Central Tiger Tales
A Leader in Me School - August 2020
A Message From Your Principal
Hello Central Parents,
ENGAGE – EMPOWER – ENCOURAGE! Three powerful words that describe the mission of our Central staff as we begin another year of learning with our Central student(s). This is our fourth year as a LEADER IN ME school, and we are excited to continue our journey. Our instructional team will continue our commitment to engage students in rigorous learning activities, empower them to set their own goals, and encourage students to find their voice and be confident leaders of their school and community.
Our mission also aligns with the Social, Emotional Learning (SEL) competencies that the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) have established and that Lebanon Community Schools has committed to in support of all students. What is Social Emotional Learning you may ask? The Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL), the world’s leading organization in the practice of integrating academic, social and emotional learning for all children has created the following definition for SEL:
“Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.”
CASEL has endorsed the LEADER IN ME training and process, stating that it meets their highest level of criteria for the classroom, school, family and community. In August, our Central staff built on their years of previous training and practice, and joined with LCSC teachers across the district in workshops focused in the area of SEL and neuroscience.
For those of you that may be new to our Central community, our school culture incorporates the use of “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen Covey. At home you may hear the language of the 7 Habits in phrases spoken by students like, “Be Proactive: I can make my own weather”, or “First Things First: Big rocks are the important things that matter most”. Our staff believes that everyone can be a leader, and we aspire to grow the whole child, providing your students with opportunities to practice the habits and grow the life-skills they need to thrive in the 21st century.
Yours in education,
2020-2021 Central Staff
Fall Picture Day
Fall pictures will be Monday, September 14th. Pictures can be ordered online at INTER-STATE.COM/ORDER . The order code for Central is 52017HB.
- School is closed on September 7th for Labor Day.
- No school for students on September 30th for a teacher Professional Development Day.
New Faces at Central
Mrs. Stamm - 5th Grade
Mr. Marquis - P.E.
Mr. Nathan Marquis comes to Central & Perry Worth after spending 2 years at Lebanon Middle School in the Health/Physical Education department and his 9th year in education overall. He graduated from IUPUI with a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and completed his master’s degree in athletic administration and coaching from Western Kentucky. In his free time he enjoys coaching basketball, bike riding, fishing, and just about anything outdoors. Mr. Marquis lives with his wife Katie (who is also a teacher) and his two children Lucy (9) and Taylor (4).
Mrs. Nester - Special Education
Hello! I am Kristin Nester. I’m very excited to be joining the Central team this year! I have been teaching the last several years in the Indianapolis Public School system and recently got my Master’s Degree in Special Education. Before becoming a teacher, I worked as a biologist on the East Coast, where I grew up. While working as a Biologist, I met my husband, Alex. His job led us to the Indy area, which we have fallen in love with. Alex and I live in Zionsville with our dog, Kea. When I’m not at school, I enjoy reading, running, and spending time in the kitchen.
Types of Learning at LCSC
Clarification of terms:
- Virtual learning: Secondary students will be doing virtual learning three days per week during Phase 4.
- Planned eLearning: eLearning on pre-planned days. LCSC will have three planned eLearning days in 2020-21: October 26, 27, 28.
- Emergency eLearning: eLearning for unplanned closures (e.g. weather).
- Remote learning: Refers to students who have elected to learn from home. Elementary students will utilize MobyMax, and secondary students will utilize Edmentum.
eLearning Days - October 26, 27, and 28
Schools will be closed, however, all LCSC students will engage in virtual learning using their device and Canvas. Teachers will not report to school on virtual days; instead, they will provide online instruction and content for students to complete at home. Teachers will also be available to respond to student questions and work submissions.
"Health Matters" - News from Mrs. Bland
4th Grade Getting Creative
The fourth grade classes went outside to build ourselves a comfortable seat! Lebanon students and teachers are being encouraged to spend more time outside for our physical and mental health. But not all students enjoy sitting on the ground. Our problem solving solution: Sit - Upons! We got newspaper donations from the Lebanon Reporter and bought plastic tablecloths to cut apart. The tablecloths were hole-punched around the perimeter and the kids sewed them shut with yarn. We then duct taped the edges to seal them and poked one more hole for a carabiner.
Now we have an easily disinfected, portable seat to take with us when it’s time to head outside, and they can hang in their cubbies when not in use.
Tiger Cubs Using Less Plastic!
Each time we fill our Tiger Cub water bottles, a plastic bottle is not used. That’s less plastic in our landfills and oceans!