13 Tigers honored for National Art Honor Society


Left-to-right: (Row 1) Taylor Hedges, Zoey Ferguson, Aubrey Smith, Addison Lowe, Deja Duboe (Row 2) Brooklyn Sheets, Emily Cooper, Savannah Good, Shannon Smith, and Philipp Barth (Row 3) Abigail Dengler, Mearan “Buzz” Bahney, and Matthew Colburn

Circleville High School – Monday afternoon the Circleville High School Chapter of the National Art Honor Society (NAHS) inducted 13 new members into its prestigious ranks.

New members Aubrey Smith, Mearen “Buzz” Bahney, Taylor Hedges, Emily Cooper, Brooklyn Sheets, Deja Duboe, Abigail Dengler, Addison Lowe, Matthew Colburn, Zoey Ferguson, Shannon Smith, Philipp Barth, and Savannah Good represented the 2019-2020 Class of NAHS inductees.

The National Art Honor Society was started in 1978 by the National Art Education Association for students in grades 9-12. The intent of the society lies within helping students attain their highest potential in all forms of art and to raise awareness for art education in the school and community.

Monday’s ceremony was overseen by NAHS student officers Krista Szymczak (president), Anna Whitaker (vice-president), Tasha Rice (Treasurer), Jaycee Fullen (secretary), and Gabrielle Ortiz (historian). Each officer spoke to NAHS core values of leadership, character, acceptance, initiative, and service as a part of the induction ceremony.

The 9-12 art program is overseen by Mrs. Sonseara Grady, currently in her third year with the high school program at Circleville High School.


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Circleville Elementary studies Military Careers, honors veterans with ‘Career Connection Friday’ Event


4th grader Carter Young poses with his military guest for today’s Career Connection Friday event.

Circleville Elementary School – On Friday, Circleville Elementary School played host to a number of veterans and active duty military personnel as the school turned to “Careers in the Armed Forces” for its next installment of Career Connection Friday.

This month, our students have studied and written about patriotism and honoring our service men and women through our Tiger Traits of “Being respectful, being responsible, and valuing safety” thanks to the many sacrifices our veterans have afforded us.

Students were first welcomed by guest speaker Staff Sgt. Brad Adams of the Ohio Army National Guard Recruiting and Retention Battalion (S1 NCO) who spoke about the importance of the month of November for veterans, the origins of Armistice Day celebrated earlier this month, and about his own involvement in the military and the many careers it can offer.

“When most people think of the military they think of the infantry,” said Staff Sgt. Adams. “But there are so many more careers than that.”

From administrative roles to lieutenants, commanders, generals, aviation and maintenance, the possibilities are endless said Staff Sgt. Adams. Adams himself, attended Muskingum University before enlisting in 1999 in the United States Army National Guard.

During the assembly, our third grade students performed two selections for veterans entitled “God Bless America” and “Thank A Vet” featuring a few student solo performances.

The assembly concluded with a Veterans Honor Slideshow set to patriotic music. Over the past month, our Tiger Families submitted dozens of photos for our students to show off their proud veteran and active duty family member or family friend.


During Month of the Military Child (and all months for that matter), Circleville City Schools is a proud supporter of our military families and the many sacrifices they make in support of their Armed Service family member.

To view the Veterans Honor Slideshow in its entirety, click the link below to view!

Circleville’s Davis signs with John Carroll University


Pictured left-to-right: (back row) Circleville High School assistant girls varsity coach Evan Callihan, head coach Steve Kalinoski, and assistant coach Jillian McFarlan. (front row) Brother Cody, father JR, Meghan Davis, mother Gail, and step-father John. 

Circleville High School – On Friday, Circleville High School senior Meghan Davis signed on to further her academic and athletic career at John Carroll University where she will study Criminology and play basketball for the Blue Streaks.

“I felt at home with the coaches and players at John Carroll and after visiting campus I fell in love,” said Davis. “I felt the criminology department could offer me what I needed to be successful. JCU offers an Army ROTC program that I will be doing as well allowing me to follow both of my dreams in pursuit of a military and college basketball career.” 

Davis is the proud daughter of Gail (John) Noble and JR (Tami) Davis of Circleville. Also in attendance today for Davis’ signing day ceremony were grandparents and siblings (Cody, Trace, Brayden, Ashley, and Jacob.

During her Circleville career, Davis has been named 2nd-Team all-Mid-State League, Honorable Mention all-Distrct, and 1st-Team all-County (Circleville Herald) and has been coached by Circleville High School girls basketball head coach Steve Kalinoski and assistant coaches Evan Callihan and Jillian McFarlan.

Three CHS students honored for American History Achievement


Pictured left-to-right: Superintendent Jonathan Davis, Ryan Jenkins, Autumn Derosette, Gretchen Search, and board president Todd Stevens.

At Wednesday night’s meeting of the board of education, Circleville High School students Ryan Jenkins, Autumn Derosette, and Gretchen Search were honored for their academic performance on the state AIR American History Assessment this past spring.

These three Tigers individually attained the highest score achievable on the state assessment which covers American History from 1877 to present. The assessment covers topics from Industrialism and Progressivism post-Civil War to the Cold War and beyond.

“I’ve only had one other student [accomplish this score] in my career before,” said teacher Jason Beavers. “I think our history department is very locked-in concerning how to prep for the End of Course exam. We know, due to our training from ODE, that the test comes straight from the Model Curriculum. We balance giving the students the basics from the Model Curriculum and going beyond the standards to enrich and intrigue the students. Mr. Hamman and Mr. Evans do great work in preparing our kids for the Government and History End of Course exams and I think it shows in our scores.”

Congratulations to Ryan, Autumn, and Gretchen!


2020-2021 District Calendar released

2020 2021 calendar

At the November meeting of the board of education, district representatives approved the 2020-2021 academic calendar for the district.

Calendar highlights include the following:

  • 6th and 9th grade orientation – August 18th, 2020
  • First day of school for grades 1-12 – August 19th, 2020
  • Pumpkin Show break – October 21st-23rd, 2020
  • Holiday Break – December 21st, 2020 -January 1st, 2021
  • Spring Break – March 31st-April 5th, 2021
  • Last day of school – May 28th, 2021
  • Graduation for the Class of 2021 – May 28th at 7 p.m.

To see the calendar in full and to line up your child’s school schedule, click the link below to download and save the 2020-2021 Circleville City Schools District Calendar. For individual events and all things Circleville City Schools visit CirclevilleCitySchools.org and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.


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

Pumpkiin Show LInks

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!

Additional Resources

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For High School Students

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

League of Ladies Flier


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

man in hoodie vaping

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” – centeronaddiction.org.

  • 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 Ohio.gov 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 RealCost.betobacco.free.hhs.gov.

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

Classroom VIP

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!