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Gillian Blessinger

The Greater Jasper Consolidated School Corporation School Board has been recognized by the Indiana School Boards Association (ISBA) with an Exemplary Governance Award (EGA) for calendar year 2023 for demonstrating an outstanding commitment to professional learning and student success.

The Exemplary Governance Awards (EGA) are conferred annually to school boards across four levels of distinction.

Board awards are based on points earned by each member for attending ISBA seminars, workshops, conferences, and other learning events, as well as the board’s completion of certain additional criteria, such as a retreat with an outside facilitator and goal setting to elevate student achievement outcomes.

This year, 105 school boards are receiving awards through the EGA program.

“On behalf of ISBA, I would like to commend this most exceptional group of school boards and school board members,” said ISBA Executive Director Terry Spradlin. “School boards perform a vital public service for their communities, and board members who actively participate in professional learning are better equipped to perform their duties effectively and meet the needs of their students.”

The honorees will be formally recognized during ISBA’s Spring Regional Meetings taking place across the state during the month of April.

In addition to the board-level awards, ISBA is presenting individual EGA awards to 270 school board members.

ISBA provides a full range of professional learning opportunities at dozens of events throughout the year to inform and educate school board members about best practices, legislative issues, policy development, school law, and more.

For more information about ISBA’s EGA program requirements and to see the full list of individual and board award recipients for the 2023 award year, please visit

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GJCS Preschools Achieve Highest Quality Level for Childcare Programs
  • Ireland Elementary School
  • Jasper Elementary School
Gillian Blessinger

Jasper Elementary School and Ireland Elementary School Preschool Programs have achieved the highest possible rating in Paths to QUALITY™. Paths to QUALITY is Indiana’s quality rating and improvement system for childcare programs. It is a consistent set of standards to help parents identify licensed family childcare centers, licensed family care homes, and unlicensed registered ministries that have met state requirements for health and safety.

Paths to QUALITY is a voluntary statewide system created to improve the quality of childcare and early education for children. It gives all families a tool to find the best quality program for their needs and supports and recognizes providers on a four-level rating system. The system has been studied and validated by the Child Development and Family studies experts at Purdue University.

Jasper Elementary School and Ireland Elementary School both received state visits and were awarded with the Level 4 Status from the state.

“Achieving a Level 4 designation is a milestone that reflects the hard work, dedication, and passion of our educators, staff, and administration. It underscores our pledge to foster an environment where our children can grow, learn, and thrive,” said Dr. Tracy Lorey, GJCS Superintendent.

To learn more about Paths to QUALITY, visit

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JHS Students Have Success at IASB
  • Jasper High School
Gillian Blessinger

Students across the state competed at the Indiana Association of School Broadcasters on Monday, March 11. Congratulations to all JHS Media students on a strong showing. 

Victoria Gunselman received an honorable mention in Radio Copywriting.

JD Harrison and Levin Cozza received honorable mention for Music Video.

Lilly Rasche received an honorable mention for Social Media Presence.

Landon Fuhs, Ashton Howard, Emma Flamion, Oliver Helming and several others placed 3rd in the Video 'Comedy or Parody' category. 

Kate Shields placed 1st in Radio Interview and honorable mention with Abby Gehlhausen for Podcast.

Leo Eckman had an especially successful day, placing 3rd in Radio Sports Update, 2nd with Ty Hamlin for Radio Sports Talk Show, and 1st for Radio Basketball Play-by-Play.

Congratulations to these JHS Media Students! 

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Letters about Literature first place winner - audrey schroeder. School photo and image of book
  • Jasper Middle School
Gillian Blessinger

A group of Jasper Middle School students were chosen as winners in a state-wide writing contest, Letters about Literature. The contest is sponsored by the James and Madeleine McMullan Family Foundation and the Center for the Book. Students were challenged to write a letter to an author of a book that somehow changed the way they see the world. Thousands of letters were submitted from all around the state. 

Chosen as the FIRST PLACE winner with her letter about the book We'll Paint the Octopus Red by Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen is 8th grader Audrey Schroeder, the daughter of Andres and Lisa Schroeder. 

Letters about Literature first place winner - audrey schroeder. School photo and image of book

Recognized as honorable mention was Lila Hawkes. 

Letters about Literature Honorable Mention Lila Hawkes with school photo and image of book

Selected as publication winners were 8th graders Lainee Blome, Charlie Carter, Harper Gunn, Christopher Holmes, Campbell Lichlyter, and Lily Wagner and 7th graders Adrian Herrera and Alicia Marin. 

List of publication winners for letters about literature

All of the winners are invited to a virtual awards ceremony on April 18 featuring notable Indiana author Rob Harrell. 

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Summer Enrichment Programs 2024
  • Ireland Elementary School
  • Jasper Elementary School
  • Jasper Middle School
Gillian Blessinger
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