Sharon McDermott
360 Cedar Street
Duncan Falls, OH 43734
Phone: 740-674-5203
Fax: 740-674-5214

August 18 - August 22

Philo Junior High School
  • Awesome Job to Nick Hansel and Cory Davis for getting us closer and closer to being fully operational with our iPads! You guys have done a GREAT JOB!!! Thanks!!!!
  • Thanks to Darla Deal, Eric Woodard, and Stephanie Bathrick for your work as team leaders so far; most people don’t realize the extra time this requires. Thanks!!!
  • A HUGE Thank You to Thelma Leese-Graham for getting our Daily PLC log ready in Google; having a uniform document makes it easy to communicate with everyone! Thanks!!!
  • Welcome aboard to: Eastin Lewellen, Penny Wallace, Don Hilty, Amanda Cox, Stephen Michel, and Trevor Tom. We are glad to have you on our team!!!
District Office/Bus Garage
  • Welcome to Jean Lahna, Director of Instruction, and Temple Miller, Receptionist, who are new to the district office! You’ve done a great job getting organized for the school year!
  • Thanks to LuAnn Gatewood for setting up and arranging the room for the ODU Teacher Leadership Course that 30 of our teachers attended on Wednesday night.
  • Thanks to Candy Kelley for putting together a top-notch district annual report/calendar!
  • I received a nice email from a parent telling us how lucky we are to have Mr. Preston as one of our principals!
  • Don Beardsley, our Transportation Supervisor, reported that Rusty Butler and Matt Philip had all of our buses pass inspection and were ready to roll for opening day!
Philo High School
  • We welcome our new teachers (Mrs. Hilty, Mrs. Cox, Ms. Polk and Mr. Motley) to Philo High School.
  • Thank you to our custodians, Dean Ryberg, Janelle Taylor, Chad Milner and Tommy Meyers, for having our building so clean and shinny for the start of the year.
  • Welcome back Michelle Moore-Smith after staying home the last half of the school-year last year to get her son, Asher, off to a good start in this world.
  • Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Gensor have been very busy helping students make adjustments to their schedules.
  • Patty and Cindy have worked hard to get students and teachers what they need to start the school-year.
  • Mr. King has helped students get their lockers open and also helped them get on the right buses in the evening.
  • One of the Pods in our Freshman Academy has already identified a student who is in need of extra help emotionally and has taken steps to get the help the student needs.
  • In PLC, we discussed ways to improve our ACT scores.
More School Happenings!
Federal Court Instructs Ohio Districts to Post Information for Parents Concerning Data Release
A U.S. District Court has ordered that 2013-2014 school year records from the Ohio Department of Education’s Educational Management Information System be turned over to Disability Rights Ohio as part of an ongoing lawsuit...  Read More >
Philo Junior High School - Awarded Straight A Grant!
As we begin the 2014-2015 school year, we are going to be incorporating personalized learning in every aspect of your student’s education. Late last school year; Philo Junior High School was awarded the Straight A Grant through the state of Ohio. The Straight A Grant is designed to achieve significant advancement in student achievement and drive more resources to the classroom.

With the awarded funds, the Philo Junior High School will be able to loan each student an Apple iPad for the entire Academic Year! By embracing this opportunity, both teachers and students will develop skills vital for the 21st century. However, this opportunity means more than that. Students will learn the critical thinking and workplace skills needed to have a successful future. Additionally, our students will have the opportunity to collaborate with others, solve complex problems, develop new forms of communication and leadership skills, and become more productive and motivated!

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Coming Soon!
The Philo High School Field Ecology classes have been developing 1/3 to 1/2 acre into a Prairie. The site will be planted with grasses and forbs (flowering plants) that are native to Ohio and would have been found in a tall-grass prairie typical of Ohio.

This project has been ongoing for several years. I could write pages about prairies and the benefits of using native plants in landscapes but like me most of you don’t have time to read long passages.

Please take the time to view the power point here and to visit the following website:

I would appreciate any comments or questions regarding this project at
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Philo High School Class Reunion for 2004 Graduates
Philo High School Class Reunion for 2004 Graduates will be held at Eaglesticks on Friday, August 22, 2014 at 7:00 PM. Please contact Katie Peyton at for further information.   Read More >
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Building an Academic Foundation for Future Success
Class Reunion (1989) Graduates
Saturday, October 04, 2014
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