Wauseon students aid hurricane victims

By David J. Coehrs - dcoehrs@fcnews.org

A donation by a local retailer assisted Wauseon junior high school students with providing relief for hurricane victims in Texas.

At a Board of Education meeting held Monday, Middle School Principal Joe Friess reported that 50 buckets with lids gifted to the school’s Honor Society and Student Council by Wauseon Ace Hardware are being filled by students with sundry items sought by people displaced by Hurricane Harvey. Friess said the project gave the students an opportunity to reach out to those whose lives have been devastated by the storm.

Friess said the student groups collaborated with a local emergency organization on the project. Each middle school class received a five-gallon bucket to fill with food, pet supplies, and other items needed by the hurricane victims. Each teacher will contribute $5 for a shipping fee.

The students contacted Ace Hardware to price the buckets, but the store delivered them to the school. “They said, ‘Hey, you don’t owe us anything. We want to be part of this,’” Friess told the board.

In other business, the board approved the following personnel items: a one-year limited certificated non-athletic supplemental contract as district mentors for the school year to Mark Britsch, Don Clark, Julie Grime, April King Beck, Lynelle Nofziger, Michelle Winters, and Amber Wonderly; the resignation of Samantha Foltz as a primary school cook, effective July 31; students Brooks Gype, J.T. Hutchinson, Olivia Leininger, Matthew Manson, Marin Miller, Jaelyn Myers, Austin Rotroff, Carter Stump, and Ally Tefft as athletic department workers; and students Branden Arrendondo, Daisy Giguere, and Tony Schweinhagen as pool workers.

The school district accepted a $100 donation from Heartland of Wauseon, to be used as payments for the school district’s Chromebook Insurance Protection Fund.

Board members also approved a motion for a service agreement between the school district and the Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center for speech therapy services.

In building reports:

• The primary school practiced bus evacuations with students.

Principal Blake Young said Movement Week, formerly called Sports Week, is scheduled Sept. 18-22. He said in the past the event focused on fall, winter, and spring sports, but now “we’re just focusing on moving in proper ways.”

He said the event will be expanded this year with a one-mile Fun Walk around the school building on Sept. 18, 6-7 p.m. Families are invited to participate.

Young said the classes that move the most during the week will be awarded free entry into the Wauseon-Bryan varsity football game. “It’s a little bit of incentive for the kids to move,” he said.

He said Fall Fest is scheduled for Oct. 13.

And he announced that 69 percent of current first graders tested into the STAR reading program, as compared to 52 percent at the beginning of last school year.

• Elementary school principal Theresa Vietmeier said reading and math teachers met with Michelle Leatherman, the district’s director of Curriculum and Assessment for updates regarding teaching gifted students.

She said the school is finishing STAR testing, which gives a beginning point for students in reading and math. She said online registration for the program “has just been leaps and bounds faster than last year.”

Vietmeier reported that Wauseon Machine and Manufacturing is continuing its Student of the Week program, which awards a certificate and gift cards.

She said fifth grade students will complete the Cognitive Abilities Test/Iowa testing to determine gifted data.

And she reported that a United Way grant used for student enrichment programs has been renewed.

Upcoming events include: Picture Day on Sept. 28 and Food for America on Oct. 5.

• Middle school principal Joe Friess said Wauseon Rotary Club is offering a program for students to work with local businesses on community and civic engagement.

He said a fundraiser beginning on Friday raises money for activities throughout the year.

Friess said the middle school has received a renewal of a 21st Century grant that funds educational before- and after-school programs for students needing extra assistance. It will begin Oct. 23.

He said the school’s Picture Day is Sept. 22.

• Gifted training for Wauseon High School teachers began this week. It will focus on English language arts and math.

Principal Keith Leatherman said the school’s Science Department will look into new materials for implementation next school year.

September 18 has been designated Picture Day, and the College Bound Senior Parent Meeting will be held. Leatherman said the parents are given information on the college application process.

He also announced Homecoming will be held Oct. 6, with the dance held Oct. 7.

All of the school buildings will hold a staff in-service day Sept. 25.

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

By David J. Coehrs


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