THE ELYRIA SCHOOLS
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IN THIS ISSUE: ELYRIASCHOOLS SPECIAL REPORT
Common Core.....................2 Writing expectations...........2Bolstering security...............2Township sidewalks............3Elyria University...................3School finances...................4Instructional technology....4Teacher evaluation..............5Third-grade reading............62014-15 calendar.................6Online testing......................7Special education................8
In this special issue of the Pioneer Press wepresent the state of the Elyria Schools.The State of the Schools is an annual dis-cussion we often host face-to-face at Elyriaschool board meetings or in another “opensession” venue but often, it’s to a limitedcrowd.The Pioneer Press, with its reach of nearly 25,000 homes, offers a great way to shareimportant updates about Elyria Schools withparents and the community as a whole.In these pages you’ll read about some of thehot buttons in education: Common Core, theThird Grade Reading Guarantee and PARCCtesting, to name a few. You’ll have some of your questionsanswered about levies, what they are and why we need them. You’ll get a glimpse of what it means to be ateacher today and the impact of high-stakestesting. You’ll learn about the innovative ways weapproach school nutrition and some of thefun facts of our behind-the-scenes operation. You’ll read about school technology, schoollessons for all abilities and school safety.To offer a story on every aspect of schoolbusiness would extend well beyond the eightpages of news you are about to read, but wehope it does well addressing some of the mostrelevant topics of education today and leaves you with a better understanding of your ElyriaSchools.If you should have any questions after read-ing this special issue, we invite you to attendthe Elyria school board meeting on Aug. 6, where we will offer a question-and-answersession based on this issue.Thank you for reading and thank you for agreat school year. See you in August!
Paul Rigda is superintendent of Elyria Schools.
When asked what he liked bestabout lunch, a Franklin elemen-tary student said,“I like the toma-toes that taste like grapes!”This is where it all begins: Wellness.New health laws enacted in2012 and bolstered in 2013 havetransformed food offerings inschools to meet and even exceedexpectations.Elyria Schools foodservice hastransformed, by all appearances,into a mini-produce section at thesupermarket. Selections includemany different types of fruits, veg-etables and lettuces, along withsalad bars in the secondary loca-tions.The goal is to put the goodstuff in front of kids and let themmake healthy choices.The scope of wellness farexceeds healthy food choices. Itincludes being active, getting out-side, using energy and moving yourbody, which in turn improves emo-tional health. A simple walk aroundthe block is a good place to beginfor parents and their children. And since wellness is driven by innovation, we’ve put new thingsinto place in Elyria Schools tospark students’ interest in health-ful options. We began a fine-dining experi-ence at McKinley Elementary school that now takes place insixth grade at Northwood,West- wood and Eastern Heights mid-dle schools. Students learnedthere are rules, even beauty, toeating through etiquette lessons.To test and refine table manners,they were treated to a formalmeal with white tablecloths,
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OakwoodElementarystudents learnhow to plantbeans at theSodexowellness fair.
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