Twenty-six spellers were hungry for the win, but only one, Kansas Huston, an 8th grader from Plymouth, was able to spell her way to the crown with the word “sustenance.” It took 11 rounds until a champion and runner-up were finally crowned. Kansas spelled 3 championship words before she was named Champion of the bee. The runner-up was a 6th grader from Lexington, Danica S.
The spelling bee had been postponed from February 18th due to snowy weather, but rescheduling and the virtual format did not seem to dim any of the students’ competitive spirit. Twenty-six students, the top spellers in Crawford, Richland and Morrow Counties, representing ten local school districts, competed in the virtual bee. The competition included spellers from Highland, Cardington, Lexington, Madison, Galion, Plymouth, Northmor, Ontario, Crestview, and Crestline in grades 4 through 8.
The word of the year “quarantine” was spelled correctly by a participant during the bee. Other words included latitudinarian, paramecium, and brigadier.
Kansas received a trophy and runner-up Danica was given a plaque. Every speller took home a certificate. Certificates and awards were generously provided by the Mansfield News Journal.
Leah Barger, the spelling bee coordinator for Mid-Ohio ESC said the staff gave their hearty congratulations to the champion and runner-up and all of the student spellers. “We would also like to applaud each district including spelling bee coaches and students spellers for their ability to adapt to a virtual spelling bee and make the 2021 spelling bee season a great success!”
Navigating Federal Programs & CCIP Training
Two Virtual Presentations
Chantelle Carter, Education Program Specialist (Office of Federal Programs)
Philip Steffanni, Education Program Specialist (Office of Federal Programs)
Date: Thursday, March 11
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Presenter: Mark Lynskey, Education Program Specialist (Office for Exceptional Children)
Date: Thursday, March 18
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Cost: No Fee
Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center will be hosting Crisis Prevention Institute, or CPI, training. The initial CPI course will be held March 3rd from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., while the refresher CPI training will be held March 1st from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. A special CPI training with a focus on helping individuals with autism will be held March 15th from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. These are in-person training sessions that will be held at the Mid-Ohio Conference Center, 890 W. 4th Street in Mansfield.
The program is a safe, non-harmful behavior management system designed to help human service professionals provide the best possible Care, Welfare, Safety, and Security of disruptive, assaultive, and out-of-control individuals even during their most violent moments.
Participants in the initial training should wear comfortable clothing and closed toed shoes. During the physical interactions, participants will wash hands, wear nitrile gloves, and remain with the same partner(s) through the duration of the training. You must adhere to COVID-19 guidelines attesting to your wellness, having your temperature checked and wearing a mask. Personal Protective Equipment will be available. In addition to successfully demonstrating the application of physical intervention skills, individuals will be required to pass a post-test prior to being certified.
For the initial training, registration is limited to 10 participants for safety.
Physical holds are not practiced by participants in the refresher course but rather reviewed visually through demonstrations by the instructor. Registration for the refresher course is limited to 40 participants, and everyone must follow the same COVID-19 guidelines attesting to your wellness, having your temperature checked and wearing a mask.
The CPI Autism training includes 8 additional strategies to consider when working with children on the autism spectrum. These strategies embed a spirit of empathy, dignity, and respect.
CPI techniques can be used safely with a wide variety of people, including those on the autism spectrum. Given the complex nature of ASD, there is no magic formula or simple solution that will work to assist all students with autism spectrum disorders. Every plan must be personalized and based on an assessment of a student’s needs.
Participants in the autism training should wear comfortable clothing and closed toed shoes. During the physical interactions, participants will wash hands, wear nitrile gloves, and remain with the same partner(s) through the duration of the training. You must adhere to COVID-19 guidelines attesting to your wellness, having your temperature checked and wearing a mask. Personal Protective Equipment will be available. Registration is open, but this course is limited to 10 participants.
Interested participants may sign up at MOESC website, www.moesc.net/register. Client/Member cost for any of the courses is $60.00, while non-client cost is $75.00. Anyone with questions about the training may contact Wendy Harvey at email@example.com.
The Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center Board of Governors held their monthly meeting on February 17th. In the meeting, the board approved a contract to hire Dr. Mark Burke as the new Executive Director of Achievement & Leadership that will commence August 1, 2021 and go through July 31, 2024. Burke’s position provides leadership for Mid-Ohio ESC’s full range of administrative staff development and improvement services in support of its partner school districts.
Dr. Burke comes from Mohawk Local Schools, where he served as the superintendent. Previously, he served in several positions at Bucyrus City Schools, including high school principal and Director of Student Services. He has also been an adjunct professor of Educational Foundations, Leadership and Policy at Bowling Green State University. He received his Masters in Educational Administration at Ashland University. He obtained his Doctorate of Leadership Studies from Bowling Green State University in 2013.
Dr. Burke was selected from a field of 33 applicants for the position and throughout the selection process, it became clear to the interview team that he was the right fit to join the Mid-Ohio ESC team. He will be leading professional development, trainings, leadership opportunities and support of our member district administrators.
Kevin D. Kimmel, Mid-Ohio Superintendent said, “I am very excited to have Dr. Burke join our administrative team at Mid-Ohio ESC. It had become evident that this position was needed to expand our services and support to our member districts. I want to commend the Mid-Ohio ESC Board of Governors for supporting this new position as we continue to explore ways to restructure our organization to develop relationships, build trust, and add value for member districts. I look forward to working with Dr. Burke and our administrative team to strengthen our organization.
“I am very excited for this new opportunity,” said Burke. “Building relationships will be my highest priority. I will be able to serve our districts once I can learn more about their communities, culture, goals, expectations, and areas of district focus. It is my sincerest hope to be out of the office visiting our partners and developing a plan on how I can be of service.”
In other business, all organizational and personnel items were approved. The 2021-2022 calendars for Abraxas and F.I.R.S.T. Schools were also discussed.
The Ohio Department of Education is pleased to announce funding for educational service centers (ESC) to staff Family and Community Partnership Liaisons for the 2020-2021 school year. Three million dollars of federal CARES Act funding has been made available to fund Family and Community Partnership Liaisons in each of the 51 ESCs. Mid-Ohio ESC has contracted with Goal Digital Academy to hire Jessica Caughlan for the liaison position in response to the increased needs of school districts and families due to COVID-19. The grant and the position runs from December 2020 to November 2021.
Caughlan, who is the Director of Partnerships and Family Engagement for Goal Digital Academy, said there are seven vulnerable population groups that the grant specifically wants the liaison to focus on: students with disabilities, English learners, migrant families, justice involved students, military families, students experiencing homelessness and students in foster care. “I will send out surveys to staff in each school district to decide which of the population groups is the greatest need. Once the greatest need is determined then the focus will start shifting to that vulnerable group.”
Families needing help can be referred by school staff, community partners or by a self-referral. However, she notes her position is to help the school district's staff to have better engagement with their families, not to work with families themselves. Her work is to help facilitate resource and information sharing between local school district personnel and local community partners to build their capacity to provide services for vulnerable youth. "When families are supported by a well-structured family engagement program,” said Caughlan, “the partnership between home, school and their communities has the potential to help every student succeed!"
It’s time to register for Artapolooza 2021
Make sure that your school is part of one of the largest student art displays in the area!
Set-up: Friday, March 19- noon to 7:00 p.m.
View “Helpful Hints”
Saturday, March 20- 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 21- 12:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.
Monday, March 22- 8:00 a.m.- 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, March 23- 8:00 a.m.- 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 24- 8:00 a.m.- 7:00 p.m.
Tear-down: Thursday, March 25- 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
Award presentations will be virtual this year!
and will include a slideshow that will be posted on MOESC’s website.
We accept student portfolios for gifted identification. Please see the attached form or click here for details.
For more information on Artapolooza, contact Jenny Pennell,
or call 419-774-5520, ext. 2606
The State of Ohio has designated Ohio’s 52 educational service centers (ESCs) as the primary working partners to assist in the coordination of the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine for districts and schools. Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center is hosting an event for 24 partner districts and schools from Richland County that identified Discount Drug Mart as their community partner. This event will be held at Mid-Ohio ESC on February 19th from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Depending on which vaccine is received, the second administration will be either 21 or 28 days after the first vaccination shot.
Mid-Ohio ESC has been working with over 40 districts/schools and 8 community partners to coordinate the vaccine rollout throughout Richland, Crawford and Morrow Counties. The vaccination rollout is a four week process throughout the month of February with Morrow County educators receiving vaccinations in week 2, Richland County in week 3, and Crawford County in week 4. To ensure proper plans and communication with their 40 partner districts and schools across the three county area, Mid-Ohio ESC has been working on the following:
At this time, over 2000 educators across Richland, Crawford and Morrow Counties are scheduled to receive the vaccine. Kevin D. Kimmel, Superintendent of Mid-Ohio ESC, said this is a welcome step forward. “Educators all around our area and frankly, across the country, have had to adapt to a new way of teaching because of COVID. We know the best teaching is done in person, and getting the vaccine to school staff is a huge leap forward to bringing that back full-time, without restrictions. I applaud the tireless efforts of the Mid-Ohio staff as well as Richland County Public Health, Shelby City Health Department, Crawford County Health Department, Galion City Health Department, and Morrow County Health District in coordinating this effort.”
Educators who want vaccinated need to contact their school or district to sign up.
Students in 4th through 8th grade kicked off their Academic Challenge season in January with meets on the 12th, 13th, 26th and 27th. Students compete as teams, answering questions about a wide range of topics including literature, fine arts, geography, history, math, and science.
Twelve teams from Col. Crawford, Crestview, Galion, Lexington, Shelby, Mansfield City’s Spanish Immersion and Wooster participated in the 6th Grade Academic Challenge meet on January 12th. Spanish Immersion B team emerged the winner with members Riley J, Aiden H, and Hadley H. Wooster Team A made up of Eleanor A, Jill H, Tim M, Dane K, Olivia K, and Nick K was the runner-up.
On January 13th, twelve teams from Ashland, Col. Crawford, Lexington, Mansfield City’s Spanish Immersion, Mansfield Middle, Madison and Wooster participated in the 7th/8th Grade Academic Challenge. Wooster Team A with members Aaron V, Carson P, Braelynn S, Brooklyn C and Luci D won the meet. The Spanish Immersion 8th grade team of Makayla O, Brayden W, Emma K, and Jacob S came in second.
January 26th was the 5th grade Academic Challenge meet with 13 teams from Crestview, Galion, Ontario, Lexington, Shelby, Plymouth-Shiloh, and Wooster. Wooster Team A won the meet. Team members were Hosiah S, Elijah D, Andrew J and Noemi B. The runner-up was Ontario’s team of Braxton M, Alex H, Tanner W, Leeah Z, Parker W, and Ella T.
Finally, ten 4th grade teams from Crestview, Galion, Lexington, Ontario, Shelby, and Plymouth-Shiloh competed in their Academic Challenge meet on January 27th. Even though they were competing for the first time, they adeptly navigated the technology used to host the virtual event and completed all 6 rounds. Lexington swept the match with their Central Elementary team comprised of Jesse S, Ella R, Odin S, Emma S, and Noah T winning first place, while the Eastern Elementary team of Abby Q, Marissa R, Axl L, Max , and Dominic G placed second.
Academic Challenge coordinator Leanna Ferreira said while competition looked different, the intensity and level of challenge remained the same. “I have enjoyed seeing the students and coaches adapt to this new format this year, and while everyone is still getting used to the added nuances associated with a virtual tournament we are also settling into a comfortable routine.”
Ferreira said she was told that one student in particular found less anxiety in the virtual setting and feels she performs better. “She said it feels more comfortable rather than having to constantly acclimate to a new location and experience the intensities of new individuals in her physical location each round. This is why I enjoy this activity so very much. We are giving students an opportunity to celebrate academics in a safe, yet competitive nature. It is a place where being “smart” is celebrated in a similar environment to athletics.”
The 2021 Mid-Ohio ESC County Spelling Bees took place a little differently this year, including transitioning the format to a virtual setting in order to abide by social distancing protocols. The students and coaches from 14 districts adapted well to the virtual format making the bees a great success. The format of the virtual bees was very similar to a typical bee where each student had the opportunity to spell a word in each round until a champion and runner-up were crowned.
The Crawford/Morrow County Spelling Bee was held on Thursday, January 14th at 10:00 a.m. Participating schools were Highland Local Schools, Cardington-Lincoln Local Schools, Northmor Local School District, Crestline Exempted Village School District, and Galion City Schools.
Galion was the big winner for the Crawford/Morrow Bee with Craig G, an 8th grader, winning by spelling the word “reminiscent.” Galion 8th grader Cohen P was the runner-up.
The Richland County Spelling Bee was held Thursday, January 21st at 10:00 a.m. The districts participating were Lexington Local Schools, Mansfield City Schools, Madison Local Schools, Lucas Local School District, Crestview Local School District, Plymouth Shiloh Local School District, St. Peter’s School, and Ontario Local Schools.
The winner was Danica S, a sixth grader from Lexington. The runner-up was Iris P, a seventh grader also from Lexington. Danica and Iris competed head-to-head for seven rounds before Danica was named the champion after correctly spelling the word “parody.”
Every speller received a certificate, and the champion received a plaque and the runner-up a medal. All certificates and awards were provided by the Mansfield News Journal, the sponsor of the bees. The top 12 qualifiers are invited to participate in the Tri-County Spelling Bee held on Thursday, February 18th at 10 a.m. This will be a virtual event as well.
Leah Barger, the spelling bee coordinator for Mid-Ohio ESC, said she appreciates all of the districts’ participating in the spelling bees and for their continued support of Mid-Ohio’s student events. “It is our hope that these spelling bee competitions are exciting for the student participants and also give students the opportunity to showcase and improve their vocabulary and spelling skills while also boosting their confidence, communication, and public-speaking skills. All of the participants did a wonderful job and we are looking forward to hosting the top spellers at the Tri-County Spelling Bee in February!”
The Ohio School Boards Association celebrates School Board Recognition Month every January to build awareness and understanding of the vital function an elected board of education plays in our society. School Board Recognition Month honors the members of all Ohio’s city, exempted village, local and joint vocational boards of education and educational service centers governing boards for their commitment to providing quality public education to Ohio’s school children. Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center (MOESC) is joining with districts throughout the state to recognize the important contributions school board members make to their communities.
The men and women comprising MOESC’s Board of Governors (including their tenure) are:
Mid-Ohio ESC Superintendent Kevin D. Kimmel presented everyone with a certificate of commendation on behalf of the Ohio School Boards Association at the monthly meeting Wednesday, January 13th. The Board enjoyed cake as a small token of appreciation for their dedication and service to the Mid-Ohio region.
Board members determined that meetings will continue to be the 3rd Wednesday of each month starting at 12:00 p.m. They also voted on their 2021 officers. Dick Prater was elected president and Doug Theaker, vice-president.
“We are very lucky to have a dedicated Board of Governors that works closely with education professionals and community members to create an educational vision for our client districts and their students,” Kimmel said. “On behalf of the students and staff of our client districts and our community, I would like to personally thank the board members for their efforts in providing leadership for our educational service center.” For more information regarding School Board Recognition month, visit www.ohioschoolboards.org/.
In other business, with the recent passage of HB 409, the Board of Governors approved a resolution to modify the educational requirements to employ a substitute teacher, as long as all other requirements and procedures of statutory law and administrative rules are satisfied, which would include a background check and application to ODE for a substitute license. Mid-Ohio ESC has decided that an individual must still possess an associate degree or higher from an accredited institution of higher education or complete at least two years of coursework at an accredited institution of higher education (defined as 48 semester hours or 72 quarter hours).
This temporary flexibility will only be in place for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year. Anyone interested in applying to become a substitute teacher should contact Leigh Gribble at Mid-Ohio ESC at 419-774-5520.