We have begun to see glimpses of spring, as with each day the weather seems to be more favorable for outside activities. With this we have also entered our final quarter of the 2017-2018 school year. I am certain it is hard for the Wayne Trace Class of 2018 to imagine that the end is drawing near to their final year of officially being considered a Raider. I have enjoyed watching this class work together to celebrate many successes over the past year. Each year it is tough for our faculty and staff to see another class exit our building for the last time as we will certainly miss them. However, I am confident there will be many more successes for the Class of 2018 outside of our four walls.
As we enter the spring season we also enter what has come to be one of the most dangerous parts of the school year. This time period includes spring break, prom and graduation. This time of year as much as any time, we continue to emphasize the importance of making good decisions to our students. Although our students might think differently, as parents and educators we still have the final say on many of the decisions that are to be made. As I have mentioned in many past updates we must work together to step up and make sure we are leading our young people down the right path toward positive outcomes. I want to thank each of you for all you do to assist our students in making good choices.
Spring time also means that were have come to our next round of assessments from the State. While many question the testing processes, the Ohio Department of Education measures much of our academic success on how well our students perform on these annual assessment. Due to this emphasis being placed on these assessments by the State, we also believe it is necessary to make sure our students perform at their best on these tests as well. The basis for good performance comes from good preparation. While we are coming into the last grading term as I have mentioned above, please note that our staff will continue to push our students until the end. As vital as these assessments are in determining the success of our students and school, we believe it is key to continue the educational processes throughout the year so that we may reach the bar that the State continues to raise for our students. Working together to do this is key as we all play a vital role in the education of our students.
With the spring season our hope is that we will not see many weather issues which will lead to us needing to adjust our daily school schedule. Currently we have missed right at the number of days we are allowed for the school year. While our cushion is not what it was last year at this time, our hope is that Mother Nature will be kind to us and not push us into a situation where we will need to examine options for makeup of school days. Please know we will keep our staff, students and stakeholders up to date if changes in the current school calendar become necessary. The utilization of the Honeywell Instant Alert system as well as documentation sent home with students will be our main methods of conveying any changes in the school calendar to you. At this point our last day for students is still scheduled for Friday, May 25 with our graduation ceremony taking place on Sunday, May 27.
Time is beginning to run short for those who wish to nominate a former staff member to be considered for the 2018 Wayne Trace Staff Hall of Fame, as the Hall of Fame committee hopes to announce this year’s inductees at the May Board meeting. As has been the tradition in the past, we will host a formal ceremony prior to a varsity football game to induct our new members. A thank you to those who have nominated a former employee for this prestigious award, as this honor would not be possible without members of the community playing a key role in the process.
Congratulations to the cast and crew of this year’s musical, Fiddler on the Roof, directed by Mr. Joel Dunham who was assisted by Kaleb O’Donnell. Attending this event again showed me the caliber of very talented young men and women we have here at Wayne Trace. The continued support that is given to our performing arts department is greatly appreciated and was evident in the near standing room only audiences which attended each of the three shows.
We have enjoyed another successful winter sports season which culminated with several team and individual honors. Both our boys and girls basketball teams enjoyed a conference title in the GMC and a sectional title. The girls’ basketball team was then able to capture the first district title in school history. Several of our wrestlers also brought home conference honors and fared well down the tournament trail. Congratulations to all those who were part of this very successful winter sports season.
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
Wayne Trace Local Schools