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.

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