Voice of the marching band calls it a career after 44 seasons

Pictured (left-to-right) Superintendent Jonathan Davis, board member Jeff Burrow, Bob Bensonhaver, and board president Tony Reeser.

For over four decades, generations of Tigers have become familiar with one unmistakable voice on Friday night echoing into the evening and, in effect, setting the table for our high school marching band’s halftime performances.

At the Wednesday, September 16th meeting of the Circleville City Schools board of education, the district celebrated the work of Mr. Bob Bensonhaver who recently retired from announcing the “Pride of Circleville High School,” the CHS Marching Band after 44 years behind the microphone.

“It’s been a good run,” said Bensonhaver. “The kids were great and it has been a great time. I have enjoyed it very much.”

The district presented Bob Bensonhaver with a certificate of achievement and a golden microphone as a small token of their deep appreciation for his immeasurable dedication to our band program which spanned 10 directors and countless regional and state competitions across the state over the years in addition to Friday night performances.

Bob’s career calling the marching band performances has roots back to the mid-1970’s where an unexpected assignment to cover the Tigers as a reporter on the road in Indianapolis sparked a connection with former director Alan Howcroft which would eventually lead to an ask to start announcing.

Within the current board of education, Bensonhaver has several ties as an announcer for board president Tony Reeser when he was a student and in working with former band booster president and current board member Jeff Burrow in recent years.

The Circleville City School District would like to thank Bob for his exhaustive work showcasing our marching Tigers on the microphone and thank his wife Karen for loaning us his talents over the years.

USDA announces free meals for all students through Dec. 31; ODJFS to send second round of P-EBT cards for Tiger Remote Learning students only

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As a result of recent USDA changes to school lunches, ALL Circleville City Schools students will receive breakfast and lunch at no charge while funds last at the federal level through December 31st, 2020.

Circleville City Schools will remain an open site under the new changes. Previously, changes to high school demographics required the district to charge students for breakfasts and lunches at the high school level only. 

While we expect to return to the paid high school meal procedures January 1 (or sooner), we are still encouraging families to see if their student is eligible for year-long free/reduced lunch. CHS families can complete the free and reduced/price meal application via lunchapplication.com (if you have not done so already) to be prepared when the meal program switches in January 2021. All CHS Tiger Remote Learning students are asked to complete this form as well. 

2nd round of P-EBT Cards to be distributed to TRL families only 

On September 8th, 2020 the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services (ODJFS) announced that there would be a second round of P-EBT (pandemic electronic transfer benefits) to help families and caregivers receive proper nutrition. At Circleville City Schools, these benefits will only be extended to students who are enrolled in the Tiger Remote Learning Option. This includes TRL Only students attending schools operating a fully remote model, a hybrid model, or pandemic virtual/digital learning academy within a school that includes remote learning days for at least five consecutive days between the dates Aug. 1 and Sept. 30, 2020. 

The federal law only authorizes P-EBT through Sept. 30, 2020. Therefore, all benefits must be issued prior to Sept. 30, 2020. The P-EBT program provides families eligible for free or reduced-price meals with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, formerly known as food stamps, in the amount of $5.86 (the federal reimbursement rate for breakfast and lunch) for each day a school has remote learning provided for at least five consecutive days.

This funding was made possible by the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act. ODJFS provided more than $250 million in P-EBT benefits to more than 850,000 Ohio children last spring. The agency recently received federal approval to issue a second round of benefits for children enrolled in schools operating fully remotely or with a hybrid remote/in-person model.

Students at Circleville Middle School and Circleville Elementary will receive the benefit directly; whereas, students in Circleville High School will receive the benefit based on their free and reduced price meal status from lunchapplication.com. Distribution of benefits from ODJFS (not the school) will occur no later than September 30, 2020

Pre-Order Reminder

As a reminder, our weekly pre-order window for Friday meal distribution runs from Wednesday afternoon through Sunday evening at 11:59 p.m. for the FOLLOWING Friday’s pick-up. To place an order for the days your student is not in attendance, please pre-order at the link here.

With the open site designation, Circleville City Schools will now be able to accept pre-orders for ANY child ages 1-18 (not just PK-12) through the weekly pre-order form.

Circleville City awarded $20,000 BroadbandOhio Grant to address internet disparities in the community

Circleville City Schools has been awarded a $20,000 BroadbandOhio Connectivity Grant from the Ohio Department of Education, governor’s office, and BroadbandOhio to address gaps in the internet infrastructure within its school community. 

With the grant, the district plans to implement its new ConnectED mobile hotspot loaner program to address internet connectivity barriers to online education. The ConnectED Program is a program sponsored by Circleville City Schools designed to give students of high need (vulnerable students as defined by ODE) and with limited or no internet access away from school the opportunity to receive a MIFI hotspot on loan for one 9 weeks at a time, by away of the school library, throughout the school year. Details to be released in the coming weeks.

Per grant requirements, awarded funds to Circleville City Schools must be used to address the following:

  • Economically disadvantaged students, as defined for EMIS reporting, including, students on free lunch;
  • Vulnerable children and youth as defined by the Ohio Department of Education;
  • Students who might have chronic conditions; and
  • Students who do not have other access to the internet

 The BroadbandOhio Connectivity Grant is linked to RemotEDx, a new $15 million suite of remote education supports for schools funded by the Ohio Department of Education CARES Act state activity funds. A component of RemotEDx includes the deployment of Connectivity Champions, who are singularly focused on helping schools remove barriers to internet connectivity and coordinate connections to state-level resources. Connectivity Champions will be deployed through Information Technology Centers, in partnership with the Management Council and the Ohio Department of Education.

Earlier this school year the district also expanded its 1:1 student-to-technology ratio for all students in grades K-12th (formerly grades 6th-12th only) who know have Chromebooks to take home.

Three CHS students names to Ohio Attorney General’s Teen Ambassador Board

Junior Emma Beavers, junior Jordan Rhymer, and senior Emma Shaw join the prestigious board this year whose mission is to create future leaders with an inside look at Ohio law and government.

Three Circleville High School students have been named to Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost’s 2020-2021 Teen Ambassador Board.

Junior Emma Beavers, junior Jordan Rhymer, and senior Emma Shaw join the prestigious board this year whose mission is to create future leaders with an inside look at Ohio law and government. The three tigers will serve a one-year term and convene twice in Columbus (pandemic safety pending) during their tenure on the board.

The Attorney General’s Teen Ambassador Board gives Ohio’s teens an unparalleled opportunity to engage in government and law. Students will address some of the greatest issues facing our state and develop solutions to improve the lives of Ohioans. Ambassadors will have the opportunity to receive training on important and pertinent matters, meet with elected officials and interact with Assistant Attorney General.

Last year’s student board members met with Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost, talked with members of the Ohio Senate and House of Representatives, toured the Ohio Supreme Court, and spoke with senior administrative staff, employees, and BCI scientists of the Attorney General’s Office.

Applicants were selected for this honor based on their involvement within their school, volunteerism in their community, and their solutions and resolve to identify problems facing Ohioans and teens across the state.

On behalf of Circleville City Schools, we would like to congratulate Emma, Jordan, and Emma on this outstanding achievement!