“I can’t say I actually planned this path - this path was planned for me.”
Before she dove headfirst into the field of social work, Tyra Robinson-Walker had very different goals in mind.
Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and so much more to look forward to that will get the holiday season started. Time to enjoy that time of year were everything is a bit more magical and heartwarming with events like the great Crown Point Winter Market, classic A Charlie Brown Christmas', exciting Orak Shrine Circus, and the colorful Highland Fall Craft Show. Check out our 10 Fun Things to Do in Northwest Indiana for November 23rd - 25th!
What’s Recently Happened?
With the school year finally underway, students and staff have finally gotten comfortable with the routine. Recently, students and parents sat down with teachers for parent teacher conference night. The night was helpful for parents, especially if they have any questions or concerns regarding their student. It was a great night for parents to chat with the teachers.
As the first quarter of the year just ended, students now only have three quarters left to go until the end of another school year. Most recently, Westville celebrated Veterans at their Veterans Day program, honoring those past and present for serving our country. All students, grades K-12, experienced and participated in the program.
A wonderful presentation was put on by the Westville High School...
Teacher Spotlight: Señora McDonnell
My name is Ric Frataccia. I live in Fishers, Indiana with my wife, Luba, and our two boys, Aidan (11) and Ryder (6). I am the oldest of Dr. E. Ric Frataccia and Mrs. Kaye Frataccia’s two sons.
During Doc’s time as Assistant Superintendent and later Superintendent at Portage Township Schools I had the pleasure to work with him as both a member of the community and later as school attorney. He was an inspirational, once in a generation leader. I have never met a more competent person in education. However, what inspired you most about him was his passion for children and their learning. It drove everything he did – everything. It was why he woke up in the morning. It was his why.
Elissa Affeld dedicates her life to the betterment of children in Northwest Indiana. As a Youth Specialist for the CASA program, she works with young adults who are ageing out of the foster care program. She is passionate about fighting for the needs of her children.
With snow everywhere to be found then it is time for some winter fun to be had! Stay warm and enjoy some great events this weekend like the exhilarating First Skate at Central Park Plaza's Ice Rink to Benefit the Valpo Parks Foundation, tasty La Pour Brew & Wine Fest at La Porte Civic Auditorium, colorful Opportunity Enterprise's ARTability 2018 at Valparaiso University, classic "The Sound of Music" at Chesterton High School, and more. Check out our 10 Fun Things to Do in Northwest Indiana for November 16th - 18th!
Now almost 10 years ago we started this crazy mission, and the cliff notes version has been a story made up of one part innovation, two parts madness, three doses of perseverance, and a relentless response to the question of what good news do you have to share.
Teacher Spotlight: Daniel Jeffers
Daniel Jeffers, La Porte High School teacher, has become a friendly face throughout the hallways. Through his time teaching several subjects, on top of coaching Cross Country and basketball, it is rare to find a LPHS student who has not heard of Mr. Jeffers.
“No matter what we’re doing, his class is always fun to be in. His goofy personality makes it easier to be engaged in his lessons,” Grace Miller, senior, said.
Jeffers has taught U.S. History, World History, World Geography, Current Events, Government, and Psychology classes throughout the past 18 years. After developing a love for Social Studies in middle school, and having a few inspiring teachers along the way, Jeffers knew he wanted to teach.
“It just seemed natural to want to teach and share my passion...
When she was in 8th Grade, Della Lyle attended a local music festival in her small Wyoming hometown. To her dismay, she noticed attendees neglecting to recycle their cans properly. Lyle marched over to the festival’s emcee and asked him to please remind the audience to recycle their cans the correct way.