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Dear Parents, Students, Families, and Community:

       As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday and celebration of Christmas, I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of our staff family at Piqua Central Intermediate School to wish all of our students, families, business partners, and stakeholders a very happy holiday season!  2017 has been a wonderful year at Piqua Central and we are so blessed and so grateful to live in a community that supports the education of its young people. As I look back on the many things to celebrate in 2017, I would like to begin by saying thank you to the citizens of Piqua for the passage of our renewal levy. It is with your continued support that the students of Piqua continue to receive the most first-class education possible in beautiful facilities that we are so very proud of! Piqua Central is also very grateful for the unveiling of our new school garden "The Garden Tribe" that was generously put together by local citizens, volunteers, local businesses, and the coordinated efforts of so many to bring it to life. This fall, our students grew their very own spinach and learned the process of garden-to-table from the Ohio State University master gardeners. We appreciate them volunteering their time for our students so much! Through this process, PCIS was awarded a Best in Ohio Connect to Nature School status for all the hard work and time spent instructing students in the outdoors! The 2017 year also brought about many other highlights including recognizing the incredible work ethic of the staff at Piqua Central who I am so proud of. Some of these include receiving two state awards including the PBIS Bronze Award/PBIS Showcase Presenter status, which is the highest PBIS honor you can receive in the first year of implementation and the State Momentum Award given to schools who receive all A's in the value-added portion of the state report card. PCIS was also awarded one of the inaugural eight Champions of School Breakfast Awards in the Spring of 2017 for its innovative and collaborative school breakfast practices including the Breakfast of Champions. It was considerd one of the top three urban schools in the state of Ohio for school breakfast. As you can see, 2017 has given our students and staff so much to be thankful for and none it would be possible without the tremendous amount of energy and efforts that occur on a daily basis at Central. Aside from obtaining state recognition in 2017, I have also seen our staff and students share in experiences that are not soon forgotten. Recently, we shared in our formal dining Thanksgiving feast with one another and had the unbelieveable privilege of serving those who have served for our local veteran's at our Veteran's Day breakfast celebration. What an honor to host so many local heros and allow our students to pay tribute to their service and sacrifice! Many of our staff look forward to carrying the spirit of the holidays forward as we continue our traditions of transforming the whole school into a Christmas movie/book theme each year.  This year, PCIS will become "Whoville" as we recognize the classic book, "How the Grinch Stole Christmas." I'm truly looking forward to seeing the student's faces as they take part in decorating and getting into the spirit with staff! Again, I want to wish each and every one of our students and families a wonderful holiday season and a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! May the end of 2017 and the beginning of 2018 bring each of you joy, hope, happiness, and love! 
 
Educationally yours, 
 
Josh Kauffman, Principal  
 
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