CHS Art Students create one-of-a-kind Pumpkin Show Window Displays

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Left-to-right: Sophomores Gretchen Search, Danielle Jones, Jaycee Fullen, Hannah Brosher show off their innovative painted depictions ahead of the Pumpkin Show Art Show 2018.

Circleville High School students Gretchen Search, Danielle Jones, Jaycee Fullen, Hannah Brosher, under the guidance of art teacher Mrs. Soni Grady, pose with their painted depictions of Pumpkin Show art ahead of the 2018 Pumpkin how Art Show slated to be held October 17th-20th at the Pumpkin Show Building on Watt Street.

In an innovative show of artistic expression, students utilized window panes generously donated by CHS staff member Mrs. Jen Merkle and family which served as the backdrop for each piece.

Specifically, the student entries will be entered in Class 4 which is open to county students in Grades 10th, 11th, 12th which feature pumpkins.

Check out the slideshow below for an in-depth look at these amazing works of student expression.

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CHS Art Students create one-of-a-kind Pumpkin Show Window Displays

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Left-to-right: Sophomores Gretchen Search, Danielle Jones, Jaycee Fullen, Hannah Brosher show off their innovative painted depictions ahead of the Pumpkin Show Art Show 2018.

Circleville High School students Gretchen Search, Danielle Jones, Jaycee Fullen, Hannah Brosher, under the guidance of art teacher Mrs. Soni Grady, pose with their painted depictions of Pumpkin Show art ahead of the 2018 Pumpkin how Art Show slated to be held October 17th-20th at the Pumpkin Show Building on Watt Street.

In an innovative show of artistic expression, students utilized window panes generously donated by CHS staff member Mrs. Jen Merkle and family which served as the backdrop for each piece.

Specifically, the student entries will be entered in Class 4 which is open to county students in Grades 10th, 11th, 12th which feature pumpkins.

Check out the slideshow below for an in-depth look at these amazing works of student expression.

 

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@CirclevilleCity Releases 2019-2020 Academic Calendar

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Circleville City Schools – On Wednesday, October 10th at the regularly scheduled meeting of the Circleville City Schools Board of Education, the board approved next year’s 2019-2020 academic calendar.

The board measure puts pen to paper on what to expect for students, families, and community members in terms of our academic road map come August 2019.

Calendar Shorthand:

  • First Day of School: Wednesday, August 14th, 2019
  • Last Day of School: Thursday, May 21st, 2020
  • 162nd Commencement at Circleville High School: Friday, May 22nd
  • October 16th-18th 2019: No School Pumpkin Show Break
  • November 27th-29th 2019: No School Holiday Break
  • December 20th: Last Day of 1st Semester and Early Release
  • December 23rd, 2019-January 3rd, 2020: Winter Break (January 3rd – Staff Work Day)
  • January 6th, 2020: Students return from Winter Break
  • January 20th, 2020: No School – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • February 17th, 2020: No School – Presidents Day
  • April 9th-13th, 2020: No School – Spring Break
  • May 8th: No School
  • May 15th: No School

Possible Calamity (Make-up) Days:

  • February 17th
  • April 9th
  • April 13th
  • May 8th
  • May 15th

2019-2020 CalendarFor all things Circleville City Schools events, news, and reminders for the rest of the 2018-19 school year and beyond be sure to follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and check out the events timeline on circlevillecityschools.org.

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Circleville High School Alumni Association donates to Mock Trial program

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Pictured left-to-right: CHS Alumni Association Recording Secretary Teri (Strawser) Carter ’78,  Mock Trial students Anthony Fauver, Victoria Goff, Morgan Cordell, and Mock Trial advisor Mr. Nic Hamman.

Circleville City Schools – On Wednesday, the Circleville High School Alumni Association presented the high school’s Mock Trial program with a $365 donation to support program operations for the 2018-2019 school year.

Specifically, the alumni association’s gift will cover the organization’s membership in the Ohio Center for Law Related Education, the 2018-2019 Ohio Mock Trial Case File, and competition registration.

Mock Trial at Circleville High School offers an innovative approach to learning about law and how our legal system functions. Guided by teachers and volunteer legal advisors, students participate in original, unscripted simulated trials written by attorneys. High school student argue both sides of the case in real courtrooms across the state and each student is assigned a role in the case such as plaintiff, defendant, prosecutor, defense attorney, and witness among others.

As of October 9th, the group has 12 members enrolled as meetings are already under way in preparation for its January 2019 simulated court case.

2019 Case Info:

The 2019 case, State of Buckeye v. Quinn Woolf, challenges students to consider an individual’s right to privacy in our increasingly technological world.  In September of 2018, Quinn Woolf was arrested on charges of aggravated assault and telecommunications fraud for stealing $120 million from the State of Buckeye’s pension fund.

The state alleges that Quinn used a private, alpha-numeric code to hack into the state’s digital wallet and drain the funds. The state is basing its claim on drone footage captured from 400 feet in the air. The footage was enhanced to show Quinn Woolf sitting under a gazebo in the backyard of the Woolf residence with a notebook and a laptop. The enhancement revealed an alpha-numeric code written in Quinn’s notebook that matched the code needed to access the state’s account. The defense has filed a motion to exclude the drone footage, claiming that police violated Quinn’s Fourth Amendment protection against unlawful search and seizure.

The motion hearing will focus on the need for a search warrant; specifically, if the contracted drone operator qualifies as a state actor and if Quinn had a reasonable expectation of privacy.

For more information on all things Circleville High School Alumni Association visit circlevillealumni.org. 

 

A Photo Recap of CES’ 2nd Career Connection Friday Event

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This past Friday, September 28th, Circleville Elementary School held its second ‘Career Connection Friday’ series centered around post-graduation pathways and the ideals of ‘determination, desire, and drive’.

The event kicked off at student arrival as our Elementary Tigers were welcomed in to school by our high school student-athletes and the Circleville High School Marching Band playing an array of pep rally tunes. Student-athletes would then visit each classroom and discuss what their future career plans were after graduation and then would read a book to each classroom.
From there, classes headed south to the Circleville High School auditorium for an assembly with motivational speaker, singer, songwriter David Wells. David expanded on the themes of determination, desire, and drive through innovative means weaving in his talent for playing the trumpet and flugel horn with motivational videos.
The event was capped off at 1:30 p.m. with a pep rally in the Savings Bank Stadium where all 1,150 Circleville Elementary School students packed the new home stands for a pep rally surrounding college and career readiness. Classes displayed collegiate pennants, signs, and banners as students were again welcomed by the band and would hear from a variety of CCS administrators on what pathway led them to a career in education.
See the slideshow below for a photo recap of what was an event-filled day surrounding college and career readiness with our youngest Tigers:

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CMS’ Brooke Paxton named Ohio Lottery Teacher of the Month

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The Ohio Lottery Partners in Education Teacher of the Month award recognizes outstanding K-12 teachers for their excellence in the classroom, leadership, creativity and community involvement and dedication on behalf of Ohio students.

In recognition of her exhaustive efforts to create and expand upon opportunities for her students and the student body at Circleville Middle School, Paxton has championed student achievement in recent months by way of:

Writing and receiving a Circleville City School Foundation (CCSF) grant to launch a kindness initiative at Circleville Middle School where all 6th-8th grade students received a copy of R.J Palacio’s book Wonder, implemented kindness projects in their school and community, and organized a fundraiser for the Emergency Clearinghouse with a Penny War donation competition among classrooms.

Organized a May 2018 innovative literacy fair where students in the Extra Mile after school program and honors English track presented to the public in a science-fair style setting covering a book they had read throughout the year.

In recognition of this honor, Paxton will formally be recognized at the October 10th meeting of the Circleville City School District Board of Education to be held at 7 p.m. in the High School Alumni Room.

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On its 17th anniversary, @CirclevilleCity remembers 9/11

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Students in Mrs. Monce’s 2nd grade class show off their patriot ribbons as a part of Circleville City Schools’ campus wide observation of Patriot Day.

For all but a few Circleville High School seniors, the timeline surrounding the morning of September 11th, 2001 can be associated with an event they were not alive for some 17 years ago now. 

Despite the generational disconnect from the events that unfolded at the World Trade Center, Pentagon, and Stonycreek Township, PA, lesson plans on the importance of Patriot Day and its indelible impact on our nation’s history could be heard in classrooms across campus Tuesday morning. 

At 8:46 a.m. (the time marked by Flight 11’s crash into the North Tower of the World Trade Center), CHS principal Chris Thornsley read an account of the events that unfolded that day to students and staff over the intercom, followed by a moment of silence in remembrance. Moments of silence were also integrated into morning announcements at Circleville Elementary School and Circleville Middle School. 

Also at CHS, social studies classrooms such as Mr. Hamman’s government classes, showed 3-D renderings of the World Trade Center’s impact zones, debris fields, and videos of first person accounts from first responders on scene that day.

At Circleville Middle School, students also dove into some primary and secondary sources and accounts from 9/11, but for 7th grade social studies teacher Mr. Elswick today was not about rubrics or grading in relaying the importance of the day in historical terms to his students.

“The best way that I can think of to honor those who lost their lives that day is to pass on their memory to my students,” said 7th grade Social Studies Mr. Elswick. “Today is not about assignments or points, but rather facilitating discussion on a very important day in our nation’s past.”

At the elementary level, the pace was fundamentally a little different as staff discussed the events of 9/11 by way of age appropriate means. From crafting booklets and making patriotic ribbons in 2nd grade to journal writing in 4th grade, elementary staff rallied around the idea of ‘remembrance’ and used that as a teaching tool to relay the importance of this day to their students. 

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From across campus, spanning a multitude of grade levels and ages, one thing was abundantly clear Tuesday morning – we have not forgotten. 

Families looking for more information on 9/11 resources, videos, and links can check out History.com and the 911memorial.org.

CES embraces careers through innovative Career Connection Fridays

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Fridays have a fresh new look at Circleville Elementary School this Fall.

Today marks the the first installment of “Career Connection Fridays”  at the PK-5 school as administrators and staff expose students to career readiness at an early age.

Today’s topical focus to kick off the event? Kindness.

In each classroom to start the day, students were played a video recording from principal Jill Sims who read aloud the book “Nobody by Erin Frankel. The story portrays a problem the main character Thomas is having with a fellow student at school who heckles him. After a series of conversations with his family, teachers, and friends, Thomas comes to the realization that he is unique like every one else on the planet and that the words of some one else cannot make him a nobody.

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“I’ve decided that nobody can make me feel like a nobody. And there’s nothing wrong with being me ’cause I am a somebody” Thomas says in the book’s conclusion.

“Every one here is a some body” said Circleville Elementary School principal Jill Sims as she addressed each grade level in assemblies on Friday. 

During the assembly students were given a plastic cup and responded to a series of prompts to respond to by either crunching the cup as one would do with a stress ball to indicate a ‘yes’ answer or smoothing out the inside of the cup to indicate a ‘no’ answer. These scenarios were similar to experiences the character Thomas went through in the story they read interactively in their classrooms earlier in the morning. 2018-08-31 14_37_13-Window.png

Prompts included: Do others tease you? Have you been left out of games, activities, or eating lunch with other people? Have I shown kindness to others? And many more.

Her message simple, but effective – all of our students have talents and using kindness is our tool to getting the job we eventually want and making ourselves and others feel valued. We are all a somebody.

After the assembly, students returned to their classrooms where they worked collaboratively with their peers and their buddy class – a new mentor-based program with a younger grade level class – designing kindness projects for the year.

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A Tiger’s 1st Day: A picture retelling of student’s return to campus

This past week Circleville City Schools welcomed back students for the 2018-19 campaign. As we launch another school year here on campus, we asked members of our Tiger Family to take part in the fun by accepting back to school photo submissions via social media.

Grades 1-12 returned Wednesday, August 12th while Kindergarten and Preschool students eased into the new year this week on Monday and Tuesday. In all, nearly 2,200 Tigers joined up with the rest of their pack to hit the books, innovate, and grow together. 

From photos of that first walk to the bus stop to grade level photo frames, selfies and more, members of the Red and Black family went to social media and used the hashtag #Tiger1stDay to show off their enthusiasm for another great year at Circleville City Schools. Many thanks to all who participated in the back to school week campaign.

See the slideshow below of photo submissions from our families! For additional photos be sure to check out our school Twitter account at twitter.com/CirclevilleCity and follow us on Facebook.

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#Back2School Week Photo Submissions #Tigers1stDay

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With students returning back to school this week (and next week for our Preschool and Kindergarten students), we are taking submissions for first day of school photos for a Circleville City Schools “Welcome Back” slideshow to run next week.

Back to school is an exciting time for students, teachers, families, and our community. We cherish each and every moment we have with our Tigers and look forward to embarking on another school year marked by academic growth!

To submit a photo, tag us on Twitter using the hashtag and by selecting our school district tag  to be featured in our back to school slideshow on our school blog the Red and Black Report!  

For photos, we have also created a series of “My First Day” banners for our PK-5 students at the link below. Grade 6-12 students can still tag us on Twitter and use the hashtag above for photo submissions. Feel free to print and use in your posts for friends and family, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.*

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*Participation in the photo slideshow contest by tagging Circleville City Schools on Twitter and Facebook gives the district permission/consent to use photos of your student upon submission for the Red and Black Report blog.