Manchester grad enjoys a “Super” Experience Taking Adams County patriotism to the state capitol John P Sininger Jo Ann Hayslip Harvey U Schrock Eunice G. Burgess Senior Profile: Kaulen St Michael Cox Racing returns to Brushcreek on April 2 Southern Hills Athletic Conference holds Winter Sports Awards ceremony Adams County provides multiple walking venues Adams County parks are tobacco-free Rhoads Memorial 5K Run/Walk is April 9 Peebles Elem. Staff of the Month Floyd E Maddy Raymond A Holt Derrick Poe Spencer E McFarland Mintie F Rogers Roberta Eylar Big Time Wrestling coming to NAHS Carl Tomlin CTC students help with storm clean-up Opening the door for high-tech jobs Jack R Slyger Thomas Stratton Jr Eastern Lady Warriors headed to Final Four Senior Profile: Logan Rogers Southern Hills Athletic Conference names 2016-17 All-Conference Basketball Teams Winchester PD continues assault on drugs Alonso joins Defender staff Sheriff to set up outpost in Manchester Johnson named OEDA Membership Chairperson Sherman E Young Ruth Jackman ‘Kitten Season’ comes to Ohio Manchester Council votes to disband PD Olde Wayside Inn under new management Two overdose on heroin Senior Profile: Ethan Parrett Adams/Brown Youth League holds postseason tourney Three nights of pain Furious rally falls short, Lady Devils again eliminated in Div. III district finals, 45-42 Oscar Moore Barbara J Finnegan Ohio Senate and House honor Miss Ohio USA Michael Eldridge Frances Towner Thelma R Williamson BREAKING NEWS: Manchester council votes to eliminate police department Before all dogs go to heaven Adaptive Bikes delivered in Adams County Adams County Junior Fair Market Hog Identification plans announced for 2017 Local couple takes ownership of two local businesses Jo Hanson to retire after nearly 50 years in banking Sierra Club, hero or villain? Greyhounds, Devils are runners-up in SHAC Tournaments Harold L Purdin Senior Profile: Jacob Wickerham 98-year old author publishes first book Early March storm packs destructive punch Jeeps rally in second half to end the Peebles season How about some post season awards? Thanks for all the great sports coverage PHS Principal hopes to expand students’ world view When spring becomes a promise Greg Lorenz Clay shoots the lights out, shoots down Greyhounds’ season Senior Profile: Savannah McFarland Devils put up a good fight, but fall to Portsmouth in sectional final, 50-43 Second half comeback sends Lady Devils to district finals for third straight year Butts honored by Southeast District Athletic Board North Adams Elementary holds Random Acts of Kindness Week Chester W Eyre BREAKING NEWS: March makes its entrance with force WUES kicks off Right to Read Week with guest readers WUHS students see Aronoff show on the life of Edgar Allan Poe Local high school seniors winners of Wendy’s Heisman Awards The emotions of a senior year Market Hog Clinic scheduled for March 4 Venture Hawks fall to Scioto County Senior Profile : Colton Thornburg Lady Dragons’ season ends with sectional loss to Lynchburg Devils advance in tourney with convincing win over West Union, will face Portsmouth for sectional title Wenstrup selected as Vice Chairman of House Armed Services Military Personnel Subcommittee Adams County 4-H Shooting Sports to hold fund raiser Linda M Howland Nellie B Hayslip Russell E Bailey Gladys M Perdue Commissioners meet in Columbus with DP&L CEO Tom Raga Missing the Dirtrollers The farms that aren’t forgotten Flora Hilderbran Commissioners to meet with DP&L officials New state graduation requirements called a ‘train wreck’ Catching up with Keller Senior Profile: Justin Knechtly Piketon size is too much for Lady Indians, Peebles falls in sectional finals Greyhounds grab Senior Night win Indians finish regular season riding six-game winning streak

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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