Welcome to the 2013-2014 School Year
Welcome to the 2013-2014 school year and the start of another academic year. Our administration and staff are eager to begin another year with the students, parents, grandparents, and community members throughout our district. We hope to have everyone work together to make this another successful instructional year for all.
I would like to offer a sincere and grateful thank you to our entire community for supporting our August 6th Bond Issue to build a new K-8 facility and make renovations to our high school. We look forward to the opportunity to participate in a building project in partner with the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission in the upcoming years. We appreciate the support of the community in seeing the need to update our school facilities to enhance our educational delivery process. Thank you for supporting our campaign and ongoing vision of Strong School Strong Community.
The start of every school year means saying goodbye to some employees and welcoming others to new positions. We wish each employee who left the district for retirement or a new position the very best in their future endeavors. We welcome our new employees and look forward to them assisting our veteran staff to contribute to the continued success of our school system.
This fall our district will participate in two approved waiver days from the Ohio Department of Education. These are non-instructional days for students that allow for additional professional development for our staff. I would like to communicate that these two waiver days will take place on Monday, September 23, 2013 and Monday, October 21, 2013. Parents can coordinate now for these to be days the students will not be in session. The staff will be participating in professional development related to the new common core, new evaluation process,Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, Twenty First Century teaching skills and updated safety training. All of these sessions will promote a current curriculum and safer environment for our students.
Greenville Schools has a tradition of excellence and we certainly are working to continue the excellence. The entire district wants to lead the way by making sure our students are ready for higher education and also jobs of tomorrow in a global economy.
The State of Ohio has changed the reporting system to a dashboard of grades. Much of the data is the same and is being viewed from a different perspective. We are pleased that we have been rated "above value added" for the past three years with an A in this category this year on overall students. That means we are moving our students more than one year of growth in one year's time. It is a measure that is important for our students' success. Our district performance index score is the highest that it has ever been, up fifty two positions from last year, and giving us a B in this category. The other achievement area grade on the report card was a C in performance indicators met. We received 79.2% of state indicators met and needed an 80% to receive a B. One indicator was missed in fifth grade math with a 74.9%, one tenth of a percent off the required 75% to receive another indicator, which would have given us a B in this area, as well.
It is important to remember that report cards don't tell the complete story of a student's educational experience and a single test can't completely define the effectiveness of a school, teacher, or student. The report card is a chance to review our successes and also look for ways to make improvements.
I invite everyone in the community to attend and support our students in the various extracurricular activities that take place throughout the school year. Your attendance is appreciated by the students and the school system.
Remember, the entire Greenville School faculty and staff is here to assist you - our students, parents and community. If we can be of help, please feel free to contact our principals or myself. I can be reached by phone at 937-548-3185. I can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.Let's all work together to make 2013-2014 an outstanding school year and keep Greenville Schools a great place for students to learn and teachers to teach.
Mr. Douglas Fries