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Mani Wins Spelling Bee Emerson Elementary Spelling Bee Participants - 2017

November 17, 2017 - Emerson Elementary held their spelling bee on November 16, 2017. 23 students in third and fourth grades, as well as fifth-grade students from Sidney Middle School, participated in the bee, which went 14 rounds. Fifth-grade student Arshia Man, daughter of Ardash and Pooja Mani, won the bee by correctly spelling ‘practically.’ Fourth-grade student Keaton Shaffer, son of Andrew and Amy Shaffer, was the runner-up. Jill Hanke, instructional support specialist, was the pronouncer. SMS Principal Diane Voress, retired teacher Becky Hewitt, and Superintendent John Scheu were the judges.

SHS AIR Retake Schedule - December 4-8 AIR Retake Information

Sidney High School will have a two-hour delay each day during the week of December 4-8 for the purpose of AIR retakes. The retakes will be for sophomores, juniors, and seniors in need of improving their previous AIR scores. Students in need of retaking the AIR tests will report to school at the normal time. Students who do not need to retake any AIR tests will report on a 2-hour delay. 

Record-Breaking Year for United Way Campaign

November 15, 2017 - Sidney City Schools had a record-breaking year of giving to the Shelby County United Way with a campaign total of $42,255 for the entire district. Employees of the Sidney City School District made generous gifts and pledges totaling $38,633. Students donated $891. The Turf’s Up scrimmage event Sidney Athletics hosts in conjunction with the Shelby County United Way brought in $2,731 this year.

This I Believe - Avery Voress Avery Voress with his beloved instrument.

November 16, 2017 - Students in Mrs. Sara Olding’s Accelerated English class participated in the “This I Believe” essay project. This is a national conversation started by journalist Edward R. Murrow in 1951. Over the next few weeks, students from the class of 2018 will share their personal philosophies about life.

 

High G on the Tuba By Avery Voress, SHS Senior

I believe that hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard. Hard work brought me all the way to a high G on my Tuba.

SMS's Kellner to be Leader in ALEKS Academy Panel Ken Kellner, SMS Math Teacher

November 8, 2017 - Sidney Middle School teacher Ken Kellner has been selected to be a member of the “panel of professionals” for the McGraw-Hill Education ALEKS Academy, which will take place November 16, 2017 in Columbus, because of his dedication to the success of his students and for his passion for the art of effective and personalized learning.

This I Believe - Alyssa Presser Alyssa Presser - Always Be A Pineapple

November 9, 2017 - Students in Mrs. Sara Olding’s Accelerated English class participated in the “This I Believe” essay project. This is a national conversation started by journalist Edward R. Murrow in 1951. Over the next few weeks, students from the class of 2018 will share their personal philosophies about life.

 

Always Be A Pineapple By Alyssa Presser, SHS Senior

 

I believe in being a pineapple. You should live your life by standing tall, wearing a crown, and being sweet on the inside. I have been knocked down so many times in my life. I just had to brush off what knocked me down and stand back up on my feet.

SMS Student Receives New Wheelchair Cutberto Ramirez with Susan Barr in his new wheel chair.

November 7, 2017 - Sidney Middle School student Cutberto Ramirez and his father Andres received a very special surprise this morning - a brand new wheelchair!

This I Believe - Isaiah Bowser Isaiah Bowser and his mom Melissa.

November 2, 2017 - Students in Mrs. Sara Olding’s Accelerated English class participated in the “This I Believe” essay project. This is a national conversation started by journalist Edward R. Murrow in 1951. Over the next few weeks, students from the class of 2018 will share their personal philosophies about life.

Comeback Kid By Isaiah Bowser, SHS Senior

I believe in a comeback and the power of hard work. Growing up in multiple houses in Sidney, my mother had to work for every dollar to support my family. Often my sister and I would have to stay with my grandparents while my mother was working one of her two jobs or finishing her college. She taught me a lot about hard work. She gave me my work ethic.

This I Believe - Taylor New Taylor New and her friend Trenten

October 26, 2017 - Students in Mrs. Sara Olding’s Accelerated English class participated in the “This I Believe” essay project. This is a national conversation started by journalist , Edward R. Murrow in 1951. Over the next few weeks students from the class of 2018 will share their personal philosophies about life.

I Believe in MH Kids By Taylor New, SHS Senior

I believe that my life has been impacted by working hand-in-hand with multi-handicapped kids. This past summer I volunteered for Camp Dalanda. Camp Dalanda is a camp dedicated to multi-handicapped kids. I was apprehensive at first because I didn’t know if I would be able to fulfill the needs of the campers. My nerves were put to rest after my camper, Noah, a 15-year-old boy who has Down Syndrome, arrived. Noah will always have a special place in my heart because he changed my life in so many ways.

Burden First From SHS to Earn American FFA Degree Bradley Burden- American FFA Degree

Sidney High School alumnus Bradley Burden (SHS ’16), a member of the Sidney FFA chapter, was awarded the American FFA Degree at the 90th National FFA Convention & Expo on October 28, 2017, in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is the first recipient of the American Degree from Sidney High School since the agricultural education program was restarted five years ago.

SMS Celebrates Red Ribbon Week SMS Celebrates Red Ribbon Week

SMS celebrated Red Ribbon Week October 23 - 27. Students Caleigh Henline, Aleyce Freeman, Gunner Bryan, and Davin Meiring created a Red Ribbon Week banner. Their fellow peers throughout the school shared their KEYS to being drug-free. The theme of the week was “Your Future is Key, So Stay Drug-Free!”

SHS Student & Teacher Attend Project STIR Conference Mrs. Cheryl Clark (left) and Megan Marlow (center) attend Project STIR conference.

SHS junior Megan Marlow and her teacher and ally, Mrs. Cheryl Clark recently attended a 3-day conference, Project STIR in Columbus, Ohio. STIR stands for Steps Toward Independence and Responsibility. Project STIR is a training program to promote a successful transition to the community for students with disabilities. During this conference Megan and Cheryl learned how to know yourself better, communicate assertively, and be responsible.

New Choices Visits Longfellow Macey Grise of New Choices gives out books to Longfellow Kindergarteners.

Macey Grise of New Choices visited Longfellow as a part of their Kindness Day. She read the book Bullying is Bad to all students, which each student received a copy of. The activity was coordinated to go with New Choice's Domestic Violence Awareness Wear Purple Day. The philosophy of Amanda Partington and Macey Grise from New Choices is to teach kindness at a young age to prevent violence later. 

Key Club & FCCLA Give Back to Wilson Health ER SHS Key Club and FCCLA donate children's toys and activity items to Wilson Health ER.

October 11, 2017 - The Sidney High School FCCLA and Key Club recently teamed up for a collection drive of children’s items for the Wilson Health ER. The groups reached out to their peers at school to help with this drive and successfully collected close to 150 items including stuffed animals, dolls, books, coloring books, crayons, stickers, cars, puzzles, games, and activity packs. These special items will be given to young patients by the nurses when they visit the emergency room. 

Scheu Recognized as Defiance College Distinguished Alumni John Scheu receives Alumni Citation of Academic Excellence from Defiance College.

DEFIANCE, Ohio - Eight Defiance College alumni were recognized during homecoming festivities on Saturday, Oct. 15, for their accomplishments.

The Alumni Citation for Academic Excellence were presented to Judy Small Dally, Defiance, class of 1971 and 1994; and John Scheu, Sidney, class of 1972. Alumni Achievement Award recipients were Dale Bruskotter, Ottawa, class of 1974; and David Robinson, Alliance, class of 1976. Tim Leuzarder, deceased, class of 1967, was also honored with this award. Casey Gibson, Toledo, class of 2005 and 2010, received the Young Alumni Service Award.

Homecoming 2017 Homecoming Court 2017

The Sidney High Student Government is jazzed to host the annual homecoming dance, with a 1920s theme, on Saturday, October 7, 2017. The football game and crowning ceremony will take place Thursday, October 5, 2017 as a part of Fox 45's Thursday Night Lights. 

Elementary Night Sees 650+ Elementary Students Cheering on the Jackets Cheerleaders

September 26, 2017 - Sidney City Schools hosted the third annual Elementary Night at last Friday night's football game. Approximately 650 elementary students participated in the event. Students and their families could attend the varsity football game for $2 a person, and students participating received a t-shirt. The students were ushered out onto the football field to form a tunnel for the Yellow Jackets to run through; they then got to stand among the football players as the Pride of Sidney Marching Band and the Sidney High School Alumni Band jointly played the National Anthem. 

Clayton & Burns Receive OHSAA Award Tim Clayton & Ron Burns accept OHSAA State Award for Sportsmanship, Ethics and Integrity.

September 23, 2017 - On Friday, at Sidney's home varsity football game vs. West Carrollton, Mr. Tim Clayton and Mr. Ron Burns were recognized on behalf of the Sportsmanship, Ethics and Integrity Committee of the Ohio High School Athletic Association.  

Excellence in Education Award Nominations

September 20, 2017 - The Sidney Rotary Club and the Midwest Regional Education Service Center (MRESC) have partnered to create an awards program honoring classroom teachers serving the students of Shelby County.

Cargill to Team Up With Ferguson Construction for 4th Grade Perfect Attendance Program

September 14, 2017 - Ferguson Construction has agreed to be the co-sponsor, along with Cargill, for the fourth grade perfect attendance program in Sidney City Schools. The partnership will ensure that any fourth grader who achieves perfect attendance for the school year will be rewarded with a new bike at the yearend assembly. 

Parking Enforcement Sidney City Schools Athletic Facilities Parking Map

Sidney City Schools is asking patrons of sporting and other events outside of the school day to not park vehicles in unauthorized areas of the Sidney City Schools campus. These areas include fire lanes, grass areas, and any area blocking a school entrance or loading dock. These rules protect our facilities that are in part maintained by your tax dollars, as well as prevent damage to your vehicle and not block other patrons. The district has spent much time and many resources repairing damaged areas where people have parked in the grass; additionally the ruts often created create safety hazards for students and patrons walking in the grass, as well as our maintenance crews when they are mowing.

Handicap parking is available and should you need special access parking, please contact the Athletic Department. 

The district will begin to enforce this with warning tickets, followed by actual tickets and towing. Please follow all signage and only park in authorized areas.

Attached is a parking map for football games and other such activities. 

2017 SMS Awards 2017 SMS Awards

June 1, 2017 -Sidney Middle School recently held its academic awards programs for grades 5-8. Awards were presented by principals Diane Voress, Kevin Boerger, and Chris Barr, as well as various classroom teachers. Honor roll awards were presented to students who achieved accordingly for all the first 3 nine-weeks grading periods. Perfect attendance students were entered in drawings for $50 cash prize incentives. Student Council members acted as ushers. The Friend of SMS Award went this year to the first shift custodian Mike Hughes for all the outstanding service he does for our students outside of his work day.

Cargill Gives Bikes to 4th Grade Students with Perfect Attendance Emerson 4th grade with perfect attendance with the bikes they received from Cargill Cares.

May 24, 2017 - At the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year, Cargill Cares approached Sidney City Schools and proposed an idea to promote attendance – a free bike at the end of the school year to every fourth grader with perfect attendance. This week, the Cargill Cares team delivered nearly 30 bikes to the four Sidney elementary schools. 

SEED Creates Sustainable City SEED model sustainable city

May 19, 2017 - The SEED class, a mixture of traditional day school students from Sidney High School and Opportunity School students, presented their model city this week. This unique STEM-based class exposes students to science, engineering, and design through the creation of a sustainable city. The group spoke about economic, environmental, and social sustainability. Their model city, made up of 3-D printed buildings, was meant to mimic Sidney.

SHS Students Succeed at Business Professionals of America National Leadership Conference Elliot Wilson - BPA National Leadership Conference - National Runner Up for Mobile Application Development

May 18, 2017 - Sidney High School, in cooperation with the Upper Valley Career Center, sent four students to the Business Professionals of America (BPA) National Leadership Conference and Competition in Orlando, Florida in early May. 

To qualify for the BPA National Leadership Conference, Joseph Douglas (junior), NourEddine Hijazi (senior), Anthony Mitchell (senior) and Elliot Wilson (senior) had to place in the top five at the State Leadership Conference or top ten in the nation in the virtual events.

Whittier Kindergartner Received Unique Gift Carson Fryman with photo from photographer Doug Pollitt.

Whittier kindergarten students in Ms. Nikki Inman’s class have been discussing professions and careers. Each student had to choose a profession they wanted to do when they grew up. Selections ranged from teacher, fireman, and policeman to military, nurse, doctor and dentist. Students then wrote letters to people in those professions. Those people then wrote letters back. Some of the professionals sent extra goodies with their letters, like toothbrushes or stickers. Carson Fryman uniquely decided he wanted to be a wildlife photographer and received something unique in return. 

Northwood Student Council Celebrates Cancer Awareness. Northwood aide Wince Morris and principal Eric Barr get blasted with water balloons by 5th grade students - a prize for the class from each grade that raised the most money to benefit Shelby County Relay for Life.

Northwood Elementary Student Council sponsored a cancer awareness spirit week last week, with each day highlighting a different type of cancer. Students sold tickets for raffle baskets with items donated by staff and generous area businesses. The students also participated in a money war, with the winning class from each grade getting to throw water balloons at various staff members. The entire school also took part in a cancer awareness walk. 

Abbott Named SEA Teacher of the Year Chris Eilerman, Beth Abbott, and Lori Hedberg

May 10, 2017 - The Sidney Education Association held their awards dinner Tuesday, May 9, at the Moose Lodge. The evening, filled with laughter and tears, celebrated various teachers for accomplishments and achievements throughout the year, as well as those from the community who have positively impacted the education of Sidney City Schools students.

SHS Career Fair SHS Career Fair 2017

April 17, 2017 - Sidney High School CBIP in conjunction with the Upper Valley Career Center and the Workforce Academy hosted the annual Career Fair and Signing Day on Thursday, April 6. More than 65 local businesses, organizations, colleges and universities, and military groups were present to speak with more than 600 students about their institutions and share more about career opportunities.

SHS Fares Well at State Business Competition NourEddine Hijazi, Joe Douglas, and Anthony Mitchell

April 10, 2017 - Sidney High School recently had several students compete at state competition for Business Professionals of America, a student organization that allows students from all over the nation to enhance their skills and compete in areas such as administration, programming, marketing, design and processing tools. SHS had four students qualify to continue on to the National Leadership Conference in Orlando, Florida. 

Mayor Barhorst Visits with SHS American Government Students Mayor Barhorst talks with SHS government students about local government.

April 6, 2017 - Mayor Mike Barhorst accepted an invitation to speak with government students at Sidney High School in March.  American Government classes had been learning about local government and invited the mayor for a visit to address their questions about projects and issues in Sidney.  

Teacher Jamie Whitman explained, "Our students were curious about the details of construction projects, specific zoning laws, and wanted updates on topics like the Wagner Building demolition. We decided to invite Mayor Barhorst to speak to our students, and he ended up teaching students the entire day." 

SMS Staff Serves Students Lunch SMS teacher Ann Huffman serves students lunch.

April 3, 2017 - Sidney Middle School staff recently served students their lunches after cash votes determined which staff would serve. Organized by the SMS Student Council, this fundraiser raised over $700 to benefit Karris Flory, daughter of James Flory, who was diagnosed with cancer and has been receiving chemo and radiation. The money will benefit her family for her medical bills. Teachers serving lunches were: Deputy Rick Cron, Jamie Barnes, Sherry Guinther, Ann Huffman, Laurie Jordan, Leslie Phlipot, Seth Meyer, Tracy Nuss, Jim Roby, Renee Davis, Bill Rippey, and Erica Scully. Leslie Phlipot and Nish Golden are the SMS Student Council advisors.

Brukner Nature Center Visits SMS 5th Grade SMS 5th grader holds the skull of a woodpecker.

March 23, 2017 - Did you know Ohio biologists believe the nocturnal flying squirrel is perhaps more common in Ohio than the gray squirrel? Brunkner Nature Center recently visited Sidney Middle School to share this fact with students in Mr. Frank Hall's 5th grade science classes and talk aboutOhio animals. Students were able to feel the pelts of common Ohio mammals including a raccoon, coyote, fox squirrel, and bobcat. They also used a dichotomous key to study the features of animal skulls and determine which animal skull they had. Brunkner also shared some live animals including a possum and a flying squirrel. Students also participated in activities comparing themselves to the little brown bat.

Sidney Band and Choir Perform Well at OMEA Contests

March 13, 2017 - Four Sidney High School band and choir groups saw success at the OMEA (Ohio Music Educator Association) adjudicated large group contests March 3-4, 2017. At these events, ensembles from all over southwest Ohio perform for a panel of three distinguished music educators who give a rating to the ensemble based on their performance. The groups are also required to sight-read a piece they have never seen before to demonstrate music comprehension skills.

 

Topalov Qualifies for Ohio National Geographic State Bee Topalov - Ohio National Geographic State Bee Qualifier

March 8, 2017 - SMS 8th grader Paul Topalov, son of Dr. Miguel and Michaela Topalov, has been notified by the National Geographic Society that he is one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the Ohio National Geographic State Bee. Held on Friday, March 31, 2017.

This is the second level of the National Geographic Bee competition, which is now in its 29th year. School Bees were held in schools with fourth- through eighth-grade students throughout the state to determine each school champion. School champions then took a qualifying test, which they submitted to the National Geographic Society. The National Geographic Society has invited up to 100 of the top-scoring students in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense Dependents Schools and U.S. territories to compete in the State Bees.

Drury Awarded President's Volunteer Service Award Carly Drury

February 21, 2017 - Sidney High School senior Carly Drury has been honored  with a President’s Volunteer Service Award for her exemplary volunteer service.

The award, which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country, was granted by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation. Sidney High School nominated Drury for national honors this fall in recognition of her volunteer service.

Sidney City School and Citywide Spelling Bee Winners Emily Birkemeier and Joshua George - Citywide Spelling Bee

February 8, 2017 - Sidney City School District recently held their school-wide spelling bees. The winner and runner-up(s) at each school went on to compete in the citywide spelling bee on February 7, 2017, at Sidney Middle School.

SMS Geography Bee Topalov & Hitchcock - SMS Geography Bee 2017

February 1, 2017 - Eighth grade student Paul Topalov was named the Sidney Middle School Geography Bee Champion. Sixth grade student Laina Hitchcock finished as runner up. 25 students in grades 5-8 at Sidney Middle School competed in the Geography Bee.

SMS Honor Roll - Second Nine Weeks

February 3, 2017 - Sidney Middle School has released its honor roll for the second nine weeks of the 2016-2017 school year

Trudeau a State Winner in Americanism and Government Test Trudeau - Americanism & Government State Winner

February 1, 2017 - Sidney High School is proud to announce Rachel Trudeau a state champion in the American Legion Americanism and Government Test. She has earned an all-expenses paid, week-long trip to historical Gettysburg, PA and the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. The American Legion Department of Ohio sponsors the yearly trip, taking the top three boys and three girls in grades 10-12. 

Fourth Grade Takes Part in Red Cross Pillowcase Project Pillow Case Project

February 1, 2017 - Whittier Elementary 4th grade students recently learned about emergency preparedness through the Red Cross Pillowcase Project. This project, sponsored by Disney, teaches children about personal and family preparedness and safety skills, local hazards, and basic coping skills for emergency and disaster situations. Students received a sturdy pillowcase to decorate in which they could build their personal emergency supplies kit.

Teacher and Three Alumni to Join Hall of Honor

Four new inductees were elected to the Sidney City Schools Hall of Honor this week and will be enshrined on Friday evening April 21, 2017 in the Sidney High School auditorium beginning at 7:30pm. The public is invited to attend this 24th annual event and the reception that follows in the adjacent gymnasium. The Hall will have 123 members with these additions.

Chairman Devon Beer (SHS 1983) offered an overview of the selections, "The Hall of Honor committee is delighted with the 2017 induction class. From teaching to marketing to local building trades, these are four very different people who deserve this recognition. We are anxious for the Sidney schools community to learn about the great contributions these individuals have made in their vocations and home communities. These four emerged from a very strong field of candidates, many of whom could be elected in the future."

November was National DECA Month SHS DECA members celebrate the finale of National DECA month (November) with Ugly Christmas Sweaters.

November was National DECA month, dedicated to celebration and recruitment of new members. SHS DECA had a fun and fabulous time promoting DECA with special events throughout the month of November. 

The Sidney High School DECA chapter has been in existence for over 20 years and is 40 members strong this year. DECA is an Association of Marketing Students and is an International program with over 275,000. The purpose of DECA is to prepare emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.

SHS Alumna Stevie Shepherd Named NJCAA All-American Stevie Shepherd

Columbus State cross country runner Stevie Shepherd (Sidney/Sidney HS) was named a NJCAA all-American for her performance at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) DIII Women’s Cross Country Championships. The meet was held on Sat, Nov. 12 at the Finger Lakes XC Course in Canandaigua, New York. Shepherd led the women to finish as national runner-up, the team’s best finish in program history.

Straight A Fund Grant At Work

The Midwest Regional Educational Service Center is pleased to announce the awarding of a $1.1 million Straight A Grant from the state of Ohio. This grant entitled CAREER NETWORK provides a hands-on manufacturing curriculum, field experiences at Rhodes State College, and opportunities to earn a Basic Manufacturing Credential and a paid internship. All participating schools have partnered with Rhodes State Community College who will be providing the college-level content and assisting with updated curriculum and course progression. Participating schools in Shelby County include Anna, Botkins, Fairlawn, Russia, Sidney City, and the Sidney-Shelby County Opportunity school.