Welcome to The Warrior Pride, a monthly enewsletter from Huber Heights City Schools
March 19, 2018
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Conference Day (No School)
March 23

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March 26 - March 30

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April 12

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April 20


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Welcome to the Warrior Pride, our enewsletter to share current news and events with our community. Thank you for your support of our Warriors!

Quality Outcomes: Critical Thinkers
Illustration of a silouette of a human head that is shaped like puzzle pieces coming together. The words Think Critically _ Creatively are at the bottom.
   
We are teaching students how to be critical and creative thinkers--an essential skill for the 21st century workforce. It is one of the many ways we are preparing our students to pursue the career paths of their choice. Discover more in our 2016-17 Quality Profile
 
    
Veteran receives diploma 40 years after leaving high school
 
In 1966, Mr. Ronald Hogan dropped out of Wayne High School to help support his family; he joined the military in January of 1967. He served during the Vietnam Conflict and went on to complete 21 years of honorable service in the U.S. Army as a transportation specialist. After his military service, he went into the trucking business. He is now retired and lives in Medway, Ohio.

On March 6, 2018, Wayne Principal Mr. Berk and Huber Heights City Schools Superintendent Ms. Gunnell presented Mr. Hogan with a high school diploma. Congratulations!
 
 
Mr. Berk_ Ms. Gunnell and Mr. Hogan stand in a row. Mr. Hogan is holding open his diploma and smiling.
     
Wayne High School
Seven Wayne students compete at state BPA competition
 
Congratulations to the seven Interactive Multimedia students from Wayne who advanced to state in the Business Professionals of America (BPA) competition! BPA is a co-curricular national organization in which students compete and network in more than 70 different areas of business and computers. The following students competed in Columbus on March 8 and 9: Yousif Altufaili, Intermediate Wordprocessing; Jared Kleff, Fundamental Desktop Publishing; Hunter Garrett, Fundamental Desktop Publishing; Matthew Stuart, Digital Publishing; and Caleb Perry, Digital Publishing. Also competing and placing in top ten at state were sophomore Destiny Wagoner, Digital Publishing, and freshman Taceana Zelaya, Graphic Promotional Design. Great job! 
 
Two girls stand next to each other_ they are both wearing medals around their necks and smiling.
 
Wayne Thespians to perform at the Thespian State Conference
 
Members of Wayne's Thespian Troupe 112 have been working hard to prepare for their upcoming performance of "The Door" at the Thespian State Conference on March 23! The one-act play has a strong message about rejecting hatred. Directed by junior Katie Leeds and starring senior Rickey Harris as Justin and junior Avery Lewis as Grace, the performance will involve all 17 of the attending troupe members! Wow!

A girl stands in a red bathroom glaring at a boy dressed all in black who appears to be speaking to her intently
 
Wayne senior recognized by the Dayton LaSertoma Club
 
On Feb. 28, Wayne senior Brianna Stauffer was recognized at the 57th Annual Youth Service Awards Banquet presented by the Dayton LaSertoma Club! She joined 23 other students from Montgomery and Preble counties who were recognized for volunteering their time to the service of others. In addition to volunteering, these students dedicate many hours to academics, student government, the arts, and athletics. What a way to represent Warrior Pride!

Mr. Berk_ Mrs. Davis_ and Brianna Stauffer stand in a row. They are holding certificates and smiling.
 
Wayne senior earns awards for artwork
 
Wayne senior Kaitlin Soza had two pieces of artwork on display in the Miami Valley Regional Scholastic Art Awards Exhibition at the K12 Gallery & TEJAS in February! Kaitlin received a Gold Key for her acrylic painting, "Late Night" (pictured below), and an Honorable Mention for her acrylic painting, "Sunny Side Up." Kaitlin's Gold Key work is now in consideration for recognition at the national level! Congratulations, Kaitlin!

The painting depicts what could be a building...maybe a diner...with white walls and a yellow roof. The ground is a mix of greens and blues_ the sky is deep indigo. The painting is gauzy_ it has a dreamy quality to it.
 
Wayne junior takes first place in poster contest
 
Congratulations to Wayne junior Abi gail Kerestes on winning first place in Division 2 (grades 9 throu gh 12) in the poster catego ry for the 2018 Poster and Poetry Contest sponsored by the Montgomery County Drug-Free Coalition! 

Abigail stands in front of a brick wall_ holding the poster she designed. It has the words _Breaking News Saving Our Community_ at the top_ with a drawing of a person in orange spinning a wheel next to an hour glass  
  
Wayne graduate to speak at TEDx conference
 
Wayne graduate Davonta Beckham (Class of 2013) will use his gifts of art and storytelling to inspire success in his presentation "What if You Could Fly?" at the TEDxFortWayne event on March 24! Learn more at the TEDxFortWayne event website!

Weisenborn Junior High
Weisenborn earns national recognition as a Project Lead the Way School of Distinction

Weisenborn is proud to be recognized as a Project Lead the Way "School of Distinction" for its STEM and career learning program! Only nine middle schools in Ohio and 110 middle schools in the nation have earned this award. Weisenborn has three Project Lead the Way labs: seventh grade Design and Modeling, taught by Mrs. Ross-Davis; eighth grade Introduction to Biomedical Engineering, taught by Mrs. McNerney; and eighth grade Computer Science, taught by Mrs. Strong.
 
Superintendent Gunnell stands with Principal Carey and the three PLTW teachers who are smiling and holding certificates
                 
Seven Weisenborn students earn College Promise scholarships

Congratulations to Weisenborn eighth graders Madison Murray, Dillon Andrews, Brandon Vu, Miguel Abeldano, Lily Carlisle, Jade Burton, and Gibson Nguyen (not pictured) on earning Montgomery County College Promise Scholarships! The College Promise Program provides these awards to up to 50 eighth-grade Montgomery County students per year. Students are awarded full scholarships to schools that include Sinclair Community College, Wright State University, Denison University, Kettering College of Medical Arts, Central State University, Miami University, and the University of Dayton. Way to go!
             
Six students stand against a brick wall_ smiling at the camera
 
Retired teacher speaks to students about Civil Rights Movement

In celebration of Black History Month, Ms. Parent invited her former coworker Mrs. Crawford-Carter to speak to students during Warrior Period. A retired teacher, Mrs. Crawford-Carter spoke about the early Civil Rights Movement and her experience growing up in South Carolina during this time.  Her presentation was a thought provoking and intimate account of real-life experiences. The students had prepared questions and dialogue to interact with Mrs. Crawford-Carter and were all impressed by her candid and refreshing responses.

Mrs. Crawford-Carter and Mrs. Parent stand in front of a group of five students in a classroom
                 
Athletic Foundation grant funds bikes for students

Students in Mrs. Bissett and Mrs. Brown's classrooms would like to thank the Huber Heights Athletic Foundation for a generous grant that was used to purchase bikes to ride during Warrior Period. Also during Warrior Period, the students are buddied up with another student two days a week, and Mr. Baker uses this time to work on social skills and strengthening exercises. 
  
Five students are sitting on bikes looking at the camera. Behind them stand a line of five students who are smiling.
               
February Students of the Month recognized

Congratulations to the Weisenborn Students of the Month for February: Brooke AdkinsJulian Baker, Wyatt Bier, Zackery Clemens, Haley Collier, Kadence Fitzpatrick, Tru Gerndt, Macy Grigsby, Madelyn Henline, Zachariah Hopkins, Ofure Ituma, Sha'Mary Jones, Joseph Praete, Raven Smith, Tra'Vonte Starks, and Nathan Stauffer

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!
 
A group of 16 students stand in front of a wall holding certificates and smiling
                 
Charles H. Huber Elementary
Charles Huber celebrates Read Across America with activities inspired by Dr. Seuss

Charles Huber students celebrated Read Across America and Right to Read Week with a number of activities inspired by Dr. Seuss! The Cat in the Hat and Andy the Armadillo made special guest reader appearances, and sixth-grade English/Language Arts students read to students in grades K-2.

Activities throughout the week to promote reading included "dress up like a Dr. Seuss character," "dress like what you want to be when you grow up," and "Fox in Socks PJs and comfy clothes" day.

There was also a reading challenge at the school. For every 100 minutes read at home, students and staff received a piece of tape. Students read more than 23,000 minutes! On March 16, an assembly was held to tape Mr. Hesselbart to the wall with all the tape that students earned!
 
Students and staff pose in front of a red_ white and black balloon arch. They are dressed in Cat in the Hat themes - as Cat in the Hat_ with black and white clothes_ red bow ties and red-and-white striped stovepipe hats_ and as Thing 1 and Thing 2_ wearing red shirts that say Thing 1 or Thing 2 and blue wigs.
        
Charles Huber staff member becomes a published author

Ms. Dokes, a teacher on special assignment at Charles Huber, has written and published a book called "Dear Aunt Daisy, 'I'm Telling You the Truth!'" The book is adapted from a poem that she wrote years ago about her aunt. Mrs. Dokes has been visiting classrooms to share her book with students and, hopefully, inspire some young writers!
 
Ms. Dokes sits in front of a class of students. She is holding a book open so the students can see the illustrations. On the Smart Board behind her an image of the book jacket is projected. It is a picture of daisies and the words Dear Aunt Daisy I_m Telling You the Truth_
   
Monticello Elementary
Wayne graduate provides lesson on the animal kingdom to Monticello third graders 
   
Monticello's third graders recently received a lesson on animals from Wayne Class of 2016 graduate Ms. Lissa McMeans! Ms. McMeans is studying zoo and wildlife biology at Malone University in Canton, Ohio. She shared information about the various groups of animals (invertebrates, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and mammals) and talked about the animals she helps to take care of in the zoo at her university. She also told students about a research trip she took to Florida in January, when she helped tag sharks and snorkeled with manatees! Ms. McMeans also brought out a mammal friend to show the students--Taj, her lionhead rabbit--and gave each student a special photo animal card from the Malone Zoo.    

A young woman stands in front of  a room of students. On the Smart board behind her are images of a spider in someone_s hand and what might be beetles.
               
Spring book fair brings out the wild side of reading 
     
Once again, Mrs. Bonner has done a wonderful job for Monticello's spring book fair, Paws for Books. To start, she collected pictures of students' and staff's pets. Students were also able to nominate their friends as a 'Lost Pet,' which resulted in being put in the Monticello Pound. The book fair will also have a spirit week, during which all of Monticello can show off their wild side! Thanks to Mrs. Bonner for helping make Monticello such a great place to be! 

A group of students are inside a large cage. A sign on top reads Monticello pound. The students are making varying sad faces or smiling.
 
 
Rushmore Elementary
Rushmore students raise more than $2,000 to benefit leukemia and lymphoma research

The staff and students of Rushmore Elementary worked together to support the national Pennies for Patients drive to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Each student had a change box that they brought home to collect extra money that could be used to help support cancer research.  Students could also buy raffle tickets for $0.50 for a chance to throw a pie at a teacher, or strips of tape for $1.00 to tape Principal Easterling to a wall. In total, the three-week drive, sponsored by Student Council, raised $2,437.81 as well as student awareness for those battling life-threatening illnesses. 
Nice job!
  
A child smashes a pie plate into a teacher_s face while other teachers look on. The teachers are all wrapped in black garbage bags.
 
Valley Forge Elementary
Valley Forge students celebrate reading with a Read Across America spirit week

Students celebrated Dr. Seuss' Birthday and Read Across America with a week-long spirit week! Themes included dressing up as your favorite Dr. Seuss character and twins day. Activities like these encourage students to engage with reading!  
  
Three girls in kindergarten stand together_ their arms over each others_ shoulders. They are wearing matching outfits_ gauzy red skirts and black short-sleeve shirts that have a red bowtie and a white oval in the middle with their names written inside.
   
Students think big for Career Day

Valley Forge students were thinking about the future recently--their futures. For Career Day, students were invited to come to school dressed to reflect their career aspirations. Pictured here is third-grader Sidney Smith, who came to school as Principal Smith for the day!

A young boy stands in front of a wall. He is wearing a button-up shirt with a tie_ a pin-stripe vest_ khaki pants and orange shoes

Warriors on the Run Club inspires Valley Forge

The Warriors on the Run Club is committed to inspiring children to unlock their potential and achieve personal goals while helping them be healthier, happier, and more confident through the discipline of running.

The Club currently has 36 fifth and sixth grade participants. The students train twice a week after school and have already run more than 280 miles combined since they began on Feb. 6!

Congratulations to the following students who participated in their first 5K at Wayne High School on March 10: Marcus Calhoun, Stephanie Clemons, Na'Tihya Elmore, Qassan Fields, Genesis Kemp, Nevaeh Kohlbacher, Charles Martin, Damien McClintock, Sha'lynn Munson, Gavin MurrayDe'airra Reid, TJ UnderwoodZaniah Watkins, and Kendra Wendling. These students rock!

Special thanks to the Club coaches Ms. Ashcraft, Ms. Geiger, Ms. Leybourne, Ms. Livingston, and Ms. Niese.  

Wright Brothers
First graders celebrate the Chinese New Year
 
Last month, the first grade at Wright Brothers celebrated the Chinese New Year with a big Chinese New Year Parade through the halls that was led by a traditional dragon puppet/mask. The students created different masks to wear and banged on noise makers in celebration. The students and staff look forward to this parade every year! A special thanks is due to all of the first grade teachers for creating the unit and for allowing the whole school to participate. Way to go, Ms. Coker, Ms. Jeckering, Ms. Miller, and Ms. Peltier!

A parade of students walks down a hall. The student in front has a large dragon head on_ it appears to be a box covered in decoration_ with another box for a snout with sharp teeth and a tongue coming out.
     

Studebaker
Preschoolers get a lesson in brushing from local dentist

On March 5, Huber Heights dentist Dr. Gioiello and his dental assistant, Lindsey, came to visit preschool. Dr. Gioiello spoke to the kids about why it's important to take good care of their teeth and what it's like to go to the dentist. They brought along their stuffed animal friend Grumpy Monkey (Grumpy Monkey is missing teeth from not brushing) to demonstrate the proper way to brush their teeth. Afterwards, each child was given a goody bag that contained a new toothbrush and toothpaste.

Dr. Gioiello and his assistant Lindsey kneel in front of a group of kids. Lindsey is demonstrating how to brush theeth using a stuffed monkey
 
 
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