Viking Spotlight Podcasts

Viking Spotlight on NCMS Wellness Class
In this episode of Viking Spotlight, Mrs. Sandy Stambaugh talks about a new class on wellness that has been implemented at North Canton Middle School for all seventh-grade students. The Ohio Department of Education has established Social Emotional Learning Standards for students, and the new class addresses those standards. Mrs. Stambaugh covers the thoughts behind its creation, curriculum, and goals. Mrs. Stambaugh, Mrs. Mia Thomas and Mrs. Lisa Kieffer are leading the classroom efforts as NCMS focuses on students' mental health. If you are a parent, a guardian, or even a resident of the North Canton City School District, you will appreciate learning about the work of our educators who care about our students' well-being. 
Viking Spotlight on the Special Services Department
This week the Viking Spotlight is on the Special Services Department of North Canton City Schools. The Director of Special Services, John Welch, is joined by the Coordinator of Special Services and Response to Intervention Team leader, Julie Stingel, to share the mission of the department as they help 600 students experience growth and achievement. Mr. Welch and Mrs. Stingel provide information without the educational jargon that is confusing to the layman. This week's topic on the Special Services Department reaffirms the North Canton City School District's commitment to all children. 
Hoover's Aidan Kirkbride on his Eagle Scout project at MAPS Air Museum

This week’s guest on Viking Spotlight is Aidan Kirkbride, a Hoover High School junior who is working towards his Eagle Scout Rank in Scouts BSA, Troop 1012, out of North Canton, Ohio. His Eagle Scout Project is creating a commemorative patio dedicated to the military at the MAP’S Air Museum.

The project has three phases. Phase 1 is a seat wall set upon a retaining wall, Phase 2 is a paver patio with a fire pit, and Phase 3 is the landscaping. Aidan is taking charge of Phase 1. He explains his purpose:

“Not only am I doing this for my Eagle Rank and to honor veterans, but I am also doing this for my grandfathers who both served in Vietnam. Both men served in aviation capacities. My late grandpa, Robert Milligan, was an observer in an OV-1 Mohawk. Grandpa David Kirkbride served as a Munitions Specialist for F4 Phantoms. I feel constructing this project allows me to honor them, our veterans, and the United States of America.”

Aidan’s goal is to raise $10,000, which will cover the cost of materials and equipment used in the excavation, construction, and maintenance of the wall and patio. The labor to complete this project will be supplied by Aidan and other volunteers.

Interested in making a donation? Checks should be made out in the name of:

Maps Air Museum
2260 International Pkwy, North Canton, OH 44720 330-896-6332
Memo or Attention: “BSA Project Aidan”

Donations by credit card can be made by calling MAPS Air Museum at 330-896-6332.

Hammond Construction on School Building Progress
In this episode of Viking Spotlight, NCCS Superintendent Jeff Wendorf talks with John Kirkpatrick, a co-partner in Hammond Construction, and Jeff Adams, a Vice-President of Hammond. Hammond is currently building a new primary school (pre-k to grade 2) on Charlotte Street in North Canton and a new elementary school (grades 3-5) on Maple Street, close to the current Clearmount Elementary School. Mr. Kirkpatrick and Mr. Adams share the history of Hammond Construction, their experience working for the company, and the progress on the two new schools, which are set to open in August 2023. 
Meet Hoover Senior Class President, Kosta Volas
North Canton City Schools Superintendent Jeff Wendorf talks to Kosta Volas, the President of the Hoover High School Class of 2023. Kosta is a talented speaker who recently welcomed back the 600 employees of the school district. He is active in speech and debate, theater, vocal music, Student Council, the award-winning Viking Views, National Honor Society, and Link Crew. Kosta has also taken numerous advanced placement and honors courses. Active in the community and in his church, Kosta is an impressive young man. We invite you to learn more about him and his commitment to Hoover High School in this week's Viking Spotlight podcast. 
Legacy Landing and Memorial Stadium Renovation
North Canton residents that attended the football game at Memorial Stadium on Friday, August 19, saw the unveiling of Legacy Landing. In this podcast, Superintendent Jeff Wendorf talks to Tim Walker about the origins of Memorial Stadium, Legacy Landing, and other projects related to the renovation of the stadium. Interested in becoming a member of Legacy Landing? Go to to purchase a paver. Interested in other options? Please contact Tim Walker at [email protected] 
Food Service and Transportation for the 2022-2023 School Year
North Canton City School District is excited to welcome students and families to the 2022-2023 school year! To begin the school year on Viking Spotlight, Superintendent Jeff Wendorf interviews Food Service Director Jill Lauter about changes from the last school year when all student meals were free, thanks to legislation involving the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The free meal program has ended, and Jill Lauter explains what families can do to apply for free or reduced lunches. The NCCS Transportation Department has a new director this year. She is Sharon Papineau, who has served both in the National Guard and Ohio State Highway Patrol. Please join us to learn more in preparation for the new school year! 
Brain Wave National JA Company for 2022
On Wednesday, June 22, the teen entrepreneurs of Brain Wave, a JA Student Company from North Canton, Ohio, representing Junior Achievement of North Central Ohio, were selected from among 15 JA student companies as the JA Company of the Year while participating in Junior Achievement's (JA) 2022 National Student Leadership Summit (NSLS). The competition took place in Washington, D.C. In this podcast, Superintendent Jeff Wendorf interviews Brain Wave CEO Jesse Halmasy, Hoover JA Advisor Mike Grady, and Lori McCleese of Junior Achievement for North Central Ohio. 
Hoover H.S. Principal on the Class of 2022, year in review
Hoover High School Principal Eric Bornstine talks to Superintendent Jeff Wendorf about the recent commencement and the Class of 2022, as well as this year's successes.
Director Jill Lauter on NCCS Food Service
This week's Viking Spotlight podcast's guest is Food Service Director Jill Lauter. The pandemic impacted every aspect of North Canton City Schools, and the Food Service Department, under the direction of Jill Lauter, met the challenge of feeding North Canton students head on. Jill shares a behind the scenes look at food service and talks about the steps she and the other extraordinary "Lunch Ladies" pulled together to prep and distribute meals to the children and young people of the community. Meeting USDA requirements for healthy eating, the department has won respect across the district for their tenacity in, as they put it, "feeding our future." Summer meals will continue this summer, but with a few important changes. Don't miss this podcast! 
State of the Schools Part One
In part one of the annual State of the Schools, NCCS Superintendent Jeff Wendorf is joined by Tim Walker, Todd Tolson, and Todd Henne to talk about facilities, finance, and operations of the school district 
State of the Schools Part Two
In the second part of the State of the Schools podcast, Superintendent Jeff Wendorf takes a look at academics, the arts, and athletics through interviews with Dave Pilati, Ron Varn, and Tom Oakes. 
Mia Thomas named NCCS Teacher of the Year for 2022
May 2-6, 2022, is National Teacher and Staff Week at North Canton City Schools. Who better to discuss what it means to be a teacher and share her experiences over 37 years than Mia Thomas, the NCCS Educator of the Year for the Stark County Educational Service Center's Education Celebration. Mrs. Thomas is an exceptional teacher who recognizes the importance of reaching every child in her sixth-grade English Language Arts (ELA) classroom. We appreciate Mrs. Thomas as well as every faculty and staff member in North Canton City Schools for putting students first. 

NCCS celebrates Administrative Professionals Day!
North Canton City Schools Superintendent Jeff Wendorf talks with Kathy Snyder and Michelle McAllister in honor of Administrative Professionals Day. Mrs. Snyder works in the Hoover Guidance Department, and Mrs. McAllister works in the main office of North Canton Middle School. We appreciate all our administrative professionals and their service to our students and families.

Catherine Farina on Possibilities Park
Catherine Farina, Deputy Director of Administration at the City of North Canton, talks to Superintendent Jeff Wendorf about the all-inclusive park that started in 2017. Through the challenges of the pandemic and construction shortages, the city persevered and the park has been completed.

Pam Lazarites is in the driver's seat for NCCS
Often the first NCCS employees to greet students in the morning and the last to say good-bye in the afternoon, bus drivers play an important part of the school day. You don't want to miss this episode as 30-year bus veteran Pam Lazarites talks about her job with Superintendent Jeff Wendorf. After you listen to this podcast, you'll understand why Mrs. Lazarites is loved and respected by parents, students, and colleagues. Our bus drivers are extraordinary people who care about our students, and we are fortunate to have them as part of our Viking Family.

Hoover High School Interact Club Advisors Janice McCarthy and Sarah Jackson on the upcoming Senior Citizens Prom
Hoover Interact Club advisors Sarah Jackson and Janice McCarthy join Superintendent Jeff Wendorf to talk about the upcoming Senior Citizens Prom that will be held Saturday, April 30th, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Hoover High School Commons. 
Senior Citizens in our community are welcome to attend. Please click Senior Citizen Prom Invite (3).docx to download an invitation and a registration form.  

Superintendent Jeff Wendorf talks to Vocal Music Director Doug Beery about the upcoming performance of Grease at Hoover High School

Ready to buy a ticket to see the Hoover High School performance of Grease?
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