Andrew R. Sprang
|BELIEVE||Drawing Upon Change to Experience Success|
GREAT THINGS GOING ON IN FOSTORIA CITY SCHOOLS
Currently we are in the design phase of the project with an early site package set to start within the next month. The total project for the district is $48 million and will build a new 7-12 JSHS, along with an addition and remodeling to our existing 3-6 Intermediate school which will become a PK-6 elementary building. The goal of the project is to create a system of 21st century learning environments that incorporate life skills such as project-based learning, collaboration, creativity, as well as research and technological skills.
It is a district focus to increase the technology that we have available for our students. Technology includes laptops, iPads, SmartBoards and projectors in every classroom, our own television studio- which has launched its own YouTube channel as well. There has been a lot of work done to increase and improve upon the network speed. All of this existing technology will be improved upon as part of the building project so that the classrooms will be equipped with the most current technology at the time. Another goal of the district is to work on bringing a 1:1 program for all of our students across the district whether it be a combination of BYOD or district purchased devices.
The Leader in Me
Three years ago the district began working on the implementation of the LIM in our elementary buildings. Through book studies and professional development the staff has learned to take the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and utilize them in our school with their own lives as well as the students. In year two the focus was on goal setting and the focus for the upcoming school year is instruction. The LIM has become a way of life as we have this implemented in all of our elementary buildings. The habits are skills that the students and staff will be able to utilize throughout their lives. For the district this was a decision that made sense because we are making an investment in people, which is the purpose of a school is to grow as individuals. This school year we are expanding this even further as our JSHS will be implementing LEAD, the older version of the Leader in Me. The final piece is that the district is also receiving training in the 4 Disciplines of Execution which grows our leadership team and really establishes commitments to help keep goals outlined in strategic plans at the forefront and not forgotten in the day to day whirlwind.
Curriculum Update Process
Over the past 4 years we have worked to upgrade the resources for our students in the classroom. Many subjects had not been updated or only had limited resources. Working through a subject each year (ELA took 2 years) we are finishing the core courses this upcoming school year with the review of our Science materials. This is a collaborative approach each year with a committee of teachers working together to identify gaps, needs, and improvements that can be made for our students.
READING AND MATHEMATICS:
Students will show one year's growth through the District providing quality instrudction and balanced assessment.
GRADUATION AND ATTENDANCE:
Fostoria City Schools will implement systemsn, structures and supports for all students, families and community engagement as evidenced through our annual attendance and graduation rates..