Archbold, OH

Middle School Teachers Using Small Computers

Netbooks, small, less-expensive laptop computers, are being used by teachers and students at Archbold Middle School, Royal Short, Archbold Middle School principal, told the district school board during its Monday, Dec. 20 meeting.

He said using the smaller machines allows students to get some brief experience using computers without having to spend an entire class period in the school computer labs.

“The teachers are getting in the swing of using the netbooks,” he said.

The middle school is also preparing a Response to Intervention team.

The team is designed for fifth graders who are not eligible for Archbold R.O.C.K.S., an after-school program for sixth through eighth graders.

The RTI program will assist fifth graders with their schoolwork. Currently, Short said 15 students have been selected to be invited into the program.

Short said the parent teacher conferences went well last month. A new format was tried, where parents could have group meetings with teachers. Parents who wanted to meet individually with teachers could still do so.

The school also raised money for Christmas Cheer in a rather hair-raising way.

Students were allowed to buy one-day permits that allowed them to dye their hair different colors, or go to school with different hairstyles.

“A lot of people who are pretty shy showed they were willing to take a shot” at a different hairstyle or color, he said.

They also collected can goods, delivered them to the county fairgrounds, and helped with sorting donations.

He said students also raised money through the Ohio State-Michigan football game. Students donated money to dress in their favorite team’s colors. Senior Success Day

Tim Meister, Archbold High School principal, said Senior Success Day was Friday, Dec. 3.

He said there were a couple of “tweaks” to the program from last year. Last year was the first year for the event.

The program teaches students things they will need to know as adults, such as budgeting, insurance, etc.

Senior Success Day, and programs like Red Ribbon Week, an anti-drug program, are examples of what the school can offer students for little or no expenditure, Meister said.

The high school held its blood drive on Wednesday, Dec. 8. He said a large amount of blood was donated, and the American Red Cross workers were complimentary toward the students.

The high school quiz team has started its season, winning the Henry County and Fulton County tournaments. 1000 Cans

Dorothy Lambert, principal at Archbold Elementary School, said her students collected more than 1,000 food items for the Christmas Cheer program.

In addition, the staff raised money by wearing blue jeans on payday. Through the program, Lambert said the staff raised $150 for Christmas Cheer, plus $100 for a specifi c family.

Second grade students of Cindy Heckel and Jody Dille traveled to the Fairlawn Haven nursing home to visit with residents and sing Christmas Carols, Wednesday, Dec. 15.

The preceding day, Dec. 14, second graders, under the direction of Aliese Hill, presented a Christmas musical, “Super Gift From Heaven.” Due to snow days, students had to go without a dress rehearsal.

First grade teachers at the elementary school applied for a field trip grant so their students can travel to Lourdes College, Sylvania, to see “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.” Part of the money will go to reduce ticket prices from $7 to $2. It is the third year the teachers have received a field trip grant.

The school book fair was Nov. 30-Dec. 4, and raised more than $2,000. Raised funds will go toward Right to Read activities.

All elementary students were entered into a drawing, and 72 received new books. The program was funded with $300 from the Archbold Rotary Club, plus $75 from an anonymous donor. Pass OGT

Michelle Bagrowski, school district curriculum director, said she had received results of the fall Ohio Graduation Test. A good number of students who took the test passed sections of the test they were lacking.

Also in were scores from the Ohio Achievement Test for third grade reading. She said 75% of the students scored proficient or higher.

She said students are given the third grade test soon after starting third grade; they have not completed their third grade year.

For 75% to score proficient or higher on a third grade test, when the students have not completed the third grade, is quite an accomplishment.

Bagrowski said she is working with officials at the Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center to meet the adequate yearly progress requirement on the Ohio Department of Education school district report cards.

This year, if the district fails to meet the AYP requirement, it will lose the Excellent ranking it has held for close to a decade.

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