Robert D Hill Lady Devils blank West Union 7-0 in SHAC soccer finale Vikings invade and conquer the Greyhounds Outpouring of community support for local business woman with cancer Manchester mourns teen killed in single-car crash Kylie S Lucas Sharon R Grooms Steven L Wootten Forest J McDaniel Ralph O Grooms Adams County teenager dies in auto accident Charles N Vance Wesley M Baldwin James Kennedy Tom A Mihalovich Brand hat trick leads North Adams past West Union 5-2 in SHAC soccer action Senior Profile: Bryant Lung Lady Hounds pull off thrilling Senior Night win Volleyball milestones continue to pile up at North Adams Banner season for Lady Indians soccer SHAC holds Junior High Volleyball Tournament Tournament match ups set for volleyball and soccer Senior Profile: Morgan Edmisten Hounds dominate, improve to 3-4 Is this not the best time of the year? Volley For The Cure is another big success Getting everything we ask for Oh, that dreaded leaf project Manchester: Adams County’s oldest community looks to the future with hope Congressman visits Manchester’s newest business Six candidates vie for MLSD School Board Highway 41 road work stalls MFD holds annual Safety Day for kids, families Lenora Mckee Virgie Cole Helen J Damron Karen S Lockhart Donna M Pelfrey Russell D Pollitt, Sr Karen S Lockhart Harris named Director of Shelter for the Homeless Local candidates abundant on November ballot Senior Profile: McKinlee Grooms Lady Dragons finish third in district golf tourney Lady Devils challenged, but survive to extend SHAC streak to 60 Rally falls short, Lady Hounds fall in five sets to Fairfield Senior Profile: Jessica Newman Lady Indians get shutout win over West Union, 2-0 Erwins host annual Herb Fair Bentonville: A community at the crossroads of Adams County history Tranquility, Wilson Homestead host annual Heritage Days Why we get back up Your local newspaper, the real deal Welcome to the morning klatch Oleda F Saunders Frank A Golden Shirley A Tully Hubert Knauff John T Shupert Celebrate the sports pages Gould, Woolard, defense lead Hounds to second win George E Lucas Betty A Johnson Hayes sentenced Sue Day Devils headed back to state golf tourney Earl R Fields Alberta L Steward Gregory Terry Linda Taylor Levies slated for November ballot Manchester residents forming neighborhood watch group West Union teachers receive prestigious award Crum arraigned in Brown County Common Pleas Court Seaman: A small town with a big heart and a family spirit Seaman Fall Festival again draws large crowds NAES participates in weekend food program AES Ohio Generation assumes control of DP&L assets West Union, Peebles take home county XC crowns Lady Devils win a soccer buzzer-beater Senior Profile: Brooklyn Wylie Lady Dragons move to districts Green Devils win sectional golf title West Union hosting fourth annual Alumni Volleyball Game Gray breaks Lady Indians’ single season goals record Senior Profile: Chase Cummings Lady Dragons cruise to SHAC title Hupp ties school record with five goals in Lady Devils’ win over Southeastern For 14th time in 15 years, Dragons claim SHAC Boys Golf Championship Getting life in order See those signals of the season Jury returns verdict in former Manchester police officer’s trial Larry Peters Gary L Hughes Sr Deanna L Parker Stephen R Fetters Bonnie Hawkins Clifton J DeMint Steven L Kimberlin When you just know

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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