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St. John continues to expand, not only building but new programs, staff
With the location of St. John School being recently changed, the school has made many positive additions to help make a smooth transition. St. John has been very active in the arts, enhancing programs such as the Art Club and Drama Club. Last year, the Drama Club performed “Godspell Junior,” which included students from grades kindergarten to 12. In the past, Art Club has worked on projects for the Ashtabula Arts Center and Festival of Trees and has plans to do so again this year.
Jefferson students spend day lending their helping hands to residents in the community
Jefferson High School is home to students who take pride not only in their school, academics and athletics, but also in their community. To show their great appreciation, more than 30 high school students took the initiative on Oct. 11 to give back to their community. Falcon Care Day, hosted by student volunteers from JHS, provided an opportunity for members of the county to sign up and get a few extra helping hands with some of the more laborious tasks around their property. The Falcon students were anxious to help with anything from changing light bulbs, to weeding gardens, mowing lawns, raking leaves and trimming shrubs.
Visit 'Nightmare in Ashtabula' if you dare
Your greatest nightmares are coming alive this month in Ashtabula. As the area is gearing up for Halloween, everyone is looking for a scare. Hosted by the Lakeside High School Music Boosters, the Nightmare in Ashtabula is a haunted house extravaganza ready to shock and startle anyone who dares to enter. No matter how resilient you believe you are, you will not be able to resist screaming in absolute terror at the chilling surprises lurking around every corner.
Grand River Academy students win first place honors in county tree identification competition
It is 10:30 on a Friday night. Most students at Grand River Academy are tucked away in their dorm rooms, settling down to sleep or watching movies on their computers. For the six students who participated in the annual Tree ID competition, it was less than a quiet night. Katy Studer, biology teacher and adviser for the competition at Grand River Academy, excitedly roused the students out of their sleep with knocking on bedroom doors and yelling, “First place! We got first place!” Many high fives and hugs were handed out in the blur of elation and exhaustion. This was the second time Grand River Academy has won first place in this competition, and the fourth time the academy team placed in the top three.
PV Lakers welcome three new staff members
Second-year principal Dan Jackson is very ecstatic on welcoming the new staff to Pymatuning Valley High School. Jackson said he expects the new staff to bring energy, creativity and excitement for their subject of interest in order for students to share the common goal of excellence. Jackson feels the added teachers will be greatly beneficial to the whole school community. The new staff consists of Biology (II) teacher Ricky Walters, freshman English teacher Andrew Drummond and Intervention Specialist Justin Smith.
Brockett at home as new A-Tech principal
As an educator, it is always challenging to start a new position with a new school, but in the case of Paul Brockett, the transition to principal during the 2013-2014 school year was made a bit easier by his past associations with Ashtabula County Technical and Career Campus. As a young man, Brockett attended his academic and career tech classes as a member of the C-Net program. C-Net is a program which prepares students to diagnose and address computer hardware issues.
New faces seen around Geneva Eagles territory
This year Geneva High School welcomes five new teachers, each of whom brings a unique background and personality to the classrooms. The teachers – Michelle Rawlins, Marie Skidmore, Douglas Barber, Jeff Hull and James Berei – are all excited to be teaching at Geneva.
Spirit growing with Homecoming preparations
Things are in full swing at Edgewood with Homecoming just around the corner. Edgewood’s Homecoming game will be played Friday vs. Gilmour Academy. The “Radioactive” themed dance will take place Saturday from 8 to 11 p.m. in Edgewood’s gymnasium. The dance is put on by Student Council, and all proceeds from the dance will go back to the Student Council funds.
Theme blood drive a fun way to help Red Cross
“Don’t be late to donate!” reads the Grand Valley National Honor Society’s blood drive tag line. On Oct. 4, the National Honor Society hosted their fall school-wide blood drive, which has become somewhat of a custom for NHS. In order to add some spirit to a very serious cause, NHS usually chooses a theme for their blood drive events, this blood drive’s theme being “Alice in Wonderland.”
Biology II students trek down to Conneaut Creek for afternoon of studying diverse micro-invertebrates
As the students returned to school this fall, Conneaut High School welcomed a new faculty member for the 2013-2014 school year. Stephen Dorroh, originally from Cleveland, is a physics and physical science teacher.
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