Wauseon Schools Have Good Responses To Parent Teacher Conferences

The Wauseon Exempted Village Schools Board of Education will have its organizational meeting at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 9 in the board office. Sandra Griggs will serve as president pro-tempore.

The Wauseon Exempted Village Schools Board of Education approved the following donations:

Blocking and tackling sled from Wauseon Midget Football valued at $600.

$8,575 from Wauseon Athletic Boosters for a new pool school scoreboard.

$200 from Mel and Diane Nofziger for the WES Food Pantry.

Michael Marshall will retire May 31 from his position as a sixth-grade math teacher.

Offered a one-year contract to Mike Webster at junior high track coach at Step 1 on the approved salary schedule.

Jack Croninger and Jodi Summers were hired as volunteer softball coaches pending a background check.

Larry Fruth was appointed to a three-year term on the Four County Career Center Board of Education.

Doug Holthues was re-appointed to a seven-year term on Wauseon Public Library Board of Trustees. The term runs January 2017 to December 2023.

Enrollment
Preschool – 14
Kindergarten – 105
Grade 1 – 138
Grade 2 – 137
Total – 394

Grade 3 – 152
Grade 4 – 147
Grade 5 – 143
Total – 442

Grade 6 – 143
Grade 7 – 144
Grade 8 – 134
Total – 421

Grade 9 – 149
Grade 10 – 158
Grade 11 – 139
Grade 12 – 126
Grade 13/14 – 5
Total – 577

OTES
All teachers have completed the first round of formal observations for the OTES process. Now, high school staff is conducting meetings with teachers to review and prepare for the second round. The second round of formal observations will start in January.

CURRICULUM /TESTING
We have received OGT results from the fall administration. Five sections were passed by students. Students that are still needing to pass a section will take EOC tests in January.
The week of Jan. 9 the high school will conduct retesting for end of course tests. This will include Algebra I, Geometry, ELA I, ELA II, American History, and Biology.
This will provide students who did not meet the proficient level and are not on track to earn the required 18 points another opportunity to raise their results.

Future Testing Dates
March 21 – ACT Testing
March 28 and March 30 – ELA I and ELA II
April 25 – American History and Government
April 27 – Biology
May 2 and May 4 – Algebra I and Geometry

Middle School
Ag. Business students assisted with Toys For Cheer at the fairgrounds on Dec.7-8. They have worked to raise money and collect toys for this event. They assisted families as shoppers at the Toys for Cheer distribution.

The school had a couple of groups help some families for the holidays. The National Junior High Honor Society, the Student Council, and the FCA chapter all pitched in and purchased some gifts for local families. These groups provided about $1,000 total in support. They will be working off lists provided by the families and will be shopping this weekend. Our guidance department plays an important role in helping to identify the worthy recipients.

The first round of teacher observations through OTES has been completed and I am proud to report that the teachers of our district are doing some very good things in the classroom. Their methods of assessment and use of the data to drive instruction are constantly getting better.

The National Junior High Honor Society is again helping at the Christmas program at the National Guard air base in Toledo. They have been a part of this for a couple of years now. They really help brighten the holidays for the families of these service members.

Wauseon Primary School

Parent Teacher Conferences:
Parent teacher conferences were held Nov. 21 and 22, with 96% parent participation and those who could not attend were contacted by the classroom teachers.
Mrs. Wenger once again has volunteered her time to put together a choir at WPS. She currently has 56 students participating. This year they have three scheduled performances. They have already performed at the craft show and elementary building.
This Thursday they will be performing for the residents at Fulton Manor.
WPS/WES After School Program by United Way: WPS and WES was awarded a grant from United Way to have an afterschool program for students. The program tentatively will begin end of January/beginning of February.

Wauseon Elementary School
Academic News
Conference attendance – Many teachers met with parents at alternate times to accommodate a variety of schedules.

Third Grade – 91 percent
Fourth Grade – 97 percent
Fifth Grade – 97 percent
Total Student Conference Attendance – 95 percent

Toni Schindler, marketing director for Fulton County, spoke with our fifth graders and discussed career goals, as well as explaining the scope of her position within the county.

WES Choir performed along with the WPS Christmas Choir

ROX speaker Lisa Vajen, spoke with some fifth-grade girls to discuss career goals, and she described her job as a financial analyst.

Ruth Ann Kast from the Legion, spoke with all fourth graders to discuss flag etiquette

Selected fourth graders put together an exercise ball workout video in conjunction with the United Way Crunch Out Obesity grant. Mr. Eddings and the students had fun dressing up in ’80s apparel. Fifth graders will produce something similar.

James Pruitt may be reached at publisher@thevillagereporter.com

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