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Grandview high school, middle school evacuated due to bomb threat
Columbus CBS-10
Students at Grandview Heights High School were evacuated after the school received a bomb threat Monday morning. According to a Facebook post from the city, the high school received the anonymous threat around 10:15 a.m. All fourth through 12th-grade students were evacuated to the Grandview Heights Library. Larson Middle School, which is located next to the high school, was a part of the evacuation.

Related coverage: Grandview Heights students evacuated after bomb threat (Columbus NBC-4), Bomb threat reporter at Grandview Heights High School (Columbus ABC-6)

Columbus City Schools to begin accepting applications for new superintendent
Columbus Dispatch
The Columbus City Schools Board of Education will begin accepting applications for its future superintendent next Monday as the district tries to fill the spot before the next school year. Information for candidates on how to apply for the chief job in the state's largest district with about 47,000 students will be available on the Board of Education’s search website, on March 27. Applications will be submitted directly to the search firm selected to assist with process, Ray & Associates. In early May, the Board of Education plans to review applications, select semi-finalists, and complete the first round of interviews, according to a release. Finalists will be announced in mid-May, followed by the final round of interviews.

Surprise! Monroe HS senior shocked by sneaky scholarship reveal
Hamilton Journal-News
Monroe High School senior Lindsey Bevak suspected something was up. The star soccer player was recently called out of class by Monroe Principal Tom Prohaska to stop by his office one afternoon, but with no details as to why. When Bevak showed up, the principal said he just found out the school’s athletic director needs to see both of them right away in the high school auditorium. Led by Prohaska, they walked on to the stage area where suddenly its giant curtains were yanked aside and Bevak was suddenly facing a cheering crowd including a giant “lion.” But there was no danger, only the once-in-a-lifetime thrill of finding out she had won a full scholarship to Cincinnati’s Mount St. Joseph College, which has a Lion as its costumed mascot.

Huffman recipient of NCSS Secondary Teacher of the Year Award
Wooster Daily Record
Kimberly Huffman is the recipient of the 2022 National Council for the Social Studies Secondary Teacher of the Year award, which is presented annually to a teacher who has made outstanding contributions in teaching social studies to secondary students. Huffman is a social studies instructor in Smithville who has demonstrated exceptional leadership and dedication to her profession. She has been recognized for her teaching style, which incorporates a wide range of creative activities and instructional strategies to help students develop a deeper understanding of social studies concepts, according to a news release.

Darl Keller equipping Heath High School students to build for the future
Newark Advocate
Zach Davis had a confession to make about the industrial technology class — often called "shop" — at Heath High School... As with so many in the class, however, the light came on for him, and he's poured his passion and the skills he's learned into not only helping himself, but his school... "I've become the lead set builder for our plays and musicals, and I've helped with the choir and theater. It gave me a greater appreciation for the dedication the students and families have to these programs. And I built a seven-foot-tall book shelf for my mom at home." Darl Keller is in his 32nd year of teaching Heath's industrial technology program, a class a lot of schools don't offer anymore. In addition to the woodworking projects he instructs and encourages, he tries to instill skills that will last the students throughout their lives, regardless of what jobs they pursue.

200+ HS Students Hear From Women in STEM
Youngstown Business Journal
More than 200 area female high school students attended Kent State University Trumbull’s STEM Trumbull County conference Friday. The conference began more than 15 years ago as a way for young ladies to learn about science, engineering and technology and medical careers. Keynote speaker Peggy Shadduck, dean of the College of Applied and Technical Studies, spoke about current and future STEM career opportunities young women have.

Briefs: Franklin B. Walter Scholarship Program honors area scholars
Bucyrus Telegraph-Forum
Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center (MOESC) recognized 12 senior students from client school districts for their academic success and school and community service at the annual Franklin B. Walter Scholarship Award Dinner on March 14. Three students were awarded $500 scholarships each based on their school grades, test scores, activities and an essay detailing one educator's positive impact on their lives. All students read their tributes aloud and introduced their “Positive Impact Person” to the audience, including family members and school administrators. 

Trumbull ESC board names new treasurer
Warren Tribune Chronicle
The Trumbull County Educational Service Center Governing Board has named Stacy Foster as its new treasurer, effective Aug. 1. The board at their meeting Monday accepted the resignation of Foster as assistant treasurer on July 31. She will begin her duties as treasurer the next day... Foster will replace Treasurer Lori Simione, who is retiring July 31 with 35 years of service. The board also accepted the retirement resignation of Kathy Vilsack, pupil services director, effective July 31. She had served for 40 years.

Brookside SMART Robotics Team wows Sheffield Lake senior citizens
Lorain Morning Journal
Students from the Sheffield-Sheffield Lake School District showed off a few miniature technological marvels as part of the weekly morning series at the Joyce E. Hanks Community Center, 4575 E. Lake Road. The 12 students make up much of the Brookside High School’s SMART Robotics Team, according to club advisor Val Rion. A College Credit Plus English teacher for Brookside High and Lorain County Community College, Rion said she got into robotics from her husband, Mitch, and children Alex and Elliot.

Looking back at beloved North Lincoln School in Alliance
Canton Repository
North Lincoln School lies abandoned, its glory days long gone as the City of Alliance prepares to demolish the World War I-era schoolhouse. The city possibly will begin clearing the site at 530 N. Lincoln Ave. in late April. The demolition work has gone out for bid. North Lincoln opened in 1914 and served mostly as a neighborhood school. It expanded in the 1950s, welcoming young minds in kindergarten through fifth grade to its 16 classrooms... After it closed in 2003, Alliance Career Center and the Robert T. White School of Practical Nursing gave it new purpose, before it has spent its final years a storage facility for Alliance City School District.

Gov. Mike DeWine highlights education components of his proposed budget
Ohio Capital Journal
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine talked about the various education pieces of his proposed budget to Ohio school board members Tuesday morning at the Sheraton Columbus Hotel at Capitol Square. DeWine talked about school funding, literacy, career tech schools, and higher education at the State Legislative Conference, which included the Ohio School Boards Association, Ohio Association of School Business Officials, and Buckeye Association of School Administrators.

Xenia narrows school board search to four candidates; some are familiar faces
Dayton Daily News
The Xenia Community Schools Board of Education is down to four candidates in its search to fill the board seat vacated by Pam Callahan last month. At a special meeting Friday, the four current board members reviewed seven applications and decided to interview four of the seven candidates who applied: Cheryl Marcus, Jennifer Marietta, Melva “Cookie” Newsom, and Joshua Smith.

Related coverage: Joelle Magyar, Brecksville-Broadview Heights Schools superintendent, is one of two finalists for Avon Lake’s top job (, Catherine Trevathan to lead Hillsdale Local as new superintendent of schools (Wooster Daily Record)

Carey library provides children with fun while they learn
Findlay Courier
Children now have another opportunity for fun – while they’re still learning – at the Dorcas Carey Public Library. The library was one of 32 public libraries that received $5 million in Libraries Accelerating Learning grants from the Ohio Department of Education. The grants were earmarked for libraries planning to create or expand literacy programs for students in prekindergarten through 12th grade. A total of 63 libraries applied for funding. In this area, the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library also received funds. Laura Toland, director of the Carey library, said the $45,889 grant was used to create 10 literacy stations, including six all-in-one computers and four portable tablets.

Worthington Schools board member Jennifer Best to receive top honor from OSBA
Columbus Dispatch
Worthington Schools board member Jennifer Best is to be recognized as one of Ohio's best school board members Nov. 13. The Ohio School Boards Association announced Nov. 10 that she would be honored with the association’s most esteemed award. Best, who's been on the school board since 2001, is to be honored as a 2022 All-Ohio School Board member during the 67th OSBA Capital Conference and Trade Show scheduled Nov. 13-15 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, 400 N. High St. Each year, the OSBA names one school board member to the All-Ohio School Board from each of its five regions ?Northeast, Northwest, Southeast, Southwest and Central, which Best represents.

This Columbus student has invented a device that keeps your garbage can from tipping over
Columbus Dispatch
In the Earley household, it's Damian's job to take out the trash and recycling. It's been this way since the 17-year-old junior who attends Whetstone High was 7. It's also Damian's job to clean up the mess that's made when the family's trash container tips over and spills its contents. After said container tipped over one too many times, Damian decided he had had enough and invented what he calls The Garbage Lot, a locking platform that uses sand or water to weigh down a garbage or recycling receptacle.

Chillicothe primary school promotes reading with literacy night
Chillicothe Gazette
Chillicothe Primary School students went around the world as they celebrated literacy night. Literacy night is an after-school event where students were encouraged to come to the school with their guardians to showcase reading and writing skills. The theme for the recent event was Reading Takes You Places. Students who came received a passport at the entrance and a sticker for each activity they visited. Activities included a read-along station, a book fair and more. At one location kids were able to create and design a page that will be combined with other students in their grade to make an entire book.

1% State Waiver Public Comment

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires states to ensure that the total number of students assessed in each subject using the Alternate Assessment for Students with the Most Significant Cognitive Disabilities (AASCD) does not exceed 1.0 percent of the total number of all students in the state who took Ohio’s State Tests. States that anticipate exceeding 1.0 percent in alternate assessment participation must submit a waiver request to the U.S. Department of Education 90 days before the beginning of the alternate assessment testing window. Ohio’s alternate assessment participation rate is below 1.0% in reading and mathematics and approximately 1.03% in science. Ohio intends to submit a waiver extension request to the U.S. Department of Education on November 29, 2022. The draft waiver extension request is available for public comment November 15-28, 2022. To ask questions, share comments and concerns to address alternate assessment participation, please email [email protected]

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