Elementary School News

Recently there has been considerable talk about the new Ohio State Standards and the requirement in Ohio for all public school districts to administer state approved assessments that are aligned with Ohio’s academic content standards and designed to measure a student’s skill level in a specific subject area.  In 2014-15, Ohio’s school districts will be using new assessments in English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.  The academic standards in English language arts and mathematics are significantly more rigorous than Ohio’s past academic standards.  In response, our local instructional leaders and teachers have re-written curricula and created new units and lesson plans that demand more of students.  At the same time, they have also developed their own interim assessments to determine what students are and are not grasping.  This is occurring at every grade level.  We believe Ohio has made a commitment to deliver significantly higher levels of academic performance for all its children.  We started working on this process five years ago and started to actively use the new standards two years ago.  It amounted to an entire system reboot – a major undertaking by our administrators, classroom teachers, and students.  This is the right course and worth the effort when it leads to higher performing students at Wayne Local Schools.
When and Why did all this start?
The world our children will live in will be much different than the one we have known.  To keep pace Ohio updated the curriculum standards that outline the knowledge and skills students need to have in key subjects in every grade.  In the 1990's, the “Standards & Accountability Movement” began in the U.S. as states began writing standards outlining (a) what students were expected to know and to be able to do at each grade level, and (b) implementing assessment designed to measure whether students were meeting the standards.  As a result of an initiative sponsored by the national Governors Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), standards were released for mathematics and English language arts on June 2, 2010. They sought to establish consistent educational standards and ensure that students graduating from high school are prepared to enter credit-bearing courses at two- or four-year college programs or to enter the workforce.
Educational standards provide a simple roadmap to where our children are going.  This means students, parents/guardians and teachers can work together toward the same goals.  Standards are related to real world; they focus on the knowledge and skills students will need to succeed in life, not just the classroom.  Standards do not tell teachers how to teach, but they do help educators identify the knowledge and skills their students should have so teachers can build the best lessons and environments for their classrooms.  They are designed to be challenging, but achievable and practical for teachers to use.  Education standards also called “academic content standards,” are guidelines that describe what children are to learn in each subject and grade.  They tell us what each child should know and be able to do by the end of a school year.  The goal of all these guidelines is to ensure that all students have greater opportunities and access to the careers of their choice through a K-12 education system that provides the knowledge and skills most valued by employers and higher education. 
How Will the Standards Help My Child?

  • Your child is studying fewer topics within each subject, but drilling deeper into each to gain more understanding.
  • Your child will be carrying well-understood key concepts from grade to grade to broaden and build on his or her knowledge.
  • Your child is learning to relate key ideas from math, science, language arts and social studies to real-life situations.
  • Your child’s teacher is using more in-depth teaching methods and getting frequent measurements of how your child is doing.

How Will the Standards Help Parents or Guardians?

  • You will be aware of exactly what your child should know and be able to do by the end of each grade.
  • Because the standards make expectations very clear, you, your child and your child’s teacher will be able to work toward a single goal.
  • You will see that your child is learning about fewer topics in each grade, but he or she is learning much more about each topic.

The Wayne Local Hall of Fame exists to recognize individuals who exemplified excellence in two categories: 1) Academic Leadership (accomplishments while a student in the Wayne Local School District, and/or 2) Success and Citizenship (accomplishments after graduation from Wayne Local School District, or while an employee of the school district, or for other significant contributions to the school district).

Nomination forms may be picked up in the Superintendent's office or found on the Wayne Local website “Hall of Fame form”.  Deadline for forms is March 30, 2015. The recipients of the Hall of Fame award will be announced at the 2015 Wayne Local Alumni Dinner Saturday, May 23.
 
Mail the nomination form to Wayne Local Schools, Attn:  Pat Dubbs, 659 Dayton Rd. Waynesville, OH  45068.  Forms may be emailed to pdubbs@wayne-local.com  please cc hvoiles@wayne-local.com  

PROJECT EXCELLENCE NOMINATION FORMS
DEADLINE FEBRUARY 27, 2015
It’s that time again to nominate an excellent Educator or an Innovative Teacher.   Remember the educator must hold a current teaching certificate and work at Wayne Local. 
This year you can access the nomination form 2 different ways.
 
You can nominate deserving teachers by completing the on-line form on the www.apcwc.org website – just click on - http://www.apcwc.org/project-excellence/ and click on “PROJECT EXCELLENCE NOMINATION FORM” to open –  complete the requested  information and when you hit “submit” the document will be emailed to Project Excellence in Lebanon.
NOTE: nominations received that have the text area left blank will be discarded 
 “Text Area” What does this educator do that exemplifies excellence in teaching? Please be as specific as possible. 
 
If you prefer you may print the Project Excellence form for 2015 by clicking here.  This document can be mailed via US Mail – send to Project Excellence, P O Box 802, Lebanon 45036 or scanned and emailed to apcpe@ohioinfo.org .
 
Nominations will close Friday – February 27, 2015.
This schedule will start Monday, February 2, 2015
Because of the adverse weather this winter the school district has to make adjustments to our calamity plans.
 
Schedule Adjustments for Two-Hour Delayed Openings 2014/15 school year:
 
Wayne Local will refer to a 2 hour early childhood schedule as Plan “B” Kindergarten and Preschool.  Plan “B” A.M. Half-Day Kindergarten and Preschool will begin two (2) hours late and remain in school for two hours.  These students will leave school one-hour later than usual.  School transportation will pick your child up two hours later than normal and bring your child home one hour later than normal.  Plan “B” P.M. Half-Day Kindergarten and Preschool will begin one (1) hour late and remain at school for two hours, dismissing at the regular time.  School transportation will pick your child up one hour later than normal.  Your child will be delivered home at the normal time.  Plan “B” Full-Day Kindergarten will start two hours late and dismiss at the regular time. School transportation will pick your child up two hours later and deliver them home at their normal time.
AM K/Pre K/Pre-School                  10:30-12:30  PM
PM K /Pre-School                           1:30-3:30  PM
All Day                                             10:30-3:30  PM

Schedule Adjustments for school cancellations 2014/15 school year:

As of January 30th District wide we have missed 4 days of instruction.  The next day will be our 5th day.
On the 6th, 7th, and 8th day of cancellation we will use Blizzard Bag # 1, 2, and 3.
 
The 9th day that is cancelled will be made up on Monday, April 6, 2015.
 
The 10th day that is cancelled will be made up on Friday, May 29, 2015.
  
Any cancellations beyond this will have to be made up at the end of the school calendar. Starting the week of June 1st as needed.

It is always important that parents and students have secondary plans ready in case school is delayed or cancelled.  The decision to cancel or delay is always a decision made using multiple factors.  Any time parents are concerned about student drivers being on winter roads; I strongly encourage you to put your child on a bus that day.  Please call the transportation department at 513 897-8511 so we can accommodate your child on those days.
Be a Spartan S.T.A.R.
(Standing Together – Acting Responsibly)

Waynesville Elementary School is committed to creating a positive environment for all students. Each month your child will have the opportunity to be chosen as a Spartan Star. To be a STAR the students must follow the school’s overarching rules - be ready, be respectful, be responsible, and be safe. The other component of being a star is being a buddy….not a bully! If chosen as a STAR, your child will have their picture taken with other students from their grade level and hung on our building Spartan Star bulletin board. They will also be given a certificate of recognition signed by the building principal and given a Spartan Star bracelet. In addition, they will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a Spartan T-Shirt.


Rather than spending time focusing on the negativity of bullying, we want to focus on the positive! We have had fewer reported bullying incidences this year due to the positive environment this program has created. We are planning an elementary school Spirit Week for the week of December 15th. We hope you will make a great effort, along with us, to encourage your child to participate in the school’s Spirit Week Activities listed below. In addition, we hope you will take the opportunity to talk to your child about the importance of them being kind to others. Let’s work together to encourage our students to be SPARTAN STARS!
 
  • Monday 12/15: Team up to stop bullying – Dress to support your favorite SPORTS TEAM
  • Tuesday 12/16: Being a buddy is no sweat – SWEATSHIRT & JEANS DAY
  • Wednesday 12/17: Be a STAR and “Sock it” to bullying– CRAZY SOCK DAY
  • Thursday 12/18: Be a buddy and put bullying to rest – PJ DAY (school appropriate)
  • Friday 12/19: Hats off to our STARS! - HAT DAY

Tomorrow we will have our first ALiCE drill for all students at WLS.  Alice is a program we adopted in 2013-14 for the safety of our students and staff.  The components of ALiCE include:

Alert

Lockdown

Inform

Counter

Evacuate

We will be having drills throughout the year to help train and prepare students for such an event.  We will NOT be using counter or evacuation in tomorrow’s drill.

K – 5th Grades

Saturday 12/6, 12/13, 12/20, 12/27, 1/3

9:00 – 10:00am in High School Gym

Performance Tuesday 1/6 during Home Varsity Game during halftime

Cost: $30

The goal of Little Dribblers Program is to introduce and reinforce fundamental basketball skills at an early age while doing it in a fun atmosphere.  Players will learn a ball handling and shooting routine that will be performed during halftime of a boys’ varsity basketball game.  We ask that players attend at least two sessions to perform.  All players will receive a Spartan Basketball Shirt.  Little Dribblers is open to both boys and girls. 

Parents and students will report directly to classrooms on Back-2-School night.

Monday August 18th Grades 1-5 Schedule 
1st Grade  5:00-5:30 PM
2nd Grade  5:15-5:45 PM
3rd Grade  5:30-6:00 PM
4th Grade  5:45-6:15 PM
5th Grade  6:00-6:30 PM 

Tuesday August 19th Kindergarten Schedule
AM Kindergarten 5:00-5:30 PM
All Day Kindergarten 5:15-5:45 PM
PM Kindergarten and AM Pre-K 5:30-6:00 PM

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