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Sandra C. Frisch, Superintendent
April 2015  
Quality People, Professional Services
Inspiring Minds ~ Building Futures

Challenger Learning Center
Hubble Space Telescope's 25th Anniversary

The Challenger Learning Center of Lake Erie West, sponsored by the ESC of Lake Erie West, will be celebrating the Hubble Space Telescope's 25th Anniversary during the week of April 20th.

Launched April 24, 1990, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has made more than one million observations of space since its mission began in 1990. Astronomers using Hubble data have published more than 12,700 scientific papers, making it one of the most productive scientific instruments ever built. Circling the earth, Hubble has gone more than three billion miles constantly taking pictures of space.

In partnership with NASA, the Challenger Learning Center will be holding events throughout the week.

  • April 22nd - Ross Ellet, meteorologist from 13abc, will visit Challenger and chat with students about light photography, stars, and meteorology.
  • April 24th - Starting at 5 p.m., participants will be able to view a live feed of the celebration at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC.  NASA's Solar Ambassador will be on hand at 6 p.m. to present about Hubble and space and answer questions. The Toledo Astronomical Society has also been invited to participate in a Star Party after dark.
  • April 25th - the ESC of Lake Erie West will host its 5th Chess Championship in celebration of the Hubble Anniversary.
For more details visit http://www.esclakeeriewest.org/challenger-learning-center



Each year the ESC of Lake Erie West coordinates various student recognition programs on behalf of  local school districts.

FRANKLIN B. WALTER AWARD: Ms. Manasa (Geeta) Rao, Sylvania Northview High School, is the Franklin B. Walter student award recipient for Lucas County. The Franklin B. Walter Award Program sponsored by the Ohio Educational Service Center Association selects one senior from each Ohio county to recognize their achievements both in and out of the classroom. Applications are solicited from Lucas County school districts affiliated with the ESC and then the applications are scored by an ESC committee based on a personal goal statement, grade point average, ACT/SAT scores, awards received, and extracurricular/community involvement. Recipients are honored at a luncheon held in April.


Superintendent Sandra Frisch with Spelling Bee Finalists

SPELLING BEE: An enthusiastic crowd packed the Maumee Indoor Theatre for the annual Spelling Bee held February 17, 2015. Thirty-one schools and 70 students participated. Samantha Schofield (7th grade) of Anthony Wayne Junior High took first place honors. Jimmy Kleshinski, Holloway Elementary School (5th grade), Springfield Local Schools, took second place. The top finishers from the Spelling Bee qualified for the regional bee sponsored by The Blade.


YES I CAN & STUDENT RECOGNITION AWARDS: Twice a year, the ESC of Lake Erie West Governing Board recognizes students from local districts for their achievements in specific academic subjects, extracurricular activities, or achievements in reaching personal goals (e.g. independent living skills). On March 10, the Governing Board recognized 64 students. For a complete list, click here.    




Great Job
Grants Received - ESC of Lake Erie West

  • The Sibshop Program received a grant of $2,000.00 from the Appold Family Charitable Fund distributed through the Bank of America Charitable Gift Fund
  • The Challenger Learning Center received a grant of $10,000.00 from the BP Corporation
  • The Challenger Learning Center received a donation of $2,500.00 from The Andersons, Inc. Charitable Foundation
  • The Adapted Aquatics Program received a grant of $2,000.00 from the Autism Speaks Organization
  • The Adapted Aquatics Program received a grant of $5,000.00 from the Great Lakes Collaborative for Autism

Upcoming Professional Development
Ohio Teacher Evaluation System (OTES)

Two OTES trainings are currently scheduled at the ESC of Lake Erie West, 2275 Collingwood, Toledo, OH 43620.     

  • May 18, 19, & 20, 2015
  • June 9, 10, & 11, 2015

Registration is available in STARS. When you log into STARS to register, you should search for the keyword OTES.

Questions about registration for the May session should be directed to North Central Ohio ESC.  


Questions about the June training should be directed to the ESC of Lake Erie West, 419-246-3079.   


Please note there is no charge for OTES training. Funding for the training is being provided by ODE. 

Upcoming Professional Development
Resident Educator Mentor Training

Resident Educator Mentor Training is being redesigned and will now be known as Instructional Mentoring - Academy Day 1 and Academy Day 2. Day 1 is a prerequisite for Day 2 .

A training is currently being scheduled for June 23 and June 24 at the ESC of Lake Erie West, 2275 Collingwood Blvd., Toledo, OH 43620. Registration is available in STARS.

Additional trainings will be scheduled starting in August.

The cost for mentor training is $85 per day or $170 for the two days of training.


When you log into STARS to register, you should search for the keywords of RE Mentor Academy 1 and RE Mentor Academy 2 or simply search for the keyword RE. PARTICIPANTS MUST REGISTER FOR EACH SESSION INDIVIDUALLY. Questions about registration may be directed to the ESC of Lake Erie West, 419-246-3079.    


The ESC of Lake Erie West e-Highlighter is currently shared with school administrators, key community stakeholders and ESC staff members. Other interested parties can subscribe to this newsletter by clicking here and completing the sign-up form. Subscribers will receive both the e-Highlighter and announcements of upcoming professional development opportunities. 


The mission of the ESC of Lake Erie West is to provide quality resources and services to meet the unique needs of our partners in the educational community
. Our goals are:
  1. LEADERSHIP - Develop and provide educational leadership and operational support services to our partners.
  2. QUALITY & ACCOUNTABILITY - Provide programs and services that meet the quality and accountability expectations of our partners.
  3. COLLABORATION - Develop and enhance collaborative relationships within our organization, with our regional and statewide partners, and with the community.
  4. RESOURCE MANAGEMENT - Efficiently and effectively manage all resources available to the organization; promote shared services on a regional and statewide basis.