Wyoming City Schools

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Wyoming, Ohio 45215
Phone: 513-206-7000

News

To submit news, or if you are a member of the media, contact Suzy Henke, Director of Communications, at 513-206-7015 or henkes@wyomingcityschools.org.

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.”

 

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WHS students invited to participate in the National Hispanic Recognition Program

Christian Robles & George Arenas

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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:

  • The First Place in the State award to the Club Skit, written and performed entirely by a team of Middle School students.
  • Superior ranking for Club Banner, chaired by seniors Erin Broderick, Ruby Napora, Lucy Walton, and Katie Zackerman.
  • Excellent ranking for Club Commercial, chaired by senior Lucy Walton and junior Sophie Walton.
  • First Place individual awards for Erin Broderick (Mixed Media and Traditional Photography), Chloe Constantinides (Woodworking), Aiden Jones (Pentathlon Exam) Kamaryn Madry (Games), Anna Seyerle (Jewelry and Poetry), Lucy Walton (Constructed Maps), and Gie Wilson (Derivatives Exam).
  • Best in Show awards were given to Dagny McCullumsmith for her submission in the mosaics contest (this is Dagny’s second consecutive Best in Show for a mosaic) and to Nate Kreimer for his model of a Roman ballista.
  • 8th grader Chloe Constantinides earned 8th place in individual graphic arts sweepstakes points from her seven projects that placed.

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.

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WMS students to compete at Power of the Pen Regional Tournament

Members of the WMS Power of the Pen teams.

 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

Some of WMS's Power of the Pen district award
recipients with club advisor Holly Dixon.

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!

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Changes have been made to the 2017-18 Calendar

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.

 

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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.

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Wyoming High School students raise money to benefit local veterans’ groups

Sophomores raising money to help veterans.

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.

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Wyoming Cowboys excel in all sports during the 2017-18 winter sports season

Wyoming swimmers headed to State.

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!

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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.

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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.

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The Ghost of Harriet Tubman Project visits Wyoming Middle School

The Ghost of Harriet Tubman Project

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.

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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!

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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!

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Calling all Wyoming adults! Join the Saengerfest Choir at Wyoming High School! Click for more information.

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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.

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Wyoming's own Dr. Susan Lang has been named Ohio's 2017 Superintendent of the Year! For full details, click here.

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Read this article to learn how one WHS student in inspiring a culture of philanthropy in the Cincinnati region. 

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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

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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. 

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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. 

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To read Superintendent Dr. Susan Lang's letter regarding phase II of the Ohio Department of Education's State Report Card, click here

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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

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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.