Educational Services Center
1921 A Street La Porte, Indiana 46350
Phone: 219-362-7056 Fax: 219-324-9347
2014-2015 Superintendent's Address
August 6, 2014
Dear Slicer Supporter,
On behalf of the La Porte Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees, it is my pleasure to address you, as we plan to kick off the 2014/2015 school year.
Over the summer, a number of new staff members were hired and teachers are anxious to meet their students on the 19th of August – our first day of classes.
As a community, we should be proud of our students and staff for their accomplishments last year. Five of eleven schools qualified as “A” schools, with the remainder scoring as “B” schools. As pleased as we are with these results, we want to demonstrate continuous growth through student achievement and expansion of current student programs. This year we are excited about (1) increasing vocational opportunities in agriculture and business; (2) writing process instruction for students via SMEKENS training; (3) expansion of virtual learning programs to include elementary and middle school options.
We want to tell parents and stakeholders to be advised that the new college and career ready standards will be mapped by our staff and students will be tested in math and English, using the newly revised ISTEP format.
Lastly, this will be the last year for the End of Course Assessments in algebra and English 10. Next year, we expect a new test to be given in English and math for 10th graders. Stay tuned for more details.
We look forward to the start of the new year and hope to see you out supporting our students during the 2014-2015 school year.
Mark D. Francesconi
A School Bus Can Be A Traveling Classroom
The following article was written by a LPCSC bus driver and was published in the latest edition of NEA Today:
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What I’ve Learned: A School Bus Can Be a Traveling Classroom
May 6, 2014 by twalker
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Educators may spend their careers preparing lessons, but often the most memorable are those they learn themselves. With that in mind, NEA Today asked school staff – everyone from classroom teachers and bus drivers to guidance counselors and school nurses – to share the everyday lessons they’ve picked up along the way in a series called “What I’ve Learned.”
Mickey Brady is a bus driver for the La Porte Community School Corporation in La Porte, Indiana, and a graduate of NEA’s Leaders of Tomorrow program. These are the lessons she’s she’s learned after more than two decades behind the wheel.
What I’ve Learned: A School Bus Can Be a Traveling Classroom
By Mickey Brady
I have learned that school bus drivers are more than just drivers – they provide a lot more than transportation to school kids. I am privileged to drive a school bus, and early on in my career I realized what an important profession I had chosen. Bus drivers are the first and last school contact that students have each and every school day. We, as drivers, have the responsibility of ensuring that our students not only arrive safe and sound at their schools but also ready, willing and excited to learn the day’s lessons. After school is dismissed, our students return to us, eager to share the events of the day. We celebrate their successes, downplay their failures and then send them off to their homes with, “Have a good night, I’ll see you in the morning!”
I have learned that a school bus is a traveling classroom where a great deal of learning takes place. Drivers practice spelling words, give math quizzes, help with homework, answer all sorts of questions, encourage reading, and teach politeness and good manners.
I have learned to never underestimate the power a smile or a few words of praise can have in the lives of our students.
I have learned to treat each student as the unique individual that they truly are. If you recognize and acknowledge how special they are in their own way, they will thrive.
I have learned that Education Support Professionals are, in fact, educators. It takes every single one of us in the education profession, working together, to develop a well-rounded, well educated, successful student.
Public Service Announcement
With the start of the school year, the La Porte Community School Corporation would like to remind drivers to exercise caution in school zones and areas of high foot traffic. We would also encourage drivers to be attentive and abide by the state laws concerning buses that are loading and unloading students.
Students are the most precious commodity in our community. We owe it to our future leaders to be cautious when driving and be patient, as well. We encourage drivers to obey the laws that are made to protect our students and we ask that drivers take that extra step to be aware of their surroundings, lessen the distractions inside of the car, and keep their focus on the road.
Indiana law requires all vehicles to come to a complete stop when a school bus has extended the stop arm. Additionally, speed limits drop in school zones. Drivers should also realize that school buses will make a full and complete stop at all railroad crossings, as required by law. By being aware of and following the law, we can dramatically reduce the risk to our students, as they travel to and from school.
Members of our transportation team and our bus drivers make student safety their number one priority, when transporting students. In order for each trip to be safe, we ask that our citizens practice safe driving skills when on the road. We transport thousands of students to and from school each day; hundreds more walk to school. In order for safety to prevail, we must all work together to ensure a safe trip to and from school.
Michael Kellems, LPCSC Board President
Mark Francesconi, LPCSC Superintendent
College and Career Ready Standards
2014-2015 Immunization Requirements
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, 1921 ‘A’ Street, La Porte, IN 46350, 362-7056
- Facilities: Director of Facilities, 205 Rumely Street, La Porte, IN 46350, 362-7145
- Liaison for Homeless Children: Mr. Don Tonsoni, Kesling Middle School, 306 East 18th Street, La Porte, IN 46350, 362-7507
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