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NBLS Board of Education Meets for March

The North Baltimore Local School District is currently on “Spring Break”, so the regular monthly meeting was held a week earlier this month.

Superintendent’s Recommendations to the Board:

~Approved a 5 day paternity leave for Zachary Walls in May 2018.

~Approve a resolution with the North Baltimore Education Association Certified and Classified Staff and the North Baltimore Board of Education to approve a Two Year Agreement and an increase to staff of 2.25% for each year of the contract beginning July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2021.

~Approved several updated and revised Board of Education Policies

~Agreed to accept bids for the purchase of a 78 passenger bus

Approved purchasing Infobase Software for $1170.

From Dr. Bob Falkenstein:

2017-2018 Testing Dates for North Baltimore Middle/High School

ELA Grades 7-10: Wednesday and Thursday, April 18-19. Grades 11-12 are delayed for 2 hours those 2 days. Buses run at usual times. Delayed students must provide their own transportation. Make-up would be April 20.

Math Grades 7-10: Wednesday and Thursday, April 25-26. Grades 11-12 are delayed for 2 hours those 2 days. Buses run at usual times. Delayed students must provide their own transportation. Make-up would be April 27.

Biology and Science Grade 8: Wednesday, May 2. Grades 9 and 11-12 are delayed 2 hours that day. Buses run at usual times. Delayed students must provide their own transportation. Make-up day would be May 3.

American History and Government: Wednesday, May 9. HS students not in those courses (mainly grades 11-12) are delayed 2 hours that day. Buses run at usual times. Delayed students must provide their own transportation. Make-up day would be May 10.

From Powell Principal, Mr. Mark Lange:

The Powell Family Night was a smashing success! We had a fantastic turn out despite a last minute blast of wintery weather. The families rotated through various events held in classrooms throughout the building and there were plenty of raffle baskets awarded at the end of the event! Thanks to all involved for an exceptional evening.

Our assembly, sponsored by the Ohio Soybean Council, was well worth the wait. Students reported that it was one of the most engaging and exciting assemblies that they have ever participated in. A hearty “thank you” does out to Nathan Eckel for nominating our school to receive this outstanding assembly.

Our sixth grade students visited the Toledo Art museum with art teacher, Ms. Miklovic, and the sixth grade team. Our students received several compliments for their mature behavior at the art museum. Students dined at Spaghetti Warehouse. It was great to see the students dressed up and looking their best. Our first grade students will be attending Imagination Station this Thursday.

The third grading period ended this past Friday. Grade cards are going home on Friday. We are in the final stretch.

Friday is spring picture day in the morning and we will be having K.I.S.S. (Kids Invite Someone Special) Day in the afternoon in conjunction with the annual Powell art show. We are excited to welcome many special guests into our classrooms to see what life is like as a student at Powell. Activities will begin in the gym at 1:15 followed by time in the classrooms and an ice cream party.

Yearbook sales are finished. We were projected to sell 50, but I was told by our Lifetouch representative that we have sold over 80! This is a wonderful number considering Powell was struggling to sell 25 just two years ago! I have reviewed the proofs, and it is a yearbook worth being proud of.

We are in the developmental stages of “The Den of Ten.” Several staff members attended an elementary school in Worthington, Ohio where they use dens – groups of students assigned to one staff member. Students will meet once a month with their den leader and talk about any struggles, challenges, or concerns they have and will then engage in team building lessons to help build cohesiveness among students across grade levels.

Spring testing starts mid-April. This is a good reminder to encourage your students to get plenty of rest in the weeks ahead and make sure they have a good breakfast each day of testing.

Fifth grade is having a successful cookie dough fund-raiser. A special thanks goes out to all of those who have made purchases and supported our outdoor education program.

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