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.

Circleville Elementary School receives Gold Level Breakfast All-Star School Designation

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Circleville Elementary School has been recognized as a Gold Level Breakfast All-Star for meeting noteworthy school breakfast Average Daily Participation (ADP) rates, as established by the 2019 Ohio School Breakfast Challenge. 313 Ohio schools were recognized for five levels of school breakfast ADP, reported through a survey by the Ohio School Breakfast Challenge.

Annually, Circleville Elementary School provides breakfast and lunch to approximately 1,100 K-5 students 178 days a year. Circleville City Schools’ Food Services effort is supported by Classified Services Director Suzie Gerhardt and Circleville Elementary School head cook Kelly Goode.

Circleville Elementary received the Gold Level for achieving a school breakfast total ADP of 60 percent to 69 percent. As a part of the honors, the school will receive a “Breakfast All-Star Banner” from the Ohio School Breakfast Challenge at the 2019 Ohio School Boards Association Capital Conference in November.

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The Ohio School Breakfast Challenge mission is to increase and sustain student participation in the School Breakfast Program, ensuring Ohio students start each day ready to learn. The Ohio Department of Education, American Dairy Association Mideast, Children’s Hunger Alliance, Ohio Action for Healthy Kids and Ohio School Nutrition Association are proud sponsors of the Ohio School Breakfast Challenge.

Research shows that students who eat breakfast perform better in school, get higher test scores and show better behavior. Students who eat school breakfast have been shown, on average, to attend 1.5 more days of school per year and score 17.5 percent higher on standardized math tests.

Circleville City School District (CCSD) is a public education institution serving the City of Circleville in the county seat of Pickaway County in south-central Ohio. The district proudly serves approximately 2,200 students annually in a PK-12 setting at Circleville Elementary, Circleville Middle, Circleville High school, and through the Circleville Digital Academy. To view the CCSD Quality Profile, please follow through to the link provided (here).




‘Day of Excellence’ Showcase sees $79,000 in scholarships earned by CHS students



CHS seniors Garret Gray (left), Circleville Athletics Boosters board representative Jocelyn Gibson (center), and Sidne Parsons (right) pose for a group photo as a part of Wednesday’s Day of Excellence ceremony.

Circleville City Schools – On Wednesday, May 15th, Circleville High School played host to the 2019 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 2018-19 campaign.

In total, over $79,000 and 92 scholarships and honors were distributed from an array of community and civic organizations supporting academic excellence in our schools. Congratulations to these seniors on these prestigious honors.

The Class of 2019 is slated to once again be recognized on Friday, May 24th at 7 p.m. at the 161st Commencement at Circleville High School. The event will be aired on the Circleville City Schools Facebook page via Facebook Live for family members unable to attend the Friday night ceremony.

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

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Circleville Middle School inducts 15 into National Junior Honor Society

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National Junior Honor Society inductee Carlos Vazquez receives his certificate from chapter advisor Mrs. Lisa Powers.

Tuesday morning Circleville Middle School inducted 15 new students into the Jason Schaal Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS).

Posthumously named after beloved Circleville City Schools teacher, coach, and friend Jason Schaal, the National Junior Honor Society at Circleville Middle School annually inducts a new class of students on the merits of scholarship, character, service, and leadership each spring.

To earn a NJHS application, eligible students in 7th and 8th grade must have maintained at least a 3.5 GPA and have earned no ‘C’ letter grades in their core academic classes during the first three 9 weeks.

In order to maintain membership, students are asked to complete 15 hours of community service during the course of their time in the chapter and maintain the same standard of academic excellence as was required of them during their initial induction into the chapter.

To start this year’s ceremony, 8th-grade member and chapter president Claire Barthlemas and vice-president Natalie Welsh welcomed students, staff, and guests with an explanation of the induction before the ceremonial lighting of the candles and induction.

In congratulatory remarks, CMS principal Kevin Fox challenged the inductees to continue to challenge themselves by exploring new challenges.

“Think about everything as you go through life in how it relates to maintaining good character,” said Fox. “In the future, you are going to learn about ‘discipline’ versus ‘default’ in your behavior. Be disciplined with your decisions by paying attention, being purposeful, and skillful in what you do. Don’t take the easy route and fall on default behaviors by acting on impulse, being on auto-pilot, and resistant to new challenges or changes. To get to this point in your lives you have to be disciplined.”

Congratulations to the 2019 Class of NJHS inductees: Zoe Allen, Mariah Dupler, Alexis Dyke, Alivia Dyke, Reegan Evans, Payton Ford, Mallory Holcomb, Madison Jarrell, Noah Jones, Pheonix McCoy, Sterlin Mullins, Ellie Patrick, William “Slater” Search, Carlos Vazquez, Jr., and Sydney Williams. 

The outgoing Class of 2018 NJHS students completed 520 hours of community service as a group with two members, Lillianna Stafford and Erika Kluczynski completing 37.5 and 36 hours of community service respectively (more than double the requirement).

The Jason Schaal Chapter of NJHS at Circleville Middle School is overseen by teachers and advisors Lisa Powers and Wendy Jordan.

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“Welcome to Circleville City Schools”: A changing of the guard


Stephanie Bivens (pictured left) will serve as the new district office administrative assistant replacing Bobbi Holbrook (right) who will be retiring after a 22-year career at Circleville City Schools.

For any school, non-profit, or organization, retirements are never easy.

An emotional end to one chapter and the start of a new one for all involved.

Such is the case at the Circleville City Schools District Office where our administrative assistant Mrs. Bobbi Holbrook is slated to “call it a career” on May 15th.

For over 22-years, Holbrook has served in a variety of capacities as the district’s “face” and first point of contact for families, providing their first experience within our schools in the process.

“Bobbi has played an immense role in my personal and professional growth over the last 9 years,” said superintendent Jonathan Davis. “She’s not only been the first kind face that families see as they enroll their children, but she has also been a major asset to myself and the staff. She has kept me organized, she has encouraged me, and she has been an absolute joy to work with. To say I will miss her is a massive understatement but I wish her and her family nothing but the best and thank her for the service she has provided for this community. “

From Holbrook registering kindergarten students to mid-year move-ins, meetings with local businesses, and so much more, every conversation and every piece of communication intentional, every act, an outward showing of affection and adoration for the field of education she so deeply loves.

While district administrators will miss her dearly and cannot begin to thank her for her immeasurable contributions to launching so many academic careers, we know she is heading for greener pastures attending the activities of her 8 grandchildren, along with her husband Scott.

In her place, the Circleville City Schools board of education moved forward with the hiring of Mrs. Stephanie Bivens in April after a comprehensive interview process as the new administrative assistant at the district office.

Bivens, having previously served as an administrative assistant in her own right at Circleville Elementary, will be the new contact for families coming in to register and businesses meeting with administrators effective May 16th.

On behalf of Circleville City Schools staff, the board of education, and the district office team, we welcome Mrs. Bivens into the fold and wish Mrs. Holbrook the best in retirement and wherever her next journey takes her with her family.

Her contributions to our students, families, and staff know no bounds and we are forever indebted to her for her dedication in helping us raise generations of Tigers.

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