New Facility Update
Harrison Hills City Schools New PK-12
Construction continues to progress at the new PK-12 building, as crews are working against the cold winter conditions. Foundation work will continue in the two-story high school wing through mid-March. Masonry crews have completed the first floor bearing walls in the locker room, administration area, and kitchen. Underground plumbing and electrical work in the kitchen area is nearing completion. The masonry bearing walls support pre-cast structural concrete slabs and the steel structure of the building. The structural steel has been erected in the kitchen, student dining, and the administration wing. Currently, contractors are detailing steel in the kitchen and student dining. The trades are also preparing for grouting of the precast concrete slabs at the locker rooms and administration area. All of the lighting poles and light fixtures have been installed around the school site. Door frames, underground electrical, underground plumbing and HVAC installation and rough-ins continue as areas of foundation and walls are constructed and completed.
Bullet Items for Weekly Update (for month of March):
• Foundations are complete in the main electrical room, kitchen, gymnasiums, locker rooms and administration areas, with progress continuing in the two-story high school wing
• Masonry block construction completed in the administration/second floor middle school wing and locker room areas, with the kitchen nearing completion
• Door frames, electrical, plumbing and HVAC installation and rough-in work continues as masonry walls progress
• Structural Steel placement continues this month in the administration area and kitchen/student dining area
• Lighting poles and light fixture installation on site is complete
• Project continues on schedule for 2019-2020 school year opening
• Continue setting door frames as well as plumbing/HVAC/electrical rough-ins as the masonry walls are constructed.
• Planning to begin final underground plumbing rough-in at the kitchen as weather permits.
• Continue with the high school wing masonry footers.
• Preparing the precast concrete floor slab areas at the locker rooms and administration area with reinforcement and grouting.
• Mrs. Snider and Mr. Ripley attended the OMEGA meeting where Harrison County transportation services were reviewed.
• Dr. Folger met with administrators Mr. Dunlap, Ms. Birney, Mr. Saffell, Mr. Morgan, and Mrs. Snider concerning OLI4 administrator professional development goals.
• Harrison East's Literacy Night was attended by Mrs. Snider and Mr. Morgan. Many board members and community members read books to children in attendance.
• Mrs. Snider and Ms. Doren attended the OHGEEP meeting concerning careers in the gas and oil industry and preparation of our students.
• Mr. Morgan attended collaborative review meetings at the School of Bright Promise
• Mr. Morgan met with district administrators in review of safety policy and procedures in place
• Mr. Morgan met with the State Support Team regarding professional development
• Mr. Morgan met with the district administrators and Mrs. Snider in update of progress within the Ohio Leadership Institute collaborative
• Mr. Morgan met with parents and faculty concerning special education
• Mr. Morgan attended our boys basketball senior night; congratulations and best wishes to our team members!
• Mr. Morgan attended the Literacy Night event at Harrison East Elementary
• Mr. Morgan met with faculty regarding curriculum
• Mr. Morgan continued collaboration with related service providers
• Mr. Morgan worked alongside SHP in school construction details
• The insurance committee met on Tuesday February 27. Tom Gee of Burns Consulting educated the committee on the differences between “grandfathered” and “non-grandfathered” medical plans. Various options was presented to the committee.
• Fiscal department has been working diligently on learning the new state software. There are still several “bugs” with the program that they have been working with OME-RESA and the state to resolve. Therefore, the district is still doing dual processing, classic system and new system, until these issues are fixed.
• Mr. Ripley coordination with officer Brooks on the content of our next safety meeting.
• Mr. Ripley met with our Damon’s representative on cleaning supplies and equipment.
• Thank you to the Cadiz Street Department for cleaning out the storm drain between the weight room and the Stephenson Center at the Jr./Sr. High School.
• Mr. Ripley and Mr. Hibbs held the Spring Trip Meeting this past Wednesday.
• Mr. Ripley and Mr. Valesko collaborated to send out an activity bus survey to students grades 7-12.
• Buildings and grounds issues continue to be addressed and work orders continue to be a focus.
• Routing and student locations continue to be inserted into the new transportation software.
• Harrison Hills received 3 new buses this week (one handicapped and two regular).
Harrison Central Jr/Sr High
• This week students in Mrs. Arbaugh’s Language Arts classes used a peer teaching strategy to review text structure.
• On Wednesday, students helped families at the Mid-Ohio food pantry hosted at the District Office.
• The Academic Challenge Team finished out their season 4th place in their tournament and 7th place in the league. Good job!
• Mr. Noble’s students have been hard at work creating props for the upcoming musical. A big thank you for all of your help!
Mark Your Calendar
Wednesday, March 7 - HC Boys Regional Basketball Game 7PM at Union Local
Saturday, March 10 - Regional Spelling Bee at Buckeye North at 11am
Sunday, March 11 - Girls' Basketball Banquet at District Office 5:00PM
Harrison East Elementary
• Pictured below are 1st grade students from Mrs. Elliott’s room as they role play animal characters from Where Are My Animal Friends?
• Sixth grade students welcomed Karli Ray, Jr. High cheerleading advisor, to their classrooms. Ms. Ray encouraged students to give cheerleading a try as they prepare for junior high.
• Preschool classes celebrated 100 days of school on Tuesday. They counted to 100, made structures with 100 blocks, and wrote the number 100 on their crowns among other fun activities. Pictured below are students from Mrs. Nign’s and Mrs. Mallernee’s preschool classes.
• Mrs. Nign’s class is pictured below making weather predictions on how March will enter. Did it enter as a lamb or a lion?
• The Mobile Dentist visited Harrison East and saw over 50 students!
• Valley Hospice representative, Wendy Lawlis, visited the 1st grade classes of Mrs. Elliott, Mrs. Noble, and Mrs. Stinespring. Mrs. Lawlis read Eggbert: The Slightly Cracked Egg to the students. It is one of 20 favorites in a program called Bobby’s Books. A discussion and art activity followed as students learned the skills needed to cope with difficult life issues and to trust their feelings.
• Super second grade readers Emmerson Wood, Evie Richards, and Aubrie Moss all met their AR reading goals this week with 75 points, 150 points, and 100 points, respectively.
• While learning about being responsible citizens, Mrs. Sproull’s 3rd grade class decided to adopt the Harrison County Animal Shelter as a community service project. They are collecting assorted items that will benefit the animals tremendously.
• Harrison East celebrated a night of reading with its annual Literacy Night. Over 200 parents and students came to listen to a host of celebrity guest readers. We would like to thank those who gave their time and talent to make the night such a student-centered success. Celebrity guest readers were DJ Watson, Deb Kenny both Harrison County Board of Education members, Heath Starr, HC Soccer coach, Darren Johnson, Ohio State Trooper; Sarah Hawthorne, teacher and volleyball coach; Mike Valesko, teacher and baseball coach, Dan Milleson, insurance agent; Lora Espinosa, Capraro’s; Allison Cochran, 6th grade East teacher; Carol Atkins, East paraprofessional; Sean Dinato, Hopedale Volunteer Fireman; Madison McConnell, Hopedale Volunteer Fireman; Karen Jochims, community member; Chase Smith, Cadiz councilman; Donnie Bethel, County Commissioner; and Ronnie Bowers, Harrison Central student. A special thanks go to Sydney Starr and Autumn Ash for bringing Dr. Seuss and our ever-popular Husky dog.
• In honor of Dr. Seuss, Friday students all students participated in D.E.A.R.; this is known nationwide as Drop Everything and Read. The school stopped everything and read for 15 minutes. This is a fantastic reminder to everyone how important reading is to students and their families.
• Mrs. McAffe’s 2nd grade class made Dr. Seuss hand puppets after they took the Reader’s Oath.
Mark Your Calendar
03/07 No Preschool classes (preschool in-service)
03/10 Regional Spelling Bee - Buckeye North Elementary 11:00 AM
03/14 No PAWS Afterschool (staff meeting)
03/16 6th grade St. Patrick’s Day Dance
03/16 3rd 9-weeks grading period ends
03/23 3rd 9-weeks Report Cards sent home
03/26 thru 04/06 NO PAWS Afterschool
03/27 Spring Pictures Preschool thru 2nd Grade
03/28 Spring Pictures 3rd thru 6th
03/29 Easter Recess begins
04/03 Classes resume
04/18 NO PAWS Afterschool (staff meeting)
04/20 Last scheduled day for PAWS Afterschool program
04/20 4th 9-weeks Progress Reports sent home
05/21 Preschool graduation 10 AM
05/21 Preschool Open House and registration 1:30-6:30
05/22 4th, 5th, and 6th grade End-of-Year Recognition Assembly (10AM)
05/23 Honors Breakfast 7:30AM Hopedale Social Hall
05/23 6th Grade Graduation (10AM)
05/24 Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, grades End-of-Year Recognition Assembly (10AM)
05/25 Last day of school
Harrison North Elementary
• Third grade students at Harrison North visited the coal museum in the bottom of the Puskarich Public Library in Cadiz, Ohio.
• Mrs. Rocchi’s kindergarten class had a surprise on their weekly trip to the public library. They got to hold and pet baby bunnies that were there for the library’s story time hour.
• After working on lapbooks since before Christmas, students in Mrs. Rocchi’s 4th, 5th, and 6th grade Enrichment classes have finally begun sharing presentations to a classmate from their grade.
Once they have given their presentation students will get to view a performance of The Nutcracker Ballet on video.
• Mrs. Turner and Mrs. Soos did a stem project on "The Gingerbread Man." The students talked about a growth and fixed mindset. They read a play about the gingerbread man. Then were given the challenge to create a boat that would float and hold weight.
• Preschoolers at Harrison North welcomed Melody from Family Dentistry in St. Clairsville, Dr. Presutti, Dr. Derosa, Dr. Booth-Barricklow and Dr. William. Melody taught the students how to properly brush their teeth and the importance of keeping a clean and healthy mouth.
• The mobile dentist visited Harrison North Elementary on February 28, 2018. The dentist cleaned many students’ teeth during his visit.
• Kindergarten students in Miss Tipton’s class heard a book read to them by Sgt. Frank Valesko about the Worry Woos.
• Miss Tipton’s 2nd grade students had a visit from guest reader, Mr. Jim Rocchi. Mr. Rocchi is a former educator and administrator. He talked to the students about proper nutrition and read them a couple of books related to nutrition; “Eat! Cried Little Pig”and “The Cow in Patrick O’Shannahan’s Kitchen.” Then he talked to the students about ideas and how important it is to come up with ideas and write or draw about them. He told them he came up with an idea for a school security device and now has a patent on that device. He also read to them “What Do You Do With An Idea?.” The students enjoyed his visit.
• Ms. Vancamp’s 1st grade classes created art projects in honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday.
Mark Your Calendar
March 5-March 9 - Literacy Spirit Week
March 5-March 9 - Scholastic Book Fair
March 5 - Books with Badges (rescheduled)
March 7 - No Preschool Classes
March 8 - Literacy Night 4:30-6:00
March 16 - 3rd nine weeks ends
March 19 - Emoji Day (Wear emoji clothes to win prizes in the cafeteria)
March 23 - 3rd nine weeks report cards sent home
March 23 - Spring Individual and Class Pictures
March 29-April 2 - No School; Easter break
April 3 - Classes resume
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