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THings to know Monday, August 21, 2017 Solar Eclipse Info
As you already know, the solar eclipse is supposed to take place later this afternoon starting just prior to our students boarding buses for home. As a staff, we are planning to do everything we can to educate the students, prior to dismissal, on how to remain safe and exercise caution as they leave the building and ride buses home. Teachers have many different plans for our students to safely watch this 99 year event via video feeds from various sources including NASA,etc.

Just a few weeks ago we arranged for all of our students to have a pair of glasses so they could actually watch the eclipse occur from outside. Upon receiving these glasses, we could not confirm, nor could the vendor, that the glasses met the necessary safety specifications required for student viewing. Given this uncertainty, we chose not to distribute these glasses.

Please feel free to contact your student’s school office if you should have further questions and/or concerns. Thank you!


blimp logoThe Zeps annual Meet the Team will be Saturday, August 19th. 

Food will be served from 4-6pm and the auction will begin at 5:30pm, with team introductions afterwards. 


Due to construction around the stadium, all events will be held in the High School Cafeteria and Gym.


                 COME OUT AND SUPPORT THE ZEPS!!!


MeetingNotice is hereby given the August regular meeting of the Noble Local Board of Education is changed to Thursday, August 10, 2017.  The meeting will be held at 6:30 P.M. in the Board Room at the Administrative Office at 20977 Zep Road East, Sarahsville, Ohio 43779.

By Order of the Board of Education
Trenda Rice, Treasurer
Noble Local School District

Back to School Bash - August 15th

Noble Local School District is hosting our annual Back to School Bash!Back to School Bash
Open House Event & Fun 5pm-7:30pm

  • Visit Classrooms
  • Bring Supplies
  • Visit Agencies/PTO/Organizations
  • Sign up for raffle drawings
  • Food will be served @5pm until 7pm
    • Enjoy food/drink
    • Visit with the staff and administration
July Board of Education Meeting

The Noble Local School District Board of Education hereby gives public notice in accordance with Section 3307.353 of the Ohio Revised Code that, William Gorrell, currently employed by the Board of Education as a music teacher, will be retired and seeking reemployment with the Noble Local School District as a music teacher during such retirement.  The Board of Education will hold a public meeting on the issue of William Gorrell being reemployed by the Board at a meeting to be held on July 20, 2017, at 6:30 p.m.  The meeting will be held in the board room at the Administrative Office at 20977 Zep Road East, Sarahsville, Ohio.

Ohio Summer Food Service Program

sandwichThe Ohio Summer Food Service Program for children is back! The program provides free meals to children aged 18 or younger, and there is no registration required. For more information, call 1-866-3-HUNGRY or go to http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Other-Resources/Food-and-Nutrition/Summer-Food-Service-Program. Additional information can be found here.

**Change in Summer School Location

summer schoolSES Summer School Academy will begin this week May 23 - May 26 and finish next week May 30 - June 2 for  next year's incoming Kindergarteners up through our Third graders. Just a reminder that summer school will be at BATESHILL Church ( on the hill by the administration building) and not the elementary OR high school  due to the construction in the building. The academy will run from 8:30 - 11:30. We will serve students breakfast when they arrive .  We look forward to having a great time with learning. If you have questions please don't hesitate to call SES @ 740-732-5661 and leave a message for Mrs. Jessica McAlarney, Summer School Coordinator.

Summer Hours

Thisummers summer due to extensive construction at the elementary and middle school, the building will be closed to the public.However, you may reach the office secretary and administration until June 9th by phone at 740-732-5661.

The office will close daily for lunch from 11-12. If you need to pick up your child’s report card they will be at the  District administration building until June 9th. Our offices will reopen on July 31st.  Have a safe and Happy Summer!


Flat Stanley Visits Ft. Hood
Aaron The students in Jennifer Houston's third grade class at Shenandoah Elementary  participated in a Flat Stanley Project. The project consisted of reading the book, then the class wrote letters to friends and family around the world. Many of them took pictures and then they were to mail them back to the class in order to teach them about other communities.
Hunter Rossiter chose to write to his uncle, Aaron Ferrell, a soldier at Fort Hood. Aaron did take pictures of Hunter's Flat Stanley with his military buddies and on some of their equipment to send to Hunter. However, Aaron surprised his nephew at school by personally delivering his Flat Stanley.  He is home briefly and will be deployed to serve in Korea later this month.  The class appreciated your visit and your service Aaron! 
Early Dismissal due to Flooding: Wednesday, March 1st

We regret the inconvenience that our "early dismissal" may have caused you today. Weather related decisions are often difficult to make, and making them in a "timely" manner can be even more difficult to make. We will review our protocol for making decisions related to flooding and high water with hopes of improving our decision making process in the future. Again, we regret the inconvenience and will do all we can to make future improvements and adjustments. The safety of our staff and students is our primary concern.

A Night at the Museum

Mr. Milliken's 5th grade social studies classes have returned to the museum once again. The students researched and portrayed famous figures from history ranging from Johnny Cash to Ulysses S. Grant and Queen Elizabeth I. The gym was transformed into a museum for one night so the students could present their projects to the public. For pictures from the night at the museum, click here.museum

SMS Math Counts Team Places 2nd in Competition

The SMS Math Counts team placed 2nd overall in the region at a competition at Belmont College on February 18th. Individually, Liberty Giesey finished in the top 8 overall, while team member Reagan Feldner qualified for the State Math Counts competition coming up Saturday, March 11 at Columbus State Community College. Congratulations for all of your hard work and good luck at the State Competition!

math counts

"A Night at the Museum" Presentation


Mr. Milliken's 5th Grade Class Presents: " A Night at the Museum"
The 5th Grade Living History Presentations will be in the gym from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on February 23, 2017. Come and let the students take you back in history and learn of iconic figures that shape the way we live today.

Board Meeting Change



Notice is hereby given the February regular meeting of the Noble Local Board of Education being held on Thursday, February 16, 2017, is being changed from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  The meeting will be held in the board room at the Administrative Office at 20977 Zep Road East, Sarahsville, Ohio.


By Order of the Board of Education

Trenda Rice, Treasurer

Noble Local School District

Be Aware Program to be at SHS

The BE AWARE program is coming to Shenandoah. This community wide event will be held on Thursday, February 16th at 6:00 p.m. in the SHS auditorium. Parents and members of the public are welcome to attend.

The BE AWARE program is a mobile, educational tool targeting adults, who are 18 years of age or older, to inform them of the “not-so-easily” identifiable signs of drug use and abuse in our communities.  When you visit the BE AWARE trailer, you will have an interactive experience giving adults the opportunity to walk through a replica of a home where you will encounter the indicators of high risk behaviors such as substance abuse, underage drinking, prescription and over-the-counter drug misuse, as well as the sighs that could indicate the manufacture of illegal drugs.  The BE AWARE program is a collaboration team with members from Alcohol and Drug Services of Guernsey County, Guernsey County Sheriff’s Office, Guernsey Noble Safety Council, Ohio Valley Educational Service Center, Guernsey County Juvenile Court, Guernsey County Health Department, and Deerassic Education Center.

For more information, check out the flyer

The Year so Far...


Notice is hereby given that an organizational meeting of the Noble Local Board of Education will be conducted on Thursday, January 12, 2017.  The meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m. in the Board Room at the Administration Building, 20977 Zep Road East, Sarahsville, Ohio.  The regular monthly meeting will immediately follow.  Also, immediately following the regular meeting, a meeting of the records commission will take place.


By Order of the Board of Education

Trenda Rice, Treasurer

Christmas Break -- December 23 - January 3

xmas break

Teacher Professional Development January 3rd and  all students will return on January 4th.

Noble Local Phones---- It’s All About Choice

When calling the school you will notice that we have a new answering system. Please listen to all the options and pick the one that best meets your need. We hope that this will connect you in a quicker response time. Before school hours you may call in your child if they will be absent and leave a message. 

Options are: Call 740-732-5661 di you know

  • 1– Admin Building 
  •  2- Elementary School 
  •  3- Middle School
  •  4- High School
  •  5- Food Service( Cafeteria)
  •  6- Clinic (School Nurse)
  •  7- Bus Garage
  •  8- Special Education Office  
Winter Weather Bus Snow Routes

snowflakeWinter is coming! The updated bus snow routes are available in the Students/Parents tab at the top of the webpage. In the event of a two-hour delay or cancellation, notifications will be made using the Electronic Notification of School Closing Announcements system. To sign up for this service, call 1-800-846-4976. Other cancellation information sources include yourradioplace.com and the local radio and television stations.

Author Diana Perry --- Renews our love of Science and Writing

Students at SES welcomed Diana Perry at the assembly on Wednesday. It was a great day for everyone!


Senior Citizen Thanksgiving Dinner

The SHS Service Club will be hosting its annual Senior Citizen Thanksgiving Dinner on November 21st from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the high school cafeteria.  The meal is sponsored by the high school. For more information contact the school at 740-732-2361. Attendees are requested to sign up by November 16th.

Fall Sports Banquets

This year, the fall sports banquet has been separated into two banquets. The high school and junior high football and cheerleading banquet will be Thursday, November 10th at 6:00 p.m.  The high school and junior high volleyball sports banquet will be Tuesday, November 15th at 6:00 p.m. Both will be at the high school. Please bring a covered dish, as the meat will be provided.

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held on November 3rd and November 8th from 4:30-7:30 p.m. To schedule a meeting with your child’s teacher, please call the high school office at 732-2361 or elementary and middle school offices at 732-5661.

Celebrate Red Ribbon Week --- Take the Challenge

DID YOU KNOW? Children of parents who talk to their teens regularly about drugs are 42% less likely to use drugs than those who don't, yet only a quarter of teens report having these conversations.

Take the National Red Ribbon Campaign Pledge now and be a part of the creation of a drug free America.


  1. As parents and citizens, we will talk to our children and the children in our lives about the dangers of drug abuse.
  2. We will set clear rules for our children about not using drugs.
  3. We will set a good example for our children by not using illegal drugs or medicine without a prescription.
  4. We will monitor our children's behavior and enforce appropriate consequences, so that our rules are respected.
  5. We will encourage family and friends to follow the same guidelines to keep children safe from substance abuse.
SANTA'S Workshop Opens Monday

                       santa workshop          

The Shenandoah PTO will be hosting their annual SES/SMS Santa's Workshop  again this year. It will be DECEMBER 5-9. Students will shop during special times that their teachers have chosen.  There are some changes this year with the product that will be sold. Hopefully the shopping experience will help everyone's money go a little further.  If you have any questions or if you would like to volunteer and have not been contacted please call the school at 740-732-5661.

Kindergarten Orientation Update

k orientationDue to the construction project at our SES/SMS building and last minute cleaning,  we have moved Kindergarten Orientation to the High School cafeteria. It will still be on August 10th at 9:00 for those with last names A-H and 10:30 for those with last names I-Z. Please plan to bring any paperwork that needs to be turned in. We will sign you up for your beginning of the year testing day at this time also. Please save your school supplies for the Back to School Bash or your child's testing appointment and not orientation. Thank you for your patience with this change.

The Columbus Zoo visits SMS, Courtesy of the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio

Meet our partner...the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio.

Have you heard that Shenandoah Middle School has received a $500 grant from the AEP Access to Environmental Education Fund through the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio this year? These funds will be used to support our Columbus Zoo project, and will directly help us to learn about Ecosystems and Biomes and allow the middle school students to share this information with the elementary students by hanging up posters about the animals that they learned about.  

The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio (FAO) is a regional community foundation serving the 32 counties of Appalachian Ohio. With the mission of creating opportunities for Appalachian Ohio’s citizens and communities by inspiring and supporting philanthropy, FAO partners with donors, nonprofits, and communities across the region. By growing philanthropic resources, convening partners around issues of importance, and making grants, FAO is working to ensure Appalachian Ohio is a region abundant in possibility. To learn more, please visit www.AppalachianOhio.org.

Public Auction

On Thursday, March 30, 2017 @ 6:30 p.m., Noble Local School District will hold a public auction on the property located across from the high school. Items from the 2 houses and the barn will be for sale. The property will be open to view starting at 4:00 p.m. on that same day. There will be more information on the sale closer to the auction date.

SES/SMS Mother-Son Dodgeball Tournament


The 4th annual PTO Mother/Son Dodgeball tournament will be held April 21st from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the SES gym.The tournament is open to all SES/SMS boys from preschool through 8th grade. Admission per mother and son team is $5. If you have additional sons, it is $1 per child. Please send your money in an envelope to school with your son by Wednesday, April 12th. Make checks payable to the Shenandoah PTO. There will be light refreshments provided and spectators are welcome and will be charged an admission fee of $1.

T-shirts will also be available for sale and can be pre-ordered on the form sent home with students. Click “read more” below for more information about the shirt sale and tournament.

Noble Local Wants to Hear from You!

parent surveyParents,

We want to hear from you! Please fill out this brief survey on school climate. The survey is open to parents of elementary, middle, and high school students. Click on the link below to take the survey.

Parent Survey


Kindergarten UPDATE

Shenandoah Elem‏ @ShenandoahElem  Please make note and share the information below.  

  • Kindergarten Orientation  ---  August 10 @ Shenandoah High School
  • Kindergarten RA/Pre-Testing ---  August 21 & 22
  • All Kindergartners start ---   August 23.

We appreciate your understanding this change to the pre-testing dates and the start date of our students. 

SHS Band is State Bound!

Congratulations to the SHS Marching Band for qualifying for the state competition and winning first place in class “C”! Not only did the band qualify, but for the first time in SHS history, the band achieved a perfect score of all “one” ratings. This year’s show theme is “The Music of Stephen Foster,” and includes such American folk classics as “Old Susanna,” “Beautiful Dreamer,” “I Dream of Jeannie,” “My Old Kentucky Home,” and more. The date of the State Band Competition performance is TBA.

Literacy Night " It's Shark Week! Take a Bite out of Reading!"

Right to Read week@ SES is March 20-24. The theme this year is "Shark Week-- Take a Bite out of a Good Book!" Don't forget about Literacy Night on Thursday, from 6:00-7:45.

  • Monday -- Spirit Day! (Wear you favorite team's clothes)
  • Tuesday -- Dress like your favorite book charactershark
  • Wednesday -- Bring your beach towel and favorite book!
  • Thursday -- Wear clothing that your friends can read!
  • Friday -- Favorite Beach attire ( School Appropriate)

Click here for the informational flyer.

Drive-Thru Flu Shot Clinic

Stop the FluSat. Sept. 23rd 9:00am to 2:00pm
Health Department - 44069 Marietta Rd, Caldwell
Bring Your Insurance Card

Italy In Depth Trip

Dear Parents and Students, I'm excited to announce that I will lead a group of Shenandoah High School students on a trip called Italy in Depth! On this once-in-a-lifetime adventure, students will explore important historical sites, discover rich diversity and cultural heritage, and experience incomparable learning moments. In addition, high school students have the opportunity to get three free college credits! This trip will be an unforgettable educational experience for your child:

  • They'll enjoy face-to-face, hands-on engagement with a new country
  • They'll mature through exposure to different cultures and unique ways of life
  • They'll return from this experience with a greater global awareness

I've chosen to travel with WorldStrides because of their exceptional service, their nearly 50 years of experience in taking students abroad, and their strong safety record. They offer a unique, interactive approach to travel-based learning that makes them the leader in international student travel. Please read the enclosed brochure, check out the sample itinerary on the back of this page, and visit worldstrides.com/international for more details about WorldStrides and our group's trip. If you have any questions, you can contact me at nellie.leach@gozeps.org. I will be holding a trip information meeting to discuss this wonderful opportunity on Tuesday, October 18 at 06:30 PM in room 112. I would love for your child to join us on this unforgettable trip! Sign up by October 27, 2016

Notice of Special Board Meeting




In accordance with O.R.C. §121.22, notice is hereby given the Board of Education of the Noble Local School District will hold a special meeting at Noble Local School District Administration Building at 20977 Zep Road East, Sarahsville, Ohio, beginning at 7:00 a.m. on April 6, 2017, for the purpose of reviewing and approving a parking lot paving project, a running track project, and any other matters which may lawfully be considered at that meeting.


By Order of the Board of Education

Trenda Rice, Treasurer

Noble Local School District

4th -8th Grade Instrumental Music Program

music On Friday, April 28th the Instrumental Music department (grades 4-8, ukulele & band) will present our Spring Concert beginning at 12:45 in the Elementary Gym. This concert will include the 4th grade Ukulele program, the 5th grade Beginning Band program, as well as the Jr. High Band (grades 6-8).  If time permits, a possible appearance by the High School marching band sharing a couple selections from their recent Disney Trip. Students will be involved in various testing situations through out that week and this wil be a great way to conclude their testing. 

Start Talking!

Distart talkingd you know that children of parents who talk to their teens are 50% less likely to use drugs?

An effort is underway across Ohio to prevent drug use among Ohio’s most vulnerable citizens – our children. Governor John R. Kasich and First Lady Karen W. Kasich have launched Start Talking! to give parents, guardians, educators and community leaders the tools to start the conversation with Ohio’s youth about the importance of living healthy, drug-free lives.

A majority of substance-free adolescents credit their parents for the decision not to use illegal substances. Likewise, teachers and other authority figures can have a similar influence on youth and their decision-making.

Parents, mentors and peers can make a difference just by talking to the young people in their lives about drug use. Please Start Talking!

For more resources, go to http://starttalking.ohio.gov/


Kindergarten Registration & Screening

registration2017-18 Kindergarten Screening and registration will be held at Shenandoah Elementary School on April 11th and 12th.  These screenings will be held by appointment on Tuesday (4/11/2017) and Wednesday (4/12/2017) at the elementary building. To schedule your child’s kindergarten screening appointment, please call the school office at 740-732-5661, between 8:00am and 3:30pm. For more information, click "Read More" below.


Professional Development Day --- No School for Students

PR Dev day Friday, March 17th, staff will have their end of the 9 weeks Professional Development day. Students will not be in session this day. Please mark you calendars. Thank you! 

Most Growth Recognition @ March 16th Board Meeting

K-12 Students who have demonstrated the most growth during the 2nd  & 3rd nine weeks will be recognized by their teachers and the NLSD school board at the March 16th board meeting. The meeting will be held at the elementary cafeteria @ 6:30pm.  We look forward to recognizing the hard work of our students. 

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Visits SHS

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria came to SHS Friday, September 30th to meet students and staff. Superintendent DeMaria met eight grade Family and Consumer Science students, as well as the high school class officers. They discussed their favorite classes, extracurricular activities, and future plans. Lunch was provided by Ms. Harper’s 8th grade Family and Consumer Science class. Click read more to see pictures.

Superintendent's Message

Welcome back to what we hope will be an outstanding school year! We are excited about the many opportunities before us in 2016-17. We have several new staff members and several people in new positions this year. Those staff members are:

SHS: Tammy Montgomery –English; Molly Powell – Social Studies; Denise Wells – Administrative Services Secretary SMS: Ben McCauley- Language Arts

SES:Whitney Petry – 3rd grade teacher; Emily Mason – 4th grade teacher; Lindsay Bond – Title I Position; Jenae Laipply – K-4 Secretary; Cathy Williams – Special Education Coordinator

We feel that each of these folks will quickly become valued members of our team and help us accomplish the many goals we have for our students and district. Our maintenance and custodial staff have worked very hard this summer in preparation of our students return. The buildings and grounds are looking better each year and many improvements have been made throughout the district.


To read the rest, click "Read More"

Superintendent's Message




It is hard to believe that 2016 has passed and 2017 is already upon us!  2016 saw many improvements in the NLSD and 2017 hopes to be even better yet.  At the recent January Board of Education meeting the board approved and authorized the following that will have a direct impact on the future growth, development, and improvement within our district:

Click "read more" to read the whole message.

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