CHS English Teacher Kayla Theis named Ohio University Fellow

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Circleville High School English III and American literature teacher Miss Kayla Theis has been named to the 2020 Communication Fellows program in Ohio University’s Scripps College of Communication.

Theis is one of only nine teachers selected for the third annual honor.

“I am really honored and grateful to be selected as part of the 2020 cohort of Communication Fellows,” said Theis. “I look forward to collaborating with the Ohio University faculty and my fellow teachers from across Ohio to make learning more meaningful for my students!”

As a part of the fellowship, Theis aims to enhance CHS English class offerings by giving students the opportunity to create podcasts for class assignments. With how fast the field is growing, the initiative will enable students and staff to use multimedia audio channels to produce podcasts which analyze literature, subjects of interest, or controversial arguments.

“My objective is to create an engaging curriculum for my students, which includes the options to express their knowledge or arguments through podcasts,” continued Theis. “Argumentative writing is one of the core standards for English, and by creating content for a podcast, this would help students form arguments in a way that is applicable to the real world and they will see how these skills can transfer to different jobs or skills needed in the future.”

Congratulations Miss Theis!


Two CHS students place in Governor’s Art Exhibition

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Circleville High School students Mearan Bahney and Tasha Rice have placed in the Top-300 in the state for the 2020 Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition.

Now in its fiftieth year, the Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition is dedicated to the educational and artistic advancement of our talented young people in the state of Ohio.

The exhibition is open to all of Ohio’s 1,112 high schools, both public and private, chartered by the State of Ohio Department of Education.

Congratulations to Mearan and Tasha and instructor Soni Grady!


Circleville City receives PPG grant to launch e-Sports team

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Photo credit Florian Olivo

Circleville City Schools has received a funding awarded in the amount of $3,900 from the PPG Foundation for the purposes of launching an e-Sports team at Circleville Middle School and Circleville High School.

Specifically, the grant will be used to purchase materials to build six new computers capable of supporting the graphics and memory necessary to compete in a regional e-sports league.

The new computer hardware will be used by students in the middle school to implement an e-Sports team and will also be used daily by high school students to expand our 3-D modeling simulation capabilities during our Intro to Engineering course, build upon our capacity to create virtual reality simulations during VR Development, and increase our ability to train Neural Networks for Autonomous Robotic Navigation in our Robotics II course.


#NationalSchoolCounselingWeek Hightlight: Play Therapy in our Schools


Dawn Whiteside M.Ed, LPC, Registered Play Therapist is a Counseling Source school counselor practicing at Circleville Elementary School.

National School Counseling Week this year falls February 3rd through 7th and celebrates the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems.

This year’s celebratory theme is “Helping Build Better Humans,” and as a part of that theme we caught up with Counseling Source counselor Dawn Whiteside M.Ed, LPC, Registered Play Therapist who gave us some insight on how a technique called play therapy is helping Circleville Elementary School build better humans.

“Play Therapy is working with kids through how they communicate,” said Whiteside. “For them, their first language is play so its a way that we can communicate with them through toys, art, and other manipulatives. Even before they can learn to speak they are playing. We know that children usually lag behind in their cognitive development, but play is how they learn to communicate and toys are the means by which children express themselves first. They will use figurines in how they act out things from school and home. It is always fascinating to see how they interact and what they use to communicate.”

To most, Play Therapy seems kind of primitive says Whiteside, but to be certified to implement this counseling strategy to get kids to open up about their feelings takes a lot of extra work.

“To become a registered play therapist you need an additional 150 hours of training, said Whiteside. “You then have to obtain continuing education hours annually to keep the credentialing.”

In house, while Circleville City employs counselors that utilize this technique Whiteside is the only registered play therapist of our counseling staff at Circleville City Schools and through The Counseling Source, LLC.

When a child plays, they express thoughts and feelings that otherwise would remain hidden according to the Association of Play Therapists. Play Therapy can be a powerful tool for expressing a child’s cognitive, behavioral, and emotional challenges. Simply put, licensed clinical practitioners use this strategy to help kids manage their world.

In the video below meet Andrew in the satirical parent-kid skit. Andrew portrays an atypical student response to the parent age-old question of “how was your day?” This serves as a great contrast to applicable work of licensed professionals like Dawn who are able to use play therapy to get kids to speak about their emotions, regulate themselves, and interact with others.

As a part of National School Counseling Week we would like to thank Dawn Whiteside and our entire team of school counselors for all they work they do each and every day building strong connections with our students and the expertise they bring to student health and wellness!

Flu season fast facts for families from the school nurse

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If you have seen the news lately, this year’s flu season is fully upon us!

But fear not! Our Circleville City School District Nurse Jaime McKeivier is here with some helpful tips and reminders to keep you informed and your children healthy and in school.

How can I keep my child away from germs?

“With any flu season, we need to remind our students about proper hand washing. It may sound repetitive, but that is the most effective way to prevent the spread of germs along with keeping hands away from resting on our face or  wiping our eyes.”

What are the symptoms I should be looking out for?

“While not official, until confirmed as as influenza symptoms range from case to case but usually come in the form of….

  • fever* or feeling feverish/chills
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • runny or stuffy nose
  • muscle or body aches
  • headaches
  • aches
  • fatigue (tiredness)
  • some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

It is also important to note that a fever is not always tied to these symptomMckeiver, Jaimes. If you notice any of these symptoms in your children you should keep them home to prevent the spread of illness and have them checked out by a doctor to test for influenza. 

How will I know if someone in my child’s classroom has the flu?

“When there is one case of flu, strep, pink eye or other major illness, we send a notice home to that classroom to make families aware until attendance and cases are reevaluated in two weeks. When there are two or more cases in a classroom we work hand-in-hand with our excellent custodial staff to satirize and disinfect tables, door knobs, ‘cubbies’, chairs and more.”

When can my child return to school?

“Students have to be cleared by their doctor and fever free without medication for can 24 hours without medication assistance, before they can return to school.”

Isn’t there a clinic at the school I can take my student to?

“The OhioHealth Tiger Care Clinic operates Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. While there is no obligation by parents or guardians to participate in the program, the clinic does offer students an opportunity to be seen by a certified nurse practitioner or physician in the event an illness warrants further care. In keeping up with familial demands and schedules in 2018, the district understands that sometimes there are logistical gaps in getting students seen by a licensed physician in a timely fashion. We are proud to work alongside Berger with this opt-in program to bridge some of the barriers and keep our students healthy and in school.”

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CHS’ Theller wins Silver Key in Scholastic Art Competition



Circleville High School – Senior Andrew Theller has been awarded a Silver Key as a part of the Central Ohio Scholastic Art Awards Competition. Theller is the only Pickaway County student to be awarded the distinction as a result of the competition.

Theller’s photography series entitled “Seasonal Depression” will be on display from February 11th-22nd at the Canzani Center Acock Gallery at the Columbus College of Art and Design.

The award winning piece brings awareness to Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and Theller hopes to start a dialogue about winter moods when the days are long and daylight is slim.

“I don’t think people always take it seriously,” said Theller. “They don’t always realize exactly what it is like until it happens to them.”

Last week, students Philipp Barth and Madison Imler received Honorable Mention in the competition.

Since 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have recognized the vision, ingenuity, and talent of our nation’s youth, and provided opportunities for creative teens to be celebrated. Each year, increasing numbers of teens participate in the program, and become a part of our community—young artists and writers, filmmakers and photographers, poets and sculptors, video game artists and science fiction writers—along with countless educators who support and encourage the creative process.


Theller’s series follows a lingering ‘ghost’ who follows an individual around such as SAD does to many in the winter months. 


Three middle school students qualify for regional Power of the Pen tournament


Pictured left-to-right: Madison Jarrel, Devin Gray, and Kaylah Huggins

Circleville Middle School – Three CMS students, Madison Jarrel (8th grade), Kaylah Huggins (7th grade), and Devin Gray (7th grade) have qualified for the regional Power of the Pen tournament.

Recently, the students competed at the district level competition hosted at Circleville High School on January 11th coordinated by middle school teacher Mrs. Karen Valentine (District 1 coordinator) and the ELA staff.

Power of the Pen is an interscholastic creative writing program for middle school students across Ohio and is dedicated to ” helping young people find and develop a creative voice that is uniquely their own.”

The South-Central Regional Power of the Pen Tournament will be held on Saturday, March 7th at Otterbein University in Westerville.

Congratulations to Madison, Kaylah, and Devin!


Circleville Middle School’s Davis departs for Empire State Winter Games with US Junior Olympic Team

DavisThis weekend Circleville Middle School 8th grader and Junior Olympian Jalynne Davis will be departing for competition in the Empire State Winter Games.

Jalynne is a member of the United States Junior Olympic Luge Team, a sport characterized by sliding feet first down an icy track in a series of time trials where every second counts as team members tackle sharp turns and technically difficult steering maneuvers.

Specifically, Jalynne will be competing in the Youth B division of the games.

The Empire State Winter Games are a multi-day sports event hosted in the New York Adirondacks from January 30th-February 2nd.

Best of luck to Jalynne in her upcoming training camp at Lake Placid! To follow along on the Empire State Winter Games, tune in to their Facebook page (link) and Twitter page (link) and stay connected with Circleville City Schools for television viewing information.


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Perini signs on to Ashland University Track and Field

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Circleville High School – On Wednesday, Circleville High School senior Peyton Perini signed on to further her academic and athletic career at Ashland University where she will major in education and run Track and Field for the Eagles.

“Ashland offers a great education department and great track program,” said Perini. “Those programs and the Eagles’ friendly coaches made it feel like home.”

Heading into her senior season this spring with the Red & Black, Perini has been named District 4x400m champion (2017, 2019), was a regional qualifier (2017-2019), state qualifier (2019), was named 1st-team all-Mid-State League (2019) and 2nd-team all-Mid-State League (2017, 2018). In the classroom she has also excelled taking home academic all-Ohio honors in 2019 and academic all-Mid-state League (2017, 2018, and 2019).

Perini has been coached by coaches Brian Lennex (CHS), Dick Walters (CHS). Bill Search (CMS), and Steve Kalinoski (basketball).

Peyton is the daughter of proud parents Nick and Rachel Perini of Circleville. Also in attendance for Wednesday’s signing day ceremony were younger sister Isabelle and numerous teammates and friends.

Two CHS students place in 2020 Central Ohio Scholastic Art Awards


IMG_9689Circleville High School students Philipp Barth and Madison Imler have placed in the 2020 Central Ohio Scholastic Art Awards competition as honorable mention.

Barth had two pieces selected entitled  “Trapped in the tube” and “Forbid us to speak, but the walls will scream at you.” Imler’s piece is entitled “Oman Deserts” magnificently displayed on ribbed cardboard.

Since 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have recognized the vision, ingenuity, and talent of our nation’s youth, and provided opportunities for creative teens to be celebrated. Each year, increasing numbers of teens participate in the program, and become a part of our community—young artists and writers, filmmakers and photographers, poets and sculptors, video game artists and science fiction writers—along with countless educators who support and encourage the creative process.



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