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January 25, 2016
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Learning today, prepared for tomorrow--Warrior Pride
Empowering our students to be academically and socially prepared for their futures through the support of excellent teachers and staff, families, and community partners.
Welcome to the Warrior Pride, our enewsletter to share current news and events with our community. Thank you for your support of our Warriors!

District News
Coming soon: A new experience awaits

There is a new story to tell about education in our schools. It's great news for all Huber Heights residents with lots of reasons to be proud. We're still about the basics: teaching reading, English, math, science, and history. But wait until you see what else we're doing with education!

Coming soon, Huber Heights City Schools will unveil a Facebook page and a new website detailing our new experience. Stay tuned for more details!

Students shine at District Spelling Bee

Huber Heights City Schools held its annual District Spelling Bee this month, giving our best spellers a chance to shine on the stage. Congratulations to district champion Julia Norris, a seventh grader at Weisenborn Junior High, and to runner-up Shane Storaci, a fourth grader from Rushmore Elementary!
Pictured above, left to right: Spelling Bee Curt Hefner, Shane Storaci, Julia Norris, and Superintendent Susan Gunnell.

HHCS community donates water to Flint

Huber Heights City Schools students, staff, and f amilies joined with the cities of Huber Heights and Trotwood last week to collect fresh water for the residents of Flint, Michigan, where the water supply has been tainted by lead. During our one-day water drive, our schools collected a truckload of water--more than 50 cases were donated to Charles Huber Elementary alone--that will help provide Flint residents with desperately needed safe drinking water.

Thank you to everyone who donated to this important cause! It speaks volumes to how our community comes together to help those in need.

VFW Post 3283 recognizes Voice of Democracy and Patriots Pen winners

On January 16, students from Wayne High School and Weisenborn Junior High School were recognized for their patriotic spirit and command of the written and spoken word when Huber Heights Memorial Post 3283 honored the winners of this year's Voice of Democracy and Patriots Pen competitions.

The Voice of Democracy is the Veterans of Foreign Wars' premier scholarship program. Participating students write and record a broadcast script on an annual patriotic theme. More than 30 students from Wayne submitted essays that reflected this year's theme of "My Vision for America." The winners of the competition were:
  • Michelle Wong, 1st Place
  • Brian Petachi, 2nd Place
  • Jared Kerestes, 3rd Place
This year's Patriot's Pen competition invited students to submit an essay on the theme of "What Freedom Means to Me." The top students from Weisenborn were:
  • Dakota Means, 1st Place
  • Haley Geiger, 2nd Place
  • Gabrielle Crossman, 3rd Place
Special thanks to Huber Heights Memorial Post 3283 for sponsoring this event and to Mrs. Thompson, WHS English and public speaking teacher, for promoting this opportunity for our students.

The 2016 Voice of Democracy winners from Wayne High School.

The 2016 Patriot Pen winners from Weisenborn Junior High School.

Premier Health Partners present $100,000 check to HHCS

Premier Health Partners recently presented a check to Huber Heights City Schools for $100,000 as part of the district's long-standing partnership with the healthcare organization. The partnership provides the district and its students with athletic training, sports medicine services, and opportunities for Wayne students to attend educational events in the healthcare field.

Pictured above, left to right: Shad Bernard, Premier Health manager of sports medicine; Gary Blake, Premier Health vice president of service integration; Susan Gunnell, HHCS superintendent; and Gina Helmick, HHCS treasurer.

District earns coveted Eastway Community Partner Award for outstanding commitment to students

Huber Heights City Schools recently received a 2015 Eastway Community Partner Award for outstanding commitment, service, and dedication to students served at Webster Street Academy. Webster Street Academy and Family Center provides alternative services for students who struggle to learn in a traditional school setting. Education programs and services are individualized to reflect the unique needs of each student served.

The district is proud of this recognition and what it says about our commitment to fulfilling our mission to empower students to be academically and socially prepared for their futures through support of our teachers, families, and community partners.
Pictured above, left to right: Mike Harris, Webster Street Academy program director; Susan Gunnell, HHCS superintendent; Dr. Thomas Jennings, Eastway Behavioral Healthcare; Derrick Williams, HHCS director of human resources; and Curt Hefner, HHCS special education supervisor.

Wayne High School
Wayne robotics team heads to state competition next month

Congratulations to the Oxymorons, Wayne High School's robotics team, on its outstanding showing at the Cleveland Regional First Tech Challenge Qualifying Tournament at Cuyahoga Community College on January 18. The team took the PTC Design award! Next up: the state competition in February! Kudos to Ian Fowler, Brock Byler , Ahmad Dunson, Jared Kerestes, Dylan KindredRyan Lapchynski, Michelle Wong, and Coach Kleiser!

Pictured above, left to right: Ahmad Dunson, Coach Ted Kleiser, Brock Byler, Dylan Kindred, Ryan Lapchynski, and Ian Fowler. Not pictured: Michelle Wong and Jared Kerestes. 
Student Council sets $1,200 goal for Pasta for Pennies campaign

Starting this week, the Wayne Student Council will run a Pasta for Pennies campaign to benefit the The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The goal is to raise $1,200, so save your spare change! Funds will be collected on January 26 and 28, and February 1, 3, and 5.

Weisenborn Junior High
Weisenborn softball pitcher selected as MVP at international showcase

Kudos to eight grade softball pitcher Kali Brickman on earning the designation of MVP at this year's Queen of Diamonds North showcase on January 9 and 10 at Kent State University. Kali was one of 364 athletes who were selected from approximately 2,400 applicants hailing from more than 20 states and two Canadian provinces. Kali was the only eighth grade pitcher who was selected as an MVP! 
Weisenborn student takes first place in district spelling bee

Congratulations to seventh grader and defending champion Julia Norris, who took first place in the District Spelling Bee competition!

Pictured above, left to right: Julia Norris (first place), Rohan Storaci (third place), and Abigail Romig (second place). 
Teacher-Based Team initiative aims to improve student achievement

As part of the district's ongoing effort to ensure every student's needs are met, Weisenborn has revamped its Teacher-Based Teams (TBT) process within grade levels. With the TBT process, teachers meet in teams to review and analyze student data. Using this analysis, the teams then develop intervention strategies that are targeted to each student's academic needs. The ultimate goal is to ensure students have the support they need to fulfill their potential. 
NJHS students offer tutoring services for Weisenborn students

National Junior Honors Society students are offering tutoring services once a week. The services, provided on Wednesdays between
2:30 - 3:15 pm, are open to any Weisenborn student who would like help with classwork or homework. The initiative is just one of many ways our district is empowering our students to take on leadership roles while meeting the individual needs of students who require additional assistance. 
More than 100 students earn Warrior Pride tickets

Since its launch in October, the "Warrior Pride Ticket" positive student recognition program has been embraced by staff and students alike. To date, more than 110 students have been recognized by teachers and administrators.

Warrior Pride Tickets are given out to students who demonstrate the traits of being respectful, responsible, or safe. Recipients are recognized on the morning announcements and can exchange their ticket for a prize.The traits most often recognized: s tudents helping classmates in need, students helping staff clean up, students being responsible, and students turning in valuables to teachers and the office. 
Valley Forge Elementary
Valley Forge students publish book

To explore the writing process, students in Mrs. Burns' class wrote about their favorite things, which included everything from football to water balloon fights. The assignment helped students practice writing complete sentences, staying on topic, and using describing words and transition words.

The students' work has been compiled into a book that was published through Student Treasures. A copy of the book will be donated to the school library, so it is available for everyone to see. Original illustrations and writing are also on display in the building rotunda!

Charles H. Huber Elementary

Students explore the science of ecology with COSI on Wheels visit
Last month, Charles Huber students explored the outdoors from within their building when COSI On Wheels brought its interactive Exploring Ecology program to the school. All grade levels attended a dynamic assembly that covered a broad range of ecology topics, and students in grades K-6 participated in hands-on stations. Students investigated animal adaptations and life cycles, and learned how the parts of an ecosystem are connected.

Special thanks are due to the PTO, which funded the program, and to the Weisenborn NJHS students and Charles Huber parents and grandparents who volunteered their time to make this educational event a success! 
Monticello Elementary
Tremendous turnout for Monticello book fair helps school build a community of readers
In recognition that literacy is a building block to success in life,  Monticello Elementary held a Scholastic Book Fair to encourage students to read. And read they did--more than 1,650 books were sold at the fair! Students of all ages found titles that they could enjoy, as the books covered a wide range of topics and reading levels. Families also participated in a raffle for free books, the proceeds of which were used to purchase 80 books for deserving students.

Studies have found that children are more motivated to read for pleasure when they are able to choose their own books. Reading for pleasure helps students to develop lifelong reading habits at a young age. Thank you Monticello students and families for your work to build a community of readers!


Rushmore Elementary
Rushmore fourth grader takes runner up in district spelling bee

Congratulations to fourth grader Shane Storaci, who took second place in the District Spelling Bee! 

Wright Brothers Elementary
Wright Brothers spelling bee showcases exceptional talent

Wright Brothers' annual spelling bee, held in November, proved to be a fierce competition this year as 50 students in grades 3-6 competed for the chance to move on to the district spelling bee competition. First place went to sixth grader Nick Baldwin, second place was awarded to fourth grader Ethan Jones, and fifth grader James Chappell took third place. Both Nick and Ethan competed at the district competition, where they did quite well. James also attended the district competition as the first alternate. Congratulations to all three students!

Studebaker Preschool
Preschool students build on their foundation of skills through exploration

Preschool students are continuing to learn and grow through exploration. The students had a great time shopping at the Santa Shop in December. This was an opportunity to explore math  while purchasing special gifts for the important people in their lives. The students also continue to discover through learning centers while their teachers work individually with students to track their progress.
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