The 2021-22 school year is off to a great start in Worthington Schools. In addition to our continued efforts to navigate school during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have major changes occurring with our facilities and additional tools and opportunities for our students to enhance learning. We’re planning for in-person learning all year and planning for students to participate in the co-curricular activities they love. We have a lot to celebrate.
Phase 1 of our master facilities plan is complete. Our new middle school spaces are incredible learning environments for kids. Our elementary schools are now kindergarten to fifth grade, and middle schools are sixth through eighth grade. Our Slate Hill students have begun as freshman at Worthington Kilbourne High School.
We invite you to join the open houses for our updated middle schools from 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 19 for Kilbourne and Worthingway middle schools and from 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 26 for McCord and Perry middle schools.
Several of our other school buildings have undergone maintenance upgrades, including a new playground at Wilson Hill Elementary School.
In addition, Worthington Schools is now a one-to-one school district, meaning every student has access to a technology device. Such tools as Chromebooks expand course offerings, experiences and access to learning materials and allow for a more personalized educational experience for all students. More access to technology will better prepare students for their world once they graduate.
We also are expanding our curriculum to include an Aviation Academy in collaboration with the Ohio State University Airport. Students in the academy will get to explore multiple aspects of the aviation industry. By the end of this yearlong academy, students can earn college credit and a drone remote pilot license and be prepared to take the written test to be a pilot.
Even in these times, we are happy to share that some really great things are happening.
I want to thank our families, staff and community members for their continued support and resilience during another challenging school year. We might not know what the future holds for this pandemic or for the school year, but our staff is ready to continue to empower a community of learners who will change the world.
Trent Bowers is superintendent of Worthington Schools. Write to him at [email protected]