Circleville Elementary’s Tammy Laughlin named recipient of state Excellence in STEM Teaching Award

Circleville Elementary STEM and Media Arts specialist Tammy Laughlin has been named a 2021 recipient of the Excellence in STEM Teaching Award presented by the Ohio STEM Learning Network, the highest education and STEM STEM governing body in the State of Ohio.

Read the full OSTEM article here

The Excellence in STEM Teaching Award recognizes a teacher who exemplifies integrated, STEM-infused teaching strategies and classroom innovation, and whose work has led to positive student learning outcomes.

This awardee engages students in inquiry-based learning to develop creativity, teamwork, communication, and problem-solving skills.

On behalf of Circleville City Schools we commend Mrs. Laughlin for all of her hard work and dedication to bringing Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics to our youngest Tigers and inspiring them to pursue STEM classes, hobbies, and careers. Congratulations Mrs. Laughlin!

CHS celebrates Class of 2021 at ‘Day of Excellence’ Awards Ceremony

Circleville City Schools – On Thursday, May 20th, Circleville High School played host to the 2021 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 2020-2021 campaign.

Congratulations to these seniors on these prestigious honors listed below.

The Class of 2021 is slated to once again be recognized on Friday, May 28th at 7 p.m. at the 163rd Commencement at Circleville High School. The event will be aired on the Circleville City Schools YouTube page for family members unable to attend the Friday night ceremony.

For a recap of all the award and scholarship winners see the slideshow below!

Circleville High School names Brandon Wright next Athletic Director

On Wednesday, May 19th at the regular meeting of the Board of Education, District Leadership named Madison Plains Athletic Director Brandon Wright as their next Athletic Director starting in the 2021-2022 school year.

For Wright, he returns to Circleville City Schools after a two year stint at Madison Plains having previously spent three years working in the Tiger Athletic Office as an athletic assistant. Prior to that, Wright was the Sports Information Director at Ohio Christian University where he holds an M.A. in Business Administration and a B.A. in Sports Management and Business.

As a coach, Wright’s background is in baseball and softball as a coach with the 8th grade softball Tigers (2017), JV baseball program (2014 and 2018), and as varsity coach for Piqua Acme Baseball (2013 and 2014).

Wright replaces Chad Spradlin as Athletic Director who is stepping down to pursue a passion to return to the classroom, coaching, and to spend more time with family. Circleville City is incredibly thankful for the work of Mr. Spradlin over the years overseeing a number of athletics facilities upgrades and ushering in a new era of Red & Black athletics in the process on our new campus.

Wright and his wife, Courtney, and two children, Sadie and Maggie reside in Circleville.

CHS’ Colton Pinkerton signs on to run with Ashland University

Pictured left-to-right: Front row J.D. Pinkerton (dad), Colton Pinkerton, and Joanna Pinkerton (mom); back row coach Bill Search and coach Jason Wells

On Friday, May 14th in front of staff, coaches, and family, Circleville High School senior Colton Pinkerton signed his letter of intent to run track at Ashland University.

“I knew after my visit that it was the right place for me,” said Colton. “Their business complex was amazing and their running program is highly decorated.”

Pinkerton’s career with the Red & Black includes a number of conference, district, and state honors including: 4x Varsity letter earner with Cross Country and Track and Field, 4x all-District Cross Country runner, 3x all-District Track and Field, 2x all-Region Cross Country, 1x all-Regional Track and Field, 4x State qualifier, and 2x all-Ohio indoor runner in Track and Field.

Colton is the son of J.D. Pinkerton and Joanna Pinkerton of Circleville and he plans to study business and sport management at the DII school.

CHS English teacher Trace Hacquard to receive Doctorate (Ed.D) in Educational Leadership

This May, Trace Hacquard, a Logan High School graduate and current Circleville High School English Teacher, will graduate from Miami University earning a doctorate in Educational Leadership.

Hacquard’s dissertation was entitled “Boats Against the Current: A Case Study of A High-Poverty School’s Pursuit of Excellence” and examines the characteristics of a city school district that can impact and facilitate high student performance.

Some of the themes that emerged from his study were recognition of the uncontrollable, a culture of communication and collaboration, a culture of relationships, a culture of consistency, a culture of opportunity and growth, a culture of trust, and the advantages of new facilities. 

Hacquard said the decision to pursue the degree stemmed from the idea that education creates opportunities: “I grew up thinking that a kid from Rockbridge should be able to do anything they set their mind to. I still believe that, and that’s why I did all of this.” 

Currently an English teacher at Circleville High School, Hacquard spent 13 years teaching at Logan-Hocking Schools. 

“Completing this degree has allowed me to look back and really appreciate all of the individuals who have helped me along the way. Whether it was my friends and mentors at Logan or a professor at Rio Grande or OU, people in education have been outstanding at every stage of my life. And that starts with my parents, who are both educators that care quite deeply about making a difference. I don’t know what is next, where that is, or what it looks like. All I know is that I want to continue to fight for the underdog. And like Gatsby, I still believe in that green light.”

Circleville City Schools would like to congratulate Dr. Trace Hacquard on this outstanding accomplishment and for his work furthering research in the field of education to benefit students now and for years to come!

Circleville High’s Mrs. Stultz named one of five ODE TORCH Award Recipients

In a surprise virtual zoom meeting on Thursday, representatives from the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) named Circleville High School English Teacher Mrs. Stultz one of five recipients of the 2021 TORCH Award.

The Teachers of Ohio Representing Character and Heart (TORCH) recognition honors five extraordinary teachers annually by celebrating their efforts to model strong character and a heart for their students, colleagues and communities. TORCH recipients should demonstrate dedication to equity and personal commitments to their students.

On Thursday, May 13th ODE surprised CHS English Teacher Danielle Stultz with the award via web conference in a staff meeting in front of her peers.

From her district nomination form, Stultz’s application submitted to the state committee read as follows.

The Teachers of Ohio Representing Character and Heart (TORCH) recognition honors five extraordinary teachers annually by celebrating their efforts to model strong character and a heart for their students, colleagues and communities. TORCH recipients should demonstrate dedication to equity and personal commitments to their students.

On behalf of Circleville City, we proudly nominate 9th grade teacher and English Department lead Mrs. Danielle Stultz as our TORCH nominee. In the classroom, Stultz takes an interactive approach to literacy development as her lessons focus on empowering students to use the latest multimedia tools for visual and written storytelling, including video production, screenwriting, and virtual reality. Her use of Gradual Release instruction particularly sets her apart as students transition from being modeled-to, to THE model in their writing technique. 

Above all else, Stultz’s dedication to building relationships with their kids in a pivotal transition year (9th grade coming from middle school) is an inspiration to her peers and high school hallway. She continuously invests in getting to know them during the school day and after through building relationships that start in the classroom and transition to real life experiences. From an inclusion standpoint, Mrs. Stultz’s commitment and resolve to help each student is met with students seeking her out for guidance. Students feel a gravitational pull to Mrs. Stultz as not only a teacher, coach, and advisor, but as a human being who cares about them and their successes and problems. 

After the school bell rings, Stultz continues to be a catalyst for student academic advancement by way of developing their soft skills and authentic literacy skills as the district In the Know lead advisor, drone team advisor, freshman class advisor, and advisor of our new e-Sports initiative. Through these programs and initiatives, Stultz embeds technological innovation, problem-based learning (PBL), and 21st Century skills into her lessons with her students to foster engagement and systemic growth.

In the community, Stultz expands her classroom with real-world connections serving on our Alumni Association Board, on the Circleville Pumpkin Show announcer’s committee, and as president of the Circleville Education Association. Among her peers, she also leads annual Total Participation Technique (TPT) professional development seminars, has added a 9-12 ELA certification to her 4-9 certification to better aid the 9th grade transition year for students, and serves on the school’s climate committee implementing Focus3 curriculum to staff and students.  

It is a culmination of these innovative curricular advances, community involvement, and leadership traits that leads Circleville City to nominate Mrs. Stultz for this prestigious honor. Her leadership and relentless pursuit of developing relationships with her students and peers has left indelible impressions on the academic trajectory of our high school, district, and the students.

See the announcement surprise video below:

CMS inducts 17 into Jason Schaal Memorial Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society

On Tuesday, Circleville Middle School celebrated 17 new members who were inducted into the prestigious ranks of the Jason Schaal Memorial Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society.

Our 2021 Class of NJHS Inductees are:

8th grade – Sydney Lattimer, Bella Morningstar, and Reid Seimetz

7th grade – Madison Blakeman, Audrey Cowdery, Claire Davis, Ali Ferrell, Drew Hoskins, Sydney Jones, Ava Justice, Liam McConnell, Allie Mullins, Isabelle Perini, Mya Pitts, Addison Powers, Taylor Strawser, and Amelia Tarbill.

Providing concluding remarks, Circleville Middle School principal Kevin Fox addressed the 2021 inductees speaking to their resilience and perseverance through a challenging year.

CMS principal Kevin Fox giving concluding remarks Tuesday at the 2021 induction ceremony.

“This past year has been a challenge,” said Circleville Middle School principal Kevin Fox. “You had to adjust and adapt as you have lived your life. You had to adjust and adapt to get your education. You have had to adjust how you provide service to others and how you lead. Through it all everyone’s character has been tested, but more importantly every student’s character shined through. You all should be proud of who you have become and what you have accomplished.”

Current NJHS member Jackson Hatfield led the ceremony with the Pledge of Allegience followed by the Explanation of Induction by NJHS president and 8th grader Addisyn Ndayitwayeko.

2020 NJHS officers Brenna Bailey (scholarship), Jack Crosby (character), Jack Sorrell (service), and Maddux Bigam (leadership) led the lighting of the candles. 6th grade student Cicely Esterline led and ended the service with a piano medley.

We would like to thank NJHS advisors Lisa Powers and Wendy Jordan for their assistance in organizing today’s event and for helping us showcase the next class of outstanding middle school student leaders in the process. To view today’s ceremony in its entirety, visit the link below.