Oct. 11, 2017
Dear RCS Families:
It is so hard to believe that we are approaching the end of the first quarter of school in Reynoldsburg City Schools. Our community continues to unite and galvanize on the behalf of our students and we have a real sense of collaboration and understanding in our District. I continue to be awed by the spirit of community that permeates our work. My transition into the role of Superintendent and interacting with community members remains a priority. I have greatly enjoyed every meeting with parents, community, staff, and, most importantly, our students. They give me a degree of hope and promise for our future and beyond. I remain very proud to be a Raider as I venture throughout our community. We are, as our hashtag says, “#reynproud”.
Throughout the month of September, I was able to engage with our school community in a number of different venues including the Heroes for Heroes 5K Obstacle Course (my shoes are still wet from the water obstacle), the athletic events in which our students participate and I have scheduled regular visits to schools across the District. I have managed to visit each of our schools at least three times and that has led to engagement on a very high level. One of my most memorable highlights was visiting Mr. Alexander’s Career Exploration class at Encore Academy where I was able to talk with students about the responsibilities of my job and my overall path which got me to where I am today, and how I will continue to forge that path for my future development. I wanted them to take away that I am not special in my accomplishments and that they can accomplish anything that they want. In October, I plan to take this to a different level to visit classrooms in search of student engagement, time on task, and soliciting what our students understand as a purpose for learning in daily instruction. There are such wonderful things taking place in our classrooms and I cannot wait to experience more of it firsthand.
Homecoming Week provided another series of activities and events that further unite our community. The Homecoming Court was announced on Oct. 2 and we had a phenomenal Homecoming Parade on Oct. 4. More than 60 groups wove through the streets of Reynoldsburg as they were cheered on by members of the community. It was an awesome sight and the energy was high. I was very proud to represent Reynoldsburg in the parade. I want to thank our Student Council for organizing such a spectacular event. We had other Homecoming activities taking place including a live broadcast with NBC, our Homecoming Game and of course, the Dance. This was a great time to be a student of Reynoldsburg, as we have so much of which to be proud.
October is also Anti-Bullying Month. We have made this a focus in the District, and will highlight our efforts to combat bullying throughout the month. We plan to communicate this cause at every building, through announcements, lunch and learns, guest speakers and more. Please be sure to check our website (reyn.org) often for more information.
Moving forward, we look to further and more deeply articulate our high school academy structure to provide our middle school students with a better understanding and experience of what choices they have at their disposal upon entering high school. It is imperative that our students see multiple routes to graduation, post-secondary education, and employment. In order to prepare our kids for a world after high school, it is crucial that they understand the vast opportunities that await them. We also look to enhance our Career and Technical Education offerings. Industries such as Advanced Manufacturing, Welding, Cosmetology, Criminal Justice, and Cyber Security, among others, can lead to lucrative and life-changing experiences for our kids and their futures. We will evaluate our offerings in the Arts and how these programs can speak to the growth of the whole child as well as to compel our students to engage with school in multitude of ways that feed their interests.
We continue to have much to do to fulfill our vision of “Learners Today, Leaders Tomorrow.” We also subscribe to the notion that our students are also “Leaders” today. They have capacity to accomplish anything and they too, will play a large part in the leadership of our community. Moreover, we want students to be intentional about their learning and to learn for a purpose. Increasing efforts to engage our families, our business community, and our community in general will only lead to improved student achievement results and increased capacity for our city.
Melvin J. Brown
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