Superintendent's Message

Parents and friends of Indian Lake Schools, 

It is an honor and privilege to serve as the Indian Lake Superintendent where we strive to educate the whole child, attending to students’ academic and non-cognitive, social emotional growth.  2019-20 is an exciting and pivotal year in this process!  The district has created an Indian Lake Culture Playbook that outlines our core beliefs and serves as a decision-making guide.  All staff will be trained in the R-Factor, a framework used by corporations, college teams, and k-12 schools designed to produce discipline-driven behavior, provide clarity, set standards, set expectations, and align beliefs, behavior, and experiences to create a positive culture.  Once fully trained, staff will deliver the E+R=O (Event + Response = Outcome) framework to students in 2020-21.  Additionally, the Six Seconds Emotional Intelligence Network will support development of student social and emotional Learning. Simultaneous with the implementation of the R-Factor, each building is using PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention and Support) to improve behavior through collective, positive actions.  The “Laker Zone” as it is called at the elementary, has not only reduced discipline occurrences, but it has also increased student engagement and led to a positive and safe school environment that is prevalent throughout the district.  

Indian Lake continues to demonstrate consistent and steady growth on the Ohio Department of Education Report Card. We have allocated resources to provide learning opportunities that are not available in many schools of this size.  High school students can take College Credit Plus courses for college credit or earn industry credentials by attending Ohio Hi-Point.  There are also internship, apprentice, online, and blended learning opportunities.  Competition robotics clubs at the middle and high school are supported by Honda Transmission.  There is a Builders Club for service at the middle school and Welding and Shop courses at the high school.  Students can also find their niche in Vocational Agriculture and FFA, business courses and Business Professionals of America, or Family Consumer Science and FCCLA.  Key Club, SADD, FCA, NHS, and various other clubs are available at the high school along with competitive athletic and music extracurricular activities. Starting in the Fall of 2019, a five-year, $850,000 21st Century Grant 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!  

The ILS Board of Education and administration are dedicated to providing an exceptional educational experience while remaining good stewards of taxpayer dollars.  To that end, we consistently operate under the state average for per pupil spending and exceed the state average for expenditures spent directly on classroom instruction.  The district strives to maintain appropriate staff to student ratios.  The administration continually seeks grant opportunities, recently securing funding to install new surveillance cameras, funding to provide staff safety training, and a PBIS School Climate Grant. 

Thank you for entrusting Indian Lake Schools to educate your child.  Our administration, teachers, and support staff are excited to collaborate with families, community leaders, and businesses to prepare students to be productive members of society and to successfully compete in the 21st century job market.  

 

Sincerely,

Robert J. Underwood