November 2014

November 7, 2014

Happy Friday Ravenna Staff!

Despite our disappointing loss at the polls on Tuesday, I would encourage everyone to stay positive and to continue to move in a productive direction.  We are still on the right track and I am so pleased at all of the progress that we have made for the students of the Ravenna School District.  There is much more work to be done, but it is good work!

I hope everyone has a restful or productive weekend!  Enjoy family and friends!

November 14, 2014

Happy Friday Ravenna Staff!

I hope that everyone has a restful or productive weekend! Button up and be prepared for the it comes!

Also, as a reminder for Friday dress down day, please make sure that you are wearing appropriate jeans (no rips, tears, etc...) and that you are accompanying the jeans with Raven spirit wear. This assurance was given to me a few years ago when I agreed to allow jeans on Fridays. Thank you in advance.

November 21, 2014

Happy Friday Ravenna Staff!                                                                                                  

As we continue through the school year and work at what seems to be the endless tasks related to teaching and learning, I was searching for some motivation to get myself re-energized and motivated to get to the holidays.  I came across this “Principal’s Letter” that I had looked at a few times and then put away.  I would like to share this with all of you as we plow through what seems like the endless barrage of state and standardized testing, S.L.O.’s, O.T.E.S., O.A.A., O.G.T., I.E.P.’s, etc…  I hope this helps to put some of this “stuff” into perspective.  It sure did for me.

A Principal’s Letter

(Author unknown)

My daughter’s new elementary school principal sent this to all the students as they received their state standardized testing scores this week:

“We are concerned that these tests do not always assess all of what it is that make each of you special and unique.  The people who create and score them do not know each of you – the way your teachers do, the way I hope to, and certainly not the way your families do.  They do not know that many of you speak two languages.  They do not know you can play a musical instrument or that you can dance or paint a picture.  They do not know that your friends count on you to be there for them or that your laughter can brighten the dreariest day.  They do not know that you can write poetry or songs, play or participate in sports, wonder about the future, or that sometimes you take care of your little brother or sister after school.  They do not know that you have travelled to really neat places or that you know how to tell a great story or that you really love spending time with special family members and friends.  They do not know that you can be trustworthy, kind or thoughtful, and that you try, every day, to be your very best…the scores you will get will tell you something, but they will not tell you everything.  There are many ways of being smart.”

I hope this can resonate with you folks as it has with me and I hope this helps to get to the holidays.  Have a great weekend!

November 26, 2014

The Ravenna Schools will not be participating in on-line testing for the 2014-15 school year

  • There is much uncertainty in the Ohio Legislature at this point regarding the on-line      testing, common core curriculum and content standards.
  • Most other districts in our area are using the pencil and paper option.
  • The additional money that we would spend may only be for one year.  We are not financially solvent enough to take that risk.
  • We need to give our children every opportunity and advantage to be successful.  National data indicates that there is a drop in scores for the first year of on-line testing.
  • The technology upgrades that we have made over the past several months are actually further advanced than the tests require.  This actually poses a problem for our staff and test administration.
  • Our state and local funding is in flux.  I do not believe at this time that we are prepared enough with regards to infrastructure and hardware.  It would be a huge burden on staff.
  • Due to the lack of enough high functioning computers, we would be forced to lose additional instructional time of which we can ill afford to do.
  • Our community has told us four times at the polls that an investment in advanced technology is not a priority.