Category Archives: Laurel School

May 2018 Educator of the Month

Superintendent, Dr. Debbie Howell, is honored to announce, that Mrs. Carol Blake, sixth grade teacher at Laurel School has been selected as May’s “Educator of the Month”. Mrs. Blake began her journey as a paraprofessional at Laurel School. Many members of the Laurel School family recognized her “gift” for teaching and encouraged her to pursue a degree in education. Mrs. Blake earned her degree from St. Mary of the Woods College while working full time at Laurel School.

Mrs. Blake puts 110% into everything she does. She is active in the classroom, school, and community. She is currently the coach of the RoboJackets, Laurel School’s robotics team. She recently accompanied the team to the VEX World Robotics Tournament in Louisville, Kentucky, where her students earned 20th place out of 400+ teams from all around the world. Mrs. Blake is also responsible for the journalism class at Laurel School and the production of the “Buzz” newscasts. In addition, Mrs. Blake was recently named a finalist for the Indiana Department of Education, Teacher of the Year in 2018.

In addition to her “school” duties, Mrs. Blake serves on the Franklin County Library Board. She is also a lifelong member of the Bible Baptist Church in Metamora. In her “free time” she loves to paint and write. Mrs. Blake’s dream is to author and illustrate a children’s book.

When asked about the best part of her job, Mrs. Blake replied, “The best part of my job is making a lasting impact on my students. 6th grade is a year full of transitions. I try instill character traits that will last into adulthood and have a positive impact on our community, as well as other communities. I also try to make sure that my students know that I am available to help them, even when they leave Laurel School and I try to instill a life-long love of reading.”

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.

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LES RoboJackets Compete and Win!

Congratulations RoboJackets on placing 7th out of 80 teams in the VEX World Robotics Competition!

Read the full article and pictures by clicking here.

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RoboJackets for the Win!

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.

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RoboJackets Head to State Competition

Congratulations RoboJackets on your 1st Place win at regionals. Good Luck at the state competition Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium. Go Go RoboJackets!

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February 2018 Educator of the Month

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.

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