PERRYSBURG JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL __________________________________________________________________________________________ FEBRUARY, 2010 ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Dear Parents and Students, It’s hard to believe that February is here and our winter school activities are in mid stream. 7th and 8th grade boys’ basketball and wrestling teams are concluding their seasons while 7th and 8th grade girls’ basketball season is underway. Power of the Pen, Math Counts, Youth to Youth, Choir, Band, Orchestra, and Student Council continue to offer quality activities and events for our students. Our 8th graders will be scheduling for high school this month, and our 6th graders are looking forward to attending Camp Michindoh in March. We look forward to recognizing our students and groups at our upcoming Winter Spirit Assembly on February 11 at the end of the school day, where we will also culminate our “Hearts for Haiti” fundraiser. Youth to Youth will sponsor our winter dance for 7th and 8th graders held on February 19 in our gym from 7:00-9:00 p.m. In addition to all of the academic strides and gains that each student has the opportunity to pursue, along with the vast number of school events that are offered, don’t miss the items in PJH Cares in this edition, as well as the classroom news, to see how our students support each other as well as those in need. Sincerely, Dale Wiltse, Principal Robin Laird, Assistant Principal SIXTH GRADE CAMP MICHINDOH Sixth-grade parents: Your second payment of $90 or any unpaid balance is due by February Girls Basketball 15. Make checks payable to Feb. 2 vs. Arbor Hills – 5:00 Perrysburg Junior High School and Feb. 4 @ McCord – 4:00 turn in to your child’s science teacher. Feb. 9 @ Springfield – 4:00 Detailed information will be mailed Feb. 11 @ Anthony Wayne – 4:00 out the first week in February Feb. 16 vs. Rossford – 4:00 (medical form, emergency form, Feb. 18 vs. Springfield – 4:00 Feb. 23 @ Timberstone – 4:00 packing list). Feb. 25 @ Gateway – 4:00 Feb. 12 Presidents’ Day Weekend – No POWER OF THE PEN School Feb.15 Presidents’ Day – No School Feb. 25 Parent/Teacher Conferences District Competition for Power of the Pen will be taking place at Springfield High School on February 6. Approximately 25 middle schools will compete. PJHS Drama Club presents MULAN The 2010 Lucas County Area Spelling Bee Thursday, February 25 @ 7:00 p.m. will be held Friday, February 26 @ 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 16, 2010 Saturday, February 27 @ 1:00 p.m. Maumee Indoor Theater Reserved seats are $7.00. 7:00 p.m. Tickets are available during lunch the The following students will be participating: week of February 22 or at the door. Casey Lewandowski Cigdem Kahyaoglu Kelly France Alex Persiani Cyndie McCullough Steven Zhang Troy Weider Annie Lueck CLASSROOM NEWS Second trimester CAPS art classes are busy Clay Club recently finished creating landscape working on a watercolor field project inspired reliefs. Pictured is a project by seventh by Vincent Van Gogh. They recently finished up grader Trevor McCullough. an Islamic tile project using colored pencils and markers. Pictured is an Islamic Tile project by Vanessa Smith. Hospice “COMFORT” Pillows The students in Livings Skills 1 class have been volunteering their own fabric and time to make pillows for the patients at Hospice in Northwest Ohio. The pillows are about 9x12 inches in size. Hospice supplies stuffing that has been donated. Pillows are given to the patients to help them feel comfortable while they are in bed. This has been an ongoing project for the Living Skills classes over the past several years. The district has purchased a few licenses on the Study Island website to be used as intervention for 7th and 8th grade students. If you are interested in signing up, please email Kelisa Boden at firstname.lastname@example.org. This is a great way to work on specific areas of weakness in math. S.O.S. (Students for Other Students) after school program is well under way. There are a few spots opened on Thursdays if you are still interested. Please see Kelisa Boden in Room 201 for the parent permission slip. It is a great way to work on homework and get organized with peers. Art 1 & 2 Welcome all new Art 1 & 2 students! We are beginning our semester with both classes creating designs based on the flags of various nations. We studied and discussed images of American Pop artist, Jasper Johns, who is well know for his many representations of the American flag. Our colorful work will decorate the hall for the upcoming Perrysburg Global Summit on February 4th (see last page of this newsletter for more information). Four students from Mrs. Hrosko’s NOVA Language Arts Blocks are participating in the Northwest Ohio Consortium of Coordinators for Gifted Essay competition. Each student wrote an essay on his or her passion and how the winnings ($100.00) would enable each to further enhance that passion. Essays were submitted mid-January. The students who wrote essays are: Hannah Muetzel (8th), Britton Scheuermann (8th), Nisarg Shah (7th), and Sara Miller (7th). Deans’ Desk Parents, Everyday more and more students are joining the “cyber” world. Websites like Facebook, MySpace and YouTube continue to grow in popularity. Having On January 13, 2010, Perrysburg Jr. High students a cell phone has become the norm. As technology participated in Jump Rope and Hoops for Heart continues to grow, so does the need for parents and activities. The students collected donations to help students to be aware and understand the dangers raise money for the American Heart Association. The that come along with technology. According to American Heart Association helps fund lifesaving Encyclopedia.com, sexting is the act of sending research and funds school programs to help educate explicit messages or photos electronically primarily our students on the importance of staying active. between cells phones. The Ohio Revised Code says The Health and Physical Education classes worked th ”a person creating, possessing, viewing or sending together to help make this event successful. All 6 photos or images of a minor (someone under 18 grade students participated in jump rope events th years of age) in a state of nudity is a felony.” At which included 10 different jumping stations. The 7 th Perrysburg Junior High, we are trying to inform the and 8 grade physical education classes participated students of the severity of these pictures and in Hoops For Heart which were a series of basketball messages. We have had Wood County Sheriff, Mark activities including an obstacle course. Nick Wasylyshyn, and former Perrysburg police officer, Moschetti won a basketball for achieving the best Jeff Graham, in to talk to the students and staff about time in the obstacle course. this growing problem. We ask that you please take a minute to read the letter previously sent out in March Congratulations to Trevor Martens who raised the 2009 from Superintendent Thomas Hosler, and most money for the Jump Rope event and Michael discuss with your child the consequences that come Welter who raised the most money for the Hoops for th along with distributing inappropriate materials: Heart event. Trevor is a 6 grader and Michael is a th http://www.perrysburgschools.net/dept/superintenden 7 grader. Both will receive a ticket to the Cleveland t/CyberCrimeAwarenessLetterToParents0309.pdf Cavaliers game, along with a personal thank you letter from the American Heart Association. Also Brian Cannon receiving Cleveland Cavaliers tickets are Kayleen Cindy Nutter Kalb, Kaity Laumann and Mrs. Laird, rounding out our top 5 donators. A special thank you goes to Biaggi’s restaurant for donating a gift card to our staff member Dear Paula Procedures, who raised the most money. Robin Laird received I often email my son’s teachers and ask them to get a the gift card. Thanks also to Debbie Testen and all message to him. They don’t always do it. The other the parent volunteers who helped with this event. The day I emailed his science teacher and asked him/her students and staff raised $2,160.00 to help the to remind him to ride the bus home as I couldn’t pick American Heart Association. him up. They never did and my son got stranded at school! Check out Health/Fitness Tips at: What’s the deal?!?! www.perrysburgschools.net/buildings/jh/newsletters/ Frustrated Mom FEb10PJHS.pdf Dear Gentle Reader, Our teachers are very busy people. They are *********** focused on helping our students with their academics Members of the Perrysburg Junior High School and often don’t check their email until the end of the Wrestling team and their families spent Martin Luther school day. They are not intentionally ignoring you. King Day sorting clothes for the “Clothing the Please do not rely on the classroom teachers to relay Community” campaign sponsored by the Cherry messages to your son. Street Mission. The clothing will be distributed in In an emergency, call the Main Office to get a February to those in need. The 2009-2010 wrestling message to your child. team is led by Coaches Jim Poling and Brian Newton. Charles Hablitzel, Andrea Monheim & Tom Przybylski, Counselors FRESHMAN HIGH SCHOOL REGISTRATION SCHEDULE Wednesday MANDATORY Parent/Student Meeting! February 3rd Parent(s) who are unable to attend this meeting MUST pick up registration material in the rd at the High Junior High Guidance Office ASAP after February 3 . School 6-7 P.M. Registration Freshman registration information will be discussed and registration forms and booklets will Information be distributed to parents(s). in the Auditorium 7-8 P.M. Registration Fair Registration Fair will be in the High School Commons from 6 – 8 p.m. There will be tables in the set up and flyers available highlighting all high school programs and departments. Commons February 4th through Any student wishing to take a high school honor class MUST have your junior high February 11th school teacher sign your registration form indicating their approval to take the honor class. Turn in completed and signed Registration Form to your Team Study Teacher. Guidance Department will collect all forms from Team Study Teachers. Thursday February 11th The High School will pick up all forms from the Guidance Office. MOVING? Please stop in the Guidance Office to fill out a Withdrawal Form. We need this information for our records, and teachers would also like to know in advance of the move. Thanks. CHANGE IN PERSONAL INFORMATION? Have you had a change in your address, phone number, contact numbers or emergency contact persons for your child? Please let us know so we can update your records. WOOD COUNTY PARENT PROJECT ADVISORY BOARD ANNOUNCES LATEST ROUND OF PARENT PROJECT CLASSES If you are a resident of Wood County and are raising teenagers you won’t want to miss taking Parent Project classes. The Parent Project was designed to connect the love and care parents have for their teens with the skills and support necessary to navigate the job of parenting. As a participant in this class you can expect to learn effective communication strategies and other helpful parenting skills. Additionally, this series will include important information concerning problems of adolescent depression and suicide, gangs and the influence of music and media on today’s youth. The total cost of the 8-week Tuesday evening series will be $20.00 and if you attend all 8 sessions, the $20.00 will be refunded to you! A class for teens will also be offered at no additional charge. Take the time now to call Lorrie Lewandowski at 419- 354-9010 Ext. 113 to register for this important series! This 8-week Parent Project class will be offered at Rossford High School located at 701 Superior Street, starting on Tuesday January 27. Classes will be held on Tuesdays through March 17. The first session will be held from 6 to 9 p.m., and all other sessions will run from 6 to 8 p.m. Registration will be limited to 30 families. For more information, please contact: Lorrie Lewandowski Phone: 419-354-9010 Email: email@example.com Invest One Day For a Lifetime of Returns Can one day make really make you a better parent? Graduates of the Parent Project of Wood County would answer “absolutely yes.” More than 100,000 families across the nation have completed the eight-week Parent Project class, whose aim is to help mothers and fathers guide their adolescent children as they navigate the teen years. “The tougher it gets to be a kid, the tougher it gets to be a parent,” the Parent Project acknowledges. The teen years are not easy for any family. But where can parents with a troubled teen—one who may have behavior, school, and substance abuse problems – learn ways to help them get their lives back on track? The Wood County Educational Service Center has offered the Parent Project since 2003. With support from the Wood County Advisory Board, more than 250 parents have participated in the class. The course targets both parents and teens, with separate sessions for each. Developed over 13 years, the Project’s curriculum presents a behavior-modification approach that teaches parents never to argue with their children again! Strategies for improving their teen’s school attendance and performance and addressing drug and alcohol use are also taught. Sessions topics include, negative peer associations, teen depression, violence and bullying. Parents also have an opportunity to share with other mothers and fathers who face similar challenges in the parenting process, and to realize they are not alone. “This course does involve a time commitment”, notes Lorrie Lewandowski, Project Coordinator. “But according to graduates, the investment pays off when they see their teens’ behavior and family relationships improve.” Parents meet one night each week: three hours the first night, then two hours per night for the remaining seven weeks. A separate but concurrent teen component, titled “Choosing Success…Choosing Life,” helps youth to focus on the choices before them and explore other alternatives. This 8-week Parent Project class will be offered at Rossford High School located at 701 Superior Street, starting on Tuesday January 27. Classes will be held on Tuesdays through March 17. Another eight-week session will be offered for eight weeks beginning July 8 and running through Aug. 26, at the Wood County Educational Service Center, 1867 N. Research Dr., Bowling Green. The cost is $20 (cost of the workbook) for each parent attending. If the parent attends all ten sessions, the $20 fee is refunded. Teen sessions are free when parents enroll. Parenting is the toughest job in the world; one that we learn by doing. The Parent Project offers additional on-the-job training for anyone who needs it. That includes a lot of us! Call today to register for The Parent Project or for more information. Contact Lorrie Lewandowski at the Wood County Educational Service Center, 419-354-9010, extension 113. A flyer is provided on the following pages for additional convenience. New Immunization Requirements for 2010-2011 School Year ATTENTION 6th GRADE PARENTS Please note that the Ohio Department of Health has changed the requirement for incoming 7th graders. All 7th graders will be required to have the Td or Tdap- tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis booster. Currently only 30% of Ohio’s 7th graders have received this booster. As with other school immunization requirements, students who do not provide documentation of this immunization are subject to exclusion from school. To avoid exclusion we encourage you to have your student immunized before school starts in the fall. Here are some points of clarification: • Any student that completed the original DTP/DTa/DT series and later received a Td or Tdap for an injury or other reason within 5 years of entering 7th grade will meet this requirement and will not need to be re- immunized. • Tdap can be given as soon as 2 years after Td. • Parents- please make sure that if your student needs the booster that they receive Tdap and not just Td. For further information on this subject please consult your family physician or: Wood County Health Department- www.co.wood.oh.us/healthdepartment, 419-244-1610, 419-352-8402 Ohio Department of Health- www.odh.ohio.gov, 800-282-0546, 614-466-4643 ********** ******************** ********** Owens Community College is offering: Give-Kids-A-Smile FREE DENTAL SERVICES FOR CHILDREN AGES 6months-18 YEARS OLD DATE: FRIDAY FEBRUARY 5TH, 2010 TIME: 8:00-12NOON - 1:00-4:00PM PHONE for an APPOINTMENT: 567-661-7294 (space is limited so please call) If you know of any students who might benefit from this opportunity, please give them the above information. Also, more detailed information is going to be available with the nurses in your school health clinic. This FREE gala event will showcase the diversity and global connections of our local community. Fun For All Ages! Enjoy performances/ booths/ activities featuring: Families, Faith Groups, Clubs/Organizations,Businesses,Universities, plus Skyping to people all over the world! Hope To See You There Perrysburg Junior High School Thursday, February 4th 5:00-9:00 p.m. Registered Groups American Cultural Exchange Services (ACES) Project Learning Around the World Great Lakes Consortium for International Training and International Student Association of the University of Toledo Development Junior Achievement of NW Ohio Arts Council Lake Erie West Owens Corning The Center for International Comparative Education (ICE) Zonta Dosti Foundation United Way Conexion Latina Owens Community College Chinese Association of Greater Toledo Center for Slavic and East European Studies at OSU Perrysburg Dance Academy (Irish dance class) The Africa Peoples' Association Ballet Folklorico Imagenes Mexicanas Missions International of America Perrysburg Heights Community Association MultiFaith Council of NW Ohio International School of English Education (ISEE) International Democratic Education Institute (IDEI) Hostel International The Islamic Center of Greater Toledo Perrysburg Area Historic Museum World Vision Sheltered Reality Drum Group Cedar Creek Church Owens-Illinois Toledo Sister Cities International Festival ASSE International Student Exchange Toledo-Szeged Committee *Food will be made available from University of Toledo, Confucius Institute Tea Tree Asian Bistro University of Toledo, Office of Global Initiatives Poco Pillate Cultural Homestay International Nedlley’s Ice Cream **Numerous teacher/alumni/family booths have been registered as well.