District News
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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Westerville Education Foundation Mini-Golf Fundraiser Slated for May 16

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


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On Your Mark, Get Set, Go!

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


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Westerville North High School Inducts Three into Alumni Hall of Fame

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


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Rotary Club of Westerville Names April Students of the Month

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


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

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


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

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


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Third Grade Hawthorne Students Publish Mighty Mustangs Historical Perspective

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


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Genoa Middle School Students Advance to National History Day Statewide Competition

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


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

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


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Anything Goes is Coming Up at Westerville South High School

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


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Middle School Students Prepare for Regional Mock Trial Competition

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


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

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


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Westerville North Presents Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs

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


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Schools Participate in Pajamas for Kids with Cancer Day

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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Hawthorne Puts On “Udderly” Amazing Show

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


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Westerville Central’s Kara Johnson Earns National Achievement Scholarship

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


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Third Grade Alcott Reading Fair Generates Excitement about Books

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


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Heritage Middle School Wins Eighth Grade Battle of the Books Competition

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


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Westerville Education Foundation Awards Innovation Grants

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


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Pointview Leaders Raise Money for Libraries for Liberia

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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Families Celebrate All Arts Night at Huber Ridge Elementary School

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


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Westerville Central Key Club Members Fare Well at District Leadership Conference

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


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Westerville North High School Hosts National History Day Event

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


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

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


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Genoa Dance Raises Money for Trip to Zoombezi Bay

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


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Seven Westerville Students Advance in Letters about Literature Contest

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


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

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


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Bette Marschall Grant Applications Accepted Through April 30

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


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Emerson Students Partner with Third Graders in Japan

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


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

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


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Westerville Safety City Program Registration Begins April 20

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


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Fouse Student Wins Top Honors at Ninth Annual Lego Competition

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


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Westerville Central Students Meet with Success at Central Ohio Science Olympiad

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


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Nine to Receive Westerville City Schools A+ Awards

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


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Student Artists at Heritage Create Bowls for Habitat Soup Event

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


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Pointview Educators are Wild about Reading

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


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

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


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Heritage Middle School Drama Club Performs Aladdin Jr.

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


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Hawthorne Students Make Blankets and Dog Toys for Those in Need

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


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Genoa Students Teach Fouse Fifth Graders about Energy

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


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GEM Award Winners Announced by Westerville Parent Council and Roush Honda

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

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


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Westerville South Recognizes Cats with Class

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


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Hawthorne Students Enjoy Special St. Patrick’s Day Performance

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


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Westerville North’s Mock Trial Teams Wins State Championship

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


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Kindergarten Registration Planned

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


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

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


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Board of Education Approves 2015-2016 School Calendar
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