Walkerton Community to Say Goodbye to Beloved Teacher

The Walkerton community was saddened to learn of the passing of John Glenn High School Band Director Daniel Fortlander. An outpouring of emotional support from former and current students in addition to area band directors blanketed social media with story offerings, fun moments and fond memories of time spent with the popular band teacher.

He passed away on Saturday, June 10 after a sudden illness.

Mr. Fortlander had been with the John Glenn High School as band director for 32 years. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in 1978 from Ball State University.

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“U.S. News and World Report” Releases 2017 High School Rankings

Several local high schools are ranked among the best in Indiana by “U.S. News and World Report.” The publication reviewed more than 28,000 schools nationwide for its 2017 rankings, and 136 schools in Indiana made their “Best High Schools” rankings. The publication ranks schools based on their performance on state-required tests and how well they prepare students for college.

All of the local schools on the list offer students an opportunity to take Advance Placement ® (AP) coursework and exams. Continue reading

Enjoy Falloween at John Glenn High School

Head to John Glenn High School this weekend for the annual Falloween Fest. It features a carnival, food, games and family-friendly activities. John Glenn High School and John Glenn School Corporation organizations, along with community and civic groups and churches all take part. Proceeds go to student scholarships, with more than $125,000 raised between 2009 and 2014. Continue reading

Plymouth High School Ranked Among Best in Indiana by U.S. News & World Report

A local high school ranks among the top-performing in the state, according to a national magazine. The 2015 U.S. News & World Report Best High School rankings evaluate students on college readiness. Plymouth High School ranks 15th in the state on the list and earns a silver medal. Visit http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/indiana/districts/plymouth-community-school-corp/plymouth-high-school-7361 for details. Continue reading

Local School Named Four Star School

A local high school is among 281 statewide schools designated as Four Star Schools for the 2013-2014 school year.

Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz announced Tuesday that John Glenn High School was recognized as a Four Star School.

Four Star Schools must be in the top 25th percentile on ISTEP English/Language Arts and Math scores. They must also earn an “A” in the state’s accountability rankings and be accredited by the Indiana Department of Education. In addition, the requirement of 95 percent student participation rate has to be met.

Recovering Addict Shares Story With Local Students

Todd Crandell
Todd Crandell

With sobriety, anything is possible. That’s the message addict turned triathlete Todd Crandell is sharing with students in Starke and Marshall Counties during Red Ribbon Week. He first tried alcohol when he was 13. Crandall says his life was” normal on the outside” but he was pretty emotionally distraught due to his Mom’s suicide 10 years earlier due to her struggles with addiction.

“I had a giant void that I was looking for something to fill it with, and unfortunately trying alcohol at age 13 was the catalyst for the next 13 years of destruction,” Crandall said.

He says he used “anything I could get my hands on” to try to numb the pain. Continue reading