As of this writing we are fast approaching having one month of the New Year behind us. On behalf of the Wayne Trace Local School Board of Education, faculty and staff we hope 2018 is turning out to be all that you had expected it would. As a school district we continue to maintain the goal of being committed to educational excellence in 2018. In doing this we hope to see all students achieve academically at a high level and to graduate with knowledge, skills and attitudes which will assist them in being productive citizens with the critical thinking skills that are necessary in our changing global society. To reach our goal we plan to continue to work very closely with the community to uphold the values you have and provide technology and education resources to the students in a safe and caring environment.
In working to achieve our goal as a district, I am reminded each day that a team effort is needed to continue moving forward. As I have mentioned in prior writings this takes a collaborative effort between school and home, and your continued cooperation is needed as we continue to put high demands on our students so that they are prepared to perform at high levels. Our teaching staff is working with our students at all levels to teach the standards set by the Ohio Department of Education. Each day our staff prepares lessons for students which will reinforce these standards and in the end better prepare our students as they move on in their educational endeavors. We certainly appreciate all the support that we get from parents and community as we work toward our goals as a district.
Speaking of assessment, we are fast approaching the time of year when students will be engaging in a variety of assessments across the grade levels. Testing will be conducted in English/language arts, math, science, and social studies curriculums. The bar in each of these areas continues to be raised for our students, and to meet this bar our faculty and staff is committed to teaching to the content standards. Our hope is that in doing this we will continue to see continued growth on these assessments and lessen the potentially negative effect of much higher expectations from the state level.
Additionally, academically we are working as a district to continue to expand the manner in which we use technology to enhance the educational process. The JH/HS building is continuing our 1:1 initiative, with some minor changes implemented this year that have really focused the use of the technology. At each elementary we continue to expand the use of technology into the lower grades. One particular area we are looking to expand for our younger population of students is keyboarding. Districts are being encouraged to push keyboarding at lower levels to allow students to be able to prepare for assessments which will be conducted on the computers. We will continue to expand our keyboarding into the lower grades and provide our students with a variety of opportunities to expand these keyboarding skills.
We continue to seek nominations for the Wayne Trace Staff Hall of Fame Class of 2018. Please consider nominating a worthy former staff member who may have had an extraordinary impact on your life. Last month’s newsletter contained instructions for how to make a nomination, but if you have any questions about this process, feel free to contact the central office.
You may have noted from the minutes of our January Board meeting that the Ohio State Board of Education has designated January as "School Board Member Appreciation Month." The men and women who serve on local school board do so as they have a vested interest in their local schools. Please be sure as you see those that serve on the Wayne Trace Local Schools Board of Education that you thank them for all they do for our district. Upcoming Board of Education meetings will be held on February 12 and March 12 both beginning at 6:30 p.m., as always all are welcome to attend.
Should 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
Wayne Trace Local Schools