Week 1 in Review: August 21-25

The first full week of the 2017-18 school year saw a number of assemblies and events on campus for Circleville students including Solar Eclipse programming, a CHS assembly with author Brad Hurtig, 6th-12th grade Chromebook distribution, and the first days of school for preschool and kindergarten students in the district.


      Students and staff kicked off the week of school on Monday with lesson plans and activities centered around the 2017 Solar Eclipse. With a near 90 percent eclipse of the sun visible from campus, students and staff geared up for the event with ISO 12312-2 grade safety glasses and took to the fields for viewing festivities. From charting the progression of the moon and the sun during the eclipse, to studies leading up to the event, students understanding of the solar system truly benefited as a result of this scientific spectacle.

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A Visit with Author, Speaker Brad Hurtig

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On Monday, Circleville High School played host to TED Talk speaker, author Brad Hurtig. Hurtig, a former Ohio High School football standout provided students with a powerful message centered around the idea of ‘finding a way.’ After losing both of his hands in an industrial accident after his sophomore year of high school, Hurtig talked about overcoming obstacles and how the inspirational wisdom of one particular coach and his support system enabled him to return to the football field despite the physical hurdles set before him.

Hurtig was accompanied by local 3-piece Ohio rock band The Stray who would return Monday evening for a free concert as a part of Circleville FCA programming.

Chromebook Distribution 

Monday and Tuesday this week saw the building wide distribution of Google Chromebooks for students at Circleville Middle School and Circleville High School. The student Chromebook initiative is in its third year at the middle school and in its second year at the high school. At the elementary levels, each classroom comes equipped with a Chromebook cart in Grades 3-5, with iPad carts and laptop carts available in the primary grades (PK-2).

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CHS students Wesley Saunders, Alexis VanHoose, and Nicholas Welch display their Chromebooks for the 2017-18 school year.

CCSD is proud to supplement student learning with a 1:1 student-to-technology ratio in the district.    


Circleville Elementary School welcomes Preschool and Kindergarten Students

          Operating on a delayed start to the year, members of the Classes of 2029, 2030, and 2031 entered the academic fold at Circleville City Schools this week with the start of our Preschool and Kindergarten. Students in both grades had a staggered start to the year by design as they got up to speed with a new building, new teachers, and new friends. Half of Kindergarten reported on Monday with a day off Tuesday and the other half of the grade level were off Monday and started Tuesday . Wednesday served as the first combined day for all Kindergarten students.

For many students ages 3-5, this is the first structured academic environment they will have encountered and the delayed start enabled staff to get to know the newest generation of Tigers more efficiently in small groups.

For a full recap of the first full week of the 2017-18 school year, see the slideshow below!


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Recap: Students, staff reunite for Day One of the 2017-18 school year


Mrs. Webb greets 2nd graders Jolene, Nevaeh, and Siena on their way into school this morning.

Circleville City Schools – On Thursday, approximately 2,000 Tigers returned to school for the first combined day of the 2017-18 academic school year for Grades 1-12. Preschool and Kindergarten students are slated to return on a delayed start next week.

Arriving in droves, students were greeted by lined hallways of CCS staff in each of the district’s three buildings to officially welcome them back for Day One.

For many, the first of the year is a whirlwind of new routines, new teachers, and friends new and old. On these types of days, student and staff enthusiasm is as strong as ever. You can walk into any of our three Circleville City buildings and immediately feel that enthusiasm between bells, during lunch periods, and in team building exercises in the classroom.

A critical component in first of the year school classrooms is team building and relationship development.

“Getting to know the students is of top importance,” said Kindergarten teacher Mrs. Jaime Fosnaugh.  “The better we know the students, the more effectively we can teach them.  Students must know that you love them and are invested in them.”

Particularly for some students, like those working with Mrs. Fosnaugh, next week’s Kindergarten delayed start brings the first structured academic environment those students will have encountered in their lifetime.

“Many times, this is the students’ first school experience,” said Fosnaugh. “The positive relationships we form can shape their views on school for years to come. What a golden opportunity we have as Kindergarten teachers.”

Elsewhere on campus today at Circleville Middle School and Circleville High School, a similar interactive ‘Get to know you’ structure was in place. Mr. Whitten’s 6th grade Social Studies classes, students did a ‘2 Truths and a lie about my summer’ interactive workshop.

Circleville High School staff lined the hallways at 7:20 a.m. on Thursday as well to waste no time in building a report with their students out of the gate. Additionally, as a part of the district’s professional development seminars with literacy specialist Dr. Dianne McCune, staff will be unveiling their ‘Get to know me’ show and tell presentations by week’s end.

For a full recap of the student’s first day in photos, be sure to see the slideshow below to see how CCSD celebrated the first day of the 2017-18 school year.



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Chalk Talk

  • Starting today, policies mandated by House Bill 410 regarding changes to how district’s track student attendance goes into effect. Information will be sent home today with your CCS student regarding the attendance changes. Parents and guardians can also click here for a pdf version of the 2017-18 District Attendance Brochure.
  • This Saturday, August 19th, campus will be hosting the 2017-18 Tiger Day celebration starting at 5 p.m. Come out and meet the Fall 2017-18 athletes, grab a bite to eat, bring the kids for carnival style games and a bounce house ($5 fundraiser), and see the Pride of the Tigers, the Circleville High School Marching Band perform excerpts from their Fall competition show ‘”Genius” – composed and arranged by Key Poulan. 


This Weekend in Athletics

  • The CHS Tiger Football team will take to the road to scrimmage Alexander High School in a 7 p.m. start tomorrow, Friday, August 18th. This is the final scrimmage before the team opens their regular season schedule at home next week against Miami Trace.
  • Girls Golf takes on Teays Valley tonight at 4 p.m.
  • Boys Golf takes to the greens at Turnberry this Saturday (August 19th) for a 1 p.m. tee time.
  • Varsity Girls (11 a.m.) and Boys (1 p.m.) Soccer will host Miami Trace at Home on Saturday to kick off their 2017 Fall campaigns.

Follow live score updates on Twitter @Athletics_CV from this weekend’s Fall sports slate.

CCSD staff return to campus for start of 2017-18 school year

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Circleville High School – On Monday, Circleville City Schools welcomed back employees with their Opening Convocation at Circleville High School. The event, held annually, serves as the first organized, all-staff gathering for the school year.

The agenda for the day kicked off with a staff awards ceremony- highlighted by presentations from Pickaway County Educational Service Center (PCESC) Superintendent Ty Ankrom  and Circleville City Schools Superintendent Jonathan Davis.

In his presentation today, Davis covered a variety of topics including 2016-17 district achievement, the unveiling of the inaugural Circleville City Schools Quality Profile, in addition to providing an in-depth look at ‘How we Teach’ and education-centered relationship building.

In his opening remarks, Davis challenged his staff to go beyond first of the year classroom expectations with students when they return to campus on Thursday and, instead, replace those routines with activities aimed at getting to know their students on a personal level.

“The most important thing we do as educators is create relationships,” said Davis. “We cannot create high expectations for a [student] if we do not know anything about them.

Following remarks from Mr. Davis, Mr. Ankrom, and building principals, staff honorees included members of the ‘Golden Apple Club’ (staff who have reached 30 years of educational service) in Circleville Elementary teachers Robin Otto, RaMae Gibbs, Mary Ann Debo, and Carol Johnson. Other honorees included recent Ohio Department of Education (ODE) graduates of the Resident Educator program (RESA): Anthony George, Morgan Phillips, Katie Mears, Jessica Fox, Alexandria Davis, and Jennifer Walters; Master Teacher Tisha McMurray.

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Mrs. Jona Wright and Mrs. Karen Borland also among those honored for their district service.

Following the opening ceremony, staff divided up into break out sessions and departmental meetings to go over an array of information for the upcoming year. Additionally, the first day schedule also featured a writing workshop with district literacy specialist Dr. Dianne McCune, a Vendor Fair featuring local Circleville area businesses, and staff ‘Picture Day.’

Staff ended the day with Open Houses at Circleville Elementary School and Circleville Middle School welcoming back students and families from 5-7 p.m.

For more information on all things back to school week at CCSD, head to circlevillecityschools.org.

Earning their Stripes: New CCS Staff takes part in 1st year orientation

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Circleville City Schools – Five days prior to the first day of school for Circleville City School students, new members of the Tiger staff arrived on campus for their first day of the 2017-18 academic year-signaling the district’s kick-off to a new academic campaign.

The 15 new additions participated in a new staff orientation where they took a campus and city tour, were introduced to our Tiger culture, and had a chance to build new working friendships with their peers.

Joining our dedicated team of educators this year are – Jason Beavers, Rachelle Zuniga, Danielle Wipert, Cody Jordan, Elwin Mills, Jason Pickelseimer, Sarah Stitt, John Raymond, Valery West, Aaron Conn, Laura Justice, April Ferguson, Mary Hay, Lisa Russell, and Pat Brooks.

New Circleville Elementary Intervention and Inclusion Specialist Sarah Stitt expressed her enthusiasm for her new Tiger home and the opportunity to build a report with her peers early on in the school year:

“I think its important we have a first day like this where new staff members are all together,” said Stitt. “Just to realize that there is that kind of community within the larger [school]community and get a chance to introduce yourself to them is great.”

From direct student instruction to whole child wraparound services, putting the right people in front of our kids is one of the most important things our district does. In each hire we look for highly-qualified individuals in their respective disciplines that share Circleville City Schools’ commitment and passion for taking our students to new heights.

“Hiring is the most important job we have in the district”, Assistant Superintendent Kyle Uhrig said. “Our collective mindset has always been that, “We invest in people not programs.”  It takes a ton of patience, proper screening, and analysis to make sure that we are getting the best people to serve our students and that is what I believe we have in this new group joining us this year.”

Circleville City Schools would like to welcome each of these individuals into our family and the district is excited to partner with them to take students to new heights this fall and in the months, years to come.