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I am extending an early Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all in the Millcreek-West Unity Schools & community. This is a very special time of the year with a lot of meaning and it allows for time of reflection of the past and a look into the future.  Have a safe and enjoyable holiday season as we bring 2016 to an end and move into 2017.

News and info from Cadet Country:

¨ As shared earlier with folks but another quick reminder ~ we are sharing the services of Mrs. Amy Welling, a Licensed Social Worker. She has been a tremendous asset to our district for situations that require more specialized assistance.  Mrs. Welling is normally here daily in the morning and then off to North Central for the afternoon.  We have recently added the shared services of Mrs. Paula Fry, a Mental Health Licensed Social Worker.  Both of these ladies are tremendous and they are here to help out in any way they can.  We are not talking just students, as in some cases these issues lead into assisting over-all family wellness.  Any questions or assistance we can provide, please contact me and I will see that you are directed to the right people for your need. This endeavor is sponsored by a Federal grant and is being used by all Williams County Schools except for one.

¨ On Sunday, 12-18, we will be holding our traditional Christmas Concert in the Commons.  Under the direction and leadership of Ms. Lena Miller and Mr. Sam Maran, Grades 5-8 will perform at 2:00 pm with high school to perform at 4:00 pm.  Ms. Miller has formed a Ladies Choir and they are phenomenal.

¨ Congratulations to the new inductees into the National Chapter of the Hilltop National Honor Society:  Kara Brown, Landrey Brown, Teryn Ganster, Jaclyn Lovejoy, Johnnie Roth, Ben Routhier, Joel Sauber, Austin Schaffner, Ethan Schoonover, Sam Shilling, Tyler Suboski, Makalie Swisher, Chase Williams and Aubrey Wyse.

¨ Elementary Music (grades 5 & 6) Christmas performance will be held on Tuesday, 12-6 @ 7:00 p.m.

¨ Wednesday, 12-16, starting at 6:00 in the Commons, Ms. Amber Metzger will be meeting with all JUNIOR CLASS PARENTS.

¨ Our students collected new toys and money for the “Christmas for Kids” drive.  Rick Small from WDFM 98.1 FM broadcasted from the school from 7:00 – 9:00 a.m. on 12-7 as we helped collect items for students in need.  If you feel in your heart you would like to help with this drive, please contact 98.1 as anything is appreciated and everything stays in Williams County.

¨ The Hilltop Drama Club presents, “A Family Reunion to Die For” on Saturday, 12-10 with a 2:00 and 7:00 performance followed by a 3:00 matinee on Sunday, 12-11.  Ticket Prices are General Public $10.00 and Students/Senior Citizens $7.00.  Red and White Cards will be honored.

¨ BBC Fall Sport SCHOLAR-ATHLETES: Criteria are to be a junior/senior and at least a 3.25 gpa.

¨ Juniors -  Ben Routhier (4.0), Austin Schaffner (4.0), Tyler Suboski, Landrey Brown, Johnnie Roth, Joel Sauber, Chase Masters, Aubrey Wyse, Kara Brown and Sam Shilling.
¨ Seniors – Colleen Bell (4.0), Sydni Rivera (4.0), Abby Schaper, Katie Foster, Ariana Brown, Shelby Kuney, Quinn Smith, Makalie Swisher, Marisa Yates, and Felicity Jackson.

¨ The Hilltop Food Pantry that was started at the beginning of this school year has been an overwhelming success and we continue to serve weekend meals for families in need; the group was also able to provide a Thanksgiving Dinner to several families.  We accept food donations to this endeavor or monetary donations are also appreciated as that is used to fill in where we have gaps in certain food items.  We offer a sincere and heartfelt Thank You to those heading up this project and especially to our community for the outstanding success that we are able to provide meals for those in need. 

¨ The elementary, under the leadership of Principal Laurie Worline, had a very successful ‘MUFFINS FOR MOM’ in October.  This is to go along with the Spring ‘DONUTS FOR DAD’.  Both events were highly success and it was great to see interactions of the students with their mom or dad or some other family member and other parents.  We believe it to be a great link between our school and our community.  I believe both are going to become annual events due to their overwhelming and positive success.

¨ Compliments to Mr. Sam Maran on the organization and tremendous success of the FIRST Annual All-Williams County Junior High Band program.   Mr. Maran organized and handled the entire endeavor and it was well received.  This was a tremendous opportunity for all the students to interact with other instrumentalists in the county and then it concluded with an excellently presented concert. 

¨ Staying with our Music Program, we extended sincere condolences to Nancy Miller and her family on the passing of her husband Glenn.  Mr. Miller was a tremendous advocate of the Arts and we have all been blessed with his talents, abilities and knowledge both here at Hilltop and throughout the county.

¨ October Students of the Month for HHS:  Calena Hallock, Alex Stephens, Brayden Gorsuch, Ethan Eberly, Jeremiah Miller, Haylee Sexton, Tim Maneval, Nash Kuney, Julia Schuurman, Emmi Ryan, Victoria Murdaugh, Haley Geis, Griffin McEwen, Jacob Champion, Blake Funkhouser, Veronica Murdaugh, Tyler Rivas, Alex Lopez, Veronica Nichols, Levi Lopez, Dan Shilling, and Isaac McKinney.

¨ I am happy to share that Hilltop was one of three entities in the county to be awarded the Community Development Block Grant to the approval of $45,300.00 (largest of the three given) and a small amount % we have to invest.  This money will be used to improve conditions at our football/track complex for ADA.  The layout and the lay of the land are very poor for the handicapped so we will start next summer to work and to improve what we have.  It surely does need it for this benefit.  Appreciation is extended to Brian Wieland for his help and expertise on completion of this grant as that was big and vital to its success.

¨ Congrats to our 8th grade volleyball girls and Coach VanArsdalen as they won back-to-back BBC titles.  Our girls were seeded #2 behind #1 Edon.  Both years the ladies have defeated Edon to win it all.  We are very proud of them!!

¨ Was neat to see Mrs. Ruth Parrott and her HHS graduate son, Josh on “Wheel of Fortune” in November.  Josh was the grand prize winner for that evening and took home $57,400.00.

¨ Congrats to the just named Americanism winners for this school year:  Tim Maneval, Shelby Kuney, Nash Kuney, Sam Shilling, Johnnie Roth and Aubrie Calvin.

¨ Our Academic Team, under the leadership of Mrs. Abbie Smith, had a very successful season and represented us with PRIDE and CLASS.  They compete 1-1 in league competition and then have an end of season double-elimination tournament.  They also compete in a couple other types of Academic Team tournaments as well as the TV Brain Game that is out of the Toledo/Bowling Green area into late winter and they will be on TV.

¨ Proud to announce that Mr. Andrew Miller has set-up a Chess Club for our students and they are loving it.  All low key approach and this is not done during school class time but it is another opportunity for our students to have another outlet to something they may enjoy and also learn from.

¨ Along those same lines, our Archery program has started now and the students in grades 4-12 are being trained as required with a minimum of two weeks and then we will continue to build and expand this into a Club sport.  Everything will be minimal this year but we are putting everything in place NOW so that when next year starts to roll around, the Hilltop Archers will be taking aim and shooting with other area schools that have this same program.  What is neat about this endeavor is that we were awarded a $7,500.00 Grant for the equipment and then we had to contribute 10% to this project which is a result of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

¨ NOTE on ARCHERY:  We had an Organizational meeting for any parents with a child in grades 4-12 to help and/or assist with the Archery Club starting, an important meeting was held in the LIBRARY @ 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 7.  IF you were unable to attend this meeting but want to be involved, PLEASE get in contact with me (via phone or email) and I will pass your information on.  I ask for patience and understanding as this is new to all of us and we want to do it right!!! 

¨ On 10-20 we once again hosted the Williams County Elementary Quiz Bowl and it was another huge success.  The over-all winner was Stryker with Bryan finishing second.  All schools participated as this is a co-sponsored event for Hilltop and the Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center.

¨ This fall we also proudly HOSTED the Williams County JV Academic Team here in Hilltop Nation.  Edon won the competition with Bryan finishing second.

¨ Ms. Janice Bruner, social studies teacher and her students did a tremendous job of setting up and going through the entire Mock Election process with the HS.  It was very impressive.

¨ Staying with Ms. Bruner, but as Head Volleyball Coach, this year’s “VOLLEY FOR THE CURE” generated $2,115.00 for the Susan B. Komen Foundation and over this nine year history of this event, Hilltop has raised over $34,000.00 for this cause.  This is something for everyone to be PROUD of.

¨ If you get a chance, please check-out the most beautiful Christmas tree in any school’s lobby as it truly first-class and a done as a labor of love.  We get many, many compliments on it but the real compliments go to Jana Griffin and her parents Garry and Delores Lillemon as this is a great joy for them in creating. 

¨ The Veterans Day Program held on Friday, 11-11 was probably the best attended program that we have had, in terms of community members and guests.  Ms. Lena Miller did another fantastic job of putting all of this together and involving so many individuals.  The guest speaker was Mr. Cameron Thompson, a veteran that teaches for us and he provided an impressive message to all of those attending.

¨ This year’s Post Prom Parents sponsored the annual Power Puff football game but this was under the lights and our Senior/Freshmen gals walked away with a late rally victory and a boys’ volleyball tournament was held and the senior boys took care of business to make for two fun and enjoyable events.

¨ HHS Students of the Month  for September:  Stephanie Moncaleano, Dominik Schmitt, Johnnie Roth, Michael Herman, Haley Stephens, Emma Dill, Anna Yates, Aubrie Calvin, Kolin Zuver, Brianna Bell, Chase Masters, Jack Blaisdell, Caky Connolly, Olivia McKinney, Kayleen Jennings, Jaden Rising, Kyra Knapp, Randy Vickery, Dillan Merrillat, Emily Stickney, Hunter Franklin and Alexia Long.

¨ Please be advised that we will dismiss around 1:10/1:15 pm on Wednesday, 12-22 for the Christmas Holiday and then classes will resume on Tuesday, 1-3.

January 2017 dates of importance:

3rd School resume from Holiday

6th 1st semester grading period concludes

7th Three Arts Club sponsoring a chili supper before the BBK game vs. Fayette

11th Grade reports on-line by Noon

16th MLK Day – NO SCHOOL

22nd Williams County HONOR Band and Choir Concert at Edon.

25th 2 hr. delay for Teacher In-Service
       College Credit Plus PARENT Meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the Commons

¨ FFA/Ag Highlights to date:

   1. Dairy judging team of Jack Blaisdell, Sam Shilling, Ethan Dunson, Madisyn Underwood, Brayden Gorsuch, Josh Pace, and Cade Keefer as a TEAM placed 7th out of 17 teams.  Individual competition in that area had Jack Blaisdell finishing 8th out of 176 and Sam Shilling tied for 18th out of the same 176.

2. 26 active FFA members for 2016-17 and membership increasing.

3. Fulton County Livestock Judging – 3rd place for team, with individual hon- ors of first to Ethan Dunson and third place to Madisyn Underwood.

4.  Williams County Fair Beef Stand – 13 volunteers

5.  Williams County Dairy Stand – 5 members volunteered

6.  Three members exhibited projects at the fair but most of members exhibited through their 4H Club.  Sam Shilling was first in hay and large wood projects.

7. Ag Soils Contest – 13th out of 22 teams – Sam was 48th and Austin was 49th in the individual category.

8. Annual Trap shoot and Fall Gathering had 15 members participate along with 2 Stryker member and advisor.

9.  National FFA Convention held in Indianapolis, IN and both advisor and Chapter President. 

¨ Since taking our Ag. program to a full-time position, we will see increased numbers as we move forward.

New - this year we took Family and Consumer Science (Home Ec.) too full-time as we did Ag. and Mrs. Phillips is bringing back FCCLA (FHA) as well.  Her students will be in competitions very similar to that in FFA/Ag.

¨ Reminder that December 31 is the deadline for nominations to the HALL OF FAME.  Any questions, please contact me as we know there are a lot of outstanding graduates of our school system that have gone on to make a name for themselves and these individuals serve as tremendous role-models to our school district and possibly on a world-wide basis.

¨ We are expanding our Military board so if you know of any ACTIVE military personnel that are not up there – all we need is a 5x7 picture, year of graduation and what branch of the service - we take care of the rest.

¨ Congratulations to our HS Student Council, under the direction of Miss Jen Yoh on their blood drive.  They collected 52 units which was over their goal ~ great job to ALL participating.

¨ CONGRATULATIONS to senior Leah Carothers on placing first in the Sub-District Job Interview CDS level of competition with FFA held at Edon.  She qualified on to District competition at Penta Career Center but results have not been given provided yet.

¨ PLEASE utilize the school district website (http://www.hilltop.k12.oh.us) as we are working hard to provide as much beneficial information as possible.  Check out the photo gallery as that shows Hilltop Schools in action.


¨ Reminder to get involved with our Hilltop Music Boosters and Hilltop Athletic Boosters in the promotion of our students and school.  Contact Tim Clark (419.799.0253) or Melinda Norris (419.551.2808) for Athletic Boosters and Sherry Ackley (419.630.7721) for Music Boosters.  FYI - Music Boosters meet the second Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the Band Room and Athletic Boosters meet the first Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the HS Conference Room

¨ In closing, Happy Holidays again to all and you can also reach me via phone:  419.924.2365 ext. 2322 or via e-mail at:  llong@hilltopcadets.org.