Ohio Dept. of Education Announces Regional Teachers of the Year

Tonya Thorbahn
Bigelow Hill Intermediate
Findlay City Schools, named
State Board District 1 Teacher of the Year for 2020

The Ohio Department of Education on Friday announced the 11 teachers who are designated as the “2020 Teacher of the Year” for their respective State Board of Education district through the Teacher of the Year Program.

“Ohio has so many amazing teachers who commit themselves each and every day to the success of our students,” State Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria said. “I’m proud to recognize these teachers for their accomplishments and for the excellence they represent. Teachers are the biggest contributor to the success of a student, and it’s important that we continually find ways to support our educators by recognizing and valuing great teaching across the state.”

School administrators, fellow educators, parents, students and community members nominated teachers for the district awards. A State Board of Education member representing each district or volunteer staff from area Educational Service Centers worked with local committees of educators, and often parents and business leaders, to select the district’s awardee.

An Ohio panel of education and community stakeholders will interview state finalists from the State Board district awardees to select the Ohio Teacher of the Year. The state superintendent will announce the statewide honoree this fall.

Tonya Thorbahn, Bigelow Hill Intermediate Findlay City Schools, named State Board District 1 Teacher of the Year for 2020

The Ohio Teacher of the Year will represent the state in the National Teacher of the Year selection in spring 2020, sponsored by the Council of Chief State School Officers.

GOST Golf Tourney Benefits NBHS Alumni Scholarships

OPEN TOO ANYONE! Get a team together, 3 Divisions: Open, Alumni & Co-Ed teams

The North Baltimore Alumni Association sponsors the Good Ole Summertime Festival Golf Tournament. Funds from the event sponsor two $750 awards for graduates of NBHS each Spring.

All the details are here:

If you would like to send a donation for the scholarship fund, or sponsor a hole during the tournament, send to PO Box 204, North Baltimore, Ohio or email: nbhsalumni@ymail.com

NB Board of Education Meets for June

NB Board accepts $10,000 anonymous school supply donation…

by Sue Miklovic

Here are the highlights from Tuesday night’s NB Board of Education meeting. All the business was conducted in less than 30 minutes.

The biggest news of the night was the acceptance of an anonymous donation valued at approximately $10,000 for consumable school supplies. This will be used for all Pre-K through sixth grade students for the 2019-2020 school year. “The donor wants to remain totally anonymous. We are grateful for the donation,” said Superintendent Ryan Delaney.

Delaney also commented that Summer School is in session, the American flag in the gym is being moved to ceiling in the middle of the gym, and the school measured 4.23 inches of rain in last week’s flood-causing rainstorm.

The Board also accepted the donation of a new wheelchair for the Powell School from the Family of Doris Eckman.

Other actions taken included:

~accepted the resignation from teacher Katie Eckel. She will be teaching in the Eastwood School District, where she resides.

~approved maternity leaves for teachers Kirby Andre and Brynn Pasche.

~approved several supplemental contracts,mainly sports related.

~approved the district health and dental insurance rates through the Wood County School Consortium. District treasurer Steven Stewart said, “The WCSC is well managed. It is the best place for us to be for these services.” He said the district’s cost only increased by 1%.

~approved Handbook changes as presented, for both buildings.

~approved Powell Elementary fees at $46.00 per student. Parents will receive a $5.00 discount for paying prior to the end of the first quarter grading period.

~approved school lunch prices-Milk-.50; K-12 Lunch-$2.95; Adult Lunch-$3.45; Ala Carte Main item-$2.45

~approved an insurance agreement with the Ohio School Plan/Hylant. “Our rates went down from last year. We will be making a claim because we had some street lights on the property hit by lightning,” said Mr. Stewart.





Wood County Kids Shine at OSU for Spring Semester

Several named to Deans List and earn Degrees….

Congratulations to these students from the South Wood area. They are on the Spring 2019 Dean’s List at The Ohio State University:

Aufdencamp, Ryan John, Bloomdale OH 44817

Walter, Veronica Cleo, Bloomdale OH 44817

Cotterman, Noah Michael, North Baltimore OH 45872

Kepling, Gabriele Anne, North Baltimore OH 45872

Rein, Makayla Elizabeth, North Baltimore OH 45872

Davis, Lindsay Judith, Cygnet OH 43413

Degrees were Conferred  with Honors to:

Rein, Makayla Elizabeth (45872) Bachelor of Science in Education, Magna Cum Laude

Davis, Lindsay Judith (43413)  Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, Cum Laude


NB HS-MS “A-B” Honor Roll 4th Q 2018-2019

North Baltimore Middle/High School A-B Honor Roll
4th Quarter 2018-2019

North Baltimore Middle/High School A-B Honor Roll
4th Quarter 2018-2019

Grade 12
Brandon Biller
Ashton Bowley
Kennedy Bretz
Garrett Byrd
Santos Canales
Zion Cook
Brendan Cotterman
Hannah Main
Bryant Matthes
Lanie McCartney
Danielle McPherson
Logan Sams
Alex Snyder
Joslynn Sterling
Emily Swope

Grade 11
Zoey Beaupry
Cheyenne Briner
Hadin Clark
Cody Fisher
Logan Gunter
Hannah Hopple
Brendan Hutchins
Zeth Johnson
Ethan Keeran
Kirsten Mason
Ashton Neiling
Sydnee Smith
Hope Stanfield
Levi Trout

Grade 10
Abagail Buchanan
Dominique Carlton
Shalynne Guzman
Aiden Hancock
Alexis Long

Grade 9
Mitchell Clark
Gabby Estrada
Kaitlynn Grant
Jonathon Hagemyer
Jaydon Jones
Grace Knitz
Casey Mowery
Caiden Phillips
Darrian Zitzelberger

Grade 8
Marissa Betz
Libbie Bowen
Connor Boyer
Hope Carico
Gage Dewitt
Garrett Goldsberry
Mackenzie Helbling
Emme Hopple
Kaitlyn Kelley
Breanna Kreis
Ariana Loera

Grade 7
Braxton Althauser
Sarah Casey
Owen Clark
Joshua Clayton
Joshua Fennell
Alexandra Greeno
Isabella Jury
Zachary Livingston
Toby Lundy
Jada Mathias
Lillian Thornsberry
Jacob Trout

NBHS – MS 4th Q “All A” Honor Roll

North Baltimore Middle/High School All A Honor roll 4th Quarter 2018-2019

North Baltimore Middle/High School All A Honor roll 4th Quarter 2018-2019

Grade 12
Alexis Bear
Britney Biller
Kiley Brooker
Jordan Bucher
Stephen Cole
Rachel Crouse
Olivia Hyatt
Sierrah Johnson
Allison Kepling
Grace Lennard
Alivia Light
Hannah Lord
Brandon McDonald
Cristina Morales
Tyler Schwartz
Dalton Teaford
Hailey Watson
Lilly Westgate

Grade 11
Katie Dewulf
Abigail Empcke
Meg Empcke
Maddy Gerdeman
Gabriel Greco
Brayden Holloway
Alysia Horner
Chloe Lanning
Leah Lee
Wyatt Mowery
Abigail North
Simone Thompson
Hunter Vogelsong
Skyler Vogelsong

Grade 10
Malachi Combs
Mikayla Buchanan
Austin Gibson.
Nikolas Morales
Rylee Ramsey
Diego Rodrigo Aguilar
Grace Stanfield
Meghan Thompson
Zachary Weinandy

Grade 9
Brock Baltz
Meredith Buchanan
Emma Cotterman
Caeli Empcke
Grace Hagemyer
Halie Inbody
Cassadie Jacobs
Laura Keegan
Gunner Kepling
Olivia Matthes
Lauren Neipp
Daltin Oberley
Isabel Rhinehart
Dominic Sheeks
Leia Thomas
Lucy Trout
Madison Westgate

Grade 8
Alex Davis
Owen Johnson

Grade 7
Colin Coykendall
Rowan Tackett-Spangenberg
Jesse Vanlerberg

Help Wanted-NB Local Schools

Cheerleading Advisors

North Baltimore Local Schools is seeking both jr high and varsity cheerleading advisors for the upcoming school year.

Please send a resume and reference list to Dan Davis, Athletic Director – ddavis@nbls.org.

Upon selection, applicants would be required to obtain a pupil activity permit and submit FBI/BCI background checks.

NB Alumni Dinner is July 26

Annual Dinner event expecting to sell out. All are welcome! Get your reservations in ASAP.

The annual North Baltimore Alumni Association dinner is planned for Friday, July 26th, at the NB American Legion. This is the evening before the Good Ole Summertime Festival in NB, on Saturday.

This year there will not be a featured speaker, allowing those in attendance to have more time for socialization. 

Also, seating is limited to only 200 people. Please get your reservations turned in early so you don’t get shut out.

This years scholarship recipients of the North Baltimore Alumni Association $750.00 award  are Christina Morales and Sierrah Johnson, from the NBHS Class of 2019. They will be present to receive their checks.

Here are the details for the event:

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact any member of the Committee on the above insert.

See an additional post here on TheNBXpress about the Good Ole Summertime Golf Tournament, which is on Saturday morning, after this Friday night event. The golf tourney is sponsored by the NB Alumni Association ans helps fund the scholarships awarded each Spring. Donations for the scholarship fund are also welcome to be mailed in with your dinner reservations.


BGSU Deans List For Spring Semester

Fifteen NB residents listed for Spring…..

Congratulations to the MANY students from the 45872 zip code whose name appeared on the latest BGSU Deans List. 

OHSAA Announces Football Regions and New Volleyball, Soccer and Basketball Divisions

New football regions follow release of divisional assignments announced on June 4

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio High School Athletic Association has announced the football region assignments for the upcoming 2019 season, along with the new divisional breakdowns in volleyball, soccer and basketball.

The football regions and soccer, volleyball and basketball divisional breakdowns were approved by the OHSAA Board of Directors and are posted at the following links:

    Football Regions: https://www.ohsaa.org/Sports-Tournaments/Football/Football-2019

     Soccer Divisions: https://www.ohsaa.org/sports/soccer

     Volleyball Divisions: https://www.ohsaa.org/sports/volleyball

     Girls Basketball Divisions: https://www.ohsaa.org/sports/girlsbasketball

     Boys Basketball Divisions: https://www.ohsaa.org/sports/boysbasketball

The official start date for football, soccer and volleyball practice is August 1. The regular season begins August 16 for soccer and volleyball and August 26 for football (first Friday is August 30).

Girls basketball practice begins October 25, with the regular season beginning November 22. Boys basketball practice begins November 1, with the regular season beginning November 27.

2019 OHSAA Football Calendar

August 1                First Day of Coaching

August 9-24         Scrimmage Dates

August 26             Regular-Season Begins (First Friday is August 30)

Sept. 24                First Weekly Computer Points Released

Nov. 2                   Regular-Season Ends

Nov. 3                   Final Computer Points and Playoff Qualifiers Announced

Nov. 8-9                Regional Quarterfinals

Nov. 15-16           Regional Semifinals

Nov. 22-23           Regional Finals

Nov. 28                 Thanksgiving

Nov. 29-30           State Semifinals

Dec. 5-7                State Championships in Canton


NB Board of Education May Meeting

15 year 100% tax abatement agreement with NorthPoint Development LLC approved…

by Sue Miklovic

The Board of Education held their regularly scheduled May meeting at NBHS school library on May 28,2019. 

Principal’s Report by Dr. Bob Falkenstein

Commencement was a huge success!

Students last day of school is Friday, May 31!

Track update: Jordan Bucher will pole vault at the OHSAA State Track Meet on Friday at 1:00 at Jesse Owens Stadium.

Summer MS Intervention Camp and HS Credit Recovery programs are all set and ready to go.

In August we will unveil our STRIPES program at the MS level.  This PBIS program is grant funded and will help reinforce positive behavior and academic goals.

Additional adjustments for next year’s handbook:

  1. Lunch prices will remain the same at $2.95
  2. Double “A” Opt Outs for exams are determined by that semester’s discipline and no unexcused absences rather than just quarters 2 and 4.
  3. Class rank was already adjusted 5 years ago. For next year we will add, “In the case of a tie for class rank, the next criteria will be ACT scores.”
  4. Cell phone penalty #1: remove detention; #2: add detention, #3: change to ISS, not OSS.

Jonelle Semancik, Principal EA Powell Elementary

6th Grade Graduation

6th grade graduation is today starting at 6:30 pm. Although we will miss this group we look forward to great things to come from them.

Summer School

Summer school will run June 3rd-June 20th Monday through Thursday 9am-noon. There are 18 students signed up grades k-3. Research shows that this program will be more effective with smaller groups and early grades. This is why the changes have been made.

Summer Curriculum Work

ELA teachers will be meeting this summer for a day to work on aligning the curriculum and adding rigor as well as depth to our lessons. This comes from the training that they were sent to earlier this year. Den of Ten will be meeting to discuss plans for the upcoming year.


I cannot thank you enough for taking a chance on a new principal. It has been a great year and I appreciate all the support you have given. I look forward to many more wonderful years here in North Baltimore.

Powell Elementary Staff


Superintendent’s Recommendations/Board Approvals

*Approved a one year certified contract to Teresa Simons, 7-12 Intervention Specialist, at the appropriate step beginning the 2019-20 school year.   

*Approved one year certified contract to Megan Kreinhibl, Powell Intervention Specialist, at the appropriate step beginning the 2019-20 school year.  

*Approved a one year classified contract to Larry Snyder, bus driver at the appropriate step beginning the 2019-20 school year.  

Summer School/Intervention
*Approved the following summer school/intervention teachers for the 2019 summer at the current rate of $20 per hour:  

Arica Matthes – MS Summer Intervention Camp Tutor

Cory Mathias – Summer Online Coordinator

Jennifer Carter – Extended School Year Teacher

Diane Blake – Summer Tiger Paws Teacher

Becky Lucas – Summer Tiger Paws Teacher

Marina Williford – Summer Tiger Paws Teacher

The Board approved an extensive list of names for the 2019-20 classified substitute list, which included the summer of 2019, at the step 0 rate on an as needed basis, pending necessary certification and paperwork when required, including:

Bus/Van Drivers


Aides (Office, Bus, Classroom Etc.)



The following Supplemental Contracts for 2019-20 were approved:

Type I (100% unless specified)

Head Boys Basketball Coach Joey Hagemyer Step 5

Athletic Director Daniel Davis Step 2

Assistant Athletic Director Paula Beaupry Step 5

Athletic Equipment Manager Jeff Daniels Step 1

Weight Room Supervisor Mike Kipplen Step 5

Band Director Ben Pack Step 5

Marching Band Auxiliary Group Advisors Jeff Gregorsok Step 5

Craig Bentley Step 5

Bob Hoff Step 5

Jazz Band Ben Pack Step 5

Pep Band Ben Pack Step 5

Show Choir Emily Meyerson Step 5

Drama Director (.25) Ben Pack Step 5

Drama Director  (.75) Emily Meyerson Step 5

Choral Music Emily Meyerson Step 5

Yearbook/Publications Mallory Huffman Step 3


Class Sponsor

Grade 7 Advisor Arica Matthes

Grade 8 Advisor Julie Traver

Grade 11 Advisor (2 of 2) Paula Beaupry and Arica Matthes

Grade 12 (2 of 2)      Paula Beaupry and Arica Matthes

Clubs MS/HS

National Honor Society      Mallory Huffman 50% /Sarah Bugner 50%

Junior National Honor Society        Arica Matthes

HS Quiz Bowl        Mallory Huffman

MS Quiz Bowl        Lisa Reider

Art Club MS/HS     Luke Archer

International Club Martin Zamudio                     

HS Newspaper Chad Jones

MS Newspaper Chad Jones

S.A.E. / Paws for a Cause Stefanie Lauer 50%  Chad Jones 50%

HS Student Council Mallory Huffman 50% Sarah Bugner 50%

Middle School Student Council Lisa Reider

Team Leaders MS/HS

Math Team Leader Ryan Lamb

English Team Leader Mallory Huffman

Social Studies Team Leader Mark Hollenbaugh

Science Team Leader Sue Garner

MS Team Leader Ryan Lamb

Grades – 9-10 Team Leader Martin Zamudio

Grades 11 – 12 Team Leader Stefanie Lauer

Encore Team Leader Luke Archer

Special Needs Team Leader Jon Eichar

Clubs Powell

Safety Patrol    Kathi Bucher                     

Outdoor Education Coordinator  Alison Coldren              

Elementary Student Council     Kathi Bucher

Community Education Director      Erika Miklovic

Art Club Powell      Erika Miklovic           

Elementary Quiz Bowl      Ben Pack 50%   

Team Leaders Elementary

Team Leader K –  Brynn Pasche

Team Leader – 2nd Cindy Coppler

Team Leader – 3rd Samantha Rodabaugh

Team Leader Math-  Nicole Lang

Team Leader Social Studies/Science-  Meagan Hernandez

Team Leader ELA- Michelle Flick

Team Leader Special Needs-  Charles Scherdt

Team Leader Encore- Emily Meyerson

6th Grade Class Advisor –Kathi Bucher  


Lead mentor- Sue Garner

Mentors- Luke Archer, Jeff Gregorsok, Sue Garner, Martin Zamudio, Melanie Missler,

*Approved a service agreement with Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center (NOESC) for the 2019-20 school year on an as needed basis as presented in the contract for visually impaired services.  

*Approved an agreement with W/I (Work Leads to Independence) for the 2019-20 school year as presented.  

*Approved a fifteen (15) year 100% abatement agreement with NorthPoint Development LLC as presented.  And waive the remainder of the notification period. The president called for the vote: Voting yes: Mrs. Thomas, Mrs. Bushey, Mr. Archer, Mrs. Byrd, and Mr. Sharninghouse.  Motion carried.

*Approved the job description for the Director of Maintenance as presented.  The president called for the vote: Voting yes: Mrs. Thomas, Mrs. Bushey, Mr. Archer, Mrs. Byrd, and Mr. Sharninghouse. Motion carried.  

Reports from the Standing Committees of the Board of Education:

Athletic/Recreation – No Report

Advisory – No Report

Policy – No Report

Technology/Planning & Resource – No Report