Superintendent's Message

Indian Lake Community,

When Governor DeWine closed schools in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it changed education and our society forever.  The Indian Lake staff quickly adapted and students did an excellent job transitioning to a fully remote educational platform. As always is the case in our close-knit community, the district received an outpouring of support from the community and parents encouraged their children to succeed. Bus drivers, educational assistants, and the food service department prepared and delivered over 75,000 meals to provide much-needed nourishment to our students. Although the entire spring sports season, prom, and many other important events were lost during the pandemic, we were fortunate to hold an outdoor graduation ceremony to honor our graduates.

The summer months brought continued mandates and uncertainty, but we were able to start the 2020-21 school year in person.  Parents could choose an online option if they had concern for their student to attend in the traditional classroom setting.  In preparation for multiple learning formats, the district used CARES Act funding to implement a 1:1 technology program to provide a Chromebook for all students. Additionally, staff received extensive technology training so that the district is prepared to transition to a fully remote option should the need arise. 

Although many events have been postponed and others have been cancelled, we still feel fortunate to offer in-person learning and fall sports to begin the 2020-21 school year. We’re also moving forward with several exciting initiatives including a five-year, $850,000 21st Century Grant that will provide extensive after-school learning opportunities for students in grades 5-12.  These opportunities include: tutoring, welding and carpentry, art club, science club, robotics, wellness activities, parent engagement, a wetlands project, and more.  Our work continues with PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention and Support) to improve behavior through collective, positive actions.  We also offer College Credit Plus courses, internship opportunities, competition robotics clubs at the middle and high school supported by Honda Transmission, E-Sports Teams, and numerous other clubs and organizations.  We are extremely excited to have recently received a $15,000 Bayer Grant that is being used to build an FFA pasture so that students can engage in hands-on learning about livestock. 

Perhaps most importantly in our ever-changing world, staff and students are focused on social and emotional growth utilizing a program called R-Factor.  It teaches children and adults discipline-driven behavior to respond appropriately to events to receive the positive outcome they desire (E+R=O). Given the uncertainty of the pandemic, there may not be a better time to teach our students these vital skills. 

2020-21 is sure to be filled with adversity, but we also believe that it is an opportunity to improve the educational experience we provide for our students. The Indian Lake Board of Education, administration, teachers, and staff are excited to collaborate with families, community leaders, and businesses to continue to utilize innovative solutions to improve the educational process so that Lakers will excel both now and in the future.  

 

Sincerely,

Robert J. Underwood