Teacher Spotlight: Daniel Jeffers
Daniel Jeffers, La Porte High School teacher, has become a friendly face throughout the hallways. Through his time teaching several subjects, on top of coaching Cross Country and basketball, it is rare to find a LPHS student who has not heard of Mr. Jeffers.
“No matter what we’re doing, his class is always fun to be in. His goofy personality makes it easier to be engaged in his lessons,” Grace Miller, senior, said.
Jeffers has taught U.S. History, World History, World Geography, Current Events, Government, and Psychology classes throughout the past 18 years. After developing a love for Social Studies in middle school, and having a few inspiring teachers along the way, Jeffers knew he wanted to teach.
“It just seemed natural to want to teach and share my passion...
As the school year progresses, new and exciting changes accompany our path towards the holidays. Joining the East Porter County family is Miss Stephanie Hunsley, a young teacher taking over various Kouts’ math classes. Her expertise covers Geometry, Algebra, Trigonometry, Probability, Statistics and AP Statistics. Going on her fifth year of teaching, she is excited to join Kouts High School team.
Ms. Hunsley shared experiences covering her current class and students, as well as at her previous school.
As a teacher at Valparaiso High School, she always expected her students to put forth an honest effort and ask for help and still does. She continues to engage with her students as often as possible as a way for students to better understand her...
The River Forest academic team has always had a good reputation, being one of the few teams from a low-income community with consistent overall scores year after year. Though they have never been able to bring home the spell bowl state championship, this year had a golden opportunity to change school history.
On October 29, 2018 the academic team traveled to Lowell High School to compete in the Indiana Academic Spell Bowl Area competition where they received a score of 69. This crowned them area champions for the first time in school history. The next day the IASP released the statewide results that revealed which schools will advance to the upcoming state competition at Purdue University. The combined team score not only won their division but also...
Student Spotlight: Gabe Sanchez
Teacher Spotlight: Señora McDonnell
Mrs. Andrea McDonnell, or Señora as her students know her, has worked at La Lumiere for 15 years. She teaches Spanish 1, Spanish 4, Spanish Literature, and AP Spanish Language & Culture. Mrs. McDonnell is originally from Michigan City still lives there now, married with two kids. McDonnell attended the University of Dayton and has been teaching for 20 years in total.
Teacher Spotlight: Mr. Russell
The Boone Grove High School staff create a space where students can be the best versions of themselves. English teacher, Mr. Josh Russell, works endlessly to promote his student’s success.
As the fall sports season comes to an end, Munster athletes have been soaking in their final moments on the field and courts. There have been multiple notable moments in sports this year so far, some of the fall accomplishments including Seniors Zack Schmidt and Frank Wolf making the final four in Tennis State Doubles, Munster Volleyball being sectional champs and making regional semi-finals, and girls Cross Country ending their season 2nd place conference champs. Students now gear up for the off season as outside temperatures begin to fall, but that will not cease their ambition to strive for next years success.
(Winning seniors celebrate after the class olympics - Photo Credit: Jeremy Lugbill)
Earlier this month, Michigan City High School showed its spirit during the week of Homecoming. From spirit week to the class olympics to game night itself, the students represented their school through fun activities that everyone could be involved in.
Student council mapped out most of the week, especially the spirit days and assembly. The goal of the week was not only to feature the homecoming candidates, but to have the four classes compete for the Spirit Stick through various events.
Spirit week consisted of a new theme each day: pajama day, decades day, half and half day, celebrity day, and class color day. Each day, all students in spirit wear were...
English teacher Penny-Jo Morris recently dyed her hair bright pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
What’s Recently Happened?
Fall has arrived! For the community of Westville, that means it’s time for our annual Pumpkin Festival and parade. Each year the Pumpkin Festival takes place at Prairie Meadow Park, where many vendors come from all over the area. This year, the fest took place on the weekend of September 28th through September 30th. Along with visiting all the shops each vendor has to offer, the Pumpkin Festival has much more to provide for a weekend full of entertainment for the whole family.
What’s Recently Happened?
On October 10th, standardized testing hit the halls of the Gladiators. While the sophomores and juniors tackled the PSAT, the seniors and the freshmen had an educational experience. The freshmen counselor, Mrs. Farmer, and the National Honor Society sponsor, Mrs. Osan, asked for the help of the National Honor Society members to create an “advice panel” for the freshmen. Those who participated in the advice panel answered questions that every freshman should know. How to cope with stress, how to stay out of drama, and the importance of extracurricular activities were all questions that the National Honor Society members answered.