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



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


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.

CHS senior Emma Whitmore awarded “Silver Key” Excellence in Writing Award


Circleville High School – Senior Emma Whitmore has been named the recipient of the Silver Key Award for Excellence in Writing as a part of the 2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for her poem entitled “The Choice.”

The Silver Key designation honors students who display stand-out works submitted to local programs that demonstrate exceptional ability. Poetry category submissions were required to be written in verse and consist of 20-200 lines of prose, free verse, formal poetry, song lyrics, and spoken word.

Hosted in collaboration with the Belin-Bank Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development, the Scholastic Art & Writing competition highlights the work of teens in grades 7–12 (ages 13 and up) in 29 categories of art and writing. In 2019, students submitted nearly 340,000 works of art and writing to the Scholastic Awards per 

Whitmore is a student of CHS English Teacher Mr. Trace Hacquard.

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Students study creativity and design at Circleville Elementary School


Career Connection Friday presenter Natale Ogle of Macy’s talks with students about fashion, her time at Ohio State, and careers in textile merchandising. 

Circleville Elementary School – The end of April is in sight and with it, another Career Connection Friday at CES!

If you are new to the Career Connection Friday fold in the building, the last Friday of each month serves as an opportunity to put an added emphasis on careers with our youngest Tigers and get them to be mindful at an early age of expanding their horizons and thinking about who they want to be when they grow up.


CES students also dressed up for the event like this Microsoft engineer in Kindergarten.

These days have featured a movement away from our traditional school day and towards a topical academic focus on careers marked by grade level assemblies, video reads of books with principal Mrs. Sims, and curriculum aligned to the day’s topic.

This month’s topic of Creativity and Design saw presenters from an array of fields including:

  • Shauna Goodhart – Healthcare Logistics
  • Bill Bender – The Sporting News
  • Paige Coombs – Coombs Custom Designs, and
  • Natale Ogle – Macy’s

The April 26th event also featured students and staff participating in a themed costume day for a career of their choosing.

In grade-level rotations, students traveled from station to station in the gym today to hear how creativity and design can be applied in different fields. Paige Coombs of Coombs Custom Designs spoke with students about


designing for home renovations with an interactive display that featured backsplash and paint samples in different settings. Shauna Goodhart of Healthcare Logistics spoke with students about designing print layouts, photography, and marketing materials.

At sportswriter Bill Bender’s station, students learned about how a teacher he had in grade school helped him develop a passion for writing and covering Ohio State sports. And finally, Natale Ogle showed students Macy’s textile samples and challenged students to design their own apparel with drawing paper.

Circleville Elementary would like to thank Healthcare Logistics, The Sporting News, Coombs Custom Designs, and Macy’s for loaning us their professionals for the day to make impactful career connections with our youngest Tigers today.

CMS student named finalist in Laws of Life Essay Contest


Sixth grade student Addisyn Ndayitwayeko has been named a Laws of Life essay finalist.

Circleville Middle School – Sixth grade student Addisyn Ndayitwayeko has been named a finalist in the 2019 Central Ohio Better Business Bureau’s (BBB) “Laws of Life Essay Contest.”

The Laws of Life Essay Contest is a character-themed essay competition for students, originally created by Sir John Templeton in 1987, and adopted by BBB’s Center for Character Ethics in 2009 as a vital component of the future leaders programming. The contest challenges young people to discover through reflection and writing what matters most to them in their own lives and the principles they believe should guide their behaviors and choices.

BBB’s Center for Character Ethics sponsors the contest to encourage schools and communities to engage in this enriching and valuable experience. Additionally, Wendy’s, Artina Promotional Products, and Honda have sponsored this year’s essay contest.

As a part of her honors, Addisyn will attend the Laws of Life Banquet to be held on May 9th, receive a $100 cash award, a poster of her essay, and a certificate signed by Governor Mike DeWine.

Addisyn’s essay was chosen out of over 2,500 submissions spanning 21 Ohio counties serviced by the bureau.

Congratulations to Addisyn on her honors and best of luck in the finals competition at the banquet!

Summer of Opportunity: Academic camps for Circleville students in Summer 2019

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Extra Mile Summer Learning Academy (June 3-20; Monday-Thursday) Grades 6-12

The Extra Mile afterschool program at Circleville Middle School and Circleville High School will be holding its 2019 Summer Learning Academy from June 3rd-20th, Monday through Thursday only from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

The 6th-8th grade portion of the academy will be Math, Language Arts, and STEM based. Students will receive breakfast and lunch daily with attendance and transportation available. The 9th-12th grade program will be credit recovery based for students needing to make up credits. All Extra Mile summer programming is free of charge in 2019.

To sign up contact Site Coordinator Cory Sullivan ( or fill out an interest form to be contacted (here).



Elementary STEM Camp (June 10-14) Grades K-5

We are pleased to inform you about a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) Camp being offered this summer for grades K-5 during the week of June 10th – 14th.  The cost this year is $50 per student. Fee must be paid on EZPay, which can be accessed on our school’s website. If you need to create an account on EZPay, you will need your child’s ID number. If you do not have your child’s student ID number, please call the front office for the ID number at 740-474-2495. There are scholarships available to students through the Circleville City School Foundation for this camp and any other summer camp students might be interested in attending K-12.  Applications can be found on their website at   

Students who are accepted into this one week camp will explore STEAM-related, hands-on activities tied to Machines and Robotics.  The Machines and Robotics theme will be carried out throughout the week and a field trip will be planned on Wednesday, June 12th of that week.  On the day of the field trip, the hours will be extended (8:30 a.m. to around 3:00 p.m.) More information will be provided during the week of the camp.  Teachers from the elementary school will serve as instructors for the week. To enroll your child, sign and return the attached busing and permission forms by May 3rd while spots last.  We are excited to offer this new STEAM opportunity to our CES students this summer. Information about the camp:

What: Machines and Robotics STEAM Camp

Who: Grades K-5

When: June 10th through June 14th

Where: Circleville Elementary School

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Cost: $50 – to be paid on EZPay

Transportation: A.   Busing will be provided, so times will vary for pick up. You will be

contacted prior to the camp start date with an approximate time of pick

up and drop off.

  1.                           You may drop off and pick up, if you choose, to transport your child            

                                               (please fill out sheet to let us know)

Food:   Breakfast will be provided upon arrival from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. along with lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

To enroll, fill out an interest form available in the school office or contact assistant principal Sarah Patterson at the contact information below!


Tiger Reading Bus (Grades PK-5)

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Available to all incoming preschool students through outgoing grade 5 students, the Tiger Reading Bus is coming to a neighborhood near you!

Book Bus Route

  •         9:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.           Mary Virginia Crites Hannan Park (main entrance)
  •         10:00 a.m.– 10:30 a.m.       Walnut Creek Estates (Harwich & Atwater Ave. intersection area)
  •         10:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.        Jobs and Family Services (Pickaway St. and Walnut St.)
  •         11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.        Trinity Lutheran Church (Corner of Pickaway & Mound St.)
  •          12:15 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.       Circleville First Church/Foundations 4 Youth (Ohio St. and          Clinton St.)


Additive Manufacturing Summer Institute – June 3-28, 2019 (rising juniors, seniors and grads)

Join Columbus State and the PAST Foundation for this four-week, immersive summer STEM institute that exposes high school students and educators to 3D printing, engineering principles, and careers in advanced manufacturing. Students will work in teams to tackle engineering and manufacturing design challenges and tour leading Additive Manufacturing companies and colleges.

JUNE 3–28, 2019 MONDAY – FRIDAY 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM


APPLY BY MAY 15, 2019 AT:

$0.00 – FREE OF COST

Advanced Automation Summer Experience – June 13-14, 2019 (rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors)

Join us for this two-day summer program that explores careers in manufacturing and engineering technology. Students will explore how products are made, participate in engineering labs, tour a leading manufacturing facility, and meet industry experts.

JUNE 13 & 14, 2019 THURSDAY & FRIDAY 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM



$0.00 – FREE OF COST

GenCyber High School Student Summer Camp – July 15-19 (rising freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors)

Join us for a five-day high school student summer camp focusing on cyber security awareness and careers. Participants will learn through hands-on computer activities how cybersecurity professionals help protect information and information systems from unauthorized access, misuse, and destruction.

JULY 15-19 MONDAY-FRIDAY 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM



$0.00 – FREE OF COST

Logistics Engineering Technology Summer Experience – June 20-21, 2019 (rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors)

Join us for this two-day summer program that explores careers in logistics engineering technology. Students will learn about the importance of efficient supply chains and new technologies, participate in hands-on activities, tour an automated warehouse, and meet industry experts.

JUNE 20 & 21, 2019 THURSDAY & FRIDAY 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM


APPLY BY MAY 15, 2019 AT

$0.00 – FREE OF COST

Travis named Innovation Award recipient at National Robotics Challenge


CHS junior Abagail Travis, and her robot “Sonny,” was designated as the 2019 Innovation Award winner by Honda at the National Robotics Challenge.

Circleville High School – On Saturday, April 13th, Circleville High School junior Abagail Travis and her Rescue Bot “Sonny” were named the recipients of the 2019 Innovation Award at the Honda National Robotics Challenge held in Marion, OH. The Innovation Award is the national competition’s highest distinction awarded to a competitor and student engineer and as a part of the honors, she takes home a $500 reward for her robotics class.


“Robotics is the thing I want to do for my career,” said Travis. “That is where I want to be. It is my No. 1 passion. Getting that award means I am excelling at something that I love.”

Under the direction of robotics teacher Joshua Thomas, Travis’ Rescue Robot was in contention with 11 other nominees at the competition and was ultimately selected for the award out of 444 robotic entries overall. After being nominated on Day 1 of the two-day competition, Travis and her Rescue Bot “Sonny”, had their own booth set up where an engineering team from Honda came around to judge their build and interview them.

Unlike many competitor entries, Travis’ robot is made from scratch with 3D printed plastic filament that she designed and coded herself. Ultimately, it was her innovative design that won the engineers and panel over in route to taking home the competition’s top honors. 

In building such a detail-oriented robot, the process certainly does not come without its challenges to overcome – something Travis credits to the support of her favorite teacher Mr. Thomas.

“If you are in Math class and you need help your teacher will walk you through the steps of the problem to get there,” said Travis. “With [Mr. Thomas]? He is just kind of like ‘figure it out.’ Half of the time if you ask him a question he will just say ‘figure it out’ because if he thinks you are capable and believes in you then you are going to figure it out. You also have resources other than him to use [as a student]. You can ‘Google it’ and look up code or whatever you need to do to figure it out because you are going to have those tools in real life when this is an occupation. He is super encouraging and my favorite teacher.” 

While the Innovation Award Travis received is a part of independent judging, the robot also competed in the Rescue Bot competition on the first day. 

In the Rescue Bot competition, the participants “build a remote-controlled vehicle able to operate within an 18-foot long and 10-foot wide playing field. The vehicle is to travel the field and pick up four colored ping-pong balls from four holding devices (pick pylons) locations and place them into a receiving jig (drop pylons). The event is intended to simulate the environment a robot might be required to navigate in the event of a building collapse.” View complete contest rules (here).


With roots dating back to 1986, the National Robotics Challenge has been held annually at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Marion, OH. The competition, open to students in 6th grade through graduate school, features low-cost designs and engineering and offers students a way to collaborate, innovate, and make collegiate level connections in the pursuit of a STEM career.


Congratulations to Abagail, Mr. Thomas, and the entire Circleville High School robotics team on their outstanding showing at the 2019 National Robotics Challenge!


CHS students place at state Destination Imagination tournament


CHS students Caleb Morgan (left) and Isaac Sturgill (right) placed 4th in the state of Ohio in the Moster Effects category. 

Circleville High School – Juniors Caleb Morgan and Isaac Sturgill have placed at the 2019 Destination Imagination tournament and finishing in 4th place as a team in all of Ohio.

Morgan and Sturgill competed in the Monster Effects and Engineering category where students were tasked with designing, building, and testing load-bearing structures created from specific materials.

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The mission of the Destination Imagination program is “to engage participants in project-based challenges that are designed to build confidence and develop extraordinary creativity, critical thinking, communication, and teamwork skills.” Founded upon five core critical thinking principles – fun learning, creative problem solving, the “kid-powered and team driven” philosophy, friendly competition, and global diversity – Destination Imagination empowers students through to find solutions to annual challenges.

Guided by coach and CHS Spanish Teacher Rachelle Zuniga the team competed on March 30th at Beaver Local Schools in Northeast Ohio.

Congratulations to Caleb and Isaac!