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The Laurel School Robojackets competed in the State Competition at Lucas Oil Stadium on Saturday, March 10th. The Robojackets placed first out of 50 teams in the Indiana Workforce Development bracket and then went on to place 2nd out of 150 teams in the Overall Elementary Division in the teamwork category. The Robojackets placed 7th in overall points for the event, with 868 points (first place was 934). The Robojackets held the leading score for overall rounds much of the day, but ended up in 5th place for overall high scores for individual rounds.
Team performance at the state level makes us eligible to compete in the World Competition. This will be held in
Louisville, Kentucky on April 29 – May 1. The World Competition has 400 spots in the elementary division, which include teams from all over the US, China, Canada, New Zealand, Bahrain, and many more. This is a great opportunity for our local students to compete at a global level and communicate with students from around the world.
Robojackets members that competed at State level included; TJ Prows, Ethan Williams, Lance Fields, Hayden Cregar, Gabe Frazier, Austin Willis, Katie Frazier, Luke Estes, Dalton Somers and Brandon Willis. These students are in grades 3-6. Team coach is Carol Blake.
Congratulations RoboJackets on your 1st Place win at regionals. Good Luck at the state competition Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium. Go Go RoboJackets!
The entire Laurel School Community is thrilled to announce that Mrs. Joy Bishop has been selected as February’s “Educator of the Month”. Mrs. Bishop first began her career in education as a paraprofessional at Laurel School. During those early years as a paraprofessional, colleagues recognized her talents, and encouraged her to pursue a degree in teaching. Mrs. Bishop enrolled in Indiana University East where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with an Early Childhood Endorsement. She credits her years as a paraprofessional as a “priceless experience” and a “wonderful learning opportunity” for an aspiring teacher.
Now in her 19th year as a certified teacher, Mrs. Bishop teaches kindergarten at Laurel School. According to Bishop, “teaching enthusiastic kindergarten children is a daily learning opportunity for myself and is never predictable. Kindergarten is an unique grade level. Kindergarten has developed into a grade where the foundations for learning are most definitely taught; but there is so much more to kindergarten. Children are learning to exist together and grow as a family of learners. At this level, you can actually see the moments of “I got it!”. Equally exhilarating, is when these little people begin to exhibit understanding and acceptance of one another.”
Mrs. Bishop was nominated for this recognition by a parent/guardian of a child currently enrolled in Mrs. Bishop’s kindergarten class. “Mrs. Bishop has gone out of her way to teach acceptance and caring” to the children in her class. In addition, other staff in the building have commented that “Mrs. Bishop never stops teaching. She not only teaches her kindergarteners while in the classroom, but also on the playground, in the hallways, in the cafeteria, etc. Her students are always learning.”
In addition to her teaching duties, Mrs. Bishop is very active in the Laurel PTO. She is also the Pep Club Leader at the school. In her free time Mrs. Bishop enjoys perennial flower gardening, DIY projects, painting, and spending time with family and friends.
The purpose of the “Educator of the Month” program is to recognize outstanding Franklin County educators who demonstrate excellence in the classroom, leadership in the school, dedication to the students, and involvement in the community. Nomination forms for “Educator of the Month” can be found on the school corporation website at www.fccsc.k12.in.us.
Dear Students, Parents, and Community Members,
It is with great pride and enthusiasm I welcome the beginning of yet another school year. This year our doors will open to students on Wednesday, August 9th. The 2017-18 promises to be a year of change and year of opportunity.
Several CHANGES are being implemented this year. All students in grades 7 and 8 will attend Franklin County Middle School. Sixth grade students residing in the Brookville attendance area will also attend Franklin County Middle School. The grade level span at Brookville Elementary will increase to include fifth grade students. A before and after latchkey program is available at three locations: Brookville Elementary, Laurel School, and Mt. Carmel School. HeadStart services will continue at Brookville Elementary and have been added at Laurel School. Daycare for 12 month olds to 5 year olds is being offered at Laurel School.
A two tiered transportation system will be implemented. High School and Middle School students will be transported to and from school in a much more direct and efficient manner than in previous years. A second tier will transport elementary student directly to and from school, eliminating transfers and wait times. Many students will experience reduced time spent on the bus and a much more direct route to school and home.
Several staff changes have occurred over the summer. Many in the form of retirements; others due to family commitments, new job opportunities, etc. We will fondly remember those that have retired but also look forward to making connections with new staff members. In addition, many staff members have changed teaching assignments, grade levels, or buildings for this school year.
As a result of these changes many new OPPORTUNTIES have been created for our students. Course offerings at the middle school and high school have increased. Existing programs have been expanded and new programs have been added. In addition to the “traditional curriculum”, all seventh and eighth grade students will now have the opportunity to enroll in agriculture, business, engineering, and foreign language classes at Franklin County Middle School. Dual credit courses at the high school continue to increase, as well as the introduction of an “Internship Program” and the addition of an IMPACT period. At the elementary level, one-to-one technology, supported by Chromebooks, will begin at grade three. Services such as latchkey, daycare, activity buses, and online registration have been added to meet the needs of our families.
The mission of the Franklin County Community Schools states, “We exist so children can excel”. The school administration, faculty and staff, and Members of the Board of School Trustees are committed to making changes necessary to help our students excel. This year, we will be kicking the school year off with the theme “Destination Excellence”. Our goal is to remove barriers, better utilize resources, and provide the support needed for all students during their journey toward excellence. In the words of American inventor, Joy Mangano, “Your destination might not end up being exactly what you envisioned to start with, but if you stick it out and work through the challenges, what you end up with will be far better than you could have ever imagined.”
Yours in Education,
Dr. Debbie Howell, FCCSC Superintendent