What's New at Ontario Schools?
District Report Card Information
Dear Ontario Parents/Guardians,      

In August 2014, the Ohio Department of Education released the district report cards based on information from the 2013-14 school year. The information includes the students’ performance on the Ohio Achievement Assessment (OAA) given in grades 3 through 8 and the Ohio Graduation Test (OGT) initially given to all sophomores in the spring of the school year. Ontario received an overall score of “C” as we met 19 of the 24 report card indicators. However, had three students correctly answered on additional question of the OAA, we would have met 20 of 24 indicators and our designation would have been a “B.”

While the “C” designation is disappointing, it clearly defines challenges that we must address. We have identified the need to provide supports for students in the elementary. This year, Stingel has implemented additional intervention and enrichment instructional time that allows teachers to work with students to target particular needs. The purpose of this is to challenge students to improve.

This idea of additional instructional time is also being implemented at Ontario Middle School. Last year, OMS staff began developing advanced honors courses at each grade level in each subject area. The advanced classes are designed to challenge the students who are excelling in particular subjects. Since several of the staff were assigned to cover study halls throughout the day, a study hall monitor was hired. This allows the teachers to increase instructional times and improve our programs. Next year, we will see additional advanced course in grades six and seven.

To further address the need to provide more-challenging courses in the district, Ontario High School has added course that meet the rigor of the content standards. While high school students continue to score well on the State-level assessments, we need to do more. Advanced Placement, Dual Credit, and Honors classes will continue to grow. We are piloting a distance-learning class through the Ohio School for the deaf to gauge the interest in bringing courses that we would otherwise not be able to offer in our district.

Ontario is facing challenges that other districts have, are, or soon will be seeing. We are scheduling visits to districts to learn how their “best practices” have enabled them to earn an “A” rating. Ideas collected through these visits will be discussed and appropriate strategies implemented as part of our plan to improve.

Ontario’s goal is simple, to provide Excellence in Education. Please know that we will continue to concentrate on the processes that spur continuing advancement: evaluating what we have, determining what we can do to improve, and identifying what we need to make those improvement.

Please view the following additional links:
Ontario's Report Card Analysis
Stingel Elementary Growth/Improvement Plan
Ontario Middle School Growth/Improvement Plan
Ontario High School Growth/Improvement Plan
 
Principal Sue Weirich
Ontario Middle School
It’s hard to believe that October 24th marks the end of the first grading period. Not only has it been a quick quarter, but an exciting one as well. The sixth grade students have adjusted well to their new environment and routines. Our dedicated staff is working hard to ensure success for ALL of our students.  A big thanks to all of our Ontario families and community who support us in so many ways through academics, sports, and the arts! 
 
Completing VFW Essays
Seventh grade language arts students are diligently working in the computer lab this week to complete the VFW's Patriots' Pen essays.  The assignment is due on Friday, October 17th so all students are doing their best to tweak their final copies.  Teacher Sue Snyder has done an excellent job keeping these students on task as they wrap-up their assignments. 
8th Grade Teachers
Eighth grade Language Arts Honors Students were given the opportunity to become teachers for a class period.  Students worked in groups to produce a lesson to teach a particular grammar standard of Language Arts.  In order to become the experts, they were required to research the skill, and then produce a podcast, video, or power point explaining their concept.  They were also required to provide student practice in the form of activities, games, and/or worksheets, as well as creating an assessment to measure their instruction.  They did a great job, and many said they had gained a new respect for teachers who have to plan their lessons on a daily basis. 
Future Chefs
Students in Miss Melissa Vannest's nutrition class have recently been studying the food pyramid.  Upon completion of a safety test, recognition of cooking utensils, measurement, and cutting techniques, they are now putting their knowledge to use.  The chefs have baked cookies, prepared different types of salsa, and cooked tacos.  And the best part?  Eating the final product of course! 
Stingel PTO News
The Stingel PTO is doing a fundraiser selling Crossroads Candles and Ontario spirit wear. If interested in purchasing candles, you may contact the PTO at stingelelementarypto1@yahoo.com. You may order the spirit wear online at http://myproapparel.com/product-category/spirit-wear/stingel-elementary/. Thanks for your support! 
Boys Basketball Information
All boys (7th grade thru seniors) who are planning on trying out for basketball this season are reminded of the following important information:
• Monday, October 27 @ 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium: Winter Sports Meeting for those parents and athletes who did not attend the Fall Sports Meeting.
• Monday, October 27 @ 7:30 p.m. in the high school commons: Basketball Meeting for player and parent.

If you have any questions please contact Joe Balogh:  balogh.joe@ontarioschools.org.
 
Ontario Youth Girls Basketball Information/Sign-Up Forms
It's time for girls youth basketball.  Players will be instructed in drills and fundamentals and will be incorporating skills into 3-on-3, 4-on-4 and 5-on-5 games. The girls will be learning the basics of the game in a fun atmosphere that promotes teamwork and school spirit.  All registration forms (see below) are due with payment.  If you have questions, please contact girls varsity coach, Sarah Kirchbaum.

Be sure to check the following registration information for girls in grades first thru sixth.

Little Lady Warriors Basketball - Grades 1, 2, 3
Lady Warriors 4th Grade Girls Basketball
Lady Warriors 5th & 6th Grade Girls Basketball
 
Ontario Wrestling Information 2014-15
The Ontario Wrestling Program has several opportunities for athletes who want to compete in the sport of wrestling.  Listed below are newsletters for high school, middle school, and the youth programs.  Please use the links to view  and download these important newsletters.

Ontario High School Wrestling Meeting Letter
Ontario Middle School Wrestling Meeting Letter
Ontario Youth Wrestling Sign-up Form
 
Athletic Boosters Need Volunteers
Please consider making a donation to the Ontario Athletic Boosters.  See their website for more information.  View their Patrons' Page to see what you can do to support Ontario Athletics.
 
The Ontario Athletic Boosters could use your help. If you are available to work concessions or help with the Bingo fundraisers, please contact their organization.
 
Administrative Staff
Superintendent - Lisa Carmichael
Director of Operations - Curt McVicker
Treasurer - Randy Harvey
Phone - 419.747.4311
Director of Maintenance - Brad Swain 
Phone - 419.529.6771
Director of Transportation - Pat Duffner
Phone -  419.529.3814
School Resource Officer - Adam Gongwer
Phone - 419.529.3969
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