February 7, 2020
Dear Reynoldsburg City Schools Families and Community Members,
I wanted to take advantage of our first snow day and send a message with some updates regarding our District. I am thankful the weather has been cooperative (for the most part) for us this year, so far, and we have been able to fully focus on the work. I also wanted to take a moment to inform you of some of the progress we are making in the District.
First, as a part of our Five-Year Strategic Plan, we are going to continue to look for feedback from our staff, students and community in our four focus areas: Student Learning, Student Experience, Communications and Finance. One of the ways we will be looking for input in Finance is by asking everyone participate in a survey so we can get a temperature check on how you feel as a member of Reynoldsburg, both the city and the school. Your thoughts and input are important to our future planning so we greatly appreciate the time you take to complete the survey.
It is very important to us that we continue to listen to our community especially during times of transition. As you are aware, our community has changed significantly, and our enrollment has grown significantly. Those shifts have provided extraordinary opportunities along with some complex challenges.
We will be faced with some critical decisions over the next few years and it is important for us to seek your input while we plan for our future. We are inviting you to complete an anonymous online survey to let us know your thoughts on how to continue to provide our students with high quality education, while remaining accountable to our community. This link will be live for 14 days. Please keep an eye out for when we share the link, we anticipate the survey launching February 17 and closing February 28.
In March, I will be making my annual State of the Schools presentation. We will make the presentation available on www.reyn.org for those who cannot attend, but you can expect to see a deeper dive into what we are working on, not only for the next few months, but for the next school year and beyond.
We look forward to another Parent University session next month as well. The focus will be on social and emotional learning. We hope you can join us at the Livingston Campus and participate in thoughtful discussion.
It is also hard to believe this, but we are also looking towards next school year! Kindergarten and 5th Grade Open Houses will take place this month and into the Spring. Open Enrollment deadlines and information are on our website. And of course, we will prepare for my favorite time of the year, graduation, as we send our seniors off prepared for college and careers as they venture off into their future as global citizens of the world.
February features many events coming up that showcase our amazing kids! I invite you to view our calendar on reyn.org to see if anything catches your eye and please know you have an open invitation. Of note, our 3rd Annual African American Celebration is February 13th at our Reynoldsburg High School-Livingston Campus and we always look forward to seeing our students as they participate through their poetry, dance, presentations, artwork and more.
I want to thank you all for your support and encouragement as we continue to propel Reynoldsburg City Schools forward as a unified community and District. I am, and remain, #reynproud!
Melvin J. Brown
Reynoldsburg City Schools
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