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Put-in-Bay School News January 2020

By Steve Poe, Superintendent

“Your greatness is not what you have; it’s what you give.” This quote I recently heard is appropriate for this time of year. For some people, giving may consist of material things. However, the most valued gift one can give is ‘their time.’ If you have not done so already, call someone who may be alone or someone who needs an encouraging word.

January is “School Board Recognition Month.” We would like to express our gratitude for our Board of Education members’ work. Each member brings a unique perspective and a different ‘skill set’ that benefits the group. While keeping our children’s best interests in mind, the board’s decisions have
improved and expanded student opportunities and programs. Please thank board members: John Domer, Karen Goaziou, Mike Byrnes, Bill Market, and Dino Uszak.

School News January 2020 Congratulates The Student Choir!

Congratulations to our choir students and Ms. Gay Pippert for another excellent holiday performance on December 11th. The preparation our kids put into this program is quite evident! Thanks for putting everyone in the holiday spirit. The National Honor Society has been busy over the holiday season! They collected 73 coats for their winter coat drive! The coats were taken to the Salvation Army of Ottawa County and distributed to local families in need. NHS also sponsored

Put-in-Bay Food Pantry food drives in December to help stock our community food pantry with quality meal items. Additionally, the group is sponsoring a Crayola ColorCycle station in the school office to collect and repurpose used markers and highlighters. NHS would like to thank all students, families, and community members for supporting their service projects! Great job, NHS!

Put-in-Bay Elementary students participated in the Hour of Code during the second week of December. Hour of Code is a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science (aka coding and programming), starting with 1-hour coding activities. Over the past years, since its inception in 2014, the Hour of Code has reached tens of millions of students in 180+ countries.

Sports in School News January 2020

The Panther Basketball season is in full swing as we reported in last month’s school news. The team started practice on Halloween morning in anticipation of the second Great Lakes Island Tournament. This year’s tournament was hosted by Mackinac Island. The girls’ basketball team successfully defended their championship with a clean tournament sweep.

It was difficult, as clutch three-point shots by Hannah Lentz and buzzer-beaters by Kate Byrnes and Elena Schroeder were needed to secure two victories. The boys beat their rival Mackinac Island but fell to Washington and Beaver Islands. Jacob King led the boys in scoring with 17 ppg, while Cecilia Glauser paced the girls with 9.5 ppg. Congrats to both teams, and thank you to Mackinac Island for being a great island host. Below are the scores from each game:

Boys (1-01
Put-in-Bay 26 – Beaver 49
Put-in-Bay 30 – Washington 47
Put-in-Bay 44 – Mackinac Island 36

Girls (3-0)
Put-in-Bay 27 – Beaver 25
Put-in-Bay 27 – Washington 18
Put-in-Bay 24 – Mackinac 22 (OT)

The tournament will be hosted next year on South Bass Island Put-in-Bay Ohio. On December 14th, we dedicated a new scoreboard in memory of Patrick Myers, “The Voice of the Panthers.” Many people attended this ceremony, and over one hundred dollars was raised in a collection box. This money will be deposited in the Patrick Myers Scholarship Fund. If you would like to contribute to this fund, make your check out to Patrick Myers Scholarship. You may drop it by the school or put it in the mail.

Those attending basketball games this winter will surely notice the new life-size banners on display of each of our basketball players. A big “Thank You” goes out to School News January 2020 PhotoSusan Byrnes for working with the company that produces the banners and for taking/editing the photos. Our players are very appreciative! The High School Quiz Bowl team competed in a final tournament at Tiffin University on December 13th. Our students defeated Fremont Ross, followed by a loss to Riverdale.

They then defeated Clyde, Colonel Crawford, and Ontario, and lost to Upper Sandusky in their final match. This year, the team competed in a five-county league consisting of two 10-team divisions. Coach Linda Rence’s team brought home the trophy for 2nd place in the North Division! Way to go, Panthers! Members of the team included: Seniors Joe Byrnes, Alex Knauer, and Cecilia Glauser; Juniors Nora Ladd, Elena Schroeder, and Lucy Schneider; Sophomore Kate Byrnes; and Freshmen Macy Ladd and Alice Lentz.

First Semester Report Cards

The end of the first semester grading period is Friday, January 17th. Grade cards will be sent home the following Friday. We are looking for parent volunteers to help with maintaining the ice rink. Also, primary and elementary students using the ice rink must be supervised by a parent or adult. Please contact Steve Poe at the school if you can lend a hand or help with supervision.

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