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Spring for the STARS Vendor Craft Fair

The annual Spring for the STARS Vendor and Craft Fair will be held on Sat., March 9th from 10:00-4:00pm in the high school gyms. This event helps to support our elementary STARS program. There are many vendors who participate with great items at great prices, plus giveaways, prizes and more. We are accepting vendor contracts until February 22nd. Use this VENDOR CONTRACT to sign up. For more information, contact Nicole Oen at noen@elida.k12.oh.us 

Humane Society Donations

Elida Spirit is Generosity! The High School Good Vibes Club is accepting donations for the animals at the Humane Society. Donated items will be collected from staff and students until December 20th. Items can be dropped off in the Academic lobby Christmas tree and will earn a bone ornament to place on the tree.
A drawing will be held December 20 for gift cards. There are flyers posted in the high school hallways for a listing of needed items to donate. Thanks for your support of the Humane Society of Allen County.

Middle School Receives Award from O.D.E. doug

Middle School Principal Doug Drury and Asst. Principal Nick Morris attended The Ohio PBIS Showcase in Columbus on Nov. 29th& 30th to accept a Silver Recognition Award for 2018! The award is in recognition of the work that the staff and teachers have done in promoting PBIS. (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports.) They've implemented plans to encourage and support positive behavior in the school for five years and received a bronze award in 2016. 

26 Students Inducted into the National Honor Society nhs

Congratulations to the following students who were inducted into the National Honor Society last week. They have committed to continue the society pledge of "Scholarship, Service, Character and Leadership." Devin Baker, Drew Brockert, Alissa Cuffy, Codey Ewing, Hannah Fosnaugh, Lauren Griffin, Jaden Hillinger, Piper Long, Prachi Patel, Alana Shurelds, Jordan Speller, Alaina Thornton, Abigail White, Ethan Bowersock, Bailey Carder, Jordan Davis, Selena Flores, Jon Frueh, Alexis Hartzler, Riley James, Kylie Newland, Madison Ream, Garrett Simmons, Alyssa Stiles, Isabella Wallace and Molly Wright. 

Tip-Off Shirt Sales

T-shirts will be available in the athletic office 11:00-1:00 during ticket sales. All other t-shirts will be taken to the Fieldhouse to be picked up at the game. 

Alumni Athletes doing Great with ONU Polar Bears
Elida graduates Daniel Unruh and Austin Allemeier are doing great things with the ONU Polar Bears Basketball team! Freshman Daniel Unruh made the game winning 3-pointer at the buzzer to win the game on Wed.,Nov. 28th against Thomas More. Read more about the game here.  ONU Article Unruh's 3-pointer at buzzer 
Parent/Teacher Conferences

Conferences will be held in the HIGH SCHOOL on Wed., Dec. 5th from 4:00-8:00pm. Make appointments with your student's teachers by calling Carolyn Brenneman at 419-331-4115. 

Toys for Tots Collection toy

THANK YOU to everyone who donated to the National Honor Society Toys for Tots Campaign!

Great Gift: Insulated Tumbler tumbler

Yes 4 Elida is selling these great insulated tumblers. Show your Elida Pride! Only $20. Use this easy order form. Great gift idea in time for Christmas. 

FOOD DRIVE in Middle School

It's the season of giving! The Middle School Good Vibes Club is holding a Food Drive Nov. 12-16th. Non-perishable items can be brought to the middle school commons. Staff & students will have Spirit Week all week, too! Monday- USA -Red, White & Blue, Tues.- Elida spirit wear, Wed. Dress down, casual day, Thur.-Crazy shirt or socks, Fri.-Favorite team jersey. Thanks for your support. Elida Spirit is Generosity

Veterans Day Assembly


On Friday, Nov. 9th,  Elida Middle School will host a Veterans Day Recognition Ceremony from 8:00-9:00 am in the Middle School Gymnasium. Middle School students will invite any relative who served or is currently serving in the Armed Forces to attend and be recognized. Scheduled to speak at the ceremony is Major Tangela Robinson who is Contract Administrator at the General Dynamics Lima Tank Plant. The Elida Middle School band and choir will perform and a reception will be held following the ceremony in the Middle School Commons from 9:00-10:00 am.

Washington, DC Trip Payment

Attention 8th grade students going to Washington D.C.: All forms, school fees, and the $225 deposit are due by this Friday, November 2nd. No payments will be accepted after this date.

Used Office Furniture For Sale

A 5-Drawer Used Grey Metal Locking Filing Cabinet & Two 5-Ft. Shelving Units are available from the Central Office. Sold as is. First Come, First Serve. Call 419-331-4155 for more info.  Click the read more tab below for pictures. 

Quiz Bowl Smashin' it!


Congratulations to the 7th & 8th grade Quiz Bowl Team on their second night of match play! They had a record of five and one for the night as they defeated Bluffton 37-22, Wapak B 38-13, Allen East 27-21, Perry 35-15, and Delphos St. John’s  38-19.  Their only loss was against Shawnee 31-41.  Good  luck to the team for next Monday on their first round of tournament play!



As we continually look to see how we can make our school district a safer place for students to learn, we wanted to update you on a new initiative that will be in full gear beginning October 15th.

SchoolGate Guardian is a new visitor management system that will be used in our three school buildings. The use of a visitor management system aligns with the “Best Practices” for school security, and SchoolGate Guardian is currently in use in more than 1,000 school districts throughout the country.  

Schoolgate Guardian FAQ:  Click here 

This new visitor management system will require visitors to have their driver’s license or state ID scanned. Once the visitor’s ID is checked against the National Sex Offender database and a district database, visitors will a receive a visitor’s badge in order to enter the building from the school lobby. The system only scans the visitor’s name, date of birth, and photo for comparison purposes. The system does not save any other information. If the background check raises any red flags about the visitor, a school administrator will take the necessary steps to ensure the appropriateness of each visit. 


Football Friday Night Theme: USA

Show your Elida Pride: Wear Red, White & Blue tonight. Game time 7:00 pm vs. St. Marys. Parent's Night. 

Safety Training fire

As part of our staff professional development sessions on Monday, our food service department received safety training from American Township Fire Department. They were given hands on training on using a fire extinguisher. Another way that Elida Schools makes staff and student Safety a Number One Priority! Hear the story from Your Hometown Stations Here. Thank you to American Twp. Fire Department for your instruction. 

Donations accepted at Homecoming

Todd Elwer, Head of Maintenance at Elida was in a serious automobile accident on Saturday night.  The cheerleaders will be collecting monetary donations during half time at this Friday's homecoming game that will be given to his wife to help with transportation to Columbus as they have 4 young children at home and to help with hotel accommodations and meals. There will be buckets at the concession windows as well.  Please keep Todd and his entire family in your prayers.

September is Attendance Awareness Month

Build the Habit of Good Attendance Early! Starting as early as kindergarten, too many absences can cause children to fall behind in school. See the attached document with information on ways to improve elementary school attendance and what you can do at home.Succeed with Good Attendance

Annual Golf Scramble Postponed

Due to bad weather forecasted for the weekend with flooding conditions expected, we are postponing the Foundation Golf Scramble that was scheduled for this Sun., Sept. 9th until next Sunday, September16th. Same time and place.  

Class T-shirt Sales

Order forms for Class T-shirts for Girlyman/Powderpuff Tshirts will be passed out in Bulldog periods on Friday.  Extra forms will be available in each office.  All orders are due by Monday, September 10th.  You may turn the order in to Mr Kellermeyer or the Academic Office.

Sophomore Order Form  Junior   Senior 

Emerging Artists Exhibit in Columbus

We are proud to announce that three Elida High School students have artwork accepted into the annual Ohio Art Education Association (OAEA) “Emerging Artist” Exhibition. Sophomores Kylie Swallow and Sara Phipps and Junior Aubrey Vincent have artwork that will be part of this annual exhibit. The exhibit is at the State Teacher’s Retirement Systems (STRS) building, 275 East Broad Street, in Columbus from September 10th through October 20th. CONGRATULATIONS to these talented Elida student artists and to High School Art teacher Erin Johnson. 

Football Ticket Sales

Tickets will be on sale this Friday, Sept. 7th, at all buildings during lunch for the boys varsity football game  with Celina. Tickets are also sold at the First Federal Bank on Main St. during normal operating 
hours. Ticket prices are adults $6.00 and students $4.00. All tickets at the door are $7.00.

Voice/Text Alert System: UPDATES

Keeping you informed is a top priority at Elida Local School District. That’s why we have adopted the Bulldog Voice and Text alert systems. These systems allow us to send you voice and/or text messages providing important information about school events or emergencies. If you are already signed up YOU DO NOT HAVE TO RE-REGISTER THIS YEAR, all previous data will be used again this year. If you are new to the district, please use this attached link to register your contact information to receive voice and/or text alerts. Deadline: September 10th.  Voice/Text Registration Link. 

Elida Band's Mum Sale

Elida Local Band members are having their first annual Mum Sale! Get your 9" mum for just $7. Sale ends September 7th. Use the attached ORDER FORM. Call 567-825-2753 with questions. Thank you for your support!  

Homecoming T-Shirt Sales home

Show your Elida Pride with a 2018 Homecoming T-shirt!  Only $15. T-shirt will include the football players' signatures. Use this Order Form. Orders due by Sept. 13th. Return to Mrs. Worley High School Room 125, or to the HS Academic Office. 

Elementary Bonds

If you would like to invest in the Elida Elementary bond issue, please contact Joel Parker September 5, 2018. 419-331-4155 or joel@elida.k12.oh.us 

Price - $5,000 per bond

Interest- (tax exempt) - 2%-4% (pays twice a year)

Maturity dates- (1-30 years)

Football Ticket Sales

Tickets will be sold at all building sites at noon on Friday during lunch for the boys varsity 
football game. Tickets prices are adults $6.00 students $4.00. All tickets are $7.00 at the door. This Week: Home vs. Bath at 7:00 pm. 


Auditions for the High School Theater production of "You Can't Take It With You" will be held Tues-Thurs., Sept. 4-6th. See Mrs. Bargerstock for a packet. 

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Football Season Tickets

Football Season tickets will be available TONIGHT, Mon.Aug. 6th & Wed. Aug. 8th in the High School Activities Office: 5:00-6:30pm. Adult reserved is $35, senior citizen reserved is $30, student yearly sports passes is $50, and reserved parking pass is $20. You can also process your pay-to-play paperwork & payments, too! For more info. contact the Athletic Office 419.331.2580

Gomer Bricks Available

There is a small pile of bricks from the Gomer library at the end of the alley near the parking lot on the west side of the construction. There will be more on Monday and Tuesday (July 30 & 31) from the Old section of the school.

Blood Donor Day re

Elida FFA is sponsoring a Blood Donor Day on Wednesday, July 18 from Noon-6pm in the High School Gym. 

Student recognized in the Scholastic Arts Spotlight light2

We're so pleaseed that the recent Scholastic Arts Spotlight is on one of our 2018 graduates, Hailey Rode. Watch the story to learn more about her talents and why she was chosen. Congratulations, Hailey! Best of everything as you pursue the Arts at BGSU. HAILEY RODE

Central Office Summer Hours

The Elida Central Office is open 7:15-3:00 pm during the summer.


A professional photographer from Lifetouch took pictures at the high school commencement ceremony. Photos of each graduate receiving their diploma and other candid shots are available to be seen and purchased. Visit www.lifetouchevents.com Guest password is "ElidaBulldogs"  

Quentin Poling Press Conference quentin

Elida's Quentin Poling is settling in to Miami after being drafted by the Miami Dolphins. Check out his recent interview at a press conference. INTERVIEW

Senior Receives $4,000 Scholarship from Kiwanis Club cap

Congratulations to Senior McKayla Gilbert who was awarded a $4,000 scholarship by the Kiwanis Club of Lima! McKayla will study music at Heidelberg University. The check was presented by Music Chair Crystal Miller during the Kiwanis Club of Lima’s annual music awards luncheon at the  Lima Masonic Center. 




You can now purchase Elida Spirit Wear here on the Elida School Website! Check out the link under Quick Links on the main website page: Elida Spirit Den. Here you can find Elida logo wear and we will have links to any fundraising projects and spirit packs for any of our clubs. You can also choose to have items delivered to the Athletic Office at no charge. Making it easy for you to show your Elida Pride! 

Relay For Life relay

 The Annual Relay for Life is Sat.May 12  9am-9pm at the track stadium. The Student Activities Committee has lots of activities planned: Corn Hole, Flag Football, Walk-a-thon, bucket toss, food boothes and raffles, too! All proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society. 

Senior Slideshow

ATTENTION SENIORS & SENIOR PARENTS:It is time to start submitting images for the Senior Slideshow to be displayed during the graduation ceremony.  Each graduating senior is asked to submit a baby picture, a picture from middle school, and a senior picture to the Reflector yearbook staff for this presentation. 

New Elementary Building Q&A

Here are some of the commonly asked questions regarding the Proposed New Elementary Building. 

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Elida School Violence Threat
1.16.18 Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Three Elida Graduates will be recognized and inducted into the Elida Athletic Hall of Fame this Sat., Jan. 20th. 1962 graduate Mr. Del Shinn, 1976 graduate Mr. Jeff Brown and 1995 graduate Ms. Mianda Watts will be honored. Tickets are available until Wednesday for $20. Contact the Athletic Office 419-331-2580. 

1.2.2018 SOCIAL MEDIA & TEENS start talking

The Start-Talking Initiative by the State of Ohio has published an article detailing recent findings about teens & social media use. Read more about links between social media use & depression & suicide. SOCIAL MEDIA ARTICLE. Keeping parents informed to keep our students safe and healthy! 


If you or any one you know may need help coping during a stressful or emotional situation, the State of Ohio has implemented the Crisis Text Line. Just Text: 4hope to 741741  Free & Confidential. crisis



Bulldog Text & Voice Alerts

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Bulldog Voice and Text Alert Notification System: Keeping you informed is a top priority at Elida Local Schools and why we've adopted the Bulldog Voice and Text alert system to send messages providing important information about school events or emergencies. YOU MUST RE-REGISTER FOR VOICE ALERTS for this school year in order to keep your contact info. current.

High School Teacher Receives Recognition as District 1 Teacher of the Year

We are starting this school year with very special recognition for our high school Computer Science Teacher, Mr. Mark Suter. Mark has been named the District 1 Teacher of the Year by the Ohio State Board of Education. (District 1 encompasses 22 counties in Northwest Ohio.) He received a commendation from the State of Ohio. We also welcomed Representative Bob Cupp who attended our staff meeting today to personally congratulate Mark on this accomplishment. Mark is now one of just five teachers to be considered for Ohio's Teacher of the Year. We are proud to have Mark Suter on our staff, leading and teaching our students. He helps to make Elida Schools great...Educating for Tomorrow!

Substitute Teaching

Did you know that if you have a bachelors degree that you can qualify to be a substitute teacher?  Being a substitute teacher pays $95 per day.  For more information call the Central Office at 419-331-4155

Safer Schools Ohio

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Elida student safety is a top priority!

Call 1-844-SaferOH 

to anonymously report student safety threats to school officials and law enforcement. 

Reflector Yearbook on Sale Now

2019 Reflector yearbooks are on sale! You can use this LINK to order.  The Reflector also has 12 extra copies of the 2018 yearbook for sale in Mrs. Glenn's room (#133).  Books can be purchased for $75. Checks should be made payable to Elida High School with Reflector in the memo. 

High School Choir Fall Concert

The Elida High School Women’s and Men’s Chorus and Chamber Choir will perform their Fall Concert on Monday, October 15th at 7:30 pm in the Elida High School Auditorium. This is a FREE concert and open to the public.

COSI to present: "Exploring Ecology" cosi

Elida 5th & 6th grade students will have an opportunity to explore the outdoors without leaving school when COSI (Center of Science and Industry) brings its traveling science program “Exploring Ecology” to Elida Middle School on Friday, Oct. 19, from 8:30-1:30 pm. This innovative, interactive program brings the science of prairies, forests, rivers, and wetlands to the school. Students will investigate animal adaptations, life cycles, and learn how parts of an ecosystem are connected.We're looking forward to this fun program of learning! 

1.14.2018 Alumnus to Play in Collegiate Bowl

Elida graduate and Ohio University Linebacker Quentin Poling has been chosen to play in the 2018 Collegiate Bowl on January 20 in Rose Bowl Stadium.The Collegiate Bowl gives prospective players the best opportunity to showcase their talents to potential employers and fans. Nearly 200 scouts, player personnel staff, general managers and head coaches from all 32 NFL teams are expected be in attendance. More in this article from the Ohio University website. Congratulations, Quentin! 

Tip-Off Classic T-shirts

We're excited for Bulldog basketball season and the Tip-Off Classic on November 30th. Juniors Abrianna Zimmerman and Sam Young designed this year's Mercy Health Tip-Off Classic T-shirt which is on sale until Nov. 26th. Show your Elida pride and help support the Junior class!  Use this ORDER FORM. Also available in each building. Thank You! 

Marching Band Concert

Join the Elida High School Marching Band for their end of the season FREE concert Monday, October 29th  @ 7:00 in the Elida High School Auditorium. This concert will feature all the great music from throughout the season. You’ll get to listen to and enjoy the pregame music, the exciting halftime shows including music from “Script Elida,” plus a few more favorites. 

Back to School

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL Tues., August 28, 2018

2.8.18 Wellness Committee Meeting

The Wellness Committee will be scheduling a meeting in early April. Any parents/community members interested in having input on the school's Wellness Policy (#8510) should contact Superintendent Joel Mengerink at jmengerink@elida.k12.oh.us or call the Central Office at 419-331-4155 to join the committee. 

1.22.18 Winter Informal

The Winter Informal, previously known as Sadies, will take place this Friday, Jan. 26 after the boys' basketball game (830-11pm) in the Commons. The dance is open to all Elida High School students. Tickets are $5.....

Consolidated Continuous Improvement Plan

The Elida Local School District receives funds through the Ohio Department of Education via the Consolidated Continuous Improvement Plan (CCIP). Monies received through IDEA-B are used to provide Special Education Services for students with identified disabilities. Title I funds are used to provide reading and early literacy interventions to qualified students. Title IIA funds are used for targeted professional development, which must align with the goals outlined in the CCIP.Public input regarding the use of these funds for the upcoming school year is welcome. Public input can be given Wednesday morning, June 21st, from 8:00am-8:30am in the central office located at 4380 Sunnydale Ave., Elida , Ohio 45807.

Interviews for "You Can't Take it With You"

Watch this brief video to hear from some of the cast of "You Can't Take it With You" and hear from Theater Director Rhonda Bargerstock and see photos of the cast. Tickets still available for this weekend's performances in the HS Activities office or at the door. Fri & Sat. Nov. 16 & 17th at 7:30pm Sun., Nov. 18th at 4:00 pm. 


Capture the memories for your middle school student. Yearbooks are now on sale in the middle school for just $18. Deadline to order is October 11th. Order forms will be sent home with the students and also available in the middle school office.You can order on-line at ybpay.lifetouch.com. Call 419-331-2505 for more info.

School Supply Lists
2.1.18 Reflector Yearbook

The 2018 edition of the Reflector Yearbook is on sale in Mrs. Glenn's room for $75.00 through the end of April. Checks should be made to Elida High School with "Reflector" in the memo. Down-payments of $25 will reserve a book, although all books must be paid in full by May 23rd.  Please bring orders in an envelope marked with the student's name and the name of their Bulldog teacher. 

Project Connect: Survey for Grandmothers Raising Teens

Kent State & Arizona State Universities are conducting a nationwide survey for grandmothers raising teens. Participants can receive a tablet computer and more. More details on this survey on this document:. PROJECT CONNECT SURVEY

Bus Drivers Needed bus

Have you ever wanted to be a bus driver? Want to learn more? We have need for substitute bus drivers in the Elida District. Contact the Transportation Dept. 419-331-4135 for more information or e-mail Gregg Roth groth@elida.k12.oh.us

1.5.2018 High School Exam Schedule

High School Exams are scheduled for Jan. 11 & 12 with an Open Campus Schedule. In the event of weather cancellations, the exams for that day will be re-scheduled for the next day school is in session. See this Document for more detail. 

Blood Donor Day

Elida FFA students are sponsoring a blood donor day with the American Red Cross on Monday, November 19th in the Elida High School Auxiliary Gym from 8:00am-2:00pm. Walk-ins are welcome.

Scholarship Information

It's an important time for our Seniors who are considering attending college after high school. We have information about various scholarships available under the Scholarships link on the high school webpage. 

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To report an absence in the high school         CALL: 419-331-6116.

Nominations for Distinguished Alumni

Each year, we accept nominations of individuals to be recognized as the Distinguished Alumni of the Year. Any alumnus of Elida or Gomer High School. Nominations due by December 15th. NOMINATION FORM


   Congratulations to the District Champions, the Elida Boys Basketball Team. On to Regional Semi-Final! Elida will play at The University of Toledo at Savage Arena this  Thursday, March 16th at 8:00 pm. Tickets are on sale now in the Athletic Office. They will be on sale Monday-Wednesday from 7:30 am-4:00 pm and on Wednesday night from 6-7:30 pm. On Thursday, tickets will be sold from 7:30 am-1:00 pm.  Thursday night will not be a split session.  All pre-sale tickets are $7 and all tickets at the door are $8.

Spanish Club Coffee & Tea Fundraiser


Delicious coffees and teas...yum! Make a purchase for yourself or as a gift in time for Christmas and you can help students travelling to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. The sale begins Friday, November 2nd. Let your friends and family know that they can purchase their next coffee or tea from the Elida Spanish Club. Use this easy ORDER FORM   Thank you from the Elida Spanish Club.

Order Form sale (in-person) fundraiser start date: 11/2/2018

Order with money due by: 11/16/2018

Product Delivery Date: 12/14/2018.


Assessment Schedule for 2018-19 test

Looking ahead to the school year, here are the dates for testing periods in all grade levels. ASSESSMENT SCHEDULE for the 2018-19 School Year

$50,000 Donated for New Press Box

Del Shinn donated $50,000 to Elida Local Schools for a new pressbox at the Roger Kraft Memorial Stadium.