Click on the link below to view the 2015-16 Rootstown School Calendar:
*NOTE: In the bottom right hand corner of the calendar you should see the image also seen below. If you have a Google account and click on this icon, you can add it to your calendar. As it is updated with events, these events will also automatically be updated to your calendar.
Google Apps for Education
I hope your child had a great first week of school. I would also like to inform you of our district’s transition to the Google platform. Moving to the Google platform will enable staff and students to have access to all of the Google Apps for Education products, which we believe will have a positive impact on our technology goals as well as enhance student learning.
As a result, all students in grades 4-12 will be given a Google account which includes Gmail, and will receive training on using their email along with the other Google products.
Please click on the links below to explore the technology standards set forth by the Ohio Department of Education and also read more in the first issue of The Communicator that will be coming out later this month.
The Rootstown Communicator - please click on the link below to access the most recent issue of The Communicator (please note it may take a few seconds to load).
Federal Court Instructs Ohio Districts to Post Information for Parents Concerning Data Release
A U.S. District Court has ordered that 2013-2014 school year records from the Ohio Department of Education’s Educational Management Information System be turned over to Disability Rights Ohio as part of an ongoing lawsuit.
Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, families of students whose data will be released must be notified and given the opportunity to object. The court is instructing all local education agencies to post notice about this opportunity to object on their district websites and in a central location, accessible to the public, in each building that is open to the public.
A copy of the notice – which includes instructions on how parents may object to the data release – can be found here. The court must receive objections no later than Sept. 12.
Students’ names, addresses and social security numbers are not part of the information to be released. Ohio is one of only three states that do not allow their departments of education to collect this data, to protect student privacy.
Data to be released for each student include student ID number, school name, grade, gender, race, age and disability category. The records also reveal student performance on the state’s Ohio Achievement Assessments and Ohio Graduation Tests, as well as tests related to Ohio’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee. Student suspensions and expulsions also are listed.
The data is subject to a protective order, which means Disability Rights Ohio cannot publicize it.
Please contact the Ohio Department of Education’s legal office at (614) 466-4705 if you have questions.
According to State Law, students can be referred for testing for possible gifted identification at any time. If you would like your child tested for possible gifted identification, please complete this form and return it to the Rootstown Board of Education Office, care of Terri Sigler, district Gifted Coordinator.
Rootstown Schools, in collaboration with the community, will provide a quality education in a safe environment for students to become productive, life-long learners.