CHS English teacher Trace Hacquard to receive Doctorate (Ed.D) in Educational Leadership

This May, Trace Hacquard, a Logan High School graduate and current Circleville High School English Teacher, will graduate from Miami University earning a doctorate in Educational Leadership.

Hacquard’s dissertation was entitled “Boats Against the Current: A Case Study of A High-Poverty School’s Pursuit of Excellence” and examines the characteristics of a city school district that can impact and facilitate high student performance.

Some of the themes that emerged from his study were recognition of the uncontrollable, a culture of communication and collaboration, a culture of relationships, a culture of consistency, a culture of opportunity and growth, a culture of trust, and the advantages of new facilities. 

Hacquard said the decision to pursue the degree stemmed from the idea that education creates opportunities: “I grew up thinking that a kid from Rockbridge should be able to do anything they set their mind to. I still believe that, and that’s why I did all of this.” 

Currently an English teacher at Circleville High School, Hacquard spent 13 years teaching at Logan-Hocking Schools. 

“Completing this degree has allowed me to look back and really appreciate all of the individuals who have helped me along the way. Whether it was my friends and mentors at Logan or a professor at Rio Grande or OU, people in education have been outstanding at every stage of my life. And that starts with my parents, who are both educators that care quite deeply about making a difference. I don’t know what is next, where that is, or what it looks like. All I know is that I want to continue to fight for the underdog. And like Gatsby, I still believe in that green light.”

Circleville City Schools would like to congratulate Dr. Trace Hacquard on this outstanding accomplishment and for his work furthering research in the field of education to benefit students now and for years to come!

Circleville High’s Mrs. Stultz named one of five ODE TORCH Award Recipients

In a surprise virtual zoom meeting on Thursday, representatives from the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) named Circleville High School English Teacher Mrs. Stultz one of five recipients of the 2021 TORCH Award.

The Teachers of Ohio Representing Character and Heart (TORCH) recognition honors five extraordinary teachers annually by celebrating their efforts to model strong character and a heart for their students, colleagues and communities. TORCH recipients should demonstrate dedication to equity and personal commitments to their students.

On Thursday, May 13th ODE surprised CHS English Teacher Danielle Stultz with the award via web conference in a staff meeting in front of her peers.

From her district nomination form, Stultz’s application submitted to the state committee read as follows.

The Teachers of Ohio Representing Character and Heart (TORCH) recognition honors five extraordinary teachers annually by celebrating their efforts to model strong character and a heart for their students, colleagues and communities. TORCH recipients should demonstrate dedication to equity and personal commitments to their students.

On behalf of Circleville City, we proudly nominate 9th grade teacher and English Department lead Mrs. Danielle Stultz as our TORCH nominee. In the classroom, Stultz takes an interactive approach to literacy development as her lessons focus on empowering students to use the latest multimedia tools for visual and written storytelling, including video production, screenwriting, and virtual reality. Her use of Gradual Release instruction particularly sets her apart as students transition from being modeled-to, to THE model in their writing technique. 

Above all else, Stultz’s dedication to building relationships with their kids in a pivotal transition year (9th grade coming from middle school) is an inspiration to her peers and high school hallway. She continuously invests in getting to know them during the school day and after through building relationships that start in the classroom and transition to real life experiences. From an inclusion standpoint, Mrs. Stultz’s commitment and resolve to help each student is met with students seeking her out for guidance. Students feel a gravitational pull to Mrs. Stultz as not only a teacher, coach, and advisor, but as a human being who cares about them and their successes and problems. 

After the school bell rings, Stultz continues to be a catalyst for student academic advancement by way of developing their soft skills and authentic literacy skills as the district In the Know lead advisor, drone team advisor, freshman class advisor, and advisor of our new e-Sports initiative. Through these programs and initiatives, Stultz embeds technological innovation, problem-based learning (PBL), and 21st Century skills into her lessons with her students to foster engagement and systemic growth.

In the community, Stultz expands her classroom with real-world connections serving on our Alumni Association Board, on the Circleville Pumpkin Show announcer’s committee, and as president of the Circleville Education Association. Among her peers, she also leads annual Total Participation Technique (TPT) professional development seminars, has added a 9-12 ELA certification to her 4-9 certification to better aid the 9th grade transition year for students, and serves on the school’s climate committee implementing Focus3 curriculum to staff and students.  

It is a culmination of these innovative curricular advances, community involvement, and leadership traits that leads Circleville City to nominate Mrs. Stultz for this prestigious honor. Her leadership and relentless pursuit of developing relationships with her students and peers has left indelible impressions on the academic trajectory of our high school, district, and the students.

See the announcement surprise video below:

CMS inducts 17 into Jason Schaal Memorial Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society

On Tuesday, Circleville Middle School celebrated 17 new members who were inducted into the prestigious ranks of the Jason Schaal Memorial Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society.

Our 2021 Class of NJHS Inductees are:

8th grade – Sydney Lattimer, Bella Morningstar, and Reid Seimetz

7th grade – Madison Blakeman, Audrey Cowdery, Claire Davis, Ali Ferrell, Drew Hoskins, Sydney Jones, Ava Justice, Liam McConnell, Allie Mullins, Isabelle Perini, Mya Pitts, Addison Powers, Taylor Strawser, and Amelia Tarbill.

Providing concluding remarks, Circleville Middle School principal Kevin Fox addressed the 2021 inductees speaking to their resilience and perseverance through a challenging year.

CMS principal Kevin Fox giving concluding remarks Tuesday at the 2021 induction ceremony.

“This past year has been a challenge,” said Circleville Middle School principal Kevin Fox. “You had to adjust and adapt as you have lived your life. You had to adjust and adapt to get your education. You have had to adjust how you provide service to others and how you lead. Through it all everyone’s character has been tested, but more importantly every student’s character shined through. You all should be proud of who you have become and what you have accomplished.”

Current NJHS member Jackson Hatfield led the ceremony with the Pledge of Allegience followed by the Explanation of Induction by NJHS president and 8th grader Addisyn Ndayitwayeko.

2020 NJHS officers Brenna Bailey (scholarship), Jack Crosby (character), Jack Sorrell (service), and Maddux Bigam (leadership) led the lighting of the candles. 6th grade student Cicely Esterline led and ended the service with a piano medley.

We would like to thank NJHS advisors Lisa Powers and Wendy Jordan for their assistance in organizing today’s event and for helping us showcase the next class of outstanding middle school student leaders in the process. To view today’s ceremony in its entirety, visit the link below.

Circleville City confirms four new administrative hires at April meeting of the Board of Education

At the April meeting of the Board of Education, school leadership moved to approve several new administrative hires for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year to fill current and upcoming vacancies.

Earlier this month, current assistant superintendent Kyle Uhrig announced his intent to withdraw from his position at Circleville City Schools to take another position in a family business after 8 years of service to the district. To fill this key district operations vacancy, the board hired Kirk Henderson to the same role effective July 1st, 2021.

Henderson comes to Circleville by way of Canal Winchester High School where he has spent the last 18 years as an administrator, most recently as building principal (2012-2021). Prior to that, he served as a a special education teacher and assistant principal at Teays Valley Middle School from 2000-2003. Henderson will work alongside incoming superintendent Dr. Kimberly Halley who was hired at the March meeting of the Board of Education (read here for details).

Co-Curriculum Directors Named

In addition to filling the position of assistant superintendent, the district currently has a vacancy in the curriculum department due to the retirement of curriculum director Lisa Heins in May 2020.

Joining the administrative team to assist with academic advancement next fall, the board of education has hired two curriculum directors in Amy Boston (Kindergarten-5th Curriculum Director) and Garla Brown (6th-12th grade Curriculum Director).

Collectively, Boston and Brown will oversee school curriculum design, alignment, and instructional practices as a means of helping students reach their full potential.

Boston has spent the past 10 years at Miami Trace Local Schools as their Director of Elementary Curriculum, but also has local ties to Pickaway County as a former assistant principal and teacher at Westfall Local Schools.

Brown is currently the high school/lead campus principal of the Health Sciences & Human Services STEM Academy of Reynoldsburg City Schools.

Food Services

Taking over for Suzie Gerhardt (named to a new position in the district) as the head of food services, Aron Sheffield has been named the district’s new Director of Food Services.

Over the course of the past year, Circleville City Schools has distributed over 150,000 meals to students across the city and Sheffield will continue our effort to help feed our Tigers in the months and weeks to come – including overseeing another summer of meal distribution for K-12 students.

We would like to welcome all of these new staff members into the Tiger Family and look forward to working alongside these experienced professionals to further our mission of “Maximizing the achievement of each student in a safe environment.”

STAY CONNECTED: CCS app gets a refresh in Apple App Store and Google Play Store

When it comes to important school news and updates, students and parents alike need need up-to-the-minute information for planning, schedules, and academic success.

The Circleville City Schools app provides another layer of school-to-home communication to assist families.

Within the CCS app, turn on and off instant notifications for busing and inclement weather delays, read news articles from in your news feed, and browse upcoming district events.

Additionally, students and parents can find quick links and resources to the following:

  • EZ Pay
  • Lunch menus
  • Our Bullying Reporting Tool
  • Daily Announcements
  • Course catalog, Student activities, and scholarships (CHS only)
  • Our Remote Meal Pre-ordering form and more!

To download the app today visit the links below depending upon what device you are using:

For Google Play Store and Android users (Click here)

For Apple Store and iPhone users (Click here)

For Desktop and Windows users (Click here)

Now registering for our 5-Star Step Up to Quality Rated Preschool for 2021-2022

Circleville Elementary School is now enrolling for its “5-star Step Up to Quality rated” preschool program for the 2021-2022 school year.

Once again to start the year, Circleville Elementary School will only be registering Early Childhood Education Grant Eligible Families. It is our sincerest hope to be in a position to offer the Tiger Cub Academy this upcoming year; however, at this time we are not in a position to register beyond our ECE grant required seats.

To find out if your child is ECE grant eligible, see the income guideline charts below.

In the event you fit these grant requirements, please fill out this interest form here to begin the enrollment process today. For more information visit our preschool webpage here.

Circleville City Schools announce 2021-2022 Student Academic Calendar

Planning is now under way for the 2021-2022 school year. As families make summer and fall plans, this calendar can be your resource guide for when school will be in session next school year.

Click here to download/view next year’s calendar

Calendar Highlights
Aug 13: Staff starts
Aug 18: 1st Day of School grades 1-12
Aug 23: 1st Day of School for PK and K (Staggered start)

September 6: Labor Day (No school)

Oct 20-22: Pumpkin Show Break
Dec 22-Jan 3: Christmas Break
Jan 4: Staff Professional Development Day (No students)

January 5: Students return for second semester

January 17: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (No school)

February 21: Presidents Day (No school)
April 14-18: Spring Break

May 13 and May 20: No School (Fridays)
May 27: Graduation/Last Day of School

Now enrolling Kindergarten 2021-2022

Circleville City Schools are now enrolling kindergarten students for the 2021-2022 school year. We are incredibly excited to welcome in the Class of 2034 and look forward to getting to officially meet our new Tigers in the coming months.

Click here to create your account and register

For the second consecutive year, kindergarten registration will take place entirely online. After your online registration form is received, we will contact you about in-person appointments to verify your information. As a part of the enrollment process, there are number of documents you will need ahead of time to aid in the registration process. These required documents are listed below and can be emailed to or dropped off/mailed to 388 Clark Drive, Circleville, OH 43113.

Required registration documents:

– Photo ID for Parent or Guardian                                                  
 – Copy of Student’s Birth Certificate
 – Student’s Immunization Records
 – Custody Orders
 – 2 Proofs of Residency (cannot be two of same item)
     – Official lease/rental agreement
     – Property tax statement
     – Utility Bill (within last 30 days)
     – Mortgage coupon/closing statement
     – Ohio Driver’s License with current address
     – Special Circumstance form with notary seal
                    *in addition to 2 proofs of residency

How to Enroll  

Circleville City Schools use an all online enrollment portal called OneView. If you are a new parent or guardian with us, you will start by completing a OneView Parent Account in the link above. Once there you will fill out the prompts to create an account, create a secure pin code of your choosing for password recovery, and then move on to the OneView Parent Portal webpage where you will select “enroll a new student.” If you are a returning parent with a current Tiger preschool student enrolling for kindergarten, link your child with your child’s student ID to your account (provided by your preschool teacher) and select, Submit and View Online Forms from your dashboard. 

DOWNLOAD YOUR SIGNING DAY POSTER HERE: We also encourage you to join in on the fun by emailing your child’s “Kindergarten Signing Day” photo to or by tagging us on twitter @CirclevilleCity!

Have questions? Call us at 740-474-4340 or see below for step-by-step video tutorials on how to make an account and register in OneView.

Ryan Walker named CHS boys soccer head coach

The Circleville High School Athletic Department is excited to announce Ryan Walker as the next head coach of the school’s varsity boys soccer program. Walker will take over the boys program, replacing coach Steve Wastier who announced his retirement after 16 years at the helm earlier this school year.

Walker comes to Circleville High School by way of Kentucky Christian University where he serves as recruiting coordinator, previously serving as a soccer graduate assistant during the 2018 season. He holds a B.A. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management from the school.

News Photo
Walker at his jersey retirement ceremony at Kentucky Christian University. Phot Cred:

Outside of KCU coaching experience, Walker has an array of skills camp coaching experience with the Northwest Soccer Camp of Seattle and the Grayson Youth Soccer Association’s U-12 and U-8 teams.

As a player at Kentucky Christian University, Walker starred on the pitch as a defender playing 75 games, scoring 29 goals (3 game-winners), and dishing out 14 assists during his 4-year collegiate career with the Knights. His play led to numerous National Christian College Athletic Association honors including NCCAA 1st Team All-American (2015-2017), USCA/NSCAA 1st Team All-American (2015-2017), and USCA/NSCAA Scholar-Athlete (2016-2017).

We are excited to welcome Ryan into the Red & Black Family! Go Tigers!

Three Tigers take home D.A.R. essay honors

Circleville City Schools students Jackson Hatfield (8th grade), Madison Blakeman (7th grade), and Cicely Esterline (6th grade) have been named essay winners on behalf of the Pickaway Plains Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (D.A.R.). Student submissions were overseen by teachers Karen Valentine (6th), Brooke Paxton (7th), and Allison Davis (8th).

Students received a medal, certificate, and a gift card for their prize winnings.

This year’s national American History Essay Contest was open to all students in grades 5-8. Students in grades 6th-8th were required to submit an essay 600-1,000 words in length.

6th grade winner Cecily Esterline receives a pin from Pickaway Plains DAR representative Rosemarie Drummond.

This year’s topic put the spotlight on the 250th anniversary of the Boston Massacre:

To read the student’s essays follow through to the links below!

Jackson Hatfield

Madison Blakeman

Cicely Esterline

Congratulations to these Tigers for using their power of the pen to craft compelling stories, arguments, and highlight the importance of the American Revolution. These students were recognized on February 25th in a small ceremony at Circleville Middle School where they participate in a small pinning ceremony from the D.A.R. representatives in front of school officials.

Pictured left-to-right: Marcia Helwagen, Cecily Esterline, Cheryl Bircher, Madison Blakeman, and Rosemarie Drummond; not pictured, Jackson Hatfield.