Betty D Cox Michael L Evans Thelma R Stamper Therese A Boerger Lady Indians go down in straight sets to Valley in sectional play Manchester hosts the inaugural Southern Ohio Cheer Challenge NAHS girls claim soccer sectional title Seas siblings are SHAC Cross-Country champions Lady Devils will collect fourth consecutive SHAC gold ball trophy Lady Hounds ousted in sectional tourney opener Peebles Lions Club holding Thanksgiving fund raiser FFA Fruit sales have begun, run until Nov. 18 Historical marker is repaired PES will present ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Eagle Creek Health and Rehabilitation Center Open House showcases new unit PES teacher honored by ACOVSD Board Friends of North Adams Library dedicate new brick Veterans Memorial Senior Profile: Landon Wright Geneva E Vogler Susan L Kremin Local golf teams complete play at state tournament Lady Dragons make school history with tournament win Browning gets hands-on look at NASA’s latest robotics Local beautician celebrates 80th birthday Health Department appeals to November voters Betty R Toller Senior Profile: Craig Horton Helen F Hoffer Super Saturday at Freedom Field Lady Dragons hang on for five-set victory over Manchester Seventh Grade Lady Hounds are SHAC Tournament champions Peebles Elementary announces September Students of the Month Rideout’s Muffler celebrating 40th anniversary this month Senior Citizens levy will appear on November ballot Bonnie J Orr Dorothy M Edenfield Senior Profile: Grace Barge Jerry Paquette Dragons get big 38-20 win at Green Manchester takes varsity team titles at West Union Invitational Lady Devils knock off Peebles on Volley For the Cure Night Manhunt ends with arrest of alleged bank robber Senior Profile: Kelsey Friend Lady Dragons finish as District Runners-Up Sectional pairings announced for volleyball and soccer 2 and 3 and worried is me Patricia Clift Adams County Humane Agent saves abandoned dogs and puppies Tourism had major economic impact on Adams County in 2015 Senator Portman brings his campaign to Adams County Betty E Lawson Sanborn NAHS holds National Honor Society induction ceremonies Harlan W Benjamin Joyce A Lafferty Senior Profile: Lee Hesler Dragons get SHAC win, 2-1 over Fairfield North Adams tops Peebles in ‘Kickin Cancer’ battles Double duty coming at Boys’ State Golf Tournament as West Union and North Adams both qualify Humane Society providing ‘Straws For Paws’ North Adams Elementary honors students and staff Russell Rockwell Julie L Wagner Hobert C Robinson Samuel D McClellan Brenda S Bare Clarencce Walker Jr Dolly M Hilterbrandt Jack Roush Day returns to Manchester West Union FFA has busy opening to school year ODOT opens new full-service Maintenance Facility Peebles Elementary introduces Peer Mentoring program Frost is recipient of Morgan Memorial Scholarship Peebles Fire Department has a new addition Heritage Days return to Tranquility Wheat Ridge Olde Thyme Herb Fair and Harvest Festival begins Friday Caraway Farm hosts annual Pumpkin Festival ‘Run Gio’ makes a visit to Adams County Senior Profile: Mackenzie Smith West Union, North Adams grab top two spots in Division III golf sectional tournament This memory will live with me forever Will M Stern West Union and North Adams-State Bound! Lillian N Smith Betty R Shelton Barbara ER Bohl Brenda Farley Senior Profile: Caitlyn Bradford Dragons roar to 40-0 Homecoming victory Greyhounds take three of four races at annual Adams County Meet Monarch Meadows holds grand opening Discovering a touch of glass on Erie’s Shores Junior L Conaway William B Brumley Sr Fred G Davis Ohio Valley FFA Officers for 2016-17 named ACRMC Emergency Care Center renamed after Dr. Bruce Ashley West Union holds football Homecoming festivities First graders pick the Sheriff Cross honored by ODNR with the prestigious Cardinal Award Renowned Ohio artist visits WUHS

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. 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. 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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