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ICS kicks off 90th birthday celebration

Immaculate Conception School posed for an all school picture on Wednesday afternoon as the school prepares for a year of celebrating 90 years of providing children in Port Clinton with a faith based education.

Immaculate Conception School opened its doors in 1924 and continues to strive for excellence in Catholic education each and every day. Many birthday celebration activities are being planned for the upcoming year, but the festivities will be kicked off with the school’s 28th annual FICS Spring Auction which will be held on Saturday, April 26. This year’s auction is a 90th Birthday Party that will feature a birthday dinner; silent, live, and fishbowl auctions; and many other events. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person. 

All proceeds from this year’s auction go directly to Immaculate Conception School. ICS wishes to invite anyone who wishes to celebrate the past and future of ICS to make a reservation for this year’s birthday celebration by calling the school office at 419.734.3315. Donations of any kind can be dropped off at the school at 109 W. 4th Street during school hours. Immaculate Conception School is now accepting registrations for the 2014-2015 school years for preschool and grades K-5.

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ICS honors National Poetry Month

Gabriel Scott, Paige Reineck, and Marcella Brenner take a quiz on the use of similes as part of a grammar lesson.

Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is now held every April; Schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets throughout the United States band together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. This month Immaculate Conception School in Port Clinton celebrates poetry as well. 

The students in Mrs. Jacki Brown’s fourth grade have been learning about and writing poetry. Understanding figurative language is vital to understanding the meaning behind poetry. On Wednesday, the ICS fourth graders participated in a web lesson on classroom Chrome books that centered on similes as a way of expression in poetry. The class learned what makes up a simile and how it can be used as an expression of comparison between two sometimes very unalike things. They used an on-line learning site that gave the class examples and in the end quizzed them on what they had learned. 

Immaculate Conception School is now accepting registrations for the 2014-2015 school year. Call the school at 419.734.3315 for more information.

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ICS Fifth Graders explore the history of Johnson’s Island

The fifth graders at Immaculate Conception School are preparing for the opportunity to be archeologists this spring. Mrs. Jane Drusbacky’s class will once again have the experience of participating in the Experiential Learning Program in Historical Archaeology offered by the Center for Historic and Military Archaeology of Heidelberg University. 

As the students prepare to explore and learn about the Johnson’s Island Civil War Military Prison site, Dr. David R. Bush visited their classroom last Wednesday to give the students the insight and background of the field experience scheduled for May 5. Dr. Bush is the site director for the Johnson’s Island Civil War Military Prison and a Professor of Anthropology.

Johnson's Island held more than 10,000 Confederate officers between 1862 and 1865. The students viewed a PowerPoint presentation by Dr. Bush, which included historical pictures and facts about life and conditions at the POW camp. Dr. Bush's excavations there are providing unprecedented information about the activities, health, and living conditions of the prisoners. Dr. Bush both informed and excited the fifth graders of the adventure to come later this spring.

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