May 2018

Maria Leon Buitrago, Elkhart Central
As she nears her upcoming graduation, Elkhart Central's Maria Leon Buitrago reflects on her family legacy and her educational experience at Elkhart Community Schools. 
Top elementary spellers awarded 
Elkhart Community Schools hosted a district-wide spelling bee, where students took to the stage with the words they've learned this year.
Graduation walks provide a step back in time
Last year's popular graduation walks continue for the class of 2018, as students return to their elementary and middle schools to walk old hallways and see familiar faces. 
Over 150 students eligible to walk with Ivy Tech graduates
As the Early College Program continues to grow, 155 students from Elkhart Community Schools had the opportunity to walk in the Ivy Tech graduation prior to their high school graduation.
Update on $1.27 million Lilly School Counseling Grant
Last fall, all Elkhart County schools were recipients of a $3.2 Lilly School Counseling Initiative county-wide grant. Learn more about how the grant is being used to impact students.
Unified Track team excels at sectionals; elementary-middle program builds friendships
Elkhart Memorial's Unified Track team has only existed for two years, but thanks to their hard work and commitment, earned a ticket to state this year. Learn more about our Unified Track. 
Elkhart Academy takes on Elkhart Police and Fire Departments in dodgeball
Elkhart Police Department and Elkhart City Fire Department joined students at the Elkhart Academy for the second annual dodgeball game.
Outdoor Classrooms
Students at both Eastwood Elementary and Pierre Moran Middle School were recently featured in the news for their outdoor learning. Learn more about Eastwood's Outdoor Learning and PMMS' Taste of Life on the Farm.
Kathy Nusbaum, Teacher of the Year (Secondary)
Inspired by her fourth grade teacher who made Kathy feel like the smartest kid in the class, Kathy Nusbaum has dedicated her life to giving the same sense of belonging, pride, and acceptance to her students. 
Hillary Harder, Teacher of the Year (Elementary)
Fueled by a calling to empower others through music, Hillary Harder chose to come to Roosevelt for the El-Sistema music program. Learn more about Hillary and why she believes in El-Sistema.
Tracy Kirts, Employee of the Year (Secondary)
As she finishes up her 18th year with the district, Tracy Kirts reflects back on what brought her to the district and the moments that fuel her passion for helping students. 
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