A new resource officer for the 2021-22 school year

As students saw in the presentation on the first day of the 20-21 school year, many new staff members joined. This includes new School Resource Officer Andrew Streble. 

Three years ago, Streble moved to Paoli from Louisville, Kentucky where he got a job at the local police department. 

“I came across a Facebook post that the Paoli Police Department was accepting applications for the position of School Resource Officer so I decided to apply,” said Streble. “Paoli has felt like home since the day I moved here and I wanted to do my part to help better the community and thought this would be a good way to do it.”

After working as a police officer for over 10 years, Streble describes working for a school as “a nice change of pace.” Sometimes, he does miss working for the Louisville Metro Police Department,where the work was fast-paced, but the predictability of his schedule and his interactions with the students make it worthwhile. 

“I do like interacting with the students although most days you all make me feel extremely old,” said Streble.

He warns students if they see him out walking his three-legged pitbull Khali — she is friendly. All you have to be worried about is your fashion choices.

“I see a lot of kids wearing Nirvana shirts,” said Streble. “I may start asking you what your favorite Nirvana song is just to be sure it’s not just a fashion choice.”

Streble wants to make sure students are aware that he has an “open door policy.” If you have any issues or questions for him, he will help you to the best of his ability. You can find him in the hallways or in his room located in the main office.

Story by Jozalyn Kempf

Attention Parents! Biddy Ball has returned for Throop Students

Paoli Biddy Ball has begun and will last until November 6. The event will be held at Throop Elementary after school every day from 3:10 to 4:30 p.m., except Wednesdays because of early release. The games between teams who are evenly split between grades 1-2 will play and also grades 3-4 will play on Saturday.

“This is always a great opportunity for the kids to interact with our players. And the kids really love it,” said Head Basketball Coach Dusty Cole.  

The high school players will be helping students learn drills and the fundamentals of the game. The elementary players will also be invited to a camp later this summer for the same kids. 

Anyone with a Throop student interested in participating should contact Coach Cole at the high school.

Story by Fletcher Cole

JAG Holding Halloween Costume Contest October 29

The JAG leadership team is sponsoring the costume contest on Oct 29. Students will go to room 111, the JAG room and sign up in the costume contest.

The JAG Leadership team is doing a costume contest as a fundraiser for the JAG closet and a fun way to incorporate dressing up for Halloween and put a twist on dressing up at school.

“I love seeing the creative costumes students and staff come up with!” JAG Specialist Katie Cook.

To participate in the contest, any student or staff member from grades 7th through 12th will go to the JAG room In the morning on October 29 with their costumes on for the day, and pay $1 to enter the contest. The JAG team will choose winners for the funniest, scariest, best duo/couples costume, and the best costume overall and announce the winners on Monday, November 1. Doing this Contest will switch up how we normally do the Halloween dress up day while raising money. 

Story by Paige Flick

Girls Get Early Start to Basketball Season with Open Gym

Every Wednesday, from 5:30-6:30 p.m, the girls basketball team has been holding open gyms in the high school lower gym. Varsity Head Coach Donovan Crews helps the girls with plays and answers questions about the upcoming season while the girls split up and scrimmage for an hour.

All junior high and high school girls had the opportunity to attend, allowing the coaches to get a good idea of what the season will look like, and giving some opportunities for some extra help.

“Our open gyms have been going really well. Our attendance has been great, but I didn’t expect anything different out of this group. I think a lot of the kids are excited that the season is just around the corner. We’ve put in a lot of work this offseason and had a really good summer.  Hopefully all of that will carry right into this season and make it an exciting year,” said Crews.

Open gyms end today and the first official practice begins on Oct. 18. If you are interested in playing this year, email crewsd@paoli.k12.in.us for more information about the program.

Story by Carley Higgins