By Denny Morrison
Xenia Preschool recently held its “Pastries with Grandparents,” which was a huge success. More than 190 grandparents came in to enjoy pastries and some reading time with approximately 138 of our students. It was a blessing to witness our grandparents getting to share a special moment with their grandchild.
A big thank you to Paula Fleming, Kristin Sonterre, and Heather DeLucia for organizing everything, to Stephanie Johnston who worked with our local Tim Horton’s for the donation of coffee, and to the entire staff for helping with set up, serving, and clean up. The indoor gross motor area at the preschool is coming along wonderfully. The equipment was ordered and hopefully will be functioning by November. It is wonderful to have this idea come together and it will be great to see the kids using it.
Arrowood: Principal Travis Yost said that having a full time guidance counselor is awesome. The ability to follow up, be involved from start to finish, and develop new initiatives to help the school has already proven to be effective. Arrowood is also very excited to be bringing “Girls on the Run” back for a second season. It has 35 girls registered for the fall season. A huge thanks to the volunteer coaches, who dedicate a lot of time and energy to the program.
Cox: Cox 95 News, the live broadcast of the morning announcements, is up and running. They had so many excellent students try out that it was difficult to narrow it down. Congratulations to Tatianna Williams, Lakia Grundy, Jayden Samons, Tre Langston, Travis Ellis, Jordan Powers, Makayli Marinelli, Caroline Sturgeon, Elise Haynes, Destiny Everhart, Kaitlyn Williams, Brennan Diener, Emma Sloan and Adele Booher, who are joining the Cox 95 News Team. These students will rotate throughout the different news roles of anchor, weather, and camera operator. They will be adding character building skits every Friday during the newscast.
Thanks to Jillian Arrow and Erin O’Brien for making this happen. Also, thanks to the Xenia Community Schools Foundation, Carla Skaggs’ kindergarten students took home their first Listen and Learn Bag on Friday. Inside each bag is a story for the parents to read to their child and a family game to play to reinforce kindergarten skills.
McKinley: McKinley’s LEGO Robotics team has started its second season. The theme for this year is Animal Allies. Students will be working to come up with an innovative solution to an animal related problem as well as programming their own robot. The team is coached by Tim Carey, third grade teacher at McKinley, and Travis Klosterman from Warner. McKinley will have its fall book fair Sept. 19-22. Family Night for the book fair is Sept. 20. McKinley will also host a Family Movie Night Sept. 20 where the movie “Inside Out” will be shown.
Shawnee: Shawnee is looking to have Family Night Sept. 27. The Columbus Children’s Theatre will perform Jack and the Beanstalk. This will be a great opportunity for our children to see a live performance.
Tecumseh: Congratulations to Megan Germano and Jason Hoffman, who will serve on a team to represent Xenia for the Ohio Instructional Leadership Academy. They will engage in three face-to-face and additional blended learning courses during the year. The goal of OILA is to create a positive leadership culture aimed at increasing student achievement.
XHS: The Xenia High School Marching Band has new uniforms. Band members will begin sporting their new uniforms after making the necessary adjustments to ensure that everyone is properly fitted. Once every couple weeks Athletic Director Nathan Kopp invites students to his office for “Thankful Thursdays.” Last week he had the senior girls soccer and volleyball players in for donuts before school. Everyone appreciates Kopps extra efforts. Communication between home and school is important.
There is now an announcement link on the top of the XHS website. The high school will post the same morning announcements that the students hear. This will be especially helpful for the career center students who do not get to hear them in person. The Renaissance Program rewards students for being positive role models in and out of the classroom. Students who have all As and Bs and no detentions can participate in quarterly rewards. Thanks to the Xenia Community School Foundation XHS will, for the first time, offer the Muse Machine opportunity to students. Muse Machine will be held three times annually, and give students an opportunity to experience professional fine arts performances.
Third round: The Xenia Community Schools Foundation (XCSF) is seeking a third round of applications for classroom grants for the current school year. Applications submitted through Nov. 11 will be reviewed by the grants committee in November. More than $5,000 in grant money is still available for this school year.
Denny Morrison is superintendent of Xenia Community Schools.