Dec. 2, 2016
annual event, which featured representatives from all 64 IPS schools, as well as a
few of our community partners. The event highlights the district’s rigorous
academic programs and exciting extracurricular options, and this year’s
Showcase was no different.
Throughout the day, current and prospective families visited
with school principals and teachers, enrolled in Choice programs, and learned
more about some of our newest schools – from Purdue
Polytechnic High School to the Newcomer
Program. Showcase also kicked off the opening of the Choice application window, the first
step in enrolling in IPS’ 20 Choice programs.
For families, Showcase of Schools is a great way to learn
about the district. For IPS, it’s a great way to connect with families and the
Elder W. Diggs
School 42 Assistant Principal Jean Ely said the 2016 Showcase of Schools
was a great way for administrators and staff to interact with each other. But,
most importantly, the event also provided the community with a more streamlined
way to compare school options.
“Many of our schools have added new programs and
initiatives,” said Ely. “Visiting and interacting with administrators and staff
was definitely a plus. The opportunity to get questions answered and compare
options was often referenced and was very helpful to our visitors. The families
that visited with us were
very excited about global studies, which Elder Watson Diggs is currently
In addition to being able to speak with school
representatives, our visitors were also treated to performances by some of our talented
students and participated in informative panel discussions. Several won prizes
— from ballet and theater tickets to electronic tablets — through our
onsite raffles. Visitors also received free admission to the exhibits at the
Indiana State Museum and the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western
Art that day.
Overall, it was a win-win for IPS and the community.
remarkable amount of enthusiasm was generated during Showcase 2016. I was very
excited about the discussions and positive comments about our schools,”
said Ely. “I am so proud of the hard work that was put into making Showcase