Circleville High School names 20 to Everts Chapter of National Honor Society

The Everts Chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) at Circleville High School today announced 20 new members into the prestigious ranks of the society as a result of distinguished, academic excellence. 

2020 Inductees are as follows: Abby Dengler, Hunner Griffith, Ella Jenkins, Olivia Wastier, Emily Cooper, Kat Stanley, Chloe Betts, Jordan Rhymer, Emma Beavers, Kilea Dupler, Addison Lowe, Taaliya Fulgham, Marissa Miller, Craig Fleck, Ed Zheng, Alaina Francis, Sydney Willams, Matthew Colburn, Lilia Winter, and Noah Woodgeard.

While Circleville High School has postponed the in-person assembly for the time being, CHS senior and NHS Everts Chapter president Gretchen Search will preside over the eventual ceremony with assistance from officers Ben Mogan (vice-president), Autumn Derosette (treasurer), Alyssa Heft (secretary), and Hannah Kegley (historian).

According to NHS.us, student eligibility is open to “students in grades 11–­­12 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:

Scholarship

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.)

Service

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

Leadership

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.

Character

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.

Congratulations to these 20 Tigers for their induction into the Circleville High School Everts Chapter of the National Honor Society.

Circleville City named Top Energy Savings Performer by META Solutions

Circleville City Schools board president Tony Reeser receives the META Solutions energy commendation from Dynamix Energy Services Business Development Specialist Jon Saxton at the November meeting of the board of education.

Earlier this month at the November meeting of the Circleville City School District board of education, district leadership was recognized as being a top-rated ‘Energy Savings Performer’ among META Solutions and Dynamix Energy Services customers. At the November 18th public meeting at Circleville High Schol, Mr. Jon Saxton of Dynamix Energy Services, an affiliate of Veregy Corporation, commended the district for their excellence in energy efficiency and operational performance.

With an eye on sustainable and energy efficiency solutions for our school buildings, the district uses utility auditing and electric programs as a means of fine tuning facility energy performance to reduce usage and wear-and-tear on equipment. At the time of the district’s commendation, Circleville City’s usage for the 2020 year as measured in the annual Utility Auditing Report indicated that district is operating at a total cost per square foot of $0.78.

Under this criterion, our district is rated as a top performer in META’s Energy Program, receiving an Energy Grade of ‘A’ based on current electric and gas expenditures per square foot and also as measured by a mark of 34.78 Kbtu/square foot.


Back in 2017, school leaders and members of the Circleville City Schools board of education entered into a Retro-Commissioning and Energy Savings Project with Dynamix Energy Services in the amount of $464,000.

The scope of the Energy Savings Project impacted savings by:
• Optimizing lighting controls
• Reprogramming and adjusting control algorithms of the Air Handling Units throughout the district
• Retrofitting operations of the Geothermal System to operate more efficiently
• Reducing run- time hours for many of the Geothermal System components
• And by improving overall HVAC operations at all buildings in the district
The project as of November has resulted in an energy savings of 40% and the 2017 investment being recouped in less than three years.

Energy conservation and fiscal stewardship remain core values of board leadership and the district has also implemented additional conservation measures through the varying stages of the COVID-19 pandemic to reduce unnecessary energy usage to continue to strive to meet those goals.

To view the commendation from the November meeting of the board of education, see the video below for details (minute 2:30).

Major League Soccer and Wells Fargo name Circleville City’s Suzie Gerhardt Community MVP

This week, Major League Soccer and Wells Fargo announced that Circleville City Schools food services director Suzie Gerhardt has been named as one of 26 Community MVPs that were selected for making a positive impact during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In March of 2020, when state school closures turned the district into a remote learning school, many students and families worried where meals would come from. Within 72 hours, Gerhardt assembled a team to distribute meals in her community. From March 16th to June 22nd, Gerhardt purchased supplies, mobilized volunteers, and organized mobile meal deliveries to bring more than 105,000 meals to kids in the Circleville area.

This effort continues today, where her team has distributed an additional 12,000 meals on remote learning Fridays from August 25th-November 17th.

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Earlier this year, fans throughout the soccer community had the opportunity to nominate themselves or individuals who have provided critical services, including healthcare professionals, social workers, teachers, first responders and many other essential workers keeping our communities resilient and safe. At the local level, Suzie was selected by Columbus Crew SC as the club’s Community MVP designee.

Through the 2020 MLS WORKS Community MVPs Program presented by Wells Fargo, $2,500 will be donated to a charity on behalf of each Community MVP, one representing each MLS club, for going above and beyond to serve their communities during these challenging times.

For her charity of choice, Suzie is allocating her award donation to Circleville High School’s Club Future initiative, a Drug Free Clubs of America affiliated program that promotes students to lead a drug-free lifestyle through randomized opt-in drug testing. As members of the club, students receive incentives in the form of discounts and free appetizers at partner restaurants and businesses, memberships to different organizations, and snacks and ‘school swag’ on testing days.

Gerhardt will also receive a donation to a 501(c)(3) charity of their choice, a customized adidas MLS jersey and an MLS adidas 2020 NATIVO XXV Official Match Ball. Both items, Gerhardt has generously donated to the Circleville City School Foundation as items that can be bid on for their upcoming Raise Your Paw Auction in February with proceeds going to support student initiatives in the school district.

To read Suzie’s profile, award visit MLSsoccer.com/CommunityMVP for additional information on this year’s Community MVPs.

On behalf of Circleville City Schools, we would like to congratulate Suzie and her entire food services team for their continued effort to make sure no child goes hungry during this pandemic, on remote learning days, and each day we are in school.

State of Ohio launching $1,500 ‘Learning Aid Ohio’ tutoring grant for eligible families starting Nov. 2nd

At his October 29th 2 p.m. coronavirus press conference, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced that eligible families of IEP students can apply for up to $1,500 in grant funding to cover costs of tutoring and other needed supports.

Per the Learning Aid Ohio Website, additional requirements are as follows:

  • You must be an Ohio resident. Your child must be learning full-time remotely.
  • Your child must be on an IEP during the 2020-2021 school year.
  • You must be experiencing financial hardship

To apply for a grant on Monday, November 2nd, visit http://LearningOhio.com or click the link here to view the application ahead of time.

Circleville Elementary recognized as a Silver Level Breakfast All-Star School

Circleville Elementary School has been recognized as a Silver Level Breakfast All-Star School for meeting noteworthy school breakfast Average Daily Participation (ADP) rates, as established by the 2019-2020 Ohio School Breakfast Challenge.  

307 Ohio schools representing 63 districts, were recognized for five levels of school breakfast ADP, reported through a survey by the Ohio School Breakfast Challenge.

CES received the Silver Level designation for achieving a school breakfast total ADP* of 60 percent to 69 percent.

Daily, Circleville Elementary School services the largest student population by building in the district offering breakfast and lunch to nearly 1,100 K-5 students here in person and through Friday meal pick-up for remote learners. The CES food services team also provides daily, nutritious snacks for the elementary preschool program.

The Ohio School Breakfast Challenge mission is to increase access and 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.

About the Ohio School Breakfast Challenge

The Ohio School Breakfast Challenge is a statewide challenge to increase access and participation student participation in the School Breakfast Program, ensuring Ohio students start each day ready to learn. To learn more, visit www.OhioSchoolBreakfastChallenge.com.

* School Participation Rates were obtained through a self-reported survey conducted by the OSBC partners. The School Breakfast Program is a federal Child Nutrition Program administered by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employee. More information about the School Breakfast Program can be found here.

Voice of the marching band calls it a career after 44 seasons

Pictured (left-to-right) Superintendent Jonathan Davis, board member Jeff Burrow, Bob Bensonhaver, and board president Tony Reeser.

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.

USDA announces free meals for all students through Dec. 31; ODJFS to send second round of P-EBT cards for Tiger Remote Learning students only

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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

Pre-Order Reminder

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 awarded $20,000 BroadbandOhio Grant to address internet disparities in the community

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;
  • Vulnerable children and youth as defined by the Ohio Department of Education;
  • Students who might have chronic conditions; and
  • 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 CHS students names to Ohio Attorney General’s 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.

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!

Early Childhood Education Grant openings available at Circleville Elementary School Preschool

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 lauren.seitz@cvcsd.com.