Hits abound as Dover Schools near end of year

It’s hard to believe, but the end of the 2021-2022 school year is fast approaching at Dover Schools. Our staff and students continue to persevere and make great strides in academic progress and growing together as a school community. It is worth looking back at this time of year with some examples of how our pupils are making a difference in Dover inside and outside our schools.

First, it’s never too early to start planning next year for our youngest learners. During our recent kindergarten registration, 135 students and their families had the opportunity to register their children, visit and learn more about the Southern School. Thanks to our community partners, including the Dover Public Library, YMCA, Health Service, PTG and Salvation Army, each family went home with a new book and important information. We anticipate that our youngest students will have two new spaces when they arrive on campus next year: new playground equipment thanks to the fundraising efforts of our parent-teacher group.

Our elementary schools are all welcoming grandparents for special friends with special days this spring to bring families together. Our students had so much fun showing their grandparents and guests around their schools and visiting the book fairs.

Our third-year student council members demonstrate the importance of giving back by raising funds for the Tuscarawas County Humane Society. Year three students also recently performed their first musical in Dover High School’s brand new auditorium. The play, “All About Jazz”, taught viewers about the evolution of jazz music and its impact on American music.

The ‘Right to Read’ festivities are back this year, and elementary school students will all be celebrating literacy with the theme ‘Camp with a good book’. Schools are opening their doors to families with math and literacy nights this spring, which will also help bring families together to celebrate learning in our schools!

Our middle schoolers have been busy putting the lessons they learn in the classroom to work through games and competitions. The eighth graders have just completed their first SumoBot competition where they designed, programmed and tested a fully autonomous robot using skills learned in their Automation and Robotics course. Two teams of three were named tournament winners and grand champions respectively.

Our fine arts program continues to excel and make us proud. Nick Castricone was recently shortlisted for the 2022 Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibit for his photograph, “The Righteous War.” Additionally, our musical ensembles, including band, orchestra, and choir, have represented the Crimson Tornadoes at Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) events.

Several DHS freshmen also won awards recently in the East Central Ohio Education Service Center’s Young Authors and Illustrators Lecture Competition at Kent State University, where they spent time learning from authors and local illustrators and collaborate on an illustrated story.

We recognize that our community plays an important role in each of our successes. We thank you for your continued support and look forward to ending this school year strong.

Karie McCrate is the Superintendent of Schools in Dover City.

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