Superintendent’s Message – October 2015
Faculty, staff, and students at all three Wayne Trace Local School buildings continue to work hard everyday. Educating our youth is and always will be a team effort, with continued cooperation and communication needed between parents and school personnel. The more we stay informed about our children’s education, the more we can help pave the way to a successful school experience. As I’ve stated many times, feel free to frequently communicate with your child(ren)’s teachers concerning educational and co-curricular issues.
Speaking of communication, I strongly encourage you to visit the school website (www.waynetrace.org) and review its newest feature called “Who’s Telling Your Story?” This link is found under the “Administration” tab and is full of great, positive stories submitted by our faculty and staff members. So many wonderful activities are happening at Wayne Trace both in and out of the classroom right now, and this site provides a snapshot of several of these educational and service-minded activities. A huge thank you goes out to all of the teachers and staff members who have submitted articles so far.
Concerning the world of transportation, fall is right around the corner, signifying the beginning of shorter days and longer nights. As we continue to make safety a high priority, parents are encouraged to remind their student-drivers to use the “defensive approach” when operating a motor vehicle. As you’re well aware by now, texting while driving is a violation in the state of Ohio, and drivers under the age of eighteen can be pulled over simply for this violation. Parents are highly encouraged to remind their student-drivers of the dangers involved in driving at night or in the early morning, especially when other young people are also in the vehicle. Texts can and should wait. Everyone plays a part in getting students to and from school safely.
Our teaching staff has several new teachers this year. As part of being an entry-level teacher, the Ohio Department of Education has outlined a “Teacher-Mentor Program.” Experienced teachers work with inexperienced, developing teachers right in the classroom of the new teachers. As part of this program, experienced teachers may videotape the new teachers presenting a lesson to students. Notice: If you do not want your child to appear in any of these confidential videos of new teachers, contact your child(ren)’s building principal(s) in writing, stating that you do not want your child to appear in a video. If we do not hear from you within a reasonable amount of time, then we will consider it acceptable for your child(ren) to appear in these videos. Please understand: These videos are completely confidential, with the sole purpose of the videos being to help inexperienced teachers improve, not to record the behavior of the students.
The JH/HS students are currently in the midst of another thrilling Homecoming week with “Spirit Week” planned for September 28-October 3. As part of this much-anticipated week of fun activities, our students will participate in the annual bon fire on Thursday evening, the varsity football game versus Holgate on Friday evening, and the semi-formal dance on Saturday night. Many thanks go out to our HS student council, under the direction of Mrs. Annette Sinn, for coordinating many extra-curricular events related to the annual Homecoming ceremony.
In school calendar news, please be reminded that school will operate on a two-hour delay on Friday, October 9 for the purpose of a teacher in-service. We also have two-hour delays planned for in-services on November 13, December 11, January 15, February 12, March 11, and April 22. Buses will run two hours late on each of these Fridays with school starting two hours later than the normal start-time. We appreciate the cooperation from our parents/guardians as we use this time to conduct building-level initiatives that will better prepare our students for academic success.
A big thank you goes out to everyone who played a role in and/or attended the 2015 Wayne Trace Staff Hall of Fame ceremony. This year’s inductees were Mr. Robert Mutschelknaus and Mr. Larry Pressler. We would also like to express our gratitude to the members of the community who nominate former staff members for this award, as inducting our best faculty and staff would not be possible without those people who make the nominations.
Finally, please be aware of our annual parent-teacher conferences, scheduled for October 28-29. But also be aware that you may schedule times to meet with your child(ren)’s teachers at any time during the school year, not just during the scheduled, annual conferences.
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