Education

Muncie Community Schools to Host Registration Events on July 14th and 16th

By: Andy Klotz— Muncie, Ind. – The 2020-21 school year is going to be different than any previous year, and Muncie Community Schools (MCS) is holding two events to help families get children registered for classes. Administrators will also be available to answer any questions about new building protocols due to COVID-19. The public is invited to visit any of the district’s nine area schools to enroll students in MCS’ traditional in-person program or new virtual learning program on these…

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Muncie Community Schools Releases Reopening Plan

New starting, dismissal times for middle schools, high school among changes By: Andy Klotz— Muncie, IN – Take-home devices for all students, a new virtual learning program and no drinking from the water fountains. Those are among the changes Muncie Community Schools (MCS) has outlined in its Reopening Plan for the 2020-21 school year as it prepares to educate children in the COVID-19 era. “We’ll be ready when school opens August 11,” MCS Director of Public Education and CEO Dr….


Ball State, Ivy Tech Create Smooth Path For Transfer Students

By: Ball State Marketing & Communications— Muncie, IN — Ivy Tech Community College graduates will have a smooth transition to Ball State University as a result of a new agreement between the two institutions. The new Guaranteed Admissions Agreement (GAA) allows Ivy Tech students who earn an associate of science degree in Transfer Single Articulation Pathways (TSAP) programs to be guaranteed admission into designated bachelor degree programs at Ball State. “This new agreement provides a seamless way for students from…


Academic Innovation Plan Sparks ‘New Sense of Optimism for What is Possible in Muncie Community Schools’

By: Melissa Jones— Muncie, IN — In the summer of 2018, Muncie Community Schools made headlines when it partnered with Ball State University to establish a new model of leadership for the corporation. But there’s one aspect to the partnership that many people may not know about: the substantial support from local foundations.  When the partnership was first taking shape, local banks and foundations—including Ball Brothers Foundation, The Community Foundation of Muncie & Delaware County and the George and Frances…


Over 1,000 Students Enroll in BSU Journalism’s Summer Workshops

By: Juli Metzger— Muncie, IN—More than 1,000 middle and high school students and teachers representing 36 states registered for Ball State University Department of Journalism’s Summer 2020 Journalism Workshops in the first-ever online only programming of the iconic skills bootcamp. The on-campus residential workshop moved to a virtual experience after quarantine orders and other mandated precautions in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The result was 35 free sessions covering topics like reporting basics, writing, photography, digital design, using social media,…


Ball State Faculty and Students Win Regional Emmy® Awards

By: Marc Ransford— Muncie, IN – Ball State University faculty and students received two Regional Emmy® Awards and seven Student Production Awards during the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) Lower Great Lakes Emmy ​Awards on June 20, conducted virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic. Sports Link, Ball State’s digital sports production program, was honored in seven student production award categories. Ball State received the following production awards: College Long Form — Non-Fiction — “Why It Matters: A Tale of Two…


Southside Middle School Getting New $100,000 Fitness Center

By: Andy Klotz— Muncie, Ind. – A new $100,000 DON’T QUIT! Fitness Center is coming to Southside Middle School this fall. The school is one of just three across Indiana receiving the state-of-the-art equipment as a gift from The National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils (NFGFC), chaired by fitness icon Jake Steinfeld, and in partnership with Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb. “This is fabulous!” Muncie Community Schools Director of Public Education and CEO Lee Ann Kwiatkowski said. “Health and fitness…


Ivy Tech Community College Offering 10,000 Participants Free Classes and Trainings

By: Ivy Tech Community College— INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College has announced it is offering free classes and trainings for 10,000 participants. The College is elevating its commitment to Hoosiers impacted by COVID-19 experiencing unemployment, reduced hours, and/or furloughs across the state. Participants may take more than one class or training in a range of relevant high-demand areas. Hoosiers can get detailed information about the classes and trainings, and register for free, by visiting www.ivytech.edu/10kclasses. Many of the…


Rhonda Ward Named MCS’ New Diversity Director

By: Andy Klotz— Muncie, Ind. – The Muncie Community Schools (MCS) Board of Trustees has named Rhonda Ward as the district’s new director of Diversity. Ward is currently the assistant principal at Muncie Central High School where she will continue to serve. “Rhonda is the perfect person for this position as we take the next step with culturally responsive practices,” MCS Director of Public Education and CEO Lee Ann Kwiatkowski said. “Her significant experience in Muncie Community Schools and longstanding…


MCS To Address Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

By: Lee Ann Kwiatkowski , Director of Public Education & CEO , Muncie Community Schools— Muncie, IN—In light of yet another senseless killing of an unarmed black man at the hands of the police, we at Muncie Community Schools (MCS) want to reaffirm our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. There is no justification for anything less. Racism and racist violence, by action or inaction, is intolerable and unacceptable. The Black Lives Matter movement must include all of us as we support our black and…