Superintendent Message For August 24, 2018

Dear Olentangy families,

The start of the new school year brings anticipation and new beginnings for all of us - staff, parents and students alike. This school year has been no different. As I begin my 30th year in education, I still feel that same excitement I experienced during my first year in the classroom as a brand new teacher.

Our new school year is underway and I am happy to report that we have had a very smooth start outside of a few normal adjustments always made at the beginning of the year. Curriculum nights began this week at the high and elementary school level, continue next week on Wednesday, August 29 for middle school families and conclude Thursday, August 30 for elementary third through fifth grade families. I encourage you to take time to participate in these events, as it is a great opportunity to meet your children’s teachers, learn about the curriculum and other important aspects of the year ahead.

This year began with an enthusiastic long-anticipated opening of Olentangy Berlin High School, where we welcomed more than 900 students and celebrated a grand opening with all the fanfare a new high school brings. We were pleased to welcome back more than 2,500 staff members to kick off the year by hearing from National Teacher of the Year finalist, Ohio Teacher of the Year and our very own Liberty Tree art teacher Jonathan Juravich. Mr. J's remarks resonated with our staff and set the tone for a great year, reminding us we all work to live our mission to facilitate maximum learning for every student.

As our school year and all extracurricular and fall athletic events are underway, take the time to attend an event or two with your family. Our schools are the heart of our community and their events are a great way to get involved, see the accomplished efforts of our students and staff and meet new friends and neighbors. I hope to see you out in the district in the coming weeks!

Proud to serve as your Superintendent, 

Mark T. Raiff
Superintendent, Olentangy Local Schools