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COLLEGE CREDIT PLUS STUDENT AND PARENT NIGHT
Grades 7-11 students and parents should attend an informational night on in the MHS Commons. You will receive information on how qualified high school students can earn high school and college credit while still attending high school beginning in the 2015-2016 school year. You can also learn more information by clicking here.
STUDENT PARTICIPATION IN STATE TESTING
Federal and state laws require all districts and schools to test all students in specific grades and courses. There is no law that allows a parent or student to opt out of state testing and there is no state test opt-out procedure or form. If a parent withdraws his or her child’s participation in certain state tests, there may be consequences for the child, the child’s teacher, and the school and district.
POSSIBLE CONSEQUENCES FOR STUDENTS WHEN THEY DO NOT TAKE STATE TESTS
1. Third Grade Reading Guarantee
a. A student who does not take the state’s grade 3 reading test will not have a score on that test and may not be promoted to the fourth grade as part of the Third Grade Reading Guarantee. Some students may be exempted from this requirement or use an alternative test.
2. High School Graduation Requirements
a. A student who entered ninth grade for the first time before July 1, 2014, who does not take and pass the Ohio Graduation Tests will not be eligible for a high school diploma.
b. A student who entered ninth grade for the first time on or after July 1, 2014, who does not take and reach the needed score on the tests for at least one graduation option may not be eligible for a high school diploma. More information on these new graduation requirements can be found on the Ohio Department of Education website. Three options to meet graduation requirements for the
Class of 2018 and beyond include:
i. Cumulative performance earned on the state end-of-course tests or their approved substitutes
ii. A remediation-free score on a college admissions test; or
iii. A workforce ready score on the WorkKeys test, in combination with an approved industry credential.
3. English Language Learners
a. A student who does not take the Ohio Test of English Language Acquisition cannot exit the English as a Second Language program.
WHY ARE STATE TESTS IMPORTANT?
State tests are critical for measuring student learning and ensuring that all of Ohio’s students receive a high-quality education. The results from state tests are how districts, schools and teachers are held accountable. The results from state tests provide the public with much-needed information about how all students are performing. Student test scores are the foundation of Ohio’s A-F school and district report cards, which are designed to show parents, taxpayers and school leaders how well students are performing. The report cards allow for comparisons between schools as well as identify schools and districts that require additional support or interventions, such as:
1. Offering more grant funding for struggling schools;
2. Relieving high-performing schools and districts of some regulations;
3. Creating school choice options, like charter schools and voucher programs; or
4. Closing poor-performing schools.
Ohio also uses state tests as checkpoints for students to ensure they are ready for their next steps. The Third Grade Reading Guarantee makes sure students can read at grade level before moving on to the fourth grade. Ohio’s new graduation options give flexibility to students on which state tests they use, but the tests ensure that students leave high school ready for college and a career.
What if a parent would like to have their student opt out from the testing?
The parent should put the request in writing to the building principal, including the reason why the student will not be taking the test, as well as the assurance of the parent that they understand the possible consequences as outlined above. School staff will not be signing any letter or form that the parent furnishes to the district, regardless of the source of the letter or form.
Should I keep my student home or send them to school on the day of testing?
If the student is not at school on the day of testing, he/she will be counted absent. We are required to administer testing, so if the student is here he/she will be placed in the testing location with the test in front of them for the entirety of the testing time. It will be their responsibility to maintain proper testing decorum to respect those taking the test. We do not have the personnel to administer the tests and supervise those students who are not taking the test in another location.
PRESCHOOL AND KINDERGARTEN INFORMATION
Preschool registration for the 2015-2016 school year will begin on Monday, March 2nd at Maddux-Lang Primary School. Registrations will be accepted Monday the 2nd from 9:30 AM until 6:00 PM, and on Tuesday March 3rd and Wednesday March 5th from 9:30 AM until 3:00 PM. Registration will continue until all openings are filled. Spaces are limited and students are placed according to age and needs of the program.
Enrollment is open for residents of the Miamisburg City School District. Students must be three years of age before September 30, 2015, and potty trained. The preschool program at Maddux-Lang has classes Monday through Thursday. The AM session is from 9:05 to 11:35 AM and the PM session is from 1:15-3:45 PM. Class size is approximately 14 students, with a teacher and classroom assistant. We follow the Ohio Department of Education Early Learning Content Standards. Tuition for the year is $1200. Tuition is expected to be paid in two payments - $600 upon acceptance into the program in May and $600 by the end of November. Registration packets are available online here.
Please call Maddux-Lang if you suspect your child has a disability, or with any questions at 847-2766.
Kindergarten registration for the 2015-16 school year will be held Tuesday, April 14th; Wednesday, April 15th; and Thursday, April 16th during the hours of 8:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. each day.
All forms required for registration can be found by scrolling to the bottom of this page and selecting Forms and Permits. The student registration forms are located on that site as well as all the items that are needed at time of enrollment. More information will be added to the Preschool/Kindergarten Registration page soon.
THREE MIAMISBURG MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS RECEIVE A COLLEGE PROMISE SCHOLARSHIP
After an extensive application and interview process, three Miamisburg Middle School 8th grade students have been selected to receive a College Promise Scholarship. The College Promise Program provides a life changing opportunity for up to 50 Montgomery County students each year. These students are identified and selected during their 8th grade year. Each student is supported through high school by a caring adult mentor who meets with them weekly for 40 to 60 minutes at their school and through programming offered by the College Promise Program and their college and university partners.
Sama Ahmed, Lacey Engle and John (Will) Percifull IV, upon successful completion of high school and the meeting of the entrance requirements to Sinclair, Wright State University, Central State University, Miami University, Denison University, Kettering College, or the University of Dayton, will be awarded scholarships that allow them to attain a college degree at little or no cost to them or their families.
MIAMISBURG ALUMNUS AND CURRENT DENVER BRONCO CAPTAIN DAVID BRUTON JR. MAKES A STOP AT KINDER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
David Bruton Jr. made a stop a Kinder Elementary School this morning to award the building his autographed jersey for all the hard work they have put into implementing the Fuel Up To Play 60 program. He spoke to the students about the importance of good nutrition and 60 minutes of exercise or movement each day.
David, a 2005 Miamisburg graduate, will have his #27 football jersey retired tonight at the Miamisburg vs. Springboro basketball game. Also on tap at half-time of the game, Miamisburg is set to induct five new members into the Hall of Fame.
Click here to read about the CLASS OF 2015 INDUCTEES
THE STUDENT OF THE MONTH FOR JANUARY IS MAKAELYN KREITZER
The Miamisburg City School District January Student of the Month is Kinder Elementary School fourth grader Makaelyn Kreitzer. Makaelyn was nominated by her teacher, Lori Zastrow for best exhibiting the qualities of the spotlighted 40 Assets - #21 Achievement Motivation. Mrs Zastrow explains why Makaelyn was chosen. "Students who are motivated to do well in school are not only more likely to find their study rewarding, but are also more committed and persistent. This statement is very true about Kinder’s 4th grade nominee for Student of the Month, Makaelyn Kreitzer. Makaelyn is always ready, always prepared, always gives 110% on any given learning opportunity, and is involved with every activity, expressing her curiosity, interest, and trusting in her teachers' guidance to take her to the beyond. Makaelyn’s parents see this same motivation to do well at home by always doing her best work, listening to instruction and staying on task. They like that she also thinks about what she needs to do to improve, but in all this focus on herself, she has the willingness to help others improve as well. Her actions make her a leader and a role model for others to emulate.
Makaelyn is motivated because she has set goals for her life and wants to do whatever it takes for her to achieve those goals. Makaelyn hopes to one day become a Photo Journalist. She shares that, when she was young, her mom had a camera and she would always pretend to take pictures. She found it so fascinating and now loves to take pictures of trees and all kinds of nature. Add her love of photography with her love for writing and the career of being a Photo Journalist just seems perfect. Makaelyn gets excited about the possibility of traveling and experiencing other cultures and sharing what she sees and hears through photographs and writing. She recognizes that reading and writing are two very important subjects that she needs to concentrate on in order to realize her dream. Studying those subjects are easy because they are two of her favorites! Makaelyn Kreitzer is definitely a top choice for January’s Student of the Month: Achievement Motivation: A young person is motivated to do well in school. Keep up the good work, Makaelyn, and perhaps one day we will see your work in magazines and newspapers!"
Congratulations to Makaelyn and all of our building students of the month. All student of the month representatives can be viewed by scrolling to the bottom of this page.
PARENT NOTIFICATION OF INCLEMENT WEATHER
Kinder Elementary School teacher Tracy Barnhart received a gift for each one of her fifth grade students. Her great-aunt, Donna McNutt who is 92 years of age, uses her knitting loom and over the past four to five years, has hand-made over 1,200 hats for her family and the area needy and homeless. She wanted to reach out to Mrs. Barnhart's students by providing them with hats as well.
It takes Mrs. McNutt approximately six hours to complete each hat. She keeps a journal of the colors of yarn she uses and where she sends each and every hat, keeping accurate count of each one. Now, a delivery of 23 to Kinder School Elementary has been added to her journal. The Kinder students were very excited to receive them and are working on a special thank you card for her.
Thank you Mrs McNutt!
BEAR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS WON A CONTEST SPONSORED BY VECTREN
Vectren and The National Energy Foundation sponsored an Energy Safe Kid Program at Bear Elementary School. After the presentation, the students were given information on how to enter a video contest. It was their chance to be movie producers. The class created a 90 second video which applied the concepts from Vectren's Energy Safe Kids classroom presentation. It also correlated with the Ohio Academic Standards in Science, Technology, and Language Arts. Fourth grade students, assisted by Mr. Eckhart, Mr. Snell and Ms. Mahoney, created props, a musical lyric, and some pretty good acting to put together this video. The theme was "call 811 before you dig."
The deadline for the contest was December 12 and since then the students have been waiting patiently for the announcement of the winners. On January 16, 2015 the answer from Vectren came. Bear Elementary School won 3rd place and a classroom grant for $500.00. That wasn't all the students won. We were also told by the representative from Vectren that Bear won the "Most Creative" prize which came along with another classroom grant of $350.00. A grand total of $850.00. The grant will be used to help pay their way to the State Capital in May!
CLASS OF 2018 & BEYOND GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
New graduation requirements will take effect with the Class of 2018. These are students who enter ninth grade for the first time in the 2014-2015 school year. The new requirements did not change the courses or number of course credits required for students to be eligible for graduation. The requirements changed the state testing process students will engage in during their high school career and the graduation points they will earn on seven end-of-course exams.
Students will take end-of-course exams in English 9, English 10, Algebra I, Geometry, Physical Science, American History and American Government. The end-of-course exams (EOCE) consist of two parts, one given 75% of the way through the school year and 90% of the way through the school year. Students will participate in the EOCE related to their currently enrolled courses. Read the full article here.
MHS OUTDOOR COMPLEX PROJECT INFORMATION
Miamisburg School District is seeking private donations to fund an outdoor complex and to renovate the high school campus. For more information, please click on this link. Remember to check back frequently for updates.
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MIAMISBURG EMPLOYEES "MAKE A DIFFERENCE"!
The Miamisburg City School District has an excellent staff. We want to recognize our staff's everyday accomplishments. Employees nominate a staff member who exemplify 40 Assets by supporting the healthy development of our students or a staff member who demonstrates Best Practices. Selected staff members are recognized at a board meeting, on this website, on the District calendar or in the Viking Voice. Throughout this school year, our community will be able to read about some of the things our staff do to "Make A Difference". Visit this site often to see our 2014-15 recipients.
Our most recent honorees include: Mark Twain Elementary teacher Lora Becker Jenks (nominated by Jennifer Noble) and Miamisburg School District Social Worker Sally Royer (nominated by Sandy Saunders). Thank you to all of our honorees for everything that they do for the Miamisburg City School District!
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