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School Board Report- January 2019

In going back a month or two we had discussed how the enrollment of Wapakoneta’s elementary schools is on the incline. As of today, the list has increased yet again to 79 students. Some of the students have been a part of Wapak City Schools and are returning, while some are moving here from afar. With the growth of local businesses and the strength of this school system, I’d like to say thank you to the Board, the administrators, teachers and staff for working diligently every day to provide exceptional learning experiences for all learners.

Second Grade students took a field trip to the Allen County Museum. The students learned how people lived, communicated and used transportation long ago. They all particularly enjoyed learning about pioneer and Native American life, seeing one of the nation's largest steam and electric railroad collections, and interacting in the Children's Discovery Center.

In both elementary schools, the 4th grade music classes have ventured away from using recorders. Recorders were those plastic flute sounding instruments that parents loved coming home in the bookbags. Instead, the music department has chosen to now play ukuleles. I was hesitant at first to how this was going to work so I decided to take a look during a class time. The students are having so much fun with Mrs. Roeth that they do not even know they are learning music. Thank you Margaret Roeth for making the music program even better than it was (and for not sending them home).

Students in the first grade are on an exciting adventure. Although they have not left the classroom, they are traveling around the country and maybe even around the world. A message went out in a newsletter and then on social media. Let's just say that it has gone wild. We are receiving postcards from around the country by the dozens each day. We have received them from as far away as California. The students enjoy placing these cards on a large map to learn about geography.

Mrs. Stubbs and the physical education classes will be kicking off Kids Heart Challenge (formerly Jump Rope for Heart) in February. This is the ninth year that Mrs. Stubbs has partnered with The American Heart Association to support healthy children across the country.