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Online Ethical Discussions: Orrville High School’s SOAR web site


Orrville High School will be presenting on the topic of “Online Ethical Discussions: Orrville High School’s SOAR website”. SOAR or Student Organization for Academic Relations was formed to promote …

Orrville High School will be presenting on the topic of “Online Ethical Discussions: Orrville High School’s SOAR website”. SOAR or Student Organization for Academic Relations was formed to promote academic development among our highly motivated students. Led by teacher Jereme Scheufler, one of their first projects was to create a website using

The SOAR website quickly became a place where students, teachers and even community members joined discussion groups about topics ranging from school rules to global economic issues. Our presentation will include the history of Ethical Literacy® at Orrville High School as well as the development of the SOAR project, especially as it relates to the discussion of ethics using an interactive website such as NING.

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  • In Wayne county, rural, farming, AmishSmucker’s- ethics in business, invest in community rather than hold them hostageSmith Dairy- 100 years
  • Established 18 years agoTo take action to help school, communityCharacter development one of the first initiatives, work with IGE and Rush KidderCharacter Week community event
  • Steering committee includes subcommittees on communication, character, heartland point, success schoolBuilding donated by local bankHeartland supports financially and otherwise
  • OGT scores- indicators in Ohio for excellence
  • PLF will look different for different schoolsCurrent philosophy developed while at Woodridge
  • See copy of invitation letter in handouts


  • 1. Orrville High School
  • 2. Orrville High School
    Ethical Literacy® Initiative
    Phil Hatton- Principal
    Ethical Literacy® Team:
    Phil Hatton- Principal
    Doug Davault- Asst. Principal
    Diane Little- Heartland Representative
    Sarah Kutschinski- Teacher
    Jim Mankins- Study Hall Aide
    JeremeScheufler- Teacher
    Mike Hamsher- Teacher
  • 3. Orrville High School
    Located in Orrville, Ohio
    City of Orrville has a population of about 8,500
    “Home of Diversified Industry”
    World Headquarters of Smuckers
    JLG Industries
    Quality Castings
    Schantz Organ Co.
    And others…
  • 4. Orrville High School
    Heartland Education Community, Inc.
    Shift the focus from school to education and the responsibility from school to community
    Character Education is one of the 5 C’s.
    Community, Connecting Learning to Life, Critical Thinking, Character Development, Continuous Improvement
    Words of the Month- community generated
    Character Education Week
  • 5. Orrville High School
    Character Words
    Moral Courage
  • 6. Orrville High School
    Heartland Education Community, continued…
    Steering Committee- community leaders, school leaders, students
    Heartland Point- community gathering place
    Recent accomplishments- building projects, Success School
  • 7. Orrville High School
    Enrollment of 505, 450 in building
    Wayne County Schools Career Center
    13% minority
    25+% economically disadvantaged
    15% IEP
    43 certified staff, 63 total
    “Excellent” rating on State report card
    Composite ACT score of 21.6
  • 8. Orrville High School
    Ethical Literacy Initiative
    First meeting September 2007
    OHS Ethical Literacy Team met for 2 day workshop with Don Profitt in February 2008
    EL team- administrators, guidance, teachers, students
    Established goals and action plan
  • 9. Orrville High School
    Authentic Student Input
    Students should have the opportunity for input into school culture and procedures
    Professional Development from Within
    Provide opportunities for staff to develop and lead their own professional development
  • 10. Orrville High School
    Student Organization for Academic Relations
    Formed this year to encourage high performing students
    Includes discussion groups, academic competition, local business mentors
    Led by Jereme Scheufler
  • 11. Orrville High School
    SOAR website
    “free “ interactive website
  • 12. Orrville High School
    Next steps…
    Incorporate student input into building decisions (grade scale)
    Share with staff at staff meetings
    Utilize to develop ethics content, activities
  • 13. Orrville High School
  • 14. Orrville High School
    Phil Hatton
    Phone: 330-682-4661