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Principal's Message

Mr. Edinger

John Edinger
Principal MS

As the principal of Spencerville Middle School, I am excited to welcome you to the 2022-23 school year.  We have high expectations for classroom and school-wide behavior. Our goal is for every student to feel safe, to learn, to reach their fullest potential, and to have fun!  I am blessed to have a great school family of Teachers, Secretaries, Support Staff, Fellow Administrators, Counselors, Nurse, Custodians, Café Staff, Bus Drivers, Parents/Guardians. I believe we have all grown to appreciate each other's commitment to children. I pray that we continue to grow together, find some peace, and that we all continue to work as a team. 

Welcome new staff members to Spencerville Middle School!  Mr. Logan Heiby will be our 8th grade Ag Education teacher, Ms. Kari Purdy will be our FCS teacher, and Mrs. Renee Painter will be our educational aide.  Logan moves in from Sidney schools, Kari and Renee are familiar with our school as they have been valuable substitutes for the past few years.   

Here are some bullet points for our re-opening: 

  • Agenda Books – there will be no agenda books this year.  All handbook information can be found on our school website at www.spencervillebearcats.com  

  • Lockers – will be provided as usual - locks will not be provided but can be issued upon request.  We ask that if you use a lock, please use ours. 

  • Backpacks will still be allowed this year  

  • Arrival to school – Doors will open at 7:25 a.m. - students will either go to breakfast or 1st period when entering the building 

  • Water Bottles – Only water will be allowed during the school day. 

  • Attendance – if your child will be absent or leaving during school hours, please call/email Billie at 419-647-4112 x3103 or woodb@svbearcats.org. If your child is leaving during school hours, a written request or phone call is to be submitted to the school office prior to dismissal. The school office must be notified by a parent/guardian for dismissal of the student during school hours.  Personal texts or social media outlets will not be accepted. 

Hall of F.A.M.E. I am excited to announce a new program at the Middle School – The Hall of FAME.  FAME stands for Family, Accountable, Mindful, Energy.  Every student will be assigned a “school parent” from the Middle School Staff.  Each “parent” will have a family consisting of a mix of 5th-8th grade students. The “school parent” responsibilities will include: 

  • Monitoring grades/attendance/behavior of their “children” 

  • Leading family time discussions (Approximately 8 times a year) 

  • Be available to have individual discussions 

The Pride Program will also be returning to Middle School.  Students will be allowed “recess” time on designated days if all their homework/classwork is up to date.  This “recess” time would be during study hall. 

Dress Code: As you shop for school clothes, please keep in mind the dress code.  Students should dress comfortably and appropriately for school.  The complete dress code can be found in the handbook, but here are a few bullets: 

  • No hats/hoodies once they enter the building. 

  • No inappropriate images and/or language on clothing. 

  • Mid-thigh rule – shorts, dresses, holes in pants should be no higher than mid-thigh.  In other words, leg skin should not be visible higher than mid-thigh. 

  • Leggings are allowed with a top of appropriate length for coverage. 

If you feel anything is inappropriate to wear to wear to school, then don’t. I appreciate your attention and cooperation. 

MS/HS Student Drop-off and Pick-up: Students who will be dropped off and/or picked up at school by vehicle will use the front entrance.  Please keep this moving smoothly.  If you are waiting for pick-up, please move up as far as possible to not hold up the line.  We ask that no cars park in the lane between the school and weightroom. Thanks in advance for being patient and safe. 

Football Games: Just like last year, we ask that fans come to the game and be great spectators and cheer on the teams. For the safety of all fans, footballs are prohibited to be brought to games by fans. Also, seating will be designated for the students, the same as last year. 

Parents: The number one factor in your son or daughter’s education is YOU!  Support from home is critical. To me things are very simple to be a successful student: show up with a great attitude, treat people kindly, do what is expected, and prepare to learn! These things cost nothing to implement and require zero talent!  I ask you: 

  1. Make time for daily chats about school 

  1. Don’t accept “Nothing” when you ask your child “What did you learn today?” 

  1. Check that homework is complete – Progressbook is a great tool for this.  Parents have access to Progressbook to check grades, missing assignments, attendance. 

  1. Support the school, become familiar with the school policies. 

“The best inheritance a parent can give his children is a few minutes of their time each day.” –O. A. Battista 

Bottom line be involved!  I have always said, the most difficult yet rewarding job of all is being a parent.  Don’t assume that once they are in middle school, they don’t need your involvement.  They do!  The entire faculty and staff are looking forward to welcoming your children back. I welcome and value your positive energy and dedication to excellence in education, and I look forward to working with you and your children.  As you know, it takes a strong connection with the community and vital to the strength of the connection is communication and understanding the system.   

My goal is open communication between students, parents, staff, and myself.  I ask that if you ever have a concern/question, please contact the school directly for information. Social media can be a great tool for information, yet some people use it as a venting ground without specifics. This may lead to unexpected confusion. Please know that your child is important to us.    

Have a safe and happy school year! I can be reached at 419-647-4112 x 3500 or email edingerj@svbearcats.org 


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