I hope everyone is staying healthy and safe as we continue to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2020-2021 school year was definitely different, but we were able to have students attend in-person the whole year. As the year progressed, we were able to get back to some sense of normalcy. At the conclusion of the 2020-2021 school year, Dominic Adkins and Dylan Wierwille received the American Legion School Award Medal. They were selected based on seven qualities for development: courage, patriotism, honor, scholarship, leadership, and service. This is a new award to Spencerville and we will continue our partnership with the American Legion.
I hope that everyone was able to find some time to relax and unwind with family and friends this summer. Everyone needed some time to recharge the batteries and have some time for themselves. As we move toward the 2021-2022 school year, it is important we continue to work together as the world continues to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. Working and communicating together will help resolve any difficulties we face this school year. There will be some new faces in the building as we start the year. Keith Lenhart, a 2013 graduate, will be teaching American History and other social studies electives. Joining Keith in the social studies department will be Kyle Koenig. Kyle will be teaching world history and eighth grade social studies. You will also see Coach Koenig on the sideline this fall with the football team. In the athletic department, we welcome Kelli Williams as our new athletic director. All three of these people will be great additions to our Bearcat staff! You will get the chance to meet them at our open house on Monday, August 30th, from 6pm to 7pm. In addition to the new faces, we will have a new grading scale. The board approved the following grading scale and point values at the June meeting: A 94-100 (4.0), A- 90-93 (3.7), B+ 87-89 (3.3), B 83-86 (3.0), B- 80-82 (2.7), C+ 77-79 (2.3), C 73-76 (2.0), C- 70-72 (1.7), D+ 67-69 (1.3), D 63-66 (1.0), D- 60-62 (0.7), F 59-0 (0.0). The doors will unlock for students to enter the building at 7:25am. The school day is 7:45am to 2:45pm. As of right now, breakfast and lunch will be provided free to all students.
We are doing everything we can to make this another great school year while keeping everyone as safe as possible. We have an amazing community with great students, parents, and staff! We all want what is best for our Bearcat students. I saw this quote this summer that was adapted from a quote by Damian Barr. “We are not all in the same boat. We are in the same storm. Some have yachts, some have canoes, and some are drowning. Just be kind and help whoever you can.”
If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to me. As I mentioned above, communication is key and we can solve any issues or problems by talking. You can reach me at email@example.com or 419.647.4111 ext. 3203. Take care and stay healthy! We will continue to get through this!