Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Y'ike's, Convention Deadlines Extended

It was strange to be in a part of the state that Ike didn’t smack last week and still feel like a part of the disaster as advisers sent e-mails and frantic calls about IHSPA deadlines.

In an effort to make IHSPA a user-friendly service, we’ve extended deadlines. However, I’m hoping to send all Harvey entries to judges by Thursday, so anyone who has sent entries that might be stuck in snail mail should feel welcome to contact me to verify arrival.

Despite the weather and field trip challenges, the number of convention registrations is higher than the last couple of years at this point. We’re looking forward to good weather and a great couple of days with all of you as the convention features its usual variety of sessions, keynoter Gary Varvel and some new in-depth opportunities.

Advisers who want to take the CJE/MJE test at the convention should contact me so that we can plan for the correct number. We also need registrations of the Thursday night on-site contests as soon as possible.

The Poynter Web site has an article about our partnership with the Indiana Department of Education that has created a Career Pathway for English/Language Arts that emphasizes journalism as a driving force. Dr. Mary Andis will describe the particulars of this program at the convention’s adviser meeting.

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