April Rising Star Students
Norwood Board of Education proudly honored April Rising student Stars at the April 17th board meeting.  Pictured with Mr. Amodio and board members are: (LtoR) Jasmine Garcia, Mackenzie Sickinger, Emma Smith, Bailey Kassem, Aleena Grubbs, Nicholas Walls, Jennifer Sepulveda and Christian Hirsch.  Not pictured are Denise Arriaza-Molina and Zoe Rains. 
April Rising Staff Stars

 Norwood Board of Education proudly honored April Rising Staff Stars at the April 17th board meeting.  Pictured with Mr. Amodio and board members are, Joe Waked, Annette Bryant, Jim Truesdell and Suzy Osterman.  Not pictured, Cathy Grubb
Norwood Knights
Over the weekend of March 27 and 28th Mr. Dykes and Ms. King took the Norwood Knights to the Bengal’s stadium to compete in the Queen City Classic chess tournament 
Calamity Days Schedule
  March 26, 2014

Dear Parent/Guardian,

There have been a significant amount of questions that have been asked regarding how our snow days will impact the end of the school year for our students. As many of you may be aware, over the past few months, the House of Representatives and the Senate have been debating a way to provide some relief to school districts (HB 416) in regards to how these days are to be made up. In the past several weeks, the final “relief” plan was revealed and has been communicated to Ohio school districts. I want to take this opportunity to share with you how the state’s plan impacts the Norwood City School District so that our families can plan the remainder of the school year and summer activities accordingly.

All school districts in the State of Ohio are provided with five (5) waived calamity days, so a district’s first five (5) snow days do not need to be made up. School districts are then required to create a five (5) day contingency plan which clearly lays out the district’s plan should they exceed the first five (5) waived days. Under the new plan, all districts in the state will be required to make up calamity days 6, 7, 8, and 9. Calamity days 10, 11, 12, and 13 would become waived days again and not required to be made up. Anything beyond 13 calamity days would require the district to make such days up as well. The legislation also allows districts to make up missed school days by adding thirty (30) minutes to the school day as an additional option or a combination of adding such time along with makeup days.  The recently passed legislation provides school districts with four (4) additional waived days as long as at least four (4) days have been made up under the district’s contingency plan. Since our students in grades K-12 have only missed nine (9) days of school, the new legislation will not provide any additional relief to Norwood City Schools. This new plan will only truly impact those school districts that have experienced ten (10) or more calamity days.

With careful consideration to the new legislation, as well as desiring to maximize instructional time for our students prior to the end of the school year, the Norwood City School District has chosen to implement the following plan to make up our four (4) missed school days.

Beginning on Monday, April 7th we will add thirty (30) minutes to the school day for the remainder of the school year.  Adding this time will allow the district to accumulate enough additional time to make up three (3) of our necessary make up days as well as allow the district to regain over nine hundred (900) minutes of student classroom instruction time. Additionally, we will be in session on Friday, April 18th, which is currently scheduled as a day that school is not in session, with this day serving as our fourth (4) make up day.  Friday, April 18th will be an early release day as well.  Listed below is a breakdown of the make-up dates/times.

Grades K-11: Monday, April 7th through Friday, May 30th.

  • High School/Middle School will start at 7:45 a.m. and dismiss at 3:30 p.m.

 (April 18 dismissal at 2:00 p.m.)

  • All three elementary schools will start at 8:30 a.m. and dismiss at 3:50 p.m.

 (April 18 dismissal at 2:20 p.m.)

  • The last day for students in grade 12 will be Friday, May 23rd.
  • Preschool will not be affected by these changes.

I am hopeful that this information is helpful and can assist you in planning for the end of the school year and the start of your summer. Let’s all hope that winter is officially over. 


Rob Amodio


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