Monday, September 19, 2022

September 2022

2022-2023 Cory-Rawson Local Schools Staff

We have so much to celebrate at Cory-Rawson as we begin the 2022-2023 school year! 

Summer provided the opportunity to complete important facilities updates and repairs.  Our teaching and administrative staff focused on growth as we participated in professional development over the summer months.  We had a record number of elementary students participate in our summer academy to explore creative writing, world cultures, and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics) while high school students earned a total of 16 credits during the secondary summer program.  Two of our teachers are semifinalists for the Findlay Rotary Club's Golden Apple Award; for the fifth year, our Girls Soccer team was awarded a United Soccer Coaches Team Academic Award; four CRHS students were selected to participate in Hancock Youth Leadership; a large number of students (and alumni) were successful in their efforts at the county fair including junior fair king Jacob Miles, Lamb and Wool Queen Megan Inbody and Goat Princess McKenna Huber; and, we proudly dedicated our weight room to memorialize Dominic Francis.

Arriving in your mailbox soon is The Voice, which provides our 2021-22 annual report highlighting progress on our strategic plan.  Working together with our community, our district made great progress and we look forward to even bigger wins over the next year.  It's a great time to be a Hornet!

Jay Clark, Superintendent

2022 Homecoming Court

Senior court members and kindergarteners
Freshman, sophomore, and junior court members

Freshmen - Katelyn Duffman and Dakota Peckham
Sophomores - Morgan McVetta and Preston Stump
Juniors - Lanie Kempf and Tobey Wittenmyer
Seniors - Makayla Gillfillan, Paige McVetta, Brynn Reese, Michael Bixler, Eric Davis, Tedo Jgushia
Kindergartners - Mackenzi Nonnamaker and Darren Greer

Student Picture Day September 27

Our PK-12 picture day is set for 9/27/22.  To place orders, visit . The elementary code is 6FLM8DYT and the high school code is 9RHTQWSL.

Reading Tree Dedication Set

Thank you so much to all that have contributed to Mrs. Wagner's Reading Tree. Your support in Mrs. Wagner's memory means so much to her family, friends, students and coworkers. The Reading Tree is almost complete!
The community is invited to the school on Friday, October 14th at 9:00 am when we will be dedicating this area to Mrs. Wagner's memory. Our staff and students will gather outside around the tree which is located behind the elementary wing, across from the playground on the west side of the school. After the dedication staff and students will be taking turns throughout the day reading around the tree to honor Mrs. Wagner's love of reading.

CRES Collecting Tabs and Caps

Thank you for your past and continued support of our recycling projects. Beverage can tabs and plastic bottle caps can be sent to school with students at any time. Beverage can tabs can be taken to Mrs. Wilson's classroom and bottle caps can be placed in the black container outside of the elementary office. Our tabs benefit Ronald McDonald House and the caps go to a local 4H group to make into benches.

Below is bottle cap information...
ACCEPTED CAPS: Small caps from food grade containers, household items. Snap-on (butter tub, coffee can, yogurt lids), small twist-off (medicine, drink bottle, milk caps), large twist (detergent caps), spout (squirt condiment caps), flip top (ketchup caps etc.)
NOT ACCEPTABLE CAPS: Any cap with metal pumps with metal spring inside - as on lotions, fast-food drink caps, lids or caps over 8" in diameter, or medical supplies

If you have questions please contact Becky Warren (

CRHS 2022-23 Class Officers 

  • Freshmen
    • President - Hank Walters
    • Vice-President - Jaylyn Patterson 
    • Secretary - Ava Price 
    • Treasurer - Alex Aukerman 
  • Sophomores
    • President - Morgan McVetta
    • Vice-President - Preston Stumpp
    • Secretary - Danielle Mason
    • Treasurer - Lorelai Yannelli
  • Juniors 
    • President - Makayla Oman 
    • Vice President - Emma Garver 
    • Secretary - Olivia Bacon 
    • Treasurer - Hunter Foust 
  • Seniors 
    • President -Madelyn Duffman
    • Vice-President - Brynn Reese
    • Secretary - Marah Price
    • Treasurer - Eric Davis

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SOS News

Kroger Rewards: You can now help out Cory-Rawson SOS by enrolling your Kroger card in a free program that gives a percentage of the money you have spent at Kroger back to a nonprofit organization that has signed up with them. Everyone can have their card attached to one organization which you can change at any time. To help your local school just go online to, sign in or create a new account, click on community reward, and search for either Cory-Rawson SOS or put in fg739 and select it. Thank you in advance for all who take the time to sign up! Your free donations will be going toward things like school supplies for the elementary along with school dances and mother and father events with their kids.

Amazon Smile: “Please consider signing up for Amazon smile and selecting Cory-Rawson as your donation of choice! Thank you in advance for all who take the time to sign up! Your free donations will be going toward things like school supplies for the elementary along with school dances and mother and father events for students.

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

August 2022 - Back to School

Back to School Guide


Stay connected!


We’re excited to get the 2022-2023 school year underway!

Below, you will find a number of resources and details for starting the school year - breakfast and lunch, school supplies, calendars and more.  

We take the safety of our students and staff seriously and continuously refine security measures.  Each year, our staff receives training through the Hancock County Sheriff's Office and we conduct annual drills and other exercises with first responders.  Additionally, we have a school resource officer, who is also a sheriff's deputy, dedicated to being on our school campus daily. 


New this year, we've added a secure entrance to the high school much like what exists at the elementary.  Students coming after the start of the school day or visitors to the building should use door B4 (near the auditorium).  We will continue to be vigilant about entrances being secure during the school day, which may mean that when attending an activity during the school day, you will need to sign in through our school offices.


Please encourage your children to speak up if they see or hear something concerning.  Unfortunately, we cannot be complacent about school safety.

Hancock Public Health is hosting back-to-school vaccination clinics on Tuesdays at their office.  Vaccinations are required in grades K, 7, and 12.  More details are available on this flier from the health department:

Successful schools are the result of strong partnerships with families and communities.  When you have a question, concern, or idea, please don’t hesitate to reach out to one of our administrators.  We strive to ensure that Cory-Rawson Local Schools offer the benefits of a small school while ensuring quality opportunities for all students and look forward to a school year full of growth for our students.

In our hearts, the green and gold,

Jason (Jay) Clark


Small school.  Big opportunities.

Cory-Rawson Back to School Guide  |  2022-2023

School Contact Information

Phone 419-963-3415

Cory-Rawson Elementary School (grades PK-6)

Principal: Dr. Cory Hilty  

Secretary:  Mrs. Susan Lambert  

Counselor:  Ms. Jamie Szykowski 

Social Worker (PK-12):  Mrs. Stephanie Price 

Cory-Rawson High School (grades 7-12)

Principal: Mrs. Brianna Gerten 

Secretary:  Mrs. Lisa Welch 

Counselor:  Mrs. Bethany Barnhart

Athletics & Facilities:  Mr. Caleb Scott  

New Student Registration

Students new to Cory-Rawson should contact the appropriate school office on or after August 22.  New student registration will take place Tuesday, August 23 11:00am to 6:00pm in the elementary school office.  Please use door A1.

Final Forms

We are eliminating paper forms through the use of Final Forms for student registration, emergency contact, medical, and athletics forms.  Returning families should consult an email sent by Final Forms May 23 for login information to Final Forms to complete the needed forms.  

HS Schedule Pick-Up

Students in grades 7-12 are invited to pick up class schedules on Tuesday, August 23 11:00am to 6:00pm in the elementary school office.  Please use door A1.

Hornet Launch Open House

Our K-12 "Hornet Launch" open house is scheduled for Tuesday, September 6.  The elementary will be open 4:00-6:30pm.  The high school will be open from 5:00-7:30pm.  Seventh grade orientation will take place in the auditorium at 6:30pm.  We encourage all families to stop in to meet our staff and get any questions answered.  Additionally, we'll have information on hand from different community organizations and activities.

School Supplies

Thanks to the generosity of SOS and area churches, school supplies will be provided to all K-6 students with the exception of a book bag, gym shoes, and lunch box.  Students in grades 9-12 should plan for typical school supplies such as binders, paper, pens, pencils and highlights.  Our junior high (grades 7 and 8) teachers have compiled this supply list.

Breakfast and Lunch

The USDA universal free meals program has ended, therefore we will return to pre-pandemic breakfast and lunch practices.  To access the free and reduced lunch application, go here.  

To access the online payment system, go here:

Lunch prices for 2022-2023:

  • Adults: $4.85

  • Grades 9-12: $2.60

  • Grades 6-8: $2.45

  • Grades K-5: $2.35

  • Breakfast: $1.35

  • Reduced meal prices are $0.40 for lunches and $0.30 for breakfasts

Lunch menus are available here.   For questions regarding food service, contact Kirsten Gast (

Bus Routes

Bus stops and pick-up/drop-off times will be available in the next few weeks.  We will notify families once that information is ready.   For questions about transportation, contact Ben Smith (

First Days and School Calendar

The first day of classes for preschool and grades 1-12 is Wednesday, September 7.  Kindergarteners have screening appointments September 7-9 and have their first day on Monday, September 12.  

Visit our website for updated school events.  The calendar for the 2022-2023 school year is accessible here.

Small school.  Big opportunities.

Friday, June 17, 2022

June 2022

Cory-Rawson's submission won the Ohio Department of Transportation's Paint the Plow contest.  CRHS students chose to honor Dominic Francis with their snow plow art. 

Summer Meals and Mobile Library at New Hope Church

Cory-Rawson will once again offer the summer meal program. Free hot meals will be available for any child, ages 1-18 (adults can purchase for $4.00). Pick-up/drive-through only at New Hope Church in Rawson Tuesdays and Thursdays starting June 7 and ending August 25. In addition to the tasty lunches, Mrs. Stockwell will have the mobile library available, too!

CRES Summer Program - Deadline July 15

CRES is offering summer programming Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays August 2-18 for students who will be in grades 1-6 in 2022-23. Offerings will include creative writing, STEAM, art, fun with foreign language, and more! More details, including registration information, are available here:

Final Forms Reminders for 2022-2023

Cory-Rawson Schools will begin using Final Forms for the 2022-2023 school year.  Final Forms is an online portal that allows us to eliminate paper forms and better ensure that we have accurate student contact information. Any student information that changes throughout the school year can be changed by the parent/guardian through the website, which will alert our school secretaries giving us timely notification of needed updates. Additionally, for families with multiple students, information can be copied from one child to the next eliminating writer's cramp!
On May 23, 2022, parents of students who will be in grades K-12 for 2022-23 received an email from Final Forms with instructions on how to login and use this system.  Final Forms will be used for K-12 school registration and 7-12 grade athletics.

For 7-12 athletic registration, please complete prior to August 1 so that we can remain in contact regarding practices for the fall sports. Mr. Scott will upload the physical information for students who did their sports physical here at school May 18. Otherwise, those participating in sports can print their physical form or obtain one from the office here at school and return it completed by a medical provider.

K-12 school registration can be completed anytime between now and the start of next school year for all students.

Donate to the Cory-Rawson Community Armed Forces Honor Garden

Help make the Cory-Rawson Community Armed Forces Garden a reality! Learn more about the details of donating by going to the project website today!

School Foodservice Updates

For the 2022-23 school year, we will not be able to offer free meals to all students and will be going back to pre-COVID procedures where we require families to fill out free and reduced applications.

Free and reduced applications for the 2022-23 school year must be submitted after July 1. We will email a link to the application to families on July 1.

To add money to student accounts, we accept cash or checks at the cash register daily, or you may add money online at You may also monitor student accounts, set up autopay or set up low account reminders through this website. If you have not set one up, instructions to create an account can be found at the link above.

For questions, contact Kirsten Gast at

Title IV-B Notice

The Cory-Rawson Local Schools will once again be receiving the Title VI-B funds. These funds are used to supplement special education and special needs programs already in place in the school district and county. This allocation is earmarked to help pay for the special education services Cory-Rawson Local School students receive through the Hancock County Educational Service Center. The school district would like to continue to use its Title VI-B money for this purpose. If you have any questions or comments pertaining to the use of these funds or our special education programs, please contact the superintendent's office.

Friday, May 6, 2022

May 2022

There has been so much to celebrate at Cory-Rawson over the last month!  

The Cory-Rawson team at the Hancock County Math Contest had more success than ever before in the history of the competition.  Our athletic director, Mr. Scott, was chosen to receive the Northwest Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Administrator Association's Horizon Award.  The high school concert band earned a "superior" rating at state OMEA large group adjudicated event.  We welcomed back alum Nate Traucht to talk with our students and instruct on weightlifting.  Three CRHS students graduated from Hancock Youth Leadership.  And, before we know it, we'll be sitting in The Hive at the commencement for the class of 2022!  To read more about all of the accomplishments this school year, check out our Pride in the Hive list!

All of this is possible thanks to the commitment of our staff.  Thanks to all of our custodians, teachers, bus drivers, administrators, food service employees, secretaries, and aides for their role in providing big opportunities to our kids and community!

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

April 2022

The end of the school year is in sight as we began the fourth quarter in late March. Pictured above are images from our 8th/9th grade Washington, DC trip last month. These experiential learning opportunities are so impactful and I appreciate our staff who make them a reality for our students.
Prom will take place this weekend, the CRHS band and choir depart Sunday for Florida where they will perform at Universal Studios, our students are in the midst of state testing, and the second Community Day is slated for May 3. The end of the school year is always a whirlwind!

Signs to support the Francis family & law enforcement

A community member had yard signs made the support Dominic Francis's family and law enforcement.  They are asking for $10 donation per sign to cover the cost of the sign and also to provide a donation to the Francis family.  If you would like a sign, please contact Susan Wittenmeyer at 567-208-8798.

Hancock County Student Showcase: 4th Annual Advanced Student Art Exhibit

Congratulations to senior Jen Davidson who received Best of Show and Honorable Mention at this evening’s awards ceremony! Anyone can check out the showcase from April 4-27 at the Fisher/Wall gallery in the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts (11am-4:30pm Monday-Friday).
Congratulations to all of the CR students who had artwork selected for the Hancock County Student Showcase! All of their artwork will also be displayed at our school show on May 7th: Jen Davidson, Averie Elchert, Faith Bowersox, Jacob Thompson, Luna Arledge, Raegan Cooper, Katelynn Cascaden, Katelin Rutherford, Makayla Gillfillan, Torrie Moyes, Korryn Karcher, Eric Davis, Tori Williams, Abbie Schmuck, Matthew Burkholder, Brock Boehm, Angela Hohman, Blue Marquart, Lily Peterman, Hunter Foust, Jaylyn Smith, Preston Stumpp, Trevor Hibbard, Grant Welte, Keegan Sammet, Madelyn Duffman, and Paige McVetta.

Easter Break Reminder

Students at Cory-Rawson will be on Easter break starting Thursday, April 14 and return to school Monday, April 18, 2022.  Thursday, April 14 is a staff professional learning day.

Careers at Cory-Rawson

If you look to make a difference and seek to work with a strong team, check out the current job openings at Cory-Rawson.  Additionally, we're always seeking quality substitute bus drivers, teachers, aides, custodians and food service employees.

Friday, March 4, 2022

March 2022

CRES students engaging with author/illustrator T.L. McBeth.

CRES Right to Read Week:  A book a day keeps the monsters away!

Cory-Rawson Elementary School is celebrating Right to Read Week March 7-11, 2022!

The book fair will be open to class visits throughout the week and during our Family Literacy Night. For details on the book fair, click here.

  • Monday - Read a shirt day - Wear any shirt with school-appropriate words.
  • Tuesday - Reading knocks your socks off - Wear your crazy socks. Or don’t wear any socks at all!
  • Wednesday - Cozy up with a good book - Wear your favorite winter hat, fuzzy socks, or pajamas.
  • Thursday - Wild About Reading - Wear any animal print or animal shirt.
  • Friday - Monster University Day - Wear your favorite school or university colors.

Cory-Rawson Kindergarten Registration & Screening for 2022-23
It is time for 2022-23 Kindergarten registration and screening. Screening is scheduled for March 22, 2022.  We are excited to welcome and meet our new Hornets! Please complete both the registration and sign up for an appointment.

Kindergarten Registration
Kindergarten Appointment Signup

School Calendar for 2022-2023 Approved
At its February meeting, the Board of Education approved the school calendar for 2022-2023.  That can be found here.

Community News

Community Heart and Soul

The Cory-Rawson community (villages of Jenera, Mt. Cory, Rawson, and rural areas) is invited to learn more about the Community Heart and Soul project.

What is Community Heart and Soul? The Community Heart & Soul model is a resident-driven catalyst for change that brings people and their elected officials together to build stronger, healthier, and more economically vibrant small cities and towns based on what matters most to everyone.

Please join us at an informational meeting on Tuesday, March 15, 2022 at 7:00pm in the Jenera Park Community Building (18800 State Route 698, Jenera, OH 45841) to learn more!

Monday, February 7, 2022

February 2022

Looking ahead... CRES first graders created a mini-time capsule on 2-2-22 that they will open their senior year on 3-3-33.

Remote Learning Days

At this point, we have had six traditional calamity days ("snow days") for students, one of which was a remote professional development day for staff. Future school cancellations will  be considered remote learning days for students.  Expectations specific to each building will be provided to teachers and families by principals at that time.

Upcoming Dates to Note

Registration forms were sent home for the upcoming youth softball season. Please fill out the forms and return them to the office. Registration deadline is March 1, 2022.
Contact Jessie Haley at with any questions. Thank you.

We have PRIDE in the HIVE!

Check out some of the reasons we're proud of our students at Cory-Rawson.

Kindergarten Registration & Screening

Kindergarten Screening will be held on Tuesday, March 22, 2022 at Cory-Rawson Elementary School.

The following items will be required that day for registration purposes:
  1. Child's Birth Certificate. This must be the certificate issued by the County Health Department. Hospital Record of Birth is not an acceptable document.
  2. Social Security Card
  3. Current Immunization Record
  4. Any court documents that pertain to the child. This includes custody paperwork, adoption documents, etc.
  5. If this is an Open Enrollment registration, the additional Open Enrollment paperwork must also be completed and returned to the Superintendent's office. This registration, along with the Kindergarten Screening, does not guarantee Open Enrollment acceptance.
In addition to submitting this form, please sign up for a screening appointment date and time at the link here:

If you have questions regarding any part of the Kindergarten Registration process, please contact Susan Lambert at or by telephone at (419) 963-7017 option 1.

CRHS Students Successful at Solo & Ensemble

Congratulations to the many CRHS students who participated in HS Solo & Ensemble Adjudicated Events held at Lima Senior HS on Saturday, January 29th!
Superior (I) Solos: Matthew Bechtol, Class A French Horn; Jacob Egts, Class A flute; Hunter Foust, Class C trumpet; Morgan Huber, Class B trombone; and, Becca Ludwig, Class C clarinet.

Superior (I) Ensembles: Flute trio (Jacob Egts, Hannah Fornof, Jaylin Patterson),

Clarinet Choir (Brock Boehm, Emma Garrison, Becca Ludwig, Raigan Smith, Natalie Waltz, Angela Hohman), Saxophone Quintet (Malia Lee, Hank Walters, Keira Witteman, Evelyn Waltz, McKenna Huber), Trumpet Trio (Hunter Foust, Madi Boehm, Keegan Sammet), Mixed Brass Quartet (Brynn Reese, Matthew Bechtol, Morgan Huber, Dani Mason), Low Brass Quartet (Jenison Davidson, Trevor Hibbard, Haden Johnson, Caleb Goldsberry), Percussion Ensemble (Eric Davis, Carson Skulina, Blake Boehm, Connor Sons, Owen Sammet, Ethan Schimmoeller).

Excellent (II) Ensemble: French Horn Trio (Kennidy Stanfield, Matthew Bechtol, Lily Peterman)

Athletic Department News

Karissa Welte Named Hometown Stations Scholar Athlete of the Week
Senior Karissa Welte was named WLIO Hometown Station's Scholar Athlete of the Week for the week of January 31, 2022. Karissa was recognized for her efforts in the classroom and on the basketball court. Karissa, one of the top students in her class, sat down with WLIO's Tyler Seggerman to discuss her success on the court and in the classroom. Congratulations, Karissa! Her interview can be seen at the link below.

Alumnus Recognized for Efforts at BGSU
2021 graduate Clayton Skulina was recently named the intern of the month for the Bowling Green State University Athletics Marketing team. Clayton is involved in the Air Force ROTC program at BGSU and just recently received a promotion in the program. Clayton was also just named to the Dean's List. He is a Business major currently in his first year at BGSU.

OHSAA Tournament
Both the girls and boys basketball programs received their opening round tournament bids for the 2022 OHSAA Tournament. The girls open the OHSAA Tournament against Holgate on February 17 at 5:30 PM. The game will be played at Van Buren High School. The boys basketball program will open tournament play at Bluffton University as they play Kalida on February 22 at 5:30 PM.

September 2022

2022-2023 Cory-Rawson Local Schools Staff We have so much to celebrate at Cory-Rawson as we begin the 2022-2023 school year!  Summer provide...