Model’s Vision

We embrace the philosophy that all students can learn, and given the proper environment and academic program, teachers and students can strive for academic excellence. We hope that all students and educators will reach their full potential in becoming lifelong learners and productive citizens in a democratic society.

As you tour our building, you will see cooperative learning activities. Our upper grade students work with younger children, and we emphasize respect and responsibility to those around us. Model has high expectations for students and staff.


Model’s principal oversees an excellent staff, which includes a counselor, psychologist and nurse.


Our counselor spends much of her time with the students in the classrooms, in a group situation, or with individuals. The counselor is happy to share books, videos, and pamphlets dealing with parenting skills and other special needs with parents. Model’s counselor is Mrs. Banes, MSW.

Mrs. Banes has a preventative program that teaches kindergarten through fifth graders through a developmental counseling curriculum. Areas of emphasis are “Learning to Work,” “Learning to Learn,” and “Learning to Live.” Within these core areas, each grade level has classes on career exploration, study skills, feelings, conflict resolution, diversity, and self-esteem. Kindergarten classes receive a monthly 45-minute lesson, while grades 1-5 meet twice a month with the counselor.

The counselor also provides the following:

  • Co-facilitates our Child Study Team/Home visits
  • Emergency counseling and referral for individual students
  • Peer Mediation Program – trained students act as mediators for some student disputes
  • Model Welcomers Program – trained students greet new students and provide a tour of the school.
  • Community Mentor/Tutor coordination
  • Groups – These groups of 6 – 8 students meet 8 times for 30 minutes. Group topics include Changing Families, Grief, Friendship, Anger, Divorce, and Self-Esteem.
  • Trained in Love & Logic (Parent/Student/Teacher program)

Mrs. Banes encourages parents to call with any questions or concerns.


Model’s school psychologist, Mrs. Nichols, visits Model one day a week. The psychologist is here as a consultant and as a resource for the teachers. He also tests students who have been identified as having academic problems for learning disabilities. The psychologist is instrumental, along with the LRE teacher and classroom teacher, in setting up an Individualized Educational Plan for the affected students.


Model is very lucky to have Mrs. Harmelink as our full-time nurse. Some of the wonderful things Mrs. Harmelink does for Model include:

  • Assess and care for illnesses and injuries, contacting parents as needed
  • Organize and administer medications
  • Check all students for head lice at least 3 times a year
  • Look through student immunizations and advise parents accordingly
  • Encourage health and safety with posters, notes on newsletters, and staff instruction
  • Supply first aid kits for teachers
  • Read through health histories and notify appropriate staff of health concerns
  • Arrange for measuring all students twice a year
  • Screen vision of all students in first, third, and fifth grades and all others requested, then refer appropriately
  • Evaluate all 5th graders for scoliosis and report to parents
  • Teach classes in sexual abuse prevention, BASIC AID TRAINING, growing up, and other health issues as requested
  • Communicate with parents and staff regarding health questions and needs
  • Contact health agencies for additional classroom materials or resources as requested by staff

Goals for Model Educators

Teachers are:

  1. Creating a positive physical and emotional environment by using the Lifelong Guidelines and 55 Essential Skills.
  2. Recognizing the range of abilities and talents of their students while teaching the Learning Skills: Reading, Writing, Language, Social Science, Natural Science, and Computation.
  3. Developing curriculum that addresses multiple levels of thinking.
  4. Increasing parent and community involvement with the school.
  5. Aware of current brain research, thereby constantly improving opportunities for all students.
  6. Integrating content areas into recognizable concepts that are meaningful, real-life and age appropriate. Information skills are taught through technology, research, presentations, and specialty folders.
  7. Sharing successful teaching strategies with other educators.

Model has adopted the Olweus’ School Bullying Program. The key principles to this program are:

  • Warmth, positive interest and involvement on the part of adults
  • Firm limits for unacceptable behavior
  • Consistent use of non-physical, non-hostile negative consequences (sanctions) when rules are broken
  • Adults in the school (and home) who function as authorities.

At Model, we choose an Essential Skill to emphasize each month. These skills, called Lifelong Guidelines, we believe help create a friendlier school environment.

Lifelong Guidelines

  • Trust
  • Truth
  • Active Listening
  • No Putdowns
  • Personal Best



Facts & Figures

Visit the Indiana Department of Education Website for detailed information

School Improvement Plan

Every school, as part of the federal No Child Left Behind Act and Indiana’s Public Law 221, must have a school improvement plan. Each school has an improvement team comprised of staff, parents and community members. These teams developed their initial building plan in 2001-02 and revise the plan as needed each year.

Model’s 2016-17 School Improvement plan is located here.