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"What you do has far greater impact than what you say...."

               -Stephen Covy

Leadership takes many forms. Logan Elm students and staff have been busy learning and demonstrating leadership qualities and inspiring those around them.

"The point is not to become a leader, the point is to become yourself ."

-Warren Bennis

On Sunday evening, August 28th, Pickaway County recognized many of the top leaders in our schools at the annual Pickaway County Council on Youth Leadership Banquet. Logan Elm was represented by Lance Berard, Ava Neff, Lana Smith, Rachel Thompson, Allison Weller, and Kinley Whited, (not pictured Luke Thompson) which was the most representatives of all county schools! PCCYL is a member of the National Council on Youth Leadership and is the only chapter in the state of Ohio. Students write an essay titled "What makes me a leader" and are interviewed by the council. The council chooses one essay winner for the county. This year the winner was our very own Allison Weller! They also recognize a Walter Hall Community Service Award winner for the county, and once again Allison Weller was the recipient of this award. Allison received $200 for each of these awards! 

-Nate Smith - LEHS Principal

Left photo: 2nd grade teacher, Ashley Vanderpool is guiding her students through a Reading Horizons reading lesson.

Right photo: First graders in Mrs. Rine and Mrs. Bennington’s class are practicing their phonemic awareness skills with a Heggarty lesson.

"I alone can not change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples."

-Mother Teresa

Submitted by Julie Rine and Nicole Bennington:

We are working together in the elementary schools as first grade teachers and as Literacy Coaches. Our grade level focus is Kindergarten, first grade, second grade, and third grade. Our goal is to work together with the other educators along with Amy Colburn, our curriculum director, to provide literacy support in efforts to optimize student learning and progress in reading. 

It is a very exciting time period for our district as we are already preparing to come together as one elementary. We collaborate with teachers to identify research-based literacy instructional practices that are effective in the classroom and support the implementation of Reading Horizons and Heggerty programs. Our teachers are using many resources, strategies, and interventions to meet the needs of Logan Elm students. Our focus is to collaborate with other teachers and gather their input to support their literacy instruction in the classroom. Elementary teachers in our district are doing many great things to help our students become better readers and writers, and we hope that our support, the new literacy programs, and teacher’s literacy experiences will continue to strengthen student achievement. We are looking forward to being altogether in one building with the opportunity to collaborate and share resources.  

Go Braves!

"The youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow."

-Nelson Mandela

Pickaway Elementary’s Student Council held their first meeting on Friday, September 9th. The members are excited about this school year and the activities they are planning for Pickaway Elementary students. One of their focuses this year is giving back to the community. The first event that the Student Council will be sponsoring will be a Hat Day. All of the proceeds will go to the family of a Logan Elm Elementary student who is battling cancer. On October 6th, the Student Council will be holding a Bake Sale at our Elementary Author Visit. All the proceeds from the Bake Sale will go to Pediatric Cancer Research. September is Pediatric Cancer Awareness month and this is a way the students want to give back. Pickaway Elementary Student Council will continue to be leaders daily in our building. They want to demonstrate daily Be A BRAVE in all parts of the school

-Joanna Strawser

Pickaway Elementary Principal

"The best leaders are dedicated learners. Read great books daily."

-Robin Sharma

The "Brave Page Challenge" is a reading competition open to all high school students. The challenge is to read 2,000 pages by the end of the school year, with milestones of 500 pages each 9 weeks. ELA teacher Kim Tatman shared, "students can win prizes such as t-shirts and gift cards for meeting each 9 week goal". Grand prize for those students meeting the 2,000 pages goal is a field trip to a book store where they can pick out and take home a book of their choice. 

Inspired by this student reading challenge, members of the high school staff have also starting tallying pages read. As a group they have over 12,700 pages read since September 1!


A big thank you to Mr. Nate Dropsey for his leadership in the position of Middle School Athletic Director. Mr. Dropsey organized the Meet the Teams night that was highlighted in the previous newsletter. The event was a huge success!

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