School Starts Monday!

images (1)The 2014-2015 school year officially begins in Worthington on Monday, August 18th.  (School begins tomorrow in Olentangy, Westerville and Grandview!) Here, all students in grades 1-12 will begin on Monday.  Kindergarten students will phase-in with half the class on Monday, the other half of the class on Tuesday, and all students K-12 will be in school by Wednesday the 20th. (Schools will communicate individual schedules.)

This year our elementary schools will all begin school on the 18th.  In previous years our elementary students began the first day with a “meet the teacher” and goal setting day.  While this day was an effective use of time for our students and teachers we felt like it was a significant burden for elementary parents who were asked to take time off of work during the day to come to school.  Therefore all of our elementary schools will be hosting “back to school” evenings this year previous to the first day of school and all students will begin on the 18th.

Also this year Worthington has implemented the “Where Everybody Belongs” (WEB) program to help middle school students transition from 6th grade to 7th grade. And, the Link Crew program which is a high school transition program that welcomes freshmen and helps them feel comfortable throughout the first year of their high school experience.  Thus, 7th grade students and 9th grade students have been asked to come in before the 18th to participate in these experiences.

Over the past week many parent groups have been donating time to help landscape our schools and make them ready for students. (We have awesome parents in Worthington and it’s really what makes this district special.  Thank You!)  Our teachers are back in the buildings and they’re working furiously to set-up learning spaces, communicate with students and parents, and plan for the first few weeks of school.

It’s been a great summer in Worthington.  I hope you’ve enjoyed the mild summer weather and spent time outdoors.  Within the school district we’re ready for summer to be over.  We’re a bit jealous of those school districts who start tomorrow.

Monday’s coming and we’re ready!

-Trent Bowers, Assistant Superintendent

 

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We are getting ready…

Hopefully, you are enjoying your summer and spending time relaxing with family and friends. Summer seems to pass more quickly each year, and in two weeks, we will gather to welcome the start of another school year in our dynamic school district.

During the previous academic year, our students made significant strides in and out of the classroom. Many staff members engaged in professional development activities and goal setting over the summer to assist the district in meeting the challenges of educating our students during the upcoming year.

The District’s maintenance, custodial, and grounds staff have been busy this summer performing annual repairs and maintenance in our buildings with an emphasis on improving safety and security. Our technology staff has worked tirelessly to upgrade our technology infrastructure and hardware. They will present the ‘District Technology Plan’ to board members and the community at the August 25, 2014 Board of Education meeting. Transportation staff has continued to spend many hours reviewing next year’s transportation needs with an eye toward improving efficiency. Please remember to thank these staff members who have worked extremely hard during the summer months in preparation for the 2014-2015 academic year.

At the beginning of each school year, our district staff members gather to welcome new staff, greet all of our returning staff, and share district highlights, and successes. We also strive to provide encouragement and enjoy a few laughs.

The theme of this year’s Convocation is “Commit, Connect, Contribute.” Convocation will be held Friday, August 15, in the Thomas Worthington High School Auditorium.

Please enjoy the remaining days of summer break.

Sincerely,
Thomas Tucker, Superintendent

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