Americans have recognized black history annually since 1926, first as “Negro History Week” and later as “Black History Month.”
We owe the celebration of Black History Month to Dr. Carter G. Woodson. He established the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History in 1915, and a year later founded the widely respected Journal of Negro History. In 1926, he launched Negro History Week as an initiative to bring national attention to the contributions of black people throughout American History.
Dr. Woodson chose the second week of February as Negro History Week because it marks the birthdays of two men who greatly influenced the black American population, Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. In honor of Black History Month, Honors US History classes have written biographies on important African Americans in history. Those bios are were read on the morning announcements each day. Between classes they are also playing music pertaining to the civil rights era. Black history projects are also hanging in Kroger.
National School Counselors Week: National School Counselor’s Week is sponsored by the American School Counselor’s Association. It was celebrated last week to focus public attention on the unique contribution of professional school counselors within American school systems and how students are different as a result of what school counselors do. This special week honors school counselors providing recognition for them, who in partnership with social workers, school psychologists, nurses, school support staff, teachers, administrators, and especially families, provide services and support to help students reach their full potential.
Bond issue update: How large will the new building be compared to our existing high school and middle school? The existing high school is 176,957 square feet and the middle school is 116,110 square feet for a total combined existing square footage of 293,067. The proposed new middle/high school is planned to be 332,879 square feet — a 13.6 percent increase in square footage over the existing buildings. The new school will be planned to allow for cost-effective expansion of academic space in the event of a future spike in enrollment. This is very important as we currently have 195 more students attending our schools than the state projected a year ago.
Xenia Preschool: This week was “Pennies for Patients” at the Xenia Preschool. Students were asked to bring change to contribute. There is lots of excitement going on at the Preschool as painting continues. The interior is looking beautiful. Staff, students and families are excited to see all the changes and love the way the building looks. I have also heard that the children love to touch the paint.
Arrowood: The students really enjoyed the Xenia High School’s Chemistry Club visit. Several new experiments were used and the “Finding Dory” skit was liked by all. The make it, take it, hands on classroom activities were engaging for the students. A special thanks to the high school staff and students for bringing the chemistry club on the road for everyone to enjoy.
Cox: Cox’s Extended Day Program is in full swing. The class meets Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings beginning 8:10 a.m. The program uses Compass Learning to provide individualized intervention. The activities are designed to engage students while increasing subject mastery. The PTO hosted a grant event for grandparents last week. Grandparents were invited to come to school and eat breakfast with their grandchild and then browse the Book Fair.
McKinley: McKinley students were able to spend their keys that they earned for being caught doing something good. Students were able to pick from a large variety of goodies that were provided by the PTO. McKinley staff enjoyed a catered breakfast from Bob Evans last Friday. This was in celebration of Counselor’s Week. Kelly Strickland, the school counselor, received kudos for all the work she does for their students.
Shawnee: Shawnee’s Students of Character for February are Trey Uszynski, Asher Hamilton, Kalen Long, Jacob Watkins, Allison Fudge, Ayden Hixson, Kylie Stauffer, Abigail Neal, Paighton Greene, Levi Estes, Caroline Sakalaskas, Kylee Lickett, Apryle Yazel, Alyssa Anderson, Kaidence Aponte, Elena Giles, Erin Kelly, Vivian Calhoun, Mirayah Watson, Jack Uszynski, and Alex Elliott. These students displayed their ability to be trustworthy to their teachers and peers.
Tecumseh: Tecumseh will be having their Right to Read Week activities the week of Feb. 27- March 3. Each day they will have a different theme. Activities include Drop Everything and Read, a Book Swap, a Door Decorating Contest, and Guest Readers. Guest readers will be visiting Tecumseh on March 1st to share their favorite Dr. Seuss book with the classes. Anyone who wishes to come in and read to the students on that day between 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. is welcome. Please let the office know if you can participate.
Warner: Last week 52 Warner students were inducted into the National Junior Honor Society. Inductees were Sarah Board, Cole English, Jenna Hilderbrandt, Tamaia Howell, Madix O’Bryant, Gracie Oberschlake, Morgan Springer, Dylan Alex, Ella Andreassen, Shamiya Bottom, Serena Campbell, Amani Canada, Brett Carson, Jasmine Cboins, Haley Curtis, Brylee Dixon, Blayke Dudley, Jake England, Madison Evans, Kalvary Freed, Tyler French, Alaigha Gore, Madilyn Holcomb, Jessica Holland, Treyshawn Hoskins, Haley Kumpf, Megan Lewis, Destini Madelans, Jada McAvene, Kade McFarland, Emily McIntosh, Kaley McManus, Will Miller, Gracie Norris, Leah Pagett, Annunziata Palmer, Alexis Pena, Darionna Porter, Sam Prindle, Owen Robinson, AJ Ruffin-Steyr, Andrea Shaw, Sydney Shuttleworth, Makaiya Stark, Aaliyah Trubac, Allison Vandergriff, Cody Vanhoose, Alayna Vela, Jobe Vogelsong, Michael Wallen, Dezarae Webster and Sidney Williams.
XHS: Thanks to Carrie McGee for putting together the career panel for the seniors on Tuesday. Students were able to hear from a variety of successful Xenia High School graduates about their experiences during and after high school regarding education, work, and other helpful information. Guests included Whitney Caudill, class of 2009; Becca Chamberlin, class of 2000; Steve Cukovecki, class of 1994; Krisheree Jones, class of 2006; Avery Lane, class of 1993; Dean Margioras, class of 1990; Patrick Miller, class of 2011; Megan O’Rourke, class of 1999; Matt Oliver, class of 2005; Tyler Richey, class of 2010; and Johnathan Rose, class of 2011.
XTAR: X Group began its morning working on Compass Learning working with language arts. Next the students used SOAR to solve their math problem of the day. S-show two strategies, O-operations, what kind of math did they use, A- answer, write your answer in complete sentences and R-recheck, use the inverse operation to show you have the correct answer. Students are now beginning their study of author/illustrator Eric Carle.
Denny Morrison is superintendent of Xenia Community Schools.