Attention Parents:
Our Common Goal: Building Success for Every Learner Intervention and Enrichment Initiatives
by Kathy Stone, Director of Education

As we begin the new school year, I want to take this opportunity to describe the intervention and enrichment initiatives that will be taking place in our schools. Our teachers provide intervention and enrichment activities for students during their daily classroom instruction, but additionally each building is offering unique opportunities for our students.

Stingel Elementary will be increasing its Title I Reading intervention program by servicing students in all grade levels K-5. Students that are below grade level in reading will work in a small group with a Title I tutor 30 minutes per day. We anticipate providing reading intervention to 150-180 students. The Stingel classroom teachers will provide math intervention to students below grade level during lunch recess.
Ontario Middle School will also be creating a new concept in which one class period of the day will be used to provide academic intervention. Classroom teachers will monitor students’ grades and progress, and direct them to the appropriate resources.
Ontario High School offers peer tutoring to students that need assistance on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 7:20-7:45 a.m. The high school librarian directs a Writing Center in which students can receive support with their written assignments.

Students in grades three, four and five which are identified as “gifted” will be clustered in one homeroom. The reason for clustering the students in one classroom is so that the teacher can provide differentiated instruction and enrichment to a group of gifted students. The teachers in these classrooms will receive ongoing professional development in the area of gifted education. Our gifted coordinator will also be collaborating with the teachers in grades K-2 as they provide enrichment to our gifted students in the primary grades.
Ontario Middle School is increasing the number of honors classes offered to our students. During the upcoming year, honors classes will be offered in sixth, seventh, and eighth grades in science, social studies, mathematics and literature. Physical science and Spanish will be offered to eighth graders and students in these classes will earn one high school credit.
Enrichment opportunities at the high school have increased significantly. Honors courses are offered in Geometry, Biology, Algebra 2 and English 10. Advanced placement courses will be offered in Calculus AB, US Government, English Language and English Composition. College dual credit courses are classes taught at Ontario High School by Ontario teachers in which students can earn college credit. The dual credit courses offered next year are: English Composition 1010, Sociology 1010, Psychology 1010, Calculus AB 1150, Calculus BC 1151, Anatomy and Physiology BIO 201 &201L, Chemistry 1210, Chemistry 1230 and Physics 1110.
As one can see from the intervention and enrichment initiatives described, Ontario Schools is working diligently toward our common goal of “Building Success for Every Learner”.

State Testing Dates As of June 2015

Ohio Graduation Tests (OGT)
Fall Administration: Monday, October 26 through Sunday, November 8, 2015
Spring Administration: Monday, March 7 through Friday, March 18, 2016

**The Ohio Department of Education has not yet developed a testing schedule in the areas of English language arts, mathematics, science and social studies. ODE has indicated that the testing window will be at the end of the school year.

Gifted Identification

Ontario Local Schools provides regular opportunities for screening and assessment of students in grades K-12 for possible gifted identification each year. If you have questions or concerns regarding the assessment or opportunities for your child, please contact the building principal. The procedures utilized by the district are based on the state guidelines as stated in section 3324.04 of the Ohio Revised Code for identifying children who are gifted. A Gifted and Talented brochure and parent referral form can be found on the Ontario Schools website or in all district offices.

The Search For Students With Disabilities

Ontario Local Schools is participating in an effort to identify, locate and evaluate all children who may have disabilities. Ontario Local Schools has responded vigorously to federal and state mandates requiring the provision of free, appropriate public education regardless of a child’s disability. But before we can serve children, they must be found.
All information regarding testing or identification of children with disabilities will be held in strict confidence and released to others only with parent permission or as allowed by law.
District policies and procedures for special education are available in all district offices. Ontario Schools is committed to meeting the needs of children with disabilities. If you have or know of a child who may have a disability, contact any school office for more information or help.
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Superintendent - Lisa Carmichael
Director of Education - Kathy Stone
Treasurer - Randy Harvey
Phone - 419.747.4311
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