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Wyoming parent, teacher and superintendent testify at the Ohio Statehouse
On December 13, Wyoming parent Elise Foster, kindergarten teacher Anne Keen and superintendent Dr. Susan Lang testified before the Ohio Senate Education Committee in support of Senate Bill 216. The written testimony can be found here. The OHIO Channel, a service of Ohio's Public Broadcasting Stations, has archived video of the day's testimony here. (Wyoming's portion can be found at 2:17:48.)
Though Senate Bill 216 includes proposals that would impact many different areas of education, Wyoming's five-minute allotment of time focused on changes to Kindergarten Readiness Assessments, classroom mandates on computer usage, and simplification of teacher and principal evaluation.
Dr. Lang participates in national Superintendent of the Year Forum
As 2017 comes to a close, Ohio's 2017 Superintendent of the Year Dr. Susan Lang attended the 2017 Superintendent of the Year Forum in Washington DC. Hosted by the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), this event included sessions on federal education policy and how tax reform and immigration law changes could impact public schools; innovative leadership; teacher policy trends; and more.
"I was glad to hear that results from Gallup News poll showed confidence in the nation's public schools rose in 2017," said Dr. Lang. "The events in DC provided a wonderful opportunity to exchange ideas with other superintendents and learn additional strategies to improving student outcomes."
This month, Dr. Lang was also honored at the Ohio School Board Association Capital Conference in Columbus for her 2017 Ohio Superintendent of the Year award.
Congratulations to Kara Broderick, Aaron Meis, and Heather Yee, who were all elected or re-elected as members of your Wyoming City Schools Board of Education. Board members will be sworn in at the Organizational Meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9, at the Wyoming City Schools Board Office, 420 Springfield Pike.
In the Classroom: WHS students participate in annual odyssey to review The Odyssey
Denise Griggs's Honors English 9 students headed out on their annual odyssey in October. They wrote 4-line poems/clues about their characters from The Odyssey using an ABCB writing scheme and traveled around the school solving clues and following directions to their next destination. In addition to writing, this activity had students analyze how complex characters advance plot and allowed them to apply their knowledge of language to understand how it functions in different contexts, along with providing an opportunity to work in teams and actively partcipate.
WHS Robotics Club and their extreme bots will compete Nov. 4
Extreme bots Frog, Toad, and Doorstop will travel with their creators to Wright State University on November 3rd and 4th to compete in the Xtreme BOTS competition. Wyoming High School's Robotics Club students have worked with volunteer club advisors Patty McNerney, Brett McNerney, Scott Powers, and Evan Shaw. Through funding received from an outside donor and the Wyoming School Foundation, the club purchased a drill press, new controllers, parts, soldering irons, and other necessary supplies. Additionally, a local company has supported the group with free fabrication.
Good luck to all!
When a student sees an opportunity and the parents, schools, and students work together to address it, great things can happen! One example of this is the zero-waste lunch program taking place in Wyoming Primary Schools. Click here or the photo at right for a local news feature on Wyoming Primary School Zero-Waste Lunches. The most recent zero waste lunch at Wyoming Primary Schools (which took place on October 13) and produced less than half the waste that was produced on an average day earlier in the month (74 pounds vs. 145.1 pounds). The impact of last year’s program can even be felt on a regular day in Wyoming Primary Schools (average day this year 145.1 pounds vs. average day during the 2016-17 school year 188 pounds). Three more zero-waste lunches are scheduled for the 2017-18 school year on Friday, Dec. 22; Friday, March 16; and Friday, April 20.
This effort can be supported on zero-waste lunch days and everyday by focusing on the four R's:
Parents can get involved with this and other environmental initiatives by joining the Wyoming Parent School Association Green Team. Email Sarah Stankorb Taylor at email@example.com for more information.
Every WMS student contributed a feather to the uplifting art piece that was installed in the cafeteria at Wyoming Middle School. Click here or the picture at right for an installation video produced by WMS students!
“One of my favorite things about collaborative work is seeing the pride that the kids have in their individual pieces when it is a part of something larger,” said art teacher Jessica Williamson. “It is satisfying to see all of the small parts combine to create something quite magnificent!”
Based on the work of contemporary American artist Kelsey Montague, the piece encouraged people to reflect on what inspires them or brings them joy each day.
All are encouraged to take a moment the next time you're in Wyoming Middle School to take in the beautiful student art all over the walls and in the Art Gallery.
Let’s Talk About It!: Student Brain Health on November 9 at Wyoming Middle School
In an effort to promote awareness of student health issues and resources, the Wyoming Community Conversation Coalition is bringing experts in the field to Wyoming Middle School at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9. This community engagement event will include an address by Dr. Michael T. Sorter, Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics with the University of Cincinnati and the Division, Director, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC). Following Dr. Sorter’s talk on brain health challenges and local and national brain health trends, two breakout sessions will allow for group discussions on brain health, including the effects of social media and sleep hygiene, and anxiety and perfectionism. Register for your free ticket here: http://bit.ly/wc3_bhregister.
This is the second of four events planned by the Wyoming Community Conversation Coalition, a partnership among the City of Wyoming, Wyoming Parent School Association, Wyoming City Schools, and Wyoming Youth Services. Two more conversations are planned for the 2017-18 school year: Let’s Talk About It: School Quality Metrics & Advocacy on Thursday, Feb. 22; and Let’s Talk About It: Creativity & Innovation in the Classroom on Thursday, April 12.
About the Speakers
Under the leadership of Dr. Michael T. Sorter, the first adolescent psychiatry unit at CCHMC was founded and Psychiatric Services have been expanded to a hospital system of 103 inpatient beds, 30 residential beds, 40 partial hospital beds, and over 52,000 outpatient encounters, as well as care coordination services to help meet the needs of our community. Dr. Sorter graduated from the University of Cincinnati Medical School where he also completed his residency and fellowship.
Jenna Addington, LISW, is a supervisor on the Early Childhood Mental Health team at The Children’s Home. She obtained her Master in Social Work from George Mason University. Prior to beginning her counseling practice, Addington had experience in Child Welfare. She has specialty training in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Theraplay, play therapy, and Child Adult Relationship Enhancement model. Addington also acted as the Primary Care Behavioral Health Consultant with Cincinnati Health Department in their pediatric health care clinics.
Alison Savage, LPCC-S, is the Clinical and Professional Development Supervisor at The Children’s Home of Cincinnati. She obtained her Master in Mental Health Counseling from Wright State University and has more than 15 years of experience in mental health treatment and clinical counseling with children and adolescents. She has expertise in treating children diagnosed with depression, anxiety and trauma-related disorders. Her experience includes training community partners on trauma informed care, suicide prevention, and supporting children with behavioral health challenges in the classroom.
Coat Drive at Wyoming High School through November 9
Wyoming High School Student Council is partnering with Indianapolis Public Schools to sponsor a coatdrive for the Newcomer Program for Immigrant and Refugee Students in Indianapolis, Indiana. This school serves students in grades 3-11 who have been in the United States for less than one year. Very few of these students have experienced winter and most are ill prepared to deal with the elements.
Please donate new or used coats of all sizes, along with any hats, gloves, or scarves. Bins for collection will be available at the home football game this Friday, Oct. 27, and in the front rotunda of the high school through November 9.
WHS student earns a perfect score on ACT
Wyoming High School senior Walker Weekley earned a perfect score of 36 on the ACT, a college readiness assessment. Less than one-tenth of 1 percent of students taking the ACT earn a perfect score.
Ohio’s average ACT score for the Class of 2017 was a 22 and the national average was a 21.
This is the second major honor bestowed on Weekley in recent weeks. He was also recently named a National Merit semifinalist.
High school students participate in second Service Learning Day of 2017-18 school year
Seniors and first-year students worked to serve and strengthen the community during the second Service Learning Day of the 2017-18 school year at Wyoming High School.
Around Wyoming, students installed tree tubes and removed invasive species from Steans Woods and installed a Flags for Forgotten Soldiers display at the Wyoming City Schools Administrative Office Building at 420 Springfield Pike. This installation of 660 flags and others like it across the country are intended to raise awareness of the crisis of suicide among soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and the need for improvements in healthcare for veterans.
Other places Wyoming teachers and students
could be found working were: Alms Park, Ault Park, Bake Me Home, Community Tool Bank, Global Music and Wellness, Granny’s Garden School, Habitat for Humanity, Heartfelt Tidbits, Henry the Hand Foundation, Melodic Connections, New Hope Ministries & Sharing Hope Center, New Life Furniture Bank, One Way Farm, Our Daily Bread, Pro Seniors, Sonlight Power, Stearns Woods, St. George Interfaith Food Pantry, Valley Interfaith, Warm Welcomes Foster Care Outreach, and Washington Park.
High school students participate in Service Learning Day
Juniors and sophomores worked to serve and strengthen the community during Wyoming High School's Service Learning Day on Wednesday, Sept. 20.
Wyoming teachers and students could be found working at Ault Park, Church of the Advent Open Door, Dragonfly Foundation, Eden Park, Global Music & Wellness, Granny Garden School, Habitat for Humanity, Heartfelt Tidbits, Henry the Hand Foundation, Life Learning Center, Melodic Connections,
One Way Farm, Our Daily Bread, Sonlight Power, St. George Food Pantry, Susan G. Komen Greater Cincinnati Office, Sweet Cheeks Diaper Bank, Warm Welcomes Foster Care Outreach, Women Helping Women, Valley Interfaith, and on the campus of Wyoming High School.
Seniors and freshman will participate in the next Service Learning Day scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 11.
National Merit Corporation and College Board honor WHS students
Fifteen (15) members of the Wyoming High School Class of 2018 have been recognized by the College Board and/or the National Merit Scholarship Corporation for their academic achievements.
College Board named George Arenas and Christian Robles National Hispanic Scholars in recognition of their cumulative GPA and performance on the PSAT.
The National Merit Corporation recognized Gabrielle Blade, Gwyneth Gletcher, Maia Johnson, Isabelle Jones, Vivian Loney, Grant Mellott, Christian Robles, and Hannah Stoppenhagen as Commended Students for scoring above the nationally-applied selection index score on the PSAT.
The National Merit Corportation recognized Maddie Basil, Margot Grom-Mansencal, Olivia Hedges, Daniel Shapiro, Elena Skidmore, and Walker Weekley as National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalists for having among the highest PSAT scores in the state of Ohio. These students will move on in the National Merit Scholar competition.
Middle Schoolers recharge their creativity in the Maker's Hallway
The Makers Hallway, which joins the Art Gallery, Woodside FAB Lab, and Learning Commons on the first floor of Wyoming Middle School, now offers students a break from sitting and studying.
With the space's Epic Lego Wall, Post-It Note murals, puzzles, origami, tiny art activity, giant Cowboy Jenga, and paint by sticker activity, students can boost their brain by using their hands and moving their bodies. Several other activity ideas are in the works to provide more options for creative fun.
Wyoming primary students participate in Patriot Day celebration
Wyoming primary students participated in Patriot Day, a national day of remembrance and service, with songs and a flag ceremony. Patriot Day commemorates September 11, 2001, and honors the nation's first responders.
At the morning bell, students, teachers, and parents gathered at each of the primary schools and sang America the Beautiful, You're a Grand Ole Flag, and other tunes. Each year, the Wyoming Police Department Color Guard participates in the ceremony at a different Wyoming Primay School and this year they were found at Elm School.
Disaster relief donation drop-off at Friday's football game
The Wyoming Girls Tennis Team is partnering with WHS's Project LEAD community service group to collect items to benefit the hurricane victims. On Friday night, there will be a collection station outside the entrance to the football game (RAIN OR SHINE) for the Wyoming community to donate any of the items listed below. The collection station will be set up at 6:15 p.m. through 7:30 p.m. On Saturday these items will be delivered to Matthew 25 Ministries to make their way to the Houston/Southeast Texas area devastated by the events of the last week.
We will accept the following for disaster relief:
Wyoming is an amazing community and we appreciate all who are able to contribute to help others in a time of need. #OnWyoming
2017 Solar Eclipse Information and School Plan
The 2017 Eclipse Across America will happen on Monday, August 21. Locally, the eclipse will begin after lunch and last about two hours. As the moon passes in front of the sun, skies will gradually begin to darken. Here in Wyoming, the near total eclipse (with 91% coverage expected) will take place at 2:29 p.m. and is expected to last about 2 minutes. After that the sky will gradually fill with more light, as the moon moves out of the path of the sun.
Student safety is the number one priority at Wyoming City Schools. It is never safe to look directly at the sun’s rays, even if the sun is partly obscured. When experiencing a partial eclipse, eclipse glasses or solar viewers must be worn at all times when facing the sun. There are also alternate methods for indirectly experiencing an eclipse. NASA (https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety) is an excellent source for more safety and viewing information. Parents are encouraged to discuss the hazards of viewing a solar eclipse without proper eye wear with students of all ages and instruct students not to view the eclipse on their way home from school.
Though Wyoming is not in the Path of Totality, Wyoming City Schools are planning to commemorate this historic, scientific event where aligned with curriculum in the following ways:
Wyoming City School District is very excited to share this memorable, teachable moment with our students.
Wyoming City Schools Board of Education names new board member and treasurer
Kara Broderick was appointed to the Wyoming City Schools Board of Education at the board’s July Regular Meeting. Ms. Broderick is filling the board seat vacated by the resignation of Lynn Larson in June.
In addition to being the president of Wyoming School Music Association and holding numerous volunteer positions in Wyoming City Schools, Ms. Broderick has worked in development at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Virginia Commonwealth University, and the University of Richmond. Ms. Broderick is a graduate of University of Virginia and her mother was a public school teacher, principal, and administrator.
This seat, along with two other Wyoming City School Board of Education seats, will be on the November ballot. Petitions and instructions for Board of Education candidates are available at the Hamilton County Board of Elections, 4700 Smith Road, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The deadline for filing is 4 p.m. Wednesday, August 9.
Also at the July 24 meeting, Ronda Johnson was named treasurer of Wyoming City Schools. Ms. Johnson is returning to Wyoming after serving as the Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer of Mason City Schools since 2014. Ms. Johnson was Wyoming City School Treasurer from 2011-2014 and was previously the Treasurer at Oak Hills Local School District. She has 20 years of experience in public school finance and has been a strong advocate for stable funding of Ohio’s public schools at the state level. She is the recipient of numerous Ohio Auditor of State Awards with Distinction and Government Finance Officers Association Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting.
New, but familiar faces, at principal positions at Wyoming Middle and Primary Schools
At the July 24th Wyoming City Schools Board of Education meeting, Jennifer Klein was named the new principal of Wyoming Middle School.
Ms. Klein was Wyoming Primary Schools Principal for six years. During her tenure at the primary schools, Spanish was added to the curriculum and the positive behavior intervention support program, the Caring Cowboy, was instituted. Prior to coming to Wyoming, Ms. Klein was an elementary school principal and assistant principal and junior school assistant principal in Lakota Local School District. She has taught in Norwood City Schools, Forest Hills Local School District, and Northwest Local School District. She has a BA in Elementary Education and an MA in Educational Leadership. Former Wyoming Middle School Principal Tiffany Brennan has taken a job with West Clermont School District as Supervisor of Educational Programs.
“We are very excited to have Ms. Klein step over to the middle school,” said Superintendent Dr. Susan Lang. “Her instructional leadership skills and experience, in and out of Wyoming, will be a perfect fit in the building.”
LaDora Hill was named the principal of Wyoming City Primary Schools. During her nine years as Wyoming City Primary Schools Assistant Principal, she has been a valued leader in all areas of the division, including her work implementing research-based programs in reading, math, science, and social studies, and developing progress monitoring tools to support student learning. With a BA in Early Childhood Education, MA in Elementary Education, sixth-year degree in educational Leadership/Administration and 26 years of experience as a primary school teacher, assistant principal and principal, Ms. Hill will continue to be a valued member of the primary school team.
Jeff Hicks has been hired as the new Wyoming Primary Schools Assistant Principal. Mr. Hicks previously taught in Hamilton City, Oak Hills, and Princeton City School Districts and was an assistant principal in Lakota Local and Princeton City School Districts. He has a BS in Education and MA in Educational Leadership, both from Miami University.
Larson to resign from Wyoming City Schools Board of Education
Board of Education to appoint replacement to complete term
After many years of service, Wyoming City Schools Board of Education Vice President Lynn Larson submitted her resignation at the June 13 Wyoming City Schools Board of Education Planning Meeting, effective June 25, 2017. She has served on the board since 2006.
“The Class of 2017 was in first grade when I became a board member and, like them, it is time for me to move on, too,” said Larson.
“Lynn’s actions on the Board of Education have always considered what is best for students and all of our stakeholders. Her efforts have been instrumental in our ability to be effective stewards of our community’s tax dollars,” said Wyoming City Schools Board of Education President Todd S. Levy. “On behalf of the whole board, I’d like to thank Lynn Larson for her many years of service to the students of Wyoming.”
During her years on the board, Larson served on the Finance Committee, Policy Committee, Student Achievement Committee, City-School Joint Commission, Planning & Goal Setting Committee, Blue Ribbon Finance Committee, Wyoming Supplemental Committee, Before & After School Care Committee, and Wyoming Student Transportation Committee. She also served as the board’s State Legislative Representative and board liaison to the Citizens Advisory Committee and Wyoming Parent School Association.
“Mrs. Larson has been a tireless leader for the Wyoming schools and community,” said Wyoming City Schools Superintendent Dr. Susan Lang. “Her contributions include many, many hours of work in support of the district and many, many hours of work in support of recent and past district levies.”
The Wyoming Board of Education plans to appoint a replacement to complete the current term. The application can be found at here or may be requested at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for applications is 3 p.m. Friday, June 23.
This seat, along with two other board seats, will be on the November ballot. Petitions and instructions for Board of Education candidates are available at the Hamilton County Board of Elections, 4700 Smith Road, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday. In order to receive necessary guidance, questions should be directed to the staff of the Board of Elections. The deadline for filing is 4 p.m. Wednesday, August 9.
Hilltop School Outdoor Learning Center and vegetable garden dedicated
On May 31st, Hilltop School hosted a dedication for the Outdoor Learning Center and vegetable garden. Phase Two of the garden was made possible by a grant that teachers Emily LaValle and Julie Roush received and the hard work of many people and all the students at Hilltop School.
The dedication included songs, poetry readings, and appreciation to many community members and staff.
Wyoming Middle School Power of the Pen team wins state tournament
Congratulations to the Wyoming Middle School Power of the Pen team for winning first place at this year's state tournament! With 260 schools and 700 students competing, our students and their creative writing earned many accolades, including:
Sydney Heldman: Best of the Best, grade 7
Sarina Duncan: 9th place, grade 7
Kathryn Schoeny: 2nd place, grade 7
Caitlin Broderick: 9th place, grade 8
Natalie Glover: Best of the Best, grade 8
Additionally, Margaret Brink, Maxine Berger, Sophia Dugan, and Anna Seyerle and their scores were an integral part of the first place award.
Congratulations to the team and advisors Holly Dixon and Jenn Sauvey on this astounding accomplishment!
WSMA recognizes WHS seniors continuing passion for the arts in college
Wyoming School Music Association hosted their second annual Senior Arts Reception this month. The following students were recognized for their achievements and their plans to pursue the art in college:
James Blum - Musical Theater
Annie Boster - Graphic Design
Eric Bower - Music
Erin Broderick - Visual Art Minor & First-Year Symphony Orchestra Member
Anne Marie Criddle - Master of Architecture
Ian Denney - Violin Performance Minor
Claire Erny - Communication Design
Macey Fleming - Art
Emma Gaylo - Music
Amy Goodall - Art
Ava Granna - Fashion Design
Noah Grant - University Orchestra
Sophie Harrison - Fashion Design
Madeline Judge - Music Education, Wind Symphony & Marching Band
Linda Kirsch - University Orchestra
Alex Kopnick - Theater and Drama
Mia Kraft - Visual Communication
Avery Moody - Art Minor
Rachel Notestine - University Orchestra
Ragael Rodriquez-Sanchez - Graphic Design, Photography, & Experimental Fashion
Carly Shephard - Musical Theater
Quinn Stiefbold - Theater and Drama
Claire Taylor - University Orchestra
Dion Thornton - Viola
Oliver Varland - Graphic Design
Gene Waldron - Music
Sam Weiser - Industrial Design
Alex Woosley - University Acapella
Tess Young - Art Education
WHS students compete in Ohio History Day
This year, all World Studies I freshman, all sophomores, and all junior College Prep US History students created Ohio History Day projects. The individual and group projects fit in one of four categories (paper, documentary, website, and museum exhibit). Eighty-nine students decided to enter their projects in the regional competition at the University of Cincinnati where 273 students from from 11 schools competed. Fifteen Wyoming High School projects advanced to the state competition.
"All of our students who compete at History Day exemplify the critical thinking, creativity, curiosity, and love of learning that is fostered each day at Wyoming High School," said WHS social studies teacher Terryl Meador.
The list of state-qualifying students and the topic of their projects:
Jeffrey Bonner: Breaking Enigma: Standing Up to Nazi Germany
Marcello Roman: How the Tuskegee Airmen Stood Up in History
Katherine Nocks: Soviet Women Who Stood Up In WWII
Lila Weiser and Jennifer Lewis: Eva Peron: Standing Up for Women's Rights in Argentina 1950s
Radu Pavel and Noah Wesley: Romanian Citizens Take a Stand Against Communism
Stella Dionysiou and Aiden Holubeck: The Forgotten Holocaust: The Persecution and Resistance of Homosexuals in Nazi Germany
Anya Steifbold and Montana Kyle: The London Match Girls Strike of 1888: A Stand for Rights in the Workplace
Individual Museum Exhibit:
Kelly Lyons: Gandhi Stands Up to the British
Kelsey Lackey: The Federalist Papers: Standing Up for the US Constitution
Group Museum Exhibit:
David Keller, Annah Saladonis, and Greta Warmbier: Aung San Suu Kyi: Freedom From Fear
Maia Johnson and Abby McMonigal: Black Panthers: Against the Economic Injustice Facing by the Black Community
Sami Weiss and Audrey Stevens: Irena Sendler: Taking a Stand Against Anti-Semitism
Shelby Fritz and Isabel Coyle: Oscar Romero: A Stand Against Repression and Fear
Hannah Lempert and Julia Fegelman: Tiananmen Square: The Infamous Massacres of Beijing
Anna Cate Meis, Caroline Meis and Lauren Montgomery: The Jesuit Martyrs of El Salvador Who Stood Up for Their People
Back-to-School Paperwork is Going Online!
Wyoming City Schools is pleased to announce a new online platform which replaces the paper forms formerly required before the start of school. Registration Gateway Update gives parents or guardians of returning students the ability to review their student information profile online. Families will no longer receive the paper forms formerly distributed in August in the Principals’ Newsletters. The parent/guardian will review their contact information including address, phone numbers, emergency contacts, emergency medical authorizations and technology use and safety agreements, to name a few.
The review/update may be completed at your convenience on your home computer beginning June 5th through the first day of school. The Cincinnati Public Library also offers computers for public use. In addition, there will be a computer at the Board of Education office, available by appointment throughout the summer, for those interested.
In the case of an address change, updated proof of residency documentation will be required. Please submit this documentation to Barbara Policastro at the Board of Education Building on Springfield Pike.
You will be able to access the update on or after June 5th at: https://update.wyomingcityschools.org. At that time, you will also be able access the site via the Wyoming City School’s website (click on the Parents tab at the top then click on Online Information Update).
Your username and password will be as follows:
Username: Six Digit Student ID number (found on your student’s report card, starting with 2)
Password: Student’s birthdate (MM/DD/YYYY) plus last four digits of Student ID #
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Barbara Policastro via email at: email@example.com
Vermont 4th Graders taking their goods to Wyoming Ave. Farmers’ Market
Fourth graders at Vermont School partnered with local businesses Cooking with Caitlin and the Wyoming Ave. Farmers’ Market on a design challenge to produce cottage foods and offer them to the community. Design challenges are open-ended projects that encourage students to ask questions, take initiative, and think creatively.
The students will staff a vendor’s booth at tomorrow’s market (3-7 p.m. at Wyoming Avenue
and Oak Avenue in Wyoming) offering cake pops, cupcakes, and pizzelles that they have created, along with a raffle and karaoke.
These offerings were chosen through a panel presentation process which judged submissions based upon their product’s display and appeal, simplicity of production, student presentation, and profit potential. All proceeds will go to the students’ sister school in Sierra Leone.
Hope to see you at the market!
Wyoming High School named the 78th Most Challenging High School in US
The Washington Post has placed Wyoming High School on the top 100 Most Challenging High School list for 2017. The Washington Post bases this annual ranking on the ratio of the number of Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at a school each year, divided by the number of seniors who graduated that year. Wyoming High School was ranked 78th in the country. No other Ohio high school was ranked.
Washington Post columnist Jay Mathews uses this measure to identify those schools working hardest to challenge students from all backgrounds with these courses. “AP courses mimic introductory college courses in state universities,” said Mathews. “The final exams are written and graded by outside experts and thus are immune to the tendency in high schools to go easy on students who might complain, along with their parents, if they didn’t.”
According to the Washington Post, one factor that has fueled the increased participation in AP and IB has been selective college admissions offices using that as a measure of a student’s readiness for higher education.
“Even students who do not pass AP exams appear to benefit from struggling in high school with the long reading lists and exams demanded of them in college,” said Mathews. “A study of 302,969 Texas high school graduates from 1998 to 2002 found that students with low SAT scores who had gotten a score of 2 on an AP test, below the passing mark of 3 on the five-point scale, had significantly better college outcomes than students with similarly low SAT scores who did not take AP.”
Hilltop School celebrated Earth Day, garden expansion underway
On Friday, April 21, Hilltop School 1st graders celebrated Earth Day by designing and making t-shirts and planting seeds in the Hilltop Garden.
In other Hilltop garden news, Phase II of the Outdoor Learning Project at Hilltop has begun! On Friday, April 28, 1st and 3rd graders worked together to remove rocks and place raised beds to create the new garden. Teachers Emily LaValle and Julie Roush applied and received a grant for $2,600 from Lowe's to complete the project. The plan dedicates a garden bed for each class and work is scheduled to be completed (with beds planted) by May 31. A dedication of the space is scheduled for 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 31.
Here comes May Fete! All Wyoming Schools closed Friday, May 19, for festivities
Schools will be closed on Friday, May 19th, for May Fete, the annual Wyoming Parent School Association event which benefits Wyoming City School District. Festivities will take place 11 a.m.-10 p.m. on the City of Wyoming Village Green.
Click on the form at right for ticket sale information.
Wyoming’s Bad-Invest Busters place second in the state in stock market game
Wyoming Primary School students in 4th Grade REACH classes have been competing in the SIFMA Foundation’s Stock Market Game since October. Working in teams of 2-4 students, the classes learned about what the stock market is and how to invest. They also researched trading strategies and individual public companies and spoke with a financial advisor during a class visit.
Each team was given $100,000 to invest in a real-time stock simulation. Wyoming student teams placed 2nd, 4th, 6th, and 59th in the state. The Bad-Invest Busters, Sabrina Giolando and Yates Kitchin from Elm School’s 2nd place team, were invited to watch the Portfolio Challenge Competition at the University of Cincinnati on April 25 and participate in an awards banquet at Nippert Stadium, hosted by the University of Cincinnati Economics Center.
Inside the Classroom: A virtual trip to Mexico
In Wyoming Middle School, when a seventh grade Spanish class reads and discusses a book in which a girl travels to Mexico, the whole class travels there, too, through the use of virtual reality.
Wyoming High School named a Best High School by US News & World Report
Wyoming High School has earned a Gold Medal for being one of the Best High Schools in the country by US News & World Report. In the public high school rankings, Wyoming was ranked on the top 100 in the country (#95) and second in the state of Ohio. Walnut Hills High School, a selective enrollment public high school, was ranked first in the state of Ohio.
“I believe this is a testament to Wyoming High School’s strong educational program,” said Wyoming High School Principal Ashley Whitely. “This community really rallies around public education and, within that context, our dedicated educators and great students can achieve remarkable accomplishments such as this.”
The U.S. News rankings methodology is based on these principles: that a great high school must serve all of its students well (based on math and reading state proficiency test scores and graduation rates), not just those who are college bound, and that it must be able to produce measurable academic outcomes to show it is successfully educating its student body across a range of performance indicators (namely, AP participation rate and AP passage rate).
“Rankings, such as this one, are somewhat limited in their measures, but it is wonderful for our hard-working staff, high-achieving students and very supportive community to be recognized in this way,” said Wyoming City Schools Superintendent Dr. Susan Lang.
Wyoming City School District’s Music Program Receives National Recognition
Wyoming, Ohio – Wyoming City School District has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. Wyoming is one of 4% of districts across the nation receiving the prestigious award in 2017.
The Best Communities Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. To qualify for the Best Communities designation, Wyoming answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program, and community music-making programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.
“If we are to teach the whole child, the arts need to be an integral part of their education,” said Music Teacher and Band Director David Kaiser. “I am blessed to watch students grow, both musically and personally, from 5th grade through high school.”
This award recognizes that Wyoming is leading the way with music learning opportunities as outlined in the new federal education legislation, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The legislation, signed into law in December 2015, and awaiting state implementation designates music and the arts as important elements of well-rounded education for all children.
“Our staff, our families, and our board have consistently demonstrated support for music education, recognizing its impact on academic achievement and its important role in educating the whole child,” said Superintendent Dr. Susan Lang. “This wonderful recognition is further evidence of our district’s commitment to the arts.”
Wyoming City School District is regularly recognized at the state and national level for academic excellence, including rankings in US News & World Report and The Washington Post and was recognized in the Cincinnati Enquirer as one of the “Best Places to Work” for the last two years.
The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit supported in part by the National Association of Music Merchants and its approximately 10,300 members around the world. Its mission is to advance active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving, and public service programs. For more information about The NAMM Foundation, please visit www.nammfoundation.org.
Hilltop School first graders display work at Cultural Heritage Celebration
Parents and friends were wowed by the projects on display at the First Grade Cultural Heritage Celebration at Hilltop School on March 24. Students shared their personal histories by gathering items, sharing photos, and donning clothing representing cultures and locations where they and/or their forebears had lived.
Wyoming High School students earn record-breaking number of art awards
It’s been a stellar year for the arts at Wyoming High School! This year, 11 students won State Governor’s Youth Art Awards (the largest number of award winners was previously 8 which was many, many years ago) with Isabella Getgey’s batik selected as one of the top 25 pieces of art in the state of Ohio.
Two of those students also won National Scholastic Awards. Ava Grannan’s portfolio was given the Silver with Distinction Award and she was also awarded for her mandala. Maya Stoffer was given the American Vision Award.
Additionally, Ava Grannan won the Overture Award for Visual Art. The Overture Awards recognizes, encourages and rewards excellence in the arts among Greater Cincinnati high school students. This is the first time a Wyoming High School student has won this prestigious award.
Ohio Governor’s 2017 State Art Winners included:
Isabella Getgey – Batik
Ava Grannan – Jewelry
Ava Grannan – Sculpture
Ben Haward – Printmaking
Macy Horton – Batik
Kristina Kreutzer – Jewelry
Stephanie Lagaly – Jewelry
Sarah Lowe – Batik
Grace Steiner – Jewelry
Maya Stoffer – Digital Photo/Art
Conor Williams – Printmaking
Wyoming Middle School Model UN team racks up the awards at state summit
On Sunday, March 12, one hundred and eight (108) Wyoming Middle School students representing 17 United Nations member nations traveled to Columbus to participate in the Ohio Model United Nations Global Summit.
Students had worked for several months to prepare for the event. They researched important issues affecting people from around the globe and then created resolutions to address these issues and provide solutions. To support their resolutions, they prepared persuasive speeches which they delivered during council session debates. They also created traditional attire and talent entries to represent the diverse culture of their nations.
Six of the resolutions submitted by Wyoming Middle School passed into the General Assembly and two of the six Talent Showcase finalists were Wyoming teams.
On the final day of the summit, the country groups from WMS reconvened with the other 154 nations for the presentation of awards. Wyoming Middle School students representing the nation of Nepal and Sri Lanka earned awards for Outstanding Resolution. The United Arab Emirates group was runner-up for the Talent Showcase. Liam O’Shaughnessy received an award for Outstanding Delegate. Pierson Hauser and Anna Seyerle earned runner-up in the Global Agenda Issues Contest. Aleeza Schneider was runner-up in the World Citizenship Contest. For the World Problem Solving Contest, Audrey Skidmore was runner-up and Lydia Smith was the winner. Smith, Olive Hester, and Chloe Rajbhandari were recognized with awards for Outstanding Leadership. Rajbhandari also earned the Creativity Award for the I-OPEN fundraising endeavor. Eighth grader Frannie Miller was elected to serve as Council Vice President. The WMS Model UN program is facilitated by Nick Allen and Lisa Nocks and several parent volunteers.
City of Wyoming passes resolution in support of WCS May 2 levy
At the March meeting of Wyoming City Council, a resolution in support of the passage of the May 2 Wyoming City Schools tax levy was passed. Citing the citizens "high regard for the quality of education in the local schools" and "the excellence of the schools as an important determinant for people who are considering moving to Wyoming", the council passed the resolution on March 20. See the resolution here
The Wyoming High School Principal Newsletter is hot off the presses!
Read it here: Principal's Spring 2017 Newsletter
Vermont School’s 4th Grade Publishing Party took place on March 17
At the party, students in Mrs. Klaus’ and Ms. Plogsted’s classes shared their informational writing pieces and classmates offered feedback on every writer’s work.
The thoughful critiques included:
“Introduction – very interesting! It sucks the reader in! Cute pics too!”
“I love your title. It’s really smart!”
“It’s very informative and very fun. Your book is awesome.”
“You are so on point and are very specific.”
WHS students invited to participate in the National Hispanic Recognition Program
Wyoming High School juniors George Arenas and Christian Robles have been invited to participate in College Board's National Hispanic Recognition Program. The students were recognized for performing in the top 2.5% of Hispanic/Latino PSAT test takers in our region.
Way to go, Christian and George!
Latin Club earns strongest ever showing at Ohio Junior Classical League Convention
Thirty-eight Latin students from Wyoming High School and Middle School and Latin teachers Todd Wegenhart and Maddie Briner went to Columbus to join over 600 other students, sponsors and chaperones from around Ohio for a weekend of contests, competitions, games, and learning, at the 66th Ohio Junior Classical League Convention (OJCL).
The combined efforts of our students enabled Wyoming to finish in 5th place overall in the OJCL, Wyoming’s highest place ever in over 20 years of attending the OJCL Convention and earned the group more than 100 group and individual awards. Participating students included seniors Erin Broderick, Arthur Cilley, Ruby Napora, Lucy Walton, and Katie Zackerman; juniors Daphne Constantinides, Gwyneth Fletcher, Isabelle Jones; sophomores Jeffrey Bonner, Lauren Longman, Dagny McCullumsmith, Sarah Woodruff; freshman Caroline Zackerman; and middle school students Spencer Bowden, Michael Chen, Chloe Constantinides, Owen Coughlin, Sam Easton, Richard Elliott, Jeffrey Evans, Naomi Evans, Emily Gelhausen, Abby Groteke, Pierson Hauser, Aiden Jones, Will Juergens, Thomas Kellner, Grace Kerin, Nate Kreimer, Riley Lingen, Kamaryn Madry, Eli Meyung, Peggy Moore, Will Robson, Anna Seyerle, Nate Wickemeier, and Gie Wilson.
“All of the credit for this success is due to the dedication, determination, and engagement of our students as they prepared their graphic arts submissions, memorized scripts and speeches, and studied for tests,” said Mr. Wegenhart.
Other highlights of the weekend included:
Next year’s OJCL Convention is set for March 9-11 and several Wyoming students will attend the 2017 National Junior Classical League Convention at Troy University in Alabama, July 24-29.
WMS students to compete at Power of the Pen Regional Tournament
Congratulations to the Wyoming Middle School Power of the Pen seventh and eighth grade teams for their third place awards at the Power of the Pen District Tournament! The Wyoming teams earned these honors while competing against 22 other schools.
In addition to the team awards, seventh
graders Maxine Berger earned a 10th place medallion, eighth grader Natalie Glover earned a 10th place medallion and Caitlin Broderick won a Best of Round award for her top-ranked story!
Other Best of Round winners (meaning their story was picked as one of the best of their round and could be published in the Book of Winners) were seventh grader Sydney Heldman and eighth graders Sophia Dugan and Anna Seyerle.
The top 50% of writers from this competition will advance to the Regional Tournament, which takes place this Saturday at Wyoming Middle School. In addition to those students mentioned above, seventh graders Emma Bergmann, Margaret Brink, Sarina Duncan, and Kathryn Schoeny, and eighth grader Frannie Miller will all be competing on Saturday.
Congratulations to Power of the Pen advisors Holly Dixon and Jenn Sauvey and all of our talented creative writers!
The first day of school for students will now be Monday, August 14, rather than Friday, August 11. October 16 will now be an instructional day (instead of the previously scheduled professional development day).
Also of note: The last day of school is on Friday, May 25, and the 2018 Wyoming High School Commencement Ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 26.
All board-approved school calendars can be viewed here.
Levy for Wyoming City Schools to be on May 2 ballot
The Wyoming Board of Education has approved a resolution directing the Hamilton County Board of Elections to place a 9.5 mill dual purpose property tax levy on the May 2, 2017, ballot. This 9.5 mill property tax levy allots 8 mills for operations and 1.5 mills for permanent improvements. While the 2005 operating and permanent improvement levy was projected to last only four years, the district's conservative financial measures allowed the district to delay returning to the voters again for 12 years.
“In data provided by the last statistical survey of the community, the Board saw overwhelming support of the quality of education being provided by the Wyoming City School District,” said Wyoming Board of Education President Todd S. Levy. “It also indicated the community would support moving ahead with a property tax levy of this size.”
Eighty percent (80%) of district operating expenditures are spent on salaries, wages, benefits, and retirement costs. The permanent improvement portion of the levy will be used for strategic long-term refurbishment of facilities, equipment and technological infrastructure.
“At the average Ohio school district, 67.1% of expenditures are spent on classroom instruction,” said Wyoming Board of Education Vice President Lynn Larson. “In Wyoming, 73.6% of operating dollars go directly into classroom instruction with the remaining spent on items such as extracurricular programming, utilities and building maintenance.”
The cost to a homeowner would be $332.50 annually for each $100,000 of appraised market home value as determined by the Hamilton County Auditor.
The Wyoming community has passed every Wyoming City Schools operating and permanent improvement levy for the last 47 years. For more information, view the District Finance page of the Wyoming City Schools website.
Wyoming High School students raise money to benefit local veterans’ groups
Wyoming High School 10th grade Honors English students hosted a Helping Our Heroes Dining for Dollars Event at Wyoming High School on Wednesday, Feb. 22. Attendees had the opportunity to view research done by the students on local non-profit organizations that serve veterans, active military and military families and vote for their favorite display. The classes partnered with Magnified Giving, a group that seeks to develop an interest and engagement in philanthropy.
The efforts of the students and staff will result in a total of $1,825 going to the winning groups: Yellow Ribbon Support Center, 4 Paws 4 Abilities, and Tri-State Honor Flight.
The winning teams will present their non-profit group with a check at the Magnified Giving Awards Ceremony on May 8 at the Mayerson Jewish Community Center.
Wyoming Cowboys excel in all sports during the 2017-18 winter sports season
Wyoming High School had another stellar winter sports season. Two students competed at the district bowling competition and two student divers qualified for the state finals. We had 16 swimmers travel to the state tournament at the end of last week and three student athletes will be traveling to the district wrestling finals at the end of this week.
Our girls’ basketball team finished the season strong winning 4 or their last 5 games and making it to the second round of sectional competition and our boys’ basketball team has advanced again in the tournament and will play Woodward High School at Mason High School at 6 p.m. this Saturday, March 4. Tickets are $6 each and are available at school through Friday. Go Cowboys!
Wyoming Primary School students celebrate Youth Art Week
Students at all grade levels in Wyoming Primary Schools celebrated Youth Art Week by creating bottle cap mosaics. With the help of art teachers Jenny Ackerman and Holly Benjamin, every student had a role in the project.
All grade levels collected the plastic bottle caps. Kindergarteners sorted the caps. First graders counted the caps. Second graders created a bar graph representing how many of each color had been collected. Third graders developed theme ideas and voted on the final theme. Fourth graders created drawings considered for the final design at each building.
Celia Donovan’s rainbow design was chosen at Elm School. Hilltop School’s butterfly was designed by Addy Adkins with color design by Katherine Rutherford. Vermont School’s flower was designed by Emma Robson with color design by Dani Whaley.
This was Wyoming’s 4th annual celebration of Youth Art Week.
Wyoming High School listed in Top 100 Best Public High Schools in the US
Wyoming High School has been named one of “The 100 Best Public High Schools in the U.S.” According to data from the National Center for Education Statistics and research by TheBestSchools.org, Wyoming High School ranked 48. The only other high school in Ohio to make the list was Bexley High School, near Columbus, ranked 62.
Wyoming High School was cited for offering a well-rounded education, including a focus on social responsibility, critical-thinking skills and independence. Ninety percent of Wyoming High School students enroll in the two dozen Advanced Placement courses offered. Wyoming High School was also recognized for its strong fine arts curriculum and offerings, including courses in computer graphics and photography, as well as music opportunities in band, orchestra and choirs.
“Wyoming High School has a rich history of excellence,” said Principal Ashley Whitely. “While we embrace our traditions, we also strive to hone our practices to help students reach their fullest potential.”
The rankings were based on strength of curriculum, participation rate in Advanced Placement classes, state test scores, SAT and ACT scores, graduation rate, performance of disadvantaged students, student-teacher ratios, student reviews, percentage of college bound students, and facilities, clubs and activities.
The Ghost of Harriet Tubman Project visits Wyoming Middle School
Wyoming Middle School hosted the Ghost of Harriet Tubman Project on Friday, Feb. 17. During the performance, Wyoming Middle School students learned the significance of Harriet Tubman, the Underground Railroad, the abolitionist movement, and how slavery impacted the lives of slaves. For more than 20 years, Patricia Humphries-Fann has used the Ghost of Harriet Tubman Project to inform and educate students around the world about this important period of history.
Wyoming High School Students host event to benefit veterans
Your invited to the Helping Our Heroes Dining for Dollars Event at Wyoming High School 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22. Proceeds from this community dinner, provided by sophomore students and families, will benefit local veterans’ services. The suggested donation for attendees is $10 per family. Click here for details! Hope to see you there!
Wyoming High School Seniors Participate in National Signing Day
National Signing Day at Wyoming High School saw 10 student athletes sign letters of intent to continue their academic and athletic careers at the collegiate level. Click here for the details!
Calling all Wyoming adults! Join the Saengerfest Choir at Wyoming High School! Click for more information.
Digitally Speaking Event: Social Media Use and Risks in Adolescents will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, January 25, in WMS's Fay Auditorium
Please plan to attend this panel discussion and Q & A session with child and adolescent psychiatric fellows from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Digitally Speaking is a collaboration between community members and Wyoming City Schools with the goal of encouraging students to utilize technology to create positive opportunities, not regrets. More information about Digitally Speaking events can be found here.
Wyoming's own Dr. Susan Lang has been named Ohio's 2017 Superintendent of the Year! For full details, click here.
Read this article to learn how one WHS student in inspiring a culture of philanthropy in the Cincinnati region.
28 members of the WHS Class of 2017 were recently recognized by the National Merit Corporation for excellence in academics. To read the full press release, click here.
Wyoming City Schools recently released a new publication titled "Money Matters," which provides an overview about the District's financial revenues and expenditures, as well as funding processes. Click here to review the publication.
Three Wyoming High School students were recently interviewed by WLWT Channel 5 about their experience serving as student poll workers! To watch the complete interview, click here.
To read Superintendent Dr. Susan Lang's letter regarding phase II of the Ohio Department of Education's State Report Card, click here.
The Ohio Department of Education recently released Phase I of this year's State Report Card. To hear from Superintendent Dr. Susan Lang on the data, watch this short video.
Wyoming Primary Schools Teacher Patti Clark was recently recognized as one of 10 regional and five state finalists in the 2016 ODE Teacher of the Year Awards. To read the press release, click here.