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									                  ARLINGTON LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
                                                       APRIL, 2011
VOLUME XVI                                                                                                                      ISSUE 9
                  This publication is published ten times a year by Arlington Local School, P.O. Box 260, Arlington, OH 45814
                                                   Phone: 419-365-5121 Fax: 419-365-1282
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                        “We will learn, educate and build character through dedicated partnerships.”

                                                          IMPORTANT NEWS!

For the 2011-12 school year the plans are in place to publish the newsletter via the school website and no longer use the
mass mailing. This will allow us to save in paper, copy and postage costs. We understand that not everyone has access
to a computer and if you wish to continue to receive your newsletter in the mail, you must do one of the following before
August 1, 2011:

     1.   Call 419-365-5121 extension 251 and give Cindy your name, address, city and zip code;
     2.   Mail your name, address, city and zip to: Arlington Local School, Attn. Cindy, PO Box 260, Arlington, OH 45814;
     3.   Or, if you have access to email via your workplace, you can email your name, address city and zip to

If you currently receive one in the mail showing “Boxholder” and do not have access to the internet, you will need to
contact us using one of the choices above. We will no longer be using this bulk title.

                                   SUPERINTENDENT – MR. KEVIN S. HAUGHT

As of Friday, April 1, 2011 the Arlington Local School District has used seven weather related calamity days. House Bill 1,
enacted last year, allows school districts three calamity days for the 2010-11 school year. There is however, a bill that
has been passed in both the House and the Senate that would allow school districts to return to five calamity days for the
2010-11 school year. If that bill becomes law, it would mean that the Arlington School District would currently still need to
make up a minimum of two school days. The make-up days were scheduled at the beginning of the year and are as

     Friday, May 27, 2011
     Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The teacher workday will now be scheduled for Wednesday, June 1, 2011.

If there is a need for additional calamity days, the additional make-up days will be as follows:

     Wednesday, June 1, 2011
     Thursday, June 2, 2011
     Friday, June 3, 2011
As we begin to change into the spring weather, fog (like we saw on March 31) becomes our biggest challenge as far as
weather issues are concerned. As a reminder, the Arlington Local School District does have a three hour delay schedule
if needed. This three hour delay schedule requires an hour to be added to the end of the day in order for it to be counted
as a day of school.

So, if we have weather that warrants a three hour delay schedule, the student day would start at 11:01 A.M. and then end
at 4:05 P.M. Our bus schedule would run on a three hour adjusted schedule in the morning and a one hour late adjusted
schedule in the afternoon. Sports and other schedules also would be adjusted by approximately one hour, with games
starting as close to on- time as possible allowing for travel.

Morning kindergarten and preschool would run from 11:05 A.M. – 1:05 P.M. and afternoon kindergarten and preschool
would run from 2:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.

The three hour delay would be utilized on days when one more hour could make the difference between having to cancel
and going to school. Typically these would be days we have thick fog.

The Board Meeting began at 7:00 P.M. with Mrs. Musgrave absent. The agenda was approved as modified.

The minutes of the February 17, 2011 Board meeting and the financial report for February were approved as printed. The
Board approved the tax rates for Calendar Year 2012.

Mr. Mathew Musgrave addressed the Board.

Mrs. Bonnie Begg addressed the Board regarding the successes they had with second grade students by having a third
section in the second grade for the class of 2021. She also thanked the Board for the opportunity to teach this class in
three sections. Mrs. Beth Kellogg addressed the Board thanking them for their support and the confidence she felt from
the Board with regard to SB5.

Employment for the 2010 – 2011 school year was granted to the following individuals: Carrie Gilliland, part-time aide for a
special education student.

The following items were approved by board resolution: approve a contract for special education services with the
Hancock County ESC for the 2011-12 school year; accept the following donations: Optishot Golf Simulator from Arlington
School Bucks, Funds from the Arlington Academic Alliance for: High School Chemistry/Physics Supplies, Elementary
Library Books, and Smart Response XE Systems; approve the high school (grades 7-12) student handbook for the 2011-
12 school year; approve the elementary (grades PK-6) student handbook for the 2011-12 school year; approve Diana
Inbody as head volleyball coach for the 2011-12 school year; approve the following supplemental contracts for the 2010-
11 school year: Nathan Inniger, ½ Assistant Baseball Coach; Brett Bostleman, ½ Assistant Baseball Coach, and Mary
Price Volunteer Assistant Softball Coach; accept the resignation of Carol Crist due to retirement at the end of the 2010-11
school year; approve the following: Whereas, Carol M. Crist has played a very important role in the success of this school
district by her commitment to our students, staff, and community; and Whereas, Carol M. Crist has served the Arlington
Local School District as a high school teacher in an exemplary manner for thirty-five years; Therefore, Be It Resolved, that
the Arlington Board of Education officially recognizes and thanks Carol M. Crist for her dedication and her many positive
contributions to the Arlington Local School District; accept the resignation of Linda Lowry due to retirement at the end of
the 2010-11 school year; approve the following: Whereas, Linda K. Lowry has played a very important role in the success
of this school district by her commitment to our students, staff, and community; and Whereas, Linda K. Lowry has served
the Arlington Local School District as a high school teacher in an exemplary manner for fifteen years; Therefore, Be It
Resolved, that the Arlington Board of Education officially recognizes and thanks Linda K. Lowry for her dedication and her
many positive contributions to the Arlington Local School District

The Board met in executive session to consider the employment and/or dismissal of a public employee or official and to
discuss negotiations.

The Board returned to regular session at 8:28 P.M.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:29 P.M.

Arlington Local School open enrollment applications for the 2011-12 school year are available in the Superintendent’s
office between 8:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M. Monday through Friday.
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Completed applications may be returned to the Superintendent’s office beginning May 1                  through May 31 .      No
applications will be accepted by mail. Applications are date and time stamped.

Parents whose children already attend Arlington School through open enrollment must also apply each year.

All parents/guardians of open enrollment children will be responsible for their child’s transportation to and from school.

From the Desk of Teri Kubbs
Principal, Arlington High School

I have never been one to attend conferences, workshops, and seminars unless I deemed them extremely important. I
always think I have too much to do back at school to spend time somewhere else. But when the Ohio Association of
Secondary School Administrators offered a workshop on Bullying, Harassment, and Cyber-Bullying, I felt this was one of
those important ones. Our current charge is to find ways to deal with this issue effectively when it is brought to our
attention, but also to work on ways to prevent it from even starting. The act of bullying – wherever and whenever it takes
place – can be traumatic at any age. Over the next few months, we will be forming a task force to examine current
practices and policies as they relate to bullying. It will be an effort that will need to have input that represents all the
players involved – student, parent, teacher, and administrator. I am extremely excited about some new ideas that I
gleaned from today’s seminar. However, there is one component that you as parents can begin immediately. The
seminar speakers stressed that there has never been a tool for bullying that has the power to trash someone not only
instantly but in front of thousands like Facebook. What used to happen between two people at a locker now happens
without a face-to-face confrontation and for all to see instantly. While we form our group and begin to study what we as a
school can do, please look carefully at your rules for your middle school and/or high school student and Facebook. I am
hard-pressed to believe that, at their age, the positive aspects outweigh the negative aspects. I am likewise hard-pressed
to see the educational, mental, and emotional value of the tool when it is unsupervised. I am sure that many of you are
questioning the school even having thoughts on something that happens outside of the school day. Trust me – all the
issues end up coming into the school setting and having a direct affect on the educational climate. In the coming months,
I will be sharing some programming that we are going to use for addressing bullying. But in the meantime, let’s begin by
addressing those issues that are under our watch.

When it comes to bullying, harassment, and cyber-bullying, we must go with that adage that I have used before – “It takes
a whole community to raise a child.” I know I can count on your help and your support!

The Senior Trip:
On Saturday, March 19 , I boarded the bus with fifty excited seniors and eleven other wonderful chaperones. The
countdown was finally over and we were on our way! It seemed like no time at all and we were there! The Off-Broadway
production of Stomp was once again on the agenda. And as true to form, the Arlington crowd loved it! Over the next
three days, we took in Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, all the different burgs of New York
City including Harlem, SoHo, Chinatown, Manhattan, and Brooklyn. There is nothing like Times Square for lights and gift
shopping. We also went to Central Park taking in the Strawberry Fields for the late John Lennon, ice-skating at the
Rockefeller Center, and shopping on Fifth Avenue. A highlight was once again The Lion King. The music and stage
scenery were amazing! And the Class of 2011 was outstanding! Their excitement mirrored that of our first trip with the
Class of 2006! Their behavior was exemplary! They were pleased and appreciative of everything they did. This class
truly looked out for each other and for we chaperones as well. This trip to New York City is about education and making
lifetime memories. Thank you Arlington Community for helping to make this a reality. I would have to say “Mission
Accomplished”! Class of 2011 – Well Done!

A big thanks goes out to the parent-chaperones that helped with the fundraising, paid for their trip, and were on their feet
eighteen hours per day, on call twenty-four hours per day, and absolutely amazing! These folks were Steve Brown,
Marlene Brunswick, Lisa Cheney, Stacy Harper, Shelly Heacock, Amy Hingson, Joe Johnson, Pete Mains, Nicole
McWilliams, and Ellen Neiling. And a huge thanks goes out to Mr. Kevin Haught - my true, six-year partner and sounding
board on the trip. Mr. Haught leaves his family to help us make memories for other folks children. And that is so
awesome! Trust me – I couldn’t and wouldn’t make the trip without him!

I am often asked upon my return if this trip ever gets “old” to me. Having taken your children now for six years, my answer
quite quickly was “No – Not at all!” Every year I see it through the eyes of our children. Every year they give back to me
ten-fold while on the trip. Every year they make me so very, very proud. And yes – those of you who have taken the trip
with me during your senior year – your class made lasting memories for me! No – the trip is never boring!

Senior Class Trip to New York City
March 19 to March 23, 2011
Class of 2011
Luigi’s in the Middle of the Night!         - Interesting and Really Good!
First time to see the City!                 - Exciting!
Stomp!                                      - Loud, Awesome, and Really Cool!
The Empire State Building at Night!         - Breathtaking!
Cathedral of St. John the Divine!           - Magnificent!
Shopping, Shopping, Shopping!               - Not Enough Said the Girls!
                                            - Enough Already Said the Boys!
74 Purses!                                  - All Designer-Guaranteed – The Labels Prove It!
Ice Skating in Rockefeller Center!          - A True Memory-Maker!
Fourteen Boys Stuck in an Elevator!         - The Tales of What Those Agonizing (and Entertaining!) Minutes Were Like
                                               Keep Coming!
The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island!     - Truly Amazing and So Thought-Provoking!
The Lion King!                              - Incredible and Oh What Seats We Had!
The Last Look at the Night Skyline!         - Beautiful and Emotional!

Time with the Senior Class of 2011!         - Priceless!

Senior / Senior Breakfast:
Our fifth, and final for the year, Senior / Senior Breakfast will be help on Wednesday, April 13 at 8:00 A.M. in the
cafeteria. We have had such a good time welcoming our friends back into the high school scene! We’ll see you at

The Arlington Elementary PTO And Academic Alliance Help Out Big:
First you are asking why the Elementary would help out the high school! Good question! The help comes from the
School Bucks. When School Bucks were started, the “founding father” parents were all parents of elementary students.
Those initial children have grown into high school students. And with the high school having groups and classes raise
money for specific projects and the actual school not being able to have any school-wide fundraisers for worthy, academic
arenas, the PTO has decided to lend a hand to the high school as well. And we thank them big time!

The Elementary PTO has helped out in two big areas of the high school during this school year. These areas are:
1. Catching Kids Being Good – This year, we are purposely and deliberately trying to catch kids being good. At the end
    of each nine weeks, we have a drawing of all those catching kids being good slips that have been turned in. We
    have been able to award 5 twenty-five dollar gift cards per nine weeks thanks to the Elementary PTO.
2.   Prior to taking that most-important 10 Grade Ohio Graduation Test, we feed the sophomores a hot breakfast each
     morning of the testing week. Mrs. Gault is wonderful to prepare the breakfast and the Elementary PTO is wonderful
     for picking up the bill!

Arlington Academic Alliance:
Likewise, the Arlington Academic Alliance has helped out in a big way as well! As was the case last year, again with the
help of the Board of Education and the Academic Alliance, we were able to sponsor an ACT review course that took place
on four Saturdays in March. The Board of Education paid the stipend for the teachers and the Academic Alliance paid for
the ACT books that each student not only used, but was able to keep. Wonderful teacher-leadership in our second ACT
Review Course was shown by Mrs. Tyna Harvey, Mrs. Susan Martaus, Mr. Brent Hoerig, and Mr. Nick Inbody. This year
we had twenty-three students each Saturday morning! How exciting! And a big, continuous thank you, to Lois Steinman
and her helpers for the quarterly “Smart” cookies: They are so appreciated by all!

The above three areas have made huge differences. And they did not come cheaply. We thank the Arlington Elementary
PTO and the Arlington Academic Alliance for contributing more than $1500 for these programs. Without their help with
each, they certainly would not have been possible. Your support, encouragement, and dedication are appreciated more
than you will ever know!

Congratulations to the Following Students:
Congrats to the following All-BVC Honors:

    BVC Player of the Year:            Tina Brunswick
    BVC Coach of the Year:             Coach Seth Newlove
    1 Team All BVC:                    Tina Brunswick, Mackenzie Heacock, Thayne Recker
    2 Team All BVC:                    Amelia Recker
    3 Team All BVC:
    Honorable Mention:                 Jordan Drerup, Alivia Recker, Adam Inniger, Jake Leonard
    2 Team All Ohio:                   Tina Brunswick
    Honorable Mention All Ohio:        Thayne Recker
    State Coach of the Year:           Coach Seth Newlove

Congrats to Michaela Missler, Kayla Thompson, and Kaity Weidman for being selected to represent Arlington High School
at Buckeye Girls’ State!

Congrats to Mrs. Smith and the Junior Class of 2012 for an outstanding Junior Class Play. A great time was had and
lifetime memories were made!

Congrats to Lydia Sorensen for making it to the top twelve finalists at the Toledo Spelling Bee!

Congrats to Josh Solis for being named to the F.F.A. State Convention Choir!

Congrats to Mrs. Cortez and the entire Physics Class of 2011 and all the Physics Alums for making the Arlington
Trebuchet Contest such a success!

Congrats to Mrs. Beagle for being one of the 2010-2011 Finalists in the Hancock County Golden Apple Teacher
Award! We are so proud of Mrs. Beagle and wish her luck in the finals!

Congrats to Mrs. Crist, Mrs. Grieser, and Mrs. Kellogg for being the nominees for Arlington Academic Alliance Teacher
of the Year. Quite a group of distinguished educators!

F.F.A. Banquet and Alumni Organization:
The F.F.A. Banquet was held on Tuesday, March 29 . As always, it was a wonderful evening. And this newsletter
seems like a wonderful forum to take a minute and send out a HUGE THANK YOU to all the Arlington F.F.A. Alumni that
have been so very, very helpful this year! They have rolled up their sleeves, given wonderful, sound advice, and are
always there for our students and for Mr. Snyder. With their help and support, we are moving forward in some exciting
directions! Our first Toy Show was an awesome success due to the hard work of our Alumni Organization, Mr. Snyder,
and the students. Over $500 was raised on the pie auction at the banquet! This money goes towards to cost of our
members attending the various F.F.A. camps. Congrats to all the newly inducted Honorary members – Amy Bower,
Roger Bower, Jody Brown, and Larry Inbody. F.F.A. Members receiving awards were Travis Vogelsong, Chris
Canterbury, Cam Brown, and Cody Glick. Next year’s officers include President Nick Price, Vice President Josh Solis,
Secretary Jessica Collins, Treasurer Travis Vogelsong, Reporter Jade Woods, Student Advisor Blaiz McBride, and
Sentinel Aaron Alexander. And congrats to Mr. Snyder for a wonderful year with the Arlington F.F.A.!

The Agriculture Department, Mr. Snyder, the Administration, and the Board of Education would like to offer a word of
thanks to the Arlington Class of 1978 for their wonderful donation to the department. Their classmate – Jeff Drumelsmith
– was extremely involved on the farm and the class members thought it only fitting that with his untimely death, they make
a donation to the Agriculture Department in Mr. Drummelsmith’s name. It is indeed so very appreciated and we are so
thankful for Mr. Romick and his efforts to make this happen. The Ag. Shop has always been a welcoming place for all and
it will continue to be just that.

Seventh and Eighth Grade Ohio Achievement Tests:
The Ohio Achievement Tests for the seventh and eighth grade classes will be given the Week of April 26 . Both seventh
and eighth grades will take Reading on Tuesday; seventh grade Math on Thursday, and the eighth grade Math on Friday.
Then the following Tuesday, the eighth graders will take Science. The National Honor Society will supply milk, juice,
muffins, and bagels for our junior high testers. We will need your help and support getting these students prepared for
these most-important tests. Please see that they get a good night’s sleep the night before each test. We are confident
that our seventh and eighth graders are prepared and up for the challenge!

May Events and The Arts Festival:
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The Arlington Art Gallery:                                                Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7
The old gym, under the direction and leadership of Ms. Jane Davis, will once again be transformed into the Arlington Art
Gallery! Included with the incredible artwork will be displays from the Family and Consumer Science Department and Ms.
Nancy Honse, the Vocational Agriculture Department and Mr. Nate Snyder, and the Industrial Arts Department and Mr.
Gregg Feller. Other classroom teachers setting up displays include Mrs. Beagle, Mrs. Cortez, Mrs. Crist, Mr. Dillon, Mrs.
Martaus, Mrs. Miller, and Mrs. Shick. While this goes on over on the high school side of the building, elementary
classrooms put wonderful displays outside their doors. Try not to miss a thing! Doors open at 6:00 P.M.
The Junior High and High School Choirs:                                 Friday, May 6
The junior high and high school choirs, under the direction of Mr. Dan Basinger, will be performing on Friday, May 6 .
This is an incredible show displaying some amazing talent. Please see the ticket information in the Music Department
section of the newsletter. Doors open at 6:00 P.M., performance at 7:00 P.M.
Senior Citizens’ Day at the Arts Fest:                                  Friday, May 6
The annual Senior Citizens’ Day will be held on Friday, May 6 . Doors open at 10:00 A.M. for the exhibits. Lunch will be
served in the band room and choir room at 11:15 A.M. with music following about noon. The meal will be catered by our
cafeteria ladies, sponsored by the high school Student Council, and served by members of the junior high General Music
class. Please call the high school at 419-365-5121 extension 242 for reservations. We’re looking forward to a big crowd!
Bands in the Round:                                                   Saturday, May 7
Bands in the Round, under the direction of Mr. Dave Sorensen, will feature musicians from the fifth through the twelfth
grades. The concert is held in the gymnasium and is always special! Doors open at 6:00 P.M. the concert is at 7:00 P.M.
Carpe Diem Yard Sale:                                                      Saturday, May 14
The Seventh Grade Parents are sponsoring the Fifth Annual Carpe Diem Yard Sale on Saturday, May 14 . The event will
take place in the front parking lot of the school. Donations will be accepted beginning at 7:00 A.M. that morning.
Remember – donations of Arlington wear and furniture are quite popular. Beth Wallwey is in charge and will be getting in
touch with all our Seventh Grade Parents. Just call the school office for information. See you on the 14 !
8 Grade Curriculum:
With the 2011-2012 school year, we will be continuing some changes that we began last year. As a reminder of those

      1.   During the semester of physical education, each student will spend one day a week in the Ag. Department
           investigating such things as: the Corn Belt, agronomy, retail cuts of meat and how you can be a knowledgeable
           shopper (they can help you at Meijer’s!), the dairy industry and dairy products, soil judging, natural resources,
           alternative sources of energy, Future Farmers of America – not only sharing bits of knowledge, but wetting an
           appetite for more classes in the Ag Department!

      2.   With the changes in the State-Wide Curriculum for Family and Consumer Science, cooking is no longer to be
           taught to freshmen and sophomores. With some fine tuning done during the 2010-2011 school year, we have
           divided the semester opposite the PE course into three six week programs - six weeks of industrial arts, six
           weeks of cooking, and six weeks of keyboarding. So that group of 24 that had physical education first semester
           during eighth period will now be divided into three groups of eight for the second semester. To have such small
           classes in these three courses should be a huge help and a real benefit to all! The same is true with the group
           that starts with Enrichment during the first semester and takes physical education the second semester.

Underclassmen Schedule for the End of the Year:
Barring any other inclement weather days and the state granting five weather calamity days, we will be making up days on
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Friday, May 27 and Tuesday, May 31 . Therefore, we will be taking our exams Wednesday, May 25 , Thursday, May
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26 , and Friday, May 27 prior to the Memorial Day three-day weekend. Research indicates that students never do as
well after a three-day weekend as they do prior to the holiday. Our last day of classes will be Tuesday, May 31 with each
class meeting for an abbreviated schedule. With parental permission and perfect attendance during the three-day exam
period, students will be allowed to leave on Tuesday, June 1 at 1:00 P.M. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that we have
no more weather issues!

Junior High and High School Calendar of Events:
Monday, April 11          - Naturalization Ceremony – All seniors will be attending.
Wednesday, April 13       - Senior / Senior Breakfast
Thursday, April 14        - Field Trip for Spanish III, IV, and V
                          - Progress Reports
Saturday, April 16        - Larry Beagle 5-K Run
                          - Dodgeball – Every year I hope they forget, but they don’t!
Monday, April 18                     - Field Trip to ONU for Biology II Students
Thursday, April 21 through
    Monday, April 25       - Spring Break
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Tuesday, April 26                    - 7 and 8 Grade Reading Ohio Achievement Assessments
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Thursday, April 28                   - 7 Grade Math Ohio Achievement Assessment
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Friday, April 29                     - 8 Grade Math Ohio Achievement Assessment
                                     - All 2011-2012 Ag. Students will attend the University of Findlay Agricultural Career Fair for
                                        the Day.
Saturday, April 30                   - Prom and Post-Prom
Sunday, May 1                        - Hancock County Scholarship Luncheon
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Tuesday, May 3                       - 8 Grade Science Ohio Achievement Assessment
Thursday, May 5                      - Two-Hour Early Release
Friday, May 6                        - Arts Fest – Choir Concert and Art Displays
Saturday, May 7                      - Arts Fest – Band Concert and Art Displays
Tuesday, May 10                      - F.F.A. Animal and Farm Show
Saturday, May 14                     - Carpe Diem Yard Sale and Dance
Sunday, May 15                       - Sixth Annual Outback Dinner
Friday, May 20                       - Awards Assemblies
Friday, May 20                       - Awards Assembly – Junior High at 8:45 A.M. and Senior High at 9:30 A.M.
Tuesday, May 24                      - Senior Volunteer Day
Wednesday, May 25 –
    Friday, May 27                   - Underclassmen Exams
Wednesday, May 25                    - Senior Picnic
Thursday, May 26                     - Senior Breakfast; Baccalaureate and Commencement Practice
Sunday, May 29                       - Class of 2011 Baccalaureate and Commencement

                                                            ARTSFest 2011
                                                    Choral Music – Mr. Dan Basinger
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The Music Department will be presenting their performances for ARTSFest this year on May 6 & 7 at 7:00 P.M.
On Friday May 6 the Arlington choirs will be presenting an eclectic mix of music. The junior high choirs will be singing
tunes related to cars or travel, the high school Select Ensemble will be singing Jazz Standards and Swing music, while
the high school concert choir will be rockin’ out with music from the 1980’s. If you, like Mr. Basinger, are dedicated to live
accompaniment, then you’ll really appreciate the student-led combo accompanying the high energy Eighties dancing.

There will be no pre-sale tickets this year. Admission must be paid at the door prior to the concert. The doors will
open and admission will be charged for the concerts beginning at 6:00 P.M. on Friday May 6 . There are no reserved
seats. All seats are $5.00 this year. (Less than the cost of a BVC game)
The Arlington bands will be presenting Bands-in-the-Round on Saturday May 7 in the gymnasium at 7:00 P.M.
Congratulations to Josh Solis! He was accepted into the Ohio F.F.A. State Choir. The 83 Ohio F.F.A. Convention, held
at the Ohio State Fairgrounds, will again, include a performance from a band and choir comprised of student members.
Solis, a tenor, will join 119 fellow F.F.A. students for a day-long rehearsal beginning at 8:00 A.M. on Friday May 6 . The
band and choir will present their concert that evening at 6:00 P.M. following the closing ceremonies.

                                                SMART Response XE
                                            Biology - Mrs. Amanda Miller

Through the fundraising of the Arlington Academic Alliance and federal grant money, the district received four SMART
Response XE systems. I would like to thank the community members who contributed to the Arlington Academic Alliance
funds, as well as the A members who carefully considered my request for the new technology! The system has allowed
me to create interactive reviews and assessments for students to complete with electronic clickers.

Each XE system consists of twenty-four clickers with full QWERTY keyboards. The alphanumeric keys make it easy to
“text” in responses to multiple choice, true or false, short answer, and even math based problems. Through the course of
the review, students have complete anonymity from each other. In turn, they do not have to worry about being wrong in
front of their classmates. The clickers also provide immediate feedback for students by displaying how they performed on
each question. At the same time, the software displays their results on my computer. Therefore, I can quickly assess the
questions that require more instruction. The XE system has been a tremendous asset for all my classes.

                          Biology II students are hard at work on the digestive system review.

                                            SMART Response XE Clicker

                                   FROM THE LIBRARY- MRS. SUSAN MARTAUS

Donated by Laura Clevidence in honor of her half birthday (January 28)
       Soccer Song by Patricia Reilly Giff            Dot and Bob by David McPhail

Donated by Mrs. Sandy McClelland in memory of Millie Rower        The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins (The
       Hunger Games, Catching Fire, Mockingjay)

Donated by Jacob Shepard (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series by Michael Scott) The Sorceress, The

New elementary books
Balliet, Blue. The Calder Game. (PB FIC BAL) Paperback fiction

Barnett, Mac. Oh No! (Or How My Science Project Destroyed the World). (E Bar) Easy Readers

Bosch, Pseudonymous. The Name of This Book is Secret. (PB FIC BOS) Paperback fiction

Lynch, Chris. Cyberia. (FIC LYN) Fiction

MacLachlan, Patricia. Word After Word After Word (FIC MAC) Fiction

Mazer, Harry. My Brother Abe. (FIC MAZ) Historical Fiction

Philbrick, Rodman. The Fire Pony (PB FIC PHI) Paperback fiction
    Roy and his brother Joe find refuge at the Bar None Ranch, where Roy befriends Lady Luck, a wild pony that wins
    over Roy’s heart, but when Joe’s past catches up with the brothers, they must choose between fleeing and finally
    facing the truth.

Russell, Rachel Renee. Dork Diaries (FIC RUS) Fiction

Ryan, Pam Munoz. The Dreamer (FIC RYA) Fiction.

Lewis, J. Patrick. The Underwear Salesman: and Other Jobs for Better or Verse. (811 Lew) Poetry

Prelutsky, Jack. My Dog May Be A Genius. (811 Pre) Poetry

Additional and replacement copies:
Raskin, Ellen. The Westing Game. (PB FIC RAS) Paperback fiction

Schonberg, Marcia. Cardinal Numbers: An Ohio Counting Book. (E SCH) Easy Reader

New HS books
The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game by Michael Lewis                       Necropolis / Anthony Horowitz

The Bedford Glossary of Critical and Literary Term by Ross Murfin          Raiders Night by Robert Lipsyte

The Diamond of Darkhold by Jeanne DePrau                              Day of Tears: A Novel in Dialogue by Julius Lester

In Search of Mockingbird by Loretta Ellsworth                         The Batboy by Mike Lupica

The Big Time: a Football Genius Novel by Tim Green                    Theodore Boone, Kid Lawyer by John Grisham

The Browser's Dictionary of Foreign Words and Phrases by Mary Varchaver and Frank Ledlie Moore

Don't Eat This Book: Fast Food and the Supersizing of America by Morgan Spurlock

                                             Vo Ag – MR. NATE SNYDER

F.F.A. Blue Jackets Awarded to Local Youth
Findlay- Blanchard Valley Farmers Co-Op along with Syngenta participated in a program through the National F.F.A.
Foundation for an opportunity to have a F.F.A. jacket awarded to Josh Solis a member of Arlington High School.

Syngenta made a generous proposition to its retail partners: Contribute $2,500 to the National F.F.A. Foundation, and
we’ll match it. In recognition of the retailers’ contribution, a local F.F.A. chapter that has been designated will receive an
official F.F.A. blue jacket and a $500 check for the chapter.

Russ Klemme, District Sales Manager for Syngenta in Minnesota said, “The Blue Jacket Program created a lot of
excitement and exceeded our expectations.” The retailers who participated in the program are true ambassadors of

F.F.A. prepares young people to lead, grow and achieve future success in more than 300 diverse careers through
agricultural education.
The National F.F.A. Organization, formerly known as Future Farmers of America, is a national youth organization of
523,309 student members- all preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture-
as part of 7,437 local F.F.A. chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The National F.F.A.
Organization changed to its present name in 1988 in recognition of the growth and diversity of agriculture and agricultural
education. The F.F.A. mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for
premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The National F.F.A. Organization
operates under Federal Charter granted by the 81 United States Congress, and it is an integral part of public instruction
in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for F.F.A. as a service to
state and local agricultural education programs. Visit www.ffa.org for more information.

                                      HIGH SCHOOL GUIDANCE – MRS. AMY KUBLY

It sounds like the senior trip was a huge success and the stories have been fun! Now it’s time to focus on deciding which
college to choose and finding the financial means to pay for it! I must say the seniors, for the most part, are diligently
working on their many scholarship applications. They have been in and out of my office for weeks now. In the past, I
have seen a pattern in those receiving the scholarships. Often the scholarships go to those students working the hardest
to get them, so the message here is: keep filling the applications out. I have another pile on my desk to send home this

Many of the scholarship recipients will not know if they have been awarded a scholarship until our Awards Ceremony on
May 20 at 9:30 A.M. The Community Foundation likes to give out their awards this way.

It is important that each senior let me know what scholarships they are receiving so these can be announced May 29 at
graduation. The colleges should be sending financial aid packages to the students who have been accepted at their
institutions. These letters will list any grants and scholarships to be given. I also need to know the sources and amounts
of outside scholarships. Any student receiving any grant and/or scholarship will be individually recognized during the
graduation ceremony. The grand total received by the class of 2011 will also be announced.

Some seniors have received award letters from the colleges they have applied to. A final decision usually must be made
by May 1. This is typically when the college of choice requires a deposit.

I am hoping that our sophomores will have good news in May when we receive results from the Ohio Graduation Tests
(OGT) that they worked so hard on for five straight days in March. Results will be in the middle of May.
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Speaking of testing, our 7 and 8 graders will be taking the Ohio Achievement Tests the week of April 26. Good luck to
all of them!

Congratulations go out to Cassie Wallwey who will represent Arlington at HOBY this summer! The Hugh O’Brien Youth
Leadership is a dynamic, interactive educational program designed to prepare our country’s youth to become effective,
ethical leaders in their home, schools, workplace and community. She will attend the seminar in June at Ohio Northern

The University of Toledo will be hosting their annual Pharmacy Summer Camps on June 12-15 and July 19-22. For more
information and to register, go to utoledo.edu/pharmacy/prospective. Financial need based scholarships are available.

Juniors, you have one more opportunity to take the ACT test this school year and I encourage you to do so if you haven't
already taken this test. The test will be administered on June 11 with a registration deadline of May 6th. Registration
can be done online at act.org. Students taking the test may want to consider paying the additional fee to take the new
“Writing” portion of the ACT test. The website that will give you information on which colleges require this test:


The following students were rewarded for their positive behavior in March;

        Jacy Beach                 Tasha Bethel         Cloe Crist          Rebecca Day         Kyle Dittman
        Kenadie Hart               Ivy Kidd             Adria Laberdee      Ava Mihaly          Hunter Myers
        Chenoa Newman              Kobie Parrish        Kendra Parke        Kaitlyn Wilcox      Ezekiel Zeiter

Please be aware that the World’s Finest Chocolate orders will be sent home with students on Tuesday, April 12. If you
child has a large order, please call the office to make arrangements to pick it up.

Due to kindergarten screening, there will no be classes for A.M. or P.M. kindergarten or preschool on Thursday, April 14.


The Arlington Local School website has been revamped! We hope that the calendar, newsletter and the basic layout is
helpful to you. We will try very hard to make sure that our elementary events and calendar items are current.

Please mark your calendars for Saturday, April 16 at 6:00 P.M. More details are on the school website calendar!

Please note that Arlington School will have a scheduled two hour early dismissal on Thursday, May 5, 2011.

A.M. pre-school and kindergarten students attend from 8:00 – 10:00 A.M.
P.M. pre-school and kindergarten students attend from 11:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.
Students grades 1-12 are dismissed at 1:00 P.M.

It is beginning to look like spring, but during morning recess it is still chilly out there. Please continue to monitor your
child’s outerwear each morning. Students still need to dress appropriately for the cool Ohio spring weather and wear
coats or jackets to school for outdoor recess and activities. An announcement will be made at school to let students know
when it is acceptable to begin wearing shorts again.

We need your help. With the warm weather of spring approaching, our students are full of energy. Many times they get
out of the building and start running without care for moving traffic. We are asking drivers to please be careful when
dropping off and picking up students. Remember, walkers have the right of way. Keep a watchful eye for students who
may not be paying attention to what they, or you, are doing. Check twice before moving and then proceed slowly and with
caution. We want to keep all of our children safe.

Thank you.

I would like to offer some tips on test preparation for students in grades three through six.

Ohio Achievement Assessments will begin Wednesday, April 27. You can access practice tests on-line through the Ohio
Department of Education’s website. Take some time to sit with your child as he/she takes a practice test. Talk about the
reading passages, questions, and answers together. To access the practice tests follow these links:

             1.   Google: Ohio Department of Education
             2.   Click on ODE – Home Website
             3.   Under Families click on STATEWIDE TESTING WEBSITE
             4.   Click GRADES 3-8 OAA
            5.   Click PRACTICE FOR THE TEST
            7.   Click Take a test without Logging In
            8.   Select a test (Reading, Math, Science)
            9.   Select Grade level and year

            Then begin the test.

Children often reflect the attitudes and feelings of the important adults in their lives. If parents and teachers are confident,
interested, and organized in regards to the testing, they are more apt to be the same. The following are some things that
parents can do to help children prepare for tests;

            •    REST         Get a good night’s sleep before the test
            •    EAT          A good breakfast on the mornings of the tests is important. Taking tests uses lots of energy.
            •    LISTEN       Pay attention to the directions that are given for each test and then follow them exactly. If
                              the directions are not clear, ask the teacher to repeat them or to explain the directions again.
            •    TRY          Do your best. Even if some of the questions may seem hard, don’t give up.

Here are some things that parents can do. the same ideas can be done by teachers with their students:

            •    DISCUSS  Talk to your child about school and tests. Help him or her to understand that the tests
                          provide a chance to show what he or she knows about a subject.
            •    SUPPORT Make sure that your child understands that the test results simply give information. They will
                          not be used to reward or punish him or her.
            •    CONTINUE See that your child maintains regular study habits, but don’t ask for extra study time for
                          these tests. They cover more schoolwork than can be learned in a few hours.
            •    RELAX    Don’t’ make your child nervous. Students who are calm and sure of themselves do better on

Wow! What a tremendous response we had to our World’s Finest Chocolate sale! Our students, with the help of their
parents, sold over $10,890.00 of chocolate! We will realize a profit of approximately $4,800.00. All proceeds from this
sale will go towards our playground.

Arlington Schools are so lucky to have dedicated, professional teachers and staff who care about our children and their
success. I am proud to work with each and every one. On May 3rd, remember to say “thanks for all you do”, to our
teachers and staff.

Do You Know What Teachers Really Need?
It’s the little things that can make a big difference, especially when it comes to supporting your child’s learning.

    •   Build your child’s confidence. Before he leaves for school, give your child a hug. Give him praise when he makes
        you proud.
    •   Send your child to school after a healthy breakfast. A well-balanced diet fuels your child’s brain.
    •   Ask about your child’s day when he comes home from school.
    •   Help your child with homework, but never do it for him.

    •   Schedule some peaceful time for your child in the evenings. Your child can use that time to read.
    •   Partner with your child’s teacher. Share concerns with the teacher in private. Never criticize the teacher in front
        of your child.

Volunteers are such a valuable resource. You help us throughout the year with so many things. We would like to thank
you for your time and dedication to our children and school by inviting all volunteers to attend a luncheon with us on May
10 at 11:00 A.M.

Elementary class lists (grades one through six) will be posted Friday, August 12, 2011. Kindergarten class lists will be
made available earlier to allow for transportation arrangements.

Arlington Elementary School will accept requests for a specific classroom section only under the following guidelines
as stated in the Arlington Elementary Parent/Student Handbook:

•   The school staff will attempt to honor requests concerning the separation of siblings, cousins, or close friends, if this
    would be of benefit to either of the children in question.
•   Students entering grades one, two, or three - Parents will be permitted to make a request for a specific section of a
    first, second, or third grade class only if an older sibling of the child in question has had a specific problem with a
    teacher at that grade level. A personal interview with the elementary principal will be required to make such a
•   Students entering grades four, five, or six - No requests will be accepted.
•   All requests should be made as early as possible. No requests will be accepted after May 1st.

All requests that adhere to the above guidelines will be considered individually by the elementary staff. A request may or
may not be granted. The elementary principal is responsible for final decisions concerning classroom assignments.

The Hancock County Board of Health has set up extra clinics for students in the sixth grade needing their mandatory
Tdap. Please call 419-424-7869 as soon as possible to schedule an appointment.

The Big G Box Tops for Education program is coming to an end for this school year. Please have all your box tops in to the
school by Monday, April 25. Thanks to all who took the time to save the box tops! We appreciate the support. Very special
thanks to Mrs. Marlene Brunswick who ran this program for our school.

General Mills will accept the “Box Tops for Education” coupons collected throughout the summer months, so
watch for the coupons on the food items and stash them away until fall.


Tues.    12         Chocolate bunnies/almonds sent home with students
Thurs.   14         P.T.O. Meeting – 7:00 P.M. – elementary library
Thurs.   14         Kindergarten Screening
Thurs.   14         No school for Kindergarten or Preschool due to Kindergarten screening
Sat.     16         Arlington Area Businessmen’s Easter Egg Hunt – Arlington Park @ 1:00 P.M. for Ages 1-9
                    Elementary Trivia Night – 6:00 P.M.
Thurs. – Mon.
          21 – 25   Spring break
Tues.     26        Students return to class
Weds. 27            OAA Reading testing – grades 3, 4, 5 & 6
Weds. 27            Iowa Test – grade 2
Thurs. 28           OAA Math testing – grades 3, 4, 5, & 6
Fri.      29        OAA Science – grade 5
Tues.      3        No Religious Education – Election Day
Thurs.     5        Scheduled 2 hour early release
Fri./Sat. 6 & 7     Arts Festival
Tues.     10        Volunteer Recognition Lunch
Thurs. 19           P.T.O. Meeting – 7:00 P.M. – elementary library
Fri.      20        Elementary Awards assembly – 1:45 P.M. – Cable Auditorium
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Tues.     24        5 /6 grade Reward Trip to see Toledo Mudhens
Fri.      27        Kindergarten Graduation – 9:30 A.M. and 1:30 P.M. – Cable Auditorium
Fri.      27        First make-up day – school in session
Mon.      30        No School – Memorial Day

May cont.
Tues.   31         Second make-up day – school in session
Tues.   31         Last day of school
Tues.     7        Elementary grade cards available for pick up in elementary office

                                                     P.T.O. NEWS

Re-Enroll Your Kroger Plus Card Today!
Please take a moment right now and re-register your Kroger Community Rewards. There are at least 122 of you earning
money for our school every time you swipe your Kroger Plus Card, so tell your family, friends, and neighbors to visit
www.krogercommunityrewards.com, login to your account, and confirm that “Arlington School Support Organization”
(#80783) is to continue getting your earnings. Enrollments can begin as early as April 1, so do it now before you forget!

If you do not have a computer or Internet service, you can also contact Treasurer Julie Taft-Rider at
schoolbucks@hotmail.com or 419-365-7103 for assistance.

Thank you to those who updated their information in the PTO’s system. If you have recently registered your card, please
make sure that we have all of your data. Just call Julie at 419-365-7103 or send her an e-mail at
schoolbucks@hotmail.com. If you don’t tell us the students for whom you are earning Fee$ Back, we won’t be able to pay
their school fees.

Thanks…to everyone who attended our annual Movie Night!! We had approximately 100 students and parents join us in
the cafeteria for a pajama party, complete with pizza, popcorn & a movie, “No More Baths.” We are looking forward to our
next movie & hope you will join us!!

Next PTO Meeting The next PTO meeting will be April 14, 2011 at 7:00 PM in the Elementary Library. Agenda items will
include budget discussion for 2011-2012 school year and finalizing plans for Teacher Appreciation Days in May. We
would love your input! The meetings will adjourn at 8:30 or earlier. Children are welcome!

If you would like to be added to our e-mail list, please send a request to schoolbucks@hotmail.com and we’ll be sure to
send you minutes from our meetings and any important notices to keep you informed. You can also access PTO
information on the school web site at http://www.noacsc.org/hancock/ag/. Click on “Links” and then “PTO” at the bottom of
the page.

$chool Buck$
Please have your $chool Buck$ orders to the Elementary Office by 3:00 P.M. every Monday. Orders to our main supplier,
Great Lakes Scrip, are placed Tuesday mornings. Each shipment of gift cards includes a $7.75 charge for shipping, thus
orders are placed only once a week. A stock of popular cards continues to be “on-hand” for the last minute trip to the
grocery, gas station or restaurant. Orders can be placed by any of the following methods:
        ♦ Order online at www.shopwithscrip.com (enrollment code EAEDD9C33344 for first time users). Do your
            shopping at the online store and you can even pay there! Their Presto Pay is easy and secure and we will
            reimburse your Fee$ Back account the minimal $.39 that they charge you. The best part of Presto Pay is that
            the PTO does not have to absorb the fees for charging your bank account.
        ♦ Start a Recurring Order and we will automatically process and send certificates to you each month. We
            currently have over 50 Recurring Orders each month!
        ♦ Email schoolbucks@hotmail.com with your order.
        ♦ Visit the Appleseed IGA on Recycling Saturdays in the colder months from 9:00 – 11:00 A.M. The next
            date is April 16 .
        ♦ Contact Julie Taft-Rider at 419-365-7103 to make order arrangements.

                  The Arlington Volunteer Fire Department would like to thank everyone that has
                bought chicken and/or pork chop dinners from us in the past. We would also like to inform
you, that the proceeds raised at our BBQs are how the department funds the 4 of July fireworks each year. This is why
we have multiple BBQs a year, and why so many firefighters are trying to sell you tickets. This year our annual fireworks
will be held on July 1. We are now getting ready to place our order for this year’s fireworks. If you are interested in
donating to the 2011 fireworks please make a check payable to;

                                          Arlington Volunteer Fire Dept.
                                          c/o Fireworks Fund
                                          PO Box 699
                                          Arlington, Oh 45814

                   We look forward to ending your party with a “BANG” next year!

Thank you for your support,
Arlington Volunteer Fire Department

                                           ELEMENTARY TRIVIA NIGHT
                                             SATURDAY, APRIL 16TH

                                                 Teacher of the Year
                                                   See insert for ballot
                                               Voting ends: April 25, 2011

                                      4th Annual Silent Auction
                                                  Sponsored by:
                                                 SAVINGS BANK

                                               Arlington School
                                             Sunday, May 15, 2011
                                              4:00 pm to 8:00 pm

                    Come join us for some bidding fun and possible bargains!
                                  Look for listings of our auction items, coming soon!
                     All proceeds will be used to benefit the Arlington Academic Alliance Initiatives.

                        The Arlington Academic Alliance wants your VOTE!

We are honored to present the following teachers, nominated for the “2011 Teacher of the Year”, by the
                                           Arlington Community:

                                          •   Mrs. Carol Crist
                                          •   Mrs. Jan Grieser
                                          •   Mrs. Beth Kellogg

Voting Guidelines:
    1. All votes must be signed.
    2. Voting will be restricted to one vote per individual, 18 years and older.
    3. This award will be decided strictly based on community input.

Votes can be submitted using the form below or by emailing this same information to alliance@ag.noacsc.org.
Votes are due, no later than, Monday, April 25, 2011. Please include your name on any e-mail submissions.
The “2011 Teacher of the Year” award will be announced during Teacher Appreciation Week and will
appear in the May newsletter.

I vote for ___________________as “2011 Teacher of the Year” at Arlington Local School.

He/She deserves the award because __________________________________


                         Please return to the school office by April 25, 2011

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