Superintendent's Weekly Newsletters & Reports

September 22, 2017

Thank you to our Elementary School staff, students, and PTA for raising over $850 to donate to the victims of Hurricane Harvey.  To raise these funds, the Elementary School hosted a Hats for Harvey fundraiser in which the students donated $1 or more to wear a hat to school on a designated day.

I would like to congratulate our Keystone High School Marching Wildcats on a stellar performance last Saturday as they performed at the North Royalton Band Festival. They were among 10 high school bands who performed at this showcase of musical talent in our area. They represented Keystone well with a fine performance! Great job to Band Director Brett Benzin and thanks to our community supporters and CONGRATS to our incredible band students!

Please continue to check out our weekly Wednesday Q & A videos.  Last week, I hosted Jody White, our Food Service Director, and she discussed our new interactive lunch menu and the salad bar we now offer at Keystone Middle and Keystone High School.  Check out this week’s video to learn about our new High School Language Arts Teacher Alison Gillam and Guidance Counselor Alyssa Schwedt.  View our videos @ http://www.keystonelocalschools.org/district/superintendent-video-q-and-a or on our YouTube channel @ Keystone Schools.

Lastly, we are still seeking career speakers to visit the Middle School during the school’s lunch periods. The goal is to help students to learn about different careers throughout the year. Each speaker would be asked to stay from roughly 10:30 until 12:00 and would speak to approximately 30 students. We would love your valuable insight on your career to be shared with our students!  If you are interested in speaking at KMS, please contact Kristen.Lazard@keystoneschools.org.

September 15, 2017
It’s been a busy week at Keystone!  Elementary, Middle and High School students began MAP Growth testing in language arts and mathematics.  MAP testing is designed and provided by NWEA, a research-based, not-for-profit organization that creates assessments that precisely measure growth and proficiency. This testing, similar to the S.T.A.R testing, provides insights for our teachers to help them tailor instruction.

Other new programs at the High School include our monthly Wildcat Wisdom Wednesdays.  On the first Wednesday of the month, the students operate on an assembly schedule and during the scheduled assembly time, they are divided into groups based on their grade level.  In these grade level groups, students receive mentoring from teachers in small groups, career presentations, college exhibits, state testing data, expectations, and requirements, and more that is specifically tied to their grade level.  This is a great way to ensure all of our students stay up-to-date on important information and receive training and advisement as necessary.

Lastly, beginning in October and concluding in May, KMS is hosting Career Speakers to come in during the school’s lunch periods. The goal is to help students to learn about different careers throughout the year. Each speaker would be asked to stay from roughly 10:30 until 12:00 and would speak to approximately 30 students. We would love your valuable insight on your career to be shared with our students!  If you are interested in speaking at KMS, please contact Kristen.Lazard@keystoneschools.org.

September 8, 2017
It’s been a great second week at Keystone!  Thanks to all the parents and staff who have made this transition back to school an easy one, especially for our kindergarteners who started this Tuesday.

In this week’s Wednesday video, I discussed our PBIS initiative. PBIS stands for “positive behavior intervention and supports.” The purpose of this initiative is to recognize and commend positive behavior. This program, which is reinforced by our P.R.I.D.E. (Positive, Responsible, Integrity, Driven, Engaged) signage, helps show students the exemplary behavior we know each Keystone student possesses.  As students model the positive behaviors in the P.R.I.D.E program, they are recognized by their teachers and Keystone staff, earning rewards and positive affirmation that their good deeds do not go unseen. To learn more about the program, please view this week’s video at http://www.keystonelocalschools.org/district/superintendent-video-q-and-a. In addition, please remember to submit questions to be featured on our weekly Q-and-A videos at franco.gallo@keystone.k12.oh.us or on Twitter @suptfrancogallo.

Lastly, I would like to thank all our Wildcat fans who support our athletes by attending games and meets.  Please continue to do so!  Your support, both on and off the field, is one of the things that make Keystone great!

September 1, 2017
It’s been a great first week at Keystone!  Thanks to all the parents and staff who have made this transition back to school an easy one. We are all excited to welcome our Class of 2030 graduates (kindergarteners) on Tuesday, September 5. As a reminder, we do not have school on Monday, September 4 due to the Labor Day holiday.

We are continuing to use our many communication venues this year.  I will be broadcasting short videos on a weekly basis in which I answer questions from the community or provide pertinent information about our District.  This week, my video discusses the many ways our parents, students, and community can stay up-to-date on all things Keystone.  Go to www.keystonelocalschools.org/superintendentvideoseries to view the video and remember to subscribe to our YouTube channel @keystoneschools. If you would like a question answered, please email me at franco.gallo@keystoneschools.org.

In addition to the video series, we also have our comprehensive website, Facebook page, Keystone Twitter page @keystoneschools, and a Superintendent’s Twitter page @suptfrancogallo as ways of communicating with our community.

We encourage our parents to play an active role in students’ lives.  A great way to do this is to join the PTA!  Presently the KMS/KHS PTA and the Elementary School’s PTA are welcoming new members.  Please consider joining these valuable organizations that provide resources to both our students and teachers.  To learn more about the PTA, navigate to our individual school’s websites.

Our first home football game is TODAY, Friday Sept 1.  Please join us at the Wildcat Stadium to cheer on our fall athletes and show your wildcat pride!

August 25, 2017
Welcome back Keystone!! It’s hard to believe that this summer has flown by so quickly!  I hope you all enjoyed the time off and are as excited as we are to delve into the 2017-2018 school year! School begins THIS Monday, August 28 from all students in grades 1 – 12. Kindergarten students begin the following week on Tuesday, September 5. Next week, both the Middle and Elementary Schools will hold their open houses on Tuesday, August 29. The KMS Open House is scheduled from 4:30-6pm, and the KES Open House is from 5:30-7pm. Taking an interest and active role in your child’s education is a key to success. I would like to encourage all parents to attend these Open Houses. If you were unable to attend the High School’s Open House yesterday, please contact the KHS office with any questions.

Our commitment to living a healthy lifestyle is reinforced this year as our campus is a designated 100% tobacco-free environment. In addition to promoting healthy living habits, we are also continuing to offer our residents FREE use of Keystone High School’s fitness weight room.  The weight room is open for community use Monday through Thursday from 6pm-8pm. In addition to the exercise facility, we are continuing to open our outdoor track to our residents as well as holding indoor walking at Keystone Elementary School.

In other news, the fall sports season is underway, and I encourage you to cheer on our athletes as they represent Keystone.  In addition to athletics, each school offers a variety of extracurricular programs.  Please encourage your child to take part in these programs as they build character, pride, and develop a sense of class and student community.  You can access a list of these programs from each school’s individual website.

We are excited to continue our tradition of excellence this year, and fulfill our mission statement that we, in partnership with our community, empower ALL students to be global thinkers and successful lifelong learners through the delivery of relevant content via quality instruction.