Great start: I cannot put into words how tickled I am with the way this school year has started. We had a terrific opening day program with the marching band and the cheerleaders welcoming everyone into the auditorium. Administrative Specialist Mark Manley welcomed the new teachers in attendance and then he recognized the staff members who have given 30 or more years of service to our young people.
Thanks: If our school district is going to be exceptional, we need for everyone to be working together. We have to have the parents, students, teachers, businesses, and the entire community all working together. To start this school year the number of groups wanting to help has just been unbelievable. The amount of donations and school supplies we have received has been amazing. Miami Valley Hospital, Greene Memorial Hospital, Central State University, Wicklines, the Xenia Schools Foundation, numerous service organizations, individual community members, and many of the churches in town have all come together to help us start the school year on a positive note. The generosity of the community residents and businesses is truly awesome.
Additional programs offered- I am so happy to let you know that all of the programs we have added for this school year are up and running. Our Virtual Academy for non-traditional learners is really taking off and we are hearing from more and more parents daily wanting information. Our Project Lead the Way STEM science classes at Warner and Central are off to a great start. Our advanced math class at Central is also underway. Our elementary counselors are working hard. Our digital learning programs at the elementary schools and Central are all going well. The elementary students are excited to have music in their curriculum once again. In addition, our one on one computer program at Central and our Compass Learning intervention programs are up and running. All of this took a team effort this past summer to ensure it was ready to go. Special thanks to Christy Fielding for making all of the technology was ready to go.
Oh Wow Experiences: I wish I could share with you all of the “Oh wow” stories that you have either told me about or written to me. They are exactly the kind of “Oh wow” experiences I was hoping to hear. Thanks to everyone for being teachers of “kids.”
Enrollment: Our enrollment for the school district continues to increase. For the first time in more than a decade we have more students than we had the year before. There is an excitement in our community about the things happening in our school district. We have 114 more students than anticipated. This is really terrific. Welcome to our Xenia Community Schools family.
Great community event: Like many Xenia residents I attended the Xenia-Beavercreek football game on Friday night and sat in the jam-packed visitor’s stands. It was truly a community celebration. In attendance were board members, city officials, including Mayor Marsha Bayless, long-time Xenia residents, parents, teachers, graduates, and a large number of current students. It was wonderful to see the entire community coming together to support our young people. I really liked seeing our current students in a jam-packed student section encouraging our players. I loved the display of school pride and school spirit. We have our first home game this Friday against Bellbrook and it would be great to see the home side of the stadium filled with fans cheering our team on to victory.
Xenia children: As you know I start my day at a different school each morning and I am at a different school for dismissal almost every afternoon. I also try to get into the school cafeterias at lunch time as much as possible to talk with the children. When I see them, I am always so impressed. They know my name, they talk with me, they ask me how my day is going, and they encourage me to have a great day. They are always so polite. We carry on enthusiastic conversations and they are so nice and friendly. They are so well mannered. This is so refreshing.
Kudos to Dr. Washington: Five Greene County women will be inducted into the 2014 Greene County Women’s Hall of Fame on Sept. 27. One of those women is Board of Education member Nodie Washington. She is being inducted for her endeavors in chemistry and volunteer activities. She holds a Ph.D in physical chemistry from The Ohio State University, and was a research chemist and associate director with the Proctor and Gamble Company.
Supreme Court justices visiting: Ohio Supreme Court justices Sharon Kennedy and Judith French will be in the XHS Auditorium on Monday, Sept. 8th, at 7 p.m. Everyone is invited to learn more about our state judicial system and how it affects our lives. The justices will present a short program and have a Q & A session, and then you will have an opportunity to meet them. I hope that many staff members and students will be able to attend. This program is open to the public.
Renaissance Ice Cream Social: The Renaissance Ice Cream Social reward for fourth quarter will be on Friday, Sept.12, during fifth period. All fourth quarter Renaissance students will be recognized for their excellent academic accomplishments.
Denny Morrison is superintendent of Xenia Community Schools.