2010 Five Seniors Recognized by HSTW

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High Schools That Work Award Recipients (C. Maxie not pictured)


Clay High School Seniors Honored for Outstanding Educational Achievement

Five members of the class of 2010 from Clay High School have received the High Schools That Work (HSTW) Award of Educational Achievement. High school seniors who have completed a challenging program of study and demonstrated readiness for employment and for college receive this award from the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB). This year's award recipients are Kylie Davis, Morgan Garrett, Christopher Maxie, Brian Summers, and Katie Wheeler.

According to Todd Warnock, Clay HS principal, “These students are to be commended for their efforts. They have taken challenging courses in high school and scored high on rigorous exams and, by doing so, they have increased the likelihood of success in the workplace and further education.”

For more than 10 years, the HSTW Award of Educational Achievement has been used to recognize students at HSTW and TCTW sites who complete a rigorous high school curriculum and perform at a college- and career-ready level. To earn the award, students must complete a college-preparatory course of study in at least two of three subject areas (English/language arts, mathematics and/or science); complete a concentration in a career/technical area, mathematics/science or the humanities; and meet the readiness goals in all three subject areas on the HSTW Assessment.

Only a small percentage of students who take the assessment each year meet or exceed these high standards and earn an award. Presenting these awards to qualified seniors sends a signal to award recipients, parents and other students at your school that it is important to complete a rigorous high school curriculum and do well in both academic and career/technical classes.

The Southern Regional Education Board is a multi-state compact for education, founded in 1948. High Schools That Work, launched in 1987, is the largest high school improvement effort in the United States, with more than 1,100 school sites in 31 states, the District of Columbia, and Calgary, Canada. Founded in 2007, the Technology Centers That Work (TCTW) school improvement model has more than 125 technology centers in 12 states.

For more information, contact Allison Timberlake, director of assessment and evaluation for School Improvement, or Emily Kagey, chief editor for School Improvement, at the Southern Regional Education Board, 592 10th Street, NW, Atlanta, GA 30318.

2010 PLTW Engineering Marble Sorters

Mr. Garrett's Project Lead the Way engineering class recently built marble sorters. Watch the videos of the robots in action.
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The student built robots sort marbles into seperate bins based on color. The robots have to complete three cycles of sorting without breakdown or error to be considered a working robot.

Watch the videos of the sorters in action.  Click on the link.

Andrew White and Sean Keeton
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 Dustin Fitch and Amber Scott
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 Eric Manninen and Josh O'Connor
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  Nick Harris and Eli Kelley
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2009 CHS Science Fair 2

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And the winners of the Clay Junior-Senior High School Science Fair are...

Clay HS

Alisha Adams & Katie Gregory

1. Katherine Bauer
2. Kristin Clark
3. Seth Pack
4. Nicole Chandler

Clay Junior High

Overall Champion
Shelby Doyle

7th Grade
1. Taylor Swayne
2. Zach Phillips
3. Lexie Gilliland
4. Matthew Benner
5. Kaylee Collins-McBee

8th Grade
1. Jessica Moore
2. Chris Smith
3. Cirrus Vassar

Team Projects
1. Chastity Allen & Karissa Lockwood
2. Maddy Burton & Larissa Lockwood
3. Scotty Priddy & Johnny Baez

Honorable Mention
1. Hillary Coburn
2. Cody Clark
3. Hayley Ferguson & Jerusha Durham
4. Bryson Hurt
5. Abbie Riffe

2010 Madden Third Place at County Spelling Bee

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Four Local Spellers Advance to Regional Bee in Columbus


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Four local students won at the 59th Annual Scioto County Spelling Bee at the Southern Ohio Medical Center Friends Center on Sunday, and now will advance to the Regional Spelling Bee in Columbus.

The Spelling Bee is hosted each year by the Portsmouth Civic Forum, and member Gene Arms said this year’s Bee was probably one of the best they have ever had.

“We had 312 seats set-up, and they were all in use but about 12 or 13,” Arms said.

Twenty-seven students from 24 school districts in Scioto County and Manchester participated, and from them were chosen four finalists.

This year’s first-place winner was Preston Ramey, a sixth-grader from Green Elementary. He competed in last year’s spelling bee, and finished in seventh place. This year he said he studied even harder, and it all payed off with the winning word — “coyote”.

Preston won a $300 savings bond and a trophy, and his mother also rewarded him with ice cream and a new iPod.

“We’re just very proud of him. He’s always been a good speller and a good student,” Preston’s mother, Erica Ramey, said.

Preston’s father, Eric Ramey, could not attend the County Spelling Bee, Preston said, because he was on a plane returning home from Iraq. Preston said he really enjoyed seeing his dad again.

The second-place winner was Mason Harris, a sixth-grader from Minford Middle School. Harris won a $200 savings bond and a trophy. Third-place winner was Jimmy Madden, a sixth-grader from Rubyville. Madden won dinner for four at Golden Corral, in New Boston, and a trophy. Fourth-place winner was Nate Marcum, a fifth-grader from Wheelersburg Middle School. Marcum won a college dictionary and a trophy.

All four winners advance to compete in the Regional Spelling Bee, in Columbus, on March 6. For those who win at the Regional Spelling Bee, they will advance to compete in the National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. on June 2-4, 2010.

This is the first time in four years that the County Spelling Bee has participated in the Regional and National Spelling Bees. Arms explained that they stopped participating when the sponsoring agency, E.W. Scripps, began requiring school districts to pay a $99 participation fee.

“The principals and superintendents and I had a discussion on it ... and we dropped that affiliation but we continued having ours, and having our awards,” Arms said. “The (South Central Ohio Educational Services Center) wanted us to get back into the competition this year, and they assisted in getting the Ohio Lottery Commission to pay the fee.”

This year’s spelling bee judges were Sharon Scott, Rep. Todd Book, and Mike Payton. Recording this year was Larry Dale Mullins, and the pronouncer was John Kizer.

More information about the National Spelling Bee can be found online at www.spellingbee.com.

Source:  Ottney, Ryan Scott.  "Four Local Spellers Advance To Regional Bee In Columbus."  Portsmouth Daily Times, 25 February 2010, p. A1.

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2008 Cleanup Project

Rosemount Road Cleaned Up on Monday
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By Wayne Allen
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Friday, April 25, 2008 3:05 PM CDT
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“One of our high litter areas in Portsmouth is Rosemount road,” Dan Palmer of the Lawrence-Scioto Solid Waste Management District Recycling and Litter prevention District Coordinator said. Palmer and his staff with permission from the Scioto County Engineer will be closing Rosemount Road on Monday, April 28th from Noon- 2 p.m., for a clean up effort.

Forty-Four Clay High School Seniors will be helping to clean Rosemount road on Monday in an effort to raise awareness about litter prevention and for community service.

In a concern for the students safety there will be barricades set up on both sides of the road to block traffic. The clean is being restricted to student participation only.

One of the things Palmer is hoping to do with the event is raise awareness. “There is no need for this (Litter). There is no since for this area of the community being littered like this,” Palmer noted.

“We have been in conversation with Dan Palmer and his staff, and have talked a lot about recycling and starting a program within the school district. So much of our waste is solid waste that could be recycled, we could recycle 95% of what we use why would we not do that,” Clay High School principal Todd Warnock said.

The Clay Local School district is considering starting a recycling program for the 2008-2009 school year.

When school district officials were talking about the possibilities of a recycling program the conversation shifted to local roads and people littering. That conversation then lead to talking about Rosemount Road which in turn helped to get the idea for Monday started.

“There is a tremdous amount of litter (on Rosemount Road) they go over the hill and people can not see them and people just throw their trash out. That's where we live. We wanted to clean the road but we know that there will be people driving through and throw their trash out again. We also wanted to raise awareness that littering is not good for the community,” stated Warnock.

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