Last updated: March 06. 2014 12:47AM - 471 Views
By Denny Morrison



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Many exciting things took place in our district this past week and I am honored to share them with you.


Best of luck wishes go out to XHS senior Alexis Qumsieh as she submits five pieces of her art work to the Region 12 leg of the Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition held this weekend. There will be 12,000 regional entries from 15 regions. Approximately 2500 will be selected to enter the state judging contest. State jurors then select 300 for the actual exhibition. 25 of the 300 then are chosen to receive the Governor’s Award for Excellence. Scholarships are offered to seniors by over 30 universities and colleges of art. Good luck Alexis.


Renaissance students at XHS were treated to cupcakes and a show put on by their vocal ensemble and jazz band peers. Renaissance is a program that promotes strong grades, behavior and attendance. Students achieving one of three Renaissance levels each quarter participate in a reward program. John Miller and Bill Richey oversee the Renaissance Program at XHS.


Freshman Evan Adkins qualified for the OHSAA State Bowling Finals. His three game series was 687 and included games of 215-215-257. He rolled eight straight strikes his last game to qualify for the final position. The State Tournament will be held this Friday in Columbus. XHS senior Abby Saner finished 17th in the 200 IM at the State Meet in Canton. Freshman Hank Siefert finished 9th in the 200 Free and 16th in the 100 Free. Congratulations to all of our State Participants.


The musical, Into The Woods, will showcase some of Xenia High School’s vocal and acting talents on March 21 (7:00 p.m.), March 22 (7:00 p.m.) and March 23 (3:00 p.m.) in the high school auditorium. The cost of a ticket is $8.00.


The high school concert and symphonic band had an opportunity to be critiqued and inspired by world-renowned Mr. James Swearingen this past week. Mr. Swearingen has traveled the world as a composer/conductor/clinician of band music, and has written over 550 band compositions. It was a rare opportunity for our band students at XHS.


The Concert and Symphonic Bands at XHS will be in concert in the auditorium this Thursday evening and they also will participate in the OMEA large group adjudicated event this Friday at Kettering Fairmont High School. Good luck!


Student Council at XHS is finishing up a fundraising campaign for the fight against leukemia lymphoma. Students and staff contributed more than $2700 during February. Student Council is advised by Debb Rucker and Keenan Mikal. Great Job!


Bryan Shirey, XHS teacher (Project Lead the way) and several XHS students will represent our district at the Youth Expo this Saturday. I am sure they will do a terrific job.


Last Thursday I was honored to have the opportunity to spend almost an hour with Mrs. Edna Adams. What a down to earth and fascinating lady! She truly cares about the young people in this community. After spending time with her, I remained in the Adams Center to witness five seniors sign their letters of intent to play football at the college level. Congratulations to Tyler Stewart (Wittenberg), Tyler Campbell (University of Findlay), Eddie McGee (Dean College), Korey Stills (Wittenberg) and Kole Patterson (West Virginia State). Great job guys! We are proud of you.


Shawnee Elementary school will host its Family Literacy Night from 6:30 to 8 p.m. March 13. The Brain Show will be there for the Family Literacy Night. The Brain Show has the authentic look of a real live game show with colorful podiums that feature computerized lights and sounds. Shawnee families will have a chance to be called on to the stage and compete against other Shawnee families. Families will also be encouraged to be involved in the game show from their seats. The Shawnee PTO will provide popcorn and water as they play along with the Brain Show.


A big round of applause for Sherri Verdier. Sherri has been selected as the Ohio Education Association’s Support Professional of the Year. Sherri has also been nominated for the National Education Association’s ESP of the Year as well. All ESP’s are an asset to our school community. Thanks to all of you for a job well done. Best of luck to Sherri.


Congratulations are in order for the Xenia Community School’s Hall of Honor Class of 2014. Six new members, including one couple, will be honored this year. The Sixteenth Hall of Honor Induction Ceremony and Dinner is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 12 at Tecumseh Elementary School. This year’s inductees are Melvin “Mack” Bottorff (Class of 1961), John A. Finlay (Class of 1959), Jim and Luann McHarg (Class of 1960 and Class of 1966), James W. Percival and William D. Spahr (Class of 1966). Congratulations to all of our inductees. The Xenia Community Schools Foundation Hall of Honor is the primary annual fundraiser for the Foundation, which provides classroom grants to teachers and scholarships for students.


Kudos to Donna Shaw for receiving a grant from the Air Force. This $250 will be used to help pay for kites, hot air balloons, and small engine rockets that they make with the educators from The National Museum of the United States Air Force. Great job, Donna.


Students in Sandra Jacobs’ STEM 4 class worked on Space Internet Scavenger Hunt and NASA Webquest using links provided on Edu 2.0. The students then were divided up into three groups and created demonstrations to show Newton’s Law of Motion.


No information on calamity days as of yet. The House and Senate are not scheduled to meet in full session again until March 12. I will keep you posted.


Denny Morrison is the superintendent pro-tem for Xenia Community Schools.

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