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May has arrived and the graduating class of 2018 is preparing for graduation!  It's hard to believe that the end of this school year is in sight. 

We hope you'll take a minute and catch up on our news.

In this Newsletter:
Grade Level Centers: Important Dates & Transportation Survey
Kindergarten Orientation

Calling the Class of 2031!  It's time to make sure you have registered your child for Kindergarten if they turn 5 on or before September 30, 2018.  You can find all of the registration information on our Enrollment page, as well as our Frequently Asked Questions.

Mandatory Kindergarten Orientation is available on the date and times below. 
If you cannot attend on the evening that is scheduled for your part of the alphabet, you are welcome to attend the other session. The information provided will be the same in each session.

May 7, 2018, 6:30 p.m.
Holmes Elementary
May 15, 2018, 6:30 p.m.
Holmes Elementary

The GOALS for the evening are as follows:
  • Provide parents with information about a typical school day and the staff with whom their children will work in the upcoming school year.
  • Provide information regarding kindergarten curriculum and other expectations for kindergartners.
  • Provide information regarding Ohio's Kindergarten Readiness Assessment.
Incoming Kindergarteners are also encouraged to visit Holmes Elementary with their parents at our School Open House on May 3, 2018 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

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Grade Level Centers
We recently sent home a printed newsletter and transportation survey with each student currently in Preschool through 4th grade.  We thought we would include some highlights in this newsletter. If you are an elementary parent and have questions on the transportation plan and survey, you'll find some helpful information below. We've also included some important reminders of some upcoming transition events that were in the newsletter sent home with the kids.

Parents and students are invited to attend our Open House nights in May!  You and your child(ren) will get a chance to see their elementary buildings for 2018-2019 and meet the teachers.

Open Houses from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. on the following dates:
May 2 - East End  
May 3 - Holmes and Denver 

Denver Elementary
1350 W Truesdell St
291 Lorish Ave
769 Rombach Ave

On May 21st our students will have a chance to visit other elementary buildings and see their new digs!  Students that will be attending a new building in 2018-19 will be bussed to that building to spend the morning and eat lunch.  They'll be able to meet the teachers and staff, tour the building, and participate in activities to help them feel comfortable in a new building.

link to elementary transportation survey online
We know that transportation is a tremendous concern for parents and students. Your input told us that it was important to you that elementary siblings ride the same bus together, and that you did not want them to have to change buses to shuttle to a different building.  

We heard you and have come up with a Carousel Plan that will allow us to meet those requests!  We encourage parents and kids to check out the plan together on our Elementary Transportation 2018-2019 Infographic.

Printed newsletters with the above information and transportation survey were sent home with elementary students (Preschool through 4th grade) recently. To help us get a jump start on route planning, please complete the  Elementary Transportation Survey for each child and return it by May 16th. It's important to complete this form, even if you aren't sure of your plans yet, because it will help us to assess the potential transportation needs for next school year.  

Please visit our Survey page for:
  • More information on the transportation plan
  • Link to the online survey
  • Transportation Infographic to share with your children
  • List of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
The survey will be available on our District homepage until May 16, 2018 at WilmingtonCitySchools.com.

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Music Education at WCS!

Wilmington City School District has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) designation from the NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education.  They are one of only 583 districts across the nation to be a BCME recipient.

The Best Communities for Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. To qualify for the Best Communities designation, WCS answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program, and community music-making programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.

"We are honored to be recognized with this designation.  This is a tribute to the many people who make Music an integral part of education in the Wilmington Schools." (Matt Spradlin, WHS Director of Bands, on behalf of WCS Music Educators)

Research into music education continues to demonstrate educational/cognitive and social skill benefits for children who make music. In a series of landmark studies by scientists and researchers at Northwestern University a link was found between students in community music programs and life-long academic success, including higher high school graduation rates and college attendance. In another study from the University, it was discovered that the benefits of early exposure to music education improves how the brain processes and assimilates sounds, a trait that lasts well into adulthood.

WCS music teachers recently asked their elementary students what music meant to them.  "Music is what keeps me calm. Something I like most" - Zeth.
"It means a lot to me because my mom sang songs to get me to sleep when I was a baby" - Layni.
"To me music is playing from the heart" - Mia.
"Music is experiencing feelings through song and dance." - Bryn.
"I like music because it helps us learn" - Kiera.  

Wilmington City Schools has a rich history of providing a quality music program for students in Kindergarten through 12th grade.

About The NAMM Foundation
The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit supported in part by the National Association of Music Merchants and its approximately 10,300 members around the world. The foundation advances active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving, and public service programs. For more information about the NAMM Foundation, please visit www.nammfoundation.org .

Appreciation Days Ahead

It takes a dedicated team to educate kids today, and at WCS we are fortunate to have one of the best teams around. Any day is a great day to show appreciation for all that they do, but in May the whole nation says thanks.  Won't you join us?

May 7th:  Ohio School Bus Driver Appreciation Day- Did you know that Ohio has over 15,000 school bus drivers? We have a terrific transportation team here at WCS.

May 7-11th
School Nutrition Employee Week (May 4th celebrate School Lunch Hero Day to kick off a week of appreciation) Our nutrition staff works hard to bring nutritious and tasty breakfast and lunch to the kids every day!

May 7-11th:  National Teacher Appreciation Week
(May 8th - National Teacher Day). Thank you to all the teachers that educate our kids!

May 9th
:  National School Nurse Day - Thank you, Nurse Connie!

Seamless Summer Lunch

For the 5th year the Wilmington City School District is offering lunch free of charge this summer to all children 18 years and under in the Wilmington community. Help us spread the word by sharing our Summer Lunch Flyer with friends, neighbors, co-workers, your church, summer sports teams, and anyone else you can think of. 
  • Monday through Friday, from May 29th through August 10th (excluding July 4)
  • Meal service will be from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Wilmington Middle School cafeteria.
  • Children do not have to be enrolled in WCS or on free or reduced meals to receive a lunch free of charge. 
  • All meals must be consumed on-site and must meet the National School Lunch Program required components. 
If adults would like a meal, they can be purchased for $3.00.

For more information on WCS Food Service, menus, nutrition information, and more, please visit our Food Service Department page.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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WCS Auditor of State Award

A recent financial audit of Wilmington City Schools by the Auditor of State's office has returned a clean audit report and WCS has earned the Auditor of State Award.

District Treasurer, Kim DeWeese, said it is the combined efforts of central office staff, administration, and building secretaries working together to keep the district compliant in the management of public dollars.  

The Auditor of State Award is presented to local governments and school districts upon the completion of a financial audit.  Entities that receive the award meet the following criteria of a "clean" audit report:
  • The entity must file timely financial reports with the Auditor of State's office in accordance with GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles);
  • The audit report does not contain any findings for recovery, material citations, material weaknesses, significant deficiencies, Single Audit findings or questioned costs;
  • The entity's management letter contains no comments related to:
    • Ethics referrals
    • Questioned costs less than $10,000
    •  Lack of timely report submission
    • Reconciliation
    • Failure to obtain a timely Single Audit
    • Findings for recovery less than $100
    • Public meetings or public records
Thanks to our team for doing a tremendous job of managing public dollars!

Melissa Colley
Melissa Colley, WCS Bus Driver
WCS Transportation Road-eo!

Each spring bus drivers from around Ohio compete in regional competitions to test and increase their operational and safety skills.  This year Melissa Colley, one of WCS's bus drivers, placed 6th in the regional Road-eo competition and qualified for State!  Melissa will compete in the state-level competition on May 5th. Check out the video of her maneuverability!

"The ROAD-E-O enhances the driver's skills and keeps them up to date on the latest rules and regulations", according to Jason Leeth, WCS Transportation Supervisor. "We have a great team of driver's here at Wilmington City Schools. It's exciting to have one of our own represent the district at the State level."

WCS Transportation consists of 30 school buses and 2 vans, driven by a team of 27 drivers. They drive a combined average of 2209 miles every school day, covering an area over 161 square miles!  For more information on our transportation department please visit our District Transportation page at wilmingtoncityschools.com/departments/transportation .

Congratulations, Melissa, and best of luck at the State Competition on May 5th!

Katie Lowe
And the Exceptional Achievement Award Goes To...

... our own Katie Lowe, WHS Intervention Specialist!  Katie is in her 2nd year at WCS and we couldn't be more proud of her accomplishments.  She is an asset to the District and the students that she serves every day.  

"The Parent Advisory Council for Region 14-Hopewell Center believes the purpose of this award is to recognize individuals who have been instrumental in providing opportunities that enable students with disabilities to achieve personal, social or academic goals of the highest standards." - Region 14/Hopewell Center

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Celebrating WCS Students and Staff

We've collected some recent articles highlighting recent student and staff accomplishments. We hope you'll take a minute and read up on our awesome WCS students.  We think you'll be just as proud of them as we are.  

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School News:  
Stay Connected

Each building has their own web page , 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
5/2   Parent/Student Open House at East End 5-8pm
5/3   Parent/Student Open House at Denver/Holmes 5-8pm
5/4   Late Arrival
5/7-11 Teacher Appreciation Week
5/7   Kindergarten Orientation all A-L, 6:30 at Holmes
5/15 Kindergarten Orientation all M-Z, 6:30 at Holmes
5/21 Elementary Student Step-Up-Day Field Trips,
        BOE meeting - Holmes 5:30pm
5/24 Last day for students
5/25 Graduation 7pm

Additional Building Highlights:
Denver:   Website     Like us on Facebook   Newsletter
Every Monday at 7pm - Facebook Bedtime Story Live
Mondays after school - Mini Clubs
5/2   Parent/Student Open House at East End 5-8pm
        Girls on the Run
5/3   Parent/Student Open House at Denver/Holmes 5-8pm 
        Girls Scouts K-3 from 4-5pm
5/4   Late Arrival
5/7   Kindergarten Orientation all A-L, 6:30 at Holmes
5/9   Girls on the Run
5/10 1st/2nd grade Spring Concert 6pm
5/15 Kindergarten Orientation all M-Z, 6:30 at Holmes
5/17 Skate Night 6pm
5/21 Student Step-Up-Day Field Trip
5/22 HPC Movie 10:15, Talent Show 2:00 pm
5/23 Field Day
5/24 Last day of school for students
        Graduation 9:30, Success Assemblies 10:30

East End :   Website      Like us on Facebook   
5/2   Parent/Student Open House at East End 5-8pm
5/3   Parent/Student Open House at Denver/Holmes 5-8pm
5/4   Late Arrival
5/7   Kindergarten Orientation all A-L, 6:30 at Holmes
5/15 Kindergarten Orientation all M-Z, 6:30 at Holmes
5/16 PTO mtg 5:30pm
5/17 Muffins with Mom 8:15am, Mr. Davis' Art Club
5/14 Caught Doing Good Lunch
5/21 Student Step-Up-Day Field Trip
5/22 Field Day
5/24 Last day of school

Holmes:   Website     Like us on Facebook   
5/2   Parent/Student Open House at East End 5-8pm
5/3   Parent/Student Open House at Denver/Holmes 5-8pm,
        Last day of Harvest of Gold
5/4   Late Arrival,  Last day of Good News Club
5/7   Kindergarten Orientation all A-L, 6:30 at Holmes
5/15 Kindergarten Orientation all M-Z, 6:30 at Holmes
5/18 Kindergarten Celebration 2:00pm
5/21 Student Step-Up-Day Field Trip
        BOE meeting 5:30pm at Holmes
5/22 Talent Show 10:00am, Hurricane Pride Movie
5/23 Field Day
5/24 Last day of School

WMS:   Website      Follow us on Twitter    Like us on Facebook    View on Instagram  Newsletter
5/4   Late Arrival
5/8   6th/7th and Varsity Choir Concert 6pm
5/10 6th, 7th, 8th Grade Band Concert 7:30pm
5/15 8th Grade Choir Concert 6pm
5/16 ABC mtg 5pm
5/23 8th grade awards 8:15am
        7th grade awards 9:45am
        6th grade awards 1:15pm
5/24 Last day of School

WHS:    Website    Like us on Facebook    Follow us on Twitter    View on Instagram  
5/4   Late Arrival
5/7   AP Chemistry and AP Psychology Assessment
5/9   AP English Lit Assessment
5/12 PROM
5/14 AP Biology Assessment
        WHS Band Concert and Awards  7:30 pm
5/15 AP Calculus Assessment
        WHS Choraliers/Wilmingtones Concert  7:00 pm
5/16 Student of the Month Pizza Party
5/17 AP Statistics Assessment, Senior Exams,
        WHS Senior Awards Ceremony  7:00 pm
5/18 Senior Exams, FFA Banquet
5/21 Senior Exams, Senior Picnic,
        Phi Delta Sigma 7pm
5/22-24 Exams
5/24 Last Day of School
5/25 Graduation  7pm

For Athletic Events  schedule please visit our website at  wilmingtonathletics.org  and follow @WHSCaneAD on  Follow us on Twitter