Put-in-Bay School Superintendent Sets Stage for New Academic Year

Put in Bay SchoolPut-in-Bay School News – by Steve Poe, Superintendent

Coach Randi Wertenbach begins her eleventh year as our cross-country coach and will begin workouts with her runners on Tuesday, August 1. Volleyball coach, Craig Schuffenecker, begins his practices on the same date.

The first day of school for students is Monday, August 28.  Letters will be sent informing parents of school supplies needed to begin the school year.  Students new to our school district should register at least one week prior to the first day of school.

When school does begin, on August 28, we would like parents to adhere to the following guidelines when dropping off and/or picking up their children:

  1. No parking/waiting on the sidewalk (ball field side of Concord).
  2. No parking behind the cars in the parking lot.
  3. No parking across the street on Catawba (heading to State Park).

All drop-offs and pick-ups will take place along Catawba Ave. heading into town.  For students walking or riding their bikes to school, the corner of Concord and Catawba will be monitored by crossing guards, school faculty, and/or local police to ensure a safe crossing.

The School’s Attendance/Vacation Policy has not changed from a year ago.  Absences due to illness, appointments, or reasons pre-approved by the Superintendent will be ‘excused.’  All other absences will be ‘unexcused,’ resulting in failing grades on schoolwork missed.  Parents are advised to make appointments and plan vacations on the following dates that school will not be in session:

  • September 2 – 4  (Labor Day)
  • October 14 – 16  (Appointment Day)
  • November 22 – 26  (Thanksgiving)
  • December 21 – January 2  (Christmas Break)
  • February 24 – March 4  (Winter Break)
  • March 30 – April 3  (Spring Break)
  • May 26 – 28 (Memorial Day)

We would like to introduce our new teachers to Put-in-Bay School.  Ms. Riley Conway will teach grades 4 – 6 English/Language Arts and Reading.  Riley recently completed her student teaching at Edgewater Elementary in Toledo and attended Norwalk St. Paul High School.  Mrs. Johnna Danes will teach grades 4 – 6 math and science.  She and her husband, Adam, and their son Caleb are excited to be leaving the traffic jams of Columbus and moving to a slower pace on South Bass Island.  Johnna recently completed her student teaching in the Olentangy School District.  Last, but not least, we would like to welcome Mrs. Liz Knauer to our school family.  Liz will be part-time, teaching 4 – 6 social studies and grade 7 reading and English.  Liz has been a long-time substitute teacher for Put-in-Bay School.  She and her husband, Doug, along with their daughter Alexandra, have lived on the island for many years.  Alexandra will be a sophomore this year.   Welcome to all three teachers!

On Wednesday, August 23, between 10:00am and noon, parents and students are welcome to come to the school to meet our new teachers.  Also, as in years past, we will have our annual school open house on Wednesday, September 6, from 3:15 – 4:30.  A reminder will be sent home a week prior to open house.