We have again reached the holiday season a time when we at Wayne Trace Local Schools reflect on all that we have to be thankful for. I want to take this time to thank our community for their continued support of the learning processes that take place each day within our district. We certainly appreciate all that you do to assist us and welcome your input as the learning process includes many different aspects and without everyone working together as a group we cannot be successful. I am also very thankful and appreciative of our staff here at Wayne Trace Local Schools. Much time and effort is put in by our staff members on a daily basis to be certain that our students receive the high quality education that our district is known for and expects. Again, I applaud your efforts and appreciate all that you do.
We were recently reminded of the support from our local families as we saw many parents come out for 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. If you were unable to attend parent/teachers conferences and would like to meet with our staff members I encourage you to contact the school and schedule a time to do so. 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, November 30. We will also begin our winter break starting on Monday, December 24 and will resume classes on Monday, January 7.
As I draft this newsletter we are in the beginning stages of renovating the space at the high school that has housed the weight room. The Board recently approved upgrading the weight equipment as well as adding multiple cardio machines to allow both our student athletes and community members to enjoy this space. Look for more information to be put out soon as to how you can sign up to receive access to this new Wayne Trace Community Fitness Center.
I also want to acknowledge 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.
Benjamin A. Winans