CHS students take home top county honors in Herald Pumpkin Show Art Contest

Six Circleville High School art students have been recognized for their art work as a part of the 2021 Circleville Pumpkin Show art contest. Circleville High School had the most artwork selected of any of the participating schools in the county.

Annually, the Circleville Herald hosts a contest where students submit Circleville Pumpkin Show related pieces of art for judging and for their Pumpkin Show Book publication. Additionally, students are paired with a local business sponsor who then receives the art and displays it in their office as Pumpkin Show décor leading up to “The Greatest Free Show on Earth!” Each Tiger will receive a $100 monetary award for being selected for this year’s art publication.

This year’s Circleville High School winners and corresponding sponsors of our students’ art is as follows:

Ella Jenkins (sponsored by Kingston National Bank)

Meg Warner (sponsored by the Savings Bank)

Kaylyn Milliron (sponsored by Jack Pine)

Jaymen Salas (sponsored by Circleville Post Acute)

Autumn Bartchy (sponsored by Horizon)

We would like to congratulate CHS art teacher Mrs. Soni Grady and all five of these Tigers on their award winning pieces of art! We look forward to seeing these displayed in these local businesses and we thank them for their support of local schools in our community.

Six Circleville High School students take home PCCYL Honors

Pictured left-to-right: Craig Fleck, Kat Stanley, Taaliya Fulgham, Addison Lowe, Jordan Rhymer, and Olivia Wastier.

On Sunday, September 12th, six Circleville High School seniors were recognized at the annual Pickaway County Youth Salute dinner and awards banquet hosted by the Pickaway County Council on Youth Leadership.

Seniors Craig Fleck, Taaliya Fulgham, Addison Lowe, Jordan Rhymer, Kat Stanley, and Olivia Wastier represented the Tigers at the 2021 ceremony.

The purpose of the Pickaway County Council on Youth Leadership is to recognize, encourage, and applaud the positive accomplishments of our community’s young leaders. Additionally, these individuals must meet qualifications that speak to their standing as good citizens, students, and they must have been elected to a leadership position by their peers within the past two years in school, church, youth, or community organizations.

Craig Fleck took home the Richard B. Fisher Outstanding Essay Award for the county and Olivia Wastier took home district representative honors for the upcoming national youth leadership conference.

Craig Fleck reads his award winning essay at the PCCYL ceremony.

Wastier is one of five county representatives to take home such honors from the Class of 2022.

Kat Stanley was named first alternate for the national youth leadership conference in the event one of the five county representatives can not go.

Congratulations to these students for their outstanding representation of Circleville High School and for their continued excellence in leadership in and out of the classroom. We would also like to thank the PCCYL and its council members for highlighting our students and students across the county for their exceptional contributions to youth leadership.

Olivia Wastier, Circleville City Schools’ district representative poses for a photo.

Circleville City Schools announces 8th grade D.C. Trip; 9th and 10th grade trip also planned for next spring

One of the unfortunate byproducts of the COVID-19 pandemic over the past few years has been the loss of the 8th grade Washington D.C. trip for the Class of 2024 and 2025. As a result, last month at the August meeting of the Board of Education, school leadership voted to approve not one, but TWO Washington D.C. Trips for students in grades 8, 9, and 10 this school year.

This year’s D.C. trip will take place during the last week of school running from May 23rd through May 25th. While these trips will take place at the same time, they will have separate itineraries and not be grouped together. Therefore, the 8th grade CMS D.C. trip students will not interact with the high school students on their trip.

On Wednesday, September 29th, Circleville City Schools will hold two mandatory parent meetings for any student in grades 8, 9, and 10 who plan to go on the Washington D.C. Trip next May.

The Circleville High School D.C. Trip meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium with the Circleville Middle School D.C. Trip meeting to follow at 6:30 p.m. in the middle school gymnasium for parents with students in both buildings and affected grade levels.

We are incredibly excited to bring back this experiential learning opportunity for students in grades 8-10 this coming May 2022 to visit the nation’s capital. As with many scheduled events during the pandemic, these trips may be subject to change based on health and safety protocols with an array of different travel partners, museums, and lodges.

A message from Superintendent Dr. Kimberly Halley

September 3rd, 2021

Hello Tiger Families! 

After 13 days of school, the Labor Day holiday weekend is upon us and we hope your family enjoys the long break! We have loved having your children back in school with our incredible staff who help them achieve.

During this short time, the COVID-19 active positive cases have increased significantly in Pickaway County and within our District. Additionally, the quarantine and positivity rates have significantly impacted student and staff attendance.

For up to date data and trends in Pickaway County, please visit

New Updates: This week the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) released new guidelines for schools regarding exposures, isolations, and quarantines. On Wednesday, the Pickaway County Public Health Department released an updated flowchart to correspond with the ODH guidelines when it comes to quarantines. As a reminder, we encourage students and staff to stay home if they are feeling unwell. A summary of the new ways to avoid quarantines (and stay safe) BEFORE they occur can be summed up in the following graphic:

It remains our goal to maintain a traditional school format of in-person learning, five days a week with your children! Therefore, we need the help of our parents and families to voluntarily choose to have your child mask at all times while inside our schools. If illness, positive cases, and quarantines continue to rise at debilitating rates, schools across the country and state will be forced to move again to hybrid schedules or fully remote (at home) learning. I do not want that for us in Circleville because I believe that students and staff function best when we are together inside our school buildings.

This new ODH guidance (mentioned above), CDC links, and the District COVID-19 Dashboard of data can all be found on the district website under the District Information Tab and on the COVID-19 Resource Page.

Head to to view.

We are working hard to provide accurate and timely communication updates to our Tiger families daily. 

Information on vaccine availability for eligible students with the health department can be found at Individuals can locate other providers by logging on to

Enjoy your long weekend, stay safe, and as always – Go Tigers!


Dr. Kimberly Halley

Superintendent of Schools 

CCS Opens 2021-2022 Tiger Remote Learning Applications

Circleville City Schools will once again be offering Tiger Remote Learning (TRL) for families interested in pursuing an all digital option for the 2021-2022 school year.

NEW this year, the TRL Option will only be available to students in grades 4th-12th. After reviewing student attendance and engagement data along with informal conversations with our primary families in grades K-3, it was evident that students must have a set of foundational technology and literacy skills to be successful in an online learning environment. Therefore, 4th grade will be the earliest grade level offered for the TRL Option.

Starting today, June 24th and running through Thursday, July 15th, families can complete a TRL Application at the link below per child they wish to enroll in the online digital academy.


For prospective applicants, it is important to know that a submission of an application does not guarantee enrollment into the program. Starting the week of July 26th, families will be contacted about their application status.

Students who begin the year on this option must remain on this platform for at least one semester and as long as the student remains in good standing, they may remain on the platform for the entire 2021-2022 school year. In order to be eligible for the Tiger Remote Learning Option, students should enroll in Circleville City Schools if not already a student in the district.

In the event you have any questions or we can be of further assistance, please feel free to reach out to us directly at 740-474-4340 to speak with Karen Bullock or email us at We look forward to this new academic offering to meet the needs of you and your Tiger learner this school year!

Applications for Circleville City Schools’ Tiger Remote Learning Option must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, July 15, 2021.

To assist families with any questions they may have, we have built a rolling FAQ page at the link below.

Remote Learning FAQ 2021-2022

Circleville City starts Tiger Field renovations at The Savings Bank Stadium

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This week, Circleville City Schools began taking up the current sod at The Savings Bank Stadium as a part of a summer long renovation project.

The project, which is scheduled to be completed by Tuesday, August 10th, will render the facility inaccessible to the public as contractors work to replace the field. The field replacement was a part of our 2017 facilities plan at the recommendation of our facilities committee made up of staff, coaches, and community members.

Back in 2020, due to uneven playing surfaces from different types of native grass and drainage issues resulting in poor grading, the district consulted with Horticulture and Crop Science Specialists at The Ohio State University to evaluate the state of our current field and identified a sod replacement as the next logical step in assuring student-athlete and marching band musician safety.

The funding for this project has been saved through the years and will not negatively impact our general fund dollars now, or in the future, continuing to maintain a strong fiscal position and keep our 10+ year streak alive of not requesting funding from our awesome community members. It has always been our goal to create a top tier playing surface for our students that is safe and aesthetically pleasing and I think Tiger fans will see that in the Fall when they come to watch our student athletes compete and perform

The field project, funded by long range planning, will not impact the district’s general fund account continuing what has become a streak of over 10 years of refraining from going back to our taxpayers to ask for funding.

Overseeing the project is Ryan DeMay, owner and principal of Field Source, LLC who will manage the removal of existing sod, procurement of new sod and preparation of soil, and installation of the new sod at the center of the project. Hickory Valley Sod of Lancaster will produce our new playing and marching band surface.

It has always been the District’s goal to create a top tier playing and performing surface for our students that is safe and aesthetically pleasing. It is our hope that students, parents, and Tiger fans will see just that upon project completion this fall.

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.