As we enter the month of May and the last few weeks of school for the 2022-2023 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 Wednesday, May 24th.
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 25th. School Secretaries Appreciation Day was Wednesday, April 26th. National Teacher Day is scheduled for May 3rd while May 7-13 is National Teacher Appreciation Week. May 10th 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 2023, our 139th graduating class from Antwerp High School, will celebrate Commencement on May 21st 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 Tuesday, August 15th and the first day of school scheduled for Thursday, August 17th. Repairs and sealing of our asphalt parking lots will take place during the month of July. Interior projects include replacement of carpet in the C-Wing hallway and three kindergarten classrooms affiliated with A-Wing. In addition, we will replace the roofs over the two gymnasiums and the two gymnasium floors will receive their annual re-waxing during the month of July. One other project includes the addition of a new sidewalk and lighting project from the softball/baseball complex parking lot to Water Plant Drive along Archer Drive.
Plans for the proposed Range Wellness and Recreation Center project are nearing completion and will be considered at the May Board of Education meeting whether or not to approve with sending the project out to bid. If approved, bids will be sought and then reviewed at the June meeting with possible construction beginning in August with completion scheduled for March 2024.
On the academic front, we are excited to share with you that our school has been awarded a $20,000 grant from the Ohio EPA to support a sustainable project-based learning effort entitled “Nature’s Water Treatment Process.” Our project has two dynamic focuses we believe will lead to life-long learning for our students. One of our project's focus is to educate our students on the importance of healthy rivers, streams, and large bodies of water as it relates to the health and wellbeing of humans, animals, plants, and aquatic life. Another area of focus is for our students to have hands-on experience designing, implementing, and evaluating natural water treatment processes with emphasis on aquaponic systems and sharing their ideas in a public forum. Additional information about this project will be shared in the coming months.
Prior to the start of the 2023-2024 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 2023-2024 school year will begin Thursday, August 17th. In the meantime, enjoy the long summer days with your family and friends.