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2020 Middle School Plan There are many exciting parts to our Ready Schools Grant plan.  Our plan has four main components- communication, shared vision & collaboration, student guidance & support, and meaningful teaching & learning experiences.  A big focus will be on connecting students to a variety of careers from preschool all the way to graduation.  Along with hearing about careers,students will be able to experience careers through field trip, job shadowing, and internship opportuities!  Our teachers will be moving toward Project Based Learning to make our students more connected to their education with hands on learning through a Makerspace.  In addition we will be offering a Student Success Center where students can receive one-on one help.   The Middle School will be ready to go in 2020, and will offer a more gradual transition for our students as they enter their next level of learning.  Lots of exciting things coming our way!  If you'd like to hear more about any piece of the plan please contact Jenny Medina at or 812-381-9457.  Thank you for your continued support!
Posted by Guest  On May 19, 2019 at 4:01 PM
Posted by Guest  On Dec 21, 2018 at 1:59 PM
  A long time back the Design team knew our students needed to be a part of this process- their voice is needed as we look to develop a plan that best suits our school and our students' needs.  Today will be our first meeting!  We had hoped 15-20 kids would sign up, we are at 107!  The group that signed up is full of variety and spunk, so wish us luck!  It's a Great day to be a Cardinal!
Posted by Guest  On Dec 20, 2018 at 12:47 PM
Ok, so it wasn't a survey.  It was interviews, lots and lots of interviews!  We spoke with students, parents, community members, business owners, and school personnel to find out how our school is doing.  We asked several questions about educational success and then broke their statements down into three categories- satisfactions, frustrations, and  hopes or wishes.  Below the top answers are on the board:    Satisfactions Frustrations Hopes Students What we offer Our School Personnel School Climate Unmet Social Emotional needs Lack of variety in Teaching Methods Scheduling/Logistics More Time & Resources Stronger Relationships peers, teachers, and administrators More Involvement with the community School Personnel What we offer Relationships Sense of Community Reduced Funding/Resources Low Morale Curriculum’s testing focus What we want for our students Improved Parent/Community Involvement Additional Funding/Resources Community What we offer K-12 Pride Community Involvement Government Legalities Life and soft skills Lacking in students Lack of Community involvement Improved Relationships Retain and/or increase Academic Offerings Community Involvement Parents What we offer Caring/attentive Staff School Climate Academic Stress on children Lack of Community Involvement Overall Decline- enrollment and funding Community Involvement Improved Logistics Need for Better Communication  After double checking with the stakeholder groups to make sure we heard them right, our next step is to create needs statements based on your frustrations and wishes.  Then the part I've been waiting for begins- IDEATION.  We will spend a month dreaming big looking for out of the box ideas to meet your school's needs.  It's getting ready to get really exciting!  It truly is the most wonderful time of the year!
Posted by Guest  On Dec 06, 2018 at 2:17 PM
Tuesday, November 20, 2018, from 5:30-7:00, we will be hosting an open house style meeting in the High School Library. We will be sharing where we are in the Ready Schools grant process, and the information we gathered through interviews. We’d love for you to stop by!
Posted by Guest  On Nov 15, 2018 at 7:41 PM
  Our team has been very busy interviewing students, school personnel, community members, and parents over the last month.  We have conducted 175 individual interviews, along with hundreds of mini interviews at the Apple Festival.  Thank you so much for giving us your time and commitment to help us work to improve our school.  Currently we are working to analyze the interviews.  We are looking for commonalities among stakeholder, we are working to figure out what was being said, and we are looking for the items we need to act upon first.  In the next couple of weeks you will have opportunities to see the information we have gathered, and offer your feedback.  Did we hear you correctly?  What's missing from our information? Those are the questions we will be asking you- and this is no time to be shy!  Please be on the watch for a public meeting near you.   
Posted by Guest  On Nov 12, 2018 at 1:00 PM
  Over the last ten years our school has conducted more surveys than I care to count.  We've asked good questions, we've sent the questions to the people we need the answers from, but where did it go from there?  Parents, teachers,  and community members were told their opinion was needed.  They were asked to wade through questions and click their answer on a scale of strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree, or strongly disagree.  Where did that get us?    Data in isolation has no value.  Does an answer of "somewhat agree," let us know how you actually feel?  It doesn't.  We need better information that we can actually put into use.  We need face to face conversations where we can get to real answers.  We need you.  You are the expert when it comes to your kid, your community, and your vision for our future.  Next week my Design Team will begin making calls to set up interviews with people like you.  If you would like to be interviewed and have not received a call, call me and I will add you to our list.  Together we will make Bloomfield the school you want for your child's future.  Jenny Medina Bloomfield District Readiness Coordinator 812-381-9705
Posted by Guest  On Oct 04, 2018 at 8:49 AM
So far the beginning of our grant work has been one step forward, two steps back!  I am so excited to get started that I keep getting ahead of where we need to be.  When I first learned about this grant opportunity, and accepted the position, I thought our focus was very much centered on careers.  How can we better prepare our students for life after they leave our school?  How can we ensure we are giving them the skills they need for whichever career they choose?   After my training I found we are after something much bigger...educational success.  What does educational success mean, and does it mean the same thing to everyone?  If, as a community, we can agree on what educational success actually is, then, and only then, can we work to achieve it.  So, instead of ME deciding what makes educational success, creating a plan, and convincing you to follow it- YOU have to help make these decisions.  Stay tuned, your opportunity to voice your opinions is coming soon!
Posted by Guest  On Aug 31, 2018 at 3:24 PM
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