“The Woodside” Elementary School has recently received word that it is joining the ranks of Ohio’s excellent schools. Notification came from the Ohio Department of Education Report Card, that reported on the 2010-11 school year.
The Woodside Principal Tim Kelty said he couldn’t be prouder.
“We have a supportive family atmosphere here,” Kelty said. “Our teachers are sharp and are advocates for the kids, Our kids are very hard working and our parents get behind what we are doing.”
He said during the open house held Sept. 7, the parking lot was filled to capacity and many has to park on the street. That was proof of the support the school gets.
As for being named an Excellent school, Kelty said it took everyone to earn it.
“This school building opened in 1948 and has served the district for 63 years,” Kelty said. “This is the very first time that Woodside has received this very well-earned distinction.”
He said in the 2009-2010 school year, the students at Woodside scored a 74.1 percent in reading and a 74.4 percent in math. In just one year, those numbers were brought up in a big way. For the 2010-11 school year, The Woodside students scored 86.7 percent in reading and brought the math numbers up to 95.1 percent.
“All the things we talked about last year has been proven to work,” Kelty said. “Some of the old school’s ways of doing things has really paid off for us.”
The previous year Woodside was deemed a "School of Improvement" by the state. The next level to accomplish is "Effective" and the following is "Excellent."
“So..what that means is that in one year we at The Woodside went from a low school improvement and by-passed effective to earn an excellent rating,” Kelty said. “In other words..not only did we hit a home run..We hit a grand slam home run.”
He said the school will soon be receiving a banner from the state to display in the building. That banner will serve as a reminder of a system that works.
“Teachers personalize their instruction,” Kelty said. They make sure to reach every single kid. They just don’t teach to a class.”