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Benton-Carroll-Salem School Honored by State

The staff and students at R.C. Waters Elementary School in Oak Harbor, serving students in grades K—3 in the Benton-Carroll-Salem School District, have earned the award of being named a “High Progress School of Honor” by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE).  R.C. Waters Elementary School was the only school in Ottawa County to earn this award!

ODE recognized more than three dozen Ohio schools for improving academic achievement among their students, including many from economically disadvantaged homes.   According to the department, "High Progress Schools of Honor" score in the top 10 percent of schools as ranked by gains in reading and mathematics combined proficiency in all tested grades for the past five years. They also are in the top 10 percent for gains in graduation rate during the past five years. The department also considers Adequate Yearly Progress, Value-Added measures of student growth and Local Report Card ratings when determining award selection.

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R.C. Waters Elementary Celebrates Fall Festival

Nathan, Austin and Kayden show off their owl creations

Third graders at R.C. Waters Elementary in Oak Harbor celebrated autumn with a fall festival Friday, Nov. 1. The five third grade classes moved through the stations during the afternoon with the help of many parent volunteers. Students worked together to stuff a scarecrow, play a game of corn hole, create a unique owl, play fall bingo and enjoy a tasty snack.

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Astronomers in the Making

Second graders at R.C. Waters Elementary have been busy astronomers during the month of October. Students learned about light, shadows, the sun, and the phases of the moon. In addition to the in class instruction and activities, students also completed a moon phase observation log each night at home. The observation log allowed students to witness firsthand how the moon changes as it progresses through its phases and to record their observations, just like a real scientist would do. Second graders also read a fictional mystery titled, The Missing Moon Mystery during this unit. While the story was fiction, it contained many of true and interesting facts about the moon and its phases. Be sure to ask a second grader you know if Bentley Beaver ever solved his missing moon mystery and if he was able to finally host his moon party.

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