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I hope that this weekly update finds you in good health and having enjoyed your first week back with the students after the Thanksgiving holiday. Thank you for all you do for our students each and every single day.     

Board Member Opening- There are five applicants who have expressed a desire to fill the open position on the Board of Education.  The four remaining Board Members will be interviewing candidates this week and hope to name a replacement for Mr. Gil Esparza at their next regular board meeting which takes place on Monday, December 12.  

Student Enrollment-  Our student enrollment remains high.  We have 4,488 students enrolled in our school district as of last Friday.  The state's predictions were that we would have 4,283 students.  Thus, we are operating with approximately 200 more students district wide than expected.

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STEAM Day at Shawnee STEAM day

Shawnee fifth graders participated in a STEAM Day sponsored by the Gifted Department and the XHS Biotech Program led by Molly Wavra.  Students participated in a variety of hands on activities such as extracting DNA from strawberries, using micro-pipettes to create art, and determining what kind of dye is used in M & M's by using electrophoresis to separate the molecules.  In addition to these hands on activities led by Xenia High School Biotech student mentors, all fifth graders participated in competitive STEM Challenges related to engineering.  It was a fun and exciting learning experience for students!

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Mr. Bob Ford visits Arrowood Bob Ford

Mr. Bob Ford presented his entertaining history lessons, through song, with Arrowood Kindergarten and first grade students last week.  He played the Indian Flute, Tin Whistle, Banjo and guitar which Native Americans, African Americans and early settlers would have used (which fit perfectly with the kindergarten social studies unit right before Thanksgiving). Students were engaged with the songs and loved clapping and singing along.

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