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Innovative Middle School teaching and learning at B-C-S

Pictured above, left to right, are award winning athletes Bryce Buderer, Cooper Hicks, Jeremy Balboa, Ben Petersen and Andrea Cecil, along with Coach Tom Kontak and Director of Athletics Drew Grahl.

At its March 18 meeting, the Benton-Carroll-Salem Board of Education heard first hand from students and teachers at Oak Harbor Middle School about innovations that increase student achievement, highlighting how teaching and learning continue to evolve using technology. 

Language arts teacher Mr. Kelly Croy and some of his students discussed how students are able to get peer feedback on their presentations using a secure online platform. Science teacher Mr. Aaron Bomer and his students explained how he is able to provide immediate feedback to his students using online software to ensure that students stay on the right track when doing school work after school and on weekends. OHMS Principal Mrs. Marie Wittman explained how student-led conferences piloted by Mr. Kyle O’Neill this school year have increased and enriched the level of parent involvement in their child’s education.

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Port Clinton Middle School Announces Teacher of the Trimester

Mr. Toby Hammond, (center), Port Clinton Middle School Teacher of the Trimester, surrounded by his students, Mr. Troy Diels, PCMS Assistant Principal and Mr. Patrick Adkins Superintendent of Schools.

The Teacher of the Trimester program was developed at Port Clinton Middle School to allow students the opportunity to offer positive feedback to teachers that have made an impact on their lives.  The second Teacher of the Trimester for the 2013-14 school year is Mr. Toby Hammond.

Comments from students nominating Mr. Hammond included:  He is a great teacher; He has great hair; He is funny; and He teaches us a lot that we need to know. 

Mr. Hammond received a certificate, a trophy (compliments of Student Council) and Gift Certificates to Marco’s Pizza courtesy of the Port Clinton Academic Boosters.  All teachers received copies of their Teacher of the Trimester nomination forms to read the positive feedback from their students.

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Redskin hoopsters lead area AAU team to victory

Ohio Ballistics, left to right: Assistant Coach Tom Michael, Carter Rumball, Grant McConnell, Bryce Ernsthausen, Lucas Michael, Tytan Rumball, Shane Miller, Derek Dryfuse, Jordan Kreglow, Clay Dryfuse, Coach Eric Rumball, and, in front, ball boy Blake Michael.

Brothers Carter and Tytan Rumball helped the Ohio Ballistics AAU basketball team to a 5-0 record and tournament victory at the 21st Annual Cougar Classic in Columbus on March 23. The Ohio Ballistics is composed of players from area high schools including Fremont Ross, Fremont St. Joe, Gibsonburg, Bellevue, Port Clinton, and Tiffin Columbian.

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Correction

My letter to the editor last week incorrectly stated that Council President Linda Hartlaub did not permit residents to ask questions at the March 6 meeting. Ms. Hartlaub did not preside over the meeting, as she was ill. President pro-tem and councilman Mike Snider presided over the meeting and did not allow residents to ask questions.

Rick Noderer

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Otterbein among 2014 “Best Nursing Homes”

The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently praised a select group of long-term and post-acute care providers for being among the country’s “Best Nursing Homes”. On the list was the Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Community in Lakeside-Marblehead.

The 2014 rankings were published in the U.S. News & World Report. U.S. News determines its annual rankings through data collected from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The federal agency assigns each nursing center certified by the government a rating of one to five stars through its Five-Star Rating System. U.S. News names all those with a five-star rating a “Best Nursing Home.” For more information on how the rankings are determined, visit www.health.usnews.com/best-nursing-homes.

In the evaluation process, CMS creates a separate rating for each of the three major aspects of rigorous health inspections, staffing ratio and number of hours of care for each patient/resident, along with nine unique physical and clinical quality measures. The three ratings are combined and a star rating, from 1 to 5 stars, is assigned to each nursing home. Only those facilities with five overall stars are named the “Best Nursing Homes”.

Tom Keith, the Regional Executive Director of Otterbein’s North Shore Senior Lifestyle Community said, “Otterbein’s mission is to continually seek to enhance the quality of life and holistic growth of older persons. We are thrilled with the results and, more importantly, with the recognition that Otterbein provides an exceptional commitment to the quality care of our residents and patients. Otterbein will continue to strive for improvement as our dedicated staff focuses on person-centered care and quality best practices for quality of care.”

Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices is a faith-based non-profit health and human services ministry, serving over 3,300 people annually, and related to the East Ohio and West Ohio Conferences of the United Methodist Church. Otterbein has five full-service retirement communities, five skilled nursing and rehabilitation neighborhoods, a home health agency and hospice care.

Additional information regarding Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices is available at www.otterbein.org or by calling 1-888-513-9131.

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Marblehead Bank supports Otterbein

After calling bingo and giving out prizes for Otterbein North Shore (ONS) residents, Marblehead Bank President Bill Tuttamore presented ONS with a donation allowing them to purchase a Vital Signs Monitor, also known as “Nurse on a Stick.” It combines into one compact unit several basic monitoring devices critical to patient care. Rather than having several pieces of equipment to carry, nurses will be able to check blood pressure, oxygen levels, pulse and oral temperature by using one singular unit that is easily transported via a stand with basket and wheels. Nurses will work much more efficiently with this impressive unit that is flexible, fast and accurate. Every resident will benefit from the use of this equipment; some monthly and some multiple times a day. 

Otterbein North Shore and the Marblehead Bank have a long-standing partnership. The Bank has a satellite office on the ONS campus where residents can do their banking efficiently and conveniently.

Otterbein North Shore is a Continuum Care Retirement Community offering independent and assisted living, as well as short-term rehabilitation in the Jane Baker House. For more information call Jo Ann Franks or Kirsten Trammel at 419-798-8250. Additional information regarding Otterbein Retirement Living Communities is available on the website at www.otterbein.org.

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Community calendar April 3-9

Thursday April 3

Autism Support 
When: 6:30 p.m. first Thursday of each month
Where: Magruder Hospital Conference Center, Port Clinton
Info: 419-898-0400

TOPS
What: Taking off pounds sensibly
When: 6:30-7:30 p.m., weigh in at 6 p.m.
Where: Port Clinton Senior Center
Info: 419-734-4102

Al-Anon/Alateen 
What: Twelve-step group for those affected by another’s drinking
When: 8 p.m. every Thursday
Where: Trinity United Methodist Church, 135 Adams St. Port Clinton

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BCS Volunteer Appreciation Night

The Intra-District Committee of the Benton-Carroll-Salem School District will host a Volunteer Appreciation and Recruitment Night on Thursday, April 3, at the Oak Harbor High School Cafeteria. This event is open to current volunteers, people interested in learning more about volunteering, school staff, and all community members. 

Doors open at 6 p.m. with a welcome from Superintendent Guy Parmigian.  Free pizza and a free open swim will be available from 6:15-7:30 p.m.  The walking track will also be open during this event. 

This will be an opportuninty to meet representatives from school organizations, network and learn about becoming a volunteer for BCS Schools to make a difference in the lives of students.  Volunteers are needed to work directly with students, work behind the scenes (yard work, office work, bulletin boards, etc.) and work on special projects (website, Career Day, taking photos, etc.).

Door prizes for this event have been donated by African Safari Wildlife Park, Allied Chiropractic of Fremont, Bill's Auto, Coffee Express, Drown's Dairy and Ella Lou handmade creations on Etsy. 

Call 419-898-6210 to make reservations, to ensure proper amounts of pizza and lifeguard staffing are available.

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Ottawa County Health Department Clinic Schedule April 7-11

Unless otherwise noted all clinics are at the Ottawa County Health Department with appointments being made by calling 419-734-6800 or 1-800-788-8803.

April 7

Immunization Clinic (including flu/pneumonia shots) 7:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
WIC Clinic 7:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

April 8

No clinics scheduled

April 9

Family Planning Clinic 9:45 a.m.-1 p.m.
Immunization Satellite Clinic, Genoa St. John UCC, (including flu/pneumonia shots) 12-4 p.m.
TB Clinic (no appointment necessary) 3-4 p.m.

April 10

Well Child, STD and Family Planning Clinic 8 a.m.-12 p.m.

April 11

TB Clinic (no appointment necessary) 3-4 p.m.

For home health please call 419-734-6800.

Speakers are available for your group by calling the Ottawa County Health Department at 419-734-6800 or 1-800-788-8803.

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