Mini Golf Drives Home Geometry Lesson at Cardinal High School

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Cardinal High School Honors Geometry students are breathing a huge sigh of relief after completing their amazing mini golf course projects! Students in Miss Gillespie’s class had to develop a mini golf course with a theme, company name, and a course name. They had to design a course with 9 holes using all different types of shapes they’ve learned about in Honors Geometry and include a bonus 10th hole that featured a regular polygon with 5+ sides! Students had to find the area and perimeter or each required figure and then make an accounting table with the cost of turf, borders, obstacles, and bumpers to determine a total cost of constructing their course. Course rules, costs to play and a score card also needed to be created.

Miss Gillespie says a lot of students went above and beyond with their models and presentations! Course themes include: Christmas, Scooby Doo, space, candy, the beach, Harry Potter, Dr. Suess, a video game, and an oasis. Great work everyone!!

A high five to 4th graders Eve K. and Brynley K. who recently had their shared opinion on unusual pets featured on the WVIZ/PBS ideastream program NewsDepth! The girls wrote about Eve’s bright pink fish, Pinkie Pie, calling her unusual because she is very small (two inches long) and glows in the dark! We can understand why the program chose to feature the girls’ thoughts!

January Is School Board Recognition Month

The Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA) has declared January as school board recognition month!

Boards of education are a mature and tested institution in Ohio. School board members make policy; approve contracts with employees; choose curriculum; adopt budgets; and select a superintendent, treasurer and business manager to administer the district. They do all these tasks with the emphasis on what’s best for the children they serve. Being an effective school board member is no easy task, particularly in today’s climate of change and challenge. School board members need to be knowledgeable about many complex education and social issues, and carry out initiatives and directives from both federal and state governments. To face these demands of governing our public schools, they give countless hours of personal time.

A public board of education is a legislative body of citizens elected locally by their communities. Most Ohio school boards consist of five or seven members who serve four year terms of office. The number of board members for career center boards of education varies. Members usually are appointed for one-year terms representing their “home” districts. As co-partners with the General Assembly, which created boards of education, school board members are designated to carry out the constitutional mandate to administer the school system of each district. Through dedicated, responsible endeavors, school board members serve the public interest in public education — and serve the needs of our kids.

They ensure that decisions about public schools are made as close to the needs of our communities as possible. Their public service is an excellent example for young and old alike of the tradition of volunteerism that is a hallmark of American society.

This January, local communities are invited to honor the contributions and dedication of their local school board members — those locally elected citizens who make decisions that affect, influence and direct the education of our youth. Our school board is just one of the more than 700 boards across Ohio.

Let’s say “thank you” to those who participate in what is perhaps the purest form of grassroots democratic principles upon which our republic was founded. Our school board members Ken Klima, Wendy Anderson, Katie Thomas, Linda Smallwood, and Barb Rayburn do make a difference in our community, for every child, every day.

Pictured In Cover Photo: Cardinal High School Honors Geometry students Hunter S., Sebastian G., and Gene H. unveil their space-themed mini golf course they designed for their final class project.

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