By Steve Poe, Superintendent
Spring is upon us and our students are anxious to walk or ride their bikes to school again. Please drive slowly and follow our drop-off / pick-up procedures to ensure the safety of our children. We would like parents to please drop-off / pick-up along Catawba Ave. instead of occupying a parking space in the school parking lot. Parking is limited and we would like to reserve spaces for patrons of our library.
The Board of Education and Put-in-Bay School staff would like to thank all the people in our community who volunteered their time or made contributions to various school events or activities this past year. Our school could not function without the support of so many individuals. Our sincere thanks will be expressed again next month when we send thank you cards to everyone who volunteered or contributed. Thank you, island community!
Seniors Talli Steidl, Elena Schroeder, Nora Ladd, and Lucy Schneider left the island on March 31st for their senior class trip to Utah. Chaperones Missi Kowalski and Patrick Green shared their knowledge and experience with the State Parks in Utah to explore the beauty with these seniors. We can’t wait to see the pictures and hear the stories upon their return on April 8th.
On March 18th, Ms. K.C. Seaman conducted a baton twirling demonstration for our students. She is a certified United States Twirling Association registered coach and has been working with the baton twirlers at Oak Harbor and Port Clinton high schools. With the support of our Recreation Committee, we hope to garner enough interest to form a twirling club that could represent our school in parades. Have fun twirlers!
Senior Nora Ladd will be honored at the Ottawa County Top Ten Banquet on April 21st at Danbury High School. As this year’s representative, she selected Ms. Missi Kowalski, her science teacher throughout high school, as her ‘honored educator.’ Nora will give a brief speech at the banquet recognizing Ms. K’s positive influence. Nora is our senior class Valedictorian and is the daughter of Chris and Heidi Ladd.
On Friday, May 7th, sophomore Alec Sharp will recognize his two grandmothers, Ms. Charmyne Kroger and Ms. Karen Sharp at the annual Ottawa County Nine-to-Five Breakfast. Students are chosen for this event by demonstrating improvement in school from September (the ninth month) to May (the fifth month) . . . hence, “Nine-to-Five.” Alec will thank his grandmothers for their support and influence, which has contributed to his academic improvement. Alec is the son of Ms. Sarah Sharp. Congratulations Alec!
The Quiz Bowl League had a short season this year with only two scheduled matches. Our Quiz Bowl team missed the first competition due to winter break, and lost all four matches of the second competition on March 12th against Tiffin Columbian, Bucyrus, Calvert, and Carey. Our players included:
12th – Nora Ladd, Elena Schroeder, Lucy Schneider
11th – Kate Byrnes
10th – Macy Ladd
9th – Joseph Blumensaadt
They all played competitively and forced close matches. Our seniors were very excited to play in one final competition.
Next year’s school calendar has been sent home and posted on our school website. When scheduling family vacations and appointments, please make them during our scheduled breaks.
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