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Pleasants County Schools News Article

Superintendent's Message - October 2019

Pleasants County Schools is nearing the end of the first nine weeks, which will be October 11th, 2019. Report cards will be sent home with students on October 18th. Many educational programs continue to be provided throughout our schools. The continued effort with Math4Life has been a positive addition. Each school’s curriculum and leadership teams have completed their school’s 2019-2020 strategic plan, which outlines their specific reading/language arts and mathematics goals for this year. Our schools are continuing to guide students academically to reach their full potential. Student GSA results and Lexile/Quantile scores have been sent home to parents. The county central office and each school continue to work together and provide valuable professional development. 

The Roof and HVAC replacement in the kitchen/cafeteria at St. Marys Elementary is completed, the new hot water tanks at PCMS, and the new HVAC (Bard Units) are installed at Belmont Elementary. We have been so fortunate in Pleasants County to be the recipient of numerous School Building Authority projects. Maintenance and renovation of our schools continues to be a top priority and our facilities reflect the great care we take of them. The storm water project at SMHS has started. I appreciate everyone’s patience with traffic in the mornings and afternoons, as this project is a needed improvement to St. Marys High School, the Mid-Ohio Valley Technical Institute and the homeowners along Route 2. 
 
The 2019-2020 school year has begun in a very positive manner with each school seeing success and gains on their school and students’ GSA results.  Included in each school’s strategic plan is the professional development and goals identified to continue to improve in reading/language arts and mathematics. 
 
“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” -Malcom X 
 
Back to School
 
I would like to extend a warm welcome back to all staff, students and parents as we begin another great year in Pleasants County Schools! I hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable summer filled with fun and relaxation.

I must take a moment to thank the maintenance crew, custodians, volunteers, and administrators for working diligently to complete summer projects.  Our schools look great. We take great pride in our facilities and it certainly shows in all our schools.

Construction projects are continuing throughout the summer and fall, which include: HVAC units and a new roof above the kitchen/cafeteria, restroom renovations at St. Marys Elementary, HVAC units in the Pre-K Wing at Belmont Elementary and a new hot water tank at Pleasants County Middle School.  Also, the upgrades to the storm water management system at St. Marys High School will begin soon.

We have a few new teachers for the upcoming year as follows: Mr. Connor Lancaster, Science- PCMS, Ms. Shealyn Delancey, Social Studies- PCMS, Mr. Michael Simonton, Social Studies- SMHS, Ms. Blake Walls, SMES- Pre-K, Mr. Howard Meeks- SMHS, Math, Mrs. Samantha Venderlic- SMES, Kindergarten.  We are very excited to have these talented new staff members join our team!

Our school system continues to strive to provide the very best education for our students. The GSA results and data will be analyzed to identify both strengths and weaknesses of our school system. I believe that we have the very best staff and know confidently that we will continue to strive for academic improvement, growth and success.

I am very proud of the hard work our students, staff and administration have demonstrated over the past year. The Math4Life initiative has been very successful and we look forward to continuing this program in year two.

I would like to thank the staff, students, and community for your continued participation, dedication, and support for our schools in Pleasants County.  

As the new school year begins, we must remember that our students are counting on all of us. We will aim high and set goals for each learner knowing that our students will rise to our expectations. It is going to be a great school year in Pleasants County!

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