Open Letter Regarding Statewide Testing


As the Leadership Team for the Franklin County Community School Corporation, we would like to express our concerns and frustrations with Indiana’s statewide student testing program ISTEP+ and school accountability system (AF). Year after year, our students and staff work extremely hard preparing for these high stakes tests. Yet, year after year, the State continues to fumble with technical glitches, missed deadlines, and vendor debacles. Continue reading

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November Educator of the Month


Superintendent, Dr. Debbie Howell, is pleased to publicize that Mrs. Jessie Summey, has been named as November’s “Educator of the Month”. According to Howell, Mrs. Summey is a “team player”. During the 2014-2015 school year, Mrs. Summey was a second grade teacher at Brookville Elementary. At the conclusion of the school year it was announced that based on enrollment numbers there would be a need for an additional section of third grade at the elementary for the 2015-2016 school year. Mrs. Summey stepped up to the plate, and to the delight of many of her students, moved up to teach third grade for this year. Mrs. Summey holds a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education from Indiana University East. After completing her student teaching at Brookville Elementary, Mrs. Summey was hired by Union County College Corner Joint School District. While at Union County, she taught Language Arts, mathematics, and remediation at the middle school. In addition, she taught third grade for three years at College Corner Union Elementary. In 2013, Mrs. Summey was hired by the Franklin County Community School Corporation, and was assigned to Brookville Elementary. Mrs. Summey was nominated for this recognition by a parent of a student that was … Continue reading

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Author/Illustrator Will Hillenbrand Visits Laurel School

DSCN5598Preschool through sixth grade students at Laurel Elementary and Junior High School enjoyed Will Hillenbrand’s presentation on Thursday, October 8, 2015.  Mr. Hillenbrand spent the day with the students and staff sharing his artistic talent and reading stories.  Mr. Hillenbrand also shared Thursday evening with parents.  Will Hillenbrand has illustrated and/or written over 60 children’s books including Down By the Barn, Bear in Love, All for a Dime, Sneeze, Big Bear Sneeze, and Snowman’s Story.  Will Hillenbrand shared how he uses Adobe Photoshop Sketch, Adobe Line and Ink, and the app Procreate to create his artwork.  He shared the importance of reading to everyone–sharing picture books is important because it allows the reader and listener to experience the book.  Mr. Hillenbrand stated, “Learning to read gives you freedom just like learning to ride a bike gives you freedom.”  Books help you to think big.  Mr. Hillenbrand fondly shared with his audience, “Adults cared enough to read to me and that made my world brighter.”

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October Educator of the Month


Superintendent, Dr. Debbie Howell, is pleased to announce that Franklin County High School Biology teacher, Mrs. Cindy Andrews, has been named as October’s “Educator of the Month”.  According to Howell, “Mrs. Andrews is an exemplary educator.  She not only excels in the classroom, but is always the first to volunteer for committees, embraces change, and supports students both in and out of the classroom.”  Mrs. Andrews earned her Bachelor of Science Education degree from Indiana University East. After receiving her teaching degree she was hired to teach science at Franklin County High School and has been an integral part of the science department for the last 15 years.  According to Mrs. Andrews, she was hired in as a stranger, but over the years the Franklin County High School staff has become like family.  The community has embraced her and made her proud to call Franklin County home.    A former student nominated Mrs. Andrews for this honor.  The student wanted to thank Mrs. Andrews for everything she does for her students.  Mrs. Andrews is always willing to “stay after school, tutor us, and do whatever it takes to help us learn.” In addition to identifying individuals who demonstrate excellence in … Continue reading

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Substitute Teachers Needed


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