As we move forward with the second half of the school year, much is happening in the Lakewood City Schools to be excited about. Thanks to the generosity of our community, the district is moving full steam ahead with the planning phase of our final construction project that will see the remaining of our schools rebuilt. The Board has approved a transition plan for our students at the three affected elementary schools and district officials are looking to secure architects soon so that the design process may begin.
Once the architects are in place, we will be holding community meetings to solicit input regarding the design and construction phases. This process worked incredibly well in the first two phases with excellent results and we expect the same in our final phase.
Academically, students and staff are beginning to see positive results of a new writing curriculum at the elementary level that has been implemented as part of the Common Core. Students are writing more throughout the day and learning to express their thoughts more clearly and with deeper content. Our new digital literacy teachers are making good progress in helping our students and teachers prepare for the online state assessments by facilitating the integration of technology tools into lesson plans.
Two of our schools were also honored recently by the Ohio Department of Education for the efforts of their staff and students. Grant Elementary was named an Ohio School of Promise for its success in closing the achievement gap among all students in math and reading and Hayes was named a High Progress School of Honor for its gains by all students in math and reading proficiency scores.
Finally, I continue to be proud of the accomplishments our students are making both in and out of the classroom, such as our two-time National Honor Orchestra member, Daniel Toner, and Nick Boatman, our cross country state qualifier and seven art students who recently won the highest regional award in the prestigious Scholastic Art & Writing Awards contest. They are shining examples of the excellence Lakewood City Schools strive for every day.1/22/2014