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Our Unique Week Bowling Adventure with students and staff

4th Annual Unique Week

WCS held their 4th Annual Unique Week January 23rd through the 27th!  We celebrate Unique Week because we believe that all students in WCS are worthy of respect for their unique abilities and disabilities and we believe in their right, need, and desire to achieve their full potential. 

We also believe that families, teachers, and peers play a critical role in promoting the highest possible achievement of each child. Everyday during that week, students in all of the WCS buildings heard announcements and watched inspiring videos that reinforced the idea that we are all unique with different abilities and disabilities.  We also had themed days that the students and staff participated in, that focused on recognizing and celebrating their uniqueness. 

Students were also encouraged to participate in different activities and contests throughout the week. At the beginning of the week classrooms made posters with the slogan "We pledge to stick together and be unique!". Each student signed their name on duct tape and stuck it to the poster. Later in the week homerooms competed for a chance at a pizza party by creating presentations demonstrating their uniqueness as a class.

A number of students and staff from each building also participated in a Unique Night of bowling at Royal Z Lanes in Wilmington. You can see from the smiles in our picture collage above that everyone had a great time.

Here's what our staff and students had to say about their Unique Week experience:

"I think Unique Week is a fun way to bring everyone together to not only learn about different unique qualities and disabilities, but also to embrace those differences and to change our views of those differences. The kids have fun with it and really do learn to find the beauty in differences." - Emily Schmetzer, WCS Speech and Language Pathologist

"Unique week has helped build a strong community at Wilmington city schools by educating, acknowledging, and celebrating our differences." - Natalie Harmeling, Director of Pupil Services

1st grade student at East End - "Unique means to be yourself."

Keenan West and
WMS Principal, Jeff Sherby
Anti-Bullying Assembly with Keenan West

Thanks to a generous donation from a WMS teacher, the Middle School was able to bring in Keenan West for a special assembly on January 4th.  Keenan presented a very engaging and energetic assembly that focused on the importance of recognizing and preventing bullying.

"Anti-bullying is a daily focus at the middle school.  We have held different assemblies in the past that centered on standing up against bullying, but Keenan West's message resonated with the students in a new way. Keenan provided the staff with pre and post activities to support his message and to make a more lasting impression on our students. We particularly liked the way he addressed the responsibilities of bystanders and the victim." - Jeff Sherby, WMS Principal

We invite you to read more about our assembly and Keenan's program in the  Wilmington News Journal Article
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Parent/Teacher Book Study
How to Raise an Adult

Denver Elementary is hosting a Parent/Teacher Book Study on 2 Mondays in February.  The book is  How to Raise an Adult  by Julie Lythcott-Haims.  This book challenges readers to  reflect on parenting styles and how it positively or negatively  impacting children. At a recent PTO meeting, teachers, and Denver  Place parents agreed to work together to create opportunities for  Denver Place parents and teachers to come together and talk about  the book and it's impact on our interaction with our students and  children.

To learn more about the book study please see our Book Study flyer.

Study Dates:  February 13th and 27th, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Denver Place Elementary
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College Credit Plus

Did you know that a student in grades 7-12 has the opportunity to earn college and high school credits at the same time by taking classes at a participating local college or university?  In most most cases, it's free! You can learn more about the College Credit Plus (CCP) program on the following websites:
WHS Counselors:  Here you can view their CCP presentation and and explore participating local colleges.

If you have any interest in the CCP program you will want to attend the meeting at Wilmington High School at 6:00 p.m. on February 16th, 2017.  You'll be able to learn more about the program, ask questions, and talk to representatives from some of the participating colleges that will be in attendance.

For those that are planning to take the ACTs you might want to look into the ACT workshop, Attacking the ACT, being offered in March at the Southern Ohio Educational Service Center.  You can find more information on this workshop on our WHS website.

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

D istrict Highlights:
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2/3 - Late Arrival
2/20 - No School - Presidents' day
2/27 - Board of Educ. regular meeting 7 p.m. at East End

Additional Building Highlights:
Denver:   Website     Like us on Facebook    Newsletter
2/2 - Skate Night 6 p.m.
2/3 - Late Arrival & Interims go home,
  Singing Club performs at WHS  Varsity Basketball game 
2/6 - 4th/5th mini-clubs 4 p.m.
2/8 - 2nd grade Wax Museum 6 p.m.
2/10 - VIP Breakfast 
2/13 -  4th/5th mini-clubs 4 p.m. and
  Book Study at 6:30 p.m.
2/14 - Valentine Parties
2/17 - Father Daughter Dance 7 - 9 p.m.
2/20 - No School - Presidents' Day
2/24 - Yearbook order deadline 
2/27 - 4th/5th mini-clubs 4 p.m. and
   Book Study at 6:30 p.m.
2/28 - Monthly Behavior Incentive and  Student of the Month Lunch
East End:   Website     Like us on Facebook  
2/3 - Late Arrival
2/9 - O'Connell's Art Club 8:15 a.m. and
   One School One Book Family Night
2/13 - PTO meeting 4:15-5:15 p.m.
2/15 - Davis Art Club 4 p.m.
2/20 - No School - Presidents' Day
2/28 - Caught Doing Good Pizza Party

Holmes:   Website    Like us on Facebook  
2/1 - PTO meeting 7 p.m.
2/3 - Late Arrival, Interims go home, and
  Singing Club performs at WHS Varsity Basketball game
2/14 - Valentine's Day parties
2/20 - No School - Presidents' Day
2/24 - Yearbook sales end
2/25 - Holmes Carnival
2/28 - 5th grade field trip to Air Force Museum
WMS:   Website   Like us on Facebook
2/3 - Late Arrival
2/9 -  Progress Report Fair 4 p.m.
2/10 - Dance 6:30 p.m.
2/13 - MUSE Machine assembly/6th grade
2/15 - ABC meeting 5 p.m.
2/20 - No School - Presidents' Day
2/28 - 6th/7th/8th Choir Concerts 6 p.m.

WHS:   Website   Like us on Facebook    Follow us on Twitter
2/3 - Late Arrival
2/6 - Course selection sheets due for all grades
2/8 & 9 - WHS online scheduling
2/10 - 8th grade online course scheduling
2/11 - OMEA High School Solo & Ensemble Contest
2/16 - College Credit Plus meeting 6 p.m.
2/20 - No School - Presidents' Day
2/23 - HS Band Concert 7:30 p.m.
2/28 - HS Choir Concert 7:30 p.m.

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