November 2016 Plain Paper

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Volume 9 • Number 3


Planning For Progress

GlenOak Welcomes New Citizens Read more on page 2.

Annual Diversity Event Scheduled Details on page 2.

GlenOak Students Get Involved with Social Justice See page 7.

Check Out the Plain Local Strategic Plan

During the 2015-2016 school year the district held numerous community focus groups about the future direction of Plain Local Schools. District representatives met with parents, students, teachers, community organizations, and the Board of Education. In addition, the district facilitated a phone poll to gather input about the school district. A total of 1,360 people were engaged in this process. The goal was to engage our community, and create a 3-5 year plan that will provide direction and focus for the Plain Local School District. The entire process focused on attaining the thoughts and opinions of the district. After that work was completed, the district met and analyzed all data and comments from the community. Based on all stakeholder information, the following seven goal areas were created for the Plain Local Strategic Plan: 1. Academics and Curriculum 5. Safety and Security 2. Communications and Engagement 6. Infrastructure, Facilities and Grounds 3. Board and Financial 7. Staff and Teacher Development 4. Student Success Development of each of the goal areas has already begun across the district. Benchmarks and target dates have been defined to ensure we continue to make this plan the complete focus of our work for the next 3-5 years. My commitment to the community is to communicate our progress along with projects and initiatives that align with your comments and vision for the school district. In addition, we have created a link on our web site to keep the entire community updated on our progress. You can find that information at In closing, I want to thank our entire community for their commitment to make Plain Local Schools the best district in Stark County. We have a great community, and the value increases with a strong and high performing school district.

Go Eagles!

Brent May, Superintendent

Pages 8-9.

New Group “Guys with Ties” Takes off at Middlebranch Story on page 11.

Fall Sport Recaps Details on page 12-13.

Former Plain Local Teacher Celebrates 100 Years! page 14.

Plain Local Administrators Maria Smith, Jeanne McNeal, Cassie Sponseller, Joe Andrews and Michael Milford worked in small groups during the start of 2016 to develop the three-year strategic plan laid out on pages 8-9 in this issue.

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GlenOak Hosts US Naturalization Ceremony GlenOak High School served as the backdrop as six individuals from Indonesia, Iraq, India, Syria, Honduras and Jordan took their oath as new U.S. citizens on Friday, October 14, on the Abbey Foltz Stage in the GlenOak High School Theatre to celebrate their entrance into the United States. This ceremony was a joint effort by Ryan Foltz, AP US Government Teacher at GlenOak, Judge Frank Forchione of the Stark County Common Pleas Court, and Stark County Clerk of Courts Louis P. Giavasis, to bring together high school students and the families of those seeking citizenship to share in this special moment. “This is the greatest gift that we as American’s can bestow upon those who have followed the Naturalization Process. It is always

one of my favorite days” Judge Forchione pointed out. Stark County Clerk of Courts Louis P. Giavasis said of the ceremony, “I am the grandson of Greek immigrants, and being able to administer the oath of citizenship to our newest American citizens is one of the greatest privileges I am given as the Clerk.” Added AP teacher Ryan Foltz, “To have our students witness the naturalization process in person was something special. We talk in class how fortunate we are to be American citizens and what that entails. Our students saw how much it means to these new citizens.” Along with the new citizens approximately 150 GlenOak High School AP Government and National Honor Society students

attended the ceremony. The GlenOak Drifters sang beautiful renditions of the National Anthem and America the Beautiful. The ceremony was also open to

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minutes in a questionanswer session regarding various topics including citizenship, trials, the Justice System and criminal sentencing.

Six new US citizens took their oath on October 14 at GlenOak High School .

Plain Local Celebrates Diversity

The Plain Local School District and GlenOak High School invite you to participate in an evening of history, awareness and a celebration of the arts as we explore the diverse cultures of our comThe Plain Local School stitute custodial positions munity and we learn more District is in need of subavailable. stitute bus drivers. Those Classified applications are about the Harlem Renaissance and how it influences interested must have a CDL available to download onclass B with S&P endorseline at art, music and culture. Our annual Celebrate ments and a clean driving If you have questions record. The position pays concerning these positions Diversity Event at GlenOak $11.00 per hour. please contact the Business High School is on Thursday, The Plain Local School Office at 330-492-3500, ext. January 12 from 6-8:30 p.m. This is a free event, open to District currently has sub331. the public. We encourage families of all ages to attend. Participants will have the opportunity to tour GlenOak High School and explore information tables, classrooms, artwork, performances and more! The culminating perforTM mance will be at 8:00pm in the auditorium. We are Plain Paper is published by Plain Local Schools. It is distributed free of charge to community residents, businesses and Plain Local fortunate to have talented

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the public. Refreshments were available for the new citizens. After the ceremony, Judge Forchione spoke with the GlenOak students for 30

jazz musicians, John Morton, who has appeared with the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra; Kevin DeSimone, who was Barry Manilow’s Musical Director for over 20 years; Tommy Watson Sr. on piano, Dan Nauss on bass and

Bob Esterle on saxophone and clarinet. You do not want to miss this event - a sure highlight of the 2016-2017 school year! Save the date: Thursday, January 12 from 6-8:30 p.m. at GlenOak High School.

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Spotlight Shines On Staff Scott Ferrell, 9th Grade Science, Head Boys and Girls Track & Field and Head Girls Cross Country Coach. How long have you been with the Plain Local School District? I am currently in my 27th year at Plain Local. When you are not at work, what is your favorite thing to do? When I am not at work, I like to attempt to stay in shape during the offseasons of coaching. I enjoy going to my son and daughter’s swimming meets. I also enjoy simply relaxing and doing nothing. What’s your favorite type of cuisine? My favorite cuisine is Italian. My mother is Hungarian/Italian and that is the cuisine that I grew up with and I enjoy making and eating this food. Who is your favorite musical artist/favorite song? Bob Marley, Bob Dylan, Jimmy Buffett, 80’s metal, Zac Brown ... it’s an eclectic list. Where is your favorite

place in Plain Township? My favorite place in Plain Township is in the Stadium at GlenOak. Whether it is working the chains for a football game or Track & Field Championship phase, it is a fun, relaxing place to be. If you could choose one amenity to add to the workplace, what would it be? It would be great to have a swimming pool. If you could splurge on one must-have item, what would it be? If I could splurge and had the funds, I would love to buy a house in the Florida Keys on a canal and go fishing as often as I wanted. Have you ever been on the radio or TV? I have been on both. Simple interviews for the great athletes that I have had the opportunity to coach, no sweet appearances for any dramatic talent that I lack. If you could have one super power- what would it be? Shapeshifting - Imagine being able to transform into anything you want! Want to fly? Shape into something that flies. Want to be fast? Shape into that. Need a third

Plain Local Alumni Reunions If you are getting ready to plan your class reunion for 2017, consider hosting it the weekend of the Alumni Tailgate Party. The tailgate party is being held on September 15, 2017 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.

GlenOak High School Class Of 1987

30th Class Reunion Friday, July 21, 8pm   Informal meet and greet at the Ignorant Owl Saturday, July 22, 10am-3pm - Golf outing Saturday, July 22, 10:30am-2pm - Family pot-luck and   GlenOak tour Veterans Park, 1714 Schneider Street   NE Canton, Ohio 44721 (across from the high   school) High school tour: 11:00am Saturday, July 22, 7pm-11pm - Reunion! Courtyard   Marriott Cost: $65 per person in advance, $75 at the door   Checks should be made out to: GlenOak Class of   1987 Contact: Kristi Barker (

Glenwood High School Class Of 1967

50th Class Reunion September 15-16-17, 2017 Follow us on Facebook @ “Glenwood High School Class of 1967” Friday, September 15 – Social Gathering – Location to be announced Saturday, September 16 – Tozzi’s On Twelfth, 4210 12th St NW, Canton If you have any other ideas for activities for Saturday or Sunday, let us know; we would love to hear from you. Send email to

Glenwood Class Of 1974

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

hand? There you go. What is your favorite sport team? Favorite sports team - Team USA What is your favorite thing about your job? My favorite thing about working at GlenOak is that it is different everyday. People are dynamic and the change that you see in them is fun to watch. The students and athletes keep me young. Roseanna Harman, Bus Driver How long have you been with the Plain Local School District? 23 years When you are not at work, what is your favorite thing to do? Travel What’s your favorite type of cuisine? Seafood Who is your favorite musical artist/favorite song? Elton John, Tiny Dancer Where is your favorite place in Plain Township? Gervasi/Laura of Pembroke If you could choose one amenity to add to the workplace, what would it be? New buses for all drivers If you could splurge on one must-have item, what would it be? A new luxury car Have you ever been on the radio or TV? Yes. Both TV and Radio, modeled on TV as a teenager, did radio commercial on WHBC If you could have one super power – what would it be? The ability to fly What is your favorite sports team? Cleveland Indians and Cavaliers What is your favorite thing about your job? The children that I transport

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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. 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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Stark Parks Plans New Wildlife Conservation Center Stark Parks’ Wildlife Conservation Center will be calling Hartville home for the next year. The park district is bidding farewell to the longstanding Wildlife Conservation Center at 800 Genoa Avenue NW in Massillon – for now at least. Donated by the late C.P. Sanders in

July of 1986, the existing structure of the Wildlife Rehabilitation building has served and educated individuals all over the region as well as provided care for thousands of native wildlife patients throughout the past 30 years. As construction breaks ground at the Sippo

Glen Oak High School and Bob Cummings Stadium will host the 3rd Annual Spirit of the Season 5k on Sunday, December 4th at 9 a.m. The race will benefit the Stark County Hunger Task Force and is organized by Run To You Racing. Participants this year will each receive an “Ugly Christmas T-Shirt” for completing the 3.1 mile course around the high school campus. This year’s goal is to raise awareness of

hunger in our community and help out families in need. Runners are encouraged to bring canned goods as part of their registration. The cost for this family oriented event is $15 for adults and $10 for anyone 18 years old or younger and includes the runners shirt along with refreshments after the race. To register and find more information about the race, go to www.runtoyouracing. com or contact David Beck at 330-592-3322.

Spirit Of The Season 5K Set

Plain Local Schools App! Android and iPhone users can download the Plain Local Schools application in the “App Store” on their devices. Simply search Plain Local Schools to download the FREE app powered by SchoolMessenger. 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

Lake location, a temporary rehabilitation center will be set up in Hartville, located at 12833 Market Ave at Fichtner Park. As of Tuesday, November 8, the temporary center at Fichtner Park will be fully functional with staff, equipment, cages, and food. It will be prepared to accept injured, native wildlife immediately. The center will remain operational until the completion of the new building in 2018. The new facility will better serve Stark County in a multitude of ways. Potential features of the proposed restructured facility will include an updated clinic and exam room as well as a live animal display for public viewing. Stark Parks is continually striving not only for the rehabilitation of wounded wildlife, but also for the sustained education of the residents of this area as well. The park district encourages a coexistence between humans and wildlife, and their new center will help to support and strengthen this relationship. Due to limited space at the

center, Stark Parks is asking that all individuals wanting to bring injured wildlife to Fichtner Park call first. For more information and updates on the new Wildlife Conservation Center building, visit

Stark County Park District includes 100+ miles of trails, including 25 miles of the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail, 14 parks, nearly 8,000 acres of land and 778 educational programs and events to 36,301 participants.

Families stopped by Ellisdale Community center for a chance to meet with teachers and administrators face to face last month.

Off-Site Conferences Successful Teachers and Administrators from GlenOak High School, Oakwood Middle School, Warstler Elementary and Middlebranch Elementary hosted parent teacher conferences at Ellisdale Community Center in October. Families at-

tended for a hot breakfast, explanation of grades and H access to Chromebook information. We appreciate the teachers making conferences available for all of our families. We hope to continue this event for future conferences.

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GO Freshman Learn, Grow Community Garden The ninth grade Gardening Community at GlenOak High School has begun its yearlong project-based learning with an introduction to

community gardening and the problems we face in the U.S. in regards to farming practices and food scarcity. We will be doing a variety of

projects throughout the year, which will include reading “Gaining Ground” by Forrest Pritchard, taking soil samples, and completing research. The final culmination of this project will be the creation and sustaining of a Glenwood Intermediate School and Frazer Elementary School students are reading and blogging about novels in the Community garden. As an introduction to the newly formed Sister Schools Book Club. Teachers, Samanyear-long project, students tha Burchfield from Glenwood and Maggie O’Brien from Frazer have set up the book club as an enrichment opporwere asked to watch a docutunity for voracious readers. Students are currently reading mentary dealing with a food the book Bunnicula by Deborah & James Howe and using issue in the U.S. and present KidBlog to share questions, make predictions, practice skills their findings, to explore and just enjoy talking about the book. Fourth graders are their roles and views on the excited to connect with students at Glenwood and fifth grad- topic of food challenges, and ers are proud to be leaders and role models. After Bunnicula, to research plants that grow students will move on to other novels that interest them. well in our area. In addition, Students will have the opportunity to meet each other at the each group of students sub4th grade transition day at the end of the year. mitted artwork to the Stark County ESC’s art contest, “Planting Seeds of Kindness,” and one of those groups was “Big Things often have small beginnings.” That’s exactly chosen as runners’-up in what happened at Warstler Elementary. We had 4 students the high school category of (Kylie Daum, Corbin Nestor, Kamdyn Hershberger and Jaidyn Whitt) who were talking about what the world would artwork. Kamryn Vance, Malyia be like without color. Warstler prides itself on Thankful Thursdays where children dress in a theme and bring in one Stanley, Henry Smith, and dollar to donate to various charities in the area. The children Rachel Sholtis were awarded decided that they wanted to raise money to donate to the certificates for their achieve“Race for the Cure.” With a theme of “A day of Beige.” They ment at the First Friday Art sought out Mrs. Ringer, the school’s music teacher to help Harvest event at the Canton them organize the event. Beige bracelets and bookmarks Museum of Art on Friday, were made to sell. They also sold breast cancer awareness Oct. 7. Malyia Stanley and bracelets. In only eight days, the students raised $103 dolMrs. Jessica Rockich were lars. The money was then given to the GlenOak High School present to accept these certifVolleyball team to add to the funds they raised for the same icates on behalf of the other cause. What started out as a conversation between friends, students. Following the First ended up being something that really made a difference. We Friday event, their artwork are so proud of these students for caring about others!

traveled to the N. Canton Library’s Little Art Gallery where it was displayed for the rest of the month. The

Canton Charge basketball team will also recognize the winners at the student game on January 25, 2017.

Sister Schools Open Book Club

Warstler Lives Day Of Beige

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GlenOak Cosmetology Menu of Services Open weekly on Wednesday 11:30a-3:00p Call: (330) 491-3990 to make an appointment. Hair Services Shampoo/Set/Style.................................................... $8.00 Shampoo/Thermal Style........................................... $8.00 Braid Styles......................................................$10.00 & up Up-Do’s............................................................$15.00 & up Haircut........................................................................ $8.00 Chemical Waves.............................................$25.00 & up Spiral (long hair)............................................. $35.00-$45 Chemical Relaxer............................................ $25.00-$30 Decolorize/bleach................................................... $30.00 Decolorize/Toner.................................................... $15.00 Tint Retouch............................................................ $25.00 Color scalp to ends.................................................. $30.00 Foil Highlight/Lowlight.......................................... $40.00   *each additional color $5 Cap Highlight.......................................................... $25.00 Conditioning treatment...............................................$12   *deep conditioner, Malibu, or Protein Nail Services Manicure.................................................................... $8.00 Oil Mani................................................................... $12.00   *includes hand and arm massage Pedicure.................................................................... $12.00 Gel polish................................................................. $12.00 Facial Services Facial........................................................................ $10.00 Spa Facial.................................................................. $15.00 Brow Wax................................................................... $8.00

Ninth grade students involved with the Community Garden project are (L-R) Henry Smith, Rachel Sholtis, Malyia Stanley, and Kamryn Vance.

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Taft Elementary Informs Students About STEAM

This year Taft Elementary is connecting with members of our community to inform our students K-4 about various careers and how STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) can be implemented in Pictured (L to R) Mariana Earley, Kennedy Demetro, their job. Special thanks Rowan Holliday, Valeria Arellanos-Zabaleta to Mr. McCartney, School Counselor and Mrs. Newkirk, School $ Community Liaison for bringing this program to Avondale students and for the most coveted prize, a Taft! local businesses rallied line hopper pass that allows The building is divided together to raise nearly them to skip the parent pick into teams of Green, Gold $7,600 in the second annual up line! Proceeds will go and White for the lecture Walkathon. All students par- toward playground improve- series. Each month there ticipated in the Walkathon ments. Students can’t wait to is a theme and each team during the school day on see what’s in store! will spend about thirty October 5. Students walked, minutes learning more danced, hula-hooped, and jumped their way through the course designed by PE teacher, Mr. Hamilton. Students earned prizes ranging from frisbees and drawstring bags to gift cards to their favorite store. Twentyfour students enjoyed a lunch with Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Milhoan, and nine top earners celebrated at an ice cream social. Mrs. Smith even got her hair spraypainted green and gold to show her appreciation for our students’ efforts! Amalia and Clarissa Farmakidis won a raffle for Cleveland Cavaliers tickets, and Faith Colbetzor got to Faith Colbetzor as princibe principal for a day. The pal for the day, complete Sanders and Byers-Cartewith high heels and her chine families won the raffle walkie-talkie!

Avondale PTO Walkathon Raises 7,600 For Playground

about the topic. October - Health November - Law December - The Arts January - Engineering February - Technology April - Science For the month of October we were fortune to have Veterinarian, Dr. Richard Tirpak, from the Stark Animal Hospital, Ms. Ty Newkirk, Walsh University physical therapy major, Ms. Jada Smith, Kent State University Sports and Rec major in the Master’s program and Chiropractor, Dr. Don Case, from Case Chiropractic Center. This series ties in with the STEAM work our

students are doing to prepare for Glenwood Intermediate School. As part of the career awareness unit our fourth graders are studying, they will be researching careers to see what schooling will be necessary, the pros and cons of the job, and they will interview someone in that field to gain a better perspective of the career. We are proud at Taft Elementary to be developing our students not just for their experiences at Plain Local Schools but helping them to become lifelong learners with a passion to enter the workforce!

Fourth Graders Cut Cookies For Ohio History Fourth grade students in Mrs. Mongiardo’s class at Avondale Elementary decorated Ohio cutout cookies as a part of a geography lesson! The students had to identify the capital, the Ohio River, major cities and the regions. They had tons of fun and the learning tasted yummy!

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GlenOak Care Team Supports At-Risk Students More than ever before, students today face a variety of social, emotional and familial challenges. Sometimes it’s not possible for students to separate their personal problems from their lives at school. In response, GlenOak High School has developed a specialized Care Team to identify and address the needs of at-risk students. Utilizing interdepartmental collaboration on behalf of the student, the GlenOak Care Team seeks to help our students achieve their potential by working through problematic issues. Care Team is a school based student services initiative that uses resources and staff support to increase student achievement by combining educational interventions with needed support services. The Care Team consists of a variety of members of the school staff from administrators, counselors, teachers, intervention specialists, youth-serving agencies (mental, physical and behavioral health providers), to other support personnel. Students enter Care Team through a referral process. Administrators and staff members may refer a student directly to Care Team by completing a “Care Team Referral Form”. Parents and guardians who would like to request support services can also contact an administrator or staff member to complete the referral form. There are many reasons a student may be referred to

Care Team such as suicidal ideation, depression, behavior issues, medical issues, anxiety, stress, family concerns, substance abuse, eating disorders, peer relationships, cutting, etc. “Care Team is to help meet the needs of students that can not be met in the classroom. We are providing support services to limit or eliminate barriers to learning”, says school counselor and Care Team leader Heather Zapolnik. GlenOak’s Care Team meets weekly to identify and discuss students referred, and weekly agendas are created based on the referrals received. All information collected or discussed in Care Team is strictly confidential, and documentation is secured according to State and district regulations. Care Team gathers information about each student’s specific situation and needs, creates an individualized plan to help the student, and continues to monitor him or her until the problems have been resolved. Care Team utilizes resources from different areas of the school community to provide ways to address and solve barriers to classroom learning. When a student’s need is beyond the scope of GlenOak’s programs, Care Team provides information on community resources available for parents to obtain assistance for their child. The Care Team ensures that our students have compassionate advocates during challenging times,

College Credit Plus Gives Course Options to Students College Credit Plus (CCP) is Ohio’s dual enrollment program, which provides an opportunity for students who are college-ready to earn transcripted college credit while in grades 7–12. Students have the opportunity every year from April-June to apply to take classes for the following year. Plain Local teachers who have earned adjunct status with the college or university primarily teach courses at GlenOak High School. Plain Local Schools has established partnerships with the University of Mount Union, the University of Akron, Walsh

University, Kent State University, Stark State College, and Malone University. There are currently CCP classes offered in the following subject areas: Math, Science, Social Studies, English, Foreign Language, Communications, Business, Nursing, and Fire Science. There are over 500 students in grades 9-12 taking advantage of these courses with the potential to collectively earn almost 2,000 college credit hours! For more information on the CCP program in Ohio, please visit education. or call your student’s school.

while creating a safe and supportive school environment. The goal of Care team is to increase student access to educational, social, emotional, behavioral and physical health services to develop healthy and resilient youth who succeed in school

and life. Overcoming these barriers can improve academic achievement, school climate and attendance, and reduce discipline problems. GlenOak High School is founded on the philosophy that all students have a right to

academic programs and services that meet their unique need and help them achieve their full potential. In times of need, students experience a caring community coming together to provide support services whenever or wherever they are needed.

Pictured (L-R) Erykah Lofton, Alix Doratori, Elizabeth Cirese, Eliahs Sumpter, Kenna Harrington, A’rya Taylor. These students make up the GlenOak High School Social Justice team.

Plain Local Creates Social Justice Team Students come to school with a wide range of strengths. They are a diverse group: they participate in a variety of athletics, they have different cultural backgrounds, they are seeking academic challenges. Students also come to school with a wide range of needs. Some students have financial hardships, some have learning differences, some have mental health concerns. As a school district, we are continuously striving to meet the needs of all learners while striving for excellence for all. We are excited about a new opportunity that will strengthen what we already

do in our district. Stark County received a Straight-A Grant to support local school districts in creating Social Justice Teams. Plain Local is proud to be a part of this grant, called “All-In: Ensuring Success for All Students,” focuses on training staff and building the capacity to ensure that equity and socially-just practices are provided for every student by every adult in our district. Plain Local staff, students, and parents make up the Social Justice Team. Staff is receiving training, reviewing practices, and discussing ways to implement better

teaching practices in order to achieve equity across all learning environments. Students are collaborating on a service project that will impact the community. Parents are invited to share their ideas on how to build a stronger home-school connection. These three groups will continue to work together toward the goal of success for every student. We are excited about the positive changes that Social Justice will bring to Plain Local. Strong schools are a reflection of a strong community. Social Justice is one more way we can be Eagle Strong.

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2016-2019 S Throughout the 2015-2016 school year, Plain Local Schools launched a community engagement process to help develop its three-year strategic plan. The strategic plan is now complete.

Thank you to everyone who provided input!



Online Community Survey

Five Student Focus Groups


Three Parent Focus Groups

Ten Staff Focus Groups (nearly 100% participation)


Two Community Partner Focus Groups

110 500

Leadership Staff Team and Board of Education Focus Group 50



GOALS AND TARGET AREAS GOAL AREA 1: Academics and Curriculum Special Education Technology Preschool State Mandates

GOAL AREA 2: Communications and Engagement Internal communications External communications Community partnerships

GOAL AREA 3: Board and Financial

GOAL AREA 4: Student Success

Oversight of strategic plan Financial accountability and transparency Visibility and leadership

Mental Health School Choice and Nontraditional Options Arts and Athletics High School Development

GOAL AREA 5: Safety and Security

GOAL AREA 6: Infrastructure, Facilities and Grounds

Staff, students and visitors Trainings and resources Community education

Building improvements Transportation Technology infrastructure

GOAL AREA 7: Staff and Teacher Development Recruitment Retention Professional Development

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Overall, Plain Local is very well liked, and parents agree it is heading in a great direction Technology and how it is being used is of great interest to parents iReady needs to be evaluated, better communicated and used more effectively Parents use online resources for communications and evaluating child’s progress Blended learning and inclusion through community partners is appreciated State testing is not liked by parents, and Plain Local is encouraged to advocate on behalf of parents at the state level Communications between bus garage, school building and parents needs evaluated


Students value the time available to de-stress, but feel more opportunities to de-stress are needed Lunch is one of few de-stress times, and it often becomes a point of frustration The teachers are well liked and respected


Technology overload Teachers are greatly appreciated and have the most significant impact on students Students recognize and take advantage of the many opportunities of school Career-tech is well liked


Lunch and recess are concern areas Teachers and administrators are well liked, but students want more access to them after school if needed iReady needs to be evaluated Testing and technology can be stressful Social media appears to be greatest bullying threat


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The diversity of the student population resonates with the staff and faculty. This diversity appears to be a real point of pride and possibly an opportunity to build a strong sense of mission and call of duty. In addition, this provides the opportunity to recruit a diverse staff and provide them with training on topics related to diversity. The variety of programs and opportunities for students offers many chances for students to excel. There is a strong sense of a family feel among the staff and faculty. The interpretation of this data suggests more discussions need to occur in several key areas. When making this interpretation, it is necessary to determine what topic areas are causes versus effects and what effects are primary versus secondary outcomes. The topic areas created through the analysis of this data should be used in correlation with each other. For example, the threat of school choice could be analyzed to determine the characteristics that attract parents to them. This in turn will create strategic direction and messaging points. The staff and teachers overwhelmingly recognize that the district is heading in the right direction and leading the charge in innovation. This is encouraging and should not be forgotten during the strategic planning process. Teachers want to live out the student-centered culture in greater depth and be a part of the planning process moving forward.

PHONE POLL OBSERVATIONS: How would you rate the quality of the teachers at the Plain Local School District? Would you say they are:

How would you rate the quality of support staff, including the bus drivers, food service staff, secretaries and custodians at the Plain Local School District? Would you say they are:

In general, do you feel that the Plain Local School District is headed in the right direction or the wrong direction?

Excellent (29.2%)

Poor (1.7%)

Excellent (25.5%)

Poor (4.6%)

Right Direction (82.1%)

Good (50.7%)

Very Poor (0%)

Good (48.8%)

Very Poor (0%)

Wrong Direction (8.6%)

Okay (12.3%)

Other (6.1%)

Okay (21.1%)

Other (0%)

Unsure (9.2%)

Net Favorable: 79.9%

Net Favorable: 74.3%

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2016-17 Golden Eagle Winter Sports Schedules

BOYS BASKETBALL Fri. 12/2/16 6:00/7:30 Tue. 12/6/16 6:00/7:30 Fri. 12/9/16 6:00/7:30 Sat. 12/10/16 6:00 Tue. 12/13/16 6:00/7:30 Fri. 12/16/16 6:00/7:30 Tue. 12/20/16 6:00/7:30 Thur. 12/22/16 6:00/7:30 Fri. 1/6/17 6:00/7:30 Tue. 1/10/17 6:00/7:30 Fri. 1/13/17 6:00/7:30 Sun 1/15/17 2:30 Tue. 1/17/17 6:00/7:30 Fri. 1/20/17 6:00/7:30 Tue. 1/24/17 6:00/7:30 Fri. 1/27/17 6:00/7:30 Fri. 2/3/17 6:00/7:30 Tue. 2/7/17 6:00/7:30 Fri. 2/10/17 6:00/7:30 Sat. 2/11/17 6:00/7:30 Sat. 2/18/17 6:00/7:30 Tue. 2/21/17 6:00/7:30


Akron Garfield Central Catholic Hoover Greynolds Classic Barberton Jackson Lake Green Max Hayes St. Ignatius Perry McKinley Mercy Medical Classic Hoover Jackson Lake Green Perry Cleve. Rhodes McKinley Kenmore Massillon Marlington

GIRLS BASKETBALL Fri. 11/25/16 12:00/1:30 Wed. 11/30/16 6:00/7:30 Sat. 12/03/16 1:00/2:30 Wed. 12/07/16 Open Sat. 12/10/16 1:00/2:30 Wed. 12/14/16 6:00/7:30 Sat. 12/17/16 1:00/2:30 Wed. 12/21/16 6:00/7:30 Wed. 12/28/16 TBA Thur. 12/29/15 TBA Mon. 1/02/17 12:00/1:30 Wed. 1/04/17 5:30/7:00 Sat. 1/07/17 1:00/2:30 Wed. 1/11/17 6:00/7:30 Mon.. 1/16/17 6:00/7:30 Wed. 1/18/17 6:00/7:30 Sat. 1/21/17 1:00/2:30 Wed. 1/25/17 6:00/7:30 Mon. 1/30/17 6:00/7:30 Wed. 2/1/17 6:00/7:30 Sat. 2/4/16 1:00/2:30 Wed. 2/08/17 6:00/7:30 Sat. 2/11/17 1:00/2:30

SWIMMING Wed. 11/30/16 Fri. 12/02/16 Sat. 12/03/16 Sat. 12/10/16 Fri. 12/16/16 Sat. 12/17/16 Tue. 12/27/16 Fri. 12/30/16 Sat. 01/07/17 Fri. 01/13/17 Sat. 01/14/17 Fri. 01/27/17 Sat. 01/28/17 Sat. 02/04/17 Sat. 02/11/17 Sat. 02/18/17 Fri. 02/24/17 Dates and times are subject to change. Please check the district calen- Sat. 02/25/17 dar at for the most up-to-date schedules.

6:00pm 6:00pm 12:00pm 2:00pm 4:30pm 6:00am 11:00am 9:00am 6:00pm 4:30pm 9:00am 6:00pm 12:00pm 9:00am 9:00am 9:00am 9:00am 9:00am

H Open H Open A H A A A A H A A A H A H H H H H H A

Louisville Open McKinley Open Hoover Jackson Lake Green Lakota West Holiday Tourn. Lakota West Holiday Tourn. Garfield Maple Heights Perry McKinley St. Vincent St. Mary Jackson Lake Green Massillon Shaw Perry Hoover Kenmore


McKinley Relays (Branin) Canfield Lake & Jackson NEAC Relays @ Warren Green Akron General X-Mas Invite @ Branin Warren, Mass., Kent (Branin) CT Branin Invite @ (Branin) NEAC Diving @ Wooster Hoover (Branin) NE Classic @ Branin Central Catholic (Branin) McKinley/Boardman (Branin) JV Champ. @ Branin Sectional @ Branin Districts @ CSU State @ (Branin) State @ (Branin)

Wrestling Sat 12/3/16 8:00am Tue. 12/6/16 6:00pm Fri./Sat. 12/9-10/16 4:00pm Thur. 12/15/16 6:00pm Thurs. 12/22/16 5:00pm Wed. 12/28/16 5:00pm Thur. 1/05/17 7:00pm Sat 1/07/17 9:00am Thurs 1/12/17 7:00pm Fri/Sat 1/13-14/17 4:00/8:00 Thurs 1/19/17 7:00pm Sat. 1/21/17 7:00pm Wed. 1/25/17 TBA Sat. 1/28/17 7:00pm Sat. 1/28/17 12:00pm Wed 2/3/17 5:30pm Tue. 2/07/17 6:00pm Thur. 2/09/17 7:00pm Tue. 2/14/17 6:00pm Thurs 2/16/17 7:00pm Fri/Sat 2/24-25/17 TBA Fri/Sat 3/3-4/17 TBA Thurs-Sat 3/9-11/17 TBA


BOWLING Sat. 11/19/16 Mon. 12/05/16 Wed. 12/07/16 Tues 12/13/16 Wed. 12/14/16 Sat. 12/31/16 Tues. 1/03/17 Mon. 1/09/17 Tues 1/17/17 Wed. 1/18/17 Tues. 1/24/17 Wed 1/25/17 Sat. 1/28/17 Mon. 1/30/17 Wed. 2/01/17 Wed. 2/06/17 Tues. 2/07/17 Mon. 2/13/17 Wed. 2/16/17

Park Centre SCHB Park Centre Green Park Centre Jackson Park Center Lake Hall of Fame @ Perry Park Centre Holiday Tourn. Park Centre @ North Canton Eastbury @ East Canton. Park Centre McKinley Turkeyfoot @ Green Hall of Fame @ Central Cath. Park Centre North Canton Eastbury East Canton Tourn. Strike Zone @ McKinley Park Centre @ Lake Park Centre @ Jackson Park Centre Perry Wabash Lanes @ Dover Park Centre Canton South

9:00am 3:50pm 3:50pm 3:50pm 3:50pm 9:00am 3:50pm 9:00am 3:50pm 3:50pm 3:50pm 3:50pm 3:50pm 3:50pm 3:50pm 3:50pm 3:50pm 3:50pm 3:50pm

JV. Lake Tournament Massillon/Rittman Marlington Duals Lake S.E./Waterloo @ S.E. Salem Jackson Hudson Duals Perry Bill Dies Memorial Hoover Green Tournament Dual States/TBA Massillon Tour. (Var.) JV Fed. Lg. Tour. Lake Team Regional Wooster McKinley Springfield/Gar. Hts. Green Sectionals District State - OSU

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Students Can Always Turn To The JK Closet The name was chosen to remember and reflect the unconditional care and compassion of the late Plain Local Guidance Counselor Mrs. Jennifer JungKilbreth or, as students called her, “Mrs. JK.” The purpose was to provide just that: care and compassion for students and give them a resource to obtain clean clothing, school supplies, and essential toiletries. The GlenOak Guidance

Team first started talking about a donation closet at GlenOak High School in 2015. As the idea expanded and generous donations poured in, the Job Training Coordination (JTC) program was asked to join the mission. Now, we are excited to announce that a specific location has been chosen. We are stocked with multiple sizes and styles of clothing, hundreds of notebooks, pens, pencils

and a variety of personal care items. The JTC class has taken skills of sizing unmarked clothing, organizing, storing, laundry, from their worksite of the Hartville Thrift Shoppe community work experience and transferred these skills to be used in the planning and execution of the JK Closet. As the class moves along with the project there are hopes to add shelving and racks to make the proj-

ect easier and more user friendly. Word is already spreading as we have also been able to provide items such a change of clothing for reasons during the day such as a spilled drink at lunch, or maybe wet socks from the rain. On a broader aspect, if families need assistance securing these items for their student, they can talk to any GlenOak staff member to get connected with these items. Steps are taken to ensure confidentiality.

Jason Williams is a JTC student and stated, “It is very wonderful what we are doing by helping the community. I have learned that I didn’t realize how much this was needed in our school.” Kameryn McCole said “I think it is important for kids to have a clothing closet so they won’t have to worry about where their next outfit might come from or where they will go to get hygienic items so they can concentrate on school.”

Glenwood Hosts STEAM Night At The Races

Congratulations to all Fifth Grade Glenwood STEAM students who participated in the Night at the Races on October 18th. We had 88 cars race in the All American Soap Box Derby Gravity Racing Challenge. This STEAM challenge asks students to collect and analyze data, build and race mini soapbox derby cars, and learn the science behind aerodynamics. Mrs. Arway teaches this 4-week unit that culminates in the Night at the Races for students and their families to enjoy! Awards were given in the following categories. Teamwork award: Daniel Gorby and Zora Jones Lewis, Best Car Design: Dash King, Third Place winners: Lucy Howell and Katriona Arnold. Second Place Winners were: Julianna Lancaster and Elise Gotto and the Grand Prize Winners, who will compete in Akron this spring are Tiye Joy and Fallon Domer. Congratulations Eagles! Students work to organize donations for the new donation closet at GlenOak High School

Barr Zoned For Success “Guys with Ties” a new group for leadership at Middlebranch Elementary held their first meeting last month.

Guys With Ties Focus On Leadership Middlebranch PE teacher, Mr. Hamilton, and Community Liaison, Mrs. Thomas, have teamed up to teach our third grade boys how to be leaders. The group’s motto is “Look good, feel good and DO good.” The group is called Guys with Ties. Third grade boys who are a part of the group have agreed to give up their recess and lunch to partici-

pate in a monthly luncheon. On these days, the boys are encouraged to wear a tie. During the luncheon, Mr. Hamilton delivers lessons in manners, greeting others, communicating clearly, goal setting and other skills that will be needed as they grow into young men. Our Guys with Ties had their first luncheon in October. Mr. Hamilton and Mr.

McKean modeled how to shake someone’s hand and greet them properly, and then gave the students the opportunity to practice the skill. Those students walked a little taller and spoke a little more clearly on that day and on the days that followed. We look forward to seeing how the club will progress throughout the school year!

Barr is all about students “owning” their learning, setting goals, and striving for excellence. Now, Mrs. Seccombe, School Counselor, is empowering students to do the same with their emotions. Mrs. Seccombe has adapted the premise of the book, “Zones of Regulation,” using the characters from the movie, Inside Out, to assist students in recognizing their emotions and how to handle them. Students instantly recognize the characters and the emotions represented. Mrs. Seccombe says, “We want students to recognize the zone

they are in and give them tools to use.” The Green Zone is optimal – feeling great. When a child moves out of the Green Zone, the child needs to recognize what he or she is feeling and identify tools that he or she can use to help return to the Green Zone. Sensory supports, calming techniques, and thinking strategies help students move back into the Green Zone – “I am good to go.” Having students learn how to regulate their emotions will increase time spent in productive learning.

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GlenOak Varsity Fall Sports Coaches’ Recaps Football

Coach: Scott Garcia Record: Overall: 6-5 Federal League: 4-2 Team Accomplishments: The game one win over the 8th ranked team in Virginia, a 28-0 win over Hoover, our 4th win in the last 6 years over McKinley, and a last second dramatic win over Lake. Individual Player Accomplishments: WHBC All-County Elijah Ladson, Steve Gilbert, Nick Gliatta, and Hayden Grider WHBC Team MVP: JJ Olivera All- Federal League honors: 1st Team: Elijah Ladson, Mike Rekstis, Steve Gilbert, and JJ Olivera 2nd Team: Mike Mathie, Andrew White, Nick Gliatta, Hayden Grider Honorable Mention: Daiquan Johnson, Jake Steiner, Tate Rhoads, Jake Scott The rest of the individual player accomplishments will be announced in December at the football banquet. Coach’s Final Thoughts: The 2016 GlenOak football team battled through one of the toughest seasons in program history. We played one of the toughest schedules in the State of Ohio and earned our 11th trip to the state playoffs. We fought through several key injuries and kept fighting regardless of the circumstances.


Coach: Debbie Pickering Record: Overall: 10-11 Federal League: 6-6 Team Accomplishments: The GlenOak volleyball team ended its season with a record of 5-1 in the last six matches. The team made its turnaround after a big four set win over the Lake Blue Streaks. Other key wins came against Perry (twice), McKinley (twice), Green, and Norton. Including stateranked Jackson and Notre Dame Cathedral Latin, the volleyball team’s schedule was filled with challenging matches. Our players faced the challenge headon and grew stronger as a unit throughout the season resulting in our late season turnaround. In the end of the season tournament, our team defeated the Green Bulldogs in a thrilling four set match. Unfortunately, the team lost in a heartbreaking five set defeat to the Boardman Spartans. A major piece of the volleyball season is the annual Fight For A Cure night where money is raised and donated to the Josette Beddell Memorial Foundation to help families battling breast cancer. This year, the team raised over $4,000 by selling tshirts, baked goods, raffle tickets, and through community donations. One of our biggest contributions came from our “Flushing Out Cancer” fundraiser, in which our players would

put a toilet in community member’s yards asking for a donation to remove or relocate the toilet. Moving the toilets became a bonding experience for the girls as they helped support our cause. Individual Player Accomplishments: Federal League Honors: 1st Team: Jordan Nameth 2nd Team: Danielle Simon Honorable Mention: Ashley Stumperth Stark County Honors: 1st Team: Jordan Nameth 2nd Team: Danielle Simon Honorable Mention: Ashley Stumperth District 4 Honors: 1st Team: Jordan Nameth 2nd Team: Danielle Simon Honorable Mention: Ashley Stumperth Coach’s Final Thoughts: Team chemistry was the key factor in making this team so special. Throughout the summer workouts, team camp, and into the season, the team always supported and challenged each other to get better every single day. One of the main factors contributing to this chemistry was our senior leadership. Our four seniors, Kaitlyn Wertz, Ciara O’Connor, Jordan Nameth, and Danielle Simon will be greatly missed.

Boys Golf

Coach: Gary Zeigler Record: 6-6 Individual Player Accomplishments: Brandon Jatich (Freshman)- 1st Team All Federal League/1st Team All County/Honorable Mention All District Evan Norris (Senior)- 2nd Team Federal League/ Honorable Mention All County/Honorable Mention All District/Senior Academic All Ohio Alec Adcock (Freshman)Honorable Mention All Fed/Honorable Mention All County Jake Allensworth (Senior)- Senior Academic All Ohio Coach’s Final thoughts: The Federal League, with regards to golf, was arguably the most competitive in the State of Ohio, and our players proved that they

Nikki Athans - honorable mention Federal League, honorable mention all county, honorable menGirls Golf tion all NE Ohio, NE Ohio Coach: Linda Kubilus scholar athlete. Record: 10-3 Brianna Adcock - honorFederal League: 7-3 able mention all county, Team Accomplishments: honorable mention all NE Girl’s golf finished 3rd in Ohio. the Federal League behind Coach’s Final Thoughts: the league winner Green The girl’s golf program has and Jackson 2nd. Our seacome a long way in the last son this year had its ups 8 years from having losing and downs. The girls were seasons to becoming wintrying to keep in the back ners in all aspects of the of their minds about regame. We look forward turning to the state chamto being the best that we pionship but also staying can be in and out of the focused on the season. classroom and also on the Individual Player golf course. Accomplishments: Jessica Hahn - 1st team Boys Soccer Federal League, 1st team Coach: Noah Dockus all county and Stark coRecord: Overall: 12-6-0 player of the year, 1st team Federal League: 4-2-0 (3rd all NE Ohio. place finish behind two Danielle Roshong - 1st teams that tied for first team Federal League,1st place.) team all county, 2nd team Team Accomplishments: all NE Ohio, NE Ohio The boys’ soccer earned scholar athlete. more wins this season Lexus Roshong - 2nd than the last two seasons team Federal League, 1st combined. The team was team all county, honorable tied for first place in the mention all NE Ohio, NE Federal League enterContinued on page13. Ohio scholar athlete could play at the highest level. I am honored to be their coach. Go Eagles!

Plain Local Lady Eagles Softball Registration Set Registration has begun for the 2017 Hitting League, Don’t let your swing get cold this off-season! Come join us for batting practice and fun every Friday evening from January 6th through February 24th, 2017. Unless registration numbers are unbalanced, the tentative time slots will be as follows: 8U - 6 to 7 pm 10U/12U - 7 pm to 8 pm

14U/18U - 8 pm to 9 pm Once again, we will be at the Diamond Dreams Sports Academy, 4810 Southway St. SW, Canton OH. 44706 Registration is $48 (just $6 per session) - registration spots are limited to ensure plenty of batting time for each player! Lady Eagles spirit wear will be for sale and light concessions will be servied. Don’t miss the fun.

GlenOak Basketball Quarter Auction Planned The GlenOak baseball team will be having a quarter auction on Sunday, December 11, in the main commons. The doors will be open at 1:00 PM to preview auction items. Register and visit vendors for some holiday shopping! The auction will begin at 2:00 PM and end approximately at 5:00 PM. You can purchase tickets for auction paddles ahead of time for $5.00 from a GlenOak baseball

player or contact Mindy Starnes at (330) 776-8447 or Linda Ramser at (330) 456-5627. The tickets will also be sold at the door on the day of the auction for $7.00. Here are a few vendors that will be attending the event: Pampered Chef, Thirty One, Mary Kay, Nom Nom Popcorn, Busy Mom’s Bake Shop, Tastefully Simple, Scentsy, LuLaRoe and Custom Creations.

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GlenOak Varsity Fall Sports Coaches’ Recaps Contineud from page 12. ing the last game of the season, but after a loss to Green, finished 3rd in the standings. The season was, however, highlighted by a 1-0 win at Jackson early in the year with a goal scored by Wesley Burton with 6 seconds left in the game. This was GlenOak’s first win over Jackson in more than 15 years. Other key wins this season came against Walsh Jesuit, Wadsworth, and cross-town rival North Canton Hoover. The team’s ninth win of the season came over Boardman and the team celebrated this as Coach Dockus’s 50th career win as GlenOak’s boys head coach. The boys earned the #2 seed going into the Austintown District playoff tournament. The team redeemed themselves from a midseason loss to Lake by defeating them in the Sectional Final. The game ended in a dramatic penalty kick shootout that saw goalkeeper Andrew Jasser make two great saves to help the team win with shots 5-4 in six rounds. The season ended with another heartbreaking 0-1 loss to Green in the District Semi-Final. Individual Player Accomplishments: All-Greater Akron District: 1st Team: Michael Adelman 2nd Team: Harris Knowles Honorable Mention: Wesley Burton All-Federal League: 1st Team: Michael Adelman, Harris Knowles 2nd Team: Wesley Burton, Elliot Rose Honorable Mention: Jack Werren, Zac Kerr All-Stark County Division 1 1st Team: Michael Adelman, Harris Knowles, Wesley Burton 2nd Team: Jack Werren, Elliot Rose, Zac Kerr Honorable Mention: Andrew Jasser, Adam Bosworth Stark County Boys Coach of the Year (All Divisions): Noah Dockus Stark County Division 1 Boys Coach of the Year: Noah Dockus Coaches Final Thoughts: This was a great group of boys who had positive team chemistry

and a strong work ethic throughout the season. They made each other better every day and had fun doing it with a family atmosphere. This senior class of 13 boys will be greatly missed next season. Seven of the seniors earned the OSSCA Academic Award by maintaining a G.P.A. higher than a 3.7. They are: Elliot Rose, Michael Adelman, Andrew Jasser, Jack Werren, Jacob Wieland, Michael Hinnebusch, and Nick Boettler. The varsity team overall G.P.A. average was a 3.54. The team was well represented with All-Federal League and All-Stark County honors.

a work in progress as a team and program and its been a blessing to have all players and parents on the same page with regards to the direction of the program. I am very proud of this group of players as it is the first time that we have 8 players presently being sought by colleges to play soccer at the next level. I would like to wish my group of graduating seniors all the best in their future endeavors whether they choose to play at the college level or not.

Boys Cross Country

Record: 92-63 League Record: 3-3 Team Accomplishments: 8th at Stark County, 4th Girls Soccer at Federal League, 10th at Coach: Brent Walker District Championship Record: Overall: 6-9-1 Individual AccomplishFederal League: 3-3-0 ments: Gage Feola- FedTeam Accomplishments: eral League Honorable Academic Team Award Mention, 2nd Team Individual player All-County, Isaac DuffieAccomplishments: Federal League HonorOHSAA State Awards able Mention, 2nd Team All-County, Jason NagyAll District 1st Team Federal League HonorMarissa DiMichele 2nd Team - Paige Cook able Mention, All-County Honorable Mention- Abby Honorable Mention, Ryan Hearne Meister- Federal League Stark County Honorable Mention. 1st Team - Marissa DiMi- Coaches Final Thoughts: 2016 saw the largest squad chele, Paige Cook ever at 71 runners, we de2nd Team - Abby Hearne, Lindsey Wasnak, Olivia veloped into a strong and united family throughout DiMichele Honorable Mention the season with the help of Orianna McDavid, Lydia captains Jason Nagy, Gage Travis, Noelle Autore, Feola, Connor LenarCallie Muller towicz and Matt Hallas. Federal League We have a very talented 1st Team - Marissa DiMigroup of young returnchele, Paige Cook ing runners that will be 2nd Team - Lindsey Wasgreatly improved in 2017 nak, Olivia DiMichele as long as they work hard Honorable Mention this summer in an effort to Abby Hearne, Haley achieve our goals. Smith Team Awards will be pre- Girls Cross Country sented at the Girls Soccer Coach: Scott Ferrell banquet on November 18. Season record: 133-7 Team Accomplishments: Coach’s Final Thoughts: Marlington Invitational The team and program Champions, Jackson has come a long way in Invitational Champishort period of time. If ons, Malone Invitational you ask any of our playChampions, Stark County ers, there was a lot of Champions, Federal compassion and support League Champions, Disfor each other. It’s almost trict Champions, Team like you could feel the love State Qualifiers amongst us. This year we Individual player have put GlenOak Girls Accomplishments: soccer on the map by 1st Team Fed. Lg. Grace participating in numerWerren, Hannah Werous community events, ren, Megan Wertz, Taylor showcases and created Brightman partnerships with outside 2nd Team Fed. Lg. Kinsey organizations. We are still Knoch

Hon. Mention Fed. Lg. Ciara Janssen Academic All-Ohio Grace Werren, Hannah Werren, Megan Wertz, Taylor Brightman, Kinsey Knoch, Ciara Janssen, Emma Harmon (Stark County Honors and State Honors Not decided yet) Coaches Final Thoughts: The girls cross-country team was extremely successful this season. The season was a huge success due to the team effort and positive spirit of the team. Everyone on the team supported each other through the season and the bonds that were formed will last a lifetime. Any time a season ends by competing for a State Championship, it can be considered a huge success and that is exactly what this season has been for the Lady Eagles Cross Country Team.

Girls Tennis

Coach: Mark Jelichek Season Record: 11-8 Team Accomplishments: Finished with 10 wins or better and plus .500 record for third consecutive season. Individual Player Accomplishments: Freshman Claire Foltz finished 5th in the Fed League at 1st singles behind four players who all qualified for the Districts and the doubles teams of Grace Foltz and Carly Shaheen and Sarah Comune and Emily Duffie both finished 4th in the league and Comune and Duffie made it to the Sectional Tournament quarterfinals losing to eventual state champion Canfield. Coaches Final Thoughts: We fielded a middle school team this year for the first time and the varsity played pretty much to expectations, so I think we have the compass pointed in the right direction.

Pictured (L-R) are Abby Hearne, US National Team Player Lindsey Horan, Callie Muller and Marissa DiMichele.

Girls Soccer Team Attends US National Team Camp GlenOak girls soccer coach Brent Walker had the opportunity to coach in a professional camp for US National Team Player, Lindsey Horan on November 3 in Cleveland. Lindsey Horan is a professional soccer player who currently plays for the Portland Thorns of the National Women’s Soccer League and the United States national team as a forward. The camp

was set up for soccer players in grades 1-8 across the state. GlenOak senior soccer players Abby Hearne, Callie Muller and Marissa DiMichele headed up to Cleveland with Coach Walker to assist with the camp and lend their soccer experience to the young players. It was a great day for our student athletes to give back and gain some experience.

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Osborne Celebrates 100 Years Submitted by former Plain Local Administrator Phil Smith Katharine Osborne was a former first grade teacher in the Plain Local School district for 41 years celebrated her 100th birthday on October 19, 2016. Kay was born in 1916 in Jewett, Ohio to Thomas and Augusta Osborne. She resides in the Danbury of North Canton. Kay has been a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church for many years. She graduated from Jewett High School and graduated from Kent State University in 1940. Kay was employed as a first grade teacher at Plain Local Schools for 41 years.

She taught at Middlebranch School from 1941-1956. She then taught her remaining year at Plain Center School until her retirement in 1981. Outside of the classroom, Kay worked each summer for 25 years at the Harkness Summer Nursery School in Willoughby, Ohio. Kay was no stranger to parents. Each year she made home visits to each of her students. Her travels took her to are a jewel. Thank you for many locations around the your many years of service. world. Her beautiful handLetters of congratulations crafts were shared with many of her friends. Teach- can be sent to Kay at: Danbury of North Canton ing has been her life and 181 Applegrove St. NE her students have been her Apt. 214 family. Canton, Ohio 44720 Happy Birthday Kay! You

The 2015-2016 GlenOak High School Video Production class created a video for the American

Public Education Foundation entitled, “Youth Vote America.” The video received a Student Produc-

GlenOak Video Production Class Wins Award For Student Produced Video

tion Award by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for the Lower Great Lakes chapter. The video also earned a nomination from the NATAS for a National Student Production Award. The students who ing program. He recently worked on this project completed his Eagle Scout were able to see the value Project at Veteran’s Memo- of their hard work and rial Park in Plain Townrepresent Glen-Oak on a ship. He designed a 3-D national stage. model of a 12-foot bridge Congratulations to the and raised around $1,100 following students who in funds to cover the cost were involved under the to build the bridge. Naleadership of their teacher thaniel then assembled Mr. Branch: and led 19 volunteers to Ben Kohan – Animation complete the construcChase Wirth – Editor / tion of the bridge over Camera the creek to connect the Ryan Thomas – Animawalking paths. Additiontion ally, Nathaniel added three Emma Kirkbride – benches along the pond. Voiceover / Producer Jamila Freeman – ProWe are Plain Proud of ducer Nathaniel and all he has Tyler Pace – Camera done to earn this accomKyle Stupeck – Camera plishment!

Student Artists Decorate Plain Township Snow Plows Student artists from GlenOak (Cierra O’Connor, Dylan Heaton, Jenna Ritchey, Iszy Ucker and Meghan McCracken) participated in painting two Plain Local snow plow blades

in preparation for winter. These students are each a part of the advanced visual art curriculum and enjoyed the process of adding some art to the maintenance of our district!

Pimpas Designs, Builds Eagle Scout Project In Park

Congratulations to GlenOak senior Nathaniel Pimpas. Nathaniel is a member of Boy Scout Troop 42 out of Little Flower church in Plain Township, and is enrolled in the GlenOak engineer-

Brandon Young poses with a winning piece of photography.

Young Wins Quail Hollow Photography Club Show Brandon Snyder, a talented photographer, is an eighth grade student at Oakwood Middle School. His beach photo of Anna Marie Island, Florida, placed first and best in show in the Quail Hollow Camera Club Photography contest. Brandon exudes responsibility and creativity both inside and outside of the

classroom. He, and fellow classmate and friend, Ady Moore, are leaders in Oakwood’s Photography Club. Outside of academic success, Brandon also enjoys interior design and watching HGTV. The Photography Club is a new club at Oakwood initiated by students and advised by teacher, Lauren Sturiale

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Library Branch Offers Something For All Ages Join us at the Plain Coming easy ways to build early literacy skills. Registration is munity Branch of the Stark County District Library to required for all. enjoy great programs for all Elementary ages. Some programs request (K–5th Grade) registration; please call, stop in, LEGO® Club or visit and Saturdays, 10:30 am–12 pm choose the Calendar tab for Dec 17, Jan 21, more information. Imagine, create, and build Early Learners with LEGO® and/or DU(Birth–Pre-K) PLO® bricks (provided).

Pajama Story Time

Mondays, 7–7:30 pm Dec 5, 12, Jan 9, Story times open up the world of books, music, culture, and play to young children and their families.

Preschool Story Time

Tuesdays, 10:30–11:15 am Dec 6, 13, Jan 3, 10, 17 Story times open up the world of books, music, culture, and play to young children and their families.


(6th–12th Grade)


Wednesdays, 2:30–3:45 pm Dec 7, 14, Jan 11 Teens hang out with your friends and make new ones at the Library. Enjoy activities including music, art, STEM, snap circuits, and more. Each day will bring something new to do and explore.

Baby/Toddler Story Time Adults Wednesdays, 10:30–11 am Knitting Club Needlechat

cheters to work on current Book Club projects at all skill levels Thursday Night Book Club while sharing tips and tricks. Thursday Jan 19

Register For Township Winter Programs Messy Hands

Ages 2-5 and their parents can sign up for a fun, imaginative Messy Hands at the Diamond Park Community Room. Session will begin Monday, December 5 at 10:00 AM and will be held Dec 5, 12, 19, 2016 and January 9 and 23, 2017. Cost is $41 per child. Mail or drop off registration to Township Hall at 2600 Easton Street NE, Canton, 44721. Cash or checks made payable to Plain Township Trustees are accepted. Parent/guardian participation is required and we recommend old clothes because we promise to get MESSY! Minimum 4 registrations needed to hold class.

Indoor Men’s Soccer Wednesdays | 10–11 am Begins Sunday January Dec 7, 14, 21, 28, Jan 4, 11, 18 22, 2017. Dates of play: Jan Join fellow knitters & cro22, 29, Feb 12, 19, 26, March 5, 12, 19, 26, April 2, 2017. Registration Deadline Friday January 14, 2017 at 4:30P. Thank you to those that attended “The Andersonville Cost $660.00 per team. Trial” play. This event was a joint fundraiser for the Plain

Dec 7, 14, Jan 4, 11, 18 Introduce your child to the world of books while learn-

Historical Society Meetings

Local Schools Foundation & Alumni Association and the Plain Local Historical Society. Volume 4 of “Cruising Thru Plain Township” is now available. This volume covers the NW quarter of Plain Township which encompasses North Canton. There are 24 locations highlighted that will take you back 10 to 150 years ago. Check out the book and see what memories you relive. Volume 4 joins the collection which includes the NE Quarter (Volume 1), SE Quarter (Volume 2) and SW Quarter (Volume 3). These tour books are researched and written by the volunteers of PTHS. So gather your friends and family and see the sites. Contact us at preservingplaintwp@ to get your copy today for $10.

2016-2017 meeting schedule: November 21, 2016 – Strange and Interesting Facts about the Civil War presented by Richard McElroy December – No Meeting January 16 2017 – The 23rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry: The Regiment of Presidents February 20 2017 – Love Letters to H (in Photos) – WWII March 20 2017 – Harry Harper Ink April 17 2017 – Finding My Family: From Plain Township, Section 30 with Love May 15, 2017 –Ohio Barns June 19, 2017 – Genealogy – Meeting at the Stark County District Library Genealogy Dept. and starts at 6:00pm July 17 2017 – How to Identify When an Object Needs Conservation or Repair August 21 2017 – Lost Canton (12 Examples of Iconic Architecture from the 19th & 20th Century lost to neglect) September 18 2017 – Jacob Gaskins: First African American in Plain Township October 16 2017 – Log Cabins in Plain Township November 20 2017 – A Visit from William McKinley December 2017 – No Meeting All meetings start at 7:00PM and are held at the Plain Township Offices 2600 Easton St. NE unless otherwise noted. Come join us! It’s “Plain” History.

Enjoy lively discussions with others on today’s most intriguing books and topics.

High School Coed Soccer February 4, 11, 2016. Games:

Feb 18, 25, March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1, 2017. Registration Deadline: Friday January 27, 2017 at 4:30P. $82.50 for first child, $71.50 for second child, $66 for third child and beyond. $55 for one child if parent coaches. Adult Coed Soccer (7-8): Begins Saturday Begins Friday February 3, February 11, 2017. 10 games. 2017. Dates of play: Feb 3, 10, Dates of play: Feb 11, 18, 25, 17, 24, March 3, 10, 17, 24, March 4, 11, 18 ,25, April 1, 9, 31, April 7, 2017. Registra2017. Registration Deadline tion Deadline: Friday JanuFriday February 3, 2017 at ary 27, 2017 at 4:30P. Cost 4:30P. $82.50 for first child, $660.00 per team. $71.50 for second child, $66 for third child and beyond. Rec Soccer (K-6): Begins Saturday Feb- $55 for one child if parent coaches. ruary 4, 2017. Practices on Begins Thursday January 26, 2017. Dates of play: Jan 26, Feb 2, 9, 16, 23, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 2017. Registration Deadline: Friday January 20, 2017 at 4:30P. Cost $660.00 per team.

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Plain Local Foundation Launches Annual Campaign Schools Foundation provide the opportunity for every Eagle to achieve his or her highest goals. To establish an

endowed fund or give a gift to benefit the students of the Plain Local School District, please visit www.plainfoun- or contact Diane Pilati, Executive Director, at, or call 330-491-3870.

The Plain Local Schools Foundation and Alumni Association is pleased to present the 2016 all-school ballet under the direction of Jacquenette Blaydes. Plain Local dance and Saturday Enrichment students, ages 3 years through 12th grade, will perform an original choreographed performance featuring the story of the Little Mermaid on November 18th and 19th . Blaydes, Plain Local dance instructor, choreographed the production and will direct 275 dancers in

three public performances. Public performances will be Friday, November 18th at 7pm (SOLD OUT) and Saturday, November 19th at 2 pm and 7 pm in the GlenOak High School Theater on the Abbey Foltz Stage. Tickets are $8 each and ticket forms can be found in the main office of GlenOak High School, online at or by calling 330491-3870. The performers will also put the show on for all Plain Local 3rd grade students as

a part of the arts experiences offered to all elementary students within Plain Local. In conjunction with GlenOak’s ninth-grade leadership academy, nonperishable food items will be collected at all public performances to support the Stark County Hunger Task Force. The ninth-grade students have a goal of collecting over 2,000 non-perishable food items. For more information call, 330-491-3860 or email

The Plain Local Schools Foundation was created 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 that are outside of the normal operating budget of the school district. Over the years, alumni and Foundation friends have contributed more than $1,000,000 to the foundation endowment and scholarship funds. Over the last 27 years, the foundation has supported the district in the form of capital building initiatives, program support, staff grants and scholarships through a

variety of endowed funds. The long-term goal is to grow the general endowment fund to $1 million so that a sustainable trust exists to serve the students of Plain Local for generations to come. The foundation continues to collaborate with the district to address needs in program support and scholarships, and it continues to facilitate strong and effective alliances in funding between academics, athletics and arts. We need your support to continue these efforts. Donors support these efforts through annual contributions because they entrust the PLSF to be a community steward of private donations to benefit all 6,000 students in our community. Gifts to the Plain Local

The Plain Local Schools Foundation and Alumni Association are accepting applications for its Hall of Distinction. The Hall of Distinction is designed to recognize Plain Local Schools’ alumni and community members who have distinguished themselves in their profession and/or have made significant contributions to Plain Local Schools or the Plain Local community. Nominations and supporting material must be submitted in writing to the Plain Local Schools Foundation

and Alumni Association. Application packets are available at Plain Local Schools Administration Building or at the Foundation/Alumni page at www.plainlfoundation. com. If you are unable to pick up a packet, call 330-4913870, and one will be mailed to you. Nominations must be received no later than March 1, 2017 for induction in Fall 2017. For more information contact Diane Pilati, Executive Director, Plain Local Schools Foundation at 330-491-3870 High School leads for the Friday performances (L-R) Scuttle (Mackenzie Davis), Sebasor tian (Hannah Boerner), Ariel (Madison McGuire) and Ursula (Kailey Weisel)

HOD Applications Accepted

Little Mermaid Dances To Stage