Dear Families of Whitehall City Schools,
It’s been a fast and furious first couple months of the school year! Our students are working hard and are beginning to be recognized for their hard work both collectively and individually. Great things are happening and these are exciting times, to be sure!
- We completed our new turf field and locker room project at Mike Ferguson Field at WYHS Stadium. This new facility will be something our athletes and band members can benefit from and surely be proud of for years to come!
- Construction on our new wing at Rosemore Middle School is scheduled for spring of 2020.
- Our award winning vocal and instrumental music programs are again some of the finest programs in Ohio. I would encourage you to attend one of the many performances scheduled throughout the fall and winter months.
- Through a post-secondary advisory organization in our high school called I Know I Can, the vision of college for our students has greatly improved.
o 59% of the 2019 senior class (last year) submitted two or more college applications.
o 58% completed the FAFSA (an increase of 10.5%).
o 55% took 2 or more college entrance exams.
I feel it’s important to maintain a level of transparency with our community members. This helps strengthen our school district’s relationship with our residents and stakeholders. With that in mind, we are coming to the end of our 5-year continuous improvement plan (CIP), Achieve 2020. We are currently in the beginning stages of planning and writing our new 5-year CIP to help guide our efforts starting next school year. Some of you have been called upon to give us feedback on our students, our community, and goals you have for both. You may be called upon again in the very near future as we continue this process.
On a final note, I would like to issue a sincere ‘thank you’ to all parents and family members for your continued patience with our drop-off and pick-up procedures at the schools. I think we’re at a pretty good spot as far as getting children safely to and from school. Again, thank you for your cooperation during these times. We will likely need that patience again when construction at Rosemore Middle School begins.
Brian D. Hamler