Superintendent's Message


Dennis Dunham
Superintendent

Superintendent’s Message…...

Welcoming 2020!

Let me begin by wishing you a Happy New Year filled with many successes and continued progress. We have had great success and achieved a great deal of progress during the 2019 calendar year at South Range Local Schools.   Each year, as we ring in the New Year, I see this as an ideal time to thank our entire South Range community, parents, students and staff for all you do to make the South Range School District a great school system. 

The second half of the year brings students that are on-track, prepared and ready to go for the second semester.  I have observed, as we approach the midpoint of the school year, that students are academically strong and that our instructional and support team remains energized and will continue to work diligently to emphasize the importance of focusing on year-long goals in terms of student achievement.  As we look at the past four months in review, we have much to be proud of in terms of student achievement in academics, arts and athletics. I commend our school families and residents of South Range for your support this past calendar year.

Distinguished Alumni Wall of Honor

South Range Local School has established a “Wall of Honor” to recognize the South Range graduates who have exhibited outstanding achievements in their lives following high school graduation.  It is the highest honor the District bestows upon a graduate and is in recognition of a particular achievement of noteworthy value, a series of achievements, or a career of noteworthy accomplishments.

Eligibility Requirements

¨ The nominee must be a graduate of SRHS

¨ A period of at least ten (10) years must have elapsed between graduation and nomination for induction.

¨ Posthumous nominees will be accepted.

¨ The nominee must have made a significant contribution to their community or their field of work, or have been recognized for an outstanding achievement.

¨ Any supporting information, certificates and materials such as newspaper articles, stories, etc. must be submitted with the nomination form.

Categories for Nomination

¨ Medicine and Science

¨ Business and Professional

¨ Arts and Humanitarian, Service, Professional Achievement, Career and Military Services Distinction

Nomination/Selection Procedure

Nomination forms will be available on the District Website effective January 1, 2020.  The deadline for nomination will be April 30, 2020.  Recipients will be honored at an induction ceremony late summer/early fall.

2019 Ohio Department of Education District Report Card

2019 Local Report Card Summary

District Overall Grade: B

Component Grades:   

Achievement: B

Progress: B 

Gap Closing:  A 

Graduation Rate:  A 

Improving At-Risk K-3 Literacy: A

Prepared for Success:  C  

The K-12 staff continues to analyze data from state and local assessments.  At the elementary level, the staff has created a literacy plan to ensure all students meet the Third Grade Guarantee.  One of the action steps for the plan is to implement a school-wide phonemic awareness program (Heggerty.)  The team will continue to implement components of the Simple View of Reading as the year progresses.  

At the middle and high school level, teacher teams utilize value-added data to ensure all students meet growth measures in the areas of language arts and math.  In addition, our intervention specialists are implementing leveled-literacy interventions to provide intensive instruction for our at-risk readers.

The high school staff works collaboratively to increase the number of students scoring the state’s definition of remediation-free ACT score by utilizing a new program, Naviance, for both college and career readiness.

Our overall goal is to increase opportunities for students at South Range to be successful.  We utilize the state report card data to improve academics for students. We use the data to help our students, not to help the report card.  Detailed information relative to the local report card is accessible on The Ohio Department of Education website at:  www.education.ohio.gov.

Congratulations to the entire South Range student body, parents, certificated & classified staff and administration on obtaining an excellent report card that is very reflective of the hard work and dedication of the entire South Range School Family.

Raiders Stadium Project Continues to Generate Donations

The 2019/2020 school year witnessed a great deal of activity at the Raiders Stadium at the Rominger Sports Complex.   All participants and spectators celebrated many wonderful moments in terms of team and individual accomplishments the past fall.  None of the activities would be possible without the extreme generosity of our established support groups and the kindness of community families. 

Many thanks to the Parks Garden Center and the Tim Parks Family.  The Parks Family donated fifty-four (54) ornamental trees to be planted around the perimeter of the Rominger Complex.  The wonderful gesture will be enjoyed for many years to come as the trees blossom and provide brilliant color to the Rominger Complex.  In addition, many thanks to Land Approach Ltd. for donating some labor costs towards planting the trees.  One can imagine the large task associated with handling the sheer size and quantity of trees.  The volunteerism, community support and generosity to enhance the stadium remains unparalleled as witnessed by the number of projects completed since the inaugural 2017 season.

Much appreciation and gratitude to the South Range Athletic Boosters and the South Range Music Boosters for their continuing support in regards to the stadium project.  Funding for phase IV of the project is needed to complete the entire stadium project.  Phase IV consists of restrooms, concession stands, entrance plaza, fencing and parking improvements.  A Capital Fund Raising initiative to complete the stadium project will continue during the 2020 calendar year.

School Communications! 

In this fast-paced society, we strive to share information with you in a timely manner. We encourage parents and community members to inquire about South Range Schools through a variety of outlets:

Facebook, Drund, SR District Website (www.southrange.org), Saturday Morning Communications Coffee Club, K-12 Newsletter, One Call, Email, Parent Access or via phone.

With inclement weather approaching, school adjustments will be announced through our district “One Call” system, local news media, our website and Drund.

The Safe School Helpline is designed to assist students and parents in reporting any wrongdoing that impacts our schools, or students, or our staff-----anonymously, so as to protect your privacy. The Raptor system is an effective visitor management system that screens all visitors to our school prior to gaining access into the educational setting.

To report a concern over Safe School Helpline, just call from a touch-tone phone to 1-800-4-1-VOICE, ext. 359 (418-6423) to leave your information.  Your message will not be traced and you will not be identified.  The Safe School Helpline team will transcribe and fax your message to school officials so appropriate action can be taken.   Additional questions may be directed to CPL. Brian Hartman – South Range Local School’s Resource Officer/Beaver Township Police at 330.549.2163.

South Range Students and Staff Clearly have “2020” Vision in Volunteerism

The students and staff at the K-12 Complex have done a phenomenal job in volunteering their time and energy to those less fortunate and for those in need.  One of the strategic plan goals developed several years ago centered around “District Culture,” where students develop and nurture partnerships with families and staff to share, reinforce, cultivate and adapt to the values and traditions of our district and community.  With immense pride, I share a small sampling of activities our students and staff have participated in this past fall:

High School

¨ Choir/Band performed at local nursing homes and the Mall during the Holiday Season

¨ The South Range High School Jazz band performed for Greenford Ruritan

¨ The Art Club shared their talents at the local nursing homes at Christmas

¨ Art Club painted a mural at North Lima 3C's distribution center at the Old SR High School

¨ The Annual National Honor Society mitten tree distribution at Christmas

¨ Key Club clean-up after all home football games

¨ Girls’ Basketball Team served Thanksgiving Lunch at The Leonard Kirtz School

¨ Senior Football players served at the Rescue Mission

¨ Key Club bell ringing for Salvation Army at Sam's Club

¨ Girls’ Soccer field day for The Leonard Kirtz School

Middle School

¨ Through classroom donations and our annual “Can You Dance?,” the middle school donated over 1,000 canned food items to local food pantries.  

¨ From December 3rd through December 11th, our 8th grade students spent time at the Salvation Army Toys for Tots distribution center.  They were able to decorate the center, unload trucks, and log and categorize toys to help prepare for the “Family Shopping Day,” set for December 17th.  The Salvation Army volunteers were extremely complimentary of our students and appreciative of their hard work.

Elementary

¨ 4th Grade Leaders & Mrs. Maynard collected over 1,400 pounds of canned goods and non-perishable food items for the Second Harvest Food Bank

¨ 3rd grade students and staff spent the day with the students of Leonard Kirtz on Halloween

Welcome New Staff!

It is a pleasure to welcome the following new staff to the South Range Local School District for the 2019/2020 school year.

Ranniea Amer – Part Time Aide

Mary Aey – Elementary Intervention Specialist

Bill Beaver – High School Intervention Specialist

Madeline Caputo – Speech Pathologist

Charleen Creed – Part Time Aide

Bob Donaldson – Part Time Bus Dispatcher

Michelle Esposito – Part Time Aide

Heidi Guilliams – Long Term Middle School Substitute

Brenda Hammond – Director of Transportation

Colleen Kersten – Part Time Aide

Lacey Kramer – Tier 3 Bus Driver

Elizabeth Reigrut – Part Time Aide

Sara Stepan – Part Time Aide

Scott Yungen – Bus Driver

Raiders Earn State Recognition in Fall of 2019

Congratulations to our fall student athletes that were selected to the All-State Teams!   Special thanks to the student athletes and their respective families for representing South Range Schools in such a positive manner!

Girls Soccer

Gabby Lamparty – 2nd team All Ohio

Boys Soccer

Canaan Johnson – 1st team All Ohio – United Soccer Coaches – All America Team

Quinn Pierson – 2nd team All Ohio

Football

Isaac Allegretto – 2nd team All Ohio

Chris Brooks – Special Mention All Ohio,

Jake Gehring – Special Mention All Ohio

Anthony Czap – Special Mention All Ohio

Dylan Dominguez – Special Mention All Ohio

Cross Country

Boys Team Qualified for State Tournament

Team Members:

Derek Rutledge, Michael Hvizdos, Isaac Baun, Conner Nichols, Liam Justison, Brian Standley, Kaiden Sykes, Alex Garwacki

Cross Country Academic All Ohio

Connor Nichols, Liam Justison, Kaiden Sykes, Alex Garwacki

January is School Board Recognition Month!

South Range Schools will join more than 700 school districts throughout Ohio to celebrate January as School Board Recognition Month

Our school board members are citizen-servants who shoulder critical responsibilities and often make difficult choices for our district, all with minimal pay. Their focus is always on the future success of the children in our district. Celebrating School Board Recognition Month is one way to say thanks for all they do.

Serving as a link between the community and classroom, school board members are elected to establish the policies that provide the framework for public schools.

Please take a moment and tell school board members ‘thanks for caring about our children and giving so much to our community.’ Let them know we support them and that their dedicated service is recognized and truly appreciated.

2019/2020 South Range Local Schools Board Members

Mr. Ralph Wince – Twenty-two (22) Year Service Award

Mr. Corey Yoakam – Four (4) Year Service Award

Mrs. Amy White – Four (4) Year Service Award

Mr. Taylor Christian – Two (2) Year Service Award

Mrs. Terri Lally – Two (2) Year Service Award

Please join me in welcoming the New Year with a desire to make it a “Great Year to be a South Range Raider.”

Best wishes for a healthy and safe 2020! 

Dennis J. Dunham

Superintendent

 

 

 




12/22/2017


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