Wauseon students earning college credits

By David J. Coehrs - [email protected]

About 50 Wauseon High School students are taking advantage of a new Ohio Department of Education initiative offering the opportunity to earn college credits early and at no cost.

District Superintendent Larry Brown presented the advantages of College Credit Plus at a Board of Education meeting held Monday. Begun with the 2015-16 school year by the ODE and the Ohio Board of Regents, the program offers students in grades 7-12 the opportunity to earn higher education credits before graduation. It replaces two former programs, the Post-Secondary Educational Option and Dual Enrollment.

The students must meet eligibility requirements and the admission criteria of the institution of higher learning (IHE). They are permitted to take the equivalent of a full day of IHE classes.

Locally, College Credit Plus is being conducted between the 24 school systems comprising the Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center and seven universities: Northwest State Community College, the University of Toledo, Owens Community College, the University of Findlay, Bowling Green State University, Ohio Northern University, and Wright State University. Of the seven, NSCC, UT, and Owens have agreed to offer a $40 credit fee, the minimum permitted.

The university fees for Wauseon students are covered through the school district’s general fund.

Brown said the program is open to junior high school students who can pass the college admission tests, but none in the district are involved in College Credit Plus during this school year.

In other business, the board approved the following personnel assignments: Kody Moden, volunteer bowling coach; Trina Fry and Jessica Smith, classified substitutes; and Sabrina Hartson, substitute bus driver.

The resignation of Bridget Olenik, a summer instrumental instructor, was accepted effective Oct. 2.

Board members approved the authorization of the following “then and now” certificates: Country Contours, $819 for mulch; OK Electric, $175.99 for high school electrical repairs; Lee Supply, $63.28 for plumbing supplies; and Cousin’s Concert Attire, $604.80 for Chorale dresses.

They also accepted donations of $959.84, $3,566.25, and $1,799 from the Wauseon Athletic Boosters to the high school Athletic Department for the purchases of boys cross country uniforms and a football field ice machine, and payment toward a Hudl Internet service subscription, respectively.

In building reports:

• Primary School Principal Blake Young reported that all kindergarten students were administered the state’s Kindergarten Readiness Assessment, and results will be available after Nov. 1.

The K-2 staff will examine the new English Language Arts series during professional development Oct. 27-28.

Students in all grades participated in fire safety programs.

And the Fourth Annual Fall Festival, which combines educational and fitness activities, will be held Friday.

• Third graders at Wauseon Elementary School participated in the annual Ag Fest at the Fulton County Fairgrounds. Principal Theresa Vietmeier said the students were given presentations about small animals, safety, bees, and dairy products, among other topics.

Vietmeier said high school students will again assist in the school’s reading mentoring program, coordinated by Pat Turpening. She said the Wauseon Lion’s Club has presented a dictionary to each third grade student.

Upcoming events include Grandparents Day for fourth graders Oct. 27 and Oct. 29, and a Veteran’s Day assembly Nov. 11.

• Middle School Principal Joe Friess said parent-teacher conferences will be held Nov. 23-24.

He also reported that 24 students are consistently attending the school’s 21st Century Grant program, which began Sept. 21.

Friess said math teachers will review new material scheduled for use beginning with the 2016-17 academic year, and reading and language arts teachers will discuss the implementation of new materials.

On Tuesday, the principal traveled to Columbus to shadow an ODE supervisor, and attended a senior staff meeting led by State Superintendent Richard Ross. His visit was in exchange for a visit to the middle school by ODE Director Julia Simmerer.

Upcoming events include Red Ribbon Week activities Oct. 19-23, with the theme, “The Best Me is Drug Free.”

• Twenty-six Wauseon High School students are regularly attending the after school program. Principal Keith Leatherman said the program will provide the following review sessions for the Ohio Graduation Test from 3:30-5 p.m.: Oct. 19 and Oct. 26, social studies; Oct. 20 and Oct. 27, science; Oct. 21, math; and Oct. 22, reading and writing.

Other after school program events include a Fall Family Fun Night at Sauder Village on Oct. 17, and a November “Dinner on a Dime” event, during which participants will learn to cook a nutritious but low-cost meal.

The high school’s Indian Marching Band took first place in all areas during the recent Maumee Music in Motion contest, including music, visuals, and percussion, and second place overall. The band also qualified for the Ohio Music Education Association state contest for the second time this season.

Upcoming events include: the Fall Choir Concert, Oct. 18; fall OGT testing, Oct. 26-Nov. 2; and a Veterans Day assembly, Nov. 11.

The school board entered into executive session to discuss the employment of personnel. No action was taken.

By David J. Coehrs

[email protected]

David J. Coehrs can be reached at 419-335-2010.

David J. Coehrs can be reached at 419-335-2010.