I took some time during one of our snow days to compose this, as winter certainly made its presence known in Ohio.

Despite missing days of school, we remain focused on the work at hand and we have much progress to show for it.

The onset of spring brings a very busy time of year. Be it athletics tournaments, testing, or preparing for the end of the school year, there is something going on at every level of our district.

On March 7, I will be making my annual State of the Schools presentation.

We will make the presentation available online at reyn.org for those who cannot attend, but you can expect to see a deeper dive into what we are working on, not only for the next few months, but for the next school year and beyond.

We held two very successful parent meetings where we provided more information about The 9X Impact, our new freshman experience that will kick off next year. We also broadcast one of the meetings on Facebook Live.

The presentation is on The 9X Impact school webpage at reyn.org so you can watch the meeting or view the presentation.

We are in the process of constructing our "Portrait of a Reynoldsburg Graduate," which will set expectations for our students and for ourselves, starting at the elementary level, so they will graduate from high school poised to be college- and career-ready and to prepared to participate as global citizens of the world.

I am so thrilled to congratulate Mary Ellen Weeks, principal at Herbert Mills STEM Elementary School, and her team for being the only elementary school in the U.S. to receive the national STEM Excellence Award given at the Future of Education Technology Conference. I am so proud of the work the school is doing and to be recognized at a national event is truly an honor.

Finally, we have so many events coming up that showcase our amazing kids. I invite you to view our calendar at reyn.org to see if anything catches your eye. Of note, our second annual African American Celebration is tonight, Feb. 28, at our Reynoldsburg High School Livingston Campus and we will hold our annual Health and Community Fair March 7, also at the Livingston Campus.

Additionally, as we have a keen focus on social and emotional learning, I want to invite you to a screening of the movie "Angst," a film designed to raise awareness around anxiety.

It's scheduled for 6:30 p.m. March 20 at the Livingston Campus.

This screening is free, open to the public, and will be immediately followed by a panel discussion with our school social workers.

I want to thank you all for your support and encouragement as we continue to propel Reynoldsburg City Schools forward as a unified community and dstrict. I am, and remain #reynproud!

Melvin J. Brown is superintendent of Reynoldsburg City Schools. His office provides this column to ThisWeek Reynoldsburg News.