December Recognition

At the December 13, 2023 Regular Meeting of the Board of Education the following individuals were recognized for helping to make Washington Township a Superior School District.

NC Class of ‘89 alumnus Tag Birge and his wife Marta Birge are providing $1,000,000 to establish an endowment in support of English as a New Language (ENL) programming at North Central High School. This incredible endowment will help to expand the ENL program at North Central, providing additional resources to the ENL department faculty and expanding opportunities that support the unique learning needs of our ENL students. Additionally, the endowment will support an annual recognition award given to an NCHS student who has excelled in their ENL journey. In honor of this transformational gift, and to express the district’s gratitude to the Birge family for their significant support, the newly renovated NCHS Auditorium will now be known as the Birge Auditorium and a dedication program was held earlier in December.  This evening not only does our School Board and Superintendent extend deep appreciation to Mr. & Mrs. Birge for their extraordinary generosity but our entire Executive Leadership Team for WT is here as well to extend appreciation and I would like to ask them to stand.  Mr. & Mrs. Birge we appreciate your support of public education and we know your impact will last long into the future!   At this time I would like to ask everyone to please join the School Board in showing appreciation to Mr. & Mrs. Birge.

Congratulations to Spring Mill Elementary School’s 4th grader, Eleanor McCorkle-Singley who was awarded Third Place in the 4th grade student essay competition, Playing IN Indiana! The Indiana Statehouse Tour Office, in conjunction with the Indiana Center for the Book, holds an essay competition to commemorate Indiana Statehood Day each year. Indiana’s 207th birthday was December 11, 2023. Winners of the essay contest were honored at a Statehood Day Celebration. The 2023 celebration was on December 11, 2023 at the Indiana Statehouse and on December 8, 2023 at the Indiana State Museum. The Statehood Day Essay Contest takes place annually in the fall and is open to all Indiana fourth graders. All Indiana students are taught Indiana history as part of their fourth-grade curriculum. The program is administered by the Indiana Statehouse Tour Office and Indiana Center for the Book, an affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. The essays are judged by a panel of Indiana State Library staff and volunteer educators. Congratulations again Eleanor, we are extremely proud of you!

Congratulations to Ms. Julia Mays-Rubio, North Central ENL Coach who received a surprise recognition by Hensley’s Legal Group (HLG). Hensley 4 Teachers, a new community giving initiative by Hensley Legal Group, where a selected panel from their team reviews submissions and selects an outstanding teacher every month.  Ms. Mays-Rubio was nominated and selected to receive a $500 gift card to use however she pleases and will be featured on HLG’s digital billboard!  Congratulations Julia, we are extremely proud of you and thrilled to have you as part of the Washington Township Schools team!

Felicity Beck is part of a group of Eastwood students who are developing their leadership skills through our partnership with Luke’s Leaders and ProACT.  On Saturday, November 11th, Felicity volunteered to assemble hygiene kits that were then donated to the Second Presbyterian Church’s Community Pantry for families in need.  She generously gave up three hours of her weekend to give back to the community.  When asked about the experience she commented that she really enjoyed the experience.  As a 6th grader, Felicity consistently demonstrates generosity and leadership and we appreciate her desire to make the world a better place.

The Northview Church congregation wanted to additionally show goodwill toward our Eastwood students.  A collection was taken and a gift was made to continue to support our students and pay off the balances of the remaining student lunch fees.



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Congratulations to Ms. Nicole Carney, World Language Teacher, Eastwood MS. Ms. Carney was named the K-8 World Language Teacher of the Year in Indiana on Friday, November 3, 2023 at the Indiana Foreign Language Teachers Association (IFLTA) Conference presented by the Indiana Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP Indiana). Congratulations again Ms. Carney, we are extremely proud of your accomplishments!

Earlier this year, Kellie Taylor reached out to our social worker with a deep desire to help our students.  Kellie made a very generous donation to help pay off the accounts of students who had charges on their lunch accounts.  We are very thankful for this gift.

Megan Hamilton has been a parent volunteer at Eastwood since her oldest son Spencer (now a senior at North Central) was a student at Eastwood.  She works the front desk each week and coordinates the various other parent volunteers to take on this very important role in our building.  We appreciate her willingness to give back to our school and community in this fashion.

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