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Tickets available for Westerville City Schools’ Summer Enrichment Theatre production of Oklahoma! Oklahoma! Summer Theatre production

Tickets are now on sale for the outdoor production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's classic Oklahoma! by Westerville City Schools’ Summer Enrichment Theatre program.

District continues administrative realignments for succession planning purposes Scott Reeves

The Westerville City Schools Board of Education approved another organizational move during its June 14  regular board meeting as part of the district’s succession planning initiative.

Westerville Virtual Academy do not need to re-enroll in the district Westerville Virtual Academy logo

Students who were enrolled in the Westerville Virtual Academy (WVA) for the 2020-21 school year are still considered to be enrolled in Westerville City Schools.  

New for the 2021-2022 School Year: SafeArrival Attendance Reporting SafeArrival image

Next school year, all Westerville City School District families will report student absences through a secure system called SafeArrival.  In addition to reducing the time it takes to verify student attendance, this system gives families more options to report a child’s absence and allows our staff to immediately investigate discrepancies. This is especially important when a child is reported absent during attendance and the office has not notified that the student would be missing school that day. 

Two Westerville students honored by Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth logo

Anna C. McCracken, an incoming fifth-grader at Emerson Elementary, and Anthony H. Malek, an incoming freshman at Westerville Central High School, have been honored as two of the brightest students in the world by the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY).

Westerville Caring & Sharing back to school supply drive Westerville Caring & Sharing Back to School Drive

Westerville Caring & Sharing will be offering school supplies for qualifying students for the 2021-22 school year. 

Emergency Broadband Benefit available to households in need of internet services during the pandemic

Eligible families struggling to cover the costs for internet service during the pandemic can participate in the Federal Communication Commission’s Emergency Broadband Benefit program. 

Ohio State’s RealTalk webinar series covers popular topics for those raising young children RealTalk logo

Families are invited to tune into the RealTalk webinar series, presented in partnership with the Ohio Statewide Family Engagement Center and the A. Sophie Rogers School for Early Learning at The Ohio State University.

5K Run/Walk organized by Westerville North student is Aug. 22 Diabetes Dash on Aug. 22

The third annual Diabetes Dash 5K Run/Walk organized by Westerville North High School student Ryan Washburn is Aug. 22 at the Westerville Sports Complex. 

Concord Counseling Services hosts summer programs for teens and children Concord Summer Programs

Concord Counseling Services is hosting free summer programs to students and families of Westerville City Schools from June 7 to July 22.

Federal pandemic funds, conservative spending improve district financial picture despite continued state challenges

Expansion of voucher program the latest legislative maneuver to fund private education at the expense of Ohio’s local taxpayers, public schools

Nine proposals awarded 2021 Spring Grant from the Westerville Education Foundation Westerville Education Foundation logo

New clubs to support student needs, school garden projects and an African-American Read-In are among the nine proposals awarded a 2021 Spring Grant from the Westerville Education Foundation (WEF). 

Westerville Area Kids Lunch Club to serve free meals from June 1 to August 11 Kids Lunch Club logo

The Kids Lunch Club will serve meals outdoors on weekdays, rain or shine, from June 1 to August 11.

Where Everybody Belongs student leaders connect with Spring Play Day WEB leaders at Blendon Middle School get started on their training during the 2020-21 school year.

The incoming student leaders in the Where Everybody Belongs program at all four Westerville middle schools got their first taste of training just days before the end of the school year.

Battle of the Books: Westerville South earns four consecutive win, middle school teams compete Westerville South Battle of the Books team for the 2020-21 school year

Westerville South High School’s (WSHS) Battle of the Books team took top honors against 10 Central Ohio teams in the Ohio Capital Conference, winning the competition for the fourth consecutive year. 

Heritage and Genoa teacher helps students find connection through art Compilation of art projects organized by Juls Rathje for the 2020-21 school year.

Juls Rathje embraced a common approach to all the projects she rolled out for her art students at Genoa and Heritage middle schools this year: creating meaningful connections.

McElroy named director of Safety & Security as part of administrative realignment plans Steve McElroy

The Westerville City Schools Board of Education approved another organizational move to meet the district’s succession planning needs at its May 10 board meeting.

Inaugural One Westerville Scholarship recipients announced One Westerville Scholarship recipients

The first recipients of the One Westerville Scholarship are Chiedza “Chi Chi” Guyo of Westerville Central High School, Emmanuel Okyere of Westerville South High School and Miya Martin of Westerville North High School.

Bette Marschall Memorial Education Fund awards $2,359 in grants

Seven teachers have been awarded grants totaling $2,359 from The Bette Marschall Memorial Education Fund of The Columbus Foundation.

Six Westerville middle school students earn top marks in 2021 Laws of Life essay competition Laws of Life winners for the 2020-21 school year

Students from Blendon, Genoa and Walnut Springs middle schools were recognized for their essays about perseverance, humility and compassion as part of the 2020 Laws of Life essay contest organized by the Better Business Bureau’s Center for Character Ethics.

Middle school students published in book about thrilling stories SOS Sagas: Hunted book cover

Several Westerville middle school students are now published authors.

Zoom Duck Derby supports WCSD students, residents with disabilities 2021 Zoom Duck Derby

The Alpha Group will hold its signature fundraiser, the Zoom Duck Derby, on Sunday, July 25 where 5,000 rubber ducks race down Zoombezi Bay Water Park’s lazy river.

Genoa students host virtual talent show for their Westerville Virtual Academy peers Genoa Middle School Virtual Talent Show

Genoa Middle School’s Student Council hosted a virtual talent show last week for their peers attending the Westerville Virtual Academy as a way to provide some fun activities for the students staying at home during the pandemic.

Genoa Middle School students among national winners in Continental Math League Contest Continental Mathematics League logo

Westerville sixth-grade students in advanced math classes competed in the 2020-21 Continental Mathematics League Contest with the Genoa Middle School team taking the top spot as the Pythagorean Division Grade 6 national winners.

Virtual LEGO competition winners announced Logo for 15th Annual Lego Competition

Students from 11 different schools earned the top spots in Westerville City School District’s 15th Annual LEGO Competition, which remained virtual this year. The competition is open to elementary and middle school students from Westerville City Schools and St. Paul School. Competitors can build anything they want, as long as they design it themselves; No pre-packaged LEGO sets are permitted to be built.

A+ Award winners recognized at April 26 board meeting

Ten Westerville City Schools employees were honored for their contributions to students, dedication to their schools and their commitment to district values as part of the A+ Award recognition at Monday’s school board meeting.

Six WCSD middle school students published in book about thrilling stories Imagine book cover

Several Westerville middle school students are now published authors.

Westerville Police’s New Therapy Dog to Serve Schools, Community Chloe, a therapy dog-in-training for the Westerville Division of Police, greets students at Annehurst Elementary

If Westerville Police Officer Mark Wojciechowski has stopped by your school, then you’ve probably seen the newest member of the Division’s K-9 Program.

Chloe, a year-and-a-half-old English Labrador Retriever, is training to become the first-ever therapy dog for the Westerville Division of Police.  She will work with both the Westerville City Schools and the community.

WCSD students recognized in Ohio PTA Reflections awards Ohio PTA 2020-21 Reflections

Students in seven Westerville schools received top honors in the 2020-21 Ohio PTA Reflections award program, which recognizes student achievement in literature, music, dance, film production, photography, music composition and visual arts.

District continues administrative realignments for succession planning purposes Cynthia DeVese and Caley Nestor Baker

The Westerville City Schools Board of Education approved two more organizational moves to meet the district’s succession planning needs at its April 12 board meeting.

Live-streamed chick hatching makes popular project available across the district Livestream of egg hatch project

The countdown has started on when the living eggs will hatch in Deb Bergmann’s room at Genoa Middle School — a process all Westerville teachers and students can watch through a 24-hour livestream on the incubated eggs.

COTA Plus rides free for Westerville middle and high school students COTA Plus logo

Westerville middle and high school students are eligible for free COTA Plus rides from 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. COTA Plus is an on-demand service that can be hailed via the COTA Plus App or by calling COTA’s Customer Care hotline at 614-228-1776.

Westerville City Schools’ Summer Enrichment Theatre program to perform Oklahoma Informational banner for Westerville Summer Enrichment Theatre program, Oklahoma!

Westerville City Schools’ Summer Enrichment Theatre program is bringing the musical “Oklahoma!” to the stage. 

The summer production, open to all Westerville middle and high school students, will be housed at Westerville South High School and performed July 15-18, 23 and 24 at the amphitheater in Alum Creek Park.

District-wide art show with the Arts Council of Westerville goes virtual 2021 Westerville Virtual Art Show

For years, Westerville City Schools and the Arts Council of Westerville have hosted an annual art show in April to recognize the work of students and their teachers.

Instead of an in-person event, the organizers decided to create a virtual art show this year where parents, educators and community members can view video slideshows featuring more than 160 drawings, paintings, sculptures and other pieces students created during the 2020-21 school year. 

WCSD announces “Bridge Plan” collaborative with central Ohio districts to address needs of students & staff due to the pandemic

Westerville City Schools Superintendent Dr. John Kellogg on Monday announced the district’s comprehensive approach to addressing the academic and social-emotional needs of students and staff because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Whittier fifth-grader teams with mom to help young writers get published Charley Jones

Charley Jones was a third-grader at Whittier Elementary when she saw her words published for the first time. 

She submitted a story about a greedy turkey named Bob whose behavior led him to become a Thanksgiving entree for a writing contest sponsored by the Westerville Public Library. She didn’t win the contest but the story was printed in a book — an empowering moment she and her mother, Leanne, wanted to extend to others.

So they launched My Favorite Story, a nonprofit organization that gives young writers facing adversity the opportunity to creatively work through challenges by publishing their stories. 

WCSD Board approves school fees for 2021-22 school year

The Westerville City School board approved school fees for the 2021-22 school year at their March 22 meeting. The fees, which include supplies, instructional materials, tests and athletics, will not increase next school year.

Genoa educator’s equal rights amendment lesson featured in national collection of U.S. history lessons Deanna McDaniel

Deanna McDaniel, a media specialist at Genoa Middle School, is one of 15 educators in the country who contributed to “Building a More Perfect Union,” a national collection of lesson plans and essays that help commemorate the 250th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 2026.

Children’s Hunger Alliance recognizes WCSD for its response to feeding children during a pandemic Children's Hunger Alliance recognizes WCSD for its response to feeding children during a pandemic

Westerville City Schools has received the Children’s Hunger Alliance Child Nutrition Award for the Food Services department’s work in feeding students during the pandemic. 

Westerville City Schools Board of Education approves meeting schedule for 2021

Westerville City School District Board of Education members approved the following 2021 meeting calendar during their Jan. 11 organizational meeting.