EVSC, USI receive STEM education grants

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Hoosiers are among the nation’s least-educated in terms of science and technology, but grants recently awarded to the Evansville-Vanderburgh School Corporation and the University of Southern Indiana may help improve the state’s report card.

Four star schools named

May 26, 2017

A number of Southwest Indiana schools are being honored as four star schools. 

Indiana State School Superintendent Dr. Jennifer McCormick Friday morning released the second round of schools to achieve the four star designation.

In order to reach the four star designation, a school must receive an “A” rating as well as high pass rates in ISTEP testing.

In the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation, Oak Hill and Scott Elementary Schools made the list. No EVSC high schools were named.

EVSC superintendent touts GAIN

May 11, 2017

The superintendent of Evansville’s public schools says the goal is to continuously improve.

EVSC Superintendent David Smith delivered his State of Our Schools address with the help of a live, Skype hook-up with a class of 3rd graders at Oak Hill Elementary School.

His address also included a Skype debate among students at Shepard Academy at Harrison High School.

Smith used the online technology to illustrate changes in education. He said there was a time when a student struggling with math would simply be given more math problems and told to work harder.

EVSC Virtual Academy Students Build LEGO Robots

Mar 8, 2017
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Students made last minute tweaks to their LEGO robots Wednesday morning in Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation’s Virtual Academy.  The project aims to connect children who are primarily homeschooled through online classes with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields.

Virtual Academy students Madilynn McDaniel, a 7th grader, took her group's robot into the hall to show what it could do.

Local officials wrapped up a week following the suicide of a former Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation student with charges and a cautionary tale about the combination of speculation and social media. EVSC held a news conference with the Evansville Police, the Suicide Prevention Coalition and Mayor Lloyd Winnecke.

A juvenile is facing a felony charge of obstructing justice and other misdemeanor charges for allegedly starting the social media storm that followed a suicide earlier this week and forced the closing of Central High School on Friday.