Welcome back to another school year! I hope everyone has had a restful, yet fun-filled and productive summer. Once again our maintenance and custodial crews have not had much rest this summer. Above doing their normal summer cleaning and maintenance, they have removed the old playground equipment and installed an awesome set of new equipment for the elementary students to utilize. We have also completed two other capital improvement projects this summer including a completely new phone system for the district and a new roof on the 1939 portion of the high school. The updated phone system will give all staff access to communicate internally and externally when needed. In the past, classrooms in the high school had no phones at all. This was a major concern in the event of an emergency. After many years of patching the high school roof, it was time to do a complete renovation to ensure the students are kept warm, safe and dry. This should also ensure the preservation of the building for many years to come.

One of the most notable changes in logistics this year will be the student parking and pickup/dropoff for busing at the high school building. This year, all student drivers will park in the new gravel lot on the south side of the high school. Students will enter the doors of the parking lot and proceed to the lobby where a free breakfast will be available. Students will be able to enter those doors and the lobby from 7:30 am to 8:00 am. High school bus riders will be dropped off at the lobby each morning. Students who are being dropped off should also enter the building through the lobby until 8:00 am. After 8:00 am all students will have to gain access through the front of the building as in years past. In the afternoon high school and middle school students who have their last class of the day at the high school will board the buses on the west side of the building near the funeral home. The buses will pick up the elementary students first and then proceed for pick up at the high school. This should eliminate a lot of pedestrian traffic on the road at the end of the day.

The district is excited and proud to once again be working with the Danville Police Department to maintain the safety and security of our buildings. Officer Perkins who finished the year last year as the SRO and also facilitated the DARE program will be returning as the district SRO. We also ask all stakeholders to be involved in safety and security and if you “See Something, Say Something”.

The academic focus of the district is to provide a standards-based education that prepares students for college and/or a career of their choice. As we move to Standards-Based Grading (SBG) in the next two years, I realize this may create some anxiety for all stakeholders. Other than the idea of change, there is no need to be filled with anxiety. Standards-Based Grading(SGB) will improve the communication between the teacher, student, and parents in an effort to be clear of what is expected of them. “Standards” ensure that there is a common language and common skillset, while at the same time encourages differentiated instruction to meet the needs of all learners. In an effort to make this happen all teachers have been working and will continue to align their curriculum and instruction to the most recent academic standards. The elementary staff has also been working hard this summer to prepare for the updated reading curriculum and they are excited about the resources that will be readily available to meet the needs of all students. We are also planning to pilot a new math curriculum this year, with the hopes of fully implementing the curriculum throughout the district in 2020-21. I am anxious for the state report card to be officially released this fall. I believe we will see some significant improvements as measured by the Ohio Department of Education.

We are excited to offer MySchoolBucks® this year. This online payment service provides a quick and easy way to add money to your student’s meal account and pay school fees using a credit/debit card or electronic check. You can also view recent purchases, check balances, and set-up low balance alerts. Specific information about this option will be sent home with students in the first few days of school. Between facility updates, staff changes, extracurricular activities, and academic advancements, there are a lot of exciting things going on at Danville Local Schools. I am looking forward to seeing you very soon!

Thanks for your continued support of Danville Local Schools!

Have a great year!