CHS hosts local veterans for Day of Honor Ceremony: Holds “Signing Day” for Class of ’19 Enlistees


CHS students Isaac (Vita) Torres-Sigmon (left) and Justin Walker (right) were honored in front of Circleville High School students and staff on Friday.

Circleville High School – Decorated hallways. Catered lunches. Speaking panels, signing day, and more. On Friday, November 9th, CHS played host to military personnel of the past, present, and future with our Day of Honor Ceremony and student Signing Day.

The festivities started in the high school Alumni Room and Media Center as our veterans speaking panel utilized their platform to talk with students about their time in the service and to pass along their first-hand accounts to the next generation.


Panelists (left-to-right) Gene Patterson, Jerry Jackson, Kenny Kirk, and Robert Kuhlwein address students in the first of the two veteran speaking panels this morning.

High school sophomore Lexi Fletcher was just one of the several hundred students who had the opportunity to be a fly on the wall to such stories of history, honor, and resilience with her government class today.

“I have family who has served in the military and I love to hear [the veteran’s] stories because it brings me joy,” said Fletcher. “They talked about respect and attitude which stood out to me.”

From the onset, panelists set the tone for the day as they discussed tragedies, triumphs, leadership, and called upon an undying love for one’s country through their individual stories.

“To hear what they have to say is truly amazing and to hear what they went through it heartbreaking, but also amazing in that we have such freedoms thanks to them,” said Fletcher.

Following the morning speaking panels, students and staff transitioned to an all-building Signing Day assembly as we honored veterans of the past, but had eyes on the future. CHS seniors Isaac (Vita) Torres-Sigmon and Justin Walker, in front of family, friends, veterans, and recruiters, reaffirmed their intent to enlist upon graduation in May with a signing day ceremony.

The event was kicked off by the CHS Jazz Ensemble who welcomed in guests to the gymnasium with a variety of jazz and swing tunes before setting the tone for the afternoon with the playing of the National Anthem.

Staff Sgt. Brad Adams, of the Ohio Army National Guard Recruiting and Retention Batallion, provided the keynote address talking with students and staff about the opportunities a career in the United States Army has afforded him and the values the ‘commitment to serve’ calls for before setting the stage for the Signing Day presentation.

At ceremony’s conclusion, Mr. Kurt Young, CHS’ Dean of Students, presented Todd Huffman of the Pickaway County Veterans Services Commission with a $1,400 donation in the form of gift cards from our Circleville Jeans-for-Vets fundraiser to be used to assist local county veterans in need. At dismissal, students poured out of the stands to come down and thank their peers for enlisting and thank the veterans for their service.

Circleville City Schools would like to thank Isaac, Justin, and our Day of Honor veterans and guests for their commitment to the freedoms we have been afforded and for their past and upcoming service to their country. Specifically, we would like to thank our veterans panelists listed as follows for their roles in preserving the importance of Veterans Day with our students: Bob and Marilyn Johnson, Kenny Kirk, Glen Easterday, Ron Ertel, Jerry Jackson, Steve Garrett, Robert Kuhlwein, Gene Patterson, Mack Shaw, and Tim Allen.

Additionally, the district would like to extend its gratitude to the following individuals and groups for their expertise and support in hosting today’s events.

  • Todd Huffman and Margi Pettibone of the Pickaway County Veterans Services Commission
  • Staff Sgt. Brad Adams of the Ohio Army National Guard
  • Mr. Doug Espie and the Circleville High School Jazz Ensemble
  • Mrs. Kathy Ream’s culinary arts class and Mrs. Gerhardt’s Food Services teams for providing desserts and food for our catered lunch
  • Mrs. Soni Grady’s art students for decorating the hallways and setting the stage for the day’s distinguished guests
  • Mr. Kurt Young, the Circleville Education Association, and CCS staff for their efforts in participating in the Jeans-for-Vets fundraiser
  • Mr. Eric Evans and the CHS Social Studies Department

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CMS students explore careers, collaborate with local professionals on post-graduation pathways

Nurse Rachel Elsea of The Ohio State University’s James Cancer Center talks with Circleville Middle School students about job growth in the healthcare field over the next 8 years.

Circleville Middle School – On Friday, students and staff at CMS played host to 25 professionals from a host of local businesses and agencies to talk about post-graduation careers and pathways as a part of the school’s college and career readiness initiatives.

Covering everything from insurance and the medical field to law enforcement, farming, engineering and marketing, students were provided with 20-minute informational rotations followed by a Q and A with real life career practitioners where they were exposed to an array of job skills, technical skills, and the necessary experience needed to perform each role in the work force.

While many roles require years of technical research and study, our career panelists also highlighted communications and soft skills needed in the work place to ensure strong collaboration, punctuality, and efficiency.

Circleville Middle School and Circleville City Schools would like to thank the following individuals for swinging by for Career Day to discuss their field:

  • Chiropractor – Jim Laux (Circleville Chiropractic Center)
  • Nurse – Rachel Elsea (The James Cancer Center at the Ohio State University Medical Center)
  • Environmental Engineer – Dan Kopec (American Electric Power AEP)
  • Judge – Magistrate Elisa Peters (Pickaway County Common Pleas Court)
  • Agriculture – Mark and John Essman (Evolution Ag)
  • Marketing – Bonnie Vallette (Brown Memorial Home)
  • Communications/Public Relations – Evan Debo (Circleville City Schools)
  • Graphic Designer- Kendall Adkins (Multimedia Production Group)
  • Human Resources- Liz Pyles (IGELCO)
  • Journalist- Steve Helwagen (Bucknuts Media Network)
  • MRI Technologist- Lisa McKeivier (VA of Central Ohio Healthcare System)
  • Banking- Jessica Calder (Pickaway County Banking Center)
  • Engineer- Christy Yu (DuPont)
  • Transportation- Joanna Pinkerton (COTA)
  • Law Enforcement – Officer Dave McIntyre (Circleville Police Department)
  • Superintendent – Jonathan Davis (Circleville City Schools)
  • Insurance – Kip Nungester (State Farm Insurance)
  • Personal Trainer – Susie Birdwell (The Pickaway County Family YMCA)
  • Firefighting/EMS – Derek Smith and Arron Kerns (Circleville Fire Department)
  • Respiratory Therapist – Stephanie McConnell (Berger Health Systems)
  • Farmer – Allison Gross (Gross Family Farms)
  • Cosmetology – Jamie Kuhlwein, and (Kuhlwein and Co)
  • Dentist – Dr. Keira Ankrom (Tootle, Palmer & Ankrom Dentistry)

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A Photo Recap of CES’ 2nd Career Connection Friday Event


This past Friday, September 28th, Circleville Elementary School held its second ‘Career Connection Friday’ series centered around post-graduation pathways and the ideals of ‘determination, desire, and drive’.

The event kicked off at student arrival as our Elementary Tigers were welcomed in to school by our high school student-athletes and the Circleville High School Marching Band playing an array of pep rally tunes. Student-athletes would then visit each classroom and discuss what their future career plans were after graduation and then would read a book to each classroom.
From there, classes headed south to the Circleville High School auditorium for an assembly with motivational speaker, singer, songwriter David Wells. David expanded on the themes of determination, desire, and drive through innovative means weaving in his talent for playing the trumpet and flugel horn with motivational videos.
The event was capped off at 1:30 p.m. with a pep rally in the Savings Bank Stadium where all 1,150 Circleville Elementary School students packed the new home stands for a pep rally surrounding college and career readiness. Classes displayed collegiate pennants, signs, and banners as students were again welcomed by the band and would hear from a variety of CCS administrators on what pathway led them to a career in education.
See the slideshow below for a photo recap of what was an event-filled day surrounding college and career readiness with our youngest Tigers:

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Four inducted into CHS Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2018


Circleville City Schools – On Saturday, January 20th, Circleville High School enshrined four new members into the Athletics Hall of Fame in between junior varsity and varsity home basketball contests versus Hamilton Township.

The 2018 Hall of Fame class was made up of Beth Adkins Paynter, Ryan Ankrom (Class of 1996), Leah (Allen) Congrove (Class of 2006), and Gary Mogan (Class of 1973).

Beth Adkins Paynter, who recently retired from Circleville City Schools in 2015, spent the majority of her Circleville career working as the high school athletics secretary – a position she began in 1993. Paynter’s tenure as a member of the Red and Black saw her work alongside an array of coaches, athletic directors, and volunteers in meeting the daily needs of the student-athletes the department served over her 21 years of work.

Ryan Ankrom was a three sport athlete at Circleville City while attending the school from 1992-1996 – most notably in football and baseball. Ankrom was a co-captain for the gridiron Tigers where he played wide-receiver and kicker and patrolled the middle infield as a shortstop on the baseball team. In all, Ankrom earned nine varsity letters, earned all-Mid State League once and all-District twice in baseball, and all-Mid-State League Buckeye Division and received all-Central District honors in football.

Leah (Allen) Congrove left her mark on CHS as a cross country and track standout from 2002-2006 – competing in the state meet in seven of her eight seasons in the two sports. As a runner, Congrove took home all-MSL honors three times, all-District four times, and in 2005 was named cross country team MVP.

The final member of the 2018 Hall of Fame class, Gary Mogan, excelled as a three sport athlete (football, wrestling, baseball) for the Tigers in the early 1970’s. On football Friday Nights Mogan was an all-South Central Ohio League linebacker and earned second team all-Central District during his high school career. On the mat, Mogan was a captain of the wrestling team was a 2-time, South Central Ohio League champion and district champion.

Many thanks to the Circleville High School Alumni Association for providing refreshments following the induction ceremony.

Circleville City Schools and the Athletics Department would like to congratulate the 2018 Hall of Fame Class! Go Tigers!

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Circleville City welcomes additional nurses into schools

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Circleville City Schools – With the recent retirement of one of our beloved school nurses, Mrs. Karen Borland, this past December, the district and Berger Health Systems have furthered their partnership by providing additional nursing support moving forward.

While daily healthcare procedures for students under our care will remain the same, we wanted to introduce our families to the new Berger nurses who will be assisting with phone calls, treatment, and medication administration in the coming months.

Jaime McKeivier

Nurse Jaime McKeivier is in her 5th year at Circleville City Schools tending to the health and wellness of PK-12 students.

Our talented nurse Jaime McKeivier will continue to oversee the medical records, logistics, and needs of all 2,200 students in the district, but will now be supported by on-campus Berger nurses Mrs. Rachael Knapp and Mrs. Angela Baer. Baer and Knapp will take turns rotating through each of the three district buildings to assist with the medical needs of our students.

Some Tiger staff and students have already had the privilege of working with these two new faces on campus as they have previously been involved in district health care initiatives in the form of the county convenience clinic and the Berger-Tiger Care Clinic for students which rolled out earlier this school year.

Baer, pictured below, is a returning Circleville City alumnus and has been at Berger since October 2016. When she is not serving her community through health and wellness initiatives, she also serves as a mom of a four: Jessica, Ashley, Tyler, and Hayden.

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Rachael Knapp, pictured below, has also been involved with the Tiger Family in the past serving our staff and other area government employees in the Berger’s county Convenience Care Clinic where she has been for the past three years. In addition to her role as a nurse, Knapp is a proud mom of three: Caleb, Cameryn, and Cohen. Rachael Knapp

Circleville City Schools welcomes Mrs. Knapp and Mrs. Baer into the fold on campus starting this month and thanks Berger Health Systems and Berger CEO Tim Colburn for their extended efforts in promoting and fostering a culture of health and wellness in our schools.

If you have any further questions regarding student health and wellness, please contact nurse Jaime McKievier at or 740-474-2495.

A Q & A with new CCSD Board Member Andrea Tipping

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New Circleville City School District Board Member Andrea Tipping pictured (right middle) with her family.

This past November 7th, Andrea L. Tipping was elected to serve on the Circleville City School District Board of Education in a seat vacated by devout, 11-year board member Dan Bradhurst who did not seek reelection.

In an effort to familiarize our community with Mrs. Tipping and her background, the district provided her with an informal Q & A where she elaborated on her family, passions, and all things Tiger Pride.

As a Circleville resident and graduate what does it mean to you to return to the district as a member of the school board?

“Being a member of the school board means a lot to me.  Circleville is where I was raised, where I graduated, and where I have raised my children. My father was a school administrator and to now be able to contribute to a school system such as he did brings a lot of pride.   I believe in being an active participant in my community and I want to be a part of strengthening and enriching the academic experience of our students.”

What does Tiger Pride mean to you?

“Tiger Pride is in my blood.  I started attending CHS events at the age of 5 where I can vividly recall watching football and basketball games, the volleyball team going to the state playoffs, and reading about how the In The Know team did at their competitions.  Once I started getting involved in extracurriculars,  I wanted to make my team and school proud of the work we did. To me, Tiger pride is the feeling we have in our hearts that make us want to do our best for our students, our school and our community.”

Aside from all things Circleville City, what else occupies your time?

“Outside of Circleville City Schools, I enjoy teaching my cardio strength class.  Helping people embrace a healthy lifestyles through exercise and watching them make progress is something I thoroughly enjoy.  My day job:  I have worked for Northwoods Consulting Partners for the last 10 years.  My family and I enjoy vacationing at the Outer Banks each summer.

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Pictured left-to-right: Augie, Whitley, and Anderson pose for a photo after Whitley’s Southeastern cross-country race last year.

My family:  my very supportive husband, Greg. I have two children:  Quinton 22, works for the City of Circleville and serves in the US Army;  Whitley 16, is a sophomore at CHS.  I have two stepsons, who attend Evergreen High School, Augie (16) and Anderson(14).  And I have two adorable and crazy dogs – Charlotte and Molly (pictured below).”



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Charlotte and Molly participate in the CHS Media Arts Holiday mini-photography session this past November.

As an elected board member you are a leader within the community, what does leadership mean to you? 

“I believe in everyday leadership.  Everyday leadership is not about one big presentation, one big meeting or one big event, it is about how we bring people together in all occasions, making people part of the process, finding out people’s’ strengths and helping them contribute to the team. Leadership is how we act ever moment of everyday and we should all strive to lead by example.”

If there is one thing I would like our Tiger families to know about me, it is……..

“I am proud to be a part of this great community and I believe our future is bright. I am not an educator but I want to support those who are and do a wonderful job. ” 

Why did you decide to run for the school board?

“It is easy to be an armchair quarterback, to denounce deficiencies, to be opinionated about the school system and be vocal in those opinions, but the school is a very complex system, there are many challenges and constraints that most people do not see. I ran because I want to fully understand the school system, its challenges and opportunities and be a part of steering the course, hopefully for the better.”

What does it mean to you for your community to elect you to the school board?

“I am incredibly humbled by the faith and trust the community has placed in me. When the results were announced I was elated of course, but I was also very conscious of the responsibility I now have to the community and I am determined to fulfill those responsibilities to the best of my ability.”

Tipping is set to take office January 1, 2018, is a Circleville High School (CHS) alumni, and a lifelong resident of the city the district proudly calls home.

Circleville Elementary’s Andi Hoskins named ‘Ohio Lottery Partners in Education’ Teacher of the Month for November



Hoskins is presented her Teacher of the Month plaque by superintendent Jonathan Davis at the December 13th board meeting.

Circleville City Schools – Circleville Elementary School Art Teacher Andi Hoskins has been named an Ohio Lottery Partners in Education Teacher of the Month for the month of November in District 5 (Columbus-area).

Hoskins, in her fifth year at Circleville City Schools and 18th year in teaching overall, was nominated for the award in recognition of her immeasurable contributions in expanding academic experiences for her students.

Per the Ohio Lottery Teacher of the Month program, the award “is designed to recognize outstanding faculty for their contributions to their school, excellence in the classroom, leadership, innovation, community, involvement, dedication, and work on behalf of Ohio students in grades K-12.”

For a teacher to be eligible, they must demonstrate the following:
• Excellence in the Classroom – Consistently advancing students to higher levels of academic achievement.
• Motivation – Encouraging students to exceed their expectations both academically and socially.
• Leadership – Serving as a leader in the classroom and throughout the school.
• Community Service – Demonstrating civic responsibility by being active in community or other service organizations.
• Creativity and Imagination – Demonstrating innovation in lesson plans and teaching methods.
• Dedication – Showing excellent attendance, punctuality and a desire to see students succeed.

This past November 16th and 17th, Hoskins again organized and spearheaded the annual 1st grade field trip to the Columbus Museum of Art. As a part of that trip, she collaborated with the Circleville City School Foundation to create an experience that included student artistic discovery in the museum workshop and a walking tour of the gallery floor.

In addition to the field trip, Hoskins has led a series of invaluable family-driven art workshops over the past two years in the form of “Cookies and Canvas” events after school. The events have been a huge draw and have fostered and strengthened a familial culture and bond between the school and our Tiger families.

In recognition of her indelible impact in using art as a platform to enrich lives, Hoskins was publicly recognized at the December 13th meeting of the Circleville City School District Board of Education for her honors.

Circleville City School District Calamity Day Plan for 2017-18

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Circleville City Schools – While , Circleville City Schools would like to outline and update our students, parents and guardians, and community partners about our Calamity Day Plan that is to be followed in the event of any cancellations of the school day.

The schedule follows as found below:

  • Students and staff will be permitted 3 days of missed instruction/work without any make-up work due to weather or other conditions that may cancel school.
  • On calamity days 4 through 6, students will complete Blizzard Bags. On these same days, staff will report to work unless the county in which you reside or Pickaway County is on a Level 2 or Level 3 Snow Emergency. Blizzard Bag information will be provided at and printed in applicable instances.
  • Calamity Day 7: Staff and students will report for a normal school day on President’s Day, Monday February 19, 2018.
  • Calamity Day 8: Staff and students will report for a normal school day on Thursday, March 29, 2018.
  • Calamity Day 9: Staff and students will report for a normal school day on Friday, May 11, 2018.
  • Calamity Day 10: Staff and students will report for a normal school day on Friday, May 18, 2018.
  • Any further make-up days will begin on Friday, May 25, 2018 and continue until all days/hours have been made up.

Per district guidelines, “students in grades K-6 must attend a minimum of 910 hours of instruction and students in grades 7-12 must attend a minimum of 1,001 hours of instruction.”

Where can I go to find out about school cancellations and delays?

* Not getting the One Call Now all call for delays, cancellations, or reminders about district events? Contact your school’s front office to make sure you have a current phone number on file in our system or click here to opt  in and out of calls.


Circleville Elementary Preschool receives 5-star Step Up to Quality Rating

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Circleville City Schools – Effective November 12th, 2017 and running through November 11th of 2020, the State of Ohio has awarded the Circleville Elementary Preschool a 5-star Step Up to Quality rating for meeting quality standards established by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) and the Ohio Department of Education (ODE).

Step Up to Quality is a Five-star tiered quality rating and improvement system created to recognize and promote early learning and development programs that meet quality standards over time and that are continuously above the health and safety licensing requirements set forth by the state.

“It takes a strong staff to carry out a quality program with the demands of schools today,” said preschool director and Circleville Elementary School assistant principal Jill Sims. “We are a community here [in Circleville] and we are raising a community of Tigers and a program such as this is one I want my own child to be involved in. I think we offer a lot of quality programs here in the county, but I am really proud of the community feel we have here on campus as evidenced by this rating.”

The program is currently in its fourth year of operation at the new Circleville Elementary School site on Tiger Drive with 86 student enrollments as of November 1st, 2017.


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Photo Recap: A Tiger Homecoming

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Circleville City Schools – October 13th saw the 2017 rendition of the Circleville City School District Homecoming celebration. The festivities started pregame with the ribbon cutting of our new band tower and continued well into the night with a Circleville High School Alumni Association Hot Air Balloon Raffle and a generous Champion’s Club donation and the Homecoming game.

Seniors Dylan Brooks and Sydney Dowden took home honors at halftime as Circleville High School’s 2017 Homecoming King and Queen.

With multiple generations of the Red and Black in attendance, Homecoming 2017 was certainly a night to remember.