The First Day At Jane Ball Elementary

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 Greeting students in front of the school is a
long standing tradition at Jane Ball.  Pom Poms,
clappers and a few hugs are the order of the day. 

The first day of school can be a challenge for students, teachers, administrators and staff, but stress and confusion is replaced with excitement when everyone is prepared. 

At Jane Ball Elementary School the initial stages of construction on a new playground required changes in student drop off procedures, and the staff was prepared.  Kindergarten students who attended the Jump Start program were prepared and few tears were shed.  As the buses began arriving students were met by enthusiastic teachers with pom poms and clappers and a hug or two. 
“It’s great to see kids and families again,” said Principal Deborah Snedden as she welcomed the Donaldson girls to school.  “These are my smiley girls,” she said with her trademark laugh as she greeted first grader Claire, 3rd grader Colleen and 4th grader Caroline.  Much like the leader of a small community, Snedden is able to adjust to unexpected changes or problems and escape becoming the Mayor of ‘Crazy Town,” even on the first day.   
Key to the school’s success is preparation.  “We have spent all summer doing things to visibly involve the students in the learning process.  We are prepared to not only teach them but to teach them to love learning,” said Snedden. 


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.”



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