Oregon-Davis to Host Back-to-School Open House Next Wednesday

The Oregon-Davis School Corporation will welcome students back to school next week. O-D will host its annual back-to-school open house on Wednesday, August 7 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Hot dogs, chips, and water will be served, and a mobile health bus will be there to provide immunizations and sports physicals. Students, parents, guardians, and community members are invited to attend.

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Starke County Students Receive Back-to-School Shopping Assistance During “Shop with a Cop”

Photo Source: NJ Town Photographer Peggy Bohac

More than 50 Starke County students received some back-to-school shopping assistance on Sunday during the annual Kankakee Valley Fraternal Order of Police “Shop with a Cop” event.

North Judson Town Marshall Kelly Fisher discussed the experience during her report at Monday night’s town council meeting. Continue reading

International Cultural Exchange Services Seeks Local Host Families

Representatives with the International Cultural Exchange Services (I.C.E.S) are seeking loving families willing to open their homes to a student from another country.

I.C.E.S Northwest Indiana Field Manager Jamie LeDonne works with local coordinators to find host families and she provides guidance and advice to ensure that the exchange student and the host families are receiving all the support that they need. Continue reading

Substitutes Interested in Teaching at NJ-SP Are Invited to Attend This Week’s Information Session

Returning substitute teachers and those interested in subbing are invited to attend an information session at North Judson-San Pierre tomorrow.

The community’s substitutes are being asked to come to the Bluejay Meeting Room at the North Judson-San Pierre Middle School at 11 a.m. on Tuesday in order to learn more about working for the NJ-SP school corporation. Continue reading

USDA Makes it Their Mission to Make School Lunches Healthier

Healthy_Hunger_Free_Kids_Act-300x233It’s back-to-school season and that means you’ll no longer be in control of what your child is eating for breakfast and lunch every day. Luckily, the United States Department of Agriculture oversees school lunches nationally. Back in 2010 the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act was put in place to transform the school food environment in order to promote better nutrition, combat childhood hunger and reduce the likelihood of developing obesity. Continue reading

Back-to-School Vaccination Reminder

bewiseAre back-to-school vaccinations on your end of the summer to-do-list? If not, they should be. Regardless of what grade your child is going into, there are required immunizations they must receive or have listed on their medical records. The requirements and recommendations are in alignment with the routine vaccination schedules from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. Continue reading

KHS Laptop Pick-Up Dates Provided

macbookStudents attending Knox Community Schools will have their first official day on Tuesday, August 4th. Prior to that first day back, high school students must obtain their laptops from the school. This can be done during Freshman orientation on July 31st from 8 until 11 am or during back-to-school night on August 3rd from 4 until 6 pm. Orientation pick-up is limited to Freshman students only. Continue reading

Free Dental Exams at I.U. Health La Porte Dental Center for Children Who Qualify

toothThe Indiana University Health La Porte Dental Center is offering free dental exams to children to kids with no dental insurance. The exams are by appointment only on August 4th, 5th, 7th and 8th from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m. and August 6th and 13th from 4 p.m until 6 p.m. Not only will children receive an exam that fulfills area school requirements but children will also get a free bag of dental-related gifts. Continue reading

Students Gearing Up to Head Back to School This Week


It’s back to school week throughout the Kankakee Valley and many children are doing their best to enjoy these last few days of freedom from teachers, homework and classes. Registration is behind them, they’ve got their shots and it’s time to begin the new school year.

At Knox Community Schools, students will be heading to the classrooms for their first day back today. Elementary students begin their day at 7:50 a.m. and leave at 2:50 p.m.; middle school students start at 7:35 a.m., leaving at 2:40 p.m.; and high school students begin at 8 a.m. and leave at 2:55 p.m. Students will be dismissed a half-hour early every Friday.

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School Starts This Week; Drive Safely!

This week marks the start of school for many area children, and with the additional bus traffic on the roads, it is vitally important that drivers be extra cautious and keep a watch out for children who may be in or near the road. According to Brack Rowe, chief deputy at the Starke County Sheriff’s Department, slowing down is the best thing you can do in the early morning or mid-afternoon hours.

“Just be extra cautious,” Rowe said. “Kids are going to be out and about, especially at the beginning of school, some of the kids are going to be anxious, so just slow the driving down and be more cautious about the area, especially if you’re going through a populated neighborhood. Just slow the speed down and be more cautious in your travels.”

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Return To School Went Smoothly Throughout Kankakee Valley

This was the first week of school for area students.

Superintendent A.J. Gappa talks about how the first week went for Knox Community School students.

“After talking to the principals at each building, I guess the one word we could use is smooth,” said Gappa. “There were no major glitches. Bus loading and unloading seemed to go well. I talked to the people at the transportation garage and all of the routes seemed to be in place and moving well. I don’t have any preliminary numbers, but hopefully our student population is at least as much as last year.”

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School Year Approaching – Drive Safe!

The school year begins for most students in our area on Tuesday, so be aware that student traffic will be picking up as they begin walking or biking to school.

The afternoon hours are particularly dangerous for children who walk from school. Drivers are asked to slow down around schools and watch carefully for kids who may emerge suddenly from between two parked cars. Children riding bicycles are often inexperienced, unsteady, and unpredictable, so be sure to slow down and allow at least three feet of passing distance between your vehicle and the bicycle.

If your child drives to school, remind them of these safety tips as they navigate to school. Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the U.S. and more than one in four fatal crashes involving teen drivers occur during the after school hours of 3–7 p.m.

Back to School Health and Wellness Fair Set For Aug. 1

Healthlinc, Inc. will be hosting the third annual Back to School Health and Wellness Fair on Wednesday, August 1 from 3 to 6 p.m. CT at the Knox Healthlinc Clinic, located at 104 E. Culver Road.

During this event, donated backpacks and supplies will be given to school-aged children, immunizations will be provided, and sports physicals will be available for uninsured and under-insured children. Other information and entertainment will also be offered.

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