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By Denny Morrison

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Last week was National Teacher Appreciation Week. I certainly hope that each of you know what a positive impact you are having on our students. I cannot thank you enough. This past Wednesday was School Nurse Appreciation Day. Kudos to our nurses for the incredible job they do each and every day.

The Xenia Education Association retirement dinner was held last Tuesday at the Beavercreek Golf Course. The XEA retirees were recognized with a very special program. Both board president Cheryl Marcus and I had the honor of speaking to the group. Then everyone present had an opportunity to say a few words about those who were retiring. It was a very nice and a very moving experience. We will definitely miss our retirees next year. The 10 retirees have shared their lives for 273 years with their students.

The high school prom was held at the Dayton Convention Center last weekend. More than 400 students were in attendance and they had a great time. Special thanks to Sean Schooley for spearheading this event and to the administrators, teachers and parents in attendance. After the dance was completed, the students enjoyed an after prom put on by the parents. Special thanks to Grant and Mary Kelly, Michelle Brown, Shannon and Brian Moore, Emilee Wickline, Kelli Hansen, Holly Thatcher, Carlos Walker, Kyle and Darla Gray, John and Lisa Salyers, Tiffany Ferrell, Crystal Matthews, John McCoy, Sheri Lockwood, Tammy Erbaugh, and Kriste England, all who worked so hard to raise money so that the children could have a great time in a safe environment. The after prom was organized by Julie Wickline, Carol McCoy, and Lockwood. More than $1000 worth of prizes were donated by area businesses and families. The students enjoyed a dodge ball tournament, basketball, henna tattoos, caricatures, a photo booth, corn hole, various games, and lots of food. Game Stop donated the time of three staff members to staff a game room for the entire night. Wonderful job and special thanks to everyone who had a hand in making this such a memorable evening for our young people.

Congratulations to Montgomery Irvine, who was the XHS Representative for the YMCA Junior Leadership Dayton Program. She has successfully completed all the criteria to graduate with the 2013-2014 JLD Class. Her graduation celebration took place last Monday evening at the Nutter Center where she received a $500 tuition scholarship to WSU. Congratulations to Irvine on her commitment and dedication to this program. She put in many hours outside of the classroom to submit a grant proposal to conduct a community service project which was successfully completed at Children’s Medical Center.

Last Monday Warner Middle School held its eighth grade Career Day. Ted Holop, XHS Principal, welcomed the students and told them about activities going on at the high school. Many adults took their time out of their workday to come and speak to the students in small classroom settings to tell them about their careers. Special thanks to Bridgette Bogle, Gary Blevins, Joe Nadeau, Ed Mignery, Greg Couser, Rick Kayser, Jerome Schlenk, Paul Chaney, Joe Mulliken, Bob Walker, Rick Comin, Joe Coates, Josh Green, Tim Berger, Shalon Johnson, Josh Whitt, Harold Matheson, Mark Neal, Don Henderson, Aaron Faucett, Gregg Cross, Megan O’Rourke, Suzie Lloyd, Shawn Allex, and David Myles for addressing the students. Scott DeHaven spearheaded this event with the help of many Warner staff members.

The 5th grade DARE Graduation event took place at Cox Elementary School last Friday. Many parents and guests were in attendance to hear about the DARE program and the accomplishments of the students. Thanks to the Xenia Police for providing our young people with this wonderful program.

Shawnee held two Muffins with Mom events last week. This was the school’s way of showing their appreciation to the mothers of the Shawnee students. Over the two mornings approximately 450 people were in attendance. This event was sponsored by Faith Community Church, Tim Horton’s, the Shawnee PTO, and Kroger. This past Monday the third grade students will participate in the Seatbelt Safety program put on by the Xenia Police.

STARBASE Summer camp still has openings for June 17,18, and 19 at Andy Barnhart Memorial Airport. Students can sign up at www.surveymonkey.com/s/starbasesummercamp14. This program is sponsored by the Wright Patterson Air Force Base Education Outreach Office.

The fifth-grade students at Tecumseh had a wonderful experience at STARBASE. Students were very excited and enjoyed it tremendously. All students enjoyed a presentation by the Greene County librarian. She shared several book talks with students and informed them about the summer reading program.

STEM 5 students have been studying playgrounds and recently spent time investigating Shawnee Park for safety. They found several areas of concern and they wrote letters to Xenia City Manager Brent Merriman, to share their concerns. Students also designed their own playground. They named their playground and wrote a detailed description telling why they chose the equipment and design that they did. The AR Group students formed their own companies.

They presented their business plan to the teacher and then applied for a loan to get started. After they signed for their loans they were able to gather their needed supplies. They then began production. Next week they will finish production, begin advertising and set up shop. Companies will be selling their products at the XTAR Store. The T Group continued working on research for Project X-35. Groups who were able to complete their supply order form and checks were able to buy their supplies and begin construction. Next week groups will finish construction and launch, weather permitting.

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