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Message from Mr. Winans

Mr. Benjamin Winans

Mr. Benjamin Winans
(419) 622-5171 (ext 101)
(419) 399-4700 (ext 101)


With the changes we have seen in the weather recently it is hard to believe we are only moving into March.  While our winter has been a pretty mild one compared to those over the past few years, we have still encumbered several delays and cancellations due to varying weather conditions.  As of this writing, we have missed a total of 44.1 instructional hours.  While we do still have a decent cushion of hours, we will keep an eye on this total and be sure to keep parents and students updated.  Let’s hope the weather continues to stay unseasonably warm as we move into the spring season.

In looking forward to next school year, the Wayne Trace Board of Education has recently approved calendar for the 2017-2018 school year.  Important dates to note include the first day for students – Wednesday, August 23, Christmas break – December 21 to January 2, spring break – March 29 to April 2, and graduation – May 27.  A complete calendar is available to the public on our school web-site.

As many of you may be aware the state mandated testing season is moving closer and closer as spring approaches.  Our staff members continue to introduce, develop and assess students on academic content standards as outlined by the Ohio Department of Education to ensure the success of all our students.  Parents can continue to assist in this process by encouraging students to continue to work hard and put forth their best effort through the end of the school year.  While we know that no one is overly excited to take the state assessments, the results that come from them will allow us to determine student growth in the core academic subjects.  A continued effort being put forth by all students will provide us with accurate data, so we can know in what areas improvement is necessary.  As I have stated before success in school is a team effort between home and school.  We all play a vital role in the education of our students.  

Time still exists for you to nominate a former staff member for the Wayne Trace Staff Hall of Fame Class of 2017.  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.

We would like to thank everyone who attended the annual Wayne Trace FFA pancake and sausage breakfast on February 18.  Your support is greatly appreciated, as proceeds from this event benefit the many agricultural programs offered at the high school.  Special thanks go out to Miss Lori Heiby and her students for all the work they put in to make this year’s event another successful one.

Congratulations go out to several of our varsity athletic squads.  For the first time in school history both our Boy’s and Girls’ Basketball teams captured the Green Meadows Conference title.  Our wrestling team has enjoyed several successes this season as well.  With the OHSAA tournament seasons now under way, we wish our athletes the best of luck as they pursue success down the tournament trail.

Finally, please be aware of some 2016-2017 school calendar reminders: 1.) School will operate on a two-hour delay, district-wide, on Friday, March 10 for the purpose of a teacher in-service.  Buses will run two hours late that day.  2.) School will not be in session for students on March 24 due to a full-day teacher in-service.  Also, looking ahead to April we will have our spring break from April 13 to 17.  Please note these dates on your calendars.

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!





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