Key points for this month are below; you may also want to view the October White Pages document covering additional items of interest (click here).
Greetings all! We have fully settled in the school routine at this point and are really pushing our mission (Academic and Social Growth for ALL Students, Every Day!) and core values (Trust, Respect, Ownership and Leadership) each day with our students! I will also bring you up to date with our urgent facilities set-up and ballot issue slated for this November.
Miamitown Elementary Awarded National Blue Ribbon! We received the tremendous news late last week that Miamitown Elementary would be awarded the National Blue Ribbon for their exemplary high performance! Miamitown was one of only 9 schools in Ohio to earn this award. This is one of the highest awards a school can achieve – at the National level! Principal Dave Kelly will be honored in Washington DC next month.
The day that will shape the next 50+ Years is Near! November 7, 2017 is a mammoth day in regard to importance for the Southwest Local School District. This day will shape the next 50+ years! Issue 25 (in Hamilton County) and Issue 19 (in Butler County) speak to our school bond issue that is up for approval by voters in our 68 square mile community. The need for this bond issue is greater today than ever before…primarily due to space issues and future growth projections. I have attached our most recent Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) as well as linked the FACTS here: www.southwestschools.org/facilities
Transportation/Safety – Now that we have established routines for school, please make sure that traffic signs and expectations are followed with regard to school parking lots and on roads near the schools. Life happens fast and so can mistakes! Safety is always priority #1!
We know that high bus busing is on the minds of many, so research regarding possible options was presented to the Board of Education at their September 2017 meeting. The information, which is posted here on the district website, covers the cost of providing high school busing, along with projected costs for various options.
Also, for secondary parents and on the transportation front – The Wildcat Express is here! In an effort to assist parents with transportation from after school practices and extracurricular activities, SLSD provides the Wildcat Express, a daily shuttle service option. The service is available for any high school or junior school student, with two shuttles departing the high school at 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Students who participate in extracurricular activities, school athletics or the high school study program receive a shuttle pass to be eligible to ride the shuttle bus. The shuttles are not a “door to door” service, but are designed to get students delivered to particular areas and subdivisions closer to their homes; parents need to make arrangements to pick up their child at the shuttle stop or permit students to walk home from the stop. Times vary greatly depending on the number of students who ride on any given day. Click here for more information about the Wildcat Express, including details on shuttle stops for both the north and south shuttles
October Podcast – The October edition of Super Chat is posted here on the district website.
As always, please let me know if you have comments or questions. Welcome to the new school year – lets work together to make it a successful one for all our students!
John C. Hamstra
Southwest Local Schools