District News Archive
Board to Meet in Executive Session Prior to July 9 Regular Meeting
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McVay/Whittier choir showcased on PBS/WOSU

The PBS/WOSU show Broad & High recently featured the McVay/Whittier combined choir, which goes by the name Be Brave Choir.


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Board to Meet in Executive Session Prior to June 30 Regular Meeting
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BOE Calls Special Meeting for June 23, 2014
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Board to Interview Three for Vacancy

Westerville City School District Board of Education President Dr. Nancy Nestor-Baker today announced that Board members have narrowed their applicant pool and will interview three district residents to complete the unexpired term of Cindy Crowe, who last month announced her resignation from the Board effective May 19, 2014.


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“Cindy de Mayo” Benefit for Cindy Crowe Scheduled for May 3

Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 3, because that’s when “Cindy de Mayo” will be held from 6:00-11:00 p.m. at the Medallion Country Club. Tickets to the Cindy Crowe benefit cost $40 per person before April 30, and $50 per person at the door.

Live music will be performed by Hat Trick, and heavy appetizers will be served.  In addition, a live and silent auction will take place, featuring items like golf outings at Medallion, New Albany, and Jefferson; a vacation for a week to anywhere in the world; a behind-the-scenes tour of OSU facilities; diamond jewelry; and much more.

 

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Westerville Superintendent John Kellogg to Compete in Boston Marathon

On Monday, April 21, Westerville City Schools Superintendent Dr. John Kellogg will compete in the Boston Marathon.  Dr. Kellogg, who has been running since 1974, qualified for Boston when he participated in the Toledo Marathon.  He improved his qualifying standing when he ran in the Columbus Marathon in October.


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Westerville Central Thespians to Perform Fractured Fairy Tales

The Westerville Central Theater Department invites community members to come and enter a world where princes rescue maidens in towers, bears find their porridge bowls empty, and a young princess finds safety within the house of seven little men.  Or do they?

Fractured Fairy Tales will be performed at Central at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 2 and Saturday, May 3.  Tickets cost $6.00 and can be purchased either at the door or by calling 797-6854 and leaving a message.


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Hanby Art Auction is Tomorrow

Hanby Elementary School’s annual Art Auction will take place at the school this Saturday, April 12, from 1:00-4:00 p.m.  Hanby is located at 56 South State Street.  The event is free and open to the public.  There will be a variety of activities for the whole family to enjoy including silent auctions of outstanding bountiful baskets, original art, kids stations, buy it now and bidding auctions, and, of course, food.  This year a new booth will be featured called “Cheerful Cards,” where children will have the opportunity to create greeting cards for youngsters at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.  This event, lead by Mandi Yeager, is being sponsored by Columbus Children’s Charity. 


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Schools Closed on April 18, 2014

Classes will not be held in the Westerville City School District and offices will be closed on Friday, April 18. School will resume at regular starting times on Monday, April 21.


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Westerville North Presents Anne Frank & Me

The Westerville North Theatre Department’s production of Anne Frank & Me will take place at 7:00 p.m. in the school auditorium on Thursday, April 10; Friday, April 11; and Saturday, April 12.   Tickets cost $6 and are available on-line at www.Westervillenorth.com  and at the door.


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Westerville Central Grad Taylor Reneau is Making Waves at Harvard

Westerville Central High School Principal Todd Spinner recently heard from Warhawk graduate Taylor Reneau, who is making a name for herself at Harvard University.  As one of her extracurricular pursuits, she joined a theatre production called, “I, Too, Am Harvard,” a play written and produced by Harvard sophomore Kimiko Matsuda-Lawrence, based on interviews with members of Harvard’s black community. 


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Westerville North Wins Bowl-a-thon Principal’s Challenge

The 14th annual Westerville Community Bowl-a-thon featured a Principal’s Challenge with the three Westerville high school leaders – Todd Spinner (Central), Kurt Yancey (North) and Steve Andersson (South) competing against each other. Andersson was the high scorer with a two-game total of 254, but Yancey earned bragging rights once again because bowling scores were added to the number of student participants, team scores, and the amount of money raised at each school. 


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Robert Frost Family Gadget Night Stimulates Inquiring Minds

The school’s Math/Science Program hosted Gadget Night, during which time children and their families were allowed and encouraged to take apart broken or unusable household appliances or other mechanical devices that had been donated for this purpose. Children brought small, basic toolboxes to use while exploring and investigating inner gears and gizmos. They were also encouraged to create new gadgets using extracted parts and pieces.


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Annehurst Activities Engage Students, Parents

In addition to regular classroom work, students were treated to an impassioned performance by actress Valarie Holmes, portraying runaway slave Charity Watson, who was on a personal quest for freedom.  On March 11, representatives from the Columbus Zoo visited, bringing animals including an opossum named Daisy, an Eastern screech owl named Sheldon, and a porcupine named Barbie.


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Poetry Out Loud Competitors Featured on WOCC’s “School’s Out” Program

On Monday, March 10, Westerville Central High School students who competed in the Poetry Out Loud contest were featured on School’s Out, a production of Otterbein University’s WOCC-TV3, which is hosted by Dr. Jeff Demas. They were accompanied by Bridget Cargin, Literature teacher at Central.


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Westerville North Seniors Receive Excellence in Journalism Awards

Westerville North High School seniors Allison Fugger and Avery Pierson were honored on March 13 with the James McCann Excellence in Journalism Award. Sponsored by the Ohio Capital Conference Academic League, the awards recognize students who excel in scholastic journalism.


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Young Budd Post 171 Bestows Americanism & Government Test Awards

The American Legion Young Budd Post 171 of Westerville, Ohio recently conducted the 2013-2014 Americanism and Government Test in each of the Westerville high schools for 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.  65,000 students throughout the State of Ohio and at more than 500 schools took part in this testing program.


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Middle Schools Compete in Ohio Math League

Math classes from each grade level in Westerville’s four middle schools were invited to compete in the Ohio Math League Contest (http://www.themathleague.com).  Formed in 1977, Math League has more than one million students participate in contests each year. 


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Heritage Hosts Soups for Shelter Event on March 20

Heritage Middle School students in Megan Walker’s art classes have been hard at work creating beautiful bowls for an upcoming Habitat for Humanity Soups for Shelter event.  After learning clay techniques including sculpting, firing and glazing, the pupils donated nearly 200 colorful bowls to the Habitat event.


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Heritage Drama Club Presents “Annie Jr.”

The musical opened last night. Two more performances are scheduled at 7:00 p.m. tonight and tomorrow in the Westerville North High School auditorium, which is located at 950 County Line Road. General admission is $7.


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“Gigi’s Frosties” Participate in American Cancer Society Run to Honor Beloved Colleague

Longtime Robert Frost Elementary School teacher Gigi Elliott is undergoing treatment for a recent cancer diagnosis, but she is not fighting the battle alone.  Her friends at school have formed a team named “Gigi’s Frosties,” and they plan to participate in the American Cancer Society’s Capital City Half Marathon, which will take place in downtown Columbus on May 3.


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Guest Readers Converge at Pointview in Celebration of Right to Read Week

During Right to Read Week, from March 3-7, a number of community members volunteered to visit Pointview Elementary School to read a story of their choice to inquisitive students


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Westerville Students Advance to Ohio National History Day Statewide Competition

Students throughout the Westerville City School District competed at this year’s National History Day (NHD) District 6 competition held on Saturday, March 1.  Competitors conducted research as individuals and teams based on the theme, “Rights and Responsibilities,” which led to the creation of historical papers, original performances, documentaries, creative exhibits and imaginative websites.


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State Auditor Dave Yost Bestows Westerville Schools with Award for Financial Report

Dave Yost, Auditor of the State of Ohio, visited the Westerville City School District on Tuesday afternoon, March 4, to present the Treasurer’s Department with an Award with Distinction for excellence in financial reporting for their Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the Fiscal Year Ended 2013.


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Westerville Education Foundation Grant Recipients Announced
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Walnut Springs Hosts College and Career Readiness Parent Night

The event was deemed a success with more than 100 families in attendance.  Ten sessions were offered and families could attend two.  Between workshops, literature from some 50 institutions of higher education was available.


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Elementary and Secondary Art Shows to be held on April 27

April is Arts Month and in Westerville, artwork created by students at the elementary and secondary level will be on public display Sunday afternoon, April 27. 


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Blendon Students and Staff Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ Birthday

In celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday and Read Across America Day, students at Blendon Middle School earned the right to wear school-appropriate pajamas to class on Friday, February 28, after surpassing their reading goal of 10,000 Accelerated Reader (AR) points.


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Westerville South’s Wildcat Dash Slated for April 13 at McNamara Park

The race begins at 2:00 p.m. with registration and check-in starting at 12:30 p.m.  The first 100 registrants will receive a t-shirt and goodie bag.  Prizes will be given to the top male and female runners in six age groups and door prizes will be awarded using bib numbers. Proceeds will benefit the Westerville South High School concert band, wind ensemble, jazz band and marching band.


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Emerson’s International Night brings out the Talent

Billed as “a night to give back to our community, country and world,” the program featured a silent auction, raffle, bake sale, wearable art, teacher auctions, third grade Japanese storytellings, and music performances by third, fourth and fifth grade students.  Proceeds raised from the event were donated to the PTA to help fund student activities.


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BOE to meet in March

The Westerville City Schools Board of Education will hold a Regular Session at 6:00 p.m. on Monday evening, March 10, 2014, at the Early Learning Center, which is located at 936 Eastwind Drive. 

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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Schools Close for Spring Break

Classes will not be held in the Westerville City School District from March 24-28, 2014 – Spring Break.  Classes will resume at normal starting times on Monday, March 31.  


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Three Westerville Students Help 2001 AAA Blue Jackets Win Quebec Tournament

 Columbus youth hockey team competed against some of the best peewee hockey players in the world, and have the hardware to show for it as they just returned victorious to Central Ohio from Quebec, Canada.  Playing on the winning team – the 2001 AAA Blue Jackets – are three students from the Westerville City School District – Alex Vineyard from Walnut Springs, and Spencer Cox and Mason Fortin from Genoa Middle School.


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Heritage Middle School Drama Club to Present “Annie Jr.”

The Heritage Middle School Drama Club will present the musical “Annie Jr.” at 7:00 p.m. on March 13, 14 and 15.  The event will take place in the Westerville North High School auditorium, which is located at 950 County Line Road.  General admission is $7.


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Alcott’s Marsha Williams Receives Service to Youth Award from Rotary Sunrise

Marsha Williams, a secretary at Alcott Elementary School, was surprised on February 26 when representatives from the Westerville Sunrise Rotary showed up at her school to name her the monthly recipient of the Diane J. Conley Service to Youth award.  She received a plaque from the club, along with flowers, a cake, and a $50 gift card donated by the Walmart Supercenter on Schrock Road.  An American flag will be flown in her honor during Westerville’s Field of Heroes display.


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Hanby Students Raise $200 to Buy Animals for Save the Children

After reading the book One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference (Citizen Kid), by Katie Smith Milway, Hanby Elementary fifth grade students in the classrooms of Terri Fusco and James Barraco were moved.


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Walnut Springs Kicks Off Wolfpack Strong Fitness Club

The Wolfpack Strong Fitness Club started on Tuesday, February 25, at Walnut Springs Middle School.  Thirty-six students showed up at 7:10 a.m. to learn about and practice exercises they can do each morning, designed to make them more alert in class and help them become physically active. 


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COSI on Wheels Presents “The Incredible Human Machine” at Huber Ridge

On Thursday, February 20, the Center of Science and Industry (COSI) brought its newest traveling program, The Incredible Human Machine, to enthusiastic students at Huber Ridge Elementary School.  The event was made possible thanks to funding from the Huber Ridge PTA.


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Elementary Technology Integration Specialists Share Best Practices with Ohio Educators

The Ohio Educational Technology Conference, held at the Columbus Convention Center from January 26-29, hosted more than 5,000 educators from across the state.  Westerville City Schools’ Elementary Technology Integration Specialists Jennifer Fry, Kim Niles and Daphne Irby had two proposals accepted for presentation at the conference this year. 


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Columbus Zoo Brings Animals to Pointview Elementary School

It’s not every day children can come home from school and tell their parents they petted a live alligator.  But that’s exactly what happened when Columbus Zoo representatives visited Pointview Elementary School on February 20.  The PTA sponsored the event, called “Wild Wonders,” a program designed to assist teachers in fulfilling Ohio Academic Content Standards by giving students first-hand knowledge about mammals, birds and reptiles.  


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Dr. Steven M. Coolahan Announces his Retirement from Westerville City Schools

Dr. Steven M. Coolahan, school psychologist, is retiring from the Westerville City Schools as of May 30, 2014.  Since joining the district since 1983, he has been responsible for the creation and implementation of numerous intervention services and programs.  For the past 14 years, Dr. Coolahan has served as the program manager for the Educational Opportunities for Success (EOS) Alternative High School Program. 


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Cherrington Students and Parents Pack the House for Family Science Night

Family Science Night took place at Cherrington Elementary School on Thursday evening, February 20, and parents and students packed the building, ready to learn and have fun doing so.


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2014 Summer Camp/Activities Expo Slated for March 12 at Westerville North High School

The Westerville Parent Council PTA will be hosting the 2014 Summer Camp/Activities Expo from 5:30-8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 12 at Westerville North High School, which is located at 950 County Line Road.


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Comic Book Artist/Author Max Ink Visits Hanby Art Students

On February 24, local comic book artist/author Max Ink spent the morning with fifth grade art students at Hanby Elementary School.  He shared with them the knowledge and love of an art form that has given him “much joy as both a reader and writer/artist for over 30 years.”


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Westerville South Orchestra “Strikes a Chord” with Ohio Music Education Association

The Westerville South High School symphony orchestra earned a perfect score at Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) adjudications on Friday evening, February 21. This marks the fifth year in a row that the group has earned the highest rating.


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Four Westerville Students Awarded Scholarships to BE WISE Camp at Denison University

Founded in 1881 and with nearly 1,000 branches across the country, AAUW is a national organization promoting equity and education for women and girls.


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Westerville North’s Layla Barnes is a Zonta Club Outstanding Young Woman

Layla Barnes, a senior at Westerville North High School, has been selected as one of 12 Zonta Club of Columbus Outstanding Young Women in Central Ohio for 2014.  She was chosen on the basis of her scholastic achievements, leadership and commitment to service in her community and her school.


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Pointview’s Family Science Night Awes Attendees

Several science activities were set up around the school that demonstrated scientific principles taught through the Science Curriculum.


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Walnut Springs Students Get a Taste of the Real World

Thanks to the efforts of history teacher Liz Stokes, eighth grade students at Walnut Springs Middle School got to participate in “Real Money, Real World,” a financial literacy program from Ohio State Extension.


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Central Students and Staff Celebrate Black History Month

In recognition of Black History Month, Westerville Central High School hosted an ambitious and entertaining assembly which showcased members of the student body who sang, danced, rapped, recited poetry, and celebrated the spoken word as an art form.


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Westerville Middle School Students Advance in 2014 Laws of Life Essay Contest

The 2014 Laws of Life Essay Contest was facilitated at the middle school level through the Westerville Gifted Education Department.  Hundreds of essays were written between Westerville’s four middle schools and the following students were judged as middle school and district winners.


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Rotarians Deliver Dictionaries to All Third Grade Students in Westerville

On February 18, each third grade student at all 14 elementaries in the Westerville City School District received a personal copy of A Student’s Dictionary, thanks to the Rotary Club of Westerville.


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Mark Twain Educator Selected to Participate in Teacher at Sea Program

Mark Twain Elementary School fifth grade teacher Chris Henricksen is about to embark on a once-in-a-lifetime journey that will benefit both his students and colleagues.  Henricksen has been selected as one of 26 teachers from across the United States to participate in the 2014 field season of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Teacher at Sea program.


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Students Compete in First Walnut Springs National History Day Showcase Night

Students at Walnut Springs Middle School gathered on the evening of February 11 for the first Walnut Springs National History Day Showcase Night.  It was a chance for more than 90 pupils to “showcase” their National History Day projects.  To conclude the night, participants were awarded Superior and Excellent ratings, along with Best of Show for four students who received medals and gift cards to Barnes and Noble.


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Heritage Students Make Blankets for Children in Foster Care

Heritage Middle School Service Club’s latest project was providing blankets for My Very Own Blanket, a Westerville based organization that provides blankets for children in foster care.  Students brought in fleece, prepped the fabric and finished off the ends.


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Marshall McPeek Talks Weather at Robert Frost

ABC6/FOX 28 meteorologist Marshall McPeek visited enthusiastic fourth grade students at Robert Frost Elementary School on Tuesday afternoon, February 18, to talk about weather and answer questions. McPeek grew up in Central Ohio and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Ohio University’s Honors College... with a degree in journalism.


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High Schools Participated in OMEA Solo and Ensemble Contest

Westerville North High School hosted the District 15 OMEA Solo and Ensemble Contest on Saturday January 18.  More than 1,100 students from Central Ohio participated in the event.


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Westerville North to Present “Willy Wonka” February 27- March 2

The Westerville North High School Theatre and Music Departments will present the musical, “Willy Wonka,” the story is of a famous candy maker who stages a contest by hiding golden tickets inside five of his candy bars.  Whoever finds the tickets wins a free tour of his marvelous and mysterious candy factory and a lifetime supply of chocolate!  This scrumdidlyumptious, family-friendly production is sure to delight everyone’s sweet tooth.


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Westerville North’s Andy Struttmann to Play Football at Duquesne University

On February 12, Westerville North High School senior Andy Struttmann signed a National Letter of Intent to continue his football career at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Struttmann was a four year starter as middle line backer for the Warriors and twice was named captain by his teammates.  As a senior, he earned 1st Team All-OCC Cardinal, and 2nd Team All District. 


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Future Night: Transition from Middle to High School Scheduled for March 6

Parents and students will have the opportunity to learn about high school life and the expectations of high school students.  A panel of high school educators will give information about all aspects of high school life, including academics, athletics, arts, social and specialty high school programs.


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Cynthia Hoskey Brings History to Life for Students at Annehurst Elementary School

Living History presenter Cynthia Hoskey visits fourth grade students at Annehurst Elementary School four times a year to bring the past to life by dressing in period costumes and portraying stories of hardships and celebrations.  Throughout her performances she welcomes responses from the children and encourages them to ask questions.  She even shares treats that youngsters of years gone by would have enjoyed.


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International Baccalaureate Parent Night Slated for February 24

IB Coordinator Mike Hinze will outline the key features of the International Baccalaureate program at Westerville South.  In addition, students and parents in attendance will hear from an enrollment counselor at The Ohio State University, along with current IB students, and will have the opportunity to ask questions about the program as it operates at Westerville South High School. 


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Hanby Fourth Graders are Pen Pals with Senior Westerville Library Patrons

Students in Kelly Long’s fourth grade class at Hanby Elementary School look forward to writing and receiving letters, thanks to a partnership between the school and the Outreach Department of the Westerville Public Library.  “Leaping Letters” is a program that was started by library employee Marie Corbitt and retired Westerville City Schools teacher Cheryl Ortlieb.


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52 Westerville Middle School Students Qualify to Compete in District Science Fair

The Westerville Middle School Science Fair was held on Saturday, February 8 at Walnut Springs Middle School.  The Science Fair featured 6th, 7th and 8th grade students from Walnut Springs, Blendon, Heritage, and Genoa Middle School in the Westerville City School District.  One hundred and twenty participants enthusiastically shared their passion for science with nearly 40 judges.  Fifty-two students received the highest rating and qualified to compete at the District Science Fair to be held at Columbus State Community College on March 14.


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Three Westerville Students Advance to Metro Spelling Bee in Athens

Forty-six area spellers have qualified for participation in the 2014 Scripps College of Communication Columbus Metro Spelling Bee on March 22 in Athens, Ohio.  They attained a score of at least 41 on the online test.


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Cherrington Students Skype with Scientists in Brussels, Belgium

On Tuesday, February 11, fifth grade students at Cherrington Elementary School had the opportunity to Skype with two American physicists, Dr. Dan Seaton and Dr. Laurel Rachmeler, who study the sun using satellites at the Royal Observatory in Belgium, Brussels.  The physicists provided the pupils with a brief synopsis of their research including a video of a solar flare that had occurred within hours of their chat.  The children also led a question and answer session pertaining to the sun, satellites, and outer space.


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Author Margaret Peterson Haddix Visits Alcott Elementary School

Popular children’s author Margaret Peterson Haddix visited Alcott Elementary School on Monday, February 10, where she spoke with third, fourth and fifth grade students about the writing process.  She also answered questions and signed books.  The PTA provided lunch for Haddix and the teachers.


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Invention Convention Community Assembly Re-Scheduled for February 20

Captain Gadget ‘Q’ Think-a-ma-jig and Dr. Claire Out-of-Hair invite all to attend an Invention Convention Community Assembly which will take place from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday evening, February 20, at Fouse Elementary School.  Fouse is located at 5800 Old 3C Highway in Westerville.  The program is open to all interested students and families in our community.  The program was originally scheduled for February 5, but schools were closed that day due to inclement weather. 


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All Three Mock Trial Teams from Westerville North Advance to Regionals

The Westerville North High School Mock Trial Team participated in the annual Ohio Center for Law Related Education’s District High School Mock Trial competition held January 31 at the Franklin County Municipal Courthouse.  Westerville North sent three teams to the competition this year for the first time in its history, and all three teams won each of their rounds and earned the right to compete in the Regional competition on February 21.


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Tarike Osuobeni Wins Westerville Central’s Poetry Out Loud Contest

Tarike Osuobeni, a junior, has won the Westerville Central High School Poetry Out Loud competition.  She will compete at the state finals on Saturday, March 8, at Ohio Dominican University.


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Motivational Speaker Ron Derry Inspires Students at Pointview

When faced with the onset of blindness as an adult, teacher and coach Ron Derry had to decide whether he was going to carry on with a productive life, or let his medical condition defeat him.  He decided a positive attitude would be needed to move forward and overcome this obstacle, so he founded the GOOD Program – Going On Or Defeated.  He brought his message of hope and perseverance to students at Pointview Elementary School on February 7.


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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 8, to raise money for the Westerville Chamber Foundation, the Westerville Education Foundation, and the Westerville Symphony.  It is anticipated that after expenses, each organization will receive approximately $8,000.


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Wilder phone and email systems down.

Phone and email systems are currently down at Wilder due to a partial loss of power to the building. In case of an EMERGENCY please use the district main phone number 797-5700.


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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 6.  February students are:  James Colley, Westerville North High School; Gianni Cheverez, Westerville South High School; and Erin Kiusti, St. Francis DeSales. 


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Middle School Students Place at State Future City Competition

Blendon and Heritage Middle Schools in Westerville took fourth and sixth place respectively at the 2014 National Engineers Week Future City Competition – Ohio Region, held January 18 at Columbus State Community College.  An essay submitted by the Walnut Springs Middle School team placed 7th and also won an iPod for the school.


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Blendon’s Renaissance Students Enjoy Celebration at Skate Zone 71

A total of 224 Blendon Middle School students celebrated their academic and community service achievements, which qualified them for the 2nd Quarter Renaissance Awards, by enjoying an afternoon of roller skating at Skate Zone 71 on January 23.  Students had to meet stringent goals in academic achievement, community service, attendance, attitude, and school spirit in order to qualify. 


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Fouse Elementary School Launches New Program to Connect Families

Fouse Elementary School is pleased to announce a new program focused on connecting families to support the academic and social needs of its students.  The program is titled “Playdate with a Purpose” in grades K-2, and “Homework Hangout” in grades 3-5.


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Elementary Adult/Child Basketball Shoot-Out Draws Enthusiastic Crowd

On Friday, January 31, more than 50 Westerville students from throughout the school district in kindergarten through grade 5, each with an adult participant, participated in the first-ever Westerville Schools Elementary Basketball Shoot-Out in the McVay Elementary gymnasium.


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Robert Frost Hosts Spring Dash 5k on April 5 to Benefit Oakstone Academy

The Robert Frost Elementary School Student Council will host a Spring Dash 5k on Saturday, April 5, at Westerville Central High School, which is located at 7118 Mt. Royal Avenue.  A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit the Oakstone Academy, which provides education, support, and inclusive opportunities for children with autism spectrum disorder. 


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Westerville South Personnel Receive Civilian Service Awards from Division of Police

On February 3, the Westerville Division of Police hosted an Awards Presentation.  Among those honored were four individuals from Westerville South High School, who received Civilian Service Awards.


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Invention Convention Community Assembly Scheduled for February 5

Have you uncovered an interesting problem?  Do you have a great idea?  Are you an inventor?  Would you like to be? 

Captain Gadget ‘Q’ Think-a-ma-jig and Dr. Claire Out-of-Hair invite all to attend an Invention Convention Community Assembly which will take place from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday evening, February 5, at Fouse Elementary School.  The program is open to all interested students and families in our community.


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Free Beginner Lacrosse Clinic for Girls Slated for February 8

Westerville Lacrosse is hosting a free Beginning Lacrosse Clinic for girls on Saturday, February 8, in the Westerville North High School Auxiliary Gymnasium. Registration will take place from 12:30-1:00 p.m., and the actual clinic will be held from 1:00-3:00 p.m.


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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 17, 2014, in observance of Presidents’ Day.


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BOE Meetings for February
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Donor Funds “Great Teaching; Great Tools” Gift Card Giveaway

The “Great Teaching; Great Tools” gift card giveaway is still going strong, thanks to an anonymous donor who has given the Westerville City School District two $50 gift cards per month to use in a random drawing for teachers submitting ways they are integrating technology into their classrooms.  The winners of this drawing were Julia Stout, a music teacher from Fouse Elementary School, and Jill Shaffer, a speech therapist at Walnut Springs MS.


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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 21 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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Heritage Renaissance Students Enjoy Skating at the Chiller

Heritage’s Renaissance program rewards students for excellence in the fields of academics, attendance, behavior, school involvement, and school and/or community service.  Each quarter, students must apply to gain entry in the program and participate in incentive days.  The Renaissance program is made possible by student fundraising. 


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January is School Board Recognition Month

The Ohio School Boards Association is celebrating School Board Recognition Month in January 2014 to build awareness and understanding of the vital function an elected board of education plays in our society.


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Westerville North’s Amber Knight Receives Service to Youth Award from Rotary Sunrise

Amber Knight, a social worker at Westerville North High School, was surprised on January 30 when a representative from the Westerville Sunrise Rotary showed up at her school to name her the monthly recipient of the Diane J. Conley Service to Youth award.  


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Winter Graduates Receive Diplomas at Board of Education Meeting

At its Regular Session held on Monday evening, January 27, the Westerville City Schools Board of Education approved the awarding of 33 high school diplomas to students who recently completed local and state requirements.


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Board of Education Recognizes Huber Ridge as High Progress School of Honor

To receive this honor, a building must first be a Title 1 or Title 1-eligible school with at least 40 percent of its students eligible for free and reduced-price meals.  In addition, these schools must rank in the top 10 percent for gains in proficiency, or if high schools, in the top 10 percent in graduation rates.  Finally, High Progress Schools of Honor must have an Annual Measurable Objectives grade of C or higher and have met or exceeded Ohio’s value-added measure for the last three years. 


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Seminar Planned to Discuss Post Secondary Options/Dual Enrollment

At 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 25, an informational meeting will be held in the Westerville South High School auditorium to discuss the Post Secondary Options Enrollment Program (PSEO)/Dual Enrollment (DE).


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Westerville North’s Alec Chicoine to Participate in ISAF World Cup Regatta

Living in Ohio hasn’t impeded Alec Chicoine’s passion for sailing.  In fact, the Westerville North High School senior will be competing in his first Olympic Class Regatta next week, which will be held in Miami, Florida. 


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Huber Ridge Students Explore the Underground in “Soil Tunnel”

Third grade students at Huber Ridge Elementary School recently found themselves “surrounded” by soil, thanks to a program presented by the Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District and sponsored by the City of Westerville.  Carol Loopstra visited the school on January 14, pitching a huge, painted canvas tent in the hallway to help tell the story of soil below the surface.


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Westerville Students to Perform in 2014 OSU Middle School Honor Band Festival

Nearly 800 individual nominations from across the state of Ohio were received by organizers of the 2014 Ohio State University Middle School Honor Band Festival.  360 pupils were selected for participation, including 11 from Westerville middle schools.


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Counseling Group at Westerville North Keeps Students on Track

Once every couple of months, for the past few years, a group of Black male students has gotten together at Westerville North High School, under the supervision of Guidance Counselor Jim Kloepfer, to stay motivated and focused and to discuss issues that may be impeding their pathway to success.  They have come to rely on each other for advice and positive messages, and have learned the value of expanding their circle of support.  It must be working because no one has dropped out of the group, which is voluntary.


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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, February 11, 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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Fouse Elementary School’s Deb Ubry is Teacher of the Month

Deb Ubry, a first grade teacher at Fouse Elementary, was named the January 2014 Teacher of the Month.  She was honored at her school on Tuesday, January 21, with a plaque and a pizza party for her classroom.  The new program is sponsored by Sunny 95, Telhio Credit Union and CiCi’s Pizza. 


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Westerville Students Receive Fouse Awards at Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast

One of the highlights of Westerville’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. breakfast celebration, held each year at the Villa Milano Banquet and Conference Center, is the bestowing of Fouse Awards, given to students who exemplify the characteristics demonstrated by Dr. King.  These attributes include tolerance, respect, kindness, courage, and tenacity.  This year two pupils were honored on January 20 – Michael Riebe, a fourth grader at Mark Twain Elementary School; and Arianna Kellum, an eighth grade student at Genoa Middle School.


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Westerville Wild Warbots Kick Off Season, Receive $5,000 Grant

As the students of the Westerville Wild Warbots robotics team began work for the 2014 competition, they did so strengthened, in part, by a $5,000 grant from NASA.

More than 20 pupils from all three Westerville City high schools make up the Westerville Wild Warbots.  The team competes as the part of the FIRST Robotics Challenge.


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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 9.  January students are:  Taylor Forbes, Westerville Central High School; Hannah Sargel, Westerville North High School; and Hartlee Johnston, Westerville South High School.


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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, 2014, you may register him/her for kindergarten.


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Team Teaching Benefits Students at McVay

High school art teacher Katie Wirthlin didn’t know what to think when she was assigned to McVay Elementary two years ago.  She had never worked with young children and she was apprehensive, to put it mildly.  But things have worked out pretty well.  In fact, thanks to a collaborative effort with MD Intervention Specialist Rachel Schultz, Wirthlin loves her job and can’t wait to see what each new day will bring.


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February 9 Jukebox Revue will Benefit Honor Flight Columbus

At 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 9, the community of Westerville will present the fifth annual Jukebox Revue, a variety show featuring local and regional talent performing music from the 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s.  Tickets cost $10 with all proceeds benefiting Honor Flight Columbus, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the celebration of our nation’s WWII and Korean veterans, who will be admitted for free.


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1994 State Basketball Champions Reunite at Westerville North

The 20th reunion of the 1994 Westerville North High School boys’ basketball championship team took place on Friday evening, January 10.


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The Great Gatsby to be Performed at Westerville South on February 6, 8, and 9

The Great Gatsby, a timeless love story about class, greed and the lengths we are willing to go for love, will be performed by Westerville South High School students and Thespian Troupe 513 at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 6; at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 8; and at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 9.  Tickets cost $6 and are available at the door.


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New Westerville City Schools Board of Education Members are Sworn into Office

During the Organizational Session of the Westerville City Schools Board of Education, held on January 13, three newly-elected members were sworn into office by Treasurer/CFO Bart Griffith.


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School Board to Meet in New Location

The Westerville City Schools Board of Education will hold an Organizational Meeting at 6:00 p.m. on Monday evening, January 13, 2014.  School Board meetings have been moved to the Board/Training Room in the Early Learning Center, which is located at 936 Eastwind Drive.  Attendees are asked to follow the signs and enter the building on the north side. 


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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 20, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.


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Westerville Parent Council Honors PTA Reflections Contest Award Winners

“Believe, Dream, Inspire,” was the theme of the 2013-14 PTA Reflections competition this year.  In an awards ceremony held at the Westerville Public Library on Wednesday evening, January 8, the Westerville Parent Council recognized students for their efforts in the areas of literature, music, dance, photography, film/video and visual arts.


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Fourteenth Annual Westerville Community Bowl-a-Thon Slated for February 8

It's time to make plans to participate in the 14th annual Westerville Community Bowl-a-thon scheduled for Saturday, February 8, 2014, at the Columbus Square Bowling Palace, which is located at 5705 Forest Hills Blvd.  Funds raised benefit the Westerville Chamber Foundation, the Westerville Education Foundation, and the Westerville Symphony.


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Blendon Students and Staff Celebrate Second Annual Day of Giving

On Friday, December 20, Blendon Middle School celebrated its second annual Day of Giving.  For several weeks before the special day, students collected items and prepared gifts to give to local people in need. 


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Advanced Placement Program Scheduled at Westerville North for January 29

This overview of the Advanced Placement program will explain the benefits of taking AP courses and exams.  Parents and students will have the opportunity to speak with current AP teachers to learn about the courses available at Westerville North.


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Pointview Students Get Books to Keep, thanks to Kiwanis and Half Price Books

The Westerville Kiwanis Club, Westerville Partners for Education, and Half Price Books in Westerville joined forces on December 20 to organize a book give-away at Pointview Elementary School.  More than 1,300 books were donated to appreciative students.


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Alcott Elementary Bids Fond Farewell to Principal Bob Hoffman

Students and staff at Alcott Elementary School held a special assembly on Thursday afternoon, December 19, to bid farewell to retiring Principal Bob Hoffman.  Each grade level presented special songs, dances, poems, poster presentations and even puppet shows in his honor.


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Hawthorne’s Sarah McPeak Receives Service to Youth Award from Rotary Sunrise

Sarah McPeak, a music teacher at Hawthorne Elementary School, was surprised on December 20 when Sunrise Rotarians showed up at her school to name her as the monthly recipient of the Westerville Sunrise Rotary Diane J. Conley Service to Youth award.


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Fourteenth Annual Westerville Community Bowl-a-Thon Slated for February 8
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School Board Organizational Meeting Location

The January 6, 2014, meeting begins at 6 p.m. at the Westerville City Schools Early Learning Center, 936 Eastwind Drive. Please click story for important details.


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Reminder: No Classes on Waiver Day, January 10

Students will not be in school on January 10, 2014, so that our staff can participate in professional development sessions, many of which will be led by Westerville teachers and staff who have demonstrated expertise in particular areas. This full day of professional development is a valuable way for our staff to continue to grow professionally in order to best serve students, families, and the community.


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Board Updated on Numerous Academic, Operational Initiatives during End-of-Year Retreat; Strategic Planning Process Advancing to Next Phase

Current Westerville City School District (WCSD) Board of Education members and future members winning seats in last November’s election met the morning of December 16, 2013, for the Board’s annual end-of-year retreat.  Board members first participated in a professional development session dedicated to Board governance and leadership, which was followed by Leadership Team updates on several high-priority initiatives of the district.


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Nurses from Mount Carmel Health System Teach Students to Recognize Strokes

A team of nurses from Mount Carmel St. Ann’s Hospital visited students at Huber Ridge Elementary School last month to teach third, fourth and fifth graders about signs of stroke.  They learned about what to look for and when it’s appropriate to call 911.


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Cherrington’s Robotics Team Competes in First Lego League Contest

Cherrington Elementary School’s robotics team competed in the First Lego League contest on Saturday, December 7.  The competition was held at Columbus State Community College from 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.


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Westerville City Schools Earns Clean Financial Audit from State of Ohio

Westerville City Schools has earned a clean audit report from the State of Ohio for the fiscal year ended on June 30, 2013.  This means that the district’s financial audit did not contain findings for recovery, material citations, material weaknesses, significant deficiencies, Single Audit findings or any questioned costs.


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Jazz Central Carols at Cindy Crowe’s House

Jazz Central, a singing group conducted by Westerville Central High School music teacher Laura Fahning, visited the home of school board member Cindy Crowe on Friday afternoon, December 13.  The young musicians sang Christmas carols to spread some joy and wish Mrs. Crowe and her family a happy holiday season.


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School District Volunteers Support Rotary’s Food Drive for WARM

Dozens of community members battled the elements on Saturday morning, December 14, to help the Rotary Club of Westerville fill the cupboards of hungry families.  The club held its ninth annual door-to-door holiday food drive to benefit the Westerville Area Resource Ministry (WARM).


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Volunteers Enhance Learning Opportunities in the Westerville City School District

Volunteers in the Westerville City School District play an important and much appreciated role in the educational process for both students and staff.  While their true value and impact cannot be measured, Westerville Parent Council (WPC) representatives shared some thought-provoking numbers with the Board of Education at the Regular Session held on Monday, December 9. 


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Mobile Dentists Treat Children at Cherrington Elementary

Cherrington Elementary School hosted its third annual Mobile Dentist visit on December 12.  Smile Programs sent its Mobile Dentist Team to set up a full service, mini dental office in the school building.  Nearly 40 students received dental examinations, cleanings, fluoride treatments, x-rays and sealants, as needed.


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Walnut Springs Students Ponder the Future during College & Career Day

Dozens of guest speakers representing a wide variety of careers converged on Walnut Springs Middle School on Thursday, December 12.  They were there for the annual College & Career Day, part of an ongoing effort to provide career education to students.  The goal was to give 6th and 7th graders an overview of various careers and professions in a way that is both informative and engaging.


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High School 101 Scheduled for January 15

This program is designed for parents of eighth grade students.  A panel of high school educators will present available course offerings as well as registration information.


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Genoa Students Donate 600 Boxes of Cereal to WARM

Keeping the needs of others in mind, the Genoa Middle School chapter of the National Junior Honor Society decided to collect cereal boxes for the Westerville Area Resource Ministry.


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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 Country Club held on December 12.  December students are:  Caroline Ogle, Westerville Central High School; Jacob Fowler, Westerville North High School; Sarah Leonard, Westerville South High School; and Ian Lawson, St. Francis DeSales High School.


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Westerville City Schools Publishes 2014 Calendar

The Westerville City School District has published its 2014 calendar, this year featuring student artwork and photographs.  The award-winning publication was underwritten by OhioHealth.  For quick reference, it contains important dates with color screens marking the days when school is not in session.  It also includes a General Fund Financial Summary from the 2012-2013 Fiscal Year, and a directory of buildings.


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High Schools bring in more than $33,000 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.  High schools held Caring & Sharing assemblies on Friday, December 13, and when all was said and done, the combined total raised for the charity was more than $33,000.


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Preschool Holiday Program Brings Joy to Attendees

Friends, parents and family members gathered in the Early Learning Center on Tuesday, December 17, to watch and listen as enthusiastic preschool students sang holiday songs.


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COSI in the Classroom Presenters Talk Chemistry with Robert Frost Magnet Students

On Wednesday, December 18, two educators from COSI visited magnet students at Robert Frost Elementary School to conduct a workshop designed to “uncomplicate” chemistry with an in-depth look at the differences between physical and chemical change.


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Westerville South Condolences
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Loss of Student

The Westerville City School District family is saddened to learn of the loss of one of its students today and extends sincerest condolences to the student's family, friends and loved ones.


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Westerville Central’s GameDay 5k is Tomorrow

The cross country teams at Westerville Central High School are hosting the sixth annual Westerville GameDay 5K on Saturday, November 16.  The event will take place at Westerville Central, which is located at 7118 Mt. Royal Ave., and in the surrounding neighborhood.  The Kid’s Run starts at 8:30 a.m. and the 5k Run/Walk begins at 8:45 a.m.


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Swimming and Diving Invitational will Aid Pancreatic Cancer Research

On Saturday, December 14, the Westerville South High School Swimming and Diving Team will host the N.E.K. Pancreatic Cancer Crush, a high school swimming and diving invitational.  The invitational features teams from 10 Ohio High Schools and will crown an “All-Around Champion” in four different tracks: a diving track; a sprint track; a distance track; and a relay track.  The competition is unique in that all proceeds from the meet will be donated to the Lustgarten Foundation, a not-for-profit, 501 (c)3 charity that funds pancreatic cancer research.


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School Bus Transport of Special Needs Students Promotes Inclusion, Saves Money

There are some bright, new faces on school buses in Westerville this year, thanks to a program devised by Becky Nitz, Assistant Manager of Transportation Services.  The Westerville City School District is helping special needs students learn important life skills by transporting them to and from school each day on regular school buses, instead of via taxi cabs or in private cars provided by the Tristar Transportation Company.  Pupils are learning how to ride a bus and how to transfer from one bus to another – skills which could be useful in their adult lives. 


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16th Annual Gingerbread Cottage Craft Show Slated for December 7 at Westerville South

Presented by the Westerville South Instrumental Music Boosters, the event will feature four rooms with more than 120 vendors, a bake sale, concession stand, kids’ area and a raffle.  Band students will perform.  Strollers are welcome and parking is free.  Cost of entry is $2.00 for ages 12 and up.


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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 November 7.  November students are:  Greta Antonetz, Westerville Central High School; Layla Barnes, Westerville North High School; and Larry Brasher, Westerville South High School.


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Westerville South Graduate Caitlin Cooke to Star in New Web Series, “Rules of Cool”

Caitlin Cooke, who attended Westerville City Schools and graduated from Westerville South High School, has been living and working as an actress in New York City for the past 3 ½ years.  She is about to begin filming a web series she helped to create, with Lacey Jeka, called Rules of Cool.


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Robert Frost Staff Has Fun on Halloween

Students weren’t the only ones in costume at Robert Frost Elementary School on Halloween.  Principal Sarah Berka took on the role of Gru, the “world’s greatest villain” from Despicable Me.  Her staff was dressed as minions.  


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Task Force to Recommend Digital Content for Westerville’s Curriculum Council

Members of the Digital Content Provider Review Task Force Team met on Tuesday, November 5, at the Early Learning Center.  The group is charged with identifying and recommending digital content providers to Westerville City School’s Curriculum Council for consideration in December 2013.  Digital content is being utilized to further enhance blended-learning opportunities for students within the Westerville Schools, as well as provide highly engaging instructional resources that will complement teaching and more specialized learning in the traditional classroom. 


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Westerville Central Picks Homecoming King, Queen

Westerville Central High School held homecoming activities recently, which included a varsity football game played on September 27 against Canal Winchester (which the Warhawks won, with a score of 57 to 14) and a dance that took place on Saturday, September 28.  The theme was, “Out of the World.”  Seniors Theo Sawyerr and Mandy Radigan were crowned King and Queen.  


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Heritage Husky Volleyball Team Raises Money for Aubrey’s Angels Foundation

Seventh and eighth grade girls on the Heritage Middle School Husky Volleyball Team came up with a lot of great ideas to raise money for the Aubrey’s Angels Foundation.  When the activities they planned concluded, the group was able to raise $578.85 for the cause.


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North Receives 2012-2013 Ohio Capital Conference Ralph Young All-Sports Award

Thirty-two schools in the OCC competed for the honor of receiving this award.  Four schools, representing the four conference divisions, earned the prize based on final standings of their teams in 16 common sports. The Westerville North Warriors were recognized for the overall performance of their athletic teams in the Cardinal Division. 


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275 Students Attend Elementary Leadership Summit

Special appearances at the Leadership Summit were made by Dr. John Kellogg, Superintendent of Westerville City Schools; musician Arnett Howard; and magician/motivational speaker Jon Petz.  Speakers and numerous activities facilitated by volunteers from the community, Westerville Sunrise Rotary, and Westerville middle school students, focused on communication, teamwork, and listening. 


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Westerville Central Presents “Alice in Wonderland”

Westerville Central’s Theatre Department is stepping back into the “sensational sixties” as they present Alice in Wonderland.  Performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, November 22 and Saturday, November 23; and at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 24.  The show runs approximately 95 minutes, with a 15-minute intermission.  Tickets can be purchased at the door for $6.00.  Central’s theatre director is Hillary Billups.  


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Westerville South Picks Homecoming King, Queen

Westerville South High School held homecoming activities last month, which included a varsity football game played on October 4 against Dublin Scioto, and a dance that took place on Saturday, October 5.  The theme was, “Diamonds are Forever.”  Seniors Darryl Long and Logan Holman were crowned King and Queen. 


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Westerville Education Foundation Grant Recipients Announced
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BOE to Meet in November The Westerville City Schools Board of Education will hold a Regular Session at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, November 25, 2013 in the Commons at Westerville South High School, which is located at 303 S. Otterbein Avenue.
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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 27; Thursday, November 28; or Friday, November 29.  Offices will be closed November 28 and November 29.  Classes will resume at regular starting times and offices will open on Monday, December 2.
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Westerville Preschoolers Trick or Treat Upstairs in the Early Learning Center October 31 was a fun day at the Early Learning Center both upstairs and downstairs.  Approximately 250 preschool students, dressed in festive costumes, trick-or-treated upstairs in the Westerville City Schools administrative offices.  Stormy weather was not a problem.
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Hanby and McVay are Selected by VSAO for Adaptation, Integration, Arts Program VSA Ohio (VSAO) is pleased to announce that 16 schools in the state have been selected for the Adaptation, Integration and the Arts (AIA) residency program during the 2013-2014 school year.  Included on the list are two Westerville elementaries – Hanby and McVay.
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Heritage and Genoa Students Get “Energized” During Public Power Week In recognition of Public Power Week, energy teams at Heritage and Genoa middle schools partnered with the Westerville Electric Division to host energy awareness activities for sixth, seventh and eighth grade students during their lunch periods.
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Westerville Schools and ADAMH Partner to Serve Students in Need A generous and unexpected grant to Westerville City Schools from the Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Board of Franklin County (ADAMH) has allowed the district to nearly double the amount of mental health workers serving students with severe behavioral and emotional issues.  Thanks to $300,000 from ADAMH, Westerville Schools, working in partnership with Concord Counseling Services, was able to hire two full-time and one part-time mental health worker, beginning in August 2013.
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Annehurst’s Danielle Whitehead Receives Service to Youth Award from Rotary Sunrise Danielle Whitehead, a third grade teacher at Annehurst Elementary School, was surprised on October 30 when Sunrise Rotarians showed up at her school to name her as the monthly recipient of the Westerville Sunrise Rotary Diane J. Conley Service to Youth award.
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Happy Birthday Dear Hanby! Hanby Elementary School, located at 56 South State Street in Westerville, marks a significant milestone this year as it celebrates 90 years as an educational institution.  Dedicated as “Westerville High School” on November 9, 1923, the building, named for composer Benjamin Hanby, has served elementary, junior and senior high school pupils.
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Westerville School Board Member Cindy Crowe Honored by OSBA Cindy Crowe, a 13-year veteran of the Westerville City Schools Board of Education, was honored by dignitaries from the Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA) at the Regular Session of the Westerville Board held on October 28.  Crowe was lauded for having devoted her life to public education as a teacher, volunteer, fundraiser, school board member and legislative advocate.
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Knights of Columbus Presents Special Education Department with Generous Donation Knights of Columbus Grand Knight Sebastian Mauricio visited the administrative offices of the Westerville City School District on Friday, October 25, to present a check in the amount of $4,674.70 to the Special Education Department.  This generous donation will be used to send At Risk students to the Camp Mary Orton Wilderness Bond Program. 
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WPE Hosts “Boo for Books” Tonight at Wes Kroninger Photography The Westerville Partners for Education (WPE), in partnership with Wes Kroninger Photography, is collecting gently used books to distribute at local schools during the holiday break.  “Boo for Books” will take place at Wes Kroninger Photography on Friday, October 25 from 6:00-10:00 p.m. during Midnight Madness in Uptown Westerville.  The studio is located at 9 East College Avenue.  A $10 donation to the WPE buys a 15-minute photo session and a professional 4”x6” print.  For every gently used preschool – 5th grade level book donated, the photo session is discounted by $1.  Donate 10 suitable books and the photo session and photo are free.  The cost of the photo sessions will go to support the WPE’s mission of providing elementary and middle school programming (like Starry Night!).  Collected books will seed their pilot Books for Break program, in partnership with Kiwanis Club of Westerville, at Pointview Elementary in December 2013.  For more information, please find the Westerville Partners for Education on Facebook.
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She Said Yes! On Tuesday, October 22, Hawthorne Elementary students and staff participated in a fire drill as they do every month, but this one was a little different.  Adam Honeycutt, a firefighter, with the cooperation of the Clinton Township Fire Department, was able to arrive in a fire truck during the exercise to surprise his girlfriend, second grade teacher Ashley Lamer, with a marriage proposal!  With an audience of captivated students, the enthusiastic gesture was met with an eager head nod and “Yes!” from the unsuspecting Miss Lamer.  
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Walnut Springs Students Sell More than $26,000 in Cookie Dough Walnut Springs Middle School Principal Leslie Kelly, along with Assistant Principal Becca Yanni, were sporting new looks recently after dying their hair pink for a week.  They did so in response to a lofty challenge they put forth to students. 
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Berko the Clown Visits Robert Frost Elementary on October 23 It’s normally not advisable to call one’s principal a “clown,” but students at Robert Frost Elementary got a free pass to do so on Wednesday, October 23, when Principal Sarah Berka transformed herself into “Berko the Clown.”  She did so following a promise she made to pupils there, saying if they could raise at least $11,000 during the September 25 walk-a-thon, she would dress up in costume.
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Mark Twain Principal Dons Chicken Suit after Students Shatter Fundraising Goal Mark Twain Elementary School Principal Vicki Moss told her students she would dress like a chicken if they raised at least $10,000 during the October 4 walk-a-thon.  When the final numbers were tallied, the children came up with $12,093.51, money which will be used to fund events including field trips, assemblies, author visits, playground equipment, Breakfast with Books, the Chess Club, Family Fun Day, the Publishing Room, a spaghetti dinner, a talent show and staff appreciation activities. 
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OSU and Ohio Energy Project Team Up for Fuel Cell Educational Workshop at COSI Ohio State’s Office of Energy and Environment and the Ohio Energy Project teamed with COSI to introduce fuel cell technology to middle-school students from across Ohio on Monday, October 21.  The Fuel Cell Educational Workshop was conducted as part of the 2013 Fuel Cell Seminar and Energy Exposition which was held October 21-23 at the Columbus Convention Center.
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Westerville High School Students Attend Accounting Career Day at OSU High school students from Westerville North, South and Central attended Accounting Career Day at The Ohio State University (OSU) on Wednesday, October 23.  They were accompanied by accounting teachers Natalie Schaublin (North), Linda Mapes (South) and Susan Bailey (Central).
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Cabin Day Provides McVay Students with a Glimpse of Life Long Ago The annual Cabin Day event at McVay Elementary School is usually held outdoors, but after two weeks of inclement weather, it was moved inside.  That did not dampen the spirits of enthusiastic students, however, who got to pet and observe live chickens; watch a pioneer video, Little House in the Big Woods; learn about chores and examine artifacts from pioneer days; experience a classroom of long ago and write on slate chalkboards; write with feather pens and ink on parchment paper; enjoy a snack of ginger ale and corn nuts; make a button and string toy; play wooden checkers, tic-tac-toe, marbles, dominoes and pick-up-sticks; and participate in a corncob toss game and hoop and stick game. 
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Robert Frost Students Explore Ecology through COSI on Wheels “Exploring Ecology” was the name of a COSI on Wheels program brought to Robert Frost Elementary School students on Wednesday, October 16.  The event consisted of an interactive assembly followed by hands-on activities that engaged the children and encouraged the development of science process skills.
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Haunted Gym has become Beloved Tradition at Mark Twain Elementary

The Haunted Gym has become a much-anticipated tradition at Mark Twain Elementary, where thrills, chills and physical challenges lurk around every darkened corner of the school gymnasium.  Physical Education teacher Karen Garrison has treated pupils to this special activity for more than 20 years.
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Anthropologist Jennifer Brady Aultman Lectures at Walnut Springs, her Alma Mater Her presentation tied in to a book the pupils have been reading, Written in Bone, by Sally M. Walker.  Written in Bone examines history through 17th-century bone biographies, including those of colonists teetering on the edge of survival at Jamestown, Virginia, and those living in the wealthy and well-established settlement of St. Mary’s City, Maryland. 
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Westerville North Picks Homecoming King, Queen At a boisterous assembly held before the entire student body at Westerville North High School on Thursday afternoon, October 17, Lucas Weisenbarger and Morgan Bernhard were named Homecoming King and Queen.  
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Schrock Road Walmart Supercenter Donates 20 $50 Gift Cards to Pointview Teachers Monday morning, October 21, got off to a good start at Pointview Elementary thanks to the generosity of the Walmart Supercenter store at 50 Schrock Road in Westerville.  Walmart co-manager Amanda Debo dropped by with 20 $50 gift cards for teachers at the school to help them buy extra supplies for their classrooms.
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McVay Elementary School to Receive 2013 SOAR Award for High Progress McVay Elementary School has been notified that it will receive a 2013 SOAR Award for High Progress from Battelle for Kids.  This annual award is designed to acknowledge Ohio schools participating in SOAR for their high academic progress in multiple grade levels and subjects over the most recent school year (2012-2013).
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SMARTS-athon Serves as Hanby’s Fall Fundraiser
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Fit Frosties Start the Day with a Jog When Robert Frost Elementary came up with the idea for a new club that would require students to arrive at school nearly an hour early every Thursday morning to come in and exercise, nobody knew if anybody would show up.  When October 10th rolled around, however, the first meeting of the Fit Frosties Club was called to order and more than 80 enthusiastic youngsters appeared in the gym, ready to wake up their bodies and brains with warm-up exercises and a jog around the building.
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Community Invited to Helping Harvest Festival of Service on October 26 Otterbein University is hosting the Helping Harvest Festival of Service from 10:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday, October 26.  The free, family friendly event will take place at the Otterbein Community Garden, which is located at 390 N. Spring Road.  The event will feature apple cider and donuts, children’s games, educational stations, fall crafts, a farmer’s market, and service projects. 
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Walnut Springs Cross Country Team Raises Money for Aubrey’s Angels Foundation The Walnut Springs Middle School Cross Country team joined together this season to support Aubrey Beck, a former Walnut Springs student and athlete who is battling cancer.  The team raised a total of $273.77 through collections at meets and a bake sale.  The money will be donated to the Aubrey’s Angels Foundation, which was created to support Aubrey and her family.
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Master Teachers Recognized at Board of Education Meeting Fourteen Westerville City School District teachers were honored by the Board of Education on Monday evening, October 14, for having received the Master Teacher Designation from the Ohio Department of Education. 
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Wilder Students Dedicate a Bench in Memory of Classmate Aria Rowley On Friday, October 4, students, teachers, staff and parents at Wilder Elementary School celebrated the dedication of Aria’s Bench and the beginning of a new Outdoor Learning Space.  Aria Rowley, a 10-year old third grader at Wilder, passed away in January.
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Bette Marschall Memorial Education Fund Announces Grant Recipients The Bette Marschall Memorial Education Fund of The Columbus Foundation has announced the recipients of 11 grant awards totaling $2,852 to Westerville City Schools personnel for applications submitted this fall.
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IB Boosters Donate $10,660 to International Baccalaureate Program A group of parent volunteers has come through in a big way to support the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program, a challenging two-year curriculum available to all high school students in the Westerville City School District.  The IB Boosters recently presented a check to Westerville Schools in the amount of $10,660, money which will be used to pay the 2013-2014 International Baccalaureate Registration Fee.
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Renowned Sea Glass Artist Inspires Hanby Students Sea glass artist Cindy Kuhn, who resides in Gahanna, shared her unique talent with students at Hanby Elementary School on October 11.  Until her visit, many of the students (and adults) didn’t even know what sea glass was.  She explained that as one walks along the shore of a lake, river or ocean, hidden amidst the sand, rocks, pebbles and shells that litter the shoreline are small, colorful bits of glass which have been polished smooth and rounded over many years by the action of the wind, sand and sea.
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Westerville South Thespians to Present “Charlotte’s Web” October 11-13 Tickets cost $6 and can be purchased at the door or at http://westervillesouthhighschooltheatre.brownpapertickets.com
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Elementary and Middle School Conferences Planned Because of Parent-Teacher Conferences, classes will not be held in Westerville City elementary or middle schools on Thursday, October 24 or Friday, October 25, 2013.  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 28. 
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Blendon Middle School Names October PRIDE Program Honorees Blendon Middle School October PRIDE Program student awardees are Jacob Bullard and Arien Wooden, and the staff recipient is guidance counselor Joyce Lee.  Bullard was nominated for demonstrating respect for a fellow student by helping pick up books and other belongings that were accidently dropped.  Wooden was nominated for voluntarily sweeping an area in a classroom that had accumulated a lot of discarded paper.  Lee was recognized for nominating a student for displaying PRIDE characteristics.
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Robert Frost Students and Parents Participate in National Walk to School Day Drivers traveling through neighborhoods surrounding Robert Frost Elementary School on Wednesday, October 9, might have noticed much more pedestrian traffic than usual.  That’s because students and their families were participating in National Walk to School Day. 
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Junior Achievement, Alliance Data bring Personal Finance Program to Genoa MS On Friday, October 4, Junior Achievement hosted JA in a Day at Genoa Middle School.  Community partners Alliance Data committed to providing both the volunteers and funding needed to carry out this event.  Genoa teacher Ashley Frownfelter, who organized the event, learned about this program during a district Professional Development Day session.
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Central and South Girls Soccer Players Join Forces to Help Ronald McDonald House For one week, they passed out flyers at their schools asking that donations of household goods for the Ronald McDonald House be brought to soccer games held on September 23.  The girls ended up collecting collected more than 1,500 items, including cleaning supplies, cereal, detergent and other household goods.
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Cherrington Principal Conducts Business on Roof of the School Principal Andy Heck spent the majority of Friday, October 4, on the roof of Cherrington Elementary School to make good on a promise he made to students there, who raised more than $11,000 during a September 20 walk-a-thon.  Cherrington’s PTA will use the money to pay for field trips, school activities, and technology.
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Musical Performance Scheduled at Westerville South on October 16 The program will include various contemporary and classical music selections performed by the Concert Choir, Symphonic Choir and the Concert Orchestra.  Also on tap is the jazz vocal ensemble, Soundsation, which will sing Route 66 by Bobby Troupe and The Very Thought of You by Sid Ascher.  The concert will conclude with the Symphony Orchestra performing selections from Igor Stravinsky's masterpiece, The Firebird.
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Westerville South Volleyball Team Donates Jewelry to WARM The Westerville South High School girls’ volleyball team participated in the 2nd annual Premier Design Jewelry fashion runway show on August 24. The fashion show serves as a fundraiser for the team as well as a community service opportunity. The players were able to raise $1,162.55 for their program and were eligible for free jewelry. The team earned 32 necklaces valued at approximately $1,052, and they donated the jewelry to the Westerville Area Resource Ministry (WARM).
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Westerville Schools Host DARE Officers in Training On Thursday, October 3, teams of police officers and sheriff’s deputies from Ohio and surrounding states visited Robert Frost, Huber Ridge, and Hawthorne elementary schools to conduct mini D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) lessons and socialize with students during lunch and recess.  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.
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Genoa Jaguar Volleyball Team Collects Supplies for Ronald McDonald House The Genoa Middle School jaguar volleyball teams hosted a charity match on Monday evening, October 7, to collect needed supplies for the Ronald McDonald House.  Spectators were asked to donate goods for the cause instead of paying admission.
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Ned Mosher Apple Butter Festival Draws Visitors to Log Cabin Site at McVay The Westerville Lions Club hosted the fifth annual Ned Mosher Apple Butter festival on Sunday, October 6, at the McVay Elementary log cabin. Lions Club members demonstrated apple butter and apple cider making, and children were invited to participate in old fashioned games and crafts. 
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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 October 3.  October students are:  Jessica Swisher, Westerville Central High School; Andy Struttman, Westerville North High School; Jacob Williams, Westerville South High School; and Benjamin Dumm, St. Francis DeSales High School. 
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Wax Museum of Historic Figures Showcased at Blendon Middle School The Blendon Middle School Wax Museum has become an annual tradition for staff, students, and guests.  It took place this year from October 2-4.  Conducted by Stephanie Sahr’s 6th grade Enriched Language Arts class, students selected, researched, and dressed the part of an individual who has made significant impacts on society.
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Westerville Students Volunteer at Olympic Experience As community participants gathered on September 28 to enjoy the 2013 Westerville Olympic Experience, some familiar faces were present to guide them through the activities.  Several members of Westerville City School athletic groups stepped up to help by volunteering their time and expertise. 
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Skyline Chili Donates $500 to Huber Ridge Elementary School Skyline Chili in Westerville recently presented a $500 check to the Huber Ridge Elementary PTA in appreciation for the impact the school has made on youth in the community.  The funds will be used to bring a special program to the building for the children.  Huber Ridge Principal Christopher Blados expressed his gratitude to Skyline Chili for the generous donation.
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Good Eats Club at Heritage Draws Students who are Hungry to Learn Heritage Middle School science teacher Marty Wicks thought it might be fun to start a Good Eats Club after school for sixth grade students who were interested in learning about nutrition and healthy living.  He did not anticipate the avalanche of response he received.
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“Westerville Crowes for Cindy” Walkers Raise Nearly $3,000 to Defeat ALS In honor of Westerville City Schools Board of Education member Cindy Crowe, a team of walkers was formed to participate in the two-mile Walk to Defeat ALS event, which took place on Sunday, September 29 at Fred Beekman Park on the campus of The Ohio State University.  “Westerville Crowes for Cindy,” one of 127 participating teams, raised $2,925 for the cause.
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Westerville District Featured at School Daze Fourth Friday Event The theme for Uptown Westerville’s final OhioHealth Fourth Friday event for 2013 was “School Daze,” and personnel from the Westerville City School District hosted booths that promoted academic achievement for all students. 
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New Scoreboard is Dedicated at Westerville South High School On Friday, September 27, school officials and business partners gathered on the football field at Westerville South High School to officially dedicate the beautiful new scoreboard, which was made possible through generous donations from OhioHealth, B&T Roofing, Jimmy V’s Pub & Grill, the Westerville Grill and G&J Pepsi Cola.
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Ensell will be Trained to Identify High Potential Children in Low Income Settings The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) announced its 8th annual class of Javits-Frasier Teacher Scholars. Included among the list of 12 educators from Title I schools all around the country is Katie Ensell, a third grade teacher at Hawthorne Elementary in the Westerville City School District.
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McVay Student Collects Food to Donate in Memory of Beloved “Lunch Lady” Students and staff at McVay Elementary were heartbroken when their beloved “lunch lady,” Lori Sherman, passed away in August, just before school started.  Third grade pupil Thatcher Dietz came up with a creative and compassionate way to honor her memory.  He organized a canned food drive, starting with a letter asking his neighbors to donate.
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BOE to Meet in October The Westerville City Schools Board of Education will meet October 14 and 28, 2014, in the Westerville South High School Commons.
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OEA/NEA Day is October 18 Classes will not be held in the Westerville City School District on Friday, October 18, 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 21. 
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In the Know with IB Fundraiser is Slated for October 20 Please join the Westerville City Schools IB Fund Boosters for its annual fundraiser to celebrate the International Baccalaureate Programme.  The In the Know fundraiser and information session will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 20, at the Everal Barn, which is located at 60 N. Cleveland Avenue.  Organizers will be hosting an In the Know Tournament pitting students against teachers, and they would love to share their enthusiasm for the program.
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Blendon Celebrates 4th Quarter Renaissance Awards Recognition On August 29, Blendon Middle School celebrated outstanding students at the Fourth Quarter Renaissance Awards Recognition Program.  Qualifying pupils were recognized at a ceremony in the school gym, where each received certificates and coupons from Dave & Buster, and First Watch (Polaris location.)
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Whittier’s Janet Custer Receives Service to Youth Award from Rotary Sunrise Janet Custer, a health aide at Whittier Elementary School, was surprised on September 26 during an all-school assembly when Sunrise Rotarians named her as the monthly recipient of the Westerville Sunrise Rotary Diane J. Conley Service to Youth award. 
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Mysterious Pointview Panther is Roaming the Halls at Elementary School A large image of Pax, the Pointview Panther, appeared in the main hallway of Pointview Elementary School a few weeks back, along with mail slots where positive messages for staff members are being left.
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McVay First Graders Celebrate Peace Day with “We Have a Dream” Performance First grade students at McVay Elementary School celebrated Peace Day with their friends and families on Friday, September 20.  Their performance, “We Have a Dream,” included skits, choral readings and songs about peace, tolerance and diversity.
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Six Locals are 2014 Commended Students in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program Six Westerville City Schools pupils have been named Commended Students in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program.  They are:  Kevin Adik, Westerville Central High School; Mark Grady, David Nield, and Brian Young, Westerville North; and Allison McMurray and Gina Paganini, Westerville South. 
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Second Annual Emerson Olympics Draws Enthusiastic Competitors On Friday, September 20, Emerson World Cultures Magnet School students participated in the second annual Emerson Olympics.  The annual fall fundraiser for the PTA included five events:  Track (relay race), Sand Volleyball, Basketball, Long Jumping, and the Equestrian Event.
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Wilder Elementary School Celebrates International Peace Day On Friday, September 20, Wilder Elementary School celebrated International Peace Day by hosting a Read In, entitled “One World, Many Stories.”  Westerville Public Library representative Katie Ross was the guest reader, sharing international stories with 540 students throughout the day.  Students and staff participated in a “white out,” wearing white clothing to represent world peace. 
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Hawthorne Crew Serves Up Food and Fun at McTeacher Night The staff of Hawthorne Elementary School participated in McTeacher Night at the Sunbury Road McDonald’s on Tuesday evening, September 24.  Teachers and staff members took turns serving food, welcoming customers, and even manning the drive-through window.
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Westerville District Featured at School Daze Fourth Friday Event Tonight The theme for Uptown Westerville’s final OhioHealth Fourth Friday event for 2013 tonight is “School Daze,” and personnel in the Westerville City School District have been gearing up to host booths that promote academic achievement for all students.
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Best of Both Worlds Featured on Otterbein University’s WOCC-TV3 Community members tuning in to WOCC-TV3 at 5:30 p.m. each evening may recognize some familiar faces.  The latest installment of School’s Out, a monthly, half- hour program hosted by Dr. Jeff Demas, features interviews with students from Best of Both Worlds, along with Job Training Coordinator Becky Haselberger.
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September 11 is Commemorated in a Ceremony at Westerville Central High School On September 11, members of the Westerville Fire Department, Genoa Township Police Department, Army National Guard, Army, Columbus Police Department and the Marine Corp gathered at Westerville Central High School to recognize lives lost September 11, 2001.  All 1,690 students and staff members gathered along the top and bottom railings of Central Avenue to pay a solemn respect to the first responders and those who perished in the tragedy. 
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Bette Marschall Grant Applications Due October 9 Applications for monetary grants from The Bette Marschall Education Fund of The Columbus Foundation are being accepted for worthy 2013-2014 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.
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Westerville North’s Andy Struttman is Agonis Club Athlete of the Week Football player Andy Struttman, a Westerville North senior, was recently recognized by the Agonis Club as Athlete of the Week.  He and a guest were invited to attend a luncheon on September 6 at the Fawcett Center on the campus of The Ohio State University.
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Heritage Commends Stellar Students On Friday, September 13, 7th and 8th graders at Heritage Middle School enjoyed a pizza party to celebrate success during the fourth quarter of last school year.  The pupils were treated to Little Caesar’s pizza and pop.
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Hawthorne Staff will Work at Sunbury Road McDonald’s on September 24 Community members stopping for dinner at the McDonald’s on 4435 Executive Parkway might see some familiar faces behind the counter on Tuesday evening, September 24.  That’s when the staff of Hawthorne Elementary School will be scooping fries, pouring drinks, serving customers and even manning the drive-thru in an effort to raise money for the PTO.  Fifteen percent of all profits made between the hours of 5:30-7:30 p.m. will be donated to the school. 
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Ronald McDonald Promotes Friendship and Cooperation at Pointview Ronald McDonald visited Pointview Elementary School on September 17, encouraging the children there to lead happy, active lives.  He engaged his young audience with music, magic, games and improvisation.  The free show, called, “A Friendship Adventure with Ronald McDonald,” promotes friendship, cooperation, anti-bullying and active play. 
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Hanby Plans 90th Birthday Celebration Did you go to the original Westerville High School or Hanby Middle School (now Hanby Elementary)?  Do you have stories to share?  Hanby Elementary School is planning a 90th Birthday Celebration on November 9 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.  The committee will have storyboards from different eras, taped interviews of past stories about life at Hanby, and a visit from Benjamin Hanby and other historical figures.
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Robert Frost Principal Sarah Berka Keeps Her Promise to Sleep on Roof of School Last school year, the Robert Frost Elementary PTA challenged students and their families to raise $10,000 towards the purchase of iPads for the school.  If they were successful, the PTA said they would match that amount.  They also promised to host an outside movie night.  As an added incentive, Principal Sarah Berka said she would sleep on the roof of the school.  Robert Frost families crushed the challenge and raised more than $12,000.
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Westerville North Teacher to Support his Student by Running Marathon Westerville North High School Intervention Specialist Adam DeChant has never run a full, 26.2 mile marathon before.  But he will on Sunday, October 20, as part of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon, which will take place in the city’s Arena District.  His inspiration is Dae’Shaun Martin, one of his students.
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And They Lived Happily Ever After As anyone who reads and writes will tell you, Q and U belong together.  In fact, the letters were married on September 13 in Angela Schmidt’s kindergarten classroom at Pointview Elementary School.  It was touted as the “social event of the season.”  Pupils came dressed as queens and quarterbacks to participate in the joining of these two lovely letters.
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D.A.R.E Officers to Train at Westerville Schools on October 3

On October 3, three Westerville elementary schools will host an opportunity for D.A.R.E. officers in training to gain experience in front of kids.  Teams of police officers from across the State of Ohio will visit Robert Frost, Huber Ridge, and Hawthorne to conduct mini D.A.R.E. lessons and socialize with students during lunch and recess times.  This experience will give the officers in training the needed practice of being in front of kids, learning how to respond to kids’ questions, and how to interact with elementary students.  Westerville is proud to host these adult learners.


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Blendon Students Learn from Tragic Events of September 11

Because most eighth grade students at Blendon Middle School were around one year old on September 11, 2001, they can’t remember firsthand what happened on that fateful day.  But educators are going to great lengths to help them understand the importance of the attack on U.S. soil that cost thousands of innocent lives and changed America forever.  For the second year in a row, eighth grade pupils attended the commemoration ceremony held at First Responder’s Park.


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Introducing the Westerville Partners for Education

The organization that brought you Stars in the Park and Starry Night has a new name and mission!  This September, the Westerville Elementary Boosters became the “Westerville Partners for Education (WPE).”  This new name, logo and mission expresses the organization’s emphasis on cultivating partnerships and an expanded focus on supporting education at every level in the district.


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Honda-OSU Math Medal Award Recipients to be Honored on November 7

2014 Honda-OSU Math Medal award recipients have been announced.  Local winners are Kelly Piper, Westerville Central; Evan Larrick, Westerville North; and Benjamin Potts, Westerville South.  These individuals were selected as their respective high school’s best math student, based on academic performance in mathematics through the end of their junior year.


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Board Honors Genoa Student for Winning the 2013 Central Ohio Invention Convention

The Westerville City Schools Board of Education, at its September 9 Regular Meeting, honored Genoa Middle School student Lara Detrick for having won the 2013 Central Ohio Invention Convention.


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Westerville Students Named as National Merit Semifinalists

National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) officials have released the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 59th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.  Included on the list are Westerville Central students Taryn Nugent and Meghan Wilson; and Westerville South students Kieran Arens, Grant Augenstein, McKenna Davis, Michaela Fallon, Benjamin Potts and David Saunders.


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Pointview’s After-School Reading Program Creates Excitement about Learning

Long after the final bell of the day rings at Pointview Elementary, students can still be found in the building, lost in good books and excited to learn, thanks to a new After-School Reading Program, which began on August 21.  Pointview is partnering with the Westerville Public Library to offer pupils this free, extended learning opportunity, which consists of one hour of reading instruction in a small group, snacks, and special Fun Friday enrichment activities.


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Genoa Remembers Mason Woods during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Football games that pitted teams from Genoa Middle School against New Albany took on special meaning Thursday evening, September 4, because those matches were tied in with Tackling Childhood Cancer activities that took place at Genoa all week long.  The event was organized by Genoa football coach Eric Nickel in memory of Mason Woods, who was a third grade student at Fouse Elementary School when he passed away on February 3, 2009, after a 6-year battle with leukemia.  He would have been an eighth grader at Genoa this year.


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Cindy Crowe Supporters will Join the Walk to Defeat ALS on September 29

In honor of Westerville City Schools Board of Education member Cindy Crowe, a team of walkers is being formed to participate in the two-mile Walk to Defeat ALS event, which will take place on Sunday, September 29 at Fred Beekman Park on the campus of The Ohio State University.  Westerville City Schools employee Kim Cody is serving as captain, and the team’s motto is, “Westerville Crowes for Cindy!”  Money raised from the walk will help lead global research, assist people with ALS, fund multidisciplinary certified clinical care centers, and foster government partnerships.


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District Extends Deadline for Public Input on Draft Strategic Plan Framework
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GEM Award Winners to be Honored 4/28/14

The Westerville Parent Council and Roush Honda are pleased to announce the 11th annual Great Educator Mentor (GEM) Award winners.  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 students in the home, school and community, and each goes above and beyond the call of duty. 


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Westerville City Schools Summer Food Service Program Details Announced

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 non- residential camp, children must meet the income guidelines for reduced-price meals in the National School Lunch Program.)


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Nationwide Children’s Care Mobile Available to Families on August 6

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


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Caring & Sharing Volunteers Pack Book Bags with Donated Supplies

Mark Twain Elementary School was a hub of activity on Wednesday and Thursday evening, July 23 and 24, as Westerville Caring & Sharing volunteers gathered to fill dozens of book bags with donated school supplies and personal hygiene products.  The organization’s annual Back to School project helps hundreds of Westerville students each year.


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Huber Ridge Elementary Named High Progress School of Honor by ODE

Among other criteria, these schools must rank in the top 10 percent for gains in proficiency, or if high schools, in the top 10 percent in graduation rates.


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Westerville North Grad Nate LeGros Uses Magic to Find Voice, Give Back to Schools

While growing up, Nate LeGros sometimes felt caught in the middle.  A self-described “middle child” and “average student who ranked near the middle” of approximately 550 students in the Westerville North High School Class of 2005, LeGros sees and appreciates the irony in how things turned out.

“Though I wasn’t the worst student, I certainly wasn’t the best,” LeGros said. “Now, my brother, my two sisters and my wife are all teachers in different school districts.”


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Blendon Middle School Announces New PRIDE Awards Program

Blendon Middle School implemented a new PRIDE awards program, aimed at recognizing students and staff who demonstrate core values of being Positive and Respectful, demonstrating Integrity, and of being Determined and Engaged.    Since this is not an academic-based program, every student is eligible to be nominated and recognized.


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Westerville North’s 1994 Boys Basketball Championship Team to Reunite on January 10

Several activities are being planned for a 20th reunion celebration of the 1994 Westerville North High School boys’ basketball championship team. 


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Westerville Central Pupils Gather for Eighth Annual Student Leadership Meeting

Dozens of student leaders gathered at Westerville Central High School on Tuesday morning, July 22, to focus on how to make the upcoming school year the best one ever.  The group consisted of pupils from many different clubs, teams and organizations who met with the common goal of making Westerville Central strong.


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Community Invited to Reception in Honor of Cindy Crowe

A reception will be held on Thursday, May 15, in honor of Cindy Crowe, who announced her resignation from the Westerville City Schools Board of Education.  The event will take place from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. in the Westerville Central High School Commons, located at 7118 Mt. Royal Avenue. 

Mrs. Crowe, a 14-year veteran of the Board, was diagnosed last year with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease).  


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Westerville North’s Hollis Named Rousseve Scholar at Xavier University of Louisiana

Thirty-nine upperclassmen have been named Rousseve Scholars for the 2014-15 school year at Xavier University of Louisiana.  Included on the list is Westerville North High School graduate Rasaan Hollis, a junior at Xavier who is studying business.


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School Board to Meet in Executive Session (UPDATED 6.3.14)

The Westerville City Schools Board of Education will hold three Executive Sessions for the purpose of discussing personnel. Meeting dates and times are Thursday, May 29, 2014, 6:00 p.m.; Wednesday, June 4, 2014, 2:00 p.m.; and Thursday, June 5, 2014, 6:00 p.m.


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Putt like a Pro THIS SATURDAY at the Sixth Annual Community Mini-Golf Fundraiser

The sixth annual Westerville Education Foundation Mini-Golf Fundraiser is scheduled for Saturday, May 17, 2014.  Join the Foundation that day at the Westerville Mini-Golf and Batting Cages, 450 W. Schrock Road, any time between 11:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.  Registration is just $8 for players 13 years old and under, and only $12 for players 14 years old and above.  Each participant receives two rounds of mini-golf, one on each of the venue’s two courses.  Every participant gets a “goody bag” with contents worth more than the cost to register.  Walk-up registrations are welcome.


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Anonymous Donor Funds “Great Teaching; Great Tools” Gift Card Giveaway

The “Great Teaching; Great Tools” gift card giveaway is off to a robust beginning.


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Deanna McDaniel and Brandi Young Earn District iCoach Designation from INFOhio

Deanna McDaniel, Library Media Specialist at Genoa Middle School, and Brandi Young, Elementary Library Media Specialist, have both earned certification as an iCoach from INFOhio, Ohio’s PreK-12 Digital Library. iCoaches – short for “integration coach” – work with teachers to incorporate digital technology and research tools in their classrooms.  The women join 71 other educators around Ohio who have received District/Building iCoach certification.


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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 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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Blendon Takes PRIDE in November Student/Staff Recognitions

Blendon implemented the new PRIDE awards program to recognize students and staff who demonstrate identified core values.


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School Board Member Cindy Crowe Honored by Friends, Colleagues

A reception in honor of Westerville City Schools Board of Education member Cindy Crowe was held at Westerville Central High School on Thursday evening, May 15.  Mrs. Crowe recently resigned after serving 14 years on the Board, because of health complications brought on by Lou Gehrig’s disease.  Friends, family members, colleagues and educators gathered in the gymnasium to offer their thanks and support.


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Westerville South’s Kieran Arens Earns University of Chicago National Merit Scholarship

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation has announced approximately 1,600 additional winners of National Merit Scholarships financed by colleges and universities.  Included on the list is Westerville South High School student Kieran M. Arens, who received a National Merit University of Chicago Scholarship.


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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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McVay First Graders Raise Money for Caring and Sharing

The money was earned through Spare Change Week and a Bake Sale and Raffle held on December 9.


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Westerville Education Foundation Accepting Grant Applications through September 28

The Westerville Education Foundation (WEF) is accepting grant applications through September 28 for the fall 2013 grant cycle.  Proposals for innovative practices must be written by Westerville City Schools’ faculty or staff, and given to their supervisors or principals for endorsement and submission. 


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Westerville Schools to Host Free ParentPortal Workshop on September 24

At 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 24, Westerville City Schools will host a free parent workshop entitled, “Navigating your ParentPortal Account in PowerSchool.”  This one-hour seminar, for parents and guardians of Westerville City Schools students in grades 6-12, will be offered at the Academic Enrichment Center.


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Girls Rule at LEGO Competition

One of the competitors was a Heritage Middle School 7th grade student.


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Westerville City School District Holds 3rd Annual Middle School Chess Tournament

On Friday, May 16, each Westerville middle school sent its building chess club representative to compete in the annual Middle School Chess Tournament, which was held at the Early Learning Center.  Family, friends, and staff eagerly watched the round-robin matches, which resulted in a first place victory for seventh grade student Gabrielle McCrea of Walnut Springs.  Second place was earned by Ben Clark (grade 8) of Genoa.  Brian Courts (grade 7) of Heritage and Anthony Vilardo (grade 6) of Blendon took third and fourth respectively.  


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Westerville City Schools Invites Families to First Time Riders Event on July 29

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 Tuesday, July 29.  Whittier is located at 130 E. Walnut St in Westerville.


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Walnut Springs Wins 11th Annual Central Ohio 6th and 7th Grade Battle of the Books

For the fourth year in a row, a Westerville City Schools middle school has won the Central Ohio 6th and 7th Grade Battle of the Books competition.  The contest took place at the Whitehall Community Center on May 14.  Student representatives from each of Westerville’s four middle schools competed, along with other Central Ohio teams from Bexley, Canal Winchester, Groveport-Madison, Hamilton, New Albany-Plain Local, Olentangy, St. Brigid of Kildare, and Whitehall.


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Professional Development Scheduled
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Senior Citizens Get the Red Carpet Treatment at Westerville Central Film Festival

Thanks to generous grants from the Westerville Education Challenge, the Westerville Central High School Academic Boosters, and the Bette Marschall Fund, Westerville Central Film and Literature students got the opportunity to become digital storytellers.


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BOE to Meet in September
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Early Learning Center Staff Donates School Supplies to Deserving Pupils

When word went 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. 


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McVay’s Family Math Night Draws Crowd of Enthusiastic Learners

Third, fourth and fifth grade students came back to school to practice their math skills with family members. 


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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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Heritage Middle School Students Learn About a Variety of Occupations at Career Day

Heritage Middle School hosted its annual Career Day on Friday, May 16.  Thirty careers were represented including a SWAT officer, a geologist, a personal trainer, an aviation safety manager and more.


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Online Transportation and Bus Route Schedules - Notification Adjustments

Families whose children will receive transportation services for the 2014-15 school year may obtain transportation information and bus schedules online the week of August 4, 2014. 


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School Board Recognizes 47 Retirees

Forty-seven Westerville City Schools retirees were honored at a reception and ceremony held in the Sunshine Room at the Early Learning Center on Monday evening, May 19.  They were presented by their supervisors and congratulated by the Superintendent and Board of Education.


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Season’s Greetings from the Transportation Services Team

Westerville City Schools Transportation Services team participated in the annual Westerville Sertoma Children’s Christmas Parade.


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Westerville City Schools Treasurer’s Office Earns GFOA Financial Reporting Award

The Westerville City School District’s Fiscal Services Office, headed by Treasurer/CFO Bart Griffith and Assistant Treasurer Laura Hendricks, has received an Award of Financial Reporting Achievement from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada. 


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Expert Jim Bisenius Teaches Students, Teachers and Parents How to Prevent Bullying

Getting bullied in school can cause a range of emotions for students from being slightly annoyed to being paralyzed with fear.  Award-winning therapist Jim Bisenius came to McVay Elementary School on August 22 and Robert Frost on August 28 to present “Bully-Proofing Youth,” a practical and effective bullying prevention program designed for children in grades 1-12. 


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ABC6 Meteorologist Dana Turtle Visits Pointview Elementary Students

The children asked many questions and appeared on the 5:00 news that evening.


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Walnut Springs Pupil to Receive R.A. Horn Outstanding Student Achievement Award

Andrew Mantenieks, a pupil at Walnut Springs Middle School, has been selected to receive the R.A. Horn Outstanding Student Achievement Award from the Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities.  Kelly Ferguson, case manager/intervention specialist, nominated him in the category of Self-Advocacy.


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Superintendent’s Gold Appreciation Cards Available

Senior citizens who live in the Westerville City School District are invited to pick up their 2014-2015 Superintendent’s Gold Appreciation Card.


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High Schools Offer Football Season Tickets
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Whittier Elementary Donates $15,769.20 to the James Cancer Hospital

The history of the partnership between the James Cancer Hospital and Whittier Elementary School goes back 19 years when a fourth grade student sent a handmade get well card to a patient there.  The tradition of sending cards continues, but has mushroomed into an all-year, all-school fundraising effort which this year resulted in a donation to the James in the staggering amount of $15,769.20.


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Walnut Springs Middle School Celebrates GIS Day

Pupils analyzed not only map features, but were able to see how text features, map keys, and scale are also important and useful tools to geographers.


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2013 Music & Arts Festival Award Winners Announced

Artists from across the country exhibited their work at the 40th Annual Westerville Area Chamber Music & Arts Festival, held on July 13 and 14 at the Heritage Park and Everal Barn. Throughout the course of the festival, close to 100 volunteers donated their time in order to make the event a success.  The festival showcased work from both youth and adult artists, many of whom were awarded for their talent. 


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Students Off While Teachers Learn – District Schedules Professional Development Days

The Ohio Department of Education has approved two days in the Westerville City School District for professional development – September 27, 2013 and January 10, 2014.  Classes will not be held on these dates.


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August 30 is Football Friday Night in Westerville

August 30 is Football Friday Night in Westerville.  For the first time in many years, varsity teams at all three high schools will host their inaugural home games that evening, with Central playing DeSales; North pitted against Franklin Heights; and South going up against Groveport-Madison.  All games begin at 7:30 p.m.  The community is encouraged to join in the fun by showing up to support their favorite team.  Pre-game activities are planned at all locations. 


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Hanby Principal Tie-Dyes her Hair after Students Exceed Fundraising Goal

Her new look, compliments of the Michael David Salon in Westerville and hair designer Amanda Essex, was revealed during an assembly held Friday afternoon, November 22.


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“Let Freedom Ring in 2014” Chosen as the Theme for Rotary’s July 4th Parade

“Let Freedom Ring in 2014” has been chosen as the theme for Rotary’s July 4th parade in Westerville.  Emma Kyre, a fifth grade student at Fouse Elementary School, came up with the winning submission and won $100 and a place of honor in the big parade.


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High School Schedule Pick-Up Announced
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Bye, Bye Birdie to be Performed at Westerville South

Bye, Bye Birdie, a timeless and classic musical, will be performed by Westerville South High School students and Thespian Troupe 513 at 7:00 p.m. on Friday April 25; at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 26; and at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 27.  Tickets cost $10 and are available at the door.


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Middle Schools Schedule Pick-Up Times
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Walnut Springs Students Earn Accolades at Music Showcase Festival

On Saturday May 3, the 8th grade orchestra, band and choir from Walnut Springs Middle School participated in the Music Showcase Festival in Southwest Ohio. At the awards ceremony, the choir earned second place and an Excellent rating.  The orchestra earned a Superior rating and second place, while the band took first place with an Excellent rating. 


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McVay Students Learn at Mini Science Fair

Children rotated through six science stations that taught concepts in the Ohio Standards and the Extended Content Standards.


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School District Celebrates Summer Class of 2013

A number of seniors from Westerville Central, North and South high schools were invited to attend a summer graduation ceremony held August 26 during the Westerville City Schools Board of Education meeting. 


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District performance remains strong on redesigned state report card
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Two Students Win 2013 Elementary Leadership Essay Contest

The authors of winning essays – one from grade four, and one from grade five – received  $35 Easton Town Center gift cards.


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OAGC Scholarship Nominations Selected

Four students, representing each of Westerville’s middle schools, have been nominated for the Ohio Association for Gifted Children’s 2014 Distinguished Student Award.

Launched by the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) in memory of an extraordinarily gifted seven-year-old who was senselessly killed in a drive-by shooting while traveling to Italy in 1994, the Nicholas Green Distinguished Student Award is granted to one gifted student in each state for $500.


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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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Elementary Schools Prepare to Welcome Students

Students attending Westerville City Schools, in grades 1 - 5, will begin classes on Wednesday, August 13, 2014.  Most elementary schools in the district will provide an opportunity for each family to learn of their child's teacher/class placement for the 2014-2015 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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Elementary School Traveling Choir to be Featured on PBS Program, Broad & High

Kim Spencer, a music teacher at McVay and Whittier elementary schools, held try-outs and formed a traveling group called the Brave Choir, named for a song by performer Sara Bareilles, with lyrics meant to inspire and empower the youngsters. 

Throughout the process, the children made new friends, supported current friends, and encouraged each other.  “It was very rewarding to see all the support and energy,” said Spencer.


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Blendon Celebrates First Quarter 2013-2014 Renaissance Award Recipients

A total of 225 Blendon Middle School students qualified for the first quarter Renaissance Awards


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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 2, 2013.  Normal operations will resume on Tuesday, September 3. 


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First Day of Preschool is Cause for Excitement among District’s Youngest Pupils

For the first time ever, all preschool classes in the Westerville City School District are being held at one centralized location, the Early Learning Center.  On Monday, August 19, 216 children, along with their parents, excitedly walked through the doors at 936 Eastwind Drive, ready to learn.  The newly-renovated space was designed to inspire young students and their teachers.  Until last year, preschool classes were scattered throughout the district in a number of elementary school buildings. 


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Positive Behavior is Encouraged at Walnut Springs Middle School

All 900+ students and staff at Walnut Springs Middle School participated in a gentle start to the new year by engaging in a series of school wide positive behavior and support lessons, also known as PAWS (Positive, Accountable, Willing and Safe). 


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Emerson Students Enjoy International Education Week Activities

Events included two days of international presenters who shared the music, dance, and culture of 20 different countries


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Mark Twain Student Raising Funds for Virtual Pelotonia Ride

As a fourth grade student at Mark Twain Elementary School, Michael Riebe is too young to ride in Pelotonia – participants have to be 14.  But he still wanted to get involved, and he still wanted to raise money in honor of Lynn Yoho, a retired teacher from his school, and his “friends’ moms.”  So he decided to solicit donors and participate as a “virtual” rider.


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Student Fees Cover Consumable Supplies
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Free and Reduced Eligibility Policy Announced

Westerville City Schools announced its 2014-2015 program year policy for free and reduced price meals for students unable to pay the full price of meals served under the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program.  Each school office and the Food Service office has a copy of the policy which may be reviewed by any interested party.


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Westerville North’s Ryan Curtis will Play Baseball at Ashland University

Friends, family members, teachers, administrators and coaches gathered in the Westerville North High School Atrium on Thursday afternoon, May 15, to watch as Ryan Curtis signed a Letter of Intent to continue his studies and play baseball at Ashland University.  Curtis was a three year starter for the Warrior baseball program.  Athletically, he has won multiple conference awards throughout his career.  In addition, he is an exemplary student who will graduate with a 4.0 grade point average.


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Newscaster Mikaela Hunt Coaches Genoa Students on “Jaguar Update”

the Jaguar news staff got some tips from a pro when Mikaela Hunt, who co-anchors NBC4 Today and NBC4 Midday, dropped by to check out the operation and offer some advice.


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Westerville Central Students to Participate in Peace Corp.’s World Wise Schools Program

Westerville Central High School students who take Emily Swank-Kavanaugh’s Cultural Studies class will be engaging in the World Wise Schools program, available through the Peace Corps.


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Blendon Students Learn About Math by Making Human Graphs

Eighth grade students at Blendon Middle School continued their study of linear relationships by making human graphs with their bodies outside on Monday, August 19.  The activity is adapted from the MCTP Professional Development Package and designed to give students a deeper understanding of the coordinate system and the patterns that emerge in relation to a given function. Activities such as these help to develop the Standards for Mathematical Practice that are an integral part of Ohio’s New Learning Standards.


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Heritage’s Kristine Konik Receives Service to Youth Award from Rotary Sunrise

Konik received a plaque from the club, along with flowers, a cake, and a $50 gift card donated by the Walmart Supercenter on Schrock Road.


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Westerville North Students to Play with Colts Drum and Bugle Corps this Summer

Approximately 400 young adults, ranging in age from 16-20, try out each year for a coveted spot in the World Class Colts Drum and Bugle Corps, which is headquartered in Dubuque, Iowa.  This year, two Westerville North High School sophomores – Sophie Volpe and Jack Riehl – auditioned and made the cut.  They will move into camp the day after school ends.


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Westerville City Schools Continue to Meet Tough New Nutrition Standards
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Starting and Stopping Times Announced for 2014-2015 School Year in Westerville

Classes for Westerville City Schools students in grades 1-12 will begin on Wednesday, August 13, 2014.  Elementary students will begin school at 9:05 a.m. and dismiss at 3:30 p.m.  The Middle School day will start at 8:00 a.m. and end at 2:45 p.m.  High school classes will commence at 7:25 a.m. and finish at 2:05 p.m.


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Westerville Education Foundation Awards Grant for 3D Printer

In addition to grants which were previously announced, the Westerville Education Foundation has announced the awarding of one more – $2,025 to Susan Smucker, fourth grade teacher, Mark Twain Elementary School, and Kimberly Niles, Elementary Technology Integraion Specialist.  The money will be used to purchase a 3D printer.


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Remembering Tucker

Mark Twain Elementary School hosted a dedication ceremony for a garden they planted in memory of a classmate who lost his life last year.


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Westerville Education Challenge Awards $14,411 in Grant Money to Westerville Teachers

The Westerville Education Challenge has announced that $14,411.01 will be awarded to six grant applicants in support of innovative educational programming for the Westerville City School District. 


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Kline Announces Retirement; Ebbrecht to Assume Duties at AEC

Dr. Machelle Kline, director of assessment and alternative education, recently announced her retirement from the Westerville City Schools effective September 1, 2013, so that she may pursue other professional opportunities.

“Dr. Kline is a tremendous administrator,” said Superintendent John R. Kellogg, Ed.D. “Her skills and experience truly will be missed by our district.  We wish her all the best in retirement and this next chapter in her professional career.”


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School Board to Meet
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BOE Seeking Audit Committee Applicants

The Westerville City School District’s Board of Education is seeking applicants to serve on the district’s FY14 Audit Committee as a professional link between the Board and independent auditors. Applications must be completed by December 20, 2013. Click here to apply.


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Walnut Springs Teacher to be Featured on Battelle for Kids Website

Walnut Springs Middle School math teacher Nancy Palumbo has been chosen by Battelle for Kids as a retiring teacher who dedicated her life to education and made a lasting impact on students, fellow teachers, and the school community.  She is one of just three teachers who will receive a Celebrate Teaching Award from Battelle at a breakfast ceremony to be held on June 17.


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Board amends employment guidelines for administrators, administrative approved staff
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Board Approves Three Negotiated Agreements for Classified Employees
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English as a Second Language Students at Huber Ridge Create Alpha-Zoo T-Shirts

Alpha-Zoo is an innovative program that allows English as a Second Language students to gain much needed practice with letter names, letter sounds, and letter writing as they use upper and lower case letters to create artistic animals.


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School Board to Meet in April
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Feedback Sought Regarding School District’s Five-Year Strategic Plan

Approximately 180 stakeholders have been collaborating in recent weeks to formulate the framework for a new, five-year Strategic Plan for the Westerville City School District.  Soon, from December 9-12, residents, employees and students will be able to provide feedback on a draft of that framework, which is themed Creating the 21st Century Student.


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Walmart’s Donation to Westerville South’s Baseball Program is Greatly Appreciated

During the grand opening of the Westerville Walmart Supercenter on August 14, a $1,000 check was presented to Westerville South High School’s baseball program.  The money will be used to make repairs to the field.  Tom Michaels, president of South’s Pinch Hitters Club, was present to accept the generous donation from store manager Andrew Bounds.


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Kindergarten Students are off to a Good Start in Westerville

Monday, August 19 marked the first day of kindergarten in the Westerville City School District, when approximately 950 students began their educational journey at the 12 elementary schools which house the district’s kindergarten classrooms.  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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Online Transportation and Bus Route Schedules - Notification Adjustments
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It’s All About Respect at Westerville North’s Warrior Way Leadership Summit

The annual Warrior Way Leadership Summit was held for the 8th year on Friday, November 15 at Westerville North High School.  Approximately 150 students were nominated by teachers and staff in the building to attend the event.  Students are chosen to attend if they have shown leadership qualities or if they have the potential to be a leader within their peer group.


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Westerville Community Culture Celebration, June 6-8

In celebration of the diverse races, ethnicities and cultural backgrounds that represent the Westerville of today, the City of Westerville and Sunrise Rotary Club of Westerville have partnered with community organizations to introduce the first-ever Community Culture Celebration. This three-day event will take place Friday, June 6 through Sunday, June 8 and feature sports, food and entertainment.


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District Encourages New Families to Enroll Children As Soon As Possible

The Enrollment & Family Resource Center is open during the summer and ready to help families enroll their children in Westerville City Schools


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Cherrington Elementary Hosts Nationwide Children’s Care Mobile on August 6

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


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Pointview Principal Jeanne Roth Rides Off into the Sunset – Literally

Pointview Elementary Principal Jeanne Roth is retiring at the end of the school year.  On Wednesday afternoon, May 14, students and staff at the school hosted an assembly in her honor where each grade level sang songs of gratitude and endearment, showed slides, and bestowed special gifts.


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WEF Grant Recipients are Recognized at Breakfast Ceremony

These groups and individuals were recognized on November 15 at an award ceremony and breakfast held at the Westerville Public Library.


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Starting and Stopping Times Announced for 2013-2014 School Year in Westerville
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Westerville School Employees Gather for 2013-2014 Convocation

Faculty and staff at Westerville City Schools gathered in the gymnasium at Westerville Central High School on August 12 for two Convocation sessions, in celebration of past accomplishments and to frame an appreciation of what the district’s Mission, Vision and Values mean in day-to-day work with students.


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District Streamlines Auction of Surplus Goods by Going Online

In November 2012, Westerville Schools decided it was time to try something different.  Instead of organizing a physical auction, they started placing surplus items on www.govdeals.com, and the result has been phenomenal.


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Elementary Schools Prepare to Welcome Student
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Westerville South Recognizes Cats with Class

Thirty-nine 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 20.  “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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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 13 at The Ohio State University’s Fawcett Center welcomed more than 250 students, teachers and partners from around the state.  In Westerville, 20 students and four educators were recognized for their outstanding work this school year through the Westerville Energy Education Partnership.


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Westerville City School District Board of Education to Appoint Richard Bird to Vacant Seat

Westerville City School District Board of Education President Nancy Nestor-Baker today announced that the board will vote on a resolution to select Richard W. Bird to complete the unexpired term of Cindy Crowe, who last month announced her resignation from the Board effective May 19, 2014.


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Westerville Schools and WARM Provide Meals through Summer Lunch Club

Westerville City Schools will be working with the Westerville Area Resource Ministry (WARM) to provide meals to students this summer.  The 2014 season of the Westerville Area Kids Summer Lunch Club will run weekdays from May 27 through August 8 at eight sites. All sites are open sites to all children ages 1-18.


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Westerville 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 the Middle School District Chess Tournament, which will be held on May 16.  After a number of building and/or grade level matches, the following chess champions were chosen.


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Transition Coordinators Tour Fort Hayes to Learn About Opportunities for Students

On Monday, November 18, Westerville City Schools Transition Coordinators had the opportunity to tour offsite programs that Fort Hayes Career Center offers to qualifying students.  In addition to traditional career center programs, Fort Hayes offers five off site programs that help pupils develop working skills and vocational habits that can transfer to any employment setting.


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Middle Schools Schedule Pick-Up Times
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Board Retreat Features Reports of Continued Strong Academic Performance, Financial Stability

The Westerville City School District continues to build upon its history of strong academic performance and remains financially stable, according to two of the several reports shared with the Westerville City School District Board of Education during its mid-year retreat on August 7, 2013.


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New Teachers Get Acclimated to Westerville City Schools

Approximately 75 teachers who are new to the Westerville City School District gathered in the Media Center at Westerville Central High School on August 8 for an orientation session hosted by the Office of Human Resources.


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High School Schedule Pick-Up Announced
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Meteorologist Andrew Michael Arrives via Helicopter for Cherrington Weather Talk

Andrew Michael, the weekend meteorologist/science reporter for ABC 6/FOX 28 News, arrived at Cherrington Elementary School in grand fashion on Tuesday afternoon, November 19.  He came in Sky 6, the ABC news helicopter, which landed on the grassy field in back of the school, much to the delight of fourth grade students who were anxiously awaiting the landing from a safe viewing area on the playground.


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Westerville North Amadeus Quartet Earns Money for Music Boosters

A group of Westerville North High School juniors – Morgan Pearce, Carmen Stone, Matt Gambill, and Sara Bright – joined forces to create their own string quartet. The group calls themselves the Westerville North Amadeus Quartet.


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Growing Cash Balance is Highlight of Latest Financial Forecast

Westerville City School District (WCSD) Treasurer/CFO Bart Griffith on Monday presented Board of Education members with a revised financial forecast indicating the district will end Fiscal Year 2018 with a cash balance $10.2 million higher than projected in the October 2013 forecast.


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District Officials Fill Several Principal Vacancies

The Westerville City School District (WCSD) Board of Education took action during its regular meeting on May 19 to employ several individuals who will fill existing leadership vacancies at the school level.


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Westerville Sunrise Rotary Club Announces Award of Youth Exchange Scholarship

The Westerville Sunrise Rotary Club is proud to announce the award of a High School Study Abroad Scholarship to Marielle Beach, a junior at Westerville Central High School.  Beach will be spending the 2014-15 academic year at Karjaan Lukio High School in Karjaa, Finland.  While abroad, she will live with several host families and attend a college preparatory high school.  In addition to that scholarship, Westerville Sunrise Rotary is also sponsoring four Westerville students for the Short Term, Family to Family Youth Exchange program.  Each will spend four weeks or more this summer in their host countries.


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Real Money, Real World Simulation is Eye-Opening Experience for South Students

On Tuesday, November 19, Westerville South High School Personal Money Management classes participated in a Real Money, Real World simulation sponsored by The Ohio State University Extension Agency.  The event took place in the school’s Media Center.  This simulation is an active, hands-on experience that gives young people the opportunity to make lifestyle and budget choices similar to those they will make as adults.


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Student Fees Cover Consumable Supplies
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Caring & Sharing Volunteers Pack Hundreds of Book Bags with Donated Supplies

Mark Twain Elementary School was a hub of activity on Thursday evening, August 1, as Westerville Caring & Sharing volunteers gathered to fill hundreds of book bags with donated school supplies and personal hygiene products.  The organization’s annual Back to School project helps more than 300 Westerville students each year. 


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Hanby’s Quilting Club Crochets Baby Blanket for Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Last school year, the fifth grade Crochet Club at Hanby Elementary set out on a lofty mission – to crochet 24 four-inch x four-inch squares as part of a blanket to donate to a hospitalized baby.  With the help of volunteer Sara Mercer-Sells, they recently met their goal. 


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Early Release Days Scheduled
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Updated Financial Forecast Indicates District Will Stretch Levy through Fiscal Year 2018 Maintaining a cash balance through FY18 is three years longer than originally projected when voters approved an emergency operating levy in March of 2012.
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Westerville South Students are Encouraged to Post with PRIDE

The Westerville South High School PRIDE Program hosted its second annual “Post with PRIDE” awareness event on November 4-8.  As part of the initiative, student PRIDE members set up an informational booth during lunches giving their peers the opportunity to sign a pledge to be more Respectful, Responsible, Truthful, Kind and Tolerant with their social media posts.


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Westerville City Schools Middle School Students Tour Capital University

Forty students from Blendon, Genoa, Heritage and Walnut Springs middle schools visited Capital University on May 12 for a campus tour and meetings with the Admissions Department personnel to learn about campus life, admission requirements, college preparation, and career information.  The Career Education Department, in conjunction with the Gifted Education Department, sponsored the visit.


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Westerville Middle School Students Excel in Continental Mathematics League Contest

Competing in the Continental Mathematics League Contest has become an annual tradition for many middle school pupils in the Westerville City School District.  Sixth grade students in advanced math and/or pre-algebra classes are given the opportunity to participate in this national math competition, where problem solving, mathematical, and reading skills are celebrated and improved upon.


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Walnut Springs Students Conduct Research at Ohio Historical Center

On Tuesday, November 12, more than 90 sixth and seventh grade Walnut Springs Middle School students got an incredible opportunity to visit the Ohio Historical Center, thanks to a generous donation from a community member.  The pupils who participated are in the process of creating projects for the National History Day Competition, which will be held in March, 2014.


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Free and Reduced Eligibility Policy Announced
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Summer Enrichment Program Teaches English Language through the Arts

Thanks to a grant from the Westerville Education Foundation, English Language Learning (ELL) students and parents are better prepared to face the start of school in Westerville.  Dr. Jan Fedorenko, principal at Hanby Magnet School, along with Hanby teacher Lori Searfoss, obtained the funding to host a series of summer enrichment workshops called “Teaching the English Language through the Arts.” 


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First Time School Bus Riders Gather to Learn About Riding Safely

More than 200 students in the Westerville City School District who will be riding a school bus for the first time this fall got a “sneak peek” at how things work during the annual First Time Riders open house, which was held at Whittier Elementary School on August 2. 


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Westerville City Schools Continue to Meet Tough New Nutrition Standards
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School, Community Support Requested for Upcoming Honor Flight
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Blendon 7th Graders Learn from Westerville City Planner

Creating a sustainable city is no small task, especially if it’s set 150 years or more in the future.  That is the task given to Patrick Schubert’s advanced 7th grade science class at Blendon Middle School, as they prepare to participate in the National Engineers Week Future City Competition (www.futurecity.org)


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30 Openings Left in Afternoon Classes at the Westerville Safety City Program

The annual program is designed to educate students who will be entering Kindergarten in the fall.  The program will be held Monday through Friday, June 2-13, at Robert Frost Elementary School, which is located at 270 North Spring Road.


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270 Student Representatives Gather at 2014 Elementary Leadership Summit

Two-hundred-seventy student representatives in grades 3-5 attended the Spring 2014 Elementary Leadership Summit on Friday, May 9, for the purpose of further developing their leadership skills, as well as sharing the community service endeavors conducted in their schools.


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Westerville North’s Hutcherson to play Basketball at Fairmont State University

On Thursday, November 14, friends, family members, teachers, administrators and coaches gathered in the Gallery of Excellence at Westerville North High School to watch and celebrate as senior R. J. Hutcherson signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Fairmont State University in West Virginia, where he will play basketball for the Falcons.


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Westerville’s EOS Program Identified as National Model for Dropout Prevention
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Child Find: Children with Disabilities
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Superintendent’s Gold Appreciation Cards Available
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McVay Elementary School Receives 2013 SOAR Award for High Progress

These annual awards are designed to acknowledge Ohio schools and districts participating in SOAR, Battelle for Kids’ school improvement collaborative, for their academic progress in multiple grade levels and subjects over the last school year (2012–2013).


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Mark Twain Teacher Chris Henricksen Blogs from Research Ship

Mark Twain Elementary School fifth grade teacher Chris Henricksen is embarking on a once-in-a-lifetime journey that will benefit both his students and colleagues.  Henricksen was selected as one of 26 teachers from across the United States to participate in the 2014 field season of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration’s Teacher at Sea program. 


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Westerville City Schools Board of Education Seeks New Member

The Westerville City Schools Board of Education is seeking a community member to replace Cindy Crowe, who submitted her resignation effective May 19.  The appointed person will remain on the Board through the completion of Mrs. Crowe’s term, December 31, 2015.


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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.  The Advisory Committees welcome the nomination of any Westerville North or South graduate.


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High Schools Offer Football Season Tickets
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YWCA Kids Place to Provide School-Age Childcare
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Westerville Schools to Auction Two Properties on November 19

The Board of Education of the Westerville City School District will be holding two separate public auctions for two properties owned by the Board and located at (1) 135 E. Walnut Street (tax parcel number 080-000668) and (2) 145 E. Walnut Street (tax parcel number 080-000640), in the City of Westerville, Franklin County, Ohio.  Each parcel of real estate to be auctioned includes the permanent improvements located on the Board-owned land.


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Press conference continues district’s history as prime location for candidate visits

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ed Fitzgerald held a May 14, 2014, press conference outside the Westerville City School District’s Early Learning Center to address the importance of investing in Early Childhood Education, thereby adding his name to the growing list of local, state and national political candidates visiting the district while on the campaign trail.


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School Offices Close for Memorial Day

In observance of Memorial Day, offices in the Westerville City School District will be closed on Monday, May 26.  Offices will open at regular times on Tuesday, May 27.


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Westerville City Schools to Receive National Energy Award

Faculty and staff at Westerville City Schools have consistently paved the energy conservation pathway for other organizations while achieving significant cost avoidance with energy-efficient behavior — and now those good habits are earning the organization national recognition.

Westerville City Schools has achieved a 32 percent energy cost avoidance totaling $10,405,637 since forming a strategic alliance with Cenergistic approximately six and a half years ago.


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Wizard of Oz to be Performed at Westerville Central High School August 2 – 4
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Westerville Students to Receive 2013 Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Award

Each November the Central Ohio community comes together to celebrate National Philanthropy day by honoring the people and organizations in our community who have touched the lives of others through their philanthropic intent.  The celebration is presented by the Central Ohio Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.  This year, Westerville Central High School freshman Jacob Glorioso and Walnut Springs Middle School eighth grade student Katerini Soisson will receive the 2013 Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Award.


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Middle School Students Attend Annual Career-Based Art Exploration Trip

May 2, 40 highly talented visual artists and their art teachers from each of the four Westerville City Schools middle schools attended the 5th annual “Career in the Visual Arts” trip.  Students visited the Columbus Museum of Art and the Columbus College of Art and Design, thanks to funding from the Career Education and Gifted Education Departments.


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School Bus Driver Appreciation Day is Celebrated in Westerville

Each day Westerville’s school bus drivers safely deliver children to school, home, field trips and athletic events.  They are committed to providing safe, effective, efficient and healthy transportation for children in the district.  The Ohio Legislature designated Monday, May 5, 2014, as School Bus Driver Appreciation Day. 


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Cherrington Donates 279 Pounds of Candy to Troops Overseas

Cherrington Elementary School students donated 279 pounds of Halloween candy to troops overseas.  The fifth grade collected the 11 boxes of sweet treats and gave them to Dr. Anna Warnock as part of her buy-back program.  The $279.00 was then returned to Dr. Warnock to help pay for the shipping of the candy to troops.


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800 Show Up for Fouse’s Annual PTO Pancake Breakfast

Fouse Elementary held its 4th annual PTO Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, November 9.  Nearly 800 hungry participants showed up to enjoy a meal and support their school.  In addition to enjoying the pancakes, the guests were entertained by students who sang, danced, and played their recorders. 


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Sunrise Rotary Recognizes 2013-2014 Service to Youth Award Winners

The Westerville Sunrise Rotary Club hosted a breakfast at the Old Bag of Nails on Wednesday morning, May 7, 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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Westerville City Schools Magnet Program Open House Scheduled for May 7

Westerville City Schools will host a Magnet Program Open House at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 7, at Hanby Elementary School, which is located at 56 S. State Street.  Following a 45-minute general presentation about the three program options available, families will be able to visit both Hanby and Emerson elementary schools to tour these facilities. 


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Two Westerville Students Earn $2,500 National Merit Scholarship Corporation Grants

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation has announced the names of this year’s National Merit $2,500 scholarship winners, two of whom are Westerville City Schools students.  Westerville South High School senior McKenna J. Davis plans to study Physics and Westerville Central’s Meghan N. Wilson will pursue a course of study in International Relations.  The designees were chosen from a talent pool of more than 15,000 outstanding Finalists in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program.


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Veteran Addresses Students at Walnut Springs Middle School

Students at Walnut Springs Middle School were honored to have Walter Link, father to teacher Nancy Palumbo, as a guest speaker on Monday, November 11, in honor of Veteran’s Day.  Link served as First Lieutenant in the Army Infantry during World War II.  He received the American Campaign Medal, the Bronze Star, Combat Infantry Badge, the WWII Army of Occupation Service Medal and, perhaps the most important of all, the WWII Victory Medal.


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Therapy Dog Aids Students at Huber Ridge Elementary School

A brightly colored, certified therapy dog named Oliver, along with his owner, Julie Gray, are visiting Huber Ridge Elementary School on a weekly basis to engage in work with emotionally disturbed students in the classrooms of Adam Flugge, George Victory and Heather Lewis.


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Fouse Collaborates with Otterbein to Create Project Recess

The Fouse Elementary School PTO and faculty have been working with Otterbein University Junior Early Education students, under the direction of Leslie Thompson, to create and implement Project Recess.  The goal is to provide options, choices, enrichment and enthusiasm for activities that can be pursued during indoor or outdoor recess. 


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Westerville Parent Council Awards Six 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, three of which were co-sponsored with GFS Marketplace.


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Blendon takes PRIDE in Recognizing November Students of the Month

November PRIDE Program student awardees at Blendon Middle School are Sydney Russell and Jeff Hairston, and the staff recipient is Robert Payne.


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Major Greg Fester honored at Westerville North High School on Veterans Day

A memorial plaque in honor of U.S. Army Major Gregory John Fester, a 1982 graduate, was dedicated in front of Westerville North High School on Monday, November 11 – Veteran’s Day.  Friends, family members, alumni, military colleagues and staff were present at the ceremony to remember the “ultimate Warrior.”  


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Bette Marschall Grant Recipients Announced

The Bette Marschall Memorial Education Fund of The Columbus Foundation has announced the recipients of nine grant awards totaling $2,946 to Westerville City Schools personnel for applications submitted this spring.


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Westerville Education Association Celebrates Teachers at Spring Reception

On May 7, 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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Last Day of Classes in the Westerville City School District is May 23

The last day of classes for the 2013-2014 school year in the Westerville City School District is Friday, May 23, 2014.  A Teacher Professional Day will take place on Tuesday, May 27.


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Westerville South High School Athletes Sign Letters of Intent

Friends, family members, and staff packed the Media Center at Westerville South High School on Wednesday, November 13, in support of four student athletes who signed Letters of Intent to participate in collegiate sports.  Justin Arens will play golf at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee; McKenna Moore will row at Syracuse University in New York State; Patrick Orr will play baseball at Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia; and Madison Russell will play volleyball for Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio.  


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Wilder Celebrates Veteran’s Day with Flag Raising Ceremony and Luncheon

Wilder Elementary celebrated Veteran’s Day with a flag raising ceremony that featured the entire school population singing Thank a Vet and Grand Old Flag.  Once again, appreciation was expressed for a special flag that had been donated to the school – one that flew in Afghanistan, representing our American heroes.


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Westerville Commencement Ceremonies will Take Place on May 24

Westerville North High School ceremonies will be held at 10:00 a.m., followed by Westerville Central High School at 2:00 p.m. and Westerville South 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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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 1.  May students are:  Kelly Piper, Westerville Central High School; Moises Vasquez, Westerville North High School; Caitlin Cahoon, Westerville South High School; and Audrey Marzec, St. Francis DeSales High School


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Four Middle School Students Earn Scholarships to Be WISE Camp at Denison University

The Westerville Branch of the American Association of University Women, in cooperation with the Westerville City Schools Gifted Education Department, has awarded four scholarships to the Be WISE Camp at Denison University this summer.  Recipients of the scholarships are Ruthie Curry, grade 6, Blendon Middle School; Kendel Seabury, grade 6, Genoa Middle School; Jenny Courts, grade 7, Heritage Middle School; and Erica Fite, grade 6, Walnut Springs Middle School.


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Meteorologist Bill Kelly Educates Wilder Students about Weather

Third and fourth grade students at Wilder Elementary School enjoyed a visit on November 8 by Bill Kelly, Chief Meteorologist for ABC 6/FOX 28.  Kelly presented an enthusiastic program about weather, which included a cloud-making demonstration.  He answered many questions and some of the students present were pictured on the local news that evening.


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Hanby’s 90th Birthday Party Draws Nostalgic Visitors

Approximately 150 visitors roamed the hallowed halls of Hanby Elementary School on Saturday, November 9, to join in the celebration commemorating the buildings 90th birthday.  Historical displays were set up for viewing, old yearbooks and photographs were featured, individuals in period costumes were present, and a storybook created by Hanby students including children’s drawings of historical antidotes about Westerville High School was made available.


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Westerville School District Announces Changes in Building Level Leadership Team

Westerville City Schools has announced changes in its building level leadership team.  Beginning with the next school year, Vicki Jarrell will transition from being part-time Emerson principal/part-time gifted coordinator to serving as the district’s full-time Coordinator of Gifted & Talented Services. Current Hanby Principal Jan Fedorenko will be assigned to both Hanby and Emerson elementaries next school year to work with the teaching staff on curriculum and professional development for the three magnet programs.

The Magnet School Principal job will be posted today by the District’s Human Resources Department to ensure the position is filled prior to the start of next school year.


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Westerville Wild Warbots Plans Robotics Showcase on May 13

The Westerville Wild Warbots will host a Robotics Showcase at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 13, at Westerville Central High School, which is located at 7118 Mt. Royal Avenue.  Community members are invited to attend and celebrate the ingenuity, dedication, and creative spirit of students who are anxious to showcase the fruits of their labor. 


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Genoa’s Ben Clark Advances to Middle School Chess Tournament in May

All Genoa Middle School students were invited to participate in a school-wide chess tournament which took place on Thursday, April 3.  The competition was fierce, but in the end eighth grade student Ben Clark emerged victorious.  He will represent the building in the Middle School Chess Tournament in May.  Placing second was sixth grader Andrew Lin.  Eighth grade student Tyler Lenoy came in third. 


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Award-Winning Children’s Author Works at Hawthorne Elementary School

Elementary libraries throughout the Westerville City School District are receiving copies of the first two books in the Sidney & Sydney series.  Hawthorne Elementary children who have questions or comments about the popular stories can walk down the hall and talk to the author, Michele Jakubowski, school secretary.


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Renaissance Qualifiers at Heritage are Treated to a Pancake Breakfast

On Friday, November 8, Heritage Middle School hosted a pancake breakfast to celebrate first quarter Renaissance qualifiers.  More than 415 students were in attendance.  Pupils enjoyed catching their pancakes as they were flipped to them by Matt Block from Chris Cakes Pancake Caterers.  After stopping to top their pancakes, students picked from their choice of breakfast meats and orange juice.


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Heritage Students Lauded at Science Competition

Heritage Middle School students Jenny Courts, Brian Courts, Jack Lovell, Cheyney Carr and Kasyn Scarantine participated in District Science Day, which took place on Saturday, March 15 at Columbus State Community College.  They qualified to advance to the Ohio Academy of Science State Science Day, which will be held on May 10 at The Ohio State University.  Austin Yanichko and Henry Robbins also participated in District Science Day.


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BOE to Meet in May
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Three Cherrington Students to be Inducted into the AAA Ohio Safety Patrol Hall of Fame

From 6,000 submissions sent in throughout the State of Ohio, 10 students have been chosen for induction into the AAA Ohio Safety Patrol Hall of Fame.  Three attend Cherrington Elementary School in Westerville – fifth graders Nick McConnell and Andrew DeVictor, and fourth grade pupil Elizabeth Potterf.


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WPE Starry Night Festival Draws more than 1,500 Participants

More than 1,500 people packed into Westerville South High School for the Westerville Partners for Education’s Starry Night family festival on Sunday afternoon, April 6.  Critters, robots, origami, LEGOs, music, costumes, bonsai trees and over 60 different exhibits from Columbus’ premier educational organizations were on hand to present interactive experiences for students and families.  Students watched puppet shows, drove robots, acted out dramas, explored live insects, learned about 3-D printing, and watched sky shows from within the indoor planetarium.  Dr. Tom Burns from Perkins Observatory and the Ohio State University’s Meteorology Club presented to auditorium audiences and Tim Kaiser demonstrated handmade instruments.


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Westerville City Schools Employee Wellness Participants Complete 5k on November 9

Approximately 200 Westerville City Schools employees gathered at Westerville North High School on Saturday, November 9, to celebrate the conclusion of a seven-week Employee Wellness training program.  The culminating event was the walking or running of a 5k.  The activity was sponsored by the district’s Wellness Committee.


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Students and Staff at Heritage Middle School Honor Veterans on November 11

Students and staff at Heritage Middle School participated in many activities to prepare for the Veterans Day Assembly on Monday, November 11.  These included a poster making contest; the construction of a wall of honor; a daily Veterans Day trivia contest; and a writing campaign which resulted in 300 letters of thanks to service men and women being given to the Westerville American Legion Auxiliary.


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Pointview Activities Engage Families

Pointview Elementary School hosted a number of extracurricular activities in recent weeks designed to engage families.


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Hawthorne Elementary Students Write Winter Olympians

To kick off an Olympic unit in Physical Education, students at Hawthorne Elementary School wrote friendly letters to 100 athletes who competed in the Sochi winter games.  So far, 61 responses have been received from 21 athletes.


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Westerville Students Succeed in 2014 Letters about Literature Contest

Three Westerville students have been invited to attend a luncheon and awards ceremony at the Main Branch of the Cleveland Public Library on Saturday, May 3, where they will be recognized for their success in The Ohio Center for the Book’s 2014 Letters About Literature contest.  Sponsored by the Library of Congress, this is a national reading and writing competition for pupils in grades 4-12.  Students are asked to write to an author, living or dead, whose work has affected them.


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Middle School Students Advance to State Invention Convention

The fifth annual Westerville City Schools Middle School Invention Convention was held at Blendon Middle School on Wednesday, April 9, where 42 students represented each of the four middle schools.  Sponsored by the Gifted Education Department and each middle school, students competed at the building level and were invited to the district competition to set up displays and be judged by a panel of distinguished educators, administrators, and community members.


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Wilder Student Wins Top Honors at Eighth Annual Lego Competition

Fifth grade Wilder Elementary School student David Osborne (pictured above) was named Overall Grand Winner at the eighth annual Westerville City Schools Lego Competition held April 5 at Heritage Middle School.  Dr. Scott Ebbrecht, facilitator of the annual event, commented to the nearly 130 student participants and their family members, “Perseverance paid off for David in that he has competed each year since kindergarten, and on his final attempt, took home the grand prize!”  Proceeds from the event benefited Westerville’s Elementary Leadership Summit and the Children Supporting Children Foundation.


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Westerville Central’s Alex McDowell Wins Rotary’s Four-Way Speech Contest

On April 17, Westerville Central High School senior Alex McDowell won The Rotary Club of Westerville’s Four-Way Speech Contest.Competitors were asked to consider:  Of the things we think, say or do, is it the truth?  Is it fair to all concerned?  Will it build goodwill and better friendships?  Will it be beneficial to all concerned? 


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Genoa Students Win National Pythagorean Contest

Throughout this school year, Pamela Charleston’s 6th grade advanced math class at Genoa Middle School has participated in the 31st Continental Mathematics League Contest, facilitated through the Gifted Education Department. This math contest challenges students to improve their reading comprehension and problem-solving skills by completing multi-step math problems. This year, the Genoa students competed in the Pythagorean Contest Division.


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Sixth Grade Science Classes Take On the STEM ‘Chip Challenge’

Sixth grade students from advanced science classes took part in the fourth 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 Westerville City Schools Superintendent Dr. John Kellogg, whose office is located at the Early Learning Center, 936 Eastwind Drive.  Upon arrival, the packages and the chip they contained were evaluated and scored.  The goal was to design a package to have the smallest volume and smallest mass that protected the chip so that it would arrive at its destination undamaged.


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Students Spread the Word to End the Word

From April 7-11, the Otterbein University Special Olympics Club, along with Westerville City Schools students from the Best of Both Worlds program, engaged in a campaign to get individuals to sign a pledge to stop using the ‘R’ word – retard(ed).  The R word hurts those with intellectual disabilities because it is exclusive, offensive and derogatory.


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Westerville Wild Warbots Robotics Team Excels at Regional Tournaments

While other students were taking a Spring break from their class work, the members of the Westerville Wild Warbots robotics team continued to exercise their minds as they competed at two FIRST Robotics Challenge regional competitions, posting some of the most successful finishes in the team’s history.


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Westerville South Athletes Sign Letters of Intent

Several Westerville South student-athletes took part in a college signing on Wednesday, April 16.  They have committed to the play their sport at these respective institutions. 

Front row (left to right):  McKenna Davis (Rhodes College-Women's Lacrosse), Jada Smoot (Marietta College-Women’s Basketball), Cheyenne Raker (Ohio Northern-Women’s Basketball), Victoria Husain (Capital University-Women’s Lacrosse), Hannah Gotschall (Concordia University-Women’s Bowling), and Casey Kusan (Wheeling Jesuit University-Women’s Lacrosse).

Back row:  Nikki Mantle (Muskingum University-Fast Pitch Softball), Kamari Walden (Eastern Kentucky University-Football), Darien Miller (College of Mount St. Joseph-Football), Josh Wilson (Wittenberg University-Football), and Tim Bates (Wittenberg University-Football).


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Health and Fitness Activities Enjoyed by all at Mark Twain Elementary School

Students from Otterbein University and the Westerville City Schools Best of Both Worlds program joined forces to host the Mark Twain Elementary Health and Activity Night on Thursday evening, April 3. A number of interactive activities were offered, all of which were designed to educate children and adults about health topics. 


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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 3.  April students are:  Jessica Stroh, Westerville Central High School; Roderick (R.J.) Hutcherson, Westerville North High School; and Rachel Putnam, St. Francis DeSales High School.


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Students Rewarded for Positive Behavior at Pointview

Students at Pointview Elementary School have been showing their PRIDE in recent weeks.  They have been “caught” by the entire staff being prepared, respectful, independent, determined, and engaged in learning.  On April 2, an assembly was held where the children were able to discuss with teachers and with each other what PRIDE-ful behavior looked like in different areas of the building.  At that same assembly, students learned how they could earn PRIDE awards from any staff member at anytime for demonstrating appropriate behaviors.


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Hanby Arts Auction Nets $7,000 for School

Hanby Magnet School held its 12th annual Arts Auction on Saturday, April 12.  The ticket auction items included a trip for four to Disney, a handmade quilt from Linda Ferguson and a painting by Dr. Jan Fedorenko, Principal.  Local artists and businesses also donated items and services for this annual fund raiser that netted over $7,000 in profits.  Funds from the auction support student field trips, guest speakers and special programs that integrate the arts and sciences in the classroom curriculums.  


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Genoa Firefighters Blaze a Trail for Literacy

The Genoa Township Professional Firefighters completed their successful 2014 Blaze a Trail for Literacy reading program, and have announced that the school that read the most minutes is Alcott Elementary, with 22,881 minutes read.  Top individual readers were Laura Richards, Fouse Elementary; Isaac Leigh, Alcott Elementary; and Nicholas Struntz at Walnut Creek.


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Robert Frost Student Council Hosts Spring Dash 5K

The Robert Frost Elementary School Student Council hosted a Spring Dash 5k on Saturday, April 5, at Westerville Central High School.  A portion of the proceeds from the event benefitted the Oakstone Academy, which provides services for children with autism spectrum disorder.


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Volunteers are Honored throughout the Westerville City School District

Volunteers in the Westerville City School District play an important and much appreciated role in the educational process for both students and staff. While their true value and impact cannot be measured, their contributions are acknowledged in some way at most every school building this time of year.  


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Seventh Grade Advanced Science Classes Visit Jackson Pike Wastewater Treatment Plant

To enhance their scientific studies, seventh grade Advanced Science classes at Heritage Middle School recently visited the Jackson Pike Wastewater Treatment Plant in Columbus.


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Westerville North Grad Phillip Craigmile Wins DAAD RISE Award

Westerville North High School graduate Phillip Craigmile, now a sophomore studying biological sciences in the Honors Tutorial College at Ohio University (OU), has won the DAAD RISE award, a German internship program based in Bonn.  As such, he will travel to Germany this summer and work in a research lab with a graduate student to characterize the mechanism that causes lung cancer radio resistance.  Craigmile has been researching radiation therapy and its effectiveness in breast cancer patients while working for ShinHee Lee, a postdoctoral fellow at OU.


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Hawthorne’s Alisa Franklin Receives Service to Youth Award from Rotary Sunrise

Alisa Franklin, a physical education teacher at Hawthorne Elementary School, was surprised on April 17 when a group of Sunrise Rotarians showed up in the gymnasium to present her with the Diane J. Conley Rotary Club of Westerville Sunrise Service to Youth award. 


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Huber Ridge Remembers Connor Talbert

On Friday afternoon, April 4, second grade students gathered to remember classmate Connor Talbert, who passed away last year due to pulmonary hypertension, a disease of the lungs and heart.  Talbert’s friends, family members, neighbors and teachers held a PTA-sponsored memorial service in the cafeteria to remember the young boy.


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Heritage Students Learn About Freedom Riders at Ohio Historical Society

Eighth grade Advanced Language Arts classes taught by Candace Shicks at Heritage Middle School enjoyed a recent trip to the Ohio Historical Society to hear a presentation and see a movie about the Freedom Riders.  They learned about the mass effort to challenge the racial status quo in the Deep South, when hundreds of volunteers from various walks of life boarded buses and headed south, risking being jailed, beaten or killed. 


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Golf Outing will Benefit Westerville South Athletic Department

The Westerville South High School Athletic Boosters is sponsoring a golf outing on Monday, June 9, to benefit the school’s Athletic Department.  The event will take place at the Blackhawk Golf Club, which is located at 8830 Dustin Road in Galena.  Activities include open range and putting green; doughnuts and coffee; 18 holes of golf with a cart (9:00 a.m. start); City Barbeque lunch after the game; and awards, raffle and a silent auction.


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Middle School Students Attend Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s Career Day

On Friday, April 11, nearly 40 students from each of the four Westerville City middle schools attended the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Middle School Career Day.  There, medical professionals including radiologists, pharmacists and respiratory therapists shared information about healthcare careers.


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Robert Frost Students Remind Community to Save Energy

On April 15 at 7:00 p.m., six students from Bethany Morris’s 3rd grade Magnet class, with help from Andrew Boatright of the Westerville Electric Division, presented their Service Learning Project Portfolio to the Westerville City Council.  During the third and fourth quarters of the 2013-14 school year, Morris and her students participated in the Youth Awards Program for Energy Achievement Project sponsored by OEP (The Ohio Energy Project) and NEED (National Energy Education Development).


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Westerville Central Students Enjoy 8th annual Arts Alive Festival

Westerville Central High School’s 8th annual Arts Alive Festival went off without a hitch on Thursday, April 17, thanks to cooperative weather and some 50 students and staff who worked with art teachers to produce the ambitious outdoor event.  This was the largest chalk walk ever, with 140 four-foot chalk murals drawn on the sidewalk surrounding the building.  More than 350 high school students helped create the collaborative chalk murals, along with 60 4th and 5th graders from Alcott Elementary.


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Chamber Strings Orchestra Performs for Students at Huber Ridge

The Chamber Strings Orchestra performed a mid-day assembly for the students of Huber Ridge on March 4. The orchestra, consisting of Columbus area 6-9 graders, played a variety of music including classical pieces and show tunes. Conductor Dr. Robert Gillespie had the performers show the elementary students how to pluck the stringed instruments.  A few Huber Ridge students got to sit in the performers’ chairs to perform during one song.


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Westerville High School Students View “Chasing Ice” Documentary

Students at all three Westerville high schools got the opportunity during the month of May to view Chasing Ice, an Academy Award-nominated documentary film that captures visual evidence of climate change through the use of time-lapse photography.  The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, has been shown in 172 countries, and has won nearly 40 awards from festivals around the world.  It was also screened at the United Nations, before Congress, and at the White House.


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Americanism and Government Test High Scorers Lauded by Board of Education

At its April 14 Regular Session, the Westerville City Schools Board of Education and Superintendent recognized Westerville students Allison Ubry, a junior at Westerville Central, and Yensong (Ted) Li, a sophomore at Westerville North, for achieving top scores in the district on the Americanism and Government Test.  In addition, Jeremy Paul, a junior at Westerville North, and Ubry were lauded for earning the highest overall score (tie) of all the students tested in Westerville City Schools.


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Wilder Hosts OAA Events for Students and Parents

Parents of fourth and fifth grade students gathered at Wilder on March 13 to listen as Principal Victoria Hazlett and Instructional Coach Kim Wickham shared tips on preparing youngsters for Ohio Achievement Assessments.


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Columbia Gas Provides Energy Efficiency Learning Experiences for Students

Students at heritage and Genoa middle schools are learning to become wise consumers of energy, while at the same time helping their families save money by reducing energy waste at home.  Many pupils are participating in the Be E3 Smart Program, sponsored by Columbia Gas of Ohio.


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8th Grade Westerville Students Participate in Mock Trial Competition

The 2013-14 8th grade Mock Trial teams from each of the four Westerville middle schools participated in the State Showcase on Wednesday, April 2 at the Thomas J. Moyer Ohio Judicial Center in Downtown Columbus.  Each school competed in two trials, one with their defense team and the second with their prosecuting team


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Math Integrated Enrichment Project Inspires Fouse Students to Ponder Vacation Time

Where would you go if you could go anywhere on vacation?  What would you do when you got there?  Where would you stay?  How much would it cost?  These are some of the questions students in Janelle Genth’s third grade class at Fouse Elementary School were asked to ponder, thanks to a math-integrated enrichment project led by retired teacher Connie Himes.


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Westerville North Students Learn Valuable Lessons from KEMBA Simulation

For the past few years at Westerville North High School, representatives from Kemba Financial have spoken with U.S. Government students about financial literacy. They share information about the importance of having a budget, a bank and a savings plan in order to obtain financial security. 


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Chess Club Gains in Popularity at Mark Twain Elementary School

Every Tuesday morning before school begins at Mark Twain Elementary, some 60 students gather to get a head start on the day by playing chess.  The Chess Club has been in session for two years and has been run by parent volunteer April Hynes.


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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 6.  March students are: Morgan Beck, Westerville Central High School; and Katelyn Pollock, St. Francis DeSales.


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Alcott First Graders Release CD Entitled “Snow Days Rock”

A CD release party was held at Alcott Elementary School on Friday evening, March 14.  Friends and family members packed the Media Center to hear Jim Ledford’s first grade students perform 18 songs from their newly-released CD entitled “Snow Days Rock.” 

Accompanying the children were Ledford on guitar, Casey Wright on drums and Rich Robinson on bass guitar.  The recording was made at the Blue Moon Recording Studio in Columbus. 


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State Reflection Winners Honored by Westerville Board of Education

Students who received accolades at the State contest were recognized by the Westerville City Schools Board of Education on Monday evening, April 14.  They were presented by Westerville Parent Council representatives Lisa Wood and Kristen Buckley.


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Wilder Elementary School Celebrates the Arrival of Spring

Wilder Elementary School’s annual Spring Fling, held on March 20, packed the house with pupils and their families.  The staff scooped and served delicious bowls of ice cream in a variety of flavors.  The fifth grade team sold pizza.  A book fair was held in the gymnasium.  And families were given an “ice cream passport” to use while checking out a number of exciting educational stations.


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Dr. Steve Coolahan Receives Service to Youth Award from Rotary Sunrise

Dr. Steve Coolahan, a school psychologist, received the Diane J. Conley Rotary Club of Westerville Sunrise Service to Youth award on Friday morning, April 11. An American flag will be flown in his honor during Westerville’s Field of Heroes display.


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Westerville Safety City Program Announces New Registration Procedure

Parents of children who will be attending kindergarten this fall are eligible to register their youngsters online for Safety City beginning on April 21.  The program will be held Monday through Friday, June 2-13, at Robert Frost Elementary School, which is located at 270 North Spring Road.  Two sessions will take place each day – one from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m., and one from 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.


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Mark Twain’s Empty Bowls Luncheon Benefits Local Charities

On Friday, March 21, students, family members and community supporters packed the gymnasium at Mark Twain Elementary School for the annual Empty Bowls Luncheon.The Mark Twain PTA, fifth grade Service Club Members, participants in the annual Elementary Leadership Summit and children in grades 4 and 5 hosted the event.


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Westerville Education Foundation Receives Donation

The Westerville Education Foundation (WEF) has received a generous donation in the amount of $10,000 from Alliance Data.


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Three Westerville Students Advance to State Laws of Life Essay Competition

Twenty-nine State finalists have been chosen in the 2014 Laws of Life Essay Contest, three of whom are students in the Westerville City School District.  At the high school level, Avery Pierson and Christopher Scheren from Westerville North were selected, along with middle school participant Arianna Kellum from Genoa.  Elizabeth Glenn is the Westerville North High School contest coordinator, and Brandy Spears is Kellum’s teacher.  Westerville’s middle school Laws of Life contest is facilitated through the Gifted Education Department. 


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Westerville Central Science Olympiad Team Excels at Central Ohio Science Olympiad

The Westerville Central High School Science Olympiad Team, coached by Minnie Herrick and Phil Crank, competed March 16 in the Central Ohio Science Olympiad, which was held at Grandview High School.  The event tested students in 23 different areas of scientific study.


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Westerville Board of Education Recognizes Buckeye Boys & Girls State Delegates

The Westerville City Schools Board of Education, at its Regular Session held on April 14, recognized a number of high school students who were selected by American Legion Post 171 to attend this year’s Buckeye Boys State and Buckeye Girls State.


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Local High School Students Win Otterbein University Contest

Three central Ohio high school students have been recognized by Otterbein University in the third annual Martin Luther King Jr. Multimedia, Essay and Art Contest.  Twenty-seven students participated in the contest.


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Fouse Student Inspires Classmates to Raise Awareness for Cerebral Palsy

Fourth grade student Adriana Lyons gets by with a little help from her friends.  Lots of friends, in fact, as evidenced by the support she received on March 21, National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day. Classmates and staff purchased HOPE shirts and wore green to honor Lyons, with proceeds going to Reaching for the Stars, a Foundation of HOPE.


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Pointview Students Raise Money to Purchase Activity Kits for Children Battling Cancer

Every school day, 46 children are diagnosed with cancer.  These youngsters spend from weeks to months at a time in hospitals as they undergo chemotherapy, radiation therapy, surgery and other procedures.  In order to help make their stay a little more pleasant, the Pointview Elementary Leadership Team, along with The Friends of Faith Pruden Foundation, raised money to buy items for activity kits, which contain puzzles, puzzle books, card games, markers, colored pencils, crayons, etc.


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Fouse Families Learn Math Skills to Practice during Summer Months

Fouse Elementary School kicked off spring with a fun Math Night on Thursday evening, April 10, for students in grades 1-4. Teachers set up tables with multiple games using dice, cards, and computation activities.  Activity packets were distributed for each family to use at home during summer months.


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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 11 – Megan Collins Koester, Trina Scott Anthony, and Elisa Smock Locke.  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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Westerville Central Freshman Awarded State Fencing Crown

Westerville Central High School freshman Kelli Wozniak extended her reign as the state champion in women’s saber at the Ohio High School Fencing Championships in a tightly called bout on Saturday, March 29, at Royal Arts Fencing Academy in Columbus.


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Bald is Beautiful at Walnut Springs Middle School

Students, staff and the PTSA at Walnut Springs Middle School have spent the last few weeks supporting the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which helps to conquer childhood cancers by funding research projects.On March 15, at Fado’s Irish Pub in Easton Town Center, Assistant Principal Becca Yanni joined dozens of others by getting her head shaved in public as part of a fundraising effort called “Be the Answer for Kids with Cancer.”


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Starry Night STEAM Festival Returns to Westerville

On Sunday, April 6, from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m., the Westerville Partners for Education (WPE) will host the second annual “Nationwide Children’s Hospital Starry Night” family learning festival at Westerville South High School, 303 S. Otterbein Avenue.  The festival will offer the community interactive learning opportunities with experts from Columbus’ premier educational and non-profit organizations.


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Westerville South Graduate Traevon Jackson to Compete in Final Four

Westerville South High School graduate Traevon Jackson will play in the NCAA Men’s Final Four tournament this weekend in Arlington, Texas.  Jackson, a 2011 graduate of Westerville South, is now a junior at the University of Wisconsin and starts as point guard for the Badgers.  This year Jackson has helped lead Wisconsin to a 30-7 record and to its first Final Four since 2000.


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Kindergarten Registration is Underway in Westerville Schools

Kindergarten registration is under way in the Westerville City School District for children who will be five years old on or before September 30, 2014.  Individual appointments are being conducted at the Enrollment and Family Resource Center, which is located in the OhioHealth building at 300 Polaris Parkway. 


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Summer School Dates are Announced
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Westerville Delays OAA Exam Dates for Elementary, Middle School Students

Recent action by the Ohio Department of Education has expanded the window in which school districts can administer Ohio Achievement Assessments (OAA) to students in grades 3-8.


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Westerville Schools Receives Grant for Installing Security Locks

Westerville City Schools will receive $72,179.98 from the Ohio School Facilities Commission (OSFC) as part of its School Security Grant Program, for having installed new security locks throughout the district.  The grant will cover the cost of the new locks.


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