August 2016 Plain Paper

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Volume 9 • Number 1

August 2016

Ready, Set, Go! I would like to take this opportunity to welcome everyone back to the 2016-2017 school year. Summer went by quickly, but we are excited for yet another great school year. Much work has been done across the district to ensure that your child receives the best education in Stark County. We are very proud of what has been accomplished, and the future is bright in Plain Local! This edition is filled with information about the start of the school year. As you review, if there are questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to call any school building or Central Office at 330-492-3500. Our goal in Plain Local is to provide the best service to you and your family as we begin this school year. I know as a father that the beginning of school can be stressful, and we are here to help at any time. The entire staff has been working hard over the summer as we welcome back your children this month. Many improvements have been made across the district, and I hope you will be happy as you attend opening events in all of our buildings. Back to school information is located on our web site at Please use this site to access updates, email addresses, and contact information. Our goal is to answer your question within 24-hours. I am honored to serve you as your superintendent. I have great excitement as my wife Becky, and I send our three children to our schools this month, I see the quality in our staff each day as a father in the Plain Local School District. There is no other school system that I would rather have my children attend! We are going to have a great year, and your children are going to experience an amazing staff!

Go Eagles!

Brent May, Superintendent

Plain Plans 2016 Convocation With The Stars! We hope you will join us on Monday, August 22, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. at the GlenOak High School Theatre for the Plain Local School District’s Annual Convocation. We are planning an exciting event filled with guest speakers that will talk with our staff about the history and legacy of the Plain Local School District. We hope this will serve as a catalyst for a memorable and innovative 2016-2017 school year! Throughout the morning, we will introduce the new members of our teaching team, celebrate the start of the school year, and learn about the many excellent opportunities available to students, staff and community members in Plain Local.

The pride of Plain Local! The GlenOak marching band, color guard, majorettes and cheerleaders performed at the 2016 Pro Football Hall of Fame parade!

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Warstler Elementary Opens New Star Room This world wasn’t made for everyone. 67 out of 68 of us get along fine. But that 1 in every 68 sees his world in a totally different way. It’s a rough existence. Everything sounds too loud, lights flicker like strobes, ordinary smells can be sickening and all of the senses are basically out of whack. This is the world Andrew Schumacher lives in. Andrew, an Oakwood Middle School 8th Grader, has autism. “Andrew’s whole life has been about therapy and behavior modification to teach him how to live in our world,” says Paul Schumacher Jr., Andrew’s brother and President of Star Room LLC. “It’s a burden that I got tired of watching him struggle with alone.” Plain Local Schools is happy to announce that we have partnered with the Love, Andrew Autism Foundation and Star Room LLC to bring our students the first sensory-neutral environment crafted with revolutionary building methods that holistically address the entire space, creating the most optimal environment to manage sensory overload. Backed by 45 years of scientific research, The Star Room provides a calming and therapeutic place to de-

escalate, regroup, and then emerge feeling renewed and ready to return to class. “The Warstler Star Room is really a new and improved Star Room,” says Nicole Schumacher, PhD., Andrew’s mother and President of the Love, Andrew Autism Foundation. “We built a pilot Star Room at Glenwood several years ago out of desperation. Andrew desperately wanted to go to school, and we wanted to do everything we could to help him get through the day. It was a great testing ground to see how we could improve for the Warstler Room.” Dr. Schumacher credits her son, Paul Jr., and his uncompromising drive to create the best environment for children with autism, with the construction process that led to the Warstler Star Room. “I called on the best autism doctors in the country,” said Schumacher, Jr. “I met with scientists; families affected by autism and autism therapists. I wanted to know everything about the brain and behaviors of a child with autism. I needed a well-rounded perspective of what could help children with autism get through their day. Then I spoke with professional builders and their vendors. Their advice

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Andrew and Paul Schumacher visit the new Star Room at Warstler Elementary and test out the lighting feature. helped me narrow down how I needed to build a Star Room to make the biggest impact.” The Warstler Star Room provides recording studio soundproofing, odor and toxin absorbing drywall and paint, lighting that is indirect, with no annoying flicker; soothing colors on the walls, and comforting carpet made of silk. Because of the Star Room, these children experience a dramatic change in their school life and their social life during the school day. The environment the room provides allows them to be at ease with one another, from personal connections and get through their school day without the agitation that is the offset of sensory

overstimulation. “It was amazing to see how quickly the Star Room impacted the learning environment in such a positive calming manner,” says Mark Yocum, Principal of Warstler Elementary. “This helped increase the amount of instructional time for students that would otherwise not be able to return to class so quickly.” At present, there are no disability accommodations for children with autism. The Star Room is an exceptional, first of its kind venture to provide the accommodations currently lacking in schools. “The Star Room provides a one-of-a-kind experience for all students especially those with particular sen-

sory needs,” says Jennifer Ondo, 1st Grade Teacher at Warstler Elementary. “It was a calm and therapeutic environment that allowed students to de-escalate and return to the classroom ready to learn.” “I was born with the inherent ability to go anywhere and do anything, without limitation -- abilities that children with autism don’t naturally have,” says Schumacher, Jr. “I am passionate to create these spaces that allow children with autism to flourish. Spaces where they can be comfortable, make friends and have a normal day at school. My family and I applaud the Plain Local School District for its commitment to autism acceptance.”

This year the 1:1 initiative will be expanded and all fifth grade students will receive a Chromebook. This means that every student in grades 5-12 will be issued a Chromebook to enhance their learning experience in the Plain Local School District.

There will be no upfront fee for the use of the Chromebook for any student; however, appropriate fees may be applied on a per student basis for any Chromebook that is damaged or lost. Students in grades 5-12 will be using Google Classroom as their learning platform.

Students in grades 7-12 will be using Mastery Connect to take some of their assessments online. Mastery Connect aligns with standards assessed on state tests. Additionally, it allows for the instant grading of assessments and timely feedback for students.

1:1 Technology Continues To Grow

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Two GlenOak Grads Join District Administrative Team

Brett Niarchos. Smith will take over for JR Easterling who will lead Frazer Elementary School in the fall. Smith was most recently the Principal of Fairfield Freshman School in Fairfield, Ohio a suburb of Cincinnati. Larissa has roots in Stark County; she Matt graduated from Mount Gagnon, Larissa Union University in 2007 a distinSmith will and GlenOak High School guished in 2003. Her relocation assume counselor who the role of back to the area is a fantastic opportunity to the Assistant served at GlenOak High Plain Local School DisPrincipal School during the 2015trict. She brings with her at Glen2016 school year, has been wood Intermediate School five years of leadership appointed to lead the 9th experience and an excitegrade Academy at Gleunder the leadership of ment for new growth and learning opportunities. Both Gagnon and Smith assumed their new positions on August 1, 2016. Tim dlebranch, Mr. McKean McKean is not new to Plain Local will be Schools. During his seven years in Plain, he has served joining as school counselor at Barr, the Middlebranch Frazer and Glenwood. Durstaff during ing recent years, he has also been the director of Plain the upcoming school year, The Plain Local School Disas Dean of Students. In this Local’s Saturday Enrichment. With all of the experience trict is in need of substitute new role, he will assist in bus drivers. Those interested that he brings to our team, preparing students for sucmust have a CDL class B with cess in the present and in the we are looking forward to S&P endorsements and a future. another great year at Midclean driving record. The poAlthough new to Middlebranch! sition pays $11.00 per hour. The Plain Local School District currently has substitute custodial positions available. Classified applications are McKinney-Vento Act available to download online It is the policy of the Plain Local School District to at or can enroll, educate and not segregate or stigmatize chilbe filled out at the Admindren on the basis of their status as homeless. Any peristration Office, 901 44th St. son suspecting a child is homeless should notify the NW. Administration at 330-492-3500 to ensure that homeIf you have questions conless children enroll in school and have the opportunity cerning these positions please to succeed academically. contact the Business Office at Title I / Idea-B Flow Through Notification 330-492-3500, ext. 331. 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@ The Plain Local Schools Board of Education met on Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at 6:30pm for a regularly schedule board meeting, during which two new Administrators were approved for employment.

nOak High School this fall. Gagnon has worked in education for the last 12 years and has been a school counselor in the Plain Local School District since 2009. Matt will be replacing Mike Babics who has taken over as Principal at GlenOak. Gagnon is a 1996 GlenOak graduate.

Middlebranch Welcomes Tim McKean As Dean Of Students

Substitute Bus Drivers, Custodians Needed

Important Notices

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 Deb Nicodemo, in the Curriculum Department located at GlenOak High School at 330-4132128 or email at

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2016 Plain Local Schools Board Members and Meetings Board Members Dr. Ambrose Perduk, Jr. President Term: 2014-2017 h: 330-904-4620 Eugene M. Cazantzes Vice President Term: 2016-2019 h: 330-456-5787 Monica Rose Gwin Term: 2016-2019 h: 330-493-9561 Kristen Donohue Guardado Term: 2014-2017 w: 330-489-3395 h: 330-497-2828 John W. Halkias Term: 2014-2017 w: 330-497-3003 h: 330-494-4719

Meeting Dates The Board also adopted the following dates and locations for their 2015 regular meetings. All meetings are to begin at 6:30 p.m. unless otherwise indicated. Most meetings have been scheduled for the third Wed. of the month. 7:00am ................Administration Building August 17 September 21 6:30pm ................... GlenOak High School October 19 6:30pm ..............Oakwood Middle School November 16 6:30pm ............................. Barr Elementary December 14 6:30pm.................Administration Building   The 2017 Board of Education Meeting Schedule will be posted at in January.

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GlenOak High School Accepted As International Baccalaureate Dipolma Programme Candidate School GlenOak High School has been accepted as an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) Candidate School beginning in September 2016 and will complete the authorization process to become an IB World School in the fall of 2018. Schools must complete the authorization process and

demonstrate school and community support for the IB to be able to offer IB courses. The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring young people who help create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding

and respect. IB World Schools strive to develop and support the learner profile in students to be inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced and reflective. The IB offers four academic programmes for students in preschool through high school. GlenOak is a Candidate School for the DiParents will see a few changes during the 2016-17 school ploma Programme, which educates junior and senior year when accessing a student’s grades online. Sungard students both through a will replace Pinnacle. The Sungard platform will be used comprehensive IB proby all of the school districts in Stark County. One of the gramme of courses as well advantages to Sungard is the parent portal, which can be as through individual IB downloaded directly to a person’s smartphone. This will courses. allow a parent or guardian to view a student’s schedule, GlenOak will develop, attendance, and grades quickly via any smartphone. Sunwith the training and supgard will also be accessible from the Plain Local website. Information on how to login to Sungard will be provided port of the IB, the following two-year rigorous IB to parents during the first few weeks of school. courses beginning with the junior class in the fall of 2018. Students choosing to participate in the program as a “DP Candidate” will take six courses plus TheoAndroid and iPhone users can download a new Plain Local Schools application in the “App Store” on their devices. Simply search Plain Local Schools to download the FREE app powered by SchoolMessenger.

Sungard Replaces Pinnacle

NEW Plain Local Schools App!

Right from your fingertips you can check all the up to date information on events, athletics, lunch menus, grades and more! Additionally the new app links to all Plain Local Schools social media account, gives you access to sign up to be on our mailing list, and lets you specialize your preferences based on which schools you’d like to follow. If you want to stay connected to all things Plain Local Schools download our FREE app today.

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: Twitter: @PlainLocal Instagram: @PlainLocalSchools Superintendents Twitter: @eagletweets14

ry of Knowledge, complete Creativity, Action, Service, and write a 4,000-word Extended Essay. Students also may choose to take one to several of these courses, similar to GlenOak students participating in Advanced Placement (AP) or College Credit Plus (CCP) courses. Additional IB courses and teachers plan to be added as the program develops. Students and parents with an interest in the future IB courses should focus on student academic skills in writing, reading, research, speaking, and critical thinking in challenging freshmen and sophomore courses as well as spend time helping others in community service and leadership roles. Additional information will be shared with students and parents about the program through the school year. Any questions and interest in IB, please either

see or email GlenOak’s IB Coordinator, Emily Palmer, at palmere@ GlenOak High School is a candidate school* for the Diploma Programme. This school is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. These are schools that share a common philosophy—a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that GlenOak High School believes is important for our students. *Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme or the Career-related Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit

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PayForIt.Net Offers Online Payment Convenience What is PayForIt? PayForIt (PFI) is a Secure Online Payment system, which simplifies payment, collection and balancing of funds for School Districts. Plain Local Schools is pleased to offer Pay For to our parents for the Internet convenience of paying for school fees and student meals. Benefits • The meal and fee process is automated for both the parents and the school so errors are minimized and

the process is standardized. • Using PFI, there is not a chance of lost money from home to school! • Payments can be made by credit card 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at the parents’ convenience. • Payments can also be made by ACH (Electronic Check). • Parents can review what their students are actually purchasing along with account balance information. Features • Account balance infor-

Gage Pickering pictured with Ernie the Eagle and big brother Ryder is ready for Kindergarten at Middlebranch this fall after successfully completing the SPARK Kindergarten Readiness program.

SPARK Holds End Of The Year Celebration Supporting Partnerships to Assure Ready Kids, also known as SPARK, held a “end of the year” celebration at the Stark County District Library, North Branch for students who successfully completed their program and are ready to begin Kindergarten at Plain Local Schools. SPARK is a family-focused kindergarten-readiness

program that works collaboratively with families, schools, and the community. Each month, children receive a new book, a lesson activity, and educational supplies, and participate in home- or group-based learning opportunities—all with the goal of increasing the child’s success in school and life.

mation is readily available to the parents, the school and the staff. • Parents can opt to receive an email when a student lunch balance dips to certain threshold (set by the parent). • Parents can opt to use an auto-replenishment feature that replenishes their student lunch account(s) when a balance dips to a specific level (which is specified by the parent). • School messages are automatically emailed to parents. • Student information is automatically transferred from year-to-year. • Parents can manage more than one student account. • PFI is PCI compliant and maintains industry standard SSL certificates. This ensures all data is safe & secure as defined by the industry. How to sign up? If you used the service last year, your user name and password will remain the same. New users - Log on to and select the “Sign Up” option from the menu. The screens will guide you through the

process to establish your account: 1. You will be prompted to enter your contact data, password, payment information, etc.; 2. You will need to indicate which student(s) to attach to your account. Students are already loaded in the PFI system. Once all information is entered, PFI will email a validation code for you to confirm the registration. Once confirmed you can begin using PFI as often as you’d like. Each time you log on, school messages and the balance(s) of the student(s) on your account are displayed on the Home Page. You can also submit feed-

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back via an ongoing survey for PFI. Once your account is established, please visit the “My Account” menu option to set up preferences for your email options. How to get help? How Do I … Each major function used in PFI, has online help available under the menu option of “How Do I …”. The “How Do I” provides step by step instructions as well as screen examples. Help: Within the “Help” menu option, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) and a Contact Us feature are available to you. These areas are addressed directly by the PFI Help Support Staff at QSP to assist you.

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Glenwood Coverts Courtyard To Learning Lab Glenwood Intermediate School utilized this summer to continue to improve on their educational opportunities for students. The Glenwood Administration and Plain Local Business office partnered with community business Rice’s Nursery and

Landscape Architect Kevin Rice to transform Glenwood’s outdoor courtyard to an Outdoor Learning Lab. This fall Glenwood students will have a hands on learning experience that incorporates a multitude of Ohio’s state learning standards. Stu-

dents will be able to explore a water ecosystem, inspect various rock types on the rock walk, collect, chart and analyze weather data from an electronic weather station that will wirelessly connect to students’ individual Chromebooks. The

incorporation of a compost station will allow students to study the decomposition of cafeteria food as it turns into compost soil that will be recycled back into the learning lab. This project transforms an outdoor space once used for students to gather and enjoy being outside to a learning space that will allow students to immerse themselves into 21st century learning that will promote creativity, critical thinking and problem solving.

The creation of the Outdoor Learning Lab was made possible through the work of the Glenwood PTO, Principal Brett Niarchos and Rice’s Nursery. If you are interested in contributing to the GWIS Outdoor Learning Lab, please contact Brett Niarchos at niarchosb@ or call at 330 491-3780 to discuss further. The GWIS Learning Lab is a sustainable environment that will impact thousands of students throughout the future.

Oakwood 8th grade Math Teacher, Tyler Adkins, has been involved in a “classroom improvement” project this summer. Thanks to a newly established partnership with Lowe’s Home Improvement, Mr. Adkins has all of the resources he needed to cover every desk with a

whiteboard. Lowe’s agreed to donate everything Mr. Adkins needed for this project in partnership with education. Oakwood is proud of Mr. Adkins for his efforts in improving his classroom environment and appreciative of our local Lowe’s store for supporting our teachers!

Lowe’s Helps Classrooms

The new outdoor learning lab at Glenwood will feature a pond where students can use what they learn in the classroom for a hands on experience studying a water ecosystem.

Mr. Adkins spent his summer working to improve the classroom thanks to help from Lowe’s Home Improvement

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Beginning Band, Strings Available At Glenwood Is your student entering fifth grade this year at Glenwood Intermediate

School? If the answer is YES, then now is the time to take the first step to be

Mattress Sale Benefits GO Marching Band NY Trip

Support the GlenOak Marching Band at the 2016 Mattress Sale on August 20th. What better way to support the GlenOak Marching Band’s performance in the 2017 New York St. Patrick’s Day Parade than doing something good for yourself! Join us on August 20 from 10 AM - 5 PM at GlenOak High School Band Room. These new mattresses come with a warranty and we carry name brands like Restonic, Simmons, Beautyrest, and Southerland! Free layaway available. Every mattress sale supports the GlenOak Marching Band! Come check out our mattress showroom and see what this sale is all about.

Singers Selected For OMEA All-State Children’s Chorus

Congratulations to the following students who were selected for the All-State Children’s Chorus for the 20162017 School year. They were selected among the top music students in the state of Ohio for students entering Grades 4 and 5 and will be performing at the OMEA (Ohio Music Education Association) convention this school year on February 2, 2017, which will take place in Cleveland Ohio. The students are: Kyle Swarny, Clare Caldwell, Alexandra Salvino, Lucy Shaheen, and Amelia Richardson. All students worked with music teacher Deanna Harris last spring at Avondale and Middlebranch.

Summer Busy For Frazer Staff During the summer the buildings around Plain Local, like Frazer Elementary, take on a quiet and empty feel. The only action is of the custodians and maintenance crews hard at work cleaning, fixing, and turning the building over getting it ready for the return to school in the fall. Students are off with their families enjoying trips or just time at home having fun. Teachers also take time with their families, but are also getting ready for the returning students. Many of the staff in Plain Local have different workshops, classes, and trainings they attend-here is just a snapshot of the things our Frazer staff have been doing to prepare for the 2016-2017 school year. Tricia King and Katy Prather attended a two-day workshop put on by the Curious K.I.D.S.S (Kindling Inquiry and Discovery in Science and Social Studies) in partnership with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. The focus was on enhancing the science and social studies learning through reading and outdoor activities. A few teachers attended McGraw-Hill Summer

Workshop designed to improve English Language Arts instruction on August 4th. We had staff attend training to improve technology instruction in schools, connections to science through the Ohio Energy Project, and development and implementation of Problem-based learning (PBL) units. David Thompson, the music teacher at Frazer and Barr Elementary is working on his doctorate degree in music education. He had his first article “Band, Orchestra, and … What?: Alternative Instrumental Ensembles in the United States,” published online by Kent State University. Several Frazer teachers attended the Ron Clark workshop at Penn State University in Altoona, Pennsylvania on August 5th. Ron Clark is a New York Times best-selling author and educator. His academy focuses on ways to enhance student achievement, academic rigor, and the creation of a climate for academic success. This is only a small sample of all the ways our staff at Plain Local has continued to retool to offer our students the best education!

in the Glenwood Band or Strings program. Did you know that statistics show that 1 in 3 school-aged students will hold an arts related job someday? NOW is the time to become part of a performing arts path that can lead your child in an exciting direction. On Wednesday, August 24th, fifth grade students will have the opportunity to play band and string instruments so they can see what instrument they might like to try this year. At the end of the day, students will have the opportunity to hear the GlenOak String Ensemble and the GlenOak Golden Eagle Marching Band! Please be on the lookout for important information the students will be brining home regarding this process. There will be information provided about which instrument fits your student the best and where to find a good instrument rental. By September12, students

choosing band or strings will begin their musical journey! This information will also be available at WWW.GOHSBAND.COM as well. If you have any questions along the way, please

contact Band Director, Bob Esterle at or Strings Director, Dan Nauss at naussd@ Playing an instrument can be an exciting part of your child’s school life!

Music Takes Shape At Middlebranch Elementary Due to a grant from ArtsinStark and the Canton Symphony, Mrs. Harris’ Middlebranch 3rd Graders were selected to create a large tetrahedron connecting musical form with the shape. Each student decorated their own tetrahedron with musical notes, terms and expressions while listening to some of the musical selections featured on the upcoming concert including Pachelbel’s “Canon in D” and Copeland’s “Variations on a Shaker Melody”! MJ Albacete then came and helped the music class combine their personal tetrahedrons into a larger tetrahedron, similar to a Sier-

pinski Triangle Fractal. The creation will be featured on the Canton Symphony webpage this Fall and will be on display at the Young People’s Concert entitled “Music Takes Shape” on October 20, 2016. Prior to the construction, students listened to various classical selections including Beethoven’s 5th Symphony and discussed how a simple theme or motif can be developed into a major work similarly to the triangle, becoming a tetrahedron, then forming a larger tetrahedron. The concert is FREE and open to all Stark County Schools.


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Building Contact List Plain Local Schools Administration Office 901 44th St. N.W. Canton, OH 44709 Phone: 330-492-3500 Hours: 7:30am - 5:00pm Superintendent of Schools Brent May, Linda Stambaugh,   Administrative Secretary   330-492-3500 ext. 311 Assistant Superintendent Mike Labriola, Licensure / Financial Andres Krynicky, Beckie Rice,   Administrative Secretary   330-492-3500 ext. 321 Business Manager Tom Brabson, Mary Frisbee,   Administrative Secretary   330-492-3500 ext. 331 Treasurer/CFO N. Kathleen Jordan Curriculum Department Brian Matthews, Director of Curriculum Deb Nicodemo,   Director of Title I/Auxiliary Jenna Steinberg,   Curriculum Specialist Michael Milford,   Director of School Improvement Cassandra Sponseller,   Director of Teaching and Learning   & Gifted Services Linda Clark, Secretary   330-491-3877 Special Education Department Mark Parent,   Director of Special Education Lisa DiLoreto, Secretary   330-491-3839 Technology Integration Coordinator Joe Andrews, 330-491-3942 Athletic Director Scott Garcia,   330-491-3850 Director of Nutrition Services Jennifer Rex,   330-491-3800 ext. 3658 Transportation Director Steve Monte,   330-492-1918 Public Relations Director Mary Beddell, 330-492-3500 ext. 360 Data Analyst Ann Wacker, Avondale Elementary 3933 Eaton Rd NW Canton, OH 44708 Principal: Maria Smith Phone: 330-491-3720 Fax: 330-491-3721 Secretary: Pam Babics 9:10am - 3:50pm

Barr Elementary 2000 47th Street NE Canton, OH 44705 Principal: Ann Bartley Phone: 330-491-3730 Fax: 330-491-3731 Secretary: Nicki Horaitis 9:10am - 3:50pm Frazer Elementary 3900 Frazer Ave NW Canton, OH 44709 Principal: JR Easterling Phone: 330-491-3740 Fax: 330-491-3741 Secretary: Wendy Royer 9:10am - 3:50pm Middlebranch Elementary 7500 Middlebranch Ave NE Canton, OH 44721 Principal: Jill Downing Phone: 330-491-3750 Fax: 330-491-3751 Secretary: Meghan Humes 9:10am - 3:50pm Taft Elementary 3829 Guilford Ave NW Canton, OH 44718 Principal: Scott Esporite Phone: 330-491-3760 Fax: 330-491-3761 Secretary: Michele Rivard 9:10am - 3:50pm Warstler Elementary 2500 Schneider Street NE Canton, OH 44721 Principal: Mark Yocum Phone: 330-491-3770 Fax: 330-491-3771 Secretary: Marie Fletcher 9:10am - 3:50pm Glenwood Intermediate School 1015 44th Street NW Canton, OH 44709 Principal: Brett Niarchos Asst. Principal: Larissa Smith Phone: 330-491-3780 Fax: 330-491-3781 Secretary: Lynn Kovacs 8:10am - 3:10pm Oakwood Middle School 2300 Schneider Street NE Canton, OH 44721 Principal: Jeanne McNeal Asst. Principal: Trisha Williams Phone: 330-491-3790 Fax: 330-491-3791 Secretary: Lisa Haswell 8:10am - 3:10pm GlenOak High School 1801 Schneider Street NE Canton, OH 44721 Principal: Mike Babics Deputy Principal: Gayle Kimbrough Phone: 330-491-3800 Fax: 330-491-3801 Secretary: Lori Gay 7:25am - 2:20pm Matt Gagnon, Academy Principal   9th Grade Academy   330-491-3945 Jerad Buck, Academy Principal   Business & Marketing, Human   Services, 330-491-3910 Leigh Anne Kummer, Academy   Principal Arts and Communica-    tion Environmental Studies,   Career Tech Coordinator   330-491-3908 Chicola Whitfield, Academy   Principal, Engineering and Indus  trial Technology, Health Sciences   330-491-3971 Eric Henderson, Compact Director   330-491-3800

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Back To School For Students Elementary (K-4)

Meet the teacher night.................................... August 23   Last Name: A-L 6:00pm; M-Z 7:00pm First Day of School Kindergarten:   Last name A-L............................................. August 30   Last Name M-Z........................................... August 31 First Day of School Grades 1-4...................... August 25 School Day: 9:10am-3:50pm

Glenwood Intermediate School (5-6) Open House.................................................... August 22   5th grade: 5:30pm; 6th grade: 7:00pm First Day of School 5th grade........................ August 24 First Day of School 6th grade........................ August 25 School Day: 8:10am-3:10pm

Oakwood Middle School (7-8) 7th grade/New Student Orientation............. August 17   10:00am or 6:00pm First Day of School 7th grade........................ August 24 First Day of School 8th grade........................ August 25 Open House................................................ September 8   5:00pm-7:00pm School Day: 8:10am-3:10pm

GlenOak Start of Year information: First day for students entering grade 9......... August 24 First day for grades 10-12.............................. August 25   Student access to GlenOak will be at 7:10 daily. School Day: 7:25am-2:20pm GlenOak Schedule Pick Up:

Students must have a completed Emergency Medical Form in order to pick up their schedule or purchase a parking pass. Please plan to attend the date and time listed below with your completed Emergency Medical form:

Senior Pictures & Schedule Pick-up.............. August 17   8:00-Noon Juniors Pictures & Schedule Pick-Up............ August 18   8:00-Noon Sophomores Pictures & Schedule Pick-up... August 19   8:00-Noon Make up session for Pictures/Schedule Pick-up   1:00-3:00 9th Grade Orientation................................... August 16 GlenOak High School will host a 9th Grade Orientation for students and their families at GlenOak High School. Students with the last name beginning with the letters A-L should attend the 5-6:30 sessions. Students with the last name beginning with the letters M-Z should attend the 6:30-8:00 session. 9th Grade Transition Day.............................. August 24 GlenOak High School will have a 9th Grade Transition Day. This will be a regular scheduled day for 9th Grade students only. The day will be a normal school day from 7:25 until 2:20. Information for these events has been mailed home. If you have not received the information or have any questions, please contact Matt Gagnon at (330) 491-3909 or e-mail him at

Bus Information

Information regarding Bus routes will be sent to homes on Friday, August 19, 2016. If you have questions about your bus route call the bus garage at 330-492-1918. The bus garage will have extended hours during the week of August 22 for your convenience.

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Applications for School Meals Program Available Year Round Applications are accepted at any time during the school year for assistance in school meals program. Many community members may qualify for free and/or reduced priced breakfast and lunch at school. Those that feel they may qualify, or have applied before, but had a change in the household, are encouraged to re-apply. If you were on the program last school year, you must apply annually. Applications are available in each school office, or can be down-

loaded from the Child Nutrition website at www. plshealthymeals. org. If you have any questions about

The Plain Local School District is pleased to offer parents a convenient way to pay their child’s fees and manage meal accounts over the Internet by using, an online school management tool. There is no charge for using the service during the 20152016 school year. If you used the service last year, your user name and password are the same. Parents or guardians may go to the Pay For It link

the website or visit The program allows the user to create a secure online account where they can add money to their child’s account with a credit card, debit card or even an electronic check. Parents can have peace of mind knowing that students will have money available for meals, and that the money will only be used for breakfast or lunch instead of other items.

the school meals program contact Jennifer Rex, Child Nutrition Director at 330491-3800 extension 3658.

School Breakfast, Lunch Prices Complete Breakfast Elementary K-4 $1.25 Glenwood Intermediate $1.50 Oakwood Middle $1.50 GlenOak High School $ 1.60 Reduced price K-12 no charge

Complete Lunch Elementary K-4 $2.25 Glenwood Intermediate $2.50 Oakwood Middle $2.75 GlenOak High School $3.00 Reduced Price K-12 $.40 Additional Milk $.50

If you would like to apply for free or reduced priced meals, you may receive an application from your student’s school building or by going to our child nutrition website www. and search “school meals application” or you may call our District Food Service Office at 330-493-5569.

Online Payment Available With No Usage Fees

Parents can view their child’s account balance and make payments any time of day. Parents may also view what the student has purchased. Families with multiple children enrolled in the District can add money to each child’s account during the same transaction. The District will continue to accept cash and checks for school fees and meal purchases along with payments made through the PayForIt system.

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Foundation Promotes ‘Thank A Teacher’ Program

the children of Plain Local delivered to the teacher of your choice. If you choose Schools each day, but also contribute to the Teacher to donate $20 or more, a small gift will also be given Grant Fund, which helps educators in the district to your teacher as an extra continue to be creative and bit of acknowledgement innovative in the classroom. for their outstanding work. All donations to the Thank Additionally, your teacher’s can find more information The Third Annual Alumni • Pita Pit • Plain Local Food Services by contacting the individu- A Teacher program will be principal will be notified Tailgate Party will be held contributed to a fund which of this special recognition, als below: on Friday, September 23rd • Potbelly Sandwiches and they will be recognized provides roughly $10,000 Band and majorette • Smoke The Burger Joint starting at 5:30pm, prior to in grants to educators each through the Plain Local alumni, please contact De• Sonic the varsity football game nise Yohe Evans at 330-575- year. These grants are what social media. The Thank A • Taco Bell against Green High School. Teacher program is a wonmake the classrooms in • TD’s Tailgate 1832. This all-alumni event will Plain Local Schools some derful way to show your apCheerleading alumni, feature a tailgate dinner, pre• Winking Lizard preciation for our schools’ The dinner will be $12 for please contact former advi- of the best in the country, game field access, alumni Teducators, while also helpby supporting programsor, John Namey at 330shirt, and reserved seating in adults and $8 for students, ing to facilitate progress ing that stimulates young alumni section for the game. alumni seating for the game 936-1730 or Johnnamey@ and innovation within Plain minds through collaborawill be $7, and alumni Local restaurants donatLocal Schools. tion and ingenuity. Once Football alumni, please ing either dinner options or t-shirts will be $12. To Visit http://plainfoundaregister for the event, visit contact Scott Garcia at 330- your Thank a Teacher other support to-date are: donation is received, your • Baja West Coast Kitchen, 491-3779. All other alumni and those personalized acknowledge- to make your donation contact the Alumni office at • Basil Asain Bistro ment message card will be today! organizing class reunions 330-491-3870. • Bill and Mary’s Diner This year, we are seeking that want to include the tail• Bistro at Oakwood band, majorette, cheerlead- gate as part of their events, • Cara’s Cupcakes please contact the founda• Chic-Fil-A ing, and football alumni who would like to partion/alumni office at 330• Fisher Foods If you are getting ready to plan your class reunion for • Gervasi Vineyard ticipate pre-game activities. 491-3870 or foundation@ 2016, consider hosting it the weekend of the Alumni Alumni from these groups • Old Carolina BBQ Tailgate Party. The tailgate party is being held on September 23, 2016 and can offer another activity for your class to attend and to visit the GlenOak Community Campus. For more information contact the foundation / alumni association office at or 330-491-3870. Each year, the educators in the Plain Local School District continue to promote excellence in

our children, as well as our community. Their hard work never goes unrecognized, and The Plain Lo-

cal Schools Foundation is excited to offer a way for parents to not only thank the educators who inspire

Alumni Tailgate Party Plan Expands

Plain Local Alumni Reunions

GlenOak High School Class Of 1981

35th Class Reunion August 20th, 2016 Reunion in The Crystal Room at La Pizzaria, 6:00 pm- Social hour, 7:00 pm- Dinner, 8:00 pm- Dancing Mark Vollono and The Wanderers will be performing Email for more information

Glenwood High School Class Of 1966

50th Class Reunion Friday, September 9th 3:00 pm - Tour of Glenwood High School; 5:00 pm- Happy hour at Arrowhead Golf Club Saturday, September 10th 5:00 to 7:00 pm - Reunion at Arrowhead ($50) Sunday, September 11th 10:30 am - Brunch at Arrowhead ($14) Other optional activities throughout the weekend. Please RSVP by June 15th to Don Siegfried at 330685-3299 or

GlenOak High School Class Of 1986

30th Class Reunion Saturday, September 10th Reunion in The Fresco Room at La Pizzaria, 6:00 pm- Cocktails, 7:00 pmFamily style dinner, 8:00 pm- Dancing to the band, “The Wanderers” Attire is semi-casual. Contact Jennifer Valentine at 330-546-4441

Glenwood High School Class Of 1967

50th Class Reunion Send contact info to: Follow planning on website: glenwood67.wordpress. com Join Facebook page: Glenwood High School Class of 1967

Glenwood Class Of 1974

Looking for classmates contact Robin Howes Kratzer at 330-806-6020

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Plain Alumni Inducts Five Into Hall of Distinction The Plain Local Schools Foundation and Alumni Association is inducting five new members into its Hall of Distinction in September. The Hall of Distinction is a very prestigious honor given to outstanding alumni or members of the community. Our honorees have all distinguished themselves personally and/or professionally, contributed time and talent to the Plain Local School District and exemplified the education and moral values that are respected by their community and school system. This year, the five Plain Local Graduates we are honoring in our Hall of Distinction are; Denise Yohe Evans (Class of 1982), John Ewing (Glenwood 1969), John Hibbard (GlenOak 1980), Mary Kay Stamatakis (GlenOak 1984) and Stephan Wilder (Glenwood 1969)

Denise Yohe Evans

graduated from GlenOak High School in 1982. She is an exceptionally accomplished realtor with Cutler Real Estate, and has sold over $21 Million in Real Estate over her 14 years with the company. She was awarded the Ohio Association of Realtors President Sales Club Award of Achievement from 2004-2014. Evans serves the community as a Board Member for The Rotary Club of Plain Township,

The Canton Palace Theatre, and Friends of Plain Township Parks. She has also been an active supporter of extra-curricular in the Plain Local School District, volunteering often for the Cross Country team and Band.

John Ewing gradu-

ated from Glenwood High School in 1969, and currently serves as the Curator of Film at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Ewing is also the co-founder of the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinemantheque, an alternative film theatre that showcases foreign, alternative, and experimental films. He has won numerous awards throughout his career in film, including being named a Chevalier (Knight) in the Order of the Arts and Letters of the Republic of France for his contributions to French culture. Past recipients of this award include T.S. Elliot, Robert Redford, and Leonardo DiCaprio. During his time at Glenwood, Ewing served as editor of the Eagle’s View, president of National Honor Society, and co-consul of Latin Club.

John Hibbard gradu-

ated from GlenOak High School in 1980, and is currently a scientist at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, where he has been since 2006. Following his time at GlenOak, he went on to graduate

Foundation Seeks Board Members The Plain Local Schools Foundation and Alumni Association was established in 1989 to help ensure quality educational experiences by serving as a receptacle for special private gifts and funds on behalf of Plain Local Schools. Funds have been established to benefit innovative programs across all disciplines of education. Over the years, alumni and foundation friends have contributed more than $1 million to the foundation endowment and scholarship funds. The foundation is seeking boards members who are advocates for public education, and are passionate about what private support can do to enhance that public education. Board members meet

6-times per year for full board of trustee meetings, participate in various committees, support the annual campaign and fundraising events, and act as representatives of the foundation at various school district events. Committees within the foundation include marketing, major donor development, alumni association, signature event, scholarships, grants and finance. Fundraising efforts include annual all-school ballet, targeted mail campaign, major donor relations, grant writing, alumni tailgate party, and annual signature event. For more information contact Diane Pilati at 330491-3870 or foundation@

Magna Cum Laude from Case Western Reserve University, and continued on to Columbia University, where he earned a Master’s Degree and a PhD in Astronomy. Throughout his career, he has won many distinguished awards for his research in Astronomy, including the Ronald J. Trumpler Award, and the JJ Naussau Astronomy Award. His work has been published in various research papers and journals, and he has been invited to speak at many prestigious events all over the world.

Mary Kay Stamatakis

graduated from GlenOak High School in 1984, and is currently the Dean of the West Virginia University

School of Pharmacy. Stamatakis spent her time at GlenOak working on the newspaper staff and participating on the Speech team. She has won many prestigious awards throughout her career, including the Jerry Siegel Clinical Achievement Award, The Smith Kline & French Laboratory Award for Superior Achievement in Clinical Pharmacy, and Teacher of the Year at West Virginia University School of Pharmacy. Stamatakis has also published an abundance of material in studies, journals, and book chapters.

Stephan Wilder

graduated from Glenwood High School in 1969, and has been the North Canton

Chief of Police since May of 2011. While at Glenwood, Wilder was a member of the Wrestling, Track, and Cross Country teams. He is a highly accomplished volunteer throughout the community, specifically with Boy Scouts of America, and was recently awarded their prestigious Silver Antelope award. He has won numerous other awards, including the D.A.R.E. Citizenship Award, Friends of Education Award, and Volunteer of the Year Award for the North Canton YMCA. Wilder has completed 36 Marathons nationally and internationally, 7 JFK50 Ultra Marathons, and 5 National Triathlon Championships.

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2016 Golden Eagle Fall Sports Schedules

VARSITY FOOTBALL Fri. 8/26 7:00 H Woodside Virginia Thurs. 9/1 7:00 H Massillon (Comm. Partners) Fri. 9/9 7:00 H Akron Buchtel (Elementary Night/Military Appreciation) Fri. 9/16 7:00 A Hoover Fri. 9/23 7:00 H Green (Alumni Tailgate) Fri. 9/30 7:00 A Jackson Fri. 10/7 7:00 H St. Ignatius (Homecoming) Fri. 10/14 7:00 H McKinle (PLMF/Middle School) Fri. 10/21 7:00 A Lake Fri. 10/28 7:00 H Perry (Senior Night) JV FOOTBALL Sat. 8/27/16 12:00 Sat. 9/3/16 12:00 Sat. 9/10/16 10:00 Sat. 9/17/16 10:00 Sat. 9/24/16 10:00 Sat 10/1/16 10:00 Sat. 10/8/16 11:00 Sat 10/15/16 10:00 Sat. 10/22/16 10:00


Perry Massillon Akron Buchtel Hoover Green Jackson St. Ignatius McKinley Lake

GIRLS TENNIS Mon. 8/15/16 4:00 Tue. 8/16/16 4:00 Wed. 8/17/16 4:00 Mon. 8/22/16 4:00 Tue. 8/23/16 4:00 Thur. 8/25/16 4:00 Mon. 8/29/16 4:00 Tue. 8/30/16 4:00 Wed. 8/31/16 4:00 Thur. 9/01/16 4:00 Tue. 9/06/16 4:00 Wed. 9/07/16 4:00 Thur. 9/08/16 4:00 Mon. 9/12/16 4:00 Tue. 9/13/16 4:00 Mon. 9/19/16 4:00 Tue . 9/20/16 4:00 Wed. 9/21/16 4:00 Sat. 9/24/16 9:00 Wed. 9/28/16 4:00 Thur. 9/29/16 4:00


Wadsworth Ravenna New Philadelphia Cardinal Mooney Hoover Lake Green Wooster Southeast St. Thomas Perry Cardinal Mooney Manchester St. V St. M McKinley Louisville Jackson Nordonia Federal Lg. Tourn. Barberton Central Catholic

BOYS SOCCER Wed. 8/17/16 5:00/7:00 Sat. 8/20/16 1:00/3:00 Tue. 8/23/16 5:00/7:00 Thur 8/25/16 5:00/7:00 Tue 8/30/16 5:15/7:00 Thur 9/08/16 5:00/7:00 Sat 9/10/16 1:00/3:00 Tue 9/13/16 5:15/7:00 Thur 9/15/16 5:00/7:00 Tue 9/20/16 5:15/7:00 Thur 9/22/16 5:00/7:00 Sat 9/24/16 5:00/7:00 Tue 9/27/16 5:15/7:00 Sat 10/1/16 5:00/7:00 Tue 10/4/16 5:15/7:00 Thur 10/6/16 5:00/7:00 Sat 10/8/16 11:00/1:00 Tue 10/11/16 5:15/7:00


Stow (S) Walsh Jesuit Hudson Louisville Jackson Firestone Austintown Fitch McKinley Nordonia Lake Revere Wadsworth Hoover Boardman Perry Revere High School Kent Roosevelt Green

GIRLS SOCCER Wed. 8/17/16 5:00/7:00 Sat. 8/20/16 5:00/7:00 Tue. 8/23/16 5:00/7:00 Sat. 8/27/16 5:00/7:00 Wed. 8/31/16 5:15/7:00 Sat.. 9/3/16 5:00/7:00 Sat. 9/10/16 11:30/1:00 Wed. 9/14/16 5:15/7:00 Sat. 9/17/16 5:00/7:00 Mon. 9/19/16 5:00/7:00 Wed. 9/21/16 5:15/7:00 Sat. 9/24/16 1:00/3:00 Wed. 9/28/16 5:15/7:00 Sat. 10/1/16 1:00/3:00 Wed. 10/5/16 5:15/7:00 Sat. 10/10/16 5:00/7:00 Wed. 10/12/16 5:15/7:00

Home Home Home Home Home Home Away Away Away Away Home Home Home Home Away Home Away

Kent Roosevelt (S) Hudson Wooster Northwest Jackson Nordonia Boardman McKinley Massillon Field Lake Austintown Fitch Hoover WRA (Senior Night) Perry Louisville (K. For C) Green

2015 BOYS GOLF Wed. 8/17/16 8:00 Away Green Thur. 8/18/16 8:00 Away JV @ Sable Creek Tue. 8/23/16 3:30 Home Perry Wed. 8/24/16 8:00 Home Stark County Championship Thur. 8/25/16 3:30 Away Hoover Tue. 8/30/16 3:30 Home Lake Wed. 8/31/16 3:30 Home Massillon Thur. 9/01/16 3:30 Home McKinley Thur. 9/08/16 3:30 Home Jackson Fri. 9/09/16 2:00 Away Pfieffer Inv. @ Oak Knolls Sat 9/10/16 8:00 Away Pfieffer Inv. @ Twin Lakes Mon. 9/12/16 8:00 Away Wooster Invite. @ Wooster CC Tue. 9/13/16 3:30 Home Green Thur. 9/15/16 3:30 Away Perry Mon. 9/19/16 3:30 Away Massillon/McK. Tri-Match Tue. 9/20/16 3:30 Away Hoover Thur. 9/22/16 3:30 Away Lake Sat. 9/24/16 8:00 Away JV Black Tiger Invite. Tue. 9/27/16 3:30 Away McKinley Dates and times are subject to change. Please check the district calendar at for the most up-to-date schedules.

2015 GIRLS GOLF Wed. 8/17/16 8:30 Sat. 8/20/16 1:30 Mon. 8/22/16 3:00 Tue. 8/23/16 3:30 Thur. 8/25/16 3:30 Mon. 8/29/16 1:00 Tue. 8/30/16 3:30 Tue. 9/06/16 3:30 Thur. 9/08/16 3:45 Sat. 9/10/16 1:00 Tue. 9/13/16 3:30 Thur. 9/15/16 3:30 Tue. 9/20/16 3:30 Thur. 9/22/16 3:30 Sat. 9/24/16 8:00 Tues. 9/27/16 3:30 Tue. 10/04/16 TBA Tue. 10/11/16 TBA Fri./Sat. 10/21-22/16

Home Away Away Home Away Away Home Away Away Away Away Away Home Away Away Away Away Away TBA

GO JV Tournament Midwest Classic Lake/Copley Perry + JV Hoover + JV Walsh – Hudson CC Lake Jackson @ Shady + JV Walsh/Solon Turkeyfoot Invitational Green + JV Perry + JV Hoover + JV Lake + JV Stark Co. Championship Medina + JV Sectionals @ Elms Districts @ Legends Away State @ Columbus

VOLLEYBALL Sat. 8/20/16 1/2:15/3:30 Tue. 8/23/16 5:30/7:00 Thur. 8/25/16 5:30/7:00 Sat. 8/27/16 9:00 Mon. 8/29/16 5:30/7:00 Wed. 8/31/16 5:30/7:00 Tue. 9/06/16 5:30/7:00 Wed. 9/07/16 5:00 Sat. 9/10/16 10:00/11:30 Tue. 9/13/16 5:30/7:00 Thur. 9/15/16 5:30/7:00 Sat. 9/17/16 10:00 Tue. 9/20/16 5:30/7:00 Wed. 9/21/16 5:30/7:00 Thur. 9/22/16 5:30/7:00 Tue. 9/27/16 5:30/7:00 Mon. 10/3/16 5:30/7:00 Tue. 10/04/16 4:30 Thur. 10/06/16 5:30/7:00 Mon. 10/10/16 5:00/7:00 Tue. 10/11/16 5:30/7:00 Thur. 10/13/15 5:30/7:00


NDCL (All) Norton Hoban JV, Varsity) JV Tourn. Medina High. Hoover (All) Lake (All) Green (All) Sandy Valley Chippewa (All) Perry (All) McKinley (All) Firestone Jackson (All) Ursuline Hoover (All) Lake (All) Green (All) Sandy Valley (Fresh.) Perry (All) Massillon (All) McKinley (All) Jackson (All) (Senior)

CROSS COUNTRY Sat 8/27/16 9:00am H Sat 9/03/16 9:00am A Sat 9/10/16 9:00am A Sat 9/17/16 9:00am A Sat 9/24/16 9:00am A Sat 10/01/16 9:00am H Sat 10/08/16 9:00am A Sat 10/15/16 9:00am A Sat 10/22/16 tba A Sat 10/29/16 tba A Sat 11/5/16 tba A

Golden Eagle Invitational Ashley White-Stumpf Memorial at Marlington Jackson Invitational Boardman Invitational Malone Invitational Stark County Championships Stow Inv. (Silver Spring Pk.) Federal League @ Green H.S. District (Malone) Regional (Boardman) State (Nat’l Raceway Columbus)

Keeping You Informed To be in compliance with federal and state law, the school district is required to inform residents about various programs, policies, and procedures that are in place in the district. 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. This applies to all educational programs including vocational, community education, and special education. Civil Rights Compliance Officer, Brent May 330-492-3500. STARK COUNTY INTEGRATED PRESCHOOL The Plain Local School District is participating in a consolidated Preschool Grant program with other Stark County Local Districts. Some of these preschool disability classes and enrichment classes are located in Plain Local. The program provides services to identified pre-school children with disabilities. A portion of ECSE, IDEIA funds are used for this program. This application is on file and available for examination and recommendations by district residents. Contact Mark Parent at 330491-3839. If you have further questions about a pre-school child with a suspected disability. IDEA The Plain Local School District provides educational services to disabled students from birth to age 21 utilizing federal assistance through IDEA funds to enhance the basic program. Disabilities including the areas of hearing, vision, learning, behavior, speech/language, health/physical disabilities, traumatic brain injury, autism, or any combination of these, are considered handicapping conditions. An application is on file at the Administration Building and is available for examination and recommendations by district residents. If you, or someone you know, may be in need of special education and related services, please contact Mark Parent at 330-491-3839.

CIVIL RIGHTS ACT, Title VI, DISCRIMINATION/HARASSMENT Any member of the school community who believes that he/she has been the subject of discrimination (including racial harassment) will report any incident(s) to his/her teacher, school administrator, guidance counselor, or if employee, immediate supervisor. The superintendent may also be notified and serves as the district’s Grievance Officer, unless the superintendent delegates that assignment to another administrator.

CHILD FIND The Plain Local School District ensures that all eligible students with disabilities in kindergarten through 21 years of age, residing within their attendance area, have available to them a free and appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment. The rights of children with disabilities and their parents will be protected in accordance with state and federal laws. School districts must locate and identify individuals who have disabilities from birth to age 21. If you, or someone you know, may be in need SECTION 504/ADA PROHIBITION AGAINST of special education and related services, please contact Mark Parent at DISCRIMINATION BASED ON DISABILITY 330-491-3839. Pursuant to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and its implementing regulations (“Section 504”), no otherwise qualified individual COUNTY PLAN OF SERVICE with a disability shall, solely by reason of his/her disability, be excluded The Stark County Department of Education developed a “Plan of Serfrom participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimi- vice” during the 1988-89 school year for its member districts. The Plain nation under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance. Local School District is one of 13 local districts served by the plan. The The Board of Education does not discriminate in admission or access to, purpose of the Service Plan is to promote excellence through cooperation participation in, or treatment, or employment in, its programs or activities. while acknowledging the diversity and uniqueness of each member disAs such, the Board’s policies and practices will not discriminate against trict. The plan is on file and available for review at the Plain Local Board employees and students with disabilities, will provide equal opportunity of Education office at 901 44th St. NW. for employment, and will make accessible to qualified individuals with ASBESTOS MANAGEMENT PLAN AVAILABLE disabilities its facilities, programs, and activities. In compliance with the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act A copy of the Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the passed by Congress in 1986 the Plain Local School District has an Americans with Disabilities Act may be obtained from the district’s Com- AHERA Management Plan on file in the Principal’s office at each buildpliance Officer, Mark Parent, at 330-491-3839. ing and at the Board of Education Office, 901 44th St NW, Canton. AnyTITLE IX In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, no person shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded in participation in, denied benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any educational program provided by the Plain Local Board of Education. Any questions should be directed to Superintendent Brent May at 330-492-3500.

one interested in viewing the plan can stop by these locations and ask to see a copy. Asbestos inspections are completed in the school buildings every six months, and a major reevaluation is done every three years. A major re-evaluation was completed during the 2009-2010 school year. To be in compliance with federal and state law, the school district is required to inform residents about various programs, policies, and procedures that are in place in the district.

* The Plain Local School District is in compliance with the H.R. 1, “No Child Left Behind Act of 2001” that was enacted in January of 2002.

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GlenOak Softball Boosters To Host Golf Outing The GlenOak High School girls’ softball program needs you! Preparation for its 20162017 campaign is well underway and the GlenOak Softball Booster Club is looking for community minded sponsors to contribute towards a memorable year for the group. Varsity Coach Mike Hagy, his staff and, players look

forward to building the school’s softball varsity and junior varsity programs. The team is hosting their 2nd Annual Golf Outing Oct.2nd 2016 and is looking for Hole Sponsors to help with their event. Hole Sponsor’s information and fees are due by September 28, 2016. This is a great way to not only help out a team

in your Community but as well as have the opportunity to advertise your business. The GlenOak Softball Booster Club wants to raise these funds to upgrade the facilities and equipment for the teams. One of the exciting new ideas being

discussed is the funding of a new concession stand and junior varsity dugouts. We also would like to offer more tournaments for our teams, but we need you to make our dreams become a reality. If you are unable to provide a cash donation for a Hole Sponsor any dona-

tion would be appreciated as we will be having games with prizes as well as giving away door prizes. GlenOak Softball Booster Club 1837 Spring Valley Ave NW. Canton, OH 44708 Please Make Checks Payable to: Softball One

Summer Soccer Success GlenOak student Michael Adelman and his soccer team, Team Challenger, participated in the Youth Soccer National Tournament and finished

with a ranking of 5th in the United States this summer. During the tournament Team Challenger beat the 2015 National Champions. Congratulations, Michael!

Pictured: Back row R to L: Coach Ryan, Coach Mike, Darrion Williams, Nick DiGiacomo, Jakeb Wagner, Josh Williams, Alex Pimpas, Brock Barbato, Nathaniel Danks, and Coach Dan. Front Row R to L: Coach Duke, Johnny Brown, Manny Vazquez, Ben Frustaci, Chris Yoder, Nick Rossetti, and Coach Bernie.

14U Golden Eagles Make Trip To State Congratulations to the 14U Golden Eagles! Under the leadership of manager Mike Manoff, the team finished with a record of 44-14. They placed 3rd in the state at the Nations State Tournament in Columbus vs. teams from all over the state of Ohio.

GlenOak soccer player Michael Adelman poses with his plaque from the Youth Soccer National Tournament this summer.

Cheerleaders Hold Clinic Future Eagles Cheerleaders grades 2-6 are invited to receive instruction from our GlenOak High School Cheerleaders on September 7th 6:00-7:30pm at GlenOak High School Gym. $20 Clinic Fee Includes T Shirt and Admission to the Varsity Football game against Buchtel. Participants are invited to

cheer along side the GlenOak Cheerleaders during the first half of the Varsity Football game vs. Buchtel. Support Your GlenOak Cheerleaders & Promote Your Company by becoming a T-Shirt Sponsor for our Youth Cheer Clinic. Registration information at www.goeaglescheer.

North Canton YMCA Sets Registration For Fall Sports The North Canton YMCA has opened registration for their fall sports programs for children and adults. For school aged kids; Y members $40, non-members $80: Volleyball (Grade 2-8; plays on Saturdays) Soccer (Ages 5-10; plays on Saturdays) Flag football (Grade K-2; plays on Saturdays) and Track & field (Ages 8-14; Sundays) For Adults, the Y will offer Men’s (Mondays) , Women’s

(Wednesdays) and Co-ed (Sundays) Volleyball Leagues at $300 per team. There is a new league, Co-ed Ultimate Frisbee ($30 per person or $300 per team). Registration for all of these programs is through August 31, 2016, and Fall sports season begins the week of September 5th. For More information, contact Mick Ryan at 330.499.2587 or mryan@ or go to www.

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Farmers’ Market Continues Make plans to join us for the Plain Township Farmers’ Market every Monday, except Labor Day through September 26 at Veterans Park, located at 1714 Schneider Street NE, Canton, 44721 next to the Plain Township Central Fire Station and across the street from GlenOak High School from 4:00-7:00 PM. Vendors include beef, pork, poultry, plants, produce, fudge, baked goods, candles, organic household cleaners and soaps, wreaths and other goods. Different food trucks are also on hand so visitors can have dinner while shopping. Musicians, arts and crafts, and even some appearances by the Aultman WOW Van will be at the Market. Vendors include a wide variety of local growers, farms, and bakers that include State Street Market, Stark Fresh, Fichter Farms, Brown Bothers Farms, Rainbow’s End Nursery, Burkey Farm, Nanny Goat Naturals, Know Your Roots, Irish Lass Bakery, Dogtown Bakery which specializes in organic dog treats, Elm Run Farms, Victoria’s Cottage, After The Rain Creations, Maiden Moon Apothecary, Bob The Baker/BYOB Home Bakery, MNK Candle, Wholesome Hive, Westbrook’s Cannery, and

Bonnie’s Bread, and food trucks such as Destefano’s Concessions, Johnnie’s Gyro King Concessions, and Lobster Louie’s, and musicians Bill Shankle and Mary Pusateri and students perform. Vendors do vary week to week based on schedules and market registrations. Most of the foods and goods provided at Plain Township’s Farmers’ Market are honestly raised, without hormone or chemical enhancement. For more information about our vendors visit homepage_panel for our Facebook page or our Twitter

page @plaintwp . We even have a Plain Township Farmers’ Market page. Interested participants or visitors can view at: https:// shipFarmersMarket/?fref=ts to get the latest news on who will be at the Market each week! You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy local, and that’s kind of the same thing! For more information, please contact PlainTownship Parks Director Rob Steinberg via phone at 330-492-4689. Rob or Jena Groschmidt can also be emailed at or jenag313@

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Township Update Veterans Memorial Hillside Paver Program

Plain Township is pleased to offer its Veterans Park Hillside Paver Program. Pavers may be purchased in memory of, honor of, thanks to, or simply to recognize a Veteran. You may also purchase a paver in your own name or your family’s name to show support for our veterans. The paver order forms can be picked up at Plain Township Hall, or printed from the Plain Township website at . Orders must be mailed or dropped off to Plain Township Hall, located at 2600 Easton Street NE, Canton, 44721. Cost for the pavers varies. Pavers 4”x8” are $50.00. Pavers that are 8”x8” are $100.00. There is limited space for copy and emblems on the pavers. They can be purchased through March 31, 2017. Cash or checks made out to Plain Township Trustees only please. For more information, please call or email Parks Director Rob Steinberg at 330-492-4689 or PLAIN TOWNSHIP WELCOMES ‘HOWL’-O-WEEN On Saturday October 1, 2016 Plain Township will be hosting its “Howl-O-Ween” Pooch Parade and Pet Expo at Veterans Park located at 1714 Schneider Street NE, Canton, 44721 next to Plain Township’s Central Fire Station and across the street from GlenOak High School. The event wil be held from 11:00 AM – 2:00PM. There will be a costume party with awards for most bootiful, original, most humorous, and best person/dog combo costume. There will be local four legged vendors setting up shop, food, music, and raffle baskets! Proceeds go toward maintenance and enhancement of the dog park at Veterans Park. We invite both pets and their human families to join us for Yappy Hour from 11:00 AM- 2:00 PM Saturday October 1, 2016. Come HOWL at the Moon with us for a barking good time!

Second Annual Plain Township Salute To Veterans

Plain Township is extending an invitation to Veterans, currently serving members of the armed forces, their families, and the entire community to join us for the second annual Plain Township Salute To Veterans on Friday November 11, 2016. The event will again be held at Plain Township’s Veterans Park located at 1714 Schneider Street NE, Canton, 44721 and Plain Township’s Central Fire Station next to the park and across from GlenOak High School. The morning will begin at 9:00AM consisting of a free meal provided to Veterans to say thanks for their service, followed by a ceremony including the National Anthem, moment of silence for all those who have given the ultimate sacrifice, keynote speaker, and official dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony for the Veterans Park Keystone Memorial Monument and Blue Star Memorial Marker. The Stark County Recorder’s Office will be on hand providing Veterans Identification Cards with presentation of a DD-214 official discharge paperwork. Other vendors will be on hand to serve Veterans by providing information on how they can help, and say thanks. Later in the day there will be a flag retirement ceremony at approximately 5:30PM. This ceremony will take place at Central Fire Station around the flag pole.

Messy Hands Session 1

Session 1 of Messy Hands will begin Monday September 12, 2016 at Diamond Community Park. All classes will begin at 10:00AM. Messy Hands is an arts and crafts class for ages 3-5 Pre-Kindergarten students and their parents/guardians. Each session is $37.00 per child and is five classes in length. Class space is limited and sessions fill fast! To register stop at Township Hall or print the PDF from the parks page at . Drop or mail cash or check made out to Plain Township Trustees to Plain Township Hall located at 2600 Easton Street NE, Canton, Ohio 44721. For more information call 330-492-4689 or email rsteinberg@plaintownship. com.

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Stark Parks Adventures Continue Into September The first day of school may be right around the corner, but the adventures continue at Stark Parks! Get outside and play with us as we hike, bike, kayak, run, and explore our way from summer into fall. Here are just a few, free

adventures coming up. Have you always wanted to shoot a bow and arrow? See what it takes at our Youth Archery Class on September 1! Learn about the equipment, proper shooting technique, and safety before spending a

few hours working on your skills. The class begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Wildlife Conservation Center at Sippo Lake Park, located at 800 Genoa Ave NW in Massillon. All equipment will be provided. This program is designed for

School, Library Partner For Successful Students The Plain Local School District and Stark County District Library are proud to announce a new partnership that combines our strengths and resources to offer students and families the best supportfor academic achievement. Students and families will benefit in many ways from this joint effort: • All Plain Local School Di strict students will have access to books and magazines with no fines or fees for late or missing items*. Kindergarten through 4th grade students can check out books simply by giving their name. For older students, their student identification card will function as a student library card allowing easy access to boo ks and electronic

resources. • Librarians from Stark County District Library will work with Plain Local School District educators to provide outreach, instructional support, and supplementary materials throughout both the school year and the summer. • Students and families will be informed of events and activities at the Library and will be encouraged to visit the Library as part of their regular routine. • Ready Rosie will be offered to families of all preschool and Kindergarten students. Ready Rosie is a convenient daily digital subscription that provides fun and educational activities for adults to do with children birth to six years old.

The activities are simple and are modeled in a two minute video sent via email or SMS text message. An email will be sent soon with more information about this free service that helps prepare young children for reading and school success. *If a student already has a Stark County District Library card, they can continue to use that card to access books as well as the many other resources available at the Library such as books on CD, Playaways, kindergarten readiness packs, and more. Together, we can offer our students more resources for school success; instill a love of reading and lifelong learning; and empower them as they become the leaders of tomorrow.

Library Branch Offers Something For All Ages Join us at the Plain ComELEMENTARY munity Branch of the Stark (K - 5TH GRADE) County District Library to LEGO® Club enjoy great programs for all Saturday Sep 24, ages. Some programs request 10:30 am–12:00 pm registration; please call, stop Imagine, create, and build in, or visit with LEGO® and/or DUand choose the Calendar tab PLO® bricks (provided). for more information.




Book Sale Sponsored by Plain Friends of the Library Saturday Sep 17 9:00 am–5:00 pm Visit the Library during Plain Family Fun Day to browse for great bargains at our Book Sale.

(6TH - 12TH GRADE) Plain Family Fun Day Knitting Club Needlechat Teens CREATE In partnership with Plain Every Wednesday Wednesday Sep 7, 21, FOL and Plain Local 10:00 am–11:00 am 2:30 pm–3:45 pm Schools Join fellow knitters and Hang out with your friends Saturday Sep 17 crocheters to work on projand make new ones at the 9:00 am–1:00 pm ects at all skill levels while Library. Enjoy activities Explore the Library to play, sharing tips and tricks. including music, art, STEM, read, and create a craft. Book Club snap circuits, and more. Browse the Plain Friends Thursday Night Book Club Each day will bring someof the Library book sale to Thursday Sep 15, thing new to do and explore. stock up for the new school 4:00 pm–5:00 pm year. Enjoy lively discussions with others on today’s most intriguing books and topics. Interested in learning more about our community? EARLY LEARNERS Consider attending a meeting of the Plain Township (BIRTH - PRE-K) Historical Society. Meetings are open to the public. Story Time Preschool Plain Township Hall located at 2600 Easton Street Tuesday Sep 13, 20, 27 N.E., Canton, OH 44721. 10:30 am–11:15 am General Membership meetings are held at the Plain Township Hall, 2600 Easton Street N.E., Canton, OH Story Time Baby / Toddler 44721-2655. Meetings begin at 7 PM Wednesday Sep 14, 21, 28 September 21, “Preserving Your Antiques” by Re10:30 am–11:00 am becca Wehr Story Time Pajama October 19, “Plants and Wildlife in Plain Township” Monday Sep 12, 19, 26, by Lynette Reiner 7:00 pm–7:30 pm

Historical Society Meetings

ages 8-17. On September 5, try your hand (and feet!) at Log Rolling at Sippo Lake Park. Drop in any time from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. to test your skills. Once you get used to staying on the log, see if you can challenge the clock or an opponent. We will be set up in the water near the Marina, which is located at 5300 Tyner St NW in Canton. We highly recommend wearing shoes that you don’t mind getting wet! Be a citizen scientist and help survey wildlife at BioBlitz – a 24-hour Wildlife Investigation! On September 9 and 10, make your way to Quail Hollow Park, located at 13480 Congress Lake Ave in Hartville to enjoy presentations from researchers, displays from ecological organizations, and scheduled programs and hikes. All activities are free and suitable for all ages. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. The tentative

schedule is as follows: Friday 5pm- Begins 6pm- Bug Hike 7pm- Meet the Animals 8pm- Owl Prowl 9pm- Mothing Saturday 7am- Sunrise Bird Hike 11am- Bug Hike/ Fish     Shocking 12pm- Wildflower Walk 1pm- Meet the Animals 2pm- Pond Dip 3pm- Pond Dip 4pm- Tree ID Hike On September 14, get up, get out, and Pokémon Go! Whether you’re new to the craze or a Pokémaster, come with us as we explore Sippo Lake Park for our Catch ‘Em All Hike. We’ll take a leisurely 2 mile hike as we search for Pokémon and collect items at the many Pokéstops located throughout the park. We will meet at the Marina at 5 p.m. Visit for a complete list of all programs can be found.

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Brush Twice, Floss Once Daily.

Family Fun Day Set Don’t Make Your Dentist Cringe In partnership with Mercy Medical Center, the Plain Township Rotary Clun and the GlenOak Adult Booster Club, the Plain Local School District and Plain Township Rotary are pleased to announce the date for the 21st Annual Plain Family Fun Day scheduled for Saturday, September 17, 2016 from 7am-12pm at GlenOak High School 1801 Schneider Street N.E.
enter through door 17 at the upper parking lot. FREE Family Fun Day Activities include: Obstacle Courses, Make It Take It Grafts, Face Painting, Dodge Ball, Wii Dance, Corn Hole, Nail Painting, Mini Putt Putt Golf and more! A detailed schedule of events will be available on the district’s website at and in the September Issue of Plain Paper.

Plain Township Rotary Pancake Breakfast

Cost is $5 for adults & $3 for children 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

George Williams, DDS Mercy Dental Services Certain things about dentistry make me cringe – namely, this all-too-common patient confession: “I only brush in the morning and floss only when I get food stuck in my teeth.” According to a recent American Dental Association poll, just over 50% of Americans brush twice a day, and 50.5% of Americans report they floss daily. Unfortunately, I’m a little disappointed that more people aren’t brushing at least twice a day and quite skeptical that the percentage of daily flossers is that high. (Dentists and dental hygienists are human lie detectors when it comes to oral hygiene. In fact, some of us have taken these skills beyond the scope of oral hygiene... Believe me, my dentist is my dad.)

Food content, consistency and location matter tremendously in determining the rate of acid production and tooth demineralization. Remember, when you consume food, you’re also feeding the bacteria in your mouth. Snacking throughout the day means an unending supply of fuel for bacteria. The stickier your food, the harder it is for your tooth brush to remove it. Also, food and plaque accumulate in between your teeth and in the grooves of your teeth.

car and then going for a drive in a field of mud. Second, food and bacteria get to have an all-day AND allnight party in your mouth, constantly bathing your teeth with acid. I tell patients all the time I would rather have them brush at night if they only brush once a day. Little Susie may not want to talk to little Johnny at school because of his bad breath, but saliva, drinking water and chewing gum throughout the day can help buffer your teeth Your Tooth Brush Can’t Go It and flush away unattached bacteria and food. At night, there Alone is no such relief and often saliva Unfortunately, it is nearly impossible for your toothbrush production decreases, especially in those who mouth breathe. bristles to get into these tight places. Fortunately, floss, tooth This is why it is so important to picks, water picks and interden- have as little plaque as possible tal brushes can get the job done. in your mouth before bed. So, jump on the bandwagon Flossing also helps fight against for brushing at least twice a day gingivitis and gum disease for two minutes and flossing at Why the Tooth Brush Was by removing bacteria in your least once a day. It will draInvented gum pockets. Deep grooves Cavities occur when acidcan be sealed as a preventative matically improve your oral and total body health while giving producing bacteria establish measure. They’re quick, painyour dentist one less reason to an intra-oral biofilm known less and you don’t even need cringe. as plaque. Over time, saliva to be “numbed.” These tools, buffers are unable to neutralize along with low sugar intake About Mercy Dental Services the bacterial acid production and a lower frequency of food Mercy Dental Services offers and the pH of the mouth drops and drinks (i.e., less snackdentistry for the whole fambelow 5.5, causing tooth demin- ing), help mechanically break ily, including a complete range eralization. (Anything below down plaque and prevent tooth of preventive, cosmetic and a pH of 7 is acidic). The only demineralization, the cause of restorative dental services for way to destroy the biofilm is to cavities. adults and kids. We have two mechanically break it up; hence, Furthermore, most people state-of-the-art offices, includthe invention of the tooth brush who don’t brush twice a day ing one in northeast Canton at and the answer to why we can’t compound the problem by only Mercy Medical Center at St. Paul just swish some mouthwash. brushing in the morning before Square. For more information, It may surprise you that not breakfast (especially true of call 330-588-4893. all plaque is created equal. children). It’s like washing your