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St. Mary's Broadcasting Club Makes Trip to WGN TV Studios in Chicago

St-Marys-Broadcasting-Club-Makes-Trip-to-WGN-TV-Studios-in-Chicago-2017_01On Thursday, November 16th, students from St. Mary Catholic Community School in Crown Point traveled to Chicago to visit the WGN Television Studio. Students were given a personal tour by news anchor Lourdes Duarte. The 13 student group, split over two crews, runs St. Mary's School news broadcast, WSMW, on a daily basis. As in years past the crews consists of sports reporters, weather specialists and crew anchors. This season new roles have been created for filming/sound engineers and film editors. Club Moderator Anthony Pagorek said, "I wanted to find roles for students that aren't comfortable being an on-camera personality. There are so many production roles and skills "behind the scenes" that I wanted to expose to our students to throughout...

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Merrillville Intermediate Participates in 2017 Anti-Bully Week

Merrillville-Intermediate-Participates-in-2017-Anti-Bully-WeekMerrillville Intermediate School celebrated American Education Week by inviting school and community members to visit. Town Council President, Richard Hardaway, Merrillville Police Chief Joseph Petruch, Commander Robert Wiley, and Patrolman and Merrillville School Resource Officer Kevin Furman participated in Pirate Power Advisory Time where students greet each other in a circle and build community and focus on character education lessons.

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Purdue University Northwest Honors John Friend with Basketball Court Namesake, Evening of Celebration


To some he was known as “Coach,” to others he was known as a father figure, but to all he was known as “Friend.” John Friend, Purdue University Northwest’s athletics consultant, has made quite the legacy in his 37 years serving Purdue Northwest’s athletic department, and has inspired generations after him to carry on his legend.

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Indiana University Northwest Chancellor’s Medallion Celebration Honors Exemplary Community Members


Indiana University Northwest held its annual Chancellor’s Medallion Celebration at Avalon Manor in Merrillville Thursday night. The Chancellor’s Medallion is a prestigious award that is presented annually by the Chancellor of IU Northwest, William Lowe, to those who personify excellence in the community.

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Lowell High School Spell Bowl Team Compete At State For Second Consecutive Year

Lowell-High-School-Spell-Bowl-Team-Compete-At-State-For-Second-Consecutive-YearThe Lowell High School Spell Bowl team has kicked off the 2017-2018 Academic Team competition season with two victories. At the Northwest Hoosier Conference Tournament, Lowell defeated their closest competitor North Newton by four words. Lowell followed their Conference Tournament championship by winning the Lowell Regional competition, which qualifies the spell bowl team for state finals in the Senior Division for the second consecutive year.

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Lowell High School Honored By Dr. Jennifer McCormick at Dual Credit Ceremony

Lowell_High_School_Honored_By_Dr__Jennif-1Lowell High School was recognized at the Indiana Statehouse in the North Atrium on Monday November 6, 2017 by Dr. Jennifer McCormick, State Superintendent of Education, during a ceremony for Dual Credit Course success. The ceremony recognized schools that achieved a minimum of 30% success rate in providing students with access to and success in dual credit courses during the 2015-2016 school year. Mrs. Lori Pavell, Principal of Lowell High School attended the ceremony along with Ms. Shannon Richards, Assistant Principal of Lowell High School as Lowell High School students met the bronze standard with over 40% participation.

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Taft Academic Spell Bowl Team Wins State Runner-Up in 2017

Taft-Academic-Spell-Bowl-Team-Wins-State-Runner-Up-in-2017Congratulations to the Taft Academic Spell Bowl Team for becoming the State Runner-Up on Saturday at Purdue University in Lafayette. It was a hard fought battle lead by Capitan, Daniel Sibincic. The final outcome was determined by a double tiebreaker. This is the first time in Taft’s history that a Spell Bowl has ever finished in the top two and the second year in a row that they have finished in the top 3.

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Preparing the Region’s Students for the Knowledge Economy

IUN-William-J-LoweThe economic prosperity and future success of our nation, and of Northwest Indiana, depends on our intellectual capital.

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Merrillville Intermediate School Title 1 Department Hosts Annual Family Fun Night

Merrillville-Intermediate-School-Title-1-Department-Hosts-Annual-Family-Fun-Night-2017The MIS Title 1 Department hosted their annual Family Fun Night on Monday in the school’s cafeteria. The theme this year was Pizza Pizzazz! Families were invited to come together for an evening full of food, fellowship, and fraction fun! Students were encouraged to participate in a few welcoming activities, such as graphing their favorite pizza toppings, pizza vocab bean bag toss, and drawing pizza fractions.

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Duneland Schools Update, November 10, 2017

Duneland-Schools-Update-11-10-17_01Pumpkin Contest Winners
Liberty Intermediate School and their Student Council hosted their annual pumpkin decorating contest recently. The kids have a week to decorate a pumpkin in a creative way. All the classes come up with amazing ideas but Sheri Simmons's fifth grade class won with a perfect score of 25 to be the winner for fifth grade. Front, left to right, Michael Dado, Lindsey Stott, Brandon Ross, Cody Ello, Tyler Miller and Matt Villarreal. Row 2, Taylor Ondras, Aiden McConnell, Jake Walker, Ava Casselman, Jazalyn Gordon-Hooks, Johnathan Erdei and Nolan Johnston. Back row, teacher Sheri SImmons, Luke Lively, Cole Taylor, Isabelle Connors, Carmen Stark, Valeria Udave and Ava Kontos. Teacher Troy Young's sixth grade class, not pictured, won for the sixth grade for turning their...

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Veterans Honored at St. Mary School in Crown Point

Veterans-Honored-at-St-Mary-School-in-Crown-Point-2017St. Mary Catholic Community School in Crown Point wishes to thank all the veterans who attended the school’s Veterans Day program. State Trooper, Zachary Beaver (Army) gave an inspirational speech to the students and veterans in attendance and showed a slideshow of his military career which included serving in Iraq.

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