Old Trail students from all divisions celebrated #WorldKindnessDay by participating in a number of activities aimed at connecting our core value of Goodness to the global theme of kindness last Friday.
The best teachers have the biggest hearts, and Old Trail teachers are so much more than instructors. They are trusted advisors and mentors, who challenge, guide and lift up our students. It is with these intangible qualities in mind that we showcase today’s Teacher Feature, Physical Education Teacher John Conner.
We are proud to share that our very own Tyler ‘21 has been chosen as the winner of the 2020 Youth in Philanthropy Award, presented by the Northeast Ohio chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).
Last winter, the pandemic turned our world upside down and left all schools in the precarious position of having to figure out how to continue delivering meaningful instruction despite being physically separated. Thanks to the efforts and expertise of Director of Technology Sharon Winfrey and Technology Support Specialist Benjamin Smith – who are the collective focus for today’s Teacher Feature – Old Trail was able to pivot quickly to distance learning last spring.
Thanks to the efforts of new Countryside Food and Farms Farm Manager Ginentte Simko and her intern from the University of Akron, we were able to donate 521 pounds of fresh produce to the First Congregational Church of Akron to help those in need.
Raj Patel, MD (OTS ‘04) and Jacqueline Graham, MD (OTS ‘06) shared the halls of Old Trail for several years during their childhood. Jackie was at OTS for six years while Raj attended from preschool all the way through grade 8 graduation. Neither could have predicted how their professional paths would one day become intertwined again many years later.
The following letter from Head of School Sarah Johnston was sent to the OTS community as a follow-up regarding the events surrounding the tragic deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery.
Much like many of her Old Trail classmates, Grade 8 student Alex Newman was feeling a little anxious about not having a chance to say goodbye to OTS faculty and staff during this time of distance learning.
Over the next couple days, we would like to take some time to recognize and show our appreciation for two remarkable faculty members who will be retiring at the end of the school year. Today, we'll start with Mrs. Goumas, who joined the OTS faculty in 2000.
Despite all the darkness in our world today, Grade 8 student Hayden Voth decided to be a light by creating a fundraiser to benefit a local business and the courageous healthcare professionals who are risking their lives on the frontlines every day.
A dedicated group of Old Trail School faculty who, in addition to delivering academic instruction online and taking care of their own families, have been working hard to protect others in our extended community.
Why do many of us watch the television broadcasts and read the print coverage about the coronavirus outbreak almost compulsively? We seek information so that we can behave responsibly, in ways that help to maximize the communal good and minimize personal risk.
To recognize the Old Trail Class of 2020 during this difficult time, we will be showcasing Grade 8 students on our website and social media over the next several weeks. Our first spotlight is Stephen '20.
In honor of Old Trail's upcoming Centennial celebration and in coordination with the National Poetry Month of April, we are excited to announce a partnership with the Wick Poetry Center at Kent State University to launch an interactive community poem project.
OTS students, parents, faculty, and staff joined the national movement to "take a day on, not a day off" last Monday by participating in service-oriented activities throughout the morning to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.