• MVJHS making plans for Dollar General gift

    When the Mount Vernon Junior High was awarded $50,000 last week from Dollar General, Principal Chad Rodgers and his staff were legitimately shocked.
    “We did not know and they wouldn't tell us,” said Rodgers. “They just kept telling us that we would love it.”
    When it comes to using the money, which is earmarked for literacy, Rodgers said that the staff is moving forward with a program they have wanted to work on for awhile.

  • Local students making a difference

    Students in the MSD of Mount Vernon are able to participate in making a difference for animals at the Posey Humane Society (PHS) by sponsoring an animal.

    President of PHS Tina Parker, who is also a teacher at West, began the PHS School Sponsorship in the district approximately six years ago. Each year anywhere from $3,000 to $5,000 dollars are raised to help with medical expenses at PHS with the contributions of students.

  • Mount Vernon schools to receive discounted network upgrades

    The MSD of Mount Vernon will soon be making a number of upgrades to school network systems that will move them to the highest level of network readiness.

    These changes will come at a fraction of the cost due to the FCC’s E-rate program.

    The program awards school systems grant money based on funding need according to the school’s student population.

  • Senate Bill helps some schools with ISTEP+ grades

    Letter grades for schools that took the ISTEP+ test were released recently, and those grades look much better for some schools than if recent legislation had not passed.

    With new standards and a new test, many schools across Indiana saw a decline in their ISTEP+ numbers, which typically has an affect on the school’s letter grade.

    But the State recently passed Senate Bill 200, or as it is also known as, The Hold Harmless Bill.

  • May named new Posey County Extension Director

    A familiar face in the Posey County Purdue-Extension Office has a new title, one that will come with challenges and new responsibilities, but Cheven May said she is excited about what lies ahead. In early January, May was named the new Posey County Extension Director.

    May’s history with the 4-H programs began when she was a young girl showing cattle in Tipton County, Ind. In 2004, she took a position as the Posey County 4-H Program Assistant and after receiving her masters at University of Southern Indiana, earned the role of 4-H Youth Development Educator in 2010.

  • Foreign exchange student basking in the warmth of the community

    Imagine being brave enough to fly all night long to another country to spend 10 months immersing yourself in the culture and your studies. That is exactly what Giuliano Greco did in August 2015.

    Greco, 17, is a foreign exchange student from Brazil and said he loves Mount Vernon, the community and his host family, Scott and Betsy Campbell. He video chats with his family to stay in touch. He is scheduled to return home on June 2.

  • ISTEP+ scores down across the state

    Nearly all Indiana school systems received a disappointing start to the 2016 calendar year, as ISTEP+ test results were released last week.

    As anticipated, test scores were down across the board for most schools.

    Changes to the test were expected to make scoring averages fall this year.

    “We were expecting a dip, but were hoping to not take such a dip,” said North Posey Assistant Superintendent Angie Wannemuehler. “There were a lot of glitches in testing, but there is still work to do to get to the 21st Century Standards.”

  • Mount Vernon Chess Club offers a lifetime of enjoyment

    For many students, the afterschool activities include the multitude of athletic offerings the school provides.

    But for a group of students across the Mount Vernon School System, another activity provides a mental challenge, along with social interaction and fun.

    The Mount Vernon Chess Club, offered by Doug Hamm, has seen many incarnations over the years, but has always provided students with a great opportunity to learn.

    Hamm initially introduced the club in 1986 through 1993. He then took a few years off and again ran the club from 1997-2005.

  • Dance Cats perform in Disney parade

    Recently, two Co-Captains of the Mount Vernon High School Dance Cats, sophomore Riley Hollinger and junior Claire Schneider, spent time in Walt Disney World, Fla. because of a special invitation.

    The girls received an invitation to participate in this year’s Varsity Spirit Spectacular Parade at Magic Kingdom. Their invitation came because the girls are captions of their team at University Dance Association (UDA) camp.

  • Posey schools question state testing methods

    Mount Vernon and North Posey School Superintendents Tom Kopatich and Todd Camp came together last week, and presenting a letter criticizing the Indiana Department of Educations changes to the ISTEP testing for this year.

    The letter states that due to last minute changes to the test and an inconsistency in testing methods, test scores are down an average of 16 percent in English and Language Arts and 24 percent in Math across the state.

    Some schools are seeing a more significant decrease.