Schools

OSU Raises Tuition For Incoming Freshmen, Including For OSUM; DeWine Not Pleased

21 May , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

New freshmen arriving this fall at The Ohio State University at Mansfield, like their counterparts across the OSU system, will be paying more for tuition, room and board.

That’s the bad news.

The good news is that new rate will be locked in for the next four years, making the Class of 2026 the seventh in a row to have that kind of guarantee.

The increase is pegged at 4.6%, which translates into a $549 annual change from last year’s rate. For non-resident students, that increase amounts to $1,703. The rate at regional campuses, including Mansfield, will be $8,944 for in-state tuition and fees, up from $8,562.

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History & Tourism, Schools

Two Mansfield High Graduations, 150 Years Apart

20 May , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

There’s been more than a few changes between June 28, 1872 and May 21, 2022, dates that saw or will see Mansfielders graduate from high school.

In the 1870 census, two years before the first of those dates, Mansfield’s population was recorded at 8,029, itself a rather hefty 75.3% increase from the number ten years before. In September, three months after the graduation ceremony, Mansfield hosted the Ohio State Fair – the first of two consecutive years the Fair was held here.

The ten graduates of Mansfield High School graduated in style in June 1872. Then, like now, music was a large part of the ceremony, with choruses, solos, and a duet singing “In The Starlight” entertaining those in the packed Miller’s Hall. It was said that hundreds were standing outside, unable to enter.

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Schools

OSUM’s Jones Named Vice Provost, Dean Of Undergraduate Education At OSU

10 May , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Ohio State University Executive Vice President and Provost Melissa L. Gilliam announced today that Norman Jones, dean and director of Ohio State Mansfield, will now serve as vice provost and dean for undergraduate education.

In the new role, Jones will lead the vision for challenging and transformative academic experiences for Ohio State undergraduate students on all Ohio State campuses, and be responsible for guiding the development of undergraduate educational experiences and outcomes.

Jones’ appointment is subject to approval by the Board of Trustees and would begin on July 1.

A professor in the Department of English, Jones has served as dean and director of Ohio State Mansfield since 2017. As dean, he is responsible for leading the promotion, direction and support of teaching, learning and research for the 640-acre campus.

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Schools

Discovery School Certified As A WILD School Site

9 May , 2022  

By ODNR

Discovery School in Mansfield has been dedicated in April as an official WILD School Site, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.

Discovery School is the 198th WILD School Site dedicated in Ohio and the fourth in Richland County. Students at the school planted native wildflowers, maintained bluebird boxes, and removed invasive plants. This private pre-K to sixth-grade school sits on 40 acres of woods, fields, and streams and is focused on nature-based learning. Every classroom has a door to the outdoors.

An outdoor classroom allows classes to be conducted outdoors and students frequently spend time observing nature and wildlife throughout the property. A vernal pool was cleaned out and now serves as a study site for students to learn about seasonal changes. Taking hikes to identify area plants and animals is also popular with students.

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Schools

St. Peter’s Celebrates May Crowning

6 May , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse from St. Peter’s Parish & School

St. Peter’s High School Class of 2022 celebrated the start to the end of their high school experience on Thursday with the celebration of May Crowning at St. Peter Church.

A longstanding tradition in the Catholic Church, the month of May is devoted to Mary, the mother of Jesus. During the homily, St. Peter Church pastor Father John Miller explained to those in attendance Mary’s important role in the church.

For the Class of 2022, May Crowing is the first time high school seniors wear their graduation gowns. The senior class elects ten of their classmates to serve on the May Court. They are selected based on their faith, kindness to others, and attentively to God’s will.

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Schools

OSU Issues Summer Term COVID Guidance

3 May , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

With the start of summer term, The Ohio State University is updating its COVID-19 protocols based on the state of the pandemic and federal, state and local guidance.

While the university continues to require that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated against COVID-19, Ohio State will be shifting to a voluntary testing program for the summer starting on Monday, May 9. Masks remain optional in most indoor spaces.

The university’s COVID-19 response is always subject to change. Throughout the pandemic, Ohio State has followed guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Ohio Department of Health as well as federal, state and local policy.

The Safe and Healthy Buckeyes website is regularly updated to reflect current guidance.

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Schools

MOESC Awarded Adolescent Literacy Specialist Grant

22 Apr , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center Board of Governors met on Wednesday, April 20 for their monthly meeting and voted to accept a grant from the Ohio Department of Education (ODE). The $277,775 competitive grant from ODE is to hire, house, and collaborate with the newly-created state position of Regional Adolescent Literacy Specialist. 

Only four of these major grants were awarded to ESCs in Ohio with Mid-Ohio being one to serve a quarter of the state cross-regionally.This award brings an exciting addition to Mid-Ohio’s reach in the state. The new state role will serve as the conduit from ODE to Mid-Ohio’s state quadrant, including Mid-Ohio’s client and member districts. 

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Schools

Six Richland County Schools Named Part Of Purple Star Class Of 2022

12 Apr , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse; Ohio Department of Education

On Monday, when the Ohio Department of Education announced the 263 Ohio schools part of the list of new and renewed Purple Star designations for members of the Class of 2022, Richland County was well represented.

Six local schools were included in this year’s class.

As shared by the Department, “Purple Star schools show a significant commitment to serving students and families connected to the nation’s armed forces. Ninety-four Ohio schools received the esteemed award for the first time, and 169 schools earned a renewal after three years as dedicated Purple Star Schools.

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Greek Tragedy To Be Staged At Ohio State Mansfield This Weekend

28 Mar , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

In an act of pure defiance to honor a dead brother, one woman stands against the state. Antigone is a timeless play about recognizing the dignity owed to every person – whether we agree with them or not

The gripping tale comes to The Ohio State University at Mansfield this coming weekend.  First written in or before 441 BC by Sophocles, the play zeroes in on the dangers of absolute rule. The work has inspired additional plays, paintings, operas, poems, and other works of art.

This is an abridgement and adaptation of the original based on a translation by R.C. Jebb. The work continues the OSUM Theatre Program’s goal of making rights-free, accessible versions of classical texts available to students and teachers everywhere.

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Schools

St. Peter’s School Is Ready To Rock

25 Mar , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse from St. Peter’s School

St. Peter’s School is excited to announce that its Department of Theater and Performing Arts will be returning to the stage with this year’s production of School of Rock.

The musical is based on the film School of Rock with music by Sir Andrew Lloyd Weber. The show invites the audience members to take a journey through the heart and soul of rock n’ roll. For the past several months, students, staff and members of the St. Peter’s community have been preparing for this performance.

This is the school’s first musical production since 2019. The 2020 production of Mary Poppins was in dress rehearsals when COVID-19 forced the cancellation of public gatherings.

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Schools

Faculty Research Frenzy Taking Place At Ohio State Mansfield

17 Mar , 2022  

By Gabriel Gesing

Once a year, The Ohio State University at Mansfield hosts a meeting of the minds for its faculty and the campus community. The Faculty Research Frenzy is when professors gather to share their research. Time limitations mean that only a small number of researchers can participate. They take turns presenting their research but only have 5 minutes each and then quickly pivot into the next presenter, hence the name “frenzy.”

For the presenters, this is an opportunity to share their findings with colleagues. Gabe Karns, clinical assistant professor of environment and natural resources and EcoLab program coordinator, describes sharing research as a break from the day to day. Professor of psychology, Delwin Lindsey talks about how the frenzy presents the tenets of the university.

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Schools

Mansfield School Board Member Named To OSBA Committees

12 Mar , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Renda M Cline, a member of the Mansfield City Schools Board of Education, has been named to the following committees at the Ohio School Boards Association:

Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees has general charge of the affairs, funds and property of the association. It has full power to carry out the purposes of the association according to the OSBA Constitution. The board is composed of the eight-member Executive Committee, representatives from Ohio’s six largest school districts and 18 representatives selected by OSBA’s five regions.

OSBA Executive Committee
The Executive Committee serves as the governing body of the association between meetings of the Board of Trustees. The Executive Committee is composed of the president, president-elect, immediate past president and one representative from each of OSBA’s five regions.

Central Regional Executive Committee

The Central Region Executive Committee provides governance and leadership to school board members in Crawford, Delaware, Fairfield, Fayette, Franklin, Knox, Licking, Madison, Marion, Morrow, Pickaway, Richland, Ross and Union counties. The committee is elected by OSBA members in the Central Region.

OSBA Black Caucus
The OSBA Black Caucus provides a statewide forum on the practical issues facing Black and ethnically and culturally diverse school board members; supports the efforts of OSBA in promoting and building public awareness of issues relating to racial diversity in schools, enhancing the academic achievement of Black and ethnically and culturally diverse students, and equity in education; and provides professional development, engagement and advocacy relating to the mission.

Committee appointments were finalized at the beginning of 2022. 

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Schools

42nd Street And Esley Lane

10 Mar , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

By 1812Blockhouse

Broadway come to Mansfield later this month when the Madison Choral Department presents this year’s high school musical, 42nd Street: Youth Edition in the Madison Middle School Auditeria.

“Come along and listen to the lullaby of Broadway!  42nd Street celebrates Broadway, Times Square and the magic of show biz with wit, humor and pizzazz.  At the height of the Great Depression, aspiring chorus girl Peggy Sawyer comes to the big city from Allentown, PA, and soon lands her first big job in the ensemble of a glitzy new Broadway show. But just before opening night, the leading lady breaks her ankle.  Will Peggy be able to step in and become a star?”

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State Controlling Board Approves Release of Funds for Three Richland County Projects

9 Mar , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse; From Office of Rep. Marilyn John and Ohio State Controlling Board

The state controlling board has approved the release of $152,943.00 for three separate projects in Richland County

First, The Ohio State University requested and received $32,887.00 for a boiler replacement at the Recreation Center Life Safety project, which will allow the programmatic goals of the project to be further enhanced by accepting all alternates in the Boiler Replacements project.

This project will replace the existing boiler in the Campus Recreation Center that is original to the building, and two existing boilers in the Eisenhower Memorial Center that were installed in 1991.

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MOESC Hosting Artapolooza Fine Arts Festival

8 Mar , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center is hosting its annual Artapolooza fine arts festival. This year it will take place on April 2 through the 6 and will be held at the Mid-Ohio Conference Center at 890 W. Fourth Street in Mansfield.

“This event is one of the biggest that we host at Mid-Ohio.” stated Jennifer Pennell, Mid-Ohio ESC Gifted Education Consultant and coordinator of the event. “We plan to display over 500 student-made works!” The gallery will be open on Saturday, April 2nd from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Sunday, April 3rd, from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The gallery will also be open during the week on Monday, April 4th  through Wednesday, April 6th from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

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