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School Board to Meet Oct. 25

The Westerville City Schools Board of Education will meet in a regular board meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 25, at the district's Early Learning Center, 936 Eastwind Drive, in Westerville. 

Minerva France set precedent for Black women in library science, higher education Minerva France portrait

Minerva France was relatively unheard of in Westerville — until last year.

WCSD awarded $1.7 million grant to purchase 4,000 Chromebooks Students working on Chromebooks.

The Westerville City School District has received a $1.7 million grant through the Federal Communications Commission’s Emergency Connectivity Fund to expand students’ access to technology during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Westerville South Theatre Troupe 513 presents “Bright Star” Bright Star production at Westerville South High School

The Westerville community is invited to Westerville South Theatre Troupe 513’s production of “Bright Star,” a tale of love and redemption set against the backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and 1940s.

OSU Department of Mathematics hosting virtual workshops for grades 6-12 Buckeye Aha! Math Moments logo

Middle and high school students interested in exploring math topics can participate in free, virtual workshops with the Ohio State University Department of Mathematics each month.

Child Tax Credit expanded to help more families in need

The Child Tax Credit is a tax refund designed to help families with the expense of raising a child. This year, the benefit was expanded to help families with the most need, regardless of their level of income. More than 27 million children are newly eligible for the benefit.

WCSD names new buildings after local educator, Minerva Park community WCSD Board of Education names new buildings

The new elementary school slated to open fall 2022 has been named Minerva France Elementary School, its namesake a Westerville native who was among the first Black women to receive a library science degree.

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.

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.  

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.

Facilities Master Plan Update: WSHS, Annehurst and secured entries at five elementaries New cafeteria at Westerville South

Before the start of the lunch rush, Westerville South High School senior Curtis Wyglendowski claimed his spot in a booth along the side of the newly-renovated cafeteria, which opened its doors Wednesday. 

The dining space now features new lighting, refinished floors and updated seating throughout the area. 

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.

New Westerville South class supports Hope Squad program, student leaders Hope Squad leaders at Westerville South High School preparing ribbons for National Suicide Prevention Week

From the school walls to the student section at the Friday football game, all of Westerville South High School has been spreading the word about suicide prevention. 

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 South recognized for facility design in national trade publication American School & University magazine recognizes phase 1 of Westerville South High School's renovation/addition project

The first phase of Westerville South High School’s renovation/addition project has been recognized by American School & University magazine for its innovative design.

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 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. 

Westerville South awarded Aladdin Shriners Hospital Association for Children grant to support students with physical disabilities Aladdin Shriners Hospital Association for Children grant

Westerville South High School has been awarded a grant from the Aladdin Shriners Hospital Association for Children in Grove City to purchase medical equipment that assists students with physical disabilities when using the toilet.

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. 

Westerville students compete in AAU Junior Olympic Nationals Track Meet William Baumann places 4th in the 200m hurdles at the AAU Junior Olympic Nationals Track Meet.

Three Westerville students competed in the AAU Junior Olympic Nationals Track Meet in Houston on Aug. 2-7.

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.