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Obama Announces Grant for Purdue Electric Vehicle Education Program

President Barack Obama announced Wednesday (Aug. 5) that Purdue University will receive a $6.1 million grant to develop degree and training programs for electric vehicles.

Purdue will partner with Notre Dame University, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Ivy Tech Community College, Purdue University Calumet and Indiana University Northwest to develop the program. The goal is to educate and train the work force needed to design, manufacture and maintain advanced electric vehicles and...

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Change in Education

As I get ready to start my student teaching; I am becoming more and more excited about the experience. I spent the last couple of days out of the office attending teacher workshops that were being offered to teaching staff where I would be teaching. The presentation was done very well and was very informative. Like any other field, teaching is constantly evolving and testing new theories and methods of teaching. Some work, others do not. It's important that we take what works and improve upon it, and learn from the methods that don't and examine them to see why they are ineffective.

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09 Wells Scholars Announced at IU Includes VHS Graduate

Indiana University announced that 18 entering freshmen and two current IU juniors will join the more than 420 others who have been named Wells Scholars since the first class enrolled in 1990.

Sonia Phadke, of Valparaiso, Ind., valedictorian and a graduate of Valparaiso High School with an International Baccalaureate Diploma was among those announced as 2009 Wells Scholars. A National Merit Scholar, an AP Scholar and a Hoosier Scholar, Phadke was a four-year member of the Science Olympiad team, winning 14 state medals and the 2008 national...

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New School Board Selection Process Benefitted from Public Input

Among the three nominees to be elected to the Valparaiso School Board, one issue was clear: the school board needs to be more open to the public. Luckily, the selection process for electing school board members has changed, creating a system for public input.

For the selection process, public input was sent in, and the selection committee whittled the public’s concerns down to several questions, centered around a common theme. These questions ranged from what part of the school system should select the new high school coach to what kind of accountability was required for...

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Ivy Tech’s 2nd Annual Writing/Art Contest Winners

Ivy Tech Community College announced the winner’s of their second annual writing/art contest today. This year’s theme was community. Students were asked to write a creative piece, academic essay or submit a picture of their art. The winners and top submissions will be published in Ivy Tech’s journal, Off the Lake, this fall.

Over sixty submissions were received. A first, second and third place winner was chosen from each category. The winners are:

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Check Out VHS Grad Photos and Video

Valparaiso High SchoolGraduation night was a special night for many families in the Valparaiso area, as many of Valparaiso High School’s finest products have graduated from VHS. ValpoLife was there covering the event, and we have put together a great collection of images to remember the night by, and have just added another new video to the playlist highlighting two more of the speakers.  Please pass the word along to other students and parents about all the great stuff online for them to see.  I know many of you are still hosting your graduation parties this...

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IU Northwest to Celebrate 50th Anniversary with Alumni Barbecue


IU and IU Northwest alumni are invited back to campus for an evening of great food, comic theater. As part of this year’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Indiana University Northwest campus, the IU Northwest Alumni Association (IUNAA) will host a barbecue on Saturday, June 27, beginning at 5 p.m., on the campus grounds just south of the Savannah Center.The cost of attendance is $7 for paid IU Alumni Association members and $10 for non-members. This price includes a ticket to the Saturday evening performance of Theatre Northwest’s “Death Defying Acts” in Raintree Hall Room 102. This stage comedy features one-act plays from Woody...

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Winning (17 State Titles) Ain't Easy

Science Crime Busters, Road Scholars, and Wright Stuff are all events at the National Science Olympiad . Perhaps you have heard of Science O., but if you have not, you should know that one of the Nation’s best teams resides right here in Valparaiso. 8th Grade Science teacher Richard Bender coaches the 2-time national champion Thomas Jefferson Middle School Science Olympiad team. The competition consists of 23 events that test all areas of science including Life Science, Earth/Space Science, and Engineering. The team consists of 10 students from TJMS and 5 High School Freshmen who attended TJMS. This year, the team won Regional competition in February, and moved on to the State competition where they won their 17th state title in March,...

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ConGRADulate Your Grad!


Once again, the weather is warming, the days are lasting longer, and all around town; students young and old are rejoicing that they have graduated! ValpoLife.com wants to help you congratulate your graduate in a very special way. Whether they have just stumbled out of kindergarten, or have boldly walked on stage to receive their high school or college diploma, let us help you tell them "Great Job!" in a very special way.

All Fun and Games in Art Class

Eighth grade art students developed, designed, and created original board games in art class. The students completed the project by using many skills including design, layout, production, and communication. Working in groups, each produced a completely playable work of art. For one whole class period the groups traded their games and gave peer evaluations of every game they played.

McCaul Sawina noted one particular difference with this project, "Usually when we do art, it's for ourselves. It's very individual, but this time we really had to think about our audience." For some students, that was quite a challenge. Stephanie Krol thought "this was a new way to share...

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Staff Appreciation Week

This has been a Staff Appreciation Week to remember! When I asked for parents to help with Staff Appreciation Week, I was overwhelmed with responses. I really was not surprised because I know how much our staff is loved and appreciated and I also know that the Saint Paul Catholic School families are the best.

The breakfast spread on Monday morning was amazing. Thank you to all of the moms who got up early so our staff could feast on coffeecake, muffins, fruit, bagels, and cinnamon rolls. A special thanks to Maria Herren and Natalie Mroz who spent the entire day giving manicures to our...

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