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 “Grease”. Performances will take place March 9 & 10 at 7:00 p.m , and Sunday March 11 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 9th. 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/
Curriculum initiatives involving our “Innovation Center” concept are visible every day throughout the building. Staff are working with our students to create and implement 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 toward providing professional development opportunities for our staff that target ways to integrate STEAM into their daily lessons.
Congratulations to our very own Linda Mabis (Gr. 4 & 5 Science Teacher) with her receiving the Conservation Educator of the Year Award from the League of Ohio Sportsman. Linda received the award this past month for her work toward the establishment of the Native Prairie Plant area on the northeast corner of the school property. Upcoming additions to the area include the purchase of benches, lightening for the pavilion and walkways, and the addition of a small water garden feature. The funding of the additions are possible through a $5000 grant from the Ohio EPA.
Two other staff members recently received grants/donations to further their work with our student body. Media Specialist Kayla Bagley received a $1750 grant from the Paulding Putnam Operation Round-Up program to purchase equipment for our broadcasting program. Physical Education/Intervention Specialist Josh Hoeppner received a $1000 donation of disc golf merchandise from the Ft. Wayne Disc Golf Club. The merchandise will be utilized in our physical education courses.
With the break in the weather, our softball and baseball complex improvement project is underway with the construction of dugouts and backstop. The installation of fencing for the softball and new baseball field are underway as well. We are hopeful the project will be completed in time for our first home games. Once again, we would like to thank our Athletic Booster organization for their financial support of the project.
Despite the cold temperatures during the months of December and January, the winter sunshine was bright enough to allow our Solar Array to provide electricity for the operation of our building and actually over produce electricity at the rate of 21,000 KWH during the month of December and 41,000 KWH for the month of January. The excess electricity production is returned to the grid and results in our school receiving Net Metering Credits from our public utility provider. The Net Metering Credits are utilized during days when the solar array cannot meet the electricity needs of our building. The conversion of all lights in the building to LED lights and upgrades to our HVAC system has also played an integral part in lowering our demand for electricity. The next major phase of our solar array initiative will focus on providing solar energy curriculum for our staff and students to explore along with opportunities for the monitoring and dissemination of data from the solar array.