Safety Message from the Superintendent
February 9, 2016
Dear Parents and Guardians:
As a matter of safety for our children, I am encouraging you to read portions of a public service announcement that was recently released by the La Porte County Sheriff’s Department. This release is in response to reports to the Sheriff that a potential predator has been contacting teens via Instagram, a form of social media. I encourage you to follow the advice provided and be sure to contact the authorities, if you or your children have received communications from cyber predators. The release is directly below this safety message.
Mark D. Francesconi
Important Message from the Sheriff's Department
The following information outlines portions of a public service announcement released by the La Porte County Sheriff’s Office:
The La Porte County Sheriff’s Office is issuing a warning to parents and students, following reports of an unknown person attempting to initiate contact with minors through Instagram. Reportedly, this potential predator attempted to learn where the teens attend school, as well as other personal information. Six of the teens were female and one was a male.
The messages all took place on “Instagram”, which is an internet based messaging service. The suspect in this case has used the following identifiers: “vines_again”, “jjjjjrt5”, and “tommy_coldheart”.
The Sheriff’s Office strongly encourages parents to discuss this with their children and also closely monitor the communications that children have over the internet. Parents should also advise their children to refrain from communicating with anyone they do not personally know and to never give out personal information. “We encourage parents to have an open dialog with their children about the dangers that come from being contacted by predators over the internet”, stated La Porte County Sheriff John Boyd. “The best practice when being contacted, if you do not know the person, is to ignore and block any communication”.
This will be an ongoing investigation and parents and teens who have knowledge of similar attempts at contact should report that to law enforcement agencies. The Sheriff’s Office has three deputies assigned to schools in La Porte County: Deputy Marvin McCoy at La Porte High School, Deputy Jon Burger at Kesling and Boston Middle Schools, and Deputy Scott Lanoue who serves at both Westville and South Central Schools. Sheriff Boyd added “our School Resource Officers offer a great resource for students that may have similar issues. We would encourage students to seek out an SRO, school staff member and, most importantly, a parent to report such activity.”
Message from the Superintendent
Dear Parents and Guardians:
Each year, questions surface as to who makes the decisions regarding school delays and cancellations and what factors are considered. At the La Porte Community School Corporation, we rely on a team consisting of our Transportation Director, Director of Maintenance, and our CFO. This team advises the Superintendent on conditions related to visibility, temperature, snow accumulation/predictions, road conditions, snow-plow progress reports, the feasibility of starting buses, and the clearing of our school lots, sidewalks, etc.
The team strives to make their final determination by 5:15 a.m. Team members rise early to contact sources and travel roads before reporting their findings. Once a determination is made, we then begin communicating the delay or cancellation via automated phone messaging, texts, website postings, and media contacts. There is no easy rule to follow when making decisions regarding delays and cancellations. Temperatures below zero concern the team. However, temperatures well above zero can produce wind chills below zero. Complicating matters is the fact that La Porte County is the second largest county in Indiana, and temperatures, wind chills, and thermometer readings vary within our own district. Obviously, visibility and road conditions are important when making decisions on snow delays or cancellations. Predicting when snow will start or stop is not easy and, again, conditions vary within our own school district. Our team is committed to erring on the side of caution while balancing the reality that severe weather conditions are likely during our winters and the “real world” doesn’t close or have two-hour delays.
We want our parents to be at ease regarding the safety of their children. If your children are in a bus-serviced area, we encourage you to take advantage of that transportation option. Our drivers are committed to safely transporting your children.
Lastly, in the event that you are uncomfortable sending your child to school because of the weather conditions, you have the right to keep your child at home until such time that you believe the conditions are favorable for safe travel. Each school allows for a reasonable number of parent-excused absences before the school initiates excessive-absence interventions.
Mark D. Francesconi
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LETTER FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT
November 25, 2015
Dear Parents and Friends of La Porte Community Schools:
I hope that you are able to spend some quality time with family and friends over the Thanksgiving holiday. As we pause to reflect, we at La Porte Community Schools have much for which to be thankful. Committed parents, staff, educational partners, and the children that we work with are all among the blessings that we enjoy.
This has been an exciting year marked with a number of successes in the classroom and on the field. Our feasibility study is beginning to produce plans for building and program improvements that will ensure the success of our students as they prepare for tomorrow’s college and career challenges.
Additionally, we had a number of successes this fall in our sports programs and extracurricular activities. Helping to promote these successes was our newly-established LPHS public relations class which features amazingly-talented high school students. This class essentially “blitzed” local media venues with stories about our schools, students, and extracurricular activities. This fall marked the initiation of live streaming LPHS extracurricular events and the “Slicer Nation” was born. The entire world now has access to the Slicer Nation via the World Wide Web.
This fall we expanded our business engagement with the La Porte community by collaborating with dozens of local businesses and individuals. These engagements provided volunteers to serve as mentors for our senior project activities.
Our high school marching band continued its success with stellar performances and narrowly missed a second consecutive state championship. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers as they travel to Philadelphia over the Thanksgiving break to march in the Thanksgiving Day parade.
We look forward to a brief rest and plan to return recharged to focus on our standardized test scores from last school year. The Indiana Department of Education has predicted that scores for students and grades for schools are expected to be much lower than in previous years due to changes in the ISTEP test, state-wide curriculum standards, and cut scores. However, in viewing the big picture, standardized test scores cannot accurately assess the value of our students and staff. We are prepared, as a corporation, to respond to the challenges ahead by encouraging each staff member and student to use these test results as a measure for charting future progress.
Letter from the Superintendent
November 19, 2015
Dear La Porte Community School Corporation Parents, Staff, and Stakeholders:
I am writing to advise you that we expect our statewide testing results from 2014/2015 to reflect scores which are far below normal for our students and schools. Over the course of the last school year, ISTEP scores and the new assessment have been the subject of debate between the Department of Education, the State Board of Education, federal government, Superintendent of Schools Glenda Ritz, and Governor Pence.
The Indiana Department of Education predicted, early on, that ISTEP scores would decrease by 20 to 30 percent, based on other states that implemented similar test changes. In anticipating these results, much debate ensued which included the following questions:
- Should the pass/cut scores be adjusted to reflect the changes in the test and anticipated lower scores?
- Knowing the expected results, should these student scores be used to evaluate school and staff effectiveness?
- What good are scores to teachers when they arrive in December of the following school year?
- Do the scores truly reflect the potential of students and staff?
- Will such drastic changes in student and school results be true indicators for schools when they plan for improvements in curriculum and instruction?
At this stage in the debate, the plan appears to be that the Department of Education will follow through with releasing the scores to the public within the next month, and the scores will be used to determine school grades and teacher evaluation scores.
The LPCSC administration stands firmly in its position that these soon-to-be-released scores are not true indicators of our student mastery levels or teacher effectiveness. Sadly, in some sense, this drastic reduction in achievement levels represents the culmination of years of effort by political action groups, influential foundations, and big businesses determined to manufacture a crisis in education. Conveniently, these same entities also claim possession of programs, technology, and “magical interventions” that schools and governments can purchase in order to “save the day” and restore respect for public education.
To weather this crisis, La Porte Community Schools will be encouraging our students and staff to continue individual growth and avoid allowing recent test results to impact their passion or confidence. A similar vote of confidence by our community would be welcomed until such time that the interests of our students becomes a priority for our governmental officials.
Mark D. Francesconi
LPCSC Feasibility Study Update
Please click on the link below to view the La Porte Community School Corporation Feasibility Study Update.
Feasibility Study Update
By clicking on the link below, you will be directed to NEOLA, where you may view the updated Anti-Harassment Policies numbered 1662, 3362, 4362, and 5517.
LPCSC Anti-Harassment Statement
LA PORTE COMMUNITY SCHOOL CORPORATION
It is the policy of the School Board to maintain an education and work environment which is free from all forms of unlawful harassment, including sexual harassment. This commitment applies to all School Corporation operations, programs, and activities. All students, administrators, teachers, staff, and all other school personnel share responsibility for avoiding, discouraging, and reporting any form of unlawful harassment. The Corporation will not retaliate against any person who makes a report or files a complaint alleging harassment or a violation of this policy. This policy applies to unlawful conduct occurring on school property, or at another location, if such conduct occurs during an activity sponsored by the Board.
The Board will vigorously enforce its prohibition against harassment based on sex, race, color, national origin, religion, disability, or any other unlawful basis, and encourages those within the School Corporation community, as well as third parties, who feel aggrieved to seek assistance to rectify the problems. The Board will investigate all allegations of harassment, and in those cases where unlawful harassment is substantiated, the Board will take immediate steps to end the harassment. Individuals who are found to have engaged in unlawful harassment will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action.
All reports of harassment should be reported to:
Steve Manering, Complaint Coordinator
La Porte Community School Corporation
1921 A Street
La Porte, IN 46350
Telephone: (219) 362-7056
“School Corporation community” means students, administrators, teachers, staff, and all other school personnel, including Board members, agents, volunteers, contractors, or other persons subject to the control and supervision of the Board.
“Third parties” include, but are not limited to, guests and/or visitors on School Corporation property (e.g., visiting speakers, participants on opposing athletic teams, parents), vendors doing business with, or seeking to do business with, the Board, and other individuals who come into contact with members of the School Corporation community at school-related events/activities (whether on or off School Corporation property).
The Board will also take immediate steps to impose disciplinary action on individuals engaging in any of the following prohibited acts:
A. Retaliating against a person who has made a report or filed a complaint alleging harassment, or who has participated as a witness in a harassment investigation.
B. Filing a malicious or knowingly false report or complaint of harassment.
C. Disregarding, failing to investigate adequately, or delaying investigation of allegations harassment, when responsibility for reporting and/or investigating harassment charges comprises part of one’s supervisory duties.
Members of the School Corporation community and third parties are encouraged to promptly report incidents of harassing conduct to an administrator, supervisor, or other School Corporation official, so that the Board may address the conduct before it becomes severe, pervasive, or persistent.
When a Complainant believes criminal activity may have occurred, the Complainant has the option to pursue a criminal complaint with an appropriate law enforcement agency, to pursue a harassment complaint under the Corporation’s complaint procedures, or to pursue both processes simultaneously.
Members of the School Corporation community, or third parties who believe they have been unlawfully harassed by another member of the School Corporation community or a third party, are entitled to utilize the Board’s informal and/or formal investigation and complaint processes. Initiating a complaint, whether formally or informally, will not adversely affect the complaining individual’s participation in educational or extra-curricular programs. Individuals should make every effort to file an informal or a formal complaint as soon as possible after the conduct occurs, while the facts are known and potential witnesses are available.
The School Corporation will respect the privacy of the complainant, the individual(s) against whom the complaint is filed, and the witnesses, as much as possible, consistent with the Board’s legal obligations to investigate, to take appropriate action, and to comply with any discovery or disclosure obligations. All records generated under the terms of this policy and its related administrative guidelines shall be maintained as confidential to the extent permitted by law.
The Board encourages everyone to read through the Board’s policy on anti-harassment, which can be found online on the Corporation’s website, or by requesting a copy from the central office. The current Complaint Coordinator is Assistant Superintendent Steve Manering, and his contact information is provided above.
1921 ‘A’ Street, LaPorte, IN 46350 Ph. (219) 362-7056 Fax (219) 324-9347
"Learn Today to Excel Tomorrow"
Wellness & Healthy Eating in Elementary Schools
Please read the attached brochure from the LPCSC Food Service Department regarding changes taking place that will affect the types of foods taken in to elementary schools.
Making Healthy Choices
2015-2016 Textbook Rental, Fees, and Supplies
Kindergarten - $109.00
First Grade - $147.00
Second Grade - $133.00
Third Grade - $105.00
Fourth Grade - $90.00
Fifth Grade - $90.00
Sixth Grade - $213.00
Seventh Grade - $214.00
Eighth Grade - $219.00
Book rental and fees at La Porte High School are based on each individual student’s class selection.
2015-2016 Immunization Requirements
LPCSC Seclusion and Restraint Plan
LPCSC Business and Ed. Engagement Campaign
January 15, 2015
LPCSC BUSINESS AND EDUCATION ENGAGEMENT CAMPAIGN
In conjunction with the City of La Porte, GLEDC, and the Greater La Porte Chamber of Commerce, the La Porte Community School Corporation will be unveiling opportunities to engage our business community in K-12 career and technical education experiences. Considering the recent changes in the academic standards to include a career focus, it is imperative that we foster opportunities at all grade levels for students to explore careers of interest.
Currently, the Indiana school grading system, high school graduation requirements, and high school course selections predominantly encourage students to attend college. It is our desire to collaborate with our business community and establish a K-12 menu of student career experiences. These experiences would better prepare them for the world of work and help provide a workforce that meets the needs of the La Porte community.
It is the vision of the La Porte Community School Corporation to increase the number of school-business partnerships and foster relationships which lead to new opportunities for our students. At the secondary level, we will be looking for partnerships which provide guest speakers to make presentations regarding their career and/or the products associated with their field of work. Job shadowing experiences, creation of “maker’s spaces”, school-to-work opportunities, and internships will also be utilized. In the middle school and lower grades, we would like to expose students to a variety of careers through field trips, guest speakers, classroom visits, virtual tours, etc.
Many of our local businesses are already partnering with schools in other ventures and we intend to continue those efforts. Career exploration and preparation would create another valuable link between our school community and local businesses.
We are thankful for the efforts of the Mayor, GLEDC, and the Chamber of Commerce in initiating this new opportunity to engage the La Porte community in the education and preparation of our students.
LaPorte's Educational Future
No person shall be excluded from participation in the educational programs, activities, instruction and facilities of the La Porte Community School Corporation, or denied the benefits of or otherwise subjected to unlawful discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin or handicapping condition including limited English proficiency.
For further information, clarification, or complaint, please contact the following persons:
- Personnel and Section 504: Assistant Superintendent, Mr. Steve Manering, 1921 ‘A’ Street, La Porte, IN 46350, 362-7056
- Facilities: Director of Facilities, Mr. Marc Cizewski, 205 Rumely Street, La Porte, IN 46350, 362-7145
- Liaison for Homeless Children: Sarah Fine, La Porte High School, 602 F Street, La Porte, IN 46350, 219-362-3102
Delays & Closings