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Thank you for visiting Archbold Area Schools’ website.  We hope that through this experience you are able to get a sample of our wonderful facilities, technology, and varied educational offerings. Our pride in our school system and our community is reflected by our staff and students in all that we do.  We strive daily to meet our district mission - The Archbold Area Schools are committed to the pursuit of continuous improvement in the quality of education that stresses teamwork, integrity, the dignity of the individual, and a desire to make a positive difference in the greater community. Through the cooperative efforts of parents, teachers, students, and community members, an environment will be established where students have the opportunity to develop a Joy for Learning and an appreciation for the principles which will improve their Quality of Life.

I am proud to be the Superintendent of this school system, we have excellent teachers and outstanding students.  We will make it our goal to get better each day as we chase greatness!

Go Bluestreaks!

Aaron M. Rex
Superintendent

Welcome Back!

We are excited to have our students back in the buildings for the start of the 2017-2018 school year!  It has been a smooth start to the year and I want to thank our staff and community for a great first few weeks.

As school is now underway I hope that you are finding a routine and getting adjusted to all of the activities that come along with the start of school.  Our fall sporting teams are off to a great start and we are expecting much success.  We closed last year as All-Sports Champs in both boys and girls sports and look to be competitive again this year.

We have adopted a new school mission statement of "Preparing the Leaders of Tomorrow".  We are excited about this mission and believe that everything that we do prepares our students to be a leader in some capacity.  Please take some time to view our video on the main school web page.  We plan to celebrate this mission throughout the year, so continue to look for updates.

Thank you to our elementary parents who have adjusted to the new pick-up at that building.  I know this was a worry for some of us, but it seems to have worked out well in the first two weeks.  We will continue to monitor it throughout the year.

If you should have any questions please feel free to contact me at the central office.

Have a great school year and Go Streaks!

Aaron Rex

 

2016-2017 Report Card

Last week the State of Ohio released school grade cards for the 2016-2017 school year.  At Archbold Area Schools we consider the grade card to be only one measure of what we do.  We do so much more for our students and our community!  I want to thank our teachers for their hard work in preparing our students for the state tests, and also our students for their efforts.  I look forward to continuing to Prepare the Leaders of Tomorrow this school year!

I have summarized the results below:

  • State test indicators met=F and Performance Index score=B  (component grade for Achievement is a C)    75% of grade comes from PI and 25% from Indicators
  • Annual Measurable Objectives/Gap Closing=D   This measure shows how well we are meeting the performance expectations for the most vulnerable students in LA, Math, and Graduation.  Compares students in 9 groups to those across the state.
  • Graduation=4 year rate=A   5 year rate=A (Component grade is an A)
  • K-3 Literacy=A
  • Preparing Students for Success=C   This takes into account the number of students that earn a remediation free score on all parts of ACT, SAT, honors diploma, or industry recognized credential.  Bonus points can be earned if students get a 3 or higher on AP exam, or earn 3 college credits before leaving HS.
  • Overall value added=A      Gifted value added=B    Students in lowest 20%=C  Students with disabilities=C   (Component Grade for progress=B)

Other interesting facts:

  • Our district spends 73.4% of its funding on direct classroom instruction.  This ranks us 8th out of a comparison group of 275.  
  • More than half of Ohio’s districts earned a D in Achievement and the most common grade was a C (where we scored).  Only 13 schools out of 609 across the state earned an A.
  • In the progress measure more than half of the districts earned an A or B.  We earned a B in this area.
  • Our district saw improvements in many areas compared to last year.  The reason for not meeting some of the indicators was that the state raised the proficiency score to 80%.  We were well above the state average in all of these categories.
  • Nearly half of the districts in Ohio earned an F on Gap Closing
  • One quarter of all schools earned an A or B on K-3 literacy, most common grade was a C.
  • The majority of districts earned a D on Prepared for Success
  • I believe that in the future that something will have to change in the area of state indicators met.  Since the state raised the cutoff score to 80% the majority of schools across the state will be in the D-F range.

If you have any questions about the grade card or how we prepare our students for these tests, please let me know. 

Aaron Rex

Saving money and helping the environment

Propane buses:

This is the first year that our two propane buses have been in operation.  By purchasing propane buses we save the district money in fuel costs (propane sells for about $1.00 per gallon and we receive a .50 rebate for each gallon from the IRS), and they create less pollution that goes into our air.  The initial cost of a propane bus is very comparable to that of a diesel school bus and we have been very happy with their operation thus far. 

Wind Turbine:

We are entering year four of operation for our wind turbine and this is the prime operating time for the 298 foot, 750 kW machine.  Starting in November through March we see the most wind and this helps to create power for our high school and elementary buildings.  Although we may complain about the cold wind and wind chill, these strong breezes help to bring thousands of dollars in savings to our school district. 

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