Archbold School Board Discusses Testing Changes; Honors Spelling Bee Achievers

The Archbold Board of Education honored district representatives to the county wide Spelling Bee. Pictured receiving a certificate of appreciation as well as a bag of gifts were: Daniel Oyer, Macy Petersen, and Catherine Row.

Archbold Schools celebrated several successes at the Board of Education meeting March 20.

The board heard from Superintendent Aaron Rex and other administrators about student s that did well in and out of the classroom. There was much excitement about the boys’ basketball team’s advancement to state level play.

The school had a successful McTeacher night this month. The school raised $1,000 over two events.

“I want to thank our volunteers, McDonald’s, and our community members who came out to support us,” Rex said

Rex recognized teacher Lisa Grisez for 36 years in education – 30 of those with Archbold. She taught hundreds of students in her English classes, Rex said.

“Lisa had high standards for her students and for herself,” Rex said. “She told me that she has had an excellent year and she is ready to retire and possibly substitute. I told her that we would definitely need her.”

High School Principal Royal Short and Rex went on a bus tour with other school officials and the Fulton County Economic Development Council. The group was able to see what some local businesses do, and also the need for skilled labor in these locations.

The Ohio Department of Education will be delaying the submission of the ESSA state plan until September, Rex said. This should allow some changes to be made to the plan, particularly in the area of testing, he said.

“The only issue could be that when it is released in September it does not give a lot of time to implement,” Rex said.

The school’s turbine paid off again as the district had no bill for electricity at the high school or the elementary school. The district is transferring money again to turbine savings, putting it closer to repaying the debt for construction.

The board honored district representatives to the countywide Spelling Bee. Receiving a certificate of appreciation as well as a goodie bag was: Daniel Oyer, Macy Petersen, Catherine Row and Kaiden Keiser.

Archbold Elementary School has 98 students registered for kindergarten for 2017-18 through March 13, Principal Dorothy Lambert said in her report. The school had only 73 registered at this same time last year, she said.

This year the third graders will be putting on the spring musical Hats! The show opens at 7 p.m. May 18, in the high school auditorium. The students have begun preparing under the direction of Miss Froehlich.

A new format is being used for the spring musical, Lambert said.

The school had been using students in grades three and four every other year, but at 200 students, that proved cumbersome, Lambert said. From now on, the school will use only third graders.

February Super Streaks
K kindergarten – Haven Goehler, Isaiah Lopez, Makenzy Osborn, Mason Silva, Eliana Nafziger, Derek Wyse, Briella Nafziger, Kylie Swietzer, Clayton Nafziger, Kyndell Ledesma

First grade – Kennedy Kruse, Lilly Shipley, MaKayla Guy, Harrison Wyse, Elizabeth Ringenberg, Santiago Lewis, Raiana Moreno, Vivienne Legato, Karly Kruse, Karson Schrock, Miley Cox

Second grade – Tyler Bok Makenna Bickel, Rocco Rodger, Braylon Wyse, Eli Farbrother, Jerica Sprague, Parker Bixler, Ana Diaz, Keri Hahn, Bronsyn Seiler, Trey Weirauch

Third grade – Ava Johnson, Charlee Forward, Hezekiah Reyes, Jassek Juillard

Fourth grade – Keely Culler, Ollie MacDonald, Tyler Perry, Kaylee Rodriguez, Julia Azua, Zach Short, Mariah Greene, Leah Nafziger, Broden Piercefield, Tess Ames, Kelsey Aeschliman

Upcoming Events
March 27-31 Spring Break
April 3-4 Grade 3 Writing Diagnostic
April 4 – Grade 1- Soil and Water Presentation, 9 a.m.
April 5 – Grade 3- Soil and Water Presentation
April 5 – Grade 3 Writing Diagnostic
April 5 – Grade 2 Soil and Water Presentation, noon.
April 5 – Elementary Intervention Team Meeting, 3:20 p.m.

Archbold Area Schools Curriculum Update
Archbold students began the Ohio State Tests March 13, Curriculum Director, Michele Bagrowski said. These tests are scheduled throughout the months of March, April, and early May, she said.

“We have built in time for makeup testing for absent students and we feel we have tried to limit the amount of missed instruction,” Bagrowski said.

The schools have completed the OELPA (Ohio English Language Proficiency Assessment) during the first week of the testing window. This test replaces the OTELA and is now given almost completely online to 21 Limited English Proficient students.

The Alternate Assessments for Student with Cognitive Disabilities is also currently taking place.

Junior Achievement had 10 volunteers from local businesses come out the middle school Feb. 28. AMS eighth graders were joined by their Pettisville counterparts for the annual Junior Achievement “In a Day” event.

“The presenters remarked that our students’ good behavior and attentiveness was refreshing and appreciated,” Bagrowski said.

Business leaders from the community led a series of five sessions focusing upon topics relating to careers and personal finance.

The middle school will host a similar program to seventh graders April 4, she said. The session will invite local businesses to send representatives as well, but the district has also invited representatives from the Northwest Ohio Junior Achievement office to present.

Students in grades K-6 receive financial literacy instruction through the Junior Achievement program during multiple classroom sessions.

Many businesses have provided monetary support for the curriculum and/or allow their employees to spend time in the classrooms teaching the youth.

“We are very fortunate to have such a supportive and knowledgeable business community,” Bagrowski said. “We would like to thank our local community for the support of the JA program.”

Upcoming events
Ohio State ELA Window – March 13 – April 7
JA in a Day for 7th grade
Ohio State Math, Science, and Social Studies Window- April 19 – May 9

Middle School: Mr. Shields
Mrs. Aeschliman ran the Middle School Spring Book Fair March 6-10, which generated almost $4,000 in “Scholastic Dollars” to be used to support the AMS Media Center. This is in addition to $4,700 raised in the fall. This is used to purchase books, magazines, furniture and incentives.

Quiz Team: The AMS quiz team, under the guidance of Mrs. Lindsay, wrapped up its season March 8 at the Fulton County Quiz Tournament. The team finished second in the “Varsity” division and first in the “JV” division. The team included 24 members (11-8th; 4-7th; 9- 6th). They finished the regular season with an 8-1 record.

Junior High Band Exchange: The second annual JH Band Exchange took place Feb. 16 with Delta. Delta spent the morning at AMS doing a joint rehearsal and performance for our seventh and eighth graders. During the afternoon, the AMS Band traveled to Delta for a performance for their student body.

FAST: “Families and Schools Together” is beginning its fifth season at AMS.

FAST Family Nights started Feb. 16 and will meet for 10 weeks, culminating with graduation April 27. Fast Works Families continues to meet once per month with those who have graduated in past years. The team includes six outside community members, along with school partner Jan Lindsay and youth partner Spencer Simon.

Youth Art Month: March is Youth Art Month. Mrs. Daugherty has organized a series of art contests with a different theme each week. Themes for the first two weeks were ‘create a piece of art inspired by a book’, and ‘create a postcard from a place you’ve visited (real or imagined)’.

Student Council: Student council has been busy with fundraisers to support a Spring Dance. For Valentine’s Day, they sold carnations and during state testing they held kickball tournaments over the noon hour.

DC Trip Update: 64 students, 5 parents, and 4 teachers are traveling with this year’s eighth-grade trip. Through Congressman Latta’s office a tour of the U.S. Capitol has been scheduled. The school has applied for a visit the White House. Other highlights will include laying a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington Cemetery and a tour of the Gettysburg battlefield.

Upcoming Events
April 3- First Day Math, Sci., SS testing
April 4- “JA in a Day” (7th Grade)
April 8- JH Solo and Ensemble Contests

Archbold High School: Royal Short- Principal
I.) Winter Sports – The winter sports season has been a success.

• The Wrestling Team concluded a great year as runner-ups at the Sectional Tournament. Individually Noah Mattin and Gavin Grime qualified for the state tournament. Gavin finished eighth and Noah finished second in the state at their weight. Excellent job wrestlers!

• The Girls Basketball Team had a great season and finished as league champs as well as Regional Runner-up.

• The Boys Basketball Team won the Regional Title, advancing them to State.

II.) Project Citizen-Project Citizen is designed to help promote competent and responsible participation in local, state, and federal government. Small groups of students from Mrs. Oyer’s Government classes, work cooperatively to identify a public policy problem or issue in their community.

They then research the problem, evaluate alternative solutions, develop their own solution in the form of a public policy, and create a political action plan to enlist government authorities to adopt their proposed policy.

Each of the groups presents their projects to groups of staff members for input and suggestions this week.

III.) Junior Job Shadowing- On March 8, the juniors at AHS participated in a job shadow day. They were given an excused absence to spend the day shadowing a career they are interested in. Following the day the guidance department met with the juniors to discuss their possible career paths. Thanks to all of the community members who were willing to spend a day with our students and discuss their careers.

Upcoming Events
April 4 Senior Trip to the County Courthouse
April 7 Senior Simulator
April 7 Blood Drive
April 7-9 Musical
April 11 Job Fair
April 28 Senior Citizen Luncheon
May 5 Speech and Essay Competition May 6 Prom

The Board of Education
-approved the transfer of $340 from School Spirit to High School Athletics.

-approved a $300 Change Fund for High School Track.

-approved participation in the OHI Workers’ Compensation Group Rating Program for the 2018 policy year providing the group remains active.

-approved the depository agreement with the Farmers and Merchants State Bank beginning April 17 through April 17, 2022.

-approved a fund transfer of $24,313.58 from GF to Turbine Maintenance, 003-9001.

-approved fund transfer of $9,979.76 from GF to HB 264 Loan Fund, 002-9914. 5.10.

-approved a McTeacher night donation from McDonalds Restaurants, Jim Rivello, in the amount of $500.00.

-approved an overnight trip for the high school football team to Camp Palmer in Fayette July 31 to Aug. 1.

-approved Brandon Morris for early graduation having met all the graduation requirements as of March 7.

Personnel Recommendations:
The board accepted the retirement/ resignation of Lisa Taylor Grisez, effective May 31 .

The board also:
-approved a supplemental contract for Alissa Stockburger as the high school fall cheerleading coach for the 2017 -2018 school year.

-approved a supplemental contract for Alissa Stockburger as high school winter cheerleading for the 2017-2018 school year.

-approved a one-year contract for Rachel Plassman and Stacie Armstrong, as classified subs for the 2016- school year.

-approved a one-year contract for Dinah Rice as a classified sub for the 2016-17 school year, effective March 13.

-accepted the resignation of Krystina Bowerman as junior high school cheerleading coach for the -2018 school year.

-approved a contract for Abbey Nafziger as a home-bound tutor for the 2016- school year, not to exceed five hours per week, effective March 17 .

-approved a one-year contract for Megan Martz as an elementary intervention specialist for the -2018 school year.

-approved a one-year contract for Megan Martz as an Elementary Intervention Specialist for the 2017-2018 school year.

James Pruitt may be reached at publisher@thevillagereporter.com

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