Superintendent’s Message – March 2015
Despite the many disruptions to our regular schedule, the 2014-2015 school year continues moving forward. We’re now over half way through the third grading period, meaning spring is right around the corner… cross your fingers. However, many weeks still exist for winter weather, so we encourage everyone to continue exercising caution when traveling.
Speaking of weather – which has exhausted a great deal of energy again this school year – we have missed a grand total of 76.5 hours of instruction due to weather-related issues (as of this writing). This number of missed hours requires us to make up four school days, one of which we made up on February 16. The extended-day plan put in place for the last two weeks in February also allowed us to make up a second day. This leaves us with two more school days to make up. We are currently looking at various options, including more extended days in March and April. However, until an alternate plan is put in place, our make-up days will be May 29 and June 1. In addition… with the graduation ceremony scheduled or Sunday, May 24, an alternate plan for the senior class is a distinct possibility at this time. With all that said, we will make every effort to keep you well informed as we trek our way through the final three-plus months of this weather-plagued school year.
Tired of the winter blues? Come out and support our local chapter of the FFA by attending the annual pancake and sausage breakfast on March 14. Proceeds from this event benefit the agricultural programs offered at the high school.
Turning to academic matters, this year’s state-mandated tests are quietly creeping up on us. Before long, we will be in the testing season. To increase our students’ chances for success, our teachers continue to introduce, develop, and assess their students on the academic content standards as outlined by the Ohio Department of Education. Two of our primary goals for this year are to have a district-wide Performance Index score over 100 points and to have a vast improvement on our value-added measurement. Parents can help make these goals a reality by continuing to support our teachers with their children’s schoolwork and by encouraging their children to put forth their best effort on these tests. Although no one is excited to take tests, these assessments are a barometer that allows us to determine if our students are making a year’s growth in the core academic subjects. Without accurate data, we will not know in what areas we need to improve. Remember, success at school is a team effort between home and school. Everyone plays a vital part in the education of our students.
Time still exists for you to nominate a former staff member for the Wayne Trace Staff Hall of Fame Class of 2015. If you wish to obtain a nomination form, contact Ann Olwin in the central office, and she will assist you. The Hall of Fame event has become very popular in the community, and you can play a vital role by nominating one of more worthy former staff members.
Congratulations go out to several of our varsity athletic squads. Our wrestling team captured its first-ever Green Meadows Conference title this year; our boys’ basketball team captured its twenty-sixth conference title this year; and our cheerleaders have qualified for the state competition in March. Great job done by all.
Finally, please be aware of some further school calendar reminders: 1.) Spring break is the week of March 23-27. 2.) School will not be in session on Friday, April 3 in observance of Good Friday. 3.) School will operate on a two-hour delay, district-wide, on Wednesday, April 15 for the purpose of a teacher in-service. Buses will run two hours late that day.
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