District News

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.

Heritage Food Drive Brings in 400 Items for Caring & Sharing

Heritage Middle School (HMS) students showed the community their Husky PRIDE by hosting a food drive for Caring and Sharing in early December.  Pupils wanted to be sure families had enough to eat over winter break, and donated more than 400 boxed and canned food items.

Genoa and Heritage Excel at Future City Competition; Genoa Takes State Crown

On Saturday, January 16, seventh and eighth grade students from Heritage and Genoa competed against a number of middle schools from Ohio in the State DiscoverE’s Future City Competition, held at Columbus State Community College.  The Genoa Middle School team walked away with the state title and will take their vision of a future city to Washington, D.C. in February, when they will go up against other state champions from across the country.

Top Spellers at Blendon and Walnut Springs to Represent their Schools in Spelling Bee

January is Spelling Bee Month and Scripps Spelling Bees were held at Blendon and Walnut Springs middle schools. From in-class spelling tests to school-wide bees, one student from each building proved to be the top speller and will move on to represent their school and the district.

Mark Twain’s Empty Bowls Charity Luncheon Benefits W.A.R.M.

On Thursday, January 14, Mark Twain Elementary School hosted its annual Empty Bowls Charity Luncheon.  The 4th grade students made ceramic bowls and 5th graders made ceramic plates, with guidance from art teacher Lindsay Gietz.  Parents were invited to join their children for a soup and salad lunch costing $5.00, with proceeds going to the Westerville Area Resource Ministry (W.A.R.M.).  Each got to take home the bowl or plate their child made.  Entertainment was provided by the pupils themselves, who practiced may weeks in preparation and sang under the direction of music teacher Ian Murphy.  Leadership Summit delegates volunteered their time on the day of the luncheon to assist with reservations, help parents locate their child’s bowl/plate and serve the soup and salad.  This year, the benefit raised more than $200.  

Genoa Students Get One-On-One with U.S. Congressman Pat Tiberi

Eighth grade students at Genoa Middle School got to spend their lunch break on January 20 with a very special visitor – U.S. Congressman Pat Tiberi, who represents Ohio’s 12th District.  He talked about how he became a Representative; about the legislative process; and about how students can get involved in the political process now.  The timing was perfect since these pupils have recently been learning about the Constitution as a living document and the role in plays our daily lives.

Westerville Students to Perform in 2016 OSU Middle School Honor Band Festival

Nearly 800 individual nominations from across six states were received by organizers of the 2016 Ohio State University Middle School Honor Band Festival.  369 students were selected for participation, including 11 from Westerville middle schools

Rotary Club of Westerville Names January 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, January 14.  January students are:  Ty Bealer, Westerville North High School; and Nimo Suleyman, Westerville South High School.

Walnut Springs Students Learn from “The Most Famous Person You Don’t Know”

Walnut Springs advanced 6th and 7th grade science and social studies students were treated on January 20 to a presentation by Ronald Blatchley, a reenactor of chemist Joseph Priestly.  He shared, “Joseph Priestley is probably the most famous person you don’t know.”  As an explorer of chemistry, Priestley identified more gases than any other scientist but also worked with electricity and other sciences.

High School 101 is February 10

Westerville City Schools invites parents to attend High School 101 at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 10, at Westerville Central High School. This program is designed for parents of eighth grade students.

Walnut Springs Families Work Together to Solve Math Problems

The focus of the event was for middle school students and parents to experience team roles in problem solving situations, while enjoying each other’s company.  Families gathered in the cafeteria to receive maps which led them to half a dozen stations set up throughout the school.

Westerville Parent Council Recognizes PTA Reflections Winners

The Westerville Parent Council hosted the 2015-2016 PTA Reflections ceremony on Tuesday evening, January 12, recognizing student achievement in literature, music, dance, film/video production, photography and visual arts.  This year’s theme was “Let Your Imagination Fly.” 

Westerville City Schools Magnet Program Fair, School Tours Scheduled

Westerville City Schools will host a Magnet Program Fair from, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 9, at Heritage Middle School, which is located at 390 North Spring Road.  During the Magnet Fair, families will have the opportunity to learn about the three program options available.

Three Westerville City Schools Students Earn Fouse Awards

Westerville’s Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast Celebration was held on Monday, January 18, during which time the 2016 Fouse Award recipients were honored.  Fouse awards, named after William H. Fouse, Westerville’s first black high school graduate, are given to area K-12 students who most effectively exemplify the characteristics demonstrated by Martin Luther King, Jr.  This year’s winners were Leah Gaus, Westerville North High School; Andrea Zippay, Westerville Central High School; and Margaret Mehlo, Hawthorne Elementary.

Pointview Students Explore Ecology through COSI on Wheels

Students at Pointview Elementary School were excited on January 15 when COSI on Wheels brought its new Exploring Ecology program to the building.  An interactive assembly was followed by a multitude of hands-on activities designed to encourage the development of science process skills.

Intra-District Open Enrollment

Intra-District Open Enrollment applications are being accepted for the 2016-17 school year. The deadline for applications for middle and high schools is March 15, 2016.  For elementary schools, the cutoff date is May 1, 2016.

2016 Meeting Calendar Approved by Westerville City Schools Board of Education
“Bowl Season” is Not Over in Westerville!

The Westerville Community Bowl-a-Thon is fast approaching!  Your support helps raise money to fund scholarships, provide grants and bring musical performances and programs to the classroom for our students.  This year’s event will be held on February 13 at the Columbus Square Bowling Palace, 5707 Forest Hills Blvd. This event fills fast, so register early to ensure you get your preferred time!

Westerville South Receives Golden Football in Honor of NFL Player Lance Moore

Westerville South High School Principal Steve Andersson recently received a very special gift and letter from National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell.  Goodell congratulated the school and welcomed it to the Super Bowl High School Honor Roll community.

High School Course Description Guide Now Available for Review Online

In preparation for upcoming high school registration, the 2016-2017 High School Course Description Guide is now available on the Westerville City School District’s website, www.wcsoh.org.  Rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors will begin registering the week of January 25.  Please check out the latest guide and Superintendent John Kellogg’s message regarding educational opportunities for high school students.

Coding Skills are Learned at Robert Frost

Maddy Varner, former Disney research intern and current Carnegie Mellon University junior, visited Cindy Campbell’s fifth grade science and math magnet class at Robert Frost Elementary School on January 8.

Westerville City Schools Kindergarten Registration Planned

The Westerville City School District (WCSD) is preparing to begin the registration process for its next kindergarten class.  School officials look forward to meeting new families and greeting returning families.  Kindergarten is required for children before entering first grade; families may register their children for kindergarten if they will be five years old on or before September 30, 2016.

Sarah Krause Memorial Science Fund Leaves a Lasting Impact

Sarah Krause was a student in every sense of the word.  She danced to Westerville North High School every day.  She couldn’t wait to get to science classes and could barely contain her enthusiasm about learning everything she could about chemistry and geology.  She was a founding member and president of the Science Olympiad Team, where Sarah and her friends came up with the slogan, “Science Olympiad:  Where it’s Cool to Be a Nerd.”

Westerville North Students Dabble in the Theater

Sometimes a final exam involves taking a test or writing a paper.  Students in Amy Birtcher’s Acting Class at Westerville North High School were required before Winter Break to do something different for their culminating activity – act in a production of “Fractured Fairy Tales.”

Middle School Students Spell Their Way to Bee

Sixth, seventh and eighth grade students at Heritage and Genoa middle schools had the opportunity to participate in school-wide spelling bees recently.  After completing tests, winners went head to head in an oral bee until grade level champions were determined.

Westerville North High School Names Drew Buttermore as Head Boys Soccer Coach

Westerville North High School (WNHS) Principal Kurt Yancey announced today that Drew Buttermore has been selected as Head Coach of the WNHS Boys Soccer Program, pending Board of Education action.

Westerville Martin Luther King Jr. Fouse Award Recipients Announced

The Westerville Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Breakfast Celebration Committee has announced the 2016 Fouse Award recipients.  Secondary Level Fouse Award winners are Leah Gaus from Westerville North High School and Andrea Zippay from Westerville Central High School.  The Primary Level Fouse Award recipient is Margaret Mehlo from Hawthorne Elementary.

Westerville North High School Names Scott Wetzel as Head Football Coach

Westerville North High School (WNHS) Principal Kurt Yancey announced today that Scott Wetzel has been selected as Head Coach of the WNHS Football Program, pending Board of Education action.

Westerville City Schools Publishes 2016 Calendar

The Westerville City School District has published its 2016 calendar, this year featuring student artwork.  The award-winning publication was underwritten by OhioHealth.  For quick reference, it contains important dates with color screens marking the days when school is not in session.

Board Members Briefed on District Finances, Initiatives during Day-Long Retreat

Westerville City School District (WCSD) Board of Education members, along with incoming member Gerrie Cotter, met on Monday, December 14, in a day-long retreat at the district Early Learning Center, during which time members of the district leadership team presented updates on various academic and operational initiatives.

Hawthorne Collects $2,214 for Caring & Sharing

Students and staff at Hawthorne Elementary School paid one dollar for each day they chose to participate in during five special Dollar Days, which were held December 7-11.  Slipper Day, Hat Day, Jersey Day, Pajama Day, and Gum Day were not only fun, but the $2,214 in proceeds raised went to Caring & Sharing.

Biomedical Science Students Charged with Analyzing Fictional Crime Scene

On August 14, students at Westerville North High School walked into a fictional crime scene at the home of 38-year old Anna Garcia.  Pupils in Principles of Biomedical Sciences (PBS) worked throughout the semester in a blocked class to discover how Anna died while learning about scientific inquiry, genetics, chronic illness, and bacteriology.

Author/Storyteller Jim Flanagan Conducts Writing Workshop with Genoa Students

National award winning author and storyteller Jim Flanagan conducted a writing workshop with Genoa Middle School eighth graders on December 14.  The workshop was interactive and fun all while focusing on writing skills.

Educational Options for Success Celebrates End of Semester

The Educational Options for Success (EOS) program this week held its end-of-semester celebration with students and staff.  Currently, 23 students have now graduated since the beginning of the school year.

Whittier Second Grade Students Perform in A Winter Spectacular

Second grade students at Whittier Elementary School presented a concert on December 16 entitled A Winter Spectacular, a wonderful celebration of the beauty of the season and joys of spending time with family.

Sarah Detrick is Westerville Sunrise Rotary’s Service to Youth Recipient

Sarah Detrick, English teacher at Westerville South High School, was surprised on December 14 when a group of Sunrise Rotarians showed up in her classroom to present her with the Diane J. Conley Rotary Club of Westerville Sunrise Service to Youth award.

Genoa Students Break their own Record for National Novel Writing Month

Congratulations once again to Genoa Middle School teachers Deanna McDaniel, Carly Young, Emily Minney, Tracy Jados and their students, who were extremely busy during the month of November, creating their own novels for NANOWRIMO (National Novel Writing Month).  Last year they wrote 1,211,471words.  This year they broke that record, writing 1,483,652 words in 30 days!

Smiles are Extra Bright at Cherrington Elementary School

Cherrington Elementary School hosted its fifth annual Mobile Dentist visit on December 14 and 15.  Smile Programs sent their Mobile Dentist team to set up a full-service mini dental office in the school’s gymnasium.

Westerville North’s Strategic Reading Students Share Books with Robert Frost Children

To help promote literacy and reading for enjoyment, Westerville North’s Strategic Reading students chose picture books and read them to second graders at Robert Frost Elementary School on Thursday, December 10.  Leslie Baumann’s students from North selected their favorite childhood picture books and practiced reading them to each other before going to the elementary building.

Tis the Season to be Jolly

Friends, parents and family members gathered in the Early Learning Center on Wednesday, December 16, to watch and listen as enthusiastic preschool students (dressed as Christmas trees, elves, reindeer, snowmen, and snowflakes) sang a variety of holiday songs.  Two performances were held – one in the morning and one in the afternoon.  They got rave reviews from the large crowd.

High Schools bring in more than $41,700 for Caring & Sharing

The holiday season will be brighter for many local families who are struggling this year, thanks to the efforts of students and staff in the Westerville City School District.  When totals were tallied on Friday, December 11, Caring & Sharing received approximately $41,720 to help needy families in the community.  Westerville Central High School led the pack by raising $17,061.83 Key Club advisor Jennifer Horn coordinated the effort.  Westerville North brought in $10,297, led by Key Club advisor Lauren Mattioda and guidance counselor Melissa Simashkevich.

Annehurst’s Homework Help Program is Giving Fifth Graders a Helping Hand

Seeing an Annehurst Elementary School classroom filled with fifth graders hard at work is not unusual, until you look at the clock and realize it’s 7:30 in the morning – and school doesn’t start until 9:05 a.m.!  Educators Tracy Price and Deneen Stewart decided to offer a special Homework Help program on Wednesday mornings beginning in October, not knowing if anybody would actually show up.  Turns out they did.

Westerville City Schools Sophomores Have Opportunity to Visit Career Centers

Westerville City Schools sophomores had the opportunity to visit career center programs of interest at both the Columbus and Delaware Area Career Centers on November 20 and December 1. Students may elect to attend career center programming as a junior and senior. 

Westerville Central Lacrosse Team Lends a Hand during W.A.R.M. Food Drive

When the Westerville Area Resource Ministry (W.A.R.M.) conducted its holiday canned food drive on Saturday, December 5, they were assisted greatly by 26 strapping young lacrosse players from Westerville Central High School, along with nine of their parents.

Alcott Community Brings in 2,500 Pounds of Food for W.A.R.M.

Once again this year, students and families at Alcott Elementary School spent the week before Thanksgiving Break collecting paper products and nonperishable food items for the Westerville Area Resource Ministry.

Seven Westerville Student Acts Advance to Finals in Arnold Quest for Talent

Following preliminary auditions on November 7 and 8, twenty finalists have been chosen to perform at the Arnold SportsWorld EXPO for Kids & Teens on Saturday, March 5.  Seven of the acts moving forward (and eight performers) are Westerville City Schools students:

  • Maria Dalanno (Genoa Middle School), singer;
  • Sarah Parton (Westerville Central High School) and Morgan Davis (Heritage Middle School), dance duet;
  • Leah Hall (Westerville South High School), acoustic guitar, cello, singer;
  • Madeline McMahon (Westerville Central High School), guitar and singer;
  • Trinity Madison (McVay Elementary School), jazz routine;
  • Cory Conkel (Westerville Central), banjo player; and
  • Emma Best (Westerville North High School), tap dance.  

The top 20 will perform from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Arnold SportsWorld EXPO for Kids & Teens in the Bricker Building at the Ohio Expo Center before an esteemed panel of judges, who will announce the best act at the festival.  Awards include a $2,500 scholarship, an iPad, lunch with Arnold Schwarzenegger and more.  Arnold himself will present the awards. 

The Columbus Children’s Theatre partnered with the Arnold Sports Festival to coordinate this contest and find the most talented performers.  

Westerville North Athletes Sign Letters of Intent

Three athletes at Westerville North High School recently signed Letters of Intent to study and compete at various universities.  Samantha Kilbane earned a softball scholarship to West Liberty University in West Virginia.  Brent Todys will play baseball at Mt. Vernon Nazarene University in Ohio.  And Shannon Meyers will join the women’s rowing team at Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania.

Professionals Tell Walnut Springs Students Middle School Matters

Career Day at Walnut Springs Middle School was held this year on Friday, December 4.  Approximately two dozen presenters from the community volunteered to speak with students, representing occupations including architects, nurses, nutritionists, cosmetologists, police officers, construction workers, firefighters, admission counselors, hazardous waste inspectors and much more.

Rotary Club of Westerville Names December Students of the Month

The Rotary Club of Westerville, which sponsors a Student of the Month program, recognized recipients at a luncheon at the Medallion Club held on Thursday, December 3.  December students are:  Jacob Glorioso, Westerville Central High School; Alana Reese, Westerville North High School; Kieley Stroupe, Westerville South High School; and Julia Brown, St. Francis DeSales High School.

Hawthorne Elementary Food Drive Nets 2,725 Pounds of Canned Fruit for W.A.R.M.

When Hawthorne Elementary School’s Leadership Team asked staff, parents and fellow students to bring in canned fruit for the Westerville Area Resource Ministry (W.A.R.M.), the response was huge.

Huber Ridge Students Enjoy Westerville South’s Charlie Brown Christmas

The gymnasium at Huber Ridge Elementary School was filled with smiling faces and laughter on December 3, when the Westerville South High School Theatre Troupe presented its traveling show, A Charlie Brown Christmas.