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District News and Notes - January 2023

District News and Notes 

January 2023

Board of Education Organizational Meeting:

Jeff Hohman - President 

Vocational education liaison

Jaclyn Schalk - Vice President

Academic Achievement liaison

Rodney Biggert 

Financial Audit liaison

Angel Bodart

Athletics liaison

Darin Nye

Legislative liaison

January is School Board Recognition Month

This year the theme is “Supporting Success for all Students”.  Thank you board of education for everything you do for the students of New Riegel Local Schools.


  • Stage Lift - The board approved the replacement of the stage lift in the auditeria. 

  • New Bus - The board approved to accept the bid of $120,916.00 for a new bus less the new bus grant of $65,416.90. 

  • Track Building - We have submitted final plans to the state for our track storage building and are awaiting final approval.  


We are in need of coaches for the following sports for the 2022-23 and 2023-24 school years.  

  • Varsity Assistant Track & Field

  • Junior High Track & Field

  • 7th Grade Volleyball

  • 8th Grade Volleyball



  • Dyslexia Training - staff received their first training from Mrs. Barrows on the new requirement from the Ohio Department of Education.

  • Phonics Program - Elementary staff has reviewed three phonics programs and are in the process of selecting one for the 23-24 school year as required by the Ohio Department of Education.  


  • Third Grade Reading Guarantee: We have 69% proficient, which is almost double compared to the state average. 

Elementary PD Day #2

  • K-3 staff completed Module 1 of ODE’s Dyslexia training.  Staff will complete the following 6 modules on their own.  Additional time will be provided for staff to continue this professional development during the March PD day.  Next year, staff in grades 4 -5 will have required dyslexia pd to complete by the beginning of the 2024/25 school year.

  • Staff in grades 4-5 worked together on a teacher based team project.  Topics included OST strengths and weaknesses along with reviewing sample questions, and also vocabulary and extended response writing.  These teacher based team projects will continue during March’s pd as well.

NWEA Winter Session

  • Students in grades K-5 will complete the winter season of the NWEA assessment in ELA and Math from January 9th-30th.

Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca Solid Waste District (OSS)

  • Jon Long from OSS Solid Waste District and he has offered to come to our school to do some presentations regarding recycling and our environment.  Here is the list of presentations by grade level.

Kindergarten – Litter Prevention

First Grade – The three R’s of Recycling

Second Grade- The Recycle Loop and identifying actual store products made from recycled material by reading labels

Third Grade- An introduction to landfills and how recycling helps reduce the amount of trash going to the landfills

Fourth Grade- Natural Resources and Sustainability. 

Fifth Grade- Environmental Jeopardy Game.  

January PD MS/HS

  • The staff professional development day went well with staff receiving content and training to support goals for the upcoming semester. 

  • Staff connected to value-added data took a closer look at our state report card and the metrics used to compile the star ratings for each category. 

  • Staff also received a refresher on how to access their state test scores and value-added data. 

  • Staff participated in the conclusion of our book study although the book will continue to be used and referenced as we work toward other goals this semester. 

  • Middle school and related staff worked to refine our SEAL program by creating committees to focus on further developing current and new aspects of the program such as student-led lessons and a more comprehensive plan to celebrate accomplishments and communicate with students, staff, and families.  

Staff Meeting

  • This month’s staff meeting will include a brief discussion about some second-semester items followed by a presentation of the TECIP (Traumatic Event Crisis Intervention Plan) model to be provided by Mrs. Depinet. 

  • Time will also be given for SEAL committees to meet and plan for second-semester events and programming. 

Course Guidebook

  • There were no changes to the academic or graduation requirements for students as all now fall under the same state-prescribed requirements. 

Curriculum Review

  • Beginning this semester, there is a review of the math curriculum and materials for grades 6-12 along with the math teachers. 

  • The goal of this review is to determine what improvements can be made to our existing practices and to ensure that our 6-12 curriculum is aligned in terms of state standards, classroom instruction and materials, and classroom and state assessments.  

  • Other core subject areas will be reviewed in future years. 

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