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April 19, 2016
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April 21

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District News
Second Annual Preschool Extravaganza scheduled for April 21

Are you a parent of a child under the age of 5? If so, mark your calendar for the Second Annual Preschool Extravaganza, scheduled for April 21.

What: Preschool Extravaganza 
When: 6:00-7:30 pm 
Where: Wayne High School, 5400 Chambersburg Rd

The Huber Heights Early Readiness Coalition has assembled tons of information to help parents get their children ready for school. The event will provide:
  • Kindergarten registration information
  • Information on applying for benefits to pay for childcare
  • Free vision screening and speech information (ages 3 to Pre-K)
  • Materials to help you get your child ready for school in math, reading, and social studies
In addition, there will be fun, hands-on activities for kids; drawings for backpacks, books, school supplies, and Walmart gift cards; and free pizza and cookies served at 6:30 pm.

To register, contact Debbie Reach at 237-6300, prompt #2.
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Wellness Warriors complete half marathon

Congratulations to the Huber Heights City Schools' Wellnes Warriors on completing the Xenia Half Marathon on April 10. The group has been training since January to complete the 13.1 mile course. The "Wellness Warriors" exemplifies the Warrior spirit. The group formed with the intention of completing a half marathon and also to improve the members' overall well-being. Way to go! 
  
First row: Aimee Ashcraft, Therese Ferrell, Gina Helmick; Second row: Jennifer Elchinger, Katie Arnett, Samantha Leybourn, Alicia Flores, Anne Niese; Third row: Trisha Earls, Julie Tickler, Victoria Sessler, Beth Zugelder, Mary Lou Kolb, Kamie Rea
   
Wayne High School
Wayne senior Ameera Salah named Franklin B.  Walter Scholarship nominee

Congratulations to Wayne senior Ameera Salah on being named the district's Franklin B. Walter Scholarship nominee. Wayne science teacher Ms. Melanie Brooks was recognized as Ameera's Teacher of Influence. 

The Franklin B. Walter Scholarship Award was established by the Ohio Superintendent's Educational Service Center Association to promote student achievement and recognize outstanding students.

Every nominee is invited to recognize a teacher of influence. In making her selection, Ameera noted that Ms. Brooks inspired her to find her calling in engineering, which she plans to study next fall at Miami University.    

Pictured left to right: Melanie Brooks, Ameera Salah, Superintendent Susan Gunnell, Wayne Principal Rick Newsock
 
Wayne students earn top spots in Tech Prep Showcase

On April 13, five groups of students from Wayne High School's Engineering and BioMed programs participated in the Tech Prep Showcase at Sinclair Community College. Four of the five groups won in their categories! One BioMed group won best overall and the other received runner up for its respected categories. One of our Engineering groups won best overall and the other two received runner up. BioMed competed against 16 different teams, and our Engineering students competed against seven different teams.

Congratulations to these students, as well as teachers Mr. Kleiser and Ms. Smarr for working so hard to encourage participation in the competition! Many students and their teachers spent their Saturdays and Sundays completing the projects. Way to go! 

 
Two Wayne students invited to present their science fair projects at State Science Day

Congratulations to the Wayne High School freshmen who participated in the Ohio West District Science
Briana Lewis and
Abigail Kerestes
Fair at Central State University! Abigail Kerestes and Briana Lewis re ceived Superior ratings, and Nicholas Riffle received an Excellent rating.

Based on their ratings, Abigail and Briana will present their projects at the State Science Day in Columbus on May 14. Abigail's presentation focuses on whether brand name or generic popcorn has a greater yield, and Briana's project studies if the amount of air in a soccer ball affects how far it travels.

In total, three HHCS students will represent our district in Columbus next month. Read more below on the fifth grader from Monticello who will also be in attendance! 
Wayne Drama Department stages "High School Musical"
 
Thank you to everyone who came out to support Wayne High School's production of "High School Musical"! The musical, which ran April 9 and 10, showcased the amazing talent of our performing arts students.

   
Weisenborn Junior High
Weisenborn student advances to state Power of the Pen competition

Seventh grader Jordan Eddings will compete at the state Power of the Pen competition on May 27. Way to go, Jordan!

Valley Forge Elementary
Chick Quest engages students in reading, math, and science lessons 

Students in Mrs. Burns' classes are involved in a Chick Quest! The students are studying 12 eggs that are incubating in the classroom, learning about the life cycle through reading, writing, math, science, and speech. They are also taking turns presenting on the Chick Quest to other classrooms and turning the eggs in the incubator. The chicks are due April 27!

Charles H. Huber Elementary
Hands-on exercise builds literacy skills

Third graders had the power of words in their hands during a recent hands-on vocabulary exercise. The students matched academic vocabulary words with their definitions and then created sentences to show that they understood the meanings of the words. The lesson was rounded out with a rousing game of vocabulary word bingo. Creative lessons like these help students build their literacy skills, which are the foundation to a lifetime of learning! 

Monticello Elementary
Monticello fifth grader to represent district at State Science Day

Congratulations to Monticello fifth grader Peyton Roberts on receiving a Superior rating at the Ohio West District Science Fair at Central State! Peyton received an invitation to attend the State Science Day on May 14 in Columbus as well as special recognition from Global Neighbor, Inc., with an Engineering Excellence Award and a $50 bond.
 
Peyton's research focuses on the effects of vibration on suspension bridges. Nice job, Peyton! 
     
Rushmore Elementary
Preschoolers visit Rushmore in preparation for next year

The first day of the 2016-17 school year might seem far away, but at Huber Heights City Schools, we are always focused on preparing our students for the next steps. In anticipation of their first day of kindergarten, preschool students visited Rushmore on April 13. The students spent time in the kindergarten classrooms and on the playground. They will return on April 20, when they will take a tour of the building and spend additional time with kindergarten students. The visits help them prepare for the next big milestone in their lives: elementary school!

 
 
Wright Brothers Elementary
Columbus Zoo brings interactive program to Wright Brothers
 

On March 11, Wright Brothers Elementary held its most anticipated assembly of the year--the annual Columbus Zoo visit! The assembly, sponsored by the PTO and Student Council, gives students the opportunity to see, touch, and interact with animals from the zoo. This year's theme was "Habitat Preservation," and the zoo's ambassadors included a penguin, a porcupine, a caiman, a cockatoo, and a bush baby. This amazing presentation helps students connect their science lessons with the world at large, and we hope to continue this great program for years to come.

 
 
SOAR

SOAR students win $1,000 for classroom supplies in Doodle 4 Google Teacher Contest
 

SOAR students in grades 3-5 recently participated in the Doodle 4 Google Contest. Five students were so enthusiastic about participating that they went above and beyond, creating, writing, and editing a video to enter into the Doodle 4 Google Teacher Contest. Limited to 30 seconds or less, the video had tell how students were inspired to enter the 2015 Doodle 4 Google contest . You can view the video here.

The students did not place in the Doodle 4 Google student contest, but their video was runner up in the Doodle 4 Google Teacher Contest and won $1,000 for classroom supplies! Students brainstormed what classroom supplies they wanted, set criteria, researched costs of items, and fit them into a budget. They have spent part of the money on technology items like Little Bits, Makey Makey, and Ozobots. They also bought a class set of wobble cushions and are looking at new playground balls and the cost of a field trip for each class. This ongoing, challenging lesson has integrated math, art, writing, research, and technology with critical and creative thinking skills. It was a "winning" experience.
SOAR students organize virtual marathon to help a Valley Forge student get a service dog
 

Third, fourth, and fifth grade SOAR students recently organized a virtual marathon to raise money toward a service dog for Valley Forge student Tiffany Norris. Participants paid $20 and had the month of March to walk or run 26.2 miles. SOAR students who participated did some of their miles in the gym at recess, and everyone who completed the marathon received a medal. As part of their final project presentation, students also had to research what cerebral palsy is and what a mobility dog does. A total of 118 people participated in the virtual marathon, raising $2,785 towards Tiffany's service dog. What a great illustration of Warrior Pride! 
 
Studebaker Preschool
Rainy day serves as inspiration for preschoolers
 

Rainy days in April have given the preschool classrooms plenty to talk about! Students explored the clouds, made clouds like those they saw in the sky, conducted science experiments about rain, completed counting activities, and much more!
 
 
 
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