Mississinawa Valley’s annual district report



The purpose of this report, is to present citizens with an annual review of the Mississinawa Valley Local School District (MVLSD). This report contains information about student accomplishments, building and district goals, school programs, district finances, student enrollment and school improvements.

During the 2015/16 School Year, the district completed Year 3 of the Early Ed/SPARK/Ready School College Grant, under the direction of Mrs. Marla Threewits. MVLSD will be continuing with Year 4 of the grant for the 2016/17 School Year. Mrs. Marla Threewits will again be coordinating the grant this year. Mrs. Threewits brings much educational experience to this position. We are excited about Marla’s involvement and continuation of this grant.

Congratulations to Mrs. Jodi Humphries, MV Intervention Specialist. She was selected as the Mississinawa Valley Teacher of the Year and then went on to receive the Darke County Co-Teacher of the Year Award. Mrs. Humphries has done an outstanding job with student intervention. Congratulations to Mrs. Humphries!

I would like to congratulate Leslie Dirksen, who was Valedictorian for the Class of 2016. Leslie will be attending the University of Toledo and majoring in Mechanical Engineering. Also, congratulations to Kasey Hummel, who was Salutatorian. Kasey plans to attend Wilmington University and major in Ag Business. I would like to commend our Honor Diploma recipients: Leslie Dirksen, Zach Dirmeyer, Mariah Hannnan, Kasey Hummel, Hope Jankowski and Joseph Teeter. Congratulations to the Class of 2016, through local and other scholarships was awarded $169,250 to further their educational endeavors. Best Wishes to the Class of 2016!

Best wishes in retirement to Mrs. Christine Bateman and Mrs. Connie McEldowney. Chris retired at the conclusion of the 2015/16 School Year and Connie retired at the beginning of the 2016/17 School Year. Again, best wishes!

I would like to thank the students, parents, staff, administration and the Board of Education for a successful 2015/16 School Year. As a district, we will continue to strive for improvements on the District Report Card. The overall goal is to be rated an “A” District in all categories.

Do not hesitate to contact me with questions or comments and I will see that your questions are answered and your comments are considered. Your thoughts and contributions are invited.

MVLSD District Goals for FY 2016-2017: To increase student achievement at all levels and subjects, particularly in 7-12 math and science; To use technology in every classroom as an essential tool for the work of teaching and learning; to have all students school – ready by the first day of kindergarten and to provide students opportunities to explore careers and identify their skill set and potential career paths.

By Doug Dunham

Mississinawa Valley School

Dunham is the Superintendent of Mississinawa Valley Schools. He may be reached at 937-968-5656. Viewpoints expressed in the article are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.

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