Eastwood High School

Principal's Update #26 - March 18, 2016

Dear Parents & Community Members,

"March Madness" has arrived - and I'm not talking about a reference to the NCAA Basketball Tournaments that are occurring. However, there are some general similarities that can be made between the school setting and what is occurring in these tournaments. One of the most obvious connections between these two is the sheer amount of time, dedication, and focus that is required for a successful outcome to occur.

As the school year has progressed, our students have spent a great deal of time learning new academic material, improving their skills, and continually practicing/refining their abilities so that when they need to demonstrate their knowledge they can rise to the challenge. From an academic standpoint, these challenges occur daily within the classroom setting in the form of homework, projects, presentations, and tests/quizzes. At each step of the way, they are guided by our teachers (AKA - their academic "coaches"), and given the opportunity to demonstrate their newly developed skills. Students are given a chance to learn from their mistakes, grow from the experience, and apply their abilities as new situations are presented.

Within the coming weeks following Spring Break, several students in various classes will be taking their state assessments (end of course exams) and be given an opportunity to show everyone locally, and at the state level, exactly how fantastic and academically talented the students at Eastwood HS are. They will be able to apply all the knowledge that they have gained and use their skills in these academic assessments. Furthermore, they will be given their "moment to shine" - just like those student-athletes participating in the NCAA Tournaments - where the time and effort that has been put into preparing for these assessments will be measured on a greater scale than simply taking a quiz in a classroom.

As far as the NCAA Tournaments go, it's always exciting to see the close games and how the whole tournament unfolds. I'm even more excited to see how our students will perform, academically (and athletically) as our version of "March Madness" continues at Eastwood High School. We look forward to another successful Spring testing "season" and the results that will follow.

Go Eagles!!!

"The Music Man" Comes to Eastwood High School

The cast, crew, and Directors for the Eastwood High School Drama Departments have been diligently putting on the finishing touches in preparations for this year's Spring Musical. Performances of "The Music Man" will be held at Eastwood HS on March 18-20, 2016. Tickets are available for purchase in the high school office with show times as follows: March 18th (7:00 PM), March 19th (7:00 PM), and March 20th (2:00 PM).

We wish everyone involved the best of luck this weekend and look forward to seeing everyone in attendance as we showcase the amazing talents of our students and staff.

Eastwood HS Concert Band Receives "Excellent" Rating

Congratulations is extended to the Eastwood HS Concert Band for earning a rating of "Excellent" at the recent Ohio Music Educators Association (OMEA) Large Group Contest held at Bowling Green HS on Friday, March 11th. The group performed three prepared pieces in front of an audience and a panel of judges. Following the performance, the ensemble successfully completed a sight reading experience. The combination of the judges' ratings/comments and those of the sight reading judge earned the ensemble their overall "Excellent"" rating.

A tremendous amount of time, practice, and dedication went into this year's performance at the adjudicated event. We appreciate the collective efforts of each member of the ensemble, the Directors (Mr. Myers & Mr. Roode), and the Music Boosters group in helping the ensemble achieve this rating.

Eastwood HS Choir Students to Sing at BGSU

Congratulations is extended to Sarah Fisher and Heidi Jennings for being selected to participate in Bowling Green State University's 2016 High School Women's Honors Choir. These students will demonstrate their amazing vocal talents while rehearsing with other selected high school students from the region on the BGSU campus on Saturday, April 9th with a performance scheduled at 4:00 PM in Kobacker Hall. Congratulations!!!

3rd Grading Quarter Comes to an End

Friday, March 18th marks the end of the 3rd grading quarter for all students. Report cards will be mailed out prior to the end of the month. In addition to the academic report card, there will be a few additional informational items that will assist with communicating some end-of-year activities. Please, look for the mailing and feel free to contact the school with any additional questions.

Eastwood Board of Education to Recognize HS Music Students

From the Superintendent's Community Email (3/17/16).....

The following students will receive commendations from the Board of Education for being selected for one of the many honors band and choir programs throughout the state of Ohio. These learning opportunities are very selective, and we want to recognize them for their achievements. Here are the students who will receive their commendations:

Jacob McNulty for being selected to the OMEA District I High School Honors Choir;Hunter Browne, Jared McNulty, Ashlyn O’Brien, Emma Ray, Reegan Harvey, Austin Kieper and Anthony Witker for being selected to the OMEA District I Junior High Honors Choir; Alexa York, Faith Hardy, Macey Fix, Madison Rogers, Amanda Withrow, JaeEun Schermerhorn, and Emmalyn York for being selected to the BGSU Honor Band;Madison Rogers, Melissa Russell, Alexa York and Marisa Launstein for being selected to the OMEA District I Honor Band; Macey Fix, James Wasylyshyn for being selected to the Cedarville University Music Showcase.

Congrats and well done!

After Prom News.....

The Eastwood HS After Prom Committee is working on plans for this year’s Drug & Alcohol Free After Prom. The goal of the committee is to provide a safe and enjoyable activity for the students to attend after the prom dinner/dance on Saturday, April 30, 2016. The committee has meetings scheduled for March 23rd, April 6th, and April 20th - all at 7:00 PM in the Eastwood HS library - and would like to invite everyone to attend these final meetings. In addition, the committee is also looking for volunteers to help decorate on Friday, April 29th and to help out with the actual evening of after prom on April 30th.

Finally, information about the annual Greenhouse Gift Certificate fundraiser will be coming very soon. With the warmer weather on the horizon, it’s never too early to begin thinking about planting some flowers and gardens. The committee and students of Eastwood High School thank everyone for their support of their efforts and look forward to seeing everyone at one of the upcoming meetings.