Dear Stockader Family,

A great start to the school year really sets the tone for the entire year!  Our students and staff settled in well and are having a very productive first quarter.  The Elementary held an assembly on Sept. 6th to kick off their Four Houses, One Family theme for the year.  The JH/HS held a 9/11 assembly to remember the events of the day and honor the first responders who are connected to our school.  Our 1st annual fall sports night was an exceptionally fun night for our student body and community.  Stockader pride is inspiring and contagious!

A slight change to our master calendar was necessary in order to change the end-of-quarter dates to make them more equitable.  You can find the revised calendar on our website.  We held our first 2-hour delay for staff to work on a district-wide book study (Hacking School Discipline), medical training, department meetings, and gifted and dyslexia training.  These topics and other trainings will continue throughout the school year during the scheduled 2-hour delays.  The October 23rd Professional Development Day for staff will be used for sessions involving “Careers, Curriculum, and Collaboration”.  Much of this work is centered around the district’s Strategic Plan.  Old Fort Schools was rated 4 stars out of 5 stars on the 2022-2023 State Report Card.  More details on our report card can be found on the Ohio Department of Education’s website.

Have you seen the upgrades at the Elementary School building?  If not, stop by to check out the fresh look out front.  You will see the upgraded landscape, a new electric sign, front doors and renovated office spaces.  The weight room has been improved greatly and new baseball dugouts will be installed this fall.  We continue to keep our buildings and facilities safe and clean with much emphasis on quality, efficiency and fiscal responsibility.

Mrs. Amy DeRodes, JH/HS Choir and Band teacher will be honored at the Ohio School Boards Association Northwest Region Fall Conference in Fremont on October 26th for being named Ohio’s Teacher of the Year for Region 1.  Several staff will attend the conference to support her at this recognition.  It is quite an honor for Amy and our school.  Thank you to Sandy Adelsperger for nominating your fellow colleague!

Parents and community members: thank you for working closely with the school to make a positive difference for our current and future students.  We appreciate the opportunity to partner with you in the education of our students!

Feel free to reach out to me anytime by phone or email:

Yours in Education,

Cindy Endsley, Superintendent