As we enter the month of May and the last few weeks of school for the 2017-2018 school year, students and staff are very busy with end of the year activities. Awards programs, concerts, sporting events, and student programs highlight the month of May. Please check the district calendar and support our students with your attendance at these celebrations. Students will likewise be in a celebration mood with their last day of school arriving Friday, May 18th.
The end of April and the first two weeks of May are also times to celebrate and recognize the efforts of our faculty. School Secretaries Appreciation Day was Wednesday, April 25th. Ohio School Bus Driver Appreciation Day is designated for May 7th. May 7-11 is National Teacher Appreciation Week with May 8th as National Teacher Day. May 9th has been designated National School Nurse Day. Please make an effort during this time frame to thank a bus driver, teacher, aide, school nurse, or other school employee who made a difference in your child’s life. We are proud of all our employees and believe they make a huge difference in the lives of children every day.
The Class of 2018, our 134th graduating class from Antwerp High School, will celebrate Commencement on May 20th at 2:00 p.m. with doors opening at 12:30. The ceremony will take place in the Main Gymnasium. The senior video will be shown in the Auditeria beginning at 12:30. This 15 minute video, with highlights of the Class of 2018, will be continuously looped until 1:50. We congratulate our senior class on their many accomplishments in reaching this milestone and wish them the best as they continue on a journey of lifelong learning.
Several construction projects will start up during the summer months. Work will get underway in late May and early June with the installation of a new bleacher system on the east side of the Football/Track complex. Meanwhile, plans have been completed to upgrade our sound systems in the auditeria, both gymnasiums, and music classrooms. We will also replace the hot water tank, boilers, and pipework in our boiler room with a state of the art solar powered hot water system. In addition, the main gymnasium floor will be refurbished and painted during the month of July.
Energy production data from our Solar Array can now be viewed on the school website by clicking on the picture of the solar array. The Dashboard icon screen will appear and provides numerous forms of data for viewing. The data is updated every three minutes. Viewers can also click on the Power Flow icon to view an animated screen that shows the “real time” flow of power from the solar array to our building and out to the power grid.
Plans continue to be discussed and examined regarding the creation of an Innovation and Aqua-Horticulture Center (IAH Center) to be located in the patio area at the school. Funding for the project will come from funds received through the wind turbine farm payments received by the school. Initial estimates are that the school will receive $190,000 a year. The IAH Center will serve as the hub for our STEM and STEAM initiatives and capitalize on the success, momentum, and enthusiasm students and staff have exhibited within the initiatives. Coinciding with the development of the IAH Center, our staff will receive professional development opportunities that will assist with the acceleration of a culture of teaching and learning within a STEM/STEAM framework. The professional development opportunities will enhance our teaching to advance student academic achievement, student engagement, and inquiry based learning.
I want to thank the community for the support given to the Staff throughout this school year. Antwerp is a wonderful school district with excellent staff, students, and parents. The 2018-2019 school year will begin Wednesday, August 22nd. In the meantime, enjoy the long summer days with your family and friends.