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.
Stephen Arnold, Superintendent