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Board Approves Calendar, Honors Students

April 23, 2014
BY LAUREN MATTHEWS - Staff Writer ( , Wetzel Chronicle

The Wetzel County Board of Education approved a school calendar for the 2014-2015 school year at their April 21 meeting. This calendar will now be sent to the state board for approval.

The first instructional day for students is Aug. 18, and the last instructional day is June 3, with Out of Calendar Days set for June 11-30.

Students will receive Thanksgiving break the whole week of Nov. 24, and their Christmas break will begin Dec. 23. Students will return to school Jan. 5, 2015. Dec. 23 is listed as a Teacher-Pupil-Parent Conference day.

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Pictured with New Martinsville School Choral Director Bruce Ensinger are Wetzel County’s students who were selected for the 2014 West Virginia State Children’s Chorus. Pictured in no specific order are Emerson Barcus, Jaci Rohde, Lily Spratt, Angel Stallard, Cassara Cooley, and Katelyn Stillwagoner. (Photo by Lauren Matthews)

Spring break begins March 27 and runs through April 6.

Outside School Environment, or OS Days, are set for March 6, March 20, March 27, and June 5, 8, and 9. Continuing Professional Development Days for staff are set for Aug. 14 and 15, as well as June 4. Preparation for Opening/Closing Schools are set for Aug. 13 and June 10.

Out of Calendar Days, which must be used to make up cancelled instructional days, are Thanksgiving Break, not including Thanksgiving; Christmas Break, not including Dec. 23, Dec. 25, and Jan. 1; and Spring Break, not including March 27, an OS Day. Other Out of Calendar Days include, as previously mentioned, June 11-30.

Although many Thanksgiving and Christmas break days can be considered as makeup days, as Assistant Superintendent Jay Yeager stated at previous calendar meetings, which were held at Hundred and Magnolia high schools, normally the school system does not see any snow days prior to January.

Also at Monday's meeting, several of Wetzel County's youth were honored.

John Ice, coordinator for the area's Regional Social Studies Fair, honored Wetzel County School's first place winners.

Those honored included Kelsey Litman, Erin Moore, Jazlyn Ingold, Breanna Herrick, Rachel Price, Jaci Rohde, Sara Johnson, Garylin Fletcher, Lindsay Whiteman, Ashlyn Pierkarski, Matthew Michael, Sierra Walker, and Allie Litman.

"I've done this for 32 years," Ice stated. "Thirty-four years I have been associated . . . The board has supported us well, and they've helped us when we need a bus, and I appreciated your support."

Board President Mike Blair told Ice that as board members, "we've all been a part of your social studies fair." He added, "As a board member, you see what students come up with, and you are a big part of it, and we are going to miss you. We thank you for your kind service as well."

Paden City and Magnolia High School's thespian troupes were then honored for their participation at the West Virginia State Thespian Festival. Magnolia's participants included Amanda Mayo, Luis Vazquez, and Rachel Arbogast. Paden City participants included Adam Croasmun, Logan Crawford, Haley Hizer, Kris Byers, Kalob Byers, Simone Lerchster, Alli Suter, Paige Leonard, Levi Goddard, and Morgan Goddard.

"They did a fantastic job," MHS Principal Kathi Schmalz stated. "We have the top two thespian troupes in the state . . . We are very proud of our students as they have continued the tradition of theatre."

She added, "The thespians work hard to put on productions every year, and they always go to the state festival and represent our county well, and from the bottom of my heart, I thank the board and students and county office staff for all you do to support theater in this county."

Paden City High School Principal Jay Salva stated that his students did a fantastic job. "This is our third year," he stated. "Every time we go to the festival, MHS and PCHS pretty much run the place, and I want to thank the board and central office.

Next, Choir Director Bruce Ensinger honored Wetzel County's "West Virginia State Children's Chorus" participants. Students honored included Anya Hope Glover, Savannah Price, Emerson Barcus, Jaci Rohde, Lily Spratt, Angel Stallard, Faith Yoho, Breauna Anderson, Cassara Cooley, Riley Klug, and Katelyn Stillwagoner.

Ensinger stated that this was the 22nd year for participation. "We have been there since the beginning, and this year I was the accompanist," he noted. Ensinger's background on the West Virginia All-State Children's Chorus page can be viewed at

Tammy Wells, director of school improvement, assessment, strategic planning, and vocational education, then recognized Garrett Babe, Peyton Bassett, and Mackenzie Drake for being 2014 Golden Horseshoe Winners. Drake stated the test consisted of an essay and then an online examination.



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