It is hard to believe summer is over and the school year is here. As I listen to the talk in the halls, it is obvious the students are excited about the beginning of the new school year.
It is a fundraiser time again. The GH PTO fundraiser begins Wednesday, September 4 and ends on Wednesday, September 18. Please note these
important dates on your calendar. All money raised from the PTO fundraiser goes toward paying for assemblies, field trips, and reward days.
Ready set smile, picture day is almost here. First, Gibby’s will be here on Tuesday, September 10, to take preschool through 6th-grade pictures. Then, on Wednesday, September 11, Gibby’s will return to take photos of preschool students. Parents, you should have received school picture information with your Open House information. If you need a school picture packet, you can call the elementary office, and one will be sent home to you.
This year both the 4th and 5th-grade students will be attending educational opportunities sponsored by the Paulding OSU Extension, Paulding County, and the Paulding Soil & Water Conservation District. The 4th-grade students will head to the Paulding County Fair Grounds on Thursday, September 26th for Farm Safety Day. Then on Friday, September 27th, it will be the 5th-grade student's opportunity. The 5th-grade students Field Day sponsored by the Paulding Soil & Water Conservation District educates the students on Forestry, Water Quality, Geology, Agriculture, Farm
Safety, Pollinators, Livestock, and Wildlife. The teachers and I would like to thank both the OSU Extension and Paulding Soil & Water Conservation District for offering these educational experience to the Paulding County students.
The staff and students at WTGH have enjoyed the many visitors we have had during VIP Days. Again, this year, VIP Day is scheduled for each grade level. On VIP day, students will invite their VIP to come to school for a visit. The visit will not be for an entire school day, but instead will be a portion of a class and then lunch with the student. This year our first VIP day will be on Wednesday, September 24. This day will be VIP day for the kindergarten students. Parents, you will receive information about this day in a letter from their child's teacher. This letter will be sent home
about a week before the VIP day.
I want to introduce four new staff members and mention three staff members who are in different positions this year. First, Transitional kindergarten (Y5) is back at WTGHE and teaching TK this year is Miss Mackenzie Swary. Next, with the departure of Mrs. Myers, we have Ms. Brittany Cavinder in this role. Mrs. Elyse Boyer took a position at a neighboring school this past summer. To fill the 4th-grade opening
left by Mrs. Boyer’s departure is Mrs. Casey Baldauf. Then, Mrs. Amie Ashworth is taking a teaching position at DM in Payne. Mrs. Lauri Thatcher is
transferring from Payne Elementary to Grover Hill Elementary to take Amie’s place. Lauri has been with the Wayne Trace Schools serving as a paraprofessional in the Payne building. Finally, we also want to welcome our elementary counselor Miss Lydia Yenser.
Lydia’s schedule has her spending Tuesdays, Thursdays and every other Friday in the Grover Hill building. I also want to welcome Mrs. Amy
Noggle. Amy has taken over for Pat at the WBESC office but will work out of the WTGHE office. Finally, Mrs. Kimberly Troth is settling into her position as school secretary replacing Mrs. Marcie Fiedler.
In closing, I want to thank a few people who are always willing to assist when needed. First, thanks to Blane Stoller for building a Gaga Ball Pit which the students are enjoying on the playground. Next, I want to thank the staff at Mercer Landmark located in Grover Hill. We can say thank you, but we want to publicly recognize you for the many times you have come to the assistance of WTGHE.
Kevin E. Wilson, Principal