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Ballenger, Break The Grey, and Foreveratlast Concert

Ballenger, Break The Grey, and Foreveratlast  will play a concert at Jimtown High School on Thursday, April 30, 2015.  Doors will open at 6:00 p.m.  The concert will start at 7:00 p.m.  Tickets are available at the Jimtown High School Main Office.

 

Kindergarten Round-Up

The 2015 Kindergarten Round-Up will be held at Jimtown Elementary School on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 from 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. and on Thursday, April 30, 2015 from 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.  A physician will be available to give FREE physicals on Tuesday the 21st from 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and on Thurday the 30th from 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.  Your child must be 5 years old before August 1, 2015. For all of the details and the forms that you will need, pease click on the Kindergarten Round-Up link at the left.

 

Sign Up for Web Alerts for Athletics

Spring Sports at Jimtown will soon be taking off.  Once we get going, the spring season is full of games almost every night of the week for the month of April and May.  In addition, spring storms and other weather makes it a challenge with cancellations, postponements and rescheduling of events.  Communication with student-athletes and parents is key.
 
If you have not seen it yet, our new athletic department website will be a HUGE tool for us to use in this regard.  There will be articles, live schedules, photo galleries and other things that will be updated all season long in all sports.  The articles also get published to our associated Jimtown Athletics Facebook and Twitter accounts.  It is a great way to stay in touch with what is going on in the world of Jimtown Athletics. 
 
There is also a brilliant,  built in tool called "Web Alerts" that you as a parent can sign up for.  Web Alerts allows you to subscribe by putting in an email address or cell phone that you would like to be alerted with in the event that a schedule changes, there is a rain-out, or any other information that you need to know about quickly with regards to your son or daughter's teams.  The great thing is that you can subscribe to ONLY the team or level that affects your kids.  In other words, there will be no information to sort though to see if the cancellation applies to your son or daughter's team.  If your son or daughter is in (for example) JV Baseball, you would only see information coming to you regarding changes in the JV Baseball Schedule.
 
Check it out and get signed up by going to www.jimtownathletics.org and click on the text that says "Sign up to Receive Team Alerts via email or Text"...which is about 1/3rd of the way down the page.  It's easy, quick and you will always be in the "know" this spring should there be schedule changes or anything like that.
 

 

Calendar Changes Announced

March 2, 2015

Dear Staff, Parents, and Students,

I am writing because I wanted to make you aware of the fact that the severe weather this year is forcing us to make some changes in the school calendar.  Because of the number of days that we have been out as a result of the snow, we have met with the Teacher’s Association and the School Board and they have approved a revised calendar for the coming months so that we will not have to go as deeply into June to make up the days that have been missed. 

By law in Indiana, school must be scheduled for attendance by students for 180 days.  We had originally scheduled Monday, March 9, 2015 as a Staff Only Day and Monday, March 23, 2015 as a Vacation Day.  We have proposed, and have had approved, a change in the purpose of these two days.  Our intention now is to hold a full day of classes on each of these two days.  If you have previously planned activities for either of those days, please just call the office and notify our staff of the circumstances and we will consider that absence as excused.

As of this point in time then the March through May calendar for the 2014-2015 school year for the Baugo Community Schools will be as follows:

Date: Event:
March 2-11, 2015 ISTEP+: Writing Assessment Window
March 13, 2015 End of Grading Period Three
March 9, 2015 FULL DAY OF ATTENDANCE
March 10-21, 2015 ISTEP+ Testing Window
March 17-19, 2015 iRead3 Assessment Window
March 23, 2015 FULL DAY OF ATTENDANCE
April 3-10, 2015 Spring Break
May 25, 2015 No School - Memorial Day

 

We will be adding days to the end of the school year to make-up the remainder of the time.  At present, that amount is three additional days.  Once the weather breaks and we have a final tally on the number of make-up days needed, we will finalize our calendar for the school year and provide that end-of-the-year information for you including the date of commencement.

Thank you for your understanding with this as we try to navigate the weather and bring about a reasonable end to the school year!

Sincerely,

Jim DuBois, Superintendent

Baugo Community Schools

 

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.

 

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.

 

BudgetNotices.IN.Gov Launches to Assist Taxpayers

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.

Sincerely,

Jim DuBois, Superintendent

Baugo Community Schools

 

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!