Dear WCS Staff and Families,
This is an exciting time in Wyoming City Schools! Our students are fully engaged in their learning as we approach the second half of the quarter. Extracurricular clubs and activities are underway offering wonderful opportunities for students to interact with one another outside the classroom. We are entering into Homecoming Weekend, which is truly a special time for our students, staff, community, and Wyoming alumni. This special weekend kicks off with the Wyoming High School Homecoming Parade scheduled for 6:00 p.m. tonight, Friday, September 29th.
Below, you will see several highlights from the regular Board of Education meetings that took place on Monday, August 28th and Monday, September 18th. I’ll continue to share information after our meetings to connect you with important updates. You will find links to an agenda and video for each meeting below. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out.
August 28th BOE Meeting Agenda August 28th Meeting Video
September 18th BOE Meeting Agenda September 18th Meeting Video
Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) – New CAC members were approved by the board on August 28. The CAC held their first meeting of the school year on Tuesday, August 29th. During the meeting, we welcomed the following new volunteer community members to the team: Joseph Brinkman, Allison DuPee, Chad Harness, Grant Hoffman, Dave Menninger, Amanda Pyzoha, Catherine Ramstetter, and Noa Sidley. We also discussed the three studies that are planned for this school year and the process that will be used to research and prepare for presentations to the Board of Education on each topic. Guiding questions for these studies can be found below. Thank you to the board members, administrators, staff, and community members who volunteer their time to engage in this important work!
What are the best practices in utilizing artificial intelligence in the educational program for students? How can artificial intelligence be utilized by educators to support students in the learning process? How can students utilize artificial intelligence to support their learning in ethical ways? What are the negative aspects of artificial intelligence that should be avoided?
Food Service: Operations and Experiences
What are the best practices for providing healthy meal options and dining experiences for students at the elementary, middle, and high school levels within a viable food service program? What facility components optimize the student dining experience? What staffing is needed to support the dining needs of students? How can the school community help to inform the development of meal options for students?
Student Internships/Student Career Partnerships
What are the best practices in developing a high school student internship/career partnership program? What resources are available to partner with in the Wyoming Community and throughout the Cincinnati region? What scheduling structures and teacher assignments allow for the greatest flexibility for our students to participate in an internship/partnership? How do we maximize our ability to establish partnerships to support this endeavor?
Facilities Committee – The Superintendent Facilities Committee is continuing its focus on planning for the future of our primary schools. Below are a few important details regarding the current work happening within this committee.
- We kicked off our work with Reutschle Architects in August. Our focus during our first meeting was to share what was learned during Phase 1 of the facilities work last year and discuss the initial steps that need to be taken as we began to engage our community in the next phase of this work.
- We held our CommUNITY Conversations: WPS Facilities Listening Sessions on September 6th at 9:00 AM and 6:00 PM. Both of these sessions were well-attended with approximately 90 attendees at each session. A video from the CommUNITY Conversations was posted on our YouTube channel on September 6th to provide access to the meeting for anyone who was not able to attend. Thank you to all staff and community members for attending these sessions and engaging in this important dialogue!
- Wyoming Primary Schools Facilities Steering Committee: Our first WPS Facilities Steering Committee meeting is set for Monday, October 2nd, and we are looking forward to working together to plan for the first Community Forum.
- A Community Forum is scheduled for Monday, October 30th at 6:30 PM in the Pendery Center of Wyoming High School. We will be sharing a video of the meeting content on the WCS Youtube Channel soon after the meeting for those unable to attend. Any opportunities for feedback provided in the meeting will also be made available to the community through the WCS website.
Local Report Card
The Ohio Department of Education recently released the 2022-2023 District and School Report Cards. The district overview can be seen in the image below and access Wyoming City Schools report card information is available through the following link: 2022-2023 Report Card. A guide to understanding this new report card is available here: 2023 Ohio Report Card User Guide . In our October 10th BOE Planning Meeting, Dr. Ashley Whitely will be providing an overview of the Wyoming report card data, our initial insights, and the ways in which this information is being used to inform instruction in our buildings. While this is just one snapshot that demonstrates student academic performance, there is data here that we are excited to celebrate and data that we are continuing to examine as we explore strategies that help us be better every day.
2023-2024 Enrollment Update
During the September 18th BOE meeting, Treasurer Ronda Johnson shared an enrollment update with the Board of Education and highlighted historical, current, and future enrollment data. This information is incredibly valuable as we consider the future needs of our students and staff in all areas.