Superintendent's Message



October, 2014 

 
Dear Bulldog Supporters-

With two weeks until Election Day, I write to encourage people to vote on November 4, 2014. The Bulldogs have Issue 8 on the ballot, which is an important permanent improvement levy to upgrade our high school athletic complex. If passed, this issue will provide new restrooms, upgraded bleachers, new turf and an enhanced track for our entire community. More than 100 regular volunteers help our campaign efforts for Issue 8 on a weekly basis. These volunteers include parents, community members, teachers, administrators and students. Since we launched our efforts back in August, this campaign has accomplished a great deal. We have:

    • Delivered more than 12,000 pieces of literature to homes

    • Mailed more than 18,000 pieces of literature to homes

    • Held nearly ten meetings of volunteers

    • Made more than 5,000 phone calls

    • Raised nearly $5,000

    • Tallied more than 300 friends on Social Media

Once again, please remember to vote on Tuesday, November 4, 2014.

Next, I want to provide an academic update to the community. In the last 30 days or so, the results from the state report card have been released, and though we are not pleased with the overall district letter grade, there are some highlights that must be shared with the entire community. Those include:

  • Value Added Scores, which measures student progress, have improved at three of our five buildings, including the Middle School, William Foster and Elmwood Elementary School.

  • The HS continues to show positive signs of growth in terms of its graduation rate.

  • For the first time, the district has met the Grade 4 reading indicator by having more than 80% of the students score proficient or better. 

  • Finally, each of the elementary schools independently also met the grade 4 reading indicator.

Is there more work to be done? Absolutely. As we in public education leadership know all too well, there is no “silver bullet” when it comes to improving more rigorously graded test scores. The Garfield Heights City Schools, however, will continue to improve on the accomplishments, including:

  • The successful implementation of the K-5 Transition

  • The all-year professional development training for our staff members

  • The successful implementation of All Day Kindergarten

  • The renovation of our buildings, to create a more positive learning environment

  • The increased safety and security measure, to keep our children learning safely and securely

  • The recent significant investments in the purchasing of new text books for science, math, reading

The Garfield Heights City Schools will continue to strive toward academic excellence and preparing our students for the 21st Century Skills that they will need in the future.

 

Thank you and GO BULLDOGS!

 

Terry Olszewski

Superintendent of Schools

 

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