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School News By Steve Poe, Superintendent
Grades 5 through 8 competed in a spelling bee competition on Thursday, January 27th. After some competitive rounds of difficult words, Emma Michael was crowned champion with her winning word “dutifully”. Emma will compete virtually in the Northwest Regional competition on March 2nd. We wish her the best of luck!
With the 2022 Winter Olympics this year, the physical education classes geared up and conducted some activities outdoors. Students in grades 5-9 learned about and participated in the Olympic sport of curling and the winter sport of broomball (similar to hockey). Students had a great time having physical education outdoors in the cold and learned a lot from the experience.
The National Honor Society has been kept busy with a variety of different service projects. In December, cards were made by students in grades K-12 thanking all employees at Fireland’s Hospital for their hard work during these crazy times of Covid. Another project was a school spirit wear sale where new Panther gear hit the hallways and streets of Put-in-Bay just in time for basketball season! Lastly, a book club has been started to encourage reading in grades 4 through 8. Students were surveyed on their interests and books were specifically picked for each student. A big THANK YOU to the library which has done a great job of getting these new arrivals in for students to expand their reading horizons. We look forward to announcing our “BIG” spring project very soon—stay tuned to the happenings of NHS!
Every student has the opportunity to work hard and experience academic success while attending school. Four years of determination and tenacity highlights student’s efforts and achievement during high school. This year, Put-in-Bay School is proud to announce The Class of 2022 Valedictorian, Ms. Kate Byrnes. Kate is the daughter of Susan and Mike Byrnes. Congratulations!
Students in grades 7-12 participated in the 8th annual Science Fair on Monday, February 7th. Students were judged by a panel of STEM professionals and received lots of great feedback. Four students will be moving on to the District Science Day held at the University of Toledo in March. Kate Byrnes will present her project that studied the decomposition rates of biodegradable plastics, Macy Ladd will present her project comparing the efficiency of solar and wind power on Lake Erie, Alice Lentz studied the atmospheric effects of algae cultures in a sealed environment, and Hope Cooks will show her project on the effects of flooding on food crops. After the science fair, students spent the remainder of the day participating in a wide variety of STEM activities. The prestigious “Newton Cup” is given to the student that is the overall point winner for all activities, with this year’s award going to Alice Lentz. A fun, educational and exciting day was had by all!
Are you a Leader? Would you like to be a Leader? Each year, Put-in-Bay students respond with the answer, YES! The Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) program offers leadership activities for sophomore boys and girls. Students attend a week-long seminar in the summer where they develop leadership skills. Put-in-Bay has regularly sent students to participate in this program. Students return with confidence and excitement in what they can do differently to better their school and community. Three young ladies will join the many before them in making 2022 HOBY another successful year. Those students who will represent Put-in-Bay school are: Eleanor Kostura, daughter of Joe and Suzanne Kostura, Hope Cooks, daughter of Rudy and Susan Cooks and Elora Hubner, daughter of Kira Hubner. HOBY is held on the campus of Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio.
Put-in-Bay School would like to thank Sergeant Michael Wheeler and the Put-in-Bay Police Department for the upcoming groups and activities to commence in the spring of 2022. Elementary through high school age students will participate in discussions and activities that will enhance student relationships with our police department. Thank you Sergeant Wheeler for bringing information and knowledge that will help students in being good citizens for our community.
Our French teacher, Mrs. Linda Rence, taught six weeks of French language at lunchtime to a limited number of elementary students. The class learned common phrases through games and activities and also enjoyed some French cuisine. The High School French class visited the Senior Center on Valentine’s Day bringing with them sweet treats, valentines and games. Thank you, seniors, for always welcoming the French students with smiles and enthusiasm.
High School students will be going to Cleveland on Monday, March 28th, to watch the Cavs take on the Orlando Magic. The Cavs are having their best season since Lebron left and will be a tough team to beat come playoff time! We wanted to do something the kids would enjoy and thank them for everything they have done to make this a successful year. Go Cavs!
On Friday, March 4th the Put-in-Bay School Quiz Bowl Team will challenge the School staff and community in a Quiz Bowl match. Please call the School Office by March 3rd, if you would like to participate.
The 2021-22 Basketball season came to a close with the High school Girl’s team record of 6 wins and 5 losses, the high school boy’s team finished 0-11, and the junior high finished 0-3. The year was filled with ups and downs but the team improved throughout the year. The highlight was the girls winning for the third time in a row The Great Lakes Island Tournament. The team is very young with only one senior graduating, Kate Byrnes. The rest of the team will be back and looking to improve to find more success next season.
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