May 23, 2019
Dear Reynoldsburg City Schools Students, Parents, Teachers and Staff,
Congratulations on the completion of yet another successful school year! This was an incredibly busy 2018-19 and we have been able to plan for many amazing things to come for our school community! We have worked diligently to address some of the impediments to our success and 2019-20 is set to be a breakthrough year in the reimagining of our District. As you know, there were a great many things that we have sought to improve upon and this year provided us with the time and the collective will to do just that.
To reflect and look back, we were able to share not only with the local community, but with the state and the nation, many wonderful things that exist in our schools and to showcase the talents of our students and staff. We were able to do this through news agencies, social media, our website, and a multitude of other communication vehicles. Prominent among those items are the following:
• Our partners in the media community often reach out to us when they are interested in discussing trends and innovations in education and cover our events and activities.
• We increased our investment in creating environments whereby students can feel challenged to reach and exceed their potential and to engage in academic experiences that pushed them. Our enrollment in College Credit Plus and in Advanced Placement coursework is far more reflective of the talent that exists in our student population. (In fact, we had two students graduate this year that received both their high school diplomas as well as their Associate’s Degree from Columbus State Community College, thanks to the CCP partnership.)
• The graduating class of 2019 accrued 4,125 college credits and more than $7 million in scholarships.
• We laid the groundwork to increase our instructional effectiveness through the use of problem-based learning experiences. The further articulation of our K-12 STEM pipeline and the development of similar experiences for all kids drives this work.
• A greater degree of exposure and emphasis was placed on the arts and the importance of those venues on the progress of the whole child. Herbert Mills Elementary School earned its STEAM designation, as it continues to focus on the arts and humanities as they align with their global goals. A reconfiguration of art, music, and World Language offerings speaks to that progress
• We recommitted to early literacy and the need to embrace equity in resource allocation. The adoption of elementary literacy curriculum is something that our district has not undertaken in more than 10 years. I look forward to tremendous strides in our elementary achievement scores.
• We created The 9X Impact to provide all of our Freshmen with a common experience that exposes them to real connections to our academy structure, a more supportive environment for social and emotional learning and a gradual release from middle school, and a purposeful preparation for what high school readiness needs to resemble.
This is, as they say, just the beginning of some of the great work that is still to come. I am so excited for our future and I cannot wait to truly reach our full potential. We are aiming toward becoming a “go-to” District; one that is a trendsetter in education nationally and can compete with any district in the country. We have connections with educators from around the world reach out to tour our buildings and to collaborate on innovative practices with our staff and students. I do not make this statement solely on the basis of test scores as they are but one measure of progress. We seek to create an infrastructure that supports optimal learning, experiential opportunities, leadership development, and positive community and civic engagement. We have often stated that by creating the conditions necessary to support all students and to foster in them a sense of ownership of their schools and community within them, test scores will take care of themselves. Their sense of belonging and acceptance of their own responsibility to our community play tremendous roles in creating those conditions.
Our ability to seek discomfort to continuously grow ourselves and to never accept mediocrity will spur those conditions. I constantly hope that our community recognizes the keen desire to recognize and pay homage to our past as we work to spur future enhancement. As societal needs and the demands placed upon us change, so must our actions, our programming, and our focus. We must constantly seek purposeful change that can carry us to even greater heights of success. As we have often stated, “we will not allow our kids to simply be relegated to being a test score.” They are vessels of promise and hope that will lead our world in the future and we must value them as such. I believe that we all recognize the incredible responsibility we have to our students and that pushes us each and every day.
I hope you take the summer to relax, recharge and refresh. We will continue to work over the coming months to continue making progress and identifying new and exciting opportunities for our students and the District for the 2019-20 school year and beyond.
Together, we can accomplish anything and I always remain #reynproud.