All over Jane Ball Elementary, students and staff are working hard to complete an exciting project for the Science Seekers Club.   

Like the inside of any production studio, the halls, classrooms and library at Jane Ball Elementary were a flurry of activity as the students in the afterschool, Science Seekers Club, worked hard to put the finishing touches on five Public Service Announcements (PSA’s).  The student driven project will result in some or all of the PSA’s being shown on the big screen at the Museum of Science and Industry, which sponsors the club and individual projects by providing supplies and technical knowledge.

With nearly 50 students and 4 teachers/staff members helping facilitate the project, this is the most ambitious undertaking the Science Seekers have taken on in their three year history at the school.  With the deadline for the completion of the PSA’s quickly approaching, Principal Deborah Snedden enlisted the aid of her daughter, Caity Rodgers, a current IUN student, to help edit the finished project. 

The variety and difficulty of the project is something students were excited and happy to talk about.  The students working with fourth grade teacher, Haley Mandernach decided the most difficult part of the process was fitting their message, “Washing Hands Saves Lives,” into the allotted 60 seconds.  “It took many takes to get the final one done in a single (uninterrupted) shot,” said Bianca Bomar.  Fellow student Dayton Barnett agreed and was especially pleased that the topic of their PSA was democratically decided.  “We all looked at each other’s notebooks and voted to go with this idea,” she said. 

Fifth grade teacher, Lynn Van Meter’s group was equally ambitious with their health related PSA; “Stay Healthy,” that covered not one, but three topics.  In their PSA the students tackle, eating wisely, exercising strong and preventing germs.   “There was really a lot of dialogue to memorize,” said Molly Sikma.  “It’s really hard to fit it all in just sixty seconds,” said fellow student, Hunter Ludwig. 

Meanwhile, back in the library, 3rd grade teacher Gay Plants was hustling to get the two groups she’s managing to complete their PSA’s.  While one group reviewed their PSA on going to the dentist, another reviewed scenes on their timely topic; “Put Down the Electronics,” which included multiple segments shot on the playground.  Students were very involved in choosing from the various shots in order to complete the final product.  

In the main lobby staff member, Kristan Donaldson prepared her group to re-shoot selected scenes from their PSA on animal abuse.  As the young, Martin Scorseses and Sofia Coppolas, found their marks, camera operator, Aubrey Tustison discovered the video recorder was flashing ‘ low battery,’ introducing just one more challenge for the team. 

What’s a grip, what’s a gaffer, what’s an editor?  These are all questions the students will be able to answer, but they were also learning that putting those concepts and people into practice and place and making all the pieces fit into an educational and informative PSA is a difficult task…especially in 60 seconds.  

 Getting To Know Principal Snedden


Deborah Snedden has been the Principal at Jane Ball Elementary School since the beginning of the 2013-2014 academic year.  Mrs. Snedden is a native of Crete, Illinois with a special tie to Cedar Lake.  Her husband, Mark Snedden, is a former Hanover alumni.  They are the parents of a blended family of seven and currently reside in Crown Point.

Prior to becoming the Principal of Jane Ball, Mrs. Snedden served as the Curriculum Director at Hammond Academy of Science and Technology, following fifteen years of teaching in the Crown Point schools.  She is a graduate of Crete-Monee High School with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Purdue Calumet and a Master’s in Educational Administration from Ball State.  Mrs. Snedden has been a presenter at professional development workshops and has worked with the Education Department at Purdue Calumet to bring STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) learning to life at Jane Ball. 

As she walks through the halls of Jane Ball the students smile and high five’s are the norm rather than the exception.  “I’m here to make sure these kids are 21st century learners.  What they’ll need to know to succeed in life starts right here,” said Snedden.   “I have a passion for collaborating with students, teachers and parents.”


  • This Week At Jane Ball

    GOOD DEEDS WEEK (Student Events in Blue)

    Monday - May 23RD

    Grateful Day - Students will journal about things/people they are grateful for.

    Tuesday - May 24th 

    Help Out At Home Day - Students will share what they  

    do to help out around the house.

    Music Program Rehearsal @ 2:00 p.m.

    Music Program @ Hanover Central High School @ 6:30 p.m.

    Wednesday - May 25th

    Clean Up Challenge - Beautify Jane Ball during recess.

    Parade of Graduates @ 11:00 a.m.

    Talent Show tryouts @ 3:30 p.m.

    Thursday - May 26th

    Hope Hunt - Students will have a very special egg hunt

    Egg Drop @ 1:30 p.m.

    Friday - May 27th

    Read For Your Good Deed - Students will be paired with a different grade level for a reading exchange.

    Kindergarten Graduation @ 1:30 p.m.



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