Wednesday, September 19, 2012
The PTA had reported about $3,000 missing from their funds in May
- POLICE & FIRE
- Morgan Day
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
North Canton police will not charge anyone in the case involving a reported $3,000 missing from the Orchard Hill Elementary PTA. Police issued a news release Wednesday saying a forensic accountant from the Bureau of Criminal Identification concluded that it can't be determined any money was stolen from the Orchard Hill PTA. The accountant had conducted a review of the financial records and bookkeeping methods of the PTA after PTA members reported the money missing in May. Because of his findings, the police department will classify the case as inactive and will file no criminal charges. PTA board members had contacted police May 1 about bookkeeping discrepancies in their accounts. Police investigated over the following four months by …
Saturday, May 5, 2012
North Canton Superintendent Michael Gallina says organization isn't ready to point the finger yet over missing $3,551.
The Orchard Hill Elementary School PTA is missing thousands of dollars, but members aren't ready to say it was stolen. President Dawn Douglass filed a police report this week, stating the group was missing $3,351, The Canton Repository reported Thursday. North Canton City Schools Superintendent Michael Gallina on Friday said the organization wants to make sure it did nothing wrong before it points the finger at anyone in particular. "They don't not want to accuse anyone at this time," he said. "They want to make sure that it was not a clerical error before it becomes a matter of researching lost money. They wanted the police involved because that's what their PTA suggested they should do." Gallina also reiterated the PTA's desire to remain…
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
It doesn't stop there. The Owls of Steel, Orchard Hill Elementary's own steel drum band, got to play a song at Friday's concert, too.
When Sonya Ash saw the University of Akron Steel Drum Band perform at Jackson High School, she knew she had to find a way to get them to North Canton. "As soon as I hard them, I knew I had to get them here somehow," the Orchard Hill Elementary music teacher. She got her wish Friday as the band performed for students and staff at Orchard Hill. A $2,000 arts grant from Target stores made it all possible, she said. The Owls of Steel, Orchard Hill's very own steel drum band, performed at the end of the concert. The band, made up of students in each grade (first through fifth), take part in a six-week after-school enrichment program led by University of Akron graduate Amber Mace. We caught all the action in two separate videos — the first …
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Dr. Weirdo from the Mad Science program stopped by the elementary school Monday morning to show off some fun science experiments
Orchard Hill Elementary students got excited about science Monday morning as they watched some wacky experiments performed by Dr. Weirdo from the Mad Science program. Dr. Weirdo, (also known as Jamie Ely), said Mad Science gives the students an avenue to understand and like science by making it fun. "Everybody gets something different out of it. We have hundreds and hundreds of different classes that we used in our after-school programs and in-school workshops." And this wasn't the end of Mad Science at Orchard Hill, Ely said. Monday's assembly was a kick-off to a six-week after-school program that starts next year.
Monday, November 28, 2011
Parents, teachers and other community members want to connect the community and raise money for elementary school PTOs and PTAs with a 5K and kids fun run April 22
North Canton parents and teachers have put their heads together to ease the tension the Elementary Service Plan has caused, raise money for the elementaries, promote fitness and have fun — all in one event. It’s the Viking Victory Run, Community 5K and Kids Fun Run, slated for April 22 and starting at 7th Street and finishing at the track at Memorial Stadium. One of the main goals of the Viking Victory Run is to bring back a sense of togetherness that was lost during talks about the Elementary Service Plan — also called ESP, which makes Northwood and Clearmount elementaries K-2 buildings, while Greentown and Orchard Hill elementaries would house grades 3-5, starting in 2012. “North Canton is going through a transition year where we’re …
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
State performance index ranks 936 school districts
The Ohio Department of Education released a preview of new performance index rankings of school districts and buildings. The North Canton City School District was 82nd among the 936 districts that were ranked. "Performance index is actually one component of the state report card," said Dennis Evans, Ohio Department of Education public information officer. "There are other measures on the report card as well." The performance index scores are different than those on the last report cards because this report used updated data on state testing. Scores are based on how well each student does on all tested subjects in grades three to eight on Ohio’s Achievement Assessments and on the 10th grade Ohio Graduation Test. Students at all levels – …
The 10-year-old Orchard Hill Elementary student sure knows his way around a computer and camera. He’s produced dozens of YouTube videos and even has starred in some of them.
You can’t name your YouTube channel AwesomeBenTV without being — dare we say — pretty darn awesome, can you? We got a chance to meet the awesome kid behind AwesomeBenTV recently, and we can tell you: He certainly lives up to his name. Ben Weitzel, a fifth-grader at Orchard Hill Elementary, created his YouTube channel in August and since then has gained nearly 50 subscribers and garnered about 2,300 views. The videos range anywhere from Ben talking to the camera to animated videos he’s created with the program GoAnimate, where you pick your own characters and choose their actions and what you’d like them to say to each other. “I just think of things that are interesting and random and then I put them in,” Ben said about the dialogue in his …
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
The Orchard Hill Elementary student had a half page dedicated to just her
Orchard Hill Elementary fourth-grader Madison Shaw was the top dog in Inside Cheerleading Magazine last month. The bubbly 9-year-old was chosen as the Featured Junior Cheerleader for October and had a half page dedicated to her. Well, if you take a look at the magazine, you’ll see she shared it with a few of her siblings, who also cheer. Daughter of David and Angela Shaw of North Canton, Madison was chosen from kids from around the country for the honor. Angela Shaw said she sent in information to the magazine hoping Madison would have her picture featured on a page that includes 24 athletes — the All Star All-American Team. But she got an email back asking if the magazine could feature Madison more prominently. “I think it was all her …
Friday, November 11, 2011
Students gathered in the gymnasium this afternoon to honor veterans
Schools throughout North Canton commemorated Veterans Day in many ways today, and North Canton Patch was able to stop by one to see how they did it. Inside Orchard Hill Elementary at about 2:30 p.m. today, students gathered to watch the U.S. flag being folded, to sing and to say why veterans were important to them. Pictured are students — dressed in their best red, white and blue — singing inside their school gymnasium. If you attended any of the ceremonies at a school in North Canton, feel free to share it in this update. Or, just tell us how you chose to celebrate veterans today. And a big thanks to all our veterans, from North Canton Patch.
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Talk about champs! These young runners from Orchard Hill Elementary braved the elements last week to train for an upcoming race in Lake Cable.
This group of Orchard Hill Elementary students suited up in their ponchos and running shoes and set off to practice for a 5K last week. Girls on the Run, a 10-week after-school program, is designed to teach girls in grades three through eight how to love and value themselves through training for a 5K run. This group of girls are training for the Dick's Horseradish 5K Race at Lake Cable in Canton, which takes place at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 13. The race benefits the Akron Canton Regional Foodbank and YMCA of Central Stark County. Want to learn more about Girls on the Run? Refer to this story we wrote about the organization in August. Front, from left to right: Maggie Desantis, Reese Bisert, Lucy Burick, Grace Dria, Stella Burick. Back, from left to…