District News

Mathews High School choir performs National Anthem at Cleveland Cavaliers game national anthem

The Mathews High School choir recently experienced a performance of a lifetime.  They were invited to perform the National Anthem at the Cleveland Cavaliers game on Tuesday, January 4, 2022.  High school choir teacher Grace Jerasa prepared and accompanied the students to Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. 

A Message from the Board of Education : January 2022 boe message

I would like to thank the Board of Directors for their vote of confidence by electing me to serve as board president this year. In reflection, the past 2 years I have served on the board have been very challenging to say the least. I highly commend the staff, children, and families for being flexible and patient as administration continually adapts and enacts new requirements in response to meet the challenges presented by the covid pandemic.  Every effort is being made to help our staff, children, and families stay safe and healthy as we welcome everyone back after the holiday break. 

Mathews High School students learn to play guitar through new course offering guitar

Recognizing that not all students who enjoy music are able to or want to join band or choir, Mathews High School decided to launch a new music class this school year.  Students in grades 9-12 are now able to take guitar class with band director David Ottney, who actually began his journey into music on a guitar.

Guitar was my gateway into the music world. When I was 10, my dad got me my own acoustic guitar and book of Beatles songs and I was hooked,” said teacher David Ottney.  “My goal for this class was to provide a similar experience for our students at Mathews High School. Specifically, we were targeting certain kids who have a passion for music, but might not fit in the traditional band or choir setting.”

Currie Elementary School debuts Calm Corners calm corners

It’s normal for anyone to get excited, or feel upset or worried, but for our littlest learners it’s sometimes difficult for them to process those emotions and focus on their school work. Thanks to a new initiative led by Currie Elementary School counselor Samantha Lantz and supported by the building’s teachers, students in kindergarten, first and second grades now have a designated space to go when they are feeling overwhelmed.

Student hunters invited to participate in second annual Biggest Deer Contest deer

This hunting season, student hunters who attend Mathews Local Schools are invited to participate in friendly competition while enjoying time with their families outdoors.  The idea started last year when Mathews Local Schools’ School Resource Officer Steve Smith was approached by Fowler Police Chief Mike Currington with the idea of hosting a biggest deer competition for student hunters in the district. 

Click to learn more about the contest.