As the holiday season has arrived and we are counting our blessings, let me take time to give thanks to the Wayne Trace staff and community for continuing to assist in the student learning process that takes place each day in our district. As I have discussed previously this process is one that includes many different aspects and without everyone working together as a group success cannot be reached. I applaud the efforts of all involved as we continue to maintain the highest expectations for learning and remain steadfast in supporting the efforts of the school district as we work to meet these expectations.
Most recently we have seen this support displayed in the attendance at our parent/teacher conferences. Our staff appreciates those who were able to attend the conference and receive updates on the progress of your child. Please know that we welcome parents scheduling a meeting with your child’s teacher at any point throughout the school year. Communication is key throughout the educational process to achieve desired outcomes.
At this time academically we have successfully put the first quarter of the year behind us and are well into the second quarter of the school year. The Ohio Department of Education has provided our staff with state content standards which are being introduced to students by our staff. I would be remiss if I did not mention the state mandated testing that continues to be updated. Our staff members are working to keep ahead of the testing updates and provide our students with the most up to date information so that we will see quality results on these assessments. Our expectations are that we will continue to see a decrease in the time spent on testing, which will allow our staff to focus on lesson content and instruction with our students. While we may not all agree with the current educational mandates, it is key that we continue to work together as we labor though this time of educational transformation. Our hope is that in working with the legislators, the Ohio Department of Education, and our local boards we can create an educational system that will provide high academic outcomes.
Speaking of high outcomes, the staff at Wayne Trace is currently implementing several measures to academically assist our students across the district. Each building has focused on working toward meeting the individual needs of each child and assuring that they look forward to attending school each day. Their work relies on the simple concept that if students feel as though they want to come to school each day they are more likely to perform at higher levels. Much work has went into these various initiatives at each building in an effort to find ways to increase our students’ want to be at school. I commend our staff members for putting in the extra time and effort to find new ways to be certain that all of our students are achieving at high levels. We will continue to work together to find new and exciting ways to make learning fun for our students.
As we transition from the fall into the winter our concern as far as hazardous weather situations shifts from fog to snow and ice. Just as has been the case in the fall, we will look to make sure travel conditions are favorable for both our district transportation and student drivers. Typically, snow and ice are more consistent than fog, but as I have noted in past updates due to the size of our district conditions can vary. We ask that student drivers use caution and give themselves extra travel time when winter conditions arise. We will continue to use a common sense approach when calling delays and cancellations as the safe transportation of our students to and from school is of great importance to us.
Turning to the school calendar, please note that our second quarter interim reports will be released on Friday, December 1. We will also begin our winter break starting on Thursday, December 21 and will resume classes on Wednesday, January 3.
I want to again congratulate staff members Sharon Spinner, Joni Wenninger, and Angie Stokes along with the performing arts committee and those students who performed at the annual Fine Arts Festival. This was a great evening which showcased our fine arts programs. If you were unable to attend I encourage you to do so in the future.
Acknowledgement also goes out to our staff across the district who were involved in the organization of this year’s Veterans’ Day assemblies. It was great to see so many Veterans able to attend these events to honor their service to our country. I speak for all involved in the Wayne Trace Local Schools when I say thank you for your service and sacrifice which has allowed us to enjoy freedom each day.
As I close this months’ writing, I want to encourage each of you to support our Wayne Trace student organizations who will be sponsoring various food, clothing and gift drives for those in need this holiday season. If you are able to assist these organizations please consider doing so to help those who are less fortunate. We enjoy seeing our student organizations working to support others as we believe this is the true meaning of this season.
If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s educational experience at Wayne Trace, feel free to contact your building principal or superintendent. Go Raiders!