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Huber Ridge’s All Pro Dad Program Hopes for New Chapters in Westerville Schools

Sometimes busy families get so caught up in hectic schedules that they don’t always find the time to say the things that are most important.  Earlier this school year, a new program began at Huber Ridge Elementary – the All Pro Dads group.  Once a month, before school starts, several fathers and other positive role models bring their children to the Huber Ridge library to focus on family topics and talk about things like why they are proud of their kids and the difference between wants and needs.


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Drivers Compete in Regional Road-e-o; Gary Case Moves On to State Finals

Seventeen Westerville City Schools bus drivers competed recently in the Central Ohio Region Road-e-o, held on April 18 at Reynoldsburg Summit High School.  More than 100 individuals showed up to take a written exam and test their driving skills.  At the end of the day, Westerville’s Gary Case earned top honors, scoring 700 out of 725 possible points.  He advances to the State event, which will be held at Licking Heights High School in Pataskala tomorrow.  Winners from the State move on to an international competition in July.


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Student Creativity is Celebrated at Elementary and Secondary Art Shows

Large crowds of students, families and community members gathered on Sunday afternoon, April 26, to view and celebrate some of the best art created by Westerville City Schools pupils during this school year.  The Elementary Art Show was held at the Westerville Community Center, followed by the Secondary Art Show at the Westerville Public Library.  Phyllis Self, President of the Arts Council of Westerville, Inc., and Jan Fedorenko, Ph.D., Arts Curriculum Coordinator for Westerville Schools, welcomed attendees at both events.  Superintendent John Kellogg served as keynote speaker, sharing his belief about the importance of art in the curriculum.  The programs for both events included a quote from President John F. Kennedy:  “As the arts inspire creativity in each of us individually, they breathe life into our communities.”


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Senior Citizens get Red Carpet Treatment at Westerville Central Film Premiere

Thirteen special senior citizens received the red carpet rollout at Silver Screen, Golden Dreams, a film festival put on through a joint collaboration between Westerville Central High School’s Film and Literature students and the Westerville Senior Center.  Students interviewed the senior citizens at the Westerville Senior Center four times throughout the semester and then used the interviews, still photos, and other videos to craft films about their lives.


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BOE to meet in May
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Author Michelle Houts Returns to her Alma Mater, Walnut Springs Middle School

Author Michelle Houts, a former Walnut Springs Middle School student, visited her alma mater on April 27 to talk with all seventh grade students about the joy of writing.  Later, a few pupils were selected to participate in small workshops with the writer.  The pupils recently read one of her books, Kammie on First, the story of Dorothy Mary Kamenshek, who was born to immigrant parents in Norwood, Ohio.


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Westerville Commencement Ceremonies will Take Place on May 23

Commencement exercises for Westerville’s graduating class of 2015 will take place on Saturday, May 23, at the Ohio Expo/Celeste Center.  Westerville South High School ceremonies will be held at 10:00 a.m., followed by Westerville North High School at 2:00 p.m. and Westerville Central High School at 6:00 p.m.  Graduates should report one hour before the scheduled events.  Parking cost for graduates, families and friends is $5 per car and tickets are not required to attend.


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Genoa’s Ema Rennie Advances to National History Day Competition in Maryland

Ema Rennie, a 7th grade student from Genoa Middle School, is a Finalist in the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day (NHD) competition.  For her paper about investigative journalist Gary Webb, Rennie will be moving on to compete at the University of Maryland the week of June 14-18.  This year’s theme is “Leadership and Legacy in History.”  She is taught by Caley Nestor-Baker and Media Specialist Deanna McDaniel.


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Last Day of Classes in the Westerville City School District is May 21

The last day of classes for the 2014-2015 school year in the Westerville City School District is Thursday, May 21, 2015.  A Teacher Professional Day will take place on Friday, May 22.


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School Board Recognizes PTA Reflections Program Winners

Westerville Parent Council’s 2014-2015 National Reflections Program Chairperson Lisa Wood presented 13 student artists for recognition at the Westerville City Schools Board of Education meeting held Monday evening, April 27.  131 district pupils participated in this year’s contest which celebrates original works of art in six different categories – dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts.  This year’s theme was “The world would be a better place if…”


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Upcoming Building Events
BOE Meeting (Includes Retirement Recognition)
@Early Learning Center-936 Eastwind Dr.
Monday, 5/18/2015 - 6:00 PM
Grade Cards (Elementary)
@All Elementary Schools
Thursday, 5/21/2015
Last Day of Classes (Fourth Grading Period)
@All Schools
Thursday, 5/21/2015
Teacher Professional Day (No School)
@All Schools
Friday, 5/22/2015
Grade Cards (MS & HS)
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Thursday, 6/4/2015
BOE Meeting
@Early Learning Center-936 Eastwind Dr.
Monday, 6/8/2015 - 6:00 PM
BOE Meeting
@Early Learning Center-936 Eastwind Dr.
Monday, 6/29/2015 - 6:00 PM
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