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.


CES to welcome two new ‘staff members’ with new Therapy Dog program

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Certified Therapy Dogs Bailey No. 1, a Golden Doodle, and Bayley No. 2, a Labrador, are being invited on campus to assist students with social-emotional learning.

Circleville Elementary School – Starting in January, students and staff can expect to see two new ‘staff members’ on campus in the form of therapy dogs Bailey and Bayley as a part of our district health and wellness programming.

Bailey No. 1, a Golden Doodle, and Bayley No. 2, a Labrador, are being invited on campus to assist students with social-emotional learning. This new therapy dog program is designed to help students reduce stress and regulate their emotions by interacting with Therapy Dogs International certified, registered therapy dogs while at school.

To receive a Therapy Dogs International (TDI) certification, all dogs must be tested and evaluated by a Certified TDI Evaluator.

  • A dog must be a minimum of one (1) year of age and have a sound temperament.
  • Each dog must pass a TDI temperament evaluation for suitability to become a Therapy Dog. The test will also include the evaluation of the dog’s behavior around people with the use of some type of service equipment (wheelchairs, crutches, etc.).

The dogs will be escorted by trained handlers as they work with small groups of students whose parents or legal guardians have given their written authorization for their participation during school hours for approximately 15–20 minutes. All CES families must fill out the digital permission slip indicating whether their child will be participating or not in the program.

In the online permission slip we are also asking families to identify whether their child has any pet sensitivities to dogs or has a documented allergy to inform our nurse about from their healthcare provider.

To streamline the e-permission slip process, you can fill out the link here (click here) or on the front page of the Circleville City Schools website.

The therapy dogs and their handlers have undergone specific training to participate in animal-assisted therapy. We are very excited to have Bailey and Bayley join the Circleville Elementary team in January as a part of our student health and wellness programming in 2020!

CMS honors science students host Science Fair


On Tuesday, students in Honors Science grades 7 and 8 met with judges from the community as they presented their research as a part of the annual Circleville Middle School Science Fair and STEM Day.

Overall, 53 students participated in the locally held science showcase.

Student research, demonstrations, and presentations were scored according to four areas:

  1. Oral, Written, and Visual Communication – addresses who well each student’s communication skills and documentation tell the story of the research assignment at hand (including relevant background research, data acquisition, and analysis).
  2. Experimental Design – referring to the student’s grasp of the scientific method, hypothesis, data collection methodology, and analysis.
  3. Depth of Understanding – addressing what students learned about the science behind their project before and during the experiment.


The highest scoring students, or individuals receiving a rating of ‘superior’, will go on to compete in the District 8 Science Fair in Lancaster in March of 2020 which is open to students in grades 5-12 attending schools located in Fairfield, Licking, Pickaway and Perry counties.

We would like to thank all of our presenters and their place of business within the community for their support of our judging process.

See the slideshow below for some photos of our students and their projects!

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CHS inducts 26 into Everts Chapter of the National Honor Society


Jacob Bell, Caden Burton, Jaylah Captain, Makayla Coyan, Adam Cunningham, Autumn Derosette, Jaycee Fullen, Riley Gibson, Mollie Harber, Alyssa Heft, Kara Hinton, Linsey Jenkins, Ryan Jenkins, Danielle Jones, Hannah Kegley, Oscar Knece, Kenzie McConnell, Benjamin Mogan, Mackenzie Neville, Alexandra Nungester, Gabrielle Ortiz, Jayla Parsons
Gretchen Search, Emma Shaw, Brooklyn Sheets, and Anna Whitaker were the guests of honor as students, staff, and various members of the Tiger Family organized for the induction ceremony.

Circleville High School – On Tuesday, the Everts Chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) at Circleville High School has inducted 26 new members into its prestigious ranks of distinguished academic excellence.

Jacob Bell, Caden Burton, Jaylah Captain, Makayla Coyan, Adam Cunningham, Autumn Derosette, Jaycee Fullen, Riley Gibson, Mollie Harber, Alyssa Heft, Kara Hinton, Linsey Jenkins, Ryan Jenkins, Danielle Jones, Hannah Kegley, Oscar Knece, Kenzie McConnell, Benjamin Mogan, Mackenzie Neville, Alexandra Nungester, Gabrielle Ortiz, Jayla Parsons
Gretchen Search, Emma Shaw, Brooklyn Sheets, and Anna Whitaker were the guests of honor as students, staff, and various members of the Tiger Family organized for the induction ceremony.

CHS senior and NHS Everts Chapter president Whitley Calder served as the emcee for the ceremony. Mrs. Braswell’s high school symphonic choir provided the Canon in D introit, the Alma Mater, and a rendition of Bridge over Troubled Water by Paul Simon.

According to NHS guidelines, student eligibility is open to “students in grades 10–­­12 who meet the requirements for membership outlined by their school’s chapter are eligible to be invited for membership.

At Circleville High School, the honors are open to all juniors and seniors who have maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher, received a recommendation from a staff member through an evaluation survey, submitted additional letters of recommendation, and were evaluated in the four NHS pillar areas of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. These pillars character traits are detailed below:

Per national guidelines, at a minimum, students must have a cumulative GPA of 85, B, 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or equivalent standard of excellence. (Each school chapter is allowed to require a higher cumulative GPA.)

This involves voluntary contributions made by a student to the school or community, done without compensation.

Student leaders are those who are resourceful, good problem solvers, and idea contributors. Leadership experiences can be drawn from school or community activities while working with or for others.

The student of good character is cooperative; demonstrates high standards of honesty and reliability; shows courtesy, concern, and respect for others; and generally maintains a clean disciplinary record.

NHS officers Madison Imler, Sidney Gray, Maddison Hess, Peyton Perini, and Abigail Michael provided Light of the Candles commentary and explanations of the four pillar character traits during the ceremony.

IMG_0072Pickaway County Municipal Court Magistrate and judge-elect Elisa Peters served as the induction ceremony’s keynote speaker. She challenged this year’s inductees and the students in the office to use this occasion as a launching point for displaying the character in the world they want to see.

“The world needs more men and women of character,” said Peters.”I challenge everyone today to make this day the start of a lifelong commitment to building character. Be the person that others will respect, admire, emulate and remember. Make a difference in someone’s life.”

Congratulations to these 26 Tigers for their induction into the Circleville High School Everts Chapter of the National Honor Society.

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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.