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Lake Ridge teachers stand along Ridge Road in front of the administration building at 6111 W. Ridge Road, just prior to a Lake Ridge School Board meeting in October. Dozens of teachers, some parents and other local union members stood with teachers in their call for a fair contract. It was t…
Merrillville High School Principal Mike Krutz listens as teachers, students and administrators commend him Wednesday for being named the 2013 Indiana high school principal of the year.
Five-year-old Codi Ketchum shakes up the mixture to make butter Wednesday, just as in the days of the Pilgrims and Indians. Codi is a kindergartener at the Early Learning Center at Geoge Earle Elementary School in Hobart.
Kindergarten teacher Leslie Maxwell serves butter to youngsters during their Thanksgiving celebration Wednesday. The children at the Early Learning Center at George Earle Elementary School celebrated the holiday by having Thanksgiving Day activities and crafts such as making butter, playing …
Parent volunteers watch as students play hopscotch during their Thanksgiving celebration Wednesday at the Early Learning Center at George Earle Elementary School in Hobart. The youngsters celebrated the holiday by doing crafts and games, similar to what youngsters did years ago. They also re…
Munster High School teacher Cara Germann, who was at NASA in Florida from Saturday through Tuesday, talks to students about the MAVEN satellite mission which was launched Monday.
Munster High School teacher Cara Germann points out highlights of her trip to NASA Saturday through Tuesday to students in her Earth, Space and Science class Thursday.
Munster High School teacher Cara Germann reviews her presentation before her students arrive in class Thursday morning.
Sean Egan, principal at the Hammond Academy of Science and Technology, talks to Indiana State Board of Education member Gordon Hendry during a tour of the building Wedneday.
Indiana State Board of Education member Gordon Hendry walks through the Hammond Academy of Science and Technology in Hammond with senior Ivy Westerhoff and state board member Tony Walker.
Hammond High School senior Keila Crespo explains her project on Henrietta Lacks to friends and family members who visited the school Tuesday.
Hammond High School senior Luis Garcia explains his project about cancer to visitors at HeLa Night on Tuesday at the school. The "HeLa" cell line, which was taken from Henrietta Lacks in 1951, became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning…
Hammond High School juniors Amari Norwood, left, and Jacqueline Herrera talk about their projects on Henrietta Lacks during a presentation Tuesday at the high school.
Hammond High School juniors Amari Norwood, 17, left, and Jacqueline Herrera, 16, look at their projects on Henrietta Lacks on Tuesday during "HeLa Night" at their school. The "HeLa" cell line, which was taken from Lacks in 1951, became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for d…
About 300 local Hispanic students attended the METAS Conference Friday at Purdue University Calumet. The morning keynote speaker, Lina Traslavina-Stover, right, hugs a student from East Chicago Central High School.
Three students from East Chicago Central High School listen as Lina Traslavina-Stover talks to them about college and careers. Traslavina-Stover was the morning keynote speaker at the METAS Conference at Purdue University Calumet. METAS stands for Motivate, Educate, Termina, Alcanza y Suena.
Lina Traslavina-Stover talks to East Chicago Central High School students about college and careers Friday during a conference for Hispanic students at Purdue University Calumet.
Tom Keilman, of BP Amoco, talks with Indiana University Northwest Chancellor William Lowe during the gala scholarship dinner at Avalon Manor Thursday night.
Anne Thompson, left, talks to former Indiana University Northwest Chancellor Hilda Richards during the Chancellor's Medallion reception at Avalon Manor.
New Vistas High School Principal Shaunna Finley talks to Pastor Scott Marshall and his son, Hudson, 8, who stop by to tour the charter school.
Senior Frank Edinburgh talks to Neighbors' New Vistas High School Principal Shaunna Finley during an open house where family, community and others came out to see the high school.
Senior Casey Jones, 17, of Gary, works on the Plato program at Neighbors' New Vistas High School in Portage. Jones is in the computer lab while the open house is under way.
Joe Betustak hugs his grandson, A.J., 8, after the second-grader presented him a carnation and cup in honor of his service in the military. The youngster was one of 29 Forest Ridge Academy second-graders who participated in a program honoring military veterans Monday.
Ernest Talarico, Ph.D. at Indiana University Northwest in Gary, is surrounded by medical students during a remembrance ceremony to honor veterans who have donated their bodies for medical education and research through the International Human Cadaver Prosection Program at the university. Tal…
Leading a ceremony honoring veterans at IU Northwest is, from left, Sgt. 1st Class James Caver, the primary ROTC instructor at IU Northwest, and three ROTC cadets Jamal Sheriff, Aidan Hussey and Brittany Jackson.
Myron Willis, operations manger with SodexoMAGIC, serves Williams Elementary School students Tuesday during the A to Z Salad Bar program.
Williams Elementary School students walk through the lunch line, sampling fruits and vegetables at the A to Z Salad Bar program sponsored by SodexoMAGIC, the food service provider for the Gary Community School Corp.
Students at Williams Elementary School in Gary line up as chef Mike Szady serves them a variety of fruits and vegetables.
SodexoMAGIC chefs Mike Szady, left, and Brian Swift look out over the cafeteria at Williams as they get ready for fifth- and sixth-graders to come into the lunch room.
Faculty and staff at Purdue University's North Central campus in Westville listen as Jason Curtis, associate professor of biology, asks a question of Purdue University President Mitch Daniels, on the right. Daniels visited the campus Monday morning.
Purdue University President Mitch Daniels talks about plans to expand the engineering department with faculty and staff at Purdue University North Central in Westville.
Purdue University President Mitch Daniels responds to questions from faculty and staff Monday at Purdue University North Central during a stop at the regional campus.
Purdue University President Mitch Daniels talks to faculty and staff Monday at Purdue University North Central during an open forum.
American Federation of Teachers national President Randi Weingarten addresses Gary teachers Thursday at the annual 2013 QuEST/TEACH Conference. Seated nearby is Gary Teachers Union President Joe Zimmerman.
Randi Weingarten, national president of the American Federation of Teachers, made a stop in Gary on Thursday to encourage teachers during their annual fall conference.
Youngsters and their parents walk Saturday in the Halloween parade in Whiting. Participants walked down 119th Street to the Community Center at 1938 Clark Ave.
Nancy Cook, of Whiting, and her 3-year-old daughter Sydney look around at the other children in costumes as they get ready for the Halloween parade in Whiting. Sydney is dressed as Sulley from the movie "Monsters Inc."
Families gather on New York Avenue in Whiting to get ready for the Halloween parade Saturday afternoon.
Families and children gather for the annual Whiting Halloween parade on New York Avenue behind Chase Bank at 1449 119th Street.
Gary resident Breanna Prater, in the foreground, logs into into her classes at Indiana Cyber Charter School as her mother, Michelle Prater, looks on.
Wirt-Emerson orchestra instructor Rovelli Grib conducts the school orchestra as students play the popular Chinese tune "Jasmine Flower."
Wirt-Emerson orchestra instructor Rovelli Grib directs the orchestra Friday. Standing in the back to the right are Superintendent Cheryl Pruitt and Valparaiso professor Jianyun Meng, who is also the American director of the Confucius Institute at Valparaiso University.
Marla Gee, of Gary, who will graduate from IU Northwest next summer, talks to Judge Kent Jeffirs, center, and IUN assistant professor Dan Tsataros, who also is an attorney, after a panel discussion on the legal profession Thursday at IUN.
Linda Randolph and Daniel Bundridge, outreach coordinators for Region 6 of the Indiana Outreach Division of School Improvement, meet at a local restaurant to talk about the division of labor and their responsibilities regarding school improvement.
Lake Ridge teachers stand in front of Calumet High School as they conduct an informational picket Thursday morning, protesting issues over retirement and raises.
Calumet High School teacher Dan Brugioni, who is also union president, leads teachers in an informational picket Thursday at Calumet High School. Teachers at the different school buildings are protesting over issues regarding retirement and pay. Teachers intend to host an informational picke…
Calumet High School teachers hold signs Thursday morning to alert parents and students to their contract negotiations. Teachers say they are being treated unfairly. Some parents honked their horns in support of teachers.
Lake Ridge School teachers hold up signs in front of what they call "disrespectful" treatment by administrators during contract negotiations. Teachers are at Calumet High School. Other teachers in the district held signs and protested in front of their school buildings. They plan to protest …
Lake Ridge School teachers stand in front of Calumet High School as they hold signs to attract attention to their plight. Teachers talk to one another and students and parents as they go in and out of the school building. Teachers say school administrators are trying to cut their salaries, e…
Lake Ridge teacher Dan Brugioni, who is also president of the teacher's union, leads a group of teachers who are holding signs in front of Calumet High School Thursday morning. Teachers say they are being disrespected by the district leadership.
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