District News
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.


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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.


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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. 


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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.


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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).


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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Straight A Grant Results on Display at Statehouse

On February 5, Westerville City Schools demonstrated the exciting efforts being implemented in the district as a result of two Straight A grants, Innovation Generation and EDCITE, at the first Straight A Innovation Fund Conference held at the Statehouse.  State Superintendent Dr. Richard Ross said at the opening remarks this is the largest state innovation fund in U.S. history.


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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.


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Kindergarten 101 to be held at Fouse and Hawthorne Elementary Schools

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, March 10, at both Fouse and Hawthorne Elementary Schools.  The same presentation will be made concurrently at both sites.  Parents may choose the location that is most convenient for them.


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Westerville North’s Young Americans for Freedom Named Chapter of the Month

The Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) club at Westerville North is the first high school organization in the country to be named Chapter of the Month by the national YAF.  The group, started by senior Tristan Justice, has grown from just him and a few friends to more than 20 registered members.  Hundreds have attended their events, including inviting Bay Buchanan to speak to government classes about leadership.  Buchanan, a conservative commentator, is former Treasurer of the United States.


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65 Westerville Middle School Students Advance to District Science Fair

The Westerville Middle School Science Fair was held on Saturday, February 7, at Walnut Springs Middle School.  The event featured 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grade students from Walnut Springs, Blendon, Heritage, Genoa and Emerson.  159 participants enthusiastically shared their passion for science with more than 40 judges.


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School District Celebrates Winter Class of 2015

Sixteen seniors from Westerville Central, North and South high schools were invited to attend a winter graduation ceremony on February 9 during the Westerville City Schools Board of Education meeting.  Principals from all three high schools addressed the students who, having met all the graduation requirements of the State of Ohio and the Westerville Board of Education, received their diplomas.  They were congratulated by Board members and Superintendent John Kellogg.  A reception prior to the meeting was held in their honor.  


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Middle School Parents Invited to College and Career Readiness Night on February 26

On Thursday, February 26, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., the Walnut Springs College and Career Readiness Committee is hosting a Parent Night for all middle school parents in the Westerville City School District.  Like last year’s event, there will be speakers on 10 different topics that will help prepare families for their student’s high school, college, and career lives.  Parents will be able to choose up to three sessions to attend.  This event will take place at Walnut Springs Middle School.


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Westerville North’s Mason Gresh Signs with University of Findlay

Mason Gresh, a senior at Westerville North High School, signed with the University of Findlay football program on National Signing Day, February 4.  A special ceremony was held on February 9 at Westerville North High School to celebrate the event.


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Two Westerville Middle School Students Qualify for Regional Spelling Bee

Fifty-two students have qualified for participation in the Ohio University’s Scripps College of Communication Region II final local spelling bee, which will be held on March 14 at the school’s Baker University Student Center in Athens.  These spellers attained a score of at least 32 on the online test.  


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Opera Columbus Performs Three Little Pigs at Huber Ridge Elementary School

Opera Columbus brought their magic to Huber Ridge Elementary School on Tuesday morning, February 10, through the captivating tale of the Three Little Pigs.  Students packed the gymnasium to listen and watch as fellow classmates got the opportunity to perform with the professionals.


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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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Westerville North’s Mock Trial Team Advances to Regional Competition on February 20

The Westerville North Mock Trial Team participated in the annual Ohio Center for Law Related Education’s District High School Mock Trial competition held January 30 at the Franklin County Municipal Courthouse.  Westerville North sent two teams to district competition, and one finished in first place in Franklin County and is moving on the Regional competition on February 20.


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Westerville City Schools Open Enrollment Applications are Available

Parents or guardians wishing to have their children attend a school different from their school of attendance must complete and submit an Intra-district Open Enrollment Application.  Application forms are available at each school building; at the Westerville City Schools Enrollment Center (300 Polaris Parkway, Suite 3200); at the Early Learning Center (936 Eastwind Drive, Suite 200); or at www.wcsoh.org, where general guidelines can also be found.


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Westerville City Schools Magnet Program Fair, School Tours Scheduled

Westerville City Schools will host a Magnet Program Fair from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4, 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.  There will be displays providing a visual for each program, as well as staff members available to answer questions.

For further updates, please visit www.wcsoh.org/magnet


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Application Deadline for A+ Employee Recognition Program is Friday, March 13

Applications are being accepted for the 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.


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Signing Day at Westerville South Draws Huge Crowd of Well-Wishers

Faculty, friends and family members packed the Westerville South High School Media Center on Wednesday afternoon, February 4, to help celebrate some of the school’s finest athletes as they signed Letters of Intent to play at colleges and universities all around the country.  They were introduced by Athletic Director Buck Weaver.


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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 5.  February students are:  Jonny Derringer, Westerville Central High School; Morgan Pearce, Westerville North High School; Chenelle Moore, Westerville South High School; and Paige Grube, St. Francis DeSales High School. National Honor Society, tutoring, peer ministry, Math Club and Student Ambassadors.  Grube teaches dance at Straub, serves at food kitchens, is a St. Paul altar server, and volunteered at the St. John/Holy Rosary Christmas Toy Drive.  She plans to pursue pharmaceutical studies at Butler or the University of Toledo.


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South Students Excel at OMEA Solo and Ensemble

More than 20 students from Westerville South traveled to Reynoldsburg High School to perform in the OMEA District 15 Solo and Ensemble event on January 24.  Students earned Superior ratings in 13 out of 20 events.


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Hawthorne Students Embrace Humphrey the Hamster

Hawthorne Elementary is hamster happy; thanks to a book the entire student body has been reading called The World According to Humphrey, by Betty G. Birney.  The students are so enamored, they are sharing the books with everyone around them from principals to bus drivers, aides, custodians and secretaries.


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American Legion Recognizes Top Scorers on Americanism & Government Test

The American Legion Young Budd Post 171 of Westerville, Ohio recently conducted the 2014-2015 Americanism and Government Test in each of the Westerville High Schools for their 10th, 11th and 12th grade students.  The test consisted of 50 questions covering Federal, State, County, and Local government; the United States flag; the U.S. constitution and the Declaration of Independence.


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Westerville South Basketball Coach Ed Calo Nabs 400th Career Win

On Tuesday evening, February 3, the Westerville South varsity Wildcat basketball team defeated Dublin Scioto with a score of 72 to 44.  Such a lopsided victory would normally not elicit thunderous applause from the crowd, but this win was especially sweet for Coach Ed Calo, who marked his 400th career victory.


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Student Artists Draw Inspiration for Exhibit from Three Cups of Tea

Third grade students at Annehurst and Whittier elementary schools recently learned about the book Three Cups of Tea, by Greg Mortensen, which tells about his failed attempt to climb K2, the world’s second tallest mountain.


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McVay Students Bake Bread to Eat and Share

McVay was the first Central Ohio elementary school to host a King Arthur Bread Company assembly six years ago.  The service learning project has since spread to other Westerville schools as well as many other districts in the area.  Paula Gray, who lives in Vermont, returned to McVay on January 30, to teach students how to make bread from scratch.


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Board of Education Approves 2015-2016 School Calendar
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