Mr. Benjamin Winans
(419) 622-5171 (ext 101)
(419) 399-4700 (ext 101)
Members of the Wayne Trace Community:
Well, by this point in the year I would like to say spring has definitely sprung but it seems as though Old Man Winter keeps attempting to rare his ugly head. Regardless, we are to the point of having one grading period remaining for the 2016 – 2017 school year. For the Wayne Trace Class of 2017 this means the end is drawing very near. It has been a joy being able to watch these young men and women celebrate many successes over the course of this school year. I have confidence that I speak for many members of our faculty and staff when I say that we will certainly miss several members of the Class of 2017.
With this change in season also comes what in education we see as one of the most dangerous parts of the school year. This time period includes spring break, prom and graduation. This is a time when we need to be sure to emphasize the importance of making wise decisions to our students. In lieu of what these students might believe, as parents and educators we still have the final say on many of the decisions that are to be made. It is the responsibility of all those involved to step up and make sure we are leading our young people down the right path toward positive outcomes. I want to thank each of you for all you do to assist our students in making good choices.
Spring time also means that we have come to our next round of assessments from the State. While many question the testing processes, the Ohio Department of Education measures much of our academic success on how well our students perform on these annual assessment. Due to this emphasis being placed on these assessments by the State, we also believe it is necessary to make sure our students perform at their best on these tests as well. The basis for good performance comes from good preparation. While we are coming into the last grading term as I have mentioned above, please note that our staff will continue to push our students until the end. As vital as these assessments are in determining the success of our students and school, we believe it is key to continue the educational processes throughout the year so that we may reach the bar that the State continues to raise for our students. Working together to do this is key as we all play a vital role in the education of our students.
I have mentioned that we are entering the final term of our school year. In doing this, to date we have missed 45.1 hours of instruction time this year due to weather related issues. Our cushion of days is not as large as it was last year at this time, but at this point we look to be sitting pretty good as we head into the home stretch. However, just as we saw in the last few weeks the weather can and will do varying things throughout the spring season. Please know we will keep our staff, students and stakeholders up to date if changes in the school calendar are necessary to meet the State mandated hours. We will continue to use the Honeywell Instant Alert system as well as documentation sent home with students for updates. At this point, our last day for students is still scheduled for Thursday, May 25 with our graduation ceremony taking place on May 28.
Time is beginning to run short for those who wish to nominate a former staff member to be considered for the 2017 Wayne Trace Staff Hall of Fame, as the Hall of Fame committee hopes to announce this year’s inductees at the May Board meeting. As has been the tradition in the past, we will host a formal ceremony prior to a varsity football game to induct our new members. A thank you to those who have nominated a former employee for this prestigious award, as this honor would not be possible without members of the community playing a key role in the process.
Congratulations to the cast and crew of this year’s musical, The Music Man, directed by Mr. Joel Dunham who was assisted by Kaleb O’Donnell and Kate Wenninger. Attending this event again showed me the caliber of very talented young men and women we have here at Wayne Trace. The continued support that is given to our performing arts department is greatly appreciated and was evident in the near standing room only audiences which attended each of the three shows.
We have enjoyed another successful winter sports season which culminated with several team and individual honors. Ruger Goeltzenleuchter was able to reach the pinnacle of the wrestling season by making it to the State meet. He again achieved a spot on the podium placing sixth in the 126 pound class in Division III. Both our boys and girls basketball teams enjoyed a conference title in the GMC with the boys also earning a sectional title. Congratulations to all those who were part of this very successful winter sports season.
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!