Sharon McDermott
360 Cedar Street
Duncan Falls, OH 43734
Phone: 740-674-5203
Fax: 740-674-5214

September 2 - September 5

Philo Junior High School
  • Thanks to Cory Davis for running all new wiring to our new STEM modules and helping to get us up and running!!!
  • THANK YOU to Brenda Ponchak for organizing and overseeing our annual "Vision and Hearing Screenings" Friday. You do a GREAT job keeping everyone organized and getting kids back into classes; our staff really appreciates it!!!
  • Thanks to Jessi Fuller for being the PJH Yearbook Advisor. There is a lot of work behind the scenes to produce a quality yearbook and then get them distributed during the following school year. GREAT JOB!!!
  • Thanks to Traci Hansel and Dave Lafferty for decorating our cafeteria with artwork; having student artwork posted in the lunchroom is a GREAT opportunity to show off our kids skills and make it a colorful space. Thanks!!!
  • Choir students are learning how to read music using iPads in Mrs. Cox's classroom!
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  • Thank you to Mrs. Ponchak and the group of volunteers that assisted her in the hearing and vision screenings.
  • Dibels benchmarking took place this week.
  • Mrs. Kerns is introducing the biomes of the earth to her students.
  • Grateful that Mrs. Hlad is back and that her daughter, Avery, is feeling better.
  • Mrs. Mercer's students are working on story sequencing.
  • Mrs. C. Hampp's class is doing an author's study on Patricia Palocco and are looking forward to making thundercakes next week.
  • Mr. Durfee's classes are comparing, ordering, and rounding numbers.
  • Ms. S. Hampp is piloting a new reading intervention program with her students.
  • Mrs. Miller is working with her students on number sense, money, and digraphs.
  • Mrs. Palko is piloting Reading Wonders in 3rd grade. They are currently working with fantasy literature. In science, they continue to read non-fiction articles on animals and their adaptations. The literature is connected to animals that they have in the classroom.

  • Ms. Earich arranged for Ron Morrison from the Bradford School in Columbus to come speak with our juniors and seniors about the scholarship opportunities and educational programs offered at the school.
  • Mr. Mosebrook and his Biology students are using the Nearpod app while they are learning about the scientific method.
  • Congratulations to Mr. Green who will be getting married on Saturday!
  • Miss Daw's Physical Science students conducted a science lab on the process and effects of erosion.

More School Happenings!
Federal Court Instructs Ohio Districts to Post Information for Parents Concerning Data Release
A U.S. District Court has ordered that 2013-2014 school year records from the Ohio Department of Education’s Educational Management Information System be turned over to Disability Rights Ohio as part of an ongoing lawsuit...  Read More >
Philo Junior High School - Awarded Straight A Grant!
As we begin the 2014-2015 school year, we are going to be incorporating personalized learning in every aspect of your student’s education. Late last school year; Philo Junior High School was awarded the Straight A Grant through the state of Ohio. The Straight A Grant is designed to achieve significant advancement in student achievement and drive more resources to the classroom.

With the awarded funds, the Philo Junior High School will be able to loan each student an Apple iPad for the entire Academic Year! By embracing this opportunity, both teachers and students will develop skills vital for the 21st century. However, this opportunity means more than that. Students will learn the critical thinking and workplace skills needed to have a successful future. Additionally, our students will have the opportunity to collaborate with others, solve complex problems, develop new forms of communication and leadership skills, and become more productive and motivated!

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Coming Soon!
The Philo High School Field Ecology classes have been developing 1/3 to 1/2 acre into a Prairie. The site will be planted with grasses and forbs (flowering plants) that are native to Ohio and would have been found in a tall-grass prairie typical of Ohio.

This project has been ongoing for several years. I could write pages about prairies and the benefits of using native plants in landscapes but like me most of you don’t have time to read long passages.

Please take the time to view the power point here and to visit the following website:

I would appreciate any comments or questions regarding this project at
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Open Enrollment Applications
The Franklin Local School District will begin accepting applications for open enrollment for the 2014-2015 school year on Monday, March 3, 2014.
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Building an Academic Foundation for Future Success
FLSD Board Meeting
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Duncan Falls Elementary School Picture Day
Friday, September 19, 2014
Grading Period 1 (Interim Report)
Friday, September 19, 2014
Grading Period 1 - Interim Reports
Friday, September 19, 2014
Class Reunion (1989) Graduates
Saturday, October 04, 2014
Third Grade Ohio Reading Achievement Assessment
Tuesday, October 07, 2014
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