Three First Grade Students dressed as "The Cat In the Hat"
First Grade Students dressed as "The Cat In the Hat"
Poland students, photo collage, three photos.
Poland students
Poland Students, photo collage, three photos.
Poland Students
Poland Middle School student in working on ELA assignment
Poland Middle School student working on ELA assignment
Photo collage, three photos of high school students.
Poland Seminary High School Students

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Superintendent's Update (7/23/21)

This past week I had a chance to walk through Poland Seminary High School several times and look at the construction progress. We are moving in the right direction and we are getting closer each day.

Superintendent's Update (7/18/21)

In an on-going effort to communicate with all of you at the highest level I will be sending out as much information as I can over the next several weeks.

Fall Athletic Season Ticket Info

The Poland High School Athletic Office will begin to sell the Following passes and tickets for the upcoming Fall Athletic Season. Starting on Monday, August 9th – Thursday, August 19th. 

Superintendent's Update (7/6/21)

Dear Students, Staff, Parents and Community Members of the Poland Local School District:

I hope this greeting finds you well and enjoying your time with family and friends this summer.

2020-2021 District Newsletter

District News Letter for the 2020 - 2021 school year.

 

District News Letter

North Elementary School Lease Options

In response to concerns regarding the vacant North Elementary School building. 

Poland Stadium Track Update

Poland Stadium will be closed starting on Wednesday, June 2nd until further notice.

All Current Covid Safety Protocols Will Remain in Place Through June 4

As the final days of the school year wind down, I need to remind everyone to be mindful of the children leaving the buildings and walking on the streets.  Please be sure to keep an eye out for the children.

CDC Changes Do Not Apply to Public Schools

There have been many local interpretations of the recent rule changes from the CDC and the Ohio Health Department orders and we need to provide an update on these CDC recommendations.  Poland Schools received notification from Governor DeWine's office this weekend (posted below) which provides clarification that the CDC changes do not apply to public schools.  Therefore, Poland Schools will continue with the current health protocols throughout the rest of this school year.  We will continue to monitor any additional changes in protocols as we prepare for the start of the next school year. 

Fall Sports Parent Meeting

The Poland High School Athletic Department has announced a Falls Sports Parent in person Meeting for Tuesday, May 25th at 6:00 PM in the High School Fieldhouse.

 Union Elementary Intervention Team Union Elementary Intervention Team Awarded the The Franklin B. Walter Outstanding Educator Award

The Union Elementary Intervention Team is the recipient of The Franklin B. Walter Outstanding Educator Award. The award is presented to one educator or team from each of Ohio’s sixteen State Support Team regions, who have made extraordinary contributions to the  education of students with disabilities. 

Hockenberry Family Craig Hockenberry Named New Superintendent for the Poland Local Schools

Mr. Craig Hockenberry has been selected as the new Superintendent of the Poland Local Schools. Mr. Hockenberry was born and raised in Northeast Ohio and has several connections to the Poland area. He brings more than two decades of educational experience to the Poland Local Schools. He has served in different leadership roles from teacher, assistant principal, principal and superintendent through various settings-rural, suburban and urban school districts throughout Ohio.  

PSHS Signing Day

The Poland Seminary High School Athletic Department will be having a Signing Day for the following Seniors on May 18 at 2:00 in the High School Auditorium...

Teacher Appreciation Week

This week celebrates teachers around the Poland Local School District...

Poland Seminary High School Ranked Number One in Youngstown Area

U.S. News and World Report’s Best High Schools Ranking is out and Poland Seminary High School is number one in the Youngstown area and number 42 out of 872 (Top 5% ) schools in the state of Ohio.

Board of Education Welcomes New Hires to the Poland Local Schools

The Poland Board of Education introduced several new hires at the Board of Education Meeting on April 26. The hires include the Head High School Basketball Coach, Girls Head Varsity Girls  Soccer Coach, District Transportation Coordinator, and Director of Operations.

Local Businesses Make Ohio School Boards Association’s Business Honor Roll Program

The Poland Local Schools Board of Education recognized four local businesses for supporting the Poland Local Schools.  The companies were honored as part of the Ohio School Boards Association’s (OSBA)  2021 Business Honor Roll program.

PSHS Track Update

The Poland Seminary High School Athletic Department will be closing Poland Stadium all day on Friday, April 23 d in preparation for the 25th Annual Poland Track and Field Invitational

New Head Boys Basketball Coach at PSHS

Pending School Board approval on Monday, April 26th, the Poland Athletic Department would like to welcome back home Eric Fender as the next Head Boys Basketball coach at Poland Seminary High School.

Poland Food Drive

Students at McKinley Elementary and Poland Middle School donated 11,00 items of food, which is going right back to the community through the local food pantry in Poland.

Dobbins Early Learning Center

Information on the new Early Learning Center at Dobbins.

Focus Groups Helps Develop District Profile in Superintendent Search

A national search is underway to find the next superintendent of the Poland Local School District. Finding Leaders is leading the search, and as part of the search, met with community members, teachers, and staff to identify what qualities Poland wants in its next superintendent. 

POLAND LOCAL SCHOOLS :  KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION

Registration for children entering Poland Local Schools Kindergarten this fall will be held on two consecutive Saturdays - March 6, 2021 and March 13, 2021. Children presently enrolled in our Union Kindergartens do not re-register for first grade.  All Kindergarten registrations will be held at Union Elementary School at 30 Riverside Drive. Registration will be from 9:00AM - Noon on both Saturdays. Please use the Gym door entrance only, located in the back of the building.

Superintendent Search Focus Groups

The Board of Education has begun the search process for the next Superintendent and would like to invite you to participate in a focus group meeting with Finding Leaders to share your perspective on the new superintendent.

Louisville @ Poland Boy's Basketball Ticket Information

Attention Bulldog Basketball Fans...  With the latest increase in seating capacity that the Ohio Department of Health and the OHSAA announced yesterday, starting tomorrow at 8AM Community Pass Code will be placed on the Poland Athletic Homepage...

Love Rocks!

You never know where or when you will find inspiration or a message of love and kindness. If you happen to find a small rock with a fabric heart on it, it’s a small dose of love from sixth grade students at Poland Middle School.

Poland Middle School Mars Rover Project

Remote Learning On February 26, Staff Will Receive Second Covid Vaccination

Poland Staff  will receive their second vaccination the morning of Friday, February 26th.   The Mahoning County ESC and Giant Eagle changed our vaccine from Moderna to Pfizer which has a 21 day wait period.  Therefore, we have to change our second remote learning day from the original schedule of March 5th to Friday, February 26th.  The February 26th date was just confirmed February 17 in the evening.  

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS CHANGES THE MARCH 5th REMOTE DATE TO FEBRUARY 26th.

   

(Video) Return to School - 2021

Students in the Poland Schools return to classes on January 19, 2021 (Video).

Poland Local School District Celebrates School Board Recognition Month in January

The Poland Local School District is joining more than 700 school districts throughout Ohio to celebrate January as School Board Recognition Month.

Poland Local School District Return to the Classroom

Guidelines for students returning to school for the third grading period.

Return to the Classroom and Selecting Learning Option for Third Grading Period

We want to provide an update on the District’s status in relation to the effects of COVID and our preparation for the return to in-person learning.  

Poland Board of Education Will Hold Meet and Greet with Community Before School Board Meetings

Starting January 11, 2021, Poland Board of Education meetings will be held in the Dobbins Meeting Room at Dobbins Elementary School. January 11, 2021, will also be the start of a monthly meet and greet with Board of Education Members prior to the scheduled BOE meeting at 6 p.m. Two BOE members will be part of the meet and greet, which will start at 5:30 p.m. in the Dobbins Meeting Room. The meet and greet will serve as an open invitation for community members to directly talk to Board of Education members

McKinley Elementary Student dressed in red, white and blue WYTV's Pledge of Allegiance Will Feature McKinley Students

WYTV’s Pledge of Allegiance segment will feature students from the Poland Local Schools.  Videos of classes reciting the Pledge of Allegiance were recorded and submitted to WYTV, which will air the segments on the dates listed below from 6:30-7 a.m. The recordings will also be featured on www.wytv.com after airing during the morning news. In order to maintain social distance, some classes did multiple recordings.   

Poland Union students dressed in red, white and blue for the Pledge of Allegiance WYTV's Pledge of Allegiance Will Feature Poland Union Students

WYTV’s Pledge of Allegiance segment will feature students from the Poland Local Schools.  Videos of classes reciting the Pledge of Allegiance were recorded and submitted to WYTV, which will air the segments on the dates listed below from 6:30-7 a.m. The recordings will also be featured on www.wytv.com after airing during the morning news. In order to maintain social distance, some classes did multiple recordings.   

Logo Poland Schools Will Remain Remote and Will Return to In-person Learning January 19, 2021

Considering the potential impact of Covid-19 following the holidays, along with the fact that nearly 75% of the survey participants acknowledged support for remaining 100% remote until January 19th, the end of the second grading period, Poland Schools will remain remote and will return to in-person learning Tuesday, January 19th. 

Poland School District Goes Remote for the Rest of December

The District continues to evaluate the impact of the virus on the operation of the District.  Over the course of the past week the District has seen a significant increase in families choosing the remote option.  Some District Grade Levels indicate a higher percentage of students choosing remote over in-person instruction.  

Free Meals Extended for the Rest of the School Year

The USDA announced that all students attending the Poland Local Schools are eligible for free meals, whether they are attending in person or remote. Families with children who are not yet school-age are also eligible to obtain meals under this program, so please share this information with family members and friends.   

Poland Stadium Track Update

The Poland Seminary High School Athletic Department will be reopening Poland Stadium for runners and walkers to use the track beginning on Monday, November 30th from dawn until dusk

In-Person Learning Resumes November 30

Thank you for your patience as the District team continues to monitor the increasing rate of COVID spread in the community.  The District will return to in-person learning on Monday, November 30, 2020. 

logo Poland Stadium Track Update

The Poland Seminary High School Athletic Department will be reopening Poland Stadium for runners and walkers to use the track beginning on Monday, November 30th from dawn until dusk. The Athletic Department would like to remind all community members to please follow the Ohio Department of Health Guidelines and Governor's orders in implementing all recommended best practices and requirements to ensure the health and safety of all individuals.

Poland Local School District Goes Fully Remote

Starting Tuesday, November 17th through Friday November 20th the Poland Local Schools will be fully remote.  As previously stated, school will not be in session on November 23 and 24th.  

Important Message from Dr. Edwin Holland, Interim Superintendent, Poland Local Schools

While conditions are changing daily, it is our intention to keep the schools open with in-person learning through next week, Friday, November 20 and to begin the Thanksgiving break early on November 23.

Jackie Grisdale Named a National Finalists in Heisman High School Scholarship Presented by Acceptance Insurance

The program honors the nation’s most accomplished, community-minded high school senior athletes. By inviting male and female students from schools across the country to share their stories of leadership and impact, the program aims to inspire all students to harness their potential, push their limits, and use their talents not only to advance their own futures, but to improve the communities and world around them.

Tree Removal at Dobbins Elementary

Overgrown tree lines and tree roots posed a structural integrity problem for Dobbins Elementary, causing the Poland Board of Education to make a decision to remove several trees. 

Logo USDA Announces Free Meals

The USDA announced that all students attending the Poland Local Schools are eligible for free meals, whether they are attending in person or remote. Families with children who are not yet school-age are also eligible to obtain meals under this program, so please share this information with family members and friends.

Poland Football @ South Range

The Poland High School Athletic Office will begin to pre-sale for the Friday Night Aug. 28th Varsity Football Game Poland at South Range starting on Tuesday Aug. 25 for members of the football and cheer program. NO TICKETS WILL BE OFFERED AT THE GATE. All tickets are $6.00 each. Gates will open at 5:30.

Logo Poland Football @ South Range

The Poland High School Athletic Office will begin to pre-sale for the Friday Night Aug. 28th Varsity Football Game Poland at South Range starting on Tuesday Aug. 25 for members of the football and cheer program. NO TICKETS WILL BE OFFERED AT THE GATE. All tickets are $6.00 each. Gates will open at 5:30.

Virtual Athletic Signing

The Poland Seminary High School Athletic Department will be having a Virtual signing ceremony for the following Seniors:

State Audit Shows Positive Financial Standing For Poland Local School District

The Ohio Auditor of State reports a 13 million dollar turnaround for the Poland Local School District. A report from the state’s office was presented at the Board of Education meeting on February 24, 2020.

Girls District Semi-Final Game

The Poland Athletic Department will pre-sale tickets for the Girls District Semi- Final Game that will be played at Austintown Fitch on Wednesday Feb. 26th. The game will start at 6:00 against Ravenna Southeast.  Tickets sales will be on Monday and Tuesday from 12:30-4:30 and on Wednesday from 8:00-12:00. ALL Pre-Sale Ticket Prices are $6.00 a ticket, Tickets at the gate are $7.00 

Poland at Canfield Boys Basketball

The Poland Seminary High School Athletic Department will begin pre-selling tickets to the Poland Boys’ Basketball Game at Canfield HS starting on Wednesday February 19th and Thursday February 20th from 12:30-4:00 and on Friday February 21st from 12:30-2:00. If you have any questions about tickets, please contact the athletic office at 757-7021.

Spring Sports Parent Meeting

The Poland High School Athletic Department will be having its Spring Sports Parent meeting for any High School Athlete involved in a spring sport. The meeting will be held on Monday, March 2nd at 6:00 PM in the High School Auditorium.

College Signings

The Poland Seminary High School Athletic Department will be having a signing ceremony for the following Seniors:

School Board Recognition Month

Poland Local Schools Superintendent, David Janofa, recognized members of the Poland Board of Education as part of School Board Recognition Month. 

January 2020 Board of Education Meeting Update

Three new school board members were sworn in as the newest Poland Board of Education Members: Annie Colucci, Larry Warren, and Troy Polis. All three were sworn in at the Organizational Meeting on January 13, 2020. Serving with the new Poland Board of Education members are Dr. Larry Dinopoulos and Mr. Gregg Riddle. 

Military Appreciation Night

Poland Seminary High School is hosting a Military Appreciation Night on Friday, January 17, 2020.  The Military Appreciation Night will take place prior to the Niles McKinley vs. Poland Boys Varsity Basketball game.

All active duty and former members of the United States Military who are in attendance will be asked to stand in the bleachers and be recognized prior to the varsity basketball game.

"This is a great way for the Poland Local Schools to honor, recognize, and most importantly, thank these men and women who made so many sacrifices to protect our country." said PSHS Athletic Director Brian Banfield.  "Although it is a small gesture, we owe it to them.  We are honored to provide this opportunity."

Football Playoff Tickets

Next week the Bulldogs will host a first round OHSAA State Football Playoff Game on Saturday Night November 9th at 7:00 vs. TBD. Pre-Sale for Week 11 thru the playoffs will be SOLD EXCLUSIVELY ON-LINE at OHSAA.ORG/TICKETS. Pre- Sale Tickets can be purchased starting on Monday, Nov. 4th at 4:00 until Saturday, Nov. 9th until 4:00. All pre-sale tickets are $8.00 apiece and $9.00 at the Gates. The Poland Athletic Department gets a percentage on all pre-sale tickets.  NO PRE SALE TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AT THE HIGH SCHOOL or TROLIO’S. Any tickets purchased at the gate are the profits of the OHSAA. 

Anyone who purchased a reserve parking pass for the season, the parking pass will be honored for the Playoff game next Saturday Night. 

 

Thank you and GO BULLDOGS!!! 

Poland vs Struthers

The Poland Seminary High School Athletic Office will be selling general admission adult and student tickets to the Friday Night Football Game Poland vs Struthers from 12:30-4:30 starting Monday, October 28, 2019. Tickets to the Struthers Game can also be purchased at Trolios T-Shirts from 10:00-5:00.

Poland vs Hubbard Football Tickets

The Poland Seminary High School Athletic Office will be selling general admission adult and student tickets to the Friday Night Football Game Poland at Hubbard from 12:30-4:30 starting Monday, October 21, 2019. Tickets to the Hubbard Game can also be purchased at Trolios T-Shirts from 10:00-5:00.

Winter Sports Parent Meeting

The Poland High School Athletic Department has announced a Winter Sports Parent Meeting for Wednesday, October 23rd at 6:00 PM in the High School Auditorium. The meeting is mandatory for parents whose son or daughter will be participating in a High School Winter Sport. All parents should plan on attending as we will be discussing policies and procedures for the upcoming winter season. The athletes do not need to attend this meeting. 

Poland at Girard Football Tickets

The Poland Seminary High School Athletic Office will be selling general admission adult and student tickets to the Friday Night Football Game  Poland at Girard from 12:30-4:30 starting Monday, Sept. 30th. Tickets to the Girard Game can also be purchased at Trolios T-Shirts from 10:00-5:00.

Financial Aid Workshop

Financial Aid Workshop

PSHS Cafeteria

Wednesday, Oct. 2 at 7p.m.

 

This workshop is geared to parents of graduating seniors and is intended to answer the many questions concerning the financial aid process.  Parents of juniors are also welcome to attend to get an idea of what is forthcoming.

Speakers at the workshop will be Gina McHenry from YSU’s Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship along with Poland High School’s Guidance Counselors, Mr. Mike Vagas and Mrs. Liz Calderon.

Specific topics to be addressed are:

 

Types of financial aid

How the financial aid process works

Completing the FAFSA

Alternative funding sources for higher education

Questions and Answers

Poland vs. South Range Football (Homecoming)

The Poland Seminary High School Athletic Office will be selling general admission adult and student tickets to the Friday Night Football Game South Range at Poland from 12:30-4:30. Tickets to the South Range Game can also be purchased at Trolios T-Shirts from 10:00-5:00. For more information on Football Season tickets, please call the Athletic Office at 330-757-7021.

District Takes Step for Improving Finances

The Poland Board of Education took action at its Board meeting on Monday, August 26, 2019, to refund/refinance the district’s current outstanding debt.  The debt will be consolidated into one loan instead of three separate loans. The interest rate on the new lease is lower than the current three loans. 

The year-long refunding program was led by Treasurer Janet Muntean, who worked directly with different depositories and explored cost-saving measures. Ultimately based on federal and state laws related to tax codes and the complexities of the current loan structures, the Board of Education decided to work with Huntington Bank Public Financing.

In addition, the restructuring will allow the Board of Education to borrow additional funds for specific capital project needs in the districts. The total annual payment will also be reduced for the first four years of the ten-year note. The long term action plan would be to pay the new loan off in five to seven years, using proceeds of any additional funds from the sale of current district property.

The Board of Education feels that utilizing these monies to capitalize the Permanent Improvement Fund will create a mechanism for facility repairs and capital improvements.

Boardman at Poland Football

On Tuesday, September 3rd the Poland Seminary High School Athletic Office will be selling general admission tickets to the Friday Night Football Game Boardman at Poland from 12:30-4:30.Tickets to the Boardman Game can also be purchased at Trolios T-Shirts from 10:00-5:00. For more information on Football Season tickets, please call the Athletic Office at 330-757-7021.

1999 State Championship Football Reunion

The Poland All Sports Booster Club will be sponsoring a special tailgate on Friday, September 6th prior to the Boardman Home Football Game.  The 1999 State Championship Football Team, Coaches and Cheerleaders are invited to attend a tailgate on Friday September 6th to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Undefeated 1999 State Championship.

The tailgate begins at 5:00 and will be located in the grassy area next to the Poland Football locker room. We will have plenty of food and soda/water for all! 

The team will be announced on the field prior to the football game at 6:35 PM that evening against Boardman.

*In the event of rain, we will move the tailgate to the high school cafeteria.

Stadium Closure

The Poland High School Athletic Department is closing the High School Stadium from August 22-24. The turf will be re-conditioned over this time period and also some areas on the track will be repaired. We appreciate your cooperation on these upcoming dates. The stadium will reopen on Monday, August 26th.  

2019-2020 Ticket Information

The Poland High School Athletic Office will begin to sale the Following for the upcoming Fall Athletic Season. Starting on Monday, August 19th – Friday, August 23rd the Following passes or tickets can be purchased at the Poland High School Athletic Office from 8:30-4:30:

Current Football Reserve Season Ticket Holders

Reserve Parking Passes $25.00 for the season

Adult Activity Passes $100.00. Good for general admission to all Home Athletic Events.

Student Activity Passes $50.00 Good for general admission to all Home Athletic Events.

Anyone wishing to purchase new Football Reserve Season Tickets can purchase them starting on Monday, August 26th in the High School Athletic Office.

Also, starting on Monday, August 26th the Athletic Office will be selling general admission tickets to the Thursday Night Season Opener Marlington at Poland from 12:30-4:30. Tickets to the Marlington Game can also be purchased at Trolios T-Shirts from 10:00-5:00. For more information on Football Season tickets, please call the Athletic Office at 330-757-7021.

 

Thank you and GO DOGS!!!

Softball and Baseball Semi-Final Games

Softball State Semi-Finals Information:

Thursday, May 30th

3:00 Game Time at Akron Firestone Stadium

1575 Firestone Pkwy. Akron, Ohio 44301

Poland is the Home Team

Jonathan Alder is Visitor Team

All Tickets are $8.00 apiece

 

 

Baseball Regional Semi-Finals Information:  

Thursday, May 30th

5:00 Game Time  at The Ballpark at Hudson 

7250 Stow Rd. Hudson, Ohio 44236. 

Poland is Home Team. 

Gilmour Academy is Visitors. 

All Tickets are $7.00 Apiece

 

Please come out and Support these two teams this Thursday in Summit County. From Firestone Stadium to Hudson High School it is a 30 min car ride on rt. 8 North.

Fall Sports Parent Meeting

The Poland High School Athletic Department has announced a Falls Sports Parent Meeting for Monday, June 3rd at 6:00 PM in the High School Auditorium. The meeting is mandatory for parents whose son or daughter will be participating in a Middle School Sport or High School Fall Sport. All parents should plan on attending as we will be discussing policies and procedures for the upcoming fall season. The
athletes do not need to attend this meeting.

Stadium Closed!

The Poland Seminary High School Athletic Department will be closing Poland Stadium all day on Friday, April 26th in preparation for the 26th Annual Poland Track and Field Invitational being held on Saturday, April 27th and also the 106th Mahoning County Middle School Track and Field Meet being held on Monday, April 29th . The stadium will reopen on Tuesday, April 30th . Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Athletic Signing

POLAND, OHIO – The Poland Seminary High School Athletic Department will be having five senior
athletes signing their letters of intent on Wednesday, April 3 rd .

Senior Stephan Bannon will be continuing his football career at John Carroll University.
Senior MJ Farber will be continuing his football career at John Carroll University.
Senior Lauren Sienkiewicz will be continuing her softball career at John Carroll University.
Senior Cameron Hubbell will be continuing his football career at Westminster College.
Senior JP Allsopp will be continuing his soccer career at Thiel College.

On Wednesday, April 3rd at 9:00 am in the Poland Seminary High School Field House Lobby these student
athletes will be signing their letters of intent. Please join us in the High School Field House Lobby.

Poland Local Schools  |  3030 Dobbins Road  |  Poland, OH 44514
Phone:330-757-7000  |  Fax:330-757-2390