Buckeye planning eventful welcome

District has big plans for students’ return

RAYLAND — As schools across the Ohio Valley get ready for the sound of the first bell, Buckeye Local School District plans to welcome back students in a big way.

Back to school events will start with the Buckeye Local Junior High School new student orientation. Seventh-graders, new students and their parents are invited to the school at 7 p.m. Aug. 9. Principal Jason Kovalski will gather students in the auditorium and give an overview of student policies, attendance, schedules and related matters. The students also will receive their schedules and may tour the building to become familiar with their classrooms and lockers.

The school athletic department will hold a mandatory Ohio High School Athletic Association meeting at 6:30 p.m. prior to the orientation and a safety video will be shown in the auditorium. All students who are planning to participate in sports are required to attend.

The district will conduct a separate orientation event at 6 p.m. Aug. 10. Principal Coy Sudvary is expected to make a similar presentation to high-school students in the auditorium.

On Aug. 12, the district will hold its seventh annual Back to School Bash. The event, which is being sponsored for the second year by Team Buckeye Local Unites Everyone, will be held from 3-5 p.m. at Buckeye Local High School. Students and their families can enjoy free food and fun while also becoming familiar with school officials. Team BLUE spokeswoman Susan Nolan said it all begins with a chicken dinner for $10 per meal to benefit the school band from noon to 3 p.m. The band will then perform on the field at 3 p.m. to officially start the celebration.

Nolan said 33 vendors and nonprofit groups’ booths will be on hand — an increase from last year — and a variety of goods will be for sale.

Vendors will be selling a variety of wares from crafts and soaps to candles to jewelry, while some of the newest additions include the Buckeye North Watch Dads of Great Students group, parent-teacher organizations representing Buckeye North, South and West Elementary Schools, Color Street, Cedar Grove, Career Container Custom Fashions, River Twynn Designs and Norwex.

“There will be lots of vendors and informational booths set up and we are working with some possibilities to do fun activities for the kids,” said Nolan.

School principals, teachers and other staff also will be at the event to distribute bags of school supplies to help prepare students for the school year. Nolan said last year the district handed out almost 400 bags of supplies. Nolan also said the public’s support makes that possible and she was hoping for a great turnout.

To top the events off, Buckeye North Elementary School will open its doors and showcase its new playground Aug. 17. The school will host its annual open house at 5:30 p.m., where more than 300 students and their families can view their classrooms and meet teachers. Principal Susan Nolan said some lucky kids will also have the chance to play on the new playground that was added in June.

“We will dedicate the playground and 30 kids won a raffle to be the first on it,” said Nolan.

Meanwhile, the school will be open for participants to tour so the students could familiarize themselves with their new teachers and surroundings. Nolan said this will give the students a chance to walk through the building and see their classrooms. Some snacks and beverages will be on hand with food and Buckeye Local apparel also for sale at the venue.

The first day of school is set for Aug. 22. For details on the events or if unable to attend the orientations, contact the school at 740-859-2196 or the district office at 740-769-7395.