Parent and Student Information
Requirements for Power of the Pen
Writers will have practice once a week until our district tournament in January. The writers who advance at districts, which is generally about ½, will compete in February at Malone University. Writers who advance from the regional tournament will compete at the College of Wooster in May. There are 6 writers for each grade level (7th and 8th). The team also needs alternates and runners. Those who do not make the top 6 are still encouraged to be part of the team and attend the district and regional tournaments. Runners are responsible for helping collect papers during the tournaments.
Many students are often involved in multiple activities and sports. Power of the Pen practices only once a week. I will try to pick a day of the week for practice when there are the least amount of conflicts, although with several students, it will not be perfect. Practice will start immediately after school in room 603. Rides need to be here at 3:45.
Power of the Pen does require a commitment to the team as well. Please discuss any other conflicts you may have in advance so that we can work together with other advisors and coaches. After the second unexcused absence, an alternate will take your place. If you are absent from school on practice day that would be excused. I want to be fair to everyone on the team. Please talk with me if there are concerns.
Each practice I also like to have a small snack and drink for the girls. After students commit to the team, I would like to make a schedule for students to volunteer to bring in a drink or snack. If everyone participates, it would only be one or two practices. Of course, this is voluntary and if your student can not bring in something, we can make other arrangements. Thank you for your help. All the writers have greatly appreciated it in the past.
Contact Information for Mrs. Ring
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
School phone- (330) 938-4333
Cell phone- (330) 209-9108
What is Power of the Pen? (from website)
POP is committed to being the leading interscholastic program in written expression. Originally designed for writers at the 7th and 8th grade levels, POP:
- Delivers interscholastic tournament competitions for young writers throughout Ohio.
- Assists teachers in the ongoing task of facilitating better student writing by providing quality tools and resources to identify, challenge, and reward excellence.
- Provides teachers with an educational network that shares ideas and instructional materials to improve students' expressive writing skills.
Because the ideas, dreams and beliefs of today's youth form the foundation of tomorrow's communities in Ohio, Power of the Pen is dedicated to helping young people find and develop a creative voice that is uniquely their own. It is a mission we will realize when we inspire every teacher and challenge every student to truly embrace the art of creative expression through writing as a life skill.
History of Power of the Pen (from website)
Almost every school throughout the nation has a football team, a basketball team, and a wrestling team. Why not a writing team? Why not a season of interscholastic writing events? Why not a regional competition for the best young writers in Ohio? Why not a State Finals to measure and reward the art of written expression?
These were the questions that inspired the vision and led to the birth of Power of the Pen in 1986 by its present Executive Director, Lorraine B. Merrill.
Lorraine's first interscholastic tournament was held at Nordonia Junior High School and attracted just a handful of schools. But more importantly, the initiative helped earn her recognition as a Christa McAuliffe Fellow by the U.S. and State Departments of Education (1988). As a consequence, she was granted a year's sabbatical to bring to life her vision of blending innovative teacher training with interscholastic writing competitions as a means of strengthening academic achievement among students at the middle school level. This was accomplished (1988-1989) with substantial funding support from the Gund, Knight, and Cleveland Foundations.
Incorporated as a 501(c)(3) organization at that time, the program has since grown to become one of Ohio's largest educational enhancement programs. More than 120,000 middle school students will benefit from Power of the Pen instructional methodologies this year, including more than 8,000 who will compete in formal Power of the Pen interscholastic writing tournaments.
I understand Power of the Pen will practice once a week. Parent pick up is at 3:45 in front of the Middle School. Writers will compete at a district and regional tournament. These will be held in January and February on a Saturday. After 2 unexcused practices, an alternate will be asked to take your place as a write if previous arrangements are not made.
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