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Collaboration Time a success at SGCS

by Katie Wagner
kwagner@busconews.com
Churubusco Elementary, Middle and High Schools implemented a new program known as Collaboration Time beginning last semester. School is delayed each Wednesday until 8:45 a.m. so teachers can meet to discuss various topics.
Churubusco High School Principal Austin Couch presented a report to the School Board at the January 18 meeting regarding Collaboration Time.
Couch outlined the use of Collaboration Time as follows:
• 1st Wednesday of the month: Department/Grade Level Leadership meetings
• 2nd Wednesday of month: Department Level Team/Building Collaboration
• 3rd Wednesday of month: Faculty Meeting
• 4th Wednesday of month: K-12 Common Collaboration
Faculty and staff utilized approximately 18 days last semester to collaborate on topics such as Evaluation Instrument Training, School Improvement Plan (SIP), technology training, working with data, Curriculum Alignment, restructuring discussion, teacher reports of professional development, Student Engagement planning/discussion, Book Study (Rethinking Homework – CMS only), fundraiser discussion (CMS only), Title 1 modules (CES only) and Planning for Enrichment (CES only).
“I anticipate using the collaboration time more critically this next semester,” Couch said, “and as we look ahead to next year as a 6-12 school.”
CMS Principal John Davis said the teachers look forward to the collaboration time and see it as a very viable time.
CES Principal Nicole Singer said teachers lead sessions two times per month–rather than being led by administrators–and are able to share with each other and teach each other. Teachers are also able to collaborate across levels, such as elementary teachers working with high school teachers.

by Katie Wagner

kwagner@busconews.com

Churubusco Elementary, Middle and High Schools implemented a new program known as Collaboration Time beginning last semester. School is delayed each Wednesday until 8:45 a.m. so teachers can meet to discuss various topics.

Churubusco Police Report for December 14-30

Monday, December 14: U2 School traffic. U2 Sig. 8 Mill Street in reference to theft of I-pod. Will try and contact him Cad 141832. U2 School check. U1 Bus #3 stated she had a black Chevy Cavalier run stop arm at 33 and 750E. Citation did bus arm. A. Antila.
Tuesday, December 15: School traffic. U2 School check. U1 School check.
Wednesday, December 16: U3 W/C 911 hang up after verbal 10-10 from the Timberlane. 10-23 And their two children had left the residence in a four door silver Pontiac. Stated that won’t work and will not appreciate that she houses and feeds his family. Wants him out. 92-7 10-23. 10-8 After I left, returned, 92-7 advised him to pack and get. I staged at Timberlane at North in case 7 needed help. U3. Another 10-10 at this time.
Thursday, December 17: CP was in. The car that is driving in her name. She is on the title and has the title. She wants the car back. I advised her she would need to go through the courts. It’s a civil matter, Has been driving over a year and she knows where it is so she can’t report it stolen or even unauthorized control. Had the gas shut off at her house in Timberlane today. It was in his name. 1337 U3 W/C 10-50 PD only. South Main Street area of Maple. Miller/Herendeen. No alcohol. #141839. 1630 U3 W/C 2 Vin. checks at N. Mulberry. 1700 U3 10-50 report #141839 is completed. 1730 U3 I tx’ed U11 and advised her of the subpoena. Gave her date and time. 1900 U3 W/C signal 8. North Main, C/P advising the alley is blocked by a vehicle. Not really blocked. I could drive through it. I advised vehicle owner to be careful not to take up too much space or to park elsewhere. I ran the plate, the vehicle is Signl 80.
Friday, December 18:     1030 U3 W/C Subject on station. Bus 22 is now having vehicle cut through Turtle Town Plaza to avoid the stop arm. Afternoon northbound, request extra patrol; U1 School check; U2 Funeral; 1500 WC U2 Reckless Driver Southbound on US 33, 100 E. Stopped subject not 10:55 CAD 141844;
Saturday, December 19: 0530 U3 W/C slide off 33 near Dugout. #4 beat me there. Not safe to remove it. Will leave it for later. I transported female to her son’s house in Noble County; U4 working accident; 0610 U3 found another slide off same area on my way back to town. That one we had to move, Rohrer’s pulled out. Found damage to vehicle. 92-2 Did report; 1240 U3 W/C. The wrecker is ready to pull out, requesting traffic assist. 92-R8 on the way from 300 West and 30. ; 1400 WC U2 assist on traffic on US 33 South of North County Line. 1436 WC U2 lockout at trailer in Holiday Park.2245 WC U4 10-50 unknown SR. 205 just into Allen County; 2247 U4 10-23 Subject was 10-55, detained for state, waited with Allen County for the wrecker and helped with traffic, Allen County had their dispatch contact State Highway after he was struck in the rear of his squad car.
Sunday, December 20: 0010 U4 enroute to W-1 to get the back of my squad car cleaned out from the 10-55. He had a small wound on his hand and he got blood everywhere; 0015 WC U4 10-50 PD roll over on 900E just south of the County Line, U4 10-23 showed up at the scene. U4 back enroute to W1; 0750 WC U2 sig mill ref: Someone drove through his yard last night. 1100 WC U2 North Main has a cat in basement. I told them if they can catch it, they can take it to the shelter; 1415 92-7 Whitley County Lockout.
Monday, December 21: 0235 U4 School check. 0700 U2 Fuel;
Tuesday, December 22: 1240 U1 Lifetime gun permit; 1247 U1 WC 10-50 PD Methodist Church lot. Car vs pole; 1259 U1 10-23 Holland vs light pole. No alcohol Cad #141860; 1455 92-7 WC Store requesting officer. Re: She called her husband to pick her up. Possible intoxicated employee. She was tested, 17 percent with a very weak breath sample; 1730 92-7 WC report of lost dog. Yellow lab w/green collar. If located, the owner is.
Thursday, December 24:  U3 W/C 10-10 10-16 North Line Street. 10-23 Both intoxicated. Mutual combat. The male agreed to go to his Dad’s house. Female agreed to sleep it off. They both agreed to no contact till after 6 p.m. If anyone has to respond in the future, be prepared to deal with the dogs. They are not friendly. 1500 U2 in reference to wanting to pickup. I told him could not make her give up. She does have custody. 1609 U2 in reference to harassment. Was down there yelling. I told her to get a protective order on the whole bunch.
Saturday, December 26: 1036 WC U2. Robbery at East of Chicago. One male white, 5’10”, 180 lb. Black ski mask, gray sweater and pants, black hand gun. Think automatic. Unknown direction of travel. He came in the front door before opening time. It was unlocked. CAD: 181983.
Sunday, December 27: 1517 92-7, WC Lock-out at Greenwood Drive.1849 92.7 WC 10-50 PD in front of North Main Street. Vehicle slid and hit an unoccupied parked vehicle. report # 141882. 2005 92-7 WC Lock-out at Dollar General.
Tuesday, December 29: 2000 92-3 CP came in to advise that drove by the house at South Main Street. Also daughter was not included on the P.O. I told them this was probably an oversight to go in Wednesday and get her on it. Aren’t on it either. They will get one also. 2033 9203 Lockout at Fire Station.
Wednesday, December 30: 0600 U3 W/C Lock out Dodge truck at Valero. 1339 U2 Fuel. 1737 U2 VW headlights Gilbert, V. CAD 141890.

Monday, December 14: U2 School traffic. U2 Sig. 8 Mill Street in reference to theft of I-pod. Will try and contact him Cad 141832. U2 School check. U1 Bus #3 stated she had a black Chevy Cavalier run stop arm at 33 and 750E. Citation did bus arm. A. Antila.

Kindergarten registration March 11

Kindergarten registration will be held in the Churubusco High School cafeteria on Thursday, March 11 from 3:30 – 6 p.m. Parents of new kindergart- ners are welcome to come at any time during this period. Attendance by the new kindergartener is encouraged as the local Lion’s Club will be screening hearing for free.
To register, bring the following items: Child’s birth certificate; and proof of residency (ex. copy of current utility bill). Child must be five years old before August 1. Early entrance request: If you are considering your child for early entrance, your attendance is not necessary. Please call the elementary office at 693-2188 to set up a screening appointment.
If you know of a family that has a kindergarten age child and does not have other children in school, please let them know about the registration date.

Kindergarten registration will be held in the Churubusco High School cafeteria on Thursday, March 11 from 3:30 – 6 p.m. Parents of new kindergart- ners are welcome to come at any time during this period. Attendance by the new kindergartener is encouraged as the local Lion’s Club will be screening hearing for free.

January 27, 2010

One Year Ago
The fourth annual Whitley County Fire and Ice Festival was held in Columbia City.  Ice-carvers from all over the midwest attended the competition.
The Board of Directors of Passages, Inc. announced the appointment of Tom O’Neil as the organization’s new president and CFO.
Lance McParlon and Corey Richards both claimed Conference titles at North East Corner Conference Wrestling Tournament at Prairie Heights.
Jered and Kim Blanchard announced the birth of their son, Levi Areli.
Five Years Ago
Stuart Hilsmier won the final round of the local Spelling Bee at CES. Dylan Jones was runner-up.
David Willyard, D.O. announced that David Reinhard, MD would be joining the medical practice.
Half of the pre-sale ticket sales of the girls and boys varsity games were donated to the Churubusco Student Council Tsunami Relief effort.
Line-time talk show host Johnny Carson passed away at the age of 79.
Kayla Mathewson, a Charmain model, won several awards in Orlando. She won awards in swimwear modeling, television commercial and overall winner in runway modeling.
Randy and Erin Marks announced the birth of their daughter, Kaelyn Jean.
Ten Years Ago
Justin Cornewell of CMS was the winner of the National Geography Bee.
A SGCS board member submitted a letter of request at the Council meeting. A request was made to request the town appoint and provide future school crossing guards at the intersection of Short Street and Indiana 205. For the past six years the PTA had appointed volunteers as crossing guards. According to state statue, the town was responsible for the appointment of school crossing guards.
CHS hosted the 7th Annual Show Choir Invitational. Nine choirs competed with Crete-Monee of Illinois named the Grand Champion winner.
George and Bonnie Diller celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary with a family dinner hosted by their children.
25 Years Ago
Members of Churubusco Masonic Lodge 515 Free & Accepted Masons, dedicated their new temple. Years of planning and months of hard work ended in the historical celebration.
The main topic at the School Board meeting was the purchase of ground for future construction of an Administration Building.
Clifford Smith was appointed Town Marshal.
Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Bonar announced the birth of their daughter, Jessica Leigh.
Teresa Herendeen joined the Tri-County Truth Staff, assuming the responsibilities of Advertising Sales.
50 Years Ago
Quick thinking and action by Judy Schultz, probably saved the lives of three of her classmates. The girls were skating at Tri-Lakes when suddenly the ice cracked under three of the girls and the girls went into the water. Judy worked and got all three of them out of the water. With their clothes stiff with ice, they went to the home of a Girl Scout leader who had been working on water rescue training.
Sandra Hiscutt was crowned Snowball Queen by Churubusco High School students at their dance.
The Churubusco Lions Club embarked on a more active part in one of the two Indiana Lions State projects, furtherance of the Leader Dogs for the Blind campaign.  Ninety-five leader dogs had been trained for residents of Indiana.
The new aeromobile was on display at the auto show at the Coliseum. The car was only one of three in existence in America. It was designed by Bertoni of Italy and had a value of $26,000. The car could be driven over pavement, barren ground, ice and open water. It went forward, back and sideways and could turn as if on a pivot.

One Year Ago

The fourth annual Whitley County Fire and Ice Festival was held in Columbia City.  Ice-carvers from all over the midwest attended the competition.

The Board of Directors of Passages, Inc. announced the appointment of Tom O’Neil as the organization’s new president and CEO.

Lance McParlon and Corey Richards both claimed Conference titles at North East Corner Conference Wrestling Tournament at Prairie Heights.

Jered and Kim Blanchard announced the birth of their son, Levi Areli.

Town agrees on splash pad location

by Dave Crabill
dcrabill@busconews.com
After months of trying to bring a community pool to Churubusco, the committee decided on a location in the town park to build a splash pad instead.
The Mueller Pool Committee organized after the estate of  Churubusco resident Paul Mueller donated  over $300,000 to Smith-Green schools for the purpose of building a swimming pool. Shortly after accepting the money the school district realized that they had neither the real estate nor the financing to help complete the project. The school board informed the executor of the estate, Don Page, that the school would return the gift if there was a committee formed to return the money. The school placed the money with the Whitley County Community  Foundation for investment.
The pool committee also approached the Town of Churubusco to explore their interest in the swimming pool project. The Town Council told the committee that although they had the property to house the pool, they didn’t have the money to help build or maintain it.
After much soul searching, the pool committee decided to scale back their plans on the pool and began researching a splash pad instead. A splash pad is made up of playground equipment that is attached to a water supply and then recirculated. There is no standing water, eliminating the need for lifeguards or other supervision.
The pool committee approached the Churubusco council again, this time offering to donate the construction of a splash pad including the money to operate it. The council told the committee that they would accept the donation and thanked them for the offer. The town would put the splash pad in the park.
During last Wednesday’s council meeting, Park Superintendent Rick Krider updated the progress of the project. Krider explained that the plan was to build the pad  in an area between existing baseball and softball diamonds. Krider also told the council that the committee would give the town nearly $100,000 for the upkeep and maintenance.
“If we invest the money properly we should be able to run and maintain it for years to come.”
The splash pad should take  about four months to complete and should be finished for the planned debut at this year’s Turtle Days Festival in June.

by Dave Crabill

dcrabill@busconews.com

After months of trying to bring a community pool to Churubusco, the committee decided on a location in the town park to build a splash pad instead.

Gerri Johnson

Stand up and be counted

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With the U.S. Census process beginning, the  Better Business Bureau advises people to be cooperative, but cautious, so as not to become a victim of fraud or identify theft. The first phase of the 2010 U.S. Census is underway as workers have begun verifying the addresses of households across the country. Eventually, more than 140,000 U.S. Census workers will count every person in the United States and will gather information about every person living at each address, including name, age, gender, race, and other relevant data.
Census workers are currently only knocking on doors to verify address information. Do not give your Social Security number, credit card or banking information to anyone, even if they claim they need it for the U.S. Census.
Remember, no matter what they ask, you really only need to tell them how many people live at your address.

(Town Census Director Gerri Johnson)

With the U.S. Census process beginning, the  Better Business Bureau advises people to be cooperative, but cautious, so as not to become a victim of fraud or identify theft.

Eagle Garden

Order bricks now for Smith-Green Eagle Garden

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by Katie Wagner
A community-based planning committee is developing an area at the Churubusco School campus to celebrate the lives of those who have passed away and those individuals who have dedicated themselves to the school and community.
According to the committee’s vision, “Eagle Garden will be a living space of trees, plantings, benches and ‘Our Guardian Eagle Walkway.'” The Walkway will be composed of bricks that community members may purchase in honor of or in memory of former students and staff.
The cost of each brick is $50, with a maximum of three lines engraved and a maximum 14 characters per line.
Phase I of Eagle Garden will cost approximately $10,000 and will include “Our Guardian Eagle Walkway,” which will replace the existing stepping stone path in the grassy area in front of the school at the corner of Tulley and Mulberry Streets behind the school sign. Funds donated will also be used to prepare the area and complete initial landscaping of Eagle Garden. Phase II will cost an estimated $20,000 to add a new welcome sign, water feature, full landscaping and finishing touches. The committee appreciates any and all contributions and plans to recognize all contributors on the school website and through printed materials.
A dedication service will take place May 20, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. at the site of Eagle Garden. Churubusco’s own New Era and Chimers will perform, the Boy Scouts will present the Colors and SGCS Superintendent Steve Darnell and Youth For Christ leader Jon Pelz will speak.
The Corporation recently accepted a donation to the garden from the Whitley County Community Foundation for $2,500.
For more information, contact Julie Mast at 693-2188 or Cathy Petrie at 636-3522. Information is also available at www.sgcs.k12.in.us/ and click on the “Eagle Garden” tab on the left-hand side of the page.

by Katie Wagner

kwagner@busconews.com

A community-based planning committee is developing an area at the Churubusco School campus to celebrate the lives of those who have passed away and those individuals who have dedicated themselves to the school and community.