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Board Authorizes Superintendent to Enact Staffing Plan, Enhance Student Learning Opportunities
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Financial forecast indicates district is stretching Emergency Levy dollars at least four years beyond original estimates
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Drivers Compete in Regional Road-e-o; Gary Case Moves On to State Finals

Seventeen Westerville City Schools bus drivers competed recently in the Central Ohio Region Road-e-o, held on April 18 at Reynoldsburg Summit High School.  More than 100 individuals showed up to take a written exam and test their driving skills.  At the end of the day, Westerville’s Gary Case earned top honors, scoring 700 out of 725 possible points.  He advances to the State event, which will be held at Licking Heights High School in Pataskala tomorrow.  Winners from the State move on to an international competition in July.

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Student Creativity is Celebrated at Elementary and Secondary Art Shows

Large crowds of students, families and community members gathered on Sunday afternoon, April 26, to view and celebrate some of the best art created by Westerville City Schools pupils during this school year.  The Elementary Art Show was held at the Westerville Community Center, followed by the Secondary Art Show at the Westerville Public Library.  Phyllis Self, President of the Arts Council of Westerville, Inc., and Jan Fedorenko, Ph.D., Arts Curriculum Coordinator for Westerville Schools, welcomed attendees at both events.  Superintendent John Kellogg served as keynote speaker, sharing his belief about the importance of art in the curriculum.  The programs for both events included a quote from President John F. Kennedy:  “As the arts inspire creativity in each of us individually, they breathe life into our communities.”

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BOE to meet in May
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Genoa’s Ema Rennie Advances to National History Day Competition in Maryland

Ema Rennie, a 7th grade student from Genoa Middle School, is a Finalist in the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day (NHD) competition.  For her paper about investigative journalist Gary Webb, Rennie will be moving on to compete at the University of Maryland the week of June 14-18.  This year’s theme is “Leadership and Legacy in History.”  She is taught by Caley Nestor-Baker and Media Specialist Deanna McDaniel.

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Last Day of Classes in the Westerville City School District is May 21

The last day of classes for the 2014-2015 school year in the Westerville City School District is Thursday, May 21, 2015.  A Teacher Professional Day will take place on Friday, May 22.

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School Board Recognizes PTA Reflections Program Winners

Westerville Parent Council’s 2014-2015 National Reflections Program Chairperson Lisa Wood presented 13 student artists for recognition at the Westerville City Schools Board of Education meeting held Monday evening, April 27.  131 district pupils participated in this year’s contest which celebrates original works of art in six different categories – dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts.  This year’s theme was “The world would be a better place if…”

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Secondary Math Coach Laura Hance Receives Rotary Sunrise Service to Youth Award

Laura Hance, Secondary District Math Curriculum Coach for Westerville City Schools, was surprised on April 22 when a group of Sunrise Rotarians showed up at Genoa Middle School to present her with the Diane J. Conley Rotary Club of Westerville Sunrise Service to Youth award.  She received a plaque from the club, along with a cake and a gift card donated by the Walmart Supercenter on Schrock Road.  In addition, an American flag will be flown in her honor during Westerville’s Field of Heroes display.

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Four Westerville Students Advance to State Laws of Life Essay Competition

Sixteen State Finalists have been chosen in the 2015 Laws of Life Essay Contest, four of whom are students in the Westerville City School District.  Walnut Springs Middle School students Emma Best and Ellis Blackstone, taught by Janice Hill, were selected, along with Kylie Collins (taught by Stacey Dettwiller) from Genoa Middle School and Andrew Rubadue (taught by Candace Shicks) from Heritage Middle School.  Blackstone was the program cover design winner. 

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Upcoming Building Events
Teacher Professional Day (No School)
@All Schools
Friday, 5/22/2015
Grade Cards (MS & HS)
@All Middle & High Schools
Thursday, 6/4/2015
BOE Meeting
@Early Learning Center-936 Eastwind Dr.
Monday, 6/8/2015 - 6:00 PM
BOE Meeting
@Early Learning Center-936 Eastwind Dr.
Monday, 6/29/2015 - 6:00 PM
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