Student stars: R.C. Waters highlights top ‘Class Dojo’ winners for September

Press Staff Writer

        R.C. Waters Elementary, in Oak Harbor, participates in a school-wide initiative called Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS).
        PBIS is a process for creating safer and more effective schools by allowing a safe and productive learning environment. R.C. Waters adopted a unified set of expectations for behavior in the school. The unified classroom expectations, found in every classroom and non-classroom settings, include “Be Respectful, Be Responsible, and Be Ready.”
        Student behavior is documented using a tool called Class Dojo, a free behavior-tracking system that reinforces positive behaviors and engages students in becoming accountable for their own choices. One of the benefits of the tool is that it affords an opportunity to communicate with parents.
        In addition, on a scheduled rotation, students are able to “shop” from the Dojo reward cart using the points they have earned for meeting the behavior expectations.
        R.C. Waters’ top Class Dojo winners for September include:
        Kindergarten: (back left to right) Levi Steinmetz, Tucker Wittman, Kiera Moore, and Janie Lattimore; (front left to right) Paige Short, Jayceon Johns, Hudson Suder, and Kelsie LaBounty.
        First grade: (left to right) Ryder Rodriguez, Lauren Mulligan, Natalie McGowan, Beckett Bryant, Natalie Helle, and Amelia Miller.
        Second grade: (left to right) Kinsley Moore, Grady Boss, Penelope Toris, Bo Guerin, and TJ Logan (not pictured: Aubrey Klavinger).
        Third grade: (left to right) Reese Wittman, Owen Boss, Ella Denslow, Amelia Strausbaugh, Connor Weichman, Corbin Randolph, Jacob Sandwisch, and Ally Wood.
Hoffman selected as Education Fellow
        Brooke Hoffman of Oregon, is among 18 students at Ohio Wesleyan University selected as 2020-2021 Education Fellows. She is studying Art Education.
        The four-year fellowships are awarded each fall by Ohio Wesleyan's Department of Education to first-year students with a high potential for success at the university and a stated interest in teaching at the pre-school, elementary, middle or high school level.
        The fellows also are selected in recognition of having demonstrated both leadership in high school and a passion for making the world better by educating its future citizens.
        The benefits of being named an Education Fellow include receiving an OWU scholarship, mentoring from both upper-level Education Fellows and professors, and an invitation to participate in forums, field trips and other career-related events.
Academic honors
        Ohio University: Elsie Edmonds, of Toledo.
        Ohio Wesleyan University: Olivia Anderson, of Toledo; Madison Valentine, of Northwood; Kennedy Sattler and Olivia Smith, of Oregon; and Lauren Mangold, of Walbridge.
        Ohio University: Mary Reilly, of Millbury; Misty Gimenez, of Walbridge and Hana Zollinger, of Walbridge.
Barshel receives white lab coat
        Logan Barshel, of Oregon, was among 50 students at the University of Findlay who recently received a white lab coat at the College of Pharmacy's White Coat Ceremony.
        The ceremony signifies the students' entrance into the third year of the six-year program, which is the first year of professional courses in the College of Pharmacy.
Terra scholarship winners
        Terra State announced the addition of the Roy W. Klay Scholars Program in the fall of 2019. The program supports two tuition and general fees scholarships to Terra students. This is the College’s first full academic scholarship.
        Two awards will be made annually with a goal to award one scholarship to a nontraditional, adult student to cover part-time tuition and general fees and to a traditional, straight-out-of-high-school student.
        Haily Hill and Susan Morehart were chosen as scholarship recipients for the 2020-2021 academic year.
        Hill, a 2020 graduate of Gibsonburg High School, also took classes at Vanguard-Sentinel Career & Technology Center in the early childhood education program. At Terra State, she is working towards her Associate of Arts degree and in the education transfer pathway.
        After her time at Terra State, Hill hopes to move on to BGSU to receive her bachelor’s degree to become a fourth- through eighth-grade English and history teacher, while substitute teaching in area schools.
        In her community, Hill has been a cabin leader for a sixth grader camp trip to Camp Michindoh in Michigan, a Girl Scout day camp leader, and works within her church’s nursery. She also works at Dollar General in Gibsonburg.
        Morehart, from Tiffin, is studying business management and marketing at Terra State. She worked as an assistant manager at Gordmans, which filed for bankruptcy in May. Her store was shut down and Morehart lost her job. She subsequently decided that working toward a degree was the best route to take.
        “I'm going on 46 years old this month and I don't have very many people outside of my family that are like, ‘you can do it.’ For people to not judge me and say, ‘we will count on you.’ I couldn’t stop crying after that. I’ve never felt that before and it felt good.”
        Students who are interested in applying for this scholarship must complete the Terra College Foundation scholarship application process. A committee will select the winners of the awards. More information and the application can be found at
        Any donor may contribute to this fund. Checks should be made payable to the Terra College Foundation and reference the Roy W. Klay Scholars Program.


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