November 2017 Plain Paper

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Volume 10 • Number 3


A Lot To Celebrate National Merit Scholars Announced Page 3

OWMS Plans for a Zombie Apocalypse

More on page 5

Fall Sports Recap, Coaches Remarks

As the 2017 calendar year ends and we begin to celebrate the holidays, I would like to thank the entire Plain Local community for their support. Becky and I feel fortunate to live in Plain Local and have our three children enjoy the endless opportunities available throughout the district. Your support is appreciated and demonstrated at numerous district events. Thank You! This issue is full of amazing updates. First, the community will find an update to our district strategic plan. My commitment as we began this process was to consistently provide an update about our progress and how the district is moving forward. We have seen significant growth in many areas and I hope you enjoy reading about that success on page 16. You can also find the entire three-year plan online at Second, I had the opportunity to provide testimony to the Senate Education Committee in Columbus on Wednesday, November 8. I testified in support of Senate Bill 216. This Bill will reduce the number of state mandates that teachers and administrators are facing. I discussed in detail the amount of time we dedicate to state testing and the stress it is creating for students and teachers. I also encouraged the Senate to relax various mandates to allow for more local control at the district level. I believe our teachers have the ability and experience to deliver a first-class education without more state control. Finally, GlenOak High School hosted two International Baccalaureate evaluators in early November. This was our final site visit as they evaluate our readiness to become an International Baccalaureate High School. The twoday visit was amazing and GlenOak High School demonstrated excellence! We will be notified in several months if GlenOak High School will be an IB school beginning in the 2018-2019 school year, stay tuned! These are only a few highlights of the amazing work that is done each day across the district. Go Eagles!

Brent May, Superintendent

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PLSF Presents Aladdin Ballet Details on page 11

Strategic Plan Update Page 16

Students and their character’s (L to R): Micah Bailey - The BFG, Aiden Bradley - Clifford the Big Red Dog, Raegan Adams - Pete the Cat, Mia Ramos - Twilight Sparkle and Cora Paris - Simba.

Readers Create Pumpkin Characters

First and second graders in Miss Bryan’s class at Taft elementary completed a pumpkin look-alike project! First, they chose one their favorite fictional characters from a book they have read. Next, they painted or decorated a pumpkin to resemble this character. Students also produced a writing piece giving an explanation as to why the character was chosen and a comparison of the character to themselves.

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GlenOak Hosts US Naturalization Ceremony To celebrate their entrance into the United States, 26 people from 15 countries stood on the Abbey Foltz Stage in the GlenOak High School Theatre and took their oath as new U.S. citizens on Friday, October 13. This ceremony was the second year joint effort by Mr. Ryan Foltz, GlenOak AP US Government Teacher, the Honorable Judge Frank Forchione of the Stark County Common Pleas Court and Mr. Louis P. Giavasis, Stark County Clerk of Courts. This collaboration brought those seeking citizenship, their families and GlenOak High School students together to share in this special moment. “I am honored to celebrate with these candidates who have legitimately earned their right to share in the

‘American Dream.’ It is one of my favorite days,” pointed out Judge Forchione. “Each time I administer the Oath of Citizenship”, Giavasis stated, “I am reminded of the rights and freedoms given to those of us born in the United States; the very rights and freedoms that are, at times, taken for granted.” Along with the new citizens, approximately 300 GlenOak High School Government, History and National Honor Students attended. The GlenOak Drifters sang the “National Anthem” and “America the Beautiful.” To sum up the day, Foltz added, “This is a special day for our new citizens and our students. We learn in class about the rights we citizens have and how lucky we are to live in this country. Our

students will see the pride our After the ceremony Judge new citizens have on this day Forchione met with the and everyone will be able to students in a questionshare that pride together.” answer session regarding

various topics including the Constitution, Jury Service, The Justice System and Criminal Sentencing.

The GlenOak High School Drifters sing the National Anthem the new American citizens at the Naturalization ceremony on October 13.

Battle of the brush is an integral part of the Celebrate Diversity event. Save the date for the 2018 event, January 11, 2018.

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The Plain Local School District and GlenOak High School invite you to participate in an evening of “What Lifts Us Up.” Join us as we explore what makes Plain great and celebrate the arts while exploring the diverse cultures of our community and how they influence art, music

and culture. Our annual Celebrate Diversity Event at GlenOak High School is on Thursday, January 11 from 6-8:30 p.m. This is a free event, open to 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! You do not want to miss this event - a sure highlight of the 2017-2018 school year! Save the date: Thursday, January 11 from 6-8:30 p.m. at GlenOak High School.

Students perform during our annual Celebrate Diversity event in January.

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Warstler To Focus On Service By Jamie Johnson, Warstler Counselor Great news from the school counseling office! For our November classroom guidance lessons, Warstler Elementary students will be completing service learn-

ing projects. Our hope is that students will learn about various organizations, programs and citizens within our community as well as the importance of giving back to others. Each grade level will learn about and donate items

to a specific cause. Our Kindergarten students will be making placemats and decorating meal bags for Meals on Wheels recipients. First Grade students will be making blankets and toys for the Stark County Humane Society. Our Second Grade students are crafting cards and writing letters for the residents of a local nursing home. Third Grade students GlenOak High School earn Commended status by are decorating goodie bags is proud to announce two participating in the Preand writing thank you notes Commended Students for SAT during their junior for our Plain Township Firethe 2018 National Merit year of high school. From fighters and Stark County Scholar Program. Students the more than 1.6 milDeputies. Our Fourth Grade lion students who took the students are making cards test last year, Talia Zelle and blankets for patients at and Ryan Benzing placed Akron Children’s Hospital. among the top 50,000 We will be delivering the scorers. We would like to projects the first week of congratulate Ryan and Talia December. for their hard work and acWe, the staff at Warstler complishment! Ryan Benzing Talia Zelle Elementary School, hope that through participating in these service-learning Through the PBIS frame- teachers have the opprojects our students will work (Positive Behavior portunity to nominate a take positive steps towards Interventions and Supports) student who meets these becoming more compassioncriteria. Students who are GlenOak High School has ate, generous leaders within implemented various strate- nominated will have their our school and community. gies to create a more posipicture displayed along with tive teaching and learning their eagle shout out on the “Eagles with Character” environment for staff and students. bulletin board. So far 16 This year, they are work- students recognized for the 2017-2018 school year. The ing to recognize students for their efforts and imgoal is to continue to create If you are interested in subprovement in academics a culture of recognition and bing in the Plain Local School and behavior, along with positive reinforcement, to District for any of the followimprove student outcomes ing positions, please apply displaying exceptional character. Each month, for all. online at Substitutes are needed for: • Cafeteria • Custodian • Non-Instructional Aide • Instructional Aide • Secretary/Clerk • Bus Drivers Please contact the Plain Local Administration Office at 330-492-3500 with any questions.

High School Announces National Merit Scholars

Eagles Of Character Honored

District Needs Substitutes

Funds Buy Supplies For Barr Barr Elementary was presented with $1,000 from First Commonwealth Bank in conjunction with Hampton Office Products for the purchase of school supplies. They are grateful for all the work we do with our students and wanted to share their appreciation.

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2017 Plain Local Schools Board Members and Meetings Board Members Dr. Ambrose Perduk, Jr. President Term: 2018-2021 h: 330-904-4620 Eugene M. Cazantzes Vice President Term: 2018-2021 h: 330-456-5787 Monica Rose Gwin Term: 2016-2019 h: 330-493-9561 Kristen Donohue Guardado Term: 2018-2021 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 2017 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. December 13, 2017.......................Administration Building New meeting schedule will be announce in January.

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Frazer Students Take On Enrichment Activities Every fall at Frazer Elementary brings new enrichment activities for students to participate in. There were several opportunities offered to students ranging from yoga class, fitness club, and our enrichment camp. Nearly one hundred students took part in at least one of the activities. The enrichment offerings were stretched over five weeks meeting once a week. Students were learning to be fit and active on Mondays at yoga class instructed by Kristie Leahy. Then, on Wednesdays at fitness

club students participated in a walking club with the assistance of Padraic Arway who volunteered his time. Students learned the basics of yoga and collected charms for total distance traveled. Hopefully, these students continue to practice what they have learned and stay active as part of a healthy lifestyle. The two classes would not have been possible if it was for the time and effort of Mrs. Wolf, community liaison at Frazer Elementary. On Tuesday evenings, students in first and second grade learned to develop a

growth mindset, teamwork, and to solve various puzzles during a younger enrichment camp. Those students eventually learned a little bit about geology and cartography as they painted different types of rocks and mapped out their locations

in our courtyard. At the same time third and fourth graders were learning to build and program different machines using the LEGO WeDo 2.0 robotics kits. Through a grant provided by the Plain Local Schools Foundation submitted by

Tricia King, we were able to purchase eight robotics kits for the students to use. Mrs. King organized each grade level’s activities. The groups were taught by Mrs. Conley, Mrs. Scarpino, Miss Rohr, Mrs. Ohlemacher, and Miss Maiorana.

All Students achieve success in life. This is the vision of the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. Mrs. Maurica Patterson has been the director of the Big Brothers Big Sisters program at Taft for the past three years. Prior to this program, Mrs. Patterson was a Canton City Schools teacher for 36 years. Her expertise has helped the program grow at Taft. The program is open to students in grades 1-4. Taft has 17 students who are participating in the program this year. Each Taft student (Little) is paired with a high school student (Big). The “Bigs” help the “Littles” with homework, playing games, snacks, and

physical activities. Students meet each Wednesday after school. Character building skills are taught and practiced. This year, Mrs. Patterson has an intern, Ms. Amber Moore, with

her due to the growing size of the program. The relationships that are developed every Wednesday will help Taft students achieve success in life. Thank you, Mrs. Patterson!

Big Brothers, Sisters Meet At Taft

Tyler Syrek and Mahleek Boiner spend time together as part of the Big Brothers Big Sisters program at Taft.

Peter Cazantzes shows the Lego helicopter he built during enrichment camp at Frazer Elementary.

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Professional Skateboarder Doug Brown with Avondale Elementary students after a special visit!

Athlete, Author Visits Avondale

Athlete. Author. Speaker. Professional Skateboarder Doug Brown visited Avondale Elementary on Monday, October 23 as a part of the Athletes for Hope Program. Athletes for Hope is a nonprofit organization founded in 2007 by Andre Agassi, Muhammad Ali, Lance Armstrong, Jeff Gordon, Mia Hamm, Tony Hawk, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Mario Lemieux, and Cal Ripken. Jr.

Athletes for Hope is a group of elite athletes who all share a common bond – a deep commitment to helping others. As a part of Doug’s visit to Avondale, he brought messages of hope and optimism to achieve your dreams! Mr. Brown also talked about the importance of staying physically active every day, and he participated in fun activities with the kids. “Doug Brown was an inspiration to my

fourth graders who need encouragement to believe in themselves.” Avondale teacher, Julie Mongiardo stated after attending the assembly with Mr. Brown. Doug Brown was relatable, relevant, and interactive. The students enjoyed his discussion, watching him skateboard, and even dancing with him to wrap up the assembly. This opportunity was a oncein-a-lifetime experience!

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Zombie Apocalypse Comes To Oakwood STEM 8th Grade STEM Problem Based Learning classes at Oakwood kicked off the year with a fictional Zombie Apocalypse unit of study after students learned about natural catastrophes and community responses. Canton Mayor, Tom

Bernabei came to speak to the students and shared how Canton plans for and responds to disaster for the sake of citizen’s safety. Students researched, designed, and presented safety and evacuation plans for the Zombie

Tom Brabson met with Oakwood students to hear their emergency plans for a fictional zombie apocalypse

Mathlete Team Places In Annual Stark Competition On Saturday, November 4, twelve students representing GlenOak competed at the 4th Annual Stark State Math Competition. The event involved both individual and team components. 180 students from the following schools competed: GlenOak, Carrollton, Bio-Med at Summit Academy, TECHSCanton City, Fairless, Hoover, Lake, Louisville, Minerva, Perry and Tuslaw. Within the team competition, one of the

GlenOak teams, consisting of Zach Schoolcraft, Jared Bracken, Steven Shalenberger and Cade Smarr, took fourth place out of the 28 four-student teams. The entire compliment of GlenOak students were, in addition to the above: Jonah Nieschwitz, Matthew Popa, Sheetal Tallada, Harshkumar Patel, Helena Plans (exchange student from Spain), Angela Sacco, Danielle Thoma and Nate Wellman.

(L to R) Jared Bracken, Zack Schoolcraft, Steven Shalenberger, and Cade Smarr pose with their plaque from the 4th Annual Stark State Math Competition.

Apocalypse. Community First Responders visited Oakwood to listen to student presentations on their short-term and longterm safety plans for the event. The experts assessed

projects and determined the finalist for the STEM project. Thank you to Bill Reed, Scott Kelly and Scott Ryter from the Plain Local Fire Department, Jerry Elliott, School Resource

Officer, Tom Brabson, Plain Local Schools Business Manager, Timothy McNeal, Safety Process Manager/ Momentum for offering their time and expertise to our students.

Congratulations to all fifth grade Glenwood STEAM students who participated in the Night at the Races on October 17. This STEAM challenge asks students to collect and analyze data, build and race mini soap box derby cars and learn the science behind aerodynamics! 98 cars raced in the All American Soap Box Derby Gravity Racing Challenge.

Mrs. Arway at Glenwood Intermediate School teaches this four 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: Kenny Scott and Tyler Lilley, Best Car Design:Katelyn Salmons and Stephany King An Individual Award was given to Javisen

Warner. Best Car Name was awarded to Ricky Talbott and Brandon Pelfrey for their car: “Bark to the Finish!”, Third Place winners:Willow Schario and Aurora Stergis. Second Place Winners were: Owen Ferreri and Jayden Hallums and the Grand Prize Winners, who will compete in Akron this spring at Derby Downs are Malique Lewis and Henry Aku-Itali.

Glenwood Hosts Night At The Races

Congratulations to these Glenwood students who placed during Night at the Races. (L to R), Henry Aku-Itali, Jayden Hallums, Aurora Stergis, Willow Schario, Ricky Talbott, Javisen Warner, Katelyn Salmons, Tyler Lilley, Kenny Scott.

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Read Aloud Project Connects Glenwood Students

Fifth grade students at Glenwood Intermediate are participating in the Global Read Aloud. The Global Read Aloud, or GRA, was started in 2010 as a way to have classes all over the world read the same book and make connections globally with other classrooms. Each teacher decides how involved they want to be and makes the read-aloud fit the needs of students in their classroom. The book fifth graders are reading is called The Wild Robot by Peter Brown. Reading the book takes approximately six weeks and the possible activities and connections are endless!

Mrs. Lindsey’s students have been enjoying The Wild Robot and all activities that have surrounded the book. Students have analyzed characters, practiced citing evidence from the text and written summaries. Perhaps the most fun though has been through the connections her classes have made outside of Ohio. Through the use of a video discussion platform, students recorded videos, shared them, and watched videos recorded from partner classes in California, Wisconsin, and New York. Students have shared their insights about the book and will soon share plans for a project they are

working on to receive feedback from students in their partner class. Mrs. Lindsey’s students will also provide feedback for the partner class students as well. Working with students in another state has been very engaging and motivating for students. In addition, students sent postcards to fifty classrooms all over the United States and Canada as part of a postcard exchange, sharing insights about the events and characters in The Wild Robot. As Mrs. Lindsey’s classes receive postcards in return, they are recording on a map where the postcards are sent from. Clapping and cheers can be heard in the classroom when

Fifth grade students interact with other students across the United States through the Global Read Aloud initiative at Glenwood.

a new postcard is received. Kelly Shoemaker’s classroom has been overtaken by homemade robots, as she challenged her students to create their own robot after reading about Roz, the main character in their reading selection, The Wild Robot. Students will be incorporating STEM concepts with their robots in order to solve the same kind of challenges that their main character faces throughout the story. Students are utilizing a fun, new web tool called Flipgrid, where they can post short videos of themselves talking about their creation or answering a discussion question posted by their teacher. Within the next few weeks, Mrs. Beadles’s 5th grade class at Marlboro Elementary in the Marlington School district will be joining their flipgrid community so that students in both schools can share and comment on each

other’s posts. “This is a particularly special project for me,” says Kelly Shoemaker. “My daughter is a fifth grader at Marlboro and to be able to connect to her class while showing my students that the world is bigger than just Glenwood, really makes this opportunity unique.” The students at Marlboro have even listened to Mrs. Shoemaker read to them over the internet. Mrs. Shoemaker recorded several videos voicing the story over the illustrations of the book and posted them to Youtube. “Although the Youtube videos have only been up for about 2 months, the first few chapters have had over 3.5 thousand views,” claims Shoemaker. “It is such a great project to be involved in, and it is really rewarding to know that I am helping so many people access this wonderful book.”

Student robot designs inspired by the book The Wild Robot.

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Area Girl Scouts Speak Up For Kindness Several area Girl Scout Troops gathered together to become educated about bullying; what it is and what it isn’t. Troops were addressed by local experts; including Plain Local Schools Counselors and Teachers; Jennifer Dobrea, Christina Papaleo, and Kari Hufhand. The Scouts completed a station rotation

participating in reflections and dialogue on advocating for kindness. All participating Scouts earned the anti-bullying badge. It was a great day to see the Girls Scouts and Plain Local School personnel partnership for a better tomorrow! Interested in joining an area Girls Scout troop? Contact: (L-R) Saxon Decker, Nah’ja Duncan and Lexus Gray attended Junior Achievement’s JA Day at Walsh University to learn about financial literacy.

Junior Achievement Day Activities Presented At Walsh University

11th grade students from GlenOak High School attended the 6th Annual Junior Achievement Day at Walsh University on Tuesday, October 10. Juniors were able to meet their personal

finance requirement and experience college and career readiness presentations by Junior Achievement volunteers and staff. The presentations covered topics such as balancing a budget,

savings, resume building, and what to expect in a job interview. Students had a great day and this has been a great partnership with Junior Achievement to prepare our students for success in the real world.

Malone University is hosting a “Focus Day” for high school students and their parents on Saturday, December 2. A Focus Day is a specialized visit that Ms. Hufhand from Middlebranch Elementary talks with offers a hands-on academic local girl scouts about bullying and kindness. experience just for the majority of a student’s interest! Students can explore Malone’s classroom Here Comes Santa! On days? Register for Winter Saturday, December 2, meet Camp at Stark Parks! From settings and gauge if the program is a good fit for the big guy himself from 10 Wednesday, December 27 their personal interests and a.m. to 1 p.m. as Stark Parks to Friday, December 29, and the Stark County Dischildren ages 6 to 12 can be- career goals. On December 2, prospective students trict Library welcome Santa come scientists and sleuths to the Exploration Gateway through hands-on activities, can explore the following specific majors: at Sippo Lake Park. Children crafts, games, outdoor ex• Bible, Theology and can visit with Santa, make ploration, and even making Ministry (7 majors offered holiday crafts to take home, some “wild” new friends. within the department) see Santa’s live animals, The time is from 9 a.m. to • Business administration enjoy cookies and milk, and 12 p.m. at the Exploration hear a seasonally-inspired Gateway and camp-goers music performance by the must be able to attend all Jacks ‘n Jills Show Choir three days. from Jackson High School. The Exploration Gateway Santa will make his arrival at at Sippo Lake Park is lo10:30 a.m. Don’t forget your cated at 5712 12th St. NW camera! in Canton. It is also a dropBe a part of holiday music off location for the Toys for magic with Stark Parks and Tots campaign. Purchase a the Canal Fulton ComToys for Tots item from the munity Band as they presLily Pad Gift Shop! The Lily ent a Holiday Concert! On Pad is open from 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, December 6, to 4 p.m. Monday through come to the Exploration Saturday, and from 1 to 4 Gateway at 7:30 p.m. to p.m. on Sunday. New and enjoy a performance with an unwrapped toys can be array of music from Holdropped off before Dec. 9. lywood movie tunes to the For more information joyous sounds of the season. about parks, trails, and Looking to escape from winter programming, visit cabin fever over the

• Communication, Visual & Performing Arts (which includes public relations, visual arts & graphic design, communication studies, fine arts, and film, media and theatre) • Criminal & Restorative Justice • History • Political Science • Zoo & Wildlife Biology • Biology, Chemistry, and Pre-Medicine/PreProfessional programs Register online at www. Malone University’s Rho Tau Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, the international education honor society, will host recording artist

Chip (Richter) and the Munks for Jammin’ in Your Jammies, Friday, November 17, from 6:30-8 p.m. in the Johnson Center Chapel on Malone’s campus at 2600 Cleveland Avenue. The family concert will end with milk and cookies. Children are encouraged to attend in their pajamas. Tickets –available noware $5 per person, or $20 maximum per family. Church groups pay as a family at $20 per 5 people. 100 percent of the profits purchase pajamas for children in foster care in Stark County. Register online at jammies.

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Varisty Football

Girls Golf

Head Coach: Scott Garcia

Head Coach: Linda Kubilus

Record: 3-7

Record: 10-2

Federal League Record: 2-4 (3 way tie for 2nd place)

Federal League Record: 8-2

Team Accomplishments: Beat Rival Hoover

Team Accomplishments: Advanced from sectionals to Districts for a third straight year.

Individual Accomplishments:

School Records broken:

Individual Player Accomplishments: 1st team Federal League and Stark County - Jessica Hahn. Jessica was also named Federal League and Stark County Player of the Year and advanced to the state championship in Columbus for the third year in a row. Jessica finished 6th in the state with a score of 145. She shot 71,74. Only twelve teams and twelve individuals make it to state.

Dean Sarris: Most Field Goals in a season 13, Most Field Goals in a Career

2nd team Federal League: Faith Brown, Shelby Mercer.

Kindel Richardson: Most Kick-off Return yards in a season

Honorable Mention: Tina Athans.

Coach Garcia tied Bob Commings for most coaching wins at GlenOak - 75

Coaches Remarks: We had a good year but there is still room for improvement. The competition every year gets better and if we would like to continue being successful we need to work on our short games, our mental attitudes, our fundamentals and play in competitive golf tournaments.

WHBC ALL-County: Andrew White, Mike Rekstis, Nicky Gliatta All Federal League: 1st team Mike Rekstis, Nicky Gliatta, 2nd team Andrew White, Tysen Binnius, Tate Rhoads, Chris Armstead, Darius Stokes Honorable Mention: Devin Fleming, Zach Curiale, Travis Stout

Coaches Remarks: Although we had a disappointing record, I am proud of the way our team fought the entire season. The schedule was hands down the toughest in school history. We played 7 play-off teams on our schedule including the AP #1 and #2 teams in the state. Our senior class carried themselves with class at all times and earned Academic All-Ohio honors for the 7th year in a row.

Girls Tennis Head Coach: Mark Jelichek Record: 14-7 Federal League Record: 1-5 (5th place) Team Accomplishments: 2017 NEOTA League “F” Division champions with undefeated 9-0 record. 4th straight campaign of 10 wins or better and plus .500 record. Individual Player Accomplishments: Sophomore Claire Foltz (1st singles) 2nd team All County and Honorable Mention All Fed League led team with 19 match wins (19-7 season record) and Junior Grace Foltz (2nd singles) Honorable Mention All County and second on team with 18 match wins (189 season record). Foltz sisters also teamed up to play doubles in Sectional Tournament and advanced to quarterfinals. 3rd straight year GlenOak has had a doubles team reach the quarters of the Sectionals.

Boys Golf Head Coach: Scott McCahan Record: 11-3 Federal League Record: 9-3 Team Accomplishments: Finished 2nd in the Federal League and 2nd place at the Stark County Golf Championships with a season low score of 307. Individual Player Accomplishments: Brandon Jatich, 1st Team All Federal League, 1st Team All Stark County and Honorable Mention All Northeast Ohio District. Alec Adcock, 2nd Team All Federal League, 1st Team All Stark County and Honorable Mention All Northeast Ohio District. Brock Barbato, Honorable Mention All Federal League, Danny Klotz, Honorable Mention All Federal League, Andrew Franz Honorable Mention All Stark County. Steven Shalenberger and Gavin Buckley Academic All Ohio. Coaches Remarks: The boys golf team had a solid season highlighted by our second place finish in the tough Federal League. The team is young and talented and if they continue to improve as happened throughout this year, the future is bright for boys golf.

At season ending banquet held at The Desert Inn Claire Foltz was named “Player of the Year” while sophomore Leah Schweizer was named “Most Improved Player” and sophomore Elena Pergins took home the “Coach’s Award.”

Boys Cross Country

Coaches Remarks: We had a very young and relatively inexperienced team this year. With many players never having played in a varsity match, I was very proud of all of the hard work and determination they put into the season. Looking forward to building on the work we put in next season.

Federal League Record: 5-1

Head Coach: Bryan Krosse Record: 164 wins / 35 losses Team Accomplishments: First at Marlington Invitational, First at Malone Invitational, Second at Stark County XC Championships, Second at Federal League Championships, Third at District Championship Individual Player Accomplishments: First Team All-Federal League: Isaac Duffie, Second Team All-Federal League: Matt Elsfelder, Tyler Gray, Cordell Floyd, Cameron Wydra Honorable Mention All-Federal League: Ryan Meister Jr. Coaches Remarks: The team had a great season in 2017 after a disappointing 2016. The guys worked hard all summer and fall and the reward was an increased amount of success. I am very proud of what this team accomplished and I look forward to what the future brings.

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Head Coach: Brent Walker Record: 7-6-5 Federal League Record: 1-4-1 Individual Player Accomplishments: Stark County Awards 1st Team: Paige Cook, Hayley Smith 2nd Team: Olivia DiMichele, Orianna McDavid, Sydney Kleptach Honorable Mention: Lauren Carter, Kaity Brittain, Savanah Donnelly

Girls Cross Country

Federal League Awards1st Team: Paige Cook

Head Coach: Scott Ferrell Federal League Record: 3rd

2nd Team: Sophie Burchfield, Orianna McDavid, Hayley Smith

Team Accomplishments: Marlington Invitational Champions, Malone Invitational Champions, And Regional Team Qualifiers

Honorable Mention: Olivia DiMichele, Savanah Donnelly

Individual Player Accomplishments: All Federal League 2nd Team:

Coaches Remarks: Our team performed well, despite being very young. We also had an above 500 record (528%) for the 3rd straight season and our team made the OHSAA Team Academic award for the 4th straight year. With these accomplishments I am very proud of my players on the field, but also off the field as well. Being a student athlete requires commitment in both aspects and the players continue to set the right examples for our program. Our program has truly evolved and continues to evolve as a program that supports the community and will be there for the community as the players have started to take pride in what they represent.

Makayla Spoon, Megan Wertz, Taylor Brightman, Honorable Mention: Kinsey Knoch Coaches Remarks: This was a very successful season. The girls certainly rebuilt very quickly and qualified to Regionals for the 7th consecutive year. They missed qualifying to the State Championship meet, by 1 team place and 13 total points. Congratulations to the Lady Eagles on a very successful season as they ran their best race of the year, when it mattered the most in the Regional Championship meet. In the past five years, the girls cross country has either qualified to State (three times) or missed qualifying by one place (two times). Congratulations on fantastic results to the entire program.

Volleyball Head Coach: Deb Pickering Record: Overall: 13-8 Federal League: 6-6 Team Accomplishments: The GlenOak volleyball team came on strong in the second half of our season: finishing with an overall record of 9-2, including a tough Federal League schedule where they went 4-2. A big win for the team came against the Lake Blue Streaks as our team battled back to win in the fifth set. Other key wins came against Perry (once), McKinley (twice), Green(twice), Louisville, and Canfield. Including state-ranked Jackson, Hathaway Brown, and New Philadelphia, the volleyball team’s schedule was filled with challenging matches. Our players faced the challenge head-on 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 Massillon Tigers in a thrilling three set match. Unfortunately, the team lost in a heartbreaking four set defeat to the Hoover Vikings. 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 those battling breast cancer. This year, the team raised over $4,300 by selling t-shirts, 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 League1st Team: Brooke Pope, 2nd Team: Ashley Stumperth Honorable Mention: Natalia Henderson Stark County 1st Team: Brooke Pope, 2nd Team: Ashley Stumperth Honorable Mention: Natalia Henderson District 4 1st Team: Brooke Pope, 2nd Team: Ashley Stumperth Honorable Mention: Natalia Henderson Coaches Remarks: 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 six seniors, Evelyn Cramer, Madison Rekstis, Madison Kusluch, Valerie Fletcher, Morgan Radalia, and Grace Richardson will be greatly missed.

OHSAA ALL DISTRICT 1st Team: Paige Cook, Sophie Burchfield

Boys Soccer Head Coach: Noah Dockus Record: 9-6-4 Federal League Record: 3-1-2, Third Place Finish Team Accomplishments: The boys’ soccer team finished with an overall record of 9-6-4 and a Federal League record of 3-1-2. The boys found themselves tied for first place in the league going into their game with Hoover, but after having to play a man down for 65 minutes, they came out on the losing end and finished in 3rd place in the league behind Hoover and Jackson who tied for 1st place. However, this did mark the second season in a row that the boys earned a shutout result against Jackson in the regular season; last year was a 1-0 victory and this year a 0-0 tie. The season was also highlighted by 7 shutout victories, a tie against Brunswick (2-2), and redeeming last year’s two losses against Green with 2 wins against them this year; one in the regular season and one in the Sectional Final. This season marks the 9th time in the last 10 years that the Golden Eagles have won their Sectional and made it to the District Semi-Final game in the OHSAA tournament (4 District Final appearances and 1 District Championship). The boys had tournament wins against Massillon (9-0) and Green (1-0) before falling in a hard fought game at Jackson in the District Semi-Final (1-2). The team was once again recognized by the Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association (OSSCA) for having a team G.P.A. average of 3.5. The OSSCA also recognized 6 seniors for having a cumulative G.P.A. higher than a 3.7 and they are: Shaun McCracken, Cedric Harfouce, Robbie Jamison, Adam Bosworth, Nate Wellman, and Ryan Haymaker. Wesley Burton has scored 34 goals and handed out 8 assists over the last two seasons on the varsity team. His efforts did not go unnoticed as he was awarded first team for All-Greater Akron, All-Federal League, and Stark County. From this senior class the team will graduate 6 players who are 3-year lettermen and 2 players who are 2-year letterman. The group of 12 seniors will be missed next season as the team looks to fill the shoes of some special players. Individual Player Accomplishments: All-Greater Akron District (GASSCA)1st Team: Wesley Burton, 2nd Team: Kyle Ryter, Honorable Mention: Kameron Davis All-Federal League 1st Team: Wesley Burton, Kyle Ryter 2nd Team: Robbie Jamison, Kameron Davis Honorable Mention: Zac Kerr, Ryan Riccillo All-Stark County Division 1 1st Team: Wesley Burton, Kyle Ryter 2nd Team: Kameron Davis, Zac Kerr, Robbie Jamison Honorable Mention: Ryan Riccillo, Adam Bosworth, Ryan Haymak

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Glenwood Art Immersion Class Utilizes Virtual Reality App Glenwood 6th grade Immersion Art students are having fun while learning the basics of architecture. Students began the unit by completing a drawing of their house or a historical Canton landmark. Next, students selected their own project from a choice board. A choice board is a graphic organizer that allows students to choose how they will learn a concept. The use of choice boards are an excellent way to increase student ownership of learning. The architecture choice board is structured like a Tic-TacToe board and offer a series of activities that focus on students’ specific learning

needs, interests, and abilities. Our board was designed to integrate technology, history, and language arts in a real life setting. Students decide which activity they are most comfortable completing first, and once they master it, they can move onto more challenging activities. One option the students had was to select an app called 5D Planner to create a floor plan for a specific client. Students were assigned a “client” (staff member) to interview. Using brief background information of their client, students were able to create a floor plan that addressed the client’s needs. Utilizing the app, the students learn the

basics of architecture, engineering and interior design. Once their floor plan is complete, students are able to walk through the house using Virtual Reality headsets. Students were also able to design a house using Architectural Legos. After designing their house, students recreated their model in Tinkercad. Tinkercad is an easy-to-use 3D CAD design tool. By using this program students will be able to turn their ideas into 3D model. Students will also be exposed to Frank Lloyd Wright throughout the process. They will look at falling water and the houses that he has designed in Plain Local.

Business Students Among Top In Country Two students at GlenOak High School scored among the top business students nationwide on rigorous exams to test their business knowledge. The exams are part of the school’s High School of Business™ program, a national accelerated business administration program of MBA Research and Curriculum Center.

Expires 12-31-17

Approximately 6,000 students from across the nation participated in the program during the 201617 school year. Receiving top scores were: Braydon Sinclair and Marshal Bryham Students participating in High School of Business™ complete real, hands-on business projects through a series of six courses. The

Expires 12-31-17

program also includes observational internships, opportunities to earn college credit, and local oversight via a steering team of college faculty, business professionals, and school personnel. High School of Business™ is a program of MBA Research, a non-profit organization specializing in educational research and the development of business and marketing curriculum for high schools and colleges across the U.S. The accelerated program is designed for college-bound students with interest in business administration careers, such as marketing, finance, entrepreneurship, or management. For more information about the national organization, visit HSB.



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Career Tech Updates Commercial Photography

Instructor: Jeannene Mathis-Bertosa The Junior Commercial Photography students are learning the process and protocols of the black and white darkroom. They are working on a series of Photograms (camera less photographs, using light sensitive paper) to reinforce their understanding of design and art principles. This is a crucial first step in learning how to be build photographs. Senior Commercial Photography students are learning about studio lighting and controlling exposure for professional portraiture. Students will be scheduling student models throughout the semester for portrait projects. (Right) Kayla Hickman, Hayley Cooney, Myah Fletcher, Nah’Ja Duncan, Ann Crowl, Morgan Patterson, Jenna Potter, Ashley Stumperth and Noah Griffor in photography class.

Theater Arts

Instructor: Amy Sima-Dirham The Theater Arts Department produced the novel, MONSTER. This piece was done in collaboration with the English, Video Production and Theater Technology departments. MONSTER is a young adult novel written in 1999 by Walter Myers about a young black man on trial for murder. In this courtroom drama we watch young Steve Harmon take this journey on trial for murder and the effect it has on him and his life. A cast and crew of 38 theater arts students performed three school performances for the English II students. The Black Box was bursting at the seams with sold out crowds for the community shows on the weekend of Oct. 21st. The production starred seniors Eliahs Sumpter, Ian Macdonald, Anna Somerville, Gavin Charlikowsky, Christian Andrews and junior Jenna Jamison. Our next production is a holiday Children’s Theater Production on December 13 at 6:00pm. (Left)Eliahs Sumpter on trial as Steve Harmon in Monster.

Advancement to Nursing

Instructor: Mary Ann Morena and Peggy Johnson Every fall there is a scrub day in Advancement to Nursing. The day consists of passing out their new scrubs and taking pictures. Every year scrub day is the most exciting day. It is their rite of passage into their career in health care.


Instructor: Bambi Fritsche On October 20, JTC juniors and seniors were invited to help work the Christmas in October event at the Hartville Thrift Shoppe. This event was held in the GentleBrooke Event Center and featured over 300 wreaths, 50+ Christmas trees, thousands of ornaments many more decorations. It really seemed like black Friday as the line to enter wrapped around the parking lot. JTC students helped carry trees to cars, push shopping carts for customers, carry boxes as patrons filled them and helped restock the shelves. Senior Vinny Gaj and junior Dennis May worked the entire day even though their home school, Lake, did not have classes. As a teacher, I couldn’t have been more proud of my students’ performance. They were helpful, independent, hard workers that have grown so much since the first time I took them out in the community to volunteer. Some students are considering a career in retail and this certainly gave them another view of what to expect. (Left)Aliaza Williams guards the perfect Christmas tree while a customer finishes shopping.

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District Dancers Set To Perform Aladdin Ballet Don’t miss the all-school ballet of “Aladdin” presented by the Plain Local Schools Foundation: November 17 at 7:00pm November 18 at 2:00pm November 18 at 7:00pm

Tickets are available for purchase at www.plainlocal. org under ARTS. We will be collecting canned good items for the freshman can food drive before each performance.

The GlenOak Drifters perform “I’ll Be Seeing You” at Christ Presbyterian Church in October for vocal ensemble Chanticleer.

Drifters Work, Learn With Chanticleer The GlenOak High School “Drifters” vocal jazz ensemble had the rare opportunity to observe and work with the internationally acclaimed all male vocal ensemble, Chanticleer, on Wednesday, October 25 at Christ Presbyterian Church in Canton. This educational collaboration was by invitation only and was graciously hosted by Dr. David Kienzle, music director and organist of Christ Presbyterian. Founded in San Francisco in 1978, Chanticleer is known around the world as “an orchestra of voices” for the seamless blend of its twelve male voices ranging from countertenor to bass and its original interpretations of vocal literature, from Renaissance to jazz, and from gospel to venturesome new music. Chanticleer has been in existence for 37

years. Having traveled and performed all over the world and winning numerous Grammy awards, 120 men have sung with Chanticleer over the years. They were introduced to the students by Dr. Kienzle as “rock stars of choral music.” Chanticleer is known as the leader of choral music performance in the world. At the event, the “Drifters” - along with the Perry High School Chorale and Malone University’s Chamber Ensemble - enjoyed a short performance by Chanticleer. In this collaborative musical effort, each guest ensemble performed a selection and were offered a lengthy critique and master class by the members of the acclaimed ensemble. Dr. Kienzle remarked that “this educational format offers the highest level of learning; a master class given by true masters”. The “Drifters” performed

one of their favorites for the event; the beautiful a cappella jazz standard, “I’ll Be Seeing You,” arranged by Darmon Meader of the New York Voices. The members of Chanticleer gave them wonderful comments and congratulated them for their excellent work. Along with suggestions to improve their performance, the members of Chanticleer were extremely complimentary and gracious with their critique. Brian Kieffer, director of the “Drifters”, remarked “A master class like this is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity for these students ... and for me!” The Drifters were grateful to be able to participate, learn and grow as musicians. Congratulations to the “Drifters” for their work and representing Plain Local Schools with such excellence.”

S AV E TH E D ATE PLAIN LOCAL’S VERY OWN DANCING COMPETITION IS BACK FOR 2018! 9 acts representing the 9 schools in our district will hit the stage on January 19!

January 19 at

GlenOak High School

Tickets will go on sale in December! Make sure you are following Plain Local Schools on Facebook for updates on cast list and ticket sales! This is a show you do not want to miss!

GlenOak High School dancers rehearse for opening night of “Aladdin” on November 17. *Photo provided by Lauren Bodner

Student Teams Make Music

This past month, 4th graders at Avondale and Middlebranch learned about Dynamics and the vocabulary terms of pianissimo, piano, mezzo piano, mezzo forte’, forte’, fortissimo, crescendo and decrescendo. With the suffix ‘issimo’ as the focus of the lesson, they worked in teams to engineer a new design for a brass instrument to play fortissimo. They simulated their homeroom as being a company that needs to outsell the other companies (homerooms) with a better product. Following their

research of the brass instruments, they tried out various openings, vibrating their lips into a mouthpiece, to determine which design would help produce the biggest sound, then drew up a design with their team. The teams then presented their design to the class and the class voted on the best design for their company (or homeroom). Music teacher Deanna Harris added “I was impressed with their ideas and creativity including original names for their new instrument.”

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Township Parks Programs U13/U14 Coed Soccer Dates of Play: 1/28, 2/4, Four teams maximum, first 2/11, 2/18, 2/25, 3/4, 3/11, come, first served 3/18, 3/25, 4/8/18 Registration Opens: Cost: $660.00 per team December 1, 2017 High School Coed Soccer Registration Deadline: Registration Opens: January 23, 2018 December 1, 2017 Dates of Play: 1/29, 2/5, Registration Deadline: 2/12, 2/19, 2/26, 3/5, 3/12, January 20, 2018 3/19, 3/26, 4/2/18 Dates of Play: 1/25, 2/1, Cost: $660.00 per team 2/8, 2/15, 2/22, 3/1, 3/8, Rec 7-8 Soccer 3/15, 3/22, 3/29/18 Registration Opens: Cost: $660 per team December 1, 2017 Adult Coed Soccer Registration Deadline: Registration Opens: January 23, 2018 December 1, 2017 Dates of Play: 1/29, 2/5, Registration Deadline: 2/12, 2/19, 2/26, 3/5, 3/12, January 20, 2018 3/19, 3/26, 4/2/18 Dates of Play: 1/26, 2/2, Cost: $82.50 first 2/9, 2/16, 2/23, 3/2, 3/9, child/$71.50 second 3/16, 3/23, 3/30/18 child/$66.00 third child Cost: $660.00 per team and up/$55 1 child if Rec K-6 Soccer parent volunteer coaches Registration Opens: Men’s Soccer December 1, 2017 Registration Opens: Registration Deadline: December 1, 2017 January 20, 2018 Registration Deadline: Dates of Play: 1/27, 2/3, January 22, 2018 2/10, 2/17, 2/24, 3/3, 3/10, Dates of Play: 1/28, 2/11, 3/17, 3/31/18 2/18, 2/25, 3/4, 3/11, 3/18, Cost: $82.50 first 3/25, 4/8, 4/15/18 child/$71.50 for second Cost: $660.00 per team child/$66.00 for third High School Girls Soccer child and up/$55 if parent Registration Opens: volunteer coaches December 1, 2017 U11/U12 Soccer Registration Deadline: Registration Opens: January 22, 2018

December 1, 2017 Registration Deadline: January 20, 2018 Dates of Play: 1/27,2/3, 2/10, 2/17, 2/24, 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/31/18 Cost: $660.00 per team

Messy Hands 3 Registration: Open Registration Deadline: December 2, 2017 *Limit of 14 per class and this fills fast! Parent/ Guardian must accompany child. Dates: All on Mondays at Diamond Park Community Room: 12/4, 12/11, 12/18/17, 1/8, 1/22/18 Cost: $41.00 per child Messy Hands 4 Registration: Open Registration Deadline: January 27, 2018 *Limit of 14 per class and this fills fast! Parent/ Guardian must accompany child. Dates: All on Mondays at Diamond Park Community Room: 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/26, 3/5/18 Cost: $41.00 per child Register for any of the above at: https://apm. plaintownship/Home

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Winter Fest Planned

Santa has his calendar marked and will be in attendance to take pictures and listen to all of the children discuss his/her holiday wish list on Friday December 1, 2017 from 6:00-9:00PM at Diamond Community Park where Plain Township will welcome all for the 9th annual Winter Fest Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting! We will have woodcarving and ice carving demonstrations, holiday carols and festive music spun by our DJ. Bonfires will keep you warm and you can enjoy time with friends and family. Along with concessions for sale with holiday treats, there will be arts and crafts for the kids and the Laugh Boxx Photo Booth will be in the Community Room. Several light displays and lots of family fun and memories will be made. The Plain Township Fire Department will be in attendance as well with Touch a Truck. Join us for what has become a flagship event for the Plain Township Community.

Historical Society News

In 2018, the Plain Township Historical Society is going to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Glenwood High School Dedication. We are looking for yearbooks, photos, stories, oral histories and artifacts from the Glenwood High School Years of 1957-1975. So if you have something to donate or share please let us know. Only with your help can we make this celebration complete. Contact us at preservingplaintwp@ Look for us at the Plain Township Winterfest event on December 1. Yearbook Want List: Middlebranch High School – Any yearbook before 1937, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957 Glenwood High School – 1959, 1960, 1964, 1967, Oakwood High School – 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975 GlenOak High School – 1982, 1984, 1990, 1992, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005 to present We are also looking for yearbooks from the middle schools and grade schools. 2017 and 2018 meeting schedule: Make your calendar now for our 2018 programs. November 20, 2017 – A Visit from William McKinley December 2017 – No Meeting January 15, 2018 – Plain Pioneers and Their Life February 19, 2018 – Canton Intersections March 19, 2018 – Pottery: Jugs/Crocks April 16, 2018 – Plain Township in the Civil War May 21, 2018 – Guy Tilden Architect June 18, 2018 – Woven Coverlets July 16, 2018 – Covered Dish Picnic at Veteran’s Park August 20, 2018 – Glenwood High School September 17, 2018 – Tombstone Tales October 15, 2018 – Henry Holl November 19, 2018 – Articles of Confederation All meetings start at 7:00PM and are held at the Plain Township Offices 2600 Easton St. NE unless otherwise noted.

Plain Local Alumni Reunions If you are getting ready to plan your class reunion for 2018, consider hosting it the weekend of the Alumni Tailgate Party. The tailgate party is being held on September 14, 2018 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 foundation@ or 330-491-3870.

Glenwood High School Class of 1974

Looking for classmates contact Robin Howes Kratzer at 330806-6020

Middlebranch Class of 1952

Save the Date: Saturday October 28th, 2017 1 p.m. Papa Bear’s Restaurant 4990 Dressler Rd. N.W. North Canton

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Library Branch Offers Something For All Ages

Join us at the Plain CommuExcel II Formulas and More Stay Safe from Viruses & MalWorking with Attachments Adults nity Branch of the Stark County Thurs. Feb. 8, 10 am–11:30 am ware Thurs. Feb. 22, 1 pm–2:30 pm Knitting Club District Library to enjoy great proLearn the components of a basic Thurs. Feb. 8, 6 pm–7:30 pm Now that you’ve learned about Every Wednesday Dec.–Feb., grams for all ages. Some programs Excel formula (additions, subLearn to stay safe from viruses opening and closing email at10 am–11:30 am request registration; please call, traction, multiply and divide); and other malicious software tachments, learn to save attachJoin fellow knitters and crochetstop in, or visit sorting order; Special Paste to that can infect your PC. We’ll ments where you want them. ers to work on current projects and choose the Calendar tab for link documents together. discuss antivirus software as Take Control of Your Computer at all skill levels while sharing more information. well as what to do if your comAndroid Basics Thurs. Feb. 22, 6 pm–7:30 pm tips and tricks. puter has been infected. Early Learners (Birth - Pre-K) Thurs. Feb. 8, 1 pm–2:30 pm Join us for an overview of the Mystery Book Club What kind of mobile device or Intro to Creating Attachments Settings menu in Windows 10. Story Time & More Thursdays, 4–5 pm smartphone did you buy? We (for Seniors) Discover how to uninstall proStory times open up the world Enjoy lively discussions with will be discussing device types Thurs. Feb. 15, 1 pm–2:30 pm grams, change privacy settings, of books, music, culture, and others on today’s most intriguas well as the basic features and Struggling with email attachand customize your computer. play to young children and their ing books and topics. available software for Android ments? Learn to attach a picture families. Nov. 16 Everything I Never Told mobile devices. and/or document to an email. PAJAMA You by Celeste Ng Mondays 7–7:30 pm Jan. 18 The Lace Reader by Nov. 13, 27, Dec. 4, 11, Jan 8, 15, Brunonia Barry 22, 29, Feb 5, 12, 19, 26 Feb. 15 A Fine Summer’s Day PRESCHOOL by Charles Todd Tuesdays 10:30–11:15 am Tech Nov. 14, 28, Dec. 5, 12, 19, Jan. Apple iPad Basics (for Seniors) 9, 16, 23, 30, Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27 Thurs. Feb. 1, 1 pm–2:30 pm BABY/TODDLER Flick, swish, tap and pinch don’t Wednesdays 10:30–11 am sound like techie talk but are Nov. 15, Dec. 6, 13, Jan. 10, 17, necessary skills to enjoy the 24, 31, Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28 iPad. Become skilled at these Elementary (K - 5th Grade) and basic features of the iPad LEGO® Club including apps, the camera and Saturday, Nov. 18, Dec. 16, Jan. settings. 20, Feb. 17, 10:30 am–12 pm Tune Up Your PC Imagine, create, and build with Thurs. Feb. 1, 6 pm–7:30 pm LEGO® and/or DUPLO® bricks Keep your computer running (provided). fast with these quick and easy

Pups and Pages maintenance tasks. Helpful Sat. Feb. 24, 10:30 am–12 pm system utilities and beneficial Bring a favorite book to share or practices to improve a PC’s perborrow one of the Library’s to formance are introduced. read to licensed therapy dogs. Excel I Basics Teens (6th - 12th Grade) Thurs. Feb. 1, 10 am–11:30 am Spreadsheets allow you to create TeensCREATE lists of information to track, Wed. Nov. 15, Dec. 13, Jan. 10, generate charts and assist with 24, Feb. 14, 28, numeric formulas. While you 2:20 pm–4:30 pm build and refine your Excel Hang out with your friends and skills, create a small business make new ones at the Library. inventory sheet. Enjoy activities including music, art, STEM, snap circuits, and more. Each day will bring something new to do and explore.

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2017-18 Golden Eagle Winter Sports Schedules

BOYS BASKETBALL 6:00/7:30 H Tue. 12/5/17 12/8/17 6:00/7:30 A Fri. Tue. 12/12/17 6:00/7:30 H Fri. 12/15/17 6:00/7:30 H NEUT Sat. 12/16/17 6:00 Tue. 12/19/17 6:00/7:30 A 12/29/17 4:30 NEUT Fri. 12/30/17 6:00/7:30 H Sat. 1/5/18 6:00/7:30 A Fri. 6:00/7:30 A Tue. 1/9/18 1/12/18 7:30 H Fri. 8:30 Hoover Sun 1/14/18 6:00/7:30 H Tue. 1/16/18 1/19/18 6:00/7:30 A Fri. Tue. 1/23/18 6:00/7:30 A 1/26/18 6:00/7:30 H Fri. Sat. 1/27/18 6:00/7:30 H 2/3/18 6:45 H Sat. 2/9/18 6:00/7:30 H Fri. 6:00/7:30 H Tue. 2/13/18 2/16/18 6:00/7:30 A Fri. 6:00/7:30 H Tue. 2/20/18

Central Catholic Hoover Jackson Lake Stivers(H4H) Classic Green Chaminade Julien Cleve. Rhodes Massillon Perry McKinley Mercy Medical Classic vs Bay Village Hoover Jackson Lake Green Max Hayes Akron East Koufos Classic Perry Buchtel McKinley Marlington

GIRLS BASKETBALL Sun. 11/26/17 4:00 Malone Sat. 12/02/17 1:00 Regis HS Wed. 12/06/17 6:00/7:30 H Sat. 12/09/17 1:00/2:30 H Wed. 12/13/17 6:00/7:30 A Sat. 12/16/17 1:00/2:30 H Wed. 12/20/17 6:00/7:30 H 12/23/17 1:00/2:30 A Sat. A Wed. 12/27/17 TBA A Thurs. 12/28/17 TBA 1/06/18 12:00/1:30 H Sat. 6:00/7:30 H Wed. 1/10/18 1/12/18 6:00 H Fri. TBA A Mon. 1/15/18 6:00/7:30 H Wed. 1/17/18 1/20/18 1:00/2:30 A Sat. Wed. 1/24/18 6:00/7:30 A 1/27/18 1:00/2:30 A Sat. 6:00/7:30 A Wed. 1/31/18 2/3/18 1:00/2:30 A Sat. 6:00/7:30 A Wed. 2/07/18 2/10/18 12:00/1:30 H Sat.

SWIMMING Mon. 11/27/17 1:00pm H Wed. 11/29/17 6:00pm A 12/08/17 6:00pm A Fri. 12/09/17 12:00pm A Sat. Wed. 12/13/17 6:00pm H 12/16/17 8:00am A Sat. 12/22/17 5:00pm H Fri. Wed. 12/27/16 11:30pm H 12/29/17 9:00am A Fri. 01/06/18 2:00pm A Sat. 01/12/18 4:15pm A Fri. 01/13/18 9:00am A Sat. Tue. 01/23/18 5:00pm A Thur. 01/25/18 5:00pm A 01/26/18 6:00pm H Fri. 02/03/18 9:00am A Sat. 02/10/18 9:00am A Sat. 02/23/18 9:00am A Dates and times are subject to change. Please check the district calen- Fri. 02/24/18 9:00am A Sat. dar at for the most up-to-date schedules.

Stow (Varsity Only) Ryle HS (Kentucky) Walsh Jesuit Hoover Jackson Lake Green McKinley Lakota West Holiday Tourn. Lakota West Holiday Tourn. Perry McKinley Regis Jesuit (Colorado) Varsity Only Classic Country (Magnificant) JV & Varsity Jackson Lake Green St. Vincent St. Mary Massillon Perry Hoover St. Joseph Academy Green & Gold @ Branin McKinley Relays (Branin) Canfield @ YSU NEAC Relays @ Warren Green @ Branin X-Mas Invite @ Branin Lake/Jackson @ Branin Warren, Mass., Perry (Branin) CT Branin Invite @ Branin NEAC Champ. @ Wooster Hoover @ (N.C. YMCA) NE Classic @ Branin Wooster @ Wooster McKinley/Perry (Branin) Boardman @ Branin JV Championships @ Branin Sectional Champ. @ Branin State @ (Branin) State @ (Branin)

Wrestling Sat 12/02/17 Tue. 12/05/17 Fri./Sat. 12/8-9/17 Thur. 12/14/17 Fri./Sat. 12/15-16/17 Fri. 12/29/17 Thur. 1/04/18 1/06/18 Sat Thurs 1/11/18 Fri/Sat 1/12-13/18 Thurs 1/18/18 1/20/18 Sat. Wed. 1/24/18 1/27/18 Sat. Wed 1/31/18 Tue. 2/06/18 Thur. 2/08/18 Thurs. 2/15/18 2/24/18 Fri. Fri/Sat 3/2-3/18 Fri/Sat 3/9-10/18

9:00am A 6:00pm A 4:00pm/9am A 7:00pm A 5:00pm/9am A 6:30pm A 7:00pm A 2:00am A 7:00pm H 4pm/9am A 7:00pm H 9:00am A TBA A 9:00am A 4:00pm A 6:00pm H 7:00pm H 7:00pm A TBA A TBA A TBA A

Boardman Duals Massillon Tri Match Marlington Duals Lake Hudson Tournament Salem Jackson Wooster Tri Match Perry Bill Dies Memorial Hoover JV Minerva Tourn. Dual States/TBA Green Tournament Team Dual States Springfield/Smithville McKinley(Sen. Night) Green Sectionals @ Perry District State - OSU

GYMNASTICS Wed. 1/20/18 Thur. 1/25/18 2/17/18 Sat.

TBA 5:15 TBA

YMCA North Canton Massillon Sectionals (West Geauga)

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Park Centre, SCHB Park Centre, Alliance Carrollton, Carrollton Park Centre, Massillon Triway, Triway Park Centre, Green Park Centre, Jackson Park Centre @ Lake Park Centre @ North Canton Park Centre, Holiday Tournament Hall of Fame @ Perry Park Centre, McKinley Park Centre, Lake Park Centre, Perry Park Centre, Jackson Strike Zone @ McKinley Park Centre, Hoover Turkeyfoot @ Green

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 Receives National Trainers’ Association Safe Sports School Award GlenOak High School is the recipient of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Safe Sports School award for its sports medicine program. The award champions safety and recognizes secondary schools that provide safe environments for student athletes. The award reinforces the importance of providing the best level of care, injury prevention and treatment. “GlenOak is honored to receive this 1st Team recognition from NATA, and we remain committed to our goal of providing quality healthcare to our student athletes through prevention, education, and response. Our goal is to set the standard of athletic safety at the high school level,” said Alex Shaheen, Head Athletic Trainer. “We remain committed to the health and welfare of young athletes in competitive sports,” says NATA President Scott Sailor, EdD, ATC. “This award recognizes the contributions and commitment of schools across the country that are implementing safe sports policies and best practices to ensure athletes can do what they love best and have the appropriate care in place to prevent, manage and treat

injuries should they occur.” In order to achieve Safe Sport School status, as GlenOak did, athletic programs must do the following: • Create a positive athletic health care administrative system • Provide or coordinate pre-participation physical examinations • Promote safe and appropriate practice and competition facilities • Plan for selection, fit function and proper maintenance of athletic equipment • Provide a permanent, appropriately equipped area to evaluate and treat injured athletes • Develop injury and illness prevention strategies, including protocols for environmental conditions • Provide or facilitate injury intervention • Create and rehearse a venue-specific Emergency Action Plan • Provide or facilitate psychosocial consultation and nutritional counseling/ education • Be sure athletes and parents are educated of the potential benefits and risks in sports as well as their responsibilities For more information please visit: www.

Lady Eagles Softball hitting league registration is now open. The cost is $50 and will run January 5 - February 23 6:00pm - 9:00pm at Diamond Dreams 4810 Southway St SW, Canton, OH 44706. Cage times to be announced. Shirts can be pre-ordered for $10 or $12. Register online now,

spaces are limited. www. Lady Eagles Softball is also looking for Corporate or personal sponsors for Hitting League. Your company logo will be printed on at least 50 shirts and the cost is only $50.00, per sponsor, Email GOladyeaglessoftball@gmail. com with your company logo.

Sign Up For Ladies Softball

Middlebranch Walks For Playground

On October 6, the entire Middlebranch staff and student body walked to raise funds for new playground equipment. After about a week’s worth of work, securing donations from families and friends, students wore the colors of the rainbow and walked around the fields behind Middlebranch. Ernie the Eagle greeted students and got them pumped up as they entered the GlenOak Eagle Tunnel to head out to the walk. Some students got a little wet as it started to rain, but as a friend reminded us, you can’t have a rainbow without a little bit of rain! As students returned to the building they gathered in the gym for a school photo. The Middlebranch PTO organized the walkathon so that they could continue to add to funds raised last year for new playground equipment. Together we raised over $8,700. All students who obtained pledges were entered into drawings to win various prizes that were donated by

community businesses. In addition to raising funds, this annual event builds a sense of community for Middlebranch students. Everyone did their part by participating in the walk and got to gather and celebrate as a school community. As students filed in for the rainbow picture, they were able to see that they are all a part of a large community with many people who support them. Middlebranch would like to thank the following businesses

that contributed to the success of the Walkathon: Family Wholesale, Chuck E. Cheese, Skymax, Laser Quest, McDonald’s, Park Centre Lanes, CiCi’s Pizza, Day Ketterer Ltd., North Canton Skate and Entertainment Center, Allstate Insurance Company, Sir Troy’s Toy Kingdom, Heighway Awards and Apparel, Canton Closeouts, Pump It Up, Skyzone, Wendy’s, Kingsway Farms, Taco Bell, Fin Feather Fur Outfitters and Natural Beauty Photography.

The Oakwood Cross Country teams had a very successful season with 45 new personal records secured. Top five for the boys were Tommy Rice who broke his own school record with a time of 10:34, Matt Tshantz, Brody Fravel, Jacob Harms, and Gabe Dallas. Top five for the girls team were Paige Lucas, Caris Lantz, Sophia

Janssen, Damara Smith, and Adrianna Runzo. The students begin meeting in June to run together. Over the course of five months, the team has become family, supporting each other and remaining focused and positive. Coaches Laughman and Winkler believe in their athletes and encourage them all to persevere.

Oakwood Cross Country Second In Federal League

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As 2017 comes to a close, we would like to update the Plain Local community on district accomplishments, many made as a direct result of our Strategic Planning process. Below are some key accomplishments we would like to highlight.



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Completed technology infrastructure upgrade. Increased speed and efficiency of district Wi-Fi. Creation of “Technology Roadmap” for parents. Created student run technology help desk at GlenOak High School. Surveyed students on how technology has changed their learning. Improved how student data is collected for IEPs.

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Over 6,000 students enrolled for 17-18 school year. Expanded 1:1 initiative to grades 4-12. Final site visit to become eligible for International Baccalaureate curriculum at GlenOak High School. Increased mental health services across district. Added a school community liaison to staff at GOHS to work with families. Mental Health Services offered through Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health at all schools. Created “Chromebook Check Out” process for students when device needs repairs. Added Music Production class with lab space at GlenOak High School.


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Implemented new software system in fiscal office. Board of education members participated in International Baccalaureate site visit.


SAFETY AND SECURITY Finalized Crisis Response Plan. Increased Network Security. All bus drivers received epipen training for 17-18 school year. Added window wraps to all elementary schools for increased safety and security. Welcomed and trained 15 new bus drivers for the 17-18 school year.

Increased social media presence to over 10,000 followers across all platforms including: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snap chat and YouTube. Increased consistency of branding of all publications K-12. Introduced “My Schools Menu” interactive website and app for food service. Allowing parents to view allergens, nutritional information and more. Report cards and grading available online for parents through Home Access Center.

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Completed locker room project at Bob Commings Field. Improvements made to softball field. Redesigned parking lot for increased safety during drop off and pick up. Added additional parking for community partners at GlenOak High School. Added four new busses to fleet. Added “Koufos Courts” on campus of GlenOak High School for students and community members. Renovation of boys and girls locker rooms at GlenOak High School. Created onsite Health Tech lap space and rehab facility.


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