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.

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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 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.

3 CHS students honored in 2017 Herald Pumpkin Show Art Contest


Circleville City Schools –  Circleville High School students – (Junior) Bea Benjapipatkul, (Sophomore) Krista Szymczak, and  (Senior) Lauria Chestna – were recently among the  county school district winners of the 2017 Circleville Herald Pumpkin Show Art Contest.

Student artwork will be published in this year’s 2017 Circleville Herald Pumpkin Show Edition primer. As an extension of the contest,  all three students will be awarded a $75 commission from area sponsors for the art work and will have their illustrations displayed at those sponsors’ place of business over the next few weeks.

Keep an eye out the next time you are at The Savings Bank (Benjapipatkul), Cooks Creek Golf Club (Chestna) , and Ohio University Chillicothe branch (Szymczak) for these student works of art.

Bea, Krista, and Lauria are all students of Mrs. Soni Grady at Circleville High School. Congratulations to these three Tigers on the honor!

CCSD Video updates for Oct. 6th

CHS Students pose with the new CTV News desk built by Mr. Hughes and his students.

Check out the links below for the latest video updates from Circleville City Schools!

CTV News: Season 2 Ep. 3

Watch the latest from our CHS student created CTV News team broadcast from their new CTV NEws desk created by Mr. Hughes’ woods class. The Tiger Media Arts class brings you the latest on Tiger Athletics, a CHS Marching Band spotlight, hollywood gossip, and more!

CES Principal Update

Check out Mrs. Bullock, Mrs. Sims, and Mr. Harris as they bring you the latest from Circleville Elementary School including: Student of the Month honorees, the Little Miss Pumpkin Show winner, bus safety reminders, and information on the Homecoming CHS Alumni Association Hot Air Balloon and CES Police Car ride raffles!

Circleville City School District receives $25,000 donation from Hummel and Plum Insurance

Circleville City Schools – On Monday, October 2nd, the Circleville City School District received a $25,000 donation from the Hummel and Plum Insurance Agency to be put to use for improvements to the campus’ baseball complex.

The generous contribution from the insurance firm will specifically be put to use for student initiatives related to the baseball complex such as upgrades to the backstop, bullpen/mounds, and batting cages.

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Pictured left-to-right: Jason Eitel, Drexel Poling, Brian Bigam, Jonathan Davis, and Andy Cupp

“We are extremely humbled by the amazing community partners we have, Hummel and Plum being the latest example, willing to donate specifically to expanded opportunities for our students,” Superintendent Jonathan Davis said.

A Circleville City Schools community partner, Hummel and Plum Insurance Agency, inc. has been a staple of the Circleville-area community since its founding in 1904. Today, Hummel and Plum has offices in Circleville, Ashville, Mount Sterling, and Chillicothe and partners with five diverse, Ohio-based providers to accommodate the needs of their customer base at competitive rates.

The organization is slated to be recognized for their contribution at the upcoming October 11th meeting of the Board of Education.

Food for thought: A sit-down with Food Services Director Suzie Gerhardt


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Suzie Gerhardt is in her 15th year in food services at Circleville City Schoosls. 

On any given day on campus, Food Services Director Suzie Gerhardt and her kitchen staff can be found prepping meals for over 2,200 Circleville City School District (CCSD) students and staff.

Gerhardt, in her 15th year with the district in nutrition, spearheads a variety of course offerings that foster living a nutrition-based lifestyle among students and staff made up of healthy eating habits. For the food services department, this type of outreach – extended through food, smiles, and conversation – starts when the students arrive each day.

“When students come into our buildings we are the first [staff members] they see as they come in for breakfast,” said Gerhardt. “We provide them the necessary ‘brain fuel’ by providing them a nutritious meal to start the day to get them off on the right foot in the classrooms.”

IMG_5193During the first two weeks of school (August 16-August 31), kitchen staff saw an increase in school lunch counts district wide compared to that of a year ago – averaging approximately 1,600 meals per day. District meal offerings come in many forms. From breakfast and lunch offerings to salad bars, snacks for the Tiger Claw Café, and after school and kindergarten/preschool programs, healthy options and choices are the driving force behind the upswing in per day totals.

In ensuring that each individual meal is nutritious in value, a careful eye to detail must be had to adhere to state and federal guidelines in providing such options.

“We have to evaluate the menu choices to make sure we are compliant per the USDA guidelines,” said Gerhardt. “I have to make sure the average for the week is met for calories, saturated fats, sodium, as well as daily requirements. We have to have a certain amount of protein as well as grain-outs-equivalents, vegetables, beans and lagoons, fruits, and milk – each building with different guidelines for nutrition.”

In addition to daily breakfasts, lunches, and snacks, Circleville City School District food services also extends to the after school programs, summer school program, and the Pickaway County Educational Service Center’s ‘Pathways to Success’ program.



What food is to our district – for staff and students alike – is a conversation starter at the district dinner table. Food serves as the means for a mental break from school for conversations about weekend plans, upcoming sporting events, and familial bonding.

During any of the three CCSD lunch periods that is exactly what you will find – food and lighthearted conversation. Thanks to Gerhardt and her dedicated staff, they serve as the facilitators of such nutrition-based, social memories.