Community Update


Dear Community Members:

Good Monday morning to you!

We always hate to start the week with sad news, but there were several pieces of tough news over the last 4-5 days. Today, former Eastwood teacher and Athletic Director, Dick Heckman, will be laid to rest. Mr. Heckman taught and coached at Eastwood for 25 years and had numerous relatives throughout the district.

I shared on Saturday, the news about the passing of John Rogers who was the father of 2016 grad Maddie. His showing is today for 3:00-7:00 PM, and there is still a page up to help raise money for the family who has been rocked.

His wife, Kyle, used to work with Becky Dippman to help us get Wal-Mart grants several years ago. If my memory is correct, I think the district received about $10,000 over a couple of years due to their efforts.

Finally, 2007 Eastwood grad, and former Marine, Justen Caris, passed away. It is my understanding that Justen, like so many other others who were in combat, battled Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder after he was discharged. Let us not forget that there are wounds from war that are not visible from the outside.

On behalf of the Board and the Eastwood Schools community, we want to extend our deepest sympathies to all of these families. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.


The FFA Chicken BBQ is slated for Friday October 7th in the Middle School Cafeteria from 4:30-7:00 PM. Tickets are still on sale through Wednesday. In conjunction with the Chicken BBQ, we will be offering tours of the new building from 5:00-6:30. Mr. Wank, Mr. Lingenfelder, and I will be taking those interested through cleared portions of the building. The tours will last around 10-15 minutes.

Progress continues on the site, and this week we will see the delivery of the roofing material, and we expect installation to begin towards the end of the week. All of the walls that are considered to be “load bearing” should be completed in a couple of weeks which will allow for the installation of all the steel that will support all of the remaing roofing systems. There will be some exterior brick veneer going up on the back K-1 wing, and the entire veneer needs to be completed before windows go in. All of this is in an effort to have the building enclosed before the snow flies.


Eastwood High School Tri-M Chapter #5458 held its Induction Ceremony Sunday, September 25 at the Pemberville Opera House. Mr. Dave Riley, Eastwood High School Principal and guest speaker shared the impact of music on his life. Mr. Riley began his career in education as a music teacher. Musical selections were performed by JaeEun Schermerhorn and Emmalyn York. The following chapter officers were installed: Macey Fix, President; Marisa Launstein, Vice Presdient; Hannah Sponaugle, Secretary and Emmalyn York, Treasurer. There were 7 second year members, including the officers: Nick Radabaugh, Audreigh Riter and Grace Vaughn. Thirteen students were inducted as new members: Jason Ernsthausen, Regan McAnally, Colton Schroedor, Billy Barker, Talia Barker, Jacob Booms, Maddie Booms, Mary Cathers, Ashley Heskett, Tori Martin-Crosby, JaeEun Schermerhorn, Catherine Wasylyshyn and James Wasylyshyn. Chapter advisers are band directors Mr. Brian Myers and Mr. Jonathan Roode.

The Tri-M Music Honor Society is a program of the National Association for Music Education. It is an international music honor society for secondary students. It is designed to recognize students for their academic and musical achievements, reward them for their accomplishments and service activities, and to inspire other students to excel at music and leadership in their school and community.


The Eastwood Running Club is open to all Eastwood elementary students. The goal is to run and have a lot of fun, in a non-threatening atmosphere. No experience necessary. Just come!! Running Club will meet at BASIC PARK in Luckey this year. Runners are welcome to attend as many (or as few) Running Club practices as they would like. Practices will include running games along with timed runs. Parents are encouraged to participate as well!!

There is a schedule of practice below. One is this evening weather permitting.

Elementary Cross Country Races

Tuesday, Sept. 27th and Tuesday, Oct. 11th. The races will be on the Eastwood High School Cross Country Course and is open to all area elementary students. Attend either or both!

All runners and spectators should meet by the big cross country tree on the Luckey Road side of the High school. There is no entry required-just show up and run!

Here are the times:

5:30pm - Kindergarten-2nd Grade - Distance - 1/2 Mile

5:45pm - 3rd-5th Grade - Distance - 3/4 Mile

6:05pm - 6th Grade Girls/Boys - 1 Mile

If anyone has any questions, please contact Stephanie Schneider-Sims at


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Each year the Golf Team hosts a scramble in October to help benefit the program. This year’s event is set for Sunday October 9th at 10:00 at Tanglewood. This event is unlike any other in that it is a 10 hole “cross country” event with all sorts of interesting holes. It is a great deal of fun, plus it supports a good cause. The flyer is below.

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I believe this covers most of the items for the start of the week. Please remember to order you pink for the Lake game coming up in a couple of weeks. I sent information out last week on that.

Best wishes and have a GREAT WEEK!