Mr. Benjamin Winans
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I want to open this month’s edition of the newsletter by congratulating each member of the Wayne Trace Class of 2017. On Sunday May 28, this class became the 45th class to cross the stage and receive their diplomas from Wayne Trace High School. While we celebrated the commencement ceremony and concluded this chapter of their educational careers we want all members of this class to know that we will be here for support in their next step in their young lives. We are proud that they called Wayne Trace home for the past thirteen years and want them to know they will always be a RAIDER!
The close of the school year also brings with it the anxiety of the student body to be able to enjoy the coming summer months. However, I want to be sure to include how great it has been to also see these students show off what they have learned over the course of the 2016-2017 school year. I have been fortunate enough to attend several end of year programs where our student body was able to convey the knowledge they had gained to other students, staff, and stakeholders. I am a firm believer that in education we need to work to allow our students the opportunity to share what they have learned with others as this is one of the best ways to positively reinforce the learning.
As we begin to plan for the 2017-2018 school year, one of the first items we are working on to prepare for the return of the students is our technology. Specifically we are moving into the fourth year of the 1:1 program at the junior/senior high. In order to keep the most up to date technology in the hands of our students the Board has graciously approved the purchase of new laptops for this initiative. Our technology staff will be working with the new devices through the summer months to ensure that they are ready to distribute to students upon their return. Many thanks to outgoing Technology Coordinator Jerry Hessel, incoming Technology Coordinator Ashton Duer, and our Classroom Technology Specialist JoEllen Sisson for their continued work to keep our district technology at the level that is needed to assist in the education of our students.
In looking at curriculum for the coming school year, our staff has been working with their building principals and our curriculum coordinator to ensure that our coursework is up to date with the current Ohio Department of Education standards. As a district we are also pleased to continue to offer our students the opportunity to enroll in our on-line learning lab. Once enrolled the students have an alternate path for earning high school credits in a nontraditional format. A unique opportunity is also provided to the students as they can earn college credits without ever leaving the Wayne Trace campus. We continue to see our students being successful in both the high school level coursework and the college level coursework. Students may enroll for a portion of their day or for the entire day and are also able to retain eligibility for co-curricular and extra-curricular activities. Mr. Dave Alt continues to oversee this program for our district and we encourage those who might have questions to reach out to him by contacting the high school office.
Our preforming arts department closed out their year with a nice concert by both the junior high and high school students. A unique twist was added to the high school concert as the fifth and sixth grade students were incorporated into their performance. A special thank you goes to Miss Sharon Spinner, Mrs. Joni Wenninger, Mrs. Ann Weiland and Mr. Kaleb O’Donnell for all the hard work that they put in this year with our performing arts students at the varying levels.
Many of you may have noticed at the recent Board meeting the representative from Garmann Miller presented preliminary drawings for our district site planning project. The Board is now working toward setting public meetings at which feedback and discussion on the plans will be heard. Look for those public meeting dates to be set in the very near future. The Board is excited to hear the feedback from the public on these plans and hopes that these meetings will provide them with a gauge of what the public would like to see our district move toward in the future.
In closing, I want to again extend my thanks to the Wayne Trace community for the support that you have shown to our students and staff over the school year. Several times over the course of this year I have witnessed our community come together to meet the needs of our students, staff and stakeholders. We are truly blessed to have the high quality staff members we do in our district, who make it their goal each day to provide all students with a quality education and assist them in becoming productive citizens.
If there are questions or concerns about your child’s educational experience at Wayne Trace, feel free to contact your building principal or superintendent. Go Raiders!