Argos Jr.-Sr. High School
The Dragon’s Breath September 7, 2011
DR. LUCHT’S LINE We have had a great start to the 2011-2012 school year! The students are excited to be back and we are excited to continue their education here at Argos Junior-Senior High School. This summer we were delighted that our staff received a $20,000.00 award for increasing our graduation rate. We also just received an “exemplary” or “A” rating for improvement from the Indiana Department of Education. We do have a few changes to report. Our industrial technology teacher is Mr. Walt Pickerell. Mr. Pickerell is teaching three periods and assists with noon supervision. He recently retired from Plymouth Community Schools so he maybe familiar to you. Also, Mr. Nick Medich, our athletic director and girls’ varsity basketball coach, has been named as the assistant principal. He recently completed his Master’s Degree in Education and is now a licensed administrator. Two new additions to the front office are Annika Schmidt and Stefany Parrish, both of whom are ICE students who are trained and paid for the work they perform. Annika is in charge of attendance monitoring and Stefany, the clerical aspect of the athletic program. The ICE or Interdisciplinary Cooperative Education program also places students in and around the Argos community at different work sites. Our focus corporation-wide this year is on the prevention of bullying. Bullying has become a national as well as a state-wide concern. All of our staff is being trained in the Olweus (Ol vay’ us) method of bullying prevention among students. The training and materials were paid in part by a Safe Haven grant from the Indiana Juvenile Criminal Institute or IJCI. We will be sending out more information to parents and to the community on what we all can do to prevent bullying. Kick-off nights for parents will be coming soon!
SENIORS & PARENT INFORMATION MTG Monday, Sept. 12, at 6:30, there will be an information meeting held in the auditorium for ALL Seniors and their parents/guardians. Senior year has a lot of questions and this meeting will help answer them. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend.
Argos's Anti-Bullying Rules 1. 2. 3. 4.
We will not bully others. We will help students who are bullied. We will try to include students who are left out. If we know that someone is being bullied, we will tell an adult at school and an adult at home.
Please call the Bullying Hotline at 574-892-5139, ext. 555 to report bullying. This is a private extension and your information will be kept confidential.
A teacher aﬀects eternity; he can never tell where his inﬂuence stops. ~Henry Brooks Adams
At registraon you received your student’s user name and password for accessing STI Home+. Here are a few reminders and ps for using this tool. On the le' hand side there is a box that has a summary of the grades for each subject. It also shows missing assignments. This is a good place to start. Missing assignments don’t always mean your student didn’t turn it in. The teacher may sll be grading the assignment/test. Always good to Did not use class time wisely check with your student ﬁrst. When checking grades, if you have a queson regarding a parcular assignment and the score received, try pu1ng your cursor over the score to see any notes the teacher has put in. By clicking on the teacher’s name, you can send an email to the teacher with any quesons you may have. Email is the best way to communicate with the teachers. They are able to respond quickly through emails. Important reminder: Please notify the office as soon as possible when your student will be absent. Please call the school at 574-892-5137 and extension 318 or 322 to report the absence. Please leave the name of the student, reason for absence, your name, and a telephone number at which we can reach you in case we have questions.
ARGOS DRAGON CHEERLEADERS The cheerleaders attended UCA cheer camp this summer at Midwest Xtreme gym in Warsaw. They won 1st place in the floor cheer competition, 3rd place in the xtreme routine competition, Best Squad overall, and the Banana (an award given to the most spirited team.)
Music Booster Magazine sales begin
Port a Pit for Athletics 10:00-5:00
Senior Meeting for 12th graders and parents 6:30 PM in the Auditorium
End of 1st Grading Period
COLLEGE GO WEEK
Christian College Fair @ Bethel 6:30-8:30
Report Cards issued
College fair at Plymouth HS 6:30
ACT Testing at Argos
Soccer game Women @ 5 Men following
LUNCH ROOM NEWS... Students have been issued 1 free barcodes. They can also use one from previous years. If your student is unable to locate one, they have two options. One—buy a new barcode for $3.00. OR Two—eat peanut butter sandwich and milk.
PSAT: We have been informed that the State of Indiana will be paying for all sophomores to take the PSAT. Juniors who have above a 2.0/’C’ average were signed up at registration in order to not miss out on this opportunity. This test will be administered on Wednesday, October 12, at Argos. This is a great way for students to become familiar with the format used on the SAT and it offers each student a study guide online to work on areas of deficiency.
Guidance Department News
SAT & ACT: It is very important that any junior or senior interested in attending college, take one or both of these college test. Sign up information is available outside the Guidance office or by going to sat.collegeboard.org/home or www.actstudent.org/regist/dates.html to register.