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					                                   BUCKEYE VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL
                                      OCTOBER NEWSLETTER
                                          FRESHMEN AND THEIR PARENTS

Students and parents are encouraged to review the Buckeye Valley High School monthly newsletter.
If you have questions, please call the high school office at (740) 363-1349 or the guidance office at
(740) 363-4340.
                                       UPCOMING EVENTS
                  October 16             Early Release for Students
                  October 17             COTA DAY – No School for Students
                  October 21             JOSTENS Ring Orders Due
                  October 22             Choral Concert –7:00 PM
                  October 22-25          FFA Convention Trip
                  October 23             Parent Teacher Conferences—4:45-8:00 PM
                  October 30             Marching Band Concert 7:00 PM
                  October 31             End of First Nine Weeks
                  November 4             Election Day
                  November 5             Fall Sports Banquet 6:30 PM
                  November 7             Grade Cards Mailed Via First Class Mail
                  November 13            Early Release for Students
                  November 13            ‘Mix It Up’ Day—during lunch
                  November 14-16         Fall Play, “Lend Me a Tenor”
                  November 26-28         Thanksgiving Vacation – No School for Students

                                    CONFERENCE REMINDER
The second fall parent/teacher conference day is scheduled for October 23 . If you have not already
registered to see teachers, please stop by the main office. Conference registrations will not be
accepted over the phone, fax or via e-mail.

                               EMERGENCY E-MAIL CONTACT LIST
The high school has compiled a Parent Emergency E-mail Contact List. A test e-mail was sent on
Friday, October 3 to all the parents currently on the list. If you did not receive this e-mail and would
like to be included, please e-mail Mrs. Harrel at with the e-mail
address you wish included and the student’s name and grade. This e-mail system will be used for
emergencies only.
If you would like to be notified by home phone, cell phone or e-mail about school closings or delays,
please go to the Buckeye Valley website and click on ‘Leader Alert’ located on the bottom left of the
home page. You may register by clicking on this link.

                         ACCESS GUIDE TO HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
                 HighSchoolSports.Net offers complete and up-to-date scheduling information
                 directly from your school’s athletic office. Several features are available FREE to
                 you to help you manage your athletic schedules. You can access your school’s site
                 by going to –choose your state, then choose your school.
                 You can access information on weekly or monthly events by specific sports (some
                 are listed varsity/junior varsity).
                      Students and parents are invited to attend the DACC Open House on Thursday,
                      November 13, 2008, from 5:00-8:00 PM. All labs and classrooms will be open
                      to the public at both North and South DACC campuses!             Administrators,
                      instructors, and current DACC students will be available to answer questions! .
                      Two programs are available to sophomores—the Career Graphics programs
                      and the Career Focused Sophomore program. Details of these two programs
                      are available at

                                   MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY OHIO
Give a little time, change lives and connect with your community! Adults and students are urged to
take part in “Make A Difference Day Ohio” on October 25, 2008, from 8:30 AM until 12 noon. Contact
Connections (740) 363-5000 or e-mail for information or to register.
The Buckeye Valley High School JOG classes and Student Council are sponsoring a Toy Drive.
Donated toys and games will be given to Children’s Hospital as a part of ‘Make a Difference Day’.
Donate by October 24 and ‘make a difference’! E-mail Mr. Joseph or Mr. Wood via the school
website for details.

                                           MIX IT UP DAY
On November 13 Buckeye Valley High School will join millions of students in
thousands of schools for “Mix It Up At Lunch Day”. “Mix It Up At Lunch” helps
bring down the walls dividing our school. Students are encouraged to ‘mix it
up’, meet someone new and share lunch. It is a simple way for all students to
break away from their comfortable groups and meet other students. Those
students who are willing to ‘mix it up’ on the 13 will receive a sticker!
Plus…write a poem or story about your “Mix It Up Day” experience to win
money and get published!           For details of the writing contest, visit

                                          BARON CARDS
The Buckeye Valley High School junior class is once again selling Baron Discount Cards! All
proceeds from the sale of the cards will benefit the Junior/Senior Prom. The cards are $10.00.

                                               …Hungry Howie’s Pizza—Buy l Lg Pizza, Get 1 Free (Houk Rd)
                                               …Rally’s—Buy 1 Rally Burger, Get 1 Free (Sandusky St.)
                                               …Mark Pi’s—Free Drink with $5 Purchase (Central Ave.)
                                               …Domino’s Pizza—Buy 1 Lg Pizza, Get One Free (Delaware)
                                               …Final Score—8 Free Wings w/Purchase of 16 (Troy Rd)
                                               …McDonald’s—Buy Value Meal, Get $1 Dessert (Delaware)
                                               …Nova—Buy entrée, ½ off appetizer (Sandusky St.)
                                               …Donatos—Buy 1 Lg Pizza, 2nd One Topping 1/2 Off (Delaware)
                                               …Delaware Lanes—Bowl 2 Games, 3rd Game Free
                                               …Red Rock Café—Buy 2 entrees, get free appetizer (Houk Rd)
                                               …Pizza Hut—Buy Med/Lg Pizza, Get Free Bread Sticks (Delaware)
                                               …Subway—50 Cents Off 6 Inch, $1 Off 12 Inch (Sandusky St.)
                                               …Rocky’s It. Ice—Buy md/lg Gelati/Smoothie, get 1 free(Delaware)
                                               …Damon’s—10% discount (Delaware)
                                               …KFC—Buy Meal, Free Medium Drink (Sandusky St)
                                               …EN Super Buffet—10% Dinner Buffet or Carry Out (Col. Pike)
                                               …Dairy Queen—50 cents off Blizzard (36/37 E.)
                                               …Second Sole—10% Off (Sandusky St.)

                                               …Second Sole—90% Off Purchase (Sandusky St.)

                                      YANKEE CANDLE SALE
Buckeye Valley High School Jobs for Ohio Graduates (JOG) classes are selling
Yankee Candle products. Order for the holiday season! E-mail Mr. Wood at for details.
Stephen Firkins has been selected as the Daughters of the American Revolution
(DAR) Good Citizen from Buckeye Valley for the 2008-09 school year!
Optimist Award recipients for 2008-09 are Erin Cirincione and Samuel Hambissa!
Congratulations to Tyler Hooghe who qualified for the State Golf Tournament held on
          th        th
October 10 and 11 !
Congratulations to Tyler Horner and Karlie Russell who were selected as
representatives to the Youth Leadership Delaware County program!
Marla Conley, Mary Inskeep, Shelby Wade and Catie Weber, members of the FFA Soil Evaluation
Team, qualified to compete at the State Land Evaluation Contest on October 11 ! Great job, team!
Stephen Firkins has the distinction of being named a Commended Scholar in the National Merit
Scholarship Program. Stephen earned this distinction by earning a qualifying score on the PSAT as a
junior. Congratulations, Stephen!

                                          VETERAN’S DAY
                  Veteran’s Day marks the time appointed each year on November 11 to pay
                  tribute to the nation’s veterans who have honorably served our country! Take
                  some time on this special day to remember the contributions our veterans have
                  made toward ensuring America’s freedom!

                                  VOLUNTEER AT THE ARTS CASTLE!
The Delaware Arts Castle is seeking student volunteers for November 7 from 6:00-9:00 PM (serving
refreshments) or November 8 from 10:00 AM-5:00 PM (assisting children with crafts) or November
9 (assisting children with crafts). Call Susie Short at (740) 369-9790 or Lynn Fought at
(740)-1511 if interested in this volunteer opportunity.

A ‘Going To College Program’ for parents of students with ADD/ADHD will be presented on October
30 from 7-9 PM.            Visit    for more
information or to register. The program will be held at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus.

                                   NEWS FROM TEEN INSTITUTE
Teen Institute (TI) will sponsor the Red Ribbon Week Campaign during the week of October 27-31,
2008. ‘Spirit Days’ will include:
       Monday, “Elect to be Drug Free”—wear red, white and blue!
       Tuesday, “Being Drug Free is No Sweat”—wear sweatshirts/sweatpants!
       Wednesday, “Team Up Against Drugs”—wear favorite sports team clothes!
       Thursday, “Redder is Better”—wear red!
       Friday, “Say Boo to Drugs”—wear costumes!
On Wednesday, October 29 at 9:00 AM, there will be a school assembly presented by the Ohio
Department of Public Safety. The program is called “the Sober Truth”.

The BVHS FFA fruit sale began on October 3 and continues through November
17th.    Profits from the fruit sale are used to provide students with a variety of
opportunities including:        National Convention, State Convention, Career
Development Events and the annual parent/member banquet. Your support is
greatly appreciated! To place an order, contact any FFA member or Ms. Smith at
740-363-1349 or The approximate delivery date
will be on December 8 .
                                    1.   October has been designated as national Physical Therapy
                                         Month. An open house has been planned by the Physical
                                         Therapist Assistant program at Marion Technical College
                                         on October 27th from 4-8 PM.
                                    2.   An All Ohio Pre-Med Day will be held November 15th on the
                                         medical campus of The Ohio State University for students
                                         interested in medical careers. Register by October 31st.
                                         Information is available in the guidance office or at
3.   Time Warner Cable offers a High School Video Competition to students in grades 9-12.
     Students will be required to produce a public service announcement (PSA) with a message on
     the importance of healthy nutrition and physical activity. The PSA should show how eating better
     and being active can help kids do better in school and in life.         Details are available at The deadline is January 9, 2009.
4.   The Holocaust Remembrance Project is a national essay contest for high school students.
     This year’s writing contest will require an essay of no more than 1,200 words which a) analyzes
     why it is so vital that the remembrance, history and lessons of the Holocaust be passed to a new
     generation and b) suggests what students can do to combat and prevent prejudice,
     discrimination and violence in our world today. Students are encouraged to submit essays on-
     line at by April 30th.
5.   The Fleet Reserve Association (FRA) offers an essay contest to students in grades 9-12. A
     350 word essay on “What the United States Flag Stands For” is required.               Visit for details. December 1st is the deadline.

6.   The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program is sponsored by the U.S. Congress and
     German Bundestag. The program is a student exchange program where students immerse
     themselves in the German culture for a year. Prior German language skills are a requirement.
     Visit for details or visit the Guidance Office for a brochure.
     Applicants are required to be 15-18 years of age and must have a 3.0 GPA. December 16th is
     the deadline.
7.   Freedom First Student Essay Competition offers 9th – 12th graders an opportunity for $750-
     $3,000 awards. The deadline is November 24th for on-line application and November 29th post-
     mark deadline for paper application. For details of the 2008-09 Freedom First essay topic,
8.   The 2008-09 National Peace Essay Contest is offered to students in grades 9-12. The 2008-
     09 topic is Confronting Crimes Against Humanity. The deadline is February 1, 2009. Visit for details.
9.   ‘Ohio Schools’ magazine offers students an opportunity to design a cover for the magazine that
     expresses their ideas on “What I like most about my school”. January 30th is the deadline.
10. The John F. Kennedy “Profile In Courage” Essay Contest is offered to high school students.
    An original essay on political courage is due by January 10 th. For the essay topic, registration
    form, and to submit your essay on-line visit
11. The Ayn Rand Institute offers an essay contest to high school students. Freshmen and
    sophomores are required to submit a typed 600-1200 word essay on Anthem by March 20th.
    For details visit the institute’s website at
12. Columbus State Community College offers the ‘We Are IT’ Program to freshman and
    sophomore girls who are interested in exploring possible careers in information technology. The
    event will take place on November 14th from 8:00 AM—1:30 PM.                                Visit for details and registration information.
                                 Ohio Graduation Tests
                         The Ohio Graduation Test (OGT) is a state wide achievement test program
                         for Ohio high school students; the program provides testing in five subject
                         areas (Writing, Reading, Math, Science, and Social Studies). These tests
                         are intended to ensure that all Ohio high school graduates are able to
                         demonstrate at least a tenth-grade level of achievement in all five subject
                         areas. Students must meet district curriculum requirements and must pass
                         all of the required sections for the Ohio Graduation Tests to receive a
This year’s ninth graders will be taking the tests for the first time in March of their sophomore year.
Curriculum is designed to help students learn the necessary information. Teachers are working to
enhance the students’ performance on these tests. Parents can help by encouraging students to visit Click on “Testing and Assessments” then “Ohio Graduation Test” (OGT) for
details about the test.

                                         Danger Ahead
When it comes to meth, there’s one thing you want teens should know: Stay away
from it. Parents and teens should be aware of the following information:
● Street names: meth, crystal, speed, chalk, glass, ice, crank. (The chemical name is
● What it is: an extremely addictive drug that stimulates the central nervous system.
Users experience a high that lasts minutes to hours, and then they can crash into
● How it’s taken: powder, pills, or chunks that can be inhaled, smoked, swallowed, or
● Symptoms of use: sleeplessness, noise sensitivity, nervous behavior, aggression, lack of appetite,
convulsions, depression, fatigue, irritability.
● Dangers: increased or irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, risk of stroke or heart failure,
anorexia, brain cell damage. If you suspect your teen is using meth or any other drug, contact a
health professional immediately.

                     PARENTS—Keep Reading Front and Center
                  Which students do better in school and on tests? Readers! They have better
                  vocabularies, stronger reading comprehension skills, and the ability to soak up
                  information from books. Reading should be a part of every teen’s life. Parents—try
                  these teen-friendly strategies:

                   ►Take it on-line
                   Involve the Internet, and you’re more likely to get your child hooked. Point her to
          for book reviews, author interviews, and tips on what other
teens are reading. Try bookstore sites, such as, for informative
recommendations. Also, teens can join on-line book clubs there and chat about characters and plot.
►Hit home
Make your home a reading hub by filling it with habit-forming material such as special-interest
magazines, mysteries, and almanacs. Be sure to stock your own bookshelf, too. Your child may pick
up your books, thinking they are more “adult.”
►Get talking
Introduce your high schooler to an engaging story by listening to it on tape. Play the book each time
you’re in the car together, and then discuss it. Try a book that’s part of a series, such as The Princess
Diaries books by Meg Cabot, so your teen will want to read the others. Note: Have your child use the
Web to find books similar to her favorites. At , she can type in the book name and
add the word “readalikes.” Example: “Chronicles of Narnia readalikes”.
                                     FALL PLAY REMINDER
                          The Buckeye Valley High School’s fall play, “Lend Me A Tenor”,
                          will be presented November 14th and 15th at 7:30 PM and on
                          November 11th at 2:30 PM.        Pre-sale tickets will be sold October
                             th                       th
                          20 through November 11 from 8:00 AM until 2:30 PM in the
BVHS cafeteria. To reserve pre-sale tickets to be held at ‘will-call’, please e-mail Ann
Johnson at Pre-sale tickets are $5.00 for students/staff
and $7.00 for adults.    After Nov. 11th tickets are $6.00 for students/staff and $8.00 for
adults. All seating is General Admission. “Lend Me A Tenor” is rated PG and may not be
appropriate for children under 10.

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