Superintendent’s Message – November 2014
How quickly the first grading period has come and gone at Wayne Trace Local Schools. Thank you to everyone who has helped to make the start of the 2014-2015 school year so positive. Educating our youth is a team effort, and maintaining cooperation between school personnel and community members is a top priority as we continue to make this a great school district.
Safety also continues to be a top priority at all three of our school buildings. Recently, each of our building principals met with Sheriff Jason Landers to review various procedures in the event of an emergency. These meetings should lead to even better communication with our local law enforcement agencies. We thank Sheriff Landers for his proactive approach. Additionally, we are aware of the Ebola situation in Ohio. At the time of this writing, no one in the state of Ohio has been diagnosed with this disease, but we are taking general, common-sense steps to do what we can to assure that our students and staff are as safe as possible.
In academic news, we appreciate everyone’s cooperation with our professional development plans so far this school year. We have had two full-day in-services this fall for continued training in the worlds of technology and student growth measures. Each of these full days was very good use of time. At this time, we have no more full-day in-services planned. However, please be reminded that we have two-hour delays scheduled for the third Wednesday of November, January, February, and April for our building-levels teams to collaborate as part of the Ohio Improvement Process. Our teachers and administrative staff continue to work hard at adapting to the changes coming from the Ohio Department of Education, and this collaboration time is an essential part of the process.
In other academic news, the 21st Century Grant after-school tutoring program is off and running. Students must qualify for this program. So… if you received a letter earlier in the year stating that your child has qualified for this program, you may still enroll your child in the program at no cost to you. Transportation to Payne and Grover Hill is also available this year to the students in this program. If you have questions about the 21st Century program, contact our program coordinator, Mrs. Ashley Shepherd, at Western Buckeye ESC (419-399-4711).
Congratulations go out to this year’s Staff Hall of Fame inductees, Mr. James McElroy and Mr. Harold Sponseller. Both of these gentlemen were inducted at the annual ceremony held on October 10. A big thank you goes out to everyone who has nominated former staff members for this award, as well as to our own HOF committee for their efforts.
Parents are reminded that parent-teacher conferences are scheduled for October 29-30, and school will not be in session on October 30-31. If you need more information concerning parent-teacher conferences, contact the building principal’s office at your child(ren)’s schools.
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.
Stephen Arnold, Superintendent