Academic Year Marked by Success and Adventure

Put in Bay School
Congratulations to our Seniors!

School News – by Steve Poe, Superintendent

It is hard to believe we are preparing for the end of another school year.  Our high school students enjoyed their prom on April 28.  The Spring Concert and Art Show is scheduled for Wednesday, May 16 at 7:00pm, and the annual Awards Day is set for Thursday, May 17.  These events are sure signs that we are closing in on another school year.  Completing the school year will be Graduation on Friday, June 1, at 6:30pm at the Perry Monument.

Addressing this year’s graduating class will be Eugene Winchester IV, known by his friends as Ty Winchester.  Ty is a 1995 graduate of Put-in-Bay School. Upon high school graduation, he attended the University of Cincinnati and has spent much of his adult life travelling around the world.  He has been involved with our local chamber of commerce and has been very active in island events and activities.  He is currently the manager of Pasquale’s restaurant here on Put-in-Bay.  We are excited to have ‘one of our own’ speak at our graduation!

 Congratulations to Tatyana Kowalski for being this year’s senior class Valedictorian.  She is the daughter of Dan and Valerie Kowalski.  Tatyana was recognized for her academic accomplishments at last month’s Ottawa County Top Ten Banquet.  Her honored educator was Melissa Kowalski, Tatey’s science teacher.  Erin Urge is the Salutatorian this year.  Erin is the daughter of Melinda Myers and Dane Urge.  Each of these students will speak at graduation.  Congratulations!

Macy Ladd will be competing against the top science minds in Ohio on May 12 at the State Science Fair.  Good luck Macy!

Elena Schroeder was selected to attend the Pharmacy Summer Camp at the University of Toledo.  This highly selective 4 day long program will allow her the opportunity to learn the entire pharmacological process from the creation of medications all the way to its dosing and administration.  Congratulations Elena!

Put in Bay School Senior TripOn April 18 our seniors returned from their senior class trip to Hawaii.  Those who made the trip all attest that this was an unbelievable experience.  Some of the highlights included:  watching the sunrise from the top 10,000 + foot Haleakala Mountain and biking 26 miles downhill;  hiking the Maunawilli Falls Trail; enjoying a Hawaiian Luau on the beach;  touring Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial; and driving the “Road to Hana” on Maui.  All this was made possible from six years of fund raising.

Image by Gettysburg Foundation

The seniors thank everyone who supported their efforts over the years!


On May 22 our eighth graders travel to Gettysburg and Washington D.C. for four days to see historical sights and learn more about our nation’s history.  History teacher Craig Schuffenecker accompanies our students each year on this fantastic opportunity.  We would like to thank Margaretta Local School District for allowing us to partner with them on this trip.

For students involved in extra-curricular activities, Dr. Brett Kuns will once again be offering free medical examinations.  The date for the physical exams is Thursday, May 10.  A schedule and forms will be sent home prior to this date for parents to complete.  PLEASE SEND IN COMPLETED EXAM FORMS PRIOR TO MAY 10.

Pre-kindergarten/Kindergarten Screening is scheduled for the morning of Friday, May 4.  Letters have been sent home to explain the details.

The second week of May is Staff Appreciation Week.  Our teachers and support staff do a fantastic job and we want to thank them for their hard work and dedication.  We are blessed to have such a talented group of professionals in our school system.  The next time you see one of them, say, “thank you.”

On Friday, May 25, school will be dismissed at noon for Memorial Day weekend.