For over four decades, generations of Tigers have become familiar with one unmistakable voice on Friday night echoing into the evening and, in effect, setting the table for our high school marching band’s halftime performances.
At the Wednesday, September 16th meeting of the Circleville City Schools board of education, the district celebrated the work of Mr. Bob Bensonhaver who recently retired from announcing the “Pride of Circleville High School,” the CHS Marching Band after 44 years behind the microphone.
“It’s been a good run,” said Bensonhaver. “The kids were great and it has been a great time. I have enjoyed it very much.”
The district presented Bob Bensonhaver with a certificate of achievement and a golden microphone as a small token of their deep appreciation for his immeasurable dedication to our band program which spanned 10 directors and countless regional and state competitions across the state over the years in addition to Friday night performances.
Bob’s career calling the marching band performances has roots back to the mid-1970’s where an unexpected assignment to cover the Tigers as a reporter on the road in Indianapolis sparked a connection with former director Alan Howcroft which would eventually lead to an ask to start announcing.
Within the current board of education, Bensonhaver has several ties as an announcer for board president Tony Reeser when he was a student and in working with former band booster president and current board member Jeff Burrow in recent years.
The Circleville City School District would like to thank Bob for his exhaustive work showcasing our marching Tigers on the microphone and thank his wife Karen for loaning us his talents over the years.
As a result of recent USDA changes to school lunches, ALL Circleville City Schools students will receive breakfast and lunch at no charge while funds last at the federal level through December 31st, 2020.
Circleville City Schools will remain an open site under the new changes. Previously, changes to high school demographics required the district to charge students for breakfasts and lunches at the high school level only.
While we expect to return to the paid high school meal procedures January 1 (or sooner), we are still encouraging families to see if their student is eligible for year-long free/reduced lunch. CHS families can complete the free and reduced/price meal application via lunchapplication.com (if you have not done so already) to be prepared when the meal program switches in January 2021. All CHS Tiger Remote Learning students are asked to complete this form as well.
2nd round of P-EBT Cards to be distributed to TRL families only
On September 8th, 2020 the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services (ODJFS) announced that there would be a second round of P-EBT (pandemic electronic transfer benefits) to help families and caregivers receive proper nutrition. At Circleville City Schools, these benefits will only be extended to students who are enrolled in the Tiger Remote Learning Option. This includes TRL Only students attending schools operating a fully remote model, a hybrid model, or pandemic virtual/digital learning academy within a school that includes remote learning days for at least five consecutive days between the dates Aug. 1 and Sept. 30, 2020.
The federal law only authorizes P-EBT through Sept. 30, 2020. Therefore, all benefits must be issued prior to Sept. 30, 2020. The P-EBT program provides families eligible for free or reduced-price meals with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, formerly known as food stamps, in the amount of $5.86 (the federal reimbursement rate for breakfast and lunch) for each day a school has remote learning provided for at least five consecutive days.
This funding was made possible by the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act. ODJFS provided more than $250 million in P-EBT benefits to more than 850,000 Ohio children last spring. The agency recently received federal approval to issue a second round of benefits for children enrolled in schools operating fully remotely or with a hybrid remote/in-person model.
Students at Circleville Middle School and Circleville Elementary will receive the benefit directly; whereas, students in Circleville High School will receive the benefit based on their free and reduced price meal status from lunchapplication.com. Distribution of benefits from ODJFS (not the school) will occur no later than September 30, 2020
As a reminder, our weekly pre-order window for Friday meal distribution runs from Wednesday afternoon through Sunday evening at 11:59 p.m. for the FOLLOWING Friday’s pick-up. To place an order for the days your student is not in attendance, please pre-order at the link here.
With the open site designation, Circleville City Schools will now be able to accept pre-orders for ANY child ages 1-18 (not just PK-12) through the weekly pre-order form.
Circleville City Schools has been awarded a $20,000 BroadbandOhio Connectivity Grant from the Ohio Department of Education, governor’s office, and BroadbandOhio to address gaps in the internet infrastructure within its school community.
With the grant, the district plans to implement its new ConnectED mobile hotspot loaner program to address internet connectivity barriers to online education. The ConnectED Program is a program sponsored by Circleville City Schools designed to give students of high need (vulnerable students as defined by ODE) and with limited or no internet access away from school the opportunity to receive a MIFI hotspot on loan for one 9 weeks at a time, by away of the school library, throughout the school year. Details to be released in the coming weeks.
Per grant requirements, awarded funds to Circleville City Schools must be used to address the following:
Economically disadvantaged students, as defined for EMIS reporting, including, students on free lunch;
Students who do not have other access to the internet
The BroadbandOhio Connectivity Grant is linked to RemotEDx, a new $15 million suite of remote education supports for schools funded by the Ohio Department of Education CARES Act state activity funds. A component of RemotEDx includes the deployment of Connectivity Champions, who are singularly focused on helping schools remove barriers to internet connectivity and coordinate connections to state-level resources. Connectivity Champions will be deployed through Information Technology Centers, in partnership with the Management Council and the Ohio Department of Education.
Earlier this school year the district also expanded its 1:1 student-to-technology ratio for all students in grades K-12th (formerly grades 6th-12th only) who know have Chromebooks to take home.
Three Circleville High School students have been named to Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost’s 2020-2021 Teen Ambassador Board.
Junior Emma Beavers, junior Jordan Rhymer, and senior Emma Shaw join the prestigious board this year whose mission is to create future leaders with an inside look at Ohio law and government. The three tigers will serve a one-year term and convene twice in Columbus (pandemic safety pending) during their tenure on the board.
The Attorney General’s Teen Ambassador Board gives Ohio’s teens an unparalleled opportunity to engage in government and law. Students will address some of the greatest issues facing our state and develop solutions to improve the lives of Ohioans. Ambassadors will have the opportunity to receive training on important and pertinent matters, meet with elected officials and interact with Assistant Attorney General.
Last year’s student board members met with Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost, talked with members of the Ohio Senate and House of Representatives, toured the Ohio Supreme Court, and spoke with senior administrative staff, employees, and BCI scientists of the Attorney General’s Office.
Applicants were selected for this honor based on their involvement within their school, volunteerism in their community, and their solutions and resolve to identify problems facing Ohioans and teens across the state.
On behalf of Circleville City Schools, we would like to congratulate Emma, Jordan, and Emma on this outstanding achievement!
Circleville Elementary School’s 5-star Step-Up-To-Quality rated Preschool Program still has openings for Early Childhood Education Grant eligible families free of charge. Students must be 4-years-old by October 1st to be eligible.
The Early Childhood Education Grant is an important investment in Ohio’s youngest learners. The grant provides early learning programs with an opportunity to provide high quality, comprehensive learning environments and address outcomes and goals essential for healthy development and academic, social and emotional success.
To qualify, families must fall within the federal income chart below as described by the ODE Office of Early Learning and School Readiness.
To register today call preschool enrollment specialist Lauren Seitz at 740-474-2495 or email at email@example.com.
Our 2020-2021 back-to-school and emergency medical forms are now available for families to complete in OneView!
As a reminder, all parents and guardians are required to fill out these back-to-school forms in their OneView Parent Portal for student safety, busing, and parent pick-up information. Forms are due by August 14th, 2020.
Families who filled out forms last year will see that their information has automatically rolled over from the 2019-2020 school year and that they will not have to re-enter it. Those returning Tiger Families will need to only update emergency contacts, phone numbers, and sign off on annual disclosures if needed before selecting “Save and submit to the district” to finalize their student EMA information.
If you are new to OneView, the portal is a one stop shop for parents and guardians to:
Update their emergency contacts on file for their child
Only family members and friends listed by you on your OneView account will be permitted to pick up your child in the event of an emergency
Read and agree to annual disclosures such as school handbooks, photo release, and technology agreements
Verify your address in order to be eligible for district transportation. Busing will be based off of the address on file here.
Disclose the most recent medical needs, medications, and illnesses for the school nurse’s files in care of your Tiger
Quickly see the latest school news and events in a parent portal news feed
Please note: Only students who are not previously enrolled in the district will select the Enroll a Student option from their main landing page. All returning parents will select back-to-school forms to fill out documents for their student. If your student is not on your account, please call us at 740-474-4340 to verify your identity and have your student linked to your account.
In instances where new and existing shared parenting considerations are in place, Circleville City Schools has two account offerings for parents. These are as follows:
Editing Account – given to the student’s residential, in-district guardian (unless otherwise stated in a shared custody agreement), this account will be the primary account for submitting back-to-school paperwork.
View Only Account – guardian has access to view any and all changes made to their child’s account, but cannot directly edit their EMA forms.
Circleville City Schools is proud to partner with all members of each student’s shared parenting team when it comes to the safety and educational provisions of their Tiger. We encourage families with shared parenting considerations to work together on emergency contacts able to pick up their children, ensuring phone numbers are up to date, and all new medical records are on file with the school in the best interest of the student. Parents with View Only Accounts will need to work with the residential guardian for changes and updates to their student’s account.
Change of Address: In order to be eligible for district transportation, families must have their current address on file with the school. If you have moved over the summer, please update the OneView Form with the current address and then mail, email, or drop off your proof of residency documents to confirm the address change to firstname.lastname@example.org or Circleville City Schools, 388 Clark Drive, Circleville, OH 43113.
Required documents can be a copy of rental/lease agreement or mortgage coupon, a utility bill (only one utility bill may be used), or an Ohio Driver’s License with current address.
Questions? Give us a call at 744-474-4340.
Custody Agreement Updates: In the event there is a new court ordered shared custody document, please provide this to your child’s school at your earliest convenience.
The Circleville High School Marching Band is slated to begin on-site rehearsals starting the week of July 6th. Ahead of the start of practices, small groups, and rehearsals, CHS band families should have received an email on Monday covering an array of topics pertinent to their student’s return to campus next week.
See below for details:
Safety Protocols and Waiver Attached to this email please find the safety protocols for all rehearsals and uniform fittings. Please review these with your student. These protocols follow local, state, and NFHS guidelines for a safe return to marching band rehearsals.
Please note that face coverings must be worn upon arrival, departure, and when not actively rehearsing for all rehearsals and uniform fittings. Keep in mind that the majority of the time will be spent actively rehearsing and spaced out; therefore, students will not be wearing a face covering for three hours straight.
Parents are required to review and sign a waiver with their student to allow a return to rehearsing. Students will not be permitted to rehearse if the waiver is not completed. If you have not yet received the waiver or have concerns about signing the waiver, please contact Mr. Espie at email@example.com for assistance.
Below, please find the rehearsal calendar for this summer. We are on “Plan B” Calendar, which meets local and state guidelines for a safe return to rehearsals.
If you are not going to be able to attend a rehearsal, you must provide in-writing a notice to Mr. Espie at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as you know. Please note, this does not guarantee the absent will be counted as an excused absence.
Below, please find the arrival and departure paths.
When arriving for Sectionals and Uniform Fittings, please do not arrive more than 5-10 minutes prior to your scheduled time. Please remain socially distanced and be wearing your face covering while waiting for your health screening.
When arriving for Full Band Rehearsals, including Pre-Camp, Band Camp, and Post-Camp, please arrive during your scheduled arrival windows, which will be published closer to that time. Please remain socially distanced and be wearing your face covering while waiting for your health screening.
When departing, please be sure not to congregate in the parking lots or any area on the campus. Please have your rides ready as close to the conclusion of rehearsals as possible to eliminate as much waiting as possible. Please remain socially distanced and be wearing your face covering while waiting for your ride.
Your student should have signed up for a uniform fitting time slot on Google Classroom by this time. Please ensure they have signed up for a slot. These are to ensure proper spacing.
Seniors are on July 7; Juniors and Sophomores are on July 9 (which is a slight change from what is listed on the calendar); Freshmen are on July 14 (which is a slight change from what is listed on the calendar).
When arriving, please do not arrive more than 5 minutes prior to the time slot.
When arriving, and throughout the fitting, students must wear a face covering. Staff and volunteers will be wearing their face covering throughout the fittings, as well.
The band boosters work hard to provide our students with a morning snack and typically one meal per day of band camp. The menu for this year is listed below in case you have any dietary or other concerns:
Monday Dinner: Chris’ Cakes – Pancakes, sausage, and a dessert
Tuesday Dinner: Taesty’s Food Truck – Pulled pork sandwich, fries, and a dessert
Wednesday Dinner: Cardos – Spaghetti and meatballs, garlic bread, and a Dairy Queen Dilly Bars
Thursday Lunch: Buffalo Wild Wings
Thursday Dinner: Richie’s Deli Sandwiches, chips, and a dessert
Friday Dinner: Goodwin’s chicken, mashed potatoes, and green beans (students will be fed after rehearsal)
Students will need to pack their own lunch for Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.
All meals and morning snacks will be served in a manner that is compliant with health and safety guidelines.
Attached to this email please find information regarding the $100 participation fee due on July 22.
Attached to this email please find information regarding the uniform policy, which has an acknowledgement that must be signed and returned.
Below, please find the information to join the band Remind. It is important for students to join this, as this is the quickest way to disseminate information from the directors to the students. Parents are also allowed to join.
Despite it being summer, the directors frequently post important material on Google Classroom. Please make sure your student checks this often.
The band and the band boosters are on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, which are frequently used to disseminate information.
The band has a Google Calendar that you can sink with your own. This is kept up to date with rehearsal and performance dates/times.
For the second consecutive year, Circleville High School has been named to the U.S. News Best High Schools Rankings.
The rankings are compiled annually covering data from more than 24,000 public high schools across 50 states and the District of Columbia. Nearly 18,000 schools were ranked on six factors based on their performance on state assessments and how well they prepare students for college.
At the state level, Circleville High School came in at 266/902 scored schools in the rankings (Top 30%) and 7,003/17,792 (Top 40%) in the country. For Circleville High Schools complete U.S. News Report Card click the link here for your review.
At its core, the rankings are comprised using a methodology from the North Carolina-based-RTI International, a global nonprofit social science research firm. The model measures six key components as a part of its rankings and are as follows:
College readiness (30% of the ranking): The percentage of 12th graders who took at least one AP or IB exam during high school and the percentage of 12th graders who passed at least one AP or IB exam in high school. Passing is weighted three times more than taking.
College curriculum breadth (10%): The percentage of 12th graders who took a wide variety of AP and IB courses across the multiple disciplines and the percentage of 12th graders who passed them. Passing is weighted three times more than taking.
Reading and math proficiency (20%): Measures how well students scored on state assessments that measure proficiency in reading and mathematics. Passing these assessments can be required for graduation. Examples of assessments include Smarter Balanced in California and STAAR in Texas.
Reading and math performance (20%): The difference between how students performed on state assessments and what U.S. News predicted based on a school’s student body. U.S. News’ modeling across all 50 states and the District of Columbia indicates that the proportions of students who receive subsidized school lunch, are black and are Hispanic, are highly predictive of a school’s reading and math scores.
Underserved student performance (10%): How well the student population receiving subsidized school lunch, and black and Hispanic populations perform on state assessments relative to statewide performance among students not in those subgroups.
Graduation rate (10%): For the 2020 rankings, the graduation rate corresponds to the 2018 graduation cohort who would have entered ninth grade in the 2014-15 school year. The high school graduation rates were collected directly from each state along with the math and reading assessment data. (source Usnews.com).
Circleville High School offers a robust, student-centered selection of offerings to prepare students for a career in the workforce, the military, college and beyond. Through building relationships with our students and families, our 9th-12th grade students build an academic road map that is dynamic in design with an emphasis on literacy, digital literacy and Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM), and career development.
In developing students for the careers of tomorrow, Circleville High School is home to 36 College Credit Plus offerings, a national award winning robotics program, drone club, with plans to formally launch an Esports team in 2021. Additionally, courses in SportsMed Technologies, Woods and Construction Methods, Broadcasting (Tiger TV), and a wealth of art and music offerings firmly plant Circleville High School as a school of opportunity for 2020 and beyond.
For more information on Circleville High School and K-12 offerings, visit our district Quality Profile page at the link (here).
Circleville Middle School – Starting next Monday, June 1st, the Circleville City Schools Grab-N-Go Meal distribution program will return to campus and conclude on June 22nd. The student meal initiative will still take place on Monday’s with students receiving a week’s worth of breakfasts and lunches and will again be open to any child ages 3-19.
Meals will still be available via bus distribution with a few changes for the month of June. See the graphic below for details:
Please see the campus route below for details for June pick-up:
Additionally, we would like our families to know that on May 12, 2020, the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture’s Sonny Purdue approved Ohio to operate Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT). Administered by the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services, the P-EBT program provides additional monetary assistance to households with children eligible for free or reduced-price meals dealing with school closures. Since the district holds a 100% free/reduced lunch designation, families will begin receiving P-EBT cards in the days and weeks to come.
Important Information Regarding the P-EBT cards from the Ohio Department of Education and Department of Job and Family Services:
If you have a child in kindergarten through twelfth grade in your household
who was receiving free or reduced-price meals while in school, your child
is eligible for the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program to
receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits as a
result of the school closure.
The amount of benefits is $5.70 per child for each school day the child was eligible for free or reduced-price meals between March 17, 2020 through May 29, 2020.
Your participation in the program is voluntary and you do not have to participate. If you choose not to participate, please dispose of your card by cutting through
the magnetic stripe on the card and discard the card in a secure manner. If you do not want the card, you will not be able to redeem the food benefits, nor can you transfer the card to someone else.
These benefits can be used to buy food items at grocery stores/retailers that accept
the Ohio Direction Card (also referred to as an EBT card). If the child is a current SNAP recipient:
» By the end of May, the P-EBT benefits may be added to the account on which the child is active.
» If the child was unable to be matched to his or her active SNAP account, you will be sent a P-EBT card in the child’s name.
If the child is not a current SNAP recipient: » By the end of May, a pre-loaded P-EBT card will be mailed. The card will be in the child’s name, not the parent or guardian’s name. Instructions on how to activate the card will be included.
If you have any questions, please contact 1-866-244-0071
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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.”