NPUSC Virtual Academy 2020 Information

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July 28th, 2020

Dear Parent(s)/Guardians,

After gathering the results of the first survey, it was determined that a very small number of
families were interested in a 100% virtual option for the Fall of 2020-2021 . However, as
growing concerns over COVID-19 have continued there are more families that may be interested
in NPUSC providing such an option. We would like to explain what a Virtual Academy option
would encompass so that each student family is able to make the best-informed decision for

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NPUSC buildings are Closed from March 16th through the end of the 2019 – 2020 school year

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Dear NPUSC Families & Staff,

Our nation is working through an unprecedented time with the COVID-19 situation. Disruptions to daily life, work, and educational programming have all been experienced for the betterment of our personal and collective health. NPUSC and school districts across the nation are doing what we can, within current guidelines, to provide educational programming through E-Learning platforms. Unfortunately, given the national health situation and state guidelines that exist with gatherings and social distancing, it will not be possible to replicate or provide some school programming. Spring sports and extra-curricular programming are one example.

This communication focuses on programming NPUSC typically provides this time of year outside of the classroom such as award ceremonies, prom, summer school, athletic camps, and related programming. Below is a summary of our current plans or decisions related to typical school programming that occurs in spring or early summer. Some of the plans related to summer programming may be subject to change depending on COVID-19 developments and guidelines.

Seniors & Graduation Requirements

Per the Indiana Department of Education guidance, seniors MUST participate in 160 days of instruction (including current E-Learning days) during this school year to be eligible for graduation. Specific questions related to credit concerns from before or during COVID-19 should be sent to Jen Sass at or 574-654-7271/219-778-2215.

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High Ability Screenings

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NPUSC conducts corporation-wide screening for high ability identification for students in grades K, 2, and 5.

High ability testing is available for students in all grades through nominations from teachers, parents, and/or students.

Nomination forms are available Here or on the NPUSC and school websites under the Programs/Services tab – High Ability Program – scroll down to High Ability Documents – Nomination Form.

Return completed nomination forms to Barbara Papai on or before January 11th.

Email:   .
FAX:     574-654-7964
Mail, Hand, or Inter-School Delivery:
Olive Elementary School, 300 W. Ben St., New Carlisle, IN  46552

For additional information, call Barbara Papai, High Ability Coordinator:  574-654-0448.

2020-2021 NPUSC School Calendar Survey

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Below is a survey link that will inform planning for the 2020-2021 NPUSC School Calendar.  Planning will begin later this month.  A recommendation for a school calendar will likely be presented to the NPUSC Board of Trustees in January for approval.  Topics of interest in the survey include when to start the school year, viewpoints on E-Learning Days, breaks at Fall or Thanksgiving, and items that matter most to families as we consider school calendar planning.  I did not include a general comment/response area on this survey.  However, please email  with general comments you may have about the school calendar and they will be included in our planning process, thank you.

Paul White

NPUSC Superintendent

New Prairie Boogie Night

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The Nutritional Services Department is holding a fundraiser for the Angel Fund. This will be held at the LaPorte County Fairgrounds, in the Community Building on Saturday, November 9th. Doors open at 5pm and live music from Dead to Rights starts at 7pm.  We will have food available from Porky Paul’s BBQ, beverages, and many awesome silent auction items available to bid on.

We recently changed the location of the event so that we could accommodate more people.  Please share the attached flyer, plan to attend the event, and bring all of your friends and family!

All proceeds from this event will go directly into the NPUSC Angel Fund.  The Angel Fund was established to ensure that all NPUSC students receive lunch when their student funds are unavailable, and to prevent lunch shaming.  The Angel Fund does this by providing funds to cover the cost of lunch for students whose accounts need assistance.  We never ask families to pay back the meals that were covered for their student.  The Angel Fund is fully funded by donations.


Now Hiring Substitutes!

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New Prairie is currently seeking new substitute teachers to join our team!

Substitute Teacher Pay

Our daily pay rates for substitutes have increased. We now offer:

  • $68 daily pay rate for subs with a HS diploma
  • $75 daily pay rate for subs with a college degree
  • $90 daily pay rate for Licensed Teacher Subs

Bonus System Implementation 

Our subs work hard and we think consistency should be rewarded.  Starting with the 2019-2020 school year, we are pleased to announce a new incentive program allowing substitute teachers to receive bonuses.

  • A substitute who works 25-49 full days in a semester will receive a one time bonus of $300
  • A substitute who works 50+ full days in a semester will receive a one time bonus of $600

*For those who have already substitute taught for this year, this will be retroactively paid from the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year.*

If you are interested in becoming a substitute teacher, please apply online here or contact the Central Office with questions at (574) 654 – 7273.

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