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Genoa’s Ben Clark Advances to Middle School Chess Tournament in May

All Genoa Middle School students were invited to participate in a school-wide chess tournament which took place on Thursday, April 3.  The competition was fierce, but in the end eighth grade student Ben Clark emerged victorious.  He will represent the building in the Middle School Chess Tournament in May.  Placing second was sixth grader Andrew Lin.  Eighth grade student Tyler Lenoy came in third. 

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WPE Starry Night Festival Draws more than 1,500 Participants

More than 1,500 people packed into Westerville South High School for the Westerville Partners for Education’s Starry Night family festival on Sunday afternoon, April 6.  Critters, robots, origami, LEGOs, music, costumes, bonsai trees and over 60 different exhibits from Columbus’ premier educational organizations were on hand to present interactive experiences for students and families.  Students watched puppet shows, drove robots, acted out dramas, explored live insects, learned about 3-D printing, and watched sky shows from within the indoor planetarium.  Dr. Tom Burns from Perkins Observatory and the Ohio State University’s Meteorology Club presented to auditorium audiences and Tim Kaiser demonstrated handmade instruments.

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Middle School Students Advance to State Invention Convention

The fifth annual Westerville City Schools Middle School Invention Convention was held at Blendon Middle School on Wednesday, April 9, where 42 students represented each of the four middle schools.  Sponsored by the Gifted Education Department and each middle school, students competed at the building level and were invited to the district competition to set up displays and be judged by a panel of distinguished educators, administrators, and community members.

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Sixth Grade Science Classes Take On the STEM ‘Chip Challenge’

Sixth grade students from advanced science classes took part in the fourth annual Chip Challenge, a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) initiative.  Teams of students were asked to design and test a container for shipping a single “Pringles” potato chip to Westerville City Schools Superintendent Dr. John Kellogg, whose office is located at the Early Learning Center, 936 Eastwind Drive.  Upon arrival, the packages and the chip they contained were evaluated and scored.  The goal was to design a package to have the smallest volume and smallest mass that protected the chip so that it would arrive at its destination undamaged.

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Students Spread the Word to End the Word

From April 7-11, the Otterbein University Special Olympics Club, along with Westerville City Schools students from the Best of Both Worlds program, engaged in a campaign to get individuals to sign a pledge to stop using the ‘R’ word – retard(ed).  The R word hurts those with intellectual disabilities because it is exclusive, offensive and derogatory.

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Westerville Education Foundation Receives Donation

The Westerville Education Foundation (WEF) has received a generous donation in the amount of $10,000 from Alliance Data.

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Columbia Gas Provides Energy Efficiency Learning Experiences for Students

Students at heritage and Genoa middle schools are learning to become wise consumers of energy, while at the same time helping their families save money by reducing energy waste at home.  Many pupils are participating in the Be E3 Smart Program, sponsored by Columbia Gas of Ohio.

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Westerville Safety City Program Announces New Registration Procedure

Parents of children who will be attending kindergarten this fall are eligible to register their youngsters online for Safety City beginning on April 21.  The program will be held Monday through Friday, June 2-13, at Robert Frost Elementary School, which is located at 270 North Spring Road.  Two sessions will take place each day – one from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m., and one from 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.

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Three Westerville Students Advance to State Laws of Life Essay Competition

Twenty-nine State finalists have been chosen in the 2014 Laws of Life Essay Contest, three of whom are students in the Westerville City School District.  At the high school level, Avery Pierson and Christopher Scheren from Westerville North were selected, along with middle school participant Arianna Kellum from Genoa.  Elizabeth Glenn is the Westerville North High School contest coordinator, and Brandy Spears is Kellum’s teacher.  Westerville’s middle school Laws of Life contest is facilitated through the Gifted Education Department. 

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School Board to Meet in April
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Upcoming Building Events
Secondary Art Show
@Westerville Public Library
Sunday, 4/27/2014 - 3:00 PM
**BOE Special Session (GEM Awards)
@North H.S.
Monday, 4/28/2014 - 7:00 PM
BOE Work Session
@Early Learning Center-936 Eastwind Dr.
Monday, 5/5/2014 - 6:00 PM
BOE Regular Session
@Early Learning Center-936 Eastwind Dr.
Monday, 5/19/2014 - 6:00 PM
Last Day of Classes (4th Grading Period)
@All Schools
Friday, 5/23/2014
Commencement-North HS
@Ohio Expo/Celeste Center-717 E. 17th St.
Saturday, 5/24/2014 - 10:00 AM
Commencement-Central HS
@Ohio Expo/Celeste Center-717 E. 17th St.
Saturday, 5/24/2014 - 2:00 PM
Commencement-South HS
@Ohio Expo/Celeste Center-717 E. 17th St.
Saturday, 5/24/2014 - 6:00 PM
Memorial Day (No School)
@All Schools
Monday, 5/26/2014
Teacher Professional Day (No School)
@All Schools
Tuesday, 5/27/2014
Grade Cards (MS & HS)
@All Middle & High Schools
Friday, 6/6/2014
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