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VOLUME 12 NUMBER 3
IN THIS ISSUE PAGE 2 DISTRICT CHAMPIONS PAGE 10 CAREER TECH UPDATES
Congratulations to the GlenOak Volleyball team on their historic season! Read about their season and the rest of our fall athletic programs on page 19.
Dear Community, As the holidays are quickly approaching, I would like to wish the entire community a safe and happy holiday season. As we take time to slow down and enjoy family and friends, I am thankful for your continued support and encouragement for all the students and staff in Plain Local. I consider it an honor to work and live in this great community. This fall has been fantastic across the district. This edition of the paper highlights many positives that are taking place in classrooms and in the community. I am so proud of our students and staff and the difference they are making each day. They are Champions! I continue to be impressed and humbled by what I experience as I travel to various events at all buildings in the district. Our students are performing, competing, and excelling in all areas. The future is bright, and I am excited to see what the district can accomplish in 2020.
PAGES 19-21 FALL SPORTS RECAPS
As we begin to experience winter weather, please understand I do my best to evaluate conditions starting at 4 a.m. I start to drive throughout our community and communicate with other local school districts and our Plain Township road department. I also keep current on the weather forecast throughout the morning. In addition, the safety of our students is my first priority. All school closings are communicated through an all call, radio, social media, website, television, and email communication to staff. Please make sure you have all contacts updated through final forms so you receive all information. This is never an easy decision, and it is impossible to predict the weather.
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In closing, please take some time over the next few weeks and enjoy your family and loved ones. We currently live in a world that only communicates and highlights the negative, but my hope is that we talk with our children about everything that is good in the world. We have the ability to choose our attitude every day. Go Eagles!
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PLAIN LOCAL WOULD LIKE TO GIVE SPECIAL RECOGNITION TO THE INDIVIDUALS, GROUPS, TEAMS, AND BUSINESSES THAT ARE CHAMPIONS IN OUR SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY
Tom Mosberger, “We are fortunate to have one of Ohio’s top Speech and Debate coaches in the state. He constantly leads our students to success at the state and national levels. When we are in need of help, Tom is always willing to help the team, whether that is picking up an extra class or moving his classroom. Tom, thank you for making GlenOak a special place.” – GlenOak Administration
Teresa Desantis, “You won’t find a student at GOHS who eats lunch that doesn’t know and love Teresa! She makes a connection with all of our kids! Her pockets are full of everything from cough drops to money or an encouraging word, anything she can do to make their day better! She truly cares!” – Jen Rex, Food Service Director
Seth Goshorn, “Seth goes to great lengths to inspire those around him, especially his students. He possesses the type of champion mindset that will impact his students for many years to come. Mr. Goshorn gives so much of his time to inspire his students to do great things!” – Mark Yocum, Warstler Elementary Principal
Emily Cook “Emily is the Oakwood case manager and leads the building in IEP compliance and coordinating IEP team meetings. Staff would agree that she’s more than a leader in team meetings, but an instructional resource for teachers, an advocate for parents, and a mentor for students. Her diligence and willingness to continuously give of her own time make her a champion worthy of recognition. Thank you, Emily!” – Megan Bartuseck, Special Education Director
Tammy Burris, “Tammy drives bus #35. She is patient and kind and ensures that students are safe on her bus. She is a Champion for Frazer students who are fortunate enough to be on her bus.” – Jill Downing, Frazer Elementary Principal
Jeanne Hlas “Jeanne is the President of the Adult Booster Club and is the person responsible for our stadium concession stand. Jeanne puts in many volunteer hours, including stocking, organizing, and running the concession stand. Our game nights are enhanced by all of her hard work and dedication. The Athletic Department would like to simply say thank you for everything you do.” – Scott Garcia, Athletic Director
Abigail Watson, “Abigail is an Oakwood 8th Grader who honors her best friend, Delaney Riley, who passed away through an annual memorial fundraiser. Abigail honors Riley each year by selling bracelets for Delaney to her peers. Abigail donates her proceeds to the Heart Center at Akron Children’s Center, Delaney Riley Heart Unit. This year Abigail raised $395.00!” – Jeanne McNeal, Oakwood Middle School Principal
AVONDALE STUDENTS AND STAFF MEMBERS LEND A HAND TO THEIR NEIGHBORS Avondale Elementary has been very fortunate to develop a partnership with the community group, “Avondale Neighbors Helping Neighbors” (ANHN), which has been supporting the school for the past several years in multiple ways. In the spring of 2017, group co-founders Joe Kuzma and Jeff Betler wanted to bring their mission, “Building Community in Our Neighborhood” to life through service-minded engagement in their Avondale neighborhood. Shortly after establishing the neighborhood action group, Joe and Jeff reached out to Avondale Elementary wishing to expand their service in the neighborhood to the school. Thus, a partnership was born.
Avondale’s community liaison, Mary Jane Wolf sends backpacks filled with food home with students on the weekends.
In the neighborhood, ANHN looks for ways to support residents who need a little extra help with things like yard work or meals for neighbors needing a little extra assistance. With the school, the group’s work has spanned from donations of hats, gloves, warm clothes, coats, and school supplies. Avondale Elementary has also received hundreds of gently used books through this partnership which have gone directly into the hands of its students. Most recently, Avondale Elementary School reached out to ANHN with a big request. One of Avondale’s previous partners was unable to continue to provide food for the Eagle Fuel Bag Program which sends food home with more than 40 students each weekend. This partner had been providing food bags for two weekends a month. ANHN stepped in and agreed to support the initiative which is coordinated by Avondale’s community liaison, Mary Jane Wolf. Along with their wives Rebecca (Kuzma) and Kelli (Betler) and many other neighborhood group members, Joe and Jeff are seeing their vision come to life through the packing of the food bags and delivering them to the school. Mrs. Wolf will then distribute the Eagle Fuel Bags provided by ANHN on Friday afternoons to students’ book bags, twice per month. The Chapel of North Canton provides the Eagle Fuel Bags for the other two weekends.
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Looking ahead, ANHN would like to deepen its partnership with Avondale Elementary by getting neighbors into the school to make personal connections through volunteering and mentoring. It’s a vision that is a much-appreciated and a welcome next-step for the school.
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BARR ELEMENTARY LAUNCHES “CHAMPION IN ME” LEADERSHIP CLUB Barr Elementary has begun the “Champion in Me” Leadership Club open to any fourth-grade students who are interested. The Champion in Me club is for students that have a positive attitude, strong work ethic and a desire to make a difference at Barr Elementary. Students had to fill out an application and have a teacher recommendation in order to be a part of the club. Forty-three students are participating and have already been working to make a difference at Barr. Students are working daily with the kindergarten students by helping in the classrooms. The group has taken over morning announcements sharing daily news and celebrations in the building. Throughout the year, the club will continue to help at Barr Elementary while also completing a service project in our community. We can’t wait to see what they accomplish together!
Evan Crissey works with La Trell Still as a part of the SLAM tutoring at Avondale Elementary.
FRAZER KINDNESS SQUAD SPREADS POSITIVE CULTURE On October 31, Frazer Elementary launched its “Kindness Squad” for the 2019-2020 school year with their first meeting of the year. Every week, each homeroom teacher will nominate a student to participate in that week’s Kindness Squad. These students meet with Mrs. Leggett, the school counselor, for a lesson in kindness during which they will make a pledge to continuing kindness and complete a project to spread kindness. Projects will impact staff, students, nursing home residents, first responders and more. At their first meeting, the students made thank you notes for substitute teachers. Following participation, students are asked to share their lesson when they return to their homerooms. The overall goal of the group is to create a culture of kindness at Frazer that will help support students’ social, emotional and academic growth.
MIDDLEBRANCH RECOGNIZES ACHIEVEMENTS IN READING & MATH As parents, we often celebrate the milestones of our children as they grow-learning to walk, talk, and tie shoes. In school, it is important to celebrate their milestones in learning too. This year at Middlebranch we are celebrating student milestones in reading and math with two new programs.
As kindergarteners and first graders develop their emerging reading skills we are offering them a chance to celebrate it through our “I Read to the Principal” program. Students are encouraged to show off their reading skills for Mr. Easterling. Along with taking great pride in their reading, it allows our younger students to feel comfortable coming to the principal’s office for good things. Hopefully, this experience will promote students coming to the office and advocate for their needs.
“Henry Long is all smiles after reading to Mr. Easterling.”
One of the milestones for students in math occurs when they learn their math facts. To celebrate that accomplishment, we are expanding on a program started at Frazer Elementary--the Pro Division Hall of Fame. On October 31, we inducted our first three members to the Middlebranch Pro Division Hall of Fame. While Ian, Elise, & Caitlyn were fourth graders, the Hall of Fame is “Caitlyn Nicol celebrates being open to any Middlebranch student who masters their math facts in addition, inducted into the Middlebranch Pro subtraction, multiplication, and division. They just need to let their homeroom Division Hall of Fame!” teachers know they are ready to be given a final check and the teachers will take care of the rest. Students receive a medal, certificate, and wear a gold jacket (just like the Pro Football Hall of Famers) at an assembly with the entire student body. As the year continues, we are looking forward to our students filling up the Pro Division Hall of Fame and “I Read to the Principal” boards in the main hallway to show off their developing academic talents as a part of the Middlebranch Family!
WARSTLER IS SECOND AND SEVEN Warstler Elementary second grade teacher, Mr. Seth Goshorn, brought a unique opportunity to students this fall. The mission of the Second and Seven program is to provide free books and positive role models to elementary students while encouraging community athletes to pay it forward. Each student received a free copy of a book they read together with members of the GlenOak Varsity Football team. The collaboration extended to the Malone University Track & Field team as well. Mr. Goshorn is looking to expand the program with other grade levels and partner with the winter sports athletes at GlenOak High School. The Second and Seven program has definitely scored a touchdown with the students at Warstler Elementary!
TAFT STUDENTS MAKE POSITIVE PLEDGE At Taft Elementary, students are encouraged to make good choices, and when they do, good things happen! Each day at Taft, students recite the Taft Pledge which reinforces how your actions and choices can impact you and those around you. The Taft Market is one of the positive reinforcement systems where students can earn pretend money when they make good choices and then shop at the Market. In addition to the Market, Taft will be introducing a new program this year that rewards students for great behavior! Once a month, students who have demonstrated appropriate, positive, and respectful behavior and have stayed on yellow or higher on the Taft behavior chart, are rewarded with an afternoon party. As the Taft Pledge states, “today matters, and my future is built one day at a time!”
GLENWOOD FIFTH GRADERS PARTICIPATE IN MINI SOAPBOX DERBY STEAM CHALLENGE
Congratulations to all Fifth-Grade Glenwood Steam students who participated in the Night at the Races on October 17th. We had 78 cars race in the All-American Soap Box Derby Gravity Racing Challenge. This STEAM challenge asks students to collect and analyze data, build and race mini soapbox derby cars and learn the science behind aerodynamics! Mrs. Arway teaches this four-week unit that culminates in the Night at the Races for students and their families to enjoy! Awards were given in the following categories. Teamwork Award: Blake Pelligrino, 5th grader Hunter Chikosky poses with his mini soapbox Jaiden Daniels, and DaRicko Jordan. Best Car Design: derby car. Gianna Marazza, Jada Hood Johnson and Luciana Villono. Best Car Name was awarded to Carly Williams, Mya Smith, and Maci Crihfield for their car: “Zippity Zebras!”, Third Place winners: Owen Williams, Job Flock, and Ethan Kimble. Second Place Winners were: Hunter Chikowsky, Brock Baldwin and Mikhail Montgomery and the Grand Prize Winners, who will compete in Akron this spring at Derby Downs are Brady Betro, Sam Husk and Tommy Schweikert. Congratulations Eagles!
STARK LIBRARY EVENTS - cont. Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol Wed Dec 11, 6:30–7:30 p.m. Enjoy a spirited evening with actor Jim Knight as he performs the beloved classic “A Christmas Carol.”
Quilt Block of the Month Learn to sew these quilt blocks. Log Cabin: Thu Dec 12, 10–11:30 a.m. Churn Dash: Mon Jan 13, 10–11:30 a.m. Pinwheel Quilt Block: Thu Feb 13, 10–11:30 a.m.
Mystery Book Club Plain Community, 4–5 p.m. Jan 16: The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn Feb 20: Before the Poison by Peter Robinson
Learn to Knit Wed Feb 5, 12, 10–11 a.m. Plain Community Branch In this two-part series, learn the knit stitch, how to cast on, and the purl stitch. Supplies provided or bring your own.
TECHNOLOGY VHS/DVD Converting
Thu Dec 12 | 6–7:30 p.m. During this demonstration, learn how to use video conversion software to preserve cherished memories.
VHS/DVD Conversion Workshop Sat Dec 14, 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Convert VHS tapes to DVDs. Call the branch to register.
Sewing 101 Workshop Sat Jan 18, Feb 15, 1–4 p.m. Use our sewing machines to work on your sewing projects. Call 330.494.3399 to register.
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GLENWOOD STUDENTS PARTNER WITH GLENOAK MENTORS After a successful first year of the Glenwood Champions group, GWIS has started year two. Students from the Social Justice group at GlenOak High School combine with approximately forty 5th and 6th graders from Glenwood Intermediate School once a month. This program expands leadership, critical thinking, problem-solving, communication skills, and fosters change makers. The goal of this collaboration is to provide both groups with insight and personal growth. At the first meeting of the year in October, high school students explained their purpose, ate breakfast together and started to develop mentor/ mentee relationships. As the year progresses, students will have more opportunities to get to know one another while exploring a variety of concerns that young people face today. Students will also share special experiences, such as meeting a motivational speaker; touring GlenOak High School and exploring the Career Technical programs offered there; and enjoying an end-of-the-year field trip. New to Glenwood Champions this year is the opportunity for sixthgrade leaders within the group to attend the All In Student Academy meetings with their high school student counterparts. In October, students traveled to Malone University to collaborate with students from schools across Northeast Ohio. This group will meet again in December at Stark State College, and in May at First Christian Church in Canton. The All In Student Academy is “first and foremost about closing the achievement and social-emotional gaps that are devastating the life-long chances of too many students of color, disability, low socio-economic standing, giftedness, and English language learners. The goal of the ALL IN Student Academy is to promote awareness and appreciation for ALL individuals, regardless of their diverse learning needs, economic status, gender, race, religion, sexual identity, cultural background, or language.” Glenwood Champions are excited to connect with high school students and eagerly await the next session. The high school mentors are held in high regard by 5th and 6th-grade students, and therefore have a unique ability and opportunity to guide and affect school success. We are enthusiastic about the ways in which this program will grow and develop and impact Plain Local students.
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2019 MEETING DATES: December 11 - Administration Building
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OAKWOOD STUDENTS TAKE ON FENCING Tom Nagy from On Target Fencing Club led Oakwood Middle School French students in a fencing lesson. Students learned the basics of footwork, advancing, retreating, and lunging. They had the chance to put on fencing jackets and masks, as well as learn to handle a fencing foil.
OAKWOOD FUTURE ENTREPRENEURS PRESENT THEIR IDEAS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MOUNT UNION Twelve students from Oakwood Middle School recently participated in a middle school entrepreneurial program starting at The University of Mount Union and will travel to three other universities in the upcoming months. The goal of this project is to develop entrepreneurial skills by brainstorming, developing, and pitching these ideas to a panel of judges. Day one was about an introduction to entrepreneurship and idea generating. There were also presentations from a business professor from Mount Union as well as local business owners.
BOO AT THE SCHOOL WAS A SPOOKTACULAR SUCCESS With approximately 1,500 families in attendance, Boo at the School had one of the largest turnouts we have seen in the past 20 years! This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event consisted of over 110 National Honor Society (NHS) students who make an impact on their community. Their dedication to the event included dressing up in costume, participating in fun activities with the children, and creating a safe environment for our community to come together to celebrate Halloween. The task of hosting Boo at the School took many weeks of preparation and time. The GlenOak NHS and Student Council programs helped donate the candy needed for all of the trick-or-treating fun. Along with our NHS chapter, this event was also put together by several sponsors including the Plain Township Fire Department, SPARK Education and Stark Federal Credit Union. These organizations hosted games, passed out candy, and showed safety with the help of the firefighters. With the support of the sponsors, Boo at the School was able to keep up its reputation of being a fun night for families!
STARK LIBRARY EVENTS - cont. Windows 10 Basics For Seniors Thu Feb 6, 1–2:30 p.m. Discover features of Windows 10 or revisit some old favorites.
Manage Your Files and Folders with Windows For Seniors Thu Feb 13, 1–2:30 p.m. Learn to create shortcuts, organize, empty, recover files and folders, adjust volume, and mute sound.
Excel I Basics For Seniors Thu Feb 27, 1–2:30 p.m. Build and refine your Excel skills with an inventory sheet.
GLENOAK STUDENTS FIND NEW WAYS TO HELP THE PLANET
The negative impact of humans on Earth has become increasingly significant. Many scientists now believe we are in the midst of a new geological age, Anthropocene, which is marked by intensely negative changes in global biodiversity and climate. Students at GlenOak High School are finding new ways to help improve the situation by contributing to the recycling of plastics. Students have worked to advance these efforts by decorating recycling bins and placing them in the cafeteria. They’ve hung posters and made daily announcements to encourage others to recycle their plastics and to publicize the issue. In the past month alone, over 800 bottles have been recycled. Students are now looking to continue this progress by exploring new ways to help promote a more environmentally conscious community. A special shout out to Deanna Hay and Jacob Boyett for their insights and efforts in exploring various environmental options related to the start of a student-led environmental club hosted at GlenOak. Also, thank you to Maya Burlingame, Carmyn Grubbs, Trinity Hill, Olivia Howard, Alexandra Jones, Claire Peters, Rylie Severson, Makayla Spoon, Skylar Yoho and Alea Zelle for all of their help!
GOHS DELIVERING OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE OF “THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME”
This fall the GlenOak High School Theater Arts Program produced the five-time Tony Award winning play, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” based on the novel by Mark Haddon and adapted by Simon Stephens. The production utilized talent from both the Theater Arts and Light and Sound Technology Programs. Nearly 50 GOHS students created and implemented the set and light design for the production. A new technology called, Titan Tubes, was used to enhance the emotions of the characters visually.
Sophomore Noah Beitzel is surrounded by the ensemble cast.
The cast of 12 told the story of Christopher Boone, a young man on the autism spectrum and his challenges dealing with daily life. This story was brought to life with honesty and warmth by the ensemble cast. Audiences left the theater with tears in their eyes and joy in their hearts. Congratulations to all involved!
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CAREER TECH CORNER Light and Sound Technologies Instructor Name: Tamara Traut The Light and Sound Technology II students successfully installed the program’s new ETC Colorsource Par LED light fixtures. These new fixtures produce a multitude of colors and will save on electricity costs. They will be used for performing arts events in the theater, giving the students limitless creativity when it comes to adding color and special effects to productions. They also give the students professional lighting experience working with DMX lighting fixtures, which are the industry standard.
Horticulture Instructor Name: Tiffany Woods GlenOak Horticulture students had an amazing opportunity to learn from local beekeeper Ryan Ferreri from Peach Tree and Honeybee. Ryan shared in depth knowledge of bee biology as well as a breakdown of the tools and equipment. Students got to identify all 3 types of honey bees using an observation beehive. In addition students Drake Terry and Owen Conway used equipment and got to put on their bee suits. They look like professional beekeepers! The horticulture students will begin beekeeping spring 2020 with their first beehive.
Commercial Photography Instructor Name: Jeannene Mathis-Bertosa Commercial Photography Advisory Board member Kevin Kopanski assisted with lighting set ups and spoke to the students about his path to becoming a professional photographer.
High School of Business Instructor Name: Amanda de Fays/Mike Nieporte
Kevin unpacks the camera bag he takes to a job to show students the equipment necessary for his jobs.
On October 15th, students in the business program were treated to a presentation from Men’s Wearhouse where they received valuable interviewing tips including how to “Dress for Success”. Students had the opportunity to learn the impact that professional behavior (including professional dress) can have on their chances of securing and succeeding in the jobs they have the most interest in. In addition, students were able to see real life examples of professional dress, ask questions of the Men’s Wearhouse professionals, and every student in attendance received a garment bag and information packet with professional dress style tips. The High School of Business values the partnership formed with Men’s Wearhouse and looks forward to continued collaboration moving forward.
Music Production Instructor Name: David Thompson Career Tech Music Production goes live! Recently, students have worked on staging what will become GlenOak’s first Open Mic. This informal time can include performances on a variety of instruments and voice, but also spoken word poetry, monologues, and more.
Career Tech student Jordan Hutchinson performs at Open Mic.
Job Training Coordination II Instructor: Bambi Fritsche Job Coach: Jennifer Hutt JTC students were busy working on a new challenge! JTC entered the contest to decorate kettles for the Salvation Army! Seniors got creative and worked together to decorate 6 kettles that will be displayed around the city. Many other community members and organizations also painted kettles. The kettle with the most money at the end of the season will be declared as a winner and will be featured in the Canton Repository. Keep an eye out for our JTC kettles!
Kettles themed Christmas Tree, Peppermint, GlenOak Be a Champion, Winter Snow, Snowman, and Angles.
PLAIN TOWNSHIP FIRE DEPARTMENT PROVIDES SAFETY TRAINING FOR GLENOAK FRESHMAN Scott Kelly and his team at the Plain Township Fire Department took time out of their day to train our Freshmen students in a variety of safety procedures. Freshman classes worked in groups that rotated between stations to learn how to save a life. They understood that having someone call 911 was their first job prior to performing CPR or the Heimlich maneuver. Our Plain Township firefighters taught the proper techniques in using an AED. Inspector Kelly led our students in a discussion about fire safety and then went outside to learn about how to use a fire extinguisher to put out the fire. We are fortunate to have great partners such as our Plain Township Fire Department! They are always there to help us, our students and families. Thank you for making such a positive difference in so many lives.
Plain Local Schools was recently awarded $157,208 from the US Department of Justice through the COPS (Community Oriented Policing Services) grant program. This school safety grant is a collaboration between the Plain Local Schools and the Stark County Sheriff’s Office. The initiative to gain the grant was led by our business manager, Tom Brabson, and School Resource Officer, Deputy Chad Smith. Funding from this grant will allow us to grow in many ways. Additional training for our six school resource officers will allow our safety forces to work even closer with our administrative teams. COPS grant dollars will be used to install state of the art Safe ID Kiosk systems at each of our school buildings, replace portable radios throughout our district aligning them to our Community Safety Forces, and add additional surveillance cameras at each building in Plain Local. The Plain Local Schools appreciate the continued partnerships with the Stark County Sheriff Department and the Plain Township Fire Department in helping us keep our children safe.
STARK PARKS CELEBRATES THE OPENING OF THE MARKET AVE. TUNNEL!
On Monday, October 21, Stark Parks officially opened the tunnel underneath Market Avenue near the parking lot of First Christian Church to link the Hoover Trail to the west and the Middle Branch Trail to the east, creating a 14-mile connection through Plain Township, North Canton, and Canton. The addition of the tunnel was made possible through a grant from the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) during the Route 43 widening project. Developers Bob Dehoff and Bill Lemmon were also instrumental in this connection as they donated land for the trail. This important connection not only gives pedestrians and bikers the opportunity to stay off the road and safely navigate from one side of Market Avenue to the other, but also connects more people to neighborhoods, restaurants, schools, local businesses, and parks.
Driver’s Ed – GlenOak High School After School: 2:30 - 5:40 pm, Rm C113 January Course: Jan. 6, 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 16 March Course: Mar. 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12
There’s a chill in the air and the snow will be falling soon, but that doesn’t mean the outdoor fun has to stop. Winter is a beautiful time to get outside and explore our parks and trails in Stark County! Come see for yourself how a freshly-fallen coat of snow can transform a landscape and add wonder to your outdoor adventures. Stark Parks also has year-round programs and events for the whole family to help fight cabin fever. Visit the Activities tab at StarkParks.com to find your winter adventure!
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WHERE TO FIND SANTA AT STARK PARKS THIS HOLIDAY SEASON
Here Comes Santa! On Saturday, December 7, meet the big guy himself from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. as Stark Parks and the Stark County District Library welcome Santa to the Exploration Gateway at Sippo Lake Park. Children can visit with Santa, make holiday crafts to take home, see Santa’s live animals, enjoy cookies and milk, and hear a seasonally-inspired music performance by the Jacks ‘n Jills Show Choir from Jackson High School. Santa will make his arrival at 10:30 a.m. Don’t forget your camera! The Exploration Gateway at Sippo Lake Park is located at 5712 12th St. NW in Canton. It is also a drop-off location for the Toys for Tots campaign. Purchase a Toys for Tots item from the Lily Pad Gift Shop! The Lily Pad is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday. New and unwrapped toys can be dropped off until Dec. 21. Christmas at the Hollow make this annual Christmas event a family tradition! December 5, 6, and 7, visit Quail Hollow Park in Hartville from 5 to 9 p.m. each night to see the Manor House transformed for the holidays. Each room will be festively adorned for guests to enjoy as they make their way through the house. Local choirs will perform Christmas tunes each night, and children will have the opportunity to visit with Santa. Crafts and activities will be offered inside the house, and cookies, candy, and hot/cold drinks will be available for purchase. Outside the Manor House, a wagon ride will await all guests to enjoy the wilderness and the historical sites of the park. Get cozy around a warm fire to sing carols and roast marshmallows after your wagon ride. The Quail’s Nest Gift Shop will also be open to shop for that unique gift you’ve been looking for. The cost is $15 per car. Visit qhva.org for full event details. Quail Hollow Park is located at 13480 Congress Lake Ave. in Hartville. Stark Parks is also offering cross-country skiing programs at Quail Hollow Park each Saturday in January and February from 9 to 11 a.m. The cost is $20 per participant (cash/check) and includes equipment rentals, techniques, and safety. Check out StarkParks.com/winter to sign up. For more information about parks and trails, and for a full list of winter programming, visit StarkParks.com.
MALONE UNIVERSITY’S DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC PRESENTS CHRISTMAS AT MALONE: PEACE ON EARTH Malone University’s Department of Music presents Christmas at Malone: Peace on Earth on Friday, December 6 and Saturday, December 7 at 7:30 p.m. This campus tradition combines Scripture and music in a joyful celebration of the sacred Christmas season. Featuring performances by Malone’s ensembles, including the University Chorale, Symphonic Band, Amplified (the a cappella vocal ensemble), and the Christmas at Malone Chamber Orchestra, this beloved concert showcases student talent and encourages festivity. New this year, the Whittier Choir from Massillon’s Whittier Elementary School will perform alongside the University Chorale and Amplified. Tickets are on sale now: $5 for general admission and $8 for preferred seating. Proceeds from ticket sales will support music scholarships at Malone. For more information and to purchase tickets online, visit malone.edu/christmas.
CHILD AND ADOLESCENT BEHAVIORAL HEALTH By Dr. Karita Nussbaum Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Licensed Independent Social Worker, Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor Substance Use Disorder Lead Substance use, in all of its forms, has blanketed many families. According to David Sheff, author of Beautiful Boy, 200 people die every day from substance use. That’s a lot of people. Sheff also painfully reminded us in his address for the Stark County Library’s One Book, One Community focus, “addiction is a family problem.” That doesn’t mean it’s the family’s fault someone uses substances but rather that substance use affects the entire family. Sheff prohibited his son to move back home during recovery not because he was demonstrating tough love but rather because he was protecting the two younger children in the home. He painfully wanted his son to be under his own roof but made a difficult decision in light of the family unit. Substance use is not a solitary act regardless of what many users may think. In my work with individuals both using substances and in recovery from substance use, two things often emerge. It is difficult to face the truth and it is difficult to feel supported. The truth is painful because well, sometimes the truth isn’t pretty. When a teenager repeatedly lies to their parents and then loses their trust, it takes time and effort to earn the trust back. “Good” substance users become extremely skilled at deception, lying not only to others but themselves as well. I’m often told, “I can quit any time” to which I respond, “quitting’s the easy part, staying quit is the challenge.” If you think about it, most of us can quit anything for a short period of time. I’m reminded of the English proverb, “the road to hell is paved with good intentions.” We all want to do the right thing but when we fail, we feel awful. Addiction is a disease that hijacks the brain’s logical thought process. Those that use substances usually have really good intentions, perhaps their use is to cope with something they are struggling with - as a busy schedule or feelings of disappointment. Maybe they are just trying to fit in. Many teens have said they try vaping just to see what all of the hype is about. Another truth that is difficult to face is how others are affected. As much as we think our use isn’t affecting anyone when we suddenly stop spending time with family members or respond to them in harsh tones, the family is affected. Young siblings usually pay close attention to the lives of their older brother or sister because they admire them. It’s painful for the substance user to face the negative message younger siblings receive. We’d all rather be the hero than the goat! This leads us to the second theme that often emerges with substance use, support. Once substance users admit that they’ve messed up and are ready to make changes, they need the right kind of support. I often help users in recovery learn how to educate their friends and family members on how to support them. I’ll never forget the story an adult in recovery told about how he had to educate his friends. The man was an alcoholic and had been sober several months. He was proud of the work he’d done to stay sober and rebuild his life. It was his birthday and there was a knock on his door. When he opened it, he found a 48 oz. bottle of his favorite alcohol on the porch. He was stunned and stood there looking at it not knowing what to do. He took it inside and considered his options, it was his birthday after all. He appreciated the gesture of a friend who had no idea what they’d just done to him. In the end, he gave it away opting to put it to good use rather than throw it away. For that evening though, he battled with the “demons” within. Some of the best supports available for substance users and their family members are community support groups. For users, groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and Celebrate Recovery provide a welcoming environment as they make changes in their lives. Family members can find the same support and encouragement in Al anon and Alateen. Both of these groups involve people who are familiar with the struggles of living with or caring for a loved one that uses substances. The best thing for anyone making changes in life is having people that will cheer them on. Recovery involves a series of small steps, walking away from a risky situation, talking to someone instead of staying quiet or attending a meeting when you’d rather stay home. A kind word, shout out or compliment go a long way for people under the burden of guilt, shame, anger or fatigue. One way we, as a community, can help each other stand tall is to link arms, even if it’s figuratively and stand together to support those that are fighting the disease of addiction. For those in the fight against addiction, do not quit fighting, you are stronger than the disease.
PLAIN TOWNSHIP HISTORICAL SOCIETY “Educating Plain Township – Middlebranch High School 1927-1957”
“Educating Plain Township – Glenwood High School 1957-1975”
We kicked off the school year with our newest publication, “Educating Plain Township – Middlebranch High School 1927-1957.” Our launch at the Plain Local Schools Family Fun Day and Rotary Pancake Breakfast was a success and included items from Middlebranch High School. Thank you to everyone who stopped by and said “hi” and help to put this publication together. In our latest publication, we present an overview of the 30-year history of Middlebranch High School from its inception as the first rural high school built in the county under the consolidated school plan to the transition to Glenwood High School. You can purchase this twovolume set for $20 at the Plain Township Office at 2600 Easton St or by contacting us (see below.)
PTHS is proud to announce that our Glenwood High School publication on October 5th, was awarded a “History Outreach Award” from The Ohio Local History Alliance for outstanding contribution to the field of local history in Ohio in the category of Media and Publication. We want to thank everyone who contributed stories, items and their time to help us preserve the history of Glenwood High School. Without the support of our community, this publication and the others are not possible. It takes a community to preserve a community. There are still copies of this publication available. $20 for the two-volume set and they are available at the Plain Township Office or by contacting us.
2020 NOTES Our 2020 meeting schedule is included in this paper. We have some interesting topics for the new year, so mark your calendar and join us. Also, 2020 will be the 15th Anniversary of the Plain Township Historical Society. Stay tuned for any special events to celebrate this milestone. We are always interested in Plain Township items whether that be advertising from business, family genealogy/photos, school-related items, fire department items, maps, or property abstracts. If you are not sure if it is something we are interested in, please contact us and we can help guide you. Again, thank you for supporting us.
• June 15 – Annual Covered Dish Picnic – Location Veterans Park – Time 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Help us preserve the history of Plain Township. We are “Educating Plain Township” about “Plain History”. Contact us at email@example.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PlainTownshipHistoricalSociety/, on the web www.preservingplaintwp.org or call 330-2242660 and ask for Cindy.
• October 19 – Extra! Extra! Read All About It – High School Newspapers – Take a look back at the newspapers from Middlebranch, Glenwood, Oakwood and GlenOak High Schools – Cindy Guest
Thank you from the Plain Township Historical Society!
• December – No Meeting
2020 Meeting Schedule • November 18, 2019 – How Founding Plain Township Families Are Connected – Phyllis Rustifo/Linda Theriault/Bob Vitali
• July 20 – Tales from the Jail – Highlights from historic newspapers about jail incidents. – Jon Brunner • August 17 – Times a Tickin’ – Clock Doctor – Explore the history and see examples of clocks. – Gail Cousino • September 21 – Canton as Little Chicago – A look at Canton during its time dubbed “Little Chicago.” – Dick Haldi
• November 16 – Edgefield School – Explore the history of Edgefield Grade School – Judy Pocock/Cindy Guest All meetings start at 7:00 PM 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
• December 2019 – No Meeting
• Glenwood High School Yearbooks – 1959, 1964
• January 20, 2020 – Teddy Roosevelt - Teddy makes a visit to share his life and times. – Ted Dudra
• GlenOak High School Yearbooks –1990, 1992, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005 to present
• February 17 – Getting the Job Done – Outhouses - An examination of the history and styles of outhouses. – Judy Pocock
• Yearbooks from the middle and grade schools
• March 16 – White Bronze Monuments, the other tombstone – A look at an alternative tombstone material and its significance in cemeteries. – Susan Henry • April 20 – Inverted Intersections III – The third part in this series that takes a look at how the intersections in Downtown Canton have changed – Mark Holland • May 18 – William McKinley in War and At War – A look at President McKinley’s time serving in the war and leading a country during the war. – Jeff Hissong
• Oakwood, Glenwood and GlenOak High School Newspapers • Newspapers from the middle and grade schools • Grade school and middle school class photos
COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS OF STARK COUNTY Sign up dates for Christmas assistance from a community Christmas of Stark County, INC
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YOU MUST APPLY IN PERSON & BRING THE FOLLOWING: • Social Security Card and Photo ID for all adults. Those 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 & current address printed on it) • Proof of all income, current pay 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 18-19 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 cross-checked 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
PLAIN LOCAL SCHOOLS FOUNDATION Cinderella as Plain Local All School Ballet The Plain Local Schools Foundation & Alumni Association was pleased to present the 2019 all-school ballet, “Cinderella”, choreographed and directed by Mrs. Jacquenette Blaydes. Plain Local dance and Saturday Enrichment students, ages 3 years through 12th grade, performed an original choreographed performance featuring the story of “Cinderella” on November 15th and 16th.
This year, there was also a tea party hosted on November 16 from 1:00pm-1:30pm. All were invited to attend the party. Members of the Cinderella cast were in attendance as well. There were cookies, crowns, candy, and fun before the 2:00pm performance. Non-perishable food items were also collected to support the 9th grade food drive at all public performances.
There was a 10:00 am performance on November 15 for all Plain Local 3rd grade students as part of the arts experiences offered to all elementary students within Plain Local. Public performances were on Friday, November 15 at 7:00pm and Saturday, November 16th at 2:00pm and 7:00pm in the GlenOak High School Theater on the Abbey Foltz Stage
YMCA PROGRAMMING Upcoming Events & Programs at the North Canton YMCA: • Middle School Madness- Registration includes food & drink, an evening of movies, open gym time, DIY projects, and lots of fun! Friday, November 22. Registration now open! • Holiday Mini Camps at the Gymnastics Center-starting November 25th. 3-hour fun themed day camps and progressive clinics. To register, give us a call at 330-4984082 or stop by the Gymnastics office at 7241 Whipple Ave NW, North Canton. • School Days Out at the Child Development Center-Need child care during the day off? There will be programming all day at the Child Development Center on Wednesday, November 27! Contact us at 330.305.5437
• Cookies with Mrs. Claus-Sunday, December 8, 1:00pm3:00pm • Kindergarten Basketball Registration Deadline: Friday, December 13 • Winter 1 Program Registration! YMCA Members: Monday, December 16. Non-Members: Thursday, December 19 • Kids Night Out: Winter Wonderland-Friday, December 20, 6:30pm-10:00pm (include general description that we do on all KNO flyers) An evening away while the kids play! Kids will enjoy games, crafts, and activities made specially for a Winter Wonderland! Dinner included. Register today!
Join us Friday, December 6th at 6pm Diamond Community Park Pictures with Santa, Ice and Wood Carvers, Crafts for Kids, Tree lighting , Bonfires , and Holiday Music!
Thanks to our Major Sponsors:
2019 STAFF DONATIONS TO THE PLAIN LOCAL SCHOOLS FOUNDATION Thank you to the following Plain Local Schools staff members for donating to the Plain Local Schools Foundation. JoAnne Addessi
Amanda de Fays
Leigh Anne Kummer
Tina Boerner Anna Bodner
Becky Foltz Ryan Foltz
Kim Perduk Traci Raga
Tenille Shrock Sarah Shumaker Laurie Spangler Kelly Smith Shelly St.Clair David Thompson Josh Tolbert
Josh Branch Matthew Brown Jerad Buck Samantha Burchfield
Melissa Tolbert Tamara Traut Jessica Tsoufiou Angela Wagner Julie Werren Trisha Williams Elizabeth Winkler
CLASS OF 1980 REUNION UPDATE We’re moving! The Class of 1980’s 40th Reunion will now be held on Saturday, August 1, 2020, at the Lake Cable Clubhouse and Pavilion. Same date – new location! Please plan to attend! More information to follow… We are still seeking contact information from classmates who are interested in attending. Please send information to Melissa Volkert @ firstname.lastname@example.org. For updates, follow us at “GlenOak 1980” on Facebook or on Classmates. All correspondence for the reunion will be handled via email.
WINTERFEST RETURNS TO PLAIN TOWNSHIP! Mark your calendar and plan on joining us for Plain Township’s eleventh Annual “Winterfest” at Diamond Community Park on Friday, December 6, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The event is sponsored by Denise Evans, Realtor, Cutler Real Estate. Plain Township is excited to continue this growing community tradition which offers fun for families and attendees of all ages. The Park’s 42 acres will be aglow in our lighting displays. Residents can gather warmly by small bonfires and sip hot chocolate from our concession area while enjoying festive holiday music. The gathered crowd will be dazzled by the amazing ice carvings created by Elegant Ice Creations, wood carvings by Lumber Jack Chainsaw Artists, The Plain
Township Historical Society will be displaying on site, and the Big Man in Red, Santa Claus, will make an appearance to personally hear children’s requests. Crafts will be created by our children. Oakwood Middle School Select Choir will be performing carols. There will be games and even concessions available. Stop by and immerse yourself in the holiday spirit, and join us for a wonderfully seasonal celebration of community, camaraderie, and festive fun for the whole family at Plain Township’s eighth Anniversary of Winterfest at Diamond Community Park. Join over 1,000 patrons one of the fastest growing holiday events in the area!
PLAIN TOWNSHIP PARKS INDOOR SOCCER SESSION 2: • REC K Indoor Soccer: $60 per child. Multiple child discounts will be given for children playing in Rec 1-8. Registration opens December 1, 2019. Registration Deadline is January 19, 2020. Dates: 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22, 2/29, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21/2020. Register online at www.teamsidline.com/plaintownship • REC 1-6 Indoor Soccer: $82.50 for first child. $71.50 for second child. $66.00 for third child and up. $55 for coach’s child. Limit one discount per coach includes background check. Registration opens December 1, 2019. Registration Deadline is January 19, 2020. Dates: 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22, 2/29, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21/2020. Register online at www.teamsideline.com/plaintownship • REC 7-8: $82.50 for first child. $71.50 for second child. $66.00 for third child and up. $55 for coach’s child. Limit one discount per coach includes background check. Registration opens December 1, 2019. Registration Deadline is January 20, 2020. Dates: 1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/17, 2/24, 3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23/2020. Register online at www.teamsideline.com/plaintownship • U10 Indoor Soccer: $600 per team. Registration Opens December 1, 2019. Registration Deadline is January 19, 2020. Dates: 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22, 2/29, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21/2020. Register online at www.teamsideline.com/plaintownship • U12 Indoor Soccer: $600 per team. Registration Opens December 1, 2019. Registration Deadline is January 19, 2020. Dates: 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22, 2/29, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21/2020. Register online at www.teamsideline.com/plaintownship • U14 Indoor Soccer: $600 per team. Registration Opens December 1, 2019. Registration Deadline is January 20, 2020. Dates: 1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/17, 2/24, 3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23/2020. Register online at www.teamsideline.com/plaintownship • High School Girls Indoor Soccer: $660.00 per team. Registration Opens December 1, 2019. Registration Deadline is January 26, 2019. Dates: 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, 2/23, 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22, 3/29, 4/5/2020. Register online at www.teamsideline.com/plaintownship • HS Coed Competitive Indoor Soccer: $660.00 per team. Registration Opens December 1, 2019. Registration Deadline is February 2, 2020. Dates: 2/5-6, 2/12-13, 2/19-20, 2/26-27, ¾-5, 3/11-12, 3/18-19, 3/25-26, 4/1-2, 4/8-9/2020. Register online at www.teamsideline.com/plaintownship • Adult Men’s Open Indoor Soccer: $660.00 Per Team. Registration Opens December 1, 2019. Registration Deadline is February 2, 2020. Dates: 2/9, 2/16, 2/23, 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22, 3/29, 4/5, 4/9/2020. Register online at www.teamsideline.com/plaintownship • Adult Coed Open Indoor Soccer: $660.00 per team. Registration Opens December 1, 2019. Registration Deadline is January 26, 2020. Dates: 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/21, 2/28, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 3/27, 4/3/2020. Register online at www.teamsideline.com/plaintownship • Adult Women’s Individual Indoor Soccer: $65.00 per person. Registration Opens December 1, 2019. Registration Deadline is January 26, 2020. Dates: 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/21, 2/28, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 3/27, 4/3/2020. Register online at www.teamsideline.com/plaintownship • HS REC Indoor Soccer: $660.00 per team. Registration Opens December 1, 2019. Registration Deadline is January 19, 2020. Dates: 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25, 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/24, 3/31/2020. Register online at www.teamsideline.com/plaintownship
PLAIN LOCAL YOUTH FOOTBALL Following a record 5-1 season, Plain Local Youth Football’s (PLYF) 6th and 7th grade A-Green tackle team won the Northeast Ohio Youth Football Conference Championship after beating the Canton 49er’s 35-0 on Sunday, October 27. This is the first conference championship win in over a decade for Plain Local Youth Football and reflects the hard work and dedication from players and coaching staff, including Jimmy Arrigo, George Smith, Blake Boles, and Mike Rekstis. PLYF is a private, volunteer-run 501(c)3 organization that sponsors flag and tackle football and cheerleading activities for the youth of Plain Township in grades K-7. The league is funded by registration fees, fundraisers, sponsorships, and concessions.
GLENOAK FALL COACHES RECAPS Girls Golf Head Coach: Scott McCahan
at Sectionals. At Districts, the boys shot their 2nd best score of the year with a 309, missing a state tournament berth by one stroke.
Assistant Coach(es): Jeff Davis & Sarah Rante-Falkner Record: 111-41 (this includes regular season league play and all tournaments and teams competed against) Federal League Record: 4-2 Team Accomplishments: The Girls finished 4th in the Federal League. In other tournament play, the Lady Eagles won the Turleski Invitational at the Lake Club, had (2) runner-up and (2) 3rd place finishes. In total, the girls played in (12) tournaments and finished in the top 5 (9) times. In Sectional play the girls finished 5th, missing by 3 strokes qualifying for Districts. Madison Reemsnyder and Faith Brown did qualify for the District Tournament as individuals. At Districts, Maddie finished in 2nd place to earn a spot in the state tournament for the second year in a row. At the state tournament, Maddie finished play in the runner-up position, earning All Ohio 1st Team honors. Individual Player Accomplishments: Madison Reemsnyder, Federal League & Stark County Player of the Year, 1st Team All Federal League, 1st Team All Stark County, 1st team All Northeast Ohio District, 1st Team All Ohio. Madison also set the school record for 9 holes with a 6 under par 29 and 18 hole score with a 9 under par 62. Lauren Petro 2nd Team All Federal League, Honorable Mention All Stark County and All Northeast Ohio District. Faith Brown Honorable Mention All Federal League, All Stark County, All Northeast Ohio District and Academic All Ohio. Alexis Ames Honorable Mention All Federal League and All Stark County Coaches Remarks: The girls golf team had a solid season in the tough Federal League finishing in 4th place overall. The highlight of the year was the team winning the Christine Turleski tournament at The Lake Club and Madison Reemsnyder qualifying for a second consecutive year to play in the state tournament. The coaching staff wishes to thank Faith Brown for her leadership and contributions during her 4 year career for girls golf. The team looks forward to next year when with the return of 5 Varsity letter winners.
Boys Golf Head Coach: Scott McCahan Assistant Coach(es): Jeff Davis & Sarah Rante-Falkner Record: 157-45 (this includes regular season league play and all tournaments and teams competed against) Federal League Record: 3-3 Team Accomplishments: Finished in 3rd place in the Federal League which included a 3rd place finish in the pre-season tournament and a 2nd place finish in the post season tournament. Overall the team had (2) tournament wins, (4) runner-up and (2) 3rd place finishes. Out of the 13 tournaments the boys competed in they finished in the top 5 or better 9 times. In the post season, the team qualified for the District tournament with a 3rd place finish
Individual Player Accomplishments: Brandon Jatich, Federal League Player of the Year, 1st Team All Federal League, 1st Team All Stark County, 1st team All Northeast Ohio District, State Tournament qualifier and Academic All Ohio. Alec Adcock, 1st Team All Federal League, 1st Team All Stark County and 2nd Team All Northeast Ohio District. Brock Barbato Honorable Mention All Federal League, All Stark County and All Northeast Ohio District, Danny Klotz Honorable Mention All Federal League, All Stark County, All Northeast Ohio District and Academic All Ohio. Coaches Remarks: The boys golf team had a solid season in the tough Federal League finishing in 3rd place overall. The highlight of the year was the team winning the Warren JFK Invitational, The Cardinal Mooney Classic and Brandon Jatich qualifying for a second consecutive year to play in the state tournament. The coaching staff wishes to thank the 4 Seniors who had a great 3 year varsity run together for GlenOak Golf.
Girls Cross Country Head Coach: Scott Ferrell Assistant Coach(es): Beth Winkler and Annie Zaremba Record: 4th place Team Accomplishments: Team Regional Qualifiers - 4th at NE Ohio District Meet Individual Player Accomplishments: 2nd Team All-Federal League - Makayla Spoon Hon. Mention All-Federal League: Karley Brightman
Coaches Remarks: This was a successful season. With 41 girls on the team and having a relatively inexperienced group, the team bonded and learned well throughout the season. It was great to see them grow as athletes and young ladies as the season progressed. We qualified to the Regional Championship meet as a TEAM, which was a huge accomplishment for the young group of runners we had. We were led by an outstanding group of seniors who were positive leaders and will greatly be missed in the program.
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GLENOAK FALL COACHES RECAPS - CONT... Hawkins
Federal League Record: 2-3-1
Record: 144-35 Federal League Record: 1-5 Team Accomplishments: Regional Qualifier as a team Individual Player Accomplishments: Cordell Floyd and Tommy Rice 1st Team All-Federal League and All-Stark County 1st team. Tommy Rice and Cordell Floyd both individual State Championship Qualifiers. Coaches Remarks: Had a lot of young talented runners that will have a huge impact on the next couple of years. Excited to see how they develop.
Team Accomplishments: The team earned the #3 seed in the Niles District for the post-season for the second year in a row. The team beat Lake 1-0 in the Sectional Final to reach the District Semi-Final for the 10th time in the last 12 years. We were also very excited about our JVB success of earning a record of 9-3-2. Individual Player Accomplishments: 2nd Team All-Greater Akron: Ryan Riccillo, Ty White Honorable Mention All-Greater Akron: Sebastian Melendez, Seth Haymaker 1st Team All-Federal League: Ryan Riccillo, Ty White
Head Coach: Brent Walker
2nd Team All-Federal League: Spencer Day, Sebastian Melendez
Assistant Coach(es): Marissa DiMichele & Lauren Gage
Honorable Mention All-Federal League: Seth Haymaker
1st Team All-Stark County Division 1: Ryan Riccillo, Ty White
Federal League Record: 3-3 Team Accomplishments: 4th in overall Federal League Standing, made it to the Sectional Final Individual Player Accomplishments: OSSCA 1st Team [Sophie Burchfield, Maya Burlingame & Lauren Carter] Federal League 1st Team [Maya Burlingame & Sophia Burchfield] Federal League 2nd Team [Lauren Carter] Federal League Honorable Mention [Maya Bhatia & Hannah Burchfield] Coaches Remarks: Regardless of obstacles we face, we continue to shine through adversity. We have become a team that can adapt in situations and I look forward to next season. We had quite a few injured starters this year, but other players stepped up and I was proud of each and every one of their commitments and efforts.
Boys Soccer Head Coach: Noah Dockus Assistant Coach(es): Rick Vandorsten, Nate Rininger, and
2nd Team All-Stark County Division 1: Sebastian Melendez, Spencer Day, Seth Haymaker. Honorable Mention All-Stark County Division 1: Gavin Parr, Lucas Hill, Danny Salvino Coaches Remarks: While reflecting on this season, we can see how this team continued to grow and get better each week. We played our best soccer the final 3 weeks of the season. Even though the wins and losses werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t what we wanted every night, we were still able to see individuals improve and the team improve over the entire season. We still earned the #3 seed by getting respect from other schools from the results we earned within our challenging schedule.
Girls Tennis Head Coach: Mark Jelichek Assistant Coach(es): Scott Fletcher Record: 5-14 Federal League Record: 0-6
Team Accomplishments: 4th place finish Federal League Tournament, 1st place (tie) NEOTA “F” Division Individual Player Accomplishments: Claire Foltz once again led the team with 16 match wins followed by Taylor Bautista with 14, Janelle Dixon 10, Elaina Norris 8, Leah Schweizer 7, and Elena Pergins 4. Foltz once again was a Sectional quarterfinalist, all Federal League, and All County as well as four year letter winner. The doubles team of Bautista and Dixon also were Sectional quarterfinalists. At the team banquet held at the Sparta Steak House Foltz was named Singles Player of the Year, Bautista Doubles Player of the Year, Dixon the Most Improved, and Madi Geitgey took home the Coaches’ Award.
Record: 25-2 Federal League Record: 12-0 Team Accomplishments: Federal League Champs District Champs Regional Finals Runner Up Individual Player Accomplishments: Brooke Pope-Player of the Year in Federal League and Stark County, First Team Federal League, Stark County, and Distrct 4 Natalia Henderson-First Team Federal League, Defensive Player of the Year in Stark County, First Team Stark County, First Team Distrct 4 Hannah White-Second Team Federal League, Stark County, and District 4 Natalie Stepanovich-Second Team Federal League, Stark County and District 4 Alaina Provo-Honerable Mention Federal League and Distrct 4 Deanna Hay-Honerable Mention Stark County
Coaches Remarks: We had kind of an up and down season, always trying to get the lineup right. We didn’t play too well in the Fed league matches and then we go to the tournament and Claire Foltz finished 3rd and Leah Schweizer had a career day and finished 3rd. The doubles team of Bautista and Dixon finished 5th and we ended up 4th as a team and that’s literally the best we’ve ever done; and we played well in the NEOTA matches. We shut out the Elms and St. V’s which were two teams we lost to last year. We were an extremely well dressed club so we had that going for us. And as always, just literally the nicest bunch of kids a coach could ask for and that’s probably in the long term scheme of things the most important of all.
Coaches Remarks: The GlenOak Volleyball Program has had the best season in program history. The family atmosphere and team chemistry has been the key factor in making this team so special. Throughout the summer workouts, team camp, and into the season, the team always supported and challenged each other to get better every single day. One of the main factors contributing to this chemistry was our senior leadership. Our five seniors, Hannah White, Natalia Henderson, Alaina Provo, Deanna Hay, and Lawren Daya. #Onewinatatime
Football Head Coach: Beau Balderson Assistant Coach(es): Tim Flaherty Ray Keller Bob Petraroli Gibran Baskerville Mark Beitler Kurt Jarvis Dustin Jarvis Dave Henry Drew Shreve Lewis Adkins Record: 1-9 Federal League Record: 0-5
Head Coach: Deb Pickering Assistant Coach(es): Thersea Rhoads
Coaches Remarks: Wasn’t the outcome that we were looking for, but gained valuable experience with our younger players and will continue to improve through hard work and commitment.
Keli Yoho-Wagner Alex Caley
Winter Sports Schedules BOYS/GIRLS BOWLING
ST. VINCENT ST. MARY
CONFERENCE TOURN, PARK CENTRE LANES LOUISVILLE
PARK CENTRE LANES
TUSKY VALLEY @ WALSH
CONERSTONE @ WALSH
PARK CENTRE LANES
PARK CENTRE LANES
PARK CENTRE LANES
HALL OF FAME LANES
PARK CENTRE LANES
WISHES CAN HAPPEN TOURN.
HOLIDAY TOURN, PARK CENTRE LANES
WISHES CAN HAPPEN TOURN,
PARK CENTRE LANES
WISHES CAN HAPPEN TOURN.
PARK CENTRE LANES
WISHES CAN HAPPEN TOURN.
PARK CENTRE LANES
PARK CENTRE LANES
NEW PHILADELPHIA PARK CENTRE LANES
JV TOURN, @ EASTBURY LANES
CLASSIC IN THE COUNTRY
CLASSIC IN THE COUNTRY
HALL OF FAME LANES
CLASSIC IN THE COUNTRY
CLASSIC IN THE COUNTRY
ALL COUNTY PREVIEW
PARK CENTRE LANES
WRESTLING MON, 12/2/19
WALSH UNIV. VS EASTLAKE NORTH
FRI/SAT, 12/6-7/19 9:00PM
FRI/SAT, 12/13-14/19 4:00PM/9AM
FRI./SAT, 12/20-21/19 5:00PM/9AM
STATE DUELS @ TBA
SECTIONALS @ PERRY
DISTRICT @ MENTOR
STATE - OSU
WALSH JESUIT (JV)
@ HOOVER, MEDINA (MERCY)
NORTH ROYALTON (KOUFOS)
FRI/SAT, 3/13-14-15/20 TBA
SWIMMING FRI, 11/22/19
GREEN & GOLD @ BRANIN
MCKINLEY RELAYS @ BRANIN
CANFIELD @ BRANIN
GREEN/MCKINLEY @ BRANIN
NEAC RELAYS @ WARREN
LAKE/JACKSON @ BRANIN
XMAS INVITATIONAL @ BRANIN
PERRY/WARREN/MASS @ BRANIN
FED. LG. CHAMP. @ BRANIN
NEAC CHAMP. WOOSTER
HOOVER @ N.C. YMCA
NORTHEAST CLASSIC @ BRANIN
JV CHAMPIONSHIPS @ BRANIN
SECTIONAL TOURNAMENT@ BRANIN
DISTRICT CHAMP. @ CLEVE. STATE
STATE @ CLEVELAND STATE
ANNOUNCING OUR NEW JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT COMPANIES Through a partnership with Junior Achievement of North Central Ohio, we are pleased to announce five new JA student-run companies at GlenOak High School. These companies are comprised of students from both the High School of Business™ and Animation and Graphic Design Career-Technical programs. On October 23, our students participated in the Pitch Day, which resembles Shark Tank. They pitched their company concepts to a group of local professionals (sharks) in order to secure funding via loans for start-up funding. A total of $2,900 was awarded to the following companies:
Left to Right: Gavin Greenlee, Daemon Williams, Marisa Adkins, Stewart Hudson, Josh Chappie, Jawad Rashdan
WOOD WITH PURPOSE
Left to Right: Brandon Bergert, Ben Frustaci, Jakeb Wagner, Ty White, Brandon Jatich, Spencer Brown, Jerome Bradford
Left to Right: Dillon Barnett, Vinnie Digiroloma, Trevor Carpenter, Michael Zerby, Maddy McCort, Hannah Bloomquist, Dylan Harper
We are focused on eliminating the chaos that each family faces daily through the design and functionality of our high quality entryway organizers. Each organizer has a chalkboard, 3 heavy duty hooks and storage to hold wallets and other items. You can even personalize your organizer with your family’s name. A portion of all profits will be donated to Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health in an effort to bring families closer together. Price starts at $40, and those interested in placing orders can contact us at Kustom.Karvin@gmail.com. This company creates fashionable wooden door decorations with the goal of supporting those who have been affected by cancer in the surrounding area. Products include customizable wooden cancer ribbons that display inspirational messages such as “warrior” or “survivor”, as well as seasonal door decor. Prices for these products start at $20, and 25% of all profits will be donated to the Josette Beddell Memorial Foundation. You can email us at WoodWithPurpose@gmail.com with inquiries or to place an order.
Is your flower bed missing a little something unique and interesting? Stark Stones has the perfect solution with our line of signature garden stones. These quality, long lasting stones range from traditional elegance, to fierce wildlife and beyond - and will be the envy of the neighborhood. Prices vary based on design. How can we spruce up your flower bed with our stone accessories? Contact us at StarkStonesJA@gmail.com.
THREADBROS At ThreadBros, we are excited to work with you or your organization to create custom embroidered products that you can proudly wear, use or gift. Our company members have extensive training in graphic design, and can easily digitize your logo or vision to be embroidered on just about anything! We are currently developing our school spirit line of products, and look forward to developing something specially embroidered for you or your organization. Contact us at email@example.com to get started for those special holiday gifts! Students: Colby Metz, Cameron Jones, Faye Switzer
CONCORDIA Concordia bracelets strives to promote the power of diversity and create an atmosphere of togetherness. We sell quality stackable stainless steel bracelets that read “Equality, Unity, and Harmony” in four different languages and colors. Currently, our languages include Arabic, English, French and Spanish and we look to expand our Left to Right: Christian Parker, Colby Flenniken, Grace Salvino, Rachel Sholtis, Antonio Santimarino, Zane Gaume, Paul Webb product line to other languages in the coming months. Prices start at $18 for singles and discounts are available on purchases of multiple languages. Concordia will use a portion of their proceeds to fund a campaign to spread a message of cultural unity throughout our district. To place an order, email us ConcordiaBracelets@gmail.com.
COLD WEATHER IS COMING!
Winter weather in Ohio can be challenging due to extreme cold temperatures and snowy conditions. Here are some reminders as we get closer to winter weather to help keep our families prepared and safe.
CALL OFF PROCEDURES
TIPS FOR COMMUNITY
Bus riding tips
When deciding whether to close schools, factors that are taken into consideration include: Temperature, wind chill, ability to clear parking lots and sidewalks around schools, weather forcast, and road conditions across the district
Be at your bus stop 5 mins prior to the bus arriving. (This will help keep buses on schedule and our students safe.)
Keep your car windows clear of frost, ice and snow.
If school is cancelled, staff and students will be notified by the following:
District-Wide All Call from the Superintendent. Make sure your phone number is correct in Final Forms to ensure you are on the all-call list.
If you have a question for the transportation department, they can be reached at 330-492-1918
Use extra caution in school zones and at bus stops, especially where snow piles exist.
Before crossing in front of the bus, wait for an “all clear” from the driver. Cross 10 feet in front of the bus so the driver can see you as you cross.
Don’t follow buses too closely with your car — they make frequent stops.
Announcement on social media
Announcement on the Plain Local Schools website Always stop for red flashing signals on a bus.
Cold Weather Wardrobe guide Chilly 1-2 layers
outer layer to keep out wind, rain
Announcement on all local media outlets (radio, tv and newspaper)
warm shoes water proof
warm hat face mask
1 insulating gloves
outer layer to keep out wind, rain
boots water proof
outer layer to keep out wind boots water proof
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NO APPOINTMENT NECESSARY
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