Friday, July 5, 2013

Mid-Summer Update Recognizing Teachers and Students

Can you believe that the school year ended and June has already escaped us?  Before you know it August will be upon us and the start of school will be quickly approaching.  People often ask what it is that I do in the office all summer.  That is a great question.  There is much to be done to wrap up a school year and plan for an upcoming year.  Just to name a few things, there are schedules to be created, positions to fill, OAA scores to examine, professional development activities to attend and create, building improvements to oversee, and an opportunity to look at how we can continue to build upon the successes that we have experienced at TJHS.  All in all the summer provides time to review the previous year and plan for the upcoming year.  

I hope that this update finds you relaxing poolside, with your feet propped up, basking in a beautiful Ohio summer.  Please take a few minutes and catch up on some of the many exciting things that happened near the end of the 2012-2013 school year that I want to share with you during this mid-summer update.  

Mrs. Blair, Language Arts Team 8-3, had students enter the Hayner Cultural Center Poetry Contest.  Students could enter up to two poems.  Lydia Reedstrom placed 1st and 2nd.  Jackson Armstrong placed 3rd.  Honorable Mention went to Zach Rose, Amanda Setser, and Rachel Martin.  Well done!

Megan Myers, 7th grade student, competed in the National History Bee Regional Championship in Lexington.  At that event she qualified for the National Finals, competing in Atlanta in early June.  This is quite an accomplishment...congrats Megan!

The Troy Junior High Archery team qualified for and competed in Nationals this year on May 10th, in Louisville, Kentucky.  An outstanding performance at the State competition, on March 7th landed the team with a qualifying score.  The JH team placed 9th out of 15 in the State, scoring 3055 points as a team, with 2950 points needed to qualify for Nationals.  Top Female & Male archers for the team were Christine Moser and Collin Goltzene both of who shot 272/300 points.   What an exciting year for the TJHS Archers!

We have a couple of teachers who have been selected to further their knowledge of Social Studies.  Mr. Crews, SS Team 8-3, was chosen for the Civil War through Artifacts seminar by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.  He will travel to Gettysburg, PA for 5 days this summer for a mixture of classroom instruction, small group discussion, independent reading, and instruction with real artifacts from Gettysburg on the battlefield where they were used.  Only 30 teachers from across the Nation are chosen for each seminar.  Mrs. Schenck, SS Team 8-1, was selected for the National Teacher's Institute sponsored by the Civil War Trust.  This 4 day institute will be held in Gettysburg, PA and will include guided tours, lectures and discussions led by Civil War scholars and the sharing of instructional methods between educational professionals.  Congrats Mr. Crews and Mrs. Schenck on being selected for these outstanding professional development activities! 

Mr. Crews has also been selected as the 2013 James Madison Fellow for the state of Ohio. The James Madison Fellowship is recognized as the most prestigious award in the field of constitutional history and government for secondary school teachers. Named in honor of the fourth president of the United States and acknowledged "Father of the Constitution and Bill of Rights," a James Madison Fellowship funds up to $24,000 of each Fellow's course of study towards a master's degree with a concentration on the history and principles of the United States Constitution. The award is intended to recognize promising and distinguished teachers, to strengthen their knowledge of the origins and development of American constitutional government, and thus to expose the nation's secondary school students to accurate knowledge of the nation's constitutional heritage. To learn more, go to  TJHS is very proud of Mr. Crews for being selected for this prestigious award!

I hope the remainder of your summer is enjoyable.  We will see everyone in August.

Go Trojans!

Dave Dilbone