CMS honors science students host Science Fair


On Tuesday, students in Honors Science grades 7 and 8 met with judges from the community as they presented their research as a part of the annual Circleville Middle School Science Fair and STEM Day.

Overall, 53 students participated in the locally held science showcase.

Student research, demonstrations, and presentations were scored according to four areas:

  1. Oral, Written, and Visual Communication – addresses who well each student’s communication skills and documentation tell the story of the research assignment at hand (including relevant background research, data acquisition, and analysis).
  2. Experimental Design – referring to the student’s grasp of the scientific method, hypothesis, data collection methodology, and analysis.
  3. Depth of Understanding – addressing what students learned about the science behind their project before and during the experiment.


The highest scoring students, or individuals receiving a rating of ‘superior’, will go on to compete in the District 8 Science Fair in Lancaster in March of 2020 which is open to students in grades 5-12 attending schools located in Fairfield, Licking, Pickaway and Perry counties.

We would like to thank all of our presenters and their place of business within the community for their support of our judging process.

See the slideshow below for some photos of our students and their projects!

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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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