CES students code, put problem-based learning skills to the test

IMG_2846

5th grader Miles and his classmates work through mapping code to their character’s movements from code.org programming.

In recent weeks, K-5 students at Circleville Elementary School have been participating in the National Hour of Code ™. According to ACMECorp.com, “National Hour of Code is a nationwide initiative by Computer Science Education Week (csedweek.org) and Code.org (code.org) to introduce millions of students to one hour of computer science and computer programming”.

With a tiered-ability approach to computer science lessons, students in grades 3rd-5th participated in the code.org program while students in grades kindergarten through 2nd learned to code with Kudo robots provided to the district last year through the Circleville City School Foundation. Kindergarten students also learned about parts of the computer and about the importance of balancing screen time wisely.

KUBO RobotsWith KUBO, students provide robots with directions to turn left or right, move forward and backward, loop or set a path on repeat, and navigate a number of obstacles right from their computer.

“Coding teaches students how to apply hat higher level of thinking to find real-world solutions,” said elementary librarian and Media Arts specialist Tammy Laughlin. “Students write multi-solution steps, work together, and learn from their mistakes by redesigning their solutions. This type of STEM related thinking aligns with our district project-based learning focus we have undertaken in recent years.”

With project-based learning, students “gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging, and complex question, problem, or challenge” according to the Buck Institute for Education.

To stay up-to-date on all things Circleville Elementary School and Circleville City Schools, be sure to follow us on Twitter at @CirclevilleCity and like the Circleville City School District on Facebook!

 

 

Advertisements

Circleville High School named Purple Star School by Ohio Department of Education

PurpleStar PNG1000 by 1000 logo

Circleville City Schools – On Friday, December 7th, 2018, the Ohio Department of Education announced that Circleville High School was one 57 schools across the state that have been designated as a Purple Star School, acknowledging the building and the district’s commitment to recognizing and assisting military families and veterans.

“Our social studies department and students have long led the charge for military recognition and our kids are really respectful and appreciative of the service men and women we work with throughout the year, said principal Chris Thornsley. “This is a building and district commitment and we have involved everyone from our foods classes preparing meals and desserts for veterans to our art students decorating hallways. Honoring our veterans and active duty military personnel is something Circleville High School really rallies behind.”

Specifically, the Purple Star Award for military-friendly schools recognizes schools that show a major commitment to students and families connected to our nation’s military. Additionally, recipients must have a staff point of contact for military students and families who serves as the primary liaison between those families and the school, hosts a resources page for families on their school website, and hosts annual military recognition events that demonstrate a military-friendly culture.

This past year, Circleville High School has hosted a number of military honors including their annual Day of Honor Veterans panel for students, a school wide Military Signing Day Ceremony for students enlisting in the Armed Forces upon graduation, in addition to a number of veteran specific and military themed fundraisers and drives.

While the CHS student body has always been receptive of military-themed recognition and opportunities to five back, there was one pivotal moment for Thornsley that stood out at our recent Day of Honor Ceremony.

“The one thing from the assembly that really struck me was when we recognized those veterans at the end and saw our kids come down [unprompted] to shake their hand and thank them for their service,” said Thornsley. “It shows that what we are doing by educating these kids and making them aware of our military families is important.

It  shows that regardless of where they come from, regardless of their background, they all realize that they need to support and that we need to show our appreciation to them. It shows our kids understand and how appreciative they are of their service.”

Over nine percent of all Circleville City School District students have direct ties within their immediate family to the Armed Forces. Of that nine percent, 12.1% have a sibling or parent/guardian currently serving on active duty.

CCS Military Families Graphic.jpg

 

Today, as we remember the 77th anniversary of Pearl Harbor, Circleville City Schools would like to again show its support and reaffirm our gratitude to all those serving past and present and the families behind them for their many sacrifices on behalf our freedom.

Circleville City School District (CCSD) is a public education institution serving the City of Circleville in the county seat of Pickaway County in south-central Ohio. The district proudly serves approximately 2,200 students annually in a PK-12 setting at Circleville Elementary, Circleville Middle, Circleville High school, and through the Circleville Digital Academy. To view the CCSD Quality Profile, please follow through to the link provided (here).

5 CMS students take on Middle School Youth & Government State Assembly

cms 1.jpg

Middle school students Raegan Evans, Lillianna Stafford, Camille Hoop, Kirsten Metzger, and Mallory Holcomb took on the same responsibilities as those who currently work in state government through hands-on legislative experiences.

Last week, the Circleville City School Foundation sponsored five Circleville Middle School students to attend the annual YMCA Middle School State Assembly, a three-day event where students take over the statehouse and run a mock government of Ohio.

Middle school students Raegan Evans, Lillianna Stafford, Camille Hoop, Kirsten Metzger, and Mallory Holcomb took on the same responsibilities as those who currently work in state government through hands-on legislative experiences. Students were chaperoned by CMS teachers Mrs. Lisa Powers and Mr. Nathan Elswick.

According to Ohioymcag.org, “the Ohio YMCA’s Youth & Government Program enhances the development of the American democratic process for young people through participatory training in the theory and practice of the Ohio state government.

Teens in the program learn about the legislative process, how to write and research bills, and how to participate in elections. Their work culminates in teens serving as delegates at their state conference, debating bills on the floor of the legislature. Some teens have actually made bills into laws.”

On the first day of the Youth and Government Summit, students received information on chamber best-practice and etiquette such as “how to address the chair” and standing to speak.

On day two, students took a vote in the judicial chamber after debating bills and Senator Metzger from the Circleville delegation served as the Committee Chair of Scarlet Senate 3.

Notable alumni of the Youth and Government program include:

Former Ohio U.S. Senator John Glenn
State Supreme Court Justice David Prosser
U.S. Representative Tammy Baldwin
Appleton Mayor Tim Hanna
Eric Shinseki, Secretary of Veterans Affairs
Lawrence Lessig, Harvard Law Professor
Fmr. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates
Congressman Dennis Ross, FL
Christa McAuliffe was a YAG advisor in NH before she was chosen to be on the Challenger
George H. Gallup (founder of Gallup Polling) conducted some of his first state polls with NJ YG delegates

Many thanks to the Circleville City School Foundation, Mrs. Powers, and Mr. Elswick for their work in drafting and fulfilling this grant request for our students to attend and gain invaluable experiences as a result.

 

CHS inducts 19 into Everts Chapter of National Honor Society

IMG_2830

The 2018 Class of the Circleville High School National Honor Society (pictured above with the Class of 2017) was inducted Tuesday morning in front of students, staff, family, and friends. 

Circleville High School – The Everts Chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) at Circleville High School has inducted 19 new members into its prestigious ranks of distinguished academic excellence.

Victoria Bircher, Whitley Calder, Brenden Dunn, Anthony Fauver, Shalynn Ford, Victoria Goff, Sidney Gray, Maddison Hess, Madison Imler, Gabrielle Kendrick, Abigail Michael, Caleb Morgan, Peyton Perini, Aubrey Smith, Victoria Sprague, Abagail Travis, Maya Welsh, Alexis Whitaker, and Emma Whitmore were the guests of honor as students, staff, and various members of the Tiger Family organized for an all-school assembly Tuesday morning.

CHS senior and NHS Everts Chapter president Garret Gray served as the emcee for the ceremony. Mrs. Braswell’s high school choirs provided the Canon in D introit, the alma mater, and a rendition of Jay Althouse’s arrangement Don’t Forget Me.

According to NHS.us, student eligibility is open to “students in grades 10–­­12 who meet the requirements for membership outlined by their school’s chapter are eligible to be invited for membership.

At Circleville High School, the honors are open to all juniors and seniors who have maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher, received a recommendation from a staff member through an evaluation survey, submitted additional letters of recommendation, and were evaluated in the four NHS pillar areas of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. These pillars character traits are detailed below:

Scholarship

Per national guidelines, at a minimum, students must have a cumulative GPA of 85, B, 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or equivalent standard of excellence. (Each school chapter is allowed to require a higher cumulative GPA.)

Service

This involves voluntary contributions made by a student to the school or community, done without compensation.

Leadership

Student leaders are those who are resourceful, good problem solvers, and idea contributors. Leadership experiences can be drawn from school or community activities while working with or for others.

Character

The student of good character is cooperative; demonstrates high standards of honesty and reliability; shows courtesy, concern, and respect for others; and generally maintains a clean disciplinary record.

NHS officers Shayna Hoop, Morgan Ealy, Shelby Griffith, Courtney Hungerman, and Makayla Collins provided commentary and explanations of the four pillar character traits during the ceremony.

Pickaway County Commissioner Brian Stewart gave the keynote address for the event.

IMG_2775

Pickaway County Commissioner Brian Stewart

“You made a decision not to coast and not to just get by,” said Stewart as he addressed the inductees. “National Honor Society is a prestigious organization and this is an honor that you should be very very proud of. I encourage you that it is this kind of discipline as a high schooler that is the exact kind of discipline that leads to success as an adult. You have pushed yourselves to meet a higher standard and have succeeded. Your school and your community has been the beneficiaries of your efforts.”

Congratulations to these 19 Tigers for their induction into the Circleville High School Everts Chapter of the National Honor Society.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

CHS hosts local veterans for Day of Honor Ceremony: Holds “Signing Day” for Class of ’19 Enlistees

IMG_2262

CHS students Isaac (Vita) Torres-Sigmon (left) and Justin Walker (right) were honored in front of Circleville High School students and staff on Friday.

Circleville High School – Decorated hallways. Catered lunches. Speaking panels, signing day, and more. On Friday, November 9th, CHS played host to military personnel of the past, present, and future with our Day of Honor Ceremony and student Signing Day.

The festivities started in the high school Alumni Room and Media Center as our veterans speaking panel utilized their platform to talk with students about their time in the service and to pass along their first-hand accounts to the next generation.

IMG_2151

Panelists (left-to-right) Gene Patterson, Jerry Jackson, Kenny Kirk, and Robert Kuhlwein address students in the first of the two veteran speaking panels this morning.

High school sophomore Lexi Fletcher was just one of the several hundred students who had the opportunity to be a fly on the wall to such stories of history, honor, and resilience with her government class today.

“I have family who has served in the military and I love to hear [the veteran’s] stories because it brings me joy,” said Fletcher. “They talked about respect and attitude which stood out to me.”

From the onset, panelists set the tone for the day as they discussed tragedies, triumphs, leadership, and called upon an undying love for one’s country through their individual stories.

“To hear what they have to say is truly amazing and to hear what they went through it heartbreaking, but also amazing in that we have such freedoms thanks to them,” said Fletcher.

Following the morning speaking panels, students and staff transitioned to an all-building Signing Day assembly as we honored veterans of the past, but had eyes on the future. CHS seniors Isaac (Vita) Torres-Sigmon and Justin Walker, in front of family, friends, veterans, and recruiters, reaffirmed their intent to enlist upon graduation in May with a signing day ceremony.

The event was kicked off by the CHS Jazz Ensemble who welcomed in guests to the gymnasium with a variety of jazz and swing tunes before setting the tone for the afternoon with the playing of the National Anthem.

Staff Sgt. Brad Adams, of the Ohio Army National Guard Recruiting and Retention Batallion, provided the keynote address talking with students and staff about the opportunities a career in the United States Army has afforded him and the values the ‘commitment to serve’ calls for before setting the stage for the Signing Day presentation.

At ceremony’s conclusion, Mr. Kurt Young, CHS’ Dean of Students, presented Todd Huffman of the Pickaway County Veterans Services Commission with a $1,400 donation in the form of gift cards from our Circleville Jeans-for-Vets fundraiser to be used to assist local county veterans in need. At dismissal, students poured out of the stands to come down and thank their peers for enlisting and thank the veterans for their service.

Circleville City Schools would like to thank Isaac, Justin, and our Day of Honor veterans and guests for their commitment to the freedoms we have been afforded and for their past and upcoming service to their country. Specifically, we would like to thank our veterans panelists listed as follows for their roles in preserving the importance of Veterans Day with our students: Bob and Marilyn Johnson, Kenny Kirk, Glen Easterday, Ron Ertel, Jerry Jackson, Steve Garrett, Robert Kuhlwein, Gene Patterson, Mack Shaw, and Tim Allen.

Additionally, the district would like to extend its gratitude to the following individuals and groups for their expertise and support in hosting today’s events.

  • Todd Huffman and Margi Pettibone of the Pickaway County Veterans Services Commission
  • Staff Sgt. Brad Adams of the Ohio Army National Guard
  • Mr. Doug Espie and the Circleville High School Jazz Ensemble
  • Mrs. Kathy Ream’s culinary arts class and Mrs. Gerhardt’s Food Services teams for providing desserts and food for our catered lunch
  • Mrs. Soni Grady’s art students for decorating the hallways and setting the stage for the day’s distinguished guests
  • Mr. Kurt Young, the Circleville Education Association, and CCS staff for their efforts in participating in the Jeans-for-Vets fundraiser
  • Mr. Eric Evans and the CHS Social Studies Department

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

 

 

CMS students explore careers, collaborate with local professionals on post-graduation pathways

Nurse Rachel Elsea of The Ohio State University’s James Cancer Center talks with Circleville Middle School students about job growth in the healthcare field over the next 8 years.

Circleville Middle School – On Friday, students and staff at CMS played host to 25 professionals from a host of local businesses and agencies to talk about post-graduation careers and pathways as a part of the school’s college and career readiness initiatives.

Covering everything from insurance and the medical field to law enforcement, farming, engineering and marketing, students were provided with 20-minute informational rotations followed by a Q and A with real life career practitioners where they were exposed to an array of job skills, technical skills, and the necessary experience needed to perform each role in the work force.

While many roles require years of technical research and study, our career panelists also highlighted communications and soft skills needed in the work place to ensure strong collaboration, punctuality, and efficiency.

Circleville Middle School and Circleville City Schools would like to thank the following individuals for swinging by for Career Day to discuss their field:

  • Chiropractor – Jim Laux (Circleville Chiropractic Center)
  • Nurse – Rachel Elsea (The James Cancer Center at the Ohio State University Medical Center)
  • Environmental Engineer – Dan Kopec (American Electric Power AEP)
  • Judge – Magistrate Elisa Peters (Pickaway County Common Pleas Court)
  • Agriculture – Mark and John Essman (Evolution Ag)
  • Marketing – Bonnie Vallette (Brown Memorial Home)
  • Communications/Public Relations – Evan Debo (Circleville City Schools)
  • Graphic Designer- Kendall Adkins (Multimedia Production Group)
  • Human Resources- Liz Pyles (IGELCO)
  • Journalist- Steve Helwagen (Bucknuts Media Network)
  • MRI Technologist- Lisa McKeivier (VA of Central Ohio Healthcare System)
  • Banking- Jessica Calder (Pickaway County Banking Center)
  • Engineer- Christy Yu (DuPont)
  • Transportation- Joanna Pinkerton (COTA)
  • Law Enforcement – Officer Dave McIntyre (Circleville Police Department)
  • Superintendent – Jonathan Davis (Circleville City Schools)
  • Insurance – Kip Nungester (State Farm Insurance)
  • Personal Trainer – Susie Birdwell (The Pickaway County Family YMCA)
  • Firefighting/EMS – Derek Smith and Arron Kerns (Circleville Fire Department)
  • Respiratory Therapist – Stephanie McConnell (Berger Health Systems)
  • Farmer – Allison Gross (Gross Family Farms)
  • Cosmetology – Jamie Kuhlwein, and (Kuhlwein and Co)
  • Dentist – Dr. Keira Ankrom (Tootle, Palmer & Ankrom Dentistry)

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Circleville City Schools given ‘independent’ designation, recognized by Ohio Department of Education

CCSD Logo

Circleville City Schools – All three Circleville City School District buildings – Circleville Elementary School, Circleville Middle School, and Circleville High School – have been recognized by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) as independent in designation in accordance with Ohio’s accountability system. 

Per Office of Improvement and Innovation Director for ODE’s Jo Hanna Ward, “Independent schools strive to continuously improve student outcomes by supporting the whole child, ensuring equitable services for all students, and creating a culture and climate that support learning.”

“Our Board of Education has done a phenomenal job allowing us to provide the necessary resources to support our staff, students, and have been beside us encouraging everyone along the way,” said superintendent Jonathan Davis.

“We truly believe that culture trumps strategy and that we are all in this together, thus we want to focus on the unique needs of each and every person. When we do this we can make the most of the difference we make for all, staff and students alike. Our staff and students are the best of the best and I’m blessed with the opportunity to work alongside these folks and for my own children to learn from them.”

Additionally, all three buildings have demonstrated evidenced-based strategies in the following areas: curriculum, instruction, and assessment; human capital management; school climate and student supports; leadership, administration and governance.

Circleville City School District (CCSD) is a public education institution serving the City of Circleville in the county seat of Pickaway County in south-central Ohio. The district proudly serves approximately 2,200 students annually in a PK-12 setting at Circleville Elementary, Circleville Middle, Circleville High school, and through the Circleville Digital Academy. To view the CCSD Quality Profile, please follow through to the link provided (here).

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

IMG_7094

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.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

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

IMG_7094.jpg

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.

 

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

 

@CirclevilleCity Releases 2019-2020 Academic Calendar

Academic Calendar

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.

2019-2020 Calendar