CYBERBLUE CAPTURES DISTRICT TITLE
(SUBMITTED PHOTO) Perry Meridian’s Cyberblue 234 robot, left, is in action against robots from Red Pride 3487 of Plainfield High School, middle, and Area 5188 Classified Robotics of Vigo County in the FIRST Bloomington District Robotics competition at Bloomington South earlier this month. Cyberblue’s performance in the early rounds team’s performance in early rounds enabled them to be captain and select the No. 1 alliance. Alliance partners Cyberblue, PhyXTGears of Muncie Home School Group and ThunderBots of Evansville New Tech Institute emerged as champions from the 33-team field. The event, sponsored by the Indiana National Guard, was the first competition of the new season that is postponed due to statewide health restrictions. FIRST is the acronym of “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, the statewide organization that promotes science and technology in elementary, middle and high schools.
TITLE 1 AWARD TO BURKHART SCHOOL
(SUBMITTED PHOTO) Henry Burkhart Elementary School was recognized in Atlanta as a recipient of the 2018-19 Title I Distinguished Schools Award for Exceptional Student Performance. Burkhart administrators include, from left, front, Vickie Carpenter, Meghan McCrocklin, Darlene Hardesty, Joann Ahmay, back row, Jeanetta Penniston, Matt White, Tony DiSano, Matt Bush, Perry Schools Supt. Pat Mapes, and Jane Pollard. The award was first announced by the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) in December, and administrators were honored Feb. 6. The school was selected after a rigorous data review and interview process to identify successful, high-poverty schools with a diverse student population. With a school poverty level of 80 percent, the school has maintained an ‘A’ or ‘B’ for the past two years. Forty-nine percent of the student body, many are immigrants or refugees, receive services through the English Learners program.