Education

Muncie’s West View Elementary M.A.T.H. Bowl Students Are State Champs

By Andy Klotz— MUNCIE, IN – The many hours of practice paid off for a group of West View Elementary students who are Indiana’s 2024 M.A.T.H. Bowl state champions. Eleven West View Elementary 4th and 5th graders beat out 117 other schools from around the state to claim the title in the Red Class, which includes all schools with up to 162 students combined in 4th and 5th grades. “I couldn’t be more proud of these students who worked very…

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Ball State, Game Day Studies: ‘Caitlin Clark Effect’ Means Millions of Dollars for Central Indiana

By Ball State Marketing & Communications— MUNCIE, IN – With University of Iowa women’s basketball superstar Caitlin Clark expected to go to the Indiana Fever with the first-overall pick of the 2024 WNBA Draft on April 15, the choice is not only a boost for the Fever’s roster—it is also expected to mean a significant economic impact for Central Indiana. According to a study conducted by Dr. Michael Hicks from the Miller College of Business at Ball State University, Ms….


Ivy Tech Muncie-Henry County Offering Skills for Parenting in the Early Years

By Lesley DeVoss— MUNCIE, Ind. – Ivy Tech Muncie-Henry County secured an Early Years Initiative grant which focuses on new, enhanced, or expanded programs and projects as well as projects that influence healthy brain development and the development of physical, social-emotional, and cognitive skills in infants and toddlers (birth to age 3). The Muncie-Henry County CareerLink team, in collaboration with the Early Childhood Education Department, is offering a free eight-week skills training class called “Skills for Parenting in the Early…


MCS Raises Starting Teacher Pay to $51,500

By Andy Klotz— MUNCIE,IN—The Muncie Community Schools (MCS) Board of Trustees has approved raises for its teacher again, raising the minimum annual salary for all first-year teachers to $51,500 while also bumping veteran salaries based upon performance evaluations. All current, full-time certified teachers in good standing who are rated “highly effective” will receive an additional $2,000 while those classified as “effective” will get an additional $1,000. “It pleases us to be able to grant those compensation adjustments,” MCS Board President…


Kindergarten Roundup, Open Enrollment Begins April 11 at Muncie Community Schools

Preschool registration for 4-year-olds also available By Andy Klotz— MUNCIE, IN— Muncie Community Schools (MCS) will be holding kindergarten roundup at all six of its elementary schools Thursday, April 11 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. This is an opportunity for families to register their 5-year-olds for the 2024-25 school year while getting a first-hand look at classrooms and having questions answered directly by teachers and administrators. Children must be 5 years old on or before September 1 to be eligible…


One Ball State Day Returns Today, April 3

Sets Sights on Third Straight $1 Million Fundraising Goal By Ball State Marketing & Communication— MUNCIE, Indiana – One Ball State Day, Ball State University’s award-winning 24-hour fundraising event, returns Wednesday, April 3, with the goal of topping $1 million for a third straight year. Thanks to the support of alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends worldwide, One Ball State Day (OBSD) has seen a remarkable increase in donations for five straight years, reaching more than $1million in gifts in…


Ivy Tech’s Pathway to Prosperity and Excellence

A restorative approach to secondary education success By Lesley DeVoss— MUNCIE, IN – When high school students are suspended or expelled from school, they are often placed in alternative pathways, which increases the chances of academic challenges and adds a layer of stress for the students as well as their families. The Pathway to Prosperity and Excellence Program is designed to provide academic and career support for students that might be considered at-risk. This collaboration can provide relief from that stress as well as a guided pathway…


Muncie Burris Fifth Grader Leo Furlong Wins Ball State PBS Regional Spelling Bee

By Ball State Marketing & Communications— MUNCIE, IN— Leo Furlong, a fifth grader at Burris Laboratory School in Muncie, is the champion of the 2024 Ball State PBS Regional Spelling Bee. Mr. Furlong’s winning word was “jalapeño.” The spicy competition, involving nearly 40 spellers from several local school systems, lasted 12 rounds. The first runner-up was Kim Servan, a fifth grader from Royerton (Ind.) Elementary School. Second runner-up was a tie between Ainsley Falloon, a sixth grader at Northside Middle…


Ball State University Announces Events for Women’s Week 2024

By Ball State Marketing and Communications— MUNCIE, IN – Women’s Week 2024—Ball State University’s annual celebration of women’s achievements and contributions to society—will be March 25-29. The celebration, organized by Ball State’s Department of Women’s, Gender, and African American Studies (WGAS), will be marked with numerous free events at the University. One of the many planned events will feature a keynote address by Loretta Ross—renowned feminist, activist, and scholar—at 7:30 p.m. March 26 at Pruis Hall. Ms. Ross has spent…


Over 70 Early Child Care and Education Changemakers Kick Off a Collective Change Movement

By Kelsey Harrington— MUNCIE, IN – The success of a community’s educational systems and places of employment strongly hinge on the success and health of the community’s early care and education ecosystem. A primary reason for this is that approximately 90% of brain development happens by age five. The state of early care and education locally—and across the state and nation—has been of concern for many years and particularly in this post-pandemic era. More than 70 Muncie and Delaware County…