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Education

  • 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.

  • New Harmony Music Festival and School celebrating fifth season

    New Harmony Music Festival

    New Harmony Music Festival and School will be presenting its fifth concert season on Sat., Dec. 5, during the Christmas in New Harmony celebration. Crowds can enjoy mountain music and dance, lyric readings of poems and more. The motto for the school’s fifth anniversary is “Many Music’s, One Stage.”

  • St. Philip students compete in Constitutional competition

    A group of eighth grade students at St. Philip Catholic School will be competing at a state competition next month.

    Students in the We The People civic educational program finished second at the Regional competition and have qualified to compete with 14 teams at the State competition in Indianapolis on Dec. 15.

    Mark Kirkman, team leader and Social Studies teacher at St. Philip, said that the program runs from elementary to high school level and covers a variety of social studies.

  • Mount Vernon to perform 'Frankenstein'

    It may be just after Halloween, but Mount Vernon High School students are about to bring the scares when they perform ‘Frankenstein’ this week.

    Under the direction of Kevin Roach, students will be performing a version of the play by writer Victor Gialanella.

    “This version of the play melds the story from the book with the excitement from the classic film version,” said Roach.

    Roach, who performed in this same show last year, said that the show may not be for everybody.

  • Neufelder wins Crooks award

    Posey County Extension Director Jon Neufelder was named the recipient of the 2015 Paul B. Crooks award for his service.

    Neufelder received the award at the Purdue Extension Professional Development Conference in West Lafayette. His co-workers in Gibson and Warrick County nominated Neufelder for his continued efforts as an educator and his applied knowledge of successful agricultural endeavors. Several residents also submitted letters of recommendation in support of Neufelder being nominated for the award.

  • Local author publishes fourth book

    When you visit bookstores in Evansville you can find a book published by a local author.

    Terry Seaton has been writing for over 40 years, but didn’t publish his first book until July 2013 when he decided to go public with Across the Channel: A Collection of Stories and Poems. His first novel, The Gang of Four, made its debut in December 2013.