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Kindergarten Registration Information

Kindergarten Registration Information Each year, our 14 elementary schools have the honor of welcoming around 1,000 new students to their educational home. Our youngest students bring an eagerness and enthusiasm that is a daily inspiration to all of us at Elkhart Community Schools. Here is a run-down of the most important [...]

Kindergarten Registration Information2019-02-21T13:07:42+00:00

Perspective: Steve Thalheimer, Superintendent

Steve Thalheimer, Superintendent of Schools I have always considered myself a teacher. In any role I have assumed in education, I have viewed it as an opportunity to work alongside students, staff, parents, school boards, community members, legislators, and policy makers to help all stakeholders understand public education, to strive for [...]

Perspective: Steve Thalheimer, Superintendent2019-02-21T11:25:54+00:00

Elkhart Community Schools Announces Record-Breaking Graduation Rate

Elkhart Community Schools Announces Record-Breaking Graduation Rate For the tenth consecutive year, Elkhart Community Schools has demonstrated growth in high school graduation rates. ECS is thrilled to announce the highest graduation rate – 95% –  in district history for the Class of 2018. In 2008, when 62.7% of students graduated and the local Elkhart [...]

Elkhart Community Schools Announces Record-Breaking Graduation Rate2019-01-08T09:07:35+00:00

Esports: A game-changer for Elkhart students

Esports: A game-changer for Elkhart students In a computer lab along the science hall at Elkhart Central High School, a group of 20 students regularly gather for hours after school and on weekends. Under the word “Arkadia” – the name they’ve chosen for their lab – the students equip themselves with headsets and keyboards [...]

Esports: A game-changer for Elkhart students2018-10-17T15:05:57+00:00

Perspective: Wes Molyneaux, Technology Integration

Perspective: Wes Molyneaux, Technology Integration As the Director of Technology Integration, my job puts me at the crossroads between instruction and technology. This is an exciting place to be!  Historically, technology was used in the educational arena as a tool to increase efficiency rather than truly change how students learn and demonstrate what they [...]

Perspective: Wes Molyneaux, Technology Integration2018-10-17T10:48:39+00:00

Designing a Corn Maze

Designing a Corn Maze Since the beginning of this school year, students in Britney Goff’s and Gio Ponciano’s fourth grade classroom have been using technology to re-imagine and redesign the corn maze at Kercher’s Sunrise Orchards. “As a Project Based Learning activity, our students have the task of redesigning the Kercher’s corn maze,” said [...]

Designing a Corn Maze2018-10-17T10:44:54+00:00

Student Tech Team tackles real-world troubleshooting

Student Tech Team tackles real-world troubleshooting With over 1,700 electronic devices being used every day by students and staff at Elkhart Memorial, there are bound to be technical issues. For a group of 13 students at Elkhart Memorial, these issues provide opportunities for hands-on learning. Known as the “student tech team,” this group of [...]

Student Tech Team tackles real-world troubleshooting2018-10-17T10:39:29+00:00

Exploring the World with VR Technology

Exploring the World with VR Technology While much of the talk around the district is focused on the one-to-one iPad technology, students in Jennifer Summers’ Environmental Science class at Elkhart Memorial are experiencing new worlds through a different type of technology: VR (virtual reality) technology using Google Cardboard and iPods. “Students are using VR [...]

Exploring the World with VR Technology2018-10-17T10:33:55+00:00

When Music Theory meets iPad

When Music Theory meets iPad When we think of music and iPads, our minds likely turn toward YouTube and Spotify. For students in Kyle Miller’s orchestra class at Pierre Moran Middle School, iPads are a tool for building their knowledge of the very fundamentals of music through an interactive website and app, via musictheory.net. [...]

When Music Theory meets iPad2018-10-17T10:28:04+00:00