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Academic Enrichment Center Earns 2015 Apex Learning Award of Excellence

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


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Westerville Centenarian Frieda Bennett Honored by Board of Education

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


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Athletic Trainer from Westerville to Receive NATA Athletic Trainer Service Award

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


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

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


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School Board Recognizes Westerville Central’s Varsity Baseball Team

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


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Westerville City Schools Announces Summer Food Service Program

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


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Fouse Students Embrace Girls on the Run Program

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


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SPLASH Summer Enrichment Academy Underway in the Westerville School District

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


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Safety City Teaches Youngsters how to Protect Themselves from Harm

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


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Westerville Sunrise Rotary Sponsors Mannino for Short Term Youth Exchange Program

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


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Bette Marschall Grants Awarded to Educators

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


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Westerville North Dedicates Plaque in Memory of Principal Curt Jackowski

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


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International Baccalaureate Diploma Candidates Give Theory of Knowledge Presentations

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


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Five Genoa Middle School Students Create House Bill 143

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


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

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


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Five to Attend Rotary Youth Leadership Award Conference

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


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Ohio Energy Project Celebrates Student Leadership in Westerville with National Award

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


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

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


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

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


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Westerville Schools and WARM Provide Meals through the Kids Lunch Club

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


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

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


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Board of Education Approves 2015-2016 School Calendar
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