With the current heat wave we are experiencing you'd never know that we have turned the page and are now in October! It's always hard to believe how fast the school year goes as we are only two weeks away from the end of the first quarter. Across the District it has been a great start to the school year, and it's been exciting to see our students involved in so many different positive educational and extracurricular activities on a daily basis.
On the construction front, this week we are working on the process of selecting an architect for the school building portion of the project, and hope to be able to make a formal announcement about the firm we will be partnering with before Thanksgiving. Once an architect is in place, we will be able to finalize the timeline for when construction is anticipated to begin and we will share those details as soon as they are available.
With the current athletic complex renovation, we are anticipating opening the visitor's concession stand, restrooms, and pressbox for the home football game on October 11th against New Richmond. Work on the softball field and the new maintenance/athletic barn is just about complete, and we anticipate that the baseball portion of the complex will be completed by the first part of November. Already our facilities are generating significant interest from throughout Southwest Ohio, as we potentially will be hosting several regional playoff soccer matches during the last half of October. The construction photo site was also recently updated with a number of new photos, and can be accessed here.
For our middle and high school students, we once again will be partnering with the Coalition for a Drug Free Clermont County in administering the bi-annual Pride survey to students in grades 7-12 on October 9th. More information about this important survey can be found here.
While it is only October (and hot), the holiday season is right around the corner. The District has a number of strong partnerships with local community service agencies, and for those families that may be in need during the holiday season, now is the time to connect with local agencies that provide holiday assistance. The links below will take you to the specific registration sites (again, if you anticipate needing to connect with any of these organizations, the time to do it is now...it will be too late by the middle of November).
Inter Parish Ministry (Christmas)
Christian Help Center (Thanksgiving soon, Christmas TBA)
Salvation Army (Christmas)
Another resource for families that need to connect with support resources in Clermont County is the new Family Support Resources section on the District website. This site was recently updated with information from the Clermont County Mental Health and Recovery Board.
Finally, the local report card was recently released for all schools in the State of Ohio. As a District there are parts of the report card where we have continued to make progress, and other areas where we are investing additional resources in order to meet our mission of continuous improvement as we strive to meet the needs of all learners. The report card can be a pretty complicated thing when you get just under the surface of it, and for those who are interested, I will be hosting two report card sharing and discussion opportunities on Tuesday, October 8th from 6 - 7 in the library at Batavia High School and on Thursday, October 17th from 6 - 7 in the library at Batavia Middle School.
I hope it has been a good start to the year for you and your family, and I hope to see you out and about in the School District soon.
All the best,