District News Archive
BOE to Meet in January

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


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Robert Frost Students Embrace Season of Giving

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


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Westerville City Schools Athletic Fees Can Now Be Paid Through EZPAY

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


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Preschool Holiday Program Brings Joy to Attendees

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


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Westerville Community Scholarship Application Deadline is January 16

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


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Career Day at Walnut Springs Gets Students Thinking about their Future

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


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

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


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Student Leaders at Pointview Organize Food Drive to Benefit Westerville Christian

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


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

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


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

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


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Blendon Students Raise Money for Charity: Water

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


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Westerville Central Students Partake in Physics Challenge

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


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Sixth Grade Science Classes take on the STEM Straw Tower Challenge

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


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Westerville Central Supports its Warhawk Football Team throughout Successful Season

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


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

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


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Mark Twain Celebrates 40 Years of Excellence in Education

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


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2014-15 International Week Celebrated At Emerson Magnet School

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


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

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


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Rotary Club of Westerville Names December Students of the Month

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


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

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


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“Sounds of the Season” Slated at Westerville South on December 16
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Westerville North’s Chase Brumfield to Play Softball at Wheeling Jesuit University

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


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ESL Parents Learn About Community Connections

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


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

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


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

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


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Master Teachers Recognized at Board of Education Meeting

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


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Walnut Springs Assistant Principal Challenges Students to Keyboarding Contest

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


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

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


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Cherrington “Girls on the Run” Team Completes 5K

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


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

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


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

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


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GEM Award Nominations Sought by Westerville Parent Council

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


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Otterbein Professor Focuses on Developing Cultural Connections for Westerville Parents

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


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Winter Break Draws Near

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


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Westerville School Board Recognizes Seven A+ Award Winners

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


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

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


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Westerville North’s Mason Miller will Swim for Buffalo

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


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Hawthorne Third Graders Researching History of their School

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


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

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


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225 Blendon Middle School Students Lauded During Renaissance Celebration

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


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High School Hall of Fame Nominations Sought

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


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Huber Ridge Students Celebrate School’s Golden Anniversary

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


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Westerville South Recognizes Cats with Class

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


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Blendon Middle School Students Explore History through Biography Wax Museum

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


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Cherrington Winterfest & Craft Show is Saturday, December 6

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


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

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


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Ninth Annual Warrior Way Leadership Summit Draws 200 Students

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


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Westerville Students Featured on WOCC’s School’s Out

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


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Westerville Schools Hosts Community Assembly Program Inspiring Students to Invent

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


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Hanby Students Learn from Erosion Experiment

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


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Blendon Honor Students Participate in Craft Club with Pointview Children

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


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Rusty Cottrel Portrays Shawnee Indian Chief Black Hoof at Hawthorne Elementary

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


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Heritage Counselor Provides Personal Hygiene Boxes to Middle School Guidance Offices

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


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Rotary Club of Westerville Names November Students of the Month

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


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

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


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Stellar Students at Heritage Enjoy Ice Cream Sundae Social

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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Knights of Columbus Presents Special Education Department with Generous Donation

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


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

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


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ESL Students at Westerville North Enjoy Lunch Bunch Game Day

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


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Veterans are Honored Throughout School District on November 11

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


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

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


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

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


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Genoa Police Officer Warns Students about the Dangers of Drug Use

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


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Beardly T-Shirt Sale will Benefit Three Causes This Year

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


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Collaborative STEAMHub Comes to Hanby

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


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

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


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December 3 ESL Parent Meeting Will Cover Variety of Topics

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


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Westerville Partners Brings Tutoring Program to Pointview

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


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

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


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North/South Cross Town Rivalry is a Cherished Community Tradition

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


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“Cultural Connections for Westerville Parents” Slated for November 20

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


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Spooky Read Night Enchants McVay Students and Parents Alike

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


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

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


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Huber Ridge Celebrates 50 Years of Learning, Family and Fun

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


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Seven to Receive Westerville City Schools A+ Awards

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


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

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


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Westerville Preschoolers Trick or Treat Upstairs in the Early Learning Center

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


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Schools Close for Thanksgiving Break

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


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Westerville Staff Learns How to Motivate Students

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


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

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


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Club Donates American Girl Doll and Books to Hawthorne Elementary School

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


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Cherrington Principal Takes on New Persona for Daily Announcements

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


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

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


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Bette Marschall Grant Recipients Announced

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


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

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


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30th Annual Mark Twain Craft Bazaar is November 1

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


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Board of Education Approves 2015-2016 School Calendar
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Financial Forecast Highlights Include Cash Balance Stretching Emergency Levy Additional Year

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


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

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


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Important Information to Know about Ohio’s Next Generation Assessments

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


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November 6 Seminar Scheduled Regarding College Bound Students with an IEP

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


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Sumo Wrestlers Face Off in Robert Frost Gymnasium

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


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Westerville North Academic Boosters Honor 246 Hard Working Students

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


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

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


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

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


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Tony Zilincik Conducts Tuba/Baritone Workshop at Blendon Middle School

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


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Reggaeton Singer Guero Loco Visits Spanish Classes at Genoa Middle School

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


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

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


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Westerville Schools Staff Learns CPR on Central OEA/NEA Day

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


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ESL Parent Meeting Draws 80 Families

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


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Westerville South Key Club Sponsors Memorable Soccer Night for Special Olympians

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


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

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


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Forget Waldo, Where’s Mr. Uher?

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


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Successful Junior Mentoring Program Benefits All

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


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School Board Recognizes Two Students

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


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Westerville Parent Council Report Shows Volunteer Efforts Continue to Grow

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


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Genoa Staff Tailgates in Support of Athletic Teams

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


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Westerville Schools Have Two National Achievement Semifinalists

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


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Families Pack Whittier for Annual Fall Festival

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


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School Board to Meet in Executive Session

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


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Commended Students Named in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program

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


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Westerville School District Hosts Multitude of Foreign Exchange Students

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


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

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


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ESL Parent Meeting Slated for October 21

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


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Warhawk Spirit in Full Swing at Westerville Central High School

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


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International Walk to School Day was October 8

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


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Rotary Club of Westerville Names October Students of the Month

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


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North Seniors Named as Outstanding Participants in National Achievement Program

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


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Westerville Schools Host DARE Officers in Training

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


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Head-Start Preschool Students Sought for New Central College Location

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


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Westerville Education Foundation Offering Sponsorships for “GAP Initiative” Website

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


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Boots, BBQ and Buckeyes Event Scheduled for November 8

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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Renaissance Qualifiers Enjoy Pizza Lunch at Heritage Middle School

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


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

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


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Blendon Student Shares International Travel Experiences

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


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Westerville District Conducts Emergency School Bus Evacuation Drills

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


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Educators Gather to Learn from Westerville’s Successful EOS Program

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


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

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


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Elementary and Middle School Conferences Planned

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


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

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


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Feedback Sought for Westerville City Schools’ 2015-2016 Calendar

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


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Board, Superintendent Recognize Parent Volunteer Groups

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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Westerville Central’s Kara Johnson Named National Achievement Semifinalist

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


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Good Time was Had by All at Robert Frost Family Social

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


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

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


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

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


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Westerville’s Performance Remains Strong on Redesigned State Report Card

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


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

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


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Board President Praises School Staff for Choosing to Serve

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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Bette Marschall Grant Applications Due by October 15

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


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Emerson Students Celebrate International Dot Day on September 15

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


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

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


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

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Fab Lab is Coming to Westerville Middle Schools

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


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Westerville Schools Ranked 18th Best in Nation by Movoto

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


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Cindy Crowe Named Central Region OSBA Outstanding Board Member

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


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

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


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First Professional Development Day is Friday, September 12

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


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Juniors Win Westerville Central’s Cheer Contest at Pep Assembly

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


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Blendon Students Enjoy Renaissance Celebration at Jaycee Pool

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


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Westerville Parent Council Launches New Website

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


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

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


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Westerville Central to Host Internet and Social Media Safety Seminar

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


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High School Conferences Planned

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


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Alcott Elementary Staff Accepts ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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


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Erick Jimenez Named Educational Options for Success Graduate of the Year

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


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Westerville North Classic Cross Country Invitational is Tomorrow

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


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Fouse Families Enjoy Back to School Picnic on August 17

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


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

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


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

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


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Westerville Schools Transportation Department Takes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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


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School District Celebrates Summer Class of 2014

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


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Schools Break for Labor Day

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


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Pointview Students Encouraged to Demonstrate PRIDE through Good Behavior at School

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


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Westerville Superintendent John Kellogg Partakes in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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


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Three School Cafeterias in Westerville Get Stunning Makeovers

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


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

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


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Early Learning Center Staff Donates School Supplies to Pupils in Need

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


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

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


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Kindergarten Students are off to a Good Start in Westerville

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


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

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


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PowerSchool Temporarily Offline August 15-17, 2014

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


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Walnut Springs Fishing Club Members Fare Well at State Tournament

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


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Drivers are Recognized at Transportation Department’s In-Service

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


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

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


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Informational Meeting Educates ESL Families about Tools for Success in School

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


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August 13 Marks Successful Return to School for Westerville Students

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


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

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


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Westerville School District Employees Gather for Convocation

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


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District Schedules Secondary Mathematics Informational Meetings August 18 and 19

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


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New Teachers Learn About Westerville Schools at Orientation Meeting

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


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

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


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

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


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Summer Reading Program Takes Off at Mark Twain Elementary School

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


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Positive Evaluations Prompt Board Action on Superintendent, Treasurer Contracts

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


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Important 43231 Zip Code "Back to School" Announcement
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Secondary Math Curriculum Night

Westerville City Schools will be hosting two opportunities for families to learn more about the district's secondary mathematics curriculum. Families are invited to join district representatives on either Monday, August 18th or Tuesday, August 19th at Westerville North from 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  (Download a flier)


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Westerville District Gears Up for 2014-2015 School Year

Teacher Professional Days in the Westerville City School District will take place on Monday, August 11 and Tuesday, August 12, 2014.  Classes begin for students in grades 1-12 on Wednesday, August 13.  Kindergarten and Preschool starts Monday, August 18.


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District Schedules Professional Development Days

The Ohio Department of Education has approved two days in the Westerville City School District for professional development – September 12, 2014 and February 6, 2015.  Classes will not be held on these dates.  At its Regular Session on July 28, the Westerville City Schools Board of Education amended the district’s Academic Calendar for the 2014-15 school year to accommodate this schedule. 


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Westerville North Graduate Sarah Wilson to Play in Rugby World Cup

Sarah Wilson, who graduated from Westerville North High School in 2003, will be representing the U.S. Women’s Eagle team in France next week in the Rugby World Cup.  According to her profile page on the USA Rugby website, Wilson picked up a rugby ball during her junior year at North and was selected to the Women’s Junior All-Americans during her senior.


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ESL Families New to the School District are Invited to August 11 Informational Meeting

The Westerville City School District’s English as a Second Language (ESL) Department will host a meeting for all ESL parents and families new to the district on Monday evening, August 11, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.  It will take place in the Media Center at Westerville North High School, which is located at 950 County Line Road.


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Walnut Springs Student Drew Mantenieks Honored by Board of Education

Andrew (Drew) Mantenieks, a pupil at Walnut Springs Middle School, was recognized by the Westerville City Schools Board of Education on Monday evening, July 28, for having received the R.A. Horn Outstanding Student Achievement Award from the Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities.


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BOE to Meet in August
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District Secures more than $3 Million in Ohio “Straight A” Grant Funds to Enhance Student Learning Opportunities

The Straight A Fund was created in the most recent state biennial budget.  More than 150 entities received $100 million last year, with $150 million earmarked for new grants this year. Westerville has been involved in successful applications each of the first two competitive grant cycles.


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First Time School Bus Riders Gather to Learn About Safely Being Transported

Dozens of 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 July 29.


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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High Schools Offer Football Season Tickets
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High School Schedule Pick-Up Announced
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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