Superintendent’s Message – March 2014
Despite the many disruptions to our regular schedule, the 2013-2014 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 this school year), we have missed a grand total of twelve school days at the time of this writing. This total includes the day missed for the state football tournament game, which we made up on February 17. We also made up a student day on February 26 (originally scheduled as a teacher in-service day), leaving our current make-up total at five days. We continue to hear state-level rumblings about a possible reprieve from making up all days this year. However, until we know what our options are, we will plan to be in school on May 29-30 and June 2-4. In addition… with the graduation ceremony scheduled for Sunday, May 25, an alternative 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 enjoy the harmonious sounds of our high school band and choir at the annual winter concert, scheduled for March 2 at 2:30 in the main gymnasium. Our performing arts department is a source of pride in the community, and these young musicians would love to have your support at this year’s March concert.
Turning to academic matters, the Ohio Graduation Tests and Ohio Academic Assessments 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. Remember, success at school is a team effort between home and school. Everyone plays a vital part in the education of our students.
In other academic news, the Straight A Grant planning committee continues exploring options for putting a computer in the hands of each student in grades 7-12, possibly as early as the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year. This is a very exciting time for our students as we continue moving them forward in the era of 21st Century education.
Time still exists for you to nominate a former staff member for the Wayne Trace Staff Hall of Fame Class of 2014. 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 or more worthy former staff members.
Finally, please be aware of some further school calendar announcements: 1.) Juniors and seniors who have passed sections of the OGT will have a two-hour delay each day the week of March 10-14. Buses will run on time everyday that week, and all students in grades PK-10 will be on their regular schedule. If you have questions about this matter, contact the JH/HS office. 2.) Spring break is the week of March 24-28. These days will not be used as make-up days, nor will Friday, April 18. 3.) At this time school will operate on a two-hour delay, district-wide, on Tuesday, May 6 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.