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College Go! week

PORTAGE — Nativity of Our Savior School held a mini college fair to celebrate College GO! Week. Eighth grade teacher James Koteles and students wrote to more than 90 colleges and universities around the country who sent materials for the fair. Seventh and eighth grade students researched and presented about the colleges to the Kindergarten to sixth grade students.

‘Spark a Change’ initiative

CEDAR LAKE — Jane Ball and Lincoln Elementary schools in Cedar Lake will be celebrating October as Fire Prevention month by partnering with the Cedar Lake Fire Department in a “Spark a Change,” fundraising effort. At both schools’ students will be collecting change and donations in their classrooms to support the educational efforts of the Cedar Lake firemen who visit their schools every year to share messages about fire safety. To kick off the initiative, Fire Chief Todd Wilkening, several firemen and ‘Sparky,’ the fire dog, passed out miniature ‘Sparky’ collections boxes at Jane Ball while principal Frank Zaremba passed out boxes to representatives from each grade level at Lincoln Elementary. Every classroom has their own collection box and grade levels at both schools will compete in the effort to raise funds. The grade level at each school that raises the most funds to “Spark a Change,” will have lunch with Sparky at their school.

Academic challenge

VALPARAISO — Immanuel Middle School students participated in an academic challenge earlier this month. The team won first place against 9 different Lutheran schools. The teams compete in many different categories including math, geography, language arts, science, potpourri and religion.

Wolfpack Band earns Gold at Festival Class Championship

The Michigan City High School Wolfpack Marching Band competed in the Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) Festival Class Championship at Crown Point High School. The Wolfpack Band received an overall Rating of Gold while also picking up a special Distinction Caption in the area of Visual Performance. This year's show is titled, "A Dream Within a Dream." The Wolfpack Marching Band performs with 58 members and is under the direction of Frank Gast and Katie Safa, with assistance from Trisha Foltz, Color Guard; Andrew Altherr, Percussion; and Jacob Tillman, Front Ensemble. The Band is led by student Drum Major Parker Gouge. Visual Designer of the 2018 show was Doug Goodwin and Music Arranger was Alex Smith. This season overall, the Marching Wolfpack received one Silver Rating and 2 Gold Ratings, while also picking up additional captions in Color Guard and Percussion performance.

Solon Robinson Elementary School named a 2018 National Blue Ribbon School

Solon Robinson Elementary School named a 2018 National Blue Ribbon School joins Dwight D. Eisenhower and Douglas MacArthur Elementary School giving Crown Point Community School Corporation three National Blue Ribbon Schools.Barbara Merrill, Solon Robinson principal, said, “We couldn’t be more proud and are thrilled to share this national award with our teachers, staff, students and families. This is a testament to the wonderful school and community that we serve and is a true honor.” In addition, Solon Robinson Elementary School has received an A grade every year from the Indiana Department of Education since 2006.

Bailly Elementary celebrates School World Milk Day

John Sanders of Sander's Dairy Farm in Chesterton brought a 3-week old calf to visit the students. Sanders named the calf "Bailly" in honor of Bailly Elementary School.

Region schools receive Blue Ribbon designation

George Bibich Elementary School in Dyer earned the Blue Ribbon designation. According to State Rep. Hal Slager (R-Schererville), the award honors schools for high-level performance or improved student achievement, especially among disadvantaged students. “A school must meet many qualifications in order to be eligible for this award,” Slager said. “It takes a team of outstanding teachers and administrators, as well as driven students, to earn this distinction. These schools have put in the work and it shows.”

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Community Coordinator

Annette is Community Coordinator for The Times. She has been with the paper for two decades. A resident of Hobart, she graduated from Purdue University with degrees in English and German.