Put-in-Bay School Approaches End of First Quarter

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

Seventy-seven children in grades pre-kindergarten thru grade twelve started the 2017-18 school year.  We wish to welcome the following four new students to Put-in-Bay School:  Gianna Shelton (Grade 2); Elias Wright (Grade 4); Zoe Zura (Grade 10);  and Lauren Peter (Grade 11).

On September 6 many of our parents came to our annual Open House to listen to our teachers speak about their goals for the school year.  We look forward to working together to help our students achieve academic success.  The end of the first grading period is October 27 and parent-teacher conferences are scheduled for Wednesday, November 1 from 3:30 – 6:30 and Wednesday, November 8 from 1:00 – 4:00.  We will have a 12:00 Noon early release from school on November 8.

Our high school Quiz Bowl team had their first tournament on September 19.   We played 3 matches, winning against Tiffin Calvert and losing against Old Fort and Columbian. The new National Academic Quiz Tournament (NAQT) format is much more competitive with players taking opportunities to gain points late in the game with bonus questions.  The next tournament is scheduled for October 10.  Our team members include:

12th     Tatyana Kowalski, Erin Urge

11th      Maximilian Schneider, Lauren Peter

10th      Joe Byrnes, Alexandra Knauer, Hannah Lentz

9th       Blake Booker, Nora Ladd, Elena Schroeder, Lucy Schneider

The Put-in-Bay School Cross-country team has been training since early August with Coach Randi Wertenbach.  Since that time they have competed in numerous meets, including the Miller Boat Line 5K on September 16. Our Jr. High team includes:  Doug Steidl, Macy Ladd, McKenna Stacy, Kate Byrnes, and Max Hristovski.   The High School Team is made up of:  Blake Booker, Talli Steidl, Joe Byrnes, Jack Booker, Nora Ladd, Alexandra Knauer, Erin Urge, and Lauren Peter.  Congratulations to Lauren and Blake for being the fastest island residents.   In addition, Lauren finished 9th out of  375 runners at the Tiffin Carnival and Blake was 22nd out of 216 runners!

Lady Panthers volleyball is underway for another season and the girls are working hard.  Coach Schuffenecker’s team has made much improvement over the season.  The team is lead by seniors Erin Urge, Tatey Kowalski, and Gwena Market.    Also on the team are Lauren Peter, Alexandra Knauer, Hannah Lentz, Nora Ladd, Lucy Schneider, and Elena Schroeder.    Good luck to all our Panther teams!

On September 25 and 26, Superintendent, Steve Poe attended the inaugural “Island Summit” on Beaver Island, Michigan.  A number of other Put-in-Bay residents made the trip as well.  Some objectives of the summit were to discuss efforts each island in the Great Lakes is making to meet the challenges that are unique to island living.  From economic to social concerns to expanding opportunities for families with children and meeting the needs of our senior citizens, there were plenty of issues to discuss.

Our school utilizes “School Messenger” to inform parents of important announcements, such as school closings or delays.  We will now make this available to everyone in our community.  If you would like to be notified by text or voice message of school closings or delays, announcements of events, etc., please contact the school at 419-285-3614 to sign up.

Please mark your calendar.  This year’s annual Harvest Dinner will be on Friday, November 3 from 5:00 – 7:00pm at Tipper’s Lounge.  This dinner is open to the public and all proceeds benefit the Gustav Heineman Scholarship Fund.  Come enjoy a delicious turkey dinner with all the trimmings!