Greetings Aviator Nation,

It is November and winter weather will quickly be upon us. However, before we begin full fledge preparationfor the Northeast Ohio winter, lets take some time to celebrate what many people are calling the best opening of an academic school year for the Alliance City School District in over 30 years. Smooth starts are the result of months of hard work and planning along with the efforts of many teams and individuals. I would like to thank all of the teachers, support staff, principals and district administrators for the many hours they spent preparing buildings, classrooms, buses, cafeterias, parking lots and playgrounds for the arrival of our students and staff.

I would also like to thank our community partners who sponsored several events designed to support our students and families with back to school preparations such as school supplies and clothing for the year.It truly does takes a village and our village has once again proven that it is up to the challenge.

During the 2018/2019 school year, we will continue to focus on building a district culture that supports high performance, strong leadership and caring citizenship. We will accomplish this by collectively working to be intentional, purpose-driven and by continuing to hold each other accountable for living our core values every day.

Recently the Stark County Health Department and CDC released the results of a survey that was given to students in several districts throughout the county. Last spring our students in grades 7-12 participated in the survey and the results pointed to several areas of concern. Our staff will continue to review the data and develop plans to support the social and emotional needs of all students. With that being said, the issues facing our students are larger than our district and will take a full community effort to solve. I am asking everyone reading this newsletter to continue to listen to our youngest community members and to report all concerns to the proper authorities.

We appreciate your interest and continued support of our district and wish you a safe and enjoyable ending to 2018.

Go Aviators!

Jeffery Talbert