June 12, 2017

IPS Reveals its
2018 Teacher of the Year

Kathleen
Rauth, media specialist at Center for Inquiry 27, is the 2018 IPS Teacher of
the Year!

Rauth

The
district surprised Rauth with the news during a special ceremony on June 5 at
the school. In addition to the schoolwide celebration, Rauth received a bouquet
of flowers from IPS Superintendent
Dr. Lewis D. Ferebee.

It is
important to “shine a light on our heroes” and to truly show how appreciative
the district is for Rauth’s contribution as an educator, said Ferebee.

Rauth
joined IPS in 2014, but her career in education has spanned 30 years across
four school districts in three state. Her love for the arts, learning and
culturally diverse literature has consistently impacted her students, always
leaving in them a lasting desire to continue learning.

“I
place the highest value on ensuring my students see themselves and their
families in the literature they encounter at school,” said Rauth. “I also
believe that my media center can be the place that my students encounter
narratives and cultures outside of their own.”

Read more about Rauth here.

Ernie Pyle
Student’s Artwork Chosen for May’s Brag Tag

The
commitment within perfect attendance meets the beauty of art as Ernie Pyle
School 90 celebrates Bryan F. and his winning design for the Perfect Attendance
Brag Tag contest in May.

BragTag May Design

“I feel
great, I’m so happy that I won!” said Bryan, who found his artistic inspiration
in the Indy 500 cars that he heard at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which is
near his school. “I went to watch the race cars, and I decided that was going
to be what I would draw.”

Out of the
15 competitive works of art that were judged, Bryan was given the honor of
having his artwork chosen as the new Brag Tag — a monthly incentive given to
students if they successfully obtain perfect attendance.

Finish
line flags, hot red car body paint and sun rays grace the front of May’s Brag
Tags, which were distributed to students the last week of school. Bryan’s art
provided a perfect transition into the summer break.Three IPS Schools Receive Family-Friendly
Designation

For the second year in a row,
three IPS schools have been recognized as “family friendly” by the Indiana
Department of Education (IDOE).

The IDOE recently released its
2017-2018 list of Family Friendly Schools and IPS’ Cold Spring School, Daniel
Webster School 46 and Washington Irving School 14 are among the 32 Indiana
schools named.

The designation is given to
schools that excel in involving families and communities in their students’
education.

“Successful education is the
byproduct of great teachers, engaged families, and an involved community,” said
Dr. Jennifer McCormick, Indiana superintendent of public instruction. “I am
proud to recognize these Family Friendly Schools for creating a welcoming and
positive environment for their students and communities.”

For more information on the Family
Friendly Schools designation, including a complete list of recognized schools,
click here.