This week marks Staff Appreciation Week in the Ross Local School District. The Board of Education wishes to thank each staff member for touching the lives of our students in a positive way. The Ross Community is fortunate to have such a dedicated and caring group of individuals working with our children. Special activities have been planned in each Ross school building to celebrate our outstanding staff members.
The Ohio Facilities Construction Commission announced that Turner Construction has been selected as the Construction Management firm for the Morgan Elementary Renovation Project. The firm last worked with the Ross Local School District on the construction of the new high school. Turner has extensive school building construction experience. Together with the architect on the project, SHP Leading Design, their selection should assure a quality team of design and construction professionals working on Morgan Elementary.
The Ross Local School District is pleased to announce that on March 12, 2013, Jennifer Noxsel
was recognized by the Ohio School Board Association Southwest Region as the
Faculty Member of the Year. Considering that the Southwest Region is comprised
of seven counties in southwest Ohio, this is an extremely prestigious honor.
Jennifer was introduced by Ross Board of Education member Ed Bosse at a dinner/meeting and received a plaque.
Jennifer has been responsible for
developing a highly successful FIRST Lego League Robotics program at
School. FIRST is an acronym for For Inspiration and
Recognition of Science and Technology. At FIRST Lego League (FLL) tournaments
teams pit their robots against each other on a mission playing field in an arena
complete with an emcee, music, and screaming fans. It’s all friendly
competition, with an emphasis on learning and discovery rather than winning.
Jennifer began the program at
School five years ago with one team and an interest
in technology as it relates to communication skills. As a speech pathologist she
had a concern about how technology is impacting our students with regard to
interpersonal communication skills, abstract thinking, and attention span. The
FIRST Lego League challenges team members in all of these areas.
Over the past five years,
Jennifer conducted four robotics programming summer camps and has hosted three
FLL Regional Robotics Tournaments at
School. The school now has five robotics teams with
over 40 student members. Volunteer coaches and mentors include parents,
community members, and high school students. They share engineering and
technical expertise with the middle school students. Several community
businesses provide financial support to the robotics program. Due to the
experience gained in the FLL program at the middle school level, our high school
has now started a robotics program.
In summary, Jennifer Noxsel has
had a large impact on the Ross Schools Community. Her effort in starting a
robotics program has made STEM learning fun
for our students. She is to be commended for her vision and effort on behalf of
the students of the Ross
The Ross Local School District recently received word that Elda Elementary School and Ross Middle School received LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver Certification from the United States Green Building Council. The two buildings which received extensive renovations over the past two years, qualified for the award due to the many energy saving features incorporated into the buildings' materials and systems. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council in 2000 through a consensus based process, LEED serves as a tool for buildings of all types and sizes. LEED certification is third-party validation of a building’s performance. LEED certified projects blend environmental, economic, and occupant-oriented performance. They cost less to operate and maintain;
are energy- and water-efficient; are healthier and safer for occupants; and are a physical demonstration of the values of the organizations that own and occupy them. Superintendent Greg Young remarks that, "This certification demonstrates the school district's commitment to providing our taxpayers energy efficient buildings which are healthier for our students and staff and also protect our environment." For more information: www.usgbc.org.
January is School Board Recognition Month and schools and communities across Ohio are thanking board members for their dedicated service. The Ross Local School District is fortunate to be led by five individuals who are dedicated to making sure our community has an effective and efficient school system. We appreciate the work of David Brown, president; Steve Stitsinger, vice-president; Edward Bosse; Glenda Holt; and John McCandless.
The Ohio Facilities Construction Commission intends to employ a Construction Manager at Risk for the Ross Local School District, Morgan Elementary Renovation Project. Firms interested in being considered for a contract to provide the required services should reply with a statement of qualifications by Friday, February 8, 2013 at 4:00 pm. For further information about the scope of work, proposal requirements, and evaluation process, please contact the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission, 30 W. Spring St., 4th Floor, Columbus, Ohio 43215, (614) 466-6290, or on the web at http://osfc.ohio.gov/.16028686.
The Ross Local School District is now accepting bids for a new 77 passenger school bus. To access the bid information click on the Departments tab above and then click the Transportation link on the drop down menu. Bids will be opened on December 14, 2012, at 9:00 am in the Office of the Treasurer at 3371 Hamilton Cleves Rd., Hamilton, OH 45013.
The long awaited district and school ratings for the 2011 - 2012 school year were released October 17th by the Ohio Department of Education. The Ross Local School District once again received the state's highest rating of Excellent with Distinction. This mark's the fifth consecutive year that the district has received this rating. The Performance Index has consistently improved each year with the current rating of 106.3 a historical high for the district. The district also met the required Adequate Yearly Progress benchmark for the No Child Left Behind Act and had Above Average growth in its Value Added Measure. In addition, district earned a historical high graduation rate of 97.2%. Superintendent Greg Young stated, " This rating is a direct reflection of our hard working students, dedicated staff, exemplary leadership and supportive community".
Mr. Gregory Young, Superintendent of
the Ross Local
School District, was recently honored by the
Buckeye Association of School Administrators at its Fall Conference in Columbus,
Ohio. He was named the 2012 Exemplary
Educator for Region Six which includes nine counties in southwest Ohio.
The award is given annually to a superintendent in each region of Ohio
to recognize outstanding educational leadership which has resulted in the
enhancement and improvement of educational opportunities for elementary and
secondary students. In naming Mr. Young for this award, BASA cited his “high
expectations for building leaders and teachers and a no-nonsense approach to
providing every student a high quality education”. The Ross
School District has consistently
maintained the Ohio Department of Education’s highest rating of Excellent with
Distinction under his leadership. Mr. Young has also led the district through a
multi-year, multi-building facilities improvement plan. Currently serving his
fourth year as superintendent of the 2,900 student district, Mr. Young was also
the district’s assistant superintendent for seven years and a high school
administrator in the district for thirteen years.
At approximately 11:30 am on Friday, 9/14, the Ross Schools
District Office Building, Ross Middle School and Ross High School were put on
lock down due to gun fire being reported on adjoining property behind the District
Office Building. The Ross Township Police and Butler County Sheriff's Office
discovered several individuals target shooting on the property behind the
building. One bullet came through a window in the District Office Building, ricocheted off a wall and landed on a secretary's desk. The lockdown lasted approximately 20 minutes while the police agencies
investigated and apprehended the individuals responsible.
All staff members are to
be commended for taking prompt and appropriate action in this situation.