2018-04-11 / News

Pettisville School Board Okays Music Department Trip To New York City

Music students from the Pettisville School District have the approval of the school board to plan a visit to the Big Apple.

The board approved a motion authorizing the music department to plan to travel to New York City over the 2019 spring break during its Monday, April 9 meeting.

The music department traditionally travels every other year.

Planned highlights of the trip include visits to NBC studios, Times Square, Lincoln Center, Central Park, Radio City Music Hall, Carnegie Hall, Ellis Island, and the Statue of Liberty.

Michael Lane, high school principal, said three students earned national awards in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards program. Lyla Heising won a gold medal for her entry in the short story category, and will travel to Carnegie Hall to accept her award.

Gretchen Lee won a silver medal for her entry in the science fiction and fantasy category, while Madeleine Wixom won a silver medal for her entry in the photography category.

Lane also talked about the Ohio Junior Science and Humanities Symposium at Bowling Green State University. Five students participated, presenting either talks or posters about their science fair projects. Presenters included Jordan Skates, Kayla Wyse, Matt Rupp, Madeline Shumaker and Jessie McWatters.

Lane said all five did a good job. Skates will present her project on a survey of three agricultural freshwater ecosystems in Fulton County at the Student Research Wildlife Symposium, tomorrow, Thursday, at Maumee Bay State Park. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources sponsors the event.


Pettisville hosted a selfdefense night for female students where they learned key principles for preventing assaults and techniques for escaping if they find themselves in dangerous situations.

Lane said district officials plan to host another event in May aimed specifically at graduating seniors who are going to college or out on their own for the first time.

Jason Waldvogel, elementary principal, reported that the second grade will host its annual consumer fair, Thursday, May 10.

Proceeds are designated to help the Brian Shaw family with medical expenses.

Steve Switzer, superintendent, said Shaw is the father of 10 Pettisville students. He was recently diagnosed with brain cancer.

Waldvogel also told the board that the PAX behavior program has been implemented in the early elementary grades. It will be expanded to the upper elementary grades next year.

Advantages of the program include reinforcing good behavior, offering students the chance to self-regulate their behavior, and providing a consistent system across all grade levels so students are familiar with the terms and rewards.


In his report, Switzer provided copies of a letter from Rob McColley, state senator (R-Napoleon), responding to a letter from the board expressing concerns about school safety and opposing a bill that would eliminate the state board of education.

McColley represents a portion of Fulton County, including a very small portion of the Pettisville School District.

McColley said he also has concerns about the bill in its current form, and appreciates the input from the board.

He also said he is working to gather feedback about school safety. He noted the state has increased spending for security measures and for mental health and addiction services in recent years.

All board members were present, and all votes were unanimous.

The board will hold a work session on Tuesday, April 24, at 7:30 pm. The session will include discussions of school safety and board self-evaluations, among other topics. No action is planned.

The next regular board meeting is Monday, May 14, 7 p.m., in the school conference room.–D.J. Neuenschwander

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