MT. HEALTHY CITY SCHOOLS Today is my last day as superintendent of Mt. Healthy. I have cared for my students, and I will continue to want what is best for each of you. I would like to take this opportunity to introduce your new Superintendent, Dr. Valerie Hawkins. Dr. Hawkins comes to us from Princeton School District.
Together, we want you to know that Mt. Healthy Schools stands against racism, hatred and violence. The deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmad Arbery, and the overt behavior of Amy Cooper remind us that things have not changed in our society as much as we hoped.
The challenges in our communities around race and equity have become something we can no longer ignore. It is important for you, our students and families to know that we support you. It is time to become involved in conversations that may be difficult. But they are necessary to effect change. The majority of our students come from families that identity as families of color so we understand that these events are particularly hurtful to you.
We want to assure you that Mt. Healthy will educate with a focus on equity for all students. The decisions that we make moving forward will have an intentionality that our school policies, grading practices and disciplinary actions, treat everyone equitably. We are working to address any issues of inequity and know that racism will not be tolerated in our schools.
As Dr. Hawkins moves forward with leading Mt. Healthy, I am sure she will seek your input to involve students and our larger community in the discussion to make Mt. Healthy a safe space for everyone.
Sincerely, Dr. Reva Cosby
AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM OUR SUPERINTENDENT
MT. HEALTHY CITY SCHOOLS
Update May 8, 2020
Hello Mt. Healthy family, as you know, students will not be returning to school buildings this school year. That information has informed decisions that we have to make about how we will end this school year and start next year.
Where we are now:
We have decided to continue school until the end of May as originally planned. That means we will be doing remote online learning with your children. By now you should be in contact with your children’s teachers. If you are having difficulty reaching your teacher please reach out to a school principal by email and the building administrator will contact you. If you are having technical difficulties, there is tech support available. Please go to our website to get this information.
Students who have not already retrieved their belongings from school will have that opportunity prior to the end of school. The principals in each building will be sending home information to tell you when the students can safely come to the building to get items.
The high school staff has been working to make this year as meaningful as possible for seniors. We participated in the “ light” video honoring the seniors, there will be a parade and other virtual activities. Based on the guidance of the Ohio Dept. of Health we will have our seniors drive through and pick up their diplomas in their cap and gowns on May 22. The class of 2020 will also have a virtual graduation resulting in a video with speeches, songs, and their pictures. The school board president, Dr. Julie Turner, will graduate students on the video. Unfortunately, there can be no mass gathering, so Seniors will be the only ones allowed out of their family car during the drive-through. The professional graduation video will be available in June!
Mt. Healthy will be holding a small scale summer school. Most students have been receiving extra assistance throughout this academic fourth quarter. Therefore, fewer students will be in summer school because the additional support increased the number of students that passed their classes. Some students still have assignments to complete and some need credit recovery opportunities. You will be notified if your child is one of these students. Summer school will be done remotely. We will continue to provide lunch during our summer school sessions.
School districts must adhere to guidance from the State Health Department, the governor, and the federal government. Therefore, we are developing more than one plan as we look forward to the start of school in the fall. At this time, people must maintain social distance and wear a mask in public gatherings so, it may be possible that we do not have a traditional start to the new school year. We are steadily working to make your student’s experience next year productive, the best instruction possible, engaging, and above all safe! Stay safe and enjoy this time with your families.
Dr. Reva C. Cosby, Superintendent
Mt. Healthy City School District
It is with great pride and excitement that I write this letter of introduction to you as the Principal of North Elementary for the 2019-2020 school year. I am honored to have the opportunity to lead a school with such a great community and staff. As an educator, I have been in education for more than 20 years.
The teachers and staff of North Elementary work hard to continue the success established in previous years by building strong relationships with parents, students and community partners. We will focus on character education initiatives, State Standards, data to drive instruction, and consistent implementation of the curriculum in a rigorous manner so that we can continue to increase all of the students' achievement. We will also continue to implement the student code of conduct with high expectations of student behavior.
This year is going to be amazing as we continue to provide academic experiences for our students that are rigorous, relevant, and help them build relationships while making real-world connections. As your Principal, it is important to me that everyone who steps through our doors-teachers, students and parents-are excited to be here! This attitude enables us to meet the challenges of academic excellence in a positive, fun, and nurturing environment.
I look forward to working with you as a team to help each student at Mt. Healthy North Elementary meet their goals and have a successful school year!