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Thursday, November 15, 2012 2:49 PM

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FORT JENNINGS — Fort Jennings School Board members approved a $1,500 donation from the Mindy Lauf Memorial Fund for an Outdoor Science Lab Wednesday and the creation of the fund. The board also approved a donation of children’s books from the Dan Weyrauch family.

In old business, members discussed and approved the biennial band trip contract. Superintendent Nicholas Langhals gave an update on that trip to Disney World in Florida Oct. 30 through Nov. 4, 2013. Band members will be transported to Disney World by bus. Each student has the opportunity to be involved in two trips throughout their high school career — one trip to Disney and the other to Chicago.

“At this time, there is no estimated cost for the trip, which is dependent on the number of students participating,” Langhals noted. “Funding for the trip will be made through fund-raisers held by the Band Boosters.”

In new business, the approval of Jenn Neidert as volunteer cheer assistant will be dependent upon her completion of certification requirements.
“She expressed a great an interest in helping the cheer team,” Langhals enthusiastically added.

Elementary students are keeping busy this month.  Principal Kathleen Verhoff ran through a list of activities students have participated in, including a mock presidential election and opinion polls. Verhoff reported that the student’s choice for president did not mirror the national outcome. The opinion polls encompassed two separate issues — the continued use of paper towels verses electric hand dryers and 5-day-a-week, 9-month school year verses 4-day-a-week, 11-month school year. With a 48-percent vote for paper towels, electric hand dryers won hands down. In addition, 61 percent of the students voted to keep the 5-day, 9-month school year intact.

Also included in Verhoff’s list of activities is a Bully Prevention Assembly — Stand Up, which is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Monday.

Dean of Students/Athletic Director Todd Hoehn gave his High School Report. Upcoming events include a Student Council MORP Dance from 7-10 p.m. on Friday; the first girls basketball game Nov. 23; “Real World, Real Money” at Ottoville High School on Nov. 28; the first boys basketball game on Nov. 30; National Honor Society Inductions on Dec. 6; Winter Music Concert at 7 p.m. on Dec. 10;  the Homecoming Basketball Game” vs. Ottoville on Dec. 14; the Homecoming Dance from 8-11 p.m. on Dec. 15; and the Local Science Fair from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Dec. 19 in the Auditeria.

“In conjunction with lessons in class, 8th- and 9th-grade students participate in a real world learning experience,” Hoehn explained the program sponsored by OSU extension.

“They are given a job, budget and checkbook and learn those life responsibilities through the activity.”


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