School History

Welcome to Harper Elementary School’s website. Harper is a K – 5 school with approximately 500 enthusiastic boys and girls located at 21 S. Alvord Blvd. Harper is a part of the BEST (Bosse Exemplary School Team) District. Our students move on to Washington Middle School and Bosse High School. The other schools in the BEST district are Dexter, Glenwood Leadership Academy (GLA), and Lodge Community School. 

Harper was built in 1950 and had the largest playground in the city with many afterschool programs. The tradition of afterschool programs is continuing with support of our school community. Harper works with the University of Evansville, University of Southern Indiana, community organizations, Girl Scouts, staff, and parents to provide afterschool programs for our students. We’re always searching for ways to expand our programs.  

High expectations are set for all students both academically and behaviorally. HIVE is our goal which is: Healthy Choices, Integrity, Value Learning, and Excellence. We focus on those standards for all areas in our lives whether we’re at home, school, or in the community.  Students are able to earn “Hive Hoorays” for doing the right thing at school. Staff members will recognize students who are doing what is expected of them. Students then will have an opportunity to select a choice of “free” options such as: a no homework pass, 15 minute computer time, hat day, etc. if their name is drawn.

The Weinbach Kiwanis sponsors the BUG (Bringing Up Grades) program for Harper after the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grading periods. This is recognition for students who have brought up one grade and not gone down in any.  Beginning with the 2012-2013 school year students will also be recognized for their improvement in their behavior at school. Monthly students at each grade level and a “Principal Pick” are selected as “Students of the Month”. These students are selected for their day to day work ethic, and then they are taken to lunch on the campus of the University of Evansville. One of these students is selected as the Student of the Month. This student will have their name on the marquee and then given a certificate and pin from the Area Council PTA and Rotary Club. 

Harper is a “Dress for Success” school which means students wear uniforms. Our uniforms are navy or tan bottoms with solid colored polos. 

In the classrooms our students are continuing to use “a hands on” approach to science.  Over the years we have seen the number of girls who enjoy science increase along with the males. Math is taught for at least an hour and reading is taught at least an hour at all grade levels. We’re excited to have instrumental music for our 5th graders and our 4th graders learn about the recorders in their vocal music class. Technology is taught by our art teacher, Mrs. Jill Helfrich, at least once a week to each of our students. We are thankful to the parents for their support of an upgrade to our computer lab.

We strive to differentiate the instruction for all our students, and we are fortunate to have a partnership with Indiana University to assist us in our professional development activities. Through this partnership we are able to meet the needs of all our students.  Students from the University of Evansville and the University of Southern Indiana also assist us in the classrooms. We also have members of Carver Community Organization and other volunteers work with our students. Harper students are truly blessed to have others working with them.

Harper continues to have daily communication with our parents with the use of our agenda books at all grade levels. Parents of students in grades 2 - 5 grade levels are able to access the Parent EdEase system to monitor their child’s school work.  Each month the staff shares with parents the activities of the students at Harper during a parent meeting. 

Our parent & community involvement is second to none. We have a great parent/community support system which works with us to ensure success for all students. Our parents and community are willing to assist in any ways they can. In years past they have assisted us in purchasing collapsible basketball goals so we can have intramural basketball for students in grades 1 – 5, a climbing wall in our gym for all students , a sound system in the auditorium, afterschool programs, activities for students, tutoring, assisting with our Field Day, classroom materials, and many other activities. We are always excited to have our parents volunteer at Harper. Harper has a strong support for our many programs such as our Walk-A-Thon, Read-A-Thon, Family Fun Night, Shampoo Drive for the Evansville Area Clothing Bank, 4th/5th Grade Night, and Dine Out Nights to name a few.

Harper students participate in community service such as giving back to community organizations such as the Rescue Mission, Area Council PTA Clothing Bank,  and beautification of our school to name a few.

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