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


  • Terra Nova testing took place this week.
  • Mr. Hansel, Technology Director, visited all DFE classrooms this week to present lesson on cyber-bullying. Lesson included a short video, discussion and age-appropriate activity.
  • This week in first grade, the ABC Countdown to summer activities included: P: Pajama Day, Q: Quiz Day (students quizzed on sight words and math facts), R: Race Day (trip to the track to compete in various races), S: Summer Birthdays (Celebration of all summer birthdays), T: Techno Dance Day (dancing the day away).
  • Fourth graders enjoyed an assembly from a speaker about Prospect Place, a destination for an upcoming field trip. They also enjoyed a trip to the movies this week to watch “The Wizard of Oz”.Mrs. Roe’s class is learning about fiction and non-fiction.
  • Mrs. Roe’s and Mrs. Reed’s classes visited the fire station.
  • Mrs. Scott’s class walked to Campbell's Market, the post office, and Citizen's National Bank
  • Mr. Stutes’ class enjoyed a pizza party on Wednesday for raising the most money for Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids Sake fundraiser.
  • Delaney Mock, second grader at DFE, received 2nd place in the 2014 Image Engineering Coloring Contest. Franklin County Chapter members gave presentations to second grade students at 15 schools across the FCC area this winter. The presentations, which take between 30 and 60 minutes, included reading a book, “Not All Engineers Drive Trains”. Presenters talk about what engineers do, the importance of the field of engineering to the safety and welfare of the public, what it takes to be an engineer, and what it means to be a licensed Professional Engineer. Great job Delaney!!
  • Projects: 5th graders are educating the school on various syndromes. Students chose a syndrome to research. They found causes, symptoms, and features of the syndrome and used the information to create a bulletin board.
  • 5th grade made over $2200 for the Cystic Fibrosis fundraiser! The students sold t-shirts and raised the money to send in for CF research.
  • Career Week: This week 5th graders enjoyed visitors for Career Week. Some of the presenters included: Shawn Sprankle-FedEx, Kristen Dickson Miller-Cancer Care Nurse, Bill (Justice Mullins Grandfather)- Forklift Operator; Bill Thomas-Apple Orchard, Jamie Stoneburner- Realtor, Erica Unger-Dr.’s Office, Leah Rolling-Teacher, Stephanie Parril-Nurse, Barry McElfresh-AEP, Jeff Berry- Game and Wildlife Office, Jamie Williams-Judge, Joe Shaffer-RN/Professor, Tony Angelo-Deputy, Vic VanMeter-Hospital Administrator, Amy Wright-RN, Tiffany Tilton, Lori Fravel, Sam Smith, Mike Busse, Cole Dobenspeck, Beth Shook, and Crystal Kinder. Other presenters may be listed next week.

Ohio Appalachian Collaborative
PJHS - Mandatory iPad Distribution Nights Announced!

Mandatory parent and student iPad Distribution Nights will be held at Philo Junior High School on August 4, 5, and 6. Following a short orientation, students and their parents/guardians will be given the opportunity to participate in the Philo Junior High School Straight A Grant iPad Initiative. 

Note: In order for distribution to take place, the student and parent/guardian must be present. If you have students enrolled in multiple grades at Philo Junior High School, you are encouraged to attend only one session. If you cannot attend, please call the Philo Junior High School Office, beginning August 4, to schedule a meeting. If you have any questions, please call the district office at 740-674-5203 for more information.

August 4, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Power Plant
Mandatory meeting for all parents/guardians and students enrolled in 8th grade.

August 5, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Power Plant
Mandatory meeting for all parents/guardians and students enrolled in 7th grade.

August 6, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Power Plant
Mandatory meeting for all parents/guardians and students enrolled in 6th grade.

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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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Congratulations to the following scholarship award recipients:

Duncan Falls PTO Scholarships:

  • Shelby Hatfield
  • Casey Mayle
  • Kelsey Morgan
  • Kelsey Morgan
  • Casey Pitcock
  • Hunter Smith

Medical Mutual of Ohio Scholarship:

  • Hunter Smith

Blanche Matheny Pletcher & Frank Pletcher Music Scholarship Trust Fund:

  • Thomas Stillion

Finalist in the National Merit Scholarship Competition:

  • Tinh Le
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Building an Academic Foundation for Future Success
Kindergarten Back Pack & School Supplies
Saturday, August 02, 2014
Duncan Falls Elementary Open House
Wednesday, August 06, 2014
Roseville Elementary Open House
Wednesday, August 06, 2014
Philo High School Freshman Orientation
Thursday, August 07, 2014
Philo Junior High 6th Grade/New Student Open House
Thursday, August 07, 2014
Philo Junior High 7th & 8th Grade Open House
Thursday, August 07, 2014
Franklin Local Community Schools Open House
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
First Day of School for Students
Monday, August 18, 2014
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