CES embraces careers through innovative Career Connection Fridays

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Fridays have a fresh new look at Circleville Elementary School this Fall.

Today marks the the first installment of “Career Connection Fridays”  at the PK-5 school as administrators and staff expose students to career readiness at an early age.

Today’s topical focus to kick off the event? Kindness.

In each classroom to start the day, students were played a video recording from principal Jill Sims who read aloud the book “Nobody by Erin Frankel. The story portrays a problem the main character Thomas is having with a fellow student at school who heckles him. After a series of conversations with his family, teachers, and friends, Thomas comes to the realization that he is unique like every one else on the planet and that the words of some one else cannot make him a nobody.

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Nobody by Erin Frankel

“I’ve decided that nobody can make me feel like a nobody. And there’s nothing wrong with being me ’cause I am a somebody” Thomas says in the book’s conclusion.

“Every one here is a some body” said Circleville Elementary School principal Jill Sims as she addressed each grade level in assemblies on Friday. 

During the assembly students were given a plastic cup and responded to a series of prompts to respond to by either crunching the cup as one would do with a stress ball to indicate a ‘yes’ answer or smoothing out the inside of the cup to indicate a ‘no’ answer. These scenarios were similar to experiences the character Thomas went through in the story they read interactively in their classrooms earlier in the morning. 2018-08-31 14_37_13-Window.png

Prompts included: Do others tease you? Have you been left out of games, activities, or eating lunch with other people? Have I shown kindness to others? And many more.

Her message simple, but effective – all of our students have talents and using kindness is our tool to getting the job we eventually want and making ourselves and others feel valued. We are all a somebody.

After the assembly, students returned to their classrooms where they worked collaboratively with their peers and their buddy class – a new mentor-based program with a younger grade level class – designing kindness projects for the year.


The Career Connections Friday job readiness initiative will return September 28th (with a theme of Careers in Agriculture) and will continue to occur on the last Friday of the month for the remainder of the school year. #CESTDl7z5WdUYAcUoSO.jpg

A Tiger’s 1st Day: A picture retelling of student’s return to campus

This past week Circleville City Schools welcomed back students for the 2018-19 campaign. As we launch another school year here on campus, we asked members of our Tiger Family to take part in the fun by accepting back to school photo submissions via social media.

Grades 1-12 returned Wednesday, August 12th while Kindergarten and Preschool students eased into the new year this week on Monday and Tuesday. In all, nearly 2,200 Tigers joined up with the rest of their pack to hit the books, innovate, and grow together. 

From photos of that first walk to the bus stop to grade level photo frames, selfies and more, members of the Red and Black family went to social media and used the hashtag #Tiger1stDay to show off their enthusiasm for another great year at Circleville City Schools. Many thanks to all who participated in the back to school week campaign.

See the slideshow below of photo submissions from our families! For additional photos be sure to check out our school Twitter account at twitter.com/CirclevilleCity and follow us on Facebook.



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#Back2School Week Photo Submissions #Tigers1stDay


With students returning back to school this week (and next week for our Preschool and Kindergarten students), we are taking submissions for first day of school photos for a Circleville City Schools “Welcome Back” slideshow to run next week.

Back to school is an exciting time for students, teachers, families, and our community. We cherish each and every moment we have with our Tigers and look forward to embarking on another school year marked by academic growth!

To submit a photo, tag us on Twitter using the hashtag and by selecting our school district tag  to be featured in our back to school slideshow on our school blog the Red and Black Report!  

For photos, we have also created a series of “My First Day” banners for our PK-5 students at the link below. Grade 6-12 students can still tag us on Twitter and use the hashtag above for photo submissions. Feel free to print and use in your posts for friends and family, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.*

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*Participation in the photo slideshow contest by tagging Circleville City Schools on Twitter and Facebook gives the district permission/consent to use photos of your student upon submission for the Red and Black Report blog.