With November drawing to a close, we are looking forward with anticipation to the busy month of December. December is a wonderful time to visit the school and enjoy a concert, extracurricular activity or athletic event. The choirs and band have been busy preparing for holiday concerts and athletic teams are preparing for their competition seasons. Your support at these events is appreciated by the students, directors, coaches, and advisors. Clip and save the list of events in this newsletter for future reference.
The “Archer Solar Array” was officially connected to our building’s electrical system Thursday, November 16th. Data measurements indicating the amount of electricity generated from the solar array will be available on our school website and displayed on our hallway monitors beginning in early January. Curriculum materials will also be available for our teachers to utilize in conjunction with the data measurements. The owner of the Solar Array has also donated a Hydroponics unit to our school. The unit will provide an opportunity to grow several types of vegetables. The unit is located in our cafeteria area.
Our new phone system has been installed and is now operational. Upon calling the school number, you will be asked to select a number depending on the office you wish to contact. You will select the number “1” if you want to contact the Middle School/High School Office, the number “2” for the Elementary School Office, or the number “3” for the District office. A reminder that calls to the school for a change with student transportation must be completed by 1:30 p.m. This will allow adequate time for school personnel to make the necessary contacts to complete the change.
Work continues with our new baseball and softball complex. Dugouts are currently under construction. Fencing and the installation of electricity to the scoreboards and dugouts will be completed soon. A big thanks to our athletic booster organization for their financial support of this project.
Winter weather and safety of the students is always a concern during the next several months. Although decisions on whether to delay or cancel school are always made with the safety of students in mind, changes in the weather and road conditions can happen quickly. Please make sure your contact information in Instant Alert is up to date so you receive notice of delays, cancellations, or early dismissals.
Thursday, December 21st will be the final day of classes before the holiday break. There will be no school December 22nd – January 3rd. Classes resume Thursday, January 4th. I hope everyone has an opportunity to spend time with family and friends during this holiday season.
I am very thankful for the support from the community, students, staff, administration, and school board. I am surrounded by people who have a vested interest in making Antwerp Local Schools a great place for each child to reach his/her potential.
Yours in education,
Dr. Martin Miller