At the January 13th Board of Education meeting, our school board passed a resolution declaring January 30th as “Heroes in Blue” day. This day was meant to recognize and honor local, state and county law enforcement for ‘their continuous and courageous service to the students, staff, and residents of the Put-in-Bay Local School District.

We would like to encourage everyone to come to the Jeffrey Verhoff Scholarship Dinner on Wednesday, February 4th. All proceeds from this event benefit the Verhoff Scholarship Fund. The dinner will be held at the Town Hall from 5 to 7 p.m. On Friday, February 6th, our K-3 students celebrate the 100th day of school. Mrs. Troiano, Ms. Wolff, and Mrs. Bianchi have fun math activities planned for this day that the students are sure to enjoy.

Basketball Coach Craig Schuffenecker and the Panthers are enjoying another successful season. Read next month’s Gazette for a complete summary of the Panther Basketball season. We have our final home game with Bowling Green Christian on Saturday, February 7th. Come to support the Panthers!

Archery Coach Susan Harrington has scheduled home archery matches on Monday, February 9th and Thursday, February 12th, both starting at 5:30 p.m. The public is encouraged to attend these matches, as our students prepare for the State Archery Tournament next month.

Winners from our January 23rd Grade 5 – 8 Spelling Bee will compete at the Annual Ottawa County Spelling Bee scheduled on Tuesday, February 10th. Good Luck to those students!

Students will match their wits at the annual Science Olympiad on Friday, February 13th. This will be an all-day affair where students will test their knowledge in Science related competitions and activities. This year, Mrs. Kowalski will incorporate a “Science Fair” concept, where students will display a science project to be judged by the faculty. The public is invited to come to the school this day and view all the work the students have done and watch the competitions.

On Friday, February 20th we will have a 12:30 p.m. dismissal. We will return to school from Winter Break on Monday, March 2nd.
The month of March is a big month for testing. This year we will be administering the new PARCC tests (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers). Our teachers will spend the next couple of weeks preparing our students for these online tests. Parents are asked to encourage their children to do their best and to get plenty of sleep the night before the tests.

New Road Scholar Photography Program- Nature, Historical Architecture and Landscape Photography on the Lake Erie Islands
(#21772) is the new Road Scholar program offered in the spring and fall of 2015. Under the guidance of professional photographer Roman Sapecki, participants will have the opportunity to capture the beauty of nature and sites of historical and cultural significance around the Lake Erie islands. In addition, they will learn principles of composition, isolate image elements, read and assess the quality of light and develop their personal aesthetic in classroom workshops, on-location instruction, and post-camera techniques. Field trips are scheduled around Put-in-Bay with a day-long trip to Middle Bass Island. If interested in enrolling in this program or the other 2 programs offered – Lake Erie: Birding the Islands and Shores (#12641) or The Spirit of the Lake Erie Islands: The Drama, The Beauty, The Science (#1804), visit or call (877) 426-8056.