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!

https://bib.com/secure-volunteer/circleville-city-school-district/home

 

 

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

 

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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

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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.

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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 CirclevilleCitySchools.org, 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 CirclevilleCitySchools.org 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 USnews.com.

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

 

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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

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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.