More than a Report Card
Students deserve, expect and need certain things from their educational experience, which we at Newark City Schools work hard to provide. It is our job to provide a safe, welcoming environment to help Newark children learn.
These objectives are accomplished in a variety of ways. We work hard to hire great teachers and to help them become even better teachers. We work with community partners to connect students and their families to much-needed resources. We want students to eat healthy meals every day and to have the opportunity to join activities and clubs they are interested in.
At the state level, Newark City Schools — and every other district in Ohio — is evaluated on a handful of ever-changing criteria. While we have been successful in helping students to grow academically from one year to the next, the changing requirements make it difficult to focus on preparing students for their futures while also fulfilling state requirements.
That’s why we focus on the whole child. We offer so much more than is reported in state data. Students need to start off their day with a good meal. It’s why we have implemented a free breakfast program district-wide. This improves their ability to learn, reduces health aide visits and helps get students to school on time.
We also have many shining examples of Newark High School alumni who are making contributions in their city, and who are using the things they learned in Newark in their college and careers.
Datus Puryear, a 2007 graduate, leveraged his experience in choir and the school musical into a career of modeling and acting. In this issue, he credits his former teachers with helping to inspire him.
Another Newark High School graduate, Aliece Hinton, is in her second year of law school at Howard University. Aliece is driven to be successful and wants to make a difference in the Newark community. She will have an internship in the US Attorney General’s Office next summer.
Our graduates are leaving school prepared for their futures, whatever they hold. They are staying in our community — bankers, lawyers, doctors, electrical workers, plumbers, mechanics, teachers — and spread across the country.
This is what excites me as the Superintendent of this great school district. We are making a difference in students’ lives every day, even if that difference isn’t always measured.
That’s why it continues to be a great time to be a Cat!