OTTAWA — Today is Ann Ellerbrock’s first day as the new Ottawa-Glandorf High School principal, and she said Tuesday she is looking forward to helping students meet their educational goals.
She is married to Mark, is a 1984 O-G high school graduate and her three children, Ross, Tyler and Kendra also graduated from the school.
“I love this school and it provided some great foundations for me. I was in volleyball, basketball and track and was in the band,” Ellerbrock said.
She said there have been traditions established in the close-knit school system where three schools — SPPS, Ottawa and Glandorf schools — come together.
“I want to make sure they come here and leave here making memories as Titans,” Ellerbrock said. She said there are great teachers in the school system and she would like to help give them the tools they need to do their jobs successfully.
She is replacing Jay Selgo, who is now superintendent for Archbold schools. Ellerbrock worked at O-G high school for 17 years as a chemistry and AP physics teacher and varsity volleyball coach. She previously served as principal at Holgate Middle-High School from 2000 to 2001. She also was employed at Columbus Grove High School as a science, biology, chemistry and physics teacher.
“I am humbled that I can give back in a different capacity,” Ellerbrock said. As principal she will oversee the high school curriculum and make sure it’s rigorous, and she also will oversee staffing.
Ellerbrock graduated from University of Toledo with a degree in 1988 in secondary science education. She also attended Bluffton College, earning a masters of arts in education degree in 1998 and graduated from University of Findlay in 2000 when she received her principal certificate.
“When you’re in the classroom setting, you see a limited number of students. As principal, I will get to see the various activities like Quiz Bowl, choir and band,” Ellerbrock said.
She discussed her goals for the year and said she wants to make sure a safe environment is provided for students. Ellerbrock highlighted new policies for this year in the school handbook. The school’s new cellphone policy states cellphones are prohibited to be carried by students during the entire school day — including in non-instructional areas like hallways, restroom, cafeteria and study halls. Devices found on students in violation of this rule will be confiscated.
“We are trying to push the one to one initiative and have the iPad as usage of technology where grades nine to 12 received new iPads this year. Cellphones were causing some distractions in the learning environment,” Ellerbrock said.
With the passage of House Bill 66 in December 2016, student attendance procedures will change. Absences must be called into the principal’s office by a parent or guardian of the student the day of the absence. The new law will not allow voice messages or written notes from a parent or guardian. The new statute requires schools to contact a parent or guardian within 120 minutes of the beginning of the school day when a child is absent and a parent or guardian hadn’t called.
A goal of Ellerbrock’s is to use Schoology as a management platform, encouraging students to use this digital program on iPads to take tests and upload homework.
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