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Nancy Coltun Webster


Whiting raising funds for wild, wacky Mascot Hall of Fame

The city with the wit to create Pierogi Fest is betting on the Mascot Hall of Fame.
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Schools taking wait-and-see attitude toward DeVos, McCormick

Local education leaders are adopting a wait-and-see attitude in the wake of the election of Donald Trump as president and Republican Jennifer McCormick as the Indiana state superintendent of public instruction to replace Glenda Ritz. The issues of "school choice" and allocation of federal Title I dollars loom large for traditional public, charter and private schools.
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AP students' summers filled without books, tests

Advanced Placement Chemistry students are typical students, said Lake Central instructor Kendal Smith recently as he read some of the names that are posted on his "Walls of Fame" in his classroom. "Mark played football and played the trumpet. The kids who played in the band, they did band all summer," he said.
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New director, same Tribe of Pride

To the end!" calls Jen Chavarria, head drum major for the Lake Central Marching Band Tribe of Pride. The sharp clack-clack-clack of the metronome echoes across the pavement as the trumpets tilt their instruments up and take several steps to the right and several steps back. Up to the front come the tubas.
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On last legs, ISTEP testing, debate lingers

As the Indiana Department of Education cracks open the window for ISTEP testing this week, legislators agree the state's standardized testing program needs a breath of fresh air. The Senate recently passed a bill 38-10 that provides the ISTEP program expires July 1, 2017 and establishes a panel to study alternatives to the testing and to make recommendations for replacing the program.
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PNC, state commission seeking solution to looming dual-credit problem

As many high school dual-credit instructors without an appropriate master's degree may wonder what they'll do after a state requirement changes in 2017, Purdue North Central has an online option while a state committee also addresses the issue. Purdue North Central, one of the seven Indiana institutions accredited by the National Alliance for Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships, is offering an online graduate program for high school teachers at its 50 partner high schools.
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Lake Central project in final stretch before school starts

Soon the last of the dust will be swept away from Lake Central High School leaving only the sweet smell of new construction and the memory of a mammoth undertaking for administrators, faculty, students and those who came together to get the job done. "We constructed a quality facility that will last a long time," said Larry Veracco, superintendent of Lake Central School Corp.
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Job one for schools: changing workforce

To better prepare children for the competition they'll face for jobs as adults, Highland aims to ramp up its science, technology, engineering and math curriculum and engage students at an earlier age. Indiana has 2.4 STEM jobs per unemployed person. To better prepare children for the competition they'll face for jobs as adults, Highland aims to ramp up its science, technology, engineering and math curriculum, and engage students at an earlier age.
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DOC 200 helps students learn good citizenship

Editor's note: On Dec. 11, 1816, Indiana became the 19th state in the Union. On Jan. 28, 1836, Porter County was created. A year later, on Jan. 18, Lake County became independent. As the state celebrates its bicentennial, the Post-Tribune will be taking a regular look back at the history of Northwest Indiana.
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Award winner not your traditional historian

Ken Schoon opens the door to his small office on the third floor of the Library Conference Center at Indiana University Northwest and says he's "absolutely flabbergasted" to have won the 2016 Dorothy Riker Hoosier Historian Award. The award will be presented during the Founders Day dinner and awards banquet Dec. 5 at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center in Indianapolis.
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Kindergarten class growth presents challenges

A table of kindergartners listen almost patiently as one of the students reads aloud from his book, "I…like…to……bike…" "Ellie, it's your turn. Do you want to read the whole thing to me?" asks Becky Rycerz, kindergarten teacher at Mildred Merkley Elementary School in Highland. The little girl is delighted as she starts the story from the beginning.
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Athletes helping others off the field of play

A tangle of lanky teen-age boys in sweatshirts and baseball hats are crowding under the back hatch of a minivan. They are laughing and joking around, but they are here to help. One-by-one they pull bags of groceries out of the van and carry them into the administration offices at Campagna Academy in Schererville late Wednesday afternoon.
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Nancy Coltun Webster is a professional journalist and graphic designer from the Chicago metropolitan area. Most recently, she has been writing local features and taking photos for the Post-Tribune.
Nancy works as a digital assets content manager, writing and editing copy and customizing web graphics. Past clients include non-profit organizations -- the Jewish Federation of Northwest Indiana and Esophageal Cancer Action Network. Nancy also was Deputy Special Reports Editor for Advertising Age in Chicago from 1998 to 2001.



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