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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

April 27, 2011

The past few weeks continue to be a whirl of activity as we approach the end of the school year! Vantage has several vacancies to fill for instructional positions for 2011-12 and the interview process required only adds to the end-of-year "frenzy".

Recent events which I have had the pleasure to attend in the district are the R. K. Thompson Self-Reliance Awards banquet, the Parkway FFA banquet,and the Paulding County Area Foundation banquet. I was also able to join four Vantage students for lunch at the Ohio Career and Technical Education Legislative luncheon in Columbus a few weeks ago. The students enjoyed the company of Senator Cliff Hite during lunch, and he even signed autographs for our students. Social studies instructor Tony Unverferth and public relations coordinator MaryJo Wilhelm accompanied the students that day and agreed the day was a tremendous success!

The construction project is on schedule, even with the rain! While we are all getting tired of getting drenched as we go about our daily tasks, a bright spot is being able to drive past the new bus barn and early sitework every day and know that our building will soon be much improved!

Plan to join us for the 35th Anniversary and Groundbreaking Ceremony on Sunday, May 15, 1-3 p.m.!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

April 3, 2011

It's been way too long since I blogged! Tons of bad weather in February, and numerous projects have gotten in the way. It's that time of year when lots of student recognition events occur--this past week was packed with activities.
Vantage FFA chapter held its annual student awards dinner on March 29. The officers led a great program, and several students received awards. Parents were proudly watching, as were several Honorary FFA members,Board President Lonnie Nedderman, teachers and administrators who were in the audience. This year's Honorary FFA inductee was Vantage guidance counselor, Jim Fisher.

Adult Education celebrated the graduation of the Medical Assistant class on March 30.As usual, many family members attended, many of whom were designated by their graduate to do the pinning ceremony, which is the final symbol of their accomplishment in the medical assistant curriculum. The Cup and Saucer was packed with people, who enjoyed graduation cupcakes from Baked to Perfection in Delphos afterward.

Several staff members in adult education assisted our public relations coordinator, MaryJo Wilhelm in representing Vantage at the area home and garden show at the Van Wert fairgrounds this past weekend. A group of staff also went to the Marsh Auditorium to support our Vantage candidate in the annual Peony Pageant. And finally, Adult Education Director Pete Prichard and I attended the annual Delphos Chamber of Commerce Awards Dinner. Vantage was recognized for our 35 years of service in the district at this event.

Perhaps the most newsworthy event was the annual Senior Capstone Experience day at Vantage on April 1. The building was filled as usual with anxious students who gave their presentation, junior students observing and getting ideas for their own project next year, judges, area school district personnel, and Board members and staff who were there to support students. It was a wonderful day, and is due in large part to the commitment of the Vantage senior English staff, led by Mrs. Beth Evans. Thanks to all who helped make the day a success!