A Word from the Superintendent

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Announcement to the Community

Dear Friends:

At the September 8 Board of Education meeting, I announced that I will retire from my position as superintendent effective January 30, 2015.

It has been my honor to serve as your superintendent the past nine years. The Stow-Munroe Falls City School District is one of the very best in Ohio, supported passionately by the wonderful people in both of our great communities.

I sincerely appreciate the tremendous support I have received over the years and it has and continues to be, a privilege to work on behalf of the children of our school district.


Russ Jones



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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Welcome Back!

On behalf of the Stow-Munroe Falls Board of Education and the entire faculty and staff, I would like to welcome everyone to the 2014-15 school year!

We are all very excited to welcome all students back to school the week of August 25th. My previous blog lists the specific starting dates for each school in detail.

I wish everyone a fantastic school year in 2014-15!

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Important Dates for the 2014-2015 School Year

We are very excited about the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year! For planning purposes, I wanted to make sure everyone is aware of important upcoming dates.

Enjoy the rest of the summer!


Please select this link for important District calendar dates for 2014-2015


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Thursday, May 1, 2014

K-4 Library Reorganization to Provide 21st Century Skills for Children

The Stow-Munroe Falls City School District plans to reorganize its K-4 Media Center delivery system by replacing the current traditional model with a 21st century approach to provide the necessary research and technology skills to the children of the school district.  We have been operating for a number of years in our K-4 buildings without the services of a Library Media Specialist. This new approach will allow us to place three of our current top level licensed teachers who are adept at technology and research skills to provide the necessary instruction for our kids. It is imperative that we provide our children with the appropriate integrated skills called for in the State of Ohio’s K-12 Library Curriculum. This integrated approach includes:  “information literacy”, “technology literacy” and “media literacy”. These major themes of instruction are not only critical for learners in a 21st century research setting but they are also essential skills for children to master in preparation for the new state mandated “PARCC” assessments. These new assessments require a range of technology skills that students must have mastered in order to achieve at their highest possible level on these tests.

We will continue the current reading programs already in place across the district. We are very excited about this new approach to our K-4 instructional delivery model. We are sure that our students will benefit from this cutting edge approach.


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Thursday, April 24, 2014

District Offers Full Day Kindergarten Tuition Free for Fall 2014

I am pleased to announce the institution of tuition free all day kindergarten beginning with the 2014-2015 school year! Please see the press release below.

Full Day KG Press Release

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Parent Information Night Scheduled for Kindergarten Parents for the 2014-2015 School Year

Stow-Munroe Falls City School District will host a Parent Information Night for all six elementary buildings on Monday, March 3 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Stow-Munroe Falls High School in the Auditorium. Parents of new kindergarten students (age eligibility is five years old by August 1), are invited to attend this welcoming event to enjoy an evening with elementary principals and other school staff.

To read more about Parent Information Night, please click this link.


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Friday, January 3, 2014

Say "thanks!" to our school board members

Boards of education are a mature and tested institution in Ohio. School board members make policy; approve contracts with employees; choose curriculum; adopt budgets; and select a superintendent, treasurer and business manager to administer the district. They do all these tasks with the emphasis on what's best for the children they serve.

Being an effective school board member is no easy task, particularly in today's climate of change and challenge. School board members need to be knowledgeable about many complex education and social issues, and carry out initiatives and directives from both federal and state governments. To face these demands of governing our public schools, they give countless hours of personal time.

A public board of education is a legislative body of citizens elected locally by their communities. Most Ohio school boards consist of five or seven members who serve four year tems of office. The number of board members for career center boards of education varies. Members usually are appointed for one-year terms representing their "home" districts. As copartners with the General Assembly, which created boards of education, school board members are designated to carry out the constitutional mandate to administer the school system of each district.

Through dedicated, responsible endeavors, school board members serve the public interest in public education - and serve the needs of our kids. They ensure that decisions about public schools are made as close to the needs of our communities as possible. Their public service is an excellent example for young and old alike of the tradition of volunteerism that is a hallmark of American society.

This January, local communities are invited to honor the contributions and dedication of their local school board members - those locally elected citizens who make decisions that affect, influence and direct the education of our youth.

Our school board is just one more than 700 boards across Ohio. Let's say "thank you" to those who participate in what is perhaps the purest form of grassroots democratic principles upon which our republic was founded.

Our school board members do make a difference in our community, for every child, every day.


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