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It’s Kindness Week at Westerville Central High School
2017 Summer Camp/Activities Expo Slated for March 8
Robert Frost Students Travel Around the World Without Ever Leaving School A student stands in front of the South Africa tri-fold board she created
Westerville Education Challenge Hosts Rock this Town 80s Party Tonight!
Daddy Daughter Sweetheart Dance Slated for February 9
Wonders of Westerville Challenge Harlem Wizards on February 6
Central’s Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre, Yard Sale Queen, Slated for February 10
GEM Nomination Deadline is Fast Approaching
Westerville North Hosts Warrior Winter Wonderland Workshop on January 28
Schools Break for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Westerville South Varsity Boys Basketball to Host Huntington Prep Academy
Westerville Central Music Boosters Host Pancake Breakfast with Santa Tomorrow
Westerville South Grad Micah Thomas Comes Home to Perform with the Columbus Jazz Orchestra
Caring and Sharing Needs Your Help
Cherrington’s Winterfest & Craft Show is This Saturday from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Winter Break Draws Near
BOE to meet in December
Meteorologist Erin Carroll Educates Robert Frost Students about Weather Meteorologist Erin Carroll talks with fourth grade students at Robert Frost on November 11. 
Westerville Schools Staff Enjoys Professional Learning Opportunities on Educator Day Jim McCann talks to a room of educators about customer service
Early Learning Center Preschool Students Thank Veterans for their Service Five pre-school students try on different military headgear.
"Uptown Scrooge" Takes "A Christmas Carol" to the Streets of Westerville
Westerville North Hosts Tipoff Preseason Basketball Showcase on November 16
Bette Marschall Memorial Education Fund Awards $3,082 in Grants
Thank You Voters! Issue 59 Co-Chair Mollie Lynch is pictured with Co-Chair Rick Bannister, Westerville City Schools Board of Education President Richard Byrd and Westerville City Schools Superintendent Dr. John Kellogg.
Thank You! Thank you voters for approval of Issue #59
No School on Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Rotary Club of Westerville Names November Students of the Month
Westerville South’s “SOCKtober” Event Supports LIMBS International
Gingerbread Cottage Craft Show is Saturday, December 3, at Westerville South High
Community is Invited to Tour Pointview Elementary on November 14
Westerville Caring & Sharing Seeking Volunteers, Donations, Families in Need
32nd Annual Mark Twain Craft Bazaar is November 5
Schools Close for Thanksgiving Break
BOE to meet in November
Reading, Writing and Spelling Challenges to be Explored at November 16 Meeting
Top Fundraisers at Mark Twain Enjoy Lunch and a Limo Five students, a secretary and principal stand in front of a limo before taking a ride to lunch.
Westerville City Schools’ Spirit Book Club to Host Author Matt de la Peña on November 2 Picture of Matt de la Pena
High School Marching Band Competition Scheduled for October 15 at Westerville North
Westerville South Presents Bridge to Terabithia October 21-23
Second Annual Westerville Hunger Heroes 5K & Fun Run is October 22
High School Marching Band Competition Scheduled for October 15 at Westerville North
OEA/NEA Day is October 21
Elementary and Middle School Conferences Planned
Ned Mosher Apple Butter Festival is October 2 from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Bette Marschall Grant Application Deadline is October 21, 2016
Fouse Fifth Graders Learn About Nature through Metro Parks’ SEED Program Students hit the trail to explore
Delayed Release for McVay May Impact Shuttled Students' Arrival Time Home
McVay Lock Out Information 9.22.16
Applicants Sought to Serve on District’s Audit Committee
A+ Nomination Deadline Fast Approaching
“4 Paws for Joey” Walk/Run will Help McVay Child Obtain Service Dog
Westerville Schools on Display September 23 at Last 4th Friday of the Season
Westerville Schools Awarded Local Government Innovation Council Grants
Professional Development Scheduled for September 29
High School Conferences Planned
Schools Break for Labor Day
School Board to Meet in September
High School Media Centers are “Not Your Grandfather’s Library”
Westerville City Schools to Offer Flu Vaccination (Injection Only) Clinics for Students
Superintendent schedules “Community Coffee Chats” to discuss district progress, plans and finances

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

Westerville North’s Tiffany McCutcheon Lauded in "Letters about Literature" Contest
Otterbein Students Lend a Helpful Hand at Cherrington
Pointview Elementary Starts the New School Year on a High Note
Caitlin Kilbane Named Head Coach for Westerville North’s Softball Program
Westerville Central Students Travel to St. John for Global Health Course
Westerville South’s Theatre Season Opens with "Bell, Book, and Candle"
Westerville Central’s "Warhawk Theatre Cabaret" Slated for September 8
Senior Yellow Rose Ceremony has become a Beloved Tradition at Westerville North
National History Day Competitors Lauded by Board of Education
Summer Graduates Receive their High School Diplomas
Central’s Band and Cheerleaders Perform at Back to School Expo
Central Grad David Kile Earns Full-Tuition Scholarship to Berklee College of Music
Schools, Community Join Forces to Sponsor All-Female Honor Flight on September 10
“Creation Station” Dedicated at Hawthorne Elementary School
Application Deadline for A+ Employee Recognition Program is September 23
August 18 was Back to School Day for Westerville City Schools Students
New Teachers Learn About Westerville Schools at Orientation Meeting
Westerville Central Band and Cheerleaders to Perform at Back to School Expo Tomorrow
Early Learning Center Staff Donates School Supplies to Pupils in Need
South Theatre Boosters Host Car Wash at Fazoli’s Tomorrow
Westerville Students Head Back to School Next Week
Westerville City Schools Invites Families to First Time Riders Event Tomorrow

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

Feedback Sought for Westerville City Schools’ 2017-2018 Calendar

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

BOE to meet in June

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

Westerville Education Foundation Names Teachers of the Month for May

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

Westerville’s EdTech Department Hosts Summer Learning Opportunities

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

BOE to Meet

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

Celebration of Life Scheduled for John Justice on June 1
New Soccer Club at Walnut Springs is Popular with Students

During the 2015-2016 school year, Walnut Springs Middle School was proud to introduce its very first Soccer Club.  The initial idea for the club was presented to the school administrative staff by a small group of students eager for opportunities to play soccer with their peers.  Word spread quickly throughout the school about the new extracurricular activity, and soon there were between 50 and 60 pupils ready to join the team.

School’s Almost Out!

On Thursday, May 19, the Whittier Elementary PTA brought Super Games to school, and the playground was transformed with the addition of giant inflatables and field day type games. The weather, like the students, seemed to be celebrating the end of a great school year.

South’s Ed Calo is Westerville Sunrise Rotary’s Service to Youth Recipient

Ed Calo, head basketball coach at Westerville South High School, was surprised on May 11 when a group of Sunrise Rotarians showed up to present him with the Diane J. Conley Rotary Club of Westerville Sunrise Service to Youth award.

Westerville North Soccer Players Sign Letters of Intent for Denison and Case Western

Friends, family members, teachers, coaches and administrators gathered in the gallery at Westerville North High School on Friday afternoon, May 6, to watch and celebrate as two soccer standouts – Riley Hammond and Jennifer Markley – signed Letters of Intent to play for Denison and Case Western Reserve universities, respectively.

Westerville Commencement Ceremonies will Take Place on May 28

Commencement exercises for Westerville’s graduating class of 2016 will take place on Saturday, May 28, at the Ohio Expo/Celeste Center. Westerville Central High School ceremonies will be held at 10:00 a.m., followed by Westerville South High School at 2:00 p.m. and Westerville North High School at 6:00 p.m.

Staff Appreciation Events Taking Place throughout the School District Staff Appreciation
Extra Credit Assignment at Westerville Central Yields Spectacular Results WCHS Reading Initiative
APO Service Fraternity Guides Heritage Students on “Spruce Up for Spring” Day
Four Be WISE Camp Scholarships Awarded to Middle School Girls by AAUW
Mathematics Tutoring Program Piloted by Westerville Partners for Education
Alcott Reading Fair Showcases Excitement for Books
Genoa Students Amend House Bill 143 Genoa Students Proposing Amendment

The amendment proposes making the barn the state historical architectural structure for the State of Ohio.

Eighth Grade Westerville Students Participate in Mock Trial Competition Middle School Mock Trial Teams
Westerville Middle School Students Advance to National History Day Competition
Westerville Education Association Celebrates Teachers at Spring Reception WEA Honorees
Alcott’s Student Council Learns about Compassion from Visit to W.A.R.M. Alcott at W.A.R.M.
Pointview Elementary and Heritage Christian Church Host First Career Day Guest Speaker Dr. Fosselman
Middle Schoolers Attend Annual Career-Based Art Exploration Trip Middle School Artist Field Trip

Forty highly talented visual artists and their art teachers from district middle schools participated in the 6th Annual Career Exploration in the Visual Arts field trip.

“Fireworks, Friends & Freedom” Chosen as the Theme for Rotary’s July 4th Parade
Westerville North and South Join Forces to Celebrate Senior Track & Field Athletes
Blendon’s Third Quarter Renaissance Pupils Rewarded for Being Stellar Students Blendon Renaissance Awards

Pupils who met stringent goals in academic achievement, community service, attendance, attitude, and school spirit, were treated to a day of fun at Alum Creek Park on April 28, courtesy of the Blendon PTO.

Arts are Alive and Well at Westerville Central High School Student Artists

The annual Arts Alive festival featured more than 160 four-foot-square chalk murals created in one day by 350 artists.

Everything’s Coming Up Poppies at Rotary Sunrise’s Memorial Day Flag Display

In addition to the display of 3,000 American flags, thousands of ceramic poppies will be added to the Field of Heroes in tribute to women who have served in the military.

Joshua Manoharan is Alcott’s Principal for a Day
Continental Mathematics League Contest Results Announced
Westerville North’s Ben Hartnell to be recognized at Northwestern Honors Ceremony Ben Hartnell

Westerville North High School history teacher Ben Hartnell is one of five high school teachers who will receive a special award during an honors ceremony (June 16) and commencement (June 17) at Northwestern.

Central’s New Makerspace Christened “The Hawk’s Perch” Hawk's Perch Opening

Recently, in partnership with the Renaissance team, Principal Todd Spinner, an anonymous parent donor, the library, and funding from the Westerville City Schools Educational Technology Department, a new makerspace area, nicknamed “The Hawk’s Perch,” was dedicated.

Longfellow Playground Spruced Up Thanks to Eagle Scout, Volunteers, and WEF Funding

Longfellow Kindergarten students are very excited about their new outdoor play activities.  On April 16, Justin Baker, an Eagle Scout candidate from Troop 560, completed his Eagle Scout project on the play space at Longfellow.

BOE to meet in May

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

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

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

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

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

Westerville Educators Spend a Weekend in New York Studying Shakespeare

Three Westerville English Language Arts teachers – Blair Gabalis, Cat Stathulis and Kirsten Allen – spent last weekend in New York at a Shakespeare workshop.  They traveled with a large group of Central Ohio teachers, MFA grad students, and undergrad students via OSU charter bus to New York City.  There, they had the opportunity to see four of Shakespeare's histories – Richard II, Henry IV Part 1, Henry IV Part 2, and Henry V.  Before a weekend of viewing at the Brooklyn Academy of Music took place, they had a chance to attend a Q & A session with some of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s actors and directors, who gave them a better idea of what it takes to both rehearse and direct a play.

Walnut Springs Center for Inspiration Earns Outstanding Project Award

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

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

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

Community Members Enjoy Hanby Elementary School’s Spring Bazaar

The Hanby Elementary School Spring Bazaar took place on Sunday, April 17, attracting hundreds of community members.

Blendon Middle School Wins Eighth Grade Battle of the Books Competition

The 8th annual Central Ohio 8th Grade Battle of the Books Competition, hosted by Heritage Middle School, took place at Westerville North High School on Tuesday, March 22.  Each of Westerville’s four middle schools competed, along with other Central Ohio teams from Olentangy, Gahanna, and Teays Valley.

Hawthorne’s Trash to Fashion Event Brings out the Creativity

Hawthorne Elementary School children participated in a Trash to Fashion event on Wednesday, March 23.  Ten teams presented a number of unique fashions which were judged by School Board member Tracy Davidson, volunteer Linda Ferguson and representatives from Ohio Reading Corps.

Genoa Jaguars Gather to Remember Thomas Knox and Don Manley

On Tuesday, April 12, a crowd gathered at Genoa Middle School in memory of Thomas Knox, a former student, and Don Manley, a retired educator and coach.  Knox, a hockey player at St. Charles, passed away unexpectedly at the age of 14.  Manley was 63 when he died from health complications. 

Westerville Middle School Students Place in 2016 Laws of Life Contest

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

Genoa Police Department Encourages Central Students to Stay Safe during Prom

Genoa Township police officers greeted Westerville Central High School students bright and early on Thursday morning, April 21, with an important message about staying safe during the upcoming prom.  Students were asked to sign a pledge agreeing to make good decisions, avoid alcohol and drugs, wear a seat belt, and never drive under the influence or ride with an impaired driver.

Families Enjoy Wilder’s Spring Fling

Wilder Elementary was the place to be on Thursday, March 24.  The school’s PTA sponsored Spring Fling, which featured a number of learning stations like making oobleck (a slimy concoction), riding an energy bike, making original creations in LEGOLAND and visiting the book fair.

Westerville South High School Athletes Sign Letters of Intent on April 13

Friends, teammates, family members, staff and coaches gathered in the Westerville South High School auditorium on April 13 to watch and celebrate as a number student athletes signed Letters of Intent to pursue sports and educational endeavors at the college level.

Westerville Education Foundation Minigolf Fundraiser is Saturday, May 21

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

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

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

Westerville Central High School Inducts Two into its First Alumni Hall of Fame

Westerville Central High School inducted two graduates into its first Alumni Hall of Fame at a luncheon and ceremony held April 15 – Dr. Robert J. Fresch and James “JD” Pisula.  Both men received their diplomas from Central in 2006.  The school’s Superintendent’s Student Advisory Committee selected those honored from a pool of applicants who graduated at least 10 years ago, have demonstrated success in their career, and have made significant contributions to their community.

Westerville City Schools High School Delegates Chosen for Buckeye Boys and Girls State

Since its inception in 1935, the Boys and Girls State Programs of the American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary have helped to educate high school students about politics, current events and the workings of government through a week of hands-on activities.  All but one state hosts these programs and Ohio is known to have one of the most outstanding events in the nation, known as Buckeye Boys State and Buckeye Girls State.    

GEM Award Recipients Honored on April 18

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

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

Debbie Imhoff, Custodial Services secretary for Westerville City Schools, was surprised on April 6 when a group of Sunrise Rotarians showed up to present her with the Diane J. Conley Rotary Club of Westerville Sunrise Service to Youth award.

Westerville City Schools Students Afforded the Opportunity to Study Abroad

Westerville high school students have an amazing opportunity to embark on a number of upcoming educational travel experiences. Any pupil attending Westerville Central, Westerville North, or Westerville South is eligible to participate.

Board Recognizes South’s State Basketball Champions; Names Court for Coach Calo

The Westerville South High School varsity basketball team was honored April 11 by the Westerville City Schools Board of Education for becoming State Champions by defeating Lima Senior in a thrilling 57 - 55 victory at Value City Arena on March 19.

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

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

Shrek the Musical to be Performed at Westerville Central

Everyone’s favorite ogre is back in the hilarious stage spectacle based on the Oscar-winning smash hit film.  Please join Westerville Central Theatre for its production of Shrek the Musical April 28 – May 1.  Show times are Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday at 2:00 p.m.

Westerville North High School Inducts Three into Alumni Hall of Fame

Westerville North High School inducted three alumni into its Hall of Fame at a luncheon and ceremony held April 8 – Jeff Cashman, Jeannette Giamarco Frashier and Lori Peters.  The school’s Superintendent’s Student Advisory Committee selected those honored from a pool of applicants who graduated at least 10 years ago, have demonstrated success in their career, and have made significant contributions to their community.

Westerville Kiwanis Honors South Scholars at 54th Academic Varsity Awards Banquet

The Westerville Kiwanis Club held its 54th annual Academic Varsity Awards Banquet on Wednesday evening, April 13, when the top 30 senior scholars from Westerville high schools were honored.

Westerville Kiwanis Honors North Scholars at 54th Academic Varsity Awards Banquet

The Westerville Kiwanis Club held its 54th annual Academic Varsity Awards Banquet on Wednesday evening, April 13, when the top 30 senior scholars from Westerville high schools were honored.

Westerville Kiwanis Honors Central Scholars at 54th Academic Varsity Awards Banquet

The Westerville Kiwanis Club held its 54th annual Academic Varsity Awards Banquet on Wednesday evening, April 13, when the top 30 senior scholars from Westerville high schools were honored.

Come Celebrate the WSHS Boys Basketball State Champions

Everyone is invited to a Pep Rally celebrating the Westerville South Boys Basketball, Division I, State Champions. The Pep Rally will be held on Tuesday, March 22, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Westerville South High School main gym. Westerville South High School is located at 303 S. Otterbein Ave., Westerville, OH 43081.
 

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

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

Hanby’s “Beauty and the Beast” Dance Wows Appreciative Crowd

Combine happy little girls in princess costumes with young boys who are willing to dance, throw in a Disney score, fill the Westerville South High School auditorium with proud parents, and you have a show that can’t be beat.  Second grade Hanby Elementary students in the classrooms of Emily Kessler and Kelly Balaz have been collaborating with dancers from the Generations Performing Arts Center to learn an ambitious routine to a Beauty and the Beast medley.

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

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

Rotary Club of Westerville Names March Students of the Month

The Rotary Club of Westerville, which sponsors a Student of the Month program, recognized recipients at a luncheon at Villa Milano held on Thursday, March 3.  March students are:  Ryan Menapace, Westerville Central High School; Matt Gerardi, Westerville North High School; and Nicole Friedel, St. Francis DeSales High School.

Heritage Middle School Drama Club to Perform Hairspray Jr. March 17-19

Under the direction of Kellie Sheely and Kimberly Marcum, the Heritage Middle School Drama Club will present Hairspray Jr. at 7:30 p.m. on March 17, 18, and 19.  The event will take place in the Westerville North High School auditorium, which is located at 950 County Line Road.  General admission is $7 and tickets will be available at the door.

Westerville High School Students Selected to Participate in She Kills Monsters

Westerville High Schools are well represented in the All-Ohio Thespian Show, She Kills Monsters, by Qui Nguyen.  The All-Ohio show is an annual production put on by the International Thespian Society: Ohio Chapter.  It is supported by the State Thespian Board and participants of the show. 

Application Deadline for A+ Employee Recognition Program Draws Near

Applications are being accepted through Friday, March 18, for the spring 2016 Westerville City Schools A+ Employee Recognition Program, which celebrates extraordinary staff members. Awards are presented twice during each school year – once in the fall, and once in the spring – to employees who distinguish themselves through a single or ongoing demonstration of exemplary performance.

BOE to Meet in March

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

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

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

2016 Summer Camp/Activities Expo Slated for March 9

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

Alcott’s Annual Family Pancake Breakfast is February 20

On Saturday, February 20, the Alcott PTA will hold their annual Family Pancake Breakfast at Westerville Central High School.  Chris Cakes will be back to serve hot, fresh pancakes in their own unique way.  As part of the event, STEM stations are being made available for families to participate in various science, technology, engineering, and/or math activities.

Kathryn Cohan wins Emerson Geographic Bee

Kathryn Cohen, a fifth grade student at Emerson World Cultures Magnet School, won the school competition of the National Geographic Bee on February 2 and now has a chance at a $50,000 college scholarship.  The school Bee, at which students answered questions on geography, was the first round in the 28th annual National Geographic Bee.

Westerville South and Heritage 8th Grade Orchestra Students to Perform February 16

Orchestra students at Westerville South High School and 8th grade pupils from Heritage Middle School will perform in a concert beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 16, in the Westerville South High School Auditorium.

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

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

Rotary Club of Westerville Names February Students of the Month

The Rotary Club of Westerville, which sponsors a Student of the Month program, recognized recipients at a luncheon at Villa Milano held on Thursday, February 4.  February students are:  Skylar Saba, Westerville Central High School; Emily Akkari, Westerville North High School; Brynner Jung, Westerville South High School, and Megan Javitch, St. Francis DeSales High School.

Westerville Middle School Parents Invited to College and Career Readiness Night

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

Mandatory College Credit Plus Meeting Slated for February 25

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

Westerville Educators Present at Ohio ACT State Organization Conference

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

Application Deadline for A+ Employee Recognition Program is March 18

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

North Hosts Members of OSU’s Block O Student Section

On January 20, at a boys’ basketball game, Westerville North High School had the honor of hosting members of the Block O Student Section from The Ohio State University. This visit happened after North’s Warriors submitted a video showing their school spirit, featuring various themes throughout the fall football season.

Game Night Brings Out the Giggles at Whittier Elementary School

On Wednesday evening, January 27, lots of laughter could be heard in the Whittier Elementary School cafeteria, where families gathered for Game Night, hosted by the school’s PTA.  Participants enjoyed spending a chilly winter evening socializing over a variety of board games and eating snacks.  A book fair was held in conjunction with the Game Night activity.

Central’s Lauren Tucker Makes Top 10 in GROOVE U High School Battle of the Bands

Lauren Tucker, a freshman at Westerville Central High School, has been selected as one of 10 semifinalists (and one of two solo acts) in the 2016 East Instaband Central Ohio High School Battle of the Bands.

Blendon Renaissance Students Skate to Celebrate

On January 20, 263 Blendon Middle School students celebrated their academic and community service achievements, which qualified them for the 2nd Quarter 2015-2016 Renaissance Awards.  In order to participate, pupils must meet high standards in academics, community service, attendance, attitude, and school spirit.

Daniel Hager Will Represent Walnut Springs in Geography Bee

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

North’s Morris to Participate in Distinguished Young Women of Ohio Program

Westerville North High School Senior Marissa Morris has been selected as a participant in the 2016 Distinguished Young Women of Ohio program. The program inspires high school girls to develop their full, individual potential through fun, transformative experiences.

Trash to Fashion Contest Hopes to Inspire Project Runway Wannabees

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

10th Annual Westerville City School District LEGO Competition Scheduled for April 9

The Westerville City School District is hosting the 10th annual Elementary LEGO Competition on Saturday morning, April 9, at Heritage Middle School. The event is open to all Westerville City School and St. Paul School students in grades K-5. Proceeds from the event benefit Westerville’s annual Elementary Leadership Summit and the Children Supporting Children Foundation.

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

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

Pointview Family Engagement Night Draws Big Crowd

Pointview Elementary School hosted a Family Engagement Night for parents and students on Thursday evening, January 21, which drew an enthusiastic crowd of learners.  Following a pizza dinner, participants visited classrooms where teachers were present to organize activities and answer questions.  The primary purpose of the event was to help parents learn engaging ways to support student learning by utilizing everyday objects.

High School Conferences Planned

Parent-Teacher Conferences will take place on February 17 and 18 at Westerville Central High School from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m.; at Westerville North High School from 5:00 - 8:30 p.m.; and at Westerville South High School from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m.  Classes will not be held in the high schools on Friday, February 19.  School will be in session at usual times, however, in all elementary and middle school buildings.

Westerville Education Foundation Names Teachers of the Month for January

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

Westerville City Schools Close for Presidents’ Day

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

Westerville School District Treasures its Volunteers

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

BOE to Meet in February
Westerville South’s IB Science Students Collaborate, Create and Communicate

On January 22 the Westerville South High School Media Center was filled with scientific inquiry and communication as International Baccalaureate (IB) students presented the findings of their Group 4 Science Projects.

Kindergarten Registration Kicks off with Kindergarten 101

Westerville City Schools invites parents to attend Kindergarten 101 - A Basic Introduction to Kindergarten in Westerville.  This will take place from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 9 or Thursday, February 11, at each elementary school.  The same presentation will be given during each building’s designated Kindergarten 101 night.

Blendon Jazz Students Learn from the Pros

Beautiful music filled the halls of Blendon Middle School on Thursday afternoon, January 21.  Six members of the Jazz Arts Group (JAG) of Columbus performed for students in the gymnasium and if that wasn’t amazing enough, they stuck around for two hours after the show to work with members of the school’s jazz band.

Genoa MS Ski Trip Buses Delayed in Return from Snow Trails 1.21.16
Schools Break for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

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

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

Central Actors to Perform in Lend Me a Tenor January 21-24

This night in September of 1934 is the biggest in the history of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company. World famous tenor Tito Morelli is to perform Otello, his greatest role, at the gala season opener...and that’s when things go very wrong.

Westerville City Schools to Host Job Fairs January 4 and 5

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

District Seeks Input on High School Course Offerings

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

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

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

Winter Break Draws Near

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

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

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

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

Westerville Central Music Boosters Hosts Breakfast with Santa on December 5

Santa and Mrs. Clause, along with the Westerville Central Music Boosters, cordially invites the community to breakfast in the Westerville Central High School Commons (7118 Mount Royal Avenue) on Saturday morning, December 5, from 8:30 a.m. to noon.  Cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children under the age of five.  Tickets will be available at the door, or in advance from the Westerville Central Music Department.  All you can eat pancakes, link sausage, coffee and orange drink will be served, and live music will be performed by Central students.  

Wilder’s International Families Luncheon Celebrates Diversity

The Wilder Elementary principal, teachers and staff held an International Families Luncheon on Thursday, November 19.  Wilder is fortunate to have a community of learners from many diverse backgrounds.  The student population represents families from all over the world, including Nepal, Vietnam, Ghana, Somalia, China, and India.  Parents had the opportunity to meet and “break bread” with their child’s teacher during the luncheon.  The spirit of “community” and “peace” was the main dish served up at this affair.

Blendon’s Hats for Heroes Event Raises $426 for Honor Flight Columbus

Blendon Middle School members of National Junior Honor Society organized a “Hats for Heroes” event to raise money for Honor Flight Columbus, in honor of Veteran’s Day.  Students and staff were invited to wear a creative hat to school on Veteran’s Day for a $1.00 donation. $426.00 was raised for the organization, which recognizes and celebrates World War II and Korean War veterans by flying them to Washington, D.C. at no cost to visit memorials dedicated to their important service.  

McVay Elementary Students Raise $13,000+ from Walk-a-Thon

McVay Elementary students capped off their school’s annual Walk-A-Thon fundraiser on Friday, November 6, with a popular Dunk the Principal activity.  Pupils who raised more than $100 for the Walk-A-Thon, held in late September, were able to dunk Principal Scott May in a tank.  This happened more than 100 times!

Westerville South Marching Band Earns Superior Rating at State Contest

On October 31 the Westerville South High School Marching Band, directed by John Laswell, traveled to Hilliard Bradley High School to compete at the Ohio Music Education Associated State Marching Band Finals.  At the contest the band earned a final rating of Superior, for the second year in a row, which is the highest ranking earned at the state level.

Alcott’s Student Council Collects Socks for the Homeless during “Socktober”

Third grade students at Alcott Elementary School are enjoying the addition of “The Nest,” a 21st century learning space created in the building’s former computer lab. Monthly challenges for pupils are theme-based and range from collaborative to individual activities which are differentiated for children from kindergarten to grade five, including special needs units. Within the activities, teachers encourage youngsters to use a growth mindset to problem solve together to work through the challenges.

ABC 6/FOX 28 Meteorologist Bill Kelly Wows the Crowd at Pointview

Bill Kelly, Chief Meteorologist for ABC 6/FOX 28, visited third and fourth grade students at Pointview Elementary School on Tuesday afternoon, November 17, to talk about weather and answer questions from the inquisitive crowd.

Westerville South High School Recognizes Cats with Class

Thirty-six students at Westerville South High School were recognized as “Cats with Class” at a breakfast and ceremony held bright and early on Wednesday morning, November 18.  “Cats with Class” honors pupils who have demonstrated acts of kindness, good school citizenship, or service, which help make South a wonderful place for learning and teaching.

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

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

Elander Resigns as Head Coach of Westerville North Varsity Football Program

Westerville North High School (WNHS) Principal Kurt Yancey today announced that Rodger Elander has submitted his resignation as Head Coach of the Varsity Football Program.  Elander became the head football coach at WNHS in 2012, replacing Mike Owens, who resigned and became head football coach at Franklin Heights High School.

Thanks to Technology, Emerson Students Get to “See” their Chinese Pen Pals

Emerson World Culture Magnet School is enhancing programing this year by creating global connections with other students.  Contacts and interactions are underway with other schools and students in Ireland, Japan, Netherlands, China, and soon to begin in Nicaragua.

Blendon Students Celebrate First Quarter Achievements through Renaissance

A record-setting total of 267 Blendon Middle School students celebrated their academic and community service achievements by enjoying an afternoon of bowling at Gahanna Lanes on November 5.  To qualify for the 1st quarter 2015-2016 Renaissance Awards program, pupils had to meet high standards in academics, community service, attendance, attitude, and school spirit.  In the six years Blendon has been celebrating Renaissance, this marks the most pupils to qualify.

Staff at Genoa Middle School is Seeing Double – and Triple!

Walk through the halls at Genoa Middle School and you may feel like you’re experiencing double vision.  Chances are you’re not, but what you are seeing is a remarkable and unusual number of twins (16 pairs) and triplets (two sets).

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

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

Challenge Day is Making a Difference for Westerville High School Students

Challenge Day programs were held at Westerville Central, North and South high schools this week, where students learned how to listen, share, and appreciate themselves and others for who they really are.  Over the past eight years, Challenge Day has made a difference in the lives of more than 4,000 Westerville students and helped to create a school climate that fosters greater understanding and acceptance.

Westerville’s Emerson Elementary School Ranked in Top 20 by Columbus Monthly

Emerson Elementary School in Westerville was ranked 19th in Columbus Monthly’s “Top 20 Elementary Schools” listing, published in the November 2015 edition.  The magazine provided a ranking of the area’s best public elementary schools, based on student-teacher ratio, teacher experience and spending per student.  

Westerville Central Fans Turn Out in Force for Powderpuff Football Game

Westerville Central High School’s varsity boys’ football team aren’t the only ones who can pack a stadium.  That was proven on Friday evening, November 6, when some 400 fans turned out to watch and cheer for female students who played their hearts out in a Powderpuff flag football tournament to benefit Renaissance.

Westerville Education Foundation Awards $17,472.68 in Grants

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

Westerville North’s Andrew Malick Organizes “Warrior to Warrior Project”

One passionate person with a great idea can move mountains. Andrew Malick, a senior at Westerville North High School, proved that on Veteran’s Day with the culmination of his “Warrior to Warrior Project.”

Heritage Middle School Students Working to Support Our Troops

Students and staff at Heritage Middle School have celebrated Tolerance Month with many school wide initiatives. Several weeks leading up to Veterans’ Day, pupils were presented with the Military Core Values: Respect, Integrity, Honor, Duty, Courage, Loyalty and Service. Each child was asked to choose one of the values, write about it, and set goals for how they would live their word every day while showing tolerance to others.

Elementary Schools Celebrate Veterans

Students throughout the Westerville City School District commemorated Veteran’s Day in a variety of ways on Wednesday, November 11. At McVay Elementary, for example, an all-school assembly was held that packed the house, featuring the presentation of flags by a color guard; singing of patriotic songs; flag waving; student speeches of thanks; and a moving Taps rendition to close the program. Dozens of local veterans were introduced to the crowd, some of whom spoke to the children about their service.

Dine at Chipotle on November 9 to Support Westerville South Theater Department

Community members who purchase food at the Chipotle at 641 South State Street in Westerville on Monday, November 9, between the hours of 4:00 – 8:00 p.m., can support the Westerville South High School Theater Department, in addition to getting a great meal.

Cherrington Elementary to Host Winterfest & Craft Show on November 21

The Cherrington Winterfest & Craft Show will be held on Saturday, November 21, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Admission is free.  Community members are invited to come out for a few hours of fun to browse the one-of-a-kind items created by a variety of vendors and crafters.

South Theatre Troupe Takes to the Road with A Charlie Brown Christmas

The Westerville South High School Theatre Troupe is accepting reservations for its traveling show, A Charlie Brown Christmas. Performances in early December can still be booked by...

Rotary Club of Westerville Names November Students of the Month

The Rotary Club of Westerville, which sponsors a Student of the Month program, recognized recipients at a luncheon at Villa Milano held on Thursday, November 5.  November students are:  Jacquelyn Birchak, Westerville Central High School; Leah Gaus, Westerville North High School; Matt Hoffman, Westerville South High School; and Joe Braun, St. Francis DeSales High School.

Award-Winning Writer/Photographer Michael Patrick O’Neill Visits Elementary Schools

Students at Cherrington and Wilder Elementary schools enjoyed a special visit from Michael Patrick O’Neill on Wednesday, November 4.  Born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil, O’Neill is an award-winning photographer and author specializing in marine wildlife and environmental issues.  He lives in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida and, according to his website, has spent the last 23 years traveling extensively worldwide photographing diverse aquatic animals, habitats and man’s impact on them.

Eighth Graders Interested in Engineering Tour Worthington Cylinders

Worthington Cylinders generously opened its doors this week to eighth grade students in the Westerville City School District who have expressed interest in engineering as a potential career path.  Selected pupils from all four middle schools – Blendon, Genoa, Heritage, and Walnut Springs – participated in a two-hour tour of the facility, where they had the opportunity to ask questions and learn from the staff at Worthington Cylinders.

Westerville South Cheerleaders Perform on WBNS 10-TV

Westerville South High School’s varsity cheerleaders got the opportunity to participate in the “First and Ten” segment of WBNS 10-TV’s morning news broadcast, which aired at 6:00 a.m. on Friday, October 30.  The squad showed their Wildcat pride by cheering and dancing as anchors Jeff Hogan and Angela An went to commercial break.  “They cheered their heart out in order to prepare the city for the final football game against Westerville North High School,” said Coach Victoria Alamo.  At the conclusion of the show, the cheerleaders got to tour the studio, meet the anchors, and take pictures. 

Gingerbread Cottage Craft Show is Saturday, December 5

The 18th annual Gingerbread Cottage Craft Show will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 5, at Westerville South High School.

Westerville Walmart Supercenter Donates 20 $50 Gift Cards to Hawthorne Teachers

Westerville Walmart Supercenter representatives visited Hawthorne Elementary School on Friday afternoon, October 30, to surprise 20 lucky teachers with $50 gift cards.  Names were drawn randomly from a bowl and Principal Angela Ervin, along with Walmart Store Manager Jennifer Wingo and Assistant Manager Jamie Baum, visited classrooms to present the cards to grateful recipients.

Westerville Parent Council Releases 2014-2015 Volunteer Support Report

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

Longfellow’s Open House Draws Crowd of Well Wishers

Sunday afternoon, November 1, proved to be a memorable day at Longfellow Elementary School, which hosted an open house for friends, neighbors, community members, and former and current students and staff.

Westerville Arts Council Seeking Input Regarding Community Choir

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

Emerson’s Audrey Mylin Published in New Moon Magazine

Emerson Magnet School fifth grade pupil Audrey Mylin can add “published author” to her resume, following distribution of the September/October edition of New Moon magazine.  Mylin wrote a feature article entitled Rock Some Rocket-Making! about building and launching a model rocket with her father.

Westerville School Employees Embrace the Trick or Treat Spirit

Fall parties are taking place throughout the Westerville City School District and some staff members chose to get in on the fun by dressing in costume on Thursday, October 29.  At the Early Learning Center, approximately 300 preschool students dressed in festive costumes and trick-or-treated upstairs in administrative offices, which were decorated specifically for the little ones.

International Baccalaureate Program Informational Meeting Slated for November 18

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

Wilder Students Read 1,500 Book in 20 Days

Wilder Elementary students participated in a reading book challenge during the month of October.  Grade levels competed with one another to see which classrooms could read the most books in 20 days.

31st Annual Mark Twain Craft Bazaar is November 7

The Mark Twain Craft Bazaar is one of the most highly anticipated holiday bazaars in Westerville.  As it enters its 31st year, the event has grown to include over 140 unique artists from throughout Ohio and welcomed some 2,000 patrons last year.  All items are beautifully hand crafted.

High School Students Tour Lake Shore Cryotronics, Inc.

On Wednesday, October 28, students from Beth Eddy’s Material Science class at Westerville South High School and Danny Hunt’s Physics class at Westerville Central joined other pupils from the area for a special visit to Lake Shore Cryotronics, Inc., a privately held corporation which has been an international leader in the development of innovative measurement and control technologies since 1968.  Lake Shore products are used by researchers around the world at universities, national labs, and business research centers to characterize the electrical and magnetic properties of materials.

Schools Close for Thanksgiving Break

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

Emerson’s Caroline Kauh Earns $500 for Essay about Ohio State Fair

Carolyn, a student at Emerson Magnet School, has been selected as one of four $500 scholarship recipients for writing an essay about her visit to the Ohio State Fair.  The education program, called “Ag is Cool,” is sponsored by the Ohio Department of Agriculture.

BOE to Meet in November

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

Five Westerville City Schools Employees Receive A+ Awards

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

Westerville South Presents 16th Annual Erin McKenzie Scholarship Show on November 14

At 7:00 p.m. on Saturday evening, November 14, the Westerville South High School Theatre Department will perform in the 16th annual Erin McKenzie Scholarship Show.  Tickets cost $5 and can be purchased at the door.

Fouse’s Philip Lubinsky Performs for the Second Time in Pianorama

Practice makes perfect.  Nowhere is that more evident than in Philip Lubinsky’s house, where the Fouse Elementary School fifth grade student set his sights on performing at Pianorama 2015.  For months prior to auditioning in September, Lubinsky studied the audition pieces with his instructor to make sure he was not only playing the right notes, but playing with the appropriate dynamics.

Professional Development Day is Tuesday, November 3

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

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

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

Author J. Scott Savage Inspires Elementary Students with The Power of Creativity

Author J. Scott Savage visited Alcott and Annehurst Elementary Schools on Wednesday, October 21, for a fun and interactive presentation that engaged students at both schools.  His dynamic presentation was entitled The Power of Creativity.  He shared stories of other kids who have changed the world with their ideas.  He also taught pupils how to come up with an amazing story idea in less than five minutes using a protagonist (hero), a goal, three obstacles, and consequences of success and failure.

Westerville North Students Awarded with Pancakes for Positive Behavior

Bright and early on Wednesday morning, October 21, 38 students at Westerville North High School were invited to attend a special pancake breakfast cooked by Westerville City School District officials.

Jazz Arts Group Offers Improvisation Workshop at Blendon Middle School

Beautiful music was flowing through the halls of Blendon Middle School on Friday morning, October 16, as professional musicians from the Jazz Arts Group conducted an improvisation workshop for interested students. 

Robert Frost Students Grow Radishes for the Westerville Area Resource Ministry

On Thursday, October 15, Robert Frost Student Council representatives from each of the three third grade classes presented the Westerville Area Resource Ministry (WARM) with 13 pounds of radishes.  The children planted, watered, weeded, and harvested their first full cycle of crops.  Each pupil maintains their own garden plot.  This project is an application of the third grade motto, “Be kind to yourself, Be kind to others, and Be kind to your community.”

Alcott Students Raise Nearly $12,000 for their School

Alcott Elementary students joined forces on Friday, September 23 for the school’s annual Walk-A-Thon to collect money for the Alcott PTA.  Pupils raised donations of nearly $12,000 by walking at the track at Westerville Central High School.  All participants were presented with a Walk-A-Thon t-shirt, thanks to a generous donation from Shirck Orthodontics.  With the help of a DJ offering a great selection music, spirits were high as classes in grades K-5 competed to raise the most money.

ESL Paraprofessional Gina Meyer Earns Sunrise Rotary’s Service to Youth Award

Gina Meyer, a bilingual, Spanish-speaking ESL Paraprofessional, was surprised on October 21when a group of Sunrise Rotarians showed up at Fouse Elementary School to present her with the Diane J. Conley Rotary Club of Westerville Sunrise Service to Youth award.

Columbus State Nurses Speak to Students about Career Opportunities

How does one become a registered nurse?  This question was answered at Westerville North High School on October 19 when Columbus State Community College nursing faculty members Kathy McManamon RN, MSN, and Tammy Montgomery RN, MS, dropped by to explain different paths that can be taken.  They also spoke about the nursing board exam and skills necessary to pursue that occupation.

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

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

30th Annual Awards Banquet Hosted by Westerville North Academic Boosters

Westerville North High School’s Academic Boosters celebrated the hard work of more than 350 students at the 30th annual Academic Awards Banquet, which was held on Tuesday evening, October 20. Receiving certificates were 25 PSAT All Stars; National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalists Brian Randall and Joseph Thompson; Commended Scholars Colin Fugger, Carolyn Keener, Aleax Maxwell, Hannah McKenzie, Bryan Peck and Vidit Singhal; and academically accomplished sophomores, juniors and seniors.

Tori Dorne Represents Westerville South at OHSAA Student Leadership Conference

Tori Dorne represented Westerville South High School on the Student Ambassador Team at the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s annual Student Leadership Conference, which was held on October 6 in the Ohio Union at The Ohio State University.  Dorne is senior captain for South’s cross country team and also participates in track and field.

Knights of Columbus Presents Special Education Department with Generous Donation

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

Yoga 4 Classrooms Professional Development Workshop Offered at Hanby

Jennifer Gebhart, a licensed Yoga 4 Classrooms® trainer, offered a one-day Professional Development Workshop at Hanby Elementary on Friday, October 16, to empower elementary classroom teachers and other school staff to integrate simple yoga and mindfulness techniques into the class day, creating positive, peaceful, productive classrooms that support exceptional learning and a lifetime of health and wellness.

Longfellow to Host Open House for Community on November 1

After three years of being closed, Longfellow Elementary School is open once again, happily housing four All-day Kindergarten classrooms. Formerly, the building was a Blue Ribbon award-winning math and science magnet school for grades 1-5. In celebration of its grand re-opening, an Open House for the community will be held on Sunday, November 1, from 2:00-3:30 p.m.

District’s Wellness Committee Provides Opportunities for Westerville Schools Staff

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

Local Marching Bands Compete at Mid-States Band Association Invitational

Friends, fans and family members packed the stadium at Westerville North High School on Saturday, October 17, for the fourth annual Mid-States Band Association Marching Band Invitational.  A color guard of military veterans from Westerville’s American Legion Post 171 got things rolling as the enthusiastic crowd braved chilly temperatures to watch as five marching bands competed.

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

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

WSHS Boys Basketball Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, October 10th

All proceeds will benefit the Westerville South Basketball Team. 

Tenth Annual Warrior Way Leadership Summit Draws 150 Students

The 10th annual Warrior Way Leadership Summit was held on Tuesday, September 15 at Westerville North High School.  Approximately 150 students volunteered or were nominated to attend the event by teachers and staff in the building.

Westerville Education Foundation Now Accepting Innovation Grant Applications

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

Westerville Teachers are Quoted in cityscene Article

In a September 1 cityscene article entitled, “Shoring Up Interest,” written by Francis Pellicciaro, Westerville City Schools chemistry teachers Minnie Herrick (Central) and Beth Eddy (South) were interviewed about the value of the Lake Shore Cryotronics’ Student Day.

Marshmallows and Spaghetti Build Better Teams at Emerson Elementary School

Students in Mara Clark’s 4th grade class at Emerson Elementary School learned some valuable lessons about collaboration recently through an activity called The Marshmallow Challenge. Both fun and educational, The Marshmallow Challenge asks groups to design and build the tallest possible free standing structure using just spaghetti, masking tape and twine, with a marshmallow on top!

Westerville Community Culture Celebration is Sunday, September 27

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

School Leaders, Emergency Personnel Partner to Provide Safe Learning Environment

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

Blendon’s Renaissance Celebration Features Sunshine, Swimming and Skyline Chili

Blendon Middle School students enjoyed an afternoon of swimming at the Jaycee Pool on Thursday, September 3, as part of the 4th Quarter 2014-2015 Renaissance Awards celebration.  In order to participate, pupils had to meet stringent goals in academic achievement, community service, attendance, attitude, and school spirit.

Semifinalists Named in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program

Officials of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) have announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 61st annual National Merit Scholarship Program.  Included on the list are three Westerville City Schools students...

Westerville South Students Plant 3,000 Flags to Commemorate Patriot Day

Drive by Westerville South High School at 303 South Otterbein Avenue and you will see 3,000 tiny American flags planted in front of the building to commemorate the 3,000 lives lost on 9/11.

Board, WEA ratify three-year contract

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

BOE Special Session
The Westerville City Schools Board of Education will meet at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 10, 2015. The meeting will take place at the Early Learning Center, which is located at 936 Eastwind Drive in Westerville, Ohio. The first portion of the meeting will include an Executive Session for the purpose of discussing negotiations. Action may be taken immediately following the Executive Session.
South Thespians to Perform Leaving Iowa on September 19, 20

If you have ever taken a road trip with your family, Leaving Iowa is a must-see comedy that will surely ring true.  When Don decides to honor his father’s last wish, he takes a memorable and humorous trip down memory lane with his mom, sister and two actors, each of whom will portray nine different characters.

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

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

High School Conferences Planned

Parent-Teacher conferences will take place on September 16 and 17 at Westerville Central High from 4:00-8:00 p.m.; at Westerville North High School from 5:00-8:30 p.m.; and at Westerville South High School from 3:00-7:00 p.m.  Classes will not be held in the high schools on Friday, September 18.   School will be in session at usual times, however, in all elementary and middle school buildings.  

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

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

Early Learning Center Staff Donates School Supplies to Pupils in Need

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

Westerville Central Physics Students Build Note Card Tower

School has just begun, but learning is well underway as evidenced by a recent activity which took place in Daniel Hunt’s Honors Physics class at Westerville Central High School.  The winning team of four students – Abigail Steele, Katie Lueckel, Caitlin Luby, and Resham Mawalkar – designed and built a six-inch tower out of note cards that held more than 133 pounds of weight.

Westerville City School District Celebrates Summer Graduates

Seventeen seniors from Westerville Central, Westerville North and Westerville South high schools were recognized for having completed all local and state requirements in order to earn a high school diploma.  All three high school principals addressed them and those who attended were personally congratulated by Superintendent John Kellogg and members of the Board of Education.

Schools Break for Labor Day

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

Students, Staff Enjoy Heritage PRIDE Team Building Day

Students and staff at Heritage Middle School celebrated their first annual Husky PRIDE Team Building Day on Friday, August 21.  The pupils attended three different breakout sessions.

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

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

ALERT: Westerville South Attendance Line Issues 8.26.15

We are experiencing technical difficulties with our telephone lines at South High School and cannot receive incoming calls. We are working to resolve the issue as soon as possible. If you need to contact us for any reason, please call the main district number at 797-5700.

 

High School Leaders are Enthusiastic about the Start of a New Year

Westerville Central High School Principal Todd Spinner and the staff ended the first day of school for all 9th grade students with a freshmen pep assembly.  More than 530 freshmen were in attendance along with junior mentors, senior leaders, varsity cheerleaders and the Warhawk marching band.  The goal for the pep rally was to celebrate the largest incoming freshman class in the district and to congratulate them as they completed their first day of high school.

Westerville North’s Leslie Baumann Invited for Recognition by the University of Iowa

Westerville North High School language arts teacher Leslie Baumann has made quite an impact with her students.  That became evident when she received a letter from the University of Iowa inviting her to be honored on October 11 at the Belin-Blank Center Recognition Ceremony in the Iowa Memorial Union.  She was nominated by Leah Gaus, a former pupil.

Early Learning Center is Filled with Preschool Students Eager to Learn

August 17 was not only the first day of preschool for hundreds of young students at the Westerville City School District’s Early Learning Center (ELC); it marked a new beginning for Director Suzanne Kile.

Westerville Central Marching Band Seeking Community Support

The Westerville Central High School Warhawk Marching Band will be participating in Tag Day this Saturday, August 22, from 9:00 a.m. - noon.  Band members will be going out into local neighborhoods sharing the great things the marching band is doing, and looking for public donations and support.  The Warhawk band will have “tags” for a free popcorn at the Westerville Central Classic, and receipts for donations.  Money raised will go towards supporting all music programs at Westerville Central.

All-Day Kindergarten Starts for Some in Westerville

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

Application Deadline for A+ Employee Recognition Program is September 25

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

Westerville High School Class of 1970 Reunion is August 21-22

The Westerville High School Class of 1970 reunion is fast approaching.  Reunion planners are trying to reach as many fellow graduates as possible.

Westerville Educators Selected for Mathematics Conference in Seattle

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

Westerville Teachers Attend EdTech Camp

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

Applicants Sought to Serve on District’s Audit Committee

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

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

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

Letters, Drawings Needed for Veterans on Next Honor Flight

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

Free and Reduced Eligibility Policy Announced

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

Westerville High School Class of 1975 Plans 40th Class Reunion October 2 - 4

 Events include a tailgate party at the Westerville South High School football game on Friday, October 2; a morning golf outing, school tour and evening dinner dance on Saturday, October 3; and a Watershed Distillery tour on Sunday, October 4.

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

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

New Teachers Learn About Westerville Schools at Orientation Meeting

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

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

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

BOE to Meet in August
Three Westerville Central Students Earn YWCA Bright Futures Scholarships

For nearly 20 years the YWCA’s Bright Futures Leadership Program has been building the leadership skills of high school juniors who show incredible promise.  Nominated by principals or guidance counselors at more than 70 Central Ohio high schools, these girls are considered the Women of Achievement of tomorrow.  The class of 2015 consisted of 28 young women, three of whom attend Westerville Central High School – Victoria Obeng-Adjei, Madison Moore, and Isatou Touray.

Westerville Central Pupils Gather for Ninth Annual Student Leadership Meeting

More than 60 student leaders gathered at Westerville Central High School on Thursday morning, July 23, to focus on how to make the upcoming school year the best one ever.  The group consisted of pupils from many different clubs, teams and organizations who met with the common goal of making Westerville Central strong.

Starting and Stopping Times Announced for 2015-2016 School Year in Westerville

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

Westerville City Schools Continue to Meet Tough USDA Nutrition Standards

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

Student Fees Cover Consumable Supplies

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

Elementary Schools Prepare to Welcome Students

Students attending Westerville City Schools, in grades 1 - 5, will begin classes on Thursday, August 13.  Most elementary schools in the district will provide an opportunity for each family to learn of their child’s teacher/class placement for the 2015-2016 school year, return the emergency medical card, pay school fees, learn their child’s bus assignment and route schedule, as well as return free and reduced lunch forms (if applicable).

YWCA Kids Place to Provide School-Age Childcare

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

Middle Schools Schedule Pick-Up Times

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

High School Schedule Pick-Up Announced

The first day of classes for Westerville high school students is Thursday, August 13.  Payment of student fees and schedule pick-up for all three Westerville high schools has been announced as follows...

High Schools Offer Football Season Tickets

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

Superintendent’s Gold Appreciation Cards Available

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

Online Transportation and Bus Route Schedules - Notification Adjustments

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

Child Find: Children with Disabilities

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

Professional Development Scheduled

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

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

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

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

Westerville North’s Marching Band Tag Day is August 8

The Westerville North Marching Band will hold its annual Tag Day event on Saturday, August 8, to raise funds for the Marching season.  Band and Color Guard members will visit all Westerville North neighborhoods seeking donations from 9:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.  Be aware that there will be extra foot traffic in these areas.  Funds will be used to purchase new uniforms, instruments and technical supplies.

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

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

Westerville Educators Participate in Logistics Industry Immersion Experience

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

Westerville Central Students Travel Abroad as Part of Global Classroom Program

As part of the Westerville City Schools Global Classroom program, 40 Westerville Central High School students traveled to Scotland and England last month to embark on a discovery of British food, history, literature, music, art and theatre.

Heritage Pupil Joey Summers Receives R.A. Horn Student Achievement Award

At a ceremony held on June 17 at Villa Milano, 16 students from across Ohio earned R.A. Horn Outstanding Achievement Awards from the Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities.  Among the winners was Heritage Middle School sixth grade pupil Joey Summers, who was recognized in the area of Technology.

Westerville North’s Jacqueline Kloos Earns College-Sponsored Merit Scholarship

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation has released the names of approximately 1,700 additional winners of National Merit Scholarships financed by colleges and universities.  Included on the list is Jacqueline E. Kloos, a graduate from Westerville North High School, who plans to study Medicine at the University of Chicago.

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

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

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

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

School Board to Meet

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

Academic Enrichment Center Earns 2015 Apex Learning Award of Excellence

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

Westerville Centenarian Frieda Bennett Honored by Board of Education

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

Athletic Trainer from Westerville to Receive NATA Athletic Trainer Service Award

Jill B. Ponzi, MEd, ATC, has been selected as one of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association’s 2015 Athletic Trainer Service Award recipients.

Genoa’s Ema Rennie is Ready to Compete at National History Day in Maryland

After winning the state contest, Genoa Middle School student Ema Rennie is headed to the University of Maryland to compete with 3,000 students from all around the world in the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day competition. 

School Board Recognizes Westerville Central’s Varsity Baseball Team

The Westerville City Schools Board of Education recently recognized Westerville Central's varsity baseball team for finishing second in the State tournament.

Westerville City Schools Announces Summer Food Service Program

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

Fouse Students Embrace Girls on the Run Program

The Girls on the Run Team from Fouse Elementary School spent the last two weekends running and cheering on a classmate.  Girls on the Run is an after-school program that helps girls get a better understanding of who they are and what’s important to them.  They look at the role of teams and healthy relationships and explore how girls can positively connect with and shape the world. 

SPLASH Summer Enrichment Academy Underway in the Westerville School District

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

Safety City Teaches Youngsters how to Protect Themselves from Harm

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

BOE to Meet in June
Alcott Celebrates Graduates, Retiring Teachers on Last Day of School

On the last day of school, Alcott Elementary celebrated the end of the year in a grand way.  Students graduating this year from all three Westerville high schools, and who were part of the first kindergarten class when Alcott opened in 2002, were invited to be a part of the festivities.

End of the Year Celebrations Enjoyed by Students and Staff Alike

Chilly temperatures didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of students at Robert Frost Elementary School, who gathered outside on Wednesday, May 20, to enjoy stations including calorie burning relays, the Bobby Frost Bootcamp (obstacle course), Cool-Down popsicles, sled sprint, splash bomb sling shots, water slide, wet relays, tug-o-war, and target practice.

Alcott Students Enriched by Taiko Drumming Experience

Eric “The Fish” Paton recently performed for students at Alcott Elementary School.  Paton is a musician, performer, and educator specializing in percussion from around the world.  From the dynamic style of taiko drumming of Japan to the infectious rhythms of samba from Brazil, Paton infuses excitement and interaction into his performances.

Math Scholars (MS) Raise Money to Fight Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

Two Westerville North Algebra classes are doing more than attempting to raise their grades:  these Algebra students, or “Math Scholars (MS),” are raising money for the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society.  Because both of the teachers from these classes have family members affected by MS, they were personally motivated to try to do something for the cause.  As an incentive to strive for higher grades, the Algebra teachers – Teri Mandell and Jessica Martin – developed a friendly competition between the two classes.

Westerville Sunrise Rotary Sponsors Mannino for Short Term Youth Exchange Program

The Westerville Sunrise Rotary Club is proud to announce that Westerville North High School student Jennifer Mannino, has been selected to participate in the Rotary Short Term Youth Exchange Program during the summer of 2015.  This program is a family-to-family exchange that matches students from two countries who live with each family over a period of approximately eight weeks, split evenly between each family’s homes.  Mannino has been matched with a student from Finland.

Bette Marschall Grants Awarded to Educators

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

Westerville Education Foundation Mini-Golf Fundraiser Draws Families

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

Sunrise Rotary Recognizes 2014-2015 Service to Youth Award Winners

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

Genoa Hosts Sixth Grade “Battle of the Books” Competition

Throughout April and May, students in the Genoa Middle School advanced 6th grade Language Arts classes competed in a 6th grade Battle of the Books Competition in the Media Center.  They read a preset list of seven books including such titles as The Trap, Small Steps, Close to Shore, and The Graveyard Book and wrote questions about the books.

Alcott Students and Staff are Counting the Days until School Starts Again

Alcott Elementary has incorporated a growth mindset in all facets of its learning community.  As many places are counting down the days until summer break, Alcott has changed the conversation with one well-placed sign in the foyer of the building.

School District Hosts 4th annual Middle School Chess Tournament

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

Alcott Wax Museum Shines the Spotlight on Historical Figures

Fifth grade students in the Alcott Elementary School classrooms of Amanda Thompson and Mike Mazzon hosted a Wax Museum on May 13.

Cherrington Fifth Graders Donate Funds to Curt Jackowski Memorial Scholarship

The 5th grade Service Project at Cherrington Elementary School has been a year- long effort.  Students have presented themselves as true role models as they worked hard to provide services in the community and encouraged the participation of the entire building.  In addition to holding a Pancake Dinner, they organized a Buyback program in October through Copeland Mill Dental, which paid $1.00 per pound of candy, and they also worked for donations as Winterfest elves at the school’s annual winter craft bazaar.

Annehurst Second Graders Enjoy Camping Experience, Thanks to Cabela’s Outfitters

Hard work pays off at Annehurst Elementary School.  Just ask second grade students in Kelli Stuckey’s class.  Not only did good efforts and behavior earn them a pizza party (from the specials teachers or from the music, physical education, and art teachers), they also got to enjoy camping on the school grounds, thanks to Cabela’s Outfitters, whose representatives visited on Monday afternoon, May 18.

Four Middle School Students Earn Scholarships to Be WISE Camp

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

Westerville North Soccer Players Sign Letters of Intent

Friends, family members, coaches and staff gathered in the Atrium at Westerville North High School on Friday afternoon, May 8, to support soccer players Morgan Pearce and Hayley Hotchkiss, who signed Letters of Intent to play at Adrian College and Otterbein University, respectively.

Westerville North Dedicates Plaque in Memory of Principal Curt Jackowski

National Honor Society members at Westerville North High School raised money to purchase a plaque to be placed in the front lobby of the school in memory of Curt Jackowski, a district administrator who served there as principal from 2003 to 2007.

Heritage Middle School Hosts 7th Grade Battle of the Books

On May 12 and 13, students in the Heritage Middle School advanced 7th grade Language Arts classes competed in a 7th grade Battle of the Books Competition in the Media Center.  They read a preset list of 10 books including such titles as Treasure Island, Where the Red Fern Grows, Pictures of Hollis Woods, and The Outsiders and wrote questions about the books.  Then, the classes formed teams and competed in a Jeopardy–style contest until one team was declared the class winner.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Candidates Give Theory of Knowledge Presentations

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Program challenges juniors and seniors in Westerville schools to think critically in all aspects of their academic program.  One of the requirements of students enrolled as IB Diploma Candidates is the Theory of Knowledge (ToK) course.  ToK challenges pupils to examine the responsibilities, challenges and rewards of knowledge and how this knowledge can be used to improve society on a local and global level.

Westerville Parent Council Awards Six Student Scholarships

After reviewing more than 170 scholarship applications from all three Westerville high schools, six students were chosen to receive Westerville Parent Council (WPC) scholarships.

Holocaust Survivor Sofiya Karpovich Inspires Parents at ESL Meeting

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

Elementary Students Meet at Otterbein to Share Information about Famous Ohioans

Since March, fourth grade classes from Fouse, Mark Twain, and Hawthorne elementary schools have been working together to research famous Ohioans.  They have been using resources such as Google Docs to share the research; Big Blue Button to meet and discuss their presentations; and Google Slides to type, share, and show their final products.

Elementary Leadership Summit Ends on a Happy Note

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

Westerville Central’s Kelli Wozniak Wins Third State Fencing Title

Westerville Central High School sophomore Kelli Wozniak dreams of being a five-time State Fencing Champion.  She’s well on her way to that goal, having captured her third consecutive women’s sabre title at the Ohio high school championships by beating second-seeded Alyson Gruber of Hilliard Bradley High School 15-1 in a gold medal bout at the Royal Arts Fencing Academy on April 11.

McVay Fifth Graders Enjoy Vocabulary Hat Parade

Lions and tigers and sharks, oh my!  Fifth grade pupils at McVay Elementary recently participated in a Vocabulary Hat Parade.  Coordinated by science teacher Lindsey Clouston, they listed all of the vocabulary terms from the year.  Then they created hats to visualize those words.  For example, students built hats shaped like a tiger or a shark for the term “carnivore,” while others created hats overflowing with vines and flowers for “producer.”

Three Cherrington Students Inducted into the AAA Ohio Safety Patrol Hall of Fame

From almost 6,000 submissions sent in throughout the State of Ohio, nine students were chosen for induction into the AAA Ohio Safety Patrol Hall of Fame.  For the second year in a row, three attend Cherrington Elementary School in Westerville –   Alexi Bloch, grade 4; Gracie Pheasant, grade 5; and Avery McLaughlin, grade 5.

Westerville North Names Prom Court; King and Queen are Chosen at Dance

“Atlantis” was the theme of Westerville North High School’s prom, which was held on Saturday evening, May 9, at Villa Milano.

Hanby Students Meet their “Leaping Letters” Pen Pals

Second grade students from Kelly Balaz’s class at Hanby Magnet School got to meet their “Leaping Letters” pen pals on Tuesday afternoon, May 12.  This marks the third year letters have been exchanged between Westerville students and senior citizens.  Balaz says, “This is a great way to connect two parts of the community who may otherwise not get a chance to know each other.” 

Kinetic Food Truck Founders Speak to Westerville Central’s Vegetarian Club

Andy O’Brien and Andrew Tuchow, the 24-year old local founders of the Kinetic Food Truck, have an interesting tale to tell.  After launching and successfully completing a 2014 Kickstarter campaign, they hit the road in a gourmet food truck for the health conscious, and have never looked back.  The vision of their company involves “eating healthier, being environmentally responsible, staying active and being kind.”

Kinetic Food Truck Founders Speak to Westerville Central’s Vegetarian Club

Andy O’Brien and Andrew Tuchow, the 24-year old local founders of the Kinetic Food Truck, have an interesting tale to tell.  After launching and successfully completing a 2014 Kickstarter campaign, they hit the road in a gourmet food truck for the health conscious, and have never looked back.  The vision of their company involves “eating healthier, being environmentally responsible, staying active and being kind.”

Five Genoa Middle School Students Create House Bill 143

Following a visit to the Ohio Statehouse in which students from Genoa Middle School’s Advanced 7th grade Social Studies classes proposed new state symbols that should be considered for the State of Ohio, State Representative Anne Gonzales presented what is now House Bill 143 to fellow representatives for a first hearing two weeks ago.  House Bill 143, created by five Genoa Middle School students, proposes that the barn be considered the official historical architectural structure of the state.

Wilder Elementary Awards Two PTA Scholarships

The Wilder Elementary PTA has announced that two former students, now seniors at Westerville North High School, will receive scholarships in the amount of $750 each.  Recipients are Ladan Barnes and Erin Upp.  Applicants must have attended Wilder for at least four years and were encouraged to submit a short essay about a memorable Wilder experience.

Rotary Club of Westerville Names May Students of the Month

The Rotary Club of Westerville, which sponsors a Student of the Month program, recognized recipients at a luncheon at Villa Milano held on Thursday, May 7.  May students are: Grant Hagglund, Westerville Central High School; My Trinh, Westerville North High School; and Desmond Fernandez, Westerville South High School.

Students Advance to Middle School Chess Tournament on May 16

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

Library Link Awards go to Top Borrowers – Annehurst Elementary and Heritage Middle

Each school day the Westerville Public Library’s Library Link service delivers books and other materials requested by students, faculty and staff at the school buildings in the Westerville district.  Recently, Library Link Awards were presented to the elementary and middle school receiving the most items delivered this school year:  Annehurst Elementary School (2,443 items) and Heritage Middle School (1,040 items).

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

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

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Westerville Central Prom Goers Enjoy “A Night in Hollywood”

The junior class at Westerville Central High School hosted Prom 2015 at The Columbus Athenaeum on Saturday evening, April 25.  Students walked the red carpet as they spent “A Night in Hollywood.” 

Cherrington Remembers First Grader McKenzie Jo Wefler

Classmates, staff, friends and family members of first grade student McKenzie Jo Wefler gathered together at Cherrington Elementary School on Monday afternoon, May 11, to plant a tree in her memory.  “Kenzie,” who passed away on February 3, was remembered as a vibrant first grader whose “spunk, sass and smile” left a lasting impression with each person she met.

Five to Attend Rotary Youth Leadership Award Conference

Five students have been named Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) recipients by the Rotary Club of Westerville and the Rotary Club of Westerville Sunrise.  They are:  Ellyn K. Briggs and Nicole Dinan, Westerville Central High School; Megan Hoover and Rex Lundstrom, Westerville North High School; and Ekow Ampah, Westerville South High School.  They have been invited to attend the RYLA Conference at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio from July 16-18.

Westerville South Students Awarded Prizes for Innovation in Believe in Ohio Competition

Six Westerville South High School students received awards for their innovative business concepts in the Believe in Ohio competition, a grant program that encourages pupils to apply STEM concepts in the development of a product commercialization plan.

Blendon Middle School Career Day Provides Wide Variety of Choices for Curious Students

Career Day is never a snooze fest at Blendon Middle School.  In fact, it’s a sight to behold.  After years of practice, organizing teacher Jeff McMillan knows exactly how to incite curiosity in young minds and get those wheels seriously thinking about the future.

Thank You Volunteers!

Volunteers packed the Mark Twain Elementary School gymnasium on Friday, May 8, where they were serenaded by students and treated to a feast of delicious food prepared by the staff.  Each table was adorned with fresh cut flowers, and every individual walked away with a recipe book that said, “You are the recipe for our success.” 

Ohio Energy Project Celebrates Student Leadership in Westerville with National Award

Solutions to today’s energy challenges are being developed in classrooms and homes around Westerville. The Ohio Energy Project’s annual Youth Energy Celebration on May 7 at The Ohio State University’s Fawcett Center welcomed more than 200 students, teachers and partners from around the state. In Westerville, 60 students and five educators were recognized for their outstanding work this school year through the Westerville Energy Education Partnership.

Alcott Hat Day in Sync with Kentucky Derby

In coordination with the 141st running of the roses at the Kentucky Derby, Alcott Elementary school hosted a “Hat Day” on Friday, May 1.  Staff, students and parents wore hats to symbolize their focus as Alcott speeds towards the final leg of the 2014-2015 academic school year.  Anyone entering the building that day was encouraged to wear a hat to support this endeavor, and any and all hats were welcomed.  The morale-boosting event marked a great show of support from the Alcott Learning Community.

Westerville Central Student Writers to be Honored at Thurber House on May 21

May 21st could be a big day for Westerville Central High School seniors Breanna Johnson and Madalyn Toole.  As finalists in the B’nai B’rith International Diverse Minds Youth Writing Challenge, the girls and their English Language Arts instructor, Natalie Taylor, have been invited to an awards ceremony at the Thurber House in Columbus.  They wrote and submitted a book called Fostering Fallon.  Taylor helped edit the book and art teacher Jen Kiko consulted on the artwork.

Westerville’s Jamie Lipp Named Professional Fellow by Ashland University

Sixteen adjunct faculty members with Ashland University’s Schar College of Education have been awarded professional fellow recognition for a three-year term.  They received this honor at the College of Education meeting on April 24. Those adjunct faculty members receiving this recognition include Jamie Lipp of Pickerington, who was named a professional fellow at Ashland University’s Columbus Center and for the online program.  Lipp is an elementary English language arts/social studies curriculum specialist for Westerville City Schools and an adjunct professor for Ashland University.

North Media Specialist Zach Wilkerson Receives Rotary Sunrise Service to Youth Award

Media Specialist Zach Wilkerson was surprised on May 6 when a group of Sunrise Rotarians showed up at Westerville North High School to present him with the Diane J. Conley Rotary Club of Westerville Sunrise Service to Youth award.

Westerville North’s Jakob Hinz will Wrestle at Indiana University

Friends, family members, coaches and staff gathered in the Atrium at Westerville North High School on Monday, May 4, to watch as Jake Hinz signed a National Letter of Intent to wrestle for Indiana University.

Alcott’s Lily Wood Earns National Award of Merit in PTA Reflections Competition

Just a few days after the Westerville City Schools Board of Education recognized 13 student artists for advancing to the State Level of the 2014-2015 PTA Reflections competition, it was announced that Alcott fifth grader Lily Wood earned accolades at the national contest.

Westerville South Junior Austin Walker Helps Save Teen after he Collapses in Class

Westerville South High School junior Austin Walker and three teachers were honored by the Delaware County Commissioners on April 30 after they revived a student whose heart had stopped at the Delaware Area Career Center.

Meteorologist Marschall McPeek Drops in at Hanby Elementary to Chat about Weather

April 30 was a big day for students at Hanby Elementary School.  Not only did ABC6/FOX28 Meteorologist Marschall McPeek stop in to talk about weather, some of them got to appear that evening on the local broadcast. 

Westerville South’s Night of Reflection is Moved to May 21 at 7:00 p.m.

Westerville South High School will host its annual Night of Reflection at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday evening, May 21.  The event was originally slated for May 19, but was moved due to a scheduling conflict.

Huber Ridge’s All Pro Dad Program Hopes for New Chapters in Westerville Schools

Sometimes busy families get so caught up in hectic schedules that they don’t always find the time to say the things that are most important.  Earlier this school year, a new program began at Huber Ridge Elementary – the All Pro Dads group.  Once a month, before school starts, several fathers and other positive role models bring their children to the Huber Ridge library to focus on family topics and talk about things like why they are proud of their kids and the difference between wants and needs.

Senior Citizens get Red Carpet Treatment at Westerville Central Film Premiere

Thirteen special senior citizens received the red carpet rollout at Silver Screen, Golden Dreams, a film festival put on through a joint collaboration between Westerville Central High School’s Film and Literature students and the Westerville Senior Center.  Students interviewed the senior citizens at the Westerville Senior Center four times throughout the semester and then used the interviews, still photos, and other videos to craft films about their lives.

Westerville Commencement Ceremonies will Take Place on May 23

Commencement exercises for Westerville’s graduating class of 2015 will take place on Saturday, May 23, at the Ohio Expo/Celeste Center.  Westerville South High School ceremonies will be held at 10:00 a.m., followed by Westerville North High School at 2:00 p.m. and Westerville Central High School at 6:00 p.m.  Graduates should report one hour before the scheduled events.  Parking cost for graduates, families and friends is $5 per car and tickets are not required to attend.

Last Day of Classes in the Westerville City School District is May 21

The last day of classes for the 2014-2015 school year in the Westerville City School District is Thursday, May 21, 2015.  A Teacher Professional Day will take place on Friday, May 22.

Westerville North Graduate Steven Boyer Starring in Broadway’s Hand to God

Westerville North High School graduate Steven Boyer is starring on Broadway as religious teen Jason, whose foul-mouthed hand puppet, Tyrone, takes on a devilish life of its own in Robert Askins’ Hand to God.

Westerville Central Students Learn “How to Prevail when Organs Fail”

Medical Interventions students at Westerville Central High School got a chance to play surgeon this past month.  As a part of their “How to Prevail When Organs Fail” unit, pupils diagnosed a fictitious patient using her symptoms and lab results.  After crafting a treatment plan which ultimately required a live donor kidney transplant, students simulated the transplant process. This included running a reactive antibody panel to see if their patient was a good candidate for a transplant and performing a simulated blood and tissue typing lab to find a donor.

Annehurst Children Help Fellow Student by Raising Money for Cystic Fibrosis Research

Students at Annehurst Elementary were recently asked by third grade teacher Candi Amadio to write Principal Earl Rahm a persuasive letter for their writing assignment.  One child asked him to allow the school to have a pajama day.  He agreed, but challenged her to turn it into a fundraiser for a charity.

Genoa Students Gain Better Understanding of Manufacturing Industry

This past week, sixth grade students at Genoa Middle School participated in a mini-unit to learn more about the manufacturing industry.  Gary Walzer, from OH!Manufacturing, an affiliate of the Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership, helped students to gain a better understanding of the many items that are manufactured in Ohio; what is involved in the manufacturing process; and related career opportunities.  Pupils then participated in a simulation, setting up their own manufacturing line to produce sets of bean bags that might be sold to various retailers.  While conducting the simulation, youngsters gained valuable insights about the assembly line process and worker productivity.  The final day of the mini-unit allowed students to discuss the pros and cons of each “assembly line” and further explore career opportunities within the manufacturing industry.

Holocaust Survivor Sofiya Karpovich to Speak at ESL Parent Meeting

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

Westerville South Athletes Sign Letters of Intent

Educators, friends and family members packed the Westerville South High School Media Center on Wednesday afternoon, April 16, to watch as 10 elite athletes signed Letters of Intent to attend and compete at a variety of colleges and universities.

Families Pack Westerville North for Nationwide Children’s Starry Night

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

The Little Mermaid JR. to be Performed at Westerville Central April 30 – May 2

The Little Mermaid, JR., presented by Westerville Central Theatre, will run April 30-May 2 at 7:30 p.m.; and May 3 at 2:00 p.m.  Tickets cost $10 each and can be reserved by visiting http://www.wchstheatre.org/location---contact.html.  Tickets are going fast so reserve soon! Come join Ariel, Flounder, Sebastian, and even Ursula as we go “Under the Sea” and “One Step Closer” to Ariel finding her true love, Prince Eric.

Westerville North’s Rebecca Skidmore to Compete at Ohio Dominican University

On Wednesday, April 8, Westerville North senior volleyball player Rebecca Skidmore signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her education and volleyball career at Ohio Dominican University.

Renaissance Students at Heritage Enjoy Ice Skating at the Chiller

On Friday, April 10, Heritage Middle School pupils went to the Chiller to celebrate the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Renaissance qualifiers from 3rd quarter of this school year.  More than 400 students were in attendance.   They enjoyed ice skating, pizza, and the opportunity to socialize with friends outside of school.  Organizers expressed gratitude to the Heritage PTSA for volunteering their time to help with this event.

School Board to Meet

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

Emerson’s Fifth Grade Students Earn Superior Rating at District Seven Science Day

In February, Jennifer Findell’s class of gifted fifth graders traveled from Emerson Elementary to Walnut Springs in order to participate in the Middle School Science Fair.  Eight Emerson projects, the work of 10 students, were ranked Superior at that event.  Five of those students accepted the challenge to compete in the District Seven Science Day competition held at Columbus State in March.

School Board Recognizes Extraordinary Athletes

At the Westerville City Schools Board of Education meeting on Monday, April 13, star athletes were recognized for their accomplishments at the State level.

Nine Exemplary Employees Receive Westerville City Schools A+ Awards A+ Award Winners
Westerville Education Foundation Mini-Golf Fundraiser Slated for May 16

The Westerville Education Foundation (WEF) will be holding its seventh annual Mini-Golf Fundraiser from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 16, at the Westerville Mini-Golf & Batting Cages, 450 W. Schrock Rd. www.westervilleeducationfoundation.com

On Your Mark, Get Set, Go!

More than 210 individuals showed up at Westerville Central High School on Saturday morning, April 11, to participate in the Spring Dash 5K, hosted by the Fit Frosties of Robert Frost Elementary School.  Money raised from the event will go towards the installation of a paved walk/jog/bike path around the school grounds.  So far, more than $6,100 has been collected for the project through sponsorships and fundraisers like this race.

Westerville North High School Inducts Three into Alumni Hall of Fame

Westerville North High School inducted three alumni into its Hall of Fame at a luncheon and ceremony held April 10 – Lori Gill Grennan, Gary Hoffman and Ron Thomas.  The school’s Superintendent’s Student Advisory Committee selected those honored from a pool of applicants who graduated at least 10 years ago, have demonstrated success in their career, and have made significant contributions to their community. 

Rotary Club of Westerville Names April Students of the Month

The Rotary Club of Westerville, which sponsors a Student of the Month program, recognized recipients at a luncheon at Villa Milano held on Thursday, April 9.  April students are: Kwaku Ayesu, Westerville North High School; and Melissa Rideout, Westerville South High School.

Genoa Middle School Launches “It Takes Courage” Campaign Next Week

Keeping the school climate strong and addressing issues that impact all students are priorities at Genoa Middle School where, next week, a campaign called “It Takes Courage” will be launched.  The spirit week will promote acts of courage, standing up against stereotypes and bullying, and promoting kindness and acceptance.  The event is being orchestrated by Stephanie Christie, who runs the “Thank Goodness I’m Female” and “Girl Action League” programs at the school.  She is also the Development and Programs Specialist for Youth to Youth International.

Academic Enrichment Center’s Sue Bell Receives Rotary Sunrise Service to Youth Award

Sue Bell, administrative assistant at the Westerville City Schools Academic Enrichment Center (AEC), was surprised on April 8 when a group of Sunrise Rotarians showed up to present her with the Diane J. Conley Rotary Club of Westerville Sunrise Service to Youth award.  She received a plaque from the club, along with a cake and a gift card donated by the Walmart Supercenter on Schrock Road.  In addition, an American flag will be flown in her honor during Westerville’s Field of Heroes display.

Third Grade Hawthorne Students Publish Mighty Mustangs Historical Perspective

Twenty-four third grade children hailing from 15 different countries combined their talents, under the direction of teacher Kate Mantenieks and retired Ohio University Professor Dorothy Leal, to write Mighty Mustangs:  The History of Hawthorne Elementary.  The paperback is available for $7.99 on Amazon.

Genoa Middle School Students Advance to National History Day Statewide Competition

Genoa Middle School students participated in District 6 History Day Competition on March 28 at Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio.  Research and projects were created following the theme “Leadership and Legacy.”

American Legion Post 171 Selects High School Delegates for Buckeye Boys/Girls State

Westerville American Legion Post 171 has sent hundreds of boys and girls to the annual experiment in democracy, called Buckeye Boys State and Buckeye Girls State.  “Post 171 sends more boys (10) and girls (12) to this program than any other American Legion post in Ohio,” remarked Bev Etling, chairperson of the program for the last seven years.  The program especially appeals to Westerville students because of the enthusiasm of the teacher and advisors.

Anything Goes is Coming Up at Westerville South High School

Anything Goes, a classic musical comedy featuring the toe tapping songs of Cole Porter, will be performed by Westerville South High School students and Thespian Troupe 513 at 7:00 p.m. on Friday April 24; 7:00 p.m. on Saturday April 25; and 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 26.  Tickets cost $10 and are available at the door.  Seats are general admission.

Middle School Students Prepare for Regional Mock Trial Competition

The 2014-15 Regional Middle School Mock Trial teams came together at the Westerville’s City Council Chamber on March 27 to practice for the upcoming competition on April 16 in downtown Columbus.  Serving as Judge for the mock trial hearings was Westerville North Media Specialist and Coach of the State Champion Westerville North High School Mock Trial team, Zach Wilkerson.  This year’s mock trial case is based on the book Animal Farm by George Orwell.

Eight Middle School Students Move on to Central Region Invention Convention Contest

The sixth annual Westerville City Schools Middle School Invention Convention Competitions were held throughout the month of March at each of the four middle schools.  Sponsored by the Gifted Education Department and each middle school, students were invited to set up displays and be judged by a panel of distinguished educators, administrators, and community members. The top two scoring student inventions at each middle school will represent Westerville City Schools at the Central Region Invention Convention Competition which will be held on May 9 at the Columbus State Conference Center. 

Westerville North Presents Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs

The Westerville North Theatre Department will stage Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs, on April 16 and 17 at 7:00 p.m.; and on April 18 at 2:00 p.m.  General admission tickets cost $6.  For additional ticket information, contact:  birtchea@westerville.k12.oh.us.

Schools Participate in Pajamas for Kids with Cancer Day

Every school day, 46 children are diagnosed with cancer.  As one can imagine, cancer treatment is not a quick or easy process, and these children spend from weeks to months at a time in the hospital as they undergo chemotherapy, radiation therapy, surgery, and other procedures. They are often unable to attend school and participate in many childhood activities. For a large portion of time during their treatment, these youngsters are usually in their pajamas.

Genoa Middle School Supports Fellow Westerville Students through Share Bac A Pac

Genoa Middle School students gave their time, talent and treasure to Share Bac A Pac, so that fellow Westerville City School students wouldn’t go hungry during spring break.  Lead by math teacher Katy Paolini, the middle school raised funds through a two-day dodge ball tournament and presented Share Bac A Pac with a check for $1,000.  In addition, Genoa’s National Honor Society students organized and packed 270 bags of food, which, when combined with the check, will provide more than 1,000 meals and snacks for Westerville students at risk of hunger.

Westerville North’s Harrison Nickels Places Second in News Writing Competition

Westerville North High School senior and journalism student Harrison Nickels has been notified that he is a winner in The Martys, an editorial contest for Central Ohio’s high school journalists.  He placed second in the “Best News Writing” category for an article he wrote entitled, “Excel in admissions with Common App.”  Nickels, taught by journalism teacher Maryann Hines, is The Odyssey’s Podcast editor.

Alcott Fifth Graders Stage The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Fifth grade students at Alcott Elementary School presented this year’s play, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, in two performances on March 26.  A special showing for students was held in the afternoon, and the production was staged for parents that evening.

Hawthorne Puts On “Udderly” Amazing Show

On Thursday, March 26, first grade students at Hawthorne Elementary School brought the charm and fun of the farm to life in their barnyard musical entitled, “Old McIntyre Had a Farm.”  The children worked hard preparing for the show – learning the songs and choreography in music, creating farm drawings to decorate the school in art, and exploring the lyrics in their classroom reading blocks.

Westerville Central’s Kara Johnson Earns National Achievement Scholarship

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation has announced the names of approximately 800 outstanding Black American high school seniors who have won Achievement Scholarship awards through the National Achievement Scholarship Program.  Included on the list is Westerville Central High School senior Kara E. Johnson.

Third Grade Alcott Reading Fair Generates Excitement about Books

Third grade students recently hosted a Reading Fair at Alcott Elementary School.  They participated by reading a favorite book and then creating a storyboard to display and share with their peers.

Heritage Middle School Wins Eighth Grade Battle of the Books Competition

The sixth annual Central Ohio 8th Grade Battle of the Books Competition, hosted by Heritage Middle School, took place at Westerville North High School on March 24.  Each of Westerville’s four middle schools competed, along with other Central Ohio teams from Whitehall, Olentangy, Gahanna, Teays Valley, and Delaware.  Teams buzzed in with correct answers about titles from the 18-book list in a Jeopardy-style contest.

Westerville Education Foundation Awards Innovation Grants

The Westerville Education Foundation (WEF) has announced that five Innovation Grants will be awarded at a program called “Celebration of Education, Innovation and Inspiration.”  The event will take place at 7:30 a.m. on Friday, April 17 at the Everal Barn & Homestead. 

Pointview Leaders Raise Money for Libraries for Liberia

After learning that there are very few libraries in Liberia for people to enjoy, student leaders at Pointview Elementary School decided to host a variety of fund raisers to get money to buy books for the cause.

Wilder’s “Spring Fling” Features Books, Ice Cream and Learning

Wilder Elementary School students and their families packed the building on March 26 for the annual Spring Fling.  Staff scooped and served delicious bowls of ice cream in a variety of flavors and a book fair was held in the gymnasium.  Participants were also given an “ice cream passport” to use while checking out a number of exciting educational stations.

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Westerville Central’s Emma Dyer Facilitates “Light Day"

Students in Michael Park’s Advanced Placement Language Arts class at Westerville Central High School recently completed a Rhetorical Activism Project.  One of his pupils, Emma Dyer, chose to work with LED retrofitting for issues of sustainability, and she was able to procure from GE approximately 200 LED bulbs she used to conduct a workshop that she and her father, Mac Dyer, hosted on March 27 in the school library.

North’s Talmadge Chosen for 2015 Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Boston

Corey Talmadge II, a 9th grade student at Westerville North High School, has been nominated to attend the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Boston from June 24-26.  The Congress is an honors-only program for high school students who want to become physicians or go into medical research fields. The purpose of this event is to honor, inspire, motivate and direct the top students in the country who aspire to be physicians or medical scientists, to stay true to their dream and, after the event, to provide a path, plan and resources to help them reach their goal. 

Westerville South Wildcats Face Garfield Heights Tonight in State Semifinal

Students packed the gymnasium on Thursday afternoon, March 26, to cheer for the Westerville South High School Wildcat varsity basketball team, which is headed to Ohio State’s Value City Arena this evening to face off against Garfield Heights in the State Semifinal.  The winner will advance to the State Finals on Saturday.  This marks Ed Calo’s 28th season as coach. 

During the pep rally, South was presented with a Boys Division 1 Winner banner from JJ Huddle and the Ohio Army National Guard.

In addition, Rick Bannister and the alumni were thanked for their gargantuan efforts in raising money to offset the cost for students of playoff tickets.  

Westerville South Wildcat Dash is April 11

The Westerville South Instrumental Music Boosters are hosting their second annual Wildcat Dash 5k Run/1 mile fun walk on Saturday, April 11, at McNamara Park in Genoa Township on Big Walnut Road.  The race begins at 9:00 a.m. with registration and check-in starting at 7:30 a.m.  Cost is $25 for those who register by today, and $30 after March 27.  The first 100 registrants will receive a t-shirt and goodie bag.

Moving Up Nights to Focus on Incoming Sixth Grade Students

Westerville City Schools invites incoming sixth grade students and their parents to attend Moving Up Night, an evening of orientation focused on the transition from elementary to middle school. 

Stars in the Park Slated for Saturday, March 28

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

Families Celebrate All Arts Night at Huber Ridge Elementary School

Families packed Huber Ridge Elementary School on Thursday evening, March 19, for All Arts Night, a free, fun-filled event celebrating music and the arts.  A number of activities were offered.  Students enjoyed making various musical instruments like guitars, kazoos and drums, using recycled items.  They also had the opportunity to create comic strips and sing at into an open mic at the “Huber Café.” 

Westerville Central Key Club Members Fare Well at District Leadership Conference

The Westerville Central High School Key Club sent three of its members to the annual District Leadership Conference in Beachwood, Ohio recently – co-presidents Sakhi Patel and Prestin Minter, and Luis Sandoval.  The group participated in fellowship activities including a spirit rally and dances, a banquet, and forums to learn about leadership, fund-raising, and service ideas.

Westerville North High School Hosts National History Day Event

On Tuesday, March 24, social studies teacher Damon Mollenkopf and 115 students from his five classes invited parents, teachers, and school and district administrators to the Westerville North High School Media Center as they hosted their first annual National History Day exhibition.

Westerville North’s Rex Lundstrom Awarded Rotary’s Youth Exchange Scholarship

Rex Lundstrom, a senior at Westerville North High School, has been selected to receive Rotary District 6690’s Youth Exchange Scholarship.  As a result, he will depart in August for a year’s study in Japan.

Genoa Dance Raises Money for Trip to Zoombezi Bay

On Friday March 13, an 8th grade only dance was held at Genoa Middle School to raise money for the entire class to attend Zoombezi Bay on the last day of school.  The week leading up to the dance, students were able to buy raffle tickets to pie a staff member in the face.

Seven Westerville Students Advance in Letters about Literature Contest

Seven Westerville City Schools students are advancing to states in the Library of Congress’ annual Letters about Literature contest.  Out of the nearly 2,000 entries from across Ohio, 164 letters were chosen to move on to the next round of competition.

Westerville North’s Mock Trial Team is Honored by Board of Education

Westerville North High Schools’ Team Darrow, which recently won the Ohio Mock Trial State Championship by defeating Ashland High School at the Ohio Statehouse, was recognized by the Westerville City Schools Board of Education at a meeting held Monday evening, March 23.  Team advisor Zach Wilkerson, and colleagues Ken Donchatz, Scott Longo and Dr. Tom Peet, were commended for guiding the 10 students to victory.  They will compete at the national level from May 14-16 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Bette Marschall Grant Applications Accepted Through April 30

Applications for monetary grants from The Bette Marschall Education Fund of The Columbus Foundation are being accepted for worthy 2015-2016 school-year projects not otherwise supported within the school budget.  The grants are available to teachers, students, administrators, and non-teaching staff within the Westerville City School District. The submission deadline is April 30, 2015. 

Emerson Students Partner with Third Graders in Japan

Third grade students in Beth Dalin’s class at Emerson Magnet School have befriended children in the Kotabe Elementary School in Japan.  The pupils have exchanged cultural artifact boxes of items that tell a little bit about the land, people, music and traditions of each country.

Westerville North High School Sophomore to Compete in Irish World Dance Contest

Westerville North High School sophomore Mary Rose Moore will travel to Montreal, Canada from March 26 - April 6 to compete in the Irish World Dance Competition.  She will join more than 6,000 other competitors representing countries from all around the globe.  In order to qualify, Moore earned 10th place in North America and 7th place in the Mid America competitions.

Westerville Safety City Program Registration Begins April 20

Beginning on April 20, parents of children who will be attending kindergarten this fall can register their youngsters for Westerville Safety City.  The program will be held Monday through Friday, June 1-12, at Robert Frost Elementary School, which is located at 270 North Spring Road.  Two sessions will take place each day – one in the morning from 9:30-11:30 a.m., and one in the afternoon from 12:30-2:30 p.m.

Fouse Student Wins Top Honors at Ninth Annual Lego Competition

Third grade Fouse Elementary School student Evelyn Clark was named Overall Grand Winner at the ninth annual Westerville City Schools Lego Competition held March 21 at Heritage Middle School.

Final Four Pre-Sale Basketball Playoff Tickets Available at South Athletic Office

The Westerville South High School varsity basketball team is headed to the state playoffs for the first time in history, following a thrilling 70-63 victory over Northland in the Division I Regional Final.  Students and community members are encouraged to turn out in force to cheer for the Wildcats and their beloved coach, Ed Calo.  Coach Calo has led the team for a whopping 28 years.

Pre-sale tickets are available for $10 at Westerville Souths Athletic Office this week.  On Tuesday, March 24, from 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., anyone who donates at least $5 towards buying down student ticket prices will be able to purchase a ticket.

 

Westerville Central Students Meet with Success at Central Ohio Science Olympiad

A group of students from Westerville Central High School competed recently at the Central Ohio Science Olympiad held at Grandview Heights High School.  Second place in the Airplane Event was earned by Wes Bumpus; seventh place in Forensics was received by Hope Garman and Wes Bumpus; eighth place in Protein Modeling was earned by Emma Dyer and Amy Adik; and ninth place in Bridge Building was received by Priscilla Doh and Hope Garman.

Nine to Receive Westerville City Schools A+ Awards

At the Westerville City Schools Board of Education meeting on Monday, April 13, nine exemplary employees will receive A+ Awards.

Student Artists at Heritage Create Bowls for Habitat Soup Event

Megan Walker’s art classes at Heritage Middle School have been hard at work creating beautiful bowls for the upcoming 13th annual Habitat for Humanity Soups for Shelter event.  The students began by first learning clay techniques including sculpting, firing and glazing.  Pupils donated nearly 150 bowls to the event.

Pointview Educators are Wild about Reading

Students and staff at Pointview Elementary are Wild About Reading, as evidenced by a multitude of activities that have taken place at the school in recent days.  The building’s Right to Read Committee has coordinated a number of events to promote reading, including spirit week; morning quote announcements; a reading stampede, when teachers dressed as characters from their favorite book, which they read aloud; and ROAR, when the entire school “Reached Out And Read” for 20 minutes.

Alcott Students Entertained by Irish Dancers on St. Patrick’s Day

Students at Alcott Elementary were entertained by Irish dancers from The Academy Irish Dance Co. on St. Patrick’s Day.  The Academy is a Westerville company specializing in Irish Dance.  The school has been very successful, bringing home the first World Championship title to Columbus.

Starry Night Family Learning Festival Returns to Westerville

On Sunday, April 12, from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., the Westerville Partners for Education (WPE) will host the 3rd annual “Nationwide Children’s Hospital Starry Night” family learning festival at Westerville North High School, 950 County Line Rd.  The festival will offer dynamic learning experiences with experts from Columbus’ premier educational and non-profit organizations. Geared toward students in preschool through 8th grade and their caregivers and families, the event highlights motion at all scales—from microscopic to cosmic—with the 2015 event theme, “Movement.”

Heritage Middle School Drama Club Performs Aladdin Jr.

An ambitious production of Aladdin Jr. is being staged by the Heritage Middle School Drama Club in the Westerville Central High School auditorium, located at 7118 Mount Royal Avenue.  A sneak preview was held for an enthusiastic audience from Alcott Elementary School on Wednesday afternoon, March 19.

Hawthorne Students Make Blankets and Dog Toys for Those in Need

The local community is just a little nicer for people and their four-legged companions, thanks to the efforts of pupils at Hawthorne Elementary School.  Under the direction of school social worker Bonnie Gourley, student leaders engaged in a service project that involved collecting money from every classroom to purchase fabric to make blankets for children in foster care.

Genoa Students Teach Fouse Fifth Graders about Energy

Fouse Elementary School fifth graders recently participated in a science day of discovery and learning.  Seventh grade students from the Advance Science class at Genoa Middle School facilitated 20 different activities about energy for their younger peers.  Students learned about light, sound, force and motion, types of energy, heat, electricity, and more.

GEM Award Winners Announced by Westerville Parent Council and Roush Honda

Now in its twelfth year, the GEM Awards program (Great Educator Mentor) recognizes those who consistently go above and beyond for students in Westerville schools.

Each building solicits nominations and a building committee comprised of staff and parents selects an honoree.  In addition, a committee with district-wide representation selects one business/organization recipient as well as individuals for contributions that impact more than one building or the district as a whole.

Westerville South Recognizes Cats with Class

Thirty-seven students at Westerville South High School were recognized as “Cats with Class” at a breakfast and ceremony held bright and early on Wednesday morning, March 18.  “Cats with Class” honors pupils who have demonstrated acts of kindness, good school citizenship, or service, which help make South a wonderful place for learning and teaching.

Hawthorne Students Enjoy Special St. Patrick’s Day Performance

Hawthorne Elementary students, many of whom were wearing green in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, gathered in the gymnasium on Tuesday morning, March 17, to listen to a special performance by fifth grade teacher and professional Irish musician Mick Broderick and fellow musicians Bryan Brookes and Phil Franck, from the local group The Drowsy Lads.

Westerville North’s Mock Trial Teams Wins State Championship North’s Mock Trial Teams
Westerville South’s Evan Seitz Takes Third Place in Japanese Speech Contest

On March 7, Westerville South High School freshman Evan Seitz, who studies Japanese through credit flex, was the third place winner in the Japan-America Society of Central Ohio (JASCO) high school speech contest held in Dublin.  He was the only freshman to be a finalist and the only student participant from Westerville.

Author/Illustrator David Catrow Visits Hawthorne Students

Children’s author/illustrator David Catrow spent the day at Hawthorne Elementary School on March 10, autographing some of his books including, I Like Myself and I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More! He has more than 70 published works in print. 

Central Physics Students Consume their Lesson

Daniel Hunt and his Honors Physics class at Westerville Central High School made the most of the double period testing schedule by adding a little excitement (and some pancakes with syrup) to a lesson involving conservation, energy and metabolism.

Rotary Club of Westerville Names March Students of the Month

The Rotary Club of Westerville, which sponsors a Student of the Month program, recognized recipients at a luncheon at Villa Milano held on Thursday, March 12.  March students are: Seriah Wells, Westerville Central High School; Yussuf Bashir, Westerville North High School; Miranda Cottman, Westerville South High School; and Samantha Vincent, St. Francis DeSales High School.

Spring Dash 5K Registration is Open – Come Join the Fit Frosties!

The Spring Dash 5K will take place on Saturday, April 11 at 9:00 a.m. at Westerville Central High School, located at 7118 Mount Royal Avenue.  Registration includes an event tech t-shirt and finisher’s medal.  For more information, please visit www.SpringDash5K.com.

Genoa Inducts 97 into National Junior Honor Society

Ninety-seven students at Genoa Middle School were inducted into the National Junior Honor Society on Wednesday evening, March 11.  Friends and family members gathered in the gymnasium to watch as these outstanding pupils were recognized.  Teacher Kara Reiter was the Keynote Speaker and event organizer Katie Paolini imparted words of wisdom to the crowd.

Fifth Annual Chip Challenge Winners Selected

Sixth graders from advanced science classes in the Westerville City School District took part in the fifth annual Chip Challenge, a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) initiative.  Teams of students were asked to design and test a container for shipping a single Pringles potato chip to Superintendent John Kellogg at the Early Learning Center.

Two Westerville Students Named National Geographic State Bee Semifinalists

Maxwell James, an eighth grade student at Genoa Middle School, and Reece Rexroad, a seventh grader at Walnut Springs, have been notified by the National Geographic Society that they are semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2015 Ohio National Geographic State Bee, sponsored by Google and Plum Creek.  The contest will be held at Ohio Dominican University on Friday, March 27.

Alcott Hosts Superhero Family Reading Night

Alcott Elementary School hosted a family literacy night on Monday, March 9 with a Superhero theme.  The event started with Principal Joseph Uher reading the book Dex: The Heart of a Hero to the students.  Families then moved around the building to different literacy stations.  They made a mask to conceal their identity while creating their own superhero comic strip.

Westerville Central’s Barbara Coppens Receives Rotary Sunrise Service to Youth Award

Barbara Coppens, secretary to Westerville Central High School Principal Todd Spinner, was surprised on March 5 when a group of Sunrise Rotarians showed up to present her with the Diane J. Conley Rotary Club of Westerville Sunrise Service to Youth award.  She received a plaque from the club, along with a cake and a $50 gift card donated by the Walmart Supercenter on Schrock Road.  In addition, an American flag will be flown in her honor during Westerville’s Field of Heroes display.

Special Guests Help Wilder Students Celebrate Read Across America

To celebrate Read Across America, Wilder Elementary staff invited members of the Westerville community to come into the building and read to students on Friday morning, March 6. Each participant was encouraged to share their love of reading by bringing their favorite picture book.

And the Grammy Goes To…

First grade celebrities and their fans flooded the Alcott Elementary School library on Friday evening, March 6, for the Alcott Grammy Awards, coordinated by teacher Jim Ledford.  The stars, dressed in their finest attire, entered the ceremony on a red carpet lined with shouting paparazzi.  They performed a whopping 22 songs for the enthusiastic audience, and were accompanied by Ledford on guitar and harmonica; Casey Wright on drums; and Rich Robinson on bass.

Schools Close for Spring Break

Classes will not be held in the Westerville City School District from March 30 through April 3, 2015 – Spring Break.  Classes will resume at normal starting times on Monday, April 6.

Westerville School Counselors Create Website about Summer Learning Opportunities

How will you spend your summer?  Consider participating in opportunities that will engage your interests, enrich your knowledge base, and extend the learning you have done this year.

North Students and Staff “Spread the Word to End the Word”

In a stunning show of support for people with disabilities, Westerville North High School students and staff celebrated their differences by dressing the same on Wednesday, March 4.  More than 180 individuals purchased T-shirts to raise awareness about the dehumanizing and hurtful effects of the word “retarded.”  Supporters signed gigantic banners pledging to stop using that word, and encouraging others to do the same.

Wilder Elementary Partners with the Columbus Tutoring Initiative

Columbus Tutoring Initiative (CTI) works in partnership with churches and organizations to recruit volunteers and tutors to lead programs in their local schools.  Approximately 25 educational institutions in Central Ohio have benefited from this effort including Wilder Elementary in Westerville, where every Wednesday, 24 second graders are tutored in reading during lunch/recess.

Westerville North’s Chris Robinson to play Lacrosse at Augustana College

On Friday, February 13, friends and family members gathered in the Westerville North High School atrium to watch and celebrate as Christopher Robinson signed a Letter of Intent to play lacrosse at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois.

Emerson Students Partake in “Genius Hour”

Students in the Emerson Elementary classrooms of Kathy Anclien and Theresa Bledsoe recently participated in a Genius Hour, inspired by Google’s 20% time initiative, which allows employees to dedicate 20% of working hours to their own ideas.  The youngsters were given 1½ hours each week to work on a project of their choice, based on their individual interests and passions.

Westerville South Orchestras Strike the Right Chord at OMEA State Adjudications

Both Westerville South orchestras met with success at the OMEA State Orchestra Adjudications that were held at Reynoldsburg High School on February 27 and 28.  The Concert and Symphonic orchestras earned the highest overall scores, “Superior - I,” with the Symphony Orchestra earning a perfect score.

Westerville North Graduate Adam Cioffari is Lead in Opera Columbus’ Figaro

Opera Columbus presents The Marriage of Figaro this week, starring Westerville North High School graduate and bass-baritone Adam Cioffari, cast in the lead role. The show debuted March 4, and will also be performed on March 6 at 8:00 p.m. and March 8 at 2:00 p.m.

Heritage Middle School Drama Club to Perform Aladdin Jr. March 19-21

Welcome to Agrabah, City of Enchantment, where every beggar has a story and every camel has a tail!  All of your favorite characters are here in this stage adaptation of the Disney hit, including Aladdin, Jasmine, and of course, the Genie.  Filled with magic, mayhem, and flying carpet rides, audiences’ spirits will soar with excitement.  Most of all, the tuneful, Academy award-winning score with songs including A Whole New World and Friend Like Me will certainly make this musical a family favorite.

High Schools Celebrate Black History Month

Black History Month was recognized throughout the Westerville City School District in February.  Highlighting the celebration were special activities held at Westerville Central, North and South high schools.

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

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

Hello Dolly! to be Performed at Westerville North High School March 12-15

The Westerville North High School Theatre and Music Departments will present the exciting musical Hello Dolly! at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 12, Friday March 13 and Saturday, March 14; and at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 15.  Performances will take place in the school auditorium.

Student-Written Plays to be Performed by Columbus Children’s Theatre Actors

Each year, the Columbus Children’s Theatre (CCT) selects a theme and collects stories written by students in grades K-8.  More than 1,000 Child Writing Project (CWP) submissions are received and the top tales are compiled to create a hysterical, fast-paced entertaining sketch comedy show seen by thousands of youngsters.  This year’s theme was “Terrific Technology,” and when the Top 21 submissions were chosen for performance, two of the pieces picked were written by students in the Westerville City School District. 

Application Deadline for A+ Employee Recognition Program Draws Near

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

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

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

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

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

Westerville City Schools Recognized for Integrated Pest Management Practices

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

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

Four Westerville City Schools Students are National Merit Scholarship Finalists

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

Community Bowl-a-thon Raises Money for Local Organizations

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

Career Explorations Course Offers Students Opportunities to Develop Job Skills

Career Explorations, a program offered at all three Westerville high schools through the Transition Services Department, affords recommended students the opportunity to work within the school setting or community to develop job skills and build a resume.

Straight A Grant Results on Display at Statehouse Straight A Grant Results
Pointview Pep Rally Encourages Students to “Rock the Test!”

Get a good night’s sleep.  Leave your electronic devices at home.  Be quiet, even after you’re done taking the test so others can finish as well.  Be patient, stay calm.  This was just some of the advice given to third, fourth and fifth grade students at Pointview Elementary School as they prepared to take state-mandated PARCC tests in coming days, covering Math, Language Arts, Social Studies and Science.

WCSD operating on a 2-hour delay today, February 24, due to extreme weather conditions, no AM Preschool or AM Kindergarten. No testing; watch e-mail for revised test schedule.
All activities for Friday, February 20, will continue as scheduled.
Student-Directed One Act Plays Shown at Westerville South on March 12

Student-directed One Acts will be performed at 7:00 p.m. at Westerville South High School on Thursday evening, March 12.  Tickets can be purchased at the door for $3 each.  South is located at 336 South Otterbein Avenue.  Matt Wolfe is Theatre Director at Westerville South.

UPDATE: After-school and evening activities canceled for Thursday, February 19, 2015. Click for details.
“High School 101” Offered for Parents of Eighth Grade Students on February 11

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

Westerville City Schools Close for Presidents’ Day

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

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

Continue to check this news feed for further updates!

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

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

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

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

 

All activities for Saturday, January 10, will continue as scheduled.
UPDATE: All H.S. evening activities for Thursday, January 8, will continue as scheduled. M.S. evening activities CANCELED.

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

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

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

Mark Twain Celebrates 40 Years of Excellence in Education

Mark Twain Elementary School celebrated its 40th anniversary on Friday afternoon, November 21, at a school assembly and open house for the community. Highlights included the dedication of a new mural in the gymnasium, the creation of a time capsule, a display of the school’s history, and tours of the building led by student leaders.

2014-15 International Week Celebrated At Emerson Magnet School

November 17-21 marked a very special period of learning at Emerson Magnet School, for that was International Week, and the theme was, “What a Wonderful World!”  International Week is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education.  It celebrates both international education and cultural understanding, focusing primarily on the importance of increasing knowledge and awareness of the world’s different cultures.  At Emerson, students got the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities. 

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

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

Cherrington “Girls on the Run” Team Completes 5K

Girls from Cherrington, Hanby and Wilder elementary schools make up the official Cherrington team that participated in the Girls on the Run 5K Walk & Run, held on November 15 at the Columbus Commons.  After committing to 10 weeks of training every Monday and Wednesday, the girls braved the cold weather to celebrate their great accomplishment.  Throughout the process, the Girls on the Run program encouraged self-reflection and builds self-confidence meant to empower young females in grades 3-5.

Leadership Westerville Participants Shadow Principals, Learn about School District
140 Students Participate in Ninth Annual Elementary Leadership Summit

The 9th annual Elementary Leadership Summit took place on Friday, November 21, at Westerville South High School.  More than 140 third, fourth and fifth grade students from all Westerville elementary schools were in attendance.  Attendees were selected based on essays they submitted earlier in the school year.

Westerville South Students Help Friends of the Shelter during annual “Howliday” Bazaar

On Saturday, November 22, Friends of the Shelter hosted its annual “Howliday Bazaar” to raise money for the urgent medical care of sick and injured dogs that arrive at the Franklin County Dog Shelter and Adoption Center.  Many holiday and dog-themed products were sold, as well as delicious baked goods for both humans and pets.  “The students from Westerville South helped us decorate Christmas trees and organize this huge project,” said Jay Rowsey, Trustee and Marketing Director for Friends of the Shelter.  “Their participation helped make our event run very smoothly and their dedication to give back to our community is inspiring.”

Otterbein Professor Focuses on Developing Cultural Connections for Westerville Parents

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

Winter Break Draws Near

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

Westerville School Board Recognizes Seven A+ Award Winners

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

BOE to Meet in December
Cherrington Students Trade Candy to Help Others

Cherrington Elementary School’s fifth grade students organized a service project with the BuyBack Program through Copeland Mill Dental the week following “trick or Treat” night in Westerville.  It was the students’ decision to donate all proceeds to the Curt Jackowski Memorial Scholarship Fund, which will help send a student from all three Westerville high schools to college.

Westerville North’s Mason Miller will Swim for Buffalo

Mason Miller, a senior at Westerville North High School, has signed his National Letter of Intent to swim for the State University of New York at Buffalo in the fall of 2015.

Hawthorne Third Graders Researching History of their School

Kate Mantenieks’ third grade students at Hawthorne Elementary School decided to keep the study of local history close to home.  They are researching the history of their school.  Little has been written about the history of Hawthorne so the class has been interviewing former students and teachers, with help from Westerville historian Beth Weinhardt and Dr. Dorothy Leal.

Westerville North Sandvik Twins will Run at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio

On Thursday, November 13, Westerville North High School seniors Haley and Heather Sandvik signed National Letters of Intent to run cross country and track at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

225 Blendon Middle School Students Lauded During Renaissance Celebration

Having qualified for the first quarter 2014-15 Renaissance Awards, 225 Blendon students celebrated their academic and community service achievements by enjoying an afternoon of bowling at Gahanna Lanes on November 6.  To participate, pupils must meet high standards in academics, community service, attendance, attitude, and school spirit.

Huber Ridge Students Celebrate School’s Golden Anniversary

tudents, staff and administrators gathered in the gymnasium for an assembly on Friday, November 14 to celebrate Huber Ridge Elementary School’s 50th anniversary.  Different grade levels were responsible for researching big events and trends that took place during the five decades the school has been in existence and they presented their findings through PowerPoint presentations and music.

Westerville South Recognizes Cats with Class

hirty-six students at Westerville South High School were recognized as “Cats with Class” at a breakfast and ceremony held bright and early on Wednesday morning, November 19.  “Cats with Class” honors pupils who have demonstrated acts of kindness, good school citizenship, or service, which help make South a wonderful place for learning and teaching.

Blendon Middle School Students Explore History through Biography Wax Museum

A lot of famous historical characters could be found at the Blendon Middle School Biography Wax Museum, held in the library on Monday afternoon, November 17.  The event was hosted by sixth grade students in the fifth period enriched Language Arts class, under the direction of “museum curator” Stephanie Sahr.

Cherrington Winterfest & Craft Show is Saturday, December 6

It’s back and better than ever!  The Cherrington Winterfest & Craft Show will be held Saturday, December 6, from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.  Admission is free.  Come out for a few hours of fun and browse one-of-a-kind items and unique gift shopping from various vendors and crafters.

Fouse Elementary’s Deb Ubry Receives Service to Youth Award from Rotary Sunrise

Deb Ubry, a first grade teacher at Fouse Elementary School, was surprised on November 17 when a group of Sunrise Rotarians showed up at a supposed staff meeting to present her with the Diane J. Conley Rotary Club of Westerville Sunrise Service to Youth award.  She received flowers and a plaque from the club, along with a cake and a gift card donated by the Walmart Supercenter on Schrock Road. In addition, an American flag will be flown in her honor during Westerville’s Field of Heroes display.  

Ninth Annual Warrior Way Leadership Summit Draws 200 Students

The annual Warrior Way Leadership Summit was held for the 9th year on Friday, November 14 at Westerville North High School.  Nearly 200 students self-nominated or were nominated by teachers and staff in the building to attend the event.  About half of the nominated students were chosen to attend if they had shown leadership qualities or if they have the potential to be a leader within their peer group.

Westerville Students Featured on WOCC’s School’s Out

The show can be watched online at Otterbein.tv, under the School’s Out tab.  It can also be viewed on Time Warner cable in Westerville on channel 96-7.  U-verse subscribers can watch it on channel 99 by surfing through the menu.

Westerville Schools Hosts Community Assembly Program Inspiring Students to Invent

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

Hanby Students Learn from Erosion Experiment

Linda Pettit from the Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District spent the day in Sara Thiegs’ fourth grade science classes at Hanby Elementary School on November 13 to demonstrate erosion using a simulator.

Blendon Honor Students Participate in Craft Club with Pointview Children

Blendon Middle School National Honor Society students spread some holiday cheer on Wednesday afternoon, November 19, when they traveled to Pointview Elementary to host a Craft Club for more than 40 youngsters who stayed late af

Students learned that Black Hoof (1740-1831) was the head civil chief of the Shawnee Indians in the Ohio Country of what became the United States.  A member of the Mekoche division of the Shawnees, Black Hoof became known as a fierce warrior during the early wars between the Shawnee and Anglo-American colonists.

ter school to participate.

Rusty Cottrel Portrays Shawnee Indian Chief Black Hoof at Hawthorne Elementary

Lieutenant Junior Grade Theresa Smith, of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Corps (NOAA), spent the day in Chris Henricksen’s fifth grade classroom at Mark Twain Elementary School on Friday, November 7.  She had an interesting tale to tell about her journey, which began as a Westerville City Schools student.

Heritage Counselor Provides Personal Hygiene Boxes to Middle School Guidance Offices

For many years, Heritage Middle School Guidance Counselor Jill Ponzi helped support an all- girl’s orphanage in Ukraine through a charity she founded called “StarfishNadia,” named after a girl she met there in 2006.  A few years back her American friends in Ukraine returned to the United States, so Ponzi lost her pipeline to the orphanage. But she did not lose her desire to help others.

Rotary Club of Westerville Names November Students of the Month

The Rotary Club of Westerville, which sponsors a Student of the Month program, recognized recipients at a luncheon at Villa Milano held on Thursday, November 6.  November students are:  Adonis Johnson, Westerville Central High School; Trevor Dilley, Westerville North High School; Alex Chapman, Westerville South High School; and Nicholas Moonis, St. Francis DeSales High School.

NOAA’s Theresa Smith Spends the Day with Mark Twain Students

Lieutenant Junior Grade Theresa Smith, of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Corps (NOAA), spent the day in Chris Henricksen’s fifth grade classroom at Mark Twain Elementary School on Friday, November 7.  She had an interesting tale to tell about her journey, which began as a Westerville City Schools student.

Stellar Students at Heritage Enjoy Ice Cream Sundae Social

On Wednesday, November 5, Heritage Middle School hosted an Ice Cream Sundae Social to celebrate 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Renaissance qualifiers from the first quarter of this school year.  More than 350 students were in attendance.  Pupils enjoyed their ice cream with toppings such as chocolate or caramel drizzle, Oreo pieces, sprinkles, and whipped cream.

Westerville North Students Take Advantage of College Application Day on November 10

Westerville North High School sponsored its first College Application Day as part of a statewide initiative through the Ohio Board of Regents, which is a state government board that oversees higher education, and Ohio’s Association of College Admissions Counselors. They have designated November as College Application Month and are asking high schools to participate by creating events to provide access for high school seniors to apply to at least one school and give them an opportunity to receive help navigating through the tedious process.

Seven New Master Teachers to be Recognized by the Westerville Board of Education

At the December 8 Board of Education meeting, the Westerville City School District will honor seven educators for having received the Master Teacher designation from the Ohio Department of Education (ODE).  They are:  Westerville North High School social studies teacher Jennifer Walpole; and Huber Ridge Elementary teachers Natalie Bentz (grade 4); Erin Berg (intervention specialist), William Britton (visual art); Chassidy Goulden (grade 2); Brian Shanks (grade 5); and Melissa Workman (grade 5).

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

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

Knights of Columbus Presents Special Education Department with Generous Donation

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

Gingerbread Cottage Craft Show Slated for December 6 at Westerville South High School

The 17th annual Gingerbread Cottage Craft Show will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 6 at Westerville South High School.

ESL Students at Westerville North Enjoy Lunch Bunch Game Day

Going to high school isn’t always fun and games, but sometimes it actually is!  Westerville North High School’s English as a Second Language (ESL) Department hosts a Lunch Bunch game day twice a month on Fridays.  ESL teacher Amal Doom and ESL Paraprofessional Rhonda Letterio open up a classroom during the fourth period lunch break when students who have been working hard and performing well in their classes are invited to socialize and play board games.

Veterans are Honored Throughout School District on November 11

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

Westerville South’s Parker Williams is the Face of Scouting for Food in Central Ohio

Westerville South High School sophomore Parker Williams has become for many the face of Scouting for Food in Central Ohio.  He was featured on a recent Facebook post from the Simon Kenton Council, Boy Scouts of America for his steadfast help in hauling food donations for all five years of the Council’s media partnership with ABC 6/Fox 28 in celebration of Scouting for Food.

Westerville North Theatre Boosters Present Senior-Directed One-Acts December 4 & 5

Westerville North High School Theatre Boosters will present Westerville North Senior Directed One-Acts at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 4 and Friday, December 5.  Tickets, which will be sold at the door, cost $5 for general admission seating.

Genoa Police Officer Warns Students about the Dangers of Drug Use

Sergeant Shane Frye, a former narcotics agent who now serves as a Genoa Township police officer, visited Westerville Central High School recently to speak with Brent Morrison’s social studies classes about the dangers of drug use and how widespread drug trafficking is in Columbus and the surrounding suburbs.

Beardly T-Shirt Sale will Benefit Three Causes This Year

For the past three years, Westerville North High School history teacher Dr. Ben Hartnell has organized the sale of what he calls “beardly” apparel - t-shirts with a beard theme. (Dr. Hartnell, for those who don't know him, sports a rather large and impressive red beard.)

Collaborative STEAMHub Comes to Hanby

Westerville Partners for Education hosted a special STEAMHub session at Hanby Elementary on November 5 and has plans for a Hub at Emerson on December 4.  These Hubs are opportunities for businesses and organizations to meet and collaborate with teachers about upcoming projects for the year, field trip opportunities, resource sharing, and are a chance for organization leaders to learn more about Westerville Schools.

December 3 ESL Parent Meeting Will Cover Variety of Topics

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

Westerville Partners Brings Tutoring Program to Pointview

In partnership with Columbus Tutoring Initiative, Westerville Partners for Education kicked off a new lunchtime tutoring program for second grade students at Pointview Elementary.  Nine tutors attended training in August and September and began working with students for 40 minute sessions in October.

Westerville Central’s GameDay 5k Race/Walk is Tomorrow

The boys and girls cross country teams at Westerville Central High School will be hosting their annual Westerville GameDay 5k race/walk tomorrow, November 8.  A half-mile Kids Fun Run starts at 8:30, and the 5k run/walk begins at 8:45 a.m.  Westerville Central is located at 7118 Mount Royal Avenue.

North/South Cross Town Rivalry is a Cherished Community Tradition

For the past 37 years, the Westerville North vs. Westerville South varsity football game has become a cherished community tradition that has drawn thousands of spectators and created lifelong memories for those who come to cheer on their team.  The game played on Friday, October 31, was no exception.  What some may not know is that much more happens at this event than football.

“Cultural Connections for Westerville Parents” Slated for November 20

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

Spooky Read Night Enchants McVay Students and Parents Alike

On Wednesday evening, October 29, McVay Elementary School hosted its second annual Spooky Read Night.  In addition to teachers reading out loud in their classrooms, children and parents enjoyed a Woods Art Walk and performance.

Hanby and McVay Chosen for Adaption, Integration and the Arts Residency Program

VSA Ohio, the state organization on arts and disability, has revealed the names of 21 schools selected for the Adaptation, Integration and the Arts (AIA) residency program during the 2014-2015 school year.  Included on the list are Hanby Magnet Elementary and McVay Elementary in Westerville

Huber Ridge Celebrates 50 Years of Learning, Family and Fun

Students, staff and administrators will gather in the gymnasium for an assembly at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, November 14 to celebrate Huber Ridge Elementary School’s 50th anniversary.

Seven to Receive Westerville City Schools A+ Awards

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

Westerville Christian’s “Friday Fare” Feeds Hungry Families throughout School District

In 2008, as part of Westerville Christian Church’s 40th anniversary celebration, “Friday Fare” began as a ministry to reach out and help the Westerville community.  A small group of volunteers provided weekend meals for six hungry families in two schools.  Six years later, the Friday Fare program has mushroomed.  They now serve 82 families in 15 schools, 13 of which are in the Westerville City School District.

Westerville Preschoolers Trick or Treat Upstairs in the Early Learning Center

October 30 was a fun day at the Early Learning Center, both upstairs and downstairs.  Approximately 270 preschool students, dressed in festive costumes, trick-or-treated in the Westerville City Schools administrative offices, which were decorated specifically for the little ones.

Schools Close for Thanksgiving Break

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

Westerville Staff Learns How to Motivate Students

Adjunct instructor for Ashland University and Alcott Elementary School Principal Joseph Uher facilitates a graduate level course for 20 staff members in the Westerville City School District.  Participants represent a wide range of employees, including support personal and future retirees.

Alcott Raises $13,000+; Celebrates 100 Percent Attendance for Third Grade OAA’s

The Alcott Elementary School Walk-A-Thon was held at Westerville Central High School’s track on September 26.  Students from all grade levels walked and ran to raise $13,355.20 for the Alcott PTA to fund projects such as Chromebooks, books for the library, and special events.

Club Donates American Girl Doll and Books to Hawthorne Elementary School

On Monday morning, October 27, Brenda Doughty, representing the Olentangy Valley Doll Club of Ohio, made a special delivery to Hawthorne Elementary School where she donated an American Girl doll – Marie-Grace Gardner – for students to enjoy in the media center.

Cherrington Principal Takes on New Persona for Daily Announcements

Cherrington Elementary School students surpassed their fundraising goal this year of $10,500, so Principal Andy Heck kept his part of the bargain and treated pupils to daily singing of their announcements.

Westerville South Presents Annual Scholarship Show November 15 – Through the Decades

Westerville South High School thespians will present their annual scholarship show at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 15.  Tickets cost $5 at the door for this year’s program, Through the Decades.

Bette Marschall Grant Recipients Announced

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

Kohl’s Volunteer Grant Makes Pointview’s “Trunk or Treat” Extra Special This Year

Pointview Elementary School’s annual Trunk or Treat party was a smashing success this year, made even more special thanks to volunteers from Kohl’s.  As part of the company’s Associates in Action program, Kohl’s employees joined PTA and parent/teacher volunteers in manning game stations, operating a maze and helping with food and festivities.

30th Annual Mark Twain Craft Bazaar is November 1

The 30th annual Mark Twain Craft Bazaar will take place tomorrow, November 1, from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at Westerville North High School, which is located at 950 County Line Road.  Admission is $2.

BOE to Meet in November
Wilder Elementary School’s Oktoberfest Draws Large Crowd

The Wilder Elementary School PTA hosted its annual Oktoberfest on Thursday evening, October 16.  Families packed the building to partake in carnival-type games, where they earned points to redeem for prizes.  Activities were manned by parent volunteers and Otterbein students.

Important Information to Know about Ohio’s Next Generation Assessments

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

November 6 Seminar Scheduled Regarding College Bound Students with an IEP

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

Sumo Wrestlers Face Off in Robert Frost Gymnasium

Each year Robert Frost Principal Sarah Berka motivates students to raise funds for school activities by promising to do something memorable.  This year the incentive was her participation in a Sumo match, with another staff member to be picked by the children.  Pupils exceeded their goal of bringing in more than $11,000, and on Thursday afternoon, October 16, Berka and fourth grade teacher Lisa Guseman met in the gymnasium for an unforgettable match up.

Westerville North Academic Boosters Honor 246 Hard Working Students

Westerville North High School’s Academic Boosters celebrated the hard work of 246 students at the 29th annual Academic Awards Banquet. Receiving certificates were 16 PSAT All Stars; National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalist Jacqueline Kloos; National Achievement Scholarship Semi-Finalist Olamide Bola; and academically accomplished sophomores, juniors and seniors. 

Mark Twain Elementary School to Celebrate 40th Anniversary on November 21

Mark Twain Elementary School will be celebrating its 40th anniversary on Friday, November 21, from 2:30 - 5:30 p.m.  Students will participate in a school assembly from 2:30 - 3:15 p.m.  An open house for alumni and the community will follow.  Past and present students, staff and families are invited to join in the fun at this historical event.

Westerville Central’s Jenny Horn Receives Service to Youth Award from Rotary Sunrise

Jenny Horn received flowers and a plaque from the club, along with a cake and a gift card donated by the Walmart Supercenter on Schrock Road.  In addition, an American flag will be flown in her honor during Westerville’s Field of Heroes display. She and other Service to Youth award winners will be honored at a breakfast in May.

Tony Zilincik Conducts Tuba/Baritone Workshop at Blendon Middle School

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

Reggaeton Singer Guero Loco Visits Spanish Classes at Genoa Middle School

Students in Michele Gelzieichter’s Spanish classes at Genoa Middle School were treated to a visit from celebrity Reggaeton singer Guero Loco on Thursday, October 16.  (Reggaeton is a genre which has its roots in Latin and Caribbean music.)  Loco has been touring the Midwest this fall to bring his positive bilingual music program to youngsters.  He told about his journey from struggling with Spanish in high school to training as a Spanish linguist as a U.S. Marine at the Defense Language Institute.  His presentation focused on motivating pupils to want to learn another language and to show them why it’s “absolutely critical” to do so in today’s world. 

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

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

Westerville Schools Staff Learns CPR on Central OEA/NEA Day

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

ESL Parent Meeting Draws 80 Families

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

Westerville South Key Club Sponsors Memorable Soccer Night for Special Olympians

The Westerville South High School Key Club sponsored a fun night of soccer on October 7 for Westerville Special Olympic athletes, who got to play in South’s stadium under the lights.  Key Club members rented the stadium, provided referees and announcers, ran the scoreboard, and even made sure cheerleaders were on hand to stir up enthusiasm.

Emerson Pays it Forward by Donating 675 Books to WPE’s Book Bonanza

During the week of October 6, Emerson Magnet School held a not-so-ordinary Scholastic Book Fair.  Students and staff were inspired by a recent visit from Westerville Partners for Education representatives, who, through their Book Bonanza! program, provided each third grade student with a book to take home and keep.

Forget Waldo, Where’s Mr. Uher?

Alcott Elementary School’s Student Council wanted to come up with a project to promote unity and they also wanted to introduce everyone to their new principal, Joseph Uher.  So, the “Where’s Mr. Uher?” board was created.

Successful Junior Mentoring Program Benefits All

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

School Board Recognizes Two Students

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

Westerville Parent Council Report Shows Volunteer Efforts Continue to Grow

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

Genoa Staff Tailgates in Support of Athletic Teams

Drizzle and chilly temperatures didn’t stop Genoa Middle School employees from participating in the first annual Staff Tailgate, which was held on the blacktop outside of the Commons after school on Thursday, October 9.

Westerville Schools Have Two National Achievement Semifinalists

More than 1,600 Black American high school seniors have been designated by National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) officials as Semifinalists in the 51st annual National Achievement Scholarship Program. Included on the list are Kara E. Johnson, a student at Westerville Central High School; and Olamide Bola, a pupil at Westerville North. 

Families Pack Whittier for Annual Fall Festival

Families came out in droves to pack Whittier Elementary School on Friday evening, October 10, for the annual Fall Festival.  The popular event, sponsored by the PTA, featured food and fun.  High school students and parent volunteers manned a number of games, which were played in the gymnasium, where attendees could also have their fingernails and face painted and their hair sprayed with bright colors.

School Board to Meet in Executive Session

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

Commended Students Named in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program

Twelve pupils in the Westerville City School District have been named Commended Students in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program.  They are:  Rachel Rios, Westerville Central High School; Bradley Davis, Tony Du, Jack Engelhart and Jacob Waldruff, Westerville North; and Sage Conger, Joshua Himes, Sarah Leonard, Nicholas Ruyack, Andrew Siedlak, Micah Thomas, and Nicholas Vermaaten, Westerville South.

Westerville School District Hosts Multitude of Foreign Exchange Students

For many years, Westerville City Schools has hosted foreign exchange students hailing from practically every part of the globe.  Cumulative records were not kept prior to the 2005-2006 school year, but since then, 106 foreign exchange students have walked the hallowed halls of Westerville high schools.  This year alone, 14 pupils from various places around the world are soaking up American culture and education.

Mark Twain Elementary School’s 3rd Annual Walk-a-thon Raises more than $13,000

Mark Twain Elementary School students have been eagerly awaiting their 3rd annual Walk-a-thon.  Due to rainy weather last week, the event was moved to October 10.  They have exceeded their $10,000 goal by $3,176 and can’t wait to see their principal, Vicki Moss, dressed up like a sock monkey at the event!

ESL Parent Meeting Slated for October 21

“Setting and Measuring Goals for Success” is the theme of the next English as a Second Language (ESL) parent meeting, which will be held on Tuesday, October 21.  The event will take place in the Hawthorne Elementary School cafeteria from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. and is open to all ESL families.

Warhawk Spirit in Full Swing at Westerville Central High School

The Westerville Central High School student section has numbered 600 plus pupils for every home game this year.  The theme for this particular game, pictured, was Red, White and Blue in remembrance of the 9/11 attacks.

International Walk to School Day was October 8

For the second year in a row, the Robert Frost Elementary School Wellness Committee challenged students and parents to create “Walking School Buses” on Wednesday, October 8 – International Walk to School Day.  Various routes were established with specific bus stop times where students and parents could join in the fun.

Rotary Club of Westerville Names October Students of the Month

The Rotary Club of Westerville, which sponsors a Student of the Month program, recognized recipients at a luncheon at Villa Milano held on Thursday, October 2.  October students are:  Kenna Pollard, Westerville Central High School; Carmen Stone, Westerville North High School; Sydney King, Westerville South High School; and Ali Baird, St. Francis DeSales High School.

North Seniors Named as Outstanding Participants in National Achievement Program

Westerville North High School recently had two seniors, Melinda Hopson and Carmen Stone, named as Outstanding Participants in the National Achievement Scholarship Program.  These students scored in the top three percent of more than 160,000 Black Americans who requested consideration in the 2015 National Achievement Scholarship Program when they took the 2013 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

Westerville Schools Host DARE Officers in Training

On Thursday, October 2, teams of police officers and sheriff’s deputies from all around Ohio visited Robert Frost and Hawthorne elementary schools to conduct mini D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) lessons and socialize with students.  They engaged in role playing and shared information about alcohol and tobacco resistance.  They also imparted ideas about using effective communication tools to deal with peer pressure.  The experience gave the D.A.R.E. officers in training needed practice in interacting with children and responding to their questions. 

Head-Start Preschool Students Sought for New Central College Location

The Child Development Council of Franklin County Inc. is now enrolling Head-Start preschool students for the 2014-15 school year at its new Westerville Central College location.  Head-Start is an early learning program for preschool aged children of families in poverty, designed to promote school readiness and meet each child’s emotional, social, health, nutritional and psychological needs.

Westerville Education Foundation Offering Sponsorships for “GAP Initiative” Website

“We’re offering local businesses a limited opportunity to become involved in this initiative by sponsoring our three new modules on the WEF website,” explained Fawaz Hamoui, chair of the WEF Development Committee.  “There are two sponsorship levels: Varsity and Junior Varsity. Only six Varsity sponsorships are available, while nine Junior Varsity sponsorships are available.”

Boots, BBQ and Buckeyes Event Scheduled for November 8

Boots, BBQ and the Buckeyes!  Join Westerville Education Challenge on Saturday, November 8 at 6:00 p.m. for the party of the year and help bring the successful Challenge Day anti-bullying program to all Westerville City School freshmen.

Mid-States Band Association Invitational Nets Strong Results for Westerville South

Marching band season is fully underway in the Westerville City School District and throughout the country.  One of the latest contests took place on Saturday, October 4.  Chilly temperatures did not dampen the enthusiasm of performers at the Mid-States Band Association Invitational, held in Jim McCann Stadium at Westerville North High School.

Westerville Education Foundation Launches GAP Initiative to Support Innovative Educational Practices in Westerville City Schools

The Westerville Education Foundation (WEF) on September 30, 2014, launched its latest endeavor to support quality education in Westerville City Schools.  Officially known as the “GAP Initiative,” the WEF’s latest project puts the power of online fundraising and crowdsourcing directly into the hands of classroom teachers and other licensed educators.

Fit Frosties are Up and Running Again at Robert Frost Elementary School

Getting kids to exercise can be a challenge.  Asking them to voluntarily wake up and come to school early to run seems like a nearly impossible task, but that’s exactly what Eric Indiciani, a physical education teacher at Robert Frost Elementary School, has accomplished.  For the second year in a row, the Fit Frosties Running Club has attracted enthusiastic support, with 155 student members who arrive at 8:10 every Thursday morning to warm-up and then run laps around the playground, take an occasional trip to Westerville North's track, or stay indoors for circuit training workouts when the weather doesn’t cooperate.

Renaissance Qualifiers Enjoy Pizza Lunch at Heritage Middle School

On Wednesday, September 24, Heritage Middle School hosted a Jet’s Pizza lunch to celebrate the 7th and 8th grade Renaissance qualifiers from 4th quarter of the 2013-2014 school year. More than 250 students were in attendance.

Central and North Girls Soccer Teams Collect 200 Pounds of Cereal for WARM

On September 15, when the Westerville Central girls’ soccer team played the Westerville North girls’ soccer team, fans were asked to bring boxes of cereal to Warhawk Stadium to donate to the Westerville Area Resource Ministry (WARM).

Blendon Student Shares International Travel Experiences

Tapping students’ own experiences and having those students share those experiences with others can be a powerful tool.  As part of the language arts and social studies curricula, 7th grader Winston Whitford returned to his 6th grade advanced social studies class to present facts and stories from his international travels, particularly his visit to family in Christchurch, England.

Westerville District Conducts Emergency School Bus Evacuation Drills

Each year, the State of Ohio requires public school buses to perform Emergency Evacuation Drills. Pupils are instructed about what they would be required to do in case of a real emergency, and then they practice. 

Educators Gather to Learn from Westerville’s Successful EOS Program

After 14 years and more than 1,000 graduates, the Westerville City Schools Educational Options for Success (EOS) program had the distinct opportunity to host and offer assistance to other Ohio districts interested in developing or improving an alternative educational program.  On Friday, September 26, the Ohio Department of Education held a professional workshop at the Academic Enrichment Center for alternative education.  Administrators, teachers, and counselors from around Ohio came together to learn more about the award-winning success of Westerville’s EOS program, its history, programmatic strengths, and day-to-day operations.

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

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

Elementary and Middle School Conferences Planned

Because of Parent-Teacher Conferences, classes will not be held in Westerville City elementary schools, middle schools or the Early Learning Center/preschool on Thursday, October 23 or Friday, October 24, 2014.  School will take place as usual at all three high schools – Westerville Central, North and South.  Classes will resume for all students at regular starting times on Monday, October 27.

Big Crowds Turn Out for School Daze, Westerville’s Final 4th Friday of the Season

Crowds turned out en masse for School Daze on September 26, Westerville’s last 4th Friday of the season. Students, staff and administrators gathered on the front lawn of Hanby Elementary to present activities and achievements in subject areas including math, science, technology, language arts, performing and visual arts, social studies, health and wellness and extracurriculars. The District also had its new FabLab on display, a mobile facility that will introduce students to advanced manufacturing skills and tools such as laser cutters, 3D printers and robotics.

Feedback Sought for Westerville City Schools’ 2015-2016 Calendar

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

Board, Superintendent Recognize Parent Volunteer Groups

At its meeting on Monday evening, September 22, the Westerville City Schools Board of Education and Superintendent recognized all 35 parent support organizations, including each booster group, each Parent Teacher Association, each Parent Teacher Organization, each Parent Teacher Student Association, the Westerville African American Parent Association, Westerville Partners for Education and the Westerville Parent Council for selflessly volunteering their time and talents for the betterment of students and staff in the Westerville City School District.

Thanks to COSI, Chemistry Comes Alive for Students at Robert Frost Elementary

Students got a lesson in slimy science when COSI (Center of Science and Industry) brought its traveling science program, It’s Simply Chemistry, to Robert Frost Elementary School on September 23.

Westerville North Theatre Department Presents Cheaper by the Dozen October 16-18

Thespians at Westerville North High School will perform in Cheaper by the Dozen at 7:00 p.m. on October 16, 17 and 18.  The play will take place in the school auditorium, which is located at 950 County Line Road.  General admission tickets cost $6 per seat and can be purchased from the Online Box Office at www.westervillenorth.com  or at the door.  This production is suitable for all ages. 

Circle of Giving Results in New Equipment for Best of Both Worlds Students

The Best of Both Worlds (BOBW) program at Otterbein University this week received new bicycles, helmets and sports equipment, thanks to the generosity of State Farm and Share-Bac-A-Pac.  How this came to happen is a story of kindness, giving back, and perhaps, a bit of good karma.

Westerville Central’s Kara Johnson Named National Achievement Semifinalist

These scholastically talented young men and women now have an opportunity to continue in the competition for approximately 800 Achievement Scholarship awards worth about $2.5 million that will be offered next spring.

Good Time was Had by All at Robert Frost Family Social

Robert Frost Elementary School hosted a Family Social on Sunday afternoon, September 21, when the school community was invited to “pop in for Popsicles, popcorn, pop music and a popping good time.”  Windy conditions did not prevent children and parents from bringing lawn chairs and gathering around the playground to enjoy outdoor activities like corn hole, Frisbee, hula-hoops, basketball and bubbles.

A+ Employee Recognition Program Reinstated in the Westerville City School District

Beginning this fall, Westerville City Schools will reactivate its A+ recognition program for exceptional employees.  Honorees will be invited to attend a Board of Education meeting, where the superintendent and board members will recognize their achievements.  Awards will be presented twice during each school year – once in the fall, and once in the spring – to employees who distinguish themselves through a single or ongoing demonstration of exemplary performance.

North’s Scott Gray Named Educator of the Year by Vietnam Veterans of America

Scott Gray, a Psychology and Advanced Placement World History teacher at Westerville North High School, has been named Educator of the Year by the Vietnam Veterans of America.  He was recognized at the Westerville City Schools Board of Education Meeting on Monday evening, September 22.

Westerville’s Performance Remains Strong on Redesigned State Report Card

The Westerville City School District’s latest state report card indicates that students once again attained high levels of academic achievement during the 2013-2014 school year, but also revealed areas that need evaluation and improvement.

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

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

Board President Praises School Staff for Choosing to Serve

Westerville City Schools Board President Dr. Nancy Nestor-Baker, a champion of public education, spoke to classified employees on Friday, September 12, a Professional Development Day in the district.  She said Westerville Schools has seen a lot of changes in the past few decades, including a higher percentage of economically disadvantaged children and radical growth in the English as a Second Language population.  She said she is proud of the way the district has responded with compassion and adapted to the changing needs of its student body.

Ema Rennie to Receive Ohio’s Nicholas Green Distinguished Student Award

Ema Rennie has been notified by the Ohio Association for Gifted Children (OAGC) that she will receive the Nicholas Green Distinguished Student Award.  It will be presented on October 13 at an OAGC conference to be held at the Hilton-Easton in Columbus. Rennie was a student at Heritage Middle School last year when she was nominated by her teacher, Debbie Pellington.

Mid-States Band Association Invitational Scheduled for Westerville North on October 4

The event begins at 12:45 p.m. and should end by 8:30 p.m. Westerville North and South, plus four other high school marching bands, will perform their halftime shows.  South is scheduled to play at 4:00 p.m. and again at 7:00 p.m.  North will perform at 7:15 p.m.  The public is invited to attend and vote for their favorite band.

Mason Woods Remembered During “Tackling Childhood Cancer” event at Central

The event was coordinated by freshman team parents along with Eddie and Andrea Woods in memory of their son, Mason Woods, who was a third grade student at Fouse Elementary School when he passed away on February 3, 2009, after a six-year battle with leukemia.

Bette Marschall Grant Applications Due by October 15

Applications for monetary grants from The Bette Marschall Education Fund of The Columbus Foundation are being accepted for worthy 2014-2015 school-year projects not otherwise supported within the school budget.  The grants are available to teachers, students, administrators, and non-teaching staff within the Westerville City School District.  The submission deadline is October 15, 2014.

Emerson Students Celebrate International Dot Day on September 15

Emerson Elementary School students celebrated International Dot Day on September 15, when Dr. Jan Fedorenko, Westerville City Schools Curriculum Integration Specialist, visited the school to read aloud The Dot, by best-selling author/illustrator Peter H. Reynolds.

WPE and Kiwanis bring Birthday Book Bonanza! Program to Early Learning Center

Volunteers from Westerville Partners for Education (WPE) and Kiwanis of Westerville brought a very special birthday Book Bonanza! program to the Early Learning Center (ELC) on Tuesday, September 16.  Teachers chose a book from the Book Bonanza! collection for each student who had celebrated a birthday over the summer months.  WPE supplied enough books to ensure that all preschoolers will receive a book to commemorate their birthdays this year. 

UPDATE (9-15-2014):
Important Message from WSHS Principal Steve Andersson
Fab Lab is Coming to Westerville Middle Schools Fab Lab
Westerville Schools Ranked 18th Best in Nation by Movoto

Movoto Real Estate, a national online real estate brokerage, recently released its findings, after collecting data for 109 different suburbs using sources including the U.S. Census American Community Survey and GreatSchools.org.  They considered student/teacher ratio; money spent per year per student; high school graduation rate; and the GreatSchools.org rating (based on test scores for the area).

Cindy Crowe Named Central Region OSBA Outstanding Board Member

Cindy Crowe, a member of the Westerville City Schools Board of Education for 14 years, has been named Central Region Ohio School Boards Association Outstanding Board Member.  Mrs. Crowe passed away in July, after a long and valiant battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease.  Her husband, Alan, has been invited to accept her plaque at the group’s Fall Conference on September 24. 

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

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

First Professional Development Day is Friday, September 12

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

Juniors Win Westerville Central’s Cheer Contest at Pep Assembly

At Westerville Central High School’s pep-assembly for the first football game of the year, the Math Team (in matching shirts) judged the traditional cheer contest between the classes.  With 1,800 students in attendance, the gymnasium was literally shaking when students were cheering for their fellow classmates wearing the silver and black.

Blendon Students Enjoy Renaissance Celebration at Jaycee Pool

Seventy-nine Blendon Middle School students celebrated their academic and community service achievements by attending the 4th Quarter 2013-2014 Renaissance Awards program and enjoying an afternoon of swimming at the Jaycee Pool on August 28. To qualify, pupils had to meet stringent goals in academic achievement, community service, attendance, attitude, and school spirit.

Westerville Parent Council Launches New Website

Parent groups have a new online resource to connect with Westerville Parent Council (WPC) – www.westervilleparentcouncil.com.  The website details special events hosted by the WPC; lists resources to support parent groups with financial and other legal requirements; and offers links to sign-ups for GFS Marketplace Fun Funds, which raises scholarship money for deserving Westerville students each year.

WPE and Kiwanis Bring “Book Bonanza!” Program to Hanby and Emerson Book Bonanza!
Westerville Central to Host Internet and Social Media Safety Seminar

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

High School Conferences Planned

Classes will not be held at Westerville Central, Westerville North, or Westerville South High School on Friday, September 19 because of Parent-Teacher conferences. School will be in session at usual times, however, in all elementary and middle school buildings.

Alcott Elementary Staff Accepts ALS Ice Bucket Challenge ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
Erick Jimenez Named Educational Options for Success Graduate of the Year

The Graduate of the Year is selected by the teachers and staff at the AEC each school year.  Attributes considered for this award are perseverance, scholarship, leadership, service, character, responsibility, respect, attitude, loyalty, and integrity.

Westerville North Classic Cross Country Invitational is Tomorrow

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

Fouse Families Enjoy Back to School Picnic on August 17 Back to School Picnic

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BOE to meet in September
Westerville City Schools Releases 2014-2015 Student Assessment Calendar

The Westerville City School District is pleased to announce its 2014-2015 student assessment calendar.  The release of this information had been slightly delayed until the Ohio Department of Education finalized its test dates for Next Generation Assessments in the areas of English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies.

Central’s Freshman Football Team to Tackle Childhood Cancer on September 13

Community members are invited to help tackle childhood cancer on Saturday, September 13 as the Westerville Central High School freshman football team plays Hilliard Davidson.  Admission is two canned or boxed food items, which will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Westerville Schools Transportation Department Takes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
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School District Celebrates Summer Class of 2014
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Schools Break for Labor Day

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

Pointview Students Encouraged to Demonstrate PRIDE through Good Behavior at School
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Westerville Superintendent John Kellogg Partakes in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
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Three School Cafeterias in Westerville Get Stunning Makeovers
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Central Physics Students Challenged to Build a Tower to Withstand the Weight of Bricks
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Early Learning Center Staff Donates School Supplies to Pupils in Need
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Schools, Community Join Forces to Sponsor Honor Flight on September 27

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

Kindergarten Students are off to a Good Start in Westerville
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First Day of Preschool Met with Enthusiasm by District’s Youngest Students
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PowerSchool Temporarily Offline August 15-17, 2014

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

Walnut Springs Fishing Club Members Fare Well at State Tournament
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Drivers are Recognized at Transportation Department’s In-Service
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Westerville North High Names Heath Lamont Tillman as Head Girls Basketball Coach Lamont Tillman
Informational Meeting Educates ESL Families about Tools for Success in School
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August 13 Marks Successful Return to School for Westerville Students
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Six New Principals Grace the Halls in the Westerville City School District
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Westerville School District Employees Gather for Convocation
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District Schedules Secondary Mathematics Informational Meetings August 18 and 19

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

New Teachers Learn About Westerville Schools at Orientation Meeting
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Nationwide Children’s Care Mobile Visited Westerville Schools on August 6
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Educators, Law Enforcement Officials Gather for Threat Assessment Team Meeting
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Westerville Schools Prepare Class of 2018 for New High School Graduation Requirements

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

Summer Reading Program Takes Off at Mark Twain Elementary School
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Positive Evaluations Prompt Board Action on Superintendent, Treasurer Contracts

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

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

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

Westerville District Gears Up for 2014-2015 School Year

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

District Schedules Professional Development Days

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

Westerville North Graduate Sarah Wilson to Play in Rugby World Cup
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ESL Families New to the School District are Invited to August 11 Informational Meeting

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

Walnut Springs Student Drew Mantenieks Honored by Board of Education

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

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

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

First Time School Bus Riders Gather to Learn About Safely Being Transported
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Board to Meet in Executive Session Prior to July 9 Regular Meeting
McVay/Whittier choir showcased on PBS/WOSU

The PBS/WOSU show Broad & High recently featured the McVay/Whittier combined choir, which goes by the name Be Brave Choir.

Board to Meet in Executive Session Prior to June 30 Regular Meeting
BOE Calls Special Meeting for June 23, 2014
Board to Interview Three for Vacancy

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

“Cindy de Mayo” Benefit for Cindy Crowe Scheduled for May 3