URBANA HIGH SCHOOL

 

NEWSLETTER

 

 

March 16, 2007

 

MARCH STUDENTS OF THE MONTH

Juniors Nick Nelson and Kelly Brown were selected as UHS students of the month for March.  “Excellent student that is always prepared” and “demonstrates insight and understanding of complex issues” were comments made by Nick’s teachers.  Kelly was described as a “reliable student who finishes work ahead of deadlines” and is “willing to take on extra assignments.”  Congratulations to both Nick and Kelly.

 

STUDENT TO BE HONORED

Allison Bosworth, UHS senior, is the recipient of the 2007 Franklin B. Walter All Scholastic Award.  She will be honored at the Ohio Educational Service Center Association Conference in May on the campus of The Ohio State University.

 

UHS BASEBALL TEAM TO PLAY AGAIN AT FIFTH THIRD FIELD

The Urbana High School varsity baseball team will be playing Tippecanoe High School at the home of the Dayton Dragons (Fifth Third Field) in Dayton, Ohio on Monday April 30 at 7:00 PM.  You will NOT need a ticket for the game.  Admission is FREE.  To have this opportunity to play on the field, the team must sell 250 tickets for Dayton Dragons games.  The tickets are for the lawn seating area and are $7 each, which is the same cost if you were to purchase them directly from the Dragons ticket office.  There are ten game dates available to choose from.  Tickets are available at the Woodforest Bank in Super WalMart. Contact Coach Bowdle through the athletic office at 653-1417 for more information.

 

WRESTLING HALL OF FAME RECOGITION

UHS Coach Jack Beard and UHS Technology Support Specialist Bill Grafflin were inducted into the Greater Miami Valley Wrestling Association on March 10th.  Both were recognized for their many years of service and support of the wrestling athletes in the local area.

 

VOTER REGISTRATION FORMS AVAILABLE

Prepare for the May election by registering to vote. Community members 18 years and older may pick up and return voter registration forms in the high school office.  Forms must be returned by April 9th.

 

COMPETITION RESULTS ANNOUNCED

Three UHS Choirs (Climber Singers, Women’s Chorale and Men’s Chorus) received Superior ratings at District Contest.  They now have the opportunity to perform at State Contest in April.

 

Supply Chain Management students Liz Skogstrom and LaVar Calhoun both placed in the top 10 in the state of Ohio recently in state DECA competition.  Michelle LaMere received an exceptional score of 98 out of a possible 100 on her first role play.

 

All six FCCLA teams (individuals and groups) received awards at recent district competition.  Chyna Bragg, Brooke Lay, Mercedes Sells and Ian Wilson were award gold medals.  Silver medals were awarded to Amanda Jones, Krysten Beckett, Shannon Black, Jon Cox, Britney Johnson, Shelby Black and Michelle LaMere.  Brittany Sunderland and Rachel Seelig earned bronze awards.

 

NEWSLETTER AVAILABLE ONLINE AND THROUGH EMAIL

The UHS newsletter is available at www.urbana.12.oh.us/HSNews/HSNEWS.HTM

 

The newsletter may also be distributed through email by sending a request for email delivery to UHSNEWS@urbana.k12.oh.us.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Monday, March 19                  Sophomore class meeting, 4th period

Tuesday, March 20                  Freshmen class meeting, 4th period

Wednesday, March 21 Junior class meeting, 4th period

Friday, March 23                     Musical, The Wizard of Oz, 8:00 p.m., auditorium

Saturday, March 24                  Musical, The Wizard of Oz, 8:00 p.m., auditorium

Sunday, March 25                    Musical, The Wizard of Oz, 2:30 p.m., auditorium

Friday, March 30                     Report cards mailed

Mon., Apr. 2 – Fri., Apr.6        No school, Spring break

 

KINDEGARTEN REGISTRATION AND SCREENING INFORMATION

Screening for kindergarten will be held April 17-20 at the Champaign County Community Center.  Appointments for screening must be made by March 20th.  Please call North Elementary at 653-1445 for more information.

 

LEVY INFORMATION

 

Dear Parents,

 

It has been eight years since the Urbana City School district has gone to the taxpayers for new operating dollars.  (In 1999 a 5.9 mill property tax levy was passed.)  A lot has changed since that time in our district and in the state.  As you know, purchasing textbooks, updating computer technology and other needed equipment costs a lot.  Utility costs have increased over 39% and fuel costs have doubled since the last levy was passed in 1999.  Salaries and benefits are negotiated items within union contracts.  The district needs to maintain the high quality workforce that we have and continue to attract talented individuals to work with and for our students. Students are doing well, and we intend to keep moving things forward in this district.

 

On the May 8, 2007 ballot, the district will ask voters to approve a 1.25% tax on earned income to provide operating funds.  This will allow schools to continue with the level of services and staffing that we currently have.  It will raise approximately 2.7 million dollars a year.  It is on earned income only and is not a permanent tax.  It will be approved for a five year period of time.  The tax rate cannot be changed without voter approval.  This tax only applies to residents of the Urbana City School District.

 

This tax is very different than any other school income tax in Champaign Co.

 

  1. What is taxed?
  1. Salaries, wages, tips, self-employment income.

 

  1. What is not taxed?
  1. Pensions, social security and other retirement income, IRA distributions, interest income, dividends, capital gains, profit from rental activities, distributive shares of profit from S corporations, lottery winnings.

 

Items to consider:

·        Senior citizens on fixed incomes will not pay this new tax.  Real estate property taxes will not be impacted by this tax.

 

·        The earned income tax is an option that has only been available for school districts since June 2005.  Troy City Schools and Lancaster City Schools passed 1.5% earned income taxes in November, 2006.   Piqua, Tecumseh and several other districts are on the ballot this May asking for an earned income tax.

 

·        If the levy fails, the financial status of the district will deteriorate drastically.  Staffing and other cuts will be necessary.

 

·        The deadline for registering to vote is April 9th, 2007.  Please make certain your voter registration is up to date.

 

Susan McCarty and Londa Schwierking