While our winter has seemed to drag on longer this year than in the past, we have begun to see glimpses of spring. With each passing day the weather appears to be changing to allow for our spring outside activities. This change in the season also brings with it our final quarter of the 2018-2019 school year. As hard as it may seem to believe the Wayne Trace Class of 2019 is drawing very near to ending their final year under our roof as a Raider. It has been my pleasure to watch this class work together to celebrate many successes over the past year. However, it is tough each year for our faculty and staff to see another class exit our building for the last time as we will certainly miss them. However, I am confident the Class of 2019 will continue to achieve great things as they move on in their lives.
As we enter the spring season we also enter what has come to be one of the most dangerous part of the school year. This time period includes spring break, prom and graduation. This time of year as much as any time, we continue to emphasize the importance of making good decisions to our students. Although our students might think differently, as parents and educators we still have the final say on many of the decisions that are to be made. As I have mentioned in many past updates we must work together 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 were have come to our next round of assessments from the State. The Ohio Department of Education measures much of our academic success on how well our students perform on these annual assessment. Due to the 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.
With the spring season our hope is that we will not see many weather issues which will lead to us needing to adjust our daily school schedule. By extending our day for an hour we were able to gain back three days of instruction prior to the state testing which I mentioned above. We appreciate the flexibility of our students, parents and staff members to allow this make up time to be completed in a manner which made the most educational sense. Moving forward, we only need to extend the end of the year two days which means we will end our school year on May 28. As was mentioned in our updates we have measures put in place which will allow us to not have to make up any further missed days. With these changes in the calendar, please note we will not move our graduation date which is still scheduled for Sunday, May 26.
Congratulations to the cast and crew of this year’s musical, Oklahoma, directed by Mr. Joel Dunham who was assisted by Kaleb O’Donnell. 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 large audiences which attended each of the three shows.
We have enjoyed another successful winter sports season which culminated with several team and individual honors. Both our boys and girls basketball teams enjoyed a conference title in the GMC and a sectional title. Several of our wrestlers also brought home conference honors and fared well down the tournament trail. 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!
Benjamin A. Winans