FSC Principal's Update
January 28, 2022
Monday night the boys basketball team had a tribute for Alex Harris. Thanks to all who came to the game. It was a special evening that many had a hand in making happen.
Remember, if you know anyone looking to sub, have them reach out to me. It is cold and flu season along with Covid so we are always in need of subs. Our teachers are working extremely hard in their own classes as well as stepping in for colleagues when they are out and we don't have enough substitutes. If we get more subs, this will happen less frequently.
I will include state testing information in next week's newsletter. Please be on the lookout since this impacts start times for certain students on those days.
If you have any questions, please reach out.
Staff Spotlight (Cathy Counts)
My name is Cathy Counts and I am a school counselor for students who are in the Clark and Pringle Houses, grades 8-12. This is my 30th year working as a school counselor, and the last 25 have been with Finneytown Schools. I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Education, from the University of Missouri. Shortly after, I went on to earn my Master’s degree in Counseling from Xavier University and then went into a Doctoral program, in Counseling, at the University of Cincinnati. During this time, I was working in private practice and taught at Xavier. This was a very busy time in my life, as my husband and I also had three children.
As parents, we encouraged our children to pursue their passions. As such, our oldest earned her Master’s of Divinity degree and she taught at St. Ursula Academy. She and her husband now have two children, with whom we are happy to spend time together. Our son earned his Doctorate in Physics and he and his wife work at Washington University in St. Louis. Our youngest daughter earned her Bachelor’s degree in English, and while in college, learned how much she loved to dance. She is now a professional ballroom dancer and teacher, owns her own business and travels often.
In my spare time, I love to hang out with my husband, Tom. I also love to swim (I swam competitively for 17 years!), take walks, hang out with our 3 amazing rescue dogs, and visit with family and friends. I also enjoy traveling and had the opportunity to go to Greece several years ago, to meet our extended family, for the first time.
It has been an honor to work with the Finneytown Schools. I have learned so much from students, families and staff and am deeply grateful to serve this community.
Basketball/ Wrestling Concessions
Help the Athletic Boosters keep the concession stand open for basketball & wrestling by signing up to work a shift. Email Maggie at email@example.com with questions. Thank you!
Dates to Remember
1/28/22- HS Boys Bball (4:30/6/7:30)
1/31/22- Girls MS Bball (5:30)
2/1/22 - Boys HS Bball (4:30/6/7:30)
2/2/22 - Boys MS Bball (4:30/5:30); Girls Varsity Bball (7:30)
2/3/22 - Girls Varsity Bball (6:00)
2/4/22 - Boys HS Bball (4:30/6/7:30)
2/7/22 - Girls MS Bball (5:30); Varsity Girls (6:00)
2/9/22 - Parent/Teacher Conferences (4-7:30); Girls HS Bball (6:00)
2/11/22- Boys HS Bball (4:30/6/7:30)
2/14/22- FMPA (7:00)
2/15/22- PTA (7:00)
2/17/22- Parent/Teacher Conferences (4-7:30)
2/18/22- No School (Conference Release Day)
2/19/22- HS Wrestling (10:00)
2/21/22- No School (Presidents Day)
1. We had 18 interested students come to the PEM talk Tuesday to learn about the scholarship opportunity and get their questions answered. Thanks all for encouraging the kids to come and learn more!
2. The 3rd annual Finneytown Blood Drive will be held Tuesday, Feb 15.
3. AP Chem students are busy studying the kinetics of a reaction using the new colorimeter we just bought.
4. Mrs. Shafor’s science class completed their project giving Garden club great recommendations and advice as we plan the spring planting season. Garden club is partnering with first grade classes this spring to create container gardens that will eventually be moved to our new Finneytown Elementary.
Band Members of the Week:
6th Grade: Jayden Brown
7th Grade: Ciara Brooks
8th Grade: Ryan Davidson
High school 2022-2023 school year scheduling: Counselors will be doing classroom presentations in early February to help students understand their class options for the upcoming school year. Counselors will be meeting with students throughout February to help them select their course requests for the 2022-2023 school year. This is a great time to start the conversation with your student about their options for next year. Questions about credit requirements for graduation? Check out the Academic Resources page on our website.
High school scheduling Q&A for parents/guardians during conferences: High school counselors will be available during conferences on Feb. 9 from 5:00-6:00 p.m. to answer questions about scheduling and credits. (Please drop by, no appointment necessary!)
ACT update: All Finneytown juniors will be taking the ACT on Wednesday, March 2nd. Students have automatically been signed up. More information will be shared in the coming weeks.
10th grade Great Oaks applications open: Applications for 10th grade students interested in applying to the Great Oaks Career Programs are now open. The priority deadline is Tuesday, Feb. 8. Virtual program tours are available here and the course catalogue is available here.