By Steve Poe, Superintendent
Drop-off / Pick-up Procedures
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.
Senior Class Trip
On March 31st, four of our seniors embarked on a class trip of a lifetime. With chaperones Missi Kowalski and Patrick Green as their travel guides, they visited the National Parks of Utah. Everyone was amazed with the beauty of Zion National Park, the Salt Flats, the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam. Before heading back to Ohio, they also got to see the bright lights of Las Vegas. They will be talking about this trip for a long time!
Led by our advisor, Coralee Wisniewski, our high school sailing club had their first spring season regatta at the Hoover reservoir, near Columbus, on April 17th. Our kids came in ninth place out of thirteen at this regatta and look forward to competing throughout the spring. Members of the sailing club are Kate Byrnes, Talli Steidl, Nora Ladd, Macy Ladd, Hope Cooks, and Emil Michael.
Staff Appreciation Week – May 3rd –7th
Our staff and teachers have done a remarkable job during these challenging times. We will be showing our appreciation to them with delicious treats the week of May 3rd to 7th. When you have a chance, thank our teachers and staff for a job well done!
This year’s high school prom will be held at “The Goat” on Saturday, May 8th. After missing out on a prom last year, our kids are excited about getting dressed up and having fun!
Virtual Art Show and Concert
Student artwork will be presented via a virtual show produced by art IV student, Lucille Schneider. Using her computer media skills, along with her artistic design talent and the help of art III student Nora Ladd, the two developed a video presentation that will display every student’s artwork. The link to the Put-in-Bay School’s Student Art Show will be posted on the school website in mid-May. Be sure to view our school’s amazing artist’s work! The Spring Music Concert will also be virtual and will consist of Jazz tunes. Grades K-3 will present Keep Your Paws Off the Carrots; 7th Inning Stretch; Swimmin’; and So Cool. Grades 4-8 will present Start Your Day with a Song; Catch the Rhythm; The Blues; He was a Drummy Boy; and Tomorrow’s Our Day. We will be filming through the middle of May. As soon as the production is ready, we will send parents and students a link through the email address we have on file. You are welcome to share this link with other family and friends. We would love to have as many people as possible enjoy the musical talents of our students!
Last year, due to restrictions on public gatherings, we held our annual Awards Day virtually. We are happy to announce that this year we will be have our Awards Day in-person, in the gymnasium on Tuesday, May 18th. Seating for this event will adhere to the guidelines set forth by the Ottawa County Health Department and face masks will be required for all in attendance. Parents and guests are advised to arrive on time so we can stay on schedule.
– Kindergarten / Grade 1 —– 9:40 a.m.
– Grades 2 and 3 —– 10:25 a.m.
– Grades 4 thru 6 —– 11:10 a.m.
– Grades 7 thru 12 —– 2:10 p.m.
Congratulations to Lucille Niese and Marshall Stacy, Put-in-Bay seniors who will be graduating from Put-in-Bay as well as earning career technical education from Vanguard-Sentinel Career and Technology Center. Lucy and Marshall have both embraced vocational education at Vanguard for the past two years. Their diligence has paid off and they will now have career focused certifications under their belt. Great Job to both Lucy and Marshall.
Lucille Niese, daughter of Jeffrey and Kelly Niese is enrolled in the Digital Media program at Vanguard. Marshall Stacy is the son of Robert Stacy and Kristi Stacy. Marshall is enrolled in the Electrical Trades program. Vanguard students will have their Senior Recognition Ceremony in May. Congratulations Lucy and Marshall.
Last Day of School / Graduation / Guest Speaker
Our last day of school is Thursday, May 27th, with students being dismissed at noon. Graduation will take place the following day, Friday, May 28th at 6:30 p.m. at Perry’s Monument.
Seating for graduation will adhere to the guidelines set forth by the Ottawa County Health Department and face masks will be required for all in attendance.
This year’s graduation speaker will be 1971 Put-in-Bay graduate Scotty Ferrell. Mr. Ferrell graduated from Terra State and the Purdue University Krannet School of Management after graduating from Put-in-Bay, with degrees and certifications in the engineering field. He is named on four US Patents and has held a variety of positions in engineering management. Scotty and his wife, Debbie, also owned a Bed and Breakfast on Put-in-Bay until 2019. This year marks Mr. Ferrell’s 50th graduation anniversary. Welcome back, Scotty!
Physical Examinations for 2021-22 School Year
Put-in-Bay School will be offering free physicals for all students enrolled in grades six through twelve for the 2021-22 school year. Students participating in sports next year are required to have a physical prior to the start of practice. The physicals will be offered at Firelands Corporate Health from June 7th to 11th. Parents should call 419-557-5052 to make an appointment. Please contact the school if you have any questions.
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