N.J.-S.P. School Board Approves Driver’s Education Offering

BluejayNorth Judson-San Pierre High School will offer driver’s education classes this summer on a first-come, first-served basis. The cost is $330 per student, with a $100 deposit payable to the school to reserve a spot. The class can accommodate up to 30 students. Principal Dr. Annette Zupin says enrollment is open to students from other area high schools as well as North Judson-San Pierre. Continue reading

Lilly Endowment Community Scholars Announced


Students from North Judson-San Pierre and Winamac Community high schools are recipients of the 2016 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship. Kyle Collins was nominated by the Community Foundation of Pulaski County, while Nicholas Sierzputowski was the Starke County Community Foundation’s nominee. Each of them will receive a four-year, full tuition scholarship to the Indiana College of their choice, as well as a $900 yearly stipend for books and equipment. Continue reading

N.J.-S.P. Principal Responds to Volleyball Allegations

BluejayThe WKVI News and Sports Departments and General Manager met this week with officials from North Judson-San Pierre High School to discuss allegations raised by two parents during the Tuesday, Oct. 21 ‘s school board meeting and reported by WKVI News. We received this response from them this morning and agreed to publish it in its entirety on our website. We have also removed the original story from our site in an effort to stop the spread of misinformation.
Statement From NJ-SP High School Principal (Annette Zupin):

As the principal of North Judson-San Pierre High School, I do not make a habit out of publicly commenting about school business.  The allegations of misconduct that were recently made at a school board meeting (and subsequently reported by WKVI) are serious.  I choose to comment publicly on this situation now because it is serious, and because it is important for anyone that has read the initial report to know the truth.   Continue reading

North Judson-San Pierre Students Stage Sit-In

Save The Band Room
North Judson-San Pierre students staged a sit-in to protest the relocation of the band room to the auditorium.

Students at North Judson-San Pierre High School staged a sit-in today to protest the school’s decision to move the band to the auditorium and turn the music suite into a weight room. Superintendent Lynn Johnson says in a letter to choral and band parents “the intention is not to devalue music.” She says the existing second floor weight room behind the bleachers is no longer structurally sound and must be located on the ground level. Johnson adds major renovations are not possible at this time due to financial concerns.

Her letter explains physical education is a required course of study for high school students, and the curriculum includes physical conditioning. Johnson says “this means all high school students use the weight room, not just athletes”.

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Vocational Program’s Fate Hinges on Balanced Calendar Adoption


At least one of the popular trade programs offered through the North Central Vocational Educational Cooperative could be in jeopardy as participating corporations weigh the pros and cons of a balanced school calendar. Kyle Elliott is instructor for the building trades program based at Culver Community High School. He says students from Knox and North Judson-San Pierre are also enrolled in the program. If the three schools are on different schedules, Elliott says it will put kids and parents in a really tough situation. Continue reading

Community Invited to N.J.-S.P. Grand March

NJSP High SchoolNorth Judson-San Pierre High School students and their dates are putting the “prom” in promenade on Saturday. For the first time, the school is hosting a grand march in the high school gym from 6 until 7 p.m. The community is invited to come see the prom goers in their formal finery before they head off to the main event at Chesapeake Run Golf Course east of town.

No Issues Reported at NJ-SP Schools

Superintendent Lynn Johnson
Superintendent Lynn Johnson
No issues were reported Friday at the North Judson-San Pierre School Corporation after an alleged bomb threat was found in a bathroom stall in the high school Thursday afternoon.

Law enforcement officers searched the high school and no device or other threat was found. All precautions were put into place to ensure student safety during school Friday.

Superintendent Lynn Johnson stated that there were no issues and attendance was down for the day on Friday.

All backpacks and bags were checked before school started Friday and officials are taking this situation very seriously. If an investigation produces a suspect, that person or persons could be charged with a felony charge of Intimidation.

North Judson-San Pierre School Board Approves Master Agreement

Superintendent Lynn Johnson
Superintendent Lynn Johnson
The North Judson-San Pierre School Board this week approved the master teacher’s agreement in a special meeting, and Superintendent Lynn Johnson said they’re pleased with how it turned out.

“It was quite a long process, but both sides have always had a wonderful working relationship with our teacher’s association and even though the process was long, it was very successful and I think both sides are very happy with the master agreement,” Johnson said.

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Athletic Director Explains What Is Required to Participate in School Sports

The beginning of the school year is quickly approaching, and many student athletes are gearing up to get back into the game. Rob Vessely, athletic director at North Judson-San Pierre High School, told WKVI that there are a number of forms that student athletes must fill out and turn in before they can compete in any IHSAA-sanctioned sports.

Vessely said two forms are required by IHSAA, including a physical form and a signed concussion waiver. The physical form indicates that the student has passed a physical exam and is capable of playing sports, while the second form focuses more on a potential injury.

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NJ-SP Graduate to Accompany Soldier’s Remains to Arlington National Cemetery


A North Judson-San Pierre graduate will be accompanying the remains of a Korean War soldier to Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C.

Army Lt. Col. Timothy W. Miller will be guarding the casket of Lt. Col. Don Faith Jr., of Washington, Indiana, to Faith’s final resting place in the most prestigious cemetery in the world. This is a huge honor that has been bestowed on the former Starke County resident.

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NJ-SP Academic Super Bowl Team Looking to Make It to State

North Judson-San Pierre High School
North Judson-San Pierre High School

The North Judson-San Pierre Academic Super Bowl team is speeding toward the state competition, as they snagged third place overall at the Lowell Invitational Academic Super Bowl competition on Thursday, March 7.

The Blue Jays received second place in Mathematics and Fine Arts as they skillfully answered questions about “The Glory That Was Greece,” and earned third place in Interdisciplinary and Science. The total score of all the NJSP teams won them a third place overall finish behind Lowell and Munster.

Now, the NJ-SP Academic Super Bowl team is gearing up for the Conference Super Bowl Competition, set to take place at River Forest High School on March 12. The area competition will take place at NJ-SP High School on Tuesday, April 16, with 16 area schools competing for a chance to make their way to the state competition on May 4.

North Judson-San Pierre High School Teacher Awarded $10,000 Grant

A North Judson-San Pierre High School science teacher has been announced as one recipient of the Teacher Creativity Fellowship Program grant, giving her $10,000 to fund a personally-renewing and intellectually-revitalizing project.

Teacher Donna Keller said she will be using the money to travel across the country studying biodiversity with the intent of bringing back loads of information to better engage her students in the learning process.

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North Judson-San Pierre Drama Dept. to Present “Fiddler on the Roof”

Fiddler on the RoofThe North Judson-San Pierre High School Drama Department has announced that they will be performing “Fiddler on the Roof” this year and Choir Director Donna Ness said she’s excited to show off her seasoned cast, explaining the majority of the cast this year is composed of seniors who have been on the stage for most of their high school careers.

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North Judson-San Pierre Decathlon Team Heads to Nationals

Front:  Rhiannon Millard, Samantha Amrine, Anna Mullens. Middle:  Cheyenne Minix, Jacob Kieszkowski. Back:  Jonathon Hileman, Nicholas Sierzputowski, Steven Miller, Robert Miller.
Front: Rhiannon Millard, Samantha Amrine, Anna Mullens. Middle: Cheyenne Minix, Jacob Kieszkowski. Back: Jonathon Hileman, Nicholas Sierzputowski, Steven Miller, Robert Miller.
North Judson-San Pierre High School will soon have the honor of representing Indiana in the small school division of the Online National Academic Decathlon competition following their victory in the State Academic Decathlon competition. The Small School State Champion, the NJ-SP Academic Decathlon team beat nearest competitor Reitz Memorial of Evansville by over 2200 points with a team score of 34,521.5 during the competition on Feb. 8 and 9.

The nine-member team earned 29 medals and placed first as a team in Language and Literature, Music, Economics, and Social Science. The Bluejays earned second place in the Oral Super Quiz, taking questions from all the subject areas except Mathematics. The quiz is an open competition in which the 20 state finalist schools compete against one another, with the rest of the competition divided into large schools and small schools. Ten schools compete in each division.

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Financial Aid Night Scheduled at NJ-SP High School

North Judson-San Pierre High School
North Judson-San Pierre High School

A Financial Aid Night is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 11 at the North Judson-San Pierre High School.

A college rep will be present to discuss the financial aid process. Parents will be able to go through the process of completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, form that must be done online. The deadline to submit the FAFSA form is Sunday, March 10.

This informational session will begin at 6:30 p.m. CT in the North Judson-San Pierre High School Library. Guidance Director Colleen McCarty can help answer any questions about the session. Call her at (574) 896-2158 ext. 225.

North Judson Seniors, Staff Prepare For Graduation Ceremonies

North Judson-San Pierre Superintendent Lynn Johnson

Seniors from the North Judson-San Pierre High School participated in their final events for their high school careers this week. Superintendent Lynn Johnson said a banquet was held Wednesday night for the students.

“We had our Senior Night and we did recognize many of our Senior students with scholarships from different community organizations,” said Johnson. “We did honor our Valedictorian, who is John Eckert, and the Salutatorian Christopher Lippelt. Both boys have done a wonderful job in their school careers academically, athletically, and in community service.”

A staff breakfast has also been scheduled for today at 8 a.m., something that Johnson says is done every year.

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