It's hard to believe that we are already three weeks into the second half of the 2015-2016 school year. We have had a wonderful start and I am looking forward to what the rest of the year brings.
Our students continue to excel in variety of activities to support our community and represent our schools in a positive way. Our students have been involved in several successful service projects such a food drive for the community pantry, community clean up day, and a jeans drive for local shelters. Our winter sports teams are reaching the tournament phase of their seasons. So far we have collected NBC titles in Boys’ Basketball and Boys’ Swimming. The other sports have represented themselves and our community with pride as the compete on a nightly basis. We wish them the best as they conclude their campaigns. Our vocal and instrumental music programs continue to amaze audiences with each performance. They have recently competed in Solo & Ensemble and returned with thirteen 1 ratings, eight 2 ratings and 3 ratings. Tryouts for this year’s musical are completed and preparations will soon begin for the AHS performance of Suessical the Musical.
The Ohio Department of Education will gradually release our 2014-2015 report card throughout the month of February. Our review of our preliminary data shows that we made great strides in some areas but improvement is still needed. The arrival of this data is too late for it to be used to guide our current instruction, but can be used to address obvious gaps in our programing if they the do exist. Our teachers and district support staff are currently using local assessment and classroom data to design instruction to meet the needs of all students and we are pleased with the growth we are seeing so far this year. While our state report card sets out to make it easy to compare the performance of schools and districts, it falls very short in telling the full story. Teaching and learning is much more than the final score on one assessment; it is deeply rooted in the day to day interaction between teacher and student. The relationships that are built in each of our classrooms and the stories told by our recent graduates say that ACS is a great place where anyone can learn the necessary skills to reach their goals. For this reason and many more, I am proud to say I am Superintendent and even more proud to say I am a parent that supports our teachers, students and schools.
Finally, although it has been a very mild winter, remember that there is still potential for calamity days. Our number one priority is always the safety of our students; therefore we have a plan in place for determining a calamity day and quickly informing parents. More information can be found on our website.