Archbold, OH

Elementary School Collects 1800 Items For Fulton County Christmas Cheer

Students at Archbold Elementary School collected more than 1,800 individual canned food items for the annual Fulton County Christmas Cheer program, Dorothy Lambert, principal, told the Archbold School Board, Monday, Dec. 17.

Ryan Sell, high school vocational agriculture teacher, treated the elementary class that donated the largest number of items to breakfast.

The winning class was Ben Gericke’s third graders.

Lambert said the results of the third grade English language arts tests were in, and students had their best score in three years.

For the 2018-19 school year, 69% of students scored in the proficient range, up from 57% in 2017-18 and 64% in 2016-17.

The number of students passing the Third Grade Reading Guarantee was also at its highest point, at 87%, compared to 85% in 2017-18 and 78% in 2016-17.

Lambert added the average test scores have increased from 700 in 2016-17 to 709 in 2017-18 and 712 this school year.

All of the scores, she said, are higher than the state average, which is in the 600s.

Middle School

At the middle school, a total of 1,849 canned food items and $328 was collected for Christmas Cheer, said Matt Shields, principal.

In addition, the school book fair raised more than $4,700 for the middle school library.

Shields said in addition, 40 books were given to students through the “Books from Santa” program.

Donations by Archbold Rotary and the middle school staff funded the program.

Shields told the board a local band presented a program on Monday, Dec. 10, touching on topics including depression among teens and the importance of peer kindness.

In a related matter, he said Diana Patten, author, attorney, and public speaker, spoke to students about having a positive impact on the lives of their peers.

High School

Royal Short, high school principal, said during November, Michele Gladieux, business teacher, and the school business department hosted the fourth annual job interview competition for students in business classes.

Assisting with the project were volunteers from human resource departments of area companies, who served as judges.

Winner of the contest was Zoe Castillo.

A second competition will be held in April, Short said.

The board approved several items as part of its consensus agenda.

Among those items was the transfer of $10,868.36 from the general fund to the wind turbine maintenance fund, and $7,655.51 from the general fund to the House Bill 264 loan fund.

House Bill 264 is a program that allowed school districts to perform energysaving upgrades to school buildings and then pay for those upgrades with cost savings.

Several upgrades were completed at the high school with HB 264 money.

The board also approved a $1,919.68 donation from the Archbold Athletic Boosters for boys basketball uniforms.

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