Circleville High School inducts 14 new members into National Honor Society

Circleville City Schools – On Wednesday morning, Circleville High School inducted 14 new members into the 2018 Class of the Everts Chapter of the National Honor Society.

The inductees were: Nolan Badgley, Michael Boring, Makayla Collins, Allie Dolby, Morgan Ealy-Randolph, Garret Gray, Shelby Griffith, Shayna Hoop, Courtney Moaebs, Rupesh Patel, Jenna Roy, Elizabeth Timmons, and Mackenzie Fullen.

Mrs. Braswell and the Circleville High School Symphonic led off the ceremony with ‘Canon in D’, ‘This is Me’, and the CHS Alma Mater “The Red and Black.” NHS President and senior Grant Dupler provided the explanation of induction and led the audience in the pledge of allegiance before the four ceremony candles were lit symbolizing scholarship, character, service, and leadership.

Guest speaker Julie Strawser – Circleville City Council member and former Circleville City Schools teacher – provided the keynote to those in attendance.

See the slideshow below for a recap from today’s ceremony and congratulations to the 2018 NHS Class!

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Social Media conversations, considerations for families

The climate schools, teens, and society find themselves in with social media has changed exponentially since Facebook first launched its platform at Harvard University in 2004.

In recent weeks, Circleville City Schools, law enforcement, and school districts across the country have seen an upswing in social media rumors, threats, and conjecture being spread.

When these occur, often without merit, law enforcement and school officials dedicate countless hours of taxpayer money to thoroughly investigate each and every claim and report until we are confident the issue has been resolved. As educators, families, and a community, we hold an influential position to inform our youth on the dangers and opportunities of social media.

In that light, and in follow up to the series of news releases and school assemblies we have launched in recent weeks, the district has assembled a collection of resources and helpful information for parents when it comes to holding conversations with their students about owning and operating a social media account in 2018.

Are you old enough to have a social media account?

To hold accounts and be compliant with each social network’s terms of service according to linneyville.com below:

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Additionally, more and more users are posting graphics, posts, .gifs, and videos baring curse words, explicit content, and false information. Even if a child is of age to hold an account, sit down as a family and weigh the pros and cons of allowing your child to hold an account.

Be conscious of your cyber identity:

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So you have a social media account what now? After creating a social media account, users often are prompted to fill out information on where they work/attend school, what their hobbies and interests are, and are prompted to provide a profile and header image.

Social media is the land of opportunity for students to network and keep up with their peers, but it is imperative that they understand that what they post and provide to their social media following online is often permanent. Additionally, perspective hiring managers and college admissions teams routinely look at student accounts to see what type of person they are and make decisions about the quality of their character.

Become familiar with your privacy settings

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While most social media accounts have privacy settings and allow you to pick and choose who can view your posts through ‘friending’ and ‘following,’ that does not always mean your information is private. As a general rule of thumb, if you would not feel comfortable sharing a post with a grandparent, employer,  or a police officer it is better to think twice and refrain from posting. Any one can screen shot/capture or copy and paste an image of a post and share with law enforcement, employers, or school officials (if it disrupts the educational process or safety concerns arise over it).

Below are the links to privacy setting information on the top four social media networks most often in play among students ages 13-18.

Geo-locations

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More and more social networks enable geo-location services that tell followers and friended parties where you are posting from. Recently snapchat enabled a feature that shows where your Snapchat character, called a Bitmoji, pops up on a map when the feature is enabled.

In some instances, users posting vacation photos have found themselves targeted as burglary opportunities when users knew they were out of town like a recent string of burglaries in Glastonbury, CT (article).

Cyber bullying and threats

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Suspicious account users, posts, and people do not always appear in the form of the cartoon depiction to the left. Sometimes they come in the form of misunderstandings from friends and sometimes they come in the form of cyberbullying and threats.

When those situations occur, social media can often be a a buzz with rumors, parts of information, and the sharing of questionable posts which induces panic. Safety is a community effort. If you or your child come across suspicious posts, users, videos, or photos, report them directly to law enforcement for a thorough investigation.

Additionally, some social media sites and our school district have links for users to share suspicious threats and bullying found below:

 

While the above links are very helpful, parents and students are urged to go directly to law enforcement with suspicious posts and to refrain from sharing images in a “hey, have you seen this?” format to reduce the spread of panic online and in the community.

Additional Resources

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/social-media

https://www.internetmatters.org/advice/social-media/

https://health.usnews.com/wellness/family/articles/2017-11-06/a-parents-guide-to-social-media

https://www.chillicothegazette.com/story/news/2018/03/24/local-law-enforcement-court-system-taking-no-nonsense-approach-school-threats/452921002/

 

 

Circleville City Schools Treasurer’s Office receives Award of Excellence

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Pictured from left-to-right: Julie Stanley, Treasurer Kristen Rhoads, Rhonda Cook, and Brenda Hicks pose with their 2018 State of Ohio Award of Excellence.

Circleville City Schools – Awarded March 2018, the Circleville City School District Treasurer’s Office was presented with an Award of Excellence for their financial reporting in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and in compliance with applicable laws for the fiscal year ending of 2017.

The award comes from Office of the Auditor Dave Yost and is the highest mark that can be bestowed upon a school treasurer’s office by the State of Ohio. Lead by school district Treasurer Kristen Rhoads, in her 8th year with Circleville City, the department, like many other fiscal officers in schools, businesses, and non-profits,  are often the unsung heroes of the very programs they serve.

While Rhoads, along with her treasurer’s assistants Julie Stanley, Rhonda Cook, and Brenda Hicks, spend most of their day away from the very students they serve, they use their passion for making a difference in education through the utilization of their craft to keep the lights on, fund programs, and afford opportunities for the nearly 2,200 students they serve.

On behalf of Circleville City Schools and the board of education we commend Mrs. Rhoads and her team for their Award of Excellence and for all they do for our students and staff day in and day out.

 

 

Circleville High School team participating in ‘Hackathon’

Submitted – B. Adams

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Circleville High School Teacher Josh Thomas (left) and two members of Team Tiger, Jarrett Quincel and Dalton Herron are all smiles as they get ready to hear more  at the CBUS Student Hack Kickoff Event held March 16.  Team member Cade Burton not shown.  

(Columbus) – On Friday, Circleville High School seniors Dalton Herron, Jarrett Quincel, and sophomore Cade Burton participated in the 3rd annual high school ‘Hackathon’ competition sponsored by Franklin University entitled “Coding for Community.”  

The contest intends to provide participating students with a platform to further develop their computer programming skills to meet 21st century demands with a focus on coding, identifying communications strategies, and broadening their creative skills to address situations, problems or opportunities presented in their communities.

Team composition consists of up to four students and a teacher-advisor.  While the kickoff for the event was held Friday, the teams have six weeks to produce a YouTube video that demonstrates the computer app they have developed to address a community issue or situation. Circleville High School is represented by Dalton Herron, Jarrett Quincel, and Cade Burton.  The team advisor was CHS robotics teacher Joshua Thomas.

The three CHS students were among 177 participating in the competition, forming approximately 70 teams from 23 high schools in Central Ohio.  In addition to a CHS team, teams from Columbus, Dublin, Upper Arlington, Worthington, Reynoldsburg, Grove City, Gahanna Lincoln, the Horizon Science Academy, the Reynoldsburg STEM Academy and others from the area competed for $5,000 in team cash prizes to be awarded to the top three teams. Sponsors for Franklin University’s Hackathon included Battelle, PK Financial Group Inc., Battle for Humanity, Nexosis, the Columbus Metropolitan Library, and Urbana University –  a branch campus of Franklin University.

Team instructions highlight the theme of “Peace building and conflict resolution for a better community.” Todd Whittaker, department chair of Computer Science and Information at Franklin University explained the premise behind this year’s Hackathon is to help high school students realize their potential in solving problems through technology by developing computer apps and at the same time helping to build more peaceful communities.

Judging will be centered around the viability of the app and its propensity to be effective in resolving an issue or situation while building a more peaceful community. Some examples of app possibilities that teams are considering include issues such as addressing homelessness, drug addiction, gun control and violence.

The student designed and created apps will be judged by area technology professionals, academicians, and business men and women.  In addition to the cash prizes for members of the top three teams in increments of $2,500, $1,500, and $1,000, there are special recognition prizes such as an award for the top ‘rookie’ team and special prize recipients selected by the teams.  In addition the winning team will be allowed to direct a $1,000 charity gift made possible by Nexosis, a Columbus-based company that creates machine learning models to provide increased data information. Seniors participating in the CBus Student Hack are eligible for scholarship opportunities on either of the Franklin and Urbana campuses.

Final judging and awards will be held on April 27 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Columbus Metropolitan Library on 96 S. Grant Avenue in Columbus. Parents and interested educational professionals are welcome to attend. There is no admission fee, but seating will be limited due to the number of participating teams. Lunch is provided for the teams and advisors only.

 

 

 

Pickaway County Banking Center makes $25,000 contribution to softball program

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Circleville City Schools – On Wednesday, March 7th, the Circleville City School District received a $25,000 donation from the Pickaway County Banking Center to be put to use for a facilities expansion of the campus softball complex.

The Pickaway County Banking Center’s move today to invest in the students at Circleville City is an extension of their organizational culture and community service initiative to make meaningful financial commitments to the areas in which they live and work.. Read more on the PCBC family here.

“Time and time again this community has stepped up to help us provide a high quality educational experience, in high quality facilities, for our greatest asset, our students,” ,” said superintendent Jonathan Davis. “The Pickaway County Banking Center’s substantial donation is an endearing continuation of such community commitment to our students and I cannot thank them enough for their investment in our Tigers .”

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Pictured left-to-right: Bank Manager Jessica Calder, junior Sarah Moats, senior Meghan Brooks, junior Abigail Keaton, and Vinton County National Bank Senior Vice President Jodi Motta.

A proud Circleville City Schools community partner, the Pickaway County Banking Center is one of 17 Vinton County National Banking branches across 8 counties and is located at 120 S. Court St in downtown Circleville in its newly renovated facility. The bank prides itself in being a community-centered organization that serves its community by providing personalized loan and deposit services to individuals and local businesses.

“”We invest in the communities we serve,” said branch manager Jessica Calder. “That is one of our core values and something we live by each and every day as an organization and as individual employees.  Schools are the foundation of our communities and therefore we know that an investment in Circleville City Schools is money well spent.”

The organization is slated to be recognized for their contribution at the upcoming March 14th meeting of the board of education.