Welcome to The Warrior Pride, a monthly enewsletter from Huber Heights City Schools
December 18, 2017
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UPCOMING EVENTS
Teacher Work Day - No School
December 21

Winter Break - No School
December 22 - January 5

Two-Hour Early Dismissal
January 12

No School - Martin Luther
King Jr Day
January 15

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Empowering our students to be academically and socially prepared for their futures through the support of excellent teachers and staff, families, and community partners.
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Quality Outcomes: 21st Century Skills
   
Our students are learning the universal skills they will need to compete in the 21st century workforce, no matter what career field they pursue. Learn more in our 2016-17 Quality Profile
 
 
An infographic that has the words Focus on 21st Century Skills. Our students learn the skills necessary to compete in the 21st Century work force. Image of a hand touching a smart phone with the words_ Effectively and responsibly use digital devices. Image of two hands gripped in a handshake with the words_ Work together. Image of a lightbulb with the words_ Advocate for their ideas. Image of three people connected with a line with the words_ Make real-world connections. Image of puzzle pieces coming together to create a person_s head with the words Think critically and creatively
   
Inclement weather reminders
   
The decision to delay, dismiss early, or cancel school is never an easy one. Our primary concern is always the safety of our students and staff. We rely on information from multiple sources before making this decision. You can read more about our decision-making process in the Courier. 
 
When we do need to close, delay, or dismiss early, we:  
  • Alert local television and radio stations
  • Send a One Call Now message out
  • Post the information on our website
 
We know that any alteration to the school day creates challenges for many of our families. We urge you to make sure your children understand what to do in the event you are not at home when the announcement of delay, early dismissal, or cancellation is made.
 
Questions about the process? Please contact Superintendent Susan Gunnell at (937) 237-6300 or susan.gunnell@huberheightscityschools.org. 
  
Wayne High School
Business Foundations students present business plans to community m embers
 
Students in the Business Foundations class
Students and community members stand at tables in the gymnasium es at Wayne High School are studying entrepreneurship and cr e ating their own businesses. Last month, they presented their business plans at the Wayne High School Business Plan Fair. Local business owners, members of the Huber Heights City Council and Chamber of Commerce, and even a representative from Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted's office were in attendance!
Nice job! 
 
Principal Berk stands with three women_ all smilling at the camera
 
Wayne senior earns DAI scholarship
 
Senior Katie Soza has been selected for the 2018 Yeck High School Scholarship at the Dayton Art Institute! Each year, up to 14 talented high school students are selected through a competitive portfolio process to be taught and mentored by college students chosen for the Yeck College Artist Fellowship. Recipients must commit to attend nine college-level studio art classes during the winter of 2018. Congratulations, Katie! 
 
An illustration of an egg sunny side up with pepper sprinkled on top.
 
Students write thank you letters for Honor Flight veterans
 
 For Veterans Day, students in Ms. Eldridge's and  Mr. Yane's classes wrote thank you letters to veterans. The letters were placed in "Mail Call" envelopes and shared with veterans on the last Honor Flight of the year as the veterans returned from Washington, D.C.   
 
Ms. Eldridge and Mrs. McCallister frequently volunteer at the Honor Flight welcome home ceremony. The Wayne ROTC is always involved in the homecoming ceremony as well. 
  
Four girls stand in a tight group and smile at the camera. They are holding handmade cards with messages of thanks on them.
Annual volleyball challenge raises $1,000 for A Special Wish
 
The annual Special Wish Volleyball Staff vs. Students game was held on Nov. 21. The game, sponsored by the Junior Cabinet, raised $1,000 for the A Special Wish Foundation this year! Their efforts will help send Scarlett to Walt Disney World. Way to go, Wayne! 
      
A woman and a young girl smile at the camera
   
A group of students and adults stand in front of an oversized check made out to Special Wish for the amount of _1_000
 
Top 10 students in Fall Stock Market Challenge recognized
 

More than 60 students in Wayne's Financial Literacy classes participated in the Wayne Fall Stock Market Challenge. The students invested a simulated $50,000 in the stock market in late October and had about six weeks to make as much money as possible off their investment. About 30 students finished without losing money, and the following 10 students made the best of the current upswing in the market:  
  1. Payton McIntosh (who had a return of 7.56 percent)
  2. Liv Mack
  3. Dougie Townsell
  4. Jada Wamsley
  5. Kaleb Madewell
  6. Yuny Sanchez
  7. Omar Hamden
  8. Jaden Hardrick
  9. JW Rucker
  10. Justin King

 

A group of 10 students stand in two rows. They are holding certificates and smiling at the camera
Voice of Democracy winners named
 
Congratulations to the three Wayne students who placed in the VFW's 2017-18 Voice of Democracy contest:  
  • 1st Place - Preston Coleman
  • 2nd Place - Michelle Wong
  • 3rd Place - Jose Zamora 
Voice of Democracy is an annual audio-essay scholarship contest sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Affairs. This year's theme was "American History: Our Hope for the Future." In October, 24 students from Wayne took part in the challenge. Please join us in giving a pat on the back to all of the contestants - it is never easy to speak publicly before an audience, and these students stepped up to the challenge!
 
Weisenborn Junior High
Weisenborn Spelling Bee champs named

Congratulations to Weisenborn Spelling Bee champion Madison Murray (pictured below, on the right) and to runner-up Eseose Ituma! The Spelling Bee was held on Dec. 15. Both students will represent Weisenborn at the district spelling bee in January.

The finalists for the 2017-18 Weisenborn spelling bee were: Crystal Ackerman, Kylee Friend, Ella Collins,
Tanner Bierly
, Ta-Niyah Darden, Dillon Fairchild,
Madison Murray
, Michele Kniess, Lindsey Evans,
Elisia McGeorge
, Raelee Lance, Logan Wilde, Grace Gruen, Michael Neuman, Kurt Olipas, Shannah Flores Betancourt, Eseose Ituma, Isabel Duaso, Julian Baker, Jonathan Porter, Ozzhan Makhmudov, Zora Johnson, Tyler Norris, Jaden Gregory, Eric Porter, and
Ethan Boatwright
. Wow!

Two girls stand side by side_ smiling at the camera. They are in the media center_ there are shelves of books in the background.
 
          
Wrestling team donates gifts to Dayton Children's Hospital

Weisenborn's wrestling team partnered with a local family to donate new toys to Dayton Children's Hospital. The toys will be given to the patients, bringing them comfort while they are in the hospital. Nice job! 
          
A large group of people stand around a colorfully decorated Christmas tree in an atrium_ there are wrapped presents around them.
Creativity shines with Roman Empire project
A boy stands in a costume of a Roman soldier
 
Students in Ms. Weigandt's Social Studies cl as ses are applying their creativity skills to their studies on the Roman Empire. Students created projects to represent different aspects of life during Roman times. They then honed their presentation skills by sharing what they learned with their peers. The project brought history to life!
 
Four students stand behind a display of fortress-like buildings made out of popsicle sticks
   
November Students of the Month recognized
 
Congratulations to Weisenborn's November Students of the Month: Nicholas BaldwinJames Cammon, Darla Castillo, Brooklyn Coon, Elizabeth Dixon, Madeline Fernandez, Jason GarciaGavin HowardAislynn Hull, Marvin Hunter, Tar'Mary JonesImran Khan, Ashlynn Mandich, Caitlyn O'Dell, Joshua PoppWilliam Reeder, Lawrent Rice, and Megan Rybitski.   
 
These students were selected by their teams of teachers for their hard work, for being respectful and responsible, and for having a positive attitude. They were treated to a special "Pizza with the Principals" luncheon with Mr. Carey and
Mr. McCollum
. Great job!

18 students stand in two rows in front of a brick wall. They are smiling and holding up certificates
December Students of the Month recognized
 
Congratulations to Weisenborn's December Students of the Month: Miguel Abeldano, Sophia Bailey, Kamea Blaine, Samantha Bryant, Dawnyale Cargle, Xavier Clark, Kyren Haywood, Canyon IceLeyla Kilori, Chloe Kincaid, Jahi McDonald, Roosevelt Mukes III, Donya Qendah, Jeremy Reda, Alivia Ruble, Rasean Tucker and Lacy Walton.  
 
These students were selected by their teams of teachers for their hard work, for being respectful and responsible, and for having a positive attitude. They were treated to a special "Pizza with the Principals" luncheon with Mr. Carey and
Mr. McCollum. Kudos! 

A group of 17 students stand in front of a wall_ they are smiling and holding up certificates
 
Charles H. Huber Elementary
Students design anti-bullying posters

Officer Lambert, the district's School Resource Officer, is speaking weekly with fifth and sixth graders across the district about bullying, peer pressure, respecting differences, managing conflict, and more. Students at Charles Huber created anti-bullying posters to encourage a positive environment. 
   
A girl stands in front of a series of posters made on 8x10 sheets of paper
Spelling Bee champs named

Congratulations to Charles Huber's Spelling Bee champs:
 
  • 1st Place - Sabrina Roddy (sixth grade)
  • 2nd Place - Mya Zinkiewicz (fifth grade)
  • 3rd Place - Brayden Killingsworth (third grade)
The Spelling Bee was held on Dec. 6 for students in grades 3-6. Sabrina and Mya will compete in the district Spelling Bee on Jan. 10. Nice job! 
 
Almost 200 turn out for Breakfast with Santa

Nearly 200 students and family members joined Charles Huber staff for Breakfast with Santa on Dec. 2. The PTO-sponsored event included a pancake breakfast and a Secret Santa Shoppe! 
 
Santa holds a young boy and an infant on his lap_ while two boys stand on either side of him. There is a Christmas tree_ an inflatable snowman and an inflatable Snoopy wearing a Santa hat behind them.
 
 
A young girl wearing a santa hat sits on Santa_s lap. Both are looking at the camera.
    
Monticello Elementary
Monticello contributes food for F.I.S.H 
   
The Huber Heights F.I.S.H. food pantry has been helping our community since 1969, and once again, the Monticello Student Council held a canned food drive to benefit this important organization. Every year Monticello students and families donate an astounding amount of canned goods to help those in need in our community. Thank you to everyone who donated! 
 
A group of students stand in the atrium holding boxes of canned goods. There is also a car loaded with boxes
              
Special guests bring anti-bullying message to Monticello 
     
Recently, Monticello students were fortunate to have a visit from Donnie Ray Evege, a Wayne graduate, former OSU football player, and motivational speaker and author. Donnie shared great advice on how to be respectful and to stay focused. He also brought Shereen Jenkins, a self-taught dancer and motivational speaker, with him! Shareen reinforced the importance of staying true to yourself and how to deal with bullying. Students and staff can't wait to hear what Donnie has to share during his next visit!
 
       Special guest Shereen Jenkins  talks with a student Special guest Donnie Ray Evege stands with a group of students_ all smiling at the camera
 
 
Monticello hallway transformed for Thanksgiving feast 
     
The first and second grade teachers and students enjoyed a Thanksgiving feast last month! They joined together in the hall to enjoy trail mix, a pumpkin dessert, and each other's company. It was a nice way to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday by showing thankfulness to those we are grateful for being in school with each day.  

Three young students smile at the camera. They are wearing paper bag smocks that are decorated with eyes and beaks to look like turkeys
 
 
Students sit on the floor in a hallway. They stretch all the way down the hallway. There are students on either side_ facing each other. A long sheet of brown paper stretches down the hall that functions as a _table_
 
Rushmore Elementary
Rushmore students win golden tickets

Twelve lucky Rushmore students were golden ticket winners! Golden tickets allow students the opportunity to "shop with a cop" at Meijer. The program is sponsored by the Fraternal Order of Police. Each recipient was thrilled to be chosen for this exciting event!
        
A group of 12 students holding oversized yellow tickets stand in front of two police officers
   
Rushmore celebrates holiday season
A replica of a brick house with a fireplace with stockings hanging on the mantle is placed in the school_s atrium_ it is flanked by a santa made out of balloons and a christmas tree made out of balloons.
 
The PTO at Rushmore Elementary hosted several events in preparation for the season. Santa's Secret Shop was held in the library from Nov. 27-Dec. 2. Students were able to purchase gifts for friends and family at the shop. On Dec. 2, Santa himself visited for Rushmore's Breakfast with Santa event. Families enjoyed pancakes, crafts, games, and of course, pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus! 
     
Shoes 4 The Shoeless visits Rushmore

Students at Rushmore Elementary were gifted with brand new shoes, socks, hats, and gloves from the local organization Shoes 4 the Shoeless on Dec. 11. This nonprofit serves the Dayton area by providing shoes for children aged 5-18.  Rushmore students were grateful for brand new shoes and other necessities as they prepare for colder weather. 

A lady puts a shoe on a boy who is sitting on a bleacher
   
Valley Forge Elementary
Apple study builds writing, science skills

Students in Mrs. Mackintosh's second grade class spent a week studying apples earlier this year. They  learned about Johnny Appleseed, apple trees, and apple facts. They wrote about apples, performed science experiments using apples/apple products, and of course, they ate different products that come from apples. Yum! 

A student sits at his desk eating apples.
 
Valley Forge hosts two holiday concerts

On Dec. 11, the Valley Forge Band shared the sounds of the season with families during their Holiday Concert. And on the following day, the Valley Forge Chorus entertained families with their Holiday Concert. Both of these groups did an outstanding job!
 
Wright Brothers
Gingerbread Boy adventure brings together entire school
 
This was an exciting week for the kindergartners at Wright Brothers Elementary. This week was "The Gingerbread Boy" story week. The students read the book, created artwork, and finally made an actual Gingerbread Boy. As in the story, the Gingerbread Boy escaped for a few days, and the entire school searched for him. He was found on the roof of the school and finally caught by Mr. Holloway! Thanks to the Kindergarten teachers, the kitchen staff, Mr. Bill, and Mr. Holloway for all their help.
   
A lady hands a giant gingerbread-man shaped pan with dough inside of it to a student. They are standing in the school kitchen  
 
A young girl and a young boy are in a classroom. They are both holding a large gingerbread-man shaped pan with dough inside. The girl has a big grin.
         
Studebaker
Preschool holds its first holiday concert

On the evening of Dec. 12, the Studebaker Preschool held its first-ever Christmas concert in the gymnasium at Weisenborn. Each of the classes sung two songs in front of a crowd of 1,100 people. They did an excellent job for a packed house! 
 
Students stand in a line in front of microphones. They are in a gymnasium.
 
 
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