Superintendent’s Message – April 2014
Wow! Spring is here. Only one grading period remains for the Wayne Trace Class of 2014. 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 three school years. I believe I speak for many members of our faculty and staff when I say that we will miss the members of Class of 2014.
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 “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, better know as the Ohio Graduation Tests and the Ohio Achievement Assessments. 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, the board of education and teachers’ association are currently working together to formulate a plan for making up several missed school days. Options may include extending the school day and/or adding days on to the end of the school year. Once we have an agreed-upon plan in place, we will advertise this plan through a variety of communication tools: 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 2014 Wayne Trace Staff Hall of Fame. Our HOF committee hopes to announce this year’s inductees at the May BOE meeting. As in past years, we will host a formal ceremony prior to the start of a home football game, at which time the Class of 2014 will be officially inducted. 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 Miss Sharon Spinner and Mrs. Joni Wenninger, Bye Bye Birdie 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.
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 2013-2014 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