Put-in-Bay School News by Steve Poe, Superintendent- I recently heard a quote that is so appropriate for this time of year. “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” With January being “School Board Recognition Month,” we would like to express our gratitude for the work our Board of Education members do. Keeping our children’s best interest in mind first, their decisions have improved and expanded both opportunities and programs for our students. Please express your gratitude to Board members: Mr. Mike Byrnes, Mr. Bill Market, Mr. J.R. Domer, Ms. Karen Goaziou, and Mr. Dino Uszak.
In School News on the sports front, our basketball teams have home games each and every Saturday morning this month. Come to the gym on a Saturday and support your island teams. Go Panthers! Congratulations to our choir students and Ms. Gay Pippert for another fine holiday performance on December 19. The preparation for this event was very evident. Thanks for putting a smile on everyone’s face!
The senior class of 2018 will be holding a “pizza night” on Friday, January 12. Mark your calendar and plan a pizza for dinner on the 12th to support the senior class! Enrichment and French students entertained their peers by creating and sharing a logic puzzle, a word scramble, Haiku poetry, a multi-step problem solver and a phone app, all based around the theme of cookies! Classmates alternated coming in and out throughout the day enjoying delicious cookies (thank you parents!) while solving problems and puzzles. In the end, all of the students voted for their favorite cookie on this phone app survey coded by the 6th grade!
Language Arts Enrichment students are blogging. Blogs provide students an appropriate place to nurture and develop writing and reading strategies, writing responses through discussion threads or comments, and higher order thinking skills as they develop and articulate ideas about another’s written thoughts. Check out our Panther Press Blog through the School website, click Staff Directory, then Linda Rence.
The High School Quiz Bowl Team played their final match of the season last Friday at Tiffin University. The League includes 17 schools from neighboring counties with as many as 40 students on a team. Put-in-Bay’s team had the most players we’ve ever had at 11 students. We will miss our current seniors next year: Tatey Kowalski and Erin Urge. Additional players include Lauren Peter, Max Schneider, Joe Byrnes, Alex Knauer, Hannah Lentz, Blake Booker, Nora Ladd, Elena Schroeder, and Lucy Schneider. Our School is definitely competitive when it comes to competing against the larger Schools. Although we didn’t place, we held our own all season long.
In other school news, the end of the second first semester grading period is on Friday, January 12. Parent/ teacher conferences are scheduled for Wednesday, January 24 from 3:30 – 6:30 and Wednesday, January 31 from 1:00 – 4:00. We will have a 12: 00-noon dismissal on Wednesday, January 31. Put-in-Bay Elementary School students collected and donated pajamas this Holiday Season to at-risk children through the Scholastic Pajama Program. Scholastic Book Clubs matched that donation number by donating books. Thank you, Put-in-Bay, for your community support!
This winter we will be utilizing the “School Messenger” parent notification system to announce Put in Bay school news regarding delays and cancellations. Please keep your phone nearby on mornings when inclement weather may delay or cancel school. If you have recently changed your phone number, please notify the school. If you are not a parent but would like to be included on our call list, please notify the school, as well. We are looking for parent volunteers to help with opening and maintaining the ice rink. From snow removal to watering, drying out and coiling hoses to ice repair… this is not a one-person job. Please contact Steve Poe at the school if you are willing and able to help. We are looking for parents to help monitor and supervise the ice rink, as well.