Here's the latest from around the district for the month of November...
Two areas on the property have drainage issues and AD Excavating will be completing the work. There will be an installation of a 4" drainage tile along the west side of the property to the retention pond. This will be behind the homes on 587 that will take water into the retention pond. There will also be an installation of a swale on the southwest side of the baseball diamond including the boring of a 10' pipe under the asphalt road with an installation of a 2x2 catch basin.
The long jump pit has been built and we are awaiting the sand and cover.
The BWC have completed their annual walkthrough and we are awaiting their report on potential safety improvements to our building.
We are exploring an additional Cyber Security Grant offered. It is through the BWC and is for extra cyber security up to $10,000.00. We currently subscribe to Securly, an email/Google monitoring service to alert administration/counselors on potential threats, social emotional concerns, misuse of school technology based devices.
Freshman Boys Basketball Coach: Drew Cardwell has been approved to coach freshman boys basketball. There are 7 freshmen and there are 10 games this year for freshmen.
Bee Safe is hired for security at basketball games.
Literacy Night: PreK - 5 families with a total of 162 in attendance. Families enjoyed a fun night with Literacy games, Literacy challenges, a presentation from Author / Cartoonist Duane Abel, smores and night reading with flashlights. All students received a free book of their choice and a finger flashlight. The gym was full of night lights, flashlights, camp fires, tents, and blankets. Families had fun reading together in this transformed camp site with crickets chirping in the background. Our SAIL clubs helped with this evening with our cooking club mixing up s’more treats and our holiday club creating decorations and props.
Conferences: 98.6% of Parents / Guardians of K-5 grade students attended Fall conferences.
SAIL Clubs: Monday, 11/7/22 was the first day of SAIL clubs. Students and staff had a great time with lots of memories made already. The students continue to ask when the next SAIL club day will be. SAIL clubs are a great addition to provide learning experiences based on students’ interest. Staff will continue to work on plans for these specific clubs during the November staff meeting.
Word Study Program: ODE’s dyslexia committee has made a requirement for all Ohio schools to adopt and implement a structured literacy program with a focus on word study-phonics. Each grade level has one teacher assigned to either Math or Literacy. The Literacy team has identified a few curriculum options to pilot this school year. The team will meet and review each using a rubric to help determine the most effective curriculum to adopt for next school year, 2023/24.
Ohio State Tests: All of our third grade students took the OST, ELA assessment on 10/24/22 and 10/25/22. Students had 90 minutes to complete each session of reading comprehension and extended written response. Scores should be available in December when teachers will analyze and update Rimps as necessary. Students must score a 47 or higher on the reading subtest or a total of 685 on the OST or 195 on the NWEA to meet promotion.
The Art Club painted the main office hallway under the direction of advisor Mrs. Hibbard. Students took time after school to "warm" the hallway up by painting navy blue pillars.
Progress Book does have an alert feature in which parents can set up alerts and notifications based upon student grades and missing work.
Grades 3-6 celebrated the end of the quarter by having a Glow Ball Dodgeball Tournament. Miss Clouse and Mrs. Hibbard organized the event in which students wearing their neon outfits played in the black lit gymnasium. Mrs. Boehler also assisted with creating all of the teams and tournament brackets. The students and staff had a lot of fun. Grades K-2 celebrated with a dance party at the end of the day on Thursday in the black lit gym.
Professional Development day topics included a review of dyslexia requirements from the ODE, review of phonics programs and an introduction to DIBELS assessments. Other activities included reviewing, analyzing and use of recent data to plan instruction including Fall NWEA and Spring OST Results.
Teachers continued to work in grade levels on data review and analysis, summative quarterly assessments, rubrics, depth of knowledge (refers to the level of understanding required to answer a question or perform an activity) and grade level diagnostics along with completing grade cards and student portfolios.
High School Notes
November Staff Meeting
This month’s staff meeting includes reflecting on parent-teacher conferences and the first few months of the school year.
We will also be discussing some end of the semester items as that is quickly approaching.
Middle school staff will be given time to discuss SEAL activities and other related items.
Student Council - Student Council with help from the Village Council planned and organized a successful Halloween Parade as it was described as the largest parade in recent memory by several community members. Student Council also planned and executed the annual Veterans Day assembly. Local veterans were honored during the ceremony and treated to breakfast immediately after.
Upcoming Student Events
An assembly for students in grades 7-12 will take place on November 15. Speaker Ty Sells will be engaging students on topics such as feelings of loss of control and coping skills.
The high school band will be traveling to Columbus for an OSU marching band concert on November 18. The eighth-grade music students will be traveling to Columbus for the OSU Music Celebration Concert on December 2.
The second quarter midterm is November 22, which is also the last day of school before Thanksgiving break.
Retakes for state end-of-course tests will take place in December. Letters will be sent to the parents of those students who are affected. Due to recent changes in state graduation requirements we will have fewer students who need to retake an EOC exam.
ALICE Drill - Our annual ALICE drill will be scheduled for early December. The drill will consist of a tabletop exercise with scenarios shared over the PA system while the students and staff are in a lockdown. Teachers and students will discuss the possible responses and actions to each scenario.
Other Items to Note
Senior Class Trip - March 13-18 to Orlando, Florida. Itinerary and costs have been shared.
Fundraisers: Bullfrog Road T-Shirts (Cheerleaders) and Undefeated Football T-Shirts (Class of 2023), Softball Camp for grades 4-8 (Softball Team)
Prom: @ Tiffin University on May 13
We have two JH wrestlers this year. They will be wrestling at Carey, but competing as individual New Riegel wrestlers. The OHSAA permits this.
Threat Assessment Training
HB 123 requires this training for a team from a 6-12 building. Mrs. Depinet, Mr. Johnson, Mrs. Bannerman and I have received the training.
This training provides guidance evaluating threats, attempts to resolve the threat, responding to a substantive threat, conducting a safety evaluation for a very serious substantive threat and implementing and monitoring the safety plan.