It is amazing how quickly the weather in Northwest Ohio can change. As I glanced back at my October newsletter I noticed I commented on how unseasonably warm the temperatures had been, but now it seems the fall season has certainly arrived. Just as quickly as the temperatures have dropped, we have also seen a quick first grading term come and go here at Wayne Trace. While the time has seemed to go by quickly, please know that the content being taught to the students has not been hurried. Our teaching staff continues to find new and exciting ways to convey the curriculum to our students. It is through their hard work in the classroom and the cooperation between our school and community members that we continue to strive to reach our goal of making our district the best it can be.
One of the traditional ways that we look to engage the community in the educational experience is through holding our annual parent-teacher conferences on October 31 and November 1. These conferences allow parents to have a conversation with those who work to educate their children each day. This is a very positive way for teachers and parents to work together toward the success of each child. If you have not yet scheduled a conference with your child’s teacher I encourage you to contact the school to schedule a time to do so.
We also work to keep our stakeholders updated each day as information is added to our district website (www.waynetrace.org). Here you will find general information in regard to the whole district, as well as links to each of our individual buildings. Please take some time to visit the website as our staff works very hard to keep these pages updated to allow our stakeholders to have access to the most up to date information in regard to our district.
As we move further into the fall season safe travel to and from school continues to be a concern. Our district also continues to make student safety at all of our campuses a top priority. The principals will be working directly with the staff and students to organize and conduct safety drills that may be needed in case something unforeseen would happen during the school day. While these drills are necessary to plan ahead as situations may arise, statistics show that there is no safer place than a school building. We will continue to work to keep our students and staff members safe as we work through the year and complete safety drills to be proactive in the school safety process. The addition of our School Resource Officer, Deputy William Lyons also creates yet another avenue for us to assure out students and staff can operate in a safe environment within the schools.
In my previous update I mentioned that we had received our annual report card from the Ohio Department of Education. While our scores overall looked very favorable, we continue to examine the data for areas of improvement. The breaking down of this data and really digging into it allows our staff to better be able to service the needs of each student. We appreciate the cooperation of the community as you allow us the time to do this during our scheduled professional development days throughout the school year. As a reminder, we have scheduled two hour delays for in service on December 7, January 25, February 8, March 8, and April 26. These scheduled days allow our staff to collaborate and develop plans to increase the achievement across the district.
As you may already be aware we have been awarded the 21st Century Grant for each of our elementary schools to provide an after-school tutoring and mentoring program. This program allows students to have contact with our classroom teachers for additional assistance outside of the school day. The program is off and running, but will continue to enroll new members. Should you have questions in regard to this program feel free to contact Jessica Davis, Program Coordinator at Wayne Trace Grover Hill Elementary at (419) 587-3414 or Rachel Dettrow, Program Coordinator at Wayne Trace Payne Elementary at (419) 263-2512.
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