Superintendent’s Message – September 2014
We’re off to a great start at Wayne Trace Local Schools, where high academic expectations and a safe school environment continue to be the top priorities. Students reported to all three school buildings on August 20 for what we hope is another great school year in Raider Country.
Concerning academics, the 2014-2015 school year brings with it the full implementation of the new academic content standards. Although these standards are largely controversial nation-wide, they are the standards by which our students will be graded throughout this school year through the Ohio Department of Education’s state-mandated testing system. As a result, these are the standards that our teachers will introduce to our students this school year. As mentioned many times in this report, public schools in Ohio continue to deal with a wave of changes coming from the state level, and teachers and school officials at Wayne Trace will continue to make every effort of meeting community expectations in the world of academics.
Concerning safety, we are currently going through the “fog season” here in Northwest Ohio. Difficult decisions will need to be made concerning whether or not it’s safe enough to get our students to school on foggy days. We will work cooperatively with the Sheriff’s office and other schools in the area to help make this important decision. Also, remember that fog does not always develop at the same time everyday, nor is it always consistent throughout our very large school district. It could easily be foggy on one side of the district, but not on the other side. In addition, there are times when the first bus routes may already be out when the fog develops, causing much confusion. In these cases, our bus drivers have been given authority to individually decide whether they can proceed or whether they should pull off the side of the road. Parents of students who drive to school need to decide whether or not their children can drive to school safely. If you determine that it’s not safe for your teenager to drive to school safely, then keep your child at home until the fog lifts. Students will not face attendance consequences due to these extenuating circumstances. As always, your cooperation is greatly appreciated, as fog is very tricky and very unpredictable.
Also speaking of safety, our goal is for students to have a bully-free experience while at school. If your child feels like he/she is being harassed by another student, be sure to have your child report this behavior to school officials. We will investigate the situation and work to correct any unnecessary disruptions to your child’s learning experience here at Wayne Trace Local Schools. In the event that we believe your child may be giving another child a difficult time while at school, your cooperation may be needed.
Another one of our main goals is active communication. Most issues are handled at the first level when parents contact the staff member with whom the concern lies. Be sure to follow the chain of command. Should you have a concern with something happening in class, contact the teacher. Should you have a concern with something happening in athletics, contact the coach. If you aren’t sure who to contact, call your principal, and he/she will direct you to the correct person. With all cases, if you aren’t satisfied with the answers you are receiving, contact the next person up the line. Coming to a school board meeting to air a concern should happen after you have spoken with me, not before. Again, we want to work with our parents and community members to provide the best experience possible, and strong communication is of utmost importance.
If you’re looking for a safe, secure, and convenient way to pay your child(ren)’s lunch or book fees, consider joining several other parents who are effectively using the EZPay system. If you have children in the Wayne Trace system for the first time this year, contact the office at your child(ren)’s school(s) for directions on how to use this system.
We are anxiously awaiting two annual events… Homecoming weekend (scheduled for September 26-27) and the Staff Hall of Fame ceremony (scheduled for October 10). Homecoming festivities begin with the coronation of this year’s king and queen on Friday, September 26 at 6:30, followed with our Raider football team battling the Pilots of Ayersville at 7:00. The weekend then concludes with a semi-formal dance on Saturday, September 27 starting at 7:00. The Homecoming events are coordinated by our high school student council, under the direction of Mrs. Annette Sinn. The Hall of Fame ceremony will begin at 6:30 on Friday, October 10, where we will induct two of our greatest former staff members, Mr. Harold Sponseller and Mr. Jim McElroy. We hope everyone is able to attend both of these memory-making events.
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