SHS Librarian Earns "PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator" Honor

Today, PBS LearningMedia, the award winning on-demand digital media service from PBS offering over 35,000 digital resources for educators, announced the 100 educators selected for the 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators program. The program rewards tech-savvy K-12 educators from across the c...

SHS Open House - Friday, April 11, 2014

SHS Open House - Friday, April 11, 2014

Sidney High School will be hosting a Future and Former Students Open House for the public this Friday, April 11 from 6:00-7:00pm prior to the Hall of Honor induction ceremony. Past, present, and future students and members of the community are invited to tour the school, learn more about SHS clubs, ...

Whittier 3rd Grade Explores Entrepreneurship

Whittier 3rd Grade Explores Entrepreneurship

Third grade students at Whittier Elementary recently worked on a special business project manufacturing and selling chocolate covered pretzels and rice crispy treats as a part of their study of economics. Julie Metzler, the students’ social studies teacher, said the students learned about th...

JV Academia State History Bowl Champions / Jensen State History Bee Champion

JV Academia State History Bowl Champions / Jensen State History Bee Champion

On Saturday, March 15, 2014, the SHS Academia team competed in the National History Bowl and Bee Ohio State Championship. The tournament had two divisions – varsity (for players that are juniors and seniors) and junior varsity (for players that are freshmen and sophomores). Sidney’s Junior Varis...

Rhett Rosengarten Earns Franklin B. Walter All-Scholastic Award

Rhett Rosengarten Earns Franklin B. Walter All-Scholastic Award

Sidney High School senior Rhett Rosengarten is the 2014 recipient of the Franklin B. Walter All-Scholastic Award. The Franklin B. Walter All-Scholastic Award was established by the Ohio Educational Service Center Association (OESCA) to promote and recognizes outstanding academic achievement. T...

Academia is GWOC North Champion

Academia is GWOC North Champion

The SHS Academia team completed the GWOC season with a 16-1 mark falling only to Northmont while sweeping the GWOC North schools of Greenville, Troy, Piqua, Vandalia and Trotwood for the fourth straight year. In fact, the Jackets are 75-8 in league competition over the last five years. Varsity Tea...

Marine Private Visits SMS

Marine Private Visits SMS

Private First Class (PFC) Becca Peachy of the United States Marine Corps recently spoke to eighth grade students at Sidney Middle School. Having just graduated from boot camp, PFC Peachy shared what drove her to enlist in the Marines, her experience at boot camp, and what those looking to enlist i...

SHS Librarian Earns "PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator" Honor
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 11:49

Today, PBS LearningMedia, the award winning on-demand digital media service from PBS offering over 35,000 digital resources for educators, announced the 100 educators selected for the 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators program. The program rewards tech-savvy K-12 educators from across the country who are serving as leaders in the education technology space and incorporating digital media in classrooms to promote student engagement and achievement through year-long hands-on and virtual professional development opportunities.

"PBS LearningMedia and local member stations are proud to recognize the 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators, a nationwide group of leading educators who are truly changing the way students learn through technology and digital media," said Alicia Levi, Vice President, PBS LearningMedia. "We are honored to provide these stand-out educators with one-of-a-kind resources, tools and trainings that will further enhance their skills and enable them to share these skills with other educators."

The 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators will receive year-long professional development opportunities that include virtual trainings, access to premium and exclusive resources, and invitations to special events. In addition, the top 16 applicants, including SHS Library and Media Speccial will serve as “Lead PBS Digital Innovators” of the program and will receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, DC, to participate in a two-day digital education summit where participants will engage in hands-on learning, collaborate with peers and hear from digital technology thought leaders.

The 2014 Lead PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators are listed below. The full list of PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators is available at http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/digitalinnovators.

• Steve Beard – Thomas Edison High School, Portland, OR (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

• Stephanie Berry – Basic High School, Henderson, NV (Vegas PBS)

• Leslie Ceballos – Carolyn Bukhair Elementary, Dallas, TX (KERA)

• Alice Chen – Suzanne Middle School, Walnut, CA (PBS SoCal)

• Robert Culp – Joliet Public School District 86, Joliet, IL (WTTW)

• Ryan Devlin – Brockway Area Junior/Senior High School, Brockway, PA (WPSU)

• Scott Frizzell – Harding Academy of Memphis, Memphis, TN (WKNO)

• Susan Gauthier – Sherwood Middle Academic Magnet School, Baton Rouge, LA (LPB)

• Don Goble – Ladue Horton Watkins High School, Saint Louis, MO (Nine Network of Public Media)

• Mig Hayes – Carolina Friends School, Durham, NC (UNC-TV)

• Julie Hildebrand – Patton Elementary School, Austin, TX (KLRU)

• Kimberly Lynch – Francis Wyman School, Burlington, MA (WGBH)

• Lesley McClendon – Shiloh Middle School, Atlanta, GA (Georgia Public Broadcasting)

• Philip McIntosh – Challenger Middle School, Colorado Springs, CO (Rocky Mountain PBS)

• Morgan Nickolai – Sidney High School, Sidney, OH (ThinkTV)

• Holly Whitt – Walnut Grove Elementary, New Market, AL (Alabama Public Television)

Morgan Nickolai not only earned the distinction of being one of 100 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators, but was named one of the top 16 in the nation, earning the title “Lead PBS Digital Innovator.” Nickolai is the Library Media Specialist and Distance Track Coach at Sidney High School, part of the Sidney City School district located in Sidney, Shelby County, Ohio. Nickolai is also an INFOhio User Council Representative for the Western Ohio Computer Organization (WOCO) and INFOhio ICoach for the Sidney City School district. She received her Master’s Degree in Middle Childhood Education with concentrations in Language Arts and Math from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. She went on to pursue getting her Library/Media Licensure from Wright State University as well. As a Library Media Specialist, Nickolai provides media literacy, information literacy, and research instruction to students and classroom teachers. She collaborates with teachers to coordinate instruction, media program activities, and resources with subject area curriculum. She is responsible for the selection, organization, utilization, and maintenance of the library, information, and curriculum resources, and provides professional development for all staff members.

“I am a huge advocate for technology, so the most rewarding part of my job is being able to help teachers integrate technology into their lessons,” says Nickolai.

One of Nickolai's favorite PBS LearningMedia resources is the "PBS TeacherLine Tips to Evaluate Internet Resources."

 
SHS Open House - Friday, April 11, 2014
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 10:26
Sidney High School will be hosting a Future and Former Students Open House for the public this Friday, April 11 from 6:00-7:00pm prior to the Hall of Honor induction ceremony. Past, present, and future students and members of the community are invited to tour the school, learn more about SHS clubs, and enjoy refreshments prepared by FCCLA. All are encouraged to stay for the Hall of Honor induction ceremony which starts at 7:30pm in the auditorium. Joining this year’s hall of honor class and receiving the highest honor bestowed by the Sidney City Schools are Linda (Harp) DeVelvis (SHS 1968), Dr. Tom Glover (SHS 1963), Irv Johnson (SHS 1958) and James Wells (SHS 1957).There will be a public reception in the gymnasium following the ceremony. Please join Sidney High School and Sidney City Schools for an evening of celebrating our students past, present, and future!
 
Whittier 3rd Grade Explores Entrepreneurship
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 15:29

Third grade students at Whittier Elementary recently worked on a special business project manufacturing and selling chocolate covered pretzels and rice crispy treats as a part of their study of economics.

Julie Metzler, the students’ social studies teacher, said the students learned about the steps and resources necessary to start a business. They explored raw materials, supplies, and human resources. Once they decided on their product—chocolate covered pretzels and rice crispy treats—they learned how using an assembly line would help make them more efficient in manufacturing their product. The students also learned about marketing as they developed flyers and commercials.

Sharon Maurice, Director of the Workforce Partnership of Shelby County, spent an afternoon with the students working hands-on to understand the elements of a successful business. The students discussed things such as raw materials, supplies, marketing and advertising, capital, and human resources. Through role modeling, the students learned the importance of each of these things to the success of a business.  

“The goal of this project was to make my students wise consumers and future entrepreneurs,” said Metzler. “Through our lessons and the time spent with Sharon Maurice, these classes were able to work collaboratively to understand overhead costs, the benefits of utilizing an assembly line, the importance of advertising, and what goes into making a profit.”

After producing their product and advertising it to the school, Metzler’s classes sold their product to fourth graders following lunch one Friday.  The students actually sold out of their product and profited over $80.00, which was donated to Agape.

The goal of the Workforce Partnership is to bridge education and business within the community. Sidney City Schools will be partnering with the Workforce Partnership to offer two new courses at Sidney High School for the 2014-15 school year – Workforce Skills Academy and Workforce Career Academy – with plans to have all tiers of courses added by the 2016-17 school year.

 

 

 
JV Academia State History Bowl Champions / Jensen State History Bee Champion
Friday, 21 March 2014 15:17
On Saturday, March 15, 2014, the SHS Academia team competed in the National History Bowl and Bee Ohio State Championship. The tournament had two divisions – varsity (for players that are juniors and seniors) and junior varsity (for players that are freshmen and sophomores). Sidney’s Junior Varisty team consisting of sophomore Aaron Jensen and freshmen NourEddine Hijazi, Andrew Mitchell, and Anthony Mitchell went 7-0 en route to winning the Ohio History Bowl JV State Championship. Following that terrific performance, Aaron Jensen went on to win the Ohio History Bowl JV Bee, which is the individual component of the competition. Aaron Jensen is the son of Ken & Sherri Jensen. NourEddine Hijazi is the son of Maryam Hijazi. Andrew & Anothony Mitchell are the sons of Greg and Sara Mitchell.