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January is School Board Recognition Month Westerville City Schools Board of Education 2021

Westerville City Schools joins more than 700 school districts throughout Ohio to celebrate January as School Board Recognition Month. 

District begins succession planning, announces reorganization of leadership structure

Westerville City School District Superintendent Dr. John R. Kellogg this week announced a restructuring of his district-level leadership team, which is intended to address succession planning needs, as well as strengthen academic and operational support.

WCSD educators, board member, among those working to launch racial equity group in the Westerville-area community

An effort to launch a racial equity group in the Greater Westerville community includes several Westerville City School District educators, administrators, and a board member.

In all, 30 community members across various sectors in the area will serve as a launch team to establish the organization and hire a community chief diversity officer.

Educators and staff deliver meals, supplies to meet the needs of families Mark Twain counselor Serena Casale visits families at Abbey Lane Apartments

The backseat and trunk of Serena Casale’s SUV are packed with plastic bags filled with packaged meat, milk, eggs, cereal, fruit cups, noodles, juice and other food items for several students at Mark Twain Elementary.

Casale, a school counselor, has often visited students at home since the start of the pandemic, dropping off what families struggle to pick up: Chromebooks, class assignments, school supplies or — as was the case last Friday — food.

Westerville Education Foundation funds 33 requests in Many Voices: Diverse Library project Many Voices logo

More than 900 books will be distributed throughout Westerville schools as part of the Westerville Education Foundation’s Many Voices: Diverse Library Project.

The foundation was able to fund each of the 33 project requests in 15 schools. Collections will be delivered to teachers this month for use in their classrooms this winter.

Food Services Department focused, determined to keep students fed during COVID-19 pandemic Food Services staff greet families during Saturday meal pick-up

Whether Westerville students are in school or working remotely from home, they need to be fed. 

For the district’s Food Services department, it has meant adapting to the ever-changing environment this school year, from how they plan menus to adjusting their operations to ensure students have the meals they need.

Manager of Food Service and Purchasing Kari Dennis said that preparing meals with a cohort of students in school, another cohort at home, and those enrolled in Westerville Virtual Academy has sometimes been difficult. However, her staff has risen to the challenge.

Walnut Springs eighth-grader invited to Regional Spelling Bee meet Preston Montler

Preston Montler, an eighth-grader at Walnut Springs 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.

By competing in the regional meet, Montler has a chance to compete at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. this summer.

Westerville Intra-District Open Enrollment Applications Available

Parents or guardians wishing to apply to have their children attend a school different from their school of attendance must complete and submit an Intra-district Open Enrollment Application. 

Deadline to nominate annual GEM award is Feb. 5

Westerville students, staff and community are invited to nominate district staff and adult volunteers for a 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.

Partnership between Longfellow Elementary EL teacher and Ohio State Spanish faculty member creates stories for Spanish-speaking students and families Bilingual Storybook Project between Longfellow Elementary and Ohio State

Longfellow kindergartner Bridget Moreno Serrano likes superheroes, mermaids and monkeys — all of which have the makings for an interesting story. 

After learning more about Serrano, Patrick McNally and Juliana Reising, two Ohio State students enrolled in Honors Spanish Composition, each created personalized children’s stories written in English and Spanish so Serrano’s parents who are native Spanish speakers can read it to her at home.

WSHS science teachers create games to help students deepen their understanding of biology unit Membrane Transport game at WSHS

Westerville South High science teacher Mark Schmidley admits the membrane transport unit in his biology class is not the most exciting topic.

“It’s hard to get some people fired up about ‘Oh man, glucose moving against the gradient. Transport proteins,’” he said.

WCSD top school district in national Green Garage Contest

Westerville City Schools was the highest-ranked school district in the nation in a contest that recognizes progressive and environmentally-committed transportation fleets. 

Westerville Education Foundation Teachers of the Month for November and December Westerville Education Foundation logo

TJ Potterf, a teacher at Pointview Elementary; Katie Summers, a teacher at the ELC Preschool and Leslie Alicea, a teacher at Cherrington Elementary have been named Westerville Education Foundation’s December Teachers of the Month.

Teachers recognized for the foundation’s November Teachers of the Month award include Jennifer Steinher at Emerson Elementary, Angela Faust at Whittier Elementary and Kelly Balaz at Hanby Elementary.

Sessions from November’s Parent Prep workshop series now available online Parent Prep logo

Parents who missed last month’s Parent Prep workshop series or wanted to revisit topics can now watch the recorded sessions online.

District-wide reading initiative for students, staff and Westerville community focuses on race and social justice Reading for Justice: One community One Book sponsors

Westerville students, staff and community members are invited to participate in a shared book read across the district and city to inspire conversations around race and social justice.

Walnut Springs eighth-grader recognized for catching error in national magazine Grumpy Cat correction

As students in Jill Shaffer’s class at Walnut Springs Middle School were reading the November issue of Scholastic Magazine, eighth-grader Jenna caught an error in an article featuring Grumpy Cat, a cat that achieved internet fame for its “grumpy” facial appearance.

Westerville Central High School named a SWACO School Recycling Champion SWACO School Recycling Champion

Westerville Central High School has been named a Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO) School Recycling Champion thanks to science teacher Anthony Forrest and his efforts in building a sustainable and comprehensive school recycling program. 

Eleven proposals awarded 2020 Fall Grant from the Westerville Education Foundation Westerville Education Foundation

A girls empowerment program, classroom sets of ukuleles, and a community-wide reading initiative focused on books about anti-racism are among the 11 proposals awarded a 2020 Fall Grant from the Westerville Education Foundation (WEF). 

Westerville Education Challenge provides ‘rocks of support’ to teachers, staff Rocks of Support by the Westerville Education Challenge

To show support for Westerville teachers, staff and administrators, the Westerville Education Challenge (WEC) created more than 1,300 “rocks of support” that feature messages of encouragement for their work during the pandemic.

Westerville Education Challenge launches online social-emotional resource center for students, staff and families SERC image

To support the social and emotional needs of students in the Westerville City School District, the Westerville Education Challenge (WEC) launched an online social-emotional resource center available to students, families and staff on Tuesday.

WCSD Treasurer and Superintendent advocate for new school funding reform bill in testimony before Ohio House leaders

Westerville City Schools Treasurer Nicole Marshall and Superintendent Dr. John Kellogg presented testimony before the Ohio House Finance Committee on Nov. 17 in support of the Fair School Funding plan, a new school funding formula that would reduce the state’s overreliance on local taxpayers to pay for public education and provide a more equitable state model for funding schools.

Twenty A+ Award winners recognized at Nov. 23 board meeting

Twenty 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.

Conservative spending, strategic use of federal aid help reduce negative impact of coronavirus on district finances

Last spring, school systems across the nation were challenged to quickly assess, address, and adapt to the worldwide pandemic. Whether implementing remote instruction models to keep students learning, modifying meal service to keep students fed, stockpiling personal protective equipment to keep students and employees safe, or shifting resources to maintain operations, these rapid adjustments left school leaders concerned about the overall impact the coronavirus could have on their respective districts.

WCSD launches new peer-led support initiative for high school students Hope Squad logo

Over the coming months, Westerville City Schools will be rolling out a new peer-led initiative focused on mental health and suicide prevention/education.

WCSD nurses outline COVID-19 procedures in schools

The school nurses at Westerville City School District have collaborated on communication to help families better understand the procedures they are following in school related to COVID-19.

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.

Realignment Committee set to resume work

After completing only two meetings last spring, work of the volunteer community committee tasked with developing attendance boundaries for the district’s new elementary and middle school buildings came to a halt due to the coronavirus pandemic.