WHAT'S HAPPENING IN OUR DISTRICT?
2021 – 2022 Safe Learning Plan for The Ravenna School District (RSD)
WHAT’S HAPPENING IN OUR DISTRICT?
Message from Superintendent Dr. Laura Hebert – November 3, 2021
Hello, this is Laura Hebert, Superintendent of the Ravenna School District.
I want to take this opportunity to thank our school community for their support of the school district on election day. The passage of the levy will allow us to continue our work preparing the children of the Ravenna School District for their future, including post-secondary success – whether that be in college, in the work force or as a member of our armed forces.
This investment in the district’s future will result in new curriculum, more Chromebooks, and innovative STEM instruction. It will mean the buildings that our children learn in will be purified, temperature controlled and secure. It will mean the buses that bring our children to these buildings to use the new educational resources will be efficient and updated.
We heard your commitment to the Ravenna School District loud and clear. You voted to support the district, and in return, we pledge to support your children – academically, socially and emotionally. We are ready to do the work. And, we look forward to having you as our partners in this work.
I began my tenure as Superintendent on August 1st of this year. In that time, the Ravenna community has demonstrated repeatedly their commitment to their school district, and to their children. I am excited to be here, to be part of this promise to provide an enriching, educational experience to all students. I know it sounds corny, but it’s true: love you, mean it!
TEAM RAVENNA GAME CHANGER
At the roots of a strong school district are the exceptional faculty and staff and committed base of community supporters. The Ravenna School District is fortunate to have both!
To help recognize the game-changing work – inside and outside of schools – that our outstanding staff members do on a daily basis, we are implementing monthly recognition opportunities that celebrate Team Ravenna members who go above and beyond. Team Ravenna’s Game Changers are those who step up to meet the needs of our students, offer support and access to resources to colleagues, provide an extra layer of support for families outside the classroom, who are innovative and empathetic educators, and who generally make a positive and sometimes life changing difference in the lives of our students, families and their colleagues.
Each month the Superintendent chooses one staff member from across the district to be recognized for outstanding service.
The TEAM RAVENNA GAME CHANGER AWARD winner for November was Mrs. Lisa Crislip! She is an Intervention Specialist at Ravenna High School. Multiple colleagues nominated Lisa for this award and here are some of their comments associated with her work ethic, dedication to her kids, and willingness to collaborate with her peers:
- Lisa Crislip is in charge of the Behavioral Resource Center (BRC) at the high school. She goes above and beyond what is expected of her as a teacher. She travels to students’ homes on a regular basis, helps students find jobs, makes sure her students have services needed as well as helping to run the food giveaway program at RHS. She is an exceptional educator but foremost, she is an excellent person.
- This is an incredible teacher who goes beyond her job. She has made sure kids have clothes to wear to prom and school dances. She reaches out to people who can help and even posts it on facebook. The next day the needs are met. Tickets are bought and tears of joy come with much gratitude from the students. She makes sure they have food for the weekend and has even spent her own money on socks to make sure they have warm feet, donated tennis shoes for some students that needed them for sports and makes sure they have decent shoes for work. She helps with the After School Tutoring 2 days out of the three to help the students. She sits by them making sure they understand what they are doing and turning the work in. Lisa Crislip is the most compassionate, giving person and shows much empathy to the students of Ravenna High School.
- I myself have never worked with someone that has so much kindness. She helps me step up my game. You always feel good when you are around her and she also makes the students feel the same. I have been doing this type of work for 21 years and Lisa Crislip is the best and most very loving teacher I have ever worked with. The best thing I love about Lisa is she helps the students grow and shows them how to have respect for themselves and always empowers the student by telling them that they have the power to choose on how their day is going to be. Some kids turn their day around and end up realizing how powerful they are. That is what it is all about, empower kids.
- Lisa’s classroom is a welcoming and safe place for all students, but specifically for students who struggle with mental health and disabilities. She goes out of her way to put clothes on kids backs, food in their bellies, and provides a stability that they so desperately need. Lisa is a mother figure to so many and provides a firm yet loving environment where all students can reach their full potential.
Congratulations, Mrs. Crislip!
On October 21, 2021 the Task Force met virtually to participate in professional development. This workshop, hosted by Kent State University professors Dr. Gooden and Dr. Porter, explored how our personal experiences inform our daily work. With that in mind, we examined current policies and procedures related to curriculum, hiring and retention, and professional development. Our goal continues to be to create a sustainable plan that will engage students, faculty, and community members to examine ways to ensure everyone feels heard and represented in our district.
On Wednesday, November 24th West Park School celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday with a balloon parade. Students decorated their own balloons for this event. Our parade resembled that of the annual Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City!
The RHS Drama Club proudly presents The Velveteen Rabbit Adapted for the Stage by Janet Allard December 3rd & 4th 7:00 PM Ravenna High School Auditorium All Tickets - $5.00 (4 & under / 65 and older - Free) Produced by special arrangement with Stage...
Fourth graders at West Main Elementary had a "Macy’s Day Parade". In science, the students have been working on a STEM project to design a balloon for the parade and learning the history of the Macy’s Day Parade that started in 1924. In language Arts, the...
The Ravenna Ravens Boys Bowling Team had a great day at the MAC Preseason tournament Saturday. They finished 3rd with a 3809, behind the Norton Panthers (4278) and Springfield Spartans (4059) respectively. Behind the Ravens were Woodridge (3607), Streetsboro...
Under the direction of Teachers Christine Lohse and Joe Callihan, the Environmental Science class worked through stations to learn and discover how weather and erosion affects the surface of the earth.
On November 16, 2021, with the cooperation of The Chamber of Commerce and Ravenna High School, students “Painted the Town” with Christmas Cheer! Mr. Richard Sullivan, Mrs. Christina Popelmayer, Mr. Harley Hall and Mrs. Beth Coleman accompanied the students....
It is hard to resist walking into Ms. Fenn's culinary classroom at RHS! The students learn so many skills that they will transfer to life outside of school.
Students at West Main put on a meaningful presentation for local veterans.