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Clark county schools report card

Published: Thursday, December 27, 2012 @ 6:32 PM
Updated: Thursday, December 27, 2012 @ 6:32 PM

            These are the ratings, performance index (PI) scores and poverty levels noted by the Ohio Department of Education for the more than 400 schools in our nine-county Miami Valley region, per the preliminary data from the 2011-12 Ohio Report Cards. The performance index score reflects the achievement of every student enrolled for the academic year for schools serving third through eighth grade or 10th through 12th grade. The report card rating is based on the performance index, proficiency on state tests and whether schools exceeded predetermined academic growth measures. The six-point rating system includes: “Excellent with Distinction” (EWD), “Excellent” (EX), “Effective” (EF), “Continuous Improvement” (CI), “Academic Watch” (AW) and “Academic Emergency” (AE).

View other county school report cards:

Butler County Schools Report Card

Champaign County Schools Report Card

Clark County Schools Report Card

Darke County Schools Report Card

Greene County Schools Report Card

Miami County Schools Report Card

Montgomery County Schools Report Card

Preble County Schools Report Card

Parents shut out of Middletown High School graduation

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 1:25 PM
Updated: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 2:39 PM

Some parents were locked out of their child’s Middletown High School graduation Tuesday because someone let family members without tickets into a side door of the ceremony site, according to school officials, who issued an apology today.

“Middletown High School wishes to apologize to anyone who had a ticket for graduation and was denied access after the ceremony began at 7:00 p.m. Tickets for the exact number of seats available in the auditorium were issued. Each main door had security supplied by Princeton Pike (Church Of God),” Middletown High School Principal Carmela Cotter wrote in a released statement posted on social media.

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“Following graduation, the management of Princeton Pike alerted us that someone inside the building had gone to a door and let in several people without tickets. The result was capacity was reached. Thus, the (Butler County) sheriff (deputies) closed the access doors at 7:15 p.m.”

“Graduation is a very special time for every student and parent. We are very sorry if any ticketed parent or family member was denied entrance and will take into account this security challenge when organizing future events,” wrote Cotter.

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The Butler County school graduated 375 seniors during the ceremony Tuesday night. Families were issued a limited number of tickets and had to show those to gain entrance to the Liberty Twp. church.

The Butler County Sheriff’s Office said it was called by church officials to the event, but there were no incidents reported nor arrests from the scene.

Officials at Princeton Pike Church Of God did not respond to a request for comment.

In a Facebook post, a parent claimed: “Omg what a horrible graduation ceremony… So you treat the families to these kids like we were criminals why?”

The writer said her husband, who had a ticket but did not enter with his family because he was parking the family car, was not allowed in.

“They locked him out and I had already given them his ticket. Wow very sad that this happened and he wasn’t the only one locked out.” said the Facebook post.

Students earn web design certification

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 12:26 PM

MVCTC Digital Design seniors earned their CIW Site Development Associate Certification, left to right: Hayley Quinn (Northmont), Jared Martin (Milton-Union), and Zaccheaus Allen (National Trail.)

Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) seniors Zaccheaus Allen, Jared Martin, and Hayley Quinn passed an industry exam and earned Certified Internet Web (CIW) Site Development Associate certification.

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All digital design students learn front-end web development and design using instructor-led materials, along with the CIW Site Development Associate courseware. 

This certification is typically pursued by adults working in the information technology industry. Students in the digital design class are given the option to take the certification exam. 

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Earning a certification improves their prospects in the high-demand Information Technology field, according to a MVCTC release. An industry certification can also be accepted as college credits at accepting institutions, such as Sinclair Community College, through prior learning assessment.

Vandalia students collect nearly 5,000 books for literacy organization

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 12:03 PM

The MOST Club at Helke Elementary recently hosted a book drive to benefit Project READ.

The MOST Club at Helke Elementary recently hosted a book drive to benefit Project READ. 

About 30 second and third graders belonging to the MOST Club had an idea to hold a book drive before their Spring Break. Under the direction of teacher Julie Mahl, they partnered with Project READ, a non-profit literacy organization serving children and adults in the Dayton area. 

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The book drive collected 4,839 books. This included more than 1,000 new books donated by Kids Read Now, another non-profit literacy organization that provides books for summer reading to the district. 

The books will support literacy programs and families in the Miami Valley. Most books were added to Project READ’s book distribution program, which gives away thousands of books every year to schools, non-profit organizations, and directly to children and families in need. 

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To learn more about Project READ or how you can donate books, visit Project READ’s website at or call (937) 461-7323.

Parents’ group pressing Springboro school board

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 8:47 AM

            Parents are planning to speak and present a letter tonight to the Springboro school board.

The Springboro school board is expected to be presented with a letter and petition from a new parents’ group at today’s school-board meeting — an effort apparently regarding citizen treatment by the board of education.

Members of the group reportedly are among 10 “prearranged” speakers expected to address the board during a public comment portion of tonight’s meeting.

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The group is expected to submit a letter and petition bearing signatures of “more than 100 parents” urging the board and administration to respond to questions raised at past board meetings and be transparent in their actions.

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“Unfortunately, when parents have spoken up or asked questions throughout this school year, they often were marginalized. On numerous occasions, school administrators have dismissed parent concerns stating the questions are only coming from ‘a small group of parents.’ In fact, many parents are still waiting for an answer to questions asked weeks and even months ago,” the group said in a letter to parents posted online.

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Efforts to reach members of the group were unsuccessful.

The message encourages parents to sign the petition to be presented along with a letter to the board.

“If healthy dialogue and communication with administrators and the board cannot be established, there is a risk of returning to the divisive politics of the past,” the letter said.

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On Tuesday, school officials indicated they had received no petition yet from the group.

“Community and parent participation is always welcome. We are looking forward to a productive board meeting tomorrow evening,” Neej Mescher, the district communications coordinator, said in an email response to questions about the group’s concerns.

The meeting begins at 6 p.m. today in the library of the Springboro Junior High School.