The 21st annual Stuff-A-Bus radiothon, sponsored by FUN 101.7 WLDE, will be collecting non-perishable food items on November 20th, 21st, and the 22nd for Associated Churches Neighborhood Food Network.
Founded in 1944, Associated Churches of Fort Wayne & Allen County is a non-profit organization with over 135 member congregations joining together to help children, families, and individuals. Primary ministries include the Neighborhood Food Network, A Baby’s Closet, Military Families, Rising Stars, and Associated Churches Active in Disaster, visit www.AssociatedChurches.org.
Republican Nominee for State Representative in House District 85 makes good on campaign promise to voters.
Heine promised voters during the spring primary campaign that he planned to retire to focus his time on serving the people in House District 85. He received very positive messages from voters and area business owners who said they wanted someone who would listen to their concerns, be accessible and be their voice at the statehouse.
“When walking thousands of doors during the May primary campaign, I told folks that I was running for State Representative to serve them and represent the conservative values of the district. I promised them I would retire so I could dedicate all my energies to representing them. I can’t remember anyone who did not seem to appreciate that. I look forward to having the time to be able to meet with and listen to the concerns of our local business leaders and all citizens to help make District 85 the best it can be.” Heine said.
Heine faces a Democratic opponent, Kathy Zoucha, in the general election on November 8th 2016.
Dave Heine, won the Republican primary election on May 3rd, 2016. He currently owns and operates a family farm in New Haven and retired from the building materials industry after 37 years. During his career with New Haven based, Do It Best Corp., a 3 billion dollar corporation, Dave served as Vice President and Corporate Officer. Dave has served the community in numerous roles including; Board and Vice Chairman of the Lutheran Foundation, Board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana, School Board and Chairman of Central Lutheran School, Church Council and Chairman various Boards over 35 years at Emanuel Lutheran Church, Precinct Committeeman, Chairman New Haven Republican Committee, multiple youth sport coaching roles and more. Dave has been married to his wife, Tammy, for 36 years. They have three children and two grandchildren. Dave and Tammy are lifelong members of Emanuel Lutheran Church in New Haven. For more information about Dave and his campaign, please visit www.daveforstaterep.com or www.facebook.com/daveforstaterep or follow him on Twitter: @daveforstaterep
Ms. Patricia I. Meadows received her bachelor’s degree from Purdue University and master’s degree in education administration from the University of South Carolina. She began her teaching career 23 years ago as a physical education, health and US History teacher. She also coached volleyball and basketball. The past 15 years Ms. Meadows has been an administrator in East Allen County Schools. She moved to Leo Jr. Sr. High as an assistant principal from New Haven Middle School. She truly enjoys working with students to help guide and prepare them for the “walk of life” after their school career. She finds it very rewarding to see the transition of the student walking in the building as a 7th grader to walking across the stage at graduation!
WELCOME MS. PATRICIA MEADOWS!
At a recent meeting, the EACS Board of School Trustees and Superintendent Dr. Folks recognized Leo Elementary School for being named a Promising Practices School by the Indiana Department of Education. Leo Elementary School was recognized for their success in the Making it Happen initiative, The Promising Practices! Making it Happen initiative celebrates and recognizes schools across the state of Indiana for their effective implementation of innovative and/or inclusive educational practices. To help celebrate Indiana’s bi-centennial, the IDOE will recognize 200 promising practices for 200 years of Statehood!
Leo Elementary has a High Performance Teaming (HPT) classroom. The classroom incorporates creativity, communication, critical thinking and collaboration with a focus on building relationships. Students begin the year with a 6-week PBL on team-building, working collaboratively and maneuvering around the technology-enhanced classroom.
In photo: Leo Elementary Promising Practices team L/R: Mr. Bill Diehl, principal, 6th grade teachers: Christy Sharp, Jennifer Hale, Austin Will and Kevin Elrod. Team members not present: Dorcas Curry, Kurt Dager, and Michael Starewich. Board members and Dr. Folks on back row.
TERRY JO LIGHTFOOT SEEKS RE-ELECTION FOR EAST ALLEN COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD
Terry Jo Lightfoot is seeking re-election as a board member of the East Allen County School Board, District 7E. Lightfoot is currently the Secretary of the EACS School Board. In 2012, she was awarded the highly regarded Outstanding Boardmanship Award from the Indiana State School Board Association. She has been recognized by Indiana’s NewsCenter for Women in Superior Leadership. During Lightfoot’s term on the board, East Allen County Schools has accomplished much to further high-quality education:
• Preserved East Allen County School’s unique communities
• East Allen County School Corporation became an “A” district
• Hired Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Ken Folks, who is a leader in education statewide
• Achieved a record number of “4 Star” schools: Leo Jr.-Sr. High School, Leo Elementary School, and Cedarville Elementary School
• Achieved the National “Blue Ribbon” schools at Cedarville Elementary School, 2014, New Haven Intermediate, 2013, and Leo Jr.-Sr. High School, 2008
• Graduated the first class of East Allen University with a 100% graduation rate, the majority graduating with two-year associate degrees from Vincennes University
• Partnered with the Associated Builders and Contractors program to establish more vocational opportunities for students
• Implemented 1:1 technology K-12
• Maintained a balanced budget
• Established a new safety program for students and staff Lightfoot is an active member of her community.
She serves on the Town of Leo-Cedarville Park Board, Cedar Creek Lion’s Club, Parkview Regional Hospital Patient Family Advisory Council, Leo Alumni & Friends Association, and Leo United Methodist Church Children’s Music. She has a Masters Degree in Education in Music and Physical Education and currently works in Insurance sales at Worman-Lightfoot-Hoch Insurance. Lightfoot is committed to continuing the success of the East Allen County School Corporation by supporting facility updates and the further advancement of educational opportunities while preserving the values and traditions of each distinctive community within the school system.
Leo Band Recognized at the State Level
Leo Jr. Sr. High School is a recipient of the Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) All-Music Award for 2015-2016! The EACS Board of School Trustees and Dr. Ken Folks recognized these talented musicians at a recent board meeting.
Congratulations to the young musicians, and the entire music staff for the outstanding musical accomplishments this past year. ISSMA presented the music department a special banner to display in recognition of these outstanding achievements. Leo Jr. Sr. High School is one of only ten high schools in Indiana to receive a Total Department Award!
Leo High School’s Brooke Imel and Robyn Hall were named to the 2016 ICGSA All-State Team. Both of the girls played great in the All-Star games on June 18th at Carmel High School and Robyn was awarded the Most Valuable Player of the game. Leo Coach Head Coach Ben Shappell was voted District 2 4A Coach of the Year!
Four Star Schools Recognized by EACS Board
The Indiana Department of Education announced the 2014-15 Four Star Schools. East Allen County Schools’ – Cedarville Elementary, Leo Elementary and Leo Junior/Senior High School were named 2014-15 Four Star Schools!
In order to achieve this designation, a school must be in the top 25th percentile of schools in performance on ISTEP+ and ECA state exams, as well their rating determined by the national No Child Left Behind statute’s Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). Additionally, a qualifying school must have earned the highest designation in the state’s accountability system and be accredited by the Indiana Department of Education. Only a total of 287 schools received the award throughout the state.
The EACS Board of School Trustees and Superintendent Folks recognized each school at a recent board meeting. We salute Cedarville Elementary, Principal, Dr. Brad Bakle (not in photo), Leo Elementary, Principal, Mr. Bill Diehl, and Leo Jr. Sr. High School, Principal, Dr. Neal Brown!
Food Service Employment Opportunities Available at East Allen County Schools East Allen County Schools Food Service Department is looking for energetic and dependable people for the 2016-2017 School Year. If you are interested in flexible, daytime employment, please visit the EACS website (www.eacs.k12.in.us) and follow the “Employment Opportunities” link to submit your application today!
Recently, the Indiana Department of Education announced the 2014-15 Four Star Schools. East Allen County Schools’ – Cedarville Elementary, Leo Elementary and Leo Junior/Senior High School were named 2014-15 Four Star Schools!
In order to achieve this designation, a school must be in the top 25th percentile of schools in two ISTEP-based categories. Additionally, a qualifying school must have earned the highest designation in the state’s accountability system and be accredited by the Indiana Department of Education. Only a total of 287 schools received the award throughout the state.
“Congratulations to our students and staff for earning this prestigious recognition! Their hard work and dedication has been recognized and rewarded! Earning Four Star School status is a goal for all of our schools that we track in our data war rooms. Kudos to Cedarville Elementary, Leo Elementary, and Leo Junior/Senior High School on this great accomplishment,” said Dr. Ken Folks, Superintendent of East Allen County Schools!