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Wyoming Middle School News

To submit news, or if you are a member of the media, contact Suzy Henke, Director of Communications, at 513-206-7015 or [email protected].


May 28

WMS Power of the Pen team wins state tournament

The Wyoming Middle School Power of the Pen team placed first at Friday's state tournament at the College of Wooster! The tournament is the culmination of 16 District and eight Regional competitions held throughout Ohio. Approximately 400 writers from 272 schools participated in this all-day writing tournament. 

In addition to the first place team award, several students also received special awards and designations. 

The following six students qualified for the "Power Round," a 30-minute round of writing for the top writers of the day: Madeline Dugan, Sophia Seyerle, Lily Valerius, Zola Hoffmeister, Kate Kozak, and Katie Rhodes. 

The following writers received Best of the Best and Best of Round awards from the March 16th Regional Tournament: Katie Callahan, Lily Valerius, Sophia Seyerle, and Zola Hoffmeister. 

Sophomore Natalie Glover was awarded the Annual Power of the Pen Humor Award for a story she wrote at the state tournament in 2017 State Tournament. 

She was selected to receive this award by Sage Boggs, a writer for the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. While he was not able to attend the ceremony, he did create this video about Natalie that was shown during the award presentation. In addition the award, Natalie also received an annual $6,000 scholarship to the College of Wooster, should she choose to attend school there for her undergraduate studies.

Zola Hoffmeister won the Poetry Award. 

The following seventh graders ranked in the top twelve in the state: Lily Valerius (3rd in the state), Sophia Seyerle (6th in the state), and Madeline Dugan (10th in the state).

The following eighth graders ranked in the top twelve in the state: Zola Hoffmeister (2nd in the state) and Katie Rhodes (7th in the state). 

"These writers are so wonderfully talented, thoughtful, and creative," said Power of the Pen Co-Adviosor Beth Toerner. "We are so proud of their accomplishments!"


May 13

Today is 4th Grade Step-Up Day at WMS

Fourth-grade students from each primary school visited the middle school, went on a tour of the building in groups of 5 or 6 with a 7th grade tour guide, participated in a question-and-answer session with 5th grade students, and learned about the school that will become theirs with the 2019-20 school year.


May 7


These fantastic, full of personality figures, created by 6th grade students in Jenny Ackerman's art class, are currently spreading joy in the Wyoming Middle School marble hallway display cases.













March 18, 2019

Wyoming Middle School students knab numerous awards at regional Power of the Pen competition

Wyoming Middle School's team had a stellar showing at this weekend's Power of the Pen Regional Tournament, which took place at Wyoming Middle School. Our seventh grade writers took the first place 7th Grade Team Award. Our eighth grade writers took the first place 8th Grade Team Award. Together, they earned the Grades 7 & 8 Sweepstakes First Place Team Award.

"We are incredibly proud of all of our writers and incredibly thankful for everyone who helped to make yesterday's tournament a success for all of our guests," said Middle School Language Arts Teacher and Power of the Pen Coach Jenn Sauvey. The Power of the Pen team is coached by Middle School Language Arts Teacher Beth Toerner, also.

The following Wyoming Middle School writers also earned individual awards:

7th Grade Individual Awards:

Katie Callahan earned the 2nd Place Seventh Grade Individual Award.

Lily Valerius earned the 5th Place Seventh Grade Individual Award.

Madeline Dugan earned 7th Place Seventh Grade Individual Award.

Sophia Seyerle earned the 8th Place Seventh Grade Individual Award.

8th Grade Individual Awards:

Zola Hoffmeister earned the 1st Place Eighth Grade Individual Award.

Kate Kozak earned the 2nd Place Eighth Grade Individual Award.

Katie Rhodes earned the 6th Place Eighth Grade Individual Award.

Best of Round and Best of the Best Awards

Sophia Seyerle won the Grade 7 Best of Round and the Best of the Best Awards

Lily Valerius won the Grade 7 Best of Round Award.

Zola Hoffmeister won the Grade 8 Best of Round and the Best of the Best Awards.

Paige Jerrell won the Grade 8 Best of Round Award.


Feb. 22, 2019

Celebrating Black History Month

This month in Ms. Arengo's classroom, sixth graders have been reading short biographies from the book "Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History," by Vashti Harrison each day. The book features 40 biographies of African American women who helped shape history. The students then complete activities about each woman. On Thursday, Feb. 21, the class had a conversation with Ms. Vashti from her home in Brooklyn. They spent a class period with her and students were able to ask questions and engage in conversation about her writing, illustrating, and film-making. Conversation included information about the people and authors who influenced her, her research for the book, and much more.












Dec. 14, 2018

Wyoming Middle School's Book Fair is next week!

The book fair will run Monday through Thursday, Dec. 17-20, in the Wyoming Middle SchoolLearning Commons. The fair will be open 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. each day and Tuesday is family night and the fair will be open until 7:30 p.m. There will be books for all ages - board books, picture books, middle grade, young adult and adult books. There will also be some gift items for your last minute holiday shopping needs! Fair partner Joseph-Beth Booksellers has been a great community partner over the years with Wyoming Middle School - bringing us great authors who create great memories and experiences for our students. Please stop by and shop a little or a lot!

Questions? Contact Wyoming Middle School Media Specialist Karen Reiber at [email protected].


Nov. 19, 2018

Wyoming Middle School MathCOUNTS team places first in competition!

The Wyoming Middle School MathCOUNTS team placed first in the Milford math competition last week! Gus Steiner placed second individually. Other members of the winning team included Michael Nikolaidis, Jackson Harness, Sarah Omidvar, Kylene Chu, Ethan Hatcher, and Arish Antia. Go Cowboys! 


Parent Meeting: Travel opportunity for students grades 8th-10th

An informational meeting about the 2020 EF Global Student Leadership Summit will take place 7-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, in Wyoming High School's Media Center. The group will travel to Amsterdam and The Hague, July 2-13, 2020. The summit topic is “The Impact of Sports and Wellness.” Before the conference in The Hague, WHS students will join other groups in Amsterdam for sightseeing and guided leadership experiences. 

The Global Student Leadership Summit is a 12-day immersive travel experience and leadership conference. Global Student Leaders Summits are built around four key areas of focus – immersive travel, thought leadership, design thinking and online learning. Each area helps strengthen a student’s problem-solving skills through creativity, innovation and adaptability. Attendees in 2020 will join teachers and students from across North America and Europe to hear world-renowned speakers, attend expert-led workshops, and work in small, international teams to discuss the Impact of Sports and Wellness and the importance of healthcare as a human right.

 Three (3) hours of elective college credit are available to participants.

 Click here to see highlights from the 2016 Hague Global Student Leadership Summit


 RSVP to the informational meeting at https://rsvp.eftours.com/u73npxd

 Please contact Brenda Weinhart at [email protected] for more information.  We hope to see you at the Informational Meeting!


Wyoming Middle School students have a number of new club options this school year!

Students are getting engaged with a number of new clubs at the middle school this year. With 35 student members, the new Art Club’s theme is a Culture of Kindness. The club has been working to promote a supportive environment by installing paintings throughout the building displaying kind, encouraging words.

The student-led Wyoming Middle School Green Team has more than 25 students working to minimize waste throughout the building.

The new Ping Pong Club is bouncing along with more than 45 students playing in the afternoon!

And plans are underway for the Wyoming Middle School Cooking Club to begin with the second semester.

From the Wyoming Middle School Learning Commons:

Reading—What Are The Real Benefits?

We are off to an incredible start this year in the Learning Commons. Wyoming Middle School has had the largest circulation of books during the first three weeks of school since I started nine years ago! That is awesome!

Our students just need some down time to read a book of choice at least a few times a week or more often if they can fit it in. Teachers are doing a great job encouraging our students and bringing them in to check out books. We are very fortunate at the Middle School to have a very current collection of print and digital resources.

Last week we kicked off an Incredible Reading Contest that will run until the week before winter break. Students who read eight grade-level books (class reads are included) are eligible to win some incredible prizes! So, if you have a student that might need an extra incentive - we have Bengals signed items, Incredibles Pez Dispensers and other fun prizes.
Middle school is often a crucial turning point in reading for pleasure - when students get to 7th and 8th grade there tends to be more homework, more clubs to join, increased screen time and school sports. Anything we can do as parents or teachers to keep kids reading is important if we want them to grow to be lifelong readers. We have always known that readers have better general knowledge, increased vocabulary and writing skills, but Lana Winter-Hebert in a Life Hacks article writes that reading is a stress reducer, mental stimulator, improves memory, builds stronger analytical thinking skills, improves focus and concentration. Wow! We should all be picking up books to read for pleasure based on these benefits!

Middle school fiction reading is unique; in addition to all of the above benefits the stories themselves can foster empathy, compassion, conflict resolution, as well as deal with friendship concerns, bullying, school issues, and family issues. Middle school fiction brings these stories to a satisfying, uplifting resolution. This is why I do not like to rush students (5th, 6th and 7th) out of middle school reading and into young adult books.

I understand WMS students have plenty of school reading to do but “new research on the nature and variety of the pleasure avid adolescent readers take from their out-of-school reading demonstrates that pleasure is not incidental to reading - it’s essential” (Wilhelm). I am always eager and willing to help them find the “perfect” fiction or nonfiction book - sometimes we reach out across the street, if need be, as our public library is a fabulous resource. In fact, in the last seven years I have checked out around 1200 books for our teachers and students!

What can you do?
• Model reading for pleasure
• Ask your child about the books they are reading? (Dinner time or car time is perfect)
• If they have time - join a book club
• Give books as gifts
• Take the whole family to Books by the Banks, October 20th at Duke Energy Center, to visit with over 100 authors including, Jason Reynolds and Sharon Draper, and enjoy family fun activities and it's free!
• Let them pick a book or two from the book fairs this year (December and March or April)
• Talk about how important reading is in your job or career
• Read with your student - “how about I give you a break from reading tonight - I would like to read a chapter to you”
• My favorite strategy: Choose a favorite book from your teen years or find one that will stimulate discussion and read out loud. After dinner was a perfect time for me and my high school children.

Happy reading! Need suggestions - email me at [email protected]
Karen Reiber
Media/Technology Specialist
Wyoming Middle School

Winter-Hebert, Lana. “10 Benefits of Reading: Why You Should Read Every Day.” Life Hack, 23 August 2018.
Wilhelm, Jeffrey and Michael Smith. “The Most Important Lesson Schools Can Teach Kids About Reading: It’s Fun.” The Atlantic, 11 Nov. 2013.


Classroom City gets visit from Wyoming Mayor Barry Porter

Wyoming Mayor Barry Porter swears Piper Little in
as mayor during 6th grade city simulation.

Sixth grade students have been participating in a Classroom City simulation that immerses students into the real world economy of a small city. Students experienced a cash and check economy and learned about different bank operations, such as loans and interest.

Students elected their mayor, vice mayor, and city council members. City of Wyoming Mayor Barry Porter visited the classes, sharing information about city government close to home and swore in the mayor of each city. The elected officials then interviewed candidates and appointed various city positions, such as police chief, bank president ,and public health officer. Some students chose to operate their own small businesses.

Through the use of "fate" cards, students experienced real life events that might impact their city and those in it.

"Students are excited to learn about the operation of city government, their chosen professions, and how to manage their own finances," said teacher Jamie Hayner.


6th grade classes participate in architectural design lab

WMS 6th graders win sustainability award at
architectural design lab contest.

For several weeks, sixth grade students worked on an architectural design lab during Cowboy Bell. A volunteer from the Architectural Foundation of Cincinnati (AFC) worked with the students on this hands-on, project-based learning experience themed "Food for Thought". Students worked several days after school on this project that included model building and creative writing and also had a day of collaboration on a weekend.

Each class voted on a project to be included in the final competition held at the main branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County with one group winning an award for sustainability.


WMS artists' work displayed at Cincinnati Art Museum

In April, two Wyoming Middle School students had their work displayed in the 10X10 Teen Art Expo at the Cincinnati Art Museum. Works by 8th grader Daniele Sabaliunaite and 7th grader Chloe Knapp were chose for this first-of-its-kind event. The theme of the event was the environment. 

Mama Žemė by Daniele Sabaliunaite
New Beginning by Chloe Knapp












6th Graders volunteered at Freestore Foodbank in March

Sixth graders from Wyoming Middle School volunteered at the Freestore Foodbank this month. The students and teachers helped sort and pack nonperishable food that will be distributed to local food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters. One group of students worked a morning shift with another group working an afternoon shift.

The Freestore Foodbank is one of Ohio's largest food banks, distributing 24 million meals annually through a network of 400 community partner agencies serving 20 counties in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.







Wyoming Middle School MathCOUNTS team places 7th in the city

WMS's MathCOUNTS team placed 7th in the city last weekend when competing against more than 45 local schools. Individually, Gus Steiner placed 3rd, Paul Rutherford placed 22nd, and Jackson Harness and Nathaniel Miller tied for 25th place. Gus and Paul will compete against the top mathletes in the state the weekend of March 10th. Other team members who propelled the team to victory included Michael Chen, Kylene Chu, Clay Van Fossen, Ajay Iyer, Mwenda Mbui, and Thomas Zidarescu.


WMS Science Olympiad Team brings home stacks of medals from regionals

Congratulations to the Wyoming Middle School Science Olympiad Teams on their performance this month at the Southwest Science Olympiad Regional Competition. The two teams came in 5th and 11th overall. The group also competed as pairs in 23 different science events. The teams did an outstanding job, brought home many medals, and achieved a number of personal bests. Ranking were as follows:

Mystery Architecture - 1st place: Kira Brown and Ian Mcllvain

Microbe Mission - 4th Place: Sophie Chow and Chloe Rajbhandari

Road Scholar - 4th place: Marc Chow and Kat Getgey

Battery Buggy - 4th Place: Clayton Israel and Ethan Rickert

Roller Coaster - 4th place: Sam Kaddoura and Callie Hilton

Towers - 5th place: Jacob Nugent and Sam Kaddoura

Ecology - 5th place: Chloe Rajbhandari  and Ian Mcllvain

Fast Facts - 5th place: Chloe Rajbhandari and Sebastian Siningaglia

Herpetology - 5th place: Marc Chow and Sophie Chow   

Wright Stuff - 5th place: Marc Chow and Morgan Le

Anatomy and Physiology - 6th place: Kat Getgey and Sophie Chow  

Roller Coaster - 6th Place: Kira Brown and Kat Getgey

Solar System - 6th Place: Sandhya Iyer and Ian Mcllvain

Battery Buggy - 6th place: Nicholas Adams and Seth Israel

Crime Busters - 6th place: Callie Hilton and Zach Robinson

Wright Stuff - 6th place: Sophie Le and Zach Robinson

Potions and Poisons - 7th Place: Nathaniel Miller and Niko Felczan

Towers - 7th place: Nathanial Miller and Morgan Le   

Hovercraft - 7th: Arish Antia and Jacob Nugent

Thermodynamics - 7th: Clayton Israel and Ethan Rickert

Wright Staff - 7th: Marc Chow and Morgan Le

Mystery Architecture - 7th: Callie Hilton and Seth Israel

Optics - 7th: Jacob Nugent and Zach Robinson

Write it Do it - 7th: Sophia Le and Seth Israel

The team also includes Jack Cavanaugh, Sam Easton, and Sophie Ranz who were unable to compete.

Thank you to team coaches Denny Brown and Laura Lea Murley and Build Coach Don Chadwick. And a special thank all the team parent volunteers, especially Jimmy Antia, Klarysa Benge, Teresa Le, and Rosemary Miller.