Put-in-Bay School News Features Artists

March Newsletter 2023, by Scott Mangas ~ Superintendent

Billboard Winner

Meredith Cooper, a fifth grader at Put-In-Bay School, won a three-county billboard design contest in February. Meredith submitted a design that features a visual of a 1960s-era “hippie” girl flashing a peace sign, with a head- line that reads, “Recycle — Save Trees, Dude!”

The billboard design contest is sponsored annually by the Ottawa/Sandusky/Seneca Solid Waste District, and is open to all fifth-grader residents. The contest’s purpose is to “raise awareness of Earth Day” and to “encourage residents to reduce, reuse, recycle and not litter.”In April, the billboard will be installed on Route 163 in Port Clinton, near the Jet Express dock.  Put-In-Bay   art instructor Jody Amsden submitted Meredith’s entry along with the entire fifth grade class for consideration.

Toledo Museum of Art

Artwork from three Put-In-Bay School students is on display at the Toledo Museum of Art, as a result of submitting their work to the Arts Commission of Toledo.  In January, the 40th Annual Invitational Ninth Congressional District Art Exhibition solicited submissions from high school artists in Ottawa, Lucas, Erie, Wood, Sandusky, Fulton and Williams Counties.

From Put-In-Bay School, the following artists are being recognized:
Macy Ladd, a senior, submitted “Wayfaring”, a watercolor painting of a sailboat.


Alice Lentz, a senior, submitted “The Debate of Black and White”, a tessellation print featuring a moon-and-sun motif.

Elias Wright, a sophomore, submitted “Summer Hummer”, a paper quilling depicting a hummingbird.  Among all submissions, one artwork will receive the Congressional First Award, which will have the honor of being displayed at the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. Other awards, including monetary prizes, will be assigned based on artistic merit.

The Arts Commission of Toledo solicited a maximum of three submissions from Put-In-Bay art instructor Jody Amsden in January.

Science Fair

We sent 8 projects to the District 2 Science Day held at the University of Toledo on March 11, 2023.  Final scores are as follows:

Nic Fiorilli/Aaron Hill/Caleb Kowalski – Excellent

Branden Breudigam – Excellent

Kate Hubner – Superior

Emma Michael – Superior

Joseph Blumensaadt – Superior

Alice Lentz – Superior

Macy Ladd – Superior

Having 5 students compete at the State level puts us in contention for the highly prestigious Shaw Award.

Additional awards:

Stranahan Arboretum Environmental Science Award for “Best Project Using Plants as the Main Component in a Problem Solving Situation” – First Place – $100 – Alice Lentz

Ohio Soybean Bioscience Award for “Best Project in the Area of Agriculture Using Soybeans” – $100 – Alice Lentz

NASA  – American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Award Joseph Blumensaadt

National Honor Society

The Put in Bay School Chapter of the National Honor Society has been busy this year! Service projects have included sending letters for Project Gratitude to veterans and active military, a food drive for our local pantry, and setting up a permanent online school spirit wear store through Terikyaki Designs based out of Marblehead. Visit https://www.teriyakidesigns.com/putinbay to order school gear year-round!

NHS’s final service project will be a personal wellness and mental health week from April 24th through April 28th, as we help students learn to stop the stigma. NHS will be hosting a walk, collecting donations, and spreading the word on mental health to benefit the local National Alliance on Mental Illness during the Browns Backer 5k on Sunday, April 30th. Come stop by and show your support.

Environmental Club and NHS will be participating and hosting an event during this year’s Earth Week! Join us on Tuesday, April 18th, at 3:30. The PIB school clubs will be completing a clean-up for the Adopt-a-Highway litter program on Route 357 at Oak Point State Park. The public is welcome to join, including children ages 12+. Anyone aged 12-17 must have a parental release signed; these can be picked up at the main entrance of the school or will be available at the clean-up.

Extraordinary Success Stories Thrive for Students at Put-in-Bay School

Put-in-Bay School News, by Scott Mangas, Superintendent

We have had a very busy winter here at Put-in-Bay School.  We have hosted home basketball games every weekend from January 7th to February 11th.  Our Panther athletes have represented us well.

We were very fortunate to have some halftime shows as well during our games.  The mini-Cheer camp put on a show on February 4th.  Mrs. Fiorilli, Miss Pugh and the high school cheerleaders worked very hard with our mini cheer team to put on an excellent show.

Jacob SeamanJacob Seaman also performed during our February 4th games.  We also had a varsity cheer show at the January 28th game in which the cheer team took on the Avengers and gave all of us an amazing show.

We also had our Science fair and Science Olympiad in February.  On February 3rd we had our science fair projects on display in the gym.  They were judged and awards were given at the end of the day.

This was followed up by our Science Olympiad which had several activities including: Bridge crusher, egg drop, Nerd words, Engineering design challenge, escape room, hungry hippos, powerful points, Kahoot, Mystery Event and Fly right.

spread the love
Eli Heineman beams about the contacts!

Over the past two months, Miss Pugh’s 4th and 5th grade students have been participating in a project titled, “Spread The Love Around The World.” The goal of this project was to receive mail from as many different places around the world to help students learn about the United States and other places around the world. We put a pin on the maps in our school hallway for each location we received mail from.

spread the loveThe students loved this project and it was great to see how many people care enough to send a card, even people we may not know. This goes to show that a simple gesture can go a long way. We received letters, postcards, and more from 29 different states and 21 different countries including at least one piece of mail from each of the seven continents. Thank you to the island community and friends of the island community for reaching out to friends and family members near and far. Your support with this project has been incredible and very appreciated.

A big thanks goes out to the school staff who put on these events for our students.  The February 3rd day was topped off with a PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention Support ) activity which had the Panther families making Valentine cards for area nursing homes.

Pictured here is the hungry hippo activity during the Science Olympiad.




Pictured here is Elias Wright who earned the Newton Cup award which was earned by winning the most points during the Science Olympiad competition.



Pictured here are the Science Fair participants going on to the District Science Fair: Left to right: Brenden Breudigam, Kate Hubner, Juliana Scarpelli, Emma Michael, Joseph Blumensaadt, Macy Ladd, Nick Fiorilli, Caleb Kowalski, and Aaron Hill.  Also pictured are Mrs. Kowalski and Mrs. Danes. Students moving on to District Science Day (March 11 at University of Toledo) received a “Superior” score:

5th/6th Grade Group – Nic Fiorilli, Aaron Hill, Caleb Kowalski – What foods do red harvester ants prefer?

7th Grade – Brenden Breudigam – Which type of pop has the most carbonation?

7th Grade – Kate Hubner – What stain remover makes stains the least visible on a t-shirt?

8th Grade – Emma Michael – What are the effects of shampoos and conditioners?

8th Grade – Juliana Scarpelli – Burn Baby Burn – Testing the differences in heat output by different types of wood.

11th Grade – Joseph Blumensaadt – In, In 60 Seconds – Testing how secure your vehicle is against hackers

12th Grade – Macy Ladd – Wastewater’s Effect on the Dissolved Oxygen of Lake Water with Reference to the Hypoxia Threshold

12th Grade – Alice Lentz – The Effects of Algal Biofertilization on Hydroponically Grown Glycine max

In the high school art classes, the students have been designing and decorating their own chairs.  Pictured here are Ava Heineman’s Nautical chair and Mitchell’s chess chair with drawer included.


Pictured here is Duncan Breudigam who is the 2023 Spelling Bee winner at the Local Level.  Duncan will be entering the next level of competition on March 15th– Good Luck Duncan!


Panther Basketball Teams Close Season with Tough Losses

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Panther Basketall seniors end high school careers on high notes in spite of losses to the Margaretta Polar Bears and the Lake Flyers.

Attentive Panther Parents

Macy ladd, Alice Lentz, Mckenna Stacy, LIlian Frederick, Alec Sharp, and Doug Steidl saw their final action in the Jim Poulus recreational facility. The teams faced off against tough opponents.  While the scoreboard didn’t go the Panthers’ way, the teams competed diligently to the closing buzzer.


Panther Parent Heid Ladd “graduated” from Hot Dog Concession Service today.  She advises to always add a fancy mustard and regular mustard for the best tasting hot dog!  Kudos to all the parent volunteers who support Put-in-Bay School athletics.

The highlight of the day was Alec Sharp draining a 3-point shot. The gym erupted with chants of “Alec.”

Coach Schuffenecker said of his team, “They did everything you could ask; they worked hard and fought to the end. It is bittersweet, but they completed their circle and I can’t wait to see the future successes they enjoy.”   He added, “The team thanks the island community for their support. The Island sure got their Growl On this year!

Panther E-sports Wins!

Put-in-Bay Panther E-Sports notches first ever program victory today!  Thursday afternoon, the Panthers took on New Bremen High School, playing two games of Valorant. The Panthers won 13-6 and 13-3.  Coach JR Domer, Put-in-Bay Postmaster, deserves congratulations for starting this team!PiB e-sports

REMINDER:  Panther basketball teams finish their season on Saturday, 11 February. The girls start at 10:15am vs Margaretta, and the boys play 11:45am vs the Lake Flyers! Go panthers.  Get Your Growl On!

e-sportsAccording to Wikipedia, “Valorant, in the standard non-ranked mode, a match is played as best of 25–the first team to win 13 rounds wins the match. The attacking team has a bomb-type device called the Spike. They must deliver and activate the Spike on one of the multiple specified locations (bomb sites). If the attacking team successfully protects the activated Spike for 45 seconds it detonates, destroying everything in a specific area, and they receive a point. If the defending team can deactivate the spike, or the 100-second round timer expires without the attacking team activating the spike, the defending team receives a point.  If all the members of a team are eliminated before the spike is activated, or if all members of the defending team are eliminated after the spike is activated, the opposing team earns a point.  If both teams win 12 rounds, sudden death occurs, in which the winning team of that round wins the match, differing from overtime for competitive matches. Additionally, if after 4 rounds, a team wishes to forfeit that match, they may request a vote to surrender. If the vote reaches 4, the winning team gets all the victory credit for every round needed to bring them to 13, with the forfeiting team receiving losing credit.  A team gets only three chances to surrender: once in the first half, once in the pistol round of the second half, and once more in the second half.”