Hello Wyoming Families,
I hope you all had a wonderful spring break and are looking forward to an exciting finish to the 2021-2022 school year!
Below, you will see several highlights from the Board of Education regular meeting that occurred Monday night. I’ll continue to share information after each meeting to connect you with important updates as they occur. For the March 28th BOE meeting, all agenda items were approved as written on the agenda. The video of the entire meeting is available here on the Wyoming City Schools Youtube channel. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions you may have.
Revised 2022-2023 District Calendar
Monday, November 28, 2022 will be a professional development day for staff with no school for students. The revised calendar for the 2022-2023 school year is available here. During recent District Leadership Team meetings, we discussed the desire to have an additional professional development day for staff to utilize specifically for reviewing student data with the goal of personalizing instruction for students. November 28 was selected because we do not typically receive growth data from the Ohio Department of Education until mid-November and the committee hopes that connecting this PD day to the Thanksgiving holiday will minimize the impact on families.
Citizens Advisory Committee - During this school year, one of the CAC study teams focused on bullying and set out to research the best practices used by school districts to address bullying incidents in schools in order to create a climate and culture that reduces the likelihood of bullying behavior. Additionally, they also researched how other schools are implementing restorative practices for all students that help to build a positive climate. Thank you to the following members of this CAC team for their wonderful research and informative presentation - Earnest Davis, Shannon Myatt, Hayley Parks, and Cindy Peebles. This information will be used to plan for future anti-bullying strategies in Wyoming City Schools. The team’s presentation can be viewed on the BOE meeting video, their slide deck is available here, and all CAC study team reports from past years are available on the Wyoming City Schools Citizens Advisory Team webpage.
Literacy Bill Presentation – WCS Director of Pupil Services Dr. Tracy Quattrone shared information about the literacy bill passed by the State of Ohio which goes into effect during the 2022-2023 school year. The bill targets reading in a very intentional way and provides for universal screeners for dyslexic tendencies for all children in grades K-3 and by referral in grades 4 and beyond. Additionally, among other items, the bill requires teacher training. Prior to the enactment of this new bill, Wyoming has provided universal screeners in reading and has intervened through our Multi-Tiered Systems of Supports (MTSS) process when students have demonstrated difficulties. Using our federal ESSER funds, the district is excited to be providing teacher training to all K-4 teachers with a multisensory approach and framework to understanding reading acquisition. Additional training is also being provided to our specialists and special education teams.
Strategic Planning Update
Board members on the WCS Strategic Plan Design Team provided an overview of the WCS Strategic Planning process and gave an update on where we are now as we build a strategic plan for Wyoming City Schools.
This process began during the 2019-2020 school year as CommUNITY Conversations were taking place with parents, community members, and staff. These conversations helped to identify the greatest strengths of our school district, opportunities for future growth, and ideas for how we can best support our students now and in the future.
That same year, members of the Wyoming City Schools Citizens Advisory Committee studied best practices for school strategic planning and shared key findings and recommendations with the Board of Education. These CAC recommendations provided the road map for WCS strategic plan process.
One of the most critical steps in our process has been to gather stakeholder feedback that can be used as a driving force for our plan. In addition to the CommUNITY Conversations during the 2019-2020 school year, stakeholder feedback opportunities have included student, parent, community member and school staff focus groups in Spring 2021 and February and March of 2022 and survey opportunities in December 2021 and January 2022.
During the 2021-2022 school year, the 29-member WCS Strategic Plan Design Team has held monthly meetings facilitated by consultants from the Hamilton County Educational Service Center. During these meetings, the Design Team (made up of Wyoming parents and residents and WCS staff) have utilized feedback, offered insights, and engaged in a series of focused dialogues with the goal of building an actionable, living document to chart the future of Wyoming City Schools.
Through this work, five key goal areas have emerged:
At this time, the design team has broken into study teams for more targeted work in the potential goal areas. Innovation and fostering a sense of belonging are key topics that we anticipate being threaded through all goal areas.
There is much more work to do as we build a plan for the future and we will continue to provide monthly updates on the strategic plan process at our board meetings and in our monthly Superintendent Updates. We are hoping to finalize and introduce the final plan as we enter the 2022-2023 school year.
During my update, I shared information on recent important and impressive events: Wyoming School Music Association’s Spring Music Festival and Wyoming School Foundation’s Distinguished Alumnus events.