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From the Desk of the Superintendent 3/21/17

Testing. Testing. Testing. It seems like all we do is testing. Why are we testing so much? Simply stated, we test students to determine if they are learning what is being taught to them. Some of the testing is required by law whether from the Federal Government or the State and we often refer to these tests as “High Stakes Tests.” We also test along the way to determine how well we are preparing our students for the required high stakes tests. Testing has been a hot button topic for several years and one that should be carefully watched by all families and educators alike. As your superintendent I have the privilege of representing the USV community at regional and state meetings to learn and discuss our concerns over testing too much. I sit on the Buckeye Association of School Administrators – Committee of Higher Education; the Northwest/West Central Ohio Public School Advocacy Network (which is comprised of 50 superintendents from 12 Northwest Ohio counties); and the Northwest Ohio Association of School Administrators. Recently we have met to express our concerns regarding state requirements and the new federal ESSA plan (Every Student Succeeds Act) and recommendations to members of the State Board of Education and Senator Hite.

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Spring Picture Day
Spring pictures will be on March 16th.  You can order online at and use the picture day ID of AW026540Y0. 
Kindergarten Registration
The Upper Scioto Valley kindergarten registration for the 2017-2018 school year will be held on Friday, March 24 and Monday, March 27 at the Upper Scioto Valley Local School, McGuffey, Ohio. Please call 419-757-3231 extension 4, before March 16, 2016, to register your child for the kindergarten screening.  
Job Posting

The following fall supplemental positions are available for the 2017-2018 school year. Interested and qualified employees are to respond in writing to the office of the high school principal and superintendent’s office before the close of business March 3, 2017.

Jr. High Athletic Director
Asst. Football Coach
Junior High Football Coach
Head Volleyball Coach
Asst. Volleyball Coach
Junior High Volleyball Coach
Golf Coach
Cross Country
High School Football Cheerleader Advisor
Junior High Football Cheerleader Advisor
Summer Weight Room
1st Semester Weight Room
Pep Band

All coaching positions must obtain a pupil activity permit.

Please note the Athletic Director and Head Football Coach supplementals were posted at an earlier date.  
Proposed School Calendar for 2017-2018

The Board of Education will take public comment for the proposed 2017-2018 school calendar at the Monday, March 13, 2017 regular scheduled board meeting.

The school calendar will be based on days of instruction, as listed. The length of the school day will be 182 days, and an instructional day of 7 hours per day. The hours of instruction may total up to 1,281 for the school year.

The school year will begin August 14th for teachers, and August 16th for students, with the end of the year being May 24th.

This pronouncement, along with a copy of the calendar to be adopted, is based in part on Ohio State law 3313.48.

If you have any questions regarding the school calendar, or any comment, please contact the superintendent’s office at 419-757-4451, so we can gather any thoughts on this issue.
Proposed Calendar for 2017-2018 

Federal Funding
Upper Scioto Valley receives federal funds to support student learning and to improve academic opportunities and academic success for our children.

This past fiscal year, we spent these federal funds, called Title Funds, on the following:
   IDEA-B (516) – Special Education
   IDEA (587) - Early Childhood Special Education

These funds are spent on our behalf by the Midwest Regional Educational Service Center as part of a consortium to serve Upper Scioto Valley and other local district students.

As our administration and staff plan for next year’s use of these funds, if you have any ideas regarding their use, please contact elementary principal Mr. Schneider, 7-12 principal Mr. Hurley, to give your opinion. We will also have public input at our Monday, March 13, 2017 Board of Education Meeting.
Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent teacher conferences will be held on Febreuary 13th and February 15th from 3:30pm to 6:45pm.  Please fill out this form if you have a middle school or high school student or call the high schools office at 419-757-3231.
Cheerleading Clinics

Join the USV Cheerleaders and Coach for


ANYONE is encouraged to join us! Clinic is for ladies and gentlemen!

Kindergarten through grades 6

Clinics will be Monday through Thursday

January 23-26, 2017 from 3:30-5:00PM

in the USV auditoria/cafeteria area

With performance at the Jan. 28th Varsity Boys Game

Registration due by Wed., Jan. 18th  

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