Walnut Springs Writing Center Coaches Saluted at Luncheon
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An end-of-the-year celebration for student writing coaches at Walnut Springs Middle School was held on Thursday, April 28.   The Writing Center at Walnut Springs was a pilot this year funded by the Westerville Education Foundation, with added support provided by Principal Becca Yanni and Media Specialist Jean Trimble.  Eighth grade student writing coaches were trained to help peers by writing coaches from The Ohio State University.

Longfellow Playground Spruced Up Thanks to Eagle Scout, Volunteers, and WEF Funding
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Longfellow Kindergarten students are very excited about their new outdoor play activities.  On April 16, Justin Baker, an Eagle Scout candidate from Troop 560, completed his Eagle Scout project on the play space at Longfellow.

Annehurst First Graders, Now All Grown Up, Gather for Fond Farewell
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They certainly don’t look like first graders anymore, but students who used to be in the classrooms of retired teacher Jane Wonnell and current Annehurst 1st grade teachers Julie Pierron and Erica Layne have fond memories of Annehurst Elementary School.

District Art Shows Celebrate Student Creativity
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Families gathered at the Westerville Community Center and Westerville Public Library on Sunday afternoon, April 24, to see student artwork on display.  They were welcomed by Phyllis Self from the Arts Council of Westerville (pictured) and Dr. Jan Fedorenko, retired principal of Hanby Arts Magnet School.

Whittier Students Shine during their Evening of Jazz
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Fourth grade students at Whittier Elementary presented an upbeat recorder and choral showcase titled An Evening of Jazz on Wednesday, April 27.  Part of the performance included pieces from the Recorder Karate curriculum, featuring songs inspired by jazz and the musicians who made it great.

Career Experiences Offered to Students in Health-Related Science Courses
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Faculty and staff at Columbus State Community College (CSCC) recently facilitated two opportunities for Westerville students to explore careers in health-related professionals.  Juniors in Human Body Systems and Medical Interventions (both courses in the Project Lead the Way Health Pathway) attended a Health Sciences Career Fair on April 22.  Students toured the campus and nursing labs, and spoke with representatives at more than 20 booths representing a range of departments in CSCC’s Health and Medical program.

Eight Stellar Employees Earn A+ Awards
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A+ Awards honor outstanding school employees whose actions demonstrate support of the district’s Mission Statement; willingness to go above and beyond normal expectations; and behavior consistent with one or more of the district’s values. 

John and Betsey Krause are Honored by Board of Education and Superintendent
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John and Betsey Krause were recognized at the Westerville City Schools Board of Education meeting on April 25 for establishing the Sarah Krause Memorial Science Grant program in memory of their daughter Sarah, a Westerville North junior who passed away in September of 2004.  Over the years, more than $30,000 from that fund has been given directly to students.

Westerville South High School Inducts Three into Alumni Hall of Fame
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Westerville South High School inducted three alumni into its Hall of Fame at a luncheon and ceremony held April 22 – Rick Rano, Cindy Straub and Jonathon Strickland.  The school’s Superintendent’s Student Advisory Committee selected those honored from a pool of applicants who graduated at least 10 years ago, have demonstrated success in their career, and have made significant contributions to their community.

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BOE to meet in May

The Westerville City Schools Board of Education will meet on Monday, May 9, and Monday, May 23, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. (Retirement Recognition) at the Early Learning Center.

Westerville Central’s Noah Martin is Recognized for Second Place Poetry Out Loud Finish

Noah Martin, a sophomore at Westerville Central High School, was honored by the Board and Superintendent on April 25 for having placed second in the State of Ohio Poetry Out Loud contest, which was held on Saturday, March 19 at COSI.  He won a cash prize as well as money for the purchase of poetry books at the Westerville Central library.  Martin recited a poem for the crowd, and received a Resolution of Commendation for having represented Central and the Westerville School District with “honor and distinction.”  Also recognized were Martin’s advisors – Amy Farris, Scott Paynter, and Jim Grannis. 

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Seeking Westerville Student as Patient Champion for 5th Annual Great Columbus Duck Race and Run

The Development Board of Nationwide Children’s Hospital is proud to partner with Westerville City Schools in an effort to raise awareness and funds for pediatric research.  The 5th Annual Great Columbus Duck Race and Run is a fundraising event put on by the Development Board at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.  The money raised from the event supports The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Westerville Drivers Walk Away with Top Honors at Central Ohio School Bus Road-E-O

School Transportation Professionals from across the Central Ohio region gathered at Reynoldsburg Elementary on Saturday, April 23, to sharpen their knowledge and behind-the-wheel driving/maneuvering skills at the Central Region School Bus Safety Road-E-O.  At the conclusion of the competition, Westerville City Schools bus drivers walked away with top honors.

Columbus Children’s Theatre to Perform Plays Written by Hanby Students

Stories written by Hanby Elementary fifth grade students Caleb Piatt and Lydia Moore have been selected to be performed by The Columbus Children’s Theatre as part of 2016 The Child Writing Project.  This year’s theme is You Are What You Eat.  The children are students in Tara Norling’s English Language Arts class.  Piatt’s play is called Origin of the Potato; Moore’s is titled Slice Pizza.

10TV Feature Highlights Westerville Education Foundation Crowdsourcing for WCSD Teachers, Staff

10TV Anchor Kristyn Hartman recently spent the morning at Westerville North High School to learn how teachers and students have benefited from the WEF's Adopt-a-Classroom and Fund-a-Project initiatives.

Westerville City Schools Students Afforded the Opportunity to Study Abroad

Westerville high school students have an amazing opportunity to embark on a number of upcoming educational travel experiences. Any pupil attending Westerville Central, Westerville North, or Westerville South is eligible to participate.

GEM Award Recipients Honored on April 18

Westerville Parent Council, Roush Honda, the Deputy Superintendent of Schools, the Treasurer and the Westerville City Schools Board of Education recognized Great Educator and Mentor (GEM) award winners at a reception and special ceremony held at Westerville North High School on Monday evening, April 18.  GEM awards are given to individuals who make a difference in the lives of the students in the Westerville School District.

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