District Receives Grade

By Gary Budzak - gbudzak@aimmediamidwest.com

District Receives Grade

The Ohio Department of Education has issued its new School Report Cards, and Big Walnut Local earned an overall B grade.

The grade was based on up to ten measures and six components. By component, the district received an A for graduation rates; B for students making progress; B for Gap Closing expectations; C for achievement on state tests; C for Improving at-risk K-3 Readers; and a D on Prepared for Success (the latter was a common grade for most districts statewide).

These were the overall grades for each school in the district: Big Walnut Elementary, A; Big Walnut Middle School, B; Hylen Souders Elementary School, B; Big Walnut High School, C; Big Walnut Intermediate School, C; General Rosecrans Elementary, C; and Harrison Street Elementary School, C.

By comparison, here is other nearby districts fared: Buckeye Valley Local, B; Columbus City, F; Delaware City, C; Dublin City, B; Hilliard City, C; Johnstown-Monroe Local, C; New Albany Plain Local, A; Olentangy Local, B; Westerville City, C; Worthington City, B.

“This year’s report cards show improvement in districts in every corner of the state, at all levels of wealth, large and small, urban, rural and everything in between,” said Paolo DeMaria, superintendent of public instruction, in a statement.

Big Walnut High School

This was homecoming week with theme days, hallway decorations, a pep rally, parade and more with the football game on Friday and the dance today.

Also, CONGRATULATIONS to this year’s Homecoming Court:

Freshman Attendants: Peyton Deverso and Kolin McKee

Sophomore Attendants: Emily Gordon and Sean Acree

Junior Attendants: Jordanne Krajewski and Gabe Mexicott

Senior King Candidates: Leif Anderson, Anthony Cunningham, and Chris Sabo

Senior Queen Candidates: Grace Bodker, Laurel Erick, and Adelee Gartner

BWHS and Columbus East High School had a student exchange on Sept. 21, with BW students visiting East. The PSAT, given to 10th and 11th graders, will be on Wednesday, October 10. The end of the first quarter is Oct. 17.

Big Walnut Middle School

This was Spirit Week with the Homecoming Parade and Festivities on Friday. Here is the list of the BWMS Spirit Days: Monday PJs; Tuesday Color War, with 7th Red, 8th Grade Black; Wednesday Twin day; Thursday Dress to Impress (Formal) or Unimpress (mismatch); Friday was Spirit Day.

The students in Global Citizenship have decided to come together to collect supplies for the people impacted by Hurricane Florence. They have created flyers, announcements & they have put the word out. Please consider donating!

Big Walnut Intermediate School

For Spirit Week, the kids wore comfy clothes Monday, Team Color Tuesday, Wear it Well Wednesday, Rally for Ally (blue and gold) on Thursday; and BW garb Friday. Their parade theme was Adventure is Out There (from the film Up).

Big Walnut Elementary

For Homecoming week, kiddos dressed in PJs Monday; Tuesday was Crazy sock day; Wednesday Hat day; Thursday Spirit day; and Friday BWE Shines above the Line day.

General Rosecrans Elementary

The school’s homecoming theme is “The GREatest School” and the float will be decorated circus style. Students were encouraged to dress like clowns or other circus performers to go along with our float’s theme! Families joining may dress up too or wear red and gold to show their Eagle Pride! Bringing candy to throw was optional.

Harrison Street Elementary School

The kids outfits for Homecoming Week was: PJ day Monday; Tuesday Crazy Hat & Sock Day; Wednesday Superhero Day; Thursday Dress for Success Day; Friday American Hero or Eagle Pride Day.

Hylen Souders Elementary School

Students district-wide had no school on Sept. 17 for fair day at the Delaware County Fair, but for staff, it was a professional development day. Principal Matt Cox wrote,Monday our staff took part in full day professional development. We are always trying to improve our practices. Teachers spent the morning looking at our technology programs and learning how to use those programs more effectively. In the afternoon, we looked at grade level standards for math and language arts. Our teachers looked not only at their own standards, but grade levels above and below. We believe this will help us better meet the needs of all our students. While we always want more time with the students, we also value time working together to better meet the needs of our kids.”


By Gary Budzak