Put-in-Bay School Logs Active Start to New School Year

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

Time has been flying by.  It is hard to believe we have already completed a quarter of the school year.   We are so proud of our students.  They have made the best of another year of temperature tablets, face masks, sanitation stations, and social distancing . . . . .  all, with no complaints!  Their attitudes have been outstanding!

NOTE:   The “Great Lakes Islands Basketball Tournament” is right around the corner!  On Friday, December 3 and Saturday, December 4 Put-in-Bay will be hosting a boys and girls varsity basketball tournament with schools from Mackinac Island, Michigan; Beaver Island, Michigan, and Washington Island, Wisconsin.    A complete schedule and details about the tournament will be forthcoming.

The end of the first nine weeks was October 29.  Report cards will go home on Friday, November 5.  Parents should contact their child’s teachers if they have any questions.  If a conference is necessary, we can arrange for a parent/teacher conference on a date/time convenient to all parties.   Please contact the school office if you need to meet with more than one teacher, and we can arrange for a small group parent/teacher meeting.

This time of year our sophomores and juniors have the opportunity to apply for the O’Brian Youth Leadership program and the Buckeye Girls State / Buckeye Boys State program. Each of these programs provide students a chance to learn leadership skills in a fun, hands-on environment.   Good luck to all students applying for these programs that will take place next summer.

The Northwest Ohio District cross-country meet took place October 23.  Representing Put-in-Bay at this event were freshman, Jacob Seaman and senior, Kate  Byrnes.   Junior, Macy Ladd was unable to participate due to a scheduling conflict with the ACT Test.   Even though this meet was only for high schoolers, our junior high runners continued to run and train, offering support and encouragement.  Put-in-Bay school is very proud of these hard-working student athletes and wish them the best of luck.

Congratulations to the Quiz Bowl team who defeated Hopewell-Louden and Old Fort on October 12.  The third match against Clyde ended in a tie. Our two top players were Emil Michael scoring 110 points and Alice Lentz scoring 80 points. Way to go Panthers!!

On October 5, thirty students and staff showed up to bring awareness to hunger.  “Empty Bowls” is a grassroots effort to raise awareness to hunger.  Everyone in attendance was given a bowl to paint.  A huge thank you to The Butterfly House for donating the bowls, Dan Dee’s Snack Shack for donating snacks, and to Frostys for donating pizza!

Put-in-Bay School lost a dear friend last month.  Woody Widmar supported a number of school related activities, including the annual Harvest Dinner.  It was Woody who spent three days preparing for this event each November.  He made the turkey, stuffing, gravy, and trimmings.  Money from the Harvest Dinner supported the Gustav Heineman Scholarship Fund.  Thanks for everything Woody.  The students and staff at Put-in-Bay School will miss you!

In place of the annual Harvest Dinner this year, the students of Put-in-Bay School will conduct a fund-raiser that will benefit both the Heineman Scholarship and the Jeffrey Verhoff Scholarship.   Students will be raffling tickets for FREE GAS from Erie Islands Petroleum.  See any high school student for tickets or stop by the school to purchase.   We will draw five one-hundred dollar winners on Thursday, December 16.

On October 16 Scottie Jackson and his staff at The Goat Soup and Whiskey organized a fund raiser that will support a new “Woody – Harvest-Fest Scholarship.”  Good food and a good time were had by all.  Thanks to everyone who came out for this event.

The Boardwalk held its annual end of the season dinner, with part of the proceeds supporting the Patrick Myers Scholarship.  Thanks to all who enjoyed an evening out, while supporting this scholarship and thanks to the Booker family!

The Put-in-Bay Panthers completed another successful volleyball season. The girls finished with seven wins & eight losses.  The team was lead by senior Kate Byrnes.  The other team members included Macy Ladd, Lilian Frederick, El Kostura, Elora Hubner, & Ava Heineman.  The team battled everyday and really improved to become a well rounded team.  Coach Schuffenecker said of his team, “We had to replace three strong leaders from last year’s team, it took awhile for everyone to get together, but when it did, the girls could play with the best.”  With continued improvement in the off-season the ladies have the potential to have another successful season!

Morning madness is the traditional start to the panther basketball season and will continued this year on October 28th.  The teams will look to get into shape and build team chemistry as they look to have a successful season.  Put-in-Bay will host the third Great Lakes Island Tournament this year December 4th & 5th.  The boys look to win their first title and the girls look to three peat.  Look online for the schedule, stop by the gym to cheer on the Panthers . . . and “get your growl on!”

Put-in-Bay School would like to thank all island veterans for the sacrifices you have made to secure our freedoms.  Your service to our country is greatly appreciated.