Teachers learn self defense at Prairieview-Ogden

Teachers and administrators in the Prairieview-Ogden district learned how defend themselves on March 13.

The district had Casey Fuller of Team USA SAFESPORT teach the group how to use pepper spray to defend themselves against attackers.

Superintendent Vic White said he felt Fuller was more than qualified to teach the class.

Heritage RIFs business teacher

The Heritage School board voted to reduce in force four teachers last Monday night and reduce the workload of another.  

The board approved a reduction in force of second grade teacher Carly Shonkwiler, middle school social studies teacher Kit Brown and Chapter I reading teacher Jennifer Stemle.

Community notebook

Cancer support group to be held
We all have experienced the trauma of cancer in some way or other.   We are  an open group and you do not have to belong to any church or organization. We meet the second Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Fithian UMC   located at  101 E. Clinton.
All are welcome.

SJO changes the way it fundraises

St. Joseph-Ogden High School athletics are going to change the way they fundraise.

Assistant Principal Brady Smith said instead of each athletic program running their own fundraiser the athletic department as a whole will be fundraising.

Expo to be held March 12


On March 12 Iota Sigma of Psi Iota Xi will be hosting a Women's Expo.

The event will take place at the Church of Christ in St. Joseph at 226 E. Sherman, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

SJO board puts expulsion on hold

On Jan. 12 the St. Joseph-Ogden Board of Education voted to suspend the expulsion of a student that was found to have had an AR-15 rifle, seven boxes of ammunition, two shotguns and shotgun shells in his truck in the school parking lot on Dec. 17.

SJO hires new principal

St. Joseph-Ogden High School has hired a new principal.

At the Feb. 23 board meeting the board of education hired Gary Page, the current principal at Cerro Gordo High School.

Page will replace current Principal Brian Brooks who will take over as superintendent on July 1.

Page was named principal of Cerro Gordo High School on April 17, 2013.

Letter sent home to inform parents



St. Joseph-Ogden High School wants to keep its parents informed in their decision making processes.

Because of that they sent a letter home in October detailing the process the district goes through regarding cancelling school.

Back at it

For the second day in a row St. Joseph-Ogden High School students were in school while many of their local counterparts were not because of cold temperatures.

The high school opted for a one-hour delayed start on Jan. 8.

Bus pickups were done one hour later than normal with school starting at 9:15 a.m., Superintendent Jim Acklin said.

'There are no 'cold' days in the real world'

Please dress warmly and drive safely.

That was part of the message St. Joseph-Ogden High School students, staff and parents received on the night of Jan. 6.

SJO was one of the few local schools that decided to have school on Jan. 7  when wind chill values were expected to dip to 30 below.

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