Principal's Message

Mr. Gephart

Scott Gephart
Principal 9-12

Welcome back!! I hope everyone had the opportunity to find some time to relax and recharge. I am excited about the upcoming school year and the opportunities for our students. As we start the new school year, we have some new faces joining the Bearcat family. Please welcome back Mr. Darren Sharp, who will be replacing Ms. Mullenhour and teaching pre-algebra and algebra I. Ms. Chelsea Davis will be replacing Mrs. Hunter and teaching biology, anatomy and physiology, environmental science, and astronomy.  We wish them the best!

“Back to School Fair” will be held on Monday, August 28th from 12-2pm and 4-6:30pm. This will be a great opportunity to meet our staff while walking through your students' schedule. You will have the opportunity to get information on clubs and organizations the high school has to offer, meet with the school nurse, if necessary, and to have your students’ picture taken by Lange Photography. Members of the cafeteria staff, transportation and technology departments will be available to provide assistance and answer questions you may have. There will also be several local organizations from the community on site if you are looking to become more involved.

As a reminder, attendance plays a critical role in your student's academic success. With the effects of Covid the last few years, I know attendance has been up and down with what we all had to deal with. We need to get back to the mindset prior to Covid of coming to school each and every day.  Students need to be at school and on time to receive instruction from their teachers. The high school day begins at 7:45am and ends at 2:45pm. We ask our students to enter the building no earlier than 7:20am. We do ask if your student will not be able to make it to school for any reason that you call our building secretary, Brittany Kennedy, at 419.647.4111 ext. 3200, or you may email her at If your student is not feeling well and you are uncertain whether to send them, our nurse, Mrs. Christy Erickson, is here to help you make that decision.  I know it is very easy for students to text you they are not feeling well and want to go home.  I ask that you please check with the school before just coming and picking them up.  Students may only miss so many hours, excused or unexcused, before an intervention plan will be put in place. 

We are doing everything we can to make this another great school year!  We have an amazing community with great students, parents, and staff! We all want what is best for our Bearcat students. I came across this quote over the summer and will be sharing it with the high school staff and would like to share it with you....

“Be positive, encouraging, and uplifting.  You may be the lighthouse in the midst of someone’s storm.”  - Dr. Brad Johnson

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to me. As I mentioned above, communication is key, and we can solve issues or problems by talking it through. You can reach me at or 419.647.4111 ext. 3203. Take care and stay healthy! We look forward to seeing you at the “Back to School Fair”.


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