By Denny Morrison
June 6, 2014
The Class of 2014 graduation ceremony was exceptional. The students were well-behaved, the parents were very proud and appreciative, the speeches were excellent, and there was not a single air horn heard anywhere. I have heard nothing but positive comments from the community. I also loved seeing all of the staff members in the audience. It is wonderful that you were there to support our kids. The Class of 2014 is special — 82 percent are signed up to go to college, 7 percent have enlisted in the military, 8 percent are going to work full time, and 3 percent are going to work part time.
High school chemistry teacher Bill Richey and 72 chemistry students left last Saturday morning at 3:30 a.m. to head to Florida. I am confident that the students will have a wonderful and educational trip of a lifetime.
XHS sophomore Kylie Mueller and XHS freshman Sarah Horner were selected to attend the Ohio 4-H State Leadership Camp at 4-H Camp Ohio. Horner shows cattle with the best show circuit across the State of Ohio. Mueller shows market lambs in the Ohio Club Lamb Association jackpot shows. Congratulations to both.
Last Thursday evening Warner Middle School hosted its Eighth Grade Recognition Night. More than 125 students were honored for their academic, athletic, and classroom accomplishments. A crowd in excess of 300 watched as Micah Adams, Kristina White, Paul Johnson, Sophie Ensey, Madison Caupp and Mariah Crossley received the Gold Presidential Award for maintaining a 4.0 GPA during their seventh and eighth grade years. Kristina White and Johnny Shampton were also honored as the winners of the Archie Griffin Award. This award is presented to an eighth grade male and female athlete who have exhibited sportsmanship and integrity and have succeeded in the classroom.
Last Friday morning Central Middle School held its Annual Talent Show. Their award winning band and choir performed as well as a host of talented individual acts. The students, teachers, and parents thoroughly enjoyed the program.
The final elementary school to attend STARBASE was Cox Elementary School. The students arrived late at STARBASE due to an accident on US 35 that they were stuck behind. However, once they finally arrived they had a terrific time. All of the students in each of our elementary schools truly enjoyed their STARBASE experience. Next year we will be offing a similar hands-on project-based science program entitled Project Lead the Way.
Congratulations to the following three teams who participated in the Spring Walking Challenge and won the drawing. The winning teams were from Central Middle, Team 2 consisting of Belinda Daye, Lynn Engle, Maggie Hawes, Debra Herman, Sandra Jacobs, an Judie Spitz; Team 3 from Warner Middle consisting of Jenny Alex, Dana McClain, Angie Reed Jamie Simpson, and Andrew Statt; Team 6 from XHS consisting of Phyllis Blankenship, Debbie Day, Robin Garman, Bernie Miller, and Felicity Zink.
Last week your Board of Education held a special board meeting to approve the school district five-year forecast. With the current actual and future projected financial numbers, the Board supported some additional programs for students. We will be offering a virtual learning program at the high school for students not being successful in the traditional classroom settings, some hands-on project-based science classes at Warner and Central, and we will add some elementary guidance counselors and music to the elementary schools and will offer digital learning opportunities for the students, and provide instructional technology help for our staff.
Thanks to the generous sponsorship of Faith Community United Methodist Church, the Board of Recreation, Arts, and Culture Activities is pleased to bring you the Movies in the Park Series. These movies are shown on an inflatable screen near the Pavilion. All the movies are family friendly and free refreshments are usually provided. Movies in the Park are scheduled in June, July, and August on the first Friday of the month. They start at dusk. Bring your lawn chairs or a blanket and your family for some quality time at the park. The 2014 movie schedule of events includes June 6 “Smurfs 2,” July 11 “Miracle,” and Aug. 1, “The Nut Job.” Also do not forget about the First Fridays which occur from May to September in downtown Xenia from 5 to 9 p.m. There will be live music, street vendors, and family fun.