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Posted on Mon. Dec. 24, 2012 - 12:09 am EDT


Rewarding good behavior, monthly

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The monthly behavior reward activity has been in place at Shambaugh Elementary School since before current Principal Nicole Walker started, but this year the school hopes the program, along with other initiatives, will help reduce the number of referrals by 50 percent.

Teachers and staff hope to reach that goal by helping students set their own weekly, monthly and year-long behavior goals. Students earn points for good behavior, and achieving a certain number of points allows students to participate in the monthly reward activity.

“It provides an incentive, something for students to work for,” Walker said.

Points are taken away for disruptive behavior and referrals.

On Thursday, 370 students decorated cookies and watched a holiday movie for their monthly reward. The 20 students who couldn’t attend the event because of behavior stayed in their classrooms doing academic work, Walker said.

Adults in the building promote responsible behavior inside and outside the classroom, including on the playground and on the bus. At the beginning of the year, teachers stressed the behavior expectations in these various areas.

Walker said the areas most kids struggle with are fighting and horseplay, especially on the bus. She said bus drivers were brought in to discuss the incentive program and hold students to it.


•On Sept. 12 Martin Luther King Montessori School will celebrate its 45th anniversary. The school is looking for former students and alumni to share life stories. Contact the school at or call 260-423-4333


•Parents interested in information regarding Bishop Luers High School financial aid for the 2013-2014 school year should attend an information meeting at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 9 in the library. All financial and scholarship information will be shared and all questions will be answered. This is a general meeting and financial aid applications will be available at a registration.


•Woodlan Junior-Senior High School senior Blake Miller was named the tight end on the Indianapolis Colts High School Academic All-Star team.

Scott Espich of Homestead High School received the Founders Scholarship in the four-year amount of $64,000 from Franklin College.

Indiana Tech

•All campuses will be closed Dec. 24 and 25 for the Christmas holiday and Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 for the New Year’s holiday.

•Registration deadline for session 5 of the undergraduate program in the College of Professional Studies is Friday. Session 5 is the first session of the spring semester and runs Jan. 13-Feb. 16. Contact an admissions representative at 800-288-1766 for information on programs, admissions and registration or visit


•The Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs and the MLK Club Inc. of Fort Wayne are sponsoring the second annual Chocolate Hour at 7 p.m. Jan. 15 in the Walb Student Union International Ballroom. Joe Madison, well-known civil rights activist and radio personality, will be the keynote speaker, with a presentation titled “The Relevancy of the Dream in 2013 and Beyond.” The event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. For more information, please contact ODMA at 481-6608 or

Ivy Tech

•Ivy Tech Community College-Northeast now offers a certificate program in environmental technology. Courses for the program will begin in January. Interested individuals can train for a new career in as little as one year and work toward industry certifications from Environmental Protection Agency and Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Recipients of the certificate would qualify for jobs such as hazmat, safety and health technicians and water quality technicians. For more information or to get started, contact Harold McCard at 439-8387 or

Saint Francis

•The Master of Healthcare Administration at the University of Saint Francis has completed a transition from a hybrid of online and seated classes and now is enrolling students in its fully online format. The eight-week format for the online MHA provides convenience and flexibility for adult students who are already working, as well as recent bachelor’s degree graduates. Students can sign up for the spring semester of the fully online MHA through Jan. 14, 2013. For more information, contact Kari at or (855) 873-2527 (USF-CLASS) or visit

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