Leo-Grabill, Indiana

Monday, December 22, 2014


EACS…is an ‘A’ District!!! The State Board of Education announced November 5, 2014, that EACS is an overall ‘A’ district! EACS has 7 ‘A’ schools, 5 ‘B’ schools and 4 ‘C’ schools. No schools were categorized as either a ‘D’ or ‘F’ school.

EACS….has National Blue Ribbon Schools Cedarville Elementary, New Haven Intermediate, and Leo Jr. Sr. High Schools received National Blue Ribbon designations. The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program is a United States government program created in 1982 to honor schools which have achieved high levels of performance or made significant improvements in closing the achievement gap in schools where at least 40% of the student population is classified as disadvantaged.

EACS…. has 4-Star Schools Annually the Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction announces Indiana’s 4-Star Schools. In order to achieve this designation, a school must be in the top 25th percentile of schools in three ISTEP-based categories. Cedarville Elementary, Leo Elementary, Leo Jr./Sr., and Woodlan Primary have recently received this designation.

EACS….has a MultiCultural district. EACS has an ethnicity of 69% White, 13% B lack, 8% Asian, 6% Hispanic, and 4% Multi-Racial. The district is made up of urban and rural communities. There are 31 languages spoken.

EACS….ISTEP scores increased more than the State average During 2013-14 school year, EACS had 72.2% of students in grades 3 through 8 pass both portions of ISTEP, compared with 66.7% during 2012-13 school year. This is a 5.5% increase! The State average increased only 1%.


POSTED: 12/02/14 at 8:20 am

State police and other Indiana law enforcement agencies are increasing road patrols for about two weeks as people get ready to travel for Thanksgiving.

Police say patrols aimed at cracking down on impaired driving and seat-belt violations starting November 14 and will continue through Nov. 30.

Fort Wayne District Commander Lt. Tony Casto says Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel periods so officers will be working overtime. He says people who suspect someone is driving impaired should call 911. He says that will help police take action to prevent a possible tragedy.

During November 2013, there were 490 alcohol-related crashes across Indiana resulting in 224 injuries and 13 fatalities. A total of 735 drivers were arrested for driving under the influence and 9,500 seat belt citations were issued.

Please help do your part to make the Thanksgiving Holiday travel period safe by observing the following safety rules:

• If you are planning to travel make sure you are well rested, a fatigued driver is a dangerous driver.
• Avoid tailgating; remember the two-second rule.
• Make sure everyone is buckled up.
• Put down the electronic devices and drive.
• MOVE OVER, SLOW DOWN for emergency and highway service vehicles

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POSTED: 11/17/14 at 7:21 am. FILED UNDER: News

Seven candidates are running for three seats on the East Allen County Schools board. Two are running for an at-large position, two for District 2E and three for 3E, commonly referred to as the Harding district.

Stephen Terry is the only incumbent, however, Richard Allgeier and Leland Etzler served on the board previously.

The position pays $2,000 annually and $112 for each meeting attended, said Kirby Stahly, EACS business manager.

At Large

Timothy Hines

Age: 52

Current occupation: TE Hines Concrete Construction

Campaign issue: The transportation department is “in the red big time this year.”

How to best address it: “Due to the vast area that EACS encompasses, providing these services to these students must involve paying employees overtime wages, premature aging on the buses and fighting the continuing rising costs of fuel since the closing of Harding (High School). The possibility of redistricting will probably be addressed along with building utilization. Both of these items have been tabled until the election of the new board members has taken place.”

Campaign issue: Make the board more transparent

How to best address it: “Dr. Ken Folks (district superintendent) has become an example to the board by making himself very transparent to the communities of EACS. Being willing to take constructive criticism and remaining professional throughout conversation are also qualities of the transparent-minded individual.”


POSTED: 10/29/14 at 7:40 am. FILED UNDER: News, Schools

Lutheran Hospital Hosting Career Fair for Medical Professionals Nov. 6

Medical professionals and new graduates interested in seeking a career as a registered nurse, surgical technologist or monitor technician are invited to attend a career fair at Lutheran Hospital Nov. 6 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Lutheran is looking for compassionate applicants who want to provide life-changing care for patients in a team-approach culture.

Participants are asked to RSVP online at LutheranHospital.com/careers .

The career fair will take place in the Lutheran Hospital South Lobby. Parking is available free of charge in the south parking garage on the Lutheran Hospital campus.

Career fair attendees can chat with staff and tour:

  • Intensive care units
  • Lutheran Children’s Hospital
  • Medical/surgical unit
  • Neurosciences
  • Telemetry/heart failure unit
  • Surgery


POSTED: 10/29/14 at 7:24 am. FILED UNDER: News

Leo Jr/Sr High Supports Cancer Patients and Research

Leo Junior-Senior High School raised over $1,000 to send to Riley Children’s Hospital for Cancer Patients and Research!  As a result of the success, 9 staff members, a student teacher, and a high school student took whipped cream to the face for the campaign “Whipping Childhood Cancer.”  Leo’s Mr. Cogdell, Ms. Hancock, Mrs. Kattner, Mr. Lance, Ms. McKanna, Mr. Newberg, Dr. Singer, Mrs. Shappell, along with student teacher Ms. Mintari, and Mrs.Yamano volunteered to take whipped cream in the face to help the cause!

POSTED: 10/23/14 at 7:22 am. FILED UNDER: News, Schools


Life is Good Campaign Club Kick-off was a success!  Over 150 Leo Junior High students attended the event to play games, compete in challenges, and have fun.  The goal of Life is Good Campaign Club is to promote community service and build a sense of positive community within our school.

Way to Go Leo Junior High Students!

POSTED: 10/23/14 at 7:21 am. FILED UNDER: News, Schools

GOTR_2014_UncorkFunTicket price also includes a raffle ticket to win awesome silent auction items from our local businesses like Peter Franklin Jewelers, Aveda, Spiece Fitness/Day Spa and more!  Food will be provided by local restaurants.  All proceeds will benefit GOTR of Allen County and provide opportunities for us to grow and expand our program bringing it to additional local girls.  In 2013 we were able to scholarship over $2000.00 in girls’ fees and we are branching out into Wells County.  Girls on the Run is SO much fun and we are helping a record number of girls!

POSTED: 10/23/14 at 7:10 am. FILED UNDER: Entertainment, News

EACS is exited to announce that East Allen County Schools has been chosen to receive a $10,000 America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education Award. This funding will be used to improve our math and science programs at Leo Jr./Sr. High School, New Haven High School and Paul Harding Jr. High School.

Many thanks to their lead teachers and principals who prepared this successful application! They are Principals: Teresa Gremaux (PHJHS), Neal Brown III (LJSHS), Greg Mohler (NHHS) and teachers Kurt Van Horn (NHHS), David Broerman (PHJHS) and Robert Tonkel (LJSHS).

Many thanks also to local farmers who nominated them. They include: Allen Felt, Andy Wyss, Annabelle Bacon, Catherine Dekoninck, Christine Castleman, Cindy Hoffman, Dan Bacon, Dan James Bacon, Daniel Jacob Bacon, Dave Gerardot, Dave Hoffman, Dean Hoffman, Duane Melcher, Evelyn Felt, Gary Castleman, Greg Emenhiser, Gregory Emenhiser, Haley Emenhiser, Heather Anderson, Jamie Dekoninck, Jamie Hoffman, Jane Ehle, Janet Hoffman, Jeff Bacon, Jeffrey Dekoninck, Jerry Schlaudroff, Joe Dekoninck, John Dekoninck, Joseph Castleman, Judy Gerardot, Kathy Bacon, Kathy Scott, Kenneth Castleman, Kenneth Hoffman, Kent Franz, Kenton Burton, Kristine Castleman, Laura Brinkman, Lloyd Scott, Luke Scott, Mark Bacon, Mark Rosene, Marvin Werling, Mary Unsicker, Quentin Burton, Randy Schlaudroff, Richard Brinkman, Richard Burton, Richard Crowl, Richard Ruppert, Robert Schaper, Robert Scott, Roger Ehle, Roger Hadley II, Roger Zelt, Ruby Brinkman, Sandra Emenhiser, Steve Moore, Sue Burton, Todd Unsicker, Tom Franke, Vickie Hadley, and Victoria Burton.

For additional details on this Award, contact Rose Fritzinger, EACS Director of Development: rfritzinger@eacs.k12.in.us

POSTED: 10/13/14 at 7:11 am. FILED UNDER: News, Schools

Jamie Duffy | The Journal Gazette

Scores for the 2014 IREAD 3, a measure of third-grade reading success, have improved across all East Allen County Schools elementary schools, an administrator told the school board Tuesday.

“We have a lot to celebrate,” said Marilyn S. Hissong, the district’s assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction. “All of our scores were up.”

A three-year graph showed overall gains: Cedarville Elementary stayed at 96 percent two years in a row; Heritage Elementary dipped to 77 percent last year but went up to 86 percent this year; New Haven Intermediate School rose from 83 percent in 2012 to 90 percent this year; Prince Chapman Academy rose from 53 percent in 2012 to 72 percent this year; and Woodland Primary School jumped from 95 percent to 100 percent.


POSTED: 10/08/14 at 6:57 am. FILED UNDER: News, Schools

As temperatures begin to drop in the Northern Hemisphere and the leaves begin to turn different shades of red, orange and yellow, the 2014 autumnal equinox, when day and night are the same length, is approaching. While many people see Labor Day as the unofficial end to summer, the first day of fall 2014 does not begin until Monday, Sept. 22, the Farmer’s Almanac states. It will end on Dec. 20, ahead of the winter solstice.

The last two years summer ended on Sept. 22, but it doesn’t always occur on the same day. The first day of the autumnal equinox varies, depending on Earth’s movement in relation to the sun. The autumnal equinox, which is also known as the September equinox, occurs when the sun moves across the celestial equator. As a result, there are shorter days and longer nights in the Northern Hemisphere, which is elongated further when Daylight Saving Time occurs. In the Southern Hemisphere, the same equinox brings longer days, shorter nights and is the beginning of spring.

POSTED: 09/22/14 at 7:16 am. FILED UNDER: News

Art at the Riverside is scheduled for September 27, 2014 in Riverside Gardens in Leo, Indiana from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.  The juried art show is being sponsored by the Leo-Cedarville Chamber of Commerce.  Proceeds will be used to award a scholarship to a local student pursuing a degree in the arts as well as supporting art projects in the community.

artMarsha Wulpi, President of the Leo-Cedarville Chamber of Commerce, states “The Leo area has a concentrated number of very talented artists and we would like to showcase that talent.”  All artists have been juried into the show and will provide a variety of mediums to choose from.  All participating artists are listed at the event website, www.ArtAtTheRiverside.com.  The three top artists will receive cash awards.  There will also be an opportunity for the attendees to vote for their favorite artist.

In addition to the art show, there will be local dance and musical artists.  The Fort Wayne Food Truck Association will be onsite and will be competing in a food cook-off judged by Curtis Smith of 21Alive and local cookbook author Mark Carboni.  Awards will be given in different categories as well as a People’s Choice Award.

“Sweet Chairity” is a new addition this year.  This is a silent auction of painted vintage chairs created by local artists.

Pedal City of Fort Wayne will be onsite to offer rides on their 10 passenger bike for a stroll around the Leo area.

Riverside Gardens is located on the banks of the St. Joe River in Leo, Indiana at 14701 Schwartz Rd.


POSTED: 09/17/14 at 7:31 am. FILED UNDER: Entertainment, News