Progress in the areas of technology, safety and security, academic excellence and financial responsibility are among highpoints from 2013 listed by area superintendents and school leaders.
Benton-Carroll Salem Schools
Benton-Carroll-Salem Superintendent Guy Parmigian credited district voters for approving two levy renewal issues in November.
Other highlights from 2013 include:
• R.C. Waters Elementary School (grades K-3) earned two prestigious awards from the Ohio Department of Education by being named a “High Progress School of Honor” and a “School of Promise”
• The Lady Rocket Soccer Team competed in the state “Final Four” playoffs.
• The district successfully implemented a new teacher and administrator evaluation system aimed at increasing student achievement.
• A district-wide energy conservation project designed to save the district thousands of dollars in the years to come was completed.
• The district purchased several computers and updated technology infrastructure to prepare for upcoming online testing and to enhance student learning opportunities.
Follow district events and get more information at www.bcs.k12.oh.us.
Eastwood Local Schools
• Students in grades 8-12 receive district-purchased laptops. The 1:1 program is an essential component in the district's efforts to prepare students for their future, according to Superintendent Brent Welker.
• Preschool operated through Wood County Educational Service Center Early Childhood Services is now being conducted at Webster School, 17345 McCutchenville Rd.
• For the first time, the district began offering all-day kindergarten.
• Eastwood Schools rated Top 5 in Performance Index in Northwest Ohio. The district trailed only Ottawa Hills, Anthony Wayne, Pettisville and Perrysburg
Learn more at www.eastwoodschools.org.
Genoa Area Local Schools
• Genoa Academic Committee honored 206 high school students with a homemade breakfast for earning honor roll and high honor roll for the first nine weeks grading period. In addition, 191 students earned a trip to the dessert buffet for earning honor roll and high honor roll for the second nine weeks.
• For the fourth year, the GHS staff, students, and area businesses got involved with their “Pay-it-Forward” holiday drive to help GHS students and their families. Over the past four years, the effort has collected more than $30,000 in gift cards, home necessities and services to help 30 GHS students and their families.
• GHS student council, NHS members, band and choir students along with FFA student members, and other volunteers sponsored a successful holiday luncheon attended by 150 senior citizens.
• The Genoa Academic Committee continues to generate donations from area businesses to enhance our curriculum incentives and technology tools for our students. Thanks to JBI, Genoa Bank, GAEA, Dr. and Mrs. Mienke, and many other donors, students have enjoyed the iPad mobile lab and its uses within the classroom and building.
• Through a Title 1 grant, intervention tutors were hired to help K-5 students work on reading and math skills.
• Implemented a mock evacuation of the elementary building in October for K-5 students, as part of ALICE safety training.
Learn more at www.genoaschools.com.
Gibsonburg Exempted Village Schools
Superintendent Tom Peiffer lauded voters for passing a .75 percent Earned Income Tax in November. The funds were needed to replace some $700,000 in state cuts, Peiffer told voters in the district’s Bear Facts newsletter. Passage of the levy allowed the district to maintain current educational programs.
Other district highlights include:
• Staff members received training on the Common Core curriculum, which is being taught this school year.
• The district continued to upgrade its technology infrastructure to prepare for the next generation of PARRC tests.
• Gibsonburg High School students and faculty members held a Community Service Day Nov. 25, helping area senior citizens and disabled residents with fall clean-up tasks.
• A mentoring program at Hilfiker Elementary paired students with volunteers who were trained to help first-, second- and third-graders improve their reading skills.
Learn more at www.gibsonburg.k12.oh.us.
Lake Local Schools
• The district dedicated Joseph Baker Hall – a build-out of six classrooms from an unfinished area in the new high school in November. The new classroom area, which houses eighth-graders, was named for Joseph Baker, a Lake alumnus who died in Feb. 2009 and left his estate valued at $220,000 to the district. The 10,000-square-foot space cost approximately $375,000.
According to Superintendent Jim Witt, other highlights from 2013 include the district’s continued academic success on state testing, and reaching three-year agreements with both unions. In addition, several staff members presented at local and state wide professional conferences on areas of expertise.
Learn more about the district at www.lakeschools.org.
Woodmore Local Schools
Woodmore Superintendent Linda Bringman offered her gratitude to Woodmore voters for their support in passing the 5.75 mill Emergency Operating Levy in the Nov. 5 election.
She noted other highlights from the district for 2013:
• A groundbreaking ceremony was held May 30 for a new Pre-K-8 building in Woodville.
• A public meeting was held in September at the elementary to introduce the ALICE safety training the district put into effect this school district.
• The district implemented the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program.
• Three Woodmore District Destination Imagination teams qualified at the State Meet for Global Participation. One team made the trip to Knoxville, Tenn., and though they did not place at finals, they were congratulated as the first Woodmore team to qualify for Global Finals.
Learn more at www.woodmore.k12.oh.us.
Penta Career Center
Several significant initiatives took place at Penta Career Center during 2013. Highlights include:
|The Penta Career Center in May unveiled a truck donated by the City of Toledo for use in the school's Public Safety/EMT-
Fire Science Program. From left: Mike Bell, then mayor of Toledo, Ronald Matter, Penta superintendent, and Luis
Santiago, chief of fire and rescue for Toledo, are shown with students of the program. (Press photo by Ken Grosjean)
• In May, the City of Toledo Fire and Rescue donated a fire rig to Penta Career Center’s Public Safety/EMT-Fire Science program. The Tele Squirt 50 rig enables students to learn about pump and ladder operations, pump pressures, hose lays, and appliances. The vehicle was no longer in use by Toledo Fire and Rescue.
• Students from the Construction Carpentry, Remodeling, Masonry, and Electricity programs spent much of the 2012-2013 school year building a 2,243 square foot soccer building on the campus of Eastwood Local Schools. The students’ work included framing, roofing, electrical, shingles, siding, and masonry. The project provided the opportunity for the students to gain experience in their chosen career field on a working job site.
• As a member of the nationally-recognized High Schools That Work (HSTW) school improvement network, Penta participated in a HSTW Site Review in 2013. The process helped the district look at its progress, evaluate its accomplishments and discuss objectives for the future.
• Penta Career Center was recognized with the Community Partnership Award from the Ohio Association of Senior Centers (OASC). Denise Niese, executive director of the Wood County Committee on Aging, nominated Penta for partnering with the aging network in Wood County on a number of projects. For the past several years, Penta’s Automotive Technology program has hosted car safety inspections for mature drivers. In addition, Culinary Arts students have worked with several senior centers in Wood County to prepare meals and pastries. Other Penta programs have provided services to seniors at various special events in Wood County.
• Students and staff donated money and gave of their time to several community service activities in 2013. In April, students organized a Relay for Life that raised more than $5,400 for the American Cancer Society of Wood County.
In addition, Business and Health students organized a Bowl-A-Thon for Special Olympics. Held at Interstate Lanes in Rossford, students raised over $6,500.
In December, students organized a toy, clothing and food drive that collected more than 2,000 food items plus nearly 1,000 toys and clothing items to benefit Operation Breadbasket in Perrysburg Township.
• Penta ABLE/GED Program helps more than 375 area students earn their GEDs in 2013.
Learn more at www.pentacareercenter.org.
Oregon City Schools
Oregon City Schools has maintained excellence in the areas of academics, technology, safety and energy savings, according to Superintendent Lonny Rivera.
Among the district’s accomplishments, he cites:
• Responding to our achievement data, we successfully reconfigured five of our six buildings to better meet the needs of our students. Fifth- and sixth-grade students now attend Eisenhower Intermediate School, where instructional services are highly focused on the unique needs of middle grade students. “The new configuration facilitates increased collaboration among teachers at each grade level, resulting in improved consistency of instruction and reduced chances of students ‘falling through the cracks,’” Rivera said.
• In December, 2013, the district was awarded a first-round state Straight A Grant for over $200,000. The grant supports test design training for teachers in grades 3-12. These teachers will use these new skills to develop high-quality assessments that measure student growth over the course of time. These assessments will be evaluated by BGSU’s Center for Assessment and Evaluation Services and made available to teachers across the state.
• In the spring of 2013, core subject area teachers at Clay High School took part in intensive Quality Core training provided by ACT. Other curriculum alignment work completed last year included the development of common syllabi and course maps for core courses, which are being implemented this year.
• K-8 teachers are implementing the Common Core State Standards in English, Language Arts and Math, and are developing materials and trying new approaches along the way.
• Both music and physical education were increased at the elementary levels this year.
• Talks are currently taking place with the University of Toledo for the purpose of expanding educational opportunities for high school students.
• Last year, the board of education made a commitment to the community that with the renewal of the Permanent Improvement Levy, the district was going to make major improvements in the areas of technology. As a result the following initiatives are taking place:
At the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year, each seventh- and eighth-grade student was issued an iPad. Students are now able to complete homework assignments, conduct research, view online textbooks and materials, and communicate electronically with fellow students and staff members.
For the 2014-2015 school year, every student at Clay High School will be issued a laptop computer. The district is actively pursuing electronic textbooks and other digital resources that will provide students with cutting edge learning opportunities.
Beyond 2015, students in grade K-6 will be given increased access to technology.
• Upgrades under way designed to increase safety for students and staff include upgraded camera systems; panic buttons at each school that connect directly to police and fire, and improved “buzz-in” systems at all schools.
• Oregon Schools is a leader in energy efficiency, Rivera noted, and to further cut cost, the district currently utilizes three wind turbines located at Eisenhower and Clay. In addition, LED classroom lighting at Fassett Junior High School will offer superior illumination and run at one-quarter of the cost of conventional lights.
Learn more at www.oregoncityschools.org.
St. Kateri Catholic Schools/Cardinal Stritch High School
• All high school students have iPad's.
• STEMM has expanded course offerings in medicine and engineering
• Boys locker-room has been renovated.
• Master facility planning complete.
• Saw an increase in high school applications.
Learn more at www.katerischools.org.
Northwood Local Schools
Northwood Local Schools Superintendent Greg Clark noted the district continued its goal of integrating technology into student instruction in 2013, including putting “iPads and/or laptops in the hands of each student in in every classroom to provide our students with the opportunity to learn with the latest technology.” Professional development is offered for staff members to effectively use technology in student instruction.
Server, laptop and desktop upgrades were also part of the technology plan.
Other highlights include:
• Continued implementation of New Ohio Standards in preparation for PARCC tests, which begin in 2015.
• Development of Student Learning Objectives in preparation for new Ohio Teacher Evaluation System.
• Continued purchase of needed classroom and cafeteria furniture to replace that which has become worn out.
• Continued updating transportation fleet with the purchase of one new bus and one new truck with snow plow.
• Continued updates to safety and security equipment in school buildings.
• Refinished floor in NHS gymnasium.
• Placed facility plan before voters in effort to replace aging infrastructure and consolidate operations for more efficient operations moving forward.
• Ongoing “Band-aid” repairs of the 1938, 1957 and 1964 buildings were completed.
Learn more at www.northwoodschools.org.
Toledo Public School
Two of the biggest events from 2013 have a connection to East Toledo, according to Patricia Mazur, the district’s Communication Director.
Dr. Romules Durant , who was named the 30th superintendent for Toledo Public Schools, is a proud graduate of Waite High School, where he earned multiple awards for athletics as a three-year varsity letterman and two-year captain. He also maintains a strong connection with his East Side roots.
In addition, Waite High School kicked off its 100-year anniversary celebration in 2013.
Learn more than www.tps.org.