Ottawa Elementary students Noah Sutter (left) and Gabriel Tracy performed a recorder interlude, “When the Saints Go Marching In,” during the school’s “Arts Spectacular” on Monday night. (Putnam Sentinel/Becky Leader)
Ottawa Elementary students Noah Sutter (left) and Gabriel Tracy performed a recorder interlude, “When the Saints Go Marching In,” during the school’s “Arts Spectacular” on Monday night. (Putnam Sentinel/Becky Leader)
OTTAWA — They played their instruments. They sang. They danced. They created works of art.

The Ottawa Elementary fifth and sixth grade students showcased their talents during the school’s “Arts Spectacular” on Monday, Feb. 24, in front of a gymnasium packed with friends and family. Brent Deskins’ sixth grade band students performed two selections, “Montego Bay” and “Regal March.” Betty Metzger’s general music students sang three numbers, “Start Your Day with a Song,” “Over My Head,” and “We’ve Got Heart.” Students Anna Samuelson, Anika Schreiber, and Emily Wischmeyer created choreography for two of the numbers. Lita Siefker’s physical education students performed a line/round dance to “Cotton Eye Joe.” Kelly Ellerbrock’s art students’ work lined the hallways.

Mrs. Metzger said the event was developed to feature fifth and sixth grade students’ fine arts abilities, and the knowledge they had achieved in those areas, which are part of the music standards set by the Ohio Department of Education.

“This gives the students an opportunity to perform and show what they are learning,” she related. “In performing arts, you demonstrate your knowledge by actually performing.”

Principal Dean Brinkman explained to the parents how the program helped to meet the physical education curriculum standards. Vickie Warnecke, mother of fifth grader, Kailey, said the principal’s talk hit home.

“I learned that core standards are important and they (the teachers) expect a lot out of the kids. By the time the kids graduate, they will be doing college work!” she declared.

Meanwhile, Kailey enjoyed the methods her teachers had utilized to accomplish the standards.

“I got to dance to ‘Cotton Eye Joe’, I sang songs, and I twirled ribbons for ‘Over My Head’!” she grinned. “It was a lot of hard work, especially running with boots on!”

The night concluded with the popular “Bakery Bingo,” which was sponsored by the Parent/Teacher Organization (PTO). Parents were asked to donate bakery items that were used as prizes. An entire cafeteria table was piled with sweet treats.

At 25 cents per card, PTO treasurer and secretary Mindy Losh said, “It’s not really a money-maker, but we do it to promote family togetherness.” Bingo caller, Principal Brinkman, yelled out fun numbers, such as “I- Michael Jordan’s number! Who knows what that is?” A chorus of “Twenty-three!” came from the parents, grandparents and children. There was also “postage-stamp” Bingo, “kids only” Bingo, and an assortment of other creative Bingo games.

Brinkman expressed he was pleased with the turnout for the evening.

“It was a good night to get the kids out and promote getting the family out together. It was a fun, educational family atmosphere,” he concluded.