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APRIL, 2019

Congratulations to GlenOak Girls basketball. Federal league, District, & Regional champions and State Final Four!


Dear Plain Local Community,


Welcome to the last nine weeks of the 2018-2019 school year! We have a lot to celebrate, and this edition is full of amazing accomplishments that have taken place at every school. I am proud of our entire staff in Plain Local. They are committed and dedicated to all of the students across the district. Their work is challenging and ever changing, but they strive to provide a first-class education to more than 6,000 students. Thank You!


The next two months are full of exciting activities and events for students, parents, and community members. I encourage you to attend an event, game or performance and support our students. In addition, there will be numerous opportunities to support your child at a school event. My hope is that you will set aside some special time to support your child at a school assembly or end of year celebration. Your presence and support are the most important gift you can give your child. This edition includes all of our summer offerings and opportunities through the arts, academics, and athletics. We are committed to providing high quality summer opportunities for students to enrich their learning, try something new, or participate in an athletic camp. These opportunities are provided by highly trained staff members designed specifically for the students in Plain Local. Additionally, we will once again partner with the YMCA for summer camp on the campus of GlenOak High School. This program is growing and provides parents a great resource for summer planning. All information is provided on our district website as well. Please feel free to call or email for additional questions or concerns. Finally, I am looking forward to honoring the class of 2019 at various events over the next two months. These students have faced great uncertainty with the state of Ohio regarding their graduation requirements. It continues to be a moving target and this class has faced numerous changes over the past four years. Personally, I am proud of their perseverance and dedication for the past 12 years. The school district and community is proud of you! Thank you for your support and I am honored to lead and serve this community. Go Eagles!

Brent May, Superintendent








Mike Beall, Warstler Elementary

Here is what Principal, Mark Yocum had to share: “Mr. Beall is our afternoon custodian. Mr. Beall exceeds all expectations at Warstler by keeping it clean and running smoothly behind the scenes. Every task is met with a smile and a willingness to help those around him. Mr. Beall never complains even when Mrs. Fletcher calls for a cleanup during cold and flu season. He is quick to lend a hand for the Warstler PTO or if wheelchair basketball is in the building for a practice. Mr. Beall is an outstanding example for the students of Warstler on how to be a Champion.”

Ryan McGonagle, Glenwood Intermediate School

Here is what his principal Mr. Niarchos had to say about him: “Mr. McGonagle is a Glenwood Champion. He is currently finishing up his third year at Glenwood as a Health and PE teacher. Mr. McGonagle demonstrates a strong passion for educating and working with all students. His positive character and outgoing personality makes a positive contribution to his classroom and the building culture. He constantly goes above and beyond for the needs of Glenwood and his students. Thank you, Mr. McGonagle, for all that you do.”

Plain Local Schools, St. Baldrick’s team

Sixty-three members of the Plain Local community came together to volunteer for the Canton St. Baldrick’s event! Team Plain Local Schools, led by GlenOak students Claire Foltz and Chad Brechbuhler, raised close to $28,000 to support the organization!

Jenny VanBuren, Taft Elementary

Here is what Mrs. Milford shared: “Jenny VanBuren is a Champion for Taft! She is dedicated to the children of Taft Elementary. She helps in multiple classrooms, manages the school store and is willing to fill in whenever and wherever she is needed. Jenny is one of those people you can count on to always do the right thing and always does what is best for kids! Mrs. VanBuren is well liked by all staff and the kids adore her. Her instructional knowledge and patience with the students is impeccable! Jenny also has a very important role of standing outside during dismissal checking IDs. You can go out on beautiful days, freezing weather or pouring down rain and Jenny will greet you with the same smile! Taft loves you, Jenny. Thanks for all you do! “

GlenOak Junior, Margaret Kingsbury

Congratulations to Margaret Kingsbury for her winning performance at Touchdowns and Tutus in March! Touchdowns and Tutus is a fundraising event for the Canton Ballet.

Patty Miller, Case Manager

Here is what Director of Special Education, Megan Bartuseck shared: “Plain Local Schools would like to extend our congratulations to Patty Miller on her nomination for the Dr. Karen M. Williams Leadership Award. As a case manager, she diligently coordinates IEP meetings and collaborates with teaching teams to ensure delivery of high quality individualized instruction. Ms. Miller earned her nomination by going the extra mile to advocate for students, teachers and families. Patty’s enthusiasm for learning is evident to all who know her. Plain Local is proud to have her as part of our team.”

2019 Harvest for Hunger

We at Plain Local Schools have committed to be supporters of Harvest for Hunger. We will be collecting non-perishable food items at all nine schools until April 25. Please consider donating. Additionally, you can make a financial donation online at For every $1 donation received, the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank can provide four nutritious meals to individuals in our community through their partnership with area hunger centers and programs. Hunger affects children, seniors, the disabled and even working adults. In our community, as many as 263,200 different individuals rely on the Foodbank for emergency food assistance each year. Many have to face tough decisions like whether to pay their heating bills or buy groceries. Thank you for supporting this important cause.


Academic summer camps at Malone University offer students a chance to gain valuable hands-on experience with talented professionals in their field of interest, and come away with new friendships, too! Overnight camps are held June 24-27 in the areas of Creative Writing, Theatre, Zoo & Wildlife Biology, Cybersecurity, and Worship Music. Campers are eligible for as much as $4,000 in tuition funding to attend Malone University. Learn more at


Malone University’s Department of Music will host a Music Scholarship Competition on Saturday, April 13, from 2-6 p.m. in the Johnson Center for Worship & Fine Arts. Two student musicians (one instrumental, one vocal) will receive $23,000 in total Malone Scholarships. All participants will receive a minimum of $1,500 in scholarships simply for participating. To learn more, visit Student musicians will be eligible to receive between $8,500-$23,000 in music and institutional scholarship funds. Open to prospective students only. Students desiring to major in any program at Malone are eligible. Music scholarships are renewable annually and require satisfactory ensemble participation.


Students looking to further their education can turn to a local foundation for low-interest student loans. The Canton Student Loan Foundation, a non-profit organization, is offering student loans to Stark County graduates. The loans can be applied to any undergraduate course of study, including four-year college degrees, two-year associate degrees and degrees from technology and trade schools. An annual interest of 6 percent is deferred while the student is attending classes, so the effective interest rate is 1.5 to 2 percent, much lower than most other sources. There are no fees. Students may borrow up to $12,000 total over the course of their education. Freshmen can receive $3,000 per year and students closer to graduation may be able to receive more per year. To be eligible for a loan, students must have graduated from a Stark County high school, have and maintain a 2.0 grade point average, be pursuing an undergraduate course of study and be attending school on a full-time basis (enrolled for at least 12 credit hours per term).

Graduate school loans are also available. In order to borrow funds for graduate school, the student must be a current Canton Student Loan Foundation student. “Increased training or earning a degree can mean earning thousands of dollars more each year, so being able to earn a degree is a life-changing experience,” said Kimberly Leggett, executive director of the Canton Student Loan Foundation. “It has always been our goal to help our local Stark County students pursue their dreams without the burden of high-interest-rate loans.” To apply online, visit or contact the Canton Student Loan Foundation at (330) 493-0020 or at Loan applications are due in the Foundation’s office by June 1, 2019. Since 1922, The Canton Student Loan Foundation has extended more than $36 million to nearly 6,000 Stark County students. Recipients have gone on to careers in education, medicine, law, marketing, cosmetology, auto technology and countless other areas. More than half of the student borrowers return to live and work in Stark County following the completion of their education.


The Plain Township Farmers Market offers a diverse group of 35+ local vendors that create a wide array of regionally created produce/goods and made to order food. Enjoy the benefits of doing your grocery and gift shopping in an open-air marketplace, followed by a picnic in the beauty of the park. Every week offers something new, from seasonal products and children’s activities, to live music, cooking demos, contests, wellness checks, give-a-ways, special events, yoga classes and much, much, more! Join us at Veterans Park for a family and community-oriented night of food, fun and fellowship. Depending on the week, the vendors and products vary, so check back regularly and delight in the opportunity to shop local. A weekly event the entire community can enjoy! Aug. 7 - National Farmers Market Celebration Week

May 1 - Opening Day May 22 - Spring Fest June 5 - Paws in the Park June 19 - Children’s Market July 3 - Summer Fest July 24 - Children’s Market

Aug. 28 – Harvest Celebration Sept. 25 – Fall Fest and Closing

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Story Time & More Story times open up the world of books, music, culture, and play to young children and their families. Registration is required for all. Baby/Toddler Wednesdays, 10:30–11 a.m. Preschool Tuesdays, 10:30–11:15 a.m. Pajama Mondays, 7–7:30 p.m. Wear your pajamas and get ready for a cuddly story that’s perfect for bedtime.

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ELEMENTARY (K–5TH GRADE) LEGO® Club Saturdays, April 20, May 18 10:30 a.m.–12 p.m. Imagine, create, and build with LEGO® and/or DUPLO® bricks (provided). Arts @ the Library Saturday, May 4, 10 a.m.–12 p.m. Listen to music by a famous composer and try your hand at a “work of art.”



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The holiday we set aside to honor dads every year has taken on a different meaning over the past decade for one Plain Township family. This year will mark the 10th running of the Father’s Day 5K at GlenOak High School and Bob Commings Field. The race was established by David Beck and his family to honor and remember their son, Brian Beck, who died in a car crash one year after graduation on September 12, 2009. The event is used to remember Brian but also to raise scholarship money for a senior graduating from the Health Tech program. A student from the program is given $1,000 toward his or her college tuition and is selected on an essay written with the theme “Carpe Diem.” Students are asked how they will best use their careers to “seize the day” and make life better for those around them. Beck, who had the phrase tattooed on his arm, was studying at the University of Toledo when he passed away.

PLAIN TOWNSHIP EGGSTRAVAGANZA April 13 at 12 p.m.—Rain or Shine! Diamond Community Park

Participate in a Color Dash across the field! Parents, kids will get messy so bring something for them to sit on for the drive home. Visit with the Easter Bunny and his friends! Egg Hunt for grades Pre-K-Grade 6 at 1 p.m. sharp. Games and Fun for all Peeps! Sponsored by Plain Township, Keller Williams Legacy Group Realty, The Mucci Team.

“I’m hoping we can get 300 runners out this year,” said David Beck, who has organized the race from its first year. “Alex Shaheen and the Health Tech program have been a huge help to me and really make the race a success. We give away special awards to the fastest father and son; father and daughter teams. And last year all the dads wore ugly neckties for the run. It’s a lot of fun and I’m hoping for a lot of runners this year.” The race will start at 8 a.m. on Sunday, June 16. All runners will receive a t-shirt for participating and special awards are given for every dad. Runners can sign up and get more information at or by calling 330-5923322.


Due to ongoing technological advancement, many electronic products become obsolete within a short period of time, creating a large surplus of unwanted electronic products or “E-waste.” Disposing of E-waste in landfills has the potential to cause severe human and environmental health impacts. Plain Township will be accepting E-waste at the Plain Township Hall parking lot, 2600 Easton St. NE, on the following dates: • Saturday, May 4, 2019, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. • Saturday, September 21, 2019, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. This event is being hosted by Plain Township and Ecycle Solutions of Ohio is providing the recycling services. Listed below is a partial list of some of the items that will be accepted: • Household Batteries (Alkaline – 50 cents/1 gallon zip lock bag) • Cell phones/Mobile Devices • Telephones/Equipment • Computers/Laptops/I-pads/Misc. Parts • Disk Drives, Hard Drives, Floppy Drives • Software CDs • CRT, TVs, Monitors – ALL $20.00 • Household Electronics • Household Appliances • Business Machines/Copy Machines • Power Equipment, Power Tools • Florescent Light Bulbs: 4-foot bulbs = $1.00/each, 8-foot bulbs = $2.00/each Please visit our website at for a complete list of items that will be accepted. If you have further questions, please call the township hall at 330-492-4689 during regular office hours. Basically, if it plugs in, or works off a battery, we will take it!

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Top-notch parks are vitally important to maintaining our great quality of life in Plain Township. Our system of parks contributes to the economic and environmental well-being of our community and helps ensure the health of our families, youth, and senior citizens. Plain Township parks enhance property values, increase township revenue, and attract homebuyers as well as workers and retirees. There is truly something for everyone in our parks! Whether walking the dog, playing basketball, running down a tennis ball, or simply enjoying a quiet picnic, people value the time they spend in our Plain Township parks. Our parks not only provide leisure amenities, but great health and psychological benefits associated with physical activity and social interaction. Plain Township parks also provide great venues for events and activities which help people develop a strong sense of community. We encourage you to visit the more than 102 acres of park land in Plain Township. At Veterans Park, people can visit the Veterans Memorial, and the Gold and Blue Star Memorial Markers honoring the sacrifice of our veterans as well as their families. Visitors may walk the 1.5 miles of trails, bring their four-legged friend to the dog park, or cool down by running through the Splash Pad. Be sure to join us for our Farmers Market each Wednesday from May 1 through Sept. 25. Attendees can shop locally with almost 50 great vendors, and even take a free yoga class in the park. At Alpine Park, visitors can walk the half mile walking path, enjoy the open space, play tennis, chess, basketball, or ride in the skate park. Relaxation opportunities abound in our sensory garden, or by simply resting near the Nimishillen Creek. Residents are encouraged to bring the family to experience our all-inclusive playground. At Diamond Park, come enjoy the almost 1-mile walking path, as well as our well-maintained sports fields. We have five ball fields, twelve soccer fields, and three frisbee fields available. Diamond Park also has playgrounds available for the kids. Our residents can rent time in the community room at the Diamond Indoor Sports Complex, which also houses our outstanding indoor sports facility and tasty concessions for those who have worked up an appetite. Diamond Park also plays host to the Easter Eggstravaganza, Movie Night in the Park, and our Winter Fest events, which are all free to the Plain Township community. Come experience firsthand how Plain Township parks strengthen our community through active play and recreation. Plain Township parks offer first class amenities and activities across all generations. Get outdoors and see what our incredible parks have for you!

PLAIN TOWNSHIP MESSY HANDS EVENT Diamond Community Room (2782 Diamond Street NE)

The Plain Township Parks & Recreation Department invites you and your little one to get creative with us at the Diamond Community Room. Everyday craft items used in CREATIVE ways. ALL things GOOEY and much more! Parent/Guardian participation required. Please register online for Messy Hands at: Home Session Six Spring 2019 Mondays, 10-11 a.m. April 22, 29 May 6, 13, & 20

Driver’s Ed Instructor

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Positions Available Instruct New Drivers Our car or yours Must have good driving record. Full or part time. Canton Area. Call 330-430-9500.


• Adult Coed Outdoor Soccer: Outdoor coed 7v7 league played on Sundays at Diamond Park on the dates of 5/12, 5/19, 6/2, 6/9, 6/16, 6/23, 6/30, 7/7, 7/14, 7/21/19. There are two divisions; rec and tournament with a tournament at the end for that division. Fee is $300 per team plus $15 per team for referees for rec division and $20 per team for the tournament division. • Adult Men’s Outdoor Soccer: Outdoor Men’s 7v7 league played on Sundays at Diamond Park on the dates of 5/12, 5/19, 6/2, 6/9, 6/16, 6/23, 6/30, 7/7, 7/14, 7/21/19. There are two divisions; rec and tournament with a tournament at the end for that division. Fee is $300 per team plus $15 per team for referees for rec division and $20 per team for the tournament division. • Quickstart Tennis: Children ages 5-12 years are able to get introductory level instruction about the sport of tennis. The sizes of the courts, equipment, and even the net height have been adjusted to make learning easier and fun. The class will be Tuesdays and Thursdays with weather makeups being either Wednesdays or Fridays on the dates of July 9-25, 2019 Register online at plaintownship/Home


TEENS (6TH–12TH GRADE) TeensCREATE Wednesdays, April 17, May 15 2:30–4 p.m. Hang out with your friends and make new ones at the Library. Enjoy activities including music, art, STEM, snap circuits, and more. Each day will bring something new to do and explore.

ADULTS Knitting Club Needlechat Every Wednesday, 10–11:30 a.m. Join fellow knitters and crocheters to work on current projects at all skill levels while sharing tips and tricks. Book Club Mystery Book Club 4–5 p.m. Thursday, Apr 18: The Dry by Jane Harper Thursday, May 16: Norwegian by Night by Derek Miller

TECHNOLOGY Intro to Cricut and Design Studio Thursday, May 9, 6–7:30 p.m. Discover the possibilities for designing and creating with the Cricut and its Design Studio.

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Looking for a raffle idea for your Glenwood Class Reunion? Consider getting a set of the Glenwood Books. These booklets preserve the memories of Glenwoodites across the years. The response to our inquiries for information was overwhelming. It was wonderful to see the enthusiasm for Glenwood and its history. If you have play programs, concert programs, sports information, photos, stories, school newspapers or memorabilia from any Plain Local Schools, please contact us to donate or make copies. Thank you to all that contributed items and stories, without you this publication was not possible. If you are interested in purchasing a copy of the two-volume set for $20, please contact us at, shipping is available.

A PIECE OF “PLAIN HISTORY” Springtime is in the air and our minds turn to thoughts of getting out of the house for a drive. Recently, on the TIME MACHINE WHBC Radio program one of our members shared the story of her family’s business, the Avalon. How many of you cruised the “A”? Did you have a route you traveled? Did you cruise with anyone? Cleveland Ave NW was home to several drive-ins during the 1950s and 60s. Do you remember the Spotless Spot? How about the Waterloo? Were any of these drive-ins on your circuit: Burger Chef, McDonald’s, Lujan’s, A-1 Drivein, Fuller’s Drive-in, Swiss Bell Drive-in, Eckard’s, Kingsize, Manner’s, or Bob’s Big Boy? Did you meet your spouse at one of places or maybe you worked there? If you were cruising around during this time, we are sure you have great memories and stories to share. Recently a person shared their memories of Friday night cruising in the 50s. She and her friend Barb cruised in a 1950s Plymouth. They started at the Avalon, next to Eckard’s, and then back to the “A” checking to see if anyone of interest was there. One of their other favorite Friday night activities was to get a pizza from the Pizza Oven then cruise over to the Avalon and get something to drink to go with their pizza. One time her mom asked what exactly they did cruising on a Friday nights. So, the next Friday Judy and Barb took their moms, Evelyn and Jane along with a neighbor Elly out with them. The moms had a great time and got a kick at waving at the boys. Just goes to show that cruising was fun no matter what age the person was. Help us preserve the history of Plain Township. We are “Educating Plain Township” about “Plain History.” Contact us: Email: Facebook: /PlainTownshipHistoricalSociety Website: Phone: 330-224-2660 2019 Meeting Schedule: April 15 – Inverted Intersections II – Mark Holland May 20 – Middlebranch High School – Judy Pocock/ Cindy Guest June 17 – Annual Picnic at Veterans Park July 15 – James McDowell and Merino Sheep – Cindy Guest Aug. 18 – History Comes to Life – A Look at Warstler Cemetery – David Lasure

Sept. 16 – Architects Charles Firestone and Herman Albrecht – Dick Haldi Oct. 21 – Pre-History/First Contact with People – Thomas Grove Nov. 18 – How Founding Plain Township Families Are Connected – Phyllis Rustifo/Linda Theriault/Bob Vitali December – No Meeting

All meetings start at 7 p.m. and are held at the Plain Township Offices (2600 Easton St. NE) unless otherwise noted.


Middlebranch High School – 1949, 1950, 1951, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1957 Glenwood High School – 1959, 1964 GlenOak High School – 1990, 1992, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005 to present


CHILD AND ADOLESCENT BEHAVIORAL HEALTH: TAKING THE ANXIETY OUT OF TESTS By Mary M. Kreitz, LPC, Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Trauma Program Manager

WHAT IS “TEST ANXIETY?” Most people feel stressed or nervous when facing a test or an exam. It is perfectly natural to feel some amount of anxiety when preparing for and taking a test. This is especially true in higher pressure situations in which good performance matters in some important way. In fact, a little bit of nervousness can actually be helpful because it increases mental alertness, helping you to prepare to tackle the challenge of completing the exam. The level of anxiety experienced in testing situations can vary considerably from one person to another. One person might feel like she has “butterflies” in her stomach while another might feel nauseated. When a person’s anxiety level is so high that it becomes distracting and interferes with performance on the test, that person is experiencing what is referred to as test anxiety. Test anxiety is a type of performance anxiety that disrupts a person’s ability to demonstrate what he or she knows during a test or exam. The anxiety creates a kind of noise or mental static in the mind that block’s a person’s ability to retrieve information stored in memory, impairs the ability to think logically and garbles the ability to communicate ideas clearly.


STARK LIBRARY EVENTS - cont. You Print on What? Thursday, May 16, 6–7:30 p.m. Learn how to print on paper alternatives such as fabric using an inkjet printer. Supplies for this Makers class will be provided. Creating Pillowcases Thursday, May 23, 6–7:30 p.m. Learn to create a pillowcase from a yard of fabric. Supplies will be provided, but feel free to bring your own portable sewing machine and supplies. Windows 10 Basics Thu., Feb. 28, 1–2:30 p.m. Whether you purchased a new computer or updated to Windows 10, discover new features of Windows 10, or revisit some of your old favorites.

ALL AGES Poetry Contest Enter your original poem by April 15 and share your poem at one of our events. Details and entry form at PoetryContest.

Test anxiety can cause a wide range of problems for students. Each symptom can be experienced with differing degrees of intensity. This means that different people can be affected by test anxiety in different ways. Nonetheless, there are some common categories of symptoms. • Physical effects – headaches, stomachaches or nausea, rapid breathing or difficulty catching your breath, pounding or rapid heartbeat, sweating, shaking, dry mouth and light-headedness • Cognitive effects – mind going blank, difficulty concentrating, difficulty recalling information from memory, difficulty organizing thoughts, racing thoughts, second guessing your answers, thinking negative things about yourself, comparing yourself to others and thinking you don’t measure up, belittling or berating yourself for experiencing these symptoms and/or for poor test performance • Emotional effects – excessive feelings of fear, frustration, anger, irritability, disappointment, depression, hopelessness, shame or dread • Behavioral effects – inability to sit still, nervous laughter, crying, avoidance of testing situations, decreased ability to tolerate annoyances, abuse of substances in effort to control the anxiety

WHAT CAUSES TEST ANXIETY? Anxiety happens when a perceived threat triggers the body’s instinctual “fight, flight or freeze” response. As a result, the hormone adrenaline is released, preparing the body to do what is necessary to deal with what is about to happen. This works very effectively in helping us to survive physical threats, such as an attack. Testing situations, on the other hand, are more of a mental stressor, which means this automatic response causes more problems than it solves. There are a number of reasons why some people might be more vulnerable than others to experiencing test anxiety. Some of the more common reasons include: • Personal Style - some people are just more prone to anxiety than others. They are highly sensitive to threats and their instinctual response mechanisms are more easily triggered. They are more likely to worry about making mistakes, about embarrassing themselves in front of others or about anything that could possibly go wrong. Sometimes this heightened continued on page 10

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TAKING THE ANXIETY OUT OF TESTS - CONTINUED vulnerability is referred to as an anxious temperament. • Fear of Failure – some people’s sense of self-worth is closely tied to their grades and test scores. Not doing well on a test would mean that they are not really as smart or successful as they thought they were. Fear of failure can also stem from knowing that your score on a specific test carries great importance, such as meeting a requirement for admission to college or qualifying for a program or scholarship.

Driver’s Ed – GlenOak High School After School: 2:30-5:40 p.m., Room C113 April Course: Apr. 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11 May Course: May 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 16, 17 Summer: 9:00 am - 1:15 pm - Rm B113 June Course: June 3, 5, 7, 10, 12, 14 July Course: July 1, 2, 3, 8, 10, 12 Aug. Course: Aug. 5, 7, 9, 12, 14, 16 No payment until student begins classes.

Register at: 330-430-9500 • Past Experiences – if you have done poorly on tests (voicemail 24 hours) before, this can cause anxiety the next time you have to take a test. Similarly, after experiencing anxiety during one exam, you can become so afraid of it happening again that you actually become even more anxious during the next exam.

• Expectations – if you believe you will perform poorly on a test, you are far more likely to become anxious before and during the test. • Time Limits – knowing that there is a limited amount of time to finish the test, especially for a student who processes things slowly, can be a source of anxiety. Seeing other students finish before you can add to the pressure and increase anxiety.

WHAT HELPS? The good news about test anxiety is that there are a number of things you can do that help! Here are some strategies that help to keep your anxiety level at a manageable level: • Prepare – preparation begins with taking good notes during class. Review both your notes and the material in the book over several days, or even weeks ahead of time. Find out the format of the test: multiple choice, true-false, essay or a combination. Try to predict what the questions might be and practice answering them. Don’t wait until the last minute and try to learn everything the night before the test. • Sleep – get a good night’s sleep the night before the test. While you are asleep your brain will be busy organizing and storing all of the information you’ve learned. Having adequate sleep helps with concentration and memory. • Positive Self-Talk – if you start to have anxiety or defeated thoughts, such as “I can’t do this” or “I’m going to fail” stop yourself and replace those thoughts with encouraging thoughts like “I can do this” or “This has happened before and I know how to handle it.” • Breathe – stress causes shallow breathing, which means you take in less oxygen, and lack of oxygen causes increased stress. A very simple way to calm yourself is to control your breathing. Start by exhaling all of the air out of your lungs. Then, breathe in slowly through your nose filling your lungs and abdomen. Exhale slowly until your lungs are completely empty. Repeat this process until you feel clear-headed and re-energized. • Read the directions carefully and completely – many errors on tests occur because the test taker did not read the directions carefully enough. Never assume that you know what the directions say. • For multiple choice tests – read all of the options before choosing your answer. Eliminate the options you know aren’t right. Since your first choice is usually correct, don’t change your answers unless you are sure of the correction or unless you realize you misread the question. • For essay tests – make a brief outline of your answer by jotting down a few key words to remind yourself of the important points you want to cover. State your main idea in your first sentence. Use your first paragraph to give an overview of what you plan to say in your essay. Use the rest of the essay to discuss each point in more detail. • Don’t be a perfectionist – you don’t have to be the first person to finish. Don’t expect yourself to be perfect. If you are struggling with a particular question, skip it and come back to it later. Praise yourself for working hard and give yourself credit for doing your best.


SUNDAY JUNE 16, 8:00 AM 10th Anniversary to benefit Glen Oak Health Tech Every dad gets an ugly neck tie Prizes for the fastest father/daughter father/son teams


Mission...Accepted! During the month of February, Avondale Elementary school counselor Sean McCartney worked with fourth-grade students to spread kindness...anonymously. “We really wanted to focus on the habit of kindness and have it create a ripple effect to enhance the school environment. We looked to our fourth-grade leaders to help implement and carry out the program,” said McCartney. There were two main ideas we focused on. First, all of the acts within the school were anonymous in an effort to create selflessness and knowing that it feels good to do kind things. The second idea was that all of the acts could cost no money, because it doesn’t take money to be kind. The students were in groups of four to six and the program ran on a weekly basis with changing agents every week. The students were given a kindness board that gave suggestions of what they could do such as, letting someone go in front of them in line, making a card to wish someone a happy day, and the more challenging - sitting with someone they didn’t know at lunch or being a partner to someone new. There were blank spaces on the board for students to come up with their own ideas for their acts of kindness. The students were also given S.K.A. Kindness cards to help spread the word of kindness. After a week of secretly spreading kindness, the students would meet and have an “exit” questionnaire that reflected on what they had done during the week and also to give suggestions on how the program could be improved. There were a total of 21 agents and in their culminating mission they created kindness posters and kindness cards for the school. The basis behind the Secret Kindness Agent Project initiative came from the program of the same name founded by fellow educator, Feriel Pearson, of the University of Nebraska at Omaha, who created this program while a teacher at Ralston High School.

BARR ELEMENTARY STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN THE GREAT KINDNESS CHALLENGE Students from Barr Elementary participated in the 2019 Great Kindness Challenge during the month of March. Barr joined thousands of schools across the country to create a culture of kindness. Their goal was to embark on a powerful and positive initiative with hopes that it would lead to more kindness, unity and respect at school, in our community and at home.

Each day teachers chose an Act of Kindness for students to complete either at home or at school. They created chain links and connected them as a visible reminder of all the kind acts they were able to complete. Throughout the month there were student greeters, kindness spirit days, painted kindness rocks, and created a kindness tree. They ended with a visit from Officer Lamar Sharpe from the Be A Better Me Foundation. Students and staff were able to collect a bountiful amount of snacks that he was able to distribute throughout the community. Students at Barr Elementary realize kindness matters!

Mrs. St. Clair and her students help spread the message that kindness matters!



Meet the “Frazer Fierce Females,” Future Leaders in Plain.

There is a new group of leaders coming up within the Plain Local community. It is a group comprised of girls at Frazer Elementary who have dedicated time each month, sometimes more, to meet with women-leaders in different career fields in order to learn what it takes to join their ranks. The girls have completed service projects that help support the Frazer Family while raising the self-esteem and self-efficacy of girls in all grades. These girls are--Frazer’s Fierce Females! The group was started at the beginning of the school year by our fourth-grade staff: Ms. O’Brian, Mrs. Ohlemacher, Mrs. Raga, and Mrs. Tsoufiou. Also supporting our Frazer Fierce Females is our Family Engagement Coordinator, Miss Garman. The group is part of a voluntary program available to any girl in the fourth grade, remarkably, almost all regularly attend. Each month the girls and teachers give up their recess/lunch time to meet with different women in career fields such as: financial planning, business, medical research, scientific research, and educational administration. During the meetings, the topics focus on girls having a strong self-efficacy and an understanding that they hold the key to their self-image, not anyone else; and ultimately help establish a track for success for these young, future women leaders of our schools and communities. What started in the fall as an idea has developed into a strong program bettering our female students and, as a result, Frazer Elementary altogether! Word is spreading and we are already hearing from our younger girls who are dreaming to one day become a “Fierce Female,” which indicates that maybe they already are?


On Tuesday, March 19, the Middlebranch Guys with Ties participated in a Kindness Bus Tour around Canton. Their goal was to travel around our community spreading smiles and performing Random Acts of Kindness. The day started as the students arrived at school and changed into their shirts and ties. As they approached the bus, they greeted a reporter and camera crew from Channel 19 News, who joined them for the morning. The first stop was the Plain Township Fire Station where they took treats and thank you cards to firefighters. Next, they hid Kindness Rocks that they had made around Schneider Community Park. Across the street, they visited a class at GlenOak High School and surprised them with donuts. Then they checked into the Stark County Library, Plain Branch, where they wrote and hid kindness messages throughout the library. Their final stop was at Windsor Assisted Living Center where they delivered flowers to residents and did activities with them. Upon returning to Middlebranch, the students shared their adventures and expressed how good it felt to spread kindness and make people smile. This third-grade group of Guys with Ties is led by PE Teacher, Kent Hamilton and Community Liaison, Michi Thomas. The Kindness Bus Tour was funded by a STAR Grant that was awarded by the Plain Local Schools Foundation and Alumni Association. Flowers and donuts were donated by Giant Eagle and cookies were donated by Anita Cookie. On Thursday, March 21, the Guys with Ties from Avondale Elementary also participated in a Kindness Bus Tour throughout the community. It was a great week in Plain Local!


ANOTHER CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON FOR GLENWOOD CHESS The Glenwood Chess Team participated in the Stark Youth Chess League’s Final Mate at Faircrest Middle School on Saturday, February 23. After a competitive regular season leading up to this tournament (the sixth-grade team coming in first and the fifth-grade team coming in fourth place), students knew Final Mate would be tough and our teams showed up strong.

The Glenwood sixth-grade team came away from the tournament with the first-place trophy! The fifth-grade team came in second place only behind our sixth graders, proving Plain Local students were not going to be defeated! Sixth individual notables for the regular season winning half their matches or more: Sammy Artino, Quinn Fogarty, Tyler Kellos, Gray Sampson, Alex Minor, Elliot Doerfler, Shishir Tallada, and Henry Aku Itali Fifth individual notables for the regular season winning half their matches or more: Tyler Hartman, Landon Ford, and Bode Stephan Individual trophies at Final Mate: Quinn Fogarty (first place), Tyler Kellos (third place), Tyler Harman (sixth place).


Glenwood students, Josh Lantz, Aubrie Henkel, Journey Leach, Amelia Colon, Charlotte German, Stephany King, Julia Kleintop, Nate Lowe, Chase Sexton, Jackson Yohn, Owen Fererri, Kylee Pudder and Lily Sedon had artwork selected for a Plain Local Arts display that was featured during the month of February at Avenue Arts (formerly Second April Galerie) in the Canton Arts District. A reception was held during First Friday in February to honor these amazing artists. Way to go, Eagles!


They celebrated the birthday of everyone in the whole school for one extra special party. Students got to enjoy face painting, crafts, games and more. The school was decorated and everyone got to savor in a piece of birthday cake. It was a fun way to celebrate all students and staff members at once. Thank you to the Taft PTO for their hard work getting this event together.

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OAKWOOD CONTEMPORARY ISSUES CLASS FIELD TRIPS Oakwood Middle School’s Contemporary Issues classes, led by Susan Salem, in partnership with TomTod Ideas, have recently taken field trips to expand their learning. TomTod empowers middle schoolers to launch their ideas and enhance the common good of the community. Oakwood’s eighth graders recently took a field trip to Gervasi Vineyard to explore assets of the community. They got to enjoy a guided tour of the grounds where they explored some of what Gervasi has to offer. The class then had a panel of community leaders who spoke to them about how to reach some of their goals.

Oakwood’s seventh-grade Contemporary Issues classes traveled to Kent State University, Stark Campus. The students toured the nursing wing along with other parts of the campus and learned about the many opportunities KSU has to offer. The affordability of attending KSU was also emphasized. They received a motivational speech where they learned about how KSU students have solved some community issues.


Three teams from Oakwood Middle School traveled with advisor Lauren Sturiale to Columbus, Ohio, to compete at the Ohio Model United Nations Summit. Jacob Harms, Caris Lantz, Brandon Harper, Corrie Schorsten, Sofia Codispoti, Adrianna Runzo and Evelyn Parr represented the nation of Ecuador. Nate Turowski, A.J. Synder, Ariel Oyler, Rachel Gortney, Mari Lyke, Bradley Mull and Hannah Detchon represented the nation of Ireland. Kate Harris, Paige Lucas, Thomas Kingsbury, Matthew Caldwell, Dominic Runzo, Roman Shaheen and Dylan Wolfe represented the nation of Hungary.

Team Ecuador won Outstanding Resolution, Dylan Wolfe won a Current Events contest, Caris Lantz won Outstanding Leader, and Adrianna Runzo and Cariz Lantz were both elected to serve as Council Presidents for the 2019-2020 school year!


OAKWOOD SCIENCE FAIR PARTICIPANTS EARN SPECIAL AWARDS American Society of Mechanical Engineers: Most Creative Use of Engineering: Ian Kimbrough Lemelson Foundation Top Innovator Award: Ian Kimbrough Governor’s Award – Materials Science Research: Katie Dentler The Ohio Tuition Trust Authority 529 College Advantage Award WINNERS: Ian Kimbrough and Andrew Martens ALTERNATES: Kennedy McGuire and Paige Lucas College of Wooster - Buckeye Women in Science and Engineering (BWISER) Taylor Herberghs Katie Dentler Katelyn Groves Devyn Ball Lucy Howell Emma Reemsnyder Broadcom Masters Ian Kimbrough Paige Lucas Kennedy McGuire Dominic Runzo


“The Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition, now in its 49th year, is dedicated to the educational and artistic advancement of our talented young people in the state of Ohio. The exhibition is open to all of Ohio’s 1,112 high schools, both public and private, chartered by the Ohio Department of Education. Our purpose is to provide all budding young artists of the state with opportunities to advance their talent, whether that be through scholarships or simply experiencing the process of entering their work in a competition. From the 11,500 regional entries from the 15 regions, approximately 2,500 are selected to enter the state judging. State jurors then select 300 for the actual exhibition, with 25 of the 300 chosen to receive the Governor’s Award of Excellence. Scholarships are offered to seniors by more than 30 universities and colleges of art. The selection of students to be offered scholarships is left strictly up to those institutions who offer them. The Governor’s Exhibition is merely a vehicle through which schools and students are brought together.”

Plain Local Schools is proud to announce that the following GlenOak High School students’ artworks were promoted through the regional judging for the Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition on Saturday, March 2, at Dover Middle School. Moriah Clay, Rebekah Stranger, Thomas Pedrotty and Grace Watson each had one or more works of art pass through this round of adjudication. Commercial Photography Senior Jenna Potter had a black and white portrait advance to the state level judging. Ceramic Students Spencer Day, Mackenzie Lugwig, and Paige Werstler had one pottery piece each advance to the next level of adjudication. The state level judging took place in Columbus Saturday, March 9. Only approximately 300 works are selected out of the over 11,000 works submitted statewide. The exhibition will be on display April 22-May 16 in the James A. Rhodes State Office Tower in Columbus. Congratulations to our young student artists!


Spring is such an exciting time of the year. The snow begins to disappear and the warmer weather keeps inching its way back more consistently. The warmer weather is inviting, but it can be a bit distracting while trying to learn. In an effort to provide an even better learning environment, the district installed two new ceiling fans in each classroom over Spring Break at Warstler Elementary. This will help provide a more conducive learning environment when the weather truly breaks. We are grateful for the maintenance crew in Plain Local and all of their hard work!

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WINTER SPORTS RECAPS BOYS BASKETBALL Head Coach: Matt Hackenberg Assistant Coaches: Lee Foster, Turk Knisely, Eli Baker, Brian Powell, Evan Ferwerda Record: 13-10 Fed. League Record: 3-9 Team Accomplishments: Defeated McKinley at the Fieldhouse Individual Player Achievements: Christian Parker - 1st Team all-county, 2nd Team all-league, Honorable Mention All-State Final thoughts on the season from the coach: We gained valuable experience from the season and should return nine lettermen next season. The high point was a five-game win streak.

GIRLS BASKETBALL Head Coach: Paul Wackerly Assistant Coaches: Bret Wackerly, Curt Shaffer, Larry Mizer, Duke Williams Record: 23-3 Fed. League Record: 11-1 co-champs with McKinley Team Accomplishments: 1st District Championship since 1990, Regional Champions, State Final Four Individual Player Achievements: Jade Abdulla: Federal League – 2nd Team, Northeast Inland – 2nd Team, District IV – Honorable Mention, All Ohio – Honorable Mention, YMCA Stark County All Star, Stark/Summit All Star. Sophia Cashner : YMCA Stark County All Star. Aniyah Hall: Federal League – 2nd Team, Northeast Inland – 3rd Team, District IV – Honorable Mention. Addison Mucci: Federal League – 1st Team, Northeast Inland – Honorable Mention. Hayley Smith: Federal League – 1st Team, Northeast Inland – 1st Team, District IV – 1st Team, All-Ohio – 3rd Team. Erica Warren: Federal League – Honorable Mention. Coach Wackerly: Federal League – COY, Stark County Coaches Association Girls Basketball COY, Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association, Division I, COY Final thoughts on the season from the coach: As the head coach of the GlenOak Girls Basketball team, I would just like to take a minute to thank the Plain Twp. community, Board of Education, Superintendent Brent May, Athletic Director Scott Garcia and his staff, School Administrators, Teachers, Plain Twp. Fire Dept, the Stark County Sheriff Dept., and lastly the awesome student body, AKA ‘Eagle Nation’, for their outpouring of support throughout our tournament run. I would be remiss not to mention the outstanding live and streaming radio coverage we received from Jon Bozeka of WHBC and Jim Thomas, Canton Repository, who did a fantastic job covering the team the entire season. We certainly couldn’t have done it without ALL of the encouraging

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words and support into what turned out to be a fun filled, exciting season and heading to the State Tournament. What will never be forgotten, or taken for granted, was the large amount of people in attendance at the Schottenstein Center for our Friday evening contest. As myself and my coaching staff entered the arena to warmup, as well as when the team was introduced and took the floor, it was priceless to witness firsthand the players expressions as they paused and took in all the love shown by everyone in attendance. It certainly is something those players will never forget. Our fans were loud and proud! I couldn’t be more proud representing GlenOak High School with this group of exemplary student athletes I am so fortunate to coach!

SWIMMING Head Coach: Zac Hawkins Assistant Coaches: Mary Diager, Sherrie Kimble, Julie Bertke Record: 12-12 Fed. League Record: 3-3 Team Accomplishments: Girls 200 Free Relay Record Broken, First time both girls and boys relays to the state meet since 2007. Individual Player Achievements: Qualified to state meet: Hannah White, Carol Maag, Delaney Ferrell, Kinsey Knoch, Braden Knoch, Hershel Chenault, Justin Knoch, Ryan Meister Jr. Final thoughts on the season from the coach: We had an awesome season. We were able to get eight athletes to the state meet in two relays, and have the best season since 2007. We broke a school record in the process. I will reference this group of seniors as some of the hardest working, most talented, most determined, and most painful to lose, for years to come. Our short-term goals for the next few seasons will be to keep the numbers up, to continue our focus on the sprint events, and to make the culture as good of a place to be as possible. I like that swimmers are nice, and I’d like to keep the positivity.

WRESTLING Head Coach: Michael Hynd Assistant Coaches: Adam Black, Lucas Krumlauf Record: 12-11 Fed. League Record: 1-5 Team Accomplishments: 3rd Husky Invitational, Tied 8th Hudson Holiday Tournament, 3rd Marlington Duals, 5th Green Bulldog Tournament, 9th Sectionals, 29th Districts Individual Player Achievements: Individual Tournament Places and Awards Joe Wickline: Husky Invitational-4th, Green Tournament-4th, 4th at Sectionals, 2nd -Team All-County, District Qualifier. Nikolas Kiley: Husky Invitational-5th, 3rd Team All-County. Mason Lorenz: Hudson Holiday Tournament-4th, Husky Invitational-8th. Kenny French: Hudson Holiday Tournament-5th, Husky Invitational-4th, Bill Dies Tournament-7th, Green Tournament-Champ, Sectional Champ, 1st Team Federal League, 1st Team All-County, District Qualifier, Tied GlenOak’s Single Season Pin Record with 27 pins. Ronald Dimmerling: Hudson Holiday Tournament-Champion, Husky Invitational-Champion, Green Tournament-Champion, Sectional Champ, 1st Team Federal, 1st Team All-County, District Qualifier, Tied GlenOak’s Single Season Pin Record with 27 pins. Avant Money: Federal League Honorable Mention. Seth Corrick: Hudson Holiday Tournament-6th, Husky Invitational-2nd, Green Tournament-Champion. Aeden Begue: Husky Invitational-5th, Green



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$40.00 pre-registered or $45.00 per couple at the door. Includes shoe rental, three games, light refreshments, and non-alcoholic beverages. Doors open at 7 p.m. with raffles and refreshments, bowling at 7:30 p.m.

$60.00: includes seat in tournament, snacks, and soft drinks. Contact the GlenOak Kick Off Club at gokickoffclub@ with questions or to attend either event.

Tournament-3rd Place, 6th Place at Sectionals. Nick Nash: Hudson Holiday Tournament-3rd, Husky Invitational -3rd, Green Tournament-Champion, 6th Place at Sectionals, 2nd Team Federal League.


Final thoughts on the season from the coach: It was a great season and I am extremely proud of what these young men have accomplished this year. We had a lot of individuals step up and achieve some great accomplishments. I am hoping we can use this season as momentum for the upcoming seasons. Thank you to all the community members who are in support of our wrestling program.

Record: 11-6 Fed. League Record: 7-5


Head Coach: John Kotema Assistant Coach: Bill Reed

Team Accomplishments: The Girls Team finished 4th in the League. Individual Player Achievements: Lydia Pollard (10) earned 2nd team All Federal League. Rachel Young (9) earned Honorable Mention.

Head Coach: Alyssa West Record: 1-1 Team Accomplishments: 5th Place at YMCA Invitational Individual Player Achievements: Top Performers were Caitlyn Wallace, Kaleigh Ramser, Suzanne Funk, Danielle Bisesi, Makenna Croxton and Olivia Ward.

CHEERLEADING Head Coach: Alyssa West Record: 1-1 Team Accomplishments: The GlenOak Cheerleaders qualified two routines at the OASSA regional competition held Feb. 9 advancing them to the 2019 state competition. Individual Player Achievements: Congratulations to team members Sophia Buda, Brooklyn Bunish, Kamari Foster, Ashlyn Hall, Hannah Hartman, Sarah Hartman, Catie Hohman, Alexis O’Connor, Kaliegh Ramser, Felicia Spoon, Ella Tyler, Caitlyn Wallace, Hailee Welch and Olivia Welch.

BOYS BOWLING Head Coach: John Kotema Assistant Coach: Bill Reed Record: 12-5 Fed. League Record: 7-5 Team Accomplishments: The Boys Bowling Team finished 3rd in the League. Individual Player Achievements: Dominic Bisesi (12), Austin Allman (11), and Jared Wahl(12)l earned 2nd Team All Federal League honors. Kevin Heckman (10) earned Honorable Mention.

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The Senior Engineering Tech class recently visited The Schaeffler Group in Wooster. Director of Industrial Engineering, Scott Schrader, hosted the group from GlenOak at the 800,000 sq. ft. facility. The Schaeffler Group designs, tests, and manufactures torque converters, dampers, clutch, and transmission components for the automotive industry. GlenOak student, Marshal Byham has applied to enter their apprenticeship program starting this summer.

Junior and Senior Commercial Photography students visited BurkleHagen Food Photography, a professional studio in Cleveland. Students toured the facility and were able to observe a planning meeting for a Burger King photoshoot. Students then visited the commercial photography studio of advisory board member Kevin Kopanski, who gave the students advice on building their portfolios.

PROGRAM NAME: HIGH SCHOOL OF BUSINESS™ Instructor Name: Amanda de Fays On Tuesday March 12, sophomore business students Devin Kermue, Justin Wofford and Matthew Garfinkle presented their concept, UberED, at the thinkBIG! Summit held at Case Western Reserve University. This team spent months after school and on weekends developing this social enterprise concept - UberED - which aimed to help bridge the gap in educational transportation. Essentially, UberED would become the next division under Uber, and is aimed at solving the following problems: • Eliminating missed school hours due to missed bussing • Assist parents who do not have transportation to attend critical academic meetings, such as IEP meetings, Parent/Teacher Conferences, FAFSA/College Prep Night, etc. • Give students more access to transportation to/from extracurricular activities The road to the thinkBIG! Summit was not an easy road. In addition to the meetings after school and on the weekends working on editing and revising this idea, there were many rounds of judging involved. Overall, there were 230 thinkBIG! Submissions in Round 1, which were reduced to 26 in Round 2. Our team was invited for a day of coaching at Case Western Reserve to work with Case staff and other entrepreneurs to prepare a pitch deck and a commercial. Once this was submitted, UberED was notified that it was named a Final 4 and was given the invitation to present at the thinkBIG! Summit and compete against the remaining three teams. In the end, UberED was named a runner-up in the social enterprise division. The team was awarded $1,000 cash, as well as other prizes. Additionally, Nick Geier, senior business student, was recently named a 2019 Young Entrepreneur Institute Teen Pitch Tank winner for his invention, the HydroBlaster. There were more than 400 submissions this year for the Teen Pitch Tank.The HydroBlaster works to create a one-step water removal process and a streak-free shine by forcing compressed air through a squeegee that has directional air nozzles attached. This product has an intended target market that is both residential and industrial. Lastly, MDRN Marketing, A Junior Achievement Company operated in the business program, hosted our second Powered by Plain Job Fair at GlenOak High School for our students and community members. The mission of MDRN Marketing is to help create brand identity through affordable promotion. On Thursday March 7, our job fair hosted 21 employers and 150+ attendees looking for both full-time and part-time jobs. Many attendees walked away with a job offer, and many others walked away with an interview. Prior to the job fair, the students of MDRN Marketing worked to prepare our own students to be successful in getting a job at the fair. During student success periods, our student body was given an overview of tips and dress suggestions. And, students were invited to the business lab each fifth period and Tuesdays/Thursdays after school for resume development help (personal brand promotion).


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Save the date! The class of 2019 will graduate on Tuesday, May 28 at 7 p.m. at the Canton Memorial Civic Center. Tickets will be distributed to graduating seniors in May. Congratulations Class of 2019!


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There are many reasons why students get behind in their high school journey. Plain Local Schools offers a way for high school students to get back on track toward graduation by making up failed classes. These courses are offered online at GlenOak High School. Only students who have previously failed the course during the regular school year may enroll. These courses are delivered through the Edgenuity or PLATO Online Learning System. Notes • Students will take all online pre-tests and post-tests at school during designated times. • Students will need to have access to a computer and the Internet outside of school in order to complete coursework. • Mandatory first meetings and pre-tests/post-tests will be held at GlenOak High School in A108. • Students are expected to complete all course work at a rate of at least 33% of the semester course per week (meaning it will take a maximum of three weeks for a student to complete a semester course for 0.5 credit). o Students who fail to complete their work at this pace will be required to come to school for both of their designated testing days each week and remain there for at least 90 minutes until they are on pace.

• English I, II, III, or IV (mandatory first meeting June 17, 11am, pre-test/post-test can be taken Monday or Wednesday at 11 am) SOCIAL STUDIES • World History (mandatory first meeting June 17, 8am, pre-test/post-test can be taken Tuesday or Thursday at 8am) • US History (mandatory first meeting June 17, 8am, pre-test/post-test can be taken Tuesday or Thursday at 8am) • US Political System (mandatory first meeting June 17, 8am, pre-test/post-test can be taken Tuesday or Thursday at 8am) HEALTH AND SCIENCE • Physical Science (mandatory first meeting June 17, 9:30am, pre-test/post-test can be taken Tuesday or Thursday at 9:30am) • Biology (mandatory first meeting June 17, 9:30am, pre-test/post-test can be taken Tuesday or Thursday at 9:30am) • Environmental Science (mandatory first meeting June 17, 9:30am, pre-test/post-test can be taken Tuesday or Thursday at 9:30am) • Health (Semester 1 only) (mandatory first meeting June 17, 11am, pre-test/post-test can be taken Tuesday or Thursday at 11am)

o Students who fail to come in when required risk being removed from the summer course. • Students may complete as many semester courses as possible between June 17 and July 19, but they will have to pay $75 per semester course in order to be enrolled. • Students may only be enrolled in one semester course at a time, after passing a course they can move on to the next course. • All course work must be completed by July 19, 2019. • All courses are 0.5 credit per semester Fees $75 per session

COURSE OFFERINGS: MATH • Algebra I (mandatory first meeting June 17, 8am, pre-test/post-test can be taken Monday or Wednesday at 8am) • Geometry (mandatory first meeting June 17, 8am, pre-test/post-test can be taken Monday or Wednesday at 8am) • Algebra II (mandatory first meeting June 17, 9:30am, pre-test/post-test can be taken Monday or Wednesday at 9:30am)

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ELEMENTARY Students entering grades: 1-5 Dates: June 10-June 28 Time: 8:30am-12:30pm/M-F Location: GlenOak High School

CAMP INVENTION Camp Invention® is a nationally acclaimed summer program where STEM concepts come to life. Led by Plain Local teachers, this program has tapped into kids’ natural curiosity since 1990, giving them the opportunity to become innovators through teamwork and immersive, hands-on creative problem-solving.

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PRE-K READINESS PROGRAM: JUMPSTART TO KINDERGARTEN Students entering Kindergarten Dates: June 10-June 28 Time: 8:30am-12:30pm/M-F Location GlenOak High School

Cost: $75

OWMS ONLINE HEALTH Students entering eighth-grade: • Students are expected to complete all course work on their own time outside of the times listed. • Students will need to have access to a computer and the internet in order to complete coursework. • All mandatory meetings will be held at GlenOak High School A116. Mandatory first meeting: June 4 (Choose between 8:3010:15 a.m. or 10:20 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.) Mandatory meetings: June 13, June 27, July 11. (Choose between 8:30-10:15 a.m. or 10:20 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.) All work must be completed by Tuesday, July 19, 2017 at 3 p.m. Cost: $75

SUMMER ENRICHMENT CLASSES MUSICAL THEATRE WORKSHOP This Workshop is a week-long study in acting, singing and dancing for students ages 8 to 13 years old. All actors are cast and perform in the musical review, Broadway Bound!, to be performed on the last day. The workshop is led by Amy Sima-Dirham, the theater arts teacher at GlenOak High School. June 10-14 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Broadway Bound Performance: Friday, June 14th at 4 p.m. Cost: $75 (Participation fee includes a performance T-Shirt and Pizza party on Friday between the workshop day and the performance.) ART AND CRAFT CAMP Do you love to draw cartoons? Have you always wanted to build a mini treehouse? Join us for art and craft camp and try your hand at drawing, painting, and crafts. We will use recycled materials to create sculptures and make handmade stamps for card making. This camp has something for everyone who enjoys art! June 10 - 13 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. For students entering Grades 3-6 Cost: $50


Dates: June 10-14 Time: 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m./M-F Cost: $225 Notes: • Lunch provided by Plain Local Schools • Register online at or by calling 1-800-968-4332. YMCA SPECIALTY CAMP: KIDS IN THE KITCHEN Master your culinary skills at cooking camp! Campers will learn about healthy eating, take a behind these scenes tour of a school kitchen, and of course create yummy dishes! This camp is offered at Camp Eagle during two separate weeks for campers entering grades 1-2 and 3-5. Students do not have to enroll in Y Care. Registration forms at July 15 - 19 Grades 1-2 July 22 - 26 Grades 3-5 Cost: $150 for Y members/ $175 for non-members YMCA Specialty Camp: Bricks 4 Kids Lego Camp Ready, set, BUILD! Test your skills during this week of Lego challenges. Lego Camp is offered at Camp Eagle for campers entering grades 1-2. Students do not have to enroll in Y Care. Registration forms at July 8 - 12 Grades 1-2 Cost: $150 for Y members/ $175 for non-members

DANCE CLASSES BEGINNER POINTE Students entering grades 7-12 Dates: June 11-July 26 Time: 7:30-9:00 a.m./T, TH 10:30-11:30 a.m./F Cost: $90 INTERMEDIATE POINTE Students entering grades 9-12 Dates: June 10-July 26 Time: 9-10:30 a.m./M, W, F Cost: $100 INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED POINTE Students entering grades 10-12 Dates: June 10-July 26 Time: 7:30-9 a.m./M, W, F Cost: $100

BEGINNER BALLET/TAP Students entering grades: K-2 Dates: June 11-July 25 Time: 10-11a.m./T, TH Cost: $50 INTERMEDIATE I BALLET/TAP Students entering grades 3-4 Dates: June 11-July 25 Time: 9-10 a.m./T, TH Cost: $50 INTERMEDIATE II BALLET/TAP Students entering grades 5-7 Dates: June 10-July 24 Time: 10:3011:30 a.m./M, W Cost: $50

GLENOAK YOUTH ATHLETIC CAMPS Sign up online starting April 29, 2019 at KOUFOS BASKETBALL CAMP June 3, 4 and 5 - GlenOak High School Main Gym Grades: 1-4, 9-11:30 a.m. Grades: 5-8, 12-2:30 p.m. Cost: $65, made payable to Roundball Club GIRLS YOUTH BASKETBALL CAMP June 3,4,5 - GlenOak High School Main Gym Grades: 2nd-8th, 3-5 p.m. Cost: $45 paid to GlenOak Rebounders GLENOAK YOUTH VOLLEYBALL CAMP June 17, 18, and 19 - GlenOak High School Main Gym Girls entering grades 1-8. Hosted by GlenOak Volleyball and Coaches! Grades: 7-8, 8:30-10:30 a.m. Grades: 1-6, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Cost: $45, checks made payable to Volleyball One. Registration must be received by June 1 in order to receive a t-shirt.

Lacrosse Fundamentals (Grades 3-8): 4:30-5:30 p.m. $60 Lacrosse Foundation (Grades 7-8): 6-7:30 p.m. $80 Checks made payable to GlenOak Lacrosse Booster Club.

SUMMER Y-KIDS PROGRAMMING: Plain Local Schools is proud to announce a partnership with the North Canton YMCA which will provide our students the opportunity to attend Summer Day Camp closer to home. Camp will take place from June 4 – Aug. 17 from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Before and aftercare will be available from 6:30- 9 a.m. and 4-6:30 p.m. The summer camp is designed for students entering grades 1 through 5 and will take place at GlenOak High School. Weekly trips include: Pump It Up, Quail Hollow, Akron Zoo, Urichsville Water Park, Park Lanes, Beech Creek and more. Campers will enjoy swimming, all-camp games and specialized activities throughout the summer. A special feature of this camp allows Plain Local students the opportunity to attend Plain Local summer academic, enrichment or sports programming in addition to participating in the YMCA summer camp all in the same day on our GOHS community campus. Campers will be offered breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon snack at no additional charge. Registration is limited, contact the North Canton YMCA at 330305-5437 or go to for enrollment details. Summer School Before and After Care Program: The YMCA will be offering before and after care programming from 6:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. at GlenOak High School. Please contact the YMCA at 330-3055437 for details.

SUMMER FOOD SERVICE: Breakfast and lunch will be served Monday – Friday at no charge during the summer for students enrolled in any summer offering. Breakfast will be served daily from 8:00-8:30am. Lunch will be served daily from 11:30am-12:00pm.

BOYS AND GIRLS YOUTH SOCCER CAMP June 25-27, 5:30-7:30 p.m. - Bob Commings Stadium Grades: Boys and girls entering grades 1-8 Cost: $50, $30 for second child from the same family. Checks made payable to GlenOak Soccer Booster Club. GLENOAK YOUTH FOOTBALL CAMP June 17-20, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. - Bob Commings Stadium Boys or Girls Entering Grades 1-7 Cost: $35 to Pre-register. Checks made payable to GlenOak Kickoff Club. LACROSSE YOUTH CAMP July 15-19 - Bob Cummings Stadium Intro to Lacrosse for Beginners (Grades 3-12): 3-4 p.m. $40



Spring Sports Schedules BOYS BASEBALL SAT., 3/23/19 TUE., 4/2/19 WED., 4/3/19 FRI., 4/5/19 SAT., 4/8/19 TUE., 4/9/19 WED., 4/10/19 FRI., 4/12/19 SAT., 4/13/19 TUE., 4/16/19 WED., 4/17/19 SAT., 4/20/19 MON., 4/22/19 TUE., 4/23/19 SAT., 4/27/19 TUE., 4/30/19 WED., 5/1/19 FRI., 5/3/19 SAT., 5/4/19 TUE., 5/7/19 WED., 5/8/19 FRI., 5/10/19

12:00 5:00 5:00 5:00 5:00 5:00 7:00 7:00 1:00 5:00 7:00 5:00 5.00 5:00 2:30 5:00 7:00 5:00 11:00 7:00 7:00 5:00


GIRLS SOFTBALL WED., 3/20/19 FRI., 3/22/19 SUN., 3/24/19 TUE., 3/26/19 SAT., 3/30/19 MON., 4/1/19 TUE., 4/2/19 WED., 4/3/19 SAT., 4/6/19 MON., 4/8/19 TUE., 4/9/19 WED., 4/10/19 THUR., 4/11/19 FRI., 4/12/19 TUE., 4/16/19 WED., 4/17/19 MON., 4/22/19 TUE., 4/23/19 WED., 4/24/19 FRI., 4/26/19 SAT., 4/27/19 SAT., 4/27/19 TUE., 4/30/19 WED., 5/1/19 THUR., 5/2/19 MON., 5/6/19 TUE., 5/7/19

4:30 5:00 1:00 5:00 12:00 5:00 5:00 5:00 10/2 5:00 5:00 5:00 5:00 5:30 5:00 7:00 5:00 5:00 5:00 5:45 2:00 4:00 5:00 5:00 5:00 5:00 5:00


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BOYS TENNIS MON., 4/1/19 TUE., 4/2/19 WED., 4/3/19 THUR., 4/4/19 FRI., 4/5/19 MON., 4/08/19 TUE., 4/09/19 THUR., 4/11/19 MON., 4/15/19 TUE., 4/16/19 THUR., 4/18/19 TUE., 4/23/19 WED., 4/24/19 THUR., 4/25/19 SAT., 4/27/19 MON., 4/29/19 TUE., 4/30/19 WED., 5/1/19 FRI., 5/3/19 WED., 5/8/19

BOYS LACROSSE SAT., 3/16/19 TUE., 3/19/19 FRI., 3/22/19 SAT., 3/23/19 WED., 4/03/19 FRI., 4/05/19 SAT., 4/06/19 TUE., 4/09/19 THUR., 4/11/19 SAT., 4/13/19 WED., 4/17/19 FRI., 4/19/19 SAT., 4/20/19 WED., 4/24/19 FRI., 4/26/19 WED., 5/01/19 FRI., 5/03/19 SAT., 5/04/19

6:30 8:00 6:00/8:00 4:00/5:30 6:00/7:30 TBA 2:00/4:00 6:00/7:30 6:00/7:30 2:00/3:30 TBA 7:00 2:00/3:30 6:00/7:30 6:00/7:30 TBA 5:00/6:30 2:00/3:30


GIRLS LACROSSE TUE., 3/19/19 THUR., 3/21/19 THUR., 4/04/19 SAT., 4/06/19 THUR., 4/11/19 TUE., 4/16/19 THUR., 4/18/19 TUE., 4/23/19 THUR., 4/25/19 TUE., 4/30/19 TUE., 5/07/19 THUR., 5/09/19 SAT., 5/11/19

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TRACK & FIELD TUE., 3/26/19 SAT., 3/30/19 TUE., 4/2/19 SAT., 4/6/19 TUE., 4/9/19 SAT., 4/13/19 TUE., 4/16/19 SAT., 4/20/19 THUR., 4/25/19 FRI., 4/26/19 TUE., 4/30/19 FRI., 5/3/19 TUE., 5/7/19 FRI., 5/10/19 WED., 5/15/19 FRI., 5/17/19 WED., 5/22/19 FRI., 5/24/19 FRI./SAT., 5/31/6/1/19

5:00 9:00 5:00 10:00 5:00 10:00 5:00 8:00 5:00 TBA 5:00 3:30 5:00 4:00 4:00 4:00 4:00 4:00 TBA




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Proceeds from the event will go toward the advancement of Plain Local Athletic Facilities.


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