Greg Leeth, Principal
We are over half way through the first grading period at the junior/senior high school, and students and teachers are adapting well to the implementation of laptop computers for deliver-ing instruction and assessing student learning. Recently, I informally polled an English class about the use of their laptops. Students in the class claimed to be using their computers to com-plete 75% of their homework. The benefits they spoke of include the ease of use and the effi-ciency the laptop provides to complete assign-ments. I am excited to see students developing real 21st century skills that will serve them well after the graduate from high school.
Please be reminded that the laptop computers are school issued and must be well cared for. Four students have had cracked screens replaced on their laptops. Screens will crack if students close the laptop lid when objects are on the key-board. Students should be careful not to close lids on earbuds or headphones and should not stuff papers under the lid of the laptop.
Parent-teacher conferences will be held October 29th and 30th. Please be sure to take advantage of this scheduled time by scheduling conferences with your child’s teachers. Of course, I always encourage parents and teachers to communicate with each other throughout the school year, don’t hesitate to call or email your child’s teacher if you have questions or concerns.
Juniors who are interested in taking the PSAT, a standardized test cosponsored by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corpora-tion, should contact the guidance counselor’s office to sign up. The test, which provides stu-dents scholarship opportunities and provides feedback on college readiness, costs $14 and will be administered on October 15th.
The fall testing window for junior and senior students who have not passed one or more sections of the OGT begins October 27. Current 10th-12th graders must pass all five sections of the test to graduate from high school. Students who do not pass the fall test will have additional opportunities to take the test in the spring and summer.
Lastly, I want to thank the community for the tremendously positive start to the school year. We have much to be proud of at Wayne Trace Local Schools, and you are an integral part of our success!