Lake High School students began the 2012-13 school year in their much-anticipated new building – a 144,000-square-foot, $25.5 million facility that included 28 classrooms, four science labs, a new auditorium with state-of-the art acoustics, and a new gym with an arena-style bleacher arrangement.
Other 2012 highlights from area schools include:
Toledo Public Schools
• The district’s Building for Success Program is complete – a total of 42 new, state-of-the-art schools are now open across the district.
• The renovation of six other schools is nearly complete. Renovations at Waite include installation of a new HVAC unit, new technology, renovation to the main office and addition of new labs for student use.
• A district-wide breakfast program – offered free to all students – has been implemented at all elementaries.
• TPS now offers distance-learning courses at all high schools. Through the use of technology, students at one school will now have the opportunity to enroll in classes that are offered at another high school.
• Qualifying seventh- and eighth-grade students now have the opportunity to take high school courses in their learning communities. Course offerings range from algebra and world Studies, to art and choir.
• Incoming freshmen at Toledo Early College High School can now follow an academic path that will prepare them for a career in the medical field through a partnership with ProMedica. The four-year program gives students an opportunity to enroll in specific courses, attend pertinent seminars, participate in job shadowing programs and participate in internships and clinical experiences that are focused on their particular career interest.
• Graduation Coaches continue to work with TPS students. Coaches serve side-by-side with guidance counselors and other school professionals, identifying the obstacles for each student’s attendance. They develop and implement a personalized action plan for that student.
• Credit Recovery Programs continue to be offered to students who are behind in credits or who have dropped out and are now interested in earning their high school degree.
Northwood Local Schools
• The district instituted building security upgrades requiring all guests to be identified and buzzed into each school building.
• Major upgrades in technology for student use and instruction were instituted at all grade levels.
• In all schools, wireless access points were added to handle modern demands.
• Classroom sets of iPads were obtained for all grade K-2 classrooms.
• The district obtained laptop carts with classroom sets of computers for all core classrooms grades 3-12. These changes allow every student in the district to have access to a computer at the same time if and when needed.
Oregon City Schools
• Jerusalem Elementary, Starr Elementary and Clay High School were recognized as “Excellent” by the Ohio Department of Education. The district met 24 of 26 indicators, increased the Performance Index (PI) and met Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) measurements.
• Eisenhower Middle School celebrated its 50th year anniversary with a community event that included scrapbook photographs, a video slide show and a reunion of staff and students who have been a part of the Eisenhower family.
• The district continues to promote renewable energy. Recent initiatives include the wind turbine at Clay High School, solar projects at Starr and Jerusalem Elementary schools, along with investing in extending the natural gas line from Eisenhower Middle School to Jerusalem Elementary, which enables local homeowners and businesses to gain access to natural gas for their operations. All projects will result in lowering utility costs and increasing operating efficiencies.
• Clay Marketing and Medical Technology students received iPads, which are used to deliver curriculum including research, notes, and other applications in health care and Anatomy and Physiology classes.
• Staff and parent volunteers at Coy Elementary School produced the play “Aladdin,” as well as a Talent Show showcasing the talents of their students.
• The Clay Eagles girls soccer team and the wrestling team won their first Three Rivers Athletic Conference (TRAC) Championships.
Cardinal Stritch High School
& St. Kateri Catholic Academy
• Kateri Schools updated and reviewed safety and security procedures, which includes installation of a new intercom system, a new safety plan manual and A.L.I.C.E (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate) training for both St. Kateri Catholic Academy and Cardinal Stritch Catholic High School.
• The district updated the parent notification system, renovated the girl’s locker room and added new scoreboards in the gym.
• Cardinal Stritch welcomed the largest freshman class in five years.
• Cardinal Stritch students logged more than 5,500 Community Service Hours.
• A new Stritch Speaker Series invited successful members of the community to talk to the student body about business, life and leadership.
• The Hall of Fame was reintroduced
• 10 new International students were welcomed.
Penta Career Center
• A Dual Enrollment Partnership announced in October between Penta Career Center and Owens Community College enables Penta juniors and seniors to earn transcripted college credit from the college. More than 80 percent of Penta’s programs now offer transcripted credit. Since October, about 723 Penta students have registered for the Dual Enrollment program.
• Penta alumnae Laura Luckey (class of 2012, Woodmore), who completed the Exercise Science/Sports Health Care program, and Megan Hess (class of 2012, Northwood), who completed the Culinary Arts program, earned top awards at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City, Mo. in June. Luckey earned first place and a gold medal in the medical math contest and Hess earned third place and a bronze medal in the culinary arts competition.
• More than 150 students who studied in Penta’s construction programs spent the 2011/2012 school year building a 2,200-square-foot ranch house in Perrysburg.
• In the spring, Penta Career Center was recognized by High Schools That Work (HSTW) as one of the top 80 most improved schools among a network of 1,200 high schools in 30 states.
• Students and staff donated money and gave of their time to several community service activities in 2012. In March, Penta students organized the first-ever Mini Relay for Life, which raised more than $2,600 for the American Cancer Society of Wood County. A March Bowl-A-Thon generated $6,600 for area Special Olympics organizations. Construction Principles students built a golf hole for the Epilepsy Center of Northwest Ohio’s “Practically a Golf Tournament” fundraiser.
Woodmore Local Schools
• The “Drop Everything and Read” – “DEAR” program at the junior high and high school is encouraging a love of reading among students. During the last 25 minutes of every day, all students spend the time in pleasure reading or intervention activities.
• Thanks to the dedication and generosity of a local volunteers, a new press box was constructed at Woodmore High School. The project was funded entirely through private donations and was built by volunteers, including Tim Roth, owner of Crowzfoot Construction.
• The Olweus Anti-Bullying Program is being implemented at Woodmore Elementary.
• Voters passed a Permanent Improvement Levy Renewal in fall 2012.
• The district received an “Excellent” rating on the Ohio Department of Education report card.
Gibsonburg Exempted Village School District
• Gibsonburg Schools entered the Toledo Area Athletic Conference and won the All-Sports Trophy in its first year as a conference member.
• The district staff trained in Universal Design for Learning, which guides the development of flexible learning environments that can accommodate individual learning differences.
• Student Response Systems and clickers were installed in classrooms to promote greater student engagement by offering immediate feedback to teachers, which provides formative assessment and instruction.
• The district developed strategic plans for the Commom Core Curriculum, PARRC testing, and the new Ohio Teacher/Principal Evaluation Systems, which will be phased into Ohio schools over the next two years.
• A “Walk to School Day” and several other events were held to promote student and staff wellness.
• The district screened and enrolled the largest kindergarten class in a decade with 96 new kindergarten students.
• Faculty members were trained in a co-teaching model that enables special needs students to be mainstreamed for most academic classes.
Genoa Area Local Schools
• The Genoa High School gym was renovated to include new locker rooms, new restrooms, 300 additional seats and a new 94-foot playing floor. The renovations were part of the bond levy that included the elementary school.
• The Genoa Academic Committee was formed to help honor students academically and to help with other academic pursuits in the high school.
• The annual Cheer-for-a-Cure event raised more than $22,000 through a cheerleading competition, t-shirt sales, and donations.
• The 2012 Genoa Comet Football team won an NBC Championship and advanced to the second round of the playoffs. That makes six consecutive playoff appearances.
• High school students raised more than $4,800 for 17 families in the Genoa High School community to help with Christmas presents and food items.
• The middle school passed all seven sections of the Ohio Achievement Assessments.
• The eighth-grade Girls Basketball Team and Wrestling Team were crowned NBC Champions.
• Middle school students raised $750 plus 26 boxes of food and 66 jars of peanut butter to benefit the Holiday Bureau that serves needy families in the Genoa area during the holiday season.
• Through grants and funds, Genoa Elementary has purchased several iPads and iPods for student and classroom use.
• New daily video announcements are performed by the fifth-grade Student Tech Team.
• A.L.I.C.E. (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate) training is being provided to elementary students, staff, and parents.
• The PTO provided funds to build a new shelter house on the elementary campus.
Lake Local Schools
• The new Lake High School opened its doors to students Aug. 21. The 144,000-square-foot school, which replaced the former building that was mostly destroyed by a tornado in June 2010, cost $25.5 million – none of which came from local taxpayers.
• The district earned an “Excellent” from the Ohio Department of Education.
• The district increased technology tools in all buildings.
• Voters passed a new operating levy.
• Extensive Professional Development was provided for staff on the topic of school safety.
Benton-Carroll-Salem Local Schools
• Benton-Carroll-Salem Schools underwent a successful reorganization into three buildings – Oak Harbor High School, Oak Harbor Middle School and R.C. Waters Elementary.
• In October, the board of education approved a new financial forecast, which reflects a balanced budget for the first time in more than four years
• The district hired a new superintendent, Dr. Guy Parmigian, and treasurer, Tim Coffman.
• In 2012, the district reinstated the Holiday Senior Citizen Luncheon as an annual tradition
• Oak Harbor High School students had the opportunity to play along-side Toledo Symphony Orchestra at a special holiday concert
Eastwood Local Schools
• For the third time, the district earned an “Excellent with Distinction” rating on the state report card.
• The Eastwood Board of Education agreed to lease the top floor of the Webster Elementary School building to Acadia Careers, which operates a nurse training program.
• The district is moving ahead with its plans to implement a 1:1 laptop program in 2013-14. All policies and procedures have been approved by the board and 11th-grade students will be receiving theirs after parent meetings to be held in mid-March.
• Significant steps are being taken to improve school security including the installation of camera and buzzer systems to gain access to buildings during the school day. In addition, the district will be installing a laminate overlay on all door glass and sidelights to prevent shattering. There have also been improvements made in all district and building level communications that will help manage any type of crisis or significant event.
• The Eastwood FFA Chapter celebrated its 50th Anniversary.
• In December, residents of the Eastwood District responded positively about the district, in a survey conducted by the district’s administration. Respondents had positive comments about how the district manages taxpayer money, informs parents and the community, keeps students safe in schools and other related issues.