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FFA Students Compete in Public Speaking Contest both

Congratulations to Elida FFA members John Foust and Silvia Morales for their gold ratings in the FFA Creed Public Speaking Contest. Silvia placed 3rd and John placed 2nd in the sub-district contest. John will advance to the District Contest on February 20th. Great job, John & Silvia!

Student Recites Pledge over Morning Announcements

We are proud of  2nd grade student Isaac Agozzino for leading the school in the Pledge of Allegiance on Wednesday! Isaac wanted to dress as a President and lead the Pledge that morning. Mr. Clark was willing to relinquish duty for the day! Great job, Isaac! 

Parent/Teacher Conferences Tues., Feb. 12th

Elementary School Conferences will be held this coming Tuesday night, Feb. 12th, 4:30-8:30 pm.

Middle School Conferences will be held on Tuesday 4:00-7:30pm.

It's a great time to meet with your child's teachers to discuss their lessons and performance and to ask any questions, too. The teachers look forward to seeing you

Spring Musical "Newsies" Opens March 14th new

Elida Theater is thrilled to present the Disney Broadway musical "Newsies" next month. Opening Night is Thurs., March 14th at 7:30 pm. Showtimes continue on Friday, March 15th & Saturday, March 16th at 7:30 pm and Sunday, March 17th at 4:00 pm. Tickets on sale in the HS Activities office beginning Thurs., Feb. 14th. $12 Premiere Seating, $10 Adults, $6 Students. Elida Theater's reputation of excellence continues with another terrific performance with great music, song and dance! DON'T MISS IT!   


Chipotle...yes please! Come support Elida HS Theater and the upcoming musical "Newsies" by dining 4-8 pm on Feb. 26th. Take this FLYER or show it on your phone. 

Cheer Camp Forms-Due 2.4.19

Cheer Camp forms can be turned in on Mon., February 4th to the HS Activities Office. 

Extreme Cold Closes School therm

Due to extreme cold, all classes and all activities will be canceled for Wednesday Jan. 30th.

Interview with Elida Volunteer Dads

We have a great group of dads who volunteer a tremendous amount of their time to help behind the scenes of Elida theater productions including this spring's upcoming "Newsies. Hear from them in this brief video. Thank you to them, and ALL of our amazing volunteers! 


ACT Test Prep Workshop tahe

For current Elida juniors who will be taking the ACT test at EHS on March 12th: An ACT Prep Course will be held at the High School on Feb. 16th (10-4:00) and 17th (1-4:00). The course is instructed by "take ACTion" at a cost of $125. Go to takeactiontestprep.com for more information and to register or see your counselor for an informational sheet. Seating is limited and the class will close once seats are filled.

Middle School Spelling Bee spell

The middle school Spelling Bee was held on Wed., Jan. 23rd and congratulations to Mya Risner (8th gr.) champion (on the right) and Melody Gallaspie (6th gr)runner up. Mya will now will move on to represent Elida Middle School at the county bee on Feb. 23rd at the OSU Lima branch.

2019-20 Kindergarten Registration

If your child will be 5 years old on or before August 1, 2019 they can attend kindergarten at Elida Elementary. Register in the office Mon.-Fri. 8:00-4:00 pm. Bring Birth Certificate, SS Card, Immunization Record, Custody Order (if applicable) Parent/Guardian Photo ID, Proof of Residence (deed, lease as well as current utility bill, less than 30 days old)For more info. call 419-331-7901. Screenings will be held Fri., May 24th & Tues. May 28th. REGISTRATION PACKET.  

Guiding Good Choices Program

The Partnership for Violence Free Families (PVFF) is offering a parenting class called "Guiding Good Choices." This program encourages, reinforces and teaches skills to parents that can help children make healthy choices. This program is for caregivers of children ages 9-14 and there is a $50 incentive for completion of the program. More details in this flyer. For more information contact Joann at 419.549.8530 ext. 11 or jrosengarten@pvff.org.

Intro to Piano Theory Class exams piano

Exam time in the high school and this morning the Intro to Piano/Theory class performed their exam pieces. While 60 students signed up for this new class, 17 students are enrolled. Here are six of the students performing, and we are very proud. Thank you, Mrs. Bargerstock! #elidapride YOUTUBE VIDEO. 

Georgraphy Bee Winners

Congratulations to the Middle School Geography Bee winners. 3rd Place: 7th grade student Logan Tolliver, 2nd Place: 6th grade student Alysabeth Yagerman and 1st Place: 7th grade student Maddox Bell. 

Therapy Dog visit

Hear from Rick Skilliter with Partnership for Violence Free Families (PVFF) and learn more about Moses the Therapy Dog in this brief video.  

Social Media: Addiction & Detox clip

Social media is a great tool for communication. However, a recent study shows that too much use is linked to depression. The average person spends two-hours every day on social media and TEENS are spending up to NINE HOURS each day on social platforms.
A recent study by the University of Pennsylvania measured the effects of social media use on mental health, and the impact on feelings of loneliness, anxiety, depression and self-esteem. 

Annual Pass, Dribble & Shoot Contest

The Shawnee Optimist Club is sponsoring their annual Pass, Dribble, and Shoot Contest on Sunday, January 20th, at 1:30 PM.  The event is in the Shawnee High School Lappin Gymnasium, doors open at 12:45 with easy registration for boys and girls ages 8 to 13. Shawnee Boys and Girls Basketball teams will be assisting with the event.  This contest is the only one of it’s kind in a tri-county area, and Elida student athletes are welcome to participate and compete. Each participant receives a free t-shirt!

Middle School Staff can DANCE!

Staff in the Middle School gave a special farewell to the students today before heading off for Christmas Break. Who knew they had these talents? The students LOVED it as you can tell! They performed the dance four times for each of the lunch periods. This clip features many of our fifth grade teachers, staff, Social Worker Charissa Langstaff, and Principal Drury on the bells.  


Free Tennis Program for Middle School students

Westwood Tennis & Fitness Center will be hosting a free tennis program for middle school students age 12-14, every Sunday, January 13-March 3. Stop by the middle school office for more information. 

Elementary Receives Momentum Award

The State Board of Education of Ohio has recognized 70 districts and 226 school buildings with the Momentum Award for exceeding expectations in student growth for the year. Schools must earn straight A’s on all Value-Added measures on the report card. The school or district must have at least two Value-Added subgroups of students, which includes gifted, lowest 20 percent in achievement and students with disabilities. CONGRATULATIONS to the Elementary Teachers, Staff & Students for this great achievement!

Dime Wars in the Elementary

Grades K-4 at Elida Elementary “battled” over which grade level could raise the most money through Dime Wars.  The totals are in and the entire student population raised almost $1,200 to be donated to Elida families in need for Christmas and a local organization that blesses Elida Elementary year after year.  We are so proud of our student’s heart and willingness to give for the sake of others. The BULLDOG PRIDE is STRONG at ELIDA ELEMENTARY!


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. 

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. 

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 
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. 

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. 



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. 


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. 

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.  

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. 

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. 

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)

Dawg Bytes Newsletter
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

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! 

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! 

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. 

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.


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. 

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.

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.