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Casting Memories: Edison High’s First Cops and Bobbers Event a Big Hit!

Edison High School recently received a $500 Step Outside Grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to initiate the annual Cops and Bobbers program. This innovative initiative provides Junior High students with a unique opportunity to fish alongside local law enforcement officers and school teachers, fostering community ties and outdoor education.

This past Saturday, students, teachers, and deputies from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office gathered at Fernwood State Forest for the program’s inaugural event. The group spent three hours fishing, sharing stories, and enjoying the natural beauty of the forest.

Assistant Principal Josh Leasure praised the program, highlighting its benefits beyond the immediate enjoyment of fishing. “The Cops and Bobbers program is a fantastic way to build relationships between our students and local law enforcement,” Leasure said. “It’s not just about fishing; it’s about creating positive interactions and mutual respect. We are thrilled to see the smiles on our students’ faces and the bonds that are being formed.”

School Resource Officer Jim Marquis echoed Leasure’s sentiments, emphasizing the program’s role in community building. “This grant has allowed us to engage with students in a relaxed, informal setting, which helps break down barriers,” Marquis remarked. “Programs like Cops and Bobbers are essential in showing our youth that law enforcement officers are approachable and here to support them. It’s a win-win for everyone involved.”

In addition to building respect between students, deputies, and teachers, the event provided students with an opportunity to demonstrate responsible behavior in a natural setting. They practiced safety while fishing, learning the importance of handling equipment correctly and being mindful of their surroundings. These skills are crucial for their overall development and contribute to a safer community.Emily Waggoner, a STEM teacher, was surprised at how good the students were at fishing and how much she could learn from them. “As a teacher, it is typically my job to teach them. However, this trip was a complete reversal of roles. They taught me how to fish, and even though I came up empty-handed, I had a great time with the students. It was wonderful to see them so excited about the opportunity,” Waggoner shared.

Students who participated in the event expressed their enthusiasm and eagerness to repeat the experience. Many remarked on how much fun they had and how the event helped them see their teachers and local deputies in a new light. “It was so cool to hang out with the cops and teachers outside of school,” said Richard Adams, a 7th-grade student at Edison High School. “I can’t wait to do it again soon!”

The success of the first Cops and Bobbers event has set a positive tone for future gatherings. With continued support from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Edison High School plans to make this an annual tradition that will enrich the lives of students and strengthen community ties for years to come.–

State Test Scores Now Available in Progressbook

As part of our ongoing effort to keep you informed about your child’s academic progress, we want to inform you that you now have access to their state test score results through ProgressBook, our online student management system. The district believes that by having access to this information, you can better support your child’s academic journey and work collaboratively with us to ensure their success. If you have any questions or need further assistance with ProgressBook or understanding the state test scores, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with your building.

Visit ProgressBook Parent Portal and navigate to “Assessment Scores” on the left hand menu to view your child’s scores.

Thank you for your continued partnership in your child’s education. Together, we can empower them to be prepared for tomorrow.