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Superintendent's Message


It’s hard to believe that we have reached the fourth quarter of the school year.  If you are like me, you’ve had enough of winter! There are many events held in the spring and much to look forward to the rest of the year.  As we finish up the 2018-19 school year, we are also busy looking ahead to 2019-20. 

It’s an exciting time at West Muskingum.  There continues to be many changes throughout the school district in a variety of areas, from curriculum and scheduling, to athletics and our track and football field renovation project through “Light the Hill”.

Our high school principals and counselors are pulling double duty right now as they have entered “testing season” and are currently in the process of scheduling classes for next year.  (Yes, we have to start this early.) Students are entering schedule requests this week and the middle school will be following suit soon.  I encourage you to talk with your student about what options are available and have them visit with their counselors if they have any questions.

We are excited to announce a new opportunity for our high school students next year.  We are partnering with Mid-East Career and Technology Centers to offer a manufacturing course on our campus that will allow students to earn an industry credential.  This is an exciting opportunity for our students and one that is free to West Muskingum.

From my time as a high school and middle school principal, I can tell you that students do not visit their counselors or principals often enough and ask the important questions.  Those individuals are there as a resource and would love to talk to the students about their futures. Now as superintendent, I’m in the buildings as much as possible and would love the opportunity to speak with them about their decisions on schedules and their future plans.  I truly miss that part about being in the classroom and seeing the students every day. I would also encourage parents to speak with administrators about any questions you might have. 

If you are up on “The Hill”, you will see construction equipment at the football field, as they have started moving dirt.  You can see a big difference in a short amount of time.  Organizers of “Light the Hill” came together many years ago to raise funds for new stadium lighting and eventually upgrade the facility to include a new football field and track. The group has raised nearly $1 million for this project.  The Motz Group was hired to construct an entirely new track as well as replace the existing football field with a synthetic turf surface.  Many in our community have been so generous to make this dream a reality for our students and we can’t thank them enough.

We are currently accepting open enrollment applications for the 2019-2020 school year.  Applications and guidelines can be downloaded by clicking the Enrollment link on the district website at www.westmschools.org, or picked up at any of our schools and administration center.

If you know of a student that will be entering kindergarten next year, please refer the parents to the elementary office to enroll. This helps administrators get an accurate count for next year.  The office number is 455-4058. Watch the elementary website for our upcoming kindergarten kickoff night.

There is a lot going on at West Muskingum right now and we are very excited about all the opportunities for our students. It is a great time to be a West Muskingum Tornado!

Chad Shawger


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