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Westerville’s Performance Remains Strong on Redesigned State Report Card

The Westerville City School District’s latest state report card indicates that students once again attained high levels of academic achievement during the 2013-2014 school year, but also revealed areas that need evaluation and improvement.


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Schools Take Center Stage September 26 during Last 4th Friday of the Season

From pre-schools to Otterbein University, Westerville is teaming with opportunities for growth and learning.  Join the Westerville Visitors & Convention Bureau for the last OhioHealth 4th Friday of the season as the hungry mind is celebrated!  A variety of educational opportunities will be on display during OhioHealth 4th Friday: School Daze, September 26, from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. in historic Uptown Westerville.


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Board President Praises School Staff for Choosing to Serve

Westerville City Schools Board President Dr. Nancy Nestor-Baker, a champion of public education, spoke to classified employees on Friday, September 12, a Professional Development Day in the district.  She said Westerville Schools has seen a lot of changes in the past few decades, including a higher percentage of economically disadvantaged children and radical growth in the English as a Second Language population.  She said she is proud of the way the district has responded with compassion and adapted to the changing needs of its student body.


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Ema Rennie to Receive Ohio’s Nicholas Green Distinguished Student Award

Ema Rennie has been notified by the Ohio Association for Gifted Children (OAGC) that she will receive the Nicholas Green Distinguished Student Award.  It will be presented on October 13 at an OAGC conference to be held at the Hilton-Easton in Columbus. Rennie was a student at Heritage Middle School last year when she was nominated by her teacher, Debbie Pellington.


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Mid-States Band Association Invitational Scheduled for Westerville North on October 4

The event begins at 12:45 p.m. and should end by 8:30 p.m. Westerville North and South, plus four other high school marching bands, will perform their halftime shows.  South is scheduled to play at 4:00 p.m. and again at 7:00 p.m.  North will perform at 7:15 p.m.  The public is invited to attend and vote for their favorite band.


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Mason Woods Remembered During “Tackling Childhood Cancer” event at Central

The event was coordinated by freshman team parents along with Eddie and Andrea Woods in memory of their son, Mason Woods, who was a third grade student at Fouse Elementary School when he passed away on February 3, 2009, after a six-year battle with leukemia.


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Bette Marschall Grant Applications Due by October 15

Applications for monetary grants from The Bette Marschall Education Fund of The Columbus Foundation are being accepted for worthy 2014-2015 school-year projects not otherwise supported within the school budget.  The grants are available to teachers, students, administrators, and non-teaching staff within the Westerville City School District.  The submission deadline is October 15, 2014.


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Emerson Students Celebrate International Dot Day on September 15

Emerson Elementary School students celebrated International Dot Day on September 15, when Dr. Jan Fedorenko, Westerville City Schools Curriculum Integration Specialist, visited the school to read aloud The Dot, by best-selling author/illustrator Peter H. Reynolds.


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WPE and Kiwanis bring Birthday Book Bonanza! Program to Early Learning Center

Volunteers from Westerville Partners for Education (WPE) and Kiwanis of Westerville brought a very special birthday Book Bonanza! program to the Early Learning Center (ELC) on Tuesday, September 16.  Teachers chose a book from the Book Bonanza! collection for each student who had celebrated a birthday over the summer months.  WPE supplied enough books to ensure that all preschoolers will receive a book to commemorate their birthdays this year. 


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Fab Lab is Coming to Westerville Middle Schools

Ohio, including Westerville, as they introduce laser cutters, 3-D printing and new technology to students through mobile Fab Labs.  For the first time, students will be working “on wheels” using sophisticated machines, building robots and creating designs and programs in the new MIT Mobile Fab Labs as part of the new Innovation Generation education and workforce initiative.


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Westerville Schools Ranked 18th Best in Nation by Movoto

Movoto Real Estate, a national online real estate brokerage, recently released its findings, after collecting data for 109 different suburbs using sources including the U.S. Census American Community Survey and GreatSchools.org.  They considered student/teacher ratio; money spent per year per student; high school graduation rate; and the GreatSchools.org rating (based on test scores for the area).


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Cindy Crowe Named Central Region OSBA Outstanding Board Member

Cindy Crowe, a member of the Westerville City Schools Board of Education for 14 years, has been named Central Region Ohio School Boards Association Outstanding Board Member.  Mrs. Crowe passed away in July, after a long and valiant battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease.  Her husband, Alan, has been invited to accept her plaque at the group’s Fall Conference on September 24. 


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First Professional Development Day is Friday, September 12

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.


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Juniors Win Westerville Central’s Cheer Contest at Pep Assembly

At Westerville Central High School’s pep-assembly for the first football game of the year, the Math Team (in matching shirts) judged the traditional cheer contest between the classes.  With 1,800 students in attendance, the gymnasium was literally shaking when students were cheering for their fellow classmates wearing the silver and black.


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Blendon Students Enjoy Renaissance Celebration at Jaycee Pool

Seventy-nine Blendon Middle School students celebrated their academic and community service achievements by attending the 4th Quarter 2013-2014 Renaissance Awards program and enjoying an afternoon of swimming at the Jaycee Pool on August 28. To qualify, pupils had to meet stringent goals in academic achievement, community service, attendance, attitude, and school spirit.


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Westerville Parent Council Launches New Website

Parent groups have a new online resource to connect with Westerville Parent Council (WPC) – www.westervilleparentcouncil.com.  The website details special events hosted by the WPC; lists resources to support parent groups with financial and other legal requirements; and offers links to sign-ups for GFS Marketplace Fun Funds, which raises scholarship money for deserving Westerville students each year.


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WPE and Kiwanis Bring “Book Bonanza!” Program to Hanby and Emerson

Volunteers from Westerville Partners for Education (WPE) and Kiwanis of Westerville brought the Book Bonanza! program to Hanby and Emerson elementary schools this week.  These organizations collect gently used books from Half Priced Books and other donation sites, research and note the Accelerated Reader (AR) level of those books, and create book distribution events at schools called Book Bonanza!


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High School Conferences Planned

Classes will not be held at Westerville Central, Westerville North, or Westerville South High School on Friday, September 19 because of Parent-Teacher conferences. School will be in session at usual times, however, in all elementary and middle school buildings.


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Alcott Elementary Staff Accepts ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Joseph Uher, the new principal at Alcott Elementary School, was evidently not forgotten by his former colleagues at R. Schultz Elementary in Delaware, who encouraged him and his new staff to take the ALS Ice Bucket challenge.  They did so with enthusiasm.


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Erick Jimenez Named Educational Options for Success Graduate of the Year

The Graduate of the Year is selected by the teachers and staff at the AEC each school year.  Attributes considered for this award are perseverance, scholarship, leadership, service, character, responsibility, respect, attitude, loyalty, and integrity.


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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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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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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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