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

The event took place in front of the school in the grassy commons area where families brought blankets, chairs, picnic baskets and games to play after eating.  Members of the Genoa Township Fire Department attended and let the children look at the fire truck. Firefighters also took advantage of the hot weather and allowed the students to work the nozzle of the fire hose and then run through the cool stream of water


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BOE to meet in September
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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.


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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.


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Westerville Schools Transportation Department Takes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Dozens of Westerville City Schools Transportation employees accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in a big way on Friday, August 22.  During their lunch break, the group gathered in a parking lot at Westerville North High School where the Westerville Fire Department soaked them with cold water from a fire truck.  Bob Lynde, Director of Purchasing & Logistics, challenged transportation departments in other school districts to participate. 


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School District Celebrates Summer Class of 2014

Seven seniors from Westerville Central, North and South high schools were invited to attend a summer graduation ceremony held August 25 during the Westerville City Schools Board of Education meeting.


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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.


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Pointview Students Encouraged to Demonstrate PRIDE through Good Behavior at School

On Friday, August 15, all students in grade 1-5 attended a school-wide assembly to focus on those behaviors that demonstrate P.R.I.D.E. on the playground and in the cafeteria.  Pupils had an opportunity to collaborate with their peers to identify behaviors that were safe, responsible, and respectful. 


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Westerville Superintendent John Kellogg Partakes in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Community leaders gathered on the steps of Westerville’s City Hall on Tuesday evening, August 19, to get drenched in buckets of ice water as part of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge phenomenon that is sweeping the country.


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Three School Cafeterias in Westerville Get Stunning Makeovers

On the first day of school this year, students at Annehurst Elementary, Blendon Middle and Westerville South High Schools were introduced to fully remodeled cafeterias.  The focus of the remodeling process was to meet the changes expected by the students and improve the service and selection available.


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Central Physics Students Challenged to Build a Tower to Withstand the Weight of Bricks

Physics students at Westerville Central High School recently participated in the annual “Bargain Brick Build.”  During this activity they are challenged to build a tower out of an unlimited supply of note cards, paperclips, pieces of tape, and staples that can hold as many bricks as possible.


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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.


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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.


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Kindergarten Students are off to a Good Start in Westerville

Monday, August 18 marked the first day of kindergarten in 12 Westerville City School District elementary buildings, where 886 children began their educational journey.  Many were sporting new clothes and big smiles, but an apprehensive tear or two was spotted on a few children and parents.


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First Day of Preschool Met with Enthusiasm by District’s Youngest Students

Monday, August 18 marked the first day of preschool in the Westerville City School District when more than 250 children, along with their parents, excitedly walked through the doors at 936 Eastwind Drive, ready to learn. 


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Walnut Springs Fishing Club Members Fare Well at State Tournament

Members of the Walnut Springs Middle School Fishing Club participated in the 2014 Ohio Junior Bass Federation State Tournament on Sunday, August 3. The tournament, held at Indian Lake State Park, in Russell’s Point, Ohio, included 74 anglers, ages 11 through 18


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Drivers are Recognized at Transportation Department’s In-Service

The Westerville City Schools Transportation Department hosted its annual Welcome Back in-service on Friday morning, August 8, at Westerville Central High School.  Before attending classes, drivers met in the auditorium to hear from Assistant Managers Rebecca Nitz and Chris Winesette.


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Westerville North High Names Heath Lamont Tillman as Head Girls Basketball Coach

Tillman graduated from Westerville North in 1996 and played on the 1994 State Championship Team.  Additionally, he was the point guard on the 1995 and 1996 State Semi-Finalist teams.  He continued his playing career at Ashland University where he earned a degree in accounting. 


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Informational Meeting Educates ESL Families about Tools for Success in School

On Monday, August 11, Westerville City Schools hosted an informational meeting for English as a Second Language (ESL) families new to the district.  It took place in the Media Center at Westerville North High School.  In attendance were people from many different countries, and speakers of nine different languages.  Interpreters were provided for as many languages as possible.


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August 13 Marks Successful Return to School for Westerville Students

Central Ohio weather couldn’t have been more perfect on Wednesday, August 13, as nearly 15,000 students in grades 1-12 returned to classes in the Westerville City School District.  Enrollment is up slightly from last year.  Kindergartners and preschool students begin the new school year on Monday, August 18.


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Six New Principals Grace the Halls in the Westerville City School District

Students weren’t the only individuals in the Westerville City School District who were anxious and excited about the first day of school on Wednesday, August 13.  Seven buildings welcomed new principals this year from a variety of backgrounds.  All had at least one thing in common – the desire for pupils to learn and excel to their greatest potential. 


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Westerville School District Employees Gather for Convocation

Focus on the Classroom” was the theme of the 2014 Convocation gathering held for Westerville City Schools employees at Westerville Central High School on Monday morning, August 11.  Audience members heard from Dr. John Kellogg, Superintendent, about celebrating last year’s success and building on that this year.  He spoke of focus and priorities.


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New Teachers Learn About Westerville Schools at Orientation Meeting

Dozens of teachers who are new to the Westerville City School District gathered in the Media Center at Westerville Central High School on August 7 and August 8 for an orientation session hosted by the Office of Human Resources.


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Nationwide Children’s Care Mobile Visited Westerville Schools on August 6

On Wednesday, August 6, during the week of back-to-school registration and schedule pick-up, Nationwide Children’s Hospital provided a convenient opportunity for Westerville City Schools students to get required immunizations and other medical services through its Care Mobile.


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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.


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Summer Reading Program Takes Off at Mark Twain Elementary School

Thanks to Title I dollars and the Mark Twain PTA; an idea from Karen McClellan, retired Chief Academic Officer for Westerville City Schools; and enormous help from teacher Melissa Krempasky, Mark Twain Elementary School has developed a wildly popular summer literacy campaign entitled KLM (for McClellan’s initials), which stands for Kids Love Learning through Literacy in the Mail.


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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.


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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. 


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Westerville North Graduate Sarah Wilson to Play in Rugby World Cup

Sarah Wilson, who graduated from Westerville North High School in 2003, will be representing the U.S. Women’s Eagle team in France next week in the Rugby World Cup.  According to her profile page on the USA Rugby website, Wilson picked up a rugby ball during her junior year at North and was selected to the Women’s Junior All-Americans during her senior.


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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.


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BOE to Meet in August
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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.


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

Dozens 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 July 29.


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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.


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