January, 2016 School News – by Steve Poe, Superintendent
I recently heard a quote that is so appropriate for this time of year. “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” On behalf of our students, staff, and Board of Education, we are grateful for this community, the local businesses, and the parents who have partnered with us to make our school special. This was very evident to our guests from Mackinac Island last month. They were overwhelmed with our generosity as we rolled out the red carpet with tours and activities. We could not have done this without the efforts of supportive businesses, families, and individuals.
As part of the Panther Pride Community Service Program, 8th graders Carin Kirsch, Hannah Lentz, Frankie Porche, and Morgan Stacy recently visited the residents of the Providence Care Facility in Sandusky. They put smiles on everyone they met as they delivered tree ornaments and sang Christmas carols.
This year’s enrichment classes have been using the newest computer programming project. “Sphero” is a robotic ball that teaches math, physics, and computer concepts to students with hands-on activities. Our students showcased “Sphero” at the Ohio School Boards Student Achievement Fair in Columbus. We received many compliments from interested visitors who observed our students demonstrating what they have learned with “Sphero.”
Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held on Wednesday, January 27 from 3:30 – 6:30 pm and on Wednesday, February 3 from 1:30 to 4:30 pm. There will be an early dismissal at 12:30 pm on February 3 to accommodate the conferences. Parents are encouraged to call the school to make an appointment to meet with their child’s teachers.
Parents and community members are invited to come to the school for a fun-filled day of science on February 12. Students will be presenting their science fair projects in the school gymnasium from 8:30 to noon. Students in grades 6 – 12 will compete in various challenges that will require problem-solving and will test their general knowledge in math and science. Students in grades K – 5 will participate in fun science activities throughout the day. Parents and community members are welcome to participate in the pinewood derby competition that will begin at 1:30 pm. that day. Sign up sheets will be posted at the Island General Store and Post Office. Please sign up by Wednesday, February 10 if you would like to participate.
The annual Verhoff Dinner will be held at the Reel Bar this year on Friday, February 5 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. The Reel Bar staff will prepare a delicious meal of lasagna, side salad, garlic toast, and non-alcoholic beverage. Cost: Age 13 + Over – $13; Senior Citizens (60 + Over) – $11; Children 12 + Under – $8 (no salad). A percentage of all dinner proceeds will be donated to the Jeffery Verhoff Scholarship.
This winter we will be utilizing the “School Messenger” parent notification system to announce school delays and cancellations. Please keep your phone nearby on mornings when inclement weather may delay or cancel school. If you have recently changed your phone number, please notify the school. If you are not a parent, but would like to be included on our call list, please notify the school, as well.