While only halfway through the school year, the Archbold Board of Education approved the calendar for next year at it’s recent meeting.
School will begin Aug. 23, 2017, and end May 30, 2018. Graduation for the class of 2018 will be May 27. Christmas break will be Dec. 21, 2017, through Jan. 2, 2018. Spring Break will run March 26-29 with March 30 as an off day for Good Friday.
Superintendent Aaron Rex reported the school had staff training Dec. 8 on how poverty affects the educational process.
“We heard a lot of positive feedback and we want to thank Cecily Rohrs for her contribution to our meeting and to our community,” Rex said.
Rex sent special thanks to students, staff, parents, and community members who helped with Christmas Cheer. The donations and volunteers at the event helped to make it a success.
”We always hear a lot of positive feedback about our student workers,” Rex said.
The Middle School Student Council organized the drive for its student and collected more than 3,000 items, exceeding this year’s goal, Principal Shield said.
The Elementary School collected 2,818 cans, which exceeded last year’s total by 1,000, Principal Dorothy Lambert said. Mr. Bacik’s second-grade class collected the most with 396 cans.
Archbold has used four of its eight days set aside for cancellations. If the district exceeds that amount it will consider adding days on to the end of the year.
Rex also attended at meeting with a representative from the Ohio Department of Education where ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) was discussed.
“It sounds like they are receiving a lot of feedback about the end-of-course exams and some changes may be made” Rex said. “I also stressed to them the importance of letting people know that with all students taking the ACT that the average score will go down across the state.
“Our current average is 22.1 and in states where they have 100 percent participation the scores range from 19 to a high of 20.7.”
In other news,
Curriculum Director, Michele Bagrowski gave an update on the Ohio State Tests for students.
The Ohio Department of Education offered a fall test window for students to retake any Ohio Test in attempt to score a higher score towards graduation points. The testing window was open starting Dec. 5, Bagrowski said.
A second retake window will be open in the spring along with student taking tests for the first time. Students need to earn a total of 18 points towards graduation. There is speculation that this point total may change in the future, she said.
The district’s third-year resident educators are wrapping up their first lesson cycle and submitting tasks to their online account for the Resident Educator Summative Assessment this week. Bagrowski said.
The first lesson cycle includes creating a class profile, planning, implementing a lesson, video recording the lesson, and then reflecting on the lesson by providing commentary on the video and submitting student and instructional evidence. The first lesson cycle also includes a task where Resident Educators must discuss and provide evidence of parent communication.
The second lesson cycle is due in February and is similar in the task of lessons and video submission, but focuses on formative and summative assessment.
“Our Resident Educators in year three are working hard to submit high-quality work,” Bagrowski said.
The Archbold R.O.C.K.S. program now has more than 90 registered students.
“We are taking over 120 students and family members to the Toledo Zoo on Saturday to see the Lights before Christmas. After our holiday break we will begin some programming with Four County Career Center to promote college and career readiness,” Bagrowski said.
The Middle School book fair netted the school $4,700 profit. The school was able through donations to allow 40 students to select a free book of their choice from the “Books from Santa” collection.
Judge Robinson came to the Middle School to talk to seventh and eighth graders about the role of the court in county governance and the impact of opiates in the county.
The Elementary School named its December Super Streaks at an assembly Dec. 16: Alianna Gonzales, Layne Miller, Tatum Wanemacher, Liza Rufenacht, Naomi Francis, Eli Krueger, Sylar Neipp, Cori Beck, Logan Adkins, Emmaline Hancock, Dante Shankster, Jesse Meyer, Kirstyn Schroeder, Grayson Forward, Norah-Lynn Beck, Brody Beck, Jonas Nichols, Madison Burkle, Kaelyn Kinsman, Khloe Kruse, Jace Bernath, Justin McCarty, Dylan Gibson, Ethan Bowman, Kaleb Reno, Lucy Cox, Madison Bowers, Corbin Hicks, Carson Fenicle , Janae Murillo, Alianna Reyes, Willa Ruffer, Jayda French, Michael Funnell, Ella Yoder, Anna Krueger, Michael Damms, Riley Stuckey, Jason Grime, Ashton Stuckey, Kylie Wanemacher, Camren Skiver, Aiden Link, Cason Ledford, Estella Martin, Skylie Tressler, Kassie Gigax, Simon Fritz, Lydia Wyse, Lila Hicks, Jamison Waidelich, Jesse Nofziger, Joshua Reeb, Harley Lee Clark, Tess Ames, Kurt Krueger, Raegan Rutledge, and Jazla Torres.
The Archbold Board of Education met Dec. 19 and:
•Approved an overnight trip to Chicago for the High School Band on Nov. 17-19, 2017 to participate in the Chicago Holiday Parade.
•Approved an overnight trip for the Spanish Club to Puerto Rico, June 18-24, 2018.
•Accepted an anonymous donation of $500 to the Archbold Wrestling Program.
•Approved a one-year contract for Michael Short as musical assistant.
•Accepted the resignation of Lisa Roth effective Nov. 22.
•Approved a one-year contract for Michelle Wright as elementary school custodian, effective Dec. 12.
•Approved Lathon Babcock as a baseball volunteer.
•Approved a one-year contract for Jason Baun as maintenance supervisor, effective Jan. 3, 2017.
•Approved Dina Gladieux as a certified bus driver and a one-year contract as a classified sub.
•Approved a one-year contract for Michelle Schramm as a classified sub, effective Dec. 16.
•Appointed Jon Lugbill as president pro-tem for the board’s organizational meeting at 5 p.m. Jan. 4.
Royal Short – Principal
This month Mr. Fether took a group of students interested in the field of engineering to The University of Toledo Engineering Competition.
The team competed against 50-plus teams from around the region and place third.
Dec. 1, prospective sophomores visited Four County Career Center. The students were given a tour as well as an opportunity to visit several labs that they may be interested in attending for their junior and senior year.
“This is always a great way for students to gather information on all the programs the career center offers,” Short said.
Dec. 6 and 7, Mrs. Gladieux and the business department hosted the second annual job interview competition for students in her business classes. Volunteers from the community in various Human Resource departments served as job interview judges.
The quiz season is off to a great start. The school has 19 student quizzers this year. The team had its first match Dec. 5.
Upcoming High School Events
Jan. 23 Incoming Freshman Parent meeting
Jan. 20-22 All County Band and Choir
Jan. 26-27 We the People Competition
Upcoming Elementary School Events
Jan. 16: Martin Luther King Day – No School
Jan. 19: 7 5:30 PM Elementary Art Show
Jan. 23: Grade 1- Health Department Presentation
Jan. 27: Super Streak Friday- Hawaiian
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