CHS senior Emma Whitmore awarded “Silver Key” Excellence in Writing Award


Circleville High School – Senior Emma Whitmore has been named the recipient of the Silver Key Award for Excellence in Writing as a part of the 2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for her poem entitled “The Choice.”

The Silver Key designation honors students who display stand-out works submitted to local programs that demonstrate exceptional ability. Poetry category submissions were required to be written in verse and consist of 20-200 lines of prose, free verse, formal poetry, song lyrics, and spoken word.

Hosted in collaboration with the Belin-Bank Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development, the Scholastic Art & Writing competition highlights the work of teens in grades 7–12 (ages 13 and up) in 29 categories of art and writing. In 2019, students submitted nearly 340,000 works of art and writing to the Scholastic Awards per 

Whitmore is a student of CHS English Teacher Mr. Trace Hacquard.

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Students study creativity and design at Circleville Elementary School


Career Connection Friday presenter Natale Ogle of Macy’s talks with students about fashion, her time at Ohio State, and careers in textile merchandising. 

Circleville Elementary School – The end of April is in sight and with it, another Career Connection Friday at CES!

If you are new to the Career Connection Friday fold in the building, the last Friday of each month serves as an opportunity to put an added emphasis on careers with our youngest Tigers and get them to be mindful at an early age of expanding their horizons and thinking about who they want to be when they grow up.


CES students also dressed up for the event like this Microsoft engineer in Kindergarten.

These days have featured a movement away from our traditional school day and towards a topical academic focus on careers marked by grade level assemblies, video reads of books with principal Mrs. Sims, and curriculum aligned to the day’s topic.

This month’s topic of Creativity and Design saw presenters from an array of fields including:

  • Shauna Goodhart – Healthcare Logistics
  • Bill Bender – The Sporting News
  • Paige Coombs – Coombs Custom Designs, and
  • Natale Ogle – Macy’s

The April 26th event also featured students and staff participating in a themed costume day for a career of their choosing.

In grade-level rotations, students traveled from station to station in the gym today to hear how creativity and design can be applied in different fields. Paige Coombs of Coombs Custom Designs spoke with students about


designing for home renovations with an interactive display that featured backsplash and paint samples in different settings. Shauna Goodhart of Healthcare Logistics spoke with students about designing print layouts, photography, and marketing materials.

At sportswriter Bill Bender’s station, students learned about how a teacher he had in grade school helped him develop a passion for writing and covering Ohio State sports. And finally, Natale Ogle showed students Macy’s textile samples and challenged students to design their own apparel with drawing paper.

Circleville Elementary would like to thank Healthcare Logistics, The Sporting News, Coombs Custom Designs, and Macy’s for loaning us their professionals for the day to make impactful career connections with our youngest Tigers today.

CMS student named finalist in Laws of Life Essay Contest


Sixth grade student Addisyn Ndayitwayeko has been named a Laws of Life essay finalist.

Circleville Middle School – Sixth grade student Addisyn Ndayitwayeko has been named a finalist in the 2019 Central Ohio Better Business Bureau’s (BBB) “Laws of Life Essay Contest.”

The Laws of Life Essay Contest is a character-themed essay competition for students, originally created by Sir John Templeton in 1987, and adopted by BBB’s Center for Character Ethics in 2009 as a vital component of the future leaders programming. The contest challenges young people to discover through reflection and writing what matters most to them in their own lives and the principles they believe should guide their behaviors and choices.

BBB’s Center for Character Ethics sponsors the contest to encourage schools and communities to engage in this enriching and valuable experience. Additionally, Wendy’s, Artina Promotional Products, and Honda have sponsored this year’s essay contest.

As a part of her honors, Addisyn will attend the Laws of Life Banquet to be held on May 9th, receive a $100 cash award, a poster of her essay, and a certificate signed by Governor Mike DeWine.

Addisyn’s essay was chosen out of over 2,500 submissions spanning 21 Ohio counties serviced by the bureau.

Congratulations to Addisyn on her honors and best of luck in the finals competition at the banquet!

Summer of Opportunity: Academic camps for Circleville students in Summer 2019

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Extra Mile Summer Learning Academy (June 3-20; Monday-Thursday) Grades 6-12

The Extra Mile afterschool program at Circleville Middle School and Circleville High School will be holding its 2019 Summer Learning Academy from June 3rd-20th, Monday through Thursday only from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

The 6th-8th grade portion of the academy will be Math, Language Arts, and STEM based. Students will receive breakfast and lunch daily with attendance and transportation available. The 9th-12th grade program will be credit recovery based for students needing to make up credits. All Extra Mile summer programming is free of charge in 2019.

To sign up contact Site Coordinator Cory Sullivan ( or fill out an interest form to be contacted (here).



Elementary STEM Camp (June 10-14) Grades K-5

We are pleased to inform you about a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) Camp being offered this summer for grades K-5 during the week of June 10th – 14th.  The cost this year is $50 per student. Fee must be paid on EZPay, which can be accessed on our school’s website. If you need to create an account on EZPay, you will need your child’s ID number. If you do not have your child’s student ID number, please call the front office for the ID number at 740-474-2495. There are scholarships available to students through the Circleville City School Foundation for this camp and any other summer camp students might be interested in attending K-12.  Applications can be found on their website at   

Students who are accepted into this one week camp will explore STEAM-related, hands-on activities tied to Machines and Robotics.  The Machines and Robotics theme will be carried out throughout the week and a field trip will be planned on Wednesday, June 12th of that week.  On the day of the field trip, the hours will be extended (8:30 a.m. to around 3:00 p.m.) More information will be provided during the week of the camp.  Teachers from the elementary school will serve as instructors for the week. To enroll your child, sign and return the attached busing and permission forms by May 3rd while spots last.  We are excited to offer this new STEAM opportunity to our CES students this summer. Information about the camp:

What: Machines and Robotics STEAM Camp

Who: Grades K-5

When: June 10th through June 14th

Where: Circleville Elementary School

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Cost: $50 – to be paid on EZPay

Transportation: A.   Busing will be provided, so times will vary for pick up. You will be

contacted prior to the camp start date with an approximate time of pick

up and drop off.

  1.                           You may drop off and pick up, if you choose, to transport your child            

                                               (please fill out sheet to let us know)

Food:   Breakfast will be provided upon arrival from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. along with lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

To enroll, fill out an interest form available in the school office or contact assistant principal Sarah Patterson at the contact information below!


Tiger Reading Bus (Grades PK-5)

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Available to all incoming preschool students through outgoing grade 5 students, the Tiger Reading Bus is coming to a neighborhood near you!

Book Bus Route

  •         9:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.           Mary Virginia Crites Hannan Park (main entrance)
  •         10:00 a.m.– 10:30 a.m.       Walnut Creek Estates (Harwich & Atwater Ave. intersection area)
  •         10:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.        Jobs and Family Services (Pickaway St. and Walnut St.)
  •         11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.        Trinity Lutheran Church (Corner of Pickaway & Mound St.)
  •          12:15 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.       Circleville First Church/Foundations 4 Youth (Ohio St. and          Clinton St.)


Additive Manufacturing Summer Institute – June 3-28, 2019 (rising juniors, seniors and grads)

Join Columbus State and the PAST Foundation for this four-week, immersive summer STEM institute that exposes high school students and educators to 3D printing, engineering principles, and careers in advanced manufacturing. Students will work in teams to tackle engineering and manufacturing design challenges and tour leading Additive Manufacturing companies and colleges.

JUNE 3–28, 2019 MONDAY – FRIDAY 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM


APPLY BY MAY 15, 2019 AT:

$0.00 – FREE OF COST

Advanced Automation Summer Experience – June 13-14, 2019 (rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors)

Join us for this two-day summer program that explores careers in manufacturing and engineering technology. Students will explore how products are made, participate in engineering labs, tour a leading manufacturing facility, and meet industry experts.

JUNE 13 & 14, 2019 THURSDAY & FRIDAY 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM



$0.00 – FREE OF COST

GenCyber High School Student Summer Camp – July 15-19 (rising freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors)

Join us for a five-day high school student summer camp focusing on cyber security awareness and careers. Participants will learn through hands-on computer activities how cybersecurity professionals help protect information and information systems from unauthorized access, misuse, and destruction.

JULY 15-19 MONDAY-FRIDAY 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM



$0.00 – FREE OF COST

Logistics Engineering Technology Summer Experience – June 20-21, 2019 (rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors)

Join us for this two-day summer program that explores careers in logistics engineering technology. Students will learn about the importance of efficient supply chains and new technologies, participate in hands-on activities, tour an automated warehouse, and meet industry experts.

JUNE 20 & 21, 2019 THURSDAY & FRIDAY 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM


APPLY BY MAY 15, 2019 AT

$0.00 – FREE OF COST

Travis named Innovation Award recipient at National Robotics Challenge


CHS junior Abagail Travis, and her robot “Sonny,” was designated as the 2019 Innovation Award winner by Honda at the National Robotics Challenge.

Circleville High School – On Saturday, April 13th, Circleville High School junior Abagail Travis and her Rescue Bot “Sonny” were named the recipients of the 2019 Innovation Award at the Honda National Robotics Challenge held in Marion, OH. The Innovation Award is the national competition’s highest distinction awarded to a competitor and student engineer and as a part of the honors, she takes home a $500 reward for her robotics class.


“Robotics is the thing I want to do for my career,” said Travis. “That is where I want to be. It is my No. 1 passion. Getting that award means I am excelling at something that I love.”

Under the direction of robotics teacher Joshua Thomas, Travis’ Rescue Robot was in contention with 11 other nominees at the competition and was ultimately selected for the award out of 444 robotic entries overall. After being nominated on Day 1 of the two-day competition, Travis and her Rescue Bot “Sonny”, had their own booth set up where an engineering team from Honda came around to judge their build and interview them.

Unlike many competitor entries, Travis’ robot is made from scratch with 3D printed plastic filament that she designed and coded herself. Ultimately, it was her innovative design that won the engineers and panel over in route to taking home the competition’s top honors. 

In building such a detail-oriented robot, the process certainly does not come without its challenges to overcome – something Travis credits to the support of her favorite teacher Mr. Thomas.

“If you are in Math class and you need help your teacher will walk you through the steps of the problem to get there,” said Travis. “With [Mr. Thomas]? He is just kind of like ‘figure it out.’ Half of the time if you ask him a question he will just say ‘figure it out’ because if he thinks you are capable and believes in you then you are going to figure it out. You also have resources other than him to use [as a student]. You can ‘Google it’ and look up code or whatever you need to do to figure it out because you are going to have those tools in real life when this is an occupation. He is super encouraging and my favorite teacher.” 

While the Innovation Award Travis received is a part of independent judging, the robot also competed in the Rescue Bot competition on the first day. 

In the Rescue Bot competition, the participants “build a remote-controlled vehicle able to operate within an 18-foot long and 10-foot wide playing field. The vehicle is to travel the field and pick up four colored ping-pong balls from four holding devices (pick pylons) locations and place them into a receiving jig (drop pylons). The event is intended to simulate the environment a robot might be required to navigate in the event of a building collapse.” View complete contest rules (here).


With roots dating back to 1986, the National Robotics Challenge has been held annually at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Marion, OH. The competition, open to students in 6th grade through graduate school, features low-cost designs and engineering and offers students a way to collaborate, innovate, and make collegiate level connections in the pursuit of a STEM career.


Congratulations to Abagail, Mr. Thomas, and the entire Circleville High School robotics team on their outstanding showing at the 2019 National Robotics Challenge!


CHS students place at state Destination Imagination tournament


CHS students Caleb Morgan (left) and Isaac Sturgill (right) placed 4th in the state of Ohio in the Moster Effects category. 

Circleville High School – Juniors Caleb Morgan and Isaac Sturgill have placed at the 2019 Destination Imagination tournament and finishing in 4th place as a team in all of Ohio.

Morgan and Sturgill competed in the Monster Effects and Engineering category where students were tasked with designing, building, and testing load-bearing structures created from specific materials.

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The mission of the Destination Imagination program is “to engage participants in project-based challenges that are designed to build confidence and develop extraordinary creativity, critical thinking, communication, and teamwork skills.” Founded upon five core critical thinking principles – fun learning, creative problem solving, the “kid-powered and team driven” philosophy, friendly competition, and global diversity – Destination Imagination empowers students through to find solutions to annual challenges.

Guided by coach and CHS Spanish Teacher Rachelle Zuniga the team competed on March 30th at Beaver Local Schools in Northeast Ohio.

Congratulations to Caleb and Isaac!

CHS English teacher Trace Hacquard named Ohio University Communication Fellow

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English teacher Trace Hacquard 

      Circleville High School English teacher Trace Hacquard has been named a 2019-2020 Ohio University Scripps College of Communication Fellow. Focusing on curriculum development in communication across PK-12 levels of instruction, the fellowship offers graduate-level professional development credit, classroom project support and generous stipends. Hacquard was recognized March 25th at the Ohio University’s Scripps Communication Week Celebration. Hacquard is one of 10 fellows (named annually), representative of rural Appalachian districts and urban districts in the state of Ohio.
Per, “The intent of the Communication Fellows Program is to provide tangible support to innovative educators who want to infuse communication topics into their classrooms. Communication Fellows are named yearly in the spring and receive the following support and opportunities:
  • Free tuition for a graduate-level course occurring online and as part of the summer residential experience. (Maximum of 4 credit hours)
  • $1,500 stipend
  • $1,000 classroom stipend
  • Personalized award delivered to your school by the dean of Ohio University’s Scripps College of Communication
  • Invitation to participate in college celebration introducing fellowship
  • Announcements to local and regional media outlets publicizing the award
  • Three-day summer residential experience, June 24-26 on Ohio University’s Athens campus with concentrated instruction focusing on new communication technologies and teaching methods
  • Paid room and board during residential experience, with hotel accommodations available on June 23rd if required due to travel distance
  • Monthly check-ins online and onsite by college leadership
  • Networking opportunities with faculty working in your field
  • Placement with a Scripps College of Communication faculty mentor to assist with your project
  • Potential additional classroom support
  • Potential opportunity for another week in Athens supporting the High School Workshops in Journalism, Media Arts & Studies, or Middle School Coding Workshop
As a part of his fellows project, he plans to implement a CHS Service Council aimed at connecting military-themed literature studies and community projects supporting active duty and veteran families. Hacquard is in his first year teaching at Circleville High School having previously served as an 8th grade English teacher at Circleville Middle School for four years and is in his 10th year in education overall.
Congratulations to Mr. Hacquard on this prestigious honor.

CHS students take on careers, interviews in annual Tiger Boot Camp


CHS senior Hailie Anderson interviews with Julie Stanley of the Circleville City Schools’ District Office as a part of the Tiger Bootcamp Friday.

On Friday, April 5th, juniors and seniors at Circleville High School participated in our annual career development and interviewing event in the “Tiger Boot Camp”, hosted in collaboration with Pickaway Works.

The event aims to provide students with soft skills training, career development workshops, and mock interviews (seniors only) in an effort to equip students with tools to be viable workforce candidates upon graduation.

This year saw an array of career development sessions and seminars across the building for students to attend with their classes based on student feedback and surveying conducted earlier in the year. These sessions included the following:

  • 21st Century STEM Careers
  • Teamwork! How it Helps Your Career
  • Budgeting to Live on Your Own
  • Careers in Nursing
  • Finding Money for College – Financial Aid and Scholarships
  • Get the Job! Interview and Hiring Process
  • Is a Military Career For You?
  • Modern Manufacturing Jobs
  • Philanthropy – How to Give Back to Your Community
  • Pickaway-Ross Adult Ed Career Options
  • Rethink Careers in Construction
  • Social Media – Time Well Spent?
  • The Culture Shock – Workplace Etiquette

During the mock interview sessions, students sat down in rotations with local hiring personnel, government officials, and community members to simulate a real-life interview. At the conclusion of the interview, students then work with their interviewer to go over their rubric to discuss feedback and recommendations for improvement. 

For Bluffton University bound senior Morgan Ealy, the day offered her a great opportunity to obtain feedback for the job market and pre-medical track she will be on after graduation May 24th.

“I heard that I am really enthusiastic,” said Ealy. “I got a lot of feedback on my resume. I really enjoyed talking to the different interviewers. They were all really nice and gave amazing feedback. It was so easy to talk to them and I felt I could talk to everybody all day.”

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New this year, in addition to mock interviews EG Industries was on-site conducting actual interviews with students with the potential for hire on site.  EG Industries of Circleville facilitates the production of plastic injection molding for the automotive industry. Thanks to Pickaway Works, EG Industries dove in at the chance to launch this pilot with hiring students upon graduation and after today a few contingent offers were made and accepted by Circleville High School students.

Circleville City Schools would like to thank the following groups and industry professionals for helping us host this career development Tiger Boot Camp for students: Jeff Phillips, Mayor Don McIlroy, Ty Ankrom, Michelle Callahan, Rich Duncan, Dave Evans, Jack Everson, David Fausnaugh, Chaz Fruetel, Mollie Hedges, John Joyce, Michael Linton, Emily Merritt, Jennifer Rainey, Julie Stanley, Jonathan Davis, Stacey Sark, Jenny Vagnier, and Marie Wilbanks, Jamal Luke, Gabby Hill, Stacie Robertson, Heidi White, Jan Shannon, Caleb Chester, Mandy Quinn, Kevin Birch, Meghan Thoreau, Allison Browning, Traci Beddow, Melissa Fausnaugh, Bobbi William-Plautz, Holly Noble, EG Industries, the Pickaway County OSU Extension Office, Kenworth Industries, Ohio Christian University, the Pickaway County Community Foundation, the Bradford School Columbus, the Culture Shock, Kingston National Bank, the United States Army, Columbus State Community College, OhioHealth Berger Hospital, the Pickaway County Library, the Pickaway County Board of Developmental Disabilities, Pickaway-Ross Career and Technical Center, DuPont, the Pickaway County ESC, Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office, P3, Capabilities, TRN Staffing, and Pickaway Works. 

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April is Month of the Military Child: Resources, scholarship info, and surprise visits for students at Circleville City Schools

Military Family Resources

April is Month of the Military Child. At Circleville City Schools, 9% of our entire student body have direct connections to the service with a sibling, parent, or guardian tied to a branch of the Armed Forces. Nationally, over 1.88 million students nationwide are children of members of the United States military.

For families serving our country and defending our freedoms at home and abroad, establishing roots for academic success can often be a struggle as the assignments change.

According to the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children (ICEOMC) (adopted in Ohio Code in July 2009), most military children will attend six to nine different school systems during their education from kindergarten through 12th grade.

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Additional barriers to the academic process for military families and their children can include difficulty with the enrollment process, delays in transferring of grades and transcripts from other schools, adapting to new schools and routines, and building new routes and establishing new friends.

In an effort to streamline some of these barriers to the academic process for families in our district serving in our armed forces, we have compiled a list of resources below and established a district liaison to serve as the primary contact between military families and the schools. Additionally, we work with these families to also honor and recognize the contributions of their students and military families to organize surprise school visits and military awareness campaigns (such as our annual 3rd grade Patriotic Music program and recognition and Day of Honor Ceremony in the Fall).

Military Child Education Coalition

                –  scholarships

Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission

Military Children on the Move

Military OneSource 

At Circleville City Schools, a proud Purple Star School District, we are humbled to serve students and families with military connections in our community. While all of our students proudly wear their Red and Black Tiger stripes in the form of spirit wear in school, we are honored that there are members of our family who wear stripes affiliated with the Armed Forces each and every day. If Circleville City Schools can be of assistance in any way in providing resources for your family our home is always available to you. Contact Military Family liaison Evan Debo ( to get started.

CES Named Purple Star School