1 GBB at Sandusky
2 P/T Conferences 5-8 pm
7-11 6th grade camp
7 GBB at Timberstone
8 GBB vs Findlay Central
10 GBB vs Findlay Donnell
14 GBB vs Springfield
15 GBB at Wash. Maize
17 GBB at Fremont
18 Dance til 4PM
21 No School – Pres. Day
22 GBB vs Wash. Blue
23 GBB vs Maum. Gateway
24 2 hr delay In-Service day
GBB vs Fassett
7 MAT 8/OLSAT Testing
11 FASSETT’s 50th Anniv.
18 End of 3rd qtr
Dance til 4PM
21 Parent Information
Meeting 6PM in library
24 Pint Size Heroes 3-8 PM
25 Grade Cards sent home
Dear Ike Community,
Our Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held Wednesday, February 2nd, 5pm – 8pm. Staff members will be available in the Cafeteria. Please be considerate of time and hold your conference to no more than 15 minutes. If you have concerns that require more time or are of confidential nature, please contact the teacher or counselor to set up an alternate conference. You may also set up a team conference. Please call 419-836-8498 ext. 2403 to set up your conference.
I would like to thank all of the Eisenhower families who donated canned goods and toys to help support the Oregon and Jerusalem Twp. families at Christmas time. The many small donations added up to a nice sum that made a great and positive difference in someone’s life in our community.
On February 23, 2011, students will attend assemblies present by the American Red Cross about its’ upcoming Blood Drive, Pint Size Hero. The program encourages students to volunteer at the blood drive and invite parents, guardians and other adults to give blood on their behalf. At the assemblies, students will receive information about the program and a Blood Donor Response Card to take home. Please ask your student for this important information! The Blood Drive is March 24, 2011 at Eisenhower.
This is the time of year where we begin gearing up in preparation for the achievement tests. Our 7th graders will be tested March 7- March 14th. The students will be administered the Stanford 10 and OLSAT 8. Please remind your child that they need to get plenty of rest and eat a good breakfast during testing week. We have also been working very hard with our students to prepare them for the OAA (Ohio Achievement Assessment). This test will be administered May 2 – 6, 2011.
Dr. Michael E. Zalar
January 21, 2011
Tough Economic Times - Tough Decisions…
When budgets are tight, tough decisions need to be made. We have all periodically experienced these times in our personal finances. In order to pay the bills you are faced with basically these choices – try to increase your income (revenue) or borrow money (credit/debt) so you can maintain your current lifestyle; or cut spending (expenses) and do without. Presently, state and local governments, including public education, are being challenged by the most serious financial crisis since the Great Depression. Leaders are faced with the task of making very difficult decisions in order to “balance the budget.” The impact of these decisions will be painful and controversial depending upon a person’s individual perspective.
In Oregon, the community has spoken loud and clear. The recent failure of two emergency operating levies makes the prospect of additional revenue coming into the district unlikely. Moreover, given the state’s own budget crisis, the likelihood of future reductions in state funding are certain. In addition, the district’s five year forecast projects a 3 million spending deficit for FY 2012 and there are legal restrictions preventing schools from spending more money than they have. The only option for the district is to continue to cut operating expenses in a way that, to the greatest extent possible, protects the quality of education for kids.
Significant budget “belt tightening” in the general fund have been taking place for the past three years amounting to approximately $10 million in savings annually. This has included the negotiation of wage and benefits concessions from all employees, staffing reductions (including 50 teaching positions since 2005) and the elimination and/or reduction of numerous programs and services. Unfortunately, we are at a point where there are no good options for reductions going forward.
The impact of an additional $2.8 million reduction in operating expenses will begin being felt effective January 5th when students return to school. Most notably, the elimination of busing for high school students and a reduction of cleaning services will take place immediately and provide a combined savings to the district of nearly $1 million annually. Additional reductions in staffing positions and programs, including the closing of Wynn Elementary School, will provide the rest of the savings and be implemented for the 2011-2012 school year (For a more detailed list of the reductions see the district’s website at www.oregoncityschools.org).
My sincere hope is that the community understands that these decisions were based on data with the intention of protecting teaching and learning outcomes in the classroom while making the district more cost effective and efficient to operate. In no way should the elimination of transportation services for high school students, or the closing of an elementary school be interpreted as being coercive or punitive. Reductions like these simply provide significant cost savings and have no direct impact on the classroom. We fully understand the hardship and inconvenience they present to some students and parents. While regrettable, the benefits to the greater good of the district will dictate this course of action for the foreseeable future.
As we go forward, we will need to work together - as a community – to decide what kind of school district we want Oregon City Schools to be. The schools and community cannot function effectively in isolation. We need to support each other in our mission of “doing what’s best for kids” and preparing them for a successful future. By investing in our children’s education, we are investing in the future of our community.
Dr. Michael E. Zalar, Superintendent of Schools, may be reached by calling (419) 693-0661or by emailing email@example.com
Spring 2011 Testing Schedule
The Stanford 10 and OLSAT 8 will be given to 7th grade students from March 7th to the 14th. If a student is absent during that time, make-up tests will be done March 15th – 18th. The Stanford 10 is an achievement test that identifies where a student is performing compared with other students nationally. The OLSAT 8 gives a School Ability Index (SAI) score that is intended to predict a student’s projected level of school success. Only 7th graders at Eisenhower take the Stanford 10 and OLSAT 8.
Schedule for the individual tests:
• Monday, March 7: Reading Vocabulary, Spelling
• Tuesday, March 8: Reading Comprehension
• Wednesday, March 9: Language
• Thursday, March 10: Math Problem Solving and Math Procedures
• Friday, March 11: Science and Social Science
• Monday, March 14: OLSAT
• Tuesday, March 15 – Friday, March 18: Make up tests
The Ohio Achievement Assessment (OAA) will be given to 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students at Eisenhower May 2 – 4, 2011. Make up tests will be taken on May 5 - 6. 6th and 7th grade students will take Reading and Math. 8th grade students will take Reading, Math, and Science.
Schedule for the individual tests:
• Monday, May 2: Reading (6th, 7th, and 8th grade)
• Tuesday, May 3: Math (6th, 7th, and 8th grade)
• Wednesday, May 4: Science (8th grade only)
OCS Playmakers vs.13 ABC All-Stars
They are ready to do it again!
OCS Playmakers vs. WTVG 13abc All Stars
Thursday, February 17, at 7:30pm
The 13abc All Stars are bringing their crew back to the Harold Potter Field House at Clay High School to take on our OCS Playmakers! Bring the entire family for a fun filled evening! The first 100 fans will receive a key chain. All proceeds from the game will benefit the Academic Boosters Club. More information to follow. Save the date!
ABC Garage sale
CLAY HIGH SCHOOL
Saturday, March 5, 2011
8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Where: Clay Cafeteria
WE NEED YOUR HELP!
Please start saving unwanted clothing, household items and any other treasures to donate to this sale. You may drop off your items on Friday, March 4th from 4:00 p.m. till 8:00 p.m. at the Clay Cafeteria. Items will not be accepted at any other time.
Plan on coming back to shop on Saturday.
Sponsored by the Academic Booster Club
Clay Varsity Hockey- Youth Night
The Clay Varsity Hockey Team will be hosting an Oregon Youth
Hockey Night for all youth hockey players from Oregon on Saturday
January 29, 2011 at the Toledo Ice House. The Clay High School Hockey
program would like to invite all future Eagle hockey players and their
families to this event. The hockey game and all activities will be free for
future Clay hockey players and their families.
Clay vs. Sylvania Southview
Saturday January 29, 2011
Toledo Ice House
1258 W. Alexis Rd.
Toledo Ohio 43612
Game Time 7:30pm
6:15p.m. – 6:30pm ~ Welcome Players and Parents.
6:30p.m. – 6:45pm ~ Locker Room Tour
6:45p.m. – 7:00pm ~ Senior Hockey Players speak with players while
parents speak with Coach Heck and Clay Hockey
7:00p.m. – 7:30pm ~ Pizza and Pop provided for future Clay Hockey
players and families. Question & Answer session
with youth hockey players and families. Spring Hockey
7:30pm – Game Time: Clay vs. Sylvania Southview
* Free Open Skate for all Clay Hockey Fans
immediately following the game *
Winter Sports Banquet
The winter sports banquet will be held on Tuesday, March 8th. The banquet starts at 5:30 pm. More information to come at a later time.
The 2011 yearbook is now on sale. This year's book is a hardcover and completely in color. Yearbooks will be sold until February 18th. There will not be any extras purchased so please buy one now. Turn orders into Ms. Clapsaddle. Make checks payable to Eisenhower Middle School. Don't miss out on the opportunity to have a piece of history from your years here at Eisenhower.
Kindergarten 2011-12 Parent Information Night
If you have a child who will be attending kindergarten next year, (5 years old on or before September 30, 2011), please plan on attending a Parent Information Meeting on Wednesday, March 23, 2011 from 7:00-8:00 p.m. at the Fassett Middle School Auditorium, 3025 Starr Ave.
This session will include information regarding procedures, requirements, and academic expectations for kindergarten. The Kindergarten registration forms packet will be available and an appointment for registration/screening will be scheduled at this time. These appointments will occur the week of April 4, 2011 at St. Ignatius Church, 212 North Stadium Rd. Oregon, OH 43616
Please share this information with neighbors, relatives, or friends who might have a child 5 years old on or before September 30, 2011. If you have any questions, please feel free to call the Curriculum Department at 419-693-0661, ext. 3245.
Eisenhower GT Students Reading to Earn E-Readers
The Eisenhower GT students are reading independently to 100 books. Each time a student finishes a book, she/he writes a simple review and posts it for other students to read when deciding on books to read. When we reach a collective 100 books, all of the reviews go into a drawing, and the students win prizes. Several generous parents and organizations have contributed to our purchase of five e-readers as prizes. We reached 100 books in November, and Jourdyn Mcqueary-8th and Drew Schloegl-8th both won consolation prizes. Nate Beckman-8th won the Nook!
We would like to thank all of those who have contributed to our program.
Michelle Arbogast Carolyn Beckman
Phillip and Jahnine Blosser Amy Campbell
Jeff Clere Erin Davis
Dean and Tracy Dickerson Kris Edler
Beth Gajdostik Kevin Jacobs
Elaine Miller Michelle Mosiniak
Jenny Nowak Oregon City Federation of Teachers
Karis Phillips Michelle Rumans
Kellie Ulrich Cheryl Vislay
Eisenhower GT Students Master Vocabulary Reasoning
Sixth, seventh and eighth grade students worked diligently to prepare for their first Word Masters meet in December. Students met weekly outside of school to prepare for the meet by studying a list of words and how to form analogies. On the day of the meet, each student completed his/her own test of analogies. The scores were sent to the national level for competition where the students compete individually and as a grade level team. The following students earned the top scores in their grade levels at the December meet: Jeremiah Berger-8th, Ben Keller-7th and Kyrsten Nagypaul-6th. The students are on a break until after the holiday break, and then we will start preparing for our February meet.
Washington DC Trip Information
Washington DC paperwork was mailed before Christmas break. In the mailing for students was a Second Payment Letter, Student Emergency Medical Form, and Parent Donation List. If a parent has signed on to chaperone, also included in the mailing was a Chaperone Second Payment Letter, Chaperone Emergency Medical Form, and a Chaperone Rooming List.
All paperwork was due at Eisenhower by January 14th. The second payment was due to Scholastica by January 14th. 82 students and chaperones have NOT returned paperwork. 29 students or chaperones do not have $ 200.00 in their account.
Several parents did not fill out or sign the back of the EMF form. We will send them home with your child.
Please fill out and return all DC paperwork within the week. If you have lost your paperwork, please print it from our website. Please click on "Washington, DC Trip" in the green column at the left of our Eisenhower page. A website for Ms. D. Corsini appears. Please click on "Washington, D.C.~ 2011".
Mission to Mars- Challenger Learning Center
Our eighth graders recently took part in a Mission to Mars at the Challenger Learning Center. The Center allows students to solve problems related to space exploration in a realistic setting. The entire cost of the mission was contributed through the generosity of the Rotary Club.
Students assumed the roles of navigators, communications officers, remote operations facilitators, probe assemblers, data officers, and medical officers and had a chance to enact their roles both in the Mission Control Center and in the Mars spacecraft. While there, our eighth graders were observed by a visiting school administrator from China, who seemed impressed with their hard work.
In the picture you see Commander Reid Steele of the Challenger Learning Center explaining the mission and the student roles to a captivated group of eighth graders.
National Honor Society
Update for 8th Graders
NHS is involved with activities that benefit the school and community. Students are eligible for membership if they meet the criteria of leadership, service, scholarship, and character. The selection process begins the second semester of their junior year. The scholarship qualification is a 3.3 GPA through the spring of 2014. Beginning with the class of 2015, this requirement will increase to a 3.5 GPA.
Seventh Grade Exemplary Students
A Seventh Grade Exemplary Student serves as an example of the ideal seventh grader. These students show courtesy, responsibility, respect and excellent behavior and work habits.
Students are rated by the seventh grade team and those with perfect scores receive a free lunch courtesy of Maumee State Park Resort. Exemplary Students are chosen each quarter.
Seventh Grade Exemplary Students for the First Quarter of 2010-2011 school year are (Left to right) Haley Dominique, Hannah Hess, and Haley Hess. Congratulations to these fine students. We also extend our sincere thanks to Mr. Patrick Czarny and the fine staff of Maumee Bay State Park Resort for sponsoring these students and serving us such great food with impeccable courtesy and service.
"These seventh grade VIPs were able to invite a friend to a pizza party last Friday. VIP students are chosen by the seventh grade teachers for working hard, showing a pleasant attitude, being dependable, and striving to do their best.
The students are (Back Row/Left to Right) Christian Truman, Ashley Stewart, Maggie Merren, Jamie Markus, Brock Belinske and Ben Andrus.
In the front are (Left to Right) Michaela Scholl, Jessica Takacs, Kayla Dickerson, Katie Pioterek, and Victoria Auger. Not pictured is Markie Hughes.
Congratulations to these fine students!"
7th Grade Science
"The students in Mrs. Pevets' science classes explored heat transfer (conduction, convection, and radiation) last week. They culminated their study by toasting marshmallows over candles. In this photo Landon Bleau (left) and Tristan Roth prepare to make themselves a treat."
Key Students- January
The following students have been chosen as Key students for January.
John Searle Taylor Roth
Andrea Lee Bailey Phillips
Carl Bricker Lydia Theil
Camp Storer News
Camp – February 7-11, 2011 (Monday thru Friday)
The following contains final information about our Trip to Camp Storer.
1. On Monday (Feb. 7th), students should be at Eisenhower between 8:30 and 8:45 am. Students should enter through the teachers’ parking lot door. They are to report to the gymnasium, with their luggage, and sit by 1st period teacher’s name.
2. All bedding should be in a large plastic garbage bag, and all luggage should be labeled with students name (tags or masking tape).
3. All prescription medications should be given to teacher on Monday morning. There will be a large box labeled ‘MEDICINE” to locate. Health forms can be amended at this time, if necessary.
**Reminder: All prescription meds MUST be in ORIGINAL containers.
4. On Friday (Feb. 11th), your child will need transportation home from Eisenhower at 2:00 pm.
5. Parents should park in the teachers’ parking lot while waiting. PLEASE be on time, and do not park in the front circle.
6. ALL cell phones are PROHIBITED at camp! This is a camp rule.
7. Mail letters and cards to your students EARLY to assure arrival during our stay. Keep letters upbeat and encouraging. FAXES ARE NOT ALLOWED!
Name of Student
Name of School
Outdoor Environmental Education
YMCA Storer Camps
7260 South Stony Lake Road
Jackson, Michigan 49201
Congratulations to Lydia Reichow & Jonathan Anderson for being selected to represent Eisenhower Middle School at the Bowling Green State University New Music Clinic. Both students will be part of the honors band which will read new band music and perform a final concert on Saturday, January 22.
Congratulations again to both students.
2nd Quarter Honor Roll
The Eisenhower auditorium was filled with excitement on Thursday, January 13th, when the annual Spelling Bee was held. The group of 45 finalists competed through several rounds of difficult words to have three excellent spellers emerge as this year’s winners. First place winner was Elijah Fernandez, followed by Andrew Howard, and Kyrsten Nagypaul. They will compete in the Lucas County Area Spelling Bee on February 22nd at the Maumee Indoor Theater. The top 10 that evening will compete in the Blade Championship Bee on March15, 2011. GOOD LUCK Eisenhower winners!!!
2nd Quarter Merit Roll