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Edison Adds New Members, Talks Upgrades
Posted 1/15/2020 at 11:29:44 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
Edison Board of Education

RICHMOND-The Edison Local Board of Education added two new members on Jan. 13 and took official action to update school properties.

Matt Bordash and Josh McConnell were sworn in by district Treasurer Lisa Bruzzese during the reorganization meeting at Edison High School, while Aaron Richardson and Ron Smyth were re-elected board president and vice president, respectively. Bruzzese was also named continue as treasurer and the board approved a series of measures to maintain operations for the remainder of 2020.

Meanwhile, the crux of the subsequent regular session centered on the development of sports facilities at EHS and the board approved a resolution for the JTSA Sports architectural firm of Burgettstown, Pa., to undertake design services for the athletic complex, which excludes the new gym. The decision comes after board members previously tabled the matter for further review and JTSA owner Jim Sauer attended the latest meeting to respond to queries.

He said officials saw only a masterplan and details could be refined to better suit the district’s needs, but the design considers circulation, parking, security and accessibility. Plans are to unify school sports at one site by adding baseball and softball fields, a multi-purpose athletic field for football, soccer and track and a new 1,500-seat gymnasium as well as a new parking lot. The baseball and softball fields currently are located at Jefferson State Lake near Richmond and athletes have held track practice and meets and junior high basketball practice about 10 miles away at Stanton Elementary in Hammondsville. Officials said centralizing the activities would improve safety for students and save time for parents who must travel through the area to attend events. Expenses will be paid through the 2.1-mill emergency renewal levy approved by voters this fall which would generate more than $1,049,000 annually over seven years. 

Regarding the football field, Sauer said the goal is to have the facility ready in August for the start of the season, but overall construction involving the restrooms, locker room facilities and concession stand will take some time. He explained that constructing grandstands and turf fields may require a six-month timeframe and the grandstand materials should be ordered in February or March.

“We could have it all up by kickoff, but I’d like to have more time [with the restrooms, locker room and concession area],” he added, saying the locker room project would slow down the process. Sauer hoped to present ideas for the grandstand and give cost estimates for the work. “Once we seal up [the schedules] we need to shore up the grandstand designs, then we need to bid out.”

If all goes according to plan, work on the football field could begin in early May with a completion date in August, while the restrooms, locker room and concession area could start in June and be ready around October. Sauer said it also was feasible to do the baseball and softball fields while crews were still mobilized.

Superintendent Bill Beattie said costs were not yet determined but the price tag could run between $12-$15 million. He planned to meet with SHP Leading Design of Cincinnati, which is designing the gym, on Thursday at 10 a.m. at the board office in Hammondsville to obtain more details.

“They want to get a good idea of what we’re looking for so they can do a proposal,” he added. “I think our focus is correct to hold on the baseball and softball field [and work on the gym and multi-purpose facilities] once cost estimates are determined. It will give us a better timeline for the construction of the baseball and softball fields.”

Amid further discussion, Beattie hoped to schedule a special board meeting later this month to approve contracts and get the projects underway.

Talks then turned to planned improvements at Stanton and John Gregg Elementary Schools and Smyth asked if the HVAC work would be starting this summer. Beattie responded that once the schematic design phase of the project is completed, it will be ready for bid.

He explained that John Gregg would be easier to do since it is all one-story, while Stanton operates with a boiler system in the lobby and gym and uses electric heat in the classrooms and offices. Smyth added that officials promised to change the windows and asked if they were included in the plan. Beattie responded that the HVAC update would be done first with the window project to follow.

(Photo Cutline: The Edison Local School Board of Education swore in two new members at the Jan. 13 reorganization session and took action on its sports facilities consolidation plan at a subsequent meeting. Leaders also marked School Board Recognition Month for January and pictured are, front from left, board Vice President Ron Smyth and President Aaron Richardson. Back: Scott Lockhart, Josh McConnell and Matt Bordash.)

Edison Obtains DLT Grant
Posted 1/8/2020 at 10:03:54 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]

HAMMONDSVILLE-The Edison Local School District has been awarded nearly $500,000 dollars in federal funding to bolster telecommunications and improve education and health for students and families living in rural areas.

   The district gained Rural Utilities Service District Learning and Telemedicine (RUS-DLT) grant through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development for $498,015 while Edison kicked in a $75,000 local match. District Administrative Assistant Fatima Smuck, who submitted the grant with technology coordinator Rachael Granatir, said it will help acquire equipment to provide educational programs, instruction and information to students and teachers who are located in rural areas. The funding also includes a telemedicine component to help district families who are unable to access medical and mental health services.

 “Our project aims to address critical needs identified including expanding opportunities for students to access STEM resources; providing students with access to STEM industry leaders and mentors; implementing information technology programs; expanding our current course offerings; expanding our current counseling services for students; and providing professional development for staff to help address student mental health and opioid issues,” Smuck said.

   Officials applied for the competitive grant last spring and Smuck said they were first-time recipients. She noted that students and their families will greatly benefit from the distance learning and STEM courses as well as the counseling services.

   “We are hoping to start our programs soon. The programs were developed over a period of several months while working with our partners in education, which includes The Village Network, Eastern Gateway Community College and Franciscan University of Steubenville,” she concluded. “The grant will allow us to offer the needed medical and mental health services for our students as well as expand our courses to include more STEM classes. We are excited that we received this grant and the opportunities we have to work with other agencies to help our families.”

   The grant will impact about 2,600 students, teachers and parents in Belmont and Jefferson counties and USDA officials believe it will help level the playing field for rural students and also bridge the gap between urban-based healthcare specialists and residents living in remote areas for whom time and travel may present significant challenges.

John Gregg Sends Support through Operation Christmas Card
Posted 1/8/2020 at 9:26:44 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JG Operation Christmas Card

BERGHOLZ-Students at John Gregg Elementary supported the troops and community by brightening their holidays through Operation Christmas Card.

   The school sent 1,039 homemade cards to active military personnel overseas as well as local sites through the first-time venture, which was coordinated by sixth-grade teacher Hannah Boggs. Boggs said she was inspired by a film, plus the issue hit close to home.

   “One of my favorite Christmas movies is ‘The Christmas Card,’ which is about a woman who writes letters to the troops and falls in love with one, so it safe to say the movie was my inspiration,” she said. “The military holds a special place in my heart because my husband is a Marine veteran and my cousin is in the Army, and I know so many of the ones overseas do not receive anything from home, so I wanted them to know we appreciate them.”

   Students began working on the project around Thanksgiving and a goal was set to create 1,000 cards. Boggs said the first 500 were sent to a unit overseas that her cousin suggested she contact.

   “Once we hit our goal, my daughter, along with two other students, went with me and we delivered them to people in four different nursing homes. I also put some in the gas station, restaurant and post office in Amsterdam so they could get distributed throughout the community. We also made a bunch for an Edison graduate who was attending basic training and I know he very much appreciated it.”

    She continued that the pupils loved sharing sentiments through the project and she hopes to make it an annual event.

   “Most of the students enjoyed making cards and knowing that they were going to those who wouldn’t be receiving much this Christmas or be able to spend it with their loved ones. I know my daughter said she loved going to the nursing homes and seeing how appreciative they were to get a card. She said it made her feel good.”

(Photo Cutline: John Gregg sixth-graders Alyssa Brinsky and Breelynn Carrick-Shank create homemade cards for a school-wide Operation Christmas Card project. Students made 1,039 cards which were sent to troops overseas and distributed throughout the community and teacher Hannah Boggs, who coordinated the effort, hopes to make it an annual project.)

Edison Welcomes New SRO
Posted 12/13/2019 at 11:04:25 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
EHS SRO John Levy

RICHMOND-A new school resource officer is patrolling the halls at Edison High School as Jefferson County Sheriff’s Deputy John Levy assumes his role.

   Deputy Levy began his duties on Dec. 9, succeeding longtime SRO Deputy Scott Renforth, and said he was excited about the opportunity. The Steubenville-bred law enforcement officer hopes to use his experience as a teaching tool to hopefully inspire students.

   “It’s a great school with great students,” he said. “They were more welcoming than anything.”

   The 2012 Steubenville High School grad joined the U.S. Navy and served for four years as an E-5. He was stationed with Strike Fighter Wing 122 in Leemoore, Calif., and spent 26 months in Bahrain performing security transport for the Naval Supply Fleet Logistics Center, or NAVSUP FLC, then decided to return to his old stomping grounds in another capacity. After leaving the military, he applied to become a police officer in Steubenville and attended the Ohio Highway Patrol Academy in 2017. Deputy Levy went on to work for the city police department and also conducted security for the Jefferson Metropolitan Housing Authority, patrolling the site where he once lived.

   It was there that he organized community events such as JMHA Community Days last year and he has also been involved with Urban Underground, Sycamore Center and senior talks at Big Red, where he’s shared his experiences and message with teens. He continued making connections with kids after joining the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office this past April. Deputy Levy said he approached Sheriff Fred Abdalla about further services with juveniles and learned of the available SRO position.

   “I jumped at the chance,” he added. “It’s very rewarding and I’ve still got a lot to learn.”

   Among his plans are to speak with students about his life and how they could achieve success in their future.

 “I’m looking to give back and ultimately be the ledge they can lean on,” he concluded. “I want to get out there and tell them they can be anything they want to be. That’s the reason I got into this as a police officer. This position is where I want to be and share the wisdom I’ve learned.”

Edison Beta Club Feeds the Needy
Posted 12/13/2019 at 10:58:31 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
EHS Beta Club Feeds to Needy

The Edison High School Beta Club is helping to feed the needy by holding its annual Christmas food drive. Students collected about 1,000 non-perishable items for the Amsterdam Food Pantry and advisor Sara Cunningham thanked everyone who contributed, saying it will help the less fortunate during the holiday season. Pictured with a few of the items are Beta members Alex Mayle, Hayden Johnson and George Ash.

Buckeye Local, Edison Team up for Paws for Claus
Posted 12/6/2019 at 10:21:57 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]

DILLONVALE-Buckeye Local and Edison high schools may have a rivalry in sports, but they are also up for a little friendly competition when it comes to helping the community.

   For the second year in a row, the Panthers and Wildcats are teaming up to collect toys for needy kids through their Paws for Claus campaign. Each school seeks to gather the most toys and the public can also participate by bringing items to an upcoming boys’ basketball matchup this Friday at 7 p.m. at BLHS. Edison kicked off the activity last year but this time Buckeye Local is leading the effort. Principal Luke Parsons invited the community to join in the cause and said those who bring a new toy will receive free admission to the game. 

   “The event is being coordinated by myself, student Hannah Badger, student council and [Edison High School Assistant Principal Josh] Leasure. The goal is to raise the most presents possible to help needy children in our area,” Parsons explained. “On a side note, it is always the goal to raise more than Edison. This is an ongoing event from the past. Edison and Buckeye Local are rivals, but in the same breath we are closely similar to one another and have many personal connections to each other.”

   Paws for a Cause began as a joint effort between former students, former BLHS Principal Coy Sudvary and Leasure as a way to help brighten the holidays for area kids. Leasure reached out to Parsons to continue the campaign and Parsons was happy to carry on the tradition.

   “Buckeye Local and Edison are always helping one another and this is no different. This area is all about family and we consider the districts around us, especially Edison, as extended family,” he added. “Don’t get me wrong though, we still want to beat them Friday night. In coordination with Hannah Badger, we have launched a promotion on social media and our own interactive media teacher Dan Davis has created beautiful signs that have been shared around the school and community.”

 Meanwhile, Leasure noted that collections began prior to Thanksgiving break and hopes are to surpass BLHS with the number of items gathered. Last year, Edison Local Schools raised more than 400 toys alone which were distributed to needy elementary children through the district’s Giving Tree program as well as a community church to aid its holiday project. Leasure said teachers were giving students extra credit as an incentive to increase the donation amount and his students always heed the call when it comes to helping others.

 “I have always said that our kids, or kids in general, love to help out those who have a need. A lot of our students want to help their classmates and communities out by donating toys,” he added. “Some of our students have even found themselves in the position to need and had someone that helped them, and now they want to pay it forward. Likewise, it’s great to work together with a rival and do something positive for our local communities. The kids get that and want to be a part of doing good for our communities, especially during the holiday season.”

   Leasure said he hopes Buckeye Local and Edison continue working together and increase the number of volunteer projects they could do in unison throughout the community. One idea is a possible canned food drive during the football season to help stock local pantry shelves for Thanksgiving, while it would also continue to build the rivalry and relationship between the schools in a positive way.

   Parsons agreed, saying it was important to remember that education is more than just academics.

   “It is about molding and instilling a sense of community and pride within students that not only helps them better themselves, but the people and community around them,” he concluded, and he invited the community to take part in the special event and cheer on their teams.

Elementary Schools Gain Playground Equipment
Posted 12/6/2019 at 10:17:55 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
Edison Playground

BERGHOLZ-Elementary schools within the Edison Local School District have some new equipment on hand for students to enjoy during recess.

   New playground equipment was added at John Gregg and Stanton Elementary schools in November and Assistant Superintendent Julie Kireta said the district obtained a Playcore grant through DWA Recreation of Harrison, Ohio, which matched district funds for the estimated $145,986 project. Kireta said the items replace outdated equipment and expenses include groundwork, installation and the play structures.

   “The equipment arrived around Nov. 5 at John Gregg and students began playing on the playground the following week,” she said. “Stanton’s work began once John Gregg was completed and students there were able to play on the new playground on Nov. 25.”

 She said the district defrayed costs for the upgrades while the Playcore grant matched the cost of the large playground equipment, while the items were installed by DWA Recreation. The new playground at John Gregg replaces items which previously came from the former Pleasant Hill Elementary School.

 “The playground was designed around the six elements of play: balancing, sliding, brachiating (swinging with the arms), spinning, climbing and swinging,” she said. “The new equipment includes swings, a balance beam, spinner and one large piece that includes slides and climbing structures. The previous equipment was installed at various times and was beginning to become dated.”

   District Superintendent Bill Beattie said the goal was to keep kids active and potentially make further improvements to the sites.

   “The students were very excited to be able to play on the new playground equipment,” Beattie concluded. “It is our hope in the future to investigate additional pieces of equipment to enhance the playgrounds even more.”

(Photo Cutline: Leah Moore and Maddox Richardson, kindergarten students at John Gregg Elementary School, took advantage of the nice fall weather to enjoy new playground equipment at the school. Sets were installed at John Gregg and Stanton Elementary in November and feature swings, slides and other amenities. The total project cost an estimated $145,986 and was paid through a mixture of district funds and a Playcore matching grant from DWA Recreation of Harrison, Ohio, which also installed the equipment.)

Literacy Programs Planned
Posted 11/26/2019 at 8:20:25 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]

HAMMONDSVILLE-The Edison Local School District is targeting literacy with an upcoming program at its two elementary buildings.

   Parent and Family Engagement meetings are set for Nov. 26 at Stanton Elementary at 9:30 a.m. and John Gregg Elementary at 2:30 p.m. to bolster reading activities both at school and at home. District Administrative Assistant Fatima Smuck said the event will enrich preschool pupils and help them better grasp literacy by incorporating family interaction and activities outside the classroom.

   “The teachers are going to present an online curriculum piece with parents and demonstrate reading a book to kids,” Smuck added, saying the event will also involve Sit Together and Read at Home and School, a component for which the district will provide books.

   “Each parent is going home with a backpack and books,” she noted. “We’ve had [literacy events] before but this is a new program.”

   Assistant Superintendent Julie Kireta added that the activity was through the Ohio Early Literacy pilot program and students will receive the same books for home that they read at school. There is also a guided structure for parents to question students about what they have read.

    Miguel Brun, district literacy coach, said Sit Together and Read at School and Home allows preschool teachers to implement the program for about 70 students and their families.

   “Sit Together and Read is a school-home reading program coordinated by The Ohio State University,” he said. “It utilizes intentional read-aloud practices and scaffolding strategies to strengthen students’ knowledge and print awareness. Through shared book readings, Sit Together and Read at Home provides for a back-and-forth communication for strong family engagement. It includes an at-home reading component which includes a book and reading guide to ultimately increase children’s print knowledge and strengthen caregiver involvement in school.”

    Also included are Sit Together and Read at Home journals to enable parents and caregivers to be engaged in their child’s learning. Brun said it was another way for Edison Local Schools to promote reading readiness.

Edison BOE to Discuss Construction Plans
Posted 11/26/2019 at 8:11:49 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]

RICHMOND-Edison Local School officials will take the next step to bring new facilities into fruition during a special meeting early next month.

    School board members scheduled a special meeting for Dec. 7 at 9 a.m. at the board office to discuss the development of sports facilities at Edison High School. Plans will be financed through the 2.1-mill, seven-year emergency renewal levy voters approved on Nov. 5 and Superintendent Bill Beattie said hopes were to have the project completed within the next two years.

   “We will discuss the initial plan that has been drawn up by JTSA Sports architectural firm of Burgettstown, Pa., that develops sports complexes,” Beattie said. “They created a rendering of the complex and the board has to review it and determine costs.”

   The goal is to unify sports and school facilities on the high school grounds in Richmond to provide further safety and convenience for students, parents and the community. The levy, which would generate $1,049,150 per year, will help construct a 1,500-seat gymnasium and add baseball and softball fields, as well as new parking lots on the campus. The baseball and softball fields currently are located at Jefferson State Lake and athletes have held track practice and meets and junior high basketball practice about 10 miles away at Stanton Elementary in Hammondsville. Officials said centralizing the activities would improve safety for students and save time for parents who must travel through the area to attend events.

   The school board previously hired MS Consultants of Youngstown to establish a program design for future facilities and the firm will be used for the centralization plan. If all goes according to plan, construction could begin around March or April. Beattie said it will take 12-16 months to construct the new gym and possibly six months to complete the ballfields, while work has already been completed on the new $500,000 track by Vasco of Massillon.

   In other matters, the board:

--Accepted a resignation from volunteer basketball coach Mark Smyth;

--Accepted a resignation from teacher Melissa Hudson effective Nov. 6;

--Accepted additions to the county substitute teacher list including Marianne DuBois, Melissa Miles and Mark Kovalcik, the latter of which was approved last month for Stanton but will now serve all three buildings;

--Hired Brenda Stone as the new secretary of the superintendent after accepting her resignation as longtime secretary at EHS. She began her new duties on Nov. 18;

--Approved supplemental contracts for Jamie Evans and Josh Waggoner for volunteer wrestling, Mark Smyth for freshman basketball, Anwaa Martin for junior high wrestling and Jessica McAllister as VLA teacher for the current academic school year;

--Named Aric Bernhart and David Dock as substitute bus drivers for the 2019-20 school year;

--Granted permission for co-ed indoor track and field club at no cost to the district;

--Approve memorandums of understanding (MOU’s) for the district resource officers;

--Approved the second reading of new and revised policies;

--Approved a swim team contract with Steubenville City Schools for use of their pool;

--Accepted donations of $100 for Paws Pantry from Jeffrey Kemmer, $500 each for student needs at John Gregg and Stanton from the Bergholz Foundation and $1,000 for computers at John Gregg from the Bergholz Foundation;

--Learned three $600 Best Practice Grants were awarded to teachers Kathy Ramsey, Jordan Tice and Mikayla Tice from the Jefferson County Educational Service Center for their innovative classroom projects;

--Approved a $6,575 school safety training grant;

--Approved District Treasurer Lisa Bruzzese to be designee for public records training for board members Tracy Wright, John Prokopakis and Ron Smyth;

--Set the next meeting for Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. at John Gregg Elementary.

Feeding the Needy
Posted 11/20/2019 at 11:48:06 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
John Gregg Canned Food Drive

John Gregg Elementary School held its annual canned food drive on Nov. 4-15 to benefit local pantries and collected 751 non-perishable items from canned meats, vegetables and fruits to peanut butter, cereal and pasta. The items will be contributed to the WEBA Outreach Pantry in Amsterdam, East Springfield United Methodist Church of the Cross and North East Jefferson County Food Pantry in Bergholz to help needy families in the community. Pictured is Melissa Trimmer’s first-grade class, which was named top collector for the project. They include, pictured in front, Makayla Keenan. Middle: Briar Bendle, Brody Champion, Kyleigh Huntington, Olivia Davis, Kylin Moore and Carson Ensinger. Back: Dallas Hayes, Aubree Grimes, Braelyn Rippee, Taleah Carpenter, Adalyn Swearingen, Kendall Barker, Ronin Blake and Kenzi Call.

EHS Hosting Veteran’s Day Program
Posted 11/8/2019 at 9:32:40 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]

RICHMOND-Edison Local Schools will highlight military heroism with activities planned on Veteran’s Day.

   Edison High School will hold its 30th annual Veteran’s Day program on Monday for students, staff and special guests at 10 a.m. in the auditorium. Organizer Paul Baker, a social studies teacher at EHS, said members of the Richmond American Legion Post 740 Honored Seven will also be on hand and guest speakers will include J.O. Henry and U.S. Army Sgt. James Gorrell, the latter of whom is a 2005 Edison graduate.  The program will also include Boy Scouts of America Troops 3, 20 and 41 joining sophomore Ben Linscott for the Color Guard presentation, the National Anthem by the high school band and choir under the direction of respective teachers Marc Sansone and Dani Carroll and patriotic readings and music from students and educators before closing with a performance of Taps by band students and remarks from Principal Matthew Morrison.

    Meanwhile, students at John Gregg and Stanton Elementary schools will conduct their own events that day with John Gregg holding a breakfast and assembly with veterans beginning at 8:30 a.m. The program itself begins after 9 a.m. in the gym and will include music and speakers. Officials said it is a school-only event.

   Stanton Elementary will hold its assembly at 2:30 p.m. in the auditorium featuring coloring and essay contest winners, poetry, readings, patriotic music, a PowerPoint presentation honoring vets and active military personnel and fourth-graders presenting veterans with cards of gratitude. It is organized by sixth-grade teacher Maryann Hoobler and is open to the public.

Oktoberfest Contest Winners
Posted 11/1/2019 at 12:02:03 PM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
Oktoberfest Contest Winner

Rain did not dampen the spirits of those who attended the Edison Local School District’s ninth annual Oktoberfest celebration on Oct. 26, which drew 200 students and parents to Edison High School for some frighteningly good fun. Attendants enjoyed free food, candy stations, inflatables and even a costume contest. Winners included, from left, Kayden Chase and Lela Sudvary, cutest; Kane Kuntz, scariest; Mimi Ault, funniest; and Emma Hoobler, most original.

Career Expos Slated at Edison Local Schools
Posted 11/1/2019 at 9:07:31 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]

RICHMOND-Edison Local Schools students are getting a jump on their futures by taking part in a series of career fairs in November.

   Leah Eft, district career pathways coach, said local experts will attend Career Expos at Edison High School and John Gregg and Stanton Elementary schools on Nov. 13-14 and talk with students about their chosen professions. In all, nearly 500 pupils in grades 5-8 will participate in the activities.

   Local business or organizational officials will be on hand at John Gregg Elementary Nov. 13 from roughly 9 a.m. to noon in the school gym, where they will man stations and speak to fifth- and sixth-graders about careers of interest. Among those expecting to attend are representatives for such trades as plumbing and pipefitting, carpentry, ironworkers, medial assisting with nursing and dental with radiology, plus military recruiters and law enforcement. Eft said activities will then move on to EHS where the same officials will visit classrooms from 12:30-3 p.m. and students will rotate among the rooms to hear the nine career exposure lessons.

   Stanton’s event will be held Nov. 14 from 9-11 a.m. in the school gym and presentations will be held for fifth- and sixth-grade classes. Local businesses and organizations will man stations in a job fair-format and students will be led to tables based upon their own career interests. Those attending include representatives for the plumbers, pipefitters, ironworkers and carpenters’ trades, military recruitment, IT technology and law enforcement. During their sessions, professionals may also touch upon important soft skills needed to perform jobs such as drug-free lifestyles, reliability, work ethic, punctuality, teamwork and collaboration. 

   As part of her duties, Eft intends to carry out the district’s vision to have graduates enrolled in college, enlisted in the military and employed in the workforce. The goal is to involve grades 5-12 and have each senior connected to one or more of the categories each year. Eft said it gives kids a purpose in career planning and to be prepared with college and career readiness.

   Tiffany Moses, guidance counselor at John Gregg, said the format corresponds with her observance of monthly events. November’s theme is “Navigating Our Future” and students will also take part in Career Week activities following the district’s vision of “Enrolled, Enlisted and Employed.” Pupils will don patriotic colors and camouflage for Veteran’s Day on Nov. 11; collegiate-themed clothing on Nov. 12; camouflage and military branch-themed attire on Nov. 13; career-centered clothing on Nov. 14; and Edison gear to rally for the football team on Nov. 15.

   “Every fifth- and sixth-grade student created an Ohio Means Jobs account and will do activities with that this year,” Moses added. “We hope to build on [the Career Expo] every year.”

John Gregg Literacy Night Oct. 29
Posted 10/25/2019 at 1:05:27 PM by Kristina Ash [staff member]

BERGHOLZ-John Gregg Elementary School’s third annual K-3 Family Literacy Night will be an evening under the big top with a circus-themed event.

   Festivities will be held on Oct. 29 from 6-7:30 p.m. and will include fun, food and family-oriented activities befitting the younger students. Organizers Angela Smith and Kathy Stewart, who are Title I teachers at the school, said various stations will be available that are all geared towards reading.

   “The theme is ‘Reading Under the Big Top’ and it really goes along with early literacy, plus it goes hand-in-hand with what we’ve been taught through Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling (LETRS) training,” said Smith. “It’s an opportunity to share early literacy with families and we will show them how they can help their child with learning. We try to pick a theme that’s fun and interesting for kids.”

   Stewart added that reading games will be on hand as well as a puppet theater, plus retired Edison Local teacher Dr. Connie Crawford will showcase her juggling talents and add some more fun. Additionally, the school PTO will offer a book fair in the library and distribute free books in line with the circus theme. Other activities include scooter races, basketball and a balance beam to promote physical activity while free hot dogs, cotton candy and other carnival foods will be served that evening. Officials noted that upwards of 120 people have attended previous venues and they hope for another strong turnout.

 “The idea is if we make reading fun, the kids will want to read,” said Stewart.

   Smith noted that prior literacy events have spurred an increase in sales during the school book fair, which will continue throughout the week.

Edison FFA Hosting Veteran’s Day Breakfast
Posted 10/25/2019 at 1:02:27 PM by Kristina Ash [staff member]

RICHMOND-The Edison High School FFA will host its second annual Veteran’s Day Breakfast on Nov. 9 from 8-11 a.m. in the high school cafeteria. Local veterans and their families are invited to dine for free but donations will be accepted. FFA members will cook up a full feast of eggs, pancakes, sausage and fruit salad to show their appreciation to military veterans for their service while it is also a community service project for the school organization.

Edison FFA Member Third in State Contest
Posted 10/25/2019 at 1:00:01 PM by Kristina Ash [staff member]

RICHMOND- The Edison High School FFA headed to the state competition on Oct. 12 where one of its members placed third within the individual contests.

   More than 200 high school students and 40 teams representing FFA organizations across Ohio took part in Columbus and Edison FFA member Hayden Johnson ranked third in the individual ag soils contest. He received a plaque after evaluating soils by their characteristics and determining their land use. Johnson earned his spot at the state competition after winning first place in the District 8 event in September, plus he and fellow EHS students Dylan Leasure, Alexis Dawson, Mackenzie Reynolds and Delaney Johnson also participated in the team soils contest after earning second place at the district event.

Edison Band, Red Cross Team up for Blood Drive
Posted 10/25/2019 at 12:58:40 PM by Kristina Ash [staff member]

RICHMOND-The Edison High School Marching Band will host the first of two biannual blood drives on Nov. 22.

   The band is teaming up with the American Red Cross and school and community members may attend from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the high school gym. Band Director Marc Sansone said his students will man various stations and guide donors through the process while Red Cross medical personnel will coordinate the actual collection.

   “Our goal is usually around 35 units,” he said, adding that it was part of the Red Cross’s Thanks for Giving campaign commemorate the holiday season.

    Donors may download the app from the American Red Cross website and utilize the Rapid Pass to save time on registering at the high school. Walk-ins are also accepted and donors must be at least 16 years old and in good health to participate. A second blood drive will be coordinated in the spring and Sansone said the events are a community service, while the Red Cross will provide scholarships to a graduating member. A $1,000 contribution was previously given to benefit three students, with one $500 award and two $250 scholarships presented to seniors.

   For more information, go online to www.redcross.org or email marc.sansone@edisonwildcats.org.

Additional Wellness Resources Available at Edison
Posted 10/18/2019 at 11:21:32 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]

HAMMONDSVILLE-Students in the Edison Local School District will receive even more help when it comes to wellness and success.

 

   During the Oct. 17 regular school board meeting, officials approved an agreement with The Village Network for mental health services and a family engagement specialist will be hired through the counseling agency to provide extra resources. Superintendent Bill Beattie said The Village Network currently has two counselors in the district five days a week and the new specialist should be on board by the end of October.

 

  “We hope to have the family engagement specialist start by Oct. 28. He will be in the district full-time and his role is to be a liaison between the school and families to help them provide resources they may not be able to obtain. We have a full-time counselor in the district who provides individual and small group sessions and we have another who provides day treatment and one-on-one counseling for three hours, five days a week. The family engagement specialist will pull it all together.”

 

    The program is tied into more than $383,000 the district received through the Ohio Department of Education under Ohio House Bill 166. State legislators passed the bill this past July to provide $675 million for districts to help support students’ academic achievement through mental health counseling, wraparound services, mentoring and after-school programs. It is all part of the ODE’s “Each Child, Our Future” strategic plan to ensure each student is challenged, prepared and empowered for his or her future by way of an excellent grade PreK-12 education. The concept is to meet the needs of the whole child, be they physical, social, emotional and intellectual.

 

   Funds were disbursed to a city, local or exempted village school district, a joint vocational district, community school or STEM school to promote any or a combination of the following initiatives: mental health services, services for homeless youth; services for involved youth; community liaisons; physical health care services; mentoring programs; family engagement and support services; city connects programming; professional development regarding trauma informed care; professional development regarding cultural competence; students services prior to or after a regularly scheduled school day or any time school is not in session. Beattie said the amount should increase next year to nearly $560,000 and the partnership with The Village Network fulfills one portion of the plan with the addition of the family engagement specialist while the district is also acquiring telepsychiatry equipment in the school setting to save parents from traveling or inability to get to the agency’s location.

 

    In other matters, the board:

--Approved Joshua Fordham, Haley Richardson, Mark Kovalcik, Shawn Scott and Alexis Sheets on the substitute teacher list;

--Approved supplemental contracts for Lucas Spencer, head wrestling; Jeb Banovsky, assistant wrestling; Sara McGee, seventh grade girls’ basketball; Byron Bufkin, seventh grade boys’ basketball; Madison Richards, eighth grade girls’ basketball; Zach Smith, volunteer swimming; and Ron Smyth, volunteer girls’ varsity basketball;

--Accepted resignations for retirement from administrative secretary Brenda Powley, effective Jan. 1, 2020; teacher Debra Bickar effective at the end of the school year; and parapro Sue Polen, effective June 1, 2020;

--Hired Nicole Herrmann as a tutor for Edison students attending Bishop John Mussio and utilizing Title I funds;

--Approved additions to the classified list including Amber Decker as aide/cook and Amanda Hayes as aide/cook/custodian/NBC/secretary;

--Hired Christina Carson as an aide at Stanton Elementary;

--Accepted resignations from swimming coach Zach Smith and bus driver Holly Boyuk;

--Approved an overnight trip for the Edison FFA to attend the national convention from Oct. 30-Nov. 1;

--Set the next meeting for Nov. 21, 2019 at Edison High School at 7:00 p.m.

Stanton Hosting Lunch with Law Enforcement on Oct. 24
Posted 10/18/2019 at 10:15:48 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
Stanton Lunch with Law Enforcement

HAMMONDSVILLE-Local law enforcement will take time out to break bread with students as Stanton Elementary School hosts its second annual Lunch with Law Enforcement fete on Oct. 24.

   School Resource Officer Liz McCall, who also serves with the Saline Township Police Department, said the event will begin at 10:30 a.m. and safety forces will dine with each grade during their lunch period. The luncheon was organized with the school PTO and Officer McCall said more than a dozen area police officers and sheriff’s deputies are planning to attend.

   “Any local police department is invited. Last year, we had 12 officers and expect about 15 this year,” she added. “This is to get the kids familiar with law enforcement. They see me every day and know me, but it’s helpful for them to know other officers if there is an emergency. I think it breeds a good rapport between kids in the community and the police departments.”

   Attendants invited represent the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and East Liverpool, Steubenville, Toronto, Saline Twp. and Belmont Police Departments. Officer McCall added that police personnel appreciate the support and look forward to the event.

   “The officers like being able to talk to the kids. Last year, we were able to read a couple of stories in classrooms,” she noted, saying this time the cops may interact with youngsters during lunch and recess.

  Some of the classes also got creative and crafted pictures of police officers to thank them for their service, while a few students said they hoped to join the force when they were older.

 “I’m going to be a police officer when I grow up,” said first-grader Kierra Hazeltine.

 “I’m going to also,” added classmate Brayden Chapman. “[I want] to stop people from being bad.”

   Fellow first-grader Draven Adams also sees himself wearing a badge one day, and what does he think is the best part of being a police officer?

   “Eating doughnuts and arresting people,” he replied.

(Photo Cutline: Brayden Chapman, a first-grade student at Stanton Elementary, completes his artwork in time for Lunch with Law Enforcement, which is set for Oct. 24. More than a dozen area police and sheriff’s officials will spend time interacting with students at lunch and recess as part of the second annual event that was coordinated by School Resource Officer Liz McCall and the Stanton PTO.)

Curtains Up
Posted 10/18/2019 at 10:12:32 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
Edison Curtains

A crew from Pittsburgh Stage and Curtain installed new curtains in the auditoriums at Edison High School and Stanton and John Gregg Elementary schools as part of the latest upgrades within the Edison Local School District. The project cost an estimated $54,236 and took about a week to complete.

Edison Focusing on Career Pathways
Posted 10/16/2019 at 9:04:43 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
Edison Career Pathways

RICHMOND-The Edison Local School District is setting its sights on preparing students for the future by promoting career pathways.

   The district’s vision centers on the three E’s –enroll, enlist and employ—and officials hope to have each senior connected to one or more of the categories each year. To help see it through, longtime Edison High School Guidance Counselor Leah Eft now serves as the district’s career pathways coach and will work closely with all three school buildings to coordinate activity. Eft kicked off her program in September by addressing freshman English classes at EHS, but she also visits Stanton and John Gregg Elementary Schools to reach the younger crowd. She divides her time between John Gregg on Mondays, EHS on Tuesday through Thursday and Stanton on Fridays and her goal is to get students interested in enrolling in college, enlisting in the military or employed in the workforce and also encourages teachers to start such conversations with their pupils.

   “This year, my focus is going to be grades 5-12 and each year I will add something,” she said. “My goal is to work with approximately 960 students—or 120 students per class. It gives kids a purpose in career planning and to be prepared with college and career readiness.”

   Professional skills will be implemented at each school so students are more employable and have better chances of obtaining jobs upon graduation. Students will also have an Ohio Means Jobs backpack and a binder portfolio kept by the schools, so by the time they graduate the will have a career interest inventory, some ideas toward a living wage, pathways to reach gainful employment and other details. Eft’s initial talk with the English classes was to register students and also perform a career inventory which incorporates pathways, budget planning, organizing and updating potential job information, college searches and resume writing. She plans to target job searches for sophomores, budget and lifestyle planning for juniors and resume building for seniors along with a personality inventory for junior and senior high students.

   Eft said it was essential for students to learn the 15 professional skills from work ethic and team work to professionalism and punctuality.

   “This can make you more career-ready and it looks good on transcripts and shows employers you are prepared. There’s a huge push in the state and a lot of graduation requirements are leaning towards career readiness,” she added.

   The new requirements currently affect EHS freshmen and would help them meet all course completion and credits to graduate. Requirements for the class of 2020 include having three pathways, modified additional requirements or permanent requirements, but that is reduced for the classes of ’21 and ’22 to three pathways or permanent requirements. For classes of 2023 and beyond, they must only meet the permanent requirements. 

    Meanwhile, Eft will reach out to the fifth- and sixth-grade classes to give them a start on the career pathway.

   “At the elementary level, I am working in conjunction with the school counselors to implement classroom lessons on career readiness and essential soft skills.  At the high school level, I am working on the Ohio Means Jobs Readiness Seal to be on each student's transcript and essential/soft skills throughout the district.  Some other things I am currently working on is a yearly calendar for the district, a senior day in partnership with the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce in which seniors get the opportunity to network intimately with local businesses, college and career application days, a career expo for grades 5-8 in partnership with the Jefferson County Educational Service Center and career tech program, and a reality/lifestyle day for our freshmen and/or sophomores,” she said.

   Eft is looking for teachers who are willing to focus on an essential or soft skill throughout the year in their classrooms and send information on their career readiness focus for the year. Another goal is to mark Career Week on Nov. 11-15 an incorporate a career expo at each school for grades 5-8.

(Photo Cutline: Leah Eft, career tech coach for Edison Local Schools, assists high school student Isabella Wade with her Ohio Means Jobs backpack to determine potential career interests. Eft kicked off her program in September and plans to work with students in grades 5-12 to get them focused on enrolling in college, enlisting in the military or gaining employment after graduation.)

Stanton Reading Program Incorporates All Subjects
Posted 10/11/2019 at 1:40:03 PM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
Stanton Book of the Month

HAMMONDSVILLE- Stanton Elementary has implemented a school-wide reading program which spans across grade levels and class subjects.

   Students are immersing themselves in “How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin,” a seasonal story included in a new Book of the Month initiative, but the theme also carries into math, social studies and other school subjects. Principal Shannah Scotch said she utilized the concept while serving as a school improvement specialist in Florida and believed it could be useful at Stanton.

   “I was discussing the concept with the intervention team and a Title I teacher here at Stanton and they thought it would be a fun idea,” she said. “We then presented the idea to the building leadership team and they thought it was great and even added more ideas.”

    She said the purpose was for students to understand that all teachers and educational professionals are reading teachers, and regardless of the content area being taught every teacher is a reading teacher and reading can be fun.

   “This month’s book has a math theme, whereby it’s a children’s literature book about counting while also teaching life skills through literature. The smallest boy in the class learns an important lesson about size, which incorporates self-esteem into a math lesson,” Scotch added. “The moral of the story is that small things can have a lot going on inside of them. Activities about the book will be integrated into all classes, everything from school guidance to math and social studies, music and even physical education to bring the beauty and richness of literature to life across all disciplines, ages and classrooms.”

   Intervention specialists Lynsey Morrison and Makayla Tice are spearheading the program and said they hope to provide a new book each month for students to read and teachers to include in their respective lessons.

   “Every child in the whole school is going to read the book and teachers in all subject areas and grades will come up with activities based on the book,” Morrison said. “We are going to get pumpkins and kids will guess the number of seeds, plus we will do Pumpkin-grams and they can give one to someone for being a good friend.”

   Tice enjoyed the idea of including the entire school because every student is hearing the same story and talking about it within the school, which also builds a sense of community.

   “The students are excited. They have so much curiosity as to what activities will be taking place with the book,” she said. “They are looking forward to hearing the book of the month and participating in the activities.”

    Activities include identifying parts of a pumpkin to creating stories about visiting a pumpkin patch, while the pumpkin-grams concept is based upon Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) initiatives at Stanton. The school procured the first set of books and the teachers have applied for a Jefferson County Educational Service Center Best Practice Grant to purchase more literature.

    “The purpose of this project is to promote literacy through a read-aloud method to all students within the school. It can also be used to provide teachers with a supplemental book that is themed and they can build upon using the standards they are covering in class during each month. The whole purpose is to build literacy and community within the school through a whole school initiative.”

(Photo: Stanton Elementary students are gearing up for a new reading program that crosses all subject areas. Each month, they will read a different story while themed activities are conducted in math, science and other classes. Pictured with their books are, from left, Layla Zullo, Sophie Bowman, Taylor Westfall, Landon Perry, and Wyatt Speaker.)

Community Meetings Set to Discuss Edison Renewal Levy
Posted 10/8/2019 at 10:17:54 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]

HAMMONDSVILLE- A series of community meetings will take place this month to discuss Edison Local Schools’ 2.1-mill emergency renewal levy that is on the ballot this November.

   Superintendent Bill Beattie said sessions will be held on Oct. 15 at 6 p.m. in the John Gregg Elementary School cafeteria, on Oct. 16 at 6 p.m. in the Edison High School auditorium and Oct. 17 at 6 p.m. in the Stanton Elementary auditorium. Plans are to share information about the measure, which would generate about $1,049,150 annually for a term of seven years and help defray costs to centralize sports and school activities at the high school campus.

   “It’s an opportunity for me to meet with the communities of all three schools to present information to them based on what the emergency levy is,” Beattie explained. “We will discuss how long it’s been in place and answer any questions on how we plan to use the funding.”

   The original levy passed in 1994 for daily operations and first collected a year later, and the funds were originally used as necessary additional revenue to handle daily operations. This time, proceeds from the emergency renewal will help centralize facilities for extracurricular activities at the high school. The school’s baseball and softball fields are currently located near Jefferson State Lake and athletes hold track practice and meets plus junior high basketball practice at Stanton. Beattie said having them at the same site not only improves safety for students, but it also adds convenience for parents and is an investment in the district’s future.

   He noted that the project is contingent upon passage of the levy, and if all goes according to plan the district will add a 1,500-seat gym, two ballfields and new parking lots over the next few years. The school board previously hired MS Consultants of Youngstown to establish a program design for future facilities and Beattie said officials would discuss financing and planning if the measure is approved. Once the design is finished, it could take 12-16 months to construct the new gym and possibly six months to complete the ballfields. However, work wraps up this month on the new $500,000 track by Vasco of Massillon.

   Meanwhile, Beattie said officials also wanted to preserve the Homestead Exemption rule for eligible residents and cited a state law passed on Sept. 29, 2013, to eliminate the exemption on any new levies after that date. Taxpayers currently pay 87.5 percent of their bills, but they could be responsible for the full amount if the renewal levy was removed and a new measure was added to the ballot. The school board is also permitted by law to extend the renewal levy’s term to seven years to ensure it will not be back-to-back with the district’s 5.9-mill, five-year operational measure that is already on the books. The operational levy was approved last year to fill a gap left by decreasing tax revenue from First Energy Corp., which announced impending shutdowns of the W.H. Sammis Plant in Stratton as well as other coal-fired facilities in the area. 

   The district is deploying the Mine Plus Nine method to garner support for the emergency renewal levy by asking faculty and staff members to share information with at least nine other people in their communities. Some of the employees may also be on hand at the meetings to endorse the measure.

Edison Touts Kindness during Start with Hello Week
Posted 10/2/2019 at 9:59:36 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
EHS Start with Hello

RICHMOND- Edison High School recently implemented an initiative designed to promote a positive school community.

   Students participated in Start with Hello Week from Sept. 23-27, where they touted inclusion, kindness and a sense of belonging. The program is provided by the Sandy Hook Promise organization, which was formed by the families of victims in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting to prevent further gun violence. Guidance counselor Sara McGee said the goal is to remove social isolation and school violence and pupils took part in a themed activity each day.

   “I wanted to get the word out that this school doesn’t tolerate bullying and we should want to make students feel like they belong,” McGee explained. 

   Monday was Hey Day, which encouraged students to say “Hi” to someone new, and McGee said the cheerleaders volunteered to greet students as they entered school in the morning. Tuesday was Pose and Promise Day, where students wrote down reasons why they wanted to participate in Start with Hello Week and posed with their answers for the yearbook. Among the remarks were “to be kind” and “to make someone’s day.” On Wednesday, students wore green to show support and signed pledges to form a giant tree display on the school wall that was created with help from EHS art teacher Sara Cunningham. Thursday was Mix It Up Day, where students sat somewhere new at lunch, in class or on the bus.

 “I loved pulling kids out of their comfort zone to sit with other people,” McGee added. “I was impressed with the number of volunteers and how they were openly making conversation.”

   The week concluded with teachers submitting nominations of students for random acts of kindness they witnessed throughout the activity. The names were entered into a drawing with three winners selected to receive small prizes, including junior Rex Stewart for being kind to a new student; eighth grader Becka Evans for assisting other students in class and asking questions on her group’s behalf; and seventh grader Colleen Miles for volunteering to participate in Mix It Up Day and interacting with new people at lunch. Additionally, English teachers encouraged their students to reflect upon the importance of Start with Hello Week and a winning entry was chosen to receive a prize. That recipient was seventh grader Kylee Leishman, who wrote about the importance of helping others feel included and make new friends.

   "Someone can turn out to be your best friend by just starting with hello,” she wrote. “Make them feel happy and included. It is a great way to make new friends. "

   “I am so proud of the way our school participated in Start with Hello Week,” McGee continued. “Our students are proud of the school community they have built at Edison, naming us a Wildcat family.”

    She plans to promote Say Something Week in March, another Sandy Hook Promise initiative to report issues and prevent bullying so kids feel safer at school.

(Photo Cutline: Edison High School students participated in Start with Hello Week, an initiative through the Sandy Hook Promise organization, to raise awareness about inclusivity and kindness in school. Pictured are participants, at bottom, Kaden Wayt. Middle: Karissa Speedy, Allyson Marker, Hailey Yoho and Gracie Phillips. Top: Madeline Whitehill and Grayce Andreozzi.)

Edison Obtains State Funds for Student Wellness, Success
Posted 10/2/2019 at 9:52:29 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]

HAMMONDSVILLE-Edison Local Schools is among districts across Ohio gaining state funds to improve student wellness and success.

   The district was earmarked more than $380,000 through money administered by the Ohio Department of Education under Ohio House Bill 166. State legislators passed the bill this past July to provide $675 million for districts to help support students’ academic achievement through mental health counseling, wraparound services, mentoring and after-school programs. It is all part of the ODE’s “Each Child, Our Future” strategic plan to ensure each student is challenged, prepared and empowered for his or her future by way of an excellent grade PreK-12 education. The concept is to meet the needs of the whole child, be they physical, social, emotional and intellectual.

   Funds are being given to a city, local or exempted village school district, a joint vocational district, community school or STEM school to promote any or a combination of the following initiatives: mental health services, services for homeless youth; services for involved youth; community liaisons; physical health care services; mentoring programs; family engagement and support services; city connects programming; professional development regarding trauma informed care; professional development regarding cultural competence; students services prior to or after a regularly scheduled school day or any time school is not in session.

   Edison Local Schools Superintendent Bill Beattie said the monetary figure should increase next year and emphasis will be placed on mental health and families.

 “This year, we’re getting $383,253 and next year we’re getting $559,646,” he explained. “We plan to use it for mental health and family engagement and support.”

   Each participating school district, community school or STEM school also must develop a plan to utilize the funds it receives in coordination with at least one community partner including a board of alcohol, drug and mental services; an educational service center; a county board of developmental disabilities; a community-based mental health treatment provider; a board of health of a city or general health district; a county department of job and family services; a nonprofit organization with experience serving children; or a public hospital agency. At the conclusion of each fiscal year, each school-based recipient shall submit a report to the ODE describing how the funds were spent.

   “Right now, our approach is looking to partner with The Village Network and hire a family engagement specialist to bridge the gap between home and school and provide families with resources they may not have access to,” Beattie added. “We will also offer telepsychiatry in the school setting to save parents from traveling or inability to get to a TVN site.”

   Leaders were still in talks with The Village Network representatives about the possible collaboration, but they have moved forward to procure equipment for the telepsychiatry component and hope to acquire it this month.

EHS Math Students Thinking Outside the Box
Posted 9/25/2019 at 9:51:26 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
Edison Math Pilot

RICHMOND—Some Edison High School math students are thinking outside the box as part of a new pilot project though the Ohio Department of Education.

   This year, the Edison Local School District began implementing the Mathematics Modeling and Reasoning Course Pilot Project, a college-level math review program that is open to juniors and seniors. Six other school districts have already enacted the program and Edison got involved as a way to enhance the math curriculum and offer more challenging learning opportunities. It involves a blend of rural and urban schools and also helps Edison move closer to its goal of building on math education. Under the concept, students gain higher level thinking, which benefits them if they plan to attend college, and it is designed to help reinforce algebra, statistics, probability and geometry and emphasize reasoning and problem-solving skills. EHS math teacher Jessica McCallister was recruited to instruct the class and completed a four-day training session this summer in Columbus to prepare. The state DOE will collect data on the program while McCallister will have online sessions with other teachers to discuss progress and challenges they may face along the way.

   The district applied to participate late last year and was accepted around January, while students must have already completed Algebra and geometry classes to take the course. McCallister said students regularly work in groups and she essentially acts as a facilitator, plus the format helps meet the school district’s strategic goal for collaboration.

 “There are approximately 40 teachers doing this,” she added. “The idea behind this is to give the kids a concept so they are doing some kind of task, then I decide what type of lesson they will do. I’m not sure they realize that they are doing math.”

  One project had students creating a professional budget proposal to renovate her classroom. The students had to take measurements and complete math conversions for their plans and each group made a formal presentation in class.

   “They asked a lot of good questions and the groups had tasks, took measurements and had to do research,” she said.

   A few of the pupils agreed that they were learning a lot through the concept.

   “I think it’s more useful when we do things,” said student Kaysi Holland.

   “I love this class,” added student Austin Hanning. “It teaches me a lot.”

   “This is teaching us to prepare for the real world,” noted classmate Kennadie McElroy.

   McCallister said math teachers created the program and the group works with a higher education coordinator who teaches a course at the college level. Teachers meet regularly to discuss their progress and the goal is to ensure students learn in a more modern way.

   “[The pilot project’s organizers] want us to facilitate this and for students to have a productive struggle so they learn more,” she said.

(Photo Cutline: Edison High School students Austin Hanning, Jadden Vincenzo and Kennadie McElroy, pictured clockwise from left, work on a task for the new Mathematics Modeling and Reasoning Course Pilot Project, a college-level math review program through the Ohio Department of Education that was enacted at EHS and six other school districts to enhance the math curriculum and offer more challenging learning opportunities. Also in the group but not pictured is classmate Noah Woods.)

John Gregg Students Get a Shout Out
Posted 9/25/2019 at 9:31:01 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
John Gregg Student Shout Out

John Gregg Elementary is spotlighting students who have done good deeds with a special Shout-out board as part of ongoing positive behavior intervention and supports (PBIS) initiatives. The first 100 students were recognized by having their names posted and three of the pupils were randomly selected to win prizes. Pictured are kindergartener Lincoln Cooper with first-grader Adalynn Swearingen and sixth-grader Andalyn McConnaughy.

Aiming High at John Gregg
Posted 9/25/2019 at 9:27:55 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
John Gregg Aiming High

The Family Recovery Center of Steubenville introduced its Aiming High program to fifth- and sixth-graders at John Gregg Elementary by kicking off a four-week series on good decisions and peer pressure. Michelle Paulowski, prevention educator for FRC, is facilitating the course and is pictured leading sixth-graders in an exercise.

Barker Earns National Honor
Posted 9/25/2019 at 9:24:44 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
Edison Dylan Barker

RICHMOND-The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) has selected Edison High School student Dylan Barker to become a member of the esteemed organization. 

    Barker, the son of Howard and Brooke Barker of Bloomingdale, is a freshman at EHS and has been a member of the school’s Jr. Beta Club.

   The Society recognizes top scholars who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, scholarship and community involvement. The announcement was made by NSHSS Founder and Chairman Claes Nobel, senior member of the family that established the Nobel Prizes.

   “On behalf of NSHSS, I am honored to recognize the hard work, sacrifice and commitment that Dylan has demonstrated to achieve this exceptional level of academic excellence,” said Nobel. “Dylan is now a member of a unique community of scholars—a community that represents our very best hope for the future.”

   “We are proud to provide lifetime membership to young scholars to support their growth and development,” stated NSHSS President James W. Lewis. “We aim to help students like Dylan build on their academic success by connecting them with uniqud learning experiences and resources to help prepare them for college and meaningful careers.”

 NSHS members automatically become lifetime members at the time of their initial membership. At each step along the way—from high school to college to career—NSHSS connects outstanding young scholars with the resources they need to develop their strengths and pursue their passions.

   Formed in 2002, the National Society of High School Scholars recognizes academic excellence at the high school level and helps to advance the goals and aspirations of high-achieving students through unique learning experiences, scholarships, internships, international study and peer networks. Currently there are more than 1,500,000 Society members in over 170 countries. For more information about NSHSS, visit the website at www.nshss.org.

Tearin’ Up the Turf Benefits Uniforms
Posted 9/4/2019 at 1:32:24 PM by Kristina Ash [staff member]

RICHMOND-Area marching bands will be making sweet music as at Cartwright Memorial Stadium as Edison High School hosts its 14th annual Tearin’ Up the Turf on Sept. 14, and proceeds will help acquire some much-needed new uniforms.

   This year’s event will be held at 7 p.m. at the stadium, which is located at 9890 State Route 152 in Richmond. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for students and senior citizens and children under age 5 are free while parking is by donation.

   EHS Band Director Marc Sansone said students from eight high schools and one university will take to the field to perform halftime show numbers and entertain the crowd.

   “We will be hosting Bellaire, Bridgeport, Oak Glen, Wellsville, Toronto, Thomas Jefferson [in Pennsylvania], Shadyside and West Liberty University,” he added, saying it marked the first time for Shadyside to appear. “It’s officially known as a festival and we’ll have T-shirts, concessions and Candygrams you can send to a band member. Each band will have an opportunity to perform 10-to-15-minute halftime shows and get a participation award in the end. It’s from 7-9 p.m., rain or shine.”

   This year’s proceeds will help purchase new uniforms for Edison band members and replace current attire that is a quarter of a century old. 

 “We are halfway through the goal and need about $30,000, but that’s only for jackets,” he added. “The process to get uniforms takes about six months and we are looking at designs.”

   The band boosters organization has generated funds through two sportsman’s bash events as well as band shows and the fundraising has been a five-year process. Sansone continued that donations are also being accepted from the public and checks may be made payable to the Edison High School Band Boosters and sent to the school. Hopes are to have the new uniforms ordered within the next 18 months from Stanbury Uniforms of Missouri.

   Presently, there are 75 members in the band and Sansone hopes to purchase 100 jackets in various sizes in case of growth spurts or extra members. For more information about donations, contact Sansone by email at Marc.sansone@edisonwildcats.org.

Edison Senior Selected for OMEA All-State Choir
Posted 9/4/2019 at 1:31:02 PM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
Edison Troy Hackathorn

RICHMOND-Edison High School senior Troy Hackathorn was selected to attend the 2020 Ohio Music Education Association’s All-State Choir.

   Hackathorn, the son of Ty and Julie Hackathorn of Amsterdam, will attend the event on Jan. 31-Feb. 1 at the Hyatt Regency Grand Ballroom in Cincinnati. He will be among 160 warblers from across the Buckeye State who will perform on Feb. 1 at 2 p.m. with conductor Dr. Andre Thomas, the Owen F. Sellers Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities and Professor of Music Education at Florida State University. Prior to the performance, Hackathorn must attend six hours of regional rehearsals and a mandatory mass rehearsal on Jan. 11 at Otterbein University.

   Participants submitted a recording of their vocals for consideration, and Hackathorn included his warmups to denote range as well as a rendition of “Ride On, King Jesus.” He was elated to take part in the honors choir and represent EHS.

   “I’m excited,” he said. “A lot of hard work went into it.” 

   He has been a member of the school A cappella choir for the past five years and has participated in school musicals including “The Wedding Singer,” “Hello, My Baby” and “Annie.” Additionally, he has appeared in OMEA solo and ensemble contests, area talent contests and is a member of the school’s National Beta Club.

   Dani Carroll, director of vocal music at EHS, was proud to see Hackathorn selected.

   “This is quite an honor. We haven’t had anyone audition since 2012,” Carroll commented.

Edison Schools to Host Open Houses
Posted 9/4/2019 at 1:27:37 PM by Kristina Ash [staff member]

HAMMONDSVILLE-Edison Local Schools will host open houses on Sept. 10 to showcase facilities to students’ families.

    Events will be held from 4:30-730 p.m. at Stanton Elementary in Hammondsville, John Gregg Elementary in Bergholz and Edison High School in Richmond and attendants can learn what each building has to offer.

   Stanton Elementary Principal Shannah Scotch said students and their families will have a casual evening of visiting classes and meeting with the teachers, while John Gregg. Principal Tammy Burchfield noted that her school will include booths in the gym featuring different topics.

   “The theme is ‘It’s All About the Kids’ and we will have someone talk about bullying,” Burchfield said. “We will also have booths for voter registration, family fitness, Destination Imagination, literacy, coping skills and other subjects.”

 Like Stanton, she said parents will have a chance to visit classrooms and meet their child’s teacher while also finding out what students are learning.

    EHS Principal Matt Morrison said the open house provided an opportunity for families to become acclimated with the junior-senior high facility and staff.

  “It’s open for classroom visits and they can come and see the teachers,” he said. “We encourage everybody to come.”

John Gregg Fundraisers Under Way
Posted 9/4/2019 at 1:26:36 PM by Kristina Ash [staff member]

BERGHOLZ-John Gregg Elementary is kicking off the school year with several fundraisers to benefit student activities.

   The school is holding its fall mum sale now through Sept. 13 for the PTO organization. Plants cost $9 for a single color and $12 for a double color and proceeds will go towards busing for field trips to end-of-year celebrations. Delivery will occur on Sept. 19. Meanwhile, a pepperoni roll sale will start Sept. 20 with treats available for $2 each. Money will go to the principal’s fund for school-related expenses such as prizes and playground equipment.

   For more information, contact John Gregg at (740) 768-2100.

Perfect Attendance Has Its Rewards
Posted 8/28/2019 at 9:03:29 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
Edison Browns Raffle Tickets

RICHMOND-Edison High School students who maintain perfect classroom attendance could find themselves on the sidelines of an NFL football game through a venture with the Cleveland Browns Foundation.

    The foundation has partnered with Proving Ground and the Ohio Department of Education for the Get 2 School Network, whose mission is to prioritize attendance by connecting its users to resources aimed at tackling chronic absenteeism. Officials say attendance is key to student success, and kids who are absent miss important learning opportunities which can be difficult, or even impossible, to make up. One incentive to help alleviate those numbers is to raffle game day tickets for students who show up for class. Lucky winners can witness Browns matchups on Sept. 8 against the Tennessee Titans; on Oct. 13 versus the Seattle Seahawks; on Nov. 10 against the Buffalo Bills; on Nov. 24 opposite the Miami Dolphins; on Dec. 8 against the Cincinnati Bengals; and on Dec. 22 versus the Baltimore Ravens. All of the games are at 1 p.m. and winners must provide their own transportation.

   District Assistant Superintendent Julie Kireta said the foundation offered the tickets to Ohio schools involved in a five-year Harvard University study on chronic absenteeism and college readiness.

   “Edison Local was accepted to be part of the National Center for Rural Education Research Networks (NCRERN) with Harvard. This became a partnership with Harvard, ODE and The Cleveland Browns Foundation,” she said. “The Browns have started the Back2School Campaign, which we are a part of, and the foundation has given the district game day tickets to use as attendance initiatives. High school students in grades 7-12 who have perfect attendance for the school year will be placed into a drawing for each game. The student and his or her family will be offered the tickets and the drawing will take place one week prior to the game.”

  Edison is among 50 rural schools across the U.S.—including 20 districts in Ohio-- taking part in the study by NCRERN, an initiative of the Center for Education Policy Research (CEPR) at Harvard. NCERN will have an opportunity to apply the Proving Ground model of evidence-based improvement to address chronic absenteeism, college readiness and college enrollment and it is funded by the Institute of Education Sciences at the U.S. Department of Education. The study aims to find the root of the issue as well as resolutions. Officials will review data and provide tools to identify students who are most at risk for absenteeism and being unprepared as well as change management resources to guide rural schools in addressing chronic absenteeism and college readiness.

   The Cleveland Browns Foundation reached out and invited students to an Orange and Brown Scrimmage in early August where they met ODE Superintendent of Public Education Paolo DeMaria and Browns Quarterback Baker Mayfield. Kireta said the tickets were a fun way to inspire youth to go to school and learn.

(Photo Cutline: Edison High School students with perfect attendance could win tickets to watch the Cleveland Browns take on other NFL teams this year. The Cleveland Browns Foundation is collaborating with Proving Ground and the Ohio Department of Education, which are part of a study on chronic absenteeism and college readiness, and tickets will be raffled for six games. Students from Stanton and John Gregg Elementary Schools viewed an Orange and Brown Scrimmage this summer and students Nikolas Kline, Nathanael Kline, Dylan Long and Lindsey Howell, pictured from left, met quarterback Baker Mayfield.)

Edison Reviewing Strategic Plan at Public Session
Posted 8/23/2019 at 9:50:13 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]

RICHMOND-The Edison Local School District will highlight its strategic plan for its schools and is inviting the public to partake in the conversation.

    Superintendent Bill Beattie discussed the plan during a recent school board meeting and said a public session will be held next month at Edison High School. Activities are set for Sept. 19 and include a light dinner at 4:30 p.m. with the presentation at 5:30 p.m. in the auditorium and the regular board meeting to follow at 7 p.m.

   “We’ve revised the strategic plan and come up with a new mission and vision statement, as well as a profile of a graduate and four goals that will help drive the district to make day-to-day decisions,” Beattie said. “We’re inviting the public to review the strategic plan and we’re going to be asking for the community’s input.”

   The strategic plan’s mission statement is “Prepared for tomorrow,” while the vision statement is “to educate, engage and inspire all graduates to be employed, enlisted and/or enrolled.” It also includes a profile of a graduate as someone who is confident, competent and ready for life, can communicate and collaborate, cares about themselves and their community and is committed to the importance of learning. The plan further incorporates a school culture to engage students and staff in a positive school and classroom culture that builds upon community traditions and values; student success by providing a well-balanced academic and career preparation program that prepares students for work, further education or service; community engagement that increases their support by building trust, being accountable and maintaining open lines of communication; and operational effectiveness by maintaining high standards for fiscal responsibility to maximize efficiencies, operational effectiveness and school safety.

   Mailers will be sent to community members informing them of the event.

 Among other matters, the board:

--Approved a revised drug and alcohol policy revising punishments for violations. Beattie said an old policy was reviewed by coaches and the high school athletic department and recommendations were made to the board for revisions;

--Agreed to employ Samantha Sciance as a teacher and Taylor Wickham as an intervention specialist;

--Approved agreements to return Jefferson County Sheriff’s Deputy Scott Renforth, Special Deputy Mark Clark and Saline Township Police Officer Liz Lucas as school resource officers at EHS, John Gregg and Stanton, respectively;

--Approved an agreement with the Jefferson County Board of Developmental Disabilities to provide a behavior/socialization specialist within the district in a continuation of a pilot program started last year.

Edison Placing Emergency Renewal Levy on Fall Ballot
Posted 6/28/2019 at 1:36:29 PM by Kristina Ash [staff member]

HAMMONDSVILLE-Edison Local Schools is seeking support from voters to approve a 2.1-mill emergency renewal levy this fall in an effort to centralize facilities at Edison High School.

   During the June 26 regular meeting at Stanton Elementary, school board members took steps to advance the measure by passing a resolution to proceed.  The levy equals $1,059,000 annually and leaders are seeking to enact it for a period of seven years, while the advancement of the project is contingent upon the measure’s passage. If approved, the district plans to build additional facilities at the campus in Richmond to provide sports and activities in a centralized location. The board previously hired MS Consultants of Youngstown to establish a program design for future facilities and the goal is to hold track, soccer and even softball and baseball events at the site. Work is nearly completed on the new $500,000 track by Vasco of Massillon and track athletes who have practiced at the Stanton Elementary campus would instead train there. Other plans also include moving the baseball and softball fields from the Jefferson State Lake area as well as junior high basketball practice from Stanton.

   Officials first discussed plans at the May session and Superintendent Bill Beattie said it will now appear on the November general election ballot for the public’s consideration.

   “This levy has been on the ballot for a very long time and our goal is to preserve the Homestead rule for those who are eligible,” Beattie said, citing the Homestead Rollback Exemption, a state law passed on Sept. 29, 2013, to eliminate the exemption on any new levies after that date. “The state is paying 12.5 percent, and if we decide to take the renewal levy off and put one on later, then any new levy going on the ballot moving forward would mean the local residents are responsible for 100 percent.”

  The board was also permitted by law to extend the levy term to seven years to ensure it will not be back-to-back with the district’s 5.9-mill, five-year operational measure that is already on the books. 

   “The board voted to change the term from five to seven years since we already had a levy on the ballot and wanted to get a separation between the two,” he added.

   Voters renewed the operational levy last fall to fill a void left by decreasing tax revenue from First Energy Corp., which announced impending shutdowns of the W.H. Sammis Plant in Stratton as well as other coal-fired facilities in the area. That levy will bring in an estimated $1.9 million annually and also helps close the $1.6 million financial gap caused by the loss of revenue from the plant, which was set to close in 2022. Beattie said the district has already been generating some funds from the gas and oil pipeline and Edison was expected to receive approximately $1.65 million during FY’18. However, he noted that the oil and gas funds are not guaranteed and the amount could fluctuate each year.

   In related matters, the district received a $50,000 grant from the Charles and Thelma Pugliese Charitable Foundation to help construct a new concession stand and restroom facility near the new track. Beattie said EHS Athletic Director JoAnn Stagani obtained the grant to offset costs but any plans would not get underway until after the general election.

   “We’ll see what the outcome will be with the levy in November and then we will get the project plans together.”

   Meanwhile, the board renewed Assistant Superintendent Julie Kireta’s contract for three years, which will extend from 240 days to 260 days. Beattie praised Kireta for stepping into the role and said she has done a fantastic job.

   Officials also approved the resignation of Stephanie Zimmer, who was recently hired as the new principal at Stanton, after she opted to take a position in West Virginia. The board filled the position by hiring Shannah Kosek, a local native who is returning to the area after two decades in Florida. Beattie noted that Kosek had plenty of experience as an educator and leaders were excited to have her on board.

   “She brings a lot of knowledge to the table and has been an elementary principal, an assistant principal and a program director,” he said.

   Leaders also approved the superintendent’s recommendation to pay Kosek on a timesheet from July 1-31 at her daily rate, not to exceed 10 days.

   In other action, the board:

--Approved changes to the administrative staff salary and fringe benefit agreement for secretaries which granted the same salary increase as the Edison Local Educators Association;

 --Approved final appropriations for Fiscal Year 2019 totaling $22 million;

--Approved an agreement with Educational Partnerships Institutes, LLC, (EPI) for consulting services through FY’22 which will be paid through the $286,900 Quality Improvement Grant the district received this year;

--Approved supplemental contracts for Collin Skeeles for junior high football, Samanda Pepperling for junior high volleyball, Shane O’Brien for varsity track, Kenny Cranston for football volunteer and Allie Byrley for girls’ soccer assistant in the upcoming school year;

--Approved a supplemental contract for Caitlin Schultz as science department chair during the 2018-19 school year;

--Approved the classified substitute list for aides, cooks, secretaries, custodians and related positions;

--Awarded teacher Dawn Cable a two-year contract;

--Approved a $250 donation from Rich Cernansky for the EHS Principal’s Fund and a $2,258 contribution from Hold on Peace Exists (HOPE);

--Approved service contracts and agreements with the Jefferson County Educational Service Center, HARCATUS Head Start and Columbiana County ESC;

--Approved the Edison High School Student Handbook;

--Set the next meeting for July 18 at 7 p.m. at Stanton Elementary.

Edison Gains School Quality Improvement Grant
Posted 6/21/2019 at 8:36:31 PM by Kristina Ash [staff member]

 HAMMONDSVILLE-Edison Local Schools has gained a School Quality Improvement Grant to target math and reading at the high school level.

   The district received a competitive grant totaling $405,000 from the Ohio Department of Education and Assistant Superintendent Julie Kireta said the funds will be used for curriculum alignment at Edison High School for a period of four years.

   “With the money, we’re going to work with an outside contractor on the district’s strategic plan and curriculum maps for the high school,” said Kireta. “The strategic plan is the district’s goals for a five-year period and we will look at academic services provided to students at the facilities, what we’re doing and how we’re spending money.”

   The district is working with consultants from the Educational Partnerships Institute, LLC, of Powell, Ohio, and Kireta added that high school teachers will be involved with the curriculum map to ensure state requirements are covered within a proper sequence and timeline.

   “We’ve already started on the strategic plan over the summer with administrators, the school board and teacher’s union and teachers from the high school will meet July 31 and Aug. 1 to help continue working on it and also get our map under way. They will meet in a continual process over the school year.”

   She said the grant is a great benefit to the future of Edison Local Schools—the children.

   “We’re thankful for the opportunity to have outside consultants come in and help facilitate this process and learning for our students.”

Seniors Recognized at Banquet
Posted 5/23/2019 at 3:58:08 PM by Kristina Ash [staff member]

EAST SPRINGFIELD-Edison High School seniors were in the spotlight during the 2019 Honors Banquet on May 19.

   Students were recognized for their academic achievements and with scholarships during the event at The Countryside in East Springfield. EHS Principal Matt Morrison welcomed the crowd and guidance counselor Samanda Pepperling served as program announcer while Senior Class President Julia Purks and Vice President Brennan Scott respectively provided the invocation and benediction. Twenty-one gold Beta cords were given to senior club members while 26 silver and 31 black honors cords were also dispersed. Scholarships, academic letters and other awards were then distributed throughout the evening.

   Academic letters went to students with a 3.0 GPA or above and first-year recipients were Sadara Allen, Aaliyah Arnold, Kaleb Briganti, Kylie Law, Bryce McAfoose, Logan Morrison and Hanna Smith, while second-year letters were awarded to Chessa Cunningham, Myakenzie Daugherty, Isabelle Freeland, Kayla Habbit, Stephanie Kinney, Breanna Leverett, Cassandra Reed, Blake Thomas, Thomas Thompson and Caroline Williamson. Third-year letter winners were Shannon Bahen, Lance McAfoose, Nathan Mizell, Angelique Monigold, Cassidy Neeley, Isaac Schmitz and Willis Sears and fourth-year recipients included Joseph Ash, Lexis Bocek, Damon Bonar, Abigail Booth, Nathan Cain, Nicholas Decker, Zachary Easter, Natasha Fedorka, Lauren Ferralli, Jared Findlay, Dominick Flenniken, Chloe Fray, Harlan Gump, Faith Hoobler, Salenna Hoover, Andrew Kinney, Hunter Klinesmith, Benjamin Kuntz, Ryan Laverick, Madisyn Mason, Kierra McClain, Mary McConnell, Gerald Nesbitt, Kenzi Potkrajac, Julia Purks, Kiersten Reese, Brennan Scott, Brianna Sheets, Anthony Sinicropi, Haley Sorg, Cameron Wadas, Riley Watson, Dominic Williams, Kyle Willison and Kayla Wood.

   The President’s Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement and Outstanding Academic Excellence were given to seniors with a GPA of 3.0 to 4.0. Honorees for outstanding achievement (3.0-3.49) included Morgan Adkins, Shannon Bahen, Abigail Booth, Brandon Boyd, Nicholas Decker, Brooklynn Elverd, Lauren Erb, Dominick Flenniken, Isabelle Freeland, Harlan Gump, Salenna Hoover, Stephanie Kinney, Hunter Klinesmith, Benjamin Kuntz, Hannah Lipinski, Bryan Maddocks, Lance McAfoose, Nathan Mizell, Angelique Monigold, Cassidy Neeley, Cassandra Reed, Kiersten Reese, Willis Sears, Helenmarie Smith, Abbagail Booth, Haley Sorg, Cameron Wadas, Justin Wade, Dominic Williams and Kyle Willison. Academic excellence awardees who obtained a 3.5-4.0 GPA included Joseph Ash, Lexis Bocek, Damon Bonar, Lindsey Breon, Nathan Cain, Zachary Easter, Natasha Fedorka, Lauren Ferralli, Jared Findlay, Chloe Fray, Kayla Habbit, Faith Hoobler, Andrew Kinney, Ryan Laverick, Madisyn Mason, Bryce McAfoose, Kierra McClain, Mary McConnell, Gerald Nesbitt, Kenzi Potkrajac, Julia Purks, Isaac Schmitz, Brennan Scott, Brianna Sheets, Anthony Sinicropi, Riley Watson and Kayla Wood.

   Scholarship and award recipients included Cameron Wadas, the Allen Bateman Scholarship for $1,500; Ryan Laverick, American Electric Power Educational Trust Scholarship; Joseph Ash and Nicholas Decker, American Red Cross Scholarships for $250 each; Andrew Kinney, Anthony Sinicropi, Cameron Wadas and Kayla Wood, Bergholz Community Foundation Scholarships for $1,500 each; Brennan Scott, Beta Club Scholarship for $500; Lindsey Breon, Zachary Easter and Kenzi Potkrajac, Charles and Thelma Pugliese Charitable Foundation Scholarships for $1,000 each; Brennan Scott, DAR Good Citizen Award; Mary McConnell, Eastern Gateway Community College Scholarship for $12,000; Faith Hoobler and Andrew Kinney, Edison Booster Scholarships for $500 each; Anthony Sinicropi, Edison Local Education Association Scholarship for $500; Faith Hoobler, Edison Student Council Scholarship for $1,000; Lindsey Breon, Nathan Cain, Zachary Easter and Kayla Wood, Edison Student Council Scholarships for $500 each; Andrew Kinney and Julia Purks, Future Leaders of America Awards; Ryan Laverick, Homer C. Campbell Scholarship; Helenmarie Smith, Hugh O’Brian Youth Scholarship/$2,000 renewable for four years; Nathan Cain, Nicholas Decker and Madisyn Mason, Jack Moorhead Band Scholarships for $300 each; Kayla Wood, Jefferson County Farm Bureau Scholarship for $500; Nathan Cain, John Gregg PTO Scholarship for $250; Madisyn Mason, the John Phillip Sousa Award; Dominic Williams, the John H. and Dorothy M. Zmavec Scholarship for $1,250; Helenmarie Smith, Johnson and Wales University Scholarship/$20,000 renewable for four years; Andrew Kinney, Judy Maple Foundation Scholarship for $2,500; Helenmarie Smith, Kent State University CCP Scholarship for $1,000; Helenmarie Smith, Kent State USG Scholarship for $7,000; Kayla Habbit, the Lou Holtz/Upper Ohio Valley Hall of Fame Scholarship for $20,000; Nathan Cain and Hanna Smith, Louis Armstrong Jazz Awards; Nathan Cain, Markanton Memorial Scholarship for $1,000; Joseph Ash, Natasha Fedorka and Riley Watson, Martha McKinley Memorial Scholarships for $1,000 each; Helenmarie Smith, Mary B. Dye Memorial Scholarship for $1,000; Lindsey Breon and Kenzi Potkrajac, Mildred and June McConnell Scholarship for $1,000 each; Kayla Wood, Motorcycle Memorial Scholarship for $500; Benjamin Kuntz, Muskingum Academic Scholarship for $16,000; Helenmarie Smith, National Student Organization Scholarship for $2,000; Nathan Cain, Ohio Distinction Scholarship for $1,000; Faith Hoobler and Anthony Sinicropi, OHSAA Archie Griffin Sportsmanship Awards; Shannon Bahen, OHSAA Courageous Student Award; Lauren Ferralli and Brennan Scott, OHSAA NFHS Award of Excellence; Mary McConnell and Isaac Schmitz, OHSAA Scholar Athletic Awards;  Nathan Cain and Nicholas Decker, Ohio Success Scholarships for $2,000 each; Nicholas Decker, Ohio University Award for $4,050; Andrew Kinney, Ohio Valley BPW Scholarship for $500; Joseph Ash, Myakenzie Daugherty, Natasha Fedorka, Kierra McClain and Kierra McClain, Pay It Forward Scholarships for $1,000 each; Andrew Kinney and Brennan Scott, Richmond Lions Club Scholarship for $500 each; Mary McConnell, Richmond Lions Club-Bob Alpino Scholarship for $500; Cameron Wadas, Robert Meyers Scholarship for $1,000; Helenmarie Smith, Robert Morris University Scholarship/$12,000 renewable for four years; Andrew Kinney, Rotary Club of Steubenville Service Above Self Scholarship for $1,000; Anthony Sinicropi, Sarah Schaefer Memorial Scholarship for $500; Nicholas Decker, Semper Fidelis Award; Faith Hoobler and Helenmarie Smith, Stanton Elementary PTO Scholarships for $500 each; Ryan Laverick, University of Akron Scholarship; Julia Purks, Valley of Steubenville Scottish Rite Scholarship for $1,000; Zachary Easter, Kayla Habbit, Anthony Sinicropi and Cameron Wadas, Vickie Shaffer Memorial Scholarships for $1,165 each; Brennan Scott, Waynesburg Presidential Scholarship for $13,000; Julia Purks, West Liberty Elbin Scholarship for $12,000; Andrew Kinney, West Virginia University Scholarship of Distinction for $32,000; and Ryan Laverick, Williams Honors Scholarship.

 Honors diplomas were awarded to Joseph Ash, Lexi Bocek, Damon Bonar, Lindsey Breon, Nathan Cain, Zachary Easter, Brooklynn Elverd, Natasha Fedorka, Lauren Ferralli, Chloe Fray, Faith Hoobler, Andrew Kinney, Ryan Laverick, Hannah Lipinski, Madisyn Mason, Kierra McClain, Mary McConnell, Gerald Nesbitt, Kenzi Potkrajac, Julia Purks, Isaac Schmitz, Brennan Scott, Riley Watson and Kayla Wood.

   Fourteen graduates also earned Eastern Gateway Community College associate degrees including Shannon Bahen, Lexi Bocek, Damon Bonar, Nathan Cain, Zachary Easter, Nicholas Decker, Lauren Ferralli, Faith Hoobler, Andrew Kinney, Ryan Laverick, Nathan Mizell, Gerald Nesbitt, Julia Purks and Willis Sears.

   Also recognized were senior class President Julia Purks, Vice President Brennan Scott, Secretary Kayla Wood and Treasurer Joseph Ash; Ohio Boys’ State delegates Joseph Ash and Ryan Laverick; Ohio Girls’ State delegates Faith Hoobler and Julia Purks; and Close Up delegates Morgan Adkins, Joseph Ash, Nathan Cain, Nicholas Decker, Lauren Ferralli, Andrew Kinney, Benjamin Kuntz, Faith Hoobler, Ryan Laverick, Nathan Mizell, Helenmarie Smith, Dominic Williams and Kyle Willison.

   Meanwhile, Damon Bonar, Ryan Laverick and Isaac Schmitz were named valedictorians with Julia Purks as salutatorian. Rounding out the top 10 are Lauren Ferralli, Mary McConnell, Andrew Kinney, Madisyn Mason, Joseph Ash and Brennan Scott.

   The 2019 Edison graduates are as follows: Samuel Dominic Abdalla, Morgan Renea Adkins, Devin Foster Allan, Sadara Marie Allen, Aaliyah Lenea Arnold, Joseph Michael Ash, Shannon Suzanne Bahen, Danielle Nicole Beadnell, Lexis Virginia Bocek, Damon Michael Bonar, Abigail Paige Booth, Brandon Michael Boyd, Lindsey Nicole Breon, Kaleb Johnathon Briganti, Michael Robert Brinsky, Nathan Douglas Cain, Andrew William Carroll, Dakota Michael Clifton, Elijah Alexander Cline, Miranda Paige Cronin, Chessa Jean Cunningham, Myakenzie Hayden Daugherty, Christopher Stewart Dean, Zane Xavier Dean, Nicholas Logan Decker, Dominique Antoinette Delucca, Myles Darren Drake, Spencer Arthur Dudley, Megan Marie Dunn, Haelyi’ Noel Eakle, Zachary Randall Easter, Blake Hiram Eisnaugle, Brooklynn Margaret Elverd, Lauren Ann Erb, Natasha Lynn Fedorka, Lauren Elizabeth Ferralli, Jared William Findlay, Dominick Andrew Flenniken, Chase Robert Fray, Chloe Agnes Fray, Isabelle Marie Freeland, Brendan Derrial Frey, John David Gibbs, Sarah Maria Gonzalez, Christopher Patrick Graham, Harlie Airason Gribbin, Todd Michael Gubanez, Harlan Conrad Gump, Kayla Elizabeth Habbit, Romeo Jose Hall, Ryan Robert Hazelip, Dazaun Marquise Hicks, Ryan Michael Higgs, Nancy Jean Hinerman, Faith Elizabeth Hoobler, Salenna Ann Hoover, Carrson James Howell, Lane Allen Huffman, Andrew Keith Kinney, Stephanie Deion Kinney, Jason Mathew Klein, Hunter Nicholas Klinesmith, Benjamin William Kuntz, Ryan Floyd Laverick, Kylie Jo Law, Breanna Nicole Leverett, Hannah Marie Lipinski, Bryan Robert Maddocks, Madisyn Brooke Mason, Bryce Nathaniel McAfoose, Lance Jeffrey McAfoose, Joseph Stephen McCallister, Kierra Anne McClain, Mary Frances McConnell, Sierra Dawn McCoy, Ryan David McKee, Shane William Miles, John Christopher Miller, Nathan Edward Mizell, Angelique RiAnna Monigold, Adam Michael Montgomery, Jacob Edward Moore, Christopher Scott Morale, Kyle James Morris, Logan Daniel Morrison, Cassidy Lynn Neeley, Gerald Jackson Nesbitt, Mary Beth Patterson, Kory Franklin-Rosmond Pethtel, Caleb Drake Postlethwaite, Kenzi Marie Potkrajac, Julia Nicole Purks, Kailey Marie Pytash, Cassandra Mae Reed, Kiersten Nichole Reese, Gage Leslie Robinson, Derek Paul Rohall, Daniel Lee Saunders, Isaac Thomas Schmitz, Nathan Scholl, Brennan Wiley Scott, Willis Shane Sears, Isaiah Harley Shannon, Brianna Mechele Sheets, Noah Thomas Simpson, Anthony Russell Sinicropi, Abbagail Rena Smith, Anderea Lee Smith, Cooper Paul Smith, Hanna Nicole Smith, Helenmarie Nichole Smith, Haley Lorraine Sorg, Justin Tyler Swope, Daniel James Tharp, Blake Anthony Thomas, Isaac James Thomas, Thomas Dale Thompson, Caleb Sean Thornton, James Torres, Jenna Torres, Chad Michael Vance, Cameron Michael Wadas, Jarred Michael Vojvodich, Justin Michael Wade, Noah Wasserman, Riley Michael Hedley Watson, Cheyenne Rene’ Wells, Cassie Layne Wertenberger, Dominique Michael Wilbur, Dominic Michael Williams, Caroline Grace Williamson, Kyle Bradley Willison, Kayla Nicole Wood and Keithan Thomas Ray Woods.

Going Up
Posted 5/23/2019 at 7:37:30 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
John Gregg Balloon

Fifth- and sixth-graders at John Gregg Elementary headed outdoors for a little science experiment. Fifth-graders designed and constructed water-powered plastic bottle rockets to understand pressure and aerodynamics while the upperclassmen created hot air balloons using tissue paper to learn why hot air is lighter than cooler air. The students launched their inventions while their schoolmates looked on. Among the students pictured with their balloon are, from left, Lucas Peterson, Carmen Bitgood, Jordan Thomas and Dallas Gotschall with teachers Brooke Barker and Tally Paisuk.

Graduation Day
Posted 5/22/2019 at 11:31:51 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
Stanton Kindergarten Graduation

About 40 kindergarteners at Stanton Elementary celebrated a milestone by advancing to first grade. The students took part in graduation day activities on May 21, including songs and recognition for classroom achievements as family members proudly looked on.

Walking for a Cure
Posted 5/22/2019 at 11:28:16 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
Edison RFL Walk

Edison High School students capped off fundraising efforts for the American Cancer Society by walking on the school track for Relay For Life. The Junior High Beta Club sold daffodils during March and April and other moneymakers leading up to the event included a Disney-related spirit week based on the “Wildcats Wish Upon a Cure” school theme, sales of Disney Relay For Life spirit wear and a chance to get some sweet revenge on teachers and administrators with a pie in the face. Among the faculty taking hits were Superintendent Bill Beattie, Assistant Principal Josh Leasure, science teacher Megan Evans and intervention specialist Beverly Sansone. However, the staff did come out on top in a charity basketball game against the seniors and the school raised a total of $3,200 at the conclusion.

Summer Feeding Program Expanding at Edison
Posted 5/22/2019 at 10:53:35 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]

RICHMOND-Edison Local Schools will continue its successful Seamless Summer Feeding program by teaming up with local churches to branch out into the community.

   During the regular school board session on May 17 at Edison High School, Superintendent Bill Beattie said the site would host the free meal program again this year from June 3 –Aug. 16 and several churches were also getting involved.

   “We are going to continue the summer food program and it will be expanded,” Beattie said. “Not only will it be offered at Edison on Monday to Thursday from 11-12:30 p.m., as of now three local churches will partner with us.”

    He said the program will also be held at Amsterdam Church of God on Monday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Irondale United Methodist Church on Tuesday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to noon and at Richmond Methodist Church on Tuesday and Thursday from noon to 1 p.m. However, it will be closed the week of July 1-5 in observance of the Independence Day holiday.

   Dozens of kids took part in the program last year and it is open to youth ages 18 and under who do not necessarily have to reside within the district. It attracted many high school students participating in band camp and football training sessions plus younger children to dine on a well-rounded meal including sandwiches, fruit and vegetables.

   Any additional church interested in participating may contact District Administrative Assistant Fatima Smuck at (740) 282-0065, Ext. 1114. Information is also available on the district website at edisonwildcats.org and Facebook page.

   In other matters, the board:

--Hired Dr. Stephanie Duffy-Zimmer as the new principal at Stanton Elementary School. Dr. Duffy-Zimmer will begin on Aug. 1 and comes to the district from Brooke Primary South;

--Employed Nolan Marcus as a physical education teacher;

--Approved Sara McGee as a guidance counselor;

--Employed Ron Wiley as a bus driver;

--Approved the tentative graduation list from Edison High School;

--Approved an overnight field trip for the FFA Summer Camp in Carrollton from July 8-12;

--Approved a mental health services agreement with Village Network, which will provide two full-time licensed therapists in the district for the entire school year in addition to the staff currently on hand two days a week at Stanton and John Gregg and four days at EHS;

--Approved the resignation of EHS teacher Christina Haught after two years of service;

--Hired Pam Collins as a night building cleaner;

--Approved supplemental contracts, a summer speech therapist, additions to the certificated substitute list, certificated contracts, summer help and workers for the preschool and kindergarten screening;

--Hired Josh Roghelia as a temporary custodian at John Gregg effective May 20;

--Renewed an oil and gas lease with DPS Land Services through Encino;

--Approved an agreement for a one-year contract with Learfield Licensing Partners for trademark licensing;

--Set the next meeting for June 26 at 7 p.m. at Stanton.

Edison Eyes Emergency Renewal Levy for Fall
Posted 5/22/2019 at 8:56:16 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]

RICHMOND-Edison Local Schools will proceed with a 2.1-mill emergency renewal levy this fall to assist with its plans to centralize facilities at Edison High School.

   During the regular board meeting on May 16 at the high school, officials agreed to place the renewal on the ballot in November to help finance the upgrade. Superintendent Bill Beattie said the levy equals $1,059,000 annually and leaders were seeking to enact it for a period of seven years, while the advancement of the project is contingent upon the measure’s passage.

   “The focus on the emergency levy renewal is to potentially utilize the funds, if the levy passes, to build additional facilities at Edison High School,” he said. “In order for us to move forward with the building, it will be dependent upon the passage of the renewal levy.”

   Leaders also learned that any new levy passed after Sept. 9, 2013, taxpayers would no longer receive Homestead Exemption savings equaling 12.5 percent and officials wanted to preserve that status to benefit the community and the district.

   “If we take the levy off the ballot, we’ll lose that and this would be a good use for the funds if we put everything at one site.”

   The overall goal is to provide sports and activities in a centralized location and the board previously hired MS Consultants of Youngstown to establish a program design for future facilities at EHS for that purpose. Currently, the baseball and softball fields are located near Jefferson State Lake and athletes also hold track practice and meets plus junior high basketball practice at Stanton. Work has begun on the new $500,000 track at EHS after approving a contract with VASCO of Massillon last month and it should be completed by the start of the upcoming school year, while the remainder are still in the planning stages. In March, officials also agreed to renovate the auditorium and hired LM Construction of St. Clairsville and work should start in early June. Plans include adding new drywall, paint and updated grid and ceiling tiles.

   The seven-year term of the emergency levy also ensures it will not be back-to-back with the district’s 5.9-mill, five-year operational measure that is already on the books. Voters renewed the operational levy last fall to fill a void left by decreasing tax revenue from First Energy Corp., which announced impending shutdowns of the W.H. Sammis Plant in Stratton as well as other coal-fired facilities in the area. That levy will bring in an estimated $1.9 million annually and also helps close the $1.6 million financial gap caused by the loss of revenue from the Sammis Plant, which is set to close in 2022. Beattie said the district has already been generating some funds from the gas and oil pipeline and Edison was expected to receive approximately $1.65 million during FY’18. However, he noted that the oil and gas funds are not guaranteed and the amount could fluctuate each year.

   Meanwhile, the board approved a bid from TeamCraft Roofing Inc. to complete an estimated $259,100 improvement at Stanton Elementary. Beattie said a section of the roof will be replaced starting in early June and should take six weeks to complete. Permanent improvement funds will finance the project, and once it is finished, all of the school roofing within the district will have been updated. Additionally, MS Consultants will provide criterion engineer services to develop a scope of work for further renovations at Stanton and John Gregg to include new HVAC units, windows and doors. Those projects could begin in the spring of 2020.

Edison Eyes Emergency Renewal Levy for Fall
Posted 5/17/2019 at 12:55:44 PM by Kristina Ash [staff member]

RICHMOND-Edison Local Schools will proceed with a 2.1-mill emergency renewal levy this fall to assist with its plans to centralize facilities at Edison High School.

   During the regular board meeting on May 16 at the high school, officials agreed to place the renewal on the ballot in November to help finance the upgrade. Superintendent Bill Beattie said the levy equals $1,059,000 annually and leaders were seeking to enact it for a period of seven years, while the advancement of the project is contingent upon the measure’s passage.

   “The focus on the emergency levy renewal is to potentially utilize the funds, if the levy passes, to build additional facilities at Edison High School,” he said. “In order for us to move forward with the building, it will be dependent upon the passage of the renewal levy.”

   Leaders also learned that any new levy passed after Sept. 9, 2013, taxpayers would no longer receive Homestead Exemption savings equaling 12.5 percent and officials wanted to preserve that status to benefit the community and the district.

   “If we take the levy off the ballot, we’ll lose that and this would be a good use for the funds if we put everything at one site.”

   The overall goal is to provide sports and activities in a centralized location and the board previously hired MS Consultants of Youngstown to establish a program design for future facilities at EHS for that purpose. Currently, the baseball and softball fields are located near Jefferson State Lake and athletes also hold track practice and meets plus junior high basketball practice at Stanton. Work has begun on the new $500,000 track at EHS after approving a contract with VASCO of Massillon last month and it should be completed by the start of the upcoming school year, while the remainder are still in the planning stages. In March, officials also agreed to renovate the auditorium and hired LM Construction of St. Clairsville and work should start in early June. Plans include adding new drywall, paint and updated grid and ceiling tiles.

   The seven-year term of the emergency levy also ensures it will not be back-to-back with the district’s 5.9-mill, five-year operational measure that is already on the books. Voters renewed the operational levy last fall to fill a void left by decreasing tax revenue from First Energy Corp., which announced impending shutdowns of the W.H. Sammis Plant in Stratton as well as other coal-fired facilities in the area. That levy will bring in an estimated $1.9 million annually and also helps close the $1.6 million financial gap caused by the loss of revenue from the Sammis Plant, which is set to close in 2022. Beattie said the district has already been generating some funds from the gas and oil pipeline and Edison was expected to receive approximately $1.65 million during FY’18. However, he noted that the oil and gas funds are not guaranteed and the amount could fluctuate each year.

   Meanwhile, the board approved a bid from TeamCraft Roofing Inc. to complete an estimated $259,100 improvement at Stanton Elementary. Beattie said a section of the roof will be replaced starting in early June and should take six weeks to complete. Permanent improvement funds will finance the project, and once it is finished, all of the school roofing within the district will have been updated. Additionally, MS Consultants will provide criterion engineer services to develop a scope of work for further renovations at Stanton and John Gregg to include new HVAC units, windows and doors. Those projects could begin in the spring of 2020.

Gump Named Teacher of the Month for April
Posted 5/15/2019 at 9:28:39 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
Edison Gump

RICHMOND-Edison High School has selected Faith Gump as its Teacher of the Month for April.

   Gump, who has spent the past 18 years with Edison Local Schools, graduated from Steubenville High School in 1983 and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in education for grades 1-8 and K-12 intervention specialist, plus she earned her master’s degree in curriculum, instruction and assessment from Walden University in 2005. Gump began her teaching career at Hills Elementary in the Indian Creek Local School District and was hired a year later at Edison, where she has taught at Stanton and Springfield Elementary Schools and EHS.

   She also coached the high school Academic Competition team from 2005-2015 and was the spelling bee organizer at Springfield and EHS from 2008-2017.

   Gump lives in Richmond with her son Conrad, a senior at EHS, and daughter Bailey, an eighth-grader at Edison Jr. High. She enjoys running all over the county and beyond to watch her children participate in sports; attending the Jefferson County Fair and helping with 4-H projects; spending time with family and friends; and visiting with family at Myrtle Beach.

   She has always pushed students to work to the best of their ability and is just as excited as they are when they persevere and achieve their goals.

   “It has been a joy for the past 18 years to work as a team with such wonderful teachers, and I am looking forward to many more years as a part of Edison,” she said.

   As an intervention specialist, Gump has a few quotes that help to guide her philosophy:

 “Every child is gifted. They just unwrap their packages at different times.” -- Unknown

 “If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.” – Michael J. Fox

Leading the Way
Posted 5/13/2019 at 1:47:39 PM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
Edison Senior Walk

Edison High School senior Zachary Easter leads the way during the 2019 Senior Walk at Stanton Elementary School on May 10. Graduates-to-be were greeted by future alumni as they trekked through the school corridor and another walk was conducted that day at John Gregg Elementary. Edison will hold its commencement ceremony on May 24 at 7 p.m. at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Edison Receives School Climate Grant
Posted 5/7/2019 at 10:28:55 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]

HAMMONDSVILLE-The Edison Local School District has received a $10,000 state grant to focus on using positive behaviors to improve outcomes in elementary students.

 Assistant Superintendent Julie Kireta said the district earned a School Climate Grant through the Ohio Department of Education to implement Positive Behaviors and Intervention Supports (PBIS) frameworks, evidence- and/or research-based and social and emotional learning initiatives or both. The competitive grant is for one year and supports 360 public and charter schools statewide and centers on grades PreK-3, but it can be utilized through the sixth-grade level at Stanton and John Gregg.

   The grant program’s objectives are to increase the number of districts trained to fully implement PBIS and other initiatives to decrease discipline incidents that result in suspension or expulsion of students in elementary grades.

   “During our last professional development day, we had a presenter give an overview of PBIS to our staff,” Kireta said. “We plan to take that information and use this grant to help create our PBIS frameworks matrix for the next school year.”

 Among the presenter’s suggestions were to let students know what the expectations are and to provide supports so they make good choices while they are in school. 

 “We want to build on the positives with students and point out good behaviors and teach them the appropriate actions,” Kireta added. “We’ll also be able to carry on our partnership with the Watson Institute, which provides supports.”

   Funding for the competitive grant comes from a $2 million appropriation through the 132nd Ohio General Assembly and ties into the passage of House Bill 318, or the Supporting Alternatives for Fair Education (SAFE) Act. The SAFE Act addresses multi-tiered behavioral supports as a way to reduce disciplinary referrals, plus it strengthens requirements for school districts to implement PBIS, social-emotional learning supports and trauma-informed practices. The ODE’s goal is to use the funding and work with state support teams and educational service centers to provide PBIS training across Ohio.

Edison FFA Holds Annual Banquet
Posted 4/26/2019 at 9:43:29 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
Edison FFA Banquet New Officers

RICHMOND-Officers and members alike were honored during the Edison High School FFA Annual Banquet on April 17.

   The organization capped off the year by highlighting events and presenting awards during the banquet, which was held in the high school cafeteria. This year, the chapter had 24 active members including seniors Julia Purks and Brennan Scott, juniors Hayden Johnson, Mackenzie Reynolds, Zac Fluharty, Alli Grimes and Chesney Swickard, sophomores Hannah Beadnell, Raven Shannon, Kailey Yeager, Sami Swiger, Lainee Harris, Eva Johnson, Madeline Whitehill, Britanie Clifton, Dylan Newburn and Nathan Kowalczyk and freshmen Micaila McMillion, Delaney Johnson, Nathan Lucas, Jamie Roudebush, Morgan Lesnansky, Dylan Leasure and Ben Linscott.

   President Julia Purks discussed the National Convention in Indianapolis this past fall while Vice President Hayden Johnson outlined career development events, or CDE’s, such as competitions and teams for forestry and wildlife to parliamentary procedure. Greenhand and Chapter Degree ceremonies were held with awards given to Delaney Johnson as Star Greenhand, Hannah Beadnell for Star Chapter, Hayden Johnson as most active overall and Purks, Mackenzie Reynolds and Hayden Johnson as devoted members.

   Purks and Johnson then joined Secretary Reynolds and Student Advisor Lainee Harris in retiring as officers while newly elected leaders were installed for the 2019-20 term. They include Reynolds as president, Johnson returning as vice president, Delaney Johnson as secretary, Emily Moore as treasurer, Micaila McMillion as reporter, Tyler Browning as sentinel and Chesney Swickard as student advisor.

(Photo Cutline: The Edison High School FFA held its annual banquet on April 17 to highlight organization events over the past year and recognize members and officers. Newly elected leaders for 2019-20 include, from left, Vice President Hayden Johnson, Reporter Micaila McMillion, Treasurer Emily Moore, President Mackenzie Reynolds, Secretary Delaney Johnson, Student Advisor Chesney Swickard and Sentinel Tyler Browning.)

Edison Names Buckeye Girls State Delegates
Posted 4/26/2019 at 9:39:09 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
Edison Buckeye Girls State

Edison High School juniors Emily Waggoner, left, and Melodey Clancey will serve as delegates during American Legion Auxiliary Buckeye Girls State 2019 on June 16-22 at the University of Mount Union in Alliance. The week-long program helps educate Ohio’s young women in the duties, privileges, rights and responsibilities of good citizenship.

Cunningham is Edison’s Teacher of the Month for April
Posted 4/15/2019 at 10:30:02 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
Edison Cunningham April TOM

RICHMOND-Sara Cunningham has been recognized as Edison High School’s Teacher of the Month for April.

   Cunningham, of Steubenville, graduated from West Liberty University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art Education. She is currently working on her Master of Art degree in Art Education from Kent State University and also has an associate’s degree in Applied Science in Sign Language Interpreting from West Virginia Northern Community College. She began teaching as a substitute in Jefferson County public schools and after one semester acquired a full-time art teaching position at her alma mater, Catholic Central High School, where she taught fine and computer arts for two years and was the Key Club adviser.

   She has been teaching art education in the Edison Local School District for the past five years. Since she began at EHS, she has been encouraging her students to open their minds to a new world. In her classroom, students develop problem-solving and critical-thinking skills that are essential for academic and personal growth, all while they acquire an appreciation for art, both the process and the history. Her excitement and love for art shows through in her teaching and she loves to learn about art, talk about art and make art with her students.

   Building positive relationships with students is Cunningham’s goal as an educator. She is an enthusiastic teacher and her work doesn’t end at the bell. She is an active member of the Caring Council, a group of teachers that goes above and beyond their basic teaching duties to reach out to students and give them the support they need to succeed in all aspects of their lives. She is also the advisor of the Edison Chapter of the National Beta Club, a community service organization that encourages students to reach out to the less fortunate. Cunningham, along with Beta Club members, has organized multiple food drives for local pantries, collected donations for the Jefferson County Humane Society and volunteered at the Cancer Dietary Initiative, just to name a few activities. She also orchestrates the recycling program in conjunction with JB Green Team to educate students on the importance of the environment and has her art students participate in the Trashy Art Contest each year at the Fort Steuben Mall.

   Outside of school, Cunningham is a member of the First Westminster Presbyterian Church in Steubenville and participates in multiple community services through her church. She also belongs to the Steubenville Art Association where she has assisted in creating two of the Steubenville Nutcrackers, including Eddie the Wildcat, and an egg for the Great Steubenville Eggshibition. She loves to travel and has visited art museums all over the world, including New York City, Italy and Spain. This experience has enhanced her education, which she shares with students in her classroom. During summer vacation, she likes to go to music concerts and visit family around the United States.

EHS Choir Treks to Windy City
Posted 4/3/2019 at 10:49:31 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
EHS Chicago Trip

Edison High School vocal students traveled to Chicago on March 21-23, where they viewed local landmarks and took part in a musical theatre workshop. The group’s itinerary included visits to the Art Institute of Chicago, Navy Pier, Millennium Park, Lincoln Park Zoo, Shedd Aquarium, Museum of Science and Industry and Willis Tower, as well as the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., on their return home. Students also participated in the “Music of Musical Theatre” Broadway Workshop at the Cadillac Theatre and also attended a performance of “Hamilton.”

Edison Receives $40K Grant for Tables
Posted 4/3/2019 at 10:41:05 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]

HAMMONDSVILLE-Cafeterias in Edison Local Schools will be getting an upgrade after the district received a $40,000 grant to add new ergonomic tables at the three buildings.

   District Administrative Assistant Fatima Smuck said Edison obtained funding through the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation School Safety and Security Grant and Edison High School, John Gregg Elementary and Stanton Elementary will be outfitted with 46 new mobile stool cafeteria tables in time for the next school year. The allocation is a portion of the overall $71,083 cost with the estimated $31,000 remainder covered by the district.

   Smuck, who serves as food service director, said the furniture will come in the school colors of gray and black and will provide more relative ease when moved for events.

   “It helps to use [the cafeteria] as an all-purpose room,” she added. “They are new ergonomic tables that can properly be lifted and moved so it can provide less health and safety concerns for our students and personnel.”

   The award should arrive over the next eight weeks and Edison should have the tables on hand shortly afterward.

Edison Implementing Math Pilot Program
Posted 4/3/2019 at 10:38:36 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]

RICHMOND-A new math pilot program focused on reasoning and will be implemented at Edison High School over the next academic year.

   Edison Local Assistant Superintendent Julie Kireta said the college-level math review program will be open to juniors and seniors and at least one teacher will head to Columbus to be trained as an instructor. Kireta said six other school districts have already enacted the program and Edison wanted to expound upon its math offerings to provide more challenging learning opportunities.

   “It’s called the Mathematics Modeling and Reasoning Course Pilot Project through the Ohio Department of Education and is new take on college review math,” Kireta said. “They were looking for a mix of rural and urban school districts to get involved, and building on our math has been one of the goals for the school year. We’re trying to offer students higher level thinking in math and this is for someone who is planning to go to college but not majoring in the math field.”

   She added that it will help reinforce algebra, statistics, probability and geometry and focuses more on reasoning and problem-solving skills. So far, EHS math teacher Jessica McAllister has been recruited to instruct the class, but first she must undergo a three-day training session this summer in Columbus to prepare. Kireta continued that the DOE will collect data on the program while McAllister will have online sessions with other teachers to discuss progress and challenges they may be facing.

   Kireta said the district applied to participate late last year and was accepted around January. She added that students must have already completed Algebra and geometry courses to take the course.

   “This is just an opportunity we thought we’d take advantage of for curriculum enhancement and professional development,” she concluded.

Young Puppeteers
Posted 4/3/2019 at 10:36:56 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
Edison JG Young Puppeteers

Fourth-graders at John Gregg Elementary put their creativity to work after studying characters and point of view for teacher Leanne Sinicropi’s reading assignment. The children used cardboard juice cartons to help form puppets based on book characters to animals, including Spongebob Squarepants and Harry Potter. Pictured are, from left, Madeline Granatir with her unicorn design and Conor Schiffman with his dog puppet.

Edison Earns Auditor of State Award
Posted 4/3/2019 at 10:34:17 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]

HAMMONDSVILLE-The Edison Local School District has been recognized with an Auditor of State Award for its successful financial practices.

   Ohio Auditor of State Keith Faber honored the district for excellence in financial reporting in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and compliance with applicable laws for the fiscal year ending in 2018.

   “The citizens you represent are well-served by your effective and accountable financial practices,” the award stated.

    District Treasurer Lisa Bruzzese was pleased with the distinction and attributed it to the collaborative efforts of Edison staff and administrators.

Edison Students Attend Close Up Program
Posted 3/26/2019 at 9:40:19 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
EHS Close Up

Edison High School students Brennan Scott, pictured at left, and Ben Kuntz attended the Close Up Program in Washington, D.C., on March 3-8 to view democracy in action by interacting with the people, processes and places that make the federal city so unique. Scott and Kuntz are shown at the Capitol Visitor Center with the Statue of Freedom, a copy of the bronze statue that has been atop the U.S. Capitol since 1863.

Stanton Art Show on April 8
Posted 3/26/2019 at 9:35:25 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]

HAMMONDSVILLE-Stanton Elementary’s young artists will put their talents on display during the school art show April 8.

   The show will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. and about 400 students in grades K-6 will have a variety of works exhibited during the event. Art teacher Kelly Dopp said it is similar to the art show at John Gregg Elementary on March 7, which drew about 100 people but was held in conjunction with a Family Math Night. Meanwhile, Stanton’s program is a stand-alone activity.

   “The theme is ‘Wild Things,’ so all of the projects are going to be animal related,” Dopp said. “Every child will have a project on display and each grade level has a project according to the theme.”

    Dopp said parents can visit the gym and view their child’s creative endeavors.

Edison BOE Approves Expansion Projects
Posted 3/22/2019 at 12:42:38 PM by Kristina Ash [staff member]

   RICHMOND-Expansion and renovation projects are in the works within the Edison Local School District after contracts were approved during the March 21 regular school board session.

   Board members met Edison High School, where they approved a deal to create an estimated $500,000 track on the campus and renovate the auditorium, plus they said a scope of work is eyed for improvements at Stanton and John Gregg Elementary Schools. Superintendent Bill Beattie said the high school projects should be under way later this spring and completed by the start of the next school year, but the ultimate goal is to provide sports and activities at one site. In February, the board hired MS Consultants of Youngstown to establish a program design for future facilities at the high school in order to provide sporting and other events in a more centralized location. Currently, the baseball and softball fields are located near Jefferson State Lake and athletes also hold track practice and meets plus junior high basketball practice at Stanton.

 “Our goal is to get all of the athletic facilities onto the Edison campus and this is the first step,” he said.

   For now, the focus is on forming a track on the campus and renovating the auditorium, and officials inked deals with The Vasco Group of Massillon and LM Construction of St. Clairsville for those respective projects. Beattie said the track plan could begin around late May with a completion date of July 31.

   “Our next step is to get core samples of the soccer field to make sure it is solid so we can build on it. We will then put in water and electrical lines,” he explained. 

   To help offset the costs, the board established a Capital Projects Fund and transferred $750,000 from the general fund into the account. Becky Princehorn, an attorney with the district’s legal firm of Brickler and Eckler of Columbus, guided them through the process. Beattie said the amount covers the price of the track with some extra buffer to cover incurred costs, but the funding could be used for any building project. He added that work should start June 3 on the auditorium, which will receive new drywall, a coat of paint and a new grid and ceiling tiles.

   Meanwhile, an additional contract was approved with MS Consultants for criterion engineer services to develop the scope of work for renovations at the elementary buildings. Beattie said the schools would be outfitted with new HVAC units, windows and doors.

   “We want to get the process started early to get the scope of work under way,” he noted, saying those improvements could begin in the spring of 2020.

 In other matters, the board:

--Approved resignations from bus driver Mark Thomas, which was effective March 4, and school nurse Mary Trimmer that is effective at the end of the school year;

--Approved non-certified employment contracts for bus drivers Andrea Russell, Crystal Baker and Thomas Byers, all continuing, and Terry Gooch, two years; parapro aides Amber Decker, Hannah Boggs, Tammy Wallin and Roxana Schoneveld, all for two years, and Melissa Huggins, continuing; NBC Lori Cronin, continuing; cooks Vicki Harper, Christine Springer, Angel Nave and Glenda Champion, continuing, and Alicia Krepps, two years; and secretary Susan Pytash, two years;

--Approved additional employees to the substitute list, including Lindsay Clifton and short-term sub Kimberly Free;

--Employed Jonathan Johnson as a temporary custodian;

--Adopted a resolution declaring March as DD Awareness Month;

--Corrected a previous report regarding the retirement of employee Darlene Mason, who was misidentified as a secretary. She was a teacher for the school district;

-- Agreed to participate in state and federal programs with district Assistant Superintendent Julie Kireta named as the authorized representative;

--Approved an overnight trip for the Edison FFA to attend the state competition on May 2-3;

--Agreed to join the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Group Retrospective Rating Plan;

--Approved a series of donations, including the United Methodist Church of the Cross, $500 for school lunches; American Legion Post No. 740, $1,000 for Chromebooks at EHS; Jeffrey Kemmer, $50 for Paws Pantry; James and Vincetta Blackburn, $200 in memory of Gary W. Cain; a total of $800 for the Close-Up Program; and a total of $2,875 for Raise the Roof at John Gregg Elementary;

--Received an overview about happenings at EHS from Principal Matt Morrison;

--Heard from Paul Baker and students about recently attending the Close-Up program in Washington, D.C. They also thanked the board for their support;

-- Set the next regular meeting for April 17 at 7 p.m. at John Gregg.

Smooth Moves
Posted 3/15/2019 at 9:44:18 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
Stanton Breakdancer

Kindergartener Colton Rawson takes a moment to show off his slick dance moves during a recent assembly at Stanton Elementary School. Students had gathered in the gym for a fundraiser and taped School Resource Officer Liz McCall to the wall as part of the event, raising about $600 at the conclusion.

John Gregg Hosting Jump Rope for Heart
Posted 3/15/2019 at 9:41:52 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
John Gregg Jum Rope for Heart

BERGHOLZ-John Gregg Elementary students are moving for a cause as the school hosts its annual Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser.

   Students are collecting money from friends and family and will take part in a special activity in the gym on March 22. Physical education teacher Jim Marcus said second- through sixth-graders will participate throughout the day in jump rope contests and a $5,000 goal has been set to benefit the American Heart Association.

 “We always try for $5,000 and last year we raised about $5,600,” he said. “Kids are collecting money and bring it in the day of the jump. There are three contests: a 30-second speed jump, an endurance jump and the long rope. There will be winners in each grade and there will be top three placers for boys and girls in the short rope and the top three teams in the long rope.”

   Former teacher Dr. Connie Crawford, who started the event nearly 40 years ago at the school, is set to return again this year and Marcus said school PTO members will also assist by collecting and counting money, keeping track of the contests and presenting ribbons to winners. John Gregg has been supportive by raising thousands of dollars each year to help the AHA fight childhood obesity, heart disease and stroke through education and life-saving research. The school has been recognized by AHA and has garnered as much as $7,000 in the past.

 Students receive prizes from the AHA based on their donation levels while the pupil who collects the most money also receives a reward. However, Marcus said the greatest reward for them was simply to help others.

   “I think they really like it. We get a really good percentage of ones who participate,” he added. “They bring $5 to participate and we have about 200 students involved during scheduled times for one hour that day.”

(Photo Cutline: John Gregg Elementary fourth-graders, pictured from left, Haley Paice, Abby Carpenter and Madelyn Board sharpen their skills in preparation for the annual Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser to benefit the American Heart Association. Students are collecting money and will take part in jump rope contests at the school on March 22 in hopes of reaching a $5,000 goal.)

Kuntz Heading to National Bee
Posted 3/13/2019 at 9:48:32 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]

HAMMONDSVILLE-Stanton Elementary sixth-grader Zachary Kuntz is heading to the nation’s capital after gaining top honors at the 2019 Jefferson-Harrison County Regional Spelling Bee.

   Kuntz, the son of Brian and Kasey Kuntz of Knoxville, was first out of 50 competitors and won with his correct spelling of the word valence, a chemistry term which is defined as “the combining power of an element, especially as measured by the number of hydrogen atoms it can displace or combine with.” Kuntz completed 15 rounds in 1 hour and 58 minutes at Buckeye North Elementary School in Brilliant and said he was surprised by the win.

   “I couldn’t believe it,” he said. “I studied for 10 hours the night before and was very nervous.”

   He also noted his family’s pride, especially older brother Ben’s, whose birthday coincided with Kuntz’s victory.

   “I don’t think they believe it either,” he added, saying Ben’s wish was for him to win the competition.

    His successful conclusion was different from his turn during Edison Local’s district bee, where he landed in eighth place. Still, he considers himself to be a good speller but said his favorite subjects are math and science, plus he enjoys playing football.

   Kuntz will be brushing up on his words soon as he advances to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., in May. He received an all-expenses-paid trip to the event from the bee sponsors, as well as a trophy provided by the Jefferson County Educational Service Center. Among other prices he earned were the Samuel Louis Sugarman Award, one-year subscriptions to Brittanica Online Premium from Encyclopaedia Brittanica and Merriam-WebsterUnabridged.com and $250 from Huntington Bank.

   Rounding out the top 10 were Lindsey Zifzal, an eighth-grader at Indian Creek Middle School, at second; Cara Motto, a sixth-grader at South Elementary School, third; Maximilian Gan, a sixth-grader in the Ohio Virtual Academy, fourth; Jordan Fritz, a seventh-grader at Harding Middle School, fifth; Cam’Ron, Ajebe, a sixth-grader at Harding Middle, sixth; Sara Johnston, a seventh-grader at Edison Junior High School, seventh; Mary Jones, a home-schooled sixth-grader, eighth; Ember Davenport, a fifth-grader at Harrison East Elementary, ninth; and Gianna Barker, a sixth-grader at Harding Middle, 10th.

   This year’s regional bee was presented by the Herald-Star and sponsored by JCESC, Huntington Bank, Special Tactics and Rescue Training and 360 Safe Solutions, WesBanco, the Ohio Lottery, Gus’s Goodies, the Franciscan University of Steubenville, McBane Insurance, PNC Bank and Tri-State Financial Services.

Raise The Roof Supports School Pavilion Project
Posted 3/13/2019 at 9:46:12 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]

BERGHOLZ-John Gregg Elementary is nearing the half-way mark in its fundraising effort to build a new pavilion on the grounds for students.

   School Principal Tammy Burchfield said the “Raise the Roof for John Gregg Elementary” benefit hosted by Richmond United Methodist Church on March 2 garnered about $6,000 towards the project. Musical acts from the church praise team to John Gregg students and local bluegrass band Awesome Possum provided tunes for the night. Burchfield added that donations were still coming in from individuals to organizations such as the Amsterdam Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 232 Auxiliary and plans are to erect an estimated 1,100-square-foot pavilion behind the school to hold about 50-70 students. It would be used as a multi-purpose site for pupils to either lunch outside or conduct an outdoor classroom. 

   She was seeking cost estimates and hoped to have the structure built either this spring or next fall depending on available funds.

   “It will be approximately $14,000 for the structure and another $2,000 for picnic tables, or a total of $16,000,” she said. “We’re still in need of $10,000 and will be applying for a [Charles M. and Thelma M.] Pugliese Foundation grant.”

    The pavilion is just one part of the upgrades eyed for the site as the school also undertakes a new playground project. Fundraisers have helped finance about $5,300 worth of equipment to help the school’s 400 pupils get active. However, there are still issues with wet ground conditions that officials are looking to rectify. Burchfield said students have held recess in other areas of the campus because muddy conditions have made it difficult for them to access the rear of the grounds. Nothing was set at the current time, but possible ideas include adding rubber mulch or some other material to absorb the moisture and make the surface more pliable.

   “The rain and snow takes weeks to dry up and we’re in the process of getting a new playground,” Burchfield noted. “My hope is to get an area that’s sufficient enough for them to go and I think it’s important to get them outside.”

   Still, she is optimistic about getting the pavilion plan completed for the children. Donations are being accepted for that project and checks may be written to the Edison Local School District, in care of the Raise the Roof Project, and sent to John Gregg Elementary at 212 County Road 75 A, Bergholz, Ohio, 43908. For more information, contact the school at (740) 768-2100.

EHS Observes Music in Our Schools Month
Posted 3/13/2019 at 9:44:10 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]

RICHMOND-Edison High School is highlighting Music in Our Schools Month during March with a series of events on tap.

   Dani Carroll, director of the vocal music department, and EHS Band Director Marc Sansone said students have been showcasing their talents through events inside and outside the school.

 Carroll’s junior high choir began the month with 40 members performing the National Anthem at a Youngstown State University basketball game on March 2, followed by a staging of the production “Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr.” on March 8. About 60 students also attended a field trip to the DeYor Performing Arts Center in Youngstown to hear “Celtic Sounds” on March 9. 

   Next on the schedule is the high school choir cabaret “Disney Through the Decades,” on March 28 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium. Admission is by donation and about 25 acts will perform songs and scenes from popular films.

   “It will feature solos, small groups and skits from everyone’s favorite Disney movies,” she continued. 

   Meanwhile, the band kicked off the month by helping the community give the gift of life. The biannual American Red Cross Blood Drive was held March 1 and organizer collected 28 units of blood. Sansone said the community service project benefits the public and band members in significant ways.

  “I thank the community for coming out to the blood drive. Twenty-eight units can help save the lives of nearly 80 people,” he said. “We’ll also have American Red Cross scholarships to give away and it’s a service-based scholarship.”

  The band collected another 35 units during its previous campaign in November and the Red Cross will provide scholarship funds to a graduating member. Last year, a $1,000 contribution was given to benefit three students, with one $500 award and two $250 scholarships presented to the seniors. The blood drive has been held at Edison for about 20 years.

   Sansone added that the band’s winter concert set for March 14 at 7 p.m. also shows off the students’ musical range as they perform marches and popular tunes. Admission is free but donations are being accepted to benefit the Jack Moorehead Memorial Scholarship Fund, which is named for a band parent and longtime supporter. Several $250 scholarships have been given to graduating band students in the past and the awards are presented during the senior banquet each spring.

    The band also has a series of fundraisers planned to help members both now and in the future. Sansone said proceeds from the upcoming EHS Band Boosters Sportsman’s Bash on March 16 will assist the program as well help acquire new uniforms. The event will be held from 3-6 p.m. at the Knoxville Volunteer Fire Department, which is located at 15447 State Route 152, Toronto, and tickets are $20 each at the door. Additional parking is available at the neighboring Knoxville Old Skool and doors open at 2 p.m. The activity includes dinner from Bad Axe BBQ, 50-50 raffles, Chinese auctions and other fundraisers with prizes ranging from sporting goods to flat-screen televisions.

   Proceeds benefit the Wildcat Marching Band’s trip to Cincinnati, Columbus and Dayton this spring, which includes a performance at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, plus new uniform jackets for the members. The overall goal is to replace attire dating back to 1993, but the short-term agenda is to purchase 100 new jackets that cost between $25,000 and $30,000. 

   Members in grades 7-12 will be selling candy in late March to further assist the uniform project while donations are being accepted in care of the Edison High School Boosters and may be mailed to the high school at 9890 State Route 152, Richmond, Ohio, 43944.

   Sansone commented that music deserves more than a few weeks of appreciation.

   “Music in Our Schools Month is every month for me,” he said.

    Next, the choir and band will gear up for the Junior High Solo and Ensemble on April 6 at Alliance High School.

Richmond Legion Donates Funds for Chromebooks
Posted 3/1/2019 at 10:41:40 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
EHS Legion Chromebooks

RICHMOND-Edison High School has instituted its 1:1 Chromebook initiative and received a helping hand from the Richmond American Legion Post 740 by way of funding.

   Legion members presented a $1,000 check to the school on Feb. 28 to outfit seventh-graders with devices for more modern learning. Principal Matt Morrison said the initiative began this year in grades 7-12 and some of the 600 devices were received during that week. The plan is for students to gradually begin taking them home.

   “The seventh-grade was given 120 new Chromebooks to take home this month for the rest of their tenure at EHS,” Morrison said. “Grades 7-9 will have their own devices at the beginning of the 2019-20 school year and we are planning for grades 10-12 to take them home sometime during the next school year.”

   He added that each device, which includes a cover and charger, is worth approximately $300 and parents have the option to purchase annual insurance. The high-tech tools also replace textbooks and save on costs in the process.

   “We are no longer buying traditional textbooks for every subject,” Morrison continued. “Five or more textbooks are worth more than one Chromebook.” 

   He was grateful to the Legion for its ongoing support and said the group has been extremely active within the school district.

   “They support our students in numerous activities such as Boys and Girls State and American Legion baseball. They make numerous monetary donations towards flags, library funding, literacy supplements and Chromebooks,” Morrison said. “They also provide an Americanism test competition that our students participate in.”

 

   Dan Vojvodich, Legion chaplain, said the veterans’ organization has been a longtime supporter of the school district and funds were raised through activities and donations. 

   “We donated $1,000 for Chromebooks for Edison High School to be a contributor to the education of our kids,” he said. “Our purpose here is to try to help the schools anyway we can through education. Good things happen in these schools.”

(Photo Cutline: Members of the Richmond American Legion Post 740 donated $1,000 to Edison High School to acquire Chromebooks for the seventh-grade class. The school plans to outfit grades 7-12 with 600 devices so students may take them home for the duration of their school career. Pictured are, front from left, Legion Financial Officer Bill Burruss with seventh-grade students Caiden Cooley and Shelby Robinson. Back: Legion Sergeant-at-Arms Jeff Binkiewicz and Chaplain Dan Vojvodich.)

Wildcat College and Career Fair on March 14
Posted 3/1/2019 at 10:36:40 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]

RICHMOND-Edison High School is helping students prepare for their future during the Wildcat College and Career Fair 2019 on March 14.

   The event will be held from 8:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. in the school gym for juniors, seniors and their parents while local colleges and businesses will be on hand to provide information. District Assistant Superintendent Julie Kireta said organizers were working with the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce to provide vendors.

   “The purpose of the event is to give our students an opportunity to see what companies are currently hiring, talk with local colleges and to see some career opportunities,” she added. “We’ve had college fairs in the past, but currently we are trying to start the College and Career Fair so we can focus on schools, trades and local businesses. We are holding the event to provide students with a chance to learn about careers that are available to them.”

   She added that the event was being organized by students for students and is supported by school teachers, administrators and staff.

   “They have taken the lead in organizing the event, writing letters, sending the letters to businesses and creating flyers and [teacher] Mrs. Jaye Taylor is helping to facilitate their efforts,” Kireta commented.

    Kireta was also coordinating an event with the chamber on March 11 to offer soft skills training when it comes to job and college interviews. Juniors and seniors will be invited to meet with representatives during the school day prior to the college and career fair to discuss proper etiquette.

    “We went to an [Ohio School Boards Association] conference and learned there were skills that people were lacking, and we wanted kids to have an idea of what jobs and colleges were looking.”

 She added that the fair was one way the district strives to provide students with meaningful experiences that will enhance their college and career readiness by offering the tools and pathways for their future. The event also allows students and community members to learn more about higher education, trades and careers they may be interested in. Vendors would be on hand to answer questions and provide advice on required training and networking for career choices.

   Letters have been distributed within the community and potential vendors must RSVP by March 7. Any college, business or trade interested in participating may contact her at Julie.kireta@edisonwildcats.org.

Band Boosters Hosting Sportsman’s Bash March 16
Posted 3/1/2019 at 10:35:11 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]

RICHMOND-The Edison High School Band Boosters is raising money to support the young musicians during the second annual Sportsman’s Bash on March 16.

   Festivities will be held from 3-6 p.m. at the Knoxville Volunteer Fire Department at 15447 State Route 152, Toronto, and tickets are $20 each at the door. Additional parking is available at the neighboring Knoxville Old Skool and doors open for the bash at 2 p.m. Dinner will be provided by Bad Axe BBQ and 50-50 raffles, Chinese auctions and other fundraisers will be held throughout the night. Prizes range from sporting goods and flat-screen televisions to cash and goods donated by area merchants, as well as the Pittsburgh Pirates, Cincinnati Reds and the Pittsburgh Symphony.

   Band Director Marc Sansone said events are set to help generate funds for the music program.

   “The proceeds benefit the Wildcat Marching Band trip to Cincinnati in the spring and new uniforms,” he said. “It will help us defray the cost of the trip. They will be performing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton and we will also stop Cincinnati and Columbus as part of our tour of Ohio.”

    He continued that the band was also in need of new attire and the plan is to acquire new jackets for their uniforms.

   “Our underlying goal is to replace uniforms that date back to 1993 and we would like to purchase 100 new jackets, but they cost $25,000 to $30,000.”

   Thousands of dollars were raised during the inaugural event last year and Sansone said more moneymakers would be held for the uniform campaign. Donations are also being accepted in care of the Edison High School Boosters and may be mailed to the high school at 9890 State Route 152, Richmond, Ohio, 43944.

    For more information, contact Booster President Tracy McCain at tracy.mccain@edisonwildcats.org.

EHS Academic Team Wins Titles
Posted 2/27/2019 at 12:49:07 PM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
EHS Academic Team Wins Titles

The undefeated Edison High School Academic Team headed to the Jefferson County Academic Competition League on Feb. 23, where it bested teams from St. Clairsville, Indian Creek and Harrison Central to win the title. Edison finished 7-0 during the regular season and won 19 out of 21 rounds played. This is the second year the team won league and tournament championships and members will be in action at the regional competition on April 6. Pictured are, front from left, Nathan Mizell, Ryan Laverick, Damon Bonar and Nathan Cain. Back: Joe Ash, Kyle Willison, Nick Decker, Madisyn Mason and Morgan Adkins.

Edison BOE Reviewing Expansion Project
Posted 2/22/2019 at 1:19:49 PM by Kristina Ash [staff member]

HAMMONDSVILLE-The Edison Local Board of Education is looking to expand amenities at the Edison High School campus, and on Thursday they secured a contract with a firm to review options.

    During the Feb. 21 session, officials approved a contract with MS Consultants of Youngstown to create a program design for future facilities at the high school. Superintendent Bill Beattie said the move is preliminary and there was no set timeline for work, but leaders hope to provide sporting and other facilities in a more centralized location.

   “We are looking into a new 2,500-seat gymnasium and potentially an indoor, all-purpose facility and baseball, softball and track facilities, as well,” Beattie said. “We’re looking to potentially host everything on the current campus, including graduation. We are also looking to build a new transportation complex at the high school.”

   The move, he said, would maintain them in one spot and save on travel for the sports. The baseball and softball fields are currently located near Jefferson State Lake and athletes also hold track practice and meets at the Stanton Elementary site. Additionally, junior high basketball practice takes place in the Stanton gym. Beattie said the idea has been on the board’s agenda since January and talks were informal for now, but the track project may be first on the list. A meeting was set for March 6 with the Massillon-based construction firm The Vasco Group to discuss it further.

   There were no cost estimates or work timelines at this time, but officials believe this is the first step to bring the ideas to fruition.

   “We will meet with MS and start to develop a program design for the facilities and discuss what we need to do to move forward. We will try to get the costs associated with it and hope to have it over the next two or three months.”

    In other news, the board learned that EHS will roll out a new pilot project to provide 1:1 Chromebooks for seventh-graders. The initiative will be implemented for the remainder of the year, at which time officials will determine whether to expand it to other grades.

   “If we the pilot project works out, we plan to expand it to seventh- to ninth-grade students during the 2019-20 school year,” Beattie added. “We will make a decision at the end of the year whether or not to roll it out further.”

   The board also took a series of action on personnel and approved Paul Zelich, Thomas Peck and short-term employee Arika Coffy as additions to the substitute teacher list. Officials also accepted resignations from EHS teacher Jaye Taylor, effective at the end of the school year; school secretary Darlene Mason, effective May 31 for retirement purposes; bus driver Joe Atkins, effective Feb. 8; and custodian Jim Still, effective Feb. 12. The board further hired Nicole Herrmann as a tutor for Edison students attending Bishop John King Mussio, utilizing Title I Non-Public funds and not to exceed 66 hours, and also approved Terry Gooch as a bus driver. Meanwhile, supplemental contracts were approved for Todd Smith as head volleyball coach, Tony Kovalesky as Indian League director and Shane O’Brien for junior high track.

In other matters, the board:

--Heard from EHS teacher David Schultz and his government class, who were on hand to observe the session;

--Approved the school calendar for 2019-20;

--Entered into an agreement with Eastern Gateway Community College for Dual Credit Coursework;

--Agreed to revise student handbooks for all three district schools;

--Approved an overnight trip for the EHS Band from May 16-18 in Cincinnati, Dayton and Columbus;

--Approved a contract with Strategic Solutions for paperless recordkeeping;

--Accepted a $440 donation from Christ United Methodist Church for the Paws Pantry and a $200 contribution from Jim Blackburn in memory of Gary W. Cain;

--Returned a $50,000 advance from the cafeteria to the general fund;

-- Set the next regular meeting for March 21 at 7 p.m. at EHS.

John Gregg is Active in March
Posted 2/21/2019 at 12:24:23 PM by Kristina Ash [staff member]

BERGHOLZ-March is coming in like a lion at John Gregg Elementary School, which has a slew of events on the calendar during the first week.

   Principal Tammy Burchfield said the school’s weekly Homework Huddle program is getting underway and community members are volunteering their time to assist students with completing homework, studying for tests and reviewing important basic skills. She added that the volunteers come equipped with experience, encouragement, patience and snacks. Homework Huddle is currently in its second year of implementation. Meanwhile, a Bible study program is being organized through Mount Zion Church. It is open to students in grades K-6 and provides youth with some Biblical principles that will help develop patience, kindness, gentleness and self-control. Both activities run each Wednesday from 4-5:15 p.m. at the school.

   The school will be the subject of a special fundraising concert on March 2 as members of the Richmond United Methodist Church host the Raise the Roof for John Gregg Elementary event at 6:30 p.m. Plenty of music will be provided in the school gym from church singers, school students and the local Bluegrass group Awesome Possum. Free will donations will be accepted to help build an outdoor pavilion for student use.

   March Madness Week ensues with parent luncheons and student showcases planned throughout the first week of the month. Luncheons will be offered for grades 3-6 and their families from noon to 12:45 p.m. with student showcases to be held for grades PreK-2 from 3-3:45 p.m. The third-grade luncheon and preschool student showcase are set for March 4; the fourth-grade luncheon and kindergarten student showcase on March 5; the fifth-grade luncheon and first-grade student showcase on March 7; and the sixth-grade parent luncheon and second-grade student showcase on March 8.

   In addition, the school PTO will host its Spring Book Fair throughout the week and John Gregg will feature its annual art show and Math Family Night on March 7 from 6-7:30 p.m. A variety of fun math-based events will be available for the whole family in the gym and attendants can also peruse a series of original artwork created by the students in the art room.

John Gregg Hosts Math, Art Activities March 7
Posted 2/21/2019 at 12:21:46 PM by Kristina Ash [staff member]

BERGHOLZ-John Gregg Elementary School is opening its doors to students and their families to showcase math-based skills and artistic talents on March 7.

   Principal Tammy Burchfield said the second annual Family Math Night will run in conjunction with the third annual school art show from 6-7:30 p.m. It is the first time the events have been held together and the goal is to bring families into the school to view different sides of their student’s creativity.

   During Family Math Night, activities will be available for grades K-6 to help kids learn while having fun.

   “They are math activities that can easily be played at home,” Burchfield said. “Families always ask what they can do at home and this encourages the kids to think mathematically. We give them games they can do.”

    Eight to 10 activities will be offered to the grade levels, ranging from a Bingo-like counting game to one that uses addition through multiplication. Burchfield said students will also receive flashcards to build their skills at home.

   Meanwhile, families can also take in the art show and see their student’s talents on display. Art teacher Kelly Dopp said students in each grade level will have original creations on hand and items will be exhibited along the school hallway and in the art room.

   “This year’s art show theme is ‘Wild Things’ and each grade level has completed an animal-themed project,” she said. “Most of the projects showcase multiple art media or multiple art techniques. The purpose of the art show is for students to show off their artwork and skills from the year.”

 Dopp added that the venue also provides a forum for students to discuss art with their families and creativity is an important outlet for the pupils.

   “It’s exciting for them to have an opportunity to highlight their originality and divergent thinking to their families. Some of the grade-level projects were influenced by famous artists. Various grade levels studied different artists and used them to influence their work. Hopefully, the families will learn a little more about the wide range of art styles by viewing these different works. Artists as important as French Impressionistic painter Paul Klee and as relatable as children’s book illustrator Lois Elhert will be showcased.”

    Additionally, Dopp said Stanton Elementary will host its art show on April 8.

EHS Band Hosting Blood Drive
Posted 2/21/2019 at 12:16:47 PM by Kristina Ash [staff member]

RICHMOND-The Edison High School Marching Band is hosting a blood drive on March 1 in the school gym.

    Donors from the school and community can attend and help give the gift of life during the event, which is being held in conjunction with the American Red Cross. Band Director Marc Sansone said the blood drive will take place in the gym from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and band students will oversee stations while Red Cross officials will coordinate the blood collection.

  

   “People can register online with RapidPass, which saves time on registration at school,” Sansone said, adding that walk-ins will be accepted. Donors must be 16 years old or older and in good health to participate.

   He said the blood drive is a community service and the previous event in November drew 35 units. If the band exceeds that amount, the Red Cross will provide scholarship funds to a graduating member. Last year, a $1,000 contribution was given to benefit three students, with one $500 award and two $250 scholarships presented to seniors.

   “Our goal is 36 units,” he commented. “We’re trying to help save lives, but we are also eligible for a scholarship if we surpass 70 units.”

   For more information, go online to www.redcross.org or email marc.sansone@edisonwildcats.org.

EHS Beta Club Helps the Animals
Posted 2/15/2019 at 1:46:02 PM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
EHS Beta Club Helps Animals

The Edison High School Beta Club showed some love for their furry friends by collecting items and money for the Jefferson County Humane Society. The club garnered food, treats and cleaning supplies as well as $200 to sponsor adoptions for the longest-residing dog and cat at the facility. Advisor Sara Cunningham was thankful for all of the participation and said the Humane Society was pleased with the support. Pictured with the collection are, from left, Cunningham and Beta Club members Kayla Wood and Faith Hoobler. 

STEM Night at Stanton Feb. 21
Posted 2/12/2019 at 9:08:39 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]

HAMMONDSVILLE-Stanton Elementary students and parents can have fun with math during a STEM Night activity on Feb. 21.

   The event will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the lobby of the elementary school and organizer Jordan Tice, a sixth-grade teacher, said it will include a variety of stations for attendants to learn and enjoy. The sites will be led by math teachers, other educators and staff volunteers.

   “There will be a demonstration with the 3-D printer and many hands-on building challenges using different everyday materials,” Tice said. “In one challenge, students must build a tower that will hold the weight of a basketball with only newspaper and masking tape. In another task, students must build the highest tower they can with only a limited amount of index cards.  Problem-solving puzzles like tangrams let students create art while applying what they know about shapes. All these activities and the many others included in STEM Night can be adjusted for students of all ages.”

   This is the second year for STEM Night and she added that math teachers initially were asked if they would like an opportunity to provide an activity night similar to literacy events conducted at the school. The educators jumped at the chance and wanted to integrate interesting ways to complete math problems.

   “We wanted to find engaging, hands-on activities that would incorporate mathematical concepts, so we decided to do a STEM night that does not just incorporates math, but other subjects as well. This year, we continued with the STEM theme but all the activities are different from last year,” she said. “The purpose of STEM night is to bring students, parents and community members together to complete some fun and educational tasks. STEM activities promote critical thinking while engaging students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics concepts.”

   About 75 people attended the inaugural event and officials were hoping for a larger turnout this year.

Raise The Roof Supports School Pavilion Project
Posted 2/11/2019 at 12:16:17 PM by Kristina Ash [staff member]

BERGHOLZ-Music will fill John Gregg Elementary School in March during a special event to support the students.

   Richmond United Methodist Church is holding “Raise the Roof for John Gregg Elementary,” a free music event on March 2 at 6:30 p.m. in the school gym. A variety of acts will perform throughout the night, including the Richmond UMC Praise Team, John Gregg students and the bluegrass band Awesome Possum. Free will donations will be taken and other proceeds from throughout the night benefit the construction of a pavilion on the grounds for the pupils.

   Kathy Ramsey, a teacher at John Gregg and church member, said those who attend will receive tickets for chances to win McConnell Meat Market gift certificates valued at $100 and a family-sized dinner and a movie package worth $150. Winners must be present for the prize drawings.

   “This is the first time for the event. Everybody who walks through the door will get a ticket for the drawings,” she added. “We will also have free snacks, a 50-50 and a Chinese auction.”

    Attendants can enjoy a blend of gospel, bluegrass and other music from the church praise team, Awesome Possum and school students. Among the latter performers slated to appear are Malayna Bright, Ali Shrieve and Madeline and Adrienne Granatir, who will showcase vocal and instrumental songs of their choosing. Ramsey initially brainstormed the idea of holding a community event at the school and the church sought to help fulfill a school need.

   John Gregg Principal Tammy Burchfield mentioned the project to construct a pavilion large enough to hold 50-70 students. It would be a multi-purpose site and could house students as they dine al fresco at lunchtime or conduct an outdoor classroom.

   Church members, which also include fellow teachers and several students’ parents, began organizing the benefit and Ramsey hopes to have a successful event with the potential to become an annual gathering.

    “The church is quite excited. We hope we have a lot of people come to the event,” she noted. “We’re excited to share our music and fellowship with the community.”

    Meanwhile, Burchfield was seeking cost estimates but hoped to have the structure in place this spring or next fall depending on available funds. She was grateful to the church for reaching out to help.

    “I think it’s fantastic. The community and school should join together and figure out what we can do for our kids. This would create a place for kids to go outside and eat and it can be used as an outdoor classroom. We’d like to have the pavilion by next year, and if we can meet the [financial goal] we will do it.”

   Richmond United Methodist Church is holding “Raise the Roof for John Gregg Elementary,” a free music event on March 2 at 6:30 p.m. in the school gym. A variety of acts will perform throughout the night, including the Richmond UMC Praise Team, John Gregg students and the bluegrass band Awesome Possum. Free will donations will be taken and other proceeds from throughout the night benefit the construction of a pavilion on the grounds for the pupils.

   Kathy Ramsey, a teacher at John Gregg and church member, said those who attend will receive tickets for chances to win McConnell Meat Market gift certificates valued at $100 and a family-sized dinner and a movie package worth $150. Winners must be present for the prize drawings.

   “This is the first time for the event. Everybody who walks through the door will get a ticket for the drawings,” she added. “We will also have free snacks, a 50-50 and a Chinese auction.”

    Attendants can enjoy a blend of gospel, bluegrass and other music from the church praise team, Awesome Possum and school students. Among the latter performers slated to appear are Malayna Bright, Ali Shrieve and Madeline and Adrienne Granatir, who will showcase vocal and instrumental songs of their choosing. Ramsey initially brainstormed the idea of holding a community event at the school and the church sought to help fulfill a school need.

   John Gregg Principal Tammy Burchfield mentioned the project to construct a pavilion large enough to hold 50-70 students. It would be a multi-purpose site and could house students as they dine al fresco at lunchtime or conduct an outdoor classroom.

   Church members, which also include fellow teachers and several students’ parents, began organizing the benefit and Ramsey hopes to have a successful event with the potential to become an annual gathering.

    “The church is quite excited. We hope we have a lot of people come to the event,” she noted. “We’re excited to share our music and fellowship with the community.”

    Meanwhile, Burchfield was seeking cost estimates but hoped to have the structure in place this spring or next fall depending on available funds. She was grateful to the church for reaching out to help.

    “I think it’s fantastic. The community and school should join together and figure out what we can do for our kids. This would create a place for kids to go outside and eat and it can be used as an outdoor classroom. We’d like to have the pavilion by next year, and if we can meet the [financial goal] we will do it.”

Edison Organizes for 2019
Posted 1/15/2019 at 11:41:51 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
Edison BOE School Board Recognition Month

HAMMONDSVILLE-The Edison Local Board of Education regrouped for 2019, naming new leaders and approving business to operate in the new year.

   The board elected Aaron Richardson president and Ron Smyth as vice president during a brief organizational session on Jan. 10 and approved a series of measures to aid district operations.

   During the subsequent regular meeting, leaders granted a five-year contract to district treasurer Lisa Bruzzese following an executive session. Bruzzese has served the district since 2016 and her contract was due to expire June 30 of this year, but Superintendent Bill Beattie said officials granted the extension which starts this July.

   “She’s come into the district and has done a lot of good things and brought a lot of financial stability to it,” Beattie said. “We’re glad to have her here in the district.”

    Bruzzese was excited to continue working with the district.

   “It's been a pleasure working here and I look forward to serving our students, staff and the communities of the Edison Local School District.  I appreciate the board's support and confidence in me,” she said.

    Meanwhile, the board approved an updated policy that defines harassment, intimidation and bullying in schools. It was set for a first reading but the board passed an emergency resolution in order to forego the two additional readings. Superintendent Bill Beattie said the measure has been under consideration for several months.

   “When we attended the Ohio School Board Association Conference in November, we attended several safety conferences and one had this policy,” he explained. “We saw that it was a lot stronger and was what we needed.”

   He said the district’s current policy was vague but the revamped version pinpoints key areas for more clarity.  Beattie added that it would be posted on the district website under the board policy tab and he will seek other avenues to inform parents.

   In other action, officials:

--Heard from Beattie that heating issues in the newly renovated guidance area were being rectified at Edison High School while gym windows and auditorium flooring work were also wrapping up and everything could conclude next week;

--Learned from Joe DeBold, district buildings and grounds and transportation supervisor, that timeline for bus inspections has been revamped and he had some concerns about the rotations of vehicles, saying some buses could be running for 18 months without an inspection. DeBold was also looking into the possibility of acquiring some used school buses from between 2016-2018 and was gathering information on available vehicles and possible pricing;

--Heard from Assistant Superintendent Julie Kireta that students and faculty were taking advantage of the E-CAT online program and the L.Y.N.D.A. program through the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County. She and District Administrative Assistant Fatima Smuck added that they were writing grants for programs;

--Learned from Smuck noted that preschool was getting fuller and officials will have to look at matters for next year;

--Approved personnel matters with Annalee Mehling added as a substitute teacher and supplemental contracts granted to Mario Sinicropi as weight room volunteer, Keely Drabick as a track assistant, Dawn Cable and Amy Bordash for

junior high track, Nolan Marcus for freshman baseball, Lynsey Morrison as softball assistant and Mikayla Tice as a softball volunteer;

--Heard from Paul Baker, Close Up advisor at Edison High School, who requested a donation to take three seniors to Washington, D.C., this year. Officials agreed to contribute $300 per student;

--Proclaimed January as School Board Recognition Month;

--Passed a resolution to accept a memorandum of understanding for College Credit Plus with Kent State University for the 2019-20 school year;

--Accepted a $250 donation by the Chaffin Luhana Foundation for the Paws Pantry;

--Thanked DeNoon Lumber for providing a canopy to shelter faculty and students at John Gregg Elementary. Both Smyth and Beattie thanked the company for donating materials and labor for the project;

--Set a planning committee meeting for Jan. 17 at 6 p.m. at the board office with the next regular scheduled for Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. at that site.

(Photo Cutline: The Edison Local Board of Education regrouped during an organizational meeting on Jan. 10 at the district office in Hammondsville. Aaron Richardson was named president with Ron Smyth elected vice president and officials also proclaimed School Board Recognition Month for January.  Pictured are, from left, John Prokopakis, Smyth, Richardson, Tracy Wright and Scott Lockhart.)

Construction Nears End at EHS
Posted 12/21/2018 at 3:23:09 PM by Kristina Ash [staff member]

BERGHOLZ-Construction work at Edison High School is nearing an end and could wrap up over the next few weeks.

   The Edison Local Board of Education held its regular session at John Gregg Elementary School on Dec. 20 and Superintendent Bill Beattie updated leaders on the latest upgrades at EHS. Beattie said the last piece of the puzzle was the installation of windows and that could occur soon. Windows were being replaced in the gymnasium and the school addition dating back to 1962 and officials said the latter portion was incomplete from a previous phase of renovations.

   “We’re in the final phase of it. The windows need to be installed and we’re hopeful that it could happen by the end of this year,” he said, adding that he was pleased to see the project coming to a close. “They have finished the front entrance and the new railing has been installed. We’re really happy and looking forward to winding up in the next couple of weeks.”

   Brewer-Garrett Company of Cleveland was contracted as the design-and-build firm for the projects, which entailed expanding the music room area, moving the Vo-Ag classroom into the organization’s on-site building and renovating the woodshop to create a classroom, plus creating new woodshop and welding shop areas. Further upgrades occurred in the chemistry lab, which features new storage and work areas, while the assistant principal and guidance offices switched places and the handicapped-accessible entry leads to a secure vestibule area. Other work included updating the auditorium and additional wing with LED lighting and the projects were financed with general funding from both the current 5.9-mill operational levy and a 2.1-mill emergency measure passed around 2015. An estimated $6.2 million has been spent to improve EHS, John Gregg and Stanton Elementary while the latest phase at the high school was priced at more than $1.76 million.

   In other action, the board:

--Approved additions to the substitute teacher’s list including Eric Hayden, Marie Highfield and Alexis Sheets;

--Approved supplemental contracts for Alicia Hartman and Kris Turk as first-year mentors; Kari Byers, Susan LoPrete, Darlene Mason and Angela Smith, second-year mentors; James Evans, Dani Carroll, Monica Potenzini and Tiffani Roush, fourth-year mentors; Angela Smith, Tammy Burchfield, Josh Leasure, Donna Dawson, Monica Potenzini, Caitlin Schultz and Matt Shepherd, LPDC Committee; Debbie Bickar, Miguel Brun, Amber Crawford, Julie Cronin, Donna Dawson, Hannah Eckley, Nicole Fidak, Heather Grimes, Emily Henry, Summer Householder, Nate Kline, Suzy LoPrete, Jody McCafferty, Barbara Mohnacky, Lynsey Morrison, Michelle O’Karma, Mikayla Tice, Jan Keeder and Stephanie Thornley, LETRS; Takota Haggerty, junior high wrestling; and Josh Waggoner, junior high wrestling volunteer;

--Approved additions to the classified substitute list, including April Holland as an aide/secretary/cook/custodian/NBC and James Mossor, custodian/NBC;

--Approved a resignation letter from Mycaela Ensell as head volleyball coach;

--Approved the hiring of two five-hour paraprofessional aides;

--Agreed to participate in the Ohio School Boards Association and the OSBA Legal Assistance Fund;

--Approved a memorandum of understanding with the Columbiana County Head Start;

--Approved a $150 donation from Karen McKinney to John Gregg Elementary;

--Appointed current board President Aaron Richardson as president pro tem for the reorganizational meeting on Jan. 10 at 6:30 p.m., followed by the regular meeting at 7 p.m. at Stanton Elementary School.

Paws to Help Santa Claus
Posted 12/11/2018 at 1:02:29 PM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
PAWS to hel Santa Claus

Edison and Buckeye Local High Schools teamed up off the court to help collect toys for needy kids in their communities through the “Paws to Help Santa Claus” campaign. The schools had to raise the most toys by the Dec. 7 basketball matchup and the one with the least collected would see their principal don the opponent’s mascot during a game. Edison won the challenge by gathering 274 toys while Buckeye Local collected 152, but the kids were the real winners since the 426 toys will be divided between the districts. Pictured with a few of the items are Edison and Buckeye Local students, front from left, Gracie Fox, Morgan Martin, Jailyah Green and Ethan Powell. Back: Alysea Fiedorczyk, Delaney Johnson, Kiera Reese, Emileah Booth, Brooklyn Grant, Gino Barber and Seth Richardson.

Beta Club Assists Local Pantry
Posted 12/11/2018 at 10:33:21 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
EHS Beta Pack the Pantry

The Edison High School Beta Club delivered more than 4,000 non-perishable items to the Amsterdam Food Pantry on Dec. 7 following a successful Pack Up the Pantry collection. Members said it was the most successful campaign yet and thanked the entire school for the support, including the school FFA which donated fresh fruit. Pictured packing boxes are Shannon Bahen and Brennan Scott.

John Gregg Planning Holiday Activities
Posted 12/7/2018 at 11:52:51 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JG Christmas Activities Santa

BERGHOLZ-John Gregg Elementary School is celebrating Christmas with a variety of activities slated before the holiday break.

   The month began with a toy drive until Dec. 7 to benefit the Just Be Clause charity in Bergholz, which distributes gifts to needy local kids. New toys, books, wrapping paper and tape were collected in each classroom and given to the organization. Subsequent events included a Christmas Candygram Sale with items to be dispersed Dec. 19; a Santa’s Workshop held by the school PTO on Dec. 3-7 to give students some holiday shopping ideas; a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus on Dec. 6 to distribute candy canes and collect Christmas wishes from the kids; and an Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest for staff and students Dec. 17. There is a $1 cost to participate in the contest and proceeds go to the Friendship Room in Steubenville.

   The school will hold its Christmas program on Dec. 18. Music teacher Kathy Ramsey said this year’s theme is “Christmas on Broadway” and two performances will be held at 9:30 a.m. for grades PreK-6 and 1:30 p.m. for grades K-6. Parents of students with last names beginning from A-M are to attend the morning show while those with letters N-Z are to attend the afternoon performance. Another performance is slated for staff and students on Dec. 20.

   “We will be using a common reading strategy and compare and contrast for this event,” Ramsey said. “The entire school will be singing two songs per grade level with lots of extra entertainment between performances.”

 Kindergarten and first-graders will celebrate Christmas Around the World on Dec. 14 with classrooms being transformed into such countries as Spain, Brazil, Ireland and Canada. First-grade teacher Amy Sinicropi said students will travel between rooms with special passports and learn songs and stories about the countries as well as watch videos and make crafts.  Second- and third-grade students will then take part in similar events on Dec. 19 and learn about global yuletide traditions. Organizer Tiffani Roush, a second-grade teacher at the school, said students will get learn the customs of Ireland, Jamaica, Mexico and even the North Pole.

   “This is a fun way to teach the kids about our world as we look at the culture and traditions of different countries,” she said. “They also love the opportunity to go into different classrooms and get to know the teachers better.”

   Leading up to the big day, second-graders will also have a special Gingerbread Day and receive packets of mix to make at home with their families.

 “They choose a country for their gingerbread man to travel to, research that country and fill out the information on a passport. Then they decorate their gingerbread to show the customs of the country they chose. These will be displayed in the hallway,” Roush added. “We will set aside one day to make and decorate gingerbread cookies. The kitchen staff helps by baking the cookies and students also analyze the characters and compare the many different versions of the Gingerbread Man.”

    Meanwhile, students can also enjoy a holiday movie that day while raising funds for a good cause. Fifth- and sixth-grade teacher Tally Pasiuk said kids will pay $1 to attend the movie, $1 to wear pajamas and 50 cents for popcorn to help generate some money for the Pediatric Cortical Visual Impairment (PCVI) Society and Just Be Clause.

   “PCVI will help advocate for improvement in the quality of life of children with vision loss due to a brain disorder, disease or injury,” she explained. “Just Be Clause is a local organization that provides local children with gifts this holiday season.”

   Pasiuk said donations to PCVI may also be made online at www.pediatriccvisociety.org.

   The celebration winds down with Christmas parties on Dec. 20 and school dismisses early for the holiday break. Classes will resume on Jan. 3.

(Photo Cutline: Santa and Mrs. Claus visited John Gregg Elementary School on Dec. 6, where they ventured through classrooms to collect Christmas wishes and distribute candy canes. Pictured are the Clauses with sixth-grader Mya Keenan. A variety of holiday events are slated throughout the month, including fundraisers, parties and musical programs, and activities wind down Dec. 20 with an early dismissal for Christmas break.)

EHS Choir Singing at Nailers Game
Posted 12/7/2018 at 11:47:59 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]

RICHMOND-The Edison High School Choir will perform the National Anthem at the Jan. 12 Wheeling Nailers game against the Indy Fuel. Time for the event is 7:05 p.m. Dani Carroll, EHS vocal music director, is accepting names to order tickets for students, friends and family at a special group rate through noon that day. To register, email dani.carroll@edisonwildcats.org or contact Nailers representative Rebecca Lewis at rlewis@wheelingnailers.com or (304) 905-6336.

Dawn Cable November Teacher of the Month
Posted 12/3/2018 at 12:17:22 PM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
Edison Dawn Cable November TOM

RICHMOND-Dawn Cable has been selected as Edison High School’s Teacher of the Month for November.

   Cable, who is currently in her second year of teaching at the high school, has spent the past 18 years in education. During her brief time in the district, she has taught English to grades 7-9 and said the favorite part of her job is helping students become more confident readers and writers who are willing to try to stretch their skills.

   She grew up in McConnelsville, Ohio, and graduated from Morgan High School before attending Ohio University in Athens. Cable received a bachelor’s degree in comprehensive communication education in 2000 and began her career at Federal Hocking High School in Athens County, where she taught English, journalism, multimedia and yearbook. She was the first female to coach a boys’ varsity sport—track and field—for four years and received the Coach of the Year Award. To this day, she remains in touch with some of her former students, athletes and their families and credits her time there as the impetus that helped ignite her passion for teaching and all that it encompasses.

   In 2005, she married Austin Cable, a 1997 Edison alum, and moved to Jefferson County. Since then, she earned her graduate degree in education administration from Franciscan University and taught English courses at Eastern Gateway Community College. Cable was named lead instructor for the developmental English department and was also nominated as Ohio’s Adjunct Instructor of the Year by the Ohio Association of Community Colleges. Concurrently, she worked for Pearson Education and traveled across the country to lead professional development centered on effective teaching strategies that would increase student success at the community college level. She continued her career at West Virginia Northern Community College for two years and returned to the grades K-12 setting at Indian Creek Middle School in 2015.

   Her classroom philosophy is that all students can succeed and she instills this in her students starting on day one. She creates some of the most creative and empowering lessons where all students can express their ideas and prove their understanding in a variety of ways, through thinking, discussion, writing and reflection. Cable takes pride in her teaching career and exudes enthusiasm which inspires her fellow teachers. In her time at Edison, she has spearheaded the 2018 Prom and will be a junior high track coach this spring.

   In addition to teaching, she is the head Girl Scout Troop Leader of Troop 51383 in Richmond and cherishes her time with her family, traveling and outdoor pursuits. She and her husband have two children, Gage and Leila, who attend Edison Local Schools. During her free time, she can be found helping out at Austin Lake Park—her home away from home.
Edison, Buckeye Local “Paws” to Help Santa Claus
Posted 12/3/2018 at 12:06:18 PM by Kristina Ash [staff member]

RICHMOND-Edison and Buckeye Local may be fierce rivals when it comes to sports, but the high schools are getting into the Christmas spirit by teaming up to help local needy children.

   Officials from both sites are organizing the “Paws to Help Santa Claus” toy drive, which will conclude Dec. 7 at the schools’ basketball game at EHS. The schools have been collecting toys and those who attend the Wildcat and Panthers games from 5:30-7:30 p.m. can help needy kids within their elementary schools and community. However, the campaign comes with a challenge: the principal of the school gathering the least toys must don the opposing team’s mascot costume during the second half of the game.

   The idea was the brainchild of Buckeye North Elementary teacher Heather Long, who is also a high school sports parent club member. She approached BLHS Principal Coy Sudvary and EHS Assistant Principal Josh Leasure, the latter of whom formerly worked in the Buckeye Local, about using that team rivalry for a good cause.

   “We’re looking for all students—especially ones in the cheering section—to bring in elementary-level toys for kids in the Edison and Buckeye Local School Districts. I’ve been thinking about the rivalry between [the schools] and we all needed to work together,” Long said. “I thought, ‘Why not use that energy to do good?’”

   She organized the toy drive, which includes the “paws” reference to the team mascots, and got the schools on board to benefit needy kids in both districts. 

   Leasure received support from EHS Principal Matt Morrison and plans were made to begin collecting toys in his building.

   “We wanted to collect toys and hope to get a lot of presents,” Leasure said. “I’ve worked with Heather Long and our portion may go to the two elementary schools or a local charitable organization. We may be rivals in sports but we want to work together to do something special for our community, and we hope this continues in the future between our schools.”

    Sudvary said BLHS faculty, staff and students began their collections this past week and agreed it was a great way to spread some generosity.

   “Buckeye Local High School is very excited to participate in the toy drive to help support students in need. We are excited to work together with the Edison Local community for such a positive campaign,” he commented. “We appreciate any support in donations we can get from our Buckeye Local communities.”

    The campaign will conclude at the basketball games, where officials will gather the goods in totes and tally the total number of toys. Sudvary or Leasure will then parade around in the opposing team’s costume during the last half of the game. Meanwhile, the toys will be distributed to needy kids prior to the Christmas break.

EHS Beta Club Helping Community Causes
Posted 12/3/2018 at 11:54:45 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]

RICHMOND-The Edison High School Beta Club is helping community causes this holiday season by promoting two upcoming events.

   The student organization will hold a Pack up the Pantry food drive for the Amsterdam Food Pantry on Dec. 3-7. It is an all-school event and the RTI class with the most items collected will receive a breakfast sponsored by the club. Beta officers will deliver the non-perishable food items to the pantry before the site’s distribution on Dec. 10.

   In addition, a Christmas Spirit Week activity will be held Dec. 10-14 and students will pay $1 a day to dress up at school. All proceeds will go to St. Jude Children’s Hospital along with funds from a powder puff football game held in October.

Academic Letters Distributed at EHS
Posted 12/3/2018 at 11:37:23 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]

RICHMOND-A total of 155 students received academic letters at Edison High School during a special assembly in the gymnasium on Nov. 20.

   Seventy-three first-year academic letters were presented to sophomores Grayce Andreozzi, Kiley Babel, Hannah Beadnell, Shayla Behnke, Haden Binkiewicz, Joseph Booth, Madison Brenstuhl, Hannah Christoff, Britanie Clifton, Hailey Cline, Aaron Czup, Bryce Drake, Jakob Fenske, Trista Furbee, Emily Gonzalez, Ashley Grafton, Kyle Griffith, Hailey Hanson, Owen Howell, Ronald Inman, Kylie Irwin, Eva Johnson, Sierra Johnston, Marissa Keenan, Sydnee Keenan, Dana Kellar, Aleni Knight, Nathan Kowalczyk, Kelsie Law, Alaina Logan, Allyson Marker, Kaitlyn Markert, Ireland McCafferty, Shane McCoy, Samuel Miller, Elizabeth Montgomery, Rayne Otto, Madison Phillips, Hailey Proudfoot, Jayden Sanders, Emma Scott, Tyler Shrieve, Kenna Skeeles, Colby Smith, Lindsey Smith, Isabella Speedy, Somer Speedy, Paige Stevenson, Briar Stock, Ethan Stout, Bradyn Strawser, Brien Striker, Hannah Swearingen, Justen Wargo, Austin Warnock, Searra Westfall, Madeline Whitehill, Kevin Wires, Autumn Wright and Kailey Yeager. Juniors earning the distinction included Zachary Fluharty, Marena Harris, Kaysi Holland, Kaeden Stewart and Karen Striker, Among the senior honorees were Myakenzie Daugherty, Megan Dunn, Kayla Habbit, Stephanie Kinney, Breanna Leverett, Cassandra Reed, Blake Thomas and Thomas Thompson.

    Forty second-year awards were given to juniors George Ash, Gabrielle Carpenter, Blake Chesla, Melodey Clancey, Brianna Crawford, Karissa Cusick, Jessica Dobbins, Rachel Earich, Allison Grimes, Troy Hackathorn, Hayden Johnson, Emily Kennedy, Brooke Kmatz, Ava Koniski, Jacob Lockhart, Alexander Mayle, Alec McBane, Lukas McCain, Kennadie McElroy, Carter Montgomery, Sarah Nelson, Mikayla Petrisko, Jaiden Plunkett, Andrew Pugh, Mackenzie Reynolds, Savannah Robinson, Abigail Saffell, Samuel Shrock, Chelsea Spicer, Chesney Swickard, Chloe Swickard, Holly Valentine, Starr Vantchev, Jadden Vincenzo and Emily Waggoner, as well as seniors Dakota Clifton, Lance McAfoose, Ryan McKee, Angelique Monigold and Isaac Schmitz.

    A total of forty-two seniors received third-year awards, including Morgan Adkins, Joseph Ash, Lexis Bocek, Damon Bonar, Abigail Booth, Lindsey Breon, Nathan Cain, Nicholas Crawford, Zachary Easter, Brooklynn Elverd, Natasha Fedorka, Lauren Ferralli, Jared Findlay, Dominick Flenniken, Chloe Fray, Harlan Gump, Faith Hoobler, Salenna Hoover, Andrew Kinney, Hunter Klinesmith, Benjamin Kuntz, Ryan Laverick, Hannah Lipinski, Madisyn Mason, Kierra McClain, Mary McConnell, Gerald Nesbitt, Kenzi Potkrajac, Julia Purks, Kiersten Reese, Brennan Scott, Brianna Sheets, Anthony Sinicropi, Abbagail Smith, Helenmarie Smith, Haley Sorg, Cameron Wadas, Justin Wade, Riley Watson, Dominic Williams, Kyle Willison and Kayla Wood.

EHS Band Records CD
Posted 12/3/2018 at 11:33:52 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]

RICHMOND- The sounds of the Edison High School Band can still be heard on a special CD compilation recently recorded by the students.

   Band Director Marc Sansone said his 74 senior high band members created the disc in conjunction with Innovation Studios owner Mike Ofca in November and a limited release is eyed this winter. He added that a compilation has been made each year to showcase band performances and they are also archived for posterity.

   “The CD will be available in late winter for $10 each and it highlights music from the season,” Sansone said. 

   The band performs a wide selection of music, from 1980s classic rock songs such as “Eye of the Tiger,” “Run, Run Away,” and “Hooked on a Feeling” to more modern fare including “Something Just Like This,” “The Shape of You,” “Believer” and “Feel This Moment,” plus standards such as “The Star Spangled Banner.”

    For more information, contact Sansone at marc.sansone@edisonwildcats.org or call the school at (740) 765-4313.

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