Summer is upon us!
Greetings! As the VCSC goes on summer break for the months of June and July, many will notice that this particular summer, and likely the two that will follow, are going to be busy times within the VCSC.
Starting with what will simply continue this summer is a variety of enrichment programming that includes the high school summer school program of credit recovery and physical education. Well over 100 students will participate or take part in this. You will also note that the middle school is a busy place as the VCSC will play host to a migrant school as we have done for the last couple of summers. This program is run through the Southern Indiana Education Service Center. We also will have elementary enrichment summer school occurring that will be under the direction of Mr. Jono Connor and later this summer some of our incoming Kindergarten students will get a “Jump Start”, as thanks to a grant that the United Way provides to all Knox County Schools, we will begin the process of Kindergarten Readiness. Also taking place this summer is the ever popular SPARK Camp. This camp takes place immediately following the close of the school year and as I have gotten to witness, we have drones buzzing around, students playing the piano with water and bananas and spheres going down the path of a maze. I thank Mr. Barry Stone for bringing this to the VCSC for our students.
Professional Development (PD) will also occur this summer and this includes with the E-Learning Conference during the middle of June and also the Department of Education using us as a host site for some additional PD. You will also find our elementary teachers busy this summer as they are working on their respective curriculum maps and more so beginning to prepare for the 2016-2017 school year.
With all of this stated, most of the activities throughout the VCSC will occur at Clark Middle School this summer and this is because of the elementary renovations. This includes our popular summer feeding program. We will have this in place for the summer of 2016 but this will take place in a variety of different and new locations. The schedule for the summer meal program is as follows:
-Christ Community Church: 1033 N. 10th St. (11:30 AM - 12:30 PM; June 6 - July 22)
-G. Rogers Clark Middle School: 1926 Richard Bauer Drive (11 AM - 12PM; June 6 - July 29)
-Jamestown Apartments: 340 Felt King Road (12PM - 1PM; June 6 - July 22)
-Knox County Public Library*
-Salvation Army: 2300 N. Second St. (11AM - 12PM; June 6 - July 22
-Washington Christian Center: 2134 Washington Ave. (11:15 AM - 12:15 PM; June 6 - July 22)
*Knox County Public Library will be June 6 - July 22 from 12PM - 1PM. This will be done at the Fortnightly Club located at 421 N. Sixth St. with the exception of Tuesday. On this day of the week, individuals will need to go to the Courtyard at the Knox County Public Library.
Meals are free to all children and young people under the age of 18. Adults pay $2.00.
The reason for so much in the way of change with the summer meal program is a result of the renovations that are occurring at the elementary schools and to a degree also at the high school.
In speaking of these changes, and starting with the high school, students, staff and patrons will take note that new flooring is being put in place, the installation of new lockers will occur, all new equipment for the weight room, new furniture in several of the classrooms, tennis courts redone, restrooms completed for the soccer stadium, etc. Inman Field will also see a couple of new additions and this will include exterior lighting and sound work.
As for the elementary schools, Riley Elementary is completely being redone and this presently includes a lot of demolition work, which includes all of the present interior workings of the building being removed. When students return to Riley Elementary some time towards the end of the first semester, they will find a brand new building on the interior and also changes to the exterior. The building will be nothing less than a 21st Century state of the art facility when staff and students return.
Our three other larger elementary schools are also a part of the complete remodel and renovation project as this is a three phased project. Phase one of the project is the complete remodel and renovation of Riley and also site work (surface/parking lots, windows and some roofs) at the larger elementary schools. Phase two of the project will be the complete remodel of Tecumseh-Harrison and phase three will be the complete remodel of both Franklin and Vigo Elementary Schools.
We all recognize that a lot of sacrifices, and perhaps more so, inconveniences are going to come about for our elementary students over the next three years. However, with this will be new elementary schools on both the inside and outside, and these improvements and rebuild will last for many decades to come and be enjoyed by thousands of young people as the buildings will serve them just as the present buildings have already served the countless numbers of students at the present.
We look forward to ending each of the remodels and rebuilds and with this celebrating with the community in due time as we open them up for the community to see.
Until then, and more so in the short term, I simply hope that you enjoy your summer and perhaps you will partake in a program that the VCSC offers over the summer from our many athletic camps, to the new summer theater camp, to perhaps simply enjoying a meal. I would also encourage parents and grandparents and all others to take time this summer to spend with a child or student in some different learning activity. This could be as simple as reading a book together or going to the Military Museum or the George Rogers Clark Memorial, but please do something that is enriching to the educational experience, but also take time to enjoy the summer months of June and July!
Go Big Green!