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Vermont School Garden receives 2017 Leavey Award
The Vermont School Garden and teacher Adam Beard were presented with a Leavy Award for Excellence in Private Enterprise Education on November 17. This national award, which honors outstanding elementary, junior high, high school, and college educators who inspire students to gain a better understanding and appreciation of the free enterprise system, was given to seven exceptional teachers who teach students how to create value for society through novel and sustainable methods while nurturing the entrepreneurial spirit of tomorrow.
Four years ago, Adam Beard and the Vermont School started this outdoor learning program for K-4 students. The program included a vegetable garden, greenhouse, compost pile, and orchard. Students grow numerous vegetables, plants, herbs, and fruit, in addition to creating their own compost. Now, every primary school in Wyoming has a garden.
The primary school gardens emphasize the economics of science. Students are taught how to take their knowledge of science and create products that can be turned into profits. Some of the products developed and sold by primary students include herbal teas, potting soil, flower bouquets, garden produce, and basil, which is sold to a local producer of lemon basil sorbet.
The culminating project each year is the Harvest Festival. This event is run by K-4 students and the crops they have grown all year are turned into a community meal. With the help of a professional chef, the students develop a menu and sell the meals for profit. The economic principles learned are put into action by creation of brand logos, customer service, advertising strategies, and market research.
All profits from these ventures go to support the The Children's Foundation for Technology Sierra Leone. To date, $47,000 has been earned to support these efforts.
When a student sees an opportunity and the parents, schools, and students work together to address it, great things can happen! One example of this is the zero-waste lunch program taking place in Wyoming Primary Schools. Click here or the photo at right for a local news feature on Wyoming Primary School Zero-Waste Lunches. The most recent zero waste lunch at Wyoming Primary Schools (which took place on October 13) and produced less than half the waste that was produced on an average day earlier in the month (74 pounds vs. 145.1 pounds). The impact of last year’s program can even be felt on a regular day in Wyoming Primary Schools (average day this year 145.1 pounds vs. average day during the 2016-17 school year 188 pounds). Three more zero-waste lunches are scheduled for the 2017-18 school year on Friday, Dec. 22; Friday, March 16; and Friday, April 20.
This effort can be supported on zero-waste lunch days and everyday by focusing on the four R's:
Parents can get involved with this and other environmental initiatives by joining the Wyoming Parent School Association Green Team. Email Sarah Stankorb Taylor at email@example.com for more information.
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.
Wyoming primary students participate in Patriot Day celebration
Wyoming primary students participated in Patriot Day, a national day of remembrance and service, with songs and a flag ceremony. Patriot Day commemorates September 11, 2001, and honors the nation's first responders.
At the morning bell, students, teachers, and parents gathered at each of the primary schools and sang America the Beautiful, You're a Grand Ole Flag, and other tunes. Each year, the Wyoming Police Department Color Guard participates in the ceremony at a different Wyoming Primay School and this year they were found at Elm School.
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.
Request for end-of-day student transportation information
In an effort to ensure the safety of all students, please complete the 2017-18 Wyoming Primary Schools End-of-Day Transportation form by Sunday, August 13, using the link below. Completion of the form will allow primary staff to accurately assist primary students at the end of each school day. If you have more than one primary student, please submit a separate form for each student.
Please indicate the dismissal transportation option that will be most widely used for the 2017-18 school year. Modifications to dismissal plans can be made on a case-by-case, day-by-day basis by communicating directly to your student’s teacher.
Wyoming City Schools Board of Education names new board member and treasurer
Kara Broderick was appointed to the Wyoming City Schools Board of Education at the board’s July Regular Meeting. Ms. Broderick is filling the board seat vacated by the resignation of Lynn Larson in June.
In addition to being the president of Wyoming School Music Association and holding numerous volunteer positions in Wyoming City Schools, Ms. Broderick has worked in development at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Virginia Commonwealth University, and the University of Richmond. Ms. Broderick is a graduate of University of Virginia and her mother was a public school teacher, principal, and administrator.
This seat, along with two other Wyoming City School Board of Education seats, will be on the November ballot. Petitions and instructions for Board of Education candidates are available at the Hamilton County Board of Elections, 4700 Smith Road, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The deadline for filing is 4 p.m. Wednesday, August 9.
Also at the July 24 meeting, Ronda Johnson was named treasurer of Wyoming City Schools. Ms. Johnson is returning to Wyoming after serving as the Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer of Mason City Schools since 2014. Ms. Johnson was Wyoming City School Treasurer from 2011-2014 and was previously the Treasurer at Oak Hills Local School District. She has 20 years of experience in public school finance and has been a strong advocate for stable funding of Ohio’s public schools at the state level. She is the recipient of numerous Ohio Auditor of State Awards with Distinction and Government Finance Officers Association Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting.
New, but familiar faces, at principal positions at Wyoming Middle and Primary Schools
At the July 24th Wyoming City Schools Board of Education meeting, Jennifer Klein was named the new principal of Wyoming Middle School.
Ms. Klein was Wyoming Primary Schools Principal for six years. During her tenure at the primary schools, Spanish was added to the curriculum and the positive behavior intervention support program, the Caring Cowboy, was instituted. Prior to coming to Wyoming, Ms. Klein was an elementary school principal and assistant principal and junior school assistant principal in Lakota Local School District. She has taught in Norwood City Schools, Forest Hills Local School District, and Northwest Local School District. She has a BA in Elementary Education and an MA in Educational Leadership. Former Wyoming Middle School Principal Tiffany Brennan has taken a job with West Clermont School District as Supervisor of Educational Programs.
“We are very excited to have Ms. Klein step over to the middle school,” said Superintendent Dr. Susan Lang. “Her instructional leadership skills and experience, in and out of Wyoming, will be a perfect fit in the building.”
LaDora Hill was named the principal of Wyoming City Primary Schools. During her nine years as Wyoming City Primary Schools Assistant Principal, she has been a valued leader in all areas of the division, including her work implementing research-based programs in reading, math, science, and social studies, and developing progress monitoring tools to support student learning. With a BA in Early Childhood Education, MA in Elementary Education, sixth-year degree in educational Leadership/Administration and 26 years of experience as a primary school teacher, assistant principal and principal, Ms. Hill will continue to be a valued member of the primary school team.
Jeff Hicks has been hired as the new Wyoming Primary Schools Assistant Principal. Mr. Hicks previously taught in Hamilton City, Oak Hills, and Princeton City School Districts and was an assistant principal in Lakota Local and Princeton City School Districts. He has a BS in Education and MA in Educational Leadership, both from Miami University.
Hilltop School Outdoor Learning Center and vegetable garden dedicated
On May 31st, Hilltop School hosted a dedication for the Outdoor Learning Center and vegetable garden. Phase Two of the garden was made possible by a grant that teachers Emily LaValle and Julie Roush received and the hard work of many people and all the students at Hilltop School.
The dedication included songs, poetry readings, and appreciation to many community members and staff.
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
Vermont 4th Graders taking their goods to Wyoming Ave. Farmers’ Market
Fourth graders at Vermont School partnered with local businesses Cooking with Caitlin and the Wyoming Ave. Farmers’ Market on a design challenge to produce cottage foods and offer them to the community. Design challenges are open-ended projects that encourage students to ask questions, take initiative, and think creatively.
The students will staff a vendor’s booth at tomorrow’s market (3-7 p.m. at Wyoming Avenue
and Oak Avenue in Wyoming) offering cake pops, cupcakes, and pizzelles that they have created, along with a raffle and karaoke.
These offerings were chosen through a panel presentation process which judged submissions based upon their product’s display and appeal, simplicity of production, student presentation, and profit potential. All proceeds will go to the students’ sister school in Sierra Leone.
Hope to see you at the market!
Hilltop School celebrated Earth Day, garden expansion underway
On Friday, April 21, Hilltop School 1st graders celebrated Earth Day by designing and making t-shirts and planting seeds in the Hilltop Garden.
In other Hilltop garden news, Phase II of the Outdoor Learning Project at Hilltop has begun! On Friday, April 28, 1st and 3rd graders worked together to remove rocks and place raised beds to create the new garden. Teachers Emily LaValle and Julie Roush applied and received a grant for $2,600 from Lowe's to complete the project. The plan dedicates a garden bed for each class and work is scheduled to be completed (with beds planted) by May 31. A dedication of the space is scheduled for 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 31.
Here comes May Fete! All Wyoming Schools closed Friday, May 19, for festivities
Schools will be closed on Friday, May 19th, for May Fete, the annual Wyoming Parent School Association event which benefits Wyoming City School District. Festivities will take place 11 a.m.-10 p.m. on the City of Wyoming Village Green.
Click on the form at right for ticket sale information.
Wyoming’s Bad-Invest Busters place second in state in stock market game
Wyoming Primary School students in 4th Grade REACH classes have been competing in the SIFMA Foundation’s Stock Market Game since October. Working in teams of 2-4 students, the classes learned about what the stock market is and how to invest. They also researched trading strategies and individual public companies and spoke with a financial advisor during a class visit.
Each team was given $100,000 to invest in a real-time stock simulation. Wyoming student teams placed 2nd, 4th, 6th, and 59th in the state. The Bad-Invest Busters, Sabrina Giolando and Yates Kitchin from Elm School’s 2nd place team, were invited to watch the Portfolio Challenge Competition at the University of Cincinnati on April 25 and participate in an awards banquet at Nippert Stadium, hosted by the University of Cincinnati Economics Center.
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._________________________________________________________________________
Parents and friends were wowed by the projects on display at the First Grade Cultural Heritage Celebration at Hilltop School on March 24. Students shared their personal histories by gathering items, sharing photos, and donning clothing representing cultures and locations where they and/or their forebears had lived.
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
Vermont School’s 4th Grade Publishing Party took place on March 17
At the party, students in Mrs. Klaus’ and Ms. Plogsted’s classes shared their informational writing pieces and classmates offered feedback on every writer’s work.
The thoughful critiques included:
“Introduction – very interesting! It sucks the reader in! Cute pics too!”
“I love your title. It’s really smart!”
“It’s very informative and very fun. Your book is awesome.”
“You are so on point and are very specific.”
The first day of school for students will now be Monday, August 14, rather than Friday, August 11. October 16 will now be an instructional day (instead of the previously scheduled professional development day).
Also of note: The last day of school is on Friday, May 25, and the 2018 Wyoming High School Commencement Ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 26.
All board-approved school calendars can be viewed here.
Levy for Wyoming City Schools to be on May 2 ballot
The Wyoming Board of Education has approved a resolution directing the Hamilton County Board of Elections to place a 9.5 mill dual purpose property tax levy on the May 2, 2017, ballot. This 9.5 mill property tax levy allots 8 mills for operations and 1.5 mills for permanent improvements. While the 2005 operating and permanent improvement levy was projected to last only four years, the district's conservative financial measures allowed the district to delay returning to the voters again for 12 years.
“In data provided by the last statistical survey of the community, the Board saw overwhelming support of the quality of education being provided by the Wyoming City School District,” said Wyoming Board of Education President Todd S. Levy. “It also indicated the community would support moving ahead with a property tax levy of this size.”
Eighty percent (80%) of district operating expenditures are spent on salaries, wages, benefits, and retirement costs. The permanent improvement portion of the levy will be used for strategic long-term refurbishment of facilities, equipment and technological infrastructure.
“At the average Ohio school district, 67.1% of expenditures are spent on classroom instruction,” said Wyoming Board of Education Vice President Lynn Larson. “In Wyoming, 73.6% of operating dollars go directly into classroom instruction with the remaining spent on items such as extracurricular programming, utilities and building maintenance.”
The cost to a homeowner would be $332.50 annually for each $100,000 of appraised market home value as determined by the Hamilton County Auditor.
The Wyoming community has passed every Wyoming City Schools operating and permanent improvement levy for the last 47 years. For more information, view the District Finance page of the Wyoming City Schools website.
Wyoming Primary School students celebrate Youth Art Week
Students at all grade levels in Wyoming Primary Schools celebrated Youth Art Week by creating bottle cap mosaics. With the help of art teachers Jenny Ackerman and Holly Benjamin, every student had a role in the project.
All grade levels collected the plastic bottle caps. Kindergarteners sorted the caps. First graders counted the caps. Second graders created a bar graph representing how many of each color had been collected. Third graders developed theme ideas and voted on the final theme. Fourth graders created drawings considered for the final design at each building.
Celia Donovan’s rainbow design was chosen at Elm School. Hilltop School’s butterfly was designed by Addy Adkins with color design by Katherine Rutherford. Vermont School’s flower was designed by Emma Robson with color design by Dani Whaley.
This was Wyoming’s 4th annual celebration of Youth Art Week.
Wyoming High School 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.