Clay Elementary helped raise/donate over $10,000.00 ($10,129.44 to be exact) during this year's St. Jude's Math-a-thon. According to Mrs. Rider, the CES' goal was $6,334.00 ($1 more than last year). Last year, the Clay community raised the most it had ever raised in one single year. Rider said, "I am amazed at the generosity of our school community!" Since 1996, the Clay donations have exceeded $100,000.00 to this worthy cause--St. Jude's Research Hospital.
On Thursday, April 20, 2017, Garry Boothe provided a Character Education Program using magic and balloons for preschool through fifth-grade students at Clay Elementary School. Students learned about the negative effects of tobacco, alcohol, illegal drugs, and bullying. The students also learned about character, citizenship, standing up for yourself, and caring for others.
Wayne Thompson of the Portsmouth Kiwanis donated school supplies to Clay Elementary on March 20, 2017. The supplies were worth more than $300. The Clay Elementary School and its students would like to thank the Portsmouth Kiwanis and Mr. Thompson for the generosity. Mr. Thompson is a 1974 graduate of Clay High School. Accepting the donation on behalf of CES are Katie Ramey and Evan Balestra, both fifth-grade students.
The Clay Local School District has participated in the refinancing of $4.8 million in outstanding bonds in an effort to "lock in a lower interest rate that will save local taxpayers a total of $545,000 in interest payments" over the next twenty years, according to Michael Burns of Robert W. Baird & Company.
As educators, we know that students who are acknowledged for their accomplishments early in their lives will continue to accomplish their goals in the future. The students in Mrs. Hempill’s third grade reading classes will be sharing their poetry, which will be published in the Young Poets Collection project, “Spring 2017.” All students submitted a patriotic haiku.
Congratulations to the following students:
Mrs. Hempill’s class. Jocee Nachtman, Callie Schackart, Emma Boggs, Autumn Taylor, Ethan Taylor, Braiden McGinnis, Damien Conley, Aiden Baldwin, Dreagan Adkins, Jaxon McIntosh, Zane Ball, Abigail Miller, Jaelynn Josey, Amaia Robson, Wade Bailey, Jason Wang, Kelsey Brady, Day’ona Allen, Donavon Galloway, & Caden Martin [Hayden Arnett, not pictured]
Mrs. Strickland’s class. Lacy Wesley, Gracie Galloway, Alexa Deal, Cayden McKenzie, Madelyn Bach, Hannah Blevins, Livia Fyffe, Adeline Eick, Lillian Allen, Trinity Plew, Haleigh Ruggles, Robert Castle, Eli Longmire, Sophia Craft, Laeney Barney, Aiden Ball, Ethan Ruggles, Emma Walker, Wesley Runyon, Trevin Brooks, Isla Killian, & Rayden Lopez
February is National Children's Dental Health Month. The Southern Ohio Dental Society and Shawnee State University Dental Hygiene students and faculty celebrated this event by providing a program titled "Give Kids a Smile." Eighteen students from Clay Elementary participated in this program on February 3, 2017, which included a complimentary cleaning, exam, and fluoride application.
Congratulations to the following students for being selected to the 2017 Sciot County Honors Band:
Junior High: Zoe Shultz, Cassidy Damron, James Marsh, and Christopher Dean
High School: Maddie Nigh, Trinity Ketchell, Grant Hempill, and Garrett Stone
The Clay Local School District presented Charlie Leonard, a Clay alumnus, a plaque of thanks and gratitude for his efforts over the many years on behalf of the Clay Local School District, the alumni association, and the students of Clay High School. This occurred during halftime ceremonies of the South Webster-Clay HS varsity basketball game on Saturday, January 28, 2017. It was Alumni Appreciation Night.
Life Point Church in cooperation with Scioto Shoe Mart donated thirty (30) pairs of shoes for members of Steven's Power Pack Club on January 30, 2017, at Clay Elementary. Clay Elementary School thanks both organizations for their generosity.
Clay Elementary held its second nine weeks' honor roll assembly on January 26, 2017. Students in grades K-1 were honored for Excellent Achievement, Outstanding Achievement, and Honorable Achievement. Students in grades 2-5 were honored for All-As, A average, B average, Caught Being Good, Good Discipline, and Super Improvers.
The Clay High School Homecoming for 2016-2017 was held Friday, January 13, 2017. The festivities took place between the Junior Varsity and Varsity basketball games. The Clay Panthers hosted the Western Indians.
Allyson Nicole Freeman, daughter of Matt and Donna Freeman, served as the Queen. Ally was escorted by senior, Nate Hinze, son of Carol Conley and Todd Hinze, and senior, Cole Gilliland, son of Craig and Melanie Gilliland. Ally, Nate, and Cole walked to “I’ll Be” by Edwin McCain.
Clay Junior-Senior High School held its National Honor Society Induction on Wednesday, January 11, 2017, in the high school cafetorium. Thirteen new students were inducted into Clay’s National Honor Society.
The new members inducted were Hunnter Adams, daughter of Lori and John Adams of Rubyville; Hunter Armstrong, son of Tom Armstrong and Jill Hauth of Portsmouth; Alicia Bobst, daughter of Wayne and Marianne Bobst of Portsmouth; Grant Cayton, son of Scott and Gretchen Cayton of McDermott; Keith Cottle, son of Marc and Jennifer Cottle of Portsmouth; Bethany Flannery, daughter of Eric and Tammy Flannery of Stout; Grant Hempill, son of Tony and Stacy Hempill of Rubyville; Savannah Moore, daughter of Mark and Tiffany Moore of Portsmouth; Abigail Jo Osborn, Regan Nicole Osborn, and Sydney Erin Osborn, daughters of Brent and Kathy Jo Osborn of Portsmouth; Jacob Wellman, son of David and Tami Wellman of Portsmouth; and Samantha Willis, daughter of Erik and Julie Ratcliff of Portsmouth and David Willis of Hilliard.
The current NHS members included Cole Gilliland, Ava McCleese, and Alaina Stowers.
Paul Mock of the Ohio School Boards Association presented a plaque at Monday's (1/9/2017) school board meeting to Bill Warnock, president of the Clay Local School District Board of Education, for 25 years of service as a school board member.
The Clay Elementary Spelling Bee was held on Tuesday, January 10, 2017. Contestants from 4th and 5th grade were Kenny Fowler, Marcus Lunsford, Macyn Johnson, Mikayla Conley, Megan King, Nicki Fyffe, Nickolai Lagandaon, and Alayna Fife.
Thanks to Mrs. Shepherd, Mrs. White, and Mrs. Smith for judging the Spelling Bee and to Mr. Williams for coordinating and pronouncing words for the spelling bee.