Columbiana Middle School newspaper introduced

COLUMBIANA — Columbiana Middle School Principal Jason Martin introduced a new elective during last week’s Board of Education meeting.

Language Arts teacher Carlie Beech has been teaching Middle School Journalism and brought her students with her to introduce members of the board to “CMS Press”.

Students started the newspaper at the beginning of the course and built skills interviewing, writing, editing and pitching ideas through the semester. Beech has seen her students enjoy building their style and technique throughout the term. Digital copies can be found on the district website through the Columbiana Middle School news feed.

According to Superintendent Donald Mook the district experienced a spike in Covid cases since winter break and encourages parents to continue communicating with school administration regarding positive cases and exposure.

“The vast majority of positive cases happened between the beginning of break until after Christmas through New Years,” Mook said.

Mook emphasizes communication between the public consulting group utilized by the state of Ohio and school districts is not comparable to the health department.

Fortunately students have only been experiencing mild symptoms comparable to a cold according to Mook.

The Columbiana Exempted Village School District has test kits available to students and families in need.

“We will make those available to the families of out students if they need them,” Mook said.

In celebration of school board recognition month board members were given certificates of appreciation and shirts created by the entrepreneurial class.

Mook and all three principals thanked board members for their service. Joshua Dixon Elementary Principal Kimberly Sharshan stressed the value behind the decision making process of the board.

“I just don’t know if everybody tells you enough, thank you for everything,” Sharshan remarked.


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