District News Archive
Starting and Stopping Times Announced for 2015-2016 School Year in Westerville

Classes for most Westerville City Schools students will begin on Thursday, August 13, 2015. Kindergarten and Special Needs Preschool starts Monday, August 17.


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Westerville City Schools Continue to Meet Tough USDA Nutrition Standards

Westerville City Schools will continue to serve school meals that meet the federal nutrition standards, ensuring that meals are healthy, well-balanced, and provide students the nutrition they need to succeed at school.


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Student Fees Cover Consumable Supplies

Westerville student fees for consumable instructional materials for the 2015-2016 school year are as follows...


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Elementary Schools Prepare to Welcome Students

Students attending Westerville City Schools, in grades 1 - 5, will begin classes on Thursday, August 13.  Most elementary schools in the district will provide an opportunity for each family to learn of their child’s teacher/class placement for the 2015-2016 school year, return the emergency medical card, pay school fees, learn their child’s bus assignment and route schedule, as well as return free and reduced lunch forms (if applicable).


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YWCA Kids Place to Provide School-Age Childcare

Westerville City School parents who would like information about the YWCA’s licensed and award-winning before/after school childcare should visit www.ywcacolumbus.org and click on the child care tab for information about programming and tuition rates, and to complete the convenient online registration.


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Middle Schools Schedule Pick-Up Times

The first day of classes for all middle school students is Thursday, August 13. Schedule pick-up for all four Westerville middle schools has been announced as follows...


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High School Schedule Pick-Up Announced

The first day of classes for Westerville high school students is Thursday, August 13.  Payment of student fees and schedule pick-up for all three Westerville high schools has been announced as follows...


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High Schools Offer Football Season Tickets

Season tickets for 2015 varsity home football games will be made available in the athletic offices at each Westerville high school.  Regular varsity football home games begin at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets at the gate for varsity games cost $6 for adults and $4 for students.  Ultimate Passes at all three high schools, which will admit holders to any athletic event during the 2014-2015 school year, cost $45 for students and $75 for adults.  Questions about purchasing these passes and paying athletic fees should be directed to each school’s Athletic Department.


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Superintendent’s Gold Appreciation Cards Available

The free cards are available weekdays from 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the receptionist’s desk at the Westerville City Schools Early Learning Center, which is located at 936 Eastwind Dr.  They can also be obtained at the senior citizen centers for Westerville, 310 W. Main St.; and for Blendon Township, 6340 Hempstead Rd.  The Gold Card, given to district residents over the age of 60 who hold a Golden Buckeye Card, provides free admission to sports events, concerts, musicals and plays (advanced reservation required).


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Online Transportation and Bus Route Schedules - Notification Adjustments

Families whose children will receive transportation services for the 2015-16 school year may obtain transportation information and bus schedules online the week of August 3.  Postcards will only be mailed to students who receive transportation to a private school, whose bus transportation require the use of a shuttle (e.g., unit placements, overflow, or magnet students), or who receive other specialized transportation services.


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Child Find: Children with Disabilities

As required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA 2004), the Westerville City School District is conducting the annual Child Find campaign to identify, locate, and evaluate all children with disabilities from birth through age 21, residing within the school district. This includes Westerville children with disabilities who are homeless, wards of the state, or attending nonpublic schools, regardless of the severity of the disability.


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Professional Development Scheduled

The mission of Westerville City Schools is to prepare students to contribute to the competitive and changing world in which we live.  To accomplish this, the district has scheduled four times during the 2015-2016 school year for the purpose of staff professional development, when focus will be placed on meeting the goals of the Continuous Improvement Plan.


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Mobile Care Center will Offer Immunizations at Early Learning Center on August 26

On Wednesday, August 26, the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Mobile Care Center will be in Westerville from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., parked in the lot at the Early Learning Center at 936 Eastwind Drive.  A doctor and a nurse from NCH will be on board to offer a full range of immunizations including DPT and MMR vaccines required for children entering Kindergarten, along with the latest Tdap immunization required for current and incoming Middle School students.  This is an opportunity to make an appointment time to get your child’s updated immunizations that may be required for the 2015-2016 school year.  

Families are encouraged to bring health insurance information and vaccine records if possible. No one is ever turned away due to financial hardship. 


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Westerville North’s Marching Band Tag Day is August 8

The Westerville North Marching Band will hold its annual Tag Day event on Saturday, August 8, to raise funds for the Marching season.  Band and Color Guard members will visit all Westerville North neighborhoods seeking donations from 9:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.  Be aware that there will be extra foot traffic in these areas.  Funds will be used to purchase new uniforms, instruments and technical supplies.


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Hartley’s Hawgs Win Ohio B.A.S.S. Nation High School/Youth Angler Championship

Two members of a club named after Bassmaster Elite Series pro Charlie Hartley won the Ohio B.A.S.S. Nation High School/Youth Angler Championship June 6-7 at Rocky Fork Lake.  According to Bassmaster reporter John Neporadny Jr., Wade Pritsel and Joe Kovatch of the Hartley’s Hawgs High School Bass Fishing Club won the high school event, therefore qualifying for the 2015 Costa Bassmaster High School National Championship presented by TNT Fireworks July 22-25 at Kentucky Lake.


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Westerville Educators Participate in Logistics Industry Immersion Experience

Westerville’s Business instructors participated in a Logistics Industry Immersion Series on June 17 and 18.  The immersion experience, hosted by the Columbus Chamber of Commerce and Columbus Region Logistics Council (CRLC), provided instructors an in-depth look at the business logistics industry in Central Ohio.  Business Logistics is one of three career pathways Westerville students can engage in during their high school career.


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Westerville Central Students Travel Abroad as Part of Global Classroom Program

As part of the Westerville City Schools Global Classroom program, 40 Westerville Central High School students traveled to Scotland and England last month to embark on a discovery of British food, history, literature, music, art and theatre.


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Heritage Pupil Joey Summers Receives R.A. Horn Student Achievement Award

At a ceremony held on June 17 at Villa Milano, 16 students from across Ohio earned R.A. Horn Outstanding Achievement Awards from the Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities.  Among the winners was Heritage Middle School sixth grade pupil Joey Summers, who was recognized in the area of Technology.


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Westerville North’s Jacqueline Kloos Earns College-Sponsored Merit Scholarship

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation has released the names of approximately 1,700 additional winners of National Merit Scholarships financed by colleges and universities.  Included on the list is Jacqueline E. Kloos, a graduate from Westerville North High School, who plans to study Medicine at the University of Chicago.


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Westerville City Schools Invites Families to First Time Riders Event on August 1

Students in the Westerville City School District who will be riding a school bus for the first time this fall are invited, along with their parents or guardians, to attend the annual First Time Riders open house, which will be held at Whittier Elementary School from 9:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday, August 1.  Whittier is located at 130 E. Walnut St in Westerville.


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Start Time for 7/27/15 Board Meeting Changed to 8 a.m.

The start time for the Board of Education's regular meeting on July 27, 2015, has been changed to 8 a.m.


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School Board to Meet

The Westerville City Schools Board of Education will meet for an Executive Session prior to its regularly-scheduled meeting on Monday, June 29, 2015.


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Academic Enrichment Center Earns 2015 Apex Learning Award of Excellence

Westerville City Schools was one of six programs nationally to receive the prestigious 2015 Apex Learning Award of Excellence in Spring 2015.The Apex Learning Award of Excellence recognizes innovative schools and districts across the country for excellence in implementing blended and virtual learning programs that result in higher student achievement.


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Westerville Centenarian Frieda Bennett Honored by Board of Education

The Westerville City Schools Board of Education presented Frieda Bennett, who celebrated her 100th birthday on May 30, with a Centenarian Proclamation during its regular meeting on June 8.


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Athletic Trainer from Westerville to Receive NATA Athletic Trainer Service Award

Jill B. Ponzi, MEd, ATC, has been selected as one of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association’s 2015 Athletic Trainer Service Award recipients.


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Genoa’s Ema Rennie is Ready to Compete at National History Day in Maryland

After winning the state contest, Genoa Middle School student Ema Rennie is headed to the University of Maryland to compete with 3,000 students from all around the world in the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day competition. 


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School Board Recognizes Westerville Central’s Varsity Baseball Team

The Westerville City Schools Board of Education recently recognized Westerville Central's varsity baseball team for finishing second in the State tournament.


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Westerville City Schools Announces Summer Food Service Program

The Westerville City Schools is participating in the Summer Food Service Program.  Meals will be provided to all eligible children free of charge. (To be eligible to receive free meals at a residential or nonresidential camp, children must meet the income guidelines for reduced-price meals in the National School Lunch Program. The income guidelines for reduced-price meals by family size are listed below.)  Children who are part of households that receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly foods stamps) benefits, or benefits under the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), or Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) are automatically eligible to receive free meals.


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Fouse Students Embrace Girls on the Run Program

The Girls on the Run Team from Fouse Elementary School spent the last two weekends running and cheering on a classmate.  Girls on the Run is an after-school program that helps girls get a better understanding of who they are and what’s important to them.  They look at the role of teams and healthy relationships and explore how girls can positively connect with and shape the world. 


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SPLASH Summer Enrichment Academy Underway in the Westerville School District

The SPLASH Summer Enrichment Academy is in full swing at Westerville North High School, to provide academic and creative challenges to highly motivated students who will be entering grades 2-8 during the 2015-16 school year.


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Safety City Teaches Youngsters how to Protect Themselves from Harm

Robert Frost Elementary School will be bustling with activity for the next couple weeks as teachers, teen helpers, firemen and police officers educate 360 soon-to-be kindergarten students about staying safe.  Westerville Safety City is an annual event operated by a non-profit organization.


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BOE to Meet in June
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Alcott Celebrates Graduates, Retiring Teachers on Last Day of School

On the last day of school, Alcott Elementary celebrated the end of the year in a grand way.  Students graduating this year from all three Westerville high schools, and who were part of the first kindergarten class when Alcott opened in 2002, were invited to be a part of the festivities.


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End of the Year Celebrations Enjoyed by Students and Staff Alike

Chilly temperatures didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of students at Robert Frost Elementary School, who gathered outside on Wednesday, May 20, to enjoy stations including calorie burning relays, the Bobby Frost Bootcamp (obstacle course), Cool-Down popsicles, sled sprint, splash bomb sling shots, water slide, wet relays, tug-o-war, and target practice.


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Alcott Students Enriched by Taiko Drumming Experience

Eric “The Fish” Paton recently performed for students at Alcott Elementary School.  Paton is a musician, performer, and educator specializing in percussion from around the world.  From the dynamic style of taiko drumming of Japan to the infectious rhythms of samba from Brazil, Paton infuses excitement and interaction into his performances.


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Math Scholars (MS) Raise Money to Fight Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

Two Westerville North Algebra classes are doing more than attempting to raise their grades:  these Algebra students, or “Math Scholars (MS),” are raising money for the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society.  Because both of the teachers from these classes have family members affected by MS, they were personally motivated to try to do something for the cause.  As an incentive to strive for higher grades, the Algebra teachers – Teri Mandell and Jessica Martin – developed a friendly competition between the two classes.


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Westerville Sunrise Rotary Sponsors Mannino for Short Term Youth Exchange Program

The Westerville Sunrise Rotary Club is proud to announce that Westerville North High School student Jennifer Mannino, has been selected to participate in the Rotary Short Term Youth Exchange Program during the summer of 2015.  This program is a family-to-family exchange that matches students from two countries who live with each family over a period of approximately eight weeks, split evenly between each family’s homes.  Mannino has been matched with a student from Finland.


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Bette Marschall Grants Awarded to Educators

The Bette Marschall Memorial Education Fund of The Columbus Foundation has announced the recipients of nine grant awards totaling $3,221 to Westerville City Schools personnel for applications submitted this spring.


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Westerville Education Foundation Mini-Golf Fundraiser Draws Families

Intermittent spring showers did not stop families from gathering at the Westerville Education Foundation’s (WEF) seventh annual Mini-Golf Fundraiser, which took place on Saturday, May 16 at the Westerville Mini-Golf & Batting Cages on Schrock Rd.


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Sunrise Rotary Recognizes 2014-2015 Service to Youth Award Winners

The Westerville Sunrise Rotary Club hosted a breakfast at the Old Bag of Nails on Wednesday morning, May 20, where Service to Youth award winners were honored.  The program began three years ago to recognize exceptional Westerville City Schools employees who have made a special contribution to youth; have served as a positive role model for young people; and have demonstrated service above and beyond the call of duty in performing their job responsibilities.  


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Genoa Hosts Sixth Grade “Battle of the Books” Competition

Throughout April and May, students in the Genoa Middle School advanced 6th grade Language Arts classes competed in a 6th grade Battle of the Books Competition in the Media Center.  They read a preset list of seven books including such titles as The Trap, Small Steps, Close to Shore, and The Graveyard Book and wrote questions about the books.


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Alcott Students and Staff are Counting the Days until School Starts Again

Alcott Elementary has incorporated a growth mindset in all facets of its learning community.  As many places are counting down the days until summer break, Alcott has changed the conversation with one well-placed sign in the foyer of the building.


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School District Hosts 4th annual Middle School Chess Tournament

On May 19, each Westerville middle school sent their building chess club representative to participate in the middle school chess tournament held at the Early Learning Center.  Family, friends, and Westerville City Schools staff eagerly watched the matches.  


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Alcott Wax Museum Shines the Spotlight on Historical Figures

Fifth grade students in the Alcott Elementary School classrooms of Amanda Thompson and Mike Mazzon hosted a Wax Museum on May 13.


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Cherrington Fifth Graders Donate Funds to Curt Jackowski Memorial Scholarship

The 5th grade Service Project at Cherrington Elementary School has been a year- long effort.  Students have presented themselves as true role models as they worked hard to provide services in the community and encouraged the participation of the entire building.  In addition to holding a Pancake Dinner, they organized a Buyback program in October through Copeland Mill Dental, which paid $1.00 per pound of candy, and they also worked for donations as Winterfest elves at the school’s annual winter craft bazaar.


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Annehurst Second Graders Enjoy Camping Experience, Thanks to Cabela’s Outfitters

Hard work pays off at Annehurst Elementary School.  Just ask second grade students in Kelli Stuckey’s class.  Not only did good efforts and behavior earn them a pizza party (from the specials teachers or from the music, physical education, and art teachers), they also got to enjoy camping on the school grounds, thanks to Cabela’s Outfitters, whose representatives visited on Monday afternoon, May 18.


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Four Middle School Students Earn Scholarships to Be WISE Camp

The Westerville Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), in cooperation with the Westerville City Schools Gifted Education Department, has awarded four $300 scholarships to the Be WISE Camp at Denison University this summer.


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Westerville North Soccer Players Sign Letters of Intent

Friends, family members, coaches and staff gathered in the Atrium at Westerville North High School on Friday afternoon, May 8, to support soccer players Morgan Pearce and Hayley Hotchkiss, who signed Letters of Intent to play at Adrian College and Otterbein University, respectively.


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Westerville North Dedicates Plaque in Memory of Principal Curt Jackowski

National Honor Society members at Westerville North High School raised money to purchase a plaque to be placed in the front lobby of the school in memory of Curt Jackowski, a district administrator who served there as principal from 2003 to 2007.


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Heritage Middle School Hosts 7th Grade Battle of the Books

On May 12 and 13, students in the Heritage Middle School advanced 7th grade Language Arts classes competed in a 7th grade Battle of the Books Competition in the Media Center.  They read a preset list of 10 books including such titles as Treasure Island, Where the Red Fern Grows, Pictures of Hollis Woods, and The Outsiders and wrote questions about the books.  Then, the classes formed teams and competed in a Jeopardy–style contest until one team was declared the class winner.


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International Baccalaureate Diploma Candidates Give Theory of Knowledge Presentations

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Program challenges juniors and seniors in Westerville schools to think critically in all aspects of their academic program.  One of the requirements of students enrolled as IB Diploma Candidates is the Theory of Knowledge (ToK) course.  ToK challenges pupils to examine the responsibilities, challenges and rewards of knowledge and how this knowledge can be used to improve society on a local and global level.


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Westerville Parent Council Awards Six Student Scholarships

After reviewing more than 170 scholarship applications from all three Westerville high schools, six students were chosen to receive Westerville Parent Council (WPC) scholarships.


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Holocaust Survivor Sofiya Karpovich Inspires Parents at ESL Meeting

Blendon Middle School hosted the final Westerville City Schools ESL (English as a Second Language) parent meeting on Monday, May 4.  Holocaust survivor Sofiya Karpovich shared her story of overcoming some of the darkest days in world history.  Although her childhood was marked by life in a Nazi-ruled Ukrainian ghetto, Karpovich always maintains a positive outlook and has created a happy, successful life for herself and her family.


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Elementary Students Meet at Otterbein to Share Information about Famous Ohioans

Since March, fourth grade classes from Fouse, Mark Twain, and Hawthorne elementary schools have been working together to research famous Ohioans.  They have been using resources such as Google Docs to share the research; Big Blue Button to meet and discuss their presentations; and Google Slides to type, share, and show their final products.


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Elementary Leadership Summit Ends on a Happy Note

The second part of the 9th annual Elementary Leadership Summit occurred on Friday, May 8, at Westerville North High School.  More than 140 third, fourth and fifth grade students from all Westerville elementary schools were in attendance.


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Westerville Central’s Kelli Wozniak Wins Third State Fencing Title

Westerville Central High School sophomore Kelli Wozniak dreams of being a five-time State Fencing Champion.  She’s well on her way to that goal, having captured her third consecutive women’s sabre title at the Ohio high school championships by beating second-seeded Alyson Gruber of Hilliard Bradley High School 15-1 in a gold medal bout at the Royal Arts Fencing Academy on April 11.


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McVay Fifth Graders Enjoy Vocabulary Hat Parade

Lions and tigers and sharks, oh my!  Fifth grade pupils at McVay Elementary recently participated in a Vocabulary Hat Parade.  Coordinated by science teacher Lindsey Clouston, they listed all of the vocabulary terms from the year.  Then they created hats to visualize those words.  For example, students built hats shaped like a tiger or a shark for the term “carnivore,” while others created hats overflowing with vines and flowers for “producer.”


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Three Cherrington Students Inducted into the AAA Ohio Safety Patrol Hall of Fame

From almost 6,000 submissions sent in throughout the State of Ohio, nine students were chosen for induction into the AAA Ohio Safety Patrol Hall of Fame.  For the second year in a row, three attend Cherrington Elementary School in Westerville –   Alexi Bloch, grade 4; Gracie Pheasant, grade 5; and Avery McLaughlin, grade 5.


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Westerville North Names Prom Court; King and Queen are Chosen at Dance

“Atlantis” was the theme of Westerville North High School’s prom, which was held on Saturday evening, May 9, at Villa Milano.


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Hanby Students Meet their “Leaping Letters” Pen Pals

Second grade students from Kelly Balaz’s class at Hanby Magnet School got to meet their “Leaping Letters” pen pals on Tuesday afternoon, May 12.  This marks the third year letters have been exchanged between Westerville students and senior citizens.  Balaz says, “This is a great way to connect two parts of the community who may otherwise not get a chance to know each other.” 


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Kinetic Food Truck Founders Speak to Westerville Central’s Vegetarian Club

Andy O’Brien and Andrew Tuchow, the 24-year old local founders of the Kinetic Food Truck, have an interesting tale to tell.  After launching and successfully completing a 2014 Kickstarter campaign, they hit the road in a gourmet food truck for the health conscious, and have never looked back.  The vision of their company involves “eating healthier, being environmentally responsible, staying active and being kind.”


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Kinetic Food Truck Founders Speak to Westerville Central’s Vegetarian Club

Andy O’Brien and Andrew Tuchow, the 24-year old local founders of the Kinetic Food Truck, have an interesting tale to tell.  After launching and successfully completing a 2014 Kickstarter campaign, they hit the road in a gourmet food truck for the health conscious, and have never looked back.  The vision of their company involves “eating healthier, being environmentally responsible, staying active and being kind.”


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Five Genoa Middle School Students Create House Bill 143

Following a visit to the Ohio Statehouse in which students from Genoa Middle School’s Advanced 7th grade Social Studies classes proposed new state symbols that should be considered for the State of Ohio, State Representative Anne Gonzales presented what is now House Bill 143 to fellow representatives for a first hearing two weeks ago.  House Bill 143, created by five Genoa Middle School students, proposes that the barn be considered the official historical architectural structure of the state.


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Wilder Elementary Awards Two PTA Scholarships

The Wilder Elementary PTA has announced that two former students, now seniors at Westerville North High School, will receive scholarships in the amount of $750 each.  Recipients are Ladan Barnes and Erin Upp.  Applicants must have attended Wilder for at least four years and were encouraged to submit a short essay about a memorable Wilder experience.


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Rotary Club of Westerville Names May Students of the Month

The Rotary Club of Westerville, which sponsors a Student of the Month program, recognized recipients at a luncheon at Villa Milano held on Thursday, May 7.  May students are: Grant Hagglund, Westerville Central High School; My Trinh, Westerville North High School; and Desmond Fernandez, Westerville South High School.


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Students Advance to Middle School Chess Tournament on May 16

All students at each of Westerville’s four middle schools are invited to participate in school-wide chess activities leading to the selection of a building representative to compete in the Middle School District Chess Tournament on May 19.


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Library Link Awards go to Top Borrowers – Annehurst Elementary and Heritage Middle

Each school day the Westerville Public Library’s Library Link service delivers books and other materials requested by students, faculty and staff at the school buildings in the Westerville district.  Recently, Library Link Awards were presented to the elementary and middle school receiving the most items delivered this school year:  Annehurst Elementary School (2,443 items) and Heritage Middle School (1,040 items).


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Mobile Care Center will Offer Immunizations at Early Learning Center on August 26

According to State Law and district policy, up-to-date immunizations are required for all school aged children.  It is the goal of the Westerville City School District to help families meet these requirements by partnering with Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) and its Mobile Care Center.


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Westerville North Athletes Sign Letters of Intent

Westerville North High School has hosted ceremonies for a number of athletes in recent weeks who signed Letters of Intent to play at colleges and universities throughout the country.


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Westerville Central Prom Goers Enjoy “A Night in Hollywood”

The junior class at Westerville Central High School hosted Prom 2015 at The Columbus Athenaeum on Saturday evening, April 25.  Students walked the red carpet as they spent “A Night in Hollywood.” 


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Cherrington Remembers First Grader McKenzie Jo Wefler

Classmates, staff, friends and family members of first grade student McKenzie Jo Wefler gathered together at Cherrington Elementary School on Monday afternoon, May 11, to plant a tree in her memory.  “Kenzie,” who passed away on February 3, was remembered as a vibrant first grader whose “spunk, sass and smile” left a lasting impression with each person she met.


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Five to Attend Rotary Youth Leadership Award Conference

Five students have been named Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) recipients by the Rotary Club of Westerville and the Rotary Club of Westerville Sunrise.  They are:  Ellyn K. Briggs and Nicole Dinan, Westerville Central High School; Megan Hoover and Rex Lundstrom, Westerville North High School; and Ekow Ampah, Westerville South High School.  They have been invited to attend the RYLA Conference at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio from July 16-18.


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Westerville South Students Awarded Prizes for Innovation in Believe in Ohio Competition

Six Westerville South High School students received awards for their innovative business concepts in the Believe in Ohio competition, a grant program that encourages pupils to apply STEM concepts in the development of a product commercialization plan.


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Blendon Middle School Career Day Provides Wide Variety of Choices for Curious Students

Career Day is never a snooze fest at Blendon Middle School.  In fact, it’s a sight to behold.  After years of practice, organizing teacher Jeff McMillan knows exactly how to incite curiosity in young minds and get those wheels seriously thinking about the future.


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Thank You Volunteers!

Volunteers packed the Mark Twain Elementary School gymnasium on Friday, May 8, where they were serenaded by students and treated to a feast of delicious food prepared by the staff.  Each table was adorned with fresh cut flowers, and every individual walked away with a recipe book that said, “You are the recipe for our success.” 


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Ohio Energy Project Celebrates Student Leadership in Westerville with National Award

Solutions to today’s energy challenges are being developed in classrooms and homes around Westerville. The Ohio Energy Project’s annual Youth Energy Celebration on May 7 at The Ohio State University’s Fawcett Center welcomed more than 200 students, teachers and partners from around the state. In Westerville, 60 students and five educators were recognized for their outstanding work this school year through the Westerville Energy Education Partnership.


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Alcott Hat Day in Sync with Kentucky Derby

In coordination with the 141st running of the roses at the Kentucky Derby, Alcott Elementary school hosted a “Hat Day” on Friday, May 1.  Staff, students and parents wore hats to symbolize their focus as Alcott speeds towards the final leg of the 2014-2015 academic school year.  Anyone entering the building that day was encouraged to wear a hat to support this endeavor, and any and all hats were welcomed.  The morale-boosting event marked a great show of support from the Alcott Learning Community.


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Westerville Central Student Writers to be Honored at Thurber House on May 21

May 21st could be a big day for Westerville Central High School seniors Breanna Johnson and Madalyn Toole.  As finalists in the B’nai B’rith International Diverse Minds Youth Writing Challenge, the girls and their English Language Arts instructor, Natalie Taylor, have been invited to an awards ceremony at the Thurber House in Columbus.  They wrote and submitted a book called Fostering Fallon.  Taylor helped edit the book and art teacher Jen Kiko consulted on the artwork.


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Westerville’s Jamie Lipp Named Professional Fellow by Ashland University

Sixteen adjunct faculty members with Ashland University’s Schar College of Education have been awarded professional fellow recognition for a three-year term.  They received this honor at the College of Education meeting on April 24. Those adjunct faculty members receiving this recognition include Jamie Lipp of Pickerington, who was named a professional fellow at Ashland University’s Columbus Center and for the online program.  Lipp is an elementary English language arts/social studies curriculum specialist for Westerville City Schools and an adjunct professor for Ashland University.


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North Media Specialist Zach Wilkerson Receives Rotary Sunrise Service to Youth Award

Media Specialist Zach Wilkerson was surprised on May 6 when a group of Sunrise Rotarians showed up at Westerville North High School to present him with the Diane J. Conley Rotary Club of Westerville Sunrise Service to Youth award.


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Westerville North’s Jakob Hinz will Wrestle at Indiana University

Friends, family members, coaches and staff gathered in the Atrium at Westerville North High School on Monday, May 4, to watch as Jake Hinz signed a National Letter of Intent to wrestle for Indiana University.


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Alcott’s Lily Wood Earns National Award of Merit in PTA Reflections Competition

Just a few days after the Westerville City Schools Board of Education recognized 13 student artists for advancing to the State Level of the 2014-2015 PTA Reflections competition, it was announced that Alcott fifth grader Lily Wood earned accolades at the national contest.


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Westerville South Junior Austin Walker Helps Save Teen after he Collapses in Class

Westerville South High School junior Austin Walker and three teachers were honored by the Delaware County Commissioners on April 30 after they revived a student whose heart had stopped at the Delaware Area Career Center.


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Meteorologist Marschall McPeek Drops in at Hanby Elementary to Chat about Weather

April 30 was a big day for students at Hanby Elementary School.  Not only did ABC6/FOX28 Meteorologist Marschall McPeek stop in to talk about weather, some of them got to appear that evening on the local broadcast. 


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Westerville South’s Night of Reflection is Moved to May 21 at 7:00 p.m.

Westerville South High School will host its annual Night of Reflection at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday evening, May 21.  The event was originally slated for May 19, but was moved due to a scheduling conflict.


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Huber Ridge’s All Pro Dad Program Hopes for New Chapters in Westerville Schools

Sometimes busy families get so caught up in hectic schedules that they don’t always find the time to say the things that are most important.  Earlier this school year, a new program began at Huber Ridge Elementary – the All Pro Dads group.  Once a month, before school starts, several fathers and other positive role models bring their children to the Huber Ridge library to focus on family topics and talk about things like why they are proud of their kids and the difference between wants and needs.


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Senior Citizens get Red Carpet Treatment at Westerville Central Film Premiere

Thirteen special senior citizens received the red carpet rollout at Silver Screen, Golden Dreams, a film festival put on through a joint collaboration between Westerville Central High School’s Film and Literature students and the Westerville Senior Center.  Students interviewed the senior citizens at the Westerville Senior Center four times throughout the semester and then used the interviews, still photos, and other videos to craft films about their lives.


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Westerville Commencement Ceremonies will Take Place on May 23

Commencement exercises for Westerville’s graduating class of 2015 will take place on Saturday, May 23, at the Ohio Expo/Celeste Center.  Westerville South High School ceremonies will be held at 10:00 a.m., followed by Westerville North High School at 2:00 p.m. and Westerville Central High School at 6:00 p.m.  Graduates should report one hour before the scheduled events.  Parking cost for graduates, families and friends is $5 per car and tickets are not required to attend.


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Last Day of Classes in the Westerville City School District is May 21

The last day of classes for the 2014-2015 school year in the Westerville City School District is Thursday, May 21, 2015.  A Teacher Professional Day will take place on Friday, May 22.


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Westerville North Graduate Steven Boyer Starring in Broadway’s Hand to God

Westerville North High School graduate Steven Boyer is starring on Broadway as religious teen Jason, whose foul-mouthed hand puppet, Tyrone, takes on a devilish life of its own in Robert Askins’ Hand to God.


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Westerville Central Students Learn “How to Prevail when Organs Fail”

Medical Interventions students at Westerville Central High School got a chance to play surgeon this past month.  As a part of their “How to Prevail When Organs Fail” unit, pupils diagnosed a fictitious patient using her symptoms and lab results.  After crafting a treatment plan which ultimately required a live donor kidney transplant, students simulated the transplant process. This included running a reactive antibody panel to see if their patient was a good candidate for a transplant and performing a simulated blood and tissue typing lab to find a donor.


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Annehurst Children Help Fellow Student by Raising Money for Cystic Fibrosis Research

Students at Annehurst Elementary were recently asked by third grade teacher Candi Amadio to write Principal Earl Rahm a persuasive letter for their writing assignment.  One child asked him to allow the school to have a pajama day.  He agreed, but challenged her to turn it into a fundraiser for a charity.


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Genoa Students Gain Better Understanding of Manufacturing Industry

This past week, sixth grade students at Genoa Middle School participated in a mini-unit to learn more about the manufacturing industry.  Gary Walzer, from OH!Manufacturing, an affiliate of the Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership, helped students to gain a better understanding of the many items that are manufactured in Ohio; what is involved in the manufacturing process; and related career opportunities.  Pupils then participated in a simulation, setting up their own manufacturing line to produce sets of bean bags that might be sold to various retailers.  While conducting the simulation, youngsters gained valuable insights about the assembly line process and worker productivity.  The final day of the mini-unit allowed students to discuss the pros and cons of each “assembly line” and further explore career opportunities within the manufacturing industry.


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Holocaust Survivor Sofiya Karpovich to Speak at ESL Parent Meeting

Holocaust survivor Sofiya Karpovich will speak about overcoming hardship and creating a happy life filled with love and success at an ESL Parent Meeting scheduled for Monday evening, May 4, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.  The event will take place at Blendon Middle School.


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Westerville South Athletes Sign Letters of Intent

Educators, friends and family members packed the Westerville South High School Media Center on Wednesday afternoon, April 16, to watch as 10 elite athletes signed Letters of Intent to attend and compete at a variety of colleges and universities.


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Families Pack Westerville North for Nationwide Children’s Starry Night

More than 1,100 people enjoyed the Nationwide Children’s Starry Night Family Learning Festival last Sunday.  Organized by the Westerville Partners for Education (WPE), this year’s event theme, “Movement,” brought together a variety of hands-on learning activities from protozoan motion to motors to sports medicine, dance, and more.  Local businesses and organizations generously offered exhibits and programs, including Westerville North Science students and the district’s Fab Lab.  Educators also enjoyed an “Educator Preview Hour,” connecting teachers with exhibitors to seed classroom collaboration.


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The Little Mermaid JR. to be Performed at Westerville Central April 30 – May 2

The Little Mermaid, JR., presented by Westerville Central Theatre, will run April 30-May 2 at 7:30 p.m.; and May 3 at 2:00 p.m.  Tickets cost $10 each and can be reserved by visiting http://www.wchstheatre.org/location---contact.html.  Tickets are going fast so reserve soon! Come join Ariel, Flounder, Sebastian, and even Ursula as we go “Under the Sea” and “One Step Closer” to Ariel finding her true love, Prince Eric.


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Westerville North’s Rebecca Skidmore to Compete at Ohio Dominican University

On Wednesday, April 8, Westerville North senior volleyball player Rebecca Skidmore signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her education and volleyball career at Ohio Dominican University.


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Renaissance Students at Heritage Enjoy Ice Skating at the Chiller

On Friday, April 10, Heritage Middle School pupils went to the Chiller to celebrate the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Renaissance qualifiers from 3rd quarter of this school year.  More than 400 students were in attendance.   They enjoyed ice skating, pizza, and the opportunity to socialize with friends outside of school.  Organizers expressed gratitude to the Heritage PTSA for volunteering their time to help with this event.


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School Board to Meet

Prior to the Regular Session of the Westerville City Schools Board of Education on Monday evening, April 27, the Board will vote to go into Executive Session at 3:30 p.m. for the purpose of discussing negotiations.  No action will be taken.  The Regular Session will begin at 6:00 p.m.  Both meetings will take place in the Early Learning Center, which is located at 936 Eastwind Drive in Westerville, Ohio.  


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Emerson’s Fifth Grade Students Earn Superior Rating at District Seven Science Day

In February, Jennifer Findell’s class of gifted fifth graders traveled from Emerson Elementary to Walnut Springs in order to participate in the Middle School Science Fair.  Eight Emerson projects, the work of 10 students, were ranked Superior at that event.  Five of those students accepted the challenge to compete in the District Seven Science Day competition held at Columbus State in March.


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School Board Recognizes Extraordinary Athletes

At the Westerville City Schools Board of Education meeting on Monday, April 13, star athletes were recognized for their accomplishments at the State level.


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Nine Exemplary Employees Receive Westerville City Schools A+ Awards
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Westerville Education Foundation Mini-Golf Fundraiser Slated for May 16

The Westerville Education Foundation (WEF) will be holding its seventh annual Mini-Golf Fundraiser from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 16, at the Westerville Mini-Golf & Batting Cages, 450 W. Schrock Rd. www.westervilleeducationfoundation.com


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On Your Mark, Get Set, Go!

More than 210 individuals showed up at Westerville Central High School on Saturday morning, April 11, to participate in the Spring Dash 5K, hosted by the Fit Frosties of Robert Frost Elementary School.  Money raised from the event will go towards the installation of a paved walk/jog/bike path around the school grounds.  So far, more than $6,100 has been collected for the project through sponsorships and fundraisers like this race.


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Westerville North High School Inducts Three into Alumni Hall of Fame

Westerville North High School inducted three alumni into its Hall of Fame at a luncheon and ceremony held April 10 – Lori Gill Grennan, Gary Hoffman and Ron Thomas.  The school’s Superintendent’s Student Advisory Committee selected those honored from a pool of applicants who graduated at least 10 years ago, have demonstrated success in their career, and have made significant contributions to their community. 


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Rotary Club of Westerville Names April Students of the Month

The Rotary Club of Westerville, which sponsors a Student of the Month program, recognized recipients at a luncheon at Villa Milano held on Thursday, April 9.  April students are: Kwaku Ayesu, Westerville North High School; and Melissa Rideout, Westerville South High School.


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Genoa Middle School Launches “It Takes Courage” Campaign Next Week

Keeping the school climate strong and addressing issues that impact all students are priorities at Genoa Middle School where, next week, a campaign called “It Takes Courage” will be launched.  The spirit week will promote acts of courage, standing up against stereotypes and bullying, and promoting kindness and acceptance.  The event is being orchestrated by Stephanie Christie, who runs the “Thank Goodness I’m Female” and “Girl Action League” programs at the school.  She is also the Development and Programs Specialist for Youth to Youth International.


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Academic Enrichment Center’s Sue Bell Receives Rotary Sunrise Service to Youth Award

Sue Bell, administrative assistant at the Westerville City Schools Academic Enrichment Center (AEC), was surprised on April 8 when a group of Sunrise Rotarians showed up to present her with the Diane J. Conley Rotary Club of Westerville Sunrise Service to Youth award.  She received a plaque from the club, along with a cake and a gift card donated by the Walmart Supercenter on Schrock Road.  In addition, an American flag will be flown in her honor during Westerville’s Field of Heroes display.


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Third Grade Hawthorne Students Publish Mighty Mustangs Historical Perspective

Twenty-four third grade children hailing from 15 different countries combined their talents, under the direction of teacher Kate Mantenieks and retired Ohio University Professor Dorothy Leal, to write Mighty Mustangs:  The History of Hawthorne Elementary.  The paperback is available for $7.99 on Amazon.


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Genoa Middle School Students Advance to National History Day Statewide Competition

Genoa Middle School students participated in District 6 History Day Competition on March 28 at Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio.  Research and projects were created following the theme “Leadership and Legacy.”


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American Legion Post 171 Selects High School Delegates for Buckeye Boys/Girls State

Westerville American Legion Post 171 has sent hundreds of boys and girls to the annual experiment in democracy, called Buckeye Boys State and Buckeye Girls State.  “Post 171 sends more boys (10) and girls (12) to this program than any other American Legion post in Ohio,” remarked Bev Etling, chairperson of the program for the last seven years.  The program especially appeals to Westerville students because of the enthusiasm of the teacher and advisors.


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Anything Goes is Coming Up at Westerville South High School

Anything Goes, a classic musical comedy featuring the toe tapping songs of Cole Porter, will be performed by Westerville South High School students and Thespian Troupe 513 at 7:00 p.m. on Friday April 24; 7:00 p.m. on Saturday April 25; and 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 26.  Tickets cost $10 and are available at the door.  Seats are general admission.


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Middle School Students Prepare for Regional Mock Trial Competition

The 2014-15 Regional Middle School Mock Trial teams came together at the Westerville’s City Council Chamber on March 27 to practice for the upcoming competition on April 16 in downtown Columbus.  Serving as Judge for the mock trial hearings was Westerville North Media Specialist and Coach of the State Champion Westerville North High School Mock Trial team, Zach Wilkerson.  This year’s mock trial case is based on the book Animal Farm by George Orwell.


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Eight Middle School Students Move on to Central Region Invention Convention Contest

The sixth annual Westerville City Schools Middle School Invention Convention Competitions were held throughout the month of March at each of the four middle schools.  Sponsored by the Gifted Education Department and each middle school, students were invited to set up displays and be judged by a panel of distinguished educators, administrators, and community members. The top two scoring student inventions at each middle school will represent Westerville City Schools at the Central Region Invention Convention Competition which will be held on May 9 at the Columbus State Conference Center. 


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Westerville North Presents Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs

The Westerville North Theatre Department will stage Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs, on April 16 and 17 at 7:00 p.m.; and on April 18 at 2:00 p.m.  General admission tickets cost $6.  For additional ticket information, contact:  birtchea@westerville.k12.oh.us.


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Schools Participate in Pajamas for Kids with Cancer Day

Every school day, 46 children are diagnosed with cancer.  As one can imagine, cancer treatment is not a quick or easy process, and these children spend from weeks to months at a time in the hospital as they undergo chemotherapy, radiation therapy, surgery, and other procedures. They are often unable to attend school and participate in many childhood activities. For a large portion of time during their treatment, these youngsters are usually in their pajamas.


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Genoa Middle School Supports Fellow Westerville Students through Share Bac A Pac

Genoa Middle School students gave their time, talent and treasure to Share Bac A Pac, so that fellow Westerville City School students wouldn’t go hungry during spring break.  Lead by math teacher Katy Paolini, the middle school raised funds through a two-day dodge ball tournament and presented Share Bac A Pac with a check for $1,000.  In addition, Genoa’s National Honor Society students organized and packed 270 bags of food, which, when combined with the check, will provide more than 1,000 meals and snacks for Westerville students at risk of hunger.


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Westerville North’s Harrison Nickels Places Second in News Writing Competition

Westerville North High School senior and journalism student Harrison Nickels has been notified that he is a winner in The Martys, an editorial contest for Central Ohio’s high school journalists.  He placed second in the “Best News Writing” category for an article he wrote entitled, “Excel in admissions with Common App.”  Nickels, taught by journalism teacher Maryann Hines, is The Odyssey’s Podcast editor.


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Alcott Fifth Graders Stage The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Fifth grade students at Alcott Elementary School presented this year’s play, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, in two performances on March 26.  A special showing for students was held in the afternoon, and the production was staged for parents that evening.


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Hawthorne Puts On “Udderly” Amazing Show

On Thursday, March 26, first grade students at Hawthorne Elementary School brought the charm and fun of the farm to life in their barnyard musical entitled, “Old McIntyre Had a Farm.”  The children worked hard preparing for the show – learning the songs and choreography in music, creating farm drawings to decorate the school in art, and exploring the lyrics in their classroom reading blocks.


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Westerville Central’s Kara Johnson Earns National Achievement Scholarship

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation has announced the names of approximately 800 outstanding Black American high school seniors who have won Achievement Scholarship awards through the National Achievement Scholarship Program.  Included on the list is Westerville Central High School senior Kara E. Johnson.


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Third Grade Alcott Reading Fair Generates Excitement about Books

Third grade students recently hosted a Reading Fair at Alcott Elementary School.  They participated by reading a favorite book and then creating a storyboard to display and share with their peers.


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Heritage Middle School Wins Eighth Grade Battle of the Books Competition

The sixth annual Central Ohio 8th Grade Battle of the Books Competition, hosted by Heritage Middle School, took place at Westerville North High School on March 24.  Each of Westerville’s four middle schools competed, along with other Central Ohio teams from Whitehall, Olentangy, Gahanna, Teays Valley, and Delaware.  Teams buzzed in with correct answers about titles from the 18-book list in a Jeopardy-style contest.


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Westerville Education Foundation Awards Innovation Grants

The Westerville Education Foundation (WEF) has announced that five Innovation Grants will be awarded at a program called “Celebration of Education, Innovation and Inspiration.”  The event will take place at 7:30 a.m. on Friday, April 17 at the Everal Barn & Homestead. 


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Pointview Leaders Raise Money for Libraries for Liberia

After learning that there are very few libraries in Liberia for people to enjoy, student leaders at Pointview Elementary School decided to host a variety of fund raisers to get money to buy books for the cause.


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Wilder’s “Spring Fling” Features Books, Ice Cream and Learning

Wilder Elementary School students and their families packed the building on March 26 for the annual Spring Fling.  Staff scooped and served delicious bowls of ice cream in a variety of flavors and a book fair was held in the gymnasium.  Participants were also given an “ice cream passport” to use while checking out a number of exciting educational stations.


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BOE to Meet in April
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Westerville Central’s Emma Dyer Facilitates “Light Day"

Students in Michael Park’s Advanced Placement Language Arts class at Westerville Central High School recently completed a Rhetorical Activism Project.  One of his pupils, Emma Dyer, chose to work with LED retrofitting for issues of sustainability, and she was able to procure from GE approximately 200 LED bulbs she used to conduct a workshop that she and her father, Mac Dyer, hosted on March 27 in the school library.


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North’s Talmadge Chosen for 2015 Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Boston

Corey Talmadge II, a 9th grade student at Westerville North High School, has been nominated to attend the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Boston from June 24-26.  The Congress is an honors-only program for high school students who want to become physicians or go into medical research fields. The purpose of this event is to honor, inspire, motivate and direct the top students in the country who aspire to be physicians or medical scientists, to stay true to their dream and, after the event, to provide a path, plan and resources to help them reach their goal. 


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Westerville South Wildcats Face Garfield Heights Tonight in State Semifinal

Students packed the gymnasium on Thursday afternoon, March 26, to cheer for the Westerville South High School Wildcat varsity basketball team, which is headed to Ohio State’s Value City Arena this evening to face off against Garfield Heights in the State Semifinal.  The winner will advance to the State Finals on Saturday.  This marks Ed Calo’s 28th season as coach. 

During the pep rally, South was presented with a Boys Division 1 Winner banner from JJ Huddle and the Ohio Army National Guard.

In addition, Rick Bannister and the alumni were thanked for their gargantuan efforts in raising money to offset the cost for students of playoff tickets.  


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Westerville South Wildcat Dash is April 11

The Westerville South Instrumental Music Boosters are hosting their second annual Wildcat Dash 5k Run/1 mile fun walk on Saturday, April 11, at McNamara Park in Genoa Township on Big Walnut Road.  The race begins at 9:00 a.m. with registration and check-in starting at 7:30 a.m.  Cost is $25 for those who register by today, and $30 after March 27.  The first 100 registrants will receive a t-shirt and goodie bag.


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Moving Up Nights to Focus on Incoming Sixth Grade Students

Westerville City Schools invites incoming sixth grade students and their parents to attend Moving Up Night, an evening of orientation focused on the transition from elementary to middle school. 


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Stars in the Park Slated for Saturday, March 28

The Westerville Partners for Education will partner with the Columbus Astronomical Society to kick off spring break with a trip to space!  Join us for Stars in the Park star gazing night on Saturday, March 28, from 8:00-10:00 p.m. at the Westerville Sports Complex (across from the Community Center).  Astronomers will train their telescopes on the moon, Jupiter, the moons of Jupiter, Venus, the Orion Nebula, possibly comet Lovejoy, and other celestial bodies.  Bundle up – forecasters predict cold and clear on Saturday night, which is perfect for star gazing!  The event is free.  


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Families Celebrate All Arts Night at Huber Ridge Elementary School

Families packed Huber Ridge Elementary School on Thursday evening, March 19, for All Arts Night, a free, fun-filled event celebrating music and the arts.  A number of activities were offered.  Students enjoyed making various musical instruments like guitars, kazoos and drums, using recycled items.  They also had the opportunity to create comic strips and sing at into an open mic at the “Huber Café.” 


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Westerville Central Key Club Members Fare Well at District Leadership Conference

The Westerville Central High School Key Club sent three of its members to the annual District Leadership Conference in Beachwood, Ohio recently – co-presidents Sakhi Patel and Prestin Minter, and Luis Sandoval.  The group participated in fellowship activities including a spirit rally and dances, a banquet, and forums to learn about leadership, fund-raising, and service ideas.


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Westerville North High School Hosts National History Day Event

On Tuesday, March 24, social studies teacher Damon Mollenkopf and 115 students from his five classes invited parents, teachers, and school and district administrators to the Westerville North High School Media Center as they hosted their first annual National History Day exhibition.


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Westerville North’s Rex Lundstrom Awarded Rotary’s Youth Exchange Scholarship

Rex Lundstrom, a senior at Westerville North High School, has been selected to receive Rotary District 6690’s Youth Exchange Scholarship.  As a result, he will depart in August for a year’s study in Japan.


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Genoa Dance Raises Money for Trip to Zoombezi Bay

On Friday March 13, an 8th grade only dance was held at Genoa Middle School to raise money for the entire class to attend Zoombezi Bay on the last day of school.  The week leading up to the dance, students were able to buy raffle tickets to pie a staff member in the face.


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Seven Westerville Students Advance in Letters about Literature Contest

Seven Westerville City Schools students are advancing to states in the Library of Congress’ annual Letters about Literature contest.  Out of the nearly 2,000 entries from across Ohio, 164 letters were chosen to move on to the next round of competition.


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Westerville North’s Mock Trial Team is Honored by Board of Education

Westerville North High Schools’ Team Darrow, which recently won the Ohio Mock Trial State Championship by defeating Ashland High School at the Ohio Statehouse, was recognized by the Westerville City Schools Board of Education at a meeting held Monday evening, March 23.  Team advisor Zach Wilkerson, and colleagues Ken Donchatz, Scott Longo and Dr. Tom Peet, were commended for guiding the 10 students to victory.  They will compete at the national level from May 14-16 in Raleigh, North Carolina.


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Bette Marschall Grant Applications Accepted Through April 30

Applications for monetary grants from The Bette Marschall Education Fund of The Columbus Foundation are being accepted for worthy 2015-2016 school-year projects not otherwise supported within the school budget.  The grants are available to teachers, students, administrators, and non-teaching staff within the Westerville City School District. The submission deadline is April 30, 2015. 


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Emerson Students Partner with Third Graders in Japan

Third grade students in Beth Dalin’s class at Emerson Magnet School have befriended children in the Kotabe Elementary School in Japan.  The pupils have exchanged cultural artifact boxes of items that tell a little bit about the land, people, music and traditions of each country.


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Westerville North High School Sophomore to Compete in Irish World Dance Contest

Westerville North High School sophomore Mary Rose Moore will travel to Montreal, Canada from March 26 - April 6 to compete in the Irish World Dance Competition.  She will join more than 6,000 other competitors representing countries from all around the globe.  In order to qualify, Moore earned 10th place in North America and 7th place in the Mid America competitions.


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Westerville Safety City Program Registration Begins April 20

Beginning on April 20, parents of children who will be attending kindergarten this fall can register their youngsters for Westerville Safety City.  The program will be held Monday through Friday, June 1-12, at Robert Frost Elementary School, which is located at 270 North Spring Road.  Two sessions will take place each day – one in the morning from 9:30-11:30 a.m., and one in the afternoon from 12:30-2:30 p.m.


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Fouse Student Wins Top Honors at Ninth Annual Lego Competition

Third grade Fouse Elementary School student Evelyn Clark was named Overall Grand Winner at the ninth annual Westerville City Schools Lego Competition held March 21 at Heritage Middle School.


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Final Four Pre-Sale Basketball Playoff Tickets Available at South Athletic Office

The Westerville South High School varsity basketball team is headed to the state playoffs for the first time in history, following a thrilling 70-63 victory over Northland in the Division I Regional Final.  Students and community members are encouraged to turn out in force to cheer for the Wildcats and their beloved coach, Ed Calo.  Coach Calo has led the team for a whopping 28 years.

Pre-sale tickets are available for $10 at Westerville Souths Athletic Office this week.  On Tuesday, March 24, from 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., anyone who donates at least $5 towards buying down student ticket prices will be able to purchase a ticket.

 


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Westerville Central Students Meet with Success at Central Ohio Science Olympiad

A group of students from Westerville Central High School competed recently at the Central Ohio Science Olympiad held at Grandview Heights High School.  Second place in the Airplane Event was earned by Wes Bumpus; seventh place in Forensics was received by Hope Garman and Wes Bumpus; eighth place in Protein Modeling was earned by Emma Dyer and Amy Adik; and ninth place in Bridge Building was received by Priscilla Doh and Hope Garman.


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Nine to Receive Westerville City Schools A+ Awards

At the Westerville City Schools Board of Education meeting on Monday, April 13, nine exemplary employees will receive A+ Awards.


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Student Artists at Heritage Create Bowls for Habitat Soup Event

Megan Walker’s art classes at Heritage Middle School have been hard at work creating beautiful bowls for the upcoming 13th annual Habitat for Humanity Soups for Shelter event.  The students began by first learning clay techniques including sculpting, firing and glazing.  Pupils donated nearly 150 bowls to the event.


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Pointview Educators are Wild about Reading

Students and staff at Pointview Elementary are Wild About Reading, as evidenced by a multitude of activities that have taken place at the school in recent days.  The building’s Right to Read Committee has coordinated a number of events to promote reading, including spirit week; morning quote announcements; a reading stampede, when teachers dressed as characters from their favorite book, which they read aloud; and ROAR, when the entire school “Reached Out And Read” for 20 minutes.


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Alcott Students Entertained by Irish Dancers on St. Patrick’s Day

Students at Alcott Elementary were entertained by Irish dancers from The Academy Irish Dance Co. on St. Patrick’s Day.  The Academy is a Westerville company specializing in Irish Dance.  The school has been very successful, bringing home the first World Championship title to Columbus.


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Starry Night Family Learning Festival Returns to Westerville

On Sunday, April 12, from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., the Westerville Partners for Education (WPE) will host the 3rd annual “Nationwide Children’s Hospital Starry Night” family learning festival at Westerville North High School, 950 County Line Rd.  The festival will offer dynamic learning experiences with experts from Columbus’ premier educational and non-profit organizations. Geared toward students in preschool through 8th grade and their caregivers and families, the event highlights motion at all scales—from microscopic to cosmic—with the 2015 event theme, “Movement.”


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Heritage Middle School Drama Club Performs Aladdin Jr.

An ambitious production of Aladdin Jr. is being staged by the Heritage Middle School Drama Club in the Westerville Central High School auditorium, located at 7118 Mount Royal Avenue.  A sneak preview was held for an enthusiastic audience from Alcott Elementary School on Wednesday afternoon, March 19.


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Hawthorne Students Make Blankets and Dog Toys for Those in Need

The local community is just a little nicer for people and their four-legged companions, thanks to the efforts of pupils at Hawthorne Elementary School.  Under the direction of school social worker Bonnie Gourley, student leaders engaged in a service project that involved collecting money from every classroom to purchase fabric to make blankets for children in foster care.


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Genoa Students Teach Fouse Fifth Graders about Energy

Fouse Elementary School fifth graders recently participated in a science day of discovery and learning.  Seventh grade students from the Advance Science class at Genoa Middle School facilitated 20 different activities about energy for their younger peers.  Students learned about light, sound, force and motion, types of energy, heat, electricity, and more.


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GEM Award Winners Announced by Westerville Parent Council and Roush Honda

Now in its twelfth year, the GEM Awards program (Great Educator Mentor) recognizes those who consistently go above and beyond for students in Westerville schools.

Each building solicits nominations and a building committee comprised of staff and parents selects an honoree.  In addition, a committee with district-wide representation selects one business/organization recipient as well as individuals for contributions that impact more than one building or the district as a whole.


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Westerville South Recognizes Cats with Class

Thirty-seven students at Westerville South High School were recognized as “Cats with Class” at a breakfast and ceremony held bright and early on Wednesday morning, March 18.  “Cats with Class” honors pupils who have demonstrated acts of kindness, good school citizenship, or service, which help make South a wonderful place for learning and teaching.


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Hawthorne Students Enjoy Special St. Patrick’s Day Performance

Hawthorne Elementary students, many of whom were wearing green in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, gathered in the gymnasium on Tuesday morning, March 17, to listen to a special performance by fifth grade teacher and professional Irish musician Mick Broderick and fellow musicians Bryan Brookes and Phil Franck, from the local group The Drowsy Lads.


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Westerville North’s Mock Trial Teams Wins State Championship

For the first time in Westerville City School’s history, Westerville North High School’s Mock Trial team won the Ohio Mock Trial State Championship by defeating Ashland High School at the Ohio Statehouse in the televised finals held March 14.


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Westerville South’s Evan Seitz Takes Third Place in Japanese Speech Contest

On March 7, Westerville South High School freshman Evan Seitz, who studies Japanese through credit flex, was the third place winner in the Japan-America Society of Central Ohio (JASCO) high school speech contest held in Dublin.  He was the only freshman to be a finalist and the only student participant from Westerville.


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Author/Illustrator David Catrow Visits Hawthorne Students

Children’s author/illustrator David Catrow spent the day at Hawthorne Elementary School on March 10, autographing some of his books including, I Like Myself and I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More! He has more than 70 published works in print. 


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Central Physics Students Consume their Lesson

Daniel Hunt and his Honors Physics class at Westerville Central High School made the most of the double period testing schedule by adding a little excitement (and some pancakes with syrup) to a lesson involving conservation, energy and metabolism.


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Rotary Club of Westerville Names March Students of the Month

The Rotary Club of Westerville, which sponsors a Student of the Month program, recognized recipients at a luncheon at Villa Milano held on Thursday, March 12.  March students are: Seriah Wells, Westerville Central High School; Yussuf Bashir, Westerville North High School; Miranda Cottman, Westerville South High School; and Samantha Vincent, St. Francis DeSales High School.


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Spring Dash 5K Registration is Open – Come Join the Fit Frosties!

The Spring Dash 5K will take place on Saturday, April 11 at 9:00 a.m. at Westerville Central High School, located at 7118 Mount Royal Avenue.  Registration includes an event tech t-shirt and finisher’s medal.  For more information, please visit www.SpringDash5K.com.


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Genoa Inducts 97 into National Junior Honor Society

Ninety-seven students at Genoa Middle School were inducted into the National Junior Honor Society on Wednesday evening, March 11.  Friends and family members gathered in the gymnasium to watch as these outstanding pupils were recognized.  Teacher Kara Reiter was the Keynote Speaker and event organizer Katie Paolini imparted words of wisdom to the crowd.


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Fifth Annual Chip Challenge Winners Selected

Sixth graders from advanced science classes in the Westerville City School District took part in the fifth annual Chip Challenge, a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) initiative.  Teams of students were asked to design and test a container for shipping a single Pringles potato chip to Superintendent John Kellogg at the Early Learning Center.


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Two Westerville Students Named National Geographic State Bee Semifinalists

Maxwell James, an eighth grade student at Genoa Middle School, and Reece Rexroad, a seventh grader at Walnut Springs, have been notified by the National Geographic Society that they are semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2015 Ohio National Geographic State Bee, sponsored by Google and Plum Creek.  The contest will be held at Ohio Dominican University on Friday, March 27.


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Alcott Hosts Superhero Family Reading Night

Alcott Elementary School hosted a family literacy night on Monday, March 9 with a Superhero theme.  The event started with Principal Joseph Uher reading the book Dex: The Heart of a Hero to the students.  Families then moved around the building to different literacy stations.  They made a mask to conceal their identity while creating their own superhero comic strip.


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Westerville Central’s Barbara Coppens Receives Rotary Sunrise Service to Youth Award

Barbara Coppens, secretary to Westerville Central High School Principal Todd Spinner, was surprised on March 5 when a group of Sunrise Rotarians showed up to present her with the Diane J. Conley Rotary Club of Westerville Sunrise Service to Youth award.  She received a plaque from the club, along with a cake and a $50 gift card donated by the Walmart Supercenter on Schrock Road.  In addition, an American flag will be flown in her honor during Westerville’s Field of Heroes display.


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Special Guests Help Wilder Students Celebrate Read Across America

To celebrate Read Across America, Wilder Elementary staff invited members of the Westerville community to come into the building and read to students on Friday morning, March 6. Each participant was encouraged to share their love of reading by bringing their favorite picture book.


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And the Grammy Goes To…

First grade celebrities and their fans flooded the Alcott Elementary School library on Friday evening, March 6, for the Alcott Grammy Awards, coordinated by teacher Jim Ledford.  The stars, dressed in their finest attire, entered the ceremony on a red carpet lined with shouting paparazzi.  They performed a whopping 22 songs for the enthusiastic audience, and were accompanied by Ledford on guitar and harmonica; Casey Wright on drums; and Rich Robinson on bass.


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Schools Close for Spring Break

Classes will not be held in the Westerville City School District from March 30 through April 3, 2015 – Spring Break.  Classes will resume at normal starting times on Monday, April 6.


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Westerville School Counselors Create Website about Summer Learning Opportunities

How will you spend your summer?  Consider participating in opportunities that will engage your interests, enrich your knowledge base, and extend the learning you have done this year.


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North Students and Staff “Spread the Word to End the Word”

In a stunning show of support for people with disabilities, Westerville North High School students and staff celebrated their differences by dressing the same on Wednesday, March 4.  More than 180 individuals purchased T-shirts to raise awareness about the dehumanizing and hurtful effects of the word “retarded.”  Supporters signed gigantic banners pledging to stop using that word, and encouraging others to do the same.


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Wilder Elementary Partners with the Columbus Tutoring Initiative

Columbus Tutoring Initiative (CTI) works in partnership with churches and organizations to recruit volunteers and tutors to lead programs in their local schools.  Approximately 25 educational institutions in Central Ohio have benefited from this effort including Wilder Elementary in Westerville, where every Wednesday, 24 second graders are tutored in reading during lunch/recess.


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Westerville North’s Chris Robinson to play Lacrosse at Augustana College

On Friday, February 13, friends and family members gathered in the Westerville North High School atrium to watch and celebrate as Christopher Robinson signed a Letter of Intent to play lacrosse at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois.


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Emerson Students Partake in “Genius Hour”

Students in the Emerson Elementary classrooms of Kathy Anclien and Theresa Bledsoe recently participated in a Genius Hour, inspired by Google’s 20% time initiative, which allows employees to dedicate 20% of working hours to their own ideas.  The youngsters were given 1½ hours each week to work on a project of their choice, based on their individual interests and passions.


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Westerville South Orchestras Strike the Right Chord at OMEA State Adjudications

Both Westerville South orchestras met with success at the OMEA State Orchestra Adjudications that were held at Reynoldsburg High School on February 27 and 28.  The Concert and Symphonic orchestras earned the highest overall scores, “Superior - I,” with the Symphony Orchestra earning a perfect score.


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Westerville North Graduate Adam Cioffari is Lead in Opera Columbus’ Figaro

Opera Columbus presents The Marriage of Figaro this week, starring Westerville North High School graduate and bass-baritone Adam Cioffari, cast in the lead role. The show debuted March 4, and will also be performed on March 6 at 8:00 p.m. and March 8 at 2:00 p.m.


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Heritage Middle School Drama Club to Perform Aladdin Jr. March 19-21

Welcome to Agrabah, City of Enchantment, where every beggar has a story and every camel has a tail!  All of your favorite characters are here in this stage adaptation of the Disney hit, including Aladdin, Jasmine, and of course, the Genie.  Filled with magic, mayhem, and flying carpet rides, audiences’ spirits will soar with excitement.  Most of all, the tuneful, Academy award-winning score with songs including A Whole New World and Friend Like Me will certainly make this musical a family favorite.


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High Schools Celebrate Black History Month

Black History Month was recognized throughout the Westerville City School District in February.  Highlighting the celebration were special activities held at Westerville Central, North and South high schools.


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BOE to meet in March
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2015 Summer Camp/Activities Expo Slated for March 11

The 2015 Summer Camp/Activities Expo will take place from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday evening March 11, at Westerville North High School, which is located at 950 County Line Road.  The event is sponsored by the Westerville Parent Council PTA.  Admission is free and open to the public, and everyone in attendance will have a chance to win raffle prizes.


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Hello Dolly! to be Performed at Westerville North High School March 12-15

The Westerville North High School Theatre and Music Departments will present the exciting musical Hello Dolly! at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 12, Friday March 13 and Saturday, March 14; and at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 15.  Performances will take place in the school auditorium.


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Student-Written Plays to be Performed by Columbus Children’s Theatre Actors

Each year, the Columbus Children’s Theatre (CCT) selects a theme and collects stories written by students in grades K-8.  More than 1,000 Child Writing Project (CWP) submissions are received and the top tales are compiled to create a hysterical, fast-paced entertaining sketch comedy show seen by thousands of youngsters.  This year’s theme was “Terrific Technology,” and when the Top 21 submissions were chosen for performance, two of the pieces picked were written by students in the Westerville City School District. 


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Application Deadline for A+ Employee Recognition Program Draws Near

Applications are being accepted through Friday, March 13, for the Spring 2015 Westerville City Schools A+ Employee Recognition Program, which celebrates extraordinary staff members.  Honorees will be invited to attend a Board of Education meeting where the superintendent and board members will recognize their contributions.


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Student Work to be Recognized at 2015 Jerry Tollifson Art Criticism Open

Student work submitted by fifth grade Hanby Magnet Elementary teacher Tara Norling and Curriculum Coordinator Dr. Jan Fedorenko has been selected for inclusion in the 2015 Jerry Tollifson Art Criticism Open, sponsored by the Ohio Art Education Association (OAEA).


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Several Westerville Students are Finalists in Arnold Kids Got Talent! Contest

The Columbus Children’s Theatre is partnering with the Arnold Sports Festival to find the most talented performers in town.  After preliminary auditions, the Top 20 acts were invited to compete at the Arnold Kids Expo at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 7, for an esteemed panel of judges who will announce the best act in the city.  The event will be hosted by Chris Kirkpatrick of NSYNC.


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Westerville City Schools Recognized for Integrated Pest Management Practices

At the Westerville City Schools Board of Education Meeting held on February 23, Jennifer Andon, representing The Ohio State University’s Entomology Department, presented the District with a plaque from OSU and Improving Kids Environment (IKE) “for leadership in providing a safe learning environment by reducing risks from pest and pesticides through the implementation of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in schools.” 

During the past two years, thanks to a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grant, Westerville Schools has shared its award-winning IPM implementation process with five different school districts in Ohio and Indiana.  As a result of this program, three school districts in Ohio are utilizing IPM strategies within their pilot schools – Columbus City Schools, Brookville Schools and the Western Reserve School District, which, like Westerville, received a national IPM Star Certification award from the EPA.


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Four Westerville City Schools Students are National Merit Scholarship Finalists

The Westerville City School District has been notified that four of its seniors have advanced to Finalist standing in the National Merit Scholarship competition.  They are:  Kara Johnson, Westerville Central High School; Jacqueline Kloos, Westerville North High School; and Marissa Banks and Hartlee Johnston, Westerville South High School.


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Community Bowl-a-thon Raises Money for Local Organizations

Community members filled the lanes at the Columbus Square Bowling Palace on Saturday, February 21, to raise money for the Westerville Chamber Foundation, the Westerville Education Foundation, and the Westerville Symphony.


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Career Explorations Course Offers Students Opportunities to Develop Job Skills

Career Explorations, a program offered at all three Westerville high schools through the Transition Services Department, affords recommended students the opportunity to work within the school setting or community to develop job skills and build a resume.


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Straight A Grant Results on Display at Statehouse

On February 5, Westerville City Schools demonstrated the exciting efforts being implemented in the district as a result of two Straight A grants, Innovation Generation and EDCITE, at the first Straight A Innovation Fund Conference held at the Statehouse.  State Superintendent Dr. Richard Ross said at the opening remarks this is the largest state innovation fund in U.S. history.


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Pointview Pep Rally Encourages Students to “Rock the Test!”

Get a good night’s sleep.  Leave your electronic devices at home.  Be quiet, even after you’re done taking the test so others can finish as well.  Be patient, stay calm.  This was just some of the advice given to third, fourth and fifth grade students at Pointview Elementary School as they prepared to take state-mandated PARCC tests in coming days, covering Math, Language Arts, Social Studies and Science.


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WCSD operating on a 2-hour delay today, February 24, due to extreme weather conditions, no AM Preschool or AM Kindergarten. No testing; watch e-mail for revised test schedule.
All activities for Friday, February 20, will continue as scheduled.
Student-Directed One Act Plays Shown at Westerville South on March 12

Student-directed One Acts will be performed at 7:00 p.m. at Westerville South High School on Thursday evening, March 12.  Tickets can be purchased at the door for $3 each.  South is located at 336 South Otterbein Avenue.  Matt Wolfe is Theatre Director at Westerville South.


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UPDATE: After-school and evening activities canceled for Thursday, February 19, 2015. Click for details.
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“High School 101” Offered for Parents of Eighth Grade Students on February 11

Westerville City Schools invites parents to attend High School 101 at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 11, at Westerville North High School.


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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 16, 2015, in observance of Presidents’ Day.  Classes will begin at regular starting times and offices will open on Tuesday, February 17.


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Weather Update-PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT DUE TO WEATHER AND TRAFFIC CONDITIONS, SOME BUS ROUTES MAY EXPERIENCE TEMPORARY DELAYS TODAY.

Continue to check this news feed for futher updates!


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JANUARY 26 WEATHER UPDATE: High School activities after 1 p.m. will continue as scheduled. All Middle and Elementary School activities are canceled. The School Board meeting will continue as scheduled.

High School activities after 1 p.m. will continue as scheduled. All Middle and Elementary School activities are canceled. The School Board meeting will continue as scheduled.


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Westerville City Schools are CLOSED today, Monday, January 26, due to weather conditions.

UPDATE: Westerville City Schools are CLOSED today, Monday, January 26, due to weather conditions.

 


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All activities for Saturday, January 10, will continue as scheduled.
UPDATE: All H.S. evening activities for Thursday, January 8, will continue as scheduled. M.S. evening activities CANCELED.

UPDATE: All District-Sponsored High School evening activities scheduled for January 8 will continue as scheduled

All District-Sponsored Middle School evening activities scheduled for January 8 are CANCELED

Please check the status of any non-district events in WCSD facilities with your sponsoring organization.


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Mark Twain Celebrates 40 Years of Excellence in Education

Mark Twain Elementary School celebrated its 40th anniversary on Friday afternoon, November 21, at a school assembly and open house for the community. Highlights included the dedication of a new mural in the gymnasium, the creation of a time capsule, a display of the school’s history, and tours of the building led by student leaders.


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2014-15 International Week Celebrated At Emerson Magnet School

November 17-21 marked a very special period of learning at Emerson Magnet School, for that was International Week, and the theme was, “What a Wonderful World!”  International Week is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education.  It celebrates both international education and cultural understanding, focusing primarily on the importance of increasing knowledge and awareness of the world’s different cultures.  At Emerson, students got the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities. 


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December 13 Food Drive will Benefit Westerville Area Resource Ministry (WARM)

Westerville Rotarians and members of Rotaract & Interact will be collecting non-perishable food on Saturday, December 13.  Donations will go to the Westerville Area Resource Ministry (WARM), a non-profit organization that helps Westerville School District families in need throughout the year.   This year, Kroger grocery bags will be delivered to many area homes with instructions for pick-up.  Or, individuals wishing to donate can drop off their items from 9 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on December 13 at the Kroger stores on Schrock Road or Maxtown Road in Westerville.  Look for collection trucks in the parking lots. 


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Cherrington “Girls on the Run” Team Completes 5K

Girls from Cherrington, Hanby and Wilder elementary schools make up the official Cherrington team that participated in the Girls on the Run 5K Walk & Run, held on November 15 at the Columbus Commons.  After committing to 10 weeks of training every Monday and Wednesday, the girls braved the cold weather to celebrate their great accomplishment.  Throughout the process, the Girls on the Run program encouraged self-reflection and builds self-confidence meant to empower young females in grades 3-5.


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Leadership Westerville Participants Shadow Principals, Learn about School District
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140 Students Participate in Ninth Annual Elementary Leadership Summit

The 9th annual Elementary Leadership Summit took place on Friday, November 21, at Westerville South High School.  More than 140 third, fourth and fifth grade students from all Westerville elementary schools were in attendance.  Attendees were selected based on essays they submitted earlier in the school year.


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Westerville South Students Help Friends of the Shelter during annual “Howliday” Bazaar

On Saturday, November 22, Friends of the Shelter hosted its annual “Howliday Bazaar” to raise money for the urgent medical care of sick and injured dogs that arrive at the Franklin County Dog Shelter and Adoption Center.  Many holiday and dog-themed products were sold, as well as delicious baked goods for both humans and pets.  “The students from Westerville South helped us decorate Christmas trees and organize this huge project,” said Jay Rowsey, Trustee and Marketing Director for Friends of the Shelter.  “Their participation helped make our event run very smoothly and their dedication to give back to our community is inspiring.”


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Otterbein Professor Focuses on Developing Cultural Connections for Westerville Parents

On Thursday, November 20, Professor Dee Knoblauch of Otterbein University provided an interactive workshop for Westerville City Schools community members.  Sponsored by Parent Council and the Westerville ESL Department, the evening was designed to help families build positive relationships between our diverse cultures.  As part of the school district’s strategic plan with regard to stakeholder engagement, the ESL Department is working to “build strong partnerships among schools, families, students, businesses, organizations and agencies.”


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Winter Break Draws Near

Classes in the Westerville City School District will not be held during winter break from December 22, 2014 to January 2, 2015.


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Westerville School Board Recognizes Seven A+ Award Winners

At the Westerville City Schools Board of Education meeting held November 24, seven exemplary employees received A+ Awards for actions demonstrating support of the district’s Mission Statement; willingness to go above and beyond normal expectations in support of students; and behavior consistent with one or more of the district’s values.


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BOE to Meet in December
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Cherrington Students Trade Candy to Help Others

Cherrington Elementary School’s fifth grade students organized a service project with the BuyBack Program through Copeland Mill Dental the week following “trick or Treat” night in Westerville.  It was the students’ decision to donate all proceeds to the Curt Jackowski Memorial Scholarship Fund, which will help send a student from all three Westerville high schools to college.


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Westerville North’s Mason Miller will Swim for Buffalo

Mason Miller, a senior at Westerville North High School, has signed his National Letter of Intent to swim for the State University of New York at Buffalo in the fall of 2015.


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Hawthorne Third Graders Researching History of their School

Kate Mantenieks’ third grade students at Hawthorne Elementary School decided to keep the study of local history close to home.  They are researching the history of their school.  Little has been written about the history of Hawthorne so the class has been interviewing former students and teachers, with help from Westerville historian Beth Weinhardt and Dr. Dorothy Leal.


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Westerville North Sandvik Twins will Run at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio

On Thursday, November 13, Westerville North High School seniors Haley and Heather Sandvik signed National Letters of Intent to run cross country and track at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.


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225 Blendon Middle School Students Lauded During Renaissance Celebration

Having qualified for the first quarter 2014-15 Renaissance Awards, 225 Blendon students celebrated their academic and community service achievements by enjoying an afternoon of bowling at Gahanna Lanes on November 6.  To participate, pupils must meet high standards in academics, community service, attendance, attitude, and school spirit.


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Huber Ridge Students Celebrate School’s Golden Anniversary

tudents, staff and administrators gathered in the gymnasium for an assembly on Friday, November 14 to celebrate Huber Ridge Elementary School’s 50th anniversary.  Different grade levels were responsible for researching big events and trends that took place during the five decades the school has been in existence and they presented their findings through PowerPoint presentations and music.


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Westerville South Recognizes Cats with Class

hirty-six students at Westerville South High School were recognized as “Cats with Class” at a breakfast and ceremony held bright and early on Wednesday morning, November 19.  “Cats with Class” honors pupils who have demonstrated acts of kindness, good school citizenship, or service, which help make South a wonderful place for learning and teaching.


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Blendon Middle School Students Explore History through Biography Wax Museum

A lot of famous historical characters could be found at the Blendon Middle School Biography Wax Museum, held in the library on Monday afternoon, November 17.  The event was hosted by sixth grade students in the fifth period enriched Language Arts class, under the direction of “museum curator” Stephanie Sahr.


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Cherrington Winterfest & Craft Show is Saturday, December 6

It’s back and better than ever!  The Cherrington Winterfest & Craft Show will be held Saturday, December 6, from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.  Admission is free.  Come out for a few hours of fun and browse one-of-a-kind items and unique gift shopping from various vendors and crafters.


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Fouse Elementary’s Deb Ubry Receives Service to Youth Award from Rotary Sunrise

Deb Ubry, a first grade teacher at Fouse Elementary School, was surprised on November 17 when a group of Sunrise Rotarians showed up at a supposed staff meeting to present her with the Diane J. Conley Rotary Club of Westerville Sunrise Service to Youth award.  She received flowers and a plaque from the club, along with a cake and a gift card donated by the Walmart Supercenter on Schrock Road. In addition, an American flag will be flown in her honor during Westerville’s Field of Heroes display.  


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Ninth Annual Warrior Way Leadership Summit Draws 200 Students

The annual Warrior Way Leadership Summit was held for the 9th year on Friday, November 14 at Westerville North High School.  Nearly 200 students self-nominated or were nominated by teachers and staff in the building to attend the event.  About half of the nominated students were chosen to attend if they had shown leadership qualities or if they have the potential to be a leader within their peer group.


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Westerville Students Featured on WOCC’s School’s Out

The show can be watched online at Otterbein.tv, under the School’s Out tab.  It can also be viewed on Time Warner cable in Westerville on channel 96-7.  U-verse subscribers can watch it on channel 99 by surfing through the menu.


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Westerville Schools Hosts Community Assembly Program Inspiring Students to Invent

On Wednesday, December 3, Westerville Schools will host a free Invention Convention Community Assembly from 6:00-7:00 p.m. at the Early Learning Center.  The dynamic duo of “Captain Gadget” and “Dr. Claire” will inspire students to invent as a part of the Invention Convention program presented by Time Warner Cable’s Connect a Million Minds. All K-8 students (and their parents and siblings) are invited to attend.


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Hanby Students Learn from Erosion Experiment

Linda Pettit from the Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District spent the day in Sara Thiegs’ fourth grade science classes at Hanby Elementary School on November 13 to demonstrate erosion using a simulator.


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Blendon Honor Students Participate in Craft Club with Pointview Children

Blendon Middle School National Honor Society students spread some holiday cheer on Wednesday afternoon, November 19, when they traveled to Pointview Elementary to host a Craft Club for more than 40 youngsters who stayed late after school to participate.


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Rusty Cottrel Portrays Shawnee Indian Chief Black Hoof at Hawthorne Elementary

Students learned that Black Hoof (1740-1831) was the head civil chief of the Shawnee Indians in the Ohio Country of what became the United States.  A member of the Mekoche division of the Shawnees, Black Hoof became known as a fierce warrior during the early wars between the Shawnee and Anglo-American colonists.


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Heritage Counselor Provides Personal Hygiene Boxes to Middle School Guidance Offices

For many years, Heritage Middle School Guidance Counselor Jill Ponzi helped support an all- girl’s orphanage in Ukraine through a charity she founded called “StarfishNadia,” named after a girl she met there in 2006.  A few years back her American friends in Ukraine returned to the United States, so Ponzi lost her pipeline to the orphanage. But she did not lose her desire to help others.


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Rotary Club of Westerville Names November Students of the Month

The Rotary Club of Westerville, which sponsors a Student of the Month program, recognized recipients at a luncheon at Villa Milano held on Thursday, November 6.  November students are:  Adonis Johnson, Westerville Central High School; Trevor Dilley, Westerville North High School; Alex Chapman, Westerville South High School; and Nicholas Moonis, St. Francis DeSales High School.


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NOAA’s Theresa Smith Spends the Day with Mark Twain Students

Lieutenant Junior Grade Theresa Smith, of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Corps (NOAA), spent the day in Chris Henricksen’s fifth grade classroom at Mark Twain Elementary School on Friday, November 7.  She had an interesting tale to tell about her journey, which began as a Westerville City Schools student.


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Stellar Students at Heritage Enjoy Ice Cream Sundae Social

On Wednesday, November 5, Heritage Middle School hosted an Ice Cream Sundae Social to celebrate 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Renaissance qualifiers from the first quarter of this school year.  More than 350 students were in attendance.  Pupils enjoyed their ice cream with toppings such as chocolate or caramel drizzle, Oreo pieces, sprinkles, and whipped cream.


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Westerville North Students Take Advantage of College Application Day on November 10

Westerville North High School sponsored its first College Application Day as part of a statewide initiative through the Ohio Board of Regents, which is a state government board that oversees higher education, and Ohio’s Association of College Admissions Counselors. They have designated November as College Application Month and are asking high schools to participate by creating events to provide access for high school seniors to apply to at least one school and give them an opportunity to receive help navigating through the tedious process.


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Seven New Master Teachers to be Recognized by the Westerville Board of Education

At the December 8 Board of Education meeting, the Westerville City School District will honor seven educators for having received the Master Teacher designation from the Ohio Department of Education (ODE).  They are:  Westerville North High School social studies teacher Jennifer Walpole; and Huber Ridge Elementary teachers Natalie Bentz (grade 4); Erin Berg (intervention specialist), William Britton (visual art); Chassidy Goulden (grade 2); Brian Shanks (grade 5); and Melissa Workman (grade 5).


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Boots, BBQ and the Buckeyes Event Raises Money for Challenge Day

On Saturday evening, November 8, students, parents, educators and community members gathered in the barn of Skip and Linda Weiler for Boots, BBQ and the Buckeyes, a yearly event presented by Westerville Education Challenge.  Attendees enjoyed delicious food, great company and live music as they watched the Buckeyes defeat Michigan State on a big-screen TV.


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Knights of Columbus Presents Special Education Department with Generous Donation

Knights of Columbus Grand Knight Sebastian Mauricio and Deputy Grand Knight P. Michael Brunetti visited the administrative offices of the Westerville City School District on Friday, November 7, to present a check in the amount of $4,900.27 to the Special Education Department.


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Gingerbread Cottage Craft Show Slated for December 6 at Westerville South High School

The 17th annual Gingerbread Cottage Craft Show will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 6 at Westerville South High School.


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ESL Students at Westerville North Enjoy Lunch Bunch Game Day

Going to high school isn’t always fun and games, but sometimes it actually is!  Westerville North High School’s English as a Second Language (ESL) Department hosts a Lunch Bunch game day twice a month on Fridays.  ESL teacher Amal Doom and ESL Paraprofessional Rhonda Letterio open up a classroom during the fourth period lunch break when students who have been working hard and performing well in their classes are invited to socialize and play board games.


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Veterans are Honored Throughout School District on November 11

Dr. John Kellogg, Superintendent of Schools, issued the following statement to his staff:  “Please let us never forget that freedom comes with a price.  To those of you who have served our country to protect our freedom, thank you.  Many of you have lost loved ones to war or have loved one(s) that have served or continue to serve our country, thank you for that sacrifice.  A successful society takes individuals who are willing to serve.  That service often translates into serving our community in positions such as teachers, business owners, and so much more.  Thank you for being a conscience to our nation and serving as a heroic example of who we are and what we can dream to be.”


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Westerville South’s Parker Williams is the Face of Scouting for Food in Central Ohio

Westerville South High School sophomore Parker Williams has become for many the face of Scouting for Food in Central Ohio.  He was featured on a recent Facebook post from the Simon Kenton Council, Boy Scouts of America for his steadfast help in hauling food donations for all five years of the Council’s media partnership with ABC 6/Fox 28 in celebration of Scouting for Food.


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Westerville North Theatre Boosters Present Senior-Directed One-Acts December 4 & 5

Westerville North High School Theatre Boosters will present Westerville North Senior Directed One-Acts at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 4 and Friday, December 5.  Tickets, which will be sold at the door, cost $5 for general admission seating.


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Genoa Police Officer Warns Students about the Dangers of Drug Use

Sergeant Shane Frye, a former narcotics agent who now serves as a Genoa Township police officer, visited Westerville Central High School recently to speak with Brent Morrison’s social studies classes about the dangers of drug use and how widespread drug trafficking is in Columbus and the surrounding suburbs.


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Beardly T-Shirt Sale will Benefit Three Causes This Year

For the past three years, Westerville North High School history teacher Dr. Ben Hartnell has organized the sale of what he calls “beardly” apparel - t-shirts with a beard theme. (Dr. Hartnell, for those who don't know him, sports a rather large and impressive red beard.)


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Collaborative STEAMHub Comes to Hanby

Westerville Partners for Education hosted a special STEAMHub session at Hanby Elementary on November 5 and has plans for a Hub at Emerson on December 4.  These Hubs are opportunities for businesses and organizations to meet and collaborate with teachers about upcoming projects for the year, field trip opportunities, resource sharing, and are a chance for organization leaders to learn more about Westerville Schools.


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December 3 ESL Parent Meeting Will Cover Variety of Topics

All English as a Second Language (ESL) parents and families are invited to attend a meeting on December 3 called “Community Connections,” which will focus on resources in the Westerville Schools community.  The event will take place in the Westerville Central High School library from 6:00-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday evening, December 3.


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Westerville Partners Brings Tutoring Program to Pointview

In partnership with Columbus Tutoring Initiative, Westerville Partners for Education kicked off a new lunchtime tutoring program for second grade students at Pointview Elementary.  Nine tutors attended training in August and September and began working with students for 40 minute sessions in October.


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Westerville Central’s GameDay 5k Race/Walk is Tomorrow

The boys and girls cross country teams at Westerville Central High School will be hosting their annual Westerville GameDay 5k race/walk tomorrow, November 8.  A half-mile Kids Fun Run starts at 8:30, and the 5k run/walk begins at 8:45 a.m.  Westerville Central is located at 7118 Mount Royal Avenue.


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North/South Cross Town Rivalry is a Cherished Community Tradition

For the past 37 years, the Westerville North vs. Westerville South varsity football game has become a cherished community tradition that has drawn thousands of spectators and created lifelong memories for those who come to cheer on their team.  The game played on Friday, October 31, was no exception.  What some may not know is that much more happens at this event than football.


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“Cultural Connections for Westerville Parents” Slated for November 20

Otterbein University Professor Dee Knoblauch will present a program called “Cultural Connections for Westerville Parents” on Thursday evening, November 20.  Professor Knoblauch will lead a discussion on ways positive relationships can be built within the community’s diverse cultural groups.  The event will take place from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in the Board Room on the second floor of the Early Learning Center.


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Spooky Read Night Enchants McVay Students and Parents Alike

On Wednesday evening, October 29, McVay Elementary School hosted its second annual Spooky Read Night.  In addition to teachers reading out loud in their classrooms, children and parents enjoyed a Woods Art Walk and performance.


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Hanby and McVay Chosen for Adaption, Integration and the Arts Residency Program

VSA Ohio, the state organization on arts and disability, has revealed the names of 21 schools selected for the Adaptation, Integration and the Arts (AIA) residency program during the 2014-2015 school year.  Included on the list are Hanby Magnet Elementary and McVay Elementary in Westerville


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Huber Ridge Celebrates 50 Years of Learning, Family and Fun

Students, staff and administrators will gather in the gymnasium for an assembly at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, November 14 to celebrate Huber Ridge Elementary School’s 50th anniversary.


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Seven to Receive Westerville City Schools A+ Awards

A+ Awards honor outstanding school employees whose actions demonstrate support of the district’s Mission Statement, which is “To prepare students to contribute to the competitive and changing world in which we live;” willingness to go above and beyond normal expectations in support of students; and behavior consistent with one or more of the district’s values, including respect, inclusiveness, community, communication, collaboration, innovation, nurturing, trust and accountability.


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Westerville Christian’s “Friday Fare” Feeds Hungry Families throughout School District

In 2008, as part of Westerville Christian Church’s 40th anniversary celebration, “Friday Fare” began as a ministry to reach out and help the Westerville community.  A small group of volunteers provided weekend meals for six hungry families in two schools.  Six years later, the Friday Fare program has mushroomed.  They now serve 82 families in 15 schools, 13 of which are in the Westerville City School District.


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Westerville Preschoolers Trick or Treat Upstairs in the Early Learning Center

October 30 was a fun day at the Early Learning Center, both upstairs and downstairs.  Approximately 270 preschool students, dressed in festive costumes, trick-or-treated in the Westerville City Schools administrative offices, which were decorated specifically for the little ones.


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Schools Close for Thanksgiving Break

In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, classes in the Westerville City School District will not be held on Wednesday, November 26; Thursday, November 27; or Friday, November 28.  Offices will be closed November 27 and November 28.


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Westerville Staff Learns How to Motivate Students

Adjunct instructor for Ashland University and Alcott Elementary School Principal Joseph Uher facilitates a graduate level course for 20 staff members in the Westerville City School District.  Participants represent a wide range of employees, including support personal and future retirees.


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Alcott Raises $13,000+; Celebrates 100 Percent Attendance for Third Grade OAA’s

The Alcott Elementary School Walk-A-Thon was held at Westerville Central High School’s track on September 26.  Students from all grade levels walked and ran to raise $13,355.20 for the Alcott PTA to fund projects such as Chromebooks, books for the library, and special events.


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Club Donates American Girl Doll and Books to Hawthorne Elementary School

On Monday morning, October 27, Brenda Doughty, representing the Olentangy Valley Doll Club of Ohio, made a special delivery to Hawthorne Elementary School where she donated an American Girl doll – Marie-Grace Gardner – for students to enjoy in the media center.


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Cherrington Principal Takes on New Persona for Daily Announcements

Cherrington Elementary School students surpassed their fundraising goal this year of $10,500, so Principal Andy Heck kept his part of the bargain and treated pupils to daily singing of their announcements.


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Westerville South Presents Annual Scholarship Show November 15 – Through the Decades

Westerville South High School thespians will present their annual scholarship show at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 15.  Tickets cost $5 at the door for this year’s program, Through the Decades.


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Bette Marschall Grant Recipients Announced

The Bette Marschall Memorial Education Fund of The Columbus Foundation has announced the recipients of 12 grant awards totaling $3,344 to Westerville City Schools personnel for applications submitted this fall.


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Kohl’s Volunteer Grant Makes Pointview’s “Trunk or Treat” Extra Special This Year

Pointview Elementary School’s annual Trunk or Treat party was a smashing success this year, made even more special thanks to volunteers from Kohl’s.  As part of the company’s Associates in Action program, Kohl’s employees joined PTA and parent/teacher volunteers in manning game stations, operating a maze and helping with food and festivities.


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30th Annual Mark Twain Craft Bazaar is November 1

The 30th annual Mark Twain Craft Bazaar will take place tomorrow, November 1, from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at Westerville North High School, which is located at 950 County Line Road.  Admission is $2.


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BOE to Meet in November
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Wilder Elementary School’s Oktoberfest Draws Large Crowd

The Wilder Elementary School PTA hosted its annual Oktoberfest on Thursday evening, October 16.  Families packed the building to partake in carnival-type games, where they earned points to redeem for prizes.  Activities were manned by parent volunteers and Otterbein students.


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Important Information to Know about Ohio’s Next Generation Assessments

Westerville City School District personnel and students continue to prepare for Ohio’s new state tests, known as Next Generation Assessments.  These assessments will be given in the areas of English Language Arts (Reading), Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies.  Parents and community members are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the following key points about these new state assessments:


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November 6 Seminar Scheduled Regarding College Bound Students with an IEP

A seminar called “College Bound Students with an IEP” will take place for parents, students and staff from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. on Thursday evening, November 6, in the second floor media center at Hilliard Davidson High School.  Hilliard Davidson is located at 5100 Davidson Road in Hilliard.  It is co-sponsored by the following high school transition programs:  Dublin, Hilliard, Westerville, Worthington, Upper Arlington, and Grandview Heights.


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Sumo Wrestlers Face Off in Robert Frost Gymnasium

Each year Robert Frost Principal Sarah Berka motivates students to raise funds for school activities by promising to do something memorable.  This year the incentive was her participation in a Sumo match, with another staff member to be picked by the children.  Pupils exceeded their goal of bringing in more than $11,000, and on Thursday afternoon, October 16, Berka and fourth grade teacher Lisa Guseman met in the gymnasium for an unforgettable match up.


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Westerville North Academic Boosters Honor 246 Hard Working Students

Westerville North High School’s Academic Boosters celebrated the hard work of 246 students at the 29th annual Academic Awards Banquet. Receiving certificates were 16 PSAT All Stars; National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalist Jacqueline Kloos; National Achievement Scholarship Semi-Finalist Olamide Bola; and academically accomplished sophomores, juniors and seniors. 


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Mark Twain Elementary School to Celebrate 40th Anniversary on November 21

Mark Twain Elementary School will be celebrating its 40th anniversary on Friday, November 21, from 2:30 - 5:30 p.m.  Students will participate in a school assembly from 2:30 - 3:15 p.m.  An open house for alumni and the community will follow.  Past and present students, staff and families are invited to join in the fun at this historical event.


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Westerville Central’s Jenny Horn Receives Service to Youth Award from Rotary Sunrise

Jenny Horn received flowers and a plaque from the club, along with a cake and a gift card donated by the Walmart Supercenter on Schrock Road.  In addition, an American flag will be flown in her honor during Westerville’s Field of Heroes display. She and other Service to Youth award winners will be honored at a breakfast in May.


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Tony Zilincik Conducts Tuba/Baritone Workshop at Blendon Middle School

Learning didn’t stop in the Westerville City School District on Central OEA/NEA Day, when a variety of classes and workshops were offered including a special one at Blendon Middle School. Tony Zilincik, Associate Professor of Music at Capital University, conducted a Tuba/Baritone Workshop from 9:00-11:00 a.m.  Students and teachers from all Westerville middle and high schools were invited to attend for no cost, and they were asked to bring their instruments, music and questions.


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Reggaeton Singer Guero Loco Visits Spanish Classes at Genoa Middle School

Students in Michele Gelzieichter’s Spanish classes at Genoa Middle School were treated to a visit from celebrity Reggaeton singer Guero Loco on Thursday, October 16.  (Reggaeton is a genre which has its roots in Latin and Caribbean music.)  Loco has been touring the Midwest this fall to bring his positive bilingual music program to youngsters.  He told about his journey from struggling with Spanish in high school to training as a Spanish linguist as a U.S. Marine at the Defense Language Institute.  His presentation focused on motivating pupils to want to learn another language and to show them why it’s “absolutely critical” to do so in today’s world. 


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Secondary Science Teachers, Staff, Complete Safety Training at Westerville Central

On Friday, October 17, the Westerville City Schools Chemical Hygiene Committee offered safety training to secondary science teachers and staff. This hands-on opportunity provided instruction on the types and proper use of fire extinguishers. In addition, a discussion was held on how to correctly respond to gas leaks and chemical exposure, and the use of safety equipment in science classrooms.


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Westerville Schools Staff Learns CPR on Central OEA/NEA Day

In partnership with the Westerville Division of Fire, the Westerville City Schools Health & Safety Services department offered staff the opportunity to become certified in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) on Friday, October 17 – Central OEA/NEA Day.


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ESL Parent Meeting Draws 80 Families

Approximately 80 families attended Tuesday evening’s ESL Parent meeting held at Hawthorne Elementary School. This gathering was the second of five planned informational meetings for the 2014-15 school year.  Building on the theme of the first meeting, “Tools for Success in School,” this meeting focused on “Setting and Measuring Goals for Success.”


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Westerville South Key Club Sponsors Memorable Soccer Night for Special Olympians

The Westerville South High School Key Club sponsored a fun night of soccer on October 7 for Westerville Special Olympic athletes, who got to play in South’s stadium under the lights.  Key Club members rented the stadium, provided referees and announcers, ran the scoreboard, and even made sure cheerleaders were on hand to stir up enthusiasm.


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Emerson Pays it Forward by Donating 675 Books to WPE’s Book Bonanza

During the week of October 6, Emerson Magnet School held a not-so-ordinary Scholastic Book Fair.  Students and staff were inspired by a recent visit from Westerville Partners for Education representatives, who, through their Book Bonanza! program, provided each third grade student with a book to take home and keep.


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Forget Waldo, Where’s Mr. Uher?

Alcott Elementary School’s Student Council wanted to come up with a project to promote unity and they also wanted to introduce everyone to their new principal, Joseph Uher.  So, the “Where’s Mr. Uher?” board was created.


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Successful Junior Mentoring Program Benefits All

Transitioning from middle to high school creates apprehension for most students, but that uneasiness has been diminished thanks to the Westerville City School District’s Junior Mentoring Program.  Juniors from each Westerville high school visit with eighth grade students at all four middle schools to build relationships and answer questions.  The eleventh graders become role models for the eighth graders, who often grow up to become Junior Mentors themselves.


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School Board Recognizes Two Students

At the October 13 meeting of the Westerville City Schools Board of Education, two students were recognized – Emma Rennie and Brice Wilson.


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Westerville Parent Council Report Shows Volunteer Efforts Continue to Grow

Westerville City Schools gain the equivalent of nearly 67 full-time employees and hundreds of thousands of dollars toward student enrichment from parent and community support groups in the school district, according to a report released this week from Westerville Parent Council.


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Genoa Staff Tailgates in Support of Athletic Teams

Drizzle and chilly temperatures didn’t stop Genoa Middle School employees from participating in the first annual Staff Tailgate, which was held on the blacktop outside of the Commons after school on Thursday, October 9.


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Westerville Schools Have Two National Achievement Semifinalists

More than 1,600 Black American high school seniors have been designated by National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) officials as Semifinalists in the 51st annual National Achievement Scholarship Program. Included on the list are Kara E. Johnson, a student at Westerville Central High School; and Olamide Bola, a pupil at Westerville North. 


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Families Pack Whittier for Annual Fall Festival

Families came out in droves to pack Whittier Elementary School on Friday evening, October 10, for the annual Fall Festival.  The popular event, sponsored by the PTA, featured food and fun.  High school students and parent volunteers manned a number of games, which were played in the gymnasium, where attendees could also have their fingernails and face painted and their hair sprayed with bright colors.


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School Board to Meet in Executive Session

At 5:30 p.m. on Monday, October 13, 2014, the Westerville City Schools Board of Education will vote to go into Executive Session for the purpose of discussing personnel.  This will take place in the office of Treasurer Bart Griffith, which is located in the Early Learning Center at 936 Eastwind Avenue in Westerville.  No action will be taken during the Executive Session.  A Regular Session will follow in the Board Training Room at 6:00 p.m.


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Commended Students Named in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program

Twelve pupils in the Westerville City School District have been named Commended Students in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program.  They are:  Rachel Rios, Westerville Central High School; Bradley Davis, Tony Du, Jack Engelhart and Jacob Waldruff, Westerville North; and Sage Conger, Joshua Himes, Sarah Leonard, Nicholas Ruyack, Andrew Siedlak, Micah Thomas, and Nicholas Vermaaten, Westerville South.


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Westerville School District Hosts Multitude of Foreign Exchange Students

For many years, Westerville City Schools has hosted foreign exchange students hailing from practically every part of the globe.  Cumulative records were not kept prior to the 2005-2006 school year, but since then, 106 foreign exchange students have walked the hallowed halls of Westerville high schools.  This year alone, 14 pupils from various places around the world are soaking up American culture and education.


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Mark Twain Elementary School’s 3rd Annual Walk-a-thon Raises more than $13,000

Mark Twain Elementary School students have been eagerly awaiting their 3rd annual Walk-a-thon.  Due to rainy weather last week, the event was moved to October 10.  They have exceeded their $10,000 goal by $3,176 and can’t wait to see their principal, Vicki Moss, dressed up like a sock monkey at the event!


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ESL Parent Meeting Slated for October 21

“Setting and Measuring Goals for Success” is the theme of the next English as a Second Language (ESL) parent meeting, which will be held on Tuesday, October 21.  The event will take place in the Hawthorne Elementary School cafeteria from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. and is open to all ESL families.


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Warhawk Spirit in Full Swing at Westerville Central High School

The Westerville Central High School student section has numbered 600 plus pupils for every home game this year.  The theme for this particular game, pictured, was Red, White and Blue in remembrance of the 9/11 attacks.


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International Walk to School Day was October 8

For the second year in a row, the Robert Frost Elementary School Wellness Committee challenged students and parents to create “Walking School Buses” on Wednesday, October 8 – International Walk to School Day.  Various routes were established with specific bus stop times where students and parents could join in the fun.


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Rotary Club of Westerville Names October Students of the Month

The Rotary Club of Westerville, which sponsors a Student of the Month program, recognized recipients at a luncheon at Villa Milano held on Thursday, October 2.  October students are:  Kenna Pollard, Westerville Central High School; Carmen Stone, Westerville North High School; Sydney King, Westerville South High School; and Ali Baird, St. Francis DeSales High School.


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North Seniors Named as Outstanding Participants in National Achievement Program

Westerville North High School recently had two seniors, Melinda Hopson and Carmen Stone, named as Outstanding Participants in the National Achievement Scholarship Program.  These students scored in the top three percent of more than 160,000 Black Americans who requested consideration in the 2015 National Achievement Scholarship Program when they took the 2013 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.


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Westerville Schools Host DARE Officers in Training

On Thursday, October 2, teams of police officers and sheriff’s deputies from all around Ohio visited Robert Frost and Hawthorne elementary schools to conduct mini D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) lessons and socialize with students.  They engaged in role playing and shared information about alcohol and tobacco resistance.  They also imparted ideas about using effective communication tools to deal with peer pressure.  The experience gave the D.A.R.E. officers in training needed practice in interacting with children and responding to their questions. 


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Head-Start Preschool Students Sought for New Central College Location

The Child Development Council of Franklin County Inc. is now enrolling Head-Start preschool students for the 2014-15 school year at its new Westerville Central College location.  Head-Start is an early learning program for preschool aged children of families in poverty, designed to promote school readiness and meet each child’s emotional, social, health, nutritional and psychological needs.


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Westerville Education Foundation Offering Sponsorships for “GAP Initiative” Website

“We’re offering local businesses a limited opportunity to become involved in this initiative by sponsoring our three new modules on the WEF website,” explained Fawaz Hamoui, chair of the WEF Development Committee.  “There are two sponsorship levels: Varsity and Junior Varsity. Only six Varsity sponsorships are available, while nine Junior Varsity sponsorships are available.”


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Boots, BBQ and Buckeyes Event Scheduled for November 8

Boots, BBQ and the Buckeyes!  Join Westerville Education Challenge on Saturday, November 8 at 6:00 p.m. for the party of the year and help bring the successful Challenge Day anti-bullying program to all Westerville City School freshmen.


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Mid-States Band Association Invitational Nets Strong Results for Westerville South

Marching band season is fully underway in the Westerville City School District and throughout the country.  One of the latest contests took place on Saturday, October 4.  Chilly temperatures did not dampen the enthusiasm of performers at the Mid-States Band Association Invitational, held in Jim McCann Stadium at Westerville North High School.


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Westerville Education Foundation Launches GAP Initiative to Support Innovative Educational Practices in Westerville City Schools

The Westerville Education Foundation (WEF) on September 30, 2014, launched its latest endeavor to support quality education in Westerville City Schools.  Officially known as the “GAP Initiative,” the WEF’s latest project puts the power of online fundraising and crowdsourcing directly into the hands of classroom teachers and other licensed educators.


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Fit Frosties are Up and Running Again at Robert Frost Elementary School

Getting kids to exercise can be a challenge.  Asking them to voluntarily wake up and come to school early to run seems like a nearly impossible task, but that’s exactly what Eric Indiciani, a physical education teacher at Robert Frost Elementary School, has accomplished.  For the second year in a row, the Fit Frosties Running Club has attracted enthusiastic support, with 155 student members who arrive at 8:10 every Thursday morning to warm-up and then run laps around the playground, take an occasional trip to Westerville North's track, or stay indoors for circuit training workouts when the weather doesn’t cooperate.


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Renaissance Qualifiers Enjoy Pizza Lunch at Heritage Middle School

On Wednesday, September 24, Heritage Middle School hosted a Jet’s Pizza lunch to celebrate the 7th and 8th grade Renaissance qualifiers from 4th quarter of the 2013-2014 school year. More than 250 students were in attendance.


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Central and North Girls Soccer Teams Collect 200 Pounds of Cereal for WARM

On September 15, when the Westerville Central girls’ soccer team played the Westerville North girls’ soccer team, fans were asked to bring boxes of cereal to Warhawk Stadium to donate to the Westerville Area Resource Ministry (WARM).


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Blendon Student Shares International Travel Experiences

Tapping students’ own experiences and having those students share those experiences with others can be a powerful tool.  As part of the language arts and social studies curricula, 7th grader Winston Whitford returned to his 6th grade advanced social studies class to present facts and stories from his international travels, particularly his visit to family in Christchurch, England.


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Westerville District Conducts Emergency School Bus Evacuation Drills

Each year, the State of Ohio requires public school buses to perform Emergency Evacuation Drills. Pupils are instructed about what they would be required to do in case of a real emergency, and then they practice. 


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Educators Gather to Learn from Westerville’s Successful EOS Program

After 14 years and more than 1,000 graduates, the Westerville City Schools Educational Options for Success (EOS) program had the distinct opportunity to host and offer assistance to other Ohio districts interested in developing or improving an alternative educational program.  On Friday, September 26, the Ohio Department of Education held a professional workshop at the Academic Enrichment Center for alternative education.  Administrators, teachers, and counselors from around Ohio came together to learn more about the award-winning success of Westerville’s EOS program, its history, programmatic strengths, and day-to-day operations.


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School Board to Meet in October
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OEA/NEA Day is October 17

Classes will not be held in the Westerville City School District on Friday, October 17, due to Ohio Education Association/National Education Association (OEA/NEA) Day.  Teachers and staff members will attend professional development workshops and seminars.  School will resume at regular starting times on Monday, October 20.


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Elementary and Middle School Conferences Planned

Because of Parent-Teacher Conferences, classes will not be held in Westerville City elementary schools, middle schools or the Early Learning Center/preschool on Thursday, October 23 or Friday, October 24, 2014.  School will take place as usual at all three high schools – Westerville Central, North and South.  Classes will resume for all students at regular starting times on Monday, October 27.


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Big Crowds Turn Out for School Daze, Westerville’s Final 4th Friday of the Season

Crowds turned out en masse for School Daze on September 26, Westerville’s last 4th Friday of the season. Students, staff and administrators gathered on the front lawn of Hanby Elementary to present activities and achievements in subject areas including math, science, technology, language arts, performing and visual arts, social studies, health and wellness and extracurriculars. The District also had its new FabLab on display, a mobile facility that will introduce students to advanced manufacturing skills and tools such as laser cutters, 3D printers and robotics.


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Feedback Sought for Westerville City Schools’ 2015-2016 Calendar

The Westerville City Schools Board of Education is seeking feedback from families regarding the proposed 2015-2016 calendar.  The calendar, as it was presented in a first reading to the Board on September 22, can be viewed by visiting www.wcsoh.org, and clicking on the box marked “2015-2016 Calendar Review & Feedback.”


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Board, Superintendent Recognize Parent Volunteer Groups

At its meeting on Monday evening, September 22, the Westerville City Schools Board of Education and Superintendent recognized all 35 parent support organizations, including each booster group, each Parent Teacher Association, each Parent Teacher Organization, each Parent Teacher Student Association, the Westerville African American Parent Association, Westerville Partners for Education and the Westerville Parent Council for selflessly volunteering their time and talents for the betterment of students and staff in the Westerville City School District.


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Thanks to COSI, Chemistry Comes Alive for Students at Robert Frost Elementary

Students got a lesson in slimy science when COSI (Center of Science and Industry) brought its traveling science program, It’s Simply Chemistry, to Robert Frost Elementary School on September 23.


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Westerville North Theatre Department Presents Cheaper by the Dozen October 16-18

Thespians at Westerville North High School will perform in Cheaper by the Dozen at 7:00 p.m. on October 16, 17 and 18.  The play will take place in the school auditorium, which is located at 950 County Line Road.  General admission tickets cost $6 per seat and can be purchased from the Online Box Office at www.westervillenorth.com  or at the door.  This production is suitable for all ages. 


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Circle of Giving Results in New Equipment for Best of Both Worlds Students

The Best of Both Worlds (BOBW) program at Otterbein University this week received new bicycles, helmets and sports equipment, thanks to the generosity of State Farm and Share-Bac-A-Pac.  How this came to happen is a story of kindness, giving back, and perhaps, a bit of good karma.


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Westerville Central’s Kara Johnson Named National Achievement Semifinalist

These scholastically talented young men and women now have an opportunity to continue in the competition for approximately 800 Achievement Scholarship awards worth about $2.5 million that will be offered next spring.


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Good Time was Had by All at Robert Frost Family Social

Robert Frost Elementary School hosted a Family Social on Sunday afternoon, September 21, when the school community was invited to “pop in for Popsicles, popcorn, pop music and a popping good time.”  Windy conditions did not prevent children and parents from bringing lawn chairs and gathering around the playground to enjoy outdoor activities like corn hole, Frisbee, hula-hoops, basketball and bubbles.


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A+ Employee Recognition Program Reinstated in the Westerville City School District

Beginning this fall, Westerville City Schools will reactivate its A+ recognition program for exceptional employees.  Honorees will be invited to attend a Board of Education meeting, where the superintendent and board members will recognize their achievements.  Awards will be presented twice during each school year – once in the fall, and once in the spring – to employees who distinguish themselves through a single or ongoing demonstration of exemplary performance.


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North’s Scott Gray Named Educator of the Year by Vietnam Veterans of America

Scott Gray, a Psychology and Advanced Placement World History teacher at Westerville North High School, has been named Educator of the Year by the Vietnam Veterans of America.  He was recognized at the Westerville City Schools Board of Education Meeting on Monday evening, September 22.


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Westerville’s Performance Remains Strong on Redesigned State Report Card

The Westerville City School District’s latest state report card indicates that students once again attained high levels of academic achievement during the 2013-2014 school year, but also revealed areas that need evaluation and improvement.


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Schools Take Center Stage September 26 during Last 4th Friday of the Season

From pre-schools to Otterbein University, Westerville is teaming with opportunities for growth and learning.  Join the Westerville Visitors & Convention Bureau for the last OhioHealth 4th Friday of the season as the hungry mind is celebrated!  A variety of educational opportunities will be on display during OhioHealth 4th Friday: School Daze, September 26, from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. in historic Uptown Westerville.


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Board President Praises School Staff for Choosing to Serve

Westerville City Schools Board President Dr. Nancy Nestor-Baker, a champion of public education, spoke to classified employees on Friday, September 12, a Professional Development Day in the district.  She said Westerville Schools has seen a lot of changes in the past few decades, including a higher percentage of economically disadvantaged children and radical growth in the English as a Second Language population.  She said she is proud of the way the district has responded with compassion and adapted to the changing needs of its student body.


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Ema Rennie to Receive Ohio’s Nicholas Green Distinguished Student Award

Ema Rennie has been notified by the Ohio Association for Gifted Children (OAGC) that she will receive the Nicholas Green Distinguished Student Award.  It will be presented on October 13 at an OAGC conference to be held at the Hilton-Easton in Columbus. Rennie was a student at Heritage Middle School last year when she was nominated by her teacher, Debbie Pellington.


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Mid-States Band Association Invitational Scheduled for Westerville North on October 4

The event begins at 12:45 p.m. and should end by 8:30 p.m. Westerville North and South, plus four other high school marching bands, will perform their halftime shows.  South is scheduled to play at 4:00 p.m. and again at 7:00 p.m.  North will perform at 7:15 p.m.  The public is invited to attend and vote for their favorite band.


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Mason Woods Remembered During “Tackling Childhood Cancer” event at Central

The event was coordinated by freshman team parents along with Eddie and Andrea Woods in memory of their son, Mason Woods, who was a third grade student at Fouse Elementary School when he passed away on February 3, 2009, after a six-year battle with leukemia.


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Bette Marschall Grant Applications Due by October 15

Applications for monetary grants from The Bette Marschall Education Fund of The Columbus Foundation are being accepted for worthy 2014-2015 school-year projects not otherwise supported within the school budget.  The grants are available to teachers, students, administrators, and non-teaching staff within the Westerville City School District.  The submission deadline is October 15, 2014.


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Emerson Students Celebrate International Dot Day on September 15

Emerson Elementary School students celebrated International Dot Day on September 15, when Dr. Jan Fedorenko, Westerville City Schools Curriculum Integration Specialist, visited the school to read aloud The Dot, by best-selling author/illustrator Peter H. Reynolds.


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WPE and Kiwanis bring Birthday Book Bonanza! Program to Early Learning Center

Volunteers from Westerville Partners for Education (WPE) and Kiwanis of Westerville brought a very special birthday Book Bonanza! program to the Early Learning Center (ELC) on Tuesday, September 16.  Teachers chose a book from the Book Bonanza! collection for each student who had celebrated a birthday over the summer months.  WPE supplied enough books to ensure that all preschoolers will receive a book to commemorate their birthdays this year. 


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UPDATE (9-15-2014):
Important Message from WSHS Principal Steve Andersson

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Fab Lab is Coming to Westerville Middle Schools

Ohio, including Westerville, as they introduce laser cutters, 3-D printing and new technology to students through mobile Fab Labs.  For the first time, students will be working “on wheels” using sophisticated machines, building robots and creating designs and programs in the new MIT Mobile Fab Labs as part of the new Innovation Generation education and workforce initiative.


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Westerville Schools Ranked 18th Best in Nation by Movoto

Movoto Real Estate, a national online real estate brokerage, recently released its findings, after collecting data for 109 different suburbs using sources including the U.S. Census American Community Survey and GreatSchools.org.  They considered student/teacher ratio; money spent per year per student; high school graduation rate; and the GreatSchools.org rating (based on test scores for the area).


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Cindy Crowe Named Central Region OSBA Outstanding Board Member

Cindy Crowe, a member of the Westerville City Schools Board of Education for 14 years, has been named Central Region Ohio School Boards Association Outstanding Board Member.  Mrs. Crowe passed away in July, after a long and valiant battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease.  Her husband, Alan, has been invited to accept her plaque at the group’s Fall Conference on September 24. 


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Westerville City Schools Pilots Flu Vaccination Clinic for the State of Ohio

The Westerville City School District is piloting a Health Heroes Flu Vaccination Clinic for the State of Ohio.  The event will take place on September 10 and 11 at 23 sites throughout the district – all school buildings, plus the Early Learning Center and the Transportation Complex.  The goal is to reduce absenteeism for students and staff. 


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First Professional Development Day is Friday, September 12

The Ohio Department of Education has approved two days in the Westerville City School District for professional development – September 12, 2014 and February 6, 2015. Classes will not be held on these dates.


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Juniors Win Westerville Central’s Cheer Contest at Pep Assembly

At Westerville Central High School’s pep-assembly for the first football game of the year, the Math Team (in matching shirts) judged the traditional cheer contest between the classes.  With 1,800 students in attendance, the gymnasium was literally shaking when students were cheering for their fellow classmates wearing the silver and black.


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Blendon Students Enjoy Renaissance Celebration at Jaycee Pool

Seventy-nine Blendon Middle School students celebrated their academic and community service achievements by attending the 4th Quarter 2013-2014 Renaissance Awards program and enjoying an afternoon of swimming at the Jaycee Pool on August 28. To qualify, pupils had to meet stringent goals in academic achievement, community service, attendance, attitude, and school spirit.


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Westerville Parent Council Launches New Website

Parent groups have a new online resource to connect with Westerville Parent Council (WPC) – www.westervilleparentcouncil.com.  The website details special events hosted by the WPC; lists resources to support parent groups with financial and other legal requirements; and offers links to sign-ups for GFS Marketplace Fun Funds, which raises scholarship money for deserving Westerville students each year.


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WPE and Kiwanis Bring “Book Bonanza!” Program to Hanby and Emerson

Volunteers from Westerville Partners for Education (WPE) and Kiwanis of Westerville brought the Book Bonanza! program to Hanby and Emerson elementary schools this week.  These organizations collect gently used books from Half Priced Books and other donation sites, research and note the Accelerated Reader (AR) level of those books, and create book distribution events at schools called Book Bonanza!


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Westerville Central to Host Internet and Social Media Safety Seminar

At 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday evening, September 10, Westerville Central High School will host an hour-long seminar called, “Internet and Social Media Safety.”  Parents are invited to attend the meeting, which will be presented by Westerville Police Officer Thomas “Corey” Baker and Genoa Police Officer Joe Graham.


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High School Conferences Planned

Classes will not be held at Westerville Central, Westerville North, or Westerville South High School on Friday, September 19 because of Parent-Teacher conferences. School will be in session at usual times, however, in all elementary and middle school buildings.


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Alcott Elementary Staff Accepts ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Joseph Uher, the new principal at Alcott Elementary School, was evidently not forgotten by his former colleagues at R. Schultz Elementary in Delaware, who encouraged him and his new staff to take the ALS Ice Bucket challenge.  They did so with enthusiasm.


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Erick Jimenez Named Educational Options for Success Graduate of the Year

The Graduate of the Year is selected by the teachers and staff at the AEC each school year.  Attributes considered for this award are perseverance, scholarship, leadership, service, character, responsibility, respect, attitude, loyalty, and integrity.


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Westerville North Classic Cross Country Invitational is Tomorrow

The 25th annual Westerville North Classic Cross Country Invitational will take place beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday morning, August 30, at the school’s athletic fields. North is located at 950 County Line Road. A maximum of 22 teams will participate in each of the Middle School and varsity High School Division races. Team and individual awards will be given.  For further information, please visit www.baumspage.com


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Fouse Families Enjoy Back to School Picnic on August 17

The event took place in front of the school in the grassy commons area where families brought blankets, chairs, picnic baskets and games to play after eating.  Members of the Genoa Township Fire Department attended and let the children look at the fire truck. Firefighters also took advantage of the hot weather and allowed the students to work the nozzle of the fire hose and then run through the cool stream of water


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BOE to meet in September
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Westerville City Schools Releases 2014-2015 Student Assessment Calendar

The Westerville City School District is pleased to announce its 2014-2015 student assessment calendar.  The release of this information had been slightly delayed until the Ohio Department of Education finalized its test dates for Next Generation Assessments in the areas of English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies.


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Central’s Freshman Football Team to Tackle Childhood Cancer on September 13

Community members are invited to help tackle childhood cancer on Saturday, September 13 as the Westerville Central High School freshman football team plays Hilliard Davidson.  Admission is two canned or boxed food items, which will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.


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Westerville Schools Transportation Department Takes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Dozens of Westerville City Schools Transportation employees accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in a big way on Friday, August 22.  During their lunch break, the group gathered in a parking lot at Westerville North High School where the Westerville Fire Department soaked them with cold water from a fire truck.  Bob Lynde, Director of Purchasing & Logistics, challenged transportation departments in other school districts to participate. 


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School District Celebrates Summer Class of 2014

Seven seniors from Westerville Central, North and South high schools were invited to attend a summer graduation ceremony held August 25 during the Westerville City Schools Board of Education meeting.


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Schools Break for Labor Day

In observation of Labor Day, school will not be held and offices will be closed in the Westerville City School District on Monday, September 1, 2014.  Normal operations will resume on Tuesday, September 2.


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Pointview Students Encouraged to Demonstrate PRIDE through Good Behavior at School

On Friday, August 15, all students in grade 1-5 attended a school-wide assembly to focus on those behaviors that demonstrate P.R.I.D.E. on the playground and in the cafeteria.  Pupils had an opportunity to collaborate with their peers to identify behaviors that were safe, responsible, and respectful. 


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Westerville Superintendent John Kellogg Partakes in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Community leaders gathered on the steps of Westerville’s City Hall on Tuesday evening, August 19, to get drenched in buckets of ice water as part of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge phenomenon that is sweeping the country.


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Three School Cafeterias in Westerville Get Stunning Makeovers

On the first day of school this year, students at Annehurst Elementary, Blendon Middle and Westerville South High Schools were introduced to fully remodeled cafeterias.  The focus of the remodeling process was to meet the changes expected by the students and improve the service and selection available.


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Central Physics Students Challenged to Build a Tower to Withstand the Weight of Bricks

Physics students at Westerville Central High School recently participated in the annual “Bargain Brick Build.”  During this activity they are challenged to build a tower out of an unlimited supply of note cards, paperclips, pieces of tape, and staples that can hold as many bricks as possible.


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Early Learning Center Staff Donates School Supplies to Pupils in Need

When word got out that some students in the Westerville City School District might not be able to afford needed supplies to begin the new school year, employees at the Early Learning Center started bringing in donations.  By the week’s end, the “pile” had grown to an impressive proportion.  The supplies will be distributed among pupils at several elementary schools.


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Schools, Community Join Forces to Sponsor Honor Flight on September 27

Westerville’s sixth community-sponsored Honor Flight of veterans to Washington D.C. will take place on Saturday, September 27.  The Honor Flight program flies senior veterans from WWII and the Korean conflict to the nation’s capitol to see their monuments, free of charge, as a way of thanking them for their service to our country.


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Kindergarten Students are off to a Good Start in Westerville

Monday, August 18 marked the first day of kindergarten in 12 Westerville City School District elementary buildings, where 886 children began their educational journey.  Many were sporting new clothes and big smiles, but an apprehensive tear or two was spotted on a few children and parents.


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First Day of Preschool Met with Enthusiasm by District’s Youngest Students

Monday, August 18 marked the first day of preschool in the Westerville City School District when more than 250 children, along with their parents, excitedly walked through the doors at 936 Eastwind Drive, ready to learn. 


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PowerSchool Temporarily Offline August 15-17, 2014

Westerville City Schools has been informed by TRECA, our service provider for PowerSchool/PowerTeacher, that they will temporarily be shutting down these services for maintenance and upgrades beginning Friday, August 15 at 4:00 p.m. with anticipated completion on Sunday, August 17 by 11:00 p.m.


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Walnut Springs Fishing Club Members Fare Well at State Tournament

Members of the Walnut Springs Middle School Fishing Club participated in the 2014 Ohio Junior Bass Federation State Tournament on Sunday, August 3. The tournament, held at Indian Lake State Park, in Russell’s Point, Ohio, included 74 anglers, ages 11 through 18


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Drivers are Recognized at Transportation Department’s In-Service

The Westerville City Schools Transportation Department hosted its annual Welcome Back in-service on Friday morning, August 8, at Westerville Central High School.  Before attending classes, drivers met in the auditorium to hear from Assistant Managers Rebecca Nitz and Chris Winesette.


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Westerville North High Names Heath Lamont Tillman as Head Girls Basketball Coach

Tillman graduated from Westerville North in 1996 and played on the 1994 State Championship Team.  Additionally, he was the point guard on the 1995 and 1996 State Semi-Finalist teams.  He continued his playing career at Ashland University where he earned a degree in accounting. 


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Informational Meeting Educates ESL Families about Tools for Success in School

On Monday, August 11, Westerville City Schools hosted an informational meeting for English as a Second Language (ESL) families new to the district.  It took place in the Media Center at Westerville North High School.  In attendance were people from many different countries, and speakers of nine different languages.  Interpreters were provided for as many languages as possible.


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August 13 Marks Successful Return to School for Westerville Students

Central Ohio weather couldn’t have been more perfect on Wednesday, August 13, as nearly 15,000 students in grades 1-12 returned to classes in the Westerville City School District.  Enrollment is up slightly from last year.  Kindergartners and preschool students begin the new school year on Monday, August 18.


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Six New Principals Grace the Halls in the Westerville City School District

Students weren’t the only individuals in the Westerville City School District who were anxious and excited about the first day of school on Wednesday, August 13.  Seven buildings welcomed new principals this year from a variety of backgrounds.  All had at least one thing in common – the desire for pupils to learn and excel to their greatest potential. 


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Westerville School District Employees Gather for Convocation

Focus on the Classroom” was the theme of the 2014 Convocation gathering held for Westerville City Schools employees at Westerville Central High School on Monday morning, August 11.  Audience members heard from Dr. John Kellogg, Superintendent, about celebrating last year’s success and building on that this year.  He spoke of focus and priorities.


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District Schedules Secondary Mathematics Informational Meetings August 18 and 19

New mathematics standards will be implemented in grade 6, grade 7, and Algebra 2 for the 2014-2015 academic year, which will complete the full transition for the Westerville City School District.  To help parents better understand the resulting instructional shifts that will be occurring in classrooms, Westerville Schools will host informational sessions on Monday, August 18 and Tuesday, August 19.  Participants can attend either one.


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New Teachers Learn About Westerville Schools at Orientation Meeting

Dozens of teachers who are new to the Westerville City School District gathered in the Media Center at Westerville Central High School on August 7 and August 8 for an orientation session hosted by the Office of Human Resources.


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Nationwide Children’s Care Mobile Visited Westerville Schools on August 6

On Wednesday, August 6, during the week of back-to-school registration and schedule pick-up, Nationwide Children’s Hospital provided a convenient opportunity for Westerville City Schools students to get required immunizations and other medical services through its Care Mobile.


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Educators, Law Enforcement Officials Gather for Threat Assessment Team Meeting
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Westerville Schools Prepare Class of 2018 for New High School Graduation Requirements

As a result of House Bill 487, Ohio’s graduation requirements will change beginning with the class of 2018 (who are ninth grade students this fall).  The intent is to ensure that all students will be prepared for success in college and work.  When that happens, Westerville City Schools will be ready.


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Summer Reading Program Takes Off at Mark Twain Elementary School

Thanks to Title I dollars and the Mark Twain PTA; an idea from Karen McClellan, retired Chief Academic Officer for Westerville City Schools; and enormous help from teacher Melissa Krempasky, Mark Twain Elementary School has developed a wildly popular summer literacy campaign entitled KLM (for McClellan’s initials), which stands for Kids Love Learning through Literacy in the Mail.


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Positive Evaluations Prompt Board Action on Superintendent, Treasurer Contracts

The Westerville City School District Board of Education gave high marks to the performance and professionalism of Superintendent Dr. John Kellogg and Treasurer Bart Griffith, according to evaluation summaries shared by Board of Education President Dr. Nancy Nestor-Baker during the Board’s regular meeting on August 11, 2014. Kellogg and Griffith are the only district employees who directly report to and are evaluated by the Board of Education.


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District Seeks Input on High School Course Offerings

The Westerville City School District (WCSD) Board of Education on January 26, 2015, will consider the approval of new and revised high school course offerings effective for the 2015-2016 school year. Interested families and community members will have an opportunity to review and provide feedback on the proposed revisions prior to the board vote.


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ALL WCSD SCHOOLS CLOSED, January 8th due to severe cold temperatures.
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ALL WCSD SCHOOLS CLOSED, Friday, February 20th due to severe cold temperatures.

Westerville City Schools will be closed, Friday, February 20th due to severe cold temperatures.


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1,065 Graduates Celebrated at May 23 Commencement Ceremonies

Students from Westerville North, South and Central graduated at the Celeste Center on May 23.  The Class of 2015 expressed gratitude for the support they received during their high school journey from parents, administrators, teachers and staff.


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Westerville Schools Raise Nearly $35,000 for the American Heart Association

Ten Westerville City schools participated in Jump Rope for Heart, Hoops for Heart and Red Out for Heart activities this year to earn money for the American Heart Association.  At the conclusion of the 2014-2015 school year, a whopping $34,899.79 had been raised for the organization.  


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Westerville South and Heritage Middle School to Perform in Concert on February 26

Orchestra students from Westerville South High School and Heritage Middle School will perform in a concert beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 26, in the Westerville South Auditorium.


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Kindergarten 101 to be held at Fouse and Hawthorne Elementary Schools

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, March 10, at both Fouse and Hawthorne Elementary Schools.  The same presentation will be made concurrently at both sites.  Parents may choose the location that is most convenient for them.


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Walnut Springs Middle Schoolers Compete in Boats Made of Recycled Material

Sixth grade math classes at Walnut Springs spent the last few days of school collaborating with their peers to make boats out of recycled materials.  Each class received one roll of duct tape and a few materials from their teachers.


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Alcott Celebrates Graduates, Retiring Teachers on Last Day of School
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Westerville North’s Young Americans for Freedom Named Chapter of the Month

The Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) club at Westerville North is the first high school organization in the country to be named Chapter of the Month by the national YAF.  The group, started by senior Tristan Justice, has grown from just him and a few friends to more than 20 registered members.  Hundreds have attended their events, including inviting Bay Buchanan to speak to government classes about leadership.  Buchanan, a conservative commentator, is former Treasurer of the United States.


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65 Westerville Middle School Students Advance to District Science Fair

The Westerville Middle School Science Fair was held on Saturday, February 7, at Walnut Springs Middle School.  The event featured 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grade students from Walnut Springs, Blendon, Heritage, Genoa and Emerson.  159 participants enthusiastically shared their passion for science with more than 40 judges.


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School Board to Meet
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Blendon Middle School Celebrates Third Quarter Renaissance Students

Hamster balls, dodge ball, laser tag, Wii games, music, basketball, volleyball, soccer, Skyline Chili Cheese Dogs, Kona Ice…the list of what Blendon students were able to enjoy at their 3rd Quarter Renaissance Celebration goes on and on.  Students, who met stringent goals in academic achievement, community service, attendance, attitude, and school spirit, were treated to a day of fun at Alum Creek Park on April 30, courtesy of the Blendon PTO.


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Archie Griffin is Keynote Speaker at February 27 Friday Fare Fundraiser

Ohio State football legend and two-time Heisman trophy winner Archie Griffin will be the keynote speaker for a Friday Fare fundraiser hosted by the Westerville Christian Church (WCC). The program will be held on February 27 at the church, which is located at 471 East College Avenue.


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School District Celebrates Winter Class of 2015

Sixteen seniors from Westerville Central, North and South high schools were invited to attend a winter graduation ceremony on February 9 during the Westerville City Schools Board of Education meeting.  Principals from all three high schools addressed the students who, having met all the graduation requirements of the State of Ohio and the Westerville Board of Education, received their diplomas.  They were congratulated by Board members and Superintendent John Kellogg.  A reception prior to the meeting was held in their honor.  


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Westerville Education Association Celebrates Teachers at Spring Reception

On Wednesday evening, May 6, the Westerville Education Association (WEA) hosted its Annual Reception at Villa Milano.  WEA President Rhonda Gilpin presided over the event, during which time a number of awards were presented.


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Westerville South’s Hartlee Johnston Earns $2,500 National Merit Scholarship

The National Merit Scholarship Corp (NMSC) has announced this year’s National Merit $2,500 Scholarship winners, chosen from a talent pool of more than 15,000 outstanding Finalists in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program.  Included on the list is Hartlee G. Johnston, a Westerville South High School student who plans to study Biochemistry.


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Middle School Parents Invited to College and Career Readiness Night on February 26

On Thursday, February 26, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., the Walnut Springs College and Career Readiness Committee is hosting a Parent Night for all middle school parents in the Westerville City School District.  Like last year’s event, there will be speakers on 10 different topics that will help prepare families for their student’s high school, college, and career lives.  Parents will be able to choose up to three sessions to attend.  This event will take place at Walnut Springs Middle School.


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Westerville North’s Mason Gresh Signs with University of Findlay

Mason Gresh, a senior at Westerville North High School, signed with the University of Findlay football program on National Signing Day, February 4.  A special ceremony was held on February 9 at Westerville North High School to celebrate the event.


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Westerville School Board Recognizes American Legion Contest Winners

At the Westerville City Schools Board of Education meeting held Monday, May 4, Pete Otteson, Commander of American Legion Post 171 and Bev Etling, Post 171 Chairperson for Buckeye Boys & Girls State, presented students from Westerville North, South and Central high schools who excelled on the Americanism and Government Test; and who earned spots as delegates to Buckeye Boys & Girls State.  


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Former Annehurst First Graders Meet to Say Farewell before they Graduate

They certainly don’t look like first graders anymore, but students who used to be in the classrooms of retired teacher Kitty Dalrymple and Julie Pierron have fond memories of Annehurst Elementary School.  So fond, in fact, that they gathered at the school on April 30 to say farewell before each graduates from Westerville Central, North, or South High School.


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Two Westerville Middle School Students Qualify for Regional Spelling Bee

Fifty-two students have qualified for participation in the Ohio University’s Scripps College of Communication Region II final local spelling bee, which will be held on March 14 at the school’s Baker University Student Center in Athens.  These spellers attained a score of at least 32 on the online test.  


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Opera Columbus Performs Three Little Pigs at Huber Ridge Elementary School

Opera Columbus brought their magic to Huber Ridge Elementary School on Tuesday morning, February 10, through the captivating tale of the Three Little Pigs.  Students packed the gymnasium to listen and watch as fellow classmates got the opportunity to perform with the professionals.


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Rotarians Deliver Dictionaries to All Third Grade Students in Westerville

On May 4 and May 7, each third grade student at all 14 elementaries in the Westerville City School District, along with St. Paul, received a personal copy of A Student’s Dictionary, thanks to the Rotary Club of Westerville.  They were assisted by volunteers from the Harris-Askins House, who placed a Rotary sticker on the first page of each book.


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GEM Award Nominations Due February 9

The deadline for GEM Award nominations is Monday, February 9, 2015.  Sponsored by Roush Honda and Westerville Parent Council, the annual GEM Awards, which stands for “Great Educator Mentors” in Westerville Schools, honors community members, volunteers, teachers and staff who consistently go above and beyond for students in Westerville schools.


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January 28 Workshop Will Address Understanding Advance Placement

A seminar entitled “Understanding AP: Courses, Content, and College Credit” will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday evening, January 28.  Students and parents from all Westerville middle and high schools are encouraged to attend to find out how Advanced Placement (AP) classes can increase their potential for academic excellence.


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Emerson Elementary and Central Ohio Junior Achievement Launch Career Prep Program

Junior Achievement of Central Ohio (JACO) and Emerson Elementary School in Westerville have announced a partnership to provide career readiness programs for students.  The Junior Achievement Our City program introduces pupils to financial literacy and third-grade social studies learning objectives, including the characteristics of cities and how people and businesses in cities manage their money.


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Alcott First Graders Man Mexican Restaurant, “El Toro Loco”

First grade students at Alcott Elementary School recently hosted a Mexican Restaurant, “El Toro Loco.”  Pupils in the classrooms of Jim Ledford and Jason McQuown learned Spanish throughout the year and greeted the customers in Espanol.  They worked collaboratively learning all the jobs associated with restaurant work, filled out applications, and interviewed for various positions.  Hosts, hostesses, waiters, waitresses, bussers, managers, cooks and cashiers served more than 130 parents, grandparents, and staff members.


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Fouse Students Musically Urge Others to Give

Two sisters at Fouse Elementary School – Maya and Mariah Chaffin – along with a couple of their younger cousins in Pataskala, make up a music group called JustKidding.Biz.  They were recently featured on NBC4 News and in the Pataskala Standard newspaper for a music video called #GiveItAway, a fun song that reminds listeners that we can all give something to our friends and neighbors in need.  In the song, everyone is encouraged to donate gently used items to the local charity of their choice.


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Alcott’s Giving Tree Helps Local Families Stay Warm

During the month of December, Alcott Elementary has been home to a woodland forest in the front foyer.  Complete with “animals” and snow, this beautiful winter site was created by the Alcott Student Council to encourage pupils to donate to the school’s Giving Tree.


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Genoa’s Tim Allen Shaves his Head in Support of Student Battling Cancer

On Friday, May 1, Genoa Middle School 7th grade Guidance Counselor Tim Allen volunteered to have his head shaved in honor of one of his students, Audrey Tanzillo.  On April 29, 2014, Tanzillo was diagnosed with a brain tumor.  Two days later, she endured a successful, 13-hour surgery to have the tumor removed.  Since then, she has received seven rounds of chemotherapy and remains cancer-free.  Allen said Audrey is “an inspiration to all,” as she has continued to tackle the 7th grade curriculum from home.


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Westerville North’s Mock Trial Team Advances to Regional Competition on February 20

The Westerville North Mock Trial Team participated in the annual Ohio Center for Law Related Education’s District High School Mock Trial competition held January 30 at the Franklin County Municipal Courthouse.  Westerville North sent two teams to district competition, and one finished in first place in Franklin County and is moving on the Regional competition on February 20.


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Westerville City Schools Open Enrollment Applications are Available

Parents or guardians wishing to have their children attend a school different from their school of attendance must complete and submit an Intra-district Open Enrollment Application.  Application forms are available at each school building; at the Westerville City Schools Enrollment Center (300 Polaris Parkway, Suite 3200); at the Early Learning Center (936 Eastwind Drive, Suite 200); or at www.wcsoh.org, where general guidelines can also be found.


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District Announces Adjustment to First Day of School for Students in 2015-16

Westerville City School District officials today announced that the first day of class for students in grades 1-12 has been changed for next school year from Wednesday, August 12, 2015, to Thursday, August 13, 2015.  Kindergarten and preschool students will still have a gentle start to the school year with their first day of class scheduled for August 17, 2015.


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Westerville North Music Boosters to Raffle Indian Chief Motorcycle

The Westerville North Music Boosters are raffling off a 2015 Indian Chief Classic motorcycle, with a value of $19,799, to raise funds for Westerville North’s High School music programs.  The money will be used to support music programs including the Marching Band, Indoor Drumline, Choir, Concert and Jazz Band, and the Orchestra.


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Westerville City Schools Magnet Program Fair, School Tours Scheduled

Westerville City Schools will host a Magnet Program Fair from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4, at Heritage Middle School, which is located at 390 North Spring Road.  During the Magnet Fair, families will have the opportunity to learn about the three program options available.  There will be displays providing a visual for each program, as well as staff members available to answer questions.

For further updates, please visit www.wcsoh.org/magnet


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South Thespians to Perform Midsummer Night’s Dream

The Westerville South High School Theatre Department, headed up by Matt Wolfe, will perform Midsummer Night’s Dream at 7:00 p.m. on February 6 and 7; and at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 8


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Schools Break for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Classes in the Westerville City School District will not be held and offices will close on Monday, January 19, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.


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Alcott Food Drive Nets 3,369 Pounds of Food for WARM

Once again this year, the annual Alcott Elementary School food drive for the Westerville Area Resource Ministry (WARM) was a huge success.  Spearheaded by Mike Mazzon’s fifth grade students, the Alcott community collected 3,369 pounds of food for families in need.


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Our Town is Coming to Westerville Central February 20 - 22

Westerville Central High School thespians will perform in Our Town, a 1938 play written by Thornton Wilder.  It tells the story of a fictional American small town called Grover’s Corners between 1901 and 1913.  The literary classic centers around the young love of George Gibbs and Emily Webb and the hopes, joys, and heartaches their small town endures.


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Happy Birthday, Dear Fouse Elementary School!

When Fouse Elementary School opened its doors to students in 2002, under somewhat chaotic circumstances, times were different.  Original building principal Karen McClellan, now retired from Westerville City Schools, returned for a birthday celebration held on Thursday morning, May 21.  Guests of honor were the first kindergarten class, who will graduate from high school tomorrow.  McClellan recalled some permitting glitches which didn’t allow occupancy in the school until just hours before the first day.


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School Board, Superintendent, Wish Retirees a Fond Farewell

“Kind, compassionate, and caring” were just some of the words used to describe 66 retiring Westerville City Schools employees, who were honored at the Board of Education meeting on Monday evening, May 18.


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Application Deadline for A+ Employee Recognition Program is Friday, March 13

Applications are being accepted for the Westerville City Schools A+ Employee Recognition Program, which celebrates extraordinary staff members.  Honorees will be invited to attend a Board of Education meeting where the superintendent and board members will recognize their contributions.


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Hanby Families Enjoy “Stories through Time,” a Progressive Performance

Friends and family members packed Hanby Elementary School on Wednesday evening, December 17, to watch fifth grade students star in a progressive performance entitled, “Stories through Time.”  Three plays took place concurrently in different locations in the building – Alice in Wonderland; Living Time Line; and Time Capsule.


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Fifteenth Annual Westerville Community Bowl-a-Thon Slated for February 21, 2015

It’s time to make plans to participate in the 15th annual Westerville Community Bowl-a-Thon! The event is scheduled for Saturday, February 21, 2015, at the Columbus Square Bowling Palace, 5705 Forest Hills Blvd.  Funds raised from this event benefit the Westerville Chamber Foundation, the Westerville Education Foundation, and the Westerville Symphony at Otterbein.


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Signing Day at Westerville South Draws Huge Crowd of Well-Wishers

Faculty, friends and family members packed the Westerville South High School Media Center on Wednesday afternoon, February 4, to help celebrate some of the school’s finest athletes as they signed Letters of Intent to play at colleges and universities all around the country.  They were introduced by Athletic Director Buck Weaver.


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Board Authorizes Superintendent to Enact Staffing Plan, Enhance Student Learning Opportunities
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Financial forecast indicates district is stretching Emergency Levy dollars at least four years beyond original estimates
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Rotary Club of Westerville Names February Students of the Month

The Rotary Club of Westerville, which sponsors a Student of the Month program, recognized recipients at a luncheon at Villa Milano held on Thursday, February 5.  February students are:  Jonny Derringer, Westerville Central High School; Morgan Pearce, Westerville North High School; Chenelle Moore, Westerville South High School; and Paige Grube, St. Francis DeSales High School. National Honor Society, tutoring, peer ministry, Math Club and Student Ambassadors.  Grube teaches dance at Straub, serves at food kitchens, is a St. Paul altar server, and volunteered at the St. John/Holy Rosary Christmas Toy Drive.  She plans to pursue pharmaceutical studies at Butler or the University of Toledo.


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BOE to Meet in January

The Westerville City Schools Board of Education will meet at 6:00 p.m. for its Organizational and Regular meeting on Monday, January 12, 2015 in the Board Training Room at the Early Learning Center, which is located at 936 Eastwind Drive in Westerville.  The District shall make reasonable accommodation for disabled persons to be able to participate in this activity.  Please call 797-5713 or e-mail BeckJ@westerville.k12.oh.us.


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Robert Frost Students Embrace Season of Giving

The Robert Frost community has been busy this month demonstrating Westerville’s word of the month, Caring.  At press time, the school had collected 11 boxes of non perishable items and food; raised close to $680 to support seven Westerville families; and brought in 78 items of outer wear, including mittens, gloves, scarves, and hats – all to be donated to Caring & Sharing.


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South Students Excel at OMEA Solo and Ensemble

More than 20 students from Westerville South traveled to Reynoldsburg High School to perform in the OMEA District 15 Solo and Ensemble event on January 24.  Students earned Superior ratings in 13 out of 20 events.


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Westerville South Theatre Department Car Wash is Tomorrow

If your car is dirty, you might consider heading over to Fazoli’s at the corner of Heatherdown and State Street in Westerville on Saturday, May 16, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Have some lunch while members of the Westerville South Theatre Department wash your car.  Donations will be greatly appreciated.


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Hanby Partners with Generations Performing Arts Center to Stage Cinderella

Second grade Hanby Elementary students in the classrooms of Emily Kessler and Kelly Balaz recently staged a Cinderella Fairytale Dance in the auditorium at Westerville South High School.  The pupils collaborated with Generations Performing Arts Center to put on the performance.  The youngsters worked very hard to learn their dances.  They experienced the arts, through music and dance, and math, by counting steps and finding patterns. 


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Hawthorne Students Embrace Humphrey the Hamster

Hawthorne Elementary is hamster happy; thanks to a book the entire student body has been reading called The World According to Humphrey, by Betty G. Birney.  The students are so enamored, they are sharing the books with everyone around them from principals to bus drivers, aides, custodians and secretaries.


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Westerville City Schools Athletic Fees Can Now Be Paid Through EZPAY

SPS EZPay is a secure and convenient website application that allows parents to add to their child’s meal account or pay school, class, activity fees, and/or Pre-School Tuition over the Internet using any Visa or MasterCard (including Debit Visa and MasterCard).  Though the EZPay online payment system has been around for some time, there is now an option to pay all or a portion of the athletic fees.


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Preschool Holiday Program Brings Joy to Attendees

Friends, parents and family members gathered in the Early Learning Center on Wednesday, December 17, to watch and listen as enthusiastic preschool students sang a variety of holiday songs.  Two performances were held – one on the morning and one in the afternoon.  They got rave reviews from the large crowd.


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American Legion Recognizes Top Scorers on Americanism & Government Test

The American Legion Young Budd Post 171 of Westerville, Ohio recently conducted the 2014-2015 Americanism and Government Test in each of the Westerville High Schools for their 10th, 11th and 12th grade students.  The test consisted of 50 questions covering Federal, State, County, and Local government; the United States flag; the U.S. constitution and the Declaration of Independence.


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Hanby Students Study Science at Otterbein University

Students from Frank Hatcher’s science education class at Otterbein University hosted their annual Pizza Box Science labs for the 2nd and 5th grade Math and Science Magnet classes of Hanby.  This is a partnership that allows both pupils of Hanby’s Math/Science Magnet and the education students of Otterbein to learn and collaborate about science together.


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Westerville Central Physics Students Compete in COTC Egg Drop Contest

On Friday, April 24, 70 Westerville Central Physics students traveled to Newark, Ohio to participate in the 3rd annual Central Ohio Technical College Egg Drop Contest.  More than 350 students from Central Ohio took part in a simple challenge – to design a device to safely transport a standard large “grade A” egg and protect it from a fall of 22 feet using the fewest number of parts and having the lightest weight possible while accurately hitting a target.


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Westerville South Basketball Coach Ed Calo Nabs 400th Career Win

On Tuesday evening, February 3, the Westerville South varsity Wildcat basketball team defeated Dublin Scioto with a score of 72 to 44.  Such a lopsided victory would normally not elicit thunderous applause from the crowd, but this win was especially sweet for Coach Ed Calo, who marked his 400th career victory.


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Westerville Community Scholarship Application Deadline is January 16

Are you a member of the Class of 2015 who is planning to pursue a post-secondary program after graduation?  Consider applying for a local scholarship!  Westerville Community Scholarships are now accepting applications from students intended to pursue post-secondary options in the fall of 2015.


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Career Day at Walnut Springs Gets Students Thinking about their Future

Students at Walnut Springs Middle School were focused on the future on Tuesday, December 16 – Career Day.  Sixth and seventh graders got an overview of various careers and professions in a way that was both informative and engaging.  In the morning, a Career Fair was held in the gymnasium.  Youngsters could go from booth to booth, asking questions of more than 30 presenters representing a wide variety of occupations including those who work in the medical field, home builders, military personnel, engineers, hospitality personnel and government officials.


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High School Conferences Planned

Classes will not be held at Westerville Central, Westerville North, or Westerville South High School on Friday, February 20, because of Parent-Teacher conferences. School will be in session at usual times, however, in all elementary and middle school buildings.


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Westerville North Graduate Steven Boyer Nominated for Tony Award

Westerville North High School graduate Steven Boyer is starring on Broadway as religious teen Jason, whose foul-mouthed hand puppet, Tyrone, takes on a devilish life of its own in Robert Askins’ Hand to God.  It was just announced that Boyer was nominated in the “Best Actor” category for a Tony Award.  In total, Hand to God earned five Tony nominations.


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Westerville North’s Connor Blakely to Play Soccer at Capital University

On Monday, April 27, friends, coaches, educators and family members gathered at Westerville North High School to watch as Connor Blakely signed a Letter of Intent to play soccer at Capital University in Columbus, where he plans to major in Physical Therapy.  During high school, Blakely played four years of varsity soccer, arriving at North as a senior under the direction of Coach Mark Price.  His high school career included twice earning Honorable Mention All-OCC, Second Team Honorable Mention All-OCC, OSSCA Academic Excellence awards, the Golden Boot, Best Offensive Player and Goal of the Year coach’s awards.  He scored an impressive 25 goals and had 15 assists during his high school career.


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Westerville Teachers Attend Professional Development Sessions on Ohio's new State Assessments (Next Generation Assessments)

Since the Ohio Department of Education announced plans to administer online assessments, Westerville Schools has been a leader in providing professional development opportunities and disseminating information on the most current material released and available to both Westerville teachers and other Ohio educators throughout our State


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Student Artists Draw Inspiration for Exhibit from Three Cups of Tea

Third grade students at Annehurst and Whittier elementary schools recently learned about the book Three Cups of Tea, by Greg Mortensen, which tells about his failed attempt to climb K2, the world’s second tallest mountain.


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McVay Students Bake Bread to Eat and Share

McVay was the first Central Ohio elementary school to host a King Arthur Bread Company assembly six years ago.  The service learning project has since spread to other Westerville schools as well as many other districts in the area.  Paula Gray, who lives in Vermont, returned to McVay on January 30, to teach students how to make bread from scratch.


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Student Leaders at Pointview Organize Food Drive to Benefit Westerville Christian

The Student Leadership Team at Pointview Elementary School organized a food drive from December 8-12 to benefit Westerville Christian Church.  Westerville Christian provides Friday Fare backpacks for 13 Westerville schools, which are filled with food for meals that students can take home over the weekend.  The Pointview team wanted to give back to this organization that helps others so generously.


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Drivers Compete in Regional Road-e-o; Gary Case Moves On to State Finals

Seventeen Westerville City Schools bus drivers competed recently in the Central Ohio Region Road-e-o, held on April 18 at Reynoldsburg Summit High School.  More than 100 individuals showed up to take a written exam and test their driving skills.  At the end of the day, Westerville’s Gary Case earned top honors, scoring 700 out of 725 possible points.  He advances to the State event, which will be held at Licking Heights High School in Pataskala tomorrow.  Winners from the State move on to an international competition in July.


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Three Cherrington Students to be Inducted into the AAA Ohio Safety Patrol Hall of Fame

From almost 6,000 submissions sent in throughout the State of Ohio, nine students have been chosen for induction into the AAA Ohio Safety Patrol Hall of Fame.  For the second year in a row, three attend Cherrington Elementary School in Westerville – Alexi Bloch, grade 4; Gracie Pheasant, grade 5; and Avery McLaughlin, grade 5.  


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High Schools bring in more than $38,000 for Caring & Sharing

The holiday season will be brighter for many local families who are struggling this year, thanks to the efforts of students and staff in the Westerville City School District.  When totals were tallied on Friday, December 13, the charity received $38,209 to help needy families in the community.


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BOE to meet in February

The Westerville City Schools Board of Education will meet in regular session on Monday, February 9 and Monday, February 23 at 6:00 p.m. at the Early Learning Center, 936 Eastwind Drive, Westerville, Ohio.


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Pointview Students Explore Astronomy through COSI on Wheels

Students got to explore our Solar System without ever leaving the building when COSI (Center of Science and Industry) brought its traveling science program, Astounding Astronomy, to Pointview Elementary last week.  Pupils studied the size and distance between the planets, the electromagnetic spectrum, the extreme cold of the outer planets and deep space, and learned how Earth is currently the only planet known to contain life.


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Blendon Students Raise Money for Charity: Water

After learning about water pollution, Victoria Cook’s 7th grade science students at Blendon Middle School decided to spearhead a fundraiser to help people gain access to clean water. They directed their efforts towards an organization called Charity: Water, a non-profit group devoted to bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing countries.


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Student Creativity is Celebrated at Elementary and Secondary Art Shows

Large crowds of students, families and community members gathered on Sunday afternoon, April 26, to view and celebrate some of the best art created by Westerville City Schools pupils during this school year.  The Elementary Art Show was held at the Westerville Community Center, followed by the Secondary Art Show at the Westerville Public Library.  Phyllis Self, President of the Arts Council of Westerville, Inc., and Jan Fedorenko, Ph.D., Arts Curriculum Coordinator for Westerville Schools, welcomed attendees at both events.  Superintendent John Kellogg served as keynote speaker, sharing his belief about the importance of art in the curriculum.  The programs for both events included a quote from President John F. Kennedy:  “As the arts inspire creativity in each of us individually, they breathe life into our communities.”


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BOE to meet in May
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Westerville Central Students Partake in Physics Challenge

Westerville Central High School physics teachers Craig Bulger and Danny Hunt designed an inquiry style lab that challenged their students to roll a steel ball bearing off a table and land it inside a cup on the floor, which was a known distance away.  Doesn’t sound that hard until one considers that the pupils were not allowed to conduct any pre-trial testing.


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Walnut Springs National History Day Showcase Night Draws Large Crowd

Students at Walnut Springs Middle School gathered on the evening of Friday, January 23 for the second annual Walnut Springs National History Day Showcase Night.  It was a chance for more than 160 pupils to “showcase” their National History Day (NHD) projects.  To conclude the night, participants were awarded Superior, Excellent and Good ratings, as well as Best of Show.  This year a new addition was the Student Choice Awards, where competing students voted for projects fitting into several different superlative categories for awards.


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Westerville Community Hosts Annual Jukebox Revue Concert to Benefit Honor Flight

The Westerville community, including the city, schools, citizens, businesses, service clubs and others, will host its sixth annual concert, the Jukebox Revue, to benefit Honor Flight Columbus on Sunday, February 1 at 2:00 p.m. at Westerville North High School.  Proceeds from the event will benefit this year’s community-sponsored Honor Flight, a program honoring veterans with a guided tour of the National World War II monument in Washington, D.C.


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Sixth Grade Science Classes take on the STEM Straw Tower Challenge

Sixth graders from the advanced science classes took part in the first annual Straw Tower Challenge, a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) initiative.  Teams of students were asked to design and build the tallest straw tower possible capable of supporting the weight of a tennis ball for up to one minute, for no more than $10,000 in building materials (straws - $200 a piece/limit 50 and masking tape - $100 an inch/limit three feet).  The winning team was determined by the lowest total cost of their tower but the tallest tower built.


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Westerville South Students Lauded at Columbus Technical Council Banquet

Westerville South High School seniors Hartlee Johnston and Sarah Leonard were honored at the Columbus Technical Council banquet on April 22.  Leonard won the Ethics Award from the Association for Women in Science for her research project on bees.  Johnston won First Place in the Chemistry Research award category (along with a monetary prize), and also received the Association for Women in Science Research Award for her research in organic synthesis.  Johnston is being recognized as Westerville South’s Outstanding Senior Science Student. 


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Author Michelle Houts Returns to her Alma Mater, Walnut Springs Middle School

Author Michelle Houts, a former Walnut Springs Middle School student, visited her alma mater on April 27 to talk with all seventh grade students about the joy of writing.  Later, a few pupils were selected to participate in small workshops with the writer.  The pupils recently read one of her books, Kammie on First, the story of Dorothy Mary Kamenshek, who was born to immigrant parents in Norwood, Ohio.


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Westerville Central Supports its Warhawk Football Team throughout Successful Season

Just a few weeks ago, the Westerville Central High School Warhawk football team was one of only eight teams left in the state of Ohio at the Division I level.  After a fantastic regular 9-1 season, where many records were broken both as a team and individually by players, the Warhawks played host to Solon high school and made quick work of the team up North.


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Blendon Skates to Celebrate

On January 22, 240 Blendon Middle School students enjoyed an afternoon of roller skating at Skate Zone 71 because they qualified for the 2nd Quarter Renaissance Awards program.  To earn the reward, pupils had to meet stringent goals set in academic achievement, community service, attendance, attitude, and school spirit.


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McVay Elementary’s Kathy Gordon Receives Rotary Sunrise Service to Youth Award

Kathy Gordon, a Multiple Disabilities teacher at McVay Elementary School, was surprised on January 29 when a group of Sunrise Rotarians showed up during a staff meeting to present her with the Diane J. Conley Rotary Club of Westerville Sunrise Service to Youth award.


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Westerville North’s Halli Swiger to play Softball for Notre Dame College

Swiger, a fourth year varsity softball starter, will earn her fourth letter this spring.  She received OCC, All-Conference, and All District awards during her sophomore and junior years.  She also played on the Underclassmen State Tournament Team.  In addition, Swiger played varsity volleyball for the last three years, lettering three times and receiving OCC All Conference and All District awards during her junior and senior years.  She was team captain during her junior and senior year for both sports.


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Westerville Central’s Arts Alive Festival Draws more than 250 Artists

April 27th marked the ninth annual Arts Alive festival at Westerville Central High School, with 156 four-foot-square student-created chalk murals surrounding the building. More than 250 high school artists participated in chalk drawing, many in teams of three or four.


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Genoa’s Ema Rennie Advances to National History Day Competition in Maryland

Ema Rennie, a 7th grade student from Genoa Middle School, is a Finalist in the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day (NHD) competition.  For her paper about investigative journalist Gary Webb, Rennie will be moving on to compete at the University of Maryland the week of June 14-18.  This year’s theme is “Leadership and Legacy in History.”  She is taught by Caley Nestor-Baker and Media Specialist Deanna McDaniel.


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Rotary Club of Westerville Names December Students of the Month

The Rotary Club of Westerville, which sponsors a Student of the Month program, recognized recipients at a luncheon at the Medallion Club held on Thursday, December 11.  December students are:  Ladan Barnes, Westerville North High School; Ali Chaudhry, Westerville South High School; and Mackenzie Kraker, St. Francis DeSales High School.


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Westerville Middle Schools Awarded Grants for Statehouse Tours

Using grant funding, students from Caley Nestor-Baker’s 7th grade advanced Social Studies class at Genoa Middle School and students in Jennifer Cole’s advanced 6th grade Social Studies class at Heritage Middle School, spent a day recently at the Ohio Statehouse.


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Alcott Students Portray Famous Characters at School “Wax Museum”

A Wax Museum was recently held at Alcott Elementary School.  Bob Talley’s 4th grade students chose famous and historical characters, both past and present, to portray as wax figures.  When prompted by visitors to the museum, the characters would answer questions and provide facts and information about the person they were depicting.


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Book Bonanza Provides Reading Material for Students at Huber Ridge Elementary School

Westerville Partners for Education (WPE) and the Westerville Kiwanis Club brought their Book Bonanza to students at Huber Ridge Elementary School on December 4.  The two sponsoring groups collected books from local bookstores, parents, club members, and even pupils from other schools.


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School Board Recognizes PTA Reflections Program Winners

Westerville Parent Council’s 2014-2015 National Reflections Program Chairperson Lisa Wood presented 13 student artists for recognition at the Westerville City Schools Board of Education meeting held Monday evening, April 27.  131 district pupils participated in this year’s contest which celebrates original works of art in six different categories – dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts.  This year’s theme was “The world would be a better place if…”


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Westerville South High School Inducts Three into Alumni Hall of Fame

Westerville South High School inducted three alumni into its Hall of Fame at a luncheon and ceremony held April 24 – Michael W. Corrigan, Ed.D., Jim Day, and Jay F. Whitacre, Ph.D.  The school’s Superintendent’s Student Advisory Committee selected those honored from a pool of applicants who graduated at least 10 years ago, have demonstrated success in their career, and have made significant contributions to their community.


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“Sounds of the Season” Slated at Westerville South on December 16
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Westerville North’s “In the Know” Team Advances to Quarter Finals

Westerville North’s varsity team advanced to the quarter finals in WOSU’s “In the Know” tournament by defeating Olentangy High School in a match that was televised on January 27.  Their quarter final match, against Dublin Jerome, will be taped on February 2, to be aired at a later date.  This year’s competition started with 58 teams.


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Westerville Students to Perform in 2015 OSU Middle School Honor Band Festival

Nearly 800 individual nominations from across the State of Ohio were received by organizers of the 2015 Ohio State University Middle School Honor Band Festival.  358 pupils were selected for participation, including 11 from Westerville middle schools.


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Westerville North’s Chase Brumfield to Play Softball at Wheeling Jesuit University

On Tuesday, November 18, Westerville North High School senior Chase Brumfield signed a Letter of Intent to play softball as a Lady Cardinal at Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, West Virginia, where she has also been accepted into the Nursing program.


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Westerville South High School Crowns Prom King and Queen

Westerville South High School’s junior class hosted Prom 2015 at Villa Milano on April 18.  The theme was “Heroes vs. Villains.”  Senior court members included Sydney King, Gaby Robinson, Kristen Tenorio, Shannon Wright, Tricia McCrory, Olivia Skaates, Derek Wei, Abu Daramy, Myles Bumgarner, Greg Smith, John Edwards, and Rob Dowdy.  Wei and King were crowned King and Queen at the dance. 


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Secondary Math Coach Laura Hance Receives Rotary Sunrise Service to Youth Award

Laura Hance, Secondary District Math Curriculum Coach for Westerville City Schools, was surprised on April 22 when a group of Sunrise Rotarians showed up at Genoa Middle School to present her with the Diane J. Conley Rotary Club of Westerville Sunrise Service to Youth award.  She received a plaque from the club, along with a cake and a gift card donated by the Walmart Supercenter on Schrock Road.  In addition, an American flag will be flown in her honor during Westerville’s Field of Heroes display.


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ESL Parents Learn About Community Connections

On Wednesday, December 3, ESL parents met at Westerville Central High School to learn about local resources.  The meeting’s theme was “Community Connections,” and representatives from the Delaware Area Career Center, Otterbein University, the Westerville Public Library, and WARM attended to share information about their programs.  Lisa-Marie Reinhart, enrollment coordinator of the Delaware Area Career Center, showed parents available courses of study for high school students, as well as free adult ESL and GED classes.


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Westerville Students to Perform in 2015 OSU Middle School Honor Band Festival

Nearly 800 individual nominations from across the State of Ohio were received by organizers of the 2015 Ohio State University Middle School Honor Band Festival.  358 pupils were selected for participation, including 11 from Westerville middle schools.


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Third Grade Talent is Celebrated at Alcott Elementary School

Students from all five third grade classes at Alcott Elementary School took part in the annual talent show by performing for their classmates.  The event was held on Tuesday and Wednesday morning, January 27 and 28.


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Popular All Pro Dads Program Getting Rave Reviews at Huber Ridge Elementary School

Sometimes busy families get so caught up in hectic schedules that they don’t always find the time to say the things that are most important.  On Friday morning, December 5, before school began, several fathers and other positive role models brought their children to the Huber Ridge Elementary School Library to participate in the All Pro Dads group, a monthly Family First program that focuses on family topics.


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Westerville Central Promotes Safety during Prom Season

In an effort to keep the students and staff as safe as possible during this prom season, Westerville Central High School Principal Todd Spinner – along with Genoa Township Police Department School Resource Officer Joey Graham, Junior Class Advisor Natalie Taylor, and Senior Class Advisor Jerry McSwords – have set up several events and activities to accomplish this goal.


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Four Westerville Students Advance to State Laws of Life Essay Competition

Sixteen State Finalists have been chosen in the 2015 Laws of Life Essay Contest, four of whom are students in the Westerville City School District.  Walnut Springs Middle School students Emma Best and Ellis Blackstone, taught by Janice Hill, were selected, along with Kylie Collins (taught by Stacey Dettwiller) from Genoa Middle School and Andrew Rubadue (taught by Candace Shicks) from Heritage Middle School.  Blackstone was the program cover design winner. 


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Heritage Middle School’s Patrick Acocks Receives Rotary Sunrise Service to Youth Award

The Sunrise Rotarians said Acocks devotes time and energy to students in all leadership positions he fills.  In addition to teaching and being the point person for the Social Studies Department at Heritage, he is an advisor for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, track coach for Heritage, and basketball coach at Westerville North.


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Heritage’s Renaissance Program Rewards Students who Display Excellence

On Friday, January 23, Westerville North High School hosted 400 students from Heritage Middle School for the movie showing of Maleficent.  Heritage then treated the pupils to a pizza and pop party to celebrate 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Renaissance qualifiers from the second quarter of this school year.


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Students and Parents Gather at Cherrington for Family Science Night

Students and their families packed Cherrington Elementary School on Thursday evening, January 22, Family Science Night.  Representatives were on hand from MAD Scientists, American Ceramics, Westerville South High School, Lakeshore Cryogenics, Bright Path, Wireless Device Repair and Otterbein University, along with geologist Dale Gnidovec, to help participants engage in scientific activities and experiments.


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Master Teachers Recognized at Board of Education Meeting

Master Teachers demonstrate excellence inside and outside the classroom through consistent leadership and focused collaboration to maximize student learning.  They strive for distinguished teaching and continued professional growth, as specified by the Ohio Standards for the Teaching Profession.


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Westerville Central High School Band Performs in Chicago

The Westerville Central High School Band recently returned from a weekend trip to Chicago. The Warhawks visited the Willis Tower, Shedd Aquarium, and the Navy Pier.  They also enjoyed performances of the Million Dollar Quartet and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.


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Academic Enrichment Center Earns 2015 Apex Learning Award of Excellence

Westerville City Schools has been notified that it will receive a 2015 Apex Learning Award of Excellence.  Dr. Scott Ebbrecht of the district’s Academic Enrichment Center (AEC) submitted the winning application and will receive a certificate recognizing the achievements of the program.


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Walnut Springs Assistant Principal Challenges Students to Keyboarding Contest

“Mash a Key with Mr. C” was the name of an exciting event that took place at Walnut Springs Middle School on Monday morning, December 8.  Assistant Principal Ernest Clinkscale challenged the top 25 typists in Jane Elliott’s Literacy Skills for Career Education classes to a type-off.


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Alcott Students Form History Club

Third grade students Caden Edmunds and Zach Dieter meet with Alcott Principal Joseph Uher to discuss ideas for their new History Club.

                                                                                                                     

Third grade Alcott Elementary School students Caden Edmunds and Zach Dieter just can’t get enough history.  They like the subject so much, in fact, that they recently approached Principal Joseph Uher with the idea of forming an Alcott History Club.  With the assistance of Mr. Uher and some parent volunteers, the duo created an agenda of topics and a schedule to follow during the meetings.  Seventeen students signed up to meet weekly for the purpose of researching and discussing topics including Roman History, the Civil War, World War II, the American Presidency and September 11.  The club will meet the first Tuesday of each month until the end of the school year.


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Westerville Middle School Students Place at State Future City Competition

Students from Blendon, Heritage and Walnut Springs Middle Schools in Westerville represented Westerville City Schools in the Ohio Future City Competition held January 17 at Columbus State Community College.  Heritage Middle School took fourth place at the 2014 contest.


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GEM Award Nominations Sought by Westerville Parent Council

The deadline for GEM Award nominations is Monday, February 9, 2015.  Sponsored by Roush Honda and Westerville Parent Council, the annual GEM Awards, which stands for “Great Educator Mentors” in Westerville Schools, honors community members, volunteers, teachers and staff who consistently go above and beyond for students in Westerville schools.


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GEM Award Recipients Honored on April 20

The Westerville Parent Council, Roush Honda, the Superintendent of Schools and the Westerville City Schools Board of Education recognized Great Educator and Mentor (GEM) award winners at a reception and special ceremony held at Westerville North High School on Monday evening, April 20.  GEM awards are given to individuals who make a difference in the lives of the students in the Westerville School District.  All GEM winners promote the welfare of pupils in the home, school and community, and each goes above and beyond the call of duty.


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Westerville North’s The Odyssey Takes Second Place in Ohio Scholastic Media Contest

The Odyssey, Westerville North’s student newspaper, received Second Place in the Overall Newspaper division of the Ohio Scholastic Media Association’s annual state-wide contest held at Kent State University in early April.


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High School Hall of Fame Nominations Sought

Westerville North and Westerville South High Schools are now accepting nominations for their Alumni Halls of Fame.  The Superintendent’s Student Advisory Committee at each school coordinates this program.  The Hall of Fame is open to candidates who graduated from either high school at least 10 years ago.  Nominations are particularly sought of men and women who have achieved success in their career and made significant contributions in their field, as well as to society in general.


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COSI Brings “Current Conditions” Program to Hanby

The Center of Science and Industry (COSI) brought its traveling program, “Current Conditions” to Hanby Magnet School on Wednesday, January 21.  The day began with an interactive assembly introducing the students to air pressure, cloud formation, warm and cold fronts, and extreme weather.


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Parent Presentations Inspire Emerson Students

Pupils in Mara Clark’s third grade class at Emerson Magnet School got a special treat on Tuesday, January 20, when they enjoyed the first in a series of Parent Presentations, which give family members a chance to share their careers, passions and hobbies with the class.


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Westerville Schools Named “Readers Choice” Among Central Ohio Public School Systems

ThisWeek Community News recently announced the results of its 2014 Readers Choice Awards contest and the Westerville City School District is pleased to have earned Third Place in the “Public School” category.


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Westerville Schools and WARM Provide Meals through the Kids Lunch Club

Westerville City Schools will be working with the Westerville Area Resource Ministry (WARM) once again to provide meals to students this summer.  The 2015 season of the Westerville Area Kids Lunch Club will run weekdays from May 26 through August 7, rain or shine, at 10 sites, all open to children ages 1-18.  Participants are invited to stay after lunch for about an hour of educational or recreational activities.   Meals will be provided to all children without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.


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“Love Country – Love Westerville” Chosen as the Theme for Rotary’s July 4th Parade

“Love Country - Love Westerville” has been chosen as the theme for Rotary’s July 4th parade.  Gavin Mager, a first grade student in Jason McQuown’s class at Alcott Elementary School, came up with the winning submission and won $100 and a place of honor in the big 4th of July parade.  Gavin and his family were the guests of honor at the Rotary Club of Westerville luncheon held on April 23 at Villa Milano.


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Westerville North’s Kennedy Boswell Wins Otterbein’s Martin Luther King Contest

Westerville North High School sophomore Kennedy Boswell was named a winner in Otterbein University’s fourth annual Martin Luther King Multimedia, Essay and Arts Contest.  The annual competition allows high school students to showcase their talents through art, essays, poetry or multimedia submissions.


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Genoa Students Write Over One Million Words during National Novel Writing Month

Genoa Middle School’s sixth graders were extremely busy during the month of November, creating their own novels for NANOWRIMO (National Novel Writing Month).  Collectively, they wrote 1,211,471 words!  All students who met their goal have received a code from CreateSpace, an online publishing site, to get their books published and receive five free copies.


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Financial Forecast Highlights Include Cash Balance Stretching Emergency Levy Additional Year

Westerville City School District Treasurer/CFO Bart Griffith on Monday presented Board of Education members with a revised financial forecast indicating the district will end Fiscal Year 2019 with a cash balance of $38.4 million.  Several factors, including belt-tightening measures by district officials and increased state revenue, have contributed to the district’s ability to maintain a cash balance through FY19, which is four years longer than originally projected when voters approved an emergency operating levy in March of 2012


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Westerville City Schools Launch Student Connections Initiative with Support from Westerville Education Foundation

At the Westerville Education Foundation’s (WEF) inaugural Celebration of Education, Innovation & Inspiration, held at the Everal Barn this morning, Westerville City Schools Superintendent Dr. John Kellogg announced a new district initiative called Student Connections.  The program will connect students to diverse literature, mentors and tutors, as well as create opportunities to engage and address issues surrounding students’ social and emotional needs. Students also will focus on creating pathways that connect them to careers and college opportunities, as well as increase their academic achievement.


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Health & Fitness Nights Enjoyed at Mark Twain and Robert Frost Elementary Schools

Students from Otterbein University and the Westerville City Schools Best of Both Worlds program joined forces to host Health and Activity Nights at Mark Twain Elementary School on Tuesday evening, April 7; and at Robert Frost Elementary on Thursday evening, April 9.


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Harlem Wizards Entertain Westerville Students

The “slamtastic” Harlem Wizards performed at Westerville Central High School on Tuesday evening, January 20, when they were pitted against teachers and community members making up a team called the Westerville Wonders.  Prior to the game, the Wizards announced that “Never in the history of sport will the losing team have so much fun.”


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Genoa Eight Graders Learn Practical Lessons during JA Day

On Friday morning, January 16, eighth grade students at Genoa Middle School participated in the annual Junior Achievement (JA) Day, sponsored by Alliance Data.  Pupils learned about careers, budgeting, credit and insurance, thanks to volunteers from Alliance Data, who engaged them in discussions, instruction, reflective writing, mathematical calculations, and instructional board games. 


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Family Feedback about Career Advising Policy Requested

Ohio law requires all school districts to adopt a local policy on career advising by the 2015-16 school year. Through career advising, students gain an understanding of how their interests and strengths connect to their academic and career goals.  They also begin to understand how their personal interests, strengths and values might predict satisfaction and success in school and related career fields.


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Kindergarten Registration Planned

Westerville City Schools are preparing to begin the registration process for our next kindergarten class.  We look forward to meeting our new families and greeting our returning families.  Kindergarten is required for children before entering first grade.  If your child will be five years old on or before September 30, 2015, you may register him/her for kindergarten.


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Westerville Students Excel in WordMasters Challenge; One Achieves Perfect Score

A student representing Westerville City Schools recently received a perfect score in the first of three meets for this year’s WordMasters Challenge™—a national vocabulary competition involving nearly 150,000 students annually.


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Academic All Ohio Honors Earned by Westerville South’s Football Team

For their academic and athletic excellence, the 2014 Westerville South High School Wildcats football team has been recognized as Academic All Ohio by the Ohio High School Football Coaches’ Association.  The Wildcats finished with a 3.776 grade point average.  This marks the fifth time team members have earned this honor.


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Gradual Implementation of All-Day Kindergarten in Westerville to Begin in August

Beginning in the 2015-2016 school year, families in the Westerville City School District will have, for the first time, the opportunity to enter their kindergartner’s name in a lottery which will determine placement in All-Day kindergarten.  Up to 260 students will fill All-Day seats in 10 classrooms, four of which will be held at Longfellow Elementary School, which has been closed since June 2012.  The remaining six classes will take place in elementary buildings throughout the district that have available space.


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Westerville Students are Honored at Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast

Approximately 350 Westerville community members gathered at Villa Milano on Monday morning, January 19, to celebrate the life and message of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  WBNS 10-TV news anchor Angela An emceed the 10th annual breakfast, where Pastor Jim Zippay of Heritage Christian Church, delivered the keynote address.


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Board of Education Approves 2015-2016 School Calendar
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Rotary Club of Westerville Names January Students of the Month

The Rotary Club of Westerville, which sponsors a Student of the Month program, recognized recipients at a luncheon at Villa Milano held on Thursday, January 15.  January students are:  Lauren Eberly, Westerville Central High School; Tristan Justice, Westerville North High School; Abu Daramy, Westerville South High School; and Myles McNeal, St. Francis DeSales High School.


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WEF Launches 2015 Annual Innovative Grants Competition for District Staff

Innovation Grants, which for more than 20 years have been available to Westerville City School District employees, are the longest-standing part of the Westerville Education Foundation’s GAP (Grants-Adoption-Projects) Initiative.  Due to the WEF’s launch of online program funding opportunities announced earlier, a number of changes to this program are taking place this year:


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Cherrington Students Compete in First LEGO League Contest

Members of Cherrington Elementary School’s two Robotic Teams competed in the “First LEGO League” competition on December 6 in Cleveland and on December 12 in Columbus.  Their three months of hard work and preparation, including researching, designing and practicing for full-day competitions, paid off. 


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Niche Rates All Three Westerville High Schools in the Top 100 for Ohio

Niche, one of the largest content startups in the country, has ranked all three high schools in Westerville as being among the best in the State of Ohio.  Westerville Central placed 49th; Westerville South 80th; and Westerville North 100th.


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Annehurst Service Project Benefits Local Families

It all started as a little service project undertaken by third grade students at Annehurst Elementary School.  364 hygiene products were collected to benefit families in need through Westerville’s Caring & Sharing.  Then they threw in a bake sale and raised an additional $385.


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Smiles are Bright at Cherrington Elementary

Mobile dentists from “Smile Programs” performed complete dental examinations on nearly 50 Cherrington pupils over a two-day span in December, representing more than 10 percent of the entire student body.  Children received cleanings, fluoride treatments, x-rays and sealants, if needed.


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January is School Board Recognition Month

The Ohio School Boards Association is celebrating School Board Recognition Month in January 2015 to build awareness and understanding of the vital function an elected Board of Education plays in our society.


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2015 Meeting Calendar Approved by Westerville City Schools Board of Education
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Westerville Parent Council Honors PTA Reflections Contest Award Winners

“The World Would Be a Better Place if…” was the theme of the 2014-15 PTA Reflections competition this year.  At an awards ceremony and reception held at the Westerville Public Library on Thursday evening, January 8, the Westerville Parent Council (WPC) recognized students for their efforts in the areas of literature, music, dance, photography, film/video and visual arts.  Parent Council President Lisa Aucoin and Reflections Chair Lisa Wood co-hosted the event.


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Arnold Kids Got Talent! Auditions Slated for January 24, 25 at Westerville North

The Columbus Children’s Theatre is partnering with the Arnold Sports Festival to find the most talented performers in town.  The group is on the hunt for singers, dancers, jugglers, ventriloquists, magicians and talented children of all types between the ages of 8-18.  Auditions will take place on Saturday, January 24 and Sunday, January 25 at Westerville North High School, which is located at 950 County Line Road.  Participants should come prepared to present 90 seconds of material.

 


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