By JP Miklovic

The North Baltimore Board of Education met Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018 for their final meeting of the year.

The board learned during the finance reports that the finances at NB Local Schools are stable, as district Treasurer Steven Stewart reported that the current surplus carryover balance is $5.7 million.

As far as upcoming levies, Supt. Ryan Delaney said that the board will be looking at a renewal levy (no new money), that may reach the ballot in 2019.

Delaney also reported that progress continues on the athletic complex, thanks to some decent weather. The project includes a ticket booth, that recently had its roof installed.

Dr. Bob Falkenstein High School Principal’s Report:

Our recycling drop-off area is complete and open for business!  There are 2 large bins with recycling signs on them, located south of the school.  They are by the chain link fence across from the bus area.  Drop off your aluminum cans any time that is convenient for you.  Twice each year, Ball Corp. in Findlay will come to collect the cans.  Our school earns money from your efforts, so please send your aluminum cans our way!

Our school safety drill was a huge success.  We created a scenario that required the evacuation of our cafeteria during high school lunch.  All HS students were out of the building in 22 seconds!  We implemented our ALERTUS system during the drill to project the scenario onto all computers in the building.  We also used our phone’s “All Call” capabilities.  The simultaneous lockdown of the middle school wing was very well done too. 

Exams were Thursday and Friday.  The opt-out policy is again a huge incentive for students!

The first full week of January is winter homecoming week.  The dance is on Saturday, Jan. 12 after the Patrick Henry game.  We are working to turn it into a “CLUB NB” dance at seniors’ request.

Happy Holidays to all of our NB families and staff!

Powell Report

Jonelle Semancik, Principal EA Powell Elementary

We have had a month of spirit at Powell. Ending the month in style was this week’s spirit week.

Monday: Wear RED day!

Tuesday: Ugly Sweater Day (decorate a cookie)

Wednesday: White Elephant Gift Exchange

Thursday: Wear Green (Potluck…sign up in office)

Friday: Wear your spin on a Santa Hat

*Thank you to Kathi Bucher for organizing all these events.

The Brotherhood of Honorable Men went to the Walleye Game on December 5th. They represented Powell and North Baltimore with great manors.

First Grade had their annual Gingerbread house making event. We were so thankful to the many donations of candies and materials from families.

Students who were the top sellers of our fall fundraisers will be boarding the bus to go to Kalahari tomorrow. They needed to sell at least 10 items to qualify.

We have beautiful concerts put on by our Preschool and 4th-6th grade for both band and choir. Thank you to the preschool team, Mr. Pack and Ms. Meyerson for all their hard work with these.

Santa is coming to visit all the elementary classrooms this Friday from 10-1. We look forward to sending the students off for a good break full

Finally looking ahead to January in the new year we will be initiating a program to build number sense school-wide.  Our first step will be to implement a “number of the week” riddle specific to each grade band: K, 1-2, 3-4, and 5-6.  Our goal is to cultivate a positive mathematical mindset throughout Powell Elementary.  This is lead by Nicole Lang and Allison Coldren.