By Denny Morrison
We are grateful to have had approximately 40 parents, residents, and community leaders be in attendance at each of our first three community forums to learn more about our current and future facility needs and opportunities available to our district through the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission. The thoughtful feedback and valuable insights attendees provided will help shape plans for our schools, and we look forward to many more community members participating in this process. Over the next several months additional opportunities to share your thoughts, questions and input will be available.
Arrowood news: The following students were recently recognized for their exceptional behavior during the third quarter. The students earned a Gold Ticket Lunch of pizza, pop, chips and ice cream. Congratulations to Colton Brown, Taylynn Hanson, Melody Webb Ijaeya Withers, Giselle Woods, Brendin Cox, Ethen Caudill, Audrianna Angel, Josiah Jackson, Kaydence Kellner, Lily McHaney, Alari Kessel, Kaydence Keeten, McKayla Eckles, Railynn Browder, Ethan Bradshaw, Taylor Myles, Lorelai Ladd, Abby Puttin, Ronnie Butler, Sadie Bevan, Ellie Keller, Caleb Sellers, Lilie Wright, Dean Bogan, Dylan Williams, Uriah Thomas, Hailey Brown, Amya Curtis, Garrett Kidder, Brant Dudley, LaNya Mercer, AJ Wright, Jacob Steward, Logan Sagers, Gabe Faul, Gracie Linebaugh, Liara Brewer, Devon Andrea, Aiden Perez, Abigail Tuck, Hailey Tramell, Samantha Castillo, Chloee Rigel, Makayla Douglas, Haley Partee, Leo Dong, Hillary Brown, Arianna High, Kileigh Kell, Anthony Combs, Alicia Alderson, Andrew Gwin, Lily Grooms, Evan Grigsby, Isabella Johnson, Mary Ford, Devin Schweller, Dalton Andrea, Aubrey Moore, Ben Sexton, Neveah Hardin, Jonathon Albert, Joseph Withers, Rosa Kirk, Cody Day, Carson Baker, Phoebe Sheehan, Layla Rouch, Courtney Hazelbaker, Kendell Richards, Arieonna Walker, Ava Dixson, and Hannah Faul.
Cox news: Peter McKown, the great-grandson of Edwin Cox for whom Cox Elementary School is named, visited the school recently. McKown and his brother have been working with Barbara Stafford and the Xenia Community School Foundation to provide resources to support school grants.
Tecumseh news: Several students got to enjoy a limo trip to the Dairy Station for an ice cream treat for selling 25 or more items for the spring fundraiser. Cantessa Puckett’s class enjoyed a great day exploring the Boonshoft Museum on Thursday. The entire school had a blast exploring the many different COSI stations of Simply Chemistry. Congratulations to Megan Kingsolver for being named Kid of Character this month. She is being recognized for exhibiting fairness, which was their character trait for the month.
XTAR: The XTAR math patterns/equations class participated in The Noetic Learning Math Contest, a semi-annual problem solving contest for elementary and middle school students, April 14. The goal of the competition is to encourage students’ interest in math, to develop their problem solving skills, and to inspire them to excel in math.
Warner news: Librarian Barb Moorman is sponsoring a bookfair at Barnes and Noble. Volunteers from WMS will bring cookies and pass out flyers asking customers to support the WMS Library. They will give the flyers to the cashier when they make their purchases and we will receive a percent of all sales on this day. Proceeds will be used to purchase new books for their library. Leadership and Blue Crew students will help with a craft or read to the children there. The McKinney Vento program for the homeless received a donation of 21 hand tied fleece blankets. The blankets were made by the seventh grade leadership class at Warner. The teacher is Dana McClain. McClain had the students prepare a presentation speech when they gave Kathy Napier the blankets.
High School update: Shelby Shouse competed at Toledo University last week for Greene County Career Center in the HOSA competition for research persuasive speaking. She finished second in the state and will be competing at nationals June 22-25 at the Gaylord Center in Nashville, Tenn. Great job Shelby. Special thank you to HOSA and Molly Wavra on their effort to put on another successful blood drive. Creating the attitude of giving back to the community is accomplished by this event. AIR Testing begins Monday and Tuesday this week for English 9 students and Wednesday and Thursday for English 10 students.
FFA news: Nine FFA members competed at the state FFA competitions in Columbus. The diary products team of Wade Hutchinson, Brady Harris, Haley Harris and Kelley Grubb finished 17th. The poultry products team placed seventh and advanced to the state finals April 30 and will be guaranteed a top 10 finish. The team consisted of Allison Rapp (eighth individual), Sarah Harner, Jordan Gerhardt, and Mya Lockhart. Senior Mikal Porter competed in the equine management competition and placed in the top 10 percent of nearly 400 members statewide.
Xenia High School winter guard: Congratulations to the Xenia High School winter guard team and director Monique Satchel. They had a strong weekend at Trent Arena where they finished seventh out of 16 teams on Saturday and moved on to the finals on Sunday. The last appearance for the squad was 2011 for this competition. Kudos to seniors Rachel Phillips, Shelby Hughes, and Shelby Shouse for going out in style and making it to the championships.
Denny Morrison is superintendent of Xenia Community Schools.