Christmas break came and went and the first half of the school year is finished. As we begin the second half of the school year, our winter sports seasons are in full swing. Typically, the third nine weeks is the quarter most effected by weather. I want to remind you about our plan to make-up calamity days. We will not be required to make-up the first five days we miss. If we have missed six days by February 18th, then this day will serve as a make-up day. If the sixth calamity day occurs after February 18th or we have used seven calamity days before March 15th, then March 15th will serve as a make-up day as well. After February 18th and March 15th make-up dates are scheduled to be used, the next three calamity days will be made up via Blizzard Bags. Students will not be required to make-up any additional calamity days unless the number of instructional hours fall below the state minimum requirements. As always, I continue to take the safety of our students very seriously and will close or delay school if it is unsafe for our students to travel. I will continue to notify the major media outlets and our social media platforms of any closings or delays and will also attempt to contact parents through our School Connects phone system. Our School Connects phone number is 844-875-6020. I encourage you to save that number in your contacts. Also, when you call the number back, you are able to hear previous messages if you happen to miss our call.
We were very blessed to have some local partners make some generous donations to our students this holiday season. Our district offers a big thank you to Bike Buckeye Lake for providing six bikes, helmets, and locks for our students in need. Additionally, we would like to extend a big thank you to Ludowici Roof Tile and other community partners for donating 150 combinations of coats and shoes or boots for needy students in our district. We really appreciate all of the support from our community partners.
Our students and staff have had an excellent first half of the school year. This newsletter will highlight some of their accomplishments. This includes Mrs. Diana Davis’ 5th grade science project, outstanding performances by our athletes, middle school student council selections and much more.
I invite you to attend one of our many upcoming sporting or academic events that take place within our schools. I truly appreciate all of the support our community shows for our students. I continue to believe that it takes students, staff, support staff, administrators, parents, and community members all working together to provide the best possible education for our students.
Your partner in education,
Matt Sheridan, Superintendent