Wyoming City Schools

420 Springfield Pike
Wyoming, Ohio 45215
Phone: 513-206-7000

News & Events

The Communications Department of Wyoming City Schools is responsible for district communications and publications, including School Chatter, Know Your Schools, the District Calendar and the Quality Profile. Click here to learn where to find more information about Wyoming City Schools.

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District News

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

 

April 30

Wyoming High School recognized in U.S. News 2019 Best High Schools Ranking

U.S. News & World Report ranked 17,245 public high schools this year (up from last year's 2,700) in a new, revamped edition of the rankings. Wyoming High School is ranked second in the state and #74 in the nation.

"Our mission with the Best High Schools rankings has always been to educate families about the schools in their district," said Anita Narayan, managing editor of Education at U.S. News. "By evaluating more schools than ever before, the new edition expands that focus so all communities can see which schools in their area are successfully serving their students – including historically underserved populations."

The 2019 Best High Schools rankings take a broader approach to evaluating schools, looking at six factors: college readiness, reading and math proficiency, reading and math performance, underserved student performance, college curriculum breadth and graduation rates. The new methodology assigns weights to the six factors and then produces an overall score on which the ranking is based – as compared to the previous methodology, which involved a four-step process in which the final step used college readiness as the sole basis to determine a school's numerical rank.

More information about the rankings can be found on the publication's website at U.S. News Releases 2019 Best High Schools Ranking.

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April 30

Wyoming's music education program receives national recognition

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. The award recognizes and celebrates the commitment of school administrators, community leaders, teachers and parents who believe in music education and are working to ensure that it is part of a well-rounded education for all children.

The Best Communities Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate commitment to music education in the areas of funding, staffing, commitment to standards and access to music instruction. Research into music education continues to demonstrate educational/cognitive and social skill benefits for children who make music. After two years of music education, research has found that participants showed more substantial improvements in how the brain processes speech and improvement in reading scores and that students who are involved in music are more likely to graduate high school.

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March 19

Wyoming City Schools names new superintendent

Tim Weber

The Wyoming City Schools Board of Education took action at last night’s Regular Meeting to employ Tim Weber as Superintendent, effective August 1, 2019. Mr. Weber, who was awarded a three-year contract, is currently the Assistant Superintendent of Madeira City Schools. He will replace Dr. Susan Lang, who is retiring on July 31 after serving Wyoming City Schools as superintendent for 8 years.

“I’m thrilled that our comprehensive search has resulted in Tim Weber becoming the next Superintendent of Wyoming City Schools,” said Board President Jeanie Zoller. “Mr. Weber has earned a high degree of admiration in each of his previous roles from Teacher to Elementary Principal to Assistant Superintendent. He has served in a many-layered, large district and he has been a respected and highly effective leader in a small school system that recognizes the value of its close-knit community. His ability to build strong relationships with staff, parents, and students, with empathy, trust, and respect, make him the perfect fit for our district. We believe in his ability to collaboratively create a vision that supports the work of our teachers and champions all children in our community.”

“I am excited and honored to have been chosen as the new superintendent for Wyoming City Schools,” said Mr. Weber. “Wyoming students excel because of the wonderful partnership between families, the schools, and the entire community. I’m eager to be part of this team as we work together to create new and exciting opportunities for our students!”

With assistance from the search firm Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates, the Board of Education included an extensive community engagement process as part of the search for the next superintendent. This process included more than 45 focus groups and conversations and an online community survey that garnered 928 responses from parents, community members, teachers, administrators, support staff and high school students. The resulting information, along with the feedback gathered at the Citizens Advisory Committee Citizens Forum in February, were important tools the board used in discerning the needs of the district and the desirable qualities of the next superintendent.

“We are truly grateful to our community for their interest and involvement in helping to inform this important process,” said Board Vice President Kara Broderick.

Board interviews with six semi-finalist candidates were conducted on March 1, 2 and 3. Three finalists returned for second interviews on March 6, 10 and 12.

Mr. Weber has served as the Assistant Superintendent of Madeira City Schools since 2016. Prior to that he was the Principal of Madeira Elementary School and Endeavor Elementary and Van Gordon Elementary Schools in Lakota Local School District. He was also Assistant Principal of Lakota’s Woodland Elementary School, a fifth grade teacher in Lakota Local School District, 5th and 6th grade teacher in Sycamore Community Schools, and was an Administrator Instructor of math curriculum with the Hamilton County Educational Service Center.

Mr. Weber will have a 20-day consulting contract to be utilized over the next few months for transition purposes.

A Meet-the-Superintendent event is scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday, April 27, in Wyoming High School’s Pendery Center for the Arts Lobby prior to the Wyoming High School Play performance.

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District implements new attendance procedures based on HB 410

Students are more likely to succeed in school with academics, extracurricular activities, and building skill sets, when attendance is consistent. Excessive absences can interfere with a student’s progress in mastering knowledge and acquiring the skills necessary to be prepared for higher-level learning and entering the workforce or college upon high school graduation.

Because of this, the Ohio legislature passed House Bill 410 to proactively address excessive absences and truancy.

Below is a summary of House Bill 410 and the new procedures that Wyoming City Schools is implementing during this school year.

Questions or concerns may be directed to assistant principals of your child(ren)’s school.

HOUSE BILL 410 SUMMARY & WCS ATTENDANCE PROCEDURES

Based on House Bill 410, WCS parents will be notified in writing when their child has:

  • accumulated 38 hours of either excused or unexcused absences in a single month
  • accumulated 65 hours of either excused or unexcused absences in a school year
  • met the legal threshold for being defined “habitually” truant”

A student will be considered habitually truant if he/she is absent without a legitimate excuse:

  • 30 or more consecutive hours
  • 42 or more hours in one school month
  • 72 or more hours in one year

If a student is deemed habitually truant, the student and parent/guardian will be referred to an Absence Intervention Team to develop an Absence Intervention Plan (AIP), a corrective plan for attendance issues.

If the student does not make progress or continues to be excessively absent after the implementation of an AIP, the law requires WCS to file a complaint with the juvenile court.

Wyoming City Schools will record student attendance based on the cumulative record of all minutes a student is in school or is not in school, beginning with the start of the school day and ending with dismissal. This record will include if a student leaves and returns during the school day. 

To report a student absence, parents/guardians should contact school attendance offices:

Wyoming Primary Schools

                                Elm School                          513-206-7315

                                Hilltop School                   513-206-7271

                                Vermont School               513-206-7346

Wyoming Middle School              513-206-7181

Wyoming High School                   513-206-7062

More information about WCS attendance procedures can be found in student and parent handbooks here:

Wyoming Primary Schools 2018-19 Handbook for Parents and Students

Wyoming Middle School 2018-19 Student Handbook

Wyoming High School 2018-19 Student Handbook

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Learn about vaping & student substance abuse trends at November 27 event

Last month, the US Food and Drug Administration announced it was undertaking an aggressive enforcement strategy targeting the illegal sales to youth and kid-friendly marketing of electronic cigarettes.

On November 27th, join the Wyoming Community Conversation Coalition (WCCC) to discuss vaping and substance abuse in Wyoming and beyond. The program, at 7 p.m. in Wyoming High School's Pendery Auditorium, will include information about the most recent results of the PreventionFIRST! Student Drug Use Survey and current trends. Nearly 33,000 7th-12th grade students from 80 schools across southwest Ohio, including Wyoming, participated. The second portion of the event will offer information on vaping. There will be an opportunity for one-on-one questions and conversation following the program.

WCCC, a partnership among the City of Wyoming, Wyoming City Schools, Wyoming Parent School Association, and Wyoming Youth Services, is hosting this event with the Wyoming Alcohol Task Force. Past topics of the WCCC event series have included Student Brain HealthWhat is Success?, and a screening of Beyond Measure.

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Updated 4:04 p.m. Nov. 19

Wyoming Football State Semi Info

For the 1st time since 2009, the Wyoming Cowboys are headed to the state FINAL FOUR in football!  We will play St. Mary’s on Saturday, Nov. 24, at 7 p.m. at Piqua High School's Alexander Football Stadium, 1 Indian Trail, Piqua. Presale game tickets will be available at the WHS main office 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20; 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21; and 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23. Presale game tickets are $8 (cash only) and Wyoming gets a portion of ticket sales. All tickets at gate are $10. If at all possible, buy your tickets at school!

There is a $3 parking charge at Piqua. RV’s or oversized vehicles are $30.

There will be a student spirit bus. Tickets for the bus are $2 and available at the same time presale tickets are available. 

We will be selling FINAL FOUR sweatshirts ($20) and T-shirt’s ($10) with the above design 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday at WHS. They are expected to sell quickly so plan accordingly.

We will have a state sendoff Saturday at WHS and along Springfield Pike as our team and cheerleaders head off to the game. Buses will load at 3:50 p.m. and will leave the high school at 4 p.m. sharp with a police escort headed west on Pendery and north on Springfield Pike. Community members and fans are encouraged to line Pendery to the corner and then north on Springfield Pike to cheer them on.

What a GREAT day to be a Cowboy! #OnWyoming

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Dr. Lang to retire after 2018-19 school year

Dr. Susan Lang

Superintendent Dr. Susan Lang will retire after the 2018-19 school year. She has served as the superintendent of Wyoming City Schools since 2011. In that time, she was named the 2017 Ohio Superintendent of the Year and was the recipient of the 2014 Betsey M. Cowles Women in Leadership Award by the Buckeye Association of School Administrators.

“We thank Dr. Lang for her partnership with us and her indefatigable quest for excellence in education for Wyoming students,” said Wyoming City Schools Board President Jeanie Zoller.

Dr. Lang started her tenure in Wyoming with stakeholder listening sessions which led to the development of a dynamic strategic plan for the district. Dr. Lang introduced design challenges (projects focused on problem-based learning) to Wyoming, expanded the Spanish curriculum to 1st through 6th grade and, in an effort to stretch taxpayer dollars, has expanded shared services in personnel, transportation, food services, maintenance, and technology.

“Always balancing new ideas with costs, Dr. Lang presents alternatives that she coins ‘instead ofs’ - proposing creative options and necessary changes while staying within the district’s fiscal priorities. The transformation of Wyoming Middle School is one example of Dr. Lang’s impactful accomplishments, bridging the traditional with 21st century design,” said Mrs. Zoller. “She understands the importance of educating the whole child though academic challenge, competitive athletics, and creative fine arts, and has represented Wyoming City Schools well at local, state and national levels.”

After 33 years in public education, Dr. Lang is excited to celebrate this next chapter. “It is an honor to serve the Wyoming community as Superintendent. Outstanding community support, exceptional teachers, caring staff members and an extraordinary administrative team leave me very excited for the future of Wyoming City Schools,” said Dr. Lang.

The Wyoming City Schools Board of Education will begin the search for a new superintendent. Dr. Lang’s last day at Wyoming City Schools is scheduled to be July 31, 2019.

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Weather may threaten 2018 Homecoming Parade

With questionable weather being forecast, we are still hoping beyond hope to get the 2018 Homecoming Parade in as scheduled. In the event of rain, the parade will go on as planned. If conditions are unsafe, the parade will be delayed or cancelled. In the event of a delay or cancellation, this information will be shared on the homepage and district news page of the district website www.wyomingcityschools.org, will be posted on district Facebook and Twitter accounts, and will be sent to school families through the Wyoming City Schools’ SchoolMessenger email system and to city residents through the City of Wyoming’s Nixle text service.

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Springfield Pike Project Update: Closure of Worthington Avenue

Worthington Avenue is expected to be closed at Springfield Pike on Friday, September 21, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. due to the Springfield Pike construction project. Springfield Pike is expected to remain open, as is westbound Worthington Avenue to the Wyoming Middle School driveway.

Contractors say the crosswalks will remain passable. Buses will be rerouted as necessary.

Individuals traveling to Wyoming Middle School by car during these hours, including arrival and dismissal, are advised to use an alternate route.

At 5 p.m. on Friday, Worthington Avenue will be closed from Burns Avenue to Springfield Pike for Homecoming Parade staging. At 6 p.m., Springfield Pike will be closed from Worthington Avenue to Chestnut Avenue for the 2018 Homecoming Parade. All roads are expected to reopen by 7 p.m.

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Homecoming Parade will take place at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21

The 2018 Homecoming Parade will take place this Friday at 6 p.m. The Pike will be closed from Worthington Avenue to Chestnut Avenue at 6 p.m. and is scheduled to reopen by 7 p.m.

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Ohio Department of Education Report Card gives Wyoming an "A"

This week, the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) released the 2018 Ohio School Report Cards and Wyoming City Schools received an overall grade of "A". Of the more than 600 school districts in Ohio, 28 were awarded this grade.

Wyoming's performance index score of 107.3 places it in the top 10 of Ohio's public school districts. The performance index measures the test results of every student. There are seven levels on the index that correspond with achievement levels and districts receive points for every student who takes a test. The state endeavors to use this measure to reward schools and districts for improving the performance of all students, regardless of achievement level.  

Click to see the Wyoming City Schools 2018 Ohio School Report Card.

Click to see ODE's Guide to 2018 Ohio School School Report Cards.

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September 11, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Each Wyoming Primary School observed Patriot Day this morning by raising the flag, particpating in a moment of silence and singing songs together. Thank you for the Wyoming Police Department Color Guard for presenting the flag at Vermont School today. The Wyoming Police Department Color Guard presents the flag at a different primary school each Patriot Day on a rotating basis.

 

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From the City of Wyoming:
Update on Springfield Pike Reconstruction Project
 
Anticipated schedule for work on northbound side in the coming week:
 
Friday, Sept. 7: Remove curb and driveway aprons from Allen to Clark.
 
The week of September 10: Contractor will be working Monday-Thursday (10 hours per day).
Monday, Sept. 10: Remove curb and driveway aprons from Clark to Walnut.
Tuesday, Sept. 11: Remove curb and driveway aprons from Walnut to just north of the Mt Pleasant intersection.
Wednesday, Sept. 12: Start the full depth removal of roadway in the parking lane from just north of Mt Pleasant working north.
Thursday, Sept. 13: Continue full depth removal working north to Worthington.
Prep work in the open trench for the concrete pour (to be scheduled).
Friday, Sept. 14: Makeup day if lost time due to weather issues.

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Karen Bare to be Wyoming High School Interim Principal for 2018-19 school year

Karen Bare

Karen Bare will be Wyoming’s Interim High School Principal for the 2018-19 school year. Ms. Bare served as the Interim Principal of Indian Hill High School for the 2016-17 school year. Previously, Ms. Bare has been an Assistant Principal of Sycamore High School and a High School Social Studies Teacher with Sycamore Community Schools, New Hanover County Schools, Rose Local Schools, and Fairfield City Schools.

Upon the appointment of Wyoming High School Principal Dr. Ashley Whitely to Assistant Superintendent, the position of Wyoming High School Principal was posted and an interview committee was assembled. After careful consideration, the district decided to fill the position with an Interim Principal for the 2018-19 school year and conduct a more time-intensive and thorough search than was possible at that time of year.

“To ensure we have the best possible permanent candidate for this important role, we will be conducting a wider search and re-posting the open position in November,” said Superintendent Dr. Susan Lang.

The interview committee will reconvene in the fall with all members planning to return. The high school principal interview committee includes community members, teachers, and administrators.

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New Assistant Superintendent for Wyoming City Schools

Dr. Ashley Whitely

At the May 21 Wyoming City Schools Board of Education meeting, Dr. Ashley Whitely was approved to become the Assistant Superintendent for Wyoming City Schools starting August 1. Current Assistant Superintendent Kathy Demers is leaving the position to become the Superintendent of Monroe Local Schools.

In Wyoming City School district, the Assistant Superintendent oversees curriculum, instruction, professional development, and human resources for the district.

"In her current role as Wyoming High School Principal, Dr. Whitely has been an exemplary instructional leader," said Superintendent Dr. Susan Lang. "Her knowledge of Wyoming, along with her impressive background in curriculum development and strong staff relationships, will help her to be extremely successful in this role."

Dr. Whitely served as Wyoming High School Assistant Principal from 2011-2016 before becoming Principal. Prior to coming to Wyoming, Dr. Whitely was an AP and Honors High School English Teacher and English Department Chairperson at Lakota East High School. She earned her Doctor of Education in Leadership Studies degree from Xavier University in 2017.

The Process

The Assistant Superintendent opening was posted on April 10. All teaching and administrative employment opportunities with Wyoming City Schools are posted with The Greater Cincinnati School Application Consortium and Effron & Associates (a specialized consulting service with expertise in schools and education). They are also posted in all Wyoming school buildings and on the Employment Opportunities page of the district website.

After receiving interest in the Assistant Superintendent job from many qualified applicants, the three round interview process was completed with a recommendation for hire going to the Board of Education. The interview committee included a board member, administrators, a teacher, and a non-teaching staff member. Four of the committee members are also