Woodworking, Band Teachers Recognized for their Efforts, During O-D School Board Meeting

Oregon-Davis’s woodworking and band teachers got some special recognition during Wednesday’s school board meeting. Superintendent Dr. Don Harman explains, “We recognized Mr. Ron Heningsmith who did create a lamp for a patron Mrs. Jensen with wood that her and her late husband donated in the name of Mr. Jensen. Also, Mr. Heningsmith and his woods courses are making coasters, Bobcat coasters, for all staff members.”

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O-D School Board Accepts Donations for T-Shirts, Lunch Accounts, Signage

A number of donations were accepted by the Oregon-Davis School Board Monday. Some students will getting new t-shirts, thanks to a pair of donations from Lee Nagai, according to Superintendent Dr. Don Harman. “[He] donated $100 to help with the cost of first [and second] grade t-shirts and then also 35 t-shirts that were purchased for the pep band,” Harman explains. “So we appreciate Lee Nagai’s assistance there.”

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Oregon-Davis PTA Plans ‘Pictures with Santa’ Fundraiser, During Next Week’s Christmas Programs

The recently-established Oregon-Davis PTA is coming up with some creative ways to raise money for the school corporation. “During our Christmas programs on December 11 and 12 at the high school, the PTA will be taking pictures with Santa and have hot cocoa and cookies available,” Superintendent Dr. Don Harman explains. “Pictures will be five dollars, to have a student take their picture with Santa, and so, then, the PTA is obviously trying to raise funds to help the school district.”

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Oregon-Davis School Board Approves Snow Removal Agreement

Now that winter weather’s here, the Oregon-Davis School Board has approved an agreement for snow removal in the schools’ parking lots. “Through taking bids and interest and talking to some of our school board members, Green Grass, which is based out of Mishawaka and also Walkerton, we do have an agreement with them to plow our snow,” Superintendent Dr. Don Harman told board members last week. Continue reading

Oregon-Davis Increases Teacher Retirement Benefits under 2018-2019 Contract

Oregon-Davis teachers will see an increase in their retirement benefits and changes to the sick day policy, as part of the 2018-2019 Master Teacher Agreement approved by the school board Monday. The school corporation is increasing its annual contribution to qualifying teachers’ 401a plans from $400 to $500, according to Superintendent Dr. Don Harman.

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Aviation, AP Art Among Proposed Additions to Oregon-Davis Course Description Guide

High school students throughout the local area will be able to take aviation classes starting next school year, according to Oregon-Davis Superintendent Dr. Don Harman. “For all of the school corporations in our vocational co-op, we are starting an aviation course at the Plymouth Airport, and that will be available to our students,” he says. “So we’re very excited about that.”

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Oregon-Davis Strategic Action Team to Meet Next Monday

The Oregon-Davis School Corporation is looking for individuals interested in helping with updates to the corporation’s strategic plan. Superintendent Dr. Don Harman says the Strategic Action Team will meet next Monday, October 29 at 6:30 p.m. in room 202 in the junior/senior high school. The group will review the strategic plan and suggest possible changes, based on school improvement plans, student achievement, and other information.

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School Improvement Plans Presented to Oregon-Davis School Board

The Oregon-Davis School Board got an update Monday on school improvement plans. Superintendent Dr. Don Harman says the overall goals are pretty similar to what they’ve been in the past. “Obviously, we want to improve our school achievement with Mathematics and Language Arts and obviously address our attendance,” he says. “At the high school level, obviously, we want to address our graduation rate.”

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Matthys Replaces Pletcher as Oregon-Davis High School Principal

Oregon-Davis Junior/Senior High School has a new principal. The school board formally accepted the resignation of Tim Pletcher Monday and appointed Assistant Principal and Athletic Director Chris Matthys to take his place, according to Superintendent Dr. Don Harman. “So Mr. Matthys will now become our new junior/senior high school principal,” Harman explains. “We are in the process of interviewing for a new junior/senior high school assistant principal and athletic director.”

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Oregon-Davis School Board Accepts Donation for FFA and National Honor Society

A couple student organizations at Oregon-Davis Junior/Senior High School got a financial boost this week. Superintendent Dr. Don Harman says the school board accepted a donation from the Oregon-Davis Young Farmers organization. “That donation was $700 to the Oregon-Davis Junior/Senior High School FFA and another $700 to the Oregon-Davis Junior/Senior High School National Honor Society,” Harman says.

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