Dear Big Walnut Community:
Welcome to the 2020-21 school year! We are so excited to welcome our students back to our buildings and to our Virtual Learning Program (VLP). We know this will be an unusual year, but we are working hard to provide great experiences for our students. As we continue to receive more information and potentially additional requirements, we will continue to keep you updated. Please check our main page for updates and if you are a parent, please check Schoology frequently.
At Big Walnut, we are working hard to “inspire and guide each student to his or her maximum potential” every day. At the same time, our district faces fiscal challenges as we experience unprecedented student enrollment growth and COVID-related budget cuts. We are extremely grateful to our community for the support we receive every day, including the renewal of our Substitute Replacement Levy (for operations) this spring. Additionally, the support we received at the ballot in November 2017 provided funds to build a new high school and a new elementary school, as well as funds to improve the entrances at our five older buildings. Our new elementary, Prairie Run Elementary, opens this year, while our new high school is scheduled to open in January of 2022. Please visit our Construction Projects page for more information on these projects.
As superintendent, my focus is to collaboratively set a vision for the district and to allocate resources for our students to meet that vision. I guide our administrative team in providing staff members with the resources to help students receive the best educational experience possible. Our plan during the 2020-21 school year is to transition our 2020 Vision for Instruction to our Big Walnut Academic Vision. We must prepare our students for jobs that don't even exist yet by teaching them to think critically, to collaborate, to communicate, and to create. Amazingly, 65% of our kindergarten students are anticipated to work in jobs that HAVE YET TO BE CREATED. Clearly, just teaching these students to memorize facts will not prepare them for life after school, which is why shifting our classrooms to meet our Big Walnut Academic Vision is so important.
Our vision focuses on doing the following at high levels:
Personalizing Instruction: Teacher is constantly aware of individual student abilities, interests, and/or learning styles and uses that information to make instructional decisions.
Engaging Students: Students are immersed in the classroom atmosphere-- lessons/activities are meaningful, relevant, and add immediate value to their learning.
Growing Minds: Teacher collects student data and uses it to drive instruction and make class decisions in order to promote student growth
As we move toward with our vision, we expect the same components to continue as part of our everyday culture. Please visit our Academic Achievement page for more detailed information about the Big Walnut Academic Vision!
If you are new to the district, welcome! Please visit our Student Enrollment Center for information on enrollment or contact any of our school offices to schedule a tour. Big Walnut is truly a special place with a small-town community feel and top-notch opportunities for students.
Please contact us if you have questions or need assistance.
Angie Hamberg joined the Big Walnut Local Schools in 2009, when she was hired as the middle school principal. She also served as the district’s Director of Academic Achievement and assistant superintendent before becoming the superintendent in June of 2015.
Angie has a Bachelor of Science degree from Ashland University and a Master of Education in Educational Administration from Ashland University. She completed her superintendent coursework at The Ohio State University. Besides her experience in Big Walnut, she has taught high school English and has been a middle school principal and a high school assistant principal/athletic director.
Angie lives in the Big Walnut district with her husband and children.