Welcome to the 2012-13 school year! School officially begins on Tuesday, September 4th for all students.
This year we have many new and exciting things taking place in our schools. Educators are learning to work in an atmosphere of change: changing technology, changing learner expectations and the changing role of teachers. Throughout our District you will see noticeable changes in staff, routines, technology, buildings and much more. Ovid-Elsie Area Schools is committed to continually striving to improve on the quality that we already have and sometimes that involves change. The Marauder staff always rises to the occasion and we are confident that we will continue to do so to put the best in front of our children.
Again, congratulations to Ovid-Elsie High School for making the top 5% of all Michigan schools for continued improvement in student achievement. This, coupled with Leonard Elementary School’s back-to-back “Beating the Odds” performances, demonstrates that Ovid-Elsie Area Schools truly offers a premier public education. For more information on our schools’ performance, please check out our Annual Reports online or you may request a hard copy from the school office.
We would like to welcome two new staff members to Ovid-Elsie. Katie Calverley will be teaching Kindergarten at Leonard Elementary School and Amanda Bashore will be teaching elementary music. We wish them the best!
The fall open houses have been set for each school. The Middle School and High School will be open from 5:00-6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 28th for students to visit classrooms, orient themselves to lockers and pick up schedules. Leonard Elementary School will have their open house on Wednesday, August 29th from 5:00-6:30 p.m. and E.E. Knight Elementary School will have their open house from 6:45-8:00 p.m. that night. The Ovid-Elsie Alternative High School will also be hosting an open on September 4, 2012 at 5-6:30 p.m.
We invite all community members to visit our schools during the open houses. During this time we will have information available about the upcoming election and any ballot information that the school will have. A focus group has been gathering information in regards to the Headlee Restoration and Sinking Fund proposal. This group has surveyed the community and used that feedback to drive their work. There has been a great deal of support for the Headlee Restoration and the Sinking Fund with the primary focus on the science labs, high school roof and student bathrooms. More information will follow in the weeks to come and there is a website in the works to help with frequently asked questions at askoe.weebly.com.
Our new website (ovidelsie.org) is filled with pertinent information – we hope that you find it useful. One of the biggest events is our transition to the 2×7 schedule at the High School and Middle School. Although this change will be a challenge for some, the new schedule helps us to be more efficient in scheduling and staffing and will also create some opportunities for honors and advanced courses as well as remediation blocks, when necessary. Our goal is to provide more opportunities to meet the needs of all students and this allows us to do so. As we work on the conversion to our new student database (Power School), schedules will be finalized using the alternative classes that students were asked to schedule as part of the process last year. If you need to make any changes to your schedule, you may contact the school office.
We also want to encourage your active participation in our schools so please do not hesitate to come in to our buildings and see the exciting teaching and learning that takes place every day!
Yours in education,
Dr. Ryan L. Cunningham, Superintendent
Ovid-Elsie Area Schools