It’s hard to believe that we have less than 25 days of school left! The school year has certainly flown by quickly. April and May are very busy times in school. Last week all schools were busy with the second round of ISTEP testing. The Indiana General Assembly passed legislation that will replace ISTEP but we will still have ISTEP for one more year. Testing is a big issue all across our nation and most educators agree that we spend entirely too much time testing.
Spring sports are also at their height. It is not unusual to visit the Vevay campuses and see a large number of students involved in Boy’s and Girl’s Track, Baseball, Softball and Archery. The archery team will soon be participating in national competitions in Louisville. Those who qualify will move on to participate in the world competitions which will be held in Florida.
We also have many students competing in club and academic competitions. The Business and Professional Association Club has four students advancing to national competition and the FFA Dairy Judging Team won the area competitions and also had the highest overall scorer.
The eighth graders recently returned from their annual trip to Washington D.C. which also includes a brief stopover in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. This trip is very beneficial to our students as they get to see many of the sites that they study in their classes. Arlington Cemetery is always one of the favorite places that the students visit.
Finally, our high school recently went through an accreditation process for AdvancedEd Certification. This was a very involved process that looked at the entire school climate and required participation from students, teachers and administration. We are waiting on the final report, but were told by the state team that they were recommending accreditation. This accreditation is very important for our school and also benefits students when they apply for admission to college.
We are very proud of the accomplishments of all of our students. As always, we invite the community to visit our schools and see first-hand the great things that are happening in the Switzerland County School Corporation!
Michael L. Jones