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The communications department strives to ensure parents and community members have easy access to current and relevant information regarding the school district.  
The department is responsible for maintaining the district website, social media outlets and the automated calling and email system.  The department assists reporters from both local and national news media outlets as they cover the achievements of our students and staff members.  

Our communications professionals are members of the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA) and the Ohio School Public Relations Association (OHSPRA). They are consistently recognized by OHSPRA for their work. They received Best of the Best awards in 2021 for the website and in 2017 and 2018 for the Your Voice Matters communications plan on the district's facilities master planning process. They have also received 2021 Mark of Excellence awards for PR/marketing plan for the construction phase of the facilities master planning process and the 2020 Quality Profile; 2020 Mark of Distinction awards for the "Serve, Lead, Succeed" video and a Your Voice Matters / Building Our Future mailer; and a 2019 Mark of Distinction award for the website redesign. The department has previously received a Best of the Best award for the district Facebook page and awards recognizing excellence in video, social media and the UAiNSIGHT community newsletter.
Our communications professionals also work with the City of Upper Arlington to produce the quarterly community newsletter UAiNSIGHT. If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact us.

News from the latest UAiNSIGHT

A community conversation

Listen Learn Lead update

Earlier this spring, the Upper Arlington Board of Education launched a community engagement process to listen, learn and lead in an effort to help our schools and our community be the best they can be.

“We have seen a lot of energy in our community around our Listen Learn Lead process,” Board of Education President Lori Trent said. “It’s been exciting to see community members, staff members and students engaged in conversations about their vision and priorities for the future of our schools.”

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Superintendent's Notes: Quality Profile gives our community a clear picture of our schools

We are proud to share with the entire community our Quality Profile, our annual accountability report that gives our community a clear and transparent look at what’s happening in our schools and with our students. As you’ll see, the Quality Profile aligns with our 2019-2024 Strategic Plan, which identifies a focused set of priorities that support our position as a national leader in education and continue our focus on challenging and supporting every student, every step of the way.

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Treasurer's Notes: Annual report, five-year forecast offer clear picture of our finances

In the Upper Arlington Schools, we are committed to providing our community with a clear and transparent communication about our district’s finances and the factors that will impact our financial situation in the coming years. 

This spring, we released the 2021-2022 Financial Update, which details the sources of our funding, how that money is used and other topics that may affect district finances. You can find this report at As with all district publications, we welcome feedback so we can continue to refine the report each year.

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District leading the way with science-based approach to literacy

For the past decade, Upper Arlington Schools has set the standard for literacy instruction by building a strong foundation for success for early readers. 

By working closely with families and specifically those with children experiencing dyslexia, the district has bolstered its literacy framework with phonemic awareness and phonics-based instruction that lays the foundation for lifelong reading skills.

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Andrea Rowson

UA Schools educator honored for literacy, dyslexia work

Upper Arlington Schools instructional leader Andrea Rowson has been named the 2022 Champion of Change by the Central Ohio branch of the International Dyslexia Association for her work in transforming education for students with dyslexia. 

In Upper Arlington, Rowson has been integral in the adoption of a new literacy framework that incorporates the scientific research into how children learn to read in order to create a successful outcome for every student.

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Bites from the Apple from the May-June issue of UAiNSIGHT

Art Students Win State, Regional Awards

Congratulations to all of the Upper Arlington High School art students who have been recognized in regional and state competitions this spring! 

Regional Scholastic Art & Writing Competition — Seven Upper Arlington High School students received a combined 16 awards in the 2022 regional Scholastic Art & Writing Competition, the country’s longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens. Receiving Silver Key awards were Caroline K. (drawing); Naomi M. (photography); Monica O. (drawing); Stella P. (drawing); and Ava T. (painting, two awards). Receiving honorable mention awards were Audrey H. (drawing); Lucy O. (drawing); Monica O. (drawing, four awards); Stella P. (drawing); and Ava T. (drawing and art portfolio, three total awards).

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Contact Information

Karen Truett
Director of Communications
[email protected]
(614) 487-5000

Colleen Wright
Communications Coordinator
[email protected]
(614) 487-5000

Parent Notification System

Upper Arlington Schools uses an automated information system to provide families with regular updates and emergency notifications via telephone, email and/or text message.  If you are having trouble receiving these updates or need to update your contact information, please email [email protected] and include the name of your student(s) and the school they attend in your email. 

UA Schools Mobile App

Upper Arlington Schools has a mobile app that allows students, families, staff members and community members to stay connected with what’s happening in their schools and the school district.

The app is free and available for iOS, Android and Windows devices. It provides families and students with quick access to everything school-related — including event calendars, lunch menus, links to SPS EZPay and PowerSchool, important documents such as the Pre-Planned Absence Form and the Students’ Rights and Responsibilities Handbook, school PTO websites, and more.
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