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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.
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
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.”
The senior class took a few minutes out of their day to celebrate each other and their developing plans for next year with cupcakes and balloons. The Class of 2017 Commencement Ceremony is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 3, at Wyoming High School's Graduation Walk.
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 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.
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
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
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.
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.
On Thursday, March 9, Wyoming High School will be on a two-hour delay
On Thursday, March 9, Wyoming High School (and only WHS) will have a two-hour delayed start, meaning school will begin at 9:50 a.m. Seniors will not have late arrival privileges and are expected to arrive by 9:50 a.m. The late start is to provide students and staff the opportunity to support their classmates at the district final basketball game on Wednesday night at 9:30 p.m. at the University of Dayton. The late start will also help ensure our students are alert and focused for school on Thursday. On Thursday, even with the delay, students will attend every bell, although the periods will be shortened.
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 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.
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.