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Monday, February 18, 2019

School will not be in session on Monday, February 18 in observance of Presidents Day.

La escuela no estará en sesión el lunes 18 de febrero en conmemoración del Día de los Presidentes.

Next Generation February 2019 Newsletter

Our next generation February 2019 newsletter is now available! Take a look, and read about the skills our students are learning.

DMHA Grant

The Indiana Department of Education recently provided Jennings County with a grant opportunity for $147,249.86 through a partnership with the Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction (DMHA). JCSC will use the funding for training and implementation of Botvin Lifeskills program with students in grades 6 - 8 (see press release below for more info). 

North Vernon, Indiana – Jennings County School Corporation is proud to announce the implementation of Botvin LifeSkills Training, an evidence-based prevention program for youth that teaches skills to reduce the use of alcohol, tobacco, illicit drugs, and violence.

Throughout the time period, students in grade[s] 6 - 8 will learn and practice skills such as decision-making, assertiveness, and effective communication to help them make healthy choices and avoid risky behavior.

“We are really excited to start the Botvin LifeSkills Training program,” said Director of Social-Emotional Learning, Emily Sommers. “We believe we can make a positive impact in the lives of our students by offering them this opportunity.” 

Botvin LifeSkills Training is a highly effective and well-respected evidence-based substance abuse and violence prevention program with more than 30 years of peer-reviewed research behind it. The program was developed by Dr. Gilbert J. Botvin, Professor Emeritus at Cornell University’s Weill Medical College. LifeSkills Training has been cited for excellence by numerous organizations, including the U.S. Department of Education, the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, part of the U.S. Department of Justice. Studies testing its effectiveness have found that the Botvin LifeSkills Training program can reduce the prevalence of tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drug use by as much as 87 percent. 

To learn more about Botvin LifeSkills Training, contact Paulina Kalaj at 800-293-4969 or visit the LifeSkills Training Website.

Important Curriculum Dates

Jennings County School District would like to keep you updated on our important curriculum events and dates. We hope you find the following information helpful. Don't forget to check out our Calendar page for your planning needs!

ILEARN Grades 3–8
April 22–May 16

IREAD-3 Reading Assessment for Third Graders
March 18–March 22

Get Schooled Tour (Student Convocation)
Location: JCHS
March 8

Substance Abuse Prevention Parent Training
Location: JCMS
Time: From 7:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
February 12
February 21
February 26
March 5
March 12
March 19
March 21

Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) Teacher Training Days
February 12 and 14
February 26 and 28
April 2 and 4
April 9 and 11
July 16 and 17

Building-Level Teacher of the Year Winners

We would like to announce our building-level teacher of the year winners:

  • Jennings County High School - Ryan Cummings
  • Jennings County Middle School - Paula Ertel
  • Graham Creek - Theresa Ragsdale
  • Brush Creek - Charla Cummings
  • Scipio - Melissa Davidson
  • Hayden - Nichole Creech
  • Sand Creek - Sandra Wagner
  • North Vernon Elementary - Mary Driver

We are having a recognition dinner/awards night on Tuesday, February 19 from 5:45–8:00 p.m. at the Willow Event Center in North Vernon. We will choose one of the above nominees to represent the district as the Indiana teacher of the year and Indiana rural teacher of the year. Congratulations to all our outstanding teachers!

Substitute Monthly Meetings

Our substitute monthly meetings for the 2018-2019 school year are now posted. Please view the schedule on our Substitutes page. If you have any questions, please email Shannon Lacoursiere.

Kindergarten Round-Up

Kindergarten round-up dates for 2019 are now out! You can find specific information for your school listed below. We hope to see you there!

Please note the new dates/times for North Vernon Elementary:

  • Brush Creek Elementary
    April 5, 2019 - 9:00–11:00 a.m., 12:00–2:00 p.m.
  • Graham Creek Elementary
    April 9, 2019 - 9:00–11:00 a.m., 12:00–2:00 p.m.
  • Hayden Elementary
    March 20, 2019 - 9:00–11:00 a.m., 12:00–2:00 p.m.
  • North Vernon Elementary
    March 11, 2019 - 12–2:00 p.m. and 5:00–7:00 p.m..
    March 12, 2019 - 9:00–11:00 a.m., 12–2:00 p.m., and 4:30–6:30 p.m.
  • Sand Creek Elementary
    April 11, 2019 - 9:00–11:00 a.m., 12:00–2:00 p.m.
  • Scipio Elementary
    April 10, 2019 - 9:00–11:00 a.m., 12:00–2:00 p.m.
  • St. Mary's Elementary
    April 5, 2019 - 9:00-11:00 a.m.

You only need to attend one of those times. Please bring your child's birth certificate and immunization records.