At the January 12, 2022 Regular Meeting of the Board of Education the following individuals were recognized for helping to make Washington Township a Superior School District.
Sara Wood JEL registered nurse and health careers teacher recently received the Golden Apple from WISHTV. Sara Wood knows how to save a life and she also knows how to help start them. “She combines her passion for nursing with her passion for teaching and shares her personal experiences and knowledge with her health care professionals,” said Nicole Cooper, Wood’s supervisor. Her goal is to prepare the students for a career in nursing. But her students say the classes are about more than just anatomy and the body. It’s also about how she helps to heal their spirit. “Like, when I get off the bus, I’m just happy to come to the classroom because I know that I’m gonna have a good day. Like, It sucks leaving the class and that’s how much fun and exciting I get from this class,” said Caleb Kelly, a senior in Wood’s class. Those who win the special award receive the Golden Apple trophy and $500 from our sponsors Bailey and Wood Mortgage lender. Congratulations Ms. Wood, we are extremely proud of your accomplishments and passion for our students, staff and community! https://www.wishtv.com/golden-apple/golden-apple-teacher-imparts-knowledge-passion-about-nursing-and-life/
Each year, the Indiana Sports Corp and the Big Ten conference partner to provide ten Indiana teachers $3000 grants to use in their classrooms. Nathan Hack, 4th Grade Teacher at Allisonville applied, and was one of the ten teachers to receive this grant this year. Mr. Hack plans to use this grant to kickstart his Tuesday after school club, Gator Makers (currently robotics club). With all that students and teachers in schools have been through in the last few years, one silver lining of the 2021-2022 school year has been the excitement and eagerness of students to access new opportunities that were not available in the virtual classroom. Spending over half of the school or more year at home, the students lost out on authentic opportunities to engage in STEM based activities. The purpose of the Gator Makers program is to provide 4th and 5th grade students from varying backgrounds with hands-on, authentic, and collaborative experiences in computer science and engineering in order to combat the learning loss seen from the lack of authentic scientific exposure in the last two years. The grant will allow Gator Makers to begin the next club session with a multitude of Lego SPIKE Prime Robotics kits to engage in Novel Engineering, First Lego League Competitions, PBS Engineering for Good, and Lego STEM Labs. Congratulations!/
January is National School Board Recognition Month! We thank our Washington Township School Board for all they do to support our students and staff! We honor school board members for their important role in creating and monitoring district plans to make sure students have the tools and skills to reach their full potential and for playing an important role in providing safe, ongoing instruction to students throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Their commitment to service and public education affects the present and future lives of our children and our communities. We hope everyone will take the opportunity to help acknowledge thousands of public servants who make the time to share their vision and voice for the future of Indiana’s children. Again, we appreciate each School Board Member for his or her dedication and we recognize your work on behalf of children, youth and families within our district and across the state of Indiana. Thank you!