CHS students take on careers, interviews in annual Tiger Boot Camp


CHS senior Hailie Anderson interviews with Julie Stanley of the Circleville City Schools’ District Office as a part of the Tiger Bootcamp Friday.

On Friday, April 5th, juniors and seniors at Circleville High School participated in our annual career development and interviewing event in the “Tiger Boot Camp”, hosted in collaboration with Pickaway Works.

The event aims to provide students with soft skills training, career development workshops, and mock interviews (seniors only) in an effort to equip students with tools to be viable workforce candidates upon graduation.

This year saw an array of career development sessions and seminars across the building for students to attend with their classes based on student feedback and surveying conducted earlier in the year. These sessions included the following:

  • 21st Century STEM Careers
  • Teamwork! How it Helps Your Career
  • Budgeting to Live on Your Own
  • Careers in Nursing
  • Finding Money for College – Financial Aid and Scholarships
  • Get the Job! Interview and Hiring Process
  • Is a Military Career For You?
  • Modern Manufacturing Jobs
  • Philanthropy – How to Give Back to Your Community
  • Pickaway-Ross Adult Ed Career Options
  • Rethink Careers in Construction
  • Social Media – Time Well Spent?
  • The Culture Shock – Workplace Etiquette

During the mock interview sessions, students sat down in rotations with local hiring personnel, government officials, and community members to simulate a real-life interview. At the conclusion of the interview, students then work with their interviewer to go over their rubric to discuss feedback and recommendations for improvement. 

For Bluffton University bound senior Morgan Ealy, the day offered her a great opportunity to obtain feedback for the job market and pre-medical track she will be on after graduation May 24th.

“I heard that I am really enthusiastic,” said Ealy. “I got a lot of feedback on my resume. I really enjoyed talking to the different interviewers. They were all really nice and gave amazing feedback. It was so easy to talk to them and I felt I could talk to everybody all day.”

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New this year, in addition to mock interviews EG Industries was on-site conducting actual interviews with students with the potential for hire on site.  EG Industries of Circleville facilitates the production of plastic injection molding for the automotive industry. Thanks to Pickaway Works, EG Industries dove in at the chance to launch this pilot with hiring students upon graduation and after today a few contingent offers were made and accepted by Circleville High School students.

Circleville City Schools would like to thank the following groups and industry professionals for helping us host this career development Tiger Boot Camp for students: Jeff Phillips, Mayor Don McIlroy, Ty Ankrom, Michelle Callahan, Rich Duncan, Dave Evans, Jack Everson, David Fausnaugh, Chaz Fruetel, Mollie Hedges, John Joyce, Michael Linton, Emily Merritt, Jennifer Rainey, Julie Stanley, Jonathan Davis, Stacey Sark, Jenny Vagnier, and Marie Wilbanks, Jamal Luke, Gabby Hill, Stacie Robertson, Heidi White, Jan Shannon, Caleb Chester, Mandy Quinn, Kevin Birch, Meghan Thoreau, Allison Browning, Traci Beddow, Melissa Fausnaugh, Bobbi William-Plautz, Holly Noble, EG Industries, the Pickaway County OSU Extension Office, Kenworth Industries, Ohio Christian University, the Pickaway County Community Foundation, the Bradford School Columbus, the Culture Shock, Kingston National Bank, the United States Army, Columbus State Community College, OhioHealth Berger Hospital, the Pickaway County Library, the Pickaway County Board of Developmental Disabilities, Pickaway-Ross Career and Technical Center, DuPont, the Pickaway County ESC, Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office, P3, Capabilities, TRN Staffing, and Pickaway Works. 

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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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District closes out new facilities project under budget: New exterior facilities upgrades on horizon

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Earlier this school year, the Circleville City School District put the finishing touches on what was a five year construction project with the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (first breaking ground April 4, 2012). The multi-faceted project ushered in a new era of improvements and opportunities for our students through the creation of three new state of the art academic facilities.

Aside from the initial project, the charitable support of our Champion’s Fund Team provided for the installation of new athletic facilities including the Berger Field House that is above and beyond similar training structures in the area.

With the conclusion of the construction project, the district received back nearly $1.6 million of Locally Funded Initiative dollars (LFI). LFI is defined as improvements associated with a renovation project beyond the scope of work funded by the commission (state). As a part of the $1.6 million LFI return, the monies must fulfill its originally funded purpose by Ohio Revised Code.

Being entrusted with tax payer funds to provide and sustain 21st century facilities for generations of Tigers is a responsibility district administration is proud to oversee said superintendent Jonathan Davis.

“Due to the hard work of Mrs. Rhoads (Treasurer), Mr. McMahon (former Superintendent), and the school board the project was completed under budget,” said Superintendent Jonathan Davis. “Our students are most assuredly in a better position to succeed today because of the diligent financial stewardship of past and current leadership which is a testament of the board’s dedication to high quality education and the community’s willingness to partner in systemic success for our students.”

With the anticipated return on the horizon, the district put together a Facilities Committee made up of parents, teachers, administrators, and representatives of the Board in 2017. In recent years, Circleville City’s new campus has served as a recreational hub on the northeast corner of town and putting together a collaborative team of staff and community members was the next logical step for evolving in that capacity with the LFI improvements return.
This group was facilitated by professionals from MSA Architects of Columbus, OH on the creation of an overall campus facilities plan and vision. As part of their work, the group ranked facility needs and improvements that would benefit students and the community. The group identified an area of need that included new bleachers, a new press box, a new track, and addressing the lack of parking at the Auxiliary Field Area (close to Tennis/Softball).
The previous home and away stands were installed in 1966 and the track in 1973 (resurfaced in the 1990’s).
On February 13th, 2018, as a result of this collaboration, superintendent Jonathan Davis made a recommendation to the board of education to accept competitively bid contracts as a means to efficiently and cost effectively begin these projects.  The goal is for the new outdoor facilities projects to begin this Spring, with little disruption to track season, and  it is to be completed by the beginning of the 2018-19 school year.
An outdoor facilities project of this kind further enhances Circleville City’s prospects of becoming a sought out destination for regional marching band and athletic contest hosting which will in-turn help to sustain and fund student extracurricular programming.
“We are so blessed by the investment this community has made in the development of its greatest asset, our youth” said Davis. “We are working hard to put together a high quality education, in state of the art facilities, while also being fiscally conscious. This new project provides us another opportunity to provide for our students, while continuing to maintain a healthy financial forecast into the coming years. It is a really exciting time to be a Tiger.”

CHS Students Honored at 2018 Scholastic Art Awards

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Morgan Cordell pictured with art teacher Soni Grady at the 2018 Scholastic Art Awards at CCAD

Circleville City Schools – On Saturday, two Circleville High School art students were recognized at the 2018 Central Ohio Regional Scholastic Art Awards Ceremony. The event was head at the Canzani Center Auditorium at the Columbus College of Art and Design (CCAD).

Senior Sydney Dowden took home three separate Honorable Mentions for her printmaking project titled ‘Ferris Wheel,’ and her two photography submissions titled ‘Winter Landscape’ and ‘Cemetery.’ Junior Morgan Cordell took home the Silver Key Award for a painting submission entitled ‘Vulnerability.’

Per, “each year, more than 100 visual arts and literary arts organizations across the country to bring the Scholastic Awards to local communities. Teens in grades 7–12 apply in 29 categories of art and writing. In 2017, students submitted more than 330,000 works of art and writing to the Scholastic Awards.”

Tiger Award winning exhibitions will be on display from February 11th through February 22th in Columbus College of Art and Design’s Acock Gallery in the Canzani Center.

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Pictured (left-to-right): Chandler Vance ,  Joey Williams (alumni), Morgan Cordell and Emma Whitmore

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Morgan Cordell’s award winning submission “vulnerability” 

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Cordell and the award winning submission.

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The “Silver key” award is presented to “stand-out works submitted to local programs that demonstrate exceptional ability.”

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 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.