Monday, February 12, 2024
VIDEO CLIP: ONE FOR THE ROAD
Just before taking the stage Saturday, Shelbyville High School Synergy members sing the school fight song while simultaneously taking a drink break.
Shelbyville Central Schools Board Sees Positive Data Trends
Retired Shelbyville High School math teacher Bill Murphy received a shout-out at last week’s Shelbyville Central Schools board meeting, and not just because it happened to be his birthday. While discussing school data, board member David Finkel reminded colleagues that Murphy used to give quizzes at the beginning of the week. A top score meant not needing to take it again at the end of the week.
“You always wanted to ace that quiz,” Finkel recalled.
The same principle applies to corporation second graders this year who are taking the state’s third grade IREAD-3 assessment: passing it in second grade means not having to take it again. And 47 percent of SCS elementary students recently passed the test a year early, higher than the state average.
I-READ was only one assessment of several mentioned at the meeting by Ryan Mikus, Director of School Accountability. Mikus oversees data analysis for the corporation and follows up with principals and teachers throughout the district to discuss adjustments.
“Our data meetings are, ‘We’re in this together. What are we going to do?’” Mikus said, adding that the resulting in-depth discussion is critical for success in the classroom. “It’s awesome to see the wheels turning.”
The district also recently added a literacy coach to support English Language Arts teachers at all levels. Other encouraging news included discussion of reading Lexile, a measure of students’ reading ability and text complexity. For example, a fifth grade textbook is written at a 725 to 920 Lexile, while an SAT passage is written at a 1200 to 1500 Lexile. Middle school students should grow about 70 Lexile points per year. Not only are Shelbyville Middle School students on track to reach 70, but many are well ahead. The average seventh grade student at SMS had already grown 77 points by December 2023.
“If you think about that being mid-year, we’ve already doubled expectations,” Mikus said.
The meeting concluded with discussion of Winter enrollment, which is traditionally lower than Fall due to students who transfer and graduate early. All SCS schools have slightly lower enrollment this Winter except Coulston Elementary, which has added 13 students.
Cristi Brant’s IN Business Shelby County podcast has launched, with the first episode featuring Jenna Martin, who discusses her Explore Shelby County initiative. (Editor’s note: It’s well worth a listen.)
NATIONAL NEWS: Jobs for athletes and coaches are projected to boom 9% by 2032, triple the growth rate of the overall job market, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Hopeful job candidates should note that the job entails “irregular schedules, including evenings, weekends, and holidays,” the agency said. (Quartz)
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This Day in Shelby County History
2014: Alfred Taylor was named Shelby County Chamber of Commerce John A. Hartnett Sr. Business Person of the Year. Taylor and his wife, Diane, had opened aba-creations to give local artists a venue to showcase their work.
2004: Demolition started on the interior of Porter Pool Bathhouse to prepare for renovations and the new Porter Center. Blocks removed from the interior showers would be saved with the hopes of using them elsewhere in construction.
1994: Tripling the inmate capacity at the Shelby County Jail had created a challenge: tripling the amount of trash. Previously, garbage from the jail was put in a large garbage bin with trash from the courthouse, but that would no longer be an option. County Commissioners discussed contracting with an outside service.
1984: Shelby County law enforcement officials proposed an amnesty program to help track down the 432 “fugitives” sought by local officials. Many of those sought were in regards to misdemeanor and minor criminal charges. Those who made it to court before they were arrested would be allowed to pay their fines and leave free, the proposal said. If they had to be coerced into court, they would pay, spend four days in jail and perform four days’ community service work. Every six months, every outstanding warrant had to be manually re-entered into the computer system, giving an additional reason to clear the books, Sheriff Rick Isgrigg said.
1974: Three Shelby County residents attended a science seminar at New York State University: Tom Wilkinson, Shelbyville High School senior; Roger Palmer, SHS teacher; and Cheryl Manford, Triton Central senior.
Lawrence McCarty, founder and owner-operator of McCarty Pump Sales, 15 Fourth St., sold the business to James Glanton of Carmel. Charles Shepherd, an employee of McCarty for several years, would remain with the firm.
1964: Shelbyville school board members visited several new high school facilities in Marion County, as they made plans for a 1965 addition to the city’s Senior High School, which would include physical education facilities. Enrollment was projected to be 1,800 students at SHS by 1970.
1954: Jacqueline Wertz, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Wertz of Mt. Auburn, was crowned queen of the annual Franklin College Kee-Ko-Nut dance held in the college gymnasium. Miss Wertz was a freshman pledge of Delta Delta Delta.
Local Democrats announced plans for the upcoming Jefferson-Jackson Day dinner. Organizers were Mr. and Mrs. Edison Leap, Mr. and Mrs. Herrin Brown, Mr. and Mrs. Wellbourne Snepp, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer McNay, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Kelley and Mrs. Marjorie Perkins.
1944: Shelby County’s waste paper campaign netted enough paper to fill 10 railroad cars, or 150 tons. Hendricks school won first prize by collecting 16,770 pounds for an average of 51.7 pounds per student.
Following a blizzard, temperatures finally reached the 30s. “Employees of the city street department here went back to the ‘good old days’ in their efforts to rid the city sidewalks of part of their burden of snow,” The Republican said. A horse-drawn sled was used to open the walkways for pedestrians. The Republican said the temperatures in North Dakota was 42 degrees below zero.
1934: A burglar hit the Daniel DePrez Ice and Coal Company, stealing a typewriter, a radio and $1.70 in cash.
A fan at the Shelbyville-Columbus game tried to distract the Shelbyville team by sitting near the team’s bench, blowing up large paper bags and attempting to bust them at key times. “However, each attempt ended in a fizzle,” the paper said, “succeeding in amusing everyone in the vicinity.”
1924: A local man pleaded guilty to assault and battery. He had been involved in a fight over automobile parking at Montgomery and Hodell streets.
Holding his young child, Earl Weimer stepped out onto the porch of his parents’ home and slipped on the ice, sending the baby out into the yard. Earl’s mother went out to rescue the child, and promptly fell. Earl’s wife was next, and “when her feet touched the ice she fell clear out into the yard.” Earl suffered a twisted ankle, his mom was bruised and his wife had a badly bruised arm. “Baby Weimer was not even scratched,” The Republican said.
1914: Edward Smith, 10, was stopped by police for trying to sell a 32-caliber revolver at John Oldfield’s jewelry store. The boy said the gun belonged to his father. The gun was taken to the police station, and the boy was told to have his father come after it.
Tonya Ann “Toni” Carlton, 84, of Morristown, passed away Saturday, February 10, 2024, at her home. She was born July 14, 1939, in Indianapolis, the daughter of Homer Glen and Katheryn Jane (Ferguson) Mitchell. On August 28, 1970, she married her husband of 53 years, Robert Eugene “Bob” Carlton, and he survives. In addition to Bob, Toni is survived by her sons, Kenny Carlton, Kevin Carlton and wife, Robin, and John Carlton, all of Gwynneville; daughters, Kathy Dice and husband, Ben, of Morristown, Julie Carlton, of Shelbyville, and Teresa Carlton of Gwynneville; daughter-in-law, Connie Carlton of Morristown; grandchildren, Rachael Wilhere, Heather Israel, Kenny Ailes, Kevin Ailes, Jeremy Carlton, Chad Carlton, Brandi Epperson, Katy Gaines, Tyler Carlton, Joshua Carlton, Andy Carlton, Jessica Brussow, Zachary Brussow, Kaidence and Draven Neeb, Ashley Flores, Charles Jonas and Lesley Jonas; and numerous great-grandchildren. Toni was preceded in death by her parents; son, Robert Elmer Carlton; brother, Philip A. Mitchell; and sister, Barbara D. Crosley.
She was a graduate of Greensburg High School. Toni formerly worked in the pharmacy at Wal-Mart.
A Gathering of Friends and Family will be from 4 to 6 pm, Wednesday, February 14, 2024, at Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Frazier Chapel, 124 E. North St. in Morristown. The Celebration of Toni’s life will follow at 6 pm, Wednesday, with Kevin Carlton officiating. Inurnment will be at Asbury Cemetery in Morristown. Memorial contributions may be made to the Morristown Boys and Girls Club, 307 West Main Street, Morristown, Indiana 46161 or Gwynneville Christian Church, 7104 E. Mulberry St., Gwynneville, Indiana 46144. Online condolences may be shared with Toni’s family at www.freemanfamilyfuneralhomes.com.
Brenda Jean De Arc Anthony, 35, of Shelbyville, passed away Sunday, February 11, 2024, at Major Health Partners in Shelbyville. She was born August 30, 1988, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the daughter of Cyrille and Brenda (Morris) Turcotte. Brenda is survived by her sisters, Bonnie Hopper of Coconut Creek, Florida, Rochelle Anthony of Naples, Florida, and Melissa Anthony of Orlando, Florida; and brother, Thomas Anthony of Colorado. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Brenda’s favorite colors were pink and orange.
Services have been entrusted to Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, 819 S. Harrison St., in Shelbyville. Online condolences may be shared with Brenda’s family at www.freemanfamilyfuneralhomes.com.