Library Home to New Union

Space to transform into a resource hub for students

After Brenda Eubank retired from being the school’s librarian last school year, the library faced uncertainty as to what was to come next. The position was taken over by English teacher Rachel Miller, and since then the library has began a new chapter of service for the school.

The library is home to hundreds of reading materials, all of which are open for any student to check out. The library also houses other resources, such as social worker Ashley Manship’s office, study spaces, and the home of the Essentials Project.

Starting this school year, the library is now the home of a student union.

The union was previously initiated by Ginny Nelson, who was a part of the guidance office. This union was created to provide students with information regarding post-high school plans and how to navigate the latter part of high school.

The goal is to implement resources that students can utilize and benefit from. One resource for students, with a partnership from the AVID program, are studying skills. The goal would be to work with Tammy Noble’s AVID class to help students with study tables and tutorials on studying skills.

“Say, if there is a big chemistry test at the end of the week, students can meet [at the union] on Tuesday and Thursday after school to get together and students can collaborate and use the skills they have learned from AVID lessons to help them study,” said Principal Dr. Sherry Wise.

Another goal of the student union is to show students what their options are both in school and after graduation. For in-school options, students can go to the union to inquire about what classes and programs may be available, such as the CDL course offered by the co-op. For plans after graduation, the union can be very beneficial for students.

If students are interested in learning more about a specific school, the union can arrange for students representatives for an information session.

It can also provide the students with information they may need to apply for colleges, as well as options in the workforce or military.

“I want to make it something that, no matter what your plan is after high school, there’s going to be something there for you that you can come and work with [the union] on,” said Wise.

At the beginning of the semester, Nelson resigned as the union’s coordinator. Currently, a new coordinator has not been hired, but there are applicants being reviewed.

Story by Michael Hannon

Now Hiring: Substitutes Needed in the Classroom

When Cooperation Secretary Lisa Muth started working for the Paoli School Corporation in 2012, there were 76 substitute teachers hired to work at the school. The next year, 13 more, but since then there has been a steady decrease in the number of substitutes available.

Currently, there are only 30 substitute teachers working in the corporation.

“That may sound like a lot,” said Muth, “but they are shared by both buildings. Also, some of them are college students and are only available on their breaks.”

Muth suspects many reasons as to why there has been a diminishing number available in recent years. Though they receive $75 a day for working at the school, the position comes with an unpredictable work schedule and a lack of insurance or “leave day” benefits.

“I am sure there are people that don’t want to come into a school right now,” said Muth. “Some people [also] don’t like not knowing when they might be called into work. They usually call them early the same day they need them.”

Another possibility is the emergence and ongoing conflicts that have come with the COVID-19 pandemic. The school year following the initial quarantine of students and staff experienced resulted in 14 substitute teachers not returning. The next, 10 more were lost.

Regardless of the worsening situation, Muth maintains hope more applications will come in.

“We are currently advertising on the radio for job openings at the school and have them posted on our website,” said Muth.

Applications to become a substitute teacher are available on the school’s website under the Staff and Employment section. Under that there is one for Jobs and Applications and, finally, a page specifically for substitute teachers.

Interested applicants must have gone through a background check and have a current Substitute Teacher License through the State of Indiana.

Story by Joz Kempf

Hannon Named Lilly Scholar

On December 10, Orange County’s Lilly Endowment Scholarship was awarded to senior Michael Hannon. This scholarship is a full ride to any college in Indiana and will help cover room and board and other required fees for four years.

“I am beyond thrilled to have such an amazing opportunity going into college. It will definitely be a huge help and I’m so thankful for everyone who has helped me,” said Hannon.

Juniors Named Rising Stars

On December 15, juniors Marty Higgins, River Fleming, Clara Henderson and Masden Embry were recognized as new members of The Rising Stars of Indiana.

Rising Stars of Indiana is a noncompetitive recognition program, designed to
honor high school juniors for their outstanding academic achievement.

“It’s really nice to be recognized for the effort we put in to get the grades we do,” said Embry.

Ag Department Welcomes New Life

On December 20, the first litter of piglets was born in the Paoli Pig Barn. The first pig to give birth was Rosie, owned by seventh grader Graydan Padgett, and Rosie had 11 babies; six were boars and five were gilts.

Since then, there have been two other litters born. On December 24, Reba, owned by senior Carson Little, had six babies; three boars and three gilts. On December 26, Buffy, owned by freshman Keeley Scott, had eight babies; five boars and three gilts. On January 10, Rose, owned by freshman Mary Cook, had one baby; one gilt.

“My favorite part about having pigs is when they have the babies. It is more exciting than Christmas presents.” said

Padgett. He plans to continue raising pigs, and might try working with different breeds in the future. Padgett will use the money he earns this year and use it to help pay for expenses with his next pigs.

Two pigs in the barn didn’t give birth this time; Naomi owned by freshman Haylie Gilliatt, and Margo, owned by Hannah Woolston. Margo was bred on December 18, and her piglets will be
ready in time to be used in late fall and early winter shows. Naomi will be sent back home with Gilliatt.

The pigs that the students observe off campus have also started to mother their litters. Four out
of five pigs off campus have given birth.

Sixth grader Lucas Carmickle’s pigs were the first to give birth. Hella had 11 babies, six boars and
five gilts, and Hazel had five babies; four boars and one gilt. Patches, Scott’s pig, had 14 babies; nine boars and five gilts. Sixth grader Lucas Carmickle’s pig was next. Astrid had five babies; three boars and two gilts.

“I have raised pigs since I was really young, and I started showing them in third grade. My favorite part about raising pigs is the experience I get from it, and being able to help other people with their pigs when they need it,” said Scott.

If you are interested in learning more about the pig program visit the PHS website and click on the Paoli Farm-to-Table Program site link located under Menu.

Story by Carley Higgins