BOONE GROVE | Holly Granzow, music educator at Porter Lakes Elementary School, reviewed the First Steps in Music program at a recent Porter Township School Corp. board meeting.
Granzow attended a conference in January that taught the First Steps in Music program, and she has implemented it at the school.
“When I saw this program it reminded me of how much I love music,” said Granzow. “Music is about music in general and making kids love music.”
Granzow said the program teaches students to be “tuneful, beatful, and artful” through concepts like pitch exploration, fragment songs, whole songs, movement exploration, movement for beat and expression, and beat motions.
“Sounds pretty fun,” said Stacey Schmidt, superintendent. “If you walk by music class you will see kids engaged and loving what they are doing. Thank you, Holly, for all that you do.”
Reviewing financials, Schmidt said the district is “doing well,” and “staying on track,” and the district will accept applications for transfer students until May 30 for the 2014-2015 school year.
“If we get more applications than slots, we will hold public hearing and do a random drawing to see who gets the slots,” said Schmidt.
The board approved the second reading of several board policies, the first reading of the 2015-16 student handbook revisions, the conflict of interest disclosure statement, and proposed transportation of students to the Porter County Career Center.
The board approved Schmidt’s proposal that Porter Township would share the cost of a bus with Boone Township school district to transport students to the career center for the next school year.
“We will have to revisit it each year,” said Schmidt. “It has to be something we can fund out of our transportation department. We’ll be able to offer students the opportunity to attend the career center that may not have had a chance before.”
Boone Grove High School was named a four-star school by Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz, said Schmidt.
“Congratulations to the students and staff for working to achieve this award,” Schmidt said. “It’s a huge honor.”
Garry DeRossett, Boone Grove High principal, said staff is meeting with officials from Ivy Tech about dual credit classes, where high school students can earn up to six credits for taking college classes while still in high school.