The North Point Educational Service Center again salutes all the particpants in this year's Academic Challenge 5~8. Across three (3) counties, contests have been completed and winners rewarded with third, second and first place trophies. All team members receive certificates celebrating their participation in this annual event. The goals of this opportunity are to stretch learning, develop stage presence and good listening skills, in addition to working as a team to gain the highest score. It is the greatest kind of fun to "show what you know" and even more enjoyable to watch young people develop self-assurance.
The first place winners in each county have the opportunity to move on to a Tri-County championship match which will be held this year on Wednesday, December 3rd at the BGSU Firelands Campus in the Cedar Point Complex. Competition for grades 5 and 6 will start at 9:30 a.m. and be followed immediately with competition for grades 7 and 8. Three (3) team competitions usually last about one (1) hour and a half.
The first place winners for each of the counties are as follows:
|5th Grade||Edison||Norwalk Mainstreet||Benton-Carroll-Salem|
|6th Grade||Edison||Norwalk Mainstreet||Benton-Carroll-Salem|
|7th Grade||Perkins MS*||Norwalk Middle School||Benton-Carroll-Salem|
|8th Grade||Perkins MS||Monroeville St. Joseph||Port Clinton MS|
*Firelands School District from Lorain County has had grades 5,6,7,8 teams in our Erie County competition for the last two (2) years, getting themselves ready to start their own county contests. Firelands 7th grade took the Erie County trophy for first place but they do not continue on to the Tri-County Championship so Perkins, who took second - a close second mind you - will represent Erie County at the competition.
Linda Stauffer, coordinator of this event, said, "I truly enjoy the opportunity to work with these teams and advisers as well as the community members who volunteer to be scorekeepers, readers, and timers. A special thank-you to Mr. Richard Gallagher for all his technical support with the equipment."
North Point Educational Service Center recognized and honored a number of staff members at its annual Opening Day meeting on August 15, 2014. On a day filled with departmental meetings, program updates and a keynote speaker, the Center set aside time to honor colleagues for their years of service and for making a difference for students and the school systems throughout the region.
Many employees were recognized for their years of service ~ awards were given at five (5) year intervals. The awards are an acknowledgement for the many things staff members do to help our students, our programs, and our districts. This year's service award recipients included:
|5 Year||10 Year||20 Year|
|James Balotta||Matt Bauer||John Ciarrone|
|Brandi Carter||Dale Casper||Merita Wright|
|Jennifer Fate||Deborah Hreha|
|Joe Ferguson||Cheri Johnson|
|Tracy Foos||Matt Wagner||25 Year|
|Ashley Garman||Sherry McKenna|
|Deno Maschari||Mary Wanagat|
|Adelle Nader||15 Year|
|Bev Rank||Jacquie Bundschuh|
|Heather Ritchey||Kristen Graham||30 Year|
|Dale Sartor||Gregory Hooten||Dianne Ewell|
|Tiffany Thornbury||Steve Myers|
|Victoria Woods-Rouke||Tammy Robinson|
|Cathy Zieher||Tami Schnable|
Six (6) employees who retired in 2014 were recognized for their work. The group received luggage and a plaque acknowledging their contributions to North Point. We wish them many years filled with happiness, joy and health. The six (6) retirees include: Doug Armstrong, Robin Brady, Toni Brutsche, Brenda Grant, Laurie Martin and Kathy Sartor.
Finally, nine (9) individuals received Organizational Awards celebrating and recognizing their efforts. These special recognizatins are unique because all the recipients were nominated by their colleagues, people who witnessed the individual's contributions and efforts on a daily basis. The award recipients included:
Heart Award: In recognition of actions which exemplify our organizational values and the education profession: Kristina Polachek, Deb Didion and Toni Brutsche.
Teamwork Award: In recognition of efforts toward organizational pride, common purpose and teamwork: Ryan Smith and Cheryl Burdette
Torch Award: In recognition of actions that help others succeed and make the Center and its programs better: Pamela Bauer and Dwayne Arnold
Excellence Award: In recognition of efforts toward improving the quality of the Center programs and services: Allison Leitz and Greg Hooten