Another successful Richland County Spelling Bee is in the books. After 10 rounds of competition, Addison Sigler, a sixth grader from Lexington Local Schools, is the Richland County Spelling Bee Champion with the winning word, eucalyptus. Justin Gibson, an eighth grader from Madison Local Schools, was runner-up. Fifty-four spellers competed in the bee held on January 16th at Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center (MOESC). Other students rounding out the top 12 spellers included:
Natalie Homes - 8
Drayton Berry - 8
Camryn Beauford - 8
Jilianna Williams - 4
Plymouth – Shiloh:
Melanee Madera - 8
Catie Reynolds - 8
Madison Local Schools:
Emalea Brown - 8
Sam Myers - 7
Adeline Ward - 8
Mansfield City Schools:
Raya Walter - 7
Every speller received a certificate, and the champion and first runner-up received awards. Certificates and awards were provided by the Mansfield News Journal. The top 12 qualifiers are invited to participate in the Tri-County Spelling Bee held at Mid-Ohio Conference Center on February 13 at 6:30 p.m. The public is welcome to attend the spelling bee. The conference center is located at 890 West Fourth Street in Mansfield.
The Ohio School Boards Association celebrates School Board Recognition Month every January to build awareness and understanding of the vital function an elected board of education plays in our society. School Board Recognition Month honors the members of Ohio’s 611 city, exempted village, local and joint vocational boards of education and educational service centers governing boards for their commitment to providing quality public education to Ohio’s school children. Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center (MOESC) is joining with districts throughout the state to recognize the important contributions school board members make to their communities.
The men and women comprising MOESC’s Board of Governors (including their tenure) are:
● Mary Dixon - 10 years
● Doug Theaker - 26 years
● Richard “Dick” Prater - 4 years
● Margaret “Margie” Prater - 4 years
● Glenna Plotts - 4 years
● Brad Geissman - 4 years
● Kyle Swigart - 4 years
Everyone received a certificate of commendation on behalf of the Ohio School Boards Association at the monthly meeting Wednesday, January 15th. The Board enjoyed cake as a small token of appreciation for their dedication and service to the Mid-Ohio region. Board members also voted on their 2020 officers. Dick Prater was elected president and Doug Theaker, vice-president.
“We are very lucky to have a dedicated Board of Governors that works closely with education professionals and community members to create an educational vision for our client districts and their students,” Superintendent Kevin D. Kimmel said. “On behalf of the students and staff of our client districts and our community, I would like to personally thank the board members for their efforts in providing leadership for our educational service center.” For more information regarding School Board Recognition month, visit www.ohioschoolboards.org/.
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Scrumptiously...a good word to describe the way Maddy Martin spelled at the Crawford County Spelling Bee on Thursday, January 9th at Crestline High School. With that word, Martin, a seventh grader from St. Bernard Catholic School, became the spelling bee champion. Drake Moyer, an 8th grader from Crestline Exempted Village Schools, was the runner-up with the word Honolulu.
The top twelve contestants will go on to compete in the Tri-County Spelling Bee that will be held February 13th at 6:30 p.m. at the Mid-Ohio Conference Center. The following students will be competing.
Shawna Riddlebaugh - 6
Liliana Bunch - 8
Drake Moyer - 8
AJ Wise - 8
Sophia Martin - 6
Maddy Martin - 7
Stella Volz - 5
Claire Wiggins - 5
Jillian Capretta - 7
Wyatt Estep - 8
Courtney Woerlein - 8
Kylie Carroll - 5
Every speller received a certificate, and the champion and first runner-up received awards. Certificates and awards were provided by the Mansfield News Journal.
Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center serves students of all abilities. One of the services that MOESC provides client school districts is assistance in identifying and supporting gifted students, as well as sponsoring events to challenge and encourage them in their pursuits.
MOESC Gifted Coordinator Leanna Ferreira explained this is an area sorely lacking for many teachers. “Educators will tell us that with all the training and education they get, the one population that is rarely talked about is the gifted students. They need to learn how to instruct students who, sometimes, may be even smarter than they are.” Ferreira said she was directly affected by this need when she herself was a high school calculus teacher with students whose math skills exceeded her own. “We want to help teachers find ways to unlock the content for these students in ways that are challenging and unique. By providing this service we are giving districts the opportunity to value their learners who, in many ways, find learning easy or enjoyable.”
Ohio requires that districts must identify students gifted in academics, cognition, creativity and visual/performing arts, but gifted services for those students are not mandated. Many schools have honors classes, advanced placement (AP) classes, or college preparatory courses (CPC) to serve high-learning students, but Ferreira said there are two drawbacks from that. First, honors classes usually don’t start until middle or high school. Second, high-learners may not be the same as gifted.
MOESC’s gifted services allow districts to offer more to those gifted students like internships and independent study to expand upon not just core classes, but also those with gifts in the arts. For example, MOESC hosts events like spelling bees, Academic Challenge competitions, Artapalooza, and more to give these high achievers a safe place to interact with peers and shine.
Another aspect of MOESC’s services is assistance with the much needed but oft overlooked social/emotional component. Gifted students are just as far removed from the average as a low-performing student, and they can have real difficulties socially and emotionally. “They might have trouble relating to peers, or have struggles with perfectionism,” said Ferreira. “There are just very different needs that these students have that a regular teacher, without any explicit guidance on gifted students and their needs, might be bewildered by.”
However, Ferreira said the heart and soul of what MOESC offers that makes them stand out is the teacher coaching. “We meet with our teachers monthly or bi-monthly so we really know our teachers and can tailor our assistance to what their needs are. It’s just a neat way for us to come alongside and support that population that many people will falsely believe will be just fine because they are good at school. The reality is that there is a lot that we need to provide to ensure that they show adequate growth, but more importantly, that they are challenged on things that maybe they wouldn’t have learned because it wasn’t an interest to them.”
To find out more about MOESC’s gifted student services, contact Leanna Ferreira at (419) 774-5520 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Thursday, December 19 th , a local family generously provided 24 Braille books to the Mansfield/Richland County Public Library. Sarah and Josh Madden of Mansfield donated the books to the library in their son, Wyatt’s name. Wyatt is 2 and has a diagnosis of Peters’ Anomaly, a disorder of the eye that affects the cornea.
Wyatt receives Early Intervention services through Richland County Help Me Grow, including support from developmental specialist Amber Merrell, occupational therapy services from Kim Perrett, and vision services from Christine McElfresh, certified orientation and mobility specialist. Amy Crager supports Wyatt’s family as Service Coordinator. McElfresh, who is an employee of Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center, helped to facilitate the donation. She and her Mid-Ohio colleague, Kallie Poast (Teacher for the Blind and Visually Impaired), prepared Braille and print labels to note Wyatt’s donation on each book.
Wyatt’s family hopes to bring awareness to the community about visual impairments and plans to donate one book per month to the library that is accessible to those with visual impairments. “We are very thankful to Wyatt and his family for the generous donation,” says Chris May, Director of the Mansfield/Richland County Public Library. “Providing these books to those with visual impairments is a wonderful service.”
The books being donated are as follows:
Baby’s Very First Touchy-Feely Animals Book; Just Critters Who Care; The World of Sharks; Curious George: The Dog Show; Rubble To The Rescue; Big Fish, Little Fish; Anna’s Best Friends; Oh No, Gotta Go; Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon; Night-Night, Forest Friends; Touch and Feel Baby Animals; That’s Not My Tractor; Cloudy With a Chance Of Meatballs; Amelia Bedelia; Here’s Hank: Everybody is Somebody; The Best Teacher in Second Grade; There’s a Wocket In My Pocket; Arthur’s Christmas; Junie B. Junes and The Stupid Smelly Bus; Through Grandpa’s Eyes; Where the Sidewalk Ends; Bridge to Terabithia.
Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center (MOESC) is pleased to host Restorative Practices training, a two-day professional development opportunity for school personnel on January 30th and 31st, 2020 at the Mid-Ohio Conference Center at 890 W. Fourth St. in Mansfield, Ohio. The training will be hosted by two guest presenters, Dr. Steve Burggraf and Herbert S. Ross.
Dr. Steve Burggraf is the founder and Executive Director of Family Life Counseling & Psychiatric Services in Mansfield, which was established in 1999. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Union Institute in 1999, and was licensed as a professional clinical counselor in the state of Ohio in 1996. He specializes in adolescent and family behavioral health, and has been treating tough adolescents and their families since 1996. Dr. Burggraf has experience in providing mental health evaluations, risk assessments, and counseling services for at-risk family members through Children’s Services and Juvenile Court. Family Life Counseling & Psychiatric Services has grown to ten offices, located in seven Ohio counties, serving over 3000 families annually, and employs a staff of 145. Dr. Burggraf has extensive training and experience in restorative practices and believes strongly in establishing school-based services that can assist in creating an improved learning environment.
Herbert S. Ross is the Richland County Restorative Practices Program Director. He is also a certified life coach, case manager, a chemical dependency counselor’s assistant, and Dream Team group facilitator for Richland County Juvenile Detention Center. Mr. Ross is also a community outreach advocate and group facilitator of “THE M.O.S.T.
CLUB”. Mr. Ross is the youngest of 6 biological children of whose parents raised over 125 foster children and adopted 6 more children. He has over 40 years’ experience working with youth of all ages, genders, nationalities, disabilities, and behaviors with his primary work being done in schools, detention centers, jails, and the community.
Restorative practices is a social science that studies how to improve and repair relationships between people and communities. The purpose is to build healthy communities, increase social capital, decrease crime and antisocial behavior, repair harm and, as the name says, restore relationships. It ties together research in a variety of social science fields, including education, psychology, social work, criminology, sociology, organizational development and leadership. MOESC Director of Student Services Jennifer Crum said, “This two-day training offers practical and effective tools for creating a positive classroom climate in both secondary and elementary schools, which teachers and administrators will be able to use immediately.”
Crum said those attending this training will hopefully see some of the following results: a stronger school community, more positive relationships, even with challenging students, an improved classroom climate, fewer disciplinary referrals, more instructional time, and the ability to create a positive classroom community at any grade level, “We also hope that they will learn how to more effectively manage classroom behavior, build trust, and engage students in their own education,” explained Crum, “so that the students will treat their classroom as a community and therefore support each other’s learning and hold each other accountable, which will improve academic achievement .”
Those that are interested in participating can sign up by January 24th at www.moesc.net/register. For participants from client districts, the cost is $100. Those from non-member districts will pay $125 per person. Those who have questions or want more information should contact Wendy Harvey at email@example.com or by calling 419-774-5520.
In order to introduce participants to the Ohio Department of Education comprehensive monitoring process and emphasize the critical components of the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) to incorporate compliant practices that promote “significant progress” for students, Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center is pleased to host “The Essential IEP,” a one-day professional development opportunity on January 15th, 2020 from 8:30 a.m to 3:30 p.m. at the Mid-Ohio Conference Center at 890 W. Fourth St. in Mansfield, Ohio.
The training will take participants through the steps involved in developing a quality IEP with emphasis placed on aligning IEP goals with the Ohio Learning Standards and Essential Elements to close the achievement gap between general education students and students with disabilities. Jennifer Crum, MOESC’s Director of Student Services, and Lynn Meister, MOESC’s Director of Teaching and Learning, will be presenting. Joining them as a guest presenter is Jon Grega.
Grega is an instruction and technology integration specialist for Northern Buckeye Education Council. As former principal and instructional coach at Mt. Gilead Middle School in rural Mt. Gilead, Jon headed an award-winning blended learning initiative with over 25 teachers in grades 4-12. During his 24 years in education, he also taught high school English in both Ohio and Minnesota, with eight years spent teaching in both a physical and online setting. Jon has presented his instructional experiences at OETC, OSBA, Battelle's SOAR Conference, the University of Toledo and throughout many districts in Ohio.
Jennifer Crum said it is important to create a culture that equips every educator who influences the education of a student with a disability to be an active member of a student’s IEP meeting team. “Compliance is important and necessary. What is equally important is to offer IEP teams easy access to the tools they need, and leverage technology to provide curriculum in a more meaningful way by adding certain accommodations, assistive technology and supplementary aid and services to the IEP. That’s what we hope to accomplish with this professional development.”
Participants may come as individuals or in teams. They should bring a laptop or tablet and a completed IEP that has personally identifiable data redacted. The cost is $50/person for those from member districts and $60/person for non-member districts. Lunch is on your own.
Those that are interested in participating can sign up by January 14th at www.moesc.net/register. Those who have questions or want more information should contact Wendy Harvey at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 419-774-5520.
Students from around the area are studying hard because as soon as winter break ends, it is spelling bee season! Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center will again be hosting the Tri-County Bee on February 13th at 6:30 p.m. at the Mid-Ohio Conference Center at 890 W. Fourth Street in Mansfield.
The bee will host the top 12 students from each of the Crawford, Morrow, and Richland County bees. Crawford County's bee will take place on January 9th at 7 p.m. at Crestline Exempted Village Schools at 435 Oldfield Road in Crestline. The Richland County bee will take place next on January 16th at the Mid-Ohio Conference Center at 9:30 a.m. Morrow County will round out the season with their bee on January 23rd at 7 p.m. at Northmor Local Schools at 5247 County Road 29 south of Galion. The public is welcome to attend all of the bees.
Michelle Vance, gifted consultant and educational consultant at MOESC, said the bees are a really great experience for students and bring the community together. "Spelling bees are an excellent way for students to improve their abilities and their confidence as they join other students from area schools. What I really love is how the County and Tri-County Spelling Bees provide an opportunity for parents, communities, and area school districts to come together and enjoy an academic event." She also noted that while these spelling bee events are run separately from the National Scripps Spelling Bee, many of the schools also participate in the Scripps Spelling Bee as well.
The county bees are open to any school district or private school in that county. Those interested in participating or want more information should call Leah Barger or Michelle Vance at MOESC at 419-774-5520.
Students at FIRST School had the unique privilege of attending three different performances in area schools that were produced by the Children’s Theatre Foundation (CTF), a non-profit organization whose goal is to provide top quality, live performances to school-age children in the mid-Ohio area.
English teacher Heather McClain organized the field trips with the assistance of the Foundations for Living transportation staff. “We saw Walk Two Moons, a heartwarming story about a girl searching for her mother, at Mansfield Senior High, The Diary of Anne Frank at Shelby High School, and the Shakespeare comedy As You Like It at Ashland High School,” said McClain. “We were able to get 11 tickets to each performance and make it a co-ed field trip which is unusual for our students.” FIRST Principal Vanessa Wagner said the students really enjoyed the programs. “We really want to thank the Children’s Theatre Foundation for making these shows available to students. Exposing our students to the arts and the rich storytelling of the actors was really a highlight for everyone.”
FIRST School serves up to 80 female students ages 12-17, along with a small unit of 8-12 male students. Students are generally referred to Foundations for Living by social and children’s services agencies in their home counties and are often in the custody of these agencies, with acute mental health needs. The school operates on a four-period block schedule that allows students to earn credit at an accelerated rate, which is of significant value in a school where many students are credit deficient. FIRST offers a GED program. FIRST credits are recognized and accepted by the student’s home school, and students who complete graduation requirements while at FIRST are awarded diplomas from their home school district.