Each building principal was present at the latest school board meeting. The principals had interesting and varied experiences to share with Superintendent Larry Brown and the members of the school board.
Wauseon High School
As part of Keith Leatherman’s report, he noted the four members of the Wauseon High School Speech Team had recently returned from the National Speech and Debate Association National Tournament held in Dallas, Texas which was attended by over 2,000 student competitors from across the country.
Those from Wauseon were Breanna Demaline and Clarissa Johnson, members of the class of 2016, competed in Duo Interpretation; Brenden Kost, competed in International Extemporaneous Speaking and Cole Stiriz, competed in Dramatic Interpretation.
Of the group, Stiriz progressed to the octa-finals in his category, placing him in the top 60 in the nation out of 245 participants in this category. Stiriz’ effort made him the first student in the history of Wauseon speech to place this high.
Stiriz will be attending Bowling Green State University and has received a scholarship for speech while a member of their squad.
Kost will be attending Ohio University and will also be competing on their speech and debate team.
Additionally, five members of the class of 2015 have been awarded the NSDA Academic All–American Award. Criteria for this award include having a GPA of at least 3.7 on a 4.0 scale, having an ACT score of 27 or an SAT combined score of 2,000 or higher, and having attained an NSDA Degree of Superior Distinction. There are points awarded in the course of a student’s competitive speaking career. A coach’s character reference is also required.
The students who achieved this award from Wauseon this year are Bailey Hardy, Brooke Hardy, Brenden Kost, Motoki Maxted and Cole Stiriz. This is the largest number of students from Wauseon to be awarded the Academic All-American Award in any given year thus far.
Speech and debate coaches Dolores Muller and Jason Robinson thanked the board for their continued support.
Principal Leatherman announced the orientations planned for the 2015-16 academic year.
Freshman and new student orientation will be held Thursday, Aug. 13 from 9 to 11 a.m. Students will pick up their schedules and Chromebooks at orientation. The insurance protection is required. There will be the opportunity for the new students to become acquainted with the physical facilities, the system of bells used to announce the changes between classes and other housekeeping items.
Incoming sophomores, juniors and seniors returning to the high school have Thursday, Aug. 13 from 1 to 3 p.m.; Friday, Aug. 14 from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. The last session is Monday, Aug. 17 from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Again, the insurance protection on the Chromebook will be required.
Wauseon Middle School
Principal Joe Friess is very proud to announce that Kramer is going to have his 10th birthday and has completed his eighth year as a therapy dog. Of all the therapy dogs in the state, Kramer is “longest in the tooth.” He succeeds a recently retired therapy dog in Tiffin. Kramer is having a surgical procedure performed this week, so keep him in your thoughts.
The middle school concluded the first year of the partnership with Wauseon Machine and Manufacturing Company with the “Student of the Week” Program. A total of 34 students received a certificate with the name of the nominating teacher as well as the reasons for the nomination. Also each student received a $20 gift card to Walmart and free WMS yearbook. Many thanks to Russ Dominique and his administrative staff for this awesome program.
The 21st Century Grant program is continuing on this summer with a program based on the “Amazing Race” concept. Last year’s theme was “Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse.”
Speaking of the after school program, a arts and craft project within the 21st Century Grant has been completed. The project was a series of glass mosaics which highlighted many aspects of the educational and social experience that is all part of the middle school years.
WMS wound up the year with a couple of special events. One was a talent show and the other was, “Right To Read Week.” Decades, starting with the 60s, was the theme for the week and staff came up with skits to complement both. The students seemed to enjoy it and there was a lot of participation.
Wauseon Elementary School
Principal Theresa Vietmeier made her report of the third through fifth grade students. The third grade OAA reading results were very positive. Out of a total of 143 students who took the third grade reading exam, only five students did not achieve the required score to advance to fourth grade reading level.
These five students also took the Alternate Assessment. If any of the five students pass the Alternate Assessment, they would be eligible to advance to fourth grade reading. Results of the Alternate are expected this week.
For those students that did not pass either test, there will be a testing window in July. We will be on hand in July to administer the Summer Reading OAA, as well as the Alternate Assessment to them, she said. By August, they will know exactly how many students will be impacted by the TGRG Mandate.
There are preliminary results to the Performance Index (PI) for all WES Warriors who took this assessment. The PI aligns directly with the achievement of all students, not just those who are at risk. Indications are that the Warriors may have approached or set a new record.
Students in all grade levels participated in Field Day this spring. The new format with physical education teacher, Mr. Eddings, involved various stations with a higher degree of movement and interaction. The kids had a blast, Vietmeir said.
Also, the fifth graders put on a year end talent show that included former teachers as judges. They brought back Mrs. Ackerman and Mrs. Schmidt. Everybody was entertained.
And to meet the new safety compliance regulations, the Warriors, teachers and support staff completed another tornado drill during the month of May.
Wauseon Primary School
Principal Troy Armstrong noted that Safety City has nearly one half of the incoming kindergarten class as enrollment currently stands. WPS is currently expecting 133 students for kindergarten, 142 first graders and 146 second graders. These numbers often change as the calendar gets closer to the beginning of school.
The Safety City attendees get the advantage of becoming familiar with the building, safety rules both inside the building and outside the building as students board a school bus or get picked up with private transportation.
This year the WES staff participated in many wellness activities. Last August, all insured staff members were provided the option of a health screen. This was the fourth year we were able to provide these screens via our health care provider.
Monthly focus topics were shared with the staff and monthly winners were provided with gift cards provided through a grant. The second annual 3K Walk/Run took place in May and 41 percent of the staff participated. The wellness grant also provided a healthy snack and drink for every employee in the month of May. The district wellness committee continues to find new and innovative ways to motivate the staff to be healthy.