Rob Preston | Principal
225 Market Street
Philo, Ohio 43771
Phone: 740-674-5210
Fax: 740-674-5217
Shawn Harper | Vice-Principal
225 Market Street
Philo, Ohio 43771
Phone: 740-674-5210
Fax: 740-674-5217
Philo Junior High School    225 Market Street • PO Box 178 • Philo, OH 43771 • (740) 674-5210

Upcoming Events at PJHS 

11/26   Thanksgiving Break - School Not in Session through December 1st

12/2     Classes Resume

12/8     Band Concert 7pm @ PHS

12/10   Choir Concert 7pm @ PHS

12/19   End of 2nd 9 weeks grading period

12/20   Winter Break Begins - School Not in Session

1/6       Classes Resume
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Principal's Pen
I can’t believe we are already in November, time flies when you having fun!!! Our 8th grade students just finished up their ACT ASPIRE testing, and now are preparing for our class trip to Washington DC. If you have a child going on the trip please be sure to refer to the DC informational packet for ideas on what to pack, departure/ pick-up times, and other useful information pertaining to our trip (if you/your child need another copy of the packet we have extras in our Office).

We received news in October that PJH was named a “High Progress School of Promise” by the Ohio Department of Education. PJH was one of 27 schools in the state to be awarded this honor. This is a MAJOR accomplishment given that there are over 3500 schools in OHIO.  In order to win this award, PJH was in the 90th percentile for student growth during the past 5 school years, met our Annual Measurable Objective goal on the State Grade Card, and met Value-Added for the past 3 years. This is the result of a lot of hard work by students, staff, and of course parents (which without your help none of this would be possible).  So I would like to say a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone for all their hard-work!!!

In other news, we have had some really good activities for our students to participate in throughout the past few weeks (and many will continue). We are in full swing with our 8th grade recycling project which has been carried on for the past few school years, Mr. Tom has taken the lead on this project and to date PJH has recycled over 5 tons of paper (during the last 5 school years).  We also have had several “special” days to help raise money and collect canned food items for local agencies with the goal of providing food and resources to the needy in our area.

Please make sure you check out our upcoming events above.

Thanks for your time,

Rob Preston

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To quote Mr. Preston...who took a quote from a movie:

"I don’t know how to put this BUT, WE are kind of a Big Deal!"

The Ohio Department of Education has named Philo Junior High School a
"High Progress School of Honor"!
This is based on our building's 2013-2014 Ohio School Report Card data on student reading and math performance.
The program looks at schools with 

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Library Cards
Here at Philo Junior High School, we have the opportunity to bring the Muskingum County
Library System to students from the convenience of their iPads. Using the application
Overdrive, students can access ebooks, audiobooks, movies and music. Students must have
a library card with a PIN number from the Muskingum County Library. Library card
applications were sent home with report cards. Call me (Lindsay Rayner) at Philo Junior High School for more information about getting your student a library card.

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Mrs. Ehrick's 8th grade Language Arts

After reading Flowers for Algernon, which proved to be a favorite again this year, students used fiction literary elements to write their own personal narratives which required them to reflect on a realization they have made. The challenge was to include sensory details, figurative language and powerful word choice in order to create a voice and tone in their writing. Students rose to the challenge throughout the entire writing process. They peer-edited each other’s papers in order to evaluate the effectiveness of the details and then made revisions in order to make the papers stronger. A nice addition this year is that the narratives could be shared over the students’ Google drive accounts. I am able to grade and comment on their papers electronically for immediate feedback.
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Mr. Tom's 8th grade Science Class

The 8th graders are off to a "Rocky" start in science this year, in a good way of course! Students are studying Earth Science. They are learning about the layers of the earth, theory of continental drift and plate tectonics. Recently in class students designed and tested Earthquake Resistant Structures. Congratulations to Alex Bitler, Garrett Huey and Camber Revennaugh for the strongest tower! Their tower stood 18.58 seconds on the shake table! Our next topic will be constructive and destructive forces that shape our world. Be sure to ask your student about the brochure they are creating in class.
Students in 5th Period Science are taking on a "Green Project." Students designed boxes for all the classrooms in the building and are collecting recycled paper each Friday. The boxes look great, and they have collected almost 500 pounds of paper this school year! Way to go!
Have your student show you our class website on We have found this to be a great resource. There will be extra notes and links to resources for any student seeking additional help on a class topic posted to that site regularly. Students just need their school email address and password to access the site. We are also using Class Dojo as a behavior reward system. Ask your student how many points they have earned!

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6th Grade Student of the Month

 Lauren Lyon has been chosen as the 6th grade student of the month for November!  Lauren has a brother Logan who is 8 years old and a sister, Paige who is 5 years old. Social Studies is Laurens’ favorite subject. She has three favorite teachers, Mrs. McElfresh, Mrs. Thorne and Mrs. Henderson. Lauren likes playing soccer and basketball. She has enjoyed reading the book Walk Two Moons. Lauren likes to watch Hawaii Five O on tv and her favorite movie is GrownUps.  Lauren said that going to Tecumseh was her favorite fieldtrip. Her favorite animals are a cows and puppies. Lauren would like everyone to know that Jerryn Swingle is her best friend, her favorite food is steak and her favorite color is zebra print. Ohio State and the Green Bay Packers are Laurens’ favorite sports teams. Laurens' favorite place to go is grandma’s house because she gets spoiled there. Lauren likes to listen to the band, Lady Antebellum and her favorite song is Girl in a Country.  Laurens’ other hobbies are playing sports and working on the farm. Lauren would like everyone to know she likes to ride horses. Lauren also has twelve dogs, 7 chickens, 2 rabbits and 2 cats.  Congrats to Lauren!


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7th Grade Student of the Month

Gabe Rheinscheld has been chosen as the 7th grade student of the month for November!  Gabe has two brothers, Caleb who is 14 years old and Eden is 9 yrs. old. His favorite teacher is Mr. Brown.  Gabe likes playing soccer. He has enjoyed reading the Percy Jackson Series. Gabe likes to watch The Walking Dead on tv and his favorite movie is Need for Speed. Gabe said that going to The Works was his favorite fieldtrip. His favorite animal is a dog. Gabe would like everyone to know that A.J. Little is his best friend, his favorite food is pizza and his favorite color is blue. Ohio State is Gabes’ favorite sports team. Gabes' favorite place to go is Virginia Beach because it is cool. Gabe likes to listen to the band, Imagine Dragons and his favorite song is Rap God.  Gabes’ other hobby includes video games. Gabe would like everyone to know he likes to play soccer and also play video games. Gabes’ pets are Spidey, Black-Black and Scamperz. 
Congrats to Gabe!

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8th Grade Student of the Month

Grayce Brannon has been chosen as the 8th grade student of the month for November!  Grayce has a brother Beau who is 10 years old. Reading , writing and art are Grayces’ favorite subjects. She has three favorite teachers, Mrs. Bathrick, Mr. Tom and Mrs. Daley. Grayce likes volleyball and softball.  She has enjoyed reading the Divergent series and the Wake series. Grayce likes to watch Finding Carter on tv and her favorite movie is If I Stay.  Grayce said that going to The Wilds was her favorite fieldtrip. Her favorite animal is a giraffe. Grayce would like everyone to know that Lexee Pletcher, Riliegh Dozer and Caysie Tom are her best friends, her favorite food is celery and her favorite color is purple.  Grayces' favorite place to go is New York city because of all the stores.  Grayce likes to listen to the band, 5 Seconds of Summer.  Grayces’ other hobbies include writing, volleyball, babysitting and reading. She also likes to listen to the song Photograph by Ed Sheeran. Grayce would like everyone to know she likes play volleyball and have friends over. Grayce also has two dogs, Roxie and Ruger and a cat named Tiger. 
Congrats to Grayce!

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