Josh Biederstedt, Superintendent

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Senior Citizens' Lunch

Wednesday, January 14

PH is once again inviting district residents age 60 and over to eat lunch in the high school cafeteria during the school year with the superintendent.  The first lunch of the new school year will be Thursday, September 6th at noon.  The meal is free and includes a beverage.  Please come and bring a friend!

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A couple of weeks ago our district and community experienced the tragic deaths of Xavier and Aidan Wensink, two young men that were both very talented and well liked.  While we continue to grieve, we are very appreciative of the way many surrounding school districts and communities showed their love and support to our students and staff, as well as to the Wensink family.  We are very blessed to live in such a caring part of the state.

As we close out our last nine weeks of the school year, I would like to highlight a few upcoming events.  For a complete listing of school activities and athletics, please visit the district website or the annual calendar.

The spring sport season is under way for the junior high and high school students.  Our district will be hosting two track invitationals this week.  The Middle School will be hosting the Patriot Invitational on Friday, beginning at 4 pm.  Saturday the High School will be hosting the Joe Tussing Patriot Invitational beginning at 9 am.

The High School Musical and Art show will be Thursday, April 19th through Saturday, April 21st.  This year’s musical is The Sound of Music, and it will start at 7:30 p.m. each night.  There will also be a Saturday afternoon performance at 2:00 p.m.  Tickets are available at the high school and at the door.  Everyone is encouraged to attend the musical and take time to view the artwork of our students.  It will be an enjoyable time for all.

I would like to remind parents that the Kindergarten Clinic is scheduled for April 11th and 12th.  Parents planning to enroll their child in kindergarten for next school year should contact the Elementary immediately to get the paperwork and schedule an appointment.

The Music Department will be having a Grades 5-12 Choir Concert on Monday, April 30th in the high school gymnasium.  The concert begins at 7 pm and the public is welcome.

In closing, I would like to congratulate David Baden for qualifying to participate in the Intel International Science Fair.  David earned the honor due to his success at the Regional Science Fair that was held at Northwest State Community College in March.  The International Science Fair will be held in Pittsburg in May.

If ever you have questions about our school district, feel free to contact me at 419-274-4853.


As the school year draws to a close, I would like to inform you of several end-of-year events and reflect on my tenure at Patrick Henry.

I would like to invite our community to attend the high school awards program on Tuesday, May 15th at 9 a.m. in the high school gymnasium.  Students will be honored for their academic successes from this past school year, and many of the seniors will be presented with a variety of scholarships.  District residents and organizations are responsible for providing local scholarships that our students receive.  Everyone who contributes to these scholarships is greatly appreciated!

The last day of school will be Thursday, May 24th.  I would like to remind our parents that we will have a 2-hour early dismissal on this last day of school.  All buildings will release at 12:58 p.m.  For those parents whose children do not ride the bus, please make arrangements to have your children picked up promptly as our teachers will be in end-of-year meetings after the students are released.

I would like to encourage everyone to attend our high school graduation that will take place on Sunday, May 27th in the high school gymnasium at 2:00 p.m.  There will be plenty of seating, so I would encourage everyone to come and show your support for our graduates.

As we look ahead to the next school year, families that are currently attending Patrick Henry through Open Enrollment have until June 15th to return their application for next school year.  Anyone new interested in having their children attend our school under Open Enrollment should complete the application form on our website and submit it to the Superintendent’s Office no later than July 31st.

I am retiring in July after thirty-four years in education, the last twenty-two being at Patrick Henry.  I have thoroughly enjoyed living and working in the PH school district.  I am grateful to all the board members I have worked with for allowing me to have the opportunity to serve our school system in three different administrative capacities.  I have been blessed to work with outstanding employees, and have especially enjoyed the working relationship with the principals and supervisors.  Our district has changed greatly over the past two decades, and I am proud to have been able to be a part of that change in one capacity or another.  As I told our employees in my email announcing my resignation, it has been an honor and a privilege to work in the Patrick Henry School District.

In closing, I would like to congratulate the seniors and praise all the parents, our employees, and everyone else that is involved with our students.  It has been a successful and productive school year.  Enjoy your summer!

If ever you have questions about our school district, feel free to contact me at 419-274-4853.

I would like to share some upcoming events and important information in regards to next school year.  Tonight will be the grades 6-12 choir concert in the high school gymnasium beginning at 7:00 p.m.  Tomorrow, March 6th, our middle school will be hosting the annual Henry County Spelling Bee beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the middle school gymnasium.  Wednesday, March 7th our district has a planned 2-hour delay for teacher professional development.

Screening will be starting next week for parents interested in having their child attend preschool next school year.  The first of two screenings will be Monday, March 12th at Holgate United Methodist Church from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The second screening will take place on Monday, April 16th at Crossroads Church in Napoleon.  Anyone interested in having their child screened should call the Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center 1-567-444-4818 to schedule an appointment.  Screenings are free for children three to five years old who live in Henry County. Screenings show how your child is developing when compared to his/her peers of the same age.

I would like to remind parents that the Kindergarten Clinic is scheduled for April 11th and 12th.  Parents planning to enroll their child in kindergarten for next school year should contact the Elementary at 419-274-4925 to get the paperwork and schedule an appointment.  Please remember that PH started a new kindergarten opportunity that is called Early 5 Kindergarten.  The goal of this program is to provide an opportunity for the younger five-year-old students that are not quite ready for kindergarten to start school.  The students would then attend the traditional kindergarten class the following year.  To enable more students to participate in this Early 5 Kindergarten program, our district moved the date back to September 30th in which students must turn five to enter kindergarten.  We encourage parents of all students that will be five years old by the deadline to participate in the kindergarten screening.

The interest level and number of open enrollment students from the Custar area increases each school year.  To enable families in the Custar and Milton Center area to have their children attend PH under open enrollment, we will run a bus to Custar next school year if we have at least 10 new students that will open enroll and be picked up there.  Anyone from the Custar and Milton Center area that would like to open enroll for the 2018-2019 school year and have their child be picked up in Custar should contact the Superintendent’s Office at 419-274-4853 by April 30th.  If we have a minimum of 10 new students by April 30th we will move forward with this plan.  Feel free to share this information with someone in the Custar and Milton Center area that you think may be interested.

If ever you have questions about our school district, feel free to contact me at 419-274-4853.

January is school board member appreciation month. At Patrick Henry, our board members are performing their duties with an emphasis on what is best for the children they serve. I would like to recognize school board members Eric Bostelman, Mike Knueven, Kris Kryder, Konnie Meyer, new member Mark Feehan and former member Sara Dishong, for their dedication and commitment to our school district. Your service makes a positive difference in our school district!

Kindergarten clinic and preschool screenings are approaching. Anyone with a child that will be attending kindergarten, or considering attending kindergarten during the 2018-2019 school year, should stop in at the Patrick Henry Elementary office between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. during February to pick up a registration packet. You will need to fill out the registration packet and return it to the elementary school. Once the registration packet is returned, you will be able to schedule a time for the kindergarten clinic, which will be held Wednesday, April 11th and Thursday, April 12th. The following information is needed:

1. Child’s immunization (shot) record.

2. Certified copy of the child’s birth certificate (the birth record from the hospital is not acceptable). You may obtain a copy from the health department in the county and state where the child was born.

3. Custody papers, if applicable

4. Copy of a physical completed after August 1, 2017, if available.

I want to remind residents that we started a new kindergarten opportunity this year that we call Early 5 Kindergarten. The goal of this program is to provide an opportunity for the younger five-year-old students that are not quite ready for kindergarten to start school. The students would then attend the traditional kindergarten class the following year. To enable more students to participate in this Early 5 Kindergarten program, our district moved the date back to September 30th in which students must turn five to enter kindergarten. We encourage parents of all students that will be five years old by the deadline to participate in the kindergarten screening.

Preschool screening dates have been set for parents interested in having his or her child attend preschool next school year. The screenings will be March 12th at the Holgate United Methodist Church from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and on April 16th at Crossroads Church in Napoleon from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Anyone interested in having his or her child screened should call 1-567-444-4818 to schedule an appointment. Screenings are free for children three to five years old that live in Henry County. The screenings are designed to inform you how your child is developing when compared to his/her peers of the same age. Children are checked in the following areas: vision and hearing, speech and language skills, small and large muscle movement, personal-social emotional development, and problem solving abilities.

Feel free to share this preschool information with anyone in the community that has a child meeting the appropriate age range. Please remember that the preschool for students with disabilities housed at Patrick Henry is managed by the Northwest Ohio Educational Center and all screening questions need to be directed to the phone number provided above.

I would like to remind PH residents age 60 and over that this Thursday, February 1st, is the next lunch with the superintendent at noon in the high school cafeteria. The cost is $2.00 and includes a beverage. Please plan to attend and bring a friend!

If ever you have questions about our school district, feel free to contact me at 419-274-4853.

In this article I would like to discuss three areas of school revenue, namely Rover pipeline money, the district’s Emergency levy, and property tax revenue.  First let’s look at the Rover pipeline money, while local landowners have received payments for easement agreements, the school district has not received any money for the pipeline.  I have been told that the pipeline needs to be fully functional before a value will be assigned to it, and that a value probably won’t be assessed on the pipeline any earlier than 2019.  Since property taxes are paid a year behind, it would appear that no pipeline tax money would be paid to the school district until at least calendar year 2020.

Estimates are that our district could receive between $1.8 million and $3 million in tax revenue in the first year that Rover has to pay property taxes.  We have been forewarned that whatever dollar amount is paid in taxes in the first year will be the highest we ever receive, as the company will take measures to lower their future taxes paid.  In other counties, the pipeline tax revenues have dropped by as much as 50% after the first year of collections.

On the surface it looks like the district will have a very generous revenue stream from the pipeline.  So some individuals are questioning with the pipeline revenue coming in the future, why is the district trying to renew the Emergency Levy.  I would use a scenario that if you knew you were going to be inheriting money in the future, and you wanted to make a major purchase with that money, but there was uncertainty over the amount you might receive and when you would receive it, wouldn’t you wait to make your major purchase until you actually received the money and know the amount?  That is the similar scenario our district is faced with except it is about receiving property tax money.  We know we are going to get the pipeline money, but we don’t know for sure when or how much.  Therefore, we are not going to consider letting a tax levy expire until we really know what finances we will be receiving for the pipeline.

Our district is currently receiving $746,765 a year from an Emergency Levy that will expire at the end of 2018.  If the levy is not renewed and we don’t receive pipeline tax money until 2020, our district will have lost $1.1 million dollars in revenue, which is a year and a half of collections, before we receive any money from the pipeline taxes.  In addition, Henry County just went through a reappraisal.  The net results of the reappraisal have our school district’s assessed valuation (the value of the property in our school district) decreasing by $16 million dollars.  Due to this decrease in value, our district will lose $65,000 in property tax revenue starting in calendar year 2018.  Prior to receiving any tax money from the pipeline, our district would lose $97,500, which is a year and a half of collections.  If you add the lost revenue from not renewing the Emergency Levy with the lost revenue from our district’s reduction in value, our school district could lose a total of $1.2 million dollars in revenue prior to receiving any money from pipeline taxes.  The pipeline money could just be replacing revenue that our district has lost.

There will be more articles about the amount of pipeline tax revenue coming to Henry County once it gets closer to Rover having to pay taxes.  I would like the residents of the Patrick Henry School District to remember that when there are revenue numbers mentioned for Henry County, that the pipeline does go through areas that are not in our school district, so please don’t think that the Henry County pipeline revenue total is the amount of money that will be going to our school district.  Furthermore, even with the pipeline that does go through our district, there will be other entities getting pipeline revenue.  In addition to Patrick Henry receiving money, the following will also be getting money:  Monroe and Richfield Townships, Henry County, Henry County Health Department, Henry County Senior Center, Henry County Board of DD/Hope Services, Henry County South Joint Ambulance District, Four County ADAMhs Board and the Four County Career Center. 

The school board and administration have been good stewards of our tax money.  The last tax levy approved for operating expenses was the Emergency Levy in 2012.  This levy was needed to stabilize our district financially.  After receiving the money and becoming financially stable, our district let a 2.45 mill operating levy expire at the end of 2015.  It is rare that a school district lets an operating levy expire.  I would point to this action as proof that our school board will make a fiscally responsible decision for our school district residents about maintaining current levies once we know for sure the pipeline tax situation.

If you have questions about the potential pipeline revenue or our school district in general, feel free to contact me at 419-274-4853.


In today’s article, I will talk in layman’s terms about School Safety Plans. A state law went into effect in 2014 that mandated each school building in the state to develop a Safety Plan and submit it to the Ohio Department of Education and local emergency responders. After the initial plan is submitted, the plan is to be reviewed each year, and every three years the written plan must be resubmitted.

There are four components of the Safety Plan. There is the comprehensive plan that addresses a variety of hazards and threats and a protocol for responding to those situations. A second component is detailed floor plans of each floor of the school building. The third component is a site plan, which is an aerial view of the building and surrounding area that identifies the building and nearby roads. The final component is an Emergency Contact list, which provides phone numbers of administrators and key employees that police can contact during an emergency. This document also contains signatures of community law enforcement and safety officials that have received a copy of the Safety Plan.

The state provides a detailed template for building administrators to use to create a Safety Plan. We appreciate the valuable input and cooperation that we have received in the creation of our plans from the Henry County Emergency Management Director, the Henry County Emergency Planning Committee Director, the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, the Deshler Police Department, and all of the fire departments located in our school district.

Most people remember from their school days of having fire drills and tornado drills. The state has also added safety drills to the list of drills that schools must complete annually. In addition, the state requires schools to conduct three types of tests over a three-year period. The tests are a Tabletop Exercise, a Functional Exercise, and a Full Scale Exercise. The Tabletop Exercise is a discussion of a hypothetical situation amongst school personnel. The Functional Exercise is designed to practice a part of the safety plan such as a building evacuation or a lockdown. The Full Scale Exercise, as an example, could simulate an actual intruder with the staff and students having to react according to the circumstances they are confronted with. This exercise could also include first responders.

Our principals have been instrumental in promoting school safety. Our district has sent administrators to ALICE training, and the principals have arranged numerous professional development opportunities for our staff regarding school safety. Our principals have also collaborated with the Henry County Sheriff’s Department to test various components of our safety plan. Some simulations have been with staff only, but we have also practiced active intruder situations that have included students.

School safety even had an impact in our recent building project. The entrance to the high school was renovated to locate the office at the entrance of the building, and to force visitors to enter the building at the office. Now all three buildings have that same entrance pattern that we believe enhances the safety of our students and staff. During the construction process we also upgraded our phone system and P.A. system to be able to have instant communication district-wide; and we now have over 80 security cameras so that all activity inside and outside the buildings can be monitored and recorded.

The safety of our staff and students is a high priority at Patrick Henry. We will continue to practice the various components of our safety plan to enhance the safety of all.

If ever you have questions about our school district, feel free to contact me at 419-274-3015.

In today’s article I would like to inform readers about an $850,000 21st Century Community Learning Center grant that our elementary school successfully obtained.  The money from this federal grant will be dispersed over five years and will facilitate before and after school programming. The rules of the grant are that the money may be used for new educational opportunities, but not to fund our current operations.  Locally, it is referred to as PALS (Patriots Achieving Learning Success), and will serve a targeted group of students in grades K-4 with academic enrichment, along with a broad range of additional services, programs, and activities.

The vision of PALS is that all children regardless of ethnicity, income, or disability will achieve academic success, positive youth development, family engagement opportunities, and community involvement. Patrick Henry Elementary is committed to providing positive, integrated instruction and helping every child achieve on-track status in each grade level K-4. PALS will provide a safe and supportive before and after school environment where the academic, nonacademic, health, and social service needs of children and families are met so children are better able to achieve academic success.

If this grant sounds familiar, it is because the HS/MS received this same grant four years ago.  The HS/MS grant, which we locally call Project Revolution, is in the last year of their five-year grant cycle. I look forward to the engaging and enriching events that these grants will offer to our students and families throughout the year.  Kudos to the Northwest Ohio Education Service Center for their collaboration in our district obtaining this grant, and congratulations to Elementary Principal Bryan Hieber and his staff on this great accomplishment. 

Our district is receiving other grants this school year also.  In addition to the two 21st Century Community Learning Center grants, we are receiving various federal Title grants, a “High Schools That Work/Making Middle Grades Work” grant, and a Wellness grant.  Patrick Henry is currently scheduled to receive over $750,000 in grant money this school year.  I commend the efforts of our staff members in pursuing grant money to enhance the education being provided to the students of our school district.

If ever you have questions about our school district, feel free to contact me at 419-274-3015.


Good communication is vital for a successful school year.  Patrick Henry Schools will be involved in many events and activities throughout the school year.  I would like to share with you the various methods that we will utilize to communicate with district residents.  All district voters should have received their annual calendar.  This publication not only provides a listing of school events, but also has very important data such as phone numbers, school start and end times, and calamity day information.  Our district is also using our website, Facebook, Twitter, and a text alert system called Remind to provide information.  A complete listing of the addresses for the Facebook and Twitter accounts and directions to sign up for the Remind text alert system are on the district website. Go to the Parent tab on the homepage, and then select the Social Media Information link in the pull-down menu.

The middle school Facebook, Twitter and Remind accounts have all changed this year, so if you have not updated to the new sites, please do so.

Please remember that the district Facebook page will only be used to distribute information to our district residents. We do not use Facebook for two-way communication.  Some posts are scheduled in advance and the page is not being monitored for questions that are asked in response to a post.  If you have a question regarding a post, please contact the building that your child attends.

The district website has been revised and updated.  The new site has been streamlined so that any information useful to a parent has been placed under the parent tab.  Below is a partial listing of what can be found under the parent tab of the district website:

-Registration information, FinalForms and PowerSchool

-School supplies lists and school fees

-Information regarding online payments

-Calendars, newsletters and HS daily announcements

-Student handbooks

-Athletic handbook, physical forms and season pass order form

-Social media information

We encourage you to explore our new website as there is much more that what is listed above.

In addition to the sources listed above, there will also be articles put in the Deshler Flag and the Northwest Signal.  We will again be participating in WNDH’s School Report, so make sure you listen to WNDH on Monday mornings around 7:15 a.m.

There are numerous positive things happening in our school district, and we want you to be able to follow all our success, so please utilize the sources above and I hope to see you at school activities.

If ever you have questions about our school district, feel free to contact me at 419-274-3015.



Mission Statement

The Mission of Patrick Henry Local Schools is to create the best possible educational environment which prepares students to become life-long learners and productive citizens in the global community through a diverse curriculum, effective teaching, and positive community support.

General Notice - Requesting Teacher Qualifications

As required by law, parents may request information regarding the professional qualifications of the student's classroom teachers.

Patrick Henry Schools are an equal opportunity provider and employer.

District Staffing Plan

Bullying Report

The Board of Education is committed to providing a safe, positive, productive, and nurturing educational environment for all of its students. Harassment, intimidation, or bullying toward a student, whether by other students, staff, or third parties is strictly prohibited and will not be tolerated. 

State law now requires districts to report incidents of bullying semi-annually on our website.  A copy of Board Policy 5517.01 - Bullying and Other Forms of Aggressive Behavior may be found in the district’s board policy by clicking here. 

Reported Bullying Incidents--First Semester 2018-2019
High School - 1
Middle School -6
Elementary - 5

Schoolwide Title I Parent Compact Letter