Arcanum High School News

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.

2016-2017 State Report Card Released

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, K-3 Literacy and Prepared for Success.  The 2016-2017 State Report Card marks just the second year of the report card using consistent metrics measures, namely AIR student assessments.  However, the threshold for passage on each indicator increased to 80%, an increase of 5-20% depending on the specific subject content area.  The following reflects the district report card results.

2017-2018 Bus Routes

Please click the link below for bus routes.

2017-2018 routes

2017-2018 New Staff New Staff for 2017-2018

Arcanum-Butler Local Schools welcomed new staff members for the 2017-2018 School Year with a breakfast and orientation on Wednesday, August 23.   

Front Row:  Kristina Quigney - EL Special Education Aide (MD room), Sarah Loxley - EL Special Education Aide, Britney Bolinger - EL Special Education Aide

Middle Row: Pam Todd - Cafeteria, Sharon Holsapple - Cafeteria, Kerri Burns - Preschool Aide, Chey Kramer - Title I Tutor

Back Row:  Kathy Kuhbander - HS Language Arts, Amanda Denlinger - Cafeteria, Lauryn Timmerman - EL Special Education Aide

*Not Pictured - Jason Schondelmyer - EL Physical Education, Amy Byers - Speech Pathologist


Arcanum-Butler Cafeteria Prepares for the New Year
AHS/MVCTC Student Information

Please click here to access important information regarding AHS students that attend the MVCTC. Have a great year at the MVCTC!


Howard Glen Eley Eley Receives Diploma

At the August Board of Education Meeting, Mr. Howard Glen Eley, WWII Veteran, was awarded his HS Diploma. Congratulations on behalf of the Arcanum-Butler Local Schools Board of Education and Administration and thank you for your service!

Freshmen/New Student Orientation

Arcanum High School will host the annual Freshman/New Student and Parent Orientation on Wednesday, August 16, 2017, at 7:00 pm in the Cafetorium. All students new to Arcanum High School in grades 9 through 12 and their parents are encouraged to attend this special program. The program will provide information on school procedures, academics, student schedules and activities. Students and parents may tour the building, find lockers and classrooms, and will have the opportunity to ask questions of school staff.

AHS Graduation Information

Graduation Information for the Class of 2017

Friday, June 2- Graduation Breakfast 8 am in the Cafe, Graduation Practice 8:30 am

Graduates must attend graduation practice in order to walk at graduation. 

Sunday, June 4- Graduation Day

Doors Open at 1:00 pm, Seating is first come, first serve. The first two rows of seats are provided for handicap seating and senior citizen seating. 

Graduates must arrive by 1:35 pm and check in at the Elementary gym. 

Graduation begins at 2:00 pm


Early Release Reminder

Students will be dismissed 1 hour early on the last day of school - Wednesday, May 31.



Classified Positions Available for 2017-2018

Click the "Employment" tab for full and part-time positions available for the 2017-2018 school year.


2017 Alumni Scholarship Winners 2017 Alumni Homecoming a Success

Approximately 200 total alumni, present and former school staff, friends and family turned out for the 2017 Homecoming Event that recognized the classes of 1992, 1967 and 2017!  Thank you to the Alumni Committee and Katrina (Smith) Unger Class of '92 for all of your hard work to make the evening a success.  Also, thank you to the AHS Jazz Band for performing. 

Congratulations to the 2017 Arcanum Alumni Scholarship Recipients -Franchesca Hackworth, Brittany Kinney, McKenzie Sharritts, Kalista Harleman, Shelby Horzsa

Congratulations to the 2017 Alumni Hall of Fame Inductees - Sandy Finkbine, Dr. Jeremy Mills

District Insight Newsletter Available

The spring edition of the District Insight Newsletter is now available!

Click here to view!

Spring 2017 Edition

New Elementary Principal, Joni Pechie Pechie Chosen to Lead Arcanum Elementary

The Arcanum-Butler Local School Board appointed Mrs. Joni Pechie as the new principal for Arcanum Elementary School at a special Board meeting held on March 20, 2017.  Mrs. Pechie will assume her new duties in the school district in August for the 2017-18 school year. 


2017-18 High School Supply List

The 2017-18 High School supply list is available using the link below:

2017-18 HS Supply List



Schondelmyer Returns to Arcanum HS Football Program

The Arcanum-Butler Local School Board appointed Mr. Jason Schondelmyer as the new Head Football Coach at the regular Board meeting held on March 9, 2017. 

2017-18 District Calendar

Please click on the link below for a printable version of the 2017-18 district calendar.

2017-18 District Calendar

New Progress Book Parent Access URL

Progress Book's Parent Access Module allows parents to check grades of students in the Progress Book gradebook software.  The URL for the Progress Book Parent Access has changed as of June 23, 2017.  Please update any shortcuts or bookmarks that you may have.

New URL -

You will then need to choose Arcanum as your school district.

Transportation Procedural Changes for 2017-2018 School Year

In an effort to improve the safety and efficiency for student bus transportation, the Arcanum-Butler Local School District will be implementing new procedures for the 2017-2018 school year.  The change in procedures is meant to address an increasing issue of requests for daily bus changes and an increasing number of phone calls to our bus drivers or to our offices for non-emergency changes.

To view the letter sent home with grade cards click here:  Parent Transportation Letter

To view the procedural changes and print off a copy of the Transportation Change Request Form, visit the Transportation page on the website or click here:  Busing Procedures          Change Request Form



Summer Office Hours

Summer Office Hours:

Elementary, Middle and High School Offices

          June 5 - June 15
          7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Board of Education

          Open all summer (closed July 3 & 4)
          8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. through June 23
          8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. after June 24

*All registrations and new enrollments may be completed through the Board of Education Office

“I choose to have a career in education not only to educate students academically, but to also educate them about life and to be a positive role model for each and every one of the students I teach.”   –Erin Tegtmeyer  Tegtmeyer is Teacher of the Year!

Congratulations to the Arcanum-Butler Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Erin Tegtmeyer!

Arcanum-Butler Schools Announce Opening Information

The first day of school for students in the Arcanum-Butler Local School District is Tuesday, August 29, 2017.  This will be a regular day of school, with all grade levels attending regular sessions.  The school day for grades 5-12 is 7:35 a.m.–2:30 p.m. with breakfast available beginning at 7:20 a.m.  Grades K-4 will attend 8:55 a.m.-3:30 p.m., with breakfast available starting at 8:30 a.m.  MVCTC juniors begin school on August 17 and MVCTC seniors begin on August 18.  The MVCTC bus will depart from the north parking lot at 7:18 a.m.

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