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Symmes Valley to celebrate accomplishments

October 13, 2018

IRONTON — Symmes Valley school district will hold a Viking festival to celebrate the “B” grade the school system received on the state report card, according to Darrell Humphreys, superintendent of the Symmes Valley school system.

Symmes Valley was the only school district in Lawrence County to receive a B. The other districts had either a C or a D, according to school officials.

“We want to recognize what our students, teachers and administrators did,” Humphreys said earlier this week.

The celebration is set for 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 12, at the school system. The school system is bringing in inflatables for the Viking ceremony, he said.

Chesapeake, Dawson-Bryant, Fairland, Ironton and South Point all received a grade of C on their report cards, while Rock Hill received a D.

“We’re thrilled with this accomplishment,” Humphreys said. “We’re happy for our school, teachers and administrators, even our bus drivers and cooks.”

“They should be proud,” said Jeff Saunders, superintendent of the Lawrence County Educational Service Center and former Symmes Valley superintendent.

The B rating Symmes Valley received denotes that “our kids are showing growth, showing progress,” Humphreys said.

“One of the things we feel led to our success is we invested in technology,” Humphreys said. The school district paid for a Chromebook computer for every student in grades 3-12, he said. “Technology is not the end-all, be-all, but we wanted our kids exposed to more technology.”

The school district also invested in professional development for teachers, Humphreys said.

“It gives them a chance to see what other districts are doing well,” he said. “I can’t point to any one thing” that led to the grade, he said.

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