Western Brown’s Leto excels in Australia Rockets ready for 1st season in SBAAC Paddling, hiking activities available at Ohio State Parks SB Warriors get set to hit gridiron for 2nd year of varsity football Scotty W Johnson Glenna V Moertle Ricky L Hoffer Ruth E Ward David A Watson Janet L Dotson Vilvie S King Steven C Utter Cropper joins Fallis at Bethel-Tate Local kids find success in world of martial arts 13th annual Bronco 5K Run and Fitness Walk set for Aug. 5 Teams compete in memory of Randy Fulton Mike W Smith Roger Helton David A Borders Timothy E Argenbright Joseph W Sherrill Frances K Pedigo Cecil N Graham Sawyers charged in sex for heroin plot Group demands changes at ELSD Blanche Malblanc Pauline L Kirk Over 70 take part in 11th Joe Myers 5K Classic Lions Club 4th of July Festival brings outdoor fun to Ripley ODNR reminds visitors to swim safe this summer Changes in high school track and field/cross country rules include school issued and approved uniforms Betty L Philpott Judy B Williams Billie J Russell Remembering Ravye 25 attend volleyball camp in Fayetteville Western Brown hosts Pee Wee Football Camp Eugene L Baumann Kids enjoy a ‘Touch-a-Truck’ event in Mt. Orab New police chief takes over in Fayetteville BC Chamber moving forward on 2017 SummerFest Two killed in wrong way crash in Mt. Orab Jack Hamilton Charles L Glover Maxine M Stires Western Brown youth basketball camps a success Leto to represent Team USA in Australia Broncos hard at work in preparation for fall season Eastern approves bowling team Phyllis Ruth Lois A Manley Eddie L Carr Thomas L Carnahan Cameron Barkley Walter J McGee Gary J Graham George D Johnson Walter F Crawford Jr Charles E Meranda Jr Corbin testifies before Ohio Senate Five arrested in Hamersville drug bust Neil Diamond tribute band coming Hyde finds home at Midway Youngsters work to improve on hoop skills at Eastern basketball camps Sizer named All-District Honorable Mention Western Brown’s Barnes earns All-State, All-District honors Local players compete in SWOFCA Ron Woyan East/West All-Star Game 6th annual Ravye Williams Memorial 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament set for June 24 Clarence E Teal Rosie B Poe Monard C Boots James P Conrad James T Dinser Scott J Swearingen Eastern’s Farris earns award for top 2-point field percentage in Ohio Georgetown’s Seigla earns All-District honors OHSAA announces 2017 football regions and playoffs format Western Brown volleyball camps a success with over 100 in attendance Rigdon finishes high school running career with 10th place finish at state track and field championship meet Grace E Fite Women return to county jail as funds start to run low Georgetown Council takes action on vacant structures Veterans honored in Mt. Orab John McGee Timmy Burson Patricia A London Mary J Hall Kenneth R Behymer Western Brown’s Joe Sams commits to Marietta College WBHS to hold girls youth basketball camp Huseman signs with UC Clermont Day to continue baseball career on collegiate level at UC Clermont Western’s Pack signs with NKU WBHS to host youth boys basketball camp Eastern’s Rigdon, Hopkins are STATE BOUND James Ratliff Robert P Lesko Armstrong sentenced to twenty years on child porn possession charges Russellville hires new Village Clerk Russellville Council approves purchase of two ambulances

Reflect, correct and grow…

I often get the question from people outside the school system, “Do you work in the summer?” After I respond, “yes,” people typically follow up by asking, “What in the world do you do with your time since there are no students and very few staff?” I have been asked these questions so many times over the past 10 years I have refined my answer to three words: Reflect, Correct and Grow.

Reflection is only productive when clearly defined goals and deliverables have been established up front. At Georgetown, we spend a considerable amount of time in the summer reflecting upon our goals. Our ultimate purpose is to provide a world-class learning environment in which all students reach their fullest potential.

Board goals for 2014-2015

• Increase report card indicators by three percent and ACT by one point.

• 70 days cash in general fund.

• Become a school of choice for all students, parents and staff members.

Student learning in a world-class educational system

This has a two-fold benefit for our organization. First, it allows for us to see how close or far we are from the board’s goals. Secondly, it provides feedback to our actions. That is, were the actions of the people in our organization the right actions?

I can promise you that every person inside our walls works hard each and every day and loves kids, but without true reflection on data I could never promise you that the right work is being done. As we reflected upon the board’s goals with our administrative team we have celebrated the following victories…

2014-15 school year victories

• Maintained over 70 days cash in our general fund all year.

• Successfully started our own virtual academy that brought back 80 percent of our online students.

• Offered Spanish to 100 percent of our K-6 students.

• Over 50 percent of our graduates obtained a career-tech certificate or 12 semester hours of college credit. Our students were awarded $1.4 million in scholarships.

• Class sizes under 20 in K and first grades.

• 36 community members volunteered one hour a week to either mentor or tutor a child.

• Our high school graduation test results are the highest they have ever been overall.

• 96 percent graduation rate.

We have a long way to go but it has been a very rewarding experience looking back at all of the opportunities we were able to breathe life into for our students.

Celebrations are the fun part but the toughest reflection is when you have to look at what didn’t work. This is never easy. I always use the analogy that it’s easy to look at someone else’s baby and call them ugly but when it’s your own…well, it’s definitely tougher. We had some “ugly babies” this year. These will be addressed in next year’s goals and the progress will be shared a year from now. This process of correcting mistakes or flaws can be very time consuming and exhausting. With correction comes change, with change comes stepping on peoples toes, and with stepping on toes comes hurt feelings. At Georgetown, when we get to this stage I always take us back to the question that drives everything that we do, “Why do we exist?” It is at this stage that people refocus, place the needs of our students first and begin coming up with cures for our educational ailments.

It is only when we combine true, honest refection with correction that growth takes place. Our ultimate goal is for students to show growth. We want them to grow academically, socially and emotionally. In order to do this we need the adults in our organization to grow in the same manner. As the leader of this system I have to do the same thing. I have to constantly remind myself to reflect, correct and grow in a more rapid manner than those in which I lead. Summer break, for the students, is when I take the opportunity to do these three things.

Why is this process necessary, you may ask? The answer is simple, 1,045 students! The message that I shared with our seniors this year at graduation sums it up best as well as clearly identifies my deep desire for ALL students to succeed.

“The journey of 1,000 miles begins with a single step!” I stand here with you today and promise you, seniors, that there are no mountains that are too big to cross, no challenge too big to conquer, no dream too big to make a reality. Dream big and then place every ounce of your existence into accomplishing that dream, and watch the world become a better place as a result of your imagination. Each and every one of you was placed on this earth with a purpose and a gift. It is my hope that Georgetown Schools have helped you realize what talents lie deep within you, and that you spend the remainder of your lives using them to the fullest potential. I know that from this class will come many great mothers and fathers, many great inventors, many great employees, and most of all, many great individuals that will make our world a better place one dream at a time.

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