District News

WCSD Board to meet May 23 and May 31

The Westerville City Schools Board of Education will convene in a regular board meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday, May 23 at the district's Early Learning Center, 936 Eastwind Drive, in Westerville.

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. 

One Westerville Scholarship recipients for the 2021-22 school year announced 2022 One Westerville Scholarship recipients

The 2022 recipients of the One Westerville Scholarship are Leora Kayihura of Westerville Central High School, Maya Chaffin of Westerville North High School and Michael Donkor of Westerville South High School. Winners were announced at their respective Evening of Excellence events.

New Orleans cuisine firmly planted in Columbus, thanks to alumni sisters whose roots extend into Westerville’s schools and community Janvier Ward and Maxx Ohakim

District alumni Janvier Ward and Maxx Ohakim speak highly of their days in Westerville City Schools and their love of the Westerville area community. Ward, a 2002 graduate of Westerville North High School, was known for her leadership as class vice president and as a member of numerous clubs, while Ohakim, a 2008 Westerville Central graduate, was known for her prowess on the basketball court. 

WNHS juniors focus on mental health awareness as part of Central Ohio research collaborative project WNHS OSU Research Collaborative

When a group of juniors at Westerville North High School considered what change they’d want to see in their school, they focused their efforts on mental health and surveyed their peers to get a pulse on the issues they are currently facing. 

Wilder Equity team celebrates work with students and parents Wilder equity celebration

Wilder Elementary’s equity team has steadily been building its efforts to create a more equitable school community.

WCHS hosts tour for Genoa eighth-graders new to the United States Genoa tour at WCHS

The Genoa Middle School eighth-graders approached Westerville Central High School for a building tour on Wednesday — months before they launch their high school career as a freshman in the fall.

Westerville Black Parent Association serves as a resource for WCSD families Westerville Black Parent Association

Westerville City School District families interested in learning how to support their Black students can join the Westerville Black Parents Association (WBPA), a collective of parents and educators who advocate for and support Black students and families to enhance the overall well-being, experience, and outcome of the district's Black students.

WCHS hosts annual Military Commitment Signing Day WCHS Military Signing Day

Eight Westerville Central High School seniors who have chosen to enlist in the military following graduation were honored in the school’s annual Military Signing Day on Wednesday.

Westerville Education Foundation names Teachers of the Month for April WEF TOTM April

Kim Murray, a Spanish teacher at Genoa Middle School, Ashley Kellogg, a fourth-grade teacher at Fouse Elementary, and Kristy Hageman, a third-grade teacher at Alcott Elementary have been named Westerville Education Foundation’s (WEF) April Teachers of the Month.

WCSD Gifted Coordinator named President-Elect of Ohio Association for Gifted Children

Caley Nestor Baker, coordinator of Gifted Education and Professional Development at Westerville City Schools, has been recently elected as President-Elect of the Ohio Association for Gifted Children’s governing board.

WSHS jazz band and orchestra earn top honors at Kings Island’s Festival of Music showcase

The Westerville South High School Wildcat Jazz Band and Orchestra received Superior ratings and earned first place at King Island’s Festival of Music showcase on May 14.

Huber Ridge secretary is WESSA’s May Staff Member of the Month WESSA Staff Member of the Month May

Patty Blanchong, a secretary at Huber Ridge Elementary, has been named the Westerville Educational Support Staff Association’s Staff Member of the Month for May.

More WCSD seniors sign National Letter of Intent to play athletics in college May 2022 College Signings

Seven more Westerville City Schools seniors recently signed their letter of intent for a collegiate sport.

Walnut Springs student to be published in Thurber House's literary journal, Flip the Page Thurber House logo

Jay Martin, an eighth-grader at Walnut Springs Middle School, will be published in the 2022 edition of Flip the Page, Central Ohio’s Teen Literary Journal published by the Thurber House.

Recording of fireside chat with award-winning author Clint Smith now available Clint Smith fireside chat

Blendon Middle School Language Arts teacher Lee Rutherford and award-winning author Clint Smith held a virtual fireside chat to discuss Smith’s best-selling book, “How the Word is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America” on May 17.

AEC continues monthly recognition to build connections, community National Chocolate Chip Day at AEC

The students and staff at the Academic Enrichment Center capped off their monthly celebrations of unique national recognition days with National Chocolate Chip Day on Monday. 

Class of 2023 Leadership Westerville applications now available Leadership Westerville logo

Westerville community members interested in being part of Leadership Westerville Class of 2023 can apply now through Aug. 10.

WSHS Evening of Excellence speech pays tribute to elementary teacher Westerville South High School senior Ama Oppong-Brago at Evening of Excellence awards ceremony

Westerville South High School senior Ama Oppong-Brago dedicated her speech during the school’s annual Evening of Excellence ceremony Thursday night to identity and how she has grown during her time in Westerville City Schools.

WSHS, WNHS students receive acting honors in 2022 CAPA Marquee Awards 2022 CAPA Marquee High School Musical Theatre Awards

Westerville South High School senior Bella Price and Westerville North High School freshman William Baumann received best acting honors during the 2022 CAPA Marquee High School Musical Theatre Awards on May 10.

WSHS hosts annual Fine Arts Signing Day WSHS Arts Signing Day 2022

Fourteen Westerville South High School seniors pursuing degrees in the arts were honored in the school’s annual Fine Arts Signing Day on Wednesday.

Hawthorne Coding Club builds skills, interests in coding Hawthorne Coding Club

Hawthorne Elementary’s Coding Club wrapped up the school year on Wednesday with a showcase to parents of what members accomplished during their meetings after school.

Pointview kindergarten students dive into butterfly life cycles Butterfly project at Pointview Elementary

Pointview Elementary kindergarten teacher TJ Potterf stood at the top of the playset, preparing to release the Painted Lady butterflies that recently hatched in her classroom.

Civil rights football icon Jimmy Raye speaks to WNHS history classes Jimmy Raye speaks to Westerville North history students

Westerville North High School students got a glimpse of life during the racial segregation era after a recent virtual Q&A with Jimmy Raye, the first Black quarterback from the South to win a National Championship when he played for Michigan State in 1966.

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. 

WNHS raises nearly $4,600 for the Friends of Faith Pruden Foundation 2022 Strike Out Cancer

The Westerville North High School community raised $4,594 for the Friends of Faith Pruden Foundation as part of its Faith’s Spirit Week and the Strike Out Cancer baseball and softball round-robin on April 30.

Whittier fourth-graders design, perform play for school community Whittier student play

Whittier Elementary fourth-grader Brady Schanken approached his teacher, Caitlin Florek, with a proposal last fall: he wanted to spend his 15 minutes of quiet time in class writing a play.

Hope Squads welcome new student leaders WCSD 2022 Hope Squad ceremony

The Hope Squads at all three Westerville high schools hosted events this week to welcome potential new student leaders for the 2022-23 school year.

U.S. Rep. Joyce Beatty meets with Blendon eighth-graders U.S. Rep. Joyce Beatty meets with Blendon eighth-graders

The eighth-graders at Blendon Middle School got a jumpstart to the school’s annual trip to Washington, D.C. with a visit from an Ohio lawmaker they’d typically seek out while visiting the U.S. Capitol Building. 

WNHS Young Feminist Club unveils Dear Me project video WNHS Young Feminist Club's Dear Me project

Since November, members of Westerville North High School’s Young Feminist Club have been crafting letters to their younger selves, offering the advice and encouragement they would have given themselves about their body image and self-worth. 

Wilder educator receives Westerville Civitan’s Special Education Professional Award WCSD Civitan Award 2022

Michele Bertus, an intervention specialist at Wilder Elementary, is the recipient of the 2021-22 Special Education Professional Award by the Westerville Area Civitan Club.

Westerville Central High School hosts annual Fine Arts Signing Day 2022 WCHS Fine Arts Signing Day

Seven Westerville Central High School seniors pursuing degrees in the arts were honored in the school’s annual Fine Arts Signing Day on May 5.

Genoa, Walnut Springs students advance to 2022 National History Day Competition Genoa, Walnut Springs students advance to 2022 National History Day Competition

Emilea Gilbert and Julianna Trudden, both eighth-grade students at Genoa Middle School and Fraser Hartnell, a sixth-grader at Walnut Springs Middle School, will represent Westerville City Schools in the National History Day contest from June 12 to 16. 

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.

Rotary Club of Westerville awards “Service Above Self” scholarships to WNHS, WSHS seniors Rotary Club of Westerville awards 2022 “Service Above Self” scholarships

Two Westerville City Schools seniors were recently awarded “Service Above Self” scholarships from the Rotary Club of Westerville for their active involvement in both school and the community.

Rotary Club of Westerville May 2022 Student of the Month Rotary Club of Westerville's May Students of the Month

The Rotary Club of Westerville recognized its May 2022 Student of the Month during its monthly meeting on May 5.

Blendon band and choir earn top honors at Kings Island’s Festival of Music showcase Blendon band and choir earn top honors at Kings Island’s Festival of Music showcase

Blendon Middle School band and choir students received a Superior rating and earned eight trophies, including a Grand Champion trophy for the school’s choir, at King Island’s Festival of Music showcase on April 30.

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.

Westerville Fred Astaire Dance Studio hosts open house, internship opportunities for high school students Westerville Fred Astaire Dance Studio

The Westerville Fred Astaire Dance Studio is hosting an open house for Westerville City Schools high school juniors, seniors and graduates interested in learning about the studio’s internship program. 

Youth Yoga Project is finalist to receive $25,000 State Farm Insurance grant Youth Yoga Project logo

The Westerville community is invited to support the Youth Yoga Project (YYP) in its bid for a $25,000 grant from the State Farm Neighborhood Assist program. 

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.

WCHS launches empowerment group for Black female students WCHS Black female empowerment group

The second meeting of Westerville Central High School’s Black female student empowerment group recently gathered to continue a conversation many of them don’t typically voice out loud.

Genoa and Heritage art students dive into Ukrainian culture with decorated pysanky eggs Ukrainian pysanky eggs

The students in Juls Rathje’s art classes at Genoa and Heritage middle schools have spent the past week diving into Ukrainian culture by taking part in a springtime tradition of decorating Easter eggs known as pysanky.

WSHS welcomes three new members to Alumni Hall of Fame WSHS 2022 Alumni Hall of Fame

Westerville South High School added three members to its 2022 Alumni Hall of Fame at a special ceremony Friday.

Community event in honor of former WCSD Superintendent Dr. George Tombaugh is June 19 Dr. Tombaugh Dash – Family 5K & Fun Run logo

The third annual Dr. Tombaugh Dash – Family 5K & Fun Run, created in honor of former Westerville City Schools Superintendent and fitness enthusiast Dr. George Tombaugh, will be June 19.

Westerville high schools highly ranked in Ohio by U.S. News and World report US News and World Report logo

Westerville high schools earned high marks in the annual U.S. News & World Report Best High Schools Rankings, which was published on Tuesday.

State Rep. Mary Lightbody visits Westerville schools Rep. Lightbody visit to Westerville South

Ohio Rep. Mary Lightbody stopped by multiple classrooms at Westerville South High School, Blendon Middle School and Walnut Springs this week to greet students and connect with teachers.

AEC secretary is WESSA’s April Staff Member of the Month WESSA Staff Member of the Month April

Brandi Pullins, a secretary at the Academic Enrichment Center, has been named the Westerville Educational Support Staff Association’s Staff Member of the Month for April.

Columbus State hosts virtual College Credit Plus kickoff for new students Columbus State logo

Columbus State Community College will be holding the virtual College Credit Plus Kickoff orientation for new CCP students for the 2022 summer semester.

Pointview named a Leader in Me Lighthouse School Leader in Me logo

Pointview Elementary has been certified and named a Leader in Me Lighthouse School by FranklinCovey Education, which recognizes the school’s work in championing leadership among students.

Westerville Public Library seeking input from all WCSD residents Westerville Public Library logo

Westerville City School District residents can help shape the future goals and priorities of the Westerville Public Library by filling out an online survey.

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.

RISE Up credential program offers seniors another path to graduation Janiyah Brooks

Westerville Central High School senior Janiyah Brooks started the school year worried about how she was going to graduate. 

We Are Warriors portrait project offers representation of WNHS student body We Are Warriors portrait project

The walls throughout Westerville North High School have long celebrated students for their academic and athletic achievements, as well as their contributions as a Warrior.

WNHS hosts annual Military Signing Day 2021-22 WNHS Military Signing Day

Two Westerville North High School seniors who have chosen to enlist in the United States Marine Corps following graduation were honored in the school’s annual Military Signing Day on Wednesday.

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.

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

Chrissie Eshenbaugh, a speech/language pathologist at Huber Ridge Elementary, Andrea Heilman, a third-grade teacher at Hawthorne Elementary and Tammy Waterstreet, a first-grade teacher at Wilder Elementary, have been named Westerville Education Foundation’s (WEF) March Teachers of the Month.

WCHS adds 10th member to its Alumni Hall of Fame Dr. Erin Nealon

Dr. Erin Nealon, who graduated from Westerville Central High School in 2008, was inducted as the 10th member of the high school’s Alumni Hall of Fame at a special ceremony Friday. 

WSHS, Wilder educators named neighborhood bridges’ 2021-22 Advocates of the Year 2021-22 neighborhood bridges’ Advocates of the Year

Candi Bartlett, an intervention specialist at Westerville South High School, and Elizabeth Wolfgang, a school counselor at Wilder Elementary, have been named neighborhood bridges’ Advocates of the Year for the 2021-22 school year. 

Westerville high school theatre programs nominated for CAPA Marquee awards CAPA Marquee Awards logo

The theatre programs at all three Westerville high schools have all received nominations for the 2022 CAPA Marquee High School Musical Theatre Awards.

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.

WCHS, WSHS take first and third in Central Ohio Battle of the Books competition Westerville Central and Westerville South 2022 Battle of the Books teams

Westerville Central and Westerville South high schools took top honors against central Ohio teams in the Ohio Capital Conference Battle of the Books competition. WCHS won the event while WSHS placed third. 

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

Westerville South High School’s Troupe 513 was honored at the Ohio State Thespian Conference last month at Westerville Central High School.

WCSD students and educators travel abroad during spring break Belize

Westerville City Schools teachers and students traveled to Central America and Europe over spring break — the first international tours organized by district educators since the pandemic started.

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.

WNHS senior signs National Letter of Intent to play athletics in college Ellie Bernard and family

Westerville North High School senior Ellie Bernard recently signed her letter of intent to cheer at Bowling Green State University.

ACE Savings Account provides low-income families access to educational enrichment activities ACE logo

The Ohio Department of Education is now accepting requests from families to establish Afterschool Child Enrichment (ACE) Educational Savings Accounts. 

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. 

WCHS Purple Star designation renewed for commitment to military families Purple Star designation logo

Westerville Central 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 2019.

WNHS alum leaves legacy through murals Sophia Soisson with mural at Walnut Springs Middle School

Westerville North High School alum Sophia Soisson is leaving their mark in the district — one mural at a time. 

Rotary Club of Westerville April 2022 Student of the Month Rotary Club of Westerville's April Students of the Month

The Rotary Club of Westerville recognized its April 2022 Student of the Month during an April 14 meeting.

More WCSD seniors sign National Letter of Intent to play athletics in college WCSD senior letter of intent April 2022

Five Westerville City School District seniors signed their letter of intent for a collegiate sport on Wednesday.

Westerville educator retires after 30 years in district Barbara Wallace

Barbara Wallace, whose more than 30 years in education have been dedicated to serving Westerville City School District students, is retiring at the end of the school year from her position as the district’s Executive Director of Elementary Schools.

Eight middle school students earn scholarships for Be WISE Camp at Muskingum University Be WISE Camp logo

The Westerville Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), with cooperation from the WCS Gifted Education Department, has awarded eight $325 partial scholarships to the Be WISE Camp at Muskingum University in New Concord, Ohio this summer.

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.

Kiwanis Club of Westerville honors top Westerville high school scholars with 60th Annual Academic Varsity Awards Kiwanis Club of Westerville's 60th annual Academic Varsity Awards

The Kiwanis Club of Westerville recognized the top 10 graduates from Westerville Central, North and South high schools on Wednesday as part of its 60th annual Academic Varsity Awards.

WNHS welcomes three new members to Alumni Hall of Fame 2022 WNHS Alumni Hall of Fame

Westerville North High School added three members to its 2022 Alumni Hall of Fame at a special ceremony Friday.

Annehurst kindergartener behind theme of Rotary Club of Westerville’s 2022 Independence Day Parade Annehurst kindergarten teacher Lindsey Gamertsfelder and Oscar Oppermann

Oscar Oppermann, a kindergarten student in Lindsey Gamertsfelder’s class at Annehurst Elementary, proposed the winning theme for the Rotary Club of Westerville’s 2022 Independence Day Parade: “Star-Spangled and Strong.”

Walnut Springs student earns high score in national middle school math competition AMC logo

Anna McCracken, a sixth-grader at Walnut Springs Middle School, competed in the Mathematical Association of America’s American Mathematics Competition 8 — the middle school level competition — and scored a 17, which falls in the top 10% of test-takers. She also made the Achievement Roll, an award for high-scoring students in grades 6 and below.

OhioHealth webinar series for parents explores aspects of healthy relationships SARNCO flier

The OhioHealth Sexual Assault Response Network of Central Ohio (SARNCO) has partnered with 10 Central Ohio school districts, including Westerville City Schools, to offer a webinar series that explores the critical aspects of relationships.

Heritage Student Equity Council brings student voice to school equity work Heritage Student Equity Council

If Heritage Middle School is to foster equity within its walls and across its classrooms, building leaders and educators know a large piece of that work involves a particular group: its students.

WCHS students join Westerville booth at the COSI Science Festival Jack Brown visits WCHS for COSI display

Jack Brown, a district volunteer who has helped organize science festivals in Westerville for years, is hosting a Westerville booth during the upcoming COSI Science Festival in May and has invited high school students to join him.

Cherrington students take hands-on role in school news production Cherrington Live students

The production crew behind Cherrington Elementary’s “Cherrington Live” show spent Monday during lunch and recess preparing for this week’s segments. 

Fifth-graders Andrew Ruark and Miles Vidourek reviewed scripts and edited the videos while Mathilda Morneau recorded news anchor Sofia Hassan’s opening for an upcoming show.

WNHS student awarded first prize in student lecture series essay contest

Westerville North High School freshman Abigail McLaughlin earned first prize in an essay contest as part of the New Albany Community Foundation’s Student Lecture featuring Olympic medalist and FIFA World Cup champion Abby Wambach.

WSHS student’s paintings selected in 2022 Ohio Governor's Youth Art Exhibition Diana Atieh

Two paintings created by Westerville South High School senior Diana Atieh will be featured in the 52nd Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition, which opens April 24 at the Rhodes State Office Tower in Columbus.

WCHS EL Paraprofessional is WESSA’s March Staff Member of the Month WESSA Staff Member of the Month March

Brittany Rojas, an English Learners paraprofessional at Westerville Central High School, has been named the Westerville Educational Support Staff Association’s Staff Member of the Month for March.

Heritage students to compete in District 7 Science Day competition Heritage 2022 District Science Fair

Three Heritage Middle School students are competing in the virtual District 7 Science Day on Saturday hosted by Columbus State Community College.

Wilder second-graders present to their younger peers Wilder student exchange

Students in Lindy Butler’s second-grade class at Wilder Elementary spent Thursday and Friday putting into practice one of her biggest lessons: If you know it, you should be able to explain it.

WNHS student to compete in automotive service contest during SkillsUSA Ohio State Championship Ben Landis

Westerville North High School senior Ben Landis is headed to the SkillsUSA Ohio State Championship in May to compete in the Automotive Service competition. 

WNHS student artwork to be displayed at COSI Nia McCurdy

Westerville North High School senior Nia McCurdy’s artwork submission for COSI’s Super Hero Art Contest will be on display at the science museum and research center starting April 25.

WCSD middle school students prepare for regional Mock Trial competition 2022 Middle School Mock Trial practice at City of Westerville

The Mock Trial teams at Genoa, Heritage and Walnut Springs middle schools came together at the City of Westerville’s City Council chambers on March 24 to practice for the upcoming Mock Trial competition. 

Heritage NJHS students raise $2,300 to support of Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

Students in Heritage Middle School’s National Junior Honor Society have raised $2,300 in 14 days for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and to show their support for Allina Green, a Heritage staff member whose daughter is currently undergoing chemotherapy treatments for leukemia. 

WCSD 2022 LEGO competition attracts more than 150 competitors WCSD 2022 Lego Competition

More than 150 Westerville elementary and middle school students participated in the Westerville City School District’s 16th Annual LEGO Competition.

Winners selected in annual chip challenge 2022 Chip challenge winners

The sixth-graders in advanced math classes at Westerville City Schools’ middle schools were issued the same challenge: create a container to ship a single Pringles potato chip to Caley Nestor Baker, coordinator of Gifted Education and Professional Development at the district’s office in the Early Learning Center.

WSHS teacher invites Westerville educators to participate in podcast Kelley Stocker

The latest episode of Kelley Stocker’s Government Girl podcast takes a new approach to explaining the biggest news stories through the lens of a high school government course. 

WNHS Warrior Way Leadership Summit helps bring students together following pandemic Warrior Way Leadership Summit

For years, Westerville North High School’s annual Warrior Way Leadership Summit has served as a way for student leaders across the building to foster relationships, build a community and provide an example of how students treat each other. 

WSHS recognizes Spring 2022 Cats with Class Spring 2022 Cats with Class

More than 40 Westerville South High School students were recognized as “Cats with Class,” a long-standing WSHS tradition that honors students who demonstrate kindness and good school citizenship.

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. 

Walnut Springs Student Council organize fundraiser with staff/student volleyball tournament Walnut Springs volleyball tournament winners

Walnut Springs Middle School’s Student Council hosted its first-ever student/staff volleyball tournament last week to raise money for a school-wide bathroom beautification project.

WCSD schools organize activities as part of Say Something Week WSHS Say Something

Since Monday, Westerville City Schools educators across the district have launched activities as part of the nationwide Say Something Week, which emphasizes the importance of learning warning signs that lead to violence and knowing how to “say something” to a trusted adult to get help.

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.  

Genoa and Walnut Springs students advance to Ohio History Day Statewide Competition Region 6 Ohio History Day Competition

Students from Genoa and Walnut Springs middle schools represented Westerville City Schools by participating in the Region 6 Ohio History Day Competition on March 12, which was held virtually this year.  

Rotary Club of Westerville March 2022 Student of the Month Rotary Club of Westerville's March Students of the Month

The Rotary Club of Westerville recognized its March 2022 Student of the Month during a March 3 meeting.

WSHS senior to compete in national BPA conference Ashton Mellquist

Westerville South High School senior Ashton Mellquist is headed to the Business Professionals of America (BPA) National Leadership Conference in May in Dallas after placing first in the Fundamental Spreadsheet Applications at the BPA State Leadership Conference.

WSHS senior first to earn high school credit through work-based learning pilot initiative Westerville South High School senior Abdullah Alobeidi

For years, Westerville South High School senior Abdullah Alobeidi has worked more than 40 hours a week at his father’s automotive body repair shop, getting hands-on experience in an industry he’d like to pursue once he graduates.

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.

WCSD Food Services kick off taste test of potential new menu items at elementaries Elementary menu taste test

Westerville City Schools Food Services Department launched its first taste test of potential menu items for elementary students at Alcott Elementary on Thursday.

WSHS senior dedicates Global Scholars project to bringing diverse books to former elementary school Fouse Global Scholars Diploma project

Westerville South High School senior Lillian Malone wanted to make her mark on a place that has been so special to her: Fouse Elementary.

As part of her Take Action project for the Global Scholars Diploma program, she donated 40 children’s books that feature diverse stories to kindergarten and first-grade classrooms.

WSHS teacher, students connect with local legal community at ‘Preserving Our Democracy’ event Preserving Our Democracy civics education event

Westerville South High School teachers Kelley Stocker and Jenny Freshly, as well as five of their students, were among local high school educators and students who attended the Columbus Bar Foundation’s "Preserving Our Democracy" civics education event Thursday at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

WNHS students signed letters of intent to play athletics in college WNHS letters of intent March 2022

Four Westerville North High School seniors signed letters of intent for a collegiate sport this week.

Westerville Education Foundation names Teachers of the Month for February WEF TOTM February

Sarah Flagler, an English Learners teacher at Annehurst Elementary, and Tonia Tombaugh, a kindergarten teacher at Longfellow Elementary, have been named Westerville Education Foundation’s (WEF) February Teachers of the Month.

Diabetes Dash 5K Run/Walk organized by Westerville North student is July 24 Diabetes Dash logo

The fourth annual Diabetes Dash 5K Run/Walk originally organized by Westerville North High School student Ryan Washburn is July 24 at the Westerville Sports Complex. 

OSU Department of Mathematics hosting virtual workshops, summer camp 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.

ROX program empowers girls across Westerville ROX at WNHS

The inaugural group of girls in the new Ruling Our Experiences (ROX) program at Westerville North High School has been exploring topics to help them navigate their own relationships, experiences and decisions.

Birds of Peace project features art exchange across Westerville schools Birds of Peace

The art teachers at Hawthorne Elementary and Genoa and Heritage middle schools are introducing their students to Oaxacan folk art as part of their first-ever art exchange across the district.

WSHS secretary is WESSA’s February Staff Member of the Month WESSA Staff Member of the Month Feb

Bev Davis, a secretary at Westerville South High School, has been named the Westerville Educational Support Staff Association’s Staff Member of the Month for February.

Seven Blendon students published in book inspired by mystery genre Seven Blendon Middle School students in Jamie Bouscher’s sixth grade English Language Arts class are now published authors.

Seven Blendon Middle School students in Jamie Bouscher’s sixth grade English Language Arts class are now published authors. They include: Belle Van Dop, Bailey Cavener, Mattea Panzera-Cochran, Colleen Gates, Harper Hahn, Levi Dew and Salma Shukri.

WCSD students prepare for upcoming international education trips with snorkeling lessons Snorkeling lessons for WCSD traveling abroad

Westerville City School students headed for international education trips with Westerville Central High School physical science and biology teacher Becky Rollo prepared for their upcoming visits with snorkeling lessons from Captain Rick's Diving Adventures last weekend.

WSHS Symphony and Concert Orchestras earn Superior rating at OMEA State Orchestra event

Westerville South High School’s Symphony and Concert Orchestras earned a “1" — or Superior — rating at the Ohio Music Education Association’s State Orchestra event Feb. 25 and 26 at Granville High School. This is the first Superior for the concert orchestra since 2014.

WNHS’ Black History Month contest leads to surprises for teachers, students Brian Custer visits WNHS

Westerville North High School’s Black History Month Door Contest led to some surprise exchanges and visits.

Hawthorne hosts staff appreciation events, including chair massages Chair massages for Hawthorne staff

Throughout the year, Hawthorne Elementary’s PTO and school leaders have hosted appreciation events to show their support for their staff.

WSHS administrator highlighted by alma mater University of Cincinnati Dr. Garrett Carter

Dr. Garrett Carter, an assistant principal at Westerville South High School, was featured in a profile story for the University of Cincinnati, where he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services (CECH).

WSHS launches empowerment group for Black female students Dr. Arianna Howard with WSHS students

The Westerville South High School students — all Black girls — were asked to answer the question on the SMART board: What are the lies society tells us about ourselves?

WNHS works with Denison educator to gather student input on equity and inclusion Dr. Christopher Travers with WNHS students

To improve equity, access and inclusion at Westerville North High School, school leaders and teachers have asked their students to weigh in on their experiences, sharing how they’ve felt at school and what they’ve noticed.

WCSD schools celebrate Black History Month WNHS BHM door decorating contest

All across the district, Westerville City Schools educators hosted speakers, launched activities, decorated buildings and engaged students with a variety of lessons in honor of Black History Month.

Hanby receives grant to bring lacrosse to PE classes Lacrosse at Hanby

Hanby Elementary launched its first lacrosse unit this week thanks to a grant from USA Lacrosse, which provided a classroom set of equipment — worth up to $800 — for physical education teacher Alisa Franklin.

Genoa teacher selected for National History Day professional development National History Day logo

Lisa Lunn, a sixth-grade social studies teacher at Genoa Middle School, is among five Ohio educators selected for a national professional development webinar series sponsored by National History Day this spring. 

MathCounts teams at two Westerville middle schools competed in Feb. 17 regional competition 2022 MathCounts teams at Blendon and Walnut Springs

MathCounts teams at Blendon and Walnut Springs middle schools recently competed at the regional chapter competition on Feb. 17, vying for an opportunity to advance to the state competition. 

WNHS senior selected as one of Zonta Club of Columbus Outstanding Young Women in Central Ohio Maya Chaffin

Westerville North High School senior Maya Chaffin is among 12 students who have been selected as a Zonta Club of Columbus Outstanding Young Women in Central Ohio for 2022. 

WCSD students featured in Arts Council of Westerville’s WesterBall 2022 Arts Council of Westerville

Westerville City Schools students will be featured during The Arts Council of Westerville’s sold-out WesterBall 2022 event on Feb. 26 at The Point at Otterbein University. 

Blendon eighth-grader to be published in “Pandemic Poetry” anthology Shira Baumann

Shira Baumann, an eighth-grader at Blendon Middle School, has been selected to have an original piece published in a poetry anthology, “Pandemic Poetry - Words Of Inspiration.” 

All “overflowed” and administratively-placed elementary students will return to home school next year; Open enrollment registration option underway
Girls wrestling in Westerville reaches multiple milestones Girls wrestling

Girls wrestling in Westerville has been marked with many firsts this year.

Prior to this season, Westerville North High School had not had more than one girl wrestler. This year, five girls are wrestling for the team.

Meanwhile, Westerville South High School’s wrestling team added two girls this year for the first time.

Genoa educator selected for National History Day summer institute in Rhode Island Deanna McDaniel

Deanna McDaniel, a media specialist at Genoa Middle School, is one of 30 educators in the country selected to participate in Revolutionary Ideals, a unique opportunity this summer to study the American Revolution and Founding Era in Providence, Rhode Island.

WSHS Marching Band to perform in Magic Kingdom Parade Feb. 19 WSHS Marching Band headed to Disney

The Westerville South High School Marching Band will be performing in the Magic Kingdom Parade Feb. 19 at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla. 

During their visit, students and chaperones will visit Disney World, Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Three WCHS students participate in Ohio Wesleyan Honor Band Festival WCHS students attend Ohio Wesleyan Music Festival

Three Westerville Central High School students were selected to participate in the second annual Ohio Wesleyan Music Festival on Feb. 11 and 12.

Walnut Springs student honored by Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth logo

Anna McCracken, a sixth-grade student at Walnut Springs Middle School, has been honored as one of the brightest students in the world by the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY).

Westerville educators participate in World Read Aloud Day WCSD World Read Aloud Day

Equity facilitators across Westerville City Schools participated in World Read Aloud Day on Feb. 2, where they read books that highlighted the many cultures and diversity of the district’s students. Afterward, they participated in conversations about acceptance, kindness, and empathy.

Westerville Education Foundation names Teachers of the Month for January WEF TOTM January

Jordi Vilanova, a music teacher at Walnut Springs Middle School; Kim Iatonna, a second-grade teacher at Robert Frost Elementary and the special education team as well as the eighth-grade football and basketball coaches at Heritage Middle School -- Jennifer Tyler, Adam Wirick, Carmen Dobbins, Deborah Braxton, Shannon Johnson, Liz Fanning Miller, Samantha Secrest, Lamar Wakefield, Mike Mays, Bobby Mitchell and Jimmy Goines. All have been named Westerville Education Foundation’s January Teachers of the Month.

Blendon counselors host activities in honor of National School Counseling Week Blendon National School Counseling Week

Blendon Middle School counselors Amy Weinrich and Marcia Childs celebrated National School Counseling Week with a series of activities this week.

WNHS students participate in live lecture with soccer icon Abby Wambach Student Lecture Series with Abby Wambach

Dozens of Westerville North High School students participated in a live lecture with Olympic medalist and FIFA World Cup champion Abby Wambach on Wednesday, where the soccer icon addressed mental health and wellness.

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.

WCHS Health pathways students explore cutting edge CRISPR biotechnology CRISPR lab at WCHS

Students in Westerville Central High School’s Medical Intervention class recently explored gene therapy as a way to potentially treat genetic disorders. As a part of the unit, students completed a new genome editing lab involving the CRISPR-Cas9 system. CRISPR-Cas9 is a way that scientists can “cut and paste” within the genome, similar to a word processing system. This allows scientists to potentially remove mutations and replace them with the desired DNA sequences.

WCHS senior selected as a candidate for U.S. Presidential Scholars Program Alyssa Boyd

Westerville Central High School senior Alyssa Boyd is one of 5,000 students across the nation who has been named a candidate in the U.S. Presidential Scholars program.

WSHS senior honored by local chapter of the National Football Foundation Tyler O'Reilly

Tyler O’Reilly, a senior at Westerville South High School, was among 13 Central Ohio high school football players honored for their achievements in the classroom, football field and community Monday by the Columbus Chapter of the National Football Foundation (NFF) and College Hall of Fame.

VFW Post 7883 announces winners of annual essay contests  Winners of 2021-22 Patriot's Pen and Voice of Democracy essay contests

The Ellis E. Woodrow Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 7883 recognized the winners of the 2021-22 Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen essay contests — both of which are VFW’s annual essay contests.

Kids receive free books each month through Ohio Imagination Library Imagination Library

Through the Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library, kids can receive a book each month until their 5th birthday. Thanks to a partnership with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, and various local affiliates, this program is available at no cost to families.

.All kids in Ohio are eligible. Caregivers can enroll their kids at the Ohio Imagination Library website.

Open studio approach puts learning in the hands of Hawthorne students Hawthorne students in art class working in a studio

As students settled into the art classroom at Hawthorne Elementary, art teacher Liz Bash set the stage for class on Monday.

The clay, collage, drawing and painting studios were open, she told them. 

Westerville North adds four members to Athletics Hall of Fame WNHS Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2022

Westerville North High School added four members to its Athletics Hall of Fame prior to the Jan. 28 basketball game against Westerville South High School.

Walnut Springs eighth-grader participates in mentorship with local tech company Walnut Springs mentorship with Linear Technologies

Darren McNeil, an eighth-grade student at Walnut Springs Middle School, has been diving into the computer sciences thanks to a mentorship with Linear 1 Technologies, a telecommunications service provider, and Linear Custom Computer Hardware & Repair, a computer service company — both of which are based in Marysville.  

Huber Ridge fifth-graders celebrate 100 days with kindergarten “buddies” Huber Ridge fifth-graders celebrate 100 days of school with kindergarteners

The Huber Ridge Elementary fifth-graders in Kaylee Reese’s class celebrated their kindergarten buddies’ 100th day of school milestone with a weekly practice that has become special to them: yoga.

More WCSD seniors sign National Letter of Intent to play athletics in college College Signing February

Five more Westerville City Schools seniors recently signed their letter of intent for a collegiate sport.

WSHS senior earns top honor in regional writing competition Kyra Lesmerises

Westerville South High School senior Kyra Lesmerises received a Gold Key — the highest honor — in the 2022 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Midwest Region-at-Large. 

Rotary Club of Westerville February 2022 Student of the Month Rotary Club of Westerville's February Students of the Month

The Rotary Club of Westerville recognized its February 2022 Student of the Month during a Feb. 3 meeting.

WCSD to cover EZPay convenience fees

Starting Feb. 1, Westerville City Schools will cover the $2.75 convenience fee currently paid by parents per transaction when using the EZPay online system to take care of student fees, activity fees, school meals and other fees. 

Robert Frost’s visiting artist talks about the refugee experience, kicks off Black History Month activities Tariq Tarey speaks to Robert Frost students

Tariq Tarey, a Columbus-based documentary photographer who has talked about the refugee experience before European Union leaders and Ohio policymakers, presented to an audience he’s never addressed before: kindergarten students.

WNHS student performs at Columbus MLK celebration Grace Freeman performs at 2022 MLK Day Open House Celebration

Westerville North High School senior Grace Freeman was among the student performers at the 2022 MLK Day Open House Celebration presented by the King Arts Complex on Jan. 17. 

Hawthorne instructional aide launches children’s book series Rey Phillips

For five years, Hawthorne Elementary instructional aide Rey Phillips was sitting on drafts of children’s stories he had envisioned for a book series. 

At the start of the pandemic, he returned to his stories, working with editors and finding an illustrator to bring his characters to life.

Last month, Phillips self-published the first of his 10-book series on Amazon: “Lil Bishop Goes to the Library.”

WCHS students identify, immortalize words of intention in metal Westerville Central Word Workshop

If there was a word (or words) that served as a daily reminder of a goal, a dream or what matters most, what would that be?

The responses varied among students at Westerville Central High School: Energy. Breathe. Hope. Resiliency. Transcendence.

WSHS students to go on blind dates with books Blind Date with a Book at WSHS

The student and staff team at Westerville South High School’s media center is playing matchmaker through the end of February, connecting students with stories and authors they may not have read or considered reading before. 

As part of the Blind Date with a Book initiative, students can select books wrapped in newspapers without knowing the story hidden underneath.

WNHS senior awarded 2022 MLK Fouse Award 2022 MLK Fouse Award Winner Maya Chaffin

Westerville North High School senior Maya Chaffin is the recipient of the 2022 MLK Fouse Award, which was announced during the 17th annual Westerville Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on Monday. 

Coming soon to Westerville high schools: Hope Week Hope Week at WCSD

The Hope Squads at all three Westerville high schools are launching Hope Week at their buildings, promoting hope, spreading kindness and raising awareness about suicide prevention.

Expansion of lottery-based All-Day Kindergarten option will allow participants to remain at home school for program

The Westerville City School District (WCSD) is expanding its All-Day Kindergarten (ADK) program for the 2022-23 academic year. As a result, any student offered a seat in the program via lottery will be able to remain at their home school of attendance to participate. 

Resources to better understand new graduation requirements available Ohio Graduation Requirements

Westerville City Schools’ Career Tech & College Readiness office has resources available to help Westerville students and parents better understand the new Ohio graduation requirements for the Class of 2023 and beyond.

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

Maryann Blankenship, a first-grade teacher at Cherrington Elementary; TJ Potterf, a kindergarten teacher at Pointview Elementary; and Katie Summers, an intervention specialist at the Early Learning Center have been named Westerville Education Foundation’s December Teachers of the 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.

WNHS Young Feminist Club launches body image project Young Feminist Club at Westerville North High School

The Young Feminist Club is marking its return to Westerville North High School this year by taking on a project that aims to engage and empower their younger peers across the community.

WCSD expands trauma and resilience training to more staff this year WCSD Trauma and Resilience Training

Westerville City Schools is taking steps to move its schools towards becoming trauma-informed and resilience-focused spaces, starting with a series of trainings this year that equip educators and school staff with tools to better understand and support students.

Westerville South senior earns full-ride scholarship to Columbia University through QuestBridge WSHS student awarded QuestBridge scholarship to attend Columbia University

Westerville South High School senior Tyler Zwick saw college as an opportunity to break cycles and create a future filled with promise and hope. 

As a first-generation college student, he worried about the cost of tuition, how he was going to get to school and whether he’d be good enough to get in. 

Huber Ridge fifth-graders serve as recess monitors to help younger peers, build school community Huber Ridge recess monitors

The new recess monitors at Huber Ridge Elementary started this week, quickly immersing themselves among their charges — all of the school’s first-graders.

McVay Elementary adds about 200 diverse books thanks to Harper’s Corner donation McVay Elementary students check out new books from Harper's Corner donation

McVay Elementary joins more than 70 schools across Central Ohio — and the first in Westerville — to receive a donation from the Harper’s Corner Foundation, a local nonprofit aimed at providing more books focused on equity, diversity, and inclusion to school libraries.

Rotary Club of Westerville January 2022 Student of the Month Rotary Club of Westerville's January Students of the Month

The Rotary Club of Westerville recognized its January 2022 Students of the Month during a Jan. 6 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.

Sixteen proposals awarded funding from the Westerville Education Foundation WEF logo

Recycling bins to start a school recycling program, more diverse books for school and classroom libraries, and math games during indoor recess are among the 16 proposals awarded funding from the recent Westerville Education Foundation (WEF) grant cycle. 

High school choir groups unite for performance in front of City Hall WCSD high school choir performance at City Hall

Choir groups from Westerville’s three high schools came together for a special performance in front of Westerville City Hall on Friday, Dec. 10, marking the return of an event that started before the pandemic.

WCSD students recognized in district PTA Reflections awards Reflections logo

Students in eight Westerville schools received top honors in the 2021-22 WCSD PTA Reflections award program, which recognizes student achievement in literature, music, dance, film production, photography, music composition and visual arts. Students who earned first place awards will move on to the state competition.

Westerville Education Foundation names Teachers of the Month for December Cathy Monteiro with WEF Executive Director Colleen Moidu

Barbara McBee, a second-grade teacher at Whittier Elementary; Cathy Monteiro, a reading teacher at Hanby Elementary; and Jenn Steinher, a second-grade teacher at Emerson Elementary have been named Westerville Education Foundation’s December Teachers of the Month.

Heritage educator featured in Council for Exceptional Children’s 100 Stories Project Sarah Novak

Sarah Novak, an intervention specialist at Heritage Middle School, is one of 100 educators across the world recognized by the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) as part of the organization’s 100th-anniversary celebration. 

WCSD Board honored Vilardo at Dec. 13 meeting WCSD Board honors Vilardo

The Westerville City School District Board of Education at its Dec. 13 meeting honored outgoing board member Rev. Rick Vilardo with a resolution of appreciation for his service.

Vilardo, whose term expires Dec. 31, served eight years on the school board, including two years as president and two years as vice president. 

Donors provide gifts for more than 400 WCSD families Donors provide gifts for more than 400 WCSD students

Donors from organizations including Neighborhood Bridges, American Regent Collection and a local health care facility provided gifts and gift cards for more than 400 Westerville City Schools students.

WCSD schools embrace holiday fundraisers for Westerville Caring and Sharing WCHS Key Club raises money for Westerville Caring and Sharing

Throughout the district, Westerville students and staff have raised thousands of dollars to support more than 600 children in need during the holidays through Westerville Caring and Sharing. 

Walnut Springs Student Council dedicate service project to My Very Own Blanket Walnut Springs Student Council create blankets as part of service activity

After months of planning and raising money, the members of Walnut Springs Middle School’s Student Council got to work on the service project they had envisioned since the start of the year.

Earlier this month, students made 32 blankets for My Very Own Blanket, a nonprofit dedicated to providing handmade blankets to children in foster care. 

Winners selected in Genoa chip challenge Caley Nestor Baker holds winning container of Genoa's chip challenge

The sixth-graders in advanced math classes at Genoa Middle School were issued the same challenge: create a container to ship a single Pringles potato chip to Caley Nestor Baker, coordinator of Gifted Education and Professional Development at the district’s office in the Early Learning Center.

Former WCSD Superintendent Tom Dickson passes away Tom Dickson

Tom Dickson, who served as superintendent of Westerville City Schools during the 1980s, passed away in Bozeman, Montana on Nov. 30 due to complications from Alzheimer’s.

Heritage teacher uses picture books to explore topics of diversity, character traits Heritage teacher uses picture books to explore topics of diversity, character traits

Heritage Middle School language arts teacher Kellie Sheely kicks off class with a children’s picture book, reading aloud stories her sixth-grade students may not have heard of when they were younger. 

Genoa and Heritage students create cards for patients, families at Mount Carmel St. Ann's Genoa and Heritage students create cards for patients, families at Mount Carmel St. Ann's

The students in Juls Rathje’s art classes at Genoa and Heritage middle schools wanted to offer messages of hope, well wishes and love to patients and families at Mount Carmel St. Ann’s Hospital.

With bright colors and bold typography, they kept the messages on the cards they designed for them simple: “Have Hope.” “You are loved.” “Believe.” “No matter the storm, there’s always light.”

McVay first-graders raise $4,000 for Westerville Caring and Sharing McVay first-graders raise $4,000 for Westerville Caring and Sharing

First-grade students at McVay Elementary raised $4,000 last week to purchase clothes and toys for children in the Westerville Caring and Sharing program. 

The annual fundraiser and service-learning project — now in its tenth year — featured Spare Change Week, where students donated change throughout the week (pennies and nickels on Monday, dimes on Tuesday, quarters on Wednesday and dollars on Thursday).

Student Council returns to Huber Ridge Huber Ridge Student Council prepares for Start with Hello Week

With their last meeting before winter break, the members of Huber Ridge Elementary’s Student Council had a project to finish for their first big event this school year.

Blendon’s Where Everybody Belongs leaders create goodie bags for all students Blendon WEB leaders prepare goodie bags

The student leaders in Blendon Middle School’s Where Everybody Belongs (WEB) program have a gift for all their peers to celebrate the halfway mark of the school year.

Next week, they will distribute goodie bags filled with candy and other treats to all Blendon students. WEB leaders came up with the idea at their meeting last month and the school’s PTA donated money to purchase items for the bags.

Four Westerville North orchestra students perform with OMEA regional orchestra WNHS students perform in OMEA regional orchestra

Four Westerville North High School students earned seats in the Ohio Music Education Association’s (OMEA) South-Central Region Orchestra, which is comprised of talented high school musicians from three OMEA regional districts throughout central and southern Ohio.

WCSD drivers participate in annual Westerville Children's Christmas Parade Transportation department participates in 2021 Westerville Lions Club annual Westerville Children's Christmas Parade

A team of Westerville City Schools drivers, along with friends and family members, participated in the Westerville Lions Club annual Westerville Children's Christmas Parade last week. The group used a bus, two vans and a service truck to simulate Santa’s sleigh, reindeers and Rudolph. The vehicles were decorated and the bus featured artwork by Hanby Elementary students.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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. 

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).

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.”

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. 

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.