Hard to Believe- I does not seem possible that we are starting the month of April already. I know that this is a busy time for everyone with testing and everything else going on. Remember to take time for yourselves and your families. 36 walking teams or 180 walkers begin keeping track of their steps Monday morning. Make sure you have your pedometer, fit bit, etc. ready to go.
Bond Issue Information- With voter approval in May, the District, with the community’s input, will begin the design phase of the new middle/high school in 2017. By late 2018 construction should be underway and complete by 2020/2021. The board members all support staff in working with realtors/developers during this time period to find a potential user of either the buildings, partial portions of the buildings, or just the site. Staff has already been approached by realtors stating how the high school site in particular would make a great location for new housing in Xenia. The District will work closely with the City to ensure any potential uses of the buildings and/or sites are compatible with the existing neighborhoods. The Board of Education and staff want to achieve a win-win for the neighbors of the sites, the community as a whole, and the school district.
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Xenia Preschool- Last Tuesday, Kiwanis recognized the preschool teachers and Principal Mrs. Brady gave a short presentation on all the wonderful things happening at the preschool. Thursday morning was the dedication of the preschool library for Mr. Wendell Cultice. He gave so much to the preschool students and our entire school district that the district honored him by naming the preschool library “The Wendell Cultice Memorial Library”. Mrs. Hiltibran and Mrs. Fleming spoke at the dedication. On Thursday evening the preschool held its first spring Open House/Registration. Classrooms were open for parents to visit, tours of the building were offered, and students and screenings were scheduled. The next Open House/Registration is April 25.
Arrowood- The following students from Ms. Wallace’s 2nd grade class completed enrichment activities over spring break. Congratulations to Kaitlyn Avey, Abbie Cox, Gabriel Donaldson, Lilah Hailey, Gracee Hayes, Joseph Withers, Jeffery Hurst, Joshua Johnson, Rosa Kirk, Peyton Miller, Madelyn Shaw, and Hailey Trammell. Students were rewarded with a pizza party.
Cox- Mrs. Vogelsong’s class read the story, The Three Little Pigs. They compared different versions of this story using a Venn diagram. The class then created a mural of the story showing the setting, characters, beginning, middle and end. The second grade classes are learning about healthy snack options. The Wilberforce Chapter of the Links Incorporated gave a presentation on healthy snack choices and the children got to sample healthy snacks.
McKinley- McKinley 5th grade classes spent the week at STARBASE learning and exploring Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. The students enjoyed the hands on, minds on experiments. The top readers for the 1st grade Raz Kidz this week are Regan Atwood from Mrs. Allison’s class, Kellan Adams from Mrs. Pagett’s class, and William Shouse from Mrs. Williams’ class. McKinley’s students sold over 200 chocolate bunnies to help raise money for the PTO. Parents and students from Cedarville University visited McKinley on Friday and did a walk through and a Q and A about our joint partnership for teacher preparation. McKinley raised $558.74 for pennies for patients.
Shawnee- The purpose of the MVP program is to reward students for their outstanding character and for their achievement in school. These students are recognized and given four tickets to a Dayton Dragons game. The week 5 Shawnee MVP’s are James Wyatt, Larissa Butler, Raymond Shumaker, Lauren Chambliss, Mikayla Dawes and Jenna Thomas. The Spring Music Program for students in K-2 will be held on April 13.
Tecumseh- On Friday Tecumseh welcomed COSI on Wheels into their building. They began their day with a 45 minute school-wide assembly which was followed by hands-on sessions for each of the grade levels. Thanks to everyone who volunteered to help out and to the teachers and students for doing such a nice job.
Warner- During the month of March, Warner Student Leadership helped to plan and lead the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Penny Drive Fundraiser for the school. The students set a goal of $4,000 to help raise money to raise awareness and find a cure for blood cancers. The students of Warner raised $6,133.73! The 7th grade class won the grade level competition and Mrs. Phillip’s 5th period class won the class competition. Pennies for Patients gave the teachers an opportunity to incorporate service learning and character building into their curriculum and gave WMS students the chance to learn about service, leadership and philanthropy. The Warner Middle School Color Fun Run is April 22 starting at 8:00 a.m. The cost is $20. 50% of the proceeds go to the Warner National Junior Honor Society Stocking Program and 50% go to the Warner Impact Club.
XHS- Seven freshman participated in the District Science Fair. Six of the seven earned an “Excellent” rating. Most of the participants were about three points away from qualifying for the State Science Fair. The seven participants were Lillian Calhoun, Ahmi Moore, Makayla Poplin, Allison Shaw, Kyle Lane, Brett Russell and Brianna Johnson. Thanks to Mrs. Ascoli and others who spearheaded the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company visit to XHS Friday to perform Macbeth for our students. Congratulations to our art students and teachers. The Department of Art and Art History at Wright State invited area high school teachers and four of their art students to participate in the University’s annual High School Teacher/Student Art Show. In addition to Mrs. Finkes and Mrs. Richards, sophomore Katie-Rose Grant, Juniors Kelly Fullen and Naseem Chapelle and senior Taylor Stovall all had their work on display. Good luck to the Jazz Band as they perform this Friday at the World Music Festival.
XTAR- Students continued to do well with their online banking. Many students paid bills. They also had a chance to work on language arts skills through Compass Learning. In the afternoon the students took a walking field trip to 4 Paws for Ability to present last year’s Project Showcase donation of $110 to Mrs. Shirk and Mr. Gus. It was a great experience for Ms. Shaw, Mrs. Jacobs, and Ms. Johnson to see our students so excited about giving back to their community and to see how their hard earned money will be put to good use for these service dogs.