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Back to School 2018

WHITKO JR/SR HIGH — Back to school for Whitko Community Schools began on Thursday [Aug 9]. School administrators spent the nights before hosting Back to School nights and orientation meetings as well as connecting students with their new teachers. Students in K-6 will attend Pierceton Elementary and South Whitley Elementary this school year while 7th - 12th grade students will unite at Whitko Jr/Sr High on the South Whitley Campus, formerly Whitko High School.  



Mr. McComb on his first day teaching science to Whitko's Jr High students.
Mr. McComb on his first day teaching science to Whitko's Jr High students.


“We’re really excited that we are moving to a 7-12 configuration here. I think that was the responsible thing to do,” remarked Principal John Snyder of Whitko Jr/Sr High School. “Educationally, it’s a home run because of all the programming we’re able to continue. We’re able to offer more programming to our junior high students, and so educationally, this is really going to be an outstanding move for us.”

 

Jane Trump and Lisa Gawthrup of 4th Grade Enjoy the 1st day back to school
Jane Trump and Lisa Gawthrup of 4th Grade Enjoy the 1st day back to school.

 



At Pierceton Elementary School, Principal Mike McClain shared “The excitement has been building! Last week, we had our Pierceton Town Festival, and got to see a ton of kids out on the parade route and our teachers walked the parade so I’m excited to see the excitement on the kids faces as they are getting back with their teachers and getting back into the classroom.” McClain went on to share his enthusiasm for student leadership happening on campus through programming offered by PES such as the junior tech team. “With kids knowing the technology like they do, they can come in and help out the individual students.” 



Lindsay Moseley is student teaching at PES for Stephanie Henson's 2nd Grade Class.  
Lindsay Moseley is student teaching at PES for Stephanie Henson's 2nd Grade Class.

South Whitley Elementary School’s Principal Bryan Emmert also shared his joy for the big day’s arrival stating, “This year with our consolidation, we will be having 6th grade at our building. So it’s kind of exciting that we will be having our own 6th grade athletics, hosting some of our own home events, and our students and those teams will be traveling!” 



 

Whitko Community Schools’ new Interim Superintendent Nick Eccles enjoyed the day and shared on an important topic, building student relationships. “The number one thing that we want to do is try to form positive relationships with our students. We had a faculty meeting yesterday where we really talked about not only educating students, but really getting to know our students.” Eccles continued, “At this size school, with the size of classes that we have, our faculty has a great opportunity to not only educate but truly make a difference in the lives of our kids.” 



 

The 2018 school year will be the first year for Whitko to see the fruits of its labor by consolidating it’s school system. The decision was made last year to no longer host students at Whitko Middle School and from that decision began a path that incorporated 6th grade students into the already existing elementary schools while also adopting 7th and 8th grade students into the existing 9-12 grade campus in South Whitley, beginning Whitko Jr/Sr High.