Dear Federal Hocking Students, Staff and Families, At our last regular board of education meeting on March 12, 2024 there was a first reading of updates in our board policies. Most of these were the result of changes in law necessitating policy revisions. All of these were discussed at a previous board policy committee meeting. One of the changes recommended by the administration concerned graduation requirements. Graduation requirements have changed dramatically in the last several years. Part of the reason for this is the recognition that students don't all learn the same way and don't demonstrate competency in the same way. Currently, Ohio requires students to earn 20 credits, demonstrate competency using one of the five options approved by the state (state tests, career readiness, College Credit Plus, military enlistment, or a minimum ACT or SAT score), and demonstrate readiness by earning at least two graduation "seals", one of which can be a locally developed seal. This is confusing for many, but these requirements provide more options for students to meet graduation requirements than ever before. Folks may not realize this, but this is the result of much of the work done by Federal Hocking many years ago. Advisory, the senior portfolio, and the senior project have all been templates for the current minimum graduation requirements. The initial policy recommendation was to reduce the number of required credits from 27 to 20, which is the state minimum requirement. The board can have requirements above and beyond what the state requires. Adopting the state minimum requirements as prescribed in law would eliminate the senior project and the portfolio as a requirement. However, the board can reduce the number of credits required and still require the project and portfolio if they so choose. Policies have a first and second reading to give stakeholders the opportunity to voice their concerns and opinions about the changes as long as they are in compliance with law. The board has heard concerns on both sides of this issue from several in the community and have decided to not make any change to graduation requirements at this time. As part of the district's strategic planning work all stakeholders - students, staff, parents, and community members will have the opportunity to take a survey to voice your priorities and concerns. The surveys are designed by the Mid Ohio Educational Service Center. They are currently being finalized and reviewed by Federal Hocking Local School Board members. The surveys will be available on the district website under the "News" section on the homepage. A message will be sent from the district on April 22, 2024. While the survey will be electronic, those who want to complete the survey on paper can contact the district office and one will be mailed to you or you can answer questions over the phone. The district office can be reached at 740-662-6691. These surveys will include questions specific to graduation requirements. The results will be shared with stakeholders and meetings for public participation will be held for further discussion in June 2024 as we move forward in this process. Thank you for being involved in the discussion. Sincerely, David Hanning
2 days ago, David Hanning
Before Spring Break, the Amesville PTO held it's 3rd annual Egg Hunt for students! This tradition has become a favorite for everyone involved! Thanks PTO and all the family members who joined us!
3 days ago, Beth Simpson
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Mark your calendars! On May 14th, we will be recognizing those seniors who have finalized plans to enter the workforce, commit to volunteer experiences, enlist in the armed services, or continue their educations at post-secondary institutions. All community members are invited to attend. In addition to the ceremony that will begin at 9:00, participating seniors and their families will be welcomed to a continental breakfast beginning at 8:00. We are proud of all of our Lancers and the variety of successes that they intend to achieve!
3 days ago, Jake Amlin
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Thanks to our Career Coach Mr. Stotts and Kids on Campus for supplying students with glasses and information to safely observe today's eclipse. Let's see your eclipse pics!
4 days ago, Jake Amlin
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I'm always proud of our kids, but today I want to recognize the countless adults that volunteered to help make our first track meet since 2011 an unmitigated success. This app only lets me post ten photos, so I'll add more in the comments, but so, SO many people excelled in roles that they only learned how to do this morning. Although I always expect great things from AD Stephanie Evans and Head Coach Dave Miller, they still managed to impress me and all of our guests. Today's meet represented all of the very best that our district's community has to offer: professionalism, dedication, cooperation, sacrifice, and most of all unwavering support for our students. If you missed the fun today, mark your calendar for April 12th, and we'll greet you with smiles next year! - Jake
6 days ago, Jake Amlin
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Coach Miller took his volunteers through their paces this evening in preparation for this Saturday's home track meet - the first in more than a decade. Come cheer on our Lancers as they race on their new track for the first time!
9 days ago, Jake Amlin
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2024.04.03 - There will be no TCCC buses running tomorrow, Thursday, April 4, 2024 due to high water.
10 days ago, David Hanning
2024.04.03 There will be no buses for Tri-County Career Center today due to high water.
10 days ago, David Hanning
44 FHHS students celebrated their exceptional attendance with a bowling trip today. We're already planning our fourth quarter incentive!
15 days ago, Jake Amlin
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Please welcome the thirteen newest members of the FH chapter of the National Honor Society!
16 days ago, Jake Amlin
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The FH Fine Arts Fest looked - and sounded - fantastic tonight!
17 days ago, Jake Amlin
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Happy Spring, Amesville students and families!! I hope this message finds you well and enjoying the changing seasons. Linked here (https://5il.co/2h8hk) you can find the memo for this week. Be sure to check out the pictures from the Creek Exploration that happened last week. A big thank you goes out to Rural Action for their partnership in this fun activity!
19 days ago, Jenny Spero
Athens County Auditor Jill Davidson presented to all the Federal Hocking Interns during their February seminar and made quite an impression. She discussed the importance of goal setting, leadership, resumes, first impressions, interview techniques, and she answered their questions. Ms. Ripple and the interns are most grateful for her time, expertise, and genuine interest in working with our youth.
21 days ago, Jake Amlin
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Today we were Creek Explorers at Amesville! Grades K-5 spent time learning from Rural Action about the ecology of our creek and exploring in, around and near it. This will help prepare our 3rd-5th graders for an art based learning project they are beginning. Thanks Rural Action!
22 days ago, Beth Simpson
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We're all so proud of our FHHS Students of the Month! Grade 9: Guadalupe Pustavrh Grade 10: Jack Seymour Grade 11: Addison Jackson Grade 12: Eden Haynes
22 days ago, Jake Amlin
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WE DID IT!!! Wednesday morning, members of the Amesville Running Club helped our school pass our 7,000 mile goal!!! Great job Amesville students! Now let's go for 10,000!
22 days ago, Beth Simpson
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Hello, Amesville families!! This is a reminder that there will be no school for elementary students tomorrow, March 19th. This is due to our school being a polling place for elections. The memo for this week is attached here (https://5il.co/2gr0z). Have a lovely week!
26 days ago, Jenny Spero
Coolville Elementary School Families: Due to the power outage in Coolville, the telephone system at Coolville Elementary is not working. If you need to contact Coolville Elementary School please call the District Office at 740-662-6691.
28 days ago, David Hanning
The Amesville Elementary Running Club and PE classes are quickly closing in on their 7,000 mile goal! Only 150 miles to go! Great job runners, now finish strong! If you know an Amesville student, be sure to cheer them on as we CRUSH our goal!
28 days ago, Beth Simpson
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Last Thursday was picture day at Coolville Elementary and everyone was looking "fancy". To celebrate this special occasion students were treated to a "Fancy Lunch". Special thanks to our SEL Team and awesome cooks for helping to make this happen!
about 1 month ago, Ashley Miller
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Coolville Elementary Fancy Lunch!