News & Events

Entries for August 2014

Elder parents are invited to "Meet The Teacher" Night on Wednesday, September, 10th beginning at 7 PM.  This evening provides parents an opportunity to meet their son's teachers and get a feel for their son's daily schedule.  Please click here to read a letter containing details about the evening from Principal Otten. 

The evening program concludes the Freshman Orientation program. It is mandatory for both the freshman student and at least one parent to attend. Parents may dress casual – shorts are OK!  Students are asked to wear their new Elder t-shirt they will receive Tuesday morning at school – shorts are OK to wear!

The purpose of this program is to acquaint both the student and his parent(s) of Elder High School’s mission and philosophy. There will be three sessions, each 14 minutes in length, presented by various staff members. The students and parents will rotate among three different locations. The locations, topics, and presenters will be as follows:

1. Schaeper Center MULTIPURPOSE ROOM
- Campus Ministry/Community Service (Mr. Roger Auer, Campus Ministry Director)

2. Wrestling/Volleyball GYM
- Discipline/Attendance (Mr. Kurt Ruffing, Assistant Principal)
- CARE Team (Mrs. Linda Giessler, Nurse)

3. Schaeper Center MUSIC ROOM
- Extra Curricular Activities (Mr. Dave Dabbelt, Athletic Director)
- Academics/Guidance (Mr. Joe Driehaus, Guidance Director)
- College Information (Mrs. Erin Lind, College Coordinator)

The program will start promptly at 7:00 P.M. and continue until 8:00 P.M.  This will be followed with a liturgy outside in The Pit (in the Fieldhouse if inclement weather), ending at approximately 9:00 P.M. The freshmen are encouraged to sit with their parent(s) during the liturgy.

Families will be assigned, according to their last name, to meet in the following locations to start the program at 7:00 P.M.:

* A – G …..… Schaeper Center MUSIC ROOM
* H – M…….. Wrestling/Volleyball GYM
* N – Z……... Schaeper Center MULTIPURPOSE ROOM

Jim Day '47, president and owner of Esther Price Candy, was recently recognized by the city of Clayton, Ohio.  The proclamation acknowledges Jim's significant contributions to the community.  

Back in August, Day also received the 2014 Everest Award.  The Everest Award recognizes leaders and legends that have had a positive impact on business, community and quality of life along the I-75 corridor.  Jim is pictured at left with his friend, Bob Powell – Elder Class of ’54.  Bob spoke on Jim’s behalf in the special video that was played during the award ceremony.  Congratulations, Jim!

On Thursday, August 20th, Elder Principal Tom Otten and Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, Dr. Jim Rigg took part in the popular “ice bucket challenge” to support medical research against ALS.

In conjunction with the challenge, they will each make a contribution to the John Paul II Medical Research Institute in Iowa City, IA, which conducts research using only adult stem cells, which is morally acceptable under Catholic teaching. 

Click here to view video of the challenge.

Six new employees recently joined the Elder faculty and staff.  Elder is happy to welcome (pictured from left to right, front row: Andrew Schroer '94 (Science Dept.), Karin Kraeling (World Languages), Jay Arns '01 (English); back row: Joey McGregor (Tech. Dept.), Erin Lind (Collegiate Coordinator), Amy Iori (Development Dept.).

Dennis Whitehead, class of 1970, has authored an ebook, The Day Before the War, available on Amazon.  Click here to download.

The Day Before the War recounts the events of August 31, 1939 along the German-Polish border when Germany launched a series of false flag attacks against their own facilities. Trained German saboteurs dressed as Polish insurrectionists and soldiers in the attacks, the central of which was the radio station in Gleiwitz. These attacks were used as the pretext for the launch of Hitler's Blitzkrieg against Poland the next day, igniting the Second World War in Europe.  Click heading above for more information.


Elder Glee Club Director and Music Department Chair, Dave Allen was surprised on Sunday, August 17th when a bust of the westside's favorite "Music Man" was unveiled at the St. William Parish Festival.  Tom Otten announced that in celebration of Dave's 75th birthday and to honor his contributions to the Elder and St. William communities, an anonymous family donated this bust of our much-loved “Music Man.”  Happy birthday and congratulations, Dave on this well-deserved honor!

Elder High School athletic director Dave Dabbelt has announced that Tony Gray will succeed Dave Ruehl as the new head varsity soccer coach at the school beginning this season.  Gray will become the seventh head coach in the history of Elder soccer.  Gray has been the head junior varsity and assistant varsity coach at Elder since 2012.  He served in the same capacity under Ruehl at St. Ursula Academy in 2010-2011, and also coached at McAuley in 2008-2009.  Click heading above for more details.

Congratulations, Tyler Rickett '14! He is officially a cadet fourth class at the US Air Force Academy.  Tyler's brother, Kyle, wore an Elder shirt for his brother, and he even brought him a pair of Elder socks so he could wear them for "Purple Friday". Congratulations, Tyler!

An important part of the preparation for the upcoming school year at Elder is the technology training for the incoming freshmen. The incoming freshmen Tablet PC pickup and training sessions for the upcoming year is different from the past procedure. At the orientation for parents and students we will present the 1:1 Tablet PC program at Elder High School, along with the user agreement form and general policies concerning the tablet.  Please click here for complete details on the Tablet PC Orientation and Pickup dates/times.