Students invited to school board conference

By Denny Morrison

The XTAR Young Entrepreneurs Project Unit and the High School Elementary STEM Program have been invited to participate in the Ohio School Board Association’s Capital Conference in November in Columbus. Kudos to Donna Shaw and Bill Richey for spearheading these programs for young people.

XTAR students also completed their “Me, Myself, and I.” Coordinate graphing was introduced to the students and they had an opportunity to complete a design created by the points and lines of their four quadrant grid. They used ordered pairs to plot points on the grid, then connected two points to create a series of lines that revealed a hidden picture. The students started working on a three-part project for their introduction to the rocketry unit.

Cox news: Cox’s Literacy Night had two special guests. Greene County Library provided information for families to sign up for library cards. Also a representative from Project Read provided information to the parents about adult literacy programs. Families also had an opportunity to complete crafts including bookmarks, a crayon resistant pumpkin, and a paper bag pumpkin.

Shawnee update: Shawnee would like to recognize its Students of Character for the month of October: Aryan Allen, Zoey Violet, Emma Guzman, Liam Massey, Calli Robinson, Camdyn McGrew, Coulten Floyd, Mellodi-Mae Slaven, Kholie Garrett, Kenneth Guzman, Kenneth Terrell, Jocelynn Futrell, Kaylee Chubner, Serenity Wallace, Willa Dykman, Sidyney Guyton, Alaiya Meaux, Miracle Perry, Sedrianna Smith, Cameron Wells, and Gavin Palmer-Leach.

Tecumseh news: Fourth and fifth grade students recently enjoyed the brass quintet from the Dayton Performing Arts. Also, congratulations to Dylan Huffman, Kylie McCarren, Colin Pham, Nathan Sheffs, and Braxton Frauman for receiving a limo lunch for being top sellers in the entertainment book fundraiser.

Warner news: Dione Greenberg’s ninth grade honors language arts class have been writing book reviews on new books in the library. They have been sharing their critiques on the announcements. The new selection of books was provided by the Xenia Community Schools Foundation Grant. The students in Amberly Winegar’s math classes just finished their fraction, percent and decimal projects. The students first created a design of their own on a 10-by-10 grid. They then used their designs to calculate the fraction, decimal, and percent of each color they used. Finally, they used their decimals to complete some addition, subtraction and multiplication problems. Students in classes of Dan Egbert, Holly Keadle, and Karen Nolen’s sixth grade science classes held their very own game show called, “What’s in the Bag?” The students used scientific inquiry, observation, inference and prediction skills in order to determine mystery items drawn out of a mystery bag. The students learned how to form qualitative and quantitative observations that were descriptive without giving away the mystery item.

High school news: Molly Wavra took 18 students to WPAFB for the Scanning Electron Microscope Educational Seminar. Students heard about the SEM from base scientists. They also had the opportunity to use the SEM and print pictures for their keeping. Wavra also took 21 students to Sinclair Community College for a seminar. It was a great opportunity for our students to experience real field application of what they are studying and careers that use their field work. The high school recently sent 44 students and four staff members to represent Xenia at the Harbor Back to School Tour at the UD Arena. This was a membership conference sponsored by Jostens.

The conference featured Mike Smith, a professional skateboarder and motivational speaker. XHS students stood out in a crowd of 2,000 students from all over the Miami Valley. They led the arena in chants to promote spirit. Their good behavior, friendly demeanor, and positive attitudes really set the apart from the crowd. After the conference ended, the Xenia students picked up the trash that other groups left behind. The animal/plant science class at XHS has been reviewing animal health. They have discussed administering medications to animals.

Book donation: Last week the Wilmington Police Department donated the book, “K9 Karson Comes Home,” to our elementary and preschool libraries. This is the true story of Karson the police dog who escaped from a boarding facility in Wilmington in order to find his owner. Many Xenia people joined in the search for Karson, a Belgian Malinois. Karson was missing for 61 days before he was found and reunited with his owner, Officer Jerry Popp.

5K: To date we have raised $2,500 in donations and we have almost 100 runners for our first 5K fun run coming up on Oct. 31. I am encouraging staff members and students to get involved in friendly competitions. I know that the staffs from several schools have already entered into friendly competition with one another. This is terrific. We also want as many students as possible to compete. The goal is to promote good health and to raise money for classroom grants for teachers.

By Denny Morrison

Denny Morrison is superintendent of Xenia Community Schools.

Denny Morrison is superintendent of Xenia Community Schools.