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Superintendent's Monthly Column in the Versailles Republican

GUEST COLUMN MARCH 2022

The 2022 Indiana Legislative Session recently wrapped up and there was somelanguage regarding eLearning Days that was added to a bill that ended up passinginto law. The new law states that schools may not use more than three eLearningDays in a school year unless the eLearning Days contain "synchronous learning" forat least 50% of the day. The term ...
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GUEST COLUMN FEBRUARY 2022

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government passed legislation that provided three rounds of federal dollars to schools across the country to help mitigate the negative impacts of the pandemic. Both The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, and the American Rescue Plan (ARP), put dollars into the Elementary an...
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GUEST COLUMN JANUARY 2022

In today's column I am going to touch on a variety of topics to provide an update on some of the many things that are happening at South Ripley. STEM Certification Application: South Ripley Elementary School recently submitted its application to the Indiana Department of Education to become a STEM Certified School. SRES scored 74 out of a possible ...
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GUEST COLUMN DECEMBER 2021

Over the past several years it has become customary for varsity basketball teams to play in tournaments over the winter break. These tournaments provide an opportunity to compete against teams outside of your local area, help teams prepare for post-season play, and break up the monotony of practices over break. What typically gets left out of these...
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GUEST COLUMN NOVEMBER 2021

Principal Derik Hutton was recently notified that U.S. News and World Report has named South Ripley Junior High School a "Best Middle School" in Indiana. SRJHS achieved the honor by placing among the top 30% of public middle schools in the state as ranked by U.S. News. U.S. News has been ranking high schools and colleges for many years, but this is...
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GUEST COLUMN SEPTEMBER 2021

It is hard to believe we have just about completed the first quarter of the 2021-22 school year. With the annual Pumpkin Show now behind us, we are moving in to the busy fall season at school. It was definitely an exciting week of Pumpkin Show activities in Versailles last week. This event always provides a great deal of entertainment for our stude...
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GUEST COLUMN AUGUST 2021

Although we are very pleased with the way the school year has started at South Ripley, there have been some sad days in regard to the passing of two staff members in the month of August. We continue to send our heartfelt condolences and prayers for peace and comfort to the families of high school counselor Brad Bryant and corporation bus driver Duk...
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Guest Column July 2021

The 2021-22 school year will kick off August 4 at South Ripley and we are looking forward to another great year. The start of the school year means that drivers will begin to notice school buses on the road once again. Please be advised that on two lane roadways all oncoming traffic is required to stop when a school bus stops. Of course, traffic fo...
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Guest Column June 2021

We celebrated commencement exercises for the South Ripley Class of 2021 on Saturday, May 28 and had a wonderful ceremony. This class has certainly had to deal with a lot of challenges during the last two years of their high school career, but they not only survived, they thrived. Principal Joe Ralston shared the following statistics about the Class...
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Guest Column April 2021

 We are entering the home stretch of perhaps the most unique school year in South Ripley history. I have been extremely pleased to see many activities taking place once again this spring that had to be canceled last spring. One such activity was the South Ripley High School prom, which was held on Saturday, April 10.I want to commend Junior Cl...
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