Welcome to the Ross Local School District's Web Site. I hope you will find the information you are seeking with regard to our outstanding school district. The Ross School District has consistently earned high ratings on the Ohio Department of Education District Report Card. The ratings for 2015 will be delayed, however, until December due to the need for the Ohio Department of Education to set cut scores for the new state assessments. In recent years our district has received all A and B grades on the major components of the report card and we expect this trend to continue. These ratings are a testament not only to the outstanding individuals who work with our children each day, but also to the parents and other community members who support our schools in many ways. The Ross School District is blessed to have hard working students, committed staff members, exemplary administrators, and a supportive community. It takes everyone working together to achieve this high level of recognition. Let’s continue the trend in the 2015 – 2016 school year!
Our staff has worked diligently to prepare for the new Ohio learning standards and assessments that have been put in place over the past several years. The new state assessments will be much more rigorous for our students than the past state tests and will be conducted online. Our teachers have written new courses of study for each subject area to reflect the new standards. We have also upgraded our internet connection and installed wireless access points in every classroom in the district to prepare for the online testing. Information from the Ohio Department of Education indicates that the passing percentages on the new state assessments are anticipated to be lower than those in the past. I assure you that the Ross educational team will do everything in their power to have our students prepared to do their very best on the assessments.
The district will continue to establish a 21st Century learning experience for our students in the coming school year through the award of a Straight A Fund Grant from the Ohio Department of Education in the amount of $949,987. This grant titled Personalization through Digital Age Teaching and Learning provides every student in grades 5-12 a Chromebook laptop computer. Learning will be transformed through student utilization of digital resources to provide a more personalized online learning experience. In addition, formative assessments will be used by teachers to select resources and activities based on student's identified needs. Reductions in spending for textbooks, paper, copier and printer maintenance, along with the need to no longer maintain general use computer labs will provide funds to purchase new devices every four years. The use of the Chromebooks in grades 5 - 12 has allowed us to move devices from the middle school to our elementary schools, so that every third and fourth grade student will also have constant access to a computer during the school day.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns regarding any aspect of the operation of the Ross Local School District, do not hesitate to contact me. I pledge to return your call or email within 24 hours. I wish you and your children a very successful 2015 – 2016 school year. I look forward to seeing each of you at building and district events.
Superintendent of Schools
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The Ross Local School District has consistently achieved excellent ratings due to the dedication of staff and students and support of the community.