Superintendent’s Message – August 2014
As the years steadily pass by, I’m amazed at how much more quickly the summers seem to pass. Just a few weeks ago, the Wayne Trace Local Schools bid farewell to the exceptional Class of 2014. Now we excitedly anticipate the 2014-2015 school year, as the Class of 2015 becomes this year’s seniors, and the students of the Class of 2027 begin their kindergarten year. I can still remember the day my own children began kindergarten and fathom at how quickly those years passed, most of them with many great memories. I hope that you, too, have fond memories of your children beginning their first days of school and even better memories of their accomplishments and occasional trials and tribulations throughout their thirteen years of public education. Enjoy each day. But more importantly, please help to play a crucial role in the overall educational experience of your children by getting involved in school events, developing a professional relationship with your children’s teachers, and contacting the appropriate school personnel with questions and concerns. As I’ve stated many times before, a child’s education is a collective effort between school and home. Active communication is of the utmost importance.
School begins for students on Wednesday, August 20, 2014. Now that summer is coming to a close and school is right around the corner, we hope that all students, as well as their parents, have had an enjoyable summer with fun and relaxation with family and friends.
Parents new to the district should contact the building principal(s) for information about enrolling their child(ren) in school. If you aren’t certain which elementary school your child will attend, contact the central office (419-399-4100) for that information.
Wayne Trace Local Schools is pleased to welcome several new faculty members for this year. At Wayne Trace JH/HS, new classroom teachers include Ryan Fisher (special education), Kayla Gawronski (science), and Heather Roehm (special education). In addition, Mallory Diamond (art) and Chrissy Sinn (business/computers) are transferring to new positions at the JH/HS. WT Payne will welcome Rachel Hire (transitional kindergarten), Carly Lichstensteiger (special education), Ashley Liebrecht (3rd grade), and Louise Vranesevic (music), while WT Grover Hill will welcome Tami AuFrance (special education), Wendy Baker (4th grade), Elyse Boyer (4th grade), Angela Manz (Title I), and Elizabeth Motycka (special education). Ken Ogle (elementary art) will work at both WTPE and WTGH. Elementary teachers transferring positions include Rosanah Foster (Title I), Jessica Jacobs (transitional kindergarten), Jen Moran (special education), and Alexis Short (3rd grade). Please join me in welcoming each of these new teachers to our district. And if your child will be having any of our new teachers, we hope that you are able to meet him/her early in the school year.
The Ohio Department of Education is expected to release its school district and school building report cards in the next few weeks. Districts and buildings will receive letter grades for achievement and gap closing, but no overall letter grades will be issued. As we await this information, I’d like to once again thank our administrative team and our faculty for their efforts in teaching the state content standards, while also becoming familiar with the changing content standards. We’re also working diligently on the matter of Student Learning Outcomes, which become part of the teacher evaluation system starting with this upcoming school year. Our Race to the Top transformation team spent a great deal of time the past two school years introducing SLO’s to our faculty with the goal of having these measures in place by this fall. As I’ve stated many times before, the manner in which our students are taught/tested and the system for grading our schools is rapidly changing. At Wayne Trace, we are continuing to work to stay ahead of the curve with the goal of bringing the best education possible to the students of our great school district.
Once again, we anxiously await the upcoming school year and hope that your students are ready to go on August 20. We also hope that you are able to come to our school buildings and enjoy several extra-curricular/co-curricular events offered to the Wayne Trace students each year. Your continued support is much appreciated.
As always, if you have questions or concerns about your child’s educational experience at Wayne Trace, feel free to contact your building principal or superintendent.
Stephen Arnold, Superintendent