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 Dr. Jeffrey Graham
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Welcome to the Superintendent's Update
LCS Community/Business/Schools Partnership Forms
The Lorain City Schools and several community organizations formed the Community/Business/Schools Partnership (C/B/S) in November 2015 to better connect the resources within the community to the needs within the school district. Among the Steering Committee were leaders from the Lorain County Chamber of Commerce, Lorain County Community College, the City of Lorain, the Faith-Based Community, El Centro, Urban League, Lorain Public Library System, Mercy Regional Health Systems, Lorain Forward Initiative, the LCSD Citizen's Committee, and school officials. 
Why Your Input is Critical to the Future of the Lorain City Schools
Over the past few weeks, many of you have asked for clarification about the current push for stakeholder input. You’ve asked, Why is there such urgency? Why is this happening now? Who should participate? How does this fit into the Academic Recovery Plan? Are we will still moving forward with the “Six Priorities” or are we on to something new? 
Report Card Results and What We're Doing to Continue to Improve
Last week a portion of Ohio’s district and school report cards were released. Unfortunately, our scores are about where we expected them to be (click here to download the district’s combined report), especially given the change in state assessments through the PARCC exams. 
Please Provide Your Input on Plans to Improve Student Achievement, Maintain Local Control
Great things are happening in the Lorain City Schools. Late last week we announced plans with support from local lawmakers calling community stakeholders to participate in open dialogue sessions charged with developing a plan to improve educational achievement for students while taking proactive measures to avoid further state control. 
How Our Students Give Back - and What it Means for Them
During the holidays, our students are incredibly fortunate to benefit from the generosity of many individuals. And the kindness of our community goes far to ensure they have warm winter coats, hats, gloves and socks, as well as special celebrations that bring the magic of the season to their classrooms. It is truly remarkable the way so many people open their hearts to our kids. 
Keeping our Schools Safe
Recent current events have again left us shaken as a nation. And with the past few weeks of tragedies at the forefront of our minds, it is natural for us all to seek assurance. We find ourselves asking, in the wake of these incidents, how can we be sure our schools are safe? 
Preparing Students for College and Careers
It's college application month--an exciting and sometimes stressful time for both students and parents. Applying to college can seem overwhelming at first; with so many choices, it might be hard to know where to start. Luckily, there are some great resources out there to help students and families with this process. You can view some of those here. 
Graduation Guardians Begin their Charge

When we talk about the "Six Areas of Focus" within our Academic Recovery Plan, it's easy to see why graduation rate ranks high up on that list. Individuals who have earned their high school diploma have the opportunity to attend college, earn higher wages in their careers, benefit from better job opportunities, and enjoy a sense of pride that comes with achieving such an accomplishment. Who wouldn't want such things for our children?

 
Partnering for Progress in Lorain
In the classroom, we often stress the importance of collaboration with our students so that they will learn the value in coordinating the efforts of many to accomplish more than the efforts of one or a few in isolation. Those lessons can be some of the most exciting for our students, as they learn and grow exponentially together. The good news, is that that feeling of excitement over true collaboration doesn’t diminish as we become adults. 
How Should Our Elementary Buildings Be Configured Next Year?

Last year the district weighed the pros and cons of keeping our elementary buildings as they are, what many call “neighborhood schools.” Another idea was to move to the “cluster” concept, in which elementary schools that are close to one another are divided into PreK-2 and 3-5 buildings. Both building concepts hold merit, and there are many surrounding districts which feature an example of each model. Our task in the Lorain City Schools is to make the decision that makes the most sense for our own community.

 
Project Lead the Way Receives National Certification

This week we received the exciting news that Lorain High School’s Project Lead the Way (PLTW) pre-engineering program received national certification. And for those of us who have seen our PLTW students in action, this news comes as no surprise.

 
Lorain Schools Are Clear; We'll See Your Students On Monday
This week has been a tough one for all of us. Extensive media attention about bed bugs in the region has created more questions than answers, even though health authorities assure us that there has been no rise in bed bug activity in Ohio. Even so, students, parents, and staff members are concerned. It is my hope that the following information will be of help. 
Using the RtI Framework to Personalize Education for our Students
We've been incredibly focused on showing progress within our Academic Recovery Plan. But what it’s really about is doing all we can to ensure each of our students is provided with what he or she needs to learn. But how do we do that? 
Academic Recovery: Our Six Areas of Focus
One of the first questions I’m often asked — by parents, teachers, and community members — is what I’m seeing here in the Lorain City Schools. And my answer is simple: I’m seeing great things. In fact many of those great things you’ll read about in the news section of this weekly update, collected below. 
Let's Continue the Progress Together for LCS Students
September 21, 2015

This is the first edition of the LCS Superintendent's Update, a weekly eNewsletter bringing you the latest developments in your schools. And I'm hoping you can help.
 
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