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Springboro Community Schools

September 13, 2012

Two National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalists from Springboro High School
Congratulations to SHS Seniors Allison White (pictured on left) and Swaramsi Katragadda (on right) on being named National Merit Semifinalists by The College Board. Only 16,000 students nationally out of 1.6 million students who took the P.S.A.T. as juniors receive this distinction. White and Swaramsi move on to the next level of the selection process from one of the largest National Merit groups in Springboros history. Eleven seniors were recognized as commended students earlier this year. In addition to our two National Merit Semi-Finalists, they are: Ashley Brent, Thomas Daley, Timothy Fingerle, Meredith Greene, Alexander Leonhardt, Cooper March, Grant Sellers, Kelila Thomsen and Anna Ulrich. Congratulations to all of our commended students. As semi-finalists, White and Swaramsi can now compete for National Merit Finalist status and P.S.A.T. sponsored scholarships. Good luck!

Springboro students participated in a variety of Patriot Day activities on September 11. The High School held its annual commemoration in two assemblies with Junior ROTC and musical groups participating. Additional photos are on page 2.

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Springboro Community Schools

September 13, 2012


Our schools recognized Patriot Day on Tuesday, September 11. Teachers, staff and students paid tribute by holding a moment of silence, wearing red, white and blue, and taking part in programs and discussions to remember the events of 9-11. Springboro High School held its tenth annual Patriot Day program. The studentled assembly began with the posting of the colors by the Junior ROTC Unit and featured the high schools music groups. SHSs Digital Media Arts classes produced videos for the program including a video with photographs of the military and first responders with local Springboro connections. Staged and performed by students, the ceremony was an impressive tribute to our country and the lives lost on that day and in the years since 9-11.

Clearcreek Kindergarten students read the story September 12 and created a large flag with their handprints. S.I. students raised the flag to half-mast on September 11. Sixth graders started their day with the pledge, national anthem and poetry and readings about the September 11 attacks (above).

Dr. Ron Malone, SHS Principal, spoke to students at the SHS Patriot Day program (above). SHS music ensembles performed in the Patriot Day program (left).

Springboro Community Schools

September 13, 2012


Congratulations to the Springboro High School Marching Band and Color Guard. The Panthers performed in competition at the Kings Band Invitational on Saturday. Our guard received the Best Guard Award, and our band placed third in division AAAA. Great job!


The second annual Rock N Run 5K run and fitness walk to benefit the Springboro Marching Band and Guard will be held on Saturday, October 13 at 9 a.m. To register, please visit . Pre-registration is $20 through September 27, and $25 through race day.


Springboro Intermediate (S.I.) is initiating a pilot program to help address the benefits and challenges of giving technology a larger role in our classrooms. The Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) program at S.I. started in the social studies classrooms on August 30. Sixth grade students in those courses are allowed to bring wireless capable devices (laptops, iPads, netbooks, tablet style computers) to the social studies classrooms. However, no student is required to bring a device. S.I. will provide wireless technology devices for students who do not bring their own.

Ms. Lisa Pascoe, SI Social Studies teacher, talks with students on the first day of the new Bring Your Own Technology program. 3

Springboro Community Schools

September 13, 2012

Panther Varsity Sports Headlines

Our Panthers Cross Country team traveled to Tiffin, Ohio for the Tiffin Cross Country Carnival, one of the biggest single day meets in the country. Our runners performed well with many of them earning all-time personal bests. The girls finished second out of 33 teams just 11 points behind first place. Leading the way was Rachael Mahle finishing third out of 226 runners! Following closely behind was Lycia Hollon who finished 12th, Keaton Case in 21st , Kim Streetz in 36th, and Mallory Fletcher in 93rd. The boys team finished 23rd out of 36 teams, with many on the team earning all-time personal bests. The top five boys were Luke Hamilton, Eric Greenwood and Michael Carlisle and Seniors Alex Stickney and Grant Schneider. This weekend the boys and girls varsity teams will be traveling to Louisville, Kentucky for the Trinity/Valkyrie Invitational to compete against some to the best teams from Kentucky, Tennessee, Indiana, and Ohio. The rest of the team will compete at the Alliance Running Invitational in Clayton, Ohio

The Boys Golf team leads the GWOC South with three wins. The team is led by Matt Kern (37 ave.), Alex Elger (38 ave.) and Jack Ford (39 ave.). The Varsity team plays in Xenia today and heads to the Hadley Invitational on Saturday.

The varsity boys team recorded its first win of the season (3-1) over previously unbeaten Sidney. Senior Colby Albers had two goals and Senior Cristian Murguia added the final goal. Logan Joo, Cory Elmore, and Taylor Hemmelgarn were credited with assists. On Tuesday night, the boys faced Fairborn at home and won 2-1. They play Lakota East at home on Saturday afternoon.

The varsity girls team defeated Fairborn Wednesday night. They are 5-1 on the season and ranked third in the area. The team travels to the Cleveland area this weekend to play a 3 p.m. game at Magnificat High School on Saturday and a 1 p.m. game at Westlake High School on Sunday.

The varsity team won all three matches last week over CJ, Toledo Notre Dame, and Toledo St. Ursula. With wins over Lakota East on Monday and Miamisburg on Tuesday, the teams record is 13-2. The girls face Sycamore today and Saturday. (Sports headlines are continued on page 6.)

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September 13, 2012

Every young student at Clearcreek Elementary is taught Clearcreeks Panther Promises: caring, respect, responsibility, trust and make a difference. Once each month, the entire school gathers together for a Panther Pow Wow to focus on the Panther Promises. The Clearcreek Parent Teacher Organization purchased Panther tshirts for students and staff to wear on Pow Wow days to help create a sense of unity. At each Pow Wow, the students complete a service-learning project.


A common complaint from parents and students on the new playground at Dennis is that there is no shade. At their September meeting, the Panther South PTO (the PTO for Dennis Elementary) voted to continue improving the grounds around the school by investing in several new trees this fall. On the hot days of late summer and early spring, these trees are likely to become the favorite gathering spaces for students at recess or during outdoor lessons. Our PTOs and other supporter groups are well suited to make one-time investments--like these treesthat benefit the schools and the community.
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Varsity Sports Headlines


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With a 7-2 record, our volleyball team is ranked #9 in the area coachs poll for all Division 1 and 2 teams. Following wins in straight sets over Wayne and Sidney, the team faced Centerville at home on Monday and lost. The girls bounced back on Tuesday to defeat Fairborn. The team faces West Carrollton at home tonight, and they travel to Centerville on Saturday.

The Panthers are currently the top-ranked team in Division 1, Region 4 in the computer rankings with a win at home over Fairmont on Saturday (34-14). Jack Schaaf rushed for two touchdowns. Kyle Longworth and D.L. Knock also each scored a touchdown. The turning point of the game was a blocked punt by Joe Kylin that Kevin Earles returned for a touchdown. Senior lineman Sean Welsh was the offensive and defensive MVP of the game. The team travels to Sidney on Friday night.

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On September 7, the thunderstorms held off long enough for the traditions of Wee Panther Night at Careflight Field. The Panthers varsity football players and cheerleaders welcome Wee Panther players and cheerleaders to the stadium for this special night each year. Following a parade on the track, hundreds of peewee players created a tunnel for the varsity players. The Panthers ran through the tunnel onto the field as they were cheered on by many of their youngest fans.