The Mission of the Wayne Trace Local School District is to prioritize the philosophy of One District-One-Mission-One Vision.  Wayne Trace is committed to educational excellence that will help all students achieve at their  highest level and to graduate with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to become thinking, productive citizens in a changing global society, this is accomplished through a system which supports community values and integrates community, technology, and educational resources delivered in a safe environment by a caring staff.

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Superintendent’s Message – May 2015

As the final days of the 2014-2015 school year roll by, I would like to congratulate this year’s fine senior class.  Forever to be known as the Wayne Trace Class of 2015, many outstanding young men and women are set to bring to an end a very important chapter in their lives, while embarking on what will be some of the most critical years to come.  The next four-five years of their lives may turn out to be some of the most important, if not the most important years of their lives.  In today’s work-force environment, it is absolutely critical that men and women acquire the skills and training needed to compete in today’s competitive work-force.  Thousands of jobs just in the state of Ohio are currently unfilled due to a lack of properly trained and skilled employees.  Many of these jobs center around technology-based programs.  Our soon-to-be high school graduates will have the opportunities over the next several years to get the skills and training needed to fill these demanding, and often times high-salary positions.  With that said, let’s all do our very best to encourage our young people to pursue higher education/post-graduate training and to take this opportunity very seriously.  College students who attend class on a regular basis are much more likely to earn a degree and develop the skills needed to be gainfully employed for years to come.

Speaking of our seniors, the graduation ceremony is set for May 24, starting at 2:30 in the high school gym.  This is sure to be a very nice event, and we encourage everyone to attend.  I also encourage everyone to take the time to remind our young people of the potential dangers that exist over the next several weeks.  I touched on this issue in last month’s newsletter as well, but I can’t emphasize enough how important this issue is.  With prom and graduation right around the corner, we have entered what is statistically the most dangerous time of year for high school juniors and seniors.  As parents, it is our duty to ask lots of questions and to be on top of what is happening in our child(ren)’s lives.  The young adults will be sure to grumble now, but they’ll also be sure to thank you in a few short years.  Once again, thank you for all you do in this area of your child(ren)’s lives.

The annual “testing season” is in its stretch run for this school year with tests scheduled at all three buildings during the last week of April and the first week of May.  As stated in a previous newsletter, good attendance, good attention, and a good attitude all go a long way toward success in school, and especially in the area of testing.  We have put much emphasis on the importance of this season and thank all parents/guardians for supporting our teachers throughout the school year.  Other than the standard OGT, most of the tests administered this school year have been different for most of our students, and we appreciate the way everyone has risen to the challenge.  Concerning individual scores, OGT scores are normally released in May.  The release-dates of other test scores is pending, as we await decisions from the Ohio Department of Education and state legislators.  Once students’ scores are released, we will do our best to get this information out to you in a timely fashion.

Speaking further of testing… the future of testing as we know it remains uncertain.  Much news continues to come down from the state level as to what we should plan for in the future.  With that said, the administration and faculty of Wayne Trace Local Schools will continue to introduce the current state content standards to its students in hopes that all students are college and/or career ready when they graduate from our great school.

Turning to the school calendar, parents are reminded that due to the large number of days and hours missed this year due to weather-related issues, the school year will extend into June.  As of this writing, the final day for students is Thursday, June 4.  Any significant changes in the school calendar will be updated through the Honeywell Instant Alert system.

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.

Go Raiders!


Stephen Arnold, Superintendent




Wayne Trace JH-HS recently held its' 2014 Staff Hall of Fame induction prior to the Edgerton football game. Superintendent Stephen Arnold is shown with inductees: Jim Sponsellor, accepting on behalf of the late Mr. Harold Sponseller who served as a superintendent, teacher and coach at Payne Local School from 1927-1969, and Mr. James McElroy, who served the Wayne Trace District from 1970-2000 as a teacher and audio/visual director.


Attention: Federal Court Instructs Ohio Districts

A U.S. District Court has ordered that 2013-2014 school year records from the Ohio Department of Education’s Educational Management Information System be turned over to Disability Rights Ohio as part of an ongoing lawsuit.

Under the
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, families of students whose data will be released must be notified and given the opportunity to object. The court is instructing all local education agencies to post notice about this opportunity to object on their district websites and in a central location, accessible to the public, in each building that is open to the public.

The court must receive objections no later than September 12, 2014.
Students’ names, addresses and social security numbers are not part of the information to be released. Ohio is one of only three states that do not allow their departments of education to collect this data, to protect student privacy.
Data to be released for each student include student ID number, school name, grade, gender, race, age and disability category. The records also reveal student performance on the state’s Ohio Achievement Assessments and Ohio Graduation Tests, as well as tests related to Ohio’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee. Student suspensions and expulsions also are listed.

The data is subject to a protective order, which means Disability Rights Ohio cannot publicize it.

Questions should be directed to the Ohio Department of Education’s legal office at 614.466.4705.
Complete information is available at The notice document is available at

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