District News
Westerville South Wildcat Dash is April 11

The Westerville South Instrumental Music Boosters are hosting their second annual Wildcat Dash 5k Run/1 mile fun walk on Saturday, April 11, at McNamara Park in Genoa Township on Big Walnut Road.  The race begins at 9:00 a.m. with registration and check-in starting at 7:30 a.m.  Cost is $25 for those who register by today, and $30 after March 27.  The first 100 registrants will receive a t-shirt and goodie bag.


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Moving Up Nights to Focus on Incoming Sixth Grade Students

Westerville City Schools invites incoming sixth grade students and their parents to attend Moving Up Night, an evening of orientation focused on the transition from elementary to middle school. 


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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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Starry Night Family Learning Festival Returns to Westerville

On Sunday, April 12, from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., the Westerville Partners for Education (WPE) will host the 3rd annual “Nationwide Children’s Hospital Starry Night” family learning festival at Westerville North High School, 950 County Line Rd.  The festival will offer dynamic learning experiences with experts from Columbus’ premier educational and non-profit organizations. Geared toward students in preschool through 8th grade and their caregivers and families, the event highlights motion at all scales—from microscopic to cosmic—with the 2015 event theme, “Movement.”


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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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Westerville South’s Evan Seitz Takes Third Place in Japanese Speech Contest

On March 7, Westerville South High School freshman Evan Seitz, who studies Japanese through credit flex, was the third place winner in the Japan-America Society of Central Ohio (JASCO) high school speech contest held in Dublin.  He was the only freshman to be a finalist and the only student participant from Westerville.


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Author/Illustrator David Catrow Visits Hawthorne Students

Children’s author/illustrator David Catrow spent the day at Hawthorne Elementary School on March 10, autographing some of his books including, I Like Myself and I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More! He has more than 70 published works in print. 


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Central Physics Students Consume their Lesson

Daniel Hunt and his Honors Physics class at Westerville Central High School made the most of the double period testing schedule by adding a little excitement (and some pancakes with syrup) to a lesson involving conservation, energy and metabolism.


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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 12.  March students are: Seriah Wells, Westerville Central High School; Yussuf Bashir, Westerville North High School; Miranda Cottman, Westerville South High School; and Samantha Vincent, St. Francis DeSales High School.


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Spring Dash 5K Registration is Open – Come Join the Fit Frosties!

The Spring Dash 5K will take place on Saturday, April 11 at 9:00 a.m. at Westerville Central High School, located at 7118 Mount Royal Avenue.  Registration includes an event tech t-shirt and finisher’s medal.  For more information, please visit www.SpringDash5K.com.


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Genoa Inducts 97 into National Junior Honor Society

Ninety-seven students at Genoa Middle School were inducted into the National Junior Honor Society on Wednesday evening, March 11.  Friends and family members gathered in the gymnasium to watch as these outstanding pupils were recognized.  Teacher Kara Reiter was the Keynote Speaker and event organizer Katie Paolini imparted words of wisdom to the crowd.


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Fifth Annual Chip Challenge Winners Selected

Sixth graders from advanced science classes in the Westerville City School District took part in the fifth 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 Superintendent John Kellogg at the Early Learning Center.


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Two Westerville Students Named National Geographic State Bee Semifinalists

Maxwell James, an eighth grade student at Genoa Middle School, and Reece Rexroad, a seventh grader at Walnut Springs, have been notified by the National Geographic Society that they are semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2015 Ohio National Geographic State Bee, sponsored by Google and Plum Creek.  The contest will be held at Ohio Dominican University on Friday, March 27.


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Alcott Hosts Superhero Family Reading Night

Alcott Elementary School hosted a family literacy night on Monday, March 9 with a Superhero theme.  The event started with Principal Joseph Uher reading the book Dex: The Heart of a Hero to the students.  Families then moved around the building to different literacy stations.  They made a mask to conceal their identity while creating their own superhero comic strip.


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Westerville Central’s Barbara Coppens Receives Rotary Sunrise Service to Youth Award

Barbara Coppens, secretary to Westerville Central High School Principal Todd Spinner, was surprised on March 5 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 $50 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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Special Guests Help Wilder Students Celebrate Read Across America

To celebrate Read Across America, Wilder Elementary staff invited members of the Westerville community to come into the building and read to students on Friday morning, March 6. Each participant was encouraged to share their love of reading by bringing their favorite picture book.


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And the Grammy Goes To…

First grade celebrities and their fans flooded the Alcott Elementary School library on Friday evening, March 6, for the Alcott Grammy Awards, coordinated by teacher Jim Ledford.  The stars, dressed in their finest attire, entered the ceremony on a red carpet lined with shouting paparazzi.  They performed a whopping 22 songs for the enthusiastic audience, and were accompanied by Ledford on guitar and harmonica; Casey Wright on drums; and Rich Robinson on bass.


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Schools Close for Spring Break

Classes will not be held in the Westerville City School District from March 30 through April 3, 2015 – Spring Break.  Classes will resume at normal starting times on Monday, April 6.


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Westerville School Counselors Create Website about Summer Learning Opportunities

How will you spend your summer?  Consider participating in opportunities that will engage your interests, enrich your knowledge base, and extend the learning you have done this year.


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North Students and Staff “Spread the Word to End the Word”

In a stunning show of support for people with disabilities, Westerville North High School students and staff celebrated their differences by dressing the same on Wednesday, March 4.  More than 180 individuals purchased T-shirts to raise awareness about the dehumanizing and hurtful effects of the word “retarded.”  Supporters signed gigantic banners pledging to stop using that word, and encouraging others to do the same.


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Wilder Elementary Partners with the Columbus Tutoring Initiative

Columbus Tutoring Initiative (CTI) works in partnership with churches and organizations to recruit volunteers and tutors to lead programs in their local schools.  Approximately 25 educational institutions in Central Ohio have benefited from this effort including Wilder Elementary in Westerville, where every Wednesday, 24 second graders are tutored in reading during lunch/recess.


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Westerville North’s Chris Robinson to play Lacrosse at Augustana College

On Friday, February 13, friends and family members gathered in the Westerville North High School atrium to watch and celebrate as Christopher Robinson signed a Letter of Intent to play lacrosse at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois.


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Emerson Students Partake in “Genius Hour”

Students in the Emerson Elementary classrooms of Kathy Anclien and Theresa Bledsoe recently participated in a Genius Hour, inspired by Google’s 20% time initiative, which allows employees to dedicate 20% of working hours to their own ideas.  The youngsters were given 1½ hours each week to work on a project of their choice, based on their individual interests and passions.


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Westerville South Orchestras Strike the Right Chord at OMEA State Adjudications

Both Westerville South orchestras met with success at the OMEA State Orchestra Adjudications that were held at Reynoldsburg High School on February 27 and 28.  The Concert and Symphonic orchestras earned the highest overall scores, “Superior - I,” with the Symphony Orchestra earning a perfect score.


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Westerville North Graduate Adam Cioffari is Lead in Opera Columbus’ Figaro

Opera Columbus presents The Marriage of Figaro this week, starring Westerville North High School graduate and bass-baritone Adam Cioffari, cast in the lead role. The show debuted March 4, and will also be performed on March 6 at 8:00 p.m. and March 8 at 2:00 p.m.


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High Schools Celebrate Black History Month

Black History Month was recognized throughout the Westerville City School District in February.  Highlighting the celebration were special activities held at Westerville Central, North and South high schools.


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BOE to meet in March
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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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