RttT in our Schools

The ILMS Student Council is helping their school get into the holiday spirit by hosting a food drive.  Students from all four grade levels are challenged to bring in nonperishable items to help feed people in need during the holidays.  The winning grade level will be rewarded for their generosity with an ice cream treat at lunch.

 Photo:  Left:  Tatum Reprogle; Right:  Libby Cotterman

Indian Lake Middle School student Cole Reynolds is one of 40 students nationwide whose LEGO creation was selected to be a part of THE ART OF THE BRICK exhibit in New York City.  The exhibition, featuring artist Nathan Sawaya, is composed of various works of art made exclusively from LEGO bricks.  The Discovery Times Square exhibit is expected to be the world’s largest display of LEGO art ever.  For more information visit:  http://www.discoverytsx.com/exhibitions/art-of-the-brick.

ILMS Honor Roll 1st 9 Weeks

8th Grade




Abigail Broseke

Aubrey Grider

Cameron Daniels

Christina Bowen

Connor Dixon

Delaney Woods

Jade Lewis

Jamie Toda

Jenny Kaffenbarger

Kaleb Vance

Kevin McLane

Madisyn Neal

Maryann Wahl

Mollie Swygart

Morgan Coppel

Nikolas Vance

Spencer Wolf

Tatum Reprogle

Terrin Bok

Tommy Meek

Alexa King

Anjel Dukowitz

Bill Horne

Brianna Burt

Brice Hyder

Brittney Neilsen

Ciara Wall

Cole Mefford

Collin Coburn

David Haley

Erick Lowe

George Lones

Gianna Hagedorn

Grace Weaver

Hailey Robinson

Hanna Hogue

Jordan Barhorst

Kale Shoffner

Kaleb Weirick

Kenny Cochnour

Lauren Anderson

Libby Cotterman

Logan Ingle

Madison Krock

Melanie Watkins

Nakiah Dague

Samara Jakeway

Sierra Lensman

Skylr Timbrook

Spencer Klauer

Aaron Brown

Tiffany Clark

Trevor Neeley

Abagail Harlow

Abby Blake

Alex Dircksen

Allie Gentis

Ashlyn McKinnon

Aubrey Johnson

Austin Rench

Brooke Thompson

Cameron Chamberlin

Carolyn Souder

Chase Flowers

Cheyenne Predmore

Cole Reynolds

Dakota Yoest

Dalton Williams

Darrian Dorsey

Destiny Shinkle

Drew Kreis

Dustin Dunfee

Dylan Knotts

Gabrielle Taylor

Gage Dempster

Haley Shaner

Hannah Park

Hunter Phillips

Jacob Zwiebel

Jessica Blankenship

Kameron Mathison

Kara Hoelscher

Katlyn Pence

Kelsi Poppe

Logan Miller

Madison Lykins

Michaela Arnold

Presley Breeding

Preston Wright

Sam Roach

Shelby Mays

Taylor Mayes

Taylor Whalen

Therese Miller

Tristin Goings

Tyann Scipio

Tyler Harvey

Tyler Thomas

Tyler Usas

Zach Bane

7th Grade




Celese Wischmeyer

Laura Downey

Lindsay Berg

Raina Amstutz

Alexandria Huynh

Ashlyn Huffer

Britney Pond

Caitlyn Young

Caleb Taylor

Colin Powers

Deanna Fry

Ethan Cummins

Jacob Zarnosky

Jaiden Kerns

Justin Collins

Lillie Elliiott

Mathew Kawalec

McKenzie Frost

Nya Worell

Peyton Farley

Trenton Devine

Trever VanHoose

AJ Stringfellow

Amber Seeley

Anna Harford

Anna Peterman

Breanna Thompson

Brianna Neilsen

Bryce Ramsey

Cadence Simon

Caleb Knief

Carter Even

Dakota McKinnon

Devin Haver

Emaleigh Wallace

Ezra Naylor

Haley Stidham

Hannah Dauber

Hannah Moore

Jonathan Ward

Julien Barnes

Kelly Shoffner

Kyler Liles

Logan Holycross

Logan Jakeway

Lukas Curtis

Macey Hurley

McKenzie Wood

Nathanial Severt

Nichole Ricketts

Noah Hurley

Owen Mosbarger

Richard Neilsen

Seth Shields

Sierra Kerns

Tiana Hughes

Tylor Satterly

Zolena Franklin

6th Grade




Alexis Stroud

Allison Knapp

Bethany Golliday

Carter Klauer

Ethan Coppel

Ethan Fulkerson

Ethan Pequignot

Gavin Dukowitz

Isabelle Young

Karma Williams

Kaya Campbell

Kaylee Shelton

Macey Taylor

Matthew Risner

Nathan Reichert

Nicole Wall

Pierce Wall

Rachel Davis

Rylee Halterman

Aliya McCoy

Amy Lonsway

Andrew Broseke

Austin Tron

Brianna Blair

Carder Hakes

Carter Burnside

Clay Jacobs

Colton Dugan

Gage Lowery

Hayli Ullom

Jessica Evans

Kassidy Crockett

Kristen Young

Landon Jacobs

Luke Smith

McKenzee Lewis

Megan Hook

Nikita Scheifele

Riley Ricketts

Star Mentzer

Tyler Roberts

Alyson Huffman

Austin McClain

Caitlin Voss

Callie Stidam

Catherine Thomas

Chloe Burba

Chloe Laing

Christopher Murphy

Cole Overbey

Elizabeth Elliott

Garrett Gross

Hayli Hamilton

Kinsey Krock

Kylee Morrison

Madison Flowers

Meagan Neal

Mercades Gerken

Miranda Arnold

Taylor Brentlinger

Trinity Romanowski

Trinton Bok

5th Grade




Ashlyn Shaner

Brandon Villa

Caden Hyder

Douglas Bungard

Ella Wagner

Hayden Pummel

Kale Long

Kayla Roberts

Kayli Barlow

Madalynn Heitkamp

Raelyn Parsell

Samantha Swygart

Carson Shepherd

Damien Opel

Derek Cline

Gracie Taylor

Jacob King

Julie Wietholter

Kayla Martin

Kyle Faulder

Kyleigh Huffer

Nathan Cummins

Ryan Braig

Tyler Fauley

Tyler Speakman

Alex Barnes

Allix Cotterman

Andrew Evans

Bostyn Moots

Brandan Rettig

Brian Downey

Chase Coburn

Chase Pence

Clark Cochenour

Courtney Hubbard

Darrick Curtis

Dylan Rice

Gabriel Gilliam

Grace Malarkey

Grace Moore

Hillary Hoying

Holly Harford

Isaac Roby

Jazzlyn Goings

Jeffrey Jennings

Joshua Staley

Karyl Webster

Kason Carruthers

Kyle Robinson

Lane Mefford

Lillian Roby

Madison Stevens

Maison Johnson

Melanie Reynolds

Mikaela Knappstein

Nederia Jakeway

Preston Slayter

Reese Lensman

Reid Notestine

Robert Benedict

Shiloh Peters

Wesley Gooding

Indian Lake Middle School recently held Spirit Week in support of their fall sports teams.  Students showed their Laker Spirit throughout the week by dressing to different themes like Hawaiian Day, Twin Day, Western Day and Laker Day.  The week the concluded with a Pep Rally where all fall sports participants were recognized. 


Photo 1:  The ILMS cheerleaders lead a cheer during the pep rally.

Photo 2:  6th grade teacher Chris Anders and students cheer on the Lakers during the pep rally.

Western Day:  8th grade teacher Scott Miller (left) and student Cody Mefford (right) show their school spirit on Western Day. 

Thirteen students were inducted into the Indian Lake Middle School Academic Hall of Fame on October 11th.  In order to be eligible for this honor, students must: maintain a 3.8 GPA, a 98% attendance rate, not be an excessive discipline problem, and have been enrolled at ILMS 70% of the semesters during their 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade years. 


Front Row (L to R):  Emma Powers, William Mitchell Schwieterman, Victoria Wauben, Katlyn Bowsher, Andrew Hulbert, Dalton Faler,

Row 2 (L to R):  Emily Walters, Nate Kaffenbarger, Rachel Kimmel, Tyler Reprogle, Alex Jacobs, Dylan Albright, Molly Schulz

Photo left to right:  Skyler McCafferty, Christina Wisener, Rylee Halterman


New Indian Lake Middle School 6th grade math and science teacher Christina Wisener works with students applying the steps of the scientific method to discover how many pennies a wet paper towel could hold. 

Students in Valarie Rapp's 8th grade American History class at ILMS took time to celebrate and learn about the United States Constitution on September 17th.  September 17th is known as Constitution Day in the United States.  Each student submitted an entry to a national contest, in which they were to design a poster that featured aspects of the Constitution and its meaning.  


Pictured are Lauren Anderson, Jamie Toda, and Terrin Bok.


Indian Lake Middle School raised $6,400.00 during their annual Mini-Relay-For-Life on May 16th.  The event continues to grow bigger and better each year.  This year students were able to spend time outside walking the track, playing cornhole, and dunking their teachers in a water tank.  When they needed a break from the heat and sun, students were able to go inside and play carnival games, race each other through an inflatable obstacle course, shop at the Relay Store, and enjoy snacks, sandwiches, and ice cream.  It was a fun-filled day when the entire school joined together to raise money for an important cause.  Thank you to numerous volunteers from the school and community that helped make it a success!

PTO Kindergarten Day
Vert shows kindergarteners a turtle.


Kids Care Art Fair

Our KIDS CARE ART FAIR will be held this coming Sat., April 13th and also Mon. 6-7:30 p.m.  Each class has worked very hard the month of February to use creative problem solving skills to come with our best ideas for who we can help in need and what to make in art class to make a difference.  In March they executed their plans by making the items they decided to sell.  In many cases we heard of an idea from another student and that student brought in an example to share.  We watched videos or practiced whatever skills we needed to make the projects successful.  Each class will have 2 projects at the fair.
Attached is a list of some of the things the students decided to make and who will benefit from their efforts.

It is a win-win-win.  The students learned new skills and get to experience the joy of making a difference through their art abilities.  The buyers enjoy the art and purchase high quality hand-made at a low price.  Of course, the charity who gets the proceeds will also benefit.

Special thanks to the Lamb family who chose to fund this grant proposal through the Logan Co. Ed. Foundation.  Also thanks to the many families who donated supplies and volunteer to help at the sale.  


Laker Zone Winners at ILES

ILES is so very proud of how well students stay in the Laker Zone!  The Laker Zone pledge says:

In my life I can do anything that helps others and myself learn,
In my life I can do anything that keeps others and myself safe,
In my life I can do anything that is helpful to others and myself!
Each grading term a student is chosen by each teacher as someone who exemplifies the Laker Zone pledge.  They each receive a Laker Zone t-shirt at an assembly!  Congratulations!  Here are pictures of the third term Laker Zone winners!


Project Based Learning at ILMS

The 5th grade students at ILMS recently completed a project based learning unit on rubber band race cars.  Students were given the task of building a race car that would be powered by only rubber bands and other household items.    They worked in science class to build and test their cars.  Through trial and error students discovered how potential energy can be converted to kinetic energy which then powered their cars.  In math class students had to measure distance and calculate speed.  In language arts the students reflected on what they learned and explained the changes that would be made if they were given the opportunity to build again.  The grand finale was a race held in the school gymnasium.  After several heats and elimination rounds the grand champions were Kaden Harford, Andrew Cox, and Carder Hakes. 

SADD poster contest

more participants
SADD poster contest participants

Indian Lake High School SADD students visited the Indian Lake Elementary fourth grade classrooms to discuss a variety of safety topics including: bicycle safety, Internet safety, stranger danger, age appropriate gaming, and the dangers of using drugs and alcohol. Fourth grade students then were given the opportunity to make posters showcasing any of these safety topics.  After much deliberation, SADD members chose five poster winners (pictured below): Melanie Reynolds, Nadeira Jakeway, Gracie Taylor, Raelyn Parsell, and Kayli Barlow.
Poster Contest Winners

Learning about math

Students in the fourth-grade at ILES are making arrays using ceramic tiles to understand multiplication.  Hands-on learning is not only fun, but students will remember better what they have learned and have a deeper understanding of the concept.
math arrays

ILHS Senior Meetings
Indian Lake High School Guidance Department recently conducted three informational sessions. The first was held on Tuesday, September 4th in the high school media center with parents of senior students. The second meeting was held on Wednesday, September 5th with the Indian Lake High School senior students. The third was conducted on Thursday, September 6th with the Indian Lake High School seniors that attend Ohio Hi-Point Career Center. All sessions addressed information regarding college and the senior year. If you have questions regarding the presentations, please do not hesitate to contact the high school guidance office at 937-686-8851. A copy of the PowerPoint presentation is available on the Indian Lake High School website at http://www.indianlake.k12.oh.us/HighSchool/HSGuidance.aspx


RttT at Indian Lake Local Schools

Ohio's Race to the Top (RttT) is part of a federal program designed to create a world-class education system in Ohio in which all students will graduate with a sense of purpose and be well prepared for college, work and life.  Indian Lake Schools is in the third out of four years of this federal program.  This grant money has provided the district opportunities to provide professional development, pilot the new teacher evaluation system, and provide current technology for staff and students.  You can find more information at www.indianlake.k12.oh.us .


Logan County College Fair at Indian Lake High School

The Logan County College Fair was recently held at Indian Lake High School. College Bound juniors and seniors from Bellefontaine, Benjamin Logan, Ohio Hi-Point Career Center, Riverside and Indian Lake attended the fair on Wednesday. A short question and answer session was conducted with a representative from four year public, four year private and two year technical schools in the high school auditorium.  Students then went to the auxiliary gym for time to meet with over sixty representatives from colleges, universities, technical schools, and the United States military.  Parents were encouraged to attend this event with their student.


ILHS Calculus

Calculus can be a difficult concept to understand.  Indian Lake High School’s Calculus teacher Mrs. Alexis Scheiderer understands that and is always trying to find ways to makes Calculus fun and more real life. The students shown here are using a graph on the floor to demonstrate a concept called “formal definition of a limit” for their classmates. Having the students physically move on the graph makes the concept more concrete.


Students picture, from left to right, Jessica Green, Jordan Keckler, Klay Nichols, Claire Maier, Kara Allison, Kelsey Allison, and Anna Yerian


 ILES BLT meeting

Indian Lake elementary teachers meet before school with principal Molly Hall to discuss completed surveys from the spring.  The surveys are being used to guide the instruction and planning for the school.  The building leadership team then reports to the elementary staff as well as to the district leadership team.  Community, parents, students, and staff input is greatly appreciated. Please contact the school with your questions and concerns.

Laker Spirit

    Things are off to a great start at ILMS this year.  The students are showing lots of school spirit and supporting the fall sports teams.  We have had very successful red-out and black-out days to promote school pride.  The middle school was even treated to a special assembly on September 12th to get students fired up for the year.  The marching band came over and performed their entire half-time show along with the color guard.   It was wonderful seeing everyone so excited about what is happening at Indian Lake this fall!

    Waiver Day


    On September 28, 2012 Indian Lake Schools used their first “Waiver Day.”  Waiver days are granted to school districts by the Ohio Department of Education to provide time for professional development.  The day started with building level meetings where teachers completed online learning modules that explained different ways to monitor and assess student growth throughout the school year.  A district-wide meeting was also held where teachers were introduced to Student Learning Objectives (SLOs).   These objectives must be written by every teacher and will be used to assess student growth.  After the meeting teachers met in content specific groups and began writing SLOs that will be implemented this year on a trial basis.  This is important for teachers because beginning next school year the SLOs will factor into teacher evaluations.

ILMS Hall of Fame

            Indian Lake Middle School held its Hall of Fame induction ceremony on October 12, 2012.  Eighteen current freshmen came back to the middle school to be honored for their achievement.  The ceremony began with music performed by the 7th and 8th grade choir and concluded in the media center with a cake and punch reception for the inductees and their guests.   The Hall of Fame is the highest honor given to middle school students.  To qualify students must meet strict attendance, academic, and discipline requirements for all four years they attend ILMS.


Twin Day

Mr. Scott Miller and Alex Jacobs show their school spirit on Twin Day at ILMS.

Indian Lake National Honor Society Tapping
Indian Lake High School held their National Honor Society tapping on Tuesday, October 9th. The tapping was conducted by current members of the local NHS
chapter under the direction of Claire Maier (Logan County NHS vice president) and Nathan Davis (ILHS NHS president). The following members were tapped and will be officially inducted at the November 8th Logan County NHS Banquet hosted by Riverside High School. Members are as pictured: (front row from left) Rebecca Meek, Kara Allison, April Bryant, Ashley Wall, Tarrah Berg (second row from left) Kylie Speicher, Brooke Defibaugh, Erin Jacobs, Brianna Fry, Ethan Downing, Sean Pusey (third row from left) Kelsey Allison, Daniel Fry, Megan Bingaman, Jacob Hulbert, Ben Wahl, Jacob Shoe (back row from left) Ashton Faler, Allison Knief, Christian Grider, Brennon Lump. Not pictured, Zach Collins
SADD Officers Elected
Below is a picture of the 2012-2013 SADD officers. Left to right, front row Member-at-Large Audriana Jordan, President Savannaha Osborne, Vice President Kelsey Allison. Back row is Secretary Brad McIntire and Treasurer Klay Nichols

The week of October 15-19 was Teen Driver Safety Week, daily tips were provided for safe driving with emphasises given to not texting and driving.  Indian Lake High School SADD is gearing up for Red Ribbon Week which is October 29-November 2. Each day will offer a different theme that encourages students to not use drugs. The days are as such:
Monday:  Black out drugs   Wear black or black out IL t-shirts
Tuesday:  Say peace out to drugs  Wear 70's dress or tye-dye
Wednesday:  Put a cap on drugs & hairs to a drug free life   Wear hats and have crazy hair
Thursday:  I'm to bright for drugs   Wear neon or bright colors
Friday:  Stay in the game, be drug free  Wear athletic wear or team jerseys



  FFA Hog Roast
Above is a picture from our FFA hog roast.  The boys in the picture are preparing a hog roast take out order.  From left to right they are Eliha Fisher-White, Lee King, Tyler Mullins and
Blake Wright.
The FFA Hog Roast was held on October 12th prior to the Grennon-Indian Lake Football game.  The hog roast grossed nearly $3900 in sales for the Indian Lake FFA, it was a record year.  The chapters members helped cook the meat and prepare all of the supplies for the event. Freshman FFA member Ashley Holycross sold 90 tickets presale herself. The money from the yearly hog roast helps members buy t-shirts, hoodies, and attending the National FFA convention. Also, for the past ten years, the Indian Lake FFA chapter has donated $200-$500 to Bikes to Tikes toy fund for Christmas toys for young children. 




Preliminary school results on Ohio’s 2011-2012 state tests and several related measures were released Wednesday by the Ohio Department of Education.  Indian Lake Local Schools is receiving the highest possible ranking, “Excellent with Distinction”.   Elementary principal Molly Hall remarked, “When I learned of our Excellent with Distinction district and building rating, I was extremely elated. I am so proud of our students and our staff.  Their hard work and dedication continue to amaze me.  This rating is just another reason why I am proud to be an Indian Lake Laker!”

Superintendent Patrick O’Donnell recognized the contribution of parents and the community.  “We have great, supportive parents who share in, and should be very proud of, this accomplishment,” he said.  Curriculum Director Kyle Wagner credits the overall improvement to the attention the district is giving to quality professional development provided by funds the district receives from the federal grant, Race to the Top.  


Sophomore class visits Ohio Hi-Point Career Center

On Friday, November 9 the Indian Lake sophomore class visited Ohio Hi-Point Career Center.  Students were able to tour 2 programs at Ohio Hi-Point.  Students interested in attending OHP for their junior and senior year can apply in the Indian Lake High School guidance office or on Ohio Hi-Point's website at https://adobeformscentral.com/?f=g0tMuDoSYe%2AKh3C49heAzg 
Attached is a picture of sophomore Josie Taylor, Dianna Meek and Alayna Hanson visiting the Culinary Arts lab at Ohio Hi-Point. Students visiting this lab were given a demonstration in basic cake and cookie decoration and then were asked to decorate their own cookie.  They also watched several of the current culinary arts lab students create fruit and vegetable art.

ILMS Food Drive

    The Indian Lake Middle School Student Council held their annual “Stuff the Turkey” food drive November 5-9.  The goal was for students to bring in non-perishable food items to be donated to local food banks and families in need.  Student council members collected and tallied items in the cafeteria before school each day for the week, and this year was incredibly successful with 1, 975 items donated!  The 5th grade brought in the most items and they were rewarded with an ice cream treat at lunch for their efforts.

8th graders visit Indian Lake High School
Indian Lake High School Guidance department recently held an information session that included tours of the high school to all of the current 8th grade students.   The tour allowed the students the opportunity to see the building and be introduced to the high school environment of learning.  After the tour, students were given a presentation regarding important information specific to the high school. 
Attached is a picture of Colleen Bodin High School Guidance Counselor addressing an 8th grade class.
Advice to our 8th grade students
Current students at Indian Lake High School were recently asked to share information about ILHS to current 8th graders. The students objective were to give advice to incoming freshman regarding life at ILHS.  Once recorded, junior Ashley Wall created a video that will be shared with the 8th graders in February when the counselors meet with them to choose their high school courses. Below is a picture of guidance counselors Colleen Bodin and Dana Davis interviewing current junior Erin Jacobs.

ILMS Builders Club

The members of the Indian Lake Middle School Builders Club are giving back to the community this holiday season.  Members have held dances, contests, and kept the school vending machine stocked as fundraisers this year.  They have raised nearly $1,000, and with the help of the Outreach Center and Logan County Children’s Services, they adopted three local families for the holidays.  Builders Club members have been busy shopping and wrapping presents to help make a few local families’ holiday seasons a little brighter.

Waiver Day A.L.I.C.E Training

On January 11, 2013, employees of the Indian Lake School District, in cooperation with Sergeant Scott Holbrook of the Hardin County Sheriff’s office and Washington Township Chief of Police Rick Core, were trained in A.L.I.C.E.   A.L.I.C.E. stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate and is an alternative to lockdown in case of a school shooting situation.  Traditionally, teachers and students have been
taught to lockdown or hide during a shooting situation, but A.L.I.C.E. training gives other alternatives such as countering or distracting shooters, and evacuating whenever possible.  District employees were taught the basics of the A.L.I.C.E method and, with the guidance of law enforcement, participated in a mock shooter situation.  The district will offer further training in the future as well.

ILMS ELP Future City

On Saturday, January 19th, the Indian Lake Middle School 6th-grade gifted/enrichment class competed in National Engineers Week Future City Building regional competition.  Twenty-four teams from Ohio competed for the chance to go to the national competition in Washington, D.C..  The Lakers won the “Rookies of the Year” award for 2013, and the team also earned Honorable Mention in the essay portion of the contest.   The competition consists of 5 components: a virtual city, the essay, a model, a narrative, and a presentation. The entire team researched for the essay, and it was written by Emaleigh Wallace.  Colin Powers, Caleb Taylor, and Kelly Shoffner created a virtual city to specifications on SimCity4, a city-building challenge game.  The entire team worked to create a model of a city of the future, utilizing several recycled items.  The model, as well as the essay, highlighted the team’s solutions to this year’s challenge:  “Re-think Run-off: Preventing Storm Water Pollution.”  Laura Downey, Lindsay Berg, Emaleigh Wallace, and Kelly Shoffner coordinated the artistic design and aesthetics of the model, and Bryson Britt wrote a narrative describing the features of the model.  Caleb Taylor, A.J. Stringfellow, and Ethan Cummins represented the team in 3 rounds of judging at the competition.  Special thanks to Logan County Engineer, Scott Coleman, for providing support to the Lakers.  The team is coached by Karyn Price, Gifted Intervention Specialist for the Logan County Educational Service Center.

ILMS Intramurals

Fifty-three Indian Lake Middle School 5th and 6th graders participated in intramural whiffle ball on January 31st.  ILMS, thanks to advisor Mandy Tidwell and volunteer teachers Jana McPherson, Melanie Asman, and Britnie Middleton offers 5th and 6th grade students a chance to stay after school once a month for various activities.  Basketball, whiffle ball, and kickball are just a few of the intramurals offered.  It is a terrific way for students to get some exercise and hang out and have fun with friends in a positive and safe environment. 

Candy Bar Sales

Indian Lake Middle School held an assembly on Friday March 1st to kick-off their annual candy bar sale campaign.  Middle school students will be selling Anthony Thomas candy bars for $1 each until March 18th.  The candy bars come in several delicious varieties:  peanut butter, caramel, almond, and crispy.  The funds from the candy bar sales go directly back to the students for various activities, incentives, and academic needs.