Warner Middle School Principal
As summer continues for staff and students, we are getting ready for the 2018-19 school year. I am proud of the progress our students and staff have made over the past two years with achievement. Our 2-year growth for students who achieved proficiency on the Ohio State Tests have all increased: Grade 6 Reading (+13%), Grade 7 Reading (+12%), Grade 8 Reading (+5%), Grade 6 Math (+6%), Grade 7 Math (+10%), Grade 8 Math (+20%), Grade 8 Science (+2%).
While state testing is the public’s perception of a school heading in the “right direction,” our parents, teachers, administrators, counselors and support staff know the obstacles and effort shared to create well functioning, motivated teenagers who strive for things in their life that are meaningful and relevant to a good future. I am excited about several offerings that give our students the guidance and learning experience to find a path or engage their abilities. Campaign Against Bullying is going into its second year as an elective class in 7th grade. Another 80 students plan to take the class this year and make a difference in our school. By the end of this year, nearly 20% of our students will have taken a course that can help confront bullying. Chess is also heading into year two with great success. Research shows students who learn the game exhibit higher achievement in math and reading! Warner’s 1st Chess Champion this year was Josh McFall. Students are also getting more excited about the class as we see a rise in the number of requests heading into the 2018-19 school year. Our newest offering this year will be a 6th grade class called Pillars. It will be a student driven class focused on our PBIS program at Warner. It is the next step in developing the culture and climate at WMS. A student written article about our PBIS program is included in this newsletter. Finally, I am most excited to offer a mentor support teacher to some of our students who have struggled to find their path and lack supports to be successful. We plan to have daily support and connect with the parents or guardians and teachers of these students on a level we have not had. Finding a successful path for these students is our most critical job and reshaping their lives will not only impact the student and family, but our school and community.
As summer meanders along, I feel good about the health of Warner. In the 2018-19 school year, our Warner staff will continue to push achievement forward, develop and pursue more opportunities to make Warner exciting and enjoyable for our students, and be vigilant to build a more respectful and safer environment to lower the amount of bullying and harassment that takes place in school and on social media.