Over the next few years, Upper Arlington Schools will focus on building on our strengths through our new strategic plan while we continue to build our future through new and renovated learning spaces.

I hope you'll join us to learn more about this exciting time for our schools at our fifth State of the Schools on Nov. 14 in the Upper Arlington High School, 1650 Ridgeview Road.

We will begin at 6 p.m. in the auditorium with a program featuring several student performances from elementary to high schools and highlighting what's happening in our schools. The program also will give our community a closer look at our commitments in the strategic plan -- the two goal areas of whole learning and student and staff well-being, with the foundation of continuous improvement for all that we do.

Following the program in the auditorium, many of our students and staff will share exhibits and more performances during the learning fair in the gymnasium.

This is a great opportunity for our community to see the amazing things happening in Upper Arlington Schools. All community members and families are welcome, and I hope to see you there.

'America to Me' series

Thank you to the many community members who have joined us for the community screenings and discussions of the first three episodes of the "America to Me" documentary series.

This 10-part documentary series offers an in-depth look at the effects of race, equity, culture and privilege on educational opportunities at Oak Park and River Forest High School in suburban Chicago. Through this opportunity, we hope to encourage the important conversations in our community that are tied to our district's commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in our strategic plan.

The weekly screenings and facilitated discussions will continue with episode four on Tuesday, Nov. 12, and episode five on Nov. 18. Each screening will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Hastings Middle School auditorium, 1850 Hastings Lane, with the discussion following at 7:30 p.m.

We will continue with the final five episodes of the series beginning Jan. 13. For a full schedule, go to uaschools.org

These events are free and open to the public. Because of mature themes in the documentary series, we recommend the events for high school age or older.

Construction update

As the weather turns colder, our construction projects are quickly progressing in preparation for winter.

Contractors have made great progress this fall on the five construction projects underway in the first phase of the facilities master plan for our schools. It is exciting to see these new and renovated learning spaces taking shape.

For construction updates, a timeline and photos, go to uaschools.org/facilities.

Paul Imhoff is superintendent of Upper Arlington Schools. His office provides this column to ThisWeek Upper Arlington News.