OHIO’S PERMANENT GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
Thursday, March 12, 2020 | 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Presenter: Lynn Meister, Director of Teaching and Learning
Audience: Superintendents, Principals, Guidance Counselors, and related district personnel
Location: Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center
OTES 2.0 - BRIDGE Training we are offering two sessions:
Each session is Two days with lunch on your own, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, June 3 and Thursday, June 4, 2020
Monday, June 29 and Tuesday, June 30, 2020
OTES 2.0 - NEW Training offered:
Three days with lunch on your own, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
OPES Training offered:
Two days with lunch on your own, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Monday, June 15 and Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Abraxas School of Ohio, an alternative placement partner of Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center (MOESC), is proud to spotlight two of its teachers this month for their contributions to the school as well as their presentation at the OCTELA (Ohio Council for Teachers of English/Language Arts) conference on February 22nd.
Julie Pfeifer is a Math/ELA teacher and Intervention Specialist with 6 years of experience, 5 of those years being at Abraxas. She has taught a wide variety of classes in addition to the required math courses, including Integrated Reading, Financial Literacy, Life Skills, Health, Cooking, Create a Board Game, Careers, and English. Casey Lowery is an English/Language Arts teacher who is working on attaining her Intervention Specialist license. She has 5 years of experience, all of those years spent at Abraxas. She teaches English, Multimedia (Journalism & Photography), Career Connections, Theater, and Creative Writing.
Together, Julie Pfeifer and Casey Lowery regularly go above and beyond to make a difference for Abraxas. They teamed up to design and implement what is known as a LAM class, which is a combination class where Language Arts and Math are taught in unison to show the relationship between the two subjects through project-based learning. They have also applied for and obtained multiple grants over the past few years, including four Richland County Foundation TAP grants, a Richland County Foundation Competitive Grant, a Reflex Math Grant, and a SnapDragon grant. The money awarded from these grants have gone towards creating a Life Skills class, purchasing camera equipment for a Photography class, receiving software for math support, math specific books to support understanding, as well as purchasing books to fill and create a school library.
Abraxas School Principal Shelly Patrick said their support also goes outside the classroom walls. “When Casey and Julie aren’t busy planning activities for Pi Day, Outdoor Classroom Day, or starting a school-wide, after-hours book club, they can be found in their Abraxas Bulldogs attire, supporting their students at football and basketball games.”
Both women have attended the OCTELA conference in Columbus, Ohio, for the past 3 years and this year are honored to participate in the conference as presenters. After submitting a proposal, they were accepted to present on the topic “THUGLIFE,” an acronym that stands for “Technology and Humanities Utilizing Genre-Specific Literature with Interactive, Formative Elements.” The title was inspired by the novel The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, which was read and studied in their combined LAM class.
The presentation covers student projects and also teaching tips for covering diverse and culturally relevant literature. They also discuss the integration of technology in the classroom as a way to formatively assess students while also focusing on 21st Century Learning Skills. Finally, the women give tips and suggestions on how to integrate ELA Common Core Standards with Math Standards through real world projects that focus on problem-solving, and the integration of Social Emotional Standards through the lens of teaching in a residential treatment facility.
Patrick said, “The part of the presentation that Julie and Casey are most excited about is the opportunity to educate others on the difficult, yet rewarding opportunities that come with teaching at-risk youth. They enjoy the challenging atmosphere that comes with teaching at a residential facility because it offers the ability to teach outside of the box and invent new ways to overcome the obstacles their students face.”
The earth did not shake on Thursday, February 20th at the Tri-County Spelling Bee, but Caitlyn Thieret, 8th grader from Highland Local Schools, shook up the competition by becoming the Bee Champion with the winning word, seismologist. Sam Myers, a seventh grader from Madison Local Schools, was the runner-up.
The spelling bee had been postponed from February 13th due to snowy weather, but rescheduling did not seem to dim any of the students’ competitive spirit. Thirty-six students, the top spellers in Crawford, Richland and Morrow Counties, representing thirteen local school districts, competed in the bee held on at Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center in Mansfield.
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 is inviting area students for their talents in the arts for their annual Artapolooza festival. This year it will take place March 31st through April 2nd and will be held at the Mid-Ohio Conference Center at 890 W. Fourth Street in Mansfield.
As in years previous, Artapolooza will be accepting all types of visual art projects: paintings, drawings, sculptures, as well as mixed media and digital arts. This year a new aspect is being added: performing arts! MOESC is inviting musicians to perform within the gallery space to enhance the viewing pleasure of gallery patrons. Schools may sign up students for time slots for instrumental or vocal musical performances on the evenings of March 31st and April 2nd. On April 1st there will be a Cabaret event in the evening for interested groups, featuring area show choirs, musicians, vocalists, dancers and dramatic performers.
Another new feature to Artapolooza this year is the interactive art gallery. Jennifer Pennell, MOESC gifted education consultant explained, “We are inviting teachers to submit videos of the students creating their art as a video blog of the process. We think it will really enhance the experience for everyone to see how the project was made.” Pennell said they will have QR codes near the projects for patrons to scan that will link to the video.Pennell emphasized that students from all area schools, not just MOESC member districts, are all welcome and may submit projects for the festival.
As an additional resource, MOESC is also offering the opportunity for students’ artwork to be evaluated for possible gifted identification. Submissions are due March 11th. Forms and information can be found at the MOESC website at https://moesc.socs.net/vnews/display.v/ART/5e343df9a61c0. For more information or questions, contact Pennell at 419-774-5520, ext. 2606
Pennell said, “Artapolooza is about celebrating the arts, something that is important to every child’s education. We’re just supporting the belief from the Ohio Department of Education that ‘education in the Fine Arts is essential in developing the whole child.’”
The Parent Mentor program of Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center (MOESC) is pleased to invite all parents and guardians of children with special needs to this important event that will take place Tuesday, March 3rd from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Mid-Ohio Conference Center, 890 W. Fourth St. Mansfield, Ohio. The topic of discussion will be My Child’s Rights to FAPE & A System for Organizing Records. MOESC Parent Mentors Cindy Wrobleski and Lindsey Schonauer will host this free event in collaboration with Sally Stigall, Richland County Parent Peer Support Specialist. Laryssa Betty, from the Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities, will lead this informative meeting.
This make-it and take-it workshop will assist participants in organizing records and documentation that pertain to their child’s education and health needs. The special education system records eligibility, support, and services via many documents for a child with a disability. Getting ready for an Individualized Education Plan, or IEP, meeting can be overwhelming, and an IEP file is a great way to keep all of your child’s records organized and at the ready for when you may need to reference them. An IEP file can also help parents prepare for an IEP meeting and stay up to date on their child’s progress.
This training will also help parents understand what FAPE, or Free and Appropriate Public Education, is. Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, FAPE is defined as an educational program that is individualized to a specific child, that meets that child's unique needs, provides access to the general curriculum, meets the grade-level standards established by the state, and from which the child receives educational benefit. Discussion of parents’ rights under IDEA 2004 and how to work with other agencies will be presented.
To register, please contact a Parent Mentor at the information listed below:
419-774-5520 (ex. 2800)
419-774-5520 (ex. 2018)
Registration ends Friday, February 28th.
This week, Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center (MOESC) was proud to host hundreds of middle school students as they battled it out to be the Academic Challenge champion. Students compete as teams, answering questions about a wide range of topics including literature, fine arts, geography, history, math, and science.
Sixteen teams from Colonel Crawford, Crestview, Galion, Lexington, Mansfield City, Plymouth-Shiloh, Mansfield St. Peter's, Shelby and Wooster participated in the 6th Grade Academic Challenge on Tuesday, February 4th.
Wooster’s Edgewood Team A captured the crown. Luci Dean, Brooklyn Chelakadan, John Ngunjirr, Aaron Vandergrift, and Sam Heller comprised Wooster’s team. Lexington Team A with Jesse Halfhill, Alex Trolian, Aiden Johnson, and Addison Sigler came in second place.
Twenty six teams from Crestview, Colonel Crawford, Galion, Lexington, Madison, Mansfield City, Plymouth-Shiloh, Shelby Sacred Heart, Shelby, Mansfield City Spanish Immersion and Wooster participated in the 7th/8th Grade Academic Challenge on Wednesday, February 5th.
Wooster again came away with the victory. Their Edgewood team won first place with team members Kyia Walf, Shade Ellis, Isaac Nikkel, Jackson Stansifer, and Megan Kleinhenz. Lexington’s Team A was the second place team with Oden Bell, Jacob Halfhill, Kennedy Lamp, Grant Mentzer, Wyatt Miller, and Darcie Rinehart.
Leanna Ferreira, Gifted Student Consultant and coordinator of the Academic Challenge meets, said, ”We are giving students an opportunity to celebrate the academics in a safe, yet competitive nature. It is a place where being “smart” is celebrated in a similar environment to athletics.”
Thursday March 26
6:30pm – 8:30pm
Richland Newhope SSA Building
220 Home Ave Mansfield Ohio 44902
RSVP – Sally (419) 774-4260
Participants will have the chance to observe a live, mock IEP meeting with volunteer actors playing the key roles of teacher, administrator and parent. We’ll throw in various problem scenarios that parents often encounter and then we’ll put the meeting on pause as we discuss the best ways to handle each one.
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