Last updated: April 16. 2014 1:08AM - 709 Views
By Denny Morrison

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Here are some of the terrific things happening in each of our schools.

I would certainly be remiss if I did not start off by mentioning the Dedication Ceremony from Tuesday evening. In 1957, Xenia High School was erected on 425 Edison Blvd. The Class of 1958 was the first class to begin and end the year at the new high school. During the year, the class worked concession stands to save up more than $3,000 and used that money to purchase a pink granite base, flag, and pole.

After the 1974 tornado, Tom Neeld, class president, searched through the rubble to see if the granite base was salvageable. The granite base was found and stored by Tom for almost 40 years. The plaque will now permanently reside in the Xenia High School main lobby. Hopefully this plaque will inspire all of our students to explore their dreams and to aspire to excellence in all of their endeavors. Everyone in attendance commented on what a special evening they had. Long after the formal part of the program was concluded, members of the Class of 1958 remained in the cafeteria talking about “the old times.” Thanks to everyone who played a role in putting this program together.

The Xenia Schools Foundation recognizes former students and Xenia residents for their high achievements and service to the community, especially the school system. They are honored with plaques displayed at the entrance to the high school. The Hall of Honor has 77 members. Six new members joined the Hall on Saturday evening at the 16th Annual Hall of Honor Induction Ceremony and Dinner at Tecumseh Elementary School. The Xenia Community School’s Foundation honored Melvin “Mack” Bottorff (class of 1961), John A. Finlay (class of 1959), Jim and Luann McHarg (classes of 1960 and 1966), James W. Percival, and William D. Spahr (class of 1966) as the 2014 inductees.

Congratulations goes out to the XHS Class of 2014 Graduates of Distinction. These are the top students in the Class of 2014 who have met the criteria for being a Graduate of Distinction. The top students are Johnna Campbell, Teresa Cardenas, Dominique Couser, Addison Donofrio, Alexis Dyamond, Haley Fite, Noah Hovan, Alissa Johnson, Claudia Martin, Rachel McClellan, Chloe Miller, Alexis Qumsieh, Abigail Saner, Luke Williams, and Sarah Young.

STARBASE is a hands-on STEM science program offered by the Education Outreach Program at WPAFB. Fifth graders attend classes there for a week. It is a terrific program. I was able to contact them and persuade them to allow all five of our elementary schools to be able to participate this year for one day each. We are calling it “A Taste of STARBASE.” They are going to be attending in May, after the state tests are concluded. Then, we will be participating for a full week beginning next year.

The OAA State Tests for grades 3, 4, and 5 begin later this month. Reading in grades 3-5 will be on Tuesday, April 30. Math in grades 3-5 will be on May 1. Finally, science for grade 5 is May 6. These tests are very important. Our 6th, 7th and 8th grade students will be testing as well.

Science is Fun Camp 2014 is coming June 9-13 at the high school. This camp is for young scientists who have just completed 2nd grade through 5th grade. Students will have a Chemistry Day, a Physics Day, an Environmental Science Day, a Solids, Liquids, and Gases Day, and an Engineering Day. Classes run from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon. The staff members are Bill Richey, Xenia High School chemistry teacher, Barb Richey, Arrowood 5th grade science teacher, Denise Garrett, McKinley Elementary teacher, Tyler Richey, Mechanical Engineer, and Richard Grimes, Chemist, Wright State University. The cost for the week long camp is $90. For additional information call 562-9995.

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