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Superintendent's Message



Superintendent’s Message – Dr. Nathan Kleefisch

Welcome to the 2017-2018 School Year!

The MSD of Boone Township Board of School Trustees, the administration and the entire school staff would like to extend a warm welcome to the start of another exciting school year to all students and their families. We hope that the 2017-2018 school year provides every child throughout the district the best academic, athletic, social development and extra-curricular school experience ever!

Here are just a few of the many exciting things that we have planned for this year!

Expansion of our 1:1 Technology Program

MSD of Boone Township currently has a very successful 1:1 Technology Program that places Chromebook laptop computers into the hands of every high school student, middle school student and most elementary school students. The Chromebooks have proven to be very durable, reliable, appropriate for all of our educational needs and most importantly, affordable.

Thanks to the generous financial assistance of the Hebron Redevelopment Commission (HRC), through the use of Tax Increment Financing (TIF), the cost to purchase last year’s fifth grade Chromebook’s was partially covered, keeping the costs for expanding our technology program to a minimum.

All students in grades 5 through 12 will have a Chromebook computer and the fourth graders will be using the Dell Laptop Computers that were passed down from last year’s fifth graders. There will also be two computer storage/charging carts containing 30 new iPads each that will be used for students in grades K through 2. All are included in the 1:1 Program.  This state-of-the-art technology allows our Hebron students to expand the boundaries of their classroom research to its highest level.  In addition, putting this type of technology into the hands of our students prepares each student to effectively navigate complex hardware and software systems used for academic and research purposes, which they will be expected to know when they leave high school.

Indiana Career Explorer

Building on our goals to ensure that all students take full advantage of their educational experiences at MSD of Boone Township and to assist all students in defining, reaching and succeeding in their post-secondary endeavors (going to college, entering a trade/technical school or entering the workforce), Hebron Middle School and Hebron High School will continue to expand the opportunities for all of their students to engage in the Indiana Career Explorer Program.

Indiana Career Explorer helps students explore a world of postsecondary possibilities, make decisions regarding their future and prepares students for the next steps in their educational and career planning journey. Through the use of the Indiana Career Explorer, middle and high school students will learn about their individual strengths and things that they like to do and will match these strengths and passions to five careers that reflect their individual strengths and talents.

Furthermore, once these careers are identified, students could explore the details of each of these careers through interactive videos and review detailed data specific to these career opportunities such as the educational requirements needed to enter that specific career field, future job employment projections/trends and salary range projections for future employment in the specific career field.

The Career Explorer also helps students build an educational plan to meet their individual educational/career goals and provides a dashboard to let students know the progress they are making toward reaching their specific goals. The Indiana Career Explorer Program is flexible and grows with the student. As the student matures and their interests change, the interest based assessment could be retaken multiple times. The updated information will reflect the student’s current interests and individual strengths.

For additional information regarding Indiana Career Explorer go to:

http://www.indianacareerexplorer.com

Olweus Bullying Prevention Program

MSD of Boone Township understands that having a safe school environment is foundational to ensure that all students reach their highest academic and social development potential. Providing a positive school culture, one that accepts and respects the differences that we all bring to school every day, helps our students learn about other cultures and helps each of our students develop into well-rounded and mature adults. 

The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program is a research-based program that provides a long-term, district-wide approach to bullying prevention. The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program focuses on educating all stakeholders on the characteristics of bullying behavior, how to address bullying situations that do occur, and to create and maintain a long-term bullying prevention culture throughout the district. Stakeholders include: administration, teachers, aides, counselors, transportation, school nurse, maintenance, students and parents.

The program also includes the Olweus Bullying Survey that is administered to all students in grades 3 through 12 each year. The data gathered from this survey is used to assess the schools efforts in reducing bullying and helps each Bullying Prevention Committee identify areas within each school where improvement is needed. Once identified, the Bullying Prevention Committee is charged with defining strategies to reduce/eliminate the bullying behavior and to monitor the progress of their efforts over time. For additional information regarding the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program go to:

http://www.violencepreventionworks.org/public/index.page

Random Student Drug Testing at Hebron High School

MSD of Boone Township has a strong commitment to protect the health, safety, and well-being of all students and to provide a safe and secure educational environment.

Students experimenting with any drug or intoxicating substance pose a threat to their own health and safety, as well as to the safety of other students.  The purpose of this random drug testing program is three fold:  (1) to provide for the health and safety of students; (2) to undermine the effects of peer pressure by providing a legitimate reason for students to refuse to use any intoxicating substances; and (3) to encourage students who use intoxicating substances to participate in drug treatment programs with the support of their parents.

Beginning in the 2017-2018 school year, high school students involved in extra-curricular activities or those who drive to and from school will be required to participate in this random drug testing program. It is further the purpose of this program to educate, help, and direct students away from drug and alcohol use and toward a healthy and drug free lifestyle.  The program is designed to create a safe, drug free environment for students and assist them in getting help when needed.

Superintendent’s Forum with the School Community

In order to continue providing opportunities to enhance communication at all levels within our school community, we are currently planning for this year’s Superintendent’s Forum. Each year in October, information will be sent out inviting everyone to attend the Superintendent’s Forum. The purpose of this gathering is to provide an informal setting for parents/guardians and the school community to learn more about all of the great things going on in our schools. The Forum also affords the school community an opportunity to ask questions and share their thoughts and concerns directly with the school administration. This is a great platform to share your ideas regarding our schools.

More to follow…

Elementary School Office Relocation Project

As a proactive approach to enhance safety at Hebron Elementary School. At the end of May, just after the last elementary students left the building to begin their summer break, construction crews began paving the way to relocate the elementary office to its new location at Door G. These safety improvements will require all guests conducting business in Hebron Elementary School to enter the secured vestibule at Door G, communicate with the office staff and have the door electronically activated to allow entry directly into the secured elementary office area to sign in. Once guests have signed in, the office staff will electronically activate the secured door allowing guests to enter the main building to conduct their business. Such safety measures have been put into place to add another layer of protection all of our students and staff.

Hebron Schools Education Foundation, Inc.

I am happy to announce the formation of the Hebron Schools Education Foundation, Inc. The foundation was formally approved as a 501(c)(3) by the Internal Revenue Service in December, 2016. Individuals making up the board were carefully selected based on their good character, commitment to Hebron schools and the Hebron community, their financial savvy, their ability to work well with others, their high energy/enthusiasm and their vision to improve opportunities for ALL students attending our Hebron Schools.

The Hebron Schools Education Foundation Board of Directors are: Tom Carroll, Sue Franzman, Steve Hallberg, Tom Neuffer, Peggy Patrick and Jamie White. 

For more information on the Hebron Schools Education Foundation and how you can donate, please visit the district’s website at: www.hebronschools.k12.in.us

 As always, if you have any questions, feel free to contact me at any time at (219) 996-4771, ext. 120.

 

Have a great school year!

 

Sincerely,

Dr. Nathan H. Kleefisch

Superintendent

 




9/20/2017


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