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 Ms. Karri Purdy who will be replacing Mrs. Jo McConnell and will teach classes related to family consumer science. Ms. Grace Dicke and Mr. Logan Heiby will be replacing Ms. Lori Romie and Mr. Ryan McMichael in the Ag department. We wish them the best!

This year, instead of an open house, Spencerville Schools will be having a “Back to School Fair” to jump start the 2022-23 school year. This will be held on Wednesday, August 24th, 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 coming to school each day, 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, Dorthea Mueller, at 419.647.4111 ext. 3200, or you may email 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.

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 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....

“Essential Piece – Isn’t it a wonderful thing that we are all different? Each of us has strengths and skills to share. And when we link our individual strengths together, we are invincible. Cannot imagine us without you!”

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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