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By Denny Morrison

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May 5-9 is Teacher Appreciation Week. Thanks for all you do for our kids every single day. You are making an incredible difference in the lives of our students. Great job.

Here are some recent highlights from our schools.

The high school symphonic band participated in a state competition at Troy High School last Friday and earned an “excellent” overall rating. The band qualified for the state-wide competition by receiving a “1” Rating at the OMEA District Adjudicated Event competition. This is the first time in more than 20 years that our band has qualified for this prestigious competition.

The XHS Prom was held at the Dayton Convention Center. More than 400 students were in attendance and they had a great time. Special thanks to Sean Schooley for spearheading this event and to the administrators, teachers and parents in attendance. After the dance was completed, the students enjoyed an after prom put on by the parents.

Luke Williams, senior at XHS, was named a finalist for the “War of 1812 Bicentennial Research Contest”. The contest was sponsored by Medical Mutual. He ended up fourth in the State of Ohio in a contest with more than 300 contestants.

The Raj Soin College of Business at Wright State University is providing a great opportunity for incoming high school juniors and seniors. It is sponsoring a four-day Professional Business Institute July 20-23 that allows students to experience the world of business by solving real-world challenges for local companies. The Raj Soin faculty, staff and business leaders teach this course. The deadline to apply for this free program is May 15. Contact D.R. Fannin at 937-775-2324 for more information.

Students at Warner Middle School in the gifted program participated in the 2014 Dayton Holocaust Resource Center’s Art and Writing contests. These eighth grade students spent several months studying the Holocaust in their language arts class and then they did a project that was submitted to either the art or the writing contest. On April 25, the students attended the Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony at Beth Jacob Synagogue in Dayton.

Their artwork was exhibited and they received awards for both art and writing. The Warner Middle School winners of the 2014 Max May Memorial Holocaust Art Contest were: Maddie Calhoun, second place; Cameron McCoy, third place and Kristina White, honorable mention. The WMS winners of the 2014 Lydia May Writing Contest were: Division 1 Poetry: Kristina White, first place; Sophia Ensey, third place. Division 1 Prose: Christina Fig, first place; Madison Caupp, second place; Micah Adams, third place; and Nathan Brinegar, honorable mention.

The sixth grade Central Middle School band and choir students had a very special day at the King’s Island Music Festival. Both the band and the choir earned first place in the K-6 Band and Choir competitions. Both earned “excellent” ratings by the judges. They both also earned best “overall band and choir” in the K-6 division.

Shawnee’s 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students performed “The Barber of Saville” with members of the Dayton Opera Guild and a local professional opera signer as part of the Children’s Traveling Opera assembly.

STARBASE Summer camp still has openings for June 17, 18, and 19 at Andy Barnhart Memorial Airport. Students can sign up at www.surveymonkey.com/s/starbasesummercamp14.

Last week the students of Xenia Preschool learned yoga poses. This activity worked to build core strength, balance, and flexibility. This fun activity gave the students an opportunity to try something challenging and new.

All three XTAR groups joined together this past week for an exciting and entertaining experience at Victoria Theater. They all enjoyed Black Violin, where classical music meets hip hop, and they had everyone on their feet. The musicians encouraged our students to think outside the box and follow their passion and the do the best that they could.

When the students returned to Central, they were able to play math games in small groups. XTAR students in third-fifth participated in the National Museum of the United States Air Force’s Student Aviation Art Contest. Students submitted artwork in a local competition with 10 pieces being selected to move on to the Air Force Museum contest. Levi Atherton placed third in his division with his rendition of a presidential helicopter while D.J. Myles and Jaclyn Cooper and placed second and third respectively with their portraits of Air Force One.

Kudos to John Opatrny who was elected XEA president this past week and to Holly Keadle who was elected as vice-president.

If you are looking for a hands-on workshop this summer then check into the STEM-ulate Your Mind Teacher Workshop. This workshop is free.

The WPAFB Educational Outreach Office is teaming up with the National Museum of the United States Air Force, the Air Force Research Labs, and many other organizations at the base to provide a non-stop educational thrill ride. The range of topics will deepen your science and math background. Contact Jason Streiff at 937-656-8678 for more information.

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