Put-in-Bay School News Includes Successful Lock-Down Drill

On October 16th, with assistance from our local police department, our school conducted a lock-down/evacuation drill following the ALICE program.  After announcing over the school public address system that we had “danger in the library,” in less than 20 seconds everyone who could evacuate was out of the building and running to safe locations.  Utilizing our new School Reach Automated Information System, communication and information to the teachers was immediate.  Police officers were in the school within minutes conducting a room-to-room search.  Due to the proximity to the library, one classroom of children went into lockdown instead of evacuating and prepared accordingly.  All in all, the children performed superbly and the drill was a success.

Once we receive completed information forms from all parents, we will be able to fully implement the School Reach Automated Information System.  We will use this system to remind parents of important dates/events at the school, notify parents of school delays/closings, etc.

In order to be included on our list, please return the information-form that the school sent home.  If your form has been misplaced, please stop in the school office or send a note to school with your child requesting a new form.  We plan to “test call” everyone on Thursday, November 7th.  We are asking parents to call the school back by Friday, November 8 at noon, indicating whether or not our voice message was received.

Our Quiz Bowl team won two of three matches on October 15th, defeating Old Fort and Fremont St. Joe, while losing to Clyde.  Currently, our team is in second place in the Central Division of the Quiz Bowl League with a 5 – 1 record.  However, we are in first place in total points amongst the eighteen schools in the league.  Congratulations to all our teachers, advisor Linda Rence, and team members:  Zoly Urge, Anna Rence, Elliot Kowalski, Meredith Engel, Sophia Schroeder, and Carter Pugh.  Good luck in your match on November 12th.

The advanced physical education class recently visited the Ohio School for the Blind to learn about visual impairments and their implications for activities and sports.  Put-in-Bay students Madeline Pugh, Jessica Krueger, Arthur Wolf, Cody Porche, Ian Pippert-Ladd, and Casey Pippert-Ladd got to experience blindness first-hand.  After watching a “goalball” match between the Ohio School for the Blind and Indiana School for the Blind, our students put on the blindfolds and learned to play “goalball,” an intense Olympic sport with a ball that has bells inside.  Later, they depended on all their senses as they navigated through the hallways with blindfolds on.   After the trip, senior Arthur Wolf commented, “I have a new appreciation for my eyesight.”

Running for all it's worth!
Running for all it’s worth!

The cross-country season came to a close for most of our runners on a cold, rainy Saturday afternoon in Galion, Ohio.  At the OHSAA district meet on October 19th our team overcame a muddy course to post some of their best running times of the season.  High school girls Meredith Engel and Sophia Schroeder turned in great times, with Sophia finishing in 51st out of eighty-eight participants. In the boys race, senior Casey Pippert-Ladd ran in his final high school cross-country meet for Coach Randi Wertenbach, while fellow senior, Cody Porche, watched from the sideline with an injury.   Both showed great leadership and determination this fall and will be missed next year.  Underclassmen Ian Pippert-Ladd, Tyler King, and Carter Pugh showed improvement with each meet and we look forward to them teaming up next year with junior, Elliot Kowalski, who again this year represented Put-in-Bay School at the OHSAA regional cross-country meet after winning medalist honors (first place) at the Galion district meet.   Elliot has proven to be one of the premier long-distance runners in the area.  Along with being the district medalist, Elliot was second out of 650 runners at the Miller Boat Line 5K and second at the annual Ottawa County cross-country meet.

On November 8th from 5:00 to 7:00 the Annual Harvest Dinner will take place at Tipper’s Lounge.  We encourage everyone to enjoy a turkey dinner with us and support the Gustav Heineman Scholarship.  Dinner prices are the following:  Adults, $10; Senior Citizens, $7; Children 12 and Under, $5.  A special  thanks in advance to Woody Widmar for all his time and effort in making dinner for all of us!

 On Monday, November 11th at 11:15am, all veterans will be recognized in our school gymnasium.  We are asking all veterans to participate with their attendance as we offer speeches and patriotic songs.  The public is encouraged to attend to offer support and gratitude.

 Parent-Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Wednesday, November 6th and 13th from 3:30 to 6:30.  Please call the school to make an appointment to meet with your child’s teacher(s).