January 21, 2020
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Lancaster City Schools Honors School Board Members during School Board Recognition Month

Lancaster City Schools joined more than 700 school districts throughout Ohio to celebrate January as School Board Recognition month.

School boards plant the seeds of success

School board members are ordinary people who have an extraordinary
dedication to our public schools. It is time we thanked them for their untiring

Too often we forget about the personal sacrifices school board members
routinely make. Too often we forget about the important role school board
members play in assuring local control over our public schools, control that is in
the hands of people we know … people who are our neighbors.

Too often we forget that, in the tradition of a representative democracy, school
board members are our connection to influencing how our public schools are
governed. Too often we are quick to criticize school board members without
really knowing all the details that went into any given decision. Too often the
efforts of school board members go unrecognized and unrewarded.
We began to correct these oversights in January, which is School Board
Recognition Month. This is a time to show our appreciation and to begin to
better understand how school board members work together to provide
leadership for our schools.

Our school board works closely with parents, education professionals and
community members to create the educational vision we want for our students.
It formulates goals, defines results and sets the course for an adequate and
equitable educational program for all students.

Our school board is accountable to the public. It is responsible for assuring the
public that the money allocated to the public schools is providing a good return
on the investment. Thus, the board oversees regular assessment of the district’s
students, staff and programs.

Our school board also is a strong advocate for public schools and is responsible
for communicating the needs of the school district to the public and the public’s
expectations to the district.

We want to recognize our very own board members for their years of service to Lancaster City Schools. Please help us thank them for their untiring efforts: Amy Eyman (LHS Class of 1984, Serving on the board since 2008) , Dianne Garlinger (LHS Class of 1984, Serving on the board since 2018), Kathy Kittredge (LHS Class of 1976, Serving on the board since 2010), Jay Nauman (LHS Class of 1981, Serving on the board since 2016 ) and Lise Ricketts (LHS Class of 1970, Serving on the board since 2012).
General Sherman Construction Update
Permanent power has been turned on to the building. Sprinkler drops, science room eye wash valves, electric control to HVAC valves, and speakers have been installed on the second floor of the two story classroom section of the building while electric devices and lights are being installed. On the first floor, speakers, sprinkler drops, and ceiling grids are being installed. In the main entrance section, the metal roof in the entry is complete as well as the first coat of paint in the media center. In the cafeteria section, stage area drywall is being installed and the ceiling is being painted. Data wire is being installed. 
Top Tip #1 to Know My Child is Ready for Kindergarten

Lancaster City Schools and the Fairfield County Early Literacy & Kindergarten Readiness Collaborative have partnered and put together its Say, Do, Know: Get Ready for Kindergarten initiative to encourage and educate families on the importance of getting their child ready for kindergarten. Here is our Top Tip #1 to know your child is ready for kindergarten. #LancasterCitySchools #ThePlacetoBe
What's Happening in Our Schools...

Last week some of our 5th Grade leaders had the chance to lead Calm Classroom in Mrs. Brown's class. They practiced the technique of "Listening to Sound and Silence". This a breathing technique which helps students relax and be mindful of the their minds and body in the moment.

CONGRATS TO OUR CHAMPS OF THE WEEK from last week: Callie Bay, Mason Pierce, Aidan Ray, Beau Tipton, Zayan Atekoja, Raylan Keaton, Gwen Bunker, Valeria Cobaxin, Jacob White, Gunnar Bell, Samuel Cain, Isabella King.

Congratulations to all our participants in the 2019-2020 spelling bee! You all did W-O-N-D-E-R-F-U-L.

Last week was our first day of Plastic Recycling for our Mt Pleasant Elementary's Green Gales! Great job!

COSI on Wheels recently visited our school and the students loved learning new science experiments. STEM and science rocks!

8th Grade Parents: You are invited to Freshmen SPIN (Student & Parent Informational Night)! This is now a two-night event!! Join the LHS Counselors on Monday, February 10th and Monday, April 27th from 6:00pm-7:00pm at LHS!

Last week our 7th and 8th graders performed the first band concert at the new Thomas Ewing Junior High!
Congrats to the inductees to the newly named Gary Mauller Lancaster High School Athletic Wall of Honor, Coach Bob Reall, Coach Rod Ishida, Paul Callahan, Pam Bosser, Bobby, Georgie, and Nathan Carpenter, Chris DePietro, Jessie Hampson, and Jacob Spearman. Lancaster High School has and will continue to have student athletes and athletics programs that make this community proud and these 10 inductees are a true indication. Go Gales!
February 17: ALL SCHOOLS DISMISSED for Presidents Day

February 18: ALL SCHOOLS DISMISSED for Professional Development Day

February 20: Interim Reports Sent to Parents
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