We have begun another school year here at Wayne Trace Local Schools and we again look to promote high academic expectations and provide students with a safe learning environment. Our faculty returned to the three campuses on August 20 and were followed by the students returning on August 22. All are now settling into the routine and we expect another great year in 2018-2019.
The expectations will be set high for our students for their academic achievement and our staff will work to implement various techniques to assist student in meeting these high standards. Much conversation has surrounded these content standards in previous years, but what we know for sure is that the Ohio Department of Education will use these standards to measure our growth as a district, via state-mandated tests and reporting measures. We as a district are constantly adjusting our practices to deal with the changes that are coming to us from the state level, as our teachers and school officials continue to make the necessary efforts to meet the academic expectations of the Wayne Trace Community.
Student safety is always a major concern of our district. As we start the new school year we begin to be on the lookout for potential weather hazards that may force us to adjust school schedules. Weather forces us to make decisions concerning if it is safe enough to get students to school. Please know we will work with the Sheriff’s office and the other neighboring schools to assist us in our decision making process. However we ask that you remember that weather patterns can change quickly, which may lead to our staff needing to make decisions based upon these weather changes. Just as weather patterns can change, so to can conditions in our very large district. While it may be clear in some areas of the district, other areas may be experiencing totally different weather patterns. Please know that our bus driver’s first concern is the safety of each student on the bus and they will take the necessary precautions to make sure travel conditions are safe before they proceed. If your student drives to school, ultimately you as the parent have the control. In extenuating circumstances if you believe conditions are not safe for your child to drive please contact the school. The safety of each student in traveling to and from school is a top priority of the district.
Here at Wayne Trace we also want to provide a safe environment within our school buildings. Please be sure that if your child feels as though they are being unfairly treated by others, that these behaviors are reported to school officials. As a district we will investigate the situation and work to correct any unnecessary disruptions to the learning experience here at Wayne Trace Local Schools. We will ask for your cooperation in dealing with these situations. As you may be aware we have also added another layer to our safety planning through the addition of a School Resource Officer. Our district has partnered with the Paulding County Sheriff’s office to dedicate Deputy William Lyons to this role in our district each day. Deputy Lyons will provide our district with a full time officer committed to building positive relationships with students and parents as well as providing a safe and positive learning environment.
As I mentioned in my opening address to our staff, schools that operate with high levels of collaboration and communication can reach high levels of performance. One of our goals as a district is to communicate with our stakeholders and provide collaboration to meet your needs. This communication and collaboration needs to follow the correct process. Should you have concerns about something that is taking place in the classroom, we ask that you first contact the classroom teacher to assist you. If there are concerns on the athletic field, please reach out the coach of the sport in question. In each of these cases if you are not satisfied with the response you receive you may contact the next person in the chain of command. Our building principals and athletic director are in their positions to assist you if your concerns are not met. If you are still not satisfied with their response I will also listen to your concerns. However, I will seek out those district representatives whom you have worked with to attempt to resolve any issues and be certain that they are involved in our conversations as well. Contacting the proper person will result in communication that will allow you as a parent or community member to see timely results to issues.
For those who were able to attend our opening football game of the season you noted that we conducted another successful Staff Hall of Fame induction ceremony. We were pleased to add Constance Caldwell and Dr. Kevin Miller to the list of Staff Hall of Fame members here at Wayne Trace. Another annual event that we are anticipating is Homecoming which will be held on Friday, September 21. The evening festivities will kick off prior to the football game with Antwerp as the coronation of this year’s queen and king will take place at 6:30. On Saturday, September 22 the annual Homecoming Dance will take place starting at 7:00. The will also be the annual Homecoming events for students scheduled throughout the week, coordinated by the high school student council who is under the direction of Mrs. Annette Sinn. Our hope is that all students can participate in these events and celebrate another successful Homecoming week.
If you have questions or concerns about your child’s educational experience at Wayne Trace, feel free to contact your building principal or superintendent.
Benjamin A. Winans