March 2020 Superintendent's Message

The month of March is a very busy time period for our students and staff.  Winter sports are winding down and stu­dents participating in spring sports are gear­ing up for a new season.  A sizeable number of our students have also been busy in preparation for the MS/HS musical entitled “Newsies”.  Performances will take place March 20 & 21 at 7:00 p.m, and Sunday March 22 at 2:00 p.m.  The performances will take place in our Auditeria.  From an academic standpoint, the third nine-week grading period ends Thursday, March 12th.  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/

There will be no school Friday, March 13th.  Our staff will be busy with an In-Service professional development day with the goal for teachers to learn ways to enhance opportunities that target the integration of STEM into their daily lessons.  This year's STEM Professional Development has centered around teaching through the 4Cs (Creativity, Critical Thinking, Communication, & Collaboration) in order to build a STEM culture in classrooms. During our most recent STEM Professional Development Session: “Building a STEM Culture” on January 17th, teachers developed strategies that blends communication, collaboration, and critical thinking seamlessly. Teachers worked to develop and integrate strategies that allowed all students to use critical thinking to document their ideas then collaborate and communicate effectively to others.  Our ultimate 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.

We are excited to share that our school and the Tri-County ADAMHS Board are involved in a partnership to provide a K-12 prevention education initiative for our students.  The overarching goal of the partnership is to utilize a grant from the state of Ohio in the amount of $12,392 to develop programs that enhance efforts to provide a safe, supportive and healthy school environment and ultimately make a huge difference in student academic and person success.  Our action plan includes programs that address bullying, harassment, and vaping, alcohol, and drug use while encouraging positive behaviors and healthy lifestyles.   In addition, our staff will participate in professional development activities that enhance their awareness of the mental health needs of their students and best practices to address student mental health issues.

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. 

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 during the 1st Semester:


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 1 cases of bullying.

Go Archers,

Dr. Martin Miller      

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