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School Board to Hold Special Meeting Oct. 19

The Westerville City Schools Board of Education will hold a special meeting at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 19, at the Early Learning Center, 936 Eastwind Drive in Westerville.

Rotary Club of Westerville October 2021 Student of the Month Rotary Club of Westerville's October Students of the Month

The Rotary Club of Westerville recognized its October 2021 Students of the Month during an Oct. 14 meeting.

Board modifies October 11 regular meeting agenda to conduct only that business required by law

Board members introduced a motion from the table to conduct only that business on the agenda that requires a Board vote under law. The motion was approved unanimously. The Board proceeded with only the required portions of its meeting, which lasted approximately two minutes and thirty seconds.

WCSD Food Service Department adapting to supply chain challenges, shortages Westerville South food service staff serve students.

Westerville City School District is facing food service challenges due to product shortfalls, delivery delays and staffing shortages among food vendors and distributors.

Ohio Vax-2-School to award $2 million in scholarships Ohio Vax-2-School logo

Ohioans ages 12 - 25 who have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine are eligible to enter a drawing for a chance to win a scholarship — including one for $100,000 — to an Ohio college or university for career or technical education.

WEF StoryBall fundraiser canceled due to pandemic StoryBall logo

The Westerville Education Foundation’s StoryBall fundraising event on Oct. 23 has been canceled due to the pandemic.

Bette Marschall Memorial Education Fund postpones grants to spring 2022

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Bette Marschall Education Fund of The Columbus Foundation will not award monetary grants during the fall of the 2021-22 school year.  

WCSD hosts in-person parent FAFSA workshop sessions FAFSA

Westerville City Schools is working in collaboration with The Ohio State University at Newark, Central Ohio Technical College and other local colleges and universities to support families as their students complete the FAFSA application. 

Westerville North alum to run 24 hours to support suicide awareness and prevention WNHS alum Kevin Ford runs to raise awareness of suicide prevention

Kevin Ford, a 2011 Westerville North High School graduate, will run 24 hours and 120 miles or more to cast a spotlight on suicide awareness and prevention and raise money for the Westerville Education Challenge (WEC), which has supported Westerville students through various clubs, programs and activities including providing financial support for the Hope Squad — a peer-to-peer suicide prevention program all high schools have implemented this fall.

District announces 2021-22 testing calendar

Westerville City School District (WCSD) officials today announced the release of the district’s 2021-22 local testing calendar for students, along with an acknowledgment that the testing schedule remains subject to change.

City of Westerville recognizes Hope Squad in National Suicide Prevention Month proclamation Hope Squad recognized at City of Westerville City Council meeting

Hope Squad, a peer-to-peer suicide prevention program all Westerville high schools have implemented this fall, was recognized in a City of Westerville proclamation honoring National Suicide Prevention Month.

Santa named Ohio School Counselor Association’s 2021 Advocate of the Year Tami Santa

Tami Santa, Director of Mental Health & Wellness for Westerville City Schools, has been named the 2021 Advocate of the Year by the Ohio School Counselor Association.

Tickets for Westerville Education Foundation’s StoryBall on sale WEF's StoryBall event

Purchase tickets for Westerville Education Foundation’s StoryBall event on Oct. 23, which supports WEF’s mission and promises to be “an unforgettable night celebrating education in Westerville City Schools.”

Westerville Central, Genoa students take virtual approach to explore career options Westerville students participate in virtual mentorship experience with design consultant group

Sophie Sneeringer, a ninth-grader at Westerville Central High School, and her younger sister, Lena Sneeringer, an eighth-grader at Genoa Middle School, participated in a virtual mentorship experience in late August with leftchannel, a design consultant group focused on content in motion. 

Five Westerville seniors named semifinalists for the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program

Five Westerville seniors are semifinalists in the 67th annual National Merit Scholarship Program, according to a recent announcement by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC).

Westerville high schools recognize 20-year anniversary of Sept. 11 attacks Westerville North creates video to observe the 20th anniversary of 9/11

When asked to organize an observance of the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, the social studies department at Westerville North High School came to a few conclusions:

  • Teaching the event has changed over time as more and more students in school today had not been born when it happened. 

  • Teachers and students alike have experienced a lot in the last 18 months because of the pandemic and the department didn’t want to add one more traumatic, triggering event to their consciousness.

Westerville VFW Post 7783 accepting submissions for national youth, teacher recognition programs VFW logo

The Westerville Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 7783 is accepting submissions for the national VFW youth programs as well as nominations for teachers who promote civic responsibility and patriotism.

Westerville high school theatre programs accepted into CAPA award program CAPA Marquee Awards logo

The theatre programs for all three Westerville high schools have been accepted into the CAPA Marquee High School Musical Theatre Awards and will vie for honors in 11 categories from participating high schools throughout Central Ohio. 

WCSD’s Educational Options for Success program honors 10th Outstanding Graduate Award recipient Chris Cuprys has been named the Educational Options for Success (EOS) program’s 10th Outstanding Graduate.

Chris Cuprys, a 2021 graduate from Westerville Central High School, has been named the Educational Options for Success (EOS) program’s 10th Outstanding Graduate.

Cuprys earned all his high school credits through EOS — the second student ever to do so in the program’s 20-year history. 

“It’s an honor,” he said. “It was the best four years of school I’ve had. I loved it here.”

WCSD partners with Westerville Symphony to link students to concerts, musicians Student Ambassadors of the Westerville Symphony participate in their first concert.

A new initiative between Westerville City Schools’ orchestra program and the Westerville Symphony brings live concerts to younger audiences while giving students the opportunity to learn from and connect with professional musicians. 

Tickets for Westerville Education Foundation’s StoryBall now on sale Westerville Education Foundation's StoryBall logo

Tickets are now on sale for Westerville Education Foundation’s StoryBall event on Oct. 23, which celebrates education in Westerville City Schools.

Homework help and library deliveries to schools now available Westerville Public Library logo

The Westerville Public Library is offering free delivery of library materials to Westerville City Schools students, teachers, and staff throughout the school year. 

Westerville Education Day dedicated to learning, professional development for all staff Dr. Christopher Travers leads his WE Day session, “ When Do Black Boys Feel Smart?”

Three days before all of Westerville City Schools opened its doors to students, the district’s administrators, educators and support staff got some class time together. 

More choices, homemade options offer fresh take on school meals New lunch items for the 2021-22 school year

This year’s lunch menu for Westerville City Schools’ elementary, middle and high schools features several new options that may not be so new to students.

Hope Squad student leaders prepare for their new role Hope Squad training at WSHS

The inaugural group of Hope Squad student leaders across Westerville’s high schools took their first steps learning how they can help support peers struggling with mental health.

COTA Plus rides free for Westerville middle and high school students COTAPlus Logo

Westerville middle and high school students are eligible for free COTA Plus rides from 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 5:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays.

Central Ohio museums offering discounted tickets to underserved families Museums for All logo

Six Columbus cultural institutions are offering free or discounted tickets to families who qualify for Special Nutrition Assistance Program Benefits (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) benefits. 

Administrative succession planning continues; Baldwin named Executive Director Anne Baldwin

The Westerville City School District (WCSD) Board of Education approved another organizational move during its June 28 regular board meeting as part of the district’s continuing succession planning initiative.

Anne Baldwin became the district’s Executive Director of Secondary Academic Affairs effective July 1, 2021, filling the vacancy created by Scott Reeves’ transition to Executive Director of Human Resources.

Westerville high school students led projects to enact change through Central Ohio collaborative Image from the Student Leadership Research Collaborative presentation by students at Westerville South High School

When a group of juniors at Westerville South High School (WSHS) surveyed their peers about a change they’d want to see in their school, many of them talked about a need for practical skills such as cooking, car maintenance and financial literacy. 

Another group of juniors at Westerville North High School (WNHS) focused their survey to peers about staff diversity and whether they’ve been able to connect with teachers whose racial and ethnic background is different from their own. 

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. 

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. 

New graduation plans provide opportunity for entire school team to be part of students’ high school journey Westerville South High School freshman Sam Gurgiolo logging onto his Transeo account

When Westerville South High School freshman Sam Gurgiolo started thinking about what classes to take this fall, he decided to create a schedule for the remainder of his high school career, outlining course requirements and electives that would set him on a path towards his engineering studies. 

The exercise served as a primer to developing his own graduation plan — a new initiative Westerville school counselors rolled out with ninth- and 10th-graders this week.

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.