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2018 - 2019 School Year Board Members


President: Courtney Williams

Vice President: Stephanie Cunningham

Treasurer:  Kelly Gurich




Upcoming Events:






Monday February 18, 2019 - President's Day



THURSDAY FEBRUARY 21, 2019  at 2:30 p.m.






Kindergarten 101 - McVay - January 31, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
Kindergarten Registration Starts on February 4, 2019






McVay Elementary School is embarking on a special project called One School, One Book, an all-school reading club. Thanks to a generous gift from the PTA, each student received a copy of the same book, Charlotte's Web, by E.B White. They have been asked to read it aloud at home during the next 14 school days. Through its One School, One Book program, McVay aims to build a community of readers at school. Everyone is participating, including pupils, parents, teachers, office workers, cafeteria personnel and custodians.

Reading professionals recommend reading material aloud that is beyond a child?s reading level. Reading chapter books with children, even when they are able to read by themselves, is also beneficial. McVay selected Charlotte's Web as a title that can be followed, understood and enjoyed by younger students, but that will still captivate and interest older children.

In school, the youngsters will be invited to answer daily trivia questions to encourage and reward attentive and active listening. Throughout the building, there will be various activities that will further enrich the reading experience such as character visits, literacy night, and fundraising for a local animal sanctuary that rescues farm animals. Drama students from Westerville South High School will come at the end of the adventure to perform in Charlotte's Web.



Who is your GEM in Westerville Schools?


Sponsored by Roush Honda and Westerville Parent Council, the annual GEM Awards, which stands for Great Educator Mentors in Westerville Schoolshonors community members, volunteers, teachers and staff who go above and beyond for students in Westerville schools.  Submissions deadline extended to FEB. 11, 2019


Award winners are selected for each school in the district by building committee.  Additionally, awards are given for those who serve in an extraordinary way in more than one building or across the entire district. 


***See PTA Interactive page for PDF of entry form***




One week remains for you to participate in our district's Thought Exchange regarding the development of communication standards in our schools. The exchange consists of three open-ended questions; your responses will help guide our next steps in the development of these standards. Feedback will be collected through January 31, 2019. Additional details are available in the introduction portion of this exchange:



Thank you in advance for your participation and support of this effort.



A Message from Mr. Swain about Safety

The safety of staff and students is the top priority for Westerville City School District.
Here at McVay, we are working diligently on creating an inviting culture while also
increasing safety and security on our school campus. We are making improvements to our
communication, safety policies and procedures, and emergency drills and strategies.


Help keep our schools safe with the Safe School Helpline!

1-800-4-1-VOICEext. 359
(1-800-418-6423 ext. 359)


Use the Safe School Helpline to report threats of violence, suicide, bullying and illegal
activity that could harm students in our schools. Your call is private, confidential, and
anonymous. Here are the basic safety practices we are encouraging families to review


- Don't talk to strangers, get into cars, or accept anything from them;
- Walk with an adult or group of friends to and from school, bus stops or after-school
- Follow the appropriate walking routes and stay in well-lighted areas;
- Walk straight to bus stops and go directly home after school;
- Agree on a time when your child should be home after school







We are so excited to start our very own fitness club at recess. The Pioneer Pacers! In order for this to run smoothly we are looking for volunteers to come in during recess times to help scan the children's QR as they complete their laps on the playground with our school IPad. This will take place every Wednesday from now until the end of the school year. Please sign up for the Wednesdays that you are available and the time slot that works for you.


Thank you so much.


Please email Heather Smalley, smallyh@wcsoh.org, if you have any questions.


https://www.signupgenius.com /go/30e)b48aea928a6fa7-pioneer




Westerville City Schools Facilities Plan Conversations Scheduled

Times Change:  Modern, Safer Spaces 


On Behalf of the Westerville City Schools Board of Education...Feedback provided by the community during strategic planning and last year’s facilities conversation has generated some exciting possibilities for Westerville City Schools.  The Board of Education wants to learn what families, students and the community think about components of the resulting facilities plan.  The plan includes new facility and instructional program opportunities, as well as financial considerations. 

The proposed plan recommends a new elementary and new middle school in the southern portion of the district. It also includes modernizing instructional spaces at Annehurst, Emerson, Hawthorne and Whittier elementary schools. As you participate, please keep in mind the following:

  • Every school in the district will receive safety and security upgrades from this plan.
  • This plan would allow us to maintain magnet programs at Emerson and Hanby.
  • Opening a new elementary school would ease overcrowding and allow for expansion of All Day Kindergarten.
  • The addition of an elementary school in the southern end of the district would increase the district’s operating budget.
  • Opening a new middle school in the southern end of the district would ease overcrowding and allow Blendon Middle School to be used as temporary “swing space” where students would attend while their school was being renovated.
  • Blendon Middle School later could be repurposed and house unique instructional program opportunities.
  • Elementary and middle school attendance boundaries would be adjusted so more students can attend schools closer to their home.


Please join us at one of the following community meetings to lend your voice to the conversation.


Review Materials online: www.wcsoh.org/TimesChange



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Update your Kroger Rewards Card here:        https://www.kroger.com/account/communityrewards/enroll

Select McVay Elementary (80775) for your Community Rewards Organization.

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*please see attached flyer on our PTA Interactive page for more details on shopping support*