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Superintendent's Message

 

 

Jeremy Pequignot, Superintendent

 

Franklin Monroe Families,

As we reach the midpoint in the school year I wanted to take a moment to share some highlights and updates.

Academic Achievements
There are many academic achievements for the Franklin Monroe students and staff to be proud of this year. For starters, Franklin Monroe Elementary was ranked #36 in Ohio Elementary Schools by U. S. News & World Report. Out of 1,531 schools, Franklin Monroe ranked #33 in Reading Proficiency and #61 in Math Proficiency. We are extremely proud of our students and staff for this accomplishment. More information on the ranking and the academic achievements that go into the calculations can be found at
https://www.usnews.com/education/k12/ohio/franklin-monroe-elementary-school-236086.

The new preschool is off to a fast start, with families reporting excellent academic gains for their students. We appreciate the hard work of our teachers and students to make the Junior Jet Academy a great place for our youngest students to learn and grow each day.

I am pleased to report that our third grade students did an amazing job on the Ohio State fall testing for reading. The FM third grade class achieved a 76% passing rate and an 85% promotion status on the assessment, which they will take again at the end of the year. The passage rate was second in Darke County and the promotion percentage was the highest in Darke County.

Extracurricular Successes
The 2023-2024 school year has also brought many accomplishments in extracurricular activities. Our LEGO League Team is doing great, bringing home the grand champion award from the district competition and qualifying for the state competition.

FM athletics saw the high school girls’ cross country team come out on top as WOAC Champions, and the junior high girls’ team were WOAC Champions as well. The junior high girls also placed first in their heat at the state tournament. Congratulations to both teams, and to Danielle Filbrun and Taylor Collins WOAC Girls Coach of the Year recipients. Please see below a list of All-WOAC Honors earned by FM athletes, as well as other accomplishments.

Girls Golf
Jadyn Brandt – 1st Team
Abby Fourman – Special Mention

Boys Golf
Brandt Filbrun – Special Mention

Volleyball
Addie Bauman – 1st Team
Allie Muhlenkamp – 2nd Team
Layni Ressler – Special Mention

Cross Country
Sami Stull – 1st Team
Sydney Baker – 1st Team
Mia Brookey – 1st Team
Sam Haney – Special Mention
Hannah Wolfe – Special Mention

Other Accomplishments
Anna Yeomans – 1st Place, Individual WOAC Cross Country Championship
Charlie Stull – 3rd Place, Individual WOAC Cross Country Championship

Community Engagement
The 2023-2024 school year is once again an example of the tremendous community support our students and staff receive from families and community members. We appreciate all of you who are taking time to support our school through attendance at various events. The elementary music program packed the elementary gym, and our annual Doughnuts with Dads event had one of our biggest turnouts in many years. We also appreciate the many community members who support our athletic teams, music and band programs, Grandparent Days, and other events such as the Living Wax Museum put on by the 4th grade.

Safety Measures
Ensuring the safety of our students and staff remains a top priority for Franklin Monroe. With this in mind, we have continued to implement a number of safety items including enhanced notification during emergencies via strobe lighting throughout the district, implementation of over one hundred temporary door locking devices, and a communication app which improves communication between staff members during an emergency, including staff who are off campus on field trips or athletic competitions. Our ongoing partnership with the Darke County Sheriff’s Office in the support of a school resource officer is also a critical component of district safety.

Looking Ahead
As we look forward to the second half of the 2023-2024 school year, we are excited for the many events and student accomplishments yet to come. If you need to reach me for any reason, please call or email at your convenience. I can be reached by phone at 937-947-1212, or by email at jeremy.pequignot@fmlsd.org.

We look forward to a successful continuation of this school year. Go Jets!

Sincerely,

Jeremy Pequignot
Superintendent