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Superintendent's Message

May Superintendent's Message

As we enter the month of May and the last few weeks of school for the 2021-2022 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 in grades K - 11 will likewise be in a celebration mood with their last day of school arriving Wednesday, May 18th.
 
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 27th.  Ohio School Bus Driver Appreciation Day is designated for May 3nd.  May 2-6 is National Teacher Appreciation Week with May 3rd as National Teacher Day.  May 11th 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 2022, our 138th graduating class from Antwerp High School, will celebrate Commencement on May 22nd 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 the first day of school scheduled for Wednesday, August 24th.  Repairs and sealing of our asphalt parking lots will take place during the month of July.  Interior projects include replacement of carpet in the B-Wing hallway and three classrooms affiliated with B-Wing.  In addition, our two gymnasium floors will receive their annual re-waxing during the month of July.  One other project includes the addition of a new sidewalk from the west end of our building out to the Softball/Baseball complex parking lot.
 
Prior to the start of the 2022-2023 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.
 
Mark your calendars for the Grand Opening and Open House for the Archer Advantage Innovation and Aquaponics Center (IAC) that will take place Tuesday, August 23rd at 5:00 p.m. 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.  The (IAC) Open House will coincide with our regular beginning of the school year Open House scheduled for Tuesday, August 23rd from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.  
 
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 2022--2023 school year will begin Wednesday, August 24th.  In the meantime, enjoy the long summer days with your family and friends.
 
Dr. Miller
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