Congratulations to Matt Stokes (Clearfield physical education teacher) on the birth of his big boy born at 2:34 p.m. on Sunday, June 23! Sawyer Jaxon weighted 9 pounds 8 ounces and was 21 inches long. I expect that he will inherit his Daddy's wonderful humor and wit.
Several of our Rowan County students qualified at their regionals to advance to the United States Trampoline and Tumbling Association (USTA) National competition. Autumn Bowman, Tori Caudill, Teryan Cloud, Abby Conley, Hailey Conley, Marley Doyle, Allison Fletcher, Reagan Fletcher, Jocelyn Goldy, Brandy Hall, Amanda Jones, Jenna Jones, Haleigh Mayse, Brecken McCarty, Madison Ortega, Deveney Redwine, Kayden Sanders, and Jayden Slone all recently travelled to Fort Lauderdale, Florida to compete. Congratulations to all for making it to this level and to those who received Top 10 honors! They are:
Hailey Conley – 4th Advanced Trampoline and 8th Advanced Double Mini
Allison Fletcher – 5th Sub-Novice Floor
Reagan Fletcher – 6th Advanced Trampoline
Brandy Hall – 9th Sub-Advanced Floor
Brandy Hall and Haleigh Mayse – 3rd Advanced Synchronized Trampoline
Brecken McCarty – 3rd Beginner Floor and 6th Beginner Trampoline
Madison Ortega – 3rd Novice Trampoline
Deveney Redwine – 7th Sub-Advanced Trampoline
Kayden Sanders – 2nd Intermediate Trampoline and 7th Intermediate Double Mini
I understand that they had a wonderful time as they represented our community with their talents and abilities.
Megan Armstrong, Kristin Busby, Lane Hedrick, Bridget Kim, Kyle Powers, and Eura Shin (RCSHS Speech Team students that qualified for Nationals) recently headed to Birmingham, Alabama for the National Forensics League competition. The students and their coaches (Dwayne Adkins, Kala Cookendorfer, and Kay Hedrick) ventured to The Irondale Cafe, inspired by the Fried Green Tomatoes movie, where they ate a home-cooked Southern meal. At the competition, these high school students did very well! Results were:
Megan Armstrong and Lane Hedrick made it into top 60 for Expository,
Kristen Busby made it into top 60 for Extemporaneous Debate,
Lane Hedrick made it to octa-finals (top 60 in International Extemp),
Bridget Kim made it into semi-finals for Poetry (top 14 in nation), and
Kyle Powers made it into semi-finals for Poetry (top 14 in nation).
A good time was had by all! RCSHS hasn't had this many students qualify for nationals in the past few years, so we are very proud to send so many this year and see them do so well! All arrived home safely with awards, certificates, and ballots in hand!
Fourteen members of the RCMS speech team traveled to Birmingham, Alabama for the 13th Annual NJFL/IDEA National Middle School Speech and Debate Tournament. Ninety eight schools from across the nation and five countries participated in the competition. For the 4th year in a row, all RCMS Speech Students advanced to an “out-round” which is quite an outstanding accomplishment! The team placed 1st in overall Competitive Speech Events. The team had the most breaks into “out-rounds” and was honored with its 5th National School of Excellence Award in 5 years. Only 4 other schools were honored with this prestigious award. If you have not already done so, I hope you will go to the Friday, June 28 Morehead News and check out the individual results for our students.
What a show of support on Thursday as the RCSHS staff said farewell to a 34-year veteran of education, former teacher and administrator, and one of the very best mentors that Ray Ginter (RCSHS principal) says he could have had—Debbie Howes (retiring principal). Even though it was during their summer break, there were over 100 people there! Every school leader dreads the day that a seasoned veteran leaves; because the wisdom that comes with experience leaves with them. Before the tears dried and good-byes were said, I spoke up in one last attempt to ask Debbie if she will commit to returning part time sometime in the future! We all wanted a chance to say “thank you” for the years of outstanding service from her (and her husband Fred). What a wonderful celebration for a wonderful person!!
Malesa Jones (Clearfield secretary) says “thank you” to Rita Foster for her many Box Top donations. She clips them out and has brought in several over the last few months. This community member is a real “Relationship Builder” for all Clearfield students.
Andrea Tolle (Rowan County preschool teacher) says her “Relationship Builders” are Trish Garvin, Herbie Lewis, and Deanna Osborne. A big thanks to Herbie for all the work he did in her classroom. She moved her classroom down the hall at the center and Herbie moved shelves, built shelves, replaced hooks, and repaired the walls in the new classroom. She also would like to thank Trish and Deanna for all the work they did. In addition to all the cleaning and polishing of the classroom, they moved furniture and painted walls. A big thumbs up from Ms. Andi and Ms. Anita!
Ray Ginter (RCSHS principal) says it won’t be the last time we hear him say that there are no better students or staff members anywhere, and he is honored to be among all these “Relationship Builders”! Randa Gilliam, Maria Goodman, and Kellyn Gussler did a great job organizing the celebration for Debbie Howes by notifying everyone, sending reminders, getting supplies and gifts, and setting up and cleaning up the cafeteria decorations. Gene Ferguson and his wife Sherri helped with the grilling! Jeff Buckler ran errands all the way to Fleming County to pick up a very special gift!
Ray’s next group of “Relationship Builders” go to Brandy Breeze, Brandy Carver, Denine Sergent (and her husband Sarge), Larry Tapp, and Jennifer Williams for joining him at Morehead Fire Department #2 on Thursday evening for their first “Coffee and Cookie” night with the parents and community members! Each made wonderful contributions to enrich the conversation and answer questions that the audience had! The parents and students who attended must also be recognized for taking time out of their schedules to attend. It is very important to the school leadership that we have two-way communication with our parents and community if change is going to occur. From inspirational speaker, Tony Robbins, “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.”
Ray wants to recognize his other “Relationship Builders” who have worked diligently to get their building ready for next school year—Dennis Bellinger, Jeff Buckler, Gene Ferguson, Guy Griffin, Kim Henderson, Robert Jameson, John Jones, Debbie Kidd, Gary Moore, Lisa Romans, Steve Switzer, Martha Temple, Geneva VanMeter, Vickie Walling, and Ruby Weaver. Although this crew have just a few things left to finish, their building is already looking great! Robin Pollitte (secretary/attendance clerk) has been learning the tools to be successful in keeping the attendance records on Infinite Campus!
My “Relationship Builders” go to our board members for coming in on Tuesday evening for a special called board meeting so that we could adopt a new policy on the Compulsory Attendance Age that will go into effect the 2015-16 school year. Besides this being the right thing to do for kids, it allows us to be eligible for a $10,000 grant from the Kentucky Department of Education.