WINTERSVILLE - Wellness Wednesday's have become a big hit in the Indian Creek School District.
According to Kim Ohler, regional manager for the Nutrition Group, elementary students in the district are treated to Wellness Wednesday, where new vegetables are introduced each week.
"We feature a new recipe each month for all of the elementary students to try," she explained to board members at Thursday night's meeting. "We also offer them the recipe to take home as well as a sticker that says 'I tried something new today.'"
SUCCESS — Gina Layman, fifth-grader at Wayne Elementary, received a certification of success from Superintendent John Rocchi at Thursday night’s board meeting. Layman, who is currently mastering her artistic ability at The Center of Music and Art, displayed her artwork to board members. On hand were, from left, Wayne Principal Toni Dondzila and teachers Brittany Sperlazza and Lori Roberts.
-- Jess Looman
Two of the meals include tomato and cucumber salad as well as black bean salad.
"We show the ingredients to the kids if they are interested in trying," she said. "We explain to them what everything is so that if they see it on a menu at a restaurant they won't be afraid to try it."
In other matters, the board heard from Dr. Ted Starkey. who attended the Ohio School Boards Association Northeast Region dinner Oct. 3 in Wadsworth.
"John Rocchi and Denise Todoroff were nominated for outstanding achievement as superintendent and treasurer," he stated. "Both received a plaque for their nomination."
"We want to thank the board members for honoring us," Rocchi said. "We appreciate all of their support, hard work and dedication to the Indian Creek community."
Wayne Elementary Principal Toni Dondzila then introduced fifth grader Gina Layman as well as fourth-grade teacher Brittany Sperlazza and fifth-grade teacher Lori Roberts to board members.
"Gina is attending The Center of Music and Art and focusing on her artistic ability," Dondzila explained. "They are teaching her to draw using math."
Layman displayed her artwork to board members who praised the fifth-grader for her work.
Rocchi presented Layman with a success certificate and deemed her work a success story.
Sperlazza and Roberts also discussed the school's character education program.
"We have implemented what we call 'smart character behavior' and 'bad behavior,'" Sperlazza said. "Smart character behavior teaches students that bad behavior affects not only them, but others as well. If a student displays good behavior ,we give them a card saying 'You have shown smart character today' and they get a treat at the end of class.
"If a student displays bad behavior, they are given a card to see the teacher after class," she continued. "They are then required to reflect on what they did wrong and describe how they are going to change it."
Assistant Superintendent T.C. Chappalear also mentioned that the 2012 state report card ratings were recently announced.
"The district received an excellent rating as a whole," he said. "The elementary schools received an excellent rating while the middle school and high school received an effective rating."
The board also:
Entered into an agreement with the Ohio School Facilities Commission for a five-year, zero interest loan for the middle school project beginning June 30, 2014.
Entered into an agreement with Eastern Gateway Community College to provide students the opportunity for dual enrollment to receive college credit hours through adjunct faculty personnel at Indian Creek High School. The agreement will be reviewed before June 30, 2013.
Entered into an agreement with the Jefferson County Educational Service Center to provide consultative and coordination services through the assignment of Christy Kelley to Indian Creek on an as-needed basis, effective August 1, 2012 through July 31, 2013.
Approved the sale of the modular building, ramp materials and electric pole, currently located at the old Jefferson County Christian School site in Mingo Junction to Willie Mille for $1,500.
Approved the resignation request of Christine Fenske from the position of 7-12 cheering assistant coach; Jean Morgan from position as Indian Creek middle school head cook; and Robert Ferguson from position of bus driver.
Approved the employment of Tina Quattrochi as 7-12 cheering assistant coach; and Ronald Hibbits as bus driver and custodian.