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Staff Reports

Elementary students learn about keys and locks.

Elementary students learn about keys and locks.

Big Walnut Local School District

Upcoming Events

No School – Thanksgiving Break Wed. Nov. 21, 2018 to Fri. Nov. 23, 2018

No School – Teacher PD Day/Thanksgiving Break Mon. Nov. 26, 2018

Holly Shop – Craft Show Sat. Dec. 8, 2018

Grading period ends Wed. Dec. 19, 2018

Report Cards Sent Home Wed. Dec. 19, 2018

No School – Winter Break Begins Thu. Dec. 20, 2018 Teacher Work Day

3rd grading period begins Wed. Jan. 2, 2019 to Thu. Jan. 3, 2019

Students Return Wed. Jan. 2, 2019

Student Recognition

• Max Muhlbaier, Big Walnut High School Student of the Month

• Molly Ralston, Big Walnut Intermediate Student of the Month

• Ashley Dew, Big Walnut High School Art Student of the Month

• Conner Wolfe, Big Walnut Intermediate Student of the Month

Volunteering note

Our schools are extremely fortunate to have the support of our parent and community volunteers. While we are continually grateful for this support, we are also aware of the potential concerns that can arise when volunteers are working directly with students. One of the recent priorities established by our District Safety Committee, which is comprised of law enforcement personnel, first responders, parents, and staff, is that volunteers should have background checks completed to promote safety within our schools. Each staff member and coach in the district is required to provide initial and ongoing background checks to insure that they are deemed safe for working with our students, so it makes sense to consider a similar requirement for volunteers working with students or who are helping in the building during the school day.

Big Walnut High School

  • Four Big Walnut – DACC FFA members competed recently in the National Food Science & Technology Career Development Event in Indianapolis. Our team placed first in the nation out of 36 state champion teams!! They earned this high honor after beating out nearly 1,300 Ohio FFA members in this contest last fall. In addition to our team win, Lex Marvin (Class of 2018) placed FIRST out of 144 individuals and Alex Parsio (BWHS Senior) placed SECOND! Ben Kessler (Class of 2018) also earned a Gold rating and Faye Dean (BWHS Senior) earned a Silver rating individually. All of these students have received scholarships for their accomplishments.
  • Our Drama Club will perform Lend Me A Tenor, a Tony award winning comedy, 7 p.m. November 15-17, 2018.

Big Walnut Middle School

  • Big Walnut Middle School will host the 2nd Annual Veterans Day Breakfast on Friday 11-16-18. This recognition event is open to the community and you can sign up your veteran and guests. Students will have the opportunity to sit and enjoy a breakfast and ceremony with their Veteran. We look to build off of last years inaugural event and make this year even better. In addition, you can help support our Veterans Day Breakfast by sponsoring a space on our Table Placemat which will display either your personalized message to your Veteran or publicize your business with your logo or card.
  • Big Walnut Middle School had the opportunity to see students awarded for their leadership and service to the greater community. First, Christopher Lee was selected as the Ohio Middle Level Association Male Student of the Year. Next, the BWMS Student Leadership Council was selected as the Delaware County Foundation’s 2018 Outstanding Youth Group.

Big Walnut Intermediate School

  • Last week the Counselor’s Corner featured information on our “Rise Above the Line” initiative. Rise promotes the following character traits: R = Responsibility; I = Integrity; S = Scholarly; E = Empathy. Your child may be observed exemplifying one of these characteristics and be given a RISE ticket. These tickets can be redeemed for a small treat or prize in the office.
  • The BWI Principal’s Advisory Committee (PAC) unanimously decided to add bells between classes. Students will have five minutes to move from class to class. We will certainly work with students as we make this change. We have also adjusted the morning bells (Warning and Tardy Bell) to allow students 4 minutes between the warning bell and the tardy bell, which signifies students should be in homeroom.

Big Walnut Elementary

  • As a reminder, we are on semesters this year, rather than quarters. Report cards will be going home with every child on December 19th. Please click here for more information regarding our Elementary Program of Studies. If you have any questions regarding your child’s progress please feel free to contact your child’s teacher.
  • Our Lost and Found is growing by the day. Next time you are at BWE, please make sure to check it out. Also, ask your student if he/she has anything that is missing. Anything left over Thanksgiving break will be donated.
  • Our very special Veteran’s Day program will be on Monday, November 12th at 2:15 pm. Veteran’s Day Breakfast will be taking place on November 16th at Big Walnut Middle School.
  • As the weather is changing please remember to send your child to school with appropriate dress for recess. Students will continue to go outside until the weather no longer cooperates. Typically students will go outside if the weather is 28 degrees or above, as long as other conditions are favorable. We have many coats already piling up in our lost and found. Make sure to label coats, gloves, hats, etc. so that we can make sure these items are getting to the correct owner.
  • We are very excited to announce that BWE alone raised over $700 to help the victims of the recent Hurricanes. Between BWE and Souders, we raised over $1,200.

General Rosecrans Elementary

  • Our school is in need of gently used clothes, especially in sizes 6-8. Now that the weather is getting cooler we need to reach out again to help fill this need. Leggings and sweatpants are particularly helpful!
  • Our annual Food Drive will run from Monday, November 5th through Thursday, November 15th. The class with the most collected items will win a PIZZA PARTY! Some ideas for collection items include: Cereal (box), baby food (jars), peanut butter, jelly (grape), syrup, flour tortillas, pudding cups, spaghetti sauce, spaghetti, spaghetti shells, tuna fish, mac & cheese (box), ravioli, soups, cake mixes, muffin mixes, hamburger helper, potatoes (can or box), boxed or bagged meals (pasta, rice etc.), non-food items toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, dish soap, deodorant, diapers, new socks, new underwear, and laundry soap.
  • Grandparent BINGO will be rescheduled for this Spring for a Grandparent event. This decision was made in order to make sure we are prepared to have enough space and activity for the anticipated large turn out. This will be discussed further at this week’s PTO meeting. Any questions or concerns can be emailed to
  • The book fair is coming! Be sure to plan to support the GRE book fair November 14th-19th. It will be located in the café and cash, checks (made out to GRE PTO) & credit cards will be accepted.

Harrison Street Elementary

  • Does your child know how to fasten their coat? If not, PLEASE teach them how to do this and give them opportunity to do this at home. We can do things for our kids because we are rushed but try asking them to start well before you have to walk out the door to give them ample time to practice. You will not regret teaching them this independence. Yes, kindergarteners can do this too!
  • Does your child know the definition of “bullying?” Our society has made a big emphasis on this word and for good reason! However, sometimes our children are confused by someone being a bully and someone being mean. There is a difference and please make sure your child knows what that is because the word “bully” or “bullying” should not be thrown around or taken lightly. It can have significant implications. Bullying is repeated and one-sided. As your child talks to you about situations, explain to them if the other child was being a bully or was being mean. If a name pops up over and over and your child never reciprocates, that’s not okay. If someone says a mean thing to your child one time, that’s probably not bullying; however, that child is being mean, which is still not okay! Thanks for taking the time to educate your child about this! It’s good learning.
  • The internet is a wonder but can also be a big danger… especially for children. Please take the time to talk to your kid(s) about what it means to be a good Digital Citizen. Much like it’s our job to raise good humans, it is our responsibility as parents to teach our children the do’s and don’t’s of technology. We are happy to provide this learning at school but this has to be a joint effort. Don’t be afraid to put a healthy amount of fear into your child so they understand the importance of this topic but remember that the most important part is for your child to know they can be open and honest with you. This is imperative work… you can do it!

Hylen Souders Elementary

  • This week’s classroom highlight comes from our physical education teacher, Mr. Scottie Hefner: In Physical Education classes, your 3rd and 4th grade children have been developing skills and knowledge pertaining to team handball, a fast moving, high scoring game where throwing and catching skills are critical and understanding movement to open spaces are vital to success. Grades K-2 have been busy learning the techniques associated with underhand and overhand throws and games to refine these skills. Additionally, all students continue to develop a working understanding of cardiovascular, strength and flexibility concepts.
  • We will be honoring our Souders connected Veterans and active military family members on November 12th. We will be having a reception for Veterans and their families from 8:30-8:55 in the library. The assembly will begin at 9. We look forward to recognizing those that have served and continue to serve our country.
  • Each month we hold a monthly assembly. At the monthly assembly we recognize students that have gone above and earned gems. We have a grade level or group that challenges the rest of the building. This month our 3rd grade challenged the students and staff to “Get Fit.” A fit body = a fit mind.

  • When report cards come home in December there will be a new section called Keys to Success. Mrs. Grijak teaches lessons to classes each month that focus on the Keys to Success and the keys are becoming part of staff and student vocabulary. A team of teachers developed these keys last year. The keys are being incorporated across the district.

Elementary students learn about keys and locks. students learn about keys and locks.

Staff Reports

Information for this story was provided by BWLSD.

Information for this story was provided by BWLSD.