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Children “Let it go” at Frozen Arty Wint…

01-02-2015 Hits:179 Around Ottawa County  - avatar Jasmine Cupp

Children “Let it go” at Frozen Arty Winter Party

Nora and Lucas Bodie playing together at Saturday’s Frozen event. On Saturday, January 31, hundreds of children and their families gathered at St. John’s Lutheran Church for a Frozen Arty Winter...

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Renowned cellist and violinist take the …

31-01-2015 Hits:338 Entertainment  - avatar Jasmine Cupp

Renowned cellist and violinist take the stage with Firelands Symphony Orchestra 

On Feb. 21, the Firelands Symphony joins the ranks of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the National Symphony, orchestras from San Francisco to Boston and across Europe in welcoming renowned cellist...

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Olympic hopeful J.D. Bergman to speak at…

30-01-2015 Hits:298 Sports  - avatar Yaneek Smith

Olympic hopeful J.D. Bergman to speak at OHHS on Feb. 7

Photo courtesy of facebook.com/jdbergmanusa. Twenty years of training and just under 20 months remaining.  That is the mindset Oak Harbor native J.D. Bergman is carrying with him as he continues his journey...

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Sponsor a tree in downtown Oak Harbor

The Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce is looking for tree sponsors for downtown trees to be displayed. The cost of a tree is $35 and will be displayed the entire month of December. Proceeds from the sale of the trees will benefit Oak Harbor’s Olde Fashioned Christmas Celebration. Sponsor, honorary and memorial trees are available.

The deadline to purchase is November 26 and the trees will go up on December 1. For more information contact the Oak Harbor Chamber office at 419-898-0479.


Discover where your talents can take you

Afternoon class

Over 500 9th-grade students from Benton-Carroll-Salem, Port Clinton, Woodmore, Danbury, and Put-In-Bay High Schools, as well as North Point ESC, attended the first and uniquely programmed career showcase event entitled “Discover where your talents can take you”.  The event was targeted toward fostering student interest in local employers and careers. Organized by the Ottawa County Business Advisory, hosted by the Civilian Marksmanship Program and sponsored by numerous Ottawa County Businesses the event was the part of an ongoing multi-county initiative to increase communication and partnership between schools and businesses.  

The collaborative effort between private sector and education set the stage for students to engage with sixteen companies and learn about career opportunities that exist in the same communities where they live, play, and learn.  The companies were able to engage students in different activities that demonstrated the skill sets necessary to excel in a broad cross section of careers, including CNC, culinary/hospitality, electrical, engineering, emerging healthcare, machine operation, maintenance, and welding (among others).  

Speaking in regard to a student who had been intently participating in the numerous activities of a particular company, Todd Buck, Assistant Principal at Port Clinton High School noted that the student had been difficult to engage in the classroom, yet while interacting with the companies he was not only engaged, but inquisitive and excited…maybe this young man found a career path in his own backyard.


First grade students highlighted at board meeting

Pictured above:  Front Row:  Kelsey Marquart and Ryder Lindsey
Back Row:  Amelia Tooman, Emma Lewis, Caleb Sprenger, Cohen Gahler, Jacob Lenke, Cheyenne Priddy and Aaron Weber.  Teachers: Mrs. Ann Mussell and Mrs. Merika Campbell

At its October 28 Board of Education Meeting, B-C-S Board members personally congratulated and commended Mrs. Karen Gruber, Principal, and the Staff of R.C. Waters Elementary School, for earning the National Blue Ribbon School from the United States Department of Education.    The October “District Highlight” featured the first grade at R.C. Waters Elementary.  Mrs. Ann Mussell and Mrs. Merika Campbell, first grade teachers, presented on fluency and reading instruction and then introduced first grade students who demonstrated their learning in front of the Board and many family members in the audience.  First grade students who presented included Amelia Tooman, Emma Lewis, Caleb Sprenger, Cohen Gahler, Jacob Lenke, Cheyenne Priddy, and Aaron Weber who recited a reading poem titled “I Like.”  

Next, Director of Athletics Drew Grahl, gave an update on the development of a Rocket Mascot.  Grahl then introduced Softball Head Coach Chris Rawski, who outlined a proposal for an out-of-state softball trip to Florida to participate in a Spring Break Tournament.   The proposal was approved by the Board, and the trip will be paid for through the Softball Camp account. 

Several Committees recently met and discussions were as follows:

Joint Committee Meeting of the Finance, Facilities and Communications was held on October 15th to discuss a long-range facilities plan.

New Teacher Evaluation Committee met and discussed expanding the role of the committee to other academic related topics, such as gifted services for students.

Finance Committee met to review and discuss the proposed five-year forecast update.

Intra-District Goals Committee met and discussed the proposed mascot and how the high school can work with the elementary during kindergarten screening.  They also discussed the “Rocket Pride Initiative” and how the committee could help this program.

In other business, the Board accepted the resignations of Mrs. Ginger Stayancho, Transportation Director, Mrs. Marie Wittman, Middle School Principal, and Mrs. Judy Peters, Director of Student Services all whom will be retiring at the end of the school year.    Resignations were also accepted from Jeff Holcomb, JV Girls Softball Coach, Christina Moomey, Bus Driver, and Nichole Gradel as Middle School Girls Basketball Coach.  Mrs. Kendra Hartlaub was approved as a Special Education Tutor.  Mrs. Joann Friar and Ms. Lynn Deitzel were employed as certified substitute teachers and Betty Schiller, Elizabeth Schiets, and Tyson Smith were approved as classified substitutes, all pending the completion of all necessary requirements.  Supplemental Contracts were awarded to Mr. Dan Hoover, Athletic Trainer and Mr. Tim Heffernan, Freshman Football Coach, and Mrs. Alison Wolf, Middle School Girls Basketball Coach.    Mrs. Ronna Hayslet was approved as a certified home instruction tutor.  Additional Hours were approved for Amber Hamilton, Art Teacher at R.C. Waters Elementary School to attend PBIS Training in Bowling Green.  The Board approved Sabrina Cherry as a temporary/as-needed classroom assistant for the 2014-2015 school year and Jenna Zunk was re-approved as an Acorn Alley/Rocket Overtime Program Assistant.  The Board approved the Benton-Carroll-Salem Local School District Emergency Management Plan.  The second reading and approval of the following policies were also granted: JECB Admission of Nonresident Students, EFF Food Sale Standards, EB Safety Program, and the B-C-S Organizational Chart.  The first reading was held on the following policies:  IGD, Co-Curricular and Extra-Curricular Activities, IGDJ, Interscholastic Athletics, which included required changes per state law.  The 2014-2015 Bus Driver Handbook developed by Ginger Stayancho was also approved.   

The Board also authorized Hospice Memorial Hospital, Beachcombers Program to help children through the grief process should the need arise with parent permission.  This service is offered by Hospice of Memorial Hospital Support Services in Fremont.  

The following donations were accepted with gratitude:  $1,000 to the Oak Harbor Softball Camp Account from the Oak Harbor Area Merchants Girls Softball League, and $3,000 to the Oak Harbor Softball Camp Account from E.J. Croll Family-Croll Farms.

The next regular B-C-S Board of Education meeting is set for Tuesday, November 18, at 6:30 p.m. at the Board of Education Office.

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