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Board of Education Gathers for September Meeting

Tuesday evening the North Baltimore Board of Education met at 2012 Tiger Drive for a brief (27 minutes) meeting. All members were present,, except Mrs. Cheryl Cotterman.

District Treasurer Steven Stewart reported expenses were up for August and will be for the end of September also, due to the start-up costs associated with each new school year.

Superintendent Ryan Delaney:

Mr. Delaney commented that with the recent high temps, extra attention was given to students, staff, and those attending school activities, with concern for heat-related illness or dehydration.

A recently constructed and donated “Play house” will be arriving this week to the Community Learning Center/Stars program. It was constructed by Habitat for Humanity of Wood County. (There is an additional related story about the playhouse here on theNBXpress)

Students are enjoying new foods at school this year, Mr. Delaney reported, especially a salad bar at NBHS and hot breakfasts at Powell.

Dr. Bob Falkenstein, NBHS Principal:

Board Report, September 26, 2017 from Dr. Falkenstein

The Thank You List!

I want to publicly thank Greg Clark, former resident of North Baltimore, for contributing $500 to the Robert Hesse Memorial Scholarship Fund.  Mr. Hesse graduated from NB in 1962 and was a former editor of The Courier.  Mr. Clark’s act spurred on many more NB graduates all across the country, including Hawaii, to send in donations.  Greg attended NBHS for part of 2 years and then moved to Santa Maria, California.  He was a close family friend with the Hesse family, having lived across the street from each other.  The adult basketball league in North Baltimore is named after his cousin, Dick.  Additionally, Mr. Hesse’s wife Barb received some donations and, along with family members, made their own contribution for another check of $1,000.  This scholarship will be distributed one time only for however much money is collected.  Thank you all!

Thank you Teresa Francisco for a large donation of clothes for our students.  Officer Slane distributed them to some students.

Thank you State Trouper Nathan Towns for school supplies! He visited us on August 30 and distributed materials to middle school students.

Thank you to Mark and Ginger Povenmire for sponsoring 100% of the purchase of a new concert tuba.  Also, thank you to Mike Patterson for donating the hog for our music booster hog raffle.

Thank you to Crossroads Cafe for partnering with us on the hog raffle fundraiser and thank you to everyone who purchased a ticket.  We would also like to thank the North Baltimore Eagles for their generous donation towards the purchase of the new quads we have been marching this year!


NB Junior Dalton Teaford is our student representative on NB Council.  We thank Dalton for contributing to our village in this way.

On October 3, 2017 from 12:30-1:30, North Baltimore MS and HS will have an assembly with Kevin Hines, a suicide attempt survivor who will share his story of resilience and finding hope after struggling with mental illness and attempting suicide. Project AWARE Wood County, with the support of the Wood County Suicide Prevention Coalition and the Wood County Educational Service Center are hosting Mr. Hines’s presentations in most Wood County school districts.  We are thankful for this opportunity.

We had an awesome homecoming week!  Thank you parents for helping with floats and giving your children some latitude on curfews this week!  Our dance was a huge success and was the best attended dance in many years!

Mr. Mark Lange, Powell Elementary Principal

It is hard to believe the school year is one-eighth over already.  Interims for the first marking period went home on Friday.

Last Tuesday, we had an assembly featuring the NED Show.  It was an inspirational presentation that encouraged students to Never give up, Encourage others, and Do your best.  The presentation was free to the school as long as we offered a yo-yo sale for a week following the event.  Money from the yo-yo purchases is used to “pay it forward.”

Teachers have been busy giving their beginning of the year (BOY) assessments, state diagnostics, and benchmarking assessments to determine students’ current levels of performance. Teachers continue to develop their SLOs which are used as part of the teacher evaluation process

Tomorrow morning, the Brotherhood of Honorable Men will have their 2nd annual initiation.  Steve Green and Charly Scherdt will lead the boys group that focuses on the attributes that we most appreciate in those we see as role models.  Characteristics such as honesty, integrity, commitment, determination, etc. will be discussed as we encourage the new 5th and 6th grade participants to be their very best.  If you are free tomorrow at 8:00, please join us as we welcome the new group members.

We will host “Donuts for Dads” this coming Friday.  It will begin at 7:15 in the cafeteria, and we have over 500 participants signed up.  It will be great to see so many students with their important male figures enjoying breakfast.  Muffins for Moms will be in May.

Fall pictures are Friday!

We kicked off our annual fund-raiser last Tuesday, and it runs through tomorrow.  Students have been very active in selling items.  Students who reported sales on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday were given chicks this year and they are wildly popular.

We had a very successful first RTI (Response to Interventions) meeting of the year last Tuesday.  We continue to monitor student progress in the areas of reading, math, and behavior.  Some changes have been made to the RTI process and we have met to identified some areas where we can continue to make progress.

The sixth grade class will have the opportunity to take learning on the road tomorrow!  Representative from the Wood County Soil & Water Conservation District will be on hand to share about the rock cycle, the important geological nature of the area, erosion, and related topics.

The sixth grade students will have the opportunity to attend Camp Storrer in Jackson, Michigan from Oct. 23-25th.  They will be spending three days and two nights learning in this fantastic outdoor classroom.  Please call the school if you are interested in supporting the kids as a night cabin parent.

The Camp Storer fund-raising event is at the NB McDonal’s on October 10th from 4-7. Come out an show your support!

3rd grade parents are invited to a 3rd Grade Guarantee meeting hosted by Mrs. Rodabaugh and Mrs. Frazee.  It is on October 10th at 5:30.

End of the first 9-weeks is October 20th.

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