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Reading Community City School District | February 2020

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Central Elementary Named High Progress School of Honor

Reading Central Elementary received the 2019 High Progress School of Honor from the Ohio Department of Education for achieving high performance, outstanding progress, and momentum for students. The Schools of Honor program recognizes schools that have sustained high achievement and substantial progress while serving a significant number of economically disadvantaged students. Central Elementary ranked in the 90th percentile or higher of statewide gains in English language arts and math performance for schools with more than 40% of its student population who are economically disadvantaged.

“I am so proud of the teachers, aides, and support staff who devote themselves to growing students, themselves, and our educational practices each and every day,” shared Susan Fraley, Principal, Reading Intermediate School. Fraley was principal of Central Elementary before Central and Hilltop merged to one campus this school year.

“Your school has accomplished this over the last five years. That’s an extraordinary achievement,” said Paolo DeMaria, Superintendent of Public Instruction. “You’ve shown administrators, teachers, and families who have high expectations and consistently support their students can enable children from every background to achieve academically. Together, you are opening a world of opportunities for your students and building an exciting legacy for your community.”

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National School Counselors Week

National School Counseling Week is celebrated from February 3-7, 2020. We are so grateful for our school counselors who go above and beyond to support our Reading students in so many ways!

Reading High School - Teri Bemmes and Ronda Eisenhard

Reading Primary School - Sarah Blair

Reading Intermediate School - Tom Snyder

Reading Middle School - Leslie Salerno

Retirees Come Back to Visit New School

On January 24, the district welcomed back the retirees from Reading Schools. More than 40 of our former staff members returned to visit and tour our new school. It was so great to reconnect and show off our beautiful new building!

Preschool Open House and Registration

Reading's preschool is a 5-day a week, full and half-day program that follows the same school calendar as Reading Elementary. Due to the popularity of this program, a lottery will be held for preschool registration. Registration closes on Friday, February 7, at 3 p.m.

All children must be 3 years of age on or before September 30, 2020, to enter the lottery. Four-year-olds will have priority in the lottery.

For more information about the lottery and registration, go to the district website at To learn more, click here.

Thanks, Reading Elementary PTO for Wonderful Snowflake Dance

A big shout out to the Reading Elementary PTO for putting on a wonderful event for our girls and their special guests on Saturday, February 1. The Snowflake Dance was a huge success! The PTO did a wonderful job transforming our cafetorium into a beautiful winter wonderland and making it such a special night.

Reading Teacher Selected to Present at Conference

We are proud of Reading Elementary School teacher Jordan Meehan who has been chosen to present at the 2020 Southwest Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics (SWOCTM) Annual Mini-Conference that will be held on February 29. Mr. Meehan will be presenting on Building Fluency Through Number Talks.

Reading Bowlers CHL Champs!

Congratulations to the Reading High School boys bowling team who won the CHL title for the first time in school history! So far this season, they have broken three school records. Reading also had two Enquirer bowlers of the week.

Fall All Stars Named

The Enquirer recently announced its 2019 Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky High School Fall All-Stars. Congratulations to the following Reading athletes who were recognized:


First Team: Tanner Cromer, Reading

HM: Zach Barker;


First Team: Erin Androne, Emma Phelps

Second Team: Kyla Hackman

Boys Soccer

HM: Kyle Smith

Girls Soccer

First Team: Olivia Simpson, Payton Koebbe

Second Team: Ally Sands

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Spirit Wear on Sale Through February 23

Quality Sports has opened a Reading Blue Devil Spring Spirit Wear shop. Go Blue Devils! Deadline to order: Sunday, February 23, 2020 (11:59pm EST)

February Reading High School Guidance Corner

  • Friday, February 7 is Teacher Talk Day at RHS. Teachers will recommend courses for students for next year. Please sign and return your student's Course Selection Sheet with them as soon as possible.
  • Second Quarter Honor Roll students will be honored at a dinner Monday, February 10, at 6 p.m. in the cafetorium. Invitations were sent via email. Please RSVP for this.
  • Counselors will meet with current 8th-grade students for individual scheduling on Tuesday, February 11 and Wednesday, February 12.
  • Jostens will be delivering Graduation Announcements on Wednesday, February 12 before school in the Cafetorium.
  • Guidance Counselors will be at Scarlet Oaks on Wednesday, February 12 at the beginning of the day to bubble ACT sheets.
  • Counselors will meet with current 11th-grade students for individual scheduling on Friday, February 21 and Monday, February 24.
  • ALL Juniors will take the ACT on Tuesday, February 25 at Reading High School.
  • Counselors will meet with current 10th-grade students for individual scheduling on Thursday, February 27 and Friday, February 28.
  • Counselors will meet with current 9th-grade students for individual scheduling on Tuesday, March 3 and Wednesday, March 4.
  • Spring Conference Day will be from 7:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 12. Scheduling information will be sent out soon.

Reading's Superintendent Interviews to Begin

The Reading Board of Education will be interviewing superintendent candidates in February to replace Chuck LaFata, who will be retiring from the district in July 2020.

In December, OSBA conducted six focus groups to gather feedback for our next Superintendent. These sessions were well attended and provided excellent input to the Board of Education and the qualities that our school community desires in our next leader.

There were common themes that were shared with the Board from the focus groups about what our school community desires in our next leader:

  • Being a strong communicator
  • Having a willingness to build connections to the community
  • Creating a more unified culture in our new school
  • Integrating technology to enhance opportunities for teaching and learning.

Timeline for the search:

  • February 11-13, 2020 - Interviews begin
  • February 24, 2020 - Second round interviews
  • March 2020 - Board action to employ
  • August 1, 2020 - Employment begins

District Calendar of Events

February 17 - President’s Day – No School

March 12 Conferences – No School for Students

March 20 - End of Quarter

Click here for the 2019-2020 Calendar