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2013-2014 Annual Report Released

The 2013-2014 Annual Report for the Baugo Community Schools has been released.  Pleae take a few moments and  click on the Report Card icon at the left to take a look at the outstanding work that our students and staff are doing.


The Power of Yet!

This is the first in a series of brief TED Talks videos about education that we thought might peak the interest of staff and the community.  This video cameo's Dr. Carol Dweck and her thinking about "...the power of believing that you can improve."  Click on the icon at the left to view the video.


Mail-In Voter Registration Form Available

The Indiana Election Commission recently approved a new mail-in voter registration form. IC 3-7-24-7 provides that each public secondary school is a designated distribution site for these forms. Click on the Register to Vote Icon at the left for a copy of the form.


2015-2016 School Calendar Adopted

At their regular meeting on Monday, February 9, 2015, the Baugo Community Schools Board of School Trustees adopted the 2015-2016 School Calendar.  Click on the calendar icon at the left to see a copy.


ISTEP+ Online Preview Available

Again this year, the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) has a web-based version of the ISTEP+ Online, which allows students, teachers and parents to see and take a “working” version the ISTEP+ Online test.  All of the tools and features that students will see and use are a part of the site.  This is a good way for everyone to become familiar and comfortable with what the ISTEP+ tests looks like online.

You are invited to click on the ISTEP+ icon at the left to access “Experience ISTEP+ Online”.   Note: An official login is not needed to participate.  Simply click “Log in” once a grade level has been selected to access this experience

Features of Experience ISTEP+ Online include: 

  • Grade-specific manipulatives
  • Option eliminator, highlighter and eraser tools 
  • Sample test experience based on content areas assessed
  • How to mark an answer 
  • How to mark an item for later review

Parents Guide to Social Media

 It can be overwhelming for parents to try and understand the dozens of social media networks teens are using today to talk to each other and this is why Liahona Academy created this Social Media Guide for Parents. To see a copy of the complete guide click on the folowing link:




Affordable Internet

If your child is eligible to participate in the National School Lunch Program, you may qualify for affordable internet  from Comcast.  Click on the Comcast icon for complete details.


Affordable Telephone

Lifeline is a federally funded program that helps income-eligible consumers afford local telephone service. The program is administered by local telephone companies and provides a monthly discount on basic telephone services for eligible customers.  Click on the telephone link at the left to find out more information.



Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) causes mild respiratory illness, similar to those seen in the common cold, but some individuals can become severely ill. The 2014 outbreak of EV-D68 appears to be associated with an increase in the level of respiratory illness among people in general and more severe disease in some people, particularly children with asthma.

What can be done to prevent the spread of EV-D68?


  • Students and staff should stay home if they are sick.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue away after use and wash your hands. If a tissue is not available, cover your mouth and nose with your sleeve, not your hand.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after you cough or sneeze.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Avoid kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick.
  • Use standard disinfection procedures using a hospital-grade disinfectant that is EPA-approved for norovirus and rhinovirus, or a 1:10 bleach solution for surfaces, such as toys and other objects, and on surfaces that are touched often, which can include desks, countertops, doorknobs, computer keyboards, hands-on learning items, faucet handles, and phones.


Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are NOT effective against EV-D68, which is why handwashing with soap and water is so important.


BudgetNotices.IN.Gov Launches to Assist Taxpayers

December 10, 2014

Dear Baugo Community Schools Taxpayer,

I would like to inform you of a new online tool that will allow you to attend and stay involved with the budgets of your county, city, towns, townships, libraries, special districts, and schools. This past spring, the Indiana General Assembly passed House Enrolled Act 1266. This allowed for the development of a new central website, BudgetNotices.IN.Gov, where taxpayers can search to find their local government’s budget notices. Previously, the only way to find this information was to review the notices in your local newspaper.

Taxpayers will be able to view all local government units in Elkhart County, search by your address, or use an interactive map tool.

Why is this important to you?

As a taxpayer in Elkhart County, you have the ability to view budget notices in one central online location. This allows you to have advance notification and increase the transparency of your local unit’s budget process. These notices can be viewed any time, day or night. Additionally, if you want to look at the budget notices for multiple areas, you can do so using this one website.

Taxpayers that do not have Internet access or have difficulties with the website may contact the Department of Local Government Finance at (888) 739-9826 and request a paper copy of the notices for their local government units.

For specific questions related to a budget item, please contact Mr. Bruce Perry at 574-293-8583.

BudgetNotices.IN.Gov is available on the Indiana Gateway for Government Units. It is also available on our website on the “About” page under “Department of Finance Gateway.” The Gateway is the primary collection and publishing tool for local government units submitting their required reports to the State of Indiana. It has the benefits of digital collection into a robust data warehouse and immediate accessibility by taxpayers.  Please take advantage of this extremely useful tool.


Jim DuBois


Baugo Community Schools


Early College Gives High School Students a Leg Up

Baugo Community Schools has partnered with Horizon Education Alliance of Elkhart County to put the Early College Initiative in place by fall 2015. This initiative will allow HS students to take the college entrance exam as soon as they enter ninth grade. Once students pass this exam, they will be able to take free college courses. This initiative allows students the potential to earn up to a two-year degree. The Early College Initiative sets students up to be college and career ready.


What does it mean to be a “Jimmie?”

Baugo Community Schools welcomes new branding and a new logo this school year. The question is: What does it mean to be a “Jimmie?” 

Like every hardworking railroad worker:

  • a Jimmie is dependable;
  • a Jimmie confronts life's challenges courageously;
  • a Jimmie understands the power of working together and does not let the team down;
  • a Jimmie plans for the future and knows that what is done today affects what happens tomorrow;
  • a Jimmie applies the virtues of truth, trust, respect, and integrity to actions in life;
  • a Jimmie treats others as they would wish to be treated;
  • a Jimmie takes responsibility for their actions and does the right thing;
  • a Jimmie becomes stronger and smarter through trying, failing, learning, and winning;
  • a Jimmie is a leader; and
  • a Jimmie is dedicated to making the world a better place by compassionately serving others.


Onward Jimmies, toward the best school year yet. Go Big J!