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    URGENT: Annehurst 1 hour delay 12/8/21

    To ensure coverage of all Westerville City Schools bus routes, the start time for Annehurst Elementary School is being delayed by one hour today, Wednesday, December 8. For Annehurst students who ride the bus to school, their scheduled pickup time is also delayed by one hour. Dismissal this afternoon is at the normal time. Teachers and other staff members will be reporting to school at the normal time, so if your child walks to school, or if you are able to take them to school at the normal start time, staff will be there to care for them.


    URGENT: Middle and High School Early Release 12/8/21

    To ensure coverage of all Westerville City Schools bus routes, all Westerville City School District high schools will be on a one-hour early release and students will follow the early release schedule today, Wednesday, December 8. Additionally, all middle school students will be on a 30 minute early release today, Wednesday, December 8.

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Special School Board Meeting Scheduled for Dec. 7 Canceled

The special Westerville City Schools Board of Education meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Dec.  7 has been canceled. 

WCSD awarded Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting Cover of PAFR 2020

Westerville City Schools is receiving national accolades for its most recent Popular Annual Financial Reporting (PAFR), a document that provides an overview of the district’s finances in a user-friendly approach for the community and other interested parties.

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.

Robert Frost third-grader named Kindness Hero for fruit stand fundraiser Kennedy Clark, a third-grader at Robert Frost Elementary, was recognized as a Kindness Hero by Mayor Kathy Cocuzzi.

Kennedy Clark, a third-grader at Robert Frost Elementary, was recognized as a Kindness Hero this week for organizing a fruit stand that raised more than $3,000 for Westerville Christian Church’s Friday Fare program. The service provides food bags to WCSD children so they don’t go hungry over the weekend.

Rotary Club of Westerville December 2021 Student of the Month Rotary Club of Westerville's December Students of the Month

The Rotary Club of Westerville recognized its December 2021 Students of the Month during a Dec. 2 meeting. Throughout the school year, from October through May, the Club honors four students from local high schools each month.

WNHS students partner with CRIS on Thanksgiving morning service project WNHS students volunteer with CRIS during Thanksgiving

Several Westerville North High School students spent Thanksgiving morning volunteering with Community Refugee & Immigration Services (CRIS) to distribute food and toys to residents at Abbey Lane Apartments — home to many Somali families and families of other English Learners in the district.

New internship opportunity provides entrepreneurial high schoolers with real-world experiences Young Entrepreneurs Program logo

The Young Entrepreneurs Program (YEP), a hands-on summer internship that focuses on entrepreneurial thinking and development through practical experience, is set to expand to Columbus with its inaugural class of interns convening in 2021. 

Wilder Run Club preparing for annual Rudolph 5K Run/Walk Wilder Run club runners

Wilder Elementary’s Run Club has been gearing up for the Westerville Lions Club annual Rudolph 5K Run/Walk on Dec. 5.

WNHS’ Chem Gems sale is Dec. 10 Annual Chem Gems soap sale is Dec. 10.

Westerville North High School’s annual Chem Gems Soap Sale runs from 2:05-4:30 p.m. Dec. 10 in Room 247 at the school, 950 County Line Road.

Wilder PTA, staff, students give thanks to their school community Thankful for Our Families event at Wilder

All of Wilder Elementary has been showing just how thankful they are for each other.

District’s latest financial forecast improves slightly, reflects Ohio’s “Fair School Funding Plan”

Despite continuing to be underfunded by the State of Ohio, the Westerville City School District’s (WCSD) most recent Five Year Financial Forecast continues to improve due to federal pandemic relief funds, conservative budgeting practices and, most recently, the impact of the state’s new two-year budget, also known as the “Fair School Funding Plan.”

City of Westerville recognizes WCSD nurses and health aides in proclamation WCSD nurses and health aide recognized in City of Westerville proclamation

Westerville City School District nurses and health aides were among health care workers across the city that were recognized in a City of Westerville proclamation at Tuesday’s City Council meeting. 

Emerson students explore different cultures through annual International Education Week International Education Week at Emerson

Throughout the week, Emerson Elementary students explored different countries and cultures by hearing stories, learning dances and sampling food with local tour guides.

Westerville VFW Post 7783 donates shoelaces for Hanby’s Shoe Tying Challenge Westerville VFW Post 7783 donates shoelaces for all Hanby students

Westerville VFW Post 7783 purchased a pair of shoelaces for all students at Hanby Elementary, which is in the home stretch of its Shoe Tying Challenge.

Hawthorne organizes neighborhood clean-up service project Hawthorne Clean Up Community

To show students how a community takes care of its own, Hawthorne Elementary staff organized its first school-wide service project on Saturday.

WSHS hosts Theatre Drama Camp on Dec. 18 Westerville South Drama Camp 2021

Westerville students in second through seventh grade can learn about all aspects of theatre during Westerville South High School’s Theatre Drama Camp.

WSHS marching band caps season with Superior rating at state marching band contest Westerville South Marching Band 2021

The Westerville South High School Marching Band, conducted by band director John Laswell, received a Superior rating at the Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) State Marching Band Contest held at Medina High School this month.

Westerville Community Bands to perform “Holiday Reunion” concert on Dec. 19 Westerville Community Bands perform its Holiday Reunion

The Westerville Community Bands is performing its “Holiday Reunion” concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19 at Westerville Central High School.

Westerville Education Challenge hosting Mardi Gras Masquerade fundraiser on Feb. 26 WEC Mardi Gras Fundraiser Save the Date

The Westerville Education Challenge is hosting a Mardi Gras Masquerade fundraiser on Feb. 26 for its work in supporting social and emotional wellness initiatives for students at Westerville City Schools.

Three WCSD classroom grant proposals up for community vote for WEF’s Golden Butterfly Award WEF's Golden Butterfly Award finalists

The Westerville community is invited to donate and cast their vote for their favorite of three Westerville City Schools classroom grant proposals for the Westerville Education Foundation’s first-ever Golden Butterfly Award. 

WCSD schools honor Veterans Day with events, videos Emerson's Veterans Day presentation

Schools across Westerville City School District celebrated Veterans Day in various ways, from producing videos to honor those who served in the military to creating informative displays.

Robert Frost celebrates kindness in honor of World Kindness Day World Kindness Day at Robert Frost

From the classrooms to the school walls, messages of kindness and being kind have been sprinkled all across Robert Frost Elementary as students and staff celebrated World Kindness Day on Friday.

Eagle Scout project brings ‘The Kindness Kouch’ to Walnut Springs Avamarie Hedrick and The Kindness Kouch

To spread kindness at Walnut Springs Middle School, eighth-grader Avamarie Hedrick focused her Eagle Scout project on creating a positive space for her peers.

Six WCSD seniors sign National Letter of Intent National Signing Day Nov. 11

In the first wave of National Signing Days which run through April, six Westerville City Schools seniors signed their letter of intent for a collegiate sport on Wednesday.

Genoa and Heritage band students selected to perform in state middle school honor band Heritage band

Twelve band students at Genoa and Heritage middle schools will perform in the Ohio Music Education Association District 15 Middle School Honor Band at a free public performance 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20 in Thomas Worthington High School’s auditorium.

WSHS theatre students earn honors at Ohio Fall Thespian Conference Ohio Thespians logo

Twelve members of Westerville South High School’s Troupe 513 were honored at the Ohio Fall Thespian Conference on Nov. 6 at Westerville Central High School.

Westerville Education Foundation names Teachers of the Month for November WEF Teachers of the Month November

Diane Arko, a science teacher at Westerville Central High School; Marcus Lingrell, a teacher at Westerville North High School; Emily Swank, an English teacher at Westerville South High School; and Steve Rovtar, a science teacher at the Academic Enrichment Center have been named Westerville Education Foundation’s November Teachers of the Month.

WCSD students invited to submit poems for Say It Loud virtual poetry slam Say It Loud poetry slam

Westerville City Schools high school students are invited to submit poems for a virtual poetry slam called Say It Loud in December.

Emerson students bring Diwali to their peers Diwali celebration at Emerson

Fourth-graders Archana Khanal, Shubhraketan Kanmury and Irika Shukla brought the Diwali celebration to Emerson Elementary last week, showing their peers how to make crafts and introducing them to Indian treats.

Emerson fourth-graders Skype with scientist from Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Emerson's Skype a Scientist with Dr. Briana Pobiner

The students in Mara Katz’s fourth-grade class at Emerson Elementary dove into the world of fossils on Monday thanks to a virtual classroom visit from Dr. Briana Pobiner, an archeologist, research scientist and museum educator for the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.

WCSD to host COVID-19 vaccination clinic for students ages 5-11

The Westerville City School District is partnering with Nationwide Children’s Hospital to host a COVID-19 vaccination clinic for children ages 5-11 attending Westerville City Schools.

WCSD launches COVID-19 Nurse Hotline

Westerville City School District has launched a new resource to help parents, caregivers and staff members better understand the district’s COVID-19 processes and protocols.

Whittier walking art tour deepens students’ understanding of community Whittier Elementary Walking Art Tour

The students in Heather Alexander’s fifth-grade class paraded out of Whittier Elementary Monday morning armed with clipboards, paper and markers.

IB Theory of Knowledge exhibition brings discussions of knowledge on display IB Theory of Knowledge exhibition

Seniors pursuing their International Baccalaureate diploma held court in Westerville South High School’s media center Thursday, stationed at tables where they explored questions such as: “What role does imagination play in producing knowledge about the world?”, “What features of knowledge have an impact on its reliability?”, “To what extent is certainty attainable?” 

Five WCSD high school seniors recognized by Heisman High School Scholarship program Heisman High School Scholarship logo

Five Westerville City School high school seniors have been named School Winners in the Heisman High School Scholarship program, which honors outstanding scholar-athletes who make a difference in their schools and communities.

Rotary Club of Westerville November 2021 Student of the Month Rotary Club of Westerville's November Students of the Month

The Rotary Club of Westerville recognized its November 2021 Students of the Month during a Nov. 4 meeting.

Westerville High School Class of 1970’s donation helps students beautify school Westerville High School Class of 1970 bestow gift to Westerville South's Student Council

For five years, Westerville South High School’s Student Council has kept a fund of excess dollars to be used once the building’s renovation project has been completed.

With the money, student council members could decide what personal touches they’d like to add to their new spaces such as adding plants or flowers on the school grounds to welcome students and community members.

Westerville Central Key Club named Outstanding Youth Group by Delaware County Foundation Westerville Central High School’s Key Club has been named “Outstanding Youth Group”

Westerville Central High School’s Key Club has been named “Outstanding Youth Group” by the Delaware County Foundation during its Evening of Generosity on Oct. 20.

Blendon Middle School counselors receive award for OSCAR Westerville City Schools recognized during the 2021 All Ohio Counselors Conference

Blendon Middle School was one of three schools in Ohio to receive an award for their Ohio School Counselor Accountability Report (OSCAR), which highlights the school counseling team’s achievements and impact on students.

Alcott students collaborate on Genoa Township snow plow art designs Alcott students decorate blades for Genoa Township snowplows

It won’t be hard to miss the artwork by Alcott Elementary’s third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students this winter. 

The blades of four Genoa Township snowplows serve as a canvas for their designs, which include a collection of flowers, an aquarium scene, their take on Van Gogh’s The Starry Night and snowflakes surrounding the phrase, “Let It Snow.”

Westerville North senior creates weekly Halloween-inspired artwork displays at AEC WNHS senior Chase Wood sketches drawings inspired by Halloween-themed jokes for AEC community

Throughout October, the whiteboard near the kitchen area of the Academic Enrichment Center has become a living comic strip panel.

Chase Wood, a senior at Westerville North High School who attends the Educational Options for Success (EOS) program, sketches drawings inspired by Halloween-themed jokes in hopes of bringing levity to the roughly 100 students and 14 staff members at the center.

Blendon students place third in national fishing tournament Blendon Middle School seventh-graders Brooks Hibbit and Grant Buzard

Two Blendon Middle School seventh-grade students placed third in the 2021 Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster Junior National Championship earlier this month in Tennessee.

WCSD names new buildings after local educator, Minerva Park community WCSD Board of Education names new buildings

The new elementary school slated to open fall 2022 has been named Minerva France Elementary School, its namesake a Westerville native who was among the first Black women to receive a library science degree.

Minerva France set precedent for Black women in library science, higher education Minerva France portrait

Minerva France was relatively unheard of in Westerville — until last year.

WCSD awarded $1.7 million grant to purchase 4,000 Chromebooks Students working on Chromebooks.

The Westerville City School District has received a $1.7 million grant through the Federal Communications Commission’s Emergency Connectivity Fund to expand students’ access to technology during the COVID-19 pandemic.

OSU Department of Mathematics hosting virtual workshops for grades 6-12 Buckeye Aha! Math Moments logo

Middle and high school students interested in exploring math topics can participate in free, virtual workshops with the Ohio State University Department of Mathematics each month.

Heritage eighth-grade football team embrace teammate Micah Stein celebrates running a touchdown during football practice.

For the first time since he joined Heritage Middle School’s eighth-grade football team, Micah Stein was going to play. 

His parents — Keith Stein and Lauren Faubel — watched from the home stands at the 40-yard-line at Westerville North High School’s McCann Stadium, preparing to capture the moment they didn’t think was possible.

Fouse PTO reach record fundraising totals in first-ever dance-a-thon Fouse Elementary raises more than $28,000 in dance-a-thon fundraiser

Fouse Elementary’s PTO raised more than $28,000 through their first dance-a-thon fundraiser where families, businesses and donors contributed money so students could dance during recess at school. 

Artist-in-Residence at Genoa and Heritage leaves footprint through murals Artist-in-Residence Vicki Murphy works with students at Genoa and Heritage middle schools.

The latest mural installations for Genoa and Heritage middle school have been taking shape since the start of the year in the teacher workspaces next to the art classrooms. 

Walnut Springs teachers wrap lessons around ODOT’s Paint the Plow program Walnut Springs sixth-grader Emmanuela Amagnoh paints a sign on snowplow blade as part of ODOT's Paint the Plow program.

After more than a month of research, design and working the math, a team of sixth-grade students at Walnut Springs Middle School was ready to put paint to plow.

Robert Frost third-grade students donate radish harvest to WARM Robert Frost third-graders harvest 11 pounds of radishes

The third-grade students at Robert Frost Elementary harvested their first full cycle of radish crops last week, after weeks of planting, watering and weeding the school garden. 

Rotary Club of Westerville October 2021 Student of the Month Rotary Club of Westerville's October Students of the Month

The Rotary Club of Westerville recognized its October 2021 Students of the Month during an Oct. 14 meeting.

WCSD Food Service Department adapting to supply chain challenges, shortages Westerville South food service staff serve students.

Westerville City School District is facing food service challenges due to product shortfalls, delivery delays and staffing shortages among food vendors and distributors.

Genoa students transform bathroom into welcoming space for younger peers Madison “Lennon” Daniels paints a mushroom in the girls bathroom at Genoa Middle School.

Since the start of the school year, Genoa Middle School seventh-graders Sydney “Sam” Lisi-Huber and Madison “Lennon” Daniels have spent much of their free time in the sixth-grade girl’s bathroom.

Before the start of school and during their art period, the two have committed to covering the walls with bright artwork and positive messages, creating a welcoming space for their younger peers. 

Longfellow students foster vocabulary, plants through new gardening club Longfellow kinderGARDEN meets for the first time

The to-do list for the inaugural KinderGARDEN Club meeting at Longfellow Elementary may have been somewhat ambitious.

Hawthorne set sights on empowering families, building community with events Hawthorne Parent Empowerment Night on Oct. 10

Hawthorne Elementary’s English Language teachers heard a similar question among the families of their students whose first language is not English: How can we help?

Westerville Education Foundation names Teachers of the Month for October Mark Twain's Shelley Seabury receives WEF Teacher of the Month for October

Shelley Seabury, a fifth-grade teacher at Mark Twain Elementary; Lisa Dapoz, a first-grade teacher at McVay Elementary and Lee Rutherford, an English teacher at Blendon Middle School have been named Westerville Education Foundation’s October Teachers of the Month.

Orchestra teacher recognized by Ohio State Marching Band alumni group Genoa's Diana Herak receives received the Elvin Donaldson Most Inspirational Bandsperson Award

Diana Droste Herak, an orchestra teacher at Genoa and Walnut Springs middle schools, has received the Elvin Donaldson Most Inspirational Bandsperson Award in recognition of her work and contributions to Ohio State’s TBDBITL Alumni Club.

Bette Marschall Memorial Education Fund postpones grants to spring 2022

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

Robert Frost brings back annual fall fifth-grade Sharon Woods field trip Robert Frost SEED Field trip 2021

Robert Frost fifth-grade teacher Nate Van Sickle sat at the front of one of the buses transporting the school’s fifth-graders to Sharon Woods Metro Park Thursday.

As the bus rolled into the pavilion where Metro Park Naturalist Alli Shaw was waiting for them, Van Sickle looked back. All the students were cheering.

“It was hard not to tear up,” he said. 

Westerville North’s Cardinal and Gold Union taking shape Westerville North's Cardinal and Gold Union

Westerville North High School’s new Cardinal and Gold Union is close to completion. 

District announces 2021-22 testing calendar

Westerville City School District (WCSD) officials today announced the release of the district’s 2021-22 local testing calendar for students, along with an acknowledgment that the testing schedule remains subject to change.

Student volunteers support Hawthorne PTA event Mumkins fundraiser at Hawthorne

Hawthorne Elementary PTA hosted a Mumkin fundraiser to support the school, selling nearly 800 mum flowers.

Facilities Master Plan Update: WSHS, Annehurst and secured entries at five elementaries New cafeteria at Westerville South

Before the start of the lunch rush, Westerville South High School senior Curtis Wyglendowski claimed his spot in a booth along the side of the newly-renovated cafeteria, which opened its doors Wednesday. 

The dining space now features new lighting, refinished floors and updated seating throughout the area. 

For WNHS boys soccer team, service work deepens bond with community, each other Westerville North High School Boys Soccer team volunteers at Robert Frost

The Westerville North High School’s boys soccer team had been hitting their practices hard with only one break in 14 days. The last Saturday in August gave them another chance to rest.

Then came the message from Coach Nate Hartnell just before the weekend:

“Hey boys, can you come help out Saturday?”

Senior Alex Lowery didn’t hesitate in his response. 

“Sure.”

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.

City of Westerville recognizes Hope Squad in National Suicide Prevention Month proclamation Hope Squad recognized at City of Westerville City Council meeting

Hope Squad, a peer-to-peer suicide prevention program all Westerville high schools have implemented this fall, was recognized in a City of Westerville proclamation honoring National Suicide Prevention Month.

Wilder celebrates Start with Hello week, International Peace Day Start with Hello week at Wilder Elementary

The school community at Wilder Elementary dedicated this week to building connections among students and staff and creating an inclusive environment.

As part of Wilder’s Start with Hello week festivities, students participated in daily lessons and activities that encouraged them to connect with their school community. They talked about ways to reach out to someone who is alone. They read books featuring themes of kindness and inclusion. They learned how to say hello in different languages. They created postcards to their “family” teacher, who serves as another adult they can connect with in addition to their home teacher.

WNHS teacher receives award for promoting environmental awareness by Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District Jeff Bracken

Westerville North High School chemistry teacher Jeff Bracken has received the Great Blue Heron Award from the Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District. The award, which he received this month, recognizes outstanding contributions in natural resources and stream protection within Franklin County.

Santa named Ohio School Counselor Association’s 2021 Advocate of the Year Tami Santa

Tami Santa, Director of Mental Health & Wellness for Westerville City Schools, has been named the 2021 Advocate of the Year by the Ohio School Counselor Association.

WCSD’s Educational Options for Success launches monthly recognition to build connections, community National Pepperoni Pizza Day at EOS

The students and staff at the Educational Options for Success (EOS) program kicked off their monthly celebrations of unique national recognition days with National Pepperoni Pizza Day on Sept. 20. 

Westerville Central, Genoa students take virtual approach to explore career options Westerville students participate in virtual mentorship experience with design consultant group

Sophie Sneeringer, a ninth-grader at Westerville Central High School, and her younger sister, Lena Sneeringer, an eighth-grader at Genoa Middle School, participated in a virtual mentorship experience in late August with leftchannel, a design consultant group focused on content in motion. 

New Westerville South class supports Hope Squad program, student leaders Hope Squad leaders at Westerville South High School preparing ribbons for National Suicide Prevention Week

From the school walls to the student section at the Friday football game, all of Westerville South High School has been spreading the word about suicide prevention. 

Five Westerville seniors named semifinalists for the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program

Five Westerville seniors are semifinalists in the 67th annual National Merit Scholarship Program, according to a recent announcement by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC).

Westerville high schools recognize 20-year anniversary of Sept. 11 attacks Westerville North creates video to observe the 20th anniversary of 9/11

When asked to organize an observance of the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, the social studies department at Westerville North High School came to a few conclusions:

  • Teaching the event has changed over time as more and more students in school today had not been born when it happened. 

  • Teachers and students alike have experienced a lot in the last 18 months because of the pandemic and the department didn’t want to add one more traumatic, triggering event to their consciousness.

Genoa eighth-grader among Ohio Art Market’s featured artists Genoa Middle School student Addison Shoults

Genoa Middle School eighth-grader Addison Shoults has always been drawn to art, diving into different mediums such as painting and cross-stitching. 

When the state shut down schools at the start of the pandemic last year, she used her time at home to merge the two art forms — with satisfying results. 

With more than 50 pieces completed, Shoults is among the several local artists whose works are currently on display and for sale at the Ohio Art Market in Uptown Westerville. At 13, she was the youngest artist to participate in an outdoor event throughout Uptown last Friday where Ohio Art Market artists conducted live art demonstrations and shared how they create their works.

WNHS junior selected to the College Board National African American Recognition Program Westerville North High School student Tahira Johnson

Westerville North High School junior Tahira Johnson has been selected to the College Board National African American Recognition Program, which recognizes African American students across the country based on their PSAT or AP scores.

Westerville North’s Purple Star designation renewed for commitment to serving military families Purple Star designation logo

Westerville North High School has been awarded a Purple Star designation for its commitment to serving military families, a renewal of an honor the school received from the Ohio Department of Education in 2018.

Westerville South was awarded the designation last year and Westerville Central received the designation in 2019.

Hanby Elementary launches school-wide Shoe Tying Challenge A Hanby student practices tying a shoe

The first-graders at Hanby Elementary walked into the gym Tuesday morning where Alisa Franklin prepared a lesson in a topic she has never before covered since becoming a physical education teacher more than a dozen years ago.

“We’re going to figure out how to tie some shoes,” she told students.

McVay Elementary school community produces annual Pioneer Pride video McVay 2021 PRIDE video: "Off To Show Our Pride"

The McVay Elementary school community kicked off the school year with their annual PRIDE assemblies last week where they premiered their latest school parody music video, “Off To Show Our Pride.”

Westerville high school theatre programs accepted into CAPA award program CAPA Marquee Awards logo

The theatre programs for all three Westerville high schools have been accepted into the CAPA Marquee High School Musical Theatre Awards and will vie for honors in 11 categories from participating high schools throughout Central Ohio. 

Westerville middle schools students to perform in the 2021-22 Capital University Junior Winds Westerville middle school students participating in the Capital University Junior Winds

Three Westerville middle school students have been selected to join the Capital University Junior Winds, a youth ensemble hosted by Capital University that provides high-level instruction and repertoire for band students in grades 8 and 9. 

Restorative circles offer platform for Walnut Springs school community to connect Walnut Springs Middle School rolls out restorative circles for all students during the 2021-22 school year.

At 9:37 a.m. each morning, there is a collective pause to the school day at Walnut Springs Middle School. 

During the advisory period, students meet with teachers and staff members across the building — in classrooms, on the gym stage, throughout the cafeteria and in the courtyard. They gather in circles where Walnut Springs adults lead a guided forum for students to connect, express their feelings and hear from one another.

WCSD’s Educational Options for Success program honors 10th Outstanding Graduate Award recipient Chris Cuprys has been named the Educational Options for Success (EOS) program’s 10th Outstanding Graduate.

Chris Cuprys, a 2021 graduate from Westerville Central High School, has been named the Educational Options for Success (EOS) program’s 10th Outstanding Graduate.

Cuprys earned all his high school credits through EOS — the second student ever to do so in the program’s 20-year history. 

“It’s an honor,” he said. “It was the best four years of school I’ve had. I loved it here.”

WCSD partners with Westerville Symphony to link students to concerts, musicians Student Ambassadors of the Westerville Symphony participate in their first concert.

A new initiative between Westerville City Schools’ orchestra program and the Westerville Symphony brings live concerts to younger audiences while giving students the opportunity to learn from and connect with professional musicians. 

Westerville South awarded Aladdin Shriners Hospital Association for Children grant to support students with physical disabilities Aladdin Shriners Hospital Association for Children grant

Westerville South High School has been awarded a grant from the Aladdin Shriners Hospital Association for Children in Grove City to purchase medical equipment that assists students with physical disabilities when using the toilet.

Westerville North adds Kumler, Balconi, Whitaker, Moore to Athletics Hall of Fame Westerville North High School's 2021 Athletic Hall of Fame

Westerville North High School added four members to its Athletics Hall of Fame prior to the Aug. 20 football game.

Homework help and library deliveries to schools now available Westerville Public Library logo

The Westerville Public Library is offering free delivery of library materials to Westerville City Schools students, teachers, and staff throughout the school year. 

Heritage Middle School taking athletic programs to the “Next Level” Cross Country runners at Heritage Middle School

Heritage Middle School has embraced a new approach to their sports teams this year that spelled out their expectations to students before they signed up: Scholar first, athlete second.

Yellow rose ceremony offers a return to tradition at Westerville North High School Yellow Rose Ceremony at Westerville North High School during 2021-22 school year

The yellow rose ceremony typically kicks off a new school year at Westerville North High School, setting the tone for seniors embarking on their last year of high school and giving freshmen a chance to see what awaits them in the future.

Last year’s celebration was canceled after the district started the year virtually because of the pandemic. However, school leaders surprised the Class of 2021 with yellow roses before commencement last spring.

Planning underway for the Westerville High School Class of 1972 reunion

Westerville High School Class of 1972 is holding its reunion on Sept. 10, 2022 at Embassy Suites by Hilton Columbus, 2700 Corporate Exchange Dr.

Westerville Education Day dedicated to learning, professional development for all staff Dr. Christopher Travers leads his WE Day session, “ When Do Black Boys Feel Smart?”

Three days before all of Westerville City Schools opened its doors to students, the district’s administrators, educators and support staff got some class time together. 

Hope Squad student leaders prepare for their new role Hope Squad training at WSHS

The inaugural group of Hope Squad student leaders across Westerville’s high schools took their first steps learning how they can help support peers struggling with mental health.

Cherrington builds on family outreach efforts with summer book drop Cherrington teachers greet students at a book drop site in the Northern Woods neighborhood.

A crowd of Cherrington Elementary students and their parents gathered at their Blendon Woods neighborhood last week, awaiting the arrival of Principal Andy Heck and their teachers.

Blendon principal part of state task force focused on educating Black students Blendon Middle School Principal Kendall Harris

Blendon Middle School Principal Kendall Harris is part of a state task force charged with identifying best practices that improve educational outcomes for Ohio’s Black children.

Administrative succession planning continues; Baldwin named Executive Director Anne Baldwin

The Westerville City School District (WCSD) Board of Education approved another organizational move during its June 28 regular board meeting as part of the district’s continuing succession planning initiative.

Anne Baldwin became the district’s Executive Director of Secondary Academic Affairs effective July 1, 2021, filling the vacancy created by Scott Reeves’ transition to Executive Director of Human Resources.

Westerville high school students led projects to enact change through Central Ohio collaborative Image from the Student Leadership Research Collaborative presentation by students at Westerville South High School

When a group of juniors at Westerville South High School (WSHS) surveyed their peers about a change they’d want to see in their school, many of them talked about a need for practical skills such as cooking, car maintenance and financial literacy. 

Another group of juniors at Westerville North High School (WNHS) focused their survey to peers about staff diversity and whether they’ve been able to connect with teachers whose racial and ethnic background is different from their own. 

New for the 2021-2022 School Year: SafeArrival Attendance Reporting SafeArrival image

Next school year, all Westerville City School District families will report student absences through a secure system called SafeArrival.  In addition to reducing the time it takes to verify student attendance, this system gives families more options to report a child’s absence and allows our staff to immediately investigate discrepancies. This is especially important when a child is reported absent during attendance and the office has not notified that the student would be missing school that day. 

WCSD announces “Bridge Plan” collaborative with central Ohio districts to address needs of students & staff due to the pandemic

Westerville City Schools Superintendent Dr. John Kellogg on Monday announced the district’s comprehensive approach to addressing the academic and social-emotional needs of students and staff because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Westerville North’s band director to march in the 2022 Rose Bowl Parade Westerville North High School band director Sara Loney

Westerville North High School’s band director Sara Loney will join up to 300 band directors from across the country to march in the annual Pasadena Tournament of Roses Rose Parade on Jan. 1.

Westerville City Schools Board of Education approves meeting schedule for 2021

Westerville City School District Board of Education members approved the following 2021 meeting calendar during their Jan. 11 organizational meeting.