At its meeting
Monday, the Duneland School Board heard that the four CHS assistant
principals are finding ways to help students be better prepared for life
after high school and of the Student Council’s reorganization to unify
Brent Martinson said the school has taken the 30 most at risk freshmen and
introduced them to the Porter County Career and Technical Center where they
were eager to learn of different vocations.
“If they have hope,
the can succeed in what they do,” Martinson said. “Every child that goes to
Duneland Schools has the chance to succeed.”
Judy Malasto told
of how Guidance Supervisor Karen Moffett has made the college application
process more fun for students. One activity involved identifying different
schools’ fight songs and those who correctly answered would get free items
from that school, she said.
showed the board new pamphlets for incoming and prospective students at CHS.
He said that the school will post 24 new interior signs to help new students
and families navigate the halls more easily. He said the school will also be
ordering 3,000 bumper stickers or window decals for vehicles.
Chesterton High School all over the region,” Blumenthal said.
Josh Huwig said
that the school is conducting a survey with its 127 teachers on what can be
done to better the “climate” at CHS.
senior Vanessa Quiroga explained that the Student Council has formed a new
executive board to better strategize student organization’s efforts. She is
the Council’s vice-president of student affairs.
The Council had
noticed that the student clubs were isolated and stepped up its outreach and
coordinated community service efforts. In the past two years, the school has
raised and donated $9,132 for different causes.
“This is to show it
was all for the good. There was a positive change,” Quiroga said.
CHS Summer Trips
This year’s Trail
Bound will send a few CHS students on a 12-hour road trip to Cloudland
Canyon in Georgia then to Red Top Mountain State Park and then to Savannah,
following the route General William T. Sherman took in his “March to the
Sea” during the American Civil War.
The students will
be traveling from June 12 to June 19 with CHS History teacher Bob DeRuntz.
Stops include Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield and Stone Mountain.
Cost for the trip
is $700 per student and applications were due Oct. 30.
The board approved
the 17th annual Trail Bound trip along with the CHS Marine Biology Program’s
trip to Key Largo to earn their lifetime SCUBA diving certificate from July
6 to July 11.
Costs for the
“Marine Lab” trip range from $1,950 to $2,050 and applications were due Oct.
Meanwhile, in his
comments to the board, Duneland Superintendent of Schools Pruis
congratulated the CHS Trojan Guard on its Indiana State School Music
Association championship win on Saturday, Oct. 24, in Indianapolis. The
Guard will perform this Saturday at the Lucas Oil Stadium as part of the
Open Class state finals and will receive its award.
Pruis gave another
pat on the back to CHS assistant principal Martinson for being the Indiana
Association of School Principals’ selection for District 1 which includes
Jasper, Lake, Newton and Porter counties. Martinson worked as principal to
Hobart High School before coming to work at Duneland this summer.
Pruis added that
students from Valparaiso University contacted him and Director of Services
Greg Lindy on weather alerts this winter.
encouraged the community to attend Duneland’s Veterans Day program which
will be at 1:30 p.m. in the CMS gymnasium.
“If you haven’t
seen it, you need to. CMS I think has the largest production of anywhere in
the region,” he said.
Ralph Ayres chimed in expressing his excitement to hear the CHS Girls
Bowling team set a new national record at Indiana High School Lakeshore
Conference Match last week with a combined score of 2,168.
Lastly, Ayres said
he is grateful that the U.S. Congress has signed on to extending the
deadline for commuter and freight rail lines to implement safety controls
from the end of this year until December 2018. Otherwise the lines would
have gone offline on Jan. 1 which would have been a major dilemma for the
large number of Duneland parents who use the South Shore line to travel to
“It’s a big relief
I’m sure,” Ayres said.
The school board
approved the consent agenda containing the latest Duneland staff and
Jessica Reagor will
be the A.P. secretary at CHS. Judith Whelan has been hired as secretary for
Westchester Intermediate and David Nawotka will be a computer technician for
Duneland. Amanda Jarosak will be a Title 1 aide for Yost Elementary.
route coordinator is Shelley Beare. Two new bus drivers will join Duneland’s
fleet -- Amanda Poland and Daniel Dolph.