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We've been busy this past month and there are great things in the works for December.  Browse our newsletter and stay connected for your Hurricane news and events. 

In this Newsletter:
Real World Real Money - Don't you wish your kids understood how hard it is to make the financial decisions that you have to face?

Professional Development  - Ever wonder what our teachers do when we have a late arrival?  They become the students!

White Gift Campaign 2016
 - Our WHS students give back to their community

Managing Our Resources - Finding a better way to manage our energy consumption

Before and After School Program -  We still have openings!

Operation Street Smart Event - A community drug education event

District and Building Events   - Our December events
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Real Money, Real World

Real Money Real World is a collaboration between Ohio State University Extension Office and WMS.  During the week prior to the event, students are assigned a job based on their GPA.  Along with the job, they are given a spouse that is in college and only contributes a minimal amount to the monthly income and at least one child.  The students calculate their monthly income based on the annual salary for their job as well as learn about the payroll deductions that are subtracted from their paychecks.  

During the event students must visit 16 different booths to purchase necessities as well as luxuries.   Some of the booths are:  housing, transportation, food, utilities, clothing, entertainment, insurance, and financial aid.   As students are visiting these booths and making purchases, they are keeping track of their money in a check register.  It's a real world simulation to help students understand the value and lasting impact of working hard in school.

Here are some of the comments from students about what they learned from the experience...

"that you don't keep nearly as much money that it says on a paycheck"

"I didn't realize child care is so expensive"

"I need to bring my grades up so I have more options for jobs when I graduate"

"Made me understand why my mom doesn't buy too many extra things"

"I want to do it again but with a better job"

"It was ok but it was a little hard for people that didn't have good grades but that's the point to help you learn."

"get better grades"

Thank you WMS and the OSU Extension Office for providing such a valuable experience for our students.

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Professional Development

Did you ever wonder what teachers do with the extra 2 hrs on late arrival day?  They become the students!  Thank you, parents, for keeping the kids for a couple of extra hours.  Our goal is to continue to grow as learners to provide the best possible opportunities for our students.

November's topic of professional development was Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and our teachers were listening, discovering, creating, engaging, collaborating, and more.  It's exciting to find new and creative ways to navigate the barriers to learning so that each and every student can be successful.

You can learn more about Universal Design for Learning at
WHS White Gift Campaign 2016

For over 40 years, the students at Wilmington High School have worked together to support local families in need, and this year is no exception.  Sponsored by the WHS Student Council, The White Gift Campaign is in full swing collecting charitable, financial donations to purchase holiday meals.
Donations will be accepted through December 12th, at which time students will purchase, pack, and deliver holiday meals to area families on December 13th.

Community members who would also like to offer their support may forward their donations to Wilmington High School, 300 Richardson Place, Wilmington, OH  45177, c/o Mrs. Matheny.  Please making checks payable to WHS Student Council.
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Sustainability Management

As a home owner, many of you know what can happen when you have a leak that is out of sight.  You don't find out about it until you get your water bill.  Imagine that scenario and magnify it by 1000 when you consider managing 5 large school buildings of varying ages.  We can't afford to wait till the bill comes in to identify problems.  That's why we have contracted for a software platform that is designed to provide real-time monitoring and analytics for energy management, sustainability program management, carbon emissions calculation, and building performance management.

Through JadeTrack software we will be better able to track, manage, and save resources like energy, water, waste, and emissions.  By better understanding and managing our consumption we are able to reduce spending on fixed expenses.  Through this monitoring system we know in real-time if a chiller sensor is malfunctioning, a furnace is running when it shouldn't be, or a pipe is leaking out of sight and the problem can be solved before a major expense is incurred and a resource is wasted.

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There are still spots available!

The Coffman YMCA will be providing before and after school childcare for K-5 students in the Wilmington City School District. (Formally known as the SACC program.) Child care will be provided at Holmes Elementary School however students attending any elementary building can participate. 

Before school child care begins at 6:30 a.m. and after school child care ends at 6 p.m.  Scholarships are also available with appropriate completed paperwork. Registration packets can be picked up at Holmes Elementary School or by emailing the Program Director, Teresa Perry at
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Join us for a community education event - Operation Street Smart

Wilmington City School and the Wilmington Police Department will be hosting Operation Street Smart Adult Drug Education.   

Operation Street Smart is sponsored by the Ohio High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area and the Franklin County Commissioners.  They operate out of the Franklin County Sheriff's Office.

Unfortunately, Clinton County is not exempt from drug issues and this Adult Education program will provide current and up-to-date narcotics information on trends, terminology, paraphernalia, and physiological effects to those individual who deal with today's youth on a daily basis.

December 8th at 6 pm
WHS Auditeria
Free to the public 

Please register at  
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Stay Connected

Each building has their own website, calendar, and social media channel for your convenience.

*Please double check each building's calendar for changes as an event approaches.

D istrict Highlights:
WCS District:  Website  Like us on Facebook    Follow us on Twitter
12/8 Operation Street Smart (Auditeria) 6 - 8 p.m.
12/12 BOE meeting 7am at Central Office
12/16 End of 2nd Quarter
12/19 - Winter recess begins
1/4/17 - Classes resume

Additional Building Highlights:
Denver:   Website     Like us on Facebook  Newsletter
12/5 - 9 Santa Shoppe
12/5  PTO meeting at 6:30 pm (childcare)
12/14 Holiday Program at 7 pm at HS Auditeria 
12/15 Behavior Incentive / Student of the Month
12/16 Classroom Winter Parties
1/4/17 Launch One School One Book

East End:   Website     Like us on Facebook  
12/9  Attendance Movie Incentive - Parents Night Out
12/15 Pre-School Gingerbread House Night
12/16 One Book, One School Kick-off Assembly 

Holmes:   Website    Like us on Facebook  
12/2 Father Daughter Dance 7-9 pm
12/5 - 9 Santa's Workshop
12/7 PTO Meeting at 7 pm 
WMS:   Website   Like us on Facebook
12/6 Band Concert - 7th and WHS Symphonic 7:30 pm
12/8 Operation Street Smart (Auditeria) 6 - 8 p.m.
12/12 Band Concert - 8th grade & WHS Wind Ensemble at 7:30 p.m.
12/14 ABC meeting at 5pm
12/16 Grandparents Day Program 1:30 pm

WHS:   Website   Like us on Facebook    Follow us on Twitter
12/5 Blood Drive
12/6 Band Concert - 7th and WHS Symphonic 7:30 pm
12/8 Operation Street Smart (Auditeria) 6 - 8 p.m.

12/12 Choir Concert at 6 p.m.
          Band Concert - 8th grade/WHS Wind Ensemble at 7:30 p.m. 
12/14 -16 Exams

Wilmington City Schools   Website