Technology at Tecumseh


Mrs. Rubio, a first grade teacher at Tecumseh Elementary, has already been demonstrating to her students that technology will play a key role in their learning.  In order to teach students about analyzing data, she is beginning her year by teaching the students how to add dates to the calendar.  Mrs. Rubio used the interactive whiteboard to model how to fill out a calendar as each student followed along.  As dates are added to the calendar, students will hone their skills in interpreting a calendar, determining dates, and forming questions about each month.  Mrs. Rubio is demonstrating to her class that learning is everywhere.  Have a great year, Mrs. Rubio and Tecumseh first graders. 


First Week in First Grade


Students in Miss Collin’s first grade at Tecumseh Elementary were engaged in learning last week during the first hour of the first day of school! Miss Collins realizes the importance of fostering a caring climate within her classroom and is developing an atmosphere for shared learning. While reading the story The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, she asked students to share stories of how they have felt after giving to other people. Students participated in a series of speaking/listening activities to develop their literacy skills. Students were asked to express their learning to the class and with each other.

Kindergarten at Shawnee is Packed with Learning


Kindergarten is packed with many learning experiences in one year.  Students and teachers must begin the year positively, making sure that every moment counts. 

At Shawnee Elementary School, the Kindergarten teachers merge their classes on the first day of school in order to introduce procedures and provide a tour of the building. 

Throughout the tour, students were introduced to the music teacher, digital literacy teacher, the lead cook, the office staff, and other school personnel.  The students learned about procedures and expectations for the lunchroom, hallways, restrooms, and outside recess.  Jodi Crichton, Kindergarten Teacher, has designed the tour to follow the rhyme and playfulness of the book Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault.  The tour allows the students to follow clues that lead them throughout the building.  Each clue leads the classes to a new location where a scavenger hunt begins for the missing letter.  After the letter is found, one of the four Kindergarten teachers will review procedures and read the next clue.  

Kindergarten students at Shawnee are being prepared for an educational adventure at the Xenia Community Schools.

Dedication Ceremony for Commemorative Plaque


Xenia Community Schools

For Immediate Release

Dedication Ceremony

The Xenia Schools, in partnership with the City of Xenia and the Greene County Historical Society will host a Dedication Ceremony for a Commemorative Plaque on April 8, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.  The ceremony will take place in the Xenia High School Auditorium.

Two classmates from the Xenia High School Class of 1958, President Tom Neeld and Vice-President Bob Hagler, have commissioned a special plaque from Dodd’s Monuments that commemorates the donation of a cornerstone labeled “Class of 1958.”  The flagpole and the cornerstone were originally donated by the Class of 1958 for the Xenia High School built in 1957 at 425 Edison Boulevard.

Mr. Neeld retrieved the cornerstone from the High School on Edison Boulevard shortly following the tornado on April 3, 1974.  Following the Dedication Ceremony, the plaque will reside permanently in the lobby at Xenia High School, 303 Kinsey Road.

The public is cordially invited to attend the Dedication Ceremony.  Please join us for this occasion as we celebrate our rich history, commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the Xenia Tornado, and as we honor the memory of all those who lost their lives on April 3, 1974.


From Ted Holop, Superintendent Pro-Tem

Xenia Community Schools will be on a 2-hour delay for Friday, Feb. 7.

Roads in the district have improved today, however, wind chills are anticipated to be -10 to -15 degrees below zero.  By delaying 2 hours, wind chills will diminish substantially, allowing our walking students and elementary kids to be outside safely for longer periods of time.

Sidewalks are hit and miss around area schools’ neighborhoods.  They may stay like that for a week if homeowners can’t clean them up.  I urge parents and guardians to talk with your child if they walk to school.  Dress them for the weather and elements.  Boots are essential for walkers if at all possible.  Remind your child not to walk in the streets!

Ted Holop

Superintendent Pro Tem

Superintendent Pro-Tem Candidates to Speak

The Xenia Board of Education will meet in special session on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 5:30 p.m.

Members of the community are invited to attend the meeting to hear the public presentations of the finalists for the position of Superintendent Pro-Tem. The presentations will occur on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. at the Xenia Board Offices, 819 Colorado Drive in Xenia.

Following the presentations, the public will have an opportunity to meet the candidates and provide written feedback to the members of the Board of Education regarding the candidates.

A brief reception will follow the presentations.

The Board of Education is working diligently to employ a leader to serve as the Superintendent Pro-Tem and run the district through July 31, 2014.

The following persons are finalists for the position. Each candidate will make a short presentation on Monday, February 3 at 5:30 p.m.

Dale Dickson

Denny Morrison

Please join us for this important event.

A Statement from Ted Holop, Superintendent Pro-Tem

Xenia Community Schools

For Immediate Release

The Xenia Schools are facing a unique dilemma for the next two days. Having students in the classroom to learn is a high priority; however, student safety is the highest priority.  Frigid temperatures, dangerously low wind chills, and icy roads have kept the students out of school for the last two days.  The district has exceeded the allotment of five calamity days, and Superintendent Pro-Tem Ted Holop wants to get the students back in school.  “It’s never an easy decision to keep the kids out of school,” stated Mr. Holop.

Prolonged exposure to the cold can cause serious health issues for students.  “It isn’t just about being cold; it’s about the exposure to cold over a period of time and the potential consequences for our students,” continued Holop.

Temperatures and wind chills are expected to be at least as bad on Thursday and Friday. “We don’t want kids waiting outside for long periods of time. Buses could be delayed by road conditions, causing students to stand out in the cold with very low wind chills making it quite dangerous,” said Holop. Road conditions may or may not improve overnight.

As decisions are made for delaying or closing of school on Thursday and Friday, please know that the Xenia Schools are considering multiple factors. We value the instructional time, but we must consider student safety first.

Please listen for a One Call Now or use the local media sources for updates regarding any further closures or delays.

New Board Member Selected

Xenia Community Schools

Board of Education

For Immediate Release

The Xenia Board of Education met on Saturday, January 11 and voted to appoint Dr. Nodie Washington to fill the vacant Board seat.

The Board noted its appreciation of the five individuals who submitted applications and are grateful for their interest and support of the Xenia Community Schools.

In nominating Dr. Washington for the vacant seat, Board member Arch Grieve indicated that while the Board had five excellent candidates, Dr. Washington clearly articulated her vision for how the board can move the Xenia Community School District forward.

“I look forward to having the fifth seat filled and to working with a complete Board of Education as we move forward,” stated Cheryl Marcus, Board President. “I invite the entire community to the Board meeting when Dr. Washington will be installed.  We have much work to do on behalf of the students, staff and community. We are anxious to move ahead as a unified Board.”  Dr. Washington will be seated immediately upon taking the oath of office and begin her term on the Board of Education. Her term will extend through December 31, 2015.

The Board will hold its regular meeting on January 13, 2014 beginning at 6:30 pm at the Board of Education office,  819 Colorado Drive in Xenia.

Interviews for Board Member

January 8, 2014

For Immediate Release

Board of Education to Interview Candidates to fill Vacant Board Seat

The Xenia Community Schools Board of Education will hold special meetings to interview candidates and to select a person to fill the vacant seat on the Board of Education. The schedule of meetings is as follows:

January 8, 2014, 6:30 p.m.: Interview Candidates

January 9, 2014, 6:30 p.m.: Interview Candidates

January 11, 2014, 5:30 p.m.: Interview Candidates and Select a Board Member

The meetings will take place at the Board of Education Offices, 819 Colorado Drive in Xenia. Each meeting will include an executive session to conduct the interviews, and on January 11, an executive session for the deliberations. The selection of the candidate to fill the seat will be made on Saturday, and the vote will occur in a public session as required by the Ohio Revised Code.

The following candidates will interviewed:

Dr. Nodie Washington

Pam Callahan

Dr. James (Rick) McClelland

David Mills

Dr. Willie Houston, Jr.

We look forward to a productive process. It is the intention of the Board of Education to move forward as a team for the benefit of the students and families we serve.