January 2018 Plain Paper

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Golden Eagle Athletic Hall Of Fame Class Of 2018 Pages 8-9

Student Run Businesses Flourish

As we begin 2018, I would like to thank the entire community for your support and encouragement. This community has experienced some difficult times recently, but we have always come together to support each other. Plain Local is a special place and I consider myself fortunate to work and raise my children in this great community! I am excited to announce that GlenOak High School has been approved as an International Baccalaureate World School! The high school will begin to offer classes in the fall of 2018. This is an exciting time as GlenOak High School becomes one of only 2,500 high schools in the world that offer this curriculum. The IB has a positive impact on students, schools and their wider communities with learning going well beyond the classroom. Its student-led inquiry-based approach to learning which means both students and teachers are genuinely engaged with the programs and benefit from being a part of an unparalleled global network. Students are able to research, write and present in academic areas for which they are passionate. Due to their learning and knowledge, students will be well prepared to attend college and help create a better, more peaceful world as a lifelong learner. This is an exciting time in the Plain Local School District. The district will always look forward in an effort to provide students with the best, and most relevant education in Stark County. This announcement is another example of the progress being made in the Plain Local School District. Go Eagles!

Brent May, Superintendent

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Details On Page 16 Founded in 1968 the International Baccalaureate (IB) is a non-profit foundation, which offers four high quality and challenging educational programs for a worldwide community of schools. Celebrating 50 years in education, IB programs have gained a reputation for their rigour and high academic standards, for preparing students for life in a globalized 21st century, and for helping to develop citizens who will create a better, more peaceful world. Currently, more than 1.3 million IB students attend over 4,700 schools in 147 countries. To learn more, please visit www.ibo.org.

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Harvest Of The Month Uses Local Food Sources Plain Local Schools Nutrition Department is proud to support local businesses feed over 6,000 students who attend our schools. During the 20162017 school year, over $32,000 was spent supporting the local food industry. In an effort to expose students to fresh and locally grown produce and other foods, the district has implemented the “Harvest of the Month” program. This is our second year of promoting a different fruit, vegetable or other food items each month

in each school building that apples; Atlantic Foods in has been sourced locally. Canton, providing produce; The idea of the program is to Dough Go, a local Canton not only expose children to different food items, but to encourage and bring focus to local food sources in our community and local region. The Nutrition Department is currently working on a grant from the USDA, in partnership with The Stark County Educational Service Center. Local vendors used in all Plain Local cafeterias include: Arrowhead Orchards in Paris, Ohio for fresh seasonal

small business provides whole providing baked goods and grain pizza and cookie dough; Reiter Dairy providing milk Nickels Bakery out of Navarre to all buildings.

Oakwood Students Learn To Develop Tomorrow’s Ideas Today

Cafeteria workers Cheri Amerine and Teresa Desantis from GlenOak High School pose with the wide variety of fresh produce for students to choose from every day.

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For the second year running, Oakwood Middle School has partnered with the Canton-based nonprofit TomTod Ideas, resulting in some amazingly deep learning! Standing for tomorrow’s ideas today, TomTod Ideas empowers middle school students to launch imaginative ideas and spark positive change. Through their “What If 101” programming, TomTod staff works collaboratively with classroom teachers to expose students to all aspects of their community, teach about the challenges and assets that exist, and then encourage students to create project ideas that will enhance the common good. Throughout the course of first semester, seventh

and eighth grade students in Bonnie Scarpino’s Contemporary Issues class partnered with Jen Hickman from TomTod. They hosted guest Rob Steinberg, Director of the Plain Township Parks and Recreation Department, and took a trip downtown to meet Mayor Bernabei, several councilmen,the fire chief, and police lieutenant in their quest to learn as much about the community as possible. The next step was to take all that they had learned and think about what they could do to make things better. Of all the amazing project ideas that came from this experience, the Not-So Hungry Games (a student fun day consisting of games, food, and a movie for students who

choose to donate items to the Canton-Akron Food Bank) and the Easter Eggstravaganza (a holiday food drive and Easter basket giveaway for families in need that will take place with the help of community collaborations) are two that are working toward implementation within the next few months. Additionally, students on each of the two project teams had the opportunity to present their plans to the Plain Twp. Rotary at their luncheon in December. We are looking forward to picking up with “What If 101” again in January and continuing this partnership for the benefit of students, staff, and community! For more information about TomTod Ideas, go to www. tomtodideas.org.

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Student Scheduling Calendar Set 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. For students transitioning to either Oakwood Grade 7 or GlenOak Grade 9, there will be an informational meeting followed 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 at the

February 12 informational meeting and in Student Success class. Glenwood Who: Students entering Grade 5 When: March 13, 2018 Session 1: 6:00 PM Schools: Middlebranch, Barr, Warstler Session 2: 7:00 PM Schools: Taft, Frazer, Avondale Where: Glenwood Gymnasium

Oakwood Who: Students entering Grade 7 When: February 28, 2018 Session 1: 10:00 AM

Sturiale Receives Award For Teaching Mentorship Congratulations to Lauren Sturiale from Oakwood Middle School. She was presented with an award from Kent State University at

Session 2: 6:00 PM Where: Oakwood Auditorium

Following these information sessions, parents will have a personalized scheduling meeting which takes place on March 5 and March 6. Sign up for your scheduling conference at: https://owms. youcanbook.me/ GlenOak High School Who: Students entering Grade 9 When: March 5, 2018 Time: 6:00 PM Where: GlenOak Theater Following this information session, parents will have a personalized scheduling meeting which takes place on March 13 and March 14. Sign up for your scheduling conference at: https://gohs. youcanbook.me/

Stark for being an excellent mentor to her student teacher. Rebecca Haas, from Kent GlenOak High School Who: Students entering State remarked “Ms. Sturiale Grades 10-12 was not only nominated, but When: February 12 chosen to receive an award Time: 6:00 PM for her outstanding efforts Where: GlenOak Theater for being an excellent mentor and role model for our student.” Ms. Sturiale was invited to the Student Teacher Celebration Dinner hosted by the MCED Department If you are interested in subat Kent State Stark and was bing in the Plain Local School presented with the award in District for any of the followDecember. ing positions, please apply online at www.plainlocal.org Substitutes are needed for: • Cafeteria McKinney-Vento Act • Custodian It is the policy of the Plain Local School District to • Non-Instructional Aide enroll, educate and not segregate or stigmatize chil• Instructional Aide dren on the basis of their status as homeless. Any per• Secretary/Clerk son suspecting a child is homeless should notify the • Bus Drivers Administration at 330-492-3500 to ensure that homePlease contact the Plain less children enroll in school and have the opportunity Local Administration Office to succeed academically. at 330-492-3500 with any questions. Title I / Idea-B Flow Through Notification The Plain Local School District receives notification of their entitlement of federal funds allocated in accordance with the Title I/ Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Public Law 92-142. Utilization of the funds is designated to provide services and programs for disabled students. Persons who wish to comment on how to utilize these designated funds are welcome and encouraged to contact Mark Parent, in the Special Education Department located at GlenOak High School at 330-491-3839 or email at parentm@ plainlocal.org.

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Title I Evaluation

Each spring, parent and teachers evaluate the Title I program. Comments and input from both are used as plans are made for services the following school year. If your child is not receiving services or you would like to provide input on the Title I program, please contact Jill Collet in the Curriculum Department located at GlenOak High School at 330-413-2128 or email at colletj@plainlocal.org.

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2018 Plain Local Schools Board Members and Meetings Board Members John W. Halkias President Term: 2018-2021 w: 330-497-3003 h: 330-494-4719

Kristen Donohue Guardado Vice President Term: 2018-2021 w: 330-489-3395 h: 330-497-2828 Eugene M. Cazantzes Term: 2018-2021 h: 330-456-5787 Monica Rose Gwin Term: 2016-2019 h: 330-493-9561 Dr. Ambrose Perduk, Jr. Term: 2018-2021 h: 330-904-4620

Meeting Dates The Board also adopted the following dates and locations for their 2018 regular meetings. All meetings are to begin at 6:30 p.m. unless otherwise indicated. January 23........................................... GlenOak High School February 21......................................Glenwood Intermediate March 21 .................................................... Oakwood Middle April 18........................................ Middlebranch Elementary May 16................................................. GlenOak High School June 13.............................................Administration Building June 29 (Special Mtg) (7 AM)....Administration Building July 18..............................................Administration Building August 15 (7:00AM).....................Administration Building September 19.............................................Frazer Elementary October 24..................................................... Taft Elementary November 14 ............................................... Barr Elementary December 12..................................Administration Building

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Frazer Families Give Back To Their Community This December the students and families of Frazer Elementary took time to give back to their community. Throughout the month, our students, lead by groups such as the Frazer Fellas and 4th grade class, along with the generosity of the rest of the students and staff, raised money, donated toys, and made blankets to give to those less fortunate.

Over the past couple of months, Frazer Elementary participated in “Make a Difference Fridays.” On those selected Fridays, students could wear a hat of their choosing if they donated 50¢. The money raised was donated to two charities selected by the Frazer Fellas. In November, Frazer students donated $125.77 to Akron Children’s

Hospital Foundation. Then in December, the generosity continued raising $115.66 to St. Jude’s Research Hospital. The week of December 4th, Frazer Elementary ran a toy drive to collect donations for the Stark County chapter of the “Toys for Tots” program. One of the oldest running toy donation charities in the country, it was established in the late 1940s by the United States Marine Corps. The Frazer family again came together and donated $70 and over 70 toys to the program! Finally, during the last week of December before winter break, our 4th graders worked to create fleece blankets. Fleece materials were donated by families and the entire 4th grade, along with parent volunteers, worked to create 17 blankets to donate to Akron Children’s Hospital. The blankets were donated on December 20th to the volunteer service department. By the next morning, children in the hospital were receiving the blankets. It has been an amazing

start to the 2017-18 school year at Frazer Elementary. Our students are not only

showing the academic success, but also the success as leaders in our community!

Annual Freshman Food Drive Another Success The freshman class had another successful year with its annual food drive. Thanks to the generosity of the students, faculty, and community, we were able to collect over 1,500 nonperishable items and over $100.00 to help stock food pantries in Plain Local.

Special thank you goes out to Giant Eagle, the Plain Township Fire Department, Little Flower Church, and the Stark County Library for their collaboration and efforts. Together we were able to make the holidays a little brighter for our families.

Mull Makes Winter Warmer For Homeless

Pictured from left to right: Evan Chesser, Sam Foltz, Avery Feller, Lucas Fox, Aris Kapalko and Gracie Brady with Mrs. St. Clair and her son Alex

Barr Blended Class Pays It Forward

Students in Mrs. St. Clair’s grades 1 and 2 blended class raised over $500 for a family in need at Christmas by completing chores. The students paid it forward by shopping for gifts and wrapping them as a class.

While most students were enjoying a relaxing day during our recent snow day, Oakwood Student Bradley Mull was busy trekking around Stark County collecting blankets and winter clothing for Hope Outreach Ministry on Mahoning Road in Canton.

Hope provides free clothing and food to homeless and needy families in downtown Canton. Over the past two winters, Bradley has collected over 500 blankets and 250 winters coats for Hope. We are proud of Bradley for his commitment to helping his community!

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Warstler Winter Party Has STEM, Environment Theme The highly engaging learning at Warstler Elementary has taken on a different look most recently. STEM learning opportunities for our students have been a part of the Warstler building goals over the last couple of years. The most recent building-wide STEM Day had a Winter theme with an environmental friendly twist. After Mr. Yocum

read the story “The Biggest, Best Snowman” by Margery Cuyler, he challenged the school to build the biggest best snowman ever at Warstler Elementary with recyclable material. For the next week, the students brought in bags of recyclable plastics and paper. While there was a building wide goal, each grade level had their own challenges to collaboratively tackle. Each

grade level was challenged with different engaging projects from a Duct Tape Sled Challenge to building Snowman Cup Towers. The following week during

their Winter party, each grade level contributed in building the biggest, best snowman ever built in the Warstler Elementary gym with the recycled material.

Not only did they learn how to collaboratively problem solve, they also learned the importance of environmental responsibility.

Earth Dome Appears At Avondale Avondale Elementary students got to experience the Earth Dome, a Mobile Ed assembly, prior to winter break. The Earth Dome is an inflatable balloon, The writing activity was part of the Barr Elementary similar to a planetarium. writing initiative teaching the writing process with a commitment to best practices in writing instruction.

Barr Students Pen Opinion

Students in Ms. Michel and Mrs. Commons grade 3 classes wrote an opinion piece on why Starbucks should choose their holiday cup design for 2018.

Pictured from left to right: Averi Williams, Keira Montgomery, Grace Michael, and Isaiah McCully

Oakwood Writers’ Club Forms

This year, 7th & 8th grade students at Oakwood Middle School have the opportunity to participate in Writer’s Anonymous, an after school club dedicated to helping students find and express their creative voice through the art of writing. This group is open to all students who enjoy writing! This year, a select group of

students will compete at a variety of local and national writing competitions, including the local Soroptimist Competition. In the spring, these students will travel to the College of Wooster to compete in the “PenOhio” Competition. Students are coached by Oakwood teacher, Mrs. Megan McElrath.

The inside and outside of the dome have satellite images of the Earth taken from space. Students in each grade learned about the continents, oceans, and topographical features of

the Earth. Events like this are possible because of the generosity of the Avondale PTO. Students enjoyed this unique experience of seeing the Earth as it appears from space.

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Middle School Dancer Featured In New Book that served as the vehicle — literally and figuratively — for Givens’s odyssey. The magnificent result is “Dance Across the USA,” a brilliant, coffee table style book featuring images from the journey. Part epic photo diary, part love letter to America, part celebration of dance, “Dance Across the USA” is completely awe-inspiring. Brimming with gorgeous, full color photographs, “Dance Across the USA” is filled with breathtaking images, swoon-worthy settings, and amazing subjects. A passion project born of FORT LAUDERDALE, who auditioned for the on an epic journey Givens’ desire to showcase Florida – Local dancer, book, Saylor Kaufman lives spanning 50 states in 90 Saylor Kaufman, in Plain Township with days with the sole purpose the fabric of America, is featured in an her family and attends of photographing dancers shine a spotlight on the importance of dance, and extraordinary new book, Oakwood Middle School. in national parks and highlight the diversity “Dance Across the USA.” In the summer of 2016, beloved and well-known that exists in both the Selected from a pool of Master Photographer settings in each state. physical landscape and several thousand dancers Jonathan Givens embarked After all, the possibilities in the dancers who make for splendid settings America their home, abounded — a dancer on “Dance Across the USA” top of an active volcano, This year’s all-school district. This is a show you in the middle of the ocean, is an extraordinary — and extraordinarily real — musical is “Les Miserables” won’t want to miss! on a sand dune in Death by Boublil. Performances will be held Valley, in a glacier-fed lake book. Resplendent with real This all sung musical tells on Friday, February 23 at — and Givens, undeterred photographs of real dancers in real locations — the skies 7pm and Saturday, February by the Herculean task, the journey of a man who rises from the depths to 24 at 2:30pm and 7pm at jumped in feet first. During are real, the landscape is real, even the dirty feet are achieve greatness amidst the the GlenOak High School that 90-day journey, real. The photos within this rise of revolution in 1800 Theater. Givens racked up some incredible book involve Ticket prices are $15France. The cast is made up unimaginable statistics: of 91 GlenOak High School Box Seats, $12-Floor seats, 22,264 miles driven; 22,160 no digital compositing, no trampolines, no wires students, 47 GlenOak High $10-Balcony seats and photographs created; 163 can be purchased at www. School Dancers and eight dancers photographed; 56 or strings attached. Real dancers. Real photos. Real younger cast members plainlocal.org under ARTS locations; 50 states; and settings. from various schools in the starting February 1. 1 Mighty Buford, the van

“Les Miserables” Performance Set

A book that is aweinspiring in its sheer beauty and magnitude, “Dance Across the USA” features a wide range of dancers — from ages 5 to 61, professionals and amateurs, students and teachers, male and female, boys and girls, cat lovers and dog lovers. Moreover, “Dance Across the USA” provides an exquisite, eye-opening look at America — from sandy Florida beaches to the rugged Washington coast, from the glaciers of Alaska to Death Valley in California and all points in between. Jonathan Givens is a photographer specializing in the entertainment industry. Beginning as a performer, and then a technician, choreographer, director, and designer, Jonathan later became the Master Carpenter for the Oprah Winfrey Show. Oprah suggested Jonathan pick up a camera … and the rest, as they say, is history. Jonathan is founder of EPS — Entertainment Photography Specialists. “Dance Across the USA” was to be published in a trade paper edition (ISBN: 9780692953709, 306 pages) in December. For more information about “Dance Across the USA,” visit: http://www. danceatusa.com/

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Career Tech Updates Cosmetology

The Senior Cosmetology students participated in an upstyle contest. They had guest artists in to show them some techniques and tricks to compete. Students practiced for 3 weeks to perfect their styles. Three professionals came in to judge the contest. Using a rubric, the judges gave points for “Professional and Polished” styles. The work of first place winners of the GOHS Cosmetology program up do contest winners: Emily Krynicky (left), and Micah Lewis (right).

Engineering The junior class has been working on technical drafting assignments along with a project called “Pattern Developments” this is creating a 3D model drawn from a flat plane using one complete piece of card stock. The senior class continued and finished up the Trebuchet design project by building three different types of trebuchets and launching pumpkins. Best launch this year was 85 meters or 93 yards. Pictured here are Ryan Reisinger and Cade Smarr putting the finishing touches on their winning Trebuchet.

Music Production As part of an emerging partnership between GlenOak High School Music Production (MP) and Kent State University at Stark, GOHS MP students recently toured the university music facilities. On what was a beautiful fall day, students met with professors, participated in a college level music production class, learned about the new recording studio and production space opening this spring, and took a walking tour of campus. KSU at Stark faculty were very generous in demonstrating concepts and answering student questions. By far, most GOHS students wanted to know “what it takes” to study music in college. The professors’ answer, “practice, practice, practice.” In other words, what we do here in Music Production.

Students Get Model UN Experience GlenOak students had the unique opportunity to travel to Columbus, Ohio recently to participate in the Ohio Model United Nations. OMUN is a three-day global education simulation experience that allows students in grades 9-12 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 AP Government teacher, Ryan Foltz, with help from US History teacher, Janet Wickline, accompanied 68 GlenOak students to Columbus, Ohio from December 3-5, 2017 to participate with 1,500 students from across Ohio. GlenOak’s country of Barbados was selected as, “Outstanding Resolution,” Sweden’s resolution passed

with the highest vote total of the weekend and Peru was selected as the best overall presentation of the weekend.

Congratulations to these countries and all the students for representing GlenOak with class and respect.

Learning about the Holocaust becomes real when students learn about the people who survived and their experiences. Oakwood grade eight students are focusing on those survival stories through books and speakers this year. The students are reading several books this year, all told through the eyes of children during the Holocaust. They have also had many guest speakers including Max Wachtel, an immigrant from Danzig, Poland. Max and his family left Poland just

three months before the Nazis invaded that area. Max shared with Oakwood students how lucky he felt to be at Oakwood to speak with them. Students were also were visited by Marilyn Feldman. She shared with the students about Jewish religion and culture and propaganda used by the Nazis during the war. Students have been able to hear and read real life accounts of what it was like during the holocaust. This important unit is lead by Laura Schmidt at Oakwood Middle School.

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Students Create Junior Achievement Businesses

New Business Lab Features 21st Century Classroom Design The High School of Business™ lab has recently undergone a transformation through the installation of new classroom furniture. The new design is comprised of furniture that can “flow” into different configurations

to support classroom activities like project-based learning, Socratic seminars, class speakers and the student-run businesses. All of the furniture is on casters allowing for students to break out into smaller

groups. Each student desk/ table has a small white board as well, and this provides an interactive model for teaching. This fluid movement promotes student-centered learning by empowering students to make them more active participants in the learning process. Many elements of the High School of Business™ curriculum are based on collaborative learning centers, and the new classroom design enhances the student experience in the business program.

On November 2, the High School of Business™ senior students at GlenOak pitched their company ideas in a “Shark Tank” pitch format in an attempt to secure start-up funding through the Junior Achievement Company program. Six local business professionals acted as judges for the pitch and evaluated each of the companies for profitability potential when awarding the start-up funds. All 3 companies were awarded money to start their ventures totaling $1,000. In each company, students are afforded the opportunity to make all of the business decisions vital to their company’s success. We are thrilled to be able to partner with Junior Achievement so that our students get authentic opportunities like this. These student-run companies are off to a strong start with their sales so far! Below is a brief description of each company and their contact information in the event that you would like to order their products. If you have any questions regarding our student businesses, please feel free to contact them below or Amanda de Fays at defaysa@plainlocal.org


Accessories empowering phones, people, passion This student-led retailer of phone accessories aims to allow people to bring back creativity and personality to their devices through the sale of unique phone cases, pop sockets, chargers, ear buds and cords. RePhone has been selling their affordable merchandise during student lunches and various athletic events. RePhone is excited to announce that they have created a limited edition collection of GlenOak pop sockets, and will be selling these for $5. If you are interested in ordering one or more of these, email RePhone at: smccracken@rephoneoh.com. You can also check them out on Twitter for product announcements, giveaways, and unique content: @RePhoneOH.

Light Up Creations

“Let us light up your world” We at Light Up Creations aim to provide our customers with a fun and custom product. We start with your choice of six different colors of antique water bottles, add in a light kit of your choice of color, and finish it with a custom adhesive waterproof graphic on the front. Light Up Creations has partnered with a senior student in the Graphic Animation program to be able to design something special for all occasions! Right now, we are also offering a specially designed GlenOak spirit bottle. All bottles are $15, and for more information, contact us at lightupcreations@yahoo.com.

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…where each gift is unique Our company repurposes cabinet doors to make serving trays, and have recently expanded our product line to include signs. Customers can choose from a variety of painted or stained cabinet doors and several different handle options. For an extra fee, The Unique Host can customize your tray to include any kind of lettering or shape. Right now we are offering a special edition spirit sign with your choice of GlenOak logos, last name and graduating class for $22. If you are interested in ordering one of our products, you can contact us at: TheUniqueHost@gmail.com • Basic tray (painted or stained) with choice of handles and felt feet = $20 • Tray (painted or stained) with choice of handles, felt feet and custom design = $25 • Sign (painted or stained) with custom design = $22

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Hospital Purchases Glenwood Art

Eight students from Glenwood Intermediate School had their artwork selected to be purchased for the permanent art collection of Akron Children’s Hospital. The hospital’s collection contains more than 1600 artworks from local artists as well as student artists. The

art consultant for Children’s Hospital visited Glenwood and was impressed by the quality of the students’ work. He selected eight pieces to purchase for the permanent collection. These pieces will be displayed in the new radiology unit at Children’s. We are proud of this amazing

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accomplishment from our young artists. Congratulations to the following students who had their art selected: Jake Paumier, Reese Walker, Addi Hamm, LaLa Alkaied, Nick Hallaman, Amyia Molokwane, Audree Selby and Josh Sponseller.

Charcoal Drawing by Jenna Ritchey was awarded a Gold Key Award from the National Scholastic Art and Writing Competition.

GO Artists Awarded

The annual National Scholastic Art and Writing Competition is a prestigious event designed to cultivate and award student artists in grades 7-12 for their development as artists and writers. This national competition has many famous people on its roster including, Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Zac Posen, and Stephen King. The national competition is scaled down music direction by Jessica Elephants in trees, a cat in been left in his care by the to regions within each state. Bell, choreography by a hat, and people too tiny to irresponsible Mayzie La The North East Central Ohio Jacquenette Blaydes, and Bird. Although Horton see, captivate in Oakwood (NECO) region includes: Middle School’s production faces ridicule, danger and a costumes by Stephen Stark, Summit, Medina, Tornero. of “Seussical Jr.” All of your trial, the intrepid Gertrude Tuscarawas, Holmes, Wayne Evening performances favorite Dr. Seuss characters McFuzz never loses faith and Carroll counties. Gold begin at 7 p.m. on February 9 key winners are placed on in him. Ultimately, the come to life in “Seussical powers of friendship, loyalty, and 10. Tickets are available exhibit and go on to compete Jr.,” a fantastical musical for $6.00 each. A 12:30 p.m. at the national level. Silver extravaganza from Tonyfamily and community are Cat in the Hat Party will take key winners have their work winners, Lynn Ahrens and challenged and emerge place on Saturday, February on display in the exhibit, triumphant! Stephen Flaherty. 10, prior to a 2 p.m. matinee while Honorable Mention The production features Transporting audiences performance. Tickets for the awards are given certificates Naomi Atwood as the Cat from the Jungle of Nool in the Hat, Landon Angione party with the matinee are to the Circus McGurkus, only. The Gold and Silver key $11.00. as Jojo, Trevor Kosht as the Cat in the Hat narrates winners will be on display at Visit https://tinyurl.com/ the story of Horton the Horton, Alexandra Petro the Kent-Stark campus from as Gertrude McFuzz, and OWseussical to purchase Elephant, who discovers a January 16-31st. The special reserved seats online. Chloe Dotson as Mayzie speck of dust containing award ceremony for all key Celebrate imagination and tiny people called the Whos. La Bird. More than 90 the time-honored tradition Oakwood students will be Horton must protect the of musical theater at this participating as members Whos from a world of of the cast, crew and design family-friendly event for the naysayers and dangers, whole community. See you at and he must also guard team. The show is directed by Wendy Martens, with the show! an abandoned egg that’s

Oakwood To Present “Seussical Jr.”






* This event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Tickets will be available at the Main Hall Information Desk, beginning Monday, Jan. 29 at 7:30 a.m. No phone reservations will be accepted. Call 330-499-9600 for details.

winners and their families will be held on Saturday, January 27th at 10am and Noon. The following students were named scholastic winners for the advanced 2D fine art class: Seniors Kyra Koprowski - 1 Gold key, 3 Silver keys, 4 Honorable Mentions Jenna Ritchey - 1 Gold key, 1 Silver key, 5 Honorable Mentions Julia Clark - 1 Silver key Lauren Barbato - 1 Silver key Sydney Kleptach - 1 Silver key Erykah Lofton - 1 Honorable Mention Juniors Mekenzie Keogh - 1 Honorable Mention Kathryn Milek - 4 Honorable Mentions Sophomores Deanna Hay - 1 Gold key, 1 Silver key Faye Switzer - 1 Silver key Magdalena Juarez - 1 Honorable Mention

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Township Parks Programs MESSY HANDS SESSION 4 Registration: Open Registration Deadline: January 27, 2018 *Limit of 14 per class and this fills fast! Parent/ Guardian must accompany child. Dates: All on Mondays at Diamond Park Community Room: 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/26, 3/5/18 Cost: $41.00 per child Register at: https://apm. activecommunities.com/ plaintownship/Home MESSY HANDS SESSION 5 Registration: Open Registration Deadline: March 19, 2018

*Limit of 14 per class and this fills fast! Parent/ Guardian must accompany child. Dates: All on Mondays at Diamond Park Community Room: 3/19, 3/26, 4/2, 4/9, 4/16/18 Cost: $41.00 per child Register at: https://apm. activecommunities.com/ plaintownshio/Home EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA The Plain Township Easter Eggstravaganza will be Saturday March 24, 2018 at Diamond Community Park. The event will run from 12:00PM -3:00PM

rain or shine and is free to the public. There will be egg hunts, games, the Easter Bunny on hand to take photos, concessions, candy, the Stark County Sheriff on hand with the CompUKids Program, and fun for the whole family. More details will be available as the event gets closer at www. plaintownship.com , and the Plain Township Twitter and Facebook pages, as well as press releases. INDOOR GOLF RANGE COMING SOON! Keep your swing throughout the winter at the Diamond Indoor Sports Complex on weekdays from 11:00AM – 3:00PM, except for holidays. Cost is $5.00 for a small bucket and $10.00 a large bucket. Diamond Indoor Sports complex will have mats down and a net approximately 10 feet in front of them for golfers to keep their swing over the winter months. While ball flight is limited to the netting area, the complex does have standard balls to give the authentic swing and feel of club and ball connection.

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Historical Society News

The Plain Township Historical Society needs your help! In 2018, they will be celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the Glenwood High School Dedication. They are looking for yearbooks, photos, stories, oral histories and artifacts from the Glenwood High School Years of 1957-1975. So if you have something to donate or share (we can make copies or photograph an item), please let us know. Only with your help can we make this celebration complete. Contact: preservingplaintwp@gmail.com. Yearbook Want List: Middlebranch High School – Any yearbook before 1937, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957 Glenwood High School – 1959, 1960, 1964, 1967, Oakwood High School – 1968, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975 GlenOak High School – 1982, 1984, 1990, 1992, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005 to present 2018 meeting schedule: Make your calendar now! Feb 19, 2018 – Canton Intersections Mar 19, 2018 – Pottery: Jugs/Crocks Apr 16, 2018 – Plain Township in the Civil War May 21, 2018 – Guy Tilden Architect Jun 18, 2018 – Woven Coverlets July 16, 2018 – Covered Dish Picnic at Veteran’s Park Aug 20, 2018 – Glenwood High School Sep 17, 2018 – Tombstone Tales Oct 15, 2018 – Henry Holl Nov 19, 2018 – Articles of Confederation Dec 2018 – No Meeting All meetings start at 7:00PM and are held at the Plain Township Offices 2600 Easton St. NE unless otherwise noted. Just Released: And The Story Continues Vol. 1 and 2 These two volumes explore 28 articles from historic newspapers on a variety of topics. Each copy is $10 to support the mission of PTHS to promote, preserve and protect the heritage of Plain Township Stark County. If interested in getting a copy of either/both of these volumes or Volumes 1 thru 4 of “Cruising Thru Plain Township”, email us at preservingplaintwp@gmail.com.

Plain Local Social Media: Where to find us! Looking for all the up to date information on all things Plain Local?

Here’s where to find us to stay connected. Remember to use the hashtag #plainpride when sharing photos, stories and updates on anything Plain Local! Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ plainlocalschools Twitter: @PlainLocal Instagram: @PlainLocalSchools Superintendents Twitter: @eagletweets14

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Library Branch Offers Something For All Ages Join us at the Plain Community Listen at the Library Branch of the Stark County Tuesday March 13, District Library to enjoy great 10:00am-11:00am programs for all ages. Some The collaboration between programs request registration; Canton Symphony Orchestra please call, stop in, or visit and Stark County District StarkLibrary.org and choose Library returns. Listen to the Calendar tab for more stories accompanied by live information. music.

Teens (6th - 12th Grade)


TeensCREATE Excel I Basics: Microsoft Office Wednesday January 24, Thursday February 1, February 14, 28, March 7, 21, 10:00am-11:30am April 11, 2:20pm-4:30pm Spreadsheets allow you to Hang out with your friends and create lists of information to make new ones at the Library. track, generate charts and assist Enjoy activities including with numeric formulas. While music, art, STEM, snap circuits, you build and refine your Excel All Ages and more. Each day will bring Elementary skills, create a small business something new to do and inventory sheet. Sundays with the Symphony LEGO® Club explore. Sunday March 11, Saturday February 17, Tune Up Your PC 3:30pm-4:30pm Adults March 17, Thursday February 1, Enjoy the sounds of the Canton 10:30am-12:00pm 6:00pm-7:30pm Knitting Club: Needlechat Symphony Orchestra at Stark Imagine, create, and build with Keep your computer running Every Wednesday, County District Library. LEGO® and/or DUPLO® bricks fast with these quick and easy 10:00am-11:30am (provided). maintenance tasks. Helpful Early Learners Join fellow knitters and system utilities and beneficial crocheters to work on current Pups and Pages Story Time & More practices to improve a PC’s projects at all skill levels while Saturday February 24, Story times open up the world performance are introduced. sharing tips and tricks. 10:30am-12:00pm of books, music, culture, and Bring a favorite book to share Mystery Book Club Excel II Formulas and More play to young children and or borrow one of the Library’s Thursday February 8, their families. 4:00pm-5:00pm to read to licensed therapy 10:00am-11:30am Thursday February 15: A Fine Baby / Toddler dogs. Learn the components of a Summer’s Day by Charles Todd Every Wednesday basic Excel formula (additions, Thursday March 15: Motherless Listen at the Library 10:30am-11:00am subtraction, multiply and Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem Tuesday March 13, except March 14 divide); sorting order; Special Enjoy lively discussions 10:00am-11:00am Pajama Paste to link documents with others on today’s most The collaboration between Every Monday together. intriguing books and topics. Canton Symphony Orchestra 7:00pm-7:30pm and Stark County District Android Basics: Tablet & Pysanky for Adults except Feb 19, Mar 12 Library returns. Listen to Smartphone Sponsored by the Plain Preschool stories accompanied by live Thursday February 8, Community Branch FOL Every Tuesday music. 1:00pm-2:30pm Sunday March 11, 10:30am-11:15am What kind of mobile device or 1:00am-3:30pm except March 13 smartphone did you buy? We Enjoy this Ukrainian art of will be discussing device types delicate egg decorating led by as well as the basic features and Denise DiGeronimo.

available software for Android mobile devices. Stay Safe from Viruses & Malware Thursday February 8, 6:00pm-7:30pm Learn to stay safe from viruses and other malicious software that can infect your PC. We’ll discuss antivirus software as well as what to do if your computer has been infected. Intro to Creating Attachments for Seniors Thursday February 15, 1:00pm-2:30pm Struggling with email attachments? Learn to attach a picture and/or document to an e-mail. Working with Attachments Thursday February 22, 1:00pm-2:30pm Now that you’ve learned about opening and closing email attachments, learn to save attachments where you want them. Take Control of Your Computer Thursday February 22, 6:00pm-7:30pm Join us for an overview of the Settings menu in Windows 10. Discover how to uninstall programs, change privacy settings, and customize your computer.

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Stark Parks Plan Events

Looking for a new adventure in 2018? Wanting to get out of the house and cure your cabin fever? Quail Hollow Park in Hartville offers over 700 acres of rolling meadows and scenic woodland trails made all the more beautiful by a fresh covering of snow. Join Stark Parks this season for guided exploration with winter activities, wildlife encounters, history programs, and more! Feb. 3 - Did the groundhog see his shadow? Find out at the Groundhog Day Miss Hufhand, Mason Rodgers, Brody Humes and Mrs. Hamilton doing the Ribbon Open House! Stop by the Cutting ceremony at the Middlebranch Elementary MakerSpace. Manor House any time between 2 and 4 p.m. to meet General Stark II, our resident groundhog, learn The Middlebranch On January 8, 2018, the using various tools. Tools Middlebranch Elementary in the MakerSpace include MakerSpace has been made about groundhogs, and enjoy fun activities for the MakerSpace became a library of books related possible through a Plain to each theme, a Lego wall, Local Schools Foundation whole family! available for students for Every Saturday in Jan. an iPad, a 3-D printer STAR grant that was the very first time. The awarded to Miss Hufhand and Feb. (weather perMakerSpace is a space that and much more. The mitting) - Enjoy snowy provides experiences for activities and tools in the and Mrs. Hamilton. landscapes and experience Middlebranch MakerSpace Additional funds and our students to make and trails in a whole new way create in order to prepare are planned according to materials were provided with cross-country skiing! Ohio’s Learning Standards through Donor’s Choose them for success in their Join Stark Parks at Quail projects and our PTO. future workplace. Students’ in all content areas and Hollow Park every Saturtime in the MakerSpace change throughout the We are looking day in January and Februis structured to provide year. All students, in all forward to seeing all ary from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. them with opportunities grade levels, will have that our students can for the Basics of Crossopportunities to attend the do in the Middlebranch to tinker, create, design, Country Skiing! You’ll problem-solve and more MakerSpace. MakerSpace! learn about the equipment, basic techniques, and safety. The cost is $12 per participant per class for gear rental (cash or check only). These programs are Dates and times are subject to change. Please check the district calenweather dependent and dar at www.plainlocal.org for the most up-to-date schedules. pre-registration at www.

Middlebranch MakerSpace Opened

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Starkparks.com is required. Feb. 12 - Hike the trails at Quail Hollow Park – by lantern light! Take a guided night-hike, learn about the history of the area, and explore the historic Brumbaugh Cemetery. The hike will begin at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center. Feb. 18 - Be a part of the Great Backyard Bird Count! For this national project, people count the number of birds on their property to create a snapshot of bird populations in real time. Be a scientist for the day at the Quail Hollow Manor House and count birds from our indoor bird viewing window. Meet at the Manor House as 2 p.m. to begin. Feb. 22 - While birds of prey are generally on the move, get up close to the Stark Parks education birds at Quail Hollow. With this Raptor ID program, you’ll learn some tips and tricks to identify them “on the fly!” Meet at the Nature Center at 6 p.m. Quail Hollow Park is located at 13480 Congress Lake Ave. in Hartville. The park is on the east side of the road about one mile north of Edison Street/Rt. 619. For more information about year-round programming, upcoming events, and more winter adventures visit www.StarkParks.com.

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GO Baseball Boosters Plan Seasonal Activities Baseball Program Ads As we all wait for the weather to warm and the snow to melt, the GlenOak Eagles Baseball program and the Diamond Club are busy preparing for the 2018 campaign. The team is busy running and lifting in preparation for tryouts that will be held February 19-23. The Diamond Club will hold several fund raising events this year to raise the funds needed to outfit our Varsity, Reserve and Freshmen teams for 2018. Contact the Diamond Club for more information concerning sponsorships, banners at

the field and having your name on a brick at the stadium. Opening Day is March 24th beginning at 7:30am with a Meet the Team Breakfast at GlenOak High School followed by the Varsity home opener against Boardman. The JV and freshmen will travel to Boardman that day.

Plain Local students, grades K-8, are invited to learn a routine and perform at a GlenOak High School Varsity Basketball Game with the GlenOak Majorettes. Clinic: Saturday, February

17 from 1:00pm-3:00pm in the GlenOak Auxiliary Gym Performance: GlenOak Varsity Basketball Game Tuesday, February 20th at 7:00pm The Mini Majorette Clinic

Save the date: January 27, 2018 at Glenwood Intermediate School. Doors will open at 1pm. You may purchase tickets from any player or their family. There will be two different ticket types: the first one will be $5 and that will get you in the door with one paddle. The second one will

be $10 and that will get you in the door with a total of 6 paddles. There will be a 50/50 drawling, vendors, and food to make it an afternoon of fun with the baseball players. We hope to see you there and thank you for supporting the players in this upcoming season.

GlenOak Baseball 2018 Alumni Day Get ready for the first GlenOak Baseball Alumni Day this spring at Joe Gilhousen Field. We need your help in locating alumni of the baseball program to make this a most memorable

day. Our first letter has been mailed out and less than a third of the past players will receive it. Please let us know if you received the letter and if not, contact the Diamond Club at one of the ways listed. We will add you to our invitation list for the evening of fun. Currently we are planning a picnic before the game, recognition at the Varsity game and a social event after the game. More details will be on our web site and Facebook page. Complete details will be in the next issue of the Plain Paper. Please email

Mini Majorette Clinic Set With GlenOak High School Majorettes

Holly Hills Travel Baseball Quarter Auction Planned

will be directed by Majorette Advisor, Kristen Chiarappa, and the GlenOak Majorettes. The clinic fee is $30.00 and students will learn a marching routine to the GlenOak fight song and a routine to a selected tune and receive their own baton! All participants will also receive a free GlenOak Mini Majorette T-shirt that they will wear for the performance and will need black leggings and athletic shoes. Additional information will be sent through email closer to the clinic and performance date. Please contact Mrs. Chiarappa to sign up at: kristenchiarappa@gmail. com.

Instruction provided by GlenOak baseball coaching staff and players. GlenOak Youth Baseball T-Shirt included for all athletes who register Camp When: Sunday, April 22 before April 16. Walk-ups welcome. 11am-3pm Please email The Where: Barr Elementary Diamond Club to register baseball Fields at glenoakdiamondclub@ Cost: $20 gmail.com Included: Lunch and glenaokdiamondclub@ gmail.com for more information.

Middlebranch Quarter Auction Sunday, February 25, 2018 from 2-4pm Middlebranch Elementary School Gymnasium 7500 Middlebranch Ave. NE Canton, Ohio 44721 Doors open at 1:00pm Auction starts at 2:00pm General Admission is

$7.00 at the door (must be 18) Additional paddles can be purchased on site for $1.00 each There will be over 80 auction items to bid on! Auction items can be viewed on our facebook page: Middlebranch Elementary PTO.

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