November Newsletter 2021

Shawnee High School

A Note From the Guidance Department

Traditionally, during the month of November, we all take time to give thanks. We want to express our gratitude to the Shawnee community for the continuous support and commitment to enhance learning experiences for our students. Thank you to our staff for your dedication and efforts to continue the tradition of excellence within our school by providing our students with knowledge, love, and a safe learning environment. Thank you to our families for having faith in Shawnee to meet the needs of our students. Together, we create a community that is devoted to helping our students grow and succeed. We wish you all a safe and happy holiday season. Go Tribe!
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No School - Thanksgiving Break

There will be no school Wednesday, November 24th to Friday, November 26th. School will resume on Monday, November 29th.

Grade Cards

Grade cards were mailed home and posted on ProgressBook on Friday, November 5th.

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Conferences with your student's teachers can be conducted in person, virtually through Google Meet or Zoom, or by phone.

Parent-Teacher Conferences:

Tuesday, November 9th: 4:00pm-7:15pm

Click here to schedule an appointment. Then, click on the teacher or teachers you wish to meet with and follow the directions to set up conferences. Appointments cannot be scheduled online the day of the conference. If you are unable to access the internet to set up conferences, or need to schedule a last-minute appointment, please call Mrs. Downard in the Guidance Office at 419-998-8004.

Fall Athletics

Our student-athletes have been very successful this fall! Senior, Justin Altenbach made it to the State Tournament for boys golf. Junior, Alaina Williams has made it State for girls cross country, as well as our boys cross country team. Our volleyball girls pushed their way through to the District Finals. Junior, Alora Patel and sophomore, Rose Kottapalli earned a spot at Districts for singles in tennis. Freshman, Ava Patel and Senior, Cara DeBrosse made it to Districts for doubles. The girls soccer team made it to Regional Finals, which is the first time in school history. The boys soccer team made it to Regional Finals. Lastly, our football team made it to the second round in the playoffs, which is also the first time in school history. We are so proud of our student-athletes! Go Tribe!

Spirit Club

The goal of Spirit Club is to bring more class and school comradery with athletics, the arts, and clubs!

Mobile Dentist

The mobile dentist will be at the middle school on December 8th & 9th. This service is for all students regardless of having or not having insurance. Click here to enroll your children online. If you prefer a paper copy or have any questions, please contact the school nurse.


For the month of November in Connections, we are focusing on team building and gratitude. There was a school-wide pumpkin decorating competition! Connection classes worked together to brainstorm ideas on how to decorate their pumpkin then execute their plan. Every student and staff member had the opportunity to vote for their favorite pumpkin in each grade level.

Winners in each grade level:

9th grade: Double-sided Monsters Inc. pumpkin

10th grade: Krabby Patty pumpkin / Spongbob scene

11th grade: Shawnee Indian pumpkin vs Hamilton Baden pumpkin

12th grade: Kermit the Frog pumpkin

Click here to check out the decorated pumpkins. How impressive!?

Upcoming lessons in Connections will focus on Empathy and Career Exploration.

The Chief

The Chief is created by our own high school students. Click here to check out their latest publication.

Art Student Spotlight

Digital Photography by Shawnee high school students Chelsea Manuel, Emma Schumann, and Karrington Green will be on display at the Purdue University, Fort Wayne, Visual Arts Gallery from Monday Nov. 1 through Friday, Nov. 12. The juried art and design exhibit accepted submissions from high school artists from four states. Click here to read more information.

Beauty and the Beast

Shawnee Drama Club Presents Disney's Beauty and the Beast with the following starring cast:

Belle - Perri Webb
Beast - Kaden Smith
Gaston - Darren Hall
Lefou - Kyler Lampton
Maurice - Evan Rinesmith
Lumiere - Braden Taylor
Mrs. Potts - Olivia Shenouda
Cogsworth - Ethan Delgado
Babette - Nica Delgado
Madame De La Grande Bouche - Jazmin L- Ordonez
Chip - Grace Meyer

November 19th, Friday at 7pm

November 20th, Saturday at 7pm

November 21st, Sunday at 2pm


Parents can easily access and monitor student's grades by using ProgressBook (

If you do not already have a ProgressBook account, you will need a registration key. To receive this registration key, please contact Mrs. Glenda Neu in the GIC.

National Honor Society Tutoring

Need help on homework? Need help studying for a test? Need help getting caught up? Our NHS students are here to help you! Tutoring tables are every Tuesday and Thursday after school until 3:30 pm in the GIC at no cost.

NHS Tutoring is now also offered during the school day on Tuesdays and Thursdays! Students can work a tutor during their study hall in the GIC. See your school counselor for more information.

Math Tutoring

Mrs. Keller, one of our high school math teachers, is offering tutoring to all students every Thursday until 3pm in Room 210.


* Indicates testing at SHS

Dec. 11, 2021*

Feb. 12, 2022

Mar. 15, 2022* - Free for all juniors during school day (date tentative)

Apr. 2, 2022

Jun. 11, 2022*

Jul. 16, 2022

Click here to register for the ACT.

Shawnee High School Alumni Scholarship

A new scholarship has been created to benefit our seniors, starting with the Class of 2022: The Lima Shawnee Alumni-Legacy Scholarship Fund. The scholarship application will be available soon.

Trying to find a way to give back during the holiday season? Consider participating in Giving Tuesday on November 30th and donate to the Lima Shawnee Alumni-Legacy Scholarship Fund. If you are interested in donating to the fund, please click here and follow them on Facebook at Lima Shawnee Scholarship Fund for updates and more information.

We appreciate all efforts to pay it forward to our seniors. Thank you for leaving your legacy on our community.

Announcing the Keith and Deborah Wandell Named Scholarship

The Lima Shawnee Alumni-Legacy Scholarship Fund is honored to announce the single largest gift in the short history of the fund. Through the generosity of donors Keith and Deborah Wandell, the Lima Shawnee Alumni-Legacy Scholarship Fund will establish its first named scholarship – the Keith and Deborah Wandell Scholarship. “It is a privilege to announce this transformational gift,” said Bob Zarzar, Chair of the Stewardship Committee for the fund. “This $100,000 gift will provide endowed resources to directly support graduating seniors today, and for generations to come, as they pursue their education on the way to becoming our next leaders.” A 1968 graduate of Shawnee High School, Mr. Wandell is the retired President, CEO, and Chairman of Harley-Davidson Inc. He is also the lead independent director of the Dana Incorporated board of directors. Mr. Wandell received an undergraduate degree from Ohio University and an MBA from the University of Dayton.


Transcript Request

Click here to request your transcript to be sent to colleges. Please know your admission deadlines and allow the guidance staff at least two weeks to provide the needed materials to the college.

Visit Request Form

Shawnee High School permits students two days each year for college visitations, career experiences or military recruitment procedures. For an approved school absence in relation to college/military/career visits, students should complete this form at least two days prior to the date of the requested visitation. Students are expected to confer with teachers prior to the visitation in order to arrange for make up work. Students are not permitted to take college visitations after the first week in May.

Students must take the following steps in order to make a college/career/military visitation on school days:

1. Arrange the visit with the college
2. Complete this form.
3. Wait for confirmation/approval from guidance (through school email).
4. Confer with each teacher prior to the visit in order to arrange for make up work.
5. Bring a paper or email confirmation of the visit from the college to school counselor.


Check out the Active Scholarship List for scholarship opportunities. More scholarships will be posted in the winter and spring. Pay attention to the announcements and Google Classroom for scholarship updates.

Mental Heath & Resources

Signs of Drugs Use in Teens

Teens are turning to modern-day communication to speak in “code” using emojis to acquire drugs. Click above to read more.

Community Resources

Click here to view a catalog of resources in Allen County, Auglaize County, & Hardin County.

Click here to view a list of community resources in Lima.

Crisis Number Hotlines

Ohio CareLine: 1-800-720-9616

Crisis Text Line: Text "4hope" to 741741

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

Hopeline: 1-800-567-HOPE

National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE

Youth Crisis Hotline: 1-800-448-4663

The Trevor Project: 1-866-488-7386

Guidance Department

Mrs. Jeri Downard

Guidance Secretary

Ms. Abby Wood

Students A-Go

Mrs. Sharla Murphy

Students Gr-Pe

Mrs. Angie Rex

Students Pf-Z

Mrs. Leigh Kempton

Mental Health Coordinator

Ms. Kelley Ulis

School Navigator - Family Resource Center