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OVSD up and running for another year

The Ohio Valley School District kicked off the 2015-16 school year last Wednesday, August, 19.

After many weeks of planning and preparation, OVSD teachers opened their classrooms to returning students.

“It’s great to see our students and staff in full swing,” new ACOVSD Superintendent Richard Seas remarked.

“The beginning of the school year is always an exciting time, a fresh beginning for everyone,” North Adams Assistant Principal Dierdre Mills commented. “In no other profession can you begin anew every year. Teachers and principals are recharged, students are ready for the routine of school, and parents are hopeful for a great year for their kids.”

The new school year also brings significant changes for the district.

A new superintendent of schools, Richard Seas, replaces Rodney Wallace who retired last year.

Assistant Principal Mills said, “Though we will miss Mr. Wallace’s leadership, we anticipate exceptional things of Mr. Seas. With his background and experience, I believe he will bring a new perspective to our district.”

Mr. Seas expressed his enthusiasm for the job ahead, “We’re certainly in the people business and I’m really looking forward to working with the staff and students.”

The new school year also brings changes in state testing and requirements. Many educators are endorsing these reforms which have shorter testing windows and quicker results.

The Math and Language Arts competency tests which have been administered by The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) will be replaced by American Institute for Research (AIR) tests, which already administer testing for Science and Social Studies.

The PARCC tests normally took 30 to 40 days away from classroom instruction time. It was also a source of anxiety for many students. AIR testing will be done only one time at the end of the school year.

“This school year will bring about changes,” said Mills, “but everyone in the OVSD school district has worked hard to prepare for a great school year full of success and progress.”

These students are arriving at Peebles High School on August 19 for the first day of the 2015-16 school year.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_School1.jpgThese students are arriving at Peebles High School on August 19 for the first day of the 2015-16 school year. Patricia Beech | People’s Defender

Pictured here at Peebles High School Back to School Night are, from left, smally, his mother Allison Smalley, and teacher Billie Jo Justice.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_School2.jpgPictured here at Peebles High School Back to School Night are, from left, smally, his mother Allison Smalley, and teacher Billie Jo Justice. Patricia Beech | People’s Defender
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