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Westerville North football players celebrate teammate in victory Pasha Krantz on the football field

The Westerville North Warriors were up by two touchdowns with several minutes left in last Friday’s game against Canal Winchester. 

Ty O’Hearn and several other seniors on the football team approached Coach Bryan Johnson on the sidelines. 

“Coach, it’s Pash’s time,” O’Hearn said. “Let’s get him in there.”

PSAT testing moved to January 2021

The testing date for the PSAT, originally slated for next month, has been delayed to Jan. 26, 2021, district officials said. 

The exam, which serves as a practice for the SAT and ACT and is the qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship program, will be administered to current high school sophomores and juniors for free.

MLK Legacy Project hosts Poetry Night Oct. 1 Poetry Night Oct. 1

The MLK Legacy Project is hosting a virtual Poetry Night Oct. 1 as part of its annual series of events to promote a better understanding of race and racism in the Westerville community.

The group — which started as a Leadership Westerville subcommittee that focused on the annual breakfast in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. — wanted to increase awareness of social justice through poetry with their upcoming event.

District officials planning virtual Parent Prep workshops for families this fall

Given the success of last year’s inaugural Parent Prep workshop series, Westerville City School District (WCSD) officials are finalizing details for a multi-day, all-virtual Parent Prep event later this fall. 

“Although we’re not yet ready to release specific dates or sessions, we simply want families to know that another Parent Prep event is in the works,” said Tami Santa, WCSD's coordinator of student well-being and mental health. “Feedback following last year’s workshops was so positive and supportive that we’re committed to overcoming the challenges before us and providing the experience virtually this year.”

Bette Marschall Grant Application deadline is Oct. 23

Applications for monetary grants from The Bette Marschall Education Fund of The Columbus Foundation are being accepted for worthy 2020-2021 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 midnight on Oct. 23.

School Board to Meet Sept. 28

The Westerville City Schools Board of Education will hold a hybrid virtual regular meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 28, out of the district's Early Learning Center, located at 936 Eastwind Drive in Westerville. Proceedings will be streamed live over the district's YouTube Channel at www.youtube.com/wcsdohio to comply with virtual meeting requirements and ensure compliance with the state's extension of its mass-gathering ban. Additional meeting details are available online at the www.wcsoh.org/VirtualBOE web page.

Register now for YWCA Kids Place program YWCA Kids Place program

The YWCA Kids Place School Year Program is offering Before and After School programs for students in Cohort A and Cohort B at several Westerville elementary schools. The YWCA will also offer an All-Day program for students when they are not in their classroom.

School meal benefits temporarily extended to all families School Meals announcement

All WCSD students can receive free school meals through December 31 or until federal funding runs out — whichever comes first. The changes came from a decision by the United States Department of Agriculture to extend free meal benefits.

Applicants sought to serve on district’s audit committee

The Westerville City School District’s Board of Education is seeking applicants for two open positions on the district’s audit committee, which serves as a professional link between the Board and external auditors.

New Central Ohio pilot program provides computers, internet hotspots to families in need

A new broadband access pilot will provide refurbished computers and internet hotspots with a year’s worth of prepaid unlimited internet service, to low-income households with students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

WCSD launches Instructional and COVID-19 Dashboard in response to state mandate

The Westerville City School District launched a new dashboard in response to a state mandate requiring all Ohio school districts to report cases of COVID-19 among its school populations.

Health pathway program leads to a promising future for Westerville Central alum Kendel Seabury

It wasn’t long into Principles of Biomedical Science at Westerville Central High School (WCHS) when Kendel Seabury knew she was all in on the district’s health pathway program. 

She was fascinated by lessons on how the body works and considered applying her interest in science to becoming a teacher. But the more classes she took — including Diana Arko’s Medical Interventions course — the more she realized that nursing better aligned with her interests in health care and working with people.

District officials announce adjustment to Early Release Day details

Westerville City Schools had previously announced Sep. 24, Nov. 12, Jan. 28, and March 11 as early release dates. Under traditional school year operations, students would be released from school one hour earlier than normal dismissal times to allow for staff professional development.

Westerville South Theatre performs its first movie musical for fall production Ranked poster

Westerville South High School Troupe 513 is kicking off its 2020-21 season opener with “Ranked,” a musical set in a dystopian world where class rank — determined by grades and test scores — defines each students’ worth.

Seven Westerville seniors named semifinalists for the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program

Seven Westerville seniors are semifinalists in the 66th annual National Merit Scholarship Program, according to a recent announcement by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC).

Westerville Central High School teacher offers his original works to district educators as background music for videos Matt Rees

When Westerville Central High School social studies teacher Matt Rees stumbled onto an article outlining how videos with copyrighted music are taken down, he immediately thought of his peers who are creating videos for their classes and students. 

He said teaching is considered “fair use” and an exception for copyright protection but the software that catches it and the companies that take it down don't check that. 

Rees, a singer/songwriter away from the classroom, is offering a resource he hopes can be useful to fellow educators: instrumental versions of his original music.

WCSD counseling team maintains social-emotional support for students through virtual offices Virtual offices for school counselors

To help connect Westerville students and families to social-emotional support services this year, the district’s counseling team set up virtual offices that aim to engage students while maintaining a semblance of a school environment.

Westerville City School District will phase in students’ transition to Blended Learning beginning September 21, 2020 BLTP Banner

Westerville City School District officials today announced details regarding how students will transition to a Blended Learning model of instruction beginning Monday, September 21, 2020, after approximately one month of fully remote instruction

New high school courses focus on African American, Race and Equity studies Collage of images for the new African American, Race and Equity studies courses

This year, Westerville’s high schools launched new courses that approach topics such as Black history and culture and social justice in a way that has never been done before in the district. 

Attendance policy changes to be considered as district opens schools remotely

The Westerville City School District is reviewing its attendance policy to adapt to remote instruction for the 2020-21 school year. 

District announces 2020-2021 testing calendar

Westerville City School District (WCSD) officials today announced the release of the district’s 2020-2021 local testing calendar for students, along with an acknowledgment that the testing schedule remains subject to change.

Welcome (back) to Westerville Homegrown teachers video cover image

This year, a dozen of the 47 new educators are returning to the site that inspired them to pursue a career in education. They were athletes, student council leaders, class representatives, choir, and band members. 

They left a Westerville graduate. Now, they are a Westerville teacher. 

Meet some of the Westerville alumni who’ve returned to the district as an educator this year.

Opt-in required for school meals for the 2020-21 school year

Due to recent decisions by the United States Department of Agriculture, Westerville families must opt-in for a school breakfast and/or lunch during virtual and/or blended instruction in the 2020-21 school year.

ASL interpreter for Gov. DeWine’s briefings traces passion for language to Westerville South Westerville South High School graduate Marlena "Lena" Smith interprets during Gov. Mike DeWine's COVID-19 briefings.

Marlena “Lena” Smith never saw herself as an American Sign Language interpreter. 

She loved the language as a student at Westerville South High School but worried her learning disability would affect her ability to listen, process and interpret the language fast enough in a live setting. 

District announces start of attendance boundary work, committee meeting schedule

The future opening of a new elementary and a new middle school in the Westerville City School District has created a need for the realignment of attendance boundaries at those instructional levels. Two committees, one to develop elementary boundaries and one to develop middle school boundaries, will begin their work in February 2020.

Westerville City Schools Board of Education Approves Meeting Schedule for 2020

Westerville City School District Board of Education members approved the following 2020 meeting calendar during their January 13, 2020, organizational meeting: