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Mathews Local Schools to continue with remote learning through at least January 3, 2020 remote

The Mathews Local Schools will continue with remote learning December 1, 2020 through at least Sunday, January 3, 2021. The move is being done in accordance with recommendations from the Trumbull County Board of Health as key indicators in the county continue to rise above levels that local health officials consider safe. On Tuesday, November 24, 2020, the Trumbull County Board of Health passed the COVID-19 health advisory for Trumbull County recommending all public schools within the county transition to remote learning through the end of the 2020 calendar year. All athletics and activities will be suspended through at least December 22, 2020, at which point our district will reassess the COVID-19 situation. 

Mathews Local Schools temporarily suspends athletics program through at least December 22, 2020 athletics

Due to COVID-19, Mathews Local Schools will suspend its athletics program through at least December 22, 2020, at which point the district will assess its current COVID case rates and community case rates. 

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Mathews Local Schools transitions to online learning through at least December 1, 2020 remote learning

Mathews Local Schools will transition to full-time remote learning on Monday, November 16, 2020 through Tuesday, November 24, 2020, in an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 within the district.  As Thanksgiving Break is from Wednesday, November 25 through Monday, November 30, 2020, the tentative return to school date will be Tuesday, December 1, 2020.  However, that may change due to internal and community case rates at that time.  The district’s teachers will be reporting to school during remote learning.  All educational expectations for students in grades K-6 will be posted in the Class Dojo app.  For students in grades 7-12, Monday, November 16, 2020 will be treated as an “odd” day.  It’s expected that students in grades 7-12 follow the following schedule:
Periods 1 or 2 - 8 a.m. - 8:55 a.m. 
Periods 3 or 4 - 9 a.m. - 9:55 a.m.
Periods 5 or 6 - 10 a.m. - 10:55 a.m.
Periods 7 or 9 - 11 a.m. - 11:55 a.m.

Honors English 10 students perform anonymous acts of kindness Kindness

Students in Jeanette Cole’s Honors English 10 class have been reading The Mortal Instruments - City of Bones by Cassandra Clare.

Each time her students complete an independent study novel, Mrs. Cole works to make sure she can relate the content to her student’s lives.

In The Mortal Instruments - City of Bones, a group of people called Shadowhunters, who are invisible to the normal human eye, rid the world of evil and do so anonymously. Shadowhunters devote their lives to making the world a safer and better place for those around them. 

To connect the story to the modern day, Mrs. Cole has randomly given her Honors English 10 students cards that each contain four acts of kindness.  Each student is then responsible for anonymously completing the tasks.

“My students have expressed to me that this activity was a positive experience for them. They gained a better appreciation for ‘the little things in life’,” said teacher Jeanetter Cole.  “They understand it costs nothing to be kind, and it's still an attitude you can have in the middle of a global pandemic.”

Monthly Message from the Mathews School Board Capital Conference

Hello again, happy fall!

This year, Mathews School District was represented at the Ohio School Board Association (OSBA) Delegate Assembly on October 29th, 2020. Delegates met virtually this year to consider the OSBA Legislative Platform, which communicates to policy makers and the public where school board members across Ohio stand on public education issues.

Now it is time to learn, network and engage at a virtual Capital Conference. Each year, Ohio’s public education leaders attend the OSBA Capital Conference to find inspiration, innovations and insights and to refresh their commitment to students, schools and communities. This year the conference will be attended from the comfort of home instead of Columbus, Ohio. The virtual conference will offer opportunities to acquire new knowledge learn the latest strategies and build upon leadership skills. The conference is sure to renew, refresh and elevate skills to the next level.

Never stop learning, because life never stops teaching.

Michele Garman, Mathews Board President


School social work intern launches character program at Mathews Jr. Sr. High School SEL

The teenage years can be very formative.  Kids are experimenting and learning more about themselves.  It’s a time when their emotions are running high. Being able to express how they are feeling is very important, but sometimes it’s not very easy for teens.  That’s why Mathews Junior Senior High launched a character program this year.  The weekly program is facilitated by the district’s intern Kali Kerstetter who is currently working toward her masters degree in social work through The Ohio State University.

“Our goal is to help the students identify emotions in themselves and others.  We want them to be able to know how their emotions can impact conversations and relationships.  Our goal is to teach them how their tone can clarify and convey meaning.  We also want to teach them how they can successfully have hard conversations with people,” said intern Kali Kerstetter.

Kerstetter is also providing the district’s junior and senior high school students the opportunity to meet in small groups.  The goal is to connect with students to ensure they are being provided the tools and resources to make good decisions.

Mathews High School Art Show art

The Mathews High School Art Club and the Art I through Art IV students will be hosting the 7th Annual Mathews School Art Show on Tuesday, December 15th from 5:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m. in the cafeteria.

Monthly Message from the Mathews School Board Red Ribbon Week

In order to stay connected and keep communication open, it was decided to start a Monthly Message from the Mathews School Board.

Click "read more" to check out this month's letter from the Mathews Board of Education President Michele Garman.



Student hunters invited to participate in friendly competition 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 all started a couple of months ago 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. 

“Many of our students participate in school-related activities.  We thought this was a great opportunity for us to involve some of our students who participate in out-of-school activities.  We knew there were quite a few student hunters at Mathews.  So, we thought this contest would not only spur some friendly competition, but also give our students something to look forward to this fall and winter as we continue to deal with COVID-19,” said school resource officer Steve Smith.

Click to learn more about the contest and some of the students who are participating.