Some Byrnedale Elementary third graders got a pleasant surprise when they arrived at their classroom on a recent Friday morning.

That's because teacher Pam Denner had turned her room into a reading oasis as part of her effort to help her students succeed on their upcoming Ohio Third Grade Reading Guarantee test.

Mrs. Denner says her goal was to redesign the classroom to be more student-friendly.



School Subject: Any science or history

Extracurricular Activity: Soccer, track and field

Hobbies: Working out

Car: 2007 Black Ford Fusion SE

Store: Express

Musical Artist: Memphis May Fire

Movie: Remember The Titans

TV Show: Flash



Last Book Read That Wasn’t Required: Screwtape Letters

Person You’d Like to Meet: Matty Mullins

Item always in your locker: Water

First Job: Bagger at Kroger

Top Accomplishment: Making top 10 after struggling early on with school



After Graduation Plans: Attend Bowling Green State University majoring in Criminal Justice with a specialization in Forensic Investigation

Career Goal: Become a CSI, and then become an agent for the FBI

Quote from teacher:  “Glenn Chambers is a bright young man that is always enthusiastic about learning,” said Matt Krueger, counselor. “He always has a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eye.”

- Information is compiled for The Blade by the Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West.



Families with students in grades 6 through 11 who are interested in learning more about College Credit Plus, a statewide program that helps students earn college credit while still in high school, are invited to attend one of the following meetings (Elementary students should attend the meeting at their nearest high school):

  • Thursday, Jan. 19, 6 p.m.: In the theater at Rogers High School
  • Tuesday, Jan. 24, 5 p.m.: In the library at Start High School
  • Monday, Feb. 6, 5 p.m.: In the auditorium at Toledo Technology Academy
  • Tuesday, Feb. 7, 4:30 p.m.: In the library at Scott High School
  • Wednesday, Feb. 8, 5 p.m.: In the library at Woodward High School
  • Thursday, Feb. 9, 5:30 p.m.: In the library at Bowsher High School

Families who missed the Waite High School meeting on January 10 should plan to attend one of the upcoming meetings.


With area automotive companies and other businesses planning to bring hundreds of new jobs to the Toledo area, the time is golden for Toledo Public Schools students and others who want a manufacturing job.

To make it easier for interested people to get information, TPS and several organizations have planned two community meetings at which interested students and others can hear directly from employers on what they can expect, what skills are needed and how motivated workers can qualify for these good-paying manufacturing jobs.