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Westerville Educator’s Day is Tuesday, November 7
Honor your military hero, past or present, with a “My Hero” card USO My Hero Card
Elementary and Middle School Conferences Planned
Westerville Martin Luther King Jr. Fouse Award Nominations are Due October 27
Westerville City School District’s Next Early Release Date is October 19
Ninth Annual Ned Mosher Apple Butter Festival is Sunday, October 1
Renowned Talent Scout Peter Sklar Speaks at Westerville North High School on October 3
BOE to Meet in October
OEA/NEA Day is October 20
Bette Marschall Grant Application Deadline is October 27, 2017
Free and Reduced Price Meal Application Deadline is September 28
Westerville City School District’s First Early Release Date is September 28
Learning is the Focus of Mount Carmel St. Ann’s Fourth Friday Fall Fest on September 22
Walnut Springs Welcomes Students with Enthusiastic All-School Pep Rally Walnut Springs Pep Rally
Westerville McDonalds Donates Meals, Backpacks and School Supplies to Local Children Ronald McDonald  at Westerville Area Kids Lunch Club location distributing book bags and school supplies.
Westerville City Schools to Offer Flu Vaccination (Injection Only) Clinics for Students
Two-Day Community Culture Celebration Slated for Westerville Citizens
Westerville Honor Flight is September 30 – Community Support Encouraged
WPE and WCS Present Emotional Health In and Out of the Classroom
Otterbein University Hosts National Young Entrepreneurs Academy
School Board to Meet in September
Applicants Sought to Serve on District’s Audit Committee
Schools Break for Labor Day
Educator Day Training Helps Teachers and Staff Prepare for Influx of Students Teacher learn on computers during Educator Day
Application Deadline for A+ Employee Recognition Program is Friday, September 22
New Teachers Learn About Westerville City Schools at Orientation Meeting Dr. John Kellogg addresses new teachers
Westerville Students Excel at Invention Convention & Entrepreneurship Competition Invention Convention participants
Westerville School District Receives Supplies for Students from Stuff the Bus Campaign  Superintendent John Kellogg, along with Board of Education members unload school supplies.
First Time School Bus Riders Gather to Learn About Safely Being Transported A bus driver demonstrates both the right and wrong way to cross the street
Community Invited to Visit Kroger and Help “Stuff the Bus” with School Supplies
Westerville Educators are Gearing Up for the 2017-2018 School Year Leigh Hoskins
German Youth Orchestra to Perform at Westerville South High School on August 6 German Youth Orchestra
Westerville Schools Continue to Meet USDA Nutrition Standards & Meal Price Guidelines
Free and Reduced Eligibility Policy Announced
Student Fees Cover Consumable Supplies; Families Can Opt to Pay Online
WCSD 2017-2018 School Year Calendar
Professional Development Scheduled
Child Find: Children with Disabilities
Superintendent’s Gold Appreciation Cards Available
Westerville High Schools Offer Football Season Tickets
Middle Schools Schedule Pick-Up Times
Online Transportation and Bus Route Schedules - Notification Adjustments
Starting and Stopping Times Announced for 2017-2018 School Year in Westerville
Ohio Law Requires Vaccinations for 7th and 12th Grade Students
Westerville Caring & Sharing Sponsors Raffle Basket Fundraiser at 4th Friday
EZPay Information Provided for Westerville City Schools Parents
School Board to Meet
Teachers Attend Ed Tech Camp to Learn about Integrating Technology into the Classroom Educators train on technology
Westerville City Schools Invites Families to First Time Riders Event on August 5
IMPORTANT: June 26 Summer Intervention scheduled system upgrade
First Cohort of Students Completes Health Pathway and Earns Accolades Westerville City Schools students completing their health certification
Strategic Plan Community Engagement Outcomes Available for Public Inspection
Special BOE Meeting Scheduled for May 30, 2017
Retirees are Wished a Fond Farewell Twenty-nine Retirees posing after the Board of Education reception.
Updated Financial Forecast Reflects Fiscal Stability Resulting from Levy Renewal
Westerville City School Board Approves 2018-2019 Calendar
BOE to Meet in June
Blendon and Walnut Springs Students Duke it Out in 6th and 7th Grade Battle of the Books First place Blendon Middle School students
Westerville School District Announces 2017-2018 Testing Calendar, State Testing Updates
Strategic Plan Community Engagement Outcomes Available for Public Inspection
Lyrical Westerville Collaboration is Music to our Ears Middle school students at WCBE 90.5
Westerville Educators are Applauded for Energy Efficiency Education Efforts
Westerville Middle School Students Excel in Laws of Life Essay Contest Emily Voneman, the Central Ohio Best Overall Essay award
Girl2Girl Inspires Future STEM Leaders at Walnut Springs Middle School Grace Brown speaks to a class of sixth grade girls about STEM careers
Westerville Area Kids Lunch Club to Serve Free Meals from May 30 to August 11
Heritage Student Adam Kaiser Wins Middle School Chess Tournament Marv McDaniel, is pictured with chess champions
Walnut Springs Students Perform Reader’s Theater Scripts at Barnes & Noble Students perform their Reader’s Theater presentation
Super Inventors Invited to Ohio Invention Convention & Entrepreneurship Competition
Walnut Springs Geology Students Share their Books at Mark Twain Walnut Springs student reads to a third grade class
Sunrise Rotary Recognizes 2016-2017 Service to Youth Award Winners Service to Youth award winners
Bette Marschall Memorial Education Fund Awards $3,194 in Grants
Westerville Caring & Sharing Garage Sale is May 19 and May 20
Westerville City Schools Announces Summer Food Service Program Details
Franklin County Public Health Releases 2017 Back-to-School Immunization Schedule
Westerville City Schools Students Place at Ohio History Day Statewide Competition
Westerville Education Association Celebrates Teachers at Spring Reception
Spring Test Results – When Parents Can Expect to Receive Them
Middle Schools Invention Convention Winners Announced
Last Day of Classes in Westerville is May 25
Westerville Students Receive Four Scholarships to Be WISE Camp from AAUW Scholarship recipients
Westerville Schools are among National Winners in Continental Math League Contest
District Art Shows Celebrate Student Creativity Artwork hanging on display.
"Starry Night" Attracts 1,600 Enthusiastic Participants Jerry Seabaugh explains cutting and measuring to McVay students.
"An Artful Affair" Benefits Westerville City School District Overhead picture of attendees viewing artwork
BOE to Meet in May
Westerville Schools Annual Middle and High School Sports Physical Schedule Released
GEM Award Recipients Honored on April 17 Picture of GEM Award winners on stage
College Admission 101 and Case Studies Program Slated for May 9
Westerville Middle School Students Participate in Mock Trial Competition Picuter of Westerville’s Middle School Mock Trial team photographed outside of Columbus City Council chambers
A+ Award Winners Honored at School Board Meeting Picture of A plus Award winners
Five Westerville Middle School Students are Laws of Life Finalists
Seventh Annual Chip Challenge Winners Selected Picture of Debbie Pellington, Doctor Lisa Huelskamp and Deputy Superintendent Mark Hershiser
Community Input Sought Regarding New and Revised Courses of Study
Feedback Sought for Westerville City Schools’ 2018-2019 Calendar
Twelve Westerville Students Move On to Compete at State Science Day
Bette Marschall Grant Application Deadline is April 28
Schools Closed on Good Friday
BOE to Meet in April
Nine to Receive Westerville City Schools A+ Awards
Starry Night Takes on “Maker” Theme April 23 Starry Night information logo
Cardinal Health Invites Middle and High School Students to Attend Fuse Code Camp
Future Nights Target Students Transitioning from Middle to High School
College Credit Plus Intent to Participate Form is Due April 7
WEF Announces "An Artful Affair" An Artful Affair Event Logo
Twenty Westerville City Schools Students Place at State Reflections Competition
2016-2017 GEM Award Recipients Announced
Westerville Students Advance to National History Day Statewide Competition
Heritage Middle School Wins This Year’s 8th Grade Battle of the Books
Community Invited to Shape the Future of Westerville City Schools
Clubs at Walnut Springs Provide Students with Wide Variety of Extracurricular Options J-POP students
Westerville City Schools Posts 2015-2016 Annual Report
District Summer Learning Opportunities Survey Provides Input Opportunity
Middle Schools Prepare for Regional Mock Trial Competition Walnut Springs “attorney”
Update: Network Restrictions During Testing
Walnut Springs Middle School Embraces Black History Month with Festive Celebration Student-created artwork
Plan for Early Release on March 16
Schools Close for Spring Break
BOE to Meet in March
2017 Summer Camp/Activities Expo Slated for March 8
Graduating Seniors Visit Fouse Mural they Helped to Create Graduating seniors from each high school stand in front of the mural they helped create while students at Fouse Elementary School.
Central’s Dominic Carpenter Receives Civilian Service Award from Westerville Police Dominic Carpenter displays his Civilian Service Award from the Westerville Division of Police.
It’s Energy Fair Season in Westerville City Schools! Westerville South High School junior Abby Ingersoll leads an activity called Energy Jumble.
Please Join us for “Tomorrow’s Learning Today” -- Series Starts March 6 with The SHOP Ribbon Cutting Tomorrow's Learning Today Invitation with same information as the press release
Scouts Recognize School District for Helping to Promote Values Scout representatives thank the Board of Education for its support of promoting values in children.
School Board Issues Statement of “Grace and Hope”
School Administrators Gain Insight from Leadership Westerville
Westerville Education Foundation Names Teachers of the Month for January February 2017 Teacher of the Month Recipients
2017 Summer Camp/Activities Expo Slated for March 8
108 Compete in Westerville’s Middle School Science Fair – 38 Move on to Districts Student talks about his project with a judge
Four Hundred Twenty Five Westerville Community Members make a Striking Difference Bowl-A-Thon Executive Challenge Participants
Student and Adult Creations Needed for An Artful Affair
Annual Middle School Straw Tower Design Challenge Winners Selected
Westerville Education Challenge’s Rock This Town 80s Party Raises $50,000 People wearing their finest 80s attire
Westerville Education Challenge Hosts Rock this Town 80s Party Tonight!
Wonders of Westerville Challenge Harlem Wizards on February 6
Walnut Springs Announces Geography Bee Results
GEM Nomination Deadline is Fast Approaching
Application Deadline for A+ Employee Recognition Program is March 10
Westerville City Schools Close for Presidents’ Day
BOE to Meet in February
Westerville Middle School Students Excel at Future City Competition
Options Abound for High School Students Preparing for College or Careers
School Board Recognition Month Observed by District, City of Westerville WCSD Board of Education President Rick Vilardo displays a special coaster made in the mobile FabLab
State Assessments are Upcoming
High School Course Description Guide Available on District’s Website
Top Spellers to Represent their Middle Schools in Spelling Bee
Westerville Education Foundation Names Teachers of the Month for January
Westerville Parent Council Honors PTA Reflections Winners
Westerville Students to Perform in 2017 OSU Middle School Honor Band Festival Picture of 2017 OSU Middle School Honor Band
Parents of Eighth Grade Students Invited to Attend High School 101 on February 9
Advanced Placement Overview Scheduled for January 30 at Westerville North
Plan for Early Release on January 26
Westerville Education Foundation Awards $6,763.75 in Grants
District Curriculum Specialist Appointed to State Science Standards Revision Committee
Schools Break for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
BOE to Meet in January
Westerville Education Foundation Names Teachers of the Month for December
College Credit Plus Program Informational Meeting is January 25
School and Police Personnel Complete Youth Mental Health First Aid Course School and Police Personnel
International Baccalaureate Program Informational Meeting is January 26
Wonders of Westerville will take on Harlem Wizards February 6
Time to Nominate Your Favorite GEM
Intra-District Open Enrollment Application Deadlines are Announced
Westerville Education Challenge Hosts Rock this Town 80s Party on February 3
Visual and Performing Arts Call for Nominations
Caring and Sharing Needs Your Help
Winter Break Draws Near
BOE to meet in December
Walnut Springs Receives Grant for School Library
Thank You Veterans! Heritage Veterans
Westerville Schools Staff Enjoys Professional Learning Opportunities on Educator Day Jim McCann talks to a room of educators about customer service
"Uptown Scrooge" Takes "A Christmas Carol" to the Streets of Westerville
Bowl-A-Thon Preparations are Underway; Executive Bowlers Sought
Westerville’s Mike Ward Publishes Common Sense Approach to Custodial Work Mike Ward holds his recently published a book titled, Who Swings Your Mop?  The Common Sense Approach to Custodial Work.
Shopping at smile.amazon.com will Benefit Westerville Education Foundation
Bette Marschall Memorial Education Fund Awards $3,082 in Grants
Thank You Voters! Issue 59 Co-Chair Mollie Lynch is pictured with Co-Chair Rick Bannister, Westerville City Schools Board of Education President Richard Byrd and Westerville City Schools Superintendent Dr. John Kellogg.
Thank You! Thank you voters for approval of Issue #59
No School on Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Upcoming Meetings Will Provide Information for Prospective IB Students
High School Hall of Fame Nominations Sought
Westerville Caring & Sharing Seeking Volunteers, Donations, Families in Need
Schools Close for Thanksgiving Break
Westerville Middle School Students Tour Capital University Forty students from Blendon, Genoa, Heritage and Walnut Springs Middle Schools sit in front the Capital University Seal
BOE to meet in November
Reading, Writing and Spelling Challenges to be Explored at November 16 Meeting
Westerville Education Foundation Names Teachers of the Month for October
Nine Westerville City Schools Employees Earn A+ Awards Nine Westerville City Schools employees pose after receiving their A+ Awards
Westerville City Schools’ Spirit Book Club to Host Author Matt de la Peña on November 2 Picture of Matt de la Pena
OEA/NEA Day Provides Learning Opportunities for Westerville School Employees Staff members at a table work with each other on PowerSchool training skills
District’s Concerted Effort to Increase Bandwidth Over Summer Leads to No Anticipated Network Restrictions During Upcoming Online State Assessments
WPE’s “Boo! for Books” is Friday Evening, October 28
Westerville Education Foundation Announces Annual Innovative Grants Competition
Book Bonanza! is Back First grade students at Mark Twain Elementary School ponder their choice of books that are placed on a very large table
Calling All Bowlers!
School Fees are Due on Monday, October 17
District Earns Financial Management Award from "Facility Maintenance Decisions"
Westerville Education Foundation Names Teachers of the Month for September
Second Annual Westerville Hunger Heroes 5K & Fun Run is October 22
Nine to Receive Westerville City Schools A+ Awards
EZPay is now live for all payments.
Deadline to Pay School Fees has been Changed to Monday, October 17
District Continues to Stretch Resources as Reflected in Latest Financial Forecast
BOE to meet in October
OEA/NEA Day is October 21
Elementary and Middle School Conferences Planned
Westerville North Teachers Receive a $2,000 Voya Unsung Heroes Award Dozens of children enjoyed the Maker-Space hands-on activity stations.
Bette Marschall Grant Application Deadline is October 21, 2016
EZPay – PowerSchool Update
Applicants Sought to Serve on District’s Audit Committee
A+ Nomination Deadline Fast Approaching
District Announces 2016-2017 Testing Calendar, State Testing Updates
Westerville Schools on Display September 23 at Last 4th Friday of the Season
State Report Card Results for Westerville City Schools Expected to Mirror Local, State Trends

High-performing school districts throughout the state will meet fewer standards and receive lower letter grades on this year’s State Report Card due to ongoing changes to Ohio’s accountability system.

Westerville Schools Awarded Local Government Innovation Council Grants
Professional Development Scheduled for September 29
Schools Break for Labor Day
School Board to Meet in September
“Performance Accountability Report” spotlights district progress, use of resources since 2012 emergency levy approval

The document is intended to help residents understand how financial resources have been used since voters approved a five-year emergency levy in 2012.

Westerville City Schools to Offer Flu Vaccination (Injection Only) Clinics for Students
Superintendent schedules “Community Coffee Chats” to discuss district progress, plans and finances

Westerville City School District Superintendent Dr. John R. Kellogg today announced that he and members of the district’s leadership team will hold a series of “Community Coffee Chats” to discuss recent progress and future considerations for the district, as well as answer questions about the district’s levy renewal on the November 8, 2016, ballot.

Board of Education Unanimously Approves Win-Win Transition Agreement
National History Day Competitors Lauded by Board of Education
Shopping at smile.amazon.com will Benefit Westerville Education Foundation
Westerville City Schools’ Spirit Book Club to Host Author Matt de la Peña on November 2 Picture of Matt de la Pena
Board of Education Unanimously Approves Win-Win Transition Agreement
Schools, Community Join Forces to Sponsor All-Female Honor Flight on September 10
Application Deadline for A+ Employee Recognition Program is September 23
August 18 was Back to School Day for Westerville City Schools Students
New Teachers Learn About Westerville Schools at Orientation Meeting
Early Learning Center Staff Donates School Supplies to Pupils in Need
2016-17 Academic Calendar
Professional Development Scheduled
Child Find: Children with Disabilities
Superintendent’s Gold Appreciation Cards Available
High Schools Offer Football Season Tickets
High School Schedule Pick-Up Announced
Middle Schools Schedule Pick-Up Times
YWCA Kids Place to Provide School-Age Childcare
Elementary Schools Prepare to Welcome Students
Student Fees Cover Consumable Supplies; Families Can Opt to Pay Online This Year
Free and Reduced Eligibility Policy Announced
Westerville City Schools Continue to Meet Tough USDA Nutrition Standards
Online Transportation and Bus Route Schedules - Notification Adjustments
Starting and Stopping Times Announced for 2016-2017 School Year in Westerville
Ohio Law Requires New Vaccinations This School Year
Westerville Students are Patient Champions in the Great Columbus Duck Race and Run

Westerville City Schools are proud to partner with The Development Board of Nationwide Children’s Hospital in support of the 5th annual Great Columbus Duck Race and Run, presented by Meijer.  This family friendly activity benefits the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.  Robert Frost Elementary students Megan Dickerson and Olan Ross, along with Whittier Elementary pupil Doug Spayde, are serving as Patient Champions for the event, to highlight the life-saving research and medical care that is provide by Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

BOE to meet in August

The Westerville City Schools Board of Education will meet in Regular Session at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, August 8, 2016; and on Monday, August 22, 2016.  The meetings will take place at the Early Learning Center in Westerville.

Westerville City Schools Invites Families to First Time Riders Event Tomorrow

Students in the Westerville City School District who will be riding a school bus for the first time this fall are invited, along with their parents or guardians, to attend the annual First Time Riders open house, which will be held at Whittier Elementary School from 9:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday, July 30. Whittier is located at 130 E. Walnut St. in Westerville.

Important Change to “Health Heroes” Flu Immunization Clinics
July Board of Education Meeting Updates

The Westerville City School District Board of Education is scheduled to meet on July 7, 2016, and July 25, 2016.

IMPORTANT: New Vaccination Requirements
Superintendent to Recommend New Westerville South Principal, Westerville North Athletic Director
Feedback Sought for Westerville City Schools’ 2017-2018 Calendar

The Westerville City Schools Board of Education is seeking feedback from families regarding the proposed 2017-2018 calendar.  The calendar, as it was presented in a first reading to the Board on May 23, 2016, can be viewed by visiting the district website at www.wcsoh.org or individual school websites, and clicking on the button marked “2017-2018 Calendar Review.”

District Encourages New Families to Enroll Children As Soon As Possible

Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean the work stops in Westerville City Schools.  While some may anticipate a slower pace once the school year ends, employees at the district’s Enrollment & Family Resource Center actually hope for a significant increase to their workload and the number of enrollment applications they process over the summer months.

Westerville Students are Patient Champions in the Great Columbus Duck Race and Run

Westerville City Schools are proud to partner with The Development Board of Nationwide Children’s Hospital in support of the 5th annual Great Columbus Duck Race and Run, presented by Meijer.  This family friendly activity benefits the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.  Robert Frost Elementary students Megan Dickerson and Olan Ross, along with Whittier Elementary pupil Doug Spayde, are serving as Patient Champions for the event, to highlight the life-saving research and medical care that is provide by Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

BOE to meet in June

The Westerville City Schools Board of Education will meet in Regular Session at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, June 13, 2016; and Monday, June 27, 2016.

Westerville Education Foundation Names Teachers of the Month for May

The Westerville Education Foundation has named three educators Teacher of the Month for May – David Walker, McVay and Mark Twain elementary schools; Jillian Faulhaber, Walnut Springs Middle School; and Shannon Clegg, Westerville South High School.

Westerville’s EdTech Department Hosts Summer Learning Opportunities

The Westerville City Schools EdTech Department will host its annual EdTech Camp on June 1 and 2 at Blendon Middle School.  More than 40 teachers will lead sessions for some 150 attendees.

Westerville Education Foundation Mini-Golf Fundraiser Draws Families

Intermittent spring showers did not stop families from gathering at the Westerville Education Foundation’s (WEF) eighth annual Mini-Golf Fundraiser, which took place on Saturday, May 21 at the Westerville Mini-Golf & Batting Cages on Schrock Road.

Updated Financial Forecast Reflects Academic Program and Service Restorations, Maintains Prior Fiscal Timelines

Westerville City School District (WCSD) Treasurer/CFO Bart Griffith presented Board of Education members with a revised financial forecast indicating the district will end Fiscal Year 2020 with a cash balance of $37.14 million.  The balance reflects expenses the district has incurred while rebuilding academic programs and services impacted by significant budget cuts approximately four years ago.  Even during this rebuilding phase, district officials have stretched the March 2012 emergency operating levy five years longer than originally projected.

Retirees Honored at Board of Education Meeting

Retiring Westerville City Schools personnel were honored at a reception prior to the Regular Session of the Board of Education on May 21, and at an official ceremony during the meeting.  This year 30 individuals are retiring from the district with a combined 667 years of service.

Westerville City Schools Announces Summer Food Service Program

Westerville City Schools is participating in the Summer Food Service Program.  Meals will be provided to all eligible children free of charge.  (To be eligible to receive free meals at a residential or nonresidential camp, children must meet the income guidelines for reduced-price meals in the National School Lunch Program.)

BOE to Meet

The Westerville City Schools Board of Education will meet in Executive Session, for the purpose of discussing personnel, at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, May 23, 2016.

District Hosts 5th Annual Middle School Chess Tournament

On May 18, each Westerville middle school sent their building Chess Club champion to participate in the Middle School Chess Tournament, hosted by Blendon Middle School.  Families, friends, and staff eagerly watched the round-robin matches.

2016 Central Ohio Invention Convention Winners Moving on to National Competition

Following the Regional Invention Convention Competition held at Tolles Career and Technical Center on May 7, a number of Westerville City Schools students have advanced to the national contest.

Celebration of Life Scheduled for John Justice on June 1
Bette Marschall Memorial Education Fund Awards $3,082 in Grants

The Bette Marschall Memorial Education Fund of The Columbus Foundation has announced the recipients of 10 grant awards totaling $3,082 to Westerville City Schools personnel for applications submitted this spring.

Sunrise Rotary Recognizes 2015-2016 Service to Youth Award Winners

The Westerville Sunrise Rotary Club hosted a breakfast at the Old Bag of Nails on Wednesday morning, May 18, where Service to Youth award winners were honored.  The program began four years ago to recognize exceptional Westerville City Schools employees who have made a special contribution to youth; have served as a positive role model for young people; and have demonstrated service above and beyond the call of duty in performing their job responsibilities.

Walnut Springs Students Perform at Barnes & Noble

As part of the 7th grade advanced language arts class taught by Tammy Saltzmann, Walnut Springs students have been creating their own reader’s theater scripts based on different themes of the novels they have read.  Poetry, non-fiction, student writing, and lyrics are brought in to complement the novel’s theme.  From there, the script is woven together.

Middle School Chess Tournament Winners Advance to District Competition

All students at each of the middle schools are invited to participate in school-wide chess activities leading to the selection of a building representative to compete in the Middle School District Chess Tournament on May 18.

Last Day of Classes in Westerville is May 24; First Day Back Changed to August 18

The last day of classes for the 2015-2016 school year in the Westerville City School District is Tuesday, May 24, 2016.  A Teacher Professional Day will take place on Wednesday, May 25.

Middle School Invention Convention Winners Announced

The 7th annual Westerville Middle School Invention Convention season concluded recently as Westerville’s four Middle Schools each held their building Invention Convention Competitions.  Sponsored by the Gifted Education Department with support from the PTO/PSTA, students set up displays and were judged by a panel of distinguished educators, administrators, and community members.

Franklin County Immunization Clinic offered Twice a Month at Westerville Fire Division

A Franklin County Immunization Clinic for children and adults is being offered at the Westerville Division of Fire (400 West Main Street) on the second and fourth Mondays of each month.  This clinic is by appointment only. 

Staff Appreciation Events Taking Place throughout the School District Staff Appreciation
Four Be WISE Camp Scholarships Awarded to Middle School Girls by AAUW
Eighth Grade Westerville Students Participate in Mock Trial Competition Middle School Mock Trial Teams
Westerville Middle School Students Advance to National History Day Competition
Westerville Education Association Celebrates Teachers at Spring Reception WEA Honorees
“Fireworks, Friends & Freedom” Chosen as the Theme for Rotary’s July 4th Parade
Continental Mathematics League Contest Results Announced
Walnut Springs Writing Center Coaches Saluted at Luncheon

An end-of-the-year celebration for student writing coaches at Walnut Springs Middle School was held on Thursday, April 28.   The Writing Center at Walnut Springs was a pilot this year funded by the Westerville Education Foundation, with added support provided by Principal Becca Yanni and Media Specialist Jean Trimble.  Eighth grade student writing coaches were trained to help peers by writing coaches from The Ohio State University.

Westerville Drivers Walk Away with Top Honors at Central Ohio School Bus Road-E-O

School Transportation Professionals from across the Central Ohio region gathered at Reynoldsburg Elementary on Saturday, April 23, to sharpen their knowledge and behind-the-wheel driving/maneuvering skills at the Central Region School Bus Safety Road-E-O.  At the conclusion of the competition, Westerville City Schools bus drivers walked away with top honors.

District Art Shows Celebrate Student Creativity

Families gathered at the Westerville Community Center and Westerville Public Library on Sunday afternoon, April 24, to see student artwork on display.  They were welcomed by Phyllis Self from the Arts Council of Westerville (pictured) and Dr. Jan Fedorenko, retired principal of Hanby Arts Magnet School.

BOE to meet in May

The Westerville City Schools Board of Education will meet on Monday, May 9, and Monday, May 23, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. (Retirement Recognition) at the Early Learning Center.

Eight Stellar Employees Earn A+ Awards

A+ Awards honor outstanding school employees whose actions demonstrate support of the district’s Mission Statement; willingness to go above and beyond normal expectations; and behavior consistent with one or more of the district’s values. 

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Seeking Westerville Student as Patient Champion for 5th Annual Great Columbus Duck Race and Run

The Development Board of Nationwide Children’s Hospital is proud to partner with Westerville City Schools in an effort to raise awareness and funds for pediatric research.  The 5th Annual Great Columbus Duck Race and Run is a fundraising event put on by the Development Board at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.  The money raised from the event supports The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Westerville Education Foundation Honors, Celebrates Educators during Annual Breakfast

District employees, community members, business leaders, service organization representatives, government officials and special guests joined members of the Westerville Education Foundation (WEF) Board of Trustees on April 22 for the WEF’s second annual Celebration of Education, Innovation and Inspiration.

10TV Feature Highlights Westerville Education Foundation Crowdsourcing for WCSD Teachers, Staff

10TV Anchor Kristyn Hartman recently spent the morning at Westerville North High School to learn how teachers and students have benefited from the WEF's Adopt-a-Classroom and Fund-a-Project initiatives.

34 Pallets of Books are Headed to Liberia, thanks to Westerville’s Zuulu Cooper

Thirty-four pallets (2,040 boxes) of reading material and textbooks, along with 12 computer systems, are on their way to the Liberian Girls Guides headquarters in Paynesville, Liberia, thanks to the ongoing efforts of Westerville City Schools technology technician Zuulu Cooper.  The material will benefit about 3,500 students in six urban and two rural schools.

Walnut Springs Center for Inspiration Earns Outstanding Project Award

Learning by Design has released its much-anticipated Spring 2016 edition, showcasing the nation’s best education design and construction projects, from pre-K to 12 to college and university facilities.  The spring 2016 awards program was comprised of 58 projects, each impartially judged and independently scored by a multidisciplinary and geographically diverse group of five jurors.  When the dust settled, it was announced that the Walnut Springs Middle School Center for Inspiration, designed by TRIAD Architects, earned a prestigious Outstanding Project award.

Crowds Pack Westerville North High School for Family-Friendly Starry Night Event

On Sunday, April 10, families packed Westerville North High School for the 4th annual Starry Night learning festival, sponsored by Nationwide Children’s Hospital and the Westerville Partners for Education.  The festival offered dynamic learning experiences with experts from Columbus’ premier educational, business, and community organizations.  Geared toward students in preschool through grade 8, along with their caregivers and families, the event highlighted the connection between arts and science.  The theme this year was, Art and Science – Fueling Imagination.

Westerville Middle School Students Place in 2016 Laws of Life Contest

The Central Ohio BBB Laws of Life Essay Contest is a competition of the best Laws of Life essays written by middle grade students in the 22 county Central Ohio service area and is facilitated at the middle school level through the Westerville Gifted Education, Art, and English Language Arts Departments.

Westerville Education Foundation Minigolf Fundraiser is Saturday, May 21

The 8th annual Westerville Education Foundation Minigolf Fundraiser will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 21, at Westerville Mini-Golf & Batting Cages, 450 West Schrock Road.  Mark your calendars now and don’t miss this fun, family-friendly community event!

School Board Recognizes Students who Competed in Ohio PTA State Reflections Contest

Locally, Westerville Parent Council hosted the contest which celebrates student achievement in literature, music, dance, film/video production, photography and visual arts.  This year’s theme was “Let Your Imagination Fly.”  Volunteer Lisa Wood organized the event, along with co-chairs Jill French and Sarah Strauss.  This year, 355 students from 15 Westerville schools participated, with 57 district winners advancing to the State finals. 

GEM Award Recipients Honored on April 18

Westerville Parent Council, Roush Honda, the Deputy Superintendent of Schools, the Treasurer and the Westerville City Schools Board of Education recognized Great Educator and Mentor (GEM) award winners at a reception and special ceremony held at Westerville North High School on Monday evening, April 18.  GEM awards are given to individuals who make a difference in the lives of the students in the Westerville School District.

Debbie Imhoff is Westerville Sunrise Rotary’s Service to Youth Recipient

Debbie Imhoff, Custodial Services secretary for Westerville City Schools, was surprised on April 6 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.

Fouse Student Wins Top Honors at District’s 10th Annual Lego Competition

Fourth grade Fouse Elementary School student Finn Mitchell was named Overall Grand Winner at the 10th annual Westerville City Schools Lego Competition held April 9 at Heritage Middle School.  Dr. Scott Ebbrecht, facilitator of the annual event, proclaimed to the nearly 125 student participants and their family members that “Perseverance has paid off!”

Pastries for PAWS Breakfast Inaugurated at Walnut Springs Middle School
8th Grade Westerville Students Prepare for Regional Mock Trial Competition
Westerville City Schools Once Again Earns Auditor of State Award with Distinction
Westerville South Presents Big Fish the Musical
School Board to Meet
Dr. Lisa Huelskamp to Receive Distinguished Service Award from OATE

The Ohio Association of Teacher Educators (OATE) has announced that this year’s recipient of the Distinguished Service Award is Lisa Huelskamp, PhD.  Dr. Huelskamp has taught at Westerville City Schools for 18 years as a science teacher, administrator, and is currently a middle school gifted facilitator.  This award is designed to formally recognize members of OATE for outstanding service to the organization and to teacher education.

Westerville City Schools Posts 2014-2015 Annual Report

Westerville City Schools has posted its 2014-2015 annual report, titled Where You Belong, on its website.  It features a building directory plus highlights and photos of the 2014-2015 school year, along with school calendars and information about human resources, district departments, and school finances.

Bette Marschall Grant Application Deadline is April 22

Applications for monetary grants from The Bette Marschall Education Fund of The Columbus Foundation are being accepted for worthy 2016-2017 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.

Middle School Students Advance to National History Day Statewide Competition

A number of Westerville middle school students participated in the District 6 History Day Competition on March 12 at Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio.  Research and projects were created following the theme, “Exploration, Exchange, Encounter.”  Moving on to the state competition April 30 at Ohio Wesleyan are, according to information provided by the buildings...

Westerville Education Foundation Names Teachers of the Month for March

The Westerville Education Foundation has named three educators Teacher of the Month for March – Tonia Tombaugh, Longfellow Elementary; Jennifer Hesseltine, Blendon Middle School; and Jessica Waites, Westerville North High School. The Mission of the Westerville Education Foundation is to enrich the learning experience and broaden the minds of our students through the funding and support of innovative educational programs

Walnut Springs Students Complete Pi Day Chain Challenge

Math teachers at Walnut Springs Middle School hosted a Pi Day competition on Friday, March 11.  Teams of students were given 10, 15, or 20 minutes to create a paper chain that represented the digits of Pi and each digit was assigned a color.  At the end of the given time frame, teams calculated their speed per hour.  Additionally, a class average was calculated.  The fastest team was a group of 8th graders with a speed of 603 links/hour.  The highest class average was again eighth grade with 550 links/hour.  Winning teams celebrated on Monday, March 14, by eating – what else – pie.  

Four Westerville Middle School Students Earn Be WISE Camp Scholarships

The Westerville Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW; http://www.aauw.org), in cooperation with the Westerville City Schools Gifted Education Department, has awarded four $300 scholarships to the Be WISE Camp at Denison University this summer.  Founded in 1881 and with nearly 1,000 branches across the country, AAUW is a national organization promoting equity and education for women and girls.

Time to Nominate Your Favorite School Bus Driver for a Ferdie Award

Each year the Westerville City Schools Transportation Department bestows a “Ferdie Award” to honor the Bus Driver of the Year.  Please consider nominating your favorite driver.

Westerville Students Succeed at State Reflections Contest; Five Advance to Nationals

Fifteen Westerville City Schools students earned honors at the Ohio PTA State Reflections Competition, and five who received Awards of Excellence will advance to the national contest.  Results were announced by Westerville Parent Council, which hosted the 2015-2016 challenge in the Westerville district.  Students submit original work in literature, music, dance, film/video production, photography and visual arts.  This year’s theme was “Let Your Imagination Fly.”

Dave O’Bryan is Westerville Sunrise Rotary’s Service to Youth Recipient

Dave O’Bryan, a mechanic in the Westerville City Schools Transportation Department, was surprised on March 16 when a group of Sunrise Rotarians showed up to present him with the Diane J. Conley Rotary Club of Westerville Sunrise Service to Youth award.

Network Access to be Restricted during State Testing

During the Westerville City School District’s real-time technology analysis on February 26, district officials learned a great deal to prepare for upcoming online assessments.  By restricting guest Internet access, as well as reducing districtwide access to certain Internet-based services such as streaming music and video sites, the district realized an approximate 45 percent reduction to the bandwidth being used.  Technology officials also evaluated the backup internet firewall and determined it to be fully operational within established parameters.

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. 

Future Night to Focus on the Transition from Middle to High School

Westerville City Schools invites parents to attend “Future Night: Transition from Middle to High School” at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 7.  Each high school will host the event for their incoming 9th graders.  Families may arrive at 6:30 p.m. for an informational fair.

Board Approves Westerville Educator Days; School Starts August 18

The Westerville City Schools Board of Education, at its meeting on Monday, March 7, approved two District Professional Development Days for the next school year – Monday, August 15, 2016 and Tuesday, November 8, 2016.  Classes will not be held on these days. As a result, school will begin for students in grades 1-12 on Thursday, August 18.  Kindergarten will begin on Tuesday, August 23, following three days of “gentle start.” 

2015-2016 GEM Award Recipients Announced

Sponsors Westerville Parent Council and Roush Honda are pleased to announce the recipients of this year’s GEM Awards.  Now in its thirteenth year, the GEM Awards program, which stands for “Great Educator Mentor,” recognizes volunteers and district staff who go above and beyond for students in Westerville schools.

Morning Evacuation at Walnut Springs Due to Unusual Odor
WSHS Basketball Tournament Tickets
WSHS Lockdown Information
South Semi-Final Regional Basketball Tickets on Sale
The Westerville South Boys Basketball Team has advanced in the tournament to the Regional Semi Finals.  We will be playing Pickerington Central on Wednesday March 9th at 7pm at Ohio Dominican University.
 
PreSale Tickets are on sale in the Westerville South Athletic Office on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 8am-3pm.
 
PreSale Tickets are $7 each and they guarantee your admission to the game.  Tickets at the Gate are $8 each and are available until sold out, and the game will most likely sell out.
 
Parking at Ohio Dominican is $3.
Schools Close for Spring Break

Classes will not be held in the Westerville City School District from March 25 through April 1, 2016 – Spring Break.  Classes will resume at normal starting times on Monday, April 4.  

Walnut Springs Students Spread the Word to End the Word

The 6th grade Boys to Mentors and Girls to Mentors groups at Walnut Springs Middle School, led by guidance counselor Tom Markle, made posters, shirts and banners in honor of Spread the Word to End the Word Day.

Leadership Westerville Participants Get a Reality Check about Westerville Schools

What’s it really like to work in a school district the size of Westerville, where more than 15,000 students are educated each and every day?  Sixteen Leadership Westerville participants got the chance to experience some of the inner-workings of the school district on Wednesday, March 2, when they spent the morning shadowing principals at Central, North, the Early Learning Center Preschool, Fouse, Cherrington, Huber Ridge, Mark Twain and Whittier.

Westerville City School District Selected to Join National Equity Initiative

Westerville City Schools was recently accepted to the Lead Higher Initiative, a national effort spearheaded by the non-profit Equal Opportunity Schools, with support from the White House’s My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, the U.S. Department of Education, International Baccalaureate and the College Board.  Lead Higher is also backed by generous contributions from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, Tableau, and Google.

Westerville Schools’ FabLab Showcased at Otterbein’s STEAM Innovation Center Event

Westerville City Schools was excited to showcase the district’s Mobile FabLab and highlight a partnership with Otterbein University last Friday at Otterbein’s STEAM Center announcement event. Otterbein University is partnering with leading organizations from the private and public sectors in Central Ohio to create a new science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) Innovation Center that will combine academics with the business and manufacturing needs of the Westerville community.

Application Deadline for A+ Employee Recognition Program Draws Near

Applications are being accepted through Friday, March 18, for the spring 2016 Westerville City Schools A+ Employee Recognition Program, which celebrates extraordinary staff members. Awards are 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.

BOE to Meet in March

The Westerville City Schools Board of Education will meet at 6:00 p.m. in Regular Session on Monday, March 7, and Monday, March 21, 2016, at the Early Learning Center, located at 936 Eastwind Drive.  The District shall make reasonable accommodation for disabled persons to be able to participate in this activity.  Please call 797-5713 or e-mail BeckJ@westerville.k12.oh.us

Four Students to Represent their Middle Schools in Scripp’s Regional Spelling Bee March 19

From in-class spelling tests to school-wide bees, one student from each Westerville middle school proved to be the top speller and will represent their building and the Westerville City School District (WCSD) at the regional Scripps Spelling Bee.  Middle school champions are: Finn Tan (Blendon), grade 7; Ema Rennie (Genoa), grade 8; Catherine Adams (Heritage), grade 7; and Muna Ali (Walnut Springs), grade 7.

2016 Summer Camp/Activities Expo Slated for March 9

The 2016 Summer Camp/Activities Expo will take place from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday evening, March 9, at Westerville North High School, which is located at 950 County Line Road.  The event is sponsored by the Westerville Parent Council PTA.  Admission is free and open to the public, and everyone in attendance will have a chance to win raffle prizes.

High School Athletic Trainers Organize Toiletry Drive to Benefit WARM

Athletic trainers from all three Westerville high schools worked together over a period of three weeks recently to organize their annual toiletries drive to benefit WARM.  The drive began January 19 and ran through February 5, with many students and faculty members donating items.

Westerville Parent Council Sponsors Assessment Literacy Night for Parents on March 15

The Westerville Parent Council is sponsoring a parent workshop entitled, Assessment Literacy Night for Parents.  The session will be presented by Dr. Scott Ebbrecht, director of assessment and alternative education for Westerville City Schools.  The free event will take place from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 15, in the Westerville Central High School auditorium.

Community Bowl-a-thon Raises Money to Support Education Initiatives of Local Organizations

Approximately 540 community members filled the lanes at the Columbus Square Bowling Palace on Saturday, February 13, to raise more than $40,000 for the Westerville Chamber Foundation, the Westerville Education Foundation, and the Westerville Symphony. Event proceeds fund scholarships, provide grants and bring musical performances and programs to the classroom for students.

Sixty at Westerville Middle School Science Fair Advance to District Competition

The Westerville Middle School Science Fair was held on Saturday morning, February 6, at Walnut Springs Middle School.  The contest featured 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students from Walnut Springs, Blendon, Heritage, Genoa and Emerson in the Westerville City School District.  One hundred and thirty two participants enthusiastically shared their passion for science with nearly 30 judges.

School Board Celebrates Winter High School Graduates

At the Regular Session on Monday evening, February 8, the Westerville City Schools Board of Education approved 38 student candidates for winter graduation who completed all local and state requirements.

Westerville Parent Council Sponsors ADHD Workshop on Supporting Students of All Ages

On Tuesday, March 1, at 7:00 p.m., Westerville Parent Council will host a unique workshop   titled, Homework Challenges, Executive Function Skills and Supporting Students of ALL Ages. It will be presented by Christine Kotik, a local advocate for individuals with ADHD. The event will take place at the Westerville Public Library, which is located at 126 South State Street.

Westerville Middle School Parents Invited to College and Career Readiness Night

All Westerville City School District middle school parents are invited to attend a College and Career Readiness Night at Walnut Springs Middle School, which is located at 888 East Walnut Street.  The event will take place on Tuesday evening, March 1, with a focus on conveying valuable information about topics to help plan for student success in high school and beyond.

Mandatory College Credit Plus Meeting Slated for February 25

On Thursday, February 25, at 7:00 p.m., an informational meeting will be held in the auditorium at Westerville South High School (303 South Otterbein Avenue) to discuss the College Credit Plus (CCP) program.  CCP allows eligible Ohio students in grades 7 through 12 to earn college and high school credit through the successful completion of college courses.  To participate in CCP for the 2016-2017 school year, which will include the 2016 Summer Term, students and families must attend this mandatory informational meeting.

Westerville Educators Present at Ohio ACT State Organization Conference

Three Westerville City School (WCS) District employees – Charlie Runyan, Anne Baldwin, and Cynthia DeVese – recently presented at the Ohio ACT State Organization Conference.  The Creating Opportunities for Changing Times conference seeks to inform, educate and inspire those who spend time and energy working with individuals to prepare them for college and career success.  

Educators Learn about Multi-Sensory Reading Instruction

Intervention specialists, teachers, ESL staff, reading specialists, instructional coaches and paraprofessionals from across the Westerville City School District are learning about multi-sensory reading instruction as they participate in a 30-hour professional development workshop sponsored by the Pupil Services Department.

Application Deadline for A+ Employee Recognition Program is March 18

Applications are being accepted through Friday, March 18, for the fall 2016 Westerville City Schools A+ Employee Recognition Program, which celebrates extraordinary staff members.  Honorees will be invited to attend a Board of Education meeting where the superintendent and board members will recognize their contributions.

Daniel Hager Will Represent Walnut Springs in Geography Bee

Daniel Hager and Anna Whiting were the two finalists in the 2016 Walnut Springs Geography Bee. They competed against 33 other semifinalists in six rounds of competition.  After three questions, Hager won the school bee to become the Walnut Springs Geography Bee Champion.  He will take an online test in an attempt to qualify for the National Geographic State Bee.  

Trash to Fashion Contest Hopes to Inspire Project Runway Wannabees

It certainly won’t be your typical design competition, but the creations that will emerge from the upcoming Trash to Fashion contest will likely generate lots of buzz around the water cooler.  Westerville City Schools librarians have partnered with the Arts Council of Westerville and Westerville Partners for Education to challenge students to come up with clothing made from trash.

Operation: Street Smart Adult Drug Education Program Slated for February 16

Westerville Parent Council is sponsoring an adults-only, community awareness event called Operation: Street Smart on Tuesday evening February 16, from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. in the Westerville South High School Media Center. The goal of the program, which will be presented by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department, is to provide current and up-to-date narcotics information to individuals who deal with youth on a daily basis.

Westerville Education Foundation Names Teachers of the Month for January

The Westerville Education Foundation has named three educators Teacher of the Month for January – Derek Geist, Fouse Elementary: Ashlee Wagner, McVay Elementary; and Kate Mantenieks, Emerson Elementary.

Westerville City Schools Close for Presidents’ Day

Classes will not be held in the Westerville City School District and offices will close on Monday, February 15, 2016, in observance of Presidents’ Day.  Classes will begin at regular starting times and offices will open on Tuesday, February 16.

Westerville School District Treasures its Volunteers

At the January 25 meeting of the Westerville City Schools Board of Education, Westerville Parent Council (WPC), along with 34 member groups it represents, including PTAs, PTOs, booster and community organizations, was recognized for its outstanding service to the Westerville City School District.

BOE to Meet in February
Top Spellers at Blendon and Walnut Springs to Represent their Schools in Spelling Bee

January is Spelling Bee Month and Scripps Spelling Bees were held at Blendon and Walnut Springs middle schools. From in-class spelling tests to school-wide bees, one student from each building proved to be the top speller and will move on to represent their school and the district.

Westerville Students to Perform in 2016 OSU Middle School Honor Band Festival

Nearly 800 individual nominations from across six states were received by organizers of the 2016 Ohio State University Middle School Honor Band Festival.  369 students were selected for participation, including 11 from Westerville middle schools

Walnut Springs Students Learn from “The Most Famous Person You Don’t Know”

Walnut Springs advanced 6th and 7th grade science and social studies students were treated on January 20 to a presentation by Ronald Blatchley, a reenactor of chemist Joseph Priestly.  He shared, “Joseph Priestley is probably the most famous person you don’t know.”  As an explorer of chemistry, Priestley identified more gases than any other scientist but also worked with electricity and other sciences.

High School 101 is February 10

Westerville City Schools invites parents to attend High School 101 at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 10, at Westerville Central High School. This program is designed for parents of eighth grade students.

Walnut Springs Families Work Together to Solve Math Problems

The focus of the event was for middle school students and parents to experience team roles in problem solving situations, while enjoying each other’s company.  Families gathered in the cafeteria to receive maps which led them to half a dozen stations set up throughout the school.

Westerville Parent Council Recognizes PTA Reflections Winners

The Westerville Parent Council hosted the 2015-2016 PTA Reflections ceremony on Tuesday evening, January 12, recognizing student achievement in literature, music, dance, film/video production, photography and visual arts.  This year’s theme was “Let Your Imagination Fly.” 

Intra-District Open Enrollment

Intra-District Open Enrollment applications are being accepted for the 2016-17 school year. The deadline for applications for middle and high schools is March 15, 2016.  For elementary schools, the cutoff date is May 1, 2016.

2016 Meeting Calendar Approved by Westerville City Schools Board of Education
“Bowl Season” is Not Over in Westerville!

The Westerville Community Bowl-a-Thon is fast approaching!  Your support helps raise money to fund scholarships, provide grants and bring musical performances and programs to the classroom for our students.  This year’s event will be held on February 13 at the Columbus Square Bowling Palace, 5707 Forest Hills Blvd. This event fills fast, so register early to ensure you get your preferred time!

Westerville North Presents Understanding AP: Courses, Content and College Credit

“Understanding AP: Courses, Content, and College Credit” will be presented on Monday, February 1 at 7:00 p.m. in the Westerville North High School auditorium.  This overview of the Advanced Placement program will explain the benefits of taking AP courses and exams.

High School Course Description Guide Now Available for Review Online

In preparation for upcoming high school registration, the 2016-2017 High School Course Description Guide is now available on the Westerville City School District’s website, www.wcsoh.org.  Rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors will begin registering the week of January 25.  Please check out the latest guide and Superintendent John Kellogg’s message regarding educational opportunities for high school students.

January is School Board Recognition Month

The Ohio School Boards Association is celebrating School Board Recognition Month in January 2016 to build awareness and understanding of the vital function an elected board of education plays in our society.  School Board Recognition Month honors the members of Ohio’s more than 700 city, exempted village, local and joint vocational boards of education and educational service centers governing boards for their commitment to providing quality public education to Ohio’s school children.

Sarah Krause Memorial Science Fund Leaves a Lasting Impact

Sarah Krause was a student in every sense of the word.  She danced to Westerville North High School every day.  She couldn’t wait to get to science classes and could barely contain her enthusiasm about learning everything she could about chemistry and geology.  She was a founding member and president of the Science Olympiad Team, where Sarah and her friends came up with the slogan, “Science Olympiad:  Where it’s Cool to Be a Nerd.”

Westerville Education Foundation Names Teachers of the Month for December

The Westerville Education Foundation has named three educators Teacher of the Month for December – Keith Alasti, Westerville Central High School; Karol Hanley, Fouse Elementary School; and Nell Liston, Blendon Middle School.

Schools Break for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Classes in the Westerville City School District will not be held and offices will close on Monday, January 18, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. 

Offices will open and classes will resume at regular starting times on Tuesday, January 19.

BOE to Meet in January

The Westerville City Schools Board of Education will hold its organizational meeting at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, January 11, at the Early Learning Center, located at 936 Eastwind Drive.  A Regular Session is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. at the same place on Monday, January 25.

International Baccalaureate Program Informational Meeting Slated for January 27

An informational meeting for current 8th grade students and their parents regarding the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program will be held on Wednesday, January 27 from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. in the Westerville South High School Media Center.

Time to Nominate Your Favorite GEM

The deadline for GEM nominations is Friday, February 5, 2016.  Sponsored by Roush Honda and Westerville Parent Council, the annual GEM Awards, which stands for “Great Educator Mentors,” honors community members, volunteers, teachers and staff who consistently go above and beyond for students in Westerville schools.

Westerville City Schools to Host Job Fairs January 4 and 5

The Westerville City School District will be holding job fairs from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Monday, January 4; and from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 5.

Westerville City Schools Publishes 2016 Calendar

The Westerville City School District has published its 2016 calendar, this year featuring student artwork.  The award-winning publication was underwritten by OhioHealth.  For quick reference, it contains important dates with color screens marking the days when school is not in session.

District Seeks Input on High School Course Offerings

The Westerville City School District (WCSD) Board of Education on December 14, 2015, held a first reading to consider the approval of several high school courses of study, as well as resources for the new and revised English language arts (ELA) courses effective for the 2016-2017 school year.

Board Members Briefed on District Finances, Initiatives during Day-Long Retreat

Westerville City School District (WCSD) Board of Education members, along with incoming member Gerrie Cotter, met on Monday, December 14, in a day-long retreat at the district Early Learning Center, during which time members of the district leadership team presented updates on various academic and operational initiatives.

Seven Westerville Student Acts Advance to Finals in Arnold Quest for Talent

Following preliminary auditions on November 7 and 8, twenty finalists have been chosen to perform at the Arnold SportsWorld EXPO for Kids & Teens on Saturday, March 5.  Seven of the acts moving forward (and eight performers) are Westerville City Schools students:

  • Maria Dalanno (Genoa Middle School), singer;
  • Sarah Parton (Westerville Central High School) and Morgan Davis (Heritage Middle School), dance duet;
  • Leah Hall (Westerville South High School), acoustic guitar, cello, singer;
  • Madeline McMahon (Westerville Central High School), guitar and singer;
  • Trinity Madison (McVay Elementary School), jazz routine;
  • Cory Conkel (Westerville Central), banjo player; and
  • Emma Best (Westerville North High School), tap dance.  

The top 20 will perform from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Arnold SportsWorld EXPO for Kids & Teens in the Bricker Building at the Ohio Expo Center before an esteemed panel of judges, who will announce the best act at the festival.  Awards include a $2,500 scholarship, an iPad, lunch with Arnold Schwarzenegger and more.  Arnold himself will present the awards. 

The Columbus Children’s Theatre partnered with the Arnold Sports Festival to coordinate this contest and find the most talented performers.  

Professionals Tell Walnut Springs Students Middle School Matters

Career Day at Walnut Springs Middle School was held this year on Friday, December 4.  Approximately two dozen presenters from the community volunteered to speak with students, representing occupations including architects, nurses, nutritionists, cosmetologists, police officers, construction workers, firefighters, admission counselors, hazardous waste inspectors and much more.

Westerville Civic Theatre Presents A Miracle on 34th Street Classic Radiocast

The Westerville Parks and Recreation Civic Theatre presents A Miracle on 34th Street, classic radiocast, at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, December 11 and Saturday, December 12; and at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 13.

District Launches Newly Redesigned Website

Westerville City Schools is pleased to announce the launch of its redesigned website. The new website uses a Responsive Design framework that automatically adjusts to the device or operating system being used to view the site, thereby giving visitors the best possible user experience.

Westerville, Genoa Township Officials Tour Westerville Schools

One of Westerville City Schools Superintendent John Kellogg’s goals is to strengthen partnerships with the various government entities the district serves.  Toward that end, he invited officials from Westerville and Genoa Township to tour parts of the school district, visiting classrooms, teachers and students, to see what is being done to improve the educational experience for families in the area.

Winter Break Draws Near

Classes in the Westerville City School District will not be held during winter break from December 21, 2015 to January 4, 2016.  A Teacher Professional Day will take place on Tuesday, January 5.  School will resume at regular starting times on Wednesday, January 6, 2016. 

District offices will be closed on Thursday, December 24; Friday, December 25; and Friday, January 1.  

BOE to Meet in December
WCSD Officials Dispute Columbus Dispatch State Test Results Chart
BOE to Meet in November

The Westerville City Schools Board of Education will meet in Executive Session at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, November 23, 2015, for the purpose of conferring with an attorney concerning disputes involving the Board of Education that are the subject of pending or imminent court action.

Middle School Science Classes take on the STEM ‘Straw Tower Challenge’

Sixth graders from the Westerville City Schools Advanced Science classes took part in the annual Straw Tower Challenge, a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) initiative.  Teams of students were asked to design and build the tallest straw tower possible capable of supporting the weight of a tennis ball for up to one minute, spending no more than $10,000 in building materials (straws - $200 a piece/limit 50 and masking tape - $100 an inch/limit three feet).

Bette Marschall Memorial Education Fund Awards $3,216 in Grants

The Bette Marschall Memorial Education Fund of The Columbus Foundation has announced the recipients of nine grant awards totaling $3,216 to Westerville City Schools personnel for applications submitted this fall.

Westerville Education Foundation Awards $17,472.68 in Grants

The Westerville Education Foundation (WEF), an independent, volunteer, non-profit organization, founded in 1993 for the purpose of enhancing the education of Westerville students, has announced that 10 new grants will be funded.  

Westerville City Schools Earns Readers’ Choice Award from ThisWeek Community News

The seventh annual Readers’ Choice awards were announced in the November 5 edition of ThisWeek Community News, where it was revealed that Westerville City Schools was top pick in the Favorite Public School category. 

High School Hall of Fame Nominations Sought

Westerville Central, North and South High Schools are now accepting nominations for their Alumni Halls of Fame.  The Superintendent’s Student Advisory Committee at each building coordinates this program.  The Hall of Fame is open to candidates who graduated from one of these high schools at least 10 years ago.  This marks the first year graduates from Westerville Central will be eligible for induction.

Rotary Club of Westerville Names November 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, November 5.  November students are:  Jacquelyn Birchak, Westerville Central High School; Leah Gaus, Westerville North High School; Matt Hoffman, Westerville South High School; and Joe Braun, St. Francis DeSales High School.

Westerville Parent Council Releases 2014-2015 Volunteer Support Report

Westerville Parent Council has released its report regarding volunteer efforts put forth during the 2014-2015 school year for the betterment of the Westerville City School District. This is a compilation of volunteer hours, donations and scholarships gathered from Westerville Parent Council members (PTAs, PTSAs, PTOs, Booster groups and Community groups), in support of students and families in the Westerville City School District .  

Westerville Arts Council Seeking Input Regarding Community Choir

The Westerville Arts Council is seeking input regarding the possibility of creating a community choir.  They would like public feedback about interest in youth, adult, and/or multigenerational choirs.  To take the survey, please visit www.surveymonkey.com/r/westervillechoir

International Baccalaureate Program Informational Meeting Slated for November 18

An informational meeting about the Westerville City Schools International Baccalaureate (IB) Program will be held for parents of current sophomores on Wednesday, November 18 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the Westerville South High School Media Center.

Schools Close for Thanksgiving Break

In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, classes in the Westerville City School District will not be held on Wednesday, November 25; Thursday, November 26; or Friday, November 27.  Offices will be closed November 26 and November 27.  Classes will resume at regular starting times and offices will open on Monday, November 30.  

BOE to Meet in November

The Westerville City Schools Board of Education will meet in Regular Session at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, November 23, in the Early Learning Center, located at 936 Eastwind Drive in Westerville, Ohio.

Five Westerville City Schools Employees Receive A+ Awards

A+ Awards honor outstanding school employees whose actions demonstrate support of the district’s Mission Statement; willingness to go above and beyond normal expectations; and behavior consistent with one or more of the district’s values.  

Professional Development Day is Tuesday, November 3

Classes will not be held in the Westerville City School District on Tuesday, November 3 – Election Day and a Professional Development Day for employees.  Teachers and classified staff will participate in learning sessions, many of which will be led by Westerville educators who have demonstrated expertise in particular areas.

Board approves Financial Forecast featuring greater cash balance, stretching Emergency Levy one more year

Board also casts unanimous vote to reduce Pay-to-Participate, other activity fees

Health Heroes Flu Vaccination Clinics Held for Westerville Students October 21, 22

Westerville City Schools hosted Health Heroes Flu Vaccination Clinics for pupils at all school buildings on October 21 and 22, with the goal of improving student achievement by reducing absenteeism.  The District was first to pilot the program in the State of Ohio last year.

Spirit Book Clubs Commence in Westerville Middle Schools

Genoa and Heritage recently kicked-off newly created “Spirit Book Clubs” for middle school students.  Spirit Book Club is an initiative funded through the Westerville Education Foundation under the Student Connections umbrella.  An important goal of the Spirit Book Club is to offer a diverse group of male and female students in all four middle schools the opportunity to experience culturally rich learning materials and expose them to ethnic diversity in literature.

Knights of Columbus Presents Special Education Department with Generous Donation

Knights of Columbus representative Scott Muehlbauer visited the administrative offices of the Westerville City School District on October 15 to present a check in the amount of $3,789.18 to the Special Education Department.  This generous donation will enable the District to support the equine-assisted learning and therapy program, which is provided through PBJ Connections.

District’s Wellness Committee Provides Opportunities for Westerville Schools Staff

Friday, October 16, was Ohio Education Association/National Education Association Day. Teachers and staff members throughout the state attended professional development workshops and seminars. Thanks to the Westerville City School District’s Employee Wellness Committee staff in the Westerville City School District had the opportunity to participate in a number of special activities.

Westerville Education Foundation Announces Adopt-a-Classroom Drive, Teacher of the Month Program

The Westerville Education Foundation today announced two upcoming initiatives to support and recognize Westerville City School District educators for their hard work and dedication to students, families, and their profession.

Feedback Sought for Westerville City Schools’ 2016-2017 Calendar

The Westerville City Schools Board of Education is seeking feedback from families regarding the proposed 2016-2017 calendar.  The calendar, as it was presented in a first reading to the Board on October 12, can be viewed by visiting www.wcsoh.org, and clicking on the box marked “2016-2017 Calendar Review & Feedback.”

BOE to Meet October 19

The Westerville City Schools Board of Education will meet in Executive Session at 9:15 a.m. on Monday, October 19, 2015, for the purpose of discussing personnel.  No action will be taken.  The meeting will take place at the Early Learning Center, which is located at 936 Eastwind Drive.

Westerville School District Announces 2015-2016 Testing Calendar, State Testing Updates

The Ohio Department of Education, over the past several weeks, has made frequent changes to assessments that will be administered this school year to students across the state. Westerville City School District officials have remained informed of these changes and recently finalized the local testing calendar for district students.

School board preparing to reduce Pay-to-Participate, other activity fees

The Westerville City School District Board of Education yesterday authorized district officials to establish a new fee structure for students participating in athletics and other activities. Once approved, the measure would reduce extracurricular “Pay-to-Participate” fees, as well as phase in the suspension of fees for club activities and co-curricular activities in which students receive a grade.

Westerville City Schools to Offer Flu Mist Clinics for Students

The Westerville City School District is partnering with Health Heroes, Inc. to offer flu mist clinics again this year to elementary and middle school students on October 21; and to high school students on October 22.  The district piloted the Flu Mist program for the State of Ohio last school year, with the goal of reducing absenteeism.

WSHS Boys Basketball Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, October 10th

All proceeds will benefit the Westerville South Basketball Team. 

Five to Receive Westerville City Schools A+ Awards

At the Westerville City Schools Board of Education meeting on Monday, October 26, five exemplary employees will receive A+ Awards; Jim Cowman, Holly Hughes-Carroll, Vicki Jarrell, Rodney Johnson, and Diana Tisdale.

Bette Marschall Grant Application Deadline is October 21

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.

OEA/NEA Day is October 16

Classes will not be held in the Westerville City School District on Friday, October 16, due to Ohio Education Association/National Education Association (OEA/NEA) Day.  Teachers and staff members will attend professional development workshops and seminars.  School will resume at regular starting times on Monday, October 19.  

Westerville Community Culture Celebration Promotes Dialogue, Awareness

Local citizens gathered on Sunday afternoon, September 27, for the Westerville Community Culture Celebration, designed to inspire open dialogue, educate, break down bias, and promote peace, acceptance, inclusion and one humanity.  Booths were set up displaying arts, crafts and wares of various cultures, and Lott of Tales storyteller Teri Lott shared stories from around the world.

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 22 or Friday, October 23, 2015.  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 26.  

Education is Featured at Fall Fest, Westerville’s Final 4th Friday of the Season

Crowds turned out en masse for Fall Fest on September 25, Westerville’s last 4th Friday of the season.  Students, staff and administrators gathered on the front lawn of Hanby Elementary to present programs ranging from pre-k to high school, as well as a district slide show and a table dedicated to the Student Connections Initiative and Head Start.  The Fab Lab was also on site to show visitors technology available to pupils participating in the Innovation Generation program.

BOE to Meet in October

The Westerville City Schools Board of Education will meet in Regular Session at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, October 12 and Monday, October 26, 2015, at the Early Learning Center, which is located at 936 Eastwind Drive in Westerville, Ohio.

Veterans Return from Washington D.C. to a Much Deserved Hero’s Welcome Home

Another successful Honor Flight took place on Saturday, September 19, when 76 World War II and Korean Conflict veterans traveled, with their escorts, to Washington, D.C. to see monuments in honor of their service to our country.  A number of Westerville pupils and educators served as guardians.

Minority Scholar Student Leaders Train as Peer Tutors and Mentors

Approximately 50 students from all three Westerville high schools met Friday, September 18 at the Summit Vision Teambuilding facility in Westerville for a full day of training to become Minority Scholar Student Leaders. The training prepared them for their roles as peer tutors and mentors for the Minority Scholars Program.

M.O.D.E.L. Program is off to an Exciting Start at Heritage Middle School

Westerville City School District employees Cynthia DeVese, Tami Santa and Jill Ponzi were awarded a grant to facilitate the M.O.D.E.L. program at Heritage Middle School this school year. In collaboration with Role Model Magazine, nine female adult volunteers from the community and WCSD staff, the project aims to increase girls’ sense of self-worth; improve perspective toward education; provide positive support and encouragement; and help them become self-sufficient young adult leaders and ultimately increase their school performance.

State Auditor Dave Yost Bestows Westerville Schools with Award for Financial Reporting

Dave Yost, Auditor of the State of Ohio, visited the Westerville City School District on Tuesday morning, September 22, to present the Treasurer’s Department with an Award with Distinction for excellence in financial reporting for their Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the Fiscal Year Ended 2014.  Inscribed on the plaque are the words, “Your exemplary reporting serves as the standard for clean, accountable government, representing the highest level of service to Ohioans.”

Sendoff for a Hero

On the final day of preschool last year, the staff, PTA and parents surprised army veteran Craig Eberhard, their custodian, with the trip of a lifetime – the opportunity to escort a senior veteran to Washington, D.C. as part of the Honor Flight program.  They also purchased a flag in his name at the Field of Heroes.  Honor Flight flies senior veterans from WWII and the Korean conflict to the nation’s capitol to see their monuments, free of charge, as a way of thanking them for their service to our country.  Guardians donate $300 each to offset costs for the privilege of escorting the senior military personnel.   To date, thousands of dollars have been raised in Westerville for this program.  Eberhard just learned he will be escorting 82-year-old Hershel Green, who served in Korea.  “I can’t wait to meet him,” he said.

Sendoff for a Hero

The 2015 Mount Carmel St. Ann’s 4th Friday season will wrap up with Fall Fest (formerly known as School Daze) on September 25 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. in Historic Uptown Westerville.

Application Deadline for A+ Employee Recognition Program Draws Near

Applications are being accepted through Friday, September 25, for the fall 2015 Westerville City Schools A+ Employee Recognition Program, which celebrates extraordinary staff members.  Honorees will be invited to attend a Board of Education meeting where the superintendent and board members will recognize their contributions.  Awards are 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.

Walnut Springs Center for Inspiration Dedicated

Students, staff and school officials gathered on September 18, 2015, at Walnut Springs Middle School for a Center for Inspiration ribbon cutting ceremony.  Renovation of the media center at Walnut Springs was one of many projects completed as part of the Westerville City School District’s five-year capital improvement plan, which is funded by a permanent improvement levy approved by residents in 2009.

Westerville Education Foundation Now Accepting Innovation Grant Applications

The Westerville Education Foundation (WEF) is now accepting applications from faculty and staff of the Westerville City School District for Innovation Grants.  Grant proposals (with principal/supervisor endorsement) are due by October 2.

Arnold’s Got Talent Auditions Slated for November 7 and 8

The Columbus Children’s Theatre is thrilled to partner with the Arnold Sports Festival in an effort to find the most talented performers.  They are on the hunt for singers, dancers, jugglers, ventriloquists, magicians and talents of all kind from youth ages 8-18.

Westerville Community Culture Celebration is Sunday, September 27

The Westerville Community Culture Celebration will take place from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. on Sunday September 27, at the Westerville Community Center, located at 350 North Cleveland Avenue.  Dynamic speakers with unique backgrounds and experiences will share stories sure to unite and inspire our community.

School Leaders, Emergency Personnel Partner to Provide Safe Learning Environment

Twenty-five members of the Westerville City Schools Emergency Management Planning Committee met on September 3 to analyze a district-wide safety drill, which took place the day before in partnership with five police jurisdictions, two fire jurisdictions, all school personnel and every student.

Board, WEA ratify three-year contract

The successor contract begins retroactive to September 1, 2015, and remains in effect through the 2017-18 school year.

BOE Special Session
The Westerville City Schools Board of Education will meet at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 10, 2015. The meeting will take place at the Early Learning Center, which is located at 936 Eastwind Drive in Westerville, Ohio. The first portion of the meeting will include an Executive Session for the purpose of discussing negotiations. Action may be taken immediately following the Executive Session.
School Bus the Musical Entertains, Teaches Children Important Safety Lessons

Singing, dancing, acting, driving a school bus, teaching lessons in safety – Westerville City Schools Transportation employees do it all it seems, as evidenced by their latest performances of School Bus the Musical, the yearly kindergarten through third grade training activity.  Over the course of several days at the beginning of each school year, drivers transport some 4,000 elementary students to Westerville South High to see a fun-filled musical which teaches the district’s youngest pupils valuable lessons about riding the school bus.  The program was developed and is performed by Westerville City Schools bus drivers.  

Boots ‘N BBQ at the Barn will Benefit Challenge Day in Westerville Schools

Westerville Education Challenge proudly presents Boots ‘N BBQ at the Barn, benefiting Challenge Day in Westerville City Schools.  The event will take place on Saturday evening, October 3, from 6:00 - 11:00 p.m. Dinner will be provided by the Old Bag of Nails Pub and Rusty Bucket. “Moonshine” tasting will take place, along with a silent auction and raffle. A DJ will be on hand to keep the crowd hopping with great music.

Simply Perfect

Each year the Westerville City Schools Transportation Department bestows “Ferdie Awards,” which honor bus drivers for going above and beyond the call of duty, providing gold standard levels of service, completing routes in a timely on a timely manner, performing unconditional acts of kindness and displaying genuine care and concern for children.  Last month, six drivers were recognized for perfect attendance during the FY14-15 school year.

BOE to Meet in September
Mobile Care Center Offers Immunizations at Early Learning Center

For three hours on Wednesday afternoon, August 26, the Westerville City School District partnered with Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) and its Mobile Care Center to offer a full range of immunizations required for children entering kindergarten, along with the latest Tdap shots needed for current and incoming middle school students.  Families were also welcomed to schedule well-checks and the doctor and nurse in the unit addressed illness concerns as time allowed.

Early Learning Center Staff Donates School Supplies to Pupils in Need

When word got out that some students in the Westerville City School District might not be able to afford needed supplies to begin the new school year, employees at the Early Learning Center started bringing in donations.  By the week’s end, the “pile” had grown to an impressive proportion.  The supplies will be distributed among pupils at several elementary schools.

Schools Break for Labor Day

In observation of Labor Day, school will not be held and offices will be closed in the Westerville City School District on Monday, September 7, 2015.  Normal operations will resume on Tuesday, September 8.

Board of Education Unanimously Approves Resolution Opposing “Youngstown School Plan”

Board members unanimously passed a resolution formally opposing what has become known as the “Youngstown School Plan,” calling it a measure that was “secretly concocted” without input from the Youngstown Board of Education, the State Board of Education, the Youngstown Mayor and City Council, and every other elected public official in the city.

All-Day Kindergarten Starts for Some in Westerville

The first day of Kindergarten in the Westerville City School District was Monday, August 17.  New this year, parents had the opportunity to enter their child’s name in a lottery which determined placement in tuition-based All-Day kindergarten.  369 families applied for 260 All-Day kindergarten seats in 10 classrooms.  Four of those are located at Longfellow Elementary School, which has been closed since June 2012.  The remaining six classes are being held in elementary buildings throughout the district that had available space – Alcott, Annehurst, Cherrington, Hawthorne, Robert Frost and Whittier.

Application Deadline for A+ Employee Recognition Program is September 25

Applications are being accepted through Friday, September 25, for the fall 2015 Westerville City Schools A+ Employee Recognition Program, which celebrates extraordinary staff members.  Honorees will be invited to attend a Board of Education meeting where the superintendent and board members will recognize their contributions.

WCS Food Service Department Pilots Biometric Finger Scanning at Three Schools

The Food Service Department at Westerville City Schools is in the process of implementing state-of-the-art identification equipment that will provide security for student meal accounts, eliminate clerical errors, give children more time to eat their lunch, and offer students an easy way to identify themselves when entering the building and using the cafeteria Point-of-Sale system.

Westerville Educators Selected for Mathematics Conference in Seattle

Leah Gaines (Genoa Middle School), Brittany Barnhart (Westerville Central High School), Kassie Sliney (Westerville South High School) and Melissa Paletta (Westerville South High School) went to the CPM Academy of Best Practices in Seattle, Washington from August 3 - 7. All four teachers applied for the workshop, along with almost 100 teachers around the country, and were among the lucky 32 sponsored and chosen by CPM to attend.

Westerville Teachers Attend EdTech Camp

More than 100 Westerville teachers participated in EdTech Camp from August 3 - 6.  These professional learning sessions, held in classroom at Blendon Middle School, related to integrating technology effectively into the classroom.  Presenters consisted of Westerville teachers who are leaders in utilizing technology for student learning and engagement.

Applicants Sought to Serve on District’s Audit Committee

The Westerville City School District’s Board of Education is seeking applicants to serve on the district’s audit committee as a professional link between the Board and independent auditors. Interested persons may apply through the district website, www.wcsoh.org.  All applications must be received by noon on August 21.  Those members appointed will serve a one year term.

August 13th Marks the First Day of School for Most Westerville Students

Central Ohio whether couldn’t have been nicer for the thousands of Westerville City Schools pupils in grades 1-12, who reported for classes on Thursday morning, August 13.

Letters, Drawings Needed for Veterans on Next Honor Flight

Each trip to Washington features a “mail call,” where veterans receive messages of gratitude from children and adults.  Students who cannot yet write are encouraged to draw pictures. 

Free and Reduced Eligibility Policy Announced

Westerville City Schools today announced its 2015-2016 program year policy for free and reduced price meals for students unable to pay the full price of meals served under the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program.  Each school office and the Food Service office has a copy of the policy which may be reviewed by any interested party.

First Time School Bus Riders Gather to Learn About Safely Being Transported

Hundreds of students in the Westerville City School District who will be riding a school bus for the first time this fall got a “sneak peek” at how things work during the annual First Time Riders open house, which was held at Whittier Elementary School on Saturday morning, August 1.

New Teachers Learn About Westerville Schools at Orientation Meeting

More than 100 teachers who are new to the Westerville City School District gathered in the Media Center at Westerville Central High School on August 6 and 7 for an orientation session hosted by the Office of Human Resources.  The district received some 3,500 applications for positions that are now filled.

ESL Parents New to the Westerville School District are Invited to August 11 Meeting

Westerville City Schools will host a meeting from 6:30 – 7:45 p.m. on Tuesday, August 11, for English as a Second Language parents who are new to the district.  It will take place in the Board Training Room of the Early Learning Center, which is located at 936 Eastwind Avenue in Westerville.

BOE to Meet in August
Starting and Stopping Times Announced for 2015-2016 School Year in Westerville

Classes for most Westerville City Schools students will begin on Thursday, August 13, 2015. Kindergarten and Special Needs Preschool starts Monday, August 17.

Westerville City Schools Continue to Meet Tough USDA Nutrition Standards

Westerville City Schools will continue to serve school meals that meet the federal nutrition standards, ensuring that meals are healthy, well-balanced, and provide students the nutrition they need to succeed at school.

Student Fees Cover Consumable Supplies

Westerville student fees for consumable instructional materials for the 2015-2016 school year are as follows...

Middle Schools Schedule Pick-Up Times

The first day of classes for all middle school students is Thursday, August 13. Schedule pick-up for all four Westerville middle schools has been announced as follows...

High Schools Offer Football Season Tickets

Season tickets for 2015 varsity home football games will be made available in the athletic offices at each Westerville high school.  Regular varsity football home games begin at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets at the gate for varsity games cost $6 for adults and $4 for students.  Ultimate Passes at all three high schools, which will admit holders to any athletic event during the 2014-2015 school year, cost $45 for students and $75 for adults.  Questions about purchasing these passes and paying athletic fees should be directed to each school’s Athletic Department.

Superintendent’s Gold Appreciation Cards Available

The free cards are available weekdays from 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the receptionist’s desk at the Westerville City Schools Early Learning Center, which is located at 936 Eastwind Dr.  They can also be obtained at the senior citizen centers for Westerville, 310 W. Main St.; and for Blendon Township, 6340 Hempstead Rd.  The Gold Card, given to district residents over the age of 60 who hold a Golden Buckeye Card, provides free admission to sports events, concerts, musicals and plays (advanced reservation required).

Online Transportation and Bus Route Schedules - Notification Adjustments

Families whose children will receive transportation services for the 2015-16 school year may obtain transportation information and bus schedules online the week of August 3.  Postcards will only be mailed to students who receive transportation to a private school, whose bus transportation require the use of a shuttle (e.g., unit placements, overflow, or magnet students), or who receive other specialized transportation services.

Child Find: Children with Disabilities

As required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA 2004), the Westerville City School District is conducting the annual Child Find campaign to identify, locate, and evaluate all children with disabilities from birth through age 21, residing within the school district. This includes Westerville children with disabilities who are homeless, wards of the state, or attending nonpublic schools, regardless of the severity of the disability.

Professional Development Scheduled

The mission of Westerville City Schools is to prepare students to contribute to the competitive and changing world in which we live.  To accomplish this, the district has scheduled four times during the 2015-2016 school year for the purpose of staff professional development, when focus will be placed on meeting the goals of the Continuous Improvement Plan.

Mobile Care Center will Offer Immunizations at Early Learning Center on August 26

On Wednesday, August 26, the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Mobile Care Center will be in Westerville from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., parked in the lot at the Early Learning Center at 936 Eastwind Drive.  A doctor and a nurse from NCH will be on board to offer a full range of immunizations including DPT and MMR vaccines required for children entering Kindergarten, along with the latest Tdap immunization required for current and incoming Middle School students.  This is an opportunity to make an appointment time to get your child’s updated immunizations that may be required for the 2015-2016 school year.  

Families are encouraged to bring health insurance information and vaccine records if possible. No one is ever turned away due to financial hardship. 

Hartley’s Hawgs Win Ohio B.A.S.S. Nation High School/Youth Angler Championship

Two members of a club named after Bassmaster Elite Series pro Charlie Hartley won the Ohio B.A.S.S. Nation High School/Youth Angler Championship June 6-7 at Rocky Fork Lake.  According to Bassmaster reporter John Neporadny Jr., Wade Pritsel and Joe Kovatch of the Hartley’s Hawgs High School Bass Fishing Club won the high school event, therefore qualifying for the 2015 Costa Bassmaster High School National Championship presented by TNT Fireworks July 22-25 at Kentucky Lake.

Westerville Educators Participate in Logistics Industry Immersion Experience

Westerville’s Business instructors participated in a Logistics Industry Immersion Series on June 17 and 18.  The immersion experience, hosted by the Columbus Chamber of Commerce and Columbus Region Logistics Council (CRLC), provided instructors an in-depth look at the business logistics industry in Central Ohio.  Business Logistics is one of three career pathways Westerville students can engage in during their high school career.

Westerville City Schools Invites Families to First Time Riders Event on August 1

Students in the Westerville City School District who will be riding a school bus for the first time this fall are invited, along with their parents or guardians, to attend the annual First Time Riders open house, which will be held at Whittier Elementary School from 9:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday, August 1.  Whittier is located at 130 E. Walnut St in Westerville.

Start Time for 7/27/15 Board Meeting Changed to 8 a.m.

The start time for the Board of Education's regular meeting on July 27, 2015, has been changed to 8 a.m.

School Board to Meet

The Westerville City Schools Board of Education will meet for an Executive Session prior to its regularly-scheduled meeting on Monday, June 29, 2015.

Academic Enrichment Center Earns 2015 Apex Learning Award of Excellence

Westerville City Schools was one of six programs nationally to receive the prestigious 2015 Apex Learning Award of Excellence in Spring 2015.The Apex Learning Award of Excellence recognizes innovative schools and districts across the country for excellence in implementing blended and virtual learning programs that result in higher student achievement.

Westerville Centenarian Frieda Bennett Honored by Board of Education

The Westerville City Schools Board of Education presented Frieda Bennett, who celebrated her 100th birthday on May 30, with a Centenarian Proclamation during its regular meeting on June 8.

Westerville City Schools Announces Summer Food Service Program

The Westerville City Schools is participating in the Summer Food Service Program.  Meals will be provided to all eligible children free of charge. (To be eligible to receive free meals at a residential or nonresidential camp, children must meet the income guidelines for reduced-price meals in the National School Lunch Program. The income guidelines for reduced-price meals by family size are listed below.)  Children who are part of households that receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly foods stamps) benefits, or benefits under the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), or Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) are automatically eligible to receive free meals.

SPLASH Summer Enrichment Academy Underway in the Westerville School District

The SPLASH Summer Enrichment Academy is in full swing at Westerville North High School, to provide academic and creative challenges to highly motivated students who will be entering grades 2-8 during the 2015-16 school year.

Safety City Teaches Youngsters how to Protect Themselves from Harm

Robert Frost Elementary School will be bustling with activity for the next couple weeks as teachers, teen helpers, firemen and police officers educate 360 soon-to-be kindergarten students about staying safe.  Westerville Safety City is an annual event operated by a non-profit organization.

BOE to Meet in June
Bette Marschall Grants Awarded to Educators

The Bette Marschall Memorial Education Fund of The Columbus Foundation has announced the recipients of nine grant awards totaling $3,221 to Westerville City Schools personnel for applications submitted this spring.

Westerville Education Foundation Mini-Golf Fundraiser Draws Families

Intermittent spring showers did not stop families from gathering at the Westerville Education Foundation’s (WEF) seventh annual Mini-Golf Fundraiser, which took place on Saturday, May 16 at the Westerville Mini-Golf & Batting Cages on Schrock Rd.

Sunrise Rotary Recognizes 2014-2015 Service to Youth Award Winners

The Westerville Sunrise Rotary Club hosted a breakfast at the Old Bag of Nails on Wednesday morning, May 20, where Service to Youth award winners were honored.  The program began three years ago to recognize exceptional Westerville City Schools employees who have made a special contribution to youth; have served as a positive role model for young people; and have demonstrated service above and beyond the call of duty in performing their job responsibilities.  

School District Hosts 4th annual Middle School Chess Tournament

On May 19, each Westerville middle school sent their building chess club representative to participate in the middle school chess tournament held at the Early Learning Center.  Family, friends, and Westerville City Schools staff eagerly watched the matches.  

Four Middle School Students Earn Scholarships to Be WISE Camp

The Westerville Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), in cooperation with the Westerville City Schools Gifted Education Department, has awarded four $300 scholarships to the Be WISE Camp at Denison University this summer.

Holocaust Survivor Sofiya Karpovich Inspires Parents at ESL Meeting

Blendon Middle School hosted the final Westerville City Schools ESL (English as a Second Language) parent meeting on Monday, May 4.  Holocaust survivor Sofiya Karpovich shared her story of overcoming some of the darkest days in world history.  Although her childhood was marked by life in a Nazi-ruled Ukrainian ghetto, Karpovich always maintains a positive outlook and has created a happy, successful life for herself and her family.

Elementary Leadership Summit Ends on a Happy Note

The second part of the 9th annual Elementary Leadership Summit occurred on Friday, May 8, at Westerville North High School.  More than 140 third, fourth and fifth grade students from all Westerville elementary schools were in attendance.

Students Advance to Middle School Chess Tournament on May 16

All students at each of Westerville’s four middle schools are invited to participate in school-wide chess activities leading to the selection of a building representative to compete in the Middle School District Chess Tournament on May 19.

Mobile Care Center will Offer Immunizations at Early Learning Center on August 26

According to State Law and district policy, up-to-date immunizations are required for all school aged children.  It is the goal of the Westerville City School District to help families meet these requirements by partnering with Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) and its Mobile Care Center.

Walnut Springs Middle Schoolers Compete in Boats Made of Recycled Material

Sixth grade math classes at Walnut Springs spent the last few days of school collaborating with their peers to make boats out of recycled materials.  Each class received one roll of duct tape and a few materials from their teachers.

School Board to Meet
Westerville Schools Raise Nearly $35,000 for the American Heart Association

Ten Westerville City schools participated in Jump Rope for Heart, Hoops for Heart and Red Out for Heart activities this year to earn money for the American Heart Association.  At the conclusion of the 2014-2015 school year, a whopping $34,899.79 had been raised for the organization.  

1,065 Graduates Celebrated at May 23 Commencement Ceremonies

Students from Westerville North, South and Central graduated at the Celeste Center on May 23.  The Class of 2015 expressed gratitude for the support they received during their high school journey from parents, administrators, teachers and staff.

Westerville Education Association Celebrates Teachers at Spring Reception

On Wednesday evening, May 6, the Westerville Education Association (WEA) hosted its Annual Reception at Villa Milano.  WEA President Rhonda Gilpin presided over the event, during which time a number of awards were presented.

District Announces Adjustment to First Day of School for Students in 2015-16

Westerville City School District officials today announced that the first day of class for students in grades 1-12 has been changed for next school year from Wednesday, August 12, 2015, to Thursday, August 13, 2015.  Kindergarten and preschool students will still have a gentle start to the school year with their first day of class scheduled for August 17, 2015.

School Board, Superintendent, Wish Retirees a Fond Farewell

“Kind, compassionate, and caring” were just some of the words used to describe 66 retiring Westerville City Schools employees, who were honored at the Board of Education meeting on Monday evening, May 18.

Board Authorizes Superintendent to Enact Staffing Plan, Enhance Student Learning Opportunities
Financial forecast indicates district is stretching Emergency Levy dollars at least four years beyond original estimates
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.

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.

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.”

BOE to meet in May
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.

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.

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…”

Secondary Math Coach Laura Hance Receives Rotary Sunrise Service to Youth Award

Laura Hance, Secondary District Math Curriculum Coach for Westerville City Schools, was surprised on April 22 when a group of Sunrise Rotarians showed up at Genoa Middle School 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.

Four Westerville Students Advance to State Laws of Life Essay Competition

Sixteen State Finalists have been chosen in the 2015 Laws of Life Essay Contest, four of whom are students in the Westerville City School District.  Walnut Springs Middle School students Emma Best and Ellis Blackstone, taught by Janice Hill, were selected, along with Kylie Collins (taught by Stacey Dettwiller) from Genoa Middle School and Andrew Rubadue (taught by Candace Shicks) from Heritage Middle School.  Blackstone was the program cover design winner. 

Academic Enrichment Center Earns 2015 Apex Learning Award of Excellence

Westerville City Schools has been notified that it will receive a 2015 Apex Learning Award of Excellence.  Dr. Scott Ebbrecht of the district’s Academic Enrichment Center (AEC) submitted the winning application and will receive a certificate recognizing the achievements of the program.

GEM Award Recipients Honored on April 20

The Westerville Parent Council, Roush Honda, the Superintendent of Schools and the Westerville City Schools Board of Education recognized Great Educator and Mentor (GEM) award winners at a reception and special ceremony held at Westerville North High School on Monday evening, April 20.  GEM awards are given to individuals who make a difference in the lives of the students in the Westerville School District.  All GEM winners promote the welfare of pupils in the home, school and community, and each goes above and beyond the call of duty.

Westerville Schools and WARM Provide Meals through the Kids Lunch Club

Westerville City Schools will be working with the Westerville Area Resource Ministry (WARM) once again to provide meals to students this summer.  The 2015 season of the Westerville Area Kids Lunch Club will run weekdays from May 26 through August 7, rain or shine, at 10 sites, all open to children ages 1-18.  Participants are invited to stay after lunch for about an hour of educational or recreational activities.   Meals will be provided to all children without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.

Westerville City Schools Launch Student Connections Initiative with Support from Westerville Education Foundation Student Connections Members
Holocaust Survivor Sofiya Karpovich to Speak at ESL Parent Meeting

Holocaust survivor Sofiya Karpovich will speak about overcoming hardship and creating a happy life filled with love and success at an ESL Parent Meeting scheduled for Monday evening, May 4, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.  The event will take place at Blendon Middle School.

Families Pack Westerville North for Nationwide Children’s Starry Night

More than 1,100 people enjoyed the Nationwide Children’s Starry Night Family Learning Festival last Sunday.  Organized by the Westerville Partners for Education (WPE), this year’s event theme, “Movement,” brought together a variety of hands-on learning activities from protozoan motion to motors to sports medicine, dance, and more.  Local businesses and organizations generously offered exhibits and programs, including Westerville North Science students and the district’s Fab Lab.  Educators also enjoyed an “Educator Preview Hour,” connecting teachers with exhibitors to seed classroom collaboration.

School Board to Meet

Prior to the Regular Session of the Westerville City Schools Board of Education on Monday evening, April 27, the Board will vote to go into Executive Session at 3:30 p.m. for the purpose of discussing negotiations.  No action will be taken.  The Regular Session will begin at 6:00 p.m.  Both meetings will take place in the Early Learning Center, which is located at 936 Eastwind Drive in Westerville, Ohio.  

Family Feedback about Career Advising Policy Requested

Ohio law requires all school districts to adopt a local policy on career advising by the 2015-16 school year. Through career advising, students gain an understanding of how their interests and strengths connect to their academic and career goals.  They also begin to understand how their personal interests, strengths and values might predict satisfaction and success in school and related career fields.

Nine Exemplary Employees Receive Westerville City Schools A+ Awards A+ Award Winners
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

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.

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. 

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.

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. 

BOE to Meet in April
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. 

Stars in the Park Slated for Saturday, March 28

The Westerville Partners for Education will partner with the Columbus Astronomical Society to kick off spring break with a trip to space!  Join us for Stars in the Park star gazing night on Saturday, March 28, from 8:00-10:00 p.m. at the Westerville Sports Complex (across from the Community Center).  Astronomers will train their telescopes on the moon, Jupiter, the moons of Jupiter, Venus, the Orion Nebula, possibly comet Lovejoy, and other celestial bodies.  Bundle up – forecasters predict cold and clear on Saturday night, which is perfect for star gazing!  The event is free.  

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. 

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

Westerville High Schools to Host Future Night: Transition from Middle to High School

Westerville City Schools invites parents to attend Future Night:  Transition from Middle to High School.  Each high school will host the event for their incoming 9th graders.  The Westerville North program will take place at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8.  Westerville Central and Westerville South Future Nights will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 9.

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.

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.

BOE to meet in March
2015 Summer Camp/Activities Expo Slated for March 11

The 2015 Summer Camp/Activities Expo will take place from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday evening March 11, at Westerville North High School, which is located at 950 County Line Road.  The event is sponsored by the Westerville Parent Council PTA.  Admission is free and open to the public, and everyone in attendance will have a chance to win raffle prizes.

Application Deadline for A+ Employee Recognition Program Draws Near

Applications are being accepted through Friday, March 13, for the Spring 2015 Westerville City Schools A+ Employee Recognition Program, which celebrates extraordinary staff members.  Honorees will be invited to attend a Board of Education meeting where the superintendent and board members will recognize their contributions.

Student Work to be Recognized at 2015 Jerry Tollifson Art Criticism Open

Student work submitted by fifth grade Hanby Magnet Elementary teacher Tara Norling and Curriculum Coordinator Dr. Jan Fedorenko has been selected for inclusion in the 2015 Jerry Tollifson Art Criticism Open, sponsored by the Ohio Art Education Association (OAEA).

Several Westerville Students are Finalists in Arnold Kids Got Talent! Contest

The Columbus Children’s Theatre is partnering with the Arnold Sports Festival to find the most talented performers in town.  After preliminary auditions, the Top 20 acts were invited to compete at the Arnold Kids Expo at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 7, for an esteemed panel of judges who will announce the best act in the city.  The event will be hosted by Chris Kirkpatrick of NSYNC.

Westerville City Schools Recognized for Integrated Pest Management Practices

At the Westerville City Schools Board of Education Meeting held on February 23, Jennifer Andon, representing The Ohio State University’s Entomology Department, presented the District with a plaque from OSU and Improving Kids Environment (IKE) “for leadership in providing a safe learning environment by reducing risks from pest and pesticides through the implementation of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in schools.” 

During the past two years, thanks to a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grant, Westerville Schools has shared its award-winning IPM implementation process with five different school districts in Ohio and Indiana.  As a result of this program, three school districts in Ohio are utilizing IPM strategies within their pilot schools – Columbus City Schools, Brookville Schools and the Western Reserve School District, which, like Westerville, received a national IPM Star Certification award from the EPA.

Four Westerville City Schools Students are National Merit Scholarship Finalists

The Westerville City School District has been notified that four of its seniors have advanced to Finalist standing in the National Merit Scholarship competition.  They are:  Kara Johnson, Westerville Central High School; Jacqueline Kloos, Westerville North High School; and Marissa Banks and Hartlee Johnston, Westerville South High School.

Community Bowl-a-thon Raises Money for Local Organizations

Community members filled the lanes at the Columbus Square Bowling Palace on Saturday, February 21, to raise money for the Westerville Chamber Foundation, the Westerville Education Foundation, and the Westerville Symphony.

Straight A Grant Results on Display at Statehouse Straight A Grant Results
WCSD operating on a 2-hour delay today, February 24, due to extreme weather conditions, no AM Preschool or AM Kindergarten. No testing; watch e-mail for revised test schedule.
All activities for Friday, February 20, will continue as scheduled.
Kindergarten 101 to be held at Fouse and Hawthorne Elementary Schools

Westerville City Schools invites parents to attend Kindergarten 101 - A Basic Introduction to Kindergarten in Westerville.  This will take place from 7:00-8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10, at both Fouse and Hawthorne Elementary Schools.  The same presentation will be made concurrently at both sites.  Parents may choose the location that is most convenient for them.

65 Westerville Middle School Students Advance to District Science Fair

The Westerville Middle School Science Fair was held on Saturday, February 7, at Walnut Springs Middle School.  The event featured 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grade students from Walnut Springs, Blendon, Heritage, Genoa and Emerson.  159 participants enthusiastically shared their passion for science with more than 40 judges.

Archie Griffin is Keynote Speaker at February 27 Friday Fare Fundraiser

Ohio State football legend and two-time Heisman trophy winner Archie Griffin will be the keynote speaker for a Friday Fare fundraiser hosted by the Westerville Christian Church (WCC). The program will be held on February 27 at the church, which is located at 471 East College Avenue.

Middle School Parents Invited to College and Career Readiness Night on February 26

On Thursday, February 26, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., the Walnut Springs College and Career Readiness Committee is hosting a Parent Night for all middle school parents in the Westerville City School District.  Like last year’s event, there will be speakers on 10 different topics that will help prepare families for their student’s high school, college, and career lives.  Parents will be able to choose up to three sessions to attend.  This event will take place at Walnut Springs Middle School.

ALL WCSD SCHOOLS CLOSED, Friday, February 20th due to severe cold temperatures.

Westerville City Schools will be closed, Friday, February 20th due to severe cold temperatures.

Westerville City Schools Open Enrollment Applications are Available

Parents or guardians wishing to have their children attend a school different from their school of attendance must complete and submit an Intra-district Open Enrollment Application.  Application forms are available at each school building; at the Westerville City Schools Enrollment Center (300 Polaris Parkway, Suite 3200); at the Early Learning Center (936 Eastwind Drive, Suite 200); or at www.wcsoh.org, where general guidelines can also be found.

Application Deadline for A+ Employee Recognition Program is Friday, March 13

Applications are being accepted for the Westerville City Schools A+ Employee Recognition Program, which celebrates extraordinary staff members.  Honorees will be invited to attend a Board of Education meeting where the superintendent and board members will recognize their contributions.

UPDATE: After-school and evening activities canceled for Thursday, February 19, 2015. Click for details.
BOE to meet in February

The Westerville City Schools Board of Education will meet in regular session on Monday, February 9 and Monday, February 23 at 6:00 p.m. at the Early Learning Center, 936 Eastwind Drive, Westerville, Ohio.

“High School 101” Offered for Parents of Eighth Grade Students on February 11

Westerville City Schools invites parents to attend High School 101 at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 11, at Westerville North High School.

Westerville City Schools Close for Presidents’ Day

Classes will not be held in the Westerville City School District and offices will close on Monday, February 16, 2015, in observance of Presidents’ Day.  Classes will begin at regular starting times and offices will open on Tuesday, February 17.

Walnut Springs National History Day Showcase Night Draws Large Crowd

Students at Walnut Springs Middle School gathered on the evening of Friday, January 23 for the second annual Walnut Springs National History Day Showcase Night.  It was a chance for more than 160 pupils to “showcase” their National History Day (NHD) projects.  To conclude the night, participants were awarded Superior, Excellent and Good ratings, as well as Best of Show.  This year a new addition was the Student Choice Awards, where competing students voted for projects fitting into several different superlative categories for awards.

Westerville Community Hosts Annual Jukebox Revue Concert to Benefit Honor Flight

The Westerville community, including the city, schools, citizens, businesses, service clubs and others, will host its sixth annual concert, the Jukebox Revue, to benefit Honor Flight Columbus on Sunday, February 1 at 2:00 p.m. at Westerville North High School.  Proceeds from the event will benefit this year’s community-sponsored Honor Flight, a program honoring veterans with a guided tour of the National World War II monument in Washington, D.C.

Westerville Students to Perform in 2015 OSU Middle School Honor Band Festival

Nearly 800 individual nominations from across the State of Ohio were received by organizers of the 2015 Ohio State University Middle School Honor Band Festival.  358 pupils were selected for participation, including 11 from Westerville middle schools.

Westerville Students to Perform in 2015 OSU Middle School Honor Band Festival

Nearly 800 individual nominations from across the State of Ohio were received by organizers of the 2015 Ohio State University Middle School Honor Band Festival.  358 pupils were selected for participation, including 11 from Westerville middle schools.

Weather Update-PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT DUE TO WEATHER AND TRAFFIC CONDITIONS, SOME BUS ROUTES MAY EXPERIENCE TEMPORARY DELAYS TODAY.

Continue to check this news feed for further updates!

JANUARY 26 WEATHER UPDATE: High School activities after 1 p.m. will continue as scheduled. All Middle and Elementary School activities are canceled. The School Board meeting will continue as scheduled.

High School activities after 1 p.m. will continue as scheduled. All Middle and Elementary School activities are canceled. The School Board meeting will continue as scheduled.

Westerville City Schools are CLOSED today, Monday, January 26, due to weather conditions.

UPDATE: Westerville City Schools are CLOSED today, Monday, January 26, due to weather conditions.

 

Westerville Middle School Students Place at State Future City Competition

Students from Blendon, Heritage and Walnut Springs Middle Schools in Westerville represented Westerville City Schools in the Ohio Future City Competition held January 17 at Columbus State Community College.  Heritage Middle School took fourth place at the 2014 contest.

Harlem Wizards Entertain Westerville Students

The “slamtastic” Harlem Wizards performed at Westerville Central High School on Tuesday evening, January 20, when they were pitted against teachers and community members making up a team called the Westerville Wonders.  Prior to the game, the Wizards announced that “Never in the history of sport will the losing team have so much fun.”

Westerville Students Excel in WordMasters Challenge; One Achieves Perfect Score

A student representing Westerville City Schools recently received a perfect score in the first of three meets for this year’s WordMasters Challenge™—a national vocabulary competition involving nearly 150,000 students annually.

Westerville Students are Honored at Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast

Approximately 350 Westerville community members gathered at Villa Milano on Monday morning, January 19, to celebrate the life and message of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  WBNS 10-TV news anchor Angela An emceed the 10th annual breakfast, where Pastor Jim Zippay of Heritage Christian Church, delivered the keynote address.

WEF Launches 2015 Annual Innovative Grants Competition for District Staff

Innovation Grants, which for more than 20 years have been available to Westerville City School District employees, are the longest-standing part of the Westerville Education Foundation’s GAP (Grants-Adoption-Projects) Initiative.  Due to the WEF’s launch of online program funding opportunities announced earlier, a number of changes to this program are taking place this year:

January is School Board Recognition Month

The Ohio School Boards Association is celebrating School Board Recognition Month in January 2015 to build awareness and understanding of the vital function an elected Board of Education plays in our society.

2015 Meeting Calendar Approved by Westerville City Schools Board of Education
Westerville Parent Council Honors PTA Reflections Contest Award Winners

“The World Would Be a Better Place if…” was the theme of the 2014-15 PTA Reflections competition this year.  At an awards ceremony and reception held at the Westerville Public Library on Thursday evening, January 8, the Westerville Parent Council (WPC) recognized students for their efforts in the areas of literature, music, dance, photography, film/video and visual arts.  Parent Council President Lisa Aucoin and Reflections Chair Lisa Wood co-hosted the event.

GEM Award Nominations Due February 9

The deadline for GEM Award nominations is Monday, February 9, 2015.  Sponsored by Roush Honda and Westerville Parent Council, the annual GEM Awards, which stands for “Great Educator Mentors” in Westerville Schools, honors community members, volunteers, teachers and staff who consistently go above and beyond for students in Westerville schools.

January 28 Workshop Will Address Understanding Advance Placement

A seminar entitled “Understanding AP: Courses, Content, and College Credit” will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday evening, January 28.  Students and parents from all Westerville middle and high schools are encouraged to attend to find out how Advanced Placement (AP) classes can increase their potential for academic excellence.

Arnold Kids Got Talent! Auditions Slated for January 24, 25 at Westerville North

The Columbus Children’s Theatre is partnering with the Arnold Sports Festival to find the most talented performers in town.  The group is on the hunt for singers, dancers, jugglers, ventriloquists, magicians and talented children of all types between the ages of 8-18.  Auditions will take place on Saturday, January 24 and Sunday, January 25 at Westerville North High School, which is located at 950 County Line Road.  Participants should come prepared to present 90 seconds of material.

 

Schools Break for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Classes in the Westerville City School District will not be held and offices will close on Monday, January 19, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

All activities for Saturday, January 10, will continue as scheduled.
District Seeks Input on High School Course Offerings

The Westerville City School District (WCSD) Board of Education on January 26, 2015, will consider the approval of new and revised high school course offerings effective for the 2015-2016 school year. Interested families and community members will have an opportunity to review and provide feedback on the proposed revisions prior to the board vote.

UPDATE: All H.S. evening activities for Thursday, January 8, will continue as scheduled. M.S. evening activities CANCELED.

UPDATE: All District-Sponsored High School evening activities scheduled for January 8 will continue as scheduled

All District-Sponsored Middle School evening activities scheduled for January 8 are CANCELED

Please check the status of any non-district events in WCSD facilities with your sponsoring organization.

ALL WCSD SCHOOLS CLOSED, January 8th due to severe cold temperatures.
BOE to Meet in January

The Westerville City Schools Board of Education will meet at 6:00 p.m. for its Organizational and Regular meeting on Monday, January 12, 2015 in the Board Training Room at the Early Learning Center, which is located at 936 Eastwind Drive in Westerville.  The District shall make reasonable accommodation for disabled persons to be able to participate in this activity.  Please call 797-5713 or e-mail BeckJ@westerville.k12.oh.us.

Westerville City Schools Athletic Fees Can Now Be Paid Through EZPAY

SPS EZPay is a secure and convenient website application that allows parents to add to their child’s meal account or pay school, class, activity fees, and/or Pre-School Tuition over the Internet using any Visa or MasterCard (including Debit Visa and MasterCard).  Though the EZPay online payment system has been around for some time, there is now an option to pay all or a portion of the athletic fees.

Career Day at Walnut Springs Gets Students Thinking about their Future

Students at Walnut Springs Middle School were focused on the future on Tuesday, December 16 – Career Day.  Sixth and seventh graders got an overview of various careers and professions in a way that was both informative and engaging.  In the morning, a Career Fair was held in the gymnasium.  Youngsters could go from booth to booth, asking questions of more than 30 presenters representing a wide variety of occupations including those who work in the medical field, home builders, military personnel, engineers, hospitality personnel and government officials.

Westerville Teachers Attend Professional Development Sessions on Ohio's new State Assessments (Next Generation Assessments)

Since the Ohio Department of Education announced plans to administer online assessments, Westerville Schools has been a leader in providing professional development opportunities and disseminating information on the most current material released and available to both Westerville teachers and other Ohio educators throughout our State

Fifteenth Annual Westerville Community Bowl-a-Thon Slated for February 21, 2015

It’s time to make plans to participate in the 15th annual Westerville Community Bowl-a-Thon! The event is scheduled for Saturday, February 21, 2015, at the Columbus Square Bowling Palace, 5705 Forest Hills Blvd.  Funds raised from this event benefit the Westerville Chamber Foundation, the Westerville Education Foundation, and the Westerville Symphony at Otterbein.

Sixth Grade Science Classes take on the STEM Straw Tower Challenge

Sixth graders from the advanced science classes took part in the first annual Straw Tower Challenge, a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) initiative.  Teams of students were asked to design and build the tallest straw tower possible capable of supporting the weight of a tennis ball for up to one minute, for no more than $10,000 in building materials (straws - $200 a piece/limit 50 and masking tape - $100 an inch/limit three feet).  The winning team was determined by the lowest total cost of their tower but the tallest tower built.

ESL Parents Learn About Community Connections

On Wednesday, December 3, ESL parents met at Westerville Central High School to learn about local resources.  The meeting’s theme was “Community Connections,” and representatives from the Delaware Area Career Center, Otterbein University, the Westerville Public Library, and WARM attended to share information about their programs.  Lisa-Marie Reinhart, enrollment coordinator of the Delaware Area Career Center, showed parents available courses of study for high school students, as well as free adult ESL and GED classes.

Walnut Springs Assistant Principal Challenges Students to Keyboarding Contest

“Mash a Key with Mr. C” was the name of an exciting event that took place at Walnut Springs Middle School on Monday morning, December 8.  Assistant Principal Ernest Clinkscale challenged the top 25 typists in Jane Elliott’s Literacy Skills for Career Education classes to a type-off.

December 13 Food Drive will Benefit Westerville Area Resource Ministry (WARM)

Westerville Rotarians and members of Rotaract & Interact will be collecting non-perishable food on Saturday, December 13.  Donations will go to the Westerville Area Resource Ministry (WARM), a non-profit organization that helps Westerville School District families in need throughout the year.   This year, Kroger grocery bags will be delivered to many area homes with instructions for pick-up.  Or, individuals wishing to donate can drop off their items from 9 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on December 13 at the Kroger stores on Schrock Road or Maxtown Road in Westerville.  Look for collection trucks in the parking lots. 

Leadership Westerville Participants Shadow Principals, Learn about School District
GEM Award Nominations Sought by Westerville Parent Council

The deadline for GEM Award nominations is Monday, February 9, 2015.  Sponsored by Roush Honda and Westerville Parent Council, the annual GEM Awards, which stands for “Great Educator Mentors” in Westerville Schools, honors community members, volunteers, teachers and staff who consistently go above and beyond for students in Westerville schools.

Otterbein Professor Focuses on Developing Cultural Connections for Westerville Parents

On Thursday, November 20, Professor Dee Knoblauch of Otterbein University provided an interactive workshop for Westerville City Schools community members.  Sponsored by Parent Council and the Westerville ESL Department, the evening was designed to help families build positive relationships between our diverse cultures.  As part of the school district’s strategic plan with regard to stakeholder engagement, the ESL Department is working to “build strong partnerships among schools, families, students, businesses, organizations and agencies.”

Winter Break Draws Near

Classes in the Westerville City School District will not be held during winter break from December 22, 2014 to January 2, 2015.

Westerville School Board Recognizes Seven A+ Award Winners

At the Westerville City Schools Board of Education meeting held November 24, seven exemplary employees received A+ Awards for actions demonstrating support of the district’s Mission Statement; willingness to go above and beyond normal expectations in support of students; and behavior consistent with one or more of the district’s values.

BOE to Meet in December
High School Hall of Fame Nominations Sought

Westerville North and Westerville South High Schools are now accepting nominations for their Alumni Halls of Fame.  The Superintendent’s Student Advisory Committee at each school coordinates this program.  The Hall of Fame is open to candidates who graduated from either high school at least 10 years ago.  Nominations are particularly sought of men and women who have achieved success in their career and made significant contributions in their field, as well as to society in general.

Westerville Schools Hosts Community Assembly Program Inspiring Students to Invent

On Wednesday, December 3, Westerville Schools will host a free Invention Convention Community Assembly from 6:00-7:00 p.m. at the Early Learning Center.  The dynamic duo of “Captain Gadget” and “Dr. Claire” will inspire students to invent as a part of the Invention Convention program presented by Time Warner Cable’s Connect a Million Minds. All K-8 students (and their parents and siblings) are invited to attend.

Boots, BBQ and the Buckeyes Event Raises Money for Challenge Day

On Saturday evening, November 8, students, parents, educators and community members gathered in the barn of Skip and Linda Weiler for Boots, BBQ and the Buckeyes, a yearly event presented by Westerville Education Challenge.  Attendees enjoyed delicious food, great company and live music as they watched the Buckeyes defeat Michigan State on a big-screen TV.

Knights of Columbus Presents Special Education Department with Generous Donation

Knights of Columbus Grand Knight Sebastian Mauricio and Deputy Grand Knight P. Michael Brunetti visited the administrative offices of the Westerville City School District on Friday, November 7, to present a check in the amount of $4,900.27 to the Special Education Department.

Veterans are Honored Throughout School District on November 11

Dr. John Kellogg, Superintendent of Schools, issued the following statement to his staff:  “Please let us never forget that freedom comes with a price.  To those of you who have served our country to protect our freedom, thank you.  Many of you have lost loved ones to war or have loved one(s) that have served or continue to serve our country, thank you for that sacrifice.  A successful society takes individuals who are willing to serve.  That service often translates into serving our community in positions such as teachers, business owners, and so much more.  Thank you for being a conscience to our nation and serving as a heroic example of who we are and what we can dream to be.”

Westerville Schools Named “Readers Choice” Among Central Ohio Public School Systems

ThisWeek Community News recently announced the results of its 2014 Readers Choice Awards contest and the Westerville City School District is pleased to have earned Third Place in the “Public School” category.

December 3 ESL Parent Meeting Will Cover Variety of Topics

All English as a Second Language (ESL) parents and families are invited to attend a meeting on December 3 called “Community Connections,” which will focus on resources in the Westerville Schools community.  The event will take place in the Westerville Central High School library from 6:00-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday evening, December 3.

“Cultural Connections for Westerville Parents” Slated for November 20

Otterbein University Professor Dee Knoblauch will present a program called “Cultural Connections for Westerville Parents” on Thursday evening, November 20.  Professor Knoblauch will lead a discussion on ways positive relationships can be built within the community’s diverse cultural groups.  The event will take place from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in the Board Room on the second floor of the Early Learning Center.

Seven to Receive Westerville City Schools A+ Awards

A+ Awards honor outstanding school employees whose actions demonstrate support of the district’s Mission Statement, which is “To prepare students to contribute to the competitive and changing world in which we live;” willingness to go above and beyond normal expectations in support of students; and behavior consistent with one or more of the district’s values, including respect, inclusiveness, community, communication, collaboration, innovation, nurturing, trust and accountability.

Schools Close for Thanksgiving Break

In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, classes in the Westerville City School District will not be held on Wednesday, November 26; Thursday, November 27; or Friday, November 28.  Offices will be closed November 27 and November 28.

Bette Marschall Grant Recipients Announced

The Bette Marschall Memorial Education Fund of The Columbus Foundation has announced the recipients of 12 grant awards totaling $3,344 to Westerville City Schools personnel for applications submitted this fall.

Board of Education Approves 2015-2016 School Calendar
Financial Forecast Highlights Include Cash Balance Stretching Emergency Levy Additional Year

Westerville City School District Treasurer/CFO Bart Griffith on Monday presented Board of Education members with a revised financial forecast indicating the district will end Fiscal Year 2019 with a cash balance of $38.4 million.  Several factors, including belt-tightening measures by district officials and increased state revenue, have contributed to the district’s ability to maintain a cash balance through FY19, which is four years longer than originally projected when voters approved an emergency operating levy in March of 2012

BOE to Meet in November
Important Information to Know about Ohio’s Next Generation Assessments

Westerville City School District personnel and students continue to prepare for Ohio’s new state tests, known as Next Generation Assessments.  These assessments will be given in the areas of English Language Arts (Reading), Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies.  Parents and community members are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the following key points about these new state assessments:

November 6 Seminar Scheduled Regarding College Bound Students with an IEP

A seminar called “College Bound Students with an IEP” will take place for parents, students and staff from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. on Thursday evening, November 6, in the second floor media center at Hilliard Davidson High School.  Hilliard Davidson is located at 5100 Davidson Road in Hilliard.  It is co-sponsored by the following high school transition programs:  Dublin, Hilliard, Westerville, Worthington, Upper Arlington, and Grandview Heights.

Tony Zilincik Conducts Tuba/Baritone Workshop at Blendon Middle School

Learning didn’t stop in the Westerville City School District on Central OEA/NEA Day, when a variety of classes and workshops were offered including a special one at Blendon Middle School. Tony Zilincik, Associate Professor of Music at Capital University, conducted a Tuba/Baritone Workshop from 9:00-11:00 a.m.  Students and teachers from all Westerville middle and high schools were invited to attend for no cost, and they were asked to bring their instruments, music and questions.

Secondary Science Teachers, Staff, Complete Safety Training at Westerville Central

On Friday, October 17, the Westerville City Schools Chemical Hygiene Committee offered safety training to secondary science teachers and staff. This hands-on opportunity provided instruction on the types and proper use of fire extinguishers. In addition, a discussion was held on how to correctly respond to gas leaks and chemical exposure, and the use of safety equipment in science classrooms.

Westerville Schools Staff Learns CPR on Central OEA/NEA Day

In partnership with the Westerville Division of Fire, the Westerville City Schools Health & Safety Services department offered staff the opportunity to become certified in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) on Friday, October 17 – Central OEA/NEA Day.

ESL Parent Meeting Draws 80 Families

Approximately 80 families attended Tuesday evening’s ESL Parent meeting held at Hawthorne Elementary School. This gathering was the second of five planned informational meetings for the 2014-15 school year.  Building on the theme of the first meeting, “Tools for Success in School,” this meeting focused on “Setting and Measuring Goals for Success.”

Successful Junior Mentoring Program Benefits All

Transitioning from middle to high school creates apprehension for most students, but that uneasiness has been diminished thanks to the Westerville City School District’s Junior Mentoring Program.  Juniors from each Westerville high school visit with eighth grade students at all four middle schools to build relationships and answer questions.  The eleventh graders become role models for the eighth graders, who often grow up to become Junior Mentors themselves.

School Board Recognizes Two Students

At the October 13 meeting of the Westerville City Schools Board of Education, two students were recognized – Emma Rennie and Brice Wilson.

Westerville Parent Council Report Shows Volunteer Efforts Continue to Grow

Westerville City Schools gain the equivalent of nearly 67 full-time employees and hundreds of thousands of dollars toward student enrichment from parent and community support groups in the school district, according to a report released this week from Westerville Parent Council.

School Board to Meet in Executive Session

At 5:30 p.m. on Monday, October 13, 2014, the Westerville City Schools Board of Education will vote to go into Executive Session for the purpose of discussing personnel.  This will take place in the office of Treasurer Bart Griffith, which is located in the Early Learning Center at 936 Eastwind Avenue in Westerville.  No action will be taken during the Executive Session.  A Regular Session will follow in the Board Training Room at 6:00 p.m.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

School Board to Meet in October
OEA/NEA Day is October 17

Classes will not be held in the Westerville City School District on Friday, October 17, due to Ohio Education Association/National Education Association (OEA/NEA) Day.  Teachers and staff members will attend professional development workshops and seminars.  School will resume at regular starting times on Monday, October 20.

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.

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.

Feedback Sought for Westerville City Schools’ 2015-2016 Calendar

The Westerville City Schools Board of Education is seeking feedback from families regarding the proposed 2015-2016 calendar.  The calendar, as it was presented in a first reading to the Board on September 22, can be viewed by visiting www.wcsoh.org, and clicking on the box marked “2015-2016 Calendar Review & Feedback.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Schools Take Center Stage September 26 during Last 4th Friday of the Season

From pre-schools to Otterbein University, Westerville is teaming with opportunities for growth and learning.  Join the Westerville Visitors & Convention Bureau for the last OhioHealth 4th Friday of the season as the hungry mind is celebrated!  A variety of educational opportunities will be on display during OhioHealth 4th Friday: School Daze, September 26, from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. in historic Uptown Westerville.

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.

Bette Marschall Grant Applications Due by October 15

Applications for monetary grants from The Bette Marschall Education Fund of The Columbus Foundation are being accepted for worthy 2014-2015 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 October 15, 2014.

Fab Lab is Coming to Westerville Middle Schools Fab Lab
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).

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. 

Westerville City Schools Pilots Flu Vaccination Clinic for the State of Ohio

The Westerville City School District is piloting a Health Heroes Flu Vaccination Clinic for the State of Ohio.  The event will take place on September 10 and 11 at 23 sites throughout the district – all school buildings, plus the Early Learning Center and the Transportation Complex.  The goal is to reduce absenteeism for students and staff. 

First Professional Development Day is Friday, September 12

The Ohio Department of Education has approved two days in the Westerville City School District for professional development – September 12, 2014 and February 6, 2015. Classes will not be held on these dates.

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.

Westerville Central to Host Internet and Social Media Safety Seminar

At 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday evening, September 10, Westerville Central High School will host an hour-long seminar called, “Internet and Social Media Safety.”  Parents are invited to attend the meeting, which will be presented by Westerville Police Officer Thomas “Corey” Baker and Genoa Police Officer Joe Graham.

Westerville North Classic Cross Country Invitational is Tomorrow

The 25th annual Westerville North Classic Cross Country Invitational will take place beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday morning, August 30, at the school’s athletic fields. North is located at 950 County Line Road. A maximum of 22 teams will participate in each of the Middle School and varsity High School Division races. Team and individual awards will be given.  For further information, please visit www.baumspage.com

BOE to meet in September
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.

Westerville Schools Transportation Department Takes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Transportation employees getting soaked by the Westerville Fire Department with cold water from a fire truck.
Schools Break for Labor Day

In observation of Labor Day, school will not be held and offices will be closed in the Westerville City School District on Monday, September 1, 2014.  Normal operations will resume on Tuesday, September 2.

Westerville Superintendent John Kellogg Partakes in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Dr. John Kellogg dumps a bucket of ice water over his head
Early Learning Center Staff Donates School Supplies to Pupils in Need Collected school supplies
Schools, Community Join Forces to Sponsor Honor Flight on September 27

Westerville’s sixth community-sponsored Honor Flight of veterans to Washington D.C. will take place on Saturday, September 27.  The Honor Flight program flies senior veterans from WWII and the Korean conflict to the nation’s capitol to see their monuments, free of charge, as a way of thanking them for their service to our country.

PowerSchool Temporarily Offline August 15-17, 2014

Westerville City Schools has been informed by TRECA, our service provider for PowerSchool/PowerTeacher, that they will temporarily be shutting down these services for maintenance and upgrades beginning Friday, August 15 at 4:00 p.m. with anticipated completion on Sunday, August 17 by 11:00 p.m.

Walnut Springs Fishing Club Members Fare Well at State Tournament
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Drivers are Recognized at Transportation Department’s In-Service Perfect attendance bus drivers
Informational Meeting Educates ESL Families about Tools for Success in School An ESL Facilitator reviews the school calendar with families
August 13 Marks Successful Return to School for Westerville Students Back to school collage
Six New Principals Grace the Halls in the Westerville City School District New building principals
Westerville School District Employees Gather for Convocation Dr. John Kellogg addresses employees during Convocation.
District Schedules Secondary Mathematics Informational Meetings August 18 and 19

New mathematics standards will be implemented in grade 6, grade 7, and Algebra 2 for the 2014-2015 academic year, which will complete the full transition for the Westerville City School District.  To help parents better understand the resulting instructional shifts that will be occurring in classrooms, Westerville Schools will host informational sessions on Monday, August 18 and Tuesday, August 19.  Participants can attend either one.

New Teachers Learn About Westerville Schools at Orientation Meeting Dr. Nancy Nestor-Baker addresses new teachers
Nationwide Children’s Care Mobile Visited Westerville Schools on August 6 Nationwide Children’s Hospital mobile care unit
Educators, Law Enforcement Officials Gather for Threat Assessment Team Meeting Westerville police officer Thomas “Cory” Baker talks with educators
Westerville Schools Prepare Class of 2018 for New High School Graduation Requirements

As a result of House Bill 487, Ohio’s graduation requirements will change beginning with the class of 2018 (who are ninth grade students this fall).  The intent is to ensure that all students will be prepared for success in college and work.  When that happens, Westerville City Schools will be ready.

Positive Evaluations Prompt Board Action on Superintendent, Treasurer Contracts

The Westerville City School District Board of Education gave high marks to the performance and professionalism of Superintendent Dr. John Kellogg and Treasurer Bart Griffith, according to evaluation summaries shared by Board of Education President Dr. Nancy Nestor-Baker during the Board’s regular meeting on August 11, 2014. Kellogg and Griffith are the only district employees who directly report to and are evaluated by the Board of Education.

Important 43231 Zip Code "Back to School" Announcement
Secondary Math Curriculum Night

Westerville City Schools will be hosting two opportunities for families to learn more about the district's secondary mathematics curriculum. Families are invited to join district representatives on either Monday, August 18th or Tuesday, August 19th at Westerville North from 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  (Download a flier)

Westerville District Gears Up for 2014-2015 School Year

Teacher Professional Days in the Westerville City School District will take place on Monday, August 11 and Tuesday, August 12, 2014.  Classes begin for students in grades 1-12 on Wednesday, August 13.  Kindergarten and Preschool starts Monday, August 18.

District Schedules Professional Development Days

The Ohio Department of Education has approved two days in the Westerville City School District for professional development – September 12, 2014 and February 6, 2015.  Classes will not be held on these dates.  At its Regular Session on July 28, the Westerville City Schools Board of Education amended the district’s Academic Calendar for the 2014-15 school year to accommodate this schedule. 

ESL Families New to the School District are Invited to August 11 Informational Meeting

The Westerville City School District’s English as a Second Language (ESL) Department will host a meeting for all ESL parents and families new to the district on Monday evening, August 11, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.  It will take place in the Media Center at Westerville North High School, which is located at 950 County Line Road.

Walnut Springs Student Drew Mantenieks Honored by Board of Education

Andrew (Drew) Mantenieks, a pupil at Walnut Springs Middle School, was recognized by the Westerville City Schools Board of Education on Monday evening, July 28, for having received the R.A. Horn Outstanding Student Achievement Award from the Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities.

BOE to Meet in August
District Secures more than $3 Million in Ohio “Straight A” Grant Funds to Enhance Student Learning Opportunities

The Straight A Fund was created in the most recent state biennial budget.  More than 150 entities received $100 million last year, with $150 million earmarked for new grants this year. Westerville has been involved in successful applications each of the first two competitive grant cycles.

First Time School Bus Riders Gather to Learn About Safely Being Transported Bus drivers help students off a bus
Caring & Sharing Volunteers Pack Book Bags with Donated Supplies

Mark Twain Elementary School was a hub of activity on Wednesday and Thursday evening, July 23 and 24, as Westerville Caring & Sharing volunteers gathered to fill dozens of book bags with donated school supplies and personal hygiene products.  The organization’s annual Back to School project helps hundreds of Westerville students each year.

Westerville City Schools Pilots Flu Vaccination Clinic for the State of Ohio Health Heroes logo
Nationwide Children’s Care Mobile Available to Families on August 6

On Wednesday, August 6, during the week of back-to-school registration and schedule pick-up, Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) will be providing a convenient opportunity for Westerville City Schools students to get required immunizations and other medical services through its Care Mobile.

Westerville City Schools Invites Families to First Time Riders Event on July 29 First Time Riders flier
Professional Development Scheduled
Child Find: Children with Disabilities

As required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA 2004), the Westerville City School District is conducting the annual Child Find campaign to identify, locate, and evaluate all children with disabilities from birth through age 21, residing within the school district. This includes Westerville children with disabilities who are homeless, wards of the state, or attending nonpublic schools, regardless of the severity of the disability.

Online Transportation and Bus Route Schedules - Notification Adjustments

Families whose children will receive transportation services for the 2014-15 school year may obtain transportation information and bus schedules online the week of August 4, 2014. 

Superintendent’s Gold Appreciation Cards Available

Senior citizens who live in the Westerville City School District are invited to pick up their 2014-2015 Superintendent’s Gold Appreciation Card.

High Schools Offer Football Season Tickets
High School Schedule Pick-Up Announced
Middle Schools Schedule Pick-Up Times
YWCA Kids Place to Provide School-Age Childcare

Westerville City School parents who would like information about the YWCA’s licensed and award-winning before/after school childcare should visit www.ywcacolumbus.org and click on the child care tab for information about programming and tuition rates, and to complete the convenient online registration.

Elementary Schools Prepare to Welcome Students

Students attending Westerville City Schools, in grades 1 - 5, will begin classes on Wednesday, August 13, 2014.  Most elementary schools in the district will provide an opportunity for each family to learn of their child's teacher/class placement for the 2014-2015 school year, return the emergency medical card, pay school fees, learn their child’s bus assignment and route schedule, as well as return free and reduced lunch forms (if applicable).  

Student Fees Cover Consumable Supplies
Free and Reduced Eligibility Policy Announced

Westerville City Schools announced its 2014-2015 program year policy for free and reduced price meals for students unable to pay the full price of meals served under the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program.  Each school office and the Food Service office has a copy of the policy which may be reviewed by any interested party.

Westerville City Schools Continue to Meet Tough New Nutrition Standards
Starting and Stopping Times Announced for 2014-2015 School Year in Westerville

Classes for Westerville City Schools students in grades 1-12 will begin on Wednesday, August 13, 2014.  Elementary students will begin school at 9:05 a.m. and dismiss at 3:30 p.m.  The Middle School day will start at 8:00 a.m. and end at 2:45 p.m.  High school classes will commence at 7:25 a.m. and finish at 2:05 p.m.

Board amends employment guidelines for administrators, administrative approved staff
Board to Meet in Executive Session Prior to July 9 Regular Meeting
Board Approves Three Negotiated Agreements for Classified Employees
Board to Meet in Executive Session Prior to June 30 Regular Meeting
BOE Calls Special Meeting for June 23, 2014
District Encourages New Families to Enroll Children As Soon As Possible

The Enrollment & Family Resource Center is open during the summer and ready to help families enroll their children in Westerville City Schools

Cherrington Elementary Hosts Nationwide Children’s Care Mobile on August 6

On Wednesday, August 6, during the week of back-to-school registration and schedule pick-up, Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) will be providing a convenient opportunity for Westerville City Schools students to get required immunizations and other medical services through its Care Mobile.

Westerville City School District Board of Education to Appoint Richard Bird to Vacant Seat

Westerville City School District Board of Education President Nancy Nestor-Baker today announced that the board will vote on a resolution to select Richard W. Bird to complete the unexpired term of Cindy Crowe, who last month announced her resignation from the Board effective May 19, 2014.

Board to Interview Three for Vacancy

Westerville City School District Board of Education President Dr. Nancy Nestor-Baker today announced that Board members have narrowed their applicant pool and will interview three district residents to complete the unexpired term of Cindy Crowe, who last month announced her resignation from the Board effective May 19, 2014.

Growing Cash Balance is Highlight of Latest Financial Forecast

Westerville City School District (WCSD) Treasurer/CFO Bart Griffith on Monday presented Board of Education members with a revised financial forecast indicating the district will end Fiscal Year 2018 with a cash balance $10.2 million higher than projected in the October 2013 forecast.

School Board to Meet in Executive Session (UPDATED 6.3.14)

The Westerville City Schools Board of Education will hold three Executive Sessions for the purpose of discussing personnel. Meeting dates and times are Thursday, May 29, 2014, 6:00 p.m.; Wednesday, June 4, 2014, 2:00 p.m.; and Thursday, June 5, 2014, 6:00 p.m.

District Officials Fill Several Principal Vacancies

The Westerville City School District (WCSD) Board of Education took action during its regular meeting on May 19 to employ several individuals who will fill existing leadership vacancies at the school level.

School Board Member Cindy Crowe Honored by Friends, Colleagues Cindy Crowe surrounded by current and former members
Westerville City School District Holds 3rd Annual Middle School Chess Tournament

On Friday, May 16, each Westerville middle school sent its building chess club representative to compete in the annual Middle School Chess Tournament, which was held at the Early Learning Center.  Family, friends, and staff eagerly watched the round-robin matches, which resulted in a first place victory for seventh grade student Gabrielle McCrea of Walnut Springs.  Second place was earned by Ben Clark (grade 8) of Genoa.  Brian Courts (grade 7) of Heritage and Anthony Vilardo (grade 6) of Blendon took third and fourth respectively.  

Walnut Springs Wins 11th Annual Central Ohio 6th and 7th Grade Battle of the Books

For the fourth year in a row, a Westerville City Schools middle school has won the Central Ohio 6th and 7th Grade Battle of the Books competition.  The contest took place at the Whitehall Community Center on May 14.  Student representatives from each of Westerville’s four middle schools competed, along with other Central Ohio teams from Bexley, Canal Winchester, Groveport-Madison, Hamilton, New Albany-Plain Local, Olentangy, St. Brigid of Kildare, and Whitehall.

School Board Recognizes 47 Retirees Retirees
Walnut Springs Pupil to Receive R.A. Horn Outstanding Student Achievement Award

Andrew Mantenieks, a pupil at Walnut Springs Middle School, has been selected to receive the R.A. Horn Outstanding Student Achievement Award from the Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities.  Kelly Ferguson, case manager/intervention specialist, nominated him in the category of Self-Advocacy.

Walnut Springs Students Earn Accolades at Music Showcase Festival
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OAGC Scholarship Nominations Selected

Four students, representing each of Westerville’s middle schools, have been nominated for the Ohio Association for Gifted Children’s 2014 Distinguished Student Award.

Launched by the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) in memory of an extraordinarily gifted seven-year-old who was senselessly killed in a drive-by shooting while traveling to Italy in 1994, the Nicholas Green Distinguished Student Award is granted to one gifted student in each state for $500.

Walnut Springs Teacher to be Featured on Battelle for Kids Website

Walnut Springs Middle School math teacher Nancy Palumbo has been chosen by Battelle for Kids as a retiring teacher who dedicated her life to education and made a lasting impact on students, fellow teachers, and the school community.  She is one of just three teachers who will receive a Celebrate Teaching Award from Battelle at a breakfast ceremony to be held on June 17.

Westerville Community Culture Celebration, June 6-8 Flier with date, time and location
Westerville Students Advance to Middle School Chess Tournament on May 16

All students at each of Westerville’s four middle schools are invited to participate in school-wide chess activities leading to the selection of a building representative to the Middle School District Chess Tournament, which will be held on May 16.  After a number of building and/or grade level matches, the following chess champions were chosen.

Westerville City Schools Middle School Students Tour Capital University
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270 Student Representatives Gather at 2014 Elementary Leadership Summit Instructional Coach Kristan Robertson works with a group of students
Westerville Schools and WARM Provide Meals through Summer Lunch Club

Westerville City Schools will be working with the Westerville Area Resource Ministry (WARM) to provide meals to students this summer.  The 2014 season of the Westerville Area Kids Summer Lunch Club will run weekdays from May 27 through August 8 at eight sites. All sites are open sites to all children ages 1-18.

Press conference continues district’s history as prime location for candidate visits

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ed Fitzgerald held a May 14, 2014, press conference outside the Westerville City School District’s Early Learning Center to address the importance of investing in Early Childhood Education, thereby adding his name to the growing list of local, state and national political candidates visiting the district while on the campaign trail.

Westerville City Schools Board of Education Seeks New Member

The Westerville City Schools Board of Education is seeking a community member to replace Cindy Crowe, who submitted her resignation effective May 19.  The appointed person will remain on the Board through the completion of Mrs. Crowe’s term, December 31, 2015.

Community Invited to Reception in Honor of Cindy Crowe

A reception will be held on Thursday, May 15, in honor of Cindy Crowe, who announced her resignation from the Westerville City Schools Board of Education.  The event will take place from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. in the Westerville Central High School Commons, located at 7118 Mt. Royal Avenue. 

Mrs. Crowe, a 14-year veteran of the Board, was diagnosed last year with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease).  

School Offices Close for Memorial Day

In observance of Memorial Day, offices in the Westerville City School District will be closed on Monday, May 26.  Offices will open at regular times on Tuesday, May 27.

Middle School Students Attend Annual Career-Based Art Exploration Trip
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School Bus Driver Appreciation Day is Celebrated in Westerville Bus driver eating pancakes
Sunrise Rotary Recognizes 2013-2014 Service to Youth Award Winners Picture of Service to Youth award winners Sarah McPeak, Alisa Franklin, Dr. Steve Coolahan, Marsha Williams, Danielle Whitehead, Kristine Konik, Janet Custer and Sunrise Rotary President Rob Hunt
Bette Marschall Grant Recipients Announced

The Bette Marschall Memorial Education Fund of The Columbus Foundation has announced the recipients of nine grant awards totaling $2,946 to Westerville City Schools personnel for applications submitted this spring.

Westerville Education Association Celebrates Teachers at Spring Reception Westerville Education Association luncheon
Four Middle School Students Earn Scholarships to Be WISE Camp at Denison University

The Westerville Branch of the American Association of University Women, in cooperation with the Westerville City Schools Gifted Education Department, has awarded four scholarships to the Be WISE Camp at Denison University this summer.  Recipients of the scholarships are Ruthie Curry, grade 6, Blendon Middle School; Kendel Seabury, grade 6, Genoa Middle School; Jenny Courts, grade 7, Heritage Middle School; and Erica Fite, grade 6, Walnut Springs Middle School.

Westerville City Schools Magnet Program Open House Scheduled for May 7

Westerville City Schools will host a Magnet Program Open House at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 7, at Hanby Elementary School, which is located at 56 S. State Street.  Following a 45-minute general presentation about the three program options available, families will be able to visit both Hanby and Emerson elementary schools to tour these facilities. 

Westerville School District Announces Changes in Building Level Leadership Team

Westerville City Schools has announced changes in its building level leadership team.  Beginning with the next school year, Vicki Jarrell will transition from being part-time Emerson principal/part-time gifted coordinator to serving as the district’s full-time Coordinator of Gifted & Talented Services. Current Hanby Principal Jan Fedorenko will be assigned to both Hanby and Emerson elementaries next school year to work with the teaching staff on curriculum and professional development for the three magnet programs.

The Magnet School Principal job will be posted today by the District’s Human Resources Department to ensure the position is filled prior to the start of next school year.

Westerville Wild Warbots Plans Robotics Showcase on May 13

The Westerville Wild Warbots will host a Robotics Showcase at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 13, at Westerville Central High School, which is located at 7118 Mt. Royal Avenue.  Community members are invited to attend and celebrate the ingenuity, dedication, and creative spirit of students who are anxious to showcase the fruits of their labor. 

BOE to Meet in May
Last Day of Classes in the Westerville City School District is May 23

The last day of classes for the 2013-2014 school year in the Westerville City School District is Friday, May 23, 2014.  A Teacher Professional Day will take place on Tuesday, May 27.

Westerville Commencement Ceremonies will Take Place on May 24

Westerville North High School ceremonies will be held at 10:00 a.m., followed by Westerville Central High School at 2:00 p.m. and Westerville South 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.

Volunteers are Honored throughout the Westerville City School District Robert Frost Elementary volunteer luncheon
“Cindy de Mayo” Benefit for Cindy Crowe Scheduled for May 3

Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 3, because that’s when “Cindy de Mayo” will be held from 6:00-11:00 p.m. at the Medallion Country Club. Tickets to the Cindy Crowe benefit cost $40 per person before April 30, and $50 per person at the door.

Live music will be performed by Hat Trick, and heavy appetizers will be served.  In addition, a live and silent auction will take place, featuring items like golf outings at Medallion, New Albany, and Jefferson; a vacation for a week to anywhere in the world; a behind-the-scenes tour of OSU facilities; diamond jewelry; and much more.

 
Westerville Superintendent John Kellogg to Compete in Boston Marathon

On Monday, April 21, Westerville City Schools Superintendent Dr. John Kellogg will compete in the Boston Marathon.  Dr. Kellogg, who has been running since 1974, qualified for Boston when he participated in the Toledo Marathon.  He improved his qualifying standing when he ran in the Columbus Marathon in October.

Middle School Students Attend Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s Career Day Nationwide Children’s Hospital Middle School Career Day
8th Grade Westerville Students Participate in Mock Trial Competition Middle School Mock Trial Competition
State Reflection Winners Honored by Westerville Board of Education

Students who received accolades at the State contest were recognized by the Westerville City Schools Board of Education on Monday evening, April 14.  They were presented by Westerville Parent Council representatives Lisa Wood and Kristen Buckley.

Putt like a Pro THIS SATURDAY at the Sixth Annual Community Mini-Golf Fundraiser

The sixth annual Westerville Education Foundation Mini-Golf Fundraiser is scheduled for Saturday, May 17, 2014.  Join the Foundation that day at the Westerville Mini-Golf and Batting Cages, 450 W. Schrock Road, any time between 11:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.  Registration is just $8 for players 13 years old and under, and only $12 for players 14 years old and above.  Each participant receives two rounds of mini-golf, one on each of the venue’s two courses.  Every participant gets a “goody bag” with contents worth more than the cost to register.  Walk-up registrations are welcome.

WPE Starry Night Festival Draws more than 1,500 Participants Children dressed in costume at Starry Night.
Middle School Students Advance to State Invention Convention
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Sixth Grade Science Classes Take On the STEM ‘Chip Challenge’
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Students Spread the Word to End the Word Otterbein University Special Olympics Club members
Schools Closed on April 18, 2014

Classes will not be held in the Westerville City School District and offices will be closed on Friday, April 18. School will resume at regular starting times on Monday, April 21.

Westerville Education Foundation Receives Donation Westerville Education Foundation donation acceptance
Westerville Safety City Program Announces New Registration Procedure

Parents of children who will be attending kindergarten this fall are eligible to register their youngsters online for Safety City beginning on April 21.  The program will be held Monday through Friday, June 2-13, at Robert Frost Elementary School, which is located at 270 North Spring Road.  Two sessions will take place each day – one from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m., and one from 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Bald is Beautiful at Walnut Springs Middle School
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School Board to Meet in April
Starry Night STEAM Festival Returns to Westerville

On Sunday, April 6, from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m., the Westerville Partners for Education (WPE) will host the second annual “Nationwide Children’s Hospital Starry Night” family learning festival at Westerville South High School, 303 S. Otterbein Avenue.  The festival will offer the community interactive learning opportunities with experts from Columbus’ premier educational and non-profit organizations.

Middle Schools Compete in Ohio Math League

Math classes from each grade level in Westerville’s four middle schools were invited to compete in the Ohio Math League Contest (http://www.themathleague.com).  Formed in 1977, Math League has more than one million students participate in contests each year. 

GEM Award Winners to be Honored 4/28/14

The Westerville Parent Council and Roush Honda are pleased to announce the 11th annual Great Educator Mentor (GEM) Award winners.  GEM awards are given to individuals who make a difference in the lives of the students in the Westerville School District.  All GEM winners promote the welfare of students in the home, school and community, and each goes above and beyond the call of duty. 

Westerville Students Advance to Ohio National History Day Statewide Competition

Students throughout the Westerville City School District competed at this year’s National History Day (NHD) District 6 competition held on Saturday, March 1.  Competitors conducted research as individuals and teams based on the theme, “Rights and Responsibilities,” which led to the creation of historical papers, original performances, documentaries, creative exhibits and imaginative websites.

State Auditor Dave Yost Bestows Westerville Schools with Award for Financial Report Fiscal award winners
Westerville Education Foundation Grant Recipients Announced
Walnut Springs Hosts College and Career Readiness Parent Night
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Elementary and Secondary Art Shows to be held on April 27

April is Arts Month and in Westerville, artwork created by students at the elementary and secondary level will be on public display Sunday afternoon, April 27. 

Westerville Delays OAA Exam Dates for Elementary, Middle School Students

Recent action by the Ohio Department of Education has expanded the window in which school districts can administer Ohio Achievement Assessments (OAA) to students in grades 3-8.

BOE to meet in March

The Westerville City Schools Board of Education will hold a Regular Session at 6:00 p.m. on Monday evening, March 10, 2014, at the Early Learning Center, which is located at 936 Eastwind Drive. 

The District shall make reasonable accommodation for disabled persons to be able to participate in this activity.  Please call 797-5713 or e-mail BeckJ@westerville.k12.oh.us.

Schools Close for Spring Break

Classes will not be held in the Westerville City School District from March 24-28, 2014 – Spring Break.  Classes will resume at normal starting times on Monday, March 31.  

Three Westerville Students Help 2001 AAA Blue Jackets Win Quebec Tournament

 Columbus youth hockey team competed against some of the best peewee hockey players in the world, and have the hardware to show for it as they just returned victorious to Central Ohio from Quebec, Canada.  Playing on the winning team – the 2001 AAA Blue Jackets – are three students from the Westerville City School District – Alex Vineyard from Walnut Springs, and Spencer Cox and Mason Fortin from Genoa Middle School.

Walnut Springs Kicks Off Wolfpack Strong Fitness Club
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Kindergarten Registration is Underway in Westerville Schools Marlene Torrez-Graham helps a Spanish-speaking parent register their children for kindergarten.
Elementary Technology Integration Specialists Share Best Practices with Ohio Educators Kim Niles and Jennifer Fry at the state’s annual OETC conference.
Dr. Steven M. Coolahan Announces his Retirement from Westerville City Schools Portrait of Dr. Steven M. Coolahan
2014 Summer Camp/Activities Expo Slated for March 12 at Westerville North High School

The Westerville Parent Council PTA will be hosting the 2014 Summer Camp/Activities Expo from 5:30-8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 12 at Westerville North High School, which is located at 950 County Line Road.

Four Westerville Students Awarded Scholarships to BE WISE Camp at Denison University

Founded in 1881 and with nearly 1,000 branches across the country, AAUW is a national organization promoting equity and education for women and girls.

Walnut Springs Students Get a Taste of the Real World
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Parent Night 2014 at Walnut Springs Middle School

Are you wondering how to start preparing your middle school student for college and beyond?  Are you confused about the options your middle grade student has in his/her future?  Then attend Parent’s Night at Walnut Springs Middle School on Wednesday, February 26th from 7-8:30pm.

Westerville Middle School Students Advance in 2014 Laws of Life Essay Contest

The 2014 Laws of Life Essay Contest was facilitated at the middle school level through the Westerville Gifted Education Department.  Hundreds of essays were written between Westerville’s four middle schools and the following students were judged as middle school and district winners.

Rotarians Deliver Dictionaries to All Third Grade Students in Westerville
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Students Compete in First Walnut Springs National History Day Showcase Night
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Future Night: Transition from Middle to High School Scheduled for March 6

Parents and students will have the opportunity to learn about high school life and the expectations of high school students.  A panel of high school educators will give information about all aspects of high school life, including academics, athletics, arts, social and specialty high school programs.

International Baccalaureate Parent Night Slated for February 24

IB Coordinator Mike Hinze will outline the key features of the International Baccalaureate program at Westerville South.  In addition, students and parents in attendance will hear from an enrollment counselor at The Ohio State University, along with current IB students, and will have the opportunity to ask questions about the program as it operates at Westerville South High School. 

52 Westerville Middle School Students Qualify to Compete in District Science Fair
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Three Westerville Students Advance to Metro Spelling Bee in Athens

Forty-six area spellers have qualified for participation in the 2014 Scripps College of Communication Columbus Metro Spelling Bee on March 22 in Athens, Ohio.  They attained a score of at least 41 on the online test.

Invention Convention Community Assembly Re-Scheduled for February 20

Captain Gadget ‘Q’ Think-a-ma-jig and Dr. Claire Out-of-Hair invite all to attend an Invention Convention Community Assembly which will take place from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday evening, February 20, at Fouse Elementary School.  Fouse is located at 5800 Old 3C Highway in Westerville.  The program is open to all interested students and families in our community.  The program was originally scheduled for February 5, but schools were closed that day due to inclement weather. 

Community Bowl-a-thon Raises Money for Local Organizations Bowl-a-thon Executive Challenge participants
Middle School Students Place at State Future City Competition

Blendon and Heritage Middle Schools in Westerville took fourth and sixth place respectively at the 2014 National Engineers Week Future City Competition – Ohio Region, held January 18 at Columbus State Community College.  An essay submitted by the Walnut Springs Middle School team placed 7th and also won an iPod for the school.

Summer School Dates are Announced
Elementary Adult/Child Basketball Shoot-Out Draws Enthusiastic Crowd McVay Adult/Child Basketball Shoot-Out
Invention Convention Community Assembly Scheduled for February 5

Have you uncovered an interesting problem?  Do you have a great idea?  Are you an inventor?  Would you like to be? 

Captain Gadget ‘Q’ Think-a-ma-jig and Dr. Claire Out-of-Hair invite all to attend an Invention Convention Community Assembly which will take place from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday evening, February 5, at Fouse Elementary School.  The program is open to all interested students and families in our community.

Free Beginner Lacrosse Clinic for Girls Slated for February 8

Westerville Lacrosse is hosting a free Beginning Lacrosse Clinic for girls on Saturday, February 8, in the Westerville North High School Auxiliary Gymnasium. Registration will take place from 12:30-1:00 p.m., and the actual clinic will be held from 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Westerville City Schools Close for Presidents’ Day

Classes will not be held in the Westerville City School District and offices will close on Monday, February 17, 2014, in observance of Presidents’ Day.

BOE Meetings for February
Donor Funds “Great Teaching; Great Tools” Gift Card Giveaway

The “Great Teaching; Great Tools” gift card giveaway is still going strong, thanks to an anonymous donor who has given the Westerville City School District two $50 gift cards per month to use in a random drawing for teachers submitting ways they are integrating technology into their classrooms.  The winners of this drawing were Julia Stout, a music teacher from Fouse Elementary School, and Jill Shaffer, a speech therapist at Walnut Springs MS.

January is School Board Recognition Month Board members
Seminar Planned to Discuss Post Secondary Options/Dual Enrollment

At 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 25, an informational meeting will be held in the Westerville South High School auditorium to discuss the Post Secondary Options Enrollment Program (PSEO)/Dual Enrollment (DE).

Westerville Students to Perform in 2014 OSU Middle School Honor Band Festival

Nearly 800 individual nominations from across the state of Ohio were received by organizers of the 2014 Ohio State University Middle School Honor Band Festival.  360 pupils were selected for participation, including 11 from Westerville middle schools.

Westerville Schools Receives Grant for Installing Security Locks

Westerville City Schools will receive $72,179.98 from the Ohio School Facilities Commission (OSFC) as part of its School Security Grant Program, for having installed new security locks throughout the district.  The grant will cover the cost of the new locks.

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, 2014, you may register him/her for kindergarten.

February 9 Jukebox Revue will Benefit Honor Flight Columbus

At 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 9, the community of Westerville will present the fifth annual Jukebox Revue, a variety show featuring local and regional talent performing music from the 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s.  Tickets cost $10 with all proceeds benefiting Honor Flight Columbus, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the celebration of our nation’s WWII and Korean veterans, who will be admitted for free.

New Westerville City Schools Board of Education Members are Sworn into Office Board of Education Members being sworn into office
School Board to Meet in New Location

The Westerville City Schools Board of Education will hold an Organizational Meeting at 6:00 p.m. on Monday evening, January 13, 2014.  School Board meetings have been moved to the Board/Training Room in the Early Learning Center, which is located at 936 Eastwind Drive.  Attendees are asked to follow the signs and enter the building on the north side. 

Schools Break for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Classes in the Westerville City School District will not be held and offices will close on Monday, January 20, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Westerville Parent Council Honors PTA Reflections Contest Award Winners

“Believe, Dream, Inspire,” was the theme of the 2013-14 PTA Reflections competition this year.  In an awards ceremony held at the Westerville Public Library on Wednesday evening, January 8, the Westerville Parent Council recognized students for their efforts in the areas of literature, music, dance, photography, film/video and visual arts.

Fourteenth Annual Westerville Community Bowl-a-Thon Slated for February 8

It's time to make plans to participate in the 14th annual Westerville Community Bowl-a-thon scheduled for Saturday, February 8, 2014, at the Columbus Square Bowling Palace, which is located at 5705 Forest Hills Blvd.  Funds raised benefit the Westerville Chamber Foundation, the Westerville Education Foundation, and the Westerville Symphony.

Advanced Placement Program Scheduled at Westerville North for January 29

This overview of the Advanced Placement program will explain the benefits of taking AP courses and exams.  Parents and students will have the opportunity to speak with current AP teachers to learn about the courses available at Westerville North.

Fourteenth Annual Westerville Community Bowl-a-Thon Slated for February 8
School Board Organizational Meeting Location

The January 6, 2014, meeting begins at 6 p.m. at the Westerville City Schools Early Learning Center, 936 Eastwind Drive. Please click story for important details.

Reminder: No Classes on Waiver Day, January 10

Students will not be in school on January 10, 2014, so that our staff can participate in professional development sessions, many of which will be led by Westerville teachers and staff who have demonstrated expertise in particular areas. This full day of professional development is a valuable way for our staff to continue to grow professionally in order to best serve students, families, and the community.

Board Updated on Numerous Academic, Operational Initiatives during End-of-Year Retreat; Strategic Planning Process Advancing to Next Phase

Current Westerville City School District (WCSD) Board of Education members and future members winning seats in last November’s election met the morning of December 16, 2013, for the Board’s annual end-of-year retreat.  Board members first participated in a professional development session dedicated to Board governance and leadership, which was followed by Leadership Team updates on several high-priority initiatives of the district.

Westerville City Schools Earns Clean Financial Audit from State of Ohio

Westerville City Schools has earned a clean audit report from the State of Ohio for the fiscal year ended on June 30, 2013.  This means that the district’s financial audit did not contain findings for recovery, material citations, material weaknesses, significant deficiencies, Single Audit findings or any questioned costs.

School District Volunteers Support Rotary’s Food Drive for WARM Westerville City Schools administrators collecting for WARM
Volunteers Enhance Learning Opportunities in the Westerville City School District

Volunteers in the Westerville City School District play an important and much appreciated role in the educational process for both students and staff.  While their true value and impact cannot be measured, Westerville Parent Council (WPC) representatives shared some thought-provoking numbers with the Board of Education at the Regular Session held on Monday, December 9.