District News
BOE to meet in February

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


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“High School 101” Offered for Parents of Eighth Grade Students on February 11

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


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Westerville City Schools Close for Presidents’ Day

Classes will not be held in the Westerville City School District and offices will close on Monday, February 16, 2015, in observance of Presidents’ Day.  Classes will begin at regular starting times and offices will open on Tuesday, February 17.


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Pointview Students Explore Astronomy through COSI on Wheels

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


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Walnut Springs National History Day Showcase Night Draws Large Crowd

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


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Westerville Community Hosts Annual Jukebox Revue Concert to Benefit Honor Flight

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


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Blendon Skates to Celebrate

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


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

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


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Westerville Middle Schools Awarded Grants for Statehouse Tours

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


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Alcott Students Portray Famous Characters at School “Wax Museum”

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


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Westerville North’s “In the Know” Team Advances to Quarter Finals

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


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

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


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

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


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Third Grade Talent is Celebrated at Alcott Elementary School

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


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Heritage’s Renaissance Program Rewards Students who Display Excellence

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


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Students and Parents Gather at Cherrington for Family Science Night

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


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Alcott Students Form History Club

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

                                                                                                                     

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


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Westerville Middle School Students Place at State Future City Competition

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


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COSI Brings “Current Conditions” Program to Hanby

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


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Parent Presentations Inspire Emerson Students

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


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

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


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

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


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Harlem Wizards Entertain Westerville Students

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


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Genoa Eight Graders Learn Practical Lessons during JA Day

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


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Westerville Students Excel in WordMasters Challenge; One Achieves Perfect Score

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


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

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


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Westerville Students are Honored at Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast

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


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District Seeks Input on High School Course Offerings

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


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Rotary Club of Westerville Names January Students of the Month

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


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WEF Launches 2015 Annual Innovative Grants Competition for District Staff

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


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Cherrington Students Compete in First LEGO League Contest

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


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

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


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Annehurst Service Project Benefits Local Families

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


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Smiles are Bright at Cherrington Elementary

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


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January is School Board Recognition Month

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


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

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


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GEM Award Nominations Due February 9

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


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Fouse Students Musically Urge Others to Give

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


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Alcott’s Giving Tree Helps Local Families Stay Warm

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


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

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

 


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South Thespians to Perform Midsummer Night’s Dream

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


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

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


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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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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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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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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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