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June 6th, 2014

SUMMER LUNCH PROGRAM KICKS OFF: Meals provided to children at Mary Raber, Miami Village

June 6, 2014

As part of a partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Whitley County Consolidated Schools are ensuring that children receive quality meals throughout the summer.

The program will begin Monday, June 9, and will continue throughout the summer months, excluding the July 4th holiday.

Lunches will be provided at two locations — Mary Raber Elementary School and Miami Villiage Trailer Park, located on East Old Trail Road.

Mary Raber’s doors will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and Miami Village will provide lunch from 11:30 a.m. to noon.

ISTEP results released to parents

June 6, 2014

Indiana’s statewide testing for third through eighth graders was completed this spring, and results have been released to parents.

The ISTEP, or Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress, was constructed by the state to align grade-level expectations across the state, assist and guide schools in prioritizing curriculum and enhance classroom assessment.

Students were tested in late April and early May in English/language arts, mathematics, science and social studies.

No violations in city water report

June 6, 2014

Columbia City’s Water Department released a clean bill of health in its 2014 Consumer Confidence Report that was recently distributed to city residents.

Out of 12 areas of testing, none were in violation of the Indiana Department of Environmental Management’s (IDEM) standards.

Most testing was completed in 2013, though some contaminants are required to be tested less often, such as arsenic, barium, cadmium, fluoride, nickel and sodium, and date hasn’t been collected since 2012.

Slippin’ and slidin’

June 6, 2014

Pierceton Elementary School students enjoyed a fun-filled field day Tuesday before school dismissed Wednesday for summer vacation.

Many parents helped man different activity stations which included track and field events, basketball competition, hockey station, bubbles for younger students, soccer, softball and an obstacle course.

Students were then treated to fresh fruit and drinks at the final station, sponsored by the Parent Teacher Organization. The events were planned by Mistie Hughes, PES’s physical education teacher.

WCCS PAYROLL MAY GO PAPERLESS: Switch would save time, money in Business Office

June 6, 2014

Whitley County Consolidated School’s new business manager made his first request to the School Board of Trustees at Monday’s work session.

As part of the transition into his new position, Kirk Doehrmann needs to change the check signature stamp from former Business Manager Tony Zickgraf to himself.

Because the printer is an older model, the part needed to change the signature is rare and expensive, leaving Doehrmann looking for other options.


June 6, 2014

June 5th

Chemical engineering is discussed at Rotary

June 5, 2014

Chemical engineering was discussed at Tuesday’s Columbia City Rotary Club meeting.

Group members heard how a new start-up company from Florida found its way to Columbia City.

Ross Towse, one of the newer Rotarians, was introduced by Jason Meyer.
Towse, originally from Florida, lived on both coasts up to age 15 when his family moved to Chicago.

He went to the University of Illinois and graduated with a degree in chemical engineering.

Towse first entered the work force as a food flavor expert at a company in Chicago.

BLAST FROM THE PAST: Reunion to unite Monroe School

June 5, 2014

A reunion for Monroe School is slated for Sunday from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the Pierceton Elementary School gym.

In 1917, Monroe was one of six small schools in Monroe Township that were consolidated into Monroe Consolidated Schools.

A new building was built at County Road 600 S. and Ind. 13, south of Pierceton. There were six total rooms. Each room had a coal stove for heat until the 1960s when a new coal furnace was installed in the basement.

Grad ceremonies Friday for CHS, WHS

June 5, 2014

Two Whitley County high schools will hold 2014 graduation ceremonies Friday.

•Churubusco High School at 7 p.m. in the gymnasium.

•Whitko High School at 7:30 p.m. in the gymnasium.

Columbia City High School will hold its ceremony Friday, June 13 at 6 p.m.

SRO POSITION WORTH THE EFFORT: WCCS, City pleased with Petersen’s work

June 5, 2014

After months of preparation, discussions, grant writing and budget talks, Whitley County Consolidated Schools’ School Resource Officer Mike Petersen took to the halls of WCCS schools in January.

In the first five months of work, officials from both the schools and city are elated with Petersen’s work.

“Myself and the administrators are very pleased with the progress so far,” said WCCS Superintendent Patricia O’Connor.

O’Connor said officials have been able to use Petersen’s skills during difficult situations, as well as teaching classes and being a good mentor for students.


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