Five Questions College Students Should Ask If the Pandemic Closes Their Classrooms This Fall

As COVID-19 forces college education out of the classroom, a university with 20 years’ experience with online learning offers some advice…..

COLUMBUS, OH – As the COVID-19 pandemic forces college campuses across the state to make hard decisions about whether to teach in-person classes this fall,  one Ohio university is mostly business as usual. Western Governors University Ohio (WGU) draws on two decades of institutional knowledge about the techniques and technology of online learning.  

“Having years of experience as a nonprofit, online-only institution, WGU is not only skilled at online learning, we also know the kind of supports and assurances students are looking for when they consider pursuing an online education,” said K.L. Allen, state director of WGU Ohio. 

With thousands of Ohio college students facing uncertainty this fall about where and how their classes will be taught, Allen suggested five questions they should ask about taking college-level courses online.

1.Will I have the help and mentoring I need if I’m not face-to-face with my instructors?  As an exclusively online university from its start, WGU knows that students thrive when they have support. Learning online doesn’t mean learning alone.  But that means students must feel connected, even when they’re working on their own schedule, in their own way. To succeed, a student needs someone to check on their progress, help them with any needs, and keep them connected to the career path.

2. Will I be in control of my online learning? Many college students must balance coursework with demands of work or family obligations – often both.  To reach that balance, students need to know they’re in control of their education. For effective online learning, students need to do their work when and where it is best for them so they can manage jobs and families alongside their schooling.

 3. Does my online degree have value? When it comes to online higher education, students want to know their degree holds the same value as one earned in a traditional classroom. More than ever, accredited online degree programs are well-received by employers. But many online schooling programs aren’t accredited, which can make their degrees less valuable as career builders.

 4. Is an online college education cost-effective?  In the face of the pandemic’s economic turndown, students are looking for a degree program that meets their needs without breaking the bank.  With no campus or classrooms, an accredited, online-only school like WGU can keep tuition costs low. A school’s accreditation matters here as well, since it opens federal tuition assistance, loans and grants that non-accredited schools cannot offer.

5.  Will I have transfer options for any earlier college credits?  Transfer options for previous college-level work, including advanced high school courses, are important to help students who want to apply those credits toward their online degree. For example, WGU’s transfer policy allows students to use their past course work to waive courses. With or without waivers, the competency-based education model, an approach pioneered at scale by WGU, lets students use their experience to move more quickly toward a degree.

Western Governors University was established in 1997 by a partnership of 19 state governors to offer students, particularly adult learners, the chance to go to college while working and caring for their families. In 2018, Ohio became the eighth state to join the WGU partnership, part of policymakers’ efforts to close Ohio’s skills gap with a new pathway for adults to seek careers in such in-demand careers as healthcare and nursing, business, teaching and information technology. 


Ohio Turnpike extends deadline for W82TXT Teen Video Contest 

W82TXT Video Contest discourages bad driving and has great prizes for high school teens

BEREA  – The Ohio Turnpike today (Tuesday July 7)announced a new deadline of midnight on Labor Day for its fun and influential video contest for high schoolers to discourage distracted driving.

Students entering grades 9-12 and graduating seniors can encourage their peers to drive safely and win some great prizes by participating in the 3rd annual W82TXT” Teen Video Contest.

By producing and submitting a video, high schoolers can have fun, help spread awareness about the dangers of distracted driving and compete for these great prizes:

  • 12-Month Adobe Creative Cloud Subscription
  • Pocket Projector
  • Apple Watch
  • AirPods Pro
  • PlusUs LifeCard Power Bank
  • $250 Amazon Gift Card

The grand prize winner also will get to choose a booster club at their school, to which the Ohio Turnpike will donate $500!

“Law enforcement and transportation agencies across the nation have been reporting less traffic during the pandemic restrictions. Some dangerous drivers, however, are using this opportunity to speed and drive while distracted. This is a major problem,” said Ferzan M. Ahmed, P.E., Executive Director. “Please team up with friends but practice social distancing and wear masks when necessary to protect each other. Get creative. This is a high-profile way to influence drivers to make safe choices behind the wheel.”

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety indicates new teen drivers are three times as likely as adults to be involved in a deadly crash during the summer months between Memorial Day and Labor Day, known as the “100 Deadliest Days of Summer.”  

Videos must be submitted by midnight on Sept. 8, 2020.

Sam Holter, now a graduate of Youngstown Boardman H.S., submitted this entry, “Are you there?” It was voted the grand prize winner in 2019.

Bob Goldring Named OHSAA Interim Executive Director 

Veteran Staff Member Has Been with OHSAA Since 1995…….Snodgrass retired

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio High School Athletic Association Board of Directors President Dan Leffingwell has announced today that Bob Goldring has been named interim executive director, effective immediately. Goldring has served as the OHSAA senior director of operations and is completing his 25th year as a member of the staff.

Goldring is serving as interim executive director in place of Jerry Snodgrass, who assumed leadership duties in July 2018 when Dan Ross resigned after 14 years at the helm. Snodgrass is leaving after 12 total years with the OHSAA following a 31-year career in education as a teacher, coach and administrator. 

While leading the administrative functions until a permanent executive director is selected, Goldring will also work closely with state government leaders and school district administrators in developing a plan for return to play in the fall. The OHSAA will conduct a nationwide search beginning immediately to fill the executive director vacancy. 

“Through a collaborative effort, we look forward to Bob guiding us and, more importantly, the OHSAA providing guidance to our member schools on the anticipated re-start of interscholastic athletics this fall,” said Leffingwell, superintendent of the Noble Local Schools in Sarahsville. “He brings a solid understanding of the association’s responsibilities to serve member schools and administer sports. Bob is a proven relationship-builder who will reliably serve our member schools until the position is filled permanently.”

During the 2015-16 school year, Goldring was also the OHSAA acting executive director from mid-March to mid-June of 2016 when Ross was on medical leave. A graduate of Orrville High School, he holds two degrees from The Ohio State University. He joined the OHSAA in the fall of 1995 as director of information services, was promoted to assistant commissioner in June 2005 and served in that role until becoming senior director of operations in August 2008.

“I am honored by the confidence the Board has placed in me,” Goldring said. “We have a solid team of knowledgeable and dedicated professionals at the OHSAA who are committed to serving our member schools. My top priorities are to prepare for return to play this fall and successfully lead the team until a permanent executive director is hired.”

How are we equipping students to succeed in science?

(BPT) – Scientists across the world are charging forward in the fight to prevent and treat COVID-19. And they’re harnessing the latest tech and science as they press down on the accelerator at a speed unattainable to date.

But another fight is also playing out during this unprecedented challenge: the urgent need to educate young people while schools remain closed.

As science dominates headlines and dinner conversations, it’s integral that all young people better understand and appreciate science and the role it plays in society. Science literacy can no longer be a luxury or an add-on in an age when it should be embedded into how every sector responds to complex challenges.

The shift to remote learning

For many young people, their first introduction to science at school is through teachers, who clearly deserve appreciation and the deepest thanks right now. Yet as teachers everywhere — 63 million primary and secondary teachers around the world, according to UN News — have had to rapidly transition to online learning to reach the 1.2 billion children currently out of school around the world, many don’t have the resources and support they need to teach successfully.

Among schools in the United States, teachers in the most economically disadvantaged districts are least likely to be able to provide online learning opportunities for all students, according to Education Week. Today’s school closures magnify the inequities that were always present in society and schooling before COVID-19.

So how can science teachers, far from their classrooms, best encourage a scientific mindset that is needed now more than ever to understand the world? One solution is LabXchange, an online community for learning, sharing and collaboration. This free platform, launched by Harvard University and the Amgen Foundation, makes science accessible to hundreds of thousands of high school and college students.

Online science platforms support teachers

LabXchange’s virtual simulations remove barriers of expensive equipment, safety issues, and the extra time teachers need to prepare materials for school labs, which is beneficial now more than ever when teachers are shifting how they deliver science education. Free, comprehensive online platforms like LabXchange, Khan Academy and others can meaningfully advance students’ learning and interest in science, even when they aren’t at school.

“When young people learn science, they need to be able to make mistakes, to be creative, to try something again and again by experimenting without worrying about breaking something,” says Dr. Scott Heimlich, vice president of the Amgen Foundation.

“Failure is an inherent part of the scientific process, but too often the way science is taught in school leaves no time for mistakes or creativity or play,” Heimlich says. “Even with its limits, technology can indeed support teachers to meet their lesson goals by embedding our latest understanding of how students lean into the design process.”

Meeting teachers’ and students’ needs

Well-designed programs should put teachers in the driver’s seat. In-person lab programs like the 30-year-old Amgen Biotech Experience have laid a strong groundwork for how best to reach students, especially those in underserved communities, by engaging them in science. While technology is best used to complement or supplement in-person instruction, the Amgen Biotech Experience labs are now available virtually through LabXchange, showing how an online experience can be used to teach lab skills remotely.

With new online platforms, science teachers can remix high-quality, curated resources into customized learning pathways for different groups of students with different needs. Teachers can also embed their own content along with assessments to gauge their students’ learning and understanding.

A scientific mindset

For science to be accessible to all, especially now, the world needs more forward-looking educational technology that gives teachers and students the tools they need to foster a scientific mindset. All around us today, scientists are leveraging the most powerful tools and platforms in the fight against this virus. Science teachers — and their students — deserve the same.

NBHS All-A Honor Roll

NBHS/NBMS 4th Quarter 2019-2020….

North Baltimore Middle/High School All A Honor roll

Grade 12

Zoey Beaupry

Katie Dewulf

Abigail Empcke

Meg Empcke

Maddy Gerdeman

Gabe Greco

Brayden Holloway

Chloe Hopple

Alysia Horner

Chloe Lanning

Leah Lee

Kirsten Mason

Wyatt Mowery

Abigail North

Sydnee Smith

Hope Stanfield

Simone Thompson

Skyler Vogelsong


Grade 11

Mikayla Buchanan

Austin Gibson

Kaylee Hosler

Lexi Long

Mia McCartney

Nick Morales

Meghan Thompson

Zachary Weinandy


Grade 10

Brock Baltz

Meredith Buchanan

Emma Cotterman

Caeli Empcke

Gabby Estrada

Grace Hagemyer

Halie Inbody

Cassadie Jacobs

Laura Keegan

Gunner Kepling

Grace Knitz

Dominic Sheeks

Lucy Trout

Maddy Westgate









Grade 9

Hope Carico

Gage Dewitt

Yatziri Hernandez

Owen Johnson

Kaitlyn Kelley

Leah Rader


Grade 8

Sarah Casey

Alex Greeno

Jada Mathias

Rowan Tackett-Spangenberg

Jacob Trout

Jesse Vanlerberg


Grade 7

Isaiah Boyce

Layla Delancy

Nevaeh Dewitt

Skyler Livingston

Makenna Meggitt

Angleina Melendez

Everett Mowery

Morghan Nagel

Macin Pettry

Alexis Proffitt


NB A-B Honor Roll

4th Quarter 2019-2020

North Baltimore Middle/High School A-B Honor Roll

Grade 12

Cody Fisher

Lydia Hartman

Alex Hosley

Allie McPherson

Levi Trout

Hunter Vogelsong



Mali Combs

Johnnie Hernandez

Lexie Williams


Grade 10

Olivia Matthes

Jacob Nagel

Daltin Oberley

Caitlin Schwartz

Leia Thomas


Grade 9

Alivia DeLancy

Lydia Feehan

Emme Hopple

Ariana Loera


Grade 8

Colin Coykendall

Joshua Fennell

Zachery Livingston

Toby Lundy

Gavin Soltis


Grade 7

Olivia Busch

Mallorie Capelle

Michael Helbling

Jackson Horner

Braiden Solly

Kaylee Sterling

Addison Wilhelm

MaKenzey Young

Football Booster Golf Scramble Fundraiser Saturday

First Golf Outing of the season – SIGN UP TODAY!!!

It’s been a strange year with the ‘Rona messing things up – it’s even affected GOLF – But here is the first scramble at Birch Run for 2020!

The North Baltimore Football Booster Golf Fundraiser will be Saturday June 6th – 9 am shotgun start.

Cost is $50 per person or $200 per 4 person team. This is a 4-person Scramble. The fee includes golf and cart; 3 tickets for hot dog/chips/pop; chance at the 1st Place team money payout AND a $100 cash prize for random team that doesn’t win!

There will also be long drive, closest to pin, etc.

NB Athletic Hole Challenges/Advantages

Skins Game (optional)

Other chance to WIN!!!

The DEADLINE is NOW! Call NBHS Athletic Director Dan Davis 419-356-5809 or Coach Wade Ishmael 419-707-2052!

You can also sign up at Birch Run Golf Course!


NBHS Class of 2020 Senior Scholarship Awards

Congrats Seniors of 2020 on all these awards…….

Announcing Senior Scholarship Awards:

Zoey Beaupry 

            UT Academic Scholarship ($3,500 per year)                     $14,000

            North Baltimore Education Assn.                                              200

                                                                        Total Award              $14,200

Zoey will study Exercise Science/Pre-Med while at The University of Toledo.



Jaden Bucher will attend Eastern Kentucky University to study Professional Golf Management.



          Katherine Dewulf  

            UT Merit Scholarship ($5,000/year)                                   $20,000

                                                                        Total Award              $20,000

While attending The University of Toledo, Katie will study Chemical Engineering. 



          Abigail Empcke

            Toledo Excellence Scholarship ($6,000/year)                     $24,000

            UT Legacy Scholarship ($500/year)                                        2,000

            Whirlpool Sons & Daughters Scholarship ($6,000/year)    24,000

            UT Assistance Award                                                              4,800

            Heyn Scholarship                                                                     1,000

            North Baltimore Rotary Scholarship                                        500

                                                          Total Award              $56,300

At The University of Toledo Abby will study Biomedical Engineering.



          Meg Empcke

            BGSU Academic Scholarship ($4,000/year)                       $16,000

            BGSU Award                                                                           1,000

                                                                        Total Award              $17,000

Meg will attend Bowling Green State University and major in Marketing.



Levi Gazarek will attend Bowling Green State University on a full ride football scholarship. While playing football for the Falcons, Levi will study Business.

            Madelyn Gerdeman

            BGSU Academic Scholarship ($4,000/year)                       $16,000

            NBHS Alumni Association Scholarship                                     750

                                                                        Total Award              $16,750

Early Childhood Education will be Maddy’s field of study at Bowling Green State University.



Lydia Hartman will attend Bowling Green State University and major in Criminal Justice.



          Brayden Holloway

            UT Regents Scholarship ($5,000 per year)                         $20,000

            NB American Legion Post #539 Blackall Scholarship          1,000

            Jorgen Larsen Scholastic Scholarship                                    1,500

            North Baltimore Rotary Scholarship                                      1,000

            North Baltimore School Scholarship                                         500

            North Baltimore Education Assn.                                              200

                                                                        Total Award              $24,200

Chemical Engineering will be Brayden’s major while at The University of Toledo.



Chloe Hopple will attend Owens Community College in the fall.



Alexandria (Alex) Hosley will attend Owens Community College in the fall to become a Register Nurse, after she reaches this goal she plans to pursue her dream to become a Pediatric Nurse.



            Brendan Hutchins

            Scarlet & Gray/President’s Affordability Award

                                                            ($16,945/year)                        $67,780

                                                                          Total Award            $67,780

While attending The Ohio State University Brendan will major in Mechanical Engineering.



Kealeigh Leady will study Nursing at Bowling Green State University in the fall, in preparation for this career, Kealeigh works at Briar Hill Health Campus as a STNA.








          Leah Lee

            BGSU Academic Scholarship ($4,000/year)                       $16,000

            North Baltimore American Legion Post #539                        1,000

            North Baltimore Education Association                                    200

                                                                        Total Award              $17,200

At Bowling Green State University Leah  will major in Nursing.  Additionally, Leah is also the recipient of the Rachel E. Mauk Stimmel Award in recognition of her role as an outstanding student in the North Baltimore community.



            Kirsten Mason

            UT Trustee Scholarship ($3,500/year)                                $14,000

            UT Assistance Award                                                               2,500

                                                                        Total Award              $16,500

Kirsten will study Pre-Pharmacy at The University of Toledo.      



            Wyatt Mowery

            UT Excellence Scholarship ($3,000/year)                           $12,000

            UT Assistance Award                                                               1,700

            Rieman Scholarship                                                                     500

            Stundon Scholarship                                                                    250

            Barnes and Noble Award                                                            250

            North Baltimore Education Association                                    200

                                                                        Total Award              $14,900

Environmental Engineering will be Wyatt’s major at The University of Toledo.



            Abigail North

            Red Hawk Excellence Scholarship ($5,000/year)               $20,000

            Bridges Program for Excellence ($3,000/year)                   12,000

            Jorgen Larsen Scholastic Scholarship                                  1,500

            NBHS Alumni Association                                                         750

            North Baltimore Rotary Scholarship                                        500

            Literary & Lyric Circle Award                                                 250

            North Baltimore Education Association                                   200

                                                                        Total Award              $35,200

Abigail will attend Miami University and major in Psychology.



            Sydnee Smith

            UT Assistance Award                                                           $1,400

            North Baltimore Education Association                                  200

                                                                        Total Award              $1,600

At The University of Toledo Sydnee will major in Psychology.


Simone Thompson will attend Bowling Green State University and major in Criminal Justice in the fall.



            Levi Trout

            Grand Lodge of Ohio Masonic Scholarship                       $1,200

            Scoutmaster Scholarship                                                           500

                                                                        Total Award              $1,700

Business Administration will be Levi’s major while at Lourdes University. Levi has also been awarded the Cory Mills Memorial Award for outstanding senior athlete.



Skyler Vogelsong

            Owens Start Here Scholarship ($7,922.50/year)                $15,845

            NB American Legions Post #539 Scholarship                        1,000                                          

                                                                        Total Award              $16,845

At Owens Community College Skyler will study Nursing.



Congratulations to the North Baltimore High School Class of 2020!       

submitted by Leslie Hetrick

NB School Board Meets Virtually for May 2020

Seniors receive nice graduation surprise gifts. Sixth grade graduation Thursday, MAY 28

By Sue Miklovic

The North Baltimore Board of Education met for their regularly scheduled May 2020 meeting on Tuesday night at the North Baltimore High School library. All board members and administrators were present for the virtual meeting.

The Treasurer Steven Stewart shared that North Baltimore’s share of the statewide budget cut for fiscal year 2020 (due to the pandemic) is around $111,000. There is only one month left in FY20 so we will be OK he said.” I expect we will see a 3 to 5% cut for FY21, probably around $125,000.”We have been looking for available grants while we have been on pandemic shutdown,“ said Stewart. “We have been awarded a $40,000 grant for a bus and things are looking good for a tech grant that we applied for that could be worth $65,000.” “Mr. Delaney will say more about the generous donation we received from National Beef. We can’t thank them enough.”

Mr. Delaney talked about the school district’s generous gifts they have received from National Beef. “Besides providing school supplies for Powell Elementary, and the very generous gifts that they gave to each and every graduating senior at NBHS, they have also donated $20,000 to the school district.” He added, “They told us they would like to see ‘pay to play’ fees taken away for the students extra-curriculars next school year with their donation subsidizing that.”

Mr. Delaney also talked about last weekend’s virtual graduation which was held Friday night. The school had planned to set aside from 5:00 to 8:00 PM for each student to receive their diploma and awards. “By shortly after 7:00 pm we were finished,” he said. “I have received lots of compliments from parents saying that they really liked it and have even had others ask if we could do it like that again next year? It was a success “ added Mr. Delaney. A parade down Main Street, North Baltimore followed the ceremony.

*You can see a condensed version (40-ish minutes) of the ceremony by the end of this week on the school’s YouTube page. (The original version is about 2 ½ hours)

Mr. Kiser, NBHS Principal also shared his thanks for the generosity of National Beef to our graduates. They each received a $250 Visa gift card, as well as some other nice items. Others items of interest from him during the meeting:

  • Seniors had a pancake breakfast last week. Thanks to the Rowlinson Family for funding that.
  • The Seniors painted the Spirit rock, on the school property
  • A very special THANK YOU to Paula Beaupry for all her work in preparing for the graduation ceremony. “We couldn’t have done it without her” said Mr. Kiser
  • The students will return their chromebooks on Monday morning to complete their year.
  • The athletes will be able to use the weight room and all school facilities beginning next week. All the CDC requirements are in place to make this happen.

Mrs. Semancik, Powell Elementary Principal  announced the 6th Grade Drive-Thru Graduation will be at 7:00pm Thursday(May 28th) at the NBHS parking lot. 

On Friday, from 5:00pm-5:45pm students may drive through the Powell parking lot to wave good bye to all their teachers, who will be standing there ready to wave back. Please stay in your vehicles. Joining the Powell send -off will be Linda Tipton, NB Pre-school staff, who is retiring after many years of service. Happy Retirement!

Chromebooks and ipads have to be  returned on Monday, June 1st, to complete the school year.

Other Board action included accepting the resignation of Brynn Pasche, Elementary teacher, effective at the end of this school year, and granting a request for maternity leave for Angela Szczublewski from October to January.

National Beef Gives Generous NBLS Donations

The Seniors at NBHS have never had a graduation like the one this year……in more ways than one

Beth McCartney, NB Superintendent Ryan Delaney, Tim Hadding, GM @ National Beef NB and Chad Kiser, NBHS Principal.

National Beef, 2208 Grant Road, North Baltimore,  blessed the North Baltimore Local School District with a check for $20,000 last week. The money will be used to fund children wanting to participate in “Pay to Participate” activities during the 20-21 school year.

The company also honored each Class of 2020 North Baltimore High School  graduate with a $250 Visa gift card and an assortment of other gift items, bundled in an insulated cooler bag. As each student posed for  a photo, and then walked across the stage with their diploma in hand, they were directed to the gift table where they received the awesome surprise. How amazing is that??Many thanks for these generous gifts to the community.

NBHS Tiger Athletes Receive Awards

Congrats to these special award winners……

Last week, three Tiger athletes earned a prestigious award.
Greg Conine – Tragically passed away in an accident between his freshmen and sophomore year and this award serves to continue his memory and bright future. Since 1973 one freshmen athlete has been chosen by the head coaches to have their name be engraved on the memorial plaque that honors Greg. Some of the following criteria is used for evaluation: coachability, sportsmanship, leadership, dependability, etc. This year’s recipient is Gaige Dewitt.

NBHS Athletic Director Dan Davis with Gaige DeWitt

Cory Mills – Was a three sport athlete at NB that worked hard both in the field and in the classroom. His life tragically ended on January 12, 1990 in a car accident. This award is given to one senior athlete to honor Cory’s memory, voted on by a committee. It is based on academics, athletic ability, and portrayal of personal qualities that most represented Cory – integrity, leadership, positive attitude, respect for others, etc. This year’s recipient is Levi Trout.

Mr. Davis with Levi Trout

Rachael E. Mauk Stimmel – Was highly involved in extracurriculars while at NB. Spent time as an athlete and musician, but most importantly an outstanding student and citizen of North Baltimore. Her life was tragically cut short on March 12, 2015 from a prolonged kidney disease. To honor Rachael this award is given to one outstanding female scholar-athlete voted on by a committee. The award is based on academics, athletic ability, and like Rachael, someone who exhibits the true spirit and determination of a Tiger. This year’s recipient is Leah Lee.

Mr. Davis with Leah Lee