Current school sites will be reused properly

By Denny Morrison

When the new school building is built, what will happen to the existing buildings?

The Xenia Community School District Board of Education supports the staff in working with realtors/developers/etc. to find a potential user of either building, partial portions of the building (i.e. maybe a church would like the high school site but only wants to keep the auditorium or gym or maybe some of the classroom spaces), or just the site. Staff has already been approached by realtors stating how the high school site in particular would make a great location for single family residential housing in Xenia.

The school district will work closely with the city to ensure any potential use(s) of the building(s) and/or site(s) are compatible with the existing neighborhoods. The board of education and staff want to achieve a win-win-win for the neighbors of the sites, the community as a whole, and the school district.

Community forum: Terry Strieter from the Greene County ESC and Kathy Harper from the Ohio Department of Education facilitated an Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) community forum in our Board of Education Building last Monday. The purpose of the meeting was to look at the proposed legislation and offer suggestions or recommendations. A great discussion was held first with the entire group and then we broke down into smaller groups to discuss the five tenets of the legislation. We summarized the comments made and sent them to the state superintendent on Thursday.

Kindergarten registration: Kindergarten registration dates are now set. The dates and times are8-11 a.m. Tuesday, April 4, 12-3 p.m. Wednesday, April 5, and 4-7 p.m. Thursday, April 6. Registration will take place at central office.

Neighborhood Night Out: The kickoff of the Neighborhood Night Out 2017 season is rapidly approaching. They will be held 5-7 p.m. on Tuesdays April 4, June 13, Aug. 29 and Sept. 26. April will be at Shawnee Elementary, June will be at Doug Adams Stadium as the district unveils the new eight-lane, all-weather track, August will be at the old East High School, and September will be at McKinley Elementary.

Arrowood: Fifth grade students participated in the STEAM/Science Olympiad last week. A special thanks to the Xenia gifted program and Molly Wavra’s biotech class for engaging the students in a variety of hands on activities.

Cox: Fourteen third through fifth grade girls are beginning the first year of the Girls on the Run Program at Cox. The girls will be on a journey through character education and the girls setting goals to complete a 5K by the end of the program. In Nikki. Hurley’s fourth grade class they are learning about the main idea of a story. The Cox library was thrilled to welcome guest reader and Central State University student Beatrice Baker to celebrate Read Across America Day.

McKinley: Some of the classes celebrated Dr. Seuss week by making and eating green eggs and ham. Tracy Scott’s class celebrated with a huge birthday cake made in the shape of the hat. Also, throughout the week students who found the hidden Dr. Seuss were able to pick a prize from the prize bucket. The entire staff celebrated each day with a different theme and dressing for it. On Friday the halls were filled with all the different Dr. Seuss characters.

Shawnee: The purpose of the MVP Program is to reward students for their outstanding character and for their achievements in school. These students are recognized and given four tickets to a Dragon’s game. The week two Shawnee MVP’s are Erin Kelly, Kaylee Chubner, Alaiya Meaux, Ethan Bowen, Naveh Bruggeman, and Sydney Guyton. Shawnee fifth graders attended their second day at STARBASE.

Students used the engineering process to create a restraining device for their special Egbert (a raw egg). Thirty of the students successfully accomplished this difficult task. Students also used the trebuchet to investigate mass and acceleration using Newton’s Second Law.

Tecumseh: Tecumseh held a lock down drill last Monday and everything went very well. The students took the drill very seriously. It was Right to Read Week last week at Tecumseh and on Wednesday the school invited guest readers to come and read to every class in the entire school. The students were very well behaved and extremely attentive. Many positive comments were heard by the guest readers. On Thursday, the PTO supplied a birthday cake for the students to help celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday.

Warner: Warner had a great week celebrating Right To Read Week and Dr. Seuss’ birthday complete with a silent reading contest each morning. Winners enjoyed green eggs and ham and Timbits from Tim Horton’s and they also invited their favorite teacher to join them. There were approximately 50 students and staff members celebrating together. Dr. Seuss truly has contributed and influenced many through his children’s literature.

The students were engaged and really enjoyed coming in before school and reading so much that Warner has decided to continue this silent reading practice in the library three days per week for the remainder of the school year. IPOD Day raised more than $1,100 for Leukemia Lymphoma research. Students and staff are working toward their $4,000 goal.

XHS: Of the students participating in the XHS Science Fair, 60 percent attained either an “excellent” or a “superior” rating. Students who earned a “superior” rating have the opportunity to move on to the district science fair. Students who earned a superior rating were Lillian May Calhoun, Ian Delaney, Whitley Fussell, Maliah Huston-Newsom, Logann Jackson, Brianna Johnson, Kyle Lane, Ahmi’ Moore, Michael Penewit, Makayla Poplin, Brett Russell, Nathan Saner and Allison Shaw.

Good luck to these students at Districts. Our Chemistry Club also went out this past week and afterwards stopped at Red Robin. The server sent this e-mail to the high school: “Good afternoon. I am a server at Red Robin. The chemistry club came into our restaurant to have lunch. They were the most pleasant and respectful young adults I have ever waited on. It was truly a pleasure to take care of them! I just wanted to let them, and you, know how awesome they were!”

XTAR coordinates: Iin their stations, the students were asked to complete Einstein posters and continue their Zoob projects. There was also a challenge to use scissors, glue sticks, and one piece of paper in an attempt to create the longest paper chain that they could. The students continued to work on Compass Learning.

By Denny Morrison

Denny Morrison is superintendent of Xenia Community Schools.

Denny Morrison is superintendent of Xenia Community Schools.