VISION – Inspire. Succeed. Leave a Legacy. MISSION – LEGACY: Leadership Education Graduation Acceptance Community You
Andrew R. Sprang
GREAT THINGS GOING ON IN FOSTORIA CITY SCHOOLS
Welcome to the 2018-19 school year!
The new school year is rapidly approaching and preparations are underway to continue to build upon the progress that the district has been making. One of our goals is to provide the best opportunity possible for our students and doing this within budget. This year we have continued our work on updating curriculum materials, course offerings, and technology.
As the new school year starts there will be new materials in the science classrooms, as the district has purchased new materials for all grade levels. These materials in many cases were between 10-15 years old. With the implementation of the new science programs, you will see more hands-on activities that will engage the students in the discovery and learning at a higher level. A goal of the district’s work with curriculum and materials is to provide these resources in a manner that is relevant to the students and also prepares them for the types of activities that they will see as they move into careers and everyday life.
Another endeavor that the district has taken on is the implementation of a 1:1 program with students in grades 5-12. Technology is a significant part of the lives of students today, whether it is in the classroom through lessons and assessments, or there lives outside of the school day. This year these students will be given a Chromebook that they will be able to use in the classroom and take home to complete assignments in the evening. Most of our curriculum programs have technology components that have been underutilized, whether it is tutorials or readings at various levels as examples. With these devices, students will be able to take advantage of these opportunities to enhance their classroom experience.
It has often been said that it takes the entire community to raise a child. A very exciting opportunity has presented itself this year for the district to expand opportunities to work with the Fostoria Learning Center and Terra State Community College to start an early-college high school program. This year will be the first cohort to begin taking classes at the learning center that will put them on course towards an associates degree as an expansion of our College Credit Plus Program. This program allows students to be earning college credits for free as long as they maintain a passing grade in the course. Partnering with our community resources will allow our students to experience instruction from college professors and have more of a structured college experience while being able to stay in our community. We are extremely grateful for the opportunity to develop this program and look forward to expanding it beyond this initial cohort of students after this school year.
Along with the changes that have been explained we are looking to continue our progress in existing areas of what the district offers. Last year Longfellow obtained Lighthouse status as one of 8 schools in the state of Ohio to have this distinction. Across the district we want to continue to develop our young leaders as we have Leader in Me programs across all of our district. Beyond the Leader in Me active involvement is crucial to student success in all areas of their learning. It has been a proven theory that if students are involved in something within the school, whether it is the arts, athletics, DECA, or any of the clubs that we offer that they will be more successful in the classroom. I encourage all of our students to take advantage of the numerous opportunities and continue doing something they have done in the past or to try something new in order to enhance their school experience.
With these changes, it is hard not to be excited about the new opportunities that our students can have in the upcoming school year as well as into the future. I look forward to working with all of you to make this school year a great year for our students.
Building Project Update
This summer has brought about a great deal of construction work on our JSHS and Intermediate campus. With the excitement of this work also comes some logistical points that need to be addressed. Many of these items were in place last year, but with the start of a new year, families in new buildings, as well as new families to our district it is a good time to revisit these as well.
The exciting pieces are the parts that are in progress right now. Construction of the new 7-12 is going well to the north of the existing JSHS. The projected completion date is December 2019 for this building. Over at the Intermediate, the addition is coming along well. It is not visible close up as it is on the north side of the building, but if you go out on Stearns Road it can be seen from a distance. The remodeling of the building on the inside has already started as well. There will be a very different look coming into that building this year. The attendance office is moving to the south side of the building. This will be important to know for access to the building during the day, and for signing students in or out. It is also important to know that the Intermediate is going to be a work in progress throughout the school year as the renovation continues. The key is going to be patience and flexibility for all of us as we work with the construction team to continue their work and to keep our students safe. I want to acknowledge that the crews on site have been background checked and safety measures will be taken to keep the students away from the construction as much as possible. However, there may be opportunities for our students to be part of the construction as a learning experience, but all safety precautions will be taken during the experience.
When attending events at the JSHS it is important to know that access to the building will be on the east and west entrance doors. The main area for parking will be the lot on the south side of the building. You can then walk up the side and enter either side of the building. If you are in need of handicapped parking there are spots on both the east and west sides of the building as well as the front row of the parking lot on the south side as well.
At this point in time, the project is progressing on schedule and we look forward to working on bidding out our technology and furniture package between now and the first of 2019. The elementary building is still on schedule to house all PK-6 students at the start of the 2019-2020 school year. The JSHS portion of the project will be completed shortly after that in December with the hope to move into the new JSHS for the second semester of the 2019-2020 school year.
We ask that all of you please follow the traffic signs around campus as they have been prepared in a manner that will promote safety and help us to work through the duration of the project. The construction team has worked with the city in order to devise the best plan that they could to aid in this process. The one key piece that I will point out is that the south drive at the JSHS is a one way going east to west. Thank you for your support and understanding on these issues as we work to make the best out of what is going to be a year of transition.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS
80% of students will meet or exceed grade-level proficiency on the Spring English Language Arts OST (Grades 3- ELA II) and/or Spring NWEA MAP Growth Reading (K-2) by June 2021. Note - this goal will be tiered to reflect 70% Spring 2019; 75% Spring 2020; 80% Spring 2021
80% of students will meet or exceed grade-level proficiency on the Spring Math OST (Grades 3- HS EOC) and/or Spring NWEA MAP Growth Math (K-2) by June 2021. Note - this goal will be tiered to reflect 70% Spring 2019; 75% Spring 2020; 80% Spring 2021
SAFE & HEALTHY SCHOOLS - ENGAGED CLASSROOMS
100% of staff will increase their knowledge and utilization of evidence-based strategies related to increasing academic engagement by June 2021.
100% of staff and students will be engaged with setting, monitoring, and reflecting on goals focused on increasing academic achievement.
EQUITABLE ACCESS TO EXCELLENT EDUCATORS
Ensure equitable access to excellent educators across all buildings and programs in the district through data review, root cause analysis, and the development of strategies designed to address any gap due to teacher inexperience.