February 24th, 2017

Good Morning Talawanda, it is Friday February 24th, 2017.

Attention students and staff: Check your email for a quick 2 question survey sent from Mr. Hunsche and Mrs. Raynold. There will be a display shown in the rotunda to represent the diversity at Talawanda High School. If you have any questions, talk to Mr. Hunsche, Mrs. Raynold or Amanda Goll. We appreciate all of the responses already turned in. 

Brookville Lake State Park is conducting a job fair for their seasonal positions. Interviews will be conducted at the job fair, and job seekers who pre-register online will be given an interview priority. The job fair is March 19th at the Brookville State Park Lake Office. 9

Many FFA members talk about CDE’s in FFA. so what are CDE’s? CDE stands for Career Development Events. Throughout the year our members spend hundreds of hours preparing and competing in a variety of CDE’s such as soils, Landscape, Livestock, Public Speaking and Veterinary Science. The Blue and Gold banners in the 600 hallway are from when we have placed as a top 1st through 5th place team in the state. We have many successful CDE teams and we appreciate the support from the THS and Butler Tech staff allowing us to compete and represent our school.

As part of YIT’s goal to increase student knowledge of dangerous life choices and to make Talawanda a better place.  We will be reading a new fact every day to help educate the student body. Today’s fact is: Drug abuse may trigger mental disorders such as anxiety, depression and schizophrenia. You make better choices with the help of YIT and THS Daily News.

Help Talawanda Middle School raise funds for student field trips! Donate your new or gently used shoes.  Shoes can be donated in the box in the main office.  Thank you!

During the month of February, Voila will be collecting toothbrushes and toothpaste!  Any sizes!  We will donate these to the Meal Center for the Homeless in Hamilton.  Please drop donations into the blue bin outside of room 118. Thank you!

Birthdays for today: Collin Lemieux turning 15, Krysten Frazier, Liz Miller and Caleb Morgan all turning 18, on Saturday it is Andrew Reiff turning 16 and Annika Balish turning 18, and finally on Sunday it will be Rachel Merkel and John Cooper turning 15 and Cassandra Vandale turning 17

Have a day Talawanda!

February 23rd, 2017

Good Morning Talawanda, it is Thursday February 23rd, 2017. Yesterday, our school community experienced it’s third bomb threat this year. Today in a Brave TV special report, I talk about how bomb threats pose a major monetary cost to the school, how so many of these devalue the seriousness of the situation, and why making a bomb threat can literally ruin your life.

Now I’m told the suspect in yesterdays threat is still in custody of police today, he could be facing adult charges for a second degree felony of 3-8 years in prison. This has been a Brave TV special report.

This year the Talawanda FFA Chapter celebrates 60 years of FFA in our community. We are excited to continue our traditions for another 60+ years. Our FFA members come from a variety of sports, band, chorus, FCCLA, National Honor Society, Photography Club, and many more groups around the school. We are preparing our students for premier leadership, personal growth & career success. Would you be interested in joining us? See any FFA member or one of our chapter advisors.

As part of YIT’s goal to increase student knowledge of dangerous life choices and to make Talawanda a better place.  We will be reading a new fact every day to help educate the student body. Today’s fact is: Some energy drinks contain the natural plant kratom, a natural painkiller, that mimics a heroin high and can cause a relapse or can cause someone to crave that high .You make better choices with the help of YIT and THS Daily News.

Freshmen: Just a reminder to ask friends, relatives, or teachers to buy candles for our fundraiser. The first ten people to turn in their seller packets will receive candy and all sellers will be in the running for our gift card raffles. Turn in your packets to room 316. Thanks for your efforts.

Help Talawanda Middle School raise funds for student field trips! Donate your new or gently used shoes.  Shoes can be donated in the box in the main office.  Thank you!

During the month of February, Voila will be collecting toothbrushes and toothpaste!  Any sizes!  We will donate these to the Meal Center for the Homeless in Hamilton.  Please drop donations into the blue bin outside of room 118. Thank you!

The spring social is coming to Talawanda on March 3. All Buddy dance committee members, please plan to attend a quick meeting TODAY. This will be one of our last meeting and we have lots of important things to sign up for to make sure our dance as successful as last year!

Birthdays for today: Hokulani Tayaba turning 15, Olivia Baker and Tristan Fontaine both turning 16, Paige Zell turning 17

Have a day Talawanda!

February 22nd, 2017

Good Morning Talawanda, it is Wednesday February 22nd, 2017

There are 649,355 FFA members in the U.S. 74% of the FFA members are high school students and the other 26% comes from college and middle school students. This year we started a “Little Aggies” program at the middle school to reach out to those students at TMS that are interested in agriculture. We don’t have a middle school FFA chapter but we hope to one day!

As part of YIT’s goal to increase student knowledge of dangerous life choices and to make Talawanda a better place.  We will be reading a new fact every day to help educate the student body. Today’s fact is: The U.S. only accounts for approximately 5% of the world’s population but we use 81% of the world’s supply of oxycodone. You make better choices with the help of YIT and THS Daily News.

Freshmen: Just a reminder to ask friends, relatives, or teachers to buy candles for our fundraiser. The first ten people to turn in their seller packets will receive candy and all sellers will be in the running for our gift card raffles. Turn in your packets to room 316. Thanks for your efforts.

FCA, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, will be meeting after school today, in Mrs. Schick’s, room 220. Magnolia Sorenson will be sharing with us today, bring a friend and hope to see you there!

During the month of February, Voila will be collecting toothbrushes and toothpaste!  Any sizes!  We will donate these to the Meal Center for the Homeless in Hamilton.  Please drop donations into the blue bin outside of room 118. Thank you!

The spring social is coming to Talawanda on March 3. All Buddy dance committee members, please plan to attend a quick meeting on Thursday, 2/23. This will be one of our last meeting and we have lots of important things to sign up for to make sure our dance is as successful as last year!

Attention National Honor Society members:  We will meet on TODAY after school in the room above the Media Center to plan our charity volleyball tournament.  Please see Ms. Alfonsi if you have a conflict.

Birthdays for today: John Stevens turning 15, Cynthia Sheard turning 17 and Kylie Pursifull turning 18

Have a day Talawanda!

February 21st, 2017

Good Morning Talawanda, it is Tuesday February 21st 2017

This week is National FFA Week. Each day we will share with you some information regarding the FFA. As always if you have any questions about the FFA please see a chapter member or one of the FFA Advisors, Mr. Derringer or Mrs. Roberts! Did you know that the Ohio FFA Association is the fifth largest FFA membership state with 25,806 members? The Talawanda/ Butler Tech FFA Chapter 200+ FFA members per year and is nationally known FFA Chapter. WE would love to have you as part of our chapter. See Mr. Derring or Mrs. Roberts with any questions about the Ag Department. 

As part of YIT’s goal to increase student knowledge of dangerous life choices and to make Talawanda a better place.  We will be reading a new fact every day to help educate the student body. Today’s fact is if you abuse painkillers you are 40% more likely to use heroin. You make better choices with the help of YIT and THS Daily News.

Freshmen: Just a reminder to ask friends, relatives, or teachers to buy candles for our fundraiser. The first ten people to turn in their seller packets will receive candy and all sellers will be in the running for our gift card raffles. Turn in your packets to room 316. Thanks for your efforts.

Attention all Photography club members, the meeting for today is cancelled

During the month of February, Voila will be collecting toothbrushes and toothpaste!  Any sizes!  We will donate these to the Meal Center for the Homeless in Hamilton.  Please drop donations into the blue bin outside of room 118. Thank you!

Attention Model United Nations …. This is a reminder that there will be practice for Model United Nations today after school from 2:45 until 4pm in Mr. Caudill’s room.  Please bring your chrome book.

The Talawanda High School Swim and Dive team will be represented at the Ohio State Division 2 meet this week. The Braves have five student athletes that qualified for the OHSAA meet. Sophomore Sean Mondello qualified for the State Diving Meet by posting a score of 378.35 in the Southwest District meet at Miami University last Monday. This will be the 2nd trip for Mondello to the State Meet. The Ohio Division 2 Diving meet will be held on Wednesday, February 22nd at 2pm in Canton, Ohio. Good Luck Sean!

The Talawanda Boys Swim team will have four qualifiers heading to Canton this week to compete in the OHSSA Swim Championship, Adam Mandrell, Dylan Brading, Noah Curry and John Anzano will be competing in two relay events. The team qualified for the Boys 200 Freestyle Relay, and the Boys 200 Medley Relay on Friday at the Southwest District meet held at Miami University. Mandrell also qualified in ana individual race in the Boys 100 Butterfly. This will be Adam’s 4th year qualifying for the state meet. The Boys Division 2 Swim Prelims will be held Thursday, February 23rd at 5pm in Canton, Ohio. Good luck to Adam, Dylan, Noah and John!

The spring social is coming to Talawanda on March 3. All Buddy dance committee members, please plan to attend a quick meeting on Thursday, 2/23. This will be one of our last meeting and we have lots of important things to sign up for to make sure our dance is as successful as last year!

Attention National Honor Society members:  We will meet on TOMORROW after school in the room above the Media Center to plan our charity volleyball tournament.  Please see Ms. Alfonsi if you have a conflict.

Birthdays for today: John Jacobson-Whinery turning 15, Ryan Henes turning 16

The Lady Braves basketball team finished their season last Wednesday, suffering a defeat in the sectional game to sixth-seeded Ursuline Academy by a score of 62 to 46.  The Braves shot 45% from beyond the arc, hitting 11 three-pointers.  Leading the way was senior Emma Wright with 20 points , including 5 three-pointers.  Junior Addie Brown and senior Hannah Hurst each scored 11 points, with 3 three-pointers each.  Senior Katlynn Woodruff chipped in 4 points while collecting 8 rebounds.  The Braves completed the season with an overall record of 16 and 7 and finished in second place in the SWOC with a conference record of 10 and 2.  The Braves would like to thank the students and faculty for their support throughout the season.

Have a day Talawanda!

February 16th, 2017

Good Morning Talawanda, it is Thursday February 16th 2017

As part of YIT’s goal to increase student knowledge of dangerous life choices and to make Talawanda a better place.  We will be reading a new fact every day to help educate the student body. Today’s fact is if you smoke marijuana a lot in your teens you can lose approximately 8 IQ points that you will never get back. You make better choices with the help of YIT and THS Daily News.

Freshmen: Just a reminder to ask friends, relatives, or teachers to buy candles for our fundraiser. The first ten people to turn in their seller packets will receive candy and all sellers will be in the running for our gift card raffles. Turn in your packets to room 316. Thanks for your efforts.

During the month of February, Voila will be collecting toothbrushes and toothpaste!  Any sizes!  We will donate these to the Meal Center for the Homeless in Hamilton.  Please drop donations into the blue bin outside of room 118. Thank you!

The spring social is coming to Talawanda on March 3. All Buddy dance committee members, please plan to attend a quick meeting on Thursday, 2/23. This will be one of our last meeting and we have lots of important things to sign up for to make sure our dance is as successful as last year!

Attention National Honor Society members:  We will meet on Tuesday, February 21 after school in the room above the Media Center to plan our charity volleyball tournament.  Please see Ms. Alfonsi if you have a conflict.

Congratulations to the Talawanda FFA Public Speaking and Ag Sales teams! Last night at the district 9 contests they represented Talawanda very well! Emily Mullen placed first with her Advanced Prepared Speech on Somatic Cells in the Dairy Industry, Eliza Jones placed first with the reciting of the FFA Creed, Sarah Allen placed second with her Extemporaneous speech on raising bees in the city and Macie Coleman placed fifth with her beginning prepared speech on the importance of the poultry industry. The Ag Sales team of Jacob Schlichter, Aubrey Evans, Justin Beckner and Grace Suit excelled to a fourth place finish. Congrats to Jacob Schlichter for being the 4th place high individual in this contest! Good luck today to the FFA team of Josh Tussey and Alex Herrmann as they compete in the district 9 trouble shooting contest in wilmington!

Today is FCCLA gear day! We hope you wore your favorite FCCLA gear. On behalf of the Talawanda/ Butler Tech FCCLA Chapter has done over 150 service hours so far this year! FCCLA is the only Student Led Organization that the main focus is family. Our mission is towards new horizons. Once again thank you for all who participated this week for the National FCCLA Week! And finally we would like to thank our advisor, Mrs. Gregory, for all the of the hard work she puts in to help give us a better and brighter future! o

No home games for today but tomorrow will be the Boys Varsity Basketball taking on Ross for their senior night, JV plays at 6 and Varsity starts at 7:30

Birthdays for today: Andrea Hall, Madison Fantelli, and Britney McIntosh all turning 15, Jen Balucan turning 16, Alex and Alesha Bowie both turning 18

Anyone interested in trying out for softball, tryouts will be February 20th-22nd from 2:45-5:00. Even if you missed conditioning, you are welcome to try out!! Any questions, see Coach Guenther.

Looking for something to do over your four day weekend? Come support your Braves Swim Teams as they complete in the SWOC Championship this weekend. There are several Talawanda swimmers hoping to qualify to the state championships at this meet. The boys team will be swimming tomorrow at 5:45pm at the Miami Rec Center and the girls team will be swimming Saturday morning at 10:45. Admission is $6 for each meet.

Do you want to come watch the swim teams this weekend, but you don’t want to pay to get in? Then come see Mr. Pasquale in Room 418 about potentially volunteering to work at the meets this weekend. There are several jobs that need to be filled and if you volunteer to work at the meet you get in for free! Plus you can even count the hours that you work towards service hours for NHS, Key Club, YIT or any other volunteer group that you are apart of.

Baseball try-outs will start on Monday. Juniors and Seniors at 5 and Freshmen and Sophomores at 7. Meet in the gym and be dressed ready to go outside. Any questions, stop in the athletic office.

Have a day Talawanda!

February 15th, 2017

Good Morning Talawanda, its Wednesday February 15th 2017

As part of YIT’s goal to increase student knowledge of dangerous life choices and to make Talawanda a better place.  We will be reading a new fact every day to help educate the student body.  Today’s fact is Effects of Oxycodone use are nausea, vomiting, dizziness, drowsiness and itching.  You make better choices with the help of YIT and THS Daily News.

During the month of February, Voila will be collecting toothbrushes and toothpaste!  Any sizes!  We will donate these to the Meal Center for the Homeless in Hamilton.  Please drop donations into the blue bin outside of room 118. Thank you!

Attention National Honor Society members:  We will meet on Tuesday, February 21 after school in the room above the Media Center to plan our charity volleyball tournament.  Please see Ms. Alfonsi if you have a conflict.

Attention: Any student who is planning to play in the YIT Dodgeball Tournament tonight MUST bring with them a signed waiver from a parent or guardian.  The tournament starts promptly at 7:00 p.m.  All team members should report no later than 6:45 p.m. to the THS Gym.  All THS students are welcome to come watch!

Today is staff appreciation day. Make sure to thank your wonderful staff members for all that they do here for Talawanda. Our mission in FCCLA is to promote personal growth and leadership development through Family and Consumer Sciences education. Focusing on the multiple roles of family member, wage earner, and community leader, members develop skills for life through: character development, create and critical thinking, interpersonal communication, practical knowledge and career preparation. Tomorrow is FCCLA gear day. Make sure you wear your favorite FCCLA hoodie or T-shirt!

Anyone interested in trying out for softball, tryouts will be February 20th-22nd from 2:45-5:00. Even if you missed conditioning, you are welcome to try out!! Any questions, see Coach Guenther.

Have a day Talawanda!

February 14th, 2017

Good Morning Talawanda, its Tuesday February 14th 2017

As part of YIT’s goal to increase student knowledge of dangerous life choices and to make Talawanda a better place.  We will be reading a new fact every day to help educate the student body.  Today’s fact is MDMA or Ectasy can increase heart rate, body temperature, and blood pressure, it can stress the walls of the heart and it may also be toxic to nerve cells.  You make better choices with the help of YIT and THS Daily News.

During the month of February, Voila will be collecting toothbrushes and toothpaste!  Any sizes!  We will donate these to the Meal Center for the Homeless in Hamilton.  Please drop donations into the blue bin outside of room 118. Thank you!

Attention National Honor Society members:  We will meet on Tuesday, February 21 after school in the room above the Media Center to plan our charity volleyball tournament.  Please see Ms. Alfonsi if you have a conflict.

Attention Model United Nations participants. There will be practice today after school in Mr. Caudill’s room from 2:45 until 4pm.  Please make sure you attend.  Committees will be assigned.

Happy Valentines Day! This week is national FCCLA week! Today is Red and White day! Red and White are the national colors for FCCLA. Red stands for strength and White stands for sincerity of purpose. Tomorrow is staff appreciation day so say thank you to the wonderful staff at Talawanda. Staff members, How would you like an amazing lunch tomorrow? Don’t forget their is a staff luncheon in room 611.

Photography Club will meet today in Mr. Aerni’s room 320, be sure to attend!

Any student who wishes to play in the YIT Dodgeball Tournament on Wednesday MUST have their team roster turned in no later than the end of the school day TODAY, Tuesday.  Waivers must be turned in prior to playing in the tournament.  Please pick up rosters and waivers in the Main Office.

Model United Nations Members: The first instructional meeting for the Miami University Conference will be TODAY after school from 2:45-4:00.  Come prepared to meet your committee members and discuss the finer points of writing a resolution and politicking on the delegation floor.  Stop by and see Mr. Maynard or Mr. Caudill with any questions you may have.  See you Tuesday!

Anyone interested in trying out for softball, tryouts will be February 20th-22nd from 2:45-5:00. Even if you missed conditioning, you are welcome to try out!! Any questions, see Coach Guenther.

Congratulations to Sean Mondello for qualifying to the state diving championships to be held next Wednesday in Canton, OH. Sean qualified by placing 5th at the district diving meet last night. This is Sean’s second year in a row that he has qualified to the state meet.

Have a Tantalizing Tuesday Talawanda!

February 13th, 2017

Good Morning Talawanda, its Monday February 13th 2017

Gasser Nation is having a Shirt design contest!  If you have any ideas, please contact Jake Schulte.  The designs will be voted on and the winner will be given a free T-Shirt during the spring sale!

During the month of February, Voila will be collecting toothbrushes and toothpaste!  Any sizes!  We will donate these to the Meal Center for the Homeless in Hamilton.  Please drop donations into the blue bin outside of room 118. Thank you!

Congratulations to the Mock Trial team who made it to state! Senior Dakota Bailey-Van Kuren won Outstanding Attorney, Senior Kendall Cramer won Outstanding Witness, and junior Amily Zhou-Wang won Outstanding Witness at Friday’s regional competition.  In addition, junior Hannah Carlson, senior Lily Chenault-Clark, and senior Kaitlyn King had great performances.  Talawanda beat teams from Springfield and St. X to earn their spot in the top 10% of the state. 

Model United Nations Members: The first instructional meeting for the Miami University Conference will be Tuesday after school from 2:45-4:00.  Come prepared to meet your committee members and discuss the finer points of writing a resolution and politicking on the delegation floor.  Stop by and see Mr. Maynard or Mr. Caudill with any questions you may have.  See you Tuesday!

Anyone interested in trying out for softball, tryouts will be February 20th-22nd from 2:45-5:00. Even if you missed conditioning, you are welcome to try out!! Any questions, see Coach Guenther.

Do you know what week it is? It is National FCCLA Week! FCCLA has a national membership of 160,000 young men and women in nearly 5400 chapters. There are 47 state associations including Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Talawanda has a total of 200 members! Tomorrow is Red and White day, wear your red and white to show off your support for FCCLA!

This past weekend the Braves Swim Teams took part in their sectional meets. Both the boys and girls teams finished in 3rd place at their respective meets. 8 boys and 4 girls qualified for the district swim meets which will take place this weekend at Miami. For the boys Adam Mandrell was a sectional champion in the 100 fly and the 200 Medley Relay team of John Anzano, Dylan Brading, Adam Mandrell and Noah curry was also crowned a sectional champion. On the girls side it consists of Camille Flaspohler, Gianna DeCello and Elizabeth Caraballo placed third in their 200 Medley Relay and second in the 400 Free Relay.

Have a day Talawanda!

February 10th, 2017

Good Morning Talawanda, its Friday February 10th 2017

Gasser Nation is having a Shirt design contest!  If you have any ideas, please contact Jake Schulte.  The designs will be voted on and the winner will be given a free T-Shirt during the spring sale!

Students: Butler Tech is hosting an Apprenticeship Day on Wednesday March 1st.  If you have an interest in construction trades, factory jobs or telecommunication, you may be interested in an apprenticeship.  If you would like to attend this morning program, please share your interest with Mrs. Peter in the counseling office. IF enough interest is shown, we will arrange to visit.

During the month of February, Voila will be collecting toothbrushes and toothpaste!  Any sizes!  We will donate these to the Meal Center for the Homeless in Hamilton.  Please drop donations into the blue bin outside of room 118. Thank you!

Birthdays for today: Jacob Schulte turning 17, Colton Ruoff turning 18, on Saturday it will be Natalie Weneck turning 15, Niki Bolser and Justin Brown turning 16, and on Sunday it is Lindsay Abrams turning 15 and Ashlee Timon turning 16

Attention all students: If you know a lot about your counselors you could win a $50 gift card and also a participation winner will be chosen to win a $25 gift card.

Home games for today: Boys JV and Varsity Basketball, JV plays at 6 and Varsity at 7:30

Girls Basketball Tournament action begins Wednesday February 15th, at Lakota East High School. The Lady Braves will take on Ursuline at 6pm. Pre sale tickets are available in the athletic office for $6. Tickets are $7 at the gate.

If you see a swimmer today, wish themy good luck as they are preparing to compete in their sectional swim meets this weekend. The boys team will be swimming tonight at 6 at St. Xavier High School, while the girls team will be swimming tomorrow morning at 11am. Both teams have a chance to qualify a number of individuals and relays to next weekend’s district meets.

Have a great day Talawanda! 

February 9th, 2017

Good Morning Talawanda, its Thursday February 9th 2017

Gasser Nation is having a Shirt design contest!  If you have any ideas, please contact Jake Schulte.  The designs will be voted on and the winner will be given a free T-Shirt during the spring sale!

Students: Butler Tech is hosting an Apprenticeship Day on Wednesday March 1st.  If you have an interest in construction trades, factory jobs or telecommunication, you may be interested in an apprenticeship.  If you would like to attend this morning program, please share your interest with Mrs. Peter in the counseling office. IF enough interest is shown, we will arrange to visit.

During the month of February, Voila will be collecting toothbrushes and toothpaste!  Any sizes!  We will donate these to the Meal Center for the Homeless in Hamilton.  Please drop donations into the blue bin outside of room 118. Thank you!

Attention all students interested in service jobs for the government please plan to attend a Service Academy Information Night at Troy High School on March 22 or March 23 from 6-8. All parents and students are welcome! 

Attention seniors interested in or are planning to attend Wright State next year, admissions will be in guidance during tutorial on tuesday february 14th. Please plan to attend. Also any 9-11th grader looking for more information about WSU, you are welcome to stop in as well.

Birthdays for today: Craig Kincer turning 17

Last week your beloved Braves Hockey team was narrowly beaten in overtime by the hapless Troy Trojans. Tonight 7:30 at Norhtlands Ice Center the boys seek revenge as they start their championship run in the league tournament. Please make the trip to see Noodles Smith, Matt the gentle Giant, Benny the Markman and The Wall Train crush the Trojans and move on to the next round of the tournament. Nector, Fast Eddie and Trey bird will fly past the defense to rack up goals for a Braves Victory. Ice Monsters beware! You need to Be there….. Tonight Northland Ice Center 7:30 pm

The Rematch

Girls Basketball Tournament action begins Wednesday February 15th, at Lakota East High School. The Lady Braves will take on Ursuline at 6pm. Pre sale tickets are available in the athletic office for $6. Tickets are $7 at the gate.

Have a chilly day Talawanda!