North Hosts Members of OSU’s Block O Student Section
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On January 20, at a boys’ basketball game, Westerville North High School had the honor of hosting members of the Block O Student Section from The Ohio State University. This visit happened after North’s Warriors submitted a video showing their school spirit, featuring various themes throughout the fall football season.

Game Night Brings Out the Giggles at Whittier Elementary School
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On Wednesday evening, January 27, lots of laughter could be heard in the Whittier Elementary School cafeteria, where families gathered for Game Night, hosted by the school’s PTA.  Participants enjoyed spending a chilly winter evening socializing over a variety of board games and eating snacks.  A book fair was held in conjunction with the Game Night activity.

Blendon Renaissance Students Skate to Celebrate
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On January 20, 263 Blendon Middle School students celebrated their academic and community service achievements, which qualified them for the 2nd Quarter 2015-2016 Renaissance Awards.  In order to participate, pupils must meet high standards in academics, community service, attendance, attitude, and school spirit.

Pointview Family Engagement Night Draws Big Crowd
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Pointview Elementary School hosted a Family Engagement Night for parents and students on Thursday evening, January 21, which drew an enthusiastic crowd of learners.  Following a pizza dinner, participants visited classrooms where teachers were present to organize activities and answer questions.  The primary purpose of the event was to help parents learn engaging ways to support student learning by utilizing everyday objects.

Westerville School District Treasures its Volunteers
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At the January 25 meeting of the Westerville City Schools Board of Education, Westerville Parent Council (WPC), along with 34 member groups it represents, including PTAs, PTOs, booster and community organizations, was recognized for its outstanding service to the Westerville City School District.

Westerville South’s IB Science Students Collaborate, Create and Communicate
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On January 22 the Westerville South High School Media Center was filled with scientific inquiry and communication as International Baccalaureate (IB) students presented the findings of their Group 4 Science Projects.

Blendon Jazz Students Learn from the Pros
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Beautiful music filled the halls of Blendon Middle School on Thursday afternoon, January 21.  Six members of the Jazz Arts Group (JAG) of Columbus performed for students in the gymnasium and if that wasn’t amazing enough, they stuck around for two hours after the show to work with members of the school’s jazz band.

Wilder’s International Families Luncheon Celebrates Diversity
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The Wilder Elementary principal, teachers and staff held an International Families Luncheon on Thursday, November 19.  Wilder is fortunate to have a community of learners from many diverse backgrounds.  The student population represents families from all over the world, including Nepal, Vietnam, Ghana, Somalia, China, and India.  Parents had the opportunity to meet and “break bread” with their child’s teacher during the luncheon.  The spirit of “community” and “peace” was the main dish served up at this affair.

Blendon’s Hats for Heroes Event Raises $426 for Honor Flight Columbus
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Blendon Middle School members of National Junior Honor Society organized a “Hats for Heroes” event to raise money for Honor Flight Columbus, in honor of Veteran’s Day.  Students and staff were invited to wear a creative hat to school on Veteran’s Day for a $1.00 donation. $426.00 was raised for the organization, which recognizes and celebrates World War II and Korean War veterans by flying them to Washington, D.C. at no cost to visit memorials dedicated to their important service.  

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Operation: Street Smart Adult Drug Education Program Slated for February 16

Westerville Parent Council is sponsoring an adults-only, community awareness event called Operation: Street Smart on Tuesday evening February 16, from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. in the Westerville South High School Media Center. The goal of the program, which will be presented by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department, is to provide current and up-to-date narcotics information to individuals who deal with youth on a daily basis.

Westerville City Schools Close for Presidents’ Day

Classes will not be held in the Westerville City School District and offices will close on Monday, February 15, 2016, in observance of Presidents’ Day.  Classes will begin at regular starting times and offices will open on Tuesday, February 16.

Kindergarten Registration Kicks off with Kindergarten 101

Westerville City Schools invites parents to attend Kindergarten 101 - A Basic Introduction to Kindergarten in Westerville.  This will take place from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 9 or Thursday, February 11, at each elementary school.  The same presentation will be given during each building’s designated Kindergarten 101 night.

High School Conferences Planned

Parent-Teacher Conferences will take place on February 17 and 18 at Westerville Central High School from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m.; at Westerville North High School from 5:00 - 8:30 p.m.; and at Westerville South High School from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m.  Classes will not be held in the high schools on Friday, February 19.  School will be in session at usual times, however, in all elementary and middle school buildings.

BOE to Meet in February
Westerville Education Foundation Names Teachers of the Month for January

The Westerville Education Foundation has named three educators Teacher of the Month for January – Derek Geist, Fouse Elementary: Ashlee Wagner, McVay Elementary; and Kate Mantenieks, Emerson Elementary.

North’s Morris to Participate in Distinguished Young Women of Ohio Program

Westerville North High School Senior Marissa Morris has been selected as a participant in the 2016 Distinguished Young Women of Ohio program. The program inspires high school girls to develop their full, individual potential through fun, transformative experiences.

Daniel Hager Will Represent Walnut Springs in Geography Bee

Daniel Hager and Anna Whiting were the two finalists in the 2016 Walnut Springs Geography Bee. They competed against 33 other semifinalists in six rounds of competition.  After three questions, Hager won the school bee to become the Walnut Springs Geography Bee Champion.  He will take an online test in an attempt to qualify for the National Geographic State Bee.  

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