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15 minutes with Kaitlynn Gerlach

Bulldog Staff Spotlight
Coordinated by the Ada Junior High-High School office staff

Meet Kaitlynn (Turner) Gerlach, the Ada Schools' K-8 Guidance Counselor. This is her first year working in the Ada Exempted Village Schools.

Safety First coloring book created by community collaboration

By Paula Scott

A recent visit to the Ada Public Library by a NOP adult day care group had an exciting itinerary: a Christmas party with food from Viva Maria as well as trivia and word games with Ada Police officer Penny Keller-Clark.

But Officer Penny also had a surprise up her sleeve: one of the group is an artist who has been creating drawings of Ada Police officers providing safety tips. What Keller-Clark revealed is that the drawings have been turned into a “Safety First” coloring book.

With the assistance of ONU professor Melissa Eddings-Mancuso and students Allayna Reiff and Jay Meyers, Dunlap’s drawings have been turned into a 22-page coloring book with tips including water safety, what to do if someone makes you feel scared, knowing your address and phone number, and the importance of paying attention to traffic signs and signals. 


AHS field trip provides a taste of OSU performances and facilities

The Ada High School Music Department had a delightful experience at the 29th annual Music Celebration Concert at The Ohio State University on Friday, December 1. The event featured jazz, opera, bands, choirs, strings and the OSU Marching Band.

A standout moment was the women's vocal ensemble, who wowed the audience with their performance of "Fire." The students couldn't help but express their appreciation through cheers and (respectful) stomps. The jazz band also earned praise, leaving a lasting impression on the young audience.

Following the concert, the students explored the brand-new Timashev Family Music Building. They got a peek into composition study rooms, high-tech music technology spaces, classrooms, practice rooms, recording booths and rehearsal spaces. The students even caught glimpses of different groups rehearsing, experiencing the diverse world of music.

15 minutes with Alicia Wissman

Bulldog Staff Spotlight
Coordinated by the Ada Junior High-High School office staff

Meet Alicia Wissman, kindergarten teacher at the Ada Schools. 

Q. What is the one thing you cannot resist?
A. Chocolate

Q. Where is your favorite place to be?
A. Anywhere I am surrounded by the people I love (family and friends)

Letter: Ada teacher runs NYC marathon, the hardest thing she's ever done

From Miranda Shepherd, Ada Schools: Kristin Salyer is a teacher at Ada High School as well as a wife and mother of two. She says that running the 2023 New York City (NYC) marathon on November 5 was the hardest thing she's ever done. With her permission, I have included some words and photos that she has shared:

Ada students on Apollo Career Center Honor Roll

The following Ada students are on the Apollo Career Center Honor Roll for the first quarter of the 2023-2024 school year.

A  Honor Roll: Rowan West

A/B Honor Roll: Aedyn Beckwith, Makenna Conaway, Ashley Hevlin, Colton Long, Drew Long, Carisa Temple