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Superintendent Morrison's Weekly Update September 15

I hope that this weekly bulletin finds each of you in good heath and enjoying your weekend.  All of your hard work is most definitely noticed and truly appreciated.  Thanks for all you do for our kids.

State Report Card- This past Friday the Ohio Department of Education released to the media the report cards for every school district across the State. School Districts are rated on Student Achievement, Gap Closing, Progress, Graduation Rate, and K-3 Literacy. I would certainly be remiss if I did not congratulate you on your outstanding effort.  Last school year the students in our school district averaged two years worth of academic achievement.  They attained "two years" of Academic Growth in "one" school year!  This is fantastic.  Our school district earned the highest rating possible in the State for our Progress- a grade of A.  Together we are making a difference.  We still have much work to do to get us to where we want to be, but the strides we made last school year were unprecedented.  I know that the entire community is so proud of this accomplishment. I would like for nothing more than to duplicate that progress once again this school year!

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Science and Apples

Scientists constantly explore, but they do not always wear white jackets and goggles.  In many cases, a scientist discovers the surrounding environment.  At Cox Elementary, Mrs. Frauman's science lessons have focused on apples and students have quickly learned that apples are more than a tasty fruit.  The students participated in a “taste test” and sampled three types of apples to determine a favorite type.  The students used a pictograph to collect the results and organize their data.

Mike Thaler, " Black Lagoon" Author Coming to XCS

XCS is bringing Mike Thaler, "Black Lagoon" author to each of the five elementary buildings during the week of September 29th. Mike’s belief is that story writing and riddles are the tools needed to stimulate children's awareness of language and its creative use. As an award-winning author and illustrator, Mike travels the world sharing his message with teachers and children. He has written over 250 books for children. Mike has created word play games, software, and audiocassettes. He created and wrote "Letterman" for TV’s Electric Co and launched the Jell-O Reading Rocket Program, designed to motivate children to read.

XCS and the XCS Foundation have joined together in an effort to raise funds to purchase a “Black Lagoon” book for each elementary child in the XCS. The goal is to raise $6,225.00 by September 20th! The District will use these funds to buy grade level appropriate books for all 2037 elementary students.

The XCS Foundation is coordinating the fundraising effort. Donations can be made through the XCSF website: http://xcsfoundation.com or to the Xenia Area Chamber of Commerce, 334 W. Market Street, Xenia, OH  45385. All gifts designated for this initiative will be acknowledged as charitable contributions.

The public is invited to attend a session with Mike Thaler on September 30th at Tecumseh Elementary School. This event will take place between 6:00 pm and 7:30 pm.

Free Tailgate Event Planned

Come join Xenia Community Schools for a FREE Community Tailgate Party on Friday, September 26 from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.  The event will be held on the Cox Elementary playground.  Come hang out before the game.  There will be food, music, games, giveaways and more!

Students Participate in Mrs. Fleming's "Book in a Bag" Program!

The school year is off to a great start, and once again, Mrs. Fleming’s class is participating in the “Book in a Bag” program. Each day, Mrs. Fleming sends a book home with each student, which they are to read and return the next school day. In addition to reading these books, Mrs. Fleming encourages families to read additional books with their children. The goal for each preschool student is to read 250 books with their parents over the course of the school year!  At the end of the year, each student who achieves this goal is awarded a special certificate!  A special thank you goes out to Mrs. Fleming for implementing this wonderful program with her students!

New Electronic Sign at Xenia High School

You may have noticed a new electronic sign at Xenia High School. The brilliant new sign was funded with dollars from the Adams Trust Fund and sponsored by Edna Adams.  The Adams Trust has made possible many significant projects for Xenia student athletes through gifts to the Xenia athletic department.  The sign is a wonderful new addition to Xenia High School, and will benefit the entire community and the students of XHS.  Thank you Mrs. Adams!




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