From Denny Morrison, Superintendent
I hope that this weekly update finds you in good health and staying warm. I think that after a wonderful fall, winter has finally arrived. Thank you for all you do for our students each and every single day.
Hall of Honor Nominees- The Xenia Community Schools Foundation is currently accepting nominations for the 2017 class of the Xenia School’s Hall of Honor. Nominees should be graduates of Xenia High School who have achieved remarkable success in their career or anyone who has made a significant contribution to education in Xenia. Nominations are due by February 3, 2017. The Hall of Honor Banquet will be held April 22, 2017 at Tecumseh Elementary School.
Benner Field House- December 17th will be a throwback to the good ole days at Benner Field House. Some people will remember it as the “Snake Pit”. Xenia boys and girls high school basketball programs will play an “American South” league game vs West Carrollton in the historic gymnasium. According to Athletic Director Nathan Kopp, Benner Field House opened in 1939 and was built on a dumping ground for junk. From 1939-1977 Benner was the home court for the Buccaneers. The varsity accumulated an impressive 275 wins and only 87 defeats during that time. It also saw Xenia’s only State Championship basketball team play there in 1941-42. The first game played there was won by Xenia 28-19 over Wilmington. The coach for Xenia was Tom Blackburn. The final home game on February 22, 1977 was won 102-85 over Fairmont East. In that game, Mark Scott made the last basket with Lorrie Alexander making the last point on a free throw. The 1977 team was coached by current boy’s coach Kent Anderson’s father, Phil Anderson. Xenia High School hopes to make this an annual event known as the “Benner Field House Classic”.
Kudos to XHS Football Program- The Xenia Academic Football Team is 10th in the State of Ohio as rated by the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association. This determination is made by the collective Grade Point Averages of the players. Approximately100 football programs sent in academic information to the committee. Great job.
Xenia Preschool- The gross motor room at the Preschool is almost finished. There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open the new room on Thursday, December 15, at 4:00 p.m. This grand opening will be in conjunction with their Literacy Night being held that same evening.The Preschool is having a Spirit Week this week in conjunction with their “Food for Friends” Drive.
Arrowood- Arrowood welcomed the XHS Jazz Band and Vocal Ensemble this past week. These programs put smiles on the faces of all in attendance. The 2nd and 3rd grade students performed their music program as well. The students were all dressed in festive colors and sang beautifully. Kudos to Leonora Stivers for directing this program. Winterfest took place on Thursday evening with over 400 folks in attendance. Students visited Santa, made crafts, shopped in the Santa store, participated in a sing-a-long and enjoyed hot chocolate and cookies. Warner Student Council members visited Arrowood’s kindergarten classes. They read to the students and helped them make snowman ornaments. Thanks to Mary Black and Michelle Phillips for partnering with Arrowood.
Cox- Cox will celebrate Holidays in the Library on December 19-21. Each child will come to the library to select a “forever book” from Cox’s Little Library. After the book is selected, a bookmark craft is available for the children. On Monday, December 19, Mrs. Claus and some elves from the North Pole will be in the library to help the youngest children select books, do a craft, and hear a story. Cox students enjoyed watching the XHS Vocal Ensemble and the XHS Jazz band this week. All the performers did an outstanding job getting the students and staff in the holiday spirit. Miss Thomas’ third grade students have been working hard on their writing skills. They wrote a comparison/contrast paper on two holidays and wrote an opinion piece on which they toy would make the best educational gift. The class has been publishing two writing pieces a week. Go third graders!
McKinley- McKinley’s 2nd and 3rd graders put on a fantastic Christmas program for staff, students and parents. They gym was packed as the students sang the many songs they had practiced. Leonora Stivers did a great job once again. Students were able to buy Christmas gifts this week at the Holiday Christmas Shoppe sponsored by the PTO. Students have been working really hard trying to reach their goals on the MAP test. Each student that reaches their goal will receive a treat from the PTO. Thanks to the Xenia Nazarene Church many of McKinley’s students will be warm this winter. The church bought coats and gave them to the students this past week. The smiles on the faces said it all.
Shawnee- Shawnee students began working this past week with their new robots, Dash and Dot. Kindergarten and first grade students programmed sound and lights on DOT while students in second through fifth grade used Dash to program lights, sound and motion. Students used ipads to test out the capabilities of Dash and Dot using the programming apps called Blocky and Go. In future sessions, they hope to use their creativity to perform tasks and solve puzzles using Dash and Dot. Students have had previous experience in Digital Literacy with programming using a kid friendly programming language developed by MIT called “Scratch”. This is a phenomenal program where students can use their imagination, solve problems, understand sequencing, and learn the basics of computer programming. Students in Xenia Community schools have also participated in a program through code.org, which encourages students in schools worldwide to provide the opportunity to be able to code on a regular basis. Only 1 in 4 schools are teaching code nationwide. It is great to have the tools we need to be at the top here in our school district. Over a period of five themed days such as “Hat Day” and “Pajama Day”, the students at Shawnee collected 1,876 canned goods and non-perishable items to be given to a local food pantry. Thanks to the Shawnee students and parents who donated items to those in need during the holiday season!
Tecumseh- Pastries with Parents on Tuesday morning had a tremendous turnout. It was wonderful to have staff members, students, and parents interacting. Many families also took advantage of the book sale that was going on as well as they purchased Christmas gifts. The PBIS Team met and prioritized common expectations in the hallways, cafeteria, and restrooms. The information gathered will be used to create posters for these spaces. These posters can reinforce and review the expectations. This month Tecumseh’s students have participated in a school fundraiser, visited STARBASE, had Pastries with Parents, heard the high school musicians, and will be celebrating Spirit Week. Lots going on for sure.
Warner- Kudos to Candice Patrick for getting signs outside to positive message our bus drivers and parents. Thanks also to everyone who has joined her in this effort. The winter band concert was held last Thursday evening in the gym. The students did a fine job. The choir students will perform next Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m. They will sing the songs they have worked on this semester. Warner students will have a dance on Friday being put on by the Student Leadership group. 8th grade students will visit the Greene County Career Center on December 14 and December 15. Warner’s Student Council, the Impact Club” created 30 blessing bags for the homeless of Xenia. Parent conference night at Warner is coming up after the holidays on January 12 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The Bowling Club just finished this past week. About 25 students participated. The final day Gracie Jo Howell bowled a 214 game- the highest for the fall. Everyone enjoyed this program. Last week Warner’s boys and girls basketball teams enjoyed a week with a 10-2 overall record. Nice job.
XHS- The National Honor Society held its Induction Ceremony on Thursday evening. The Jazz Band performed under the direction of Greg Sell. NHS President Anna Brown did the introductions and Anna, Kerstin Norris, Anna Moore, Hannah Rasey and Alexis Rickels spoke on Knowledge, Scholarship, Character, Leadership, and Service. Teacher Angie Tate delivered the keynote address. Teacher Mike Jubara announced the names of the inductees. Congratulations to the new inductees Micah Adams, Hasan Akinyele, Marissa Babb, Alli Bedrowsky, Julia Beeker, Madeline Calhoun, Sofia Castonguay, Madison Caupp, Kristen Combs, Mia Cornett, Mariah Crossley, Morgan Day, Brian Dixon, Morgan Donini, Kyla Frye, Trevin Gray, Nate Higgins, Megan Hill, Samuel Johnson, Aliyah Jones, Andrew Jones, Kathleen Kelly, KeiVaughn Lane, Madyson Larson, Megan Lewis, Riley Louderback, Baylee Mueller, Travis Newell, Austin Rogers, Amara Shepherd, Kallee Stevens, and Kristina White. Advisors are Mike Jubara, Carrie McGee and Britney Amole. It was a wonderful evening. On Friday more than 100 students donated blood for the Red Cross. Kudos to Molly Wavra for putting that together. The Renaissance Club enjoyed a rewards movie on Friday as well. Great job to the students and to Bill Richey and John Miller for making this event happen.
XTAR- Students were responsible for banking and bill pay. All bills for December had to be paid so the students would be eligible to shop at the XTAR Mall next week. The students also created original ornaments to brighten their classroom tree.
Dec. 12- Aesop’s Fables at Xenia Preschool
Dec. 12- XTAR and Multi Disabilities Christmas Party at Cox
Dec. 12- 6:30 p.m. Board of Education Meeting
Dec. 12-15 Food for Friends Drive and Spirit Week at Xenia Preschool
Dec. 13- 2:00 p.m. DARE Graduation at Shawnee
Dec. 13- 6:30 p.m. McKinley 4th/5th grade Christmas Program
Dec. 14- 8:15 a.m. Student Ambassadors Program at Tecumseh
Dec. 14- 2:00 p.m. DARE Graduation at McKinley
Dec. 15- Multi Disabilities Christmas Party at Cox
Dec. 15- 3:30 p.m. Literacy Night at Xenia Preschool
Dec. 15- 6:30 p.m. Holiday Program grades 4 and 5 at Arrowood
Dec. 15- 7:00 p.m. Holiday Concert at Shawnee for grades 3-5
Dec. 16- 10:30 a.m. XHS Ensemble at McKinley
Dec. 16- Christmas Concert at Cox
Dec. 16- 1:30 p.m. Kids Hope Christmas Party at Shawnee
Dec. 16- 2:00 p.m. DARE Graduation at Tecumseh
Dec. 21- McKinley kindergarten and 1st grade Santa Workshop
Dec. 21- End of second grading period
Dec. 22- Jan. 2- No School
Jan. 3- First Day Back
Jan. 9- Board of Education Meeting
Jan. 13- Donuts with Dad at Shawnee
Consider this. Approximately one hundred years ago…
There were only 8,000 cars in the United States and 144 miles of paved road.
The average U.S. worker made between $200 and $400 a year.
Only eight percent of homes had a telephone.
Alabama, Mississippi, Iowa and Tennessee were all more populated than California.
Only six percent of Americans had graduated from high school
Before you can innovate, you have to embrace change.
Have a great weekend.