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Greenville City Schools Update - Summer 2019
Greenville City Schools Update - Summer 2019
With the close of the 2018-19 school year, it is time to congratulate another group of outstanding seniors who formally became graduates on June 1, 2019.  One hundred and ninety-six graduates received their diploma representing the Greenville Schools Class of 2019.  The class has had many academic and extra-curricular accomplishments while at Greenville and we commend each and every graduate.  We wish all graduates much success and happiness in their future endeavors.  Graduates are now welcomed as our alumni.

Our district now turns its attention to the preparation for next year.  Instructionally we continue to focus on teaching twenty-first century learning skills to all of our students.  We strive to continue to improve our performance on end-of-course, web and work key exams at the high school and career tech building and on the Ohio Achievement Test known as the American Institute for Research (AIR) test in grades three through eight.  These tests will continue to be given online.

This was the first year that the entire district students, K-12, were provided an iPad device for instructional purposes.  Those devices were available to go home during the summer for grade K-7 to allow for ongoing summer instructional practices.  Our curriculum department provided several academic websites and lessons for students to utilize to continue to develop academically and eliminate any summer slide.  

At the elementary K-4 level we continue to provide the summer Kids Read Now program.  Many of our K-4 students met with our K-4 staff and administrators to sign up and begin this summer reading program in late spring.  I encourage our students to utilize these summer academic devices and programs to stay sharp with their academic skills.

At the high school next year, we will continue to implement the College Credit Plus courses for the sixth year.  We now offer CCP from several colleges and universities including Edison State, Sinclair, Urbana, and Wright State.  Many of our students continue to take advantage of the CCP program.  In fact, last year three of our high school graduates also received associates degrees at the same time as a high school diploma.

At the elementary level many of our students continue to participate in our supplemental eSpark program using their iPad.  All of our elementary and middle school students continue to participate in our Measurement of Academic Progress (MAP) online testing assessments again using their iPad device.  This test is given three times a year and allows our staff to see how students are aligning to their end of year AIR test and see the reading and mathematical level gains they are achieving. 

Across the district, other curriculum plans for next year include the purchase of textbooks and supplemental material in the discipline of social studies.  We continue to incorporate a five-year cycle to upgrade our curriculum material by content area.

With our Career Tech programs we will be expanding our Careers with Children program to include the Teaching Profession next year.  This program has been popular with our students and expands their development beyond pre-school career opportunities to other teaching level professions.  All of our career tech students are continuing to take web exams in their fields with the opportunity to take work key tests as well.

Summer school will again be offered at Greenville High School and the Greenville Elementary School.  The high school offers makeup courses through the virtual academy along with a blended health and physical education class.  At the elementary summer reading intervention is available for students who are behind in reading at the third grade level. 

Permanent improvement and maintenance projects this summer include parking lot sealing at the Jenning Track Complex, parking lot over laying and sealing at the transportation department.  The terrazzo floor at the K-8 complex will be cleaned and resealed.  An awning at the Memorial Hall side handicapped door entrance will be installed.  There will be some additional security cameras and door entrance electronic fobs installed at the high school, K-8 complex, Memorial Hall, and transportation office.

Congratulations to our twenty-six students in the Career Tech programs that we will be sending to national competition from FCCLA, HOSA, and Business Professionals of America.  Seventeen students from Careers with Children qualified for National FCCLA in Anaheim, CA.  In HOSA eight students qualified for the national competition in Orlando, Florida.  One student represented us at the Business Professionals of America National competition earlier in the spring also at Anaheim, California.

A special thank you and congratulations to our six Class of 2019 Valedictorians that gave addresses at the Greenville High School’s One Hundred and Forty-Fifth Commencement.  These students were Lauren Dull, Tessa Garber, Jada Garland, Kaitlyn Hackett, Lauren Hartzell, and Ashley Jolley.  These student speeches were well presented at the June 1, 2019 ceremony.

Other highlights we would like to salute for the 18-19 year include three students winning superior or excellent ratings at the State Science Fair.  These include:

Ash Williams – Superior Rating
Anthony Masso-Rivetti – Excellent Rating
Landon Muhlenkamp – Excellent Rating and multiple other awards

For the second year in a row our NJROTC program under the leadership of Captain Eberwine and Chief Eldred were selected as a Distinguished Unit.  This year they were selected Distinguished Unit with Academic Honors and rated in the top 20% of all units in the country.

In musical accomplishments, Tony Masso-Rivetti has been accepted into the Dayton Philharmonic’s Youth Orchestra for the 2019-2020 school year. 

In athletic awards, one superior accomplishment by Riley Hunt is noted.  Riley won the State Division I Pole Vault competition on June 1, 2019.  In winning the pole vault title she also established the state pole vault record for all divisions at 13 feet 7 inches.  Congratulations, Riley.

The close of the 2018-2019 school year will mark the retirement of some of our employees.  Staff members retiring at the end of the year include Becky Gibson, Donna McCool, and Sue Marker from the K-8 building and Ron Rexrode from the high school.   We wish all our retiring employees the very best in their future endeavors.  Please join me in thanking each of these retiring employees for their dedication to Greenville City Schools and our students.

We wish all of our students an enjoyable and safe summer vacation full of relaxing time with family and friends.  The Superintendent and Treasurer’s Offices are open all summer.  As always, feel free to contact me by phone at 937-548-3185 ext. 4010 or email at dfries@gcswave.com with any questions you have about our district.

To all our students, parents, staff, and community members, have an enjoyable summer.  We look forward to working with everyone again next fall.  Greenville City School’s is a great place for students to learn and teachers to teach.

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