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Welcome to the Home of the Roughriders

Western Reserve Local SchoolsWelcome to the online home of Western Reserve Local Schools! We are a public school district serving communities in the northeast corner of beautiful Huron County, Ohio. Beginning with our preschool program and culminating with a solid high school education, our students participate in engaging academic and extracurricular experiences that consistently prepare them for success at the next level.

We invite you to browse our website to learn more about all the great things our schools have to offer. If you’re new to the area or considering transferring your child to one of our schools, take some time to read why Western Reserve Local School District is an excellent choice for your family.


A Message from Our Superintendent

Parents, Community Members, and Friends,

“A soft answer turneth away wrath…” - Rodge F. Wilson, Superintendent

What a good start to the school year. These words echo in my mind from just a month ago. The buildings started up with nary a stutter, academic programs were in place, the athletic programs were showing quite a promise, and word had just reached us that our Progress Grade on the report card was the same “A” as last year when we won the OSBA Momentum Award. Well done.

And it’s October now. Things are still going well, but there are subtle signs that the schedules, deadlines, and expectations are starting to be felt. Maybe you’ve noticed that your patience is a little shorter. Maybe the kids are staying up a little later; their answers to your questions getting a little vaguer. Maybe you’re finding them spending time doing other things than what they should be doing. This is normal. They are like all of us. In the beginning when things are still under control, we share more about what is happening and about what we are accomplishing: and as the unfinished tasks accumulate, we tend to quit talking about it, lest we have to face what are quickly becoming unwelcome tasks.

I notice it in my family as well. The number of times I come home and chores and homework aren’t done is a little more frequent. I hear all kinds of reasons why they are not to blame for nearly anything that happens to them, and let’s face it; the tattling is getting nearly out of hand. Why just last weekend when my wife came home from work, the ten year old deviously told her mother what a good day it had been laying around and watching videos “because daddy was down at the shop playing with his tractors all day”. Ah, we’re all looking for a distraction, but all is not lost. Take a minute and recognize it while it is happening. It came to me when dealing with my young son. Shortly after school started, it appeared he could do nothing right. He was struggling with everything. Asking him to complete his homework and get an outfit for the next day seemed an insurmountable task. He struggled with everything we asked him to do. Then about two weeks ago I asked him to do a “special job” for me. The details are irrelevant; it was a menial task such as I thought he couldn’t bungle. But after he completed it, I made a huge deal about it, telling everyone in the family how accomplished he was. It became our special moment of each day, me praising him for doing something right.

Within a week, I noticed a change in both of us. Not only had I stopped criticizing him, but he had come to identify himself as someone who could “get important things done”. Somehow, through accomplishing this simple chore, and being lauded for it, he developed the confidence to believe he was capable of doing greater things, and I had learned as well.

The next few weeks will bring additional challenges to our students. The time change the first week of November will make going to bed and getting up harder. The grading period will be coming to a close. Deadlines and obligations approach. And while we may not be able to control the stresses in our lives, we can always control how we react to them. Teach your children that completing the simplest task can make them more confident in their capabilities. Encourage them gently but firmly. Set limits and lead by example. Teach them to keep striving so at the end they can hear…well done.

Rodge Wilson, Superintendent

Sincerely,

Rodge F. Wilson

Rodge F. Wilson
Superintendent

 

 



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