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The Barr Elementary “word parade” was featured at the Ohio School Boards Capital Conference student achievement fair in November in Columbus, Ohio. Students from Frazer, Oakwood and GlenOak were also in attendance representing for Plain Local Schools at the statewide conference.

Dear Community, Welcome to 2020 and some strange winter weather! We are excited to have your children back in the district, and this is an exciting time for Plain Local Schools. This paper is full of great information about the district, and it is my hope you will take advantage of the many opportunities to become involved and support our students and staff. I would like to recognize Glenwood Intermediate School as a top-performing school in Ohio recognized by the Ohio Department of Education. This is just one example of great things happening in classrooms across Plain Local. Many private and charter schools are sharing inaccurate information about the services and opportunities they provide for all children. These schools select the students they want to educate, but Plain Local educates all students at a very high level. Our staff is amazing, and they grow all students each and every day. The promises made by these select schools are not an accurate indication of what they provide, and I highly encourage everyone to evaluate the accuracy of their marketing strategies. I truly believe the opportunities and experiences Plain Local offers academically and through the arts and athletics cannot be duplicated at our local private and charter schools. The evidence is in how our students are performing and excelling in all areas. This true fact cannot be challenged! As we begin 2020, I would like to remind everyone to continue conversations with your children at home about issues that may be impacting them at school. Our students are speaking up more than ever, and we need to encourage students to have a voice if they see something or have a concern. Children are dealing with many issues in their lives, and we are here to support your family through these times. I have outlined a few reminders below for families as possible talking points at home. • Limit screen time and monitor social media and communication • If you notice behavior or mood changes, please contact a school counselor • Have your child charge their phone at night outside the bedroom- allow them to disconnect and get uninterrupted sleep • Have your child eat breakfast at home or when they arrive at school- breakfast is the most important meal of the day • Ensure firearms are locked at all times • Find time each night to disconnect and talk to your child about their day We have many resources available to families. Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health is now located at GlenOak High School. The school can assist you with appointments and the process to access care at any time. We are here to help! In closing, I am more and more impressed with our students and staff every day as I am out in buildings or attending events in the evening. We have great students, and they are doing amazing things. We are stronger united as a team as we prepare our young students for their next journey in life. Thank you for your support! Go Eagles!

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Angela Beshore, GlenOak STEM English Teacher “She always has a smile on her face and I know I can talk to her about anything whenever.” – Mia R.

Christopher Brooks, Barr Elementary Kindergarten Teacher “My son has some significant behavioral challenges, and Mr. Brooks is ALWAYS on top of it and doing everything he possibly can to make school amazing. He’s come up with alternative, easier-to-understand daily progress charts, implemented special accommodations to help my son in the classroom, and SO much more. His primary focus when it comes to my kiddo is to always help him learn and adapt where he falls short. Mr. Brooks is always so compassionate and kind about these things. He communicates with me nearly weekly (sometimes twice a week!), calls me when things are going great, and even when they aren’t, Mr. Brooks always has something positive to say.


He has made the transition to Kindergarten a wonderful experience for both my son, and us as his parents. It brings my heart so much joy to see that someone cares so much about making sure ALL his students are able to learn and participate and do their best. THANK YOU!” – Heather H. Kyra Leggett, Frazer Elementary School Counselor “My son is a “young” 5, and when we enrolled him in kindergarten this summer after some challenges with anxiety and behavior at preschool, we were concerned about the transition. However, when he visited Frazer for the first time, he instantly connected with Mrs. Leggett. Seeing her smiling face each day has helped him feel at ease. Thanks to all the staff at Frazer, especially Mrs. Leggett, Mrs. Finnicum and Principal Downing, what began as a rocky start to the school year has leveled out, and my son now loves school and learning. When it may have been difficult to see through the challenging behaviors in my son, Mrs. Leggett was able to do just that. She took notice of all his wonderful qualities and continues to help build him up. One day, Mrs. Leggett visited the kindergarten classroom to discuss her role as school counselor. When my son came he home, he told me: “Hey mom, you know my friend Mrs. Leggett? She’s also the school counselor! Can you believe it?”


Although I’m singling out Mrs. Leggett, truly Mrs. Finnicum and Principal Downing are champions as well. I cannot say enough how much we appreciate their patience, kindness and willingness to make the transition smooth for our son and our family. Three to four months ago I couldn’t have imagined how well things are going now.” – Kristin B.


Stacy Hamilton, Glenwood Intermediate School Head Cook “I worked beside Stacey and she is so dedicated to serving the students of Glenwood new healthy foods! She always shows kindness to the students and truly listens to what they enjoy eating. She puts a lot of heart into the food and keeps each student in mind!” – Stephanie J.

Nate Shreve, Warstler Elementary Kindergarten Teacher “Mr. Shreve has made an impact on my daughter daily. She is constantly learning and wants to learn and practice more at home. Yesterday she got sick at school. I went to pick her up. He was in the office with her. I apologized to him. He couldn’t have been more gracious to me and my daughter.” – Shelly H.

Brianna Parrish, Glenwood Intermediate School 5th grade English Language Arts “Brianna Parrish is a positive force to be reckoned with. She has endless creative ideas for her students and teammates. She inspires me every day to look on the bright side and push my students with high level, challenging activities. Her love of reading and enthusiasm flows into her students and helps them grow into lifelong readers.” – Kelly S.


Mrs. Mehl’s class at Avondale Elementary handles all of Avondale’s paper recycling. Twice each week, they pick up the recycle bins from each of the classrooms and offices at Avondale. They load the paper into their recycle wagon and take it to the large recycle bin, provided by the River Valley Paper Company, in the Avondale parking lot. Every time the students come to collect the recycling, they use great manners and are very thorough. Not only do they help the environment, they keep the school clean and looking great too! Avondale encourages others in the community to drop off their paper and cardboard recycling to the Avondale bin also. Mrs. Mehl’s class gets to use any money collected from the recycling as a fundraiser to support extras for her class, the more paper collected, the better it is for the environment, and the little extra fundraising goes a long way too! The River Valley Paper Company is based in Akron, OH. They collect over 30,000 tons of paper to be recycled each month! Avondale is proud to do their part to contribute to a healthy planet!


First grade students at Barr Elementary are incorporating the use of technology through their daily learning activities. Students are using the educational website, Epic! during their reading instruction. This website provides numerous opportunities for students to explore informational texts at their own pace; students can read independently as well as books that can be read to them. First graders explore these texts to help them complete activities that correlate with our reading instruction. While Epic! helps support our students in reading comprehension, it also benefits their writing instruction, too. Students have the opportunity to locate facts from books on the website in which they use to publish their own informational writing piece. Epic! provides engaging opportunities for students to explore informational texts at each child’s level of ability.




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 am Preschool Tuesdays, 10:30–11:15 am

Book Spine Poetry Sun Apr 19–Sat Apr 25 | Library Hours Let’s celebrate National Library Week! Pick 4-6 books, then line up the words on their spines to create a poem. Take a picture (or ask us to) and send it to us.

Listen at the Library Wed Mar 25 | 10–11 am The collaboration between Canton Symphony Orchestra and Stark Library returns. Listen to stories accompanied by live music.


Sat Jan 18, Feb 15 | 9:30–11:30 am Sat Mar 21, Apr 18, May 16 | 10–11am Imagine, create, and build with LEGO® and/or DUPLO® bricks (provided).

Kid’s Maker Studio Sat Feb 1 | 10:30–11:30 am Discover new hobbies and learn how do “do it yourself” with the gadgets available in our maker studio.

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Let’s celebrate National Library Week! Pick 4-6 books, then line up the words on their spines to create a poem. Take a picture (or ask us to) and send it to us.

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The Frazer Fierce Females are in year two of inspiring each other to dream BIG. They have committed to working together to make a positive impact in our classrooms, school, and community. They have been inspired by professional women to set goals and to work hard to achieve their goals. Completing service projects is a major component that teaches the girls to learn, lead, and love. Most recently, the Fierce Females hosted the “Chill and Fill Night” which was a night full of spreading kindness and love. To prepare for the night, The Fierce Females spent many recesses writing inspirational messages and organizing donations from the community to assemble toiletry bags that included toothbrushes donated by Dr. Thompson, hair care products donated by Lanza Hair Care Products, and body wash and lotion donated by the Fierce Females. The night consisted of the girls and an inspiring female in their life participating in yoga donated by the Zen Den Shala. The girls then formed an assembly line to assemble 50 toiletry bags that were then presented to the YWCA to stock their women’s shelter. To cap the night filled with love and laughter, they all enjoyed a delicious buffet of food provided by the following community partners: Fresh Thyme, SOL Pie Pizza, That’s A Wrap Shack, and Nothing Bundt Cakes. It was a truly magical moment that made their advisor’s Jessy Tsoufiou and Maggie O’Brian, and principal Jill Downing proud to be a part of as they watched genuine leadership, generosity, and teamwork spread kindness.

MIDDLEBRANCH GIVES BACK Over the past few months, the Middlebranch Elementary family found ways to give back to our community. The staff and students of Middlebranch set examples of leadership with the ways they supported. In November for Veterans Day, the staff and students raised money to support the Sam Center. The Sam Center provides outreach to veterans in our area. Through a week of donations and a schoolwide pajama day, they were able to donate over $780 to the Sam Center. During December the Guys with Ties and Fierce Females led the school’s efforts of giving. On December 12, the Guys with Ties visited the residents at Danbury Sanctuary Grande to spread some holiday cheer, while the Fierce Females oversaw Middlebranch’s 4th Annual Donation Day. Each grade level in the building brought in needed supplies for various charities. Our kindergarteners supported Project K.A.R.E. Our 1st grade supported Stark County YWCA. The 2nd grade supported the Community Closet at Glenwood Intermediate. While the 3rd grade supported our furry friends with animal rescue Furget Me Not. Finally, the 4th grade selected Gigi’s Playhouse to support. Overall, Donation Day was a huge success! It was a proud sight to see all our kids working to support our community during these holiday months. At a time where many children receive gifts, it is wonderful to see them take an active role in giving.

PLAIN PAPER The Plain Paper is published by Plain Local Schools. It is distributed free of charge to to community residents, businesses and Plain Local staff. The purpose of Plain Paper is to provide our readers information about life and learning in the Greater Plain Township community. It is not intended to be a public forum. Editor: Mary Beddell, Plain Local Public Relations Director Plain Paper Plain Local Schools 901 44th Street NW, Canton, Ohio 44709 Office: 330-492-3500 • Fax: 330-493-5542 Questions, comments or advertising regarding Plain Paper can be emailed to beddellm@plainlocal.org Federal Law prohibits Plain Paper from carrying ads containing offers of insurance policies, credit cards and travel promotions. The Plain Local Schools Board of Education reserves the right to reject any press release or advertisement based on content. Plain Paper logo and design are trademarks of Plain Local Schools. All advertising art and editorial content is copyright protected and cannot be used without express written permission. The publisher and its affiliates are not liable for damages arising out of errors in advertisements beyond the amount paid for the ad. NONDISCRIMINATION POLICY The Plain Local School District is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, disability or age with respect to employment or educational programs and opportunities to students. Civil Rights Compliance Officer, Brent May 330-492-3500.




Thirty-five Taft Elementary fourth-graders submitted formal applications, had formal interviews, and were hired for the Taft Milford Market. Positions range from the advertising team, ordering & receiving clerks, and daily employees. The Milford Market has a select group of math stars, that serve as accountants to ensure a balance book. Students attended an employee training where they learned their roles and responsibilities as employees. The students learned about customer service, running a cash register, and rotating the stock. The Milford Market employees will be tasked with store operations, including ordering products, keeping an inventory, and advertising to the student body at Taft. The Milford Market is ultimately used to promote positive behavior, this additional employment opportunity teaches students about the ins and outs of running a business and the responsibilities of being an employee. The students are paid bi-weekly using actual checks, signed by the principal herself. As one student said, “This job is a lot of hard work - but it’s worth it on payday!”

WARSTLER PARTNERS WITH LOCAL AGENCIES For the service-learning projects this year at Warstler Elementary, they held a donation drive and made items for Meals on Wheels, Akron Children’s Hospital and the Stark County Humane Society. Warstler students spent time learning about our community and why it is important to show kindness and give back to local organizations. Kindergarten students did an excellent job coloring winter-themed pages that were laminated and made into placemats. These will be given to local recipients of Meals on Wheels with their food delivery. First and second grade students made dog toys and tie blankets out of donated fleece for the Stark County Humane Society. A representative from the Humane Society and a special visitor, Blue, a Chihuahua puppy visited the school and spoke to students about the Humane Society and all that they do there to take care of the animals in our community. They were so thankful for the toys, blankets, and donations. Lastly, third and fourth grade students did an excellent job drawing pictures and writing positive, inspiring messages in greeting cards they made for patients at Akron Children’s Hospital. A huge thank you to all of the families that donated items to these organizations, donated fleece or gave their time in helping with these projects. We greatly appreciate our Warstler families and their willingness to support these annual service learning projects!

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STARK LIBRARY EVENTS - cont. Kids’ Maker Studio Sat Mar 7, Apr 4 | 10:30–11:30am Discover new hobbies and learn how to “do it yourself” with the gadgets available in our maker studio.

Listen at the Library Wed Mar 25 | 10–11 am The collaboration between Canton Symphony Orchestra and Stark Library returns. Listen to stories accompanied by live music.


Wed Jan 15, Feb 19, Mar 18, Apr 15, May 20 | 2:30–4 pm 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.


Knitting Club Needlechat Every Wednesday | 10–11:30 am Join fellow knitters and crocheters to work on current projects at all skill levels while sharing tips and tricks.

Quilt Block of the Month Learn to sew these quilt blocks. Churn Dash: Mon Jan 13 | 10–11:30 am Pinwheel: Thu Feb 13 | 10–11:30 am Umbrella Dresden: Thu May 14 | 10–11:30 am Irish Chain: Thu Apr 9 | 10–11:30 am Row House: Thu Mar 12 | 10–11:30 am


Did you know Plain Local Schools offers preschool services? There are four Stark County Integrated Preschool classrooms located at Taft with a total of eight preschool sessions: four in the morning and four in the afternoon. Additionally, there are also classrooms located at Taft for students with hearing impairments and students with multiple disabilities. The Stark County Integrated Preschool (SCIP) Preschool Program is available to children ages 3 to 5 years who are currently delayed in one or more areas of development. These children receive special education services to assist them in reaching specific learning goals. Related service providers in speech, occupational therapy or physical therapy provide specially designed instruction based on student needs. The SCIP classrooms also accommodates up to eight peers in each class whose development is typically developing. The program is designed for ALL students to enhance the development of self-confidence, self-expression, curiosity, enthusiasm, and the ability to interact effectively with other children and adults. In our classrooms you will find passionate teachers and teacher assistants engaged with children who are learning in a safe, nurturing environment surrounded by language, literacy, and discovery. Our teachers are licensed intervention specialists/PreK-3 teacher who have specialized knowledge in child development and early learning education. Our teachers develop and extend children’s interest through a literacy-language rich curriculum. Our preschool programs have been rated by the Ohio Department of Education and Job and Family Services through a process called Step Up to Quality (SUTQ). This is a five-star rating and improvement system that is a mandated on-site audit for all Early Childhood Education programs funded by the Ohio Department of Education. SUTQ recognizes and promotes learning and development programs that meet quality program standards that exceed licensing health and safety regulations. The program standards are based on national research identifying standards which lead to improved outcomes for children. Programs are required to receive a 3, 4, or 5-star rating in order to maintain state funding. Plain Local Preschool Programs have been rated as a 5-star program. If you have questions about the enrollment or screening of a child with a delay or a suspected disability, please call Plain Local Schools Preschool Department at 234-714-9995.

Mystery Book Club Plain Community | 4–5 pm Jan 16: The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn Feb 20: Before the Poison by Peter Robinson Mar 19: The Alice Network by Kate Quinn Apr 16: The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides May 21: Broken Harbor by Tana French

Driver’s Ed – GlenOak High School After School: 2:30 - 5:40 pm, Rm C113 March Course: Mar. 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12 April Course: Apr. 6, 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 16

Learn to Knit Wed Feb 5, 12 | 10–11 am In this two-part series, learn the knit stitch, how to cast on, and the purl stitch. Supplies provided or bring your own.

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July 15, Administration Building

February 19, Middlebranch Elementary

August 19 (7 a.m.), Administration Building

March 18, Barr Elementary

September 16, GlenOak High School

April 15, GlenOak High School

October 21, Glenwood Intermediate

May 19, GlenOak High School

November 18, Avondale Elementary

June 10, Administration Building

December 9, Administration Building

June 26 (Special Meeting) (7 a.m.), Administration Building

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PLAIN LOCAL CHESS: AN UNEXPECTED TRADITION OF SUCCESS The Glenwood Chess Club, established in 2004, joined the Stark County Chess League after being invited by Jim Rondinella, head of the league. It was unclear at the time whether there was much of an interest in chess by elementary and middle school students, but it didn’t take long to find out that the interest was high. In the 15 years since the chess club began, over 600 students have participated and an unexpected tradition of success was established. Through the years and countless tournaments, Plain Local students have risen to the occasion to earn multiple team and individual trophies. Chess has become a place for all students, from those who enjoy intellectual challenge to those who are competitive in spirit. Through encounters with previous members, now adults, they reveal how chess has turned into a life-long passion. Glenwood, with the strong support of Principal Brett Niarchos, has created a safe place where students are not inhibited to apply higher-thinking strategy skills in a competitive environment. The self-assurance that develops over one season is visible and always surprising. Many conversations with parents reveal how their son or daughter are now beating them in chess after joining the team. But there is something more than just a game to played. The rules of the club, of our teams, are simple and clear:

BE KIND ALWAYS BUT SHOW NO MERCY IN PLAY. WIN AND LOSE WITH GRACE. PRACTICE, PRACTICE, AND THEN, PRACTICE AGAIN. This can be difficult at first for a beginning player. To be taught a game and then be thrown into a battlefield, 5 to 6 times a practice, and to never see victory. When I see the look on a student’s face at the end of a practice after multiple defeats, they get the same mantra from me: “Keep fighting, every time you fail, you get better, it will come, learn from your mistakes, learn from others you play, you are growing as a player, and you are growing as a person. This is good for you, you are in the right place...don’t quit.” And, therein lies the magic of chess. This game, seemingly simple when first learned, becomes a mirror of how to navigate through a complicated life. Jose’ Raul Capablanca, one of the greatest chess players of his time, said, “You may learn much more from a game you lose than from a game you win.” We learn and grow from our mistakes. Chess makes you a better person. This is my hope for all future, current, and past chess club participants. In 2015, Chess Club expanded to Oakwood Middle School with 7th and 8th grade advanced teams. The Chess Club would like to thank principals, Brett Niarchos and Jeanne McNeal for supporting chess at Glenwood and Oakwood.


STARK LIBRARY EVENTS - cont. Sewing 101 Workshop Sat Mar 14 | 1–4 pm During this workshop, use our sewing machines to work on your latest sewing projects. Call the branch to register and reserve your equipment usage time.

Come Sign With Us Wed Apr 1, 8, 15, 22 | 6–7:30 pm Learn American Sign Language in a fun and interactive environment. In this four-part series, you will learn conversational signs, fingerspelling, numbers, food signs, colors, and more!

Ancient Secrets of Nobles Pond Wed Apr 29, May 13 | 6:30–7:30 pm Learn about the Nobles Pond Paleoindian Excavation site, an 11,000 year old archaeological site in Jackson Township. Paul J. Barans will give an overview, findings, and significance in a 2 part series. Part 1 will include an overview of the discovery and excavation, and analysis of recovered artifacts. Part 2 will explain refitting, the process of finding and fitting together pieces of artifacts.

Plain Puzzle Palooza May 1–30 | Library Hours


Our middle school Academic Challenge team started their season earlier than usual this year. Coaches Brianna Parrish, Brian Richeson, and Laura Schmidt are hoping to have their most successful season in recent years. At the middle school level, students compete against local area schools in a game-show style competition where they answer challenging questions from academic areas such as math, science, literature, history, geography, and art. Towards the end of October, students from Oakwood and Glenwood tried out for spots on the team. Each student interested in joining took a test over twenty-five questions, and the highest scores earned students a spot on the team. This year’s Glenwood Academic Challenge team is our largest yet. Ten students from Glenwood join eleven students from Oakwood to comprise the whole middle school team. Over the last two months, students have prepared for our upcoming meets in January and February with weekly practice sessions and by learning from more seasoned members. This group of sixth graders is in it to win it! They’re working incredibly hard to study up on current events, literary knowledge, and math skills. They are even pushing themselves to learn upper level material so they are prepared to go up against seventh and eighth graders on the opposing teams. Sixth grade students were asked to share their favorite part of their experience on the team so far. “I get the chance to learn even more at Academic Challenge than just at school,” answered Kyle Snedeker. Pressley Grzybowski commented, “My favorite part of Academic Challenge is the competition, teamwork, and everything you learn.”

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Sat Jan 18, Feb 15 | 1–4 pm Use our sewing machines to work on your sewing projects. Call 330.494.3399 to register.

Windows 10 Basics For Seniors Thu Feb 6 | 1–2:30 pm 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 pm Learn to create shortcuts, organize, empty, recover files and folders, adjust volume, and mute sound.

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By: Rachel Gortney, 8th Grade Student at Oakwood Middle School The 8th grade girls in STEM at Oakwood Middle School participated in CS Girls Code Day at Walsh University on Tuesday, December 17th. Girls from other schools such as Perry, Edison, Alliance etc. were also in attendance which forced our girls to meet new people and get outside of their comfort zone. The girls learned about coding, such as how to code “ozobots” which learn codes by color. They also learned how artificial intelligence can have bias depending on who codes it. Every girl listened to a keynote speaker who explained how coding is used in music and theatre. The girls got to fly drones on the Walsh Campus. As Abigail Watson said, “We got to actually code and it showed us that we can actually do this even as middle schoolers.” Students got to plug in codes and see how they affect the robot. Each girl learned how the robot has its own special language; it doesn’t understand commands unless they are specific and informative. A study from November 2019 says only 30% of coding jobs are held by women, CS Girls Coding hopes to inspire more girls to get interested in technology-based careers, hopefully closing the gap between men and women in coding jobs.

PLAIN LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT STUDENT SCHEDULING CALENDAR The Plain Local School District takes great pride in personalizing the scheduling process. This year we have set up several sessions to assist students and their families who are transitioning to a new building in 2020-2021. For students transitioning to either Oakwood Grade 7 or GlenOak Grade 9, there will be an informational meeting followed up with a personal scheduling conference with someone from the school. GlenOak students in grades 10-12 will be doing scheduling online. Information about this will be shared with students during their and in Student Success class the last week of January.



Who: Students entering Grade 5 in 2020-2021

Who: Students entering Grade 9 in 2020-2021

When: March 17, 2020

When: March 2, 2020

Session 1: 6:00 PM- Schools- Middlebranch, Barr, Warstler

Time: 6:00 PM

Session 2: 7:30 PM - Schools-Taft, Frazer, Avondale

Following this information session, parents will have a personalized scheduling meeting which takes place on March 10 and March 11. Information about signing up for these will be sent home to families.

Where: Glenwood Gymnasium

OAKWOOD Who: Students entering Grade 7 in 2020-2021 When: February 25, 2020

Session 1: 10:00 AM (Any Last Names)

Session 2: 6:00 PM (Last Names A-L)

Session 3: 7:30 PM (Last Names M-Z)

Where: Oakwood Auditorium Following these information sessions, parents will have a personalized scheduling meeting which takes place on March 3 and March 4. Information about signing up for these will be sent home to families.


Where: GlenOak Theater

GLENOAK HIGH SCHOOL Who: Students entering Grades 10-12 in 2020-2021 When: January 21, 2020 Time: 6:00 PM Where: GlenOak Theater Parents and students will report to the theater to hear important information about graduation, scheduling for the 2020-2021 school year and advanced course options including honors, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and College Credit Plus. In addition, counselors will be providing students with classroom guidance during the school day about course options and choosing classes. We hope to see you there!

OAKWOOD MIDDLE SCHOOL SET TO PREMIERE SHREK THE MUSICAL JR. Beauty is in the eye of the ogre in “Shrek The Musical Jr.” based on the Oscar-winning film and Tony-nominated Broadway musical. It’s a big bright beautiful world as everyone’s favorite ogre, Shrek, leads a cast of fairytale misfits on an adventure to rescue a princess and find true acceptance. Part romance and part twisted fairy tale, Shrek JR. is an irreverently fun show with a powerful message for the whole family.

The production features Joe Andrews as Shrek, Malcolm Morgan as Donkey, Nevaeh Allman as Princess Fiona, and Adam Crowder as Lord Farquaad. More than 90 Oakwood students will be participating as members of the cast, crew and design team. The show is directed by Wendy Martens, with music direction by Jessica Bell, choreography by Jacquenette Blaydes, and costumes by Stephen Tornero. Evening performances begin at 7 p.m. on February 7 and 8. There will also be a 2 p.m. matinee performance on Saturday. Tickets are available for $6.50 each. Visit https://tinyurl.com/Shrek-OW to purchase reserved seats online.

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PHANTOM OF THE OPERA HITS THE ABBEY FOLTZ STAGE The Phantom of the Opera is here…The longest running musical in Broadway history comes to the Abbey Foltz stage at GlenOak High School Friday, February 28 and Saturday, February 29, 2020. Tickets for the GlenOak Musical Theater production will go on sale February 1 at www.locallevelevents.com. Save the date for this incredible performance!

For Seniors Thu Feb 27 | 1–2:30 pm Build and refine your Excel skills with an inventory sheet.

VHS/DVD Conversion Workshop Thu Mar 5 | 12–5:30 pm Use our equipment to convert VHS tapes to DVDs during this workshop. Call the branch to register and reserve your equipment usage time.

Cutting the Cord Thu Mar 26 | 1–2:30 pm Discover different ways you can watch TV shows, movies, sports and more over the Internet. We’ll look at some of the most popular streaming services and the hardware you’ll need to get started.

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Ohio Model United Nations is a three-day global education simulation experience that allows students in grades 9-12 to learn about the complete operations of the United Nations and its role as the world’s largest international peacekeeping and humanitarian organization. Through the process of role-playing, students become delegates of a selected nation in order to write, present and debate issues affecting the nations and peoples of the world. Additionally, students present culturally based talent, participate in global education contests and debate current issues from the agenda of the United Nations. OMUN Advisor and International Baccalaureate Global Politics teacher, Ryan Foltz, with help from Government teacher, Jan Wickline, accompanied GlenOak’s 48 students to Columbus, Ohio from December 8-10, 2019 to participate with 1,500 students from across Ohio. Congratulations to the following award winners: • GlenOak’s country of Ukraine was selected as, “2019 Outstanding Resolution.” • Junior Zach Geiger received, “Oustanding Leader.” • Freshman Dylan Wolfe was runner-up in the Agenda Issues Contest. • Juniors Carmyn Grubbs and Sydney Maddox were elected as Council Presidents for OMUN 2020. Thank you to all of our fantastic students for representing GlenOak with class and respect.

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The nursing program has been busy in the months of November and December. We completed a Disaster Simulation at Kent State University, attended the HOSA Leadership Conference in Columbus as well as the HOSA CAVS event where we learned how to STOP THE BLEED. A physician from Homeland Security taught us that tourniquets will soon be stocked with all AED’s as part of a national emergency preparedness education initiative. December brings glad tidings as the Senior Nursing Students visited Frazer Elementary to deliver a Handwashing Lesson to all of the Kindergarten Classrooms. ‘Tis the season. The seniors enjoyed teaching the kindergarteners why some germs are “bad” and how they spread with the Glo-Germ demonstration. They wrapped it up with “dirty tissue” disposal and hand sanitizer use.

GlenOak High School Music Production and Guitar were honored to host guitar great and Ohio native, Dan Wilson. Mr. Wilson’s trio was featured at this year’s Guitar Weekend at KSU Stark. While in residence, Wilson stopped in to hear the new guitar ensemble, offer feedback, and share some life lessons about building a music career in the modern era.

ANIMATION AND GRAPHIC DESIGN Instructor Name: Paula Hinchliffe Ciara Sims and Zion Casenheiser were selected as finalists in the Stark Parks Trash to Treasure Art Contest. Their works were on display at the Exploration Gateway at Sippo Lake Park during December.

HORTICULTURE Instructor Name: Mrs. Woods

HIGH SCHOOL OF BUSINESS Instructor Name: Amanda de Fays/Mike Nieporte December proved to be a busy month in the High School of Business as each of our student run Junior Achievement companies made their first sales (and for a few of those companies, that was just the tip of the iceberg). Our seniors are finding out first-hand what it takes to be successful in business as they work to overcome obstacles and effectively implement plans across all functions of business (marketing, finance, supply chain, sales, information technology, management, etc..). The High School of Business was also happy to host guest speaker Jessica Dragar who is a program manager at the Youth Entrepreneurship Institute. Mrs. Dragar spoke to the students about strategies to successfully market your product and position against the competition. Several of our students participated in Youth Entrepreneur Markets where they had the chance to network with customers and sell their products. Our sophomore and junior students also worked hard in December by creating and submitting innovative products and ideas for the upcoming THINK BIG entrepreneurship challenge. Students did their best to outline a consumer problem and position their product as the solution. Contest semi-finalists will be announced mid-January and those selected to advance will have the opportunity to create a “pitch deck” to persuade the judges of their ideas, merit and ability to succeed on the market.

GlenOak horticulture students spent time this fall sowing seeds for winter crops. Lexi Flounders, Owen Conway, Tyler Ross, Drake Terry and Brennan McGuire, along with their classmates are all preparing to plant the first crop of cold hardy vegetables into their newly constructed low tunnel. Students will then maintain, care and harvest the crops through the winter months. Students are growing beets, radishes, kale, broccoli, spinach and lettuce which will be available for purchase when available. Vegetable availability is posted on the GlenOak Horticulture Facebook page. These vegetables and herbs will also be available to our school cafeteria. Students are also growing fresh herbs using hydroponics which includes parsley, chives, genovese basil, thai basil, thyme, dill and mint. Herbs will also available to purchase and will be used in our cafeterias. continued on page 16



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Plain Local’s very own dancing competition supporting the Plain Local Schools Foundation and the Arts in our schools is back! Watch as your favorite staff and teachers dance for your votes. ARTS. Every dollar raised is one vote for your favorite team! Purchase tickets online at www.plainlocal.org under ARTS



Thursday, Jan. 16 6 - 8:30 p.m. GLENOAK HIGH SCHOOL FREE event celebrating the diversity of our community and how art, music and culture connect us.

FEATURING • Student art displays • Performance by the first graders from Barr, Middlebranch, and Taft • Sneak peek at Oakwood Middle School’s production of Shrek the Musical, Jr. • A one-of-a-kind joint performance by GlenOak’s Drifters, dancers, and Jazz Band

• Unique vendor fair created by GlenOak’s High School of Business students • Culminating performance at 8:00 pm featuring the Oakwood Select Choir and the Plain Township Community Choir • Royal Knights Basketball game • “Battle of the Brush” competition And much more!

• Staff vs. students wheelchair basketball game • Student-created original books with illustrations sponsored by Arts in Stark

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GLENOAK ADDS TWO NEW HONOR SOCIETIES GlenOak High School is now recognized with two national honor societies for French and Spanish, the Société Honoraire de Français (SHF) and the Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica (SHH). These societies are sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French and the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese respectively. These honor societies represent the highest honors a student can earn in language study in the US.


IB French and Spanish teachers Julie Filliez and Pamela Dentler started the process this fall with the first induction planned for the spring of 2020. “We wanted to recognize students for their achievements in and commitment to French and Spanish, and encourage their continued participation in cultural activities,” stated Filliez. “With the implementation of the IB curriculum, our students are increasing their abilities and the depth of their knowledge in each language,” said Dentler. SHF and SHH support the learning goals of IB, including international-mindedness, being open-minded and communicators. Additionally, SHF and SHH promote service to the school, our community at large, and the world. These honor societies are open to students who meet the appropriate criteria after their 5th semester of language. Students inducted will be required to commit to continuing their language study.

The GlenOak High School Health and Physical Education Classes brought in the Stark County Sheriff and Reserves Start Smart Program for safe driving practices. Some of our Career Tech Programs that participated were the GlenOak Nursing Program, Health Tech Program, and the Teacher Pathways Program.

Planning a vacation? Get your passport at the Library! • Six Locations

(including Plain Community Branch)

• Extended Hours • Photo Services

Ask library staff or visit StarkLibrary.org/Passports



On November 5, 2019, four GlenOak seniors had the opportunity to get a first-hand glimpse into what it takes to make our election day run smoothly. They had the opportunity to be an election day poll worker for the Stark County Board of Elections. Twice a year, seniors from Stark County area high schools can apply to become an election day poll worker. The requirements are: to be at least 17 years of age, a U.S. citizen and a senior at their high school of attendance. Students complete an application, sign an Ohio Secretary of State Ethics Policy and complete a Voter Registration Form (if they have not already registered to vote.) Students are then assigned a training date and time to learn their role on election day. Training and working on election day are paid experiences. This opportunity gives our students a hands-on opportunity by serving as a Precinct Election Official. The classroom provides valuable information about the voting process; the poll worker program gives students a valuable civil lesson while serving their community.




Join GlenOak Baseball at the North Canton Eagles on Saturday, March 14 for their annual Night at the Races and Reverse Raffle Fundraiser. Attendees will have the opportunity to enter the reverse raffle, purchase and name a horse or place bets on actual races while supporting GlenOak Baseball.

The event held at GlenOak High School on Saturday, April 18, 2020 at 6:00pm. Tickets are $25.00 which includes food and drinks. The auction has provided close to $700,000 to our Athletic Facilities over the years!

Tickets are $50 per person and include dinner and a reverse raffle entry. Dinner only tickets are $25 per person. Tickets may be purchased from any GlenOak Baseball player, by emailing glenoakdiamondclub@ gmail.com or call/text 330-268-1290.

Tickets will be available at the GlenOak Athletic Department and at all schools. Donations are also accepted in the Athletic Office or by calling 330-4913850.

GlenOak Baseball Seeking Alumni Are you GlenOak Baseball Alumni? We want to hear from you! Please send your contact information to glenoakdiamondclub@gmail.com!

Items include dozens of signed sports memorabilia, vacation packages, theme baskets, and many others. Please join us for a great night out to support GlenOak Athletics!


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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



GLENOAK STUDENT RECEIVES NATIONAL YOUNGARTS AWARD FOR ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN JAZZ VOICE MIAMI, FL (December 5, 2019) – Colin O’Connor of North Canton, OH from GlenOak High School, has been named a 2020 National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts) Honorable Mention winner in Jazz Voice. O’Connor has been recognized for his caliber of artistic achievement and joins 686 of the nation’s most accomplished artists in the visual, literary, and performing arts and was selected based on caliber of artistic achievement by an esteemed discipline-specific panel of artists through a rigorous blind adjudication process. This year’s award winners represent the top 9.5% of applications across ten artistic disciplines. YoungArts award winners gain access to one of the most prestigious programs for emerging artists in the United States in which they will have opportunities for creative and professional development throughout their entire careers. A complete list of the 2020 winners, all 15–18 years old or in grades 10–12, is available online at youngarts.org/winners.

“Every year I am reminded that extraordinary artistry is ageless and the 2020 YoungArts award winners—all teenage artists—have done it again. This group of emerging talent represents the inspiring potential of the next generation of artists. We look forward to welcoming them to the YoungArts community of leading artists and are thrilled to support their work from this early stage and throughout their careers,” stated Board Chair Sarah Arison. “It is such an honor to receive this recognition from this Foundation, and I am very grateful to be a part of this network of artists my age, and those in the field already. I am so excited to be a part of the YoungArts family, and I look forward to what’s coming up next. I have to thank Brian Kieffer and Mary Meese for their incredible teaching and mentoring me over the past years. If it were not for these two, I may have never been exposed to the world of jazz,” O’Connor said. As a 2020 YoungArts award winner, O’Connor will be invited to participate in one of the organization’s regional programs YoungArts Miami (February 25–March 1, 2020), YoungArts Los Angeles (March 24–29, 2020) and YoungArts New York (April 21–26, 2020) which provide emerging artists with master classes, workshops and mentorship from leading artists in their fields. On July 1, 2020, O’Connor will join the 20,000-strong YoungArts alumni community and will receive ongoing support from the organization as they continue to pursue a life in the arts. YoungArts award winners are eligible for exclusive opportunities such as fellowships, symposia and residencies in Miami, Los Angeles, New York and abroad; presentation opportunities at major institutions such as Jacob’s Pillow (Massachusetts), the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington, D.C.), New World Center (Miami), Sotheby’s (New York), The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance (Los Angeles) and the Watermill Center (New York); and the opportunity to work with directors and curators such as Derrick Adams, Deana Haggag, Bill T. Jones, Jasmine Wahi and Tony Yazbeck. They will also have access to YoungArts Post, a custom online platform for YoungArts alumni to connect, collaborate and learn about additional opportunities such as microgrants, cash awards that support expenses related to professional or artistic development.

SUPPORT Support for National YoungArts Week is provided by National Premier Partner Carnival Foundation; National YoungArts Week Performance Partner SunTrust; Anthropologie; Aon; Arquitectonica; the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture; Jay Franke & David Herro; Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Family Foundation, Inc.; National YoungArts Week Preferred Hotel Partner Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay; the City of Miami Beach, Cultural Affairs Program, and the Cultural Arts Council; Miami City Ballet; Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; Dr. Sidney Stern in loving memory of Florence Stern; New World Symphony; Related Group; Sandra and Tony Tamer; Wells Fargo; and WLRN.

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GLENOAK STUDENT RECEIVES NATIONAL YOUNGARTS AWARD FOR ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN JAZZ VOICE - cont. ABOUT NATIONAL YOUNGARTS FOUNDATION National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts) was established in 1981 by Lin and Ted Arison. YoungArts identifies the most accomplished young artists in the visual, literary and performing arts, and provides them with creative and professional development opportunities throughout their careers. Entrance into this prestigious organization starts with a highly competitive application process for talented artists ages 15–18, or grades 10-12, in the United States, that is judged by esteemed discipline-specific panels of artists through a rigorous blind adjudication process. In their first year, YoungArts award winners, who represent approximately the top 10% of applicants, receive valuable financial awards of up to $10,000; presentation opportunities at renowned institutions; and the chance to learn from notable artists and mentors such as Debbie Allen, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Frank Gehry, Wynton Marsalis, Salman Rushdie and Mickalene Thomas in intimate settings. YoungArts award winners are further eligible for exclusive opportunities including: nomination as a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students; a wide range of fellowships, residencies and awards; presentation opportunities at major venues nationwide; additional financial support; and access to YoungArts Post, a free private digital network for YoungArts artists to connect, collaborate and learn about additional opportunities. YoungArts award winners include accomplished leaders in their fields such as Daniel Arsham, Terence Blanchard, Camille A. Brown, Viola Davis, Allegra Goodman, Josh Groban, Judith Hill, Tarell Alvin McCraney, Andrew Rannells, Desmond Richardson and Hunter Schafer. For more information, visit youngarts.org, Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

MALONE UNIVERSITY ACADEMIC SUMMER CAMPS, CANTON OHIO Description: Malone University will host a variety of academic camps during the week of June 22, 2020, complete with hands-on activities, field trips, social activities, and meals in the campus dining commons. These summer camps aim to provide an opportunity for college-bound students to test drive their academic interests and get a taste of life on a university campus in a safe and fun environment. At the very least, they provide campers an opportunity to learn something new about themselves just by trying it out. There’s nothing to lose and everything to gain. Camps: Careers in Sports Camp, Cybersecurity Camp, Exercise Science Camp, Service Camp, Zoo & Wildlife Biology Camp Participants: Rising 10th through 12th graders Program website: malone.edu/summercamps




While parks and trails are synonymous with the outdoors and fresh air, it’s also easy to think time spent outside is better suited for sunshine and warmer months. That’s not the case at Stark Parks! We have yearround activities where snowy landscapes and crisp air transform parks and trails to give you a whole new perspective. Visit StarkParks.com/winter to find your cold weather adventure, or check out the Activities tab online for a full calendar of programs and events!

This winter, Stark Parks is encouraging you to fight cabin fever by getting out and trying something new! Try Cross-Country Skiing! Each Saturday in January and February from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Quail Hollow Park (13480 Congress Lake Ave. in Hartville) you’re invited to learn the basics of cross-country skiing. Programs taught by trained instructors are $20 per session (cash/ check) for ages 12 and up and include equipment rentals, techniques, and safety. Check out StarkParks.com/winter to register and confirm that snow levels and weather are conducive to skiing. Already an expert? You can rent cross-country skiing equipment when adequate snow conditions exist from the Quail Hollow Volunteer Association on Saturdays in January and February and head out to the trails on your own!

Try Snowshoeing! Have you been interested in trying snowshoeing but are intimated by the looks? Don’t be! Park staff will be leading snowshoeing programs throughout the winter on new state-of-the-art Eva snowshoes that are easy to put on and lightweight. To get the program pop-up alerts, you must sign-up at StarkParks.com/winter. Location, start time, and distance will be emailed as programs are scheduled. They will be first-come-first-served. Try a winter parkrun! In the spring of 2019, parkrun made its debut at Sippo Lake Park! Commitment-free and no cost, parkrun offers runners and walkers of all ages and abilities the opportunity to take part in a timed 5k each Saturday year-round at Sippo Lake Park. One-time account registration can be found at StarkParks. com/parkrun. Meet up time is at 7:50 a.m. every week with the run beginning at 8 a.m. Walkers, kids, families, strollers, and dogs are all welcome! Stick around after for coffee and community around a warm fire pit. Parkruns begin in the lower lot of the Exploration Gateway near the shelter, located at 5712 12th St. NW in Canton.

FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT & STUFFED ANIMAL SLEEPOVER What do your stuffed animals do in the middle of the night while we’re sleeping? They’re more ornery than you’d think! On February 21, 2020 you’re invited to cozy up inside the Exploration Gateway for a showing of Toy Story 4 beginning at 6 p.m. Make sure to bring a comfy chair or blankets and your favorite stuffed animal! After the movie, you’ll say goodbye to your furry friend for the night and return the next day to see what the toys were up to overnight. You may arrive as early as 9 a.m. to pick up your animal from the front desk. The Exploration Gateway is located at the north entrance of Sippo Lake Park, 5712 12th St. NW in Canton. For more information about parks and trails, and for a full list of winter programming, visit StarkParks.com.


CHILD & ADOLESCENT BEHAVIORAL HEALTH INTRODUCES PREVENTION By Sarah Hough, Prevention Program Manager MSSA, LSW, ECMHC, CDCA Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health (C&A) is excited to introduce our newest program – Prevention. Our Prevention program offers a variety of services to the community, schools, preschools, daycares and families to help build resiliency in hopes to prevent the onsite of substance use and mental health. Prevention focuses on helping people develop the knowledge, attitudes, and skills they need to make good choices or change harmful behaviors. Substance use and mental disorders can make daily activities difficult and impair a person’s ability to work, interact with family and fulfill other major life functions. Mental illness and substance use disorders are among the leading conditions that cause disability in the United States. In addition, drug and alcohol use can lead to other chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. Preventing mental and/or substance use disorders and related problems is critical to Americans’ behavioral and physical health. C&A, in collaboration with the Stark County Board of Mental Health and Addiction Recovery (SMHAR), Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) offer the following services to the local community: Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (ECMHC), Ohio Preschool Expulsion Prevention Partnership (OPEPP) hotline, Incredible Years Dina Dinosaur, Positive Parenting Program (Triple P), All Stars Core, CAST (Coping and Support Training), LifeSkills Training, and Stark County Youth Led Prevention (SCYLP). All of these services are currently offered to the Plain Local Community. Please read a brief description of each program: • ECHMHC builds protective factors in young children, increases skills of parents and promotes the competencies of early childhood providers for children ages birth to six years. ECMHC targets the healthy, social and emotional development of all young children to ensure they thrive and are ready for school. • The OPEPP is a free, statewide program that aims to reduce the rate of expulsions in preschool age children. If you are a parent or a provider, please visit the website: https://www.nationwidechildrens. org/specialties/behavioral-health/for-providers/ ohio-preschool-expulsion-prevention-partnership for more information prior to requesting a free consultation, call (844) 678-2227. • Incredible Years Dina Dinosaur curriculum strengthens children’s social, emotional and academic competencies. These competencies include understanding and communicating feelings using effective problem-solving strategies, managing anger, practicing friendship and conversational skills as well as appropriate classroom behaviors • Triple P is a parenting and family support system designed to prevent as well as treat behavioral and emotional problems in children ages two- to 12. This program is a nine- week program aimed to prevent

problems in the family, school and community before they arise and to create family environments that encourage children to realize their potential. • All Stars Core is a research-based program designed to delay the onset of risky behaviors including drinking, drug use and early sexual involvement. All Stars Core research has shown to have the greatest impact on delaying the onset of risky behaviors with middle school age students. The five All Stars Core strategies are building idealism and a belief in the future; establishing a positive norm; establishing personal commitments to avoid risky behaviors; promoting bonding to school or the group; and promoting positive parent/adult attention. • CAST consists of 12, one-hour sessions facilitated by a prevention specialist who works well with at-risk youth and who has been trained to implement the program. The 12 CAST sessions are usually offered once per week in a middle- or high-school setting as a pull-out program or outside of the school setting by youth-oriented agencies, mental health professionals and community centers. The CAST group is comprised of six to eight students who are invited to participate. CAST can be offered to an entire population (as “universal” prevention), to a high-risk group (“selective” prevention) or to specific at-risk students (“indicated” prevention). C&A offers CAST to eighth-grade and high school aged students. In addition to the education sessions alternative activities are offered to meet the current demands and topics within the community, media or participants of the group. Additional alternative activities assist with connectivity to the community through service learning and/or youth led groups/activities. • LifeSkills Training is an evidence-based prevention program that is uniquely designed to be flexible and interactive. The LifeSkills Training elementary school program consists of eight class sessions, offered once a week for students in third- to- fifth-grade. In addition to the class sessions, the fidelity measurement has increasing significance for evaluation, treatment effectiveness and service administration. Alternative activities may be offered to meet the current demands and topics within the community, media or participants of the group. • SCYLPY members are part of the 86 percent of Stark County students who do not use alcohol. SCYLPY members encourage fellow youth to continue to make positive choices regarding substance use. Students, who are grouped together, are impacted by countless issues. A few examples include depression, anxiety, bullying, suicidal thoughts and substance use. SCYLP is a safe place for youth to come together and encourage their peers to make healthy decisions through planning and implementing various prevention and leadership development activities. For more information regarding C&A, please visit www. childandadolescent.org. or call our Plain Community office at 330-470-4061.



PLAIN TOWNSHIP HISTORICAL SOCIETY 2019 IN REVIEW With the new year upon us, we want to thank all of you that contributed to Plain Township Historical Society. Your stories, items and financial support help us to preserve and tell the story of Plain Township. We accomplished a lot in 2019. Our seventh publication, “Educating Plain Township – Middlebranch High School 1927-1957” was released. We launched our website www.preservingplaintwp.org. Our 3rd grade presentation on the Plain Township history was revised and we also updated the look of our newsletter. Through a small fund raiser, we were able to purchase two mannequins for future use at the Franklin Hall School from the Sears Liquidation sale. Stark Parks put a new roof on Franklin Hall School which will be a future trailhead for the Middlebranch Trail. Some of the item donations received: vintage clothing from a Plain Township family spanning the years 1880 to 1960; majorette uniform from Middlebranch Junior High School; majorette uniform and accessories from Oakwood High School; Kirkbride genealogy; Farmer’s Mutual Fire Protection Assocation premium cards (1900-1902); Plain Local Midget Football Program; Holly Hills Baseball Program; Team photos from Plain Local Baseball/Softball teams; yearbooks; Middlebranch High School items; Stark County Bicentennial childs dress; Avondale and William R. Day clothing; School bronze plaques; school newspapers; miliary uniform; and milk bottles from local dairies. All of these items help us to share our history.

TO 2020 AND BEYOND It is always interesting to look back and see what we have accomplished. 2020 is our 15th anniversary and we have a full slate of meeting topics that meet our goal of having at least 50% of our meetings on a topic that is directly related to Plain Township. Research is underway for these upcoming topics. We are currently looking into our next publication topic which will be our 8th one. So stay tuned to hear which booklet is up next. We are going to need the communities assistance to get this publication to press. Planning will continue with Stark Parks on Franklin Hall School. Our annual picnic is on June 15th, plan on joining us for an evening of good food and stories. One of our biggest goals to help ensure the financial stability of our organization in 2020, is to build our endowment fund to $10,000. If you are interested in helping us reach this goal, please contact us. Cheers to the new year and our 15th anniversary. Stay tuned to heae what we are doing next.

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Saturday Enrichment Ceramics Class

Our Saturday Enrichment program at GlenOak High School has added a new class this winter...CERAMICS. These classes are for students in 1st-8th grade!


Dates: Saturday, Jan. 11, 18 and 25. Cost: $55 • Ceramics 5th-8th grade, 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m. • Ceramics 1st-4th grade, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

To Register: Please visit www.plainlocal.org and click on ARTS. Any questions, please email Saturday Enrichment Director, Jessica Lauer, at lauerj@plainlocal.org.

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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. We are always interested in Plain Township items whether that be advertising from a 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. It takes a community to preserve a community. Help us preserve the history of Plain Township. We are “Educating Plain Township” about “Plain History”. Contact us at preservingplaintwp@gmail.com , on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PlainTownshipHistoricalSociety/, on the web www.preservingplaintwp. org or call 330-224-2660 and ask for Cindy. Thank you from the Plain Township Historical Society! continued on page 21





2020 MEETING SCHEDULE January 20, 2020 – Teddy Roosevelt - Teddy makes a visit to share his life and times. – Ted Dudra February 17 – Getting the Job Done – Outhouses - An examination of the history and styles of outhouses. – Judy Pocock 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 June 15 – Annual Covered Dish Picnic – Location Veterans Park – Time 6:00pm to 8:00pm 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 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 November 16 – Edgefield School – Explore the history of Edgefield Grade School – Judy Pocock/Cindy Guest December – No Meeting 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. Come join us!!! It’s “Plain” History.

YEARBOOK WANT LIST: Middlebranch High School Yearbooks – 1955, 1957 Glenwood High School Yearbooks –1964 GlenOak High School Yearbooks –1981, 1990, 1992, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005 to present Yearbooks from the middle and grade schools

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Saturday Enrichment General Classes: Session I I 2020

Please note: All classes take place at GlenOak High School. ACT Prep: MATH - $50 9 -10:30 a.m. Location: C211 DATES: Jan. 18, Jan. 25 and Feb. 1 ONLY

Elementary Aged Sculpting - $60 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. (1st - 4th Grade) Location: M229

Kids Yoga - $50 9:30 -10:30 a.m. Location: D213

Intermediate Aged Sculpting - $60 8:30 -10 a.m. (5th - 8th Grade) Location: M229

Tween to Teen Yoga - $50 10:30 -11:30 a.m. Location: D213

Oakwood High School Newspapers Glenwood High School Newspapers GlenOak High School Newspapers Newspapers from the middle and grade schools Grade school and middle school class photos

Tumbling Tots - $50 9:30 -10:15 a.m. (4 and 5 year olds) Location: C113 Tae Kwon Do I - $50 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (K - 2nd Grade) Location: Wrestling Room Tae Kwon Do II - $50 10 -11:30 a.m. (3rd - 8th Grade) Location: Wrestling Room

Acting - $50 9 -10 a.m. (1st - 4th Grade) Location: Black Box

Class Dates: (Please note the special class dates for the ACT Prep class) •

February: 8, 15, 22, 29

March: 7, 14, 21 (NO CLASSES March 30 for Spring Break)

April: 4

If you have any questions, please email Saturday Enrichment Director, Jessica Lauer, at lauerj@plainlocal.org.

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APPLYING FOR FINANCIAL AID IS A CRITICAL PIECE IN COLLEGE-GOING PUZZLE TAKING THIS FIRST STEP HELPS STUDENTS ON PATHWAY TO SUCCESS Submitted by Andrea Dale As a financial aid coordinator at Stark County’s only public university, I see many students not taking full advantage of their financial aid options. But we know this is across the board. Students, whether they are planning to attend a public or private college (or even if they are uncertain that higher education is their next step), should always – and I can’t emphasize that enough – always take the time to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students can complete the FAFSA at www.fafsa.gov, beginning Oct. 1 of any given year. The sooner you complete this key piece in the financial aid puzzle, the better. We know that the FAFSA is the determining factor for aid of all types, including grants (free money), loans and even many scholarships require that students complete the FAFSA. The amount of aid that you can receive depends upon your financial need, the cost to attend your chosen university and more. Here’s a quick synopsis of the financial aid options that you are eligible for when you complete a FAFSA:

FEDERAL GRANTS Federal Pell Grant. Students can receive up to approximately $6,200 annually. The Pell Grant does not need to be repaid, which means it is free money to attend college. The amount depends on financial need, cost of attendance of the university, and your status as a full-time or part-time student. Students must be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program in order to be eligible. Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG). Amounts for this grant vary from college to college, however, students could be awarded anywhere between $100 and $4,000 per year. There are several requirements that students must meet in order to be eligible for the FSEOG. For example, the student must show exceptional financial need, meaning that their family’s contribution toward tuition will be zero. The student must be an undergraduate enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program, pursuing their first bachelor’s degree.

What’s New for Lunch in 2020 - ELEMENTARY Totally Taco Bites Pepperoni pizza bento box

Grilled cheese and tomato soup Brunch bar

choice of scrambled egg, hash browns, sausage bacon and muffin

Bacon cheeseburger

Chicken wing station



Pancake egg and cheese breakfast sandwich Cavatappi macaroni and cheese with pretzel bites Italian Stromboli



Fresh build your own wrap station Mini street tacos Sweet honey chicken on a biscuit

APPLYING FOR FINANCIAL AID IS A CRITICAL PIECE IN COLLEGE-GOING PUZZLE - cont. OHIO GRANTS Ohio College Opportunity Grant (OCOG). Ohio residents in an associate degree, first bachelor’s degree, or nurse diploma program at an eligible Ohio or Pennsylvania institution with an EFC (Expected Family Contribution) of $2,190 or less and a maximum household income of $96,000.

FEDERAL WORK STUDY Federal Work Study. This opportunity provides part-time jobs for undergraduate and graduate students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay education expenses. The program encourages community service work and work related to the student’s course of study. It’s available to full-time or part-time students.

FEDERAL DIRECT LOANS FOR UNDERGRADUATE BORROWERS Subsidized and unsubsidized loans are federal student loans for eligible students to help cover the cost of higher education at a fouryear college or university, community college, or trade, career or technical school. The U.S. Department of Education offers eligible students at participating schools Direct Subsidized Loans and Direct Unsubsidized Loans. (Some people refer to these loans as Stafford Loans or Direct Stafford Loans.) Direct Subsidized Loans are loans made to eligible undergraduate students who demonstrate financial need to help cover the costs of higher education at a college or career school. Interest does not accrue on subsidized loans while the student is enrolled in college at least part-time. Direct Unsubsidized Loans are loans made to eligible undergraduate, graduate and professional students, but eligibility is not based on financial need. If all of these opportunities weren’t enough to sway you to complete the FAFSA, here’s one more reason: We know that students who take the time to complete the FAFSA are more likely to go to college. When you understand that college can be affordable, it breaks down barriers. What’s more, we know that the return on any investment of higher education is worth it. A new report from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce finds that, while college is expensive, students (and their families) can expect a return on their investment (ROI). The study ranks 4,500 two- and four-year colleges that offer associate and bachelor’s degrees, weighing the cost of paying for college versus what students could earn in the workforce. You can access the full report online, researching by institution: https:// cew.georgetown.edu/cew-reports/collegeroi/ While you can’t put a price tag on education, this study has given it a successful try, examining whether college is worth the cost over a lifetime – and does it equate to better jobs and higher salaries? The good news is that college is still worth the investment. But we knew that already. Andrea Dale is a financial aid coordinator at Kent State University at Stark. You can reach her at adale@kent.edu or at 330-244-3242. This grant provides free money (up to $3,500 annually) to Ohio residents who demonstrate the highest levels of financial need (as determined by completing the FAFSA application).

Explore your financial aid options with free, upcoming workshops SCHOLARSHIP SEARCH WORKSHOP 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28 Learning Resource Center, Kent State University at Stark

FAFSA FILING WORKSHOP Receive assistance with filing the 20202021 FAFSA 4:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11 Student Services Office, Kent State University at Stark RSVP: adale@kent.edu

TEACH GRANTS The TEACH Grant Program provides grants of up to $4,000 a year to students who are completing, or plan to complete, coursework needed to begin a career in teaching. As a condition for receiving a TEACH Grant, students must sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve in which they agree to (among other requirements) teach: • in a high-need field; • at an elementary school, secondary school, or educational service agency that serves students from low-income families; and • for at least four complete academic years within eight years after completing (or ceasing enrollment in) the course of study for which the student received the grant.



UPCOMING EVENTS AND PROGRAMS AT THE NORTH CANTON YMCA: NEW Group Exercise Class added to the schedule (FREE for all YMCA Members): Body Pump! This full-body barbell workout will burn calories, shape and tone your entire body, increase core strength and improve bone health. Tuesdays 5:45pm-6:30pm and Thursdays 6:45am7:30am. Held in our Exercise Studio.

for YMCA Members, $20 for Non-Members • Winter 2 Program Registration Dates: Monday, February 17 for YMCA Members, Thursday, February 20 for Non-Members • Chicks and Chocolate Card Class. Wednesday, February 19, 9:30am-11:30am OR 6:30-8:30pm. Grab your girlfriends, bring your favorite chocolate treat, and settle in • Summer overnight camp at YMCA Camp for some stamping fun. $18 for YMCA MemTippecanoe is officially open for registrabers, $20 for Non-Members tion! Choose from half-week mini camps, full week adventure camps and horse camps, • Cookies and Cards Class. Sunday, March or two week teen camps and leadership 1, 1:30pm-3:30pm. Cozy up for an aftercamps. Call 330.499.2587 for more infornoon of card making and enjoy a cookie or mation. two while you stamp. $18 for YMCA Members, $20 for Non-Members • A Little Bit of Sunshine Card Class. Wednesday, January 15, 9:30am-11:30am OR • Winter 2 Program Session Dates: March 2 – 6:30pm-8:30pm. Leave with eight greeting April 18 cards sure to bring a little bit of sunshine • Summer Day Camp Registration opens someone’s way. $18 for YMCA Members, March 2 $20 for Non-Members • Girls Basketball Grades 1-6 Registration • Weight Loss Program begins January 20 Deadline: March 6 for 12 weeks. $45 for Members, $145 for • Volleyball Grades 2-8 Registration Deadline: Non-Members (includes a YMCA MemberMarch 6 ship for the duration of the program) • Men’s 35+ Basketball League Registration • Cupcakes and Cards Class. Sunday, FebruDeadline: March 8 ary 2, 1:30pm-3:30pm. Enjoy a cupcake and a cozy afternoon of stamping fun. $18 • Men’s 18+ Basketball League Registration for YMCA Members, $20 for Non-Members Deadline: March 8 • Valentine’s Day Arty Party. Friday, February • Nemesis Swim Team Invitational Meet: 14, 11:00am-3:00pm, for ages 7-12. $15 March 8, 12:45pm-6:00pm • Pinewood Derby. Sunday, March 15, 11:00am-1:00pm, fee includes car kit. $14 for YMCA Members, $18 for Non-Members Hello, neighbors! I am a graduate of GlenOak High School and a resident of Stark County for over 35 • It’s All About the Birthdays years. Licensed as a real estate agent since 2005, I’ve had my own brokerage since 2014. Here at Hackenberg Card Class. Wednesday, Realty my team sells more homes for more money faster than the average agent! We have the buyers! Our March 18, 9:30am-11:30am buyers in waiting program has hundreds of homebuyers waiting for the right home to hit the market. OR 6:30pm-8:30pm. Leave If you or anyone you know is considering making a move, I would like to offer a FREE No Obligation to with eight hand-stamped birthSell Consultation to discuss just how you can make a move, get what you want and do it with the least hassle. For more information on my Home Sold Guarantee Program, visit www.melissasguarantee.com. day cards. $18 for YMCA Members, $20 for Non-MemAnd remember… Your Referrals Help Continue the Life Changing Work by RAHAB Ministries! bers For 2020, we are on a mission to donate a portion of our commissions earned to RAHAB Ministries! Since 2002, RAHAB Ministries has established itself as the area’s most respected group of caring • Healthy Kids Day April 18! volunteers and servants who have a desire to help those who need help the most and to end human trafficking Stay tuned for more details! in our community. For more information visit www.HRGcares.com.

FREE REPORTS:  Guaranteed Sale Program*: 1-844-906-3539 ext 1072  Find out what the home down the street sold for: 1-844-906-3539 ext 3565  List of Distressed Homes for Sale: 1-844-906-3539 ext 1079 *at a price and terms the Seller and Melissa can agree on


PLAIN TOWNSHIP PARKS INDOOR SOCCER SESSION 2: • REC K: $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: $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: $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: $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: $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: $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: $660.00 per team. Registration Opens December 1, 2019. Registration Deadline is February 2, 2020. Dates: 2/5-6, 2/12-13, 2/1920, 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 $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 Men’s Open:

• Adult Coed Open: $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: $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: $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



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Kindergarten Registration Fair Get ready for Kindergarten! Do you have a child that will be 5 years old by September 30, 2020? Join us on Saturday, February 1, 2020 for our Kindergarten Registration Fair at GlenOak High School! Come anytime from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.!

Saturday February 1, 2020

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Register your child for 2020-2021 Kindergarten Meet the staff at your child’s school

GlenOak High School 1801 Schneider Street NE Canton, Ohio 44721

Tour our Community Resource Fair Pick up your “Class of 2033” Kindergarten t-shirt

Fun interactive activities for children

What to bring with you: Proof of residency such as a utility bill, rental agreement, etc.

Student’s immunization record Custody paperwork if applicable

Student’s birth certificate

Questions? Call 330.492.3500 for more information. We hope to see you there!

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