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
For all things Circleville City Schools Meal Distribution, stay connected with us on CirclevilleCitySchools.org, Twitter.com/CirclevilleCity, and on Facebook!
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.”
Circleville City Schools has received a funding awarded in the amount of $3,900 from the PPG Foundation for the purposes of launching an e-Sports team at Circleville Middle School and Circleville High School.
Specifically, the grant will be used to purchase materials to build six new computers capable of supporting the graphics and memory necessary to compete in a regional e-sports league.
The new computer hardware will be used by students in the middle school to implement an e-Sports team and will also be used daily by high school students to expand our 3-D modeling simulation capabilities during our Intro to Engineering course, build upon our capacity to create virtual reality simulations during VR Development, and increase our ability to train Neural Networks for Autonomous Robotic Navigation in our Robotics II course.
Dawn Whiteside M.Ed, LPC, Registered Play Therapist is a Counseling Source school counselor practicing at Circleville Elementary School.
National School Counseling Week this year falls February 3rd through 7th and celebrates the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems.
This year’s celebratory theme is “Helping Build Better Humans,” and as a part of that theme we caught up with Counseling Source counselor Dawn Whiteside M.Ed, LPC, Registered Play Therapist who gave us some insight on how a technique called play therapy is helping Circleville Elementary School build better humans.
“Play Therapy is working with kids through how they communicate,” said Whiteside. “For them, their first language is play so its a way that we can communicate with them through toys, art, and other manipulatives. Even before they can learn to speak they are playing. We know that children usually lag behind in their cognitive development, but play is how they learn to communicate and toys are the means by which children express themselves first. They will use figurines in how they act out things from school and home. It is always fascinating to see how they interact and what they use to communicate.”
To most, Play Therapy seems kind of primitive says Whiteside, but to be certified to implement this counseling strategy to get kids to open up about their feelings takes a lot of extra work.
“To become a registered play therapist you need an additional 150 hours of training, said Whiteside. “You then have to obtain continuing education hours annually to keep the credentialing.”
In house, while Circleville City employs counselors that utilize this technique Whiteside is the only registered play therapist of our counseling staff at Circleville City Schools and through The Counseling Source, LLC.
When a child plays, they express thoughts and feelings that otherwise would remain hidden according to the Association of Play Therapists. Play Therapy can be a powerful tool for expressing a child’s cognitive, behavioral, and emotional challenges. Simply put, licensed clinical practitioners use this strategy to help kids manage their world.
In the video below meet Andrew in the satirical parent-kid skit. Andrew portrays an atypical student response to the parent age-old question of “how was your day?” This serves as a great contrast to applicable work of licensed professionals like Dawn who are able to use play therapy to get kids to speak about their emotions, regulate themselves, and interact with others.
As a part of National School Counseling Week we would like to thank Dawn Whiteside and our entire team of school counselors for all they work they do each and every day building strong connections with our students and the expertise they bring to student health and wellness!
If you have seen the news lately, this year’s flu season is fully upon us!
But fear not! Our Circleville City School District Nurse Jaime McKeivier is here with some helpful tips and reminders to keep you informed and your children healthy and in school.
How can I keep my child away from germs?
“With any flu season, we need to remind our students about proper hand washing. It may sound repetitive, but that is the most effective way to prevent the spread of germs along with keeping hands away from resting on our face or wiping our eyes.”
What are the symptoms I should be looking out for?
“While not official, until confirmed as as influenza symptoms range from case to case but usually come in the form of….
fever* or feeling feverish/chills
runny or stuffy nose
muscle or body aches
some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.
It is also important to note that a fever is not always tied to these symptoms. If you notice any of these symptoms in your children you should keep them home to prevent the spread of illness and have them checked out by a doctor to test for influenza.
How will I know if someone in my child’s classroom has the flu?
“When there is one case of flu, strep, pink eye or other major illness, we send a notice home to that classroom to make families aware until attendance and cases are reevaluated in two weeks. When there are two or more cases in a classroom we work hand-in-hand with our excellent custodial staff to satirize and disinfect tables, door knobs, ‘cubbies’, chairs and more.”
When can my child return to school?
“Students have to be cleared by their doctor and fever free without medication for can 24 hours without medication assistance, before they can return to school.”
Isn’t there a clinic at the school I can take my student to?
“The OhioHealth Tiger Care Clinic operates Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. While there is no obligation by parents or guardians to participate in the program, the clinic does offer students an opportunity to be seen by a certified nurse practitioner or physician in the event an illness warrants further care. In keeping up with familial demands and schedules in 2018, the district understands that sometimes there are logistical gaps in getting students seen by a licensed physician in a timely fashion. We are proud to work alongside Berger with this opt-in program to bridge some of the barriers and keep our students healthy and in school.”