Circleville City confirms four new administrative hires at April meeting of the Board of Education

At the April meeting of the Board of Education, school leadership moved to approve several new administrative hires for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year to fill current and upcoming vacancies.

Earlier this month, current assistant superintendent Kyle Uhrig announced his intent to withdraw from his position at Circleville City Schools to take another position in a family business after 8 years of service to the district. To fill this key district operations vacancy, the board hired Kirk Henderson to the same role effective July 1st, 2021.

Henderson comes to Circleville by way of Canal Winchester High School where he has spent the last 18 years as an administrator, most recently as building principal (2012-2021). Prior to that, he served as a a special education teacher and assistant principal at Teays Valley Middle School from 2000-2003. Henderson will work alongside incoming superintendent Dr. Kimberly Halley who was hired at the March meeting of the Board of Education (read here for details).

Co-Curriculum Directors Named

In addition to filling the position of assistant superintendent, the district currently has a vacancy in the curriculum department due to the retirement of curriculum director Lisa Heins in May 2020.

Joining the administrative team to assist with academic advancement next fall, the board of education has hired two curriculum directors in Amy Boston (Kindergarten-5th Curriculum Director) and Garla Brown (6th-12th grade Curriculum Director).

Collectively, Boston and Brown will oversee school curriculum design, alignment, and instructional practices as a means of helping students reach their full potential.

Boston has spent the past 10 years at Miami Trace Local Schools as their Director of Elementary Curriculum, but also has local ties to Pickaway County as a former assistant principal and teacher at Westfall Local Schools.

Brown is currently the high school/lead campus principal of the Health Sciences & Human Services STEM Academy of Reynoldsburg City Schools.

Food Services

Taking over for Suzie Gerhardt (named to a new position in the district) as the head of food services, Aron Sheffield has been named the district’s new Director of Food Services.

Over the course of the past year, Circleville City Schools has distributed over 150,000 meals to students across the city and Sheffield will continue our effort to help feed our Tigers in the months and weeks to come – including overseeing another summer of meal distribution for K-12 students.

We would like to welcome all of these new staff members into the Tiger Family and look forward to working alongside these experienced professionals to further our mission of “Maximizing the achievement of each student in a safe environment.”

STAY CONNECTED: CCS app gets a refresh in Apple App Store and Google Play Store

When it comes to important school news and updates, students and parents alike need need up-to-the-minute information for planning, schedules, and academic success.

The Circleville City Schools app provides another layer of school-to-home communication to assist families.

Within the CCS app, turn on and off instant notifications for busing and inclement weather delays, read news articles from CirclevilleCitySchools.org in your news feed, and browse upcoming district events.

Additionally, students and parents can find quick links and resources to the following:

  • EZ Pay
  • Lunch menus
  • Our Bullying Reporting Tool
  • Daily Announcements
  • Course catalog, Student activities, and scholarships (CHS only)
  • Our Remote Meal Pre-ordering form and more!

To download the app today visit the links below depending upon what device you are using:

For Google Play Store and Android users (Click here)

For Apple Store and iPhone users (Click here)

For Desktop and Windows users (Click here)

Now registering for our 5-Star Step Up to Quality Rated Preschool for 2021-2022

Circleville Elementary School is now enrolling for its “5-star Step Up to Quality rated” preschool program for the 2021-2022 school year.

Once again to start the year, Circleville Elementary School will only be registering Early Childhood Education Grant Eligible Families. It is our sincerest hope to be in a position to offer the Tiger Cub Academy this upcoming year; however, at this time we are not in a position to register beyond our ECE grant required seats.

To find out if your child is ECE grant eligible, see the income guideline charts below.

In the event you fit these grant requirements, please fill out this interest form here to begin the enrollment process today. For more information visit our preschool webpage here.

Circleville City Schools announce 2021-2022 Student Academic Calendar

Planning is now under way for the 2021-2022 school year. As families make summer and fall plans, this calendar can be your resource guide for when school will be in session next school year.

Click here to download/view next year’s calendar

Calendar Highlights
Aug 13: Staff starts
Aug 18: 1st Day of School grades 1-12
Aug 23: 1st Day of School for PK and K (Staggered start)

September 6: Labor Day (No school)

Oct 20-22: Pumpkin Show Break
Dec 22-Jan 3: Christmas Break
Jan 4: Staff Professional Development Day (No students)

January 5: Students return for second semester

January 17: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (No school)

February 21: Presidents Day (No school)
April 14-18: Spring Break

May 13 and May 20: No School (Fridays)
May 27: Graduation/Last Day of School

Now enrolling Kindergarten 2021-2022

Circleville City Schools are now enrolling kindergarten students for the 2021-2022 school year. We are incredibly excited to welcome in the Class of 2034 and look forward to getting to officially meet our new Tigers in the coming months.

Click here to create your account and register

For the second consecutive year, kindergarten registration will take place entirely online. After your online registration form is received, we will contact you about in-person appointments to verify your information. As a part of the enrollment process, there are number of documents you will need ahead of time to aid in the registration process. These required documents are listed below and can be emailed to enroll@cvcsd.com or dropped off/mailed to 388 Clark Drive, Circleville, OH 43113.

Required registration documents:

– Photo ID for Parent or Guardian                                                  
 – Copy of Student’s Birth Certificate
 – Student’s Immunization Records
 – Custody Orders
 – 2 Proofs of Residency (cannot be two of same item)
     – Official lease/rental agreement
     – Property tax statement
     – Utility Bill (within last 30 days)
     – Mortgage coupon/closing statement
     – Ohio Driver’s License with current address
     – Special Circumstance form with notary seal
                    *in addition to 2 proofs of residency

How to Enroll  

Circleville City Schools use an all online enrollment portal called OneView. If you are a new parent or guardian with us, you will start by completing a OneView Parent Account in the link above. Once there you will fill out the prompts to create an account, create a secure pin code of your choosing for password recovery, and then move on to the OneView Parent Portal webpage where you will select “enroll a new student.” If you are a returning parent with a current Tiger preschool student enrolling for kindergarten, link your child with your child’s student ID to your account (provided by your preschool teacher) and select, Submit and View Online Forms from your dashboard. 

DOWNLOAD YOUR SIGNING DAY POSTER HERE: We also encourage you to join in on the fun by emailing your child’s “Kindergarten Signing Day” photo to information@cvcsd.com or by tagging us on twitter @CirclevilleCity!

Have questions? Call us at 740-474-4340 or see below for step-by-step video tutorials on how to make an account and register in OneView.

Ryan Walker named CHS boys soccer head coach

The Circleville High School Athletic Department is excited to announce Ryan Walker as the next head coach of the school’s varsity boys soccer program. Walker will take over the boys program, replacing coach Steve Wastier who announced his retirement after 16 years at the helm earlier this school year.

Walker comes to Circleville High School by way of Kentucky Christian University where he serves as recruiting coordinator, previously serving as a soccer graduate assistant during the 2018 season. He holds a B.A. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management from the school.

News Photo
Walker at his jersey retirement ceremony at Kentucky Christian University. Phot Cred: KCUKnights.com

Outside of KCU coaching experience, Walker has an array of skills camp coaching experience with the Northwest Soccer Camp of Seattle and the Grayson Youth Soccer Association’s U-12 and U-8 teams.

As a player at Kentucky Christian University, Walker starred on the pitch as a defender playing 75 games, scoring 29 goals (3 game-winners), and dishing out 14 assists during his 4-year collegiate career with the Knights. His play led to numerous National Christian College Athletic Association honors including NCCAA 1st Team All-American (2015-2017), USCA/NSCAA 1st Team All-American (2015-2017), and USCA/NSCAA Scholar-Athlete (2016-2017).

We are excited to welcome Ryan into the Red & Black Family! Go Tigers!

Three Tigers take home D.A.R. essay honors

Circleville City Schools students Jackson Hatfield (8th grade), Madison Blakeman (7th grade), and Cicely Esterline (6th grade) have been named essay winners on behalf of the Pickaway Plains Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (D.A.R.). Student submissions were overseen by teachers Karen Valentine (6th), Brooke Paxton (7th), and Allison Davis (8th).

Students received a medal, certificate, and a gift card for their prize winnings.

This year’s national American History Essay Contest was open to all students in grades 5-8. Students in grades 6th-8th were required to submit an essay 600-1,000 words in length.

6th grade winner Cecily Esterline receives a pin from Pickaway Plains DAR representative Rosemarie Drummond.

This year’s topic put the spotlight on the 250th anniversary of the Boston Massacre:

To read the student’s essays follow through to the links below!

Jackson Hatfield

Madison Blakeman

Cicely Esterline

Congratulations to these Tigers for using their power of the pen to craft compelling stories, arguments, and highlight the importance of the American Revolution. These students were recognized on February 25th in a small ceremony at Circleville Middle School where they participate in a small pinning ceremony from the D.A.R. representatives in front of school officials.

Pictured left-to-right: Marcia Helwagen, Cecily Esterline, Cheryl Bircher, Madison Blakeman, and Rosemarie Drummond; not pictured, Jackson Hatfield.

Circleville City Food Services Department Awarded Children’s Hunger Alliance Child Nutrition Award

Food Services Director and Human Resources Director Suzie Gerhardt and her team receive the honor from Rick Oxley of the Children’s Hunger Alliance.

Circleville City Schools Food Service Department has been awarded the Children’s Hunger Alliance’s Child Nutrition Award in recognition of their pandemic feeding response.

Founded in 1970, Children’s Hunger Alliance is a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to ending childhood hunger.

The organization partners with organizations throughout Ohio to provide nutritious meals to at-risk children who need them most. Children’s Hunger Alliance helps day care providers, day care centers, local school districts and afterschool and summer programs provide balanced, healthy meals to children in their care. Their team of educators also deliver nutrition education and lead children in physical activities to provide a balanced approach to childhood health.

Circleville City Schools are thankful for our partnership with Children’s Hunger Alliance (CHA) as their support and technical assistance helps secure funding from No Kid Hungry. Through the partnership, CHA will continue to assist the school district as they look at ways to provide and sustain alternative means to serve school meals now and beyond the challenges of the pandemic. School looks different this year for millions of students across America, but whether they’re learning in a classroom or online, kids need nutritious food to reach their full potential.

Mrs. Gerhardt and her team will long be remembered for their herculean efforts in feeding kids when the state of education and the globe were turned upside down as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are incredibly grateful for all of our Food Services Team’s efforts over the past year in helping to make sure no child goes hungry with our remote meal initiatives.

Updated P-EBT Information for Families: February 2021

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Circleville City Schools students are once again eligible for P-EBT meal benefits as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Recently the program was extended from January through August 2021. If a child in your household usually attends one of our school buildings, is in our preschool through 12th grade, they may be eligible for the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program when the district:
• Operated with reduced attendance or hours (for example, with a hybrid schedule) for at least 5 consecutive days OR
• Had been fully remote learning for at least 5 consecutive days OR
•Had been quarantined for 5 consecutive days or more due to COVID-19

These P-EBT cards will come by mail from the state (not the school district) and the balance will continue to be reloaded monthly so it is vitally important that these cards are not lost or thrown away.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much will my child receive?

The benefit amount is $5.86 per child for each day the child did not receive a free or reduced priced meal at the school due to closure, reduced attendance or hours, beginning in October 2020. The benefits may change month to month, depending on how many days your child was remote learning or did not have access to breakfast or lunch at school.

How can we use the benefits?

P-EBT benefits can be used to buy food items at grocery stores and other retailers that accept the Ohio Direction Card (also referred to as an EBT card).

You mentioned cards would come from the state. Explain.

ODJFS obtains a list from the schools or school districts of all children eligible for free and reduced- price meals and the number of days they met the criteria for P-EBT. Based on this data, P-EBT benefits are provided on an electronic benefit transfer (EBT) card.

The October and November benefits (and August and September benefits for children now eligible under the new law) are to be issued in early February. New P-EBT cards should be received by families in mid-February.
• December benefits will be issued by the end of February.
• January benefits will be issued by the end of March.
• February benefits will be issued by the end of April.
• March benefits will be issued by the end of May.
• April benefits will be issued by the end of June.
• May benefits will be issued by the end of July.
• June benefits will be issued by the end of August.

Does a family have to accept the card and use it?

No, your participation in the program is voluntary. If you choose not to participate, please dispose of your card by cutting through the magnetic stripe on the card and discard the card in a secure manner. You cannot transfer the card to someone else.

Read the Full FAQ Here

Six middle school Tigers qualify for Power of the Pen Regionals

Pictured left-to-right: (1st row) Devin Gray, Kayla Huggins, (2nd row) Lucas Davis,
Amelia Tarbill, (3rd row) Addy Powers, and Ali Ferrell.

Six Circleville Middle School students – Devin Gray (8th), Kaylah Huggins (8th), Addy Powers (7th), Amelia Tarbill (7th), Lucas Davis (7th), and Ali Ferrell (7th) – have qualified for the regional Power of the Pen competition.

Recently, Circleville Middle School students hosted 15 participating schools virtually for the January 30th district competition sponsored by the Circleville City School Foundation and the Vinton County National Bank, a member of the VCNB Family.

Founded in 1986, Power of the Pen is an interscholastic writing competition for 7th and 8th graders in the state of Ohio to showcase their writing skills as artistic expression. Because the ideas, dreams and beliefs of today’s youth form the foundation of tomorrow’s communities in Ohio, Power of the Pen is dedicated to helping young people find and develop a creative voice that is uniquely their own.

The program’s aim is to positively impact academic achievement overall. Power of the Pen does so by providing mentor texts of excellent student writing that will serve as models for middle school students throughout Ohio this year. More than 3,000 students will compete directly in a Power of the Pen tournament each year.

These six middle school writers will next compete on March 20th for the South-Central Regional Tournament, hosted by Ann Simpson Davis Middle School.

Congratulations to these outstanding Tigers and their advisors Mrs. Wallace and Mrs. Valentine!