Catherine Saddler shaking hands with Principal Jeff Rouff as she is inducted to the National Junior Honor Society. A total of 75 8th graders from Hopewell Junior were inducted during a school ceremony Dec. 18. Photo provided.
More than 300 people, including students, family and friends were on hand for a ceremony at Hopewell Junior Dec. 18 that recognized 75 8th graders as they were inducted to the National Junior Honor Society.
The purpose of the Hopewell Junior School National Junior Honor Society is to create enthusiasm for scholarship, stimulate a desire for service, promote leadership, exhibit good conduct and encourage citizenship.
Nearly 150 Hopewell students were eligible to apply based on the 3.5 or better grade point average and strict discipline requirements. A faculty council reviewed applications and recommended 75 students for membership based not only on scholarship, but community service, leadership and citizenship.
As a part of the application, students wrote an essay defining what the word “honor” means to them. Students Sarah Mullins and Winston Owens were selected to read their essays during the induction ceremony.
The National Junior Honor Society students will organize two major service projects beginning in January. The Pennies for Patients fundraiser will benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and a canned food drive will benefit Reach Out Lakota. In addition to the group projects, students will be required to complete individual community service hours. (more…)
The West Chester Board of Trustees approved the establishment of “No Parking Zones” near several of the community’s schools on Tuesday. The schools affected by the new “No Parking Zones” are Hopewell Junior and Hopewell Elementary, as well as Endeavor Elementary and Adena Elementary.
The West Chester Police Department, Community Services, Lakota Local Schools and the Butler County Engineer’s Office recommended the zones be identified due to safety issues with student drop-off and pick-up.
Vehicles stopping within the school zone and/or on neighboring streets to drop off or pick up children from school created obstructions for pedestrians and vehicular traffic traveling near the schools.
A “No Parking Zone” was approved near Endeavor Elementary on Smith Road prohibiting parking, standing or stopping of vehicles in the school zone on school days between the hours of 8 to 9 a.m. and from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Additionally, no parking will be allowed anytime on R.E. Smith Drive between Smith Road and Misty Shore Drive, and no parking anytime on Bar Harbor Way between Smith Road and South Port Drive.
Also approved is no parking, standing or stopping of vehicles in the school zone between Heritage Drive and Adena Hills Court between the hours of 8 to 9 a.m. and from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on school days.
A “No Parking Zone” will also be enacted for Manor Drive near Hopewell junior and elementary schools. This would prohibit parking, standing or stopping of vehicles on Manor Drive on school days from 7 to 9 a.m. and from 2 to 4 p.m. on the north side of Manor Drive between Candlelight Terrace and Rickhaven Court and on the south side of Manor Drive between the west property line of 7849 Manor Drive and the east property line of 7879 Manor Drive.
The “No Parking Zones” will be marked and become effective on Jan. 4, 2013.
Brian Garver (on lift, on left), who is the grandson of Bob and Janet Niederman, spearheads the set up for the annual Niederman Family Farm Christmas Walk. The event, which opened for the 12th straight year Nov. 23 did so without one of its founding family members Bob Niederman (parents are Bob and Janet) who passed away midway through the event in December of 2011. Photo taken by Adam Kiefaber Nov. 16, 2012.
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Niederman Farm’s Christmas Walk shines on - More than 1 million lights were turned on Friday when the Niederman Family Farm 12th annual Christmas Walk opened to the public. But one shining light is missing from this year’s display, which draws thousands of people each year.
Lakota West and Lakota East basketball teams make top 10 - The boys’ and girls’ basketball teams at both Lakota West and Lakota East high schools made The Cincinnati Enquirer’s local coaches’ top 10 poll, which was released last Monday. The Lakota West boys’ program is the highest ranked team among the four, ranking No. 2 in the Division I poll.
WG Kitchen and Bar opens at Bridgewater Falls - Shauna Steigerwald reported for The Cincinnati Enquirer that the WG Kitchen and Bar at Bridgewater Falls Lifestyle Shopping Center in Fairfield Township opened for lunch at 11:30 a.m. last Monday. The 6,300-square-foot restaurant, wine bar and wine shop has a similar look and feel to The Wine Guy Bistro at Rookwood Pavilion.
Volunteers build a house for a 7-year-old’s family as she copes with cancer – Last Tuesday marked a new beginning for 7-year-old Yosselin Villatoro and her family. That’s because Yosselin, her 6-year-old brother, Freddy, and grandparents, Tammy and Keith Randall, moved into a new house built for the family by volunteers. Before they could move in, they were greeted Tuesday evening by 30 to 40 community members, who wanted to reveal the home they built for the family.
Third time stealing from employer gets woman prison - Former Dominion employee Cathleen Schmid of West Chester was sent to prison last week by Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge Jerome Metz., Jr., for two years for stealing $214,717 from the company, Kimball Perry reported for The Cincinnati Enquirer. Dominion was the third employer she’s been convicted of stealing from but the first time she went to prison for it.
Butler County agrees to settlement with ex-director - Sheila McLaughlin of The Cincinnati Enquirer reported that the former executive director of Butler County Children Services who got the boot in an immediate reorganization of the embattled agency will be paid through Jan. 18 as part of a settlement with county commissioners.
Lakota class names hospital’s new surgical robot - With the help of a Lakota Plains Junior seventh grade science class, West Chester Hospital has a name for its new surgical robot – S.A.M. (Surgical Assisting Mechanism). Erin Middendorf’s class at Lakota Plains Junior School, which won the “Name the Robot” contest held in collaboration with the hospital and the school district, received a certificate signed by West Chester Hospital chief executive officer Dr. Kevin Joseph and chief operating officer Tom Daskalakis, as well as an iPad 2 for the classroom last Tuesday.
Clerk of Butler County Area Courts to return after retirement - The longtime clerk of Butler County Area Courts will retire this month to come back as a part-timer in February, allowing her to collect her pension as well as a salary, Sheila McLaughlin of The Cincinnati Enquirer reported last week. Butler County commissioners approved the Nov. 30 retirement of Debbie Bolser. She’ll be rehired on Feb. 1. In the interim, deputy clerk Melinda Parsons will fill in for Bolser.
With the help of a Lakota Plains Junior seventh grade science class, West Chester Hospital has a name for its new surgical robot – S.A.M. (Surgical Assisting Mechanism).
Erin Middendorf’s class at Lakota Plains Junior School, which won the “Name the Robot” contest held in collaboration with the hospital and the school district, received a certificate signed by West Chester Hospital chief executive officer Dr. Kevin Joseph and chief operating officer Tom Daskalakis, as well as an iPad 2 for the classroom on Tuesday.
After studying the robot, which is known more broadly as the da Vinci Si surgical robot, students were required to work together to come up with a name for the robot and to submit a 100-word essay about their choice.
Finishing in second place was Heidi Adams’ sixth period science class from Hopewell Junior School with their submission of S.T.I.T.C.H., which stands for “Surgical Tiny Incision Tremor Controlled Hand.” As a surprise, West Chester Hospital decided to award them with an iPad 2 as well.
“We cannot thank the West Chester Hospital staff enough for their incredible hospitality and enthusiasm toward our students and staff throughout this entire process,” Lakota’s Superintendent Karen Mantia said. “They have been an outstanding partner and we look forward to more opportunities to expose our students to the fields of robotics and healthcare.
“Our students had the rare opportunity to get some hands-on experience in a high-demand industry and, for some, this experience may have even helped define their career paths.”
Approximately 1,500 seventh grade students in the Lakota district participated in the contest, submitting 58 potential names based on what they learned about robotic surgery.
The top two classes were then selected by hospital leaders and invited to the hospital for a pizza party and tour. During the tour, the children visited the clinical laboratory, pharmacy and even had the opportunity to “test-drive” the surgical robot that they helped name.
“We are excited to partner with the Lakota Local School District on this project, which is just the beginning of what we hope will be a long-lasting collaboration and friendship,” Daskalakis said. “We truly believe that reaching out to kids now and getting them interested in math, science and the medical field will help build the foundation for our next generation of doctors, nurses and other health-related careers.”
Throughout this school year, five girls at Hopewell Junior School let their hair grow so they could eventually donate it to program that makes wigs for women with cancer.
Students Kellis Stahl, Sarah Harris, Shelby Gray, Sarah Strack, and Kayla Hull each donated eight inches of their hair last month to Pantene Beautiful Lengths, a program coordinated by health teacher Karen Cottrell.
As part of the program, each student wrote an essay explaining why she had chosen to donate her hair.
“What would happen if I woke up one day without any hair? Unfortunately, I know boys and girls go through this when they have cancer treatments,” Strack wrote in her essay. “My hair can always grow back, but those victims of cancer might not live long enough to see the day that their hair grows back.
“Hair can do a lot for people. It could give those victims a reason to smile. It could possibly save somebody’s life, by keeping them stronger.”
Lakota Superintendent Mike Taylor showed up to work at 6 a.m., which had been the usual throughout his career. However, this day felt unusual for the man who has spent his entire career in the same school district.
“It feels a little awkward, it feels a little strange. It is kind of hard to believe that it is the last day that I will be here, considering how long I have been here,” Taylor said this morning.
“We are so proud to be able to call Mr. Taylor one of our own, here in Lakota,” said Joan Powell, Lakota school board president. “We have so many longtime, dedicated teachers and staff members and they have all contributed to making Lakota one of Ohio’s top school systems. We will surely miss his leadership, but I know that he will always cheer for our Lakota.”
Taylor has been a part of Lakota since he was an eighth grader when his family moved to the rural area. He would go on to graduate from Lakota High School, which is now the Lakota West Freshman building located off Tylersville Road, in 1971 with a class of approximately 150 students (Currently, roughly 600 students graduate every year at each of the school district’s two high schools).
“It was a school district where I can honestly say that you knew every one who was attending that high school,” Taylor said. “If you didn’t know them by name, you certainly knew them by face.”
After graduating from the University of Cincinnati in 1976, Taylor took a position as an American history teacher and a football coach in the Lakota district. After nine years of teaching and coaching (football and wrestling), Taylor was promoted to assistant principal at Lakota High School. After that, he became the principal of Hopewell Junior, the assistant superintendent for the school district and eventually the superintendent in December of 2006. (more…)