As we enter the month of May and the last few weeks of school for the 2020-2021 school year, students and staff are very busy with end of the year activities. Awards 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 will likewise be in a celebration mood with their last day of school arriving Wednesday, May 19th.
The end of April and the first two weeks of May are also times to celebrate and recognize the efforts of our faculty. School Secretaries Appreciation Day was Wednesday, April 21st. Ohio School Bus Driver Appreciation Day is designated for May 3rd. May 3-7 is National Teacher Appreciation Week with May 4th as National Teacher Day. May 6th 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 2021, our 137th graduating class from Antwerp High School, will celebrate Commencement on May 16th at 2:00 p.m. with doors opening at 12:30. The ceremony will take place in the Main Gymnasium. Due to the ongoing pandemic, seating is limited with each graduate assigned a specific number of tickets. Radio station My102.7FM is planning to broadcast the event on their website. 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.
We are excited to share with you that the Center for Energy Education and the Geenex Solar Company are hosting a “Renewable Energy Summer Camp” at our school June 14 – 17 for middle school age students. Additional information will be sent home with our middle school students. The Geenex Solar Company is in the beginning phase of planning for construction of a large solar array in our school district.
Our efforts to upgrade our school bus fleet took a leap forward recently with the school receiving a grant from the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) for $20,000. The grant funds will be utilized to purchase a new bus and replace a bus that has been on the road for the past twenty years.
During the summer months, a few projects will be completed in time for the first day of school scheduled for Wednesday, August 18th. Repairs and sealing of our asphalt parking lots will take place during the month of July. Interior projects include replacement of several carpet and tile areas throughout the building. In addition, our two gymnasium floors will receive their annual re-waxing during the month of July.
Plans are moving forward regarding the construction of an Archer Advantage Innovation and Aquaponics Center to be located in the patio area at the school. The Center will serve as the hub for our STEM and STEAM initiatives and enhance our teaching to advance student academic achievement, student engagement, and inquiry-based learning. Our current plan is to send the project out for Bid in late June with construction beginning in early September and concluding in May of 2022 and in use with the start of the 2022-2023 school year.
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. Mark your calendars for our Open House event currently scheduled for the evening of Tuesday, August 17th. As noted earlier the 2021--2022 school year will begin Wednesday, August 18th. In the meantime, enjoy the long summer days with your family and friends.