Muskingum Valley Educational Service Center presents second Bryce Watt Memorial Scholarship

The Muskingum Valley Educational Service Center Governing Board and members of Bryce Watt’s family announced Tuesday, January 11, 2022, a second Bryce Watt Memorial Scholarship. Cory Burkhart was the recipient of the $1,325 scholarship.

Cory Burkhart is a 2019 West Muskingum High School graduate and attends Otterbein College studying psychology. He was chosen to receive the scholarship based upon his school and community volunteer activities and a required essay explaining the importance of service. Cory is the son of David and Lisa Burkhart.

The scholarship was established by the Muskingum Valley Educational Service Center (MVESC) Governing Board in cooperation with Bryce Watt’s family with funds provided by the Board and current and past administrators. Mr. Watt was a MVESC board member for 26 years, and his life exemplified service to others. He passed away August 21, 2020.

The scholarship was available to a child or grandchild of a MVESC staff member who is currently enrolled in an Ohio college or university. A committee reviewed each student’s application and essay to determine the scholarship recipients.

The Governing Board in October 2021 presented the first Bryce Watt Memorial Scholarship to Parker Schehl, a 2021 Tri-Valley High School graduate who attends Ohio University-Zanesville studying nursing. Parker is the son of Amy Luby and Matthew Schehl.

Muskingum Valley ESC Governing Board will meet Tuesday, January 11, 2022

The Muskingum Valley ESC Governing Board will hold an organizational meeting at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, January 11, 2022. The Board’s regular January Board meeting will follow the organizational meeting and will begin at 7:00 p.m.

The meeting will be held on the second floor of the Muskingum Valley ESC Office at 205 N. 7th Street, Zanesville.

Contact Lori Snyder-Lowe, Superintendent, at 740-452-4518 for more information.

Alpha School Garners Top Spot in Green School Challenge

NEW LEXINGTON, Ohio – The Perry County Waste Reduction and Recycling Program recently announced Alpha School is the recipient of the top prize in the 2021 Green School Challenge. All Perry County schools were invited to participate in the program. 

The goal of the Green School Challenge is to encourage schools to acknowledge existing sustainability practices regarding solid waste issues within their building, as well as move in a positive direction to reduce existing wasteful habits where possible. Alpha science teacher Jeff Baker estimates they diverted last school year roughly 3,600 lbs. of waste from going to a landfill due to reuse habits and recycling efforts. 

For winning this year’s challenge, a water refill station was installed in Alpha School. Since it began operating, students and staff have saved 284 plastic bottles from going to waste. The Perry County Waste Reduction and Recycling Program acknowledged WM, Inc. for consistently supporting Green Challenge projects each year. 

PHOTO CAPTION: Alpha School wins the Perry County Green School Challenge from Perry County Waste Reduction & Recycling. WM, Inc. provided the school with a water refill station to further reduce waste. Pictured (L-R) Jim Pottmeyer, Superintendent, Alpha School; Alpha students; Luann Cooperrider, Judge, Perry County Juvenile CourtRick Blevins, manager, WM, Inc.Jeff Baker, science teacher, Alpha School; Katrina Carpenter, Education Specialist, Perry County Waste Reduction & Recycling. 

LEGAL NOTICE: MVESC Board offers for sale property located in New Lexington

SALE BY THE MUSKINGUM VALLEY EDUCATIONAL SERVICE CENTER BOARD OF EDUCATION OF PROPERTY LOCATED IN NEW LEXINGTON, OHIO

Notice is hereby given that the Muskingum Valley Educational Service Center Board of Education, Muskingum County, Ohio, will offer for sale at public auction at 1630 Airport Road in New Lexington, Ohio, commencing at 10:00 a.m. on December 9, 2021, the following described real property:

Parcel # 240007330100 of the records of the Auditor
of Perry County, Ohio, more commonly known as
1630 Airport Road, New Lexington, Ohio.

but subject to all legal highways, conditions, easements, and restrictions of record.

Method of Sale: Subject to the right of the Board to reject all bids, the minimum bid shall be twenty thousand, two hundred dollars ($20,200.00) and the sale shall be made to the highest bidder, but shall not be final until written notification of the acceptance of the bid is given by the Board.

Terms of Sale: Cash (in the form of cash, or a certified or cashier’s check) payment to the Treasurer of the Muskingum Valley ESC within the time provided in the conditions of sale referred to below.

Deposit: Cash, or a certified or cashier’s check payable to the Board, or a combination, in the amount of $5,000 will be required from the highest bidder as security for faithful performance should the bid be accepted, which amount will be applied on the purchase price in the event the bid is accepted by the Board.

Additional Information and Conditions of Sale: Information concerning the auction sale and a copy of the
“conditions of sale,” in accordance with and subject to which all bids shall be made, may be obtained at the office of the Muskingum Valley ESC Treasurer.

The Board reserves the right to reject any or all bids.

Danielle Devoll, Treasurer
205 N. 7th Street
Zanesville, Ohio 43701

Muskingum Valley ESC Governing Board December Meeting

The Muskingum Valley Educational Service Center Governing Board will meet in regular session Monday, December 6, 2021, at 7:00 PM at 205 N. 7th Street. For more information, contact Superintendent Lori Snyder-Lowe at lori.lowe@mvesc.org.

Muskingum Valley ESC Offers Free ‘Parenting Wisely’ Classes

ZANESVILLE, Ohio – The Muskingum Valley Educational Service Center (MVESC) is offering free “Parenting Wisely” classes on Tuesday, December 7, at the MVESC office, 205 N. 7th Street, Zanesville. The highly interactive course is perfect for parents with children ages three to 11. It is designed by family and social scientists and provides tips and tools to parent children in difficult situations.

During the three-hour session, parents will learn constructive skills proven to solve problem behaviors, family conflict and more. Participants can ask questions and share their own experiences as they feel comfortable. Additionally, participants will receive a workbook, which outlines the methods covered in the program and includes additional resources that can be used as a guide as they continue their parenting journey.

The program is beneficial for any parenting structure. Whether a single parent, married, or sharing the raising of your children with another, the program is designed to help the parent and the child.

The program is provided free through support from the Ohio Children’s Trust Fund. To register, visit www.mvesc.org/calendar/month/2021-12/, and then choose either the 8:30 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. session. For more information, contact Krystal McFarland, Director of Preschool Services, at 740-452-4518, ext. 1167, or krystal.mcfarland@mvesc.org.

MVESC Board Recognizes Staff, Student & Community Partner

ZANESVILLE, Ohio — The Muskingum Valley Educational Service Center (MVESC) Governing Board recognized Monday, November 15, 2021, nominees for the Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA) 2021 Region Recognition Program. It started in 1993 and became an annual way to help school districts recognize outstanding individuals and programs in 84 districts throughout 18 counties in southeast Ohio. MVESC nominees included:

  • Genesis HealthCare System — Outstanding Community Business Leader
  • Kate Brenner & TEMI robots — Outstanding New Program or Innovation
  • Kim Miller — Outstanding Classified Staff Member
  • Amy Luby — Outstanding Faculty Member
  • Mike Fuller — Outstanding Administrator
  • Joseph Maslo — Outstanding Male Student

Joseph Maslo from the MVESC Adult Success Program was recognized as the Outstanding Male Student for 2021 in the OSBA Southeast Region. Joseph received his award during the OSBA Southeast Region Fall Conference on September 30, 2021.

MVESC Board Chair Robert Doughty and Matt Perry, CEO, Genesis HealthCare System

MVESC Board Chair Robert Doughty and Kim Miller, Preschool Paraprofessional

MVESC Board Chair Robert Doughty and Amy Luby, MVESC Special Projects Coordinator & Grant Writer

 

Local Educator Receives Community Service Award

ZANESVILLE, Ohio – A Zanesville area educator is the recipient of the 2021 Outstanding Leadership Award for Community Service from the Ohio Educational Service Center Association (OESCA). Diane Jones received the honor Monday, November 8, 2021, at the Ohio School Boards Association Capital Conference in Columbus. 

The recognition is for a community leader who has personally rendered a specific leadership service which has significantly benefited all of the local school districts in the county school system, or educational service center office, or both. The application, submitted by the Muskingum Valley Educational Service Center reads, in part, “Diane Jones’ entire life defines her as an ‘Advocate for Education’ and is absolutely deserving of this award.” 

Jones has positively impacted education through her roles as a teacher at West Muskingum, principal at Franklin Local, curriculum director at Franklin Local, West Muskingum and Zanesville City Schools and assistant superintendent for Muskingum Valley Educational Service Center. Additionally, for the past seven years, Jones co-facilitated the Appalachian Ohio P-20 Council, and has served on Ohio University Zanesville’s Coordinating Council, Focus Group for Long Range Planning of Regional Campuses and Muskingum University’s Educator Preparation Team. 

(L-R) Ed Penrod, MVESC Board Member, Larry Good, MVESC Board Member, Diane Jones, award recipient, Lori Snyder-Lowe, MVESC Superintendent and Michael Smith, MVESC Board Vice President.

MVESC Governing Board November Meeting

The Muskingum Valley Educational Service Center Governing Board will meet in regular session Monday, November 15, 2021, at 7:00 PM at 205 N. 7th Street. For more information, contact Superintendent Lori Snyder-Lowe at lori.lowe@mvesc.org.

Secondary Trauma Expert, Laura van Dernoot Lipsky, to present Nov. 16

ZANESVILLE, Ohio – Employees in a variety of sectors, ranging from education to medical to social service organizations, are feeling overwhelmed. What can be done to help?  

Muskingum Valley Educational Service Center is hosting Laura van Dernoot Lipsky for a two-hour, live virtual presentation November 16, 2021. Laura is the founder and director of The Trauma Stewardship Institute and is recognized as a pioneer in the field of trauma exposure. She is the author of the best-seller “Trauma Stewardship” and “The Age of Overwhelm.” Laura’s work helps people recognize, navigate and ease the burden of overwhelm in their daily lives. 

According to Amy Luby, Muskingum Valley Educational Service Center’s Manager of Strategic Initiatives, Laura’s presentation is perfect for anyone who’s in the business of caring for other people. The presentation will be ideal for teachers and school staff members, first responders and medical personnel and social workers. 

The two-hour live presentation will be presented virtually from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., November 16. The cost is $400 per school, business or organization and includes an unlimited number of attendees or $25 per person. Advanced registration is required. For more information and to register, go online to https://www.mvesc.org/calendar/laura-van-dernoot-lipsky-secondary-trauma/ 

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Students Learn About Investing and the Stock Market Thanks to Local Banks

ZANESVILLE, Ohio – More than 200 seventh and eighth graders from 10 school districts are learning about investments and the stock market thanks to support from The Community Bank and Park National Bank. The financial institutions are providing funding for student licenses, so they can access The Stock Market Game. 

According to Colette Smith, Muskingum Valley Educational Service Center Gifted Education Coordinator, participating students started the program October 13 and 14, 2021, with a virtual kickoff event, and it runs through April 8, 2022. 

Participating districts include Caldwell, Coshocton, Crooksville, Franklin, Logan-Hocking, Maysville, Morgan, Newcomerstown, Ridgewood and River View. “We are extremely grateful to Park National Bank and The Community Bank for helping make this opportunity available for so many students throughout the region,” Smith said. 

“Park National Bank is proud to continue to support the growth of our communities through educational initiatives that will benefit our children. Park National Bank is proud to sponsor the Muskingum Valley Educational Service Center for students to participate in ‘The Stock Market Game.’ The knowledge and exposure these students will gain will not only augment their personal development but also advance the future economic prosperity of our community,” said Kang Kim and Bill Addington from Park National Bank Investment Services. 

In The Stock Market Game, each student is given $100,000 to use in the game to invest and develop his or her stock portfolio. Through this experience, students will be exposed to the stock market, without the fear of losing real money. Students are encouraged to research stocks that interest them, follow them in the news, pay attention to world events, and attempt to build the best performing portfolio.   

“The Community Bank is always looking for opportunities to help parents and our school systems provide financial literacy. ‘The Stock Market Game’ allows students to have some hands-on learning experiences that are fun and impactful. TCB understands that these kids are the future, and we are honored to participate,” said Becky Vansickle, VP/Office Manager, Frazeysburg Office, and Allison Weeks, VP/Customer Experience/Business Development Officer, The Community Bank. 

Muskingum Valley Educational Service Center presents Bryce Watt Memorial Scholarship

The Muskingum Valley Educational Service Center Governing Board and members of Bryce Watt’s family presented Monday, October 11, the Bryce Watt Memorial Scholarship. Parker Schehl was the recipient of the $1,500 scholarship. 

Parker Schehl is a 2021 Tri-Valley High School graduate and attends Ohio University-Zanesville studying nursing. He was chosen to receive the scholarship based upon his school and community volunteer activities and a required essay explaining the importance of service. Parker is the son of Amy Luby and Matthew Schehl.

The scholarship was established by the Muskingum Valley Educational Service Center (MVESC) Governing Board in cooperation with Bryce Watt’s family with funds provided by the Board and current and past administrators. Mr. Watt was a MVESC board member for 26 years, and his life exemplified service to others. He passed away August 21, 2020.  

The scholarship was available to a child or grandchild of a MVESC staff member who is currently enrolled in an Ohio college of university. A committee reviewed each student’s application and essay to determine the scholarship recipient. 

Inspirational Speaker Damon West Will Share Story with Students, Staff

The Muskingum Valley Educational Service Center (MVESC) welcomes inspirational speaker and best-selling author Damon West to Zanesville on Monday, October 18. West will share his story with local students and staff and explain how each person can positively change his or her environment and turn their pot of boiling water – life – into a pot of coffee, just like a coffee bean.  

The event is part of the MVESC’s “Must See Professional Development Services.” Two sessions will be held for students and staff during the day, with an evening program for students and parents. The sessions will be held from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., at Rolling Plains United Methodist Church, 3350 Moxahala Park Road, Zanesville. The 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. presentations are also available on a virtual platform. 

Advanced registration for the October 18th event is required and can be made online by visiting www.mvesc.org, and then clicking on the calendar link. For more information, contact Adam Copeland, Student Services Supervisor, at 740-342-3502 or adam.copeland@mvesc.org. 

Damon West travels the country as keynote speaker. He shares his amazing story of overcoming adversity with schools, businesses, and leading collegiate athletic programs. His story of redemption, grit and determination continues to inspire audiences from Wal-Mart to the U.S. Army to the NBA. 

Damon West is a college professor and the best-selling author of The Coffee Bean: A Simple Lesson to Create Positive Change. At 20, Damon was an NCAA Division I quarterback who had a successful future in front of him. Tragically, he turned to drugs after a career-ending injury and was later spent time in a maximum-security prison. He emerged from prison a changed man and travels the country sharing his story. Learn more at www.damonwest.org. 

Muskingum Valley ESC Governing Board October meeting

The Muskingum Valley Educational Service Center Governing Board will meet in regular session Monday, October 11, 2021, at 7:00 PM at 205 N. 7th Street. For more information, contact Superintendent Lori Snyder-Lowe at lori.lowe@mvesc.org.

Area superintendents seek state pilot to keep students in classrooms

ZANESVILLE, OhioAs school districts across the state are being impacted by COVID-19, superintendents from southeast Ohio are asking Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Health Director, Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff, to approve a pilot project designed to keep healthy children in classrooms. “The Muskingum Valley Educational Service Center (MVESC) officially made the request to the state on behalf of 40 superintendents from southeast and east-central Ohio,” said Lori Snyder-Lowe, Superintendent, MVESC. The request comes days after Governor DeWine announced a pilot program for 10 districts in Warren County in southwestern Ohio.

The letter of request cites data released September 1, 2021, by the Ohio Department of Education showing that students on remote learning did not achieve near the levels of students who attended “in person” school. Further, it suggests that districts in rural areas experience more difficult educational challenges in terms of providing remote instruction to students due to lack of access to internet and transportation.

The letter of request provides a plan for the pilot, which differs from the state’s current guideline that requires unvaccinated students and staff without symptoms to quarantine at home if they were not wearing masks or distanced when exposed to COVID-19. Specifically, the superintendents propose when an unvaccinated student who is not wearing a mask is identified as a close contact, the following options are presented to the student’s family:

  • Traditional Quarantine – 10 days at home or return to schools on day 7, with proof of a negative test result on days 5, 6 and 7.
  • Mandatory Mask Quarantine – If the student is symptom free, then he or she is allowed to return to school wearing a mask for 10 days.

The letter asks the governor and director of the Ohio Department of Health for immediate consideration of the pilot proposal stating, “In this very divided world of masks vs. No masks and vaccines vs. No vaccines, this proposal is the most common sense approach school leaders can use to keep healthy students in school.”

Click the link to see a copy of the letter: Request to Governor and ODH for Rural Pilot Program

MVESC offices closed September 6th

The Muskingum Valley Educational Service Center offices in Zanesville and New Lexington will be closed Monday, September 6, 2021, for Labor Day. The offices will reopen Tuesday, September 7, 2021. For more information, contact Bill Arnett, Communicators Coordinator, at bill.arnett@mvesc.org or 740-452-4518.

About MVESC: Since 1914, we’ve been serving the educational staff, district administrators and service organizations who support the students and families within our region.  Our agency has the largest service region in Ohio, covering more than 2,700 square miles. We serve more than 1,600 teachers and more than 24,000 students in 16 school districts. Within and beyond our seven counties, we have partnered with more than 105 educational service providers in 62 Ohio counties, 39 states and Canada. www.mvesc.org.

Muskingum Valley ESC Governing Board September meeting

The Muskingum Valley Educational Service Center Governing Board will meet in regular session Monday, September 13, 2021, at 7:00 PM at 205 N. 7th Street. For more information, contact Superintendent Lori Snyder-Lowe at lori.lowe@mvesc.org.

Community Guides for Parents, Educators

ZANESVILLE, Ohio – Muskingum Valley Educational Service Center (MVESC) is making available free Community Resource Guides for parents and educators. The guides list social service providers and government agencies with their contact information in all seven counties covered by MVESC. Guides are available online at www.mvesc.org for Coshocton, Hocking, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Perry and Tuscarawas Counties. To find the guides, click the “For Parents” or “For Educators” links on the website’s homepage. 

Tonya Steele, MVESC’s Family and Community Partnership Liaison, worked cooperatively with social service agencies and governmental entities to develop the guides. “I would like to thank MVESC community partners, especially each county’s Family and Children First Council, for assisting me in gathering accurate information about the available resources in our region,” Steele said.    

Lori Snyder-Lowe, MVESC Superintendent, said the guides are designed to be easy to use and are a valuable resource for parents and educators. “Gathering and compiling information for multiple counties was no small task, and Tonya did an excellent job working with partners and getting the project completed,” Snyder-Lowe said. “We believe the guides will help parents, educators and agencies quickly determine what programs are available when students, individuals or families are in need,” she added. 

As programs, services or contact information changes, the guides will be updated on the mvesc.org website. Contact Tonya Steele with questions, corrections, or additions at tonya.steele@mvesc.org or 740-452-4518, ext. 1117. 

Preschool Supply Lists Available

Supply lists are now available for MVESC’s preschool sites. The supply lists are also being mailed to parents. Click the link shown here (https://www.mvesc.org/for-parents/preschool/) to access the supply lists for each preschool location.

If you have questions about preschool programs in Muskingum, Noble or Tuscarawas Counties, please email Krystal McFarland, Director of Preschool Services, at krystal.mcfarland@mvesc.org. For questions about preschool programs in Perry County, email Lisa Gormley, Perry County Program Coordinator, at lisa.gormley@mvesc.org.

Let’s work together to improve education.