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WEC hosts Night of Hope 5K on Sept. 17 WEC's Night of Hope flyer

The Westerville Education Challenge is hosting a Night of Hope 5K and Family Fun Run to promote community, education and unity to raise awareness about mental health as well as combat mental health stigmas.

Projected ending balances grow slightly in updated Five-Year Financial Forecast

Westerville City School District’s (WCSD) Treasurer/CFO Nicole Marshall presented Board of Education members with a slightly improved Five-Year Financial Forecast to approve during their regular meeting on May 23.  

WCSD curriculum leader named Executive Director of Elementary Schools Cheryl Relford

Cheryl Relford, who leads curriculum implementation across Westerville City Schools’ elementary schools, has been selected to serve as the district’s new Executive Director of Elementary Schools.

WCSD Summer Food Service Program details announced

The Westerville City Schools is participating in the Summer Food Service Program. Meals will be provided to all eligible children free of charge. 

WCSD annual First Time Riders event is July 30 First Time Riders event is July 30

Students and families in the Westerville City School District are invited to the annual First Time Riders event 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, July 30 at Whittier Elementary, 130 E. Walnut St.

Expiring USDA waivers end free school meal program Food service pic

The United States Department of Agriculture waivers that have provided no-cost school meals to all students across the nation expire at the end of the school year. This means Westerville City School District families will have to resume paying for breakfast and lunch school meals when students return to class after summer break. 

Speakers bring context, deeper understanding to Emerson fourth-grade book study Bol Aweng, a Lost Boy of Sudan, talks to Emerson fourth-grade students

Fourth-graders at Emerson Elementary have been reading “A Long Walk to Water,”  which is based on the true story of one of the 3,800 Sudanese “Lost Boys” airlifted to the United States beginning in mid-1990s. 

Applications for Westerville Caring & Sharing back to school supply drive available starting May 10 Westerville Caring & Sharing Back to School Drive

Westerville Caring & Sharing will be offering school supplies for qualifying students for the 2022-23 school year.

Four Westerville City Schools elementary students earned top marks in annual poster contest Amelia Colliver poster

Four Westerville students are among the winners in the Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District's annual conservation poster contest.

Ohio sales tax holiday starts Aug. 5 Ohio’s annual sales tax holiday starts Friday, Aug. 5

Save money on your back-to-school supplies and clothing by shopping during Ohio’s annual sales tax holiday, which starts midnight Friday, Aug. 5 and runs through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7.

Twinkle, a Canine Companions service dog, is the newest addition to WSHS, WCSD Twinkle

The newest member of the Wildcat family will make its debut on Monday at the side of social worker and mental health specialist Noelle Spriestersbach.

Building-level leadership teams take shape for next school year Dr. Garrett Carter

The end of an academic year sometimes brings about change to a school district’s leadership team, particularly at the building level. With the opening of Minerva France Elementary next August, followed by Minerva Park Middle School in 2023-24, several schools will welcome new leadership team members next year.

Feedback requested from those who attended Westerville Prepared event Westerville Prepared

Those who attended Westerville City Schools’ first-ever Westerville Prepared event on Wednesday are invited to share their feedback in an online form here. People who complete the survey will be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift card.

Feedback will be helpful in planning next year’s Westerville Prepared event.

Student artwork submissions now accepted for Youth Art & Craft Exhibit at Westerville Music and Arts Festival Westerville Music & Arts Festival

Westerville children and teens can submit artwork for the Youth Art & Craft Exhibit at the 47th annual Westerville Area Chamber of Commerce Music & Arts Festival.

Emerson fourth-graders explore cultures, create peer bonds in new reading groups Walk a Mile in Someone Else’s Shoes picture book activity

Since the start of April, fourth-grade students at Emerson Elementary have been meeting each week in small reading groups, poring over picture books that dive into cultures and traditions much different from their own and reflecting on what they’ve read through discussions.

WCSD receives Auditor of State Award with Distinction for 10th consecutive year WCSD receives Auditor of State Award with Distinction for 10th consecutive year

For the 10th consecutive year, Westerville City Schools has received the Auditor of State Award with Distinction — a rare feat among the 6,000 public entities audited by the state.

WCSD Food Services hosts taste tests of potential new menu items at all elementaries Elementary taste test

Elementary students can weigh in on two possible new menu items for the 2022-23 school year. 

WCSD students recognized in Ohio PTA Reflections awards “I Will Change The World By…” theme for the 2021-22 PTA Reflections award program

Nine Westerville City Schools students received top honors in the 2021-22 Ohio PTA Reflections award program, which recognizes student achievement in literature, music, dance, film production, photography, music composition and visual arts.

Emerson’s Atomic Synergy robotics team cap first season with state competition Emerson’s Atomic Synergy robotics team

After a one-year hiatus due to the pandemic, robotics at Emerson Elementary is back. 

Bette Marschall Memorial Education Fund postpones grants to fall 2022

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Bette Marschall Education Fund of The Columbus Foundation will not award monetary grants during the spring of the 2021-22 school year.  

Westerville Parent Council announces 2021-22 GEM Award recipients Westerville Parent Council logo

Westerville Parent Council and Roush Honda have announced the recipients of the 2021-22 Great Educator Mentor (GEM) Award, which is presented to individuals who go the extra mile to make a positive impact in the classroom and schools.

All “overflowed” and administratively-placed elementary students will return to home school next year; Open enrollment registration option underway
WCSD launches video series on district’s Forward Together strategic plan Forward Together logo

Westerville parents and community members can learn more about the district’s ongoing initiatives, upcoming priorities, and plans to follow through on work that was interrupted due to the pandemic in a new video series the district launched this month.

Davidson, Meyer, Nestor-Baker sworn in as members of Westerville Board of Education WCSD BOE Oath of Office Jan. 10

Newly-elected board member Kristy Meyer and re-elected board members Tracy Davidson and Dr. Nancy Nestor-Baker were sworn into office of the Westerville City Schools Board of Education at an organizational/regular meeting on Jan. 10. 

Westerville City Schools Board of Education approves meeting schedule for 2022

Westerville City School District Board of Education members approved the following 2022 meeting calendar during their Jan. 11 organizational meeting.

Westerville City Schools kindergarten registration begins Jan. 10

The Westerville City School District (WCSD) is preparing to begin the registration process for its next kindergarten class. School officials look forward to meeting new families and greeting returning families.

Westerville community, civic groups recognize WCSD nurses and health aides Westerville community celebrates WCSD nurses and health aides

Westerville community partners, civic leaders and Westerville City Schools officials honored the district’s 34 nurses and health aides at a surprise gathering Wednesday at Westerville South High School.

Emerson students first to test out interactive virtual erosion lesson Soil lesson with Linda Pettit at Emerson

The popular soil and erosion lessons with Linda Pettit, an environmental education specialist with the Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District, were virtual at Emerson Elementary last year because of the pandemic.

The conservation district’s Education team wanted to build off that experience by making the lessons more interactive and tested their new approach with Emerson students on Wednesday.