As I begin this month’s newsletter I would like to take a moment to wish you all a very happy holiday season from all of us here at Wayne Trace Local Schools. We are anxious to start the New Year and have the opportunity to continue to serve our great community through providing quality education to our students.
As we approached the holiday season, I certainly hope that you all had the chance to get out and attend one of our many holiday programs that were held on our various campuses prior to the break from school. Our students worked very hard to prepare for these events and their hard work showed as they showcased their many talents during these programs. These students were led by a great group of instructors who I would be remiss if I did not mention. A special thank you to Ms. Sharon Spinner, Mr. C.J. Brincefield, Mr. Kaleb O’Donnell, Mrs. Caitlyn Schmidt, and Mrs. Joni Wenninger. These staff members put in many extra hours to assist our students in preparing for these programs. I would also like to thank Mrs. Karen Wagonrod for her organization of our annual Senior Citizens Luncheon. Believe it or not this was our 23rd annual luncheon and Mrs. Wagonrod has done a fabulous job of organizing each of these events. This luncheon is just a small token of our continued gratitude for the support that is given to our district.
I also want to take this opportunity to thank our student organizations who have worked together to make this holiday season a special one for many of those who are in need in our community. We had groups at each of our buildings that collected items or monies to put toward items for those who were less fortunate. It is truly great to see our young people recognize those in need and work hard to assist them. The giving nature of these students truly is the reason for the season!
It is certainly hard to believe we are entering a New Year as it seems as though it was just yesterday that is was August and we were starting our school year. As we approach the New Year we will again be actively seeking applicants for the 2018 Wayne Trace Staff Hall of Fame. Our most recent induction included Mrs. Constance Caldwell and Mr. Kevin Miller as the 2018 Staff Hall of Fame inductees. If you have a former Wayne Trace staff member in mind that you are interested in nominating, please contact either Mrs. Sarah Sennebogen or me in the central office as we will get a nomination form sent to you.
You may have noted that at the November Board meeting a resolution was passed to put funds toward a weight room upgrade. At our December Board meeting the Wayne Trace Athletic Boosters graciously donated $11,000 toward this project. We are excited to see this renovation take place as it will allow our student athletes to have a state of the art facility in which they can complete their strength training. We are also very excited to be able to open the facility up to those within our district who wish to utilize the facility. As we work through the renovation be on the lookout for future updates in regard to how you can gain access to the Wayne Trace Community Fitness Center.
The Board has also worked closely with the Wayne Trace Performing Arts committee to examine the needs here at the junior senior high facility and come up with a focused plan to meet those needs. Currently the Board and committee are working with Garmann Miller Architects and Engineers to create a facility which will meet the needs of our performing arts students. The numbers we are currently seeing enrolled in our band and choir program cannot continue to be housed in our current music room. Our hope would be to expand the facility to allow each group to have the space needed for class on a daily basis while also providing an area for performances to be housed. Stay tuned for updates and drawings coming after the first of the year.
As we look forward to students returning from the holiday break, academically we will continue to challenge our students to meet high expectations. The Ohio Department of Education sets the academic standards which our staff are following to provide the necessary content to each student. I want to remind all parents and guardians if you have any questions about the educational process of your child do not hesitate to contact us. Continued collaboration between school and home will only assist in making the educational process a successful one for your children. We welcome your input and look forward to your continued support of this great district.
Speaking of returning to school, as we examine the calendar school will resume on January 7. Our first semester will come to a close on January 18, and we will release students 2 hours early on this day. Please note that we do not have school on January 21 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and that we also have a scheduled two-hour delay for teacher in-service training on January 25.
As I close this edition of my newsletter to you, I want to thank the great staff members that I have the joy of working with each day here at Wayne Trace Local Schools. As a district we are truly blessed to have a staff of quality and caring individuals to meet the educational needs of our students. When you see a Wayne Trace staff member be sure to thank them for the great job they do each day.
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. Go Raiders! Benjamin A. Winans Superintendent