Wilbur named to the Wilmington College Dean’s List Opal Van Hoose Ruby Yazell Chris Volk North Adams High School holds annual Homecoming ceremonies Six workers injured in power plant explosion Commissioners hold proclamation ceremony for 4-H Week Senior Profile: Shyanne Tucker Coach Young Classic is Saturday at NAHS Helen Kerr Anna L DeMint The garden that got us through the winter months Virginia L Fricker JV Devils top Northwest 51-34 Senior Profile: Caitlin Young North Adams moves to 7-5 with 16-point Homecoming win over Northwest Held to a higher standard Claudia J Purtee Shaylee E Prewitt Questions still linger in Stuart explosion Richard Holsinger J Ruth Madden Frank E Swayne Robert Bechdolt Sara D Hatfield Barbara Goodwin Jeffrey Frederick Grace E Myers Johnny A Sullender Sr. Senator Joe Uecker sworn-in for second term Wenstrup sworn in for third term in House Ronald L Chochard Patrick P Clift Samuel W Freeland Senior Profile: Casey Mullenix Lady Dragons win ugly, taking Classic consolation game over Manchester, 48-45 Greyhounds roll by West Union to take Classic consolation game, 82-58 History made as Ward takes oath of office Peter A Bennington Tangela R King McDonald’s Classic crowns 2016 champions MVP Arey leads Peebles to McDonald’s Classic title, Indians outlast North Adams 82-76 in double overtime thriller Lady Devils get Classic three-peat, make it 10 of 11, 14 titles for Coach Davis Senior Profile: Raegan Dick Teaching students the power of giving Kids at Children’s Home gifted with shopping spree Marion Liming Dorothy Huff John R Murphy Michael L McAninch Rita Rogers Edward L Combs Ronald W Staggs Mary H Grooms Gladys Wilson Donald Barnhill Monda Van Vorren Deborah Spires Senior Profile: Andre Wolke Indians pull away in second half, get past Manchester 71-58 in Classic semis On home floor, Lady Indians move to Classic title game North Adams handles West Union, Devils move to Classic finals with 68-53 victory Lady Devils roll into Classic championship Beth E Rowley Leatrice Lewis Senior Profile: Justin Aldridge Mary Helterbridle Wanda Huffman PES Performing Arts entertains at Hometown Christmas Adams County Manor sends holiday wishes Peebles Lions Club hosts Christmas breakfast Elusive Elf on a Shelf makes a return visit to PES Santas in blue spread Christmas cheer in a very special way Senior Profile: Aubrey McFarland WUHS holds Hall of Fame induction ceremonies WUHS Academic Team has undefeated season Serving those who served their country From Pearl Harbor to ‘America’s Got Talent’, 93-year-old WWII vet is still going strong Yester Years brings a touch of old to the new Merry Christmas to you all North Adams Elementary announces Spelling Bee winners Peebles High School hosts Homecoming ceremonies Children in need receive gifts at PES Adams County Manor holds annual Door Decorating Contest WUHS celebrates with numerous Christmas activities Halftime lead quickly vanishes, Dragons fall to Northwest 73-62 in Saturday night non-conference match up Tammy S Scott Oscar Hilterbrandt Neil R Swayne Beulah M Daniels McDonald’s Classic begins Dec. 27 Letters to Santa Senior Profile: Tyler Swearingen Leadership Adams donates to local outreach programs North Adams student/athletes are part of Holiday Sharing Event Senior Profile: Kylie Lucas West Union Elementary holds Academic Fair on Dec. 2 WUES holds annual Spelling Bee NAHS Art students help out the Humane Society Peebles Elementary announces Spelling Bee winners

OVSD up and running for another year

The Ohio Valley School District kicked off the 2015-16 school year last Wednesday, August, 19.

After many weeks of planning and preparation, OVSD teachers opened their classrooms to returning students.

“It’s great to see our students and staff in full swing,” new ACOVSD Superintendent Richard Seas remarked.

“The beginning of the school year is always an exciting time, a fresh beginning for everyone,” North Adams Assistant Principal Dierdre Mills commented. “In no other profession can you begin anew every year. Teachers and principals are recharged, students are ready for the routine of school, and parents are hopeful for a great year for their kids.”

The new school year also brings significant changes for the district.

A new superintendent of schools, Richard Seas, replaces Rodney Wallace who retired last year.

Assistant Principal Mills said, “Though we will miss Mr. Wallace’s leadership, we anticipate exceptional things of Mr. Seas. With his background and experience, I believe he will bring a new perspective to our district.”

Mr. Seas expressed his enthusiasm for the job ahead, “We’re certainly in the people business and I’m really looking forward to working with the staff and students.”

The new school year also brings changes in state testing and requirements. Many educators are endorsing these reforms which have shorter testing windows and quicker results.

The Math and Language Arts competency tests which have been administered by The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) will be replaced by American Institute for Research (AIR) tests, which already administer testing for Science and Social Studies.

The PARCC tests normally took 30 to 40 days away from classroom instruction time. It was also a source of anxiety for many students. AIR testing will be done only one time at the end of the school year.

“This school year will bring about changes,” said Mills, “but everyone in the OVSD school district has worked hard to prepare for a great school year full of success and progress.”

These students are arriving at Peebles High School on August 19 for the first day of the 2015-16 school year.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_School1.jpgThese students are arriving at Peebles High School on August 19 for the first day of the 2015-16 school year. Patricia Beech | People’s Defender

Pictured here at Peebles High School Back to School Night are, from left, smally, his mother Allison Smalley, and teacher Billie Jo Justice.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_School2.jpgPictured here at Peebles High School Back to School Night are, from left, smally, his mother Allison Smalley, and teacher Billie Jo Justice. Patricia Beech | People’s Defender
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