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Superintendent's Message

August Superintendent's Message

Our staff looks forward to welcoming back all students and their families for the start of another school year with Open House Tuesday, August 23rd from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.  Our first day of classes for Gr. 1 – 12 will be Wednesday, August 24th.  Kindergarten students will have their first day of classes Monday, August 29th and Pre-School will start Wednesday, August 31st.

In order to effectively carry out a successful school year with respect to health and wellness, we need parents to assist us with educating your child on the importance of maintaining safety routines and exhibiting healthy behaviors.  School personnel will likewise continually emphasize and reinforce student responsibility for safe and heathy behaviors that protect them and those around them.  School personnel will also clean, disinfect, and sanitize our school facility, playgrounds, and busses on a routine basis.  

On the academic front, our staff will continue to receive professional development opportunities during this school year in order to increase their abilities and improve their skill set to provide instruction and engage student acquisition with respect to the state academic content standards.  The district will also continue to provide training for staff with respect to an inclusionary/co-teaching model of instruction.  We are also pleased to share with you that for the first time in several years, we will have a certified foreign language teacher instructing our student via a Live Stream service provided by Elevate K-12.

Throughout the summer months, we have finalized construction of the state-of-the-art Innovation and Aquaponics Center.  We are excited to inform you that we will have our grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday, August 23rd at 4:30 p.m. prior to our annual open house event.  Additional improvements to the school building and property have included the installation of new carpet in the B-Wing hallway and three classrooms.  We have also completed repairs to our parking lots and drives along with sealing and painting of markings on the surface.  A new sidewalk has also been put in place that will allow individuals to walk from the west side of the school building to the parking lot located at the softball/baseball field complex.

In regards to the softball/baseball field complex, plans are in the works to build a community wellness center at the south end of the stone parking lot next to the softball and baseball fields.  When completed, the facility (refered to as “The Range”) will feature a large recreational space, multi-purpose classroom, restrooms, concession/kitchen and patio area, and elevated press box.  The project will be partially funded with federal funds received through ARP/ESSER relief funds.  

Parents are reminded that we will once again utilize the number tag system for elementary student pick-up in the large circle drive at dismissal time.  If you are unfamiliar with this system and need a number tag or forgot your family number, please call the District Office at extension 2300 or Elementary Office at extension 2200 or stop by the District Office entrance during Open House and staff will be available to assist you.  

Community members are encouraged to frequently visit our school website and view happenings taking place at our school or better yet, download our new school app by going to the App or Play Store, search “Antwerp schools” and install the free Antwerp Local Schools App.  The app has numerous features that will keep you updated on news, events, school delay and closings and more.  Also choose what notifications and alerts you want to receive through MY ALERTS tile.  Additionally, parents are reminded that the ONEVIEW parent portal is located in the PARENT tab and QUICK LINKS tab in the upper right-hand corner of the website.  Parents may utilize the ONEVIEW parent portal to update student information such as change in address and/or contact numbers.  The ONEVIEW Portal also serves as a location for parents to complete student forms (Emergency Medical Form, Transportation Form).  The ONEVIEW parent portal is also the location parents may visit to complete the registration process for new students to our district. 

We have several new employees who will work with our students during the coming school year.  Mrs. Lyndsey Miller will serve as an Intervention Specialist and work with our Special Needs students at the elementary school level.  Mrs. Ashley Fidler will serve as an Intervention Specialist and work with our Special Needs students at the middle school level.   Mrs. Fidler is replacing Mrs. Runk who accepted a similar position with the Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center.   Mrs. Katrina Tonneas has been hired by the Western Buckeye Educational Service Center to assist with intervention services for our students in PK – Grade 5.  Mr. Dustin Greenwood will serve as a full-time bus driver.  Mr. Greenwood is replacing Paul Adams who retired at the end of the prior school year.  Mr. Dave Parrish will serve as a full-time bus driver.  Mr. Parrish will complete several routes assisting students with transportation to and from our school building and other educational centers.  We are also in the process of selecting an aide who will be hired by the Western Buckeye Educational Service Center to serve our elementary students.  The aide will replace Mrs. Balser who accepted a position in another district.   Lastly, we are excited to announce the hiring of Mr. Joe Grimes for a vacancy we have in our cafeteria staff. 

We have a couple of employees who will serve in a different capacity this year in comparison to the previous school year.   Mr. Kyle Zartman has moved from his Spanish Teacher position and has assumed the Director position for the Innovation and Aquaponics Center.  Mrs. Mary Lillemon has moved from a 2nd Grade teaching position into a 1st Grade teaching position.  Mrs. Lillemon is replacing Mrs. George who resigned from her position earlier this summer.   

As the new school year begins, please remember that the most meaningful factor in assisting students to have a successful school experience is our ongoing partnerships with parents and guardians.  In order to help your children attain their goals, we need your involvement, whether through attending conferences, extra-curricular events, volunteering in your child’s school, or, perhaps most importantly, reinforcing the importance of education and on-time school attendance.

Through the range of experiences and emotions throughout a year, from celebrations to heartbreak, we should always remember that we are all stronger – and our students’ experience better – when we work together as a team, extended family and community.

Remember to stay informed about your child’s school through our website: www.antwerpschools.org and school app. 

Enjoy the last few weeks of summer vacation and best wishes for a successful school year.

Sincerely,
Martin A. Miller    
Superintendent
Antwerp Local Schools
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