Welcome to the start of the 2016-17 school year! As with the start of each new year, our staff and students are eager with anticipation looking forward to being with their colleagues and classmates once again in the classrooms, halls and playgrounds of the Norwood City School District.
I would like to take a moment to reflect on the tremendous success experienced throughout the district during the 2015-16 school year. We continue to carry the tremendous distinction of being rated by the Ohio Department of Education as an EXCELLENT school district. This designation is the testament to the hard work placed into each day by our staff, students and parents! The Norwood City School District has also been rated in the top 8% of all 824 public and community school districts in the State of Ohio in the Value Added indicator which measures the academic growth of our students over one school year. Our students worked diligently throughout the year in the classroom and in after school activities such as music, drama, fine arts, athletics and clubs. Our staff members worked with great passion to educate, support and mentor the future stars of our community, the more than 2,200 children enrolled in our schools. Our parents and community members supported countless activities and provided thousands of volunteer hours to assist both our staff members and our students. Their incredible support at many events helped create lasting memories for our children.
The culminating event of the school year was our graduation ceremony for the class of 2016 of Norwood High School. The achievements of the class of 2016 are a great representation of the high regard for education and the work ethic instilled in our children by the families and community members of Norwood. On May 24, 2016, 130 seniors joined the proud ranks of over 117 years of Norwood High School graduates and alumni. The class of 2016 earned over $1,500,000 in scholarship money and over 83% of the members of the class of 2016 will be attending college, certification programs or serving in the Armed Forces. These graduates will continue to represent and carry on the legacy of so many who have gone before them, graduates of the greatest school district in Ohio, the NORWOOD CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT and as residents of the greatest city in Ohio, the city of NORWOOD!!
Thank you to all of our students, parents, staff and community members for making the 2015-16 school year a tremendous success. We look forward to an outstanding and memorable new school year full of new experiences, achievements, learning and friendships for all.
Norwood City School District