With another round of competition over in the Firelands Challenge Program, the scramble to be in the top five schools has just six points separating four schools. Perkins High School bumped St. Mary Central Catholic from the top five with a 53-point performance in a match with South Central and Monroeville. Perkins trails Huron High School by one point and is closely followed by Norwalk St. Paul and Willard.
Edison High School continues to lead the standings after scoring 62 points in the match with Huron (36 points) and Danbury (34 points). Edison correctly answered eight out of ten regular team questions, captured both toss-up questions, was successful with its team choice question, and scored five lightning round points.
Program coordinator, William Muthig stated, "This is shaping up to be one of the most exciting seasons ever for Firelands Challenge. Not only is the competition for positions two through five tight, but Norwalk High School, with 143 points, is within striking distance and St. Mary Central Catholic, with 154 points, is poised to get back into the top five."
At the conclusion of the fifth round of matches the top five scoring schools are: Edison (222), Huron (169), Perkins (169), Norwalk St. Paul (161), and Willard (159).
Round VI matches will begin on Monday, February 8, 2016 with three (3) matches held at the former Adams Junior High School building in Sandusky. Round IV matches had to be postponed due to inclement weather at the beginning of January. Those matches have been rescheduled for February 22 and 23, 2016.
Dr. Daniel Winkler, Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator of Gifted Education at Cleveland State University discusses his outline of topics for the day. He shared his knowledge and expertise in giftedness regarding the socio-emotional needs of the very bright children in our classrooms. Dr. Winkler presented one of five sessions in North Point’s Gifted Professional Development Series.
Participants in the Gifted PD Series range from 3rd grade to High School Mathematics, third year teachers to experienced veterans, as well as Gifted Intervention Specialists to Building Level Administrators. This unique opportunity started with an interesting partnership. GT Ignite, an online Gifted Professional Development company, and North Point worked together to start the series with Dr. Joyce Juntune, a graduate professor from the Gifted Department of Texas A & M. There will be four (4) additional full-day sessions throughout the year that explore traits of the very bright, some brain research addressing the academic and emotional needs of gifted students as well as some practical changes to lessons and activities that increase the complexity of what we ask of brighter students.
If you would like more information on North Point’s Gifted Professional Development Series, please contact Dwayne Arnold, Coordinator of Gifted Services at email@example.com.
The Franklin B. Walter Outstanding Educator Award Recipient from the SST Region 2 Area is North Point ESC Transition Coordinator Team
Allison Leitz and Robin Hasselbach make up the Transition to Work/Work Study Coordinator Team for North Point ESC. The team provides services to local districts and students in North Point programs. Robin covers transition age students at seven (7) districts and their students who attend the MD, ED or EHOVE programs. Allison covers transition age students at twelve (1)2 districts, students incarcerated in the Juvenile Justice Center, students attending vocational schools and students who are identified as having Multiple Disabilities or Emotional Disabilities from 14 districts. Time management is critical when dealing with the large caseload.
Allison and Robin work hard to provide quality services to their districts and students. They tailor their services in each district to meet their specific needs. Some of the duties are: coordinating trips to local colleges, academic credit for work experience, follow up with employers, trouble shooting on the job problems, vocational needs assessments, participation in the ETR and IEP process, coordinate and/or conduct trainings for district staff regarding transition, resource to parents, students and teachers regarding work related skills, referral to outside agencies and post-secondary options, plus much more. They also keep the North Point transition survey updated and attend conferences and trainings to remain current regarding changes in transition requirements. Allison and Robin help with the coordination and planning of the social graduation for North Point. They work hard each day to ensure teachers, parents and students have the information they need to plan for a successful life after graduation.
Allison and Robin were nominated by Karen Ruf of North Point Educational Service Center (ESC). The purpose of the Franklin B. Walter Outstanding Educator(s) Award is to honor an educator or team who has made outstanding contributions by improving access to, and progress in the general curriculum for children and youth with disabilities.
SST 2 Fall 2015 Newsletter