Delaware County Schools on Delay, Friday January 9, 2015

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Updated Friday January 9, 2015 6:34 am.

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Schools on 1 Hour Delay

Delaware Area Career Center
Delaware Christian School

Schools on 2 hour delay

Big Walnut Schools
Buckeye Valley Schools
Delaware City Schools
Olentangy Schools

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Delaware County Ohio School Closings and Delays Thursday January 8, 2015.

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Complete listing of Delaware County Ohio School Vlosings

Updated Wednesday January 7, 2015 9:48 pm.

Closed Schools

Big Walnut Schools
Buckeye Valley Schools
Delaware Christian School
Delaware City Schools
Delaware Area Career Center
Olentangy Schools
Village Academy
Westerville City Schools

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List of Delaware County School Closings – January 6, 2015

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Updated Tuesday January 6, 2015 6:23 am.

Delaware County Snow Level Emergency: 1

Closed Schools

Big Walnut Schools
Buckeye Valley Schools
Delaware Christian School
Delaware City Schools
Delaware Area Career Center
Olentangy Schools
Village Academy
Westerville City Schools

Delays

Franklin University will delay opening its Central Ohio locations to 10 a.m.

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Starting College while in High School

So you’re in high school, and you’re scheduling for next year, and you’re having trouble filling your schedule because you’ve already taken most of the classes you need or want to take.

 (Doodle courtesy me.)

(Doodles courtesy of me.)

Maybe this is you in two years.  Maybe this is you in ten years.  Or maybe, this is your child.  They’re going to get to high school eventually.  So here’s something to chew on.

What if you could take college courses for free your junior or senior year of high school?

Sounds too good to be true, right?  Well it isn’t because this is a reality.  The state of Ohio offers a Post-Secondary Enrollment Options Program (PSEOP) for high school students who have completed the curriculum at their high schools.  PSEOP has two options.  There’s option A, where you pay for tuition and books, but the college credit does not count towards the student’s high school GPA.  And then there is option B, where tuition and books are paid for you, and the credit counts toward both high school and college GPA.  This said, colleges may put a cap on how many courses you can take.

I’ve experienced the wonders of option B this year, and I’m here to explain to you this wonderful program that a lot of people don’t seem to know about until it’s too late.  I’ve compiled some lists of things that you need to know when considering the program with the help of my friends Kendall Markley and Jessica Silber, who have also participated in PSEOP.  We’ve all attended OSU Marion within our high school careers.

 

Why should you do it?

  • You arrange your schedule.  I’m not a morning person, so I arranged my classes so I can wake up somewhere between seven and eight every day.  Since you have to coordinate a high school and college schedule, your guidance office will probably be very flexible with you.  As a result, this year I’m taking classes that I like, and classes that challenge me.

    Your guidance councilor will help you out!

    Your guidance counselor will help you out!

  • It’s exploratory!  Jessica said, “I am still undecided in what I want to major in when I am in college but I have used my classes to help me figure out what things I like and which ones I don’t.”  For me, personally, it was an Intro to Fiction class I took last semester that helped me realize I wanted to go into English.  Without PSEO I would still be back at the drawing board when it comes to careers.
  • It’ll give you a good idea of what college classes are like.  Former PSEOP student Kendall explained how PSEO helped her feel comfortable at college, “When I came to Ohio University in fall 2013 I hardly felt like a fish out of water. It was a new experience, but the PSEOP program showed me what classes were like and how it was structured.”

    You might find yourself taking more notes than you previously had thought was humanly possible.

    You might find yourself taking more notes than you previously had thought was humanly possible.

  • You can get part of your freshman year out of the way.  “I had about 9 credit hours already before I had even started classes, and it took care of many of my general education requirements,” Kendall said, “having those extra hours is amazing!”
  • It’s free.  Kendall’s 9 credit hours have a $2,677.50 value.  I have 18 credit hours from this year, a $3,570.00  value.  Need I say more?  I think not.

 

Things to Consider before Jumping in:

  • Juggling Schedules.  Be prepared to juggle extracurricular activities with your classes and work.

PSEOP_article_juggling  Jessica participated in Student Council, BV’s fall play, and spring musical all while taking two college courses.  But she worked with her teachers and advisors, and she managed her schedule well.  Kendall worked a job on top of her four classes at high school and her two college courses, but she said, “It can be stressful, but in the end it’s worth it.”

  • Harder classes.  So this one goes two ways.  You’ll probably only have a couple papers a semester per class, maybe some tests and quizzes, so the quality of writing necessary to receive and A in a college class is higher than in a high school class.  And your notes are your friends in most cases.  Other than that, you probably won’t miss the absence of busywork and dumb worksheets.   Like Kendall told me, “if you are prepared and on top of things, it’s a breeze.”
  • Driving.   You will spend more time driving than usually, since you’ll be going back and forth from high school to campus to home (Unless campus is really close to you, in which case you are a real lucky duck).  Make sure you are up for the driving.  So I do not suggest getting your license the day before school starts the year you start participating in PSEO like I did…

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Advice, Tips, and Miscellaneous Thoughts

  • Depending on whether or not your school weights courses you take through PSEO, you may lose your chance at become Valedictorian.  If being Valedictorian is something important to you and your high school does not weight these classes, you may want to think a bit before you jump into this program.  (I’d say do it anyway though.)
  • When you get your text books, you do have to return them at the end of the semester.  But feel free to write in them all you want!  I spent the whole first semester this year obsessively using sticky notes and looking like a lunatic for it.  Second semester, I marked up all my books, and it just makes writing reports so much easier.
  • Don’t worry about being the only high school student on campus, because you’re not.   It’s more than likely the people in your classes won’t even know you’re in high school unless you tell them.  And if you do, they’ll either think you’re crazy smart, or they’ll understand because they were also a PSEOP student.  Don’t purposefully conceal your high school identity; you are not a ninja spy.

    Ninja spies do ninja spy things, and students do student things.  And concealing your identity is not a student thing.

    Ninja spies do ninja spy things, and students do student things. And concealing your identity is not a student thing.

  • Do not, I repeat, DO NOT procrastinate on writing your papers or studying for an exam or test.  This leads to staying up until three in the morning to finish your paper and then being exhausted for the next day and everything you say sounds like it came from the mouth of a four year old.  Take it from the girl who had to present in front of the class on about four hours of sleep.  So no procrastination.  Only healthy amounts of sleep.

    Ah, yes.  The pure joy of sleep.

    Ah, yes. The pure jubilation of sleep.

  • Not sure if you want to participate in PSEO?  “Just do it.  It’s easier than it sounds”—Kendall

 

 

PSEOP is something that I will never regret participating in.  I’ve found what I want to do, learned countless things I wouldn’t otherwise know, and I now know what college is going to be like.  Think about this program even if you or your child is just starting high school.  I had to purposefully plan my schedule each year to maximize the amount of requirements I got out of the way so that I could spend my senior year taking college courses.  If you’re actually considering the program, but you’re still not sure, find a PSEOP student at your high school and ask them about their experience—I’m sure they’d love to tell you.  You can also ask your school’s guidance department for information on the program.  Some rules and things may vary by school, so below are some links to information online.  Some of them contain old information, so check with your guidance office if you’re interested.

Big Walnut
Buckeye Valley
Delaware Hayes
Olentangy
Westerville City Schools 

 

List of private schools in Ohio who participated last year, but check with your school to see if they’re participating the year you want to do it.

Delaware County Closings and Delays, Tuesday February 18, 2014

Updated Tuesday February 18, 2014 5:05 am.

2 Hour Delay

  • Big Walnut Schools

To have your school added to this list, please send an email to info@DelawareO.com.

Big Walnut High School Presents The Musical “Grease,” February 20-22

greaseJoin the Big Walnut High School Drama Department for their winter musical, Grease. Tickets are available only at the door the night of the performance but can be reserved by filling out the request below.

  • Performance dates are February 20, 21 and 22, 2014.
  • Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and performance starts promptly at 7:30 p.m. each night.

Those with reservations can pay for tickets at the “Reservations and Tickets” table in the hallway outside the auditorium.

Special Note: Reserved seating will be designated inside the auditorium. This reserved seating is “open” and on a first-come basis.

Click for  Reserve Tickets

Delaware County school and business delays, Thursday February 6, 2014

Updated Thursday February 6, 2014 5:36 a.m. .

There is no snow advisory issued by the Delaware County Sheriff at this time

2 Hour Delay

Public Schools

  • Big Walnut Local Schools
  • Buckeye Valley
  • Delaware City Schools
  • Olentangy Local Schools
  • Delaware Area Career Center
  • Private Schools

  • Saint Mary School

To have your school, business, church, or club added to this list please email info@DelawareO.com.

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Chief Master Sergeant Richard A. Halsell Memorial Drill Competition Saturday, February 15th, 2014

Delaware County Air Force Junior ROTC, based at Hayes High School, will host the Chief Master Sergeant Richard A. Halsell Memorial Drill Competition on Saturday, February 15th, 2014, at Hayes.

The opening ceremony will begin at 8:00 AM with presentation of the Colors in the main gym of Hayes High School.

The first drill competitions will commence at 8:30 AM.

Events include Armed (using replica rifles) and Unarmed drill routines, Armed and Unarmed exhibition drill routines, Color Guard Drill routines, and Inspection Team Competition.  Competition will continue until about 2:30 PM.

We hope to attract competitors from Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Michigan, and Kentucky, as well as from across Ohio.  12 teams are expected to enter.

The public is welcome and there is no admission charge.  Food and drinks will be available for purchase during the competition.