PARENTS’ PARAGRAPHS for KOUTS Elementary, Middle & Senior High Schools Volume 49 Number 10 March 12, 2015 Elementary Grades K-5 Visitors Lunch Daily $2.15/Weekly $10.75 $3.10 Middle/High School Grades 6-12 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 3/16 TUESDAY 3/17 WEDNESDAY 3/18 THURSDAY 3/19 FRIDAY 3/20 Chicken Nuggets Baked Sweet Potato Juicy Pineapple Cookie MILK Choice Pulled Pork Beef Nacho Tortilla Chips Red Beans & Rice Applesauce Grilled Cheese Tomato Soup Corn Pears Chicken Sandwich/Bun French Fries Fresh Fruit Per Pan Cheese Pizza Romaine Salad Fruit MILK MILK MILK MILK Choice Biscuit & Gravy Choice Spicy Chicken Choice Surprise Choice Surprise Calendar Thursday Mar. 12 Friday Mar. 13 Saturday Mar. 14 Sunday Monday Mar. 15 Mar. 16 Tuesday Mar. 17 Wednesday Mar. 18 Thursday Mar. 19 Friday Mar. 20 4:30 PM 4:30 PM 4:30 PM 6:30 PM 6:00 PM 5:00 PM 9:00 AM 5:30 PM All Day All Day 4:30 PM 4:30 PM All Day 12:30 PM 4:30 PM 4:30 PM 4:30 PM 7:00 AM 8:25 AM 4:30 PM 5:45 PM 1st Hour 2:50 PM Girls 6th Basketball Wanatah H Boys 7/8 Volleyball Hebron/Wanatah H Girls 7/8 Basketball @ Boone Grove 4H – Cafeteria Elementary Fun Night – New Gym MS ISSMA @ Knox 6th Girls Basketball @ WT Senior Trip departure to Washington, D.C. Senior Trip continues in Washington, D.C. Senior Trip continues in Washington, D.C. MS Boys VB Tourney @ Wanatah Girls 8th PCC Basketball Tourney H (New Gym and PAR Gym) New Gym: Westville vs Kouts, South Central vs Wanatah PAR Gym: Morgan vs Boone Grove, Hebron vs Washington Senior Trip continues in Washington, D.C. Shakespeare Troupe @ Kouts MS Boys VB Tourney @ Wanatah Girls 8th PCC Basketball Tourney Semi-Finals H (New Gym) Varsity Boys/Girls Track @ Hanover Central Seniors Arrive from Washington, D.C. Late Start Wednesday – School starts at 8:25 AM. Girls 8th PCC Basketball Tourney Championship H (New Gym) PCC Academic Super Bowl – PAR Gym Middle School Winter Awards Program – Auditorium End 3rd Quarter From The Nurse ATTENTION 11TH GRADE PARENTS……….. ALL students going into 12th grade next school year, 2015-2016, are required by Indiana State law to have a Meningococcal vaccine (MCV) and a TDAP booster (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) to attend school. 1. When your child receives these immunizations, please, send in a copy of their immunization card, or slip from the physician or Health Department, to the school nurse to show proof of immunizations. 2. By law, the school can exclude your child until the requirements are met. 3. Next school year begins August 19. DO NOT DELAY!!!! From The Guidance Department IUPUI is inviting juniors to experience the campus at a program specifically designed for high school juniors. By attending you will be able to find out more about the admissions process, meet with representatives from academic units and student service organizations, and take a campus tour. If interested, RSVP at visit.iupui.edu/destination. The dates of this experience are April 9 and April 23. The 2015 Congressional Art Competition is a nationwide annual art competition that allows high school students to highlight their artistic ability. One piece of artwork from each congressional district will be displayed for one year at the US Capitol. For more information, visit http://visclosky.house.gov/servingyou/congressional-art-competition. During the month of April, Indiana high school and colleges students can put their social media skills to good use for a chance to win a $5000 scholarship toward their college education or any secondary schooling. Because of the alarming statistics of texting and driving, five state agencies have joined efforts to help raise awareness of the dangers of texting and driving by sponsoring the Drive Now. TXT L8R social media contest. Visit www.txtl8r.in.gov for more information. Seniors: The Tim Hecht Scholarship Program is a memorial to all fallen law enforcement officers of Porter County. The objective of this program is to provide financial assistance to worthy students who have an interest in a law enforcement career after receiving post-secondary education. The major factors in evaluating applicants are career objective, financial need and the insight gained form the letter written by applicants requesting consideration. If interested, please see Mrs. Robinson for further details. Scholarship The Indiana Oil and Gas Association has scholarship funds available to students entering college next fall. The requirements for the scholarship are: 1) graduating senior enrolling in a post-secondary program, 2) GPA of 3.0 or higher, 3) have a financial need, 4) plan to pursue a career in the oil industry, 5) be attending college in the fall of 2015, 6) pursuing a bachelor's degree, with preference given for Earth Sciences, Petroleum Engineering, Chemical Engineering or Geology majors and 7) submit a short essay. If interested, see Mrs. Robinson for an application or visit www.inoga.org. SHAWN MOYER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP An Endowed Scholarship Fund Shawn Moyer, a 1999 Kouts High School graduate, was the recipient of a Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship. He elected to attend Taylor University where he was studying accounting. In the fall of his sophomore year, the cancer that he had overcome in high school returned. While he fought valiantly against this disease and completed his third semester, he died on January 2, 2001, one day before his 20 th birthday. Thanks to the generous support of Lilly Endowment Inc., the remaining portion of Shawn’s scholarship has been set aside to establish the Shawn Moyer Memorial Scholarship. Shawn thoroughly enjoyed the time he spent at Taylor University and we can think of no better way to remember Shawn than through the gift to future students of a similar opportunity. Scholarship applications are due to Mr. Edwards in the guidance office Mar.21, 2015. The scholarship guidelines are as follows: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. The student must be a resident of Porter County. The student must be a graduate of Kouts High School. The student must attend a four-year college or university in Indiana. The application process is open to all students with a preference given to students who elect to attend a Christian institution. The student may be an entering freshman or a returning student. The selection shall be made by the Porter County Community Foundation Scholarship Committee after receiving recommendations from the Kouts High School Guidance Department and the Moyer family consisting of Nicholas, Beverly and/or their children. All members of the Selection Committee and the Moyer family shall abide by and make disclosures pursuant to the Conflict of Interest Policy of the Porter County Community Foundation. Children or grandchildren of the selection committee and the Moyer family are not eligible to receive this scholarship. The selection shall be made on the basis of financial need, capacity to succeed, and a demonstration of a personal enthusiasm for life and learning reminiscent of Shawn. The scholarship shall be paid from the annual earnings of the Fund according to the Foundation’s duly adopted Distribution Policy. The first award was made in the spring of 2001. Eco-Friendly Shopping Bags As Earth Day approaches, the science club would like to help your grocery shopping be more eco-friendly! We are selling reusable grocery bags. Green Bag = $2.50 each Brown Hand-Painted Daisy Bag = $3.00 each Windmill Bag = $3.50 each Please contact [email protected] to buy yours today! Please provide a contact phone number along with the quantity of each style bag you want to order. Thank you for your support! MS/HS Yearbook Don't take a chance on not getting your 2015 yearbook! Orders are placed online at www.yearbookordercenter.com. Search either by school name or enter our school code 3370. You only have through April to place your order, so order now! KMS KEEP THE DATE! Thursday, March 12 G 6 BB vs. Wanatah - 4:30pm B 7/8 VB vs. Hebron/Wanatah - 4:30pm G 7/8 BB @ Boone Grove - 4:30pm Friday, March 13 MS ISSMA @ Knox - 5:00pm Saturday, March 14 G 6 BB @ Washington Township - 9:00am Monday, March 16 B 7/8 VB Tourney @ Wanatah - 4:30pm G 8 BB PCC Tourney H - 4:30pm New Gym: Westville vs. Kouts, SC vs. Wanatah PAR Gym: Morgan vs. Boone, Hebron vs. Washington Tuesday, March 17 B 7/8 VB Tourney @ Wanatah - 4:30pm G 8 BB PCC Tourney Semi-Finals H - 4:30pm Thursday, March 19 G 8 BB PCC Tourney Championship H - 4:30pm INDIANA UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE-NORTHWEST The Freshman to Physician Experience Saturday, April 11, 2015 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. CDT IU School of Medicine-Northwest Dunes Medical Professional Building Questions Answered! n How can the Freshman to Physician Experience at IU Northwest prepare me for medical school? n How can I get accepted into the IU School of Medicine? n What medical research opportunities are available to me as an undergraduate? n What do current students say about medical education at the Northwest campus? A continental breakfast and lunch will be served. For more information or to RSVP by April 6, visit: http://iusm-nw.medicine.iu.edu/pre-medical/ or call 219-980-6504. iun.edu/medicine Elementary Echoes Kouts Elementary Volume 8, Number 27 www.epcsc.k12.in.us/kes Thursday, March 12, 2015 Coming Soon . . . Fifth-grade Students Will Need Immunizations Tomorrow............................Family Fun Night, 6:00-8:00 PM ALL students going into 6th grade next school year, 2015- Tomorrow………………………………..Yearbook Orders Due 2016, are required by Indiana State law to have a March 12-18..................................................IREAD-3—Gr. 3 Meningococcal vaccine (MCV) and a TDAP booster March 16………………………..Followers Bible Club, 2:45 PM (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) to attend school. March 17......................................Art Club—Gr. 5, 2:45 PM 1. When your child receives these immunizations, March 18………………....Market Day Pick-up. 4:20-5:00 PM please send in a copy of their immunization card March 20……………………………………Third Quarter Ends or slip from the physician/Health Department to March 23-27………………………………………….Spring Break March 30…………………………………………School Resumes Family Fun Night to Be Held Tomorrow Tomorrow, PETT will host its free Family Fun Night from 6:00-8:00 PM in the elementary gym. Students and their families are invited to enjoy open gym for basketball, an inflatable obstacle course and bounce house, golf, hula hoops, jump rope, corn hole, Wii Just Dance, and refreshments. the school nurse to show proof of immunizations. 2. By law, the school can exclude your child until the requirements are met. 3. Next school year begins August 19th, so do not delay! Parents, thank you in advance for your attention to this requirement. KES Yearbook Sale Ends Tomorrow The 2014-2015 KES yearbook is now on sale through tomorrow, Friday, March 13. The full-color yearbook, sure to be a treasured memento by each student, is available for only $13.00 per copy. Ordering information was sent home with students last week, or you may simply send in an envelope with your child’s name, teacher, and payment. (Please make checks payable to Inter-State Studios.) Parents, we typically only order a few extra yearbooks Jump Rope for Heart Fundraiser Is a Huge each year, so if you’d like to ensure your child receives one, please order yours today! Success! We are very proud to announce that our K-5 students raised $4,354 during the one-week PE event. All money raised will be donated to the American Heart Association for use in pediatric cardiology. The following students were top fundraisers: Max Gudeman ($270), Max Smolios ($203), Madalyn King ($185), Faith Hack ($175), Rory Winder ($175), Peyton McDowell ($135), Cassie Breitzke ($120), Collin Breitzke ($120), Luke Eldridge ($120), Elyse Bagnall ($110), and Ellie Nemeth ($110). Lunch with the Principal Held We would especially like to thank all the family and friends Having Lunch with the Principal this week, including ice of our students that were so generous in their support of cream, were kindergartner Jada Walters-Meister; third this very worthwhile cause. Your contributions will help grader Olivia Meister; fourth graders Lauren Maxwell, many children with cardiac difficulties live longer, Penelope Houts, and Jennika Recker; and fifth graders healthier lives. Karly Pullins and Abi Walters-Spears. Elementary Echoes continues on the next two pages. Elementary Echoes Kouts Elementary Volume 8, Number 27 www.epcsc.k12.in.us/kes Thursday, March 12, 2015 High Attendance Winners Announced Students Thanked for Book Donations Congratulations to last week’s High Attendance winners: Thank you, fourth grader Owen Chatwell, for donating a Kindergarten—Miss Postma; First Grade—Miss Werner; box of gently-used books to our Media Center. Fourth1 Second Grade—Mrs. Spagna; Third Grade—Mrs. Sahy; grade student Desiree Hall and fifth-grade student Anna Fourth Grade—Mrs. Markley; and Fifth Grade—Mrs. Nordyke also donated books. We appreciate your sharing Dorshorst. your love of reading with others. Family Science Fair to Be Held April 21st This year’s Family Science Fair will be held on Tuesday, April 21, from 6:00-7:00 PM in the KES hallways. All KES students will complete a science project within the As a reminder, the Media Center always appreciates and accepts gently-used children’s books. —Mrs. Cincoski following formats: Pledge Leaders Announced Grades K-1—Classroom projects Grades 2-3—Group projects Grades 4-5—Individual/partner projects Last year’s Fair had 70+ participants. We look forward to seeing this year’s projects on display! Thank you in advance for your consideration. More information will be coming home later this month, so please watch for it. Student Birthdays Recognized Happy birthday to the following students that celebrated their special day during the week of March 9-15: Kindergarten—Kourtney Fortunato; First Grade—Tyson The following students recited the Pledge of Allegiance and/or read morning announcements: Starr Hensley (4K), Sydnee Krull (4J), Damion Castator (4P), Kendrah Miller (5D), and Jack Royter (5A). Bus Drivers Needed Bus drivers Corporation needed. for the (Kouts, If East Porter Morgan, and interested, please County School Washington) contact are Jennifer, Transportation Manager, at 766-2214, ext. 4342. Training will be provided at no cost. Moyer; Second Grade—Mallory Baker, Avarie Hood, Tyler Breakfast Offered Four Days a Week Schultz, and DJ Trumbo; Third Grade—Caleb Bullington As a friendly reminder, breakfast is offered every morning except Wednesday from 7:20-7:45 a.m. in the high school cafeteria for $1.50 (or $0.30 for qualified reduced meal students). The grab-and-go meal includes wholegrain cereal, milk, juice or fruit snack, and grain product. We hope students will take advantage of this nutritious opportunity if unable to eat breakfast at home. and Naomi Wittmer; Fourth Grade—Ella Patterson; and Fifth Grade—Cassidy Mills. We hope your day was extra special! Planned Absence Policy Explained Although avoidable absences during the school year are Camp Invention Comes to East Porter Parents, are your children interested in science? Are you looking for a great summer experience for them? If so, Camp Invention may be the answer! CI will be held at Morgan Township Elementary June 15-19 from 9:00-3:30. The cost is $220 (or $195 if registered by next Friday, March 20). ratio. Class size is small, with a 1:8 staff-to-child Please refer to the flyers included in this newsletter, information. including contact and registration strongly discouraged, East Porter does have a policy in place for planned absences. One planned absence per school year, not to exceed three days, may be excused if the following requirements are met: The request form is turned in to the office at least four days before the planned absence The absences do not fall during any Statemandated testing dates The student’s previous absences and tardies are not excessive Arts-a-Budding student entries are on the following page. Arts-a-Budding KES Student Entries Valparaiso University—March 8, 2015 Kaydence Harman (4K) Kaitlynn Ready (5K) Cora Hamstra (1D) Meghan Krueger (4J) Lauren McGriff (4K) Jessica Lambert (1W) Lydia Reasoner (4P) Madeleine Ozahanics (3K) Jesslyn Gudeman (4P) Olivia Kocon (5A) Attention, Parents! What is Junior Achievement? Junior Achievement is a not for profit organization that educates students in grades k-12th grade with real world concepts. JA’s 3 Pillars for success are Financial Literacy, Work Readiness and Entrepreneurship. JA’s programs are taught by volunteers like YOU! More than 170,000 business and community representatives are helping young people develop the competence, confidence and character needed for success in school, work and life. Sign Up For Junior Achievement! Dear Parents, The Junior Achievement Programs will once again be implemented at our school. JA brings the Real World to life in the classroom! If your child had JA last year, I’m sure you heard all about it! In order to give our children this amazing opportunity, we need your help! Volunteers play a key role in bringing JA to life and we need a volunteer who is willing to give a few hours of their time. By presenting JA’s programs and sharing your personal and/or professional experiences with students, you help them make the connection between what they are learning in school and what they will need to succeed in work and life! Students who participate in the JA program are also eligible for JA scholarships when they are seniors in high school. Here is what we need from you: Volunteer your time in your child’s classroom or a classroom that may not have a volunteer! Only a few hours are all it takes. As a volunteer, you meet with a JA staff member from our school to receive a JA kit with ALL of the materials needed, including STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS necessary to present the “hands on” activities. There is no teaching experience required. JA makes it easy to follow and fun! Plus, teachers are in the class for support! You will become a JA Parent Rock Star in the eyes of your child and their peers! Can’t volunteer, then possibly help secure one for the classroom. The following teachers are in need of a volunteer: 1st Grade—Mrs. Evans, 2nd Grade—Mrs. Spagna, and 4th Grade—Mrs. Markley All new JA volunteers will attend a short orientation that is presented by a Jr. Achievement Representative. To volunteer, contact Roz Malouhos, JA Program Manager, [email protected] or mobile: 219-263-9843 Visit www.jachicago.org to learn more about Junior Achievement!
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