Four CHS students named to Ohio Attorney General’s Teen Ambassador Board

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Circleville City Schools – Circleville High School students Morgan Ealy-Randolph, Caleb Morgan, Abagail Travis, and Shalynn Ford were named to Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s Teen Ambassador Board Tuesday.

The purpose of the board is to provide students with an”inside look” at state law and government, advise the attorney general’s office on issues affecting teens and collaborate with their peers on crafting solutions.

From the release: Identified as Ohio’s future leaders, board members will convene twice in Columbus during their one-year tenure, meeting with DeWine and his assistant attorney generals, hearing from other elected officials, and attending events throughout the state. Previously, ambassadors met with members of the House and Senate, toured the Ohio Supreme Court and met with justices, and spoke with senior administrative staff, employees and BCI scientists of the attorney general’s office.

“The attorney general’s Teen Ambassador Board gives Ohio’s teens an unparalleled opportunity to engage in government and law. Students will address some of the greatest issues facing our state and develop solutions to improve the lives of Ohioans,” said Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.

These four CHS students represent four of the 300 teen ambassadors selected from schools around the state and make up 4/5 of Pickaway County’s representation on the board.

Congratulations to these Tigers on the honors and for representing their peers, school, and community.


Circleville City Schools Recognized as School Breakfast All-Star

Circleville City Schools Recognized as School Breakfast All-Star

More than 325 Ohio schools commended for empowering students to make healthy choices

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Circleville City Schools was recognized as a Gold Breakfast All-Star for meeting noteworthy school breakfast Average Daily Participation (ADP) rates, as established by the 2018 Ohio School Breakfast Challenge.

 More than 325 schools were recognized for five levels of school breakfast ADP, reported through a survey by the Ohio School Breakfast Challenge.

 Circleville City Schools received the Gold level for achieving a school breakfast total ADP of 70 percent to 79 percent for total meals served at Circleville Elementary School, Circleville Middle School, Circleville High School, and the Pickaway Pathways Alternative School.

“Breakfast signals the start of the day,” said Food Services Director Suzie Gerhardt. “A healthy breakfast sets the tone for the day for each student and we are honored to have been named a recipient of the Gold Breakfast All-star Award.”

As a recipient of the award, Circleville City Schools will receive a “Breakfast All-Star Banner” from the Ohio School Breakfast Challenge at the 2018 Ohio School Boards Association Capital Conference in November.

The Ohio School Breakfast Challenge mission is to increase and sustain student participation in the School Breakfast Program, ensuring Ohio students start each day ready to learn. The Ohio Department of Education, American Dairy Association Mideast, Children’s Hunger Alliance, Ohio Action for Healthy Kids and Ohio School Nutrition Association are proud sponsors of the Ohio School Breakfast Challenge.

Research shows that students who eat breakfast perform better in school, get higher test scores and show better behavior. Students who eat school breakfast have been shown, on average, to attend 1.5 more days of school per year and score 17.5 percent higher on standardized math tests.

For more information about the Ohio School Breakfast Challenge, visit

Circleville City School Foundation awards $5,500 grant to Kindergarten program for flex seating options


Circleville City Schools – The Circleville City School Foundation (CCSF) has awarded a $5,568 grant to the Circleville Elementary Kindergarten program for flexible seating options.

The grant enables the Kindergarten setting at CES to be able to offer differentiated accommodations to meet a wide range of social, emotional, and health needs for students at an early age. Additionally, these accommodations will be used to ease students into the full school day structure from the preschool setting, often considered their first formalized introduction into schooling at an early age. This measure also aligns with the school’s ‘Daily 5’ literacy curriculum model which puts an emphasis on giving students choice in completing work and staying on task. Research has shown positive effects on student social and emotional learning as the result of being given options where students can “move with the mind” according to Eric Jensen (2000).


“The mission of the Circleville City School Foundation is to enrich educational opportunities for all children,” said Patty Truex, CCSF chair. “In this case, we had the chance to make Kindergarten an innovative, 21st Century learning experience for our youngest students. The staff found a creative way to ease students into a formal educational setting by implementing the use of flexible furniture, therefore meeting the needs of a variety of students. We applaud the Kindergarten team for making a compelling case for this grant and were thrilled to play a role in assisting them in this effort.”

In eight Kindergarten classrooms, seating will now be offered in the form of choice –  specifically in the form of multi-use activity trays, wobble chairs, soft-shell plastic rocker chairs, no-slip yoga mats, scoop rocker seats, balance ball desk chairs, and plastic stack stools in addition to a traditional classroom table and chairs setting.

The Circleville City School Foundation (CCSF) is a 501(c)(3)non-profit expanding and enriching educational opportunities for students at Circleville City Schools. The organization firmly believes that every child deserves an opportunity to grow, a chance to succeed, and a place to thrive. Headed by a governing board made up of community members, the organization is currently in its 10th year of operation. For more information on the CCSF follow through to the link provided (link).


CHS students take home honors, scholarships at 2018 Day of Excellence

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Circleville City Schools – On Thursday, May 10th, Circleville High School played host to the 2018 Day of Excellence ceremony for graduating members of the senior class as a way to honor academic achievement and announce scholarships and awards of merit for the 2017-18 campaign.

In total, 104 scholarships and honors were distributed Thursday morning from an array of community organizations supporting academic excellence in our schools. Congratulations to these seniors on these prestigious honors.

The Class of 2018 is slated to once again be recognized in Sunday, May 27th at 2 p.m. at the 160th Commencement at Circleville High School.



AFS Cheuk Chan, Warinphat “Bea” Benjapipatkul, Paula Kuhn, Robert Meinhardsson
Agonis Club George Hamrick Award Meghan Brooks, John Burns
American Red Cross Jacob Rhymer
Archie Griffin Sportsmanship Award Meghan Brooks, Jacob Rhymer
ART Awards  Syndney Dowden, Lauria Chestna,
Award of Excellence- NFHS Isaac Miller, Chelsea Lee
Air Force Honors Jada Cummins
Ben Kasler Memorial Fund Scholarship Caleb Brooks
CCSF Make A Difference Scholarship
Sarah Ruff, Tori Lanman, Sarah Keller
CCSF STAR Award Ashley Brosher, Tyler Matthews
CEA scholarship Carley Derexson
Child Conservation League Dylan Brooks
CHS media Arts Graduates Mallory Conner, Brendan Gaines, Jacob Rhymer, Abigail Sutton
Circleville Alumni Association Scholarship Olivia Fausnaugh, Emily Dengler, Jacob Rhymer
Circleville Athletic Boosters/Jason Schall Memorial Award Grant Hill, Olivia Fausnaugh
Circleville Band Boosters Scholarship Allie Dolby
Circleville ELKS #77 Hannah Mogan
Circleville Eagles Scholarship #685 Sydney Dowden, Olivia Fausnaugh, Caleb Bradley, Austin Gaines, Jake Mancini, Meghan Brooks, Brenden Gaines, Chelsea Lee, Johnathan Weston, Emily Dengler, Carley Derexson, Hannah Mogan, Jacob Rhymer, Dylan Brooks, Kiana Ragland, Rupesh Patel
Kiwanis Achievement
Meghan Brooks and Jacob Rhymer
Kiwanis Walter Hall Olivia Fausnaugh
Gerhardt Family Scholarship Kiana Ragland, Katelynn Camp
Drs. Ely, Dubos, and Stewart Scholarship Meghan Brooks
Rumpke Scholarship Sydney Dowden
Leo Moats Memorial Scholarship/Sunrise Rotary McKenzie Henry
John Miller Memorial Wrestling Scholarship Caleb Brooks
Margaret Scherer Memorial Scholarship McKenzie Henry
The Martha Poling Scholarship Katelynn Camp
The W. Barry Adams Scholarship Emily Dengler
Pickaway HELPS — Ula Jean Metzler Scholarship Katelynn Camp
Kingston National Bank Andrew Pohl
South Central Power Co Meghan Brooks/Olivia Fausnaugh, Andrew Pohl
William Ammer Memorial Trust Fund Scholarship Chelsea Lee
Marine “Semper Fidelis” Award Logan Wolfe
Marine Scholastic Excellence Heather Greenlee
Marine Distinguished Athlete Jada Cummins, James Doty
Pickaway County Council on Youth Leadership Dylan Brooks, Emily Dengler
Jeff McGowan Memorial Scholarship James Dotty
Airforce/Air National Guard Heather Greenlee, Jada Cummins
National Guard Cameron Banks
North Court Family Dentistry Olivia Fausnaugh
Matesky Scholarship McKenzie Henry
Honda-OSU Math Medal Award Dylan Brooks
Circleville Lions Club Scholarship Carley Derexson
Frank ” Bo” Dunlap Scholarship Megan Brooks, Johnathon Weston, Emily Dengler, Grant Dupler, Olivia Fausnaugh
Dunlap Foundation Isaac Miller
Hutzelman Memorial Scholarship Abigail Blust
Wendy Heisman Brenden Gaines
Columbus Dispatch Scholar Athlete Olivia Fausnaugh, Dylan Brooks
Ohio High School Athletic Association Scholar Athlete Award Olivia Fausnaugh, Jake Mancini
Sheryl Wood Logan Scholarship Jacob Rhymer
Circleville Noon Rotary Club J.B. Stout Trust Fund Scholarship Chris Taylor
Ted Lewis Memorial Scholarship Andrew Pohl
Floyd E. & Mary Irene Younkin Scholarship Carley Derexson
Josh Martin Memorial Scholarship Meghan Brooks, Jacob Rhymer, Jake Mancini
Modern Woodmen of America Carley Derexson
Pumpkin Show Band Scholarship Meghan Brooks, Andrew Pohl, Abigail Blust

Extra Mile after school program concludes year with ‘Family Literacy Night’ at CMS

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Circleville City Schools – On Tuesday, the Extra Mile after school program wrapped up its 2017-18 academic campaign with a celebration of literacy. Entitled “The. A Literacy Event” the program played host to K-8 students and families in the district featuring an array of reading-centered activities at Circleville Middle School.

Extra Mile after school students and 6th-8th English Language Arts Honors students put on a Reading Fair for the public after school hours where they presented on a title they had read during the school year in a science fair styled presentation where they were judged on oratory delivery and content that covered character/plot development, themes, board design, and internal and external conflict.

In addition to the reading fair, the event featured Financial Literacy resources for families from the Savings Bank, the Pickaway County Community Banking Center, and Pickaway HELPS. Circleville Police Department’s ‘Safety Pup’, SpongeBob, a Ninja Turtle, and Hello Kitty also made an appearance for photo op opportunities for families.

Representatives from the Pickaway County District Public Library were also in attendance providing sight word bingo, contractions games, and wheel of fun Scholastic book giveaways among other literacy driven games. Students also had the opportunity to create innovative book marks for their summer reads at an art creation station.

Many thanks to the community literacy supporters in attendance for the event helping to promote reading in our community.

While Extra Mile concluded its 2017-18 after school program by event’s end, the program is currently still registering students for its Summer Learning Academy (June 4-22) for grades 5-8 and for its ACT and Business Professionals Academies at CHS. Contact coordinator Cory Sullivan to enroll at

See the slideshow below for a photo recap of Tuesday’s literacy night.

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2018 Elementary Summer Reading Bus Tour Announced

Book Bus stock photoCircleville City Schools – The annual Circleville City Schools ‘Tiger Reading Bus Tour’ is once again back in 2018 and is coming to a neighborhood near you!

The reading bus, open to any incoming PK-6th grade student for next school year, will have leveled books appropriate for elementary students’ reading levels.  We hope your child will visit us and continue to read over the summer!  Not only will your child get a healthy dose of literacy for the mind, but our school district will also provide a healthy sack lunch to go with their summer read! Volunteers from our staff will greet students and help them check-out/return books. All children should be accompanied by an adult walking to and from the bus for student safety.

We hope to see you this summer for another full slate of summer reading opportunities!

Reading Bus Schedule:

TUESDAYS -June 5, 12, 19, 26; July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; August 7

  • Book Bus Route
    · 9:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Walnut Creek Estates (Harwich & Atwater Ave. intersection area)
    · 10:00 a.m.– 10:30 a.m. Elsea’s (Park Office)
    · 10:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Atwater Elementary School (Atwater & Seyfert Rd. intersection area)
    · 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Trinity Lutheran Church (Corner of Pickaway & Mound St.)
    · 12:15 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. Lighthouse Baptist Church (Old Court St. Elem.)
    · 1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Circleville First Church (Ohio St. and Clinton St.)/Foundations 4 Youth

Superintendent for a Day: CMS student takes the helm at CCS


Circleville City Schools – On Tuesday, 7th grade student Scott Moats was at the helm of Circleville City Schools after his family secured the winning bid at the Circleville City School Foundation (CCSF) ‘Raise your Paw Auction’ earlier this school year.

The annual CCSF auction is a fundraiser where proceeds go directly towards student initiatives and grants that expand learning in our classrooms. The ‘Superintendent for a Day’ auction item was one of many generous school and community sourced donations to go across the auction block this past February.


For  Scott, the day’s schedule was characterized more by meetings and interacting with staff more so than he is usually accustomed to at Circleville Middle School; however, before any of that could occur Scott found out quickly there was an important task to complete at 7:00 a.m. in the district.

“Well, we went and got a coffee,” said a laughing Moats.

As the man ‘in charge’ for the day, directly overseeing over 2,200 students and 265 staff members, Scott found out coffee is a necessity at the urging of Superintendent Jonathan Davis.

From there, Scott reviewed architectural plans and walked the campus grounds observing progress made on the new bleacher and track construction project before visiting the Pickaway County Educational Service Center with Assistant Superintendent Kyle Uhrig.

Another part of the superintendent agenda for the day for Moats involved working on the 2019-2020 academic calendar, writing personalized staff birthday cards, and meeting about the opening staff convocation in August..which only brought him to lunch with Mr. Davis in town.

After a quick meal, it was right back in the fold visiting our youngest Tigers down Tiger Drive.

“We walked around the elementary to check on the students and staff after lunch,” said Moats. “Then we stopped by to visit my baby sister Samantha in Mrs. Congrove’s class.”

One middle school and high school walk-through later, Moats reflected on the day’s events and the many places it took him before concluding his day to head to baseball practice.

“The superintendent job is kinda hard, but also fun,” said Moats. “You work with the calendar, [purchasing], and go around the district checking in on students and teachers to make sure all is going well.”

When prompted if his day carried any weight in a decision to pursue a career in educational leadership, Scott was quick to say his mind is made up as he plans to join the family business in insurance where his grandfather Terry and father John work locally.


Many thanks to the Moats family for their participation in the auction this year and the CCSF for orchestrating the many opportunities they bring to our students on a daily basis – including most recently with our Kindergarten flexible seating options.

Circleville City Schools plans to continue this experiential learning time for an auction winner in future events to come.

‘Sharing Shoes’ by Circleville Elementary Teacher Cathy Kint


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Pictured: Mrs. Akers’ class celebrates as the winning class for bringing in the most shoes.

Circleville Elementary School – For educators the heart of teaching lies within books.  Every day we teach and learn through books. One of the greatest joys of teaching is the moment when a child’s face lights up because they just received the message delivered in a book. Books are the means by which we receive someone else’s message.  We read the words out loud or to ourselves so that we can connect to the author’s purpose. That very connection is what led to our 1st grade community service project entitled “Sharing Shoes.”

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In the middle of winter I chose to read the book ‘The Lady in the Box’ by Ann McGovern to each first grade class.  Each time that I choose a book it is with the hope that at least one child will have a personal connection to the central message of the book. With McGovern’s story, it was the hope that students would see how important it is to reach out to people who have less than we have. We have talked all year about our purpose as students and as human beings.  We are here to make others feel  important…to give to others what we can…and to not waste time in those efforts. 

As I visited each classroom the children began to talk about what they could do to help people who are homeless. They realized that they did not have money of their own to give as 6 and 7-year-olds, but they also realized that they might have useful things to gift to another person. It was decided that shoes would be a good choice because most of the children could honestly say that they had some shoes they did not need anymore.

In one class a girl was really excited and said that we could make flyers to let people know what we were doing with our efforts. So, once we decided on the best time to do the shoe drive we invited all of the first grade classes to make a flyer that included pertinent information. We received many flyers. Teachers chose one winner from each classroom to have their flyers printed for distribution to other grade levels. These students were recognized and given a sneaker key chain as a prize. 

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Our 1st grade Shoe Drive Flier winners pictured with their winning artwork and advertising.

We contacted our parents on the Class Dojo school messaging app and on Twitter to encourage them to support their children’s community service project. We received some thoughtful responses from parents who were glad to see us setting the tone of giving for their students.

Next, we needed to think about where the shoes would go. I was at our elementary school’s ‘Darlings and Donuts event’ and asked the ABC Club president if she knew of any organization that could use children’s shoes.  She excitedly said “Yes. The new youth drop-in center Foundations4Youth will be opening soon and they could probably use something like that!” Right away we contacted our school resource liaison, Officer McIntyre who is involved with the center, and he came to see me. Now we had one place to send our shoes.

We also thought of our local shelter in the Haven House and contacted them. They were so happy to hear that we not only had children’s shoes, but some women’s shoes as well. We now had two places to send our shoes!


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As we collected shoes I saw that we had many pairs of men’s sneakers.  I knew that the Pickaway County Jail accepted shoe donations for their inmates who are released and don’t have proper footwear.  One phone call later we were sending shoes to them as well. Now we had three places to send our shoes.

We also kept shoes for our own students at CES.  We have all seen the student who loses the sole of a shoe or who came to school in flip flops and they break…with no other shoes to change into.  We were able to keep shoes of all sizes right here. Now we had a fourth place for our shoes.

After a week of collection we were able to send 300 pairs of shoes to local organizations. We had one class (Mrs. Akers’ class) that brought 82 pairs. The top donation came from a girl in that same class who contributed 14 pairs.  The ABC club will be providing a pizza lunch for the class as a reward for their efforts and the top winner will receive two brand new pairs of shoes and a gift card. 

The best part of this whole project was seeing the faces of children when they brought in their donated shoes.  They were so proud. Whether it was one pair or 10, it did not matter. They would track me down to tell me that they had shoes on a given day.  They all received a paper shoe pattern to decorate each time that they brought in a pair of shoes. These are being displayed in the first grade hallway. They were never told that we were going to recognize the class with the most shoes or the person with the most shoes. They gave because they wanted to give.  They were happy to have a paper shoe to decorate. They got it. The message of the book we read was simple…give to others without expectation. 


We were happy to open up the project to staff and children in other grade levels.  It was their contributions that helped us make it to the 300 shoes threshold. The first grade had about 170 pairs on their own.

The first book I ever read to the first grade students this year was ‘The Three Questions’  based on the writing of Leo Tolstoy. We go back to those questions throughout the year because they should be in the forefront of our lives and minds every day. The questions and answers are so simple…

  1. When is the right time to do things?   Now.

  2. Who is the most important one?   The one at your side.

  3. What is the right thing to do?  That which benefits the one at your side.

Mr. Tolstoy tells us…that is why we are here.

On behalf of the 1st grade team and Circleville Elementary, we would like to extend a  thank you to each and every student, family, and community member who participated in our shoe drive. Every day we try to instill in our students our Tiger Traits that call to “Be respectful. Be responsible. And Be Safe” in all that we do. This project was an extension of those traits and I am incredibly proud of our students for developing this student-led project. 

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                                    Cathy Kint

                                   1st Grade Intervention/Title Reading Specialist

                                                                  Circleville Elementary School

CHS Freshman awarded Rotary Youth Exchange Scholarship: Will study abroad in Turkey in 2018


Circleville High School freshman Oscar Knece has been awarded the Rotary Youth Exchange Scholarship for a year-long foreign exchange program to Turkey for the 2018-19 academic year.

This coming August, he will begin his role as a global ambassador when he departs for his year-long exchange. Oscar’s exchange will be in Turkey. Between now and his departure date, he will be involved in extensive language & cultural training and preparation to be immersed in their new culture provided by Rotary.

“Oscar exemplifies the traits needed to succeed as a goodwill ambassador representing Rotary International and the USA abroad,” said Beth Spears, student communications coordinator for Rotary International.

Annually, 8,000 students between the ages of 15 and 18.5 participate in this program worldwide. The program began in the 1920’s and its primary mission is to work towards peace and understanding the world. Rotary Youth Exchange is a member of the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET), a non-profit organization on committed to setting standards for international educational travel and monitoring compliance with those standards. It is also approved by the U.S. Department of State.

The scholarship, valued at over $24,000, covers room, board, tuition, and provides a monthly stipend for one academic year.

Chartered in 1989, the Rotary Club of Circleville has a membership of more than 77 men and women actively dedicated to fostering service above self in their community and around the globe, and is part of Rotary International District 6690.

Congratulations to Oscar on this prestigious honor and for exemplifying what it means to serve as a good will ambassador.

Ted Lewis Museum donates baby grand piano to CCSD music programs

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Circleville City Schools – Last week, the Ted Lewis Museum orchestrated the donation of a historic baby grand piano to our choral and instrumental music programs.

The piano, a 1934 Kurtzmann baby grand, made its way from a donor in Westerville to its new home on the Circleville High School stage early last week.

“We are incredibly humbled and thrilled that the Ted Lewis Museum felt compelled to secure this prized donation of this Kurtzmann for our students,” said district communications director Evan Debo. “From Mrs. Braswell and Mrs. Kelly’s choral music programs and musicals to Mr. Tennant’s concert orchestras, this historic piece further enhances our programs to benefit our students and community. Mr. Lewis’ passion for making ‘everybody happy’ through his music is very much alive today as a result of the efforts of museum curator Joseph Rubin, board president Joyce Keller, and their dedicated board of directors.”

“C. Kurtzmann & Company was established by Christian Kurtzmann in Buffalo, NY in 1848. In about 1859, C. Kurtzmann went into partnership with a gentleman by the name of Hinze to form the company of “Kurtzmann & Hinze“. Christian Kurtzmann dissolved this partnership sometime in the late 1860’s and started building pianos under his own name.
During the 19th Century, Kurtzmann built a number of square grand piano models, slowly integrating upright and grand pianos into their line by the turn-of-the-century. The firm was incorporated as “C. Kurtzmann & Co.” in 1901 and their factories were located on Niagara Street in Buffalo, NY. During the early 20th Century, C. Kurtzmann & Co. had gained control of the Capen Piano Company and “Brockport Manufacturing Co. The Wurlitzer Piano Company took control of Kurtzmann in 1935, and built the Kurtzmann brand name until 1938.
Kurtzmann was known for building very high quality, expensive pianos and organs, and their instruments were often very elaborate and sometimes “overbuilt”. These instruments are truly amazing examples of old-world quality and craftsmanship.”

Circleville City Schools would like to thank our community partner in the Ted Lewis Museum who orchestrated and secured the donation of this historic piano for future generations of Tigers. While the piano does not have direct ties to Mr. Lewis’ prolific career, the gesture by the museum is yet another layer of commitment to Ted’s passion for Circleville and their board’s efforts to preserving local music history through initiatives that strengthen music education.

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Members of our community can see the new Kurtzmann baby grand in concert this June, when Circleville High School and the Ted Lewis Museum play host to the “Rubinoff And His Violin “Pops” Concert” on june 2nd at 7 p.m.
For more information on Ted Lewis and upcoming events with the museum, visit