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Pictured are brothers Pat and Joe Donini, nephews of Margaret Ferrell, who established a fund at the Scioto Foundation to benefit many local organizations. NDHS teachers Anissa Harr, Stephanie Patmore and Cheri Morgan are also pictured. One of the provisions of the fund is a teacher award of $1,000 to benefit an elementary or high school teacher of the Notre Dame Schools. Because there were many teachers who applied this year, Joe and Pat decided to help fulfill some of the other teacher’s requests, in addition to the $1,000 provided by the fund. A NDE teacher received the $1,000 award.


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Wheelersburg Middle School Quiz Bowl Championship Team. Pictured Back row - Assistant Coach Raj Kartaria, Carter Hancock, Carly Lavender, Max Hagans, Ayden Keeton, Coach Jerri Cummings. Front Row - Chris Hamilton, Justin Barnes, Addison Mullins, Isaiah Tilley.


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Stefany Jenkins (left) and Kay Larson (right), from Scioto County Help Me Grow, stand with some of the items the program is offering for free to participating families - car seats, cribs, and pack-and-plays.


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Notre Dame Teachers awarded grants for school projects and supplies (see Photo)

In observance of Veteran’s Day, Minford High School will host an open lunch and assembly for all local veterans on Friday, November 10. Lunch will be from 10:33 until 11:45. The assembly will begin at approximately 12:05.

Wheelersburg wins Middle School Quiz Bowl Nine schools competed at the SCOESC; West wins Runner-Up title

NEW BOSTON, Ohio (Oct. 31, 2017) – Wheelersburg Middle School won the South Central Ohio Educational Service Center (ESC) Middle School Quiz Bowl Tournament Wednesday, Oct. 25, winning over the Runner-Up team from West Portsmouth Middle School by one point.

Ninety-seven students competed from nine school districts, including Minford, Northwest, West, Wheelersburg, Green, Portsmouth, Valley, New Boston, and Notre Dame.

“There are different categories, and for the middle school, which is fifth and sixth grade, it’s reading vocabulary, geography, life science, fine arts, mathematics, spelling, physical science, world history, grammar, and current events. Then there’s a lightning round that can include questions from any category,” said Sharee Price, director of the ESC Gifted Services Department.

The first seed of tournament was played in two rounds, where Wheelersburg and West finished undefeated 2-0. Wheelersburg and West also had the highest combined scores which allowed them to advance to the finals. Wheelersburg won the final play, making them the 2017-18 county champions.

The Wheelersburg Middle School Quiz Bowl Coach is Jerri Cummings and her Assistant Coach is Dr. Raj Kataria. The West Middle School Quiz Bowl Coach is Lisa Montgomery.

The event is organized each year by the Gifted Services Department of the South Central Ohio ESC. In addition to the Middle School Quiz Bowl, the ESC also hosts an annual Junior High Quiz Bowl, and multiple High School Quiz Bowl matches throughout the year. The next competition will be the Junior High Quiz Bowl, on Wednesday, Nov. 1, from 4-8 p.m.

“Participating in quiz bowl reinforces knowledge and quick recall, inspires learning about new things, and encourages socialization. It also fosters cooperation and teamwork as students confer with each other throughout the competition. I’m always impressed by how much the students know and how self-confident they are in front of the large audiences that attend our competitions.” Price said.

Help Me Grow offers free car seats, cribs to parents

NEW BOSTON, Ohio (Oct. 30, 2017) – The Help Me Grow program is helping make sure parents are equipped to keep their children safe, offering car seats and cribs for free to participating families.

Help Me Grow provides services to expecting mothers and to children age 3 and under with developmental delays. The program works closely with the Scioto County Board of Developmental Disabilities, which provides early childhood developmental specialist to evaluate the children and work closely to build their muscles, speech, and motor skills. The program is available to anyone, regardless of their income.

“This summer, the Ohio Department of Health, through some federal grants, had some extra money and we ended up with about $45,000 extra dollars that we spent buying important things for our families,” said Rebecca Wheelersburg, of the Help Me Grow program.

With this additional funding, the program bought 100 infant car seats and 100 infant-to-toddler car seats. The program partners with the Portsmouth City Health Department to train its staff to teach parents how to correctly and safely install the car seats.

“Many of our families pick these up at yard sales because they are expensive, but it’s important to buy them new because car seats do end up breaking down after a while. They have expiration dates, and we just want to make sure all of our families are safe out there,” Wheelersburg said.

The Help Me Grow program also purchased pack-and-plays and porta-cribs to promote safe-sleep practices. Wheelersburg said the state of Ohio is among the worst states for infant sleep mortality rates, and the Help Me Grow program wants to help educate parents about the dangers and safe sleep practices.

“We want to make sure kids have safe sleeping places; that kids aren’t sleeping with their parents or in places that are too soft,” she said.

Home Visitor Laura Estep has been with Help Me Grow for nearly eight years, assisting many families.

“It’s a great feeling to go in and help them in any way I can, and they help me too. We become friends, and get together, and our visits are very enjoyable,” Estep said.

“Some of them don’t have parents they can talk to, especially if they’re pregnant and going through it for the first time. That’s what I’m here for.”

Shawnee State University welcomes Muna Jondy to present “Syrian Refugee Crisis: Treat the Symptoms, Stop the Cause”

PORTSMOUTH, Ohio – Shawnee State University welcomes Muna Jondy to present “Syrian Refugees Crisis: Treat the Symptoms, Stop the Cause” lecture at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, November 6 in the Flohr Lecture Hall of the Clark Memorial Library.

Jondy is an attorney specializing in immigration and a cooperating attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Michigan. She also currently serving as legal consultant for Americans for a Free Syria, an organization focusing on political advocacy in Washington DC to promote freedom, dignity and democracy for the Syrian people.

Jondy earned her B.A. in History from the University of Michigan, a J.D. from the University of Manitoba in Canada, and an LL.M. from the Michigan State University College of Law.

Jondy’s lecture is in conjunction with the Common Read program, and the SSU Common Read for the 2017-18 school year is A Hope More Powerful than the Sea by Melissa Fleming. It tells the story of Doaa al-Zamel, a Syrian refugee who is one of only eleven survivors to be rescued in 2015 when their fishing boat set for Europe and containing 500 refugees was intentionally capsized.

Jondy’s lecture is open and free to all SSU students, staff, faculty, and to the surrounding community.

Pictured are brothers Pat and Joe Donini, nephews of Margaret Ferrell, who established a fund at the Scioto Foundation to benefit many local organizations. NDHS teachers Anissa Harr, Stephanie Patmore and Cheri Morgan are also pictured. One of the provisions of the fund is a teacher award of $1,000 to benefit an elementary or high school teacher of the Notre Dame Schools. Because there were many teachers who applied this year, Joe and Pat decided to help fulfill some of the other teacher’s requests, in addition to the $1,000 provided by the fund. A NDE teacher received the $1,000 award.
http://www.portsmouth-dailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/28/2017/11/web1_NDTeachers.jpegPictured are brothers Pat and Joe Donini, nephews of Margaret Ferrell, who established a fund at the Scioto Foundation to benefit many local organizations. NDHS teachers Anissa Harr, Stephanie Patmore and Cheri Morgan are also pictured. One of the provisions of the fund is a teacher award of $1,000 to benefit an elementary or high school teacher of the Notre Dame Schools. Because there were many teachers who applied this year, Joe and Pat decided to help fulfill some of the other teacher’s requests, in addition to the $1,000 provided by the fund. A NDE teacher received the $1,000 award. Submitted Photos

Wheelersburg Middle School Quiz Bowl Championship Team. Pictured Back row – Assistant Coach Raj Kartaria, Carter Hancock, Carly Lavender, Max Hagans, Ayden Keeton, Coach Jerri Cummings. Front Row – Chris Hamilton, Justin Barnes, Addison Mullins, Isaiah Tilley.
http://www.portsmouth-dailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/28/2017/11/web1_Wheelersburg_MS-QB-Champs_2017.jpgWheelersburg Middle School Quiz Bowl Championship Team. Pictured Back row – Assistant Coach Raj Kartaria, Carter Hancock, Carly Lavender, Max Hagans, Ayden Keeton, Coach Jerri Cummings. Front Row – Chris Hamilton, Justin Barnes, Addison Mullins, Isaiah Tilley. Submitted Photos

Stefany Jenkins (left) and Kay Larson (right), from Scioto County Help Me Grow, stand with some of the items the program is offering for free to participating families – car seats, cribs, and pack-and-plays.
http://www.portsmouth-dailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/28/2017/11/web1_help-me-grow.jpgStefany Jenkins (left) and Kay Larson (right), from Scioto County Help Me Grow, stand with some of the items the program is offering for free to participating families – car seats, cribs, and pack-and-plays. Submitted Photos

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