Photo Gallery: Girls Softball vs USV

Two wins for the Lady Tigers….

Girls Softball in action vs. Upper Scioto Valley-Game 1 of double-header

Enjoy the Fotos by Ferg: 

Myra Stewart fields the ball in rightfield
Cassidy Jacobs catches the popup
Ari Loera helps her cause by singling in a run
Kenzie Perez singles
The Lady Tigers won the game 9-2
More photos from Fotos by Ferg
Game 2 vs. USV:
After fielding the ball at third Maddy Westgate fires to first for the out

Cadence Andrich prepares to deliver the pitch
Hailey Lennard catches the pop up and then…..
…. Turns and tags the bag for the unassisted double play!
Meredith Buchanan singles

The Tigers won 16-2

THANK YOU Scott Ferguson for the awesome photos

Proposals to Improve Ohio’s School Report Card System

Business and Education Leaders Voice Support…

COLUMBUS, OH – As the Ohio General Assembly continues to debate legislation to improve the state’s report card system for rating the performance of individual schools and districts, Ohio Excels has joined education leaders who are voicing their support for reforms proposed in Senate Bill 145.

Since the 2012-2013 school year, the state has rated school performance with letter grades, A through F. That system was adopted to help give parents and the public an easily understood way to measure their schools’ performance compared to the previous system, which used ambiguous text descriptions.

Knowing the importance of a report card system that clearly and fairly evaluates schools and school districts while giving parents and communities insight into how well their schools are helping students learn, Ohio Excels worked closely with the Alliance for High Quality Education, the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, the Ohio Association for Gifted Children, Columbus City Schools, and the Ohio 8 Coalition to improve the state’s report card. These discussions sought to create a report card that ensures equity and makes sure every student counts, ensures each component is more accurate, predictable, and fair, and streamlines the report card to improve transparency and offer clear, honest information for parents and the public.

Ohio Excels President Lisa Gray said that Senate Bill 145 achieves those goals. “Thanks to Senator Andrew Brenner’s leadership, Senate Bill 145 will be more accurate, fair and transparent, serving to prioritize the success of all students,” said Gray during testimony Wednesday before the Senate Primary and Secondary Education Committee.

“While we have long supported using A-F letter grades, a rating system popular with parents, who are the primary audience of report cards, we believe using 1-5 stars will be an effective way to communicate student outcomes. Maintaining five performance levels on the report card through a new star system will allow for comparisons over time so we can identify trends and growth. Keeping five levels also allows for simple updates to more than a dozen state policies that rely on report card results.”  

Gray said Senate Bill 145 also streamlines the report card by reducing the number of measures to focus on those that best measure student outcomes. The legislation also includes a new Early Literacy Component to ensure that there is a strong focus on reading, the most important and necessary foundational education skill. That component uses actual measures of reading proficiency – diagnostic and state assessments – to ensure an accurate and comparable view of reading proficiency. The proposal also includes a component that measures how well schools and districts prepare our students above and beyond the graduation requirements for the next step in their lives after high school. Parents have expressed that both of these components are important. 

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Click here to read the Ohio Excels testimony.


About Ohio Excels: Ohio Excels is a non-partisan, non-profit organization created in 2018 by leaders of Ohio’s business community who are committed to helping improve educational outcomes for Ohio’s students and ensuring that all K-12 schools prepare students for success in the next step of their lives, whether it is higher education, the military or the workforce.


Tiger Softball vs. McComb

Ladies Tigers WIN 15-8

High School Varsity Softball Results, by Suzanne Bucher

North Baltimore @ McComb – 3/31/2021

North Baltimore   2 0 0   0 0 0   6 7 – 15 14  2

McComb               1 0 0   0 0 5   2 0 – 8  10  4

WP (NB) – Ari Loera (12K, 5ER, 8 innings)

LP  (McC) – J Wittmyer

NB Top Hitters

Maddy Westgate 3-5, 2-1B, 1-3B, 3-RBI

Cassadie Jacobs 3-4, 3-1B, 2-RBI

Laura Keegan 2-5, 2-1B

Ari Loera Record 2-2

Varsity Overall Record 2-2


Upcoming Varsity Softball Games

Fri 4/2 Gibsonburg (home), 5pm

Upcoming JV Softball Games

Wed 4/7 Waite (home), 5pm

Photo Gallery: NBHS Softball vs. Ayersville

Tigers WIN at NBHS Softball Field on March 29……

Here are a few photos from NBHS Girls Softball action vs. Ayersville:

( Courtesy of Fotos by Ferg)

Kenzie Perez puts down a bunt

After the throw from Maddie Westgate, Hailey Lennard puts on the tag to get the baserunner

Mia McCartney slides safely into home

UPDATE: 2021 Art Competition(Must Submit by 3/31/21)

Latta: High school students who live or attend school in Ohio’s Fifth Congressional District are encouraged to submit a piece of art for this year’s competition…..


Congratulations to 2020’s winner, Miranda Kipplen, from Anthony Wayne High School for her piece Spring’s Secrets. 

Dear Friends,

      The Congressional Art Competition provides a tremendous opportunity to showcase the wealth of artistic talent in Ohio’s Fifth Congressional District. It began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents. Since then, over 650,000 high school students have been involved with the nationwide competition.

      High school students who live or attend school in Ohio’s Fifth Congressional District are encouraged to submit a piece of art for this year’s competition. In 2020, we received seventy-five entries from seventeen schools throughout the district for this national high school visual art competition.

2020 Congressional Art Competition Winner:
Artwork Title: Spring’s Secrets
Artist Name: Miranda Kipplen
Artist’s High School: Anthony Wayne HS

Honorable Mention:
Artwork Title: Grandpa Steve
Artist Name: Bridget Wood
Artist’s High School: Pandora-Gilboa HS

Honorable Mention:
Artwork Title: I’m Falling for Blue
Artist Name: Hailey Hoffman
Artist’s High School: Pike-Delta-York HS

Honorable Mention:
Artwork Title: Wildlife
Artist Name: Ceria Fortney
Artist’s High School: Bowling Green HS

Guidelines for the 2021 Congressional Art Competition: 

Each student is allowed one entry. Eligible artwork includes the following:

  • Paintings: oil, acrylics, watercolor, etc.
  • Drawings: pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, markers
  • Collages: must be two dimensional
  • Prints: lithographs, silkscreen, block prints
  • Mixed Media: use of more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, etc.
  • Computer-Generated Art
  • Photography

All entries must meet the following criteria:

  • The submission must be two dimensional.
  • If selected as the winning piece, it must arrive in Washington, D.C., framed.
  • The submission must be no larger than 26 inches high, 26 inches wide, and 4 inches deep, including the frame.
    It also must have a wire attached to the back suitable for hanging on a wall.
  • The submission must not weigh more than 15 pounds.
  • The submission must be original in concept, design, and execution and may not violate any U.S. copyright laws.

Entries must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 31, 2021, and will be received by digital submission only.  Students may email their submissions to  Artwork should be submitted as a high-resolution JPEG or PDF. 

      I would like to thank Mr. Kevin Schroeder, Fine Arts Professor, and Ms. Ruth Foote, Professor of Photography, of Owens Community College for adjudicating this year’s competition. 

      It is recommended that charcoal and pastel drawings be fixed. Work entered must be in the original medium; that is, not a scanned reproduction of a painting or drawing. Framing rules apply only to the winning artwork.

Suitability Guidelines:
As outlined in these guidelines, the final decision regarding the suitability of all artwork for the 2021 Congressional Art Competition exhibition in the Capitol will be made by a panel of qualified persons chaired by the Architect of the Capitol.  While it is not the intent to censor any artwork, we do wish to avoid artwork that is potentially inappropriate for display in this highly travelled area leading to the Capitol.

       Artwork must adhere to the policy of the House Office Building Commission.  In accordance with this policy, exhibits depicting subjects of contemporary political controversy or a sensationalistic or gruesome nature are not allowed.  It is necessary that all artwork be reviewed by the panel chaired by the Architect of the Capitol and any portion not in consonance with the Commission’s policy will be omitted from the exhibit.


To learn more about the Congressional Art Competition, click here.


Congressman Bob Latta
Member of Congress

Board of Education Holds March Meeting

On track for 100% Graduation rate this year. Spring Break is next week. Baseball team “pauses” season….

by Sue Miklovic

The School Board met Tuesday evening at the NBHS building at 6:00pm for their regular monthly meeting. All Board members were present.

Superintendent Ryan Delaney:

*93 members of NBLS Staff have received the Covid-19 vaccine. “This may be the highest percentage (of participation) in the county, “reported Mr. Delaney.

*Five NB baseball team members are out with Covid, pausing the season until April 1 .

*We have 8 busses in our fleet, 3 of which are new

*Spring Break is coming next week!

Treasurer Steven Stewart:

Not present. No report.

From NBHS Principal Chad Kiser:

  • ACT testing for the juniors was a success. We had 100% participation from all students. Thank you to Mr. Kipplen for making that a great day!

  • We are on track to have a 100% graduation rate this year. First time in school history!!!

  • Mr. Davis and myself were able to raise over $17,000 to buy new uniforms for our sports teams next year. Special thanks to Mr. Davis and his mattress sale fundraiser and to National Beef ($10,000) for always supporting our School district!

  • Staff Vs. Staff Basketball game was a huge success. We were able to raise close to $400 for the American Heart Association!

  • Just completed our week long battle of the classes, Seniors won the high school and 8th graders won the middle school. It was a lot of fun. Student council did a great job with it.

  • Special thank you to Steven Stewart and Mr. Hermiller. We have started to get rid of our old smartboards and replace them with new interactive TVs. Thank you to those two guys on making that happen!


From EA Powell Elementary Principal Jonelle Semancik 

Basketball We unfortunately came up short for the basketball game. HOWEVER, we clearly won best dressed. We did raise over $400 for the American Heart Association.

Teachers were “All on the Same Team” to support American Heart Association. It was a battle of the Powell Elementary vs. the NBMS/HS

Egg Hunt

This Friday the Easter Bunny will make its way to Powell. If the weather is nice, students will each have the opportunity to find one egg in their designated zones outside. If it rains, they will hunt in their classrooms.

“Spring” Fundraiser

Thanks to all that sold items. This was by far the easier fundraiser thanks to Tall Tim from Club’s Choice. We surpassed our goal!

Special Shout Out

Shout out to Ms. Meyerson for presenting at the NATIONAL Association for Music Education conference.  She is pioneering the use of Teaching for Artistic Behaviors and Studio Habits of Mind pedagogies in the Elementary Music classroom.

The Powell Leprechaun

On St. Patrick’s Day Powell was visited by a mischievous leprechaun that left some gold and a bit of a mess at Powell. No worries, it was cleaned up and the custodians were compensated with Speedy Freezes and BWs gift card. The students were so excited!

Confetti and glitter and gold coins were seen up and down every hallway and greeted the students and staff on St. Patrick’s Day….


Other Board News from the meeting:

# The Board members “Set aside” until next meeting, an issue with 5/6 grade basketball supplemental contracts, pending more information.
# Approved a Leave of Absence for a second year to Julie Carr-Okuno, Elementary teacher, for the 2021-22 school year.
#Approved an Agreement with Panda Technologies for the 2021-2022 school year at a cost of $2500.
#Approved an agreement with Waterville Irrigations for services related to the softball and baseball fields for the 2021-2022 school year as needed.
#Approved a resolution approving and authorizing the execution of an agreement for the sale of real property located on Second Street, North Baltimore, Ohio as presented.
# Set a meeting of the Athletic/Recreation Council for April 6, 2021 at 4:00pm at the Board Office.


Tiger Sports Uniform Fund Gets Boost from National Beef

$17,000 goal…

North Baltimore High School Sports offers a special Thank You to National Beef for donating $10,000 to the new sports uniform fund.

Student/Athletes Maddie Westgate, Grace Hagemyer, Mitch Clark, and Gunner Kepling made an amazing presentation to National Beef on why North Baltimore sports needed new uniforms.

NB Schools are so fortunate to partner with National Beef. Thank you so much!! (from NB Schools Facebook page)

NB Kindergarten Registration Time!

A parent meeting will be held on April 14th at 5:00pm OR 6:30pm….

Attention Parents/Guardians:

Kindergarten registration for 2021/2022 school year opens March 1st. Registration can be completed on Final Forms and documents will need to be taken to Kelly West at the Board Office.
A parent meeting will be held on April 14th at 5:00pm OR 6:30pm. You can sign up for a time at the Board Office when turning in forms.
Required Documents for Registration:
– Birth Certificate
– Social Security Card
– Proof of Residency
– Driver’s License
– Shot Record
– Custody Papers (if applicable)  
If you have any questions, please contact Kelly West at 419-257- 3531.

Health Order Signed Regarding Spring Sports

And Extracurricular Activities…….

(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced today(3/23/21) that Ohio Department of Health Director Stephanie McCloud has issued an addendum that updates quarantine guidance for student athletes and participants in extracurricular activities who may have been incidentally exposed to COVID-19 in a classroom setting.

The Addendum to Director’s Second Amended Order that Provides Mandatory Requirements for Youth, Collegiate, Amateur, Club and Professional Sports and Extracurricular Activities is in effect now. For spring sports and extracurricular activities, students will not be required to quarantine because they have an incidental exposure to COVID-19 in a classroom under the school-based exposure guidance unless symptoms develop. Students will now be permitted to participate in organized sporting and extracurricular activities as long as they remain symptom-free and follow applicable safety precautions.

However, students who are exposed in other settings outside of the classroom will be required to continue following existing CDC quarantine guidance.

No “50 Year Club” this year

Group to disband….

Due to the recent passing of Cathy Eninger, who was spearheading the 50 Year Club for last few years, and the resignation of Larry Slaughterbeck  who assisted, the event is cancelled. 

The 50 Year Club was an annual luncheon meeting of NBHS Alumni who celebrated graduating 50 years and more. It is believed to have begun in 1965.

5 Smart Steps to Keep Kids Safe Around Medications 

Every eight minutes a child goes to an emergency room for medicine poisoning…….

(BPT) – Prescription medications have many benefits, including managing pain, regulating chronic conditions, preventing disease and more. Despite numerous positives, medications can be dangerous to others in your household, especially kids.

As routines have changed and people are spending more time at home, parents may be unintentionally leaving medications out and accessible to children. Babies and toddlers may rattle medicine bottles like a toy. Curious kids may think the contents inside are candy. Child-resistant caps aren’t enough, as many children can open them easily.

Every eight minutes a child goes to an emergency room for medicine poisoning, according to Safe Kids Worldwide, and three out of four ER visits for medicine poisoning are due to kids getting into parents’ or grandparents’ medicine. Unintentional injuries including poisoning are the leading cause of mortality among infants and children in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Research from the American Association of Poison Control Centers shows the vast majority (90%) of poisonings occur at home. National Poison Prevention Week is March 21-27, a good reminder to look at how you use medications in your household and adopt safer practices that include:

Never leave medications out: When busy multitasking, you may leave your medication out on a counter or toss it in your purse or backpack. Leaving it out even for a minute could be enough time for a child to access and open it. Don’t leave medications where kids can see them or where they can easily be found, such as in drawers, on nightstands or in bags. If the medication is for your child when they are sick, never leave it in their bedroom.

Store medicines out of reach: Choose one storage location for all medication that is out of reach of children. This can be anywhere throughout the home that is high and out of sight. Get in the habit of putting medication back in its safe storage location every time.

Use a locking container: Even though most prescription containers have child-resistant caps, children can find ways to open them. Consider using Safe Rx Locking Pill Bottles to secure medications. The convenient portable containers require a four-digit code aligned from bottom to top to open. When you are done, you simply replace the cap and mix the numbers to lock the bottle securely.

Talk with your children: Be honest with kids about the dangers of taking prescriptions. Adjust your conversation based on your child’s age, stressing that medications are only meant for the person the doctor prescribed them for and can be harmful to anyone else. Tell them to never take a medication without checking with you first and if they find any pills or bottles to bring them to you right away.

Dispose of unneeded medication properly: Check if your community has a drug disposal program for any unneeded medications. Many pharmacies offer take-back programs as well to properly dispose of unused prescriptions. If nothing is available near you, dispose of medications at home by mixing the pills or capsules in a container with an unappealing substance like dirt or cat litter before placing in the trash.

These steps will help significantly reduce the chances your child will access your medication. However, in case of emergency, call poison control immediately. Program the poison control center at 800-222-1222 into your home and cell phones. You may want to add this number on a sticky note or other label in your medicine storage space as well.

Poison Prevention Week is March 21-27