Superintendent's Message

May 2024 Superintendent's Message

As we enter the month of May and the last few weeks of school for the 2023-2024 school year, students and staff are very busy with end of the year activities.  Award programs, concerts, sporting events, and student programs highlight the month of May.  Please check the district calendar and support our students with your attendance at these celebrations.  Students in grades K - 11 will likewise be in a celebration mood with their last day of school arriving Tuesday, May 21st.
The end of April and the first two weeks of May are also times to celebrate and recognize the efforts of our faculty.  Ohio School Bus Driver Appreciation Day was Tuesday, April 23rd. School Secretaries Appreciation Day was Wednesday, April 24th. National Teacher Day is scheduled for May 7th while May 6-10 is National Teacher Appreciation Week. May 8th has been designated National School Nurse Day. Please consider during this time frame to thank a bus driver, teacher, aide, school nurse, or other school employee who made a difference in your child’s life. We are proud of all our employees and believe they make a huge difference in the lives of children every day.
The Class of 2024, our 140th graduating class from Antwerp High School, will celebrate Commencement on May 19th at 2:00 p.m. with doors opening at 12:30. The ceremony will take place in the Main Gymnasium.  We congratulate our senior class on their many accomplishments in reaching this milestone and wish them the best as they continue on a journey of lifelong learning.
During the summer months, a few projects will be completed in time for our annual Open House slated for Wednesday, August 14th and the first day of school scheduled for Thursday, August 15th. Repairs and sealing of our asphalt parking lots will take place during the month of July.  Interior projects include replacement of carpet in the D-Wing hallway and Central Office. In addition, we will replace the lighting system in the main gymnasium and the gymnasium floors will receive their annual re-waxing during the month of July.  Another major project will be the installation of a new backstop netting system for the baseball field.
The Range Wellness and Recreation Center Grand Opening will take place during our Open House event August 14th. Details regarding the Grand Opening will be shared in the August Newsletter and posted on our website in early August. 
On the academic front, we are excited to share with you that our school has received two donations toward the purchase of robotics and coding equipment for elementary and middle school age students to utilize in our innovation center.  A big thanks to the Paulding Eagles organization and the APT Manufacturing Solutions in Hicksville, Ohio. 
Prior to the start of the 2024-2025 school year, incoming 7th and 12th grade students will need updated immunizations per Ohio law.   Students entering 7th grade will need the Tdap and Meningococcal Vaccines.  Students entering 12th grade will likewise need the Meningococcal Vaccine.  Additional information regarding the vaccine requirements, other recommended vaccines, and immunization clinics provided by the Paulding County Health Department, can be found on our school website and school app.
I want to thank the community for the support given to the Staff throughout this school year.  Antwerp is a wonderful school district with excellent staff, students, and parents. As noted earlier, the 2024--2025 school year will begin Thursday, August 15th. In the meantime, enjoy the long summer days with your family and friends.
Dr. Miller
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