PARENTS` PARAGRAPHS - East Porter County School Corporation

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
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.
Chicken Nuggets
Baked Sweet Potato
Juicy Pineapple
Pulled Pork
Beef Nacho
Tortilla Chips
Red Beans & Rice
Grilled Cheese
Tomato Soup
Chicken Sandwich/Bun
French Fries
Fresh Fruit
Per Pan Cheese Pizza
Romaine Salad
Biscuit & Gravy
Spicy Chicken
Mar. 12
Mar. 13
Mar. 14
Mar. 15
Mar. 16
Mar. 17
Wednesday Mar. 18
Mar. 19
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
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
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 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
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 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.
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
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
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:
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
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 Search either by school name or enter our school code 3370. You
only have through April to place your order, so order now!
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
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:
or call 219-980-6504.
Elementary Echoes
Kouts Elementary
Volume 8, Number 27
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
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
the school nurse to show proof of immunizations.
By law, the school can exclude your child until
the requirements are met.
Next school year begins August 19th, so do not
Parents, thank you in advance for your attention to this
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
(Please make checks payable to Inter-State
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!
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
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
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
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
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
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).
Class size is small, with a 1:8 staff-to-child
Please refer to the flyers included in this
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
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
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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
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,
[email protected] or mobile: 219-263-9843
Visit to learn more about Junior Achievement!