WEST LAFAYETTE — Student council members Sophia Kobel and Erica Schwartz asked permission to hold a fundraiser for the Coshocton County Animal Shelter when the Ridgewood Board of Education met Nov. 20.
To help make students more aware of the needs at the animal shelter, they would like to have employees of the shelter bring shelter dogs to the school.
The Board approved the fundraiser pending the approval of the high school principal that they have met all the safety and security issues involved. The Student Council will be asking for food, bedding, and monetary donations for their cause.
* Teachers John Lindig, Haley Evans and Penny Mast gave demonstrations of the classes that they are teaching using the new Media Center. Each teacher demonstrated how technology improves the learning process for students of the 21st Century in their classrooms.
Lindig, the band director, is teaching a class on music engineering. The class uses technology to produce music productions for a variety of instrumentation. Evans is teaching a digital media class. Her students produce and edit videos and music. They also learn how to showcase websites.
Mast is the yearbook advisor and her students are using technology to help in the production of the yearbook. Each student attends events and takes pictures and videos that are edited and used in the yearbook. Mast also praised the technology in her English classes. Students send the assignments to her via i-pads or computer. She can correct and grade them and return the assignment within a shorter turn around time and not use copiers or paper.
* Commendations and congratulations were given to: The high school band for receiving a superior rating in the State of Ohio Music Education Association competition. This is the 28th competition that the band has received superior rating.
Congratulations were also given to Haley Evans and the high school choir concert and drama departments for their fall performances. Evans was the recipient of a Martha Holden Jennings grant for $ 2,625. With this grant and support from the music boosters and many individual donors, the a cappella vocal group wrote, produced and starred in an anti-bullying video called Superheroes. It can be viewed at ridgewoodperformingarts.com or youtube/ridgewoodperformingarts.com.
* Superintendent Mike Masloski praised all the people involved in making the new media center a success.
* Supplemental contracts were given to: Jennifer Shanks, assistant drama; Zane Cunningham, middle school wrestling; John Slusser, head boys' track; Jamie McCrea, assistant boys' track; Jason Prater, middle school boys' track; Darrell Ball, head girls' track; Dan Smith, assistant girls' track; Maria Prater, middle school girls' track; Chad Lahna, head baseball; Travis Simmons, assistant baseball; Dusty Shroyer, JV baseball; Kirby Shivers, head softball; Tina Parmiter, assistant softball; and Sally Sharier, assistant softball.
Volunteers: Josh McQueen, Troy Dolick, Ryan Gress, and Tyler McCullough, baseball; Bill Angle, wrestling; Caleb Tingle, boys' basketball; Marty Feldner and Thad Youngen, track; Kayla Sharier, softball; Aimee Matusik, Heather Weingarth, Tyler Stein, Lynn Gallagher, Elizabeth Randles, Cassandra Webster, Heather Maust, and Nancy Sirrine, Washington D.C. trip; Stacia Bintz, RES.
* Student presentations were given by David Hochstetler on virtual drums, Waverly Reidenbach, a poem, and the student choral group Syntax Error singing two songs featuring the new sound system and digital sound board.
The Board adopted a resolution in favor of SB 216 Supporting Local Control of Education.
The next regular Board of Education meeting will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 15 at the middle school.