Superintendent’s Message – Dr. Nathan Kleefisch
Welcome to the start of the 2018-2019 School Year!
The MSD of Boone Township Board of School Trustees and the administration would like to extend a warm welcome back to all of our students, parents and staff. We look forward to another exciting school year!
Here are just a few of the many things that we have planned for this year!
Middle School Office Improvement Project:
Last year, in an attempt to enhance safety at Hebron Elementary School, the elementary school office was relocated to an exterior location at Door G. All visitors and guests now enter the elementary school directly into a secured vestibule before being allowed into the office to sign in and conduct their business.
This summer, the same safety improvements have been made to the Hebron Middle School office. These changes will also require all visitors and guests to enter directly into a new secured vestibule, which is located next to Door A, on the northwest corner of the middle school. Once inside the secured vestibule, visitors/guests will be able to communicate with the office staff to have the door electronically activated to allow entry directly into the middle school office to sign in. Once guests have signed in and receive a Visitor’s ID badge, they will be allowed into the school to conduct their business. Such safety measures have been put into place to add another layer of protection for all of our students and staff.
In addition to these safety improvements, enhancements at Doors A and B include new, wider sidewalks and landings that eliminate all outdoor stairs for a faster and safer evacuation pathway during a crisis situation when building occupants need to vacate the building quickly. Additional parking has also been added to accommodate our visitors and guests during their visits.
Expanded School Resource Officer (SRO) coverage:
School safety remains one of our highest priorities. MSD of Boone Township in cooperation with the Hebron Police Department, established a School Resource Officer (SRO) program during the start of the 2017- 2018 school year. Hebron Police Officers selected to be SRO’s have to go through additional training and have to become certified as SRO’s through the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO). The goal of NASRO and SRO programs is to provide safe learning environments, provide valuable resources to school staff members, foster a positive relationship with students and develop strategies to resolve problems that affect our youth with the goal of protecting all children, so they can reach their fullest potential.
Last school year’s SRO coverage consisted of two hours per student day. Beginning in August, our SRO coverage will be increased to eight hours a day, every day students are in school. This additional SRO coverage is in response to the increase of school related acts of violence throughout our nation. Funding through the Department of Homeland Security’s Secured Schools Safety Grant is covering half of the costs for the SRO coverage.
Change in Morning Arrival for Students:
In an attempt to enhance school safety at all of our buildings, only two doors in each building will be used for student entry during the morning arrival times. All doors in each school building will be secured (locked) throughout the day. This includes all exterior and interior doors. The schedule and location of which exterior doors will be accessible and supervised by staff during student arrival times are listed below. Anyone arriving outside of these times must check-in at the main office of the school to gain entry into the building. School employees with valid FOB’s may still use any electronic door for entry into the building.
Door #1 (Office Door) will open at 7:25 a.m. on regular start days and at 7:45 a.m. on late start Wednesdays for all student drivers, walkers and those being dropped off by their parents.
Door #12 (Bus Door) will open at 7:25 a.m. on regular start days and at 7:45 a.m. on late start Wednesdays for all bus riders.
Middle and Elementary Schools:
Door D will open at 7:30 a.m. on regular start days and at 7:50 a.m. on late start Wednesdays for all walkers, bike riders and those being dropped off by their parents.
Door G will open at 7:30 a.m. on regular start days and at 7:50 a.m. on late start Wednesdays for all middle school bus riders and at 8:10 a.m. on regular start days and at 8:20 a.m. on late start Wednesdays for all elementary school bus riders.
Students arriving after the start of the school day must check-in at the office. No students are to be in the building after dismissal without a teacher, a coach or a sponsor.
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 elementary school student in 4th and 5th grades. The Chromebooks have proven to be very durable, reliable, and appropriate for all of our educational needs in addition to being affordable.
All students in grades 4 through 12 will have access to a Chromebook and our third graders will be using the Dell laptops that were previously used by fourth graders. Students in grades K through 2 are using iPads that are stored in charging carts and are available for use throughout the school day. All are included in the 1:1 Program. This access to technology allows our Hebron students to expand the boundaries of their classrooms to their highest levels. 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 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 each student explore a world of post-secondary possibilities and prepares students to make decisions 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 interests, and then will find careers that match their passions and talents. Furthermore, once these careers are identified, students can explore the details of those careers through interactive videos and in-depth data specific to that field of employment such as the educational requirements, employment projections/trends, and salary range projections.
The Career Explorer also helps students build an educational plan to meet their individual educational/career goals and provides a dashboard to let students track their progress toward reaching those goals. The Indiana Career Explorer Program is flexible and grows with the student. As the student matures and their interests change, students can reassess their strengths and interest. The updated information will allow them to revise their plans and goals for the future. .
For additional information regarding Indiana Career Explorer, go to:
Olweus Bullying Prevention Program:
MSD of Boone Township understands that having a safe school environment is foundational to all students reaching 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 develop into well-rounded, 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 how 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 the 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 bullying behavior and to monitor the progress of their efforts over time. For additional information regarding the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, go to:
While we don’t often talk about the positive impact that the referendum has on our school, I wanted to remind our community of all the great things that are being done with their tax dollars. At the start of the 2014-15 school year, and after several high school teachers had been let go, many students were spending a large portion of their school day in study halls due to the reductions of course offerings as a result having a smaller teaching staff. Since that time and after replacing the English teacher and the Family and Consumer Science teacher that were cut prior to the last referendum, students are flourishing with a variety of academic, career and technical course offerings to meet their educational goals.
In addition, expanded Career and Technical Education opportunities are available for all of our high school students who wish to attend classes at the career center in Valparaiso.
With the declining enrollment and the loss of state revenue, MSD of Boone Township is becoming more dependent on the referendum funding to maintain its high quality education programs.
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. 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.
In October, information will be sent out inviting everyone to attend the Superintendent’s Forum.
Hebron Schools Education Foundation, Inc.:
The Hebron Schools Education Foundation, Inc., was officially created and approved as a 501(c) (3) by the Internal Revenue Service in December, 2016. The nine member Board of Directors consist of outstanding community leaders who are committed to improving opportunities for all students attending our Hebron Schools.
The 2018-19 Hebron Schools Education Foundation Board of Directors are:
Mrs. Sue Franzman, President
Mrs. Peggy Patrick, Treasurer
Mr. Thomas Neuffer, Secretary
Mr. Thomas Carroll
Mrs. JoElla DePra
Mr. Lynn Fisel
Mr. Brett Galvan
Mr. Steve Hallberg
Mr. 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!