Annehurst Kindergarten Students Plant Flowers at Metzger Park
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Westerville’s Metzger Park will be a little more beautiful than usual this year, thanks to the efforts of little people with big hearts.  Parent volunteers at Annehurst Elementary School worked with the Westerville Parks & Recreation Department to get permission to plant flowers at the front entrance, which were generously donated by local businesses.

Alcott Fifth Grade Students Raise $500 for Cancer Research
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Recently two fifth grade students who attend Alcott Elementary School – Kaitlyn Gardner and Lily Burky – did a research project on cancer.  These two young ladies decided they wanted to take their project a step further, so they brainstormed a way to earn money to help fund a cure for cancer.  First, they shared their research with the principal and seven different classrooms.  Kaitlyn and Lily then decided to ask the entire fifth grade of Alcott to wear bright, neon colors and bring in a dollar on May 19.  On the 19th, almost the entire fifth grade wore bright colors and brought in a dollar, or more.  Many fourth graders helped too!  At the end of the day, they had raised nearly $500 dollars to fund a cure for cancer!  The initiative shown by these young ladies is inspiring to many people, including their teacher, Mrs. Amici. 

Westerville Education Foundation Mini-Golf Fundraiser Draws Families
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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.

Retirees Honored at Board of Education Meeting
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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 North Athletes Sign Letters of Intent
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Friends, family members, staff and coaches gathered in the Atrium at Westerville North High School on Wednesday, May 11, to watch and celebrate as three student athletes signed Letters of Intent to continue competing at the collegiate level.  Brandon Goldsmith will wrestle at Baldwin Wallace; Quinn Nicodemus will play Lacrosse at Sierra Nevada College; and Alex Stefanelli will play baseball at Hope College.

Alcott’s “El Toro Loco” Garners Rave Reviews
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“El Toro Loco (The Crazy Bull)” was the name of this year’s Spanish-themed first grade restaurant, run by students in Jim Ledford’s class at Alcott Elementary School.  The pupils have been working on learning Spanish words and sentences all year, and this marked the culminating activity.  Children filled all the jobs in the restaurant, including host/hostess, waiter/waitress, busser, manager, and cashier.

Hawthorne Girls on the Run Club Thanks Minerva Park Police Department
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The new Girls on the Run group at Hawthorne Elementary School concluded its first season on May 18 with a community impact project – thanking the Minerva Park Police Department for supporting the school community. Girls on the Run is a positive youth development program for females in grades 3-8. The 10-week curriculum incorporates lessons that empower girls, who also train for a 5k run.

Elementary Leadership Summit Inspires Teamwork
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The 10th annual Elementary Leadership Summit occurred on Friday, May 13, at Westerville North High School.  More than 140 third, fourth and fifth grade students from all Westerville elementary schools were in attendance.  Participants completed leadership and team building exercises, and shared the outcomes of their building community service projects.

Westerville Parent Council Awards Scholarships to Deserving Seniors
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Current News

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.”

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

Celebration of Life Scheduled for John Justice on June 1

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