South Side Education News & Notes
Nominations open for GSF’s Outstanding Educator award
GREEN — Green Schools Foundation (GSF) is accepting nominations for its Outstanding Educator of the Year award.
According to Green Local Schools officials, the GSF has recognized an outstanding educator annually for going above and beyond in the teaching profession since 1992. Last year, the recipient of the award was Ryan Flinn, a kindergarten teacher at Greenwood Early Learning Center.
The GSF will recognize the award winner at its annual fundraising event April 12 at Raintree Country Club.
Nominations will be accepted through March 17 at www.greenschoolsfoundation.com. Additional information such as nomination criteria and nomination forms also are available online.
Youth Summit for grades five-eight set for March 29
DOWNTOWN AKRON — Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Zeta Theta Omega Chapter and Delta Pi Chapter (The University of Akron) will present the Emerging Young Leaders (EYL) Youth Summit March 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Alpha Center, 662 Wolf Ledges Parkway.
The event is free for students in grades five through eight and includes lunch.
Topics will include “Social Media: A Serious Matter,” “Cyber Bullying,” “Drugs: The New Epidemic!,” “Human Trafficking,” “Money Matters: You Can Plan Now!” and “Self-Defense: An Art Just for You!”
The Summit is free to students. Registration is required by March 22 via mail to Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Zeta Theta Omega Chapter, ATTN: EYL Chairman Joanne C. Ray, P.O. Box 4, Akron, OH 44309-0004 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Norton BOE approves construction resolution
NORTON — The Norton City Schools Board of Education approved a resolution regarding the district’s upcoming building project during a special meeting March 10.
According to Superintendent David Dunn, the board approved the resolution authorizing the board to enter into a resolution of acceptance in the Ohio School Facilities Commission (OSFC) Classroom Facilities Assistance Program.
The action was in response to a letter the district received dated Feb. 26 that formally notified district officials that the Ohio Controlling Board approved the release of state funds for the project. According to the OSFC, the state share for the project will be $16.3 million and local funding will be $15.7 million. The project will see construction of a new high school and demolition of Grill and Cornerstone elementary school buildings.
Also during the meeting, Dunn said the board approved a trip to the Business Professionals of America Skills Competition in Columbus March 14-15 for a group of Norton High School students at no cost to the district.
The board will next meet March 17 at 7:30 p.m. at Norton High School.
CVNP seeking teachers for Teacher-Ranger-Teacher program
CVNP — The National Park Service is seeking qualified teachers to work this summer in the Teacher-Ranger-Teacher (TRT) program in Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP).
In its seventh year, the TRT program seeks teachers to work eight weeks in national parks across the country. Teachers will engage with park education projects, learn about park resources and develop lesson plans to use in their classrooms during the following school year and during National Park Week in April 2015. Teachers have the opportunity to earn graduate credit for their experience, according to CVNP officials.
Former TRT Rosemary Krupar, a third-grade teacher in the Crestwood Local School District, has been bringing students in her Nature Treks program to CVNP and plans to feature the park during her Earth Day celebration, which will round out National Park Week in April.
“I have always loved teaching children about nature, but at CVNP I went out of my comfort zone on so many levels,” she stated in a press release. “To have a child take your hand as we hiked, to show them the flat rocks to cross a stream and to revel in their sense of discovery as they hold a tadpole or salamander for the first time was extremely rewarding. Working with city children was even more rewarding. To help a child overcome their fear of the forest is like planting seeds for future exploration and confidence for them.”
For more information, application and job description, call Pamela Barnes at 330-657-2796, ext. 113, or visit www.nps.gov/cuva/forteachers/teacher-ranger-teacher-program.htm. The deadline to apply is April 1.
State scholarship enrollment period open
COLUMBUS — The application window for Ohio scholarship programs is now open.
Parents whose children are applying for a Special Needs Scholarship must be enrolled in a participating school or service provider before April 15, and those applying for an EdChoice Scholarship or Income-Based Scholarship may enroll in a participating private school through April 18. A second summer application window will open in July for the EdChoice and Income-Based Scholarship Programs.
EdChoice Scholarships are available to students who are attending, entering or assigned to attend the state’s lowest-rated public schools. The scholarships are worth up to $4,250 per year for students in grades kindergarten through eight and up to $5,000 for high school students and can be used toward tuition at the participating private school of their choice through high school graduation. There are 60,000 scholarships available for eligible students.
Income-Based Scholarships are an option for students who are entering kindergarten or first grade in the 2014-15 school year if their family’s income is at or below 200 percent of federal poverty guidelines. The scholarships are worth $4,250 and can be used to cover tuition at the participating private school of their choice through high school graduation. There are more than 4,000 of these scholarships available.
Any kindergarten through 12th-grade student in Ohio with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) is eligible to apply for a Special Needs Scholarship. These scholarships are worth $7,000 to $20,000, depending on the child’s special needs. The scholarships can be used toward tuition at a participating school and to pay for services at private service providers, such as therapists. There are more than 11,000 scholarships available.
Families who have questions about scholarship eligibility, the programs or any of the other education options available to Ohio students can contact School Choice Ohio at 800-673-5876. For more information, visit www.scohio.org.
Kathleen Folkerth, Stephanie Kist and Maria Lindsay contributed to these reports.
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