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Posted on: September 13, 2018
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Wilmington City School District is on the right path for making the gains in student achievement and progress as measured on the State Report Card.  We are a school community that embraces the needs of all students in effective ways that are not measured by the state. Many graduates from Wilmington are leading successful lives in their college and career paths.  Wilmington students of all ages demonstrate amazing acts of kindness, and problem solving skills every day.

Our district offers rich learning opportunities. WCS is known for our top notch performing and visual arts program.  Our high school has implemented the fourth course in our Engineering Project Lead The Way Program this year. Wilmington students are able to take six different College Board Advanced Placement Courses, the highest amount of AP offerings in our county.  In addition to the AP courses, we have several College Prep Classes offered at the high school. Wilmington provides opportunities for our students to apply relevant learning opportunities by taking advantage of our full time Agricultural Education Program.  Students are also able to experience internship opportunities with our Peers Helping Peers and Technology Integration programs. Our district is fortunate to have strong community and Board of Education support that allows these learning opportunities to happen for the students of Wilmington.  

What is also not measured on our State Report Card are our strong community partnerships.  The students of Wilmington City Schools are fortunate to partner with many of our active civic groups such as, Clinton County Leadership Collaborative, Rotary, Kiwanis, and our Homeless Shelter Coalition.  The Wilmington City Schools Foundation provides resources that allow our teachers to go above and beyond in teaching our students. Our WCS Diversity Committee is active with community leaders that help promote our district’s commitment to an inclusive educational experience for each and every student.  The Wilmington school experience is strengthened by our community partners.

The Ohio Department of Education has established benchmarks and measures, and our staff and students are working hard to meet and exceed those standards. Wilmington City Schools has a strong focus on our three year plan to increase opportunities for learning.  Our daily instruction is focused on academic literacy, Universal Design for Learning, creating effective systems of assessment, using Positive Behavior Supports, and improving student attendance.

In addition to our focused district plan, we have increased support for students at the Middle and High School. We have added the Wilmington Success Academy at the High School to improve graduation rates. The facilitator of this class will work specifically with students who are at risk of not graduating. We’ve also added an additional counselor that will work with our 8th and 9th grade students to help keep students on target as they migrate from the Middle School to the High School. The measures we are taking toward improving our graduation rates will also have a positive impact on our Progress and Prepared for Success numbers.

Our elementary buildings have dedicated teaching teams that are collaborating and challenging each other to improve the level of instruction and ensure consistency in education for all of our students.  Our elementary schools are focused on expanding the rigor in the classroom and ensuring that each student progresses in their academic skills.

On a District level, we are now able to provide more school-based counseling services through a partnership with Solutions. Carol Peterson joins us from Solutions as our District Prevention Coordinator. There are many barriers to education, and having extra counseling supports along with our caring staff  will help keep students on track for graduation and a successful future.

Across the District, we are increasing our focus on improving attendance rates.  The chronic absenteeism rate continues to be a barrier to improving student achievement. We can best educate students if they come to school on a regular basis.  Many students and parents don’t realize that missing just 2 or 3 days a month, excused or unexcused, can impact their child’s progress at school both academically and socially. Our hope is that parents, business leaders, churches, organizations, and community members will all pull together to help us teach our students that strong attendance is a vital part of learning and having a successful future. For more information on the impact of student absences and how you can help, visit attendanceworks.org.  

We are committed to continuously working to improve the quality of education at WCS and look forward to working with students, parents, and the community to help each and every student succeed at WCS and beyond.

 

Mindy McCarty-Stewart,
Superintendent

  

 

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