Happy New Year, Midview!
I hope the start of the new year has been a positive one for
our families. As a district, we are already half way through the school year,
which is hard to believe. Together, we have accomplished so much in this short
amount of time.
We continue our focus on the expansion and growth of our
academics. We have continued to show expected growth from the state but we can
see from all the great programs offered for students that we are more than just
tests on one particular day. Our graduation rate and GPA, I believe, are way
better predictors for future success and that by expanding course offerings and
looking at revamping school schedules, we can offer even more to our students.
We have expanded upon our Project Lead the Way (PLTW)
curriculum by adding courses in computer science and expanding opportunities
for our sixth graders. The program is going so well that we are now looking to
continue the momentum and partner with Lorain County Community College to help our
students gain college credit while in high school.
For our faculty and staff, we have prioritized the use of
data to drive instruction and our professional development initiatives. We are
looking to challenge teachers and students to do things differently in order to
better engage them in their instruction and learning.
I am so proud of the growth our staff and students have made
Additionally, we have been working hard on the district’s next strategic plan. The community, management and staff teams have been meeting to develop a shared vision for the district and a measureable plan to reach our goals.
We will launch the strategic plan this spring during the
State of the Schools presentation. More information will be provided for this
I look forward to the second half of the 2018-2019 school
I hope everyone had a fun and relaxing summer. I love seeing
everyone back in the buildings and the campus come alive with lessons, clubs
and activities, practices and more!
I would like to thank everyone – students, teachers, staff, parents and administrators – for making it an excellent start to the 2018-2019 school year.
We have a lot to look forward to this year.
Academically, we have expanded the Project Lead the Way Program
at the high school and expanded the Gateway to Technology program down to sixth
grade at the middle school. We also added new career and technical education
courses at the high school focusing on business and computer science.
During the 2017-2018 school year, the district conducted a
safety audit of all district buildings and the campus with the help of Homeland
Security and local first responders. Through the audit, we were able to
identify potential safety concerns and improve our emergency operations plan
based on those areas. While the district is not able to share all details of
the plan for safety reasons, parents, students and community members will see a
number of security updates for the 2018-2019 school year. Midview High School
will see improved security and additional security cameras throughout the
buildings, Midview is implementing a new visitor management system where all
visitors will have to scan their ID before entering a building. Additionally,
the district will be using a new reporting system for students and others to
use to report bullying and threats.
In addition to safety, we also believe in being proactive when it comes to our students’ mental health and well-being, which is why we have hired a part-time social worker. We have students who are struggling socially and emotionally, and we are looking for ways to better support them and their families. The social worker has the experience to intervene early, provide students with the support they need and connect families with resources in the community so we can take a proactive approach to supporting our students as early as possible.
This year, the Board of Education will be working on an
updated strategic plan for our district. To ensure we create a plan that meets
the needs of all of our stakeholders, we will be engaging with parents, staff
and the community. Details on this will be provided at a later date.
I hope everyone has a great school year!
The 2017-2018 school year
has come to a close and it has been another excellent one for the Midview Local
This year, a major focus
for the district was to expand and grow academic programs. We are excited to be
able to expand the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Gateway to Technology pro- gram
to the sixth-grade level. Next year, all sixth-grade students will study De-
sign & Modeling.
At the high school, we
will also offer additional Advanced Placement courses, expand the PLTW computer
science program, as well as the Career Tech Business program with the addition
of Business Foundations.
Internally, the District
Leadership Team has completed the first draft of the Midview Culture Handbook.
The handbook will be presented at the June Board of Education meeting and we
plan to roll it out to all district staff at opening day Convocation. The goal
of the hand- book is to improve relationships, work better together and
strengthen connections throughout the district. I would like to thank the
20-member team of teachers and administrators for their time and ideas in
creating the Culture Handbook.
As a district, we are also
working to align our technology plan with our instructional plan so we can
expand the use of technology with an instructional focus. For example, some
classrooms may need to be more mobile, making Chromebooks a good fit for them,
whereas others may need a more high- powered computer. Aligning these two plans
allows us to purchase technology based on instructional needs. This added focus
should help us provide more appropriate technology for our staff and students
to use during instruction.
Another major focus this
year has been student safety. Recently, the district conducted a safety audit
of all district buildings and the campus with the help of Homeland Security and
local first responders. Through the audit, we tried to identify potential
safety concerns and will improve our emergency operations plan based on those
areas. While the district is not able to share the details of the plan for
safety reasons, we are looking at making some updates to our safety procedures
that will be visible to the public once we receive the final report from Homeland
We also believe in being
proactive when it comes to our students’ mental health and well-being, which is
why we have hired a part-time social worker. We have students who are
struggling socially and emotionally, and we are looking for ways to better
support them and their families. The social worker has the experience to
intervene early, provide students with the support they need and connect
families with resources in the community so we can take a proactive approach to
supporting our students as early as possible.
This year, we had a
focused and forward-thinking mindset to help our students achieve and
experience more. We were able to do all of this without needing any additional
funds because we carefully staffed so that we would save costs through
attrition while maintaining a high-quality education for our students.
I am incredibly lucky to
work in a place like Midview, where everyone is dedicated to ensuring our
students grow and succeed. I hope everyone has a fun, safe and relaxing summer.
Dear Midview Community,
As you may know, the district is working to correct several structural issues at the North Elementary building. As such, you will begin to see trailers and construction areas set up throughout the Midview campus next week.
We are working hard to ensure our buildings are structurally sound and will last our students for years to come. Know that we will make sure doorways and walkways are safe, however, events scheduled to take place at North Elementary may have to be moved to another building or cancelled altogether. We apologize for any inconvenience, but it is necessary for us to complete the project.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact my office at 440-748-5353.
Dr. Bruce Willingham