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Osnaburg Local to extend STEM as new year begins

By WALTER DOERSCHUK The Press-News Published: August 19, 2016 10:00 AM
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As Osnaburg Local Schools prepares to begin a new school year, the district is looking to build off two achievements.

In 2015, East Canton High School received a silver medal status for its efforts in college readiness. The school is moving forward with its STEM program, one that is still relatively new. The program allows students to find solutions to problems using project-based learning.

"The data tells us to continue to have a special education and a quality education," said district superintendent Todd Boggs, "and we will continue to do that."

The STEM program will extend to East Canton Middle School this year. An enrichment period will be led by Molly Walker, and it will be supported by high school STEM teachers Lisa Gothard and Dave Samblanet.

At the elementary level, Boggs noted the district's preschool is a highlight as it begins a new year. Last year, the preschool was awarded a five-star rating in the Step Up to Quality evaluation process.

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New faces and programs will welcome students when they begin their first day next week.

The high school will welcome guidance counselor Cierra Barwick, athletic director Doug Miller and high school math teacher Thomas Betsa.

The elementary school will welcome Lexi Romeo, an intervention specialist for kindergarten through grade five and Chris McClellan, a fourth and fifth grade ELA and math teacher.

At the middle school level, a Hornet time has been built in to the schedule. The period will accommodate the district's response to intervention model including tier two.

Students will also receive 90 minutes of math and language arts tier 1 instruction daily as part of a block schedule. All middle school students will also participate in the school's middle school program all year long. Physical education will be led by teachers Dawn Vlacovsky and John Miller in addition to teacher aide Dorothy Viertel.

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A 10-week anti-virus character education program will be instructed at the middle school this year. It will focus on developing positive life character and address many negative challenges that youths face. Students will discover how to become a positive influence.

The school will have a "Go for G.O.L.D" campaign with gold representing goals, ownership, leadership and determination. The campaign establishes clear behavior expectations to support students in achieving social, emotional and academic success. Middle school students will participate in gold Fridays. They may also receive golden tickets and gold standard awards.

Middle school announcements will be produced this year through video. Principal Greg Dente noted it will provide students an opportunity to develop skills in communication, organization, writing and computer and video editing.

Videos will be posted daly on the middle school's Youtube page.

"Most importantly, our morning video announcements have fostered teamwork and school pride," Dente said. "They truly have been a great support in building a sense of community within our school."

The middle school will hold a sixth grade camp parent meeting on Aug. 29. Camp will be held Sept. 12-14.

At the high school level, students and parents are encouraged to be up to date on beginning-of-the-year procedures.

All students must obtain a parking pass from the high school office, and all school fees are due as soon as possible.

All first-day forms will be available on the school's website under the parent tab.

Parents and students are also encouraged to check the website for any changes to the high school handbook.


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