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Lordstown News

"Informed Parents + Healthy Kids = A Healthy Community"

As many of you are aware, the Opioid Epidemic that the nation is experiencing has left no community untouched and Ohio has felt a tremendous impact through the loss of lives of both the old and young. We want to ensure that our community has sufficient knowledge regarding the change in drug use patterns and understanding the chronic progressive disease of addiction.

The Trumbull County Educational Service Center, in collaboration with Niles McKinley High School, and all Trumbull County School Districts, would like to extend an invite to all parents, and community members to attend a Community Forum!

Location: Niles McKinley High School Auditorium
Date: November 19th, 2015
Time: 6-8 p.m.

Deputy Director, Andrea Boxill, Governor's Cabinet Opiate Action Team
Captain Jeff Orr, TAG, Trumbull Ashtabula Group Task Force

Please join us on November 19th, 2015!

Lordstown Local Schools Welcomes New Staff for 2015-2016 School Year

Lordstown Local Schools begins the year with new staff members. New staff were included in the annual Lordstown Schools Community Newsletter with the exception of some that came aboard just before the beginning of school. Mr. Colucci and Mrs. Morgan where hired just after the publication deadline for the newsletter. We welcome them to Lordstown and want to share their backgrounds with the school community. We also encourage everyone to visit the Lordstown Schools website ( ault/files/documents /Lordstown%20Schools%20Community%20Newsletter.pdf) to read about our other new staff and much more in the annual newsletter.

Joining our Social Studies staff is Mr. Phil Colucci. Mr. Colucci is a 2003 graduate of Mineral Ridge High School.  He attended YSU where he majored in History and Education. He was also the team captain for YSU's Men's Ice Hockey team.  In his spare time he enjoys golfing, boating, and spending time with friends and family.  He loves traveling and enjoys exploring new places, cultures, and foods as much as possible.  He has always wanted to be an educator and couldn't be happier to be in Lordstown.  He looks forward to each day in the classroom and making a positive impact on the lives of the student body at Lordstown.

Mrs. Morgan is a graduate of Maplewood High School and the University of Akron.  Her bachelor's degree is in chemical engineering with a biotechnology specialization.  She ran track and cross country at both Maplewood and the University of Akron.  Prior to coming to Lordstown Schools, she worked for OMNOVA Solutions as a process development engineer.  While there she gained valuable real-world experience that she hopes to use in the classroom to guide interested students to careers in STEM fields.  She is married and has a 10 month old daughter named Mya. In her spare time she loves to run and play with her daughter.

New Staff

Kindergarten Readiness Assessment FAQs - For Parents

  • Why does my child need to take the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment?

The assessment provides information for your family, as well as your teachers, to help your child learn and grow.

  • What does the assessment cover?

The kindergarten assessment covers six areas:  Social Skills (including the way students learn), Language and Literacy, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Physical Well-Being and Motor Development.

  • How does the assessment work?

There are three ways for child will show what he or she knows and is able to do.

Your child will:

1. Select an answer to a question.

2. Do a requested task.

Your teacher will:

3. Observe your child in school and at recess.

  • When will this assessment happen?

Ohio kindergarten teachers will have from the first day of school until Nov. 1, to complete the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment

  • If my child has a special education plan, will he or she complete the assessment?

Yes. Ohio’s Kindergarten assessment is for all children including children with disabilities.

  • How long does the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment take?

The amount of time it will take to administer, score and input assessment item data will vary from teacher-to-teacher and class-to-class.  This is because the assessment is the most efficient when teachers are able to use technology for the assessment.

  • Do all kindergarteners get tested with the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment?

No. Only first-time kindergarteners must take the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment. Children who are retained in kindergarten are not assessed.

Information Regarding New Cafeteria Computerized POS Lunch System



Starts Tuesday, September 8th


Q:     What is this?

A:     It is a new computerized debiting system that allows parents to pay for student lunches in advance in essence giving your child an electronic lunch ticket.

Q:     How does it work?

A:     Quite easily in fact. You can pay for as many lunches in advance for your child. These funds will be deposited into a debit account for your child to use at lunchtime.

Q:     How does my child use his account?

A:     Computer terminals/registers have been installed in each school’s cafeterias. When your child selects his or her lunch, he puts in his or her school supplied PIN # into a key pad right at the terminal. His or her name comes up with a balance amount available. The cashier enters what has been purchased and the program automatically subtracts and computes the new balance for the following day. The PIN #’s and guidance on the system were sent home this past week.

Q:     My child receives lunch at a “reduced rate”. Does the system know?

A:     Yes, all information regarding students receiving free or reduced lunches had been downloaded into the system and accounts will be handled the same as others. Students will need to enter their PIN #’s just like everyone else which helps to insure they are not singled out in any way. Only the cashier knows who are receiving federally subsidized lunches.

Q:     Were school operating funds used to purchase this system?

A:     No. The cafeteria has been managed in an efficient manner including moving all high school students to one lunch and maximizing the use of the federal food commodities program. The cafeteria fund were the only funds used to purchase this program.


Q:     What happens when my account runs low?

A:     The cashier will give your child a printed PrePay envelope. Simply return it to school with a new check to be deposited to the account or cash can be paid by the student to bring the account up to date.

Q:     Does my child have to use this system?

A:     No, it is strictly up to you. Your child can pay cash at the register each day. The system has been installed as a convenience for children who no longer will have to tote money to school each day and lose all or part of it. It reduces the hassle for parents to remember to give kids their lunch money each day as well.

Q:     What happens if my child’s account has no balance and we have forgotten to send in a check to replenish the account?

A:     The Administration has decided that students may have limited charges listed on their accounts at any one time. So the cashier will register the day’s lunch as a “charge” and when the check  is remembered and deposited the next day, the system will deduct the charge as well as that day’s lunch.

Q:     What happens if someone else uses my child’s PIN number?

A:     Students may use only their assigned numbers. Using someone else’s or trying to randomly generate a number is considered theft and dealt with according to School and District Policies and Procedures.


Q:     What if my child brings home another PrePay envelope but I think it is too early to see one?

A:     The system can recall any transaction for any time period during the school year. If you are curious, just contact the school and we can check. 

Q:     So, do I as a parent have any control over what my child purchases?

A:     Yes, you have some control. You can indicate if you want a deposit for “cash on account” which gives freedom to your child to use the account for lunches, extra milk, entrees, etc.. Your student’s screen will flag the cashier when the PIN # is entered. You can even tell us to flag “NO SNACKS ALLOWED” on your child’s account.


Q:     What if I move and have money in the system?

A:     You may request a refund.

Q:     What happens at the end of the school year?

A:     Funds in the system can be rolled over to the next year except in grades advancing to another school. in this case the funds will be transferred to the new school.


Thank you for your patience as we move to this program. Cafeteria Point of Sale Systems have become the norm in schools across Ohio and the United States.

We look forward to making this improvement to our schools in Lordstown!

Lordstown Schools Community Newsletter 2015-2016

Message from Superintendent Armstrong

August 21, 2015

We wanted to thank all of the students and their families for coming out to the Elementary and High School Open House yesterday as well as the Fall Sports Meet the Team night. It was great to see everyone as we look forward to welcoming everyone back to school this Monday!

We also wanted to let the community know safety checks were performed at both buildings of the Lordstown School Complex today. This was due to the discovery of a bullet in the Elementary School parking lot. School staff and administration, in cooperation with the Lordstown Village Police Department, did checks of both buildings to assure the safety of our students and staff. No additional issues or evidence of any problems were found and we are all clear for the opening of school Monday morning.

Thank you for your time and we look forward an exciting 2015-2016 school year.


Terry Armstrong, Superintendent
Lordstown Local Schools

Back to School Events

August 17:  Grade 7 and new student orientation at 10 AM and 2 PM

August 18 & 19:  Schedule pick ups for all high school students at High School Office

August 20:  Open House (High School from 3-4:30; Elem from 5 - 6:30)

August 20:  Meet the Fall Sports Team night at 7 PM in High School Gym

Apple Cider 5K Registration Information

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Notice of Change to August Board Meeting

The Lordstown Local Board of Education has changed its meeting date for the regular August Board Meeting. The work session will begin at 6:00 P.M. on Monday, August 10, 2015 with the
regular meeting immediately following in the High School Media Center.


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