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.
Abraxas residents involved in Student Council, their leaders, and the teaching staff recently collaborated and created a full day of activities for a special Fall Festival.
The Student Council planned, organized and ran the outside activities which included an obstacle course, painting pumpkins, a donut eating contest, and making harvest trail mix for everyone to enjoy. The teaching staff involved residents in academic activities, including making an origami pumpkin, writing a scary story, learning about the history of the Day of the Dead along with coloring a traditional candy skull. In addition, the residents figured out the circumference and surface area of a pumpkin, then calculated how many of the pumpkins would fill the Empire State Building. There was also a cookout for lunch, a coloring contest and cookie decorating.
Abraxas Principal Shelly Patrick said the event was a great success. “We love being able to do these kinds of events with our students. Having them be involved in the planning really makes the event a whole lot more enjoyable. The young men take ownership and pride in what they create, and they get excited planning something that will be fun for everyone!”
Abraxas is a private residential treatment facility that serves up to 100 male students aged 13 to under 21, who are primarily referred by the court or children’s services agency in their home county. Abraxas credits are recognized and accepted by the student’s home school, and students who complete graduation requirements while residing at Abraxas are awarded diplomas from their home school district. Abraxas also offers a GED program and programming for students who have completed all requirements for graduation.
Private residential treatment facility programs include Abraxas and FIRST School, which are funded through the Ohio Department of Education Private Residential Treatment Facility Pilot Program to operate the academic program at two of the three program sites: Abraxas, located east of Shelby and Foundations for Living, located west of Lucas. These programs are also supported through Title 1-D (Delinquent) funds administered by Mid-Ohio ESC. Mid-Ohio ESC partners with the residential treatment program administration and staff to deliver an educational program that meets the requirement of the Ohio Department of Education for students in correctional facilities.
Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center (MOESC) was notified on November 15th that they have received a second consecutive Exemplary rating for their work as a community school sponsor for the 2018-19 school year.
MOESC currently sponsors GOAL Digital Academy and the Tomorrow Center, both community schools that serve students from Crawford, Morrow and Richland counties. According to Jim Smith, Sponsor Liaison at MOESC, “Our work as a community school sponsor is to ensure that our community schools adhere to the terms of their contract and provide oversight and technical assistance to help our schools better serve their students.”
Smith said, “Overall, I’m very pleased with the results. I appreciate the support provided by the Mid-Ohio ESC Governing Board of Directors and Mid-Ohio ESC Superintendent, Kevin Kimmel, for both of the community schools we sponsor: GOAL Digital Academy and the Tomorrow Center. I would also like to thank the school leaders of both schools, Tish Jenkins, GOAL Digital Academy Superintendent and Jamie Byrne, School Director of the Tomorrow Center, for their continued cooperation in working with Mid-Ohio ESC to achieve the “Exemplary” rating.”
The report card is comprised of three areas: Academic Performance, Compliance, and Quality Practices. The Academic Performance component looks at measures of student success including achievement, student growth, early literacy, graduation and how well students are prepared for college, careers and life. The Compliance component asks whether the sponsor is compliant with all relevant laws and rules and whether they are monitoring their community schools’ compliance with laws and rules. Finally, Quality Practices compares the sponsor’s processes against best practices such as strategic planning, staff capacity, contract development and oversight of schools.
MOESC Superintendent Kevin D. Kimmel said, “Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center is very proud of earning this ‘Exemplary’ sponsorship rating from the Ohio Department of Education on the 2018-19 report card. This is, once again, the highest rating that a sponsor can earn, and much of the praise goes to the hard work and leadership of Mid-Ohio ESC’s Sponsor Liaison Jim Smith. Getting the rating once is a great accomplishment, but getting the rating Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center two years consecutively shows consistency in the quality in the work done. I know Mr. Smith works tirelessly to ensure that Mid-Ohio ESC adheres to the strict standards as outlined in Sponsor Quality Practices Rubric by the Ohio Department of Education.”
Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center is pleased to introduce a new program of tiered supports for school districts, administrators, and teachers through the newly developed
Teaching and Learning department. The team’s goal is to provide services in support of district efforts to design vertically aligned curriculum, implement evidence-based instructional strategies, and create valid and reliable assessments at the district, building, and classroom levels.
Under the guidance of Lynn Meister, the Director of Teaching and Learning, the team members are experts in the areas of data analysis, English/Language Arts, Mathematics, disciplinary literacy, curriculum alignment, assessment, and related areas from Preschool through Grade 12. According to Meister, “Mid-Ohio conducted a survey of our client districts and learned that they wanted customized professional development and services designed to assist them in achieving their school improvement goals.” To meet
these needs, the Teaching and Learning department offers three tiers of services.
Tier I: Analysis provides an audit of how the district implements Ohio’s Learning Standards in English/Language Arts and Mathematics. The team also examines data from a variety of sources, including the Local Report Card, Value Added results, progress toward meeting goals from the Ohio Improvement Process, and student data from district-level assessments. Working with administrators, the team uses this information to create and implement professional development services at the district, building, and
The Tier II: Customized Services level creates a contracted service plan with the district to develop specialized professional development in curriculum, instruction, and assessment. The content of these sessions is designed around evidence-based practices founded on Ohio’s Learning Standards and incorporates recommendations from the Ohio Department of Education. “Our approach is to create a narrowly-designed, effective focus in our approach to school improvement,” said Meister. “Based on the district’s goals, we construct specialized professional development designed to support teachers and administrators in their work to promote students’ growth and achievement.”
After implementing professional development, the team offers Tier III: Coaching and Intensive Support designed to provide in-depth support for classroom implementation of instructional strategies, formative and summative assessment, and teaming structures. This can include support for classroom literacy instruction in all content areas, K – 12 alignment of district assessments to Ohio’s Learning Standards, ongoing analysis of district and building data, and systems-level support. “I have worked with school improvement in a number of districts over the past 20 years,” said Meister. “The Teaching and Learning team shares my passion to work with administrators and teachers to provide ‘boots on the ground’ assistance to raise student achievement. We welcome the opportunity to offer our comprehensive services to client and non-client districts in the region.”
For more information or to schedule services from the Teaching and Learning department, contact Lynn Meister at email@example.com or call 419-571-2128. Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center’s website also has the Tiers of Support posted under the Teaching and Learning tab at www.moesc.net
January 22, 2020
February 20, 2020
April 16, 2020
8:30am - 3:30pm
Client : Free
Non-Client : $125
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Wednesday, January 15, 2020
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Lunch on your own)
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