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

September 22 - September 26

Philo High School
  • Congratulations to Lane Bell for being selected as the Ohio School Boards Association’s Outstanding Male Student of the entire Southeast Region!
  • Mrs. Smith, Mr. Mull, Mr. Stemm and Mr. Dawson went with a Franklin Local Team to a Straight A Conference at OSU in the Student Union. Wow. What a nice place.
  • Mrs. Salsbury represented PHS at the district literacy team meeting and shared our plans for our parent involvement and literacy activities for this year.
  • PHS sophomore Volleyball Player Madison Clayton was selected as the Times Recorder Female “Athlete of The Week” for her play on the court last week! Madison and her teammates are in a tie for first place in the MVL. Go Lady Electrics Volleyball Team!
  • Jeremy Mull led a group of volunteer students this week in meaningful discussion and prayer for the seriously injured students in a car accident.
  • Mr. Miller had students learning about Enlightenment and organizing information in a T Chart.
  • Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Gensor met with Mid-East CTC students and shared with them that they are still part of Philo High School and the importance of communication.

  • Miss Daw’s 8th grade Science students researched different types of plate boundaries and then presented their findings to the class using power points.
  • Mrs. Woodard’s Government students discussed the procedures to propose and ratify new amendments to the constitution.
  • Mr. Van Kirk and Mr. Mosebrook attended the district Literacy Team meeting.
  • Ms. Earich attended a College and Career Readiness workshop at the MVESC.
  • Our students were able to provide supplemental groceries to 260 area families during the food bank distribution.

Philo Junior High School
  • Thank You to Lindsay Rayner and Adam Shook for helping us out during the past few weeks as “Head Teacher.” You both have done a GREAT JOB handling a variety of situations while Mr. Harper and I have been out of the building. THANKS!!!!
  • Thanks to Jenny Sason for reaching out to local businesses for donations to help motivate “high risk attendance” kids to get to school. We have an AWESOME staff at PJH but we are not magician. In order for our kids to learn, we need them in our classes every day; your efforts will help with this!!!!
  • Congrats to Cory Davis who welcomed his first child into the world last week!!!!
  • THANK YOU to Allison Ingram for your flexibility throughout the start of the school year. You have done a GREAT JOB “rolling with the punches” as we make adjustments to schedules to make sure ALL students are in the placement they need.
  • GREAT JOB to Ann Thorne, Eric Woodard, and Rob Preston who were recently featured in an ODE/ Battelle for Kids “Ohio TIF” publication focused about “Acting on Data.” It is always exciting to see the hard work of our staff being highlighted at the state level!!!!
  • Students are enjoying working on the modules in the STEM lab!!

More School Happenings!

Ohio Appalachian Collaborative
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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