Fostoria City Schools

Home of the Redmen

Longfellow Elementary

 Grades Preschool - Kindergarten - School Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Kelli Bauman, Longfellow/Riley Principal
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Karla Grine, Secretary
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WELCOME!

Year 3 of Leader in Me

As we continue our journey with the Leader in Me, we jump into the Empowering Instruction portion. All teachers participated in training this summer to prepare for the 17-18 school year. In years 1 and 2, we have focused on teaching the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, setting goals with students to increase academic achievement and overall building culture improvements.

Level 3 of Leader in Me focuses on the following:

  • Building Trusting Relationships
  • Activating Student-Led Learning
  • Engaging Collaborative Planning and Reflection 

These components are focused towards what teachers can do instructionally to empower students, even at the young age of a kindergarten or preschool student. This transforms the classroom culture from being exclusively teacher-led into a place where students are empowered to lead themselves. This year will give us a chance to bring all parts of the Leader in Me together for a whole-school transformation. We are working to show measurement of these parts through a results assessment created by Franklin-Covey. I look forward to seeing the outcomes as we prepare students socially, academically and culturally through this amazing process. 

Reading is the Key

Everything we do in school and in our lives revolves around our ability to read.  This is why we need to start early with our children learning to read and continue to grow and challenge them to read longer, more difficult, and different types of material.  InfoOhio recently published some information, primarily focusing on students in pre-school through third grade and skills they should be working on and things you can do with your child at home. With the Third Grade Guarantee, it is important that we have students on track with their reading levels by the end of the third grade.  Much like learning to ride a bike, playing an instrument or participating in a sport, reading is a skill that needs repeated practice.  Research shows students who are at grade level in reading have a higher percentage chance of graduating on time from high school as well as performing better on other subjects standardized testing.  These newsletters can be found by going to https://www.infohio.org/students/parents/resources-for-the-third-grade-reading-guarantee.  I encourage everyone to take a moment to read these and see how we can make reading a part of many activities we do on a daily basis and show our children reading is fun and rewarding.

Andrew Sprang
Superintendent

Intermediate Elementary

 Grades 3-6 - School Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

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Secretaries:
Ashley Oestreich
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Jane Burns
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Phone: 419-436-4125
Fax: 419-436-4169

Kori Bernal, Principal
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 Official Leader in Me School

From the Desk of Mrs. Bernal

We are well underway at FIES and the students have done an amazing job adjusting to the daily routines!  During the months of August and September, teachers have been spending time assessing your child’s reading and math levels.  This data will provide teachers with valuable information used to determine instruction along with intervention and enrichments.  Students will then be assessed in December and April to track their progress in reading, math and science. 

Leader in Me is in full force at FIES!  Students have been completing activities on how to implement the 7 Habits in their daily lives.  In October, we will start with student action teams.  The Student Lighthouse Team has already met put together welcome goodie bags for our substitute teachers!  What a great way to welcome our substitute teachers. (September 2017)


Reading is the Key

Everything we do in school and in our lives revolves around our ability to read.  This is why we need to start early with our children learning to read and continue to grow and challenge them to read longer, more difficult, and different types of material.  InfoOhio recently published some information, primarily focusing on students in pre-school through third grade and skills they should be working on and things you can do with your child at home. With the Third Grade Guarantee, it is important that we have students on track with their reading levels by the end of the third grade.  Much like learning to ride a bike, playing an instrument or participating in a sport, reading is a skill that needs repeated practice.  Research shows students who are at grade level in reading have a higher percentage chance of graduating on time from high school as well as performing better on other subjects standardized testing.  These newsletters can be found by going to https://www.infohio.org/students/parents/resources-for-the-third-grade-reading-guarantee.  I encourage everyone to take a moment to read these and see how we can make reading a part of many activities we do on a daily basis and show our children reading is fun and rewarding.

Andrew Sprang
Superintendent

Junior/Senior High School

Grades 7-12 - School Hours: 7:35 a.m. - 2:25 p.m.

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Drew Bauman, Principal 
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Phone: 419-436-4110

Mike Daring, Asst. Principal
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419-436-4110

Michele Wolf, Asst. Principal/AD 
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419-436-4110

Fostoria Junior/Senior High School is dedicated to ensuring individual student's needs are met and each student is prepared to experience success in all of their future endeavors. Through communication, collaboration and determination we wish to accomplish these goals as a school, a district, and a community.

From the Desk of Mr. Bauman:

The staff and students at Fostoria Junior/Senior High School are working hard this year on the goal-setting process as we begin our journey as a LEAD school. Research has shown that the simple act of writing a goal greatly increases the chances of accomplishing the goal. If goals are broken down into action steps and the action steps are tracked, goals have an even greater percentage of success.

During our weekly SUCCESS period, each student writes and then monitors three Wildly Important Goals or WIG’s in a Leadership Notebook. These goals are focused on 3 critical areas: Grades, Attendance, and Personal Development. We refer to these critical areas as our GAP’s. For each area, students identify 2-3 action steps to ensure they are taking efforts to achieve their GAP WIG’s. During SUCCESS, students also meet with an accountability partner to discuss their action steps and the progress they have made over the last week. 

We are very excited about the work our students and staff are doing through LEAD! Taking this process seriously will help us “close the GAP”. We encourage you to ask your child about our Leadership Notebooks and WIG’s at home.  The goals chosen are meaningful to your child, so be sure to practice Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood. We sincerely thank you for your support! 

Part of LEAD is discussing what are known as the “7 Habits”. These are habits that, when made an integral part of our everyday decision-making and treated as a way of life, will have a significant impact on our lives. 

Our students are diving into these habits in their SUCCESS classes as well. They will begin with Habit 1 – Be Proactive. Being proactive means to take responsibility for your own life. One easy way for students, and adults, to do this is by listening to our language.

A motto that we have adopted this year is “Victim or Victor”. Too often it is easy for a person to focus on what is outside of their control or influence when evaluating their own behaviors. This is what we call the Victim Mindset. Instead, we would like our students to pay specific attention to those things they do have control or influence over, adopting a Victor Mindset. A victim mindset allows others to dictate to us what we are capable of accomplishing, and limits our potential to other’s opinions of us. A victor mindset empowers students to carve their own path and limits their potential only to what they tell themselves they are capable of. 

Something our students will practice at school, and can also easily be done at home, is the “Circle of Control”. When considering a goal we would like to accomplish, or a dilemma in our lives, we should consider this circle. 

Is this something that we have influence or control over? If so, it falls within the inner part of circle, or the Circle of Control. If it is not something we are able to influence it falls in the outer circle, or the Circle of No Control. If we grow the inner circle, and shrink the outer circle we are building a Victor Mindset and will take greater responsibility of our own lives. (September 2017)

Treasurer

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Treasurer

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Records Retention Schedule  

Welcome to the Fostoria City Schools Treasurer’s page. The Treasurer is the Chief Financial Officer of the school district and reports directly to the Board of Education. Primary responsibilities of this office include:

   Preparation and Maintenance of Annual Budget
   Financial Forecasting
   Employee benefits
   Payroll
   Accounts Payable
   Purchasing
   Receipting
   Financial Reporting
   Local, State and Federal Funds
   Investing
   Inventory of district assets
   Public Records
   Board meeting minutes

Perhaps the most challenging task executed by this office is preparation of the five year forecast. This forecast is filed with the state of Ohio in October and then again in May of each year. The most recent five year forecast is posted on this page.   Notes accompany the forecast and are an integral part of understanding the assumptions used to forecast the district’s financial future. I encourage you to review both the forecast and accompanying notes so you might better understand the financial position of the district.

I hope that this site and the information provided here is useful to you.   I welcome you to contact me should you have any questions relating to information provided on this page.

 

FCS General Fund Reports (January 2014-September 2015)
FCS Five Year Forecasts (October 2012-October 2015)

Julie A. Adkins
Seneca County Auditor
(link to auditor website)
109 S. Washingtons St., Suite 2206
Tiffin, OH 44883

Hours: Mon-Fri, 8:30AM - 4:30PM
Phone: 419-447-0692
Fax: 4196-448-5055
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FRAUD REPORTING

If you suspect fraud, waste or misuse of taxpayer funds, call the Auditor of State’s Fraud Hotline: 1-866-FRAUD OH (1-886-372-8364). Or send your tip by e-mail or a letter addressed to:

Ohio Auditor of State’s Office (link to State Auditor website)
Special Investigations Unit
88 E. Broad Street
Columbus OH 43215

Board of Education

PATRICK GRINE, THOMAS GRINE, DR. THOMAS GUERNSEY, HEIDI KAUFFMAN, SHARON STANNARD

The Fostoria Board of Education is comprised of five members elected for four-year terms. Their role is to provide guidance on district policy and planning for the district as representatives of the community. Board sub-committees include negotiations/personnel/grievances, buildings/grounds & transportation, audit/finance, policy development, records, and community involvement.

MeetingsThe Fostoria Board of Education revised the 2018 Board meeting schedule (April 12, 2018).  Meetings will be held as follows:

Wednesday, May 9th                Work Session & Regular           4:00 p.m.
Friday, June 15th                      Work Session & Regular           7:45 a.m.
Friday, July 13th                       Work Session & Regular           7:45 a.m.
Friday, August 24th                  Work Session & Regular           7:45 a.m.
Monday, September 10th          Work Session                            6:00 p.m.        
Monday, September 17th          Regular Meeting                       6:00 p.m.                                
Monday, October 8th                Work Session                            6:00 p.m.                                
Monday, October 15th              Regular Meeting                       6:00 p.m.                                
Monday, November 12th          Work Session                            6:00 p.m.
Monday, November 19th          Regular Meeting                       6:00 p.m.
Monday, December 10th          Work Session                            6:00 p.m.
Monday, December 17th          Regular Meeting                       6:00 p.m.

Unless otherwise announced, the meetings will take place in the Board Room at the Fostoria Junior/Senior High School, 1001 Park Avenue, Fostoria, OH 44830.   

Public Participation at Board MeetingsThe Board of Education recognizes the value to school governance of public comment on educational issues and the importance of allowing members of the public to express themselves on school matters of community interest.

The Board is also committed to conducting its meetings in a productive and efficient manner that assures that the regular agenda of the Board is completed in a reasonable period of time and allows for a fair and adequate opportunity for input to be considered. Consequently, public participation at Board meetings will be governed by the following principles:

Any person or group wishing to place an item on the agenda should register their intent with the Superintendent no later than fourteen (14) business days prior to the meeting and include:

                       A.  name and address of the participant;

                       B.  group affiliation, if and when appropriate;

                       C.  topic to be addressed.

Such requests shall be subject to the approval of the Superintendent and the Board President.

In order to permit the fair and orderly expression of such comment, the Board shall provide a period for public participation at all public meetings of the Board and publish rules to govern such participation in Board meetings.

The presiding officer of each Board meeting at which public participation is permitted shall administer the rules of the Board for its conduct.

FCS District Organizational Chart

Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA)

“Riley Elementary School students had the opportunity to present essays they wrote on “Why I am Proud to be a Redmen.” “At Riley we have been working on our leadership skills and one of the most important things you can work on as a leader is your speaking voice,” Principal Kelli Bauman said. “They spent a lot of time reflecting on why they are proud to be a Redmen or … a Riley Redmen.”

Students who had the opportunity to share their essays included Alaina Caudill, Lily Hutchinson, Taylor O’Leary, Manuel Valero, Grayson Bauman, Cecilia Bringman, Aliyah Grine, Tinley Holman and Avalon Sprang, first grade; and Haley Edwards, Tay Harrison, Jordan Preble, Sophie Schmidt, Izzy Engle, Adelayde Guernsey, Carlito Hernandez, Ariyah Leaf, Mikela Sauval, Annie Kopp, Gabby Lydston, Marisol Sarmiento and AntJuan Scott, second grade.

They explained they are proud to be Redmen because of their practice of the 7 Habits, their participation on leadership/action teams, morning meetings, earning prizes for good behavior, making friends, learning in each subject, completing projects, encouragement from teachers, setting goals and more.

“Riley Elementary is a fun place because you get to be in charge of yourself,” Hernandez said. “You get to show respect for our country when we do the flag. Everybody at Riley respects me and it makes my heart feel kind. I love to be a Riley Redmen because it is a place to feel happy.”

“As a Riley student, I know it is OK to make mistakes because it teaches you a lesson to try harder,” Engle said.

Edwards said she was proud to be a Riley Redmen because of the action teams.

“I have made cards with candy and we get the extra candy. I try new candy too. I have given people in class a card with candy that has a nice note inside,” she read, explaining she’s on the random act of kindness action team. “It helps me to be nicer to others. It helps Riley by making people feel happy. It helps brighten people’s day. I love to be a Riley Redmen.”

Each student then received a certificate from Dr. Thomas Guernsey, board president.” (Article courtesy of the Review Times – April 19, 2018)

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Audited Financial Report

The Audited Financial Report is available for public viewing on the Auditor of State website: https://ohioauditor.gov/
auditsearch/results.aspx - Audit Search - Search Keyword: Fostoria City Schools District or by visting the Treasurer's Office at 1001 Park Avenue, Fostoria, OH 44830 (Please call in advance @ 419-436-4162).