Monthly Archives: September 2013

Help with Big Brothers/Big Sisters

In 2012, Big Brothers Big Sisters served 148 children in Noble County alone. But there are many more children on the waiting list, waiting for an adult mentor to change their life for the better!
Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Noble County is actively looking for people to help them with their School Buddies program.
They currently have School Buddy openings at Northside, Southside and Rome City Elementary Schools in the East Noble School District.

Check out this link for additional information: Big Brother-Big Sisters 

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Canvas – PowerSchool -Edline…. What????

Confused about how to find your child’s grade, a teacher website, course content?? To best support technology, East Noble School District needs to use a Learning Management System (LMS) and a system for maintaining student data and grades. Over the past two years, we have been working to find the best solution for our staff, students, and families. This has not been an easy task and continues to evolve. ENSC is still using PowerSchool to house student data; however, we are moving away from Edline and using Canvas as a LMS for students in grades 7-12.

Joanna Cook, ENSC Technology Director, has prepared information to help you. Please check out this link to learn more: http://tinyurl.com/kjjqd4j

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ENHS 2013-2014 Perfect Attendance

East Noble High School students who have perfect attendance at the end of the 2013-2014 school year have a chance at an outstanding grand prize.   Tom Shepherd and Shepherd’s GMC have been very generous for the past ten years providing ENHS students with perfect attendance a chance to receive a car or the use of a car for the summer.  This year they are “upping the ante” by providing one student a choice from several options.

One student will be selected from all who have perfect attendance at the end of the school year.  To be considered, you must be in attendance everyday for the full day.   For each year of perfect attendance, the student’s name is placed in a bucket.  Slowly names are eliminated until there is “one last student standing.”  As students are eliminated, they each receive a prize from numerous donations from our communities.  Shepherd’s GMC is providing that one student a choice of one of the following:

  • A car to keep! (valued at $3000)
  • $2,500 off the purchase of a car from Shepherd’s Auto Group
  • $2,500 Scholarship in the student’s name to the college of their choice
  • $1,500 shopping spree to a store of their choice (approved by Shepherd’s and ENHS)
  • $1,000 cash

A huge thank you goes to Tom Shepherd and Shepherd’s GMC.  Their support of East Noble School Corporation is much appreciated by our students, staff, and community.

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ISTEP Results Due Sept. 9

The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) has announced the spring 2013 ISTEP scores will be released Monday, September 9, more than three months later than expected.  East Noble School Corporation teachers and administrators have no confidence in the validity of the grade 5-8 ISTEP scores.  (The IDOE wanted the 3rd and 4th grade students to take their ISTEP test on the iPad; however, we were not confident with the iPad version of the test. Therefore, we made the decision to have the 3rd and 4th graders complete the paper and pencil version of the ISTEP test.)

During the past few years, the IDOE has pushed for all students to be tested through the Internet.  This has been a challenge for many school districts who cannot afford computer labs and access for students. For ENSC, this has not been an issue as we have had labs available for many years and now all students have their own device.  As the IDOE continued to require more students to test online, districts met the expectation.  In addition, more states signed on for the same testing.  However, CTB/McGraw Hill did not increase their capacity to handle the added students.  This in return caused students in three states to experience a multitude of interruptions during testing.  Students were kicked off of the Internet, screens froze, answers did not match up with questions, the audio that was to be provided for special education students did not work, and the list goes on. 

By CTB/McGraw Hill’s data collection, it was reported that between 25-35 percent of our 5th – 8th grade students experienced these interruptions!  That is 25-35 percent too many.  To receive a fair and accurate score, no student should have experienced any interruptions and conflicts.    Indiana paid an expert to analyze the data, and his preliminary results and opinion indicated that there was minimal impact to students.   ENSC disagrees with this.  We will never know how well our students would have done on this high stakes test if there were no interruptions and the testing environment was conducive for success.

As you evaluate your child’s 5th-8th grade ISTEP scores, please keep in mind the challenges he/she may have experienced during the testing.  Your child may have been prepared and ready for the test, but was not able to perform at their best due to circumstances out of his/her control.  

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