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Perrysburg Schools Spotlight – October 2018 Edition

Perrysburg Schools Spotlight 
We hope you enjoy our monthly eNewsletter, spotlighting excellence in our programs, students and employees!

Program Spotlight
Jackets Giving Back
Perrysburg High School

Three students with catIn 2017, a group of Perrysburg High School students approached school leaders with the idea of spending a school day serving the community. From those conversations, Jackets Giving Back was born. Jackets Giving Back is a student-driven volunteer day in which PHS seniors spend their academic day volunteering throughout Perrysburg and surrounding communities. The event this year will take place on Friday, October 19, 2018. All PHS seniors will have the opportunity on this day to volunteer at one of 30 participating organizations throughout the area.

Why is service important?
Teens learning the value of volunteerism:
• Building understanding that there is more to the community than what they experience in their daily lives.
• Self-esteem rises when they see that they have an impact on someone else’s life.
• May set off a chain reaction of regular volunteering, which enriches teens’ lives even more.
• Exposes teens to more diversity.
• Improves communication and critical thinking skills while taking them out of their comfort zone.
• Builds relationships with people who share the cause of helping the community.

Pictured: Students participating at the Toledo Area Humane Society at last year’s inaugural event.

Student Spotlight
Natalie Hartland
6th grade
Hull Prairie Intermediate School

Natalie HartlandHave you heard about "Scribble, Scribble, Scribble" at HPI? It is the creation of Natalie Hartland, a current sixth grade student on the Blue Team. According to all of her teachers, Natalie is a voracious reader and a magnificent writer. She possesses a wonderful sense of creativity in her thinking.

Last year, while a fifth grader, Natalie had an idea about starting a writing club for all those students who love to write. When presenting her idea to her English Language Arts teacher, she reasoned: “We have a math club, why do we not have a writing club?” She composed a powerful, persuasive letter to be given to Principal Scott Best. After putting her letter in Mr. Best's mailbox, she waited patiently for a response. Mr. Best loved Natalie's idea, and he was instrumental in adding her class, “Scribble, Scribble, Scribble,” to our Exploratory Rotation for our current year.

The teachers on the Blue Team share in celebrating Natalie's quick-wittedness, creativity and ability to persevere!

“It is a delight to see a student in sixth grade possess and share such individuality in her thinking and her ideas,” shared Susan Stout, Fifth Grade Language Arts, HPI. “The sixth grade Blue Team feels positive that the future will hold many opportunities for Natalie to showcase her brilliance with her creativity and her writing.”

We’re so proud of you, Natalie!

Employee Spotlight
Amanda Colvin
Structure Support Teacher
Perrysburg Junior High School

Amanda ColvinAmanda Colvin is a Structure Support Teacher at Perrysburg Junior High School. She has worked for Perrysburg Schools for four years and was honored as Frank Educator of the Year in 2017. She provides instruction based on the Extended Ohio Content Standards and collaborates with a variety of school personnel to ensure all needs of each student are being met. Her goal is to create an inclusive and accepting school environment.

“Amanda does a wonderful job of building fantastic relationships with her students and is a highly respected professional by her colleagues,” shared Mr. Marjoe Cooper, Assistant Principal, Perrysburg Junior High School. “Amanda is upbeat, positive and has an infectious personality that students and staff members enjoy being around.”

This year, she is excited about starting up a Peer Mentor Group at Perrysburg Junior High School to help students develop meaningful friendships. She also works to help raise awareness of Down syndrome throughout the school district during October for Down syndrome awareness month and March for World Down Syndrome Day. She also serves on the District Autism Team, is Assistant Varsity Volleyball Coach at Perrysburg High School (third year) and coaches travel volleyball at Toledo Volleyball Club.

To suggest a program, student or employee for an upcoming Spotlight, please contact Rachel Zickar at rzickar@perrysburgschools.net.

Posted Monday, October 1, 2018
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