Superintendent Weekly Update


What a beautiful weekend.  I hope that you were able to get out and enjoy the warmer temperatures and find all of the eggs the Easter Bunny hid.  If you traveled I hope that you made it there and back safely.  Thanks again for all you do for our kids and have a great week. Here are some of last week's highlights.   

Bond Issue Information- A question we receive frequently is "If the bond issue passes on May 2nd, will the district then be coming back and ask for additional money to operate the schools or to pay for items that were not included in the plan"?  The simple, straightforward answer is NO.  Everything that is needed has already been included in this request.   Nothing has been left out.  The furniture, the ball diamonds, equipment, everything has already been included in this request.     

Easter Egg Hunt-  The city wide Easter egg hunt sponsored by Xenia Area Association of Churches and Ministries and Xenia Board of Recreation, Arts, and Cultural Activities was a huge success.  Hundreds of children and adults were at Shawnee Park on Saturday morning to hunt for 10,000 eggs.  Thanks to the following students who helped make this event possible.  From Warner National Junior Honor Society Jake England, Kade McFarland, Jobe Voegelsong, Shamiya Bottom, Owen Robinson, Haley Kumpf, Will Miller and Gracie Oberschlake.  From XHS National Honor Society there were Erica Denton and Ethan Manley.  Two XCS alumni were present as well; Shelby Hughes from the University of Dayton and Carolyn Engle from Indiana State University.  Volunteers from area youth groups included Alicia Dodson, Alexandra Fellie, Rhiannon Enoch, and Dezarae Webster.  Great job everyone.  The kids (and parents) had a terrific time.  

Xenia Preschool-  The next Open House/Registration is April 25.   

Arrowood-  Congratulations to the Arrowood All Stars!  They are kindergarten Peyton Byer, Madison Dingeman, Sophia Scafone, and Khloe Trimble; 1st grade Blake Hoyt, Jack Puett, Ashley Nguyen, and Karon Bailey; 2nd grade Jevajah Stephens, Leo Dong, Lily McHaney, and Rosa Kirk; 3rd grade Blayke Parker, Nikolas Lawhorn, Steven Gales, and Lily Grooms; 4th grade Abby Entsminger, Hannah Faul, Jaeden Rader, and Kali Clemens; and 5th grade Thomas Lawhorn, Nevaeh Singh, and Alyssa Comish.  Great job!  Congratulations to Jocee Bevan, Makiyah Bundy and Kiersten Trimble.  These girls from Mrs. Hutton's 2nd grade class completed all the reading for the "Book It" program.  Mrs. Babb and Mrs. Ryan's classes came together on Wednesday as they shared in sister class activities.  Mrs. Ryan's class read a story to their kindergarten buddy and together they worked on a writing piece that detailed three things about the story.  

Cox-   Thanks to former student Nick Shaum for giving back to the Cox students.  Nick replaced the missing basketball net with one of his own so the students could enjoy using it.  The Cox fifth grade students had 100% participation rate with Officer Mazur's annual DARE reports.  The students wrote letters to themselves as a remind to their older selves to remember their fifth grade experiences about making good choices, not to participate in bullying, and to remain drug and alcohol free.  As a reward, the fifth grade students will take a vote to have one boy and one girl from each homeroom read the best written letters during DARE graduation.  

McKinley-  Mrs. Flohre's 5th graders crafted cards of encouragement to be delivered to people in and out of our community that are currently battling cancer.  The students did a great job of creating colorful and uplifting messages.  The cards will be mailed directly to the homes of people fighting cancer in hope of spreading lots of joy over Easter weekend.  Hayden Davis, Xavier Hedger, Aubriana Howard, Kyleigh Jones and Xavier Moore were rewarded for meeting the Pizza Book-it goal each month.  80 4th and 5th grade students were rewarded for going up three levels in their math facts.  McKinley staff each picked an egg from the Easter basket.  The eggs were filled with candy and special eggs had gift cards in them.  

Shawnee-  Shawnee's Students of Character for April are Katelynn Dice, Alshon Morton, Bella Metz, Kaleb Vantress, Nevaeh Bowen, TJ Smith, Jameson Kennedy, Coulton Floyd, Kaylynn Boggs, Calli Robinson, Nevaeh Rogers, Ny Henry, Jaylynn Eneix, Hailey Benson, Jake Waggoner, Ta'Mya Pope-Whatley, Austin Tyler, Jamarius Vinson, Tayler Elliott, Lauren Chambliss and Julia Slusher.  These students are excellent role models and are an encouragement to their classmates on a daily basis.  Congratulations.  The kindergarten, first and second grade students performed the "Great American Campfire".  The students did a wonderful job!  A big thanks to Dr. Zawacki for her dedication to the Shawnee students.   

Tecumseh- Thanks to the Student Ambassadors Committee for their hard work to provide feedback about rewards and to confirm changes to the end of the year awards ceremony.  PBIS and Student Ambassadors are recommending suggestions for recognizing and honoring students differently for the upcoming school year.  

Warner-  Student Council and the National Junior Honor Society are sponsoring a Color Run on Saturday morning April 22. This run will occur on the grounds of Warner and Arrowood.  The cost is $25. It is guaranteed to be a memorable and fun experience. Warner's Bookfair will be held at Barnes and Noble on May 13th.  All proceeds directly benefit Warner's library.  They will be buying new books for the students.  Amy Thompson will be taking two seventh and two eight grade girls to a science seminar this June.  The team of four will spend three days with their teacher building an energy bike.  This is through the AEGIS program sponsored by Dayton Power and Light and NOPEC. Warner staff and students are working hard.  In math 69.8% of WMS students met or exceeded expected growth RIT in winter or spring grouping.  In addition, 52 students missed meeting their expected growth goal by just 1 point. In reading 74.2% of the students met or exceeded expected growth RIT in winter or spring testing.  In addition, 42 students missed meeting their expected growth goal by 1 point.  Both of these are strong scores and it is obvious that our math and ELA departments know how to grow our students! Nice job!       

World of Sports - Congratulations to Hank Siefert who placed at the National Swim Meet in Greensboro, North Carolina.  Hank placed third in the 200 free and 500 free.  He placed fourth in the 100 free.  All his times were lifetime personal bests.  Kylie Saner and Carsyn Siefert also participated.  Way to represent our school and our community on the national stage! In spring sports our baseball team is in 3rd place in the league with a 2-2 record.  In softball, we are 2-3 and in second place.  Our tennis team is 2-2 and in 1st place.  Good luck to all of our spring teams.     

XHS- On Thursday Mr. Johnson brought in James Swearingen, internationally known band composer and educator, to critique and rehearse with our concert band and symphonic band.  Our students had a once in a lifetime experience in meeting and learning from such a legendary musician.   

Congratulations Marah!-  Marah Croley attends Adrian College.  She recently tried out for their synchronized skating team and made the team.  She will be competing on the open collegiate team next season.  Fantastic news.  

Upcoming Events:

April 17-  3:30 p.m. PTO Meeting at Shawnee

April 18-  Mock Accident at the high school

April 18-  3rd quarter gold ticket lunch at Arrowood.

April 19-  ACT Test, Geometry and Algebra EOC Exams at high school  

April 19-  Crayons for Classrooms Meeting at Shawnee

April 19-  Spring Pictures at Xenia Preschool 

April 20-  6:30 p.m.  PTO Meeting at Tecumseh

April 21-  Interim Reports go home

April 22-  Color Run at Warner

April 22- Vocal Ensemble at State Event at Tipp City High School 

April 22-  Hall of Honor Banquet at Tecumseh

April 22-  XHS Prom

April 25-  5:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m. Open House/Registration at Xenia Preschool

April 26-  1st grade field trip to Newport Aquarium at Arrowood

April 28-  Luncheon to Honor Shawnee Volunteer

April 28-  Hawaiian Day at McKinley

April 29-  Spring Dance at McKinley   

May 1-5-  Scholastic Book Fair at Xenia Preschool

May 1-5-  Teacher Appreciation Week 

May  2-   Election Day 

May  3-   Kindergarten and 1st grade Spring Concert at Cox

May  4-   Narrows Field Trip for Kindergarten Students at Shawnee

May  5-   1:30 p.m.  Second grade Spring Concert at Cox 

May  5-   Mass screening day at Xenia Preschool 

May  8-   6:30 p.m.  Board of Education Meeting 

May  9-   6:15 p.m. Third Annual XTAR Young Entrepreneurs' Project Showcase at Cox

May 10-  10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Special Education Field Day at McKinley

May 11-  5th grade AG Day 

May 11-  Muffins with Mom at Xenia Preschool

May 12-  Mother's Day Bracelet Project

May 12-  Kite Day at Tecumseh     

May 12-  10:00 a.m.  XHS Senior Scholarship Assembly

May 12-  All City Music Program

May 13-  Warner's Book Fair at Barnes and Noble

May 16-   Field Day at Xenia Preschool

May 16-   Cox Field Day

May 16-  The Brain Show Assembly at Tecumseh

May 16-  K-2 Musical at Tecumseh

May 17-  5:30 p.m.  Brain Game Show at Cox

May 17-  Grade 5 XTAR to Youngs

May 17-  Project Tornado Assembly from Fox 45 at Tecumseh

May 18-  3rd Grade Safety Belt Program at Cox 

May 22-  8th Grade Awards Night for Warner

May 23-  7:00 p.m.  GCCC Recognition Program

May 24-  10:00 a.m.  5th Grade Farewell and Awards Ceremony  at Cox

May 24-  Kindergarten Celebration at Tecumseh

May 24-  10:00 a.m. 3-5 Assembly at Shawnee and 1:30 Kindergarten celebration  

May 24-  7:00 p.m.  XHS Graduation at Nutter Center

May 25-  9:30 a.m.  Kindergarten Ceremony at Cox 

May 25-  Preschool Graduation 9:15 a.m. and 12:45 p.m.  

May 25-  Last Day of School for Students

May 26-  Last  Day for Teachers (Picnic at central office)  


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