In my role, I get to see our community in a number of different ways; from the celebrating the hospital’s wonderful new expansion to the not so obvious work our district staff and public servants do for a single child. Everyday, I see examples of how this community is growing and how the people of this community support one another. Whether you have students in the district right now, expect young ones to enroll in the next few years, or simply have a vested interest in what we do by living here, our aim is to earn your trust and to make you proud.
As a district, we are have a constant eye on organizational improvement. We set goals, monitor, and adjust practices in order to meet those goals. As part of our improvement efforts, we are working on defining what an ideal London High School graduate looks like. If you would, please help us define what skills and attitudes our graduates should possess by taking a few moments to answer and return the survey on page 11. If you would rather complete the survey online, you may do so by visiting the district homepage at www.london.k12.oh.us.
Thank you for your help in making London City School District a premiere district in Madison County and beyond.
Good Red Raiders!!
I am a Cleveland sports fan, which means that I am both a glutton for punishment and an eternal optimist. Through all of the missed field goals, the churn of countless coaches and general managers, the frequent futility on the playing field, and the occasional historical playoff loss, I am always enthusiastic about the possibility of that next game. That being said, I often get to a point in the season when I say, “Forget a championship, I would just like to see the _____ (insert Browns or Cavs as appropriate) get better!”
Our Quality Profile highlights facts and information about the district in the areas such as academics, athletics, fine arts, student programs, and fiscal leadership. Unlike the Browns and the Cavs this season, I hope as you read this issue, you see the progress we are making as a school district and the lofty goals we are working to achieve. I hope you also have an opportunity to learn more about some of our most important assets, our students.
Unlike most of my favorite sports teams, who are usually “waiting for next year,” we are working diligently to achieve our district goals. We recognize that we have some areas to improve but are proud of the progress we are making. If you are interested, you can keep tabs on district improvement efforts throughout the year by visiting our www.london.k12.oh.us and choosing the “Administration” tab.
This summer I had the opportunity to travel to South Africa and participate in the Comrades Marathon, which is a 56 mile running race between the South African cities of Pietermaritzburg and Durban. As you might expect, the race was grueling and provided many opportunities for self-reflection (In particular, why I might be so foolish as to even enter a such a race!). Despite wanting to quit about a dozen times, I persevered and somehow finished under the 12 hour time limit.
During our beginning of the year convocation, I shared some of my experiences in the race as they related to our District Core Values:
- We deal in hope;
- We, not me;
- We do things on purpose;
- Change happens. Be prepared to pivot.
Over the course of the last several years, we have been able to accomplish much in our district. As we move forward with even more ambitious goals, we are working to keep these core values in mind to ensure the concept of #londonpossible is available to all.
As always, if there exists, anything I can do for you or your child, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Best wishes on a great school year!