Administrative Remarks
Maintaining a Tradition of Excellence

We are now in full swing for our second semester. Remember, at the Lockland School District, for generations we have established a Tradition of Excellence. A Tradition of Excellence does not just happen. It takes hard work from the staff and more importantly, hard work from the students and families. 
In order to maintain a Tradition of Excellence we need the students at school every day, on-time and ready to learn.

Facts about school attendance:

  1. Absenteeism can predict poor performance throughout the school year. Half the students who miss 2- 4 days a month go on to miss nearly a month of school the rest of the year.

  2. The academic impact of missing school is the same whether the absences are excused or unexcused.

  3. Absenteeism effects students early. One in ten kindergarten and first grade students are chronically absent. Poor attendance can influence whether children read proficiently by the end of third grade or raise their chances of being retained.

  4. A middle school student with chronic absences becomes a leading indicator if the student will drop out of high school.

  5. Research shows that missing 10 percent of the school year, or about 18 days, negatively affects a student’s academic performance. That’s just two days a month and that’s known as Chronic Absence.

  6. Students with tardy issues and early releases can be affected in the same manner. When a child is late or signed out early, they miss the same instruction each day which is no different than being absent from class.

  7. When students improve their attendance rates, they improve their academic progress and likelihood to graduate.

Encourage Positive Attendance Habits
Over the past semester, we have had a large number of tardies, absences and early releases. We are addressing the importance of school attendance by encouraging positive attendance habits. If there is anything we can do to help, please contact us for support. 

Complete Homework Each Night
Another way to maintain our Tradition of Excellence is to ensure your children are completing their homework each night. Homework is used as a practice to previous objectives already taught in class. We do not give homework to students for a skill that has not already been introduced. Please check your child’s book bag each night and go over the homework with them. Have them explain it to you. They can be the teacher and you can be the student. This is another strategy to ensure your child is mastering the objectives being taught.
The State of our Facilities

As we have mentioned in the past several newsletters, we have a beautiful, historic building that is a regional icon. However, behind the walls the building has a variety of concerns. Our plumbing, wiring, and mechanical systems are decades old. We are in a place where fixing these concerns can become extremely costly to tax payers.
 
Please look for more information about the direction of the district in the near future. Thank you.
Nurses Notes...
Dear Families,

We have come to the time of year to expect cold and flu symptoms. Some of these are unavoidable but there are several things you can do at home to help prevent illness and keep everyone feeling healthy. 

Here are some tips to remember:
 
WASH YOUR HANDS! 
This is still the best defense against illness. Encourage your children to wash, especially before meals, using soap and warm water. To ensure they are taking enough time to adequately kill germs, have them sing the ABC song while scrubbing.
 
Get plenty of rest. 
School age children should get 9-11 hours of sleep each night. Grownups should try to get 8 hours.
 
Drink lots of fluids and eat a balanced diet - especially breakfast!
Breakfast is served at school starting at 7:30 AM and school begins at 8:00 AM. I'm seeing a lot of children with stomachaches and headaches due to hunger.
 
Even with the best care, we can still get sick. Please keep in mind the guidelines below when deciding if your child should come to school. 

A ny child with the following symptoms should stay home:

  • A fever 100 degrees or higher. A child should not come back to school until the temperature is normal for 24 hours without medication.
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Frequent cough
  • Any rash accompanied by a fever
  • Ear pain and/or eye drainage
  • Sore throat with a fever and/or rash
 
Please call if you have any questions or would like to discuss your child's illness. If you have a change in address or phone number, remember to contact the school office. It is very important to be able to reach you in the event your child becomes ill at school. 

Thank you,
Nurse Jen

Nurse Jen Schierloh
Phone: 513-563-5000 ext. 119
Fax: 513-563-2345
YMCA After-School Program
The Lockland Middle High School 21st Century YMCA after-school program has increased their registration to 76 participants through January. Students have had the opportunity to work with the Greater Cincinnati YMCA Teen Achievers program on Thursdays after school to develop career and college readiness skills. Students are currently working on a service learning activity of creating a food pantry from a repurposed Enquirer newspaper container that will benefit their community.

The 21st Century after-school program will begin offering APEX assistance Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays with school day teachers on February 11, 2019. Registration is open for any student attending Lockland grades 7th-12th and forms are located in the main office.

If you have any questions, please contact Stefanie Craven at 513-349-3075 or stefanie.craven@locklandschools.org.
Athletics
The winter seasons at Lockland High School haven’t been the kindest. The Lockland Boys Basketball team enters the final weeks of play 3-16 (1-11 MVCA). The Panthers look to end the season on high notes as we battle Seven Hills, CCD, and St. Bernard. The Panthers will honor our Senior Boys on February 15 at 7:30 p.m.  

The Lady Panthers have also faced a challenging season this year. Under the direction of a new coach, the Lady Panthers are 1-17 (1-13 MVCA). The ladies will finish their season this week, as they play Wednesday (6:00 PM Senior Night) and Thursday (5:00 PM). The Lady Panthers will enter tournament play next Thursday night at Monroe High School, 6:00 PM, against the #1 seed CCD Indians.

We invite the Lockland community to come out these final weeks and support our men and women as they enter the home stretch of their season.

GO PANTHERS!
CLASSROOM SPOTLIGHT:
Third Grade
Right now we are working on fractions in math and we just finished up our Panther Pizzeria lesson where students made their own fraction pizzas! 
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Siding
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Windows and Doors
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Community Programs and Resources
Local Information

The Village of Arlington Heights:
Village Council
The Village of Arlington Heights Council meetings are held the fourth Monday of the month at 7:00 PM in the Village Council Chambers located at 601 Elliott Avenue, Lockland OH 45215. For more information, please call 513-821-2076.

Mayor’s Court
The Village of Arlington Heights Mayor’s Court is held every other Thursday at 4:00 PM. For more information, please contact the Arlington Heights Clerk of Courts at 513-821-2076.

Arlington Heights Phone Numbers
Lockland Schools 513-563-5000
Town Hall 513-821-2076
Fire Department 513-733-5537 (Reading FD)
Police Department 513-825-2280 (HCSO)
Attorney General’s Office 800-282-0515
Duke Energy 800-544-6900
Tax Department 800-860-7482
Water (Service & Billing) 513-591-7700
Rumpke Trash Collection 800-582-3107

The Lockland Village:
Village Council
Lockland Village Council meetings are held the second Monday of the month at 7:00 PM in the Village Council Chambers located at 101 North Cooper Avenue, Lockland OH 45215. For more information, please call 513-761-1124.
Recreational Director
Village of Lockland
513-616-8532
 
Announcements
Reading/Lockland Youth Football & Cheer Signups
Saturday, March 16th 10 AM-2 PM
Location: Reading HS Cafeteria 
 
Saturday, April 13th
10 AM- 2 PM
Location: Lockland HS Cafeteria  Registration Fee: $25

Contact: Steve Fletcher 513-335-3484 or steverfletcher@gmail.com.

Phone Numbers
Lockland Schools 513-563-5000
Town Hall 513-761-1124
Fire Department 513-761-2751
Police Department 513-761-1699
Post Office 513-821-5378
Service Department 513-733-0957
Tax Department 800-860-7482
Water (Service) 513-733-4701
Water (Billing) 513-761-1124
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