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

 

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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.

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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

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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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A Q & A with new Circleville City School Board Member Jeff Burrow

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This past November, Jeff Burrow was elected to serve on the Circleville City School District Board of Education joining fellow new board member Chris Wagner who will be replacing devout board members Todd Stevens and Amy DeLong who did not seek re-election.

In an effort to familiarize our community with Mr.Burrow and his background, the district provided him with an informal Q & A where he elaborated on his family, passions, and all things Tiger Pride.

As a Circleville resident what does it mean to you to serve the local school district as a member of the school board?  

As a resident of Pickaway County, being on the school board is an opportunity for me to give back to the community that has helped to raise our two sons and provided my family a great place to live. 

What does ‘Tiger Pride’ mean to you as a parent…and now school board member?

The best way for me to answer this question is by giving a couple examples of “Tiger Pride”. As a parent, seeing my oldest son, Carter, walk on stage and pick up his diploma filled me with what Tiger Pride is all about. 

It was not just the act of graduating, but it was a reflection of the great memories that we collected from his journey to adulthood at CCS. Helping with seasonal parties in elementary school, watching his friendships develop through middle school, the challenge of middle school cross country, navigating problems with help from administrators and staff, Destination Imagination, High School Band, and the overall participation of the teachers, coaches, and band directors at CCS have been an example of Tiger Pride. 

As a new school board member, I also attribute Tiger Pride to those who came before me and exemplified by outgoing board members. Todd Stevens and Amy DeLong who have been great examples of Tiger Pride that we can all build upon.  

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Aside from all things Circleville City Schools, what else occupies your time? (hobbies, travel, sports, etc)

I spend as much time as possible with my family.  My wife Andi (CHS Alumni and a teacher) and I have two sons – Carter graduated from CHS in 2017 and Landon is a Junior at CHS.  Carter’s girlfriend, Ashley, a CHS graduate, and student at the Cleveland Institute of Art. We spend a lot of time watching Landon play Tiger Soccer in the fall.  We have two dogs, a crazy fun-loving 3-year-old St. Bernard and a 10-year-old Golden Retriever. You might see us walking these two on the Roundtown Traill behind the schools! 

Outside of school, Andi and I spend a lot of time doing outreach on behalf of our church. 

I spend a lot of time raising funds for research to end Multiple Sclerosis through Bike MS and an organization called Meat Fight that purchases bikes for individuals living with MS, including  my sister and sister-in-law who are living with MS. This means that I also ride a bicycle a lot! 

I also enjoy cooking  – especially smoking and grilling meats!

As an elected board member you are a leader within the community, what does leadership mean to you? 

To me, leadership is about connections, relationships, and asking people to do things that you would do yourself.  As a sales person, often my job was not only to sell, but to connect people within an organization, or two organizations and lead them through a process that resulted in a win for both organizations.  
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I jumped out of a perfectly good airplane – twice.  I do not intend to do it again! 

Why did you decide to run for the school board?

I was Band Booster President for several years.  I missed being involved with the school, kids, teachers, and parents.  Several people provided me with encouragement to run. In addition, I was able to take a position locally that required less travel.  In the end, it all just worked out. 

What does it mean to you for your community to elect you to the school board?

I appreciate everyone that encouraged me to run, signed my petition, and voted for me. Especially my family.  This is a responsibility that is not to be taken lightly.

 

Circleville Elementary School receives $4,350 grant for Sensory Pathway from CCSF

Circleville Elementary School has received a $4,350 grant from the Circleville City School Foundation (CCSF) for two Sensory Pathways for the building.

The Sensory Motor Pathway is an evidenced-base tool for kids to improve their planning, motor skills, and sensory skills. It also addresses sensory connections in the brain such as sight, touch, balance, position and movement and more.

Peer-reviewed research conducted with control groups in other districts around the country have shown evidence of student academic improvement as a result of implementing sensory activities. Additionally, students with autism also benefit from sensory motor experiences as indicated in a student by Schaaf, et al (2013).

As Circleville Elementary School rolls out the new pathway, which was installed over winter break, the occupational and physical therapy teams have already begun integrating it into their work with students. However, it is important to note that this new initiative is not limited to students with plans in the coordinated services team’s caseload and is open to all students and classes as they walk by the pathway when they are in need of a brain break of simply to get the after-recess energy out!

Circleville City Schools would like to thank the Circleville City School Foundation for their unwavering support of our students and staff. We would also like to thank Circleville Elementary School assistant principal Tim Harris and coordinated services specialists Chelsea Scott and Rebekah Ashmore for their collaboration and work on the grant.

OhioHealth physical therapist Chelsea Scott explains how the pathway works in the video below.

 

A Q & A with new Circleville City School Board Member Chris Wagner

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Pictured left-to-right: (Front row) Chris’ fiancee April, Emily; (back row) Abby, new CCS board member Chris Wagner, and Carleigh.

This past November, Chris Wagner was elected to serve on the Circleville City School District Board of Education joining fellow new board member Jeff Burrow who will be replacing devout board members Todd Stevens and Amy DeLong who did not seek re-election.

In an effort to familiarize our community with Mr.Wagner and his background, the district provided him with an informal Q & A where he elaborated on his family, passions, and all things Tiger Pride.

Why did you decide to run for the school board?

I decided to run for the school board because I wanted to use my experience in finance to make a difference and give back to the community that has been so welcoming to me.

What does it mean to you for your community to elect you to the school board?

It truly means a lot. I am honored that the community elected me to the school board, and I promise that I will continue to work hard for the students, faculty, administrators and parents of the Circleville City Schools District.

As a Circleville resident what does it mean to you to serve the local school district as a member of the school board?

It is a great honor to serve this wonderful community who has welcomed me with open arms. I was born and raised in Chillicothe and moved to Circleville 4-years-ago. Since that time, I have volunteered in concession stands, with the Circleville City School Foundation “Raise Your Paw” auction and many other school activities. I believe that my various years in finance will be a great asset to the board and the students we serve.

What does ‘Tiger Pride’ mean to you as a parent…and now school board member?

There is such a remarkable atmosphere in all of our schools. You can’t help but get swept up in the excitement of showing Tiger Pride! This is not only shown in our schools, but outside of school as well. I think the Circleville City School District has done an excellent job of encouraging students and parents alike to show their Tiger Pride whenever they can.

Outside of work, what else occupies your time?  

I spend most of my weekends during the fall at the Ohio State Football games where I have been an usher for over 30 years. I also love going to the beach in the summer with my family, as well as getting in a round of golf when I can.

As an elected board member, you are a leader within the community, what does leadership mean to you

Leadership to me means that I embrace honesty and integrity in my daily life, inspiring others to do their very best and showing my true enthusiasm and passion for making the organization that you are a part of be the best that it can be.

If there is one thing I would like our Tiger families to know about me, what would that be?

I am proud to be a part of this community and I believe that our future is bright. I am looking forward to meeting and supporting all of the individuals that make our district great.

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1951 and 1986 State Championship Golf Teams, Craig Allison named to Circleville High School Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2020

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1951 and 1986 State Championship Golf Teams, Craig Allison named to Circleville High School Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2020

          The 1951 and 1986 Golf Teams and humanitarian Craig Allison have been named to the Circleville High School Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2020. Inductees will be honored at intermission of the home January 18th boys basketball junior varsity and varsity contests versus Jackson at Circleville High School. 

The 1951 Tiger Golf Team composed of Ted Leach, Abner Leach, Don Olney, Albert Sabine, Walter Heine, and Coach Steve Brudzinski captured the state golf title at the Ohio State University Golf Course. The squad competed with the best in the state en route to their state title, overcoming a 6-stroke deficit on day two of the state tournament with a score of 666. The ‘51 title marked the first time in school and county history that a State Championship had been won in Pickaway County. 

The 1986 Tiger Golf Team, made up of Steve Anderson, Robb Craddock, John Craddock, Ed Helwagon, Mark Dorff, and Coach Brent Bell, amassed a 58-1 record on their way to the State Championship. Leading up to their run to the title, the team captured the SCOL Championship, District Championship, and Regional Championship. 

Humanitarian Craig Allison was a graduate of the Class of 1972 who would go on to Muskingum University and an eventual career covering Tiger Athletics as a reporter and photographer for the Circleville Herald. Allison’s incredible knowledge and in-depth research of Circleville High School and Pickaway County athletics over the years was unrivaled. So much so, that he would quickly become an invaluable member of the Circleville High School Athletic Hall of Fame committee, a position he would hold until his passing in 2019. 

The Athletic Hall of Fame serves as a medium to recognize and archive the legacy of individuals who have left immeasurable on and off the field contributions to Circleville High School Athletics. Marked by individual and team achievements during their high school career or post-high school career through volunteerism and or coaching, those enshrined in the Hall of Fame define what it means to be a member of the Red & Black Family.

Annually, the selection committee receives nominations up until October 31st each fall and then narrows the field of eligible candidates to be voted on in November before an official announcement is made in December. Each Hall of Fame Class is inducted the following January or February during halftime or intermission of a Circleville basketball home contest(s). During the ceremony, the inductees are recognized in front of students, family, alumni, and the community with a plaque presentation, receive a lifetime pass to all athletic events at Circleville High School, and are made a part of our enduring Hall of Fame display on campus. 

Congratulations to the Circleville High School Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2020.