Mark Twain Elementary School has been recognized for their success with Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS). PBIS involves teaching students expected behaviors in a consistent and positive way, modeling and acknowledging those behaviors, and helping all students meet expectations and be successful. PBIS has been shown to improve student achievement, student behavior, and school climate. In 2015, Ohio first recognized schools who are model examples of strong PBIS. In 2016, Mark Twain Elementary School applied, and they earned recognition at the Bronze level. They were one of 47 schools to be recognized at this level of distinction, and one of 55 schools to be recognized at any of the levels (Gold, Silver, or Bronze). Mark Twain Elementary School will be honored for their success at the 2016 Ohio PBIS Showcase in Wilmington, Ohio on December 1, 2016.
Benjamin Davis (pictured at right with MVCTC's Superintendent, Dr. Nick Weldy), a resident of Miamisburg and elementary school art teacher for Miamisburg City Schools, was inducted into the Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) Hall of Fame on Thursday, October 6, 2016, during the All Advisory Dinner. Davis, a 1990 graduate of Miamisburg High School, attended the Commercial Art program at MVCTC (when it was known as Montgomery County Joint Vocational School).
Ben took his love of art and turned it into a rewarding career introducing thousands of Miamisburg school children to the beauty, enjoyment, and appreciation of art. After MCJVS/MVCTC Ben attended the Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus, Ohio and later Wright State University earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art in 1995. He returned to Wright State for his Certificate in Art Education in 1997.
Ben has been employed as an Elementary Art Teacher in Miamisburg City Schools for the past 18 years. He plans curriculum for his various art classes and teaches 800 students each week in three of Miamisburg's elementary schools -- Kinder School, Bear School, and Bauer School. In addition, Ben plans three art festivals a year at the three elementary schools. He collaborates with other art teachers in the district to present the fine arts festival, featuring students' artwork throughout the district each spring at Miamisburg High School. He is actively involved in professional art organizations and is the 2016 recipient of the Ohio Art Education Association Outstanding Art Teacher Award.
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Today, JCE students were honored to hear Mrs. Bobbye Sweny speak with students about "Acting with Kindness" as part of their quarterly Pawsitive Actions Will Succeed morning assembly! Mrs. Sweny (94 years old) was featured in an article last month in the Dayton Daily News for her accomplishments as a volunteer for the Miamisburg Historical Society. Mrs. Sweny has worked with the Miamisburg Historical Society as an active volunteer since 1968. She has been a resident of Miamisburg for 70 years and assisted the society in planning the Sesquicentennial celebration as well as currently working/planning for the city's Bicentennial celebration. She is also very active in her church, Our Lady of Good Hope.
Mrs. Sweny informed students on how they should "Act with Kindness" each and every day and paralleled our school's message on following The Golden Rule. All JCE students were thrilled to have such a speaker come to school who has been a volunteer for our community for such a long period of time. Thank you, Mrs. Sweny, for visiting JCE students today!
The Miamisburg City Schools September District Student of the Month is Austin Brewer. Austin is a third grader at Bear Elementary School who was nominated for best exemplifying Assets #15 Positive Peer Influence-Young person’s best friends model responsible behavior; #22 School Engagement-Young person is actively engaged in learning; and #30 Responsibility-Young person accepts and takes personal responsibility. Austin was nominated by teacher Molly Mahoney. "It is my extreme pleasure to be able to nominate Austin Brewer as student of the month at H.V. Bear Elementary. Austin always enters my room with a smile on her face and ready to work. Third graders are expected to take on more independence and responsibility for themselves such as; writing in a school agenda, homework, switching classes and having the materials needed, etc. Austin has learned right away what was expected of her and completes many of the classroom routines without being prompted daily. She is engaged in her learning whether it be group work, one-on-one, or independent work. Whenever I am working with a group of students I can look around the room and see that Austin is doing exactly what she is supposed to be doing. She has been working on some difficult concepts in math class and was frustrated when she was unable to grasp the steps to complete. Austin didn’t not give up! She continued to work with me at my table until she was able to follow the steps and do several problems on her own. She was then able to go back to her seat to finish the assignment with the confidence that she can do it! Austin is becoming more confident in her reading skills. She is taking risks and trying tasks that may be hard but she doesn’t seem to give up.
Austin is a leader in my classroom and is always willing to lend a helping hand to other students in need. She does this with kind words and compassion. One example I can think of is helping a student to log into the reading series on the computer. This is a challenging task at the beginning of the school. It took Austin several attempts before she was able to do this independently. Now it is second nature to her. One day she was helping another student login. She was able to walk the child through the steps so that they felt as successful as she did a few weeks ago. Austin is very deserving of being September’s student of the month!"
Other Miamisburg City Schools Students of the Month can be viewed at the right side of this page.