Superintendent's Update - Friday, September 22nd 2017

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Dear Families,

Each August, our students and staff return to school to uphold the Perkins Promise — to empower our students to pursue their dreams and achieve success. We believe that a productive measure of a child’s learning is a myriad of metrics that present a holistic view of a child’s growth. Therefore, PLSD recommends that the state of Ohio also consider including local measures of a child’s performance regarding the six Cs: critical thinking, communication, collaboration, culture, creativity, and connectivity. Additionally, our hope is that the state of Ohio will concentrate on securing an equitable state-funding model because our district has lost millions of state dollars over a ten-year period.


This being said, state testing is one metric that provides information regarding our district’s academic health. Our dedicated, professional staff analyzes multiple data points to determine what more we need to know to meet our Perkins Promise and ensure our students grow into productive citizens. Their teaching talents and skills ensure each child is improving each and every day. We are encouraged to see growth in our students’ scores due to increased academic rigor in our universally designed classrooms.  Once again, our students grew exponentially: a district is required to earn 2.0 to receive an A, and PLSD’s growth score is 24! The following is a summary of our growth and corresponding teaching and learning initiatives that support student achievement.


The Perkins Local School District Progress Chart

Value Added/Growth Measures

Earned straight As in 4 areas

  • Teacher-based-teams focusing on universally designed lessons
  • High expectations for all children in a growth mindset culture
  • Increase cognitive demand in classrooms

Early Literacy

Improved to a

C rating

  • Language Essentials for Teaching Reading and Spelling grant
  • Teacher designed balanced literacy framework
  • Diagnostic assessment data to target reading instruction

Performance Indicators

Improved in 15/24 measures

  • K-12 vertically aligned writing rubrics
  • Staff professional learning opportunities
  • Assessments aligned to learning standards

Gap Closing

Doubled student performance

  • Universally designed co-teaching model
  • Equitable access to rigorous & relevant curriculum
  • AP potential data to drive instruction for all 8th-11th graders

Performance Index

Increased by

3 points

  • Problem-based learning strategies across core curricula
  • Personalized learning programs to engage learners
  • Building leadership teams analyzing data

Gifted building measures

Met 3 out of 4 school ratings

  • Newly designed gifted model
  • Extended learning opportunities
  • Gifted coordinator guidance and support

Financial growth

ODE fiscal caution status removed

  • 6.9-operating levy passed to stabilize finances
  • Federal Impact Aid Grant award
  • One million dollars spending reduction


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Founders Day is September 30

The Third Annual Perkins Township Founders Day Celebration will be held at Strickfaden Park, 318 Bell Avenue, on September 30 from 1-4 pm. The event, co-sponsored by Perkins Township and Friends of Perkins Township, features music, refreshments, organization displays, and OHgo’s “Kindness Run” a one-half mile fun run with proceeds benefitting the community and schools.



Bullying Prevention starts at home

The Erie County and Huron County Sheriff’s Offices have teamed up to sponsor Parents: Defeat Bullying on the Home Front. Speaker Josh Drean provides strategies for parents to tackle bullying while fostering positive connections with their teens.



Calendar change approved

The Board of Education has approved a revision to this year’s school calendar. Two professional development days were added for our staff. Students will not attend on the following days due to the staff inservice:

                Monday, November 27                 Tuesday, February 20



Attendance is a Community Matter

As your family is an important part of the community at large, your child is a consequential piece of the classroom community. Not only does your child miss out on crucial lessons and connections with classmates, but the classroom community is fragmented when all members are not present. While there are valid instances when students need to be out of school, such as due to illness, we urge you to refrain from removing your child from school for reasons that are not emergent, such as vacation. If you must schedule during the school year, an Application for Waiver of Compulsory Attendancemust be completed and turned in to the building principals two weeks in advance of the date for which approval is requested. This process is in response to HB 410, detailed in the September 1 newsletter about Attendance Awareness Month.



Upcoming Dates

September 30, 2017 – Founders Day – Strickfaden Park, 1-4 pm

October 7, 2017 – Northcoast Band Competition, PHS Stadium

October 13, 2017 – No School

Until Next week,

A Photo of Jodie HausmannJodie Hausmann's Signature

   Jodie Hausmann

Perkins Local School District
3714 Campbell St.
Sandusky, Ohio 44870
(419) 625-0484

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