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FFA Members Attend 91st National FFA Convention

On Wednesday, October 24, 2018, seven members of the Putnam County FFA left for Indianapolis, Indiana to attend the 91st National FFA Convention and Exposition. Those members were: Whitney R, Hannah M, Guin A, Jaylen W, Tori G, Emily D, and Maggi F. Also attending were FFA advisor Randy Morris and wife, Sara Morris. On Wednesday, after a day of travel, the group kicked off the convention by attending the opening session and enjoyed the keynote speaker, Kyle Scheele. Afterward, the group went to Lucas Oil Stadium and watched the incredible Garth Brooks Concert.   On Thursday, October 25, the Putnam County group spent the morning viewing the hundreds of exhibits at the agricultural careers show and expo. That afternoon the members attending a leadership workshop and followed that by enjoying great performances from . . .

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Junior High Girls Basketball Win Best Sportsmanship

Congratulations to our Junior High Girls Basketball Team, Coach Matt Klingner, and Coach Robin Caley on winning the Sportsmanship award during the Putnam County Junior High Tournament. Nominations were made by referees and coaches. Good sportsmanship is an integral part of learning how to play any game. It teaches valuable lessons like how to win and lose with dignity, how to work together as a team, how to play fair, and many valuable life lessons. Thank you to Coach Klingner and Coach Caley for instilling such great life lessons! Way to go, Lady Midgets! 

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Junior High Boys Basketball Team Wins Championship

Congratulations to our Junior High Boys Basketball team, Coach Aaron Fitzpatrick, and Coach Bryson Dinwiddie on a 1st place finish in the Putnam County Junior High Tournament. It is always a sweet victory when you play well together to beat a rival town. The Midgets beat Milan 41 to 27 in the championship game. These athletes are fun to watch as they bring the heat and leave it all on the court every time. Way to go, Midgets!

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Mrs. Watt Wins $500 for Our Library

Congratulations to our very own Haley Watt for winning $500 from Scholastic Books to use in the library and her classroom! Mrs. Watt is the Librarian for the High School and Middle School Libraries, as well as the Social Media Specialist and Webmaster for Putnam County R-I Schools. She instructs multiple language classes that include Spanish, French, and English as a Second Language.   Mrs. Watt does a fantastic job of assisting students, as well as teachers in the library to find the perfect book to enhance their love of reading. Through her work and dedication as a Librarian and Foreign Language instructor, Mrs. Watt has created a more interactive learning environment for her language students and has organized the library in a way that supports higher book circulation that ensures that every student has a book in . . .

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Junior High Students Prepare for Health Presentations

The 2nd quarter has passed the halfway point which means it is time for the 8th-grade health project. This project allows the students to teach their peers the different systems of the body. In 8th-grade health class, we cover the Nervous, Endocrine, Skeletal, Muscular, Digestive, Urinary, Circulatory, and Respiratory systems. Each group is assigned 2 or 3 systems and will have the opportunity to create a slideshow to present to the class. This is a nice break from the normal teaching days and allows them to work together to complete the project, while also giving them more time to practice giving a presentation in front of their peers. This project will take them through Thanksgiving break and we will be presenting them the week of December 3rd.   In 7th Grade health/PE, we just . . .

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Clickety Clack goes the Keys

       Computer Applications is a class offered to all the high school students at PCHS. In this class, students learn basic keyboarding skills, fundamentals of word processing, and how to create spreadsheets.  In the first quarter of school, Mrs. Schoonover focused on proper typing posture, knowing the keyboard, and being able to type using the home row keys with correct key striking technique.  Each week students were challenged with one minute timed typing tests where they began to see their scores increase and saw their words per minute increase up to 100% of their initial test.  When the students are working quietly in class, one can hear the gentle rhythm of the keys clacking along. The sound of progress!

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Safety, Self Defense, and Building Confidence

News reports of the abductions of teenagers such as Molly Tibbetts just a few hours away from us have us all concerned. Our job is not only to provide a safe environment in which young people can learn but to make sure they leave our buildings with the skills to be safe in the world in which we live. Recently, on a voluntary basis after work, a group of female staff took a self-defense course offered by Midwest Martial Arts Academy here in Unionville. It was a very positive experience. We are pleased to offer that same opportunity to any high school girl, free of charge, on Tuesday, November 20th in the high school gym. Knowing what to do in a dangerous situation will give our young women the confidence they need moving on to all the challenges that lie ahead. Self-defense courses similar to this have been offered on college . . .

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Building Trades Finishing up Some Great Projects

The Building Trades class just recently finished  2 projects. The first project was a three-car pole barn built for the Unionville Senior Center. The garage is where they will park their 3 Meals On Wheels cars. The students did everything from prepping the work area, drilling holes and setting the poles, framing, installing steel on the roof and sides, installing garage doors, and also wiring lights and outlets. It is located on the west edge of the square behind the Square View Inn if you would like to check it out. The Second project recently completed was a 24' by 10' deck.  It was a fairly simple project and completed fairly quickly. If anyone in the community needs a deck built, I am sure a couple of these students could help you out. Currently, you will find the . . .

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The What Lifts You campaign, created by artist Kelsey Montague, started with one set of wings in New York City. Within the first week of the wings being exposed to the public, there was a line of people down the block all waiting to take their picture with the wings. The wings, made to represent inspiration in life, invited people to become a part of the artwork. Now PCR-I can be a part of the project! Wings, made of individual feathers created by art students, are on display outside of the high school art room. Anyone is welcome to stop and take their picture! If you post your picture to social media make sure to tag it with #whatliftsyouschools . To see other schools who are part of the campaign, search any social media site for the same hash tag! You can also search #whatliftsyou to see Kelsey Montague’s . . .

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Fall Into Learning

Future Putnam County Midgets enjoyed a great time of learning and fun at the Fall Into Learning: Be Ready event. This event is hosted for 3-6-year-old children who are not already enrolled in Kindergarten. Children are able to experience learning, socialization with other kids, and fun with family.  Stay tuned for details on our next Be Ready event. Thank you to all the teachers and staff who volunteer their time to make these events a success for our future Midgets!

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