Superintendent’s Message – April 2015
Wow! Spring is here. Only one grading period remains for the Wayne Trace Class of 2015. It has been a great pleasure for me getting to know many of this year’s seniors, as they have made a very positive impression on me these past four school years. I believe I speak for many members of our faculty and staff when I say that we will miss several members of the Class of 2015.
Speaking of spring, we are now entering what is statistically the most dangerous time of year for high school juniors and seniors – spring break, prom, and graduation. Please, let’s all emphasize to our impressionable seventeen and eighteen-year-olds the importance of making wise decisions during this time of the school year. Despite what many juniors and seniors may believe, the parents are still calling the shots on most issues involving students. It’s everyone’s responsibility to step up, take charge, and lead our young people down the right path and away from destructive decisions. Thank you for all you do in this area of your child’s life.
Spring also brings upon us the next round of the testing season. Right or wrong, the Ohio Department of Education grades much of our academic success on how well our students perform on the annual state mandated tests. Because so much emphasis is placed on these tests at the state level, we feel it necessary to put equal emphasis on these tests with our staff and students. That’s why it’s vital that we all work together during this ever-important time of the year. Good attendance, good attention, and a good attitude all go a long way in determining success at school. In addition, the state of Ohio continues to raise the bar on academic achievement, so we must also answer the call of duty and expect more from our students. A failure to do so is a failure to fulfill our professional duties. As I’ve stated many times, we must all work together, as success at school is a team effort between home and school. Everyone plays a vital part in the education of our students.
Turning our attention to calamity days and make up days, our district has now missed 97.5 hours of time this year due to weather-related issues. We have already made up two days of school by going to school on Presidents’ Day and by extending the school day for eight days. This currently leaves us with five school days to make up. At the time of this writing, the plan is for all five days to be made up at the end of the school year, meaning school will be in session on May 29 and June 1-4. With graduation scheduled for May 24, we may have the unpopular task of requiring our seniors to report to school following the graduation ceremony in order to complete their requirements for a high school diploma. If the plan changes between now and the end of the year, we will communicate these changes through a variety of means: A message through our Honeywell Instant Alert system, press releases in local newspapers, and notices from school buildings just to name a few. As always, we will do our very best to keep you as well informed as we possibly can concerning changes to the school calendar.
Time is running out to nominate a former staff member to be considered for the 2015 Wayne Trace Staff Hall of Fame, as our HOF committee hopes to announce this year’s inductees at the May BOE meeting. Like in past years, we will host a formal ceremony prior to a varsity football game to induct our new members. As always, we would like to thank everyone who has nominated a former employee for this prestigious award, as this honor would not be possible without members of our community playing such a key role in the process.
Congratulations to the cast and crew of this year’s musical. Directed by Mr. Joel Dunham, Miss Vranesevic, and Mrs. Kate Wenninger, Beauty and the Beast attracted very large crowds for each performance. Your continued support of our performing arts department is critical to the overall development of our students and greatly appreciated by everyone involved in this department.
Congratulations also go out to our girls’ basketball team for capturing a sectional championship and to wrestlers George Clemens and Tyler Showalter for qualifying for the state tournament, both for the second year in a row.
Finally, we hope that all of our students had an enjoyable spring break and feel refreshed and ready to go for the remainder of the 2014-2015 school year.
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