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.