The temperatures and precipitation over the last few weeks are certainly no indication that we are moving from the winter to spring season. Thus far 2019 has given us some very tough weather conditions to deal with in regard to attempting to get our school days in. While we have had several delays and cancellations caused by these conditions, as of this writing we are currently only at the point where four more days need to be made up at the end of the school year. Our hope is that we are beginning to reach the time of year where the weather seems to be a little more cooperative which will assist us as we attempt to get our school days in as scheduled. We will continue to keep parents and students updated with any changes and as always we are going to error on the side of being safe when it comes to getting students to and from school.
Above and beyond getting our students to school safely, we also want to be certain they are safe once they arrive in our buildings. As a district we continue to work with our local law enforcement agencies to maintain a safe environment and conduct the necessary training and drills to be prepared for any circumstance that might pop up. Speaking of drills we are working closely with our staff and first responders as we look to conduct safety drills this spring which will replicate an evacuation of the three campuses. We will be certain to let our staff, student and community members know when these drills are scheduled as to not insight panic. The State of Ohio requires such trainings and we also value the drills to allow us to learn where we can increase our efforts to keep our students and staff safe in emergency situations. Should you have any questions please contact your building principal.
At the January Wayne Trace Board of Education meeting our school calendar for the 2019-2020 school year was adopted. Important dates to note include the first day for students – Wednesday, August 21, Christmas break – December 23 to January 3, and Graduation – May 24. A complete calendar is available to the public on our school website.
As many of you may be aware the state mandated testing season is moving closer and closer as spring approaches. Our staff members continue to introduce, develop and assess students on academic content standards as outlined by the Ohio Department of Education to ensure the success of all our students. Parents can continue to assist in this process by encouraging students to continue to work hard and put forth their best effort through the end of the school year. While we know that no one is overly excited to take the state assessments, the results that come from them will allow us to determine student growth in the core academic subjects. A continued effort being put forth by all students will provide us with accurate data, so we can know in what areas improvement is necessary. As I have stated before success in school is a team effort between home and school. We all play a vital role in the education of our students.
There is still time for you to nominate a former staff member for the Wayne Trace Staff Hall of Fame Class of 2019. If you wish to obtain a nomination form, contact Sarah Sennebogen in the central office, or visit the link on our school website. The Hall of Fame event has become very popular in the community, and you can play a vital role by nominating one of more worthy former staff members.
Congratulations go out to several of our varsity athletic squads. For the third year in a row both our Boys and Girls Basketball teams captured the Green Meadows Conference title. Our wrestling team has enjoyed several successes this season as well, with 6 of our athletes earning individual GMC titles. With the OHSAA tournament seasons now under way, we wish our athletes the best of luck as they pursue success down the tournament trail.
Finally, please be aware of some 2018-2019 school calendar reminders. School will operate on a two-hour delay, district-wide, on Friday, March 8 and Friday April 26 for the purpose of a teacher in-service. Buses will run two hours late that day. Our 3rd Quarter will come to a close on March 22. Also, school will not be in session for students on April 19 due to the observance of Good Friday. Please note these dates on your calendars.
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.
Benjamin A. Winans