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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.
On Sunday, March 12, one hundred and eight (108) Wyoming Middle School students representing 17 United Nations member nations traveled to Columbus to participate in the Ohio Model United Nations Global Summit.
Students had worked for several months to prepare for the event. They researched important issues affecting people from around the globe and then created resolutions to address these issues and provide solutions. To support their resolutions, they prepared persuasive speeches which they delivered during council session debates. They also created traditional attire and talent entries to represent the diverse culture of their nations.
Six of the resolutions submitted by Wyoming Middle School passed into the General Assembly and two of the six Talent Showcase finalists were Wyoming teams.
On the final day of the summit, the country groups from WMS reconvened with the other 154 nations for the presentation of awards. Wyoming Middle School students representing the nation of Nepal and Sri Lanka earned awards for Outstanding Resolution. The United Arab Emirates group was runner-up for the Talent Showcase. Liam O’Shaughnessy received an award for Outstanding Delegate. Pierson Hauser and Anna Seyerle earned runner-up in the Global Agenda Issues Contest. Aleeza Schneider was runner-up in the World Citizenship Contest. For the World Problem Solving Contest, Audrey Skidmore was runner-up and Lydia Smith was the winner. Smith, Olive Hester, and Chloe Rajbhandari were recognized with awards for Outstanding Leadership. Rajbhandari also earned the Creativity Award for the I-OPEN fundraising endeavor. Eighth grader Frannie Miller was elected to serve as Council Vice President. The WMS Model UN program is facilitated by Nick Allen and Lisa Nocks and several parent volunteers.
City of Wyoming passes resolution in support of WCS May 2 levy
At the March meeting of Wyoming City Council, a resolution in support of the passage of the May 2 Wyoming City Schools tax levy was passed. Citing the citizens "high regard for the quality of education in the local schools" and "the excellence of the schools as an important determinant for people who are considering moving to Wyoming", the council passed the resolution on March 20. See the resolution here
Latin Club earns strongest ever showing at Ohio Junior Classical League Convention
Thirty-eight Latin students from Wyoming High School and Middle School and Latin teachers Todd Wegenhart and Maddie Briner went to Columbus to join over 600 other students, sponsors and chaperones from around Ohio for a weekend of contests, competitions, games, and learning, at the 66th Ohio Junior Classical League Convention (OJCL).
The combined efforts of our students enabled Wyoming to finish in 5th place overall in the OJCL, Wyoming’s highest place ever in over 20 years of attending the OJCL Convention and earned the group more than 100 group and individual awards. Participating students included seniors Erin Broderick, Arthur Cilley, Ruby Napora, Lucy Walton, and Katie Zackerman; juniors Daphne Constantinides, Gwyneth Fletcher, Isabelle Jones; sophomores Jeffrey Bonner, Lauren Longman, Dagny McCullumsmith, Sarah Woodruff; freshman Caroline Zackerman; and middle school students Spencer Bowden, Michael Chen, Chloe Constantinides, Owen Coughlin, Sam Easton, Richard Elliott, Jeffrey Evans, Naomi Evans, Emily Gelhausen, Abby Groteke, Pierson Hauser, Aiden Jones, Will Juergens, Thomas Kellner, Grace Kerin, Nate Kreimer, Riley Lingen, Kamaryn Madry, Eli Meyung, Peggy Moore, Will Robson, Anna Seyerle, Nate Wickemeier, and Gie Wilson.
“All of the credit for this success is due to the dedication, determination, and engagement of our students as they prepared their graphic arts submissions, memorized scripts and speeches, and studied for tests,” said Mr. Wegenhart.
Other highlights of the weekend included:
Next year’s OJCL Convention is set for March 9-11 and several Wyoming students will attend the 2017 National Junior Classical League Convention at Troy University in Alabama, July 24-29.
WMS students to compete at Power of the Pen Regional Tournament
Congratulations to the Wyoming Middle School Power of the Pen seventh and eighth grade teams for their third place awards at the Power of the Pen District Tournament! The Wyoming teams earned these honors while competing against 22 other schools.
In addition to the team awards, seventh
graders Maxine Berger earned a 10th place medallion, eighth grader Natalie Glover earned a 10th place medallion and Caitlin Broderick won a Best of Round award for her top-ranked story!
Other Best of Round winners (meaning their story was picked as one of the best of their round and could be published in the Book of Winners) were seventh grader Sydney Heldman and eighth graders Sophia Dugan and Anna Seyerle.
The top 50% of writers from this competition will advance to the Regional Tournament, which takes place this Saturday at Wyoming Middle School. In addition to those students mentioned above, seventh graders Emma Bergmann, Margaret Brink, Sarina Duncan, and Kathryn Schoeny, and eighth grader Frannie Miller will all be competing on Saturday.
Congratulations to Power of the Pen advisors Holly Dixon and Jenn Sauvey and all of our talented creative writers!
The first day of school for students will now be Monday, August 14, rather than Friday, August 11. October 16 will now be an instructional day (instead of the previously scheduled professional development day).
Also of note: The last day of school is on Friday, May 25, and the 2018 Wyoming High School Commencement Ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 26.
All board-approved school calendars can be viewed here.
Levy for Wyoming City Schools to be on May 2 ballot
The Wyoming Board of Education has approved a resolution directing the Hamilton County Board of Elections to place a 9.5 mill dual purpose property tax levy on the May 2, 2017, ballot. This 9.5 mill property tax levy allots 8 mills for operations and 1.5 mills for permanent improvements. While the 2005 operating and permanent improvement levy was projected to last only four years, the district's conservative financial measures allowed the district to delay returning to the voters again for 12 years.
“In data provided by the last statistical survey of the community, the Board saw overwhelming support of the quality of education being provided by the Wyoming City School District,” said Wyoming Board of Education President Todd S. Levy. “It also indicated the community would support moving ahead with a property tax levy of this size.”
Eighty percent (80%) of district operating expenditures are spent on salaries, wages, benefits, and retirement costs. The permanent improvement portion of the levy will be used for strategic long-term refurbishment of facilities, equipment and technological infrastructure.
“At the average Ohio school district, 67.1% of expenditures are spent on classroom instruction,” said Wyoming Board of Education Vice President Lynn Larson. “In Wyoming, 73.6% of operating dollars go directly into classroom instruction with the remaining spent on items such as extracurricular programming, utilities and building maintenance.”
The cost to a homeowner would be $332.50 annually for each $100,000 of appraised market home value as determined by the Hamilton County Auditor.
The Wyoming community has passed every Wyoming City Schools operating and permanent improvement levy for the last 47 years. For more information, view the District Finance page of the Wyoming City Schools website.
The Ghost of Harriet Tubman Project visits Wyoming Middle School
Wyoming Middle School hosted the Ghost of Harriet Tubman Project on Friday, Feb. 17. During the performance, Wyoming Middle School students learned the significance of Harriet Tubman, the Underground Railroad, the abolitionist movement, and how slavery impacted the lives of slaves. For more than 20 years, Patricia Humphries-Fann has used the Ghost of Harriet Tubman Project to inform and educate students around the world about this important period of history.
Wyoming High School Students host event to benefit veterans
Your invited to the Helping Our Heroes Dining for Dollars Event at Wyoming High School 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22. Proceeds from this community dinner, provided by sophomore students and families, will benefit local veterans’ services. The suggested donation for attendees is $10 per family. Click here for details! Hope to see you there!
Wyoming High School Seniors Participate in National Signing Day
National Signing Day at Wyoming High School saw 10 student athletes sign letters of intent to continue their academic and athletic careers at the collegiate level. Click here for the details!
Calling all Wyoming adults! Join the Saengerfest Choir at Wyoming High School! Click for more information.
Digitally Speaking Event: Social Media Use and Risks in Adolescents will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, January 25, in WMS's Fay Auditorium
Please plan to attend this panel discussion and Q & A session with child and adolescent psychiatric fellows from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Digitally Speaking is a collaboration between community members and Wyoming City Schools with the goal of encouraging students to utilize technology to create positive opportunities, not regrets. More information about Digitally Speaking events can be found here.
Wyoming's own Dr. Susan Lang has been named Ohio's 2017 Superintendent of the Year! For full details, click here.
Read this article to learn how one WHS student in inspiring a culture of philanthropy in the Cincinnati region.
28 members of the WHS Class of 2017 were recently recognized by the National Merit Corporation for excellence in academics. To read the full press release, click here.
Wyoming City Schools recently released a new publication titled "Money Matters," which provides an overview about the District's financial revenues and expenditures, as well as funding processes. Click here to review the publication.
Three Wyoming High School students were recently interviewed by WLWT Channel 5 about their experience serving as student poll workers! To watch the complete interview, click here.
To read Superintendent Dr. Susan Lang's letter regarding phase II of the Ohio Department of Education's State Report Card, click here.
The Ohio Department of Education recently released Phase I of this year's State Report Card. To hear from Superintendent Dr. Susan Lang on the data, watch this short video.
Wyoming Primary Schools Teacher Patti Clark was recently recognized as one of 10 regional and five state finalists in the 2016 ODE Teacher of the Year Awards. To read the press release, click here.