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Expansion of lottery-based All-Day Kindergarten option will allow participants to remain at home school for program

The Westerville City School District (WCSD) is expanding its All-Day Kindergarten (ADK) program for the 2022-23 academic year. As a result, any student offered a seat in the program via lottery will be able to remain at their home school of attendance to participate. 

Davidson, Meyer, Nestor-Baker sworn in as members of Westerville Board of Education WCSD BOE Oath of Office Jan. 10

Newly-elected board member Kristy Meyer and re-elected board members Tracy Davidson and Dr. Nancy Nestor-Baker were sworn into office of the Westerville City Schools Board of Education at an organizational/regular meeting on Jan. 10. 

Westerville City Schools Board of Education approves meeting schedule for 2022

Westerville City School District Board of Education members approved the following 2022 meeting calendar during their Jan. 11 organizational meeting.

Westerville Education Challenge’s Mardi Gras Masquerade fundraiser canceled due to rising COVID-19 cases WEC Mardi Gras Fundraiser

The Westerville Education Challenge’s Mardi Gras Masquerade Dueling Pianos event on Feb. 26 has been canceled due to the rise in COVID-19 cases, leaders announced this week.

Westerville Intra-District open enrollment applications available

Parents or guardians wishing to apply to have their children attend a school different from their school of attendance must complete and submit an Intra-district Open Enrollment Application.

WCSD Kindergarten registration begins Jan. 10

Kindergarten registration for Westerville City School District’s 2022-23 school year begins Monday, Jan 10

WCSD expands trauma and resilience training to more staff this year WCSD Trauma and Resilience Training

Westerville City Schools is taking steps to move its schools towards becoming trauma-informed and resilience-focused spaces, starting with a series of trainings this year that equip educators and school staff with tools to better understand and support students.

Deadline to nominate annual GEM award is Jan. 31 Westerville Parent Council logo

Westerville students, staff and community are invited to nominate district staff and adult volunteers for a Great Educator Mentor (GEM) Award, which is presented to individuals who go the extra mile to make a positive impact in the classroom and schools.

Deadline for 2022 Celebrate the Arts Writing Contest submissions is March 1

Westerville students can submit original written work to the 2022 Celebrate the Arts Writing Contest sponsored by the Arts Council of Westerville, Westerville Public Library and the ThisWeek Westerville News & Public Opinion newspaper. The entry deadline is March 1.

Westerville City Schools kindergarten registration begins Jan. 10

The Westerville City School District (WCSD) is preparing to begin the registration process for its next kindergarten class. School officials look forward to meeting new families and greeting returning families.

Sixteen proposals awarded funding from the Westerville Education Foundation WEF logo

Recycling bins to start a school recycling program, more diverse books for school and classroom libraries, and math games during indoor recess are among the 16 proposals awarded funding from the recent Westerville Education Foundation (WEF) grant cycle. 

WCSD students recognized in district PTA Reflections awards Reflections logo

Students in eight Westerville schools received top honors in the 2021-22 WCSD PTA Reflections award program, which recognizes student achievement in literature, music, dance, film production, photography, music composition and visual arts. Students who earned first place awards will move on to the state competition.

Westerville Education Foundation names Teachers of the Month for December Cathy Monteiro with WEF Executive Director Colleen Moidu

Barbara McBee, a second-grade teacher at Whittier Elementary; Cathy Monteiro, a reading teacher at Hanby Elementary; and Jenn Steinher, a second-grade teacher at Emerson Elementary have been named Westerville Education Foundation’s December Teachers of the Month.

WCSD Board honored Vilardo at Dec. 13 meeting WCSD Board honors Vilardo

The Westerville City School District Board of Education at its Dec. 13 meeting honored outgoing board member Rev. Rick Vilardo with a resolution of appreciation for his service.

Vilardo, whose term expires Dec. 31, served eight years on the school board, including two years as president and two years as vice president. 

Donors provide gifts for more than 400 WCSD families Donors provide gifts for more than 400 WCSD students

Donors from organizations including Neighborhood Bridges, American Regent Collection and a local health care facility provided gifts and gift cards for more than 400 Westerville City Schools students.

WCSD schools embrace holiday fundraisers for Westerville Caring and Sharing WCHS Key Club raises money for Westerville Caring and Sharing

Throughout the district, Westerville students and staff have raised thousands of dollars to support more than 600 children in need during the holidays through Westerville Caring and Sharing. 

WCSD awarded Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting Cover of PAFR 2020

Westerville City Schools is receiving national accolades for its most recent Popular Annual Financial Reporting (PAFR), a document that provides an overview of the district’s finances in a user-friendly approach for the community and other interested parties.

Westerville community, civic groups recognize WCSD nurses and health aides Westerville community celebrates WCSD nurses and health aides

Westerville community partners, civic leaders and Westerville City Schools officials honored the district’s 34 nurses and health aides at a surprise gathering Wednesday at Westerville South High School.

District’s latest financial forecast improves slightly, reflects Ohio’s “Fair School Funding Plan”

Despite continuing to be underfunded by the State of Ohio, the Westerville City School District’s (WCSD) most recent Five Year Financial Forecast continues to improve due to federal pandemic relief funds, conservative budgeting practices and, most recently, the impact of the state’s new two-year budget, also known as the “Fair School Funding Plan.”

City of Westerville recognizes WCSD nurses and health aides in proclamation WCSD nurses and health aide recognized in City of Westerville proclamation

Westerville City School District nurses and health aides were among health care workers across the city that were recognized in a City of Westerville proclamation at Tuesday’s City Council meeting. 

Emerson students explore different cultures through annual International Education Week International Education Week at Emerson

Throughout the week, Emerson Elementary students explored different countries and cultures by hearing stories, learning dances and sampling food with local tour guides.

Westerville Education Challenge hosting Mardi Gras Masquerade fundraiser on Feb. 26 WEC Mardi Gras Fundraiser Save the Date

The Westerville Education Challenge is hosting a Mardi Gras Masquerade fundraiser on Feb. 26 for its work in supporting social and emotional wellness initiatives for students at Westerville City Schools.

Three WCSD classroom grant proposals up for community vote for WEF’s Golden Butterfly Award WEF's Golden Butterfly Award finalists

The Westerville community is invited to donate and cast their vote for their favorite of three Westerville City Schools classroom grant proposals for the Westerville Education Foundation’s first-ever Golden Butterfly Award. 

WCSD schools honor Veterans Day with events, videos Emerson's Veterans Day presentation

Schools across Westerville City School District celebrated Veterans Day in various ways, from producing videos to honor those who served in the military to creating informative displays.

Emerson students bring Diwali to their peers Diwali celebration at Emerson

Fourth-graders Archana Khanal, Shubhraketan Kanmury and Irika Shukla brought the Diwali celebration to Emerson Elementary last week, showing their peers how to make crafts and introducing them to Indian treats.

Emerson fourth-graders Skype with scientist from Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Emerson's Skype a Scientist with Dr. Briana Pobiner

The students in Mara Katz’s fourth-grade class at Emerson Elementary dove into the world of fossils on Monday thanks to a virtual classroom visit from Dr. Briana Pobiner, an archeologist, research scientist and museum educator for the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.

WCSD launches COVID-19 Nurse Hotline

Westerville City School District has launched a new resource to help parents, caregivers and staff members better understand the district’s COVID-19 processes and protocols.

Minerva France set precedent for Black women in library science, higher education Minerva France portrait

Minerva France was relatively unheard of in Westerville — until last year.

WCSD awarded $1.7 million grant to purchase 4,000 Chromebooks Students working on Chromebooks.

The Westerville City School District has received a $1.7 million grant through the Federal Communications Commission’s Emergency Connectivity Fund to expand students’ access to technology during the COVID-19 pandemic.

WCSD names new buildings after local educator, Minerva Park community WCSD Board of Education names new buildings

The new elementary school slated to open fall 2022 has been named Minerva France Elementary School, its namesake a Westerville native who was among the first Black women to receive a library science degree.

WCSD Food Service Department adapting to supply chain challenges, shortages Westerville South food service staff serve students.

Westerville City School District is facing food service challenges due to product shortfalls, delivery delays and staffing shortages among food vendors and distributors.

Bette Marschall Memorial Education Fund postpones grants to spring 2022

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Bette Marschall Education Fund of The Columbus Foundation will not award monetary grants during the fall of the 2021-22 school year.  

District announces 2021-22 testing calendar

Westerville City School District (WCSD) officials today announced the release of the district’s 2021-22 local testing calendar for students, along with an acknowledgment that the testing schedule remains subject to change.

Emerson students first to test out interactive virtual erosion lesson Soil lesson with Linda Pettit at Emerson

The popular soil and erosion lessons with Linda Pettit, an environmental education specialist with the Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District, were virtual at Emerson Elementary last year because of the pandemic.

The conservation district’s Education team wanted to build off that experience by making the lessons more interactive and tested their new approach with Emerson students on Wednesday.

Santa named Ohio School Counselor Association’s 2021 Advocate of the Year Tami Santa

Tami Santa, Director of Mental Health & Wellness for Westerville City Schools, has been named the 2021 Advocate of the Year by the Ohio School Counselor Association.

Homework help and library deliveries to schools now available Westerville Public Library logo

The Westerville Public Library is offering free delivery of library materials to Westerville City Schools students, teachers, and staff throughout the school year. 

Westerville Education Day dedicated to learning, professional development for all staff Dr. Christopher Travers leads his WE Day session, “ When Do Black Boys Feel Smart?”

Three days before all of Westerville City Schools opened its doors to students, the district’s administrators, educators and support staff got some class time together.