Youth and Education

Regional College and Career Night Slated For Sept. 15

There is no better time to plan for the future than today. Parents and students (7-12th grades) should plan to attend The College and Career Night on Sept. 15.

Because education creates opportunities, members of the Switzerland of Ohio H.E.L.P. (Higher Education and Learning Partnership) and The Kiwanis Club of Woodsfield are co-sponsoring the Night Sept. 15 from 6-7:30 p.m. at Swiss Hills Career Center (located 8 miles East of Woodsfield.)

The free event will be a one-stop-shop for answers on higher education and learning opportunities in the region. It will feature a number of invitees including colleges, available military recruiters, as well as information on trades and adult education. Information will also be available on financial aid options; post-secondary and dual enrollment options and more.

“Now in its fifth year, the event provides essential components for success in education and learning,” said H.E.L.P. Chair Gwynn Stewart. “The event is an excellent opportunity for students in the area to explore college and career options, as well as financial aid resources and more,” added Stewart. A mix of small and larger schools have been invited.

Monroe County HIstorical Scavenger Hunt Hosted by Mentorship Program

Participants are pictured at the Monroe County Bicentennial barn.The Monroe County Juvenile Court hosted a Monroe County Historical Scavenger Hunt for the Mentorship Program that included eleven destinations.

The tour began in Woodsfield, where individuals toured the Hollister-Parry Museum, Oakridge Byer Stone School , Yaussy-Winkler Dairy Museum, the Monroe County Courthouse, and Pioneer Cemetery.   The museum, school, and dairy tours were guided by Monroe County Historical Society volunteers who were very knowledgeable and enthusiastic.  The Historical Society was instrumental in organizing this event and providing many colorful accounts of our beautiful county.

The Courthouse tour was given by County Auditor and Juvenile Court mentor, Pandora Neuhart, who afterwards stated, “The Juvenile Court Scavenger Hunt hosted by Judge Sickler and Lisa Carpenter, Mentor Program Coordinator, was an awesome experience for both the mentors and the mentees.  It was a very educational experience which the mentees seemed to enjoy.”

Brown bag lunches were provided by the Juvenile Court with generous donations by Reisbeck’s  Market and McDonalds.  Lunches in hand, the group headed out for the historical loop down State Route 78 to the Ohio Valley River Museum in Clarington, Ohio where they were given a guided tour of the beautiful facility.  The museum displays amazing history of the role locals took in the building of boats which traveled the majestic Ohio River.

They proceeded onto Sardis, Ohio to see the Town Pump that in the past was a source of water for the locals to share.  Afterward all enjoyed delicious hand-dipped ice cream at Marv’s Place.  The restaurant was bustling with chatter about the day’s events.  A juvenile court mentor, Debbie Chambers, stated, “This was an amazing day for the mentors and mentees.”  

4-H Horse Whisperers Club Sponsors Riding Programs

Come help volunteer in this four-week long horse riding program for the handicapped! Be next to the horses and riders and be a sidewalker or you can just work a Skills Station where you will help the rider complete a task: Bean Toss, Basketball Hoop, Mail a Letter. It will take place for four Fridays in a row, Sept. 12, 19, 26, and Oct. 3 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m, at  the Monroe Cty. Fairgrounds. Wear boots and jeans for protection.

Call Ruth Partin at 740-934-2811 to join up with us or for more info. Number of volunteers determines the number of horses we bring that day for them to ride.

Non-4-H adults (18 and older) must fill out an OSU Extension 4-H Volunteer Application and get an Ohio Background Check before helping with the handicapped. 4-H Advisors and 4-H members just come and help. Call Bruce Zimmer at 472-0810 or stop by the OSU Ext. office in Woodsfield to pick up a 4-H Volunteer Application. You provide the background check for $30.00 and it’s done at the Board of Education office (cash or check only). 

Local Students to Attend University of Akron

The University of Akron’s entering class of 2014 welcomes nearly 4,300 new students and breaks several  records including most freshmen applicants, highest average high school GPA of 3.35, the largest entering Honors freshmen class, and the highest number of minority entering freshman Honors students.

Starting classes at the University of Akron this year are Devin Jacksonand Noah Porter, both of Sardis.

Tamasovich Graduates From Youngstown State

Christopher Tamasovich of Woodsfield, Ohio, graduated from Youngstown State University in August. Christopher received a Bachelor of General Studies in General Studies.

School Lunch Menu 9/15/14-9/19/14

The school lunch menu for the week of Sept 15 - Sept 19

Mon. - Hot dog on a bun or jumbo or mini corn dogs, baked beans, french fries, fruit.

Tue. - Meatball sub sandwich or macaroni and cheese with breadstick, steamed broccoli, fresh carrots with dip, fruit.

School District, OAPSE Agrees to New Two-Year Contract

The Switzerland of Ohio Local School District (SOLSD) Board of Education met for its monthly regular session meeting on Aug. 27. Highlighting a largely uneventful meeting was a contract renewal with the Ohio Association of Public School Employees (OAPSE) union and a new policy in regards to movies shown in the classroom.

The contract with OAPSE is actually considered a two-year agreement, but expires on Dec. 31 of 2015. OAPSE employees have been working since Dec. 31, 2013 with no new contract while negotiations were underway. The new contract includes an insurance concession from the union.

Under the previous contract, employees working a minimum of 20 hours per week had full insurance benefits. Under the new contract, that minimum is upped to 30 hours per week. “That will add but to substantial savings for the district moving forward,” said SOLSD Treasurer Lance Erlwein. Erlwein added that the concession brings the district more in line with the private sector and aligns with standards from the Affordable Care Act. Current employees will be grand-fathered in, with new employees being the only ones affected by the change. 

Buckeye Kids 4-H Club Donates to Cancer Gas Cards, Inc.

The Buckeye Kids 4-H Club donated $150 to Cancer Gas Cards, Inc., an organization that distributes gas cards to local cancer patients who are traveling for treatment. Pictured, from left to right, are: Sydnee Hartley, Abby Swallow, Zady Postle, Jessica Hartley, Brooke Jones, Megan Wall, Shirley Brown, Lydia Griffin and Austin Yonak.

College and Career Event to be Held Sept. 15

There is no better time to plan for the future, than today. Parents and students (7-12 grades) should save the date and plan to attend the 2014 College and Career Night on Sept. 15. Shopko is sponsoring the College and Career Night with a $250 donation. Pictured presenting the grant is Penny Smith from Shopko to the Higher Education and Learning Partnership (HELP) Chairperson, Gwynn Stewart. If your organization sponsors a local scholarship that you would like to promote at the event, please contact 472-9177 to provide details.

Southeastern Med's Medical Explorers Seeking High School Students

High school students interested in learning about careers in the medical field are invited to attend Medical Explorers on Sept. 17 at 6 p.m., at Southeastern Med, 1341 Clark St., in Cambridge.

Medical Explorers provides young adults with the chance to learn about a variety of medical careers from healthcare professionals, as well as participate in hands-on activities designed to familiarize them with a specific aspect of medicine. 

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