The Xenia Community Schools Foundation held its 18th annual Hall of Honor Celebration last Saturday at Tecumseh. Kelli Michalski served as pianist for the event. Executive Director Barbara Stafford and Brian Liming, XCSF board president, presented the awards to Chad Jackson (class of 1998), Jane Newton (class of 1976), Donald Person (class of 1973) Richard Strous (class of 1951), and former superintendent Robert Williams. It was a great event.
Graduates of distinction: I am very proud to announce the 2016 graduates of distinction. Seniors must meet specific qualifications to be the best of the class academically, and they are Alex Bolka, Donna Cook, Morgan Davis, Brooke Elam, Carolyn Engle, Lauren Goodman, Catlin Hollen, Deborah Michalski, Morgan McClain, Kaya Muhammad, Arden Tillmaand, Haylee Wagner and Zachary Wical.
Arrowood news: Tamela Babb’s kindergarten class has read 740 books since October with C.J. Setty reading 155 of them.
McKinley news: McKinley’s fifth grade students planted a tree donated by the Arbor Day group. Each student was given a tree to take home and plant as well. McKinley’s PTO spoiled staff this week in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week. Some things planned include breakfast, lunch, cookies, slushies, and cinnamon rolls. They also gave each staff member a desk calendar or personal calendar. Second graders are working hard finishing up their gym assessments for the school year.
Shawnee news: For the third year in a row all of the third grade students have earned promotion status to the fourth grade. Congratulations to all the students and staff who have supported the reading growth in these students. Also, each staff member has earned the highest rating for student growth measure in math and language arts for two years in a row. The students of character for the month of April are Jameson Kennedy, Savannah May, Bryant Giddings, LeAnthony Byrd, Amar’e Roney, Braylon Walker, Jacob Thomas, Brook Berry, Brandon Parries, Kylee Luckett, Cadance Stewart, Alexis Fry, Vivian Calhoun, Sophia Garret, Kevin Hawkins, Lauren Chambliss, Alex Elliott, Colton Louderback, Landon Long, Tye Mitchell, and Alex Combs. Congratulations.
Tecumseh news: Congratulations to Kylie McCarren for being selected as May’s kid of character. McCarren was recognized for being a caring student, friend, and wonderful young lady. Tecumseh also recognizes Julie Scheerschmidt as the super staff member of the week. Her creative and engaging science lessons provide great learning opportunities for all students.
Centennial play: We are partnering with the National Park Service in its Centennial Celebration in 2016 to have a play for our fourth and fifth grade students. This play will be a children’s theater production of the African-American experience in the Midwest parks. They are calling it “Civil Rights in the Middle.” The Bright Star Traveling Theater out of North Carolina will be presenting it to our students on May 9 at the high school.
Project showcase: The XTAR Young Entrepreneurs will present Project Showcase 6:30-7:30 p.m., Tuesday May 10 at Cox Elementary. This event will celebrate the accomplishments of our fourth grade students and all of their hard work when they sell their products to family, friends, and community members.
High school update: Congratulations to the symphonic band and the vocal ensemble as they performed last Friday night and Saturday afternoon in the Ohio Music Educator’s State Adjudicated Event for Region 12. Both did a terrific job and received a score of “excellent.” Great job to the directors Javaan and Eric and to all of the students who have worked so hard to earn this amazing accomplishment. Kudos also to the advanced theater productions group and the National Honor Society who teamed up to put on a terrific talent show last Thursday night. Everyone did a great job.
Denny Morrison is superintendent of Xenia Community Schools.