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Gifted Services


Students in the Margaretta School District are identified as gifted by the Ohio Department of Education Operating Standards.


  • All students are tested for reading and math in grades 2 and 5 using the Terra Nova 3.
  • All students in 2nd and 4th grade are tested for superior cognitive ability by taking the Cognitive Abilities Test.


  • Referrals for gifted testing can be submitted from teachers, parents, or students.
  • The district Gifted Instructional Specialist (GIS)/Gifted Coordinator will administer the Iowa Test of Basic Skills and/or the Otis Lennon School Ability Test (OLSAT) to determine gifted identification for those referred.
  • Students scoring in the 95th percentile or greater on the reading, math, science, and/or social studies tests qualify for subject- specific gifted identification in that particular area. *Students scoring 127 or greater on the Cognitive Abilities Test (or the Ottis-Lennon School Ability Test 8 will receive an identification as gifted in Superior Cognitive Thinking skills.
  • The ACT can also be used as an identifying test in the areas of reading and math as indicated by the percentile data chart from the current year.
  • Students can also be identified in creative thinking ability by achieving at least a 112 on the Superior Cognitive assessment and a total of 111 on the Gifted and Talented Evaluation Scale.
  • Visual and performing arts are also identified by the Ohio State Gifted and Talented Evaluation Scale.


Parents and teachers will be notified of the test results within 30 days after the results are available to the district.


The following are services offered for the identified gifted students in the district.


  • Cluster grouping of identified students with the regular classroom teacher with professional development and collaboration from the Gifted Instructional Specialist. *
  • Acceleration in specific subjects or whole grade *

Middle and High School:

  • Cluster grouping *
  • Acceleration in specific subjects *
  • Differentiated curriculum *
  • Honors classes *
  • Advanced Placement Classes *
  • College Credit Plus
  • Mentorships

* The indicated services above are offered through regular classroom teachers who have completed the minimum required hours for professional development in gifted education and collaborate with the Gifted Intervention Specialist in the district.


6th Grade- National History Day Competition

7th-8th Grade- National History Day Competition

8th Grade- Land Use Debate


2018 Board Meetings Scheduled

Regular meetings of the Margaretta Board of Education are held on the third Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted. The 2018 regular meeting schedule is set as follows:

Monday, January 22, 2018

Monday, February 19, 2018

Monday, March 19, 2018

Monday, April 16, 2018

Monday, May 21, 2018

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Monday, July 16, 2018

Monday, August 20, 2018

Monday, September 17, 2018

Monday, October 15, 2018

Monday, November 19, 2018

Monday, December 17, 2018

All meetings will be convened at the Margaretta Board of Education Office, 305 South Washington St., Castalia, OH 44824.

Check the website's online District Calendar for exact meeting dates and times.

All meetings of any Board of Education of a school district are declared to be public meetings open to the public at all times with the exception of an executive session, in which specific matters can only be discussed, and the public is excluded; however, no business may be transacted at such executive sessions.

The Margaretta Local Board of Education welcomes you to its meeting and expresses its appreciation for your interest in its work and schools.


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Welcome to the Margaretta Local School District! Please continue to visit our website and Facebook page, where over 3,500 parents and community members have reached out to become informed of upcoming activities and events throughout the school year. Communication between our parents and community is an area of focus for our administration and staff. If you need additional details, please contact the building administrator or myself.

As Superintendent, I look forward to leading our employees in offering an excellent education experience for all students. Our district has maintained and an excellent reputation in the area and it our goal to continue building upon your trust in guiding your child through his/her education process.

Thank you for visiting our website! In closing, I look forward to leading our staff and students throughout the school year. Go Polar Bears!

Denny Mock

NHS Toy Drive

The Margaretta High School National Honor Society is sponsoring the 15th annual toy drive to benefit Project Share.

We are collecting NEW toys and cash donations now through Monday December 11. All donations will be given to Project Share, a local program helping families within the Margaretta School District have a happy holiday season.

If you would like to help, please send your donation to school with your child. Thank you!

District Profile


The Margaretta Local School District is located in scenic northwestern Ohio (Erie & Sandusky Counties) along the shores of Lake Erie; and just minutes from Cedar Point. Margaretta Schools is a hub of several villages and townships that comprise the district. A strong community workforce is made up of a mixture of manufacturing, farming and service industries. Residents take great pride in their community and school system. It is an excellent area in which to pursue a career, raise a family and enjoy life on the shores of Ohio's Vacationland.


The Margaretta Local School District serves approximately twelve hundred (1200) students in grades pre-K through 12. It is comprised of two learning facilities: Margaretta Elementary houses the system's primary students in preschool - grade 5. Margaretta Middle/High School provides programs for students in grades 6-8 and 9-12.

The Margaretta Local School District sponsors Townsend Community School (TCS). Townsend provides a high quality education to its students and contributes significantly to Ohio's effort to provide quality education options to at-risk children through a vigorous, creative community-school program that prepares students for the 21st century.


Elmer Lippert, President
Kent Miller
Paul Schoenegge, Vice President
Brian Sutorius
Andrew Warner

The Margaretta Local Board of Education welcomes you to its public meeting and expresses its appreciation for your interest in its work and schools. Regular meetings of the Board of Education are held on the third Monday of the month at 6:00 p.m. and located at the Board of Education Office, 305 South Washington St. Specific dates, agendas and minutes are located on the district website.



The 2016-2017 school year at Margaretta High School proved to be a year of MIGHT, students taking on big tasks and overcoming them. Students have taken on some MIGHTY tasks that are representative of our great school seal. The four core areas of our school seal signify a balanced educational life. By the way, if you are not familiar with our school seal that is displayed in the Gym, Main Office, and now on our new podium designed and built by our very own students, these four core areas include academics, athletics/extra-curricular, fine arts, and leadership.

Our students have shown to be MIGHTY in their academics by earning 636 credit hours of college credit through college credit plus or AP classes. The senior class also earned $515,118 in scholarship money. The future looks bright for our newest graduates as 75% will be attending college, 24% will be entering the workforce, and 1% is entering the military.

Our students have been MIGHTY in athletics through tournament action in several sports including sectional, district, and state championships.

Our students have been MIGHTY in the fine arts by earning their way to state band competition, earning many art awards at the 5-County Art Show and Regional Governor's Show. They have earned numerous state and national FFA awards.

Our students have been extremely MIGHTY with their leadership skills, especially their work within the community. They raised thousands of dollars for Relay for Life, volunteered for Big Brothers, Big Sisters, conducted many activities for our elementary and middle school students, assisted shut-ins within our own community with clean up and home maintenance, helped with beautification efforts at our own school, and planned and participated in anti-drug and anti-bullying workshops.

I am only touching the surface of the MIGHT of our students. It is up to each of us to continue to support our students and one another in these core areas that help lead to success. Strength comes with some failures along the way. It is important to reflect back to our seal to evaluate where we are and where we are going as a school district and as a community. Families, our school district, community, nation, and global economy are all depending on our students to continue to develop and strengthen their four core areas.

As I reflect each day as your middle/high school principal, I am truly honored and blessed. You see, we need each other in this school district and community. That is why it is SO important to never forget WE ARE MARGARETTA!!

by Rod Smith, MHS Principal

Food Services


Margaretta High and Middle School Lunch - $3.10

Margaretta High and Middle School Breakfast - $1.50

Margaretta Elementary School Lunch - $2.70

Margaretta Elementary School Breakfast - $1.50

Reduced Lunch - $.40 (must qualify)

Reduced Breakfast - $.30 (must qualify)

Extra Milk - $.50


Breakfast is offered to all students in Margaretta Local Schools. The cost of breakfast is $1.60. If you are a student that receives free or reduced priced lunches, those same benefits apply for breakfast. Reduced price breakfast is .30 and students eligible for free meals will receive both lunch and breakfast at no charge. Breakfast is served each morning in the school's cafeteria before classes begin.


Applications for free and reduced price meals are available for download on this website. Please complete one application per family and return with your child to school or you may mail it to the Board of Education Office, 305 S. Washington Street, Castalia, Ohio 44824; attention Sarah Ransom, Food Service Director. Applications must be submitted every year to continue on the program. If the application is approved, your child(ren) will begin to receive or continue to receive free or reduced price meals from the date of approval. A letter will be sent home notifying you of your child's meal status. Applications can be submitted at any time during the school year if your family financial circumstances change. All information submitted to the school is kept confidential. There is no discrimination or identification of free or reduced price paying students. We urge all families to consider filling out an application.

2017-2018 Free and Reduced Lunch Applications can be filled out any time throughout the school year if your income or family size changes.


We participate in the Farm to School Program where farm-fresh foods are incorporated into ur schools' menus. Thank you to our local farmers who participate. We also celebrate our state with an All Ohio Day menu where all foods offered that day for lunch are products of Ohio.



The Food Service department provides both breakfast and lunch at Margaretta High School and Margaretta Elementary. Margaretta's Food Service Program provides wholesome, nutritious meals while keeping in mind students preferences. School lunch meets 1/3 of the Recommended Daily Allowances set byNational School Lunch Program. In January 2008 the Department of Safety, Health and Nutrition after completing an audit of Margaretta's Food Service Program commended the staff on the "great job of meeting recommended daily allowances for iron, calcium, vitamins A and C as well as meeting the target levels for saturated fat and total fat". An Honorable Mention Stellar award for best nutrition practices was awarded to Margaretta's Food Services department in October 2011 from the Ohio Department of Education. We continually introduce new items that students should find fun and nutritious. Whole grains along with fresh fruits and vegetables are among the many choices offered to students every day for breakfast and lunch. Our goal is to serve a wholesome, nutritious meal everyday to every student at a moderate cost and the smiles are free!


Our schools have a computerized Meals Plus system. Each student has his or her own account regardless of free, reduced or paid status. The benefits of this system are students will not have to bring money to school everyday. You may pay by the week, month or longer if you prefer. This system provides a better method of protecting the confidentiality of free and reduced price students. This system also provides an excellent audit trail of all transactions. It also allows for faster and smoother serving lines enabling students to enjoy their lunch and free time with their friends. Meal pre-payments on student's accounts carry over year to year and school to school. Checks need to be made out to Margaretta Local Schools. Please write your child's name in the memo part of your check. Please send separate checks for each student unless they are in the same building. Please contact the school cashier or the food service office if you need specific information or have concerns about your child's account.


I. Lunch Charge Policy

Cafeteria policy for elementary school students limits students to three charged lunches. A letter is sent home after the first charged lunch or when the account is $1.00 negative. A second letter is sent home after the second charged lunch. A third letter is sent home after the third charged lunch. After three lunches are charged and their accounts have a negative balance, the students will not receive the published lunch. These students will receive a peanut butter sandwich and a carton of milk until their negative balance is paid in full. Students with an allergy to peanuts will receive a cheese sandwich. Students with any negative amount are not allowed to purchase a la carte items, including milk. To notify parents having a negative balance, the following procedure will be in effect immediately. A free and reduced lunch form will accompany notification of the third lunch charged. Parents will have five (5) days to satisfy the balance, return a completed free or reduced lunch form or make other arrangements with the building principal. If no attempt has been made to satisfy the account or provide for the child's lunch within five (5) days, the building principal will notify Children's Services. Students at Margaretta Middle School are not allowed to charge lunches. A student who does not have enough money on their account for lunch will be asked to call home to notify the parent(s).The child will be allowed to purchase lunch that day only. The next day, if money is not received on their account, they will be given a peanut butter sandwich and a carton of milk until their negative balance is paid in full. Students with any negative amount are not allowed to purchase a la carte items, including milk. Students at Margaretta High School are not allowed to charge lunches.

II. Blocks on Accounts

A parent may call the school cafeteria or the Food Service Director to place a block on their child's account to prohibit the purchase of a la carte items.

III. Checks Returned for NonSufficient Funds

When a check is returned to the Treasurer's Office for NSF, the parent will be notified by phone call or email and the amount plus an NSF fee will be reversed from the student's lunch account. Payment for the NSF check must be in the form of cash, cashier's check, or money order. Payment must be received within ten (10) days of the notification. If payment is not received, it will be turned over to a collection service.

IV. Refunds

Withdrawn Student - For any student who is withdrawn, a written request for a refund of any money remaining in their account must be submitted. An email request is also acceptable.

V. Balances Owed at End of Year

All accounts must be settled at the end of a school year. Letters will be sent home approximately four to five days before the last day of school to for elementary students whose accounts are low. Balances over $1.00 may result in grade cards being held until the balance is paid in full. Balances may be checked or paid at any time at K12payment center.

VI. Unclaimed Funds

All refunds must be requested within one year. Unclaimed funds will then become the property of the Margaretta Local Schools cafeteria.



Guidance Information

Heather Lott
School Counselor (Grades 9-12)

Carolyn Cook
School Counselor (Grades 6-8)

Heather Wiley
School Counselor (Grades K-5)

Susan Cullen
Guidance Office Paraprofessional

Margaretta Middle/High School
209 Lowell St.
Castalia, OH 44824
Phone: 419-684-5351
Fax: 419-684-5632

Margaretta Elementary School
5906 W Bogart Rd.
Castalia, OH 44824
Phone: 419-684-5357
Fax: 419-684-6049

District Mission

The MARGARETTA LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT will deliver an education that supports academic achievement, in a safe environment, that provides the knowledge and skills needed to be college and career ready.

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