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Area Progress Council of Warren County and over 135 donors appreciate the quality of life and economic opportunities available to those who live and work in Warren County. They recognize that a quality education system is an essential element of this community. Excellent teachers are the key to the vibrancy and vitality of our schools. Their students are better employees, better leaders and better citizens.  Project Excellence, a public teacher recognition program honors excellent performance in the public schools and tangibly rewards those superior educators who impact our community's most valuable resource our children.  Two outstanding educators from each public school district in Warren County are annually recognized.  This year Sharon Beckett (1st grade teacher) and Pam Bullock (elementary intervention specialist) have been chosen to represent Wayne Local Schools.

Congratulations to Sharon Beckett and Pam Bullock

There will be an informational meeting to discuss adding A.L.i.C.E. to Wayne Local School District’s emergency operation plan on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 7:00 p.m. in the Waynesville High School Gym.

Channel 5 WLWT has done a media piece discussing some of the topics:
-Click here read the article 

Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate;
A.L.i.C.E. is an acronym that represents an alternative way of responding to a crisis through five concepts: Alert, Lockdown, inform, Counter and Evacuate. The A.L.i.C.E. training method emphasizes that the best way to survive an active-violent situation is to evacuate when the opportunity exists rather than simply lockdown and hide. If students and staff cannot evacuate then they should be educated about various options. The A.L.i.C.E. program will not call for armed teachers or staff members, and the district is not considering that option. Wayne Local continues to have a partnership with Waynesville Police Dept.; police officers are regularly on our campus. The A.L.i.C.E. program does not change anything about the way law enforcement responds to an emergency but it does teach students and teachers to take responsibility for their safety. In the past Wayne Local practiced an evacuation moving all students to off-site facilities in the Village of Waynesville. The next step of our planning is to introduce and practice age appropriate A.L.i.C.E. activities. On Thursday, April 10th the high school and middle school will go into our typical lockdown practice. Mr. Gebhardt will come over the P.A. and tell all students/staff that we are in a lockdown situation and that it is just a drill. Teachers will lock doors and get all students out of view from windows facing the hallway. Mr. Gebhardt will then introduce over the P.A. some A.L.i.C.E. principles; students will only listen. Mr. Gebhardt will then announce the drill is over. A “lock down” drill message will also be seen on the High School/Middle School message boards out front. The electronic boards are a part of our emergency procedures. The elementary will not participate in the April 10th drill. Early next year the district will add more components to our drills; including practice evacuations. The addition of A.L.i.C.E. puts the district in line with the other school districts in Warren County. Resources from the Warren County Sheriff’s Department have helped local school districts to revise and upgrade their emergency operation plans. District staff will go through training before starting actual practice activities with students during the 2014/15 school year. Please try to attend this very important meeting to learn more about A.L.i.C.E. Representatives from law enforcement will also be in attendance.

Spartan Pride Community Wide,
Patrick Dubbs

PLEASE RE-REGISTER YOUR CARD – IT ONLY TAKES A FEW MINUTES SEE LINK BELOW. Please forward on to anyone you think may be interested.
Thank-you partnering with Kroger for your fundraising efforts. The 2014-2015 Kroger Community Rewards Program begins May 1, 2014 and enrollment officially opened April 1, 2014. All supporters of your organization who registered prior to April 1, 2014 must re-enroll online to continue supporting your organization by April 30, 2014.
Re-enrolling only takes a few moments and is completed in a few simple steps. To have your current supporters re-enroll:
1. Visit our website at www.krogercommunityrewards.com.
2. Sign in using your email address and password. If you have forgotten your password, just click on "forgot password" and a link will be sent to your email to change your password.
3. Enter your organization's five digit 82139 Wayne Local Schools number or the first three letters of the organization's name, click search.
4. Select your organization by clicking on the circle to the left of your organization's name.
Thank you for your support!

Pat Dubbs

Wayne Local Schools
Superintendent’s Message
March 28, 2014

Last week I attended the Mary L. Cook Library Board Meeting as part of a goal established between the school district and public library.  Earlier this school year library representatives attended a school board meeting as our guests; we reciprocated at the library’s most recent meeting.  The purpose is to strengthen the partnership between Wayne Local Schools and the Mary L. Cook Public Library.

Last November voters passed levy requests for both the school district and the public library.  Residents understand that both play an important role in the success of our community.  By working jointly we become stronger; we serve the same kids.  Our joint mission is to grow lifelong readers.  Literacy skill is a key driver of economic and social success for both individuals and communities.  It directly impacts access to learning opportunities, social and democratic participation, and obtaining higher income employment. 

You see public library staff in our schools from day one each school year.  They work with every grade level to focus on library skills and to better understand how a library works.  One program highlight is always the BATS (Bringing Authors to School) Program.  This year the joint venture brought author Mary K. Carson from Cincinnati to spend the day with Waynesville students and staff.  Our local book fairs and Family Book Nights contribute financially to the BATS Program.  The BATS Committee meets on March 31st to start the search for next year’s author visit.

MLC helps to prevent “summer slide”; if kids don’t continue to read during summer months reading gains made during the school year regress.  Over the years our summer reading data has been very impressive as students work hard to win incentive prizes.  Another outstanding program is the “Book Buddy” Program that couples HS/MS students with elementary readers referred by teachers or by parental request.  It’s an opportunity for the younger reader to receive specialized reading attention and to work with an older role model.

Linda Swartzel, Director of Mary L. Cook serves on the local selection committee for Warren County’s Project Excellence Program.  Each year two outstanding educators from Waynesville are recognized for their excellent performance.  Linda’s professional approach and contribution to the process is very much appreciated by me and Warren County’s Area Progress Council.

Our school libraries simply cannot match the buying power of the public library system; it is critical we reach out to one another and other community groups.  It’s sound fiscal sense for our schools and the library to work together; it’s a partnership that results in improved services for kids, makes better researchers, and ultimately lifelong learners.

In addition to books the community can benefit from various free services:  Teacher Services and Extended Loans for Teachers; Senior Citizen Services; Technology Services; Access to Community Room (at no charge); and Subscriptions to Local, Regional, and National Newspapers.  Each week you can read about upcoming events at MLC in our weekly Good News Friday.  We appreciate our local public library and I encourage everyone to take advantage of its excellent facility and resources.  For more information, please visit their website http://www.mlcook.lib.oh.us/

Pat Dubbs
Superintendent of Schools


Under the direction of Mrs. Andrea Stubbs, the 2nd  Grade class  performed their musical, “Big Beautiful Planet” to a packed house last Monday evening. It’s up to me, it’s up to you. Help this planet to stay evergreen, ever blue! This musical, penned by popular children’s songwriter, Raffi, celebrates our earth-our home, and the importance of working together. Students took their ‘show on the road’ to Quaker Heights on Wednesday, April 2. Enjoy the pictures!

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