Nicholson was built in 1954, an addition was made in 1960, and a complete renovation with the addition of a gym, art and music rooms, cafeteria, and media center were made in 1999. In the summer of 2016 the building went through additional remodeling. Meredith Nicholson Elementary School educates 410 students in grades two and three. The school is located in a mixed socioeconomic neighborhood. Parents of the children are corporate executives, college professors, the full range of professional and small business persons, factory workers, laborers, and assisted families.
There are 16 full-time classroom teachers, art, music, physical education, media specialist, Special Education staff, a Dean of Students, and a school nurse. A full-time secretary, a team of custodians, and cafeteria personnel are also a part of the Nicholson staff. Nicholson shares a support staff for speech and hearing.
Nicholson is a Title 1 school. During what we call “Tier Time” students are able to receive both remediation and enrichment in the areas of math and reading. This time is led by our Literacy Coach and her assistants.
Nicholson teachers use curriculum maps to guide their instruction. These maps ensure all standards and skills are covered throughout the school year. Staff enhance the academic curriculum with socially oriented projects where students participate in musical productions, Circle the State With Song, field trips, Student Council, Marathon Club, Fuel Up to Play 60, a recycling program, Discovery Club, reading contests, field day and on-going relationships with both the Lane Nursing Home and Wabash College.
Nicholson is a PBIS school (Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports). We are focusing on four common expectations: Be Responsible, Be Respectful, Be Safe, and Be Flexible. Students are taught, and practice what those expectations look like in all areas of the building.