Superintendent's Message



Wyoming Families,

Thank you for your partnership through this first semester. The work of making every day the best experience it can be for students, families and WCS staff has never been more difficult than during the pandemic, but the “Whatever It Takes” mindset here in Wyoming continues to make the difference for our students.  I truly hope you are able to focus on yourself and your family during the break.  Thanks again for all that you do!

Below, you will see several highlights from the Board of Education regular meeting that occurred Monday night.  I’ll continue to share this information after each meeting to connect you with important updates as they occur.  For the December 13th BOE meeting, all agenda items were approved as written on the agenda.  The video of the entire meeting is available on the Wyoming City Schools Youtube channel.

Presentation

  • Wyoming Primary Schools Mental Wellness Presentation - Thank you to the team of Counselors Becky Abbs and Elizabeth Dennemann, Principal Gina Kirchner, and Director of Pupil Services Dr. Tracy Quattrone for sharing the mental wellness initiatives happening at our primary schools. This work is critical to creating a climate and culture of belonging in our schools.  In future meetings, we will share how this work continues in our middle and high schools.  

2022-2023 Full Day Kindergarten Tuition - As we begin to plan for Kindergarten enrollment for the 2022-2023 school year, the Board approved the tuition rate for our full-day kindergarten program.  The amount remains at $3500 per year.  Information on enrolling in kindergarten will be communicated to Wyoming families later this week.

Course Proposals - Each year, we have an opportunity to consider changes or  additions to our current courses to provide greater opportunities to students and grow our instructional program.  During the meeting, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Ashley Whitely shared a summary of the proposals for the courses below that were all approved during the meeting.  We’re excited to see these new opportunities available to students in the 2022-2023 school year.

  • AP Music Theory (WHS New)
  • Financial Literacy (WHS New)
  • K-2 Literacy Decoding:  Phonemic Awareness and Phonics (WPS Change)
  • Latin V (WHS New)

Resolution Authorizing Payment to Stipends for Additional Work Responding to COVID-19 Pandemic - The pandemic has created incredible challenges for students, families, and for educators.  As we finish out the first semester, we appreciate the never-ending efforts that have been made by our entire staff to support the individual needs of all students.  This stipend for WCS staff recognizes the incredible efforts that our staff has made throughout the pandemic and for the continuation of work that will occur through the remainder of the year to support students, families, and one another in ways that extend beyond typical expectations as we continue to embrace the “Whatever It Takes” mindset to bring about student growth and success.

Superintendent Update - During this portion of the meeting, I discussed updates related to our school pandemic plan and our ongoing efforts to provide a safe environment for all students and staff through our safety protocols and the initiatives in place to support wellness and create a culture of belonging.

  • Pandemic Update - During the update, I shared the various data points that we have continued to review as we consider the potential for a change in our masking plan for our schools.  As we review the data related to the number of positive COVID cases in our schools, our high school continues to have a relatively low number of cases (less than one per week on average) and an even lower number of quarantines with no evidence of in-school transmission.  Additionally, our high school students have been eligible for vaccination for months, and our best data indicates that more than 80% of WHS students are fully-vaccinated against COVID-19.  Based on this information, we will be modifying our masking plan for the high school only to move from universal masking to “Recommendation to Mask” beginning on Monday, January 10, 2022.  As always, we will continue to watch COVID data and return to a universal masking plan if our district case numbers increase.  More detailed information about this change will be sent to staff and families this week.

Our universal masking plan will continue for the Middle School and for our Primary Schools.  We will continue to review COVID data and update staff and families regarding any potential for plan changes in the coming months.  

We continue to partner with the City of Wyoming to offer COVID vaccine clinics through Hamilton County Public Health. Participation in the clinics remains strong so we are extending the weekly clinics through January 18. More information about the clinics can be found on our website.

  • The horrific news from the most recent school shooting in Michigan reminds us all that the most important thing we can do is create safe environments for our students and staff.  Our staff has been trained in active shooter situations and we partnered with the Wyoming Police Department again before the start of this school year to review this information.  In addition to having safety protocols in place, we must continue to focus on the mental wellness of students and its connectedness to overall school safety.  Our efforts to create a sense of belonging for all students have never been more important.  Our Primary Schools shared a few of the strategies in place to support these efforts and we will hear from the Middle School and High School in future meetings.  

Hoping you all have a wonderful winter break!

Tim Weber




12/15/2021


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