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Register now for WCSD’s new summer learning series based on student, staff interest Westerville City Schools' Summer Ignite program

Westerville students can dive into the world of gaming, design and build model houses that use solar energy, go on a simulated dig to explore fossils, and learn how to start their own podcast through Summer Ignite!, a new district-wide summer learning series created by Westerville educators and staff. 

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.

Westerville North mural project celebrates students from all over the world A student paints a flag for the new mural at Westerville North High School.

The hallmark piece behind Westerville North High School’s new Cardinal and Gold Union is starting to take shape.

Westerville South senior recognized by LifeCare Alliance for leadership in the community Owen Curran

Owen Curran, a senior at Westerville South High School, received the Youth Leadership Spirit Award by LifeCare Alliance, which provides essential services to thousands of senior citizens, as well as people with medical challenges or disabilities, throughout Central Ohio.  

Westerville North sailing team advances to regional competition Westerville North High School sailing team

The Westerville North High School sailing team will compete in the Midwest Interscholastic Sailing Association (MISSA) competition May 1 and 2 on Lake Minnetonka in Minneapolis, Minnesota. If the team places well, they advance to the national high school sailing competition in May in Miami.

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

Several Westerville middle school students are now published authors.

Blendon sixth-grader to compete in National History Day Grady Hogan

Grady Hogan, a sixth-grade student at Blendon Middle School, will represent Westerville City Schools in the National History Day contest June 13 to 19, advancing from the statewide National History Day in Ohio contest that was held April 24.

Local youth earn accolades in 15th annual Celebrate the Arts Writing Contest Celebrate the Arts Writing Contest

Several Westerville City Schools students were among the winners in the annual Celebrate the Arts Writing Contest sponsored by the Arts Council of Westerville, Westerville Public Library and ThisWeek Westerville News & Public Opinion newspaper. 

Reeves featured in Uncommon Athlete video series with Coach Tim Brown Scott Reeves is the featured guest in Coach Tim Brown's Uncommon Athlete video series

Scott Reeves, executive director of Secondary Academic Affairs, was the featured guest in the latest Uncommon Athlete video series with Coach Tim Brown, a Columbus-based author, educator, coach and motivational speaker.

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.

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.

Westerville Central senior pens column for Columbus Audubon Gabe Rich

Gabe Rich, a senior at Westerville Central High School, wrote about his Eagle Scout project for Columbus Audubon, one of the largest chapters of the National Audubon Society.

Kiwanis Club of Westerville honors top scholars at Westerville North with 59th Annual Academic Varsity Awards Kiwanis Club of Westerville recognized the top 10 graduates from Westerville North High School

The Kiwanis Club of Westerville recognized the top 10 graduates from Westerville North High School on Wednesday as part of its 58th annual Academic Varsity Awards.

Westerville South’s Pedrozo receives top award from local chapter of the National Football Foundation Peter Pedrozo

Peter Pedrozo, a senior at Westerville South High School, was among 14 Central Ohio high school football players honored for their achievements in the classroom, football field and community Monday by the Columbus Chapter of the National Football Foundation (NFF) and College Hall of Fame.

Westerville middle school students participate in virtual career day sponsored by Nationwide Children’s Hospital Nationwide Children's Hospital Middle School Career Day

Students in Jen Hubble’s Medical Detectives class at Walnut Springs Middle School learned about different healthcare careers during Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s first-ever virtual Middle School Career Day on Monday.

Thirty Westerville high school seniors to be recognized in Global Scholars Diploma graduation  Global Scholars Diploma

The Columbus Council on World Affairs is hosting a graduation ceremony for its 2021 Global Scholars — 30 of which attend Westerville’s high schools.

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.

Westerville Central High School senior organizes Wellness Webinar series for all high school students Dilara Sen

Westerville Central High School senior Dilara Sen discovered meditation when she started high school, finding peace and mindfulness by centering on the light in her heart. She typically starts every morning with Heartfulness meditation and turns to the practice when she feels troubled or faces difficult situations.

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.

WCSD Food Services department testing new food options for student feedback Bento Box

Westerville’s Food Services department will be testing some new menu options at elementary schools across the district, starting Monday, April 19.

Westerville Central sophomore invited to compete in national competitions with Central Ohio string quartet Victoria Phillips

Westerville Central High School sophomore Victoria Phillips is early into her violist career and already her string quartet has beaten hundreds of groups across the country for the chance to compete in prestigious national competitions. She was recently invited into the New Albany Symphony Orchestra as its youngest member.

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.

New WCSD website offers resources for families of incoming middle school students Middle School Ready banner

Families of incoming sixth-graders can visit a new Westerville City Schools’ webpage that provides resources on the transition to middle school. The online site provides information on key dates, virtual middle school music meetings and the Moving Up Night virtual event on April 28.

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.

Kiwanis Club of Westerville honors top scholars at Westerville Central with 59th Annual Academic Varsity Awards Kiwanis Club of Westerville recognized the top 10 graduates from Westerville Central High School

The Kiwanis Club of Westerville recognized the top 10 graduates from Westerville Central High School on Wednesday as part of its 58th annual Academic Varsity Awards.

High schools finalizing plans for graduation, prom activities

All of the district’s high schools will be holding commencement ceremonies for the Class of 2021 in their respective stadiums on Saturday, May 29. High schools are also planning for Prom on May 8, which will comply with the newly streamlined Health Department orders that call for wearing masks and physical distancing.

Westerville Wild Warbots endure uncertainty to compete in virtual 2021 FIRST Robotics Competition Westerville Wild Warbots compete in virtual 2021 FIRST Robotics Competition

For the seniors on the Westerville Wild Warbots, this was the best robot they’ve built since they’ve been part of the district’s robotics team. And at the start of the school year, they weren’t sure if they’d be able to work with it again. 

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. 

Kiwanis Club of Westerville honors top scholars at Westerville South with 59th Annual Academic Varsity Awards 2021 Academic Varsity Awards - WSHS

The Kiwanis Club of Westerville recognized the top 10 graduates from Westerville South High School on Wednesday as part of its 58th annual Academic Varsity Awards.

Virtual Wellness webinar for Westerville high school students scheduled for May 3-8 Wellness Week Webinar from May 3-8

Westerville high school students are invited to participate in a week-long Wellness webinar focused on meditation, self-care and positivity on May 3-8.

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

The Rotary Club of Westerville recognized its April 2021 Students of the Month during a virtual meeting April 1.

Spring Student Leader Series for middle and high school students starts April 14 2021 Spring Student Leadership Series

Middle and high school students can participate in the Spring Student Leader Series, an interactive online workshop that covers various leadership topics such as decisiveness, integrity, relationship building, problem solving and dependability.

Blendon’s National Junior Honor Society raises money for Friends of Faith Pruden Foundation Blendon eighth-grader Grace Rutherford dressed as Principal Kendall Harris during 2021 Spirit Week.

Blendon Middle School’s National Junior Honor Society raised more than $400 for the Friends of Faith Pruden Foundation during the school’s Spirit Week last month. 

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. 

Westerville North’s band director to march in the 2022 Rose Bowl Parade Westerville North High School band director Sara Loney

Westerville North High School’s band director Sara Loney will join up to 300 band directors from across the country to march in the annual Pasadena Tournament of Roses Rose Parade on Jan. 1.

Heritage school community creates engaging outdoor space for students, teachers Heritage seventh-grader Jana Mohammed plays hopscotch at the school's new outdoor recess area.

Without access to basketballs, footballs and soccer balls, the recess options were limited for students at Heritage Middle School this year.

Principal Dr. Dru Tomlin started thinking about how the school could make recess more engaging last March and plans started to gain steam in August. He worked with the school’s National Junior Honors Society and PTSA to research what other schools were doing and what kind of supplies were needed. 

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. 

DeVese featured in Ohio State podcast about racial disparities in schools Cynthia DeVese

Cynthia DeVese, coordinator of Educational Equity at Westerville City Schools, shared the district’s equity work and implicit bias training with Inspire, a podcast created by Ohio State University’s College of Education and Human Ecology.

Genoa, Heritage exchange art with students in Cameroon through Memory Project Heritage student creates art for the Memory Project.

The two Heritage Middle School students looked at the blank sheet of paper, thinking about the images they wanted to create to introduce themselves to students from the other side of the world.

They sat facing a laptop where Jan Fedorenko, a retired Westerville elementary principal and education coordinator for the Arts Council of Westerville, offered guidance on their new art project through a virtual meeting.

“You’re going to be creating some drawings and telling me something about you — things that you like, things that make you happy,” she said. 

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.

New phlebotomy lab introduces high school students to real-world skills Phlebotomy lab at Westerville Central High School

The students in Westerville’s Principles of Biomedical Science classes have gotten a glimpse of what happens in a doctor’s office, from learning how to get a patient’s medical history to understanding the various routine exams that can be administered.

This week, they took a deeper dive into the unit through a new lab that involved handling a syringe for the first time.

Westerville Central senior featured in New York Times article about admission essays Westerville Central High School senior Levi Burks and her father

Westerville Central High School senior Levi Burks and excerpts from her Common App essay were featured in a New York Times article that examined personal essays seniors from all across the country wrote for their college applications.

Westerville Division of Fire serve as volunteer readers for Whittier’s Battle of the Books competition Westerville Fire Department members create a read-aloud video for Whittier Elementary students.

Whittier Elementary is in the middle of a bracket-style Battle of the Books competition where students watch read-aloud videos of books with their families and in their classrooms. Students then discuss two books and vote for a winner.

Among the volunteers who recorded read-aloud videos for students: members of the Westerville Division of Fire.

Westerville North, Hawthorne counselors named neighborhood bridges’ inaugural Advocates of the Year Westerville North's Nikki Dunbar reacts to receiving the Advocate of the Year award from neighborhood bridges

Nikki Dunbar, a mental health specialist at Westerville North High School and Jenny Scherer, a school counselor at Hawthorne Elementary have been named neighborhood bridges’ first-ever Advocates of the Year, a new award celebrating the work of Westerville educators to support students and their families in need. 

Westerville North wrestling team’s season is marked with milestones Kindness Heroes - Westerville North High School wrestling team members

Westerville North High School’s wrestling team finished the season with a number of milestones: a state champion, the team’s eighth-place finish at the state championships, a player with 100 wins and six players who were named Kindness Heroes for their work away from the mat.

Westerville Central teachers present at national World Language conference Westerville Central High School Spanish teachers Erin Moehl and Holly Park

Erin Moehl and Holly Park, Spanish teachers at Westerville Central High School, were among dozens of World Language educators across the country who presented at the Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages last week.

Thirty Westerville middle school students advance to regional Laws of Life essay competition

Thirty students across Westerville’s middle schools are moving onto the regional 2021 Laws of Life essay contest, which challenges young people to discover through reflection and writing what matters most to them in their own lives and the principles they believe should guide their behaviors and choices.

WCSD qualifies for Auditor of State Award with Distinction for ninth-consecutive year

Westerville City Schools has qualified for the Auditor of State Award with Distinction following its state audit for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2020. It is the ninth consecutive year the district has received the commendation.

Kendrick Lamar lesson at Westerville South explores poetry, music and social movement Students in Emily Swank-Kavanaugh's IB English class discuss institutional racism as part of their Kendrick Lamar unit.

The students in Emily Swank-Kavanaugh’s International Baccalaureate English class at Westerville South High School have spent the past week in a new unit that explores the connection between Kendrick Lamar’s music and the Black Lives Matter movement. 

But before students could examine Lamar’s works and their lasting impact on the fight for racial justice, Swank-Kavanaugh wanted her students to wrap their minds around some serious terms.

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.

WNHS graduate named district’s EOS program’s Graduate of the Year Family members and educators celebrate Domenica DeSantis, a 2020 graduate of Westerville North High School who has been named the ninth Graduate of the Year in the district’s Educational Options for Success (EOS) program.

Domenica DeSantis, a 2020 graduate of Westerville North High School, has been named the ninth Graduate of the Year in the district’s Educational Options for Success (EOS) program. 

Alcott parents and educators partner to create virtual storytime for Black History Month Alcott student readers for the school's storytime videos for Black History Month

Alcott Elementary’s school community created a weekly virtual storytime during Black History Month, bringing student readers from the Blended instructional model and those attending Westerville Virtual Academy together.

Westerville South senior shares her experiences with food allergies in a new book Alia O'Brien

Dairy. Eggs. Peanuts. Tree nuts. Avocado. Banana. Kiwi. Coconut. Rice. Chocolate. Peas.

For Westerville South High School senior Alia O’Brien, navigating life with all the food she’s allergic to has been a challenge. But she’s thankful for the experience — a sentiment she wrote about in a new book called “It’s a Beautiful Life,” which features stories from individuals managing food allergies.

District middle schoolers excel in national advanced math challenge Continental Mathematics League logo

WCSD students competed in the Pythagorean Contest Division during this year’s 39th annual event. The competition consisted of five meets in which students were challenged to complete six multi-step problems in just 30 minutes.

Four Westerville elementaries participate in family science event Hero Elementary Science Night

More than 70 students, families and educators at Annehurst, Cherrington, Pointview and Wilder elementaries participated in a virtual family event designed to spark a love of science. 

District officials anticipate high school graduations in stadiums this year

Given the state’s recent revision to spectator attendance guidelines for indoor and outdoor athletic venues, Westerville City School District officials are developing plans that would allow Class of 2021 graduation ceremonies to be held in each high school’s respective stadium.

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 Parent Council announces 2020-21 GEM Award recipients 2020-21 GEM Award logo

Westerville Parent Council and Roush Honda have announced the recipients of the 2020-21 Great Educator Mentor (GEM) Award, which is presented to individuals who go the extra mile to make a positive impact in the classroom and schools.

March physical education classes at Hanby dedicated to yoga, mindfulness Hanby physical education teacher Sarah Speck leads students through a yoga practice.

The whiteboard at Hanby Elementary’s gym spells out what students can expect in Sarah Speck’s upcoming physical education classes: “March is Yoga in PE.”

Speck is dedicating the month to helping students find their mindfulness through yoga, working with them to align their breath with movement.

Rotary Club of Westerville March 2021 Students of the Month Rotary Club of Westerville's March Students of the Month

The Rotary Club of Westerville recognized its March 2021 Students of the Month during a virtual meeting March 4.

Spring 2020 testing calendar released

Westerville City School officials announced the release of an updated Spring 2020 local testing calendar for students. 

Wilder students design murals inspired by their thoughts of school Wilder students paint mural in school

The stairwell walls at Wilder Elementary are now home to several student-designed murals that capture what their school means to them.

District continues administrative realignments for succession planning purposes Tami Santa

The Westerville City Schools Board of Education approved another organizational move to meet the district’s succession planning needs at its Feb. 22 board meeting.

Tami Santa now serves as the director of Mental Health & Wellness, assuming some of the responsibilities of Debbie Meissner, director of Health and Safety, whose retirement is effective July 31. 

WCSD rolls out implicit bias and racial equity training to address students’ experience in schools bias image

Since the start of the school year, the entire Westerville school community has taken steps to better understand the racial climate in their buildings and examine the barriers that prevent underrepresented students from access to opportunities. Across the district, school leaders, educators, staff members and parents have dived into the Be the Change!: Implicit and Institutional Bias training which explores implicit bias and racial equity in schools.

WCHS senior pens book that documents his Boy Scout journey, offers advice for aspiring Scouts Haden Fulkerson

During his Eagle Scout service project last year, Westerville Central High School senior Haden Fulkerson decided to document his steps, laying out a road map on how others can get the most out of their Scouts experience.

His journal eventually became “SOAR: An Eagle Scout’s Guide to Advancement and Leadership,” a self-published guide that offers insight and advice for Scouts at every point of their journey from one of their own. 

WCSD to create Portrait of a Graduate: Reimagining the Student K-12 Experience

Westerville City Schools is committed to collaborating with all stakeholders in the creation of a Portrait of a Graduate. During a year filled with unpredictability and challenges, it is clear that students not only need to engage in learning experiences aligned with state standards, but they also need experiences that promote a variety of skills and competencies.

Blendon sixth-grader invited to Regional Spelling Bee meet Avery Long

Avery Long, a sixth-grader at Blendon Middle School, has been invited to compete in a regional spelling competition this spring sponsored by Ohio University School of Business after taking first place in a school-wide competition.

Fouse WVA students send valentines to healthcare workers Fouse WVA students send valentines to health care workers

When second-grade students at Fouse Elementary attending the Westerville Virtual Academy realized they would not be exchanging Valentine’s Day cards in person this year, they wondered who they could show their love to in keeping with their classroom tradition.

Pointview’s new Fitness Drumming Project merges COVID-friendly music and physical education lessons First-grade students at Pointview participate in the Fitness Drumming Project

The first-graders walked into Alex Chapman’s music room at Pointview Elementary with their sights set on the stability balls at the side of the room.

The last time they were in his class they got a preview of an upcoming music lesson by pounding on the large vinyl balls with pool noodles as drum sticks. 

Today, they were going to spend their class time with the drum sets, learning about steady beats while getting a workout at the same time. 

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. 

WCSD receives highest rating in open records compliance by Auditor of State Auditor of Ohio seal

Westerville City Schools has received the highest rating in Auditor of State Keith Faber’s new approach to monitoring transparency in government and measuring compliance to Ohio’s open records laws.

WSHS counselor named a 2021 BASE Education winner of National School Counselor Week Justin Ferguson

Justin Ferguson, a counselor at Westerville South High School, has been named a 2021 BASE Education winner of National School Counselor Week. He is one of three winners across the country.

Rotary Club of Westerville’s February 2021 Students of the Month Rotary Club of Westerville's February Students of the Month

The Rotary Club of Westerville recognized its February 2020 Students of the Month during a virtual meeting Feb. 4.

Heritage career exploration class brings speakers virtually from Nationwide, Chase, OhioHealth Accountant at Nationwide Insurance talks to Heritage Middle School students

Throughout the week, students in the Literacy Skills and Career Exploration classes at Heritage Middle School have met professionals from a range of careers: an investment banker, a vice president of financial services, an accounting consultant. 

WEC launches educational opportunities on suicide prevention for Westerville community Westerville Education Challenge logo

In addition to its tremendous support for the Westerville City School District’s new “Hope Squad” suicide prevention initiative, the Westerville Education Challenge (WEC) organization is launching a community education component open to anyone interested in acquiring the skills needed to help prevent suicide as well as learn more about mental health.

New WCSD webpage offers stress-management, organizational support for students

In conversations with student well being staff this year, Westerville students said they need help managing stress, organizing their school work, and keeping track of their day-to-day activities. 

In response, the district’s Office of Student Well Being and Mental Health launched a new webpage that features 11 videos with tips and strategies to help students manage stress and develop skills to manage their tasks.

Three Westerville seniors earn full-ride scholarships to prestigious universities through QuestBridge QuestBridge recipients

Three Westerville students are now college-bound after receiving full four-year scholarships through QuestBridge’s National College Match, a program that connects high-achieving high school seniors from low-income backgrounds with scholarships to the country’s top universities.

WCHS senior among youth conservation leaders behind Columbus Zoo and Aquarium’s Teen Eco Summit Emma Snyder

Westerville Central High School senior Emma Snyder was part of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium’s Summit Squad, a group of youth conservation leaders who helped plan and present the Teen ECO Summit on Jan. 13. 

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.

Free school meals available through the end of the 2020-21 school year School lunch image

Families can sign up to receive meals for their students during their remote learning weeks.

Hawthorne Elementary PTO engage families, show support for staff with care packages Hawthorne PTO distribute stress kits to staff

The new leadership behind Hawthorne Elementary’s PTO mapped out monthly packages to send to families as a way to remain connected and show their support this year.

They planned the themes of the packages with the school administrators, dedicating their first one to a topic parents said they needed support with: stress management.

And with all the stress and anxiety their teachers and staff are feeling this year, the PTO responded by creating “staff survival kits.”

School meals free through the 2020-21 school year

All students enrolled in the Westerville City School District can receive free school meals through the end of the 2020-21 school year.

The update stems from a decision by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to extend the free meal program for the rest of the school year.