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Sober Truth

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On April 18th, Susan Baker from the Ohio Investigative Unit spoke to parents and students at Seneca East Schools about the dangers, consequences, and laws of underage drinking.  She shared with the audience real-life situations which ended up costing families lives and money. “If parents are convicted of providing alcohol to underage youth, they can receive six months in jail and/or receive a $1000 fine”.  Parents are not allowed to provide alcohol to their children’s friends or allow their children to drink alcohol at someone else’s home. She gave the example of where a girl who drank one beer left a party with a friend who had passed out from drinking and met up with another group leaving the party.  The two cars began racing down the road and her car flipped and landed on its roof. The boy suffered extensive injuries and died. The family sued her family for $250,000 and won. Remember, she only had one 12 oz. beer but made a poor choice that was not only costly to her for the amount of money but for the life of a friend.

Proms and graduations are right around the corner.  She asked, “What would you do if your bestie brings alcohol to your graduation party?”  Some of the responses were “Tell that person they can not have it and you don’t want it at your party”,  “Tell your parents so they can confiscate it”, etc. Susan Baker went through the Ohio laws on underage drinking and commented, “Kids have so much to face today, why would you put alcohol in their hands?”

The evening was very informative for all that attended.  We had Charla VanOsdol and Nicole Twarek from CARSA (Community Action for Reducing Substance Abuse) and Sharon George and Austin Willman from SMYL(Seneca Mentoring Youth Links) set up tables with resources available.  Several of the SADD members helped to make sure things run smoothly. Allison Drown, SADD president, did a wonderful job of hosting the event. After Susan Baker’s presentation, several door prizes were handed out to parents and students.  Lewis Salmons won the 2 free tickets to prom and the grand prize winner was Mykah Vogt who, along with his friends, will arrive to prom in style in an all expense paid limo ride.

SADD would like to thank Susan Baker for her informative but yet entertaining presentation, Charla VanOsdol, Nicole Twarek, Sharon George, and Austin Willman for sharing their resources, SADD members who volunteered to help at the event,  but most of all, for the Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Seneca, Sandusky, and Wyandot Counties for funding this event in part through levy funds.

We would also like to thank the following for their generous donations:

The Republic Banking Co., Bloomville Chiropractic, Inc., North Central Electric, Seneca Publishing, LLC, McWilliams Chiropractic Clinic, Inc., SK Miller Insurance, LLC, Terry McConnell Excavating, LLC, Sutton Bank, Backroads Diner, C.A. Parks Signs, Mrs. Terri Everhart, Mrs. Kindar Miller, and Mr. Ed Phillips.

Daily Announcements

  • The 7th and 8th Grade Bands will need to combine this Friday during 5B in the Band room - their Christmas concert is this coming Sunday at 6:30, following the 5th and 6th Grade Bands.  All may come to enjoy!

  • The Lady Tigers split their weekend beating Ridgedale 82 - 17, but losing to 5-0 Arcadia on Saturday, 51-42.  In the Ridgedale game, Seneca East was led by Caylin Quiggle with 18 points followed by Emily Siesel with 17 and Jessica Bowerman with 16.  On Saturday, the Tigers were led by Jessica Bowerman with 14 and Emily Siesel and Marina Adachi with 10 a piece.
    The next game is Tuesday against Buckeye Central here at home.  

    The JV Tigers played only played one game this weekend and beat Arcadia, 34-16.  Makenna Depinet led the Tiger charge with 11 points.
  • Yearbook will be selling donuts before school this Wednesday Dec. 12th. Donuts are $1.50 each and can be pre-ordered in Mrs. Baker's room.   

  • Mental Health and Addiction Services groups are available to Seneca East students through Fireland's Counseling Services in Tiffin Ohio.  Group Registration is begining now and will remain open through January.  Please see Mrs. Schalk or Mrs. Stockmaster if you are interested in participating in any groups that cover the following topics:  Safe and Healthy living practices (Staying away from drugs and alcohol), Self Esteem, Children/Adolescents of parents struggling with addiction.  
  • Seneca East Junior High Wrestling team placed 11th out of 19 teams at Clyde Invite Saturday.  Nathan Parks and Will Bischoff were individual champions.  Blake Martin, Kayden Neff, and Riley Shook took 6th place in their respected weight classes.  
  • A friendly reminder to students and parents that we have an upcoming concert on Friday, December 14th, at 6:00PM.

    Call time will be 5:30 PM for choir students.

    High school students are expected to wear their white undershirts (Tenors and Basses only), black shoes, and black socks/pantyhose and their assigned dress at school.

    6th and 7th-8th choirs are expected to wear black shoes, black socks/pantyhose, black undershirt, and their polo at school.

    Need real-time updates? Join us at our new Facebook page "Seneca East Choirs". We will be transitioning to include reminders, updates, and showcasing the amazing students!

  • Don’t miss your opportunity to play in the Santa V.S. Grinch Dodge Ball Showdown on December 21st at 2:00.Teams will not only compete for awards but also their vote on which Christmas icon will have a pie smashed on their face. Preregister for $2 a person with Mrs. Powell (5-8), or Mrs. Saylors (9-12). Forgot to preregister but still want to play? Late registration of $3 a person will be accepted at the gate. However, space on the teams is limited so register soon. Good tidings and luck to SE students and staff  
  • Just a reminder that students aren't allowed in the MS/HS academic halls until 7:30.  Please make sure you stay in the Auditeria until that time.    


SE Tiger Jazz Band 2018


On Thursday April 12, 2018, the Tiger Jazz Band, directed by Mrs. Dana Willman, participated in the Pro Music Festival, held in Tiffin University’s new recording arts building, the Marion Center.  They performed 4 pieces for other jazz bands who also performed throughout the day. A panel of judges, including Nathan Santos, who has worked with the SE Jazz Band before, gave an onstage clinic following each performance.  The experience was educational and informative, as well as entertaining. Lunch at Fort Ball was included in their day. These 29 performers were great representatives of Seneca East.

A huge thank you to the many parents, families, and friends who attended to support our group, and to our bus driver Ida, and to our chaperones for their tremendous help all day.  A Guest performer, Chloe Feoranzo performed and gave special hints on how to play improvisation to the students in the afternoon. Several of the SE students were brave enough to go onstage to work with her in front of everyone, playing on the spot and enjoying the music.  That evening, a special performance was held with Chloe performing on clarinet, tenor sax, and voice, along with several music professors from Tiffin University. Mrs. Willman attended and remarked what a tremendously uplifting concert it was with professionals playing Dixieland repertoire.  

Music is a lifelong skill and means of enjoyment for all.  We invite our fans to come hear the Jazz Band play for the Teacher’s Appreciation concert on the front courtyard lawn on Wednesday May 9th from 7:10-7:40 am, and at the Spring Band Awards Concert on Sunday May 20 around 3:45 pm.

2018 Hand Chime Recital

The 7th Grade General Music students, under the direction of Mrs. Willman, performed a hand chime recital on Friday April 13, 2018, for the 2nd and 3rd graders.  They played a variety of music from hymns to folk songs.  The students then shared their knowledge of playing to the elementary children, letting them try out these fascinating instruments.

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