From Denny Morrison, Xenia Community School’s Superintendent
I hope that this weekly update finds you in good health and staying safe and warm. I think that after a wonderful fall, winter has finally arrived for good. 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- Saturday evening was 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”. It was a special night Saturday as both the boys and girls varsity teams had big wins. Thanks to everyone who worked hard to make this happen.
Xenia School Foundation- The XSF relies on financial support in order to propel our faculty and students beyond current operational funding to more notable academic achievement. There is a voluntary payroll deduction form you can pick up from the Treasurer’s Office to complete if you wish to contribute.
Motz Group- The Motz Group (the firm that put in our synthetic turf at Doug Adams Stadium) has created a Motz Community Impact Fund. 100% of their employees contribute to this fund during the year which turns into a grant program with the objective of making a lasting impact in the communities that they serve. They recently announced five winners of $500 grants. Xenia Community Schools received one of these five awards. The money is going to the Baskets for Battle Program being led by our Student Council at the high school.
Xenia Preschool- The Xenia Preschool held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday afternoon for their new gross motor room. It took place in conjunction with Literacy Night. This room will provide an area for our kids to have an opportunity to develop and strengthen their muscles using equipment designed for just that purpose. They will have time in the gross motor room on a weekly basis. Our kids will have great imagination as they use this space. It also gives them a chance to develop their coordination. Putting this room together was a total team effort. Thanks to Principal Jean Brady, the preschool teachers and aides, the therapists, the maintenance guys, Christy, and Dianna- all who worked together to make this happen. Over 250 people were present for the ribbon cutting and Literacy Night. The Xenia Preschool had their first Food for Friends Drive Spirit Week and collected 347 items that will go to families in need. Nice job.
Arrowood- Kudos to the Cedarville University teachers who have been in the building the first semester. We will miss them. Since September Mrs. Babb’s class has read a total of 16,820 minutes. The American Red Cross presented a pillowcase project to the 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students. The presentation teaches children how to be prepared in case of an emergency such as extreme winter storms and home fires. The 4th and 5th grade students performed their holiday program last Thursday evening to a standing room only crowd. Thanks to Leonora Stivers for putting together a wonderful program. The 5th grade Super Science Program just concluded. This was a great opportunity for the kids put on by Mr. Gambill, Mrs. Opatrny, and Mrs. Cravens. Students presented the bobsleds they had created and had to explain why they chose the materials that they did.
Cox- The 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students at Cox did a beautiful job getting everyone in the Christmas Spirit with their Winter Concert. Over 300 people were in attendance for the holiday show. Cox’s kindergarten classes had “Grinch Day” on Friday. They did a switcheroo and visited each kindergarten class where they made grinch playdough, played a grinch game, and did a grinch craft. The grinch even made an appearance and left his green footprints behind to bring the children grinch cookies. On Thursday the MD units from Tecumseh, McKinley and Cox came together at Cox to celebrate Christmas with some of the men and woman from Wright Patterson Air Force Base. Santa and Mrs. Claus along with several elves and other personnel from the base came to deliver presents, read a story and sing songs.
Shawnee- On Friday Bella Underwood, Juanita Beasley, Kaydence Schwing, Eli Barnett, Kilynn Hixson, Kylie Hart, Allison Fanning and Cassie Garrett were recognized on the Shawnee Buccaneer Broadcast for their positive behavior on the school bus. These students continually show that they are responsible, respectful, cooperative and problem solvers on the bus. These students were able to pick a new book to take home. Congratulations. The Shawnee 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students performed their Holiday Concert for over 500 people on Thursday night. These students were directed by Dr. Deb Zawacki. The students sounded fantastic and everyone in attendance had a great time. Shawnee 5th grade students had the honor of graduating from the DARE program on Thursday. Officer Masur led classroom lessons to give the students the skills they need to avoid involvement in drugs, gangs and violence. At graduation, essay winners read their essay to the parents. The winners were Miracle Perry, Mariela Giles, Andrea Dobkins and Mirayah Watson. Nice job.
Tecumseh- Tecumseh had a family Christmas project. This year 66 children representing 28 families have been helped. The Xenia Rotary also stepped in and helped to assist families. What an amazing endeavor! Kudos to the Character Choir for their performance on Thursday. Many parents commented on how wonderful the children sounded. Thanks to Mrs. Quist for organizing this performance.
Warner- Thank you so very much to the Student Leadership classes at Warner. They collected donations of canned goods and took more than 2,000 items to the local Fish pantry. Great job to everyone involved and to Justin Shirley, Dana Mcclain, and Karen Nolen for putting this together. Thanks also to Waibel and Jim Slyder for helping with the loading and unloading of the items On Tuesday the 6th, 7th and 8th grade choir student joined the high school ensemble for a holiday concert at the high school. The groups performed well in front of a standing room only crowd.
XHS- The Student Council Executive Board would like to thank everyone for their support of the Baskets for Battle service project. Without the support of the entire Xenia Community their activities would not have been as successful This program began five years ago by a senior on Student Council who was undergoing cancer treatments. The first year 58 bags were delivered. The project has grown each year. This year the students delivered 307 bags to five area hospitals-Dayton Children’s Hospital, Kettering Medical Center, Miami Valley Hospital,. Soin Medical Center and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. The students delivered the baskets and had many conversations with the patients. They met many people who somehow were connected to Xenia. Thanks to Xenia Rotary, Kettering Health Foundation and Jeff Brock, the Xenia Kiwanis and the Motz Group for their support. There are too many people to try to recognize as it was a total team effort but I would be remiss if I did not give a shout out to the advisors Debb Rucker, Keenan Mikal and Rebecca Gagliano and the entire Executive Board of Student Council Thank you all so very much. Congratulations to the Buccaneer football team for recently being recognized by the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association. Xenia ranked 10th out of the 100 programs who submitted data. The top 22 varsity players GPA’s were used to determine the team ranking with a combined team GPA of 3.60. Thanks to Dr. Kim Halula, XHS graduate and Associate Dean of the College of Health Services at Marquette University. At Monday night’s Board of Education Meeting she returned her band uniform- from 1974. She said that she simply had no place to return it to- so she held on to it. She presented it to the Board along with a check for late fees.
XTAR- XTAR students spent time in different sessions with a STEAM challenge that asked the students to make their version of a reindeer from recycled goods, a problem solving activity that asked the students to design a “Santa Claus” display in a grocery store. Afterwards the students went to the XTAR Mall for shopping. Following the sessions and lunch, the students watched the Polar Express.
Dec. 19- Pajama Day and 4th grade Underground Railroad Presentation at Tecumseh
Dec. 20- Grades K-2 and 3-5 Winter Music Programs at Tecumseh.
Dec. 21- McKinley kindergarten and 1st grade Santa Workshop
Dec. 21- 4th grade American Red Cross Pillowcase Project at Tecumseh
Dec. 21- End of second grading period
Dec. 22- Jan. 2- No School
Jan. 3- First Day Back
Jan. 6- Elementary Report Cards go home
Jan. 9- 6:00 p.m. Board of Education Regular and Organizational Meeting
Jan. 10- Positive Recognition Assemblies at Shawnee
Jan. 13- Donuts with Dad at Shawnee
Jan. 16- Dr. Martin Luther King Day- No school
Have a wonderful and relaxing holiday. Please take time to relax and if you are traveling be careful. I am sure Santa will find each of your homes as you are all on the “good” list. Thank you for everything you do.