Superintendent Weekly Update


I hope that everyone has had a nice weekend and enjoyed the beautiful weather. Also, thanks to all of the moms for all you do.  I hope that you had a great relaxing day with your families on Sunday.  You do the impossible every day and make it look commonplace.   Thanks to everyone for all you do for our kids.  Hope you have a great week.   Here are some of last week's highlights and other important information.     

XEA Retirement Dinner- The 2017 XEA Retirement Dinner took place this past Wednesday evening.  The food was delicious and the company outstanding.  This year the retirees asked someone special to them to introduce them and it was very nice.  It was an emotional evening.  We have such good, caring people in our school district.  Our four certified retirees are Vickie Sculimbrene, Sandy Simmons, Amy Rohrback, and Lori Anger.  We wish them all the best. 

Board of Education Meeting-  The regular Board of Education Meeting for May took place this past Monday evening.  The Board, after much discussion and gathering input from approximately a dozen community members who spoke at the meeting, decided to put the bond issue back on the ballot August 8th.  This will be the final opportunity the community will have to approve this plan or we become what is referred to as a "lapsed" district.  Being a "lapsed" district means that the thirteen months we were guaranteed state money has passed and we were not able in that time frame to raise our local share.     

FFA 50th-  Thursday evening the 50th Annual Awards Banquet of the Greene County FFA Chapters was held at the Fairgrounds.  It was a wonderful event with the Xenia Chapter walking off with many of the awards.  We finished 3rd in the District in Dairy Foods, 4th in the District in Food Science, 12th in the State in the Greenhand Quiz, 5th in the Sub-District in Public Speaking (Sarah Harner), 4th in the Sub-District in Parliamentary Procedure, 43rd in the State in Equine Management (Mikal Porter), 7th in the State in Poultry Evaluation (Allison Rapp, Jordan Gerhardt, Mya Lockhart, and Sarah Harner), 3rd in the Sub-District in Job interview (Allison Rapp, Mikal Porter) and 1st in the State in Agri Science (Allison Rapp, Sarah Harner).  Special thanks to Willie Hawkins for all of his time and extra effort with this program. Great job!

Special Education Field Day-  The special education field day took place last week.  It was a terrific day!  The smiles on the faces of the kids said it all.  All of our special education folks did a terrific job.  The kids kept saying that "this is the best day ever".  Kudos to Adaptive PE Teacher Joe Price who really did an outstanding job putting the day together.  It was wonderful.    

Xenia Preschool-  The Xenia Preschool completed its Book Fair.  They had a total sales of almost $2,500.  Thanks to everyone who volunteered or helped set up and tear down.  There was an excellent turn-out for Muffins with Mom with 169 families attending the event. The decorations looked great and there were so many wonderful compliments from those in attendance about how much they appreciated the event and the wonderful things happening in our Preschool.  Great job!  Tuesday is field day.  

Arrowood-  Arrowood All Stars for the month of May are Loralei Pierce, Amauri Gregory, Keysara Washington and Nyah Yates for kindergarten, Harlen Chilton, Ta'Myra Porter, Peyton Hartsock, and Devon Bottorf for 1st grade, Kaitlyn Avey, Makenna Spencer, Bradley Hurst, and Serenity Combs for 2nd grade, Andrew Gwin, Cayden Jenkins, Maddie Poston, and Peyton Hoosier for 3rd grade, Seyi Jones-Iselaiye, Ava Grigsby, Savannah Pierce, and Nate Norris for 4th grade, and Sydni Linebaugh, Juan Camargo, and Dylon Williams for 5th grade.  Congratulations to these students!  They are respectful, responsible and do their best!  5th graders participated in an Arbor Day ceremony last week.  Students helped plant an oak tree on school property.  In addition, each student took home a seedling to plant.  A huge thanks to the Dayton Enrichment Life Center for donating a variety of bikes for the students.  There was a two week blitz of recognizing students for showing acts of kindness and they earned a raffle ticket for a bike.  On Friday 64 bikes were given away.  A special thanks to Mr. Toscani for organizing the event as well as the Greene County Parks for donating helmets and water bottles.  School Resource Officer Dean Margioras was also on hand to congratulate the students.  Mrs. Stivers' kindergarten students put on another fantastic program entitled "Welcome to the Zoo".  It was great to see the students perform in front of their families and friends.    

Cox-  The fifth grade students and the Wilberforce Chapter of the Links, Incorporated volunteers helped all of the students make bracelets for Mother's Day.  Everyone enjoyed this annual event.  The kindergarten classes had a field trip to the Russ Nature Preserve.  They planted seeds, weeded the garden, hiked in the woods, played on the nature playscape, and learned about animals and insects.  A fun experience was had by all.  Fifth graders visited the Fairgrounds to learn about farming and agriculture from local FFA high school students. Second graders enjoyed their final presentation from the Wilberforce Chapter of the Links, Incorporated about healthy eating.  Students had the opportunity to taste a variety of healthy snack foods. 

McKinley-  Mrs. Flohre's math students are continuing their journey to master their multiplication and division facts.  The purpose of the fluency tests is not for a grade, but as a fun, motivational resource to encourage students to continue practicing their fluency all year long. Students have been rewarded along the way for showing growth.  Five more students have joined the elite group that has mastered all 24 levels.  These students are Autumn Day, Zoey Blake, Cameron Wilson, Jace Jones, and Gabriella Winegarner.  These students were able to complete 144 multiplication and division facts in under 5 minutes.  All students that have turned in all library books and have no overdue books were put into a drawing for a chance to win a basket full of books and other goodies.  The winning students were Arionna Harris, Riley Hammond, Aliana Deborde, Kyra Levinson, Hunter Edwards, and Kaylee Benson.  McKinley 2nd graders visited COSI on Tuesday and had the chance to learn and explore science.  The fifth grade classes went to Carrillon Park on Wednesday and attended AG Day on Thursday.     

Shawnee-  The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium came to Shawnee this past week.  The students were able to learn about the fascinating characteristics and behaviors that help animals survive in their natural habitats.  The students enjoyed the penguin, owl and the cheetah the most.  

Tecumseh-  The third grade students had an awesome Health Fair on Monday.  Thanks to Mrs. Samuels and her troop of volunteers for a wonderful event.  Even Batman visited the Fair.  4th graders had a blast tie-dying and the shirts look amazing.  Thanks to Mrs. Meeks and Mrs. Anger.  Congratulations to the Character Choir on a successful performance at the Xenia Recreation Center.  Students concluded the week with a wonderful Kite Day Experience with their families.

Warner-  The Warner Middle School Choirs performed their Spring Concert Thursday evening.  The 6th, 7th, and 8th grade choirs all performed in front of a standing room only crowd.  The evening was entitled "Warner Goes to the Pops".  The kids did a terrific job.  Kudos to Travis Matson for putting this program together. The Spring Sports Banquet was held last week.  All of the teams had terrific seasons. The drama performance of the Wizard of Oz took place on Wednesday.  The 8th grade Awards Night will take place on Monday, May 22nd, at Warner. Impact students joined nearly 800 other students on an overnight team building trip to COSI.  The event was well received by those who attended.        

XHS-  The Senior Scholarship Awards Assembly was held Friday morning in the auditorium. Students were recognized for the scholarships they are receiving from universities and local community organizations.  I believe when totaled the scholarship amount will pass the $6 million dollar mark (currently it is at $5.85 million).  The students looked great and did a very nice job.  The parents were very appreciative for this program.  Thanks especially goes out to all of the local businesses and organizations for their support of our school district and our kids. At the program medals were also distributed to our 15 Graduates of Distinction.  The Dayton Daily News will feature these students in their June 4thpublication.  Special thanks to Meghan Smith and Judie Spitz for all of their work to deliver an outstanding ceremony. On Thursday evening the XHS Music Department presented their Spring Concert to a packed auditorium.  The Jazz, Concert and Symphonic Bands all performed.  All of the groups did an amazing job.  We have so much talent in our district.  After the program they held their end of the year awards reception in the cafeteria. Kudos to Zavaan Johnson and Greg Sell for their outstanding leadership. Thanks also to Mr. Miller, Mrs. Misamore, Mrs. Miller, Mr. Marrinan and the counselors for organizing the AP exams these past two weeks.  Students took the AP Government Test, AP English Test, AP European Test, AP Calculus Test and AP Chemistry Test.           

XTAR- Tuesday evening the students in the 4th grade elementary gifted program had a culminating activity to their entrepreneurs unit- the 3rd annual XTAR Young Entrepreneurs Project Showcase.  The 77 4th grade gifted students had been learning about starting a small business.  They established a business plan, secured a loan, manufactured their own products, marketed them, and sold their products at their showcase.  A packed house was in attendance to talk with the students about their products and purchase items.  It was a wonderful learning experience for the students and a terrific program.

Dragons Game- On Tuesday evening many staff members attended the Dragons baseball game sporting their new Xenia t-shirts.  Thanks to Christy for putting this fun event together.  It was nice to see staff members with their families all together enjoying the evening.   

Foundation Grants-  Please remember that the Xenia Community Schools Foundation is seeking a first round of applications for classroom grants for next school year.  Applications submitted through May 31st will be reviewed by the Grants Committee in early June.

Upcoming Events:

May 15-18- 5th graders from Arrowood to STARBASE

May 15-  Field Day at Shawnee

May 16-  Field Day at Xenia Preschool

May 16-  Volunteer Breakfast at Tecumseh

May 16-  McKinley 1st grade to Cincinnati Zoo

May 16-  Cox Field Day

May 16-  10:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The Brain Show Assembly at Tecumseh

May 16-  K-2 Musical at Tecumseh

May 16-  Spring Choir Concert at XHS

May 17-  Volunteer Luncheon at McKinley

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

May 17-  Raptor Center 2nd grade drop off at Shawnee Park.  

May 17-  Grade 5 XTAR to Young's Dairy

May 17-  Project Tornado Assembly from Fox 45 at Tecumseh

May 18-  3rd Grade Safety Belt Program at Cox 

May 18-  Field Day at Arrowood and Tecumseh

May 19-  Professional Development Day

May 22-  3rd and 4th grade reward programs at Arrowood

May 22-  8th Grade Awards Night for Warner

May 22-  Field Day at McKinley

May 23-  PBS Reward Day at Shawnee

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-  3rd graders at Arrowood to Caesar's Creek

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

May 24-  5th grade DARE graduation at Arrowood  

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-  10:00 a.m. Awards Program at McKinley

May 25-  Family Picnic at Shawnee, McKinley and Arrowood 

May 25-  Last Day of School for Students

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

July 5-28 Gym Floor Resurfacing (gym closed) 


The Gift of Realizing Your Dreams

Follow your hopes and dreams while you can.  While the desire is burning, when the chance comes your way.  Don't be a ship that stays in the harbor, never straying from its safety.  Don't get tangled up with "maybe... maybe someday."  Too many folks will tell you that if you spend your whole life waiting, "someday" arrives too little, too late. Maybe its already a little later than it seems.  If you really want to do it, do it while you can.  Be brave... and sail away on your dreams.  

For the people who are always going to do things: The road to Success lies along the path of Decision, and up the hill of Endeavor, and across the bridge of Patience.  The road to Defeat lies through the valley of Pretty Soon and the winding paths of Wait-a-While.

The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking places. 

There's no traffic jam on the extra mile.  

Have a great week.   

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