From Denny Morrison, Superintendent of Xenia Community Schools
I hope that this weekly update finds you in good health and having had an enjoyable weekend relaxing with your families and that your team will win the Super Bowl. It also looks like another week of up and down temperatures. I have heard many positive comments about the professional development day on Friday. All of the sessions were extremely valuable but people I spoke with really enjoyed the vertical alignment discussions. Here are a few of the highlights from this past week:
Congratulations Dr. Dillaplain– Dr. Robert P. Dillaplain is the recipient of a 2017 OSBA Award of Achievement. This award reflects his true commitment toward public education and the importance he attaches to his role on the Xenia School Board. Of the more than 3,400 board members in Ohio, only 65 are receiving this honor. He will be honored at the Southwest Region OSBA Spring Conference on March 14. Board Members Cheryl Marcus and William Spahr have also earned this award in the past. Thank you for your commitment to our district and our kids.
February is Love the Bus Month- Did you know that students are approximately 70 times safer in a yellow school bus than in a passenger car? Because of this and because of the great job our bus drivers do we celebrate Love the Bus Month each February. Thanks so much to our drivers who safely transport our students every day. Our drivers play an essential role in providing students with a positive start and end to their school day.
Bond Issue Update- Why is this being done now? The middle and high school buildings are past their prime and need so much costly work that it’s time to replace them. The more than $28 million in project funding offered to us by the State expires this August. To take advantage of the state funds, the Xenia community must pass a bond issue to meet the local funding share. Without the state matching fund, 100% of the cost to repair, maintain, or renovate the existing buildings will have to be paid for by us locally, and some other school district will receive the funds that had been set aside for us.
Because I Said I Would- Special thanks to the Xenia Rotary for bringing nationally known speaker Alex Sheen to the high school to talk to the students about the importance of keeping a promise. I would also like to thank all of the city officials, business leaders, and Xenia residents who attended the presentation and listened to his heartfelt message. Finally, kudos to our XHS students who sat in the gymnasium for over an hour and listened attentively to Mr. Sheen and his message. You could have heard a pin drop. It was awesome. We are truly blessed with great kids in Xenia.
NSTA National Convention- Congratulations to Bill Richey who has been asked to be a speaker at the National Science Teacher’s Convention in Los Angeles late March. The convention covers all STEM related curriculum and will be attended by 20,000 teachers from across the nation. Bill will be speaking on Chemistry Demonstrations for all grades.
Welcome Coach Smitherman- Trace Smitherman has been approved by the Board of Education to be the next Xenia High School head football coach. Mr. Smitherman has been the head football coach at Stebbins High School since 2008. During his time at Stebbins, he was selected as the Miami Valley Football Coaches Association “Coach of the Year” for both 2014 and 2015. Coach Smitherman was also selected as the 2015 Southwest All-District High School Football “Coach of the Year” for Division 2. In 2015, he was nominated by the Associated Press for the OHSAA Sportsmanship, Ethics, and Integrity Award. Mr. Smitherman is also employed as a Senior Ad Tech Consultant at Vivial Media LLC and received his degree from Central State University in Business Administration and Computer Science.
Xenia Preschool- The SNAP-Ed nutrition classes finished up this week and there was wonderful feedback from both the Greene County Extension instructors and for the staff members on how great these classes were for the children. The content was provided at the appropriate level and the snacks were nutritious.
Arrowood- The 5th graders may look a little taller this week. They are continuing to practice a growth mindset during math class and this week they have been practicing their “power pose”. Based on the research of Amy Cuddy, the students have been learning about how body language and posture can impact their brain. Before taking their weekly quiz, students struck a power pose for two minutes in order to get their brains ready to do their best work. Lee Elzroth from The Greene County Soil and Water Conservation District came to Arrowood last week. He shared a stream table with the fourth grade students. The purpose of his visit was to show the processes of weathering, erosion, and deposition and how it affects our environments. The stream table was able to show the students an enhanced time demonstration of how these processes shape the land over long periods of time.
Cox- Mr. McKinley’s third graders and Mrs. Skaggs’ kindergarteners worked together on a STEM project. Each third grade student was paired with a kindergartener and the team’s had to create an igloo. They worked together to figure out what supplies they needed to build the structure so the roof would not collapse. The second grade classes researched groundhogs and the meaning of Groundhog Day. They made a graph to predict whether or not the groundhog would see his shadow. Ms. Kubasky’s class completed research projects on an endangered animal of their choice. The kindergarten classes celebrated the 100th day of school this week by dressing up as if they were 100 years old and participated in various hundred day activities.
McKinley- McKinley students celebrated the 100th day of school with many different activities. Students were encouraged to bring 100 of an item. They had skittles, m & m’s, suckers, etc. Students also made hats, glasses, and necklaces with 100 cheerios. The MD classes enjoyed a trip to the Victoria Theater to see Brown Bear. A Parent Connection Meeting was held on Monday evening. The discussion was Love and Logic. The third grade teachers held an informative meeting with parents on Tuesday to discuss the 3rd grade reading guarantee and ways parents can help prepare their children for the upcoming tests.
Shawnee- At Shawnee K-2 students are finishing up their gymnastics unit. The focus of the unit is on body position, shapes,and movement. Students have been working on 1-,2-, and 3- point balances, pencil, egg, forward and shoulder rolls. This week Mr. Washburn transformed the gym into a shopping mall for the students. Students entered the mall and traveled to the different stores practicing the skills they have been taught. Students in grades 3-5 completed the lacrosse unit with small sided games. The students were assessed on two areas for this unit. Students were assessed on their ability to catch a lacrosse stick and on their decision making in small sided game situations. Students will begin to learn about fitness concepts and to continue jump roping in class as they prepare for Jump Rope for Heart.
Tecumseh- The Tecumseh ticket winners played Red Light/Green Light in the gym doing many different animal moves: crab walk, bear crawl, froggy jumps, bunny hops, and turtle crawls. The Student Ambassador Committee met and had great dialog discussing the Awards Assembly process. They began planning for the year end event. The Family Involvement Committee meets on Monday to plan for their upcoming Right-To-Read Week event that begins at the end of February.
Warner- Thanks to Karen Nolen, Linda Wilson, Dan Egbert and Courtney Dortsten for their four day and three night commitment to more than 90 6th graders as they planned and chaperoned the science based trip to Glenn Helen. Warner will have its National Junior Honor Society Induction Ceremony this Thursday evening, February 9th, in their cafeteria. Congratulations to their 50 new inductees! Warner staff had an intense, purposeful professional development day on Friday. The focus on curriculum, climate, and scheduling took center stage. Muse Machine for 6th grade is this coming Thursday morning at 8:00 a.m. Open House for incoming 6th grade students and their parents is February 23rd beginning at 6:00 p.m. I hope there is a huge crowd to experience what Warner is all about.
XHS- Several band students participated in the Ohio Music Education Association Solo & Ensemble Adjudicated Event that was held at Stebbins High school. Mackenzie Coonrod, flute soloist, was rated Superior, Sophia Ensey, clarinet soloist, was rated Superior, Timothy Stahl, bass clarinet soloist, was rated Superior, Gabriel Gonzales, alto saxophone soloist, was rated Superior, Frank Hicks, trumpet soloist, was rated Superior, Megan Miller, piano soloist, was rated Excellent, Flute trio (Brianna Banks, Katie Laney & Alexis Woolwine) were rated Superior, and Trumpet trio (Frank Hicks, Erik Boggs, and Chase Keys) were rated Superior. Thanks to Zavaan Johnson, Mr. Greg Sell who worked with Frank on his trumpet solo and to Mr. Jim McPeek and Mr. Eric Neunschwander who accompanied the soloists on the piano. Special thanks to Debb Rucker, Keenan Mikal, Student Council and all the staff and student teachers who volunteered their time to put on an excellent dance last Saturday night. XHS held their final in-school Muse Machine performance, “The Magic of Movies” last week. A thankful Thursday goes out to Mrs. Burgess and Mrs. Ascoli and all the staff who helped put together and monitor this event. The students learned a lot about the magic behind making movies and were a great audience. The guidance office is bringing a career panel to XHS where a variety of successful XHS graduates will share their experiences during and after high school regarding education, work, experience and other helpful information for students approaching graduation.
World of Sports- Senior soccer player Cheyann McGee signed her national letter of intent to play soccer at Malone University in Canton this past Wednesday. Congratulations to Cheyann on this outstanding accomplishment! Kudos also to our boys and girls swimmers for winning the “American South” GWOC Championships and to our XHS Wrestling Team who finished 2nd in the GWOC tournament over the weekend. Great job.
Athlete of the Month- Hank Siefert was chosen as the Edward Jones Investments Athlete of the Month for December for Xenia High School. Hank, a senior swimmer, has excelled not only in the pool but also in the classroom during his high school career. He has qualified for the OHSAA state swim meet each year, placing second as a junior and he also carries a 4.1 grade point average in his coursework. He is a recent signee to the University of Kentucky. This past summer, Hank competed in the U.S. Olympic trials. He is an excellent leader at XHS and on the swim team he is known for his encouragement and positive attitude.
Feb. 6- Smile Wright Dentists visit Xenia Preschool
Feb. 6- 8:00 a.m. Family Involvement Committee meeting at Tecumseh
Feb. 6- 6:30 p.m. PTO Meeting at Arrowood
Feb. 6-10 Randon Acts of Kindness Week at Cox
Feb. 7- Career Panel at XHS
Feb. 8- 1:00 p.m. XHS Chemistry Club at Shawnee and Arrowood
Feb. 8- Hearing and Vision Screening at our Xenia PreSchool
Feb. 9- 8:00 a.m. Muse Machine for 6th graders at Warner
Feb. 9- Scholastic Book Fair Grand Event Breakfast at Cox
Feb. 9- 3:30 p.m. Mileage Club at Tecumseh
Feb. 9- 3:30 p.m. Parent-Teacher Conferences at Shawnee
Feb. 9- Kindergarten Open House for the new kindergarten class at McKinley
Feb. 9- 6:30 p.m. National Junior Honor Society Induction Ceremony at Warner
Feb. 10- 7:00 a.m. Board-Student Round table
Feb. 10- 6:30 p.m. Mother-Son Dance at Tecumseh
Feb. 13- Bookmobile at Shawnee
Feb. 13- 5th graders from Shawnee to Starbase
Feb. 13- 3:30 p.m. PTO Meeting at Shawnee
Feb. 13- 6:30 p.m. February Board of Education Meeting
Feb. 14- PBIS Valentine’s Bash at Arrowood
Feb. 15- 4:00 p.m. Parent-Teacher conferences at Arrowood
Feb. 16- 8:15 a.m. Muffins with Mom at Shawnee
Feb. 17- No School K-8 XHS in Session
Feb. 17- XHS Pep Rally
Feb. 20- No School President’s Day
Feb. 23- 6:00 p.m. Warner Open House for incoming 6th grade students
Short Course in Human Relations
The most important 6 words: “I admit I made a mistake.”
The most important 5 words: “I am proud of you.”
The most important 4 words: “What is your opinion?”
The most important 3 words: “If you please.”
The most important 2 words: “Thank you.”
The most important 1 word: “Please.”
The most important word: “We.”
The least important word: “I.”
Have a great week.