Zionsville School Board recap – Oct. 14

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WHAT HAPPENED? 2013 IU Honors Students shared their experiences.

WHAT IT MEANS? Junior and senior students traveled to Mexico and France for seven weeks over the summer. They shared lessons learned, what they missed and how the experience changed each student. Teacher Mary Hightshue serves as the leader for the program

WHAT’S NEXT? 33 students took the IU honors test for next year and are awaiting the results.

 

WHAT HAPPENED? International Opportunities Fair summary given by Jill Woerner.

WHAT IT MEANS? This event was held on Sept. 26th for families of elementary, middle and high school students to provide information on international opportunities in the school and around town. There were presentations with five student speakers and 15 tables with community partners with opportunities for international exposures and experiences that students and families can get involved with. 127 people were in attendance.

WHAT’S NEXT? This was first event of its kind. The next will likely occur in fall of 2014.

 

WHAT HAPPENED? Zionsville Community Day date announced.

WHAT IT MEANS? Zionsville Community day will be held Jan. 18, 2014, at Hinkle Fieldhouse as Butler plays Marquette.

WHAT’S NEXT? Tickets are on sale now.

 

WHAT HAPPENED? “The Road through Life Begins Here” video was shown.

WHAT IT MEANS? This is another way to share the Zionsville story with others and attract more interest in the community and school system. This video was the result of ZCS’s partnerships with St.Vincent Health and Central Indiana Educational Service Center. The Educational Service Center produced the video.

WHAT’S NEXT? Portions of this video will be shown in 15-second time slots at Traders Point AMC theatres starting in November.

 

WHAT HAPPENED? Enrollment and attendance data was presented.

WHAT IT MEANS? Enrollment in ZCS has consistently increased by 130 to 180 students per year in the recent past, including an increase of 168 students this year. Enrollment is expected to continue to go up, as there are many new homes being constructed at present.

 

WHAT HAPPENED? Recommendation to adopt Body Safety Program created by Chaucie’s Place.

 

WHAT IT MEANS? The Body Safety Program is a prevention and education program for elementary school-age children. Its goal is to prevent sexual abuse, teach children that their bodies belong to them and that abuse is never their fault. Two parent meetings were recently held with approximately 130 people in attendance at Pleasant View and Stonegate elementary schools. Overall, positive feedback was given by parents at meetings.

WHAT’S NEXT? Smart Steps body safety program was adopted with a vote of 5-0 and will become a part of the elementary school curriculum. There is an opt out elective if parents do not wish their student to participate.

 

WHAT HAPPENED? Handbook changes for legal compliance regarding bullying.

WHAT IT MEANS? All staff has been trained, as will all volunteers. Any person that will be allowed to serve in ZCS will be trained regarding the implementation.

WHAT’S NEXT? Approved changes to handbook to assure legal compliance. Passed 5-0.


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