As we approach having one month behind us in 2019, winter has certainly arrived. It is seems hard to remember those mild temperatures we saw back in December now that we have had snow on the ground and frigid temperatures. Despite the change in the weather, on behalf of the Wayne Trace Board of Education, faculty and staff we hope 2019 is turning out to be a great year for each of you. Our resolution for this year as a district remains the same as it has in the past, which is to see all students achieve academically at high levels and to graduate with knowledge, skills and attitudes which will assist them in being productive citizens with the critical thinking skill necessary in our changing global society. As we look to achieve this resolution we will continue to work very closely with our 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. We welcome your input to assist in the education process and welcome a personal con-tact when you or your student have questions in regard to this process.
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 continue to expand in 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 are currently seeking nominations for the Wayne Trace Staff Hall of Fame Class of 2019. Please consider nominating a worthy former staff member who may have had an extraordinary impact on your life. You can find the nomination form on the district website or feel free to contact the central office and we will get one headed your way.
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. The Wayne Trace Board of Education meets each month and all are welcome to attend.
As I wrap up this edition of the newsletter I want invite anyone who is interested in gaining access to the newly renovated Wayne Trace Community Fitness Center to contact the high school office to obtain the necessary paperwork to begin your membership. We simply ask that you fill out, return the forms and cover the cost of the key fob to gain access to the building which will be five dollars. Our Board of Education extends this access to our community members as yet another way for us to thank each of you for the support you give to our schools.
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