September 2019 Plain Paper

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School is back in session for the 2019-2020 school year. Thank you to all of the familes that sent in photos for #PLSFirstDay check out pages 14 & 15 to see our favorite first day pics! Dear Community, I would like to thank our entire community for a great start to the school year! In addition, I would also like to thank the entire staff for all their hard work and dedication as we successfully opened another school year. As I reflect as a parent of three children in Plain Local, I am grateful for their education and positive impact from many adults in this wonderful district. As I travel across the district and attend many events, I am constantly excited about our growth and progress for the future. Our students are incredibly talented in all areas, and it has been a pleasure watching them grow. As we prepare for the future, I would like to ask you for input as we begin our new strategic plan. Your thoughts, opinions, and suggestions are essential as we plan for the next 3-5 years. There are opportunities listed at the bottom of the paper that will provide you a chance to have your voice heard. I encourage you to engage in the conversation. There will also be an opportunity through an on-line survey to have a voice for the future in Plain Local. I hope you will strongly consider participating and shaping the future for over 6,000 students in the Plain Local School District. In closing, it is my honor to serve Plain Local. I continuously tell your story and share examples of excellence in Plain. My children are receiving a world-class education from some of the finest educators in the area. I am PLAIN PROUD to live and raise my family in this township. It is going to be a great year, and I hope you will engage in the process for the future. Go Eagles!

Brent May, Superintendent

WE WELCOME PARENTS TO JOIN US ON ONE OF THE FOLLOWING DATES TO OFFER FEEDBACK: Tuesday, October 1, 2019 1:00pm at GlenOak High School Tuesday, October 1, 2019 6:30pm at Glenwood Intermediate School Thursday, October 3, 2019 1:00pm at GlenOak High School Thursday, October 3, 2019 6:30pm at Oakwood Middle School No sign up required. Questions? Contact us at 330-492-3500.

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Madison Reemsnyder: Madison is a GlenOak student and member of the girl’s golf team. Here is what Athletic Director Scott Garcia shared about Madison, “She broke a school record for nine holes by shooting a 4 under par 31. She had led the GlenOak Team at every event this season. Madison is a team leader both on and off the course. She will be in the running for Federal League player of the year and Stark County player of the year.” Brandon Jatich: Brandon is a GlenOak student and member of the boy’s golf team. Here is what Athletic Director Scott Garcia shared about Brandon, “Brandon is a team leader by example. He has been a tournament medalist twice this year and has shot twice under par during league play. Brandon will be in the running for Federal League and Stark County Player of the Year honors.

Ja’Saun Scott: Ja’Saun is a 3rd grader at Warstler Elementary who recently packed a lunch for his teacher, Mr. Goshorn to make sure he had something to eat. Mr. Goshorn shared, “His kindness made my day. He is a great example of being a champion!”

Travis Porter: Travis is the Community Catering Manager for Plain Local Schools. Here is what our Food Service Director, Jen Rex shared about Travis, “You may see Travis throughout our school community serving cookies at a school open house or grilling hot dogs at a stadium tailgate event. He commits to endless hours during certain times of the year without ever complaining. His sense of humor gets my team through long work days. He is a loyal and valuable asset to the food service team!”

School Resource Officers: Thank you to our school resource officers for always putting the safety of our students above anything else. We are so lucky to have six amazing resource officers in Plain Local.

Chad Brechbuhler: Chad is a GlenOak senior. Here is what Deputy Principal Gayle Kimbrough shared, “Congratulations to Senior Chad Brechbuhler who is our 20192020 National Merit Semi-Finalist! He earned this recognition as a result of his performance on the NMSQT taken during his Junior Year. This test was administered to over 1.5 million juniors nationwide, and fewer than 1% of them qualified to be a semi-finalist! We are proud of Chad and his achievements!


CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2019 GLENOAK GOLDEN EAGLE ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES. They were inducted on August 31 at Gervasi at 6:00pm and were introduced at the GlenOak varsity football game vs. John Adams on August 30. Jori Leszczynski, Class of 1992, Greg McClellan, Class of 1996, Andrew Garman Class of 2010, Alan Gilhousen, Class of 1996

MIDDLEBRANCH SUPPORTS ONE OF THEIR OWN TO WALK On Saturday, September 14, Middlebranch 4th grader, Maylee Kush took her steps in her 9th Buddy Walk at Price Park. She walked with people from around Northeast Ohio celebrating the abilities and accomplishments of people with Down Syndrome, even a few of her buddies from Middlebranch joined her. While the entire Middlebranch family may not have been present at the walk, they were supporting Maylee in her great cause. Earlier in the month the staff, students, and PTO at Middlebranch held a ‘crazy sock’ day to raise money to support Maylee’s team at the Buddy Walk. A total of $500 was raised by the Middlebranch family to support one of their own as she walked to show no person should ever be judged by any merit other than their abilities and accomplishments.

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The Buddy Walk is an annual event in the fall and the money raised supports Gigi’s Playhouse of Canton and Reece’s Rainbow. Keep an eye out for the walk next year and consider ways to support this great cause, just like the Middlebranch family did! Smile A little smile can go a long way!

Engage in conversation Say hello – it’s a great place to start!

Ask open ended questions A great way to get to know someone new is to ask them questions.


Learn new names Simply asking someone their name can help to build trust.

Be a Be present Avoid using your phone, tablet or computer when engaging in conversation.

Give compliments Giving out praise is free.

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Alayna Hover and Maylee Kush are all smiles after the Buddy Walk.

build relationships A friend is the best thing you can be.

speak up If you see something, say something.

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SPIRIT SHOP HOURS: The Spirit Shop at GlenOak High School is your stop for Eagle gear and merchandise! Questions about the Spirit Shop? Email Mike Nieporte at The Spirit Shop will be open on the following dates and times for September and October: September 24, 6PM - 8PM

October 10, 6PM - 8PM

September 28, 9AM- 12PM

October 15, 6PM - 8PM

October 1, 6PM - 8PM

October 19, 9AM - 12PM

October 3, 5PM - 7PM

October 24, 5PM - 7PM

October 5, 9AM - 12PM

October 30, 6PM - 8PM

NEW TEACHER ON THE BLOCK By: Laura Lakins, 12th grade English Teacher at GlenOak High School Applying for an open position in Plain Local Schools has proven to be one of the best decisions I have made in my life - and I’m only in my first month of teaching. I did not know a lot about Plain Township when I applied, and I had only scratched the surface with the research I had done on the school system itself. What I knew for sure was that they had a great reputation and people spoke very highly of the schools and surrounding areas. I have had the pleasure of finding out for myself that all of these things hold true. Being a new teacher is an overwhelming experience, but in an exciting way. Luckily, I came into it feeling prepared because new teachers went through a two-day orientation together in which we learned about each school and the community. I was blown away by the resources that are offered to the students. One of my favorite things about GlenOak, which is where I teach, is their emphasis on mental health - for both staff and students. They make everyone’s mental health a priority and I can tell that it is appreciated across the board. Through all of the stress and pressure that comes with being a new teacher, I have felt supported and welcomed every single day. I feel grateful that I have the opportunity to begin my teaching career in such an impressive district. I am so excited to see how my first year unfolds here at GlenOak. Go Eagles!


TAFT STUDENTS ARE “CLEVER” Education has changed drastically over the years combining the use of technology with traditional classroom materials. Our K-4 students use a computer during the school day and while many are familiar with technology, the sign-in process to learning apps and testing programs are difficult for our younger students. In comes Clever, a single platform for all digital learning programs, allowing students to access their apps independently. This system is available to schools at no charge which allows everyone to have this technology regardless of resources. This quick and easy login process also allows for more instruction for the teacher and students. Each student at Taft wears a lanyard that displays their unique QR code. At login, the student simply holds their badge in front of the computer’s camera and their individual apps are loaded... and in a snap- they are ready to learn! It takes seconds for students to log in, and we think that’s Clever. Maysen Kilgo shows off her QR code to log into Clever

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AVONDALE STUDENTS ARE SOARING Avondale students work hard each day to meet and exceed our SOAR expectations. SOAR stands for Show Respect; Own Your Choices; Act Kindly; and be Ready To Learn. When students SOAR, they are often recognized with a green Eagle Ticket. Once a week, students “cash in” these Eagle Tickets for Golden Eagle Bucks (ten tickets = 1 buck) and then head to the Golden Eagle SOAR Store to shop. Students can shop for fun items like water bottles, fancy folders or pencil toppers. Students can also purchase new and gently used books that have been donated by Avondale families, the Stark County Friends of the Library and community members. Aside from purchasing items, students can also purchase privileges. These include things like “Principal for the Day”, “Lunch with a Teacher” or “Custodial Helper”. The Golden Eagle SOAR Store is open daily from 9:00 - 9:20. Students shop one day per week based on their grade level. The store is run daily by fourth grade student leaders who earn a few Eagle Bucks for their time worked. Since the store opened last spring, it has been well-loved and successful. Avondale students learn that by coming to school and SOARing each day, they have the opportunity to reap many benefits in addition to receiving an excellent education.

WARSTLER LEADERSHIP COUNCIL One of Warstler’s focal points as a school is to develop strong leadership skills in their students. School counselor, Jaime Johnson, helped initiate the first Warstler Leadership Council comprised of 2nd and 4th grade students. The mission for the WLC is to develop student leadership skills by having them identify the school’s needs and improving the overall school culture. Students were chosen by the selection committee from each of the 2nd and 4th grade homerooms. They meet during their lunch/recess every other week with Mrs. Johnson and Mr. Yocum. Students discuss the needs of the building and how they can help to make the school culture better by helping others.


FRAZER FOURTH GRADERS HONE THEIR INNER CHAMPION Fourth graders at Frazer Elementary focus on building strong character and successful students through a focus on their Essential 20. These are essential behaviors for student success. One of the essentials is congratulating classmates and demonstrating good sportsmanship. The entire grade level, which is divided into three teams by homerooms, spends time throughout the year on building strong teams and relationships. One way in which this is done is through engaging team building activities that focus on teamwork, critical thinking, and problem solving. The fourth-grade Frazer teachers, Mrs. O’Brian, Mrs. Ohlemacher, Mrs. Raga and Mrs. Tsoufiou believe that it is quite gratifying to see their students cheering for one another, even when they’re on opposing teams. Our students are demonstrating their “Champion Mindset” by building strong teams that will motivate each other on their way to reaching their goals.


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For the last two years the students of Barr have been fundraising for new playground equipment and all of their effort and dedication has paid off. This summer, two new pieces of playground equipment were installed thanks to the Barr Elementary PTO and the district building maintenance team. An ice cream social was held to honor the new playground equipment with the Barr community. Ice cream was donated by Pavs Creamery to celebrate the event. Families came out to enjoy ice cream and see the new playground. Students enjoyed playing on the equipment.

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This year, Glenwood Intermediate students have the ability to take 3-Dimensional Coding as an arts elective for both 5th and 6th grade. Students are able to advance their learning to a whole new level by utilizing the BlocksCAD computer program. BlocksCAD is a 3-D modeling tool that encourages students to learn math, computational thinking and coding concepts through visualization and model design that will be 3-D printed. Students will learn coding techniques and best practices of interactive block coding while strengthening their math skills. Students are challenged with the task to generate different computer codes in order to construct various 3-Dimensional objects and then print tangible products that they designed through one of GWIS’s two 3-D printers. Students will incorporate math standards and skills into one computer automated design program. This new class will enhance students’ technology skills while preparing them for future occupations. Glenwood is proud to introduce this new class as we strive to be your family’s first choice in education.


Oakwood staff kicked off the year with messages of HOPE for our Oakwood Eagle Students. This initiative led to staff choosing “My Special Word” to become their focus for this school year. Special words are recognized as #hashtags throughout the building. Staff will demonstrate and model their Special Word with all students. Our HOPE is to make Oakwood a positive, kind, and safe community for all of our Eagles!

OAKWOOD WELCOMES WELLNESS ROTATIONS A new look to Oakwood is the addition of a Community Wellness Rotation. Student groups are meeting for a half hour each day opposite of their lunch time to focus on physical, emotional and academic wellness. Students experience a rotation of adults that converse with them and provide thoughtful activities around current social issues, physical and mental health growth, and academic intervention. The rotations are run by Oakwood’s own school counselors, community liaisons, and teachers. It is an initiative of collaboration and mindfulness that keeps the wellness and safety of Oakwood students our priority! Thank you to Oakwood’s Champion Staff for their commitment to students!


STARK LIBRARY PLAIN COMMUNITY BRANCH EVENTS September 24 – Nov 30 Please Register at or 330.494.3399

Closed Sundays during Summer. Opens at 9 am Mon-Sat during Plain Local summer break. Will resume opening at 7:30 am, Monday through Friday, on August 19. Closed Sep 2 (Labor Day) and Nov 28 (Thanksgiving). Closed at 6 pm Nov 27.

7TH GRADE SCIENCE TEACHER, MRS. RAFF, “KICKS” OFF THE YEAR WITH A FOCUS ON KINDNESS! In Oakwood’s 7th grade Green Science class, Mrs. Raff began the year with a kindness initiative. The students were challenged to “KICK IT” (Keep It Consistently Kind). Students began the initiative with the cafeteria and custodial staff. The kids would report out by filling out a “Kick it” form which was displayed on a classroom board. The results were amazing!! The students began conversations with the cafeteria ladies, helped the custodians pick up trash, invited new students to join them at the table and many more acts of kindness were displayed. Next week, the community is moving “Kick It” to the hallways. 7 Green will continue “Kicking It” until all of Oakwood is filled with kindness!


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.

Picture Book Character Tour: Meet Pete the Cat See Elementary listing.

YMCA PROGRAMMING: UPCOMING EVENTS: October 6: Pumpkin Splash, 1:00pm-3:00pm. Registration required.

ELEMENTARY (K–5TH GRADE) Arts @ the Library Saturday, October 5 | 9:30-11:30 a.m. Listen to music by a famous composer and try your hand at a “work of art.”

LEGO® Club

Saturday, October 19 and November 16 9:30-11:30 a.m. Imagine, create and build with LEGO® and/or DUPLO® bricks (provided).

Thursday Night Brain Tickle Thursday, November 14 | 6-7 p.m. Build puzzles, create engineering masterpieces, and experience hands-on, brain building science in fun and creative ways.

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October 16 and October 17 Fall 2 Program Registration: YMCA Members, October 12. Non-Members, October 17. October 17 Senior Bus Trip to Malabar Farm – Visit the marriage site of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall! Open to public: $90, will cover lunch and admissions, motor coach and all tips. October 19 Gymtoberfest – 2:30pm, YMCA Gymnastics Center. A day for your athlete to shine! Advance purchase tickets required. October 24 Health Screening – FREE Health Screening & Wellness Program. Visit to enroll. October 25 Think Big – 8:30am-10:30am, Multi-Purpose Room. A day of engaging community conversations. Visit: for more info. October 28-December 21 Fall 2 Program Session Dates: October 28-December 21. October 31 Trick or Treat – 5:00pm-7:00pm. Costume contests, crafts, spooky animals, treats, & fun! FREE Community Event, no registration required.

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The Middlebranch High School class of 1954 took a tour of the building for their 65th class reunion. Thanks to Mr. Clarke for taking the time to walk to former students through the halls and classrooms!

IB MEETS AP AT GLENOAK This year the International Baccalaureate Visual Arts students from GlenOak High School are co-seated in the same class with AP Studio art students. The combined courses will develop portfolios of art based on research and experiences inside and outside of the studio classroom. While the students will be immersed in studio art, they will also have the opportunity to experience art at area Art Museums and Exhibitions during the school year. Students will also learn curatorial practice and implement 2 curated exhibitions this school year. Both courses have external assessments in April 2020, which can offer potential college credit based on scores

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Picture Book Character Tour: Meet Pete the Cat

Instructor: Alex Shaheen

Wednesday, November 13 | 10:30-11 a.m. Celebrate Picture Book Month with us! Grab a “passport” at the library and travel to each branch for a special story time with beloved characters brought to life. Don’t forget your camera!

TEENS (6TH–12TH GRADE) TeensCREATE Wednesday, October 16 and November 20 | 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.

Stop Motion Animation Thursday, October 10 | 1-2:30 p.m. Bring your own action figure, LEGOs, PlayDoh, etc., or use ours to take pictures. Then import the pictures to create a stop-motion movie complete with graphics, sound and music.


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.

Mystery Book Club Plain Community | 4–5 pm Oct 17 - No Mark Upon Her by Deborah Crombie Nov 21 - The President is Missing by Bill Clinton and James Patterson

Start Talking

Presented by Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Wednesday, October 16 | 6:30-7:30 p.m. Learn the best ways to start the conversation with your children and teens about living healthy, drug-free lives.

PROGRAM NAME: SPORTS MEDICINE The GlenOak Health Occupations Students of America will be selling first aid kits. There are a number of first aid kits available including sports, survival, auto, pet and more. Be sure your workplace or organization is prepared with a First Aid kit from Right Response. To order your kit contact Alex Shaheen at

PROGRAM NAME: COSMETOLOGY Instructors: Davesha Baker and Alyssa Alexander GlenOak Cosmetology classes are off to a great start for the 2019-2020 school year! Seniors and Juniors volunteered for Family Fun Day on Saturday September 14. The students offered complimentary nail polish changes to attendees. Senior Cosmetology students are quickly getting back into the routine of being hands-on and reviewing services and techniques that were learned in their Junior year. They will be taking clients in the next few weeks so be sure to keep an eye out, they would love to see our community members come in for a service.

GlenOak Cosmetology student Audrey Davis is giving a scalp clarification treatment to her first client while Madison Davis assists.

PROGRAM NAME: COMMERCIAL PHOTOGRAPHY Instructor: Jeannene Mathis-Bertosa Students from the GlenOak Commercial Photography program practiced their Photojournalism skills while shooting action photos at the first home football game on August 30, 2019. You can see their work featured on the Plain Local Schools website.

PROGRAM NAME: LIGHT AND SOUND TECHNOLOGIES Instructor: Tamara Traut The Light and Sound Technologies Senior class has been getting the GOHS theater ready for all of the different events it will host this year. They have cleaned the entire stage, organized the storage areas, inventoried and labeled all of the lighting instruments, and programmed the lightboard Senior Latrell Blackman working on for basic events. The Light and lights on the stage. Sound Technologies Junior class has been learning all of the parts of the stage, stage directions, and how to work safely on a stage. We are looking forward to working with the Theater Arts classes on their production of the fall play “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time”. This will be the first time a fall play will be held in the GOHS theater, so we are excited to provide all of the lighting and sound design for the production.

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Give your preschool aged child an EXTRA ADVANTAGE and participate in this FREE Kindergarten Readiness Program through SPARK. Participants Receive: FREE books, FREE activities, FREE resources and much more Please note space is limited, enroll now! To participate in the SPARK program, call 330-455-2972. Even if your child is enrolled in a preschool program they can still participate in SPARK!


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Families are invited to attend a special screening of the movie Goonies (PG) hosted by Glenwood Intermediate School on Friday, September 27. WHO: Glenwood and Elementary students and their families WHAT: Special screening of the hit movie, Goonies (PG) Make sure to bring a blanket or camping chairs to enjoy the movie on the lawn! Concessions from GWIS PTO will be available. No outside food or drink permitted. COST: 4 pack of tickets for $15 or 1 ticket for $5. Tickets will be for sale for cash at the door, no pre-sale tickets will be sold. WHEN: Friday, September 27, 2019. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m., movie will begin at dusk. WHERE: Glenwood Intermediate Stadium All children must be accompanied by an adult. This event is weather permitting.


MALONE DISCOVER DAY – OCTOBER 14 Does your high school student have a day off for Columbus Day? Visit Malone University for Discover Day on October 14! This event is free and open to the public and gives prospective students an accurate depiction of what life as a Malone student looks like. Parents, siblings, and friends are welcome to join for this full-day visit program that includes a tour of campus, a co-curricular activity fair, and lunch. Experience Malone’s integration of faith and learning through attending an info session about Spiritual Formation Opportunities, a class visit, and the chance to meet with our faculty members. Questions can be answered in the parent informational session and student panel. Check-in opens at 8 a.m. and the program concludes at 3 p.m. Register online to secure a spot at

STARK LIBRARY EVENTS - cont. Genealogy Events Beginning Genealogy

Thursday, October 3 | 6-7:30 p.m.


As the air gets crisp and the leaves begin to change, what better place is there to be than outside? Stark Parks has all of the ways to guide your autumn adventures, whether you’re looking for fun at a special event, or exploring on your own. Check out the ways to experience the season on page 18, and visit for a full list of programs and events!

Learn how to start gathering, searching and organizing your family history. Effectively Using the Federal Census Thursday, October 10 | 6-7:30 p.m. Discover what the census can reveal about your family history. Genealogy Databases Thursday, October 17 | 6-7:30 p.m. From Ancestry to, databases have a wealth of knowledge to help you discover your family history.


for Seniors Thursday, October 3 | 1-2:30 p.m. Word is one of the building blocks for Office skills. Begin with the basics of creating a document.

Internet Searching

for Seniors Thursday, October 17 | 1-2:30 p.m. Explore the basics of the Internet and its address bar.

Email Basics

for Seniors Thursday, October 24 | 1-2:30 p.m. Create an email account and learn to send, reply and forward emails.

SOCIAL MEDIA WHERE TO FIND US! @PlainLocal @PlainLocalSchools @PlainLocal @eagleGram18 plainlocalschools @eagletweets14


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TEEN MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS AND HOW TO HELP In Stark County, there is an epidemic of children and adolescents struggling to manage their thoughts and emotions, exhibiting self-harming behaviors, and having thoughts of suicide. Many adults are at a loss as to how to help their children. Where did this epidemic come from? The boost of self-harming and suicidal behavior increased dramatically during the age of the smart phone, mainly, from the mid-2000’s to present. The experience of childhood is very different compared to what it was 30 years ago. Consider the difference in the amount of screen time. The cell phone is replacing the ability to build internal coping skills even as a toddler. Toddlers are often given cell phones as a means of distraction and behavior management. The opportunity to teach and model the consequences of disruptive behavior is lost and is replaced during this formative developmental period by screen time. This starts a chain of events throughout childhood and teen years; a pattern of avoidance of emotional experience and use of distraction as a means of coping. Children learn that emotions are painful, difficult to manage and that distraction is an easy way to avoid dealing with their emotions. The opportunity for self-reflection, personal growth and development of emotion regulation skills is often replaced by distraction, typically in the form of screen time. It is important to consider the content adolescents are absorbing. Today, teens are comparing themselves to internet stars and are modeling their expectations of self based on the high-end, doctored and sexualized images they are encountering. Kids are feeling the expectation to keep up with this culture or be left in the dust. Teen’s self-esteem plummets when they compare themselves with often unattainable expectations for appearance and celebrity status. Teens are also attempting to build their self-esteem based on superficial external feedback. The amount of likes they acquire on a social media post will send them on an emotional roller coaster regarding their self-esteem and self value. How many followers they have equates to their worth on this planet. It becomes about quantity and not quality. Teens are also using the internet to gauge how other teens are managing their emotions, which is sometimes harmful. What kids need: Structure, consistency, supportive interactions, a chance to be proud A person’s brain is not fully developed until the age of 25 and it is during these last few years of brain development that the part of the brain responsible for logical reasoning, problem solving and future planning fully matures. This slow brain development is the reason why humans have one of the longest parent-child relationship care expectations in the animal kingdom. Our children are in our care until young adulthood for a reason: their brains are not developed enough to take care of themselves. Children and adolescents need their parents to set boundaries for them and to be consistent in continued on page 26

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maintaining those boundaries, which means setting limits and sticking with them. Limiting screen time is necessary for healthy social, emotional and physiological development. Health experts recommend limits at two hours per day. Children and adolescents need adults to help fill their time in positive and constructive ways. We need to help them create meaningful memories which they can use to draw conclusions about their worth, abilities and expectations for the future. Parents should be helping to fill their children’s time with opportunities for the child to be successful and proud. This means involvement in sports, clubs or hobbies. Opportunities for meaningful parent-child interaction cannot be undervalued. Family advocates recommend a minimum of 10 minutes per day of uninterrupted parent-child interaction, consisting of a 10-minute enjoyable activity with opportunity for eye contact and verbal exchange. Examples of this include shooting hoops, playing Uno or reading a story together. Most importantly, check in with your child about their feelings, their experiences and what meaning they’re assigning to their daily interactions in the world. How can I recognize if my child is at risk? If you are noticing concerning changes in your child’s behavior, such as frequent low mood, irritability, loss of interest in enjoyable activities, frequent conflict in relationships with others or social withdrawal, you should seek professional guidance. If your child is often covering their body with long sleeves, this could indicate an attempt to hide self-injurious behavior. Monitor your child’s social media for communication that could indicate thoughts of death or self harm. Consult with a mental health professional if you have concerns for your child. Early intervention is best; don’t wait to seek help until your concerns become a crisis. How can we help? Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health (C&A) has been working diligently with school districts and community stakeholders across Stark County to better manage the child and adolescent mental health epidemic and have created a program that specifically services children and teens that are managing thoughts of suicide and self-harming. C&A offers individual and family counseling services that deliver a mode of therapy, called Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), that has been applauded as the leading therapeutic intervention for thoughts of self-harm and suicide. DBT focuses specifically on installing the skills and coping tools that have been missing in current teen culture. Skill sets include management of difficult emotions, navigating personal relationships, mindful awareness and logic-based decision making. This therapy is highly effective in treating individuals with thoughts of self-harm, suicide, rigid or black and white thinking or volatile relationships. SpecificalName ly, C&A enrolls clients in a brief yet intensive skills group, during which 5 Fast Facts for Student time the child-client learns and utilizSafety and Success es these skills. Clients who have completed this group have become more emotionally stable, have reduced inA+ Way to be cidences of self-harm and thoughts of suicide, and have improved their a C h a m p io n ! knowledge of healthy and effective coping skills. 1. We have added five additional Stark

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County Sheriff School Resource Officers for a total of six across district.


Partnered with Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health for a full-service mental health office at GlenOak High School.


Added mental health counselors and school community liaisons at every school.


Increased the amount of school counselors and school psychologists across the district.


Met monthly with 11+ local businesses/agencies/ organizations to discuss how we can better support one another in our community.



The leaves are turning, the air is brisk, and fall is popping up all around. This season, the Stark Exploring Trail Challenge is back and better! Take the challenge and experience autumn with Stark Parks. From September 1 to November 30, hike at least 15 of the select trails and get rewarded with a free hiking stick and shield! Check out some local trails (like the Hoover Trail, the Middle Branch Trail, or the Pioneer Trail) or branch out and explore somewhere new (like Fry Family Park in Magnolia or the Iron Horse Trail in Alliance). All mileage in this free challenge is completed on the honor system and open to all ages. Visit to download the form and for detailed directions and information about each trail location.


Enjoy all the wonderful things the autumn season has to offer with Stark Parks at the annual Family Fall Fest! On Saturday, October 12, come to Petros Lake Park in Perry Township for the best free fall fun around! From 2 to 6 p.m., families can enjoy a .25 mile Treat Trail, inflatables, pumpkin decorating, fall games, crafts, and more! Enjoy live music from folky sounds Americana sounds of The Shootouts Acoustic featuring Ryan Humbert and Brian Poston. Make your way through the Straw Maze Village, search for the “needle” (candy) in the haystack, play life-sized games, and get your picture taken at our Fall Family Photo Station. Don’t forget your non-scary costume! What to know before you go: • Petros Lake Park is located at 3519 Perry Dr. SW in Canton (Perry Township). • Accessible parking will be available near the main entrance driveway. An accessible shuttle will drop you off at the event area. General parking will be near the back of the park in the ballfield area with a shuttle also running to the event area. • Food and beverages will be available for purchase from the concession trailer – bring cash! • Family Fall Fest is a rain or shine event, so dress for the weather. • No registration is required. • Bring chairs or a blanket to sit on for the music. • Portable restrooms are available. • Candy is offered to children during the event. Peanut-free and gluten-free options will be available at some locations.

Driver’s Ed – GlenOak High School After School: 2:30 - 5:40 pm, Rm C113 October Course: Oct. 21, 22, 23, 24, 28, 29, 30, 31 January Course: Jan. 6, 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 16 March Course: Mar. 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12

PLAIN TOWNSHIP PARKS PROGRAMMING: To register visit www.teamsideline. com/ REC SOCCER K SESSION 1: Registration Deadline is 11/03/2019. Cost: $82.50 for first child. $71.50 for the second child. Third child and up is $66.00 registration. For parent willing to coach, there is a one-time registration discount of $55.00 for a s ingle registration. All dates are Saturdays. Dates: 11/9, 11/16, 11/23, 12/7, 12/14, 12/21/19, ¼, 1/11, 1/18/20. REC SOCCER 1-6 SESSION 1: Registration Deadline is 11/03/2019. Cost: $82.50 for first child. $71.50 for the second child. Third child and up is $66.00 registration. For parent willing to coach, there is a one-time registration discount of $55.00 for a s ingle registration. All dates are Saturdays. Dates: 11/9, 11/16, 11/23, 12/7, 12/14, 12/21/19, ¼, 1/11, 1/18/20. REC SOCCER 7/8 SESSION 1: Registration Deadline is 11/04/2019. Cost: $82.50 for first child. $71.50 for the second child. Third child and up is $66.00 registration. For parent willing to coach, there is a one-time registration discount of $55.00 for a s ingle registration. All dates are Mondays. Dates: 11/11, 11/18, 11/25, 12/2, 12/9, 12/16/19, 1/6, 1/13, 1/20/20. COMPETITIVE U12 SOCCER SESSION 1: Registration Deadline is 11/03/2019. Cost: $600.00 per team. All dates are Saturdays. Dates: 11/9, 11/16, 11/23, 12/7, 12/14, 12/21/19, ¼, 1/11, 1/18/20. COMPETITIVE U14 SOCCER SESSION 1: Registration Deadline is 11/04/2019. Cost: $600.00 per team. All dates are Mondays. Dates: 11/11, 11/18, 11/25, 12/2, 12/9, 12/16/19, 1/6, 1/13, 1/20/20. COMPETITIVE HS GIRLS SOCCER SESSION 1: Registration Deadline is 11/03/2019. Cost: $660.00 per team. All dates are Sundays. Dates: 11/10, 11/17, 11/24, 12/1, 12/8, 12/15/19, 1/5, 1/12, 1/19, 1/26/20.

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Community Christmas of Stark County, Inc. is a local nonprofit organization with a mission to help Stark County Families during the Christmas season. If you are in need of food, toys, clothing, and books for Christmas, applications are taken in October at the American Legion Post 44 located at 1633 Cleveland Ave NW Canton, Ohio on the following dates. Monday, October 7 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Wednesday, October 9 9:30 am – 12:30 pm Friday, October 11 9:30 am – 12:30 pm Tuesday, October 15 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Wednesday, October 16 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Friday, October 18 9:30 am – 12:30 pm Monday, October 21 9:30 am – 12:30 pm Wednesday, October 23 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Thursday, October 24 9:30 am – 12:30 pm You Must Apply in Person & Bring the Following: • Social Security Card and Photo ID for all adults. Single adults (not part of a family unit) must be 55 years of age or disabled to qualify. • Proof of residency (a utility bill or rent receipt with your name and current address printed on it). • Proof of all income, current pay THE CANTON MARKETPLACE stub(s), current benefit letters, OWF, food assistance, unemployment, etc. • Birth Certificate, Social Security Card, OR Medical card for each child in household (ages 0–18/19). All school-age children must attend school. • Children 18 or 19 must attend a high school – not college. Proof of enrollment in high school is required. Legal Guardianship proof is required. • All who sign up with A Community Christmas should not apply to other Christmas providers in Stark County and will be crosschecked to eliminate duplications. You may also go on line at: www.acommunitychristmas. org and complete an application, print it out and bring it with you, along with the supporting documents, and apply for assistance on any of the above dates. • Questions? Call A Community Christmas at 330-454-3841



The Plain Local Schools Foundation and Alumni Association was honored to induct Jen Kiko, Mandy Sancic, and Cynthia J. Guest on Thursday, September 19th at a dinner and awards ceremony held at Skyland Pines. Inductees were nominated by friends and family and then were selected based on their contributions to their field, their community, or to the Plain Local School District.

JENNIFER KIKO - GLENOAK CLASS OF 1993 Jen is an artist who shares her love of art not only with her students, but also with the community. In her role as an art instructor since September of 1997, she has developed and delivered the curriculum for grades 9-12, AP Studio Art, Painting 1 and 2, Art Foundations, Ceramics 1 and 2, Graphic Design, Drawing 1 and 2, Digital Art and Photography, and Middle School Visual Art for the Westerville North and Westerville Central High Schools. She also organizes the annual Westerville Central High School’s Arts Alive Festival which allows 600+ students to share their work in an outdoor festival held during the school day. Jen has participated in juried shows and has received various grants for her work. She is also a public artist and freelance artist. She and her husband, Eric, have created a ceramic mural, “Fish Marks the Spot,” at the Convention Center in Columbus Ohio. They also created a sixty foot brick mural, “Messenger Wall,” on 5th and High Street in Columbus. Their most recent project took them to Cuba where they completed a 5 foot ceramic tile artwork to be in a special art show. This show was unique in that it brought 30 artists from Ohio together with 30 artists from Cuba to have a joint show and form bridges of conversation and collaboration with both countries. It was an honor to represent Ohio and meet and collaborate with other visual artists in Cuba. Jen attended Pleasant View School for the Arts in the first years that it opened in Plain Local. While at GlenOak, Jen participated in National Honor Society, Drama Club, Save the Environment, and was a cast member in several performances, including “Harvey,” and she received the “Outstanding Visual Art Student” award in 1993. She continued her studies at Capital University, spending the summer of 1996 at the John Cabot University in Rome, Italy. She returned to the States to continue her education and she received her Bachelor of Arts in May 1997 with a dual major of Art Education grades K-12 and Art Therapy. Jen received her Masters in the Art of Teaching in December of 2001 from Marygrove College in Detroit, Michigan. Jen lives with her husband, Eric Rausch, and her two children, Ruby (age 6) and Indigo (age 2). They live in Columbus, Ohio. continued on page 21




MANDY SANCIC - GLENOAK CLASS OF 1997 Mandy is an entrepreneur who gives back to her community with both her time and her talents. Mandy and her husband, Tom, employ more than 100 people at their company, Olde Wood, in Magnolia Ohio. They support the East Central Ohio Junior Achievement program in general and specifically at Sandy Valley High School. She sits on various Career-Technical Advisory Committees for both the Sandy Valley and Canton South School Districts. Mandy also is heavily involved as a 4-H leader and currently is a Director on the Stark County Fair Board. She handles Social Media for the Stark County Fair and is the Co-Superintendent of the Art Hall. Mandy and her husband have been the recipient of several awards: Hardwood Floors 40 under 40, Best of Houzz in 2017 and 2019, Entrepreneur 360 Award (one of the “Best Entrepreneurial Companies in America”) in 2017, and the Canton Chamber of Commerce 2016 Business Excellence Award. Mandy and her husband started buying old barns soon after her high school graduation. Their business has grown from selling reclaimed wood to also selling new wood milled with traditional, old world practices. While at GlenOak, Mandy participated in both marching and concert band, but most of her activities occurred outside of GlenOak. She was heavily involved with the 4-H program; raising and tending to the various projects taken through the years. She was also heavily involved with her Youth Group at Faith Family Church. Mandy’s grandparents and parents each owned their own companies, giving Mandy a first-hand look at running, managing, and growing a business from the ground up. Mandy participated in the vocational program called “Administrative Assistants” her junior and senior year at GlenOak which helped her to hone her creative ideas, business savvy, and ability to make tough decisions. Mandy lives with her husband, Tommy, their daughter, Shayla (age 16) and their son, Tommy II (age 21), in Magnolia, Ohio.

CYNTHIA J. GUEST - GLENOAK CLASS OF 1981 Cindy’s passion for history began at an early age and continues today as she works enthusiastically and tirelessly to collect and chronicle the history of Plain Township as a volunteer. She maintains the Archives so that future generations will know and understand the path that the Township has charted. Cindy is also part of the Plain Township Historical Society; Starks Parks History group; the Pacesetter Leadership Society at The Ohio State University; Canal Fulton Heritage Society; and she contributes regularly to the Plain Local School District as a Plain Partner, GlenOak High School Science Fair Judge, District 13 Science Fair Judge, and GlenOak High School Capstone Project Judge. In the past Cindy’s other community volunteer activities included being a committee member for Access Health Stark County, serving on the Executive Committee as well as the Chair of the IT Committee; serving on the Board and being the Chairman of the Board for Goodwill Industries of Greater Cleveland and East Central Ohio and took part in the merger of Goodwill Industries of East Central Ohio and Goodwill Industries of Greater Cleveland. During her high school years, Cindy participated in the National Honor Society, Spanish Club, and both marching and concert band. When GlenOak got their first two Radio Shack TRS-80 computers, she was part of the original group of students who had access to them. Following her graduation in 1981, Cindy attended Bowling Green State University where she earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science, with PARKS PROGRAMMING: a minor in Math. She continued her education, earning an MBA in Finance and Management Information Systems (MIS) from cont. The Ohio State University. Cindy also attended the Executive Development Program at the Goodwill Industries International ADULT MENS SOCCER SESSION 1: RegisLeadership Institute. She began her professional career as an tration Deadline is 11/03/2019. Cost: intern for Owens-Corning Fiberglas and McDermott Inc. Upon $660.00 per team. All dates are Sungraduation from Ohio State, she came back to Canton and days. Dates: 11/10, 11/17, 11/24, began a 20-year career with Schneider Lumber. There she 12/1, 12/8, 12/15/19, 1/5, 1/12, served in various capacities from Controller, running Counter1/19, 1/26/20. Point Distributors, managing the retail store and throughout her time there served in the capacity of software development and HS COED SOCCER SESSION 1: Regsupport. As the dawn of the mom and pop lumberyard came istration Deadline is 11/03/2019. to a close, Cindy pursued another passion and went to work Cost: $660.00 per team. All dates are for Goodwill Industries of Greater Cleveland and East Central Wednesdays and Thursdays. Dates: Ohio as IT Director, then Vice-President of Finance and Ad11/6-7, 11/13-14, 11/20-21, 12/4ministration, followed by Vice-President of Strategic Initiatives 5, 12/11-12, 12/18-19/19, 1/8-9, and CIO before retiring. One of the projects she was a team 1/15-16, 1/22-23, 1/29-30/2020. member for was the creation and construction of the Community Campus at Goodwill.

ADULT COED SOCCER SESSION 1: Registration Deadline is 11/03/2019. Cost: $660.00 per team. All dates are Sundays. Dates: 11/8, 11/15, 11/22, 12/6, 12/13, 12/20/19, 1/3, 1/10, 1/17, 1/24/20.

Cindy enjoys gardening, exploring history, and being outdoors. She continues to live in Plain Local.

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School is back in session and we are getting ready to release our next publication “Educating Plain Township – Middlebranch High School 1927-1957.” Stay tuned and look for our official release announcement. We do not want to give too much of the book away, so instead we will share a “Piece of Plain History” about the biggest employer in the area that influenced Middlebranch High School, and that is Diamond Portland Cement. Zebulon Davis and a small group of businessmen organized the Diamond Portland Cement Company in 1892. Zeb Davis spent part of his childhood in Middlebranch where his father operated a flour mill. He was acquainted with lime kilns in the area and also knew of the presence of limestone and shale all of which are ingredients needed to make cement. This was a time when businesses were located near the raw materials since roads and transportation methods were rudimentary. “The Diamond” made use of the Cleveland, Canton, & Southern Railroad, built in the 1880s, that was constructed through Middlebranch to get their product to market faster and easier. A fire destroyed the young business in 1897, but it was decided to rebuild an even larger operation at their original location. The original plant consisted of a single vertical kiln in which the raw material was stacked in the form of briquettes intermingled with coal. Production probably averaged less than 100 barrels a day and shipment was made in wooden barrels produced in a cooper shop operated by the Company. The plant office and laboratory were set up in a farmhouse on the original property. Business and sales offices were established in the office building of the Standard Lighting Company on Cleveland’s near East Side until completion of the Williamson Buildings in downtown Cleveland. They remained in the Williamson Building until 1928 when they were transferred to the Company’s own newly erected concrete office building in Middlebranch. From 1920-1930 marked a period of construction and great expansion of the cement industry. It was likely that during this period many of the Italian families who settled in Middlebranch and worked at “The Diamond” came to America. They brought a great work ethic and their families became an integral part of the ethnic flavor of the little community. As The Diamond grew and employed more people, the need increased for additional school space to educate the employee’s children. When Middlebranch High School was built, they took their name “Middlebranch” from the area where the school was located and “Diamond” from the largest employer in the area Diamond Portland Cement. Many of the male students who graduated from Middlebranch High School worked at some point for the cement company. Contact us: 330-224-2660

2019 MEETING SCHEDULE October 21 – Pre-History/First Contact with People – Thomas Grove

REUNIONS: CLASS OF 2009 REUNION Class of 2009 10-Year Reunion Friday, November 29, 2019, 6-8 p.m. Skyland Pines Banquet Center 3550 Columbus Road NE Canton, Ohio 44705 $25/ticket. Ticket includes hors d’oeuvres, soda, coffee and dessert. Cash bar is available. RSVP by October 28, 2019, at http://form.jotform. com/GlenOak2009/10year.

November 18– How Founding Plain Township Families Are Connected – Phyllis Rustifo/Linda Theriault/Bob Vitali


December – No Meeting

Don’t miss out on the festivities! Please join your classmates from the Class of 1984 on Saturday, September 21, 2019, at Skyland Pines, 3550 Columbus Road NE, Canton, OH 44705.

The 2020 meeting schedule will be published in the next issue of the Plain Paper. All meetings start at 7:00PM and free to the public. The meetings are held at the Plain Township Offices 2600 Easton St. NE unless otherwise noted.

WANT LIST: • Middlebranch High School Yearbooks – 1955, 1957 • Glenwood High School Yearbooks – 1959, 1964 • GlenOak High School Yearbooks –1990, 1992, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005 to present • Yearbooks from the middle and grade schools • Oakwood High School Newspapers • Glenwood High School Newspapers • GlenOak High School Newspapers • Newspapers from the middle and grade schools

GlenOak Class of 1984 is having its 35th Class Reunion!

Agenda for the Evening: 6 p.m. - Registration/Cash Bar/Appetizers 7 p.m. - Buffet Dinner 9 p.m. - After-Dinner Guests/Socializing/Appetizers 10:30 p.m. - 50/50 Drawing The price for dinner is $35 per person if reserved by July 31 and $40 after that date. The cost for coming after dinner is $15 per person if reserved by July 31 and $20 after that date. Reservations and payment can be made two ways: 1) Via U.S. mail/check (payable to GlenOak Class of 1984) and sent to: GlenOak Class of 1984, c/o Joyce McCauley, 706 Everhard Road SW, N. Canton, OH 44709 2) Via Venmo (search for “GlenOak Class of EightyFour” and put reservation information in the “what’s it for” section).

• Grade school and middle school class photos

Reservation information requested: Your name, Address, Email address, Phone and Name of guest.

• Easton St. NE unless otherwise noted.



NEW! Saturday Enrichment ACT Prep Classes 2019-2020 october 5, 12, 19

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November 2, 9, 23

All classes are held at GlenOak High School 1801 Schneider Street NE Canton, OH 44721 *Prep classes are open to all students but it is suggested that you have completed Algebra 1 before taking the ACT. You may register for one OR both sessions, based on individual interests and needs.

ACT Prep MATH: $50 • • • •

9:00 a.m-10:30 a.m. Instructor: Matt Brown October 5th, 12th, 19th This class is an intensive 3-week session to help prepare students to take the MATH section of the ACT.

ACT Prep English/Reading: $50 • • • •

9:00 a.m-10:30 a.m. Instructor: TBA November 2nd, 9th, 23rd This class is an intensive 3-week session to help prepare students to take the English/Reading section of the ACT.

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The Plain Local Schools Foundation and Alumni Association will be offering a new $1000 scholarship this year to a graduating senior in our automotive program. The John P. Noyes Memorial Scholarship was started by the Noyes family after his passing on July 21, 2019. John graduated from Glenwood High School where he was a member of the 1966 football team. He was the owner and operator of the Noyes’ Sunoco Service Station on Cleveland Ave. for 37 years. Any questions regarding scholarships, making a donation, or interest in creating a scholarship, please contact Anna Bodner, Executive Director of the Plain Local Schools Foundation and Alumni Association at or 330-491-3870.

Plain Local Schools Foundation and Alumni Association Thank Area Restaurants and Businesses for Their Support! Thank you to the following restaurants and local businesses who donated food, supplies, and monetary gift donations, for this year’s Alumni Tailgate Party! Thank you for making the event a fun event for everyone in the Plain Local community!



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The Plain Local Schools Foundation and Alumni Association was pleased to award again this year, Star Grants to teachers and staff of the Plain Local School District. Established in 1989, the Plain Local Schools Foundation and Alumni Association was formed to build and maintain a stewardship of community trust and to provide funding for superior, innovative, educational programs which exceed the financial resources of the Plain Local School District. Funds are generated through private donations, proceeds from fundraisers, such as the fall ballet held each November on the Abbey Foltz stage, a community and alumni Tailgate party held each September at Bob Cummings Field, and proceeds from an all-district collaboration, Just Plain Dance, held in January. All monies collected support Star Grants for teachers and staff, as well as scholarships for graduating seniors, the Eagle Pride Program, which welcomes kindergarten students to the district, and other district initiatives and programs. Star Grants are awarded each year to teachers and staff who are seeking monetary support for STEAM Learning, Art Programming Initiatives, and Global Learning and Collaborations, for their students and classrooms, that exceed the financial resources of the Plain Local School District. This year, the foundation and alumni association received 25 applications, which is the highest number of applications ever received. As we unfortunately were not able to fund all Star Grant requests, we will continue to strive and ensure public education in our community is nothing less that exceptional. The Plain Local Schools Foundation and Alumni Association, along with the Plain Local School District, are pleased to support the following Star Grants for teachers and staff of the Plain Local School District for the 2019-2020 school year.

TWO STAR GRANTS WERE FUNDED THROUGH JUST PLAIN DANCE: Brian Keiffer, GlenOak, $1,000 to fund a Collaborative Accompanist Program Jill Collet $5,830 for Arts Experiences for all K-4th graders in the district, which will include transportation and admissions.

THE FOUNDATION GAVE GRANTS IN THE AMOUNT OF $9,189. THE GRANTS WENT TO: Dori Hess, GlenOak, $895 for COSI’s interactive Videoconference Programs. Carol Ohlemacher, Frazer, $794 for the after school Science Enrichment program for Dash and Dot robots. Tricia King, Taft, $1,500 for a before and after school enrichment program to service the gifted population. Becky Foltz & Shelly St. Clair, Barr, $2,000 for their continuing program One Book One Barr Tyler Adkins, Oakwood, $2,000 toward their peer mentoring and peer mediation program Jessy Tsoufiou & Maggie O’Brian, Frazer, $2,000 to help send them to Georgia to learn more about their Fierce Female program for 4th grade girls. Stephen Tornero, Oakwood Middle School, $1,000 for the 7th and 8th grade Fashion and Costume Club. The grant is being funded by the Stark County Sheriff’s Office Spouses Committee and the Stark County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Association.

In total, 15 Star Grants were funded in the amount of $27,759.98. In addition, $35,000 from Just Plain Dance will be given to the Instrumental Music Program. $17,000 to the Band for new band instruments, $17,000 to the Orchestra for new string instruments. If you have a question or would like to make a donation to support future Star Grant awards please contact Anna Bodner, executive director of the Plain Local Schools Foundation and Alumni Association at or 330-491-3870. 330-224-2660

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October 16 - Glenwood Intermediate November 20 - Oakwood Middle December 11 - Administration Building All meetings begin at 6:30 p.m unless otherwise noted

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5:30-6 p.m. - Meet and Greet/Light Refreshments 6-6:45 p.m. - GlenOak Theatre Group Learning Session 7-8 p.m. - Grade Specific Breakout Groups • • • •

For parents of students grades 4-12 Designed for parent/guardian participation Attend one or all sessions FREE Child care available




• Each session will cover a variety of topics hosted by experts in our community • No Sign-up required • All meetings held at GlenOak High School

Thank you to all who attended Family Fun Day on September 14! It was a blast!

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Grab your costume and stop by GlenOak High School on Thursday, October 24 from 5 - 7 p.m. for Boo at the School!

FREE event for the whole family!

Concessions available from the VPA.


Trick-or-treating Crafts Games Fashion show And more!