Families with students in grades 4 through 8 will have a chance to discover what most of the high schools within Toledo Public Schools have to offer on Thursday, January 12.

On that evening, the six comprehensive high schools of Toledo Public Schools – Bowsher, Rogers, Scott, Start, Waite and Woodward – along with Jones Leadership Academy and the Toledo Technology Academy - will have staff and students on hand to tell their stories of why they think their school is the best. The event at each school will run from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

This event is designed to take the place of 8th grade visitations to home high schools. (Toledo Early College High School is holding the third of its five Open Houses the following week, on Thursday, January 19, from 4:30 to 7 p.m.)

Toledo Public Schools strives to provide an environment where all students can thrive and be challenged and supported. We currently support that goal through a variety of approaches:

  • Curriculum differentiation
  • Gifted sections of ELA and Math for 5th and 6th grades
  • Subject acceleration and EHSO
  • Whole grade acceleration following ODE guidelines and using the Iowa Acceleration Scale and approved assessments
  • College Credit Plus (CCP)
  • Honors and Advanced Placement (AP) classes

Because of the frigid temperatures, Toledo Public Schools closed on Thursday, December 15, meaning high school students have to report for half a day on Friday, December 16, to finish their exams. It also means:

  • That elementary students have started their winter break but their teachers will still report on Friday, December 16, for a Teacher Work Day. Elementary students will report back to school, as scheduled, on Tuesday, January 3, 2017.
  • Because the high school students will attend a half-day of school on Friday, the Teacher Work Day for high school teachers is being moved to Tuesday, January 3, 2017. High school students will not report for classes that day. Their first day of school after winter break will be Wednesday, January 4, 2017.

Social Studies Joe Boyle looked out at his audience of high school students and put their semester-long research project into perspective.

He told them of an old saying that goes, "As long as someone's name is spoken, they're not really dead. In a very real and tangible way, you have kept them alive."

Mr. Boyle was speaking of the 40 men with ties to northwest Ohio whose lives - and deaths - the students researched and then wrote about. The men died during World War II and the members of Mr. Boyle's distance-learning class - students from Bowsher, Start, Waite and Woodward - read their reports during the annual Fallen Heroes event at Waite High School. The event had special poignancy this year because  it was held on the eve of the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, which catapulted the United States into the war.

The Waite High School National Honor Society filled 17 care projects for sick children as part of a service project for Joyful Smiles Thru Faith, a non-profit organization founded by Waite graduate Jacqueline Federico.

The organization provides care packages to children who are admitted into area hospitals. They are filled with various games, toys, coloring books, crayons, a teddy bear and a card made by the donor.

Ms. Federico says, "I would like to say a HUGE thank you to Waite High School National Honor Society for stuffing 17 Kare Packages for Joyful Smiles Thru Faith. This batch of Kare Packages will be our very first delivery to the sick children in St. Vincent's Children's Hospital."

Waite Principal Todd Deem said he was most impressed with how generous the students were with their resources and their time.

"The students felt a connection to children they will likely never meet, and they completed the service project with care and enthusiasm," said Mr. Deem and Audrey Fox, the chapter's adviser.

Ms. Federico says, "We here at JSTF are very proud of the WHS students as well. The Kare Packages look amazing and the children will love them. Again thank you so much! We are Toledo Public Schools PROUD!"

More information about the non-profit organization can be found at: http://joyfulsmilestf.wixsite.com/jstf

Pictured in the photo on the front is (from left to right): William Konesni; Estrella Marquez; Jaymie Williams; Alicia Guerra; Ms. Cori Boos, (assistant principal, pupil personnel); Djeneba Diallo; Brian Perrine; Annie Konesni; Mikayla Autman; Robin Foster; Belle Taylor; Ms. Federico; Mr. Deem; Carlos Puente; Onicia Broines; Da’Von Brown; Chanyng Fournier; Mrs. Audrey Fox (adviser) and Alexandria Rayford-West. Contributors not pictured: Ms. Maureen O’Connell (teacher); Ahmed Issa; Baylee Adams; La’Precious Simon and Lydia Lundy.

Posted on December 2, 2016