Good afternoon Rocket Families and staff! Welcome to Thursday, the end of the week for most students and staff. With no school on Monday for students, I know many of you are looking forward to a long weekend as a family.
I encourage everyone to get out and enjoy what looks to be a very nice fall weekend. Nice weather this time of year always seems to be unpredictable so enjoy the sunshine!
Tomorrow represents the final day of the first grading period and report cards will be issued next week. I encourage families to use the report card to have a good discussion with your student(s) and follow up with your child’s teacher if you need clarification or help.
Our goal is for every student to experience success! If you are not able to make it to parent/teacher conferences (your building administrator has those dates), please reach out to your child’s teacher and schedule a different time.
On a different note, the CDC is now predicting a tough winter for us in regards to a possible rough strand of influenza as well as new variants of COVID 19. Since this seems to be a possibility, it is important that we continue to take precautions to prevent spread and keep our students and staff in school.
Please take the opportunity to get your flu shot and latest COVID booster so your student remains healthy. However, if your student gets sick, stay home! Also, while masks are not required (unless you are returning to school from having COVID), we strongly encourage students and staff to wear a mask if you are not feeling well or returning to school from an illness.
Recently, the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) released the district report cards. New for this year, the report cards are based on a 5-Star rating scale. For our academic efforts last school year, we received ratings in five important areas. Three star ratings are meeting state standards or equivalent to one year of growth.
- 3 Stars – Academic Achievement – how well our students performed on the required state tests
- 5 Stars – Academic Progress – the growth our students made from one year’s testing cycle to the next
- 4 Stars – Gap Closing – how well we closed the “learning gap” for various subgroups
- 3 Stars – Graduation – the percentage of high school students who successfully graduate
- 2 Stars – Early Literacy – a measure of reading improvement and proficiency for all students in grades K – 3
Next year’s report card will include a measurement of college, career, workforce and military readiness as well as an overall rating for our district. We are most proud of our staff’s efforts in the Academic Progress and Achievement categories.
Our #1 strategic plan belief statement states: “We believe student growth and achievement are top priorities.”
For a more detailed explanation of our district’s report card, I invite you to watch tonight’s board of education meeting update presented by our Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Matt Ile. Additionally, our complete report card can be found here:
We use our report card data to determine needs. Our staff is constantly looking for ways to “add value” to the educational experiences we provide. While there is still plenty of work to do, we should all share a sense of pride for the growth our students are making here in Streetsboro!
Finally, while students are enjoying a day off from their scheduled routines Monday, our staff will be participating in professional development opportunities throughout the day.
We are extremely excited to welcome Missy McClain, Akron Children’s Hospital’s Community Education Program Coordinator to SCS. She will be sharing her knowledge and expertise on how we can positively support our students here at school.
It is my hope that everyone has a safe and relaxing long weekend. Go Rockets!
R. Michael Daulbaugh