitment.

Friday—“I Have the Power to Be Drug-free” Wear
super hero gear to show your power over drugs.
In addition to dressing out for RRW, students will be
educated in making good choices concerning drugs and
alcohol.
Parents, it’s never too early to stress to your
children the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle.
Rory, and Madalyn.
Caring for Katie
Recently our community has been saddened by the news
of one of our beloved 6th grade students, Kaitlyn
Reasoner, being hospitalized at the University of Chicago
with a serious illness.
Her cheerful and outgoing
personality has been sorely missed by everyone at Kouts
School. Many people have inquired with us about how
they can help the Reasoner family. Obviously, the first
and most important way you can make a difference is by
lifting up Katie in prayer. A community-wide prayer
service will be held at Cornerstone Community Church in
Kouts on Tuesday, October 28, at 7:00 PM.
Of course, we want to do something tangible for the
family, as well. While we have several ideas in mind for the
near future, one thing we can do now is a gift card
collection. Gas cards, restaurant cards, iTunes cards
(Katie loves music), and grocery cards are all items that
would be useful both now and later. You can drop off
gift cards in the elementary or high school office. Thank
you in advance for showing your love and support to this
family!
Title I/Specials Teachers to Receive
Box Top Dollars
Since our specials teachers and Title I teacher do not
have a homeroom, yet teach all or many of our KES
students, they will benefit from the November and
February BT collections. During these two months, 10%
of the overall collection total will be divvied up between
the four teachers to supplement their classroom needs.
“Super Strides Students” to Be Recognized
Beginning next week, one student will be selected to be
recognized as a “Super Strides Student.”
This student
will have shown significant improvement in an area such
as an academic subject (math, reading, English, etc.),
artistic/athletic/musical ability, work ethic, friendship,
leadership, participation, etc. The selected student will
host the traveling trophy for the week, receive a
certificate, and be presented with a custom pin in
recognition of the achievement.
Fall Break to Be Observed
The student will also
have his/her picture in the weekly newsletter. We look
forward
There will be no school on Friday, October 24, and
Monday, October 27. Enjoy your Fall Break!
Pictured left to right are students Hannah, Aidan, Elyse,
Pa
to
recognizing
outstanding improvement! 
Elementary Echoes continues on the next page.
individual
students
for
Elementary Echoes
Kouts Elementary
Volume 8, Number 9
www.epcsc.k12.in.us/kes
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Baby Food Jar Donations Requested
Lunch with the Principal Held
Mrs. Van Kley needs clean glass baby food jars, any size, with
lids for science experiments in 6th grade. They can be
dropped off in the high school office in a bag or a box
whenever available.
The following students had Lunch with the Principal,
Student Birthdays Recognized
Happy birthday to the following students that celebrated
their special day during the week of October 20-27:
Kindergarten—Emma Burns and Josiah James; First Grade—
Natalie Hoover, Adylinne Oldham, Wyatt Robertson, and
Adeline Winters; Second Grade—Leo Lindsey; Third Grade—
Vester Lemons and Hannah Peterson; Fourth Grade—Hailey
Andrews; and Fifth Grade—Faith Birky and Kayden Wessell.
We hope your day was extra special!
including ice
cream, this week:
Kindergarten—Anna
Overholt, Gracie Krug, Ethan Moore, and Chase Nicolei;
First Grade—Emily McFalls, Kole Juergens, and Jessica
Lambert;
Second
Grade—Jacinda
Klemp,
Morgan
Kaminskas, Hannah Nichols, and Joseph James; Third
Grade—Riley Hoffman, Olivia Miller, and Ryan Kratz; Fourth
Grade—Cory Hinchley, Luke Eldridge, and John Gunn; and
Fifth Grade—Andrew Palmer, Timmy Hilzley, and Caleb
Hammerberg.
Pledge Leaders Announced
The following students recited the Pledge and/or read
morning announcements this week: Claire Cunningham (2E),
High Attendance Winners Recognized
Congratulations to last week’s High Attendance winners:
Kindergarten—Mrs. Dunham and Mrs. Owens (Tie—100%);
First Grade—Miss Werner; Second Grade—Mrs. Gant and
Mrs. Spagna (Tie); Third Grade—Miss Blythe (100%); Fourth
Grade—Mrs. Miller (100%); and Fifth Grade—Mrs. Dorgan
(100%).
Anastacia Kring (2G), Rhianna Montgomery (2M), and
Addison Enright (2S).
Kouts Christian Church Shows Their Appreciation
Kouts staff was pleasantly surprised Monday morning with
home-baked goods, granola bars, and Mason Jar Cookie
Mixes from the women’s group at Kouts Christian Church.
We so appreciate their thoughtfulness in recognizing KES
Tech Time to Begin in November
teachers in a tangible way.
We love what we do, and it’s
Tech Time, KES’s before-school opportunity for extra
definitely an added bonus when our hard work is recognized
practice in math for second- through fifth-grade students,
in such an expected way. Thank you, ladies; you made our
will begin on Monday, November 3rd. Select students have
day!
been chosen by their teachers to participate in this free
program. Signed parent permission slips will be due back to
the classroom teacher or Mr. LaPrad no later than October
30th.
NWEA Reports Available Soon
The NWEA testing window has officially closed, so student
summary reports will be available soon; watch for updates.
Pumpkin Fun for Everyone
Several staff members stayed after school on Tuesday to decorate pumpkins. Students voted on their favorite, and their vote
counted as a chance to win the pumpkin. The pumpkin creators/winners are below.
Miss Blythe/Tyler 2S
Miss Werner/Reese 4P Ms. Roccia/Emma 2M Mrs. Wigley/Michael 3B Mrs. Dunham/Aidan KO Miss Blythe/Julia KB
Miss Proctor/Clay 4P Mrs. Smith/Lauren 4J Mrs. Merrell/Emmy 4J Mrs. Owens/Hailey 4J Mrs. Wigley/Stephanie 5D
3rd Place
2nd Place
1st Place