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To give students additional instructional time and to allow teachers expanded opportunities for collaboration, the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation is lengthening the school day for elementary students and slightly altering the day for middle school students, following a vote by the EVSC Board of School Trustees tonight.  Start and end times for all EVSC schools will also be changed.

Beginning next fall, EVSC elementary school students will begin at 8:15 a.m. and dismiss at 3:10 p.m., giving them 34 additional minutes of instructional time in their school day.

Two EVSC Schools -- Scott Elementary and Oak Hill Elementary -- have been designated as Four -Star schools by the Indiana Department of Education.

In order to achieve this designation, a school must be in the top 25th percentile of schools in three ISTEP-based categories.  A total of 311 schools received the award throughout the state. 

Superintendent Ritz congratulated these schools today.  “I am honored to name these schools as our Four Star Schools for this year,” said Ritz.  “Winning this award required excellent work by teachers, administrators, students and parents throughout the year and on behalf of the entire Indiana Department of Education I send them my sincere congratulations.” 

The Jon Michael Siau Art Gallery at North High School, will be dedicated on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 4:00 pm.

Jon dedicated his time and talents to his students, athletes, and fellow artists during his decades at North High School.  Now that he has retired, his friends and supporters have honored him by raising funds to name the art gallery at the new North High School the “Jon Michael Siau Art Gallery.”

During the dedication, Jon will receive a beautiful piece of art with all of the names of those who donated to the Jon Michael Siau Art Gallery campaign. Donor names for donations received by April 20, 2014 will be added to the piece. This unique piece will be on exhibit during the dedication and reception.

Twenty-five groups in the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation participated this past weekend in the Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) Festival in Evansville. Of the 25 EVSC groups that competed, 22 received a gold rating, the highest rating possible. And, of those 22, 10 groups received the designation “with distinction,” which means those groups scored within 4.5 points of the best possible score from the combination of all three judges.

The regular meeting of the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation Board of School Trustees, originally planned for Tuesday, April 22, will now take place on Monday, April 21.  The board will meet in this public session at its regular time – 5:30 p.m. – in the Board Room, located in the EVSC Administration Building.

Originally the date of the meeting had been set on Tuesday, because a school holiday was planned on April 21, and schools would be closed. However, that day was listed as a potential make up day – and now the EVSC will be using that day to make up one of the snow days taken earlier this winter. 

Students in kindergarten through grade 12 and their families interested in learning more about virtual learning are invited to attend the EVSC Virtual Academy’s informational meeting Tuesday, April 22, at 6 p.m. at the Southern Indiana Career and Technical Center, located at 1901 Lynch Rd. in Evansville.

At the meeting, students and families will learn more about the EVSC Virtual Academy, review the content of the courses offered, receive instruction expectations, ask questions and more.

Due to the transformative work of a former booster for softball at Central High School in the early 1990’s, the softball field at the school will now bear the name of its chief supporter – Dennie Lynn.  The Dennie Lynn Field at Central High School will be dedicated at noon, on Saturday, April 12.  Speakers from EVSC, EVSC Foundation, Atlas World Group and the Lynn Family will address the crowd prior to the Central Lady Bears varsity girls softball game that day. The event is open to the public.

The regular meeting of the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation Board of School Trustees, originally planned for Tuesday, April 22, will now take place on Monday, April 21.  The board will meet in this public session at its regular time – 5:30 p.m. – in the Board Room, located in the EVSC Administration Building. Originally the date of the meeting had been set on Tuesday, because a school holiday was planned on April 21, and schools would be closed. However, that day was listed as a potential make up day – and now the EVSC will be using that day to make up one of the snow days taken earlier this winter. 

Ginny Shrode, pre-school special education teacher at Culver Family Learning Center, recently received the State Early Care and Education Award in the Hoosier Educator/Pre-School category of the Indiana Association for the Education of Young Children’s (AEYC) annual awards. The award is presented to an educator whose exemplary practices embody the practical application of Indiana AEYC standards and who shares those methods to make a difference in the lives of young children and their families.

Three EVSC educators were recognized by surprise announcements on Wednesday, April 2, as Outstanding Educators of the Year during the University of Evansville and Evansville Courier & Press 23rd annual presentation in the Vanderburgh County schools. The competition recognizes current classroom teachers and administrators in grades K-12 with at least three years of experience in Vanderburgh County.

Presented with awards at their schools were:
•    Elementary School Teacher of the Year: Ruth Baize, Stringtown Elementary
•    Middle School Teacher of the Year: Melissa Perkins, Glenwood Leadership Academy
•    Building Principal of the Year: Darla Hoover, Central High School