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Reading Community City School District | November 2019

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Reading Officially Dedicates New School

Reading School District held its official dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony of our new PK-12 school on Thursday, November 7. The program featured several speakers including Nathan Jones, Project Manager from OFCC; Reading senior, Nate Grant; and Reading Middle School teacher Mark Griffen. Nate and Mr. Griffen did an outstanding job of sharing what this new school means to our Reading students, teachers, staff, and community.

The program also featured performances from our talented choir and band and was capped off by the ribbon cutting by students who represented each grade level from kindergarten through seniors. The ribbon was cut by two seniors, symbolic of the first class who will graduate from the new school, and a kindergarten student to represent the first class to go all the way through the new school.

Thank you to the Reading Community for making this beautiful building a reality! A video of the full program will be posted online.

Reading Schools to Honor Local Veterans

Reading Community City School District will be holding its annual Veterans Day Breakfast on Monday, November 11, 2019, 810 E. Columbia Avenue.

Veteran’s Day Program
8:00 a.m. - Breakfast multi-purpose room

9:00 a.m. - Ceremony honoring our veterans in cafeteria (grades 9-12)

10:00 a.m. - Veterans visit classrooms

In addition, students are asked to please wear the following colors next week in honor of our Veterans.

Monday-wear RED, WHITE, and BLUE to show our support for our visiting veterans.

Tuesday- wear YELLOW. The Yellow Ribbon has been used for over 100 years to show

support of those in the armed forces.

Wednesday-wear RED which signifies hardiness and valor.

Thursday-wear WHITE which signifies purity and innocence.

Friday-wear BLUE which signifies vigilance, perseverance, and justice.

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Board Conducts Superintendent Search; Looking for Community Feedback

At the Reading Board of Education's Special meeting held on October 21, 2019, the Board discussed the search for a new superintendent. Chuck LaFata, who has served as superintendent of the Reading Community City School District since 2016, will be retiring from the district in July 2020.

The Board has selected the Ohio School Board Association (OSBA) to manage this search process for the Board. To date, the Board has been working with OSBA in drafting materials for marketing and recruitment of candidates. It is the Board's intent to include stakeholder input in the process.

On December 2, OSBA will be holding focus groups to hear feedback from staff, community leaders, parents, and community members. The focus group is open to the community and will be held on Monday, December 2, at 7 p.m. in the Reading High School cafeteria. This feedback will help the board to develop a profile of the ideal candidate.

Reading's superintendent search will be launched in December and interviews will be conducted in January and February. The Board expects to hire the candidate in March with the new superintendent beginning his or her official duties on August 1, 2020.

Reading Teacher Receives State Honors

On October 15, Mr. Andy Janig was honored as the Ohio Council for Social Studies Secondary Teacher of the Year. He received his award at the OCSS Conference in Dublin, Ohio.

Mr. Janig is known for his hard work, enthusiasm, and ability to connect with students. He is also considered one of the top Ohio Mock Trial teachers in the state.

Each year, OCSS awards the Outstanding Social Studies Teacher to honor social studies educators who demonstrate outstanding dedication, skill, intelligence, and caring in the practice of their art.

Pictured presenting the award to Mr. Janig is Jim O’Connor, a 1983 Reading High School graduate. O'Connor is the current vice president of the Ohio Council for Social Studies.

Reading Teachers and Students Embrace New Learning Spaces

Reading teachers and students of all ages love the extended learning areas in our new school. Here's what they have to say about the ELAs...
Reading School District's Extended Learning Areas

Sculpture Class Creates Unique Mosaic

Reading High School art teacher Laura Freese had her sculpture students complete a really cool project. Students created a mosaic of the district logo out of Rubik's cubes.

The sculpture, which took two weeks to complete, is made from a total of 400 Rubik's cubes! Each student had to complete at least 25 cubes each on the mosaic.

Freese borrowed the Rubik's cubes through the company's lending program. They shipped the cubes at no cost and we can keep them for 6 weeks. Unfortunately, Reading's masterpiece will only be around for another two weeks. Students will have to take apart the mosaic and ship the Rubik's cubes back!

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November RHS Guidance Corner

  • Report cards will be mailed home Friday, November 8.

  • Conference day is Thursday, November 14 from 7:30 AM - 7 PM.

  • Picture retake day for RHS is Tuesday, November 19.

  • There will be a 9-10th grade parent meeting Wednesday, December 11th at 6:30 p.m.

  • Scarlet Oaks will visit our Sophomores at RHS on December 13.
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