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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

IPS School 74

Tim Clevenger, Principal at Theodore Potter, IPS School 74 spoke to Kiwanis about the challenges of urban education.  School 74 is an IPS Kindergarten through 6th grade Spanish Immersion magnet school.   Clevenger is completing his seventh year as principal of the school.  The school received the Top Gainer School Award in 2007, 2008, and 2010.  It received National Magnet School of Distinction in 2009 and National Magnet School of Excellence Award in 2010 and 2011.  Half of the school day is taught in English and the other half is taught in Spanish to all students.  The Spanish portion is taught by teachers who speak Spanish as their native language.  

Clevenger used data from the IPS districts, Hamilton Southeastern and Greenfield-Central school districts to show the demographics of his school in comparison to suburban schools.  Children in poverty in Marion County are 28.2%, 8.0% in Hancock County, and 5.8% in Hamilton County.  He also contrasted English language learner, free and reduced lunch and special needs populations.  

Since 2009, the 3rd grade percentage of students passing both sections of ISTEP has risen from 37.2% to 67.6% in 2012. 

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Spelling Bee Chamions

The Greenfield Kiwanis Spelling Bee team won the 24th Annual Hancock County Adult Literacy Coalition Spelling Bee, Tuesday night at the Hancock County Public Library.  The team members Jennifer Knecht, Ellen Manolopoulos, Chris Thompson, and Debbie Applegate defeated ten teams to win the championship.  The Hancock County Bar Association team had Kiwanian Bob Bogigian and the Tri Kappa team had Kiwanian Kristin Fewell. 

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

2012 Riley Festival

Tom Billings, President of the Riley Festival spoke to Kiwanis about the 2012 festival whose theme is “The Bear Story”.  The 43rd annual festival will occur from October 4 through the 7th in downtown Greenfield.  Approximately 475 booths will feature food, artisans, crafts and games. 
New to this year’s festival will be the quilt and photography will be displayed in the courthouse annex.  The fine arts will be on display at the Crazy Lake Art Center. 
The flower parade began in 1912.   The festival began in 1970 and has been a member of the state festival association since 1975.  The Riley Festival is featured on the cover of this year’s  Indiana State Festival Association booklet.
A full list of activities can be found on the festival website

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