CHS Alumni Association donates to High School Mock Trial program


Circleville High School Alumni Association president Casey Lockard, alumni representative Terri Carter, student Hannah Kegley, student Anthony Fauver, student Caleb Morgan, & Mock Trial adviser Mr. Hamman.

On Tuesday, October 15th the Circleville High School Alumni Association awarded the high school Mock Trial program a financial award in the amount of $365 to support program operations for the 2019-2020 school year.

The alumni association’s financial gift, made possible through the support of our members, will cover the organization’s membership in the Ohio Center for Law Related Education, the 2019-2020 Ohio Mock Trial Case File, and competition registration.
Mock Trial at Circleville High School offers an interactive approach to learning about government and how our legal system functions.

Guided by teachers and volunteer legal advisers, students participate in original, unscripted simulated trials written by attorneys. High school students argue both sides of the case in real courtrooms across the state and each student is assigned a role in the case such as plaintiff, defendant, prosecutor, defense attorney, and witness among others.

As of October 15th, the group has 19 members (up seven from last year) enrolled as meetings are already under way in preparation for its January 2020 simulated court case. The 2020 Ohio Mock Trial Case, Rory Maldonado v. Varga, et al., the students will study examines the First Amendment right to free speech.

Helpful resources for kids, families on Pumpkin Show Break

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Starting October 16th-18th this week, Circleville City Schools will be on fall break due to the Circleville Pumpkin Show! Including the weekend, this makes for a 5 day break for students who will not return until Monday, October 21st.

To avoid ‘educational atrophy’ we will call it, we have picked out some helpful academic resources that can keep their minds focused, fresh, and sharp in between the carnival rides, parades, and pumpkin food.

To start, there are some great sites for elementary ages! Some of those sites include: Brain Pop Jr.Fun Brain, and PBS Kids. These sites include videos or games to engage kids in a different way of learning. Additionally, TumbleBooks offers students the ability to read books online.

At the middle and high school level, resources such as CNN 10SAT Vocabulary PracticeCells AliveCareer Outlook HandbookBiography, and Ask a Biologist. offer students extra practice, tips, and supplementary materials to compliment what they are learning in the classroom.

Pumpkin Show bracelets

Once again this year the Circleville Police Department and The Savings Bank have teamed up to distribute safety wristbands from their 151 E. Franklin St. and 201 N. Court St. locations. The goal of the bands is to offer a visually identifiable aid for child-parent reunification in the event your child gets lost in the crowds during the Pumpkin Show.

For all things Circleville City Schools at the Circleville Pumpkin Show be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

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Circleville Elementary launches girls leadership club


Circleville Elementary School – On Thursday, elementary girls in grades 3-5 held the first meeting of the League of Ladies (L.o.L.!) leadership club. The club was created as a forum for girls to become leaders and build upon leadership traits in their elementary school.

The club, funded by a Circleville City School Foundation grant, meets once a month and offers peer-building activities and curriculum aimed at empowering girls to become strong, smart, respectful leaders in their school and community. Further, the group will also be covering important topics on self-esteem, friendships, leadership, and compassion this year.

Today’s first lesson covered group introductions, complete with graphic organizers on the following prompts: compliments we have received and can give others, good qualities that my friends or family would use to describe me, what I like to do for fun, good deeds we have done for others, and one thing most people do not know about me. L.o.L. club members then practiced public speaking sharing their work with the nearly 80 girls in attendance on the first day of programming.img_4898.jpg

“We want these young women to know that who they are matters and their uniqueness is what makes them beautiful,” said 2nd grade teacher and co-organizer Mrs. McGinnis. “Our goal is to reach as many young ladies as possible [with this project].” 

Last year, Circleville Elementary School started a Tigers in Ties boys leadership group as well. If you or your child are interested in enrolling your child in either program see the resource links below and return a form to the office in advance of our next meeting.

Tigers in Ties – Grade 3-5 Boys Flier

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Vaping 101 for Families: Know the dangers and know the lingo

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Last week Ohio governor Mike DeWine issued a release to schools regarding the vaping epidemic sweeping the nation and schools in recent years. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there was a 78% increase in high school student use from 2017 to 2018 (48% increase for middle school students during that time span).

As of today, in the wake of the CEO of Juul stepping down earlier this morning, there have been 10 confirmed cases in the state of Ohio of severe pulmonary illness likely due to vaping according to DeWine.

Numbers aside, from pods to Juul’s there is a lot of new terminology out there for parents to be aware of when it comes to talking with their kids about the dangers of vaping.

  • Juul – an e-cigarette company and brand. Devices are charged in a USB port (often charging in computer ports for ease of use). A Juul takes flavored liquid cartridges called pods.

  • Pods – come in a variety of flavor liquids and are inserted into e-cigarettes to produce different nicotine flavors. Some pods contain synthetic marijuana and come in flavors such as mango or mint.

  • Vaping – the act of inhaling vapor produced by an e-cigarette or similar device.

  • e-liquid – Often found to have toxic metals in the mixture, this “usually contains a propylene glycol or vegetable glycerin-based liquid with nicotine, flavoring and other chemicals and metals, but not tobacco” –

  • THC – the abbreviation of the molecule tetrahydrocannabinol, the chemical responsible for most of marijuana’s mind-altering effects found in the cannabis plant. THC laced products and liquids can be found in some pods.

From a school standpoint, both Circleville Middle School and Circleville High School utilize marketing materials from ‘The Real Cost’ campaign from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, our local county health commission, and “Start Talking Ohio’s” drug-free campaign from in our buildings and through school social media.

“It is important for families to monitor their student’s health and be on the lookout for signs of vaping,” said school nurse Jamie McKeivier. “Symptoms can look like a cough, shortness of breath, or chest pains at which point a student should see the school nurse or a medical professional.  If left untreated it can lead to serious lung issues as we have seen in cases across the state and country.”

Additionally, as brands of vapes and substance mixtures continue to evolve, we have clarified school policy in our student handbooks regarding possession, distribution, sale, and use of vapes in our schools and the consequences of such, specifically at the middle and high school level.

The Circleville City School District’s Board of Education is committed to providing students, staff, and visitors with a tobacco and smoke-free environment (po7434). The negative health effects of tobacco use for both users and nonusers, particularly in connection with second hand smoke, are well established. Further, providing a non-smoking and tobacco-free environment is consistent with the responsibilities of teachers and staff to be positive role models for our students.

For more information on warning signs, research, and health effects related to vaping and juuling, visit the

Circleville City Schools launches new volunteering platform for parents, community members

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Today, Circleville City Schools announces that it has teamed up with the Background Investigation Bureau (BIB) to offer an additional volunteering pathway in the form of the Classroom VIP program.

Extended Volunteer

The Classroom VIP program, is aimed at finding volunteers for placements not to exceed

3 hours a week on campus. While more regular placements (over 3 hours per week) through our Extended Volunteer Program will still need to complete the BCI and FBI screening, the Classroom VIP program offers a heavily reduced rate of $19/year (down from $52 for a BCI/FBI for five years) and comes with a personalized I.D. and lanyard mailed to your door.

Volunteers with current background checks on file with BCI and FBI need only to apply for the $26 FBI screening every five years upon renewal. 

From reading with a student at Circleville Elementary School to middle school “1st Friday Events” and high school athletic contests, the Classroom VIP program is the perfect way to stay connected with our schools and make a positive impact in a child’s life.

Hosted through BIB’s Secure Volunteer platform, Classroom VIP is a turnkey solution that allows applicants to input and upload their personal data and sign any required forms for a low cost. Utilized in Hilliard City Schools and Dublin City Schools, districts in the Central Ohio area have used the platform to expand their volunteer family while also remaining diligent in the background check process.

Volunteer applicants can visit the Circleville City Schools branded Secure Volunteer website. From there, individuals will follow specific instructions for signing releases or authorizations, entering personal information and submitting payment. All data entry is handled by the volunteer applicant and automatically submitted to BIB for controlled processing.

To begin your Classroom VIP background check today, click on the link below and thank you for your willingness to be a part of the Tiger Family in 2019-2020. Go Tigers!



“Welcome to Studio 1209” and Tiger TV with Tiger Media Arts



Down the first floor academic wing at Circleville High School, tucked behind the library, lies Studio 1209 and the home of Tiger Media Arts.

Tiger Media Arts is a five-course, dynamic media program offered to students in grades 9-12 which encompasses: Media Arts 101, Tiger Graphic Design, Tiger TV, Yearbook, and Media Arts Capstone.

In the ‘beginner courses’, students work with Media Arts teacher Mrs. Monica Lombardo (Todisco) to develop photo editing, design, and layout skills in the Adobe Suite of programs. Later on, students bring their designs to life as they incorporate their PhotoShop skills into student-led video and multimedia production for athletics and their YouTube channel.

“The program was created with students in mind and was funded by a generous educational grant from the Circleville City School Foundation,” said Lombardo. “Principal Mr. Thornsley really pushed for this program as a means to give students 21st Century digital media skills and as a pathway to develop school culture and Tiger pride in the school.”

This past week, students in the Media Arts’ flagship program “Tiger TV” were hard at work creating the first television episode of the school year which is set to air next Friday, September 6th.

Tiger TV utilizes student anchors and rotating groups of photographers, video editors, producers, graphic artists, writers, and sound technicians to create weekly video announcements and segments to be played for the high school student body during homeroom.

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Circleville City Schools receives STEAM grant from Grow Rural Education


Circleville City Schools has been named one of nine, Ohio public schools named to the America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education program, sponsored by the Bayer Fund, in the amount of $10,000. Specifically, the funding award is for initiatives that increase girls’ participation in STEAM-based activities (Science, Technology, Education, the Arts, and Mathematics).

Circleville, Ohio based Wright Farms nominated the district and partnered with school administrators for the distinction.

The Grow Rural Education program allows eligible farmers to nominate their local public school district for grants to help enhance STEAM education. Once nominated, school districts submit applications to compete for  grants to help fund projects that enhance their STEAM curriculum. These grants are helping to improve test scores, but better yet, they’re getting kids to think bigger about their tomorrow.

Circleville City offers students in grades K-12 a rigorous STEAM-based curriculum to foster innovation, discovery, and 21st century learning. Highlighted by our 1:1 student to technology initiative, the district believes in using STEAM concepts as a vehicle to college and career readiness for students.

For a complete overview of our K-12 STEAM offerings STEM brochure.

The Bayer Fund, which supports the Grow Rural Education program, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the communities where farmers and Bayer employees live and work by providing funding for food and nutrition, education, and community development projects.


A guide to Circleville City Schools: 2019-2020 District Quality Profile

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Circleville City Schools – The Circleville City School District (CCSD) has released its 2019-2020 Quality Profile media guide to expand upon “what families and our community can expect” as a member of the Tiger Family. Our Quality Profile provides our parents, students, and community with an overview of Circleville City Schools and its impact over the past year and is an annual publishing archiving that same legacy of student achievement we have grown to become so proud of in in our community.

Beyond the benchmarks of single day state assessments on the state report card, we are incredibly proud of the academic offerings, financial stewardship, and health and wellness supports we offer our students each and every day on campus. In educating the ‘whole child’ as prescribed in the Ohio Department of Education’s strategic plan “Each child, our future”, we believe the offerings found at Circleville City provide students with a launching point in pursuit of an eventual career through the pathways of enrollment in a college, enlistment in the Armed Forces, and employment upon graduation.

The media package aligns with similar documents disseminated by other Ohio area school districts in its design to communicate the wide range of academic progress and services offered by the public education institution and is linked with our district report card on the Ohio Department of Education website.

To view the CCSD Quality Profile in its entirety, please follow through to the link provided below.

Circleville City Schools Back-to-School Fast Facts for 2019

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The summer is quickly coming to a close and the start of a new school year is almost upon us. We are excited to welcome back students for the 2019-2020 school year and have a lot of important information to pass along to our families.

When does school start?

  • Grades 6 and 9 will have their first day of school on Tuesday, August 13th from 7:40 a.m. to 12:40 p.m.
  • Grades 1-5, 7-8, and 10-12: On Wednesday, August 14th students in these grade levels will join the 6th and 9th graders for the first full day of school in 2019-2020. Circleville Elementary School will start school from 9:05 a.m. and end at 3:25 p.m. (Doors Open at 8:45 a.m.); Circleville Middle School and Circleville High School will start at 7:40 a.m. and end at 2:40 p.m. (Doors open at 7:30 a.m.)
  • Preschool and Kindergarten: will start school the week of August 19th in staggered starts. Approximately half of Kindergarten and Preschool students will start on Monday, August 19th with the other half of those grade levels starting on Tuesday, August 20th. The first combined day for these grades will be Wednesday, August 21st. Families will be contacted by the school to notify them which day their preschool or kindergarten student will be starting that week.

CES and CMS Open House Dates and Food Truck Fest

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Join us August 12th and August 13th for some family fun on our back-to-school nights and featuring Food Truck vendors!

  • Monday, August 12th: Grades 3-5 Teacher Meet and Greet (5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.); Grade 6 Open House at CMS (5-7 p.m. with opening informational meeting starting at 5 p.m. in the gym)
  • Tuesday, August 13th: Grades K-2 Teacher Meet and Greet (5:30-6:30 p.m.); Grades 7-8 Open House (5-7 p.m.)
  • Friday, August 16th: Preschool Open House (5:30-6:30 p.m.)

These events, particularly with our elementary students, are helpful for families to get school supplies to school so students do not need to bring everything on the bus the first day, answer transportation questions, meet your teacher, and get familiar with your child’s building for the year!

Food Trucks will be available in the middle lot between the high school and elementary school from 4:30-7 p.m. both nights featuring Johnson’s Ice Cream, Taesty’s, Cazuelas, City Classics, Late Night Slice, and more!

Who is my elementary school child’s teacher?

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On Friday, July 26th, Circleville Elementary School class lists were posted on, Facebook, and Twitter. While some homeroom assignments are subject to change, parents and guardians can view the lists online at the link here.

CHS Schedule Pick Up Dates

Circleville High School students will be able to pick up their schedules on Tuesday, August 6th and Wednesday, August 7th from 9-11 a.m. and 12-2 p.m. both days in the high school office.

Note: Schedules being distributed on these days are for grades 10-12 only. 9th grade students will receive their schedules on August 13th during freshman orientation.

Supply Lists

We have had a lot of questions about supply lists and are here to help! Officially, only Circleville Elementary School posts a grade level specific supply list year-to-year (pictured below). At Circleville Middle School and Circleville High School there are no supply lists. School supplies are typically limited to items such as folders, pencils, pens, binders, bookbags, and ear buds as much of the work is completed on student ChromeBooks as a part of our 1:1 technology initiative. In the event a unique project warrants a specific school supply at the middle school or high school level, your child will be notified well in advance during the first few weeks of school.

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Transportation and Alternate Transportation Forms

Families of students who will be bused during the 2019-2020 school year will begin receiving their transportation cards with pick-up and drop-off time estimates (along with bus stop locations and bus numbers) beginning the week of August 5th. It should be noted that all times are approximate and pick-up times and drop-off times may fluctuate by 10-15 minutes during the first 5 days of transportation as drivers become familiar with the new routes and as we spend extra time ensuring students are on the correct bus – particularly with our youngest Tigers at Circleville Elementary School.

Additionally, Alternate Transportation forms for students who will be bused home to a sitter or another location other than their residence after school are due by this Friday, August 2nd. Forms were mailed home in early July to families of students with existing alternative transportation arrangements from last year.

Online Forms with OneView

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This fall we are rolling out the parent portal OneView for all things back-to-school forms. Gone are the “ancient” ways of filling out multiple back to school forms by hand per the number of students in your family. In its place, the OneView portal will now enable parents and guardians to fill out forms electronically with a secure access code that links their student to their account. After this initial year’s rollout, information will be carried over from year to year and saved so families will only need to sign off on annual waivers, read handbooks, and update existing address, contact, and medical information at the start of each school year.

OneView Overview

  • How to access it – At the link (here), and located on under parent resources on every page, parents will create a login for their account and link their children to their account with a secure access invitation code unique to their student. These codes will be distributed to residential parents at Circleville High School starting the week of August 5th and all other schools will be available for in-person pickup at back-to-school open houses August 12th and 13th. All remaining OneView access/invitation code letters with the secure access code will be mailed home during the first week of school.
  • Parent dashboard – Once your account has been created, parents will have a OneView Portal Dashboard with family-friendly links to EZ Pay, ProgressBook, District Forms, Academic Calendars, the school nurse, and lunch menus on the left; district and building news in the middle; and a calendar of events on the right.
  • Shared parenting – It should be noted that only the parent of residence (residential parent) will have editing access to fill out the online forms. Parents/guardians who are not residential parents will still have rights to view student information in the portal, but they will be “view only.” In instances of shared parenting, we encourage dual parents and guardians to work together to ensure student information is accurate and to the specific needs of their children.
  • Internet Access – Whether it be internet activity or just ease of use, we understand sometimes making a switch like this can be a hurdle and we are here to help! On both open house nights, August 12th and August 13th families will have the opportunity to come in and fill out online forms at the school. At that time, we will also have staff available to assist with any questions you might have during the account registration process. Additionally, our friends at the Pickaway County Library have volunteered to help us with this transition by having resources on hand to assist with registration at the library.

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Circleville High School named to U.S. News’ Best High Schools Rankings

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Circleville City Schools – Circleville High School has been named to the U.S. News Best High Schools Rankings report identifying the 9th through 12th-grade school as a top 40%  educational institution nationally.

Specifically, Circleville High School placed atop the list for Pickaway County, placed in the Top 20% in the State of Ohio (191/916 scored Ohio high schools) and placed in the 71st percentile nationally (5,053/17,245 scored U.S. high schools).

View Circleville High School’s Ranking Profile

Annually, the U.S. News Best High Schools rankings include data on more than 23,000 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia. More than 17,000 schools were ranked on six factors based on their performance on state assessments and how well they prepare students for college according to

The rankings have been developed in collaboration with North Carolina-based RTI International, a global nonprofit social science research firm.

Schools are ranked nationally in alignment with five scored categories which are as follows: College Readiness Index Rank, College Curriculum Breadth Index Rank, Math and Reading Proficiency Rank, Math and Reading Performance Rank, and Graduation Rate Rank.

To read more about the scoring methodology of the U.S. News Best High School rankings visit the link here.