January 2024 SOESC Connection
Events & Professional Learning Opportunities
Wednesday, January 10: School Roundtable Meeting
Thursday, January 12: Crisis Prevention Intervention Training
Tuesday, January 16: Instructional Coaching Network Sessions
Thursday, Januray 25: Treasurer Roundtable
Friday, February 2: Superintendent's Meeting
Monday, February 5: Internal/External Facilitators Meeting
Wednesday, February 7: Legal Updates Seminar
Friday, February 9: Curriculum Roundtable
Thursday, February 15: Clinton County BAC Meeting
Friday, February 16: Crisis Prevention Intervention Training
Monday, February 26: Adams & Highland County BAC Meeting
View more upcoming events here.
Board Appreciation Month
Thank you, Southern Ohio Educational Service Center Governing Board.
As part of School Board Recognition Month, we are spotlighting school board members for their commitment to launching Ohio’s next generation. Thank you to the dedicated leaders who serve on our local school board! They play a crucial role in the education of our children. Please join us in saying “thank you” this month.
School boards: Launching our next generation.
A Message From Mrs. Justice
“THE BEGINNING OF A NEW MONTH
A perfect time for SHIFTING things around,
Always remembering to keep your feet on the ground”
— Charmaine J Forde
As I reflect on 2023 it is evident that we were all still trying to settle into our new norm after the pandemic. As the year progressed people seemed to settle a bit while having the ever changing understanding that in a minute’s time our entire world can be different.
With the thought of what we faced through the most trying times in our lives, there is one thing that remains true - we all experienced it together. Never before had we worn masks to complete simple daily tasks like going to the grocery store. We had not ever experienced arrows to guide us down the new one way aisles. We had barriers to keep us separated in lines.
Even though most of those practices are behind us now, we face the reality that as adults we still struggle to understand what we went through so imagine how kids feel! Students began attending school last year who had never stepped foot in a brick and mortar building. How could they have be expected to know how to “do school”? Lining up, sitting in their seats for extended periods of time, following directions, working with peers?
As we progress through 2024, I hope that we can each be patient when students need more encouragement to be successful, more empathetic when they need a break (we adults don’t even sit well), and more hopeful as the new normal becomes a more solid foundation for us all.
Mrs. Beth Justice
Linda Allen, SATH Executive Director
Join us in celebrating Linda Allen! Linda has 34 years of service with Southern Ohio ESC as the Supplementary Assistance to the Handicapped (SATH) Executive Director!
Upcoming events and news from Linda:
You're invited to the SATH Sweetheart Charity Ball!
The SATH organization will be hosting our 20th Annual Sweetheart Charity Ball on Saturday, February 10 th, 2024, at 6:00 p.m. at Roberts Centre on 124 Gano Road in Wilmington, Ohio. We would love for you to be a part of this special evening.
SATH is a non-profit organization that assists children with disabilities by sponsoring programs that enhance the quality of their life. This event is a fundraiser to help with the cost of programs like KAMP Dovetail is a summer enrichment camp for children with special needs. Since SATH receives no state or federal funding, we rely solely on donations and fundraising events like this to operate.
We are looking for Table Sponsors, door prizes, and participants for this event. The cost is $400 to sponsor a table. You can also be a partial sponsor for $100 or more. Tickets are $125 per couple; remember, your donation is tax-deductible. Sponsors will be announced at the ball, and your name and business will be in the program and displayed on the table. We hope you will consider being a part of our Charity Ball.
Other Events in 2024:
March 2, 2024, at the Highland County Fairgrounds.
32nd Annual SATH Celebrity Golf Tournament
April 29, 2024, at Hillsboro Elks Club
Walk and Roll A-Thon
May 11. 2024, at Rocky Fork Lake State Park
KAMP DOVETAIL 2024 “IN MOTION”
June 17-22, 2024, at Rocky Fork Lake State Park
Can you believe it? There are only 158 days until our week of KAMP DOVETAIL 2024. Our staff and volunteers are getting excited! I have had several calls from the camper’s parents wanting to make sure they have the registration date on their calendar. They don’t want to miss it!
This will be our 43rd year of holding this special week of KAMP DOVETAIL for some amazing young people. Our 2024 week of camp is June 17th through the 21st.
Volunteers: If you have any interest in volunteering as a Kamp Dovetail volunteer, we encourage you to attend our volunteer training meetings. If you are interested in volunteering to fill another role, please contact Linda Allen, SATH Executive Director, at 937-366-6657.
We always appreciate all the SOESC Staff who come out on Monday to help us set up, serve a meal, and help check in the campers as they arrive. If you are interested in being a part of our 2024 week of camp, we would love to have you!
Go to www.kampdovetail.com for more details and cancellations.
Student Success Story
Josh is a student at Fairfield Local Schools and works with Southern Ohio ESC's Becca Wise. Becca has shared her support and congratulations for Josh.
Josh was recently recognized at the board meeting for his work doing the Morning Announcements at school and the growth and confidence he has gained in the last few years. This is his second year doing the morning announcements, and he plans on continuing to do so his junior and senior year. Josh did more than "the sign of the day," as he is involved in a few segments.
Watch the latest morning announcements here:
Discover More With Canva
Kim K Adams and Taylor Reed are offering a Canva professional learning opportunity on Friday, January 19, 2024, at our Hopewell Center location.
Join them for a deeper dive into Canva, focusing on branding, sharing, and taking your newsletter to the next level!💫 The sessions will be offered from 12:00-12:30 on branding & sharing and from 12:30-1:00 for newsletter tools and insights.
The SOESC is dedicated to providing member districts with the highest quality of services in a collaborative environment that is cost-effective. This service allows many of our employees to work outside of our main office(s) and directly in one or multiple member school district(s).
Behavioral Specialist- Blanchester Local/Wilmington City Schools
Clinton County Workforce Development Director
Itinerant Teacher of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing- Hopewell Center
School Psychologist- Adams County Ohio Valley Schools
Speech Language Pathologists (2)- Adams County Ohio Valley Schools
Speech Language Pathologist- Miami Trace Local Schools
Employment Opportunity Resources:
SOESC Governing Board
Click on the button below for board meeting dates and minutes.
SOESC Connection Newsletter: Better Communication for a Stronger Community
Our top priority is to promote clear communication throughout our organization and among our partners and followers. The SOESC Connection Newsletter is our way of achieving this goal, and we are proud to be a part of this community. Join us in our mission to improve communication – we are #Proud2BeSOESC!