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Red Horse donates toys to Salvation Army

18-12-2014 Hits:85 Around Ottawa County  - avatar Jasmine Cupp

Red Horse donates toys to Salvation Army

Joseph Hall, Adam Whitaker, Molly Irwin, toy coordinator Heather Stouffer, Casey Vaughn and Salvation Army director Maureen Saponari. Members of the Red Horse Squadron donated toys to the Salvation Army on...

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Wreaths Across Ottawa County

18-12-2014 Hits:109 Around Ottawa County  - avatar Jasmine Cupp

Wreaths Across Ottawa County

Catawba Island Cemetery Wreaths Across America CeremonyPhoto by John Schaffner On Saturday, December 13, at 11 a.m., six cemeteries spanning across the county held ceremonies honoring fallen veterans. The ceremonies were...

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Port Clinton girls improve to 4-1

17-12-2014 Hits:260 Sports  - avatar Yaneek Smith

Port Clinton girls improve to 4-1

Photos by Bill Migala After an opening-season loss to Bellevue, the Port Clinton Redskins are beginning to hit their stride. Behind Sydney Alexander's 15 points, Port Clinton cruised to a 63-39 victory...

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First grade students highlighted at board meeting

Pictured above:  Front Row:  Kelsey Marquart and Ryder Lindsey
Back Row:  Amelia Tooman, Emma Lewis, Caleb Sprenger, Cohen Gahler, Jacob Lenke, Cheyenne Priddy and Aaron Weber.  Teachers: Mrs. Ann Mussell and Mrs. Merika Campbell

At its October 28 Board of Education Meeting, B-C-S Board members personally congratulated and commended Mrs. Karen Gruber, Principal, and the Staff of R.C. Waters Elementary School, for earning the National Blue Ribbon School from the United States Department of Education.    The October “District Highlight” featured the first grade at R.C. Waters Elementary.  Mrs. Ann Mussell and Mrs. Merika Campbell, first grade teachers, presented on fluency and reading instruction and then introduced first grade students who demonstrated their learning in front of the Board and many family members in the audience.  First grade students who presented included Amelia Tooman, Emma Lewis, Caleb Sprenger, Cohen Gahler, Jacob Lenke, Cheyenne Priddy, and Aaron Weber who recited a reading poem titled “I Like.”  

Next, Director of Athletics Drew Grahl, gave an update on the development of a Rocket Mascot.  Grahl then introduced Softball Head Coach Chris Rawski, who outlined a proposal for an out-of-state softball trip to Florida to participate in a Spring Break Tournament.   The proposal was approved by the Board, and the trip will be paid for through the Softball Camp account. 

Several Committees recently met and discussions were as follows:

Joint Committee Meeting of the Finance, Facilities and Communications was held on October 15th to discuss a long-range facilities plan.

New Teacher Evaluation Committee met and discussed expanding the role of the committee to other academic related topics, such as gifted services for students.

Finance Committee met to review and discuss the proposed five-year forecast update.

Intra-District Goals Committee met and discussed the proposed mascot and how the high school can work with the elementary during kindergarten screening.  They also discussed the “Rocket Pride Initiative” and how the committee could help this program.

In other business, the Board accepted the resignations of Mrs. Ginger Stayancho, Transportation Director, Mrs. Marie Wittman, Middle School Principal, and Mrs. Judy Peters, Director of Student Services all whom will be retiring at the end of the school year.    Resignations were also accepted from Jeff Holcomb, JV Girls Softball Coach, Christina Moomey, Bus Driver, and Nichole Gradel as Middle School Girls Basketball Coach.  Mrs. Kendra Hartlaub was approved as a Special Education Tutor.  Mrs. Joann Friar and Ms. Lynn Deitzel were employed as certified substitute teachers and Betty Schiller, Elizabeth Schiets, and Tyson Smith were approved as classified substitutes, all pending the completion of all necessary requirements.  Supplemental Contracts were awarded to Mr. Dan Hoover, Athletic Trainer and Mr. Tim Heffernan, Freshman Football Coach, and Mrs. Alison Wolf, Middle School Girls Basketball Coach.    Mrs. Ronna Hayslet was approved as a certified home instruction tutor.  Additional Hours were approved for Amber Hamilton, Art Teacher at R.C. Waters Elementary School to attend PBIS Training in Bowling Green.  The Board approved Sabrina Cherry as a temporary/as-needed classroom assistant for the 2014-2015 school year and Jenna Zunk was re-approved as an Acorn Alley/Rocket Overtime Program Assistant.  The Board approved the Benton-Carroll-Salem Local School District Emergency Management Plan.  The second reading and approval of the following policies were also granted: JECB Admission of Nonresident Students, EFF Food Sale Standards, EB Safety Program, and the B-C-S Organizational Chart.  The first reading was held on the following policies:  IGD, Co-Curricular and Extra-Curricular Activities, IGDJ, Interscholastic Athletics, which included required changes per state law.  The 2014-2015 Bus Driver Handbook developed by Ginger Stayancho was also approved.   

The Board also authorized Hospice Memorial Hospital, Beachcombers Program to help children through the grief process should the need arise with parent permission.  This service is offered by Hospice of Memorial Hospital Support Services in Fremont.  

The following donations were accepted with gratitude:  $1,000 to the Oak Harbor Softball Camp Account from the Oak Harbor Area Merchants Girls Softball League, and $3,000 to the Oak Harbor Softball Camp Account from E.J. Croll Family-Croll Farms.

The next regular B-C-S Board of Education meeting is set for Tuesday, November 18, at 6:30 p.m. at the Board of Education Office.


Till Next Time Mentoring Program in need of volunteers

Till Next Time Mentoring Program at Benton Carroll Salem School Districts is in need of volunteer mentors.  Volunteers are needed to spend time with at risk children during the school day or immediately following the school day for 30-60 minutes per week.  

Volunteers must pass a background check and want to make a difference in the life of a child.  There are currently 29 children waiting for a mentor, please contact Shanna Strouse at 419-704-6366.


Children at R.C. Waters School support Joyful Connections

R.C. Waters Elementary School recently participated in a Penny Challenge to benefit Joyful Connections. The challenge took place over an 8 day period and the children collected over $1,100. A friendly competition took place between the classes and Mrs. Hathaway’s second grade class won with over 22,000 points. In second place was Mrs. Rodenhauser’s first grade class with 15,000 points.

On Friday, Mrs. Hathaway’s class enjoyed a pizza party, complete with ice cream, hosted by Joyful Connections to celebrate the children’s success. The children learned about helping others and worked really hard to collect to money to support the children using the services of Joyful Connections.

Joyful Connections is a local non-profit dependent on donations and fundraising to provide services.  Joyful Connections provides opportunities for children in out of home placements to stay connected with their parents and family members. Keeping the parent child relationship intact is vital to the child’s emotional and physical well-being.  

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