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District News and Notes - March 2023

Open Enrollment

Open enrollment will be from May 1 to May 31.  Applications will be available on the school website starting on May 1 at 7 a.m. 

Kindergarten Screening

Kindergarten screening will be open to the general public on May 12, 2023.   All district and potential open enrollment students are asked to pre-register in advance of the screening.    If you have any questions, please contact the elementary school office at 419-595-2265

Career Curriculum Development 

Mrs. Zamudio and Mrs. Depinet have been meeting regularly to establish a more purposeful and direct career counseling piece for our students starting in grade 6 all the way up to grade 12.   Next year our 6th graders will be given a You Science assessment,  7th and 8th graders will take a 9 week course with Mrs. Zamudio on interests and aptitudes,  9th and 10th graders will go more in depth on career possibilities and in the 11th grade, a careers course for our non-sentinel Juniors.  That course is currently an elective CCP course for our Juniors/Seniors.   


Math Curriculum 

Currently, there is a middle school and high school review of math curriculum and to discuss potential course materials for next year with Mr. Johnson and the MS/HS Math teachers.   The goal is to review the current curriculum, make the necessary changes to ensure alignment with current state standards and tests and then adopt new textbook and ancillary materials to facilitate these changes. This process will be completed by the end of the current school year.


  • The stage lift has been installed and is operational. We are awaiting final inspection.   

  • Clouse construction came out and fixed the downspouts on the JH gymnasium.  

  • Offset Electric fixed an air handler in the elementary which was installed back in August 2021.  It was covered under warranty.  

  • Door access controls are scheduled to be upgraded this summer.  This is part of the OFCC safety grant.  Access controls will allow for a closer monitoring of exterior doors and will require I.D. swipe cards for entry.  Exterior door keys will be replaced with swipe cards starting in the 23-24 school year.  

  • Track Building materials are being delivered.  

  • The retention pond on the property was not draining properly and further review of the drain pipes is ongoing.  

Professional Development Day

Our March PD day will be Friday, March 17.  Speakers include: 

  • Our clinical counselor - Dr. Megean McBride will be discussing trauma informed care. Trauma can impact an individual in many ways such as physiologically, emotionally, behaviorally and neurologically.  Staff will gain insight on how to provide care and promote a positive environment for students experiencing effects from trauma. 

  • Jill Gosche - Handle With Care, an initiative of Seneca County Family and Children First Council that seeks to prevent re-traumatization. It involves first-responders entering notifications for schools when they encounter a child in a traumatic situation, and also encourages positive encounters between schools and first-responders.  More information is available here: https://handlewithcareoh.org/.  First-responder departments that have been trained include Tiffin Police Department, Tiffin Fire Rescue Division, Fostoria Police Department, Fostoria Fire Division and Seneca County Sheriff's Office.

  • Jamie Barrows - Elementary Dyslexia Training for elementary staff

  • Stephanie Depinet - PBIS programming for High School Staff

  • SEAL Committee Work for Middle School Grades

Elementary Staff Meeting

  • The March elementary staff meeting consisted of SAIL review and planning for next year, planning for SAIL Club activities and collaboration of grade levels regarding curriculum. 

Family / Community Events

  • Math Night was held on Thursday, 3/9/23 from 6:00-7:30 pm for students and families in grades PK-5.  Over 200 people were in attendance.  Families enjoyed exploring new math games that students use in the classroom along with refreshments and math prizes.  PTO and ABC sponsored the purchase of math games for our PK-5 classrooms.

  • Wax Museum: 3rd graders presented their findings on their research of a president during a wax museum on March 3rd at 8:30 am and 1:30 pm.  The event was well attended by families and other staff and students.

  • Community Career Day: New Riegel’s second annual Community Career Day is March 20. 

Student Activities

  • Jump Rope for Hearts: Ms. Clouse partnered with the American Heart Association to promote healthy hearts.  Students collected donations and participated in a Jump Rope challenge.

  • End of QA Reward: On Thursday, March 16th, PK-5 students will experience an informational presentation about whales from PBS partnering with Bowling Green State University. A lifesize whale will be set up in the junior high gym for students to explore.  

  • Junior students attended the Higher Education Day at Heidelberg University March 8.

  • The class trip is the week of March 13. Students will return on Saturday March 18.

  • The 3’d quarter ends March 16, and there is no school for students on March 17.

  • Spring Break begins on April 6, and school resumes on April 11.


  • Gifted Testing: 2nd and 5th grade students completed the online Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) during the mornings of February 22nd and 23rd.    The CogAT measures reasoning abilities in the three areas most linked to academic success in school: verbal, quantitative and nonverbal.  Families will receive narrative profiles of their child’s performance.

  • NWEA: Spring NWEA will be administered in the subjects of ELA and Math for all students in grades K-5.  The testing window is from March 20th - April 5th for 3rd-5th grade and April 11th - April 28th for K-2.

Student Recognition

  • OSS Billboard Winner: 5th grade participates in a billboard design for Solid Waste Management each year.  Addyson Dailey was selected as one of the billboard winners for Seneca County.   Her name and our school name will appear on the board.  The design is currently scheduled to post on /near the intersection of Rt. 224 and 23.   Designs will be posted in April.  Her winning design is below.

Fundraisers Approved

  • Language Club Cookie Dough Sale

  • Athletic Department BSN Sideline Store

  • Junior Class Bleacher Seats/Camp Chair Sale

Personnel Approved

  • Jamie Barrows: three-year administrative contract as Elementary Principal starting in the 2023-24 school year.

  • John Kramer: five-year certified contract as Technology Coordinator starting in the 2023-24 school year.

  • Brad Radison: a one-year administrative contract as Treasurer starting in the 2023-24 school year.

  • Morgan Bannerman: As needed, certified contract as School Psychologist for the 2023-24 school year.

  • Resignation of Michael Frankart, elementary teacher, effective at the end of the 2022-23 school year.

Grants Accepted

  • Ohio Safety Grant, FY23 for $2,500.00.

  • Ohio Law Enforcement Tech Safety Grant for $174,242.00.

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