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District News & Events  
September 15, 2016

THE STATE REPORT CARD - WHAT IT DOES AND DOESN'T SHOW

This year's state report cards are a reflection of new assessments with new indicators, and we'll take our time deciphering what the results mean. The state has openly shared that school districts across the state have experienced a dip in performance due to these new, higher benchmarks. 

But while all other districts have been placed in “safe harbor” to give students and schools time to adjust to the new standards and tests, current legislation places Lorain City Schools under Academic Distress. The old law has not kept pace with the  increased rigor of these assessments.  Therefore, this year’s dip in test scores are more critical then ever in Lorain - they indicate that we are now eligible for a CEO. That's a difficult consequence to accept. Especially when we are outperforming some districts. 

Regardless our results on the new report card, we believe that academics is just one aspect of education. We are more than our test scores. We are our people. And Lorain is filled with wonderful, caring educators, support staff, families and community members working every day to help our students to achieve. 

We have a solid plan, and evidence of student growth on alternate state-approved vendor assessments. The state report card does not define us, it informs the decisions that we make. And we will continue to stay the course.

Sincerely,

Dr. Jeff Graham, Superintendent

NEW DATES FOR LORAIN HIGH OPEN HOUSE AND COMMUNITY CELEBRATIONS
The Lorain City Schools invites you to attend the new Lorain High School Community Open House Celebrations rescheduled for September 15, 16 and 17. Click here for full details.

PARENTS OF 7th GRADERS: TITAN COLLEGE INFO NIGHTS THIS WEEK
Did you know? Lorain City Schools Middle School students can begin earning college credit in the 7th grade through Titan College!

◦ Titan College can help cut college costs in half!

◦ Tuition-free learning – through a partnership with Lorain County Community College.

◦ Cost-saving college credits – let students reduce tuition bills later, even earn a 2-year Associate’s degree by the time they graduate high school.

Click here for information night dates and full details!

MAKE YOUR MARK ON THE NEW HIGH SCHOOL
Want to leave your mark on the new Lorain High School while supporting student scholarships through the LCS Endowment Fund? Businesses, organizations, families and individuals can sponsor a classroom or main area of the new building. Learn more...
MERCY SCHOOL-BASED HEALTH CARE IS HERE!
Mercy is now providing health and wellness services right in the Lorain City Schools - making it more convenient than ever for parents to make sure their kids stay healthy! Reminder: students MUST have a signed consent form to receive these services.
 
Schedule an appointment: 440-370-5446  

 
FREE PARENTING PROGRAM STARTS SEPTEMBER 20
Ohio Guidestone offers FREE parenting programs! Learn new positive parenting strategies for managing behaviors, increasing positive family relationships, and supporting your children's development. Dinner and child care provided. Learn more...
LCCC LEARNING CENTER AT LORAIN HIGH SCHOOL
Lorain County Community College is now registering adults in the community for classes at the LCCC Learning Center located at the new Lorain High School. Click here to get started.

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