Mrs. Wiseman’s updated from yesterday’s activities in the Dominican Republic: “Yesterday we began the day with a hike through a national park to learn about the flora and fauna of the island. We learned how the indigenous Tainos used the plants for food, medicine, and construction, and how conservation efforts have helped to maintain this patch of land and its distinct biodiversity. At the end of the hike was an unforgettable experience. There was a cave with a pristinely clear river running through it, and we got some swimming time there inside the cave. Our guide held flashlights for us while we dove into the cold water. There’s something very unique about floating along in the dark watching bats fly in and out of their holes in the cave walls!”
Our students had another day of great experiences in the Dominican Republic yesterday. An update from Mrs. Wiseman: “Yesterday we visited the boys’ orphanage from the same organization, Niños de Cristo. Once again we had a tour of the facility, and our group had a blast playing basketball, soccer, balloons, and toy cars with the boys. We were also able to go pick up supplies for them, most of which were groceries to keep the growing boys fed! This organization is doing great work to care for and protect the vulnerable young people of this country. It has been a blessing to be involved in meeting and supporting them. After the orphanage visit, it was time for some much needed relaxation! We spent the afternoon swimming and sunbathing, and some even participated in a dance lesson to learn bachata, a local favorite.”
Our students will bring back a lot of great memories from their trip to the Dominican Republic. Mrs. Wiseman’s summary of yesterday: “Yesterday we spent the day at the Orfanato Niñas de Cristo (Daughters of Christ Orphanage). There are 42 girls ages infant to 18 who live there. From the moment we got off the bus, the girls ran up to us and grabbed our hands to lead us inside. The administrator gave us a tour, and then we spent the day playing kickball, volleyball, basketball, and tennis with the girls. We also served them lunch and had the opportunity to make a grocery store run to buy some supplies that they needed. I was so touched to see how our students interacted with them. From cuddling babies to making leaf pies with toddlers, running with the children and letting the teens do our hair and nails, it was a great day! Some of ours had tears in their eyes as we said our goodbyes. It was a very special experience.”
Coach Christina Martin is looking for more students to try cross country. She has set a goal to establish four teams this year. If you are interested, the team meets to run at 8 a.m. on Monday and Wednesday next week. Students in grades 6th through 12th are invited.
Some of our students are getting a great learning experience in the Dominican Republic. Mrs. Wiseman organized this trip for her Spanish class students. She is keeping us updated. The following is a description of their day yesterday. This was their highlights. Mrs. Wiseman: “We spent the day walking in Santo Domingo and exploring surrounding areas. We saw the colonial part of the city including Christopher Columbus’ son’s palace, the first cathedral of the Americas where Christopher Columbus’ remains were found (now housed in the memorial lighthouse which we also saw), Tres Ojos Caves and Cave of Maravillas which had indigenous cave drawings from the Tainos. Tomorrow we will go visit the orphanage.”
Our trap shooting team did very well today at the Ohio High School State Trap Tournament in Delaware, Ohio. As a team, they finished fifth out of thirteen teams with a score of 436 points! Individually, Trey Timmons had an overall score of 93 to place third in the varsity boys’ division. Reece Kerns placed third in the conference in the girls’ JV division. As a team, they also finished third in the conference this season. Team members that competed at state today from left to right in the picture: Riley Morris, Evan Sever, Trey Timmons, Johnathan Cokonougher, Slate Kellis, Reece Kerns, and Maddy VanMeter. Coaches pictured from left to right: Duane Bryans, Mark Canter, Ron Preston, Kirk Kellis, and Gary Timmons. Awesome year! Go Warriors!
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Adena Local Schools will start using it's new All-Call system in the very near future. This new system will also have the ability to send SMS text messages. If you have recently changed any of your phone numbers please contact the office to update. This will ensure that you receive all the latest information on your student.
The Daddy-Daughter dance pictures were picked up this morning by Downtown Photography due to misprints and flaws in the pictures. We will notify you as soon as they are available. We apologize for the inconvenience.
At the Division III OHSAA State Track Meet today, Tate Myers finished 7th in the 400m dash preliminaries with a time of 51:35. Great season Tate!
Our disaster drill for today has concluded. A huge thank you to all departments involved.
Congratulations to Tate Myers for advancing to the Division III State Track Meet in Columbus in the 400 Meter dash! Tate placed 4th in the event with a time of 50.88. Other track members that made the podium at the Division III Regional Track Meet at Fairfield Union were: Eric Hurtt - Shot Put (5th) Discus (8th) Garrett Simmons- 800m run (8th) Noah Kanniard- 1600m run (8th)
As the year is coming to an end, here are some dates to write down for the high school in the 2019-2020 school year. First Day of School- Wednesday, August 21st Homecoming Football Game-Friday, October 18th Homecoming Dance- Saturday, October 19th Fall Sports Senior Night-Friday, November 1st Jr./Sr. Prom-Saturday, April 25, 2020 Academic Awards Ceremony-Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 9 a.m. High School Graduation Ceremony-Saturday, May 30, 2020 at 7p.m.
The High School Graduation Ceremony begins at 7 p.m. this Saturday. The doors will open at 6 p.m.
The All-SVC Spring Banquet was held tonight and we had several student-athletes get recognized for accomplishments in their sport. From left to right: Makaela Lovely (track), Ethan Kunkel (baseball), Zach Fout (baseball), Roman Long (baseball), Tate Myers (track), Eric Hurtt (track), Sydnie Havens (softball), and Sarah Posey (softball). Congratulations to all of you!
The baseball team claimed a Division III Sectional Championship this afternoon with 5-4 win over Lynchburg Clay! They now play Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Division III District Semifinal against Fairland at Chillicothe VA Memorial Stadium.
Our track team is sending several to the Division III Regionals in Lancaster on Wednesday! Two individuals claimed a district championship in their event! Individuals that won district titles: Boys Discus -Eric Hurtt Boys 400 Meter Dash-Tate Myers Regional Qualifiers from our boys’ side. 110 Meter Hurdles- Jordan Howard 4th 100 Meter Dash-Tate Myers 4th 1600M-Noah Kanniard. 2nd 800M Dash-Garrett Simmons 3rd 4x400 relay- Noah Kanniard, Dakota Cottrill, Tate Myers, Garrett Simmons 3rd Long Jump-Tate Myers 4th Shot Put- Eric Hurtt 2nd Pole Vault-Logan Mossbarger 2nd Gabe Stark 4th Girls’ Qualifiers: High Jump- Makaela Lovely 2nd
The Division III Sectional Championship baseball game against Lynchburg-Clay has been moved to 2 p.m. tomorrow at Lynchburg-Clay High School. The game was originally scheduled for 11 a.m.
A few last words for our departing seniors. #ittakesavillage https://drive.google.com/file/d/1obKV9AtBh1kx6VJdfEdiD2RtcWx7-shG/view?usp=sharing
Our baseball team defeated Portsmouth West 8-5 in the Division III Sectional Semifinal game! They now play for a Division III Sectional Championship on Saturday against Lynchburg Clay at 11:00 a.m. at Lynchburg Clay H.S.
A reminder that all Kindergarten through 3rd grade students will not be in school this Friday, May 17th due to teacher professional development.
Any district child who is 5 or will be by August 1st, 2019 YOU MUST REGISTER FOR KINDERGARTEN BY MAY 30th, 2019‼️
The Kona Shaved Ice Truck will be at Adena on Monday, May 13th from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM! 25% of sales will be donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society as our Pennies for Patients campaign. Please help support this great cause! Students, staff, and community members may purchase a sweet treat in various sizes, $3 - $7. Flyers were handed out to send home with elementary and middle school students
*HS Students and Parents - Chromebooks for the 1:1 program will be collected on two different dates. Seniors will have their chromebooks collected on May 17th. Grades 9-11 will have them collected on May 21st. Please bring the charger, case, and chromebook that day.
Today marks the beginning of Teacher Appreciation Week at Adena. Teaching has always been a challenging job. Today more than ever teachers are facing challenges nobody imagined would be part of the daily job- emotional trauma, families in chaos, constant accountability rule changes and added unfounded mandates. Thankfully our teachers can still find time to focus on our kids. It is what professionals do. Take a moment to watch this video produced by students in Mrs. Cormany’s technology class. It’s a great salute to our staff and a confirmation of their dedication to the wellbeing of our kids. Thank you Adena staff and have a wonderful week- You are appreciated! https://youtu.be/0K96J2GnZHY
We want to let everyone know we had to deal with an elementary bathroom incident in which a girl had written, “I have a bomb in my book bag.” Following the protocol of assessment we determined it was not a credible threat but we still have to contact the Ross County Sheriff to file a report and concur on our assessment. The Sheriff’s department concurred it was not a credible threat as well. However, as an added precaution I asked for the Pickaway County bomb sniffing dog to check the lockers. The dog found nothing. I appreciate the quick work of both Ross and Pickaway County Sheriff’s Departments. Parents, we have to sit down with our children and make sure they understand in this day and age that actions like this are not appropriate or acceptable under any circumstances. PLEASE sit down with your children and have the crucial discussion regarding being responsible for your actions and knowing how to think before acting. We have to work together to make sure our school can operate safely at all times. Each time we have to deal with an event like this we undermine the overall sensitivity to safety among our students and hamper our first responders with unnecessary responses. We will always act to preserve the safety of our students. We hope that you will help support us by making sure all students know their responsibilities in this process as well. Thank you.
The Chillicothe & Ross County Library has a poetry contest each April for National Poetry Month. The contest is open to all students in grades K-12 in Ross County. Once again, Adena Students have made a great showing in this contest! Adena students who have placed are listed below: The categories are as follows: Grades K-2 (First, Second, Third, Honorable Mention) Grades 3-5 (First, Second, Third, Honorable Mention) Grades 6-8 (First, Second, Third, and two Honorable Mentions) Grades 9-12 (First, Second, Third, and two Honorable Mentions) Out of the 18 places, Adena students took 9 of them!! The Adena Winners are: Grades 3-5 First Place - Payton Fannin, 4th Grade, Miss Cottrill, "Ross County Fair" Second Place - Kiara England, 5th Grade, Miss Glandon, "A Walk in the Park" Third Place - Marly Halcomb, 4th Grade, Miss Cottrill, "Softball" Honorable Mention - Katterli Ebright, 4th Grade, Mrs. Foster, "Families" Grades 6-8 Second Place - Riehle Raines, 7th Grade, Mrs. Guthrie, "School" Third Place - Nathan Montgomery, 7th Grade, Mrs. Guthrie, "Trapped" Honorable Mention - Tatum Martin, 7th Grade, Mrs. Guthrie, "A Different World" Honorable Mention - Kersten Leach, 7th Grade, Mrs. Guthrie, "Water" Grades 9-12 First Place - Marah Knisley, 12th Grade, "And For That, I will Always Love You" Congratulations Adena Students, and thanks for representing your school so well!
There will be a mandatory Washington D.C. trip parent meeting on Tuesday, May 7th, 2019 in the Rubber Gymnasium @ 6 PM. During this meeting we will discuss the travel plans, student information, student rules, and behaviors. After talking with the students they are excited for their opportunity to learn about our Nation's Capital and we are excited to offer this opportunity to them. See you all on Tuesday, May 7th at 6.
FREE SPORTS PHYSICALS @ Adena HS By: Adena Sports Medicine Athletic Trainers and Physicians When: Wednesday, May 1 Time: During the morning hours of school, approx. 8:30am. Students will be called to the HS gym by class. Who: Incoming grades 9-12 How: Information packets will be in the HS office by the end of the week. Packets will also be passed out to Spring sports athletes. **If you already have a PRIVIT account, simply update your information, and electronically sign the form. We will be going paperless this year, so no need to print your physical. Just have it completed by Wednesday morning.
Please Remember‼️‼️ Kindergarten Registration will take place May 2nd and May 3rd. Please call the office for an appointment. Announcement of times is on our website.
ADENA PARENTS: The Adena Local School District is a Title I federally funded school district. All students are able to benefit from Title I programs and events. As a parent or caregiver, your involvement in your child's learning and school is valuable and important. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey. Your feedback is greatly appreciated! Thank you https://tinyurl.com/y3ow3r6z
Good Afternoon, This is Superintendent John Balzer with an update on today’s incident. The Ross County Sheriff’s office requested and received the Pickaway County canine unit to take through the building and check lockers and cars in the parking lot. The search did not yield any contraband and Law Enforcement continues to monitor the building to provide peace of mind and reassure students of their safety. I want to take a moment to thank the Adena Staff for their quick response and precision with handling the protocols for the lockdown. We want to thank Sheriff Lavender and all the deputies who responded and assisted us today. Most importantly, I want to thank the students who responded to the training provided to them regarding (If you see or hear something, SAY something.) As always, the safety and wellbeing of students and staff are our first priority. Knowing an incident like this can be upsetting to experience, if your student or you as a parent or guardian would like to speak with one of our Integrated Services Counselors or Adena Guidance Counselor concerning today’s incident, they are available to assist you. Please call the school office to arrange to speak with one of them at your convenience. Thank you.
The current lockdown at Adena Local Schols has been lifted. Authorities have removed an airsoft gun that a student had brought to school. Every student Pre K-12 is safe.
The Junior Class recently participated in a mulch sale to raise money for their senior trip to Walt Disney World next year. A trip that Mr. Mathis has been planning for the class. Overall the students sold 1800 bags of mulch and earned $1 per bag towards their senior trip. Last Saturday, students and some teachers met early at the school and to load trucks, trailers, and a dump truck to make deliveries to their customers. Some even spread the mulch for their customers.
Results are in for the Farm Business Management online contest. Garrett Simmons, Maddie Huff, and Laura Meyer competed against 719 students from around the state. Garrett Simmons placed in the top 40%; Laura placed in the top 25%, and Maddie placed 8th overall, putting her in the top 1%! Congratulations to all participants!
In honor of National Poetry Month, Ms. Nusbaum’s Advanced English III block participated in Poetry Coffeehouse this morning. Each student was required to memorize a poem from an American poet and create an interpretive performance with costumes, props, and art. Every performance was memorable with its own unique mark, and the students worked hard on making this a great success.
We have launched our brand new website design. We hope you get a chance to take a look. The experience on mobile devices is much cleaner. Lots of content is available under the "Menu" button at the top. We hope you enjoy!! www.adenalocalschools.com
Adena Ag Day April 11th, Adena Local Schools will host the Brothers of Wilmington College FarmHouse along with the Sisters of Sigma Alpha Sorority (Agricultural professional fraternity and sorority) as they present Ag Day to the students of grades K-4. Students will experience farm equipment, livestock and demonstrations along with agricultural related topics that students in our area would find relevant to their daily lives. The event will take place from 9:30 to 2:55 (weather permitting). We would like to invite area farmers to attend as well! Thank you to Adena graduate Kainnon Bryans along with Morgan Ritz, organizers of the event. Come see us Thursday!
Students in Miss Lovensheimer’s first grade class welcomed baby chicks to class this week. Students watched the eggs for three weeks as the incubator did its work. Miss Lovensheimer brought the project to her students as a result of a workshop offered by The Ohio State University this summer. What a great way to connect Adena’s students to their agricultural heritage! Pictured are Alexis Saltz and Eme Sever who really became involved with the project. Thanks Miss Lovensheimer for connecting our students to real life experiences!
8th Grade Washington D.C. trip final payment due Friday, March 29th.
The district has been working hard on a new website over the past couple of months. We hope to launch this in the next few weeks. Exciting things are coming in the near future. The development of an Adena Local Schools App is also in the works.
We hope everyone had a great March break!! Looking forward to seeing everyone back in the building tomorrow.
Don't forget about the community pep rally tonight!!! Starts at 6:30 in the HS Gym. Go Warriors!!