Vantage Career Center
Parkway 8th Graders Visit Vantage
Eighth graders from area schools got to take a peek at what the future might look like in several different career areas, as they visited the career technical labs at the completely renovated Vantage Career Center.
Each school in the Vantage district is invited to bring their 8th graders to Vantage for a career exploration activity, which involves a two-hour hands-on demonstration tour. Eighth graders receive a “mini-brochure” which describes the career-technical programs and explains what a typical day is like for students who attend Vantage. The eighth graders spend a little time in each lab and return home with a better idea of what goes on behind those big doors.
This career exploration activity is especially helpful by informing the students about all the options available to them. During the visit, the eighth graders are able to see what skills are being used in different career areas. Students may also become more aware of how their interests and abilities can be developed into a rewarding career.
It’s always a pleasure hosting the 8th graders and giving them a chance to see what career technical education at Vantage Career Center is all about!
The annual Culinary Arts Thanksgiving Feast luncheon, is just around the corner. Mrs. Robin Burns and her class invite you to this popular event. It will be held two days this year – Wednesday, November 13th and Friday, November 15th from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This year’s buffet will include a delicious variety of salads, meats, vegetables, breads and desserts all for just $8.95. Reservations are necessary for this special event. To reserve your spot, call 419-238-5411 ext. 2425.
A reminder to Vantage parents that Parent/Teacher conferences will be held on Monday, November 25 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and on Tuesday, November 26 from 10:30 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. Please call 419-238-5411 ext. 2126 to schedule your appointment.
VANTAGE CAREER CENTER
Vantage Board Reviews End of School Year
June 6, 2013
The Vantage Board of Education met in the District Conference Room on Thursday, June 6, 2013. The minutes from the May 2, 2013 regular Board meeting were approved along with financial statements for the month of April, 2013. Treasurer Lori Davis updated the Board on Refunding Bonds.
Superintendent Staci Kaufman presented education and community updates, which included that work has begun this week constructing the solar array. The majority of the construction should be completed in 30 days, with solar power production expected tentatively on August 1. Employment needs continue as applicants are screened for the positions of Attendance Discipline Officer and Technology Support Specialist. She gave a summary of the first reading of NEOLA policy revisions recommended. Vantage will be present in several communities this summer as the parade and festival season is in full swing. Ben Winans reported on the end of school year activities and retirement and staff recognitions. Adult Education Director Pete Prichard reported on a pending ABLE partnership with Apollo Career Center, Northwest State Community College Custom Training Solutions shared programs with Vantage, state accountability, and accreditation through ACCSC, as well as upcoming classes and events.
In new business, the Board:
1. Approved employment of the following, as needed, as schedule: Sarah Wurth, Social Studies; Mike Knott, Student Services Supervisor; Karen McGilton, Penny Baucom, Jessica Farr, Kaleb Baucom, all Summer Maintenance; Austin Meyer and Dustin Carter, Summer Technology; and John Ringwald and James Martin, Custodial/Maintenance;
2. Employed the following list, as Adult Education instructors, as needed, as scheduled: Pete Weir, T & I Programs Manager; Kevin Taylor, Doug Weigle, Glenn Schenk and Vicki Bidlack, all Police Academy assistants; Lynn Schweitzer, Health Careers; Justin Cornewell, Pharmacy Tech 2012-2013 and 2013-2014; Kristie Jones, Instructional Leader; Shirley Jarvis, Health Careers/STNA Coordinator; Cynthia Krizan, Transitions Coordinator; Diane Jones, Guidance and Assessment Coordinator; Trent Sprow, Alternative Energy; Alex Rompilla, Alternative Energy; Brent Wright, Pat Vogel, Jeff Stittsworth, AWS Testing; Ted Daniels, Kim Haas, Connie Drake, Health Careers; Bruce Showalter, Police Academy Commander; Jackie Brandt, Public Safety Programs Manager; Ron Schumm, Small Business and Green Farming; Annette Klinger, Stephanie Calderon, Michele Prichard, Substitute Secretary; DeeDee Meringleo-Dirksen, Transitions Enrollment Coordinator; Michael DeMoss and Robert Hogan, Truck Driving; Brent Wright, Rylee Carlisle, Larry Longwell, Welding;
3. Resolution to approve an overnight stay for Mike Miller, Ag & Industrial Power Tech Instructor,
for a Briggs and Stratton seminar in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin from July 15 - July 18. (School vehicle & meals expense only);
4. Resolution to accept the resignation of Adam Lee, Attendance Discipline Officer effective at the end of the 2012-13 school year. [Attachment I];
5. Resolution to approve the Rothacker Lampe Bequest equipment list for 2013-2014. [Attachment J];
6. Resolution to accept the resignation of Eric Vennekotter, Computer Technician effective July 31, 2013. [Attachment K];
1. Resolution to approve locally developed interim end of course exams for American Government per Senate Bill 165;
2. Resolution to approve the list of Ohio Teacher Evaluation System (OTES) certified evaluators effective July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014: Ben Winans, Director;
3. Resolution to add the position of Trade and Industry Programs Manager to the list of Adult Education Instructional Leaders and Coordinators that receive an additional 50 cents per hour above the highest pay rate for instructors;
4. Resolution to approve the Memorandum of Understanding between Apollo Career Center and Vantage Career Center for the ABLE/GED Program effective July 1, 2013;
1. Resolution to approve an overnight stay for the 2013 National FCCLA Conference in Nashville, TN from July 5 to July 11, 2013 for Paulding FCS satellite advisor Rose Krietemeyer and 3 students;
2. Resolution to approve the following new and revised job descriptions:
Adult Education Instructional Leader (Revised), Trade & Industry Program Manager (New), ABLE Coordinator (Revised), Transitions Coordinator/Student Support Specialist (New), Technology Support Specialist (New);
1. First reading of NEOLA new and revised policies.
The Superintendent requested that the Board adjourn to executive session for the purpose of considering the employment of an employee or official of the School District. No action was taken.
The next board meeting will be held on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. in the district conference room.
Vantage Team Visits
written by Staci Kaufman, Superintendent
The 2013 Haiti team returned safely a few days ago, and
accomplished much good work in the past week. The Vantage Interact Club,
affiliated with the Van Wert Rotary Club, sponsors a carpentry program
in the mountain village of Borde, Haiti. Vantage students raise funds
throughout the school year to pay the carpentry teacher's salary ($100
per month) and furnish supplies and hand tools for the students. The
furniture made by the carpentry program is sold in Cap Haitien, Haiti,
and the funds are returned to the customer service account to buy more
Senior Awards Assembly
held at Vantage
Awards of Distinction and scholarships highlighted the
annual Awards Assembly on Wednesday, May 29. A packed house, including
home school representatives, family and friends, joined together at this
event to recognize the achievements and accomplishments of senior
students enrolled in Vantage career technical programs. Juniors put the
new technology to use as they watched the assembly via “live streaming”
from their classrooms.
Vantage Senior Places
5th in Nation!
Tressa Ringwald, a Vantage senior Interactive Media student from Lincolnview brought her “A game” to the National Business Professionals of America Leadership Conference “Uncover Your Magic” in Orlando, Florida from May 8 – 12, 2013. Tressa placed fifth in the nation in the Graphic Design Promotion competition!
In this competition, Tressa had to develop a theme for the 2014 National BPA conference in Indianapolis, illustrate that theme in a logo design, then utilize the logo in a promotional flyer. Since Indianapolis in known for racing, Tressa’s theme was “Race to Success.” “At first when I competed, I thought I didn’t do very well, but after finding out that I placed in the top 12, I was overjoyed. The best part of it was going on stage, receiving my award and making my teacher, Mrs. DeWert proud of me.” said Ringwald. “Last year, I went to nationals only as a voting delegate. I wanted to compete so badly, so I set a goal for myself to do well enough at regional and state contests this year so I could go to nationals and compete.”
"Graphic Design Promotion is a very stiff competition at all three levels - regional, state, and national. Tressa is a very dedicated individual and I could not be more proud of Tressa for her accomplishments", said her teacher, Mrs. Jill DeWert.
Eight other Vantage students also competed at nationals. Erice Durre, an Interactive Media senior from Wayne Trace competed in the Computer Modeling contest. Four senior Medical Office Management students - Alyssa Pollock (Lincolnview), Mackenzie Hanenkratt (Paulding), Julie Seidenstricker (Crestview) and Terin Rankin (Continental) - joined forces to compete in the Administrative Support Team contest.
Parkway’s Mikayla Stetler, a senior Medical Office Management student competed in the Medical Office Procedures contest, and junior Medical Office Management’s Layna Mihm (Van Wert) competed in the Fundamental Word Processing contest. Medical Office Management senior MacKenzie Schleeter (Lincolnview) competed in the Advanced Word Processing contest. The students were accompanied to nationals by their teachers, Mrs. Jill DeWert and Ms. Paula Getz.
students from throughout the United States participated in Business
Professionals of America’s 46th National Leadership Conference.
Activities included general sessions with keynote speakers, business
meetings, leadership workshops, contests, election of national officers,
and some time at DisneyWorld. The highlight of the conference was the
presentation of the awards to the winners of the national contests.
Pictured: Vantage BPA National Top 5 finisher, Tressa Ringwald.
Network Systems Students Help Re-wire Courthouse Technology
Built in 1876, the architects of the Van Wert County Courthouse never could have imagined the technology that would be used 150 years later. So naturally, when Vantage Board member (and Van Wert County 911 Coordinator) Kim Brandt found out that the courthouse network wiring was going to be updated, she contacted Network Systems instructor, Larry Regedanz to see if the class would like help out.
The two discussed the project at the Vantage Grand Open House in
February. The courthouse technology network was out of date, and they
were having some trouble with their internet due to internal wiring
problems. Regedanz and his senior class went through the building –
from the basement to the clock tower - checking out switches, hubs and
network wiring for the 45 courthouse computers. They found some wiring
that needed to be replaced and set up a schedule that would have them
work at the courthouse on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, replacing Cat
5 wiring with Cat 6 wiring. This is a wiring upgrade which
future-proofs the courthouse for faster internet speed and helps protect
against electrical interference.
“We’re all very excited to have the opportunity to work with the Vantage students on this project. Mel Nomina is the lead person on the project and he’s glad to provide the students with the experience of running the new cable,” commented Brandt.
Senior Jaquobe Markward (Lincolnview) stated, "This project is a great learning experience for us to help us get ready for future jobs.” Other seniors working on the courthouse project are Dylan Boroff (Lincolnview), Austin Meyer (Ottoville), and Wyatt Sawyer (Paulding).
For more information about the Vantage Network Systems program, please contact Vantage Student Services at 419-238-5411 or 1-800-686-3944 ext. 2140.
Pictured: Vantage Network Systems seniors Wyatt Sawyer (Paulding) (left)
and Dylan Boroff (Lincolnview) check out the network cables in the attic
of the Van Wert County Courthouse.
Governor Kasich Visits Vantage Display @ Student Showcase
Governor John Kasich attended the 2013 Ohio ACTE
Student Showcase on March 7 in the Statehouse Atrium. He stopped at the
Vantage display and spoke to several members of the “Ed Gee” project
team. Also stopping by were Representative Tony Burkley and Lynn
Wachtmann, and Senator Cliff Hite.
|“What We Did on Our Spring Break”|
Spring break will hold special memories for 3 members of the Vantage
Interact Club and their advisor. Club Advisor, Ms. Peg Bollenbacher,
Interact Club President, senior Danielle Taylor (Lincolnview), senior
Tiffany Hahn (Paulding) and junior Samantha Spangler (Wayne Trace) all
travelled to Cap Haitian, Haiti. The purpose of this trip was to deliver
hand tools for the Vantage carpentry class in Bordes. This year, 10
Haitian students graduated from the carpentry class that is sponsored
and sustained by the Vantage Interact Club and their Rotary partners.
Since Haiti is the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere, it is
necessary for the Club to not only teach the Haitians a skill, but to
also provide the hand tools.
The Interact Club also collected and delivered 20 boxes of medical equipment and supplies, which was given to a Haitian medical clinic that treats orphans for free. While they were there, Bollenbacher and the students worked to sort the tools and medical supplies. They also visited the carpentry class at Bordes, Haiti, where the carpentry students, told the Americans to continue the educational program because it is just too important to end. “Seeing what little they had at their school made me feel very fortunate for what we have. They don’t focus on what they don’t have, but are grateful for what they DO have,” said Tiffany. On Easter Sunday, a graduation ceremony was held, at which diplomas and hand tools were distributed to the graduates.
The Vantage crew spent the week visiting friends, exchanging educational and cultural ideologies and visiting Haitian historical sites. At Milot, Haiti, the team visited Christophe’s Palace. The Haitians built the palace in appreciation of Christophe’s leadership to repel the French from Haiti. The palace was destroyed by an earthquake around 1840. The students were impressed with the Haitian’s ability to carve and their other art work. As a reward for their labor throughout the week, the team spent a day at the beach, near Labadee, Haiti.
As usual, the students were initially shocked at the standard of living that Haitians must endure. It is difficult to imagine what daily life is like in Haiti. No running water, sewage systems, garbage pick-up or traffic laws, were just a few of the things that Haitians live with every day. Danielle said, “Looking out the window of the plane when we first arrived, and only seeing shacks and garbage, I just wanted to cry. But the people are nothing like what they live with – they are amazing and so friendly.”
New friendships were made, and a better understanding of other cultures was learned. The three American students said that they would NEVER take their standard of living for granted ever again!
Pictured above: Vantage students Danielle Taylor, Samantha Spangler, and Tiffany Hahn are surrounded by young Haitian children during their visit over spring break. One of the youngsters in the background holds Danielle’s smartphone.
Pictured at left: Vantage Interact club advisor, Peg Bollenbacher, hands out a Certificate of Completion to a graduating member of the Bordes, Haiti carpentry class.
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