District News
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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