From Denny Morrison
I hope that this weekly update finds you in good health and having had an enjoyable weekend relaxing with your families. It also looks like another week of up and down temperatures ahead of us. I am not sure if we are ever going to see a significant snowfall this winter. Here are a few of the highlights from this past week:
Black History Month- Americans have recognized black history annually since 1926, first as “Negro History Week” and later as “Black History Month”. We owe the celebration of Black History Month to Dr. Carter G. Woodson. He established the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History in 1915, and a year later founded the widely respected Journal of Negro History. In 1926, he launched Negro History Week as an initiative to bring national attention to the contributions of black people throughout American History. Dr. Woodson chose the second week of February as Negro History Week because it marks the birthdays of two men who greatly influenced the black American population, Frederick Douglass and Abram Lincoln. In honor of Black History Month, Honors US History classes have written biographies on important African Americans in history. Those bios are being read on the morning announcements each day. Between classes they are also playing music pertaining to the civil rights era. Black History Projects are also hanging in Kroger. “Hidden Figures” are there from students in Mr. McKinley’s 3rd grade and Mrs. Latimer’s 5th grade classes.
National School Counselors Week- National School Counselor’s Week is sponsored by the American School Counselor’s Association. It was celebrated this past week to focus public attention on the unique contribution of professional school counselors within American school systems and how students are different as a result of what school counselors do. This special week honors school counselors providing recognition for them, who in partnership with social workers, school psychologists, nurses, school support staff, teachers, administrators and especially families provide services and support to help students reach their full potential. Thanks for all you do.
Bond Issue Update- How large will the new building be compared to our existing High School and Middle School? The existing high school is 176,957 sf and the middle school is 116,110 sf for a total combined existing square footage of 293,067 sf. The proposed new middle/high school is planned to be 332,879 sf. – a 13.6% increase in square footage over the existing buildings. The new school will be planned to allow for cost effective expansion of academic space in the event of a future spike in enrollment. This is very important as we currently have 195 more students attending our schools than the state projected a year ago.
Xenia Preschool- This week is “Pennies for Patients” at the Xenia Preschool. Students are asked to bring change to contribute. Monday is PJ Day, Tuesday is Valentine’s Day, Wednesday is Super Hero and Princess Day, and Thursday is Spirit Day. Monday morning the Smile Wright dentists will visit. There is lots of excitement going on at the Preschool as painting continues. The interior is looking beautiful. Staff, students and families are excited to see all the changes and love the way the building looks. I have also heard that the children love to touch the paint!
Arrowood- The students really enjoyed the Xenia High School’s Chemistry Club visit. Several new experiments were used and the Finding Dori skit was liked by all. The make it, take it, hands on classroom activities were engaging for the students. A special thanks to the high school staff and students for bringing the Chemistry Club on the road for everyone to enjoy. Mrs. Arvin and Mrs. Babb offered a three week extended day for a group of students who participated in a book club. The participating girls talked about the things that they liked the most about the books and wrote sentences describing what they liked the most and why. At the final meeting they enjoyed hot tea and cookies served on elegant tea sets. The girls benefited by having a positive reading experience that they created!
Cox- Cox’s Extended Day Program is in full swing. The class meets Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings beginning at 8:10 a.m. The program uses Compass Learning to provide individualized intervention. The activities are designed to engage students while increasing subject mastery. The PTO hosted a Grant Event for grandparents this week. Grandparents were invited to come to school and eat breakfast with their grandchild and then browse the Book Fair. It was a huge success. Kindness was overflowing at Cox this week! A big thank you to their Student Council for sponsoring a week filled with random acts of kindness. Each day the students were challenged to demonstrate a different act of kindness toward someone in the building. The random acts of kindness included: give someone a compliment, help someone who is struggling, stop gossip when you hear it, see someone who is left out and ask them to join you, and write a thank you to someone who has made a difference in their lives.
McKinley- McKinley students were able to spend their keys that they earned for being caught doing something good. Students were able to pick from a large variety of goodies that were provided by the PTO. McKinley staff enjoyed a catered breakfast from Bob Evans on Friday. This was in celebration of Counselor’s Week. Mrs. Strickland, the school counselor, received kudos for all the work she does for their students. The kindergarten classes celebrated Valentine’s Day. The children exchanged valentines and enjoyed candy, cookies, cupcakes and other treats. All classes are collecting box tops for the PTO.
Shawnee- Shawnee’s Students of Character fro February are Trey Uszynski, Asher Hamilton, Kalen Long, Jacob Watkins, Allison Fudge, Ayden Hixson, Kylie Stauffer, Abigail Neal, Paighton Greene, Levi Estes, Caroline Sakalaskas, Kylee Lickett, Apryle Yazel, Alyssa Anderson, Kaidence Aponte, Elena Giles, Erin Kelly, Vivian Calhoun, Mirayah Watson, Jack Uszynski, and Alex Elliott. These students displayed their ability to be trustworthy to their teachers and peers. Congratulations. On Wednesday the staff and students were excited to welcome the XHS Chemistry Club to Shawnee. The Chemistry Club performed experiments in the classrooms with the Shawnee students followed by an entire school assembly on Finding Dory.
Tecumseh- Tecumseh will be having their Right to Read Week activities the week of Feb. 27- March 3. Each day they will have a different theme. Activities include Drop Everything and Read, a Book Swap, a Door Decorating Contest, and Guest Readers. Guest readers will be visiting Tecumseh on March 1st to share their favorite Dr. Seuss book with the classes. Anyone who wishes to come in and read to the students on that day between 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. is welcome. Please let the office know if you can participate.
Warner- On Wednesday evening 52 Warner students were inducted into the National Junior Honor Society. Principal Ted Holop welcomed the overflow crowd. Advisers Lauren Schafer and Amberly Winegar talked about the Junior Honor Society and the selection process to become a member. President Kemri Harris spoke on Scholarship, Vice-President Dylan Hoosier talked about Leadership, Secretary Grace Turner discussed Service, Treasurer Nick Hughes went over Citizenship and Public Relations specialist Garrett Howison discussed Character. 2017 inductees were Sarah Board, Cole English, Jenna Hilderbrandt, Tamaia Howell, Madix O’Bryant, Gracie Oberschlake, Morgan Springer, Dylan Alex, Ella Andreassen, Shamiya Bottom, Serena Campbell, Amani Canada, Brett Carson, Jasmine Cboins, Haley Curtis, Brylee Dixon, Blayke Dudley, Jake England, Madison Evans, Kalvary Freed, Tyler French, Alaigha Gore, Madilyn Holcomb, Jessica Holland, Treyshawn Hoskins, Haley Kumpf, Megan Lewis, Destini Madelans, Jada McAvene, Kade McFarland, Emily McIntosh, Kaley McManus, Will Miller, Gracie Norris, Leah Pagett, Annunziata Palmer, Alexis Pena, Darionna Porter, Sam Prindle, Owen Robinson, AJ Ruffin-Steyr, Andrea Shaw, Sydney Shuttleworth, Makaiya Stark, Aaliyah Trubac, Allison Vandergriff, Cody Vanhoose, Alayna Vela, Jobe Vogelsong, Michael Wallen, Dezarae Webster and Sidney Williams. It was a wonderful evening.
XHS- Thanks to Carrie McGee for putting together the Career panel for the seniors on Tuesday. Students were able to hear from a variety of successful Xenia High School graduates about their experiences during and after high school regarding education, work,and other helpful information. Guests included Whitney Caudill, Class of 2009, Becca Chamberlin, Class of 2000, Steve Cukovecki, Class of 1994, Krisheree Jones, Class of 2006, Avery Lane, Class of 1993, Dean Margioras, Class of 1990, Patrick Miller, Class of 2011, Megan O’ Rourke, Class of 1999, Matt Oliver, Class of 2005, Tyler Richey, Class of 2010, and Johnathan Rose, Class of 2011. Thanks to all of our guest speakers. This week will be Spirit Week at the high school ending with a Pep Rally on Friday afternoon.
XTAR- X Group began their morning working on Compass Learning working with Language Arts. Next the students used SOAR to solve their Math Problem of the Day. S-show two strategies, O-operations, what kind of math did they use, A- answer, write your answer in complete sentences and R- recheck, use the inverse operation to show you have the correct answer. Students are now beginning their study of author /illustrator Eric Carle. Students were given time to enjoy reading various titles of his books and then they selected three books to read. Students then answered 2-3 questions and wrote a short summary of the stories they had selected.
World of Sports- Kudos to TJ Oliver who this past week had a “commitment ceremony” where he signed to attend Wilmington College next year and play baseball. The winter sports season is winding down but it is not too late to get out there and support our athletes.
Feb. 13- Smile Wright at the A.M. Preschool
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 & 15- Bookmobile at Tecumseh
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- Abraham Lincoln visit to the Xenia Preschool
Feb. 23- 6:00 p.m. Warner Open House for incoming 6th grade students
Feb. 27- Chemistry Club at Cox
Feb. 27- STARBASE for Shawnee 5th grade students
Feb. 27- March 3- Dr. Seuss Week at McKinley
Feb. 28- 5:30 p.m. McKinley PTO Meeting
March 2- 3:30 p.m. McKinley Conferences
March 3- Student Aviation Art Competition deadline
March 3- Students dress as their favorite teacher at McKinley
March 6-9 Dr. Seuss Week at the Xenia Preschool
March 9- Art Show and Writing at Shawnee
March 17- End of 3rd grading period
March 20-24 Spring Break
Today is the very first day of the rest of my life
This is the beginning of a new day. I have been given this day to use as I WILL. I can waste it…. or use it for good. But what I do today is important, because I am exchanging a day of my life for it!
When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever, leaving in its place something that I have traded for it. I want it to be gain, and not loss; good and not evil; success and not failure; in order that I shall not regret the price that I have paid for it. I will give 100% of myself just for today, for you never fail until you stop trying.
When you read this and share it with others, the world will be the way you have always wanted it to be, because you will be the kind of person that you have always wanted to be.