Greg Leeth, Principal
Once again, students, staff, and community pulled together to have a hugely successful open-ing to the 2014-2015 school year at Wayne Trace Jr./Sr. High School. This school year will be char-acterized by the many changes that are taking place locally and state-wide; students and staff have embraced these changes in the first days and weeks of school.
One of the most significant changes happening right here is the way teachers deliver instruction and assess student learning. Every student in the junior and senior high has been issued a laptop computer for his or her use throughout the school year. Teachers are working diligently to adapt to the presence of this technology by posting lessons, giving assignments, and assessing understanding on-line. Students are learning how to incorporate the laptop as a tool to supplement their daily learning. At Wayne Trace, students are being prepared with 21st century skills!
A second change major change in education occurs for the Class of 2018, this year’s freshmen. Ohio Law updated the graduation requirements for this class. In addition to meeting the mini-mum course requirements, members of the class 2018 will take seven end of course exams in the next four years for the following courses: English I and II, geometry, Algebra I, physical science, American history and American government. Students will earn points based on their perfor-mance on these exams; however, as of this writing, the State Board of Education has not finalized a point system. The class of 2018 and beyond will not take the Ohio Graduation Test as sophomores. Although there is uncertainty regarding the phasing out of the OGT and the ushering in of the new End of Course exams, rest assured that the staff at Wayne Trace is working hard to prepare our students, regardless of the state tests students may or may not take.
I want to thank all of you for making schedule pick up and laptop pick up successful in mid-August. While we were able to collect most of the paperwork we need from you before school started, we still are waiting on some forms to be turned in. This is a reminder that we must have emergency medical information for your child on file in the high school office. If you have not com-pleted that form, please do so immediately and return it to the office. Also, if you believe that you may qualify for free or reduced lunch, please compete and return that application as soon as possible. Both the emergency medical form and the free and reduced application can be found on the district web site or picked up in the high school office.
Lastly, an important date is upcoming for seniors and freshmen. Seniors will place their cap and gown orders and freshmen can place their class ring orders on September 11 with Herff Jones representative Rod Williams. Parents should look for their students to bring home information on both.
As always, feel free to contact your child’s teachers or me if you have any questions or concerns. Go Raiders!