Ross Local Schools

Serving Our Community for 85 Years

Summer 2016

Superintendent’s Message The 2015 – 2016 school year has concluded and by any measure can be considered to have been a very successful one for the Ross Local School District. I want to thank each of our students for working to his or her potential. The result was a high level of academic achievement in every building. I want to thank our staff members who worked diligently to serve our students and to improve instructional practices through staff development activities. I also want to thank our parents and community members for their unwavering support of our schools. It takes everyone working together to achieve a highly rated school district. The end of this school year also marks the end of my career with the Ross Local School District. I will be retiring as your superintendent of schools effective July 31, 2016. It has been my privilege and joy to serve as an administrator in the district over the past 28 years. The Ross School District has accomplished much during that time and I thank all of those staff members, parents, and community members who have worked to make the district number one in Butler County.

Mr. Scott Gates

New Superintendent of Schools Hired Board of Education Message The members of the Ross Board of Education would like to extend their appreciation and thanks to Mr. Greg Young upon his retirement. Beginning with his service as assistant high school principal in 1988, through his time as high school principal, assistant superintendent, and superintendent, Mr. Young has been a true leader, dedicated to excellence and to the success of the students in the Ross Local School District. His hard work and diligence will be missed. Congratulations on your retirement! “Kids Are Our Business”

The Ross Board of Education unanimously hired Mr. Scott Gates as the new Ross Superintendent of Schools. He will officially begin his duties on August 1, 2016. Mr. Gates comes to Ross from the Finneytown School District where he has served as the Director of Student Services for the past three years. Prior to that position he was an elementary principal in the Forest Hills and Little Miami School Districts for fourteen years. He also served as Deputy Superintendent of the Warren County Board of Developmental Disabilities. Mr. Gates earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Bowling Green State University and a Masters of Educational Administration from the University of Dayton.


Ross High School Receives All “A” Award

Elementary Attendance Boundary Adjusted

The Ohio State Board of Education has recognized Ross High School with one of its first annual All “A” Awards. The All “A” Award is given to schools that received a grade of A on every aspect of school performance measured on Ohio’s School Report Cards. RHS was the only high school in Butler County and one of only 44 schools statewide that qualified for the All “A” Award.

The attendance boundary between Elda Elementary School and Morgan Elementary School has been modified effective with the beginning of the 2016 – 2017 school year. The change was necessary due to overcrowded conditions at Elda and the fact that there were several empty rooms at Morgan. Approximately 110 students will be moving from Elda Elementary to Morgan Elementary this Fall. This change will also help balance the enrollment between the two buildings.

This recognition follows the announcement last fall by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan that Ross High School was one of 335 schools nationwide and 14 in Ohio to earn the National Blue Ribbon Award for 2015. RHS was recognized as an Exemplary High Performing School and received education’s most prestigious award in a ceremony in Washington, D.C. Ross High School was also one of five Butler County High Schools to be named to U.S. News and World Report’s 2016 Best High Schools List. This report reviewed more than 21,000 high schools nationwide and awarded a silver medal to RHS for being ranked in the top 5%.

Food Service Update In recent years the district has implemented a school breakfast program at Elda and Morgan Elementary Schools to comply with federal law. Ross Middle School also qualifies for the breakfast program, but the district has chosen to opt out of the program at that building for financial reasons. Federal law also requires us to notify parents of the closest school that you can obtain a free lunch for your children during the summer. That location is Mt. Healthy High School. If you have any questions regarding this information, please contact Debbie Christophel, the Ross Director of Food Services.

Softball Team Goes to State The RHS softball program known as “Ramball” had an outstanding season. The team finished as SWOC Champions, District Champions, and Regional Champions. The Regional Championship victory earned the team a trip to the State Final Four. The district is proud of the team’s accomplishment. Seniors on the team were Annie Hinterlong, Ashley Parrett, Layne Shields, Elisha Toney, and Kelsey Warman.

Morgan Elementary Performs Well On the 2015 Ohio School Report Card Morgan Elementary School had the highest Performance Index of any elementary school in Butler County. This achievement marks five consecutive years that Morgan has been the highest achieving elementary school in the county. In addition, this past school year every teacher at Morgan earned the highest state rating of “Most Effective” for their individual student growth measure.


“Kids Are Our Business”

RHS Awarded All Sports Trophy Ross High School’s athletic program was awarded the Southwest Ohio Conference All Sports Trophy for the 2015-16 school year. Each school in the conference receives points in each sport based on the order of finish in conference competition. The Rams won conference titles in boys and girls cross country, academic team, girls basketball, girls track and field, and softball to help edge out Harrison 108.3 to 106 for the honor.


Did You Know? • The RHS valedictorian was Chase Wallace. • The RHS salutatorian was Mark Hoobler.

• During the spring sports season the Girls Softball Team and the Girls Track Team each were Southwest Ohio Conference Champions.

• The remaining top ten students in the RHS Class of 2016 were as follows: Brayden Ange, Karl Dierking, Kelly Fisher, Margaret Jones, David Reitenbach, Nathan Soundappan, Nicole Sundrup, and Savana Verdino.

• The RHS Prom King and Queen were Jared Moore and Maggie Jones.

• The Class of 2016 at RHS had 65 seniors offered scholarships in excess of $4,400,000.

• The RMS Science Olympiad Team placed fourth in the Cincinnati Regional Competition. The following team members advanced to the state finals at The Ohio State University: Chloe Adams, Olivia Clayton, Willy Davidson, Hannah Erb, Vivian Gettle, Levi Grimm, Jackson Hayes, Joshua Inman, Leeanne Krabbe, Garret May, Alayna Meade, Katelyn Rousch, Isabella Saylor, Alex Shuler, and Ben Spears. At the state competition Willy Davidson and Alex Shuler placed second in Ohio with their Air Trajectory device.

• Brandon Lawson and David Reitenbach had perfect attendance throughout their high school careers. • At this spring’s FCCLA State Leadership Conference, seventeen students qualified to compete at the national level in San Diego, Calif. in July. Congratulations to Whitney Arno, Tyler Ballauer, Isabelle Bennett, Ambir Chadwick, Olivia Colyer, Sarah Fritz, Madison Hollander, Liz Hoerstmann, Caitlyn Hum, Hannah Jones, Maggie Jones, Amanda Kelley, Ashley Parrett, Anna Steimle, Lexi Vangen, Lily Wszola, and Hunter Wurzelbacher. • RHS senior Layne Shields was honored for her exemplary volunteer service with a Certificate of Excellence from the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards and with a President’s Volunteer Service Award granted by the program on behalf of President Obama. • Forty RHS band students competed at the OMEA Solo and Ensemble Contest. Earning superior ratings for solos were Justin Bolin, Derek Johnson, Jacob Reid, and Emma Trout. In addition seven ensembles received a superior rating. • RHS junior Justin Bolin was named the SWOC Boys Tennis Player of the Year. • RHS junior Emily Casaceli was named the SWOC Girls Track Runner of the Year. • RHS senior Kelsey Warman was named the SWOC Softball Player of the Year.

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• RMS eighth grade student Keri Parker, qualified for the Power of the Pen state finals.

• At the King’s Island Music Showcase this spring the RMS 7th/8th Band and Choir each received first place in their class and each were named Grand Champion of the Showcase. Outstanding soloist awards were won by Skylar Angel, Ellie Naehring, and Keri Parker. • RMS band student Grace Hall earned a superior rating at the OMEA solo and ensemble contest. • Top readers in the Elda Accelerated Reader Program were as follows: 4th Grade – Aubrey Rettig; 3rd Grade – Ben Schuler; 2nd Grade – Matthew Turco. • Elda Artists of the Year were Shiann Black, Leslie Garcia, Rachel Lawrence, and Ayden Templeton. • Top readers in the Morgan Accelerated Reader Program were as follows: 4th Grade – Maddie Sackenheim; 3rd Grade – Ashley Farris; 2nd Grade – Lily Shumate; 1st Grade – Morgan Minges. • Morgan Artists of the Year were Andrew Brunner, Zoe Congdon, Adelyn Hoelle, and Sydney Mackie.





Ross Local School District 3371 Hamilton Cleves Road Hamilton, Ohio 45013

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Ross Local School District 3371 Hamilton Cleves Road Hamilton, Ohio 45013 863-1253

Scott Gates, Superintendent John Kinsel, Treasurer Curriculum Director Student Services Director Deb Christophel, Food Services Director Ron Mandery, Transportation Director

ext. 2901 ext. 2904 ext. 2902 ext. 2908 ext. 1531 738-2900

Ross High School 3601 Hamilton Cleves Road 863-1252 Brian Martin, Principal, ext.1515 Amy Webb, Assistant Principal, ext. 1513

3980 Hamilton Cleves Road

Ross Middle School 3425 Hamilton Cleves Road 863-1251 Chris Saylor, Principal, ext. 2151 Tony Albrinck, Assistant Principal, ext. 2152 Elda Elementary 738-1972 Jesse Kohls, Principal

3427 Chapel Road

400-9197 738-2315 341-5819 738-2117 868-6113

Morgan Elementary 738-1986 Tom Perry, Principal Board of Education Steve Stitsinger, President Edward Bosse, Vice-President Keith Klinefelter Michael Kroeger Shawn Webster School Safety Hotline 844-723-3764

Summer 2016 Newsletter.pdf

Moore and Maggie Jones. • RMS eighth grade student Keri Parker, qualified. for the Power of the Pen state finals. • The RMS Science Olympiad Team placed.

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