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Colleges collaborate with kids at Columbia

Representatives from Central Ohio Technical College, Kenyon College and Mount Vernon Nazarene University converged on Columbia Elementary recently for an assembly celebrating the fifth-graders who will be moving on to middle school next year.
The event was the culminating activity in a year-long program in which Columbia students every month meet with adult mentors (not their classroom teacher) to discuss various life topics, such goal setting, making good choices and saying no to drugs.

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Lego League teams share projects

Fredericktown Elementary’s Night at the Museum on May 11 featured science and social studies projects, and museum guests got an extra treat when Lego League teams shared their research and construction results.
Third-graders Kit Bellman, Scarlett Allison, Kalli Baker, Hopa Roubinek and Micah Phillips, aka The Lady Bugz, studied the interaction between bees and African elephants and used Legos to construct an African habitat.

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Wiggin Street visits Statehouse

Fourth-grade students in the social studies classes of Betsy Sabo and Lisa Loveland at Wiggin Street Elementary School visited the Ohio Statehouse on May 15.
Ohio government is part of the fourth-grade standards, and by going to Columbus, the students were able to see government in action rather than just read about it in a textbook.

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Clarkson, Broeren place in state history contest

Two juniors from Mount Vernon High School are among the top finishers in the recently-held 2017 Ohio History Day State Contest. They completed in-depth research into an historical topic, then defended it in front of the judges.

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Pam Schehl/News Buster the Bus will soon be on the road again thanks to a grant from the Community Foundation of Mount Vernon and Knox County and KCCC seniors Victoria Browning, left, and Riley Dallman.

Buster the Bus back on the road again

Over the years, hundreds of Knox County preschoolers and elementary pupils in all the local school districts learned about bus safety with the assistance of a miniature vehicle called Buster the Bus. Its smiling face, winking eyes, lights and sounds helped drive home the life-saving lessons, such as, be alert to traffic; look both ways; and, always cross in front of the bus, but only when the bus driver signals it is safe to do so.

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Danville approves raises

Following an executive session to discuss the employment and compensation of personnel, the Danville school board on Monday voted to give district staff a 3 percent base salary increase effective the 2017-18 school year.

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Virgil Shipley/News Mount Vernon High School principal Scott Will, left, introduces senior class president Fredericka Bockover during Sunday’s graduation exercises.

Mount Vernon graduates 292 seniors

As Mount Vernon High School superintendent William Seder Jr. said, the rainy weather Sunday could not dampen the spirits of friends and family or of the 292 seniors who celebrated the close of their high school careers and the start of a new chapter in their lives at the R.R. Hodges Chapel at Mount Vernon Nazarene University.

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Pam Schehl/News Mount Vernon High School medalists in the 2017 National Spanish Exam include, first row, from left, silver medalists Ryan Yarger and Emma Buehrer, gold medalist Olivia Matulich, and silver medalists Gabriela Rivera, Sasha Deever and Abagail Hawk; Second row, from left, bronze medalists Abigail Plants, Hayden Lingel, Andrea Origel, Lily Burnside and Erika Conant; and third row, from left, bronze medalists Sam Mader, Herbert Meyer, Matt Dinnen, Chase Holdener, Isaac Browning and Bryant Estrada. Not pictured, silver medalist Sarah Day and bronze medalists Ryan Tiel, Mario Alvarez, Jordyn Galbraith, Margaret Williams, Angelia Fuscaldo, Christopher Hull and Elizabeth Day.

MVHS Spanish students ace national exam

Spanish teachers at Mount Vernon High School are proud of their students performance on the 2017 National Spanish Exam, especially of Olivia Matulich who earned a gold medal on the Spanish III test.

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KCCC approves raises

The Knox County Career Center school board on Thursday confirmed a 2 percent base salary pay raise for teachers, classified staff, administrators, maintenance supervisors, technology coordinators, preschool coordinator and administrative assistants.

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Funding for Knox County ESC up in air

Knox County Educational Service Center treasurer Brittany Keller told the board on Wednesday the House version of the state budget includes a minimum $2 per pupil cut in the funds allotted to educational services centers.

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