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WHS Model UN Club continues tradition of success
One of the many competitions that the Wyoming High School Model United Nations Club participates in took place this month at Miami University. The following students were recognized for their work at the 2018 Miami University Model United Nations Conference:
Libby Spera - Egyptian Cabinet: Verbal Commendation
Molly Brown - Washington's Cabinet: Verbal Commendation
Sam Black - European Union: Verbal Commendation
Rasleen Krupp - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees: Outstanding Delegate
Ben Halstead - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees: Outstanding Delegate
Aidan Stevens - Egyptian Cabinet: Outstanding Delegate
Victory Lee - POPUOS: Best Delegate
Glory Lee - COPUOS: Best Delegate
More information about the WHS Model UN club can be found in this recent article by student Ethan Jobalia, excerpted from the Horizon: The Wyoming High School Newspaper:
Model United Nations is a club where students debate over many various topics. These topics can range anywhere from Washington's cabinet to potential uses for outer space or even Pokèmon, Fallout, and many other exciting subjects. It has something for everyone.
Whether it is the long, careful planning of the general assemblies, which are the committees that typically come to mind when one thinks of the United Nations, or the faster-paced crises, no one is left out in Model UN. It is great for experienced seniors who have attended every conference they could, and for new faces who are just starting out.
At Wyoming High School, the Wyoming High School Model United Nations Club (WHSMUN) is advised by Mrs. Meador and led by a group of nine students known as the Secretariat. With around four conference every year sprawling over the Midwest and even beyond, WHSMUN is truly a wide-reaching club.
Students will travel everywhere from Montreal to Miami University in Oxford, and many places in between. They also host one of their own. WYOMUN (Wyoming Model United Nations) is a conference hosted at Wyoming High School by our own Wyoming students, who meticulously prepare committees. This is a great way to get involved with Model United Nations, because it is a low-cost, low-stakes conference right here in Wyoming. This year it was a huge success. Schools from all over Cincinnati competed in the many unique committees.
In November, WHSMUN competed at the Secondary Schools United Nations Symposium (SSUNS) and despite losing a number of strong delegates last year, the team was able to rebound and collect numerous awards at the conclusion of the conference. In fact, they brought home more awards than they ever have from any competitive college-hosted conference, showing growth and susteained discipline within their club.
The delegation of thirty-three (33) brought home seven awards. In their committees, Sam Steed and Rasleen Krupp were named for the Nellie McClung Award for Advocacy, and Yu-Chia Cheng was named for the Lester B. Pearson Award for Peacemaking. In addition, Ben Halsted, Claire Kaddoura, and Ethan Jobalia were awarded book awards, and Ben Haward was awarded the MacKell Chair in Federalism Prize, a scholarship specific to his committee.
The club also competed at the University of Michigan conference, MUNUM, and also snagged numerous awards with the smaller delegation of twenty-one (21). Many Wyoming students won awards, including four verbal commendations from Yu-Chia Cheng, Victory Lee, Aidan Stevens, and Caroline Zackerman, and two best delegate awards for Glory Lee and Radu Pavel.
Not only is WHSMUN a great club at the high school, but it also has many events. There are simulations, in which the club gets together and takes part in small, very informal committees. There are bake sales once a month and there are even other less Model UN-related events, such as laser-tagging and ice skating.
An interconnected group that focuses on much more than just individual talent, WHSMUN is one of the largest clubs in the high school and for good reason. It gives kids a chance to learn how to make a change in the world; it puts kids in situations where they are looking for new ideas, searching for great notions that can make the world a better place.
Even those who don't care what country aligns with what, or who declared war on who, will still make many friends along the way and learn much fromt the journey. WHSMUN give kids the experience of making a real change and shows them that if they put their mind to it, they can accomplish anything.
WHS Concert Choir qualifies for state competition
The WHS Concert Choir was one of 35 Cincinnati-area choirs that performed at the Ohio Music Education Association district-level large group choir adjudication.
"I am pleased that the Wyoming Concert Choir received a Superior Rating," said Choir Director Brian Potts. "This rating qualifies us for state competition. The students have worked hard this year to blend four grade levels and multiple parts into a unified working choir."
Choirs are rated and evaluated based upon a series of factors that include, but are not limited to, balance, tone, accuracy. "The hardest part is the sight singing portion where the choir has five minutes to sing a three-page song in four-part harmony - completely student led," said Potts.
Student participants included Mason Allen, Kennedy Anderson, Shelby Anderson, Max Arraje, Ava Batsel, Lauren Bennett, Kayla Bernas, Jonah Berry, Cathy Black, Jack Bohache, Meredith Bornholdt, Lamya Bostic, Evelyn Brock, Tori Brown, Brady Brunsman, Campbell Burke, Ava Chemero, Sabrina Chu, Kaelyn Cortes, Joe Davis, Bella DeJesus, Riley Dietz, Ellie Donnelly, Abigail Dorsey, Alina Duncan, Aidan Dunehew, Declan Dunehew, Annie Elliott, Zoe Elliott, Naomi Evans, Sal Giolando, Molly Glover, Abby Groteke, Mia Hagenauer, Latrell Harris, Mallory Heitfeld, Mary Hu, Kavya Iyer, Minji Jeong, Ethan Jobalia, Cidaruh Jones, Karly Jones, Victoria Lentz, Ashton Lindy, Riley Lingen, Sarah Lowe, Sahil Mehrotra, Onyx Mendenhall, Brie Merritt, Cam Miller, Frannie Miller, Casey Morgan, Olivia Neufarth, Colin Payne, Christian Persley, Brooke Pitman, Lucas Plante, Max Randman, Sam Randman, Emily Rash, Diego Rodriguez-Sanchez, Aria Schottelkotte, Bryce Shottelkotte, Makayla Scofield, Raven Small, Lydia Smith, Sam Steed, Amaya Strong, John Turk, Sierra Valentine, Katy Vanatsky, Annabelle Walton, Anneliese White, Caleb Williams, Taylor Williams, Ashley Wilson, Stefanie Zidarescu, and Isabelle Zory.
Wyoming High School is an early leader in the Caring Schools #CommonGood campaign
Caring Schools #CommonGood campaign, a new national campaign to mobilize high schools to prepare young people to be constructive community members and citizens who create a better world kicks off today, March 6. Led by Harvard’s Making Caring Common project, the campaign aims to motivate schools to take action to help mend our country’s fractures and strengthen democracy.
As part of the campaign, Wyoming High School has committed to increase equity and access for all students in the college admissions process in both our community and neighboring communities. We are looking forward to working with the entire school community in the coming weeks and months to make these commitments a reality.
Saladonis appointed to first Hamilton County Commission for Women and Girls
The Hamilton County Commission on Women and Girls has been tasked with working to end sexual harassment and gender discrimination in the county. This newly formed panel is made up of 20 adults and 10 students. Of the 160 applicants, Wyoming High School Junior Annah Saladonis was chosen to serve.
Of the panel, Hamilton County Commissioner Denise Driehaus said, "When women and girls thrive and are nurtured in society, the society as a whole does better."
"I hope to gain a new perspective on how women can contribute to our community," said Saladonis.
Wyoming High School's production of Once Upon a Mattress opens February 23
Wyoming High School’s theatre company will perform the classic musical, Once Upon A Mattress (the real story behind The Princess and the Pea) at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, and Saturday, Feb. 24, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25, at Pendery Center for the Arts at Wyoming High School.
This family-friendly, musical fairy tale farce is full of fun and laughs. It is great for young children!
Ticket prices are $10 for adults, $7 for seniors and staff, and $5 for students and children. A ticket order form can be found here. Tickets may also be purchased using a credit card at showtix4u.com or reserve tickets by calling the box office at 513-206-7049. You can also purchase at the door at the time of performance.
Please come and enjoy the excellence of the Wyoming Theatre Arts company to keep the arts alive and thriving in Wyoming.
Wyoming named Safe Sports School 1st Team
Wyoming City Schools has been named a Safe Sports School 1st Team by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association. This designation recognizes the district for providing the best level of care, injury prevention and treatment for student athletes and in gym classes.
The district achieved this status by:
District is requesting your assistance this flu season
Wyoming City School District is requesting your assistance to help protect the health of children and staff this influenza season. Because influenza or “flu” can be easily spread from person to person, we are asking your help to reduce the spread of flu in our facilities. We want to work with families to keep our schools open to children and functioning in a normal manner during this flu season.
Here is what you can do to help:
If the flu becomes more severe, we may take additional steps, such as screening children and staff when they come school.
For more information, please go to www.cdc.gov/flu or call Alexis Grimes Trotter at Hamilton County Public Health’s Epidemiology and Assessment Division at 513-946-7924.
We will keep you updated with new information as it becomes available.
Wyoming High School wins Youth in the Booth Challenge for the second year in a row
During the November 2017 election, Hamilton County had a total of 295 students from 27 different area high schools participate in the Youth at the Booth Program. For the second year in a row, Wyoming High School won the LaRosa's Youth at the Booth Challenge with 55% of the senior class working the polls last November.
Students work as regular precinct election officials, getting a first-hand lesson in the voting process as well as providing an important civic duty to the voters of Hamilton County. Students must attend a 4-hour training class and work the Monday night before the election to set up and from 6 a.m. until around 8:45 p.m. on Election Day.
"We combined our veteran precinct election officials with tech savvy high school seniors to create technological comfort and experience at the polls." said Deputy Director of the Hamilton Country Board of Elections Sally J. Krisel. "We again reached our goal for this election and look forward to growing our Youth at the Booth program in the future."
Beginning in 2016, LaRosa's partnered with the Hamilton County Board of Elections to sponsore this friendly competition among all area high schools The school with the highest participation percentage of student working the polls are awarded with a LaRosa's pizza party.
Wyoming High School student earns a perfect score on the ACT
Wyoming High School junior Grace Hitt 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.
Grace is the second Wyoming High School student to earn a perfect score on the ACT in 2017.
Wyoming High School helps spread the warmth this winter
Wyoming High School put a call out for coats and the Wyoming community responded. After coats were donated and gathered, Wyoming High School student council members delivered the coats to the Indianapolis Public Schools Newcomer Program. The Newcomer Program educates and values the rich diversity of newcomer students and families by providing both a challenging academic environment and comprehensive community partnerships that foster empowerment and growth for global citizenship.
"Taking the coats and interacting with all those amazing children was such as incredible experience and I am truly grateful we were able to organize the coat drive to help them this winter," said student Isabella Getgey. "Taking on the coat drive; then seeing all the help we, as a community, could give; then seeing the smiling faces that would be at the receiving end of those efforts was so gratifying. I feel blessed to live in Wyoming and have all the opportunities I do."
HS Model UN Team takes Canada by storm
Thirty-three members (33) of the Wyoming High School Model United Nations Team traveled to the Secondary Schools’ United Nations Symposium (SSUNS) in Montreal, Quebec, this month. Though many of the students had little high school experience in Model UN, all delegates actively engaged in diplomatic efforts. They served on General Assemblies, Crisis Committees, and Specialized Agencies and used parliamentary procedure, debating and writing skills, and their powers of persuasion to write resolutions, debate and discuss major issues, and collaborate with others to make positive change in the world.
With over 300 staff and 1500 delegates from around the United States and the world, our students had the opportunity to collaborate and interacted with multitudes of other high school students and first-year college students studying in Canadian. The Wyoming High School delegation included: Sam Black, Mikhail Blaine, Molly Brown, Yu-Chia Cheng, Chloe Constantinides, Isabel Coyle, Margo D’Agostino, Emma Fitzpatric, Sophie Flem, Sal Giolando, Ben Halsted, Pierson Hauser, Ben Haward, Ethan Jobalia, Will Juergens, Claire Kaddoura, Katie Whaley, Seth Kahn, Anya Kirsch, Griffin Knapp, Rasleen Krupp, Lauren Longman, Haley Mailender, Autumn McMichael, Sara Morehouse, Katherine Nocks, Kaitlyn Palmero, Radu Pavel, Lydia Smith, Libby Spera, Sam Steed, Aiden Stevens, and Carla Unzueta.
Individual award winners included:
Rasleen Krupp - The Nellie McClung Award for Advocacy - World Water Forum
Sam Steed - The Nellie McClung Award for Advocacy – Hungarian Revolution
Yu-Chia Cheng - The Lester B. Pearson Award for Peacemaking – International Civil Aviation Organization
Claire Kaddoura - The SSUNS Book Award – Mount Olympus
Ehtan Jobalia - The SSUNS Book Award - Pokémon
Ben Halsted - The SSUNS Book Award – Northwest Rebellion
Ben Haward - Mackell Chair Paige in Federalism – Myanmar. This award includes a check for $200.
Prior to the trip, all students were required to work at the WYOMUN conference, the Model UN conference run and hosted by our high school students on Wyoming High School’s campus. This year, more than 200 students from around the region participated in the day-long event.
The Wyoming High School Principal Newsletter is hot off the presses!
Read it here: Principal's Winter 2017 Newsletter
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
WHS student travel opportunity: Parent meeting 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10
Parents are invited to a meeting on Tuesday, October 10th at 7:00 p.m. in the Wyoming Hig School Media Center to learn about a student travel opportunity to Berlin, Prague, Krakow and Budapest to attend the EF Global Leadership Summit: The Influence of Technology on Society in July of 2018. Various aspects of the trip will be discussed and attendees will hear from WHS students and a WHS teacher who attended 2017's Global Student Leadership Summit.
During the trip, students will explore the meaning of global citizenship in an evolving technological landscape and consider the influence of technology on the past, present, and future. Students will join teachers and other students from across North America and Europe in Berlin, Germany, for a two-day leadership conference, July 14–15, and hear from world-renowned speakers on the Influence of Technology on Society. Participants will also attend expert-led workshops and use the design thinking process to propose solutions to a global challenge. Students will travel to other locations before and after the two-day conference.
All freshmen, sophomore and junior students are invited to participate. For more information, please visit http://www.eftours.com/educational-tours/collections/student-summits.
High School Athletics Update: Fall sports season is well underway
Here is a brief update on our fall athletic teams:
Cross Country – The Cowboys will run on Saturday at the Mason Invitational. Last year’s state qualifiers Riley Bahr and Tiffany Chen lead a talented girls team. Our boys’ look to be an improved squad led by Jack Schwartz and Grant Mellott.
Boys Golf – After qualifying as a team last year for the state finals, expectations are high for the Cowboys. Junior Dylan Stevens leads the team, who won the Cincinnati Hills League (CHL) Preview and currently sits atop the CHL standings.
Girls Golf – The girls are currently 6-2 and have a big match today vs. McNick. Victory Lee and Annabelle Walton have shot some impressive rounds so far this season!
Girls Tennis – The team is playing well with Coach Tami Propheter. They are currently undefeated at 7-0. Senior Lindsay Sasson, Junior Emily Mayer, and Sophomore Peyton Osha have all had a great impact on the start of the season.
Girls Soccer – The Cowboys have had two good wins over Princeton (3-0) and CHL rival Finneytown. The girls look to rebuild after graduation this spring but younger players are starting to develop and Coach Gruber is optimist!
Boys Soccer – Zach Napora and Ethan Herbert have lead the scoring for the Cowboys, who have 3 wins, 3 draws, 0 losses and travel to Chaminade Julienne High School in Dayton today. Coach Steve Thomas has high expectations for the team, who have qualified for the District finals in 3 of the last 4 seasons.
Volleyball – 100 in a row! Our volleyball program recently won our 100th CHL consecutive match coming off a victory at Taylor. The girls host Madeira today at WHS.
Football – Saturday the Cowboys travel to Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy for a 7 p.m. game. If you can’t make the game it is scheduled to be televised live on Star64 as the “Rival Game of the Week”.
Check out the team schedules at www.wyomingathletics.org. Go Cowboys!
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.