School briefs


Each Mt. Vernon building had a teacher of the year and staff member of the year, which are honored an an April gala for the Mt. Vernon Education Foundation. This photo is from the 2023 awards; the 2024 ceremony is coming up this week.

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Shaw earns state third place honor

GREENFIELD — Jenna Shaw of Greenfield received a statewide third place award in writing skills at the 2024 State Career Development Conference of JAG Indiana.

JAG stands for Jos for America’s Graduates, a national program that connects students with workforce and college opportunities. Earlier this year, she received a first place regional award for writing skills and the Greenfield-Central JAG Career Association chapter brochure. Shaw is a junior at Greenfield-Central High School. For more, visit

MVEF to host gala Saturday

FORTVILLE – The Mt. Vernon Education Foundation will host its 2024 Black and Gold Gala next month.

“Together We Are Illuminating Futures” is the theme of the event set for 5:30-11:30 p.m. this Saturday at the Indiana Roof Ballroom. Event highlights include a VIP reception, cocktail reception and silent auction, dinner and program and dancing. The event is an opportunity to celebrate contributions from staff and teacher of the year award winners, distinguished alumni, business partners and more. Emcee will be Rafael Sanchez.

The foundation is looking for sponsors, silent auction donations, volunteers and guests. Funds raised go directly to the foundation’s mission of enhancing educational opportunities for students. Email [email protected] for details. For tickets, visit

Adult prom to raise funds for NP foundation

NEW PALESTINE — “Prom of the Century” is coming up in April, giving adults a chance to celebrate in a decades-themed party and raise money for the New Palestine Education Foundation.

The event for ages 21 and older is from 6-11 p.m. April 12 at Adaggios Banquet Hall and Event Center, 5999 W. Memory Lane, Greenfield. The event raises money for the foundation, which doles out teacher grants and student scholarships through New Palestine Community Schools each year.

The annual gala focuses on a different theme each year; last year’s casino-themed event netted more than $23,000. This year’s theme encourages attendees to dress up in their finest prom wear celebrating any decade from the 1950s through the 2000s. Guests can expect to see poodle skirts, flowers and peace signs, high ‘80s hair and more. There will be a variety of fundraising games, photo opportunities, and a prom king and queen. The 2024 NPHS Distinguished Alumni honoree will also be announced.

Tickets are $80 for individuals or $150 per couple and includes a three-course pasta dinner. To purchase tickets or learn more, visit

MV enrollment applications opening

FORTVILLE – Mt. Vernon schools have announced windows of time in which families that are out of district but would like to transfer to the corporation may apply.

The first window is April 12-22, while the second window is May 3-13. Parents and guardians will need to complete a separate application for each student who currently lives outside of the school district, or who anticipates moving out of the district before the 2024-2025 school year begins. By completing an application, students are entered into a pool and requesting to attend the schools. It does not guarantee enrollment, but priority will be given to current out-of-district and transfer students, their siblings and employees’ children. All applicants will receive notice by May 31.

Visit for details, or visit the website during the windows to apply.

Academic competition coming to G-CHS

GREENFIELD – Greenfield-Central High School is hosting a statewide academic competition April 16.

The school is among 26 schools statewide to host the 38th annual Indiana Academic Superbowl, a program of the Indiana Association of School Principals and Purdue University. In total, 5,100 students from 260 high schools will compete.

Subject rounds will be in social studies, math, English, science and fine arts; the theme of the 2024 competition is “The End of the Second Milennium: The 1980s and 1990s.” The spirited competition has spectator appeal, according to a press release. The G-C site begins at 5:30 p.m. For more, visit

G-C Alumni Hall of Fame open

GREENFIELD – Nominations are open now for the next class of the Greenfield-Central Alumni Hall of Fame.

The 2024 award will honor and celebrate the successful lives and impactful contributions of Greenfield-Central graduates, including those from Eden, Greenfield, Hancock Central and Maxwell high schools. It recognizes the education provided by Greenfield-Central schools and is honored by the Greenfield Central School Foundation, which seeks to connect the community to the classroom.

Deadline for nominations is May 1. Visit for a nomination form, profiles of past recipients and more on the award.

EH to award outstanding staff member

CHARLOTTESVILLE – Nominations are open to recognize an outstanding Eastern Hancock staff member.

The David Pfaff Excellence in Education Award is given annually to outstanding teachers by the Eastern Hancock Education Foundation. The winner receives a plaque and a check for classroom use.

Nominations are open now through April 12 for the 2024 award. Visit or for more.