A sea of green, blue, pink and purple T-shirts flowed into Zionsville West Middle School on the first day of school, each stating “We’ve Got Z’Power – Expect the Best, Get the Best” on the front. Once the wave rolled in, the words “Love, Strength, Inspiration, Fearlessness and Pride” were seen on the backs of the shirts, each word chosen by the student wearing it. “Both research and experience tells us that students cannot learn if they do not feel happy and safe at school,” said Assistant Principal, Matt Doublestein. “This year, we sought to begin our year focused on those two values through these programs. We could not be more excited is see the impact Z’Power will have on our students, our school, and our community. “ “We’ve Got Z’Power” was funded with a grant from the Zionsville Education Foundation (ZEF) and supported by the Z’West PTO. In the grant application, Z’West Principal Kris Devereaux stated: “Our Gold Star counseling program surveyed students and found that this is an area of concern/stress for students. We also conducted a staff survey about areas of concern, and character/choices was voted number one by 100 percent of the staff.” Z’West set expectations of character and values on the very first day of school with their Power Shirts, but that was just the beginning for this day off from academics. Living Out Loud, a high-energy student performance group from Illinois, delivered an interactive convocation showing how careful decision making leads to a healthy and productive future. Students also participated in 45-minute break-out sessions led by Living Out Loud. See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for the full story.
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- Salon aims to ease cancer-related hair loss Laura Yates didn't cry when her kids shaved her head, but she cried the week before when she got a drastic change in her hairstyle. Yates was diagnosed with breast cancer three days after Christmas last year and went through four rounds of chemotherapy in the spring. Now, she is cancer-free with a new hairstyle.
Four year old Tommy Schlueter watches his pumpkin float towards the pins Sunday afternoon, Oct. 27, during the Lions Club Pumpkins and Hayrides event.
Something uniqua at Chica Boutiqua
Stephanie Roberts, of Zionsville, right, purchases some jewelry from Kittie Kubacki’s “Oh My! Jewelry” booth at Chica Boutiqua Saturday, Oct. 26.
CrossFit Zionsville owner Ali Ott gets his head shaved by Twisted Sisters hair stylist Amanda Ochoa.
Art center fundraising for passenger elevator
A century-old elevator will soon be out of commission unless the Sugar Creek Art Center can raise $75,000 to replace it.
Zionsville man gets ride of his life
Rising early on a Monday morning, Oct. 14, to stand in line for race tickets paid off for Mike Albert, of Zionsville, who was the first fan to buckle up for a ride with IndyCar Series team owner Sarah Fisher in her two-seat race car.
Local doctor supports NASA's past and future
“NASA hasn’t gone away,” according to Dr. Scott Phillips of Zionsville, a surgeon with the Center for Ear Nose Throat and Allergy, who happens to have the ear of the space program.
Cooper Barron, 3, bites off more than he can chew Saturday morning, Oct. 5, during the Zionsville Fire Department Pancake Breakfast.
Mary Mulligan was crowned Zionsville homecoming queen during halftime of the Friday, Oct. 4, football game against the Fishers Tigers.
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