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December is right around the corner after a very busy month at Wayne Trace Junior/Senior High School. Mr. Howe and I would like to thank the parents who participated in our recent parent-teacher conferences. Communication with parents is an integral piece of a child’s education.  
If you have any questions or concerns regarding your son/daughter, please call or email the teachers so that we can team together to provide the best possible education for our Wayne Trace students.

Last month, our College and Career classes attended MakerFest at the Lima County Fairgrounds, which was put on by the Greater Lima Area, Inc. There were over 100 employers and multiple colleges represented, plus more than 1,200 students attended the event. Students participated in various "brain games" like, Cake Craziness, Design a Catapult Competition, Operation Game Challenge, Perfection, and Robot Coding Challenge, to name a few. Students also attended breakout sessions talking about social media, interviewing, engineering, tech start-ups and much, much more! Finally, students were able to network with various employers and college reps who were on site.

The social studies department organized this year's Veterans Day assembly. The program took place on Monday, November 11 at 8:00 am. The
program featured the Wayne Trace High School band and choir as well as a guest speaker. The band played Let Freedom Ring by Ruth Morris
Gray while the choir sang a piece called For Our Heroes by Alan Lee Silva. This year the guest speaker was former Wayne Trace graduate Mark
Turner. Mark shared how opportunities in his life led him to achieving a college degree and eventually serving in the military. Through his
stellar career, he served in the theater of operations during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and experienced the 911 attack at the Pentagon. A
special thanks to Mrs. Gudakunst and the other members of the Social Studies department for organizing a very thoughtful Veterans’ Day program. It was a very meaningful program and brought to light the sacrifices that our veterans and families endure for us to maintain the freedoms that we enjoy. Our veterans cannot be recognized and thanked enough for what they have done to protect our freedom.

Recently, our local chapter of the National Honor Society inducted 16 new juniors into NHS.  The tapping ceremony was held on November 26
with families and students in grades 9-12 in attendance. These students have met the academic requirements for induction and have
demonstrated character, leadership, and service traits to our faculty that warrant this recognition.  Congratulations NHS members and a many
thanks to Miss Klopfenstein for advising our local chapter of the National Honor Society.

Lastly, I encourage everyone to get into the spirit of the Christmas season by attending our upcoming choir and band concerts. The junior high school band and choir will be on Monday, December 9 and the high school band and choir will perform on Monday, December 16. Both
concerts will be at 7:00 pm in the high school gymnasium.

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