District News

Westerville City Schools’ Spirit Book Club to Host Author Matt de la Peña on November 2
Summer Graduates Receive their High School Diplomas
Shopping at smile.amazon.com will Benefit Westerville Education Foundation
National History Day Competitors Lauded by Board of Education
Senior Yellow Rose Ceremony has become a Beloved Tradition at Westerville North
Westerville Central’s "Warhawk Theatre Cabaret" Slated for September 8
Westerville South’s Theatre Season Opens with "Bell, Book, and Candle"
Westerville Central Students Travel to St. John for Global Health Course
South’s International Baccalaureate Program to Partner with Limbs International
South’s International Baccalaureate Program to Partner with Limbs International
Pointview Elementary Starts the New School Year on a High Note
Otterbein Students Lend a Helpful Hand at Cherrington
Board of Education Unanimously Approves Win-Win Transition Agreement
Board of Education Unanimously Approves Win-Win Transition Agreement
August 18 was Back to School Day for Westerville City Schools Students
Application Deadline for A+ Employee Recognition Program is September 23
“Creation Station” Dedicated at Hawthorne Elementary School
Schools, Community Join Forces to Sponsor All-Female Honor Flight on September 10
Central Grad David Kile Earns Full-Tuition Scholarship to Berklee College of Music
Central’s Band and Cheerleaders Perform at Back to School Expo
Westerville Students Head Back to School Next Week
Early Learning Center Staff Donates School Supplies to Pupils in Need
New Teachers Learn About Westerville Schools at Orientation Meeting
Ohio Law Requires New Vaccinations This School Year
Starting and Stopping Times Announced for 2016-2017 School Year in Westerville
Online Transportation and Bus Route Schedules - Notification Adjustments
Westerville City Schools Continue to Meet Tough USDA Nutrition Standards
Free and Reduced Eligibility Policy Announced
Student Fees Cover Consumable Supplies; Families Can Opt to Pay Online This Year
Elementary Schools Prepare to Welcome Students
YWCA Kids Place to Provide School-Age Childcare
Middle Schools Schedule Pick-Up Times
High School Schedule Pick-Up Announced
High Schools Offer Football Season Tickets
Superintendent’s Gold Appreciation Cards Available
Child Find: Children with Disabilities
Professional Development Scheduled
2016-17 Academic Calendar
Westerville Central Pupils Gather for 10th Annual Student Leadership Meeting

More than 60 student leaders from grades 9, 10, 11 and 12 gathered at Westerville Central High School on Wednesday morning, July 27, to focus on how to make the upcoming school year the best one ever.  The group consisted of pupils involved in approximately 30 clubs, teams and organizations who met with the common goal of making Westerville Central strong.

BOE to meet in August

The Westerville City Schools Board of Education will meet in Regular Session at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, August 8, 2016; and on Monday, August 22, 2016.  The meetings will take place at the Early Learning Center in Westerville.

Library Link Awards Go to Heritage and Mark Twain

Each school day, the Westerville Library’s Library Link service delivers books and other materials requested by students, faculty and staff at the school buildings in the Westerville district.  This spring, Library Link Awards were presented to the elementary and middle school receiving the most items delivered this school year:  Heritage Middle School (1,186 items) and Mark Twain Elementary (1,209 items).

Westerville Students Named to Ohio Attorney General’s Teen Ambassador Board

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has announced the members of his office’s 2016-2017 Teen Ambassador Board.  Included on that list are two Westerville high school students – Adrienne Rodgers (Westerville North) and Brooke Schroeder (Westerville Central).

Westerville Schools Raise $40,000 for the American Heart Association

Eleven Westerville City schools participated in Jump Rope for Heart, Hoops for Heart and Red Out for Heart activities this year to earn money for the American Heart Association.  At the conclusion of the 2015-2016 school year, a whopping $40,097.70 had been raised for the organization.

Westerville City Schools Preschool Recognized as a Five-Star Quality Learning Program

In recognition of a commitment to quality and an ongoing dedication to the learning and development of children, the Westerville City Schools Preschool Program, located in the Early Learning Center, has received a Five-Star Step Up To Quality Award from the State of Ohio.

Annehurst’s Dee Stewart is D.A.R.E. Ohio’s 2016 Educator of the Year

Annehurst educator Dee Stewart has been chosen as D.A.R.E. Ohio’s 2016 Educator of the Year.  She teaches fifth grade reading and social studies at the Westerville elementary school.

Westerville Central’s Faduma Hasan Wins Photography Scholarship

Westerville Central junior Faduma Hasan recently won a photography scholarship sponsored by the Dublin Arts Council as part of an exhibition titled Urur Dhex-Dhexad Ah/Community in Between.  She got to take part in a three-day workshop with Toronto artist Riya Jama and took portraits that were featured at an exhibit in July and in a forthcoming publication.

Important Change to “Health Heroes” Flu Immunization Clinics
IMPORTANT: New Vaccination Requirements
Updated Financial Forecast Reflects Academic Program and Service Restorations, Maintains Prior Fiscal Timelines

Westerville City School District (WCSD) Treasurer/CFO Bart Griffith presented Board of Education members with a revised financial forecast indicating the district will end Fiscal Year 2020 with a cash balance of $37.14 million.  The balance reflects expenses the district has incurred while rebuilding academic programs and services impacted by significant budget cuts approximately four years ago.  Even during this rebuilding phase, district officials have stretched the March 2012 emergency operating levy five years longer than originally projected.

Genoa’s Jill Ponzi Named to Ohio Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame

Jill Ponzi, Genoa Middle School counselor, was recently named to the Ohio Athletic Trainers’ Association (OATA) Hall of Fame. Candidates for this most prestigious award are nominated by their peers, making this a most revered honor.

Alcott’s “El Toro Loco” Garners Rave Reviews

“El Toro Loco (The Crazy Bull)” was the name of this year’s Spanish-themed first grade restaurant, run by students in Jim Ledford’s class at Alcott Elementary School.  The pupils have been working on learning Spanish words and sentences all year, and this marked the culminating activity.  Children filled all the jobs in the restaurant, including host/hostess, waiter/waitress, busser, manager, and cashier.

Westerville South’s Eric Atta is a Gates Millennium Scholar; Earns Full Ride to Stanford

UNCF’s (United Negro College Fund) high-impact scholarship initiative, the Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program, has announced its final class of high school recipients.  Included on the list is Westerville South High School Senior Eric Atta.  He will attend Stanford University in California, where he plans to double major in economics and either symbolic systems or human biology.  In the future he would like to pursue a dual JD/MPH degree and become an international human rights attorney.  Cynthia M. DeVese, Coordinator of Minority Student Achievement for Westerville City Schools, said, “There is no doubt in my mind that Eric is well prepared for the academic rigor and student leadership that comes with being a student at Stanford.”

Westerville City Schools Once Again Earns Auditor of State Award with Distinction
Board Approves Westerville Educator Days; School Starts August 18

The Westerville City Schools Board of Education, at its meeting on Monday, March 7, approved two District Professional Development Days for the next school year – Monday, August 15, 2016 and Tuesday, November 8, 2016.  Classes will not be held on these days. As a result, school will begin for students in grades 1-12 on Thursday, August 18.  Kindergarten will begin on Tuesday, August 23, following three days of “gentle start.”