By Steve Poe, Superintendent
What a difference a year makes. A year ago, many schools were not able to open on time, while others followed a hybrid model that incorporated remote learning. Schools began adjusting schedules to ensure social distancing and were ordering air purifiers, plastic barriers, sanitizers, face masks and temperature tablets. Though things are much better this year and working back to ‘normal,’ we are not completely out of the woods with this pandemic. We will continue to use our air purifiers, sanitizers and temperature tablets. Those students, staff and visitors to the school who have not been fully vaccinated will be asked to wear a face mask. As we have learned from this past year, circumstances, recommendations and mandates change, so please go to our website for the latest updates. Visit: www.put-in-bay.k12.oh.us
Coach Craig Schuffenecker begins regular volleyball practices on Monday, August 2nd. Last month he took his young team to a summer tournament at Cedar Point’s new Sports Complex. Kate Byrnes will be the only senior on the team, but we return quite a bit of experience with juniors Lilian Frederick, McKenna Stacy and Macy Ladd. The volleyball schedule will be posted on our school website at www.put-in-bay.k12.oh.us . Come cheer on the volleyball team!
We want to thank coach Schuffenecker for his work in giving our gymnasium a major “face-lift.” We had our gym floor repainted and a new set of pull-out bleachers installed earlier this summer. We also want to congratulate Craig and his wife, Ashley on the addition of Ruby Schuffenecker, who was born on June 22nd.
Coach Adam Danes enters his third season leading our junior high and high school cross country teams. They also begin practices on August 2nd. We have some outstanding distance runners and look forward to a successful season. All their meets are on the mainland except for the Miller Boat Line 5K on September 18th. Go Panthers!
Congratulations to the Put-in-Bay High School Environmental Club & LEIC for being crowned the winner of The Stewardship Network’s 2021 Spring Invasive Species Challenge – Lightweight Division! They joined their efforts to clean up Cooper’s Woods.
This will be the first time in over 30 years that our students will not have Mrs. Teri Pierce as their art teacher or yearbook advisor. Over the course of her career, Teri also taught German, Reading and Language Arts. Ms. Pierce retired this summer to spend more time with family and begin a new chapter in her life. Many of Ms. Pierce’s students have gone on to college to pursue degrees in graphic design, architecture and other art-related fields. It is no mistake that our school has produced some amazing artists. Enjoy your retirement Teri. You will be missed.
The School’s Attendance/Vacation Policy has not changed. Absences due to illness, appointments, or reasons pre-approved by the Superintendent will be ‘excused.’ All other absences will be ‘unexcused,’ resulting in failing grades on schoolwork missed. Parents are advised to make appointments and plan vacations on the following dates that school will not be in session:
- September 4 – 6 (Labor Day)
- October 16 – 18 (Appointment Day)
- November 24 – 28 (Thanksgiving)
- December 3 – 5 (Island Tournament Weekend)
- December 18 – Jan 2 (Christmas Break)
- February 18 – 27 (Winter Break)
- April 15 – 19 (Spring Break)
We look forward to seeing students in the building again on August 30th. We would like parents to adhere to the following guidelines when dropping off and/or picking up their children:
- No parking/waiting on the sidewalk (ball field side of Concord).
- No parking behind the cars in the parking lot.
- No parking across the street on Catawba (heading to State Park).
All drop-offs and pick-ups will take place along Catawba Ave. heading into town. For students walking or riding their bikes to school, the corner of Concord and Catawba will be monitored by crossing guards, school faculty and/or local police to ensure a safe crossing. A time schedule for students to arrive and dismiss will be forthcoming.
Parents of new students to our district should register at least one week prior to the first day of school. School supply lists are posted on our school website.
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