District News

Nominations Being Accepted for Distinguished Alumni & Honorary HOF

Arcanum-Butler Local Schools and the Alumni Association will again be honoring our Distinguished Alumni and Honorary Trojans to recognize and honor those individuals who have made a significant impact through achievements, actions and contributions within their communities and professions and serve as exemplary role models for Arcanum students.  The Alumni Hall of Fame inductees will be recognized at the Arcanum Alumni Homecoming set for April 21, 2018.  Nomination Forms are available in the alumni section of the website or can be picked up in the Board of Education office. Completed forms are due by February 1.

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.

 

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.

2017-18 Elementary Supply List

Please click on the link below for a printable version of the elementary supply list for 2017-18.

2017-18 Elementary Supply List

REMINDER

No School - Friday, November 10, 2017

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.

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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2017-18 District Calendar

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

2017-18 District Calendar

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! 

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

 

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.

2017-2018 Bus Routes

Please click the link below for bus routes.

2017-2018 routes

2017-2018 Butler Middle School Student Supply List

CLICK HERE for the Butler Middle School supply list for the 2017-2018 school year.

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 - https://pa.metasolutions.net/district

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

2017-18 High School Supply List

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

2017-18 HS Supply List

 

 

Upcoming Butler Middle School Dates and 1:1 Chromebook Information

Important dates, 1:1 Chromebook information and more!

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.

Arcanum-Butler Cafeteria Prepares for the New Year
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!

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

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.

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

Classified Positions Available for 2017-2018

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

 

Boys Youth Basketball Summer Information

Arcanum Boys Basketball is proud to once again host the Future Stars Summer Skills Camp the week of June 19th.  The camp is for all boys going into grades 4-6.  Please CLICK HERE for the informational flyer. 

Arcanum Boys Basketball is also excited to introduce the inagural year for the Arcanum Dribble Club.  The Arcanum Dribble Club is for boys going into grades 1-6 who are serious about improving their ball handling fundamentals.  Please CLICK HERE for more information about being a part of the Arcanum Dribble Club. 

Early Release Reminder

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

HAVE A GREAT SUMMER!

 

District Insight Newsletter Available

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

Click here to view!

Spring 2017 Edition

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. 

           

Tegtmeyer is Teacher of the Year!

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

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. 

Kindergarten & Preschool Registration Announcement
Arcanum Elementary kindergarten screening will take place on April 6 and April 7 with registration occurring on April 12 and 13.  
 
A parent meeting will be held on March 21 @ 7 pm for those interested enrolling preschool students in the Arcanum Early Learning Center.  Preschool registration will take place on April 11 @ 6:30 pm in the Field House. 
 
Parents considering open enrollment can view policy JECBB - Admission of Interdistrict Transfer Students on the district's web page under the Board of Education tab for important guidelines.
2017 Alumni Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

The Distinguished Alumni and Honorary Trojan Hall of Fame was established to honor those individuals who have made a significant impact through achievement, actions and contributions within their communities and professions and serve as exemplary role models for Arcanum students.  The Arcanum Hall of Fame Committee is pleased to recognize the following inductees for 2017.

The 2017 Distinguished Alumni Inductee:  Dr. Jeremy Mills

The 2017 Honorary Trojan Inductee:  Mrs. Sandy Finkbine

Click here for the press release.

 

Serve Arcanum 2017

As we transition to 2017, Arcanum High School looks forward to celebrating our fifth annual Serve Arcanum on Friday, May 5 from 8:30 to 11:30 am. The students of Arcanum High School (assisted by teachers and community members) will go out into the community and serve our citizens through a variety of service projects. This is the fifth year for this outstanding project that helps the citizens of our community. We are soliciting opportunities for our students to assist you, your organization, or your business, with projects that we could help you complete. A few examples of projects that we would be welcome to complete would be lawn care, painting, cleaning, and organization. You provide the job and supplies and we will provide the manpower.

If you are interested in us helping you, please fill out the request form on the attached brochure and mail it to the high school or email High School Principal Jason Stephan at jason_stephan@darke.k12.oh.us.

Over the last four years, Arcanum High School students have completed over 170 different projects to help the people of our school district. Please let us help out again this year to make our town an even better place!

CLICK HERE for Brochure!

Alumni Homecoming Event Scheduled

Consider joining fellow AHS Alumni for this year's Homecoming Event.  Mark your calendars for April 22!  Click here for the invitation.

2016-2017 Mid-Year Update

The recent end of the first semester marks a great time to celebrate our district’s successes, reflect on where we have been and where we are headed, and update our plan to continue our “Growth Mindset” for the remainder of the school year.  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!

 

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

 

John N. Stephens

Superintendent

 

Blizzard Bags Will Be Used If Needed

Dear Parent/Guardians:

 

 

For the 2016-2017 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. 

PBIS For Families - What is PBIS?

PBIS - Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports:

The Arcanum-Butler Local School has been utilizing aspects of PBIS for a number of years, but it has just been in recent years that the PBIS plan has become a district-wide initiative.  So what is PBIS?

Read on to learn more...

Calendar Reminders

Monday, February 20:  No school in observance of President's Day

Wednesday, March 1:  Two-hour early dismissal for teacher professional development

 

Class of 2021 Scheduling Meeting

Soon, 8th grade students will begin scheduling for their freshman year of high school. To assist in this process, we would like to invite the parents of each eighth grader to an informational meeting about scheduling on Thursday, February 16 at 7:00 pm in the cafe. This meeting will detail important information about scheduling as well as answer any questions that you might have. The staff and administration of Arcanum-Butler Local schools want to give our incoming freshman the best chance they can to succeed. Please take advantage of this opportunity and attend this meeting on Thursday, February 16 in the cafe.

January is School Board Recognition Month

COLUMBUS — The Ohio School Boards Association is celebrating School Board Recognition Month in January 2017 to build awareness and understanding of the vital function an elected board of education plays in our society.  School Board Recognition Month honors the members of Ohio’s more than 700 city, exempted village, local and joint vocational boards of education and educational service centers governing boards for their commitment to providing quality public education to Ohio’s school children.

ARCANUM ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME 2017 INDUCTION SET

On Saturday, January 21, 2017, three new members will be inducted into the Arcanum Athletic Hall of Fame.  Brenda (Denlinger) Doehrel, Class of 2006, Rex Karns, Class of 1956, and Brooke (Strayer) Hoying, Class of 2006, are this year’s honorees.

Click here for the press release

School Calendar Reminders

No School - Monday, January 16

2-Hour Early Release - Friday, January 20

Middle School Honored by State

Congratulations to Butler Middle School who recently won the “Momentum Award” as recognized by the Ohio Department of Education! The award is given to schools that have exceeded expectations for student growth, earing straight A’s on all value added testing measures. Butler MS was the only Darke County School to receive the award and 1 of less than 200 in the state. Congratulations on a job well done! Here’s the link to see the other schools: https://education.ohio.gov/…/Awards-and-Reco…/Momentum-Award

Early Release Reminder

Arcanum-Buter Local Schools will release students 2 hours early on Wednesday, December 21.

Have a great break!

 

Elementary and Middle Spelling Champs Crowned

Congratulations to Brooklyn Merriman and Aiden Psczulkoski!  Brooklyn won first place in the elementary spelling bee and Aiden won first place in the middle school spelling bee.  Both will represent Arcanum-Butler at the county bee this January!

The following students placed in the top three for each building. 

Elem - Brooklyn Merriman, Elizabeth Parks and Aidan McCombs

Middle - Aiden Psczulkoski, Charlie Rippee and Zeke Wright

No School Reminder

The last day of school before Thanksgiving Break is Tuesday, November 22.  See everyone back on November 28.

Have a happy Thanksgiving!

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