CMS’ Brooke Paxton named Ohio Lottery Teacher of the Month

Paton Lightroom Circleville City Schools – Circleville Middle School 7th grade teacher Brooke Paxton has been named the recipient of the Ohio Lottery Partners in Education Teacher of the Month award for the month of August 2018.

The Ohio Lottery Partners in Education Teacher of the Month award recognizes outstanding K-12 teachers for their excellence in the classroom, leadership, creativity and community involvement and dedication on behalf of Ohio students.

In recognition of her exhaustive efforts to create and expand upon opportunities for her students and the student body at Circleville Middle School, Paxton has championed student achievement in recent months by way of:

Writing and receiving a Circleville City School Foundation (CCSF) grant to launch a kindness initiative at Circleville Middle School where all 6th-8th grade students received a copy of R.J Palacio’s book Wonder, implemented kindness projects in their school and community, and organized a fundraiser for the Emergency Clearinghouse with a Penny War donation competition among classrooms.

Organized a May 2018 innovative literacy fair where students in the Extra Mile after school program and honors English track presented to the public in a science-fair style setting covering a book they had read throughout the year.

In recognition of this honor, Paxton will formally be recognized at the October 10th meeting of the Circleville City School District Board of Education to be held at 7 p.m. in the High School Alumni Room.

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On its 17th anniversary, @CirclevilleCity remembers 9/11

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Students in Mrs. Monce’s 2nd grade class show off their patriot ribbons as a part of Circleville City Schools’ campus wide observation of Patriot Day.

For all but a few Circleville High School seniors, the timeline surrounding the morning of September 11th, 2001 can be associated with an event they were not alive for some 17 years ago now. 

Despite the generational disconnect from the events that unfolded at the World Trade Center, Pentagon, and Stonycreek Township, PA, lesson plans on the importance of Patriot Day and its indelible impact on our nation’s history could be heard in classrooms across campus Tuesday morning. 

At 8:46 a.m. (the time marked by Flight 11’s crash into the North Tower of the World Trade Center), CHS principal Chris Thornsley read an account of the events that unfolded that day to students and staff over the intercom, followed by a moment of silence in remembrance. Moments of silence were also integrated into morning announcements at Circleville Elementary School and Circleville Middle School. 

Also at CHS, social studies classrooms such as Mr. Hamman’s government classes, showed 3-D renderings of the World Trade Center’s impact zones, debris fields, and videos of first person accounts from first responders on scene that day.

At Circleville Middle School, students also dove into some primary and secondary sources and accounts from 9/11, but for 7th grade social studies teacher Mr. Elswick today was not about rubrics or grading in relaying the importance of the day in historical terms to his students.

“The best way that I can think of to honor those who lost their lives that day is to pass on their memory to my students,” said 7th grade Social Studies Mr. Elswick. “Today is not about assignments or points, but rather facilitating discussion on a very important day in our nation’s past.”

At the elementary level, the pace was fundamentally a little different as staff discussed the events of 9/11 by way of age appropriate means. From crafting booklets and making patriotic ribbons in 2nd grade to journal writing in 4th grade, elementary staff rallied around the idea of ‘remembrance’ and used that as a teaching tool to relay the importance of this day to their students. 

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From across campus, spanning a multitude of grade levels and ages, one thing was abundantly clear Tuesday morning – we have not forgotten. 

Families looking for more information on 9/11 resources, videos, and links can check out and the