District News
Board Authorizes Superintendent to Enact Staffing Plan, Enhance Student Learning Opportunities
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Financial forecast indicates district is stretching Emergency Levy dollars at least four years beyond original estimates
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Westerville South Theatre Department Car Wash is Tomorrow

If your car is dirty, you might consider heading over to Fazoli’s at the corner of Heatherdown and State Street in Westerville on Saturday, May 16, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Have some lunch while members of the Westerville South Theatre Department wash your car.  Donations will be greatly appreciated.


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Hanby Partners with Generations Performing Arts Center to Stage Cinderella

Second grade Hanby Elementary students in the classrooms of Emily Kessler and Kelly Balaz recently staged a Cinderella Fairytale Dance in the auditorium at Westerville South High School.  The pupils collaborated with Generations Performing Arts Center to put on the performance.  The youngsters worked very hard to learn their dances.  They experienced the arts, through music and dance, and math, by counting steps and finding patterns. 


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Hanby Students Study Science at Otterbein University

Students from Frank Hatcher’s science education class at Otterbein University hosted their annual Pizza Box Science labs for the 2nd and 5th grade Math and Science Magnet classes of Hanby.  This is a partnership that allows both pupils of Hanby’s Math/Science Magnet and the education students of Otterbein to learn and collaborate about science together.


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Westerville Central Physics Students Compete in COTC Egg Drop Contest

On Friday, April 24, 70 Westerville Central Physics students traveled to Newark, Ohio to participate in the 3rd annual Central Ohio Technical College Egg Drop Contest.  More than 350 students from Central Ohio took part in a simple challenge – to design a device to safely transport a standard large “grade A” egg and protect it from a fall of 22 feet using the fewest number of parts and having the lightest weight possible while accurately hitting a target.


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Westerville North Graduate Steven Boyer Nominated for Tony Award

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.  It was just announced that Boyer was nominated in the “Best Actor” category for a Tony Award.  In total, Hand to God earned five Tony nominations.


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Westerville North’s Connor Blakely to Play Soccer at Capital University

On Monday, April 27, friends, coaches, educators and family members gathered at Westerville North High School to watch as Connor Blakely signed a Letter of Intent to play soccer at Capital University in Columbus, where he plans to major in Physical Therapy.  During high school, Blakely played four years of varsity soccer, arriving at North as a senior under the direction of Coach Mark Price.  His high school career included twice earning Honorable Mention All-OCC, Second Team Honorable Mention All-OCC, OSSCA Academic Excellence awards, the Golden Boot, Best Offensive Player and Goal of the Year coach’s awards.  He scored an impressive 25 goals and had 15 assists during his high school career.


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Drivers Compete in Regional Road-e-o; Gary Case Moves On to State Finals

Seventeen Westerville City Schools bus drivers competed recently in the Central Ohio Region Road-e-o, held on April 18 at Reynoldsburg Summit High School.  More than 100 individuals showed up to take a written exam and test their driving skills.  At the end of the day, Westerville’s Gary Case earned top honors, scoring 700 out of 725 possible points.  He advances to the State event, which will be held at Licking Heights High School in Pataskala tomorrow.  Winners from the State move on to an international competition in July.


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

From almost 6,000 submissions sent in throughout the State of Ohio, nine students have been 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.  


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Student Creativity is Celebrated at Elementary and Secondary Art Shows

Large crowds of students, families and community members gathered on Sunday afternoon, April 26, to view and celebrate some of the best art created by Westerville City Schools pupils during this school year.  The Elementary Art Show was held at the Westerville Community Center, followed by the Secondary Art Show at the Westerville Public Library.  Phyllis Self, President of the Arts Council of Westerville, Inc., and Jan Fedorenko, Ph.D., Arts Curriculum Coordinator for Westerville Schools, welcomed attendees at both events.  Superintendent John Kellogg served as keynote speaker, sharing his belief about the importance of art in the curriculum.  The programs for both events included a quote from President John F. Kennedy:  “As the arts inspire creativity in each of us individually, they breathe life into our communities.”


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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.


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BOE to meet in May
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Westerville South Students Lauded at Columbus Technical Council Banquet

Westerville South High School seniors Hartlee Johnston and Sarah Leonard were honored at the Columbus Technical Council banquet on April 22.  Leonard won the Ethics Award from the Association for Women in Science for her research project on bees.  Johnston won First Place in the Chemistry Research award category (along with a monetary prize), and also received the Association for Women in Science Research Award for her research in organic synthesis.  Johnston is being recognized as Westerville South’s Outstanding Senior Science Student. 


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Author Michelle Houts Returns to her Alma Mater, Walnut Springs Middle School

Author Michelle Houts, a former Walnut Springs Middle School student, visited her alma mater on April 27 to talk with all seventh grade students about the joy of writing.  Later, a few pupils were selected to participate in small workshops with the writer.  The pupils recently read one of her books, Kammie on First, the story of Dorothy Mary Kamenshek, who was born to immigrant parents in Norwood, Ohio.


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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.


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Westerville Central’s Arts Alive Festival Draws more than 250 Artists

April 27th marked the ninth annual Arts Alive festival at Westerville Central High School, with 156 four-foot-square student-created chalk murals surrounding the building. More than 250 high school artists participated in chalk drawing, many in teams of three or four.


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Genoa’s Ema Rennie Advances to National History Day Competition in Maryland

Ema Rennie, a 7th grade student from Genoa Middle School, is a Finalist in the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day (NHD) competition.  For her paper about investigative journalist Gary Webb, Rennie will be moving on to compete at the University of Maryland the week of June 14-18.  This year’s theme is “Leadership and Legacy in History.”  She is taught by Caley Nestor-Baker and Media Specialist Deanna McDaniel.


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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.


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School Board Recognizes PTA Reflections Program Winners

Westerville Parent Council’s 2014-2015 National Reflections Program Chairperson Lisa Wood presented 13 student artists for recognition at the Westerville City Schools Board of Education meeting held Monday evening, April 27.  131 district pupils participated in this year’s contest which celebrates original works of art in six different categories – dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts.  This year’s theme was “The world would be a better place if…”


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Westerville South High School Inducts Three into Alumni Hall of Fame

Westerville South High School inducted three alumni into its Hall of Fame at a luncheon and ceremony held April 24 – Michael W. Corrigan, Ed.D., Jim Day, and Jay F. Whitacre, Ph.D.  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.


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Westerville South High School Crowns Prom King and Queen

Westerville South High School’s junior class hosted Prom 2015 at Villa Milano on April 18.  The theme was “Heroes vs. Villains.”  Senior court members included Sydney King, Gaby Robinson, Kristen Tenorio, Shannon Wright, Tricia McCrory, Olivia Skaates, Derek Wei, Abu Daramy, Myles Bumgarner, Greg Smith, John Edwards, and Rob Dowdy.  Wei and King were crowned King and Queen at the dance. 


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Secondary Math Coach Laura Hance Receives Rotary Sunrise Service to Youth Award

Laura Hance, Secondary District Math Curriculum Coach for Westerville City Schools, was surprised on April 22 when a group of Sunrise Rotarians showed up at Genoa Middle School 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.


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Westerville Central Promotes Safety during Prom Season

In an effort to keep the students and staff as safe as possible during this prom season, Westerville Central High School Principal Todd Spinner – along with Genoa Township Police Department School Resource Officer Joey Graham, Junior Class Advisor Natalie Taylor, and Senior Class Advisor Jerry McSwords – have set up several events and activities to accomplish this goal.


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Four Westerville Students Advance to State Laws of Life Essay Competition

Sixteen State Finalists have been chosen in the 2015 Laws of Life Essay Contest, four of whom are students in the Westerville City School District.  Walnut Springs Middle School students Emma Best and Ellis Blackstone, taught by Janice Hill, were selected, along with Kylie Collins (taught by Stacey Dettwiller) from Genoa Middle School and Andrew Rubadue (taught by Candace Shicks) from Heritage Middle School.  Blackstone was the program cover design winner. 


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Westerville Central High School Band Performs in Chicago

The Westerville Central High School Band recently returned from a weekend trip to Chicago. The Warhawks visited the Willis Tower, Shedd Aquarium, and the Navy Pier.  They also enjoyed performances of the Million Dollar Quartet and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.


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Academic Enrichment Center Earns 2015 Apex Learning Award of Excellence

Westerville City Schools has been notified that it will receive a 2015 Apex Learning Award of Excellence.  Dr. Scott Ebbrecht of the district’s Academic Enrichment Center (AEC) submitted the winning application and will receive a certificate recognizing the achievements of the program.


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GEM Award Recipients Honored on April 20

The Westerville Parent Council, Roush Honda, the Superintendent of Schools 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 20.  GEM awards are given to individuals who make a difference in the lives of the students in the Westerville School District.  All GEM winners promote the welfare of pupils in the home, school and community, and each goes above and beyond the call of duty.


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Westerville North’s The Odyssey Takes Second Place in Ohio Scholastic Media Contest

The Odyssey, Westerville North’s student newspaper, received Second Place in the Overall Newspaper division of the Ohio Scholastic Media Association’s annual state-wide contest held at Kent State University in early April.


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Westerville Schools and WARM Provide Meals through the Kids Lunch Club

Westerville City Schools will be working with the Westerville Area Resource Ministry (WARM) once again to provide meals to students this summer.  The 2015 season of the Westerville Area Kids Lunch Club will run weekdays from May 26 through August 7, rain or shine, at 10 sites, all open to children ages 1-18.  Participants are invited to stay after lunch for about an hour of educational or recreational activities.   Meals will be provided to all children without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.


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“Love Country – Love Westerville” Chosen as the Theme for Rotary’s July 4th Parade

“Love Country - Love Westerville” has been chosen as the theme for Rotary’s July 4th parade.  Gavin Mager, a first grade student in Jason McQuown’s class at Alcott Elementary School, came up with the winning submission and won $100 and a place of honor in the big 4th of July parade.  Gavin and his family were the guests of honor at the Rotary Club of Westerville luncheon held on April 23 at Villa Milano.


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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.


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Westerville City Schools Launch Student Connections Initiative with Support from Westerville Education Foundation

At the Westerville Education Foundation’s (WEF) inaugural Celebration of Education, Innovation & Inspiration, held at the Everal Barn this morning, Westerville City Schools Superintendent Dr. John Kellogg announced a new district initiative called Student Connections.  The program will connect students to diverse literature, mentors and tutors, as well as create opportunities to engage and address issues surrounding students’ social and emotional needs. Students also will focus on creating pathways that connect them to careers and college opportunities, as well as increase their academic achievement.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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Health & Fitness Nights Enjoyed at Mark Twain and Robert Frost Elementary Schools

Students from Otterbein University and the Westerville City Schools Best of Both Worlds program joined forces to host Health and Activity Nights at Mark Twain Elementary School on Tuesday evening, April 7; and at Robert Frost Elementary on Thursday evening, April 9.


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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.


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Family Feedback about Career Advising Policy Requested

Ohio law requires all school districts to adopt a local policy on career advising by the 2015-16 school year. Through career advising, students gain an understanding of how their interests and strengths connect to their academic and career goals.  They also begin to understand how their personal interests, strengths and values might predict satisfaction and success in school and related career fields.


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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.


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Nine Exemplary Employees Receive Westerville City Schools A+ Awards
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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.


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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. 


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Kindergarten Registration Planned

Westerville City Schools are preparing to begin the registration process for our next kindergarten class.  We look forward to meeting our new families and greeting our returning families.  Kindergarten is required for children before entering first grade.  If your child will be five years old on or before September 30, 2015, you may register him/her for kindergarten.


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Gradual Implementation of All-Day Kindergarten in Westerville to Begin in August

Beginning in the 2015-2016 school year, families in the Westerville City School District will have, for the first time, the opportunity to enter their kindergartner’s name in a lottery which will determine placement in All-Day kindergarten.  Up to 260 students will fill All-Day seats in 10 classrooms, four of which will be held at Longfellow Elementary School, which has been closed since June 2012.  The remaining six classes will take place in elementary buildings throughout the district that have available space.


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Board of Education Approves 2015-2016 School Calendar
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