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School SRO Gains Honor
Posted 12/13/2018 at 1:21:31 PM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS Timko

BLOOMINGDALE-Deputy Bill Timko is often seen walking the halls at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School where he serves as a school resource officer, but he has been recognized in another aspect of his field.

   Deputy Timko was named Michael Brandle Memorial Operator of the Year for 2018 through the Jefferson County Special Response Team, making him the very first recipient of the honor. He was recognized by the roughly 20-member group during an annual dinner on Dec. 8. The distinction is named for Deputy Michael Brandle, a fellow SRT member who suffered a fatal heart attack during a training session in 2015, and Timko said he was humbled to earn the accolade.

 “This award was voted on by members of the SRT and to have their approval means a great deal, but without them I couldn’t do it,” he said. “They all share a part in this award and we constantly push each other to be at our best and always have each other’s back.”

   He was equally honored to be an SRT member, saying it comprises much of their free time and it is never known when they will be called to action. The team is all volunteer and must be ready at a moment’s notice. That aspect is nothing new to him since his father is a former volunteer fireman and his brother-in-law retired from the Air Force after 23 years of service and several deployments overseas.

   However, law enforcement wasn’t his first choice of vocation. Timko, a 1998 graduate of Bishop Donahue High School, attended Thiel College in Pennsylvania to study secondary social studies but that path eventually changed and led him to serve others in another capacity. 

   “My family has a long history of working in public service and government. When 9/11 happened, I wondered what I could do,” he said.

    He entered the Eastern Ohio Law Enforcement Academy in Belmont County from 2006-07 and worked for several small town police departments before joining the JCSO. He has served with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office for seven years and became SRO around the same time. Deputy Timko was working in the justice center when Sheriff Abdalla approached him about the SRO position at the vocational school, and that turned out to be a perfect fit.

      “I like the JVS a lot. I like to share my knowledge and teach people, so my environment goes with it. My dad currently coaches kids at John Marshall High School, so this combines a lot of my passions.”

      Deputy Timko noted that being the first award recipient was truly an honor and paid tribute to Deputy Brandle as both a colleague and a friend.

   “Mike was not only a co-worker but a very good friend, and to even be mentioned in the same breath as him is in itself an honor. He was the moniker of the ‘One Man SWAT Team’ and he earned it. There will never be anyone like him,” he continued. “This also shows the type of person [Sheriff Fred Abdalla] hires. He sees not only the person but the character of the person and has the belief and confidence in them that sometimes that person doesn’t even see in himself.”

   He also included family, friends and coaches in sharing the award, saying each of them helped get him to where he was today.

   “They all helped instill a hard work ethic, drive, determination and compassion to help others when needed. Without them, I wouldn’t be the man I am.”

(Photo Cutline: Deputy Bill Timko, who serves the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and is school resource officer at the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School, was the first recipient of the Michael Brandle Memorial Operator of the Year Award by the county Special Response Team during an annual dinner. Deputy Timko was humbled to gain the distinction, which is named in honor of a fellow SRT member who passed away in 2015.)

ECE Students Perform Job Shadowing
Posted 12/13/2018 at 1:17:14 PM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS ECE Job Shadow

About 20 juniors and seniors in the early childhood education program at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School completed job shadowing at Harrison North Elementary School in Scio on Dec. 7, where they worked with students and got a taste of real life in the classroom. Instructor Becky Kelley said they helped administer spelling tests, assisted students with projects and observed different grade levels in action. Students have traveled to North, where her brother Michael Saffell is principal, as well as other schools to gain field experience and work with children. Among those participating were, front from left, Amber Anderson, Brooke Mitchell, Hannah Mitchell, Gracie Wade, Jayda McQuistion, Sasha Mitchell, Haley Beaver, India Hargrove and Jessica Geiger. Middle: Natasha Fedorka, Tressa Howard, Emily Manley, Amanda Merideth, Greg Kelley, Maysha Mullins, Brianna Sheets, Kayla Habbit and Abbi Smith. Back: Amyjo Fithen and Destiny Howder.

Rendering Aid
Posted 12/13/2018 at 1:14:15 PM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS CPR

Power mechanics students at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School got a lesson in First Aid and CPR to obtain certification. The group trained with criminal justice instructor Jamie Freeman and viewed videos from the American Heart Association while also working with adult and infant mannequins on First Aid, CPR and Automatic External Defibrillators. Participating in the training exercise were juniors Malcolm Walker, front, and Seth Fitzgerald in back.

JVS Holds Blood Drive
Posted 12/11/2018 at 1:04:12 PM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS Blood Drive 2018

BLOOMINGDALE-Dozens of people turned out for the biannual blood drive held Dec. 10 at the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School.

   The school’s health technologies program teamed up with the American Red Cross to collect blood from donors and about 53 people registered to give of themselves. About 45 units were expected and all of the viable blood will help save a life. Health tech students manned stations, signing in donors and accompanying them to the collection station headed by ARC medical personnel, as well as helping them get refreshed and rested at the canteen.

   JVS students were among those rolling up their sleeves—some for the first time—and all of them said it was important to give.

  It was the second time for junior carpentry students Jacob Hejduk and Noah Hanlin and senior automotive service tech student Chad Vance to participate.

   “I just felt like it was my duty because of my blood type,” said Hejduk. “I have the universal blood type and can help anybody, and I feel like it’s my duty as a citizen to do it.”

   “I can help someone,” Hanlin added, while Vance also agreed and said it was good to donate.

   Cassandra Reed, a senior health tech student, was excited to help for the first time.

   “I’ve always wanted to do it and just never could,” she said.

   The next blood drive is being scheduled for this spring and graduating health tech students could also earn Red Cross scholarships for $250 to $500 based on student participation.

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(Photo Cutline: Jefferson County Joint Vocational School students Noah Hanlin and Chad Vance were among the donors who took part in the biannual blood drive held Dec. 10 at the school. The event was coordinated by the health tech program in conjunction with the American Red Cross. About 53 people registered to donate and 45 viable units were sought. Another blood drive will take place in the spring.)

Students Named Regional Officers
Posted 12/4/2018 at 12:32:25 PM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS SkillsUSA Regional Officers

BLOOMINGDALE-Two Jefferson County Joint Vocational School students have joined the ranks as representatives for Ohio SkillsUSA.

   Juniors Allyson Burkett and Donte’ Grinstead were elected to the southeast regional office during the annual Ohio SkillsUSA Leadership Conference at the Columbus Convention Center in November. Burkett and Grinstead, who both attend Indian Creek High School, were excited to be chosen during the event. The southeast region includes 300 students from more than 20 schools and it is the third time in three years that JCJVS has had students chosen for posts.

   Burkett, daughter of Kristen and Dennis Burkett of Wintersville and a health technologies student, said she was inspired to run by a friend who currently serves as a state officer.

   “I decided to run for it because my friend [fellow JVS student Michael Banovsky] was a state officer and told me about it,” she said. “It’s really nice because you get to talk to people [at the conference] and they elect you.”

   She also hopes to parlay her current post into a higher goal.

   “I hope to share knowledge and get to know people around Ohio and I may go to the state office, too,” she commented.

   She is active in school activities, including performing in the ICHS Marching Band as a bari saxophone player, Key Club and Upward Bound Trio. Burkett hopes to continue in the healthcare field upon graduation and become a registered nurse.

   Grinstead, son of Rene’ Quarles and Richard Graves of Mingo Junction and a student in the automotive service technology program, said he was inspired to take a leadership role to enhance his life.

   “I’m trying to do what I can and I saw this as a gateway,” he said. “It was awesome [to be elected] and I want to be the best I can be.”

   Upon graduation, he plans to enter the U.S. Army and head to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where he hopes to become a carpentry and masonry specialist. He said his time at JCJVS has proven to be fruitful in preparing for his endeavors.

    “It’s taught me to have a better work ethic and responsibilities,” he noted.

      Next, the students will attend the Ohio SkillsUSA Leadership Institute in Washington, D.C., in January and join about 40 other teen officers from throughout the state. Highlights of the trip will include leadership training sessions, meeting legislative representatives and touring Washington’s great monuments and museums. 

   The Ohio Association of SkillsUSA is a career-technical student organization serving students in high school and college post-secondary industrial, engineering and health career training programs statewide. SkillsUSA is a national organization that partners students, teachers and industry representatives to ensure America has a skilled workforce and prepares them for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations, including health occupations.

(Photo Cutline: Jefferson County Joint Vocational School students Allyson Burkett and Donte’ Grinstead were named southeast regional officers during the Ohio SkillsUSA Leadership Conference last month. They will join about 40 other officers from across the state for the Ohio SkillsUSA Leadership Institute in Washington, D.C., in January.)

JVS Holding Blood Drive Dec. 10
Posted 12/4/2018 at 12:26:55 PM by Kristina Ash [staff member]

BLOOMINGDALE-The health technologies program at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School is teaming up once again with the American Red Cross to conduct a blood drive on Dec. 10. 

   The event will take place in the program room from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and health tech students will man stations while Red Cross officials will oversee the blood collection. School and community members can participate and walk-in service is available. Donors must provide a photo ID while those aged 18 and under have certain weight and height requirements. For example, a student must be at least 4 feet 10 inches in height and weigh 146 pounds. Organizers said about 40-60 people have participated in the past and the Red Cross provides scholarships for $250 to $500 based on student participation. A second event is generally held in the spring.

   Donors may come in and register that day or schedule an appointment by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or going online to www.redcrossblood.org and entering JVS.

Counseling Services Aid Emotional Well-Being
Posted 11/28/2018 at 11:21:59 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]

BLOOMINGDALE-Students at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School have an emotional outlet through a special partnership with Trinity Counseling Services.

    Megan Jarvis, a licensed professional counselor with Trinity, visits the school each Monday to meet with individual students but now holds voluntary group sessions to discuss anger management and other issues. The first such session was held Nov. 19 and Jarvis was very optimistic about the outcome.

    “My supervisor Don Ogden and I are doing counseling based in the school systems and we do individual counseling and crisis management with students who have social and behavioral problems,” she explained. “[JCJVS Assistant Principal Sis Abdalla] thought it would be good to have group discussions on anger management, coping skills and behavioral and mental issues.”

   Jarvis said the youth provided some topics for future sessions while others will focus on communication, relationships and anxiety and depression. She said the sessions have been productive and give students a sense of relief when they talk to an independent party.

   “It gives a different perspective and techniques to help with their daily life,” she added. “They liked the camaraderie [in the group meetings] and saw that everyone has some kind of issue.”

    The program has existed at other schools since 2016 and she also works within the Indian Creek Local and Steubenville City School Districts. Jarvis is presently at the JVS twice a month but may add another day to accommodate the group and individual meetings.

   “There was a need in the schools. I do an adolescent program at Trinity and a lot of kids need behavioral health, as well. Their parents may not be able to get them to appointments, so being at the school helps because they are already here. The teachers also see them every day and may have some insight.”

   Abdalla said having the counselor on hand provides some extra support for teens who have problems in their personal life. The program, combined with positive behavioral and intervention supports (PBIS), hopes to reduce incidents and promote emotional well-being.

   “I think our students know we truly care about them and that there are behaviors that are not acceptable. They need to know what acceptable behavior is in society, on the job or in their future classroom. Issues are also addressed with PBIS.”

    She added that the JCJVS board and Principal Dan Hartman were supportive, so officials formulated some topics, created signs in the school and sent one-calls to parents and emails to students to inform them of the opportunity.

   “We planned on it being once a month with sessions in the morning and afternoon, but after it was so successful, we are going to decide whether to do more. We are trying to find out what is causing their stress and conflict and how to handle or deter it. We opened it up to everyone and everyone is invited.”

Open House at JVS
Posted 11/20/2018 at 1:40:29 PM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS Open House

Potential students and their parents toured the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School in Bloomingdale on Nov. 19 to learn more about the site’s 15 programs from auto service to welding, but an HVAC course is being eyed to return in the fall to fill a niche in the construction and maintenance fields. Instructors and staff provided information about program offerings, including health technologies instructor Tammy Sismondo who is pictured with a few of the attendants.

MAD Students, EM-Media Promote School
Posted 11/20/2018 at 1:00:33 PM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS MAD Promotion

BLOOMINGDALE-Anyone who has spotted billboards and commercials promoting the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School would be interested to know that all of the advertisements were created by the students themselves.

   For the past four years, JCJVS has teamed up with the EM-Media marketing agency of Steubenville to publicize the school and its diverse trade programs. The students are responsible for producing the 10 billboards dotting the county and filming spots that EM-Media representatives then prepare for distribution. MAD instructor Cody Larue said the partnership has given students a look at what happens in the real world.

   “We released brand new commercials and billboards and students shot and edited the videos,” he explained. “We worked on this during the first two months of school.”

    He added that recruitment videos, school advertisements and related projects are all formulated in the program lab 12 students were organized by senior project leaders Jon-Paul Lavoie and Mara Burress. Larue added that seniors ran the lab and the juniors learned the ropes to prepare for similar roles next year.

   “We took pictures and shot video footage of all the programs and the students ran this entire lab like a company. They set up and scheduled interviews with students and had consultations with program teachers, organized pre-production and planning through post-production.”

   Lavoie and Burress said they have gained a wealth of knowledge in the process.

   “You get to create something that represents your school and community,” said Lavoie, who also serves as the class president. “It is work experience and gives you an idea at least of what it’s like in the real world. It was definitely an experience that was worth having.”

    “It was kind of a challenge but it definitely was a learning experience,” Burress added.

     In addition to school promotions, the MAD program also handles graphic designs for shirts included in its new online apparel store, helps prepare for the school’s eighth-grade visits and sophomore tours and produces videos and other promotions for homecoming events and community projects.

   “The whole idea is that they run this class as a real-world experience of being in a production company,” Larue commented. “They have multiple tasks and meet to discuss projects and management.”

   Michael Emmerling, account executive with EM-Media, said it has been a pleasure collaborating with the students and the company has also provided mentorship so pupils could learn about actual operations.

   “This is my third year but we’ve done it for about four years,” he said. “It’s great. Three years ago, [EM-Media rep] Tim Long and I went to the students and told them what needed to go on TV and they continued to improve it and make it grow. We’ve done 10 billboards and the commercials have aired on Comcast, WTOV-TV 9, plus we’ve also done digital work with social media and it has been streaming in the area on [such sites as] Apple TV and Hulu.”

   Meanwhile, EM-Media has hosted students at the company to give them a closer look at operations. Emmerling said two students visited for mentorship in recent weeks with two more expected after the Thanksgiving holiday.

(Photo Cutline: Multimedia and design students Mara Burress and Jon-Paul Lavoie review work done to promote Jefferson County Joint Vocational School. The program has partnered with the EM-Media marketing agency of Steubenville and produced billboards, television spots and ads for digital streaming to publicize the school and its diverse trade programs.)

Safety First
Posted 11/20/2018 at 12:51:22 PM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS OSHA 10 Training

About 30 carpentry and power mechanics students at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School underwent two days of OSHA 10 safety training on Nov. 19-20 with Jeremy Dennis, representative of the Joint Apprenticeship Training Center in Columbus. Students gain certification which will give them an advantage once they join the workforce.

Doing the ‘Do
Posted 11/20/2018 at 12:45:54 PM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS Family and Friends Day

Junior cosmetology students had a chance to showcase their hairstyling talents on loved ones during Family and Friends Day at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School on Nov. 19. Among those getting their ‘do done were, seated from left, Beth Leland and Jensen Agin while students Arianna D’Ambra, Leland’s daughter, and Agin’s cousin Shayla Agin were the stylists.

JVS Collects Food for CDI Pantry
Posted 11/9/2018 at 9:43:43 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS CDI Food Drive

BLOOMINGDALE-The school and community pulled together to benefit cancer patients and their families with a special holiday food drive for the Cancer Dietary Initiative.

   More than 2,500 non-perishable items were collected for the organization in Steubenville that provides food to cancer patients who are financially struggling or do not have access to sustenance while undergoing their life-saving treatment. Jill McVicker, event committee chair, said students were challenged each week to bring in two specific items including sweet potatoes, stuffing, turkey gravy, instant potatoes, canned pumpkin and cranberry jelly. The top collectors were the power mechanics, carpentry and early childhood education labs with the power mechanics students earning a pizza party as a reward. The amount of food raised this year exceeds last year’s total of 1,700 items and will go to the pantry at First Westminster Presbyterian Church on North Fourth Street for its Thanksgiving distribution.

  “We raised 2,511 cans and $450 cash for CDI,” McVicker said, adding that other schools and organizations took part in the effort. “My sons attend St. Mary’s School in Martins Ferry and wanted to do something, so they had dress-up days for $1. Then the St. Mary’s School in St. Clairsville wanted to help and sent a check for $50.”

    She also thanked Don Jones of Smithfield Evangelical Friends Church, the JVS students and staff and vendors who took part in the Anthony D’Aurora Memorial Quarters for Cancer Quarter Auction on Nov. 4. The vendors also had a chance to donate 10 food items for inclusion in prize drawing.

    Meanwhile, the quarter auction has raised more than $30,500 since its inception six years ago and McVicker said it was definitely successful this year. More than 300 people were on hand and 37 vendors sold everything from crafts to jewelry while more goods were up for bid during the quarter auction. Last year’s total receipts broke records at $10,000 and officials said the latest numbers were being tabulated but should exceed that figure.

(Photo Cutline: Students in the power mechanics lab at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School placed first in a contest to collect the most food for the Cancer Dietary Initiative, earning a pizza party reward for their efforts. The holiday food drive was held throughout October and gained 2,511 non-perishable items from the school and community. Pictured with a few of the items are, from left, Jacob Moore, Hunter Thompson, Isaiah Shannon, James Shell, Daniel Sammut, Sage Schloss, Zach Daniels, Dakota Kernen, Chris Young, Seth Fitzgerald, Damon Petrosino, Malcolm Walker and Nathan Truax.)

Young Voter
Posted 11/9/2018 at 9:40:38 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS Young Voter

The early childhood education program at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School conducted its own polls on Election Day and preschoolers chose their favorite toy, fruit and food while also learning about the actual voting process. Making her little voice heard is five-year-old Jadeyn Ward with junior ECE student Jessica Geiger.

Eighth-Graders Tour JVS
Posted 11/9/2018 at 9:37:52 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS Eigth-Grade Tour

BLOOMINGDALE-Local middle schoolers learned about preparing for careers and available options during the annual eighth-grade tours at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School.

   More than 100 students from Buckeye Local Jr. High School rounded out visits which spanned over the course of a week from Nov. 1-8. Groups were led into the various program labs and heard from current JVS students about everything from auto collision and culinary arts to multimedia and design and welding. In addition to Buckeye Local, other pupils attended from Toronto, Steubenville and Indian Creek.

   Guidance counselor Shellie Henderson said the event introduced the eighth-graders to the wide range of available careers and what education they may need for their desired vocation.

   “It’s more to make kids aware and think about what careers are out there,” said Henderson. “It also does our kids good because they talk in front of others and get ready for sophomore days. They get some public speaking skills and have pride in the program.”

   Some of the middle schoolers on hand said they were impressed with the programs at the JVS and noted those of interest. Tucker Martin said he enjoyed the auto collision and criminal justice programs while Justin Kirkpatrick favored auto service and criminal justice.

 “Carpentry,” added classmate Kaden Contra of his selection. “My dad is going to have me work on his friend’s house.”

   JCJVS Principal Dan Hartman said the overall event was a success and the school was now gearing up for Sophomore Days this coming week.

   “The kids are excited and our kids have done a phenomenal job sharing with them the things we do here,” he said. “The staff has been accommodating and overall it’s been a fantastic experience.”

   The sophomore tours are set for Nov. 13-14 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and will include students from Buckeye Local, Toronto and Indian Creek that Tuesday and Steubenville, Catholic Central and Harrison Central that Wednesday, plus homeschooled youth may also participate. Hartman said about 450-500 students are expected over those two days. At that time, current JVS students will man tables in the commons while sophomores make stops in the individual labs to watch demonstrations and get some hands-on instruction. Lunch and more tours follow before the groups depart for their home schools.

    The visits wrap up with an after-hours open house slated for Nov. 19. Students, their families and the public can stop in from 3:15-6:15 p.m. and view classrooms and labs, meet faculty and staff and learn about the JVS’s 15 programs including auto collision, auto service, computer networking, cosmetology, criminal justice, culinary arts, early childhood education, electrical trades, health technologies, multimedia and design, power mechanics, small animal science and welding, but officials are also eying the return of an HVAC course next fall. Parent-teacher conferences will also be held and officials said several hundred people have attended over the last two years.

   For more information, contact the JCJVS at (740) 264-5545.

(Photo Cutline: Jefferson County Joint Vocational School hosted eighth-grade tours from Nov. 1-8 and current pupils shared available career options and school programs on hand to prepare for the workforce. Pictured is Buckeye Local Jr. High student Kaden Contra getting fingerprinted by criminal justice student Stephanie Kinney during his visit.)

Pampered Pooches
Posted 10/31/2018 at 12:36:21 PM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS SAS Pampered Pooches

Hannah Morelli and Cherokee Shepherd, seniors in the small animal science program at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School, are among the students primping and pampering pooches with dog grooming services at the site along 1509 County Highway 22A in Bloomingdale. Pet owners may drop off their four-legged friends on Tuesday and Thursday at 8 a.m. with pickup available at 2 p.m. The dogs will receive basic grooming from baths to nail trimming and costs range from $20 for small breeds to $25 for large ones. Space may be limited and reservations are available by calling (740) 264-5545, Extension 428.

Hands-on Learning
Posted 10/31/2018 at 10:52:26 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS Auto Collision

Lance Gump, Logan Gump and Jeremy Smith, all juniors in the auto collision program at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School, get some hands-on training by sanding a damaged car hood during their lab. The auto collision program teaches students how to design and refinish vehicles from sanding and masking to welding and custom painting to restore them to factory specifications. For more information about any of the school’s 15 programs, call (740) 264-5545.

Student’s Skills are in Bloom
Posted 10/31/2018 at 10:49:12 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS Dalton Sindeldecker

BLOOMINGDALE-Jefferson County Vocational School student Dalton Sindeldecker put his skills to use and created some unique pieces to help celebrate his brother’s recent marriage.

 Sindeldecker, a senior welding student, created metal flower centerpieces for the reception tables during the Oct. 20 nuptials of sibling Dillon Sindeldecker and Hannah Hirsch in Wintersville. He said he spent a total of 120 hours crafting 30 flowers and each bloom took four hours to make. Sindeldecker began in September and said he worked intermittently to complete the project.

   “I made some for my girlfriend for Valentine’s Day and my soon-to-be sister-in-law asked me to make some as centerpieces,” he recalled. “I printed the template online and traced it onto the metal, then I cut it out, sanded the edges and built rods for the stem, then I bent them into shape and painted them.”

    The aluminum blooms will not rust and Sindeldecker said his skills have become one part business and one part hobby.

    “It’s kind of a side business but more for fun,” he added. “My sister-in-law makes handcrafted items and I want to sell items, too.”

    The Rayland-area resident attends Indian Creek High School and said the knowledge he’s gained at JCJVS has been valuable.

   “I’ve learned a lot at the JVS and the hands-on work helps a lot.”

   Sindeldecker is also looking to continue his education at a trade school and is eying Pittsburgh Technical College in Oakdale, Pa.

(Photo Cutline: Jefferson County Joint Vocational School student Dalton Sindeldecker crafted aluminum flowers as centerpieces for his brother’s Oct. 20 wedding reception. Sindeldecker, a senior in the welding program, said the knowledge he’s gained at JCJVS has been valuable in honing his skill and helped celebrate his sibling’s big day.)

Site Visits Set at JVS
Posted 10/31/2018 at 10:45:38 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]

BLOOMINGDALE-Jefferson County Joint Vocational School is opening its doors starting in November as it hosts a series of student and public visits throughout the month.

   Principal Dan Hartman said the eighth-grade tours kick off Thursday, Nov. 1 with students stopping by from Edison High School. They will be on hand from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to meet faculty and staff and learn about programs to gauge potential interest in attending. Hartman said subsequent visits will be held with students from Toronto and Steubenville City Schools on Nov. 5, Indian Creek Middle School on Nov. 6 and Buckeye Local on Nov. 8.

   “Every district in the county will bring students and they will look at all of the programs and tour the building,” Hartman said, adding that 600-700 eighth-graders generally participate.

   The sophomore tours will follow on Nov. 13-14 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with pupils from Buckeye Local, Toronto and Indian Creek attending that Tuesday and Edison, Steubenville, Catholic Central and Harrison Central that Wednesday, while homeschooled students will also take part. Hartman added that between 450 and 500 students from area schools participate.

   Current JVS students man tables in the commons area and tours begin in the individual labs with students and instructors providing demonstrations and some hands-on instruction, followed by lunch and more tours before they depart for their home schools.

    Finally, the school will be available after hours for an open house on Nov. 19. Area students, their families and the public are invited to attend from 3:15-6:15 p.m. Like the previous activities, people can view classrooms and learn about any of the 15 programs including auto collision, auto service, computer networking, cosmetology, criminal justice, culinary arts, early childhood education, electrical trades, health technologies, multimedia and design, power mechanics, small animal science and welding, but officials are also eying the return of an HVAC course next fall.

     Superintendent Dr. Todd Phillipson said the program will enhance opportunities for students and build the workforce for contractors in search of skilled employees.

    “We are looking to meet the needs of local contractors by providing trained HVAC students with industry credentials,” Dr. Phillipson said. “These credentials will carry them to good-paying, skilled jobs with extended opportunities to go to on to college. These are in-demand jobs and they deal with mechanical, electrical and plumbing skills necessary for the HVAC professional.”

   Parent-teacher conferences will also be conducted at that time and officials said several hundred people have attended over the last two years.

Force in Motion
Posted 10/19/2018 at 9:37:46 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS Physics Force in Motion

Students in instructor Tamela Marshall’s physics class at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School are sharing their knowledge of force and motion by designing mobile mousetrap cars and determining speed and distance. Pictured is junior Tyler Mitchell testing his creation as Marshall looks on.

Adding a Little Color
Posted 10/19/2018 at 9:35:26 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS Jr. Sr. Day

It was Junior/Senior Day for the cosmetology program at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School, where upperclassmen had a chance to practice cuts and hair coloring on juniors Oct. 17. The annual event showcases the seniors’ skills while juniors learn what to expect when they enter their second year. Pictured is senior Kirsten Clark gives junior Arianna D’Ambra a new hue to her hair.

ECE Students Learn Value of Teamwork
Posted 10/19/2018 at 9:32:51 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS FCCLA Event

BLOOMINGDALE-Early childhood education students at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School got a real lesson in teamwork and leadership during a recent activity.

   Juniors Hannah Mitchell and Sasha Mitchell and seniors Brooke Mitchell and Brianna Sheets spent time at the Heartland Retreat and Conference Center in Marengo, Ohio, outside Columbus as part of a state Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) leadership training on Oct. 8-9. They were among an estimated 400 FCCLA students from middle and high schools statewide in attendance who heard lectures and learned how to work together in addition to being leaders. The crowd was split into groups of 10-15 people from different schools and the teams completed activities together.

   Becky Kelley, ECE instructor and FCCLA advisor, said most of the events were conducted outside and it was the first time the JVS students participated. The students themselves said they had fun meeting and working with other students at the venue, plus they learned lessons they could incorporate into future projects and practices.

   “We did a lot of different group activities and we had to work together to get it done,” said Brooke Mitchell. “There was an obstacle course where we went through mud and we had to stay within our team. We had to work together and help each other.”

   “I personally learned leadership skills and everything involved teamwork,” added Sheets. “We had a seminar about community service that I liked. It gave me information about projects in the community and that really inspired us.”

   “It made me more outspoken with people,” added Hannah Mitchell. She added that she enjoyed the night hike, where her group of 15 people wandered through the woods in the dark and relied on each other to make it through.

   In addition to the outdoor activities, students also attended seminars with such topics as the Lead2Feed program, which blends leadership lessons with community service, and Fuel Up to Play 60, a nutrition and exercise program launched by the National Dairy Council and NFL in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.                                                                                   

(Photo Cutline: Jefferson County Joint Vocational School students Sasha Mitchell, Brianna Sheets, Brooke Mitchell and Hannah Mitchell took part in an Ohio Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) leadership training earlier this month with students from across the state and learned the value of leadership and teamwork.)

Author/Illustrator Visits Preschoolers
Posted 10/18/2018 at 10:04:16 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS Author Visit

BLOOMINGDALE-Author and illustrator H.H. Steffens paid a visit to the early childhood education program at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School on Wednesday to share her story and get youngsters excited about literature.

   Steffens, a Rhode Island native who has also resided in Toronto, traveled throughout the Tri-State Area during the week to talk to preschoolers and kindergarteners about her story, “Ten Hungry Seagulls,” and provide interactive fun for the kiddies. She said she spent many days at the beach near her home and often watched the famished birds steal people’s food, and that would ultimately be the inspiration for her picture concept book.

   She read the book to about 30 preschoolers, parents and ECE students, asked kids questions about their favorite beach activities as a tie-in to her story, taught them vocabulary words found in the tale and also included the youth in drawing a picture.

 “I wrote the story in five minutes,” Steffens said, adding that the artwork took more time to complete. “It took five years to draw the illustrations. I drew it once and it was okay, but it wasn’t quite right.”

   She added that she repeatedly revised her artwork until she was satisfied, but final edits would take two more months to complete.

   “It really is a labor of love,” she added, saying that she holds another job to make money but her real passion is being an artist. “Every job is important, but we should all have fun and have a dream.”

   Her second book, “Fairy Monster,” will be published in January through Kid Lit Publishing, a company she co-founded in Hampton, N.H. Steffens said “Ten Hungry Seagulls” was her first published work but she has many other stories waiting in the wings. 

 Steffens, who is originally from Rhode Island, lived in Toronto for 12 years and studied graphic design at West Liberty University and Wichita State University. She also attended Rhode Island College, where she majored in fine art but moved into marketing. Steffens once operated a photography studio in Ohio and currently works as an art director and events coordinator with Kid Lit Publishing. In addition to JCJVS, Steffens visited her alma mater in West Virginia and has more appearances set at Hills Elementary in Mingo Junction and Karaffa Elementary in Toronto. She will also be at Toronto Public Library Oct. 18 from 6-7 p.m. leading a “How To” lesson for kids with another session set for adults ages 16 and over on Saturday from 11 a.m. to noon, followed by a book signing at BookMarx bookstore in Steubenville from 2- 5 p.m.

(Photo Cutline: Author/illustrator H.H. Steffens visited the early childhood education program at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School on Wednesday, delighting preschoolers with her original story, “Ten Hungry Seagulls,” and interacting with the youth. Steffens, a one-time Toronto resident, is appearing at venues throughout the week including elementary schools, the Toronto Public Library and BookMarx book store in Steubenville.)

Hoagland Visits JVS
Posted 10/9/2018 at 12:41:15 PM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS Hoagland Visit

Ohio Sen. Frank Hoagland (R-30th District) visited the criminal justice program at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School on Oct. 4 and spoke to students about his military career as a Navy SEAL and aspects of the state legislature.

Practice, Practice, Practice
Posted 10/9/2018 at 12:39:07 PM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS Health Tech Practice

Madison Lacko and Hannah Armstrong, both seniors in the health technologies program at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School, practice procedures for their state nurse’s aide test set for December. Students have been reviewing protocols for moving and exercising patients as part of their exam under the instruction of teacher Tammy Sismondo.

It’s Electric!
Posted 10/9/2018 at 12:35:56 PM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS Electrical Trades

James Strachan and Isaac Thomas, both seniors in the electrical trades program, work on bending a conduit to make a circuit during their lab at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School. The program teaches pupils to design and install commercial and residential power systems so they can work with professional electricians on commercial, residential and community projects. For more information, contact the school at (740) 254-5545.

Maintaining Control
Posted 10/9/2018 at 12:31:54 PM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS Criminal Justice

Steubenville Police Officer John Sowers instructs students in the criminal justice program at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School on subject control during a lesson on Oct. 8. He is among many local officials who visit the program and provide expertise to students planning to go into law enforcement and related careers. 

Challenge Issued to Help CDI
Posted 10/9/2018 at 12:28:57 PM by Kristina Ash [staff member]

BLOOMINGDALE-Local businesses are being challenged to help cancer patients stock their pantries this holiday season.

   The Jefferson County Joint Vocational School is currently holding its annual Thanksgiving food drive to benefit the Cancer Dietary Institute, a Steubenville-based organization that assists cancer patients who are struggling financially or do not have access to food while undergoing treatment. The food drive extends throughout the month of October and items will be donated to CDI during an upcoming fundraiser, but officials are asking area businesses to lend a helping hand. Organizer Jill McVicker said pledge forms have already been submitted to businesses seeking monetary pledges and other donations for the sixth annual Quarters for Cancer Anthony D’Aurora Memorial Quarter Auction at the school on Nov. 4, but she is also putting out the call to contribute food for CDI’s pantry.

 “I am challenging other businesses in the community to participate by holding their own Thanksgiving food drive,” McVicker said. “If businesses want to help, they can drop off items at the JVS, make arrangements for pickup or give monetary donations, gift baskets and gift cards for the quarter auction.”

   So far, students have been contributing two non-perishable items a week as part of a contest and donations include sweet potatoes and brown sugar during the week of Oct. 1; stuffing and turkey gravy over the week of Oct. 8; egg noodles and canned pumpkin the week of Oct. 15; instant mashed potatoes and cranberry jelly the week of Oct. 22; and any holiday item for the week of Oct. 29. Meanwhile, local businesses have until Nov. 1 to make their contributions.

   “This is our fifth year for the food drive. Last year, over 1,700 items were donated and presented to CDI during our Quarters for Cancer event,” McVicker added.

    More than two-dozen vendors will be on hand next month selling merchandise from jewelry to candles and crafts with more items up for bid at the quarter auction. Doors open for the vendor sale at 11:30 a.m. with the quarter auction starting at 1 p.m. Tickets are $5 each, which includes one paddle, and extra paddles are $2. The benefit also includes door prizes, raffles, a 50-50 drawing and food and drinks.

   Pledges can be made in cash, checks or gifts matched by a company, family or foundation, as well as gift cards and raffle items for the event. Checks are payable to JCJVS Quarters for Cancer, in care of Jefferson County Vocational School, 1509 County Highway 22A, Bloomingdale, Ohio, 43910. For more information, contact McVicker at (740) 264-5545, Ext. 404, or email mcvickerj@jeffjvs.org.

New Modular Home under Construction
Posted 9/28/2018 at 1:34:36 PM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS New Modular Home

BLOOMINGDALE-Students have begun construction on their second modular home project at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School.

   Juniors and seniors in the carpentry program are gaining real-world experience by building the structure on school grounds along 1509 County Highway 22A in Bloomingdale, and instructor Steve Orwick said it will take up to two years to complete. More than a dozen students worked together to establish the base for the new residence, which will mirror the previous modular home with three bedrooms, two baths, a great room containing both living and dining room areas, a kitchen and a laundry room.

   “We’ve started framing the floor and will start on the walls,” Orwick said. “We hope to get the roof and walls done before the bad weather starts. It will be a 1 ½- to two-year process.”

   In addition to the carpentry students, the school’s electrical trades program and some professional contractors will also be used during the construction, with the latter performing plumbing and HVAC work. Orwick added that students have also finished concrete work between the piers of the house with more flatwork done around the nearby storage building. 

   Plans are to put the home up for auction and the building will be split into two sections for transport to the new owner’s property, where they will later be reattached. The first modular home project, which was undertaken around 2016 after students completed the seventh and final house in the neighboring Breezewood Manor subdivision, was also sold at auction. 

   “We do have a couple prospective buyers for this one,” Orwick said of the current building. 

    For more information, contact the school at (740) 264-5545.

(Photo Cutline: Juniors and seniors in the carpentry program at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School raise the floor for the second modular home being constructed at the site. A three-bedroom, two-bathroom abode is being built on the school property which will later be sold at auction. Program instructor Steve Orwick said the work could take up to two years to complete.)

Cosmetology Class Taking Clients
Posted 9/28/2018 at 1:31:36 PM by Kristina Ash [staff member]

BLOOMINGDALE- Cosmetology students at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School are now accepting clients looking for a new style.

   The program is taking appointments on Tuesdays from 11:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Prices range from $3 to at least $30 and patrons may also receive their choice of a haircut, perm, color, highlites, spiral perm and more, but those seeking both a haircut and a perm or color may have to come in on two separate days. Instructor Sondra Mount said senior students will be performing the work and manicures and facials will be added in the future. For an appointment or more information, contact the school at (740) 264-5545.

School Food Collection Benefits CDI
Posted 9/28/2018 at 1:29:53 PM by Kristina Ash [staff member]

BLOOMINGDALE-The Jefferson County Joint Vocational School will hold its third annual food drive this month to support patients in need through the Cancer Dietary Institute.

   The month-long campaign coincides with the school’s efforts to raise money for CDI during the sixth annual Quarters for Cancer Anthony D’Aurora Memorial Quarter Auction in November, which has raised more than $30,500 since its inception. All of the proceeds from both campaigns will benefit the Steubenville-based organization which helps provide food to cancer patients who are financially struggling or do not have access to food while undergoing treatment. 

   Jill McVicker, event committee chair, said more than 1,700 non-perishable food items were gathered last year and students will again be tasked to collect more goods over the next few weeks.

   “It’s for the whole month of October and they will donate two different Thanksgiving items per week,” she said. “We will do a tally each week and the winning program will get a pizza party.”

    Students will be collecting sweet potatoes and brown sugar during the week of Oct. 1; stuffing and turkey gravy during the week of Oct. 8; egg noodles and canned pumpkin the week of Oct. 15; instant mashed potatoes and cranberry jelly the week of Oct. 22; and any Thanksgiving item the week of Oct. 29. Only non-perishable goods will be taken and the items will be presented to CDI representatives during the quarter auction on Nov. 4.

   Meanwhile, plans are under way for the quarter auction at the JVS, which is located at 1509 County Highway 22A in Bloomingdale. The fundraiser, which was renamed in honor of late principal Anthony D’Aurora, has raised an astonishing $30,582 since it began in 2013 and broke its own record by raising $10,000 last year. Contributions were also being sought for prizes and monetary donations, and McVicker said the community has always given generously while school programs have provided gift baskets and other items. She noted that the activity was a win-win because it showcased the school and supported a worthy cause.

   Tickets may be purchased at the door, which opens at 11:30 a.m. so patrons can shop early among more than 25 vendors in the commons area. The quarter auction itself begins at 1 p.m. and tickets are $5 each, which includes one paddle. Extra paddles are $2 and the benefit will also include door prizes, raffles, a 50/50 drawing and food and drink. For more information, contact the JVS at (740) 264-5545.

JVS Launches Online Apparel Store
Posted 9/28/2018 at 1:27:56 PM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS Apparel Store

BLOOMINGDALE-The multimedia and design program at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School has launched an online apparel store featuring students’ original creations.

   Instructor Cody LaRue said the first-ever such shop began this month and is available on the school web site. LaRue said the program partnered with New York-based Terminus Tees over the summer and plans got off the ground to create the virtual marketplace.

   “They offered us the opportunity when they created StoreFrontier,” he said. “We took it upon ourselves to host it for the school and anyone can buy JVS apparel.”

   He received approval from school administrators and the store currently offers MAD and JVS apparel, but students are planning to work with other school programs and community groups. Students create the designs and Terminus Tees prepares them on demand while the T-shirts cost $15 and hoodies are $25 and come in such colors as black, gray and white. Profits from the sales go to the MAD program, which LaRue said will be used for field trips, college visits and the Business and Professionals of America (BPA) membership fees. He said 12 seniors, including class officers, handle all aspects of operations from marketing to design while 12 juniors also assist in creating the apparel.

   “We’re not limiting it to the school; I want to encourage the creation of custom T-shirts for people to buy,” LaRue added. “It supports the school and the students and shows pride. The students design real-world products that people can buy and we have the potential of more people wearing the shirts to promote the school. It also lets people know what we can do here.”

   Students have also formed a marketing plan and developed flyers and an Instagram account to spread the word, plus they are scheduling consultations with other programs and community members to design more clothing. LaRue acts as a guide and said the project is completely operated by his pupils.

   “They are running the lab like it’s a business. They created a solid marketing plan and we’ll just need to put it into action,” he continued, noting other projects the students will complete this year. “They will also do a recruitment video, billboards and partner with Em-Media [of Steubenville]. They have a lot to do this year.”

    To view the apparel, go to www.jeffjvs.org website and click the “Online Store” link at the top of the page.

(Photo Cutline: Tyler Mitchell, a junior in the multimedia and design program at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School, browses among the merchandise now available in the new online school store. The program is hosting the site in partnership with Terminus Tees and StoreFrontier and students create original designs to promote MAD and other school programs with the potential to serve community groups.)

Safety Lesson
Posted 9/19/2018 at 10:51:16 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS Fire Safety

Members of the Steubenville Fire Department visited Jefferson County Joint Vocational School on Tuesday to give students a lesson in fire safety. Retired fire Capt. Ron Millanti joined Capt. Insp. Tom Burchfield and Capt. Steve Bowers shared tips on using extinguishers for small fires with students throughout the school and pictured are Millanti with Malcolm Walker, a junior in the power mechanics program as classmates look on.

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