Academic Spotlight Awards return to SMCSC meetings


Pendleton Heights Middle School principal Jennifer Chestnut talks to the board and those in attendance about her school during the Academic Spotlight Awards segment of the South Madison Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees meeting at the Administrative Services Center, March 3, 2022.

Steve Heath | The Times-Post

PENDLETON — After missing out on all of the 2020-21 school year, South Madison Community School Corp. welcomed back its Academic Spotlight Awards program.

Prior to the pandemic, the board annually invited administrators from each of its five schools to give updates as well as honor and recognize worthy students and other school supporters.

Students were recognized for the district’s core values of serving others and character. Six students from each school received awards for trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship.

Schools also paid tribute to a staff member or other school supporter with an Above and Beyond award. They also recognized a community partner for their dedication to the school.

“It’s great for us to be able to get back to having our students, our community partners, and our Above and Beyond winners (here),” Superintendent Mark Hall said. “Getting them all back out here and being recognized at the public meetings has really been great. It is something that we have really missed the last two years.

“I think the board really enjoys it and I think the parents and the award winners enjoy it.”

The spotlight was on Pendleton Heights Middle School at the board’s March meeting. Pendleton Elementary, Maple Ridge Elementary, East Elementary and Pendleton Heights High School been have had their platforms .

The middle school was originally scheduled in January, but the meeting was canceled because of weather.

At the March meeting, along with passing out certificates to students, PHMS principal Jennifer Chestnut gave an update on other projects and programs the school is working on, as well as, how the school ranks in the classroom.


• Support staff resignations: Kendra Smith, life skills instructional assistant, Pendleton Heights Middle School; Mandy Jones, interventionist, Pendleton Elementary School; Meghan Reed, essential skills instructional assistant, Pendleton Heights High School; Brittnee McCance, essential skills instructional assistant, Pendleton Heights High School.

• Extra-curricular recommendations: Shelly Crehan-Hudson, boys and girls diving coach, Pendleton Heights High School; Ryan McAtee, boys varsity basketball assistant, Pendleton Heights High School.

• Extra-curricular resignations: Mike Case, seventh-grade boys basketball head coach, Pendleton Heights Middle School; Brad Schnepp, assistant varsity baseball coach, Pendleton Heights High School; Audrey Ricker, seventh-grade volleyball coach, Pendleton Heights Middle School.


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