Wauseon Principal Blake Young pays tribute to community

By David J. Coehrs - [email protected]

The untimely death of a student brought out the best from a grieving community, the Wauseon Board of Education was told at Monday’s meeting.

Primary School Principal Blake Young paid a brief, heartfelt tribute to people who flooded the school’s office with telephone calls asking how they could assist staff and students mourning the passing of Ava Coronado. The seven-year-old first grader had been diagnosed with Influenza A.

“Five years ago, my wife and I moved out here to Wauseon, and this past week I was reminded that we had a great decision when we made that decision to move to Wauseon,” Young told board members.

Describing the “overwhelming” support offered, he added, “It just reminded me that my wife and I made the perfect choice to move to Wauseon, and the community that we serve is just phenomenal.”

In general business, the board approved a motion to adopt the resolution accepting amounts and rates determined by the Budget Commission, and authorize necessary tax levies and certify them to the Fulton County Auditor for Fiscal Year 2018. They also accepted a $3,000 donation from the Wauseon Athletic Boosters for athletic department swim and dive team warm-ups.

In personnel matters, board members approved Jaime Rupp as volunteer softball coach for the 2017-18 school year pending a background check and a Pupil Activity Permit.

In building reports:

• Primary School kindergarten registration will be held Feb. 23-24. Ninety-four appointments have been scheduled, as compared to 68 at the same time last year.

Students completed STAR testing, and 82 percent of kindergarten students have reached the end of the year benchmark, as compared to 69 percent last school year. Principal Blake Young said the school has performed many early interventions and small group sessions to reach that goal.

“This year, our class is doing a wonderful job, teachers are doing a great job,” he said.

In STAR English Language Arts (ELA) results, 80 percent of first grade students have already reached the end of the year goal, as compared to 69 percent by year’s end last school year.

And 71 percent of second grade students already have reached the benchmark for reading.

Wellness Week is scheduled toward the end of February including Fit Night for students and parents.

To benefit the annual Heart Radiothon, students purchased “licenses” to participate in special activities, and raised $389.05 for the event.

• Elementary School Principal Theresa Vietmeier reported that three students took home honors in the Fulton County Spelling Bee. Fifth grader Maria Sema placed first, and will compete in The Blade Northwest Ohio Championship Spelling Bee on March 11. Fourth grader Benjamin Tule placed fourth.

Vietmeier also reported that three award ceremonies, one for each grade level, were held for students covering categories from academic to improvement to citizenship.

She said the school’s United Way after school grant is receiving a good response from students.

The school recently held an assembly by Sheltered Reality, an adult and student drum organization with a positive message. She praised the group’s theme of using social media appropriately, for its intended purposes.

“I cannot think of a better theme. It’s never too young to start this,” Vietmeier said.

Upcoming events include the fourth grade musical March 7 and 9 and a staff in-service March 13.

• Middle School sixth grader Lindsey Mathews, seventh grader Maggie Duden, and eighth grader Megan Black participated in the county spelling bee. Mathews took second place in the sixth grade contest.

Principal Joe Friess said about 30 students are attending the 21st Century Grant after school program, and additional students are expected with the completion of winter sports. He said this is the school’s final year to receive the grant which is now up for renewal.

The first STAR tests are scheduled for March 21 and 23.

• High School testing dates include: ACT, March 21; ELA I and ELA II, March 28 and 30; American History and Government, April 25; Biology, April 27; and Algebra I and Geometry, May 2 and 4.

Scheduling for eighth grade students planning to attend the high school includes: a parents’ meeting, Feb. 16; a scheduling presentation for the students, Feb. 21; one-on-one meetings with eighth graders, Feb. 24 and 27; and master scheduling with the Northwest Ohio Computer Association, March 13-17.

Delta Police Chief Nathan Hartsock will conduct ALICE (Alert- Lockdown-Inform-Counter-Evacuate) training for students in the school district.

The board entered into executive session to discuss employment of personnel and the purchase/sale of real estate. 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.