Winton Woods Superintendent Anthony G. Smith talked about student opportunities, district accomplishments, construction updates and project-based learning at the State of the Schools address. While Smith said that the district’s report card for 2017-2018 will not be available from the Ohio Department of Education until mid-September, he assured parents and community members that educational reform, with a growth focus on academic achievement for all students, was firmly in place throughout the district.
“We are dedicated to creating an educational framework that is centered around all students reaching their highest potential,” said Smith. “This includes creating programs that will support our students to be their best so they can perform at their best.” He mentioned the mobile bus program “Nutrition is the Mission” that distributed more than 17,000 nutritious meals to students during the summer and other student impactful events like the Warrior Rally. This is an annual clap-in event where students in kindergarten through grade eight are greeted by groups of professionals, alumni and community members outside of school entrances to cheer and encourage students as they arrive on the first day of school.
One of the new exciting opportunities to come for the district includes a brick garden to grow vegetables and a “Nutrition is the Mission” cookbook. “You can give students vegetables but we also want to show them what to do with them,” said Smith. “Through this garden and cookbook, we will provide opportunities for students to grow vegetables, and learn how to prepare healthy and tasty meals.”
Smith provided updates on the upcoming construction of the two new facilities—a K-6 campus in Greenhills and a 7-12 campus in Forest Park. Construction should begin late September or early October, with a target of Spring 2021 to be in the buildings. In addition to the two new campuses, the Superintendent discussed the creation of a Preschool Village on the current site of Winton Woods Intermediate School, as the district’s future preschool program site. The preschool recently earned a five-star top rating from the State of Ohio. We are currently at capacity. We are working diligently to provide the necessary space for our future Wee Warriors.
Smith shared five myths of project-based learning (PBL) followed by clear informative PBL truths. Other highlights of the one-hour presentation included Winton Woods City Schools feature on the cover of Cincy Magazine’s Top Schools edition, a one-page article in the publication and Winton Woods Intermediate teacher Kamaria Martin being selected as a recipient for an outstanding educator award. Smith also announced the date for the annual Night of Freedom event at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center that is slated to take place on March 7, 2019.
“Winton Woods City Schools will continue to create opportunities for all students to ensure they are future ready,” said Smith. To access the video recording of WWCS spring State of the Schools address, go to www.wintonwoods.org/state-of-the-schools.