Arcanum High School News

ODE Releases State Report Card Grades

The Ohio Department of Education recently released report cards for Ohio's School Districts.  The report card is intended to give you a picture of how our district and buildings are performing using letter grades A-F to grade various measures under six broad categories:  Achievement, Progress, Gap Closing, Graduation Rate, Improving At-Risk K-3 Readers and Prepared for Success.  The 2017-2018 State Report Card marks the first year that districts will receive an overall, final grade.

Summary of Report Card Components and Grades:


Bus Driver Shortage Impacts Routing

Due to a shortage in substitute bus drivers, routing may be delayed at times during the school year.  If your son/daughter rides a bus, please review the letter.  Letters were also sent home with students.

Driver Shortage Parent Letter

Bus Driver Shortage

Arcanum Athletic Boosters Annual Golf Outing

The Arcanum Athletic Boosters Golf Outing will take place Sunday, September 16 @ Stillwater Valley Golf Course with a 1:30 shotgun start.  Cost:  $55 per player, includes golf and food.  Registrations must be received no later than September 12.  Please click here for a registration form.

Join the Boosters for a fun afternoon supporting our student athletes and athletic programs!

2018-2019 New Staff Members Arcanum-Butler Welcomes New Staff

Arcanum-Butler Local Schools welcomed new staff members for the 2018-2019 School Year with a breakfast and orientation on Wednesday, August 22.   

Front Row:  Emily Walters - HS Language Arts, Olivia Subler - Bus Driver, Lisa Johnting - Preschool Aide

Back Row:  Eric Wolfe - EL Physical Education, Jacie Holman - MS Math, Angie McMurry - HS Science, Macey O'Dell - Special Education Aide


2018-2019 Transportation Information

Please note the following updates for 2018-2019 busing.


#1 Sherry Wolfe           #6 Jodi Turner          #8 Olivia Subler     #9 Diane Denlinger

#12 Chris Dickey          #15 Julia Rhoades   #19 Gerald Miller   #21 Robin Oda

#5 Diana Banta (CTC)

Click the link provided for routes

Questions?  Contact Steve Christ, Transportation Supervisor at 692-5174 ext. 1329


AHS MVCTC Student Bus/Announcement Information

Please click on the link below to access information regarding AHS/MVCTC student bus and announcement information. 


Senior, Junior, Sophomore Parent/Student Meeting!

Senior, Junior, Soph. Parent/Student Meeting will take place on Monday, August 13 at 7 pm in the gym for students attending classes at Arcanum HS. At this meeting, we will review our one to one policy and procedures for laptops, college/career planning, and school guidelines. Students attending MVCTC, Gateway, or AVA do not need to attend this meeting.

Freshmen and New Student Orientation

Freshmen and New Student Orientation for students and their parents will be on Tuesday, August 14 at 7 pm in the cafetorium. Please plan on attending this very informative event!

Back to School Dates

August 20-23 - Middle School Schedule Pick-up 7:00 - 3:00

August 21 - Kindergarten Open House 6:00 - 7:00 pm

August 27 - PK, 1-12 Open House 6:00 - 7:30 pm, 5th grade orientation @ 6:00 pm in HS gym, HS 1:1 Technology Parent Meeting @ 7:00 pm in HS gym


High School Supply List 18-19

HS Supply List for 2018-19.


Melton Hired as Head Boys Basketball Coach and Schondelmyer Takes Over as Athletic Director

The Arcanum-Butler Local School Board appointed Mr. James Melton as its new Head Boys Basketball Coach at a special Board of Education Meeting held on June 6. Coach Melton joins the Trojans after having most recently served as Varsity Assistant at Winchester Community High School in Winchester, Indiana from 2016-2018. Prior to that, Melton was at Park Tudor High School in where he served as head coach in 2015-2016. The team finished the 2016 season as Class 3A Sectional Champions. From 2011 -2015 he served as either the Associate Head Coach, Junior Varsity Coach or Varsity Assistant. Park Tudor won the Class 2A State Championship in 2012, 2014 and 2015. In addition to the 3 Indiana State Championships, Coach Melton has had the opportunity to coach 12 Division I athletes, 2 McDonald’s All Americans, and 3 Indiana All-Stars who became NBA players. Welcome to Arcanum Coach Melton!

In other action, the Board approved Jason Schondelmyer as the new Athletic Director. Schondelmyer returns in his second year back as Head Football Coach and will move to the AD position after teaching elementary physical education in 2017-18. In addition to his work as AD, he will continue teaching 1/2 time in the middle and high school.

MS Supply Lists for 18-19

Please click here for the MS supply list for 18-19.

Class of 2018 Graduation Information

Arcanum High School graduation is set for Sunday, June 3 at 2 pm. The doors open at 1 pm and all graduates must check-in in the elementary gym by 1:35 pm. Seating at graduation is on a first come, first serve basis. The first two rows of the bleachers are reserved for handicap seating and seating for our senior citizens. Please communicate with your child after practice on Friday to determine which side of the bleachers is best for viewing your child. 

Reminder: Early Dismissal

There will be an early dismissal for students on Wednesday, April 25 for teacher professional development.

AHS Cheerleaders Sponsor 5K Victory Run

Victory Run Logo

The Arcanum High School Cheerleaders are sponsoring the Arcanum High School 5K Victory Run on Saturday, May 26, 2018 at 9:00am.   This is a fundraiser for the cheerleaders and will help to defray the cost of camp, uniforms, and competitions for the 2018-2019 school year.  The race will begin at the AHS track, travel through Ivester Park, weave through historical downtown Arcanum, and finish back at the track. Walkers are welcome!  Entrants will have 1hr. and 30 minutes to finish the course. Entry fees are $20.00 with a t-shirt (Registration must be received by May 5th to guarantee a shirt) or $15.00 without a t-shirt.  Awards will be given for the top 3 finishers in each age category for both males and females. Overall awards will also be given for the top male and top female finisher. Registration forms are available at Arcanum-Butler Local School offices and at some area businesses.  You can also register online at  We are asking area businesses to sponsor our race.  If your business would like to sponsor us, you can contact the Arcanum High School Cheer Coach, Lauren Brandenburg, at (937) 564-0646.

Spring 2018 Edition of the District Insight Newsletter Now Available

If you missed the District Insight Newsletter as an insert in the Early Bird released on April 7, you can read it by following the link below:

April 2018 District Insight

End of Course Testing Information


Click here for the letter outlines Ohio State testing for High School students. This letter was sent to you during the winter and also given to your child on Tuesday. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact AHS Principal Jason Stephan. 

Please encourage your child to do the best that they can on each test! 


Prom Information

Please click here to access information about Prom 2018!


Reminder:  No School on Friday, March 30 and Monday, April 2

Have a Happy Easter!


Early Dismissal Reminder

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

2-hour early dismissal for teacher professional development

ACT Boot Camp 2018

Attention Juniors!!! 
To prepare for the March 20th ACT testing that all AHS juniors will take, Arcanum High School is providing an ACT Boot Camp for our juniors on Sunday, March 4 from 5-8 pm and Sunday, March 11 from 5-8 pm. The Boot Camp will be divided into individual sections that will be divided between the two days. The sections will include: Test-Taking skills section, a Math section, Reading section, English section, and Science section. Each section will provide insight on each portion of the test, practice and review of questions, and provide skills to improve your score on the test. The instruction will be led by Arcanum teachers, AHS Guidance Counselor Tara Hagan, and AHS Principal Jason Stephan. In order to attend, you must RSVP by Thursday, March 1. Please RSVP to Mrs. Hollinger in the high school office. If you have questions, please feel free to contact Mr. Stephan.

No School Reminder

No School on Monday, February 19 - President's Day

Coalition Panel Coming to Arcanum

The district will be hosting a panel of guests from the Coalition for a Healthy Darke County and a program "Hidden in Plain Sight."

The panel of guests will discuss the current drug epidemic and its effect on school-aged kids. Guests for the evening include:

- Anna Hatic, D.O., Board Certified Internal Medicine, Board Eligible Addiction Medicine
- Darke County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Mark Whittaker
- Kelly Harrison, Prevention Specialist, Recovery and Wellness of Midwest Ohio
- Darke County Juvenile Court Judge Jason Aslinger
- Ian Ridgeway, Prevention and Wellness Coordinator, Tri-County Board of Recovery & Mental Health Services

Following the panel discussion, Ian Ridgeway will present "Hidden in Plain Sight". The presentation is centered around a teenager’s bedroom that is set up as part of the event to allow parents, grandparents, caregivers, teachers and other adults to explore a mock teenager’s bedroom to see and identify drug paraphernalia and hiding places along with other signs that may indicate alcohol or other drug use by a teen.

When: February 22
Time: 6:00 - 7:30
Location: Cafetorium/Library

The program was made possible by the Darke County Chamber of Commerce and Coaltion for a Healthy Darke County.

First Semester Highlights

I want to take this opportunity to thank the students, parents, families, Board of Education members and the entire Arcanum-Butler staff for an outstanding first semester and for supporting Arcanum-Butler Schools!  The ending of the first semester marks a great time to celebrate our success, reflect on our progress and refocus on our goals and objectives. 

Please take a few minutes to read about our success and plans for the second semester by clicking the link here.


John N. Stephens


End of Semester Early Release Reminder

Reminder:  Students will follow a 2-hour early release schedule for Friday, January 19 for scheduled end of the semester teacher professional development.

2018 HOF Inductees 2018 AHS Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees
No School Reminder

Reminder:  No School for Monday, January 15, 2018 - MLK Day

Winter Break Reminder

Christmas Break:  December 21- January 2

*2-hour early dismissal on Dec. 21

School Resumes on Wednesday, January 3

A-Team Shirts Available for Purchase

The Junior Class is once again selling A-Team shirts from now until December 8th.  Please click on the link below for more information.

A-Team t-shirt flyer (pdf version)




Blizzard Bags to be Used for 17-18

For the 2017-2018 school year, the Arcanum-Butler Local School District will continue to use calamity days in the event of school cancellations.  If the district uses all five (5) calamity days, blizzard bags will again be used.  Once all three (3) blizzard bag days are used, the district will utilize make-up days as noted on the district calendar. 

(Continue reading to view the letter sent home with students)


No School - November 22-24 Thanksgiving Break

5th Annual Arcanum Senior Citizens Christmas Luncheon 5th Annual Arcanum Senior Citizens Christmas Luncheon

On Wednesday, December 6 at 1:30 pm is the 5th Annual Arcanum Senior Citizens Christmas Luncheon. This event is free and open to all senior citizens of the Arcanum community. The event will take place at the Arcanum-Butler Local Schools Cafetorium. If you plan on attending please RSVP to HS Secretary Mrs. Hollinger at 692-5174 Ext. 1337 by Friday, December 1.
Please share this information with your family, friends, and neighbors.



No School - Friday, November 10, 2017

Attendance Updates - HB410 Excessive Absenteeism

In December, 2016, the Ohio General Assembly passed House Bill 410 that included rules and procedures related to Excessive Absenteeism that further emphasize the importance of school attendance.  A letter will be sent home with all students outlining the major changes and how it impacts your child's attendance.  To view the letter now and updated attendance policy, click here.  For further information and frequently asked questions visit the Ohio Department of Education link here.

There are many legitimate reasons that students miss school, however, regular attendance is a key factor in students' academic success.  The district looks forward to working together to ensure that all students have the opportunity to learn and grown while attending school.

Canned Food Drive

Trick or Treat Canned Food Drive Kickoff this Friday!
Once again the National Honor Society will be sponsoring our annual Trick or Treat Canned Food Drive from October 20-29. Each year our goal is to feed the food banks of Arcanum for an entire year! 
To kickoff off the event our generous partner in the Food Drive, Sutton's Super Valu is hosting an Arcanum/MV tailgate party at the store this Friday before the Football game between AHS and MV. If you bring one non-perishable food item to the tailgate, you will receive a dollar off coupon for admission to the game! 
If you aren't able to attend the tailgate, you can still bring an item to the game and get a dollar off admission! 
Let's have a great start to our food drive this Friday night!

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Girls Basketball Program holding annual Arcanum Basketball & Trojan Gear Fundraiser

Now until Oct 29th the Girls Basketball Program will have a web store open through Ernst Sporting Goods. Part of the proceeds from each purchase will support Lady Trojans Basketball.Go to to check out the new apparel. Thanks for supporting the Lady Trojans! 

Third Wave Water Co-Founders- Charles Nick and Taylor Minor Arcanum Graduate to Appear on ABC's Shark Tank

Charles Nick, a 1996 graduate of Arcanum High School will be appearing on the hit ABC show Shark Tank to pitch the company he co-founded, Third Wave Water. Third Wave Water has created a capsule that makes the water you use for your coffee perfect, free of any mineral imperfections. 

After high school, Charles went on to work in the aviation industry and later worked at NASA for five years writing on-orbit maintenance manuals. After returning to Ohio in 2013, Charles continued working in aviation but began the process of working towards his invention. 

The episode will air on Sunday, October 8 at 9:00 pm. Best of luck to Charles and his company! We are proud of your accomplishments! 

Early Release Reminder

The first 2-hour early release for the year will take place on Wednesday, September 27 for the purpose of teacher professional development.

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