There are four basic criteria that Hamilton County EMHSA uses to activate the sirens:
Hamilton County has the capability of activating all of the sirens at once or by activating one or more of six siren zones. All sirens are sounded unless the threat is clearly confined to an individual zone (or zones). During a tornado warning, the sirens will be sounded for a three minute duration in ten minute intervals (three minutes on, seven minutes off) for as long as the tornado warning is in effect. There is NO “all-clear” siren.
Loveland, Ohio – The tiniest of Loveland Tigers are keyboarding. Google Docs and Google Classroom are now in full use, and virtual labs, online textbooks and discussion boards are all resources in the Science Department’s tool box. It’s called growth mindset, and Loveland teachers have it – resulting in an innovative environment equipping learners with opportunities most of us never dreamed we would see in schools.
Students in both Loveland Elementary School (LES) and Loveland Primary (LPS) schools are learning about keyboarding through EasyTech. This is a leap for students. Finding letters seems like an easy task, but remember, some students just learned their letters the year before. For students, this provides the reinforcement of skills in a fun way and helps them along their journey to being student authors. In Traci Stubenrauch’s class, students combined the skill of typing on Google Docs with Google Classroom.
.“As a part of our First Grade English Language Arts standards, students are expected to create and publish their writing using digital tools,” said Stubenrauch. “With more students only experiencing touch-screen technology at such an early age, they are becoming less exposed to using a desktop or laptop. As a result, a huge challenge we must tackle first is developing the fine motor skills and coordination to operate a mouse. In addition, since first graders are still developing the basic literacy skills of reading and writing – specifically distinguishing between uppercase and lowercase letters – they must get acquainted with the letter keys if they are to even begin to produce any sort of writing or presentation using technology.
Students went from idea to final product – a story ready to publish
“EasyTech included a scope and sequence of lessons that sequentially introduced and facilitated practice of the necessary keyboarding and computer skills to develop digital literacy. Students progressed from learning how to navigate a mouse to familiarizing themselves with several letter keys each week in addition to important keys such as backspace, enter, shift, and the spacebar. As each student progressed through weekly lessons, the program measured accuracy and mastery of a digital skill. Once students acquired these foundational skills, they were ready to begin putting their skills to work in order to demonstrate their learning of content-specific knowledge in literacy.”
Innovative Instructional Coach Susan Craig set the class up with Google Classroom and students went from idea to final product – a story ready to publish.
“Seeing the students produce their narratives within Google Docs and post their assignments in Google Classroom opened my eyes to future opportunities to also incorporate other Google tools such as Slides to create narratives and informational reports,” said Stubenrauch. “I also saw that the possibilities extend beyond literacy and into areas such as math, science, and social studies as well.”
Second grade teacher, Tammy Ruehrwein seized the opportunity to preview her students skills before she taught the lesson. Google Classroom helped assess student ability, and then she was able to quickly grade and decide where each of her students were on the learning continuum.
Google Classroom helped assess student ability, and then she was able to quickly grade and decide where each of her students were on the learning continuum.
“The data from the assessment gave me information on where I needed to focus my attention with the skills that were going to be introduced for our next unit in math,” said Ruehrwein. “The concept of Formative Instructional Practice is helping teachers to look closely at our students and provide interventions for students who need it.”
There’s no excuse of I forgot my textbook in LES science classes. LES science teachers are exploring and teaching through virtual labs, online textbooks, and discussion boards with their students. Students interact with both their teacher and peers online to work collaboratively and independently. This has helped teachers differentiate lessons for all of their students.
.“The Discovery Education Techbook has helped me reach all of my students in many ways,” said LES Fourth Grade Teacher Brandie Carter. “All of my students are able to sign on the site, launch an assignment, and complete tasks. There are many activities provided by Techbook that directly relate to the science standards. Students have access to hands-on activities, short video assignments, reading passages, and viewing or creating electronic poster boards.”
Learning isn’t just for students
Learning isn’t just for students. Teachers are working on expanding their own growth mindset and innovation through monthly meetings for professional development. They are reflecting on their work in these meetings through reading articles and journaling.
“Reading about the challenges that teachers face and seeing how they overcome their own fears and try new things is so inspiring,” said Innovative Instructional Coach Susan Craig. “They want to make themselves better for the students they teach and for the future. Being risk takers and letting students see you try and fail is one of the greatest things that teachers can do. It is fearless – and fearless educators make for fearless students.”
Loveland, Ohio – Loveland High School (LHS) salutes the students who authored the 2015-16 LHS Yearbook for earning the National Scholastic Press Association’s (NSPA) First Class certification.
“These students worked diligently to adhere to scholastic journalism standards and present the history of a school year,” said LHS Teacher and Yearbook Advisor Rhonda Overbeeke. “I am so proud of their accomplishment.”
The book also received an extra mark of distinction for the development of its theme: For the love of…
“The theme really showed how much love our community has towards our high school and how much love the students have towards what they do in the school,” said Junior Lauren Parker, who began as a staff writer last year and is currently the sports section editor. “It was nice to capture all the moments that demonstrate love from last school year.”
One of many things that contributed to the First-Class certification, according to the NSPA scorebook, included the quality photographs throughout the book.
“As the photography editor, it makes me feel so accomplished that all of the time I spent uploading, editing, and shooting photos for the book that it helped the book excel at telling and amazing story of our year,” Colin Johnson (alumnus) said.
With the 2016-17 school year in full swing, another yearbook is in the works. Seniors Katharine Vuyk and Sam Faingold serve as editors-in-chief.
“We’re really proud of the work we accomplished last year and we are really working to bring this year’s book up to even higher standards,” Faingold said.
The 2016-17 yearbook will cover the entire school year, August through June, and is currently available for sale at jostensyearbooks.com. The book will be available during schedule pick-up day in August.
The NSPA, according to their website, is a nonprofit association that provides education services for journalism-related clubs and classes across America.
Loveland, Ohio – Each year the Loveland Stage Company recognizes a graduating high school student with its Creative Arts Scholarship.
The Loveland Stage Company is offering a scholarship again this year in the amount of $1,000. In order to qualify for the scholarship, the graduating student must reside in the Loveland City School District, attend Loveland High School, or be an offspring of a Loveland Stage Company member.
This scholarship is intended to be used toward college or university tuition, room and board, or books.
The Loveland Stage Company wishes to encourage and support young local talent. Therefore, prospective applicants must be planning to further their education in the Creative Arts. Qualifying areas of study include, but are not limited to: art, music, theater, photography, film, dance, and majors that support these studies.
Students are asked to submit examples of their talent in their chosen field and a high school transcript demonstrating the ability to succeed academically as part of the application process.
Applications, along with more information, can be found on the Loveland Stage Company website.
Applications are due no later than Monday, April 17, 2017 to the scholarship chair.
Dear Loveland Magazine Readers,
The hypocrisy and misrepresentations on Representative Louis Blessing III’s campaign website are almost too much to bear. He states that “I believe that small businesses truly drive our economy. However, I feel that the incentives to start a small business are too few, while the liabilities of running a small business are too great.” Yet now he is the chief sponsor of House Bill 114, which removes mandates for renewable energy as part of Ohio’s electrical generation sources. This legislation will have a huge negative impact on the roughly 100,000 jobs created by many small businesses in renewable and solar industries in this state (see http://www.cleveland.com/business/index.ssf/2016/03/ohio_clean_energy_manufacturin.html and http://www.cleanjobsohio.org ).
I have personally worked with a small business that installs solar panels and employs my neighbors. The Representative said mandates have an “inequitable nature”. I guess tax subsidies to oil and gas industries aren’t so inequitable though, given that major contributions to his campaigns have come from Duke Energy and AEP. So much for incentives, Representative Blessing.
Another glaring inaccuracy is his statement that “…I will work to remove public funding for abortion clinics.” Public funding of abortions is prohibited by the Hyde Amendment. The public funding of which you speak is directed to health care service providers, not all of which provide abortions. Targeting funds that provide preventative services will actually negatively impact Ohio tax payers, as costs to pay for preventable diseases go up. Indeed, since cuts to preventative care programs have been made in Ohio, incidents of venereal disease have gone up, based on Ohio Department of Health statistics. So you don’t have much work to do here – only damage. Good going Representative Blessing.
Loveland, Ohio – Fire Chief Otto Huber of the Loveland-Symmes Fire Department has successfully completed the process that awards him the professional designation of “Chief Fire Officer” (CFO). The Commission on Professional Credentialing met on February 7, to officially confer the re-designation upon Huber who is one of only 1,210 CFO’s worldwide to receive this designation.
Chief Tom Turner, Assistant Fire Chief of the Loveland-Symmes Fire Department stated, “I have worked with Chief Huber for over 30 years. I have never seen anyone that works harder than him, or anyone that cares more about the community, its residents, or the men and women of the Loveland-Symmes Fire Department. “
The Chief Fire Officer Designation program is a voluntary program designed to, “Recognize individuals who demonstrate their excellence in seven measured components including: Experience, Education, Professional Development, Professional Contributions, Association Membership, Community Involvement, and Technical Competencies.’
Huber received his original designation in 2014. To maintain the designation, he needed to show he has continued to develop as a CFO in four of the areas stated above.
A Board of Review consisting of members of the fire and emergency services profession, academia, and municipal agencies review each application and recommends successful candidates for designation to the Commission.
Huber has been a member of the Loveland-Symmes Fire Department since 1976.
O’Bannonville Road will close for a culvert replacement on March 27 and not open until April 21.
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