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Message from Mr. Winans

Mr. Winans

Due to our weather having been very summer like for most of September, it is hard to believe we are working our way into October at this point. Despite the high temperatures and occasional fog delay, our staff and students seem to be settling into a routine as far as the school year is concerned. This routine coupled with a team effort between students, staff, and parents are what it takes to be certain we see positive outcomes in the educational process. I want to thank all those involved for their continued teamwork as we are sure to see encouraging results from these efforts.

I am a firm believer that to reach these positive results communication from all parties is necessary. I encourage you to visit our district website (www.waynetrace.org) where we have posted many items related to the educational process within our district. Once at the website you will notice each campus has been provided a link to allow those visiting the site to be able to access more detailed information in regard to the specific campus. While the website provides you with up to date information, we also want our stakeholders to feel free to contact the respective building principal should questions arise in regard to the educational processes within the district.

In my last communication I briefly touched on the weather related issues that come with the fall season as far as driving hazards. As I am certain you are well aware, we have experienced a few days recently where fog has created safety concerns for our travel to school. I want to thank all those involved for their patience in dealing with the various weather situations that we encounter each day. While we cannot predict the weather, we can be sure to make proactive calls in response to the conditions that will allow our students to arrive to school safely.

We have added several new staff members to our staff over the course of the last few years. The Ohio Department of Education has outlined a "Teacher-Mentor Program" which many of these new staff members are a part of in their first few years in the classroom. The program allows our experienced educators to work directly with our educators who are new to the classroom which allows for a positive development as an educator. As a part of this program, those involved in the program may be videotaping the presentation of lessons. As has been our practice in the past, we ask that if you do not want your child to appear in any of these confidential videos, please simply contact your child(ren)’s building principal(s) in writing, stating that you do not want your child to appear in a video. Please understand these videos are completely confidential, with the sole purpose of the videos being to help our inexperienced teachers improve.

Students at the jr/sr high recently celebrated another Homecoming week with "Spirit Week" activities for all to enjoy. All who participated seemed to enjoy activities ranging from daily themed dress up, powderpuff football, he-man volleyball, cookout, pep session and the bonfire. The week concluded with the crowing of Homecoming Queen Gracie Gudakunst and King Eli Sinn just prior to the football team capturing their fourth win of the season over Fairview. The semi-formal Homecoming dance wrapped up the weeks activities on Saturday evening. All the activities were arranged by our high school student council, with the assistance of their advisor Mrs. Annette Sinn.

As a reminder our school calendar includes several scheduled two-hour delays for teacher in-service. Please note that we will have our next scheduled two-hour delay on October 13, which will be followed by additional scheduled two-hour delays on December 1, January 19, February 9, March 9 and April 27. Our busses will run two hours late on each of these Fridays with school starting two hours later than normal. We have also scheduled one full day for teacher in-service this fall which will be on November 1. We appreciate your cooperation as we use this in-service time to conduct staff training which will allow us to better prepare our students for success.

In closing, I want to thank all of our students and parents for a great start to the school year. As I have conversations with our staff members I am hearing great things about the behavior, efforts, and overall attitudes of our students. When students display these characteristics it makes the educational process that much easier and much more productive.

If you have any questions or concerns do not hesitate to contact your building principal or superintendent. Go Raiders!

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