It feels like just yesterday we were sending our children off to the first day of school, but suddenly we find ourselves turning into the homestretch of the 2017-18 school year. It’s hard to believe, but a lot of time has passed since August 22 and a lot of great things have happened for Mariemont City Schools in that span.
We’ve seen National Merit Scholars, Scholastic Art Award winners, published authors and emerging business leaders. We’ve seen a surprise $10,000 donation from Burlington to support teachers at Mariemont Elementary and we’ve seen all staff members demonstrate a growth mindset at our Mariemont Academy. And once again, we’ve seen the district rank amongst the best in the state and the nation on multiple metrics.
Additionally, we have seen the district and community come together as we work towards the Mariemont High School Master Facility Plan. Hundreds of parents, staff and residents joined forces this past fall to work on six facility teams which explored the challenges and needs with the current high school facility. Many others volunteered their times on facility committees, attended the community forum or a school chat, and participated in our scientific, third-party community survey. The community has been with us through this entire two-year process and will continue to be part of our work as we head towards a final decision later this spring.
Any of these accomplishments are enough to make a superintendent proud, but what I am most happy about is that this list doesn’t even begin to cover the entirety of how great a year it has been for Mariemont City Schools.
In January we unveiled the Mariemont Experience: Defined, listing six categories that explain the truly unique experience of our district. With excellent results, excellent value, amplified learning, strong community, continuous growth and personalized opportunity we have been able to make our mark as a premiere school district. The evidence is everywhere as you walk through all of our school buildings and we will only continue to get better!
While I am certainly thrilled with what our students, teachers and community have accomplished in the last seven months, I am most excited for what is to come in the remainder of the school year. Our Warriors BEyond program will ramp up with the inaugural Intersession at Mariemont High School and the annual eighth grade trip to Washington D.C. Our elementary and high school students will showcase their talents with musicals and performances and our spring athletes compete for another winning season.
Also ahead, the community finance committee and facility project team will present their findings to the Board of Education as we look to make a final decision about the future of Mariemont High School this spring. Three community school chats remain in the coming weeks for anyone who would like to hear more about the facility project or ask questions.
Thursday, March 8 | 7 p.m. | YouTube Online Chat
Tuesday, March 13 | 7 p.m. | Fairfax Community Center
Tuesday, March 20 | 7 p.m. | Village Church of Mariemont
Yes, no matter where you look, opportunity knocks for Mariemont City Schools as we gear up for the final few months of the 2017-18 school year. Let’s finish strong, Warriors!