Dear Plain Local Community,
Welcome to 2020! We are excited to have your children back in the district, and this is an exciting time for Plain Local Schools. It is my hope you will take advantage of the many opportunities to become involved and support our students and staff this winter.
I would like to recognize Glenwood Intermediate School as a top-performing school in Ohio recognized by the Ohio Department of Education. This is just one example of great things happening in classrooms across Plain Local. Many private and charter schools are sharing inaccurate information about the services and opportunities they provide for all children. These schools select the students they want to educate, but Plain Local educates all students at a very high level. Our staff is amazing, and they grow all students each and every day. The promises made by these select schools are not an accurate indication of what they provide, and I highly encourage everyone to evaluate the accuracy of their marketing strategies. I truly believe the opportunities and experiences Plain Local offers academically and through the arts and athletics cannot be duplicated at our local private and charter schools. The evidence is in how our students are performing and excelling in all areas. This true fact cannot be challenged!
As we begin 2020, I would like to remind everyone to continue conversations with your children at home about issues that may be impacting them at school. Our students are speaking up more than ever, and we need to encourage students to have a voice if they see something or have a concern. Children are dealing with many issues in their lives, and we are here to support your family through these times. I have outlined a few reminders below for families as possible talking points at home.
- Limit screen time and monitor social media and communication
- If you notice behavior or mood changes, please contact a school counselor
- Have your child charge their phone at night outside the bedroom- allow them to disconnect and get uninterrupted sleep
- Have your child eat breakfast at home or when they arrive at school- breakfast is the most important meal of the day
- Ensure firearms are locked at all times
- Find time each night to disconnect and talk to your child about their day
We have many resources available to families. Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health is now located at GlenOak High School. Any school can assist you with appointments and the process to access care at any time. We are here to help!
In closing, I am more and more impressed with our students and staff every day as I am out in buildings or attending events in the evening. We have great students, and they are doing amazing things. We are stronger united as a team as we prepare our young students for their next journey in life. Thank you for your support!