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Chad

Chad Shawger
Superintendent

 

It has certainly been a fast first nine weeks here at West Muskingum.  We are happy to report that the 2019-20 school year is off to a great start with many positive things happening in the district. 

We are excited to announce that enrollment has increased at West this school year for the first time in many years.  It was our pleasure to welcome 125 kindergarten students to the district on August 21, 2019.  It is always refreshing to walk into a room full of kindergarten students who love seeing their friends and teachers all while being eager to find out what new adventure is in store for them that day.

The start of the school year also saw the district celebrate the opening of the newly renovated West Muskingum Athletic Boosters Sports Complex. The new turf and track project totaled over $1 million dollars.  The planning of this project started long ago, but things really picked up steam a year ago with the dedicated effort of the Light the Hill committee.  The committee was charged with raising the money necessary to complete the project without investing any school dollars.

I am happy to say that the entire project was funded by private donations to Light the Hill!  It takes an entire community to make a project so large happen and I can’t be more thankful on behalf of the West Muskingum students and community that this project has come to fruition.  Many doubted that West Muskingum had the community support to make this happen, but once again OUR community came together in the best interest of our students and our schools. 

The district dedicated the sports complex on Friday, Sept. 6 before the home varsity football game with New Lexington.  A donor dinner was held prior to the game to show Light the Hill’s appreciation.  I mentioned it at the dinner, and I want to reiterate for everyone, that many have said West Muskingum really doesn’t have a community, but what I’ve seen in my time at West is West Muskingum Schools is a COMMUNITY!  So again, thank you for all the hard work of the committee and to all that donated to the project.

In addition to welcoming many new students this year, we also welcomed new staff members to our team.  Please take the chance to say hello to the following individuals.

WMES
Emily Lawler - Intervention Specialist
Angela Grandstaff - Paraprofessional
Troy Tucker - Assistant Principal

WMHS
Meredith Sheck - School Counselor
Julie Wolfe - School Counselor
Bethani Gasparine - Math Instructor
Lauren Vensil - Intervention Instructor
Pete Woods - Assistant Principal/Athletic Director

Treasurer’s Office
Kelley Ewart - Treasurer’s Assistant

Transportation
Cary Grandstaff - Bus Driver
Melissa Burkhart - Bus Driver

We are excited about our new staff members.  We believe this is a 5 star recruiting class!

We have started new College Credit Plus (CCP) classes at the high school in Math and look to add more classes in the upcoming years.  The benefit to CCP on our campus is that you can receive college credit without missing out on the high school experience. Our administrative team is always looking for ways to make a positive impact on our students.  We are currently exploring many ideas to make their educational experience more meaningful and engaging.  Stay tuned for details in the coming months.

West Muskingum High School is pleased to announce nominations for Distinguished Alumni, Athletic Hall of Fame and Hall of Honor are now being accepted. Click here for the nomination forms. The deadline for all nominations is November 26.

We have made a concerted effort to reach students and parents on social media, so be sure to follow our principals on Twitter and/or Facebook to see their weekly updates. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out to a teacher or administrator to set up a meeting or have a phone conversation.

Here’s to a great Fall!

Chad Shawger
Superintendent




3/27/2019


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