Schools

ODE Releases Ohio School Report Cards; How Richland Districts Fared

17 Sep , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse, Ohio Department of Education

On Thursday, the Ohio Department of Education released the 2022 Ohio School Report Cards. Spreadsheets with performance information for districts, schools, community schools, Career Technical Planning Districts and schools that receive the dropout recovery and prevention report card will be available on the Report Card Resources webpage.

Districts and schools will not receive overall ratings this year. The report cards will include five rated components and various report-only data. The five components will receive ratings from one to five stars. The 2022 Guide to Ohio School Report Cards provides an overview and explanation of these key components.

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All About Richland

Collaboration Seeks To Train Those Seeking A Future In Education

7 Sep , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

When Mind Body Align, LLC collaborates with the North End Community Improvement Collaborative (NECIC) and The Ohio State University (OSU) Mansfield to train non-educators who are on the path to becoming teachers or other careers in education, their work benefits the whole community. Together, the group is working to connect the multi-generational Ohio community with resources and technology that support self-care, mindfulness, education, and training.

“Emerging Educators uses a multi-generational holistic approach to train and support community members, giving them the opportunity to serve as classroom teachers and substitute teachers across Richland County,” shared program co-leader Crystal Davis Weese of NECIC. “We are helping our educational community harness the power of diversity and focus on expanding mindfulness, readiness, education, training, access, and participation among local community members. I wanted to work collectively with a group of partners who wanted to utilize our passion for education and teaching, to connect and engage others in the process of becoming educators.”

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Sports

MOESC Now Hiring Substitutes for 2022/2023 School Year

17 Aug , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

As the start of the school year approaches, the need for substitute teachers is great. Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center is looking for substitute teachers to work in a number of area school districts. 

Steve Earnest, Mid-Ohio ESC Executive Director, said substitute teachers play a vital role in the education of our children. “When a substitute teacher can’t be found, schools will often ask full-time teachers to give up their planning hour in order to fill in. This has a negative effect on the teacher’s ability to plan their class effectively, ultimately affecting students as well. Substitute teachers step in and lighten that load while ensuring that each student receives quality instruction while their formal teacher is away.”

HB 583 allows districts the flexibility to use substitute teachers with either an associate degree or high school diploma.

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Schools

MOESC Announces County Spelling Bee Winners

21 Jan , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse from MOESC; emphasis added

The 2022 Mid-Ohio ESC County Spelling Bees took place virtually this year in the same manner as in 2021. The format of the virtual bees was very similar to a typical bee where each student had the opportunity to spell a word in each round until a champion and runner-up were crowned. The county bees have remained virtual; however, students will be invited back to Mid-Ohio ESC for the Tri-County Spelling Bee February 10th.  

The Crawford/Morrow County Spelling Bee was held on Thursday, January 13th. Twenty-eight students competed to be named champion of the bee. The bee lasted 14 rounds until a champion and runner-up could be determined. Kaylynne Bralow, a sixth grader at Cardington-Lincoln Schools, became champion by spelling the word “petroglyphs.” The runner-up was Highland Local Schools eighth grader Jeremiah Brown.

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Schools

Subject Of ’91 Ed Funding Lawsuit Sees Hope In New State Budget

7 May , 2021  

By Susan Tebben, Ohio Capital Journal

In 1991, Sheridan High School freshman Nathan DeRolph thought Ohio’s education funding formula would change before he entered college.

He and his parents had filed a lawsuit against the state that would eventually make it to the Ohio Supreme Court, fighting against the overreliance on property taxes built into public school funding. “I kind of naively, I think, thought by the time I’m a senior in high school, this will all be wrapped up and hopefully there will be a new funding plan in place, and generations after me won’t have to deal with the same challenges,” DeRolph said.

Three decades later, he just watched his daughter graduate from high school, under the same funding system his family fought against, through multiple supreme court decisions. More…

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Schools

Study Shows Third-Grade English Achievement Dropped Amid Pandemic

7 Feb , 2021  

By Susan Tebben, Ohio Capital Journal

study done by political science researchers at the Ohio State University showed a significant loss for third-graders in the area of English Language Arts caused by pandemic learning.

The study, released by the John Glenn College of Public Affairs used data from the fall administration of the third-grade English Language Arts assessment in an effort to analyze student achievement through the COVID-19 pandemic.

One of the major findings of the study showed that achievement by third-graders declined, with the amount of students scoring “proficient” falling by about 9% and students getting a score that would have allowed them to be promoted to fourth-grade in pre-pandemic assessments down by 8%. More…

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Survey shows teacher concerns as school districts struggle with pandemic

12 Aug , 2020  

By: Tyler Buchanan, Ohio Capital Journal

Ohio teachers have made themselves clear: They worry greatly about the spread of COVID-19 in their schools.

They acknowledge the challenges of remote learning are plentiful. They understand the potential social and emotional impact to young students being stuck at home rather than at school with their classmates.

However, their health fears of the virus remain even greater.

That is among the conclusions of a recent survey of educators conducted by the Ohio Federation of Teachers. The union sent out the survey on July 22 to nearly 12,000 members who work in K-12 education. Responses were returned between then and Aug. 9, a time period in which school districts around Ohio continued deliberating plans for the fall. More…

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Schools

DeWine Talks Back To School – Here’s What’s Coming This Fall

3 Jul , 2020  

By: 1812Blockhouse

The Governor of Ohio began his Thursday COVID-19 briefing with a look ahead — specifically, at the 2020-2021 school year that grows closer each day.

DeWine took the opportunity to unveil newly released guidance for school districts as they make plans for the new school year, laying out both requirements and what DeWine referred to as “strong recommendations.”. The State of Ohio also issued the new “Reset and Restart Education Planning Guide for Ohio Schools and Districts”to provide additional guidance (can be accessed below). More…

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MOESC Joins With University Of Toledo For New School Psychologist Program

1 Jul , 2020  

According to the National Association of School Psychologists, there is a critical shortage in school psychology. Shortages in school psychology have the potential to significantly undermine the availability of high quality services to students, families, and schools.

In order to mitigate this problem in the local area, Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center and the University of Toledo have collaborated to implement the “Grow Your Own” Mid-Ohio School Psychology Development Program. More…

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Schools

Annual Ohio School Performance Awards Announced; Local Schools Recognized

11 Dec , 2019  

On Monday, the Ohio Board of Education and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria recognized 63 districts, 436 schools and 12 Career-Technical Planning Districts for achieving high performance, outstanding progress and momentum for students across Ohio.

The recognition included multiple Richland County schools: More…

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Schools

BWC Approves $6.6 Million for School Safety, Security; Local Schools Benefit

14 Oct , 2019  

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) has approved $6.6 million in grants since July 1 to improve school safety and security across Ohio.

Six of those grants have gone to five Richland County schools. More…

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Take Note of Changes to the Requirements for High School Graduation

6 Sep , 2019  

Richland County parents and students take note: the Ohio Department of Education is spreading the word about new high school graduation requirements.

The requirements for graduation have been changed more than once by the state legislature in recent years such that there are currently three different sets of requirement rules for the four different high school grade levels. The most recent changes, made for the class of 2023, are expected to now be the permanent Ohio graduation requirement system (unless the legislature makes future changes). More…

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Schools

School Immunizations Schedule Set

24 Jul , 2019  

It may be difficult to believe, but the start of school is less than a month away. Included in planning is making sure your children are up-to-date on their required immunizations.

Richland Public Health is reminding parents of students just starting Kindergarten, those entering 7th grade, and those entering high school that certain shots are required: More…

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All About Richland, Schools

Arts Integration For Teachers Workshop Coming Up

17 Jul , 2019  

The Mansfield Partners in Education Team, comprised of the Renaissance Performing Arts Association, the Mansfield Art Center, and Mansfield City Schools, will host a two-day professional development workshop on arts integration for elementary and intermediate educators, and administrators on August 6-7, 2019 at the Renaissance Theatre. More…

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Schools

Proposed School Funding Bill Would Boost All County Districts

3 Jul , 2019  

A school funding measure introduced in the Ohio House of Representatives might well put a smile on the face of Richland County school officials. Some more than others, admittedly (particularly those in Ontario).

The County’s four home-based districts would each receive an increase under the measure, each receiving a share of the proposed $600 million increase over two years. More…

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