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Curriculum Director

Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year at Fostoria City Schools!  It is with great pride and enthusiasm that I write this letter to introduce myself to you as the newly hired Curriculum Director.  I am excited to have the opportunity to utilize my skills as an educational leader, knowledge of curriculum and instruction, and staff development to continue to move Fostoria City Schools down the path to greatness!  My goal is to serve as a resource and support for staff, students, and families alike – to be a true partner in education to ensure every child’s success.

As curriculum director, there will be several areas that I will be working on and supporting staff and students in. First and foremost, I will be focusing on consistent implementation of instructional strategies to increase student achievement across the district and utilizing data to drive our instruction. Other areas that I will be focusing on will be grant writing, coordination of State Testing for the district, facilitation of a review of the district’s science curriculum and potential new curriculum adoption, and providing structure for our new teacher mentorship program. I will also continue supporting our three elementary schools as they move into Year 3 as Leader in Me Schools and provide support and direction for our Junior-Senior High School as they enter their first year implementing LEAD.

As Curriculum Director, my door is always open, and I welcome your comments or questions. Please continue to check the district website regularly - My goal is to have helpful links, educational resources, new information, upcoming events, and additional information to help support you and your child. 

Mrs. Tera Matz
Curriculum Director
Phone: 419-436-4163
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

PARENT INVOLVEMENT
The district believes that significant learning by students is more likely to occur when there is an effective partnership between the district, schools, and students’ parents/guardians.  Such a partnership means a mutual belief in and commitment to significant educational goals for each student, a plan for the means to accomplish those goals, cooperation on developing and implementing solutions to problems that may be encountered and continuing communication regarding the progress of accomplishing these goals.  The district, in collaboration with parents, has outlined its commitment to parent involvement in the District Parent Involvement Plan.  In addition, each school has a parent involvement policy that was developed jointly by the district, schools, and parents and is reviewed and revised annually. 

This year, the district will be focusing on hosting quarterly district-wide parent engagement opportunities. Each of these events will have activities and sessions that are both fun and informational. Sessions will cover a variety of topics including a focus on math and reading, college and career readiness, and other high-interest topics for families. These events will offer a dinner for families as well as the opportunity to pick sessions that best meet the needs of your family! More information will be coming about this exciting addition, but please mark your calendars for Thursday, October 26, 2017, for our first event!

ONLINE RESOURCES
As a district we are excited to be able to offer an increasing number of opportunities for our students to access textbooks, coursework, and other academic materials online. Below is information on these opportunities – your student(s) should have received usernames and passwords for all of these resources. Please contact your children(s) teacher if you need assistance with logging on or have questions regarding what is available for your child.  

STRIDE ACADEMY
Stride Academy is an Internet-based academic program giving students the opportunity to enhance their Math, Reading and Science skills while working on a computer at home or at school.  Because it links learning, competition, and a fun video-game format, students engage with Stride Academy as an entertaining way to practice and master grade-level skills and beyond.  STRIDE is based on the Common Core State Standards and closely linked to the content students study here at school.  Our goal for implementing STRIDE ACADEMY is to provide individualized intervention and enrichment to each and every student. All buildings have purchased STRIDE accounts for their students. Our goal is to have students spend time both in and out of school working in the STRIDE ACADEMY program.  We hope that you will join us by encouraging your child to use this resource at home, as together we improve student learning opportunities and performance.  Visit www.stridestart.com to access your student’s account.

Connect Ed is the technology component that supports our McGraw-Hill curriculum materials. Currently, the K-6 Reading Wonders and 7-12 Social Studies materials can be accessed here. Logging into Connect Ed allows students to access their textbook, supplemental reading materials, assignments, and assessments online. Students can practice skills, read selections, and locate homework. Visit www.connected.mcgraw-hill.com to access your student’s account. 

The district’s K-12 math curriculum, as well as the K-6 Social Studies Curriculum, is both supported by Pearson Education. The online portion of the curriculum is known as Pearson Realize, which offers access to the student textbook and additional educational opportunities including math games, helpful tools for online student work and tracking student progress. Visit www.pearsonrealize.com to access your student’s account. 

Don’t forget that Progress Book is also a great tool for you and your child to utilize to keep track of grades and classroom performance. If you or your child(ren) have not yet set up accounts, we encourage you to do so!

CURRICULUM ADOPTION
You may have noticed that over the last couple of years, FCS has updated our curriculum materials in several content areas. This is because the district has committed itself to get back on schedule for a five-years curriculum review cycle. This year, the focus of the district will be on reviewing the needs of the science department PK-12. The investment into these new curriculum adoptions is something that the district takes very seriously. In order to ensure that a thorough review of our needs and options is completed FCS will assemble a committee of K-12 teachers, administrators, parents and students to begin this review process. The goal for the committee is to determine what resources will best meet the needs of our students for the 2018-2019 school year and beyond. 

Scholarship Opportunities

Scholarship: SalonAmbient.com
Amount: $1,500
Deadline: March15th, 2018
 
See Mr. Earl for scholarship application and criteria, or go to www.SalonAmbient.com.
Scholarship: Discover Student Loans Scholarship Award
Amount: $2,500 (40)
Deadline: December 31st, 2017
 
See Mr. Earl for scholarship application and criteria, or go to www.CollegeCovered.com.
Scholarship: ACT Student Champion Award
Amount: $500
Deadline: December 31st, 2017
 
See Mr. Earl for scholarship application and criteria, or go to www.act.org/readinesschampions.
*additional form must be filled out if you under the age of 18 (see Mr. Earl for the form)
Scholarship: Pillars Trust
Amount: TBD by Trust Committee
Deadline: April 20, 2018

See Mr. Earl for scholarship application and criteria, or click this link: Pillars Scholarship Application
Scholarship: Citizens for Better Schools Scholarship
Amount: $500

Deadline: April 13, 2018

See Mr. Earl for scholarship application and criteria, or click this link: CFBS Scholarship Application


Students can enter to win a scholarship by sharing a video or picture and a written statement that tells us what they stand for on Instagram with #forwhatIstand and tag and follow @jostensinc to enter. This year we will award TWO $5,000 scholarships.  One for the best photo submission and one for the best video. See below for the official contest language and visit the landing page for all of the details.

ENTER TO WIN A $5,000 SCHOLARSHIP

What do you stand for? Your passion and purpose could win you $5,000 to support your dreams. Tell us who you are, what defines you, and what you stand for. Share a video or picture and a written statement that tells us what you stand for on Instagram with #forwhatIstand and tag and follow @jostensinc to enter and win. We will award $5,000 to one winner for the best photo submission and $5,000 to one winner for the best video. 

Entry Deadline: 12/31/17

http://www.jostens.com/forwhatistand/


There are numerous scholarships available through Toledo Community Foundation, Inc. The scholarships have varying criteria for each as well as different scholarship amounts that are awarded and differing due dates and deadlines. Be sure to read through each one carefully to make sure the scholarships that you are applying for are applicable to you, and so that you are aware of the due dates for each of the scholarships. To view and apply for the scholarships through Toledo Community Foundation, Inc. go to:    www.toledocf.org 


Scholarship: Oratorical Scholarship Program--sponsored by the American Legion
Amount: $175-$18,000---amounts vary depending on your placement at the District, State, and National levels (see Mr. Earl for specific details regarding award amount for this scholarship)
Deadline: District level competition is on February 25th, 2018 at 1pm at the American Legion Post 547, 8 S. Main St., Monroeville, Ohio 44847
 
See Mr. Earl for further details about the Oratorical Scholarship Program, visit the American Legion Oratorical website: www.legion.org/oratorical , or email the American Legion District 5 Oratorical point of contact at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Scholarship: NIAAA Student Athlete Scholarship
Amount: $1,500 Sectional Winner, $2,500 National Winner
Deadline: February 28th, 2018
 
See Mr. Earl for further details or go to http://www.niaa.org/assets/Scholarship-Application-2018-Update-071217 fillable.pdf
Scholarship: Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF)
Amount: varying amounts
Deadline: Scholarships are available from January 1st, 2018 through Marhch 31st, 2018
 
For information and details about the Hispanic Scholarship Fund go to: www.hsf.net
Scholarship: Tiffin Optimist Club Scholarship Essay Contest
Amount: $200
Deadline: January 8th, 2018
 
See Mr. Earl for further details and scholarship application.
Scholarship: North Central Electric Cooperative, Inc. Scholarship
Amount: up to $3,600
Deadline: January 19th, 2018
 
See Mr. Earl for further details and scholarship application or go to: http://www.ncelec.org/content/scholarship
Scholarship: Fostoria Area Safety Council Scholarship
Amount: $1,000
Deadline: April 30th, 2018
 
For additional information and scholarship application see Mr. Earl
Scholarship: Charles L. Warren Memorial Heritage Scholarship
Amount: $1,500
Deadline: January 19th, 2018
 
For additional information and scholarship application see Mr. Earl or click on the following link:
Charles L. Warren Memorial Heritage Scholarship
Scholarship: NW Region OSBA Bonnie Eddy Educational Supply & Book Grant
Amount: $500
Deadline: January 31st, 2018
 
For more information and scholarship application see Mr. Earl or go to: http://www.ohioschoolboards.org/nw-region
Scholarship: Senior Homes Scholarship
Amount: ?
Deadline: January 31st, 2018
 
For more information and scholarship application see Mr. Earl or go to: www.seniorhomes.com/scholarship
Scholarship: Young Writers Scholarship
Amount: $5,000
Deadline: February 5th, 2018
 
For more information and scholarship application go to: https://essayexamples.co/essay-examples-young-writers-scholarship/
Scholarship: Hancock-Wood Electric Scholarship Program 2018
Amount: varies from $2,750 to $1,000
Deadline: February 1st, 2018
 
For additional information and scholarship application see Mr. Earl or go to: www.hwe.coop/community-involvement/scholarship-program/
Scholarship: National Machinery Engineering Scholarship 2018
Amount: $50,000
Deadline: March 9th, 2018
 
For additional information and scholarship application see Mr. Earl or go to: http://www.nationalmachinery.com/about-us/engineering-scholarship
Scholarship: National Machinery Foundation Scholarship
Amount: $3,750 (renewable for 4 years)
Deadline: March 16th, 2018
 
For more information and scholarship application see Mr. Earl or go to: http://www.nationalmachinery.com/about-us/nm-foundation-scholarship
Scholarship: Aspiring Nurse Scholarship
Amount: $1,000
Deadline: August 31st, 2018
 
For more information and scholarship application go to: https://www.nursingschoolsalmanac.com
Scholarship: Black Swamp Bucks Unlimited Scholarship
Amount: (1) $1,000 and (3) $500 scholarships
Deadline: March 5th, 2018
 
For more information and scholarship application see Mr. Earl.
Scholarship: Poet Never Satisfied Scholarship
Amount: $5,000
Deadline: February 2nd, 2018
 
For more information and scholarship application see Mr. Earl or go to: poet.com/neversatisfied
Scholarship: Megawatt Scholarships
Deadline(s): Ball Corporation: Today, January 15, 2018
                    Whirlpool Corporation: Friday, January 19, 2018
                    Valfilm Inc: Friday, February 16, 2018
Amount: $5,000
 
For more information and scholarship application see Mr. Earl or go to: http://www.megawattscholarships.org/
Scholarship: Old Fort Bank Scholarship
Amount: $1,000
Deadline: April 3rd, 2018
 
For more information and scholarship application see Mr. Earl.
Scholarship: William D. Squires Scholarship
Amount: $4,000 for 4 years ($16,000 total)
Deadline: April 5th, 2018
 
For more information and scholarship application see Mr. Earl or go to: www.wmdsquiresfoundation.org
Scholarship: Seneca County Retired Teachers Association
Amount: $500
Deadline: April 13th, 2018
 
For more information and scholarship application see Mr. Earl.
Scholarship: Fostoria Community Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship
Amount: 5 scholarships at $400 each
Deadline: March 15th, 2018
 
For more information and scholarship application see Mr. Earl.
Scholarship: Wood County Hospital Medical Staff Scholarship
Amount: ?
Deadline: March 5th, 2018
 
For more information and scholarship application see Mr. Earl
Scholarship: Ohio-Michigan Association of Career Colleges and Schools Scholarships
Amount: There are over 100 different scholarships being offered at a total of over $260,000. Amounts awarded for each individual scholarship will vary. 
Deadline: April 6th,2018
 
For more information and scholarship application see Mr. Earl or go to: www.omaccs.org
Scholarship: "We the Students" essay competition Scholarship
Amount: 1st Place – $5,000 and a scholarship to our 2018 Constitutional Academy in Washington, D.C.
 
Runners Up – Six prizes at $1,250 each
Honorable Mentions – Eight prizes at $500 each
Deadline: February 5th, 2018
Scholarship: AAA School Safety Patrol Grant
Amount: $1,000 (10 total)
Deadline: March 28th, 2018
 
See Mr. Earl for further information and application. 
Scholarship: Henry Wood Sportsman Alliance
Amount: $1,000
Deadline: April 1st, 2018
 
For more information and scholarship application see Mr. Earl.
Scholarship: Vaughn Industries Dough Porter Memorial Student Scholarship
Amount: $1,000
Deadline: March 2nd, 2018
 
For more information and scholarship application see Mr. Earl. 
Scholarship: Wood County Republican Women's Club (WCRWC)
Amount: 2 - $500
Deadline: March 9th, 2018
 
For more information and scholarship application see Mr. Earl
Scholarship: Alpha Delta Kappa Scholarship (ADK)
Amount: two scholarships at $750 each
Deadline: April 10th, 2018
 
For more information and scholarship application see Mr. Earl
Scholarship: Foundation Scholarships 
Amount: not specified
Deadline: February 28th, 2018
 
*Only applicable for students planning on attending Owens Community College.
 
For more information and scholarship application see Mr. Earl or go to www.owens.edu
Scholarship: The Board of Trustees Scholarship
Amount: $1,000 per semester up to 4 consecutive semesters
Deadline: N/A
 
*Only applicable for students planning to attend Owens Community College.
 
For more information and scholarship application see Mr. Earl or go to www.owens.edu
Scholarship: Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program (OOGEEP)
Amount: $1,000 (renewable for 4 years: total of $4,000)
Deadline: March 1st, 2018
 
For more information and scholarship application see Mr. Earl or go to: www.oogeep.org
Scholarship: 2018 Friend Al Himes Scholarship
Amount: $2,500
Deadline: March 23rd, 2018
 
For more information and scholarship application see Mr. Earl or go to: https://millstreamcu.com/about-us/scholarship-opportunities.html
Scholarship: Ohio Credit Union Foundation Video Scholarship
Amount: $5,000
Deadline: April 30th, 2018
 
For more information and scholarship application see Mr. Earl or go to: https://millstreamcu.com/about-us/scholarship-opportunities.html
Scholarship: Findlay Lodge NO. 227 Free and Accepted Masons Oran L. Goodman Scholarship 
Amount: $1,000 (3)
Deadline: March 31st, 2018
 
For more information and scholarship application see Mr. Earl
Scholarship: Robert L. Rhoad Trust Scholarship
Amount: ?
Deadline: April 1st, 2018
 
*Must be a Hancock County resident
 
For more information and scholarship application see Mr. Earl
Scholarship: ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital Foundation (4 Scholarships)
                     G.H.W. Bruggemann Memorial Scholarship Fund
                     J.L. Murphy Memorial Fund
                     J.A. Murray Memorial Scholarship Fund
                     Ruth Nichols Sollars Nursing Education Scholarship Fund
Amount: Scholarship awards range from $500-$1,500
Deadline: March 5th, 2018
 
For more information and scholarship application see Mr. Earl or go to: www.promedica.org/givefostoria
Scholarship: Cameron Joseph St. Clair Memorial Scholarship
Amount: $1,000
Deadline: April 13th, 2018
 
For more information and scholarship application see Mr. Earl and/or click here.
Scholarship: KNR (Kisling, Nestico & Redick) Don’t Text & Drive Scholarship
Amount: $5,000
Deadline: March 31st, 2018

For more information and scholarship application see Mr. Earl or go to: https://www.knrlegal.com/knr-dont-text-drive-scholarship-2017/
Scholarship: Blanchard Valley Health System (BVHS) Scholarships (several)
Amount: amounts may vary depending on the scholarship, but most are $500
Deadline: deadlines may vary depending on the scholarship, but most are April 1st, 2018
 
For more information and scholarship application see Mr. Earl or go to: www.bvhealthsystem.org or call (419) 423-5457
Scholarship: Griffin Prize
Amount: $2,000 (renewable)
Deadline: March 31st, 2018
 
For more information and scholarship application see Mr. Earl or click here.
Scholarship: Impact Credit Union
Amount: $1,000
Deadline: April 1st, 2018
 
For more information and scholarship application see Mr. Earl
Scholarship: Agri-Business Findlay-Hancock County Chamber of Commerce Scholarship
Amount: $500
Deadline: March 30th, 2018
 
For more information and scholarship application see Mr. Earl
Scholarship: Fostoria Kiwanis Club Scholarship
Amount: $1,000
Deadline: April 15th, 2018
 
For more information and scholarship application see Mr. Earl or click here.
Scholarship: Fostoria Chapter No. 94 Order of the Eastern Star
Amount: $250
Deadline: April 7th, 2018
 
For more information and scholarship application see Mr. Earl or go to: http://www.ohiooes.org/chapter-webs/122-fostoria-94
Scholarship: Tall Timbers Association Scholarships
Amount: $1,000 (5 total)
Deadline: April 4th, 2018
 
For more information and scholarship application see Mr. Earl.
Scholarship: Roger & Rosalind Dunbar Scholarship
Amount: $2,500 (minimum 2 winners)
Deadline: April 15th, 2018
 
For more information and scholarship application see Mr. Earl or click here
Scholarship: Bascom Fire Ladies Auxiliary Continuing Education Scholarship
Amount: $250 (2)
Deadline: April 10th, 2018
 
For more information and scholarship application see Mr. Earl
Scholarship: Ohio No-Till Council College Scholarship
Amount: ?
Deadline: March 1st, 2018
 
For more information and scholarship application see Mr. Earl
Scholarship: Seneca Conservation District (SCD) Scholarship
Amount: $500
Deadline: March 30th, 2018
 
For more information and scholarship application see Mr. Earl
Scholarship: Tia J. Rice Memorial Scholarship
Amount: $500
Deadline: March 30th, 2018
 
For more information and scholarship application see Mr. Earl
Scholarship: Fostoria Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary
Amount: $500
Deadline: April 20th, 2018
 
For more information and scholarship application see Mr. Earl
Scholarship: AFSCME Local #1945 Scholarship Trust
Amount: $500
Deadline: April 20th, 2018
 
For more information and scholarship application see Mr. Earl
Scholarship: Fostoria Rotary Scholarship
Amount: ?
Deadline: April 20th, 2018
 
For more information and scholarship application see Mr. Earl
Scholarship: Fostoria Lodge #288 Free and Accepted Masons Outstanding Service Book Scholarship
Amount: ?
Deadline: April 27th, 2018
 
For more information and scholarship application see Mr. Earl
Scholarship: Horatio Alger National Career & Technical Scholarship Program
Amount: up to $2,500
Deadline: June 15th, 2018
 
For additional information and scholarship application see Mr. Earl or go to: application.horatioalger.org
Scholarship: Fostoria Woman's Club
Amount:  ???
Deadline:  April 27, 2018

For additional information or scholarship application see Mr. Earl or click here for the application
Scholarship: Adrian Rubin Scholarship
Amount: $1,000
Deadline: January 1st, 2019
 
For more information and scholarship application go to: http://adrianrubinscholarship.com/
Scholarship: The Recovery Village Health Care Scholarship
Amount: $1,000
Deadline: June 30th, 2018
 
For more information and scholarship application go to: https://www.therecoveryvillage.com/scholarships/

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