April 2021 Plain Paper

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VOLUME 13 NUMBER 2

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CONGRATULATIONS TO THESE OUTSTANDING OAKWOOD MIDDLE SCHOOL 8TH GRADE STUDENTS FOR THEIR ACCEPTANCE TO THE KENT STATE UNIVERSITY AT STARK RISING SCHOLAR PROGRAM! They begin working with KSU Stark this summer to prepare for their future education. Upon successful graduation from GlenOak High School, they will receive a tuition-free college experience through KSU Stark! Students were recommended and pursued a lengthy application, interview, and selection process.

Congratulations to: Zoe Elmore, Kaidence Jackson, Sofia Anderson, Xavier Moore, Alexis Lavy, Lindsey Milhoan, Anthony Torres-Castro, Kenneth Scott, and Makarah Malinowski (not pictured).

Dear Community, Thankful. One simple word but it means so much after the year that we have had together. The weather is warming and the sunshine feels good! The sunshine makes me think about moving forward and how thankful I am to lead this school district and live in Plain Township. I appreciate our community, staff and students and cannot imagine this past year without your support and constant encouragement. This past year has tested all of us and I am confident we are stronger and more united as one community. Great things are happening in Plain Local and the future is bright because of you! This edition is full of wonderful stories and examples of the excellence in Plain Local Schools. I hope you will enjoy and realize the amazing work being done at every level. We have great kids and they have shown immeasurable perseverance this entire school year. The district has been open every day since August and a completely new online school began last fall and is still going strong. Teachers have adapted to many changes and continued to focus on building relationships with students and families. I believe we are better because we had to adapt and change due to the pandemic. The district learned many new strategies and approaches that will continue into the future. The entire staff made a commitment to improving during a very difficult time and I could not be happier and proud of their work and dedication.

IN THIS ISSUE

We have one last nine weeks to continue our growth and become better as a school district. There may be more obstacles in our future, but we have the knowledge and commitment to move forward together. My goal is to ensure a great ending for all of our students including those attending face-to-face and those enrolled in Eagle Online. Each child is precious, and I realize their experience has been different this year. In closing, words cannot express my gratitude for this community. When we work together, we are stronger than any other community. We will take this momentum and begin planning for next year. There are still questions about next year, but I will continue to communicate updates on our planning as we end this year and throughout the summer. Go Eagles!

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CHAMPIONS IN THE COMMUNITY Plain Local would like to give special recognition to the individuals, groups, teams and businesses who are champions in our schools and community!

Hadley Whitton Eagle Online. Hadley had been pondering cutting her hair. She wasn’t too sure, but when she found out she was able to donate her hair to Locks of Love to support children going through cancer, she jumped at the chance! Way to go Hadley!

Ella, Jade, Sam and Griffin GlenOak High School. Students from Mrs. Levy and Mrs. Shawk’s classes have been helping pack lunches for our Eagle Online students who are learning from home. We are so appreciative of these students for their hard work and patience in the cafeteria!

Sonya Hess School Psychologist. “Sonya Hess is a Plain Local school psychologist who serves Avondale students and families in a variety of ways. Mrs. Hess is committed to making sure that Avondale students achieve to their fullest potential, and she is a valuable resource to teachers and staff for ideas and support. She also cares deeply about making sure Avondale students feel safe and loved. She can often be found going above and beyond for students who might need a little extra help and support. Mrs. Hess runs first grade social/emotional learning groups and provides individual support to a number of students. Mrs. Hess is truly a valuable member of the Avondale family!”- Mrs. Moff

Kennedie Nwaigbo, Chelsea Johnson and Aniah King GlenOak High School. These senior students represented the Commercial Photography program at The Stark County High School Art Show at the Canton Museum of Art from March 16-28. Congratulations!

Sandra Larsuel Glenwood Intermediate School. Congratulations to Mrs. Larsuel from Glenwood Intermediate School! She was named one of the five finalists for this year’s Music Educator of the Year Award presented by the Canton Symphony Orchestra. There will be a virtual ceremony in late March on the Canton Symphony Facebook page. Congratulations!

Sydney Harbour and Zachary Zyrlund Oakwood Middle School. Eighth grade STEM students, Sydney Harbour and Zachary Zyrlund, using their knowledge of mechanisms recently learned in class, designed and built a windmill to grind grain into flour or pump water, they did both on their build! This requires a change in direction of motion by 90º and requires a different input/output speed relationship. Great initiative Sydney and Zachary!

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AVONDALE STUDENTS PUT THEIR HEART ON THEIR SLEEVES Mrs. Mongiardo’s fourth grade students let their creativity shine with their recent T-shirt book projects. After reading a book of their choice, the students selected a favorite scene from the novel and designed a T-shirt depicting that scene. The students then wrote a summary of the scene on the other side of the shirt.

Wearing their uniquely designed shirts and carrying the books, Mrs. Mongiardo led the students in a socially distanced parade through the school for other students to see and experience the projects. Once back in their classroom, the students practiced their speaking and listening skills by presenting their shirt projects to their classmates. Mrs. Mongiardo explains, “This project serves several important purposes. First, and most importantly to me, I want to continue to instill a love of reading for my students. By encouraging their creativity and allowing choice in this project, students are more engaged. It’s also very important to me that my students develop their presentation skills of public speaking and listening to others present. These skills will continue to be important in their development all throughout their school years and future careers.”

Katelynn Smith, Dax Nottingham and Caleb Cross show off their T-shirt book projects. A fun new spin on the traditional book project.

STUDENTS AT BARR RISE TO THE CHALLENGE

Mrs. Greynolds second grade class celebrates reading 100 books during the month of February.

During the cold winter months at Barr Elementary, Mrs. Greynolds second grade class needed a pick-me-up so she challenged the class to read 100 books! She posted a big bar graph in the front of the room and challenged the class to read 100 books in the month of February. The class rose to the challenge! Kids had their noses in books after morning work, during bathroom breaks and throughout station time. While reading students began recommending books to friends and talking about their favorite characters. Each Monday, they checked to see how many books they had read and tracked it on the bar graph. To Mrs. Greynolds surprise and delight, the class exceeded the goal in just three weeks! To celebrate, they wore “100 Book Crowns” and paraded around the school to share their accomplishment. After the parade, the kids enjoyed a pizza party in their classroom. Best of all, the students have learned to love reading. They can’t get enough reading!

FRAZER FALLS IN LOVE WITH READING

Frazer students show off their love of reading.

During the month of February, Frazer students celebrated their love of reading. Kicking off with a book fair held by the Frazer PTO as the month began, students were invited to share their favorite books and post them on bulletin boards throughout the building. Third graders embraced the challenge to read 21 chapter books in 2021. Following the book fair, students were invited to continue to enjoy their love of reading by participating in a schoolwide Read-A-Thon. While Frazer was able to raise funds for their PTO with the Read-A-Thon, the focus was on the reading! Students at Frazer joined together in logging more than 15,000 minutes of reading during the last two weeks of the month. As a result of the month’s focus, each student will receive a book to take home so that they may continue to nurture their love for reading!

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MIDDLEBRANCH STUDENTS POP INTO A GOOD BOOK This spring Middlebranch students are taking part in a reading program called “Pop into a Good Book” created by Mrs. Westfall and Mrs. Leist. They have selected three books that have been purchased with the support of the Middlebranch PTO for all students including those learning from home in Eagle Online. Kindergarten students are reading The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson. First and second grade students are reading Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett. Finally, the third and fourth graders are reading The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate. Students are reading at home and school, with friends, family and school staff. The focus is engaging students in reading for fun while developing comprehension too. Students complete a reading log that will be due back by May 1 to their teachers. Then in May, there will be watch parties of the movie versions of their books with those who completed the books and reading logs! We look forward to celebrating a great year of learning for our Middlebranch students!

Middlebranch students “pop” into a good book while at school!

READY TO RACE AT TAFT!

Nori Shawk, Grade 3 Taft Student, with her award pin after the ceremony signifying she achieved her RACE writing goal!

Taft Elementary third and fourth-grade students are excited about participating in The RACE Writing Challenge! RACE is an acronym that helps students remember which steps and in which order to write a constructed response. Many times, students know the right answer and can explain their thinking verbally. The hard part is putting those thoughts down on paper. RACE writing provides every student with a strategy they can use to guide their writing. It is also open-ended enough for students to showcase their creativity, intelligence, and personality! Miss Phillips, Taft’s Grade 3 ELA teacher said, “RACE writing has been an awesome experience for my students to not only see their growth but to also build their confidence in writing. By breaking down the process, students are able to attack any writing prompt with confidence!” For the challenge, students set goals each week. If they achieve their RACE writing goal they get to participate in a weekly award ceremony. During this ceremony, while ceremonial music is playing, students receive an award pin on their lanyard from the principal. Mrs. Grosscup, Taft’s Grade 4 ELA teacher said, “By using RACE writing and celebrating student successes during the ceremony, we have taken a mundane activity and turned it into a positive, fun experience for all! I am so proud of the kids at Taft for persevering through their writing!”

MAKING FRACTIONS FUN AT WARSTLER Warstler Elementary third graders in Miss Kowalski’s math class have been learning all about fractions! Recently students had a chance to work with a yummy hands-on approach. Students were given two whole graham crackers that they partitioned into equal parts. They worked with the equal parts to represent equivalent fractions, name improper fractions and model fractions on a number line. At the end of the lesson the students decorated their graham crackers with vanilla icing and sprinkles! In addition to a tasty way to make learning memorable, students expressed they didn’t know math “could be this much fun!”

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Fractions never tasted so good for this third grader!


MACGYVER WIND LIFT CHALLENGE

5th grade student tests out her lifting machine!

Glenwood’s fifth grade STEAM students have been testing the power of the wind! Thanks to a supply grant from the Ohio Energy Project, 150 students will get to participate in building their very own wind-powered lifting machine. Mrs. Arway lead Glenwood’s students in the wind study that lasted three weeks. As part of the grant, students had to document their engineer process and keep data charts of their results. Students analyzed blade pitch angles to see which would produce the most lift. Projects with the most lifting power were video recorded and sent to the Ohio Energy Project. A collaborative event will be held virtually and students from all over the state of Ohio will get to evaluate each other’s design solutions.

GLENWOOD STUDENT COUNCIL AIMS TO SPREAD CHEER Glenwood Intermediate student council does not see COVID-19 as an obstacle but rather something they are willing to overcome when trying to help others! As all teachers know, February and March are short months in actuality but feel like the longest months of the year! To show appreciation for staff members at Glenwood, student council fully stocked the “Kindness Kart,” a cart filled with treats to offer a pick me up to staff! Students wheeled the cart around to staff members in March to spread kindness and cheer. All of the supplies were kindly donated from student council families. Staff members were overjoyed with this mid-day treat. “Oh, you guys! You made my day,” said Spanish teacher, Kelli Mohn. “This is exactly what I needed today. Thanks student council!” said science teacher, Adam Steiner. Alexandra Buser, Glenwood Intermediate Student Council Advisor, added, “It has been a pleasure leading this group of young individuals during this whirlwind of a school year. I am looking forward to all of the kindness we can continue to spread in the coming years!”

GLENWOOD STUDENTS DREAM OF SPRING Sixth grade students at Glenwood Intermediate School are dreaming about spring in art class. During the month of February, Glenwood face-to-face students and Eagle Online students who are learning virtually from home, have been making 3D paper flowers for The Canton Museum of Art. Flowers have been created by adults and kids throughout Stark County for a community project called Project Bloom. Project Bloom is a way for us to showcase our diverse community and celebrate our uniqueness. Flower blooms were collected and combined together to create a large installation at the museum. Glenwood students created Kirigami style flowers and they used a variety of materials to create their mixed media blossoms. Project Bloom is inspired by the current exhibit at the Canton Museum of Art called, In The Garden. Stop by The Canton Museum of Art to view the finished installation of the community art project and check out the work of our students!

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CLASS OF 1980 REUNION THE CLASS OF 1980’S 40TH REUNION HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED TO AUGUST 13, 2022 AT THE LAKE CABLE CLUBHOUSE AND PAVILION. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN ATTENDING PLEASE SEND CONTACT INFORMATION TO MELISSA VOLKERT AT GLENOAKEAGLES1980@YAHOO.COM. FOR UPDATES, FOLLOW US AT “GLENOAK 1980” ON FACEBOOK OR ON CLASSMATES. ALL CORRESPONDENCE FOR THE REUNION WILL BE HANDLED VIA EMAIL.

6th grade students show off their blooms for the Canton Museum of Art.

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OAKWOOD LIBRARY GETS CREATIVE COVID-19 caused us to make many changes this year, but it has also caused us to be creative. One example of those creative changes is how Laura Schmidt, Library Tech at Oakwood Middle School, is getting books into the hands of students. Mrs. Schmidt has developed a service for students to have books delivered to their homerooms, aka Uber Books. “It started when my son told me that I was like Uber, but only for books,” said Mrs. Schmidt. “I had to get creative. Students could not come to the library this year because of COVID. It turned into a great way to get books into the hands of students. The students fill in a Google Form, I pull the books and deliver to their homerooms by the next day.” Schmidt has also purchased Sora by Overdrive so students can have books instantly on their Chromebooks or devices. Mrs. Schmidt said, Oakwood gets a taste of Uber Books! “This way all my students who are taking classes with Eagle Online have a chance to read books and audiobooks.” Grace McKenna, said, “You are able to search in Sora by subject and it gives you a list of book suggestions. I love to see the list and covers, and read more about the books.” The library’s online catalog searches both the Oakwood Library books and Sora. Oakwood student Kiera Post said, “I can browse so easily.” Students can click on the Sora’s link and read the books right away or request a book from Oakwood’s library. Students can watch a video that helps them navigate this procedure on the Oakwood Library Google Classroom.

THE EAGLE HAS LANDED A 6-foot-tall bronze golden eagle, with a 6-foot wingspan, now greets all visitors to GlenOak High School. This bronze eagle, which stands in the commons area, was the vision and gift of the class of 2018 led by Student Council Executive President Rosemary Ringer. The Student Council Officers wanted a permanent symbol of school pride. The 250-pound eagle was shipped to Ohio from California, at which point, GlenOak Alums Michael Paxos (‘84) and Maria Trikkas-Paxos (‘87) got involved. They transformed the eagle into the Golden Eagle we all see now by creating the lustrous gold feathers on its head and neck. A committee led by Scott Ferrell with Scott Garcia (‘87), Tom Brabson, Beth Bowling-Winkler (‘85), Mike Babics (‘81), and Gayle Garaux-Kimbrough (‘93) collaborated to design traffic flow around the eagle, a pedestal, and a protective encasement. A commemorative plaque, created by the GlenOak High School of Business students, was added to honor the donors. Each year, the Student Council Senior Class has donated a gift to the school; previous gifts have included water bottle fillers for the drinking fountains, alma mater plaques and benches. Funding for such projects comes from hosting events such as Homecoming, staff-student events and donations. Ringer and fellow offiOnce visitors are welcomed back into GlenOak cers of 2018: Taylor Brightman, Drake Hisrich and Talia Zelle and the preceding High School, they will be welcomed by a 6-foot class of 2019: Seth Bolyard, Ryan Meister, Ciara Janssen and Megan Wertz bronze golden eagle from the class of 2018. wanted to have something visually pleasing when students and guests walked into the school that screeched with school pride. “We want people to know we are: The Golden Eagles,” said Ringer. “We wanted to build GlenOak pride and tradition,” added Brightman. This group of officers wanted all academic, athletics and arts visitors of GlenOak High School to see a universal symbol of strength, dedication to excellence, and respect to past and future GlenOak Golden Eagles. Thank you to all who were involved in helping erect this spectacular display of school pride!

Pictured: Front Row (L to R): Kyle Moff, Caleb Hill, Kodah Allen, Sean Leahy, Logan Kozma. Back Row (L to R): Matthew Rekstis, John Hamilton, Breeson Jones, Colton McLean, Logan Lowe

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The Oakwood 7 Gold basketball team finished the season as runner-up in the Federal League tournament and ended with a 16-3 record. This team represented Plain Local well and focused on three core values both on and off the court: effort, attitude and teamwork. While the season did not end how the players would have liked, there is a lot to be proud of and look forward to with this group of young men. The team was coached by Oakwood teacher, Mr. Trevor Burkett.


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GLENOAK ART STUDENTS EARN HONORS The Scholastic Student Art and Writing competition is an annual art competition that offers students recognition in the visual arts and writing. The Scholastic Art and Writing organization has offered students recognition in the arts for nearly 100 years with many celebrities who participated in their youth. Some of the celebrities who earned Scholastic acknowledgment include Stephen King, Zac Posen, Andy Warhol and Sylvia Plath. This year, the regional adjudication took place virtually in place of the typical juried location at Kent State at Stark campus. Student awards can include Honorable Mention, Silver Key and Gold Key. Students awarded Gold Keys are automatically included in the national juried selection of work where they can earn national recognition. Pictured: Ethan Harrer, Juliana Castro, Hannah Burchfield, Lacey Rule, and Madeline Smith.

This year, GlenOak High School had multiple regional award winners! Please congratulate the following students on their achievements in the visual arts.

Ethan Harrer (12th Grade) – Video Production: “Warning” – Silver Key Award

Lacey Rule (9th) – Painting: “Geometric” – Honorable Mention

Juliana Castro (11th) – Drawing/Illustration: “Shy Boy, Sad Boy, Skinny Boy”– Silver Key

Jaggar Dyrland (12th) – Animation & Graphic Design – Silver Key

Eva Harper (10th) – 3D: “Gothic Angel” – Honorable Mention

Madeline Smith (12th) – Animation & Graphic Design – Silver Key and Honorable Mention

Hannah Burchfield (10th) – Drawing/Illustration, “A Mental Decline” – Honorable Mention

Kylie Welton (12th) – Animation & Graphic Design – Honorable Mention

EAGLE ONLINE STUDENTS DISCOVER MATH IS ALL AROUND US A popular question from 8th grade students when studying math is “when are we ever going to use this?” Recently, eighth grade Eagle Online students in Mr. Brian Richeson’s class had an opportunity to bring this question to life by applying the Pythagorean Theorem at home! The Pythagorean Theorem (a2 + b2 = c2) can be a bit tricky to learn, but it is a key concept that students must master as they march through their high school math courses; this is exactly why Mr. Richeson turned to a creative video project to help his students master this material. The students looked high and low in their homes to find objects or structures that featured right triangles. Once they began to search, the kids found these triangles everywhere in their daily lives! From the junction of the walls and ceilings in their rooms, to their notebooks they use to take notes, to their hamster cages, kitchen tables and even to their Xbox game consoles and TVs; right angles were all around them. Once the students found their favorite triangle, the students created FlipGrid videos to both communicate their understanding of the Pythagorean Theorem as well as help their peers “see” this equation in real life. Using their athome resources, some creativity, and some digital skills, students brought this ancient theorem to life in the Eagle Online world!

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ST. BALDRICK’S SUCCESS COVID-19 was not going stop the efforts of the St. Baldrick’s foundation for conquering childhood cancers. Instead of a one-day event like in years past, attendees were challenged to “Do What You Want” (DWYW) in the name of fundraising for St. Baldrick’s. Instead of one day of St. Baldrick’s support in 2021, we were excited to support a whole week to benefit kids with cancer. Across the district, students and staff got creative in how they supported the cause. Between spirit events, unique challenges and even those who still chose to shave their heads, the Plain Local Schools team was able to raise over $4,000 for the cause!

(left to right) Nolan Krosse, Rocco Ledford, Cole Johnston and Mr. Shreve from Warstler Elementary shaved their heads to help end childhood cancer for St. Baldrick’s.

CAREER TECH COLLABORATION The GlenOak High School Choral Music Department is thrilled to have collaborated on two performance projects with GlenOak Career Tech programs. In January, the Drifters and Notables vocal jazz ensembles and advanced Chorale worked with Mr. David Thompson of the music technologies class on an audio recording of holiday choral selections. A special thanks to Mrs. Paula Hinchliffe’s graphic design class as they designed and provided branding for the project. In early February, all seven GlenOak choirs worked with Mr. Josh Branch and the students of the video productions class to perform, video record and produce a virtual choral concert. Special recognition goes to senior Gavin Case as the video producer and editor of this project. In addition, Mrs. Tamara Traut and the students of the light and sound technologies class engineered the lighting and sound for the performance. Each of the choirs performed beautifully and were excited to share their performances with the community. You can check out the video by visiting the GlenOak High School Video Production YouTube channel or by scanning the QR code below.

SPIRIT SHOP HOURS The Spirit Shop at GlenOak High School is your stop for Eagle gear and merchandise! Questions about the Spirit Shop? Email Mike Nieporte at nieportem@plainlocal.org. The spirit shop will be open on the following days and times: April 3, 9AM – 12PM

April 27, 6PM – 7:30 PM

April 6, 5PM – 7PM

May 1, 9AM – 12PM

April 7, 6:30PM – 8:30PM May 6, 6PM – 7:30 PM April 10, 9AM – 12PM

May 8, 9AM – 12PM

April 15, 5:30PM – 7PM

May 11, 5:30PM – 7PM

April 17, 9AM – 12PM

May 15, 9AM – 12PM

April 20, 6PM – 8PM

May 18, 5:30PM – 7:30PM

April 24, 9AM – 12PM

May 20, 5:30PM – 730PM

Due to safety considerations because of COVID-19: • Customers will be asked to wear masks while shopping. • To ensure social distancing with our space limitations, one party will be allowed to enter the store at a time. • We are looking for parent volunteers to help run the Spirit Shop this year – contact Mike Nieporte at nieportem@plainlocal.org for more information!

3/4 zips (pictured) are available at the Spirit Shop and make the perfect gift for the Eagle fan in your life!

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PLAIN LOCAL SCHOOLS TESTING CALENDAR The Spring Administration of Ohio’s State Tests will be completed across the district from April12-April 30. Families should be on the lookout for important reminders in their principal’s weekly email newsletter for information about testing. Important information for all families: • Students currently enrolled in face-to-face instruction will receive a letter in the mail with testing dates and important information from their principal. • Students currently enrolled in Eagle Online will receive a personalized email with testing information, transportation information and more details in early April. • Breakfast and lunch will be provided at no cost, each day of testing, for all students. • If you have any questions about state testing, contact your child’s school.

UPCOMING EVENTS AT STARK LIBRARY All events are virtual (except for StoryWalks). Enjoy from the comfort of home! Please register at StarkLibrary.org or 330.494.3399.

EARLY LEARNERS STORYTIME & MORE

• Family | Wednesdays | 6:30–7 pm • Preschool | Thursdays | 11–11:30 am

STORYWALK | EXPLORE TRAILS TO FOLLOW THE STORY • Weis Park | Mar 26–Apr 4

• Jackson North Park | Apr 23–May 2 • East Canton Branch | Apr 23–May 2 • Fry Family Park | May 21–May 30

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LISTEN AT THE LIBRARY | STORYTIME WITH MUSIC

Monday, March 29 | 11:00am - 12:00pm

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Wednesday, April 7 and May 5 | 4:00pm - 4:45pm

TEENS VIRTUAL ESCAPE ROOM

Wednesday, April 21 and May 19 | 4:00pm - 4:45pm YOUTH POETRY CAFE

Thursday, May 13 | 6:00pm - 7:00pm

AUTHORS MEET AUTHOR RL STINE

Thursday, April 8 | 6:30pm - 7:30pm VIRTUAL BOOK DISCUSSION | “CIRCE” BY MADELINE MILLER - NEA BIG READ 2021

Wednesday, April 14 | 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Annual Poetry Contest Grade 2–Adult | Deadline April 30 Haikus, slam, limericks—explore your inner poet! Enter at StarkLibrary.org/Poetry

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AN EVENING WITH HENRY DAVID THOREAU

Tuesday, May 18 | 6:00pm - 6:30pm MEET AUTHOR JANE ANN TURZILLO | “WICKED WOMEN OF OHIO”

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NATIONAL SCHOOL BREAKFAST WEEK Students at Glenwood enjoyed samples of breakfast smoothies as a part of National School Breakfast Week in March. Fifth grade student Autumn Whitlow shared she does not normally eat breakfast at school but after tasting some of the samples offered she is ready to try breakfast at school! Students pictured are (left to right) Autumn Whitlow, Alexandria Skillern and Molly Sevin.

EARTH DAY COLORING CONTEST

Sponsored by the Art Cares Club at Glenwood Intermediate HOW TO ENTER: 1) Color the drawing (made by 6th grade student Francesca Codispoti) 2) Submit to your school office by

Friday, April 23, 2021

Categories: K-2, 3-4, 5-6. Winners will be announced the first week of May! One Grand Prize Winner from each category will win a $20.00 Gift Card!

NAME:_______________________ GRADE:______________________

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PLAIN LOCAL STUDENTS REPRESENT AT EXHIBIT Six Plain Local elementary students were selected as exhibition artists for 2021 Youth Art Month and the Young People’s Art Exhibition, sponsored by the Ohio Art Education Association. Traditionally, the exhibits are held in Columbus during the month of March each year, but due to COVID-19 restrictions, both shows are virtual and are part of National Youth Art Month celebrations. Anthony Tausch of Frazer Elementary School, Zachary Snyder of Warstler Elementary and Eden Benton of Middlebranch Elementary all have artwork in the YPAE exhibition. Dominic Tallman from Taft Elementary School, Alexis Whaley from Barr Elementary and Nasir Knowlton from Avondale Elementary have work in the Ohio Youth Art Month exhibition. Both shows can be viewed at ohioarted.com. Join us in congratulating these talented young artists!

CAREER RESUME AND COVER LETTER BUILDERS

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Monday, April 26 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm HOW TO ACE AN INTERVIEW*

Monday, May 3 | 6:00pm - 7:00pm VOCATIONAL PRACTICE TESTING

Tuesday, May 4 | 2:00pm - 2:45pm WRITING AN EFFECTIVE RESUME*

Monday, May 17 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm *Presented by OhioMeansJobs

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Saturday, April 10 | 10:00am - 10:30am STREAK OF LIGHTNING QUILT BLOCK

Tuesday, April 20 | 2:00pm - 2:45pm BUTTERCUP QUILT BLOCK

Tuesday, April 27 | 2:00pm - 2:45pm CREATE A TOTE BAG

Saturday, May 8 | 10:00am - 10:30am HEART QUILT BLOCK

Tuesday, May 18 | 2:00pm - 2:45pm BABY BUNTING QUILT BLOCK

Tuesday, May 25 | 2:00pm - 2:45pm CRICUT DESIGN SPACE

Thursday, May 27 | 2:00pm - 2:45pm

GARDENING GREEN THUMB GARDEN CLUB FOR KIDS

• Peppy Pollinators | Tuesday, April 6 | 6:00pm 7:00pm • Urban Gardening | Tuesday, April 20 | 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Meet Goosebumps mastermind RL Stine! April 8 | 6:30 pm | from home Register at StarkLibrary.org

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• Succulent Savvy | Tuesday, May 4 | 6:00pm 7:00pm • Wonderful Wildflowers | Tuesday, May 18 | 6:00pm - 7:00pm Continued on page 16


STARK PARKS

SPRING PROGRAMS AT STARK PARKS We’re looking forward to more ways to engage as familiar events and series make their return to Stark Parks. We’re working to safely transition many of our programs that have been at-home or virtual, back to in-person. (Mostly for this season of outdoor programs of guided adventures!) Each program will be held with a small, limited number of participants to keep everyone socially distanced and safe. Registration is required for all in-person opportunities at this time. From kid-specific fun to environmentally educational to historically informative, Stark Parks has something for truly every age and interest. You’ll find guided themed hikes, like our “Fit Friday” weekly series, an Earth Day celebration at Tam O’Shanter Park, and a City Nature Challenge where you can be a part of a national effort to document plants and wildlife – all while exploring new or familiar parks and trails! Visit the Event Calendar at StarkParks.com for a full list and to register for all in-person programs.

STEP INTO A FRESH SEASON WITH STARK PARKS With a new season on the horizon, Stark Parks is focusing on a fresh start and new opportunities to step outside and explore. As the world around us begins to thaw out and winter melts away, spring is a perfect time to get outdoors and enjoy the warmer weather, budding trees, and wildlife emerging. We’re thankful that 15 parks and over 125 miles of hiking, biking, and equestrian trails have been open daily in the last year, bringing new and returning visitors to park areas for on-your-own experiences and activities. We hope that this alone has provided a routine for you and your family, whether for physical exercise, mental wellness, simply getting outside of your home, or all of the above!

And if you’re continuing to enjoy learning, relaxing, and engaging virtually from the comfort of your own home, we’re still offering plenty of Zoom programs for children and adults alike! Our popular Zoom Wildlife Programs provide an interesting look at Animal Ambassadors that reside at the Wildlife Conservation Center, including fascinating stories and behind-the-scenes looks of wildlife care. The month of April brings a look at Fact vs. Fiction in the animal kingdom to our wildlife zoom programs: Don’t touch baby birds or their parents will abandon them. Turtles change into bigger shells as they grow. Milksnakes are named after their habit of drinking milk in dairy barns. Hmmm...Not sure if these sound right? April’s Zoom programs will be discerning fact from fiction with live animals from the Wildlife Conservation Center! See below for a list of April program dates and topics. All programs begin at 6 p.m. and links to join can be found at reservations.starkparks.com/programs. April 1 – Turtles April 8 – Snakes April 15 – Lizards

April 6 – Songbirds April 13 – Owls April 20 – Ducks

In the month of May, we’re taking a look at Marvelous Mothers in the wild! Mothers come in many forms...and species! In this series, participants will explore how some of our wild Ohio mothers manage their adorable babies. All programs begin at 6 p.m. and links to join can be found at reservations.starkparks.com/programs. May 4 – Falcons May 6 – Raccoons May 11 – Bluebirds May 13 – Red Fox May 18 – White-tailed Deer May 20 – Bats May 25 – Hawks Looking for an at-home activity to strengthen your body, improve your flexibility, and relax your mind? Our Down to Earth Yoga series offers free yoga classes from instructor Kim Kohler. These hour-long practices are ideal for all abilities and will leave you feeling relaxed and strong. Registration is not required for these virtual programs. Dates, times, and links to join can be found at StarkParks.com. However you decide to get outside or connect with us this spring, Stark Parks is here with trails, activities, and programs for you. We invite you to go on a long hike, a short walk, break out your bike, bring your pup, sit on a park bench, or just take a few moments to be present outside. We’re ready when you are! For park and trail news, seasonal programming, and more ways to explore Stark Parks this spring, visit StarkParks.com.

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OAKWOOD CHINESE CLASSES In February, Oakwood Middle School Chinese classes spent time learning about the traditions and history of the Lunar New Year. They learned the mythology behind Chinese New Year, how people around the world celebrate and how they are celebrating differently this year. They ended with painting traditional ink wash paintings, and enjoying Chinese treats! Ms. DiMichele and her students enjoyed a cultural celebration!

STAN HYWET HALL & GARDEN VIRTUAL TOUR

Wednesday, April 21 | 6:00pm - 7:00pm NEW PLANTS FOR 2021 | PRESENTED BY PETITTI GARDEN CENTERS

Wednesday, April 28 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm SPRING WILDFLOWERS | PRESENTED BY THE WILDERNESS CENTER

Tuesday, May 11 | 2:00pm - 2:30pm

GENEALOGY BEGINNING GENEALOGY | FIND YOUR FAMILY ROOTS

Saturday, April 10 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm

LATE NIGHT BAKING COOKING UNDER PRESSURE | PRESENTED BY OSU EXTENSION WAYNE COUNTY

Monday, March 29 | 8:45pm - 9:45pm HOMEMADE COOKIE CRISP CEREAL

Monday, April 26 | 8:45pm - 9:15pm RHUBARB ALMOND CAKE

Monday, May 24 | 8:45pm - 9:00pm

TECH FREE STREAMING MOVIES AND MUSIC FROM THE LIBRARY

PLAIN LOCAL YOUTH FOOTBALL

2021 Signups are now open Come play and cheer for an awesome, championship winning program!! Register at: www.plainlocalyouthfootball.org

Watch our Facebook for updates: @plainlocalyouthfootball

Plain Local Youth Football offers Flag Football for grades K thru 3rd grade, B-League Tackle for 4th and 5th grade, and A-League Tackle for 6th grade. We also offer Cheerleading for grades K thru 6th grade!

Come join the team!!

GO EAGLES!

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Thursday, April 1 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm MANAGING YOUR FILES AND FOLDERS WITH WINDOWS

Tuesday, April 13 | 2:00pm - 2:45pm GET RID OF CABLE TV! | CUTTING THE CORD

Thursday, April 15 | 2:00pm - 2:45pm POWERPOINT BASICS

Thursday, April 29 | 2:00pm - 2:45pm FREE EMAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTIONS

Thursday, May 13 | 2:00pm - 2:45pm

WELLNESS VIRTUAL DOWN TO EARTH YOGA | PRESENTED BY STARK PARKS

Saturdays 9:00am - 10:00am Registration not required. HOURS | STARK LIBRARY, PLAIN COMMUNITY BRANCH

Mon–Wed 9–5 Thu 11–7 Fri–Sat 9–5 Sun Closed Closed April 4, May 9, May 31, 2021.


KATIE’S KIDS TURNS TRAGEDY INTO A LEGACY OF HELPING OTHERS A new local nonprofit is offering hope to Plain Local students across the district. Katie’s Kids was founded in 2020 after the tragic death of Kaitlyn Eckelberry at just 23 years old. Katlyn is the daughter of Jim and Lori Eckelberry, beloved first grade teacher at Avondale Elementary. At such a young age, Kaitlyn had already developed an amazing legacy of helping others less fortunate and was greatly loved by many who called her a friend. Katie’s Kids mission is to enhance the self-esteem of children in need by providing them with targeted financial assistance in the form of items like shoes, prom tickets, instrument rentals, summer camps, choir robes and various sporting equipment that a child’s family can’t afford, allowing the child to feel more “normal” amongst their more fortunate peers. Plain Local district community liaisons, school counselors and principals can complete an application for a grant from Katie’s Kids on behalf of a student. The team at Katie’s Kids will then review the request and get back with the school to try and help as many families as possible. We are so appreciative of Katie’s Kids and the work they are doing to give back to our community! For more information or to make a donation please visit katieskids14.org.

Our district community liaisons were able to meet with Jim Eckelberry to learn more about the mission of Katie’s Kids.

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LOO K WHO ’S COM LOOK WHO’S COMING ING

Plain Local Schools is proud to welcome the latest round of recruits

Do you need to register your Little Eagle for Kindergarten for the 2021-2022

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KINDERGARTEN! G TO KIN DERGARTEN!

s to our team! Welcome the class of 2034 starting in the fall of 2021!

2 school year? Check out page 32 for more information or call us at 330-492-3500. www.plainlocal.org www.plainlocal.org

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2021 PLAIN LOCAL SCHOOLS BOARD MEMBERS AND MEETINGS

Dr. Ambrose Perduk, Jr. President Term: 2018-2021 h: 330-904-4620

John W. Halkias Vice-President Term: 2018-2021 c: 234-262-0470 h: 330-494-4719

Monica Rose Gwin Term: 2020-2023 c: 330-417-5208

Kristen Donohue Guardado Term: 2018-2021 w: 330-489-3395 h: 330-497-2828

Eugene M. Cazantzes Term: 2020-2023 h: 330-456-5787

BOARD OF EDUCATION 2021 MEETING DATES: April 21, 2021 6:30pm Administration Building May 19, 2021 6:30pm Administration Building June 9, 2021 6:30pm Administration Building

June 30, 2021 7:00am Administration Building SPECIAL MEETING July 21, 2021 6:30pm Administration Building All meetings begin at 6:30 p.m unless otherwise noted

JOIN US FOR SATURDAYS AT THE SQUARE Side Street Market’s “Saturdays At the Square” coming to Oakwood Square Plaza brought to you by the creators of the 720 Market, Oakwood Square and Plain Township! Held the first Saturday of every month May-October. Save the dates: May 1, June 5, July 3, August 7, September 4, October 2 • Open-air, market-style shopping • Shop a rotating mix of local handmade and home-grown producers • 50-plus tented vendors are planned for 2021 • Enjoy local food trucks and music • Monthly themes are planned such as “Trunk or Treat” Side Street Markets “Saturdays At the Square” • Free and family-friendly • Co-sponsored by Oakwood Square and Plain Township

CONNECT WITH US: Web: 720market.com Instagram: @720Market Facebook: www.facebook.com/SidestreetMKTS

• Intimate opportunity to meet and shop with local artists, makers and producers • Follows State of Ohio Department of Health COVID-19 guidelines for safety

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. Anti-Harassment Compliance Officer, Darci Knight 330-492-3500.

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MALONE UNIVERSITY In an effort to develop more college graduates for Stark County, Malone University has established the Stark County Futures program. Elements of the initiative include career mentoring, connection to a Stark County business leader, scholarship support and county-wide recognition. Upon choosing Malone, high school students will (at the time of deposit) receive: • Career mentoring from a Malone faculty member as part of the institution’s Pendle Hill Pledge program which seeks to help students connect their calling with their career. • Mentoring from a recent Malone graduate who is making a difference in Stark County in their chosen profession. • Support from the Malone University Center for Student Success which provides career resources, academic advising, tutoring, and testing services. • Scholarships including $1,500 for commuter students and $3,000 for residential students. • County wide recognition as a Stark County Futures Student. • Participation in a service project in Stark County each semester.

Learn more at www.malone.edu/starkfutures

NEW EXTENDED THROUGH SEPTEMBER 2021 FOR ALL STUDENTS K-12

FREE SCHOOL MEALS Why should your family take advantage? HELP EXTEND YOUR HOUSEHOLD BUDGET

SAVE ON GROCERIES

SCHOOL MEALS ARE WELL BALANCED AND AGE APPROPRIATE

SCHOOL MEALS OFFER FRESH AND LOCALLY SOURCED FRUITS & VEGETABLES

SCHOOL MEALS SUPPORT LOCAL FARMERS THROUGH OUR "FARM TO SCHOOL"

INITIATIVE

HELP SUSTAIN JOBS IN THE FOOD SERVICE DEPARTMENT

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2021 SUMMER SCHOOL COURSE OFFERINGS Note: Breakfast and lunch will be provided by Plain Local Food Service. Busing will be provided to all eligible students in the Summer Learning Camps.

JUMPSTART TO KINDERGARTEN This summer learning camp is designed for students entering kindergarten in Plain Local in the Fall. Daily activities will include early literacy and math learning, social skills, and imaginative play. • Students entering Kindergarten

June Session (June 7 - 24) Monday - Thursday Session 1: 8:00am -10:00am Session 2 10:00am - 12:00pm Session 3: 12:30pm-2:30pm Students may register for up to three courses. Transportation, breakfast, and lunch will be provided.

• Dates: June 7-June 25, Monday through Friday

Cost: $50 per semester

• Time: 8:45am-12:45pm/M-F

ACADEMIC CREDIT ADVANCEMENT OFFERINGS

• Location: GlenOak High School • Cost: $75

ELEMENTARY: MISSION TO MARS This summer learning camp is designed to help students develop their math and reading skills while engaging in an exciting adventure to Mars the Red Planet! Students will embark on launch trips and engage in exciting activities daily. • Students entering grades 1 through 5 • Dates: June 7-June 25, Monday through Friday • Time: 8:45am-12:45pm/M-F • Location: GlenOak High School • Cost: $75

GLENWOOD / OAKWOOD MIDDLE SCHOOL NEW HORIZONS CAMP Students entering grades 6 through 9 are invited to engage in academic learning in Language Arts and Math to prepare them for the upcoming school year. New Horizons will be gained through intramurals, mentorship and academic engagement opportunities!! Students will gain valuable skills to prepare them for the fall. • Students entering grades 6 through 9 • Dates: June 7-June 25, Monday through Friday • Time: Time: 8:45am – 12:45pm, Monday through Friday • Location: GlenOak High School • Cost: $75

GLENOAK HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT RECOVERY COURSES

OAKWOOD MIDDLE SCHOOL ONLINE HEALTH Students entering 8th Grade.

• Students are expected to complete all course work on their own time outside of the times listed. • Students will need to have access to a computer and the internet in order to complete coursework. • All mandatory meetings will be held at GlenOak High School A108. Mandatory first meeting: June 8 (Choose between 8:30am – 10:15am or 10:20am – 12:15pm.) Mandatory meetings: June 15, June 22, July 13. (Choose between 8:30am – 10:15am or 10:20am – 12:15pm.) All work must be completed by Friday, July 16, 2021 at 3pm. Cost: $75

ONLINE PHYSICAL EDUCATION

In this Personal Fitness course, students are required to participate in weekly cardiovascular, flexibility and strength and endurance activities. Students who are unable to participate in such physical exercises will be unable to complete the requirements of this course. • Students are expected to complete all course work on their own time outside of the times listed. • Students will need to have access to a computer and the internet in order to complete coursework. • All mandatory meetings will be held at GlenOak High School A108. Mandatory first meeting: June 8 (Choose between 8:30am – 10:15am or 10:20am – 12:15pm.) Mandatory meetings: June 15, June 22, July 13. (Choose between 8:30am – 10:15am or 10:20am – 12:15pm.)

There are many reasons why students get behind in their high school journey. Plain Local Schools offers a way for high school students to get back on track toward graduation by making up failed classes. These courses are offered at GlenOak High School. Only students who have previously failed the course during the regular school year may enroll.

All work must be completed by Friday, July 16, 2021 at 3pm.

May Session (May 3 - May 20) Monday - Thursday 3:00pm - 5:00pm

July 19-23, 1:00-3:00pm For students entering grades 6-8 Information will be sent home to all current band students. Email Mrs. Giotta at giottak@plainlocal.org with questions.

Students may register for one course. Transportation and a free meal will be provided.

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Cost: $75

SUMMER MUSIC CLASSES SUMMER BAND CAMP

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2021 SUMMER SCHOOL COURSE OFFERINGS Continued MIDDLE SCHOOL DRUMLINE CAMP

July 26-30, 2:00-3:00pm For students entering grades 6-8 who already have experience playing percussion Information will be sent home to all current band students. Email Mrs. Giotta at giottak@plainlocal.org with questions.

BEGINNING UKULELE

July 26-30, 1:00-2:00pm For students entering grades 4-6 who have no experience with the ukulele. Watch for more information this spring. Email Mrs. Giotta at giottak@plainlocal.org with questions.

CAMP INVENTION Camp Invention® is a nationally acclaimed summer program where STEM concepts come to life. Led by Plain Local teachers, this program has tapped into kids’ natural curiosity since 1990, giving them the opportunity to become innovators through teamwork and immersive, hands-on creative problem-solving. Students entering grades 1-6 Dates: June 7-11 Time: 8:30am-3:00pm/M-F Location: GlenOak High School Cost: $235 Notes: • Breakfast & Lunch provided by Plain Local Schools • Register online at www.campinvention.org or by calling 1-800-968-4332. • Promo codes available, email burchfields@plainlocal.org for more information

DANCE CLASSES Level 4 Pointe Students entering 12th grade 7:30-9:00am M/W/F June 7 - July 30 Cost: $100

SUMMER Y-KIDS PROGRAMMING: The Plain Local Schools is proud to partner with the YMCA of Central Stark County which will provide our students the opportunity to attend Summer Day Camp closer to home. The theme of this this year’s camp is: Back to Togetherness. Camp will take place from June 1 - August 13 from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Before and aftercare will be available from 6:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. The summer camp is designed for students entering grades 1 through 8 and will take place at GlenOak High School. The YMCA programming is focused on getting kids disconnected from technology and reconnected with laughter, fun and being outdoors. A special feature of this camp allows Plain Local students the opportunity to attend Plain Local summer academic, enrichment or sports programming in addition to participating in the YMCA summer camp all in the same day on our GOHS community campus. Campers will be offered breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon snack at no additional charge. Registration is limited. Go to ymcastark.org/summer for enrollment details. Summer School Before and After Care Program: The YMCA will be offering before and after care programming from 6:30am – 6:00pm at GlenOak High School. Please contact the YMCA at plchildcare@ymcastark.org for details.

SUMMER YOUTH ATHLETIC CAMPS Please check the athletic website at glenoakathletics.org for updates on all summer youth programming and sign-ups.

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

Level 3 Pointe Students entering 11th grade 9:00-10:30am M/W/F June 7 - July 30 Cost: $100 Level 1 and 2 Pointe Students entering 9th and 10th grade 7:30- 9:00am T/Th June 8 - July 29 Cost: $100 7th and 8th grade Pointe Students entering 7th and 8th grade 9:00-10:30am T/Th June 8 - July 29 Cost: $100 Intermediate Ballet/Tap Students entering 4th- 6th grade 10:30-11:30 M/W/F June 7 - July 30 Cost: $75

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RAISING RESILIENT CHILDREN BY LARISSA HARING, LPC CHILD AND ADOLESCENT BEHAVIORAL HEALTH’S EARLY & MIDDLE SCHOOL CHILDHOOD PROGRAM MANAGER

“One of the most important tasks of parenthood is helping children learn to deal with their emotions. All children experience periods of stress in their lives and need the emotional skills to deal with it. Children’s emotional resilience, or ability to cope with their feelings is important to their long-term happiness, wellbeing and success in life. Emotional resilience involves six key skills: recognizing and accepting feelings, expressing feelings appropriately, having a positive outlook, developing effective ways of coping, being able to deal with negative feelings, and being able to manage stressful life events.” – Triple P: Positive Parenting Program, Raising Resilient Children Seminar Series

RECOGNIZING AND ACCEPTING FEELINGS

Throughout a child’s development they are receiving messages and information from the world around them, shaping the way they acknowledge and understand feelings. Some simple ways to help children enhance this development follow. Accept different emotions – Often children receive the unwritten message that the only acceptable emotion is happy; do your best to acknowledge and accept more than just happy. Accept all emotions; the good, the bad and the ugly. Letting children know it is okay to feel the tough and challenging emotions of mad, sad, disappointed, frustrated and more. Talk about feelings –Talk about them regularly. Pointing out how a character feels on their favorite show or in their favorite book are simple way to start these conversations. Share your own feelings - It is okay to express our own emotions at times, modeling that we too feel sad, upset and even angry from time to time. Help your child recognize emotions – When your child is expressing an emotion, label it. Tell them what you are seeing or hearing them do that leads you to believe they are feeling a specific emotion.

EXPRESS FEELINGS APPROPRIATELY

Children learn by watching, this is no different when learning how to handle, express and cope with feelings. They are constantly watching us, the adults, when we are expressing and responding to small and big emotions. It is important to do our best and modeling socially appropriate ways to express and manage emotions. Acceptable ways of expressing emotions are related to cultural and family expectations. It is important for children to learn about culture through rituals and traditions relating to emotions. Weddings, funerals and festivals teach children how their family and culture deal with celebration and loss. Help your child talk about feelings – Avoid telling children how to feel, rather encourage them to share with you what they are thinking and feeling about the events happening around them or to them. When they start to talk to you about their feelings, stop what you are doing and give them your undivided attention. You can summarize what they share with the classic sentence starter “It sounds like you feel…”. Reward appropriate expression of feelings – Give positive feedback and praise to children when they do express

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their emotions in a developmentally appropriate way. For example, “I think you handled your anger well. I saw you get very upset, take a deep breath and walk away. Wow!” Deal with inappropriate expression of feelings – Decide how you plan to handle the inappropriate expression of feelings like being hurtful, disrespectful, yelling, swearing or hitting others. Consistent consequences that help children learn more acceptable ways of expressing their feelings are best. • Acknowledge the negative emotion and problem first. • Tell them specifically and clearly what to stop doing. Short, sweet and to the point. • Implement a logical consequence like quiet time to encourage self-regulation.

BUILDING A POSITIVE OUTLOOK

Feelings are related to what children are thinking about and telling themselves. They can only pull from the experiences they have had so far. Parents can help children develop a positive sense of self through optimism. Encourage Optimism – Looking on the bright side of situations and finding the positive is a skill, one that can be taught and encouraged. We must model this optimism. Encourage children to set realistic goals and their use of creativity and initiative to meet them. Helping children find clubs or activities they are interested in and can find success after hard work helps teach this skill. Encourage Curiosity – Curiosity can truly become a challenge to us as parents; the questions of “why”, taking things apart or getting into things we wish they would not. Going back to the above statement, have optimism, looking at this curiosity as a strength. Curiosity is how children learn about and become interested in the world around them. Encourage this by supporting their interests in new activities, let them explore and learn about the world around them. Be available when they are excited to show you something, ask questions and teach them how to find more information about it. Encourage Contentment – Helping children have contentment involves teaching them to be accepting, tolerant and appreciative of what they have. Model being appreciative and grateful. Talk to children about the highlight of their day. Encourage empathy and discussing other people’s point of view. Discussing acceptance of the things we cannot control or change. Boredom is an acceptable feeling to have.

DEVELOPING COPING SKILLS

Coping skills are the tools we use to help us regulate our emotions and solve the problems that may be causing or influencing negative emotions. Help Your Child Become a Problem Solver – Sometimes we as parents fall into the trap of solving all our children’s problems. We do not like to see them upset and sometimes it is just easier to do things ourselves. You are encouraged to allow children to be in the “yuck” for a bit. Ask them questions that will help them develop skills to solve problems on their own. Encourage them to solve the problem lets them know you believe in them and develops their ability to solve problems independently one day. • State the problem clearly. • Come up with some possible solutions.


RAISING RESILIENT CHILDREN CONTINUED • Think about the good points and bad points of the possible solutions. • Decide on the best solution or plan. • Try it out by putting the plan in to action. • Review how the solution worked and make any necessary changes. Encourage Positive Thinking – Encouraging again that positive thinking and self-talk is helpful here too. Encouraging children to think about the same thing in a different way to effect how they feel about it. Play games that prompt your child to imagine what someone might be thinking or feeling. Point out helpful and unhelpful ways of thinking about a situation. Help Your Child Learn to Relax – many of our days are go, go, go. The skill of relaxation is something that must be taught. Provide a good role model of how to manage stress by looking after yourself and taking time to relax. There are many tools, apps and websites that can help with teaching yoga, belly breathing, muscle relaxation and more. Help Your Child Look for Support – Discuss with children that everyone needs to talk about their feelings, especially when they become overwhelming. Finding safe people to talk to is important. Help them find a trusted family member, friend, teacher or counselor.

DEALING WITH NEGATIVE FEELINGS

and help coach them through ways to solve the problem and feel better. Sometimes they simply want us to listen and sit in the yuck with them. Help Your Child Learn to Cope on Their Own – Help your children deal with these negative emotions on their own by setting a good example of remaining calm. Talking with them about their anxious feelings and giving them small things to try when they want to feel better. Remember to praise them when they try new things and face their fears, reminding them when they were successful and overcoming a challenge. Simply saying, “I believe in you”, sends a positive message that you believe in them.

COPING WITH STRESSFUL LIFE EVENTS

When children are stressed by uncertainty due to a specific event ensure them of their safety and be available to help them through their emotions when needed. Allow them to be upset and encourage them to talk about it when they are ready. Encourage them to use the skills you have been working on to enhance their resiliency and check in with them often. Often in times of stress we can all struggle to remember how to solve a problem or cope. Seek professional advice if the stressful event is causing more long-term effects on you or your child.

POSITIVE PARENTING PROGRAM (TRIPLE P) CLASSES

Negative emotions are part of everyday life, we need to help children not let them become overwhelming by teaching them how to manage them. Common negative emotions include anger, anxiety, boredom, disappointment, distress, guilt, jealousy, loneliness, loss, rejection and sadness. It is not our job to protect our children from these emotions, but rather help them work through them by prompting problem solving.

C&A’s Certified Triple P specialists offer four, half-hour, oneon-one parent meetings at no charge. These meetings are covered through a grant C&A received from the Ohio Children’s Trust Fund. The topic of these meetings is the parent’s choice. Common topics are: lying, tantrums, parent stress, work-home balance, ADHD, sleep and many more. These sessions are offered in-person or virtually. To sign up for a session, text @ triplepca to 81010.

Help Your Child Manage Negative Emotions – Notice when your child is upset and pay attention. Asking them what is wrong and listening to what they say. Label their feelings

For more information on Triple P or parenting related topics please contact Larissa Haring at lharing@childandadolescent. org or 330-433-6075.

CHILD & ADOLESCENT BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES What are school based services?

SCHOOL BASED

MENTAL

TREATMENT

HEALTH IS JUST

CONSULTATION

AS IMPORTANT

SERVICES

AS PHYSICAL HEALTH

See youth and adolescents during school to help with anxiety, depression, substance use, and behavioral/emotional issues.

CARE TEAMS MAKE REFERRALS: TEACHERS, PRINCIPALS, GUIDANCE COUNSELOR AND C&A THERAPISTS

SCREEN MENTAL HEALTH FOR SUBSTANCE ISSUES

THERAPISTS PROVIDE

PARENTS ASKED TO BE ENGAGED

CONSULTATION

LINK FAMILY TO COMMUNITY

CRISIS INTERVENTION

RESOURCES

PARENT EDUCATION

C&A THERAPISTS COLLABORATE

SERVICE COORDINATION

WITH SCHOOL STAFF TO ENHANCE SUPPORTIVE SOCIAL/EMOTIONAL

SKILL BUILDING ONGOING TREATMENT

ENVIRONMENT

Guidance to live a life of health, hope, happiness and opportunity.

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PLAIN TOWNSHIP HISTORICAL SOCIETY SUBMITTED BY: CINDY GUEST, PLAIN TOWNSHIP HISTORICAL SOCIETY HIDDEN HISTORIC HOMES

Many people do not realize how many historic homes still exist in Plain Township. Several of these are tucked away in allotments that were built on their farm land. The homes we are featuring here are side by side and tucked back on a dead end street. These hidden houses were built in 1910 and 1885 and are located on the dead end street of 52nd St NE. They were once part of a Amish farm that spanned 150 acres. While we might not associate Amish/Mennonite farms as being part of Plain Township, this one was. Since Amish/Mennoite people mostly engage in farming, their style of home is a simple farmhouse that likely was added on to as the family grew. It is not uncommon for there to be a second home built to accommodate aging parents or a growing family that work the farmland. Amish/ Mennonite homes are simple and homey, void of decorations inside and outside. These early homes did not have electricity or indoor plumbing. Adam Schaeffer purchased this land in 1810 from the US Government. From there, the land passed on to Conrad and Valentine Speelman, Jacob Kettering, Hiram Housel, and Jacob Grosenbacher. Christian Graber (1825-1895), Amish, purchased this property in 1881. Christian built the orginial farmhouse in 1885 and mostly likely one of his children built the second house in 1910. After Christian passed away, the farm passed to his children and eventually in 1919 to his granddaughter Anna Graber Becher.. Part of the farm was sold in 1964 for the development of Dunloe Estates. The Becher family farmed the remaining land and ran a dairy on the property until 1977 when the farm was sold for the development of Norwood Hills. A piece of the original farmland still resides in the Becher family today. Christian Graber (1825-1895) immigrated from France in 1880 with his wife and five children. He married in France, Frances Krayenbuhl (1832-1900). Their children were: Catherine Krayenbuhl (1867-1888) married Christian Graber (1852-1920); Peter Christian (1858-1937) married Catherine Cassie Schlonger (1864-1966); Christian Daniel (18601934) married Martha Ellen Conrad (1880-1952); John Christian (1862-1935) married Catherine L Kreibuill (1865-1945);

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and Mary Catherine (1918-1965) never married. Anna Graber Becher was the daughter of Catherine Krayenbuhl Graber (1867-1888) and Christian Graber (1852-1910). She married Amos Becher (1873-1958) and they had three children: Walter (1907-1973), Paul (1909-1987), and Catherine Marie (19141985). The Graber and Becher families made great contributions to Plain Township’s agricultural industry and history.

STARK COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

The Plain Township Historical Society is pleased to announce that we are now part of the Stark Community Foundation Family with the establishment of “The Plain Township Historical Society Endowment Fund.” The Board of Directors established a goal for our 15th Anniversary year of 2020 to grow our Endowment fund so we could become part of the Stark Community Foundation (SCF) family. With the onset of the pandemic, we were not sure we were going to reach this goal. Thanks to the support of our membership and the community, we were able to raise the money by January 2021. We now have a foundation to invest in our mission “to preserve, protect, and promote the heritage of Plain Township, Stark County, Ohio.” We are very excited about this opportunity and look forward to what this will bring about. We would like to thank everyone who made this possible.

LEWIS SCHNEIDER HIDDEN HOME ADDITION

When listing Lewis Schneider’s children for the article on his home in the last issue, we inadvertenly left out his youngest, Grover Edward (1884-1931). Grover married Mary Rebecca Pontius (1889-1927.) “Invest in Plain’s History” by becoming a member, volunteering, making monetary donations and donating items related to Plain Township. Plain Township Historical Society Contact: • Email: preservingplaintwp@gmail.com • Facebook: Facebook.com/PlainTownshipHistoricalSociety • Website: preservingplaintwp.org • Phone: 330-224-2660


LOW-INTEREST STUDENT LOANS OFFERED FOR STARK COUNTY GRADUATES APPLICANTS ELIGIBLE FOR $12,000 TOTAL FOR UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION Students looking to further their education can turn to a local foundation for low-interest student loans. The Canton Student Loan Foundation, a non-profit organization, is offering student loans to Stark County graduates. The loans can be applied to any undergraduate course of study, including four-year college degrees, two-year associate degrees and degrees from technology and trade schools. An annual interest of 6 percent is deferred while the student is attending classes, so the effective interest rate is 1.5 to 2 percent, much lower than most other sources. There are no fees. Students may borrow up to $12,000 total over the course of their undergraduate education. Freshmen can receive $3,000 per year and students closer to graduation can receive more per year. To be eligible for a loan, students must have graduated from a Stark County high school, have and maintain a 2.0 grade point average, be pursuing a post high school education, and be attending school on a full-time basis (enrolled for at least 12 credit hours per term). Graduate school loans are also available. In order to borrow funds for graduate school, the student must be a current Canton Student Loan Foundation student. “Increased training or earning a degree can mean earning thousands of dollars more each year so being able to pursue additional training or education is a life-changing experience,” says Kimberly Leggett, Executive Director of The Canton Student Loan Foundation. “It has always been our goal to help our local Stark County students pursue their dreams without the burden of fees and high-interest-rate loans.” To apply online, visit www.cantonstudentloan.org. Or contact the Canton Student Loan Foundation at (330) 493-0020 or at info@cantonstudentloan.org. Loan applications are due in the Foundation’s office by June 1, 2021. Since 1922, The Canton Student Loan Foundation has extended over $38 million to more than 6,000 Stark County students. Recipients have gone on to careers in education, medicine, law, marketing, cosmetology, auto technology and countless other areas. More than half of the student borrowers return to live and work in Stark County following the completion of their education.

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GLENOAK WINTER SPORTS RECAPS Recaps are provided by and written by coaches. For more information on any individual program please visit glenoakathletics. org or contact GlenOak Athletic Director Scott Garcia at garcias@plainlocal.org.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

rie Kimble Record: Boys: 4-7 / Girls: 3-8 Federal League Record: Boys: 1-5 / Girls: 1-5 Team Accomplishments: This year, the GlenOak Swimming and Diving team was able to qualify five relays to the District meet, thanks to fantastic swims from Corder Houk, Gennie Dimmerling, Matt Calvert, and Alex Cirese. Tremendous individual swims allowed our teams to qualify six individual athletes as well. Those six athletes were Anna Perticarini, Blayne Maurer, Layne Studer, Emma Peterson, Spencer Reich, and Kate Weisbrod. With a team full of underclassman, this sets our team on a strong path moving into next season. Individual Player Achievements/Accomplishments/ Awards: Anna Perticarini - Achieved a 10th place finish at the District meet in the 50 Freestyle Kate Weisbrod - Achieved a 18th place finish at the District meet in the 50 Freestyle

Congratulations Girls Basketball on another successful season!

Emma Peterson - Achieved a 34th place finish at the District meet in the 50 Freestyle

Head Coach: Paul Wackerly

Blayne Maurer - Achieved a 26th place finish at the District meet in the 100 Butterfly

Assistant Coaches: Larry Mizer, Curt Shaffer, Duke Williams, Rob Rhodes, Alexis Green, Bret Wackerly

Layne Studer - Achieved a 23rd place finish at the District meet in the 50 Freestyle

Record: 18-5

Spencer Reich - Achieved a 28th place finish at the District meet in the 50 Freestyle

Federal League Record: 12-0 Team Accomplishments: Federal League Champions, District winner, Elite Eight Individual Player Achievements/Accomplishments/ Awards: Breezie Williams - 1st team Federal League Aniyah Hall and Jordan Weir - 2nd team Federal League Meya Metz - Honorable Mention Federal League Final Thoughts on the season from the Coach: “Another successful season. Thrilled to make it to the Elite Eight for the third straight year. Had a wonderful group of seniors. Looking forward to next year.” - Paul Wackerly

SWIMMING AND DIVING

Final Thoughts on the season from the Coach: “In spite of obstacles faced related to the COVID pandemic, the 2020-2021 Swimming and Diving season gave our young team an opportunity to show the kind of perseverance that is necessary to achieve results. Anna Perticarini and Matt Calvert especially show strong potential moving forward, with fantastic work ethic and maturity uncommon for their age. Though I’m certain that it wasn’t the senior year they pictured, Alex Cirese, Spencer Reich, Carmyn Grubbs, Hailey Harper, Shadara Lowe, Mitch Weaver and Darby Curran all represent GlenOak Swimming and Diving proudly, and their absence will be felt next season. This year was benefited by their level leadership and maturity that younger athletes would do well to emulate. Next season, our captains Corder Houk, Noelle Meister, Quentin Adams, and Emma Peterson will be a force to be reckoned with as we move into, what I can only hope is, a more traditional season in a post-COVID world Thank you to the community for your support, and to all of our athletes and parents who have put in so much work this season. You are integral components that make this program work.” -Zac Hawkins

Head Coach: Zac Hawkins Assistant Coaches: Anthony Ferrell, Sarah Mally, and Sher-

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BOYS BASKETBALL

GYMNASTICS

Sport: Gymnastics GlenOak photography students capture an action shot during a boys basketball game.

Head Coach: Matt Hackenberg Assistant Coaches: Mike Soyars, Ryan McGonagle, Chris Albert, Brian Powell, Marcus Marshall Record: 10-13 Federal League Record: 2-10 Team Accomplishments: Defeated district champion Hoover on the road, defeated Norton who finished 22-3. Individual Player Achievements/Accomplishments/Awards:

Head Coach: Alyssa West Assistant Coach: Aubrey Durkey Record: 1-3 Federal League Record: 3-3

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Team Accomplishments: 2nd place at the annual Eagle Invitational. Final Thoughts on the season from the Coach: “The team work and work ethic of this group is unmatched. We are proud of their athletic performance during meets and even more proud of the sportsmanship and leadership demonstrated on the sidelines.” -Alyssa West

Sam Oliver - 2nd team all-FED, 1st-team OHSBCA District-4, Brody Gowen - Honorable Mention All-FED, Honorable Mention OHSBCA District-4 Jack Davis - Honorable Mention OHSBCA District-4 Final Thoughts on the season from the Coach: “Navigating the pandemic to have a season in which our kids were competitive with nearly every team, and played extremely hard in all games, was a success. Our culture and buy-in is becoming very strong. Our seniors were enjoyable to work with and set the tone for years to come. We will return 1500 minutes of varsity experience to blend with a JV team that shows a lot of promise.” - Matt Hackenberg

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WRESTLING

member this year.

Head Coach: Michael Hynd

Ronald Dimmerling, Junior Captain - Currently is 48-3 and has 132 career wins in only three years of wrestling. He is a three-time 1st-team Federal League and a three-time 1st-team all-county. He is a two-time sectional champion, three-time district qualifier, two time district placer, and a state qualifier. Ronald Dimmerling currently has a cumulative grade point average of 3.69. Ronnie has several GlenOak wrestling records and is interested in continuing his wrestling career at the next level. Congratulations on placing 6th at the State Tournament!

Aeden Begue, Senior Captain - Currently is 48-4 and has 116 career wins in only three years of wrestling. Aeden is a two-time district qualifier, a sectional champion and a state qualifier. He was 2nd-team in the Federal League this year. Aeden currently has a cumulative GPA of a 3.78. He is interested to continue his wrestling career at the next level. Congratulations on placing 5th at the State Tournament!

Assistant Coaches: Adam Black, Lucas Krumlauf, and Cale Canoles Record: 27-17 Federal League Record: 2-4 Team Accomplishments: Four Sectional Champs; Seven District Qualifiers and Three State Qualifiers. 2nd Berkshire Dual Tournament and 1st Place at the Ian Jones Memorial Dual Tournament. Finished 14th place as a team at the State Tournament. Individual Player Achievements/Accomplishments/ Awards: Nikolas Kiley, Senior Captain - Finished the season with a 32-16 record. Nikolas finished the season placing 5th at Sectionals and becoming a District alternate. Nikolas finished his wrestling career with 89 wins, a one-time district qualifier, and a two-time 2nd-team Federal League winner. He was also a 2nd team all-county member last year. Avant Money, Senior Captain - Finished the season with a 40-10 record. Avant Money was a Sectional Champion and a one-time District qualifier. He finished his wrestling career with 88 wins, a two-time 2ndteam Federal League winner. He has tied the pin record at GlenOak High School with an 0:08 second pin. He will be 1st-team all-county

Brandon Batson, Sophomore - Currently is 48-1 and has 85 wins in two seasons. He is a two-time 1st-team Federal League and a one-time 1st-team all-county. He is a sectional champion, two-time district qualifier, a district champion and a state qualifier. Brandon Batson has several GlenOak wrestling records. Romeo Magueyal, Finley Peeler, and Oliver McDavid are all freshman district qualifiers. Final Thoughts on the season from the Coach: “This year has been great for the GlenOak Wrestling family! I cannot tell you how much easier it was to coach because of the commitment and level of dedication of these fine young men. We finished the season with a 27-17 record, four sectional champions, seven district qualifiers, three state qualifiers and two state placers. It is all due to the positive culture of a family being there for each other and making sure the job gets done. I can’t wait to see what we do as a team in the future and what the seniors do in life outside of school. I know they are all going to do something special.” -Michael Hynd

FREE YOUTH FOOTBALL CAMP SUNDAY, APRIL 25, 2021 GLENOAK HIGH SCHOOL 12:30-3:00PM ANY STUDENTS IN GRADES 1-6

THE CLINIC WILL INCLUDE BASIC FOOTBALL FUNDAMENTALS, CHAMPIONSHIP MINDSET, SPEED TRAINING, AND INTERACTION WITH THE GLENOAK COACHING STAFF. REGISTRATION WILL TAKE PLACE BETWEEN 12:30-1:00PM. FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE EMAIL GLENOAK ATHLETIC DIRECTOR SCOTT GARCIA AT GARCIAS@PLAINLOCAL.ORG.

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CHEERLEADING

Head Coach: Alyssa West Assistant Coaches: Skylar Bunish, Kylee Bell, Katie Buda, Savanna McElwain Record: Competition Team 3rd in OASSA State Championship Division 1 Non-Building Large. 9th in OASSA State Championship Division 1 Non-Building Large Gameday

Team Accomplishments: OASSA State Qualifier Division 1 Non-Building & Division 1 Gameday Final Thoughts on the season from the Coach: “These athletes made the most of each and every practice, game and competition despite a late start to our season and restrictions/limitations. Very proud of this group.” -Alyssa West

BOWLING

Congratulations to Rachel Young- Bowling State Qualifier

Head Coach: Dirk Hartman

ond place alone.

Assistant Coach: George Young

Individual Player Achievements/Accomplishments/Awards:

Record: Boys 4-13 / Girls 13-4

Rachel Young (State Qualifier, #1 District Qualifier).

Federal League Record: Boys 3-11 / Girls 12-2 Team Accomplishments: Rachel Young made it to States as an individual, and the girls team finished the season 12-2 in the Federal League and was good enough for sec-

Final Thoughts on the season from the Coach: “Great first year, not the finish we wanted for the girls, and a lot of improvement in store next year for the boys. It was my honor being their Coach.” -Dirk Hartman

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40 YEARS OF SERVICE

At the March 17 Plain Local Schools board of education meeting, long-time district secretary, Linda Stambaugh was honored for her years of service. Linda serves as secretary to Superintendent, Brent May and has been with Plain Local Schools for 40 years! Linda is retiring at the end of the month and her family was in attendance as the Plain Local Administration and Board of Education celebrated her years of dedicated service.

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The GlenOak Horticulture Spring Plant sale is Saturday, May 8, 2021 from 9:00am-1:00pm. Located at the greenhouse at Oakwood Middel School, 2300 Schneider St NE, Canton, OH 44721. Email Horticulture teacher Tiffany Woods at woodst@plainlocal.org with any questions.

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WOMEN OF IMPACT

GlenOak students, Estrella Lemus-Wright and Iteyliah Grant under the Direction of Equity and Inclusiveness Director, Victoria Newkirk presented at the March board of education meeting to thank board members Monica Gwin and Kristen Guardado for their dedicated service to the Plain Local community in honor of international women’s day. The students talked about inspiring women in their lives and thanked Monica and Kristen for being role models for young women in our community.

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Students at Taft Elementary practiced their reading, writing, and presentation skills after researching an animal of their choice. Students then presented their projects to each other, Mr. Cartwright and Mrs. Milford! Way to go Little Eagles!

Mrs. St. Clair’s class at Barr Elementary loves green and gold day! Go Eagles!

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2021 KIND -2022 E REG RGARTE ISTRA N TION Do you have a child that will be 5 by September 30, 2021? It is time to start thinking about Kindergarten registration! Plain Local Schools Kindergarten registration is open NOW

My daughter has grown into a very outgoing and confident little girl during Kindergarten this year! The teachers allow my daughter to grow and learn at her own pace while continuing to keep her challenged. - Plain Local Schools Kindergarten Parent

You have options: Choose what works best for you and your family! Phone Appointment: Visit our website at www.plainlocal.org to schedule a phone appointment to complete all necessary paperwork. In-Person Appointment: Schedule an in-person appointment on one of the following days: • Monday, April 5 from 1pm-4pm • Thursday, May 13 from 5pm-8pm

Not sure which school your child will attend? Call us at 330-492-3500!

In-person appointments will take place at the elementary school your child will attend. All necessary safety precautions will be in place. Sign-up at www.plainlocal.org.