Pickaway County ESC
The Pickaway County ESC
The Pickaway County ESC is a county agency that serves the four school districts in Pickaway County: Circleville City Schools and Logan Elm, Teays Valley and Westfall Local School Districts, and Pickaway-Ross Career & Technology Center.
The ESC provides a variety of services to schools and students.
To learn more about those services and the history of educational service centers, click on the "About Our ESC" button at left.
From the Superintendent
What I Think... by Ty Ankrom

The recent long Thanksgiving weekend reinforced two things for me: The holiday season is definitely here and there never seems to be enough time to get everything done that needs to be done.

Thanks to technology, we have become a culture tied to work. Even when we have days off, there’s often a part of our brain that is thinking about what we didn’t do before we left and what is waiting for us when we return to the office.

With the holiday season upon us, the workload increases, bringing with it some extra stress.

Numerous studies have shown that people’s stress increases around the holiday season, as tasks – preparing holiday cards, going shopping, hosting meals or traveling to see family – are added to an already-full day.

An article on the Greater Good’s Web site (http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/) highlights three areas that are important to remember during this busy time. The one that probably makes the most sense may also be the hardest to implement: simplify.

The Center for a New American Dream, an organization that works to raise awareness of the negative impact of a hyper-consumer culture, was founded in 1997.

Considering that after Thanksgiving, retail has created a shopping mecca with Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, it may not be a moment too soon.

The Center has a free booklet available for download called Simplify the Holidays that covers topics such as gifts and spending, budgeting, and connecting with children.

In the section on Time and Stress is the following exercise:

List all of the holiday-related tasks that you were responsible for last year (e.g., buying gifts, making cards, decorating the house, entertaining guests, etc.). Put a star next to the activities you truly enjoyed.

After making the list, the book asks such questions as: “Which activities could you scale back to reduce stress?” and “Which activities could you cut out altogether?”  

I think this is – no pun intended – a simple way to prioritize what really is important to each of us at the holidays.

Download the booklet at http://act.newdream.org/page/signup/simplify-holidays-booklet.

Ty Ankrom is superintendent of the Pickaway County Educational Service Center. He can be reached at ty.ankrom@pickawayesc.org.




Community Connections
Learn about Pickaway County ESC's partnerships with county schools and its service through the Community Connections page that appears every other month in the Circleville Herald.
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Student News
2016 Franklin B. Walter Award winner
Nathan Reisch, a Westfall Senior, was selected as the 2016 Franklin B. Walter Award recipient.
To read about Nathan, click here.
ESC News and Updates
Stand Up for Public Schools
The Ohio School Boards Association posted an article from our Community Connections page as part of their Stand Up For Public Schools effort:

Ohio Center for Substitute Teachers
PCESC / OCST partnership provides high quality training for substitute teachers  
Online Graduate Credit Courses
The Pickaway County Educational Service Center is pleased to offer online graduate courses to educators. This service is possible due to a partnership between PCESC and two universities: the University of Phoenix and Ashland University.   To see a listing of the courses available, click on the "Downloads / Links" tab then look for the links under the "Resources" section.  
Satisfaction Surveys Demonstrate Steady Improvement of Services
Biennial Surveys Provide Data for Past Performance and Future Actions  
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PCESC Update
The PCESC Update is a bi-monthly newsletter written primarily for ESC staff members.  
Supplemental Educational Services (SES)
Pickaway County Educational Service Center is approved by the Ohio Department of Education as a Supplemental Educational Service (SES) provider.  Learn more about SES by clicking on the link.  
Upcoming Events
Board Leadership Academy
Wed Dec 7 2016
Governing Board meeting
Tue Dec 13 2016
Fri Jan 27 2017
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