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Superintendent's Message

March 2019 Superintendent Message

Dr. Martin Miller

ANTWERP LOCAL SCHOOLS……HOME OF THE ARCHERS
A school excelling in Computer Science, Engineering, Journalism, and the Fine Arts

The month of March is a very busy time period for our students and staff.  Winter sports are winding down and stu¬dents participating in spring sports are gear¬ing up for a new season.  A sizeable number of our students have also been busy in preparation for the MS/HS musical entitled “The Wizard of Oz”.  Performances will take place March 22 & 23 at 7:00 p.m, and Sunday March 24 at 2:00 p.m.  The performances will take place in our Auditeria.  From an academic standpoint, the third nine-week grading period ends Friday, March 15th.  Likewise, our seniors are busy planning for their future by finalizing plans for college, work, or the military as they begin the last quarter of their high school career.  During the last quarter of the school year, students in grades 3 – 11 will also engage in state assessments.  Additional information regarding the state assessments is available on the Ohio Department of Education website:  http://education.ohio.gov/

Despite the weather interruptions to our daily educational routines, our staff continues to enhance and strengthen among our students an innovator’s mindset geared towards advancing our STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) initiatives.  Our goal is to help students acquire the skill set that will eventually prepare them for the workplace, technical school, or college and eventual success in an ever-changing global marketplace.  Likewise, we continue to advance efforts with professional development opportunities for our staff that target ways to integrate STEAM into their daily lessons.  We are excited to announce that Discovery Education will once again collaborate with us to provide exceptional professional development during the 2019-2020 school year.

While attending a recent home basketball game, you probably noticed that we have a new mascot known as Archie the Archer.  Our Student Council (led by Advisor Jassmine Reyes) had the vision and established the details for the mascot uniform project.  A thank you to our Antwerp Athletic Boosters for their financial contribution to the project and community members who purchased “cake raffle tickets” with proceeds going toward the purchase of the mascot uniform.

On the subject of uniforms, our new band uniforms have arrived.  A thank you to our Antwerp Music boosters for the many hours spent with fundraising and of course, a thank you to our community for your financial support of the band uniform project.  Our band members will display the new uniforms during their upcoming performance in April at Disneyland.

Our new Concession Stand Plaza project will break ground in early April with a completion date of August 1st.  The plaza area will feature a new concession stand and will likewise serve as single ticket entrance point for our football and track athletic events.  The exterior of the restroom facility will receive a facelift as well.  The entire plaza area will also be equipped with security cameras and other security features.

Per adopted board policy 5517.01 (Bullying and Other Forms of Aggressive Behavior), schools are required to semi-annually provide a written summary of all reported incidents of bullying/harassment/intimidation.  Furthermore, a summary report is to be posted on the district web page.  The attached report serves to meet these requirements.


Ohio law requires school policies to use the definition of bullying found in R.C. 3313.666, which defines "harassment, intimidation, or bullying" as:  Any intentional written, verbal, or physical act that a student has exhibited toward another particular student more than once and the behavior both: (a) causes mental or physical harm to the other student; (b) is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that is creates an intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational environment for the other student.
In accordance with these laws of the State of Ohio, it is reported that the administrators of Antwerp Local Schools dealt with the following number of incidences of bullying:


2019-2020
Gr. PK-5:  For the 1st semester of the 2019-2020 school year, there were 0 cases of bullying. 
Gr. 6-12: For the 1st semester of the 2019-2020 school year, there were 0 cases of bullying.


At our February Board of Education meeting, I shared with the Board my intention to retire at the end of this school year.  This year marks my 32nd year of service in the field of Education and in doing so; I am now eligible to retire through the State Teachers Retirement System.  Following the announcement, the Board of Education expressed interest in a potential retire/rehire plan beginning with the 2019-2020 school year.  With several academic and facility initiatives underway and  “plenty of gas” left in the tank, I would consider it an honor to continue serving as your district superintendent.

 

Go Archers!
Dr. Martin A. Miller
 

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