Friday, September 14, 2018
Congratulations to our 2019 National Merit Semifinalists:
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
The Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County, Inc. has announced that John Marsh has been awarded the inaugural Robert P. Bell Creative Teaching Award to recognize his innovation in the classroom.
Marsh, a history teacher at the Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities, was nominated by Indiana Academy’s Director of Academic Affairs, Dr. Jeff Smith, for his execution of three recent Robert P. Bell Education Grants.
This past May, for example, Marsh led his students to recreate three important historical caves along with art to establish an exhibit called “the Cave of Time.” The Bell Grant was used to build the set and create the artifacts within the caves. As part of the project, students wrote scripts to be used to lead tours for several hundred students and Muncie community members.
“These projects are major building events and require the close coordination of numerous students and adults,” wrote Smith in his nomination. “The projects also serve as significant education events for other children (and adults). I think you would be very hard pressed to come up with a teacher who has had more impact on not only his students, but also on the much larger community for Muncie and Delaware County.”
Smith also explained that beyond the projects associated with his Bell Grants, Marsh’s World Regions class is very popular and always has maximum enrollment. In this class, students identify, research, and build a model of a religious artifact. The artifacts are put on display along with background information on the artifact and associated religion. Indiana Academy students and staff take time to view these projects extending the lessons from the classroom to the entire school community.
Marsh was selected for the Robert P. Bell Creative Teaching Award because he has demonstrated a commitment to education through creative and innovative projects in his classroom. This was illustrated by his well-developed projects funded through the Robert P. Bell Education Grants and his desire to extend the subject matter learned by students to the community at-large.
Marsh was surprised with the award in front of students, administrators, and family at the Indiana Academy on September 11.
The Robert P. Bell Creative Teaching award was established to compliment the Robert P. Bell Education Grants program and honor teachers who have gone above and beyond to use creativity and innovation to enhance learning by their students. The annual program rewards, recognizes, and encourages extraordinary educators who have applied for, received, and executed a Robert P. Bell Grant from The Community Foundation in their classroom.
To commemorate the award, The Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County awarded a $1,000 grant to Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities to be used by John Marsh in his classroom. For more information about the Robert P. Bell Creative Teaching Award, please visit The Community Foundation’s website at cfmdin.org.
By Kallie Sulanke, Community Engagement Officer, The Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County
Thursday, June 14, 2018
Thursday, June 14, 2018
The Indiana Academy was recently recognized at the second annual Indiana FAFSA and Scholar Success Program (SSP) Completion Awards at the Indiana Statehouse on May 30. The Indiana Commission for Higher Education presented the awards to schools that have achieved over 70% FAFSA and/or SSP completion for the Class of 2018. The Indiana Academy was a recipient of both awards for our 2018 cohort’s FAFSA and SSP successful completion status.
In a separate ceremony held at the Indiana Statehouse on June 12, the Indiana Academy was recognized by the Indiana Department of Education for our outstanding AP success with 67% of our Class of 2017 students receiving a 3 or higher. To be selected, schools needed at least 25% of their 2017 graduating class to receive a 3, 4, or 5 on an AP exam.
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Students at the Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities are currently involved in May Term, a unique two-week program that happens at the conclusion of every spring semester.
May Term is a graduation requirement for Academy students and provides them with opportunities to take in-depth courses on special subjects, travel, and participate in internships. Each year brings new courses and experiences. This year there are over 20 different courses including Forensic Science and Japanese Manga as well as travel opportunities ranging from Australia to Yellowstone National Park, to name just two trips.
One of this year’s May Term projects, the “Cave of Time” is led by John Marsh, Instructor of History, and explores the wonders of four of the world’s most famous caves. Visitors to the exhibit will encounter the prehistoric artwork found in Chauvet and Lascaux caves in France, Cueva de las Manos (Cave of Hands) in Argentina, and the exquisite Buddhist artwork of China’s Dunhuang Caves along the Silk Road.
The “Cave of Time” was constructed by 16 students, who will serve as tour guides. During the tours, the student guides will share the meaning and the stories behind the amazing works of art as visitors take a museum-quality, flashlight journey through winding passages with rough walls, dripping water, and a partially excavated burial site.
The exhibit is free and open to the public from 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 23 with no reservations in Room 209 of Burris Laboratory School. Tours run every 15 minutes.
Financial support is provided by a Robert P. Bell Education Grant through the Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County, Inc. In-kind support is provided by Gill Bros. Furniture and the Back to School Teachers Store.
Located on the picturesque campus of Ball State University, the Indiana Academy is a nationally ranked two-year public high school for high ability juniors and seniors coming from anywhere in the state.
Monday, May 7, 2018
Two teams from the Indiana Academy participated in the statewide Indiana Academic Super Bowl Championship. The Academy’s science and math teams both finished in first place. The math team won with 5 points separating them from the teams finishing in second place while the science results came down to the wire with the final score being 23-22. The last time the Academy took two state championships in the same year was 2008 when the Academy also brought home the math and science trophies.
Hosted by the Indiana Association of School Principals (IASP) the Super Bowl finals took place Saturday, May 5 on the campus of Purdue University in West Lafayette. The theme of the Academic Super Bowl this year was World War I. Various academic subjects were tested based on this specific period of time, and each subject area looked at the developments in that field around the time of WWI. The Academy’s math and science teams qualified to compete in the state finals after winning at the regional competition on Tuesday, April 17 that included approximately 5,100 students representing 282 high schools from across the state.
Congratulations goes to the Academy’s Academic Super Bowl coach, Mr. Joshua Ruark, Instructor of Mathematics, and the following members of the winning teams:
Sterling St. Rain
Friday, May 4, 2018
The results are in from the National Latin Exam which our Latin students took in February and we had very many students who received a distinction of some sort. Congratulations to the following students and their instructor Mr. Evan Ward on their accomplishments on the Level 1 exam.
I — Those who received a Cum Laude distinction:
II — Those who received a Magna Cum Laude distinction:
III — Those who received a Silver – Maxima Cum Laude distinction and honorary medal:
IV — Last but not least, those who received a Gold – Summa Cum Laude distinction and honorary medal (meaning that their exams had near-perfect scores):
Euge! (Well done!)
Thursday, May 3, 2018
Earlier this semester, students in the Academy German 202 class took the 2018 AATG National German Exam. The listed percentiles indicate the performance of students in comparison to all students (nation-wide) taking the exam for Level II.
Earning a Gold Medal:
Grace Moore — 98th percentile
Amy Gong — 94th percentile
Sara Ahmad — 93rd percentile
Isaac Solloway — 90th percentile
Collin Banasiak — 89th percentile
Earning a Silver Medal:
Justin Linville — 83rd percentile
Earning a Bronze Medal:
David Stephens — 77th percentile
Congratulations to these students! This is a testament to their commitment and hard work in learning the German language and to the outstanding instruction and preparation they have received from Dr. Gislind Pentecost last year and Frau Rogers this year.
Thursday, April 26, 2018
As our busy April begins to give way to May, the Academy Envirothon Teams traveled to Purdue’s Research Farm for the state competition. Competing for the “Opossums” were Grace Nelson, Samantha Williams, Cassidy Regan, Emily Cook and Theo Hunt. Our “Racoons” were Victoria Granat, Annalyne Doll, Lily Fillwalk, Grace Moore and Yifei Liu. Our ever-steadfast reserve on call was Ben Mooreman.
The teams competed in the areas of Forestry, Wildlife Biology, Soils, Aquatic Biology, Pasture management and a field practical test. Additionally, they presented to a panel of professionals a pasture management plan for different areas in Delaware County. While not finishing in the top three both the Opossums and Racoons did impressive jobs at the competition earning ice cream on the way back. The teams were accompanied by Ms. Stephanie Naglekirk and Mr. Mike Mayfield. A hearty congratulations are due to all the “furry creatures” and the impressive effort put forth.
Monday, April 23, 2018
On Saturday, April 21, 8 Russian students accompanied by Mrs. Heather Rogers and Mr. Shane Crider traveled to Indiana University in Bloomington to participate in the annual Indiana Regional ACTR Olympiada of Spoken Russian.
Angela Cartwell — Gold Medal (Level 2)
Alma Miles-Morillo — Gold Medal (Level 2)
Emily Cook — Silver Medal (Level 2)
Nathan Buehrer — Gold Medal (Level 1)
Grace Nelson — Gold Medal (Level 1)
Jake White — Gold Medal (Level 1)
Isabel Reynolds — Silver Medal (Level 1)
Eowyn Mroczek — Bronze Medal (Level 1)
Congratulations to these students on their outstanding performance.