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Jim Rowland steps down as New Haven High School football coach

NHHS Coach Jim Rowland

New Haven High School football coach Jim Rowland has resigned after 17 years, but hasn’t ruled out coaching again down the road.

Rowland’s tenure was the current longest streak at one school of any coach in Allen County. He informed his players of his decision today.

“That was harder than I thought it would be,” Rowland said. “I met with the players in the cafeteria and part of them had heard some rumors, but some of them were shell-shocked. You have everything rehearsed about what you’re going to say, but that goes to heck. At the end, they said, ‘Can you break us down one last time?’ and that was cool.”

Rowland, 44, said he made the decision because of his young family. He and his wife, Kristy, have three children: Kylie, Kendall and Caiden.


POSTED: 12/12/17 at 10:36 am. FILED UNDER: News, Schools, Sports

East Allen County Schools Board of Trustees Recognize B.F. Goodrich for Strong Partnership

B.F. Goodrich Recognize

Since 2011, Prince Chapman Academy has worked closely with the B.F. Goodrich Corporation to enhance academic achievement by way of one on one tutoring with students. Also, the donation of application licensure of programs such as, IXL Math & IXL Language Arts has been a tremendous help to teachers.

Over the past 6 years, salary employees volunteer in the classrooms during reading blocks. They also hold mock interviews with 6th grade students to enhance their job readiness skills and also provide financial resources to support programs.

East Allen County Schools would like to thank Mr. Dent Johnson, plant manager, Mr. Mark Brown, facility personnel manager, Ms. Geanie Edgington, public relations manager and the entire B.F. Goodrich workforce for helping our students Dream It. Do It.!

POSTED: 12/07/17 at 2:23 pm. FILED UNDER: Schools

With winter break approaching, and the first semester ending on December 20th,  I wanted to take this opportunity to review some dates with you.  Our last day of school prior to winter recess is Wednesday, December 20th. Schools will be closed during the winter holidays from Thursday, December 21st through Wednesday, January 3rd.  Students will return to school to begin the second semester on Thursday, January 4th, 2018.  However, our school buildings will re-open on Wednesday, January 3rd for a teacher work day, but there is no student attendance on January 3rd.  Although our schools will be closed during winter recess, the district’s administration offices will be open to the public December 21st – 22nd, and December 27th – 29th, from 8:00 a.m. until noon.  The offices will be closed December 25th, 26th, January 1st and 2nd.

With winter weather upon us, I do want to take this time to revisit our policy on weather related school cancellations.  In the event school is cancelled, EACS students and teachers will be expected to be on-line by 9 AM the same day of a cancellation to participate in eLearning. You will receive a message from me on days we cancel informing you that school has been cancelled, and that assignments will be posted electronically by 9 AM.  Students and parents will find the teacher lesson plans in the “Announcements” section of Canvas and/or emailed home to students/parents. Assignments given that day will be due within 5 school days after the return to school.

Information and instructions regarding eLearning are available on the front page of the EACS website below this message.  If you have questions regarding eLearning, please contact your child’s teacher or the school principal.

I wish you and your loved ones a safe and happy holiday season and a wonderful New Year.

Best Wishes,

Marilyn S. Hissong, Superintendent of Schools

POSTED: 12/07/17 at 2:18 pm. FILED UNDER: News, Schools

The New Haven Athletic Program will honor three athletes from three different decades during its Hall of Fame inductions at halftime of the New Haven varsity boys’ basketball game against Bellmont on December 15, 2017.  Previous Hall of Famers will also be introduced and recognized at the game.

This year’s inductees include two-time state cross country qualifier Herman Schnelker from the class of 1960. Schnelker was a member of the first New Haven cross country team his sophomore year. In his next two years Schnelker would qualify for state both years with a 16th place finish his senior year. Schnelker was a two-time NEIC champ in the mile and a state qualifier at that distance his senior year.

Kristy Lyons, class of 1997,  earned All-Conference honors in three sports, and qualified and placed 9th in the 300 Meter Low Hurdles and 6th in the 100 Meter Hurdles at the state track meet. Lyons finished her high school career third on the All-Time Career point list in Bulldog history. Following high school, Kristy continued her career at Butler University competing in both Volleyball and Women’s Track. Lyons is married to New Haven football coach, Jim Rowland and teaches in Northwest Allen Schools

Kyle Bischoff, class of 2008, also earned All-Conference recognition in Tennis, Basketball and Track while earning a total of eight varsity letters. Bischoff earned All-Area in Baseball and earned a top ten finish at state in Doubles Tennis his senior year. Bischoff continued his baseball career at Purdue earning 4 letters, and earning All-Big Ten Academic honors all four years. Bischoff was also a member of the 2012 Purdue baseball Big Ten championship team.

POSTED: 12/05/17 at 11:09 am. FILED UNDER: News, Schools, Sports

Two juveniles arrested for vandalism at the Veteran’s Memorial at Schnelker Park

On November 7 th , 2017, several lights were damaged at the Veteran’s Memorial in Schnelker Park located in the 900 block of Park Ave in New Haven. The lights had apparently been smashed by a large rock and had to be replaced. The cost of the damage to the lights was estimated to be over $1,000. A name of one of the suspects was later given to a school official at the New Haven Middle School and two students were asked about the incident. The students admitted to breaking the lights with a large rock. Both students were charged with criminal mischief and taken to the Allen County Juvenile Center in Fort Wayne, IN.

POSTED: 11/21/17 at 1:33 pm. FILED UNDER: News, Schools

East Allen County Schools Board Honored by Tobacco Free Allen County

Tobacco Free Allen County with School Board

Tobacco Free Allen County presented EACS’ Board of Trustees the Smokefree Schools Policy Leadership Award. EACS’ lead among Allen County schools in the inclusion of e-cigarettes/vaping in its smokefree workplace policy as Tobacco Free Allen County staffers researched our county’s school corporations’ stances on the use of e-cigarettes and vaping devices on school property.

“It was a real pleasure to be able to recognize EACS’s leadership in this area and we hope that it will inspire other school corporations to follow suit”, said Nancy Cripe, Executive Director.

As a community partner of the Indiana State Department of Health Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Commission, Tobacco Free Allen County works to prevent tobacco use, promote tobacco cessation, and protect non-users from exposure to tobacco toxins in our county, whether it be at work, in public spaces or at school. Part of the work consists of assisting governing bodies to draft and enact policies to prevent exposure to secondhand e-cigarette chemicals and protect youth from initiation to nicotine addiction through such novel devices.

E-cigarettes/vaping devices have been marketed as both cessation aids and a safe alternative to conventional tobacco cigarettes, with no scientific backing for those claims. The limited research that exists does not justify either. Such marketing messages are not lost on our youth, however, who are drawn in by the “safer” claim; the novelty of the devices; the 7000+ flavorings of the solutions they contain; their “hi-tech” look; their versatile, customizable features; and erroneous reassurances that it’s “just water vapor” being emitted.

From 2007 to 2014, rates of e-cigarette use among teens skyrocketed–in stark contrast to steadily declining rates of conventional cigarette use among teens.* According to the national Youth Tobacco Survey, administered in each state biennially, e-cigarette use tripled among middle and high school students in the two years between 2012 and 2014. While a dip in their use was shown on the 2016 Youth Tobacco Survey**, vaping devices remain the number one tobacco product currently used by teens, nationwide and in Indiana.

Cripe said, “This fact makes EACS’ Board’s foresight in getting out ahead of this new form of tobacco use especially noteworthy. It is crucial that our young people know that their school community leaders are committed to protecting them from toxic exposures. Of equal importance is for them to know that pro-health behaviors are their community’s norm and that the adults charged with overseeing their academic and civic development care to protect them from a lifetime of nicotine addiction”.

POSTED: 11/12/17 at 11:14 am. FILED UNDER: News, Schools

POSTED: 11/12/17 at 10:59 am. FILED UNDER: News, Schools


On Wednesday, November 8, 2017, East Allen County Schools hosted the Principal for a Day program in all schools. The program is designed to help community leaders better understand the complex role of the school principal and get perspective on the school system from within. The Principal for a Day guests did not be actually dish out discipline and/or choose curriculum but they did participate in a number of other activities recess and much more!

The 2017 guests were:

Phil Giaquinta, State Representative,

Ed McCutcheon, Century 21,

Dr. Daniel Stoker, Indiana Tech,

James Burg, IPFW,

Karen Francisco, Journal Gazette,

Joshua Hale, New Haven Fire Dept.,

Julian Teekaram, WPTA 21,

Sarah Garrison, Junior Achievement,

Josh Wenning, Region 8,

Quincy McGhee, Associated Churches,

Caleb Saylor, WFFT TV 55,

Dave Heine, State Representative,

Michelle Chambers, Signing Closings LLC,

Dr. Kim Barnett-Johnson, IVY Tech,

Sarah Hollman, Associated Builders & Contractors,

Tiffany Bailey, United Way of Allen County,

Nicole Christlieb, McMillen Health Center

POSTED: 11/09/17 at 10:11 am. FILED UNDER: News, Schools

POSTED: 11/08/17 at 8:53 am. FILED UNDER: News, Schools

Greetings to the East Allen County Schools’ Family,

As we start approaching cooler temperatures and possible weather cancellations, I thought it might be a great time to share some information regarding eLearning.

What is eLearning?

eLearning is learning conducted via electronic media, usually in the form of activities, reading, assignments, quizzes, research, or some other form of learning activity.  Typically, eLearning occurs over the Internet using tools such as Canvas, Showbie, SeeSaw, or Pearson etextbooks.  eLearning can be used when school is closed due to fog, snow, ice, extreme temperatures, or for scheduled staff professional development days.

Why is EACS participating in eLearning?

EACS participates in eLearning when school is closed due to fog, snow, ice, extreme temperatures, or for scheduled staff professional development days.  One purpose for eLearning days is so the regular pace of the classroom learning does not get interrupted by the inclement weather or professional development days.  Another purpose for eLearning days is so the school year does not get extended well into June as a result of inclement weather.  A third purpose of eLearning days is to provide learning opportunities for students at home while teachers attend professional development trainings in their schools.

How do we complete an eLearning day?

eLearning at EACS is completed in a series of procedures:

  1. All K-12 teachers will complete an EACS eLearning Instruction Template and post it on all applicable Canvas course(s) in the “Calendar” section.  They are also encouraged to email the instructions home to parents or students via GroupWise or the RDS email tool.
  2. All learning targets (materials/assignments) must be sent/posted by each teacher by 9:00 a.m. of the eLearning day.
  3. The teacher’s eLearning responsibility is to assign approximately 30 minutes of time-on-task material per subject area, dependent on the subject to be taught on the day of cancellation.
  4. eLearning material assigned by teachers will cover content that would have been addressed if school were in session, continuing the classroom momentum.
  5. Teachers may take grades on eLearning work to ensure student participation in the activities or assignments.
  6. Students are allowed five (5) school days after an eLearning day to complete and turn in any assigned/graded material, excluding weekends and holidays.
  7. If a student does not participate in eLearning, they will be marked with an “unexcused absence” unless an approved excuse is given to the school for the eLearning day.
  8. Students should be able to demonstrate time on task and/or equivalent growth for the time spent on the assignments or activities.
  9. Teachers will be accessible via Canvas/MobyMax/Messages, email, or some other online platform during the eLearning day from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM to answer student questions.
  10. EACS will open its doors to students before and after school during the five (5) school days after an eLearning day.  Each location will have a limited number of computers but an ample supply of Wi-Fi.   The schedule for computer labs is determined by each school.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding eLearning, please contact your student’s school.  We want to help your student have a successful eLearning experience.


Marilyn S. Hissong

POSTED: 11/06/17 at 10:42 am. FILED UNDER: News, Schools