The Magnolia High School Blue Eagles were recognized Dec. 20 by the Wetzel County Board of Education, which presented them with a You Make a Difference plaque for winning the West Virginia Class-AA State Football Championship Dec. 3 at Wheeling Island Stadium.
Board Vice President Bob Patterson quoted a Chapmanville resident, who said the Blue Eagles "showed class" during the season, while County Superintendent Bill Jones recalled the team "played the best defense I've ever seen in high school football."
Other board members shook hands with each of four seniors who were present to accept the award in behalf of the team, Justin Fox, Dillon Simmons, Sam Shepherd, and Brendan Kacor.
Magnolia High School senior Dillon Simmons, center, displays a You Make a Difference plaque presented to the school’s football team Dec. 20 from the Wetzel County Board of Education for the team’s winning performance in the West Virginia Class-AA Football Championship game Dec. 3 at Wheeling Island Stadium.
In the photo, from left, are County Superintendent of School Bill Jones and MHS senior football players Justin Fox, Simmons, Sam Shepherd, and Brendan Kacor. (Photo by Bill Abraham)
Jones announced that all schools in the county have been fully accredited by the West Virginia Department of Education, with Long Drain School and Paden City High School receiving distinguished status. That designation means that the performance of a school and its students was below the criteria for exemplary status, but was in the upper quartile on the annual performance index.
Josh Weekley, technical education teacher at Valley High School, presented a two-minute White Board video on the county's commitment to Global 21, of which 21st Century Learning is a part. The presentation will be among the first to be reviewed at a January 2011 meeting of the State Board of Education, which will ultimately see similar presentations from all 55 counties in the state.
The board approved a corrected version of the county's 10-year CEFP plan which will be submitted to the state board.
The corrections eliminated all references to closing Paden City High School, to make it consistent with the board's vote at a meeting earlier this year.
The board also approved calendar adjustments for the current school year that were recommended by the superintendent. The adjustments include three days of two-hour early-dismissals so the remainder of the days can be dedicated to work by each school's Professional Learning Communities.
In a second adjustment, one additional day will be set aside for a parent/teacher conference near the end of the first semester.
The board accepted resignations from three individuals, including Shannon L. Eastham and Penny L. Tracy as countywide substitute custodians and from Christopher S. Shriver as a countywide substitute teacher. Eastham and Tracey were later approved for employment as countywide substitute cooks, effective Dec. 21.
The board also approved new employment or changes in employment. Elliott L. Kendle's assignment for the 2011-12 school year will be changed from fifth grade teacher to sixth grade teacher at Paden City Elementary School.
A change in assignment for Barbara A. Cain was approved from halftime cook II and PCES to cook II at New Martinsville School. In addition, Teresa D. Long's assignment was changed from cook III and PCES to cook III at NMES.
The board approved a request from Mary Postlethwait for her foreign exchange student, Florencia San Roman Yosik, to continue attending PCHS for the 2010-11 school year. In addition, Zoa Little's request was okayed for Elizabeth Cumbridge, Chiara DiLeo, BraeLynn Little, and Loren Little to continue attending Paden City schools for the remainder of the current school year.
Finally, the board approved PCHS Principal Jay Salva's request to take the senior class to Gatlinburg, Tenn., May 24-26 for its senior trip. That trip will be paid by student fees and from fund raisers.
The board fixed its next regular meeting for 7 p.m., Jan. 3, 2011, at the county office building, 333 Foundry St., New Martinsville.