Mishawaka

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Mishawaka Schools hosted a series of workshops for educators from across Northern Indiana yesterday to discuss best practices to nurture the “Whole Child.”

The whole child refers to the social and emotional well-being of a child that in turn affects a child’s academic performance.
 

Director of Student Learning and Innovation for Mishawaka Schools, Sarah Hickle says whole means teachers make sure the child is, “healthy, happy, safe, ready to learn.”
 

MACOG

 

A new bus line is being proposed that would offer better service between Mishawaka and Elkhart.

The Yellow Line would run from the Downtown Elkhart Transfer Center to the Mishawaka Transfer Center every half-hour on weekdays.

Currently the bus runs every hour and transfers at Twin Branch Park. The new line would also make transfer times to other routes in the Transpo and Interurban Trolley systems less than 15 minutes.

Barbara Anguiano / WVPE

Wear Orange protests occurred across the country this weekend to bring awareness to gun safety. The South Bend Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America protested in orange, Saturday in Mishawaka.

 

Elkhart Police Department

Jacob Ryan Underwood, 22, from Elkhart has been charged by criminal complaint with possession of a destructive device in an arrest that may have a connection with the pipe bombs found in Mishawaka in late January.

 

Underwood is also accused of watching two other pipe bombs be made and later throwing them out of a car window in Mishawaka.  

Investigators linked Underwood to an explosion outside of his home, and also with assisting in the construction of a pipe bomb.

 

Elkhart Police Department

A construction crew in Mishawaka found two pipe bombs this morning near Grape Road and Indian Ridge Boulevard. Authorities arrived to dispose of the devices. No injuries were reported.

The entire incident lasted about two hours. The South Bend Police Bomb Squad was on hand to detonate the devices, which have been identified as pipe bombs.

Authorities blocked off traffic and evacuated people from the area shortly after 9 a.m. Roads reopened around 11 a.m.

Mishawaka Police are still investigating the case.

Mishawaka school leaders reviewed a Grade Level Study Report yesterday offering the school board options for improving education district wide.

Suggestions in the report include a greater focus on early learning, specifically by offering more early childhood activities for Mishawaka residents, which could include restructuring grade levels and even building another middle school, which bump sixth graders to middle school, allowing space for more early childhood programs in elementary schools.

If passed, the referenda would add $1.8 million to the district’s general fund and $13 million to improve infrastructure at the district’s schools.