Students in the Archbold Area School District are active in raising funds for various causes.
During the Monday, Nov. 19 Archbold school board meeting, Dorothy Lambert, Archbold Elementary School principal, said students there were working with students from the high school FFA chapter on a drive to collect canned food items for Fulton County Christmas Cheer.
Lambert said the program is a competition between Archbold and Wauseon schools.
This year, the elementary school collected 2,400 canned food items.
Tara Yunker’s third grade class collected the most items, 214 canned items. The class was rewarded with a pizza party.
Lambert said the elementary will continue the project as long as the FFA is willing to work with it.
Matt Shields, middle school principal, said his student council is also working to raise money for Christmas Cheer.
They get the entire middle school student body involved, including a can drive with prizes, an Ohio State-Michigan collection, a basketball shooting contest, and a cornhole tournament.
Shields said on Monday, Dec. 10, students will travel to the Fulton County Fairgrounds to participate in a countywide food drive.
Lambert told board members a Building Improvement Committee has been formed at the elementary.
Lambert said she asked teachers from each grade to volunteer to serve a twoyear term on the committee. The goal is to act as an advisory committee, to help the elementary keep up with changes in education.
On Monday, Nov. 12, the group met and discussed changes coming from the Ohio Department of Education, including new curriculum standards and needs for changes in the report cards.
The first trimester ended Nov. 9. Report cards went out Friday, Nov. 16. Parent teacher conferences at the elementary were Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 19- 20. Lambert said a majority of parents had scheduled conferences with their children’s teachers.
The book fair is underway from Monday, Nov. 26 to Friday, Nov. 30. Money raised goes for special events.
The annual second grade Christmas musical, “Once Upon a Starry Night,” is Tuesday, Dec. 18, 7 pm, at the AHS auditorium.
Shields said a Veterans Day program was Friday, Nov. 9, with 20 local veterans visiting. The veterans told about their experiences.
The sixth graders presented biographies that they had written based upon interviews with each serviceman or woman.
Parent-teacher conferences were Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 19, 20, 21. Shields said 130 parents had signed up for the event.
Royal Short, Archbold High School principal, said the fall play, “Play On,” was Nov. 2-4, and was a big success.
There were 25 students involved in the production, “and they do everything,” he said.
That not only included the acting roles, but also sound, lighting, and set construction.
A number of AHS students were also recognized as Northwest Ohio Athletic League scholar-athletes.
Short also summarized the fall sports season, noting that the volleyball and girls soccer teams won NWOAL championships.
The cross country team advanced to regional competition, boys soccer was a regional semifinalist, and the football team made it into the playoffs.
Michelle Bagrowski, district curriculum director, said school staff members are working to update district curriculum maps and reports, to align them with the state’s common core standards.
The Ohio Department of Education has made changes to the curriculum, she said, so staff has been preparing.
Bagrowski met with physical education teachers to talk about how report cards can show student progress during the course of a year.
Also, the Race to the Top committee has scheduled another round of peer observations for February.
John Downey, board member, asked if the committee had run into problems, because Race to the Top is in conflict with some school legislation.
“Not as of yet,” Bagrowski said.
She also discussed Archbold
R.O.C.K.S., or Recreation, Opportunity, Community, Knowledge, and Success. It is a before- and after-school program for sixth through eighth graders.
R.O.C.K.S. students had a float in the Archbold Parade of Lights.
She said 80 people attended the last R.O.C.K.S. family night program.