As I open this month’s edition of the newsletter I want to extend congratulations to each member of the Wayne Trace Class of 2018. On Sunday May 27, this class became the 46th 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 2017-2018 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 2018-2019 school year, one of the first items we are working to prepare for the return of the students is our technology. Specifically we are moving into the fifth 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 and chrome books for this initiative. Our technology staff, along with their summer helpers will be working with the new devices to make certain they are ready for the student body when they return. Many thanks to our Technology Coordinator Ashton Duer and our Classroom Technology Specialist JoEllen Sission 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. Our new curriculum/testing coordinator Tim Manz will oversee this program for our district with assistance from our junior/senior high administrative and guidance team. We encourage those who might have questions to reach out to these staff members by contacting the high school office.
Our performing 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.
In closing, I want to again extend my thanks to the Wayne Trace community for the support that you have shown of 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.
Benjamin A. Winans
Wayne Trace Local Schools