School News – by Steve Poe, Superintendent
The Harvest Dinner on November 8 was a huge success. We want to thank the many businesses who donated food and the Niese family for allowing us to use Tipper’s Lounge. We especially want to recognize the efforts of Woody Widmar who worked in the kitchen for three days preparing the delicious turkey meal. Money earned from this event is deposited in the Heineman Scholarship Fund.
We would like to thank Eric Booker and the Booker family for raising money for the Jeffery Verhoff Scholarship Fund. The Boardwalk Restaurant offered dinner specials on Sunday, October 27 and donated a percentage of their proceeds to this scholarship. This year, $3,000 was raised! We appreciate all the people who supported this Boardwalk fundraiser!
Our National Honor Society has been very busy this fall with three worthy causes! NHS collected excess Halloween candy from our students to donate to the children and families staying at the Toledo Ronald McDonald House. Every other Tuesday, NHS hosts Study Buddies after school for students in grades 3 through 12. Students are encouraged to bring homework to complete or books to read with an NHS member. Lastly, NHS is currently sponsoring a family coat drive to support families of Ottawa County. Coats will be given to the Salvation Army of Ottawa County to be distributed to area families. The coat drive will continue through December 4 and community members are encouraged to drop off their gently used coats at the school. Great job, National Honor Society!
Our island was well-represented at the Great Lakes Islands Summit held on Mackinac Island this past October. Superintendent/principal Mr. Steve Poe was in attendance along with eighteen other local island residents and officials. In all, fourteen islands and over one hundred participants attended this conference. It was the belief of many who attended this event that all of the islands have similar challenges. Island residents and officials discussed these challenges and shared possible solutions. It was also interesting to hear the many accomplishments of other islands. The objective of the Summit was clear: have a united voice on island issues when working with news media and lawmakers to advance all aspects of island living. The 2020 Great Lakes Islands Summit is scheduled for October 4 – 7 on Put-in-Bay, Middle Bass, Kelley’s, and Pelee.
The Put-in-Bay High School Sailing Club had a very busy fall season. With practices three times a week, the team prepared for four regattas to compete against other high school sailors throughout Ohio and Michigan. Our seven sailors: Alex Knauer, Nora Ladd, Talii Steidl, Kate Byrnes, Macy Ladd, Hope Cooks and Emil Michael had a strong showing at all four regattas. The team started and ended the season at The Foundry Sailing Center in Cleveland. Most notable was our first home regatta held right here at Put-in-Bay Yacht Club on October 13. Not only did the team host seven other schools from Cleveland, Columbus and Toledo, but our Varsity Blue team (Nora, Macy, Talii and Hope) came out on top, scoring first of nine teams. Thank you to the parents and volunteers for helping make our home regatta a great event. Following our home success, the team traveled to Holland, Michigan to compete against 18 Michigan teams. At the Michigan Sunday Funday Regatta, Put-in-Bay finished 10th overall. Each of the sailors contributed to the team’s efforts at each regatta, with several two-person teams getting multiple top 5 finishes at each event. Congratulations to our sailors. Look for the team in the spring when they start practicing for our short spring season.
Our basketball teams open their season on Tuesday, December 3 before hitting the road for the second annual Great Lakes Island Schools Tournament on December 6 and 7. The schools competing in this tournament include Washington Island, Wisconsin; Beaver Island, Michigan; Put-in-Bay, Ohio; and host, Mackinac Island, Michigan. Coach Schuffenecker returns a number of talented players from last year, including seniors Joe Byrnes, Hannah Lentz, and Cecelia Glauser. Go Panthers! If you are not able to make the trip north, please tune into WPIB radio to follow all the games live.
Next year in December 2020 we plan to host to this tournament. Like the Great Lakes Islands Summit in October, we will be needing parent, business, and community support for food, lodging, and activities for our guests. Please mark your calendars now!
Our annual holiday concert is scheduled for Wednesday, December 11 at 7:00pm. Students in grades K – 8 will perform songs to ring in the holidays and new year.
We are looking for parent volunteers to help with opening and maintaining the ice rink. From snow removal to watering, drying out and coiling hoses to ice repair . . . this is not a one-person job. Please contact Steve Poe at the school if you are willing and able to help with the ice rink. We are also looking for parents to help monitor and supervise the ice rink when it is in use.
The last day of school prior to winter break is a half day on Friday, December 20. We return on Monday, January 6. We advise all parents to keep their telephones close by on mornings when there is “questionable” weather. This year we will again announce delays and closings via our “School Messenger” instant messaging system.
Friday morning at 6am the Put-in-Bay Panthers started the 2019-20 basketball campaign.
The panthers start the season off every year with Morning Madness–a tradition initiated almost 30 years ago. The Panthers are excited to start the year and work hard to get ready for the basketball season. The girls look for continued success coming off an undefeated season, and the boys look to bounce back after an injury-riddled season.
The Panthers’ main goal this year is to win the Great Lakes Island Tournament held on Mackinac Island. The tournament takes place in December; more details to come. Go Panthers–Get Your Grrrowl On!
Put-in-Bay School News – November, 2019, by Steve Poe, Superintendent
Once again this year our school will utilize “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.
The 2019 Panther Volleyball team experienced a very successful season. The girl’s final record was nine wins and five losses. This tied a school record for wins in a season. Setting individual season records were Elena Schroeder with 101 kills and Nora Ladd with 86 aces. The team will miss the skill of senior Hannah Lentz next season. Coach Schuffenecker said of the team, “the girls maxed out their potential for this season. Through hard work, this team achieved success.”
Cross Country has wrapped up for the 2019-2020 season. This year, we had a small but dedicated group of middle school runners who ran hard. Each teammate showed up every day, supported one another, did what was asked of them, and each runner improved throughout the season. We appreciate the community support during the season and during the “home” Miller 5k race; it always helps the runners do better. We are looking forward to another great season next year. Go Panthers CC!
Now that November is upon us, basketball season is here! Coach Craig Schuffenecker will coach both the junior high and high school teams and Ms. Riley Conway will be our cheerleading advisor. We have enough players to field both a boys and girls high school team, while the junior high will remain co-ed. Come support the teams every Saturday morning this winter or listen to the games on WPIB Radio. The Panthers travel to Mackinac Island to play in the Great Lakes Islands Basketball Tournament on December 6 and 7. Our girls are the defending champions of the tournament. Good luck this year, Panthers!
On Friday, November 8 from 5:00 to 7:00pm, the Annual Harvest Dinner will take place at Tipper’s Lounge. We encourage everyone to enjoy a traditional turkey dinner with us and support the Gustav Heineman Scholarship. Dinner prices are the following: Adults, $10; Senior Citizens, $8; Children 12 and under, $6. A special thanks in advance to Woody Widmar for all his time and effort in making dinner for us, and to the Niese family for allowing us to use their restaurant.
On Monday, November 11 at 11:15am, Put-in-Bay students will honor our veterans. A student-led program will take place in the school’s gymnasium. All veterans are encouraged to attend, along with the public. Thank you, veterans, for your service to our country.
Parent / Teacher conferences are scheduled for Wednesday, November 6 from 3:30 – 6:30pm and Wednesday, November 13 from 3:30 – 6:30pm. Parents are encouraged to call the school office at 419-285-3614 to make an appointment.
The 2019 General Election is on Tuesday, 5 November 2019.
This fall’s general election ballot for the Bass Islands includes candidates for mayor, municipal court position, township trustee, township fiscal officer, boards of education, and tax levy propositions. Sample ballots for Put-in-Bay Village, South Bass Island Township, Middle Bass, and North Bass are available HERE.
On Tuesday, 29 October 2019, Put-in-Bay Daily™ will publish letters to the public from Put-in-Bay Mayor Jessica Cuffman and former Mayor Judy Berry.