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

Book Worm Takes on Library

This year, English Teacher Book Worm Rachel Miller has taken on another position in the building, part time school librarian. After passing the Indiana CORE Assessment for school library, Miller was certified to fill the spot.

Already, Miller has several goals to accomplish with the library. In addition to teaching freshman English, Miller will spend two periods of her day in the library. Miller has made a few changes to the library so far, most noticeably the appearance in the front window of the library as they walk by.

“You may have noticed the library opening up a bit. The curtains have been removed, and I’m doing some fall cleaning to spruce things up. I’m also creating displays to highlight new books every few weeks. More changes will be coming over the course of the school year, so pay attention and come see what’s going on,” said Miller.

Miller wants to increase overall student and class usage of the library this year. She plans to “re-digitize” the library to create easier access to books for students.

“Getting the titles of our books back online will be a huge improvement. Students will be able to search for books online, scan the books to check them out easily, and it’ll make checking books back in a lot easier as well,” said Miller.

In order to make the library digital, Miller plans to label every book and scan them into the system. With the help of Registrar Sara Parks, she will be able to get the information needed to input all of the students into the system. She is also working on marketing the library by building a website and rebranding it “The Ram Resource Room”.

“The library houses Ms. Manship’s office, the Paoli College and Career Academy student union, study spaces, our book collection, and your friendly neighborhood librarian, as well as working closely with the Essentials Project. The library really is a great place for students to access all kinds of resources,” said Miller.

Miller will be in the library available for questions and requests during first and second period and during homerooms. For more information email millerr@paoli.k12.in.us.

Story by Angie Ceja

Martin Takes on New College Corp Advising Role

One of the many new faces this school year is College Advising Corps Adviser Cody Martin. Partnered through Indiana University and AmeriCorps, Martin took the place of 2020-21 staff member, Mary Lechner. Martin’s job here at PHS is to help seniors find the best path for their lives after high school.

“Whether you want to become a mechanic, a manager at Walmart, a doctor, or anything in between, I’m here to help find your best options for getting where you want to go. The goal of my position is to improve the socioeconomic statuses of communities, starting with upcoming graduates,” said Martin.

Though Martin’s main focus is with seniors, he is eager and willing to meet with any student who has questions about postsecondary options. He also works at Crawford County Schools with the same position and splits his time equally between both schools.

“I am a resource to help find goals for students, find financial aid and scholarships, and navigate the college admissions process (applications, award letters, you name it), whether that be a seventh grader having no idea what college is, or a freshman wondering how to set themselves up for success,” said Martin.

Martin graduated from Wilmington College in Ohio with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Management. He has a four-year-old daughter named Callie and is newly married as of this past July.

“I love spending my free time disc golfing, cooking, doing trivia, playing cards, doing crosswords and watching sporting events. I plan on beginning to work on my Master’s Degree in the fall, and I hope to have a Ph.D. by the time I am 30,” said Martin. “Some fun facts about me are that I have been published in Athletic Business magazine, I’ve attended two Super Bowls, and I have been to 13 states and five countries.”

Martin is at PHS all day on Tuesdays and Thursdays, along with the second and fourth Friday of every month. To schedule a meeting with him, email him at martinc@paoli.k12.in.us.

Story by Gracie Walls.